EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/8/2009

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  ABA   


Again schedule problems in the league - by Gianni Pascucci
The scheduled game betweek the Los Angeles Slam and the Beijing Aoshen Olympians won' t be played at all. The game had previously been scheduled for tonight, Wednesday January 7, 2009. It could have been a revenge occasion for the Beijing team, defeated 126-121 by the SLAM on December 17, 2008. Two days ago, the Slam officials received official word from the ABA Director of West Coast Operations that the rematch will not happen, because they were not an official ABA basketball team. It seems that instead, the Beijing Aoshen Olympian basketball team will play the Maywood Buzz. We have a comment from Don Sanchies, coach and GM of the LA Slam: 'I am very frustrated that the Beijing Aoshen Olympian refused to play their scheduled game against us. Their excuse was the L.A SLAM was not an official ABA basketball team. However, it was OK for Beijing to play the Los Angeles SLAM on Dec 17, 2008 before they lost handily to us. Now they refuse to play their scheduled game against us. I just don't understand it. Is it possible that the L.A SLAM defeated the Beijing Aoshen Olympians so convincingly that they don't want to play us again?' We would know an official comment from the Olympian team too about this, for now we can only comment that the ABA is going on in changing schedule almos every week, exactly as they did in previous seasons. Several times we reported facts like this, and several times we told that Mr. Joe Newman should point on keeping alive not more than 20 well organized teams, trying to form a more stable league. But this never happened ...

S.E. Texas holds #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings for the week of January 5th and the Southeast Texas Mustangs have held the number one position over the powerful Texas Fuel with the Nashville Broncs, Maywood Buzz, Cleveland Rockers and Chicago Steam closely behind. According to Pierre Hall , Chairman of the Power Ranking Committee, 'The differences between the top 10 teams in the are very small. Many teams are showing great strength and the ability to win on any given night. I think there will be quite a few changes as the season goes forward. The battle for playoff spots should be a good one.' The rankings:
1. Southeast Texas Mustangs
2. Texas Fuel
3. Nashville Broncs
4. Maywood Buzz
5. Cleveland Rockers
6. Chicago Steam
7. Kansas City Spartans
8. Kentucky Bisons
9. Beijing Aoshen Olympian
10. Jersey Express
11. Knoxville Thunderbolts
12. Las Vegas Aces
13. Salt Lake City Saints
14. Los Angeles Push
15. Houston Takers
16. Mississippi Blues
17. Washington Raptors
18. San Francisco Rumble
19. Modesto Bearcats
20. West Texas Whirlwinds
21. NYC Internationalz
22. West Virginia Blazers
23. Phoenix Fury
24. Texas City Rangers


Last ABA transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
The NYC Internationalz released both Drago Pavlovic (6'7''-F/C-80, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Oakland City) and Alexus Foyle (6'6''-F-78, college: BYU-Hawaii). This last players agreed to terms with cross-border rivals Jersey Express. The West Texas Whirlwinds releases Dale Perkins (6'2''-G-83) and added to the roster Joshua Rivera (6'4''-G), a guard out from Odessa Junior College. According with Cleveland Phelps , Whirlwinds Owner and coach, 'Josh is a big guard that knows the game and have great leadership skills'

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


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Vojvodina Srbijagas lands Vonteego Cummings - by Dragan Jankovski
After season and a half in Israel and Spain, experienced American point guard Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) returns to Serbia. Adriatic league participant Vojvodina Srbijagas agreed terms with Cummings, who will join it today. He will make debut in regional championship next week-end against FMP.

Vonteego Cummings started the season in Spanish Estudiantes, but they parted ways two weeks ago. The Tulips didn't waste time offering Cummings pretty decent contract. For 11 games in ACB league this season Cummings had 6.7 ppg and 2.6 apg. Last season he spent in Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. On 06/07 Cummings won the championship title in Serbia as well as in Adriatic league, all with Partizan Belgrade. At his first season with the Black-and-whites they grabbed S&M championship. During the season 04/05 Cummings was a member of Hemofarm STADA. He left just few weeks before the orange team made the biggest success in the clubs' history - winning the Adriatic league title. In the past he played in NBDL and Italian Lega Due. He also has NBA experience with Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. Vojvodina currently has 4 wins and 11 defeats in Adriatic league.


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  BAHRAIN   


Bahrainis set for crucial Oman clash - by Yousef Ahmed
Bahrainis set for crucial Oman clash
BAHRAIN take on Oman tonight in a must-win for both teams in the basketball competition of the 19th Gulf Cup, taking place in Muscat, writes PATRICK SALOMON.

The winner will likely secure the final qualifying spot for the Fiba Asia Championship for Men, which is scheduled to take place in China this August.

Only the top four teams in this Gulf competition will make it to the continental showcase.

Tip-off is scheduled for 1pm, Bahrain time, at the Nizwa Sports Complex. It will be followed by another crucial clash between defending champions UAE and pretenders Kuwait.

The victor will be expected to secure the runners-up trophy in the competition, behind hot favourites Qatar who have already beaten both teams.

The Qataris first squeezed past the UAE by two points (82-80), and then comfortably took down Kuwait (60-44).

Bahrain, coached by Brazilian Walter Pereira , practised yesterday to get ready for today's game, in which they are favoured against the hosts. They will be looking to bounce back from their opening eight-point loss (67-75) to the Kuwaitis on Saturday.

Unlike their disappointing showing from that contest, the Bahrainis must display better team defence to win today, and on the other end, they must work the offence from the post manned by star centre Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC).

Top shooters Mahmood Ghuloom (187-G-79) and Mohammed Hussain must also continue to light it up from the perimeter.

Court general Hussain Shaker must spearhead better ball movement for the nationals, who will further rely the interior presence of big men Essa Ebrahim, Yasser bu Naffour, and Ahmed Malallah. Bu Naffour and Malallah can also step outside and hit a mid-range jump shot, as well as triples.

The team, meanwhile, was clearly missing the long-range shooting prowess of Mohammed Hassan, who chose not to join the team at the last minute due to family concerns.

Hassan would have provided another outside threat for the Bahrainis, who now only have Ghuloom and Hussain as their pure shooters.

Oman, on the other hand, will have nothing to lose and can benefit from the support of their home fans.

They were thrashed 53-102 in their opening game against the Emiratis on Monday.

They may also have some insider information on the Bahrain team, as head tactician Zoran Prelevic used to coach in the kingdom for several years. Prelevic is familiar with Bahrain's veteran cast.


Source GDN


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  BELGIUM   


Crvena Zvezda blitz Charleroi at home - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Charleroi 93:91

Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) paced Crvena Zvezda to the win over Charleroi in Group F leaders clash. The win put Crvena Zvezda on level terms with Charleroi as the Belgian team suffered the first loss in the tournament. The first spot would be up for grabs next week when Crvena Zvezda play against Bamberg in Germany, while Charleroi host Turow.
Lawerence Roberts and Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) ignited a starting rally from the hosts as they claimed a 14:7 lead. However Len Matela soon was introduced into this one and he immediately sparked an 8:2 run that gave the visitors a 26:24 lead. Crvena Zvezda had the last laugh in the frame as Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) made it 27:26 for the hosts. The complexion of the game never changed in the second period as the teams traded baskets and the hosts enjoyed a 56:53 lead at halftime. Lawerence Roberts and Andre Owens secured a 7-point advantage for Crvena Zvezda at the start of the third frame and soon the Serbian team cleared off to an 11-point distance. Charleroi fought bravely and headed into the fourth term trailing by just 5 points 69:74. Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) saw the hosts grab a 10-point advantage late in the regulation before Spirou Basket netted 7 straight points to revive the intrigue. But Elmedin Kikanovic scored twice from the line to silence the visitors.
Lawrence Roberts knocked down 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the winners. Marko Keselj contributed 14 points for Crvena Zvezda. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) notched 20 points and 7 assists for Charleroi. Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) nailed 15 points in the losing effort.

Crvena Zvezda: Lawrence Roberts 20+10 boards, Marko Keselj 14, Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) 13
Charleroi: Jerry Johnson 20, Wes Wilkinson 15


Various News - by Peter Buyse


Bree will have to do without Don Beck after the coach signed with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch for the next year and a half. The 2007-2008 Belgian coach of the year Randy Wiel at the helm of Den Bosch.
He will coach his first game this coming Sunday vs West Brabant Giants.

No word from Bree as to who will succeed Beck.

Another move from Belgium to Holland for Angelo Flanders (201-F-77, college: Bradley) who joins the roster of Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen voor the rest of this season and the next.
Flanders played for Wevelgem the past years till the team was declared bankrupt earlier this season.


Dexia Mons-Hainaut has to find another player to replace Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii) who opted to go back home due to personal family reasons.



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  BULGARIA   


Unics stay perfect in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Lukoil 79:72

Unics maintained their perfect record in the EuroCup regular season as they held off pesky Lukoil in Kazan. The victory also allowed Dynamo Moscow to join Unics in the Last 16 stage. The teams traded baskets in a high-flying start to the game. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) capped the first frame with a free throw to give the hosts a 21:15 lead. Unics held on to the lead early in the second term before Lukoil struck back. The Bulgarian champions used an 8:1 run to claim a 31:29 advantage. Lukoil got the taste and looked unstoppable at the moment. They piled up a 41:32 lead at the interval. But Unics had their go-to-guy. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) exploded with three straight triples to put Unics back in front 46:45. The teams exchanged the blows and were all tied at 53 with one quarter to go. Vladimir Veremeenko stepped up with important baskets to ensure a 71:62 lead for the hosts midway through the fourth term. Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) dropped a timely treble, while Vladimir Veremeenko was accurate from free throw line to seal the win for the home team.
Vladimir Veremeenko scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Unics. Marko Popovic added 21 points in the winning case. Toni Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) had 13 points for Lukoil. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points in the loss.

Unics: Vladimir Veremeenko 22+10 boards, Marko Popovic 21, Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) 13+10 boards
Lukoil: Toni Akins 13, Riste Stefanov 11


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  CAMEROON   


Big Change at the head of Cameroon Basketball Federation - by Gilles Bouwe
Due to election our national Federation have a new executive bureau. The new executive bureau was elected on Tuesday the 30 of December 2008. All the members are new the last bureau was disqualified before the elections.
So the new president is TENDONG NDUKU SAMUEL former player, trainer and president of Phoenix Douala. The others members are:
SAFAISSOU ANNE MARIE first vice president
ZENDONG ETIENNE General Secretary
Colonel Noah Emmanuel Treasury
While waiting the beginning of the new season all the national basketball family want to tell GOOD LUCK to the new bureau


Alfred Aboya: UCLA's Man in the Middle - by Cyril Empig

Alfred Aboya , the 6-9, 245 lb forward/center is having a great senior year at UCLA (Los Angeles, California, USA) so far. Aboya had graduated from UCLA last year and had seriously considered turning pro. However, in the end, he chose to return to UCLA, both for academics (graduate school) and basketball. Perhaps one of the happier persons following Aboyas return is UCLA Coach Ben Howland, as the recent departure of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6-8, 232), Kevin Love (6-10, 271) and Lorenzo Mata-Real (6-9, 237) left a gaping hole in the post for the team, with no frontcourt, inside presence to speak of. One could only imagine opposing teams taking advantage of UCLAs inferior inside defense by sending the ball to the post each time, since no one is there to defend.


Enter Alfred Aboya. At the start of this season, the Yaounde native has been tapped by Coach Howland to man the post this year. And Aboya has responded impressively. Perhaps most impressive was his performance at Madison Square Garden in New York against the Southern Illinois Saluskis on November 21, 2008. Following a tough loss to Michigan, UCLA was facing the Salukis in a consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic Tournament. Aboya was completely dominant in 24 minutes of play, scoring a career-high 22 points, along with 8 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Aboya had a number of thunderous dunks, smooth midrange jumpers and hit 10-13 free-throws. To date, Aboya has scored in double digits in 5 games this season, along with close to double-digit rebounds. It seems not too much to expect a double-double (double digit points and rebounds) from Aboya real soon as the season is only starting. After 14 games this season, Aboya is averaging 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.8 steals. Aboya is also adept at taking charges, sacrificing his body as opposing players run into him in full force. Simply put, Aboya has now become a force to reckon with both on offense and defense. For a video highlight of Aboyas performance against Southern Illinois, go to 'Indomitable Lion Alfred Aboya overpowers the Salukis': http://mostlyuclahoops.blogspot.com/search/label/Alfred%20Aboya%20muzzle%20the%20Salukis


Given his increased role in the team this season, Aboya has been instructed by Coach Howland to make sure he does not get in foul trouble and that he stays in games. This is a challenge for Aboya since he plays with high energy and intensity. But it is critical for him to stay out of foul trouble, because if he leaves the game, there would be no one to stop opponents from scoring in the paint. And Aboya has been doing well in this regard up to this point, except for the last game in Oregon on January 4, 2009. While he scored 12 points and pulled down 4 rebounds, Aboya left the game after committing 5 fouls, and there was close to 3 minutes left in the game. While UCLA held on to win the game, Coach Howland was quick to talk to the Cameroonian reminding him that he is not allowed to foul out of games this season. Aboya completely agrees and says that he will have to make adjustments to how referees are calling these games quicker, so as to avoid committing fouls and fouling out of games. Speaking to Brian Dohn (Los Angeles Daily News), Aboya said 'I really don't know what happened. I thought the game was called really tight at the beginning. I have to make the adjustment now. Going into the game, fouling is always the first thing for me. I've done a great job so far, but (Sunday) wasn't the same.' For the complete Brian Dohn article, click here: http://www.dailynews.com/ucla/ci_11369485


After this road trip, UCLA returns to Los Angeles to play their cross-town rival, USC. USC has a couple of trees (real tall players) so Aboya will have his hands full. Perhaps most important is trying to shut down USC center Taj Gibson (6-9, 225) who is averaging 15.4 points and 10.6 rebounds this season.


Continued success, Alfred! Alfred Aboya picture courtesy of the Associated Press.

Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85)


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  CHINA   


Xinjiang Overwhelms Qingdao, Jiangsu Tops Dongguan - by Arthur Volbert

First-place Xinjiang had seven players in double figures as it crushed Qingdao 125-84. Its record is now 21-2. Juan Mendez had 19 points and 16 rebounds. Young Li Pengfei had 17 points and 5 rebounds, his third double-figure game of the year. Young Co Tal scored 13 points, his first double-figure performance. Mengke Bateer had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Mulati had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Myron Allen had 10 points and 8 assists. Chris Williams and Li Yiding each scored 14 for Qingdao. Frans Steyn had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Yu Gaofeng scored 12 points and Li Guang had 10.

Harvey Donnell (203-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida) had 41 points and 24 rebounds as Jiangsu crushed Dongguan 117-99. Hu Xuefeng had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 3 steals. Yi Li had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Jameel Watkins had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jiangsu is in third place with a 17-6 record. Dongguan is tied for fourth at 15-8. Michael Harris had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Dongguan. Zhang Kai had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals. Jamaal Sampson had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 15 and Meng Duo scored 13.

Bonzi Wells had 44 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Shanxi Zhongyu to a 98-83 pasting of Beijing. Olumide Oyedeji contributed 17 points, 22 rebounds and 3 blocks. Wei Mingliang scored 11 points and Zhang Xuewen had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Young Duan Jianpeng, who has been hot recently, played 43 minutes but only scored 5 points on 2 of 8 shooting. Dontae Jones had 32 points and 12 rebounds for Beijing. David Harrison had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Du Jiang added 19 points.

Lee Benson scored 34 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and dished out 7 assists as Shaanxi edged Shandong 97-93. Brandon Robinson added 26 points and 9 rebounds. Dai Yong scored 19 points and Zhang Wei added 10. Chen Zhaosheng added 8 points as the starters played all but 3 minutes. Garnett Thompson and Mack Tuck each scored 27 for Shandong. Thompson had 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Tuck had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Li Jingyu added 13 points.

Jilin outlasted Tianjin 103-87 as Leon Rogers had 44 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Soumaila Samake had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Yang Yuming had 16 points and 6 assists. Liu Wei had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Zhong Cheng had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Theron Smith had 25 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists for Tianjin. Darryl Watkins added 22 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Wang Hao added 12 points and 3 rebounds while Xu Lei had 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Zhang Qingpeng flashed his national team form as he scored 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and handed out 6 assists to lead Liaoning to a 109-96 win over Shanghai. Chris Alexander had 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Liu Xiangtao had 15 points and Awvee Storey had 12. Li Xiaoxu added 11 points. Peng Fei had 24 points and 8 rebounds for Shanghai, which again was without Liu Wei. DaJuan Tate scored 22 points. Luo Xudong and Wang Yong each scored 16. Wang Ligang added 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Bayi continued its slide without Wang Zhizhi, falling to an 11-12 record as it lost to Fujian 88-78. Gong Songlin led Fujian with 25 points. Chris Porter had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Lu Xiaoming had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 10 steals. Liu Yudong had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Bo led Bayi with 15 points. Mo Ke had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Wang Lei scored 13. Young center Xu Zhonghao had 12 points and 7 rebounds.

