EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/11/2009

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  ABA   


SETX MAVERICKS AGAIN NUMBER ONE IN ABA POWER RANKINGS - by Chris Terrell
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced its Power Rankings and the Southeast Texas Mavericks have maintained its #1 position for the third straight week. 'We're beginning to get a good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the teams now that they've all played,' stated Power Ranking Chairman Steve Tucker , head coach of the Southeast Texas Mavericks, 'and we do have some very strong teams. I believe by next week, we'll have it right and you should see some other teams hitting the top 24.'

1. Southeast Texas Mavericks
2. Music City Stars
3. Jersey Express
4. San Francisco Rumble
5. Chicago Steam
6. Kansas City Stars
7. Bluegrass Stallions
8. Dallas Generals
9. Mississippi Blues
10. Kentucky Bisons
11. NY Red Riders
12. San Diego Surf
13. North Texas Fresh
14. West Virginia Blazers
15. West Texas Whirlwinds
16. Las Vegas Aces
17. Cleveland Rockers
18. NYC Thunder
19. Washington Raptors
20. Maryland Marvels
21. Sacramento Heatwiave
22. Los Angeles Slam
23. Seattle Zhen Gan
24. Columbus Crush

'Actually, it is getting very tough as Compton, Seaside, California, Honolulu, and Maryland are good,' added Tucker. The teams are showing strength in all divisions. After this weekend, we'll see what happens.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com.



Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Crusaders 0-0 
 2. College Park 0-0 
NoCal Div.
 1. S.Francisco R. 4-0 
 2. Clayton 3-1 
 3. Chico Rage 2-1 
 4. Central Valley 1-2 
 5. Sacramento H. 1-4 
 6. Seaside SK 0-1 
 7. Modesto E. 0-1 
North Central Div.
 1. Chicago Steam 6-1 
 2. Columbus Crush 1-0 
 3. Kansas City S. 1-0 
 4. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 5. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 6. Youngstown S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. Lake Michigan 0-1 
 9. G.Rapids F. 0-1 
 10. Akron Rise 0-2 
Northeast Div.
 1. Jersey Expr. 2-0 
 2. NY Thunder 2-0 
 3. NY Red Riders 1-1 
 4. Tri-City Suns 0-1 
 5. Maryland M. 0-2 
Pacific Northwest Div.
 1. Washington-F. 0-0 
 2. Seattle M. 0-0 
 3. Spokane Sunz 0-0 
 4. Everett 0-0 
 5. Seattle ZG 0-0 
 6. Vancouver E. 0-0 
SoCal Div.
 1. Las Vegas A. 1-0 
 2. LA Slam 1-0 
 3. San Diego S. 0-0 
 4. California BB 0-0 
 5. Honolulu 0-0 
 6. Riverside R. 0-1 
 7. Compton C. 0-1 
South Central Div.
 1. Kentucky S. 2-2 
 2. Kentucky B. 1-3 
 3. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 4. Smoky MJ 0-0 
 5. St.Louis S. 0-0 
Southeast Div.
 1. Music City Stars 2-1 
 2. Mississippi B. 0-0 
 3. Ga PROWL 0-0 
 4. Columbus Life 0-0 
 5. California SK 0-0 
 6. Charlotte 0-0 
 7. Florida Th. 0-0 
 8. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 9. Bahama PS 0-0 
Southwest Div.
 1. SE Texas M. 4-0 
 2. W.Texas W. 2-1 
 3. N.Texas F. 2-1 
 4. Dallas G. 1-0 
 5. Houston G. 0-1 
 6. Texas Ch. 0-1 
 7. Texas Fuel 0-3 


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  ARGENTINA   


Byron Wilson is back in Argentina - by Diego Calla
Byron Wilson (192-F/G-71, college: Utah) arranged terms with Asociacion Italiana and will play again in Argentina, where did much of his career. Wilson was in the United States upon receipt of the offer from Charata.
The American Byron Wilson, will play again at home. Italiana will be to have flourished after the efforts of coach Hernan Laginestra who directed last season and wanted in Ciclista de Junin have it again on your team.
Wilson, 38 years old and 1.92 meters, was working in the United States after receiving the call decided his umpteenth return to Argentina to take over from Juan Angel Lopez, injured.
This is one of the most distinguished foreigners who have gone through the Argentine basketball in the last fifteen years and their presence from 1994 to date was interrupted by a brief spell in Spain in 2001 where Julio Cesar Lamas recommended his hiring in Alicante.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Perth 9-5 
 2. Blaze 9-6 
 3. Hawks 8-5 
 4. Crocodiles 8-8 
 5. 36ers 7-7 
 6. Breakers 7-8 
 7. Taipans 6-11 
 8. Tigers 4-8 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Penney, Breakers23.3 
 2. McKee, Hawks19.5 
 3. Gilchrist, 36ers18.6 
 4. Williams, Crocodiles18.3 
 5. Ballinger, 36ers17.7 
 6. Worthington, Tig.17.4 
 7. Bruton, Breakers16.9 
 8. Ubaka, Blaze16.4 
 9. Redhage, Perth16.4 
 10. Maxey, Bla.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  36ers
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Holmes, 36ers8.1 
 2. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 3. Worthington, Tig.7.4 
 4. Roberts, Crocodiles7.3 
 5. Schenscher, Perth7.1 
 6. Redhage, Perth6.9 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.8 
 8. Rickert, Breakers6.8 
 9. Maxey, Blaze6.7 
 10. Gilchrist, 36e.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Hawks
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 2. Gilchrist, 36ers4.4 
 3. Ubaka, Blaze4.2 
 4. Bruton, Breakers4.0 
 5. Gibson, Blaze3.8 
 6. Penney, Breakers3.7 
 7. Crosswell, Tigers3.6 
 8. Boucher, Breakers3.5 
 9. Saville, Hawks3.3 
 10. Henare, Breake.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 2. McKee, Hawks1.5 
 3. Jones, Taipans1.5 
 4. Martin, Perth1.4 
 5. Boucher, Breakers1.3 
 6. Robbins, Perth1.3 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.1.2 
 8. Bruton, Breakers1.1 
 9. Williams, Crocodiles1.1 
 10. Worthington, T.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Mark WORTHINGTON
  Tigers
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Worthington, Tig.0.9 
 2. Penney, Breakers0.8 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles0.8 
 4. Rickert, Breakers0.8 
 5. Maxey, Blaze0.8 
 6. Melzer, Taipans0.7 
 7. McKee, Hawks0.6 
 8. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 9. Lisch, Perth0.6 
 10. Johnson, Tige.0.5 


Former NBL great dies in car crash - by Eurobasket News
Former NBL star Dave Colbert has died tragically in a car accident in the United States.

Colbert, who played six seasons of NBL basketball with the Brisbane Bullets and Melbourne Tigers, was reported to have died by the Cleveland police following a car accident late Friday morning.

Colbert had been head coach at John Marshall High School community, and the school community was reportedly in mourning following his passing.

Saturday afternoon, Colbert's family gathered in his mother's West Park apartment. Despite the tragedy, Geraldine Flowers couldnt help but smile when she describes her son.

'It was just his dream to be a coach, [because] he loved basketball that much. He wanted to be the coach and he wanted to win some games this year. He wanted to be the best of Cleveland,' said a smiling Flowers.

She said basketball was her son's life.

Colbert was a star player when he attended John Marshall high school. After graduation, he played for the University of Dayton, and then went semi-pro, playing across Europe and Australia.

'It was all his life, he just dreamed of basketball, ever since he was two years old,' Flowers explains.

Those close to Colbert say he took the most pride in returning to his Alma mater seven years ago.

His son, David, says being a coach was as important as being a father to him.

'He spoke about the team and how he was excited about the season. He said, the guys, they got their grades right and young guys, they left and now they're coming back. He was excited. He felt like it was gonna be a really good year for them,' the younger Colbert explains.

Colbert played for the Melbourne Tigers from 1989 to 1991 and then moved to the Brisbane Bullets in 1993, where he played a further three seasons. He averaged 23.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists across his NBL career, playing in 144 games.

John Marshall will play it's first game of the season on Tuesday. Principal Rhonda Saegert says she will talk with Colbert's players about the best way to honour him.

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


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  BRAZIL   


Joinville land Vinicius Bristott - by Eurobasket News
Joinville secured the services of Vinicius Bristott. The 28-year-old forward will join the team in a week. Vinicius Bristott spent the last season in Videira in the Santa Catarina State League. He led the scorers in Santa Catarina Federation Cup tallying 22.3 points per game. Bristott helped Videira reach the Santa Catarina State League Final where they fell to Joinville.
Joinville in the meantime released Douglas Viegas (197-G/F-79, college: Wagner) whose contract ended.



Flamengo clinch fifth Carioca title - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Municipal 94:59

Flamengo proved their dominance in the Carioca League. They claimed the fifth title beating Municipal in the second game of the best-of-three series. Flamengo swept the series 2-0 for the trophy. Flamengo overwhelmed their opponents right from the start. The favourites fired 34 points in the starting stanza and enjoyed a 12-point lead at the first break. Flamengo continued to march on in the second frame. They ensured a 26-point advantage at the interval as the intrigue was literally over. Municipal tried to show character in the third stanza. Municipal won it 21:10 to get within 15 points heading into the fourth term. But Flamengo sobered up and rallied to a comprehensive win at the end. Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) top-scored with 21 points for Flamengo. Fred Santos (180-G-80) and Wagner Mattos (202-C-82) added 12 points apiece for the champions. Marcelinho Machado spent limited time on court as he was still recovering from the hand injury. Julio Cesar responded with 18 points for Municipal. Diego Conceicao (200-F-87) notched 15 points in the losing effort.

Flamengo: Helio Vitor Lima 21, Fred Santos 12, Wagner Mattos 12
Municipal: Julio Cesar 18, Diego Conceicao 15



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  CROATIA   


A2 (East and West): Round 9 review - by Eurobasket News
In the Division East of Croatian A2, Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) marked the Round 9 with his 42-point game which helped Vukovar roll over Valpovo 101-77. Zvonimir Tucakovic (193-G-81) also had a good outing finishing the match for Vukovar with 19 points. For visiting team, Nenad Cvenic (188-G-83) scored 19, while Markota led the way with 21 points. In other games, Osijek 2006 stole one from Vinkovci after defeating them 76-88. Helbich poured in 25 points while Bicvic added 17 for visitors. Not even 24 points from Kalaica could not prevent hosts from losing this one. Mladost rolled over Zupanja 89-102 behind great play of Soldo who scored 28 points and Herceg who added 26. For Zupanja, Husulic was good with 25. Meteor Djakovo hosted Strmac and came away with 113-70 win. Zvonimir Omazic (195-F-92) with 28 and Dumacic with 22 led the rout while on the other side Djukic poured in 30 points. Nasice won their match against Virovitica 61-86, behind 20 points scored by Aleksander Atanackovic (201-F-87). In the final match of the round, Belisce secured 80-85 away win over Klasje, thanks to 29 point effort by Busic.
In Division West, Jadran extended their score to 8-1 after 82-87 win over Puris. Filipovic had 29 points for Jadran, while Krstic was good for hosts with 23. Crikvenica won 89-72 against Jadranka, while Pula 1981 had an easy job against Kraljevica betaing them 84-67. Davor Bezmalinovic (185-G-78) scored 14 points and Puh an Gligorovic chipped in 12 apiece, as Porec rolled over Skrljevo 77-56. Kastav hosted Matulji and won the matchup 88-79. Marin Lipovscak (172-G-89) was exceptional for winning side with 37 points, while for visiting team Ravnic had 16 points. Torpedo blew out its hosts Pleter 48-84 behind Jankovic and Pehar who scored 13 points each. For Pleter, Vunic was the only player to reach double figures with 13 points.


Regal Barca too much for Cibona, stays perfect in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Regal Barca 66-80

Regal Barca continues to dominate in Preliminary Group A. This time the Spanish giant was better than Cibona in Zagreb 66-80 remaining the only unbeaten team in Euroleague after 7 rounds. Juan Navarro (192-G-80) paced his team to victory with 20 points and 5 assists. Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) also was great adding 19 pts and 8 boards, and Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland) helped with 11 pts and 9 boards. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 19 points and 7 boards for Cibona (1-6).
All four quarters belonged to Barca last night. They have very productive first one taking 19-26 lead after it. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) closed this period with a triple. In the second, Cibona quickly responded coming to 25-26, but Lakovic, Victor Sada (192-G-84) and Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) had an answer for that completing 0-7 run. Juan Navarro joined with a triple soon after that restoring double-digit lead for his team. After 20 minutes of play, Barca was 34-45 up and Cibona never seriously threatened for rest of the way. Actually, at the middle of third period the hosts came to 49-55, but Barca quickly responded jumping to safe distance again, 53-65. In the last quarter visitors touched plus 15 (54-69) and the game was over for Cibona. In the next round Regal Barca will host Zalgiris. Cibona will take on Fenerbahce Ulker, also as host.

Cibona: Jamont Gordon 19+7 boards
Regal Barca: Juan Navarro 20+5 as, Fran Vazquez 19+8 boards, Terence Morris 11+9 boards


Standings - A2 League
A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Zrinjevac 8-0 
 2. Mladost Z. 7-2 
 3. Maksimir 6-3 
 4. Gorica 5-1 
 5. Samobor 5-4 
 6. Kaptol 5-4 
 7. Sanac Karl. 5-4 
 8. Hermes Anal. 4-4 
 9. Sisak 3-6 
 10. Fortuna 3-6 
 11. Rudes 2-7 
 12. Bosco 0-8 
Group East
 1. Nasice 8-1 
 2. Belisce 8-1 
 3. Osijek 2006 7-2 
 4. Djakovo 6-3 
 5. Vukovar 6-3 
 6. Valpovo 6-3 
 7. Mladost 4-5 
 8. Vinkovci 4-5 
 9. Virovitica 2-7 
 10. Klasije 1-3 
 11. Zupanja 1-7 
 12. Strmac 0-8 
Group North
 1. Medjimurje C. 9-0 
 2. SK Varazdin 7-2 
 3. Petar Zrinski 6-3 
 4. Podravac Virje 6-3 
 5. Krizevci 5-4 
 6. Cakovec 5-4 
 7. Bjelovar 4-5 
 8. Ivancica 4-5 
 9. Nedelisce 4-5 
 10. Mladost D. 2-7 
 11. Graficar 1-8 
 12. Radnik 1-8 
Group South
 1. Alkar Sinj 8-0 
 2. Solin 5-3 
 3. Jazine 5-3 
 4. Policnik 5-3 
 5. Vostarnica 5-4 
 6. Sibenka 4 4-4 
 7. Omis Galeb 3-3 
 8. Pet Bunara 3-5 
 9. Cetina 3-6 
 10. Mislav 2-6 
 11. DOSK 2-6 
Group West
 1. Torpedo 7-0 
 2. Crikvenica 6-3 
 3. Puris 5-3 
 4. Porec 5-4 
 5. Kastav 5-4 
 6. Skrljevo 5-4 
 7. Jadran 3-1 
 8. Matulji 3-3 
 9. Kraljevica 2-2 
 10. Jadranka 2-7 
 11. Pula 1981 1-7 
 12. Pleter 1-8 


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  CYPRUS   


EuroChallenge - Round 3 - by Nima Siar
Round 3 Results:
Apoel Nicosia 81-66 Eiff.Towers
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol 72-69 Chalon
BC Kyiv 70-62 Keravnos Strovolou

Upcoming Games:
Apoel Nicosia Dec. 15 Strasbourg IG
Cedevita Zagreb Dec. 15 Proteas EKA AEL Limassol
Chorale de Roanne Basket Dec. 15 Keravnos Strovolou

Ballers of the Day:
Apoel Nicosia: Lewis Sims 20 pts.
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol: Miah Miah Davis (183-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Pacific) 17 pts. 7 reb. 2 ast.
Keravnos Strovolou: Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Auburn) 12 pts. 7 reb. 3 ast.

With a blowout victory, Apoel Nicosia is tied for 1st place in Group B with Strasbourg IG. Both teams will battle for the top spot 15/12. Proteas EKA AEL Limassol who is tied for 1st in Group D take on last place Cedevita Zagreb 15/12.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Prostejov Crushes Kolin to Conclude 17th Round of NBL - by Surujh Roopnarine
An extended NBL Round 17 came to a conclusion last night as BK Prostejov invaded Kolin and came away with a decisive 89-71 victory over BC Kolin. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) was the star of the night, scoring a game-high 24 points, including six of six from three point range. Prostejov did a good job limiting the outstanding trio of Kolin imports, as Brad Jones (186-G-85, college: Wyoming), Roderick Platt (205-C-75, college: Loyola, MD) and Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) combined for 30 points on 9-28 shooting for the game. Roman Zachrla (201-F-87, agency: PPGroup) was the leading scorer for Kolin with 22 points.
Prostejov is now tied with Novy Jicin for second place in the league with a 14-3 record, while Kolin falls to 7-10.
KOLIN: Roman Zachrla (22pt), Terry Smith (14pt), Brad Jones (11pt), David Machac (6pt+6rb)
PROSTEJOV: Benas Veikalas (24pt), Radoslaw Hyzy (19pt+7rb), Andrius Slezas (13pt), Ales Chan (10pt+7rb)



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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 13-2 
 2. Bakken 12-3 
 3. Horsholm 11-4 
 4. Naestved 9-5 
 5. SISU 9-6 
 6. Aabyhoj 5-9 
 7. Horsens IC 5-9 
 8. Amager BK 4-11 
 9. Aalborg 3-12 
 10. Randers 2-12 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Johnson, Bakken24.6 
 2. Smith, Svendborg23.5 
 3. Kearse, SISU22.9 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.5 
 5. Johansen, Naestved20.8 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg19.9 
 7. Dennis, Naestved18.7 
 8. Miskovic, Randers18.6 
 9. Proctor, Bakken18.3 
 10. Nielsen, Rande.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Christoffers., Bak.12.4 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.8 
 3. Miskovic, Randers10.0 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.2 
 5. Vance, Aalborg8.7 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg8.5 
 7. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.9 
 8. Kearse, SISU7.4 
 9. Hoger, Svendborg7.1 
 10. Kalvelis, SI.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Randers6.6 
 2. Jakobsen, Bakken5.3 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm5.1 
 4. Bradley, Amager BK5.0 
 5. Rinkevicius, SISU4.7 
 6. Darboe, Horsholm4.5 
 7. Dennis, Naestved4.2 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg4.1 
 9. Smith, Svendborg4.1 
 10. Christensen, Amager.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.9 
 2. Proctor, Bakken2.5 
 3. Kearse, SISU2.1 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj1.8 
 5. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 7. Sigurdsson, Aabyhoj1.7 
 8. Houguet, Aalborg1.7 
 9. Dennis, Naestved1.6 
 10. Iversen, Svendbo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.9 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.8 
 3. Johnson, Bakken1.9 
 4. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.4 
 5. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.2 
 6. Willis, Randers1.1 
 7. Miskovic, Randers1.0 
 8. Baskauskas, Amager B.0.9 
 9. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.9 
 10. Kalvelis, SI.0.9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 4-0 
 2. Erie Bay H. 2-1 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 2-1 
 4. Dakota W. 1-3 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 0-3 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 5-1 
 2. Austin T. 4-4 
 3. Maine R.Claws 3-1 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 3-4 
 5. Albuquerque 2-4 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 5-1 
 2. Idaho S. 3-1 
 3. Los Angeles D. 2-2 
 4. Reno Bighorns 1-2 
 5. Bakersfield J. 0-4 
 6. Springfield A. 0-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sundiata GAINES
  Idaho S.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Gaines, Idaho S.27.0 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande26.5 
 3. Williams, Sioux F.26.3 
 4. Hairston, Austin T.25.0 
 5. Tolliver, Idaho S.23.8 
 6. McLeod, Albuquer.23.2 
 7. Taylor, Erie Bay H.21.3 
 8. Powell, Albuquerque21.3 
 9. Gee, Austin T.21.1 
 10. Farmer, Reno.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Erie Bay H.
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bryant, Erie Bay H.14.5 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande12.7 
 3. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA12.5 
 4. Jones, Austin T.12.4 
 5. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.5 
 6. Mullens, Tulsa 66ers10.3 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.9.5 
 8. Withers, Dakota W.9.4 
 9. Benson, Reno B.9.3 
 10. Stiemsma, Sioux.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.3 
 2. Gaines, Idaho S.8.3 
 3. Farmer, Reno B.7.3 
 4. Smith, Idaho S.7.0 
 5. Anderson, Rio G.6.8 
 6. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 7. Robinson, Reno B.6.7 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.6.7 
 9. Jefferson, Utah F.6.3 
 10. Wallace, Rio Gran.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Greene, Utah F.3.5 
 2. Charlo, Reno B.3.0 
 3. Benson, Reno B.3.0 
 4. Baker, Dakota W.2.8 
 5. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 6. Manuel, Erie B.2.5 
 7. Tyndale, Iowa E.2.5 
 8. Gansey, Idaho S.2.3 
 9. Brumbaugh, Sioux F.2.3 
 10. McLeod, Albuqu.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Reno Bighorns
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Trybanski, Reno B.5.5 
 2. Stiemsma, Sioux F.5.3 
 3. Benson, Reno B.3.3 
 4. Ajinca, Maine RC3.0 
 5. Hansen, Albuquerque3.0 
 6. Bryant, Erie Bay H.2.3 
 7. McKenzie, Idaho S.2.3 
 8. Jones, Austin T.2.3 
 9. Dorsey, Rio Grande2.2 
 10. Nevill, Utah.2.0 


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  EGYPT   


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


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  EL SALVADOR   


Denver is the Clausura champion - by Jaime Arevalo
Centro Educativo Denver defeated ExSal in Game 2 of the LSB-Clausura Final Series, 80-71, and was crowned the Clausura champion, thanks to the 2-0 in the aggregate result. The game was very balanced till the end of the first half, when Denver took the lead, ending the partial 42-34, and never looked back. Another time more, Costarican players Daniel Simmons (193-F-80) and Kay Martinez (201-G-84, college: Jackson St.) were pivotal for the Denver success. With 29 points, Martinez was the Game 2 top scorer and the Finals MVP, while simmons added 21 points and an unbeatable presence in the paint. It was a special night for coach Ernesto Rodriguez too, after lots of Liga Superior wins as a player, he managed to win the title for the first time as a coach. The best players at the ExSal side were, as usual, Nathan Watson (191-G-83, college: Auburn) with 24 points and Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84) with 12.

LSB Clausura Individual Awards - by Jaime Arevalo
At the end of Game 2 of the LSB-Clausura Finals, the Salvadorean Basketball Federation gave Individual Awards, as follows:
Final Series MVP: Kay Martinez (201-G-84, college: Jackson St.) (import, Denver)
Clausura Top Scorer: Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) (ExSal)
Clausura Top Rebounder: Bob Hunter (193-F-76) (Denver)
Clausura Top Assist Man: Carlos Moreno (175-G-76) (Denver)
Clausura Best Shot Blocker: Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) (ExSal)
Clausuta Best Ball Stealer / Defender: Isidro Andaluz (178-G-88) (Leones)



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Regal Barca 7-0 
 2. Montepaschi 6-1 
 3. Fener.Ulker 3-4 
 4. ASVEL 3-4 
 5. Zalgiris 1-6 
 6. Cibona 1-6 
Group B
 1. Unicaja 5-2 
 2. Olympiakos 5-2 
 3. Partizan 4-3 
 4. Lietuvos Rytas 4-3 
 5. Efes Pilsen 3-4 
 6. Orleans 0-7 
Group C
 1. Caja Laboral 5-2 
 2. CSKA 5-2 
 3. Maccabi T-A 5-2 
 4. Lottomatica 3-4 
 5. C.C. Marousi 2-5 
 6. U.Olimpija 1-6 
Group D
 1. Panathinaikos 6-1 
 2. Real Madrid 5-2 
 3. Khimky 4-3 
 4. Assec.Prokom 3-4 
 5. Armani MI 2-5 
 6. EWE Baskets 1-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  U.Olimpija
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Walsh, U.Olimpija20.8 
 2. Woods, Assec.Pr.18.3 
 3. Maric, Partizan18.1 
 4. Kleiza, Olympiakos17.9 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA17.3 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.1 
 7. Pekovic, Panathin.16.4 
 8. Mickeal, Regal Barca16.0 
 9. Sato, Montepaschi15.1 
 10. Lavrinovic, MMC.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Watson, Zalgiris10.6 
 2. Maric, Partizan9.9 
 3. Roberts, Partizan7.7 
 4. Kleiza, Olympiakos7.6 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja7.2 
 6. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.6 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA6.4 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.1 
 9. Asik, Fener.Ulker6.0 
 10. Morris, Regal.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.7.2 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.6.3 
 3. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.9 
 4. Cook, Unicaja5.4 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca5.1 
 6. Sciarra, Orleans4.5 
 7. Prigioni, MMC R.4.4 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.4 
 9. McCalebb, Partizan4.1 
 10. Khryapa, CS.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  ASVEL
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lukauskis, AS.2.7 
 2. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.1 
 3. Gordon, Cibona2.1 
 4. Perperoglou, Panath.2.0 
 5. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.0 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.2.0 
 7. Eidson, Maccabi .1.9 
 8. Lukas, Marousi BC1.8 
 9. Singletary, Caja L.1.8 
 10. Dobbins, Orlea.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Maccabi T-A
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fischer, Maccabi .1.9 
 2. Morris, Regal B.1.7 
 3. Lasme, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 4. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.4 
 5. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.4 
 6. Vranes, Partizan1.4 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.3 
 8. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 9. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.3 
 10. Vazquez, Regal.1.1 


Round 7: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Fener.Ulker - ASVEL 61-68
ASVEL shocked Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul making a huge step forward to TOP 16. Both teams now have 3-4 in Group A and there are 3 more games to be played. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) top-scored for the French champion with 16 points. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) had 15 points and 6 boards, while Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) and Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) added 12 points each. In Fener, Omer Asik (211-C-86) (7 rebs) and Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) posted 11 pts apiece. Gordon Giricek (197-G-77) stopped on 10. First quarter was pretty leveled. Actually, Fenerbahce was the team who had tiny 16-14 after it. In the second period, the hosts took control on ASVEL taking plus 5, 22-17. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) was on fire and Gordon Giricek secured a great help. Quickly, Fenerbahce moved up to 25-17 and later touched first double-digit lead. It was 34-23 after lay-up by Gordon Giricek. Anyway, Mindaugas Lukauskis answered with 5 consecutive points for ASVEL and Fofana joined with a free throw for 34-30 after 20 minutes of play. Than in third period ASVEL dominated. The made quick 1-9 run for 35-39. Later it was 40-45, but Fenerbahce closed the gap to 47-49 after 3 periods. With four minutes left ASVEL had 57-58. Rawle Marshall made a lay-up and Mindaugas Lukauskis did the same soon after that. Mrsic answered, but with 22 seconds to go Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) was sent to the line and he made both for 59-64. That was too much for Fenerbahce and ASVEL celebrated valuable road in the battle for TOP 16.

