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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Teletovic 28 pts for a win vs. Maccabi - by Sead Buljina
Bosnian National team member Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) has played one of his best games in Euroleague vs. Maccabi in Tell Aviv. In a tough road win for Caja Laboral (former TAU Ceramica) 91:82 over hosts Teletovic scored 28 points draining 8 (eight) 3-pt shots in front of 12,000 Maccabi fans. He also pulled down 6 rebounds contributing big time to guest`s win. Maccabi arena is famous by the fact that it`s the most hostile arena and most difficult place to win on the road. Caja Laboral has succeeded thanks to another Mirza`s great game. Teletovic has been playing great basketball since the beginning of the season.

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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
 1. San Mart.MJ 8-2 
 2. Ciud.Bragado 7-2 
 3. San Mart.C. 6-3 
 4. El Nacional 6-4 
 5. Argentino 5-4 
 6. Club 9 5-4 
 7. Belgrano SN 5-5 
 8. Ciclista 4-5 
 9. Firmat SF 4-5 
 10. Independ.N. 4-6 
 11. Obera TC 3-6 
 12. A.Italiana 3-6 
 13. Independ.T. 3-7 
 14. Alma Juniors 3-7 


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Derrick MILLER
  Bragado
  (202-C/F-78)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Miller, Bragado21.9 
 2. Elsener, El Nacional20.5 
 3. Melo, Independ.N.17.4 
 4. Tomatis, Alma Juniors17.1 
 5. Ceruti, San M.16.6 
 6. Wilkerson, Ciclista16.6 
 7. Truscott, San M.16.4 
 8. Pardal, Bragado15.7 
 9. Barlasina, San M.15.6 
 10. Fabio, Obera15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  San Mart.C.
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Truscott, San M.10.8 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.9.0 
 3. Ford, Belgrano SN8.9 
 4. Benjamin, San M.7.8 
 5. Fabio, Obera TC7.7 
 6. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.6 
 7. Frey, A.Italiana7.5 
 8. Dentis, El Nacional7.1 
 9. Espinoza, Argentino7.1 
 10. Miller, Braga.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Bragado
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.8 
 2. La Bella, Obera TC3.1 
 3. Palacios, Firmat S.2.9 
 4. Gandoy, Belgrano SN2.8 
 5. Lauro, Independ.N.2.6 
 6. Jaworski, Belgrano.2.6 
 7. Perez, El Nacional2.5 
 8. Spalla, Club 92.5 
 9. Eiguren, Firmat SF2.4 
 10. Safar, Argenti.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Obera TC
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. La Bella, Obera TC2.9 
 2. Elsener, El Nacional2.6 
 3. Fernandez, Alma J.2.2 
 4. Castelli, Independ.T.2.0 
 5. Schoppler, A.Italiana1.9 
 6. Giletta, Alma Juniors1.9 
 7. Forte, Alma J.1.8 
 8. Pollio, Bragado1.8 
 9. Forastieri, Club 91.8 
 10. Luchino, San.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeremy CLAYTON
  Firmat SF
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clayton, Firmat SF1.7 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.1.6 
 3. Espinoza, Argentino1.1 
 4. Ford, Belgrano SN1.0 
 5. Robinson, Argentino0.9 
 6. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.8 
 7. Williams, Club 90.8 
 8. Giorgi, Obera TC0.8 
 9. Segura, Club 90.7 
 10. Truscott, San.0.7 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ASEAN-League Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Barracudas - Philip.Patriots 95-70
Reggie Larry (201-F-87, college: Boise St.) and Michael Pilgrim scored 20 points each to pace Brunei Barracudas past Philippines Patriots. Leonidez Avenido added 18 points, 8 boards and 5 assists in the victory. Jason Dixon answered with 14 points and 10 boards for the Patriots.

KL Dragons - Thailand Tigers 88-69
Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) tallied 24 points, 11 boards and 7 assists to lead KL Dragons past the Thailand Tigers. Batumalai Guganeswaran added 17 points for the winning team. Attaporn Lertmalaiporn responded with 21 points for the Tigers.

Satria Muda - Singapore S. 67-58
Satria Muda shot down Singapore Slingers at home court for the fifth win in the season. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) delivered 19 points and 11 caroms to lead the Jakarta outfit. Alexander Hartman came up with 13 points and 6 boards in the win. Kyle Jeffers responded with 21 points and 16 boards for the Slingers.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Hawks 9-5 
 2. Perth 9-6 
 3. Blaze 9-6 
 4. Crocodiles 9-8 
 5. Breakers 8-8 
 6. 36ers 7-8 
 7. Taipans 7-11 
 8. Tigers 4-10 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Elite
Valmiera - Nevezis 93-58
Valmiera recorded the fourth win as they eased past Nevezis at home court. Daviin Davis (193-F-85, college: Weber St.) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead the charge. Blaz Cresnar added 16 points, 8 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Egidijus Dimsa responded with 19 points as Nevezis slipped at 2-7 record.


Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris 91-74
Lietuvos Rytas held off Zalgiris in the Baltic Classics. The Vilnius team came from behind in the second half to send Zalgiris to the first defeat in the season. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) scored 15 points and pulled down 9 boards to lead Lietuvos Rytas. Milko Bjelica added 14 points as the winners remained undefeated. Marcus Brown responded with 15 points for the Kaunas outfit as they slipped at 9-1 record.

Siauliai - VEF Riga 95-71
Siauliai cruised past VEF Riga for the sixth win in the Elite. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) scored 24 points to lead the Lithuanian team. Mindaugas Zukauskas added 16 points in the winning effort. Gregory Renfroe responded with 17 points, 12 boards and 8 assists in defeat.

Challenge
Tallinna Kalev - Aisciai 81-79
Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) scored 21 points and collected 9 rebounds as Tallinna Kalev eked out a narrow win against Aisciai. Veljn Vares added 18 points in the winning case. Giedrius Kurtinaitis could not rescue Aisciai despite scoring game-high 28 points.

TTU KK - Suduva 95-81
Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) knocked down 19 points to lead TTU KK past Suduva. Joosep Toome produced 16 points, 5 boards and 4 assists as TTU KK improved at 4-3 record. Mantas Ruikis netted 26 points for Suduva.

Zemgale - Alytus Alita 96-84
Zemgale bettered Alytus behind 18 points from Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81). Maris Gulbis tossed in 17 points as grabbed the third victory in the tournament. Paulius Kleiza responded with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Alytus.

Norrkoping - Techasas 104-94
The Dolphins fired past Techasas for the sixth win in the season. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) nailed 20 points and issued 6 assists to pace balanced effort from the Swedish team. Fred Drains had 13 points in the win. Rytis Streikus replied with 26 points for Techasas.

Valga Welg - Juventus 59-85
Paulius Morkelinius poured in 14 points as Juventus held off Valga away from home. Jonas Elvikis (195-F-82) finished with 13 points in the victory. Kristo Aab responded with 22 points for Valga.

Keizarmezs - Rudupis 63-92
Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) had 18 points and led Rudupis past Keizarmezs in Riga. Gytis Andrijauskas (187-G-86) and Giedrius Jankauskas chipped in 14 points apiece in the win. Sandis Silvas posted 21 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Aisciai - Zemgale 76-80
Zemgale nipped Aisciai on the road. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) unloaded 25 points to pace the charge. Maris Gulbis had 23 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the winning effort. Marius Valukonis netted 19 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Juventus - Norrkoping 95-86
Juventus handed Norrkoping the initial loss in the season. Jonas Elvikis scored 18 points to pace the Lithuanian team to the fourth win in the Challenge Cup. Paulius Morkeliunas added 15 points and 8 caroms in the victory. Joseph McNaull responded with 19 points and 7 boards for the Dolphins.

Sakalai - Valga Welg 83-44
Sakalai cruised to the third win in the season as they thumped Valga in Vilnius. Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) and Laurynas Samenas added 17 points each in the victory. Tarmo Kikerpill answered with 18 points in defeat.

Perlas - Tallinna Kalev 85-82
Perlas held off Tallinna Kalev before the home fans. Zydrunas Kelys (188-G-87) was unstoppable with 35 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Perlas. Eimantas Bendzius contributed 17 points for the winners. Travis Reed ensured 25 points and 6 caroms for Tallinna Kalev.

Keizarmezs - Neptunas 75-82
Osvaldas Kurauskas (190-G-79) notched 25 points to lead Neptunas to the road win over Keizarmezs. Robertas Bitinas added 12 points and 6 boards in the win. Sandis Silavs responded with 21 points for the Estonian team.

Rudupis - TTU KK 77-65
Rudupis held off TTU KK at home. Gintautas Vileita scored 14 points in the victory. Povilas Sakinis added 13 points for Rudupis. Joosep Toome delivered 17 points in the losing effort.



Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Elite Division
 1. Zalgiris 9-1 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 6-0 
 3. Siauliai 6-3 
 4. Ventspils 5-3 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 4-4 
 6. Valmiera 3-4 
 7. TU/Rock 3-6 
 8. VEF Riga 2-6 
 9. Nevezis 2-7 
 10. Liepaja 1-7 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Norrkoping 6-1 
 2. Juventus 4-2 
 3. Sakalai 3-3 
 4. Techasas 2-4 
 5. Valga Welg 1-6 
Group B
 1. Perlas 4-2 
 2. Zemgale 4-3 
 3. Tallinna Kalev 4-3 
 4. Aisciai 2-4 
 5. Alytus Alita 2-4 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 6-0 
 2. Neptunas 4-2 
 3. TTU KK 4-3 
 4. Suduva 2-4 
 5. Keizarmezs 0-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Broadus, Suduva20.8 
 2. Kelys, Perlas20.5 
 3. Kazevicius, Alytus A.20.5 
 4. Kleiza, Alytus Alita19.6 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev19.5 
 6. Gailius, Siauliai19.3 
 7. Covington, Tallin.18.6 
 8. Kieza, Suduva18.6 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale18.1 
 10. Fisher, Kalev/.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.10.3 
 2. Watson, Zalgiris9.5 
 3. Kieza, Suduva9.4 
 4. Reed, Tallinna Kalev9.0 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 6. Kojenets, Liepaja8.9 
 7. Cresnar, Valmiera8.6 
 8. Renfroe, VEF Riga8.4 
 9. Valanciunas, Perlas8.2 
 10. McNaull, Norrkopi.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.8.0 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.9 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.7 
 4. Broadus, Suduva5.5 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.4 
 6. Gervin, Norrkoping5.3 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas5.2 
 8. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 9. Maceina, Rudupis4.8 
 10. Kelys, Perl.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.8 
 2. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.8 
 3. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.7 
 4. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.5 
 5. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 6. Andrijauskas, Rudup.2.3 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale2.2 
 9. Stalbergs, VEF Riga2.2 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakal.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.4.3 
 2. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.0 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas1.8 
 4. Pettway, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Kieza, Suduva1.6 
 6. Begic, Zalgiris1.6 
 7. Saks, TTU K.1.6 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock1.4 
 9. Baynes, Lietuvos.1.4 
 10. Cresnar, Valmie.1.4 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Liege 8-3 
 2. Charleroi 7-3 
 3. Verviers-Pep. 7-3 
 4. Antwerp 7-4 
 5. Oostende 5-6 
 6. M.Hainaut 5-6 
 7. Leuven 4-6 
 8. Aalstar 3-8 
 9. Gent 2-9 


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  BOSNIA   


1/8 finals BiH Cup: Kakanj - Mladost MG 89:69 - by Sead Buljina

With only one true surprise eight teams qualified for the BiH Cup quarterfinals. In the 1/8 finals there were a couple of very interesting games. Kakanj (D2) crashed Mladost Mrkonjic Grad (D1) by 20 points margin of victory. Now, Kakanj cannot be considered an average D2 team .With Ado Kahrimanovic, Dzevad Mulic, Narcis Begovac and other quality players they are better than many D1 teams. The fact that aforementioned players play for Kakanj in order to stay in shape doesn`t change a thing. They`ve proven that they`re a very good squad by qualifying to the quarterfinals against decent Division1 team.. Cazin Limometal (D2) also was close to beat D1 team, Borac Nektar, but lost close game. Celik-Sloboda was probably the best game of the round with Sloboda moving on after an overtime victory on the road. Scores:
Kakanj - Mladost MG 89:69

Cazin Limometal - Borac Nektar 69:74
Sutjeska - Bosna ASA BHT 64:73
Capljina Lasta - Zrinjski HTM 86:82
Brotnjo - Siroki Eronet 65:79
Grude - Slavija 83:77
Travnik - Igokea 64:110
Celik - Sloboda 76:84 (OT 69:69)
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Kakanj - Mladost Mrkonjic Grad 89:69
Sports Arena Kakanj, Spectators 400

Kakanj: Uzunovic 4, Delibasic 6, Dz Hadzic 2, Dedic 10, Cehajic, Mehtic, Mulic 15, Burekovic, J. Hadzic 2, Begovac 22, Kahrimanovic 28, Caluk.
Mladost: Velimirovic 12, Stojkovic 16, Milinovic, Cigale 16, Palalic 13, Jakovljevic, Mihajlovic, Anicic 2, Vukovic 10, Radanovic.


Bosnian Cup quarterfinal games are scheduled for January 12, 2010.