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Zhejiang Guangsha defeated Yunnan 120-104 as Nigel Dixon had 31 points and 20 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 27 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Jin Lipeng had 25 points and 5 assists. Rodney White had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Gabe Muoneke had 35 points and 12 rebounds for Yunnan. Li Lin scored 16. Wang Xinkai had 15 points and 10 assists. Zhao Anan scored 13 and Wu Liyi had 10 points and 5 rebounds.



Latest Results...Round 23! - by Ogoh
Shanxi Zhongyu rode on Wells Bonzi (196-F-76, college: Ball St.) 44pts to edge Beijing Ducks 98-83 in a thrilling encounter this evening in Taiyuan. The game was a must win for Shanxi who had lost their last encounter with Beijing by a buzzer beating shot taken by Xie LiBin (190-G-88) on December the 24th. Bonzi also grabbed 8 boards while Oyedeji Olumide (207-C/F-81) scored 17pts and had 22rebs. For Beijing,Jones Dontae (202-F-75, college: Mississippi St.) had 32pts and 12rebs while fellow import,Harrison David (213-C-82, college: Colorado) had 23 pts and 13rebs. Du Jiang (200-F-82) from Beijing was impressive as he added 19pts. The three of them combined for a total of 75pts of the total 83 that Beijing scored.

Guandong who were away at Zhejiang C were too powerful for the home side as they ran away with an 109-85 victory. Dixon Jason (205-C-73, college: Liberty) led Guandong with 30pts and 10rebs while Du Feng (206-C/F-81) added 25pts. Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83),Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) and Zhou Peng (207-F-89) scored 13pts each for the winners. Snyder Kirk (198-F-83, college: Nevada) paced Zhejiang with 38pts and 9rebs while Hoskin Sam (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) scored 19pts and grabbed 8rebs.

Fujian overcame a Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77) less Bayi 88-78 to further compound Bayi's woes. Bayi have lost almost all the games they played without Wang Zhizhi and today was no different as Gong Songlin (195-G/F-81) scored 25pts while Porter Chris (201-F-78, college: Auburn) added 16pts and 15rebs to lead Fujian to victory. Zhang Bo (200-G/F-89) scored 15pts while Mo Ke (210-C-82) added 14pts and grabbed 7rebs for Bayi.

Xinjiang blew out Qingdao 125-84. Mendez Juan (202-F-81, college: Niagara) led Xinjiang with 19pts and grabbed 16rebs while Li Pengfei (203-F-90) added 17pts. Williams Chris (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and Li Yiding (206-C/F-81) each scored 14pts for Qingdao.

Benson Lee (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) scored 34pts and grabbed 22rebs as he led Shaanxi to a 97-93 defeat of Shandong. Robinson Brandon (202-F-81, college: Auburn) also added 26pts and 9rebs. Tuck Mack (198-G/F-75, college: Cent.Oklahoma) and Thompson Garnett (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) each scored 27pts for Shandong.

Yunnan continued on their downward slide as they were roundly beaten by Zhejiang Lions 104-120. Muoneke Gabe (200-F-78, college: Texas) led Yunnan in scoring with 35pts and 12rebs while Lin Li (184-G-81) added 16pts and 7rebs. Three players from Zhejiang scored in double figures. Dixon Nigel (210-C/F-80, college: W.Kentucky) led the way with 31pts and 20 boards while Nan Zhang (183-G/F-82) had 27pts and 12 rebs. Jin Lipeng (190-G-78) scored 25pts.

Liaoning,having signed their second foreign player are now back on winning ways as they outplayed Shanghai 109-96. Zhang Qingpeng (188-G-81) led Liaoning with 29pts while Liu Xiangtao (202-F/C-80) chipped in 15pts. Peng Fei (203-C-87) scored 24pts for Shanghai while Dejuan Tate added 22pts.


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  CROATIA   


Marousi deny easy life for Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Marousi - Zadar 91:75

Marousi stayed in the race for the Last 16 spot with a cruising win over Zadar at home court. The both teams are now tied at 3-2 record and need victories in the last round of the regular season to advance. Zadar had a chance to book the ticket in this one but conceded a heavy blow early in the game and failed to recover in the latter stages of the game. Marousi opened the game with a 14:0 run to set the tone. The hosts led by as many as 15 points at the end of the opening term. Zadar showed some signs of life in the second period as Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) cut the distance to 10 points. But Kaimakoglou and Shawn Huff finalized a 49:35 distance at the interval.
Jarod Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) added pain to the visitors as his three-pointer in the third frame gave the home team a 60:43 advantage. Zadar however managed to strike back trimming the distance to 9 points. Marousi quickly answered with key buckets to make it 70:58 at the final intermission. William Amar Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) and Jarod Stevenson drained three-pointers in the fourth quarter as Marousi ran away to a 16-point distance and never looked back again.
Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) scored 16 points to lead the charge. Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85) added 14 points, while Giorgos Diamantopoulos (195-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points for the winners. Hrvoje Peric responded with 19 points for Zadar. Todor Gecevski contributed 16 points in the loss. Zadar will now take on ASK Riga, while Marousi will face Roanne in the group deciders next week.

Marousi: Loukas Mavrokefalides 16, Dimitrios Mavroeidis 14, Giorgos Diamantopoulos 13
Zadar: Hrvoje Peric 19, Todor Gecevski 16


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Justin Gray leads Nymburk to key EuroCup win - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Nymburk 63:66

The Czech champions Nymburk remained in the race for the ticket to the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They scored a dramatic narrow road win over Buducnost in Podgorica to stay tied at 2-3 record with Hemofarm. The teams will meet in the final round in Czech Republic.
Buducnost started the game aggressively and quickly piled up a 13:4 lead. Blake Schilb (201-G-83, college: Loyola, IL) and Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) answered to trim the deficit to 4 points at the end of the first frame. Nymburk however was a different team in the second frame. The visitors went on a 14:3 run to surge ahead. Nymburk grabbed a 28:22 lead late in the quarter. Buducnost responded with back-to-back trebles from Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) before Justin Gray capped it at 33:32 at halftime.
The teams traded blows early in the second half. Nymburk pulled ahead in the final seconds of the third frame as Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) gave them a 46:45 advantage. Buducnost once again regained the lead in the final frame after baskets from Vladimir Micov and Vladimir Dasic. The hosts were up 61:60 with 56 seconds left in the game. Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) put the Czech team in front. Later Justin Gray was accurate from the charity stripe winning the game for Nymburk.
Justin Gray topscored with 19 points for Nymburk. Arthur Lee provided 15 points in the victory. Vladimir Micov answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Buducnost. Vladimir Dasic had 14 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 17, Vladimir Dasic 14+10 boards
Nymburk: Justin Gray 19, Arthur Lee 15, Goran Jagodnik 12


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  DENMARK   


Alan Madsen back in CDL and Flaeng leaves Iceland. - by Thomas Soltau
The worst season in club history, that is the result for Horsens so far this season. NO wins, and one blowout or hard loss after another. To help the team avoid relegation veteran combo guard Alan Madsen (189-G/F-78) was signed.

Due to the 30 day penalty Madsen has not been able to suit up until now. His return has been anticipated for quite some time now.

Madsen had many successful seasons in the best Danish league with Aabyhoj, and also joined the Danish National Team on a few campaigns.

Rumors also have long-time injured US guard Spencer Ross (181-G-81, college: Queens (NC)) ready to play again


On another note, Danish NT forward/center Soren Flaeng (207-C-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) has decided to leave U.M.F. Tindastoll in the Icelandic league.

Flaeng started his first professional year after finishing competition with the Danish NT in the Europian B-group play.

The player is now a free-agent and will return to Denmark, while he weighs other playing opportunities.


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D-League Round: 35 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Idaho - Ft.Wayne 99-96
Idaho Stampede grabbed nice 3-point road victory against the Mad Ants jumping on 12-4 record (31-16 last quarter). Coby Karl was a key player for the winners missing only one board for triple-double 20 points, 13 assists and 9 rebs. Chris Hunter had 20 points and 8 rebounds for the Mad Ants (5-9).

Iowa - Dakota 110-115
115 points made by the host team were enough for the victory number 10 this season (10-7). On the other side, the Energy fell on 9-3. David Bell, who came off the bench, stepped up for the hosts with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Cartier Martin shined in defeat nailing 32 points.

Erie - Tulsa 85-94
Tulsa 36ers outplayed the BayHawks improving on 5-12 score. Chris Richard came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Ryan Humphrey helped with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The BayHawks got 20 points and 8 boards from Erik Daniels, falling on 9-7.

Anaheim - Utah 100-109
Bill Walker, who nailed 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for 33 minutes, paced his Utah Flash to victory in its 15th appearance this season (7-8). James White replied on the other side draining 31 points. His Arsenal dropped on 5-10.



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JUAN SILVESTRE CORONADO HAD A GREAT DEBUT IN MEXICO - by Jordan Olivo
The outstanding dominican guard Juan Silvestre Coronado (196-G-84) 'Pedales' had an excellent debut in the LNBP,Mexico in the Halcones UV Cordoba victory 116-100 over Angeles de Puebla.

Pedales was perfect from the field (4-4), all from three-point line for a 100%, finishing with 12 points in 15 minutes in his first game in Mexico.

The native of La Vega also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot and 1 ball lost in his debut in foreign lands as latin import of Halcones UV Cordoba.


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VA Fast Break Win opener! - by Justin Moore


TheVirginia Fastbreak got off to a tremendous start in the EBA by defeating the Wilkes Barre triple threat 131-101. The Fastbreak led the entire game and by as much as 30 points. With 6 players in double figures and winning the war on the the boards, the Fastbreak were able to control the tempo of the game as Tychichus TYC Snow (Mississippi Valley State) led all scorers with 26 points, 6 steals and did a super job controlling the tempo of the game. Bryan Scott (Virginia State) had 25 points, 13rebs and Chris Brown (Norfolk State Univ.) had 24points, 5rebs and 5assist and 3 steals. Other contributors were Nick Hall (Grambling State University 18points, 5assist and 5steals. Ervin Monroe (Caroline H.S.) and Durand Jackson (Gloucester H.S. ) each played very solid and contributed 16 points respectively with Jackson getting 3 steals.

The Virginia Fastbreak return to action on Saturday January 10th at 1pm against the Delaware Destoyers who won 140-123 against the New Jersey Lightning. The game will be held at The Virginia Sports Complex at 22182 Jefferson Davis Highway Ruther glen, Va. 22546

Admission is $3 Adults / $1 Student Kids 5 and under are free. To catch the Fastbreak in action visit www.easternbasketballalliance.com for up to date scores


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


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Israeli club Bnei Hasharon not very welcomed in Turkey - by Eurobasket
After a delay due to on court disturbances before the game (linked to Israeli agression on Gaza), the Turk Telekom vs Bnei Hasharon game was not played due to Bneis refusal to play despite clearing the arena of fans. The situation will be reviewed by the disciplinary judge to give the final ruling. Under league rules the refusal to play a game by a team can be sanctioned and the game can be given to the opposing team 20-0.
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Korisliiga Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Namika Lahti - KTP 60-76
The league leaders Namika Lahti suffered a massive home loss from KTP in the key game of the round. Steve Smith nailed 27 points to lead KTP as they appeared now just one win shy of Lahti. Damon Williams contributed 25 points for the winning team. Ray Nixon secured 14 points for Lahti. Vesa Makalainen dropped 11 points in the losing effort.

Korihait - ToPo 83-70
Korihait overwhelmed ToPo to claim the 12th victory in the championship. Josh Gonner topscored with 20 points for the winners. Alain Laroche produced 15 points for Korihait. Isaac Spencer responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds for ToPo as they fell at 7-13 record.

Componenta - FoKoPo 80-69
Team Componenta blitzed FoKoPo to grab the eighth win. Frank Richards had 21 points, 11 boards and 8 assists to pace the hosts. Clifton Jones added 17 points for Componenta. Mikko Jalonen and Ray Cunningham had 22 points apiece for FoKoPo in the loss.

Honka - Pyrinto 74-73
Ben Perkins scored 4 points in the final 93 seconds of the game as Honka eked out a narrow win over Pyrinto. Akeem Scott scored 21 points to pace Honka. Monte Cummings added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Antti Nikkila answered with 22 points and 12 boards for Pyrinto in defeat.

Kouvot - Tarmo 85-61
Kouvot celebrated the 14th win in the season as they handled Tarmo at home court today. Matt Williams paced balanced offense with 18 points. Roope Suonio added 14 points for the winners. DeWayne Richardson scored 27 points and grabbed 13 boards but could not rescue the visitors from falling at 5-16 record.

LrNMKY - Kataja 98-101
Kataja stayed on top of the ladder with a hard-fought win over Lappeenranta on the road. Larry Blair led the charge with 28 points. Jeremiah Wood added 17 points and 10 boards for the winners. Demetrius Brown answered with game-high 34 points and 6 boards for LrNMKY. HL Coleman had 22 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.



KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti lost at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 21: No undefeated home teams anymore. YMCA Lahti suffered the first loss at home tonight as KTP (Kotka) came and beat hosting Lahti 60-76.
KTP three American players (Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) - Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) - Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner)) combined 67/76 pts! YMCA Lappeenranta's PG Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola) played only 6:37 minutes, sprained his ankle and however YMCA LPR lost only by three (98-101) vs visitor Kataja (Joensuu). Demetrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) led YMCA LPR with 34 pts. The Player of December, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) scored 28 pts for Kataja. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) won over Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 83-70 and Kouvot (Kouvola) over Tarmo (Porvoo) 85-61. Honka (Espoo) almost gave away a 15-point-lead, but Ben Perkins (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.) and Sasu Salin (190-G-91) saved Honka at the end of the contest. Also tonight the games were lasting 4x10 minutes. FoKoPo (Forssa) may have forgotten that as they lost their lead during the last quarter. Team Componenta won the fourth quarter 32-12 and the contest 80-69.

YMCA Lahti - KTP 60-76 (22-32) (Ray Nixon 14, Vesa Makalainen 11, Bilal Abdullah 10 - Steve Smith 27, Damon Williams 25, Durell Vinson 15/12).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Kataja 98-101 (42-53) (Demetrius Brown 34, HL.Coleman 22, Jouko Jarvinen 14 - Larry Blair 28, Jeremiah Wood 17/10, Petri Virtanen 16).

Korihait - ToPo 83-70 (48-41) (Josh Gonner 20, Alain Laroche 15, Bojan Sarcevic 14 - Isaac Spencer 19, Timo Heinonen 12, Antti Niskanen 11).

Kouvot - Tarmo 85-61 (39-29) (Matt Williams 18, Roope Suonio 14, Antti Kanervo 12 - DeWayne Richardson 27/13, Victor Morris 11, Ville-Pertti Lind 11).

Honka - Pyrinto 74-73 (33-32) (Akeem Scott 21, Monte Cummings 16, Ben Perkins 10 - Antti Nikkila 22/12, Antero Lehto 11, Juha Harjula 10).

Team Componenta - FoKoPo 80-69 (30-39) Frank Richards 21/11, Clifton Jones 17, Kimmo Tolvanen 16 - Ray Cunningham 22, Mikko Jalonen 22).



