EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/4/2008

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  ABA   


Charleston lands team in ABA - by Eurobasket News
Break out your your painfully short gym trunks and your red, white and blue basketballs, because the ABA is coming to Charleston.

OK, so the original American Basketball Association disbanded after its merger with the NBA in 1976, and the new ABA has no connection to the original league that featured players such as Julius Erving, Rick Barry, George Gervin and showcased an all-out assault of offensive basketball.

But the West Virginia Outlaws will bring some live basketball to the area in between college football and the West Virginia Power season, even without the huge hair and tiny shorts.

The Outlaws will play a 30-game ABA schedule that runs from December through March, with home games at the South Charleston Community Center.

The team may also give area fans a chance to watch some of their old favorite players. Although tryouts aren't until Oct. 18-19 at the SCCC, former Marshall forward J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79, college: Marshall) and WVU alums Lionel Armstead (5'11''-G-80, college: W.Virginia), Tyrone Salley and Frank Young are among the list of possible Outlaw players.

'We are definitely looking at the WVU-Marshall feel,' said coach and owner Thomas Jones, who founded the West Virginia Outlaws Sports Academy three years ago as a sports training club to give adolescents a safe place to play competitive basketball.

The Outlaws will bump heads with teams from all over the country, including as close as Bluefield, where the West Virginia Blazers will also begin their first year in the league.

Jones remains realistic in regards to the team's performance.

'We hope to make a run for the playoffs,' said Jones. 'But realistically, we just want to compete.'

Although Jones has been a coach for 14 years, he has remained at the youth, AAU and high school levels up until this point. Understandably, he is realistic about his own performance.

'I already know that I'm not one of the best coaches out there, but I learn quick; basketball is still basketball.'

Courtesy of http://www.wvgazette.com


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Rosters of Serbian teams for Adriatic league 2008/09 - by Dragan Jankovski
Adriatic league begins tomorrow. Rosters of five Serbian teams, participants of the regional championship, are already known.

Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea continues without few the most important players from the last season. Montenegrin superstar and 'Eurobasket.com Euroleague Player of the Year' Nikola Pekovic left the team. Milton Palacio, Dusan Kecman and Dejan Borovnjak done the same. In the meantime Black-and-whites agreed terms with another Montenegrin big guy Zarko Rakocevic. Vukasin Aleksic, Aleksandar Rasic, Jan Vesely and Vladimir Lucic also joined the team while the latest acquisition was Gabonese player Stephane Lasme. Captain Petar Bozic, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), Uros Tripkovic, Milenko Tepic, Slavko Vranes and Cedomir Vitkovac stayed in the club and all of them will have very important role next season. Strahinja Milosevic, Marko Djurkovic, Bogdan Riznic and Darko Balaban also remained black-and-white. Head coach: Dusko Vujosevic.

Crvena Zvezda inked big number of players this summer as well as a head coach Svetislav Pesic. Crvena Zvezda: Nemanja Nedovic, Nikola Rondovic, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nemanja Bjelica, FIlip Sepa, Stevan Milosevic, Elmedin Kikanovic, Boris Bakic, Mirko Kovac, Milan Milosevic, Andre Owens, Lawrence Roberts, Vladimir Stimac, Marko Keselj, Marko Marinovic and captain Tadija Dragicevic.

Hemofarm STADA added Bojan Krstovic and couple of young players to the roster for 2008/09. The orange team has three big Serbian prospects Boban Marjanovic, Stefan Markovic and Milan Macvan and they will for sure be the leading players next season. Hemofarm also has youngsters Petar Despotovic, Bogdan Obrenovic, Petar Lambic, Milan Vulin, Uros Petrovic and Luka Igrutinovic. Experienced ULEB Cup and Adriatic league players Miljan Pavkovic, Nebojsa Joksimovic and Vladan Vukosavljevic are also there. Hemofarm also managed to keep Boris Savovic, Milivoje Bozovic and Milos Borisov. Head coach of the team is Stevan Karadzic.

As Crvena Zvezda, Vojvodina Srbijagas also added many players during the summer. The Tulips succeeded to keep only Goran Bajic, Marko Pekovic, Velibor Buha, Ilija Pavkovic and Stefan Hajdukovic from the last season. They agreed terms with Marko Popovic from Sloga, Jovan Zdravkovic, Miroslav Radenkovic, Danijel Cavic, Marko Jovanovic, Marko Sutalo, Darko Habus, Nikola Dronjak and Djordje Gagic. The biggest reinforcement for sure is Dejan Borovnjak, who arrived from Partizan Igokea. Head coach of the team is Zoran Sretenovic. Vojvodina will most probably ink one more player (American) on position 3.

FMP Zeleznik is the youngest team this season in Adriatic league (average 20 year old players). As it was over the past few years, the best players left FMP during the summer. The only acquisition is Nikola Ilic from Borac Cacak. Key players most probably will be Dragan Labovic, Miroslav Raduljica, Predrag Samardziski, Mladen Jeremic and Nemanja Protic. Other players are: Filip Covic, Stefan Zivanovic, Marko Savic, Nikola Markovic, Branko Lazic, Dejan Musli, Pedja Stamenkovic and Andreja Milutinovic.


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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto Enrols 13 Players for Champions Cup - by Carlos Pereira
The basketball team of 1 de Agosto enrolled 13 athletes for the preliminary phase (zone VI) of the African champion clubs cup to take place in Zambia, from November 1-9 this year.
The news is the inclusion of young playmaker Adilson Manuel from the team of Lusada University, on a list comprising Miguel Lutonda, Carlos Almeida, Mayzer Alexandre, Armando Costa, Olmpio Cipriano, Vlademir Ricardino, Rodrigo Mascarenhas, Francisco Jordo, Kikas Gomes, Pierr Ilunga, Felizardo Ambrsio and Simo Joo.
The club will train from October 12-24 in the Portuguese Aveiro region, where they will play eight matches with local clubs.
Besides 1 de Agosto, Angola entitled to one more club to participate in the tournament qualifying for the final stage to be played in Tunisia. Petro de Luanda had the right to participate, but refused to play in the competition.
As a result, Atltico Sport Aviao (ASA) showed interest in replacing Petro de Luanda. 1 de Agosto are the competition's title holder


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  ARGENTINA   


Lanus has a new point guard - by Raul Ruscitti
Dominican playmaker Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, agency: CAA Sports) is the third and last import player inked by the team coach by Alvaro Castineira . Ramon comes as the replacement of Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) who was waived right after the team was eliminated from the Argentinian Cup because he did not accomplished the expectations surrounding him. The 22 years-old, who will make his first professional experience, comes from playing the last four seasons in the NCAA Division I with the University of Pittsburgh. Last year, as a senior Ramon averaged 8.5 ppg 3.6 apg. 2.6 rpg. and 1.4 spg in 37 games improving in almost every statistical category the numbers he put in the previous three.
In another order of things Independiente Neuquen confirmed the signing of former Lanus player Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee)


Manuel out, Holmes inn for Libertad - by Raul Ruscitti
The saga seems to be finally over as Libertad Sunchales confirmed the signing of Keith Holmes to take over the second foreigner spot of the roster. This signing apparently completes a series of transactions that started about a month ago when despite everything indicated that Finals MVP Laron Profit (196-G/F-77, agency: Octagon, college: Maryland) would continue with this season the team opted to withdraw the contract offer after knowing that unfortunately, the swingman suffered a serious injury in his Achilles tendon while working out back home. After hearing the news, Libertad Sunchales decided to bring American shooting guard Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina) but it took just one Pre-Season game to coach Julio Cesar Lamas to realized that Manuel was not the type of player the team needed. Right after that started an intensive search to find someone with Profit-like characteristics who could contribute to the team. It was finally Keith Holmes the man choused by the team to take over that place hoping he could have the same type of impact Profit had in last season play-offs. The 6 foot 3 and 29 years-old shooting guard comes from playing in France second division last year where he averaged 13 ppg and 4.9 rpg.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Ebi Ere carries the Tigers past the Taipans - by Eurobasket News
Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) showed the glimpses of his last years perfect form as the dropped 24 points in the Melbourne Tigers win over the Cairns Taipans today. Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) finally found his rhythm nailing 19 points as the Tigers held off the Taipans 101:77 at the Cairns Convention Centre. Larry Abney (206-F/C-77, college: Fresno St.) answered with 19 points for the hosts. The visitors kept their opponents scoreless for almost 4 minutes at the start of the encounter building up an 8-point lead. The shots kept on dropping for the Tigers as they led 31:16 at the first intermission. The Tigers extended the margin to 17 points but had Chris Anstey heading to the bench with the fourth personal foul. The Taipans capitalized cutting the distance to 8 points at the sides change. Stephen Black opened the second half with a three-pointer and Cairns seemed to find the right rhythm. However the visitors quickly iced the charge with a 20:7 rally and rolled to a 69:53 advantage at the last break. The Taipans managed to shave the difference to 15 points in the fourth quarter. But once again the Tigers ballooned it back to massive 20 points and cruised at the end. Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC) provided 15 points for Melbourne. Martin Cattalini (202-F-73) answered with 14 points for the hosts. The Taipans converted just 33% from the field and committed 17 turnovers down the stretch. The Tigers sank 52% from the field including 50% from beyond the arc.

Trevor Gleeson praises Kelvin Robertson - by Eurobasket News
Crocodiles coach Trevor Gleeson has paid tribute to Kelvin Robertson (180-G-83), believing the Townsville-born player 'symbolises' the life of the club.

Gleeson said the 25-year-old, who becomes only the second player to reach 200 games with the Crocs, is a positive product from the Northern Queensland town's junior program.

His worth was highlighted in the team's exciting win over the Cairns Taipans last weekend. He kept Stephen Black scoreless in the last quarter and nailed a big three pointer with a minute to go, much to the delight of his home crowd.

'We really need his involvement and when he plays a good game Townsville Crocodiles normally win,' Gleeson said.

'He's been a consistent and solid player for us for the time I've been here.'

And importantly the impact player has improved as his career has progressed, according to Gleeson.

