EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/4/2009

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  ABA   


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


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Olimpija adds Millage - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian champion Union Olimpija, thin at pointguard due to injury of Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), have signed Americam Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ex Enisej Krasnojarsk.
Ilievski is expected to be out for several weeks following foot surgery. Millage spent two seasons with Arizona Staate, them before playing for TSK Wurzburg, Zjeijang Wanma Cyclones, Split CO, ASK Riga and Enisej Krasnojarsk. Last season he averaged 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2,3 steals in 24 games of Russian Superleague.


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  ANGOLA   


AFCCM: Draws holds Saturday in Abidjan - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The draw for the 2009 edition of Africa biggest Men club competition will come up this Saturday at the FIBA Africa Secretariat in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire at 16h00 (GMT).

The ten teams for the final round of the 2009 edition of the champions club for men will divided into two groups of five teams each.

A.P.R basketball club of Rwanda tops group-A as host club while defending champion, Angola Primero de Agosto lead group-B.

The other clubs who will know the group they fall into includes Petro Atletico of Angola, ASB Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Inter-club of Congo Brazzaville and Cooperative Bank of Kenya.

Others include Kenya Ports Authority (K.P.A), Warriors of Uganda and the two teams that will emerged from the FIBA Africa Zone-III qualifiers that will end Friday in Ouidah, Benin Republic
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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Penney, Breakers22.2 
 2. McKee, Hawks19.5 
 3. Ballinger, 36ers18.6 
 4. Gilchrist, 36ers18.3 
 5. Williams, Crocodiles17.7 
 6. Worthington, Tig.17.3 
 7. Redhage, Perth17.2 
 8. Ubaka, Blaze16.8 
 9. Bruton, Breakers16.7 
 10. Harvey, Bla.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  36ers
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, 36ers8.3 
 2. Rychart, Taipans7.6 
 3. Worthington, Tig.7.5 
 4. Roberts, Crocodiles7.4 
 5. Schenscher, Perth7.1 
 6. Rickert, Breakers7.0 
 7. Maxey, Blaze6.9 
 8. Redhage, Perth6.8 
 9. Davidson, Hawks6.8 
 10. Greer, Tige.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Hawks
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 2. Ubaka, Blaze4.5 
 3. Gilchrist, 36ers4.3 
 4. Bruton, Breakers4.1 
 5. Gibson, Blaze3.5 
 6. Boucher, Breakers3.4 
 7. Groves, 36ers3.3 
 8. Saville, Hawks3.3 
 9. Crosswell, Tigers3.1 
 10. Henare, Breake.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Phill JONES
  Taipans
  (196-G-74)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Jones, Taipans1.6 
 2. McKee, Hawks1.5 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 4. Robbins, Perth1.4 
 5. Martin, Perth1.3 
 6. Boucher, Breakers1.3 
 7. Worthington, Tig.1.2 
 8. Bruton, Breakers1.2 
 9. Lisch, Perth1.1 
 10. Abercrombie, Bre.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Penney, Breakers1.0 
 2. Worthington, Tig.0.9 
 3. Maxey, Blaze0.8 
 4. Melzer, Taipans0.8 
 5. Williams, Crocodiles0.7 
 6. Lisch, Perth0.7 
 7. Rickert, Breakers0.7 
 8. McKee, Hawks0.6 
 9. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 10. Redhage, Per.0.6 


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Round 4 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Lovcen - Rilski Sport 80-83
Rilski Sport grabbed valuable 80-83 road win against Lovcen last night. It means that the Bulgarian squad joined Lovcen and Cherno More with 2-2 score in Group A. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) had 14, while Lamont Jones and Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) added 13 points each. In Lovcen, Nikola Ivanovic (199-F-89) was way better than the other scoring 23 pts. Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) and Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) netted 13 pts apiece.

Metalac - Gaz Metan 69-82
Gaz Metan continues with great performance in BIBL this season. Last night the Romanian team cruised past Metalac on the round jumping to perfect 4-0 in Group A. At the same time, Metalac fell to 1-3. Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) stepped up in victory with 16 points each. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Derrick Phelps (192-G-72, college: N.Carolina) scored 12 points each. The hosts got 16 points and 7 rebounds from Milan Trtic (200-F-86). Nenad Stefanovic (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) had the same number of points.

Cherno More - Rabotnicki 86-76
Cherno More celebrated nice 10-point win against Rabotnicki for 2-2 score in Group A. That was a very important game as both teams were on 1-2 before it. Eric Webb (188-G-84, college: Furman) was totally the best player for Cherno More collecting 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90) scored 15 (6 rebs) and Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) added 11 pts (8 rebs). Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds in loss. He was followed by Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances), who netted 17 points.

Group B
Steaua Turabo - Levski 69-75
Levski was too strong for Steaua on the road joining Beograd and Feni Industrija on top of Group B with almost perfect 3-1 score. At the same time Romanian team remain winless. They failed 4 times in 4 appearances and it is hard to believe they will be able to recover and to reach the Playoff. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) led the winning squad with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) scored 16, and Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) delivered 11 pts. For the hosts, Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) scored 21 points. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) had 19 pts and 8 boards.

Feni Indistrija - Spartak P. 93-79
Feni Indistrija celebrated valuable home win against Spartak Pleven last night. With this victory, the FYR Macedonian runner-up joins Beograd and Levski on top of Group B (3-1). Vlado Popovic (190-G-82) led the winners scoring 21 points (6 triples). Eftim Bogojev (185-G-80) had 18 pts and 6 assists, while Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 15 pts and grabbed 9 boards. Alexander Dyakovski (185-G-82) posted 18 pts in defeat. Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) had 15 (9 rebs) and Joseph Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma) scored 12 pts (6 rebs). Their team fell to 1-3.

Mornar Bar - Beograd 80-73
Mornar Bar celebrated 80-73 home win against Beograd in Round 4 fr of Balkan league. Beograd was unbeaten until this game and it failed to 3-1 now in Group B. Mornar is currently on the fourth place with 2-2. Milos Durisic (194-G-88) and Anthony Brown (203-F-86, college: Oklahoma St.) (7 rebs) led the hosts with 16 points each. Alen Djelosevic (198-F-88) scored 15. In Beograd, Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) collected 19 pts and 9 rebounds. Branko Andzic had 16 pts and 8 rebs.


Standings
BIBL Standings
Group A
 1. Gaz Metan 4-0 
 2. Cherno More 2-2 
 3. Rilski Sport 2-2 
 4. Lovcen 2-2 
 5. Metalac 1-3 
 6. Rabotnicki 1-3 
Group B
 1. Levski 3-1 
 2. Beograd 3-1 
 3. Feni Indistrija 3-1 
 4. Mornar Bar 2-2 
 5. Spartak P. 1-3 
 6. Steaua Turabo 0-4 


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  BENIN   


AFCCM Zone-III Qualifiers: ASPAC beat Pythons 87-53, battles Ellan for 2nd spot - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of ASPAC basketball club of Cotonou, Benin Republic of making it to the final round of the 2009 FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men slated for Kigali, Rwanda became brighter Thursday night when it posted an emphatic 87-53 points victory over Liberia NPA Pythons at the IRSP gymnase in Ouidah.

The Coach Peter Ahmedu tutored side had to fall back on good team play to subdue the Liberian whose hope of making the Kigali trip was finally dashed after losing its third game in the FIBA Africa Zone-III elimination series.

ASPAC is now tied on points with rival Ellan basketball club of Port Novo, who beat the Cotonou-based ASPAC to the Benin league title with both sides battling for the zones second spot behind Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria.

Pillars who continue its excellent run in the qualifying series with a 94-45 points win over Model Basket Club of Togo also on Thursday looked set to further compound the woes of the NPA Pythons whose venom seems to have failed it as the Liberian side have been unable to sting any of its zone-III opponent since the qualifying round started last weekend in Ouidah, Benin Republic.

The star-studded Pillars side coached by Coac Sani Ahmed has thus qualified for its second straight final round of the continent biggest men club competition.

Day-4 Results:
ASPAC (BEN) 87-53 NPA Pythons (LIB)

Model Club (TOG) 45-94 Kano Pillars (NGR)

Ellan (BEN) Bye

Day-5 Games (Friday December 4, 2009)
NPA Pythons (LIB) Vs Kano Pillars (NGR) 15.30Hour
ASPAC (BEN) Vs Ellan (BEN) 17.30Hour
Model Club (TOG) Bye


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 7-1 
 2. Zrinjski MC 5-3 
 3. Capljina 5-3 
 4. Hercegovac 5-3 
 5. Celik 5-3 
 6. Sloboda Dita 4-4 
 7. Borac Nektar 4-4 
 8. Mladost MG 3-5 
 9. Sutjeska 3-5 
 10. Slavija 3-6 
 11. Grude 3-6 
 12. SL IAT Leotar 2-6 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.
 2. Siroki Eronet


D1: Round 8 review - by Eurobasket News
Celik and Zrinjski played probably the most interesting game as part of Round 8 in the Bosnian D1. After a closely contested meeting, it was Zrinjski who prevailed in the end 62-63. For the most part it was a close game, with hosts finishing the first quarter with 17-13 lead. Second period brought more suspense as teams exchanged in lead, but it was Celik who still held advantage. At the halftime, they were still up by 2 points, as the score stood at 32-30. Second half was also spent in close mathcup with neither team holding more than 3 point lead. In the closing seconds of the game, Zrinjski players had more concentration and sports luck to secure 1-point win. Lovro Gligora (197-G-82) led the way for the winning side with 19 points, while for Celik Asmir Sadibasic (204-F/C-82) also scored 19.
Mladost hosted Sloboda and managed to pull somewhat of an upset, after defeating them 76-70. This has pulled the outfit from Tuzla down in D1 standings. Sloboda has already recorded losses to the likes of Hercegovac, Igokea and Leotar and did not start the season as they expected.
In other matchups, Igokea remains in first place after beating Grude 64-86. Hercegovac recorded 76-80 away win over Sutjeska, while Leotar managed to upset Borac Nektar in Banja Luka, beating them 70-74. Capljina had an easy job against Slavija, beating them 70-53.


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  BULGARIA   


Three wins for Bulgarians in BIBL (Round 4) - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian teams registered three wins in Round 4 of Balkan league, which was played last night.
Cherno More celebrated nice 86-76 win against Rabotnicki for 2-2 score in Group B. That was a very important game as both teams were on 1-2 before it. Eric Webb (188-G-84, college: Furman) was totally the best player for Cherno More collecting 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90) scored 15 (6 rebs) and Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) added 11 pts (8 rebs). Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds in loss. He was followed by Aleksandar Dimitrovski, who netted 17 points.
Rilski Sport grabbed valuable 80-83 road win against Lovcen last night. It means that the Bulgarian squad joined Lovcen and Cherno More with 2-0 score in Group A. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) had 14, while Lamont Jones and Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) added 13 points each. In Lovcen, Nikola Ivanovic was way better than the other scoring 23 pts. Vladimir Boricic and Marko Milosevic netted 13 pts apiece.
Levski was too strong for Steaua on the road 69-75 joining Beograd and Feni Industrija on top of Group B with almost perfect 3-1 score. At the same time Romanian team remain winless. They failed 4 times in 4 appearances and it is hard to believe they will be able to recover and to reach the Playoff. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) led the winning squad with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) scored 16, and Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) delivered 11 pts. For the hosts, Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) scored 21 points. Bogdan Popescu had 19 pts and 8 boards.
Feni Indistrija celebrated valuable home win 93-79 against Spartak Pleven last night. With this victory, the FYR Macedonian runner-up joins Beograd and Levski on top of Group B (3-1). Vlado Popovic (190-G-82) led the winners scoring 21 points (6 triples). Eftim Bogojev (185-G-80) had 18 pts and 6 assists, while Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 15 pts and grabbed 9 boards. Alexander Dyakovski (185-G-82) posted 18 pts in defeat. Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) had 15 (9 rebs) and Joseph Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma) scored 12 pts (6 rebs). Their team fell to 1-3.
Round 5 is scheduled for December 15/16.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Wednesday: Tulsa 66ers and Dakota Wizards grab victories - by Eurobasket News
Tulsa 66ers - Austin T. 92-90
Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) scored 26 points pacing his Tulsa 66ers to tiny 92-90 victory against the Toros. Cecil Brown (6'4''-G-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: UCSB) was second scorer for Tulsa with 19, while B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Dakota W. - Idaho S. 117-114
Romel Beck stepped up for the Wizards with 30 points. Jimmy Binnie scored 18, while Maurice Baker (6'1''-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) and David Bell (6'1''-G-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Montana) also had very important roles scoring 15 points each. Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) responded with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat.


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sundiata GAINES
  Idaho S.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Gaines, Idaho S.27.0 
 2. Tolliver, Idaho S.25.3 
 3. Harris, Rio Grande24.0 
 4. Beck, Dakota W.23.3 
 5. Walker, Maine RC22.0 
 6. Farmer, Reno B.22.0 
 7. Gee, Austin T.20.5 
 8. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers20.5 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.20.0 
 10. Anderson, Rio.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Houston R.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 16
 1. Dorsey, Rio Grande16.0 
 2. Tolliver, Idaho S.12.0 
 3. Withers, Dakota W.11.7 
 4. Jones, Austin T.11.3 
 5. Mullens, Tulsa 66ers10.8 
 6. Webb, Bakersfi.9.7 
 7. Walker, Maine RC9.5 
 8. Benson, Reno B.9.0 
 9. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA8.7 
 10. Wheeler, Utah.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sundiata GAINES
  Idaho S.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gaines, Idaho S.9.3 
 2. Smith, Idaho S.7.3 
 3. Farmer, Reno B.6.5 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.6.3 
 5. Jefferson, Utah F.5.8 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
 7. McLeod, Albuquer.5.5 
 8. Jerrells, Austin T.5.5 
 9. Blalock, Maine RC5.5 
 10. Shakur, Tulsa 66e.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Greene, Utah F.3.8 
 2. Baker, Dakota W.3.3 
 3. Charlo, Reno B.3.0 
 4. Farmer, Reno B.3.0 
 5. McLeod, Albuquer.3.0 
 6. Ambres, Idaho S.2.7 
 7. Benson, Reno B.2.5 
 8. Jerrells, Austin T.2.5 
 9. Krabbenhoft, Sioux F.2.5 
 10. Stinson, Iowa.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rod BENSON
  Reno Bighorns
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Benson, Reno B.4.5 
 2. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.0 
 3. Hansen, Albuquerque3.0 
 4. McKenzie, Idaho S.2.3 
 5. Jones, Austin T.2.3 
 6. Gransberry, Spring.2.0 
 7. Trybanski, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Looby, Rio Grande2.0 
 9. Webb, Bakersfi.2.0 
 10. Nevill, Utah.2.0 


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Players in the NBDL - by Darryl Reshaw
Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) the MVP of the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago was drafted by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the National Basketball Developmental League in the 4th round.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders franchise is owned by the LA Lakers and they use all of the same playing and practice facilities.
Christopher Hayes was outstanding this summer as he domianted the ESL Chicago event with his all around play.
Chris is very athletic but at 6'8' is a natural swing man who can shoot and create off the dribble very well.
Chris has an amazing upside potential and was offered a variety of contracts in Europe but figured the NBDL was a better stepping stone for his career.
Chris also participated in the ESL Las Vegas event where he made the All Tournament Team.
The ESL was directly responsible for promoting Chris to the NBDL and to the LA Defenders organization.

Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) participated in the ESL Las Vegas event in 2008 and 2009 and he was one of the most promising talents in the event both summer.


He made the All Tournament Team both summers and amazed a lot of international scouts as he was offer a variety of international deals.
Currently he is starting for the Utah Flash in the NBDL and is playing extremely well.
He was one of the last players release for the New Jersey Nets as he played with them during their pre-season schedule.
Bennet is also a very athletic wing player who has a bright future ahead of him in professional basketball.



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  EUROCUP   


Cholet bring in Jamaal Tatum - by Eurobasket News
Cholet signed a short-term deal with Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois). The player will stay in Cholet till the mid-January. The 25-year-old guard is meant to replace Thomas Larrouquis (197-G/F-85) on the roster. Jamaal Tatum spent the previous season in the Idaho Stampede in the D-League. There he averaged 11.7 points, 2.4 boards and 4.0 assists per game. Jamaal Tatum was the All-MVC Player of the Year while studying at the Southern Illinois University back in 2007.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  U.Olimpija
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. Walsh, U.Olimpija23.0 
 2. Kleiza, Olympiakos18.3 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA17.3 
 4. Pekovic, Panathin.17.0 
 5. Logan, Assec.Pr.16.8 
 6. Woods, Assec.Pr.16.8 
 7. Dean, Unicaja16.4 
 8. Sato, Montepaschi16.3 
 9. Winston, Lottomat.16.3 
 10. Mickeal, Regal Bar.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Watson, Zalgiris9.5 
 2. Maric, Partizan8.8 
 3. Roberts, Partizan7.4 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.2 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 6. Kleiza, Olympiakos7.2 
 7. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.8 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.8 
 9. Wallace, Benetton.6.3 
 10. Sow, Assec.Prok.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.7.2 
 2. Cook, Unicaja6.0 
 3. McIntyre, Montepas.5.8 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.7 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca5.2 
 6. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.7 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA4.5 
 8. Sciarra, Orleans4.4 
 9. Prigioni, MMC R.4.3 
 10. McCalebb, Partiz.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  ASVEL
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lukauskis, AS.2.8 
 2. Gordon, Cibona2.3 
 3. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.3 
 4. Perperoglou, Panath.2.2 
 5. Eidson, Maccabi .2.0 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.2.0 
 7. Dobbins, Orleans1.9 
 8. Maric, Partizan1.8 
 9. Finley, Armani MI1.8 
 10. Popovic, Lietuv.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Maccabi T-A
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.7 
 3. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.7 
 4. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.7 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.5 
 6. Lasme, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.4 
 8. Morris, Regal B.1.3 
 9. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 10. Vazquez, Regal.1.2 


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


Olimpija adds Millage - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian champion Union Olimpija, thin at pointguard due to injury of Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), have signed Americam Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ex Enisej Krasnojarsk.
Ilievski is expected to be out for several weeks following foot surgery. Millage spent two seasons with Arizona Staate, them before playing for TSK Wurzburg, Zjeijang Wanma Cyclones, Split CO, ASK Riga and Enisej Krasnojarsk. Last season he averaged 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2,3 steals in 24 games of Russian Superleague.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Kataja scored 119 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 17: Only one contest tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) scoring season and League high 119 pts 2009-10 when defeating visitor FoKoPo (Forssa)
119-96 (68-52). Quarters: 33-32, 35-20, 23-20, 28-24. Kataja had seven players in double digits. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) led the hosts with 26 pts. Newcomer
Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Widener) had his first double-double in Finland: 15pts/10rbs. Kataja's victory was # 5 and it's just the matter of time as Team will pass FoKoPo and a few other teams in the standings. FoKoPo's three American players combined 74 pts leaving to the Finnish players the rest 22 pts. Rodrick Stewart (193-G-84, college: Kansas) netted game high 30 pts.

Kataja - FoKoPo 119-96 (68-52) (Sami Lehtoranta 26, Jeb Ivey 16, Kristian Clarkson 15/10 - Rodrick Stewart 30, Durell Vinson 22/13, Ashley Champion 22).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 15-1 
 2. ToPo 12-4 
 3. Kouvot 11-5 
 4. LrNMKY 10-6 
 5. Korihait 9-8 
 6. Honka 9-8 
 7. KTP 9-8 
 8. Namika Lahti 7-9 
 9. Salon Vilpas 5-10 
 10. FoKoPo 5-12 
 11. Kataja 5-12 
 12. Karhu 1-15 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Daegu Orions
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Johnson, LrNM.23.7 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti23.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo23.4 
 4. Washington, KTP22.8 
 5. Turner, LrNM.21.8 
 6. Belser, Honka20.4 
 7. Lowe, Pyrinto19.9 
 8. Hamm, Salon Vilpas19.6 
 9. Moye, Kouvot19.5 
 10. Elliott, Hon.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  KTP
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. McDade, KTP11.7 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo11.4 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 4. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.4 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 6. Rouse, Namika L.9.5 
 7. Smith, Karhu9.4 
 8. Kotti, Honka9.1 
 9. Chones, Kataja8.8 
 10. Washington, K.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Gibson, LrNM.4.4 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.8 
 3. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.7 
 4. Trotter, ToPo3.6 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto3.6 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.3 
 7. Ivey, Kataja3.2 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Favors, KTP3.2 
 10. Horton, Kar.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.6 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.1 
 3. Trotter, ToPo2.9 
 4. Davis, Kataja2.3 
 5. Turner, LrNM.2.1 
 6. Bradford, Kataja2.0 
 7. Stewart, FoKoPo1.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 9. Washington, KTP1.8 
 10. Cummings, Hon.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti1.1 
 2. Mulligan, Namika L.1.0 
 3. Pearson, ToPo0.9 
 4. Shiloh, Kouvot0.8 
 5. Washington, KTP0.8 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Neltner, Kouvot0.7 
 8. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 9. Niskanen, Karhu0.7 
 10. Jones, Kar.0.7 


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Cholet bring in Jamaal Tatum - by Eurobasket News
Cholet signed a short-term deal with Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois). The player will stay in Cholet till the mid-January. The 25-year-old guard is meant to replace Thomas Larrouquis (197-G/F-85) on the roster. Jamaal Tatum spent the previous season in the Idaho Stampede in the D-League. There he averaged 11.7 points, 2.4 boards and 4.0 assists per game. Jamaal Tatum was the All-MVC Player of the Year while studying at the Southern Illinois University back in 2007.


Olympiakos outsmarts Orleans in France - by Eurobasket News
Orleans - Olympiakos 84-88

After great performance in Greek A1 derby against Panathinaikos this past week-end, Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) paced his Olympiakos to another victory. This time they were too strong for Orleans in France moving up to 4-2 in Group B. Papaloukas was the MVP in Olympiakos last night with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists (22 index rate). Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) top-scored for the Reds with 22 and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) added 19 pts, plus 5 boards. Orleans (0-6) got 17 points and 6 rebounds from Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier). Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81, college: Richmond) and Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.) stopped on 12 pts each.
Orleans had a great start taking 27-18 lead after ten minutes of play. That included 8-0 run at the very beginning. Nothing has changed after that as Justin Doellman and his teammates still controlled rhythm of the game. At the beginning of the second period they jumped to impressive 34-18 lead and Olympiakos was in trouble. However, the Reds did not panic. Thodoros Papaloukas and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) connected triples, while Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Nikola Vujcic made some inside baskets. In the finish of the first half Olympiakos cut the margin to 42-34. Teams exchanged baskets after that for 48-40 after 20 minutes of play. At the beginning of third quarter Orleans moved up to 59-45 and it happened after two bombs by Justin Doellman. Until the end of third Yotam Helperin shined and he helped his team to make it 8-point game again, 66-58. Until the midway of the last quarter Olympiakos went on a 10-19 run, closed by Linas Kleiza s lay-up. It was 76-77 with almost 4 minutes to go. Dobbins scored for Orleans and Bourousis for Olympiakos. Later Linas Kleiza hit another triple and soon after that Bourousis made a dunk lifting Olympiakos to plus 6. Austin Nichols scored with a foul, but in the finish Yotam Helperin was sent to the line and he made both. His team had another possession as it was an intentional foul meaning that the game was over for Orleans.

Orleans: Justin Doellman 17+6 boards, Anthony Dobbins 12, Austin Nichols 12
Olympiakos: Yotam Halperin 22, Linas Kleiza 19+5 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 11+5 boards, Milos Teodosic 11


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Feni Industri grabs third win in Balkan league - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonian teams were 50% successful last night in Balkan league (Round 4).
Feni Indistrija celebrated valuable home win 93-79 against Spartak Pleven. With this victory, the FYR Macedonian runner-up joins Beograd and Levski on top of Group B (3-1). Vlado Popovic (190-G-82) led the winners scoring 21 points (6 triples). Eftim Bogojev (185-G-80) had 18 pts and 6 assists, while Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 15 pts and grabbed 9 boards. Alexander Dyakovski (185-G-82) posted 18 pts in defeat. Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) had 15 (9 rebs) and Joseph Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma) scored 12 pts (6 rebs). Their team fell to 1-3.
Mac-champion Rabotnicki failed against Cherno More on the road 86-76. That was a very important game as both teams were on 1-2 before it (Group B). Eric Webb (188-G-84, college: Furman) was totally the best player for Cherno More collecting 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90) scored 15 (6 rebs) and Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) added 11 pts (8 rebs). Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds in loss. He was followed by Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances), who netted 17 points.
Round 5 is scheduled for December 15/16.