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undefined - by Gregory Caru
This week end this is the beginning of the second part in Pro B championship,during the truce different teams have changed their roster.
*Boulazac,after his tererrific start,only 3 victories(???) has decided to sign 2 players.William KNIGHT,shooting guard,great shooter,very dangerous for the defenses, is arrived after his last season in Le Portel(pro b)16,3ppg 3,1rpg in 32games in order to replace Da Silva,cut!Another player has been selected,Jonathan AKA,a big man,one time a prospect,but his last season in Dijon( pro a)hasn't been very good 0,9ppg,he was especially used in FIBA Eurocup 7,7ppg 4rpg in 10 games.
*Antibes,has maybe made the better choice with Thomas DUBIEZ,shooting guard or Forward.A player of Pro A,he played since 4 seasons in Gravelines(pro a),last year he posted 8,1ppg 1,2rpg in 27games,he comes in order to replace Jeff Horner injured and to relance his career!
*Quimper has signed Chaz CARR,Guard or Shooting Guard,at the beginning of the season he was in Reykavik(ICE)but released,after different seasons in European Championships(POL,GER,SLO).In Bremen(GER)for his last season he posted 15,6 ppg 3,4rpg in 8 games.
*Nanterre,who searchs to play Play-Offs, has signed Sebastian HERMENIER,Power Forward,good defender, who comes from Rouen(pro a)after a short contract and a good job with this team3,8ppg 3rpg in 6 games.
*St Etienne,has signed Philippe HAQUET in order to replace Guillaume Pons injured.This is a Power Forward,well known in St Etienne because he played last year for this team with 5,2ppg 1,6rpg.
Thomas Dubiez (195-G-80)William Knight (196-F/G-79, college: UCLA)Sebastian Hermenier (198-F-82, college: Binghamton)Chaz Carr (183-G-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Boston U.)Jonathan Aka (203-F-86)<<>><<>>


Asvel bruise Lietuvos Rytas in Lyon - by Eurobasket News
Asvel - Lietuvos Rytas 93:90

Asvel stepped closer to the EuroCup Last 16 stage as they eked out a narrow win over Lietuvos Rytas yesterday. The teams entered the game tied at 2-2 record and threw all they had for the win. But the hosts turned out successful in tense final seconds as Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) sealed the win from the charity stripe. Asvel now need to win against Azovmash in Mariupol to clinch the top spot in Group E. Lietuvos Rytas must beat Gran Canaria at home to advance.
Lietuvos Rytas used a 9:0 run in the starting stanza to pile up a 20:12 lead. Asvel however cut the deficit and finished the first frame trailing by 4 points 22:26. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) kept Lietuvos Rytas ahead early in the second quarter. But soon J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) dropped two three-pointers and Ali Traore hit from inside to give the lead back to the hosts 36:35. However the visitors capped the half with a 13:4 rally to maintain a 48:40 advantage at the interval.
Asvel was a different team after the break. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) knocked down 10 points to fire up a 12:0 run from the hosts that put them in the driving seat. Benjamin Dewar sank a treble late in the quarter and Ali Traore added a jumper to seal three-quarter outcome at 71:67. The teams traded baskets in the fourth term as the pressure mounted. Lietuvos Rytas led by a single point 87:86 after a three-pointer from Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) with less than a minute left. The hosts answered with four free throws from J.R. Reynolds and Laurent Foirest (197-F-73). Asvel enjoyed a 92:90 lead when Branko Milisavljevic had a chance to give Lietuvos Rytas a key lead. But his trebles rimmed out and Ali Traore sealed it all from the charity stripe.
Benjamin Dewar finished with 26 points for the winners. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) and Ali Traore added 16 points each for Asvel. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) had 21 points and 7 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Branko Milisavljevic topscored for the visitors with 24 points.

Asvel: Benjamin Dewar 26, Chevon Troutman 16, Ali Traore 16
Lietuvos Rytas: Branko Milisavljevic 24, Marijonas Petravicius 21


Khimky shoot down Le Havre in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre - Khimky 63:79

Khimky stayed in the race for the top finish in Group C of the EuroCup regular season with a tough win over Le Havre in France. Khimky had booked their Last 16 spot earlier in the tournament and looked for the win in the fight for the top spot in the pool. Le Havre on the other hand tried to entertain their home crowd with the initial EuroCup success in the season. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored 7 points to ignite a 10:0 run for Khimky early in the game. The Russian team soon piled up a 20:9 lead with Le Havre looking quite hapless at the moment. TJ Thompson (177-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) revived the intrigue as he dropped 5 points pulling Le Havre within 7 points from the visitors at the end of the first frame. Le Havre continued to get closer in the second period as Thompson and Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) managed to make it a 30:31 game. Khimky answered with free throws from Kelly McCarty and Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) to win the first half 39:36.
Carlos Delfino and Jorge Garbajosa saw Khimky grab a 50:42 lead midway through the third frame. Soon McCarty, Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) and Milt Palacio all joined in to ignite a 10:0 run that ballooned the gap to 16 points. The visitors entered the fourth quarter leading by 18 points. Le Havre had little chances to save this one in the final term as Khimky posted the fourth win at the tournament.
Kelly McCarty finished with 20 points for Khimky. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86) added 13 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) and Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) answered with 13 points apiece in the loss.

Le Havre: Rudy Jomby 13, Fabien Causeur 13
Khimky: Kelly McCarty 20, Timofey Mozgov 13+15 boards, Mike Wilkinson 8, Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) 8


ASK Riga prevail against Roanne - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga - Roanne 86:70

ASK Riga toppled Roanne before the home fans to boost their chances of making it to the Last 16 of EuroCup. Three teams are now tied at 3-2 record in Group A with the outcome to be decided in the final round. ASK Riga is scheduled to face Zadar in Croatia and need to win this one or hope for Roanne to take care of Marousi to advance.
Roanne jumped to an early lead as Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) and Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-G-87) scored quick baskets. But Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) ensured a 12:9 lead for the hosts midway through the frame. Pierric Poupet (191-G-84) and Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) however regained the advantage for the French team and they won the opening stanza 21:17. Curtis Sumpter (201-F-84, college: Villanova), Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) and Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) maintained the lead for Roanne in the second term. The gap ballooned to 9 points before Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) allowed ASK Riga to cut the distance to 6 points at halftime 38:44.
Roanne seemed to stay in control as Aaron Harper opened the second half with 5 points for a 49:38 lead. But Andrius Mazutis (180-G-81) scored 6 points in an 11:1 rally from the hosts that saw the distance grew thin. The teams traded baskets and ASK Riga trailed by just one point 61:62 heading into the fourth term. Ernests Kalve, Aigars Vitols (192-G-76, agency: Interperformances) and Sandis Valters scored as ASK Riga surged ahead at the start of the final term. Two three-pointers from Sandis Valters soon made it 76:65 for the hosts. The game was done as the Latvian team cruised to the win afterwards.
Ernests Kalve finished with 23 points for ASK Riga. Sandis Valters delivered 19 points and 6 assists, while Raitis Grafs secured 13 points and 15 boards in the win. Chris Monroe responded with 21 points for Roanne as they fell at 1-4 record.

ASK Riga: Ernests Kalve 23, Sandis Valters 19, Aigars Vitols 16
Roanne: Chris Monroe 21, Aaron Harper 15


ProA Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Besancon - Orleans 64-88
Orleans cruised past Besancon on the road with plus 24 remaining on top of Pro A with nice 10-2 record. Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Ill.-Chicago) once again shined for the winners delivering 30 points (7/16 for 3-pts). He also grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in 35 minutes. Brian Greene helped with 24 points and 8 rebounds. The hosts got double-double from John Ford, 14 pts and 10 rebs. Besancon 5-7.

Pau - Dijon 104-90
Pau-Orthez finally made it this season. It is the first win in 08/09, thanks to Dylan Page who came up with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Reggie Williams netted 25 points in loss coming off the bench. Pau 1-11, Dijon 5-7.

Le Havre - Le Mans 66-54
Le Havre was too strong for Le Mans handing it the fourth defeat of the season. Le Mans is together with Nancy on the 4/5 place with 9-3. On the other side, the hosts improved on 4-8. TJ Thompson was a key player for the winners pouring in 22 points. Dewarick Spencer and Antoine Diot netted 10 points each in defeat.

Nancy - Vichy 79-82
Vichy surprised Nancy on the road grabbing nice 3-point victory. Zach Moss stepped up for the wining squad nailing 27 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Experienced Cyril Julian collected 24 points and 10 boards for Nancy, who slipped on 8-4 (same as Le Mans). Vichy moved up on 4-8.

Roanne - Rouen 78-82
5-7 for Rouen and 7-5 for Roanne after this game. Michel Nascimento, who came off the bench, shined for Rouen scoring 18 points and missing only one board for double-double. Curtis Sumpter had 21 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts.

Gravelines - Chalon 88-66
Comfortable 22-point win for Gravelines, who share the second place with ASVEL (9-3). Tony Stanley this time was central figure of the game registering 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Brian Boddicker contributed with 21 points and 6 boards in defeat. His Chalon fell on 6-6.

Hyeres-Toulon - Strasbourg 84-75
Hyeres-Toulon registered home win against Strasbourg thanks to Pierre Pierce and Austin Nichols, which combined 52 points, 13 boards and 10 assists. On the other side Derrick Obasohan nailed 25 points. Hyeres-Toulon 5-7, Strasbourg 6-6.

ASVEL - Cholet 90-75
Easy one for ASVEL, who jumped on 9-3 score (second place). The same numbers also has Gravelines. Chevon Troutman collected 22 points and 12 rebounds in victory. Amara SY had one point less, including 7 boards. Kevin Braswell top-scored in Chollet with 15 pts (4-8).


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Femerling to undergo surgery - by Moritz Korff
ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga) have to replace their team-captain Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) for probably another two months. The German international is out with a knee-injury since mid-December and now has to undergo surgery. That's the result of another medical-check that has been made by a knee-specialist. An angry tendon will be treated and a spur has to be excised. The operation is anticipated for this current week.

Uwe Sauer joins Teckpro Braves coaching staff - by Moritz Korff
Back in the 2006-2007 season Uwe Sauer was the head coach of 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the 2. Bundesliga. In the meantime the team has changed its name to Teckpro Braves and Sauer moved on to work for Mitteldeutscher BC in this past campaign. As the Braves announced in a press release on Thuesday, the 45-year-old coach - who received 42 caps for the German National Team as a player in the 1980s - has joined the organization and will from now on form a coaching-duo with Marcel Schroeder.

Weissenhorn roster sees major changes - by Moritz Korff
BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn went into the short christmas-break as the league-leader in the Regionalliga South-West. With 12 wins and only one defeat since the start of this current season the club from Swabia must be considered as the number one title contender. However, that did not keep the Weissenhorn officials from making some major roster-moves around Christmas and New Year.
According to information published by local-newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine, both import players have left the team: Bubba Tolliver (188-G-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) and Mirko Buljubasic (211-C-78, agency: Stefanou Sports Agency). Plus Johannes Betz (198-F-88) announced his transfer to the Schwenningen Panthers. Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) and Marcus Washington (206-F/C, college: Eckerd) were added to the roster instead. Also, Bastian Zinder (190-F-85) returns. Taylor is a well-known player in South-West Germany, as he stared for TuS Treis-Karden and TV Konstanz previously and received Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West South First Team honors after the 2006-07 season and Regionalliga South-West First Team honors last year. During the summer he joined 1. Bundesliga outfit LTi Giessen 46ers, but had to leave shortly. While the 28-year-old is a veteran in German basketball, Washington is about to make his entrance. The forward/center from Bradenton, Florida played college-basketball at NCAA Division Two's Eckerd College. He appeared in 21 games for the Tritons during 2007-08 and averaged 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 block per contest.
Reportedly BC Weissenhorn is also currently negotiating the terms with another player, an American with German citizenship.


Nick Schneiders produces career-high 22 points for USC Upstate - by Moritz Korff
German giant Nick Schneiders (221-C-84) scored a career-high 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 2 blocked shots for the University of South Carolina Upstate on Monday night, but could not avoid the loss, as the Spartans fell to Jacksonville University 69:79. Schneiders played 33 minutes for USC Upstate against the Dolphins and shot 9 out of 16 from the field and made 4 of his 6 free-throws. The native of Rietberg - a small town in Westphalia - is currently in his junior-year of college-basketball. He has been second on the Spartans' team in scoring (9.2ppg) so far this season, is averaging 6.5 rebounds a game and ranks second in the Atlantic Sun-Conference in blocks per contest (2.3bpg). After 13 games played in 2008-09 USC Upstate - the program is in its second seasons since moving from NCAA 2 to Division 1 level - has a 2:11-record.
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Player spotlight: Deandre Brock - by Moritz Korff

Deandre Brock (188-G-86, college: Indianapolis) needed only two seasons to become the 8th all-time leading scorer in the history of the University of Indianapolis Men's basketball team (NCAA Division II), a school that has sent several players to the pros in the past years, including David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis), who is currently the second leading scorer in the Euroleague, playing for Polish powerhouse Prokom Trefl Sopot. He poured in 17.9 points per game in his 53 career contests for UIndy and recorded 132 three-pointers in his two seasons in a Greyhound uniform, good for 11th-most all-time at the school. Plus his career free throw percentage of 84.3 ranks fourth in the Greyhound annals. In his senior-season he was named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Third Team according to an announcement made by league officials and led UIndy in scoring in 21 of 27 games played. Before he became a member of the Greyhound squad, the 22-year-old from Indianapolis, In. spent one year of junior-college basketball each at Spoon River CC and John Wood CC. In high school at Warren Central HS he became the all-time leader in 3-pointers made in a career, season and game, earning team-MVP honors in his final year.
Deandre Brock is now available and looking for a team to play. He can be contacted at brockd@uindy.edu

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Turow nip Brose Basket in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Turow - Brose Basket 67:56

Polish Turow snapped a three-game losing streak and celebrated the second win in the EuroCup regular season. Yesterday the Polish powerhouse held off Brose Basket in Group F. Brose Basket in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament.
Both teams lost any chances of progressing into the next round before the game and played just for the pride in this one. Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) and Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) gave the German team an early spark as Bamberg jumped to an 11:2 lead. The visitors continued to dominate and closed the first quarter ahead 19:10. Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) and Alex Harris fired twice from downtown in the second term as Turow trimmed the deficit to 3 points. However Brose reacted immediately with a trey from Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) and the German team won the half 36:28.
The hosts opened the second half aggressively and went on a 14:0 run to surge ahead. Turow took over and comfortably rallied to a 53:47 lead at the final intermission. Robert Witka (205-F-81) and Damir Miljkovic paced the hosts in the fourth term as Turow maintained the advantage well enough. Brose Basket never threatened the margin and Turow clinched the victory at the end.
Damir Miljkovic scored 15 points to lead Turow. Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: LimeLight, college: Georgia) canned 14 points and collected 8 rebounds in the win. Demond Greene notched 13 points for Brose Basket. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 9 points in the losing effort.

Turow: Damir Miljkovic 15, Chris Daniels 14, Demond Greene 13
Brose Basket: Demond Greene 13, Predrag Suput 9


Artland Dragons keep the intrigue alive - by Eurobasket News
Fortitudo - Artland Dragons 89:93

The Artland Dragons survived in the rally for the EuroCup Last 16 stage birth. The Dragons edged Fortitudo in Bologna to improve at 2-3 record in Group G. Fortitudo could have booked the Last 16 appearance in the case of a win but found themselves trailing 24:28 after the opening period. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) kept the visitors in charge throughout the second term. Artland finished the first half leading by the same four points 45:41. Lamont McIntosh (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia St.) and Hess delivered from the outside to maintained the advantage for the German team early in the third stanza. The Dragons arrived at three-quarter time having built a 65:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Darryl Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) and Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) gave hope to the hosts trimming the deficit to just 6 points with 5 minutes left in the game. But Fortitudo failed to climb back into contest. Lamont McIntosh stretched the margin to 7 points and Artland raced ahead to the win at the end.
Adam Hess nailed 27 points to pace Artland. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Canisius) contributed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) scored 20 points for Fortitudo. Marcelinho Huertas had 17 points in the loss. Fortitudo will next face Pamesa on the road, while Artland will host FMP.

Fortitudo: Qyntel Woods 20, Marcelinho Huertas 17
Artland Dragons: Adam Hess 27, Darren Fenn 22, Lamont McIntosh 19


A Small Chat With Derrick Allen(Deutsche Bank Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 203cm power forward for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played at the University of Mississippi and then went to Europe and played in Iceland, two years in Karlsruhe, a year in Leverkusen and presently he is playing his second year in Frankfurt. After being a scorer for five years in Europe, he has had to switch roles this season as the team has a very deep bench. Currently Derrick is avergaing 12,0 ppg, 4,6 rpg and 1,5apg. He spent some time before one of the Maccabi games to talk about his short Christmas holidays, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.




How did you spend Christmas and where were you?


I was in Gaston, Alabama and did some shopping also in Atlanta. I rested, worked out and it was great to see family and friends!


What was your nicest present that you got?


My grandmother got me a Walmart gift card, and I used it to get socks and lotions. Unfortunately, I cant use that gift card in Germany.


What was something special that you did, that you cant do in Germany?



I had my moms food. She cooked a big Christmas meal with turkey and macaroni and cheese.


You arrived back in Frankfurt 24 hours after the scheduled time. Why did you come back late?


I left from Birmingham, Alabama and was stuck 35 minutes on the runway. I only had one hour layover in Atlanta and missed my connecting flight. It was not my fault, but that of the Airline for my late arrival back in Germany.


Will the Skyliner have disciplinary consequences for you?

I hope not, because it was out of my control. My connecting flight was gone when I arrived in Atlanta and had to find a new flight.


Have you made any new years resolutions yet?


I want to be an all around better person. And with Basketball just work hard, dream big and continue to work on simple things and get better!


Is Maccabbi the best team that you have ever played against?


From the name yes! They are the most historic team that I have ever played against! I played against big teams last season, but none were as big as this team!


What player from Maccabi Tel Aviv do you respect the most?



To be honest, I respect all of them, but especially the guys that played in the NBA, Carlos Arroyo, Marcus Fizer and Marcus Brown! I also respect D Or Fischer and how he made the jump from Oldenburg to Bree and now is playing a big role at Maccabi.



How can you stop Marcus Fizer?


Marcus is hard to stop! He has a big body and you have to use your quickness. You have to make him work hard for every basket and not let him body you!