'I think he's taking a lot more leadership on. When he comes on, he's one of the best back-up point guards in the league. He can penetrate and kick, he's added that to his game, he's added a little floater to his game and he's still an outstanding three-point shooter,' he said.

Gleeson said he'd make note of Robertson's milestone during practice this week but added it would be business as usual when the Crocodiles host the Perth Wildcats this Saturday.

And the Townsville coach believes the important contributor has plenty of milestones ahead of him.

'It's a fairly good accomplishment, he's still at a young age so you'd really hope he could double that amount of games before his career out,' he said.

Robertson's achievement is a big moment for Townsville which only joined the NBL in 1993. Gleeson said milestones like these helped the club develop a strong tradition and history.

'We haven't got a big pool like a Melbourne or Sydney or Perth that has a couple of million people to pick from. We've got a small community compared to those guys and the development of the locals is what we are after,' he said.

Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Home sides win the latests - by Eurobasket News
The Latvian derby between Ventspils and Barons was a great game with an intrigue at the end of it. The hosts easily won the first period 24:17 and then increased the lead in the second with 11:8. Barons came back to the court being another team and struggled until the end of the match-up.At first the guests produced 19:16 in the third and then closed the game with 17:14. In the final quarter Barons with the team effort came as close as 58:56 and then even managed to make it 60:59 in the favour of Ventspils as Gustas realized a three-pointer. However in the stressful end of the game Zakis, Brazelton and this evenings hero Juris Umbrasko (196-F-79, agency: Interperformances) proved that Ventspils was better in this game and could celebrate a victory 65:61. Juris Umbrasko led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brazelton posted 15 and Tsiakos added 9. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, agency: AMI, college: Austin Peay St.) finished the game with 19 points and Gustas had 17 in the losing effort.

Zalgiris won the toughest game so far in the season beating Kalev/Cramo 78:74 in Elite Division of Baltic League. Last night trailing 15:24 after the opening quarter Lithuanian team was managed to come back and won the match-up. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) led the winners with 21 points. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 20, while Maciulis scored 14.
Paulius Jankunas closed a 6-0 run of the hosts that won only the opening tip of the game. John Linehan and Kristjan Kangur tied the score was at 6:6 and Josh Pace scored a bucket for 18:12. The first quarter ended 24:15 up by the Estonians. Zalgiris created some runs in the second frame but could not catch up with the opponent. Paulius Jankunas made it 34:38 at the halftime of the game.
Gert Arbet made a long-range shot and gave his team a double-digit lead for the first time in this game 42:62. Paulius Jankunas with a three pulled the hosts to 51:56 after three quarters. Willie Deane III made both shots at the free throw line and gave his team the lead after a very long stretch 71:70. After 74:74 Zalgiris scored 4 consecutive points in the game and won it 78:74. Kalev/Cramo tried really hard but could not create an upset.

VEF Riga clinches the top position of Group A in Challenge Cup of Baltic League. In the second game of the championship the team overcame Lithuanian Sakalai 96:62. The hosts opened the game with 16:11 in the opening quarter and had a massive win in the second period, 33:15. In the third quarter of the game nothing changed as VEF continued its dominance and constantly increased the result in their favour. At the end of the third quarter VEF had a thrilling lead by 30 points 72:42.Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) led the winners with 28 points making 7/9 three-point shots. Kolesnikov nailed 18 and Cooper posted 15. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) ended up with 10 points in defeat, while Labuckas scored 9.

VEF Riga -Sakalai 96:62 16-11 33-15 23-16 24-20
VEF Riga:Edgars Jeromanovs 28, Kolesnikov 18, Rolands Freimanis (208-F/C-88) 15, Cooper 15
Sakalai: Laurynas Samenas 10, Labuckas 9, Sarakauskas 7

Zalgiris-Kalev/Cramo 78:74 15-24 19-14 17-18 27-18
Zalgiris:Willie Deane III 21, Paulius Jankunas 20, Maciulis 14

Ventspils -Barons 65:61(24:17, 11:8, 16:19, 14:17).
Ventspils: Juris Umbrasko 22 (10 rebounds), Brazelton 15, Tsiakos 9
Barons/LMT: Adrian Henning 19, Gustas 17


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Bosnians in Europe: Stevic in excellent shape! - by Nedzad Kladusak

In some european leagues the season started the last week. Here are the reults of some bosnian players:

Poland:

1st round:
Atlas Stal - Slask 84-77 V.Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) 6min, 1st - O.Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) 40 min,23pts(FG 9/13, FT 5/7),11rebs
Polpharma (V)* Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79) 29min, 15pts(FG 5/9),6rebs, 2st,2ass -
Prokom (V) 75-60 A.Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85, agency: World Sport Agency) 32min,11pts (FG 4/10),4ass

B.Bailey 16min,10pts,4ass

2nd round:
Atlas Stal (V) Vladan Jocovic, 13min,4pts,6rebs
Slask - Polpharma 77-99 O.Oliver Stevic 24min,20pts(FG 8/12),5rebs,2blks - Mujo Tuljkovic 15min,2pts (FG 1/6)

B.Bailey 12min, 11pts(FG 3/3),3 stl, 3ass

Germany:

1st round:
EWE Baskets (V) Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10),17min,12pts (FG 2/2), 7rebs

2nd round:
EWE Baskets (L) Marko Scekic 11min,4pts (FG 0/6),5rebs



* V = Victory, only matches with bosnian players in both opposing teams will be listed with results



Bosna ASA BHT tomorrow against Helos Domzale - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian champion Bosna ASA BHT will play its first Adriatic league game after more than a year. As a reminder, Bosna appeared the last game in regional championship on March 25th, 2007 against Siroki Eronet. After one year break, Sarajevo's students will have a chance to show what they can.

During the summer the team inked Stanley Burrell (191-G-84) as well as another American Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona). Bosna also agreed terms with experienced Serbian players Ivan Ivanovic, Nikola Vucurovic and Dusan Djordjevic. The biggest problem at the moment is on position number five as Bosna didn't succeed to find a replacement for Lance Williams. Young Emir Zimic (217-C-86) and Amar Suljagic (210-C-88) will have to take responsibility at the beginning of the league. Scoring machine Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) is there as well as Suad Sehovic and Muhamed Pasalic. Members of Bosna ASA BHT are also Bozo Djurasovic, Eldin Camdzic, Seid Hajric and young Aldin Majstoric.

The team also has new head coach Alen Abaz, who will try to grab the first win in Adriatic league as a HC tomorrow in Domzale.

'We didn't suceed to add a new big guy but it can not be our alibi. Zimic and Suljagic are in a good shape, what is great. We are going to Domzale with strong willingness to win. I do not expect miracles from my players but I want to see they fight for every ball from now until the end of the league. We are good shooting team but we also have to be a good defensive one. I expect lot of personal fouls and high aggressiveness', said Alen Abaz .

Stanley Burrell did not practice over the past few days and it is not sure will he be ready to play against Helios on Saturday at 18h.


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  BULGARIA   


Levski celebrates vs Rilski Sportist in Samokov - by Eurobasket News
In the second friendly game this week between Levski and Rilski Sportist, the team from Sophia was better on the road 68-87. As a reminder, in the first game, which was player at Levski's home court in Sophia, Rilski Sportist triumphed after two over times 123-132.
This time Levski was a way better team. It started the game impressive creating 9-27 after opening ten minutes. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado), who drained 36 points in the first match, was in a game mood once again. He, together with Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) and experienced Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina), led Levski to big plus 21 at the half time, 25-46. It was a real shock for Rilski, which somehow succeeded to recover from it and to score 20 points in third frame. However, it was not enough even for small threat against very motivated Levski. The team from Sophia played last ten minutes with routine. That period belonged to the hosts 23-22 but anyway Rilski at the end suffered serious 19-point defeat.
Stefan Georgiev and Vassil Evtimov netted 18 poinst each for the winners. Marcus Hall had one point less. On the other side Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) top-scored with 15 points. Ivan Nikolov (190-G-81) had 13 while Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stopped on 12 points.

Next friendly game Levski will play at home against Cypriot Apollon Limassol (Sunday at 18h).


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  CANADA   


Raptors' Bosh tough to contain - by Eurobasket News
The 24-year-old forward is an all-star on the court, but what he does off the court is truly setting him apart.

For reasons other than his 6-10 frame, Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh (211-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) has the potential to be a larger than life figure both on and off the basketball court.

He's still only 24 and entering just his sixth season with the Raptors, but he's already a three-time National Basketball Association all-star with Toronto, the team that selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft.

And Bosh has the charm and personality that could make him iconic in arenas outside those housing sporting events.
Bosh has worked as a special NBA correspondent for Yahoo Sports, done mock interviews with the likes of Will Ferrell, promoting the actor's basketball spoof Semi-Pro, done guest stints on late night talk shows and even made a comedic video endorsing himself as a worthy selection for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Bosh, decked out in cowboy garb, complete with country slang, mocked a car dealer ad, and was encouraging people to fill out all-star ballets and select him to the game. The YouTube video has had more than 680,000 hits.

'Stuff like that puts me out there and helps me in different ways,' Bosh said last night following a workout during training camp, which the Raptors are holding this week at Carleton University. 'When I have a chance to really do something different and unexpected, that's always a lot of fun. I try to flip it in different ways and show that there's more to me than just basketball, because some people get that perception.

'Everything that I do is always fun. I try to show some personality off the court so that everything I do doesn't have to be, 'Can you hold this basketball?' and that's it. I can go and show my personality and have fun with different projects.'

Bosh and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis have an ongoing video-skit challenge to see who can produce the most creative, entertaining and funny videos, and, as Bosh will tell you, it's serious business.

'That is going to be a lot of fun and it's going to be tough. If it wasn't tough, everybody would do it,' said Bosh, who takes all his extracurricular projects seriously.

'It's work. I'm not going to lie, it's work. But that's the price of success. If you want to be successful, you have to know what's going to come at you if you do well, and you have to embrace it because if you fight it, it's only going to get worse.'

His fame has opened the doors to many new experiences. He was given the red carpet treatment at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards, where he presented the best rap video award.

