EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/18/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Sudamericano de Clubes 2008: Schedule Released - by Raul Ruscitti
This year tournament will be played in Ecuador from October 28th to November 1st and will count with the participation of six teams.
Argentina will be represented by last year champion, Libertad Sunchales who will face elite teams from Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.
The following is the list of the 15 games to be played in the five days of competition.

Tuesday 10/28
16:15 - Bigu (Uru) vs. Minas Tenis (Bra)
19:00 - Barcelona (Ecu) vs. Liceo Mixto (Chi)
21:15 - Univille (Bra) - Libertad Snchales (Arg)
Wednesday 10/29
16:45 - Libertad (Arg) vs. Liceo Mixto (Chi)
19:00 - Barcelona (Ecu) vs. Bigu (Uru)
21:15 - Minas Tenis (Bra) vs. Univille (Bra)
Thursday 10/30
16:45 - Liceo Mixto (Chi) vs. Univille (Bra)
19:00 - Barcelona (Ecu) vs. Minas Tenis (Bra)
21:15 - Libertad (Arg) vs. Bigu (Uru)
Friday 10/31
16:45 - Minas Tennis (Bra) vs. Liceo Mixto (Chi)
19:00 - Libertad (Arg) vs. Barcelona (Ecu)
21:15 - Bigu (Uru) vs Univille (Bra)
Saturday 11/1
16:45 - Liceo Mixto (Chi) vs. Bigua (Uru)
19:00 - Univille (Bra) vs. Barcelona (Ecu)
21:30 - Minas Tenis (Bra) vs. Libertad (Arg)


Khimky wins by 36 in Delfino first game - by Raul Ruscitti

Russian powerhouse Khimky beat Spartak Primorie Vladivostok 98-62 and remained unbeaten after two rounds in the domestic league. The game marked Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) debut with the team after missing the first one due to an injury. In 24:29 minutes of action, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist for Argentina National Team scored 12 points (2/4 2PFG; 2/4 3PFG and 2/2 from the free throw line) grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out 1 assist.

BC Khimky Moscow Region, the early candidate to win this year championship, is the only leader of the tournament but there are still five games left to be played in this round.
Spaniard Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances), Delfino s former teammate with the Toronto Raptors, came from the bench to score 11 points in 16 minutes for the winner.



Liga B about to start - by Raul Ruscitti
With 14 games, the third level of Argentinian pro-basketball tips off tonight . Of the 32 teams in the tournament, 28 will debut today in what is expected to be a very exciting season with teams all over the country. The champion and the runner up will earn to spots to play in the TNA next season. The other two games left will be played on Sunday (Estudiantes de Concordia - Almagro de Esperanza) and on Saturday (Gimnasia y Esgrima de Villa del Parque - Velez Sarsfield).

North Region

Northwest
Anzorena - Facundo
Brown San Vicente - Union Elctrica
Sargento Cabral - Sp. 9 de Julio
Barrio Parque - Banda Norte

Northeast
Alvear - Colon
Tomas de Rocamora - La Union de Colon
Estudiantes de Concordia - Almagro
Sport Club - Union y Fuerza

South Region

Center
Racing (G) - GEBA
Nutico Hacoaj - San Martn (J)
Rosario Central - Banco Nacion
GEVP - Velez Sarsfield

South
Ciudad de Puerto Madryn - Ciudad de Bragado
Union Vecinal - Huracan de Trelew
Independiente - Jorge Newbery
El Sureno - Atletico Regina


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
BIBL Standings
Group A
 1. Feni Indistrija 2-0 
 2. Swiss.Lions 1-0 
 3. ChernoMore 1-0 
 4. Radnicki 034 0-2 
 5. CSU Brasov 0-2 
Group B
 1. Mega HL 2-0 
 2. F.Rabotnicki 1-1 
 3. Dinamo B. 1-1 
 4. Levski 0-1 
 5. Rilski S-list 0-1 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Barons continues Zalgiris fall in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Barons-Zalgiris 83:77

Barons overcame Zalgiris in Latvia and sent them to 1-3 record, the worst for the team. Trailing 9-25 after the opening quarter the hosts managed to win 83:77. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances), Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) all scored 15 for the win. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) netted 23 for the Lithuanian team, while Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 15.
Zalgiris tried to do all they could do to improve the positions in the league. The team organized the run of 11:0 in the beginning of the opening quarter and took the lead. Brown made two free throws at the end for 25:9 Lithuanian advantage. In the second quarter Barons/LMT finally woke up and made 8 points in a row and came as close as 17:25. Willie Deane however kept the guests in front at the end of the half for 42:35. With 19-19 the teams finished the third period of the game and it gave 61:54 as a total, still for Zalgiris.
The last period was a benefit of the local side as they made a run of 10:0. The result was 64:61 as Barons/LMT already leading the game. Armands Skele and Alexander put Barons in front later in the quarter. Alijevas scored one of two free-throws and set the final score 83:77. Latvian team improved to 2-1 in the standings.

Barons: Kristaps Janicenoks 19+6 rebs, Giedrius Gustas 15, Armands Skele 15, Kaspars Berzins 15
Zalgiris: Willie Deane 23, Tadas Klimavicius 15


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  BELGIUM   


Leuven Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Spotter Leuven has reached an agreement with Chris Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan) to temporarily replace Sani Ibrahim who suffers from back problems.
The replacement starts today and goes for a month. Young lives in Brussels and already played in Belgium in the past.
He played for Antwerp, Dexia Mons-Hainaut and Atomia Brussels. Also played in Italy for Livorno and in Poland for Turow.

Played the 2007-2008 season in Germany for Bremerhaven and in France for ProB team Brest. In 11 games for Brest averaged 9.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg.



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  BELIZE   


Belmopan Basketball Association Tournament Schedule - by David Magana
The Belmopan Basketball Association announces it schedule for their 2008 tournament.

Belmopan Basketball Association
Game Schedule


Thursday,16 October 2008
Opening Ceremory UB Gymnasium 8:00PM
Energy 'BNE' UB -J aguars UB Gymnasium

Thursday, 23 Octber 2008
UB Jaguars - Belmopan Eagles UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Belize Bank Bulldogs - Perk Up Hawks UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday, 26 October
Belmopan Eagles - Perk Up Hawks UB Gymnasium 6:00PM
Energy 'BNE' - Belize Bank Bulldogs UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday, 30 October 2008
UB Jaguars - Perk Up Hawks UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Energy 'BNE' - Tiger Sharks UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday 2 November,2008
Belize Bank Bulldogs- Belmopan Eagles UB Gymnasium 6:00PM
Perk Up Hawks - Tiger Sharks UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday, 6 November 2008
Belize Bank Bulldogs - UB Jaguars UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Tiger Sharks - Belmopan Eagles UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday, 9 November 2008
Perk Up Hawks - Energy 'BNE' UB Gymnasium 6:00PM
UB Jaguars - Tiger Sharks UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday 13 November,2008
Belmopan Eagles - Energy 'BNE' UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Tiger Sharks - Belize Bank Bulldogs UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday, 16 November 2008
Tiger Sharks - Perk Up Hawks UB Gymnasium 6:00PM
UB Jaguars - Energy 'BNE' UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday 20 November 2008
Belmopan Eagles - Belize Bank Bulldogs UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Perk Up Hawks - UB Jaguars UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday, 23 November 2008
Energy 'BNE' - Belmopan Eagles UB Gymnasium 6:00PM
Belize Bank Bulldogs - Tiger Sharks UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday, 27 November 2008
Belmopan Eagles - UB Jaguars UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Perk Up Hawks - Belize Bank Bulldogs UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday, 30 November 2008
Tiger Sharks - Energy 'BNE' UB Gymnasium 6:00PM

UB Jaguars - Belize Bank Bulldogs UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday, 4 December 2008
Belmopan Eagles - Tiger Sharks UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Energy 'BNE' - Perk Up Hawks UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday, 7 December 2008
Perk Up Hawks - Belmopan Eagles UB Gymnasium 3:30PM
Tiger Sharks - UB Jaguars UB Gymnasium 6:00PM
Belize Bank Bulldogs - Energy 'BNE' UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday, 11 December 2008
Team 2 Team 3 UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Team1 Team 4 UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Sunday, 14 December 2008
Team 4 Team 1 UB Gymnasium 6:00PM
Team 3 Team 2 UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday, 18 December 2008
Team 2 Team 3 UB Gymnasium 7:00PM
Team1 Team 4 UB Gymnasium 9:00PM

Thursday, 8 January 2009
Winner (Team 1 or 4) Winner (Team 2 or 3) UB Gymnasium 7:00PM

Saturday, 10 January 2009
Winner (Team 2 or 3) Winner (Team 1 or 4) UB Gymnasium 8:00PM

Thursday, 15 January 2009
Winner (Team 1 or 4) Winner (Team 2 or 3) UB Gymnasium 8:00PM


Behind a Great Team, Great Coach!!! - by David Magana
It is said that behind any great team there has to be a great coach, to many, Kevin Siroki (178-G-70, college: Westminster) might be controversial but in the end he provides results. Presently the University of Belize is ranked number one amongst all the Central American universities after gloriously winning a gold medal for Belize in the Central American University Games held this year in Costa Rica. Up to this date, no other Belizean team has ever won anything international. This accomplishment was due to the hard work, dedication and spirit of the Black Jaguar's Team, UBs coach, Kevin Siroki along with his UB staff Kirk 'Shabba' Smith (201-F-70, college: Weber St.), Darren Bovell (193-F-70) and Claude Jones (211-C).
The coach, Kevin Siroki was kind enough to share some words to our readers concerning his personal feels and passions about the game. Here is what we spoke:

1. How were you introduced to the game? I was introduced to the game at a very young age. I have older brothers that played basketball so I got an opportunity to learn the fundamentals at a young age (6yrs.)

2. Would you tell us a little about your titles as a player and as a coach? How about your international experience? I have been fortunate to win many championships as a player and as a coach throughout my basketball career. I played with some great players throughout my high school days in the US. I went to a small high school (Mineral Ridge HS) where most students played all the sports so I think by playing all sports it helped me as a player and now a coach. At the college level I went on a basketball scholarship to Westminster College. Even though we didnt win any championships, we won a lot of games. I learned a lot about coaching when I played college basketball. Having the opportunity to come to Belize to play in the year of 1996 for Belmopan has been a blessing for me. I have met a lot of great people here, including my wife. Having been able to coach the National Team and the University of Belize to several medals on the international stage has been most gratifying to me. I have won a couple of championships in the pro league in Belize but theres nothing like bringing a gold medal back to the Belize. To see the pride in my players faces is what will really stick with me for the rest of my life. Im so happy to go Belize as my home.

3. How do you go about establishing discipline and getting more from your players? Discipline is a sensitive word. I like to refer to it as setting standards and Respect for each other. I set high standards for my players to abide by. I stick to those guidelines so my players no what I expect from them and what they can expect from me. I have been taught that way and I think players will respect a coach more for that. My players know that we start practice at a certain time and discipline comes if the standards arent met. Now a days players all they want is to be flashy and show people that they can play. I try to teach my players by setting high standards for themselves and the team, and then people will recognize and respect you. Its hard work that counts. We practice late at night (8-10) then again at 6am the next morning because I dont want my players missing any class. I sacrifice by sleeping in my office at night. So people dont see the hard work that goes into the make up of a team, they only see it on game nights.

4. During your 4 years of university coaching experience did you teach the same concepts? Every coach has his own philosophy on coaching his team. Ive been fortunate to have had great coaches who taught me a lot of things about basketball and life. I love to watch coaches coach and pick up things that they do that I might try. I have taken all that I have been taught and learned and have formed my on philosophy for my program. I do change up plays year to year depending on my make up of the team, but one thing I do not change is teaching the fundamentals of basketball and thats the area where our players are lacking and you see it all over the world.

5. What changes do you think would improve the current game? Basketball has become a big business throughout the world. Players are making a lot of money but the feeling I get is that the love of the game is diminishing. I think a lot of high school players are playing to get a scholarship. College players are playing to try to go on to the NBA or overseas. We need to get back to playing for the love of basketball and if you do that then the scholarship, money and fame will come.

6. What was the toughest challenge you have faced? All my life I have faced challenges. All through primary and high school people used to doubt me because of being short. I think when they see my play or coach; they come to a different conclusion. They will see the passion and desire that I play and coach with. It has motivated me to work harder than anyone else. I remember putting in long hours of practice when my friends were out having fun. It really has paid off. When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them that I played and now coach basketball, they are taking back by my response because of my stature but I proud of what I have done in basketball and life and will continue to work hard. Hopefully my passion for the game rubs off on my players so they one day can become a coach and I can watch them pass on what I have taught them.

7. Tell us about you greatest strengths and weaknesses. Great Question!!! I think Im a great motivator. I believe in showing my players how I want things done, I believe if they see that coach can do then they can do it. I know that my players know that I will treat them like one of my sons. I dont have any kids so my players are my kids. I believe that goes a long way in building a team. I love to work hard but have fun at the same time. My weaknesses would be that I think I am a little too nice to my players at times. Dont know if my players would agree to that!!!!!

8. How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition? Most people define their career or success on the number of championships they win. Im not in that boat. I define success by my team getting better every game. We all can not win championships. I define success when I see my players getting their degrees. I will feel satisfied as a coach and person to see them graduate. Basketball is only a little part of our lives. Most players dont get the opportunity to go on and play pro after college so their only hope to become productive citizens is their degree. Ive been fortunate to play and coach at the next level so if my basketball career ended today I would feel that I was successful in both my playing and coaching careers.

9. If you would be part of the Belize Basketball Federation, would you make any changes? If I was part of the Belize Basketball Federation I would try to get more coaches involved. We have the players already but we need coaches who want to teach the fundamentals. I think we have too much jealousy or pride among our coaches. We need to come together for the benefit of the kids and players. Thats why when I go to games I watch other coaches and try to learn something from them. Our Basketball Federation, like most federations, they need funding. I think the govt needs to look at sports more seriously. I think they need to fund the federations because they are the experts in there field and let the sport council be a facilitator. Most small countries put a lot of money into sports because that is what puts them on the map so we need our govt to do the same. We also need more facilities. Not just for basketball but all sports. We have abundant of talent that is going to waste because they dont have the correct equipment or facilities to work out. Nevertheless, I know the BBF will keep working to take basketball to a higher level in Belize.

10. Is there any else you would like to share with our readers? I would like to thank you for you time. I would also like to say thank you to all the coaches who have taught me the game, players that I have played with throughout my career and players that I have coached and the present players I am coaching for all the hard work, dedication and sacrifice that makes me proud of the game of basketball. Keep following your dreams and I know if some small, skinny kid can do it then anyone can!!!! Thanks

No, thanks to you Kevin for reminding us once again what it feels to be at the top!!!! We hope that in 2010 we can successfully bring back gold again! Good luck and thank you for your time.


Maxi - Basket 2008!!! - by David Magana

The MAXI-Basket (Over 35) Season starts next week Saturday, 25 October at 11:30 am at Birds Isle. There are nine (9) teams participating this year, with everybody playing each other once. Top six (6) teams move on to the playoffs. Teams participating are:
A - Belmopan
B - Classic Purex
C - Old Cemetery
D - Old Technical Rebels
E - Kulture
F - OW Eagles
G - Maria Chang
H - Bulls
I - Alberts

Games for tomorrow are:
Sat. 18 October - 11:30 am - Bird's Isle


1. A Belmopan - B Classic Purex

2. C Old Cemetery - D Old Technical Rebels

3. E Kulture - F OW Eagles

4. G Maria Chang - H Bulls

Bye I Alberts



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  BULGARIA   


Nikolay Varbanov back to Levski - by Valentin Anguelov
National team center Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) is coming back to Levski and will play another season with The Blues. This was announced by the official web site of the team after he reached an agreement with the board of the club.