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are going in a good direction at the moment at position five, and lurking to overtake Alba Berlin in the standings. What ingredient is still missing from the club?



I think we simply have to get more complete and play a game for 40 minutes. We have to get rid of the five minute lapses that we sometimes have in the third quarter where we have problems to score. If we can fix that then we will be very good!


This season is a lot different for you than was last season. In 2007-2008, the team needed you to score much and get rebounds. This season, the team is deep, your playing less, but still bring quality. What mentally and physically have been the biggest changes for you this season?



The biggest challenge for me this season is playing 20 minutes and always having to be ready to come off the bench and perform. I also do extra shot, post ups and free throws after practice. Mentally, I have to be ready to do my job. I think that I have adjusted well to my new role this season.



How have you grown as a person and player in the last three months?



I have grown a lot. Players keep asking me what is going on with me this season or call me asking how I can deal with this situation. I feel that everything in life happens for a reason. Maybe this new role is something good for me and I can benefit from it down the road. I see myself being there for the team first and putting myself second.


If you could think of a word or phrase to describe The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 2008-2009, what would you choose?


Different, but in a good way. We have ten players, who have played much or started for other teams. Every guy on the team has accepted their role.



After playing very successful for the first three months, is it okay to think BBL title now, or is that to early and too dangerous at this point?



You can dream about it, but it is not realistic to think about it now. We have to keep going out and winning and get a good seed for the playoffs and work hard and continue to be focused!


Thanks Derrick for the short chat and good luck the rest of the way!


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


Panellinios still alive in the EuroCup race - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Panellinios 72:77

Panellinios stayed with the chance to reach the Last 16 stage after they sneaked past their archrivals Aris in the Greek derby in Group D. Panellinios improved at 2-3 record, while sending Aris to 3-2 with one round left in the regular season. Panellinios will now must win against Turk Telekom and hope for Bnei Hasharon to handle Aris for a chance to advance into the next stage.
The visitors threw all they had in this one and it paid off. Panellinios led throughout the opening term with Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) dominating inside the paint. Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) however closed the frame with 5 straight points for Aris and the teams appeared tied at 17 after ten minutes. Aris scored 5 straight points to take the lead early in the second quarter. Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) scored 5 points in a row for Panellinios midway through the frame and the visitors regained the lead. They kept Aris at bay throughout the rest of the half and registered a 37:31 halftime lead. Djuro Ostojic reminded of himself with 5 points at the start of the second half as Panellinios posted a 42:34 advantage. Aris however were on alert. Dimitrios Tsaldaris (196-F-80) fired 4 treys in the third term as the hosts kept it close. Panellinios headed into the final stanza ahead by a single point 55:54. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the fourth period with neither side able to clear off. Finally Brad Newley (199-G-85) drained a three-pointer for a 70:65 lead. Dimitrios Tsaldaris once again stepped up for Aris as they cut the distance to just two points 72:74 however Golemac and Djuro Ostojic were accurate from free throw line to silence the home team.
Djuro Ostojic and Manolis Papamakarios (190-G-80) finished with 15 points apiece for Panellinios. Stevan Nadjfeji, Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) and Radenovic had 9 points each in the win. Dimitrios Tsaldaris answered with 22 points for Aris. Nikos Argyropoulos (188-G-78) and Lazaros Agadakos (208-C-80, agency: FCM) scored 13 points each in defeat.

Aris: Dimitrios Tsaldaris 22, Nikos Argyropoulos 13, Lazaros Agadakos 13
Panellinios: Djuro Ostojic 15, Manolis Papamakarios 15


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David Patten leaves Upstairs Weert - by Fred Roggen
David Patten (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) has left Upstairs Weert by direct. The 24-year-old American power forward will return to his homeland because of personal problems.
The American power-forward already struggling with a nasty situation and that was also the reason why he rarely got his real level. Upstairs is completely surprised by this situation and looking for a replacement. Patten appeared in 18 games of the Dutch League, averaging 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 20.9 minutes per game.


Upstairs Weert Leave Aris Friesland Out In The Cold - by Sanders Jackson

Tuesday night in FEB action, in the Dutch province Limburg it may be have freezing cold outside, but in the Boshoven on Tuesday night it was rocking, with Upstairs Weert getting back on track and ending a three-game skid, winning 97-93 over Aris Friesland. The game remained close until midway through the 4th when Upstairs opened up a gap of 10 points and managed to hold off a late Aris charge with 19 seconds remaining after a score from Aris PG
Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) to bring Aris with two at 93-91, but Upstairs' forward Chris Woods (196-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) sealed the deal at the free throw line. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) led Upstairs with 25 pts. and Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) added 22. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had 24 to lead Aris with Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 19. The win helped Upstairs remain in the FEB playoff hunt position and tied their record with Aris Friesland to 7-12.


Eiffeltowers names Don Beck new head coach - by Fred Roggen
Eiffel Towers Den Bosch has found a new head coach as successor of Randy Wiel. EiffelTowers announced today that Don Beck , former head coach at the University of Fresno State, as new Head Coach. Beck signed a contract till 2010 with an option of another year.
Beck has been working for 16 years in Europe, as coach of Bree he was 'coach of the year' in Belgium last season.
Beck began his European adventure in Ostend (Belgium), then German Trier (1994-2001) with whom he won twice the German Cup, Oldenburg (2002-2007) and Bree (2007-2008).


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Players movement - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Few Clubs have new players on their roster in the new year.

Tindastoll got back few hometown players. Axel Karason (193-F-83) will play for his old Club until end of january. Is studying in Hungary. Fridrik Hreinsson (184-G-81) coming from Armann and Helgi Margeirsson (191-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) coming from Randers DK. Allan Fall (182-G-81) left the team in december for a job in Switzerland and Soren Flaeng (207-C-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) not coming back because of injury.
Dadi Gretarsson sign with IR, was at FSU.
Thorsteinn Gunnlaugsson (-82) sign with Breidablik, was at Skallagrimur.
Hottur lost Ben Hill (196-F-79) & Jerry Cheves (191-G-84, college: Brockport St.) but sign instead of them Bayo Arigbon. ( Agency Icebasket)
Thor, Akureyri has sign Konrad Tota (196-F-80, college: Dickinson St.)
Skallagrimur sign Landon Quick (185-G-85). ( Agency Icebasket)


Iceland Express league All Star team - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Iceland Basketball Federation has selected Iceland Express league All Star team after first part of the season ( 11 games)
All Star team.
Cedric Isom (188-G-84, college: E.Texas Baptist) (Agency Icebasket)Thor Akureyri
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther)(Agency Icebasket) KR. MVP.
Jon Arnor Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) KR.
Pall Axel Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) Grindavik.
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (203-C-88) Keflavik.

Best player was voted Jakob Sigurdarson KR. Team has been unstoppable so far 11-0 in the league. Jakob Sigurdarson average 17.1 ppg. 4.5 apg. 3.8 rpg. 2.0 spg. 0.9 turnover per game.Fg 50.4% Ft 87.5 % 3-pts 47.2% Effeciency 20.2

Best coach was voted Einar Arni Johannsson Breidablik
Best Referee was voted Sigmundur Mar Herbertsson.


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Israeli club Bnei Hasharon not very welcomed in Turkey - by Eurobasket
After a delay due to on court disturbances before the game (linked to Israeli agression on Gaza), the Turk Telekom vs Bnei Hasharon game was not played due to Bneis refusal to play despite clearing the arena of fans. The situation will be reviewed by the disciplinary judge to give the final ruling. Under league rules the refusal to play a game by a team can be sanctioned and the game can be given to the opposing team 20-0.
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National League Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hap.Tivon - Elitzur Ramla 92-104
Hapoel Tivon was beaten by Elitzur Ramla 92:104 as Peterson Damon, Bar David Meir and Badalov Michael scored 22 points each. Sela Or nailed 23 points for the home side.

Megido/Yok. - Hap.Afula 97-91
Megido overcame Hapoel Afula 97:91 in Regular Season Round 13. Williams Jamal shined with 33 points, while Eliyahu Avi supported him with 30 points and 10 assists. Berkovitz Ilan produced 24 points in defeat.

Kohav Yair - Lev Hashar. 84-90
Kohav Yair lost to Lev Hasharon 84:90 as Shaibi Shachar led the winners with 25 points. Uter Adrian collected 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Morgan Stacey netted 24 points in the losing effort.

Hod Hasharon - Bar.Netanya 66-78
Netanya improved to 13-0 being the great leader in the ladder. The favorites overcame Hod Hasharon 78:66 as Gueta Eliran led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hamilton Blake had 25 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Natzrath Elite - Benyamina 99-97
Natzrath Elite edged Benyamina 99:97 behind 30 points from Nenikashvili Avi. Brandy Stanley scored 27 and Tavor Ziv added 25. Shmidt Omer posted 28 for the guests and Williams Kenny notched 27.

Ironi N-Ziona - Macc.Ashdod 71-86
Maccabi Ashdod is second with 9-4 record after 86:71 over Ironi N-Ziona. Brewington Dwight had 29 points and 20 rebounds, while Assaf Dori scored 29. Zagury Eilon produced 19 points for the hosts.



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Artland Dragons keep the intrigue alive - by Eurobasket News
Fortitudo - Artland Dragons 89:93

The Artland Dragons survived in the rally for the EuroCup Last 16 stage birth. The Dragons edged Fortitudo in Bologna to improve at 2-3 record in Group G. Fortitudo could have booked the Last 16 appearance in the case of a win but found themselves trailing 24:28 after the opening period. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) kept the visitors in charge throughout the second term. Artland finished the first half leading by the same four points 45:41. Lamont McIntosh (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia St.) and Hess delivered from the outside to maintained the advantage for the German team early in the third stanza. The Dragons arrived at three-quarter time having built a 65:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Darryl Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) and Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) gave hope to the hosts trimming the deficit to just 6 points with 5 minutes left in the game. But Fortitudo failed to climb back into contest. Lamont McIntosh stretched the margin to 7 points and Artland raced ahead to the win at the end.
Adam Hess nailed 27 points to pace Artland. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Canisius) contributed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) scored 20 points for Fortitudo. Marcelinho Huertas had 17 points in the loss. Fortitudo will next face Pamesa on the road, while Artland will host FMP.

Fortitudo: Qyntel Woods 20, Marcelinho Huertas 17
Artland Dragons: Adam Hess 27, Darren Fenn 22, Lamont McIntosh 19


Besiktas surprise Benetton in Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Besiktas 80:89

Besiktas celebrated a resounding road win over Benetton in the fifth round of the EuroCup regular season yesterday. The previously undefeated Italian team could have booked the first place finish in Group C but could not overcome a sizzling performance from Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) to lose the battle to Besiktas. Mire Chatman fired 30 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to help the visitors to the second win in the tournament. Benetton will now have to win against Khimky in Russia to clinch the top spot in the pool.
Benetton looked like they were on an easy journey here as they opened the game with a 7:0 run. But Besiktas quickly responded with an 18:5 rally to grab the lead. The visitors held on to the advantage and closed the opening stanza ahead by 5 points 20:15. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) was the main figure for Besiktas in the second term as his points allowed the visitors to stay in charge. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) however fired a 13:1 run from Benetton to knot things up at 40 late in the half. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) capped it with a layup to make it 42:40 for Besiktas at halftime.
The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame and the lead changed hands for several times. The third quarter finished with Benetton and Besiktas tied at 61. Besiktas used a pair of trebles from Cevher Ozer to craft a massive 18:0 run midway through the fourth term that put them away for good.
Cevher Ozer scored 27 points for Besiktas. Adem Oren (207-F/C-79) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Gary Neal had 20 points for the hosts. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Benetton: Gary Neal 20, Sandro Nicevic 19+10 boards
Besiktas: Mire Chatman 30, Cevher Ozer 27, Adem Oren 12


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ASK Riga prevail against Roanne - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga - Roanne 86:70

ASK Riga toppled Roanne before the home fans to boost their chances of making it to the Last 16 of EuroCup. Three teams are now tied at 3-2 record in Group A with the outcome to be decided in the final round. ASK Riga is scheduled to face Zadar in Croatia and need to win this one or hope for Roanne to take care of Marousi to advance.
Roanne jumped to an early lead as Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) and Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-G-87) scored quick baskets. But Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) ensured a 12:9 lead for the hosts midway through the frame. Pierric Poupet (191-G-84) and Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) however regained the advantage for the French team and they won the opening stanza 21:17. Curtis Sumpter (201-F-84, college: Villanova), Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) and Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) maintained the lead for Roanne in the second term. The gap ballooned to 9 points before Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) allowed ASK Riga to cut the distance to 6 points at halftime 38:44.
Roanne seemed to stay in control as Aaron Harper opened the second half with 5 points for a 49:38 lead. But Andrius Mazutis (180-G-81) scored 6 points in an 11:1 rally from the hosts that saw the distance grew thin. The teams traded baskets and ASK Riga trailed by just one point 61:62 heading into the fourth term. Ernests Kalve, Aigars Vitols (192-G-76, agency: Interperformances) and Sandis Valters scored as ASK Riga surged ahead at the start of the final term. Two three-pointers from Sandis Valters soon made it 76:65 for the hosts. The game was done as the Latvian team cruised to the win afterwards.
Ernests Kalve finished with 23 points for ASK Riga. Sandis Valters delivered 19 points and 6 assists, while Raitis Grafs secured 13 points and 15 boards in the win. Chris Monroe responded with 21 points for Roanne as they fell at 1-4 record.

ASK Riga: Ernests Kalve 23, Sandis Valters 19, Aigars Vitols 16
Roanne: Chris Monroe 21, Aaron Harper 15


Dynamo clinch Last 16 spot - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow - Barons/LMT 84:74

Dynamo Moscow celebrated a home win over Barons/LMT and qualified into the Last 16 stage of the EuroCup. The win allowed Dynamo to claim the secure the second spot in Group B of the regular season. Barons/LMT slipped at 1-4 record in the pool.
Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) continued to display his excellent from as he dropped 12 points in the starting frame to give Dynamo a 28:16 lead. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) worked hard for Barons/LMT at both ends of the floor cutting the distance to 6 points in the second period. Dynamo however did not allow the visitors to get closer and finished the half ahead by 8 points 46:38. Dynamo kept Barons scoreless for about three minutes in the third quarter extending the margin to 14 points. Demetrius Alexander and Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) saw Barons cut the deficit to 10 points with ten minutes left in this one. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) and Demetrius Alexander knocked down treys to drag Barons within 6 points with under 4 minutes to go in the game. But Hollis Price first struck from beyond the arc and then sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe.
Travis Hansen finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Dynamo. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 10 rebound in the win. Demetrius Alexander answered with 25 points and 10 boards for Barons/LMT. Charles Rhodes and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) had 16 points apiece in defeat.

Dynamo: Travis Hansen 22, Bostjan Nachbar 16+10 boards, Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) 14
Barons/LMT: Demetrius Alexander 25+10 boards, Charles Rhodes 16, Kaspars Berzins 16


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Asvel bruise Lietuvos Rytas in Lyon - by Eurobasket News
Asvel - Lietuvos Rytas 93:90

Asvel stepped closer to the EuroCup Last 16 stage as they eked out a narrow win over Lietuvos Rytas yesterday. The teams entered the game tied at 2-2 record and threw all they had for the win. But the hosts turned out successful in tense final seconds as Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) sealed the win from the charity stripe. Asvel now need to win against Azovmash in Mariupol to clinch the top spot in Group E. Lietuvos Rytas must beat Gran Canaria at home to advance.
Lietuvos Rytas used a 9:0 run in the starting stanza to pile up a 20:12 lead. Asvel however cut the deficit and finished the first frame trailing by 4 points 22:26. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) kept Lietuvos Rytas ahead early in the second quarter. But soon J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) dropped two three-pointers and Ali Traore hit from inside to give the lead back to the hosts 36:35. However the visitors capped the half with a 13:4 rally to maintain a 48:40 advantage at the interval.
Asvel was a different team after the break. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) knocked down 10 points to fire up a 12:0 run from the hosts that put them in the driving seat. Benjamin Dewar sank a treble late in the quarter and Ali Traore added a jumper to seal three-quarter outcome at 71:67. The teams traded baskets in the fourth term as the pressure mounted. Lietuvos Rytas led by a single point 87:86 after a three-pointer from Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) with less than a minute left. The hosts answered with four free throws from J.R. Reynolds and Laurent Foirest (197-F-73). Asvel enjoyed a 92:90 lead when Branko Milisavljevic had a chance to give Lietuvos Rytas a key lead. But his trebles rimmed out and Ali Traore sealed it all from the charity stripe.
Benjamin Dewar finished with 26 points for the winners. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) and Ali Traore added 16 points each for Asvel. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) had 21 points and 7 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Branko Milisavljevic topscored for the visitors with 24 points.