'It was definitely out of my element and something I've never done before,' he said. 'I was just having fun, especially performing under pressure, having to read those lines when you can't hear yourself talk. It was pretty tough.'

On the court, Bosh has learned to deal with the added pressure of becoming a superstar by not letting the extra attention he receives during games change the way he plays. He says he just embraces everything that comes his way and tries to enjoy the whole process.

One part of the process that he truly enjoyed in particular was the Beijing Olympics, where he and his U.S. teammates captured a gold medal.

'It really helped my big-game experience because the pressure in that gold-medal game was unbelievable,' he said of a 118-107 victory over Spain in the championship game at Beijing.

Courtesy of http://www.canada.com


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  CROATIA   


Four Croatian teams tomorrow in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
At the opening day of Adriatic league, two Croatian teams will meet each other. Reining champion Zadar will host Split at 15:45h. Just few days before the beginning of the league Zadar faced with troubles. Namely, American Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) had serious conflict with head coach Aleksandar Petrovic during the friendly game. The final epilogue is one-month salary fine for Beck. A way more important news is that Zadar does not count on Beck any more and it is looking forward to loan him for the rest of the season. Anyway, during the summer Zadar added few very good players Malik Dixon, Juby Johnson, Hrvoje Peric, Damir Rancic as well as Tomislav Ruzic and Deyan Ivanov. Important news also was that Macedonian center Todor Gecevski will stay in the club.
On the other hand, Split has Andrija Stipanovic, Eddie Shannon, Atonio Grant and Stephen Brunn, which will try to make a surprise in Zadar tomorrow.

Croatian Euroleague team Cibona Zagreb will meet the last season's finalist Hemofarm Vrsac on the road. Cibona returned Davor Kus (190-G-78), Davor Markota and Nikola Prkacin during the summer. There is also Luksa Andric, Marin Rozic, Robert Troha and Branimir Longin. The latest acquisition was American and ex player of Hemofarm Vrsac Rawle Marshall.

Zagreb will host another Serbian team Vojvodina Novi Sad. Zagreb's key players this season for sure will be Ante Tomic, Jakov Vladovic, Krunoslav Simon, Dzenan Rahimic and Andrej Stimac. There are also experienced Mario Dundovic, Vedran Morovic and Toni Dijan. Zageb could be the possible surprise in regional championship. As all other games, Zagreb will also played tomorrow but at 18h.


Cedevita inks Canadian center Vladimir Kuljanin - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita got another acquisition just one week before the beginning of the A1 league. It is Canadian/Croatian center Vladimir Kuljanin (208-C-85, college: NC-Wilmington).
23-year old player graduated this year at University of North Carolina-Wilmington leading it to the semifinals of CAAC tournament. George Manson University stopped them on their way to the final 53-41. Kuljanin had 33 appearances in 07/08 averaging 12.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 2.4 apg. He spent 31.8 minutes per game on the court and was the second best rebounder in his Conference. Kuljanin also had 66.7% from the field, the highest percentage in CAAC. He was a member of Canadian National Team in 2006 and 2007. On Panamerican Games 2007 in Rio de Janeiro Kuljanin had 7.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.2 apg in 5 games. He also took a place on Tournament of the Americas at the same year with average digits 2.4 ppg and 1.3 ppg.
Cedevita demonstrated pretty good performance during the pre-season. The team hosted 'Cedevita Cup' reaching the final. Later, on tournament in Vrsac, Cedevita easily registered two victories against strong teams. The first one was against the host Hemofarm Vrsac and the second one against another Adriatic league participant Vojvodina Novi Sad. Cedevita for sure has high targets in Croatian A1 league this season.


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  CYPRUS   


Pre-season Tournament - by Nasios Orinos
Keravnos Strovolou is hosting its annual tournament. The tournament is a part of the pre-season and is expected, among others, to allow the basketball fans to get a glance of two of next years contenders.

Fans will get a chance to enjoy Marousi (Greece) and Ashkelon (Israel), but also to get their eyes on a traditional KERAVNOS-APOEL game. APOEL, with a new American coach, has promised a new era for the team and is about to start proving it. Keravnos on the other hand, with many new players on its roster wishes to get a real test against one of its main competitors.

What is most striking though, is the fact that basketball fans will enjoy George Anastasiades, wearing for the first time the Blue T-shirt and playing against its old team, which he helped the greatest to win the championship last year. These are games that players usually enjoy. I come there as a friend. I had great moments at Keravnos and I have made only friends. Now, I play for Apoel and I have to honour my contract, George stated at eurobasket.com.

George, has been the captain of the team for the last 6 years and was distinguished by his passion as well as his fighting and winning spirit. As known, his decision to move to APOEL caught people at Keravnos unprepared as nobody at the club saw it coming.

We are sure that the fans at Keravnos will treat George Anastasiades as a great player deserves.


Keravnos lands AZ!!! - by Nasios Orinos

People in Keravnos seem to be serious and persistent to win another one. In a sudden move they are trying out the American player Arizona 'AZ' Reid.
AZ, was born in 1986, he is 1.96 cm tall and he mainly plays the power forward position. Reid is undersized and relies on his drive to get to the boards over players that have been half a foot taller than him.
AZ, was the 2006-07 Big South Conference Player of the Year, 2007-08 Preseason Player of the Year, and the 2007-08 Big South Conference Player of the Year.
In the 2007-2008 season, he became the first player in Big South history to reach the 1,800 point/900 rebound club. On February 18, 2008, Reid became the all time leader rebound leader in Big South Conference history when he grabbed his third rebound against Coastal Carolina. Days later he joined an elite NCAA club of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a collegiate career. At the close of the 2007-08 basketball season, Reid is the only one of fewer than 100 men's players to ever achieve these milestones together.
AZ is expected in Cyprus today and he might get some playtime time at the Tournament tonight.



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  DENMARK   


Bakken Bears drew first blood. - by Thomas Soltau
The NRGI-Arena in Aarhus, with a good crowd of 2000 spectators, set the stage for the Canal Digital League season opener yesterday. The game saw Bakken Bears Bears suit up to face town rivals Aabyhoj IF. Both teams came with full personal, as all foreigners had been able to secure permission to play.

In a close game Bakken Bears drew first blood and started the season the same way they finished last season with a win! 85-79 was the result. Karron Clarke (198-F, college: De Paul) (198-F, college: De Paul) had 17 points for the winners, while Chris Gilliam (201-F, college: Pitt-Johnstown) contributed 25 points for Aabyhoj IF

Bakken Bears is hoping to secure yet another title this year and have a successful European endeavor, as the club will also participate in the EuroChallenge this season.
In the off-season Bakken Bears secured 3 foreign players. Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.), the rebounding machine who played in Horsens last season and US guards Karron Clarke and Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall), both freshly out of college.

The Bears of Aarhus is a team of immense talent, and boost a roster which is truly twelve players deep. A fact that is commonly evident in that even starters seldom stand more than 25 minutes on the floor.
Bakken Bears has the luxury of a great supporting cast. The club always attracts some of the best Danish players around. Currently NT Center Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) and point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)), not to mention veteran players Jens Jensen (195-G/F-75, college: Cal-Irvine), Martin Thuesen, Jonas Buur and young talent Morten Schlertz.

That a team like this will have a successful year in the Canal Digital League is a given, but how will they handle butting heads with stronger teams in the EuroChallenge?

Bakken Bearss first EuroChallenge game against Liege is set for tip-off October 7th in Aarhus.


Danish National Team 2008 - by Thomas Soltau
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4 Adama Darbo (190-G-86)
5 Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83) of Bakken Bears
6 Mikkel Plannthin (193-G) of Svendborg Rabbits
7 Bilal Clarance (195-G/F-79) of Scottish Phoenix Honda Rocks (ENG)
8 Chanan Colman (192-G-84) of Hapoel Holon (ISR)
9 Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) of Horsholm 79ers
10 Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC
11 Anton Larsen (209-C-88) of Horsholm 79ers
12 Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken Bears
13 Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80) of Aget Imola (ITA)
14 Soren Flaeng (207-C-85) of Horsholm 79ers
15 Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80) of BK Amager
Head Coach Allan Foss
Assistant Coach Mads Christensen



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Former Stampede All-Star joins coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
Your Idaho Stampede announce the hiring of Randy Livingston (6'4''-G-75, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) as Associate Head Coach for the Stampede's 2008-09 season.

A native of Louisiana, Livingston attended Louisiana State University for two years. Despite a college career plagued by various injuries, Livingston made it to the NBA as a second-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets in 1996 and appeared in 64 games as a rookie.

Over the next 11 seasons, Livingston played with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and the Utah Jazz. Livingston also spent some time in the Turkish basketball league playing for Galatasaray.

In between his NBA contracts and overseas travel, he had several stints in the CBA playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Idaho Stampede. Most recently, Livingston was named the 2007 NBA Development League's MVP.

Livingston announced his retirement from playing basketball at the end of the 2007-08 D-League season. This announcement came after he helped lead the Idaho Stampede to the 2008 NBA Development League Championship where they clinched the series 2-1 over the Austin Toros. Livingston ended his playing career as the Stampede's leader in points scored (2,224) and games played (163).

'Randy Livingston symbolizes what the Idaho Stampede is all about,' said Stampede Head coach, Bryan Gates. 'I'm excited to hire him because we have gone through so much together. Anytime you can hire one of your good friends, it's a big positive. Once Ray Lopes left, the job was Randy's if he wanted it. I am thrilled he wants to continue his career with the Stampede.'

Joel Abelson will also be joining the Stampede as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season. Abelson spent last season with the Tulsa 66ers as an assistant coach.

'Joel's hard work and dedication to the 66ers least season with coach Meyer made it a very easy decision to bring him on board,' said Stampede Head Coach Bryan Gates. 'We're excited to add a smart, up-and-coming coach like Joel to the Stampede family.'

The Michigan graduate spent this past summer working at Abunassar Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, training NBA stars such as Baron Davis, Jermaine O'Neal, Chauncey Billups, and Paul Pierce. He has also worked in basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2007.