The youngster was on try out in Arkadia Lions from Austrian Bundesliga and left great impressions in the coaching staff. 208-cm tall center played 16 minutes in a friendly game for the team and finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds, assist and a steal in a game won 91-72. After that Varbanov received a contract offer but he decided to come back to Levski because of the greater ambitions the team will have this season and the participation in Eurohold Balkan league.

23-year old center played 42 games with Levski last season and averaged 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. During the summer he was part of the national team that qualified for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland.

Levski is now preparing for the derby game against Spartak in Pleven tomorrow from the second round of National Basketball League. The board of the team will make everything possible in order to receive permission Varbanov to be part of the team for the game tomorrow.


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  CHINA   


Shaanxi Dongshen Kylins sign Brandon Robinson - by Eurobasket
Shaanxi Dongshen Kylins agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, college: Auburn, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)). Robinson played most recently at Seoul SK Knights (Korea). He already played at Shaanxi last season before heading to Korea. His stats were quirte good in CBA as in 22 games he averaged 22.7ppg, 10.8rpg and 2.3apg. It convinced coaches to get the player back in the roster for upcoming season. He played for two years in the Stats in D-League. He got also experience in European pro leagues playing in 2004-05 in Finland and Estonia and in Latin American pro basketgball playing in Venezuela and Dominican Rep.

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  COLOMBIA   


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 19-5 
 2. Islanders 17-7 
 3. Bucaros 16-8 
 4. InderValle 12-12 
 5. Canoneros 11-13 
 6. Alcaldia 9-15 
 7. Condores 6-18 
 8. Piratas 5-19 


The fight for the second place in National TV - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros Freskaleche will receive tonight Islanders Sopesa in the Bucaramangas Coliseum Vicente Diaz Romero, Bucaros is coming after to great games versus Arrieros with one victory and one loss, both in overtime, Islanders arrives with a 8 games winning streak and full of moivation.
The game will be Nationally broadcaste by Tro, Teleislas, CanalCapital, Teleantioquia, Telepacifico and Telecaribe, both teams are in teh race for the second spot of the standings, to keep the hope of the first.


Federation Cup, Octuber 14, Day 24 results. - by Victor Garcia
The second game in Bucaramanga between the two porwerhouses Bucaros and Arrieros was so far the best game of the Cup until this momento, Bucaros defeated Arrieros in the overtime with a combined effort of all ist players, Arrieros playing without Jermaine Walker and Herbert Bayona show that is really solid.
Bucaros took advantage in the overtime of the absence of Arrieros porwer forward Enielsen Guevara who left the game due to fouls limit, Adan Reyes with 34 points was the best in Arrieros, Norbey Aragon with 35 the best in Arrieros.

Bucaros Freskaleche 116
A. Reyes 34 pts, M. Flemming 25 pts, R. Washington 24 pts, C. Salcedo 20 pts, M. Marriaga 13 pts, R. Sanz 2.
Arrieros 106
N. Aragon 35 pts, D Guevara 28 pts, E. Guevara 19 pts, H. Soler 7 pts, F. Montoya 5 pts, A. Arcila 4 pts, A. Blandon 4 pts, D. Perez 3 pts, N. Carabali 2 pts.


Islanders keeps its winning streak and defeated Ovni for the second straight night, the tea mis still a scoring machine even without Stalin Ortiz, Alejandro Flores again leaded the Islanders.

Islanders Sopesa 103
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 79.


Indervalle had to fight but in good fourth quarter pasted Piratas to win, a very important victory for the red team that puts them alone in the forth place.

Indervalle 103
Piratas 94



Patriotas give a tough defeat to Norte for the second straight night, Norte fallen looks unstopable and now is 5th in the standings.

Patriotas Proactiva 77
Norte 64


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  CROATIA   


Zoran Helbich moves to Austria, Split CO without Brun tomorrow - by Eurobasket News
Power forward / center Zoran Helbich (204-F/C-74) agreed terms with Austrian A Bundesleague team Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg for the rest of the season. Helbich spent the last one in Osijek 2006 demonstrating pretty good performance in A1. For 33 games his average digits were 15 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.5 apg. He already has huge experience from foreign countries as he played in Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany and Portugal. Season 06/07 he spent with BBK Ives Brno adding 11.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg. A season before that, actually first part, Helbich played for Cypriot Pizza Express Apollon. In Croatia, experience big guy was a member of Tranzit, Pula, Vinkovci, Sibenik and Slavonski Brod. In 2006 he won Croatian A2 league -Group East with Osijek. In 2005 he was named 'Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Bosmans Team'.

Meanwhile, Split CO faced with a problem before the Adriatic league game against FMP. Namely, Stephen Brun (202-F-80), who struggled with Achilles injury before, once again suffered the same one and it happened during the latest team's practice. It is not known yet how serious Brun's injury is but he for sure won't be able to help his teammates against FMP. In the first three Adriatic league games French player averaged 4.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 22 minutes per game. During the summer he played for Team France on EuroBasket 2009 Qualifications demonstrating much better performance.


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Raca Does it!! AEL 68 Keravnos 58 - by Nasios Orinos

Dragan Raca makes it to a 68-58 win over Keravnos, and his first over Frankias, in a season opener game (Super Cup) on Friday night.

Keravnos managed to build a 7-point lead after a good start, but AEL trailed 36-29 at the half time and managed to take a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter. Even though Keravnos was close to the score, AEL outscored its opponent in all quarters and won the game by 10.
Both teams seem tired and made many mistakes. Worth mentioning is the fact that both teams were terrible from the perimeter. Each team found its way to a 3-pointer only once in the whole game.

For AEL, most players played at a satisfactory level, with Subotic and Taylor being a bit better. Radojevic was quite good at the first half proving once more that he can be the impact player that Raca wants him to be.

For Keravnos, the only survivor was Damjanovic and Hart.

Quarters: 16-13, 36-29, 51-43 and 68-58



B.M.C. AEK Larnacas sign Kyle Davis - by Eurobasket
B.M.C. AEK Larnacas agreed terms with 26-year old American center Kyle Davis (209-C-82, college: Auburn, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)). Davis played most recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in the U.S. He spent most of his career playing for various pro leagues in the States. It will be his come back to Europe after he spent previously some time (05-06) playing for Universitet Surgut in Russia.

Etha inks new players - by Michael Aristidou
Intercollege Etha has signed two new players and has released another two. Coach Adamou Kyriakos was not satisfied from the performance of the two americans players so he changed them. Etha signed Eddy Barlow (185-G-81, college: Sam Houston St.) who played in BC Odessa last year and and James Spencer (193-G-84, college: Wyoming) who played in Mountain st. (NAIA). On the other hand Etha has released Dwayne Lee and Booker Roy. With this two last signings Etha has copleted the roster for the new seazon.

Achilleas Kaimakliou sign Ivan Grgat - by Eurobasket
Achilleas Kaimakliou strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old Croatian power forward Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side). Grgat played most recently at Kapfenberg Bulls (Austria) where he helped them to reach play-off semifinals. His state in 13 games were 12.5ppg and 4.8rpg. The Croatian veteran, ex Cibona, Zalgiris, Aris, Unicaja, agree with the team goal to try to reach playoffs this year, after the team took the last spot in the season 2007-2008.

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  DENMARK   


Teams advance in the Danish Cup. - by Thomas Soltau
This past week four teams secured the sport in the next round of the Danish Cup tournament.

First was Bakken Bears, who took on Aabyhoj IF at home. Aabyhoj IF was looking for a rematch after the defeat in the opening game of the Canal Digital League. But again the Bears were too strong and pulled away with a 97-82 win.

Roskilde BC earned the right to battle the Bears in the next round, after they glided over Bronshoj in their first Cup game.

In Copenhagen 1st division team Vaerlose BBK hosted league team Team FOG Naestved. Naestved handed out a small beating, and brought home the victory 85-60. Sadly for Naestved their point guard Sasha Djordjevic (190-G-85) received a disqualifying foul late in the 4th quarter. The foul was called after a small scuffle, and will likely mean that Djordjevic will be banned from playing the next round of the Cup.

On the other side of the country Randers Cimbria Basketball toke on 1st Division team Horsens BC. The Cambria team raced to a good halftime lead, and brought home the 'easy' win at the end. 92-82 was the result.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers in NBA Pre-Season Action on Thursday - by Surujh Roopnarine
Orlando Magic (94) at Charlotte Bobcats (84)
MAGIC: Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) (2pt+6rb), Jeremy Richardson (4pt), Mike Wilks (2pt+3as)
BOBCATS: Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, college: Michigan St.) (4pt+3rb), Matt Carroll (3pt+1rb+1as)

Minnesota Timberwolves (90) at Toronto Raptors (86)
T-WOLVES: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) (15pt+1rb+2as)
RAPTORS: Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) (2pt+8rb+3bs)

San Antonio Spurs (91) at Cleveland Cavaliers (70)
SPURS: Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) (10p+3rb), Devin Green (8p+4as), Darryl Watkins (3pt+3rb+3bs), Desmon Farmer (3pt+2rb)
CAVALIERS: Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, college: LSU) (6pt+2rb), Jawad Williams (1pt+2rb)

Boston Celtics (111) at New Jersey Nets (108)
CELTICS: Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) (14pt+4rb+7as)
NETS: Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, college: Florida St.) (9pt+6rb)

Dallas Mavericks (81) vs. Detroit Pistons (85)
MAVERICKS: Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) (13pt+9rb), Gerald Green (2pt+1rb)
PISTONS: Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) (10pt+7rb)


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KORISLIIGA: Chris Hester back to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Pyrinto (Tampere) has fired American F Kevin Smith (196-F-79, college: Lee) (9,8 ppg - 5,5 rpg in four games). Smith will be replaced by Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington), who is well known to each person following Finnish basketball. Hester played in Finland first time 2006-07 on Tarmo (Porvoo) roster. That season Hester averaged 17,7 ppg - 5,3 rpg - 2,3 apg in 31 mpg and 46 contests. Last season Hester came to Finland during the Xmas break and played 22 games on Team Componenta (Karkkila) roster. Hester averaged 22,3 ppg (#2) - 6,8 rpg - 3,4 apg in 35 mpg. So, Hester started on the coast line (Porvoo), moved then 100 km North (Karkkila) and will move again another 100 km North (Tampere).
American F Jessan Gray (208-F-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: Iowa St.) is another fired player. Gray played four games on Tarmo (Porvoo) roster averaging 7,8 ppg - 4,5 rpg in 24 mpg. Tarmo is after a new F/PF.
And sad news also from Joensuu. Kataja's American F Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn), who hurt himself (ankle) last Monday in TV-game, will be operated and is not able to practise or play for six weeks.


KORISLIIGA: Kouvot came strong at the end - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 5: Basketball games last at least 4 times 10 minutes. Kouvot (Kouvola) remembered that tonight, but visitor Korihait (Uusikaupunki) stopped
scoring four minutes to go. Korihait was ahead by six (62-68), but Kouvot won the last 3:50 minutes 10-0 and the contest 72-68. G Roope Suonio (176-G-82) made the
winning baskets. First his trey was good (70-68, 35 seconds to go) and then 2/2 from FTline (72-68, 12 seconds to go). The figures of the interesting game:
72-68 (39-32). Quarters: 19-17, 20-15, 11-22, 22-14. Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) led Kouvot with 17 pts. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) netted 22 pts for Korihait.

Kouvot - Korihait 72-68 (39-32) (Brian Swift 17, Roope Suonio 12, Calvin Walls 11 - Bojan Sarcevic 22, Mark Zoller 16/10, Jussi Kumpulainen 10).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Lahti 3-0 
 2. Kataja 3-0 
 3. Kouvot 3-2 
 4. Honka 2-1 
 5. KTP 2-1 
 6. FoKoPo 2-2 
 7. LrNMKY 2-2 
 8. Korihait 2-3 
 9. Pyrinto 1-3 
 10. Tarmo 1-3 
 11. Componenta 1-3 
 12. ToPo 1-3 


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ALBA Berlin hire Dragisa Drobnjak - by Moritz Korff
The German champion ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga) has made a short-term deal with Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket). The 30-year-old Slovenian international signed a contract for two months. He will help to replace Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington), who is currently suffering from problems with the patellar ligament.
Drobnjak spent most of his career in his home Slovenia, but played for BOT Turow Zgorzelec (Poland) from 2006 until the end of this past season.


Jibril Hodges(USC Heidelberg) Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Hi Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.), thanks for taking some time to talk to www.eurobasket.com. You have only been here a short while, but how do you like Germany?

I really have enjoyed Germany. Heidelburg is a beautiful city, and the country as whole has been great! The different color trees and the clean streets are different from Los Angeles.

Heidelberg is a beautiful small town with an unforgettable castle. The smallness must be a big change from the Los Angeles area that your used too isnt it?

Yeah definitely, but the change is positive in my opinion. I like the trains and trams. Its been cool.

What were the main reasons why you signed with a PRO A team USC Heidelberg?

Well for me to come to Europe is an important step for my career. I had done some research on USC Heidelberg and found that some American players have had great success starting their careers here. Also, PRO A is a good starting place for me, the competition is good, and I hope to gain exposure from Bundesliga teams, and other top division teams throughout Europe.

Do you have a contract to the end of the season or a short term contract?

At the moment it is short term, which I dont have a problem with. The management was straight forward with me, and they didnt want to commit and not be able to deliver on their commitments.

You had pretty good stats in the CBA at Butte with 14,7 points, 2,9 rebounds and 2,7 assists per game. In my opionen, your way to good for this league. You must have higher goals?

Thanks for the compliment I appreciate that! Well regardless of where a person plays, they still have to continue to improve and display the ability to make positive basketball plays. I just have to keep working on my game and I believe that the goals that I do have will be achieved. I just have to be prepared for each and every opportunity that I am presented with.

How was your first practice with USC Heidelberg? What is your impression of the team?

My first practice was tough. I had gotten off the plane at 6 am, then I got settled in around 8. Then had practice that night at 6, so that was tough. I am excited about the team. We are obviously young, but our coach plays an interesting style of basketball. So, it should be a fun season.

You lost your first game in Cuxhaven 86 to 77. You scored 15 points. How happy were you with your first game?

I was disappointed with my personal performance to be honest. I could have done some more at the defensive end. Rebounding the ball, and getting more steals. But its not a bad start I am looking forward to Wednesday and building on this performance.

You also got a warm welcome by going on a long road trip. Is that something you have seen before in college or in the CBA?

In college I saw many crowds like the Cuxhaven crowd. I love the atmosphere. It was an amazing environment to play in.

What is your role in the team? I can imagine that they want you to score right away?

Yeah obviously to score. Also, eventually I feel I may take on a more leadership role. By example of course, because we have great vocal leaders, and I feel me leading by example will help us down the line.

Your known as a shooter. What other strengths do you have as a player?

Personally, I think I happen to be the son of one of the best shooters to ever play the game, and therefore I am also considered one. Personally my percentages have to improve from the 3 point line. I feel my strengths people dont realize is my athleticism, ability to create for my teammates, and that I can be a vocal leader if needed.

What parts of your game do you still want to improve on?

I want to show that I can be a point guard that can run a team. That is very important with my size being able to control an offense and be a solid point guard.

You are the son of the well known ex NBA player Craig Hodges that won two NBA titles with The Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan. How has it been through life having to live up to being the son of such a good NBA player?