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Do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Need Another Last Second Hero Against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven On December 6th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The close and exciting endings for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners the last weeks have come as routinely as it is for Oceans 11 actor George Clooney to collect Womens telephone numbers in his black book, 2009 European soccer player of the year Lionel Messi making opponents sick with his mesmerizing dribbling, or LeBron James (203-F-84)s leading the Cavs in points, rebounds and assists on a regular game basis, but if the gang of Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) can win another thriller against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven on December 6th might only be able to be answered by a fortune teller. The club has won five of the last six games in enthralling fashion and Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) may be making a roll call before the game to see who will do hero duty in crunch time. 'There will be no roll call. We need everyone to be a hero. No matter if a player plays three minutes or scores three points', stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) are guys that could fit the suit perfectly each week as the special hero, but talented players from Ohio always stick together like Heidi Klum and Mr Kissed by a rose Seal. 'Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) would be the perfect hero. Seth is from Ohio and that is what we do. We take big shots and make them', stressed 2009 BBL scoring champion and Ohio native Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.), who is playing in Kuwait this season. Sometimes one can only dream and dream about having a certain hero for that crucial moment on the court. 'I will live and die with Chuck (Charles Barkley) haha. Frankfurt has a lot of great players. I wouldnt mind having a couple of them in crunchtime', joked Bremerhaven center Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). Maybe always mentioning that Frankfurt should finally win a game more comfortably might be an omen, but some players are not giving up with the idea. 'Frankfurt needs to find a way to win a game again with ease. Frankfurt has the advantage of 7-8 guys that can always take over and they have to use this advantage to win more easily again', stressed Ehingen center Ruben Spoden (202-F-89)

Who could forget the stimulating hit We dont need another hero from Tina Turner from the summer of 1985, but this might be a track that coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) might not let be blasting from a ghetto blaster in the Skyliners dressing room before the game, because the way the games have been going, no player should be getting any wrong ideas. When talking about heros, one could easily produce an unending list of all kinds of heros that have been responsible for doing good deeds. Dr. Martin Luther King fought for civil rights and might be best remembered for his I have a dream speech and raised public consciousness for cival rights and became one of the greatest orators in US history. In sports, very well known heros were Pele in soccer, who scored more than 1000 goals and won three world cups or Wilt the big dipper Chamberlin who once registered 100 points in a game or Joe Montana who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowls and is the only player to have won three Super Bowl MVP trophies. Reaching to be a hero in those terms is very unrealistic for any Skyliner players, but a player will be happy to be a hero for at least 24 hours. A Kobe Bryant (198-G-78)t or LeBron James are always a likey hero and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners also have likely heros. 'Pascal Roller (180-G-76) has shown in the past that he always stays calm in the critical phases and is able to take over and win a game as does Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) who has taken another big step this season. I think that he will be able to carry the team this season. I think he can always take control in crunch time and use his advantage of drawing fouls', added ex Langen center Ruben Spoden

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will commence to play The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven on December 6th which is Saint Nikolas Day which is a festival for children all over the world. In Europe, this day is related to surviving the legend of the Saint Nikolas and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Children in Germany place a boot outside the door and hope for a gift or hope to find some sweets in their slippers beside their bed. If a child was bad then a tree branch was left as a present. The Skyliners can only hope that Saint Nikolaus leaves them a nice present and gives them luck on Sunday. In the last three seasons, Frankfurt has won 2 of 3 games on or near December 6th including a tough nail bitter in Heidelberg in a cup game in 2006. 'The Skyliners should drink some target water which will give them luck when they are shooting', joked Ruben Spoden Some players just love to rub it in when a certain great team had been destroyed a day earlier on Monday Night Football. 'Frankfurt should wish for extra toughness and defensive awareness like The New Orleans Saints have', laughed Ohio native Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). 'Frankfurt should wish to control the rebounds and their three point shooters', added Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who is currently playing in Finland and still keeping an eye on returning to the BEKO BBL. 'On Nikolaus Day, we can wish for being healthy, that we all play together and have a lucky season', commented Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The whole world fell in love with Knut the Polar Bear in 2007 and the species unfortunately is not going in a positive direction in terms of going extinct due to the global warming which leads to less ice and a more lack of food in their habitat. The polar bear spends most of its time on the frozen sea and it is no secret that it would rather be in a cold area than in a warm area. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt have luck blowing out the fire of The Artland Dragon, but could find a way to make the Eisbaeren polar bear uncomfortable on the court. 'Frankfurt should make the Ballsporthalle den as warm as possible with intense defense and play with a lot of effort so it will flee back as quickly as possible back to Bremerhaven', joked Ruben Spoden. The Polar Bear has an interesting method of hunting seals. They smell very well and wait until the seal is in the breathing hole and then grab it and kill it before feasting on it. The Polar Bear is big, but surprisingly would rather escape than fight. 'Frankfurt should put some fire up on the rim leaving the area very hot and scaring the Polar Bear from putting the ball into the rim', added Ruben Spoden 'Winter is coming and we cant allow the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven to get too much comfort on our court, so we will have to ask the city for some extra warming so they arent as relaxed', joked Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have had some luck this season in games, but nothing equals the luck that they had last summer as they were about as good as with both feet in the PRO A after a disastrous season in 2008-2009, but then as if they had found a box with four leaf clovers on their door step, the team was saved and was able to stay in the BEKO BBL, because The Cologne 99ers had declined the last Wild Card paving the way for Bremerhaven to stay in the league. After a road win to start the season in Braunschweig last season, the tide turned for the worst as if the club has been hit by a huge wave crippling them for months as they suffered a 16 game losing streak and didnt win again until January 25th 2009. Sarunas Sakalauskas was fired and after the big losing streak, the team finished the season with a 6-11 record. The team was very talented, but the two biggest problems were not being able to escape the cellar after the miserable start and that the team was unable to come together and create a team chemistry despite so many scoring options. 'Last season, I think that they had great players, great coaches and great management, but the pieces just didnt fit together', stressed ex Ulm American Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein).

This season, The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have formed a roster that could be able to copy the 2007-2008 Boston Celtics and go from worst to best and win the BEKO BBL title. The competition is tight, but what manager Jan Rathjen and coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ) brewed together on basketball talent last summer was absolutely brilliant. They showed that they want to win and try to erase the embarrassing 2008-2009 season. And what was even more surprising was how the duo was able to sign so much incredible talent and stay within their budget. There was so much speculation and joking about how they might have done it with robbing a bank, getting a silent money giver with Donald Trump or simply out duelling player and agent at the bargaining table. In any result, they got ex NBA player and teammate of Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown)n Rodney Buford (196-G-77, agency: 540 Sports, college: Creighton), one of the BBLs best and most popular players with Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein), sharp shooter Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio), big bashers and veteran players Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) and Bryan Lucas (203-F/C-78, college: N.Texas), possibly the leagues best all around point guard with Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo), athletic titans Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Florida) who won the NCAA tournament with Florida in 2006 and Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) and very talented rookie Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.).

The inside trio of Gibbs, Lyde and Lucas will do a lot of damage this season. 'We all have different parts of our games that work well with one another. With Kevin you have power and shot blocking ability. With Bryan, he has the ability to stretch out the defense and hurt you with his slippery eel post moves. And with myself, I take the defender outside and use my quickness to get to the basket. We compliment each other well', added Ohio native Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). Bremerhaven has a deep bench and a great mix of young and experienced players and the goal can only be to make the playoffs. 43 year old new coach Douglas Spradley crowned his successful tenor with The Paderborn Baskets with their first ever playoff appearance and dragging 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin to five games in the 2009 playoff quarterfinal series. After three seasons in the BEKO BBL with The Paderborn Baskets, Spradley wanted to take the next step and moved to Bremerhaven. He sort of has the same kind of strong roster to work with that Sakalauskas had last season, but with this seasons team even deeper. The biggest hurdle for Spradley will be to get this talented team on the same page and keep the egos healthy. Currently Bremerhaven is in 4th place with a record of 7-5 and are very dangerous on the road with a 5-1 record. 'They are very physical inside and out and they like to show their individual abilities. They average 83 points per game and we will have to play a tough defense', warned Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Since The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the BBL in 2005-2006, they have had some interesting battles with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Bremerhaven have had the number of Frankfurt in the last four season posting a 6-3 record. In the first two seasons, Bremerhaven totally dominated Frankfurt with a 4-0 record. Who could forget the stunning 89-88 Bremerhaven win in their first meeting ever in the fall of 2005 as Brian Jones won the game with a buzzer beater. The Eisbaeren won the return date in Bremerhaven 94-78 as ex Skyliner Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79)s played one of his few good games for Frankfurt dropping 20 points. However in the last two seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had a positive record of 3-2 and are 2-2 at home. The curious thing is that the last two games at home were decided by one point. In the 2007-2008 season, Frankfurt lost 82-81 in the Ballsporthalle and last season Frankfurt nipped Bremerhaven 66-65 with 16 points and 11 rebounds from ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and the only thing missing was a buzzer beater. With the luck of the current team Frankfurt, a buzzer beater might be the best recipe at the moment.

Bremerhaven is led by 32 year old 196cm guard Rodney Buford (196-G-77, agency: 540 Sports, college: Creighton) who comes from Milwauke, Wisconsin. He played at Creighton from 1995-1999 and finished as the all time leading scorer. He has a great inside/out game with strong dribble penetration and a pull up jumper. He was drafted by the Miami Heat in 1999 in the second round. He played in the NBA from 1999-2005 and his biggest highlight was playing with Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown)nn and reaching the NBA Final in 2001 with the Philadelphia 76ers. Currently he is averaging 17,3ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,5apg. He is showing his dangerous shooting averaging 47% from the field and 46% from outside. His best BBL game was 26 points against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. 'He is a strong finisher and drives strong to the basket. He has a decent jump shot if it isnt contested and will post up against smaller players. On defense, he is a great help defender, plays the passing lanes well, and is aggressive and Frankfurt must be strong with the ball', commented ex Nordlingen forward Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

29 year old 188cm forward/center Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) who comes from Ohio is averaging 13,7ppg, 8,3rpg and 1,8apg and led the BBL in rebounding the last three years. He played at Otterbein and won the NCAA 3 tournament, was the Final Four MVP and holds the record for rebounds with 25 in a tournament game and 40 rebounds in a Final Four in 2002. It wasnt easy to depart Ulm where he was a fan favourite, but he has quickly gotten used to his new team and is still as strong as ever despite a deeper team. 'Gibbs is an excellent rebounder, strong as a bull and a pretty good ball handler. I will live with his jump shot. His favourite move is to dribble hard left or right and then take the spin move on the post and take the jump hook over his left shoulder. But if you let him bag you under the basket then you have no chance. On defense, you can score over him over the top at will. He is a very small four, but makes up with his lack of size with toughness and all out aggressiveness', warned 2009 BEKO BBL scoring champion Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

30 year old 190cm combo guard Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) grew up in Rahway, New Jersey and played at Buffalo (NCAA) from 1998-2002. He is a known face in Germany as he played in Paderborn from 2002-2004 and with The Giessen 46ers from 2004-2006 reaching the BBL playoff semifinals in 2005 losing to Bamberg. The last three seasons, he played in a lesser league in Japan with Toyota Alvark winning the Superleague in 2007 and being named guard of the year in 2007. Despite playing in a lower league in Japan, it hasnt hurt his abilities as he has returned back to Germany and is averaging 12,0ppg, 4,3rpg and 6,9apg and belongs to the more versatile combo guards currently in the BEKO BBL. 29 year old 206cm center Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) is playing his first season in Germany and comes from Washington D.C. After playing at Temple University from 1998-2002, he has had a very healthy basketball career having played in six different foreign countries including Argentina, China and Italy and has been very close of reaching The NBA as he was one of the last cuts of the Utah Jazz in 2008. Currently he is averaging 9,9ppg, 3,8rpg and 1,3apg. 'Kevin is a wide post player with soft hands and has a great touch. You have to deny him the ball, because if he catches the ball on the smaller post then it almost always results in a basket. On defense, the post have to make him run. One might question his conditioning so make him run, run, run to keep him off the floor', stressed Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) is a 24 year old 196cm shooting guard/small forward who came late to Bremerhaven, but has quickly been integrated into the team. He is from Columbia, South Carolina and played at Winthrop from 2003-2007. He is a very athletic competitor that brings a lot of energy to the court. He has a keen basketball I.Q, can shoot and defend well. In 2007-2008, he took part in the Orlando Magic preseason camp before playing in Poland. Last season, he played in Turkey for Antalya averaging 13,0ppg, 6,7rpg, 1,2apg, 1,9spg and shot 49% from the field. He finished the season in Greece with Kavala Panorama averaging 10,4ppg, 5,5rpg and 1,4apg. This season, he is averaging 9,3ppg, 4,1rpg and 2,4apg. 31 year old 203cm power forward Bryan Lucas (203-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) is back in Germany after playing in Bosnia and Austria last season. This season he is averaging 6,1ppg and 2,8rpg. He played at Northern Texas from 1997-2001. He played in Iceland and in Austria and then two years in Ulm. He is a very solid big man who runs the floor well. He can play with his back to the basket and is also fast enough to score in transition. He always plays very hard and goes after every possible rebound. Although primarily an inside player, he can make the 3-point shot if left open
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26 year old 193cm guard Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) is playing his third season in Bremerhaven and is currently averaging 4,9ppg. He is a very talented German player that might not necessarily be helping his chances for The German National team playing for the Eisbaeren, because playing time is sparse, but he can always be good for a big game as he recently showed pouring in 18 points in a road win at Hagen. He played six years in Braunschweig and one season for Leuven in Belgium. 'Lipke is an athletic combo guard, who strives in the open floor and is aggressive going to the basket with either hand. He is a decent three point shooter, but he usually wants to get in the painted area and if he does he will hurt you. His favourite move is a cross over hesitation step to the basket. On defense, he has a tendency to lose his man. So whoever is being guarded has to move without the ball so he can get his open shot', warned Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). 22 year old 188cm point guard Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) is a BEKO BBL rookie that played last season at Alabama State averaging 13,7ppg, 4,2rpg and 6,6apg. This season coming from the bench with the Eisbaeren, he is averaging 4,7ppg, 1,4rpg and 2.2apg. In Hagen, he started for injured Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) playing 38 minutes and scoring 13 points hauling down 6 rebounds and dishing out four assists.

20 year old 201cm forward Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) is playing his first season with Bremerhaven and is averaging 4,0ppg and 1,8rpg. He played with Cologne from 2004-2009 and despite his youth, he brings a lot of experience playing three Fiba Europe Cup games as a 16 year old in 2005 and two Euroleague games as a 17 year old in 2006. He played 61 BBL games with Cologne winning the BBL title in 2006 with experienced guys like Michael Jordan and Titus Ivory. 27 year old 204cm power forward Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Florida) is back in the BEKO BBL after playing some years in Spain. He would be starting with more than half the BBL teams, but is only a role player for Douglas Spradley. He can play with the back to the basket and has a very competitive spirit. Currently he is averaging 3,9ppg and 2,4rpg. He played at Florida from 2001-2006 winning the NCAA title in 2006. He has also played in Denmark and played only two games for Science City Jena in 2007 before departing for Spain to play for CD Villa De Los Barrios and Caceres. 'Moss is a tall big post player who will shoot the three pointer. You have to have a hand up to annoy him. He can score in bunches. Frankfurt has to attack him and make him play defense. They have to be strong with the ball, because he is tall and athletic and will always try to block the shot', commented Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

27 year old 203cm swing man Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.C.Central) is playing his first season in Bremerhaven. He was born in Nurnberg, but has the American citizenship. He played at East Carolina from 2001-2003 and at North Carolina Central form 2003-2005. He has played in the D-league for The Florida Flames and The Arkansas Rimrockers, in Sweden for Gothia and in Germany for TBB Trier. Currently he is averaging 1,3ppg averaging only 5,52 minutes per game. Sharp shooter Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio)pp is really being missed by the team and will still be out for a while. He played at Ohio University from 1999-2003. He played In Austria and in Braunschweig before playing in Paderborn from 2004-2009 playing 159 games in that span. 'Esterkamp is a very versatile three man. He is a good shooter and you have to have a hand up early and contest it. He is an ok ball handler. I think that if you pressure him on the floor then he is out of his comfort zone. Whenever he is posting up, he looks for a turn around jumper or a drop set to the hoop. He is a great free throw shooter so dont send him to the line. On defense, he is a bit slow, so always attack him', warned Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 3-2 record at home and want to use the positive energy in the Ballsporthalle and extend their record to 4-2. The club hopes to have Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Aubrey Reese back healthy against a potent Bremerhaven team. 'Pascal Roller (180-G-76) has been practicing all week and seems probable for the game on Sunday while Aubrey Reese has had reduced training this week and it will be a tough physical game. We know that Pascal and Bree are 100% with their heart, but how healthy they will be on the court is unknown. We need a total team effort
', warned Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).. The Eisbaeren are a team where you cant totally concentrate on one player, because the team has so many scoring options that they will have to give a total team performance on defense for 40 minutes. If you had to take three players to shut down to increase the chances to win then it would have to be Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein), Lou Campbell and Rodney Buford (196-G-77, agency: 540 Sports, college: Creighton). We had problems with Buford who is a great shooter. Frankfurt will have to play him up close and be aggressive, warned Paderborn point guard Deandre Haynes. Despite not having a dominant big guy, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners rebound a tick better with 36 rebounds as a team than Bremerhaven do with 35 rebounds per game. Bremerhaven have the big/small trio of Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple), Bryan Lucas (203-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) and Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein), not too mention good rebounding guards with Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) and Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) and a mini Alan Anderson with Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Florida) flying towards the hoop at every opportunity if he isnt hitting a three pointer. Gibbs is one of the toughest rebounders that I have seen for his size, commented North Carolina native Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro). Frankfurt has to keep Gibbs as well as Lyde off the boards. Their big men destroyed us and it was one of our worst games. We gave Bremerhaven a lot of second chances and Frankfurt will have to limit that, warned Paderborn guard Deandre Haynes. Bremerhaven can score, but their defense is not on the same page as their offense yet as they are giving up 79 points per game. The key for us is defense. We have enough guys that score, but we have to start playing defense the way we know how. Frankfurt is a game where you have to play defense for 40 minutes to win, stressed Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein).

Even though both teams have the identical record, Bremerhaven leads in every important statistical category including scoring, assists, fgp and 3pt field percentage. The question also will be if Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) will be back in the lineup after missing the game in Hagen. Brooks is a solid back up, but does not have the experience and same playmaking skills as the veteran Campbell, but is a player who will develop as he gains experience. Frankfurt also might want to get their running game back into gear as it has been neglected a bit in the last games. Frankfurt should run the floor and beat their big men down the court, pack the paint and give up no uncontested shots, stressed Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). It seems transition play and withstanding the rough and crowded area in the paint will be key. 'Frankfurt should play as much fast break basketball as possible and use their pick and role against Lyde as much as possible as he is not as mobile. Frankfurt has to deny Gibbs and Lyde the ball inside and keep an eye on Buford. If they do that, then they can win', expressed American Deandre Haynes. A duel that everbody is excited about will be Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) and Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). 'To be honest, I like and dislike playing against Derrick. I like it that we are both competitive and play against one another and dislike it, because I am always dead tired after the game, because he doesnt stop moving during the game', joked Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). The biggest strength of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners remains their fighting mentality for 40 minutes and one can even be as far away as the Middle East to notice. 'Frankfurt has to play harder. Bremerhaven look good on paper, but teams that look good on paper dont always play harder', added Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven on December 6th at 15:00.



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Olympiakos outsmarts Orleans in France - by Eurobasket News
Orleans - Olympiakos 84-88

After great performance in Greek A1 derby against Panathinaikos this past week-end, Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) paced his Olympiakos to another victory. This time they were too strong for Orleans in France moving up to 4-2 in Group B. Papaloukas was the MVP in Olympiakos last night with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists (22 index rate). Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) top-scored for the Reds with 22 and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) added 19 pts, plus 5 boards. Orleans (0-6) got 17 points and 6 rebounds from Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier). Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81, college: Richmond) and Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.) stopped on 12 pts each.
Orleans had a great start taking 27-18 lead after ten minutes of play. That included 8-0 run at the very beginning. Nothing has changed after that as Justin Doellman and his teammates still controlled rhythm of the game. At the beginning of the second period they jumped to impressive 34-18 lead and Olympiakos was in trouble. However, the Reds did not panic. Thodoros Papaloukas and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) connected triples, while Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Nikola Vujcic made some inside baskets. In the finish of the first half Olympiakos cut the margin to 42-34. Teams exchanged baskets after that for 48-40 after 20 minutes of play. At the beginning of third quarter Orleans moved up to 59-45 and it happened after two bombs by Justin Doellman. Until the end of third Yotam Helperin shined and he helped his team to make it 8-point game again, 66-58. Until the midway of the last quarter Olympiakos went on a 10-19 run, closed by Linas Kleiza s lay-up. It was 76-77 with almost 4 minutes to go. Dobbins scored for Orleans and Bourousis for Olympiakos. Later Linas Kleiza hit another triple and soon after that Bourousis made a dunk lifting Olympiakos to plus 6. Austin Nichols scored with a foul, but in the finish Yotam Helperin was sent to the line and he made both. His team had another possession as it was an intentional foul meaning that the game was over for Orleans.

Orleans: Justin Doellman 17+6 boards, Anthony Dobbins 12, Austin Nichols 12
Olympiakos: Yotam Halperin 22, Linas Kleiza 19+5 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 11+5 boards, Milos Teodosic 11


CSKA too much for Marousi - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Marousi BC 78-65

CSKA registered nice 78-65 home win against Marousi jumping to 4-2 in Preliminary Group C. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) was the leading player in Russian powerhouse with 16 points (4/5 for 3-pts). Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) scored 13 pts each, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) added 12. In Marousi (1-5), Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85) netted 11 pts and William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) stopped on 10.
Marousi was a better team in the first 7-8 minutes. The Greek squad touched 5-9 and later 7-11 lead, but soon after that Viktor Khryapa stepped up for CSKA and together with Sasha Kaun and Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) paced the hosts to 15-13 lead after first quarter. In the second, Marousi grabbed 19-20 and Trajan Langdon lifted CSKA to 25-22. J.R. Holden drained a triple and Viktor Khryapa joined with a basket brining plus 9 to CSKA in the finish of the first half. Still, the hosts were not able to keep more than 35-30 as Homan and Dimitrios Mavroidis stepped up for Marousi. Question abut the winner was resolved in third quarter as CSKA jumped to 46-36 at the halfway of it (after triple by Ramunas Siskauskas) and later stretched its lead to 58-42 after 30 minutes of play. J.R. Holden closed third quarter with a triple. Last period was just the formality as CSKA had no troubles to keep the safe distance.
In the next round, CSKA will meet Lottomatica in Rome. Marousi will host Union Olimpija.

CSKA: J.R. Holden 16, Viktor Khryapa 13, Trajan Langdon 13, Sasha Kaun 12
Marousi: Dimitrios Mavroidis 11, William Keys 10


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Iceland Express 10th round - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
10th round in Iceland Express league started tonight with three tight games.
KR started very well aganist Keflavik 15-0 and ended the game with 15-1 run. Final score Keflavik 85 KR 100.
Hordur Axel Vilhjalmsson 21. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 19 for Keflavik.
For KR former Keflavik player Tommy Johnson 29 Fannar Olafsson 23.
Snaefell kept their winning streak at home against Njardvik when they won 98-94. Not lost to Njardvik at home in last 8 games.
Sean Burton (175-G, college: Ithaca) with huge scoring game 41 pts 8/12 in three pointers. Hlynur Baeringsson 19 + 16 rebs. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 17. For Njardvik Magnus Gunnarsson 27.
Breidablik pick up their second win this season when they beat Fjolnir away 84-87. Chris Smith 23 Arnthor Gudmundsson 16 for Fjolnir.
Jeremy Caldwell 24 Jonathan Schmidt 20 for Breidablik


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Gal Mekel to Galil/Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv loaned Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) to Galil/Gilboa for the reminder of the season. The 21-year-old guard was not satisfied with the amount of court time and decided to change the location. Gal Mekel appeared in four games for Maccabi this season. He averaged 5.5 points and 2.3 assists per game. Gal Mekel is one of the most promising Israeli guards. He played for the National Team in Poland this September. Gal Mekel also led Israeli University Team at the World Universiade in Belgrade this summer.


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa33.5 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.9 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .24.9 
 4. Clemente, Macc.Ash.23.0 
 5. Eiram, Macc.Ashdod22.3 
 6. Byerson, Natzrath.21.7 
 7. Simhon, Hod H.21.0 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.19.9 
 9. Shiran, Lev H.19.5 
 10. Drayton, Beer.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa12.8 
 2. Brandy, Hod H.12.6 
 3. Clemente, Macc.Ash.12.0 
 4. Byerson, Natzrath.11.6 
 5. Auter, Macc.Hab.10.9 
 6. Paris, Hapoel Beeri10.7 
 7. Peterson, Elitzur .10.3 
 8. Markson, Elitzur .9.1 
 9. Harrison, Hap.Haifa9.0 
 10. Lee, Kiryat A.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.6.3 
 2. Nenikashvili, Megido.6.0 
 3. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri6.0 
 4. Arieli, Hap.Tivon6.0 
 5. Farchi, Macc.Ash.5.6 
 6. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.5 
 7. Hirsh, Beer Yaakov5.1 
 8. Levi, Beer Yaakov4.9 
 9. Golan, Lev Hasharon4.8 
 10. Brandwein, Elit.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hap.Tivon
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.4 
 2. Markson, Elitzur .2.3 
 3. Farchi, Macc.Ash.2.3 
 4. Matalon, Megido/Y.2.3 
 5. Sela, Hod Hasharon2.1 
 6. Karpels, Elitzur .2.1 
 7. Clemente, Macc.Ash.2.0 
 8. Harrison, Hap.Haifa2.0 
 9. Saudai, Hap.Tivon2.0 
 10. Huli, Lev Hashar.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Hap.Haifa
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Harrison, Hap.Haifa5.3 
 2. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.2.0 
 3. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.6 
 4. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.5 
 5. Peterson, Elitzur .1.4 
 6. Lavi, Hap.Haifa1.3 
 7. Markson, Elitzur .1.3 
 8. Martin, Elitzur Yavne1.3 
 9. Clemente, Macc.Ash.1.3 
 10. Byerson, Natzra.1.1 


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Caja Laboral celebrates 67-60 win against Lottomatica - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Lottomatica 67-60

Caja Laboral grabbed valuable 67-60 win against Lottomatica getting 17 points and 6 rebounds from Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 and pulled down 8 rebounds, and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) netted 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) delivered 15 points. Both teams had 3-2 in Group C before this game.
Everything started good for Caja Laboral, who created quick 9-4 lead. Until the end of first, the hosts made decent 17-11 lead. That included 11-0 run in this period. In the second quarter, Mirza Teletovic and his teammates completed 9-0 and Lottomatica answered with 0-7 run after that. Still, Caja Laboral held 26-18 lead at the midway of this period. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) shined in the finish of the first half and together with Ricky Minard and Vitali closed the gap to 33-28. Third quarter was decisive one in this game. Mirza Teletovic and Carl English drained two triples for the first double-digit lead. Tiago Splitter also was hot and everything resulted with 53-38 for Caja Laboral after three quarters (20-10 3rd). Despite, Lottomatica ended last period with 14-22 that was not enough even for serious treat as Caja Laboral managed to keep the safe distance all the time.
In the next round Caja Laboral will meet Maccabi in Tel Aviv. Lottomatica will host CSKA.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 17+6 boards, Tiago Splitter 15+8 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 13
Lottomatica: Ricky Minard 15, Kennedy Winston 12+6 boards


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Louisville returns to winning ways with win over Stetson - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (12-3-2009): The University of Louisville returned home last night after their shock defeat at the hands of University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) last Saturday and stomped all over Stetson University 80-48 to improve to 5-1 on the season. Forward Samardo Samuels finished with 15 points and seven rebounds as the Cardinals used an 11-0 run to take control after a sluggish start, holding Stetson without a field goal for over six minutes. They will next host University of Charlotte on Saturday afternoon.