Courtesy of the Idaho Stampede


2008 NBA Development League Draft set for November 7 - by Eurobasket News
The NBA Development League's 2008 Draft will take place live from the NBA TV studio in Atlanta, GA on Friday, Nov. 7, it was announced today. The eighth-annual event which offers NBA D-League teams the opportunity to build their rosters from a pool of promising players will be telecast on NBA TV and streamed on-line (www.nba.com/dleague) beginning at 7 pm EST.

The draft order will be determined by lottery drawing at the NBA D-League's annual coaches meetings in Dallas on October 14, 2008.

Thirty-seven players previously selected in NBA D-League Drafts have earned Gatorade Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio's Ime Udoka, Sacramento's Mikki Moore and Houston's Chuck Hayes. Seventy-seven percent of players selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA D-League Draft participated in NBA training camps, including Eddie Gill, the first overall selection, who then earned Gatorade Call-Ups to New Jersey and Seattle during the season. Additionally, 92 percent of players selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA D-League Draft earned All-Conference or higher accolades during their collegiate careers.

'The 2008 NBA D-League Draft will feature more than 160 talented prospects, many of whom will have recently competed in NBA training camps and summer leagues,' said Chris Alpert, NBA D-League Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. 'Past players selected in the NBA D-League Draft have gone on to successful careers in the NBA.'

Each of the NBA D-League's 16 teams will be given one pick in each of the 10 rounds. No trades will be permitted during the draft and only players signed to an NBA Development League Standard Player Contract are eligible to be selected.

The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a 'serpentine' format, meaning the order will be reversed in each of the ten rounds. For example, the team picking last in the first round will select first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th overall choices.

Courtesy of NBDL


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Kalev/Cramo was one step from creating upset - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris won the toughest game so far in the season beating Kalev/Cramo 78:74 in Elite Division of Baltic League. Last night trailing 15:24 after the opening quarter Lithuanian team was managed to come back and won the match-up. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) led the winners with 21 points. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 20, while Maciulis scored 14.
Paulius Jankunas closed a 6-0 run of the hosts that won only the opening tip of the game. John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) and Kristjan Kangur tied the score was at 6:6 and Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) scored a bucket for 18:12. The first quarter ended 24:15 up by the Estonians. Zalgiris created some runs in the second frame but could not catch up with the opponent. Paulius Jankunas made it 34:38 at the halftime of the game.
Gert Arbet made a long-range shot and gave his team a double-digit lead for the first time in this game 42:62. Paulius Jankunas with a three pulled the hosts to 51:56 after three quarters. Willie Deane III made both shots at the free throw line and gave his team the lead after a very long stretch 71:70. After 74:74 Zalgiris scored 4 consecutive points in the game and won it 78:74. Kalev/Cramo tried really hard but could not create an upset.


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KORISLIIGA: Transfer news - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The season 2008-09 tip off on Friday October 3. A few new players on the rosters right before the season start. ToPo (Helsinki) has now two American
players as American F Robert Epps (201-F-79, agency: Tank Sports, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) came to the capital of Finland. Epps has played earlier in Sweden (2005-06) and in Australia (2007).
American 'veteran' Darrell Waters (192-G-74, college: Texas A&M) is back in Finland. Waters played on Pyrinto (Tampere) roster 2000-02 and later several seasons in France. Now he is replacing the injured Steve Smith (ankle) on KTP (Kotka) roster.
Kouvot (Kouvola) has found a new American guard. Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) is already in the country and will probably play his first game with Kouvot on Sunday, Oct 5. Swift has also played earlier professional ball in France.


KORISLIIGA: Two OTs in Forssa - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 1: The new season got started on Friday Oct 3 with six contests. The closest game was in Forssa, where newcomer FoKoPo defeated ToPo (Helsinki) after 2 OTs 92-82 (81) (72). FoKoPo's Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) was the game MVP: 25 pts and 12 rbs. Last season finalists Honka (Espoo) and Kouvot (Kouvola) met eachother in Espoo. Honka was better also this time: 76-62. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) is back on Honka roster and can help his team again: 28 pts in the opening contest. In Joensuu local Kataja had to work hard for the win. Visitor Korihait was playing well especially during the first half. Kataja won after all 86-80. Strong Jeremiah Wood (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) had 23 pts and 15 rbs for Kataja. In Kotka KTP lost three days ago by six pts vs Team Componenta (Karkkila) in the Finnish Cup, but this time KTP beat TC in the regular season game 81-68. KTP was led by new faces Ville Makalainen (194-F-85) (21 pts) and Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (17pts/11rbs). There was an interesting moment for Head Coach Jarmo Laitinen in Tampere. After coaching Pyrinto (Tampere) for 12 years Laitinen was sitting this time on visitor's (YMCA Lappeenranta) bench. And visitor YMCA LPR took the victory because of better American players. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led YMCA LPR with 27 pts/11 rbs. Friday night's Finnish star was PG Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86) (YMCA Lahti). Vuori had 33 pts and eight assists in Lahti vs Tarmo (Porvoo) and YMCA Lahti won 102-82.

FoKoPo - ToPo 92-82 (81)(72) (Vincent Hunter 25/12, Mikko Jalonen 16 - James Allen 21, Elias Kajander 18/10).

Pyrinto - YMCA Lappeenranta 98-106 (47-55) (Kurtis Rice 20, Joni Harjula 16 - HL Coleman 27/11, Tuukka Kulha 24).

KTP - Team Componenta 81-68 (43-37) (Ville Makalainen 21, Damon Williams 17/11 - Frank Richards 17, Clifton Jones 12/15).

Honka - Kouvot 76-62 (31-30) (Akeem Scott 28, Monte Cummings 14 - Calvin Walls 17, Roope Suonio 14).

Kataja - Korihait 86-80 (39-39) (Jeremiah Wood 23/15, Petri Virtanen 21 - Mark Zoller 25/14, Alain Laroche 16).

YMCA Lahti - Tarmo 102-82 (50-48) (Ilkka Vuori 33/8a, Bilal Abdullah 28 - Steve Barnes 17, Esa Maki-Tulokas 17).






1.DIVISION: Matt Cooper scored 41 pts - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, Round 1 (October 2.-3.): Lapua - Kauhajoki OT 102-106 (93). (Jussi Turja (193-G-90) 31, Tyrwone Still 22 - Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) 25, Maurice Horton 21), JKS - Honka (Tapiola) 90-76 (58-35). Magen McNeil (198-F-83) 28/10, Kevin Francis 23/14 - Olli Nikitin (188-G-81) 21, Kimmo Kourunen 17), Ura Basket - Vilpas (Salo) 82-94 (45-57). (Armondo Surratt (185-G-83, college: USF) 33/7a, Derrick Crayton 16 - Quennell Green (198-G/F-84, college: SE Louisiana) 39, Aubrey Conerly 19/6a), BC Nokia - LoKoKo 99-84 (49-42). Matt Cooper (201-F-85, college: Le Moyne) 41/11, Matt Dlouhy (198-F-83, college: Montana) 28/11 - Eryk Thomas (198-F-85, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) 30, Jonathan Heard 23/14), BC JKL - Huima (Aanekoski) 89-96 (51-50). (Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) 23, Johan Collins 20/11 - Reijo Ojanen (190-G/F-86) 24, Jason Hartford 17).

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AMAK SP better than Vardar 2000 in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
AMAK SP Ohrid celebrated on the road against Vardar 2000 with solid plus 13, 84-71. It was the last check for both teams before the official beginning of Superleague.
The team from Ohrid took control on Vardar 2000 from the early beginning. Player of head coach Marjan Lazovski had plus 5 after ten minutes, 22-17. The hosts, Vardar 2000, had a huge problems at the defensive end. Its offensive game wasn't so bad but its defense was slow and the players were kind of sleepy. On the other hand, Jarrid Frye (190-G-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Sacred Heart) and Cubrilo were in a game mood which resulted with huge plus 18 for their team at the half time, 51-33. Vardar woke up after the breather. It tried to do something through Nakic but he didn't get a proper help from his teammates. Vardar ended third frame 17-15 but it still was a far away from a turn. During the last ten minutes AMAK SP confidently kept its lead.
Jarrid Frye top-scored for the winning team adding 19 points. Cubrilo also was good adding 16 points while Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) had 2 points less. Vardar 2000 got the most from Nakic, who netted 19 points. Borce Daskalovski (195-F/G-83) was behind him with 14.

In the first round of Superleague AMAK SP will meet Torus on the road. Vardar 2000 will also play as a visitor but against MZT Skopje.


Ex champion Strumica 2005 withdraws from the Superleague, Dislijev on Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
Bad news showed up yesterday in Macedonian media. Former Superleague champion Strumica 2005 won't take a place in it next season due to financial troubles. There was a lot of speculations over the past two months will the last season's runner-up be capable to play in Macedonian top division. At the end of June Strumica also was named as one of the participants of Balkan league but very soon the team withdrawn from that one. Few days ago management of Strumica 2005 announced there is a possibility to start season with the youngsters. Part of the plan was that before the second part of Superleague the team add few imports and stay in D1 but that was just a rumor at the end.
Tomce Dimiskovski, official supervisor of Macedonian Superleague, officially announced the Green-and-whites are not able to compete in D1 on season 08/09. Thus, instead of 10 teams, Superleague will have only 9. Every week one team will have a round off. There was some possibility that one of the D2 teams take this spot but it was denied by MBF. In the first round team Karpos Sokoli 2000 will be free.

In the meantime, one more Macedonian will continue career on Island. As a reminder, during the summer coach Jordanco Davitkov took over Ungmennafelagio Snaefell. Few days ago Mac-center Tome Dislijev (205-C-80) also agreed terms with Snaefell. Dislijev spent last season in Karpos Sokoli 2000. In the past he also played for Nikol Fert, Slavonski Brod, MZT and Vardar Osiguravanje.


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Market News - by Moritz Korff
The Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (2. Bundesliga Pro B) added to their roster Yunss Akinocho (198-F-87, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Coll.Sequoias CC). The 21-year-old French forward was close to UBC Hannover recently, but ended up, not joining the newcomer. With hiring Akinocho, Crailsheim coach Ingo Enskat gets a player with lots of potential. He averaged 10.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27 games played for the College of the Sequoias (JUCO) in this past season.