For me he's my dad first, and the great player second. Additionally, I am my own toughest critic so any outside pressure is not more than I put on myself. I've never felt the need to live up to anyone elses expectations, because my own expectations are extremely high.

Your were seven and eight years old when your dad won the two NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. What were your nicest childhood memories of this time?

When they beat Portland in the 2nd championship and we were in the locker room with the guys while they were popping champagne. Also, being at all star weekend when my dad hit 19 straight in the 3 point contest.

Were you a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls? If yes how as that experience for you?

No I was not.

How supportive has your dad been in your career? What has he taught you that has made you a better person and player?

He's been very supportive. Being a father I know he wants to see me do well. He's always told me that whenever you are presented with an opportunity you have to be prepared to take full advantage of it.

You went to school in California at Long Beach St. Why did you choose this school?

Well my mother had moved to Los Angeles when I was in 8th grade. My brother and I lived with my dad in Chicago throughout high school. So, when it came time to chose a school, I wanted to be closer to my mother. So, USC, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, and Long Beach State said that I had the opportunity to start and play as a freshman. That was the most important thing in choosing Long Beach State.

What were your nicest memories at Long Beach St?

There were so many. Probably, my very first time putting on my uniform and taking the floor in the pyramid for the first time. The best memory though would have to be graduation day.


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

Dijon Thompson, Marcus Banks (Miami Heat), Dee Brown (Wizards), Jordan Farmar(Lakers), Aaron Aflalo (Pistons), Ryan Hollins( Bobcats), and a guy who was my biggest rival in college Bobby Brown who won the championship with Alba Berlin and now plays for the Sacramento Kings.

You were drafted by the Fort Worth Flyers of the D-league, but surprisingly you went and played in Jordan. Why did you do this?

I was waived by the Ft. Worth team. So, instead of waiting around and hopefully getting a call from another D-league team, I went to Jordan.


You had a short stay in Jordan. What kind of experience was it as an American playing in Jordan?

It was very difficult! I made some good friends there in Amman. But the culture was very difficult for me.


Last season, you played in the CBA for The Butte Daredevils. Is the lifestyle and travel as tough as they say playing in the States in the leagues under the NBA?

Yes the travel and circumstances are not good. Well in Butte is was a poorly run organization with significant financial problems. The travel is very bad. One road trip to Kentucky last year took 23 hours.

Who wins at a friendly game of horse? You or your dad? You guys must of played a lot in your lives.

Well honestly horse we never played. Always one on one! He beat me a lot until I was 17 or 18 was when I first figured out how to beat him. He can still play though.


Who has the upper hand on a one on one battle?

I have the upper hand now. But he is 48 now so hes just gotten older. But until I was 17 he was unbeatable!


What were the most three pointers that you have hit in a row in practice?

Last year in Butte our coach Patrick O'Haren kept our shooting stats. And one day I hit 27, but that was just practice.


What is the best cure for a pure shooter when your in a shooting slump?

Getting in the gym and going through the basics. Most important is to remain confident in your shot.

What would you like to do after your Basketball career?

I would love to be the head of a public relations department of a professional sports team.

What are your hobbies?

I love watching movies and listening to music.

Thanks Jibril for the talk. Good luck in Heidelberg!

Thank you I appreciate your time!


Landshut: Wormley replaces Lane - by Moritz Korff
The club-officials of TG Renesas Landshut (2. Bundesliga Pro B) reacted promptly to the departure of their American guard Eric Lane (186-G-85, college: Boise St.). As a replacement, Horace Wormley (168-G-83, college: Vanguard) has been added to the roster. Lane had seen action in two games this season and tallied more than 20 points per contest.
Wormley has once been described as the quickest player ever to compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Two years ago, the playmaker finished his collegiate career and made the 2005-2006 NAIA Division All-America First Team after his senior season. In 33 appearances for Vanguard University he had posted 14.9 points, a NAIA-2nd best 7.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds a game. Following his graduation he made his first steps as a professional basketball player in the USA, shooting hoops in the JBL, ABA and most recently in the WCBL. His debut in Germany is set for Saturday, when Landshut take on the Crailsheim Merlins.


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Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 1-0 
 2. Olympiakos 1-0 
 3. Aris 1-0 
 4. Panionios 1-0 
 5. AEK 1-0 
 6. Olimpia L. 1-0 
 7. Kavala/P. 0-0 
 8. AEL 1964 0-0 
 9. Panellinios 0-1 
 10. Marousi 0-1 
 11. VAP Kolossos 0-1 
 12. PAOK 0-1 
 13. Trikalla 0-1 
 14. Egaleo 0-1 


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Eredivisie Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
West-Brabant - Aris Friesland 91-80
In the opener of Round 4, West-Brabant Giants finally grabbed the first win in Eredivisie. Except of the second quarter, which belonged to Aris Friesland, the hosts controlled rhythm of the game. Tim Blue paced West-Brabant Giants to first win collecting 21 points, 13 boards and 4 assists. Patrick Pope also shined with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Matt Bauscher was totally the best for the loosing side draining 24 points including 6 rebounds and 9 assists but his team will have to look for another chance in order to move from the bottom, 0-4.

M.Magix - Amsterdam 70-73
In the game between two undefeated teams with score 3-0, Amsterdam became the one who is together with Eifel Towers currently on top of Eredivise. It was a nice week for Arik Shibak and his players as they also celebrated in the first leg of EuroCup Qualifying Round 1 against Serbian team FMP Zelezik. Teddy Gipson once again shined for the winners scoring 22 points including 4 triples. Darnell Wilson collected 17 points and 9 rebounds in Matrixx Magix.

Landstede - Den Helder 78-74
Landstede Zwolle celebrated in extremely exciting game against Den Helder. Question about the winner is resolved in over time, when the visiting team scored just two points. Gerad Punch registered double-double in Zwolle, 19 points and 10 boards. Robby Bostain had one point less including 5 rebounds. Bradley Strickland had 17 points + 6 rebs for the loosing side. Landstede Zwolle now has 2-2 while Den Helder in on 1-2.

ZZ Leiden - Rotterdam 68-84
Rotterdam demonstrated great perfromance on the road against ZZ Leiden jumping on 2-1 in Eredivisie. On the other hand, the host team remained on just 1 win in 4 games. Charles Richardson paced Rotterdam to victory missing only 2 boards for triple-double, 19 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Ties Theeuwkens also was good with 21 points. ZZ Leiden got 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists from J.S. Nash.

Eiff.Towers - Upstairs Weert 83-81
Tight win for Eiffel Towers but enough to stay unbeaten after 4 games. The team of head coach Randy Wiel got the most from Jerome Beasley, who netted 24 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Omni Smith shined for the visitors with 31 points and 9 boards, but despite his great night Weert dropped on 1-2.



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Market news - by Tamas Deri

Sharif Fajardo and the management of ASE agreeded to break the contract, so the team invited croatian forward Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) on a tryout. The 205 cm tall, 24 years old big man played for the estonian team Kalev Tallin last season and averaged 9 points per game in the ULEB Cup. He had a great debut in a pre-season game against Univer KSE last night as he helped with 19 points his team to a 87-75 victory.

Sean Walker will not be kept for the season by the management of NYKK, team did not hesitate too long and signed american guard Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.).The 191 cm tall american player just arrived yesterday to Nyiregyhaza where the coaching staff really hopes to get the right combo guard for the team. Booker had one amazing senior season in the NCAA with the Southern Missouri State University and averaged 22.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 35.3%, 3FGP: 31.3%, FT: 82.5% in 27 games. He signed his first pro-contract in Turkey with Izmir in the first division but left after 4 games and finished the season in the ABA. The last season he started with Aris Friesland in Holland and was the leading scorer of the league with 23.7 points per game. In February 2008 he moved to Germany and finished the season with Koln in the Bundesliga. Couple of weeks ago he was on a tryout with Etha in Cyprus, but the team was looking for an other type of player and decided not to keep him for the season.


Bojan Ljubojevic (204-C-78, agency: Beo Basket) signed with Sopron for the upcoming season. The 204 cm tall, 30 years old serbian big man will arrive in the next days to our country.



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


Standings - B Division
B Standings
East
 1. Salgotarjani 4-0 
 2. Gepszolg 4-0 
 3. Nagykalloi 3-1 
 4. Szolnoki Foi. 2-2 
 5. Bajai FKE 2-2 
 6. Debreceni II 2-2 
 7. Ujbuda TC 1-3 
 8. Univer KSE 1-3 
 9. Phoenix KK 1-3 
 10. Szedeak 1-3 
 11. Obudai 1-3 
 12. Jaszberenyi 0-4 
West
 1. Kanizsa 5-0 
 2. Veszpremi 4-0 
 3. Flextronics 4-0 
 4. SMAFC-NYME 4-0 
 5. Bonyhadi 3-0 
 6. EnterNet-P. 1-1 
 7. Ceragem 0-2 
 8. Elite Basket 0-3 
 9. Papai 0-3 
 10. Bp. Honved 0-4 
 11. Budafoki 0-4 
 12. Fehervar 0-4 


CEBL: 3 games, 3 wins! - by Tamas Deri
Two teams of our country - Albacomp and NYKK - are playing in the CEBL this season. Both teams started very succesfull in the competition and won all the games - Albacomp 1, NYKK 2 - yet.

Spisska Nov Ves - Albacomp 83-105
(19-31, 27-28, 21-22, 16-24)
Spisska Nova Ves, Att.: 1000
Nova Ves: Pesta 15, Kozar 13, Kovalik 11, Madaj 11/3, Ulman 12 Cs: Repasky 3, Bartos 3, Misinsky 9/3, Baldovsky 8, Avalic 13/3
Albacomp: Doyne 11, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 16, Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) 24/12, Morrison 15, Radovic 17/3, Soos 13/9, David 2, Gobi 7, Madar, Antal, Keller, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos


Marso-Vagep Nyiregyhaza KK - Arkadia Traiskirchen (austrian) 98-85
(25-23, 22-23, 24-14, 27-25)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 500, Referees: Forrai, Plla, Bognr.
NYKK: Savic 14, Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77, agency: 011 Sports) 26/21, Nagy K., Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 24/3, Nemanja Jelesijevic (208-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) 19/6, Siska 3/3, Walker 5, Lekli 5, Wehner, Farkas A. 2., Coach: Zoran Kmezic
Traiskirchen: Danek 4, Mitchell 14, Paliascsuk 4, Vay 22/6, Zekovic 17/9, Schranz, Nicoara 13, Geisler 6/6, Pinezich, Drenovac 5, Coach: Andrea Maghelli

AC Cosmetics Pezinok (slovakian) - Marso-Vagep Nyiregyhaza KK 68-78
(20-19, 9-18, 22-18, 17-23)
Pezinok, Att.: 400, Referees Janac, Zenis, Tomasovic
Pezinok: L. Williams 12, Snopko 12/12, Lukjanec 12/3, Micuda 8, Brlit 3, Urland 4, Grznak, Whisby 4, Kozlik 12/6, Coach: Milan Cernicky
NYKK: Savic 19/6, Mitar Trivunovic 11/3, Nagy K., Erno Sitku 15/3, Nemanja Jelesijevic 20/6, Lekli 6, Siska 3/3, Walker 4/3, Coach: Zoran Kmezic


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Champions start the season strong - by Einar Johannsson
1st round of Iceland Express league finished tonight with 3 games.

Keflavik - Thor Akureyri
Defending champions Keflavik started new season at home tonight with a good win. Keflavik without foreigners played aggressive defense and never gave Thor a chance in this game.
Six players scored 10+ for Keflavik while Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) had 34 pts, 9 reb and 5 assists.
Game stats

Breidablik - Skallagrimur
Breidablik played first game in 4 years in top division and started with a good win over Skallagrimur. Final score was 78-66 where Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, agency: IceBasket, college: Pfeiffer) had 26 pts and 16 reb and playmaker Runar Erlingsson (184-G-89) had 12 pts, 4 reb, 4 steals and 4 assists for the hometeam while Sveinn Davidsson (-86) was leading scorer for Skallagrimur with 18 pts.
Game stats

Snaefell - Tindastoll
Low scoring game where defense was strong for both teams. Snaefell still recovering from missing 3 foreign players and the coach while Tindastoll have 3 good foreigners. Tindastoll came from behind and took the 2 points out of the game with 55-57 win. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80, agency: IceBasket) leading scorer for Snaefell with 12 pts and Svavar Birgisson (201-F-80) scored 14 pts for Tindastoll.
Game stats

Second round starts with 3 games on sunday; KR play Keflavik, Thor Akureyri will play Breidablik and Tindastoll will play FSu. On monday Grindavik will visit Njardvik, Skallagrimur and Snaefell will play in Borgarnes and then IR will play Stjarnan.


FSu start with a massive win - by Einar Johannsson
Iceland Express league started last night with 3 games.

FSu - UMFN Njardvik
Opening game was in Selfoss where UMFN Njardvik where visiting FSu. UMFN Njardvik without shooter Magnus Gunnarson (184-G-81) struggled and Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81, agency: CAA Sports) had some injury first half which kept him out for 8 minutes. FSu was shooting great in 3s and made 10 of 17 first half to take a 55-40 lead.
Second half FSu kept the distance between the teams and finished game strong and won 103-78 in their first game in top division in Iceland. Great start for coach Brynjar Karl Sigurdsson and his team. Savar Sigurmundsson (198-F-80, college: Al.-Huntsville) was by far best player on the floor in this game, with 29 pts and 8 reb.
Game stats

Grindavik - Stjarnan
Grindavik is tipped to be one of two teams to fight for trophies this year. They looked strong most part of the game against Stjarnan and were up 18 in 4 quarter. Stjarnan denied to give in and came strong back and tied the game for overtime. Grindavik got the win at the end 110-109 where Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) (197-F/G-78) had great game for home team (39 pts, 15 reb & 5 assists) and Justin Shouse (180-G-81, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) was unstobbable for Stjarnan with 47 pts.
Game stats

KR - IR
KR have a great team this year and they started strong last night. Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) has some injury but players like Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Birmingham Souther) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) had great game for KR in a 94-79 homewin. Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-F-82) is coming back from injury and had a solid game for IR, 14 pts in 18 minutes and Sveinbjorn Claessen (191-G-86) had a good game, ending up with 18 pts.
Game stats

Tonight the other 3 games in 1st round are sceduled. Breidablik will play home against Skallagrimur, Defending champions Keflavik will play Thor Akureyri and Snaefell will play TIndastoll. All games starting at 19.15 and live on smart statt on www.kki.is


Stats Leaders (Men)
Icelandic League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 C.Isom, Thor Ak. 26.1
2 D.Flake, Skallag. 23.9
3 J.Griffin, Grindavik 23.3
4 P.Vilberg, Grind. 22.4
5 D.Bailey, Njardvik 22.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 D.Flake, Skallag. 13.0
2 H.Baering, Snaef. 12.1
3 J.Helm, KR 9.2
4 F.Helgason, Stjar. 8.7
5 F.Stefansson, Njar. 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 N.Brown, IR 7.7
2 J.Shouse, Snaefell 7.0
3 A.Fall, Skallagrimur 6.5
4 L.Jonsson, Hamar 6.5
5 S.Shaptah, Tin. 5.5
Steals Per Game
1 N.Brown, IR 3.50
2 J.Griffin, Grindavik 3.16
3 A.Drejaj, Fjolnir 3.06
Blocks Per Game
1 E.Jonasson, Njar. 2.53
2 G.Byrd, Hamar 2.18
3 F.Stefansson, Nja. 1.64
2FGP
1 J.Helm, KR 63.3
2 D.Flake, Skallagr. 56.4
3 D.Brown, Tindas. 55.0
3FGP
1 J.Shouse, Snaef. 51.0
2 P.Sigurgeir, KR 47.9
3 B.Birmin, Njardvik 45.1
Free Throws
1 B.Walker, Keflavik 88.7
2 L.Jonsson, Hamar 85.7
3 M.Gunnars, Kefl. 84.8


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  IRAN   


Shiraz a.s Pipe Started before all other teams for Iran Superleague - by Mohammad Ahmadi
' Shiraz a.s Pipe Basketball Club which is a new team in Iran Super league Basketball created by GholamReza Khajeh, started their main practices since April. They signed Asadollah Kabir as Head Coach, who was the olden Head Coach of Iran National Basketball. They also signed Ali Doraghi (210-C-84) who was one of Iran National Players in Beijing 2008 Olympic. In season 2008-2009,Shiraz a.s pipe want to be one of the best teams in competition with Mahram, Saba Battery, Petrochimi and Zob Ahan, so they signed Zoran Majkic (207-C-78, agency: Court Side) and Kevin Alphonso Sheppard (183,PG,83) as their foreign players in Center and Point Guard positions. Also they renew Mohammad Ahmadi 's contract as their Analysis Coach for two more years who can help them to achieve their goals in this season.'