Asvel: Benjamin Dewar 26, Chevon Troutman 16, Ali Traore 16
Lietuvos Rytas: Branko Milisavljevic 24, Marijonas Petravicius 21


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Justin Gray leads Nymburk to key EuroCup win - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Nymburk 63:66

The Czech champions Nymburk remained in the race for the ticket to the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They scored a dramatic narrow road win over Buducnost in Podgorica to stay tied at 2-3 record with Hemofarm. The teams will meet in the final round in Czech Republic.
Buducnost started the game aggressively and quickly piled up a 13:4 lead. Blake Schilb (201-G-83, college: Loyola, IL) and Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) answered to trim the deficit to 4 points at the end of the first frame. Nymburk however was a different team in the second frame. The visitors went on a 14:3 run to surge ahead. Nymburk grabbed a 28:22 lead late in the quarter. Buducnost responded with back-to-back trebles from Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) before Justin Gray capped it at 33:32 at halftime.
The teams traded blows early in the second half. Nymburk pulled ahead in the final seconds of the third frame as Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) gave them a 46:45 advantage. Buducnost once again regained the lead in the final frame after baskets from Vladimir Micov and Vladimir Dasic. The hosts were up 61:60 with 56 seconds left in the game. Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) put the Czech team in front. Later Justin Gray was accurate from the charity stripe winning the game for Nymburk.
Justin Gray topscored with 19 points for Nymburk. Arthur Lee provided 15 points in the victory. Vladimir Micov answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Buducnost. Vladimir Dasic had 14 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 17, Vladimir Dasic 14+10 boards
Nymburk: Justin Gray 19, Arthur Lee 15, Goran Jagodnik 12


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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. IRT 8-1 
 2. ASS 7-2 
 3. MAS 6-3 
 4. FUS 5-4 
 5. RCA 4-5 
 6. KAC 2-6 
 7. WAC 2-7 
 8. MET 0-0 
 9. TSC 0-0 
 10. CMC 0-9 


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NBA Round: 69 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Celtics - Bobcats 106-114
Charlotte Bobcats outsmarted the reigning champion in OT jumping on 13-22 record. At the same time the Celtics fell on 29-7. Charlotte had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Raymond Felton, who collected 25 points and 8 assists. Gerald Wallace netted 23 and grabbed 6 rebounds, while DJ Augustin added 20 points and 5 assists. Paul Pierce replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds on the other side. Ray Allen contributed with 20 pts.

Wizards - Magic 80-90
Hidayet Turkoglu, who stepped up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, paced his Orlando Magic to 27-8 score. Dwight Howard helped him with 15 points and 16 boards. Caron Butler shined in loss with 29 points, 5 rebs and 5 as. Wizards 7-26.

Rockets - 76ers 96-104
The 76ers grabbed it at home mostly owing to Andre Iguodala and his 28 points. Louis Williams and Marreese Speights netted 15 points apiece. Luis Scola had 18 points and 17 boards for the loosing side. 76ers 14-20, Rockets 21-15.

Timberwolves - Grizzlies 94-87
Minnesota surprised Mamphis on the road mostly owing to Randy Foye, who drained 23 points. Al Jefferson also was on high level adding 19 points and 12 boards. Hakim Warrick and OJ Mayo combined 42 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Timberwolves 9-25, Grizzlies 11-24.

Knicks - Thunder 99-107
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green had 76 points for the hosts in this game. Al Harington netted 21 points and grabbed 5 boards on the other side. Thunder 5-30, Knicks 13-20.

Kings - Bulls 94-99
Ben Gordon once again was a key player in his Chicago Bulls nailing 24 points. Drew Gooden scored 18 and pulled down 10 rebounds. Sacramento got 29 points from Kevin Martin. Bulls 15-20, Kings 8-28.

Clippers - Mavericks 102-107
21-13 for the Mavs and 8-26 for the Clippers after this game. Dirk Nowitzki came up with 34, while Josh Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Eric Gordon shined on the other side collecting 32 points and 6 assists. Marcus Camby had another good game ending it with 10 pts and 19 boards.

Hornets - Lakers 116-105
David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) poured in 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Chris Paul also had impressive performance netting 32 points and dishing out 15 assists. Kobe Bryant came up with 39 points and 7 assists for the Lakers. Hornets 21-10, Lakers 27-6.


Thunder acquires Chucky Atkins - by Eurobasket News
The Thunder has traded for Denver point guard Chucky Atkins (5'11''-G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida), sending reserve center Johan Petro (7'0''-C-86) to the Nuggets. Oklahoma City will also receive the Nuggets first round pick in the 2009 draft and give Denver a second-round pick in this years draft. The deal, which was first reported by the Denver Post and is expected to be announced later today, will give the Thunder three first-round draft picks in this years draft. Atkins, a 10-year veteran, is averaging 1.9 points, 2.0 assists and 8.2 minutes in 14 games this season. Petro was averaging 4.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22 games.

As a reminder, the Thunder agreed terms with a big guy Nenad Krstic before the New Year. Krstic arrived from Russian Triumph.

Courtesy of http://www.newsok.com


Grizzlies waive Darius Miles - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward Darius Miles (6'9''-F/C-81), who was trying to make a comeback after a two-year absence following knee surgery.

Miles was cut by the Boston Celtics in the preseason and signed with Memphis on Dec. 13. The 27-year-old also served a 10-game league suspension after his signing for violating the league's drug policy.

The third overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2000 NBA draft became the first player in league history drafted straight out of high school to earn All-Rookie honors.

Miles holds career averages of 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.15 blocks in 27.6 minutes in 414 career games with Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers.

More from the Memphis Grizzlies. Except of the Miles, the team also waived General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace.

Courtesy of http://www.cleveland.com


Heat trade Shaun Livingston to Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat announced today that they have traded guard Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) and cash considerations to the Memphis Grizzles for a 2012 conditional second round draft pick.

UPDATE: Mere minutes after making this trade, the Grizzlies waived Livingston.

In four games this season, Livingston averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 assists in 10.3 minutes. The 67 guard signed with the HEAT as a free agent on October 3, 2008. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

Over the last few days there were several local Miami reports suggesting the team was set to waive/release Livingston, rather than trade him.

With Mike Conley, Kyle Lowry and oversized point guard Marko Jaric the Grizzlies are overloaded at the position. Itll be interesting to see how long the team holds on to Livingston. So far hes been unable to show full recovery from injury.

Courtesy of http://www.insidehoops.com


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Men Super League Postponed - by Tamara Awartani
Due to the war on Gaza and in sympathy with the unspeakable suffering of our brethren in Gaza, the men super league has been postponed until further notice.
Yet again a simple basketbal tournament cant take place, to our regret everybody has been left in isolation, again.

On top of this, the players are too apathetic to train properly because of the sad situation, we hope to have better times soon.


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Millrats add talented trio - by Carl Berman
(January 7, 2009 Manchester, NH): The Manchester Millrats have added a talented trio which should bring them some much needed scoring punch. The Millrats are pleased to announce the signing of Keith Salscheider, Lincoln Glass, and Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena).

Salscheider, a 6'5 shooting guard, was ranked in the top 3 in three point shooting in the CBA for each of the past three seasons. He spent last spring averaging 21 points per game in New Zealand. Tommy Mitchell is a 6'3 combo guard who was an ABA All Star last season with the Montreal Royal. Mitchell light up the Millrats last March in the ABA playoffs for 50 points, his second 50-point performance of last season. Like Salscheider and current Millrat Desmond Ferguson, Mitchell is a knock down three point shooter. Mitchell has also spent time at the point guard position during his college days at Siena, and also in the pros. Lincoln Glass, a 5'11 point guard who played his college ball at Auburn University is a tough, veteran player who has spent time in the CBA, the USBL, the IBL, as well as in Mexico and the Netherlands. This summer he led the Elkhart (IN) Express to a 23-2 record, and a berth in the IBL championship game. Glass is a career 40% three point shooter.

Manchester's defense has looked much better this season under new Head Coach Rob Spon, and they are doing it against stiffer competition in the Premier Basketball League. The Millrats are giving up just 88.4 points per game through five preseason games and two regular season games. Last season, Manchester yielded over 110 points per game. However, the Millrats have been missing the dynamic scoring leadership of Anthony Anderson, who now plays in Cyprus. 'We are committed to winning and feel that Keith, Lincoln, and Tommy will help us do just that. Their ability to stretch defenses will really make us difficult for teams to decide how to guard' explained Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy.

Manchester is gearing up for it's regular season home opener this Sunday, January 11th at 2:30 pm, versus the two-time defending ABA champion Vermont Frost Heaves. The Millrats home gym is the Fieldhouse on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University. Doors open one hour prior to tip off. Tickets are onsale online at www.manchestermillrats.com or at the door, and are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids 17 and under.


Neale joins the Kebs - by Gianni Pascucci
Quebec Kebs Head Coach Charles Dube-Brais communicated to Usbasket.com the signing of Alfred Neale (6'6''-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: N.Mexico), who had started season with D-League team Reno Bighorns

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Turow nip Brose Basket in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Turow - Brose Basket 67:56

Polish Turow snapped a three-game losing streak and celebrated the second win in the EuroCup regular season. Yesterday the Polish powerhouse held off Brose Basket in Group F. Brose Basket in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament.
Both teams lost any chances of progressing into the next round before the game and played just for the pride in this one. Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) and Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) gave the German team an early spark as Bamberg jumped to an 11:2 lead. The visitors continued to dominate and closed the first quarter ahead 19:10. Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) and Alex Harris fired twice from downtown in the second term as Turow trimmed the deficit to 3 points. However Brose reacted immediately with a trey from Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) and the German team won the half 36:28.
The hosts opened the second half aggressively and went on a 14:0 run to surge ahead. Turow took over and comfortably rallied to a 53:47 lead at the final intermission. Robert Witka (205-F-81) and Damir Miljkovic paced the hosts in the fourth term as Turow maintained the advantage well enough. Brose Basket never threatened the margin and Turow clinched the victory at the end.
Damir Miljkovic scored 15 points to lead Turow. Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: LimeLight, college: Georgia) canned 14 points and collected 8 rebounds in the win. Demond Greene notched 13 points for Brose Basket. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 9 points in the losing effort.

Turow: Damir Miljkovic 15, Chris Daniels 14, Demond Greene 13
Brose Basket: Demond Greene 13, Predrag Suput 9


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Khimky shoot down Le Havre in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre - Khimky 63:79

Khimky stayed in the race for the top finish in Group C of the EuroCup regular season with a tough win over Le Havre in France. Khimky had booked their Last 16 spot earlier in the tournament and looked for the win in the fight for the top spot in the pool. Le Havre on the other hand tried to entertain their home crowd with the initial EuroCup success in the season. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored 7 points to ignite a 10:0 run for Khimky early in the game. The Russian team soon piled up a 20:9 lead with Le Havre looking quite hapless at the moment. TJ Thompson (177-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) revived the intrigue as he dropped 5 points pulling Le Havre within 7 points from the visitors at the end of the first frame. Le Havre continued to get closer in the second period as Thompson and Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) managed to make it a 30:31 game. Khimky answered with free throws from Kelly McCarty and Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) to win the first half 39:36.
Carlos Delfino and Jorge Garbajosa saw Khimky grab a 50:42 lead midway through the third frame. Soon McCarty, Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) and Milt Palacio all joined in to ignite a 10:0 run that ballooned the gap to 16 points. The visitors entered the fourth quarter leading by 18 points. Le Havre had little chances to save this one in the final term as Khimky posted the fourth win at the tournament.
Kelly McCarty finished with 20 points for Khimky. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86) added 13 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) and Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) answered with 13 points apiece in the loss.

Le Havre: Rudy Jomby 13, Fabien Causeur 13
Khimky: Kelly McCarty 20, Timofey Mozgov 13+15 boards, Mike Wilkinson 8, Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) 8


Dynamo clinch Last 16 spot - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow - Barons/LMT 84:74

Dynamo Moscow celebrated a home win over Barons/LMT and qualified into the Last 16 stage of the EuroCup. The win allowed Dynamo to claim the secure the second spot in Group B of the regular season. Barons/LMT slipped at 1-4 record in the pool.
Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) continued to display his excellent from as he dropped 12 points in the starting frame to give Dynamo a 28:16 lead. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) worked hard for Barons/LMT at both ends of the floor cutting the distance to 6 points in the second period. Dynamo however did not allow the visitors to get closer and finished the half ahead by 8 points 46:38. Dynamo kept Barons scoreless for about three minutes in the third quarter extending the margin to 14 points. Demetrius Alexander and Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) saw Barons cut the deficit to 10 points with ten minutes left in this one. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) and Demetrius Alexander knocked down treys to drag Barons within 6 points with under 4 minutes to go in the game. But Hollis Price first struck from beyond the arc and then sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe.
Travis Hansen finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Dynamo. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 10 rebound in the win. Demetrius Alexander answered with 25 points and 10 boards for Barons/LMT. Charles Rhodes and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) had 16 points apiece in defeat.

Dynamo: Travis Hansen 22, Bostjan Nachbar 16+10 boards, Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) 14
Barons/LMT: Demetrius Alexander 25+10 boards, Charles Rhodes 16, Kaspars Berzins 16


Unics stay perfect in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Lukoil 79:72

Unics maintained their perfect record in the EuroCup regular season as they held off pesky Lukoil in Kazan. The victory also allowed Dynamo Moscow to join Unics in the Last 16 stage. The teams traded baskets in a high-flying start to the game. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) capped the first frame with a free throw to give the hosts a 21:15 lead. Unics held on to the lead early in the second term before Lukoil struck back. The Bulgarian champions used an 8:1 run to claim a 31:29 advantage. Lukoil got the taste and looked unstoppable at the moment. They piled up a 41:32 lead at the interval. But Unics had their go-to-guy. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) exploded with three straight triples to put Unics back in front 46:45. The teams exchanged the blows and were all tied at 53 with one quarter to go. Vladimir Veremeenko stepped up with important baskets to ensure a 71:62 lead for the hosts midway through the fourth term. Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) dropped a timely treble, while Vladimir Veremeenko was accurate from free throw line to seal the win for the home team.
Vladimir Veremeenko scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Unics. Marko Popovic added 21 points in the winning case. Toni Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) had 13 points for Lukoil. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points in the loss.

Unics: Vladimir Veremeenko 22+10 boards, Marko Popovic 21, Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) 13+10 boards
Lukoil: Toni Akins 13, Riste Stefanov 11


CSK VVS Samara sign Sam Clancy - by Eurobasket
CSK VVS Samara agreed terms with 29-year old American forward Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC). Clancy played most recently at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France), where last year averaged 14.2ppg and 7.3rpg in Euroleague and 10.5ppg and 6.7rpg in French league. He helped Le Mans win Regular Season but his team lost in the semifinals of the play-offs. Clancy was selected for the French ProA All-Star Game and to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention at the end of the season. He tried for two years in the NBA after graduating college. Then he played in CBA, NBDL and overseas in Venezuela, Greece, Spain, Russia (in 05-06 at Uniks Kazan) and Korea.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk agreed terms with Kaspars Kambala - by Eurobasket
Enisey Krasnoyarsk signed 31-year old Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV). Kambala played two years ago at Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey). However he was suspended for 2 years at the end of 06-07 season. He used to be the biggest talent coming from Lithuania, considering at one point to make it to the NBA. But two years break is quite significant and it's a big gamble to sign the player. Kambala can be a big star of his new team if he is back in the shape. Let's wait and see.

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok add Nikolay Padius to their roster - by Eurobasket
Another team which used Christmas - New Year to shop on the transaction amrket is Spartak Primorie . The team from far east Vladivostok agreed terms with 29-year old domestic guard Nikolay Padius (197-G-80). Padius played most recently at Costa Cafe Marousi (Greece), but was released in November. He is well-known player in Russian Superleague where previously he played at Spartak St.Petersburg, CSKA, Dynamo Moscow, Dynamo MR and Unics Kazan. He played also in Italy and Greece.

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Vojvodina Srbijagas lands Vonteego Cummings - by Dragan Jankovski
After season and a half in Israel and Spain, experienced American point guard Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) returns to Serbia. Adriatic league participant Vojvodina Srbijagas agreed terms with Cummings, who will join it today. He will make debut in regional championship next week-end against FMP.

Vonteego Cummings started the season in Spanish Estudiantes, but they parted ways two weeks ago. The Tulips didn't waste time offering Cummings pretty decent contract. For 11 games in ACB league this season Cummings had 6.7 ppg and 2.6 apg. Last season he spent in Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. On 06/07 Cummings won the championship title in Serbia as well as in Adriatic league, all with Partizan Belgrade. At his first season with the Black-and-whites they grabbed S&M championship. During the season 04/05 Cummings was a member of Hemofarm STADA. He left just few weeks before the orange team made the biggest success in the clubs' history - winning the Adriatic league title. In the past he played in NBDL and Italian Lega Due. He also has NBA experience with Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. Vojvodina currently has 4 wins and 11 defeats in Adriatic league.