Michael Stockhammer (193-F-80, college: Chico St.) and Eric Lane (186-G-85) are the latest members of the squad of TG Renesas Landshut (2. Bundesliga Pro B). Hamburg native Stockhammer returns to German basketball after six years abroad. From 2002 to 2007 he attended the Collge of the Siskiyous and the California State University, Chico (NCAA2). During 2007-08 the 28-year-old wing appeared in 20 games for Baskets Clubs Vienna, Austria, with averages of 8.3 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Lane, 23 years of age and out of Los Angeles, California, spent this past campaign in Estonia, suiting up for EMKL's BC Rakvere Tarvas. He tallied 16.2 points, 3.2 boards and 2.8 assists per contest.

Thomas Tripp (197-F/G-78, college: Blinn JC) is new at LTi Lich (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The 30-year-old former German U18-international had a short stint at Mitteldeutscher BC in this past season.
Meanwhile, DeVario Hudson (201-F-84, college: Valdosta St.) who returned to the USA for family reasons lately, will not come back to Lich. Due to financial problems, the club is currently not thinking about signing a new import player instead.

Tezarray Banks (203-F-82, college: Boise St.) who had been waived by GV Waltrop (Regionalliga West) earlier this week, has made the move to FC Schalke 04 (2. Bundesliga Pro A). As Norman Plummer (201-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: S.Indiana) is suffering from problems with his knee, Tezarray Banks' job is to support the frontcourt of the Royal Blues.

SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) has found a replacement player for Alexander Rosenthal (201-F-88) who headed back to Hertener Loewen. Armin Willemsen (200-F-85, agency: Heinrich Sports) (200-F-85, agency: Heinrich Sports) will play for the team of coach Torsten Schierenbeck. The 23-year-old power forward, previously a member of Germany's U20-squad, averaged 6 points and 2.5 rebounds for TV Langen in the 2. Bundesliga Pro during this past season.


Norman Richardson (TBB Trier) Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

HI Norman, Thanks for taking some time to chat to www.eurobasket.com. This is your first season for TBB Trier. What were the main reasons why you decided to come to Trier to play?
I had some friends play in Trier prior to my decision to play here. They had many positive things to say about the club and the city. I talked tothe coach as well and saw the quality of players he was bringing here and was very excited about the situation.

How do you like Trier? Have you found a comfortable place in Trier, where you can just relax and think about basketball?
I really love Trier. I think its a very nice city and have very friendly people. It is a relaxing city where I can just stay home and think about a lot of things.

The team started 1-1 in the 2008-2009 season. What can we expect from this team in the long run? What style of play will we see?
I think everyone can expect a team that will compete every game. We have some really talented players that are willing to learn and work hard. I expect nothing but good things and think everyone following us should expect the same.

In the second game against Ludwigsburg, the team had problems rebounding. Point guard Derrick Ravio was top rebounder with seven. How difficult is it now playing without injured center George Evans?
Its been very difficult playing without G. He is very important to our team. Not only do we miss his scoring and rebounding but also his leadership qualities. With that being said I think we all have to make an extra effort to make up for his absence. I think it will make us better in the long run!

You have been a scorer all your life. After two games power forward Chris Copeland seems to have become the go to guy. Are you ok with that? What is your role in team?
I love that we have a guy like Chris. He gives our opponent match up problems. He can score in many ways. I think he has the potential to be one of the best players in Europe. I have no problem being the second, third, or forth option. We have a lot of weapons and the more weapons the better for our team.

What are your strengthes as a player?
My strengthes are my experience and leadership. I've played in many games in my career and I know what it takes to win and be successful in Europe.

On Saturday, you guys celebrate your home opener against Paderborn. How excited are you about playing in the Trier arena?
I am very excited to play in front of our fans! We played our first two games on the road and we have been looking forward to play in front of our fans. It will be great! Hopefully we give a good show.

Paderborn won its first game on the road. What will be the game plan for this opponent
Just to compete and play hard. We all know if we compete and give the effort that it will give us a good chance to win.

How is ex Skyliner Maksym Shtein developing? He should be an asset under the hoop.
Max has been great for us. He gives us a guy that can score in the post. He is a very smart player as well. I think he was the key for us in the game versus Gttingen. He will be a big part of our team this year.

The leader of team is James Gillingham. He seems to be a laid back guy, but how important is he to the team?
Gilly is very important to our team. He is our leader. He has the most experience in the BBL so he gives us a lot of information about our opponent. As a player he brings scoring, defense and great energy for us.

How do you like the BBL so far? You played in France and Poland the last few years. How do the leagues compare?
I think the two teams we played were very tough. It is difficult to compare the BBL with Poland and France since I only played two games. I'm sure this league will be as tough as the Polish and French league.

You were born in Brooklyn, New York. What was it like growing up in New York?
It was fun growing up in Brooklyn. Especially my neighborhood. We played a lot of Basketball. We have one of the best neighborhoods for producing really good Basketball players and that is what we did all day long.

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?
My basketball idol growing was my older brother Derrick Brown. He taught me everything about the game. He played College Basketball at Providence College.

You played College ball at Hofstra in New York. What were your nicest memories of playing at the college level?
My best memories of playing Basketball at Hofstra was winning our conference championships. Those were some special moments for me.

Who was the best player that you played against in college?
I played against a lot of great players in college but none standout in my head. But I faced a lot of really tough players.

You played 13 games in the NBA. Do you have any idea, why you couldnt stick around in the NBA?
I just wasn't good enough to play at that level consistently. The guys in the NBA are special players. It was a great experience that I would always remember.

What experience will forever be framed in your mind?
College Basketball is something that I would never forget. I had the time of my life. I loved and still do love my teammates and coaches. We were like a real family and we all communicate to this day.

You also played in Venezuela and Argentina? What was the quality of ball in South America?
Basketball in South America was fun. The competiton can't compare with basketball in Europe, but it was fun to experience another style of Basketball.

In March 2007, you played three games for the Boca Juniors in Argentina. Why didnt that work out?
I actually got hurt while playing there. I needed 1 month to heal and the playoffs were about to begin so I couldn't continue.

The Boca Juniors Soccer club is the most famous club in Argentina. The status between Soccer and Basketball must be huge there. How were the Basketball fans?
The Basketball fans were good, but it do not come close to the soccer fans! The soccer fans there are really loyal to there team.

What would you like to do after your Basketball career is done?
I want to become a teacher. Teach physical education. Maybe become a coach. Maybe. I still have a little time to think about that.

What are your hobbies?
Reading is my favorite hobby. I love to read investment books. I read a lot while I am in Europe.

Thank you for chat and good luck in season!!! Thanks!!



ProA Game Day 1 Review - by Manuel Schust
The ProA season starts with two Game Days on one week-end. Today all teams had their first games and on Sunday the teams will compete again.

Cuxhaven BasCats, runner-up in the 07/08 campaign, had an easy 81-64 win against TV Langen. Cuxhavens Josh Porter (191-G-85) led all scorers with 25 points (making 5 three pointers) and german youngster Robin Benzing (208-F-89, college: Michigan) was topscorer of the roadteam with 23. Both teams commited a lot of turnovers: Cuxhaven had 23 and Langen even 25! The Bascats secured the win in the first quarter outscoring Langen 27-10.

German nationalplayer Rouven Roessler (200-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) had a decent first game with Karlsruhe producing a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but his team BG Karlsruhe still lost against teckpro Braves Kaiserslautern. Also Al Elliot's(188-G-79, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Pace) 19 points and 10 rebounds were not enough to secure the win. The Braves made 50% of their 3 pointshots and won their first homegame in Homburg 88-77. New acquired Shooting Guard Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) (19 points, 9 rebounds) and Daniel Ruffin (178-G-84, college: Bradley) (17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) were the home-teams most important players.

Phoenix Hagen had an easy 93-66 win against FC Schalke 04. Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76), who returned to his hometown after some years with Frankfurt and Bonn, had a solid allround game with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. But it was Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) (10 points, 8 assists) and Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) (20 points, 6 assists), who stole the show. Schalke, that was led by Yannick Evans (202-F/C-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) (14 points, 7 rebounds) never had a chance and trailed at halftime by 18 points. Teamplay was a main factor: Hagen had 22 assists while the whole Schalke team had only 3!

Relegated team Science City Jena had a successful start and won at VfL Kirchheim Knights 65-76. The Knight's Radivoj Tomasevic (180-G-78) led all scorers with 20 points, but Jena had 4 players in double-figures. A2 german nationalplayer Alexander Seggelke (198-F-79, agency: LimeLight) and Henry Uhegwu (191-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Utah) scored each 15 points and Drew Williamson (183-G-84, college: ODU) showed his allround skills, producing 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals!

LTi Lich's youngster Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86) had monster game to secure the 82-90 roadwin at BV Chemnitz 99. Freese, who also has a licence to play for BBL club Giessen 46ers had game day high 31 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks and american Small Forward Jesse Bunkley (196-G/F-86) added 28. BV Chemnitz 99 was led by Guard Dustin Pfeifer (173-G-83, college: Findlay (OH)) with 19 points and 8 assists.

The Bremen Roosters won a close game against ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen 78-71. Jeremy Weddle (183-G-86) and Acha Njei (190-G-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) scored each 19 points for the Roosters and Tayron Thomas (191-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Philadelphia) led Essens team with 20. Sebastian Schroeter (207-C-83) grabbed a game day high 18 rebounds, but still Bremen got away with the homewin.

Many experts believe that BBC Bayreuth is the number one contender to promote to BBL. And the team from upper Franconia that is coached by Derrick Taylor had an impressive first game beating USC Heidelberg 96-72. They made 8 of 16 three-point attempts while Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) led all scorers with 28 and LaShon Sheffield (186-G-84, college: Tarleton St.) dished out 7 assists. Oliver Komarek (208-C/F-86) (20) was Heidelbergs best scorer. But the roadteam had to face 26 turnovers and was never able to compete.

FC Bayern Muenchen's first ProA game ended with a loss at home. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels outrebounded the bavarians and defeated the german soccer power-house 66-81. Topscorer of the game was MBC's Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) (20), Michael Buse (207-F-80) led the hometeam with 16 points. Gregory Burks (175-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Prairie View A&M) had a nice game for MBC producing 9 points and 7 assists while german Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82, agency: LimeLight) added 19 points.