Group B
Lietuvos Rytas - Orleans 77-72
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated 77-72 home win against Orleans jumping to 4-3 in Group B. At the same time, visitors fell to 0-7 remaining the only winless team in all four groups. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) was the leading player in Lietuvos Rytas scoring 20 points. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had 15 and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) helped the hosts with 14 pts. Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) was second scorer for Orleans with 12 pts. Lietuvos Rytas had a great start. The hosts were excellent defensively and they did not let Orleans to score any point in the opening five minutes. At the same time, Donatas Zavackas and his teammates drained 15 sending a clear signal who the winner of the night will be. Visitors finally responded, but they could not do anything better than 23-10 after first period. In the second, Orleans started to melt Lietuvos Rytas' lead. At the halfway of it they came to 31-25. Milko Bjelica responded after the time out, but Adrien Moerman, Dobbins and Sciarra stepped up for Orleans helping it to close the gap to 38-34 at the break. Lietuvos Rytas opened the second half with 11-2 for 49-36 lead, but Orleans again had an answer and managed to come closer. Sciarra beat the third quarter buzzer setting the score to 61-55. At the beginning of the last period Orleans made a big turn. Adrien Moerman scored a triple and than made two FTs. Austin Nichols joined him and Orleans was 61-63 up. With less than 3 minutes to go the score was tied to 69-69. Milko Bjelica made 2 FTS and after that scored a basket, and Martynas Gecevicius drained a triple for 76-69. Nichols scored on FT, but there was just one minute left and the hosts were strong enough to keep their lead making a step forward to TOP 16.

Group C
Marousi BC - U.Olimpija 74-62
Marousi stays in the race for TOP 16. The team from Athens was better than Union Olimpija 74-62 improving to 2-5 in Group C. The Slovenian champ fell to 1-6 and its chances for the next stage drastically decreased. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) nailed 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for Marousi. Mihalis Pelekanos (198-F-81) had 12 and Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) delivered 11 pts (6 rebs). In Olimpija, Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) posted 12 pts and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 11. Everything started good for Marousi, who made impressive 16-2 run at the very beginning. The hosts were on fire and at the same time great in defense, but Olimpija players finally woke up and closed the gap to 18-10. Still, Marousi grabbed back its lead after jumper by Kalathis was 28-14 up. In the second period Olimpija was better team and they quickly cut the margin below ten. Sani Becirovic shined, while Saso Ozbolt and Vladimir Golubovic also were good. Becirovic closed the first half with a lay-up setting the score to acceptable 42-36. At the midway of third period Marousi jumped to 51-40, but Olimpija responded with 0-7 run soon after that. The hosts stopped them and thanks to Jared Homan kept plus 5 before the crucial 10 minutes, 52-47. Than the hosts totally exploded. Jared Homan scored 4 points, Stevan Nadjfeji drained a triple and Mihalis Pelekanos made a lay-up so Marousi again grabbed double-digit lead. It was 9-0 run for 61-47. Later, Marousi jumped to plus 15 and the game was over for Olimpija.

Group D
Khimky - Panathinaikos 82-87 OT
Panathinaikos celebrated 82-87 overtime win against Khimky last night. That allows the Greek giant to stay on top of Group D with 6-1, while at the same time Khimky dropped to 4-3 but despite this loss has a nice chance to reach TOP 16. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading player in PAO with 24 points. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 15, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) added 12 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) shined in loss with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) scored 17. It was very exciting game and real Euroleague thriller last night. Khimky was better at the beginning, but PAO answered in the finish of the first period closing it with 0-7 run for 20-21 lead. In the second frame, PAO jumped to 23-29, but now Khimky replied with 8-2 series. They had 40-36 in the finish of the first half, but visitors once again shined and through Vassilis Spanoulis, Mike Batiste and Antonis Fotsis grabbed 40-42 HT lead. Third period was almost leveled and teams exchanged in lead many times. Still, it was Panathinaikos who held 57-59 after 30 minutes of play. At the beginning of the last quarter Khimky tied the score to 63-63 and later grabbed 72-65 lead, after basket by Javtokas. It seemed that the winner was already decided as there was less than one minute to go in regular time, but the reigning Euroleague champion did not have the same thoughts. Drew Nicholas scored two free throws and Vassilis Spanoulis followed with a quick triple. Lopez scored 1 of 2 for Khimky and Vassilis Spanoulis drew a foul with just 2.1 seconds left. He scored first and intentionally missed the second FT after what Antonis Fotsis tipped the ball in sending the game to overtime, 73-73. In this extra period, PAO created 3-16 run and had no troubles to grab unbelievable victory at the Khimky's home court.

Armani MI - EWE Baskets 79-51
J Milano had an easy job against the German champion last night. The Italian squad was a way better jumping to 2-5 in Group D and staying in the race for TOP 16. On the other side, Oldenburg dropped to 1-6. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points. Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) had 15 and Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) added 13 points, plus 6 rebounds. Visitors got 10 points from Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.).. Everything started good for AJ Milano who grabbed quick 14-7 lead. Marijonas Petravicius was in a game mood and he shined in the finish of the first period helping Milano to take 23-16. At the halfway of the second period Milano created impressive 10-0 run for 18-point lead. It was 35-17. Oldenburg closed the gap to 12 pts until the half time, but that was all from them in this game. After the breather there was only one team playing on the court and it was AJ Milano. Marijonas Petravicius and his teammates jumped to plus 20 during the third period and thanks to great 14-0 run in the finish they were 59-34 up. Last ten minutes were just the formality and AJ Milano celebrated magnificent 28-point victory. In the next round AJ Milano will meet Asseco Prokom at home. Oldenburg will host Khimky.

Assec.Prokom - MMC Real M. 82-76
Asseco Prokom did a great job in this game. The reigning Polish champion handed second Euroleague loss to Real Madrid at the same time moving up to 3-4 in Group D and staying in the race for TOP 16. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) was a key player in this victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) also had important role netting 19, while Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) delivered 12 points each. For the Whites, Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) collected 16 pts and 6 boards. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) had 14 pts and 9 rebs, and Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) posted 13 pts. Asseco Prokom opened the game with 8-0 and later had 21-12 lead. Kaukenas and Lavrinovic shined for Real Madrid in the finish of the first period, but Qyntel Woods responded with a triple and Travis Hansen fixed the score to 24-21 after 10 minutes of play. Visitors had 28-32 lead at the halfway of the second quarter, but Asseco Prokom quickly responded with 8-0 run. Than Real grabbed back 39-43, and Qyntel Woods and Ewing created 7-0 for Prokom setting the HT score to 46-43. In third frame teams exchanged in lead and Real touched plus 7 during it. Still, Prokom again shined in finish taking 62-61. During the last ten minutes, Asseco Prokom was constantly in lead. They had 64-63, 70-66 and 76-72 with 3 minutes to go. Qyntel Woods lifted his team to plus 6, after what Sergio Llull made two FTs for Real. Woods once again stepped up for the hosts and with short jumper resolved question about the winner.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Osiguranje 12-0 
 2. Feni Indistrija 10-2 
 3. Rabotnicki 7-5 
 4. Torus 6-6 
 5. Pelister 6-6 
 6. Ovce Pole 5-8 
 7. Vardar 2000 4-7 
 8. Plejmejker K. 4-9 
 9. MZT Skopje 3-10 
 10. AMMAK SP 1-5 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nebojsa RISTIC
  Ovce Pole
  (194-G/F-77)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Ristic, Ovce Pole19.8 
 2. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje19.3 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus18.7 
 4. Cekovski, Rabotnicki18.7 
 5. Stojanovski, V.Osig.17.8 
 6. Dimcevski, Vardar 16.1 
 7. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
 8. Life, Feni Indistrija15.2 
 9. Tmusic, AMMAK S.15.0 
 10. Nisavik, MZT.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ninoslav TMUSIC
  AMMAK SP
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tmusic, AMMAK S.10.0 
 2. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.2 
 3. Gjorevski, MZT S.8.5 
 4. Ristic, Ovce Pole8.1 
 5. Opacik, Torus7.8 
 6. Held, Pelister7.6 
 7. Televski, Pelister7.2 
 8. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje6.8 
 9. Nuri, AMMAK S.6.8 
 10. Krstevski, Varda.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister7.3 
 2. Samardziev, Feni I.5.6 
 3. Petrovic, Pelister5.4 
 4. Stojanovski, Feni I.4.3 
 5. Kocov, Vardar 20004.2 
 6. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 7. Tasevski, Torus3.9 
 8. Popovic, Feni I.3.8 
 9. Grncarov, V.Osig.3.7 
 10. Karadzovski, Tor.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister3.3 
 2. Radulovic, AMMAK S.3.0 
 3. Tasevski, Torus2.1 
 4. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.9 
 5. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole1.8 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.1.7 
 7. Grncarov, V.Osig.1.7 
 8. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.6 
 9. Karakolev, Torus1.6 
 10. Televski, Pelist.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje3.3 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.6 
 3. Televski, Pelister1.4 
 4. Nisavik, MZT S.1.4 
 5. Kralevski, Plejme.1.4 
 6. Kurciev, Ovce Pole1.0 
 7. Ilic, Vardar 20001.0 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 9. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.6 
 10. Filipovic, Rabotnic.0.6 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. ALBA 9-2 
 2. EWE Baskets 8-3 
 3. Telekom B. 8-5 
 4. Dt.Bank SKY 8-5 
 5. NY Phantoms 7-3 
 6. Goettingen 7-3 
 7. EnBW L'burg 7-5 
 8. TBB Trier 7-5 
 9. MBC 7-5 
 10. Art.Dragons 7-6 
 11. Bremerhaven 7-6 
 12. Brose Baskets 5-7 
 13. ratiopharm 5-8 
 14. Walter Tigers 5-8 
 15. Duesseldorf 4-9 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 3-9 
 17. LTi 46ers 3-9 
 18. Pad.Baskets 2-11 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers22.4 
 2. Buford, Bremerha.17.8 
 3. Oliver, Goettingen17.2 
 4. Copeland, TBB Trier17.2 
 5. Allen, Dt.16.6 
 6. Jenkins, Walter T.16.4 
 7. Kale, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 8. Burns, ratiopharm15.5 
 9. Jeffers, LTi 46ers15.3 
 10. Griffin, Phoeni.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan KALE
  Phoenix Hagen
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Kale, Phoenix Hagen8.5 
 2. Gibbs, Bremerhaven8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Telek.8.2 
 4. Johnson, LTi 46ers8.2 
 5. Archibong, Duesseld.7.2 
 6. Allen, Dt.7.0 
 7. Burns, ratiopharm6.8 
 8. Doliboa, Dt.6.8 
 9. Perkovic, EWE B.6.4 
 10. Travis, Walter Tige.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.6.8 
 2. Hamilton, NY Phant.6.3 
 3. Jordan, Telekom B.6.1 
 4. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.2 
 5. Reese, Dt.4.9 
 6. Gamqrelidze, MBC4.2 
 7. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.4.1 
 8. Rowland, LTi 46ers3.7 
 9. Jacobson, Goett.3.6 
 10. Foster, EWE.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.3 
 2. Lischka, LTi 46ers1.8 
 3. Jacobson, Goett.1.8 
 4. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.8 
 5. Jenkins, Walter T.1.8 
 6. Paulding, EWE B.1.6 
 7. Jenkins, ALBA1.5 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.1.5 
 9. Chaney, EnBW L.1.5 
 10. Foster, EWE.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John TUREK
  Phoenix Hagen
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Turek, Phoenix .2.0 
 2. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.6 
 3. Boumtje, EWE B.1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 6. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.2 
 7. Boone, Goettingen1.1 
 8. Visser, EnBW L.1.0 
 9. Chaney, EnBW L.0.9 
 10. Flomo, Telekom.0.9 


AJ Milano blasts Oldenburg 79-51 - by Eurobasket News
AJ Milano - EWE Baskets Oldenburg 79-51

AJ Milano had an easy job against the German champion last night. The Italian squad was a way better jumping to 2-5 in Group D and staying in the race for TOP 16. On the other side, Oldenburg dropped to 1-6. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points. Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) had 15 and Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) added 13 points, plus 6 rebounds. Visitors got 10 points from Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.)..
Everything started good for AJ Milano who grabbed quick 14-7 lead. Marijonas Petravicius was in a game mood and he shined in the finish of the first period helping Milano to take 23-16. At the halfway of the second period Milano created impressive 10-0 run for 18-point lead. It was 35-17. Oldenburg closed the gap to 12 pts until the half time, but that was all from them in this game. After the breather there was only one team playing on the court and it was AJ Milano. Marijonas Petravicius and his teammates jumped to plus 20 during the third period and thanks to great 14-0 run in the finish they were 59-34 up. Last ten minutes were just the formality and AJ Milano celebrated magnificent 28-point victory. In the next round AJ Milano will meet Asseco Prokom at home. Oldenburg will host Khimky.

AJ Milano: Marijonas Petravicius 16, Stefano Mancinelli 15, Mike Hall 13+6 boards
Oldenbug: Je'Kel Foster 10


Will The Last Second Type Of Tom Brady Finishes Continue For The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Against MEG Goettingen December 12? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In the last two weeks, it has been Quantez Robertson and Aubrey Reese winning the games in exciting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fashion, that one has to wonder if The Deutsche Bank Skyliners can make it three in a row with some special magic ingredient against MEG Goettingen somehow overcoming the scary, dark and mysterious Lokhalle atmosphere December 12th. The way Frankfurt has been winning in the absolute waning seconds of the last two games, one has to wonder if the gang of Murat Didin are quietly on their way to achieving something very exquisite like The New England Patriots did in Super Bowl 26 and 28? Let us hope that they dont need to win again in the last second, but if so, they say that good things come in 3s, joked BBC Bayreuth youth coach Sean Mccaw. There may be one difference with Frankfurt and Tom Brady, in that Quantez Robertson surely didnt plan it, but Aubrey Reese did, because he loves those crunch time game winning situations, while Tom Brady surely wrote a script for the ending of those two Super Bowls. Well I think that Tom Brady planned to do it, because thats the type of heroics that make people legends, so he made sure that it came down to a last play to win. If the Skyliners use that same approach, then they could win a third game in arrow, stressed ex TV Langen guard Ryan Lancaster who is playing in Norway this season.

The luck of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners has been difficult not to notice on the court as 6 of the last 7 have gone down to the wire and the club often was trailing for most of the game and rallying back in the fourth quarter to win. One has to slowly wonder if coach Murat Didin is secretly placing four leaf clovers in the BCM for his players to find and get them additionally mentally on the right track for MEG Goettingen. It seems like their luck is flowing through their veins like normal blood. Their luck may also be fortified by the secret support of extra legends like Superman leaping from the ceiling of the arena and helping a ball trickle in, Jason Bourne secretly letting a ball find the hands of a Sklyiner through some gadget, or Ethan Hunt dangling from wires and helping Quantez Robertson fly through the zone for a monster dunk. Frankfurt has been winning close games and sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, stressed Ricky Hickman who is playing for Lahti in Finland this season. Sometimes luck is overblown and success has more to do with talent. Maybe it is not luck. They have been winning some close games the last weeks and it may just have to do with their team play. We played them in preseason and they looked like they would be a tough team to beat. They seem to be pulling together and fighting as a team. We need some of that luck to rub off on us, joked Paderborn Baskets guard Deandre Haynes. Even though luck is supposed to be something positive, it doesnt mean that Superman is always have to be present. I dont think that luck is always good for a team, but I think it shows how Frankfurt is growing as a unit and learning to overcome adverse situations together, but for Superman to be making baskets for them, dont count on it, laughed 2009 BEKO BBL scoring champion Omari Westley, who is playing in Kuwait this season.

If the luck continues the way it has been going for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the future, then the club could change their jersey colours to green to symbolize the Irish good luck charm the Leprechaun.who is a solitary creature whose principal occupation is making and mending shoes and enjoys practical jokes. According to Irish mythology, the Leprechaun is the keeper of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and knows where all the wealth of the world is buried. If a little green man is really helping Frankfurt with luck is hard to tell since luck is always a hard topic with players. I dont believe in luck. Frankfurt is a great program and its great that they are winning close games now, because during the season, you have tough games and there have been many close games. It will make them a better team in the long run. They should let the Leprechaun keep rolling in, because as long as they are winning its a good thing and not a bad thing, joked Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Steve Wright. Finding a healthy balance between luck and skill seems to be something that can keep teams on the right road to success. Luck and hard work always go together, stressed Travon Bryant who is playing for Panionios in Greece this season.

This season, the BEKO BBL has so many strong teams, but not every club has a deep roster. The three clubs with the deepest rosters have to be Alba Berlin, Artland Dragons and The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. MEG Goettingen reached the playoffs last season, but lost top players Kyle Bailey, Rocky Trice and Charles Lee. This season, the team is not as strong as last season on paper and have so superstar presently, but have one in the making with American Charles Oliver. The team has many young players, but the club has found the right page early in the season winning games in the BEKO BBL and their first two games in the Eurochallenge. Many teams have had bad experiences with MEG Goettingen this season especially The Paderborn Baskets who got routed 97-70. It is so hard to prepare against MEG Goettingen who pressure you non stop for 40 minutes. I didnt think it would be like them when we played them, but it felt like we were playing 8-5, because they were everywhere on the court. A team should prepare by playing 7 or 8 on 5 in practice or just have patience and break their press. Once you beat their pressure then you will be ok and then you have to try to execute the offense, warned American Deandre Haynes of The Paderborn Baskets. Even though that MEG Goettingen has no real star, they have 12 guys that can play. MEG Goettingen plays well as a team. You cant prepare for just one player, because every guy is a threat at any given time. They have so many players that can score 15 points, so its hard to prepare for that, stressed ex Giessen 46er guard Ricky Hickman. A team has to be mentally tough and be smart on the court when playing MEG Goettingen. A team really has to let their mind wonder how they have to stop this team, since you cant focus on just one player. A team has to test their mental toughness with MEG Goettingen. If Frankfurt doesnt focus and put the team away early, then they can cause trouble late in the game, warned ex Nordlingen forward Omari Westley.

The return of MEG Gttingen back to the big show two seasons ago in the BBL was a positive surprise as the team had not smelt BBL air for 19 years. Before the deregulation in the 80s, Gttingen had always had a top Basketball tradition that marked its climax in the 80s as they won three BBL titles in 1980, 1983 and 1984 under the legendary American coach Terry Schofield. In a country, where Soccer is by far the #1 sport, it is all the more curious when a sport like Basketball is still #1 in Gttingen after 19 years of not being in the BBL.It is great for me too see how much Basketball has developed in the last two seasons in Gttingen. When we won the second division north league two years ago, the people didnt really notice so much. Back then we played in a small gym, but now the support is so big in the Lokhalle. I get stopped all over the place for autographs. Now it is a big deal, said Kyle Bailey. Gottingen stands for tradition in Basketball, stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin.

Last season, MEG Goettingen were the big surprise team of the season leading the standings for many months as teams were unable to adjust to their 40 minutes of basketball hell. They lost in the first round of the playoffs against The Brose Baskets Bamberg without Kyle Bailey and Charles Lee. Dont let the current 13th place position of MEG Goettingen fool you, because they have a 7-3 record and are the top scoring team in the BEKO BBL averaging 85 points per game without a star name like a Julius Jenkins, Derrick Allen, Immanuel Mcelroy of Rickey Paulding and unless they have massive injury problems or the swine sickness attacks Goettingen, then this team should be a playoff team come May 2010. They are in 6th place (Eurobasket standings) and I dont see them changing their style. If they continue to put pressure on teams then I think that they will make the playoffs, stressed Deandre Haynes. The team is currently riding on a four game winning streak and their biggest wins of the season have been against Bamberg and Bonn and they are 5-0 in the Lokhalle. The two back bone players of the team are Americans Chris Oliver and Ben Jacobson and BEKO BBL rookie Taylor Rochestie is making a name for himself and is a viable candidate for rookie of the year. The team is further filled with a few rookies and solid role players. The team also has some experience from last season, keeping five players. The team is not as strong as last season on paper, but have the advantage that the team has found their chemistry very early into the season. They are still a run and gun team, but not as strenuous as last season. They like the quick play, but also have a working set play and have an improved inside game with Chris Mcnaughton and Jason Boone and Chris Oliver helping out form the position four.

The conductor of the success in Goettingen the last two seasons has been American mastermind John Patrick. He went to Stanford and played professionally in Japan and Germany before becoming a coach in 1999. He coached some years in Japan and won the 2006 Superleague title with Toyota Alvark and won coach of the year. This will be his fifth season coaching in Goettingen. He led the team into the BBL in 2007. His biggest strength has been incorporating this wild and annoying 40 minutes of terror basketball, where the players are still able to concentrate in the offense and take good shots. Another big plus is that he knows how to lead the team and keep his players happy on and off the court. John Patrick is a players coach and doesnt limit his players to play like robots. He lets them make mistakes and doesnt act like its the end of the world. One of the reasons why Chris Oliver didnt go was because he enjoyed the relationship with the coach. It is always a plus when players like playing for a coach, commented Omari Westley. Patrick is not only a plus with motivating his players, but also has a potent offense to go with the aggressive defense. Patrick is a good coach, because of his defensive philosophy and how hard he gets his players to play for him. He lets them play freely on offense and demands that they give 100% on defense. Most players would dream to play for a team like that, expressed North Carolina native Ricky Hickman.

This will be the fifth meeting between The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and MEG Goettingen, and the clan of Murat Didin havent fared so well losing three of the four games. Who could forget the stellar 74-67 Frankfurt win in the Lokhalle in 2008 as half of the team was sick and Maksym Shtein showed a totally other side of him as he exploded on the court making just about every touch he had land in the basket as he led the club in scoring with 24 points. Last season, the luck of this years Frankfurt team seemed to be with MEG Goettingen as they won two nail bitters. In Frankfurt, they prevailed 64-61 despite 16 points from Ilian Evtimov. In the return date in late February and 48 hours before the Top 4 in Hamburg, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 70-65 as they had all chances to win in the crunch time, but missed some key shots. Pascal Roller had a huge game with 20 points.
MEG Goettingen is led by 24 year old 198cm power forward Chris Oliver who comes from Kernersville, North Carolina. This is his second season in Goettingen. He is an excellent athletic with great hands that played at Radford for four years. This season, he is the number one go to guy averaging 17,2ppg and 5,6rpg and 1,2apg. This season, he has scored in double figures in six games. He is a great athlete and a pretty good shooter that likes to drive to the hoop. The kid has an all around game that will post up, shoot the 15 footer or take the three pointer. He plays well without the ball and doesnt need a lot of shots to score. It is important to limit his touches, because he will shy away at times. On defense, he is long and covers a lot of ground. He is a good weak side shot blocker and rebounder. I think if you attack him when he is playing defense and make him guard you then that is something that he is capable of doing, but doesnt do it a lot so Frankfurt should attack him inside, warned Ohio native Omari Westley. Ex Giessen 46er Ricky Hickman remembers Chris Oliver very well from last season. Oliver can do a little bit of everything. He is one of the toughest guys to match up within the league. When defending him, limit his open shots and be as physical as possible with him and give him nothing easy, stressed Ricky Hickman.