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  ISRAEL   


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.Netanya 0-0 
 2. Hap.L.Hashar. 0-0 
 3. Macc.H.Hash. 0-0 
 4. Macc.Ashdod 0-0 
 5. Benyamina 0-0 
 6. Elitzur Ramla 0-0 
 7. Hap.Beeri 0-0 
 8. Hap.Y./Megido 0-0 
 9. Hap.N.Elite 0-0 
 10. Elitzur Yavne 0-0 
 11. Elitzur K.Yair 0-0 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 0-0 
 13. Hap.Afula 0-0 
 14. Ironi N-Ziona 0-0 


Jerusalem claimed first trophy of the season - by Yehonatan Eliahu
The traditional pre-season tournament 'Winner Cup' came to an end yesterday evening, as Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem overcame Ironi Nahariya in the final game. Naharia was the one to take the lead at first, and finished the first quarter with a 14 points advantage. But Jerusalem bounced back after some minutes, and with a great effort at the second half ended up with the win, 84-69.

Jerusalem- Timmy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) 27, Sneed 21, Naimi 17, Watson 9, Shason 7, Markovic 4, Lazar 3

Naharia- Mcgee 14, Brunner and Lewis 12 each, Washam 9, Yakosi 7, Ohayon 6, Limonad 5, Saudai 4

Earlier Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa took on Bnei Hasharon in the game for the bronze. At the end Galil came up with a narrow win, 82-79, and earned the third spot.

Galil- Roberts 22, Kadir 21, Gordon 8, Mekel 8, Nixon 7, Cohen 7, Yavzuri 6, Tischer 4

Bnei- Izchaki 17, Tapiro 17, James 13, Reis 10, Robie and Cisse 6 for each, Quintance, Monson 2


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  JAMAICA   


Standings
NBL Standings
 1. Urban K. 22-0 
 2. Port Royal 17-5 
 3. Tivoli Wizards 14-8 
 4. Majestic G. 12-9 
 5. Arnett GR 12-10 
 6. Slayers 11-11 
 7. Portmore F. 11-11 
 8. Runnin' R. 11-11 
 9. JDF 10-12 
 10. Blazing P. 7-15 
 11. Catherine AS. 3-18 
 12. Linkup All-S. 1-21 


Knights, Majestic off to flying start - by Leonard Whyte
So far, so good! After the playing of all the game 1's in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL), the fancied teams have so far lived up to expectation and have taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three contest. On Tuesday, both Port Royal Bulls and Tivoli Wizards, the No. 2 and no.3 seeds, easily advanced, then last night defending champions and overwhelming favorites, Urban Knights, blew out Runnin' Rebels by 20 points. In the night's other contest, No.4-seeded Majestic Gardens also scored a comfortable victory of Arnett Gardens Rockets.

Fans showed up expecting Rebels to really challenge Knights, especially after the great battles both teams fought against each other in the regular season, but this failed to materialize. The no.1 seeded Knights repelled a feeble challenge from their rivals and sent a clear message that they have a date with destiny and the train has already left the station bound for the history books. Andy Smith with 19 points and Oneil Mundle with 16 led the way for the winners who are now 23-0. Omari Green and Greg Warlock with 14 points each led Rebels. In the opening game, Kemar McLeish scored 27 points and Balton Todd 26 to lead Majestic to the 91-81 victory. Kwame Lawrence with 21 points and Arnell Campbell with 17 led Arnett.

The league continues on Saturday evening at the National Stadium courts with Portmore Flames trying to turn the tables on Tivoli Wizards, and St. George's Slayers seeking to restore lost prestige against Port Royal Bulls. Game time is 6:00 pm and 7:45 pm respectively.


Bulls, Wizards off to flying start in NBL playoffs - by Leonard Whyte

The 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) got on the way last night at the National Stadium courts with the playing of two games. There were no fireworks as both games went according to plan. First, Paul Oliphant sank 27 points and Dovian Wade added 15 to lead no.2 Port Royal Bulls to a wire-to-wire 82-71 victory over no.7 St. Georges Slayers, then no.3 Tivoli Wizards, behind 16 points from Dwayne Harris and 14 from Levar Henry, defeated no.6 Portmore Flames 73-66. Bulls and Wizards now hold a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series.

The league continues on Thursday night with the playing of two more games. Defending champions, Urban Knights, enter the night's feature contest against Runnin' Rebels as they begin their quest for a record unbeaten season. In the first game at 6:00 pm, Arnett Gardens Rockers will face Majestic Gardens. The feature game is set to begin at 7:45 pm.



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Shoot 'em down, turn around, come on Woni - by Kenny
Although the 2008-09 JBL regular season is only 5 games old, the Rera Kamuy Hokkaido have decided to release seldom-used import Mohamed Woni (208-F/C-77, college: Clemson). In a press release posted on their website on Oct. 15th, Hokkaido announced that they will terminate Woni's contract at the end of October after coming to an mutual agreement with him. In 5 regular season games, the 30-year old Woni played a total of 38 minutes and scored 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Hokkaido will go up against the Toyota Alvark this Sunday.

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Barons continues Zalgiris fall in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Barons-Zalgiris 83:77

Barons overcame Zalgiris in Latvia and sent them to 1-3 record, the worst for the team. Trailing 9-25 after the opening quarter the hosts managed to win 83:77. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances), Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) all scored 15 for the win. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) netted 23 for the Lithuanian team, while Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 15.
Zalgiris tried to do all they could do to improve the positions in the league. The team organized the run of 11:0 in the beginning of the opening quarter and took the lead. Brown made two free throws at the end for 25:9 Lithuanian advantage. In the second quarter Barons/LMT finally woke up and made 8 points in a row and came as close as 17:25. Willie Deane however kept the guests in front at the end of the half for 42:35. With 19-19 the teams finished the third period of the game and it gave 61:54 as a total, still for Zalgiris.
The last period was a benefit of the local side as they made a run of 10:0. The result was 64:61 as Barons/LMT already leading the game. Armands Skele and Alexander put Barons in front later in the quarter. Alijevas scored one of two free-throws and set the final score 83:77. Latvian team improved to 2-1 in the standings.

Barons: Kristaps Janicenoks 19+6 rebs, Giedrius Gustas 15, Armands Skele 15, Kaspars Berzins 15
Zalgiris: Willie Deane 23, Tadas Klimavicius 15


Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi
 1. Salacgriva 2-0 
 2. Lielvarde 2-0 
 3. Jekabpils 1-1 
 4. Pargauja 1-1 
 5. Madona 1-1 
 6. DU/Hansabanka 1-1 
 7. Gulbene 0-2 
 8. Sigulda 0-2 
Centrs A
 1. Saulkrasti 2-0 
 2. Livu akvaparks 1-0 
 3. VIA Riga 1-0 
 4. Ridzene M. 1-1 
 5. Ogre/Sonora 0-0 
 6. LU 0-1 
 7. Ridzene 90 0-3 
Centrs B
 1. Turiba 3-0 
 2. Kursa/MRU 1-1 
 3. 3.BJSS 1-1 
 4. VEF Riga 1-1 
 5. Juramalas SS 1-1 
 6. BJSS 1-1 
 7. Ogre/LDz 1-1 
 8. DSN 0-1 
 9. Ridzene 91 0-2 
Rietumi
 1. Dartija 2-0 
 2. Bauska 2-0 
 3. Elvi Kuldiga 1-0 
 4. Perkons 1-0 
 5. Variants 1-1 
 6. Olaine 1-1 
 7. Talsi 0-1 
 8. Tukums 0-2 
 9. Saldus-2 0-3 


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A quick check on how Liberians are currently doing abroad - by Kristian Santiago

Here is a quick check on Liberian ballers around the globe:

Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) averages 16,3 ppg and 8,3 rpg in three games for the teckpro Braves Kaiserslautern in Germany

Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO) adds 8,0 ppg , 6,0 rpg and 1,3 bpg for surprising newcomers Giants Noerdlingen as well in Germany.

Boakai Lalugba (199-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Bucknell) excels with 14,3 ppg , 10 rpg and 1,7 bpg for JL Bourg Basket in the French Pro B.

Patrick Flomo (203-F-80, college: Ohio) puts in 2,3 ppg and 1,0 rpg in limited minutes off the bench for Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany.

Danny Horace (196-F-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Miami, OH) clicks 12 ppg , 7,3 rpg and 2,3 bpg for French Pro B-side Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball.

Burleigh Porte (203-C) plays this year for Wisc.-Milwaukee in the Horizon League.The season starts in November.



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Detroit earn fifth preseason victory - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons posted the fifth victory in the preseason campaign yesterday. They defeated the Dallas Mavericks 85:81 to improve to 5-1 record in the fit up games. Dallas were the better side throughout the first three quarters building a 13-point advantage before the fourth term. But the Pistons came up strong in the fourth quarter outscoring their opponents 36:19 in the final stanza and registering another victory. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) nailed 17 points for Detroit. Chaunsey Billups added 16 points and 7 assists, while Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) had 10 points in 19 minutes on the court. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) answered with 15 points for the Mavs. Brandon Bass contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
San Antonio sent Cleveland to the fourth straight loss beating them 91:70 at the Quicken Loans Arena. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) was the main figure for the Spurs as he tallied 16 points and 13 boards for the winners. Matt Bonner secured 15 points for the visitors. Lebron James played just in the first half netting 6 points for the Cavs. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) finished with 10 points in defeat.
The Minnesota Timberwolves overcame the Toronto Raptors 90:86 to write in the fourth victory in the preseason. Ryan Gomes (6'7''-F-82, college: Providence) dropped 17 points 11 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Bake Ahearn fired 15 points for the winners. Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) answered with 22 points for the Raptors. Jermaine ONeal had only 4 points.
The reigning champions Boston Celtics also posted the fourth preseason victory when they narrowly defeated New Jersey 111:108. Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) poured in 32 points to lift the Celtics to the win. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were benched by Doc Rivers for this one. Eddie House fired 21 points in 25 minutes for the Celtics. Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) replied with 19 points for the Nets.


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Wolfpack suspend three players - by Kevin Cochran
Guard Brandon Fields (6'4''-G-88) was one of three Nevada players suspended indefinitely following a citing for misdemeanor petty larceny, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Thursday.

The team's returning scorer, Fields was suspended along with fellow guard London Giles and forward Ahyaro Phillips a day before the Wolf Pack officially opens practice.

The three players were cited and released by City of Sparks Police Department on Wednesday, the report stated. It is unknown what item or items the three players stole, but petty larceny is a theft valued at under $250.

According to the report, the theft took place at Scheels at the Legends of Sparks Marina. The police are still investigating the incident.

'I am extremely disappointed to learn of this situation,' Nevada coach Mark Fox said in a statement released by the school. 'I do not know all of the facts right now and will not have any further comment until I have a better understanding of the situation.'

So far, the date of the arraignment for each of the players has yet to be set, the report stated.

The Wolf Pack were selected to win the Western Athletic Conference by the leagues coaches and media earlier in the week.

A preseason second-team selection, Fields averaged 12.4 points last season as a sophomore. The 6-4 guard shot 38.3 percent on 3-pointers and converted 84.3 percent of his free throws.

Giles and Phillips are freshmen.

Nevada, which won a share of the WAC regular-season title last season during a 21-12 campaign, will open the season at Montana State on November 15.

Courtesy: PA Sports Ticker


Harris eligible immediately at Albany - by Kevin Cochran
Albany's Will Harris (6'6''-G/F) has been granted immediate eligibility in mens basketball by the NCAA Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, as announced on Friday, Oct. 17 by Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy. Harris, who transferred from Virginia two months ago, will be a junior and have two years of eligibility, beginning with the 2008-09 season.

UAlbany applied for a waiver and submitted all the appropriate information that was relevant to the request. Harris, who transferred from Virginia in good academic standing, asked for relief due to family hardship. Both institutions supported his request for a waiver.

Harris, who earned two varsity letters with the Cavalier program, made 15 appearances as a sophomore before an injury ended his season. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds. Harris played in all 32 games as a freshman on a team that shared the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. He scored at a 3.6 clip and grabbed 3.2 rebounds per game.

A first-team all-conference standout in his final prep season, Harris accounted for 21.0 points and 11.0 rebounds at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

Great Danes coach Will Brown says 'He makes us better now. He is a bigger and stronger version of Brian Lillis (6'5''-G/F-85) (former UAlbany star) offensively. He can play positions two through five on offense and defense and is a matchup problem. If he does not have a major impact as someone coming from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference), I would be shocked.

Courtesy: UAlbany athletics


Friars center suffers career ending injury - by Kevin Cochran
Providence men's basketball Head Coach Keno Davis announced today that junior center Ray Hall (6'11''-C-88) (Denver, Colo.) has suffered an injury that will prevent him from continuing his collegiate athletic career. Hall plans to remain with the team and will continue to pursue his bachelor's degree at Providence.

'This is an unfortunate injury for Ray,' Davis said. 'It has been determined that in interest of Ray's long-term health, that this is his best option. Ray is a fine young man, who will continue to be an integral part of our program.'

Hall played in 41 games over two seasons as a Friar, averaging 2.0 points and the 1.7 rebounds per game.

Courtesy: Providence Athletics


Fields out again for Panthers - by Kevin Cochran
Levance Fields (5'10''-G-87) will miss the start of preseason practice as he has been slow to recover from a second surgery to his left foot, Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon announced Thursday.

It is the same foot that the point guard Fields broke against Dayton last December, missing 12 games. He returned to the lineup to help Pittsburgh win the Big East tournament title and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 5-10 senior re-injured the foot in August, requiring a second operation that he has been slow to heal from.

It is unknown how long Fields will be sidelined. The Panthers open their regular season against Fairleigh Dickinson on November 14.

'I don't think we can make any predictions on that,' said Dixon on a potential return date for Fields. 'Who would have thought hed be playing on it for two months (during the summer) and not have one problem with it, and then have the injury re-occur? Its unexplainable.'

Despite the sizable loss of time last season, Fields finished second on the team in scoring with 11.9 points and also averaged 5.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

While he stated that there is no timetable for his injury, Fields is optimistic about returning to the team soon.

'Obviously its not 100 percent, but it's in the direction we need to be for me to play,' he said.

Courtesy: PA Sports Ticker


Hawks give Martelli extension - by Kevin Cochran
St.Joseph's coach Phil Martelli on Thursday received a four-year contract extension.