Branislav Djekic shines with FMP on Euroleague junior tournament in L'Hospitalet - by Dragan Jankovski
FMP Zeleznik once again demonstrated nice performance on Euroleague junior tournament in Spanish town L'Hospitalet (powered by NIKE). The tournament was held from January 4th to January 6th. The team from Zeleznik had 3 wins and just 1 defeat ending it on the fifth place. Branislav Djekic (205-F/C-91) was totally the best player in FMP averaging 26.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.3 spg and 2.5 apg. He made pretty good 9 of 18 attempts from behind the arc having an average index value 27.

In the first round FMP suffered defeat against DKV Joventut 61-70. Joan Tomas (200-F-92) had 13 points in Joventut, while Branislav Djekic registered double-double in FMP, 27 points and 13 rebounds. In the next round FMP outplayed Cajasol Sevilla 84-67 thanks to Djekic's 25 points and 9 rebounds. In classification games FMP beat Real Madrid 96-84. This time Djekic scored 31 points. Aleksandar Ponjavic (196-G-91) added 13. In the battle for the fifth place FMP cruised past Zadar with plus 15, 70-55. Branislav Djekic once again shined in his team collecting 23 points and 12 rebounds. Strahinja Mladenovic (198-F-92) had 19 pts.

Nicola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) of Real Madrid was named MVP of this prestigious tournament. Branislav Djekic, together with Mirotic and few more players, impressed basketball public in L'Hospitalet.


Bilbao take another EuroCup scalp - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Bilbao 62:82

Bilbao maintained the perfect EuroCup record as they posted the fifth straight win yesterday. Bilbao edged Hemofarm on the road to clinch the top spot in Group H. Quincy Lewis (201-F-77, college: Minnesota), Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Janis Blums (190-G-82) put the visitors ahead early in the game. Bilbao kept the hosts at bay in the first term and finished it leading by 4 points 18:14. Bilbao went on a 12:0 run in the second frame to open a double-digit lead. The game soon turned into a one-way traffic as Bilbao ran away to a 43:28 distance at halftime.
Renaldas Seibutis and Javier Salgado (180-G-80) notched treys at the start of the third frame as the lead grew to 20 points. Weis added a pair of buckets to make it 55:32 for the visitors. Hemofarm capped the third frame strong as they went on a 9:4 rally to trail by 18 points heading into the fourth term. However Javier Salgado and Predrag Savovic (197-G-76, college: Hawaii) connected from downtown at the start of the fourth quarter as Bilbao gained a comfortable advantage. The Spanish team never looked back throughout the reminder of the contest and posted the fifth consecutive win in the EuroCup season.
Renaldas Seibutis contributed 22 points to pace Bilbao. Salvador Guardia (205-F-74) added 13 points, while Javier Salgado finished with 11 points for the winners. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) had 17 points and 6 boards for Hemofarm. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) responded with 15 points in the losing case.

Hemofarm: Boris Savovic 17, Boban Marjanovic 15
Bilbao: Renaldas Seibutis 22, Salvador Guardia 13, Javier Salgado 11


Crvena Zvezda blitz Charleroi at home - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Charleroi 93:91

Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) paced Crvena Zvezda to the win over Charleroi in Group F leaders clash. The win put Crvena Zvezda on level terms with Charleroi as the Belgian team suffered the first loss in the tournament. The first spot would be up for grabs next week when Crvena Zvezda play against Bamberg in Germany, while Charleroi host Turow.
Lawerence Roberts and Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) ignited a starting rally from the hosts as they claimed a 14:7 lead. However Len Matela soon was introduced into this one and he immediately sparked an 8:2 run that gave the visitors a 26:24 lead. Crvena Zvezda had the last laugh in the frame as Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) made it 27:26 for the hosts. The complexion of the game never changed in the second period as the teams traded baskets and the hosts enjoyed a 56:53 lead at halftime. Lawerence Roberts and Andre Owens secured a 7-point advantage for Crvena Zvezda at the start of the third frame and soon the Serbian team cleared off to an 11-point distance. Charleroi fought bravely and headed into the fourth term trailing by just 5 points 69:74. Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) saw the hosts grab a 10-point advantage late in the regulation before Spirou Basket netted 7 straight points to revive the intrigue. But Elmedin Kikanovic scored twice from the line to silence the visitors.
Lawrence Roberts knocked down 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the winners. Marko Keselj contributed 14 points for Crvena Zvezda. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) notched 20 points and 7 assists for Charleroi. Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) nailed 15 points in the losing effort.

Crvena Zvezda: Lawrence Roberts 20+10 boards, Marko Keselj 14, Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) 13
Charleroi: Jerry Johnson 20, Wes Wilkinson 15


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Marko Milic successfully returns on the court after his knee injury - by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija Ljubljana star player Marko Milic (199-F-77; Agency: BBallWorld) has successfully returned to basketball courts after meniscus knee injury which had him out of court action for non less than six weeks. Marko Milic played his first game for Union Olimpija after almost a month and contributed 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 16 minutes of playing time in Adriatic League against FMP Belgrade last Saturday. Marko Milic didn't undergo surgery of his knee as it was published by world press; doctors advised him that due to minor extent of injury he can heal his knee with six weeks of rest and physiotherapy under supervision of Union Olimpija Ljubljana medical staff. Marko Milic, fan favourite in Slovenia and all around of Europe, is now fully fit and expected to play large minutes in Union Olimpija last home court Euroleague game of the season against Turkish Champion Fenerbahce Ulker on Thursday night.

Alpos Stuns Koper in Last Second Win - by Zeljko Zule
Alpos Sentjur defeated Luka Koper 71-68 in the last game of the UPC League Round 13. Asmir Sadibasic (204-F/C-82) hit just one free throw with 3.1 left to put Alpos up 69-68. Grega Nachbar lost the ball to set up Sadibasic's game winning-dunk. Armin Avdibegovic scored 17 points, Asmir Sadibasic added 13 and Milan Sebic had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Sentjur while Jernej Mihalic lead Koper with 18 points. Ivan Simunic added 13.

Hopsi and Hundley to part ways, Rudar inks Ribic - by Zeljko Zule

Hopsi Polzela and American guard Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia) have reached an agreement to end the contract that was due to run until June 2009. He appeared in 8 games of UPC League, averaging 13,1 points (2P 21-38, 3P 14-45, FT 21-30), 3,4 rebounds, 2,3 assists and 1,8 steals in 29,5 minutes per game. Hundley won 2008 Slovenian All-Star slam dunk contest.

Rudar (B1) have added the 2007 and 2008 B-1 League's top scorer Matic Ribic (186-G-85) ex Konjice to their roster.

Litija (B1) signed Danijel Majstorovic (184-G-89) ex Rogla.



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Quintin Denyssen Wins 2nd Professional Title with Ferroviario - by Tshepo Ditshego
On the 20th of December 2008 I got to witness history being made, at the Maxaquene stadium in Maputo, when Quintin Denyssen helped Ferroviario beat Maxaquene in the final of the Vodacom National Basketball League.

Game 1, which was played on Friday the 19th of December, of the best of 3 series went to Maxaquene who came back from 25 points down to win the game by 2 points. Game 2 was a must win for Ferroviario and Quintin Denyssen came up clutch with a free throw that sealed game 2 for Ferroviario and kept their title hopes alive.

In game 3 Quintin Denyssen came up big once again with a 12 point outburst in the fourth quarter which put the game out of reach for Maxaquene and sealed their fate as runners up of the inaugural Mozambique pro league.

Ferroviario had beaten Maxaquene in the finals the last 3 times they met and this championship made it four in a row.

But it wasnt Denyssens offensive contribution which made history but the fact that he won a championship with the Soweto Panthers in the Sprite Professional Basketball League 2 years earlier with the Soweto Panthers. He also won an LOP amateur title in 2008 with Wits Alumni to top all of that off. These two professional titles, in two different countries, in two inaugural pro leagues, with two different teams is the first achievement of its kind for any South African basketball player. Its one for the record books and should be recognised by South African basketball fans and administrators alike.

Ferroviario, who is ironically sponsored by Vodacoms competitor Mcel , walked away with 150,000 meticals which is equivalent to R55,000.

Speculation is rife that the next season of the Vodacom Mozambique pro league will commence in June 2009.


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Bilbao take another EuroCup scalp - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Bilbao 62:82

Bilbao maintained the perfect EuroCup record as they posted the fifth straight win yesterday. Bilbao edged Hemofarm on the road to clinch the top spot in Group H. Quincy Lewis (201-F-77, college: Minnesota), Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Janis Blums (190-G-82) put the visitors ahead early in the game. Bilbao kept the hosts at bay in the first term and finished it leading by 4 points 18:14. Bilbao went on a 12:0 run in the second frame to open a double-digit lead. The game soon turned into a one-way traffic as Bilbao ran away to a 43:28 distance at halftime.
Renaldas Seibutis and Javier Salgado (180-G-80) notched treys at the start of the third frame as the lead grew to 20 points. Weis added a pair of buckets to make it 55:32 for the visitors. Hemofarm capped the third frame strong as they went on a 9:4 rally to trail by 18 points heading into the fourth term. However Javier Salgado and Predrag Savovic (197-G-76, college: Hawaii) connected from downtown at the start of the fourth quarter as Bilbao gained a comfortable advantage. The Spanish team never looked back throughout the reminder of the contest and posted the fifth consecutive win in the EuroCup season.
Renaldas Seibutis contributed 22 points to pace Bilbao. Salvador Guardia (205-F-74) added 13 points, while Javier Salgado finished with 11 points for the winners. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) had 17 points and 6 boards for Hemofarm. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) responded with 15 points in the losing case.

Hemofarm: Boris Savovic 17, Boban Marjanovic 15
Bilbao: Renaldas Seibutis 22, Salvador Guardia 13, Javier Salgado 11


Pamesa record fifth straight win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
FMP - Pamesa 65:84

Pamesa kept their record spotless in the EuroCup with another easy victory on the road yesterday. Valencia took care of FMP to clinch the top spot finish in Group G. FMP on the other hand lost all of the chances to qualify into the Last 16 stage.
The teams kept it close in the starting frame as the they traded baskets. Filip Covic (180-G-89) and Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) struck late in the frame to give the hosts a 27:24 advantage after ten minutes. Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) and Albert Oliver (187-G-78) quickly put the visitors in front at the start of the second term. But FMP would not go away as Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) came up with some key buckets late in the half giving the home team a 46:42 advantage at the interval. The things turned upside down for FMP in the third frame. They went scoreless for about 5 minutes allowing Pamesa to craft a 19:0 run. The Spanish team grabbed a 68:52 advantage late in the quarter. Pamesa entered the fourth term ahead by 15 points 70:55. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) and Avdalovic delivered for Pamesa early in the final term and the visitors never looked back en route to another victory.
Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 15 points to lead Pamesa. Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) added 12 points for the winners. Dragan Labovic answered with game-high 26 points for FMP. Mladen Jeremic had 16 points in the loss.

FMP: Dragan Labovic 26, Mladen Jeremic 16
Pamesa: Rafael Martinez 15, Shammond Williams 12, Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 11


Azovmash outsmart Gran Canaria in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Azovmash 74:82

Azovmash got a major boost of their qualification to the Last 16 hopes. Yesterday the Ukrainian champions defeated Gran Canaria on the road to improve at 3-2 record. Gran Canaria dropped at 2-3 record and must win against Lietuvos Rytas away from home to have a chance of advancing.
Azovmash went on a 7:0 run early in the game to take a 14:7 lead which proved crucial in this one. Gran Canaria stayed behind throughout the rest of the journey. But the hopes were still high after the starting frame as Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) cut the gap to 4 points after the first quarter. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) and Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) ballooned the margin to 10 points in the second term. Melvin Sanders and Mario Fernades connected from beyond the arc to light it up for the hosts but the momentum did not last for too long. The visitors closed the first half with six straight points to win the first half 49:35. Oleksandr Skutyelnik (192-G-77) and Simonas Serapinas got things going for Azovmash in the second half. The Mariupol team kept the hosts at bay and entered the fourth period leading by 10 points. Gran Canaria however refused to surrender as Mario Fernandes (176-G-82, agency: Duran International) and Melvin Sanders put the home team within two points 71:73. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) and Khalid El-Amin nailed 5 straight points after timeout to restore a safe buffer between the sides. Khalid El-Amin added two more points, while Augustine committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Simonas Serapinas for Azovmash to get away with the win.
Khalid El-Amin nailed 19 points to lead the way for Azovmash. Serhiy Lishchuk added 14 points for the winners. Melvin Sanders responded with 16 points for Gran Canaria. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) had 12 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Melvin Sanders 16, Daniel Kickert 12
Azovmash: Khalid El-Amin 19, Serhiy Lishchuk 14, Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) 10+8 boards


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


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Vijana sustain winning momentum in RBA - by Carlos Pereira
By Suleiman Jongo

Former East and Central Africa champions, Vijana (City Bulls) sustained their winning momentum in the on-going RBA Kili League with a 61-55 win over Chui last weekend.
The match, which was held at the National Indoor Stadium saw Vijana, who are also the league's reigning champions, dominating most parts of the first half.
It was their second win in the league --having beaten PTW Stars 51-49 in the opening round.
Meanwhile, former champions Savio revived their hopes of winning the title after walloping Oilers 57-47 in a see-saw match held at the same venue on Sunday.

In the women's category, JKT Stars outsmarted Cargo Ladies 59-34.
The league has been organized by the Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) and sponsored by the Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) through their Kilimanjaro beer.
The money-spinning league, which is played every weekend, has risen in popularity within the country and the East and Central African region.


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Besiktas surprise Benetton in Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Besiktas 80:89

Besiktas celebrated a resounding road win over Benetton in the fifth round of the EuroCup regular season yesterday. The previously undefeated Italian team could have booked the first place finish in Group C but could not overcome a sizzling performance from Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) to lose the battle to Besiktas. Mire Chatman fired 30 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to help the visitors to the second win in the tournament. Benetton will now have to win against Khimky in Russia to clinch the top spot in the pool.
Benetton looked like they were on an easy journey here as they opened the game with a 7:0 run. But Besiktas quickly responded with an 18:5 rally to grab the lead. The visitors held on to the advantage and closed the opening stanza ahead by 5 points 20:15. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) was the main figure for Besiktas in the second term as his points allowed the visitors to stay in charge. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) however fired a 13:1 run from Benetton to knot things up at 40 late in the half. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) capped it with a layup to make it 42:40 for Besiktas at halftime.
The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame and the lead changed hands for several times. The third quarter finished with Benetton and Besiktas tied at 61. Besiktas used a pair of trebles from Cevher Ozer to craft a massive 18:0 run midway through the fourth term that put them away for good.
Cevher Ozer scored 27 points for Besiktas. Adem Oren (207-F/C-79) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Gary Neal had 20 points for the hosts. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Benetton: Gary Neal 20, Sandro Nicevic 19+10 boards
Besiktas: Mire Chatman 30, Cevher Ozer 27, Adem Oren 12


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Azovmash outsmart Gran Canaria in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Azovmash 74:82

Azovmash got a major boost of their qualification to the Last 16 hopes. Yesterday the Ukrainian champions defeated Gran Canaria on the road to improve at 3-2 record. Gran Canaria dropped at 2-3 record and must win against Lietuvos Rytas away from home to have a chance of advancing.
Azovmash went on a 7:0 run early in the game to take a 14:7 lead which proved crucial in this one. Gran Canaria stayed behind throughout the rest of the journey. But the hopes were still high after the starting frame as Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) cut the gap to 4 points after the first quarter. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) and Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) ballooned the margin to 10 points in the second term. Melvin Sanders and Mario Fernades connected from beyond the arc to light it up for the hosts but the momentum did not last for too long. The visitors closed the first half with six straight points to win the first half 49:35. Oleksandr Skutyelnik (192-G-77) and Simonas Serapinas got things going for Azovmash in the second half. The Mariupol team kept the hosts at bay and entered the fourth period leading by 10 points. Gran Canaria however refused to surrender as Mario Fernandes (176-G-82, agency: Duran International) and Melvin Sanders put the home team within two points 71:73. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) and Khalid El-Amin nailed 5 straight points after timeout to restore a safe buffer between the sides. Khalid El-Amin added two more points, while Augustine committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Simonas Serapinas for Azovmash to get away with the win.
Khalid El-Amin nailed 19 points to lead the way for Azovmash. Serhiy Lishchuk added 14 points for the winners. Melvin Sanders responded with 16 points for Gran Canaria. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) had 12 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Melvin Sanders 16, Daniel Kickert 12
Azovmash: Khalid El-Amin 19, Serhiy Lishchuk 14, Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) 10+8 boards


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BBL this week match previews - by George Manousidis
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders vs Worcester Wolves
Wednesday 7th January 2009 (7.30pm) @ Plymouth Pavilions
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders coach Gary Stronach is looking for an improved performance from his side when they host Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy on Wednesday evening.