Jason Rueter leaves Iserlohn - by Daniel Poerschke
In the 1. Regionalliga West German-American Jason Rueter (192-G-77) has left his club NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos for personal reasons after 4 games already. The experienced shooting guard Rueter spent last season with Schalke in the Pro A and before that was a member of NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos 2. Bundesliga squads for three seasons. The club management will not look for another wing player to replace him now. NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos faces BG Hagen next on Saturday.

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Nick Calathes: going to Greece was a favourable experience - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Nick Calathes (196-G/F-89) returned to USA after his first summer playing for Greek National Teams (the under-20 one) and expressed his first impressions to Kevin Brockway, of gainesville.com:
His first hopes though were to take part at the Greek Olympic men's squad. He arrived in Athens, Greece, with hopes of becoming the first Florida men's basketball player to compete in the Olympic Games. But after two days of tryouts, he failed to make his initial dream come true.
Instead, Nick Calathes ran with the Greek under-20 team that played games throughout the summer in Greece, Italy, France and Latvia. After playing sparingly early in the European 20-under Championships in Latvia, Nick Calathes finished strong. He scored 14 points and dished five assists against Croatia and had 16 points and five assists against Lithuania. Both games were losses, though, and Greece finished 13th in the 16-team A division.
He admitted that picking up the Greek language was difficult: 'To be honest with you I didn't learn that much at all,' Nick Calathes said. 'I learned about five words. And I learned almost ten, because that was our plays. Some of my teammates couldn't really speak English that well so I couldn't really get to them and tell them what I would like or for them to tell me what I should do, so it was tough from that part,' Nick Calathes said. 'I wish we would have done well in the championships. I thought it was good competition. I thought our team could have done a lot better. I didn't think the other teams were that much better.'
Nick Calathes downplayed reports that there was some friction between himself and Greek under-20 coach Georgios Sigalas : 'He was tough, but coach Donovan was more tough so that wasn't even a problem,' Nick Calathes said. 'It was a new coach over there so it was different, very different. He didn't know what to do sometimes. But he's been learning.'
Overall, though, Nick Calathes said going to Greece was a favourable experience because it gave him a chance to reconnect with his heritage. A third-generation Greek-American, Nick Calathes received his passport, which opens the door to playing professionally in Greece in the future. His older brother, Pat, just signed a three-year deal with the Maroussi Basketball Club.
Nick Calathes didn't rule out the possibility of returning to Greece as a professional, but said his main focus now is on Florida: 'My main goal is to try to help Florida win a championship and then maybe in the future, maybe if the NBA doesn't work out, go play over there,' Nick Calathes said. 'After Florida, I would love to go play in the NBA.'
Nick Calathes said he was struck by the beauty of Greece and toured the ruins during his first week in Athens. He dedicated his performance to his grandfather, who emigrated from Greece to New York City in the early 1900s.


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  HONG KONG   


Final Tribute to QEII Youth Centre - by Cheung Suet-pan
Queen Elizabeth II Youth Centre (Old Eliz Stadium) which was built since 1952, hosted most the league games for half a century, was closed after 2nd October. Hong Kong Basketball Association enterntained the crowd with two invitation friendly games at the night of tribute. The fist freindly game was played among the retired famous players, and the second one was played between Hong Kong basketball team and Zhongshan city team. After the night, the rebuilding project is also carriying out at the same time.

The first game was played by the players in 60-70's and the players in 80-90's, which were a lot of big names, including Wong Kwok-yeung, Cheng Chi-hong, Leung Feo-chun, Song fong and Ng Chu-yip. In front of 1,800 spectators, the former stars enjoyed with no discolor performance. The crowd paid great respects which was absence for long time for Hong Kong local sport. Legendary guard for Hong Kong team Ng Chu-yip said after the game, 'The stadium is valued to preversed, since it provided meomories for the South East Asia basketball, however, it is suitable to rebulid as the basketball development has the piority.'

The second game ran with a comfortable Hong Kong victory, by winning 80-59. Those things like the analog game clock, metal roof-top and all the greatest local basketball memories of the stadium were all becoming the history.


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  IRAN   


NBA's Grizzlies coach talks about Haddadi's progress - by Eurobasket News
Day Two of Tumbles Rumbles view of Grizzlies training camp will look at how Rudy Gay is taking the lead for the Grizzlies this season, Coach Marc Iavaronis opinion of Hamed Ehadadi 's (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) progress thus far and a few other observations from todays practice.


Leader of the Pack

Coming into training camp it was likely who the leader of this Grizzlies team is going to be. By the second day it has been confirmed. Everyone in the gym now knows who the leader of the pack is.

Mr. Rudy Gay, please step forward.

Gay, whose scoring average jumped to 20.1 points in his second season from the 10.8 points that he averaged during his rookie season, is ready to lead this Grizzlies squad from the opening tip of the 2008-09 season.
Last year I was just doing what I was asked to do, Gay said. That was my role then, but now Ill have a little bit different role on this team as more of a leader.

As a rookie Gay finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting, but was surrounded by veterans like Pau Gasol, Mike Miller and Damon Stoudemire, so he was not looked upon to do much more than take advantage of his abundant athletic talent.

Gays second year in the league saw him make a real impact as the future of the team, as his averages spiked across the board, but during the season in flux that was the 2007-08 Grizzlies campaign, the 6-8 forward was not clearly defined as the voice of the team in the locker room.

His time has now arrived.

'He wants to be a leader. He is more vocal', Grizzlies Head Coach Marc Iavaroni said.

Coming into camp Gay knew that he would be looked to again to score in bunches for the Grizzlies, but he also realized that he would have to work on more than just putting the ball in the basket to help the Grizzlies realize their potential.

During the offseason I think that I fine-tuned everything that I could, Gay said. I think that the best players work on everything, not just one thing.

His coach agrees that Gay is looking to be a force on both sides of the ball this season.

'I think that he is taking more pride in his team defense', Iavaroni said. 'He has always been someone who could stop people individually, and I think that he is becoming more disciplined there. Hes not taking so many gambles and reaching'.

With Gays commitment to excellence on both sides of the ball, if his teammates follow his lead according to plan, the Grizzlies will take a step towards returning to the playoffs this season.

'We always want to add on to what weve done, and with these new guys we are going to get to show what weve got', Gay said.


Haddadi Watch

'I know that a bunch of our readers at Tumbles Rumbles are wondering how Hamed Haddadi has faired thus far other than the fact that I saw him bury a sixteen footer and noticing that he has enormous hands when he was handling the ball, I'm going to let Coach Iavaroni tell the story of how Hamed is doing'.

Grizzlies Head Coach Marc Iavaroni on why the Grizzlies wanted Hamed Haddadi
His size and his talent. His potential. You cant teach size. He is very big. Hes got nice hands. Hes got good footwork. Hes got good lateral movement. He showed a willingness to play physically in Salt Lake at the Rocky Mountain Revue and that translated into success at the Olympic Games. You have to be a tough guy to lead everyone in rebounding there. You have to be a tough guy to block a lot of shots. We like toughness on the front line and we thought that he fit that mold.

On when he first heard of Haddadi...
Our pro scout Gordan Chiesa saw him in the Rocky Mountain Revue and he immediately called Chris Wallace and told him about him, and to his credit, Mike Heisley got involved and said that we should go after him and show a commitment to him financially with a contract, and he didnt forget that when other teams got involved. We liked that about him because it speaks highly of him and his family.

On the biggest challenge to Haddadi in coming to America...
I think that hell want to pick up the language as quickly as possible. Culturally its probably very different from Tehran. I think that once he gets over that and starts making friends it will become easier and easier for him.

On what will it take for Haddadis rookie year to be considered a success...
I think that right now it would be to be a part of the rotation. Being on the court and playing important minutes when the score is close I think will help him. Hes going to have to earn that.

Rumbles Training Camp Rumblings

Here are a few interesting tidbits that I collected from todays practice

The Grizzlies closed practice with a full on scrimmage that was had referees calling fouls, etc. From the looks of things the starting lineup after day one is Conley and Mayo at the guards, Gay and Hakim at the forward positions and Marc Gasol in the middle the second team consisted of Kyle Lowry and Marko Jaric in the backcourt, Antoine Walker and Greg Buckner at the forwards and Darko Milicic at center
Mayo was consistently knocking down long jumpers during the scrimmage he has a really smooth, high stroke

Mike Conley was getting into the lane with ease dropped a couple of Tony Parker-esque floaters in the lane if he can do this consistently this season he could be a major threat this season

Coach Iavaroni to rookie Darrell Arthur after the recent national champion lined up for a free-throw incorrectly I know you did that in Kansas, but we are in Memphis now.

With all the guards that the Grizzlies have on this roster (specifically Conley, Jaric, Lowry, Crittenton, Mayo) this team shouldnt have too many problems handling pressure, and even though they are young, they should be able to keep the turnovers to a minimum

Courtesy of http://www.iransportspress.com


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Panasonic moves to 3-0 - by Kenny
In a batlle of unbeaten teams, the Panasonic Trians held on for a 67-66 victory over the Toshiba Brave Thunders to spoil Toshiba's home opener on Friday night (Oct. 3rd) at Kawasaki's Todoroki Arena to move to 3-0 in the JBL's 2008-09 regular season's 2nd week. Toshiba, which had also been 2-0, now falls to 2-1. F/C Jerald Honeycutt (205-F/C-74, college: Tulane), who hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Panasonic over Hokkaido last week, once again played hero as he scored 20 points off the bench on 3-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to go along with 9 rebounds in only 19 minutes of play. Super-quick PG Hiroyuki Kinoshita also chipped in with 15 points while F Ace Custis contributed with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Toshiba mounted a furious rally late in the game to come within 1 point, but were able to overtake the Trians. Toshiba was led by 2nd-year swingman Shohei Kikuchi who scored 20 points while new import Cory Violette had 10 points and 12 boards in the losing effort.