Tulsa tops Oklahoma State - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (12-3-2009): Center Jerome Jordan delivered 11 points, nine rebounds and six blocks before leaving the game with a bruised leg, as University of Tulsa went on to defeat previously unbeaten Oklahoma State University (OSU) 86-65 last night. Tulsa, now 6-1, went inside to the 7-foot Jordan early and often. He scored six of Tulsas first nine points, and their inside dominance eventually forced OSU into a seldom-used zone defense.

Flow All-Island NBL Semis Start Today - by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL (12-3-2009): The semifinals of the Flow All-Island National Basketball League (NBL) kicks off this evening at the National Stadium courts with defending champions Urban Knights facing Majesty Gardens at 6:15 p.m. and Southern Conference champions Tivoli Wizards opposing Manchester Pythons at 8:15 p.m. in game one of the best-of-three series. Knights easily won their series 2-0 over Portland's Pure Playaz while Majestic beat St. George's Slayers on points to advance. Wizards swept Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and Pure Playaz got by Morant Bay to complete the semifinalists. Game two of the series will be played on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

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RWA AFCCM: Draws holds Saturday in Abidjan - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The draw for the 2009 edition of Africa biggest Men club competition will come up this Saturday at the FIBA Africa Secretariat in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire at 16h00 (GMT).

The ten teams for the final round of the 2009 edition of the champions club for men will divided into two groups of five teams each.

A.P.R basketball club of Rwanda tops group-A as host club while defending champion, Angola Primero de Agosto lead group-B.

The other clubs who will know the group they fall into includes Petro Atletico of Angola, ASB Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Inter-club of Congo Brazzaville and Cooperative Bank of Kenya.

Others include Kenya Ports Authority (K.P.A), Warriors of Uganda and the two teams that will emerged from the FIBA Africa Zone-III qualifiers that will end Friday in Ouidah, Benin Republic.


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OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF FIBA CENTRAL BOARD FROM THE PRESIDENT OF FBK, EROLLD BELEGU - by Besart Sadikaj
Prishtina, December 1st , 2009
Dear Members of FIBA Central Board ,
My nine year old boy would like to play basketball along your children. Do you think that he is over reacting?

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen , would you please be so kind and dedicate few minutes of your time to our efforts and the request for affiliation of Kosovo Basketball Federation. Many of these facts are well known and also have been presented to our latest application for affiliation with FIBA.

Sports are what bring people together. Sports have brought down boundaries, borders and limitations that other factors have imposed. As such, sports are something that should be nourished, supported and advanced in each community and society.
In a place where more than 50 percent of the population is younger than twenty five and 70 percent of the population is younger than thirty-five , sports are a key factor and potential for development that cannot be ignored. As a matter of fact, in post-conflict Kosovo, there is no other sector that could take priority over sports as a potential venue for building confidence bridges and bringing people together.

Basketball is the major sport in Kosovo. Since 1999, the sport venues of the Kosovo Basketball League have been full with audiences that could be envied by major European Leagues. Kosovo has 11 leagues and has 2074 registered players. The quality of the basketball has been compared to many European Leagues, while the organization quality as well as the work of the Kosovo Basketball Federation has been exemplary. This can be verified in the reports of the FIBA delegation that You have sent to visit Kosovo last year.

However, further development of basketball in specific and sports in general in Kosovo has been hindered by political obstacles. The Kosovo youth are being denied the chance to compete and compare their quality with the best of the rest. Apart from disappointments, the youth is losing interest in sports, which is the worst thing that could happen to this fragile society.

We are well aware of the political problems that surround the Kosovo issue. More recently, besides the formal recognitions of more than sixty countries around the world, Kosovo has been admitted as a full member to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the multinational financial institutions and specialized agencies of UN!!
Kosovo has already been admitted to several international sport federations and is in the process of admission to several others. Yet, for the Kosovo youth and Kosovo sports, there is not a single more important federation than FIBA, which would give a chance to the sport to develop and flourish.

We believe you all agree that the Kosovo youth deserve the chance to compete.
We believe that it is the role of national federations and FIBA to support the development of basketball, and this is another reason why you should support basketball in Kosovo.
However, the most important thing is that you support sports as a tool to bring people together and this decision does just that.

In Kosovo case FIBA decision may be sport or politically oriented. In either case arguments are undoubtedly on our side:

1. We wish to continue to play and develop basketball beyond the limits where we have been stuck right now, and we believe that there is no reason, space and justification for any kind of discrimination since WE DO EXIST , WE ARE ORGANIZED AND THERE IS NO OTHER FEDERATION GOVERNING BASKETBALL IN KOSOVO (neither legally or illegally ).
2. If politics has such a power to be the main reason for refusal of Kosovo basketbal , we would like to point the FACT that today Kosovo has been recognized officially by 36 states of FIBA Europe Federation , which represents over 70 % of all members. Worldwide Kosovo has been recognized by 63 UN member states and number is growing constantly. The most recent recognition came just last month from New Zealand. (for a full list of countries please see www.kosovothanksyou.com)

From this point of view it is difficult to argue that Kosovo is not the state recognized by international community. Many of your governments have decided in favor. And the fact that above mentioned UN specialized agencies IMF and World Bank have recognized us as full members, leave no doubt of our statehood.

It is of the most importance to point that, according to FIBA Statutes , as a precondition for affiliation, there is no requirement for prior membership to IOC nor UN.
Please see original extract of FIBA Statutes that clearly defines :

Article 6 Admission to membership of FIBA

6.1 An applicant national federation seeking membership of FIBA must be the controlling body of basketball in a country which is an independent state, recognized by the international community.
6.2 Subject to article 6.3 and 6.6 below, only one national basketball federation per country shall be admitted to membership in FIBA.

Accordingly, it has not been required in many cases before and should not be required in Kosovo case ,too.
May I remind you that FIBA has 213 members, while IOC counts 205 and UN 192. So, it will not be the first time that FIBA will recognize non IOC or non UN member : Gibraltar, Macao, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Tahiti and latest recognition given to Turks and Caicos Islands is just a proof that there is no rule that is strictly being obeyed ! Kosovo has been considered as Sui generis case by most International Organizations and states that have recognized us. Although
circumstances for each of these prior mentioned recognitions have been various, we believe that sui generis expression has been used in each case! I am convinced that Kosovo has been far more recognized by international community!

Kosovo is not part of IOC (yet) as ,you are aware that IOC Statutes requires at least 5 NF to be affiliated to IF before our NOC could present official application to IOC. It is clear that IOC expects that IF acts ahead of them .Two IF did this and FIBA, being that its statutes does not require explicitly IOC recognition, could be next IF to recognize KBF.

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen , we would like to plea for your understanding and I would certainly be grateful if we could be given a chance to present our request at CB meeting in Istanbul? Our presence may help you with many answers in order for you to bring a favorable and correct decision.
I am at your disposal for any further questions that may arise

Sincerely yours,
Erolld Belegu
President



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  KUWAIT   


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


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  LEBANON   


Penland out,,,Fields in! - by Mohammed Malas
Seems that Adrian Penland (186-G-80, college: Lander) faced some problems with his papers few days ago in order to leave the US to join Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut, The Lebanese basketball group on Facebook through the well known agent Pual Attallah announced that Patrick Fields (198-G/F-84, college: Baylor) will replace Penland in the green castle.

Fields can play the 1, 2 or 3 position..He joined the D-League directly after graduation from Baylor, No big experience but seems he's a talent with big performance to give ahead on his future...


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Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
1. Basket Esch 7-1
2. Heffingen 6-2
3. BC Mess 5-3
4. Mondorf 4-4
5. Pall Aren 3-5
6. Black Star 3-5
7. Grengewald 2-5
8. Telstar Hesperange 2-6


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
DBBL STATS Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Largent, Racing 28,22
Walters, Pikes 26,11
Crawford, Zol. 24,50
Scott, Etzella 23,90
Smith, Sparta 23,44
Kennedy, Res. 21,71
Delgado, Etz. 21,00
Diederich, Con. 20,90
Muller, T71 20,80
Rajniak T71, 18,20
Grant, Spa. 18,12
Rebounds Per Game
McDaniel Nit. 14,2
Gary, Cont. 13,0
Kennedy, Walf. 12,1
Grant, Spa. 11,2
Walters, Pik. 11,1
Smith, Spa. 10,7
Largent, Rac. 9,70
Blocks Per Game
Gary, Contern 5,67
Scott, Etzella 3,23
DePree, Amic. 1,34
McDaniel Nitia 1,23
Grant, Sparta 1,13
Smith, Spa. 0,80


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One win and one loss in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin teams registered one win and one defeat in Round 4 of Balkan league.
Mornar Bar celebrated 80-73 home win against Beograd. The Serbian squad was unbeaten until this game and it failed to 3-1 now in Group B. Mornar is currently on the fourth place with 2-2. Milos Durisic (194-G-88) and Anthony Brown (203-F-86, college: Oklahoma St.) (7 rebs) led the hosts with 16 points each. Alen Djelosevic (198-F-88) scored 15. In Beograd, Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) collected 19 pts and 9 rebounds. Branko Andzic (201-F-82) had 16 pts and 8 rebs.
Lovcen failed at home against Rila Sport 80-83 last night. It means that the Bulgarian squad joined Lovcen and Cherno More with 2-0 score in Group A. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) had 14, while Lamont Jones and Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) added 13 points each. In Lovcen, Nikola Ivanovic (199-F-89) was way better than the other scoring 23 pts. Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) and Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) netted 13 pts apiece.
Round 5 is scheduled for December 15/16.


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  NBA   


Ron Artest with a new problem - by Demar Thomas
Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) has said that he drank cognac during games when he played with the Chicago Bulls.

I used to drink Hennessy at halftime, Artest said in an interview with Sporting News. I kept it in my locker. Id just walk to the liquor store near the stadium and get it.

Artest admitted he was a head case when he broke into the NBA with the Bulls, for whom he played from 1999-2002.

The 30-year-old Artest said in the interview that the drinking happened in part because the Bulls lost so often.

Artest is now in his first year with the Lakers. In the interview, Artest bristled at suggestions he was playing a supporting role to Los Angeles star Kobe Bryant.

Its weird because people dont think about the whole basketball game, Artest said. Theres offense: Kobe averages 30 and is a great offensive player. Then you have defense. So on defense, now I have my supporting cast. Im one of the best defenders to ever play basketball, so Im still the first option on defense.

In the article, Artest said he was eager to fight Detroit center Ben Wallace, the player who shoved him on the play that preceeded the infamous 2004 brawl with Pistons fans when Artest was with Indiana.

He said he wanted to fight me? You all need to check and see if hes still drinking, Wallace said Wednesday before Detroits game in Chicago.

Hes just running his mouth. You all know who youre talking about. Its Ron Artest, just talking.

Bulls center Brad Miller, who played with Artest in Chicago and was traded with him to Indiana in February 2002, was asked if he tought Artest was telling the truth.

Who knows with Ron? Miller said. You never knew what he was doing at that point.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 30.7
 1. Anthony, Denver N.30.7 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers28.8 
 3. James, Clevelan.28.2 
 4. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.7 
 5. Nowitzki, Dallas M.27.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat26.8 
 7. Granger, Indiana P.25.1 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.1 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.23.9 
 10. Jennings, Milwau.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.12.3 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.12.2 
 3. Bosh, Toronto R.12.0 
 4. Wallace, Charlotte B.11.6 
 5. Duncan, San A.11.1 
 6. Boozer, Utah Jazz10.9 
 7. Camby, LA Clippers10.6 
 8. Haywood, Washingt.10.5 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orle.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.5 
 2. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.2 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.2 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..7.2 
 8. Davis, LA Clippers7.0 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.6.6 
 10. Calderon, Tor.6.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers2.3 
 4. Ariza, Houston R.2.2 
 5. Iguodala, Philadel.2.1 
 6. Lee, New Jersey N.2.1 
 7. Brewer, Minnesot.2.0 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 9. Salmons, Chica.1.9 
 10. Davis, LA Clippe.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh SMITH
  Atlanta H.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Atlanta H.2.8 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.4 
 3. Lopez, New J.2.3 
 4. Camby, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 6. Dampier, Dallas M.2.0 
 7. Perkins, Boston C.2.0 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.1.9 
 9. Haywood, Washingt.1.9 
 10. Bynum, LA Lake.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 15-4 
 2. Toronto R. 7-13 
 3. Philadelph.76 5-14 
 4. New York K. 4-15 
 5. New Jersey N. 0-18 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 13-5 
 2. Milwaukee B. 9-8 
 3. Chicago B. 7-9 
 4. Indiana P. 6-10 
 5. Detroit P. 6-12 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 15-4 
 2. Atlanta H. 13-5 
 3. Miami Heat 10-7 
 4. Washington W. 7-10 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-10 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 13-5 
 2. Portland TB 12-8 
 3. Utah Jazz 10-7 
 4. Oklah.City T. 10-8 
 5. Minnesota T. 2-16 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 14-3 
 2. Phoenix Suns 14-5 
 3. Sacramento K. 9-8 
 4. LA Clippers 8-11 
 5. Golde State W. 6-11 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 14-5 
 2. Houston R. 10-8 
 3. San Antonio S. 9-7 
 4. N.Orleans H. 7-11 
 5. Memphis G. 7-12 


Wednesday's games (10) review - by Eurobasket News
Philadelph.76 - Oklah.City T. 106-117
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 33 points, Nick Collison (6'9''-F-80, college: Kansas) added 18 in his first game back from an injury and the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Sixers their eighth straight loss, 117-106 on Wednesday night. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) was second scorer in victory with 19 pts. Nenad Krstic (7'0''-C-83) and Thabo Sefolosha (6'5''-G-84, agency: ACMT) delivered 12 pts each. In Philly, Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 28 pts.

Indiana P. - Sacramento K. 105-110
Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) (26 pts), who has scored 20 or more points in 10 of 17 games this season, was honored Tuesday as the Western Conference's Rookie of the Month for November. Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, agency: Buck Andre, college: Rider) had 22 and Spencer Hawes added 21 pts in this victory. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) shined in loss with 33 points.

Milwaukee B. - Washington W. 102-104
The 5-foot-5 point guard was certainly the most valuable player on the court down the stretch Wednesday night. Earl Boykins (5'6''-G-76, college: E.Michigan) scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 10 minutes to lead the Wizards to a 104-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) top-scored in victory with 22 points (9 assists) and Nick Young was behind him with one point less. In Milwaukee, Luke Ridnour (6'2''-G-81, college: Oregon) and Hakim Warrick delivered 20 points each.

Dallas M. - New Jersey N. 117-101
New Jersey was pounded into NBA infamy Wednesday night, falling 117-101 for its 18th straight loss to start the season. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored 24 points and Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) had 16 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds for the Mavericks, who led by 31 points in the third quarter. Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.) added 18 points and 11 boards, and Jason Terry also scored 18 points. Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87, college: Memphis) netted 24 for the Nets.

Toronto R. - Atlanta H. 115-146
Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 24 points to lead nine scorers in double figures and the Hawks enjoyed their best offensive night in 16 years to beat the slumping Raptors 146-115 on Wednesday night. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) and Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) helped with 16 points each. Demar DeRozan answered with 21 points for the Raptors.

Phoenix Suns - Cleveland C. 90-107
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) was very close to triple-double in his game as he collected 12 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored for Cleveland with 13 pts (8 rebs) and Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) added 12 pts, plus 9 boards. In the loosing squad, Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) delivered 22 pts and grabbed 7 boards.

New York K. - Orlando M. 104-118
Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) scored 17 of his 20 points in the third quarter, helping the Magic (15-4) pull away for an easy 118-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) also had very important role collecting 19 points and 10 rebounds. Visitors got 24 points from Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) and 20 from Danilo Gallinari.

Houston R. - LA Clippers 102-85
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) made his first eight shots and finished with 22 points in 102-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) had 19 and Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) added 16 pts in this victory. Baron Davis collected 20 points and 6 assists in defeat.

Detroit P. - Chicago B. 85-92
John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) scored 22 points and Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 19 as the Bulls ended a five-game losing streak. After the game, several of Gordon's former teammates went up to him and offered a hug or a handshake. Brad Miller (6'11''-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) had 16 and Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) helped with 14 pts. In Detroit, Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) delivered 17 points and grabbed 9 boards.

Memphis G. - Minnesota T. 97-95
Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) scored a season-high 20 points and tied his career high with four 3-pointers, while Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 14 of his 20 points after halftime as Memphis rallied in the second half for the victory. And after both players missed a loss at Utah on Monday night, the rest of the Grizzlies were happy to have them back. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) is another player with 20 points (10 rebs) in this victory. Ryan Gomes (6'7''-F-82, college: Providence) also stopped on 20, but in defeat.


Sixers, Allen Iverson agree to deal - by Eurobasket News
Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) is headed back to Philadelphia to join the Sixers, the team that drafted him with the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NBA draft, according to the team's web site.

'In light of the recent injury to Lou Williams, which will sideline him for close to eight weeks, we felt that Allen was the best available free agent guard to help us at this time, Sixers GM Ed Stefanski said in a statement.

Iverson was most recently with the Memphis Grizzlies, but left the team after just three games. He was waived on Nov. 16.

According to a press release on the team's site, Iverson is likely to make his return in a Sixers uniform on Monday night against the Nuggets, another one of Iverson's recent teams.

Iverson is a 10-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP. He was traded by Philadelphia to Denver along with Ivan McFarlin in exchange for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two future first round picks on Dec. 19, 2006. After just over a season and a half with the Nuggets, Iverson was traded to Detroit on Nov. 3, 2008.

Iverson's time in Detroit did not go smoothly. As the Pistons struggled, then-Pistons coach Michael Curry removed him from a starting role. Iverson was upset with the decision, saying he'd rather retire then come off the bench.

Iverson signed with the Grizzlies in the offseason but missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury. When he returned, he was upset with his playing time, and left the team after playing just three games.

However, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley had positive things to say about Iverson when talking with Stefanski. The two talked by phone before Stefanski met with Iverson, according to The Associated Press.

'I told him I thought Allen had the game and I thought he would be a positive contribution to his team and was sorry it didn't work out with us. I thought to get back with Philadelphia, it was a good chance it would work out for them. I feel extremely happy about it,' Heisley said.


Courtesy of www.sportingnews.com


Sloan agrees to 1-year extension with Jazz - by Eurobasket News
The Jerry Sloan Era will continue for at least one more season in Utah.

On Wednesday, the longtime Jazz coach agreed to a one-year contract extension with Utah. The deal will keep Sloan with the club through the end of the 2010-11 NBA season.

'It's the same as it's always been the last few years,' said Sloan, who has signed three consecutive one-year extensions. 'It's just a year-to-year thing.'

Sloan, the longest-tenured coach or manager in America's four major sports leagues, is in his 22nd season as head coach in Utah. He has coached the Jazz to a 1,053-637 record - becoming the only NBA coach to win 1,000 games with one franchise - since taking the reins from Frank Layden on Dec. 9, 1988.

The NBA's fourth-winningest coach was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September, an enshrinement honoring a coaching career that includes two NBA Finals appearances, 12 50-win seasons and 18 playoff appearances with Utah.

'We have been fortunate to call Jerry Sloan our head coach for two-plus decades,' Jazz CEO Greg Miller said in a news release Wednesday night. 'He embodies everything our organization stands for, which makes him the perfect fit to lead our roster into the future.'

Speaking of the future, Sloan is hesitant to predict how long he'll continue to call the shots for the Jazz.

'I can speculate and talk about it and think about it, but I don't know,' Sloan said. 'I might wake up tomorrow and it's all over. That's just the way it is. I've told them that, and they're aware of that. I'm not looking at having that happen, but I have to be fair with them because they've been fair to me.'

The stability in Utah is certainly a rarity in these times when sports bosses often have quick-firing triggers. Not only has Sloan outlasted all other major pro sports coaches, but the NBA has seen 236 coaching changes during his lengthy tenure. Every other team in the league, in fact, has swapped coaches at least twice since he settled into the position.

'The consistency of the Jazz under Coach Sloan's direction is unparalleled in the NBA,' Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said. 'We are certainly excited that he will continue to guide the team moving forward.'

So, too, is Sloan, even if the Energizer Bunny of the sidelines isn't sure how long he will continue coaching.

'I don't feel like I can keep going and going,' Sloan said. 'I know I don't have that many years left, if I have any at all.'

Though Sloan says he enjoys the people he works with and watching players play and progress 'All those things are fun to be a part of,' he said the 67-year-old coach admitted that he pondered retirement this past offseason.

'Honestly, I had a few reservations about coming back after my knee surgery,' he said. 'But I bounced back good from that. So I feel pretty good about that.'

It helps that Sloan likes his team and his current group of players, who are among the 125 different guys to wear a Jazz uniform during his reign. Following a rough start, Utah has improved to 10-7 with wins in three straight and six out of seven games.

'I've enjoyed coaching them. I work with a great group of guys, and the coaching staff has been terrific to work with,' Sloan said. 'I think this can be a good ball team if a few breaks come our way and we stay with it.

'Hopefully,' Sloan added, 'there's not many distractions. I don't (think) any team can go through a season without a few distractions, but I'm anxious to see where we end up.'

Another thing Sloan enjoys watching is how his team responds to adversity.

' (It is) never fun to lose, but how do we fight back from it? That's what I like to see,' Sloan said. 'Quite frankly we had a tough time at the end of the year last year, but we've fought through a lot. ... I feel very confident we're still doing a decent job trying to hang in there.

'We had a few stumbles last year,' he continued. 'But the important thing is just to move forward, and the fact I have great people to work with. I'm not looking to be a problem to anybody.'


Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Kiki Vandeweghe to coach Nets for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe is set to become the team's coach for the rest of the season.

He doesn't have to worry about being on the bench for a potential record-setting loss, though.

Vandeweghe won't coach his first game with the team until Friday, a person with knowledge of the team's plans told The Associated Press on Monday. The person requested anonymity because the Nets don't plan to announce their plans until a press conference Tuesday morning.

Tom Barrise, who led the team Sunday night after Lawrence Frank was fired, will coach again Wednesday against Dallas, when the Nets can set an NBA record with an 18th straight loss to begin a season.

Former NBA head coach Del Harris will join the Nets as Vandeweghe's assistant. The pair previously worked together in Dallas.

The Nets fired Frank, their coach for 6 1/2 seasons, on Sunday morning. They lost to the Lakers under Barrise, tying the 1988-89 Miami Heat and 1999 Los Angeles Clippers by losing 17 consecutive games to open a season.

They interviewed candidates Monday and decided to go with Vandeweghe, who previously worked as an assistant with the Mavericks but has never been a head coach.

But with an injury-depleted roster that wasn't competitive during most of its four-game trip out West, coaching experience is far from the team's only problem.

'It doesn't matter who the coach is. If we don't change some of the habits, not much is going to change throughout the team,' point guard Devin Harris said Sunday night.

The Nets likely didn't have many options, because they can't make a long-term commitment to any potential candidates.

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has a deal to buy 80 percent of the team, a sale that could be approved by NBA owners by the end of next month. If it goes through, he could decide to bring in his own basketball people.

So Vandeweghe's future with the team is uncertain no matter how he fares as coach.

Vandeweghe, whose contract expires after this season, becomes the second GM to assume the coaching duties of an NBA team this season. Jeff Bower moved to the bench when the New Orleans Hornets fired Byron Scott.


Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


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  NCAA1   


Pitt needs 2 OTs to win 'The City Game' over Duquesne at the final College game in the Mellon Arena. - by Rangi Gescheit
Pittsburgh Panthers won the last College basketball game in the Mellon Arena, tonight over Duquesne 67:58, in 2 over times. The 48 years old Arena is schedule for demolition in 2011. Pittsburgh improves to 62-51 record in the Igloo.

Pittsburgh won over their biggest Atlantic -10 rivalry Duquesne - in Pittsburgh City Battle called 'The City Game'. Coach Jamie Dixon improves to 79-5 vs. Non Conference opponents.

The Panthers needed their somewhat experienced guards to step up in Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) (15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists) and Brad Wanamaker (6'4''-G-89) (14 points and 10 rebounds) , while 2 more starter are in double digits performance. With them, the freshman point guard Travon Woodall (5'11''-G-89) lead the offensive part with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and some help from the bench at Senior Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88). Never the less, just like their last game when defeating Youngstown State, 72-56, on Saturday when the Panthers used a 10-0 run late in the game, they held the Dukes tonight on 7 points in the last 17 minutes of the competition. The Panthers are expected to be back in action, at home, while hosting New Hampshire on December 4th.

The Dukes held Pittsburgh on 25% for 3, forcing them for 33.9% over all from the floor.
On the other hand the Dukes used the bench only once for more than a couple of minutes until three players fouled out. They had only 2 players in double digits: Bill Clark (6'5''-G/F-88) with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists and B.J. Monteiro (6'5''-G/F-90) with 10 points. The Dukes are expected to host Savannah St. in their next time out on December 5th.



For the first time ever: The Big 10 wins the Challenge Vs. the ACC 6-5. - by Rangi Gescheit
The B10 to wins the Challenge Vs. the ACC 6-5.

This is the first time the Big 10 wins it since the ACC - Big 10 Challenge was established 11 years ago.
Wisconsin took over #5 Duke to hand the Blue Devils their first loss of the year and also their first loss ever in the challenge (10-0 till tonight), to tie the 2009-2010 series at 5-5. Than #15 Ohio St. just had to secure the game vs. Florida St., after having a big lead deep in the second half to win the game 77:64 and the series 6-5.