Teletovic 28 pts for a win vs. Maccabi - by Sead Buljina
Bosnian National team member Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) has played one of his best games in Euroleague vs. Maccabi in Tell Aviv. In a tough road win for Caja Laboral (former TAU Ceramica) 91:82 over hosts Teletovic scored 28 points draining 8 (eight) 3-pt shots in front of 12,000 Maccabi fans. He also pulled down 6 rebounds contributing big time to guest`s win. Maccabi arena is famous by the fact that it`s the most hostile arena and most difficult place to win on the road. Caja Laboral has succeeded thanks to another Mirza`s great game. Teletovic has been playing great basketball since the beginning of the season.

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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Levski 8-1 
 2. Lukoil A. 7-2 
 3. Balkan 5-4 
 4. Rila Sport 4-5 
 5. Yambol 4-5 
 6. Chernomorets 3-6 
 7. Cherno More 3-6 
 8. Spartak P. 2-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Harper, Levski25.4 
 2. Cole, Levski21.3 
 3. Brown, Chernomo.20.1 
 4. Durchev, Chernomo.19.2 
 5. Bozov, Balkan18.9 
 6. Dimitrov, Spart.18.0 
 7. Webb, Cherno More17.9 
 8. Angelov, Yambol16.8 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More15.8 
 10. Kyosev, Cherno.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bruce BROWN
  Chernomorets
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brown, Chernomo.10.7 
 2. Radev, Balkan8.9 
 3. Brown, Lukoil A.8.7 
 4. Peterson, Rilski S.8.6 
 5. Kennerly, Spart.8.1 
 6. Burgess, Rilski Sport7.2 
 7. Cole, Levski7.0 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More6.9 
 9. Angelov, Yambol6.8 
 10. Dimitrov, Spa.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Lukoil A.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Russell, Lukoil A.5.9 
 2. Webb, Cherno More5.2 
 3. Gruev, Rilski Sport4.5 
 4. Aleksiev, Chernomo.4.2 
 5. Frasor, Levski3.8 
 6. Velikov, Levski3.7 
 7. Dimitrov, Spart.3.4 
 8. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.1 
 9. Dyakovski, Spart.2.8 
 10. Ugrinoski, Rilski.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Yambol
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Radionov, Yambol3.1 
 2. Wells, Lukoil A.2.2 
 3. Lilov, Balkan2.1 
 4. Russell, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Bozov, Balkan2.0 
 6. Harper, Levski2.0 
 7. Aleksiev, Chernomo.1.9 
 8. Dimitrov, Spart.1.9 
 9. Slaveykov, Levski1.8 
 10. Frasor, Levs.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bruce BROWN
  Chernomorets
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Brown, Chernomo.1.7 
 2. Earl, Yambol1.3 
 3. Brown, Lukoil A.1.3 
 4. Doychinov, Cherno M.1.1 
 5. Radev, Balkan1.0 
 6. Peterson, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Gocevski, Yambol0.9 
 8. Cole, Levski0.9 
 9. Veselovs, Cherno M.0.8 
 10. Boev, Rilski Spo.0.7 


Rilski defeated the champions as well - by Valentin Anguelov
In the previous seasons it was a big surprise if some team managed to beat Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria, let alone two teams in a row. After so many years this happenned as well. After the big loss against Levski in Pravets a week ago, today in Samokov Rilski Sportist defeated the champions 73-62 to give them their second loss in a row. This was the first game for Lamont Jones (183-G-72, agency: Passing Lane, college: Bridgeport) against his former team after leaving two years ago and he was highly motivated and did lead his team to a win. After this loss the head coach of Lukoil Academic Georgi Mladenov resigned from his position and Sports Director Sasho Vezenkov accepted this decision.
Rilski Sportist neve gave up the lead in this game after scoring to make the score 8-6 in the first quarter. To the end of it the team increased the advantage to 25-15. In the second quarter Rilski continued to be in front as was up 40-25 at the halftime with all the possibilities for the win.
After the break the hosts started very nervous and couldn't score for the first 5 minutes. Lukoil Academic took full use of this and cut the deficit to only 3 points. Then Travis Peterson scored a 3-pointer that was folloed by another won by Lamont Jones, and then a basket by Bogdan Boev that once again gave the hosts a good advantage. Then the visitors scored but 6 straight points for Rilski gave the team a 15-point advantage heading in to the last quarter. Lukoil Academic scored 5 points in 40 seconds to start it but the hosts didn't panic and their lead went up to 16 in a short space of time. With 3.39 to play the visitors cut the deficit to 8 points, but couldn't make more and the home players and fans could celebrate this win.
Travis Peterson was the top scorer in this game with 20 points. Lamont Jones had 6 turnovers, but still finished with 15 points and 7 assists in leading the team to victory.
For Lukoil Academic 14 points had Chavdar Kostov and 11 Ernest Brown but overall it was a bad performance by the team.
Next game for Rilski Sportist will be in Romania against Gaz Metan in the Balkan league and next saturday the team will travel to Varna to meet Euroins Cherno more for the final game of the year. Lukoil Academic will hosts Chernomorets in a week time and will be looking the take a win after two straight defeats.



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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Jorge Luis Alvarez will continue in Concepcion - by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion announced that the argentinian, Jorge Luis Alvarez , will continue as the head coach of the team for the 2010 season. This will be the fourth consecutive season for Alvarez working with U.Concepcion, the first year as the assistant coach and the last three seasons as the head coach.

In 2009, U.Concepcion won the Apertura tournament and reached the semifinals in Dimayor's Clausura, losing against Valdivia 3-0.



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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 6-0 
 2. AEL 5-1 
 3. Keravnos 5-2 
 4. Etha 5-2 
 5. Apollon 4-3 
 6. Achilleas K. 3-5 
 7. AEK 2-5 
 8. ENAD 1-6 
 9. Omonia 0-7 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Friday's games (4): Idaho Stampede too strong for LA D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News
Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 105-95
Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) was a key player for the Idaho Stampede last night collecting 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Mildon Ambres (6'5''-F/G-84, college: S.Nazarene) followed with 17 pts and 6 boards, while Emmanuel Jones (6'7''-F-85, college: UTPA) added 13 pts and 7 rebs in this victory. The LA F-Fenders got 21 points and 7 boards from James Jackson (6'9''-F-81, college: E.Michigan).

Dakota W. - Iowa E. 82-94
Taylor Griffin (6'7''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) stepped up for the Energy netting 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) was the second score in this victory with 14 pts. Maurice Baker (6'1''-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) also had 14 points, but in the loosing squad.

Bakersfield J. - Austin T. 99-115
The Austin Toros grabbed this one mostly owing to Lewis Clinch (6'3''-G-87, college: Georgia Tech) and Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, agency: Buck Andre, college: Alabama), who scored 23 and 21 points respectively. Gee grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) helped with double-double of 19 points and 10 boards. Jeremy Wise (6'2''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) answered with 19 pts for the Jam.

Reno Bighorns - Utah F. 107-103
Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) was on fire for the Bighorns scoring impressive 33 points. Russell Robinson (6'1''-G-86) also had very important role adding 26 points and 5 boards, while Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) helped with 17 pts and 8 rebs. In Utah Flash, Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) delivered 30 pts.


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Parque Hostos clinch La Vega Tournament title - by Eurobasket News
Parque Hostos - Dosa 88:84

Parque Hostos celebrated the eighth La Vega Tournament title. They held off Dosa in the decisive game of the Final series. Parque Hostos once again proved their status of the most winning team in the league.
Parque Hostos surged ahead right from the start. They outgunned Dosa 25:18 in the first quarter. But the opponents quickly bounced back in the second stanza. They celebrated a 24:18 success to trail by just one point at halftime. Dosa erased the deficit in the third quarter and levelled things up at 64 heading into the fourth term. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. William Gomez accounted for crucial free throws late in regulation and Parque Hostos ran away with the win at the end.
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) exploded with 33 points and 8 assists to pace Parque Hostos. Alexander Lopez added 18 points and 7 assists, while Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76, college: Tenn Temple) contributed 16 points and 17 boards in the victory. Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) answered with 22 points and 12 boards for Dosa. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 16 points and 18 boards in defeat.

Parque Hostos: Kelvin Pena 33, Alexander Lopez 18, Carlos Paniagua 16+17 boards
Dosa: Marlon Martinez 22+12 boards, Jack Michael Martinez 16+18 boards



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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rakvere - Kalev/Cramo 87-91
Kalev/Cramo overcame Rakvere on the road to earn the sixth win. Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) scored 22 points and pulled down 8 caroms for the defending champions. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon notched 19 points in the victory. Valmo Kriisa and Rain Veideman responded with 19 points each for Rakvere.

Kuremaa - TU/Rock 55-113
TU/Rock recorded the seventh win as they breezed past Kuremaa away from home. Martin Viiask (206-C-83) scored 26 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace TU/Rock. Kristjan Kitsing delivered 17 points in the winning effort. Brett McGee responded with 23 points and 12 boards for Kuremaa. Raido Raudsepp nailed 12 points in defeat.

Kuremaa - Kalev/Cramo 84-97
Charron Fisher knocked down 24 points and collected 8 rebounds to lead Kalev/Cramo past Kuremaa. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon delivered 18 points in the winning effort. Derek Winston answered with 31 points, 12 boards and 6 assists for Kuremaa in defeat.



Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Rakvere 9-3 
 2. TTU KK 8-3 
 3. TU/Rock 7-1 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 6-3 
 5. Valga Welg 6-4 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 3-7 
 7. Parnu 2-8 
 8. Kuremaa 1-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.21.7 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.9 
 3. Kurg, Kuremaa19.4 
 4. Toome, TTU K.19.1 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev18.1 
 6. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.17.5 
 7. Kriisa, Rakvere17.5 
 8. Winston, Kuremaa15.2 
 9. Kikerpill, Valga Welg15.1 
 10. Aab, Valga We.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.6 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa10.3 
 3. Toome, TTU K.9.9 
 4. Morrison, TU/Rock9.9 
 5. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.7 
 6. Erm, Parnu8.9 
 7. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.8.7 
 8. Kriisa, Rakvere8.4 
 9. Tagamets, Valga W.8.1 
 10. Winston, Kurem.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.1 
 2. Kriisa, Rakvere4.6 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg4.0 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock3.7 
 5. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 6. Saage, Rakvere3.4 
 7. Winston, Kuremaa3.3 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.6 
 9. Kikerpill, Valga Welg2.4 
 10. Aab, Valga We.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock3.4 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.7 
 3. Kurg, Kuremaa2.3 
 4. Rannula, Valga Welg2.3 
 5. Veideman, Rakvere2.3 
 6. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 7. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 8. Tagamets, Valga W.2.1 
 9. Sokk, TU/Rock2.0 
 10. McGee, Kurem.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
 2. Toome, TTU K.2.4 
 3. Hallik, Rakvere1.3 
 4. Morrison, TU/Rock1.1 
 5. McGee, Kuremaa1.0 
 6. Ringmets, Parnu1.0 
 7. Saks, TTU K.1.0 
 8. Ilver, Tallinna Kalev1.0 
 9. Raadik, Parnu0.9 
 10. Hingla, Valga We.0.6 


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Turow land TJ Thompson - by Eurobasket News
Turow continued to shake up the roster. Andrej Urlep has already parted ways with Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) and invited Brandon Wallace (206-F-85, college: S.Carolina). Next Turow is expected to sign a deal with TJ Thompson (177-G-82, college: George Washington). The 27-year-old guard started the season on trial with Ilysiakos in Greece but inked no contract. Last season TJ Thompson played for LE Havre in France. He averaged 18.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in the ProA league. In EuroCup Thompson tallied 17.4 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 boards.


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Honka take Finnish Cup - by Eurobasket News
Honka - Pyrinto 101:83

Honka clinched the Finish Cup title. They overcame Pyrinto in the Final tonight. Honka snapped four-year winning streak of LrNMKY to take the trophy.
Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) opened the game with a triple for the Playboys. Honka soon opened a 20:9 lead keeping their opponents at bay. Pyrinto however cut the distance as they trailed by just two points at the interval 25:27. Honka maintained the lead well throughout the second quarter. They were up by 10 points late in the half but Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) capped it with a three-pointer as Pyrinto trailed by 7 points twenty minutes into the encounter. Pyrinto got within 5 points midway through the third stanza however Ryan Bell and Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) reacted immediately boosting the margin back at 10-point mark. Honka entered the fourth frame up by 6 points 71:65. Corey Belser ensured a 78:68 advantage for the Playboys midway through the fourth stanza. Pyrinto failed to respond as Honka rallied to a comfortable win at the end.
Carl Elliott scored 27 points to lead Honka to the win. Corey Belser tossed in 26 points, while Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) added 21 for the winners. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) responded with 22 points for Pyrinto. Chris Hester had 14 points in defeat.

Honka: Carl Elliott 27, Corey Belser 26, Tuukka Kotti 21
Pyrinto: Damon Williams 22, Chris Hester 14



1st Division Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lapua - Ura Basket 85-56
Lapua prevailed against Ura Basket as Rob Haynes (193-G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge) and Kyle Swanston dropped 23 points apiece. Jussi Turja and Givi Bakradze netted 12 points each in the winning effort. Ronald Douglas replied with 24 points and 13 boards for Ura Basket.