26 year old 188cm combo guard Ben Jacobson who is from Sioux City, Iowa and is playing his third season in Goettingen. He is a great scorer who can create his own shot and is a good defender. He got drafted by the Butte Dare Devils in 2006, but came to Europe and played in France and at Ehingen and MBC before coming to Goettingen. This season, he is averaging 14,0ppg, 3,4rpg, 3,6apg. He is the floor leader and a good ball handler and a lot better than what people give him credit for. He is a big guard that that creates problems all over the court, because he can rebound and post up against smaller players. He is a decent shooter, so dont give him any open shots, because if he hits his first shot then he is prone to hitting his next 3-4 shots. He has good court savvy and usually drives to his right. You can beat him on defense with a quick guard or on the ball screen. He is not the quickest, but covers ground, because of his size. You must attack him on defense, because he is prone to foul, warned Omari Westley. He is very crafty and one should let him finish around the basket then rather letting him shoot, said Ricky Hickman.

Taylor Rochestie is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Santa Barbara, who is playing his first season in Germany. He played at Washington State and last season played 33 games: averaging 13.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 39.2%, 3Pts: 37.9%, FT: 89.1%. He started off slowly in the first two games, but since then has increased his minutes and scored in double figures in eight games and has become into a very important third scoring option after Oliver and Jacobson. This season, he is averaging 13,5ppg, 1,9rpg and 2,4apg. So far he has shot out the lights in BBL arenas as he is shooting 51% from the field and 46% from three point land. 24 year old 198cm power forward/center Jason Boone from Sugar Loaf, New York is playing his third season with Goettingen. Two years ago, he made the jump form the Regionalliga to the BBL, which is similar as if a professional baseball player jumped from A ball to MLB. Since he has arrived to the BBL, he has continued to develop and his minutes have risen from 12 to 16 to 21 minutes. This season, he is averaging 11,0ppg and is tied with Chris Oliver with 5,6rpg. Jason Boone is a strong athlete who likes to finish around the rim and is not a shooter at all. One should give him the jump shot and dont let him penetrate. He is a strong offensive rebounder and goes to the boards each time. He isnt a good free throw shooter and dont give him any easy layups. One should attack him on defense and despite his athletic body, doesnt move his feet so well and he is foul prone, stressed Omari Westley. Frankfurt will have to keep an eye on him in the paint. Boone is probably one of the strongest low post players in the BBL. He can move anybody with his strength down low, added Ricky Hickman.

27 year old 211cm center Christopher Mcnaughton who comes from Leutershausen is playing his first season with MEG Goettingen. He likes playing with his back to the basket, but doesnt really have good mobility for his size. After starting his basketball career with TSV Troester Breitengussbach in 2000, he went to Bucknell and played there from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 56.7%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 71.3%. In 2007, he came back to Europe and played in Spain. Last season, he played for Faymasa Palencia playing 29 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 72.8%. He won the league LEB Silver and cup title. This season, he is averaging 8,2ppg and 3,2rpg. 23 year old 191cm guard Robert Kulawick is playing his second season in Goettingen. He started his basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde in 2003 and also played for Alba Berlin from 2004-2006 playing 14 BBL games, three ULEB Cup games and winning the BBL cup in 2006. After playing with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2006-2007, he crossed the boarder into Holland and played for Den Helder Seals playing 34 games averaging 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.6%. Already last season, one could see the confidence of John Patrick in the German letting him average 10 minutes per game, but this season, he has hatched averaging 21 minutes and has been a energy spark plug on the court. He is averaging 6,3ppg and 1,7rpg. He has been a member of the German U-18 and U-20 teams the last years and if he keeps developing the way he does, then German National coach Dirk Bauermann will have to invite him to the German National team some day.

MEG Goettingen has a number of rookies and one of them is Chester Frazier who is a 23 year old 188cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland. He played at Illinois and in his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 5.7ppg, 4.8rpg, AssistsConf-1 (5.3apg), StealsConf-7 (1.4spg), FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 66.7%. He finished his career ranked sixth on the Illinois career assists list with 484. He was of the top defenders in the Big Ten conference and has brought the same aggressiveness on the defensive end to Goettingen. This season, he is averaging 5,6ppg, 3,4rpg, and 1,5apg. Another rookie is 198cm shooting guard/small forward Dwayne Anderson from Silver Spring, Maryland. He played at Villanova from 2005-2009. As a senior, he played 31 games averaging 9.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 84.5%. He reached the NCAA Final 8 in 2006 and Sweet 16 in 2008. This season, for MEG Goettingen, he is averaging 4,9ppg and 2,7rpg. John Little is a 25 year old 180cm guard from Peoria, Illinois. He is playing his second season with MEG Goettingen. He played at Northern Iowa from 2002-2006. In 2007-2008, he wanted to play for the Peoria Kings of the ABA league, but the team folded, so he returned to Northern Iowa and finished the season as assistant coach. This season, he is averaging 4,6ppg, 1,6rpg and 1,3apg. Little is their energy guy. He brings a lot of energy and athletic ability from the bench. He doesnt have much of a shot and likes to drive to the hoop and finish at the rim. He is a good rebounder for his size. He is possibly the best defender on the team. He has long arms and plays the passing lanes well and is their best on ball defender, stressed Omari Westley. He is probably one of the scrappiest players in the league and always plays hard and gives 100% every minute on the court, added Ricky Hickman.

26 year old 193cm Cody Topper from Albuquerque, New Mexico is playing his first season in Goettingen. He is a left hander that likes to drive to the hoop, but also can shoot from outside. He is a very adept rebounder and has an almost deadly midrange jumper. He has a tremendous work ethic. He played at Cornell University from 2001-2005. Since then he has played in the CBA for The Great Falls Explorers and also has played in New Zealand and Portugal. He recently received the German citizenship. He is only playing sparingly for John Patrick averaging 1,4ppg. The team recently picked up 37 year old 207cm power forward Michael Meeks who was born in Jamaica, but has the Canadian/American citizenship. He is fast for his size and is a great jumper with good timing. Has a nice jump shot from the top of the key. When posting up low he likes to finish with a dunk. The switching of positions and his speed makes him very dangerous in offense. On the defensive side he impresses with his shot blocking. He can hit the three pointer. He played at Canisius from 1992-1996. Since then he has had a long and successful basketball career having played in Countries like Italy, France, Turkey, Croatia, Czech Republic and Germany. He played for Brandt Hagen and The Telekom Baskets Bonn. He played at the 1998 and 2002 World Championships for Canada with NBA star Steve Nash and at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, where he was the tournaments fifth best scorer averaging 14,3ppg. He was picked up to help bulk up the team with the heavy Eurochallenge schedule, but so far, he has seldom played playing only 12,48 minutes in three games. Taj Finger is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Mt Kisco, New York. He played at Stanford from 2004-2008. Last season, he played in Norway for Troms Storm playing 21 games and averaging 18.0ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 2.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.9bpg), 2FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 71.0%. He has only played 6,37 minutes in the first two games and hasnt played since.

This will be a very interesting matchup as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners currently are doing everything right in crunch time, while MEG Goettingen seems to doing mostly everything right for 40 minutes and has outscored the opponent 340-270 in their current four game winning streak and not had any problems with having to have a Tom Brady moment in crunch time. An interesting duel will be the teams top two scorers who will go head to head in the paint with Derrick Allen and Chris Oliver. This is going to be a good match up. Derrick has an unbelievable motor and can match up well with Chris, but Chris can beat you in many ways. It will be interesting to see who wins this matchup, said Ricky Hickman. Frankfurt should have every player on board and they will need help from every guard in this game, if Goettingen decides to run, run and run. Pascal Roller and Aubrey Reese have not been 100% and one still has to be careful how much you push them. Guys like Jimmy Mckinney and Dominik Bahiense De Mello should get added minutes and will need to step up. With The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing in the dark and mysterious Lokhalle, it will be incredibly vital to get off on a good start, because playing catch up there will not be recommending with the loud fans. Frankfurt should not get rattled and get into an up and down game. They have to concentrate and take good shots and control the boards, warned Ricky Hickman. It also will be important to bring calmness into the game and getting a good jump on business in the paint. Frankfurt will win if they are the more aggressive team on offense and defense, box out inside and not give up any second shots, stressed Omari Westley. Winning on a last second shot or play may be likeable for the fans, but in reality The Deutsche Bank Skyliners should seek winning more comfortably and saving the Tom Brady moments from his incredible Super Bowl performances for the DVD on the bus ride home. MEG Goettingen host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on December 12th at 19:30.



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Branko Milisavljevic returns to PAOK after six years - by Eurobasket News
PAOK Thessaloniki landed Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) until the end of the season. The 33-year old point guard is a well known face in Greek basketball where he already played in the past (Marousi, Olympiakos). He was a member of PAOK on season 2002/2003.
Last season, Milisavljevic spent with Cajasol Sevilla. Actually he started it with Lietuvos Rytas and in January joined Cajasol. He helped the team to survive in ACB averaging 8.6 ppg and 3 apg for 12 games. With Lietuvos Rytas, Milisavljevic had 16.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 12 games in EuroCup and 12.2 ppg in Baltic league.
During the second half of 2007/08 season, Branko Milisavljevic played 17 games for Costa Cafe Marousi averaging 12.4 ppg and 1.9 apg. In Playoffs his team played 12 games and Milisavljevic jumped to 18.5 ppg and 3.3 apg. On season 2003/04, the player appeared 4 times for Olympiakos in Euroleague and 10 times in Greek A1 averaging 5 ppg in both. With PAOK on season 2002/03 Milisavljevic had 10/6 ppg and 4.1 apg for 15 games in FIBA Champions Cup. In domestic championship he collected 16.4 ppg and 3.5 apg in 26 appearances.
PAOK currently has 1-5 score in A1. In the last round they faced with 83-78 loss against Panathinaikos in Athens.


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CEBL: ASE won again! - by Tamas Deri
Last night the team of ASE won its second game in Austria and is on the top of the Group B of CEBL after two rounds. Player of the game was hungarian center, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74), whe helped his team with 17 points. American guard Michael English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) scored 14, Zsolt Kiss (195-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) made 4 three pointers. Michael Schachtner (206-F-86, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) responded with 15, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) with 14 points for the Bulls in defeat.

CEBL, Group B, 2. round
Kapfenberg Bulls - Atomeromu SE 64-69
(16-15, 12-20, 16-20, 20-14)
Kapfenberg, Att.: 500, Referees: Sollner, Kirnbauer, Vladic (austrians)
ASE: ENGLISH 14/6, Horvath 4/3, Kortelyesi 2, Dill 5, GULYAS 17, Clark 2, Medve 6/6, Zsolt KISS 12/12, Martin 5, Meszaros Z. 2, Kovacs A., Coach: Dzunic Branislav
Kapfenberg Bulls best scorers: Michael Schachtner 15/6, Nelson 14/12, Vrecko 12/12, Lanegger 10/3.



Ivan Cubela signed with Dombovar - by Tamas Deri
Ivan Cubela (201-F-84) signed for the rest of the season with Dombovar KC. The 201 cm tall, croatian wingman is a well known player in our country as he played for Kormend in the season 2004-05 and averaged 7.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 24.0% in 27 games. After that he played in the Czech Republic for Handicap Brno and had a good season averaging 12.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 73.8%. During the season 2006-07 and 2007-08 he played in Croatia, Germany, Finland and Slovenia. In December 2008 he signed with West Virgina Wild in the ABA, he started also this season in the same league with the team of Georgia Gwizzlies.


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Legadue, round 11 (regular season): review - by Antonello Varallo
Best italian players starting 5 of round 11

PG:Matteo Bertolazzi (181-G-79) of Miro Radici Vigevano:9 points with 3/4 from 3PT and 7 assists
SG:Carlton Myers (192-G-71, agency: World Sport Agency) of Riviera Solare RN: 33 points with 5/6 from 3PT
SF:Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) of Fastweb Casale Monferrato: 11 points with 3/5 from 3PT
F:Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) of Enel Brindisi: 29 points with 7/11 from 3, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
C:Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) of Bialetti Scafati: 17 points and 13 rebounds

Best import players starting 5 of round 11

PG:Kiwane Garris (188-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) of Umana Venezia: 28 points with 15/15 from FT, 5 steals and 3 assists
SG:Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Prima Veroli: 27 points and 5 assists
SF:Omar Thomas (197-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) of Enel Brindisi:26 points with 11/15 from field
F:Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) of Prima Veroli: 23 points with 11/13 from field, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks and 5 steals
C:Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa) of Enel Brindis: 14 points and 11 rebounds

Season high for Nissim of Prima Veroli (27 points), Donato Cutolo (198-F-87, agency: Players Group) of A.B. Latina (19), Radulovic of Enel Brindisi (29), Garris of Umana Venezia (28), Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, agency:,SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) of Miro Radici Vigevano (25),Luigi Dordei (202-F-81) of Snaidero Udine (17)


AJ Milano blasts Oldenburg 79-51 - by Eurobasket News
AJ Milano - EWE Baskets Oldenburg 79-51

AJ Milano had an easy job against the German champion last night. The Italian squad was a way better jumping to 2-5 in Group D and staying in the race for TOP 16. On the other side, Oldenburg dropped to 1-6. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points. Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) had 15 and Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) added 13 points, plus 6 rebounds. Visitors got 10 points from Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.)..
Everything started good for AJ Milano who grabbed quick 14-7 lead. Marijonas Petravicius was in a game mood and he shined in the finish of the first period helping Milano to take 23-16. At the halfway of the second period Milano created impressive 10-0 run for 18-point lead. It was 35-17. Oldenburg closed the gap to 12 pts until the half time, but that was all from them in this game. After the breather there was only one team playing on the court and it was AJ Milano. Marijonas Petravicius and his teammates jumped to plus 20 during the third period and thanks to great 14-0 run in the finish they were 59-34 up. Last ten minutes were just the formality and AJ Milano celebrated magnificent 28-point victory. In the next round AJ Milano will meet Asseco Prokom at home. Oldenburg will host Khimky.

AJ Milano: Marijonas Petravicius 16, Stefano Mancinelli 15, Mike Hall 13+6 boards
Oldenbug: Je'Kel Foster 10


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Rolands Freimanis leads Cajasol to victory, earns MVP award. - by Kasia
Latvian forward Rolands Freimanis (208-F-88) (208-F-1988) of Qalat Caja Sol Sevilla shined in 10th round game of LEB Silver. Freimanis posted a monster double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds to propel Qalat Caja Sol Sevilla to a 63-59 victory against Cordoba in an Andalusian derby of LEB Silver Group B. Freimanis was unstoppable, scoring every way possible, making 8 of 11 two-pointers, 2 of 4 triples and 3 of 4 free throws for a performance index rating of 33. Furthermore Freimanis led the weekly standings of the 10th round both in points and rebounds. Freimanis is also among top 5 LEB Silver's scorers and rebounders so far with 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per night.

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Byrd in Hoops - by Mohammed Malas
Hoops Club have finally setteled on their second import to be with Sean Colson (182-G-75, agency: GOTathletes, college: Charlotte) together in the men team, The American forward William Byrd (201-F-85, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) will be joining the team very soon.

Byrd was part of Kahraba Zouk team's setup in the 1st professional experience when left after 15 games due to an injury last season, He was on tryouts with Marso-Vagep NYKK from Hungary but preferred to go back to Lebanon for the upcoming events locally.


The Lebanese League tip off is today... What coaches say? - by Maarouf Mawloud
All the eyes are turned around the Lebanese basketball teams few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 season. All the hard work that each team, from admin to coaches and players, have already done in the past few months will show up starting from the 1st game of this season. All possibilities are expected, nothing is sure nor guaranteed. 8 teams, worked hard to set up and build a line up that can compete in the league, 8 teams, ready for the opening of this new big season. Each coach of these 8 teams has his own way of thinking ,his own strategy and his own analysis of this league. Here are 8 small interviews with some coaches few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 Basketball league:


Riyadi:

According to Fouad Abou Chacra , the coach of the lebanese champions, the season will be a good one. Again we will have 3 teams competing for the championship, 3 teams looking for final four, one team will be a good surprise team and 1 team surviving in division 1. Riyadi this year is a totally new team, they are becoming better each day, trying to achieve the highest stability and once they achieve it they will be very solid. In his opinion champville has a very good team as well as muttahed and sagesse. In a conclusion, Riyadi is aming for the Lebanese, the arab and the asian championship.

Moutahed:

According to Toni Vujanic , the coach of the runner up team, the league will be a very strong and very competitive one. There are lots of equal teams with 2 very strong ones champville and riyadi. Mouttahed is young and new team. They signed 7 new lebanese players and 2 new imports after cutting the budget in the club. They worked for a short time together and the imports came to Lebanon 2 weeks ago. He says: If we find our chemistry and strength and improved our defensive skills we can become a serious competitor, if not it will be a very hard and a long season for my team. In general hes very positive that his team will reach his goals and be a part of the final 4.

Sagesse:

Coach Zeljko Zecevic the coach of Sagesse Club Beirut says: I think basketball in Lebanon is very important and thus the basketball championship takes a very important place. Basketball in Lebanon is a very high level among the countries of the Asian continent and all of us who work in basketball sport across the world is well known fact that Lebanon's Basketball Championship is one of the strongest in Asia, with of course China and the Philippines. I'm in the club as Head Coach came 20/11/ so I had very little time for exploring the history of this club, one of the largest and most popular in Lebanon. To my happiness, when one person comes in Sagesse Club need very little time to realize that they are in a good and very well organized club. I'm with the team begun to work in the court, to my chagrin, very late. For this reason I am really overjoyed when I see how my players accept very difficult and hard work in the last two weeks. However, it is now in every sports is difficult or almost not possible to create wonders overnight. Any serious work for which it is believed that it could lead to positive results must have their time which is necessary for the preparation of specialization team players ... and at the end of the process of coming up shaping the final look of a team that can compete with everyone and against all in a very difficult competition as the Lebanese championship. Our foreigner players are Patt Fields, position combo - guard and he can cover any perimeter positions in our team. Hes very young, and thus is for him first international experience out of the States. Second one is Marshall Phillips, position combo - forward and he cover up in our team position forward and power forward. His very experience player who now knows what is necessary to a team. His qualities as a player in our team will be expressed by saying that he will be players who will play on the perimeter, but at the same time and in the low post position. We are preparing the way to be ready to compete against all teams in the league. Whether we will succeed and that, depends not only on the strength of ourselves, but depends on the strength of our opponents. My team is not prepared for some imaginary targets on which today can only dream, but we're preparing only for the next opponent without taking care about how the team is called, or which position currently occupies in the league. I, personally, do not believe a lot of predictions, it is not my job. I believe only in work, and just work. Results will come at the end of the season must be just and only the results of our heavy and hard daily work in the hall. I think the biggest favorite to win Lebanese Championship next season as the teams Moutahed, Al Riyadi, Champwille and Sagesse Club. Would like to especially welcome in this public way of the best fans in Lebanon. I would like to support us in our great desire, and everyday struggles that we do for the good of our club. I hope that the our fans give us great support, because all of us who work in Sagesse Club know very well that with the support of our loyal fans this team can achieve more than what it realistically possible. Only in absolute connection between a brand new team and our fans see the possibility of good results in the forthcoming season

Champville:

Coach Ghassan Sarkis was satisfied by his team preparation. Sarkis said the team started training early July and was excited by the addition of Fadi El-Khatib, one of the best players in lebanese history. Sarkis said that Riyadi is the number 1 candidate to win the league this year. As for Champville and Mouttahed, Sarkis said that both teams can compete Riyadi.And he said that the final will be between Riyadi and champville ( according to www.lebanese-goal.com )

Anibal:

Dany Ammous, anibals coach says :This year will be different in terms of the FLBB league as there has been a major reshuffle and movement of players and coaches for the majority of the teams. The FLLBB league in my opinion continues to be the most competitive league in the Arab world and attracts a lot of local and international players. However, financial challenges are becoming the major drawback that can pose a threat to the leagues success. Probably only 4 teams are financially sound while the others are still struggling to get their budgets. As for Annibal, We have been adamant to retain the majority of the Lebanese players who were with us last year which could reduce time for integration. Also, we have engaged in training much earlier in the pre league preparation which should give us an edge on readiness side physical and tactical. The Lebanese players will be integral to our success this year. The challenge for me as a coach is to get the right international players who can complement the Lebanese players skills and form a homogenous team. Our aspiration at Annibal is to become contenders to get into the final four which I see a challenging goal but achievable.'

Antranik:

Vicken Eskedjian, an admin in Antranik thinks that the Lebanese league will start slowly because some of the teams started late and the foreigners came few weeks ago. But after the first round he believes we will see some good Basket ball.
In this opinion, there are 3 very good teams this year that will compete for the championship, these teams are moutahed, champville and riyadi. While Antranik and Hoops all along with Sagesse will compete for the 4th spot of the final 4. He thinks that the level of the foreigner is lower than the past years. As for Antranik, in general they have a very good Local players all along with a very good Coach. One of the foreigners is very good and in case they can find a good center as aforeigner they can do good this year.

Kahraba:

According to Toni Khalil, kahraba coach, this year the league will be devided into two levels. Level 1 having in it the top 3 teams, moutahed riyadi and champville. While the level two comvines each from sagesse to antranik, anibal hoops and kahraba. The difference between the two levels is about economic stability that will affect the Lebanese basketball level. The competition will be for the fourth place in the playoffs. He says: Although its logic that the level 1 teams will beat the level 2 teams but in basketball everything is possible. More than that, the lack of funding will hurt the league because it will reflect on the team with small budgets. As for his team he said: Kahraba will play with no pressure specially that they will be no drop to the 2nd division, but technically the team will improve with every game because they need the game experience due to the fact that they did not have any preseason experience.

Hoops:

Peter Schomers, hoops coach, says: We played against all of the teams here in preseason with the exception of Mouttahed. Our results were not bad but I, as every coach, knows that preseason results are not necessarily represeantative for what can happen in the season. Most teams were not complete and will be better prepared in the season. My team is very young and rather inexperienced but we will try to make up for these factors by playing hard and hustling. At this point it is very hard to say where we stand. To expect from us to play up with any of the four top teams in Lebanon would be too much right now. But we hope to be in good competition with the other three teams (Kahraba/Antranik/Zahle). Maybe we are good for one or the other surprise. That will depend on the developement of our team and that of our opponents. To judge the level of this league I have to get more involved into the champignonship.

Extra opinions:
Rizkallah Zaloum said: i think they will be 3 teams competing only this year due to the withdrawel of blue stars and tibnin. sagesse as we know is going to participate but with very low budget and i dont think he can compete after rony fahed, sabah khoury and bassem balaa left the team . even they have brian and roy smaha, but this is not enough for them to compete. the rest i mean antranik , hoops, kahraba dont have the necessary elements to compete due to financial problem. So the conclusion is that this year we are going to witness a retreat in the level of the league due to financial problems that need to be solved by making the right decisions by the lebanese basketball federation.



Lebanon vs. Dominican Republic - Who would succeed in a possible encounter? - by Maarouf Mawloud
[by Kris SANTIAGO] - Merhaba!

After posting my latest blog about the wild cards for Turkey 2010, I thought about, what would happen if their would be a decisive game between Lebanon and the Dominican Republic as I guess only one of the two will be getting a pass to the next World Championships. Imagine one game in a neutral place with both teams fielding their very best players available.

Of course, someone will post: 'Why not Nigeria?' Well, I just think it will be in the end between those two countries mentioned above. Of course, as a big African hoops fan, I would love to see Nigeria in Turkey next year, especially if they are coming with Big Olu and Gabe Muoneke, but I have strong feeling that I won't meet these guys and Nigeria in Turkey next year.

Same goes by the way for Cameroon, who I love to support as the team and the coaches are all great people.

But let's get back to my 'fantasy' game between the Lebanese and the Dominicans:

Backcourt:

Rony Fahed, Omar El Turk, Ali Mahmoud and Jean-Abdel Nour are the cornerstones of Lebanon's backcourt for years now. The first three players mentioned are more than solid from the three-point line but lack height to compete with taller players and are also not overly athletic. Still, they are capable of playing their role within the team, which is to pass and shoot when necessary. Nour is a different character, as he is known for his fast drives to the hoop as well as for his knack for rebounds, even though not being the tallest on the team. But he is pretty weak from the outside which limits him a lot.