The big 10 to win the Challenge Vs. the ACC 6-5. This is the first time since the Big 10 win it since the ACC - Big 10 Challenge was established 10 years ago.
Wisconsin took over #5 Duke to hand the Blue Devils their first loss of the season and their first loss ever in the challenge (10-0 till tonight), to tie the series at 5-5. Than #15 Ohio St. just had to secure the game vs. Florida St., after having a big lead deep in the second half to win the game 77:64 and the series 6-5.

Game 1:
Penn St. At Virginia 69:66 (Big 10 leads 0-1)
2009 - 2010 ACC - Big 10 challenge started on Monday. Penn St., 2009 Post Season NIT champs hosted U of Virginia of coach Tony Bennett . The Ninety Lions, led by their efficient point guard Talor Battle (6'0''-G-88) came back from 21:27 half time deficit, took over the lead, with 16 minutes to the final buzzer and never dropped it again. 69:66 to the lions to start the challenge,
big 10 favor 1-0.
Leading Scorers:
Penn St.: Talor Battle (6'0''-G-88) 32 pts, 4 rbnd, 4 assists, 5-9 for 3.
Tim Frazier (6'1''-G-90) 11 pts, 5 assists.
Jeff Brooks (6'8''-F-89) 8 pts 9 rbnds.
Virginia: Sylven Landesberg (6'6''-G-90) 18 pts, 5 rbnd,
Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88) 17 pts, 11 rbnd,
Sammy Zeglinski (6'0''-G-88) 16 pts, 2 assists, 2 stl, 4-9 for 3

Dec 1st:
Game 2: Wake Forest At #6 Purdue 58: 69 (0-2 Big 10)
Game 3: Northwestern At N.Carolina St. 65:53 (0-3 Big 10)
Game 4: Virginia Tech At Iowa 70:64 (1-3 Big 10)
Game 5: Maryland at Indiana 80:68 (2-3 ACC favor)
Game 6: #9Michigan at #11 N.Carolina 82:89 (Tie 3-3)

Dec 2nd:
Game 7: Illinois At #19 Clemson 76:74 (3-4 Big 10).
Illinois performed the biggest 2nd half comeback in school's history, after trailing 51:28, 40 seconds in the 2nd half. The fighting illinis, stood for their name, fought back and held Clemson on 27 points only in the second half, while scoring 49.

Game 8: Boston Coll. at Michigan 62:58 (Tied at 4-4)
Two ex Big East (
BEC) Coaches met in Michigan. John Beilein (Ex West Virginia Head Coach till 2 years ago) met an old colleague in Al Skinner (when Boston Coll. was a member of the big east, before moving to the ACC). Despite the fact that Skinner misses his last year's PG Tyrese Rice (6'1''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.), he found a good leader and a creator in Sophomore Reggie Jackson (6'3''-G-84) (15 points, 8 rebound and 6 assists). The front court stepped up as well when Corey Raji (6'6''-F-88) and Joe Trapani (6'8''-F-88, college: Vermont) added combined production of 35 points and 22 rebounds for the Eagles.

Game 9: Minnesota at Miami, FL 58:63 (5-4 ACC)

Game 10: #5 Duke at Wisconsin 69:73 (Ties at 5-5)

Game 11: Florida St. at #15 Ohio St. 64:77 (5-6 Big 10)




Wisconsin beats No. 6 Duke - by Rick Ross
Courtesy Of SI Sports CNN
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Even after the game, Trevon Hughes had all the answers.
Hughes had 19 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and
Wisconsin's 73-69 win over No. 6 Duke on Wednesday night snapped the Blue Devils ' perfect mark in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Big Ten's never won, and I think we won it?'' teammate Keaton Nankivil asked postgame.

There was Hughes, right on cue: ''Yeah, and the first time Duke lost.
With Illinois' 76-74 rally over Clemson and Ohio State's 77-64 victory
over Florida State in the final game, the Big Ten won the 11-year series for the first time, 6-5.
I'm proud to be a part of the conference when they win something,
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. ''We're in it to try to win it.''

It was especially sweet for the Badgers (5-1), who never trailed and got a measure of payback against
Duke (6-1) after being routed 82-58 two years ago in a challenge game in Durham,
N.C. Wisconsin's win ended the Blue Devils ' 10-0 streak in the annual event and helped end the
ACC's perfect 10-0 record as well.
It's a point of pride to know that we had something to do with that in a game a lot of people
probably didn't think we were going to win,'' Nankivil said. ''It was pretty special.''

Kyle Singler scored 17 of his career-high 28 points in the first half for the
Blue Devils and Andre Dawkins went 4 of 4 from 3-point range in the second half to finish with 12.
Duke cut Wisconsin's 11-point lead with just over 5 minutes left to 70-69 with 5.7 seconds to play on a tip-in by Singler.
But after Hughes hit two free throws to make it 72-69, Singler's inbounds pass to
Jon Scheyer was too hard and skipped away. Jordan Taylor 's free throw was the final margin.

Wisconsin only committed five turnovers.
That's five opportunities you didn't get a shot at the basket,'' Ryan said.
They had 11 opportunities that they didn't have to score. That might have been the difference in the game.'
Duke had led the nation in field goal percentage defense coming in and were
allowing an average of 58.2 points in their first six games. But in the Blue Devils ' first true road game,
Hughes kept slashing the lane and when Duke gave him a little space, he'd hit 3-pointers.

Their offense just beat our defense,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Wisconsin went up 59-54 with 7:40 left when Hughes hit two free throws and the only thing that
slowed the senior point guard was when he was inadvertently hit in the face with just under 6 minutes to play.
Yeah, I got hit with an elbow,'' Hughes said. ''I was checking for blood. It would've been my first nose bleed ever.
No worries.

Hughes came back and hit a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim with 5:08 to go,
giving the Badgers their biggest lead at 65-54
until Dawkins answered with three 3-pointers in a span of less than 2 minutes to cut the lead to 67-65.
Duke had a couple of chances to tie it, but never could in the closing moments,
only cutting it to 70-69 on Singler's tap-in in the waning seconds.

I got a lot of buckets going to the basket, and I got to the free throw line,
said Singler, who didn't want to talk about his new scoring mark. That's about it.
Wisconsin improved to 123-10 at the Kohl Center under Ryan and got 17 points and seven rebounds from Jon Leuer .
Jason Bohannon added 10 points for the Badgers.

Duke cut it to 53-52 on two free throws by Singler with just under 11 minutes to go, but Singler missed a
3-pointer moments later that would have tied it and Wisconsin opened up the 11-point lead.
Duke would've been in a much bigger hole had it not been for Singler, who hit floating
one-handed shots in the lane with both his left and right hands on his way to 17 first-half points.

Singler hit his first six shots and finished 10 of 17 from the field. But the rest of the Blue Devils ,
who shot just 29.2 percent in a win over Connecticut on Friday, only hit 39 percent and Scheyer finished 2 of 7 with 10 points.
I don't think we did a good job of just staying patient. They did a good job,
didn't give us a lot of open looks and there just wasn't much there,'' Scheyer said.
We need to know that every game we play, no one's going to give us a game, every team's going to fight.''



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AFCCM Zone-III Qualifiers: ASPAC beat Pythons 87-53, battles Ellan for 2nd spot - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of ASPAC basketball club of Cotonou, Benin Republic of making it to the final round of the 2009 FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men slated for Kigali, Rwanda became brighter Thursday night when it posted an emphatic 87-53 points victory over Liberia NPA Pythons at the IRSP gymnase in Ouidah.

The Coach Peter Ahmedu tutored side had to fall back on good team play to subdue the Liberian whose hope of making the Kigali trip was finally dashed after losing its third game in the FIBA Africa Zone-III elimination series.

ASPAC is now tied on points with rival Ellan basketball club of Port Novo, who beat the Cotonou-based ASPAC to the Benin league title with both sides battling for the zones second spot behind Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria.

Pillars who continue its excellent run in the qualifying series with a 94-45 points win over Model Basket Club of Togo also on Thursday looked set to further compound the woes of the NPA Pythons whose venom seems to have failed it as the Liberian side have been unable to sting any of its zone-III opponent since the qualifying round started last weekend in Ouidah, Benin Republic.

The star-studded Pillars side coached by Coac Sani Ahmed has thus qualified for its second straight final round of the continent biggest men club competition.

Day-4 Results:
ASPAC (BEN) 87-53 NPA Pythons (LIB)

Model Club (TOG) 45-94 Kano Pillars (NGR)

Ellan (BEN) Bye

Day-5 Games (Friday December 4, 2009)
NPA Pythons (LIB) Vs Kano Pillars (NGR) 15.30Hour



ASPAC (BEN) Vs Ellan (BEN) 17.30Hour

Model Club (TOG) Bye



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Berzeit, Abna' Alquds & Sileh AlHarithieh one step closer to Division One - by Tamara Awartani
In the 5th Week of Division 2 and 3 Berzeit, Abna' Alquds & Sileh AlHarithieh have won most of their games, Week 6 & 7 will reveal the two teams that will make it to division one.

Sileh IlHarithieh had an easy 31point difference win over Salfeet, however, Berzeit had a difficult win against Nablus Youth


Sileh IlHarithieh vs. Salfeet 85 54
Sileh team started off strong right from the beginning through Fareed Obeidi, Taher AlZaboud, Mohammed Filfel, Zaki Odeh and Fares Shawaneh leading 25-13, while Salfeet played better in the 2nd quarter 41-31 through Fadi AlRimal, Ibrahim Saleem, Mohammed Saleem, Majd Saleem and Abdel Minem Rimal and Iyad AlRimal (got injured). Sileh Coach made sure that most of the team played such as Ibrahim MirI, Abdel Afou AlSadi in the 3rd & 4th quarter.
Sileh team consists also from Ala Shawaneh, Moath Shawaneh, Mamoud Miri, Yousef Zyoud and Bilal Zyoud. While Salfeet team are Raed AlRimal, Zakaria Saleem, Iyad Rimal, Omar AlRimal and Mohammed AlRimal.


Berzeit vs. Nablus Youth 65 56
A competitive game right from the start were Berzeit lead the 1st & 2nd quarter 12-11, 32 25 playing hard especially with Aaron Wyatt (193-G/F)s penetrations and shots! While Nablus Youth were more focused in the 3rd quarter with set plays through Hisham AlSahel & Sayel Qasem leading 48-44, thats when Aaron Wyatt with his unstoppable 3pointers gave Berzeit team a win over Nablus Youth.
Berzeit players coached by Motaz Abu Diah are Mohammed Hasan, Mahmoud Asab, Jinad Hani, Fares AlDamen, Useid Abu Diah, Ashraf Abu Arram, Khalil Hamad, Fares Saadeh, Tony Shahin, Mohammed AlHamd and Fuad Mohammed.
Nablus Youth players Kameel Zahran, Isam AlQadiri, Hussam Nasser, Mohammed AlMasri, Saed Hirzallah, Ammar Bleibleh, Khaled Sleiman and Zeid abu Saif.

Week 6 & 7 Schedule
Sunday 6/12/2009
Toulkarem Center vs. Nablus Youth, 5.00pm Nablus
Rummaneh vs. AlZawyeh, 6.30pm Nablus


Monday 7/12/2009
Silet AlThaher vs. De La Salle Bethlehem, 4.30 Ramallah


Anabta vs. AlQuds Sons, 6.00pm Ramallah (Alquds need to win this to go up to the 1st Division)
Sileh AlHarithieh vs. Berzeit, 7.30pm,Ramallah (The team that wins moves to the 1st Division)


Thursday 10/12/2009
Sileh AlHarithieh vs Toulkarem Center, 4.30 Nablus
Salfeet vs. Berzeit, 6pm, Nablus
Anabta vs. Nablus Youth, 7.30 Nablus

Friday 11/12/2009
Rameen vs. De La Salle Bethlehem, 5.30 AlBireh



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  ROMANIA   


Gaz Metan stays perfect in the regional championship - by Eurobasket News
As it was from the beginning of this season, Romanian teams once again registered one win and one defeat in Balkan league. Gaz Metan was the team who celebrated and Steaua failed.
Gaz Metan continued with great performance in BIBL and last night the Romanian team cruised past Metalac on the road 69-82 jumping to perfect 4-0 in Group A. At the same time, Metalac fell to 1-3. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) and Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Interperformances) stepped up in victory with 16 points each. Howell handed out 6 assists beside that. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Derrick Phelps (192-G-72, college: N.Carolina) scored 12 points each. The hosts got 16 points and 7 rebounds from Milan Trtic (200-F-86). Nenad Stefanovic (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) had the same number of points.
Steaua Turabo - Levski 69-75
Levski was too strong for Steaua in Bucharest 69-75 joining Beograd and Feni Industrija on top of Group B with almost perfect 3-1 score. At the same time Romanian team remain winless. They failed 4 times in 4 appearances and it is hard to believe they will be able to recover and to reach the Playoff. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) led the winning squad with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) scored 16, and Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) delivered 11 pts. For the hosts, Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) scored 21 points. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) had 19 pts and 8 boards.
Round 5 is scheduled for December 15/16.


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  RUSSIA   


CSKA too much for Marousi - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Marousi BC 78-65

CSKA registered nice 78-65 home win against Marousi jumping to 4-2 in Preliminary Group C. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) was the leading player in Russian powerhouse with 16 points (4/5 for 3-pts). Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) scored 13 pts each, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) added 12. In Marousi (1-5), Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85) netted 11 pts and William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) stopped on 10.
Marousi was a better team in the first 7-8 minutes. The Greek squad touched 5-9 and later 7-11 lead, but soon after that Viktor Khryapa stepped up for CSKA and together with Sasha Kaun and Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) paced the hosts to 15-13 lead after first quarter. In the second, Marousi grabbed 19-20 and Trajan Langdon lifted CSKA to 25-22. J.R. Holden drained a triple and Viktor Khryapa joined with a basket brining plus 9 to CSKA in the finish of the first half. Still, the hosts were not able to keep more than 35-30 as Homan and Dimitrios Mavroidis stepped up for Marousi. Question abut the winner was resolved in third quarter as CSKA jumped to 46-36 at the halfway of it (after triple by Ramunas Siskauskas) and later stretched its lead to 58-42 after 30 minutes of play. J.R. Holden closed third quarter with a triple. Last period was just the formality as CSKA had no troubles to keep the safe distance.
In the next round, CSKA will meet Lottomatica in Rome. Marousi will host Union Olimpija.

CSKA: J.R. Holden 16, Viktor Khryapa 13, Trajan Langdon 13, Sasha Kaun 12
Marousi: Dimitrios Mavroidis 11, William Keys 10


Dynamo adds Zibirov and Shved - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik
Dynamo has brought reinforcements at guard position. Moscow club signed contract with Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) and also inked Alexey Shved (196-G-88). Zibirov, 22 years old point guard from Saratov, has played 4 seasons with Avtodor, after that he moved to Saint-Petersburg and joined Dynamo SPb. In 2006 he moved to Lokomotiv-Rostov. This summer he gained silver medals at World University Games in Belgrade, but Lokomotiv didn't need his services anymore. Shved, 21 years old still is a very promising guard, with a great timing for the pass and interesting 1-on-1 skills, but has no place in CSKA deep backcourt rotation. Shved joined CSKA Superleague A team in 2007 after playing in junior team and Khimky. He walked the path of CSKA glory and became an Euroleague champion-08 and Superleague A champion-08, 09.

MMC Real Madrid beats Khimky for the fifth Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
MMC Real Madrid - Khimky 70-59

Both teams entered to this game with almost perfect 4-1 in Group D. The Whites got 13 points from ex Khimkys player Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances). Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) had 11 points and 7 assists, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) (6 rebs) and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) (7 rebs) netted 10 points each. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Russians. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) stopped on 11 pts.
Khimky had 5-10 lead at the midway of the first period, but was not able to keep it. Darjus Lavrinovic stepped up for Real Madrid and mostly owing to him hosts managed to cut the margin to 12-13 after 10 minutes of play. That in the second period, Real Madrid grabbed 22-19, after triple by Pablo Prigioni. Reyes joined soon after that and Prigioni made another basket lifting Real Madrid to 27-21. Still, Khimky was strong enough to respond and to come closer. Thanks to three-pointer off the dribble by Keith Langfrod, Khimky closed the gap to 31-28 after two periods. Than in third Novica Velickovic pushed up Real to 43-30, but Khimky again responded. Robertas Javtokas made some important baskets allowing Khimky to cut the deficit to just 50-45 before the last period. Than, Jorge Garbajosa stepped up for Real Madrid. He opened the last quarter with free throws and in the finish made two important jumpers. Meanwhile Pablo Prigioni and Sergio Llull were great and they all together lifted Real to 67-59 with one minute to go. That was not enough time for Khimky to mount a comeback and Real Madrid celebrated fifth Euroleague win this season.

MMC Real Madrid: Jorge Garbajosa 13, Pablo Prigioni 11+7 as, Novica Velickovic 10+7 boards, Darjus Lavrinovic 10+6 boards
Khimky: Robertas Javtokas 17+9 boards, Keith Langford 11



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  RWANDA   


RWA AFCCM: Draws holds Saturday in Abidjan - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The draw for the 2009 edition of Africa biggest Men club competition will come up this Saturday at the FIBA Africa Secretariat in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire at 16h00 (GMT).

The ten teams for the final round of the 2009 edition of the champions club for men will divided into two groups of five teams each.

A.P.R basketball club of Rwanda tops group-A as host club while defending champion, Angola Primero de Agosto lead group-B.

The other clubs who will know the group they fall into includes Petro Atletico of Angola, ASB Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Inter-club of Congo Brazzaville and Cooperative Bank of Kenya.

Others include Kenya Ports Authority (K.P.A), Warriors of Uganda and the two teams that will emerged from the FIBA Africa Zone-III qualifiers that will end Friday in Ouidah, Benin Republic.


AFCCM: Draws holds Saturday in Abidjan - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The draw for the 2009 edition of Africa biggest Men club competition will come up this Saturday at the FIBA Africa Secretariat in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire at 16h00 (GMT).

The ten teams for the final round of the 2009 edition of the champions club for men will divided into two groups of five teams each.

A.P.R basketball club of Rwanda tops group-A as host club while defending champion, Angola Primero de Agosto lead group-B.

The other clubs who will know the group they fall into includes Petro Atletico of Angola, ASB Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Inter-club of Congo Brazzaville and Cooperative Bank of Kenya.

Others include Kenya Ports Authority (K.P.A), Warriors of Uganda and the two teams that will emerged from the FIBA Africa Zone-III qualifiers that will end Friday in Ouidah, Benin Republic
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Antic brings Galloway with him to Al Ahli - by Mohammed Malas
Al Ahli Jeddah's new head coach Srdjan Antic of Serbia decided to bring his ex-player Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) in An Nasr of UAE with him in the Jeddah City's team for the new season 2009/2010.

The American forward shined in United Arab Emirates in the last two seasons helping the team to gain so many trophies, He holds a good experience overseas in Spain for 2 seasons and Portugal.

Al Ahli suffered alot at the begining of pre-season preperations due to some different occasions until they setteled at Antic as head coach and Galloway as import.


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Metalac fails at home against Gaz Metan - by Eurobasket News
Serbian teams for sure want to forget Round 4 of Balkan league as they registered 0-2.
Metalac was not able to avoid 69-82 home loss against Gaz Metan falling to 1-3 in Group B. At the same time, Gaz Metan jumped to 4-0 and remained the only unbeaten team in the regional championship. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) and Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Interperformances) stepped up in victory with 16 points each. Howell handed out 6 assists beside that. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Derrick Phelps (192-G-72, college: N.Carolina) scored 12 points each. The hosts got 16 points and 7 rebounds from Milan Trtic (200-F-86). Nenad Stefanovic (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) had the same number of points. This game was played last night.
Beorgad faced with first loss of the season and it happened against Mornar Bar on the road 80-73. This game was played on November 25. After 4 rounds, Beograd has 3-1 in Group B and Mornar jumped to 2-2. Milos Durisic (194-G-88) and Anthony Brown (203-F-86, college: Oklahoma St.) (7 rebs) led the hosts with 16 points each. Alen Djelosevic (198-F-88) scored 15. In Beograd, Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) collected 19 pts and 9 rebounds. Branko Andzic (201-F-82) had 16 pts and 8 rebs.
Round 5 of BIBL is scheduled for December 15/16.


Partizan crushes Unicaja in Malaga, hands it first Euroleague loss - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Partizan 64-72

Partizan Belgrade handed the first Euroleague loss to Unicaja this season. It was an impressive 64-72 win in Malaga for 3-3 in Group B. Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in victory registering double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) had 12 points and 8 boards, while Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) added 10 points and 5 assists. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 12 points for the hosts. Larry Lewis (201-F-69, college: Morehouse) contributed with 11 pts and 7 boards.
Partizan had a strong start creating 10-18 lead at the midway of first period. Unicaja responded soon after that with 8-0 run, but Branislav Djekic and Aleks Maric brought 18-21 to Partizan after 10 minutes of play. Second quarter was pretty leveled with neither team making a serious run. Actually, visitors touched plus 7 twice, but Unicaja closed the gap to 25-27 quickly. At the half time Partizan still held 3-point lead, 29-32. Dusan Kecman and Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) lifted Partizan to 31-38 at the beginning of third period, but Unicaja once again cut its deficit. Still, Dusan Kecman and Petar Bozic (197-G-78) stepped up for the visiting squad and with lay-up and a triple bringing the first double-digit lead to their team, 39-49. Unicaja reacted, Joel Freeland and Jiri Welsch closed third quarter with a short jumper and a triple for 44-49. At the midway of the last period, Jan Vesely (211-F-90) dunkd the ball after an offensive rebound and Petar Bozic sank another triple for 48-59. This time Unicaja was not able to come back. In the finish Dusan Kecman a long 3-pointer setting the score to 58-69 with just 2 minutes left. That was not enough time for Unicaja, who faced with the first Euroleague loss this season.

Unicaja: Joel Freeland 12, Larry Lewis 11+7 boards
Partizan: Dusan Kecman 16+10 boards, Aleks Maric 12+8 boards, Lester McCalebb 10+5 as


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Extraliga Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Levice - B.Bystrica 70-78
Banska Bystrica brought the win from a road clash with Levice. Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) knocked down 17 points to pace Banska Bystrica. Ivan Skara had 15 points and 11 boards in the win. Mike Trimboli notched 15 points for the home team.

Inter Bratislava - Nova Ves 69-75
Nova Ves outgunned Inter Bratislava away from home. Michal Batka (204-C-87, agency: Pro Agents-Basketball Careers) netted 20 points to lead the charge. Pawel Mroz tallied 15 points and 12 boards in the victory. Vincent Polakovic led Inter with 16 points in defeat.

Nitra - Vahostav-Zilina 62-51
Nitra posted the 15th win in the season to stay on top of the standings. Stanislav Votroubek (213-C-81) knocked down 14 points to lead the charge. Edward Scott had 2 points, 12 assists and 10 boards in the victory. Miroslav Futo responded with 14 points for Zilina in the loss.

Komarno - Pezinok 66-74
Pezinok celebrated the fifteenth win as they upset Komarno on the road. David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) scored 20 points to lead the way for the visitors. Peter Micuda added 13 points and 8 boards in the victory. Marcel Madaj, Ivica Blagojevic and Peter Marcic had 14 points each in the losing case.

Prievidza - Handlova 110-66
Prievidza dismantled Handlova for the eighth win in the season. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) exploded with 36 points, 9 assists and 6 boards to lead the hosts. Pavel Bosak contributed 25 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in the victory. Josip Glavinic answered with 15 points and 6 assists in defeat.



Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 15-2 
 2. Pezinok 15-3 
 3. Handlova 10-8 
 4. Nova Ves 9-8 
 5. B.Bystrica 9-9 
 6. Prievidza 8-9 
 7. Levice 7-10 
 8. Svit 7-10 
 9. Inter Bratisl. 7-10 
 10. Komarno 6-11 
 11. Vahostav-Zilina 2-15 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Fears, Prievidza21.3 
 2. Archibeque, Levice18.7 
 3. Glavinic, Handlova18.1 
 4. Crouch, Inter B.18.1 
 5. Bosak, Prievidza17.6 
 6. Hill, Nitra17.2 
 7. Laco, Svit16.5 
 8. Polakovic, Inter B.16.5 
 9. Mroz, Nova Ves16.4 
 10. Trimboli, Levi.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  Levice
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Archibeque, Levice10.1 
 2. Mroz, Nova Ves8.9 
 3. Nicholson, Pezinok8.8 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.2 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit7.5 
 6. Dorazil, B.Bystrica6.9 
 7. Skara, B.Bystrica6.9 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves6.7 
 9. Micuda, Pezinok6.6 
 10. Laco, Sv.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Crawford, Levice8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.8 
 3. Scott, Nitra4.8 
 4. Trimboli, Levice4.4 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.3 
 6. Immink, B.Bystrica4.0 
 7. Demecko, Nova Ves3.6 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok3.4 
 9. Crouch, Inter B.3.3 
 10. Bosak, Prievid.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Edward SCOTT
  Nitra
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Nitra2.6 
 2. Crawford, Levice2.4 
 3. Zavodny, Vahost.2.4 
 4. Fears, Prievidza2.4 
 5. Jackson, Pezinok2.3 
 6. Mielczarek, Nova V.2.1 
 7. Demecko, Nova Ves2.1 
 8. Crouch, Inter B.2.1 
 9. Trimboli, Levice2.0 
 10. Immink, B.Bystri.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivica BLAGOJEVIC
  Komarno
  (206-C-74)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Blagojevic, Komar.0.8 
 2. Bosak, Prievidza0.8 
 3. Crawford, Levice0.8 
 4. Archibeque, Levice0.7 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit0.7 
 6. Glavinic, Handlova0.6 
 7. Tilandy, Vahost.0.6 
 8. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 9. Bajic, Svit0.6 
 10. Skara, B.Bystri.0.5 


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  SLOVENIA   


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Marcus CRENSHAW
  Sentjur
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Crenshaw, Sentjur23.1 
 2. Snow, Helios21.2 
 3. Cebular, Sentjur19.7 
 4. Jagodnik, Polzela17.7 
 5. Nikolic, Krka17.5 
 6. Dragic, Geoplin .17.5 
 7. Feeley, Elektra .16.3 
 8. Markic, Luka Koper16.1 
 9. Bubnic, Zlatorog16.1 
 10. Drzic, Luka Kop.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Goran JAGODNIK
  Hemofarm
  (203-F-74)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jagodnik, Polzela12.0 
 2. Nikolic, Krka10.3 
 3. Feeley, Elektra .8.6 
 4. Markic, Luka Koper7.0 
 5. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.8 
 6. Kosec, Parklji6.4 
 7. Cup, Elektra .6.4 
 8. Simovic, Sentjur6.4 
 9. Muric, Parklji6.3 
 10. Finzgar, TCG.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.4.9 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur4.6 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.4 
 4. Mocnik, Helios4.2 
 5. Cmer, Zlatorog3.5 
 6. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.4 
 7. Jersin, Parklji3.3 
 8. Udrih, Polzela2.8 
 9. Petrovic, Helios2.8 
 10. Dragic, Geopli.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc STRNAD
  Zlatorog
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strnad, Zlatorog2.3 
 2. Dragic, Geoplin .2.0 
 3. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.9 
 4. Skok, Polzela1.9 
 5. Udrih, Polzela1.8 
 6. Markic, Luka Koper1.8 
 7. Cebular, Sentjur1.7 
 8. Bajramlic, Helios1.6 
 9. Mezek, TCG M.1.6 
 10. Krivec, Kr.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Krka
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Nikolic, Krka1.9 
 2. Cup, Elektra .1.3 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.1 
 4. Ibok, Polzela0.9 
 5. Finzgar, TCG M.0.9 
 6. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.8 
 7. Pavic, Geoplin Slovan0.7 
 8. Virijevic, Sencur C.0.6 
 9. Klepo, Geoplin Slovan0.5 
 10. Simovic, Sentj.0.5 


Olimpija inks Millage, Hopsi brings back Ovcina - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija, thin at pointguard due to injury of Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), have signed Americam Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ex Enisej Krasnojarsk.
Ilievski is expected to be out for several weeks following foot surgery. Millage spent two seasons with Arizona Staate, them before playing for TSK Wurzburg, Zjeijang Wanma Cyclones, Split CO, ASK Riga and Enisej Krasnojarsk. Last season he averaged 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2,3 steals in 24 games of Russian Superleague.
A decade after he first landed on the same team, veteran center Elvir Ovcina (212-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) is returning to Hopsi Polzela with a contract for the remainder of the season. Ovcina played for Hopsi from 1999-2000. He played for Bosna ASA last season.


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 14-6 
 2. KCC Egis 14-7 
 3. Mobis Phoebus 13-6 
 4. Dongbu Promy 12-8 
 5. LG Sakers 12-9 
 6. Samsung Th. 10-9 
 7. SK Knights 7-13 
 8. KT&G Kites 6-12 
 9. Daegu Orions 6-12 
 10. ET Land B.Sl. 4-16 


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MMC Real Madrid beats Khimky for the fifth Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
MMC Real Madrid - Khimky 70-59

Both teams entered to this game with almost perfect 4-1 in Group D. The Whites got 13 points from ex Khimkys player Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances). Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) had 11 points and 7 assists, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) (6 rebs) and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) (7 rebs) netted 10 points each. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Russians. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) stopped on 11 pts.
Khimky had 5-10 lead at the midway of the first period, but was not able to keep it. Darjus Lavrinovic stepped up for Real Madrid and mostly owing to him hosts managed to cut the margin to 12-13 after 10 minutes of play. That in the second period, Real Madrid grabbed 22-19, after triple by Pablo Prigioni. Reyes joined soon after that and Prigioni made another basket lifting Real Madrid to 27-21. Still, Khimky was strong enough to respond and to come closer. Thanks to three-pointer off the dribble by Keith Langfrod, Khimky closed the gap to 31-28 after two periods. Than in third Novica Velickovic pushed up Real to 43-30, but Khimky again responded. Robertas Javtokas made some important baskets allowing Khimky to cut the deficit to just 50-45 before the last period. Than, Jorge Garbajosa stepped up for Real Madrid. He opened the last quarter with free throws and in the finish made two important jumpers. Meanwhile Pablo Prigioni and Sergio Llull were great and they all together lifted Real to 67-59 with one minute to go. That was not enough time for Khimky to mount a comeback and Real Madrid celebrated fifth Euroleague win this season.

MMC Real Madrid: Jorge Garbajosa 13, Pablo Prigioni 11+7 as, Novica Velickovic 10+7 boards, Darjus Lavrinovic 10+6 boards
Khimky: Robertas Javtokas 17+9 boards, Keith Langford 11



Partizan crushes Unicaja in Malaga, hands it first Euroleague loss - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Partizan 64-72

Partizan Belgrade handed the first Euroleague loss to Unicaja this season. It was an impressive 64-72 win in Malaga for 3-3 in Group B. Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in victory registering double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) had 12 points and 8 boards, while Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) added 10 points and 5 assists. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 12 points for the hosts. Larry Lewis (201-F-69, college: Morehouse) contributed with 11 pts and 7 boards.
Partizan had a strong start creating 10-18 lead at the midway of first period. Unicaja responded soon after that with 8-0 run, but Branislav Djekic and Aleks Maric brought 18-21 to Partizan after 10 minutes of play. Second quarter was pretty leveled with neither team making a serious run. Actually, visitors touched plus 7 twice, but Unicaja closed the gap to 25-27 quickly. At the half time Partizan still held 3-point lead, 29-32. Dusan Kecman and Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) lifted Partizan to 31-38 at the beginning of third period, but Unicaja once again cut its deficit. Still, Dusan Kecman and Petar Bozic (197-G-78) stepped up for the visiting squad and with lay-up and a triple bringing the first double-digit lead to their team, 39-49. Unicaja reacted, Joel Freeland and Jiri Welsch closed third quarter with a short jumper and a triple for 44-49. At the midway of the last period, Jan Vesely (211-F-90) dunkd the ball after an offensive rebound and Petar Bozic sank another triple for 48-59. This time Unicaja was not able to come back. In the finish Dusan Kecman a long 3-pointer setting the score to 58-69 with just 2 minutes left. That was not enough time for Unicaja, who faced with the first Euroleague loss this season.

Unicaja: Joel Freeland 12, Larry Lewis 11+7 boards
Partizan: Dusan Kecman 16+10 boards, Aleks Maric 12+8 boards, Lester McCalebb 10+5 as


Caja Laboral celebrates 67-60 win against Lottomatica - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Lottomatica 67-60

Caja Laboral grabbed valuable 67-60 win against Lottomatica getting 17 points and 6 rebounds from Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 and pulled down 8 rebounds, and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) netted 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) delivered 15 points. Both teams had 3-2 in Group C before this game.
Everything started good for Caja Laboral, who created quick 9-4 lead. Until the end of first, the hosts made decent 17-11 lead. That included 11-0 run in this period. In the second quarter, Mirza Teletovic and his teammates completed 9-0 and Lottomatica answered with 0-7 run after that. Still, Caja Laboral held 26-18 lead at the midway of this period. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) shined in the finish of the first half and together with Ricky Minard and Vitali closed the gap to 33-28. Third quarter was decisive one in this game. Mirza Teletovic and Carl English drained two triples for the first double-digit lead. Tiago Splitter also was hot and everything resulted with 53-38 for Caja Laboral after three quarters (20-10 3rd). Despite, Lottomatica ended last period with 14-22 that was not enough even for serious treat as Caja Laboral managed to keep the safe distance all the time.
In the next round Caja Laboral will meet Maccabi in Tel Aviv. Lottomatica will host CSKA.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 17+6 boards, Tiago Splitter 15+8 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 13
Lottomatica: Ricky Minard 15, Kennedy Winston 12+6 boards


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Solna 15-2 
 2. Norrkoping 14-2 
 3. Plannja 12-3 
 4. Sundsvall 12-4 
 5. Eco Orebro 8-9 
 6. Boras 7-10 
 7. Gothia Basket 7-10 
 8. Uppsala 5-13 
 9. Sodertalje 4-11 
 10. Jamtland 3-13 
 11. 08 3-13 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Brandon MCKNIGHT
  Plannja
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. McKnight, Plannja20.5 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro20.3 
 3. Palm, Boras16.8 
 4. Blom, 0816.2 
 5. Mitchell, Solna16.2 
 6. Ringstrom, Gothia B.16.2 
 7. Sigurdarson, Sunds.16.1 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.1 
 9. Carter, Gothia B.14.7 
 10. Walker, Sodertal.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Palm, Boras11.1 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.10.5 
 3. Konare, Jamtland9.6 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.4 
 5. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.4 
 6. Akesson, Plannja8.3 
 7. Djordjic, Soder.8.2 
 8. Jonker, Sundsvall7.3 
 9. Jonzen, Uppsala7.1 
 10. Djuric, Uppsa.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mats LEVIN
  Sundsvall
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Levin, Sundsvall6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.8 
 3. Mitchell, Solna5.7 
 4. Mbemba, Solna5.2 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping4.7 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.6 
 7. McKnight, Plannja4.4 
 8. Larsson, Plannja4.1 
 9. Sigurdarson, Sunds.4.0 
 10. Gervin, Norrkopi.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.9 
 2. Mbemba, Solna2.8 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping2.7 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje2.7 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.4 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 7. Mitchell, Solna2.2 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping2.0 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 10. Crone, Sodertal.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.6 
 3. Palm, Boras1.4 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.3 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.3 
 6. McNaull, Norrkoping1.0 
 7. Drains, Norrkoping1.0 
 8. Akesson, Plannja0.9 
 9. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.8 
 10. Walker, Sodertal.0.7 


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  SWITZERLAND   


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


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


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Kenny THOMAS
  Lausanne
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Thomas, Lausanne24.0 
 2. Hollins, Starwings20.7 
 3. Brown, Starwings19.5 
 4. Sowell, Geneva Devils19.2 
 5. Hamilton, SAM M.19.0 
 6. Esterkamp, Fribo.18.5 
 7. Bradley, MGS18.3 
 8. Fitzgerald, SAM M.17.3 
 9. Johnson, BBC Nyon17.0 
 10. Stockalper, Lugano.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jean-Richard VOLCY
  Monthey
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Volcy, Monthey10.3 
 2. Grimm, SAM M.10.0 
 3. Thompson, Lausanne9.5 
 4. Southall, BBC Nyon9.2 
 5. Sloan, Starwings8.5 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt8.3 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.7.9 
 8. Basit, Geneva Devils7.8 
 9. VanderMeer, Lugano T.7.7 
 10. Dacevic, SAV.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vernard HOLLINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Hollins, Starwings5.8 
 2. Pleux-D., Lausanne5.5 
 3. Bradley, MGS5.4 
 4. Lukovic, SAV V.5.3 
 5. Johnson, BBC Nyon5.1 
 6. Monroe, Boncourt5.0 
 7. Walton, Lugano T.4.9 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg4.0 
 9. Gray, SAM Massagno4.0 
 10. Maio, Month.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  SAM Massagno
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hamilton, SAM M.5.0 
 2. Pleux-D., Lausanne2.9 
 3. Gugino, Boncourt2.5 
 4. Gray, SAM Massagno2.3 
 5. Almanson, BBC Nyon2.3 
 6. Smiljanic, SAV V.2.3 
 7. Jaquier, Starwings2.3 
 8. Edecki-A., Geneva D.2.2 
 9. Dacevic, SAV V.2.2 
 10. Tshomba, Boncou.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Lausanne
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Thompson, Lausanne4.6 
 2. Southall, BBC Nyon3.9 
 3. VanderMeer, Lugano T.2.9 
 4. Niang, MGS1.8 
 5. Sloan, Starwings1.5 
 6. Volcy, Monthey1.3 
 7. Grimm, SAM M.1.0 
 8. Grimes, Lausanne1.0 
 9. Tshomba, Boncourt1.0 
 10. Basit, Geneva Devi.1.0 


LNA Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SAM Massagno - SAV Vacallo 76-82
Vacallo stayed on top as they prevailed against SAM Massagno. Matt Schneidermann (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) notched 19 points and 6 boards for the visitors. Duane Erwin added 16 points for Vacallo. Daniel Fitzgerald answered with 19 points for SAM Massagno.

MGS - Fribourg 74-79
Fribourg recorded the tenth win in the season as they outscored MGS on the road. Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78, college: Bowling Green) knocked down 28 points, grabbed 7 boards and made 4 steals for the winners. Vladimir Buscaglia added 16 points in the victory. Karon Bradley responded with 23 points and 6 assists for MGS in defeat.

Boncourt - Geneva Devils 65-74
Rashard Lee (198-F-77, college: Tennessee) knocked down 25 points and collected 8 rebounds to lead Geneva past Bocnourt. Yannick Zachee added 16 points in the fourth win for the Devils. Tony Gugino responded with 20 points, 11 boards and 5 steals for Boncourt.



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SBL Market News 2 - by Mohammed Malas
- Al Jalaa Aleppo continues trying imports in position 5 to choose the best for the new season 2009/2010 to be 2nd import with Craig Winder (188-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Texas) who already signed for 2 seasons, The newest face in trainings was the brazilian center Cleiton Sebastiao (212-C-79, agency: Jose Medalha E&C, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who will play in the rest games of Aleppo Friendly Tournament which is currently held in Aleppo city with Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) who's also under tryouts with the bules.

Sebastiao was playing with the Syrian-Brazilian Eder Araujo (213-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Walsh (OH) (OH)) in Walsh (OH) University (NAIA) in season 2006-2007 adding to his career in High School & Junior College back in the US and a short trial with KAPYBARY Kosice in Slovakia.


- After snatching Kristophor Gibbs-Smith (197-G/F-83, college: Plattsburgh St.) deal, Jermaine Bell (211-F/C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) will be the 2nd import in Al Wehda Damascus's roster in the upcoming season...

The US center did'nt play college basketball as he was a candidate for a direct NBA pick, Then he went to play in D-League, ABA and PBL leagues in the US.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


TT player signs to play in the ABA! - by Albert-Lee Young
Former St Benedict Secondary High School player, 6-10 Devougn Lamont, returned to his adopted home town team San Francisco Rumble of the American Basketball League (ABA) for the 2009/10 season.

Devougn, who hails from South Trinidad, previously played with the Rumble during the 2007-2008 season.

In preparation for the new season Devougn had a summer worked out with Golden State Warriors of the NBA. However following his pre-season work out an injury prevented him from signing an overseas contract. Eventually he decided to accept an offer from the Rumble organization.

In his first game on 20th November Devougn tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds as Rumble crushed Central Valley Dawgs 141-101. The next game on November 29 Devougn posted up 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to help San Francisco cool down Sacramento Heatwave 114-109.

Meanwhile in Argentina, Wilfred Spongy Benjamin had a quiet evening on 30th November getting 8 points and 4 rebounds as San Martin MJ lost to rivals San Martin Corrientes 58-67 in the TNA Regular Season Round 9 contest.

In France, point guard Ian Young team, Quimper UJAP, lost to ESSM Le Portel 67-79 in a PRO B fixture. Young had 7 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.

In Spain, 6-9 power forward Duane Virgil chipped in with 6 points and 4 rebounds in 11 minutes which helped Alcazar secure a slender 74-73 win against Promobys in a LEB Silver game.

College round-up
In Albuqerque, freshman point guard Jamal Fenton came off the bench for 13 minutes to score 5 points as New Mexico defeated No. 25 ranked California 86-78 at home improving their record to 7-0.

In Shreveport, 5-10 point guard Warren Fuselier led the bench with 13 points & 3 assist as University of Louisiana dropped a 94-84 decision at Centenary on Friday night.

At the RBC Center in Raleigh, seven-footer Kyle Rowley started his second consecutive game for Northwestern University against North Carolina State University. Kyle contributed 5 points, 2 rebounds and 2 block shots in 10 minutes as Northwestern scored their second win (65-53) against an ACC opponent.

So far Northwestern University has been the surprised team in the Big Ten Conference.



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  TURKEY   


Gordon's third stop in Turkey: Erdemir - by Sinan Can
ERDEMIRSPOR is about to sign Alex Gordon (183-G-85, college: Vanderbilt) from financially damaged Kepez Belediyespor. Gordon who started his pro-career at Oyak Renault last season and finished the TBL regular season as 2nd top scorer with impressive 20.3 points per game, signed with Kepez Belediyespor but economic issues ruined the relation between the ex-Vanderbilt star and Antalya team. Gordon who refused to practise with team and did not want to play the Mersin BSB game last week, declined that he wants to leave. After this progress, Erdemirspor who is having problems with Ramel Curry (191-G-80, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: CSU Bakersfield) , decided to make a bid to Gordon. Due to the news, both sides agreed on terms as Gordon will be availible for Erdemirs's home game against Mersin BSB on this saturday. Ramel Curry is reported to be leaving Erdemir as experienced shooting guard had adaption problems to the team and the city. It's very clear that Gordon's addition to the team will help Erdemir's scoring capacity, but the harmony between him and TBL's assist leader Hakan Koseoglu (188-G-81, agency: Court Side) will also be a major question mark.

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Raja Bell will be in heavy demand ... if surgery isn't season-ending - by David Edole
By Marc Stein

Raja Bell goes in for a wrist operation Thursday thats kind of a big deal.

Especially if you like to follow the trade market.

Only by having surgery can Bell and the Golden State Warriors learn the severity of the torn ligament in the 33-year-olds left wrist.

Bell has been advised by experts in the field that a full-blown repair will sideline him at least four months and potentially the rest of the regular season. In the best-case scenario, though, Bell could be back in a month.

Which would almost certainly put him right back on the trade market.

I'm told that a few contenders have already registered their interest by making inquiries about Bells availability even though he just got to Golden State on Nov. 16 in the Stephen Jackson deal. Makes sense, too. What contender couldnt use a wing defender of Bells stature who can also drain the weak-side 3 and who happens to be playing on an expiring contract valued at a reasonable $5.3 million?

If screws are not inserted in Bells wrist and he can be back in a month to six weeks, theres little doubt his name will start coming up a lot leading into the Feb. 18 trading deadline. The unknown variable then would be what the Warriors demand to part with Bell.

The Dubs can package Bell with other players starting in mid-January, but they arent overflowing with unsavory contracts that theyre desperate to move now that Jackson is gone and with Monta Ellis looking increasingly inspired. Corey Maggettes contract is the only one that really fits that description ... and no contender is taking on Maggettes deal no matter how much they like Bell.

But Golden State also wouldnt want to simply buy out a healed Bell and let him choose his contender even if the trade deadline passes without the Dubs finding a deal because its locker room badly needs an example-setting vet.

Bell quickly showed what kind of influence he can have in Oaktown by insisting to play in Boston on Nov. 18 because the Warriors had only eight other healthy players ... after it had already been decided that hed be having the wrist surgery. The Warriors' collective team spirit has been much better since Jackson's departure and Bell's willingness to play that game is seen as one of the catalysts.


A new start for Skins: Wiscasset boys basketball has big turnover, new coach - by David Edole
WISCASSET How would you like to be a first year varsity basketball coach of a program that went to the Western Maine Class C finals last season, graduated 10 seniors, and has only two returning players?

Such is the position of Wiscasset High School new boys coach, Wayne Benjamin.

The coach, who came to Maine from the Virgin Islands in the late 1980s, played football and basketball at Morse High School, graduating in 1992. He earned a college degree from New England College and coached the Yarmouth High School jayvee team for three years, under varsity coach Adam Smith.

After taking a year off from coaching, Benjamin was hired in May to lead the Redskins program, which had a banner year last season, finishing 17-1 before falling to Dirigo at the Augusta Civic Center in the Western C finals.
The time off allowed me to reflect and see if I really wanted to do this, said Benjamin. And the year off really made me want to do it even more.

To prepare for this head coaching position, I played for one of the best coaches in the state, Tommy Maines, and I learned from him, not only how to communicate with people, but also how to motivate, said Benjamin. Thats something I have to do with these kids this year because everything is new.

So, I have to find a way to motivate these kids to do what we ask them to do so we can put our first steps in the program in a positive light.

He recalled his time coaching at Yarmouth.

I worked with Adam Smith, whose been there for five or six years. From him I learned how to deal with people outside the system, like parents. How simple miscommunication between a player, a coach and a parent can interrupt a lot of good things, the coach added.

As for this season, Benjamin said, As of right now my thoughts on the season are to just have fun, but also work hard. We might win some games, we might lose some games, but right now I just care about the effort from my kids, and see what they have.

This year I have a couple of great athletes that know the game, but dont really know the game. But with that athletic ability alone, I think we can run the floor, or run set plays, depending on time and the situation.

On the defensive side Benjamin said, My defense is going to be either fullcourt or halfcourt, man-to-man, the same thing that I grew up with. Right now my best strengths are half-court, so Im going to stick with that for a little while before I emphasize the fullcourt.

Eventually thats the whole idea (to develop the program throughout the system), Benjamin said of his future hopes. But, since this is my first year it takes time, said Benjamin. Right now I just want to start with the varsity and jayvee program, and hopefully by next summer, if everything is working the way we want it to, I will go down and teach clinics to the fourth- and fifth-grade kids and hopefully they will buy into the system and enjoy it.

Benjamin, who also works in the high schools alternative education program, feels that this is the right place for him.

I think its good for me that Im not in a Class A or B school thats real competitive, Benjamin said. Im not saying that Class C is not competitive, or Wiscasset isnt competitive, but for me personally, this will be a better move for me to get my feet wet.

Junior Tyler Sonia, one of the two returnees, knows of the tough task ahead. Its going to be harder than last season, said Sonia. We know were not going to be as good, but other teams have lost players. I think were still going to be up there in Class C, with St. Doms, Dirigo and Livermore Falls. Well be good. I think were going to be a lot quicker than last year, but were not going to be as big. Probably not as good at shooting, but I think our defense will carry on to our offense.

The lone returning senior, forward Cody Griffin said, We lost 10 seniors last year, and so were definitely not going to be as deep as we were last year off the bench. Another thing we lost was a lot of size. This year we are going to be a smaller team; were going to have to run the floor a lot.

Also our coach (Matt Cook) didnt return this year, so this is Wayne Benjamins first year as head coach, and from what we hear were not going to be running a lot of plays. That is something we were use to last year; that was how we did offense.

Griffin feels the Redskins will run the floor a lot in order to have success.

Were going to be running a flex-motion offense, and be like a run-and-gun team, and were going to have to focus a lot on defense this year. Definitely a lot of emphasis on defense, said the senior. Rebounding is also something we are going to have to work on. Really just getting everyone up to speed with defense is going to be the big thing.
By Larry Reese, Times Record Contributor



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Lasker Provides Timely Boost - by Andy Webb
Ahead of his sides clash with the Everton Tigers tomorrow night, Raiders boss Gary Stronach said that the re-signing of Raiders leading scorer of the last four seasons, Drew Lasker, for the remainder of the 2009/10 season, is exactly what his team need at present. The Raiders, who have a miserable 1-9 record and have had the misfortune of losing Forward James Noel and, more recently, point guard Eric Flato to injury, currently sit bottom of the BBL Championship Table.

American point guard Flato, a graduate of Yale University in his first year as a professional, suffered a serious leg injury which has meant that the 61 Point Guard has flown back to the States, with Lasker returning to the Raiders as his replacement: Drew led the team in scoring for the past four years, he knows the league inside-out and is a veteran of the league now so to have him back is a big signing said Stronach.

The veteran play caller also expressed his excitement at reuniting points machine Lasker with the lightning-quick Anthony Martin, who also returned to the club after a brief stint at Worcester Wolves earlier in the season. He added: Anthony and Drew have been one of the most exciting guard combos in the league for the past two years. Drew can get out quick and run the floor, and Anthony knows where to get the ball to him best. Ali Gall, as we all know, can spot up and knock down his shots, so having Drew back provides us with a different option offensively.

Whilst he has welcomed back Lasker with open arms, Stronach admits that losing Flato was very unfortunate for both player and club: Once we knew that Eric would be out for the season, we had to move quickly for Drew. We didnt want to have to replace him, but it was a serious injury and as we are not as deep as previous seasons anyway, we had to look for a replacement.

Stronach also issued a rallying cry to his side to start getting some much needed results: We are not a bottom of the league team, we all know that, but we have to start winning games he added.

Meanwhile, Saturday evening also sees Dave Titmuss Worthing Thunder side welcome the Newcastle Eagles to Worthing Leisure Centre, and the 63 year old said he is pleased with his players commitment to the cause: I can't fault the guys in their commitment to getting better, and I've noticed that bit by bit we're a little more consistent in adhering to our team play rules he said: It's a tough League for us and we're trying to make our way towards a Play-Off spot. I can guarantee two things - effort is non-negotiable at our Club, and I'm really proud of the never-say-die attitude that our guys have displayed since day one of training camp he added.

Fridays and Saturdays fixtures are completed by the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders battling through a tough double-header, with the Essex Pirates Away on Friday and PAWS London Capital at home the following evening, and the Guildford Heat welcome the in-form Sheffield Sharks on Saturday night.