Jyvaskyla - BC Nokia 76-80
BC Nokia posted the sixth win in the season as they overcame Jyvaskyla away from home. Henri Hirvikoski (190-G/F-86) scored 31 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Timo Riihela added 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tuukka Ahila replied with 22 points for Jyvaskyla.

LoKoKo - Huima 87-79
John Pichon (196-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Mc Neese St.) fired 26 points and pulled down 14 boards to lead LoKoKo past Huima. DeAndre Coleman contributed 20 points and 17 rebounds as LoKoKo improved at 7-4 record. Brandon Sampay answered with 20 points and 14 boards for Huima.

Kerava ET - Namika II 87-69
Kerava registered just the second victory as they toppled Namika II. Brian Egwuatu (199-F-86, college: S.Carol.-Aiken) notched 21 points and 13 boards in the victory. Arsene Towa had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Kerava. Erno Johansson responded with 16 points in defeat.

JKS - Tarmo 78-85
Tarmo broughout a road victory after visiting JKS. Aubrey Conerly (183-G-83, college: Jacksonville) delivered 26 points and 9 rebounds for Tarmo. Tyrwone Still and Harvey Hale added 16 points apiece for the league leaders. Markus Molenius tallied 23 points and 9 boards for JKS.

Wartti - Honka 69-86
Honka took care of Wartti away from home. Kilian Cato (201-F-92) scored 22 points to pace the visitors. Samuli Vanttaja added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Santeri Rankinen responded with 18 points for Wartti.



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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Le Mans 10-1 
 2. Cholet 9-2 
 3. Gravelines 8-2 
 4. Roanne 8-3 
 5. Hyeres-Toulon 7-4 
 6. Orleans 6-5 
 7. Nancy 6-5 
 8. Vichy 5-5 
 9. Le Havre 5-6 
 10. Paris-Levall. 5-6 
 11. ASVEL 4-7 
 12. Dijon 4-7 
 13. Poitiers 4-7 
 14. Strasbourg 3-8 
 15. Chalon 2-9 
 16. Rouen 1-10 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 10-2 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 10-2 
 3. Le Portel 9-3 
 4. Lille 9-3 
 5. Evreux 8-4 
 6. Maurienne 8-4 
 7. Bourg 7-5 
 8. Nanterre 7-5 
 9. Charleville 5-7 
 10. Boulazac 5-7 
 11. Bordeaux 5-7 
 12. St.Vallier 5-7 
 13. Brest 5-7 
 14. Fos Ouest 4-8 
 15. Clermont 4-8 
 16. Nantes 3-9 
 17. Quimper 2-10 
 18. Antibes 2-10 


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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Osiguranje 14-0 
 2. Feni Indistrija 12-2 
 3. Rabotnicki 7-6 
 4. Pelister 7-7 
 5. Torus 6-7 
 6. Ovce Pole 5-9 
 7. Vardar 2000 4-8 
 8. Plejmejker K. 4-10 
 9. MZT Skopje 4-10 
 10. AMMAK SP 1-5 


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Nikoloz Tskitishvili returns to Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) came back to the Spanish ACB. He inked a one-month deal with Fuenlabrada. The Georgian power forward played for the Spanish team in the previous season. He averaged 8.3 points and 4.1 boards. At the start of the recent season Nikoloz Tskitishvili moved to Greece and joined Panionios. He played two game in A1 League tallying 6.0 points per appearance. Nikoloz Tskitishvili is the Georgian National Team player. He notched 7.4 points and 2.0 rebounds at the European Championship in Division B this year.


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Brandon Brooks (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Pregame Thoughts To Alba Berlin Game December 13th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) is a 22 year old 188cm guard from Montgomery, Alabama. He is a rookie and playing his first season in the BEKO BBL for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He played at Alabama State, the last two years. In 2008-2009, he played 32 games: 13.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 36.9%, FT: 77.1%. He was the SWAC Regular Season Champion in 2008 and 2009. Currently, he is averaging 4,7ppg, 1,4rpg and 2,2apg. He took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin

Brandon, that was a tough loss to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How frustrating was never trailing in the game until the last 3,2 seconds?

I cant really put that into words, that was really tough. Just to be up the whole game and lose with one play. Its hard to get past a game like that but we have to regroup and get ready for Berlin

Was this one of your more bitter losses in your young career so far or have you suffered a loss like this at some juncture in your career?

Yes, this would have to be up in my top three. Sophmore year, Juco national tourney and last year in the NCAA tourney.

Did the 6-7 hour bus ride home feel more like 12 hours? How did the team digest the loss?

Yes it did I tried to sleep but that didnt work. The team didnt take it well it all it started with shock then anger then we talked about what went wrong and what we couldve done better.

The defense hasnt always been on the same page as your offense, but I feel that you guys played solid defense. What changed in this game for the better?

I told you before we came in knowing this would be a defensive game and we had the right mindset. We understand what we can do it and now we just have to limit the other teams runs which is going to happen at this level and play a full forty minutes.

The next game is against 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin. How excited are about playing the German version of the Los Angeles Lakers?

They put their shoes on one foot at a time just like we do. We just have to play our game and up to our capabilites and it should b a good game

What do you know about Alba Berlin?

I know that they have a very strong team and roster and they do a great job of executing their plays and run a lot of pick n roll.

There best two players are guards with Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy. Do you have to motivate your self in a special way to get up against two of the leagues top players?

I dont look at it that way if players have a lot of attention and hype (which they have respectfully earned) no motivation needed. If you love to compete then you should always want to play against the best and it lets you know where your game is at.

Alba Berlin is known for playing an almost perfect pick and role. How does Bremerhaven defend the pick and role best?

I cant give away all the secrets miles lol. It mainly depends on the other team and the shooters they have.

What will be the key to the victory?

It would have to be defense again and we have to execute our plays much better.

Who was the inspiration behind your haircut that you were sporting in Frankfurt?

Ive been rockin the mohawk off and on for bout a year now and it is just something I do.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

Carlitos Way



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Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Gian GKAGKALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (--)
  Avg: 34
 1. Gkagkaloudis, Olimpi.34.0 
 2. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.21.0 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati20.0 
 4. Tsoutsos, Dafni19.3 
 5. Liakopoulos, Per.18.9 
 6. Michalos, Near E.18.1 
 7. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.6 
 8. Koutroulias, Near E.16.3 
 9. Giovanivic, Arkadikos16.1 
 10. Anagnostopou., X.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Perama
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Amato, Perama13.1 
 2. Latovic, AGOR11.3 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati9.0 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.8.4 
 5. Giovanivic, Arkadikos7.0 
 6. Anagnostopou., Xan.6.8 
 7. Despos, Iraklis6.1 
 8. Tsoutsos, Dafni6.0 
 9. Kosanovic, Olimpiad.6.0 
 10. Vagenas, O.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Perama
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Liakopoulos, Per.6.0 
 2. Vassilopoulo., Dafni5.6 
 3. Gkagkaloudis, Olimpi.5.0 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas5.0 
 5. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.4.8 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., KAOD4.6 
 7. Sourlis, Arkadikos4.1 
 8. Michalos, Near E.4.1 
 9. Koumoulos, AGOR3.8 
 10. Koukas, AG.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gian GKAGKALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (--)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gkagkaloudis, Olimpi.2.5 
 2. Sourlis, Arkadikos1.8 
 3. Tsoutsos, Dafni1.7 
 4. Dimitriadis, Ermis L.1.6 
 5. Karapostolou, Iraklis1.6 
 6. Behlivanis, Ermis L.1.5 
 7. Koukouravas, Xanthi1.5 
 8. Petrovic-S., Iraklis1.4 
 9. Castle, Iraklis1.4 
 10. Gagaloudis, Olim.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Vassilis VAGENAS
  OFI
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Vagenas, OFI1.4 
 2. Anagnostopou., Xan.1.3 
 3. Amato, Perama1.1 
 4. Giovanivic, Arkadikos0.9 
 5. Koutroulias, Near E.0.9 
 6. Despos, Iraklis0.7 
 7. Tzialas, Ikaros E.0.6 
 8. Harismidis, Pagrati0.6 
 9. Tsopis, Egaleo0.6 
 10. Karastamatis, Ikaros.0.5 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Iraklis 7-0 
 2. AGOR 6-2 
 3. Arkadikos 6-2 
 4. Near East 5-3 
 5. Ikaros Esperos 5-3 
 6. Olimpiada P. 4-3 
 7. Dafni 4-3 
 8. Pagrati 4-4 
 9. Perama 3-4 
 10. KAOD 3-4 
 11. Amyntas 3-5 
 12. Ikaroi Serron 3-5 
 13. Xanthi 3-5 
 14. Ermis Lagk. 2-6 
 15. OFI 2-6 
 16. Egaleo 1-6 


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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 11-2 
 2. Eiff.Towers 11-3 
 3. Giants 11-4 
 4. ZZ Leiden 10-5 
 5. M.Magix 8-7 
 6. DeFriesland 8-7 
 7. EclipseJet 6-9 
 8. Upstairs Weert 4-11 
 9. Landstede 3-12 
 10. Rotterdam 1-13 


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. ZTE KK 11-0 
 2. Atomeromu 9-2 
 3. Szolnok 7-4 
 4. Soproni 7-4 
 5. Kormend 7-4 
 6. Kecskemeti 6-4 
 7. Albacomp 6-5 
 8. Falco 6-5 
 9. Kaposvari 5-6 
 10. Dombovar 5-6 
 11. PVSK Pannon 4-7 
 12. Marso-Vagep 2-8 
 13. Salgotarjani 1-10 
 14. Debreceni 0-11 


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Jon Stefansson back on court - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) Icelandic National team guard is back on court. Got bad back injury in a pre season game with his Spanish ACB team CB Granada.
Today he played his first game with the team in a loss against Estudiantes 77-65
Stefansson had a very good start. 10 points 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 17 minute of play. Made 3 of his 6 three point shots.
Another Icelandic National team player also had a good game last night when Sundsvall Dragons lost in overtime to Uppsala 98-88
Jakob Sigurdarson was once again teams leading scorer with 23 points. 1 rebs, 2 steals & 3 assist.


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  ITALY   


Coach Gentile leaves Roma - by Gianni Pascucci
Yesterday evening Virtus Lottomatica Roma announced that coach Fernando Gentile decided to resign from head coaching job. This decision comes after some very troubled weeks, in which the team lost six games in a row and the performing of all the players was very disappointing. The team named Interim Head Coach Gennaro Di Carlo . He will coach the team in the upcoming game vs. Banca Tercas Teramo, then a new coach will be hired for sure, there are rumors about a comeback of Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) ...


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  JORDAN   


Zain picks their 1st import - by Mohammed Malas
Zain's point guard Sam Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) will arrive today to Amman, Jordan to join the trainings of his team for the new season, The surprise was the ex-team forward Damian Cantrell (200-F-76, college: USF)'s arrival with the Jordanian NT star on the same plane according to Al Ghad local newspaper.

Cantrell was wearing the shirts of Fastlink (The previous name of Zain) when they crowned with the Asian Clubs Championship title in 2006, He was ranked as 1st in rebounds in most of the league he played in, He played the last seasons in Belguim with Generali Okapi Aalstar (Division 1), His numbers last season were as follows: 7.8ppg, Reb-1 (9.4rpg), 1.2apg & 1.1spg in 24 games.

Meanwhile, Two another Americans will be joining the Jordanian champions soon, One of them is 215 cm tall and the other is a former forward in the NBA D-League....
A familiar name will be coaching the team for the upcoming period.


Germany, Lebanon, Lithuania and Russia awarded wild cards - by Murad Masri
During today's meeting of the FIBA Central Board - the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation - the following teams were awarded wild card entries to next year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey:

Germany ,Lebanon,Lithuania,Russia



The decisions were made in accordance with the criteria outlined by the FIBA Central Board. The wild card system was first introduced for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, following the decision to increase the number of teams from 16 to 24.

With the four wild cards joining the 20 qualified teams, the following teams go into the hat for the draw that will take place on Tuesday 15th December (11:30AM local Turkey time / 10:30AM CET) in Istanbul:

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
China Croatia
France
Germany
Greece
Iran
Ivory Coast


Jordan
Lebanon
Lithuania
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
Russia Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Tunisia
Turkey
USA


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Stats Leaders - Men
BankMed Championship 2009/2010 Stats Leaders


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 1-0 
 2. Antranik 0-0 
 3. Sagesse 0-0 
 4. Kahraba 0-0 
 5. Champville 0-0 
 6. Moutahed 0-0 
 7. Hoops 0-0 
 8. Anibal 0-1 


Germany, Lebanon, Lithuania and Russia awarded wild cards for 2010 FIBA World Championship - by Maarouf Mawloud
ISTANBUL, Turkey (FIBA World Championship) - During today's meeting of the FIBA Central Board - the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation - the following teams were awarded wild card entries to next year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey:

Germany
Lebanon
Lithuania
Russia
The decisions were made in accordance with the criteria outlined by the FIBA Central Board. The wild card system was first introduced for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, following the decision to increase the number of teams from 16 to 24.

With the four wild cards joining the 20 qualified teams, the following teams go into the hat for the draw that will take place on Tuesday 15th December (11:30AM local time / 10:30AM CET) in Istanbul:

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
China Croatia
France
Germany
Greece
Iran
Ivory Coast Jordan
Lebanon
Lithuania
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
Russia
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Tunisia
Turkey
USA

For last minute accreditation for the draw, please contact the Turkish Basketball Federation at sancars@tbf.org.tr.