Lebanon's guards do play for years together and have their routines set, but none of them gained experience by playing in a big European league, let alone the NBA.

The missing piece to a great team is the point-guard spot, as everyone points out when speaking about the Dominicans. Part-time point guard Luis Flores is better suited to play shooting guard while Carlos Morban is not the answer to the Dominican sorrows. Edgar Sosa might be still young but is steadily developing at Louisville and might be the first option soon. Flores, who brings a lot of international experience on the court, is versatile as he can slash to the basket but also shoot from long range, but tends to be selfish which hampers the other players' output a lot. Ricky Greer is having a good year in Nancy and should be considered altogether with his brother Jeff, who plays on the same team. Sammy Mejia should also make a nice fit at shooting guard if selected. All in all, the international experience should make up for the lacking of an experienced point guard in the team.

Advantage: None.

Frontcourt:

Lebanon added proved U.S. American Jackson Vroman to its frontcourt and also got finally Matt Freije's yes to play for the country of his grandfather's country. Both additions proved to be crucial for the team as both players delivered instantly on the boards and even from long range (Freije is a fierce competitor in the paint but is also deadly from beyond the arc). El Khatib, who I was able to watch in Athens last year, looks better now but is clearly not the force he used to be. He still possesses good hands but is too slow to compete against the likes of Villanueva or Horford. Young forward Daniel Faris is an option for the future. The national-team first-timer is now in the Netherlands and is adjusting to European hoops this season after spending his whole life in the U.S. Finally, there is veteran Brian Bashara, who is dangerous from the distance but lacks the body to bang in the post and is more of a role player, but definitely an effective one.

The three-headed snake from the NBA spearheads the Dominican national-team. Charlie Villanueva, Francisco Garcia and Alfred Horford are clearly the 'rat pack' on the roster and whoever was in Puerto Rico this summer to watch them playing, knows why. Villanueva struggled in the beginning but once he caught his rhythm, was a strong force inside on offense and on defense. Al Horford showed no mercy by scoring mostly through vicious dunks and put backs while taking clearly the most rebounds down. Garcia, who missed the most important games down the stretch by breaking a finger, displayed great efficiency from downtown and netted in some incredible 3's in San Juan. Imagine now, if Trevor Ariza would join them off the bench... Jack Michael Martinez is another big man who knows how to body his way to the rim, while I would also add Eulis Baez of Valladolid to that already remarkable core of players.

Advantage: Dominican Republic

Coaching:

I see no major holes in Raca's tactics but I don't get the idea of El Khatib playing a point forward. Maybe there is something hidden that I can't see. In all games that I was able to watch, the team played a man-to-man defense relying on their speed to guard the players, which helped China in the semis due to their height-advantage as they were able repeatedly to score over the heads of Lebanon's players. But I can't tell if a switch to zone would have helped the undersized guards.

Julio Toro had not much of a choice who to take into his starting five but had also chosen some players to fill the roster from which I never heard before. Instead of taking available Jeff Greer and maybe Sammy Mejia as well as Edgar Sosa, he took inexperienced Coronado and Flores to San Juan and used Kelvin Pena at times to bring the ball, although everyone knows that Pena is an undersized shooting guard whose only weapon is the three-pointer. If Toro returns, Jack Michael Martinez won't be part of the team as both have some personal differences from I was able to witness. But I guess the Dominicans will be going with a new coach into more intense preparations if they will be considered.

Advantage: None

So in the end and after considering the pros and cons of this match-up, I would think, that the Dominicans would walk away with a win if both countries would play each other on neutral ground. Of course I know of Lebanon's glorious games in 2006 and I know of the Dominican flaws which include the lack of team-play, but knowing of the athletic abilities of both teams I still would give the Dominicanos the edge. That does not mean that the Latin Americans will be getting the necessary wild-card to compete. I still believe the Lebanese fans will be able to travel to Turkey next year to watch their country in the most exciting tournament of the year 2010.
I'm out like fantasy games.


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Halcones UV Xalapa sign Dontae Jones - by Eurobasket
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) added to their roster 34-year old American forward Dontae Jones (202-F-75, college: Mississippi St.). Jones played most recently at Shougang Beijing Ducks (China), where he played 47 games and averaged 31.6ppg, 14.6rpg (4th best in the league), 2.8apg, 2.7spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 69.0% and received Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team -09
another sucessful season in Asia for Jones was when he joined Anyang SBS Stars (South Korea-KBL) in Februaray 2005. He mamaged to play 16 games and averaged 29.4ppg, 12.1rpg, 3.4apg and was awarded:
Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Import Player of the Year, Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 1st Team and Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team
By Eurobasket Data Center


Abejas de Guanajuato sign David Patten - by Eurobasket
Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward David Patten (203-F-84, college: Weber St., agency: Court Side). Patten played most recently at Upstairs Weert (Holland). While playing only pre-season, then moved to Upstairs Weert (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five) for Upstairs Weert his stats were: 18 games: 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg.
just after his graduation from Weber St., Patten played Caceres 2016 C.B. (Spain-LEB Silver) where he played 10 games in 2007-08 and averaged 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2bpg (3rd best in the league), 2FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 65.0%, and helped the team Spanish LEB Silver Semifinals
By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros23.8 
 2. Monroe, Potros22.9 
 3. Moore, Abejas22.4 
 4. Jackson, Pilares22.2 
 5. Hickerson, Pioneros21.9 
 6. Arceneaux, Lechugue.21.3 
 7. Ruiz, Panteras20.9 
 8. Capers, Barreteros20.8 
 9. Bowie, Indios20.6 
 10. Hornsby, Huracan.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arthur LONG
  Un.Atletica
  (206-F/C-73)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Long, Indios11.1 
 2. McHugh, Abejas11.0 
 3. Allen, Pioneros10.7 
 4. Berghoefer, Potros10.1 
 5. Jackson, Angeles10.0 
 6. Aubry, Halc.Rojos9.9 
 7. Reaves, Barreteros9.8 
 8. Garcia, Pioneros9.6 
 9. Mills, Indios8.9 
 10. Eneas, Bucaner.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Halc.Cordoba
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.8 
 2. Funn, Bucaneros5.6 
 3. Malpica, Cosmos5.4 
 4. Brown, Fuerza R.4.7 
 5. Stokes, Barreteros4.6 
 6. Roque, Toros4.4 
 7. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.2 
 8. Hollyfield, Barre.4.2 
 9. Stoll, Halc.Cordoba4.2 
 10. Rasio, Cosm.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.5 
 2. Moore, Abejas2.9 
 3. Malpica, Cosmos2.7 
 4. Hollyfield, Barre.2.5 
 5. Lewis, Soles2.5 
 6. Gooner, Halc.Rojos2.4 
 7. Funn, Bucaneros2.4 
 8. Fluornay, Abejas1.9 
 9. Hornsby, Huracanes1.9 
 10. Monroe, Potr.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Moore, Abejas1.1 
 3. Brown, Potros1.1 
 4. Millsap, Bucaneros1.1 
 5. Arceneaux, Lechugue.1.0 
 6. McHugh, Abejas0.9 
 7. Soto, Abejas0.9 
 8. Thomas, Cosmos0.9 
 9. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 10. Hill, Halc.Roj.0.8 


Huracanes de Tampico sign Bennett Davison - by Eurobasket
Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) signed 34-year old American forward Bennett Davison (203-F-75, college: Arizona). Davison played most recently at Scafati Basket (Italy). While playing 25 games for Scafati Basket his stats were: 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1spg; and he helped the team reach Italian Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals -09
in 2008, Bennet participated in Eurobasket summer League in Las Vegas. he is also well known in across Europe, in Italy in 2005, Davidson was awarded: Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team, Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Imports Team, Italian Lega2 Regular Season Runner-Up, Italian Lega2 Play-Offs Winner; in Slovenia was awarded: Slovenian League All-Star Game (in 2001, 2002 MVP); Slovenian Cup Finalist (twice, 2001 and 2002), Slovenian League Finalist in 2001 and Slovenian All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest Winner in 2002 and many others in Croatia and Itlay (SerieA)
By Eurobasket Data Center


Halcones UV Xalapa sign Dallas Logan - by Eurobasket
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Dallas Logan (193-G-82, college: Northwood). Logan played most recently at Halcones UV Cordoba (LNBP). While playing 4 games for Halc.Cordoba his stats were: 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg and manage to receive Mexican LNBP Semifinals for the second time after 2008 when he played with Halc.Cordoba as well with an average of 20.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 7.5apg (best in the league), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 64.0% in 53 games and with more awards such as Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 1st Team, Latinbasket.com Mexican LNBP All-Import Players Team, Mexican LNBP Southern Division Finalist, Mexican LNBP Southern Division Regular Season Runner-Up and LNBP Best Player Award
By Eurobasket Data Center


Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango sign Reginald Jordan - by Eurobasket
Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 41-year old American guard Reginald Jordan (193-G-68, college: N.Mexico St.). Jordan played most recently at Rayos de Hermosillo (CIBACOPA). 2009: Rayos de Hermosillo (Mexico-CIBACOPA, starting five): 19.3ppg, 9.9rpg ( best in the league), 3.2apg (3rd best in the league), 1.8spg (2nd best in the league) and 1.5bpg (2nd best in the league) and he was awarded: Mexican CIBACOPA All-Star Game, Mexican CIBACOPA Northern Division Finalist, Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Defensive Player of the Year and Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team
Jordan was an LNPB All-Star for 3 consecutive years 2003, 2004 and 2005
By Eurobasket Data Center


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MNT Cup 1/8 Final game : Primorje,Mornar,Ulcinj and Jedinstvo in 1/4 Final - by Dragan Scepanovic
December 10 , 2009 :
in Herceg Novi : BC PRIMORJE Herceg Novi - BC LOVCEN Cetinje 66:62 (15:19, 18:20, 17:8, 16:15)
in Bijelo Polje : BC CENTAR Bijelo Polje - BC MORNAR Bar 64:110 (26:22, 10:25, 9:28, 19:34)
in Podgorica : BC LJUBOVIC Podgorica- BC JEDINSTVO Bijelo Polje 71:78 (13:16, 19:25, 13:21, 26:16)
in Niksic : BC SUTJESKA Niksic - BC ULCINJ 72-78

December 11, 2009 :
in Budva : BC MOGRN Budva - BC DANILOVGRAD
in Tivat : BC TEODO Tivat - BC GORSTAK Kolasin
in Podgorica : BC BUDUCNOST Podgorica- BC BUDUCNOST Podgorica 2
In Podgorica : BC STUD. CENTAR Podgorica- BC ABS PRIMORJE H.Novi

In 1/4 Final game on Januar 26 , 2010 will play :
In Bar : BC MORNAR Bar - (BC TEODO Tivat- BC GORSTAK Kolasin)
In Podgorica : (BC BUDUCNOST p.-BC BUDUCNOST p.2 ) - (BC MOGREN Budva-BC DANILOVGRAD)
In Podgorica or H.Novi : (BC STUD. CENTAR Podgorica- BC ABS PRIMORJE H.Novi)- BC PRIMORJE H.Novi
In Ulcinj : BC ULCINJ - BC JEDINSTVO Bijelo Polje



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Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Detroit P. - Philadelph.76 90-86
Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) scored 27 points and hit the winner with 8.7 seconds left to lead the injury-plagued Pistons to a 90-86 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the 76ers' 11th straight loss. Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-F-87) had 17 pts and 10 boards, and Jason Maxiell (6'7''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) helped with 12 pts. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) collected 18 pts, 9 assists and 6 rebs in loss.

Golde State W. - New Jersey N. 105-89
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Warriors turned 22 New Jersey turnovers into 30 points in a 105-89 victory Wednesday night that snapped a four-game losing streak. C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) also had 18 and Mikki Moore added 16 pts for the winners. Brook Lopez had double-double for the Nets, 21 pts and 10 rebounds.

Toronto R. - Milwaukee B. 95-117
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) scored 22 points before hyper extending his left knee near the close of the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks shot 52.5 percent to beat the Toronto Raptors 117-95 on Wednesday night. Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) drained 17 pts and grabbed 9 boards, and Roko-Leni Ukic (6'5''-G-84) also helped the winners with 17 pts. Chris Bosh registered double-double for the Raptors, 26 pts and 10 rebounds.

N.Orleans H. - Minnesota T. 97-96
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) streaked past Flynn on an inbounds pass to hit a layup with 1.4 seconds left, lifting the Hornets to a 97-96 victory over the Timberwolves. Paul finished with 15 points and 14 assists and one more lesson taught to the youngster. Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) top-scored in victory with 21 points and Marcus Thornton had 20. Ryan Gomes collected 21 pts and 6 rebs for the hosts.

Chicago B. - Atlanta H. 83-118
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 29 points and the Hawks opened the second half with a 20-4 run and beat the Bulls 118-83 on Wednesday night. Josh Smith and Maurice Evans delivered 18 pts each in this victory. Derrick Rose collected 19 points and 7 assists for the Bulls.

Portland TB - Indiana P. 102-91
Despite having only nine active players and missing coach Nate McMillan, the Trail Blazers got 29 points from Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) and beat the Indiana Pacers 102-91 on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) also had very important role with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The hosts got 19 pts from Dahntay Jones.

Cleveland C. - Houston R. 85-95
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) drained 27 points, Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) scored 26 and the Rockets held LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and the Cavaliers to one of their worst offensive performances of the season in a 95-85 victory. James scored 27 points, but was 8 for 21 from the field. Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) was second scorer in defeat with 14 pts.

Sacramento K. - San Antonio S. 106-118
Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) ended his recent slump with 23 points, including a dunk to cap a 14-point Spurs run at the end of the first half, and San Antonio ended a three-game losing streak with a 118-106 victory over Sacramento. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 and Tony Parker added 18 points, plus 11 assists. Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) collected 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Kings.

Utah Jazz - LA Lakers 77-101
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 27 points, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers rolled off 19 consecutive points in the fourth quarter of their 13th straight win over the Jazz in Los Angeles, 101-77 Wednesday night. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) collected 17 points and 8 assists in defeat.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Anthony, Denver N.29.8 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers28.8 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 4. James, Clevelan.28.0 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat27.1 
 6. Nowitzki, Dallas M.27.0 
 7. Granger, Indiana P.24.4 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.4 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.3 
 10. Jennings, Milwau.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald WALLACE
  Charlotte B.
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Wallace, Charlotte B.12.4 
 2. Bosh, Toronto R.12.2 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.12.0 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.6 
 5. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.0 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers11.0 
 7. Haywood, Washingt.10.7 
 8. Duncan, San A.10.6 
 9. Wallace, Detroit P.10.1 
 10. Okafor, N.Orle.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.2 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.9 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.3 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.2 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers7.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..6.9 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.6.6 
 10. Calderon, Tor.6.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers2.3 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.2 
 5. Ariza, Houston R.2.2 
 6. Lee, New Jersey N.2.1 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.2.1 
 8. Harris, New J.2.0 
 9. Felton, Charlott.1.9 
 10. Davis, LA Clippe.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh SMITH
  Atlanta H.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Atlanta H.2.5 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Lopez, New J.2.2 
 4. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers2.1 
 7. Dampier, Dallas M.2.1 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.0 
 9. Howard, Orlando M.2.0 
 10. Dalembert, Phil.2.0 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 18-4 
 2. Toronto R. 10-14 
 3. New York K. 7-15 
 4. Philadelph.76 5-17 
 5. New Jersey N. 2-20 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 15-7 
 2. Milwaukee B. 10-11 
 3. Detroit P. 10-12 
 4. Chicago B. 7-13 
 5. Indiana P. 6-13 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 17-4 
 2. Atlanta H. 15-6 
 3. Miami Heat 11-9 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-11 
 5. Washington W. 7-13 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 16-7 
 2. Portland TB 14-9 
 3. Utah Jazz 12-9 
 4. Oklah.City T. 11-9 
 5. Minnesota T. 3-19 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 17-3 
 2. Phoenix Suns 15-7 
 3. LA Clippers 9-12 
 4. Sacramento K. 9-12 
 5. Golde State W. 7-14 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 15-7 
 2. Houston R. 12-9 
 3. San Antonio S. 10-9 
 4. N.Orleans H. 10-11 
 5. Memphis G. 9-12 


Kareem Rush has right knee surgery, Marquis Daniels has left thumb surgery - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Clippers guard Kareem Rush (6'6''-F-80, college: Missouri) underwent successful surgery on his right knee today to repair the torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and partially torn lateral meniscus he suffered at New Orleans on November 17th. In addition, a microfracture procedure was also performed on the knee.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and was assisted by Clippers team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama. No timetable has been set for Rushs return.
In seven games played this season, Rush averaged 1.3 points in 8.3 minutes per game.

The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Marquis Daniels (6'6''-F-81, college: Auburn) underwent successful surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The procedure was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and Dr. Drew Terrono. No time table has been set for his return.
The Boston Herald reports Daniels will be out 6-8 weeks.
Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The former Auburn Tiger posted a season-high 10 points against Utah on November 11.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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In just eight games, Wall proves he's college hoops' biggest star - by Rick Ross
Courtesy of SI.COM
NEW YORK -- John Wall was last in Madison Square Garden a little less than eight months ago, for the Jordan Brand Classic, a messy high-school All-Star game in which he had eight points, six assists and five turnovers, and two big men, Georgia Tech-bound Derrick Favors and Mississippi State-bound Renardo Sidney, were named co-MVPs.

Wall received plenty of scrutiny, though, because he was the No. 1-rated point guard prospect in the country, and Duke, Miami and Kentucky, which had just hired coach John Calipari, were still waging a fierce recruiting battle for his services. Wall's mother, Frances Pulley, was not particularly enjoying the situation, and she said in the stands after the game, 'This is all very stressful. John's lost right now. ... I'll just be glad when it's over.'

Her son took until May 20, the final day of the NCAA's spring signing period, to decide on Kentucky, and made news in the interim by being charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering for hanging out in a vacant house in Raleigh. There was so much John Wall Drama in the recruiting world that some message-board fans began to wonder whether he was worth the wait.

On Wednesday, Wall was back at the Garden, where he proved not only that he was worth the wait, but that he is unequivocally the biggest star in college basketball. This time the drama was strictly on the floor, where his fourth-ranked Wildcats trailed 14th-ranked UConn 61-60 with just under 40 seconds left. Wall already had 22 points to his name when he took a handoff from teammate Darius Miller just above the free-throw line, blew past Huskies defender Stanley Robinson on a left-handed drive, slammed into Alex Oriakhi in mid-air under the rim, and found a way to kiss the ball off the glass for a game-winning and-one layup before falling to the floor. Wall scored 12 of Kentucky's final 15 points to finish with 25, hitting all four of his free throw attempts and his lone three-point try. He rallied the now 9-0 Wildcats back from a six-point halftime deficit to win 64-61, and inspired UConn coach Jim Calhoun to say, 'He's no freshman. He's a big-time player. If think if any guy dominated the game, he won the game.'

Just how valuable is Wall to Kentucky? In a game won by three, the 'Cats were plus-10 when he was on the floor, and minus-7 when he was off it. He spent more than 10 minutes off it, too, most of it because he picked up his second foul -- on a charging call that had UK fans apoplectic at the refs -- with 7:56 left in the first half. 'That was the toughest part of the game,' Wall said of having to sit until halftime. It was one of his teammates' toughest stretches, too; UK had started the game on a 12-0 run, then let UConn pull even. During the nearly eight minutes Wall was out, the 'Cats managed to score just five points.

And when they needed offense in crunch time, they just gave him the ball, much as they did in his first game this season, when he hit a game-winning buzzer-beater against Miami of Ohio. 'We rode John Wall,' Calipari said on Wednesday. 'We were groping for offense and we just gave it to him and said, make some baskets.'

In his first month as a Wildcat, Wall has established himself as a Lexington demigod and the frontrunner in the national player of the year race, and so, during the stretching portion of UK's last practice before the New York trip, Calipari asked his team a question: 'Anybody have a problem with John Wall getting all the press?' He then turned specifically to senior Patrick Patterson, who like Wall is an All- America candidate and projected first-round pick, and said, 'Patrick, do you have a problem?'

Patterson said, 'I don't care.' But one (unnamed) player did pipe up, according to Calipari, and say, 'You know, coach, [Wall]'s pretty good.'

Wall's talent is impossible not to recognize. As Patterson said, 'Nothing he does surprises me. He's one of the best basketball players out there.' On Tuesday Wall went toe-to-toe with UConn's Kemba Walker, a fellow NBA prospect and one of the country's quickest point guards, and came out victorious by bearing down and hitting a series of clutch baskets in the second half.

The layup in the final minute was a fitting coda, but his greatest play came with 7:16 left, when he stole the ball from Huskies star Jerome Dyson, and then engaged in what was essentially a three-quarter-court footrace to the other rim. Dyson bore down on him from behind -- and actually skimmed the tops of Wall's hands, fouling him on a block attempt -- but could not stop Wall from throwing down a two-handed slam to put UK up 54-47. The crowd, in which Kentucky fans surprisingly outnumbered the UConn contingent, went mad, and the momentum was fully in the Wildcats' favor.

Wall's knack for making these breathtaking plays in the open floor is what makes him so enthralling. In the first four minutes his network-TV debut against North Carolina on Dec. 5, he showed Tar Heels point guard Larry Drew just how futile it is to attempt to stop Wall at full speed. He grabbed a defensive rebound in the lane with 16:33 on the clock, and then went on a one-man fast break with four dribbles -- lefty, lefty, righty, lefty -- until he reached the point where Drew was near the top of the key. Wall moves so fast -- 'maybe 200 miles an hour,' as Calhoun would describe it -- in these situations that a squared-up defender's only shot is make like a soccer goalie in a shootout, and guess a side. Wall was leaning left, so Drew took a tiny step to that side -- and it was over. Wall crossed over to the right with his final lefty dribble, took two more steps, and ripped down a two-handed dunk. When the ball exited the net, the clock read 16:29. The whole thing had taken less than four seconds.

Just before Wall's highlight play started to develop, CBS announcer Clark Kellogg had been talking about how Drew would handle the pressure of replacing departed Carolina point guard Ty Lawson. 'The key to handling that,' Kellogg said, 'is to be who you are. You've got tremendous DNA ...'

At this point Wall interrupted it with his dash. And it became clear that the DNA of 99.9 percent of college basketball players is inferior to John Wall's. This was evident again on Wednesday, when he raced past Robinson for the final layup. The 6-7 Robinson is a likely first-rounder because he's absurdly agile, and he was assigned to Wall in the final minutes to stop him from taking easy pull-up jumpers over the much shorter Walker. But no one -- especially not Robinson or Oriakhi -- could stop Wall from getting to the rim, and keeping Kentucky undefeated. The scariest part is that Wall still has so much room to improve. He committed seven turnovers (against two assists) on Tuesday and knows he needs to become a better floor general early in games. But Calipari still was comfortable with saying that his star freshman is ahead of where Derrick Rose was as a Memphis rookie in December of 2007, and Calhoun, who played Rose at the Garden that season, said that Wall, in comparison, 'is all of that.'

Who wouldn't want John Wall running their team right now? As he left the Garden floor on Tuesday -- after an interview live on ESPN -- a crew Kentucky fans hung over the rails, desperate for the slightest bit of contact with the toast of Lexington. When he finished with postgame interviews, he made a beeline down a back hallway to meet up with his mother and other family members. Wall didn't look lost. Pulley didn't look stressed. 'There you are,' she said, smiling, decked out in a Kentucky sweatshirt. They hugged, and then walked into a freight elevator together, to head up and out of the Garden, and on to even bigger things.


John Wall (6'4''-G)


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Harbour Heat bring in Judd Flavell and Rick Rickert - by Eurobasket News
Harbour Heat continued to shape up prior to the upcoming NBL season. The Heat will be guided by Judd Flavell in the next season. The 36-year-old specialist worked as an assistant coach in the New Zealand Breakers for the last three seasons. Judd Flavell also worked as an assistant coach with the New Zealand U19 National Team.
Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota) will add depth to the Harbour Heat frontcourt. The 26-year-old forward started his third season with the Breakers. He is averaging 12.4 points, 6.8 boards and 1.7 assists per game in the ANBL this year.



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Petro, Agosto takes rivalry to Kigali - by Enoma Ugheghe
Two Angolan sides Petro Atletico basketball club and defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men starting in Kigali, Rwanda this weekend will witness the race for the coveted trophy between these two Angolan sides that have dominated African club competition in the last five years.

The rivalry which saw Petro snatching the title at the expense of their Luanda , Angola neighbour, Agosto in Lagos , Nigeria in 2006 with both sides enjoying the presence of a good numbers of the Angolan national team on parade.