The Raiders suffered a shock 102-93 home defeat against Worthing Thunder in their opening game in the competition on Saturday, and Stronach was a disappointed man following the defeat: 'With no disrespect to Worthing, and hats off to them because they shot the lights out and shot the three ball really well, but we just didn't play very well. Worcester beat them by 21, so that shows we have to step it up on Wednesday.'

The two sides have already met twice in the BBL Championship this season, with each team winning on their opponent's court. Raiders were 89-77 winners at the University of Worcester in October as Wolves made a slow start to the campaign, but Skouson Harker's team gained revenge with a 97-93 victory in the West Country six weeks later.

Stronach hopes his team can impose their will on the Wolves when they meet again on Wednesday: 'They defeated us in the league by drawing us in to their running game and we have to make sure we don't let that happen again. We have to get our mindset right, and make sure we are strong defensively. We didn't do that at times against Worthing, but we have to punch the clock defensively in every game if we are going to be successful. They've got an array of scorers in [Skouson] Harker, [Antony] Paez, [Harry] Disy and Will Funn, and they can all put the ball in the basket. It's a game we have to win if we're going to get through in the Trophy.'

Having won at Worthing on Sunday, Wolves are in pole position in group four of the Trophy, and player- coach Harker is excited about the prospect of progressing in the competition they reached the semi- final of last season: 'It is vital that we focus and do our best to advance to the Semi-Final. It won't be easy as Plymouth is very good, and with Worthing beating Plymouth, they are by no means out of it either.'

However, Harker is expecting a tough game at Plymouth Pavilions: 'Plymouth is a good side that can be as good as anyone in the BBL. We are looking to play our style of game, attack offensively and take the game to them. I am sure it will be another exciting game and we are really looking forward to it.'


Everton Tigers vs Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders
Friday 9 January 2009 (7.30pm) @ Greenbank Sports Academy
Everton Tigers will be aiming to make it two wins from as many BBL Trophy games when they host Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, on Friday.

Tigers have won both BBL Championship games between the teams this season, but Everton coach Tony Garbelotto is still expecting a difficult game on Friday evening: 'The two games we've had against so far have both been really hard-fought. They had a bit of a blip in December, but they've been one of the toughest teams we have played, and they've given us a lot of problems. They have a good front line, and they've done a good job against us. The score didn't reflect how they played last time as it was close to the end.

'We'll need to play at our optimum level, and it's good that we'll need that kind of performance as we need to be there when we play Plymouth in the Cup final the following week. We need to get better, I was happy with the performance against Plymouth last week even though we lost, but we need to prepare properly for this. If we can win the game we'll take control of the Trophy group.'

Riders are searching for a replacement point guard after Matt Martin retired from the game over Christmas, and Garbelotto believes it will affect them: 'They may have a new player by the time we play them, but losing Martin is a massive blow to them - especially as it's now such a complicated process to get work permit. But even without him they have a deep roster.

Westerbook is a competent guard who is more than capable of backing up for them, and their result at Guildford showed that they are capable of winning any game. Martin going is a blow because he brought them outside shooting, but they have other guys who can do that for them.'

Tigers had a tough game at BiG Cheshire Jets before winning their opening Trophy game last week, and Garbelotto acknowledged that his side hadn't played well: 'They really came out all guns blazing, and maybe like Plymouth and Worthing the night before we didn't respect them enough. They played the whole game with a man-to-man defence, which threw us a bit as we'd been working on zone in practice. But that shouldn't have affected us to that extent, the fact is we just didn't play well and a couple of players didn't show up. They came up with lots of little plays that caused us problems, but we were able to get out with the wins by making the big shots in the fourth quarter.'

Riders coach Rob Paternostro isn't underestimating the task his side face against the BBL Championship leaders: 'They are the most complete team in the league. I think Tony has them playing well together and they are confident that no matter how the game goes they'll stay together and pull out the victory. They were losing most of the way against Cheshire on Sunday, but found a way to win the game.

'Their key players are Andre Smith, Josh Gross and Richard Midgley. The first two are high scorers for them, but Midge has done a really good job for them. He's controlled the games, and done an excellent job of stabilising them.'


Marshall MK Lions vs Guildford Heat
Friday 9 January 2009 (7.30) @ Bletchley LC
Marshall MK Lions return to action on Friday after a three week lay-off, and they will be looking to end a five game losing streak against Guildford Heat.

Lions lost their final regular season game against the Surrey side last season, and went down 100-88 against the same side in the Championship final in May. The sides met again in the pre-season BBL Cup Winners' Cup competition, and two narrow defeats for the Lions gave Heat the silverware with a 157-147 aggregate success. When the teams met at the Spectrum in October, Heat again came out on top as 22 Jones points helped them to an 81-76 victory.

With hose results in mind, Lions coach Vince Macauley is expecting a tough game at Bletchley Leisure Centre on Friday: 'The Heat are a dangerous team that has key veterans who know how to win big games. We are yet to face them with EJ [Harrison] in the line-up this season and I believe he and Mike martin are the heart beat of the team.'

However, Macauley believes his team can end their hoodoo against the Heat: 'When we met it was very early in the season and we learning a lot with a new nucleus. We have since started to play better, we now have Jason [Obazuaye] who has been a very positive influence and as long as we compete for 40 minutes we'll be fine.'

Lions haven't played since losing 94-82 at Scottish Rocks in mid-December, but Macauley believes the break will benefit his team: 'I didn't realise till now we had the longest break. We are looking at it as a positive, it has given us time to recharge and for niggling injuries to recover, we feel fresh and ready to go.


Newcastle Eagles vs Scottish Rocks
Friday 9 January 2009 (7.30pm) @ Newcastle Arena
Old rivals Newcastle Eagles and Scottish Rocks meet at Newcastle Arena in a key BBL Trophy group game on Friday.

With both sides having already beaten Sheffield Sharks, victory on Friday will prove to be vital as the group reaches its midway stage.

Eagles won 98-88 at Sharks last week, and coach Fab Flournoy is hoping that his team will carry that form into Friday's eagerly awaited clash: 'It was a good basketball game and we got a lot of productivity from everyone. It was Tafari Toney's best game in a Newcastle vest. I hope we can continue that form when we play Rocks on Friday. It's going to be the first time that we've played them since they signed Wilbur Johnson, and he's going to add another dimension to them. I expect him to have a good all-round game, and it'll be the first time in a few years that they've had a big inside presence.'

Flournoy is a big fan of Rocks point guard Rob Yanders: 'Rob is the glue for them, it all goes through him. It's about how well we do about him, as he really hurt us last time. But I'm not taking anything away from Blake Shelton and Gareth Murray. Blake's having an all-star season and Gareth's getting better every year. Sterling gets the best out of Marc Pratt and Chi Lewis- Parry. This is a game that always goes down to the buzzer, and it won't be any different on Friday. Both of us went out of the Cup early at the hands of Everton, and we're both looking forward to getting through in the Trophy.'

Rocks' coach Sterling Davis is looking forward to the clash between arguably the biggest rivals in British basketball: 'It's not about x's and o's when it comes to these two teams meeting. It solely comes down to who wants it more on the night both teams always come in ready to battle but it just comes down to last man standing in the end.

'I think they are a well balanced team all around. Fab will and has always had his guys playing hard and believing in what he wants to achieve and that's an important factor to have with any successful team.

Trey Moore is consistently playing well for them right now on the perimeter and [Lynard] Stewart has continued to be their driving force on the inside.'


Worthing Thunder v Airwaves Plymouth Raiders
Saturday 10 January 2009 (7.00pm) @ Worthing LC
Worthing Thunder will be looking to complete a quick- fire double against Airwaves Plymouth Raiders when the teams meet in the BBL Trophy on Saturday.

Thunder shocked Raiders with a 103-92 victory on their own court to open the competition in style last week, and Thunder coach Gary Smith is hoping for a repeat: 'Having done the hard work in going down to Plymouth and getting the win down there it was disappointing that we were unable to capitalise on that with our game in front of our own fans on Sunday.

On Saturday everybody contributed to the team effort and guys like Daniel Hildreth, Dan Wardrope and Ciaran Burns came on and did the jobs we needed them to, but then the things we did really well on Saturday were lacking when it came to playing Worcester on Sunday - we had no intensity on defence and allowed Worcester far too many easy baskets. Offensively we weren't making smart decisions and were taking shots that we didn't need to, which allowed Worcester to break on us and score in transition. We need to start again this weekend as the Plymouth game is now a must win to stay in the Trophy rather than being our opportunity to qualify for the semi finals.

'Plymouth will be keen to get revenge for our beating them at home last weekend and also because they need to get the win to have any chance of progressing, so we have to be ready to play. We managed to assert our authority on the second half of the game and play it at our pace so we will try and do that again.

They were missing Kwbana Beckles, and one or two players were under par so we're anticipating that they will come out firing on all cylinders this weekend and will have to raise our game accordingly and I fully expect us to do so.'

Raiders face a tough week, with their trip to Worthing sandwiched by a pair of games against Worcester in the Trophy as they complete their Trophy group stage games in the space nine days, and coach Gary Stronach sees similarities between Thunder and Wolves:

'It's similar to how we have to play against Worcester. We have to keep them under control offensively and protect the three-point line. We need to get going in transition, but the opposition are shooting such a high percentage, it's tough to get your running game doing. We have no doubt what we have to do, we have to win all three trophy games this week. It's all done in a week, which is good for us, but there's still a semi- final spot up for grabs. We would have liked to go into the week with a 1&0 record, but it's 0&1, and we have to deal with that.

'I think we are inconsistent at the moment, and I don't want us to be a team who only gets up for the big games. There's important league and play-off games to come this season, and we need to be playing every game as if it's a top of the table clash.'


Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders vs Marshall MK Lions
Saturday 10 January 2009 (7.30) @ John Sandford Centre
The season series between Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Marshall MK Lions is on the line at the John Sandford Sports Centre on Saturday evening.

Riders handed out a 108-79 hammering to the Lions on their own court when they met in October, but Lions gained some measure of revenge with a thrilling 99- 94 overtime victory on the same floor in December.

Leicester coach Rob Paternostro is expecting another difficult game, on Saturday: 'They are a strong veteran team who have the ability to reply on different players on different nights. Tommie Eddie has played really well against us both times we've met, he can score in the paint and around the basket which makes him a difficult match-up.

'Terrell Brown is a key player for them, though. He has the ability to win a game single-handedly as he did against us last time, and when he's making his shots he's a very good player.'

Riders are still looking for a replacement point guard after Matt Martin retired, but coach Rob Paternostro has ruled out putting on a Leicester kit as a short term measure: 'It's not why I'm coaching. I really don't want to play, I coached every possession at Guildford, I can't do that properly if I'm playing.'

Riders made light of their problems to win 90-83 at Guildford Heat on Sunday, leaving Paternostro a happy man: 'They was great for our guys, we'd lost three in the two and were without players who were injured, suspended or had left the club. But they came together as a team, and carried out our game-plan. If you have six guys who all played 25 minutes plus and finished in double figures - that's what you strive for. It was great to see them come together so well, but if I had to single out one player it would be Isaac Westerbook. He played all 40 minutes, had 14 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and only one turnover.

What I liked about him is that he only attempted around seven shots. As a former point guard, I know there's nothing better than being able to have a major impact on game without taking a lot of shots.' Lions coach Vince Macauley is looking for a repeat of his side's display in the second game against the Riders as they look to clinch the head-to-head decider: 'In the first meeting with Riders we just did not show up. We have gradually improved our defence but also know we can put far more points on the board. In our second meeting we competed on the boards and nullified their inside game.

'Coach Paternostro has the team growing a nice self belief. I like the way they play for each other. It is tough to pick a key player because they work by committee but obviously new signing Bradd Wiezbicki is key as far as keeping the scoreboard moving.

'I don't believe Martins departure will hurt them at all, he wanted to score at all times and was not the greatest defender, this allows them to have a true point guard on the floor in Westerbrook and they now have a spirit of us against the world and that is good for them.'


Scottish Rocks v Sheffield Sharks
Saturday 10 January 2009 (7.30pm) @ Kelvin Hall
Sheffield Sharks travel to Scottish Rocks for the second time in twelve days on Saturday, with BBL Championship points at stake.

The teams met in the BBL Trophy on the same court last week, with Rocks running out 85-80 winners. Blake Shelton - one of five former Sharks in the Scottish line-up - led the Rocks with 27 points while Sheffield's James Whyte led all scorers with 34 points.

Despite that victory, Rocks coach Sterling Davis was far from happy with his team's performance: To be honest with you I have seen us play a lot better as a team. One thing I will say though is we were able to pull out a close game that we probably would not have earlier in the season. We didn't do much of anything that game, not taking anything away from the sharks because they played well in my opinion, but defensively, we let them pretty much score at will consecutively throughout the course of the game. We have to do a much better job of that on Saturday or the result could easily go the other way.'

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons was more positive about the game, despite seeing his side open their Trophy campaign with a loss: The Rocks game was a good game by both teams. It came down to the last minute and could have swung either way. I think they did out- work us on the boards last game and were able to put a nice run together in the fourth quarter which we can't allow. James Whyte had a great game scoring the ball. He shot very well.'

Lyons was pleased with the debut of new signing Marshall Brown: 'Marshall can play a few positions on the floor. He is very athletic and brings a great attitude to this team. He takes the scoring pressure off some of our guys and will be a tremendous addition to our team.'



Worcester Wolves vs Airwaves Plymouth Raiders
Sunday 11 January 2009 (4.00) @ Worcester Univ
Worcester Wolves will be looking to build on a successful start to 2009 when they host Airwaves Plymouth Raiders on Sunday.

Wolves opened the year with victories against BiG Storage Cheshire Jets and Worthing Thunder, and player coach Skouson Harker was especially pleased with the latter victory: 'As a team we played together and moved the ball and played very well defensively in the second and fourth quarters. Harry Disy stepped up and had a nice night with 34 and 18. He played very hard, and if he can play his brand of basketball without being hindered by foul trouble, he is as good as any forward in the BBL, and in my opinion more explosive than anyone in the BBL. Anthony was solid, and Will controlled the tempo for us.

'As a team though we all played our part and I was very happy to see Roy Owen and Andrew Wallace come in and play so well. Adam Williams was very solid again and has proven to be exactly what we have needed. Justin Brown gave us some very good minutes as well with three aggressive dunks in traffic to put his stamp on the game!'

Having won at Worthing on Sunday, Wolves are in pole position in group four of the Trophy, and player- coach Harker is excited about the prospect of progressing in the competition they reached the semi- final of last season: 'It is vital that we focus and do our best to advance to the semi-final. It won't be easy as Plymouth is very good, and with Worthing beating Plymouth, they are by no means out of it either.'

However, Harker is expecting a tough game on Sunday: 'Plymouth is a good side that can be as good as anyone in the BBL. We are looking to play our style of game, attack offensively and take the game to them. I am sure it will be another exciting game and we are really looking forward to it.'

The teams were also due to meet on Wednesday, but the back-to-back nature of the games doesn't worry Harker: 'it will give us a chance to tweak our game plan between Wednesday and Sunday. I think it will be good to concentrate on the task at hand which is reaching the Trophy semi-final.'


PAWS London Capital vs Worthing Thunder
Sunday 11 January 2009 (4.00) @ Capital City Academy
PAWS London Capital will be aiming for their second BBL Championship victory of the season when they host Worthing Thunder on Sunday afternoon.

The sides have already met on the south coast, with Thunder running out 92-79 winners in November. Capital's last outing saw a 98-75 defeat at Guildford Heat in the BBL Trophy, but coach Milek Jivens saw some positive signs from his depleted team: 'I thought we had a good start to the Heat game. We were in the game until the tird quarter. We had a slow start to the second half and that change the momentum of the game. There big man was able to establish themselves and that cause us problems. Marcus Knight and Ibrahim Gariba both had an effective scoring game, which cause the Heat some problems.

'We were without our imports and they should be back for the next game. We expect our second game against the Thunder to be very different from the first. We should have some new additions by then. I am aware that the Thunder are beginning to gel, but we also see it as a chance to get our season on track. We just have to take one game at a time. Janis Ivanovskis has been a big part to the Thunder success, however Ryan Patton keeps everything in order. We will be trying to disrupt this combination.'

Thunder coach Gary Smith is expecting a tough game as his side make their first trip in the BBL to Capital City Academy: 'London Capital is a difficult team to prepare for as you can never be totally sure which players you will be facing, so we will be focusing more on what we should be doing and looking at individual opposition players rather than the team as a whole.

'Marcus Knight proved against us earlier this season that he can score a lot of points in a hurry so we will obviously work on something to counter him, and we know that whoever is on the floor will attack the offensive boards so we will need to ensure we box out on the defensive end. Offensively we need to run our sets and get the best shots we can to stop London breaking on us and scoring easy baskets. If we do that then we'll be halfway towards getting the win.'