The draw will be covered live on turkey2010.fiba.com.

The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be played in Turkey in the cities of Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul and Izmir between 28th August and 12th September 2010.

About FIBA

FIBA (www.fiba.com), the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its main upcoming events are the 2010 FIBA World Championships for Men and Women, to take place in Turkey and in the Czech Republic respectively. This summer, the 2009 Continental Championships determined the champions of each continent and also determined the teams from each continent that qualified automatically for Turkey and the Czech Republic.


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LNBP: Round 27 review - by Eurobasket News
On December 14, Soles and Pioners will play and complete Round 27.

Pilares - Potros 76-101

Potros had an easy job away against Pilares, winning the game by 25 point margin. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) had 33 points and Terrance Thomas (198-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Baylor) added 27 as visiting team won the matchup 76-101. Shane Thorson with 20 and Eric Martin with 17 could not prevent their team from suffering a loss.

Halc.Xalapa - Toros 92-74
Halcones Xalapa recorded 92-74 win over Toros behind 25 points by Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G, college: W.Kentucky). Dontae Jones (202-F-75, college: Mississippi St.) and Leandto Gracia Morales were also good with 15 points each. On the other side, Cedric Patton had a game worth mentioning with 22 points.

Halc.Rojos - Fuerza Regia 103-87
Halcones Rojos have beaten Feurza Regia by 16 points as the final score stood at 103-87. Daimon Gooner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) was excellent for hosts with 29 points, while Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) followed closely with 20 points. For Fuerza Regia, Andre Jozeph led the way with 20 points.

Panteras - Barreteros 86-73
Devon Ford (193-G-77, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Idaho) led his Panteras to 86-73 home win over Barreteros. Hosts also got good effort from Jacinot Alvarez who finished the game with 12 points. For Barreteros, Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) had 18 while Kenya Capers added 13 points.

Lechugueros - Huracanes 87-89
Huracanes stole on from Lechugueros 87-89 which was an important away win for them. Bennett Davison (203-F-75, college: Arizona) led the way for winning side with 19 points, while the trio of Elbert Fuqua (211-C-83, college: UTSA), Robert Hornsby and Omar Quintero added 15 points each. For hosts, Harold Arecnaux poured in 24, while Ryan Moss added 20 to go along 14 boards.

Abejas - Libertadores 90-74
Abejas hosted Libertadores and had a fairly easy job winning the game 90-74. Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) had an excellent game with 35 points for the hosts. David Patten (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) added 15 while Mattis McHugh recorded double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. For Libertadores, Luis McCullough had 22 points.

Cosmos - Bucaneros 89-92
Bucaneros was better than Cosmos 89-92 thanks to 35 points by John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA). Daniel Tavarez was also great for visiting side after recording double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. For hosts, Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) poured in 23 points to go along 15 rebounds, while Francisco Rasio added 20.

Indios - Angeles 87-89
In another close matchup, Angeles managed to steal on from Indios after beating them 87-89. Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) and David Jackson (195-G-78, college: Oregon) led the way for winning side with 16 points apiece. For Indios, Samue Bowie was excellent with 37 points.

Lobos Grises - Halc.Cordoba 92-90
Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) scored 20 and Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) followed with 19 points as Lobos Grises won the close encounter with Halcones Cordoba 92-20. For visiting side, Mike Smith had an excellent game with 24 points. Martin Osimani added 23 points to go with 6 rebounds.


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Friday's games review - by Eurobasket News
New York K. - N.Orleans H. 113-96
Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) scored 28 points and the Knicks scored the game's final 18 points to beat the Hornets 113-96 Friday night. Chris Duhon (6'1''-G-82, college: Duke) drained 22 pts and handed out 9 assists, while Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) added 20 pts and 6 boards in this victory. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for the Hornets.

Charlotte B. - San Antonio S. 85-104
Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points and San Antonio beat the Bobcats 104-85 on Friday night to give the Spurs the momentum of consecutive wins before starting a three-game West Coast swing on Sunday that will be their longest road trip yet. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) and Richard Jefferson helped the Spurs with 17 pts each. Duncan added 9 boards and 6 assists beside that. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) responded with 23 pts and 5 boards in defeat.

Houston R. - Philadelph.76 96-91
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) had 16 of his 19 points in the second half, including two 3-pointers as the Rockets went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter and never looked back. Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) shined with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) added 15 pts in this victory. Anre Iguodala was the leading score in defeat with 24 pts.

Atlanta H. - Toronto R. 111-89
Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 20 points, Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) and Maurice Evans each had 15, and the Hawks handed the Raptors another double-digit loss, beating Toronto 111-89 on Friday night. Andrea Bargnani delivered 17 pts in defeat, while Chris Bosh added 14 pts and 10 rebs.

Dallas M. - Miami Heat 106-93
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) drained 25 points, Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.) scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and the Mavericks added to Miami's home woes with an 106-93 win Friday night - their 11th straight regular-season victory over the Heat since March 2004. Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) helped with 12 pts and 10 assists. The hosts got 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists from Dwyane Wade.

Golde State W. - Chicago B. 91-96 OT
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) scored 21 points, Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Bulls beat the Golden State Warriors 96-91 in overtime on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 15 pts and 5 assists. In Golden State Warriors, Monta Ellis shined with 27 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists.

New Jersey N. - Indiana P. 91-107
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) scored a career-high 21 points, Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) also was great in this victory collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who played their second game without Granger and won for the first time since he was hurt. The team's scoring leader will miss at least four weeks with torn tissue on his right heel. Brook Lopez collected 25 pts and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Minnesota T. - LA Lakers 92-104
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 20 points despite wearing a splint on his index finger in the second half, and the Lakers wrapped up the generous portion of their schedule with their 11th straight victory, 104-92 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) also was great collecting 17 points, 20 boards and 7 assists. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) had 24 pts and 13 rebs for the Wolves.

Orlando M. - Phoenix Suns 103-106
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) capped a 28-point night with an emphatic offensive rebound dunk with 6.9 seconds to play and the Phoenix Suns stayed unbeaten at home with a 106-103 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) added 20 pts, 7 boards and amazing 18 assists in this victory. Visitors got 24 pts and 6 boards from Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79).

Portland TB - Cleveland C. 99-104
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) nailed 33 points and made an incredible, soaring block on Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) in the final seconds, and Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) had a season-high 22 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from consecutive sloppy road losses with a 104-99 win over the hobbled Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Maurice Williams had 14 pts and 10 assists, while Shaquille O'Neal added 14 pts and 11 rebs. Brandon Roy collected 23 pts and 6 assists for Portland.

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 102-94
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) had 32 points and 10 rebounds to help the Oklahoma Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-94 Friday night after they squandered what had been a 17-point lead in the first half. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 23 pts in this victory. Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) had 20 pts and 8 assists for the Grizzlies.


New Orleans Hornets' Ike Diogu to undergo season-ending surgery - by Eurobasket News
New Orleans Hornets forward Ike Diogu (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) will undergo season-ending microfracture surgery on his injured left knee on Tuesday and will be out the rest of the season.

Diogu injured the knee in an off-season weight-lifting session and has not participated in training camp, practice, or played a game for the Hornets this season.

'Obviously I am very disappointed to be having this surgery instead of being able to be out there on the court with my teammates,' Diogu said in a statement released by the team Friday afternoon. 'I am committed to being back 100 percent and am going to do whatever it takes to play basketball.'

Diogu signed a one-year free-agent contract with the Hornets in the offseason.

The surgery will be performed in New York by Dr. David Altcheck.


Courtesy of www.nola.com


Grizzlies aim to sign Von Wafer - by Eurobasket News
With a 9-12 record, the Memphis Grizzlies are doing a bit better than many expected this season.

The Allen Iverson experiment only lasted three games and ended long ago, but the young team has played well. Led by Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo and Marc Gasol, Memphis has a decent core. But they can certainly keep improving and would be aided by a boost off the bench.

Enter Von Wafer (6'5''-G-85, college: Florida St.), reportedly.

Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports:

The Grizzlies are attempting to sign former Houston Rockets guard Von Wafer in an effort to improve their perimeter shooting, particularly from beyond the 3-point arc.

Wafer will join the Grizzlies next week if certain dominoes fall as expected, sources told the Commercial Appeal.

Wafer, a 6-5 Florida State alum, first needs to complete a divorce with his current team, Olympiakos, a European club that reportedly has Wafer under contract for $2 million but for whom he hasnt logged significant playing time.

Wafer played 63 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 9.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game. His career three-point shooting percentage is 33.7%, but he hit 39% in 2008-09.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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#15 Ohio St. misses Turner already. Falls short to #20 Butler 66:74. - by Rangi Gescheit
#15 Ohio St. misses Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88) already. Falls short to #20 Butler 66:74.

Last time out, while crashing Eastern Michigan by 50, Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88) completed an unfortunate dunk and landed on his back. Today, while facing the tough #20 Bulldogs, Ohio state coming short, missing Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88)s 18.5 pg on offense. The buckeyes had a 14:2 run deep in the second half, but that was too late and too little.

When #20 Butler got ready to the Buckeyes, they had many reasons to fear #15 Ohio St. After the Buckeyes' only loss of the year so far was Vs North Carolina, in mid November.

Butler tried to run away during the first half, but David Lighty (6'5''-G/F-88) with 3 point shots and Dallas Lauderdale (6'8''-F) kept OSU close. They even captured the lead with Jon Diebler (6'6''-G) 2 succesful free throws.

The second half started and Ohio St. started showing shortage in bodies. Butler grind their offense and captured the lead. 48 to all, 8 minutes into the 2nd half was the last time Butler had to fight for the lead. In the next 9 minutes OSU will score only 2 points, while Butler extended the lead to 67:50.
As mentioned before, the late 14:2 OSU run was not enough.
A high quality win for Butler, which if would not be in the Key wins of the committee in March (it is known Evan Turner was missing), at least it got the Bulldogs going.

Leading scorers:
Butler:
Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90) 24 pts, 8 rbs, 9-16 from the floor.
Willie Veasley (6'3''-G/F-87) 15 pts, 10 rbs , 3-5 for 3
OSU:
William Buford (6'5''-G) 20 pts, 7 rbs, 3 assists.



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AlSileh AlHarithieh & Berzeit Club made it to Division I - by Tamara Awartani
After great competition amongst three clubs AlSileh AlHarithieh, Berzeit Club & Abna AlQuds the first two move up to division I.
With each team losing one time, AlSileh AlHarithieh beat Berzeit in a very competitive game 78 72, while in earlier games Berzeit beat Abna AlQuds and they won over AlSileh AlHaritieh. Anabta team were also close to the competition.

AlSileh AlHarithieh vs. Berzeit Club 78 72
Both teams played strong to win the game, AlSileh with an advantage of a more experienced team while Berzeit team are more of a young team with a great import player Aaron Wyatt (193-G/F, college: Georgia SW) who was a great asset on the team getting them to Division I and scoring 53 points in this game.
AlSileh had good team work leading the 1st & 2nd quarter 16-14, while Berzeit Team depended mainly on Aaron Wyatt shots penetrations & assists 20 16 finishing the 1st half 36 32.
Berzeit got more focused in the 3rd quarter & got better shots with 12 straight points for Aaron (two three pointers) & assit to Ashraf Abu Arams 3pointer leading 53 51. The fourth quarter was very tense with lots of penetrations and fouls along with good shots & 3pointers for both teams with a benefit to AlSileh leading 78 72.
AlSileh AlHarithieh players coached by Abdel Majid AlZyoud were Ibrahim Shawaneh, Abdelafou AlSadi, Farid Obeidi, Taher AlZyoud, Mohammed Filfel, Zaki Odeh, Fares Shawneh, Alaa Shawaneh, Moath Shawaneh, Mahmoud MirI, Yousef Zyoud and Bilal Zyoud.
Berzeit players coached by Motaz Abu Dieh were Aaron Wyatt, Mohammed Hasan, Mahmoud Assaf, Jinad Hani, Fares AlDamen, Useid Abu Dieh, Ashraf Abu Aram, Khalil Hamad, Fares Saadeh, Tony Shaheen, Mohammed AlHamad and Fuad Mohammed.



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Turow land TJ Thompson - by Eurobasket News
Turow continued to shake up the roster. Andrej Urlep has already parted ways with Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) and invited Brandon Wallace (206-F-85, college: S.Carolina). Next Turow is expected to sign a deal with TJ Thompson (177-G-82, college: George Washington). The 27-year-old guard started the season on trial with Ilysiakos in Greece but inked no contract. Last season TJ Thompson played for LE Havre in France. He averaged 18.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in the ProA league. In EuroCup Thompson tallied 17.4 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 boards.