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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 5-0 
 2. Celik 5-1 
 3. Jedinstvo 5-1 
 4. Borac ML-IEFK 4-2 
 5. Sloboda 3-3 
 6. Banovici 2-3 
 7. Tomislav 2-3 
 8. Brotnjo 94 2-3 
 9. Brcko 1-4 
 10. Trebinje 1-4 
 11. Igman 0-6 


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Dunav Econt beats Sf. Gheorghe by 13 points - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Sf. Gheorghe - Dunav Econt 61-74

Good run in second and third quarter provided Dunav Econt with 13-point away win over Sf. Gheorghe. With this win Dunav improved to 3-1 while Sf. Gheorghe fell to 1-3 in Group G. It did not look like the visiting team will come away with such win, after Sf. Gheorghe opened the game with 8-0 run. Dunav players recovered and managed to tie the game at 26 apiece by the end of the first period. Than in the second quarter, Dunav slowed the pace of the game and increased defensive pressure. As result, they limited Sf. Gheorghe to only 11 points, and were able to take 37-42 lead to the halftime break. Visiting team continued where they left off, and again their defense proved to be too much for hosts to handle. After another 11 point quarter, Sf. Gheorghe found itself trailing by 48-61. This proved comfortable enough lead for Dunav player who managed to routinely close the game. In the end they celebrated 61-74 win.
Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87, college: Charlotte) had a monster game, pouring in 32 points and grabbing 12 boards for Dunav Econt. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) added 13 points, while Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 12. For Sf. Gheorghe, Florina Diacona (176-G-82) led the way with 19 points. She received support from Kristen Rasmussen (188-C-78, college: Michigan St.) who added 15 points.

Sf. Gheorghe: Florina Diacona 19, Kristen Rasmussen 15
Dunav Econt: Danielle Burgin 32+12 boards, Daniela Peteva 13, Natalia Anufryienka 12


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U16 China trashes U16 Philippines for 3-0 in Pune - by Eurobasket News
U16 Philippines - U16 China 36-129

China continues with impressive performance in Pune. After wins in Day 1 and Day 2, China once again had an easy job and this time against Philippines 36-129. It means that China stays on perfect 3-0 record in Group A, while its rival fell to 1-2. Meng Li was the leading player in victory with 27 points. Mengxin Sun had 20 and Liting Zhang delivered 3 less. In Philippines, Lore Rivera netted 14 pts and was the only player with double-digits in scoring. Jacqueline Tanaman stopped on 8.
Only in the first quarter Philippines succeeded to score more than 10 points (13). However, on the other side China drained impressive 33. Meng Li and her teammates had even more productive second period ending the first half with 70 points. Philippines stopped on 19 in total and this game was already over for them. During the last next two periods China slowed down, but still managed to increase its lead significantly. They limited Philippines on 8 and 9 pts, while scoring 25 and 34 on the other side for the final 36-129.
In Day 4, China will meet Singapore and fore sure will jump to 4-0. Philippines will play against strong Chinese Taipei.

Philippines: Lore Rivera 14, Jacqueline Tanaman 8
China: Meng Li 27, Mengxin Sun 20, Liting Zhang 17


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Standings (Women)
Standings
1. Guatemala1-0
2. Mexico1-0
3. Costa Rica.0-0
4. El Salvado.0-1
5. Honduras0-1


Guatemala National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Sofia Lopez
Lopez
Cynthia Rivera
Rivera
Blanca Amado
Amado
#e#4
4 Sofia Lopez G-87
5 Ligia Del Valle 88 Universidad Rafael Landivar Guatemala
6 Ana Perez
7 Evelyn Pacay
8 Linda Gonzalez
10 Cynthia Rivera 83 Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala Guatemala
11 Blanca Amado 80 Sagrado Corazon Guatemala
12 Emily Rosales 95 Sagrado Corazon Guatemala
13 Silvia Castaneda
14 Nelly Loaiza Mystics Guatemala
15 Maria Fleischmann F/C-78 Sagrado Corazon Guatemala


El Salvador National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Vanessa Heredia
Heredia
Mirna Simon
Simon
Gladis Maravilla
Maravilla
#e#4
4 Ruth Valle 90
5 Veronica Sosa 90
6 Karla Helena 93
7 Maria Mendez 90
8 Mirna Simon F-82 Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador El Salvador
9 Vanessa Heredia 83 Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador El Salvador
10 Jessica Bautista 83
11 Gladis Maravilla 86 Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador El Salvador
12 Gabriela Rodriguez 93
13 Amalia Velasquez 94
14 Monica Escobar 94
15 Daniela Jubis 92


Honduras National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
4 Ariela Morazan
5 Claudia Sierra 77 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
6 Fany Ruiz 88 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
7 Sussy Bonilla
8 Karen Canelas
9 Danalid Jackson 69 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
10 Mildrem Martinez
11 Erika Banegas 79 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
12 Karla Bu Zapata
13 Tania Peralta 80 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
14 Cristina Martinez Alvargomez Guadalajara Spain
15 Ena Lobo 84 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras


Mexican National Team 2009 - by Richard
#s#
Zazil Salman
Salman
Abril Garcia
Garcia
Annel Tapia
Tapia
#e#4
4 Lourdes De Anda 89
5 Lorena Camacho 86
6 Michelle Porras 89
7 Abril Garcia 190-F/C-81 Merida Yucatan Mexico
8 Yanet Campos 79
9 Grecia Santoyo 88
10 Elizabeth Molina 79
11 Zazil Salman C-86 Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez Mexico
12 Pilar Vite 90
13 Marisol Rosel 80
14 Annel Tapia 170-G-86 Tec. de Monterrey Mexico
15 Stefanie Gaytan 84


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Diaz averages 11.3 points for BBV Leipzig Eagles - by Eurobasket News
Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) averages 11.3 points for BBV Leipzig Eagles in German DBBL. She started the season with 6 poinnts against Oberhausen. In the latest game Leipzig had a road 76:65 victory over Opladen behind 22 points and 10 boards from Carmen Guzman. Flasarova Katarina followed her with 16, whilst Elena Diaz and Tajkov Georgina added 12 each. Jaecker Vera scored 13 points for the hosts.
Her best game so far was in the Regular Season Round 3. Leipzig celebrated the initial win in the season as they handled Donau-Ries at home court. Carmen Guzman had a sizzling performance tallying 28 points, 6 boards, 6 steals and 3 assists in the win, while Elena Diaz had 17 points and 9 assists. Katarina Flasarova added 21 poins for the Eagles. Maxann Reese responded with 27 points for Donau-Ries Noerdlingen.
Another great performance Elena Diaz showed in the Regular Season Round 5 as Leipzig beat Wolfenbuettel 87:65 at home. Tajkov Georgina paced all the winners with 24 points, while Guzman Carmen notched 18 and Columbian player had 16. Zaidi Shaina had 18 in defeat and Hootmann Jessica added 16.
Leipzig is 9th in the standings so far with 3-6 record. They will host Marburg in the next round at home.



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Mann Filter beats Jolly Sibenik in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Jolly Sibenik - Mann Filter Zaragoza 59-77

In Group E, Zaragoza improved its score to 2-1 after defeating Jolly Sibenik away 59-77. This is the second loss for Jolly in the competition but they are still in contention to go through. Visiting team opened the game better and was able to build a lead from the start. After initial 10 minutes of play, the score stood at 11-20. In the second quarter, hosts started playing better, but they could not cut the deficit. Zaragoza players found an answer to each basket by Sibenik to they were able to keep their lead. At the halftime, Zaragoza was still comfortably up 31-41. After the break. Jolly Sibenik again encountered trouble on the offensive end. They went from mistake to mistake and shoot the ball poorly. As result they scored only 10 point in the third quarter, while Zaragoza used this to increase its lead by 10 points. With one quarter left to play, hosts held 41-61 lead and this proved to be too much for Sibenik to handle. Zaragoza players routinely closed the game up, in the end celebrating 59-77 win.
Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) scored 14, and Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) and Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) added 13 points apiece for the wining side. Jolly Sibenik got 15 point effort from Marta Cakic (175-G-82).

Jolly Sibenik: Marta Cakic 15
Mann Filter Zaragoza: Katia Da Silva 14, Allison Feaster-Strong 13, Lucila Pascua 13


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USK Praha post fourth win in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Bourges Basket 70:47
The Czech champions USK Praha celebrated the fourth win in Group C of the Euroleague. They defeated Bourges Basket in Prague to stay in the second position of the standings. Bourges slipped at 2-4 record in the fourth place.
Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) accounted for the first points of the game. Bourges stayed in charge throughout the opening frame and secured a narrow 15:14 lead at the first break. USK Praha scored 5 points in a row midway through the second frame to surge in front but Bourges immediately reacted with a three-pointer from Carson to regain the advantage. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) and Kublina pushed the hosts back in the drivers seat giving USK Praha a 29:25 lead at halftime. Emmeline Ndongue and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) levelled things up early in the third quarter but USK Praha maintained the pressure and spurred in front late in the stanza. Lindsay Whalen, Cathrine Kraayveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) and Elhotova posted a 51:37 lead for USK Praha at the final break. The hosts tipped off the fourth period with a 7:2 run to clear off. The pressure grew on the visitors as USK Praha marched to the win in the dying minutes.
Lindsay Whalen finished with 18 points for USK Praha. Cathrine Kraayveld and Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) had 10 points apiece for the winners. Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84, college: S.Carolina) answered with 9 points for Bourges. Katarina Manic (181-G-80), Jennifer Digbeu and Emmeline Ndongue delivered 8 points apiece in defeat.

USK Praha: Lindsay Whalen 18, Cathrine Kraayveld 19, Sonja Kireta 10
Bourges: Ilona Burgrova 9, Katarina Manic 8



Pokey Chatman's team remains undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Spartak Moscow Region 65:82

Spartak Moscow Region won the top game of Group D by beating Frisco Sika Brno for the second time this season. Pokey Chatman 's team needed just over five minutes to claim a 15-2 lead to finish with 82:65 victory.
Spartak wasted no time in establishing control against the Czech giants. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) closed the big lead, while Karpunina was the last to score in the period for 26:15. Spartak Moscow Region started the second period with 9-0 run as Diana Taurasi scored for 35:15. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) closed the half at 44:29 when the guests won also the second period 18-14. Frisco Sika however was too far to give up and reduced to 37:46 when McWilliams made a jump shot. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) kept the team within 10 points, while the top-scorer of the game gave her side 63:47 after 30 minutes. Sylvia Fowles brought her team 71:49 and Karpunina's shot gave her team 78:59. Hanusova was the last person to score in the game to make the final 82:65 score.
Diana Taurasi led the way with 23 points for 5-0 record of her team. Sylvia Fowles followed her with 18, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota notched 12. Hana Horakova delivered 16 points for the home side.Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) had 10 points each in defeat.

Frisco Sika: Hana Horakova 16, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) 10, DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) 10
Spartak Moscow Region: Diana Taurasi 23 points, Sylvia Fowles 18, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) 12


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El Salvador National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Vanessa Heredia
Heredia
Mirna Simon
Simon
Gladis Maravilla
Maravilla
#e#4
4 Ruth Valle 90
5 Veronica Sosa 90
6 Karla Helena 93
7 Maria Mendez 90
8 Mirna Simon F-82 Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador El Salvador
9 Vanessa Heredia 83 Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador El Salvador
10 Jessica Bautista 83
11 Gladis Maravilla 86 Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador El Salvador
12 Gabriela Rodriguez 93
13 Amalia Velasquez 94
14 Monica Escobar 94
15 Daniela Jubis 92


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ofelia VILLARROEL
  Sierre
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Villarroel, Sierre23.8 
 2. Champion, CAB M.23.3 
 3. Pimenova, Cheva.22.0 
 4. Kuzina, Dynamo M.22.0 
 5. Milovanovic, ICIM A.21.7 
 6. Johnson, EBE I.21.0 
 7. Player, Olivais20.8 
 8. Doron, Targoviste20.8 
 9. Warburton, Gran C.20.5 
 10. Williams, Mondevil.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer FLEISCHER
  Dexia
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Fleischer, Dexia12.8 
 2. Snow, Dynamo K.12.7 
 3. Maksimovic, Zeljezni.12.3 
 4. Santos, AD Vagos12.0 
 5. Gidden, Sf. G.11.7 
 6. Kuzina, Dynamo M.11.0 
 7. Little, AEL11.0 
 8. Anosike, Targoviste10.8 
 9. Carter, CCC P.10.3 
 10. Veremeenko, Nadezh.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Zoll, Botas8.3 
 2. Szymanska-L., Dex.7.0 
 3. White, Hapoel T-A6.0 
 4. Keyru, Dynamo M.5.5 
 5. Reid, Hatis Yerevan5.3 
 6. Chapdelaine, MBK R.5.0 
 7. Sytnyak, Dynamo M.4.8 
 8. Zellous, Besiktas4.8 
 9. Cakic, Sibenik4.7 
 10. Wright, A.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nykesha SALES
  Besiktas
  (183-F/G-76)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sales, Besiktas5.5 
 2. Doron, Targoviste3.8 
 3. Williams, Dnipro3.7 
 4. Dubrovina, Dnipro3.7 
 5. Lopes, AD Vagos3.5 
 6. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.3.5 
 7. Anosike, Targoviste3.5 
 8. Jinks, Lattes M.3.3 
 9. Rasmussen, Sf. G.3.3 
 10. Zoll, Bot.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.0 
 2. Ivankovic, Sibenik2.3 
 3. Snow, Dynamo K.2.0 
 4. Sowinski, CAB M.2.0 
 5. Lukacovicova, MBK R.1.8 
 6. Dacic, Besiktas1.8 
 7. Gidden, Sf. G.1.7 
 8. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.7 
 9. Burgin, Dunav1.5 
 10. Vulic, Hatis Yerev.1.5 


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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Spartak V MR
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Taurasi, Spartak .22.4 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.20.3 
 3. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli19.3 
 4. Milton-Jones, Ros C.19.0 
 5. Young, Galatasaray19.0 
 6. Weaver, TTT Riga17.8 
 7. Burse, TS Wi.17.7 
 8. Brunson, Taranto17.7 
 9. Jelavic, Gospic17.5 
 10. Montgomery, TEO.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janell BURSE
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  (197-C-79)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Burse, TS Wi.12.8 
 2. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.3 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.9.3 
 4. Brunson, Taranto9.2 
 5. Godin, Taranto8.8 
 6. Langhorne, Rivas E.8.7 
 7. Yilmaz, Fenerbahce8.7 
 8. Kraayveld, USK P.8.3 
 9. Frohlich, Dobri A.8.3 
 10. Hollingswort., TEO.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Clara BERMEJO
  Rivas Ecopolis
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Bermejo, Rivas E.6.3 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs6.0 
 3. Jelavic, Gospic5.8 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.5.5 
 5. Fernandez, TS Wi.5.3 
 6. Pondexter, UMMC5.0 
 7. Cohen, TS Wi.4.5 
 8. Ratkaine, MKB E.4.5 
 9. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.2 
 10. Lepron, Tarb.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa WILLIS
  TTT Riga
  (183-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Willis, TTT Riga4.3 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.3.3 
 3. Greco, Taranto2.8 
 4. Perkins, Galatasa.2.8 
 5. Horakova, Frisco S.2.8 
 6. Milovanovic, MKB E.2.7 
 7. Powell, Fenerbahce2.5 
 8. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs2.5 
 9. Jelavic, Gospic2.5 
 10. Vardarli, Fen.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Candice DUPREE
  Dobri Anjeli
  (188-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli2.0 
 2. McCarville, Spart.1.6 
 3. Comfort, Villeneuve1.5 
 4. Burse, TS Wi.1.5 
 5. Christon, Lotos G.1.4 
 6. Lisina, Dobri Anjeli1.3 
 7. Podkovalniko., Perfum.1.2 
 8. Sipaviciute, Szeged1.2 
 9. De Souza, Ros C.1.2 
 10. Stepanova, UM.1.2 


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


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  FRANCE - Women  


USK Praha post fourth win in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Bourges Basket 70:47
The Czech champions USK Praha celebrated the fourth win in Group C of the Euroleague. They defeated Bourges Basket in Prague to stay in the second position of the standings. Bourges slipped at 2-4 record in the fourth place.
Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) accounted for the first points of the game. Bourges stayed in charge throughout the opening frame and secured a narrow 15:14 lead at the first break. USK Praha scored 5 points in a row midway through the second frame to surge in front but Bourges immediately reacted with a three-pointer from Carson to regain the advantage. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) and Kublina pushed the hosts back in the drivers seat giving USK Praha a 29:25 lead at halftime. Emmeline Ndongue and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) levelled things up early in the third quarter but USK Praha maintained the pressure and spurred in front late in the stanza. Lindsay Whalen, Cathrine Kraayveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) and Elhotova posted a 51:37 lead for USK Praha at the final break. The hosts tipped off the fourth period with a 7:2 run to clear off. The pressure grew on the visitors as USK Praha marched to the win in the dying minutes.
Lindsay Whalen finished with 18 points for USK Praha. Cathrine Kraayveld and Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) had 10 points apiece for the winners. Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84, college: S.Carolina) answered with 9 points for Bourges. Katarina Manic (181-G-80), Jennifer Digbeu and Emmeline Ndongue delivered 8 points apiece in defeat.

USK Praha: Lindsay Whalen 18, Cathrine Kraayveld 19, Sonja Kireta 10
Bourges: Ilona Burgrova 9, Katarina Manic 8



Montpellier remains undefeated while Madeira remains winless - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: CAB Madeira - Lattes Montpellier 60-82

In Group C, Montpellier went to Madeira and cane away with 60-82 win. This puts French outfit on top of the table with 4-0 score. Hosts are yet to record a win and are at the bottom of the Group C with 0-4. However it was not looking that the end result will be another loss for Madeira as they opened the game strong. After an 11-4 run, visiting team started to gather momentum and cut the deficit. Still Madeira players prevailed, and after initial 10 minutes of play, they were up 25-17. In the second quarter, Montpellier went on a 2-11 run to tie the game at 31 midway through the period. Until the halftime, teams exchanged baskets and it was visitors who took 41-42 lead to the halftime break. Momentum continued for Montpellier after the HT, as they increased defensive pressure. Madeira started loosing steam and struggling on offense. As result, visiting team managed to win the third period by 10 points to enter the final quarter holding 52-63 lead. Hosts continued to struggle offensively in the fourth quarter scoring only 8 points in the final period. Montpellier routinely closed the game out, increasing its led, for final 60-82 win.
Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) led the way for winning side with 18 points, while Dana Boonen (197-C-79, college: Rutgers) and Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) added 13 apiece. Hosts got 32 point effort from Candice Champion (185-F-87, college: Texas Arlington) but that was not enough to avoid loss.

CAB Madeira: Candice Champion 32
Lattes Montpellier: Khadijah Whittington 18, Dana Boonen 13, Gaelle Skrela 13


Szeviep Szeged finally tasted the EuroLeague win - by Eurobasket News
Szeged - Tarbes 82:66

Szeviep Szeged finally won a game in the EuroLeague Women as they edged the French outfit. The Hungarian side rolled over Tarbes 82:66 for 1-4 record, while Tarbes fell at 1-5.
Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) opened the game for the hosts that started the game with 14-0 run. She also closed the lead at that point and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) posted the first points in the losing effort. The latter also was the last to score in the frame for 24:9 margin. Tarbes had difficulties to follow the Hungarian team and lost the second quarter as well. Szeviep Szeged produced 22-14 in the period for 46:23 halftime advantage. The hosts continued to enjoy 20-point margin later in the third period but Houston pulled her side back to 61:46. Nemeth's three however brought the hosts 64:47 after thirty minutes. After Russai nailed another shot from the perimeter it became clear that the hosts would celebrate the initial victory. Zherzherunova made it 80:60, while Russai driove a lay-up for the final 82:66 success.
Vaida Sipaviciute chipped in 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) netted 14.Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) delivered 12 and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) notched 10. Frida Eldebrink finished the night with 21 points in the losing effort and Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) posted 14.

Szeged: Vaida Sipaviciute 16 points and 12 rebounds, Edit Laczi 14, Emoke Furesz 12, Olena Zherzherunova 10
Tarbes: Frida Eldebrink 21, Isis Arrondo 14


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  GERMANY - Women  


Saarlouis wins at home against Ibiza - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Saarlouis - EBE Ibiza-PDV 83-75

Saarlouis hosted Ibiza in 4th Round match of Group D and came away with 8-point win. This puts both teams at 2-2 score, but Saarlouis has the upper hand because of win in this match. Game opened with both teams being close. They exchanged baskets for the most part of the first period, before hosts managed to build 27-24 lead. In the second quarter, Ibiza managed to slow the tempo of the game and has started to catch up. In a low scoring second quarter Ibiza managed to tie the game, and has entered the halftime with score tied at 40. Saarlouis opened the third period with 7-0 run which gave them 47-40 lead after 3 minutes of play. Visiting team regrouped fast and managed to cut the deficit. Game entered the final quarter with hosts holding 61-58. In the final 10 minutes, it was a close matchup once again. In the end it was the hosts who managed to slightly extend their lead and in the end they celebrated 83-75 victory.
Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa St.), Romy Bar (188-F-87) and Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) each scored 16 points as they led hosts to the win. On the other side, Shanon Johnson (169-G-85) had game high 26 points for Ibiza. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) followed close with 24, but no other players reached double digits for visitors.

Saarlouis: Brittany Wilkins 16, Romy Bar 16. Petra Manakova 16
Ibiza: Shanon Johnson 26, Nakia Sanford 24


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  GREECE - Women  


A1: Athinaikos beats Esperides in derby for perfect 7-0 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiacos managed to prevail in a close matchup against Apollon at home. Behind 20 points scored by Monique McLean (180-G-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: St.John's) and 19 points by Rebecca Harris (176-G-86, college: Illinois), hosts celebrated 86-83 win. Apollon got a great game from Chloe Kerr (191-C-85, college: USC) who had game high 24 points.
Aris stole one from Panionios, after beating them 64-82. Amber Sprague (196-C-86, college: San Diego) poured in 27 points while Camille LeNoir (168-G-86, college: USC) added 22 for visiting team. On the other side, Meg Tierney (190-F/C-81) had a good outing for Panionios with 18 points.
Athinaikos had an easy job in derby game of the round against Esperides, rolling over them 82-51. Candice Wiggins (180-G-87, college: Stanford) led the rout with 16 points, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) added 12, while Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) scored 11 points for the hosts. Emily Fox (175-G-87, college: Minnesota) had 14 points for Esperides.
P. Faliro went to Ano Lisa and came away with 64-77 win behind great play of Trisha Skibbe (191-F/C-81, college: Oklahoma St.) who recorded double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds. Karen Mourd (199-C-70) followed with 18 points for visitors, while Magda Karabatzaki (180-G-82) and Eleni Vlani chipped in with 11 points apiece. Ano Lisa got a good game from Laoura Kurz who finished the night with 20 points.
Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85, college: Colorado) scored 15 points and Giuliana Mendiola (182-G-81, college: Washington) added 13 as Panathanaikos cruised to 72-50 win over Olympiada. Only two players reached double figures fir Olympiada with 15 points apiece.


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Guatemala National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Sofia Lopez
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Cynthia Rivera
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Blanca Amado
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4 Sofia Lopez G-87
5 Ligia Del Valle 88 Universidad Rafael Landivar Guatemala
6 Ana Perez
7 Evelyn Pacay
8 Linda Gonzalez
10 Cynthia Rivera 83 Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala Guatemala
11 Blanca Amado 80 Sagrado Corazon Guatemala
12 Emily Rosales 95 Sagrado Corazon Guatemala
13 Silvia Castaneda
14 Nelly Loaiza Mystics Guatemala
15 Maria Fleischmann F/C-78 Sagrado Corazon Guatemala


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  HONDURAS - Women  


Honduras National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
4 Ariela Morazan
5 Claudia Sierra 77 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
6 Fany Ruiz 88 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
7 Sussy Bonilla
8 Karen Canelas
9 Danalid Jackson 69 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
10 Mildrem Martinez
11 Erika Banegas 79 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
12 Karla Bu Zapata
13 Tania Peralta 80 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras
14 Cristina Martinez Alvargomez Guadalajara Spain
15 Ena Lobo 84 Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa Honduras


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  HONG KONG - Women  


U16 Hong Kong beats U16 Singapore for the first win in Pune - by Eurobasket News
U16 Singapore - U16 Hong Kong 47-72

Hong Kong grabbed valuable victory in Day 3 of U16 FIBA Asia Championship in Pune. Both teams faced with huge defeats in the first two games and this one was very important for them. Hong Kong managed to win and to improve its score on 1-2 in Group A. Ka Yee Wong stepped up for her team netting 19 points. Man Sze Wong helped with 9 points and 6 rebounds. In Singapore, Zi Qi Chua Violet scored 9 and Hui Min Tok had 8 pts.
Opening ten minutes were pretty leveled with neither team making a bigger lead. Still, it was Singapore who held 13-12 after 10 minutes. In the second period Hong Kong improved its offensive plays. At the same time they intensified defense stopping Singapore on 10 pts for the quarter. They drained 18 for plus 7 at the HT. In the second half Hong Kong was way better team. At the beginning of this stanza they jumped to first double-digit lead and never looked back after that.
In Day 4, Hong Kong will take on strong India. Singapore will meet powerful China.

Singapore: Zi Qi Chua Violet 9, Hui Min Tok 8
Hong Kong: Ka Yee Wong 19, Man Sze Wong 9+6 boards


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Schio too good for MiZo Pecs - by Eurobasket News
Schio - MiZo Pecs 69-62

Beretta-Familia celebrated over MiZo Pecs in the sixth round of Euroleague action. The Italian team improved at 4-2 record, leaving MiZo Pecs at 2-4. Mazzante and Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) ensured a quick start for the visitors. However Moro and Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) quickly put the hosts in charge. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) capped the first frame with two trebles and Beretta-Familia built a 24:17 lead. The home team went on a 5:0 run at the start of the second stanza to boost the gap. Schio dominated throughout the second quarter and arrived at halftime break up by 12 points 40:28. Zsofia Fegyverneky and Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) kept MiZo Pecs within striking distance in the third quarter. However Marissa Coleman (185-G/F-87, college: Maryland) crowned the period with a triple as Schio enjoyed a 57:45 lead. Zsofia Fegyverneky kept on scoring as she dragged MiZo Pecs within 7 early in the fourth term. She followed with four straight points of her own to cut the distance to just three points. But Bernadette Ngoyisa and Laura Macchi came up with timely buckets putting the hosts back to a 7-point lead. Bernadette Ngoyisa, Moro and Pastore sealed the winning outcome in the dying seconds.
Bernadette Ngoyisa scored 22 points to lead Beretta-Familia. Laura Macchi added 18 points for the winners. Anna Vajda answered with 14 points and 8 boards for MiZo Pecs. Zsofia Fegyverneky notched 13 points in defeat.