Notes: Each team in the JBL will only play 1 game this weekend. There are no games scheduled for Saturday (Oct. 4th). The other 6 teams will play on Sunday (Oct. 5th).


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Latvian derby in Elite Division - by Eurobasket News
The Latvian derby between Ventspils and Barons was a great game with an intrigue at the end of it. The hosts easily won the first period 24:17 and then increased the lead in the second with 11:8. Barons came back to the court being another team and struggled until the end of the match-up.At first the guests produced 19:16 in the third and then closed the game with 17:14. In the final quarter Barons with the team effort came as close as 58:56 and then even managed to make it 60:59 in the favour of Ventspils as Gustas realized a three-pointer. However in the stressful end of the game Zakis, Tyrone Brazelton (180-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) and this evenings hero Juris Umbrasko (196-F-79, agency: Interperformances) proved that Ventspils was better in this game and could celebrate a victory 65:61. Juris Umbrasko led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrone Brazelton posted 15 and Tsiakos added 9. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, agency: AMI, college: Austin Peay St.) finished the game with 19 points and Gustas had 17 in the losing effort.

VEF Riga clinches the top position of Group A in Challenge Cup of Baltic League. In the second game of the championship the team overcame Lithuanian Sakalai 96:62. The hosts opened the game with 16:11 in the opening quarter and had a massive win in the second period, 33:15. In the third quarter of the game nothing changed as VEF continued its dominance and constantly increased the result in their favour. At the end of the third quarter VEF had a thrilling lead by 30 points 72:42.Jeromanovs led the winners with 28 points making 7/9 three-point shots. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (194-G-85) nailed 18 and Cooper posted 15. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) ended up with 10 points in defeat, while Labuckas scored 9.


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Zalgiris won hard battle against Kalev - by Lukas Zajancauskas

Zalgiris Kaunas won their first SEB BBL game against Kalev Tallinn 78:74 (15:24, 19:14, 17:18, 27:18).

The estonians had 10 point advantage in the begiining of the fourth, but Zalgiris managed 'catch' them. There were three minutes left, when Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) evened the score (67:67). 1 minute remaining and Zalgiris has 4 point advantage (74:70), but then Kalev socred 4 points in a row and the result was 74:74, 27 seconds remaining. And the end was decided by Marcus Brown, who hit four out of four free throws and Zalgiris won - 78:74.

Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) got injured, but now it's known that the injury isn't serious and he won't need any treatment.



Zalgiris: Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) 21, Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 20, Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) 14, Marcus Brown 6, Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) 5, Dainius Salenga (197-F-77), Eurelijus Zukauskas (216-C-73, agency: Interperformances) 4, Ratko Varda 4.



Sakalai loses in Riga. The thriller in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga clinches the top position of Group A in Challenge Cup of Baltic League. In the second game of the championship the team overcame Lithuanian Sakalai 96:62. The hosts opened the game with 16:11 in the opening quarter and had a massive win in the second period, 33:15. In the third quarter of the game nothing changed as VEF continued its dominance and constantly increased the result in their favour. At the end of the third quarter VEF had a thrilling lead by 30 points 72:42.Jeromanovs led the winners with 28 points making 7/9 three-point shots. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (194-G-85) nailed 18 and Cooper posted 15. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) ended up with 10 points in defeat, while Labuckas scored 9.

Zalgiris won the toughest game so far in the season beating Kalev/Cramo 78:74 in Elite Division of Baltic League. Last night trailing 15:24 after the opening quarter Lithuanian team was managed to come back and won the match-up. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) led the winners with 21 points. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 20, while Maciulis scored 14.
Paulius Jankunas closed a 6-0 run of the hosts that won only the opening tip of the game. John Linehan and Kristjan Kangur tied the score was at 6:6 and Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) scored a bucket for 18:12. The first quarter ended 24:15 up by the Estonians. Zalgiris created some runs in the second frame but could not catch up with the opponent. Paulius Jankunas made it 34:38 at the halftime of the game.
Gert Arbet made a long-range shot and gave his team a double-digit lead for the first time in this game 42:62. Paulius Jankunas with a three pulled the hosts to 51:56 after three quarters. Willie Deane III made both shots at the free throw line and gave his team the lead after a very long stretch 71:70. After 74:74 Zalgiris scored 4 consecutive points in the game and won it 78:74. Kalev/Cramo tried really hard but could not create an upset.



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Impressive debut of Nikola Pekovic in Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) could not even dream about the better debut in the front of the fans of Greek champion Panathinaikos Athens. Greek giant played a friendly game in OAKA arena against Efes Pilsen celebrating 99-87. It was the first game of big PAO in the front of its fans this season and at the same time official promotion of the team. Panathinaikos had wonderful beginning. After ten minutes of the game it had advantage of 7 points, 27-20. During the following ten minutes, PAO managed to double it, 55-41. Nikola Pekovic dominated under the basket from the early beginning. He was totally unstoppable for Efes' big guys Mario Kasun and Kaya Peker. Turkish team couldn't improve its game after the breather. Panathinaikos had domination in the paint, what was the crucial element in this game. Before the last stanza, PAO managed to extend lead on 15 points, 79-64. Last ten minutes were just the formality.
Montenegrin giant Nikola Pekovic stopped on impressive 29 points in this game. At the same time he grabbed 13 more rebounds, which made him a new hero of PAO's fans, even before the official beginning of the season. As a reminder, Pekovic was named 'Euroleague Center of the Year last season by Eurobasket.com'.


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  NBA   


Van Gundy not happy with Brian Cook's condition - by Eurobasket News
Forward Brian Cook (6'10''-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) might not be in Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy's doghouse, but he's certainly at the front stoop and can hear some growling.

Van Gundy doesn't believe that Cook reported to camp in the best of shape.

'His conditioning hasn't been as improved as we would like,' he said. 'If his conditioning does improve, he'll play well. But he didn't spend as much time on his conditioning as a lot of the other guys and it has hurt him out here competing. But it's not a major issue; he's just not in as good as shape as he could have been or should have been.

'It puts him at a disadvantage.'

Van Gundy said the Magic had 'their best day yet' Thursday, the third day of camp.

They worked on defense and rebounding Thursday after viewing video of Wednesday's scrimmage.

Courtesy of http://www.orlandosentinel.com


Pistons hoping ex-No.1 pick Kwame Brown finds reduced role is his recipe for success - by Eurobasket News
It was getting late at Pistons media day Monday, and it was time for power forward Rasheed Wallace to speak.

As the cameras and tape recorders gathered around, Wallace was asked about the team's free-agent acquisition, Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports).

Wallace, who has befriended players around the league, said he had offered advice to Brown when Brown played for the Wizards, Lakers and Grizzlies.

And here's what the veteran big man had to say to the young pup:

'I've told him this throughout his career, that I think he's more of a player who needs to be coming into the mix as opposed to being the main cake, if you get what I'm saying,' Wallace said.

We get it.

When the Pistons signed Brown, 26, to a two-year, $8-million contract this summer, it wasn't exactly the move Pistons fans had in mind when president Joe Dumars said he was open to doing whatever it takes to get the team back to the NBA Finals.

Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft, has to be considered a bust at this juncture of his career after struggling through seven seasons filled with highs, lows and injuries.

But the thinking is that Brown, a 6-11 athletic center with strength and quickness, will thrive in an environment where he is just an ingredient -- not the cake.

'We're not asking Kwame to be our main scorer,' Wallace said. 'We're not saying Kwame is going to get 15, 20 touches a game with him averaging 20.

'We just want him to play.'

And after three days of training camp, it appears Brown has taken to the Pistons organization. He arrived for workouts in August, and observers say he has impressed with a willingness to work.

Brown, meanwhile, has been impressed with the Pistons.

'The professionalism is different,' Brown said Thursday. 'They're not playing just to win games, they're trying to win the Eastern Conference finals and then win a championship.

'There's a whole different expectation level. There's a whole different environment. It's not that guys are cocky -- we know what we're about. We know we're going to win as long as we buy into the system.'

During the first few days, Brown has shown that he will be a factor as he is in a competition with forwards Amir Johnson and Jason Maxiell for a possible starting spot.

'He's a presence inside and has a real good feel for the game defensively,' coach Michael Curry said. 'Offensively, the only problem he has is when he rushes. We've been working on him in those areas, and we will continue to let him be a presence for us on the inside and continue to rebound the ball and defend.'

And if he takes care of those areas, he will do just fine. But Brown is quick to point out that there's an intense spotlight on a franchise that has appeared in the past six Eastern Conference finals and aspires to be the last team standing in June.

While it's not the pressure of being the No. 1 pick, there is still pressure.

'This organization puts pressure on itself because it wants to win championships,' he said. 'They don't come in here and say they want to win a lot of games. There's still a lot of pressure, but we have guys around where there's not one guy taking all the pressure -- there's not two guys taking it. All of us as a whole are going to be blamed if we don't meet the expectations of where we're supposed to get to.'

Courtesy of http://www.freep.com


Shaun Livingston Close to Joining the Miami Heat - by Aaron Reilly
6'7' point guard Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) is close to joining the Miami Heat. Sources close to the situation state the signing is imminent.

Livingston was chosen fourth overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004. At 6'7', Livingston was a different breed at his position and hoping to usher in bigger, longer point guards. After averaging 9 points and 5 assists in his third year, Livingston was derailed by one of the most brutal injuries in NBA history. After rehabbing for an entire year, the Clippers elected not to offer him a qualifying offer which allowed Livingston to become an unrestricted free agent. Teams such as Portland, Miami and Minnesota have expressed an interest in Livingston.

If the signing goes through, Livingston will battle Mario Chalmers, Chris Quinn, and Marcus Banks for the team's starting point guard position. If the rehab went well and Livingston is able to be a distributor for Wade, Beasley, and Marion, this can be a steal for Miami.


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Freshman Miles expelled from Connecticut - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut recruit Nate Miles was expelled from school after being arrested on an assault charge, the Hartford Courant reported on its web site late Thursday.