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Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
 1. Krka 8-2 
 2. Rudar 7-3 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 7-3 
 4. Helios 6-4 
 5. Elektra Esotech 6-4 
 6. Parklji 5-5 
 7. TCG Mercator 5-5 
 8. Zlatorog 5-5 
 9. Alpos Sentjur 5-5 
 10. Luka Koper 3-7 
 11. Polzela 3-7 
 12. Sencur CP 0-10 
Will join on later stage:
 1. U.Olimpija


Parklji end Zasavje's six-game win streak - by Zeljko Zule
Parklji halted Zasavje's six-game winning streak with a 76-67 road victory in Round 10 of Telemach League.
Pro Tek Zasavje-Parklji 67-76: Runs of 8-0 late in the third quarter and 7-0 in the final period enabled Parklji to defeated Zasavje. Jure Erzen scored 20 points before he fouled out and Aljaz Janza added 15. Zasavje outrebounded the visiting team 31-26 but commited 21 turnovers. Sasa Mucic scored 19 points, Vjeran Soldo had 12 points and 9 rebounds and Vlado Pasalic posted 12 points.
Elektra Esotech-Luka Koper 89-81: Trailing 31-35 early in the second quarter, Elektra went on a18-2 run to take a 49-37 lead. Andrew Feeley collected 22 points and 12 rebounds, Andrej Podvrsnik had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Dejan Cup added 18 points and Dorde Lekic 13. Koper's bench players was outscored by 8-32. Ivan Drzic posted game-high 27 points on shooting 6-of-8 behnind the 3-point line, Emanuel Richter added 21 points and Grege Nachbar handed out 16 assists.
Geoplin Slovan-Sentjur 95-89: A 16-3 run in the second quarter, including three consecutive 3-pointers by Ernest Novak, gave Slovan a 50-37 lead. Novak finished with 15 points and 6 assists, Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) had 27 points on shooting 10-of-13 and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and Bojan Jovanovic added 18 points. For Sentjur, Sandi Cebular scored 21 points and Luka Lapornik 16.
Sencur CPK-Zlatorog 64-79: Zlatorog scored 13 straight points to take a 23-14 lead and never looked back from there. Nejc Strnad posted 23 points, Esmir Rizvic added 16 and Miljan Goljovic 14. Sencur was outrebounded 25-40 and trailed by as many as 23 points in the second half. Roman Horvat netted 22 points, Vladica Jovanovic 11 and Uros Troppan and Bojan Popovic added 10 each.
Krka-TCG Mercator 68-55: Krka never trailed and had their largest lead t 53-24 late in the third quarter. Davor Marcelic scored 13 points, Maj Kovacevic 12 and Uros Lucic 10. TGC shot jus just 19-percent (3-of-16) behind the arc. Igor Jokic finished with 14 points and Mensud Julevic posted 13.



Secnur inks Dimnik, Slovan agrees with Krusic - by Zeljko Zule
Winless Sencur CIP is filling a vacant point guard spot with experienced Marko Dimnik (190-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He spent last season in B-1 League playing for Triglav. There he averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, ranking sixth, and a league-leading 2.2 steals. Dimnik grew up with Union Olimpija and played for Bezigrad, Radovljica, Helios and Zagorje.
Geoplin Slovan agreed terms with Matej Krusic (211-C-87) until the end of the 2009-10 season. He had been released from Helios last week.


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Nikoloz Tskitishvili returns to Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) came back to the Spanish ACB. He inked a one-month deal with Fuenlabrada. The Georgian power forward played for the Spanish team in the previous season. He averaged 8.3 points and 4.1 boards. At the start of the recent season Nikoloz Tskitishvili moved to Greece and joined Panionios. He played two game in A1 League tallying 6.0 points per appearance. Nikoloz Tskitishvili is the Georgian National Team player. He notched 7.4 points and 2.0 rebounds at the European Championship in Division B this year.


CB Tarragona pen deal with Xavi Mendiburu - by Eurobasket News
CB Tarragona is trying to find the way out of 2-10 situation at the start of the season. They invited Xavier Mendiburu (197-G/F-80, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) to try to strengthen the backcourt. The 29-year-old shooting guard spent the last season in Lleida. He averaged 6.7 points, 4.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. Earlier Xavier Mendiburu spent two seasons in Estudiantes in the ACB. Mendiburu also had an overseas experience as he played for the Indian Hills CC and Green Bay University, Wisconsin.


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Brandon MCKNIGHT
  Plannja
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. McKnight, Plannja20.0 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.9 
 3. Palm, Boras17.9 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.16.9 
 5. Mitchell, Solna16.9 
 6. Ringstrom, Gothia B.16.2 
 7. Blom, 0816.1 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.2 
 9. Carter, Gothia B.15.1 
 10. Spagrud, Sundsva.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Palm, Boras11.2 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.10.5 
 3. Konare, Jamtland9.7 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.7 
 5. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.5 
 6. Djordjic, Soder.8.4 
 7. Akesson, Plannja7.9 
 8. Jonzen, Uppsala7.1 
 9. Djuric, Uppsala6.9 
 10. Mottram, Gothia.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, Sodertalje4.8 
 6. Mbemba, Solna4.3 
 7. McKnight, Plannja4.1 
 8. Sigurdarson, Sunds.3.9 
 9. Larsson, Plannja3.9 
 10. Gervin, Norrkopi.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.9 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping2.8 
 3. Mbemba, Solna2.5 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje2.5 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.3 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.2 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping1.9 
 9. Person, Uppsala1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Oreb.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, Boras1.6 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.3 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 6. Akesson, Plannja1.0 
 7. Drains, Norrkoping0.9 
 8. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.9 
 9. McNaull, Norrkoping0.9 
 10. Djuric, Uppsa.0.7 


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ESPN feature on Taiwanese U.S. college player Jeremy Lin - by Chris Wang
Immigrant dream plays out through son
Harvard's do-it-all star learned the game from his father and a host of NBA legends

O'Neil By Dana O'Neil
ESPN.com

STORRS, Conn. -- The jump hook he used to score his first bucket of the game? That came from Kareem.

The perfect form on his jumper? Larry Bird deserves credit for that.

The power end-to-end drive with a dunk to finish? Vintage Dr. J.

The sweet dribble penetration and kickout? Score one for Magic.

As Jeremy Lin dissected and bisected Connecticut to the tune of 30 points Sunday afternoon, his father sat in front of a computer screen on the other side of the country, watching his videotape library of NBA greats come to life in the form of his son.

All those years Gie-Ming Lin spent rewinding his tapes so he could teach himself how to play a game he never even saw until he was an adult? All those hours spent in the local Y with his boys, schooling them in fundamentals over and over, building muscle memory without even knowing what the term meant? That silly dream, the one in which his children would fall in love with basketball as much as he had?

There it was, borne out in a gym in Storrs, Conn.

'Every time he did something good, they'd play it over and over again,' Gie-Ming said from his home in Palo Alto, Calif. 'I kept watching, and they kept showing him.'

Soon the rest of the college basketball world might be turning its collective eye toward Jeremy Lin. Think about what the senior has done just this week for Harvard, which is off to its best start (7-2) in 25 years.

In keeping his team in the game right to the end, Lin scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 9 boards in a 79-73 loss to No. 12 UConn. Then, in the Crimson's 74-67 upset at Boston College on Wednesday -- the second straight season Harvard has beaten BC -- Lin contributed 25 points.

So in two games against New England's annual NCAA tournament participants, Lin scored 55 points and shot 64 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

He boasts an all-around repertoire rarely on display. Last season Lin was the only player in the nation to rank among the top 10 players in his conference in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage.

This year? He is merely second in the Ivy League in scoring (18.6 points), 10th in rebounding (5.3), fifth in field goal percentage (51.6 percent), third in assists (4.6), second in steals (2.4), sixth in blocked shots (1.2) and top of the pile in turning the heads of esteemed basketball minds, including Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun.

'I've seen a lot of teams come through here, and he could play for any of them,' the longtime UConn coach said of Lin. 'He's got great, great composure on the court. He knows how to play.'

And he learned how to play thanks to his father's determination.

Jeremy is not the product of some Marv Marinovich in high-tops, desperate to cultivate the perfect basketball player, but rather a 5-foot-6 immigrant who long ago fell in love with a game and realized that in that game, his own children could gain entry into mainstream America.

Gie-Ming Lin was born in Taiwan, where academics were stressed and athletics ignored. He caught an occasional glimpse of basketball and, for reasons he can't explain, was immediately smitten with the game.

He dreamed of coming to the United States for two reasons: to complete his Ph.D. and 'to watch the NBA.'

That happened in 1977 when Gie-Ming enrolled at Purdue University for his doctorate in computer engineering. He flipped on the television, and there it was: the NBA in all its late-1970s glory. Kareem, Moses and Dr. J, with Jordan, Bird and Magic waiting in the wings.

'My dad,' Jeremy said, 'is a complete basketball junkie.'

Gie-Ming's first job took him to Los Angeles, where the grueling demands and long hours had him searching for some sort of athletic release.

'I thought it would be great to play basketball,' Gie-Ming said.

Only problem? He didn't have the slightest idea how. He had never picked up a ball in his life.

So he turned his attention back to those gripping NBA games. Armed with videotapes of his favorite players, Gie-Ming studied the game with the same fervor he studied for his Ph.D.

'I would just imitate them over and over; I got my hook shot from Kareem,' Gie-Ming said, laughing.

It took him years to feel comfortable enough to play in a pickup game, and as he bided his time he decided then -- long before he even had children -- that his own kids would grow up knowing the game from an early age.

When first-born Joshua turned 5, Gie-Ming carted him to the local Y to begin teaching him those valuable techniques stored on his videotapes.

Jeremy followed, and then youngest brother Joseph joined in what became a three-nights-a-week routine. The boys would finish their homework and around 8:30 head to the Y with their father for 90 minutes of drills or mini-games.

Forget that all of the players on those videos had long since retired, that the guy with Kareem's hook shot wouldn't hit Abdul-Jabbar's armpit. Gie-Ming recognized what so many other youth coaches have forgotten over time: The foundation for success is the basics.

'I realized if I brought them from a young age it would be like second nature for them,' Gie-Ming said. 'If they had the fundamentals, the rest would be easy.'

His passion soon became their passion, and as the boys grew up, those 90-minute sessions would turn into wee-hour wars, with the boys scrounging for whatever gym they could find to play.

Joshua would star at Henry M. Gunn High School. Jeremy would enroll at rival Palo Alto High, where Joseph is now a senior.

Jeremy was special. He had his father's passion, his own inner motivation and a frame that would sprout to 6-foot-3. A good enough scorer to play 2-guard, Jeremy also was a savvy enough playmaker -- thanks to his dad and Magic -- to play the point. He's a solid outside shooter, but his dad, Julius and Kareem conspired to give him a reliable game around the rim.

In other words, he was otherworldly, a kid so talented that his freshman coach stood up at the team banquet and declared, 'Jeremy has a better techniques set than anyone I've ever seen at his age.'

Named to the varsity as a freshman, Jeremy would earn honors as sophomore of the year and two-time most valuable player in his league.

Immersed in the game as he was, Jeremy never thought he was anything but a normal kid who liked basketball.

Until, that is, the insults came at him, the taunts to go back to China or open his eyes.

He was an Asian-American basketball player, an oddity and a curiosity in the cruel world of high school, where nothing is safer than being like everyone else.

'It was definitely a lot tougher for me growing up,' he said. 'There was just an overall lack of respect. People didn't think I could play.'

His father offered sage advice.

'I told him people are going to say things to him, but he had to stay calm and not get excited by these words; they are only words,' Gie-Ming said. 'I told him to just win the game for your school and people will respect you.'

Once more, Gie-Ming was right. In his senior season Jeremy averaged 15 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals, leading Palo Alto to a 32-1 record and a stunning 51-47 victory over nationally ranked Mater Dei in the CIF Division II state championship game.

Along the way, he converted some of the people who had mocked him. When Palo Alto played Mater Dei, students from both Jeremy's high school and rival Henry M. Gunn High crowded a local pizza joint to cheer for Jeremy and his team.

Converting people outside Northern California was more difficult. By his senior season, Lin was the runaway choice for player of the year by virtually every California publication. Yet he didn't receive a single Division I scholarship offer.

Lin doesn't know why, but believes his ethnicity played a part.

Asian-Americans make up just 0.4 percent of Division I basketball rosters, according to the latest NCAA numbers. That equates to 20 players out of 5,051.

Harvard offered an education with a hefty price tag. (The Ivy League offers no athletic scholarships.) But it also offered the chance to play Division I ball. So Lin went without hesitation.

Four extremely successful years into his college career, he now finds himself packaged into an uncomfortable box. Lin is at once proud and frustrated with his place as the flag-bearer for Asian-American basketball players.

The Harvard uniform, the Asian background, it all still makes Jeremy something of a novelty. What he longs for most of all is to be a basketball player.

Not an Asian-American basketball player, just a basketball player.

'Jeremy has been one of the better players in the country for a while now,' said Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, who, as a Duke graduate and former head coach at both Seton Hall and Michigan, knows a thing or two about talent. 'He's as consistent as anyone in the game. People who haven't seen him are wowed by what they see, but we aren't. What you see is who he is.'

But stereotypes die hard and remain propagated by the ignorant. At UConn, as Jeremy stepped to the free throw line for the first time, one disgraceful student chanted, 'Won-ton soup.'

'I do get tired of it; I just want to play,' Lin said. 'But I've also come to accept it and embrace it. If I help other kids, than it's worth it.'

In their 109-year history, the Crimson have never won an Ivy League title and have managed only three second-place finishes. They have had just one league player of the year -- Joe Carrabino in 1984.

The last Harvard man to suit up in the NBA? Ed Smith in 1953.

Lin could change all of that, a thought that boggles the mind of the man who fell in love with a sport so many years ago.