BiG Storage Cheshire Jets v Newcastle Eagles
Sunday 11 January 2009 (5.30pm) @ Warrington
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets will be looking to gain revenge for their BBL Cup exit at the hands of Newcastle Eagles when the sides meet at the Birchwood Centre on Sunday.

When the teams met in Newcastle in late October, a strong second half proved to be key as Eagles fought back from nine points down to win 112-92 British players led the scoring as Newcastle's Andrew Bridge hit a season-high 29 points and Darius Defoe also achieved that personal landmark with 26. New signing Philip Perre led the Jets with 22.

Eagles have now won nine of the last ten games between the old rivals, but their overall head-to-head remains amazingly tight at 41-38 in favour of Newcastle.

Jets coach Paul Smith knows what his team have to do to take the win on Sunday: 'It was a game of significantly different halves last time. We played well in the first half but lacked the mental toughness to build a big lead and allowed them to stay close. in the second half they stepped up their intensity particularly at the defensive end and we did not respond. We will need to improve on our defensive intensity and execution on offense particularly in the 4th quarter.'

Smith appreciates the strength in depth the Eagles have: 'They are one of the top teams in the league with no real weaknesses. They play excellent defence as a team, and they share the ball very well at the offensive end. This all works because they have an excellent leader on the floor in Fab [Flournoy].'

Jets produced a fighting performance before losing 101-91 against league leaders Everton Tigers on Sunday, and Smith was disappointed with their display in the final period: 'It was another close game where the opposition play harder and execute more effectively in the fourth quarter. At the moment we don't have a leader on the floor, we don't have anyone who can 'step up' in the final quarter.'

Jets continue to struggle with injury problem, as Smith explains: 'Alto Virgil is still struggling and Chez [Marks] and Frank [Phifer] are lacking match fitness but all should be ok for the weekend.'

Despite the Jets being at the wrong end of the table, Eagles' player coach Fab Flournoy holds the Cheshire club in high regard: 'We have to concentrate on the Rocks game first, but you can't fall asleep on the Jets. They've slipped a bit but they've made some changes and I still believe they are a tough team to face. It's the first time we've played them away this season, and it'll be interesting to see their new very and how they play there. Generally they are one of the toughest teams to play on their own court.

'With Shawn [Myers], Calvin [Davis], James Hamilton and Chez Marks they have a very very talented team. It's just a matter of time before they come together. In one-off games, they are one of the best teams around. I think they'll hurt some teams when they take them by surprise.'


Smith & Garbelotto Take December Awards - by George Manousidis
Everton Tigers completed the double as Tony Garbelotto and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) won the Molten coach and player of the month awards for December.

Garbeletto scooped the award for the first time this season after a month which saw his side reach the BBL Cup final and go into the New Year top of the BBL Championship table.

Tigers defeated Newcastle Eagles 97-86 in the Cup semi-final second leg to complete a 202-198 aggregate victory and reach their first final. Everton will now face Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in the final at the NIA in Birmingham on Sunday January 18.

Everton also won four of their five BBL Championship games, beating Scottish Rocks, Sheffield Sharks, PAWS London Capital and BiG Storage Cheshire Jets, to top the table.

The Tigers play-caller was delighted with the accolade: 'The more successful a team is, the more individual awards you get. If the team didn't do as well as we have, I wouldn't be receiving the award.'

Smith continued his fine start to life in the BBL as he average 25.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for the Tigers. The American forward also averaged 3.2 assists and one block per game.

Garbelotto had praise for his player, who missed Tigers' only defeat of the month at Plymouth: 'I felt we had a really good month as a team, and I didn't key in on how good Andre's numbers were. But I've said in the past and I'm going to keep on saying it, Andre has a very good all-round skill-set but he plays harder than almost any player in the league and that's one of the reasons he's successful at both ends of the court. He puts in a lot of hard work in practice and from Tigers' point of view I hope we he will continue to play as well during the rest of the season.

Tigers will return to action on Friday when they host Jelson Home DMU Leicester Riders in the BBL Trophy.


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  URBL   


Standings
URBL Standings
 1. Univ.City-Sch. 0-0 
 2. Converse F. 0-0 
 3. Capital City 0-0 
 4. San Antonio 0-0 
 5. Warriors 0-0 
 6. Knights 0-0 
 7. DFW 0-0 


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  ZIMBABWE   


Zimbabwe National Team 2009 - by Richard
Innocent Sithole of Medusa South Central
Tichafara Mabhiza of Kingdom Cavaliers
Tapiwa of Kingdom Cavaliers Mugunyanya of JBC
Sam Pararai of Kingdom Cavaliers
Erinos Katsaruware of Highdon Raiderz
Duncan Shenje of Highdon Raiderz
Gideon Chikopa of Varsity Leopards
Tafirenyika Soko of Kingdom Cavaliers
Taurai Chitsinde of Sigauke
amilton Mudawarima of Varsity Leopards
Young Guzha of Kingdom Cavaliers
Eric Banda of Kango Giants
Tinashe Muchenje of Varsity Leopards
Artwell Dzikiti of JBC
Simba Mungomezi of Kingdom Cavaliers
Norest Shenje of Highdon Raiderz




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Women News

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  BRAZIL - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
CNBF Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Tayara, Nassau 20.4
2. Palmira, Catand. 19.6
3. Clarrisa, Petrob. 17.4
4. Cintia L., Bernard. 16.0
5. Karla, Unimed 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Clarrisa, Petrob. 12.5
2. Karina, Unimed 10.0
3. Simone, Santo 9.4
4. Eliane, Bernard. 9.3
5. Silvia, Catand. 8.4
Assists Per Game
1. Joice, Nassau 4.8
2. Barbara, Unimed 3.9
3. Gattei, Colchoes 3.8
4. Fabiana, Catand. 3.8
5. Ega, Colchoes 3.7
Blocks Per Game
1. Isis, Catanduva 1.8
2. Ega, Colchoes 1.3
3. Maria, Clube 1.2


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  FINLAND - Women  


Romania topple Finland at home - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Finland 80:49

Romania took a major step towards securing their spot in the EuroBasket Division A for the next season. Today they gained the second win in the Additional Relegation Round edging Finland in Targoviste. Romania improved at 2-0 record in the group, where two best teams are going to stay in the top division. Finland in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record and appeared on the verge of relegation.
Finland looked better in the opening term as Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) kept them in charge. Finland won the frame 16:14 but failed to capitalize on the lead. Romania opened the second term with 13 straight points to take a 27:16 advantage. The hosts outgunned their opponents 30:13 in the second quarter and accumulated a 44:29 lead at halftime. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) scored 6 points in an 8:0 run that marked the start of the second half for Romania. They dominated on both ends of the court and ensured a 59:33 lead heading into the fourth period. Finland never rebounded and suffered the second straight defeat in the Relegation Round. Maria Pascalau scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Romania. Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) and Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) added 11 points apiece in the win. Niina Laaksonen replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Finland. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) had 10 points in the losing effort.
Romania will next take on Great Britain, while Finland will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Romania: Maria Pascalau 21+11 boards, Monika Boriga 11, Paula Cristina Ciocan 11
Finland: Niina Laaksonen 11, Taru Tuukkanen 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


Ukraine thrash Germany in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Germany 73:47

Ukraine made a huge step towards reaching the 2009 EuroBasket Final Round today as they thumped Germany in the Ukrainian capital. The win propelled Ukraine to a 2-0 record in Group A and seat well ahead of Bulgaria and Germany in the ladder.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) orchestrated the win with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Romy Bar (188-F-87) gave the visitors a 3:0 lead early in the game but soon it was the hosts who took over. They went on a 25:2 run to close the first period building a 29:11 advantage after ten minutes. Olena Zherzherunova and Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) delivered early in the second term as the gap grew to 21 points. The game slightly turned into a one-way traffic as Ukraine boosted their advantage to as many as 24 points at the interval. Romy Bar scored 8 points in the third frame but Germany trimmed the deficit to only 19 points. The home team gave no chance for the visitors in the final term posting the second straight win at the 2009 EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round.
Romy Bar led all scorers with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Lisa Koop (197-C-85, college: Winthrop) added 5 points in the loss. Ukraine will next take on Bulgaria at home. Germany host Bulgaria in Hagen on Saturday.

Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 20, Olena Zherzherunova 13+11 boards, Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) 12
Germany: Romy Bar 21, Lisa Koop 5


Market News - by Moritz Korff

Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) has joined the ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL). The 20-year-old forward/center from Lithuania owns lots of international experience on the junior-level, as she attended the 2006 U18 and U20-EUROs as well as the European championships for U20-teams in 2007 and 2008. The Kaunas native spent the 2007-08 campaign at TEO Vilnius and moved to Belgium during the summer after signing with D1-club Spirou Monceau Charleroi. She was among the top-rebounders of the Belgian league so far this season and pulled down 9.4 boards per contest.

Meanwhile, former Saarlouis player Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) has found a new home in Belgium. She agreed to terms with DBC Houthalen. In 2007-08 Wojdowski won the German Cup-competition with the Royals.


Florentina Ardeleanu (167-G-83) has left SV Halle (DBBL). The Romanian guard returned to her home country. In 14 appearances for the Lions this season, she averaged one point and one rebound per outing.



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


LMKL round 12 - by Irmantas Griksas
Ruta Siauliai-Egle Panevezys 61:64 unexpected loss for Ruta Siauliai.Maybe absence of Lina Aglinskaite (181-F/C-87) was the reason for it. Egle Panevezys won they second straight game and moved up to the 7 place in LMKL.
Ruta Siauliai: Gabriele Gutkauskaite (174-G-90) 12, Birute Dominauskaite (185-F-73) 12.
Egle Panevezys: Viktorija Dimaite (194-C-92) 19 (13 rebounds), Egle Duleckyte (162-G-91) 14, Simona Martinkute (187-C/F-86) 14
Alytus-Lemminkainen Klaipeda 43:122 Easy win for Lemminkainen Klaipeda to start 2009. Even battle continued for the first 3 minutes only (6:7) after that only Lemminkainen Klaipeda managed to score and got well deserved victory and the 4th place in the standings.
Alytus: Rita Zilinskaite (175-G) 10
Lemminkainen Klaipeda: R.Mileskiene 24 (7 steals),Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) 20, E.Zigelyte 19 (11 assists), Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) 19
Aistes-Atletas Kaunas-Laisve Kaunas 58:80 Laisve Kaunas won the Kaunas' rivalry win and this also was a pay back for the loss in the first round. It was close one at the half 35:37 but Laisve Kaunas had a better second half and won the game.
Aistes-Atletas Kaunas: E.Zigelyte 15, Julija Sarkauskaite (171-G-86) 12, Kornelija Balciunaite (177-F-81) 10 (17 rebounds, 7th double double this season).
Laisve Kaunas: Ex Aistes-Atletas Kaunas player Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) had 21, Asta Daujadiene (176-G-73) 17, Kristina Alminaite (204-C-90) 15 (16 rebounds), Egle Taraseviciute (182-F-90) 15 (11 rebounds).


Laisve Kaunas left BWBL - by Irmantas Griksas
Today the January 7th 2009 baltic women basketball league has announced that Laisve Kaunas is not going to play in league for the remainder of the season. The decision was made due to the financial problems. Last year the team had the same problem, but managed to finish the season and reached the high second place in lithuanian women basketball league.
This year in BWBL Laisve played eight games so far and won two. Team was in 11th place in total of 15 teams in the league.


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Romania topple Finland at home - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Finland 80:49

Romania took a major step towards securing their spot in the EuroBasket Division A for the next season. Today they gained the second win in the Additional Relegation Round edging Finland in Targoviste. Romania improved at 2-0 record in the group, where two best teams are going to stay in the top division. Finland in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record and appeared on the verge of relegation.
Finland looked better in the opening term as Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) kept them in charge. Finland won the frame 16:14 but failed to capitalize on the lead. Romania opened the second term with 13 straight points to take a 27:16 advantage. The hosts outgunned their opponents 30:13 in the second quarter and accumulated a 44:29 lead at halftime. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) scored 6 points in an 8:0 run that marked the start of the second half for Romania. They dominated on both ends of the court and ensured a 59:33 lead heading into the fourth period. Finland never rebounded and suffered the second straight defeat in the Relegation Round. Maria Pascalau scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Romania. Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) and Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) added 11 points apiece in the win. Niina Laaksonen replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Finland. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) had 10 points in the losing effort.
Romania will next take on Great Britain, while Finland will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Romania: Maria Pascalau 21+11 boards, Monika Boriga 11, Paula Cristina Ciocan 11
Finland: Niina Laaksonen 11, Taru Tuukkanen 10


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  TURKEY - Women  


Transfer News - by Baha Kurtulus
Galatasaray Istanbul has signed contracts with Saziye Karsli (185-F-82), Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) and Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia)

Previously Saziye Karsli played for Botas, Fenerbahce and Besiktas in Turkey. Given no chance to play in Russia this year, she cancelled her contract with Spartak Moscow and signed a one and half year contract with Galatasaray Istanbul.
2007-2008: New Wash Montigarda (ITA-A1,1T): 2 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0spg, in Dec.'07 moved to Besiktas Istanbul (TBBL): EuroCup: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb, 1ast; Turkish League: 18 games: 8.2ppg, 2.5rpg

Sophia Young who also played with Galatasaray Istanbul last season.
2007-2008: Galatasaray Istanbul: EuroCup: 14 games: 17.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.9apg
Turkish League: 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.3apg
2008: San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA, starting five):
Regular Season: 33 games: 17.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg
Play-Offs: 9 games: 17.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg

Keisha Brown has played for several teams in WNBA and in Spanish, Czech and Russian leagues after graduating from Georgia University.
2007-2008: Extrugasa Vilagarcia (ESP-LFB,1T): Spanish League: 27 games: 14.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg
EuroCup: 10 games: 14.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg
2008: Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA): Regular Season: 32 games: 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Gibbs to attend Saint Francis (PA) - by David Edole
Head coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl announced that St.Thomas native Nickia Gibbs has signed a National Letter of Intent with Saint Francis women's basketball team . Gibbs is one of four players (Hannah Geedey, , Shene Fleming and Kelley Doogan) that will join the Red Flash for the 2009-2010 season.
Gibbs comes to Loretto from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland, where she led the Panthers to the Maryland state championship in
2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08. Gibbs, a point guard on Coach Roderick Hairston's team, has won the Motion Award three times and is described
as an intelligent player.
'Kia is also a very versatile guard that can play the one, the two or the three,' said Robinson Fruchtl. 'She's very athletic; a big guard
with long arms. She can penetrate and cause problems for people on defense, and has a very good basketball IQ.'


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukraine thrash Germany in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Germany 73:47

Ukraine made a huge step towards reaching the 2009 EuroBasket Final Round today as they thumped Germany in the Ukrainian capital. The win propelled Ukraine to a 2-0 record in Group A and seat well ahead of Bulgaria and Germany in the ladder.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) orchestrated the win with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Romy Bar (188-F-87) gave the visitors a 3:0 lead early in the game but soon it was the hosts who took over. They went on a 25:2 run to close the first period building a 29:11 advantage after ten minutes. Olena Zherzherunova and Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) delivered early in the second term as the gap grew to 21 points. The game slightly turned into a one-way traffic as Ukraine boosted their advantage to as many as 24 points at the interval. Romy Bar scored 8 points in the third frame but Germany trimmed the deficit to only 19 points. The home team gave no chance for the visitors in the final term posting the second straight win at the 2009 EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round.
Romy Bar led all scorers with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Lisa Koop (197-C-85, college: Winthrop) added 5 points in the loss. Ukraine will next take on Bulgaria at home. Germany host Bulgaria in Hagen on Saturday.

Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 20, Olena Zherzherunova 13+11 boards, Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) 12
Germany: Romy Bar 21, Lisa Koop 5


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  ZIMBABWE - Women  


Zimbabwe National Team 2009 - by Richard
#s#
#e#6


Mucucuti


Magwaro


Phiri


Chigumba


Mabasa
Alex Maseko of Varsity Leopards
Margaret Kanyimo (165-G-89) of Raiderz
Rachel Makoni of Varsity Leopards
Serena Chareka of Varsity Leopards
Luckia Waenda of Raiderz
Sinikiwe Bakasa of Raiderz
Pamela Chirwa of Raiderz
Dorcas Marondera of Stanbic Mavericks
Talent Samu of Stanbic Mavericks
Fadzai Mabasa (170-G-83) of JBC
Sibongile Mkandla (181-C-86) of JBC
Juliet Misihairambwi of JBC
Isabel Tengende of JBC
Suku Mulotshwa of JBC
Charity Chigumba (-86) of Varsity Leopards
Gladys Phiri (168-G-81) of Real Returners
Victoria Nkomo of Raiderz
Margaret Magwaro (168-G-83) of Stanbic Mavericks
Charity Mucucuti (173-F-83) of Stanbic Mavericks