It was the turn of Agosto to take the title in 2007 on home soil and repeated the feat in 2008 in Tunisia but the last victory by Agosto was without their arch rival, Petro who could not make it to the final round from the FIBA Africa Zone-IV qualifiers.

With Petro drawn in group-A alongside host A.P.R basketball club of Rwanda , Nigeria Kano Pillars, Kenya Ports Authority and ASB Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo

Leading the challenge in group-B is the defending champion, Primero de Agosto of Angola , Warriors of Uganda, ASPAC of Benin Republic, Cooperative Bank of Kenya and Interclub of Congo Brazzaville completing the group.
Action starts on Sunday through December 22



Energa Czarni invite Gabe Muoneke - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni made another market move. They landed Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas). The 31-year-old Nigerian forward spent the previous pre-season in ASVEL in France. Later he moved to the Yunnan Honghe Running Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association. There Gabe Muoneke averaged 34.6 points, 9.3 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.5 boards per game. He finished the season in Puerto Rican Conqiustadores de Guayanabo. Gabe Muoneke tallied 20.8 points, 6.2 boards, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per appearance in the BSN. Gabe Muoneke also notched 10.6 points, 4.2 boards and 1.2 assists per game for Nigeria at the 2009 AfroBasket in Libya.


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Millrats Sign Second UNH Wildcat - by Richard
The Manchester Millrats are pleased to announce the signing of point guard Eric Gilchrese from the University of New Hampshire.

Gilchrese, an Illinois native, attended Lewis and Clark CC before joining the UNH Wildcats for the last two seasons. At UNH, he posted high averages of 10.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.

He is also an accomplished three point shooter, hitting over 41% from behind the arc his senior season. While in Durham he teamed with prior Millrat-signee Tyrece Gibbs. Now both are ready to take their collegiate careers to the professional ranks.

Gilchrese first caught the eye of Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy at the Premier Basketball League (PBL) national combine outside Washington, DC in August.

'I watched video on Eric and got to see him play in DC and also at our preliminary camps, and I like the way he gets around the court, his perimeter abilities, and his court sense' explained McCarthy. 'We hope UNH fans realize that the Millrats are New Hampshire's professional basketball team, and some of them will make the trek out to the Fieldhouse to follow Eric and Tyrece's career.'

In addition to the Manchester backcourt, the Premier Basketball League boasts other New Hampshire seacoast-connections. The 2008-2009 Most Valuable Player was Keith Friel, the former Oyster River star whose late father, Gerry, was a legendary coach at UNH. Keith now stars for the Rochester RazorSharks, and helped Rochester knock Manchester out of the PBL semifinals last season. Rochester visits Manchester twice this season, on January 16th and February 28th.
source: PBL


Rainmen recruits satisfy need for size - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen have had a sudden growth spurt.

Over the past several weeks, owner Andre Levingston made no secret of the fact he was seeking to add size to his Premier Basketball League team.

Voila.

On Monday, six-foot-11 forward Mark McCarroll (6'10''-F/C-80, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) was brought into the fold. On Tuesday, the Rainmen announced the addition of seven-foot-three centre Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan) as one of two new signings.

'Were big now,' Levingston said in a telephone interview, barely able to contain his enthusiasm. 'It makes us bigger and definitely deeper. . . . Were pretty happy right now.'

Alleyne, a product of the University of Kentucky, had a strong training camp with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA developmental league but was a victim of the numbers game, Levingston said.

The towering 25-year-old from New York City will combine with McCarroll, a University of Pittsburgh alumnus, six-foot-11 centre/forward Gordon Malone, six-foot-eight forwards John Strickland and Eric Crookshank, and six-foot-seven swingman Desmond Ferguson to give Halifax a formidable frontcourt.

'Thats a big team. Thats a really big team,' Levingston said.

The Rainmen also signed six-foot-one point guard Gary Ervin on Tuesday. The 26-year-old, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., is a former Arkansas Razorback who has played for Sioux Falls and Tulsa in the NBA development circuit.

'We needed a guy that could come in and run this basketball team,' said Levingston, noting that Mondays release of Jason McLeish on the heels of last weeks training camp in Yarmouth left the squad with rookie Adris Deleon as its only natural point guard.

After the flurry of transactions Monday, which included the signings of McCarroll, Devon Norris, Garry Gallimore and Jevohn Shepherd and the release of McLeish, Mark Ross, Demetrius Howard, Jason Henry and Achuil Lual, the additions of Alleyne and Ervin bring the Rainmen roster to an even dozen players.

Although those 12 players may or may not make up the final roster that opens the season on the road against Oklahoma on Jan. 3, theyll be on the floor for a set of three exhibition games the Rainmen will host on Dec. 19-21.

'It gives us three solid games to really evaluate guys and to see if we like what weve put together,' Levingston said of the 2009 Holiday Classic at the Metro Centre. 'It gives us the opportunity to see where we need to improve or if were happy with what we have.'


Courtesy of www.thechronicleherald.ca


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mark CARDONA
  Talk N Text
  (180-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Cardona, Talk N.19.8 
 2. Santos, San Miguel18.9 
 3. Tubid, Ginebra17.8 
 4. Williams, Santa Lucia16.7 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska16.0 
 6. Miller, Alaska15.5 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Text15.3 
 8. Hontiveros, San M.15.2 
 9. Yap, Purefoods14.4 
 10. Buenafe, Burger.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelly WILLIAMS
  Santa Lucia
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Williams, Santa Lucia13.6 
 2. Santos, San Miguel10.8 
 3. Espinas, Santa L.9.1 
 4. Reavis, Purefoods8.9 
 5. Pena, San Miguel8.7 
 6. Carey, Talk N Text8.3 
 7. Reyes, Rain o.7.6 
 8. Crisano, Barako Bull7.6 
 9. Alonzo, Barako Bull7.6 
 10. Yee, Burger Ki.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text5.9 
 2. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.8 
 3. Villanueva, San M.5.3 
 4. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.2 
 5. Yeo, Santa Lucia4.7 
 6. Miller, Alaska4.7 
 7. Abarrientos, Gineb.4.4 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska4.1 
 9. Reyes, Santa Lucia3.7 
 10. Yap, Purefoo.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Santa Lucia
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.9 
 2. Williams, Santa Lucia1.9 
 3. Santos, San Miguel1.8 
 4. Artadi, Purefoods1.8 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.6 
 6. Abarrientos, Gineb.1.6 
 7. Dimaunahan, Barako B.1.5 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Lanete, Burger King1.3 
 10. Buenafe, Burger.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali PEEK
  Talk N Text
  (194-F-75)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peek, Talk N Text1.9 
 2. Santos, San Miguel1.8 
 3. Quinahan, Burger K.1.5 
 4. Thoss, Alaska1.3 
 5. Maierhofer, Puref.1.2 
 6. Aquino, Santa Lucia1.0 
 7. Pennisi, San Miguel0.9 
 8. Mamaril, Ginebra0.8 
 9. Raymundo, Puref.0.8 
 10. Williams, Santa Luc.0.8 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Alaska 10-1 
 2. San Miguel 9-4 
 3. Talk N Text 8-4 
 4. Purefoods 8-4 
 5. Ginebra 8-4 
 6. Santa Lucia 6-5 
 7. Burger King 5-7 
 8. Smart Gilas 3-4 
 9. Rain or Shine 3-9 
 10. Barako Bull 2-10 
 11. Coca-Cola 1-11 


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Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. MMKS DG 10-2 
 2. Zastal ZG 10-3 
 3. Siarka T. 9-3 
 4. Spojnia S. 7-4 
 5. Sokol L. 7-4 
 6. Big Star 7-5 
 7. LKS Lodz 7-6 
 8. Znicz Basket 6-7 
 9. MOSiR Krosno 6-7 
 10. Start Lublin 5-6 
 11. Tempcold AZS 4-7 
 12. Sudety JG 4-7 
 13. Trefl SSA 4-7 
 14. Zubry 4-8 
 15. Gornik Wal. 2-9 
 16. AZS AWF K-ce 2-9 


Energa Czarni invite Gabe Muoneke - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni made another market move. They landed Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas). The 31-year-old Nigerian forward spent the previous pre-season in ASVEL in France. Later he moved to the Yunnan Honghe Running Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association. There Gabe Muoneke averaged 34.6 points, 9.3 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.5 boards per game. He finished the season in Puerto Rican Conqiustadores de Guayanabo. Gabe Muoneke tallied 20.8 points, 6.2 boards, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per appearance in the BSN. Gabe Muoneke also notched 10.6 points, 4.2 boards and 1.2 assists per game for Nigeria at the 2009 AfroBasket in Libya.


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.21.3 
 2. Weatherspoon, Znicz B.20.8 
 3. Celej, Start Lublin19.4 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star19.2 
 5. Pluta, MOSiR K.18.8 
 6. Wojdyla, Sudety JG18.4 
 7. Dloniak, Spojnia S.18.1 
 8. Piechowicz, MMKS D.17.1 
 9. Mis, Siarka T.17.1 
 10. Flieger, Zastal16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.12.4 
 2. Wojdyla, Sudety JG11.8 
 3. Kulikowski, Zubry10.1 
 4. Lisewski, MMKS D.9.8 
 5. Nowakowski, Tempco.9.6 
 6. Storozynski, Trefl S.9.4 
 7. Kwiatkowski, Start L.9.3 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojn.9.0 
 9. Mis, Siarka T.8.8 
 10. Nowak, Sudety8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.6.9 
 2. Sikora, Start Lublin6.4 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.6.2 
 4. Ecka, Znicz Basket5.9 
 5. Trepka, LKS Lodz5.3 
 6. Kalinowski, Zastal Z.4.3 
 7. Mordzak, Trefl SSA4.0 
 8. Pacocha, Big Star4.0 
 9. Szczypka, MMKS D.3.9 
 10. Rapucha, Zub.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin FLIEGER
  Zastal ZG
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.8 
 2. Sikora, Trefl SSA3.1 
 3. Krupa, Siarka T.3.1 
 4. Ecka, Znicz Basket2.8 
 5. Marciniak, Siarka T.2.8 
 6. Szpyrka, Siarka T.2.7 
 7. Mielczarek, Big Star2.7 
 8. Aleksandrowi., Znicz B.2.5 
 9. Sikora, Start Lublin2.4 
 10. Szczepaniak, LKS.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rafal KULIKOWSKI
  Zubry
  (204-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kulikowski, Zubry3.0 
 2. Milewski, AZS A.2.0 
 3. Mis, Siarka T.1.8 
 4. Lisewski, MMKS D.1.8 
 5. Salamonik, Big Star1.5 
 6. Jarmakowicz, Zastal Z.1.0 
 7. Pisarczyk, LKS Lodz0.9 
 8. Marculewicz, Siarka T.0.8 
 9. Deja, MOSiR K.0.8 
 10. Zielinski, MMKS.0.8 


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Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 12-1 
 2. Ploiesti 11-2 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 11-2 
 4. CSU Sibiu 10-3 
 5. Timisoara 8-5 
 6. Pitesti 8-5 
 7. Otopeni 7-6 
 8. Mures 5-7 
 9. Dinamo B. 5-8 
 10. Oradea 5-8 
 11. Steaua Turabo 5-8 
 12. Rovinari 5-8 
 13. Bucuresti 4-9 
 14. Gladiator CN 4-9 
 15. Craiova 2-11 
 16. Brasov 1-11 


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Lokomotiv Kuban inks Gerald Green and part ways with Andrei Babitchev - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik
Lokomotiv Kuban signed a one season contract with Gerald Green (203-G/F-86). After 3 straight losses in Eurochallenge head coach of Krasnodar team Saso Filipovski asked for roster reinforcements. 23 years old swingman with solid NBA experience will definitely help his new Russian team to end the losing period. From 2003 till 2005 Green played at Gulf Shores Academy in Houston. In 2005 he was drafted in the first round by Boston Celtics and performed his rookie season quite well (32 games: 5.2ppg, 1.3rpg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 30%, FT: 78.4%). As a sophomore he played a full 2006-2007 season with Boston and won Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend. In October 2007 he moved to Minnesota Timberwolves, in Feb.'08 signed at Houston Rockets. His NBA journey has ended last season with the Dallas Mavericks in Western Conference Semifinals (42 games: 4.9ppg, 1.3rpg). Also need to be mentioned, that he was a member of USA U18 National Team 2005 and was selected in High School McDonald's All American Team -05. Because of recent additions to the roster, Lokomotiv decided to part ways with Andrei Babitchev (209-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances) - he moved to Spartak SPb.

Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. N.Novgorod 16-1 
 2. Saransk 15-3 
 3. Spartak-P. 10-6 
 4. Revda 8-6 
 5. Lok.Novos. 7-5 
 6. Severstal 7-7 
 7. Rjazan 6-7 
 8. Magnitogorsk 5-8 
 9. Naltchik 5-8 
 10. Ural Ekater. 5-9 
 11. Chelabinsk 4-9 
 12. Irkutsk 2-10 
 13. Tambov 2-12 


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Branko Milisavljevic returns to PAOK after six years - by Eurobasket News
PAOK Thessaloniki landed Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) until the end of the season. The 33-year old point guard is a well known face in Greek basketball where he already played in the past (Marousi, Olympiakos). He was a member of PAOK on season 2002/2003.
Last season, Milisavljevic spent with Cajasol Sevilla. Actually he started it with Lietuvos Rytas and in January joined Cajasol. He helped the team to survive in ACB averaging 8.6 ppg and 3 apg for 12 games. With Lietuvos Rytas, Milisavljevic had 16.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 12 games in EuroCup and 12.2 ppg in Baltic league.
During the second half of 2007/08 season, Branko Milisavljevic played 17 games for Costa Cafe Marousi averaging 12.4 ppg and 1.9 apg. In Playoffs his team played 12 games and Milisavljevic jumped to 18.5 ppg and 3.3 apg. On season 2003/04, the player appeared 4 times for Olympiakos in Euroleague and 10 times in Greek A1 averaging 5 ppg in both. With PAOK on season 2002/03 Milisavljevic had 10/6 ppg and 4.1 apg for 15 games in FIBA Champions Cup. In domestic championship he collected 16.4 ppg and 3.5 apg in 26 appearances.
PAOK currently has 1-5 score in A1. In the last round they faced with 83-78 loss against Panathinaikos in Athens.


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Zasavje inks Mali - by Zeljko Zule
Pro Tek Zasavje has beefed up its backcourt by signing former U-20 NT memeber Grega Mali (197-G-84) who arrives from Deke Debreceni Egyetem KE. He appeared iin 6 Hungarian League games with Deke this season, averaging 15.5 points (2P 63%, 3P 34%, FT 75%), 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.2 blocks in 36 minutes per appearance. He has also played for Union Olimpija, Elektra Esotech, Zlatorog and in Ilysiakos in Greece.

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Rolands Freimanis leads Cajasol to victory, earns MVP award. - by Eurobasket
Latvian forward Rolands Freimanis (208-F-88) (208-F-1988) of Qalat Caja Sol Sevilla shined in 10th round game of LEB Silver. Freimanis posted a monster double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds to propel Qalat Caja Sol Sevilla to a 63-59 victory against Cordoba in an Andalusian derby of LEB Silver Group B. Freimanis was unstoppable, scoring every way possible, making 8 of 11 two-pointers, 2 of 4 triples and 3 of 4 free throws for a performance index rating of 33. Furthermore Freimanis led the weekly standings of the 10th round both in points and rebounds. Freimanis is also among top 5 LEB Silver's scorers and rebounders so far with 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per night.

Spanish market - by Llorenc Morro
Michael Ruffin (203-F-77, college: Tulsa) says goodbye to Suzuki Manresa, Bryan Cusworthand is ready to play again Andre Howard (199-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: St.Joseph's) landed in Basquet Mallorca. Afteera temporary contrac in Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC Howard wil help Xavi Sastre 's team during Daniel Northen (206-F/C-85, college: Tennessee Tech)'s injury.
Faymasa Palencia cutts James Holmes without play. Holmes was injured in the first practise of the preseason and must wait 2 months to play again.
Anderson Schutte (195-G-75, agency: Interperformances) to Alaior Menorcarentals.com Coinga. The head coach Felix Alonso left the club, the coach asisitant Victor Perez is the new one



Regal Barca too much for Cibona, stays perfect in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Regal Barca 66-80

Regal Barca continues to dominate in Preliminary Group A. This time the Spanish giant was better than Cibona in Zagreb 66-80 remaining the only unbeaten team in Euroleague after 7 rounds. Juan Navarro (192-G-80) paced his team to victory with 20 points and 5 assists. Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) also was great adding 19 pts and 8 boards, and Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland) helped with 11 pts and 9 boards. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 19 points and 7 boards for Cibona (1-6).
All four quarters belonged to Barca last night. They have very productive first one taking 19-26 lead after it. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) closed this period with a triple. In the second, Cibona quickly responded coming to 25-26, but Lakovic, Victor Sada (192-G-84) and Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) had an answer for that completing 0-7 run. Juan Navarro joined with a triple soon after that restoring double-digit lead for his team. After 20 minutes of play, Barca was 34-45 up and Cibona never seriously threatened for rest of the way. Actually, at the middle of third period the hosts came to 49-55, but Barca quickly responded jumping to safe distance again, 53-65. In the last quarter visitors touched plus 15 (54-69) and the game was over for Cibona. In the next round Regal Barca will host Zalgiris. Cibona will take on Fenerbahce Ulker, also as host.

Cibona: Jamont Gordon 19+7 boards
Regal Barca: Juan Navarro 20+5 as, Fran Vazquez 19+8 boards, Terence Morris 11+9 boards


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 16-2 
 2. Solna 16-3 
 3. Sundsvall 14-4 
 4. Plannja 13-4 
 5. Eco Orebro 9-9 
 6. Gothia Basket 7-11 
 7. Boras 7-12 
 8. Uppsala 5-13 
 9. Sodertalje 4-13 
 10. Jamtland 4-14 
 11. 08 4-14 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Brandon MCKNIGHT
  Plannja
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. McKnight, Plannja20.1 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.9 
 3. Palm, Boras18.1 
 4. Mitchell, Solna16.9 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.16.6 
 6. Ringstrom, Gothia B.16.2 
 7. Blom, 0816.1 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.4 
 9. Walker, Sodertalje14.7 
 10. Carter, Gothia.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Palm, Boras11.1 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.10.5 
 3. Konare, Jamtland9.7 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.7 
 5. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.5 
 6. Djordjic, Soder.8.5 
 7. Akesson, Plannja7.9 
 8. Jonzen, Uppsala7.1 
 9. Djuric, Uppsala7.0 
 10. Klaric, Eco Oreb.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.1 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall6.1 
 3. Mitchell, Solna5.5 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping5.3 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 6. Mbemba, Solna4.3 
 7. McKnight, Plannja4.2 
 8. Larsson, Plannja4.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, Sunds.4.0 
 10. Gervin, Norrkopi.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Carter, Gothia B.3.0 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping2.8 
 3. Chuk, Sodertalje2.7 
 4. Mbemba, Solna2.5 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.3 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.2 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping1.9 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
 10. Person, Uppsa.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.6 
 3. Palm, Boras1.4 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.3 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 6. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.9 
 7. Drains, Norrkoping0.9 
 8. McNaull, Norrkoping0.9 
 9. Akesson, Plannja0.8 
 10. Walker, Sodertal.0.7 


Basketligan, Round 20: Dolphins beat Vikings in derby - by Eurobasket News
Solna - Norrkoping 86-91
The Dolphins closed Round 20 with valuable road win against the Vikings. It means that Norrkoping curently has the best score in the league (16-2), while Solna dropped to second place with 16-3. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) was a key player in victory with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Mikael Lindquist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) was behind him with 18 pts. In Solna, Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) netted 19 pts.

Plannja - 08 59-55
13-4 for Plannja and 4-14 for Stockholm after this game. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77, college: Wyoming) shined for the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Francis Odada (197-F-89) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds in loss.

Sundsvall - Sodertalje 82-81
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) paced his Dragons to victory collecting 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. William Walker (201-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)) responded with 21 pts and 6 boards. Borislav Djordjic (203-F/C-82, college: Stetson) had 20 pts and 12 rebs. Sundsvall 14-4, Sodertalje 4-13.

Eco Orebro - Boras 84-80
Ninth victory of the season for Orebro. Denis Toroman (194-G-82) was the most important player for the hosts netting 19 points. Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) shined in defeat draining 27 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.

Gothia Basket - Jamtland 53-61
Dokun Akingbade (207-F-84, college: George Washington) stepped up for Jamtland nailing 22 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Markus Lenngren (196-F-83) had 15 points and 13 boards in loss. Jamtland 4-14, Gothia 7-11.


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 11-1 
 2. SAV Vacallo 11-2 
 3. Lugano Tigers 10-2 
 4. BBC Nyon 8-5 
 5. Monthey 7-6 
 6. Starwings 6-7 
 7. Geneva Devils 5-8 
 8. Boncourt 5-8 
 9. SAM Massagno 3-10 
 10. Lausanne 3-10 
 11. MGS 1-11 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Bernex 12-0 
 2. Zurich W. 11-1 
 3. Martigny 8-4 
 4. Swiss Central 7-5 
 5. Chene 6-6 
 6. Villars 6-6 
 7. Vernier 6-6 
 8. Zurich K. 6-6 
 9. Vevey 5-7 
 10. Pully 4-7 
 11. DDV Lugano 4-8 
 12. Acad.Fribourg 2-9 
 13. Neuchatel 0-12 


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Lions rip Blazers 81-47 - by Albert-Lee Young
Power forward Andrew Ifill posted up a game high 31 points and 12 rebounds as Royal Extra Lions destroyed Gonzales Blazers 81-47 on Wednesday night at Pleasantville in Group 1 of the 2009 NBFTT Club Championships.

In a one sided contest, Ifill was ably supported by point guard David Burton with 13pts, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Diomar Gonzales also added 12pts for Lions who led throughout the game 14-12, 39-31 and 64-33.

Kwame Edwards top scored for Blazers with 22 points while Darren Leois chipped in with 9pts in a losing effort.

In the other game of the double header, Defence Force registered their second win in Group 2 with a comfortable 83-62 victory against Petro Jazz.

Veteran forward Peter Lewis scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the defending champions who led all periods 17-12, 37-32, 60-44 and 83-62.

For the army, power forward Keivan Bacquain also added 9pts and 8 rebounds while point guard Derrick Boxhill tallied 9pts, 4rebs & 6assists.


Louis Davis led Jazz with 18pts and Ako Pascal had 11pts.


TT players abroad - by Albert-Lee Young
Center Duane Virgil hit 22 points and pulled down 7 boards as Alcazar scored a close 61-57 victory against Illescas in the Spanish LEB Silver league on Saturday night. While on Friday night Adrian Joseph tallied 4pts, 3rebs, 3steals in a losing effort as Rosalia fell 52-64 to Prat Juventud in another LEB Silver Regular Season contest.

In Argentina:
Wilfred SpongyBenjamin had 5pts, 8rebs, 1steal & 1blk as San Martin MJ beat Club 9 85-79 in the Argentina TNA Regular Season Round 10 game on December 6. With the win San Martin MJ improved their record to 7-2 while Club 9 fell to 4-4.

France:
Ian Young tallied 11pts, 2 assists and 2 steals but Quimper fell 67-78 to Lille on December 5 in the French Pro B league. Lille jumped to 8-3 and Quimper 2-9.

Japan:
Julius Ashby scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on Monday but Tokyo Apache still went under 82-102 against Niigata Albirex in the Japanese BJ League. In the second game the following night Ashby finished with 18 points in another losing effort as Apache lost a close back to back contest 82-84 against Albirex.

USA:
DeVaughn Lamont put up 17 points and 13 rebounds as San Francisco Rumble held off held off the Central Valley Dawgs with a 128-122 victory at California in an American Basketball Association regular season game.

In Albuguerque New Mexico, Jamal Fenton scored 5pts including a three, dished-out 4 assists and had 3 steals coming off the bench for 18mins as University of New Mexico crush rivals New Mexico State University 75-58 on Saturday at home in an NCAA Division 1 contest. With the win U.N. M's record improved to 8-0.



Straker defeats Lions in national tournamnet - by Don Farrell
Sportworld Straker Nets opened the National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFTT) National Club Championships with a 80-75 victory over Royal Extra Lions on Monday at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Pleasantville, San Fernando. Led by double-doubles from post-player Miguel Sansavoir and forward Christopher Lares, Straker Nets dominated the match, leading at the end of each quarter22-13, 42-32 and 60-57. Both Sansavoir and Lares pulled down 12 rebounds with the latter topscoring for the winner with 16 points. Sansavoir scored a point less. Three-point threat, Mario Davis got in on the action adding 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

His six steals though had the greatest impact, as it converted to easy baskets to give Straker Nets the edge. Power forward, Andrew Ifill was the star player on the Lions unit recording match-highs in both points (26) and rebounds (13). His point guard David Burton was also on top of his game, netting 18 points and securing 13 boards.