'All this time he was growing up, I never thought about Jeremy playing in college or professionally,' Gie-Ming said. 'I just enjoyed watching him play. I'm just so proud of him and so happy for him. I told him my dream already has come true.'

Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at espnoneil@live.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=oneil_dana&id=4730385


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Gumbs drops in 28 more - by David Edole
Marshall MK Lions missed out on the chance to close the gap on the Sharks at the top of the table as they slumped to a 99-87 defeat to Everton Tigers.

EJ Harrison notched 25 points across the game for the Lions, who started the stronger and found themseives 25-15 to the good early on.

But, marshalled by Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF), who led all scorers with 28, the Tigers hit back and marched into a 43-40 lead at half time.

And that proved to be a lead they never relinquished as the Tigers cantered to victory to move up into seventh in the table.



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  UKRAINE   


Leonid Stefanishin reverts to the ball - by Platon Khegai
Former Ukraine's representative Leonid Stefanishin (199-F-85) has played his first game after a long brake today. That was a game of his team Budivelnik at Gryfony in the reserve squads championship. So, Leonid gained 23 points and 6 rebounds as his team won 79 to 72. According to basket.com.ua, 24-yo player can move to the main roster soon.
Leonid Stefanishin started his professional career in 2002 for Budivelnyk and then retired in 2008 due to private circumstances.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Sharks Take Control - by Andy Webb
Sheffield Sharks take a 12 point lead into the second leg of their BBL Cup semi-final with Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders after an 86-74 win at the English Institute of Sport.

In a match-up between two of the BBL's top scorers it was Sheffield's Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh) who just came through with 31 points to Tack Minor's 29.

Leicester shaded the first half 41-44 but Sheffield came roaring back and led by double-digits for much of the fourth quarter to set up Saturday's second leg in the East Midlands.

In the BBL Championship an excellent second half display moved Everton Tigers into seventh place with a 99-87 home win over Marshall MK Lions.

An 8-1 burst to begin the second quarter soon had Everton ahead for good. The home side's lead peaked at 41-30 on James Jones's three-pointer before Lions battled back to trail by just three (43-40) at half time.

An 11-0 run opened up a 67-54 lead lead and Everton controlled the fourth quarter with a 9-2 finish to the match put the result beyond doubt.

BBL Championship
Everton Tigers 99 (23,43,70) (Gumbs 28, Bell 20, Thomson 17)
Marshall MK Lions 87 (25,40,62) (Harrison 25, Holmes 17, Williams 13)

An excellent second half display moved Everton Tigers into seventh place with a 99-87 home win over Marshall MK Lions.

Lions enjoyed the better of the first quarter action as an 8-0 run put them 15-25 on top. Tigers fought back with Kevin Bell and Jerome Gumbs (pictured) sharing the points in a 6-0 end to the period.

An 8-1 burst to begin the second quarter soon had Everton ahead for good. The home side's lead peaked at 41-30 on James Jones's three-pointer before Lions battled back to trail by just three (43-40) at half time thanks to good work by Frank Holmes.

Lions, through Holmes, cut the gap to one (43-42) on the first bucket of the third quarter, but it was as close as the visitors would get as an 11-0 run, with six points from Gumbs, opened up a 67-54 lead. Heading into the final stanza Tigers led 70-62.

Everton controlled the fourth quarter with threes by Andrew Thomson and Bell keeping Lions at bay. A 9-2 finish to the match put the result beyond doubt.

BBL Cup Semi-Final, First Leg
Sheffield Sharks 86 (18,41,63) (Cook 31, Toney 18, Tuck 11)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 74 (21,44,55) (Minor 29, Johnson 19, Wierzbicki 10)

Sheffield Sharks take a 12 point lead into the second leg of their BBL Cup semi-final with Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders after an 86-74 win at the English Institute of Sport.

In a match-up between two of the BBL's top scorers it was Sheffield's Mike Cook (pictured) who just came through with 31 points to Tack Minor's 29.

However, Cook, who was outstanding once again, was called for a technical foul in the final three seconds of the match, which led to Riders trimming the gap through two Bradd Wierzbicki free throws.

It was a small blemish on Cook's card as he scored 17 points in an excellent second half effort by Sharks.

Leicester just about shaded the first quarter with Tack Minor powering a 10-5 run to close the period 18-21 in the visitors favour. Minor again was the difference in the second quarter as he sank back-to-back threes to put his team 41-44 up at half time.

Sheffield gradually stepped up their defensive intensity and a 10-0 over the second part of the stanza gave them a 63-55 advantage.

The home side continued to force the issue in the fourth quarter with their lead peaking at 13 on three occasions.

A late 5-0 run gave Sharks their biggest margin at 86- 72 and they had the final possession before Cook was called for a technical and Wierzbicki made no mistake from the line to set up an intriguing second leg in Leicester on Saturday night.



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  URUGUAY   


Defensor Sporting won with 31 points by Dillon Sneed - by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting maintained a four points leadership for the Uruguayan League after beating Sayago 81-66, when Dillon Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 31 points (77.5%) and grabbed 17 reounds Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) added 13 points 6 rebounds and 7 assists. For Sayago John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) netted 20 points took 7 rebounds and made 3 assists. Other import player for Sayago were Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) with 13 points 7 rebounds 3 blocks, 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 11 points 14 rebounds. The results for the 25th round were:
Aguada 85 - Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) 34 points, 7 rebounds 4 assists, Jessan Gray (208-F-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: Iowa St.) 6 points 11 rebounds 2 blocks
Cader 79 - Alex Galindo (198-F-85, college: Florida Intern.) 28 points 15 rebounds, 2 assists, Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) 26 points 4 rebounds, Jermaine Griffin (206-C-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Arlington) did not play
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Anastasia 86 - Kojo Mensah (185-G-85, college: Duquesne) 26 points 10 rebounds, Jeffrey Simpson (204-C-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: N.Texas) 17 points 23 rebounds, 14 blocks, Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 11 points 4 rebounds 5 assists.
Tabare - Diego Olivera (197-G-84) 19 points 5 assists, Robert McKiver (191-G-84, college: Houston) 12 points 5 rebounds, Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mississippi St.) (left the court injured) 6 points 4 rebounds
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Trouville 90 - Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) 18 points 7 rebounds, Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 16 points 8 rebounds, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 15 points 6 rebounds
Olimpia 75 - Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 20 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks 3 assists, Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC) 3 points 4 rebounds, Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: Liman Sports, college: Temple) 6 points 2 rebounds
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Malvin 85 - Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) 23 points 1 rebound 1 block, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) 13 points 9 rebounds
Bohemios 78 - Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, college: St.Louis)l 29 points 5 rebounds, Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) 3 points 9 rebounds
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Cordon 90 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb) 24 points 10 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 9 points 14 rebounds
UnioN Atletica - Arthur Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) 16 points 5 rebounds 3 blocks, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 13 points 10 rebounds.
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Hebraica 80 - Nathan Green 29 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks (Michael GAle did not play)
Ferro Carril 73 - Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) 25 points 12 rebounds 3 assists, Tyler Hughes (213-F-84, college: Kansas St.) 13 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks, Onye Ibekwe (203-F-84, college: Long Beach St.) 0 points 5 rebounds
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Atenas 93 - Will Caudle (206-C-82, agency: Liman Sports, college: Xavier) 26 points 7 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 14 points 13 rebounds 6 blocks
Bigue 91 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 43 points 5 rebounds 6 assists, Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) 14 points 9 rebounds, Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) 14 points 10 rebounds 3 blocks
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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Defensor 21-4 
 2. Atenas 17-8 
 3. Cordon 15-10 
 4. Malvin 15-10 
 5. Aguada 14-11 
 6. Un.Atletica 14-11 
 7. Bigua 13-12 
 8. Trouville 12-13 
 9. Sayago 12-13 
 10. Anastasia 12-13 
 11. Hebraica 11-14 
 12. Olimpia 11-14 
 13. Bohemios 9-16 
 14. Ferro Carril 9-16 
 15. Cader 8-17 
 16. Tabare 7-18 


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  VENEZUELA   


Outstanding Edgar Lugo - by Yelitza La Torre
Venezuelan' shooting guard Edgar Lugo (189-G-82, college: Lehman) helped Parque Hostos basketball team with 5 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assist in a furious championship game last night in the Vega's XVI basketball tournament in Dominican Republic. Edgar has been developing his basketball career in four cities as USA, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela. In Venezuela Edgar played with Estudiantes Del Guarico, Guaiqueries de Margarita and Bucaneros de la Guaira former Deportivo Tachira. Edgar Lugo played college basketball with Lightning at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York as well.


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
1. Angola0-0
2. Argentina0-0
3. Australia0-0
4. Brazil0-0
5. Canada0-0
6. China0-0
7. Croatia0-0
8. Spain0-0
9. France0-0
10. Germany0-0
11. Greece0-0
12. Iran0-0
13. Ivory Coast0-0
14. Jordan0-0
15. Lebanon0-0
16. Lithuania0-0
17. N.Zealand0-0
18. P.Rico0-0
19. Russia0-0
20. Slovenia0-0
21. Serbia0-0
22. Tunisia0-0
23. Turkey0-0
24. USA0-0


Germany, Lebanon, Lithuania and Russia awarded wild cards for 2010 FIBA World Championship - by Maarouf Mawloud
ISTANBUL, Turkey (FIBA World Championship) - During today's meeting of the FIBA Central Board - the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation - the following teams were awarded wild card entries to next year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey:

Germany
Lebanon
Lithuania
Russia
The decisions were made in accordance with the criteria outlined by the FIBA Central Board. The wild card system was first introduced for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, following the decision to increase the number of teams from 16 to 24.

With the four wild cards joining the 20 qualified teams, the following teams go into the hat for the draw that will take place on Tuesday 15th December (11:30AM local time / 10:30AM CET) in Istanbul:

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
China Croatia
France
Germany
Greece
Iran
Ivory Coast Jordan
Lebanon
Lithuania
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
Russia
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Tunisia
Turkey
USA

For last minute accreditation for the draw, please contact the Turkish Basketball Federation at sancars@tbf.org.tr.

The draw will be covered live on turkey2010.fiba.com.

The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be played in Turkey in the cities of Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul and Izmir between 28th August and 12th September 2010.

About FIBA

FIBA (www.fiba.com), the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its main upcoming events are the 2010 FIBA World Championships for Men and Women, to take place in Turkey and in the Czech Republic respectively. This summer, the 2009 Continental Championships determined the champions of each continent and also determined the teams from each continent that qualified automatically for Turkey and the Czech Republic.


Lebanon , Germany , Lithuania And Russia Awarded Wild Cards For 2010 FIBA World Championship ! - by Omar Shafaamri
ISTANBUL, Turkey (FIBA World Championship) - During today's meeting of the FIBA Central Board - the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation - the following teams were awarded wild card entries to next year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey:

Germany
Lebanon
Lithuania
Russia


The decisions were made in accordance with the criteria outlined by the FIBA Central Board. The wild card system was first introduced for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, following the decision to increase the number of teams from 16 to 24.

With the four wild cards joining the 20 qualified teams, the following teams go into the hat for the draw that will take place on Tuesday 15th December (11:30AM local time / 10:30AM CET) in Istanbul:

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
China Croatia
France
Germany
Greece
Iran
Ivory Coast

Jordan
Lebanon
Lithuania
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
Russia Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Tunisia
Turkey
U
SA

For last minute accreditation for the draw, please contact the Turkish Basketball Federation at sancars@tbf.org.tr.

The draw will be covered live on turkey2010.fiba.com.

The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be played in Turkey in the cities of Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul and Izmir between 28th August and 12th September 2010.


About FIBA

FIBA (www.fiba.com), the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its main upcoming events are the 2010 FIBA World Championships for Men and Women, to take place in Turkey and in the Czech Republic respectively. This summer, the 2009 Continental Championships determined the champions of each continent and also determined the teams from each continent that qualified automatically for Turkey and the Czech Republic.


Draw Of The 2010 FIBA World Championship - by Omar Shafaamri
With the Wild Cards for next years FIBA World Championship announced shortly, all the participating teams will be known in time for the draw. The draw will be held at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, Istanbul on Tuesday, 15th December 2009 at 11:30AM local time (10:30AM CET).

You Can Watch the Draw Live only Here : http://www.fibatv.com/page/Home/0,,12805,00.html

With personalities from all quarters of the basketball world sure to be present, including top players, coaches and officials, it is an event in the basketball calendar not to be missed. Expect plenty of on the spot reaction to an event that is certain to have an important say in the unfolding of World Basketballs biggest tournament.

All media representatives are cordially invited to attend the draw. In case of interest please contact the Turkish Basketball Federation at sancars@tbf.org.tr

Twenty-four teams go into the hat for the draw
24 teams go into the hat for the draw in Istanbul on 15th December 2009.

As hosts of the competition, Turkey qualified automatically for the Championship.

The second team to qualify was the USA, who booked their ticket as gold medal winners at the Olympic basketball competition in Beijing.

Eighteen of the 22 remaining teams qualified thanks to the FIBA Continental (Zone) Championships.