Financial terms of the deal, which extends Martelli through the 2015-16 season, were not disclosed.

'Five years ago, upon arriving at St.Joseph's, I knew Phil Martelli by reputation only,' school president Timothy Lannon said. 'Today, I am proud to know him as an extraordinary individual who is also an exceptional leader of our men's basketball program.'

'Under his leadership, the program has attained a prominent place on the national stage and is well-positioned to remain there for years to come. I could not be more delighted that the remainder of Phil's coaching career will be spent on Hawk Hill.'

The 2004 National Coach of the Year, Martelli is entering his 14th year with the Hawks. He owns a career record of 261-152, ranking second on the schools all-time list for victories.

'My family and I are deeply appreciative of the unique opportunity that has been given to me at St.Joseph's,' Martelli said. 'It is an honor to represent all whom have worn St.Joseph's across their chest.'

In 2007-08, Martelli led St. Joseph's to a 21-13 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks also reached the Atlantic 10 Championship game for the third time in four years.

'Phil Martelli and St.Joseph's University have always been a perfect match,' Hawks athletic director Don DiJulia said. 'He shares the universitys passion for excellence and, more importantly, its long-standing commitment to a greater good.'

Courtesy: PA Sports Ticker


George has part of foot amputated - by Kevin Cochran
UNC-Asheville center Kenny George (7'7''-C), the tallest player in college basketball, had part of his right foot amputated in an operation three weeks ago. The amputation came after a battle with MRSA, a staph infection which is antibiotic resistant and challenging to treat. MRSA is transmitted through skin to skin contact, but nothing has been said about how George got the infection.

The Asheville Times Citzen first reported the story.

George's problems began after he left the Pete Newell big man camp in August due to an infection in the foot. Camp doctors recommended that he immediately see a specialist, and he has been in he hospital ever since.

UNC Ashville won 23 games last season as George won the Big South defensive player of the year award. He also averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds..

Coach Eddie Biedenbach says George will return to school when he is healthy to complete his degree in mass communications

'This is a terrible setback for his basketball life but there is so much more to him than basketball,'' Biedenbach said.


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New Zealand Breakers hold off Gold Coast Blaze - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand Breakers - Gold Coast Blaze 120:108

The Breakers improved to 4-1 record in the NBL season after the defeated the visiting Gold Coast Blaze at the North Shore Events Centre. The Blaze arrived in Auckland without Scott McGregor and Juaquin Hawkins and had little to oppose for the ambitious Breakers. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) fired 29 points to lead the hosts winning charge. Rick Rickert (211-F-83, college: Minnesota) and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) added 22 points apiece for the winners. Shane Heal (182-G-70) responded with 23 points for the Blaze as they fell to 0-6 record. Luke Whitehead (199-F-81, college: Louisville) delivered 22 points for the visitors.
The home team managed to jump to a 29:25 lead at the first intermission. The visitors did not go away in the second frame and trailed by just 2 points at the interval 57:59. Phill Jones nailed two three-pointers early in the third frame to lift the hosts to a 6-point cushion. The Blaze nevertheless stayed within streaking distance and trimmed the distance to just a single point. Paul Henare then capped the third frame with a buzzer-beater from downtown to make it 92:88 for the Breakers. Phill Jones and CJ Bruton stepped up for the Breakers in the fourth quarter as their trebles silenced the visiting team. The hosts cleared off to a safe distance and held on to the win at the end.
The Breakers will next play against Cairns away from home. The Blaze will take on the Taipans on Saturday.

New Zealand Breakers: Kirk Penney 29, Rick Rickert 22, CJ Bruton 22
Gold Coast Blaze: Shane Heal 23, Luke Whitehead 22


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  NICARAGUA   


Capitanes de Arecibo win William Ramirez Tournment - by Gianni Pascucci
PuertoRican strong team Capitanes de Arecibo defeated the Houston Blaze team 89-71 in the Final of the 2008 edition of the International Basketball Tournment 'William Ramrez, played in Managua, Nicaragua. Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) led the PuertoRican attack with 29 points, Raul Rivera (215-C-82, agency: Next Level) added 14 pts and David Cortez (190-G/F-81) 12 at the wijnning side. Scoring 16 points, Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Houston) was the best in Houston, helped by Larry Posey (196-F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports) with 13 and Michael ANderson with 12. The Capitanes won all the games in the tournemnt, confirmed with this result the strength of the PuertoRican school, for sure the best organized in Central America. In semifinal, they had defeated Hondurean team Policia Nacional. The Houston Blaze did very well they too, falling only to Capitanes, and dominating their semifinal game 101-98 over domestic team Fupade Coast, thanks to David Mercer, who finished with 27.

Fupade Coast ends at third place - by Gianni Pascucci
Fupade Coast-Super Santiago wasn' t able to beat powerful teams from Puerto Rico and USA, but kept high the Nicaraguan honour at the International Basketball Tournment 'William Ramrez, defeating in the final for the bronze medal Hondurean team Policia Nacional 78-70, led by Carlos Gonzalez (177-G-80) with 24 points. Alvin Camacho (191-G/F-78) added 22 points, repeating his great performing in the Semifinal game (32 points in losing effort) and Rudy Taylor (198-F-83) scored 10. For Policia, Edwin Watters (191-G-74) scored 16 points and Virgilio Quiroz 13.

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Vranjic very important for Dinamo - by Richard
Miro Vranjic (201-F-83, agency: Court Side) played great last night for Dinamo Bucharest in the Balkan League. Dinamo managed to acheive the first victory in the competition in the second round by beating Rilski Sportist at home with 88-79. After a slow start, Miro became a real weapon for the Romanian club, as he got a lot of fouls drawn and by making important baskets. Miro finished the night with 19 points and 7 rebounds, being the second scorer of his team. The Croatian forward also has an average of 7,5 rpg in the Balkan..

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Crawford moves from Olimpija to Sloga Kraljevo - by Zoran Popovic
After only two games for Slovenian Champion Union Olimpija Ljubljana decided to release Tyler Crawford (194-G/F-86, college: Georgetown). Young playmaker made arangament with KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo. Crawford came in Olimpija after garaduation on Georgetown University. In last season Crawford average scored on 27 games 1.0 points and 1.1 rebouds. On two games played for Olimpia Crawford scored 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assistants per game.

Vizura grabs the first win in A league - by Dragan Jankovski
The most pleasant surprise of the last season, Vizura from Belgrade, finally registered first win in Serbian A league. Few days ago the team released head coach Vinko Bakic returning Oliver Popovic, who touched the sky with it in 07/08. It was the opening game of Round 4, Vizura - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 92-84.

Vizura was better team in the first half. Mostly owing to Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88), the hosts created 7-point lead until the half time. However, experienced Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket) and his teammates improved their performance in third period. Trio Stefan Fekete (188-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) - Zlatko Bolic - Millan Bjegovic (211-C-81, agency: Promotex) led Radnicki Invest Inzenjering to minus 3 before the last 10 minutes. As a reminder, Radnicki was lucky from the very beginning of this championship. Thanks to Bolic and his points at the buzzer Radnicki now has two wins. However, it couldn't happen this time.

Stefan Sinovec was too strong for the visitors pacing his team to first joy with 26 points and 5 assists. Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) was behind him with 13 while Marko Djurkovic (200-F-88) had 11 points. The above mentioned trio had 51 points together in Radnicki. Each of these three players netted 17 points while Fekete had 10 more rebounds.


Vizura - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 92-84
( 23:20 , 21:17 , 19:23 , 29:24 )

Vizura:
Sinovec 26 (5 as), Vlahovic 13 (4 rebs, 5 as), Djurkovic 11
Radnicki: Fekete 17 (10 rebs), Bolic 17 (6 rebs), Bjegovic 17


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  SINGAPORE   


Win and loss for Singapore Slingers in the Challenge Series - by Eurobasket News
The Singapore Slingers had mixed emotions lately as they dropped one game and then rebounded to secure win in another game in the Singapore Challenge Series. First the Slingers had to deal with the absence of import stars Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle Pacific) and Kirkland Armein (203-F/G-84) when they faced the Sidney Spirit. The Australian NBL side jumped to an early lead as they were up by 2 points after the starting period. The Spirit stretched the margin to 9 points at halftime and cruised in the third frame. Sydney stayed alert and secured a 15-point buffer before the fourth term. The hosts cut the distance to 9 points but never got any closer in the dying minutes. Sydney finalized a 90:81 win at the end.
However the Slingers quickly bounced back posting the fourth win in the competition. They took on the Beijing Aoshen and overcame the visitors 86:81 to improve to 4-1 record. Darren Ng (189-G-83) accounted for 11 points in the first half and the Slingers cleared off to a 6-point advantage at the interval. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter with Staten Jamel (198-G-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) nailing a late three-pointer to send the Aoshen in the fourth term leading 65:64. Fitzgerald John (193-G-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) produced 10 points in the final fame and the Slingers pulled away a tough victory at the end. Darren Ng led the Slingers with 21 points. Huo Nan (198-G/F-82) answered with 21 points for Beijing.
The Singapore Slingers will face Malaysia All Stars on November 5.


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Sagadin no more in Anwil, Drobnjak agrees with Alba Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Zmago Sagadin is no longer a head coach of Anwil Wloclawek. According to info from Poland, the team decided to release Sagadin due to his interview for the local newspapers. Slovenian coach has big number of trophies in his 'pocket' during his long coaching career. He used to work in Celje, Maribor, Union Olimpija, Split, Crvena Zvezda, Nova Gorica and Lietuvos Rytas. With him on the bench Union Olimpija had total domination in Slovenian championship many years and four times he was named 'Coach of the Year'. With Crvena Zvezda Belgrade Sagadin won National Cup of Serbia and Montenegro. New head coach of Anwil is Igor Griszczuk.
More about this news http://www.eurobasket.com/Poland/basketball.asp

After just one game in jersey of Krka Novo Mesto, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) will leave the club. Namely, the player had clause in his contract which allows him the leave when he gets a good offer from abroad, what he immediately did. German champion Alba Berlin agreed terms with Drobnjak, who appeared last week-end in Adriatic league game against Helios Domzale scoring 8 points and grabbing 11 boards for 31 minutes. It means that experienced Slovenian will have an opportunity to play in Euroleague for at least following 2 months. Dragisa Drobnjak spent previous two years in Polish Turow Zgorzelec. In the last one he had 8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.2 spg helping his team to reach the final of Polish play-off. Unfortunately, Prokom Trefl Sopot was better 4-3 winning the last game at the Turow's home court. In 06/07 Turow also was play-off finalist. In Slovenia, Drobnjak was a member of Union Olimpija, Geoplin Slovan, Krka Novo Mesto and Triglav Kranj. Couple of years he played for Slovenian senior National Team.


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Iran wins Asian University Basketball Championship - by Chris Wang
Amir Amini (196-G-84) had 20 points, 6 assists and four steals and M. Akbaribisheh had 16 points and four steals as Iran University Select beat Taiwan University Select 78-71 in the championship game of the 2008 Asian University Men's Basketball Championship (AUB) on Oct. 16.

Taiwan finished as runner-up for the second time. It lost to Korea two years ago in the inaugural AUB.

Korea's Hanyang University edged Notre Dame University of Lebanon 74-72 in the bronze medal game.

The home boys failed to cut down on their turnovers once again after squandering a 23-point lead in a upset loss to Iranians in the preliminary round. Taiwan committed 22 turnovers in the final game as Iran pulled off a 15-4 run in the final three minutes for the victory.

Wu Tai-hao had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Lin Ching-pang had 11 points and 8 boards.

When Taiwan meets Korea on the basketball court, you expect something interesting to happen, which was the case in the cross-over semifinal. The game was stopped three times because of confrontation, protests and near-brawls. It ended with six disqualifications -- four for Taiwan and two for Korea -- and 59 foul calls.

Taiwan beat Hanyang Univ. 88-80 thanks to Chen Shun-hsiang's 34 points and the 26 for 30 free-throw shooting as a team. Wu Tai-hao, who had a techincal and fouled out of the game, had 14 points, 7 rebounds and three blocks.

Guangdong University of Technology, which produced current New Jersey Nets forward Yi Jianlian, and City University of Hong Kong failed to make the semifinals.


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Turkish Basketball League Division II (TB2L) 2008-2009 season begins. - by Baha Kurtulus
TB2L today starts with a match between TED ( Tenis Eskrim Dagcilik) Istanbul and Edirne Genclik (Olin) teams.
In the second league with two groups, contentious matches will take place especially between ITU, TOFAS, Beykoz and Pertevniyal in Group B and Trabzonspor, Edirne Genclik,Vestel and Genc Telekom in Group A.
Group A and B, 12 teams each, compete for raising premier league after quarter, semi final and finals.


Today's Results - by Furkan Yunkul

Today, two games were played in Turkish Basketball Leagues. First game was played between TED Istanbul and Olin Genclik in second league and other, between Besiktas Cola Turka and Kepez Bld in first league. While Olin Genclik, one of the new teams in second league, was grabbing an away victory against TED, Besiktas Cola Turka won at their home.

Besiktas Cola Turka - Kepez Bld. : 90-76

In home team, 5 players scored more than 10 points. On the other side, Torrell Martin's double-double wasn't enough for Kepez Bld. to win the game.


Besiktas Cola Turka : Mehmet Yagmur 15 (3 ass), Muratcan Guler 18 (6 reb, 4 ass), Jovo Stanojevic 14 (9 reb, 4 ass), Haluk Yildirim 3 (3 reb, 1 ass), Adem Oren 7 (2 reb), Marcus Faison 15 (3 reb), Mire Chatman 2 (1 reb, 1 ass), Mario Austin 14 (8 reb, 2 ass), Cevher Ozer 2 (1 reb)

Kepez Bld. : Melih Yavsaner 2, Mesut Ademoglu 5 (4 reb, 2 ass), Arda Urcu 5, Edin Bavcic 8 (5 reb), Levent Bilgin 6 (1 reb), Torrell Martin 20 (13 reb), Berent Kavaklioglu 3 (1 reb, 1 ass), Hakan Erol 13 (1 reb), Kammmron Taylor 15 (3 ass)

1.Period: 21-14
2.Period: 20-24
3.Period: 26-21
4.Period: 23-17

TED Istanbul - Olin Genclik : 63-79

Brandon Gordon from Olin Genclik scored 22 points and he got the win for his team.


TED Istanbul : Ali Demirok 11 (3 reb, 7 ass), Aaron Clark 9 (3 reb), Onur Aksoy 10 (2 reb), Nuri Baras 0, Ilkay Okay 12 (6 reb,4 ass), Mehmet Baras 3, Fatih Eravci 2 (3 reb), Murat Akdogan 16 (4 reb, 2 ass), Evren Bahcekapili 0

Olin Genclik : Mustafa Cakir 0, Hilmi Cantopu 10 (3 reb), Selaattin Akyol 2 (4 reb, 4 ass), Eren Bahcivan 0, Goktug Akgor 2 (3 re), Ahmet Yilmaz 7 (3 reb), Hakan Kursunoglu 12 (4 reb, 2 ass), Orcun Topcu 8 (5 reb, 3 ass), Brandon Gordon 22 (5 reb), Ahmet Kaplan 5 (3 reb), Kartal Kirdar 9 (8 reb), Malkoc Buyukozden 2 (3 reb)

1.Period: 9-19
2.Period: 20-22
3.Period: 14-24
4.Period: 20-14



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Duncan back in the swing of things - by David Edole
By Mike Monroe - Express-News

CLEVELAND The discussion in the Spurs' locker room at Gund Arena before their preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night focused on football.