The other match scheduled for the night between Petro Jazz and Valencia Heat was postponed for a second time. It was also carded for Sunday. With the rescheduling of some 12 of the 17 matches between Saturday and yesterday, it has been a shaky start to the tournament. The programme of matches has been reschedule on a short tern basis. Last night, Lions, the South Zone champion team, were slated to play Gonzales Blazers of Point Fortin at 7 pm and Jazz was to meet Defence Force in Pleasantville. The two other matches that were arranged to play in Maloney were postponed. Tomorrow, Lions will hit the court again as they are expected to challenge Edinburgh 500 Hawks from 7 pm and Longdenville Bullets will face Defence Force soon after at the Central Regional Indoor Sport Arena.
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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 8-1 
 2. BC Donetsk 8-1 
 3. Ferro-ZNTU 8-2 
 4. BC Kyiv 7-3 
 5. Kryvbasbasket 6-3 
 6. Khimik 6-4 
 7. BC Odessa 5-2 
 8. Dnipro 5-3 
 9. Azovmash 4-5 
 10. Politek.Lviv 3-6 
 11. Mykolaiv 2-6 
 12. Pulsar 1-7 
 13. Hoverla 1-7 
 14. DniproAzot 1-7 
 15. Gryfony 0-8 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Lamar KARIM
  DniproAzot
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Karim, DniproAzot23.6 
 2. El-Amin, Budivelnyk23.2 
 3. Blassingame, BC Od.20.3 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik18.4 
 5. Coleman, BC Odessa18.4 
 6. Thomas, Fe.18.1 
 7. Daniels, Azovmash17.9 
 8. Crowe, Dnipro17.5 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.4 
 10. McClintock, Mykola.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles THOMAS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Thomas, Fe.11.6 
 2. Fraser, Hoverla10.3 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash8.6 
 4. Hunter, Fe.7.4 
 5. Kornienko, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Finn, Politek.Lviv7.2 
 7. Morton, DniproAzot7.1 
 8. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv7.1 
 9. Wilson, Gryfony7.1 
 10. Ugboaja, Azovma.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  BC Odessa
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Blassingame, BC Od.6.3 
 2. Mitchell, Khimik6.2 
 3. Crowe, Dnipro5.8 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.5.0 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot4.6 
 6. El-Amin, Budivelnyk4.6 
 7. Perry, BC Donetsk4.2 
 8. Hill, BC Odessa4.1 
 9. Antonijevic, Kryvba.4.0 
 10. Jarutis, Azovma.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick SPARKS
  Hoverla
  (184-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sparks, Hoverla2.5 
 2. Tiggs, Fe.2.4 
 3. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.4 
 4. Crowe, Dnipro2.4 
 5. Drozdov, BC Donetsk2.3 
 6. Allen, Kryvbasb.2.3 
 7. Serapinas, Azovm.2.2 
 8. Canak, Gryfony2.2 
 9. House, Azovmash2.0 
 10. Blassingame, BC.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv3.0 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash2.9 
 3. Agafonov, Khimik1.6 
 4. Morton, DniproAzot1.5 
 5. Owens, BC Donetsk1.4 
 6. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.3 
 7. Kovalenko, Hoverla1.3 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.3 
 10. Chemyakin,.1.2 


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Second Cup Finalist to be Decided - by Andy Webb
This weekend is a crucial one in the BBL, as the opponent for the Cheshire Jets in the BBL Cup Final in January is to be decided. It will either be the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, or the Sheffield Sharks, as these two sides face off in an all-or-nothing battle over two legs. They met in the Playoff Quarter Finals last year, on the Riders home court, with the returning Bradd Wierzbicki (191-G, college: Queens (NY)) sinking the shot that ended the Sharks season. A key player in that game, and for the Riders generally across his one and a half seasons there, is American Lataryl Williams (197-F-78, college: Mississippi). The 66 Forward has played all over the globe, including four clubs in the BBL, and ended his first season in Riders red last year with a trip to the BBL Playoff Final Weekend, where they were knocked out by runners-up, the Everton Tigers.

Williams has been out with injury now for a few weeks, and made his return last weekend with a double-header against the Essex Pirates and PAWS London Capital back-to-back. Both games were wins for Leicester, albeit by completely different margins, and Riders boss Rob Paternostro said that he has realised just how much his side missed Williams, since he was out injured. Paternostro commented: At the moment I have a good feeling about our team. This past weekend we really came together as a Basketball team. Friday at Essex we had a lot going against us, but we stuck together and pulled out a gutsy win, then Saturday we distributed the basketball better than we had all year. When we play like that good things happen so we are looking to continue to play that way this weekend he added: It was also nice to have Lataryl (Williams) back, he played in both games last weekend and is fine. While he was out we missed his defence an overall Basketball IQ.

The Sharks Matt Gorman will also be returning from injury. The American big man, known for the range on his shot for a player his size, will be back in action this weekend, and player-coach Atiba Lyons expects a tenacious fight right from the opening tip of the two games, the first being in Sheffield tomorrow evening. The Riders will have home court advantage on Saturday though, as the Sharks make the journey south. Lyons commented: I feel we match up very well with Leicester. It is vital we bring intensity to the game from the tip because I know Rob (Paternostro) will have them well prepared. Everyone is healthy and ready to go, it will be a physical and scrappy game and both teams love that style of play so I expect an intense game.

Also on Friday night, the Marshall MK Lions will be looking to put their 83-71 defeat at Cheshire Jets last weekend, which sent them out of the Cup competition, behind them. They take on the Everton Tigers, whilst on Saturday; the Jets turn their focus to league action with a tough game against the Essex Pirates.



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The Lebanese League tip off is today... What coaches say? - by Maarouf Mawloud
All the eyes are turned around the Lebanese basketball teams few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 season. All the hard work that each team, from admin to coaches and players, have already done in the past few months will show up starting from the 1st game of this season. All possibilities are expected, nothing is sure nor guaranteed. 8 teams, worked hard to set up and build a line up that can compete in the league, 8 teams, ready for the opening of this new big season. Each coach of these 8 teams has his own way of thinking ,his own strategy and his own analysis of this league. Here are 8 small interviews with some coaches few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 Basketball league:


Riyadi:

According to Fouad Abou Chacra , the coach of the lebanese champions, the season will be a good one. Again we will have 3 teams competing for the championship, 3 teams looking for final four, one team will be a good surprise team and 1 team surviving in division 1. Riyadi this year is a totally new team, they are becoming better each day, trying to achieve the highest stability and once they achieve it they will be very solid. In his opinion champville has a very good team as well as muttahed and sagesse. In a conclusion, Riyadi is aming for the Lebanese, the arab and the asian championship.

Moutahed:

According to Toni Vujanic , the coach of the runner up team, the league will be a very strong and very competitive one. There are lots of equal teams with 2 very strong ones champville and riyadi. Mouttahed is young and new team. They signed 7 new lebanese players and 2 new imports after cutting the budget in the club. They worked for a short time together and the imports came to Lebanon 2 weeks ago. He says: If we find our chemistry and strength and improved our defensive skills we can become a serious competitor, if not it will be a very hard and a long season for my team. In general hes very positive that his team will reach his goals and be a part of the final 4.

Sagesse:

Coach Zeljko Zecevic the coach of Sagesse Club Beirut says: I think basketball in Lebanon is very important and thus the basketball championship takes a very important place. Basketball in Lebanon is a very high level among the countries of the Asian continent and all of us who work in basketball sport across the world is well known fact that Lebanon's Basketball Championship is one of the strongest in Asia, with of course China and the Philippines. I'm in the club as Head Coach came 20/11/ so I had very little time for exploring the history of this club, one of the largest and most popular in Lebanon. To my happiness, when one person comes in Sagesse Club need very little time to realize that they are in a good and very well organized club. I'm with the team begun to work in the court, to my chagrin, very late. For this reason I am really overjoyed when I see how my players accept very difficult and hard work in the last two weeks. However, it is now in every sports is difficult or almost not possible to create wonders overnight. Any serious work for which it is believed that it could lead to positive results must have their time which is necessary for the preparation of specialization team players ... and at the end of the process of coming up shaping the final look of a team that can compete with everyone and against all in a very difficult competition as the Lebanese championship. Our foreigner players are Patt Fields, position combo - guard and he can cover any perimeter positions in our team. Hes very young, and thus is for him first international experience out of the States. Second one is Marshall Phillips, position combo - forward and he cover up in our team position forward and power forward. His very experience player who now knows what is necessary to a team. His qualities as a player in our team will be expressed by saying that he will be players who will play on the perimeter, but at the same time and in the low post position. We are preparing the way to be ready to compete against all teams in the league. Whether we will succeed and that, depends not only on the strength of ourselves, but depends on the strength of our opponents. My team is not prepared for some imaginary targets on which today can only dream, but we're preparing only for the next opponent without taking care about how the team is called, or which position currently occupies in the league. I, personally, do not believe a lot of predictions, it is not my job. I believe only in work, and just work. Results will come at the end of the season must be just and only the results of our heavy and hard daily work in the hall. I think the biggest favorite to win Lebanese Championship next season as the teams Moutahed, Al Riyadi, Champwille and Sagesse Club. Would like to especially welcome in this public way of the best fans in Lebanon. I would like to support us in our great desire, and everyday struggles that we do for the good of our club. I hope that the our fans give us great support, because all of us who work in Sagesse Club know very well that with the support of our loyal fans this team can achieve more than what it realistically possible. Only in absolute connection between a brand new team and our fans see the possibility of good results in the forthcoming season

Champville:

Coach Ghassan Sarkis was satisfied by his team preparation. Sarkis said the team started training early July and was excited by the addition of Fadi El-Khatib, one of the best players in lebanese history. Sarkis said that Riyadi is the number 1 candidate to win the league this year. As for Champville and Mouttahed, Sarkis said that both teams can compete Riyadi.And he said that the final will be between Riyadi and champville ( according to www.lebanese-goal.com )

Anibal:

Dany Ammous, anibals coach says :This year will be different in terms of the FLBB league as there has been a major reshuffle and movement of players and coaches for the majority of the teams. The FLLBB league in my opinion continues to be the most competitive league in the Arab world and attracts a lot of local and international players. However, financial challenges are becoming the major drawback that can pose a threat to the leagues success. Probably only 4 teams are financially sound while the others are still struggling to get their budgets. As for Annibal, We have been adamant to retain the majority of the Lebanese players who were with us last year which could reduce time for integration. Also, we have engaged in training much earlier in the pre league preparation which should give us an edge on readiness side physical and tactical. The Lebanese players will be integral to our success this year. The challenge for me as a coach is to get the right international players who can complement the Lebanese players skills and form a homogenous team. Our aspiration at Annibal is to become contenders to get into the final four which I see a challenging goal but achievable.'

Antranik:

Vicken Eskedjian, an admin in Antranik thinks that the Lebanese league will start slowly because some of the teams started late and the foreigners came few weeks ago. But after the first round he believes we will see some good Basket ball.
In this opinion, there are 3 very good teams this year that will compete for the championship, these teams are moutahed, champville and riyadi. While Antranik and Hoops all along with Sagesse will compete for the 4th spot of the final 4. He thinks that the level of the foreigner is lower than the past years. As for Antranik, in general they have a very good Local players all along with a very good Coach. One of the foreigners is very good and in case they can find a good center as aforeigner they can do good this year.

Kahraba:

According to Toni Khalil, kahraba coach, this year the league will be devided into two levels. Level 1 having in it the top 3 teams, moutahed riyadi and champville. While the level two comvines each from sagesse to antranik, anibal hoops and kahraba. The difference between the two levels is about economic stability that will affect the Lebanese basketball level. The competition will be for the fourth place in the playoffs. He says: Although its logic that the level 1 teams will beat the level 2 teams but in basketball everything is possible. More than that, the lack of funding will hurt the league because it will reflect on the team with small budgets. As for his team he said: Kahraba will play with no pressure specially that they will be no drop to the 2nd division, but technically the team will improve with every game because they need the game experience due to the fact that they did not have any preseason experience.

Hoops:

Peter Schomers, hoops coach, says: We played against all of the teams here in preseason with the exception of Mouttahed. Our results were not bad but I, as every coach, knows that preseason results are not necessarily represeantative for what can happen in the season. Most teams were not complete and will be better prepared in the season. My team is very young and rather inexperienced but we will try to make up for these factors by playing hard and hustling. At this point it is very hard to say where we stand. To expect from us to play up with any of the four top teams in Lebanon would be too much right now. But we hope to be in good competition with the other three teams (Kahraba/Antranik/Zahle). Maybe we are good for one or the other surprise. That will depend on the developement of our team and that of our opponents. To judge the level of this league I have to get more involved into the champignonship.

Extra opinions:
Rizkallah Zaloum said: i think they will be 3 teams competing only this year due to the withdrawel of blue stars and tibnin. sagesse as we know is going to participate but with very low budget and i dont think he can compete after rony fahed, sabah khoury and bassem balaa left the team . even they have brian and roy smaha, but this is not enough for them to compete. the rest i mean antranik , hoops, kahraba dont have the necessary elements to compete due to financial problem. So the conclusion is that this year we are going to witness a retreat in the level of the league due to financial problems that need to be solved by making the right decisions by the lebanese basketball federation.



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Lebanon vs. Dominican Republic - Who would succeed in a possible encounter? - by Maarouf Mawloud
[by Kris SANTIAGO] - Merhaba!

After posting my latest blog about the wild cards for Turkey 2010, I thought about, what would happen if their would be a decisive game between Lebanon and the Dominican Republic as I guess only one of the two will be getting a pass to the next World Championships. Imagine one game in a neutral place with both teams fielding their very best players available.

Of course, someone will post: 'Why not Nigeria?' Well, I just think it will be in the end between those two countries mentioned above. Of course, as a big African hoops fan, I would love to see Nigeria in Turkey next year, especially if they are coming with Big Olu and Gabe Muoneke, but I have strong feeling that I won't meet these guys and Nigeria in Turkey next year.

Same goes by the way for Cameroon, who I love to support as the team and the coaches are all great people.

But let's get back to my 'fantasy' game between the Lebanese and the Dominicans:

Backcourt:

Rony Fahed, Omar El Turk, Ali Mahmoud and Jean-Abdel Nour are the cornerstones of Lebanon's backcourt for years now. The first three players mentioned are more than solid from the three-point line but lack height to compete with taller players and are also not overly athletic. Still, they are capable of playing their role within the team, which is to pass and shoot when necessary. Nour is a different character, as he is known for his fast drives to the hoop as well as for his knack for rebounds, even though not being the tallest on the team. But he is pretty weak from the outside which limits him a lot.

Lebanon's guards do play for years together and have their routines set, but none of them gained experience by playing in a big European league, let alone the NBA.

The missing piece to a great team is the point-guard spot, as everyone points out when speaking about the Dominicans. Part-time point guard Luis Flores is better suited to play shooting guard while Carlos Morban is not the answer to the Dominican sorrows. Edgar Sosa might be still young but is steadily developing at Louisville and might be the first option soon. Flores, who brings a lot of international experience on the court, is versatile as he can slash to the basket but also shoot from long range, but tends to be selfish which hampers the other players' output a lot. Ricky Greer is having a good year in Nancy and should be considered altogether with his brother Jeff, who plays on the same team. Sammy Mejia should also make a nice fit at shooting guard if selected. All in all, the international experience should make up for the lacking of an experienced point guard in the team.

Advantage: None.

Frontcourt:

Lebanon added proved U.S. American Jackson Vroman to its frontcourt and also got finally Matt Freije's yes to play for the country of his grandfather's country. Both additions proved to be crucial for the team as both players delivered instantly on the boards and even from long range (Freije is a fierce competitor in the paint but is also deadly from beyond the arc). El Khatib, who I was able to watch in Athens last year, looks better now but is clearly not the force he used to be. He still possesses good hands but is too slow to compete against the likes of Villanueva or Horford. Young forward Daniel Faris is an option for the future. The national-team first-timer is now in the Netherlands and is adjusting to European hoops this season after spending his whole life in the U.S. Finally, there is veteran Brian Bashara, who is dangerous from the distance but lacks the body to bang in the post and is more of a role player, but definitely an effective one.

The three-headed snake from the NBA spearheads the Dominican national-team. Charlie Villanueva, Francisco Garcia and Alfred Horford are clearly the 'rat pack' on the roster and whoever was in Puerto Rico this summer to watch them playing, knows why. Villanueva struggled in the beginning but once he caught his rhythm, was a strong force inside on offense and on defense. Al Horford showed no mercy by scoring mostly through vicious dunks and put backs while taking clearly the most rebounds down. Garcia, who missed the most important games down the stretch by breaking a finger, displayed great efficiency from downtown and netted in some incredible 3's in San Juan. Imagine now, if Trevor Ariza would join them off the bench... Jack Michael Martinez is another big man who knows how to body his way to the rim, while I would also add Eulis Baez of Valladolid to that already remarkable core of players.

Advantage: Dominican Republic

Coaching:

I see no major holes in Raca's tactics but I don't get the idea of El Khatib playing a point forward. Maybe there is something hidden that I can't see. In all games that I was able to watch, the team played a man-to-man defense relying on their speed to guard the players, which helped China in the semis due to their height-advantage as they were able repeatedly to score over the heads of Lebanon's players. But I can't tell if a switch to zone would have helped the undersized guards.

Julio Toro had not much of a choice who to take into his starting five but had also chosen some players to fill the roster from which I never heard before. Instead of taking available Jeff Greer and maybe Sammy Mejia as well as Edgar Sosa, he took inexperienced Coronado and Flores to San Juan and used Kelvin Pena at times to bring the ball, although everyone knows that Pena is an undersized shooting guard whose only weapon is the three-pointer. If Toro returns, Jack Michael Martinez won't be part of the team as both have some personal differences from I was able to witness. But I guess the Dominicans will be going with a new coach into more intense preparations if they will be considered.

Advantage: None

So in the end and after considering the pros and cons of this match-up, I would think, that the Dominicans would walk away with a win if both countries would play each other on neutral ground. Of course I know of Lebanon's glorious games in 2006 and I know of the Dominican flaws which include the lack of team-play, but knowing of the athletic abilities of both teams I still would give the Dominicanos the edge. That does not mean that the Latin Americans will be getting the necessary wild-card to compete. I still believe the Lebanese fans will be able to travel to Turkey next year to watch their country in the most exciting tournament of the year 2010.
I'm out like fantasy games.




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Gran Canaria wins in derby against Dexia, secures the first place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Gran Canaria - Dexia 78-40

Gran Canaria remains undefeated after beating its main rival Dexia. In derby match of Group B, Gran Canaria took full advantage of their home court smashing Dexia with huge 78-40. It means that Granca jumped to 5-0 and of course already secured first place in this pool and spot for the Preliminary Round.
Hosts displayed great defense as they didnt allow its opponent to score more than 14 points in single period. Granca opened the game with 10-4 run. Until the end of the first quarter, both teams struggled offensively with hosts posting 4 and visiting team 2 points to set the score at 14-6. Second quarter was better for both teams, but still it was host who dominated. They won the second period by 9 points and as a result they held 36-19 lead at the halftime. More of the same continued after the break, as Gran Canaria players still controlled flow of the game. They managed to further increase their lead, and with 10 minutes to play they were up 57-32. In the final period, hosts did not ease up, but they have increased pressure on defense. After limiting Dexia to only 7 points in the period, Gran Canaria completed the rout winning the game by 38 points margin.
Morgan Warburton (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) led the way for winning side with 17 points. She received support from Patricia Arguello (178-F-87) who added 13 and Mireia Navarrete (185-F-80) who scored 11 points. On the other side, Jennifer Fleischer (195-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) had double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Fannie Vandesteene (176-F-87) was the only other player to record double digits with 10 points.

Gran Canaria: Morgan Warburton 17, Patricia Arguello 13, Mireia Navarrete 11
Dexia: Jennifer Fleischer 14 + 10 boards, Fannie Vandesteene 10


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Olexandra Gorbunova brings Halcon Avenida to win over Gospic - by Eurobasket News
Halcon Avenida - Gospic 81:79
Gospic came up just short of upsetting Halcon Avenida in Salamanca. The Croatian team that entered the game with only one win in six games fought bravely and were tied at 79 with the hosts with just over a minute remaining. But Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) hit a late jumper to seal the victory for the Spanish team.
Avenida opened the game with four points in a row to surge in front. But Anda Jelavic (175-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) and Jurcevic soon exploded with back-to-back trebles as Gospic gained the advantage. The hosts returned into the lead late in the first period and ensured a 24:20 advantage at the first break. Avenida maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. But Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) and Anda Jelavic triggered a late rally from Gospic as they grabbed a 45:41 advantage at halftime. Carla Thomas fired twice from beyond the arc early in the third frame as Gospic started to clear off. They kept Avenida at distance throughout the third stanza and ensured a 62:58 advantage into the final quarter. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn), Olexandra Gorbunova and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) however teamed up for important buckets midway through the fourth frame as Avenida put their noses in front. The hosts built a 7-point lead with three minutes to go. Anda Jelavic and Carla Thomas sparked the intrigue denying the deficit. Olexandra Gorbunova and Carla Thomas exchanged the free throws and then Gorbunova sank the decisive bucket with just one second left in the game.
Sancho Lyttle tallied 24 points and 15 boards to lead Avenida. Le'Coe Willingham had 19 points and 9 boards, while Olexandra Gorbunova added 7 points. Anda Jelavic responded with game-high 28 points and 11 assists. Carla Thomas finished with 24 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Halcon Avenida: Anda Jelavic 28+11 assists, Carla Thomas 24
Gospic: Sancho Lyttle 24+15 boards, Le'Coe Willingham 19, Alba Torrens (184-F-89) 14



Medvescak grabs second win in Group B - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Medvescak - Olivais 85-72

Medvescak recorded important win over Olivais which puts them in second place in Group B with 2-3 score. On the other side, Oivais remains last with only 1 win and 4 losses. This gives Medvescak a chance to book a spot for the next stage.
Croatian outfit came out strong from the gates. They opened the game in fashion with 10-4 run. Nothing has changed after that and at the end of first quarter the hosts were up 28-14. In the second period, Olivais picked up their intensity but they could not cut the deficit. Medvescak had response to any attempt by Oivas so at the halftime they were still up by 14 as the score was 48-24. After the break, teams continued to exchange baskets, but it was still hosts who controlled the flow of the game. Olivais players in the end won the third by 3 points. They have entered the final quarter trailing 66-43. This proved to be more than comfortable lead for Medvescak as their opponent could not endanger it further. Medvescak players routinely closed the game out and have celebrated deserved 85-72 win in the end.
Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) led the way for Medvescak with 26 points and 20 rebounds. Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) added 17, while Iva Badanjak (191-C-85) chipped in 14 points. On the other side, Sierre got great game from Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) who poured in 27 points.

Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 26 + 20 boards, Irena Cuncic 17, Iva Badanjak 14
Olivais: Jhasmin Player 27


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Fenerbahce recorded the fifth win in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Frisco Sika 86:70

Fenerbahce recorded the fifth win as they rolled past Frisco Sika in Istanbul. In the game for the second spot in Group D the Turkish side celebrated 86:70 victory to improve to 5-2 record.
The hosts went in front to stay in the first quarter with a 6-0 burst that turned an 8:7 deficit into a 13-8 lead. Esmeral Tuncluer hit two free-throws and Yilmaz buried a jumper to make it 24:16. Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) closed the opening quarter at 29:22 as the teams finished the productive period. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second quarter as the hosts managed to increase the lead to 6 more points. Tuncluer sent the teams to the lockers for 49:36. Powell and Sutton-Brown brought 54:36 early in the third period, while Booner reduced to 58:45. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) closed the third frame at 76:50 as her team could celebrate the victory at that time. Frisco Sika however did not give up and stayed tough in the game. The team from Czech Republic won the last period 20-10 to lose 16 points at the end. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) made the last jump shot for the total 86:70 score.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) scored 20 points to lead the charge. Penelope Taylor notched 15 points, 7 assists and 4 boards in the winning case. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) answered with 16 points for Frisco Sika as they slipped at 4-3 record.

Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 20 points, Penelope Taylor 15 points, 7 assists and 4 boards
Frisco Sika: Hana Horakova 16, Eva Viteckova 14, Tay McWilliams 11


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Survivor win First Division title - by Eurobasket News
Survivor claimed the championship title in the Salvador First Division. Survivor overcame Santa Tecla 90:59 in the decider and took the crown.
Survivor grabbed the initiative right from the start. They neutralized Gladis Maravilla (86) and Vanessa Heredia (83) to start mounting the advantage. Survivor quickly posted a comfortable lead and maintained it throughout the opening quarter. They raised the tempo and marched to a 41:23 lead at halftime. Things got even worse for Santa Tecla after the big break. Gabriela Escoto and Samia Daboub tallied a 22-point lead for Survivor in the third stanza. The game was virtually over at this point as Survivor kept a tight grip on the lead. Santa Tecla never recovered in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end.
Karee Houllette scored 27 points to pace the charge. Latoya Stovall added 20 points in the win. Monica Calderon was impressive with all-around performance and was named MVP of the game. Vanessa Heredia answered with 21 points for Santa Tecla in defeat.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ofelia VILLARROEL
  Sierre
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Villarroel, Sierre24.2 
 2. Pimenova, Cheva.23.4 
 3. Champion, CAB M.22.4 
 4. Player, Olivais22.0 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.21.5 
 6. Johnson, EBE I.20.8 
 7. Diacona, Sf. G.20.0 
 8. Gidden, Sf. G.20.0 
 9. Warburton, Gran C.19.8 
 10. Milovanovic, ICIM.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena MAKSIMOVIC
  Zeljeznicar
  (192-C-82)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Maksimovic, Zeljezni.12.3 
 2. Fleischer, Dexia12.2 
 3. Mazic, Medvescak11.8 
 4. Gidden, Sf. G.11.7 
 5. Snow, Dynamo K.11.5 
 6. Santos, AD Vagos11.0 
 7. Anosike, Targoviste10.6 
 8. Kuzina, Dynamo M.10.5 
 9. Sanford, EBE I.10.3 
 10. Carter, CCC.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Zoll, Botas8.3 
 2. Szymanska-L., Dex.7.0 
 3. Keyru, Dynamo M.5.6 
 4. Chapdelaine, MBK R.5.2 
 5. Sytnyak, Dynamo M.5.0 
 6. Reid, Hatis Yerevan4.8 
 7. Zellous, Besiktas4.4 
 8. Zygelyte, Lemminkain.4.2 
 9. Snytsina, Nadezhda.4.0 
 10. Costaz, Mondevil.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nykesha SALES
  Besiktas
  (183-F/G-76)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sales, Besiktas5.5 
 2. Gladden, Energa T.5.0 
 3. Anosike, Targoviste3.6 
 4. Dubrovina, Dnipro3.5 
 5. Reid, Hatis Yerevan3.4 
 6. Williams, Dnipro3.3 
 7. Zoll, Botas3.3 
 8. Doron, Targoviste3.2 
 9. Skrela, Lattes M.3.2 
 10. Linkeviciene, Dynamo.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.3 
 2. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.3 
 3. Snow, Dynamo K.2.0 
 4. Kovacevic, Hemof.2.0 
 5. Ivankovic, Sibenik2.0 
 6. Gidden, Sf. G.1.7 
 7. Sowinski, CAB M.1.6 
 8. Lukacovicova, MBK R.1.6 
 9. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.4 
 10. Dacic, Besikt.1.4 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Mondeville 4-1 
 2. SEAT Lami 4-1 
 3. AD Vagos 1-4 
 4. Sierre 1-4 
Group B
 1. Gran Canaria 5-0 
 2. Dexia 2-3 
 3. Medvescak 2-3 
 4. Olivais 1-4 
Group C
 1. Lattes Montpe. 5-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 3-2 
 3. Lemminkain. 2-3 
 4. CAB Madeira 0-5 
Group D
 1. CCC Polkowice 4-1 
 2. EBE Ibiza-PDV 3-2 
 3. Saarlouis 3-2 
 4. Nyon 0-5 
Group E
 1. Mann Filter 2-1 
 2. Energa Torun 2-1 
 3. Sibenik 1-3 
Group F
 1. Athinaikos 4-1 
 2. Besiktas 3-2 
 3. Hatis Yerevan 2-3 
 4. Chevakata 1-4 
Group G
 1. Dynamo M. 5-0 
 2. Dunav 4-1 
 3. Sf. Gheorghe 1-4 
 4. Hapoel T-A 0-5 
Group H
 1. AEL 4-1 
 2. Targoviste 3-2 
 3. Dynamo K. 3-2 
 4. Samsun 0-5 
Group I
 1. Nadezhda O. 3-1 
 2. Botas 2-1 
 3. ICIM Arad 0-3 
Group J
 1. Hemofarm 2-0 
 2. Spartak N. 0-2 
Group K
 1. Dynamo-NPU 2-1 
 2. Dnipro 2-2 
 3. Zeljeznicar 1-2 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Spartak V MR
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Taurasi, Spartak .22.7 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.20.2 
 3. Jelavic, Gospic19.0 
 4. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli18.6 
 5. Young, Galatasaray18.4 
 6. Milton-Jones, Ros C.18.3 
 7. Langhorne, Rivas E.17.3 
 8. Burse, TS Wi.17.0 
 9. Matovic, Lotos G.16.9 
 10. Lyttle, Perfum.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janell BURSE
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  (197-C-79)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Burse, TS Wi.11.9 
 2. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.1 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.1 
 4. Hollingswort., TEO V.8.7 
 5. Langhorne, Rivas E.8.4 
 6. Brunson, Taranto8.3 
 7. Yilmaz, Fenerbahce8.0 
 8. Godin, Taranto7.9 
 9. Bjelica, TEO V.7.8 
 10. Anderson, Villeneu.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda JELAVIC
  Gospic
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Jelavic, Gospic6.6 
 2. Bermejo, Rivas E.6.0 
 3. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.6 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.5.6 
 5. Pondexter, UMMC5.3 
 6. Cohen, TS Wi.4.7 
 7. Richards, Gorzow4.7 
 8. Fernandez, TS Wi.4.6 
 9. Ratkaine, MKB E.4.4 
 10. Honti, MKB Eur.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa WILLIS
  TTT Riga
  (183-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Willis, TTT Riga3.8 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.3.0 
 3. Perkins, Galatasa.2.8 
 4. Fernandez, TS Wi.2.6 
 5. Horakova, Frisco S.2.6 
 6. Lima, TTT Riga2.4 
 7. Powell, Fenerbahce2.4 
 8. Jelavic, Gospic2.4 
 9. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs2.4 
 10. Vardarli, Fen.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Candice DUPREE
  Dobri Anjeli
  (188-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli1.9 
 2. Burse, TS Wi.1.6 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.4 
 4. McCarville, Spart.1.3 
 5. Lisina, Dobri Anjeli1.3 
 6. Stepanova, UMMC1.3 
 7. Comfort, Villeneuve1.3 
 8. Christon, Lotos G.1.2 
 9. De Souza, Ros C.1.1 
 10. Podkovalniko., Perf.1.1 


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. UMMC 6-1 
 2. Ros Casares 6-1 
 3. Taranto 4-3 
 4. Galatasaray 4-3 
 5. TTT Riga 1-6 
 6. TEO Vilnius 0-7 
Group B
 1. TS Wisla Can-Pak 7-0 
 2. Familia Schio 5-2 
 3. Perfumerias 5-2 
 4. MiZo Pecs 2-5 
 5. Villeneuve 1-6 
 6. Gospic 1-6 
Group C
 1. Rivas Ecopolis 7-0 
 2. USK Praha 5-3 
 3. Dobri Anjeli 3-4 
 4. Bourges 3-5 
 5. Gorzow 2-5 
 6. MKB Eurol. 2-5 
Group D
 1. Spartak V MR 6-0 
 2. Fenerbahce 5-2 
 3. Frisco Sika 4-3 
 4. Tarbes 2-5 
 5. Lotos Gdynia 2-5 
 6. Szeged 1-5 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Limits broken - by Esko Saarinen
Many limits have broken during last matches in Finnish women's league. Kenya Robinson (Huima, Aanekoski) is the first foreign player toplay over 300 matchs in Finnish league. In the match against HoNsU (Jyvaskyl), where she broke the limit she scored 31 points. She has played in Finland since 1997 and has een three times the best foreign player in league, in the years 1998, 2001 and 2008. She has been three times Finnish Champion. She has scored 5685 poins, taken 3800 rebounds and given 652 assists.
In the team EBT (Espoo) plays Niina Laaksonen, who toke 10 rebounds against Kerava and total is now 1006 rebounds. She was season 2008 the best player in the league and plays now the fifth season in the league. She has also played in Germany, Spain and Italy.
Laura Lehtoranta, now in Team S-Hameenmaa (Orimattila) played against Alku (Forssa) the 100th match in Finnish league. This is her 9th season in league, eight season in PeKa (Kotka) and now in Orimattila. In the season 200 she was the best 6th player in the league.


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  FRANCE - Women  


SEAT Lami hands first defeat to Mondeville - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Mondeville - SEAT Lami 44-61

SEAT Lami improved its score to 4-1 after defeating Mondeville as a guest 44-61. Visitors have also handed its host their first defeat and now are tied with the same score. Both teams already booked a spot for the next stage.
Game started slowly with both teams struggling at the offensive end. In a low scoring quarter, it was Mondeville who managed to build 12-8 lead. In the second period, intensity of the game picked up somewhat. Both teams improved in offense, while at the same time visitors were able to cut the deficit. At the halftime break, it was Mondeville still up 28-27. After the breather, SEAT players increased their defensive pressure limiting hosts to only 6 third quarter points. This proved to be decisive as SEAT was able to build 34-45 lead. In the final 10 minutes, SEAT players were still in control and have managed to fend off any attempt at comeback. In the end they further extended their lead to record fairly comfortable victory.
Anna Vida (184-F-85) led the way for SEAT with 28 points. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) and Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) added 8 points each. On the other side, Aija Putnina (191-F-88) had 11 points while Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) added 10.

Mondeville: Aija Putnina 11, Valeriya Berezhynska 10
SEAT Lami: Anna Vida 28, Hajdana Radunovic 8, Orsolya Englert 8



Montpellier remains undefeated at Ruzomberok expense, both secure spot in Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Montpellier Ruzomberok 81-71

Hosts had to work hard to win this one, but Montpellier managed to remain unbeaten. They have overcome Ruzomberok, thanks to the great final quarter recording 81-71 vicotry. This is the 2nd loss for Ruzomberok who remains 2nd in Group C, while Montpellier stays perfect with 5-0. Both teams already booked a spot for the next stage.
It did not start well for Montpellier as Ruzomberok players managed to stay close in the first quarter. Visiting team went on 2-9 run to close the period out and gain 13-21 lead. In the second quarter, hosts bounced back and started to impose their game. By the halftime, Montpellier managed to cut the deficit and have tied the game at 33. After the break, teams exchanged baskets for the most of the third quarter. Neither managed to make a run so the game entered the final 10 minutes still tied at 55 apiece. Hosts opened the final quarter with 9-0 run which proved to be decisive for this game. Ruzomberok players tried to come back but they just did not have enough strength. In the end it was deserved win for Montpellier.
Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) led the way for hosts with 22 points. Three more players reached double digits as Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.), Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) and Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) all scored 10 points. For Ruzomberok, Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) had 16 points.

Montpellier: Pauline Krawczyk 22, Khadijah Whittington 10, Sandra Dijon 10, Constance Jinks 10
Ruzomberok: Klaudia Lukacovicova 16


Tarbes caught up with Lotos in the group ladder - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Lotos Gdynia 81:67

Tarbes caught up with Lotos in the group ladder beating those at home court. The French side outscore the Polish representatives 81:67 in Tarbes.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) brought the first points for the hosts and Podrug responded to tie the score. When the teams were tied at 4:4, Tarbes created a 7-0 run as Eldebrink scored for 11:4. Sacko made a lay-up to close the quarter at 21:16. Podrug managed to bring her team closer to 26:23, while Breitreiner closed 12-0 run for the home side at 36:23. Lotos replied with 12-2 run to cut it to 38:35 and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) later tied the game at 40:40. Moreover Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) sent the teams to the lockers for the minimum 45:44 guests' advantage. The third frame became the most interesting as the teams exchanged the lead several times. Trailing 52:53, Tarbes made the last push in the period for 59:55 after 30 minutes of the game. It was hot in the court in the first part of the frame as well, but later in the last quarter the hosts were too good for the opponents. After 69:67 they kept the guests scoreless until the end of the game and scored 12 more points for the win. Eldebrink made the last lay-up in the game for the total victory.
Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) exploded with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui netted 14 points in the win. Alana Beard and Ivana Matovic delivered 19 points apiece for Lotos in defeat.

Tarbes: Charde Houston 27 points and 8 rebounds, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14 points
Lotos Gdynia: Alana Beard 19, Ivana Matovic 19


Schio better Villenueve in France - by Eurobasket News
Villenueve - Schio 57:75
Schio claimed the fifth win in the Euroleague season. They prevailed against Villenueve on the road to stay in the second place in Group B. Schio marked their ambitions early in the encounter. They opened the game with 14 straight points to silence the crowd. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) helped the hosts come back to life as they narrowed the deficit at 8 points at the first break. Ramon and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) fired from downtown at the start of the second quarter as Schio kept on rolling. The Italian team dominated every facet of the game and piled up a 48:27 lead at halftime. Villenueve tried to turn the tables at the start of the third quarter. The hosts triggered a 10:2 run to cut the distance. However Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) fired 7 points in a row for Schio as they ensured a 59:43 lead into the fourth quarter. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) and Ress tipped off the final term with 6 straight points and Schio rallied to a comfortable win at the end.
Bernadette Ngoyisa came up with 18 points and 11 boards for Schio. Laura Macchi contributed 15 points, while Raffaella Masciadri netted 11 points in the victory. Ingrid Tanqueray responded with 17 points for Villenueve. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) and Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, college: Wisconsin) had 10 points each in defeat.

Villenueve: Ingrid Tanqueray 17, Laurie Datchy 10, Jolene Anderson 10
Schio: Bernadette Ngoyisa 18+11 boards, Laura Macchi 15, Raffaella Masciadri 11



Bourges claim important win against Dobri Anjeli - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket - Dobri Anjeli 83:71
Bourges boosted their Euroleague aspirations with a home win over Dbri Anjeli. Bourges now improved at 3-4 record and leapfrogged their opponents into the third spot in Group C. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) knocked down 22 points, grabbed 5 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the French team.
Bourges led throughout the bigger part of the first frame and earned a 21:14 lead at the first break. Dobri Anjeli got within 3 points late in the second frame but back-to-back trebles from Essence Carson helped Bourges to ensure a 7-point halftime advantage. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83), Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) and Miyem opened a double-digit lead for Bourges Basket at the start of the third quarter. The French team entered the fourth term ahead by as many as 14 points 64:50. Kupcikova and Kovacova dragged Dobri Anjeli within 11 points early in the fourth term. Bourges Basket kept it cool in the dying seconds and celebrated a crucial win at the end.
Styliani Kaltsidou scored 18 points for Bourges Basket. Emmeline Ndongue added 15 points in the win. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Dobri Anjeli. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) had 17 points in the losing case. Bourges Basket visit MKB Euroleasing in Sopron, while Dobri Anjeli host Rivas Ecopolis in Round 8.

Bourges Basket: Essence Carson 22, Styliani Kaltsidou 18, Emmeline Ndongue 15
Dobri Anjeli: Angel McCoughtry 20, Linda Frohlich 17



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  GERMANY - Women  


Saarlouis leaves Nyon still searching for win - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Nyon - Saarlouis 74-81

Saalarious kept the 2nd place in Group D as they handed Nyon yet another defeat. Nyon remains the only team in this pool which recorded all 5 losses so far. With this victory Saarlouis came very close to the second stage.
It started good for Nyon players who opened the game better. By the end of the first quarter they have managed to build 28-21 lead and were looking comfortable. Second quarter was spent in a close battle but Nyon was still maintaining their lead. At the halftime break the score stood at 46-40. After the breather, Saarlouis slowly started to take over the game. They managed to tie it midway through the period and than to take the lead. As result, teams entered the final quarter with visitors being up 57-63. Nyon players seemed to have run out of steam as they were unable to make the game interesting in the final 10 minutes. Saarlouis controlled the match and routinely closed it down for the final score of 74-81.
Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) scored 23 points for Saarlouis. She was followed by Stina Barnert (176-G-89) who added 16 and Romy Bar (188-F-87) who finished the night with 11 points. For Nyon, Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) and Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) had 15 points each.

Nyon: Sophie Charlier 15, Jalinka Michaux 15
Saarlouis: Petra Manakova 23, Stina Barnert 16, Romy Bar 11


Leipzig and Oberhausen in financial problems - by Cornelius Damm
Leipzig Eagles and New Basket Oberhausen are both facing some financial difficulties. In a press release BBV Leipzig Eagles announced last week that two main sponsors rescind their agreements due to own financial problems from the world wide crisis. According to the local press in Leipzig the club is missing one third of its budget. In order to react on this new situation the club cancelled the contract of American PG Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB). Although this move might help the club to restructure its business plan it also certainly hurts the squad of Head Coach Ritz Ingram on the basketball court. Guzman is the best scoring guard in the country and topscored all players in 1.DBBL so far with an average of 21.8 PPG on a .484 field goal percentage while adding 6.0 RPG, 2.1 APG and 3.6 SPG.

In Oberhausen the situation appears to be even more dramatic. Not only that evo New Basket Oberhausen fell short of its own expectations sports wise so far in this season, the club now also announced that they are facing some heavy financial problems. According to the local press in Western Germany the club is facing a deficit of almost half of its budget. Nevertheless the club announced a substitution on its American import spot after the Christmas break! Jacqueline Adamshick (183-F-84, agency: 22ft, college: Villanova) was not ablo to live up the expectation of the coaching staff so far and therefor will only get a one way ticket home to the US after the last game in December. When the season continues in January she will be replaced by Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell). The versatile Forward still enjoys a nice reputation in Germany from her successful years in Saarlouis. As a team captain Almind led her 'Royals' to their first title in club history winning the German Cup Challenge in 2008.

At this point both clubs are fighting to survive with numerous fund-raising campaigns in order to end the season correctly on the basketball court and not somewhere in the middle of the season. The board of the DBBL, club officials as well as coaches, players and fans are keeping their fingers crossed right now in Germany to see the season end with 12 teams.



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  HUNGARY - Women  


Gorzow hold off MKB Euroleasing - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - MKB Euroleasing 79:72
Polish Gorzow defeated visiting MKB Euroleasing to post the second win in the EuroLeague. The victory allowed Gorzow to catch up with the Hungarian team in Group C ladder as they fight for top-four finish in the pool. It all came down to the final minutes in this one. The teams were tied at 67 with under four minutes remaining. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) exploded with four points to put Gorzow in charge. Krivacevic answered for the visitors but Sidney Spencer followed with a triple as the Polish team gained a 74:69 lead. Zurowska and Samantha Richards (167-G-83) then sealed the winning outcome for the home team.
MKB Euroleasing led 21:19 ten minutes into the game. The Hungarian team boosted the lead at 7 points midway through the second quarter. Gorzow answered with 14:2 run to surge ahead. They built a 40:36 advantage at the interval. The teams kept it close throughout the third and fourth quarters setting up the thriller of the dying minutes.
Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) scored 20 points to lead the hosts. Sidney Spencer added 15 points, while Samantha Richards netted 12 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 4 boards for Gorzow. Kata Honti (175-G-87) delivered 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for MKB Euroleasing. Dora Horti (195-C-87) netted 13 points and pulled down 10 boards in defeat.

Gorzow: Liudmila Sapova 20, Sidney Spencer 15, Samantha Richards 12
MKB Euroleasing: Kata Honti 14, Dora Horti 13+10 boards



SEAT Lami hands first defeat to Mondeville - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Mondeville - SEAT Lami 44-61

SEAT Lami improved its score to 4-1 after defeating Mondeville as a guest 44-61. Visitors have also handed its host their first defeat and now are tied with the same score. Both teams already booked a spot for the next stage.
Game started slowly with both teams struggling at the offensive end. In a low scoring quarter, it was Mondeville who managed to build 12-8 lead. In the second period, intensity of the game picked up somewhat. Both teams improved in offense, while at the same time visitors were able to cut the deficit. At the halftime break, it was Mondeville still up 28-27. After the breather, SEAT players increased their defensive pressure limiting hosts to only 6 third quarter points. This proved to be decisive as SEAT was able to build 34-45 lead. In the final 10 minutes, SEAT players were still in control and have managed to fend off any attempt at comeback. In the end they further extended their lead to record fairly comfortable victory.
Anna Vida (184-F-85) led the way for SEAT with 28 points. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) and Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) added 8 points each. On the other side, Aija Putnina (191-F-88) had 11 points while Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) added 10.

Mondeville: Aija Putnina 11, Valeriya Berezhynska 10
SEAT Lami: Anna Vida 28, Hajdana Radunovic 8, Orsolya Englert 8



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  ITALY - Women  


Montepaschi grabs 72-83 victory in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Montepaschi 72-83

Montepaschi cruised past Zalgiris jumping to 6-1 in Preliminary Group A. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) was the leading player in this victory with 20 points. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) had 12 pts and 7 rebs, while Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) added 10 pts and 9 assists. In Zalgiris (1-6), Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) shined with double-double, 17 pts and 17 boards. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 pts.
Montepaschi opened the game better taking quick 2-8 lead after basket by David Hawkins. Zalgiris came to 10-12 after that, but the Italian powerhouse managed to take 17-24 lead after 10 minutes of play. Second quarter totally belonged to Montepaschi. Nikos Zisis was on fire, Domercant followed him and they completed 0-9 run started in the first period. At the halfway of the second frame Montepaschi was 29-36 up and they did not stop. Thanks to 1-12 run in the finish of the first half, visitors grabbed huge 32-49 lead. Zalgiris improved a lot after the breather and first managed to cut the margin to 12 points and later to 42-52. Tadas Klimavicius and Juskevicius shined in the finish of third period helping Zalgiris to come to minus 5, 61-66. This quarter ended 29-17 for the hosts. However, at the beginning of the last one Ksistof Lavrinovic stepped up for Montepaschi and Stonerook was also there to push his team on safe distance again. With 0-9 run somewhere at the middle of the period visitors resolved question about the winner and were able to slow down until the end.

Zalgiris: Travis Watson 17+7 boards, Tadas Klimavicius 14
Montepaschi: David Hawkins 20, Ksistof Lavrinovic 16+6 boards, Benjamin Eze 12+7 boards, Terrell McIntyre 10+9 as


Schio better Villenueve in France - by Eurobasket News
Villenueve - Schio 57:75
Schio claimed the fifth win in the Euroleague season. They prevailed against Villenueve on the road to stay in the second place in Group B. Schio marked their ambitions early in the encounter. They opened the game with 14 straight points to silence the crowd. Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) helped the hosts come back to life as they narrowed the deficit at 8 points at the first break. Ramon and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) fired from downtown at the start of the second quarter as Schio kept on rolling. The Italian team dominated every facet of the game and piled up a 48:27 lead at halftime. Villenueve tried to turn the tables at the start of the third quarter. The hosts triggered a 10:2 run to cut the distance. However Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) fired 7 points in a row for Schio as they ensured a 59:43 lead into the fourth quarter. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) and Ress tipped off the final term with 6 straight points and Schio rallied to a comfortable win at the end.
Bernadette Ngoyisa came up with 18 points and 11 boards for Schio. Laura Macchi contributed 15 points, while Raffaella Masciadri netted 11 points in the victory. Ingrid Tanqueray responded with 17 points for Villenueve. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) and Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, college: Wisconsin) had 10 points each in defeat.

Villenueve: Ingrid Tanqueray 17, Laurie Datchy 10, Jolene Anderson 10
Schio: Bernadette Ngoyisa 18+11 boards, Laura Macchi 15, Raffaella Masciadri 11



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Valdemoro leads the Spanish Powerhouse over the Baltic state - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - TEO Vilnius 75:60

Ros Casares eased past TEO Vilnius for the sixth win. The Spanish powerhouse overcame the Baltic state 75:60 to tie UMMC on top of the group.
The hosts opened the game with 5 consecutive points, but trailed 7:8 later in the period. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) hit a three-pointer for 14:10 after the first 10 minutes. Being knocked at 16:16, Ros Casares created a 12-0 run as Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) scored for 28:16. Aurime Rinkeviciute avoided an even bigger deficit by drilling a three-pointer, and another basket, before Montgomery made a tough lay-up late in the second quarter to keep Vilnius within distance at 35:26.Elisa Aguilar however made another shot from the perimeter for 38:26 halftime lead. TEO climbed back again early in the third as they reduced to 38:30. Amaya Valdemoro hit a three for 47:32 and made two free throws for 56:37. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) was the last to score at the period for 58:42. The hosts kept the advantage for good in the rest of the game and rightfully registered another home win.
Amaya Valdemoro scored 15 points to pace Ros Casares. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Renee Montgomery (170-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as TEO Vilnius suffered the seventh straight loss.