In the FIBA Africa Championship, sixteen teams fought it out for three places at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, Tunisia

In the FIBA Americas Championship, ten teams from North and South America came together to decide which four teams would go to Turkey.
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico

In the FIBA Asia Championship, sixteen teams played to decide which three teams would be representing their continent.
China, Iran, Jordan

In the FIBA EuroBasket, sixteen teams collided to fight for the six tickets to join Turkey as Europe's contenders for Basketball's top prize.
Croatia, France, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain


In the FIBA Oceania Championship, New Zealand and Australia played each other, with both teams earning their right to play in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Australia, New Zealand

The 4 wild cards for Lebanon , German , Lithuania & Russia will complete the line-up for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Draw and Competition Format
The draw will divide the 24 teams into 4 groups of 6 teams, with each team playing the other five teams in their respective groups. Following the group stage, the top placed four teams from each group (16 teams) progress to the Eighth Finals, at which point the competition continues through to the Finals in a standard knock-out format.

The Championship will be played in Turkey in the cities of Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul and Izmir between 28th August and 12th September 2010.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Sydney UF
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.23.6 
 2. Harrower, Bendi.23.4 
 3. Cambage, Bulle.20.9 
 4. Lewis, Townsville F.17.4 
 5. Bibby, Canberra C.17.1 
 6. Marino, Adelaide16.8 
 7. Francis, Adelaide16.4 
 8. Kerr, Townsville F.16.3 
 9. Tolo, Canberra C.15.2 
 10. Smith, Sydney14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Sydney UF
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.9.9 
 2. Kerr, Townsville F.9.8 
 3. Smith, Townsville F.9.5 
 4. Cambage, Bulle.8.9 
 5. Tolo, Canberra C.8.6 
 6. Francis, Adelaide8.5 
 7. Abbott, Logan T.7.8 
 8. Woosnam, Adelaide6.9 
 9. Porter, Sydney UF6.9 
 10. Penaluna, Bulleen.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sharin MILNER
  Bulleen B.
  (162-G-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Milner, Bulleen B.5.2 
 2. O''Hea, Bulleen B.5.1 
 3. Veal, Logan T.4.8 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.4.5 
 5. Butler, Sydney UF4.5 
 6. Marino, Adelaide4.4 
 7. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.0 
 8. Smith, Sydney UF3.7 
 9. Hurst, Canberra C.3.4 
 10. Malpass, Perth.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Veal, Logan T.2.5 
 2. Taylor, AIS1.9 
 3. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.1.8 
 4. Flanagan, Townsvil.1.7 
 5. Malpass, Perth L.1.7 
 6. Purcell, Logan T.1.5 
 7. Milner, Bulleen B.1.4 
 8. Hurst, Canberra C.1.4 
 9. Foley, Adelaide1.4 
 10. Kerr, Townsville.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Amy LEWIS
  Townsville F.
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lewis, Townsville F.1.5 
 2. Tolo, Canberra C.1.2 
 3. Smith, Sydney UF1.2 
 4. Smith, Townsville F.1.1 
 5. Roberts, AIS1.1 
 6. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.1.0 
 7. Kerr, Townsville F.1.0 
 8. Starks, Perth L.0.9 
 9. Harrower, Bendi.0.8 
 10. Joy, A.0.8 


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Bulleen B. 13-1 
 2. Sydney UF 10-3 
 3. Townsville F. 9-4 
 4. Canberra C. 9-5 
 5. Bendigo S. 8-5 
 6. Adelaide 8-6 
 7. Logan T. 5-8 
 8. Dandenong R. 4-8 
 9. Perth L. 1-13 
 10. AIS 0-14 


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  CYPRUS - Women  


AEL outplays Samsun to secure passage - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: AEL - Samsun 53-40

The top-ranked AEL had no troubles to beat winless Samsun for 4-1 score in Group H. They won the game by 13 points and are through to the Preliminary Round. Samsun on the other hand, remains without a win in 5 tries. Right from the start it was clear that host came out ready to play. They opened the game with first basket but midway through the period found themselves trailing 7-11. Than they went on a 13-4 run to close the quarter and grabbed 20-14 lead. AEL players continued to impose their game in the second quarter as well. They increased defensive pressure and managed to limit their opponent to only 9 points. As result, they were comfortably up at the halftime 35-23. Than in the second half the temp of the game slowed down thanks to numerous mistakes by both teams. With neither team managing to find the basket, third period ended with score 9-10 but it was still AEL who held the lead. In the final 10 minutes, teams continued to struggle and neither reached 10 point mark in the final period. Still this was enough for AEL to secure 53-40 win.
Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) paced his team to victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) followed with 11 point performance. Samsun got 10 points and 8 boards from Katryna Gaither (191-C-75, agency: LBM Management).

AEL: Tanisha Wright 18+8 boards, Biljana Pesovic 11
Samsun: Katryna Gaither 10 + 8 boards


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 6-0 
 2. Audentes 4-2 
 3. TLU 2-4 
 4. Tartu Ulikooli 0-6 


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  FINLAND - Women  


PeKa won the cup - by Esko Saarinen
Peli-Karhut (Kotka) is the Finnish cup-champion this season. PeKa bet EBT (Espoo), which was last season's champion, in the final 64-71 and catched the fourth cup champions since 2000. TRhe match was quite even. PeKa led most of the time, but EBT come even twice in the last quarter, 59-59 and 64-64. Both times PeKa took the lead after this even. After last numbers PeKa's Lisa Lee made all thos seven points. Lisa Lee was the queen of the field scoring totally 37 points and taking 8 rebounds. WNBA star Alexis Hornbuckle made 8/12 and the third american Porcia Green 9/9. Green's three point shot when the time was 2.45 was one of the important happenings in the match. PeKa's Linda Lehtoranta is coming strongly to the game, now she had 10/1. EBT had Niina Laaksonen, who was fighting against the PeKa's american, she made 26/7 and was the best of the team. Ashley Haynes made 12/10 and Michaela Moua 12/8. Espoo won the rebounds 42-40, scoring per cents were even but turnovers 25-18 was the thing where EBT lost.

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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Tarbes 12-1 
 2. Bourges 10-2 
 3. Arras 10-3 
 4. ESB Villeneu. 9-4 
 5. Montpellier 9-4 
 6. Nantes 8-5 
 7. Mondeville 7-5 
 8. Challes 5-8 
 9. Toulouse 5-8 
 10. Landes 4-9 
 11. Aix-en-Prov. 4-9 
 12. COB Calais 4-9 
 13. Armentieres 3-10 
 14. Limoges 0-13 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Nantes
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Taylor, Nantes18.2 
 2. Williams, Mondeville15.9 
 3. Eldebrink, Tarbes15.7 
 4. Houston, Tarbes15.5 
 5. Anderson, Villeneuve15.3 
 6. Krawczyk, Lattes M.14.6 
 7. Berezhynska, Monde.14.6 
 8. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.14.2 
 9. Humphrey, Calais13.7 
 10. Le Gluher, Land.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Agathe NNINDJEM
  Toulouse
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Nnindjem, Toulouse9.3 
 2. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.8.9 
 3. Taylor, Nantes8.6 
 4. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes8.2 
 5. Bonnan, Mondeville8.1 
 6. Dijon, Lattes M.7.9 
 7. Neaves, Calais7.9 
 8. Davis, Limoges7.8 
 9. Sy, Nantes7.7 
 10. Amant, Arr.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Nantes
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Macleod, Nantes6.1 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville5.6 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes4.8 
 4. Mitchell, Arras4.7 
 5. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.9 
 6. Cibert, Calais3.6 
 7. Metcalf, Toulouse3.5 
 8. Hermouet, Toulouse3.5 
 9. Arrondo, Tarbes3.3 
 10. Cousseins, Cala.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Virginie BREMONT
  Armentieres
  (178-G-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bremont, Armentie.2.6 
 2. Mitchell, Arras2.6 
 3. Konate, Landes2.5 
 4. Aubert, Mondeville2.4 
 5. Parham, Landes2.3 
 6. Gomis, Arras2.3 
 7. Metcalf, Toulouse2.0 
 8. Macleod, Nantes2.0 
 9. Luptakova, Challes1.9 
 10. Skrela, Lattes.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Leah METCALF
  Toulouse
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Metcalf, Toulouse1.2 
 2. Nnindjem, Toulouse1.2 
 3. Page, Aix-en-Prov.0.7 
 4. Fikiel, Toulouse0.7 
 5. Ayissi, Armentieres0.6 
 6. Copeland, Challes0.6 
 7. Maurice, Toulouse0.6 
 8. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.0.6 
 9. Nedovic, Armentie.0.6 
 10. Cousseins, Cala.0.6 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Top-ranked Connecticut enjoys the AP Division I Ranking - by Eurobasket News
Top-ranked Connecticut enjoys the top position of NCAA. In the latest game the favorites overcame Hartford 80:45. Connecticut was too good from the very beginning and produced 44-16 in the first half. The favorites added 36:29 in the second half for the total success. Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Doty Caroline followed her with 13. Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89) netted 12 and Charles Tina delivered 10 points. Diana Delva (6'2''-F/C) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
Number 2 ranked Stanford was too much for Gonzaga. Cardinal beat Gonzaga 105:74 on Sunday as Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F) exploded with 30 points for the winners. Stanford enjoyed 59:38 after the first half and reached three digits later in the second. The latter produced 46-36 for the total success. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90) had massive 29 points and 13 rebounds, while Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88) collected 15 points and 10 boards. Bekkering ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Bowman and Redmoh netted 15 each.
Notre Dame is the third team of the AP Division I Ranking as they rolled over IPFW 96:60. Notre Dame grabbed 41-28 after the first half and never looked behind after. They added 55-32 in the second half for another victory. Becca Bruszewski (6'1''-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Schrader Lindsay notched 14. Barlow Ashley nailed 12 and Erica Williamson (6'4''-C-88) poured in 11 points. Boese finsihed the night with 24 points in the losing case.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


Michigan Tech has retained its No. 1 ranking - by Eurobasket News
Michigan Tech has retained its No. 1 ranking after an easy win over Finlandia 100:38. The favorites started with 46-17 in the first half and reached three digits after 54-21 in the second. Lindsey Lindstrom (6'0''-F) stepped up with 13 points, while Lynn Giesler (6'1''-C) followed her with 12. Lisa Staehlin (6'2''-C) delivered 11 and Katie Zimmerman (5'6''-G-87) netted 10. Ally Tincknell responded with 10 points in the losing effort. Before that the Huskies defeated Northwood 58:54. The Huskies will take their 6-0 record to play arch rival Northern Michigan Saturday on December 12th.
The second-ranked Franklin Pierce University won its fifth-straight game. In their latest success they rolled over Merrimack at Volpe Gym 80:56. The Ravens improved to 5-0 overall as they won the first half 32:29 and added 48:27 in the second. Johannah Leedham (5'11''-G/F-87) exploded with 28 points and Cynthia Gaudet (5'6''-G) followed her with 24. Marielle Giroud (5'11''-F-87) and Ahrens Tori scored 6 points apiece for the win. Casey Miller finished the night with 18 points and Gennifer Roy nailed 15.
The Delta State Lady Statesmen moved up to the third spot on Tuesday. In the latest game they prevail against Tougaloo 78:51 at the Sillers Coliseum. Delta State University won the first half 54:23 but was less stronger in the second , 24-28. Shameka Russell (6'2''-F) paced all the winners with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Sanders Joncyee and Walker Veronica followed her with 10 points apiece. Bolton Demara ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.


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  NCAA3 - Women  


Hope College become the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III - by Eurobasket News
Hope College become the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III. The team reached 5-0 record beating Aquinas 86:53. Hope was too good in the first half and produced 54-28 in it, while they added 32-25 for the total success. Liz Ellis top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Carrie Snikkers (6'3''-F/C) and Meredith Kussmaul followed her with 11 apiece. Joslyn Narber ended up with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the losing case.
Illinois Wesleyan improved to 7-0 with the win over Maroons 64:57. The latter had 33-30 at halftime, but Illinois Wesleyan then went on a 10-0 run to lead 56:46 and Chicago could get no closer than five the rest of the way. Hope Schulte (5'10''-G) led the way with 14 points for the winners and Christina Solari (6'0''-C) nailed 13. Preston, Nikki posted 11, while Solari Karen had 8. Hackney Molly ended up with 14 points for the team from Chicago.
Amherst College emerged with a 53:34 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University at Geissler Gymnasium. Amherst improved to 8-0 record after 53:34 win, while the Warriors fall to 3-3. Jackie Renner (6'0''-G/F) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Kim Fiorentino (5'8''-G) produced 10. Jaclyn Daigneault delivered 8 and Sarah Leyman scored 7. Jessica Moriarty (5'7''-G) was the only player to reach double digits in the losing case as she had 12.