As Bruce Bowen, the Spurs' No. 1 Dallas Cowboys fan, weighed in on his favorite NFL team's recent trade for wide receiver Roy Williams, he stumbled trying to remember the names of two of the Cowboys receivers, referring to them only by their numbers, 84 and 19.

You mean Patrick Crayton and Miles Austin, said Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest), whose pro football allegiance is to the Chicago Bears. Geez, Bruce, you've got to know your team better.

The Spurs know this: No. 21 is still the most important number on their roster.

In his first extended stint of the preseason, Duncan put up the sort of numbers that have characterized his perennial All-Star and two-time MVP career. In 26 minutes he scored 16 points, on six of 10 shooting, and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Spurs to a 91-70 victory.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had decided it was time for Duncan to begin getting into a regular-season rhythm. He had played only 36 minutes through the first three games, sitting one out altogether as Popovich evaluated younger, less-proven players trying to make the team.

Duncan was happy to show his coach his rhythm was back.

It's about that time to start gearing it up a little bit, Duncan said. I know he's going to spread it out a little more and have people play different times, different games, different amounts. He wants to get Kurt (Thomas) back into the game a little bit and start getting him moving, and start getting the guys who are going to play together on the floor together a little bit. It's the time to start doing that.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, a former Spurs assistant under Popovich, had his starting center, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, on the court most of the time Duncan played, providing a good test for both players.

I'd rather play against him than any of their young guys, Duncan said.

What Popovich saw from Duncan was precisely what he wanted to see: The inside presence that makes him one of the game's best post players, but also a willingness to look for his shots on the perimeter.

He's looking for his offense and shooting the ball, Popovich said. We don't want him to be down on the block all the time. Get out on the court and make some shots. It's easier.

In the final three games of the preseason, Popovich methodically will extend the playing time of all his veteran players, including Duncan.

I wanted to get Tim into the third quarter tonight, he said. Next week we'll get him into the fourth quarter.

Entering his 12th season, Duncan has learned to use the preseason for just what it is intended.

Obviously, I've been through enough preseasons, he said. I want to get to the point when it starts counting. At the same time, you want to feel good going into the season, and luckily enough, 82 games gives you enough time to get yourself right. But you want to go into the season feeling like you've been in a game and you know what your body feels like.

Duncan was joined in the starting lineup by veteran forward-center Kurt Thomas, playing for the first time this preseason after struggling with a strained left hamstring.

It felt real good to be out there, running up and down with my teammates, Thomas said. I'm just trying to shake the rust off and get back in my own rhythm.


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BC Kyiv: minus Tucker, plus Drozdov - by Alexander Muzyka
- BC Kyiv has one good and one bad news. The good one: Artur Drozdov is back in game! He feels hinself well and is ready to help the 'wolves' in the battle vs Khimik. The bad one: Clay Tucker is out for a two months after he was injured in a Round 2 voyage to Mykoaliv.

- BC Donetsk lost Rostyslav Kryvych with an injury he's got last week-end for a long time. May be it was a reason Donetsk team had a home draw vs Proteas EKA AEL Limassol in EuroChallenge?

- Oleksandr Chausov's captain shirt took a place at SS 'Nadezhda' wall in Mykolaiv. Note that Chausov played for this team for a ten years and now is working in BC Odessa's coaching stuff. Viacheslav Kovalevskyi and Vadim Skidanov from BC-93 Pulsar had a such party in Rivne, too.

Tomorrow Superlesgue's Round 3 will take place. The schedule is the following:
BC-93 Pulsar - Azovmash
BC Donetsk - MBC Mykolaiv
Sumykhimprom - BC Poltava
BC Kyiv - Khimik


UBL Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro - Polit.Lviv 67-93
Politehnika Lviv had a road win over Dnipro 67:93 to take 3-2 positive record. Koprivica Jovan led the winners with 18 points. Kudrautsau Alexander nailed 14 and Anderson Luke top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.

Cherkasy - Azoty 73-72
Cherkasy survived at home against Azoty 73:72 and remained undefeated. Dragoljovic Vladislav paced all the winners with 20 points. Zhderel Richard produecd the same number of points in the losing effort.

Ferro-ZNTU - Goverla 95-90
Ferro-ZNTU edged Goverla 95:90 to keep them winless. Ikovlev Denis top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Fedorchuk Yevgen nailed 24 in defeat.

Budivelnyk - Kryvbasbasket 92-100
Kryvbasbasket overcame Budivelnyk 92:100 in Kiev and improved to 5-0 record. Pavlovic Milos led the winners with 26 points and Howell Jarrett notched 21.



Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague (Round 1-2) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 21.5
2 Dalibor Djapa
(BC-93 Pulsar) 18.5
3 Anthony Leon Tucker
(BC Donetsk) 17.5
4 Richard Thomas Guinn
(BC Poltava) 17.5
5 Olumuyiwa Famutimi
(Khimik) 17.0
6 Kenan Bajramovic
(BC Kyiv) 16.5
7 Dmytro Briantsev
(BC-93 Pulsar) 16.0
8 Serhii Gladyr
(MBC Mykolaiv) 15.5
9 Ivan Hilevych
(MBC Mykolaiv) 14.5
10 Anatolii Dubniuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 14.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Abdullahi Kuso
(Sumykhimprom) 12.0
2 Kenan Bajramovic
(BC Kyiv) 9.5
3 Vladimir Belov
(BC-93 Pulsar) 9.0
4 Anatolii Dubniuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 8.0
5 Dalibor Djapa
(BC-93 Pulsar) 7.5
6 Olumuyiwa Famutimi
(Khimik) 7.0
7 Anthony Leon Tucker
(BC Donetsk) 6.5
8 Richard Thomas Guinn
(BC Poltava) 6.5
9 Tomas van den Spiegel
(Azovmash) 6.5
10 Serhii Lischuk
(Azovmash) 6.0
Assists Per Game
1 Wykeen Kelly
(Khimik) 5.5
2 Rolandas Yarutis
(BC Poltava) 4.5
3 Simonas Serapinas
(Azovmash) 4.0
4 Andres Rodriguez
(BC Donetsk) 4.0
5 Khalid el-Amin
(Azovmash) 4.0
6 Illia Shemosiuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 3.5
7 Pavel Ulyanko
(BC-93 Pulsar) 3.0
8 Denys Lukashov
(BC Kyiv) 3.0
9 Goran Cakic
(Khimik) 3.0
10 Andrii Artymovych
(BC-93 Pulsar) 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Andres Rodriguez
(BC Donetsk) 3.0
2 Scoonie Penn
(BC Kyiv) 2.5
3 Dmytro Zabirchenko
(BC Donetsk) 2.5
4 Simonas Serapinas
(Azovmash) 2.0
5 Olumuyiwa Famutimi
(Khimik) 2.0
6 Dijon Thompson
(Azovmash) 2.0
7 Leonid Yailo
(MBC Mykolaiv) 2.0
8 Richard Thomas Guinn
(BC Poltava) 2.0
9 Pavel Ulyanko
(BC-93 Pulsar) 2.0
10 Clay Tucker
(BC Kyiv) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Vladimir Belov
(BC-93 Pulsar) 3.0
2 Andrii Agafonov
(Khimik) 2.5
3 Dalibor Djapa
(BC-93 Pulsar) 2.0
4 Michal Hlebowicki
(MBC Mykolaiv) 2.0
5 Richard Guinn
(BC Poltava) 1.5
6 Abdullahi Kuso
(Sumykhimprom) 1.0
7 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 1.0
8 Ihor Silkovskyi
(MBC Mykolaiv) 1.0
9 Maksym Ivshyn
(BC Poltava) 1.0
10 Leonid Yailo
(MBC Mykolaiv) 1.0


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
1 BC Kyiv 2-0
2 Azovmash 2-0
3 Khimik 2-0
4 Sumykhimprom 1-1
5 BC-93 Pulsar 1-1
6 BC Poltava 0-2
7 BC Donetsk 0-2
8 MBC Mykolaiv 0-2


Standings - Higher League
UBL Standings
1 Cherkasy 5-0
2 Kryvbasbasket 4-0
3 Ferro-ZNTU 3-1
4 Politekhnika 2-2
5 BC Odesa 2-2
6 Azot 2-2
7 Dnipro 1-2
8 Gryfony 1-3
9 Budivelnyk 1-4
10 Hoverla 0-5


Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
 1. Vinnitsky Zu. 2-0 
 2. Kremen-Pol. 2-0 
 3. KTU Kriv.R. 1-1 
 4. Avantazh-Pol. 1-1 
 5. Ternopil 0-0 
 6. DUEP Dnepr. 0-0 
 7. KDPU-Krivb. 0-0 
 8. Domograd 0-0 
 9. Impuls 0-0 
 10. KPU Zapor. 0-0 
 11. Orlan-NAPSK 0-2 
 12. Koksokh-St. 0-2 


Superleague Round 1 full stats - by Alexander Muzyka
Oct. 4

Azovmash - BC Poltava 83:72 (19:9, 22:27, 25:16, 17:20)
A
: van den Spiegel 13 + 7 rbs, Thompson 13 + 6 rbs, Nsonwu 13 + 4 rbs, Serapinas 12 + 6 ast + 5 rbs, Salyers 11 + 5 ast, Skutelnik 9, Baida 7, el-Amin 3, Lischuk 2 + 4 rbs
P: Guinn 19 + 5 rbs, Jarutis 17 + 6 ast + 4 rbs, Sirutavicius 11, Kieza 8, Novikov 6, Rozhkov 5, Ivshyn 4, Senkevych 2, Korshunov 0, Grier 0

Sumykhimprom - MBC Mykolaiv 84:79 (14:15, 19:24, 25:24, 26:16)
S
: Santee 17, Kuso 14 + 20 rbs, Greene 14, Matiukevych 11 + 6 rbs, Butskyi 6, Podorvannyi 5, Griffin 2 + 5 rbs, Macernis 2, Lemyk 0
M: Onufriev 16 + 8 rbs, Hlebowicki 13 + 5 rbs, Gladyr 13 + 5 tos, Wilkins 10 + 5 rbs, Hilevych 10 + 4 rbs, Tonchenko 6, Raievskyi 6 + 5 rbs, Yailo 5

BC Kyiv - BC Donetsk 70:67 (19:11, 25:16, 17:23, 9:17)
K
: C.Tucker 18 + 7 rbs, Bajramovic 15 + 11 rbs, Penn 11, Wright 8 + 5 rbs, Jeretin 10, Saltovets 4, Markoishvili 2, Stack 2, Pustozvonov 0, Kravtsov 0
D: P.J.Tucker 19 + 6 rbs + 4 tos, I.Kryvych 13 + 4 rbs, Botichev 8 + 7 rbs, Burgess 6 + 5 rbs, Djokic 6, Kojenets 6, R.Kryvych 4 + 4 rbs, Zabirchenko 3, Rodriguez 2

Khimik - BC-93 Pulsar 98:81 (20:21, 27:22, 30:19, 21:19)
Kh
: Jackson 15, Kolchenko 14, Famutimi 13, Kelly 11 + 6 ast + 5 rbs, Riabchuk 10, Bratic 10, Cakic 9 + 8 rbs + 4 ast, Bader 9, Khodov 5, Zavadskyi 2, Agafonov 0 + 4 rbs, Sizov 0
P: Djapa 23 + 10 rbs, Briantsev 20 + 5 rbs, Dubniuk 10, Ulianko 9, Shemosiuk 8 + 4 rbs + 4 ast, Diatlovskyi 8, Artymovych 3, Zakhozhyi 0, Nerush 0, Koval 0, Riabinin 0


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Championship - Preview - by Andy Webb
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders face a tough weekend in the BBL Championship with games against the two sides are joint top of the table.

Gary Stronach side travel to Everton Tigers on Friday before hosting Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Raiders coach Stronach isn't underestimating the task that faces his team: 'We have a big weekend with Everton on Friday and Newcastle on Sunday. Tigers have three new imports along with Tony Dorsey and James Jones from Guildford they will be tough to beat on their home floor but obviously we are looking forward to the challenge.

'Newcastle bring a different look from last year especially at the guard spots on top of that they return five key players from last year I think every team in the league know they are the team to beat'.

Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy admits that he isn't looking forward to the long trip to the West Country on Sunday: 'This is our most hated trip of the year and we have to do it twice this season - we just have to suck it up and try and get the win - which is never easy at the Pavilions.'

Marshall MK Lions coach Vince Macauley is looking forward to matching against former player Tony Windless when his side host Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Sunday afternoon:

'I have seen Riders a few times now and I like their team, obviously they have the old warhorse, Tony Windless a true star of the BBL and a number of new players, Tommy Swanson in particular who is playing well at this level. They rebound well, they run hard and have been unlucky to lose their last two games.'

Two sides who are looking to bounce back after disappointing losses in their last game meet at The Spectrum on Saturday when Guildford Heat and BiG Storage Cheshire Jets match-up.

Heat coach Paul James expects another difficult game as his team look to put a shock loss against PAWS London Capital defeat behind them: 'Chester have some dangerous players who on their day can be game winners but they have had their problems of late too so this is a crucial game for both teams.'


Wolves look to beat the clock for Lithuanian Star - by Andy Webb
Following the exciting news of the return of Anthony Paez to the Worcester Wolves for this Sundays game against Sheffield Sharks, Skouson Harker is very keen indeed to get his new signing from Lithuania Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) registered for the BBL cup game.

Harker was really buoyant about his latest capture. 'Vidmantas comes to us from the Lithuanian NKL league where he was an outstanding shooting guard who can also play point guard. He averaged 20 points per game in the 2007 /8 season and was already averaging 17 points after five games in their season.

He went on 'It will be a race against the clock to get him to Worcester for our cup game at the University which starts at 4.00 pm on Sunday, but if it is humanly possible, Vidmantas will be playing in a Wolves vest this weekend. Once he arrives we have a legit scorer from the outside who is a real fighter and in addition, has a great feel to the game. Vidmantas has the ability to shoot the basketball with consistency from long range as well as creating opportunities for other players. Lithuania is a top notch basketball country and we so very fortunate that our Wolves advisor, Mick Donovan, previously the director of Basketball here at the Wolves has some great connections with the Lithuanian federation. This is a direct benefit of those valuable links.'

Donovan concurred with these thoughts and added 'We have spent four years developing our links with some very respected people within the Lithuanian game and it is always satisfying when we can attract good players who have a desire to study and play within the unique partnership that exists between the Wolves and the university.'

General Manager for the Wolves Susie Hart was absolutely delighted with the second high profile signing in three days. 'Our fans were told that work was in progress adding to our new look team and their patience has been rewarded with the advent of Vidmantas and the return of Anthony Paez. There will be high class excitement for the fans this weekend, and every weekend, as both recent additions are high profile and proven scorers from both inside and outside the 3 point arc. We continue our plan of trying our very best to get some silverware for our loyal supporters. The only group of people who may not be so enthusiastic are the match commentators!'


Tigers pounce for BBL duo - by Andy Webb
Everton Tigers have announced today (FRI) they have secured the signings of experienced BBL duo Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) and Lekan Popoola (183-G-81)

The Tigers, currently atop the British Basketball League, have continued their team-building with the capture of former Newcastle Eagles star Babalola and ex-London Capitals player Popoola.

Babalola, regarded as one of the top players in the league, became a free agent at the end of last season.

A key part of the Eagles championship winning squad last season, London-born Babalola said he was delighted to join the Tigers.

He said: I heard of the buzz that was taking place at the Tigers, and knowing Coach Garbelotto was there, together with my old friend Richard Midgely, it was an easy decision to make.