Ros Casares: Amaya Valdemoro 15, Delisha Milton-Jones 14, Elisa Aguilar 10
TEO Vilnius: Renee Montgomery 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Milka Bjelica 10, Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) 10


Montepaschi grabs 72-83 victory in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Montepaschi 72-83

Montepaschi cruised past Zalgiris jumping to 6-1 in Preliminary Group A. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) was the leading player in this victory with 20 points. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) had 12 pts and 7 rebs, while Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) added 10 pts and 9 assists. In Zalgiris (1-6), Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) shined with double-double, 17 pts and 17 boards. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 pts.
Montepaschi opened the game better taking quick 2-8 lead after basket by David Hawkins. Zalgiris came to 10-12 after that, but the Italian powerhouse managed to take 17-24 lead after 10 minutes of play. Second quarter totally belonged to Montepaschi. Nikos Zisis was on fire, Domercant followed him and they completed 0-9 run started in the first period. At the halfway of the second frame Montepaschi was 29-36 up and they did not stop. Thanks to 1-12 run in the finish of the first half, visitors grabbed huge 32-49 lead. Zalgiris improved a lot after the breather and first managed to cut the margin to 12 points and later to 42-52. Tadas Klimavicius and Juskevicius shined in the finish of third period helping Zalgiris to come to minus 5, 61-66. This quarter ended 29-17 for the hosts. However, at the beginning of the last one Ksistof Lavrinovic stepped up for Montepaschi and Stonerook was also there to push his team on safe distance again. With 0-9 run somewhere at the middle of the period visitors resolved question about the winner and were able to slow down until the end.

Zalgiris: Travis Watson 17+7 boards, Tadas Klimavicius 14
Montepaschi: David Hawkins 20, Ksistof Lavrinovic 16+6 boards, Benjamin Eze 12+7 boards, Terrell McIntyre 10+9 as


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  POLAND - Women  


Tarbes caught up with Lotos in the group ladder - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Lotos Gdynia 81:67

Tarbes caught up with Lotos in the group ladder beating those at home court. The French side outscore the Polish representatives 81:67 in Tarbes.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) brought the first points for the hosts and Podrug responded to tie the score. When the teams were tied at 4:4, Tarbes created a 7-0 run as Eldebrink scored for 11:4. Sacko made a lay-up to close the quarter at 21:16. Podrug managed to bring her team closer to 26:23, while Breitreiner closed 12-0 run for the home side at 36:23. Lotos replied with 12-2 run to cut it to 38:35 and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) later tied the game at 40:40. Moreover Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) sent the teams to the lockers for the minimum 45:44 guests' advantage. The third frame became the most interesting as the teams exchanged the lead several times. Trailing 52:53, Tarbes made the last push in the period for 59:55 after 30 minutes of the game. It was hot in the court in the first part of the frame as well, but later in the last quarter the hosts were too good for the opponents. After 69:67 they kept the guests scoreless until the end of the game and scored 12 more points for the win. Eldebrink made the last lay-up in the game for the total victory.
Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) exploded with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui netted 14 points in the win. Alana Beard and Ivana Matovic delivered 19 points apiece for Lotos in defeat.

Tarbes: Charde Houston 27 points and 8 rebounds, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14 points
Lotos Gdynia: Alana Beard 19, Ivana Matovic 19


Gorzow hold off MKB Euroleasing - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - MKB Euroleasing 79:72
Polish Gorzow defeated visiting MKB Euroleasing to post the second win in the EuroLeague. The victory allowed Gorzow to catch up with the Hungarian team in Group C ladder as they fight for top-four finish in the pool. It all came down to the final minutes in this one. The teams were tied at 67 with under four minutes remaining. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) exploded with four points to put Gorzow in charge. Krivacevic answered for the visitors but Sidney Spencer followed with a triple as the Polish team gained a 74:69 lead. Zurowska and Samantha Richards (167-G-83) then sealed the winning outcome for the home team.
MKB Euroleasing led 21:19 ten minutes into the game. The Hungarian team boosted the lead at 7 points midway through the second quarter. Gorzow answered with 14:2 run to surge ahead. They built a 40:36 advantage at the interval. The teams kept it close throughout the third and fourth quarters setting up the thriller of the dying minutes.
Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) scored 20 points to lead the hosts. Sidney Spencer added 15 points, while Samantha Richards netted 12 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 4 boards for Gorzow. Kata Honti (175-G-87) delivered 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for MKB Euroleasing. Dora Horti (195-C-87) netted 13 points and pulled down 10 boards in defeat.

Gorzow: Liudmila Sapova 20, Sidney Spencer 15, Samantha Richards 12
MKB Euroleasing: Kata Honti 14, Dora Horti 13+10 boards



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Sierre beats Vagos by 23 points - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Sierre - AD Vagos 69-46

Sierre came out strong of the gate to record its first victory in Group A. They rolled over Vagos by 23 points in a game which they controlled from the start. Hosts showed their intentions to win going on the 7-0 run to open the game. By the end of the first quarter, they have build 18-7 lead. In the second, Vagos player gathered their composure so the period was spent in exchanging the baskets. Still at the halftime Sierre still held comfortable 32-22. After the break, Sierre opened the third period with 11-2 run. This run gave them 52-35 lead with 10 minutes to play. This proved to be too much for Vagos players to overcome so in the end Hosts celebrated 69-46 win. Sierre players dominated the glass, outrebounding its opponents 45-29.
Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) had a monster game of 26 points and 12 rebounds for winning side. Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management) was equally impressive with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) added 11 points. For Vagos, only Izabela Andrade (182-F-86) reached double digits with 13 points. Next best scorer for visiting side was Mariana Alves (165-G-84) who finished the game with 8 points.

Sierre: Ofelia Villarroel 26 + 12 boards, Rhona McKenzie 17 + 17 boards, Ildiko Szakacs 11
AD Vagos: Izabela Andrade 13, Mariana Alves 8


Medvescak grabs second win in Group B - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Medvescak - Olivais 85-72

Medvescak recorded important win over Olivais which puts them in second place in Group B with 2-3 score. On the other side, Oivais remains last with only 1 win and 4 losses. This gives Medvescak a chance to book a spot for the next stage.
Croatian outfit came out strong from the gates. They opened the game in fashion with 10-4 run. Nothing has changed after that and at the end of first quarter the hosts were up 28-14. In the second period, Olivais picked up their intensity but they could not cut the deficit. Medvescak had response to any attempt by Oivas so at the halftime they were still up by 14 as the score was 48-24. After the break, teams continued to exchange baskets, but it was still hosts who controlled the flow of the game. Olivais players in the end won the third by 3 points. They have entered the final quarter trailing 66-43. This proved to be more than comfortable lead for Medvescak as their opponent could not endanger it further. Medvescak players routinely closed the game out and have celebrated deserved 85-72 win in the end.
Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) led the way for Medvescak with 26 points and 20 rebounds. Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) added 17, while Iva Badanjak (191-C-85) chipped in 14 points. On the other side, Sierre got great game from Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) who poured in 27 points.

Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 26 + 20 boards, Irena Cuncic 17, Iva Badanjak 14
Olivais: Jhasmin Player 27


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
North-West
 1. Sf. Gheorghe 11-1 
 2. Satu Mare 10-3 
 3. ICIM Arad 9-2 
 4. Oradea 5-6 
 5. Timisoara 3-7 
 6. Alba Iulia 3-9 
 7. Brasov 2-8 
 8. Cluj Napoca 2-9 
South-East
 1. Targoviste 10-0 
 2. Alexandria 8-3 
 3. Craiova 7-3 
 4. Rapid Bucuresti 5-5 
 5. Olimpia 4-6 
 6. Iasi 2-9 
 7. Sp.Studentesc 0-10 


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Bourges claim important win against Dobri Anjeli - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket - Dobri Anjeli 83:71
Bourges boosted their Euroleague aspirations with a home win over Dbri Anjeli. Bourges now improved at 3-4 record and leapfrogged their opponents into the third spot in Group C. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) knocked down 22 points, grabbed 5 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the French team.
Bourges led throughout the bigger part of the first frame and earned a 21:14 lead at the first break. Dobri Anjeli got within 3 points late in the second frame but back-to-back trebles from Essence Carson helped Bourges to ensure a 7-point halftime advantage. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83), Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) and Miyem opened a double-digit lead for Bourges Basket at the start of the third quarter. The French team entered the fourth term ahead by as many as 14 points 64:50. Kupcikova and Kovacova dragged Dobri Anjeli within 11 points early in the fourth term. Bourges Basket kept it cool in the dying seconds and celebrated a crucial win at the end.
Styliani Kaltsidou scored 18 points for Bourges Basket. Emmeline Ndongue added 15 points in the win. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Dobri Anjeli. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) had 17 points in the losing case. Bourges Basket visit MKB Euroleasing in Sopron, while Dobri Anjeli host Rivas Ecopolis in Round 8.

Bourges Basket: Essence Carson 22, Styliani Kaltsidou 18, Emmeline Ndongue 15
Dobri Anjeli: Angel McCoughtry 20, Linda Frohlich 17



Montpellier remains undefeated at Ruzomberok expense, both secure spot in Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Montpellier Ruzomberok 81-71

Hosts had to work hard to win this one, but Montpellier managed to remain unbeaten. They have overcome Ruzomberok, thanks to the great final quarter recording 81-71 vicotry. This is the 2nd loss for Ruzomberok who remains 2nd in Group C, while Montpellier stays perfect with 5-0. Both teams already booked a spot for the next stage.
It did not start well for Montpellier as Ruzomberok players managed to stay close in the first quarter. Visiting team went on 2-9 run to close the period out and gain 13-21 lead. In the second quarter, hosts bounced back and started to impose their game. By the halftime, Montpellier managed to cut the deficit and have tied the game at 33. After the break, teams exchanged baskets for the most of the third quarter. Neither managed to make a run so the game entered the final 10 minutes still tied at 55 apiece. Hosts opened the final quarter with 9-0 run which proved to be decisive for this game. Ruzomberok players tried to come back but they just did not have enough strength. In the end it was deserved win for Montpellier.
Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) led the way for hosts with 22 points. Three more players reached double digits as Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.), Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) and Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) all scored 10 points. For Ruzomberok, Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) had 16 points.

Montpellier: Pauline Krawczyk 22, Khadijah Whittington 10, Sandra Dijon 10, Constance Jinks 10
Ruzomberok: Klaudia Lukacovicova 16


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Merkur Celje scores 133 points - by Zeljko Zule
Defending champion Merkur Celje scored their most points this season and 133-59 win over visiting Kozmetika Afrodita in Round 9 was Merkur's highest point total in one game since 2006. Kranjska Gora trailed as late as as the third quarter, but went on a 22-0 huge run to pull away from Triglav.
Merkur Celje-Kozmetika Afrodita 133-59: Merkur scored their highest point total since a 140-35 road win over Sezana in 2005-06 season. Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) posted 23 points without a miss, Matea Tavic added 19, Lea Jagodic 18, Ana Turcinovic and Anja Klavzar 14 each, Tjasa Kopusar and Nika Baric 11. Merkur shot 56 percent from the field (53-94) and hit 15 3-pointers. Mateja Baloh had 26 points as Afrodita's only scorer in double figures.
Hit Kranjska Gora-Triglav 75-54: Trailing 34-35, Kranjska Gora scored 22 straight points in the third quarter. Teja Oblak finished with 19 points, Domenika Gacner added 13, Viktoryia Pantsiukh had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Simona Jurse netted 10 points and Natalia Tratsiak-Terglav grabbed 11 rebounds. For Triglav, Ana Ljubenovic posted 17 points and Tjasa Gortnar collected 14 points and 10 rebounds.



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Greg Stevenson shines as KBLs best newcomer - by Jerry Lee
The consensus around the league is that the LG Sakers Moon Tae-young (Stevenson Greg (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond)) is the best newcomer of 2009. Taken third overall in the KBLs half-Korean draft, the University of Richmond alum has been voted the best player of his class by six of seven head coaches in the league.

Prior to the start of the season, KCC Egis Chun Tae-poong (Akins Tony (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech)) and Samsung Thunders Lee Seung-joon (Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific)) were in the spotlight as the best in their class. However, with nearly half the season in the books, Moon has emerged as the best player of the three. He is currently second in the league in scoring average with 21.7 points, which is just behind Jasper Johnson of KT Sonic Boom, who averages 22.18 points per game.

Numbers aside, Korean basketball fans have taken a liking to Moons versatile offensive game and gave him the nickname Moon Kobe, a reference to Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Much like the high-scoring Bryant, Moons game is usually a high scoring affair. This season, he has already logged two 34-point games.

Hes the only player in the league who can play the two spot [shooting guard], three [small forward], and four [power forward]. His wide range on offense makes it difficult for our players to defend him, explained Daegu Orions head coach Kim Nam-ki.

Other head coaches in the league have a similar opinion about Moon.

He is stable and thrives in close game situations. Hes a notch above Dongbus Marquin Chandler, said Kang Dong-hee of Dongbu Promy.

He makes good decisions and has solid passing skills and the ability to lead a team on fast breaks, said SK Knights coach Kim Jin.

Moon takes full advantage of mismatches and its very difficult to face him, said Lee Sang-beom of the KT&G Kites.

Despite the glowing reviews, Moon has received some criticism as well. Critics say Moons knack for scoring and his tendency to take over a game can lead to losses.

The domestic players lack the ability to finish and thats why Moon doesnt pass the ball as often as hed like, said LG guard Lee Hyun-min.

The coach who did not tag Moon as the best among the half-Korean rookies was KTs Chun Chang-jin.

Moon needs to work on his defense, Coach Chun said. I rank Chun Tae-poong above Moon for his hustle and team play.

All the head coaches agreed that the three rookies are similar in terms of individual skill level. But Chun and Lee have not adapted to Korean basketball as quickly as Moon has.

Lees mediocre play has not helped his team nor his individual value as a player. Its not necessarily Lees fault, its also important how a team utilizes a player, explained Yoo Jae-hak of Mobis Phoebus.

The knock on Chun, the KCC point guard, is that he holds onto the ball too long and takes too many shots.

In the U.S., where all five players in a starting lineup have individual talent, it is less important to create opportunities for teammates and leaves more room for point guards to score. In Korea, however, it is important for the floor leader to create shots for his teammates. In that respect, Chun needs time to adjust to the style of play here, said ET Land Elephants coach Yoo Do-hoon.

As the coaches and players explain it, the style of play in Korea is more team-oriented. This leads to complicated plays that can take some getting used to.

The rookies are still soaking in the nuances of the complex zone and rotation defense that are a big part of Korean basketball, stated KTs Chun Chang-jin.



By Lee Eun-kyung, Kim Woo-chul [jason@joongang.co.kr]



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Olexandra Gorbunova brings Halcon Avenida to win over Gospic - by Eurobasket News
Halcon Avenida - Gospic 81:79
Gospic came up just short of upsetting Halcon Avenida in Salamanca. The Croatian team that entered the game with only one win in six games fought bravely and were tied at 79 with the hosts with just over a minute remaining. But Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) hit a late jumper to seal the victory for the Spanish team.
Avenida opened the game with four points in a row to surge in front. But Anda Jelavic (175-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) and Jurcevic soon exploded with back-to-back trebles as Gospic gained the advantage. The hosts returned into the lead late in the first period and ensured a 24:20 advantage at the first break. Avenida maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. But Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) and Anda Jelavic triggered a late rally from Gospic as they grabbed a 45:41 advantage at halftime. Carla Thomas fired twice from beyond the arc early in the third frame as Gospic started to clear off. They kept Avenida at distance throughout the third stanza and ensured a 62:58 advantage into the final quarter. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn), Olexandra Gorbunova and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) however teamed up for important buckets midway through the fourth frame as Avenida put their noses in front. The hosts built a 7-point lead with three minutes to go. Anda Jelavic and Carla Thomas sparked the intrigue denying the deficit. Olexandra Gorbunova and Carla Thomas exchanged the free throws and then Gorbunova sank the decisive bucket with just one second left in the game.
Sancho Lyttle tallied 24 points and 15 boards to lead Avenida. Le'Coe Willingham had 19 points and 9 boards, while Olexandra Gorbunova added 7 points. Anda Jelavic responded with game-high 28 points and 11 assists. Carla Thomas finished with 24 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Halcon Avenida: Anda Jelavic 28+11 assists, Carla Thomas 24
Gospic: Sancho Lyttle 24+15 boards, Le'Coe Willingham 19, Alba Torrens (184-F-89) 14



Valdemoro leads the Spanish Powerhouse over the Baltic state - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - TEO Vilnius 75:60

Ros Casares eased past TEO Vilnius for the sixth win. The Spanish powerhouse overcame the Baltic state 75:60 to tie UMMC on top of the group.
The hosts opened the game with 5 consecutive points, but trailed 7:8 later in the period. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) hit a three-pointer for 14:10 after the first 10 minutes. Being knocked at 16:16, Ros Casares created a 12-0 run as Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) scored for 28:16. Aurime Rinkeviciute avoided an even bigger deficit by drilling a three-pointer, and another basket, before Montgomery made a tough lay-up late in the second quarter to keep Vilnius within distance at 35:26.Elisa Aguilar however made another shot from the perimeter for 38:26 halftime lead. TEO climbed back again early in the third as they reduced to 38:30. Amaya Valdemoro hit a three for 47:32 and made two free throws for 56:37. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) was the last to score at the period for 58:42. The hosts kept the advantage for good in the rest of the game and rightfully registered another home win.
Amaya Valdemoro scored 15 points to pace Ros Casares. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Renee Montgomery (170-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as TEO Vilnius suffered the seventh straight loss.

Ros Casares: Amaya Valdemoro 15, Delisha Milton-Jones 14, Elisa Aguilar 10
TEO Vilnius: Renee Montgomery 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Milka Bjelica 10, Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) 10


Gran Canaria wins in derby against Dexia, secures the first place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Gran Canaria - Dexia 78-40

Gran Canaria remains undefeated after beating its main rival Dexia. In derby match of Group B, Gran Canaria took full advantage of their home court smashing Dexia with huge 78-40. It means that Granca jumped to 5-0 and of course already secured first place in this pool and spot for the Preliminary Round.
Hosts displayed great defense as they didnt allow its opponent to score more than 14 points in single period. Granca opened the game with 10-4 run. Until the end of the first quarter, both teams struggled offensively with hosts posting 4 and visiting team 2 points to set the score at 14-6. Second quarter was better for both teams, but still it was host who dominated. They won the second period by 9 points and as a result they held 36-19 lead at the halftime. More of the same continued after the break, as Gran Canaria players still controlled flow of the game. They managed to further increase their lead, and with 10 minutes to play they were up 57-32. In the final period, hosts did not ease up, but they have increased pressure on defense. After limiting Dexia to only 7 points in the period, Gran Canaria completed the rout winning the game by 38 points margin.
Morgan Warburton (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) led the way for winning side with 17 points. She received support from Patricia Arguello (178-F-87) who added 13 and Mireia Navarrete (185-F-80) who scored 11 points. On the other side, Jennifer Fleischer (195-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) had double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Fannie Vandesteene (176-F-87) was the only other player to record double digits with 10 points.

Gran Canaria: Morgan Warburton 17, Patricia Arguello 13, Mireia Navarrete 11
Dexia: Jennifer Fleischer 14 + 10 boards, Fannie Vandesteene 10


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Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Telge 9-1 
 2. 08 7-2 
 3. Solna Vikings 7-2 
 4. Lulea BBK 7-3 
 5. Norrkoping 5-4 
 6. Sundsvall 5-4 
 7. Marbo Basket 4-5 
 8. Eos 3-6 
 9. Sallen 3-6 
 10. Umea 3-6 
 11. Brahe 1-8 
 12. Visby 1-8 


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Saarlouis leaves Nyon still searching for win - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Nyon - Saarlouis 74-81

Saalarious kept the 2nd place in Group D as they handed Nyon yet another defeat. Nyon remains the only team in this pool which recorded all 5 losses so far. With this victory Saarlouis came very close to the second stage.
It started good for Nyon players who opened the game better. By the end of the first quarter they have managed to build 28-21 lead and were looking comfortable. Second quarter was spent in a close battle but Nyon was still maintaining their lead. At the halftime break the score stood at 46-40. After the breather, Saarlouis slowly started to take over the game. They managed to tie it midway through the period and than to take the lead. As result, teams entered the final quarter with visitors being up 57-63. Nyon players seemed to have run out of steam as they were unable to make the game interesting in the final 10 minutes. Saarlouis controlled the match and routinely closed it down for the final score of 74-81.
Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) scored 23 points for Saarlouis. She was followed by Stina Barnert (176-G-89) who added 16 and Romy Bar (188-F-87) who finished the night with 11 points. For Nyon, Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) and Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) had 15 points each.

Nyon: Sophie Charlier 15, Jalinka Michaux 15
Saarlouis: Petra Manakova 23, Stina Barnert 16, Romy Bar 11


Sierre beats Vagos by 23 points - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Sierre - AD Vagos 69-46

Sierre came out strong of the gate to record its first victory in Group A. They rolled over Vagos by 23 points in a game which they controlled from the start. Hosts showed their intentions to win going on the 7-0 run to open the game. By the end of the first quarter, they have build 18-7 lead. In the second, Vagos player gathered their composure so the period was spent in exchanging the baskets. Still at the halftime Sierre still held comfortable 32-22. After the break, Sierre opened the third period with 11-2 run. This run gave them 52-35 lead with 10 minutes to play. This proved to be too much for Vagos players to overcome so in the end Hosts celebrated 69-46 win. Sierre players dominated the glass, outrebounding its opponents 45-29.
Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) had a monster game of 26 points and 12 rebounds for winning side. Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management) was equally impressive with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) added 11 points. For Vagos, only Izabela Andrade (182-F-86) reached double digits with 13 points. Next best scorer for visiting side was Mariana Alves (165-G-84) who finished the game with 8 points.

Sierre: Ofelia Villarroel 26 + 12 boards, Rhona McKenzie 17 + 17 boards, Ildiko Szakacs 11
AD Vagos: Izabela Andrade 13, Mariana Alves 8


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Fenerbahce recorded the fifth win in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Frisco Sika 86:70

Fenerbahce recorded the fifth win as they rolled past Frisco Sika in Istanbul. In the game for the second spot in Group D the Turkish side celebrated 86:70 victory to improve to 5-2 record.
The hosts went in front to stay in the first quarter with a 6-0 burst that turned an 8:7 deficit into a 13-8 lead. Esmeral Tuncluer hit two free-throws and Yilmaz buried a jumper to make it 24:16. Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) closed the opening quarter at 29:22 as the teams finished the productive period. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second quarter as the hosts managed to increase the lead to 6 more points. Tuncluer sent the teams to the lockers for 49:36. Powell and Sutton-Brown brought 54:36 early in the third period, while Booner reduced to 58:45. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) closed the third frame at 76:50 as her team could celebrate the victory at that time. Frisco Sika however did not give up and stayed tough in the game. The team from Czech Republic won the last period 20-10 to lose 16 points at the end. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) made the last jump shot for the total 86:70 score.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) scored 20 points to lead the charge. Penelope Taylor notched 15 points, 7 assists and 4 boards in the winning case. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) answered with 16 points for Frisco Sika as they slipped at 4-3 record.

Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 20 points, Penelope Taylor 15 points, 7 assists and 4 boards
Frisco Sika: Hana Horakova 16, Eva Viteckova 14, Tay McWilliams 11


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Dynamo Kyiv beats Dnipro in Ukrainian derby - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Dynamo-NPU - Dnipro 65-48

Great run in third quarter has enabled Dynamo-NPU to win over Dnipro. The team from Kyiv has improved its score to 2-1 in Group K after recording 65-48 win last night. Dnipro Remains on top with 2-2, but Dynamo-NPU has one more game to play in the Qualifying Round. In case of victory against Zeljeznicar, both Ukrainian teams will advance to the next stage.
First quarter was close with teams exchanging baskets. After initial 10 minutes, Dynamo managed to build 18-15 lead. Than in the second frame the tempo of the game slowed down somewhat. Teams struggled in the offensive end, but it was hosts who took advantage of the low scoring period. Dynamo managed to extend its lead and at the halftime they held 30-24. Third quarter proved to be decisive as Dynamo players started to make shots while increasing defensive pressure. They limited Dnipro to only 6 points while they scored 24 themselves until the end. As result they entered thefinal period, holding a comfortable 54-30 lead. This proved to be enough for hosts to celebrate as they routinely closed the game out.
Marinela Agalareva (178-F/G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led the way for winning side with 15 points while Alina Iordan (192-C-88) had 14. Natalia Silyanova (173-G-71) was also good for Dynamo with 10 points. On the other side, Iuliya Iakhina (186-C-80) had 18 points. Tye'sha Fluker (196-C-84, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) scored 10.

Dynamo-NPU: Marinela Agalareva 15, Alina Iordan 14, Natalia Silyanova 10
Dnipro: Iuliya Iakhina 18, Tye'sha Fluker 10