Schio: Bernadette Ngoyisa 22, Laura Macchi 18, Marissa Coleman 8
MiZo Pecs: Anna Vajda 14, Zsofia Fegyverneky 13



Szeviep Szeged finally tasted the EuroLeague win - by Eurobasket News
Szeged - Tarbes 82:66

Szeviep Szeged finally won a game in the EuroLeague Women as they edged the French outfit. The Hungarian side rolled over Tarbes 82:66 for 1-4 record, while Tarbes fell at 1-5.
Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) opened the game for the hosts that started the game with 14-0 run. She also closed the lead at that point and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) posted the first points in the losing effort. The latter also was the last to score in the frame for 24:9 margin. Tarbes had difficulties to follow the Hungarian team and lost the second quarter as well. Szeviep Szeged produced 22-14 in the period for 46:23 halftime advantage. The hosts continued to enjoy 20-point margin later in the third period but Houston pulled her side back to 61:46. Nemeth's three however brought the hosts 64:47 after thirty minutes. After Russai nailed another shot from the perimeter it became clear that the hosts would celebrate the initial victory. Zherzherunova made it 80:60, while Russai driove a lay-up for the final 82:66 success.
Vaida Sipaviciute chipped in 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) netted 14.Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) delivered 12 and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) notched 10. Frida Eldebrink finished the night with 21 points in the losing effort and Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) posted 14.

Szeged: Vaida Sipaviciute 16 points and 12 rebounds, Edit Laczi 14, Emoke Furesz 12, Olena Zherzherunova 10
Tarbes: Frida Eldebrink 21, Isis Arrondo 14


Dobri Anjeli rally past MKB Euroleasing for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli - MKB Euroleasing 75:58
Dobri Anjeli celebrated the third straight victory in Euroleague Group C. They held off MKB Euroleasing to improve at 3-3 record and climbed in the third spot in the table. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) tallied 24 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the winners.
Angel McCoughtry and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) helped Dobri Anjeli surge in front midway through the opening frame. The Slovakian powerhouse drove to 21:17 lead at the first break. Semsei put MKB Euroleasign ahead at the start of the second frame but not for long. The hosts quickly returned in charge and claimed a 37:34 advantage at the interval. Angel McCoughtry, Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) and Candice Dupree soon boosted the margin at 9-point mark as Dobri Anjeli controlled the tempo. The teams headed into the fourth quarter with Dobri Anjeli leading by 8 points. Kupcikova and Michulkova stretched the margin at 12 points early in the fourth frame and Dobri Anjeli never looked back en route to impressive victory.
Candice Dupree had 16 points and 11 boards for Dobri Anjeli. Linda Frohlich contributed 14 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) posted 17 points and 5 boards for MKB Euroleasing. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) netted 13 points as the Hungarian team slipped at 2-4 record.

Dobri Anjeli: Angel McCoughtry 24, Candice Dupree 16+11 boards, Linda Frohlich 14
MKB Euroleasing: Jelena Milovanovic 17, Tijana Krivacevic 13



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  ICELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. KR 10-0 
 2. Hamar 7-3 
 3. Grindavik 6-4 
 4. Keflavik 5-5 
 5. Haukar 3-6 
 6. Snaefell 3-6 
 7. Njardvik 3-7 
 8. Valur 2-8 


KR won again - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR did not have to play well to beat Grindavik last night 81-56 Two KR players had very good game. Margret Sturludottir 28 Signy Hermannsdottir 17 + 23 rebounds.
For Grindavik Jovanna Stefansdottir 15 Petrunella Skuladottir 15. KR still not lost a game this season and hard to see them do so if you look at their roster.

Hamar beat Njardvik 85-71. Sigrun Amundadottir 22 + 10 rebs. Koren Schram 20. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 15 for Hamar.
Schantrell Moss 30 pts & 11 rebs Harpa Hallgrimsdottir 15 for Njardvik

Game Snaefell vs Haukar not played because of bad weather and Haukar could not make it to the town. That game will be played next week


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  INDIA - Women  


U16 Chinese Taipei too much for U16 India - by Eurobasket News
U16 India - U16 Chinese Taipei 37-95

Chinese Taipei remains unbeaten after 3 days on U16 FIBA Asia Championship. In the latest game Chinese Taipei met the host and managed to register an easy 37-95 win. Both teams are placed in Group A, where the winners have 3-0 and India has 1-2 now. Yu-Ting Lin had a game high 24 points and Wei-Lin Wang followed her with 22 points. Jung Yang was third scorer in victory with 12 pts. In India, Kavita Akula delivered 12. Shireen Vijay Limaye was behind her with 11 pts.
Chinese Taipei dominated during the entire game. All four quarters they won and India did not have a single chance. After ten minutes of play, Chinese Taipei already held double-digit lead, 12-23. India stopped on just 8 points in the second frame allowing Chinese Taipei to take 20-40 HT lead. After the breather, Yu-Ting Lin and her teammates improved even more. They netted 55 points in third and last quarter stopping India on just 17.
In Day 4, Chinese Taipei will play against Philippines and for sure will grab another win. India will meet Hong Kong, what is a nice opportunity for the second win on this contest.

India: Kavita Akula 12, Shireen Vijay Limaye 11
Chinese Taipei: Yu-Ting Lin 24, Wei-Lin Wang 22, Jung Yang 12


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  ITALY - Women  


Schio too good for MiZo Pecs - by Eurobasket News
Schio - MiZo Pecs 69-62

Beretta-Familia celebrated over MiZo Pecs in the sixth round of Euroleague action. The Italian team improved at 4-2 record, leaving MiZo Pecs at 2-4. Mazzante and Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) ensured a quick start for the visitors. However Moro and Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) quickly put the hosts in charge. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) capped the first frame with two trebles and Beretta-Familia built a 24:17 lead. The home team went on a 5:0 run at the start of the second stanza to boost the gap. Schio dominated throughout the second quarter and arrived at halftime break up by 12 points 40:28. Zsofia Fegyverneky and Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) kept MiZo Pecs within striking distance in the third quarter. However Marissa Coleman (185-G/F-87, college: Maryland) crowned the period with a triple as Schio enjoyed a 57:45 lead. Zsofia Fegyverneky kept on scoring as she dragged MiZo Pecs within 7 early in the fourth term. She followed with four straight points of her own to cut the distance to just three points. But Bernadette Ngoyisa and Laura Macchi came up with timely buckets putting the hosts back to a 7-point lead. Bernadette Ngoyisa, Moro and Pastore sealed the winning outcome in the dying seconds.
Bernadette Ngoyisa scored 22 points to lead Beretta-Familia. Laura Macchi added 18 points for the winners. Anna Vajda answered with 14 points and 8 boards for MiZo Pecs. Zsofia Fegyverneky notched 13 points in defeat.

Schio: Bernadette Ngoyisa 22, Laura Macchi 18, Marissa Coleman 8
MiZo Pecs: Anna Vajda 14, Zsofia Fegyverneky 13



Taranto better Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - Galatasaray 77:63

Italian Taranto posted the fourth win in the Euroleague season. They prevailed against Galatasaray in Italy and consolidated their position in Group A. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Michelle Greco (176-G-80) created the early threat as Taranto grabbed 12:8 lead. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Megan Mahoney ensured a 16:10 advantage for the Italian team at the first break. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) tried to keep Galatasaray in the game with five points at the start of the second period. However Rebekkah Brunson answered with her own five quick points as Taranto started to run away. Montagnino, Megan Mahoney and Wambe piled up a 30:17 lead late in the first half. Michelle Greco built a 32:19 lead at the interval. The third frame brought little relief for the Turkish team. Montagnino opened a 20-point cushion for Taranto as they coasted at the moment. Sencebe and Sophia Young gave the spark of hope for the visitors cutting the deficit at 12 points late in the quarter. Michelle Greco and Godin bridged the third and fourth frames with five points to boost the gap to 17 points. Taranto led by as many as 22 points with just under 5 minutes to go in regulation when Galatasaray went on a desperate rescue mission. They unloaded 10 points in a row to cut the distance. Megan Mahoney finally stopped the skid with a jumper and Taranto breezed to the win at the end.
Michelle Greco scored 19 points to lead the home team. Megan Mahoney and Rebekkah Brunson contributed 15 points apiece in the winning case. Sophia Young notched 26 points and 6 boards for Galatasaray. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) had 16 points in the loss.

Taranto: Michelle Greco 19, Megan Mahoney 15, Rebekkah Brunson 15
Galatasaray: Sophia Young 26, Katie Douglas 16



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  JAPAN - Women  


U16 Japan registers third straight win in India - by Eurobasket News
U16 Kazakhstan - U16 Japan 44-125

Japan destroyed Kazakhstan in Day 3 of U16 FIBA Asia Championship in Pune. That is third consecutive win for Japan and at the same time third straight loss for Kazakhstan. Both teams are placed in Group B. Erina Sugawara top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Moeko Nagaoka and Rie Izumita also demonstrated nice performance scoring 17 points each. In the losing squad, only one player registered double-digits in scoring. It was Olga Rybalko with 10 pts.
After opening ten minutes it was already clear who the winner of this game will be. Japan controlled its rival from the very beginning setting the score to huge 7-27 after one quarter. Nothing has changed after that as Japan still dominated. Until the half time Erina Sugawara and her teammates were already 15-56 up and rest of the way was just the formality. Kazakhstan improved in third period scoring 20 points, but of course they needed a way more in this game. Japan drained 37 in third and 32 points in the last frame for the impressive 44-125 victory.
In Day 4, Japan will meet Malaysia. Kazakhstan will play against Thailand and it will maybe have a chance for the first win.

Kazakhstan: Olga Rybalko 10
Japan: Erina Sugawara 21, Moeko Nagaoka 17, Rie Izumita 17



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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


U16 Japan registers third straight win in India - by Eurobasket News
U16 Kazakhstan - U16 Japan 44-125

Japan destroyed Kazakhstan in Day 3 of U16 FIBA Asia Championship in Pune. That is third consecutive win for Japan and at the same time third straight loss for Kazakhstan. Both teams are placed in Group B. Erina Sugawara top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Moeko Nagaoka and Rie Izumita also demonstrated nice performance scoring 17 points each. In the losing squad, only one player registered double-digits in scoring. It was Olga Rybalko with 10 pts.
After opening ten minutes it was already clear who the winner of this game will be. Japan controlled its rival from the very beginning setting the score to huge 7-27 after one quarter. Nothing has changed after that as Japan still dominated. Until the half time Erina Sugawara and her teammates were already 15-56 up and rest of the way was just the formality. Kazakhstan improved in third period scoring 20 points, but of course they needed a way more in this game. Japan drained 37 in third and 32 points in the last frame for the impressive 44-125 victory.
In Day 4, Japan will meet Malaysia. Kazakhstan will play against Thailand and it will maybe have a chance for the first win.

Kazakhstan: Olga Rybalko 10
Japan: Erina Sugawara 21, Moeko Nagaoka 17, Rie Izumita 17



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  LATVIA - Women  


Valdemoro is back, Ros Casares wins again - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Ros Casares 54:78
Ros Casares improved to 5-1 record as they overcame TTT Riga in the Qualifying Round Round 6. The Spainish powerhouse celebrated 78:54 road win on the second day of December.
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) finally joined the club after a long injury lay-off, albeit just for seven minutes. The guests started with 4-0 record and increased to 15-6 when Snell made a three-pointer. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) closed the first period at 21:12. TTT Riga bounced back in the second frame and it seemed the team follows the leader well. Lima sent the teams to the lockers for 36:33 after the hosts produced 21-15 in the frame. Moreover Aija Brumermane gave her team 41:44 midway through the third frame. Ros Casares meanwhile won the rest of the period for 51:43 advantage after three quarters. With massive 27-11 in the last stanza the guests grabbed another victory to be on top of the group.
Rebekka Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) stepped up with 18 points, Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) nailed 13 and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) posted 12. Aija Brumermane delivered 13 points for the home side.

TTT Riga: Aija Brumermane 13, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 10, Cindy Lima (192-C-81) 10
Ros Casares: Rebekka Hammon 18 points, Anna Montanana 13, Delisha Milton-Jones 12


Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Gotfrida RTU 18.9
2 Morris Cesis 18.2
3 Weaver TTT 18.0
4 Egle DU/Swedb 17.4
5 Lima TTT 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lima TTT 11.5
2 Gotfrida RTU 9.7
3 Pavlovska RTU 9.2
4 Morris SK Cesis 8.9
5 Weaver TTT 8.5
Assists Per Game
1 Tare Cesis 4.9
2 Willis TTT 4.5
3 Karkliņa TTT 4.3
4 Valentiene Cesis 3.6
5 Krastina Cesis 3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Willis TTT 5.0
2 Karkliņa TTT 3.8
3 Krumberga TTT 3.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Surkusa TTT 2.7
2 Lima TTT 1.3
3 Borodavko DU/Swe 1.3
Ranking
1 Lima TTT 23.2
2 Ieva Tare Cesis 21.4
3 Morris Cesis 20.9
4 Willis TTT 20.5
5 Gotfrida RTU 19.6


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Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Okockyte, LKKA 18.00
2. Aglinskaite, Laisve 18.00
3. Valentiene, Cesis 16.88
4. Bjelica, TEO 16.80
5. Rinkeviciute, TEO 15.80
6. Kvedereviciute, Laive 15.13
7. Pavilionyte, Laive 14.86
8. Morris, Cesis 14.25
9. Montgomery, TEO 13.88
10. Stevenson, Cesis 13.71
Rebounds Per Game
1. Bjelica, TEO 12.40
2. Taraseviciute, Laive 10.40
3. Balciunaite, Aistes 9.90
4. Alminaite, TEO 9.50
5. Paugaite, TEO 8.10
6. Kaminskyte, Ruta 7.50
7. Balataviciute, Lemm 7.50
8. Svaryte, Ruta 7.38
9. Stevenson, Cesis 7.29
10. Aleksaite, MRU 7.25
Assists Per Game
1. Zygelyte, Lemm 5.40
2. Zintikaite, TEO 4.40
3. Rinkeviciute, TEO 3.80
4. Valentiene, Cesis 3.63
5. Montgomery, TEO 3.63
6. Kaminskyte, Ruta 3.60
7. Eglite, Cesis 3.50
8. Tare, Cesis 3.25
9. Krastina, Cesis 3.25
10. Liutkute, Laisve 3.22
Steals Per Game
1. Balciunaite, Aistes 5.00
2. Valentiene, Cesis 4.25
3. Martinkute, MRU 3.86
4. Sauliute, TEO 3.80
5. Montgomery, TEO 3.25
6. Eglite, Cesis 2.88
7. Krastina, Cesis 2.75
8. Kaminskyte, Ruta 2.70
9. Zygelyte, Lemm 2.60
10. Sarkauskaite, Aistes 2.40
Blocks Per Game
1. Alminaite, TEO 3.00
2. Paugaite, TEO 2.80
3. Svaryte, Ruta 1.63
4. Aleksaite, MRU 1.38
5. Siksniute, Lemm 1.14
6. Hollingsworth, TEO 1.14
7. Bjelica, TEO 0.80
8. Tare, Cesis 0.75
9. Kvederaviciute, Lais 0.75
10. Nimane, Cesis 0.75
2FGP
1 Langhorne, TEO 68.9
2 Hollingsworth, TEO 66.6
3 Petronyte, TEO 60.9
3FGP
1 Valentiene, Cesis 59.0
2 Martinkute, MRU 54.5
3 Kvederaviciute, Laisve 50.0
Free Throws
1 Zemaityte, LAMMKK 92.3
2 Tarasaviciute, Laisve 90.0
3 Solopova, Lemm 89.4


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  MALAYSIA - Women  


U16 Korea hands the first loss to U16 Malaysia, stays perfect in Pune - by Eurobasket News
U16 Malaysia - U16 Korea 60-88

Korea made it in derby. It was a game between two unbeaten teams in Group B after two days on U16 FIBA Asia Championship in Pune. Korea celebrated 60-88 handing the first loss to Malaysia and at the same time jumping to 3-0. Kyelee Kang led the scorers in victory with 18 and Eunji Kim netted 17 pts. Dajeong Park followed them with 16. In Malaysia, Fook Yee Yap was totally the best with 20 pts. Jo Rynn Lee scored 13 and Poh Yee Ooi netted one point less.
Opening ten minutes were almost leveled. Neither of two teams was able to make a serious run. Korea was slightly better and at the end of the first held plus 1. Than, Koreans drastically improved and they took control ton their rivals. That resulted with 24 pts in the second period and just 14 by Malaysia. Nothing has changed later. Korea was still in charge and actually never looked back. Until the end of the game the winner just continued with increasing their lead until the final 60-88.
In Day 4, Korea will meet Sri Lanka. Malaysia will try to recover against Japan, but that will for sure not be an easy job as Japan is has very powerful team.

Malaysia: Fook Yee Yap 20, Jo Rynn Lee 13, Poh Yee Ooi 12
Korea: Kyelee Kang 18, Eunji Kim 17, Dajeong Park 16


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  MEXICO - Women  


Mexican National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Lourdes De Anda 89
5 Lorena Camacho 86
6 Michelle Porras 89
7 Abril Garcia 190-F/C-81 Merida Yucatan Mexico
8 Yanet Campos 79
9 Grecia Santoyo 88
10 Elizabeth Molina 79
11 Zazil Salman C-86 Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez Mexico
12 Pilar Vite 90
13 Marisol Rosel 80
14 Annel Tapia 170-G-86 Tec. de Monterrey Mexico
15 Stefanie Gaytan 84


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  PHILIPPINES - Women  


U16 China trashes U16 Philippines for 3-0 in Pune - by Eurobasket News
U16 Philippines - U16 China 36-129

China continues with impressive performance in Pune. After wins in Day 1 and Day 2, China once again had an easy job and this time against Philippines 36-129. It means that China stays on perfect 3-0 record in Group A, while its rival fell to 1-2. Meng Li was the leading player in victory with 27 points. Mengxin Sun had 20 and Liting Zhang delivered 3 less. In Philippines, Lore Rivera netted 14 pts and was the only player with double-digits in scoring. Jacqueline Tanaman stopped on 8.
Only in the first quarter Philippines succeeded to score more than 10 points (13). However, on the other side China drained impressive 33. Meng Li and her teammates had even more productive second period ending the first half with 70 points. Philippines stopped on 19 in total and this game was already over for them. During the last next two periods China slowed down, but still managed to increase its lead significantly. They limited Philippines on 8 and 9 pts, while scoring 25 and 34 on the other side for the final 36-129.
In Day 4, China will meet Singapore and fore sure will jump to 4-0. Philippines will play against strong Chinese Taipei.

Philippines: Lore Rivera 14, Jacqueline Tanaman 8
China: Meng Li 27, Mengxin Sun 20, Liting Zhang 17


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  POLAND - Women  


Fenerbahce edge Lotos in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Lotos - Fenerbahce 63:69

Fenerbahce celebrated the third win in the Euroleague season. They prevailed against Lotos in Poland to occupy the third position in Group D. Lotos slipped at 2-3 in the fourth spot. Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and Powell put the visitors in front early in the game. But Erin Phillips (173-G-85) and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) surged in front midway through the opening frame. Lotos ensured a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Nevlin opened the second period with a three-pointer to set Fenerbahce in charge. But once again Lotos regained the lead and maintained it throughout the second term. Fenerbahce however stayed close and erased the deficit at halftime 32:32. Beard, Leciejewska and Pawlak helped Lotos to a 39:34 lead midway through the third term. The visitors nevertheless drew things level late in the third quarter. Podrug had the last laugh in the frame as Lotos entered the final quarter ahead by 4 points 48:44. Lotos were up by one 61:60 with just over two minutes remaining. Tamara Sutton-Brown and Christon exchanged the blows and then Powell put Fenerbahce up by one 64:63. Vardarli and Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) followed with five points in a row to seal the deal at the end.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Tamara Sutton-Brown had 16 points apiece to lead Fenerbahce. Penelope Taylor contributed 11 points for the winners. Ivana Matovic answered with 21 points and 8 boards for Lotos. Erin Phillips had 9 points and 6 boards in the losing effort.

Lotos: Ivana Matovic 21, Erin Phillips 9
Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 16, Tamara Sutton-Brown 16, Penelope Taylor 11



CCC Polkowice still undefeated in Group D - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: CCC Polkowice - Nyon 70-63

Polkowice took the top of Group D with perfect 4-0 score after beating Nyon 70-63. Nyon remains without a win after 4 rounds of play. First quarter was a closely contested matchup in which teams exchanged in lead. It was the visiting team who managed to end the first quarter, holding 17-19 lead. Second quarter was marked by mistakes and missed shots on both sides. As result Polkowice scored 10 points during the period, while Nyon had only 8. At the halftime, the game was tied at 27 apiece. After the break, both teams picked the intensity up, but neither was able to make commanding lead. After exchanging baskets for the most of the period, Polkowice held 1-point lead entering the fourth quarter. First five minutes of the fourth quarter proved to be decisive, as Polkowice went on 7-2 run during that stretch. Nyon players ran out of steam and were not able to make a comeback. In the end, Polkovice celebrate hardly fought 7 point win.
Amisha Carter (188-F/C-82, college: Louisiana Tech) had double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds for Polkowice. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) followed closely with 16 points and Ryan Coleman (173-G-83, college: E.Michigan) added 11 points and 9 boards. Lindsey Hicks (185-F-81, college: Purdue) had a good game for Nyon with 19 points.

CCC Polkowice: Amisha Carter 19+10 boards, Nataliya Trafimava 16, Ryan Coleman 11+9 boards
Nyon: Lindsey Hicks 19


PTS Lider land Dellena Criner - by Eurobasket News
PTS Lider is searching for the ways to improve on their 3-8 start of the PLKK season. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Dellena Criner (170-G-87). The 22-year-old guard graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. The guard averaged 14.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Wolf Pack in her senior season. Dellena Carter earned consecutive All-WAC Defensive Player of the Year honours in 2008 and 2009.
PTS Lider also test two more players. These are Aneta Obrusnikova (174-G-88) and Tamara Ruzic (181-G-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.). Aneta Obrusnikova played for Sparta Praha in the previous season. The 21-year-old guard averaged 3.5 points per game. She also played for the Czech U20 selection at the 2008 European Championship.
Tamara Ruzic played for Jedinstvo of Montenegro in 2008/09 season. The 30-year-old guard averaged 13.1 points, 3.5 boards and 1.2 assists in the Adriatic League. She also helped Jedinstvo clinch the Montenegrin League title. The Charleston Southern graduate Tamara Ruzic had stints with Crvena Zvezda, Spartak Moscow Region, Pabianice, AEL Limassol and Wels.



Rivas Ecopolis defeat Gorzow to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Rivas Ecopolis 79:82
Rivas Ecopolis kept their record spotless in Euroleague Group C. They overcame Gorzow away from home to improve at 6-0 record on top of the preliminary pool. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting frame. Rivas Ecopolis capped the first quarter with a 10:2 run to ensure a 22:18 lead at the first break. Sapova and Zurowska teamed up for 8 points early in the second quarter to put Gorzow in front. Langhorne and Anna Cruz (172-G-86) allowed Rivas Ecopolis to put their noses in front late in the first half however Piekarska had the last laugh as she sent the teams into the dressing rooms tied at 39. The visitors used a 13:0 run midway through the third quarter to take an 11-point lead. Yuliya Dureika (180-G-86, agency: LBM Management) and Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) quickly trimmed the gap at 5 points but Rivas Ecopolis piled up a 66:56 lead at the final break. Sidney Spencer, Vidacic and Zurowska dragged Gorzow within 2 points late in regulation but Rivas Ecopolis withheld the effort. Anna Cruz and Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) sealed the winning outcome in the dying seconds.
Anna Cruz knocked down 19 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Clara Bermejo (178-G-81), Catherine Joens (180-G-82) and Jelena Dubljevic tossed in 15 points apiece for the Spanish team. Sidney Spencer and Yuliya Dureika responded with 17 points each for Gorzow. Zurowska nailed 15 points in defeat.

Gorzow: Sidney Spencer 17, Yuliya Dureika 17
Rivas Ecopolis: Anna Cruz 19, Clara Bermejo 15, Catherine Joens 15, Jelena Dubljevic 15



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Gran Canaria overcomes Olivais on their own court - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Olivais - Gran Canaria 52-79

Gran Canaria improved its score to 4-0 in Group B after beating Olivais 52-79. This was the 3rd loss for Olivais who opened the game poorly, scoring only 7 points during the period. After 10 minutes of play, visitors already had comfortable 7-25 lead. Second quarter was spent in an even game, as hosts regrouped, by they still could not cut into the deficit. At the halftime, Gran Canaria was up 22-39. After the break, visiting players increased defensive pressure once again, which enabled them easy points in transition. Thanks to 7-21 run in the third quarter, Gran Canaria had this game wrapped as they held 32-65 lead with 10 minutes to play. Visitors routinely closed the game out, and all Olivais could do was cut the deficit to final score of 52-79. Visiting team shot from behind the arc with good precision, finishing the game with 61.5% compared to Olivais 29.4%. Gran Canaria players also won the battle on the glass 21-19 and have also took better care of the ball committing less turnovers.
Aneika Henry (191-C-86, college: Florida) led the way for Gran Canaria with 17 points. Morgan Warburton (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) added 15, while Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) finished the game with 13 points. For hosts, Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) had a good game with 21 points. She received support from Danyel Crutcher (188-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Illinois) who was the only other player to reach double figures with 13 points.