I was really impressed with the Tigers last season and I hope I can continue having the same success I had with the Eagles.

Head Coach Tony Garbelotto said he was excited about working with Babalola and Popoola, who both have strong track records in the league.

He said: Olu, as with Tony Dorsey our signing from play-off champions Guildford, has a proven pedigree and has played at the top level in UK basketball for a number of years.

I am really excited because I have known Olu since he was 14 years old.

He is a very exciting player but he still has an incredible upside to develop his game.

With hard work and dedication he will improve and become an even better player within our squad.

Lekan Popolla, who played against the Tigers for London Capital last week, is also an experienced BBL veteran with stints at Guildford, Birmingham and Capitals.

Garbelotto added: Lekan is a key signing for us.

He is an outstanding on the ball defender and a very athletic guard who can score and set up people at the same time.

He will be invaluable as a back up to Richard Midgley and as someone who can give our team a different look at key times in the game.

Tigers fans will have their first chance to see the new arrivals tonight (FRI) at the home clash against Plymouth Raiders.

Meanwhile it was announced that John Simpson, an original member of the Tigers squad, has left the club for personal reasons.

Gary Townsend, Chairman of the club, paid tribute to Simpsons involvement in the Tigers team.

He said: John was a really well liked squad player, but with a young family and other commitments felt he could no longer play his part with us.

He goes with my very good wishes and thanks for his contribution




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Latest changes and news - by Eurobasket News

Arvi became the leader of BWBL beating Lemminkainen 69:63. The home side opened the game with 24:11 and had more confidence later in the game. After 17-16 in the second period the favorites improved to 41:27 at the halftime. Lemminkainen did not give up and produced 13-7 in the third period to reduce the gap. The visitors also won the last period 23-21 but it was not enough for the total success. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) led the winners with 20 points to the second straight win. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) nailed 15, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) posted 9. Marina Solopova (180-G-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Egle Siksniute (196-F-91) scored 14.
Ukrainian BC Dnipro decided not to play in the national competition, because of collide with Ukrainian basketball federation. Due to that International basketball federation forbade BC Dnipro to play in EuroCup and Baltic woman basketball league. Instead of Dnipro in Baltic womens basketball league will play another Ukrainian team Kozachka-Zalk.
Riga Turiba has also step back from BWBL next season because of financial problems.

This weekend and the next week should be very busy in the league. Only Sunday will be a day-off, while the rest days will bring more interest and games in the league.


Arvi - Lemminkainen 69 : 63 ( 24 : 11, 17 : 16, 7 : 13, 21 : 23 )
Arvi: Ligita Kinkeviciene 20, Tetyana Shchypakina 15, Giedre Paugaite 9
Lemminkainen: Marina Solopova 17, Siksniute 14, Milieskiene 13



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Dexia Namur outscores St-Katelijne Waver - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Namur - St-Katelijne Waver 91-62
Dexia: Carpreaux 14, Szymanska-Lara 19, Vandesteen 3, Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) 25+12 rebs, Ciappina 2, Dubuc 5, Derenne, Wallbutton 2, Agabalova 7, Akonga 14
SKW: Jakupaj 9, De Stoop 1, Raman 7, Renee Hendrickx (172-F-88) 14, Decroos 3, Van Dessel 7, Caers 7, Rombouts, De Meyer 7, Winkelmans 5

Dexia Namur outscores St-Katelijne Waver in one game from Round 3 scheduled for October 15th. The hosts took a control of the game in the first period providing 28:11 in it. Later on Dexia dominated the court as well and improved to 2-0 record in the standings. Olesya Malashenko led the winners with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Szymanska-Lara netted 19 points, while Akonga and Carpreaux followed her with 14 each. Renee Hendrickx finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort.

Meanwhile Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) and Union Hainaut Basket took on the USK Prague 78:62 in the Euroleague curtain-raiser for both teams. The French team looked the better side down the line and posted the deserved win at the end. The start of the game was all about USK Prague however. Ferancikova, Sonja Kireta and Sandra Le Drean knocked down 6 straight points to pace the visitors. Hainaut answered with a 15:2 rally to build a 7-point lead late in the quarter. Beikes and Stansbury stretched the gap to 13 points at the end of the period. Chioma Nnamaka and Ngoyisa looked pivotal early in the second term as they allowed Hainaut to extend the margin to 23 points. Evanthia Maltsi took the charge for USK Prague nailing 7 points and trimming the distance to 19 points at the interval. Sonja Kireta and Lindsay Whalen dragged the Czech team within 16 points midway through the third frame but the hosts closed the frame with an 8:0 surge to secure a 24-point buffer between the teams. USK Prague had little chances to save the game in the final stanza and they surrendered at the end. Chioma Nnamaka led the home team with 12 points. Kathy Wambe and Sabrina Reghaissia dropped 11 points apiece for the winners. Sonja Kireta answered with 16 points for USK Prague. Evanthia Maltsi produced 15 points in the loss.
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and her Russian powerhouse CSKA left no chance for the visiting Lille Metropole in the Euroleague opener in Moscow. CSKA newcomer Katie Douglas dropped 20 points to pace the hosts. Janel McCarville ensured 6 points, while Olexandra Gorbunova netted 11 points in their debuts. Katie Douglas and Maria Stepanova accounted for 9 unanswered points to tip off the game. Douglas later capped the first frame with 6 straight points and CSKA led 27:6. Lille struggled to find the right tempo and soon Janel McCarville and Ilona Korstine extended the margin to 31 points. Ann Wauters converted a free throw and sealed the first half outcome at 49:16. Gorbunova dropped 5 points in a 9:0 rally from the hosts to begin the third frame. Lille managed only 7 points in the third term and trailed by unassailable 52 points. The teams cruised to the final whistle with CSKA stopping just whisker away from 100-point mark. Jolene Anderson nailed 16 points for Lille. Geraldine Robert knocked down 10 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.
The Hungarian powerhouse got to a sloppy start but finally posted a comprehensive victory against visiting Perfumerias Avenida in the Euroleague opener 82:65. Trailing 19:20 at the first intermission MiZo Pecs managed to take over in the second term and breezed to the first win in Group A. Anna Vajda nailed 6 points early in the game lifting the hosts to a 12:5 lead. Anna Vajda and Dalma Ivanyi kept the hosts in front but Willingham, Petra Stampalija and Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) allowed Perfumerias to earn a minimal advantage after ten minutes of action. Brooke Quennan stepped up for MiZo Pecs in the second term. Her 9 points at the start of the quarter returned the home team into the drivers seat. Anna Vajda and Graziane Coelho paced Pecs to a 45:37 cushion at the interval. Petra Stampalija nailed 8 points in the third frame and Perfumerias Avenida stayed in the race. They were down by 4 points at the final break but failed to surge ahead. Brooke Quennan once again netted crucial buckets as she poured in 7 points at the beginning of the fourth term and extended the margin to 9 points. Avenida never recovered losing the battle at the end. Anna Vajda knocked down 26 points for MiZo Pecs. Brooke Quennan added 20 points and 10 boards, while Dalma Ivanyi contributed 13 points and 11 assists in the win. Petra Stampalija finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Avenida. Belgian Anke De Mondt dropped 10 points in the loss.


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Dunav, Lukoil and Rilski on top after Round 2 - by Eurobasket News
Three teams remained undefeated after second Round of Bulgarian A league.

Reining champion Dunav Ekont had an easy job on the road against NSA 92-44. Young host team wasn't able to compete against much stronger and experienced Dunav dropping 0-2. Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) was totally the best player for the winning team collecting 26 points and 12 boards for 30 minutes. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) followed her with 15 points and 5 rebounds. The host team got 13 points and 4 rebounds from Kristina Nikolova (174-F-86).

Minyor Pernik suffered tight home defeat in its season opener against Rilski Sportist 87-89. The visiting team took this one mostly owing to great last stanza 15-24. Hristina Ivanova (184-F-89) was clutch player of the game draining 27 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Delyana Koeva (182-F-86) had 16 while Stefka Miteva (190-C-89) added 15 points and 10 boards. Radmila Nesheva (172-G-81) was better than the others in Minyor collected 23 points and 7 assists. Interesting is that the host team utilized only 6 players in this game.

Montana 2003 was better than Beroe 07 82-73 registering the first win in A league. The hosts had wonderful first half 43-30 managing to keep its lead until the end of the game. Tandem Ivelina Vrancheva (175-G-82, agency: Ronsport) - Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) led Montana 2003 delivering 36 points and 15 boards together. Kremena Hristova (188-C-71) added 18 points and 11 boards for Beroe 07.

In the last game of Round 2, Slavia lost at home against last season's runner up Lukoil Neftochimik 73-87 continuing search for the first win. Dionne Brown (188-F/C-82, college: Baylor) shined for the winners finishing the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Lukoil had few more players with more than 15 points in this game. Slavia got 16 points, 4 boards and 4 assists from Teodora Petrova (180-G-79).

Next round is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday.


Stats Leaders
Women First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Danielle Page 26
2 Gergana Koleva 24
3 Radmila Nesheva 23
4 Hristina Ivanova 22.5
5 Olena Samburska 19.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Danielle Page 12
2 Agnesa Doychinova 11
3 Kremena Hristova 10
4 Stefka Miteva 9.5
5 Galina Georgieva 8.5
Assists Per Game
1 Radmila Nesheva 7
2 Veronika Bortelova 6.5
3 Svetlana Asenova 6
4 Neli Pasheva 5.5
5 Ivelina Vrancheva 5
Steals Per Game
1 Danielle Page 4
2 Delyana Koeva 4
3 Olena Samburska 3.5
4 Gergana Koleva 3
5 Daniela Peteva 3
Ranking
1 Danielle Page 31
2 Vera Perostiyska 23.5
3 Daniela Peteva 21
4 Kremena Hristova 20.5
5 Danyel Crutcher 19.5


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Ngoyisa open Euroleague new season - by Eurobasket News
Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) and Union Hainaut Basket took on the USK Prague 78:62 in the Euroleague curtain-raiser for both teams. The French team looked the better side down the line and posted the deserved win at the end. The start of the game was all about USK Prague however. Ferancikova, Sonja Kireta and Sandra Le Drean knocked down 6 straight points to pace the visitors. Hainaut answered with a 15:2 rally to build a 7-point lead late in the quarter. Beikes and Stansbury stretched the gap to 13 points at the end of the period. Chioma Nnamaka and Mudju Ngoyisa looked pivotal early in the second term as they allowed Hainaut to extend the margin to 23 points. Evanthia Maltsi took the charge for USK Prague nailing 7 points and trimming the distance to 19 points at the interval. Sonja Kireta and Lindsay Whalen dragged the Czech team within 16 points midway through the third frame but the hosts closed the frame with an 8:0 surge to secure a 24-point buffer between the teams. USK Prague had little chances to save the game in the final stanza and they surrendered at the end. Chioma Nnamaka led the home team with 12 points. Kathy Wambe and Sabrina Reghaissia dropped 11 points apiece for the winners. Mudju Ngoyisa poured in 5 points and made 6 rebounds for just 10 minutes in the scourt. Sonja Kireta answered with 16 points for USK Prague. Evanthia Maltsi produced 15 points in the loss.

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  EUROCUP - Women  


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. AZS Gorzow 0-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 3. MBK Ruz. 0-0 
 4. Targoviste 0-0 
Group B
 1. Bnot Hash. 0-0 
 2. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 3. Challes 0-0 
 4. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dunav 0-0 
 2. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 3. Crvena Zv. 0-0 
 4. Elizur Ram. 0-0 
Group D
 1. Solna Vikings 0-0 
 2. Szeged 0-0 
 3. Foton 0-0 
 4. U.Neuchatel 0-0 
Group E
 1. Panionios 0-0 
 2. Athinaikos 0-0 
 3. San Jose 0-0 
 4. Ragusa 0-0 
Group F
 1. Gospic 0-0 
 2. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 3. Taranto 0-0 
 4. AEL 0-0 
Group G
 1. Aris H. 0-0 
 2. Mondeville 0-0 
 3. Buducnost 0-0 
 4. Galatasaray 0-0 
Group H
 1. Trutnov 0-0 
 2. ICIM Arad 0-0 
 3. Arvi 0-0 
 4. EBE Ibiza-PDV 0-0 
Group I
 1. Lavezzini PA 0-0 
 2. Zeljeznicar 0-0 
 3. Cesis 0-0 
 4. Esperides 0-0 
Group J
 1. Olivais 0-0 
 2. Tarbes 0-0 
 3. Ribera 0-0 
 4. Extrugasa 0-0 
Group K
 1. Hemofarm 0-0 
 2. Chevakata 0-0 
 3. AD Vagos 0-0 
 4. Lemminkain. 0-0 
Group L
 1. Dnipro 0-0 
 2. Botas 0-0 
 3. Dexia 0-0 
 4. Spartak N. 0-0 


Gran Canaria takes the last ticket to EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Flying Foxes 101:56

Gran Canaria did not have any difficulties advancing to the EuroCup stage smashing Flying Foxes 101:56 in Game 2. Spanish squad was too good in all the aspects of the game and took the massive win. Flavia de Souza (187-F-82) led the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) nailed 16, while Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) added 14. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) ended up with 25 points, while Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) scored 10. Gran Canaria wins 181-118 as a total of two games.
Gran Canaria claimed an 80:62 triumph at the Flying Foxes to take a stranglehold on their tie after game 1. Gran Canaria made sure there would be no comeback by outscoring the Austrians 13:2 in the opening tip of the game. Tiina Sten scored for 32:13 at the end of the first period. The game continued to be in the same current with the dominance of the local side. Dehaven was the last to score at the half as the board showed 51:26. In the third period Flying Foxes had even difficulties to score and finished the quarter with 9 points. It gave the hosts 77:35 advantage entering the last period. In the last minutes of the game Gran Canaria managed to achieve three digit number as Rodriguez scored for 101:56.