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Ashley SHIELDS
  PTS Lider
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Shields, PTS Lider20.1 
 2. Thomas, Artego B.19.5 
 3. Christon, Lotos G.17.2 
 4. Gladden, Energa T.16.5 
 5. Crisman, Artego B.16.1 
 6. Skobel, Inea A.15.8 
 7. Carter, CCC P.15.7 
 8. Krezel, Utex Row15.1 
 9. Kobryn, TS Wi.15.0 
 10. Sepulveda, Odra.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lori CRISMAN
  Artego Bydg.
  (186-C/F-82)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Crisman, Artego B.12.5 
 2. Carter, CCC P.10.1 
 3. Denson, Odra Brzeg9.7 
 4. Bell, Utex Row9.3 
 5. Gahan, PTS Lider9.0 
 6. Oha, LKS Siemens8.8 
 7. Piekarska, Gorzow8.3 
 8. Burse, TS Wi.8.0 
 9. Walich, Super-Pol7.6 
 10. Womack, Artego.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Whitney BODDIE
  Utex Row
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boddie, Utex Row5.8 
 2. Richards, Gorzow5.5 
 3. Cohen, TS Wi.5.1 
 4. Pawlak, Lotos G.4.8 
 5. Gajda, Energa Torun4.5 
 6. Bortelova, CCC P.4.2 
 7. Idczak, Inea A.3.3 
 8. Beard, Lotos Gdynia3.0 
 9. Fernandez, TS Wi.2.9 
 10. Rzeznik, Artego.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Agnieszka SKOBEL
  Inea AZS P.
  (180-F-89)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Skobel, Inea A.3.9 
 2. Malaszewska, Odra B.3.8 
 3. Shields, PTS Lider3.7 
 4. Rushing, MUKS P.3.7 
 5. Sepulveda, Odra B.3.6 
 6. Crisman, Artego B.3.4 
 7. Makowska, LKS S.3.2 
 8. Gajda, Energa Torun3.2 
 9. Bortelova, CCC P.3.0 
 10. Ross, Inea.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Odra Brzeg
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Denson, Odra Brzeg2.1 
 2. Walich, Super-Pol1.8 
 3. Oha, LKS Siemens1.5 
 4. Vargas-S., MUKS P.1.4 
 5. Majewska, TS Wi.1.3 
 6. Carter, CCC P.1.2 
 7. Parker, CCC P.1.0 
 8. Jankowska, LKS S.1.0 
 9. Czarnecka, Super.1.0 
 10. Piekarska, Gorz.0.9 


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Gorzow 13-0 
 2. Lotos Gdynia 11-2 
 3. CCC Polkowice 11-2 
 4. Odra Brzeg 8-5 
 5. Energa Torun 8-5 
 6. TS Wisla Can-Pak 8-5 
 7. Super-Pol 6-7 
 8. Utex Row 5-7 
 9. LKS Siemens 3-9 
 10. PTS Lider 3-10 
 11. Artego Bydg. 3-10 
 12. Inea AZS P. 3-10 
 13. MUKS Pozn. 1-11 


PLKK Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Artego Bydg. - Inea AZS P. 91-82
Melanie Thomas (175-G-85, college: Connecticut) scored 29 points, collected 9 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead Artego Bydgoszcz past Inea AZS Poznan. Lori Crisman added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Agnieszka Skobel responded with 31 points and 6 steals for Inea AZS Poznan.

Lotos Gdynia - PTS Lider 72-44
Lotos cruised past PTS Lider in Gdynia. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) tallied 21 points, 11 boards and 3 assists to pace Lotos to the eleventh win in the season. Magdalena Leciejewska added 14 points and 9 boards in the victory. LaToya Bond answered with 15 points for PTS Lider.

MUKS Pozn. - Energa Torun 65-80
Energa Torun snatched a road win over MUKS Poznan to improve at 8-5 record. Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Charity Egenti produced 15 points and 9 boards in the winning case. Paulina Antczak had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals for MUKS Poznan.

CCC Polkowice - TS Wisla Can-Pak 69-57
CCC Polkowice held off Wisla in the key round's opposition. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead CCC to the 11th win. Amisha Carter and Veronika Bortelova provided 11 points each in the victory. Ewelina Kobryn responded with 15 points and 6 boards for Wisla. Janell Burse finished with 10 points and 7 caroms in defeat.

Gorzow - LKS Siemens 75-65
Gorzow maintained their pefect run with victory against visiting LKS Siemens. Yuliya Dureika (180-G-86, agency: LBM Management) scored 23 points for the league leaders. Justyna Zurowska delivered 18 points and 9 rebounds in the thirteenth straight win for the hosts. Leona Jankowska responded with 17 points for LKS Siemens.

Odra Brzeg - Super-Pol 75-58
Odra Brzeg rallied past Super-Pol Leszno at home court. Xenia Stewart (183-G-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) scored 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Brittany Denson added 18 points and 12 boards in the victory. Leszno responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals from Joanna Walich.



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Dynamo Kursk beats Tragoviste - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Dynamo K. - Targoviste 82-70

Dynamo Kursk grabbed valuable win against Targoviste. Now both teams have a nice chance to qualify for the next stage. After this win, Dynamo has the same score as Tragoviste and that is 3 wins and 2 losses. Hosts opened the game better eve though they trailed in the first minutes. Thanks to the 16-6 run to close the first period, Dynamo has built 25-16 lead. In the second quarter, the game was more even as teams exchanged baskets for the most part. Hosts were able to keep their lead and they went for halftime break holding a comfortable 48-37. In the third period, we saw more of the evened play as Tragoviste tried to cut into the deficit. They failed to do so, as Dynamo players had solution and answer to each of their attempts. So in the final quarter all Dynamo players had to do was to close the game out. They did it routinely and have celebrated 82-70 win in the end.
Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) led the winners with 16 points. Donnette Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) were also good with 14 points apiece. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) collected 24 points and 10 rebounds for Targoviste.

Dynamo: Ausra Bimbaite 16, Donnette Snow 14, Sandra Linkeviciene 14
Targoviste: Nicky Anosike 24+10 boards


Nadezhda goes through after beating Arad - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Nadezhda O. - ICIM Arad 85-54

With this victory Nadezhda secured a spot for the Preliminary Round. They are now on top of the Group I with the score 3-1. The game itself was settled by the third period as Arad players simply did not have enough quality to endanger their hosts. After initial 10 minutes of play, hosts already had 23-16 lead. Than in the second, the tempo of the game slowed down somewhat because of mistakes team started making. Still Nadezhda players were able to extended their lead, and at the halftime they were up 35-25. In the third quarter, teams picked their intensity up, but it was still hosts who controlled the match. They continued to pound on there opponent and had this one in the bag by the end of the third. The score stood at 55-40, when Nadezhda players went on a 7-2 run to open the final quarter. This seemed to have discouraged Arad players who simply could not make a comeback. In the end, hosts rolled over their opponent for the final score of 85-54.
Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) shined with 19 points. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) added 18 points, plus 9 rebounds. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 8 rebounds for Arad, who fell to poor 0-3.

Nadezhda: Sheana Mosch 19, Anastasiya Veremeenko 18+9 boards
ICIM Arad: Suzana Milovanovic 14+8 boards


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Nadezhda goes through after beating Arad - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Nadezhda O. - ICIM Arad 85-54

With this victory Nadezhda secured a spot for the Preliminary Round. They are now on top of the Group I with the score 3-1. The game itself was settled by the third period as Arad players simply did not have enough quality to endanger their hosts. After initial 10 minutes of play, hosts already had 23-16 lead. Than in the second, the tempo of the game slowed down somewhat because of mistakes team started making. Still Nadezhda players were able to extended their lead, and at the halftime they were up 35-25. In the third quarter, teams picked their intensity up, but it was still hosts who controlled the match. They continued to pound on there opponent and had this one in the bag by the end of the third. The score stood at 55-40, when Nadezhda players went on a 7-2 run to open the final quarter. This seemed to have discouraged Arad players who simply could not make a comeback. In the end, hosts rolled over their opponent for the final score of 85-54.
Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) shined with 19 points. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) added 18 points, plus 9 rebounds. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 8 rebounds for Arad, who fell to poor 0-3.

Nadezhda: Sheana Mosch 19, Anastasiya Veremeenko 18+9 boards
ICIM Arad: Suzana Milovanovic 14+8 boards


Dynamo Kursk beats Tragoviste - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Dynamo K. - Targoviste 82-70

Dynamo Kursk grabbed valuable win against Targoviste. Now both teams have a nice chance to qualify for the next stage. After this win, Dynamo has the same score as Tragoviste and that is 3 wins and 2 losses. Hosts opened the game better eve though they trailed in the first minutes. Thanks to the 16-6 run to close the first period, Dynamo has built 25-16 lead. In the second quarter, the game was more even as teams exchanged baskets for the most part. Hosts were able to keep their lead and they went for halftime break holding a comfortable 48-37. In the third period, we saw more of the evened play as Tragoviste tried to cut into the deficit. They failed to do so, as Dynamo players had solution and answer to each of their attempts. So in the final quarter all Dynamo players had to do was to close the game out. They did it routinely and have celebrated 82-70 win in the end.
Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) led the winners with 16 points. Donnette Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) were also good with 14 points apiece. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) collected 24 points and 10 rebounds for Targoviste.

Dynamo: Ausra Bimbaite 16, Donnette Snow 14, Sandra Linkeviciene 14
Targoviste: Nicky Anosike 24+10 boards


Hemofarm wins and both teams go through - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Hemofarm - Spartak Noginsk 74-67

The score in Qualifying Round is 2-0 for Hemofarm and 0-2 for Spartak in Group J, the only group with just 2 participants. It did not start well for the hosts who found themselves trailing 0-5 after few minutes of play. Spartak controlled most of the first quarter, and at the end of the period they were up 18-22. In the second quarter, teams exchanged baskets for the most part. Hemofarm managed to cut the lead, and went for halftime break trailing 39-40. Not much has changed after the break, as teams continued to stay close. In the third quarter, Hemofarm was able to build 2 point lead which gave them 53-52 with 10 minutes left to play. Hemofarm players opened the final quarter with a 9-4 run which gave them their biggest advantage of the game. They continued to keep their plus and have prevented their opponent from making a comeback. In the end they celebrated deserved 74-67 and passage into next round transferring valuable wins.
Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had 15 points and 7 boards, while Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Victoria Shagan (178-G-79) delivered 17 points. Both teams go to the next round.

Hemofarm: Tamara Radocaj 20, Dara Kovacevic 15+7 boards, Zorica Mitov 10
Spartak: Victoria Shagan 17


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  SERBIA - Women  


Hemofarm wins and both teams go through - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Hemofarm - Spartak Noginsk 74-67

The score in Qualifying Round is 2-0 for Hemofarm and 0-2 for Spartak in Group J, the only group with just 2 participants. It did not start well for the hosts who found themselves trailing 0-5 after few minutes of play. Spartak controlled most of the first quarter, and at the end of the period they were up 18-22. In the second quarter, teams exchanged baskets for the most part. Hemofarm managed to cut the lead, and went for halftime break trailing 39-40. Not much has changed after the break, as teams continued to stay close. In the third quarter, Hemofarm was able to build 2 point lead which gave them 53-52 with 10 minutes left to play. Hemofarm players opened the final quarter with a 9-4 run which gave them their biggest advantage of the game. They continued to keep their plus and have prevented their opponent from making a comeback. In the end they celebrated deserved 74-67 and passage into next round transferring valuable wins.
Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had 15 points and 7 boards, while Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Victoria Shagan (178-G-79) delivered 17 points. Both teams go to the next round.

Hemofarm: Tamara Radocaj 20, Dara Kovacevic 15+7 boards, Zorica Mitov 10
Spartak: Victoria Shagan 17


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  TANZANIA - Women  


Four teams eye RBA league - by Carlos Pereira
By Majuto Omary

Four women teams have confirmed participation in the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball Association (RBA) league set to start in February next year.

Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) managing director Mbaga Mwamboma named the teams as JKT Stars, Cargo Ladies, CMTU and Tanzania Prisons. Mwamboma said they were also expecting Lady Lion and Polisi to confirm their participations.
According to him, the women league would start after the men's league climaxes. Even as preparations are underway, Mwamboma disclosed that they were facing acute financial problems.
'We have been striving to attract sponsors, but none has come forward to support us, he said. The director added: 'We are in a very difficult time, but we wont put the tournament off.'
Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) has been dishing out plenty of cash to sponsor the RBA, but decided to end their support. Meanwhile, the BD would announce fixtures of the RBA men league today at the National Indoor Stadium.
The official said the league would comprise 14 teams that are Savio, JKT, Mgulani, Tanzania Prisons, Chui, Pazi, Vijana, Chamg'ombe United, Tan Blacks and Bias.
He disclosed that the reigning champions, JKT would open the league with the team, which would be picked later by the technical committee.


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  TURKEY - Women  


AEL outplays Samsun to secure passage - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: AEL - Samsun 53-40

The top-ranked AEL had no troubles to beat winless Samsun for 4-1 score in Group H. They won the game by 13 points and are through to the Preliminary Round. Samsun on the other hand, remains without a win in 5 tries. Right from the start it was clear that host came out ready to play. They opened the game with first basket but midway through the period found themselves trailing 7-11. Than they went on a 13-4 run to close the quarter and grabbed 20-14 lead. AEL players continued to impose their game in the second quarter as well. They increased defensive pressure and managed to limit their opponent to only 9 points. As result, they were comfortably up at the halftime 35-23. Than in the second half the temp of the game slowed down thanks to numerous mistakes by both teams. With neither team managing to find the basket, third period ended with score 9-10 but it was still AEL who held the lead. In the final 10 minutes, teams continued to struggle and neither reached 10 point mark in the final period. Still this was enough for AEL to secure 53-40 win.
Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) paced his team to victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) followed with 11 point performance. Samsun got 10 points and 8 boards from Katryna Gaither (191-C-75, agency: LBM Management).

AEL: Tanisha Wright 18+8 boards, Biljana Pesovic 11
Samsun: Katryna Gaither 10 + 8 boards