Olivais: Jhasmin Player 21, Danyel Crutcher 13
Gran Canaria: Aneika Henry 17, Morgan Warburton 15, Jaklin Zlatanova 13


Montpellier remains undefeated while Madeira remains winless - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: CAB Madeira - Lattes Montpellier 60-82

In Group C, Montpellier went to Madeira and cane away with 60-82 win. This puts French outfit on top of the table with 4-0 score. Hosts are yet to record a win and are at the bottom of the Group C with 0-4. However it was not looking that the end result will be another loss for Madeira as they opened the game strong. After an 11-4 run, visiting team started to gather momentum and cut the deficit. Still Madeira players prevailed, and after initial 10 minutes of play, they were up 25-17. In the second quarter, Montpellier went on a 2-11 run to tie the game at 31 midway through the period. Until the halftime, teams exchanged baskets and it was visitors who took 41-42 lead to the halftime break. Momentum continued for Montpellier after the HT, as they increased defensive pressure. Madeira started loosing steam and struggling on offense. As result, visiting team managed to win the third period by 10 points to enter the final quarter holding 52-63 lead. Hosts continued to struggle offensively in the fourth quarter scoring only 8 points in the final period. Montpellier routinely closed the game out, increasing its led, for final 60-82 win.
Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) led the way for winning side with 18 points, while Dana Boonen (197-C-79, college: Rutgers) and Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) added 13 apiece. Hosts got 32 point effort from Candice Champion (185-F-87, college: Texas Arlington) but that was not enough to avoid loss.

CAB Madeira: Candice Champion 32
Lattes Montpellier: Khadijah Whittington 18, Dana Boonen 13, Gaelle Skrela 13


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


2009 Season is not over yet - by Raul Colon
Its has been more than two weeks after the Superior Women Basketball League crowned the Morovis Mountneers as their 2009 champions. Since then, not much had happened as the league basket in the glory of one of the most energized playoff series in its history. But things are bound to change this Friday as the league hold its annual off-season meting. At the top of the agenda is the organizations presidency. Jose Rosas four year term expired last Thursday and he is up to reelection. Other items in the table are expansion and rule chances. A decision on those issues is expected sometime tomorrow.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Dunav Econt beats Sf. Gheorghe by 13 points - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Sf. Gheorghe - Dunav Econt 61-74

Good run in second and third quarter provided Dunav Econt with 13-point away win over Sf. Gheorghe. With this win Dunav improved to 3-1 while Sf. Gheorghe fell to 1-3 in Group G. It did not look like the visiting team will come away with such win, after Sf. Gheorghe opened the game with 8-0 run. Dunav players recovered and managed to tie the game at 26 apiece by the end of the first period. Than in the second quarter, Dunav slowed the pace of the game and increased defensive pressure. As result, they limited Sf. Gheorghe to only 11 points, and were able to take 37-42 lead to the halftime break. Visiting team continued where they left off, and again their defense proved to be too much for hosts to handle. After another 11 point quarter, Sf. Gheorghe found itself trailing by 48-61. This proved comfortable enough lead for Dunav player who managed to routinely close the game. In the end they celebrated 61-74 win.
Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87, college: Charlotte) had a monster game, pouring in 32 points and grabbing 12 boards for Dunav Econt. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) added 13 points, while Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 12. For Sf. Gheorghe, Florina Diacona (176-G-82) led the way with 19 points. She received support from Kristen Rasmussen (188-C-78, college: Michigan St.) who added 15 points.

Sf. Gheorghe: Florina Diacona 19, Kristen Rasmussen 15
Dunav Econt: Danielle Burgin 32+12 boards, Daniela Peteva 13, Natalia Anufryienka 12


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Pokey Chatman's team remains undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Spartak Moscow Region 65:82

Spartak Moscow Region won the top game of Group D by beating Frisco Sika Brno for the second time this season. Pokey Chatman 's team needed just over five minutes to claim a 15-2 lead to finish with 82:65 victory.
Spartak wasted no time in establishing control against the Czech giants. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) closed the big lead, while Karpunina was the last to score in the period for 26:15. Spartak Moscow Region started the second period with 9-0 run as Diana Taurasi scored for 35:15. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) closed the half at 44:29 when the guests won also the second period 18-14. Frisco Sika however was too far to give up and reduced to 37:46 when McWilliams made a jump shot. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) kept the team within 10 points, while the top-scorer of the game gave her side 63:47 after 30 minutes. Sylvia Fowles brought her team 71:49 and Karpunina's shot gave her team 78:59. Hanusova was the last person to score in the game to make the final 82:65 score.
Diana Taurasi led the way with 23 points for 5-0 record of her team. Sylvia Fowles followed her with 18, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota notched 12. Hana Horakova delivered 16 points for the home side.Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) had 10 points each in defeat.

Frisco Sika: Hana Horakova 16, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) 10, DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) 10
Spartak Moscow Region: Diana Taurasi 23 points, Sylvia Fowles 18, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) 12


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  SINGAPORE - Women  


U16 Hong Kong beats U16 Singapore for the first win in Pune - by Eurobasket News
U16 Singapore - U16 Hong Kong 47-72

Hong Kong grabbed valuable victory in Day 3 of U16 FIBA Asia Championship in Pune. Both teams faced with huge defeats in the first two games and this one was very important for them. Hong Kong managed to win and to improve its score on 1-2 in Group A. Ka Yee Wong stepped up for her team netting 19 points. Man Sze Wong helped with 9 points and 6 rebounds. In Singapore, Zi Qi Chua Violet scored 9 and Hui Min Tok had 8 pts.
Opening ten minutes were pretty leveled with neither team making a bigger lead. Still, it was Singapore who held 13-12 after 10 minutes. In the second period Hong Kong improved its offensive plays. At the same time they intensified defense stopping Singapore on 10 pts for the quarter. They drained 18 for plus 7 at the HT. In the second half Hong Kong was way better team. At the beginning of this stanza they jumped to first double-digit lead and never looked back after that.
In Day 4, Hong Kong will take on strong India. Singapore will meet powerful China.

Singapore: Zi Qi Chua Violet 9, Hui Min Tok 8
Hong Kong: Ka Yee Wong 19, Man Sze Wong 9+6 boards


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga: Hosts grab all five wins in Round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Round 14 of Extraliga was good for hosts who recorded win in all of their matches.
Roznava hosted Poprad having more reasons for celebration at the end. They won the match 61-57 thanks to 19 point effort by Timea Sujova (175-G-84). Tiffany Ducker (188-C, college: Oregon St.) was also good for winning side, adding 13 points. Alesia Lalovich (188-F-79) led the way for Poprad with 18 points.
Presov has beaten Basket Steel 67-56 to continue run of good form. Jennifer Risper (175-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) led the way for hosts with 23 points. Christina Wirth (185-G/F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) also had a decent outing, finishing the match with 18 points.
Dobri Anjeli recorded a blowout victory over Nitra. Led by Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) who poured in 22 points, and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) who added 18 apiece, hosts had no problem in this match. On the other side, Dagmar Chlebovcova (171-G-84) was the only player to reach double figures with 14 points.
Banska Bystrica needed an overtime to record 90-85 win over Slovan Bratislava. Not even 17 points by Marta Horonyova (179-F-83) and 15 by Michaela Malinkova (173-F-85) was enough for Slovan to prevent the loss in this close match.
In the last game of the round, MBD Ruzomberok rolled over Cassovia by unbelievable 108-38. No players for visitors scored in double figures, with Erika Pavloviceva having 9 points.


Dobri Anjeli rally past MKB Euroleasing for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli - MKB Euroleasing 75:58
Dobri Anjeli celebrated the third straight victory in Euroleague Group C. They held off MKB Euroleasing to improve at 3-3 record and climbed in the third spot in the table. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) tallied 24 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the winners.
Angel McCoughtry and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) helped Dobri Anjeli surge in front midway through the opening frame. The Slovakian powerhouse drove to 21:17 lead at the first break. Semsei put MKB Euroleasign ahead at the start of the second frame but not for long. The hosts quickly returned in charge and claimed a 37:34 advantage at the interval. Angel McCoughtry, Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) and Candice Dupree soon boosted the margin at 9-point mark as Dobri Anjeli controlled the tempo. The teams headed into the fourth quarter with Dobri Anjeli leading by 8 points. Kupcikova and Michulkova stretched the margin at 12 points early in the fourth frame and Dobri Anjeli never looked back en route to impressive victory.
Candice Dupree had 16 points and 11 boards for Dobri Anjeli. Linda Frohlich contributed 14 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) posted 17 points and 5 boards for MKB Euroleasing. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) netted 13 points as the Hungarian team slipped at 2-4 record.

Dobri Anjeli: Angel McCoughtry 24, Candice Dupree 16+11 boards, Linda Frohlich 14
MKB Euroleasing: Jelena Milovanovic 17, Tijana Krivacevic 13



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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


U16 Korea hands the first loss to U16 Malaysia, stays perfect in Pune - by Eurobasket News
U16 Malaysia - U16 Korea 60-88

Korea made it in derby. It was a game between two unbeaten teams in Group B after two days on U16 FIBA Asia Championship in Pune. Korea celebrated 60-88 handing the first loss to Malaysia and at the same time jumping to 3-0. Kyelee Kang led the scorers in victory with 18 and Eunji Kim netted 17 pts. Dajeong Park followed them with 16. In Malaysia, Fook Yee Yap was totally the best with 20 pts. Jo Rynn Lee scored 13 and Poh Yee Ooi netted one point less.
Opening ten minutes were almost leveled. Neither of two teams was able to make a serious run. Korea was slightly better and at the end of the first held plus 1. Than, Koreans drastically improved and they took control ton their rivals. That resulted with 24 pts in the second period and just 14 by Malaysia. Nothing has changed later. Korea was still in charge and actually never looked back. Until the end of the game the winner just continued with increasing their lead until the final 60-88.
In Day 4, Korea will meet Sri Lanka. Malaysia will try to recover against Japan, but that will for sure not be an easy job as Japan is has very powerful team.

Malaysia: Fook Yee Yap 20, Jo Rynn Lee 13, Poh Yee Ooi 12
Korea: Kyelee Kang 18, Eunji Kim 17, Dajeong Park 16


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  SPAIN - Women  


Saarlouis wins at home against Ibiza - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Saarlouis - EBE Ibiza-PDV 83-75

Saarlouis hosted Ibiza in 4th Round match of Group D and came away with 8-point win. This puts both teams at 2-2 score, but Saarlouis has the upper hand because of win in this match. Game opened with both teams being close. They exchanged baskets for the most part of the first period, before hosts managed to build 27-24 lead. In the second quarter, Ibiza managed to slow the tempo of the game and has started to catch up. In a low scoring second quarter Ibiza managed to tie the game, and has entered the halftime with score tied at 40. Saarlouis opened the third period with 7-0 run which gave them 47-40 lead after 3 minutes of play. Visiting team regrouped fast and managed to cut the deficit. Game entered the final quarter with hosts holding 61-58. In the final 10 minutes, it was a close matchup once again. In the end it was the hosts who managed to slightly extend their lead and in the end they celebrated 83-75 victory.
Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa St.), Romy Bar (188-F-87) and Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) each scored 16 points as they led hosts to the win. On the other side, Shanon Johnson (169-G-85) had game high 26 points for Ibiza. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) followed close with 24, but no other players reached double digits for visitors.

Saarlouis: Brittany Wilkins 16, Romy Bar 16. Petra Manakova 16
Ibiza: Shanon Johnson 26, Nakia Sanford 24


Valdemoro is back, Ros Casares wins again - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Ros Casares 54:78
Ros Casares improved to 5-1 record as they overcame TTT Riga in the Qualifying Round Round 6. The Spainish powerhouse celebrated 78:54 road win on the second day of December.
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) finally joined the club after a long injury lay-off, albeit just for seven minutes. The guests started with 4-0 record and increased to 15-6 when Snell made a three-pointer. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) closed the first period at 21:12. TTT Riga bounced back in the second frame and it seemed the team follows the leader well. Lima sent the teams to the lockers for 36:33 after the hosts produced 21-15 in the frame. Moreover Aija Brumermane gave her team 41:44 midway through the third frame. Ros Casares meanwhile won the rest of the period for 51:43 advantage after three quarters. With massive 27-11 in the last stanza the guests grabbed another victory to be on top of the group.
Rebekka Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) stepped up with 18 points, Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) nailed 13 and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) posted 12. Aija Brumermane delivered 13 points for the home side.

TTT Riga: Aija Brumermane 13, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 10, Cindy Lima (192-C-81) 10
Ros Casares: Rebekka Hammon 18 points, Anna Montanana 13, Delisha Milton-Jones 12


Mann Filter beats Jolly Sibenik in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Jolly Sibenik - Mann Filter Zaragoza 59-77

In Group E, Zaragoza improved its score to 2-1 after defeating Jolly Sibenik away 59-77. This is the second loss for Jolly in the competition but they are still in contention to go through. Visiting team opened the game better and was able to build a lead from the start. After initial 10 minutes of play, the score stood at 11-20. In the second quarter, hosts started playing better, but they could not cut the deficit. Zaragoza players found an answer to each basket by Sibenik to they were able to keep their lead. At the halftime, Zaragoza was still comfortably up 31-41. After the break. Jolly Sibenik again encountered trouble on the offensive end. They went from mistake to mistake and shoot the ball poorly. As result they scored only 10 point in the third quarter, while Zaragoza used this to increase its lead by 10 points. With one quarter left to play, hosts held 41-61 lead and this proved to be too much for Sibenik to handle. Zaragoza players routinely closed the game up, in the end celebrating 59-77 win.
Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) scored 14, and Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) and Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) added 13 points apiece for the wining side. Jolly Sibenik got 15 point effort from Marta Cakic (175-G-82).

Jolly Sibenik: Marta Cakic 15
Mann Filter Zaragoza: Katia Da Silva 14, Allison Feaster-Strong 13, Lucila Pascua 13


Rivas Ecopolis defeat Gorzow to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Rivas Ecopolis 79:82
Rivas Ecopolis kept their record spotless in Euroleague Group C. They overcame Gorzow away from home to improve at 6-0 record on top of the preliminary pool. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting frame. Rivas Ecopolis capped the first quarter with a 10:2 run to ensure a 22:18 lead at the first break. Sapova and Zurowska teamed up for 8 points early in the second quarter to put Gorzow in front. Langhorne and Anna Cruz (172-G-86) allowed Rivas Ecopolis to put their noses in front late in the first half however Piekarska had the last laugh as she sent the teams into the dressing rooms tied at 39. The visitors used a 13:0 run midway through the third quarter to take an 11-point lead. Yuliya Dureika (180-G-86, agency: LBM Management) and Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) quickly trimmed the gap at 5 points but Rivas Ecopolis piled up a 66:56 lead at the final break. Sidney Spencer, Vidacic and Zurowska dragged Gorzow within 2 points late in regulation but Rivas Ecopolis withheld the effort. Anna Cruz and Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) sealed the winning outcome in the dying seconds.
Anna Cruz knocked down 19 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Clara Bermejo (178-G-81), Catherine Joens (180-G-82) and Jelena Dubljevic tossed in 15 points apiece for the Spanish team. Sidney Spencer and Yuliya Dureika responded with 17 points each for Gorzow. Zurowska nailed 15 points in defeat.

Gorzow: Sidney Spencer 17, Yuliya Dureika 17
Rivas Ecopolis: Anna Cruz 19, Clara Bermejo 15, Catherine Joens 15, Jelena Dubljevic 15



Gran Canaria overcomes Olivais on their own court - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Olivais - Gran Canaria 52-79

Gran Canaria improved its score to 4-0 in Group B after beating Olivais 52-79. This was the 3rd loss for Olivais who opened the game poorly, scoring only 7 points during the period. After 10 minutes of play, visitors already had comfortable 7-25 lead. Second quarter was spent in an even game, as hosts regrouped, by they still could not cut into the deficit. At the halftime, Gran Canaria was up 22-39. After the break, visiting players increased defensive pressure once again, which enabled them easy points in transition. Thanks to 7-21 run in the third quarter, Gran Canaria had this game wrapped as they held 32-65 lead with 10 minutes to play. Visitors routinely closed the game out, and all Olivais could do was cut the deficit to final score of 52-79. Visiting team shot from behind the arc with good precision, finishing the game with 61.5% compared to Olivais 29.4%. Gran Canaria players also won the battle on the glass 21-19 and have also took better care of the ball committing less turnovers.
Aneika Henry (191-C-86, college: Florida) led the way for Gran Canaria with 17 points. Morgan Warburton (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) added 15, while Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) finished the game with 13 points. For hosts, Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) had a good game with 21 points. She received support from Danyel Crutcher (188-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Illinois) who was the only other player to reach double figures with 13 points.

Olivais: Jhasmin Player 21, Danyel Crutcher 13
Gran Canaria: Aneika Henry 17, Morgan Warburton 15, Jaklin Zlatanova 13


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U16 Thailand beats U16 Sri Lanka in a low scoring game - by Eurobasket News
U16 Sri Lanka - U16 Thailand 29-57

Thailand celebrated in a low scoring game against Sri Lanka in Day 3 of U16 FIBA Asia Championship. The winners had more players in a game mood and thanks to nice plays by the bench players they celebrated in this match. Naruemon Sapmee top-scored in victory with 13 and Pornnutcha Sawatong followed her with 9. Danushika Rajapakse of Sri Lanka had a game high 18 pts. Jayasinghe Jayakodyarachchilage had 19 and just one more players managed to score in Sri Lanka. Now, Thailand has 1-2, while Sri Lanka dropped to poor 0-3 in Group B.
Thailand was way better team in all four periods. In the first one they stopped Sri Lanka on 5 points and in third on just 2. Defense was something what helped Thailand to win in this game. Their offense looked the best in third quarter when they drained 20 points. Thailand also was better in all statistical parameters in this game. They had better shot percentage and dominated in rebounds. On the other side, Sri Lanka committed many mistakes and did not have a chance in this meeting.
In Day 4, Thailand will meet Kazakhstan. Sri Lanka will take on powerful Korea.

Sri Lanka: Danushika Rajapakse 18, Jayasinghe Jayakodyarachchilage 9
Thailand: Naruemon Sapmee 13, Pornnutcha Sawatong 8


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CCC Polkowice still undefeated in Group D - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: CCC Polkowice - Nyon 70-63

Polkowice took the top of Group D with perfect 4-0 score after beating Nyon 70-63. Nyon remains without a win after 4 rounds of play. First quarter was a closely contested matchup in which teams exchanged in lead. It was the visiting team who managed to end the first quarter, holding 17-19 lead. Second quarter was marked by mistakes and missed shots on both sides. As result Polkowice scored 10 points during the period, while Nyon had only 8. At the halftime, the game was tied at 27 apiece. After the break, both teams picked the intensity up, but neither was able to make commanding lead. After exchanging baskets for the most of the period, Polkowice held 1-point lead entering the fourth quarter. First five minutes of the fourth quarter proved to be decisive, as Polkowice went on 7-2 run during that stretch. Nyon players ran out of steam and were not able to make a comeback. In the end, Polkovice celebrate hardly fought 7 point win.
Amisha Carter (188-F/C-82, college: Louisiana Tech) had double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds for Polkowice. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) followed closely with 16 points and Ryan Coleman (173-G-83, college: E.Michigan) added 11 points and 9 boards. Lindsey Hicks (185-F-81, college: Purdue) had a good game for Nyon with 19 points.

CCC Polkowice: Amisha Carter 19+10 boards, Nataliya Trafimava 16, Ryan Coleman 11+9 boards
Nyon: Lindsey Hicks 19


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U16 Chinese Taipei too much for U16 India - by Eurobasket News
U16 India - U16 Chinese Taipei 37-95

Chinese Taipei remains unbeaten after 3 days on U16 FIBA Asia Championship. In the latest game Chinese Taipei met the host and managed to register an easy 37-95 win. Both teams are placed in Group A, where the winners have 3-0 and India has 1-2 now. Yu-Ting Lin had a game high 24 points and Wei-Lin Wang followed her with 22 points. Jung Yang was third scorer in victory with 12 pts. In India, Kavita Akula delivered 12. Shireen Vijay Limaye was behind her with 11 pts.
Chinese Taipei dominated during the entire game. All four quarters they won and India did not have a single chance. After ten minutes of play, Chinese Taipei already held double-digit lead, 12-23. India stopped on just 8 points in the second frame allowing Chinese Taipei to take 20-40 HT lead. After the breather, Yu-Ting Lin and her teammates improved even more. They netted 55 points in third and last quarter stopping India on just 17.
In Day 4, Chinese Taipei will play against Philippines and for sure will grab another win. India will meet Hong Kong, what is a nice opportunity for the second win on this contest.

India: Kavita Akula 12, Shireen Vijay Limaye 11
Chinese Taipei: Yu-Ting Lin 24, Wei-Lin Wang 22, Jung Yang 12


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U16 Thailand beats U16 Sri Lanka in a low scoring game - by Eurobasket News
U16 Sri Lanka - U16 Thailand 29-57

Thailand celebrated in a low scoring game against Sri Lanka in Day 3 of U16 FIBA Asia Championship. The winners had more players in a game mood and thanks to nice plays by the bench players they celebrated in this match. Naruemon Sapmee top-scored in victory with 13 and Pornnutcha Sawatong followed her with 9. Danushika Rajapakse of Sri Lanka had a game high 18 pts. Jayasinghe Jayakodyarachchilage had 19 and just one more players managed to score in Sri Lanka. Now, Thailand has 1-2, while Sri Lanka dropped to poor 0-3 in Group B.
Thailand was way better team in all four periods. In the first one they stopped Sri Lanka on 5 points and in third on just 2. Defense was something what helped Thailand to win in this game. Their offense looked the best in third quarter when they drained 20 points. Thailand also was better in all statistical parameters in this game. They had better shot percentage and dominated in rebounds. On the other side, Sri Lanka committed many mistakes and did not have a chance in this meeting.
In Day 4, Thailand will meet Kazakhstan. Sri Lanka will take on powerful Korea.

Sri Lanka: Danushika Rajapakse 18, Jayasinghe Jayakodyarachchilage 9
Thailand: Naruemon Sapmee 13, Pornnutcha Sawatong 8


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Taranto better Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - Galatasaray 77:63

Italian Taranto posted the fourth win in the Euroleague season. They prevailed against Galatasaray in Italy and consolidated their position in Group A. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Michelle Greco (176-G-80) created the early threat as Taranto grabbed 12:8 lead. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Megan Mahoney ensured a 16:10 advantage for the Italian team at the first break. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) tried to keep Galatasaray in the game with five points at the start of the second period. However Rebekkah Brunson answered with her own five quick points as Taranto started to run away. Montagnino, Megan Mahoney and Wambe piled up a 30:17 lead late in the first half. Michelle Greco built a 32:19 lead at the interval. The third frame brought little relief for the Turkish team. Montagnino opened a 20-point cushion for Taranto as they coasted at the moment. Sencebe and Sophia Young gave the spark of hope for the visitors cutting the deficit at 12 points late in the quarter. Michelle Greco and Godin bridged the third and fourth frames with five points to boost the gap to 17 points. Taranto led by as many as 22 points with just under 5 minutes to go in regulation when Galatasaray went on a desperate rescue mission. They unloaded 10 points in a row to cut the distance. Megan Mahoney finally stopped the skid with a jumper and Taranto breezed to the win at the end.
Michelle Greco scored 19 points to lead the home team. Megan Mahoney and Rebekkah Brunson contributed 15 points apiece in the winning case. Sophia Young notched 26 points and 6 boards for Galatasaray. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) had 16 points in the loss.

Taranto: Michelle Greco 19, Megan Mahoney 15, Rebekkah Brunson 15
Galatasaray: Sophia Young 26, Katie Douglas 16



Fenerbahce edge Lotos in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Lotos - Fenerbahce 63:69

Fenerbahce celebrated the third win in the Euroleague season. They prevailed against Lotos in Poland to occupy the third position in Group D. Lotos slipped at 2-3 in the fourth spot. Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and Powell put the visitors in front early in the game. But Erin Phillips (173-G-85) and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) surged in front midway through the opening frame. Lotos ensured a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Nevlin opened the second period with a three-pointer to set Fenerbahce in charge. But once again Lotos regained the lead and maintained it throughout the second term. Fenerbahce however stayed close and erased the deficit at halftime 32:32. Beard, Leciejewska and Pawlak helped Lotos to a 39:34 lead midway through the third term. The visitors nevertheless drew things level late in the third quarter. Podrug had the last laugh in the frame as Lotos entered the final quarter ahead by 4 points 48:44. Lotos were up by one 61:60 with just over two minutes remaining. Tamara Sutton-Brown and Christon exchanged the blows and then Powell put Fenerbahce up by one 64:63. Vardarli and Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) followed with five points in a row to seal the deal at the end.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Tamara Sutton-Brown had 16 points apiece to lead Fenerbahce. Penelope Taylor contributed 11 points for the winners. Ivana Matovic answered with 21 points and 8 boards for Lotos. Erin Phillips had 9 points and 6 boards in the losing effort.

Lotos: Ivana Matovic 21, Erin Phillips 9
Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 16, Tamara Sutton-Brown 16, Penelope Taylor 11



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The National Cup. The end of Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
November 29th sent four teams to the Semifinals of the National Cup. Holders City of Sheffield Hatters smashed Manchester Mystics to progress to the National Cup semi-finals with a 90:45 victory. Helen Naylor (180-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 39 points, while Sarah Taylor netted 17. Nicola Blakeway led Mystics with 13 points.
Nottingham Wildcats upset the league leaders Leeds Carnegie to beat them 87:69. Caitlin Flood (180-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Manhattan) was unstoppable with 33 points for the winners and Siobhan Prior scored 14. Khalil and Clayden ended up with 18 points each in the losing effort.
London Heathrow Acers advanced to the semifinal after 63:56 over Sevenoaks Suns to meet City Of Sheffield Hatters in the semifinals.
UWIC Archers easily rolled over Bristol Storm 87:39 in Wales. The favorites reached 25-9 after the opening quarter and added 29-5 in the second frame. Meagan Hoffman paced all the winners with 20 points to meet Nottingham Wildcats in the semifinal. Leah Dehaan (178-G-89) ended up with 15 for Archers while Kate Butters posted 13. Emilie Ravn scored 18 points in the losing case.