Gran Canaria: Flavia de Souza 23+10 rebs, Tiina Sten 16, Reetta Piipari 14
Flying Foxes: Crista Ricketts 25, Romana Vynuchalova 10


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Leslie Anderson
NF1 Standings
1. La Roche-sur-Lion 5-0
2. Armentieres 4-1
3. SI Graffenstaden 4-1
4. Charleville 4-1
5. Limoges 4-1
6. Strasbourg ABC 4-1
7. Toulouse 3-2
8. Nice 2-3
9. Rennes 2-3
10. Colomiers 2-3
11. Pleyber Christ 1-4
12. CFBB 1-4
13. Voiron 1-4
14. Ifs 1-4
15. Dunkerque 1-4
16. Laveyron 1-4
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stats leader
Express L. Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 M.Martin, KR 36.6
2 M.Peterm, Valur 29.3
3 L.Barkus, Hamar 28.8
4 T.Watson, Keflavik 27.3
5 K.Hardy ,Haukar 26.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 T.Rober, Grinda. 16.1
2 M.Martin, KR 13.4
3 S.Herma, Valur 12.0
4 S.Amundad, KR 11.3
5 T.Fjalarsd, Haukar 10.8
Assists Per Game
1 H.Siguroardo, KR 7.1
2 J.Skiba, Grindavok 6.9
3 T.Watson, Keflavok 6.2
4 K.Hardy, Haukar 5.8
5 M.Peterman, Valur 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 M.Martin, KR 4.00
2 T.Watson, Keflavik 3.81
3 L.Barkus, Hamar 3.63
Blocks Per Game
1 S.Hermann, Valur 5.83
2 M.Sturlu, Keflavik 2.50
3 R.Brynjars, Haukar 1.95
2FGP
1 S. Biemer, Kefla. 54.8
2 T.Robers, Grind. 53.5
3 T.Watson, Keflavik 48.9
3FGP
1 B.Valgar, Kefla. 44.0
2 K.Hardy, Haukar 39.0
3 P.Skula, Grinda. 38.5
Free Throws
1 T.Watson, Kefla 84.4
2 S.Dimovs, Fjolnir 81.5
3 J.Skiba, Grindavik 80.2


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  LATVIA - Women  


Liepaja Arkadija and Cesis grab the latest victories - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja Arkadija had a road victory over SK Riga 40:76 to celebrate the initial win in the league. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Cesis smashed Merks Cesis 113:42 for 2-0 record in the standings. Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) and Elina Babkina (172-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points.
Meanwhile Umana Reyer Venezia won the opener of EuroLeague Women in Czech Republic. Latvian Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) and her Gambrinus Sika Brno tried to recover after 16-24 in the opening quarter but allowed Italian team to celebrate 77:68 win. Jenifer Nadalin led the winners with 14 points to 1-0 record. Simona Ballardini nailed 13, whilst Giorgia Sottana added 12. Zuzana Zirkova and Eva Viteckova produced 13 each for the hosts, Liene Jansone posted 11. Giorgia Sottana opened the game for the visitors as they started to take control of the game. Jokic made it 16:9 and then Jenifer Nadalin closed the first at 24:16. The hosts did not panic and took the lead in the second quarter. Eva Viteckova nailed a three for 31:29 while Horakova added two more for the run. Simona Ballardini tied the game before the teams went to the lockers for 38:38. Umana Reyer Venezia trailed 40:38 a minute into the second half but outscored their hosts 19-6 over the next nine minutes for a 57:46 lead. Kulichova finished the third period at 48:57 with a jump-shot. Fegyverneky brought the hosts back to the game at 66:69 with 2 minutes to go and kept their chances alive. Umana Reyer Venezia however finished the night with 8-2 run to seal the win in the opener.
The Hungarian powerhouse MiZo Pecs got to a sloppy start but finally posted a comprehensive victory against visiting Perfumerias Avenida with Latvian Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) in the Euroleague opener, 82:65. Trailing 19:20 at the first intermission MiZo Pecs managed to take over in the second term and breezed to the first win in Group A. Anna Vajda nailed 6 points early in the game lifting the hosts to a 12:5 lead. Anna Vajda and Dalma Ivanyi kept the hosts in front but Willingham, Petra Stampalija and Anke De Mondt allowed Perfumerias to earn a minimal advantage after ten minutes of action. Brooke Quennan stepped up for MiZo Pecs in the second term. Her 9 points at the start of the quarter returned the home team into the drivers seat. Anna Vajda and Graziane Coelho paced Pecs to a 45:37 cushion at the interval. Petra Stampalija nailed 8 points in the third frame and Perfumerias Avenida stayed in the race. They were down by 4 points at the final break but failed to surge ahead. Brooke Quennan once again netted crucial buckets as she poured in 7 points at the beginning of the fourth term and extended the margin to 9 points. Avenida never recovered losing the battle at the end. Anna Vajda knocked down 26 points for MiZo Pecs. Brooke Quennan added 20 points and 10 boards, while Dalma Ivanyi contributed 13 points and 11 assists in the win. Petra Stampalija finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Avenida. Anke De Mondt dropped 10 points in the loss, while Gunta Basko had 6 points and 3 rebounds.


Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Niedola, Liepajas 21.5
2 Troina, TTT Riga 18.0
3 Kublina, TTT Riga 17.3
4 Egle, DU/Swed 17.0
5 Steinberga, Junio 17.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Steinberga Juni 14.3
2 Vitola SK Riga 12.0
3 Veinberga Turiba 11.0
4 Niedola Liepajas 9.5
5 Dijon SK Cesis 9.5
Assists Per Game
1 Ieva Tare SK Cesis 5.5
2 Burian TTT Riga 5.3
3 Troina TTT Riga 4.7
4 Strikasa RTU 4.0
5 Kārklina SK Cesis 4.0
Steals Per Game
1 Karklina SK Cesis 4.5
2 Troina TTT Riga 4.3
3 Krumberga TTT Rig 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Vitola SK Riga 3.0
2 Borodavko DU 2.5
3 Surkusa Junior 2.3


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Latest changes and news - by Eurobasket News

Arvi became the leader of BWBL beating Lemminkainen 69:63. The home side opened the game with 24:11 and had more confidence later in the game. After 17-16 in the second period the favorites improved to 41:27 at the halftime. Lemminkainen did not give up and produced 13-7 in the third period to reduce the gap. The visitors also won the last period 23-21 but it was not enough for the total success. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) led the winners with 20 points to the second straight win. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) nailed 15, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) posted 9. Marina Solopova (180-G-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Egle Siksniute (196-F-91) scored 14.
Ukrainian BC Dnipro decided not to play in the national competition, because of collide with Ukrainian basketball federation. Due to that International basketball federation forbade BC Dnipro to play in EuroCup and Baltic woman basketball league. Instead of Dnipro in Baltic womens basketball league will play another Ukrainian team Kozachka-Zalk.
Riga Turiba has also step back from BWBL next season because of financial problems.

This weekend and the next week should be very busy in the league. Only Sunday will be a day-off, while the rest days will bring more interest and games in the league.


Arvi - Lemminkainen 69 : 63 ( 24 : 11, 17 : 16, 7 : 13, 21 : 23 )
Arvi: Ligita Kinkeviciene 20, Tetyana Shchypakina 15, Giedre Paugaite 9
Lemminkainen: Marina Solopova 17, Siksniute 14, Milieskiene 13



Arvi thump Egle to climb on top - by Eurobasket News
Arvi scored 114 points and celebrated a comprehensive win against Egle in the second round of LMKL. The Lithuanian powerhouse experienced little problems en route to the impressive victory. Alla Murauskaya (185-F-85) tallied 21 points, 6 assists and 3 boards for the winners. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) added 19 points for Arvi. Inga Aleksaite (192-C-89) and Simona Martinkute (187-C/F-86) answered with 13 points apiece for Egle.
Arvi piled up a serious 24-point lead after the first period. Egle collapsed defensively conceding 37 points and trailed by as many as 48 points at halftime. Arvi cruised to the win in the second half and improved to 2-0 record at the start of the season. Egle remained winless at 0-2.
In the meantime Lemminkainen secured the first victory in the season as they defeated Aistes. Lemminkainen prevailed 76:67 at home court and climbed to 1-1 record. Aistes entered the game with one win but failed to keep the record spotless. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) knocked down 18 points to lead Lemminkainen. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) added 15 points, while Egle Siksniute (196-F-91) had 8 points and 11 boards for the winners. Julija Sarkauskaite (171-G-86) fired 16 points for Aistes in the losing case. The hosts built a decisive 13-point lead after the starting frame and held off the fierce comeback efforts from the visitors in the reminder of the clash.


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Vojvodina NIS jumps on 2-0 in A league - by Dragan Jankovski
Vojvodina NIS easily beat Celarevo in the opener of the second round 93-58. It means that Vojvodina is currently on top of A league with perfect score 2-0. At the same time it was the second defeat for newcomer Celarevo.
Vojvodina demonstrated its power from the very beginning. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) and her teammates were motivated to resolve question about the winner as soon as possible thus they drained 24 points already in the first quarter. Celarevo struggled with its offensive sets stopping on 14. During the following ten minutes Vojvodina slowed down a little bit but anyway the hosts succeeded to extend lead to 17 points until the breather. At that time it was clear that Celarevo won't have any chance for the rest of the game. The only question was how big difference it will be at the end.
Maja Scekic and Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89) were the best players in Vojvodina. Scekic had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists while Karaksevic had almost the same digits, 14 points, 6 boards and 3 assists. Jelena Mitic (190-C-89) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds while Latinka Dusanic (178-G-90) had one point less than her. Maja Skoric was the only player with double digits in scoring for the loosing side. She finished the game with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Other games of Round 2 will be played tomorrow.


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Merkur Celje edges HIT Kranjska Gora in a key game - by Eurobasket News
Merkur Celje edges HIT Kranjska Gora in a key game of the beginning of Round 2. Trailing 12-24 after the opening quarter the favorites celebrated 80:76 win. Nika Baric (168-G-92) led the winners with 26 points, while Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) netted 20. The guests used only 5 players in the court that showed the best game they could. Sabina Felc (-G-69) top-scored in the losing effort with 21 points.

Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and her Umana Reyer Venezia won the opener of EuroLeague Women in Czech Republic. Gambrinus Sika Brno tried to recover after 16-24 in the opening quarter but allowed Italian team to celebrate 77:68 win. Jenifer Nadalin led the winners with 14 points to 1-0 record. Simona Ballardini nailed 13, whilst Giorgia Sottana added 12. Zuzana Zirkova and Eva Viteckova produced 13 each for the hosts, Liene Jansone posted 11. Giorgia Sottana opened the game for the visitors as they started to take control of the game. Jokic made it 16:9 and then Jenifer Nadalin closed the first at 24:16. The hosts did not panic and took the lead in the second quarter. Eva Viteckova nailed a three for 31:29 while Horakova added two more for the run. Simona Ballardini tied the game before the teams went to the lockers for 38:38. Umana Reyer Venezia trailed 40:38 a minute into the second half but outscored their hosts 19-6 over the next nine minutes for a 57:46 lead. Kulichova finished the third period at 48:57 with a jump-shot. Fegyverneky brought the hosts back to the game at 66:69 with 2 minutes to go and kept their chances alive. Umana Reyer Venezia however finished the night with 8-2 run to seal the win in the opener. Daliborka Jokic netted 10 points and made 4 rebounds.
Milijana Evtoukhovitch (191-C-81) tried hard but Russian powerhouse CSKA left no chance for the visiting Lille Metropole in the Euroleague opener in Moscow. CSKA newcomer Katie Douglas dropped 20 points to pace the hosts. Janel McCarville ensured 6 points, while Olexandra Gorbunova netted 11 points in their debuts. Katie Douglas and Maria Stepanova accounted for 9 unanswered points to tip off the game. Douglas later capped the first frame with 6 straight points and CSKA led 27:6. Lille struggled to find the right tempo and soon Janel McCarville and Ilona Korstine extended the margin to 31 points. Ann Wauters converted a free throw and sealed the first half outcome at 49:16. Gorbunova dropped 5 points in a 9:0 rally from the hosts to begin the third frame. Lille managed only 7 points in the third term and trailed by unassailable 52 points. The teams cruised to the final whistle with CSKA stopping just whisker away from 100-point mark. Jolene Anderson nailed 16 points for Lille. Geraldine Robert knocked down 10 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss, while Milijana Evtoukhovitch scored 5 points and made 4 rebounds.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Gran Canaria takes the last ticket to EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Flying Foxes 101:56

Gran Canaria did not have any difficulties advancing to the EuroCup stage smashing Flying Foxes 101:56 in Game 2. Spanish squad was too good in all the aspects of the game and took the massive win. Flavia de Souza (187-F-82) led the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) nailed 16, while Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) added 14. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) ended up with 25 points, while Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) scored 10. Gran Canaria wins 181-118 as a total of two games.
Gran Canaria claimed an 80:62 triumph at the Flying Foxes to take a stranglehold on their tie after game 1. Gran Canaria made sure there would be no comeback by outscoring the Austrians 13:2 in the opening tip of the game. Tiina Sten scored for 32:13 at the end of the first period. The game continued to be in the same current with the dominance of the local side. Dehaven was the last to score at the half as the board showed 51:26. In the third period Flying Foxes had even difficulties to score and finished the quarter with 9 points. It gave the hosts 77:35 advantage entering the last period. In the last minutes of the game Gran Canaria managed to achieve three digit number as Rodriguez scored for 101:56.

Gran Canaria: Flavia de Souza 23+10 rebs, Tiina Sten 16, Reetta Piipari 14
Flying Foxes: Crista Ricketts 25, Romana Vynuchalova 10


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  SWEDEN - Women  


The Vikings improve to 2-0 record, Nnamaka top-scores - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings and Eskilstuna Basket opened Round 2 in Swedish League. The favorite produced 85:45 with the victories in all the quarters. Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) led the winners with 17 points for 2-0 record. Cecilia Ferm (178-F-75) netted 14, while Elisabet Egnell scored 13. Mirenda Wilson ended up with 10 points in the losing effort.
Meanwhile Union Hainaut Basket and Swedish Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) took on the USK Prague in the Euroleague curtain-raiser for both teams. The French team looked the better side down the line and posted the deserved win at the end 78:62. The start of the game was all about USK Prague however. Ferancikova, Sonja Kireta and Sandra Le Drean knocked down 6 straight points to pace the visitors. Hainaut answered with a 15:2 rally to build a 7-point lead late in the quarter. Beikes and Stansbury stretched the gap to 13 points at the end of the period. Chioma Nnamaka and Ngoyisa looked pivotal early in the second term as they allowed Hainaut to extend the margin to 23 points. Evanthia Maltsi took the charge for USK Prague nailing 7 points and trimming the distance to 19 points at the interval. Sonja Kireta and Lindsay Whalen dragged the Czech team within 16 points midway through the third frame but the hosts closed the frame with an 8:0 surge to secure a 24-point buffer between the teams. USK Prague had little chances to save the game in the final stanza and they surrendered at the end. Chioma Nnamaka led the home team with 12 points. Kathy Wambe and Sabrina Reghaissia dropped 11 points apiece for the winners. Sonja Kireta answered with 16 points for USK Prague. Evanthia Maltsi produced 15 points in the loss.

Solna Vikings - Eskilstuna Basket 85 - 45 (25 - 15, 20 - 13, 25 - 8, 15 - 9)
Solna: Katarina Andersson 17, Cecilia Ferm 14, Elisabet Egnell 13, Erica Blomgren 11, Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) 8, Christy Bacon 6, Michaela Livijn 6, Aquonesia Franklin 5, Kathleen Smith 3, Josefin Olheim 2.
Eskilstuna: Mirenda Wilson 10, Sanna Gronhagen 7, Emma Gunnarsson 7, Kimona Boussard-Larson 7, Jenny Andersson 6, Alexandra Lundberg 4, Kelsey Blair 4.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Kozachka-Zalk takes BC Dnipro place in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian BC Dnipro decided not to play in the national competition, because of collide with Ukrainian basketball federation. Due to that International basketball federation forbade BC Dnipro to play in EuroCup and Baltic woman basketball league. Instead of Dnipro in Baltic womens basketball league will play another Ukrainian team Kozachka-Zalk.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and her Russian powerhouse CSKA left no chance for the visiting Lille Metropole in the Euroleague opener in Moscow. CSKA newcomer Katie Douglas dropped 20 points to pace the hosts. Janel McCarville ensured 6 points, while Olexandra Gorbunova netted 11 points in their debuts. Katie Douglas and Maria Stepanova accounted for 9 unanswered points to tip off the game. Douglas later capped the first frame with 6 straight points and CSKA led 27:6. Lille struggled to find the right tempo and soon Janel McCarville and Ilona Korstine extended the margin to 31 points. Ann Wauters converted a free throw and sealed the first half outcome at 49:16. Olexandra Gorbunova dropped 5 points in a 9:0 rally from the hosts to begin the third frame. Lille managed only 7 points in the third term and trailed by unassailable 52 points. The teams cruised to the final whistle with CSKA stopping just whisker away from 100-point mark. Jolene Anderson nailed 16 points for Lille. Geraldine Robert knocked down 10 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.