Miles, 20, was kicked out of school following an administrative hearing looking into the allegations that he assaulted a female student, the newspaper learned from Sean Patterson, Miles youth coach and former legal guardian.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Miles will have a chance to appeal the decision. According to the report, a written appeal must be submitted within five business days. It is unknown if Miles will decide to appeal.

The 6-7 forward is accused of attempting to force a 19-year-old female, his former girlfriend, into having sex, the report stated. The female filed a restraining order against him that was issued on September 22, and Miles reportedly broke it just 16 minutes later when he placed a call to her, leading to his arrest.

The hearing came two days after Miles was in Rockville Superior Court, answering to felony charges of violating the restraining order. He was order to counseling, which may lead to the case being dropped if he avoids any other trouble, the report stated.

Barred from campus, Miles also has a date in civil court on Monday, where it will be determined if the restraining order should remain in effect, the report said.

According to Patterson, Miles was already on his way to Toledo on Thursday evening to live with his mother, who came to Connecticut to be with her son despite the two having a limited relationship. Miles could eventually end up moving to Texas to live with Patterson.

A product of unstable upbringing, Miles attended five different high schools and had to fight to get cleared by the NCAA to play for Connecticut since committing to the school in November 2006.

Courtesy of http://rivals.yahoo.com


Ben Thompson named UNCG basketball Director of Operations - by Eurobasket News
UNC Greensboro mens basketball coach Mike Dement announced Wednesday the appointment of Ben Thompson to the position of Director of Basketball Operations.

Thompson replaces Tripp Pendergast, who resigned this summer to become an assistant coach at Pfeiffer University.

Thompson is a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies along with minors in residential property management and leadership. He earned a masters degree from Virginia Tech in health and physical education with a specialization in sports promotion in 2007. While at Virginia Tech, he served as a graduate manager in 2006-07 for the mens basketball program and was promoted to co-video coordinator for the 2007-08 season.

Ben was a big part of Seth Greenbergs program at Virginia Tech the last two years and came highly recommended to us, said UNCG coach Mike Dement . We look forward to the experience he has gained during that time and brings with him to UNCG.

Thompson lettered in seven sports at Saint Paul (VA) HS. In basketball, he was a three-year starter and two-year captain while playing for his father, Rick. He also served a stint as an assistant basketball coach at Blacksburg (VA) HS while he was an undergrad at Virginia Tech.

UNCG opens the 2008-09 season at Charlotte on November 14. The team will hold a Blue-Gold scrimmage on Saturday evening, October 25 at Fleming Gym. Tip-off is slated for 5 pm before the mens soccer match with Elon later that night.

Courtesy of http://www.uncgspartans.com


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Sol defeats San Jose - by Gianni Pascucci
Sol de America triumphed 94-88 in Game 1 of the addditional series to Quadrangolar. Marcus Watts (204-F/C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) was the game top scorer at 23 points for San Jose and Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack) added 14 pts, but it wasn' t enough. Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian), Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) and Jamal Nichols (206-F-83, college: De Paul) scored 21, 20 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Sol de America to the win. Game 2 will be played tonight

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No PBL season for the Railers - by Gianni Pascucci
The Premier Basketball League announced that the Reading Railers will not participate in the upcoming PBL season. The Railers will continue marketing efforts while working with the Sovereign Center for their planned return for the 2010 PBL season. While we are disappointed for the basketball fans in Reading, the league is first and foremost concerned about making sure our teams are both financially sound and have venue dates that optimally give the organization the best chance for success. stated Premier Basketball League President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Doyle . We have to know our teams are 100% ready to go in the off-season. This ensures that the product provided across all our markets is consistent with the mandatory standards which we require at the league level. Reading Railers co-owner Jim Stec commented, We came to the conclusion with the league that the Railer organization was not where we needed to be in order to move forward with the 2009 season. It is our intent to continue to market the team to our fans in Reading, work with the Sovereign center to secure optimal dates and look forward to a successful return in 2010.

Frost Heaves sign Taylor Lay for 2008/2009 PBL Season - by Eurobasket News
The Vermont Frost Heaves are pleased to announce the signing of Taylor Lay (6'7''-F-82, college: NC-Wilmington) for the upcoming 2008/2009 Premier Basketball League season.

Taylor is a 6'7' 225 lb small forward that played for the Shamrock Rovers in the Irish Super League. Taylor displays great versatility and is an extremely talented scorer. This past season he averaged 33.3 points and 16.9 rebounds a game(both tops in Ireland), while shooting the ball at 52% from the field. Taylor is also a terrific three point shooter and defender. He can score from anywhere on the court and shoots the ball at a great percentage. Taylor played his college ball at UNC-Wilmington through the 2006 NCAA season.

'Taylor is an excellent addition to our group. He had a tremendous season in Ireland last year and, more importantly, shares the same character attributes which have defined our last two championship teams. He is young and hungry to improve as a player.' 'I look forward to watching his continued development this year'. He averaged 33 ppg and 17 rebs last year playing for Shamrock Rover Hoops in Ireland's Super League. Both were tops in Ireland.

The Frost Heaves will open training camp for their inaugural Premier Basketball season December 1, 2008 when all roster players are due to report. For more information visit our website at www.vermontfrostheaves.com.

Courtesy of The Vermont Frost Heaves


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Kennedy is out, Walker in - by Nuno Vieira

Electrico FC have decide to sent home the Center Robert Kennedy.
The player that the coach Andre picked have arrived yesterday and will be ready to play against Benfica this weekend for the first game of the league.
The new american have played in Portugal before.
The Power Forward played his first pro season in sangalhos in the ProLiga, than he moved to a CNB1 team and played in that league 2 seasons.

Jonathon Walker the 196 Power Forward, sign a 1 season contract with the hope of helping the club make a good season.



Oates out - by Portugal Eurobasket
John Oates (208-F-85, agency: Passing Lane, college: Boston Coll.) is no longer at FC Porto Ferpinta after the club and the player part away. The center didn't convinced Julio Matos during Antonio Pratas Trophy and was sent away while the club will present a new player in the next days. Also FC Porto will travel to Illiabum without Joao Figueiredo, Nuno Marcal, Paulo Cunha and Paulo Diamantino, all injured. As for Paulo Cunha, he underwent surgery in his knee and will only be able to play in November

Benfica adds Joao Santos and Louis Truscott - by Portugal Eurobasket
Benfica made its official presentation with new guys Joao Santos (205-C-79, agency: Players Group, college: Nevada) and Louis Truscott (199-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) in a 13-man roster that will compete for the title which Benfica doesn't win since 1995. Henrique Vieira brought also Ben Reed, Diogo Carreira, Miguel Barroca, Ekjersey Viana, Seth Doliboa and Sergio Ramos being one of the teams that most signings made. They already won Antonio Pratas Trophy, in the South zone and are ready to travel to Ponte de Sor to face Electrico tomorrow without injured Miguel Minhava.

The ROSTER

4-Antonio Tavares
5-Edson Monteiro
6-Sergio Ramos
8-Diogo Carreira
9-Miguel Barroca
10-Miguel Minhava
11-Ben Reed
12-Louis Truscott
13-Marco Goncalves
14-Seth Doliboa
15-Ekjersey Viana
17-Diogo Leiria
25-Joao Santos


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  RUSSIA   


Russian Cup 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Russia opened the season with the National Cup 1/8 Finals. Last night six teams clinched the places in the next round.
Unics celebrated the win over NBA Nizhniy Novgorod 104:85. The winners started with 26:23 in the opening quarter and increased to 5 more points after 31:26 at the halftime. With 33:15 in the third the game was done as the team got the ticket for the next round.
Lokomotiv Rostov advanced to the next round after 90:58 over Kuban. Lokomotiv opened the game with 22:9 and never looked behind after. With 19:13 the winners finished the game with a win. Nikita Morgunov (211-F-75, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for Lokomotiv Rostov with 18 points. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Pero Antik (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) netted 14 each, while Shevchyk had 11. Roman Shama (187-G-78) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
In another games Chelyabinsk brought a sensation with 83:82 over Enisey. After an excellent first half the hosts could hold the score for good and advanced to 1/4 Finals. Avtodor upset Samara 71:68 with 25:19 in the last period. Spartak St Petesrburg smashed Severstal 101:63 winning all the quarters of the game. Sibirtelekom overwhelmed Spartk Primorye 117:42.


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  SERBIA   


Rosters of Serbian teams for Adriatic league 2008/09 - by Dragan Jankovski
Adriatic league begins tomorrow. Rosters of five Serbian teams, participants of the regional championship, are already known.

Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea continues without few the most important players from the last season. Montenegrin superstar and 'Eurobasket.com Euroleague Player of the Year' Nikola Pekovic left the team. Milton Palacio, Dusan Kecman and Dejan Borovnjak done the same. In the meantime Black-and-whites agreed terms with another Montenegrin big guy Zarko Rakocevic. Vukasin Aleksic, Aleksandar Rasic, Jan Vesely and Vladimir Lucic also joined the team while the latest acquisition was Gabonese player Stephane Lasme. Captain Petar Bozic, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), Uros Tripkovic, Milenko Tepic, Slavko Vranes and Cedomir Vitkovac stayed in the club and all of them will have very important role next season. Strahinja Milosevic, Marko Djurkovic, Bogdan Riznic and Darko Balaban also remained black-and-white. Head coach: Dusko Vujosevic.

Crvena Zvezda inked big number of players this summer as well as a head coach Svetislav Pesic. Crvena Zvezda: Nemanja Nedovic, Nikola Rondovic, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nemanja Bjelica, FIlip Sepa, Stevan Milosevic, Elmedin Kikanovic, Boris Bakic, Mirko Kovac, Milan Milosevic, Andre Owens, Lawrence Roberts, Vladimir Stimac, Marko Keselj, Marko Marinovic and captain Tadija Dragicevic.

Hemofarm STADA added Bojan Krstovic and couple of young players to the roster for 2008/09. The orange team has three big Serbian prospects Boban Marjanovic, Stefan Markovic and Milan Macvan and they will for sure be the leading players next season. Hemofarm also has youngsters Petar Despotovic, Bogdan Obrenovic, Petar Lambic, Milan Vulin, Uros Petrovic and Luka Igrutinovic. Experienced ULEB Cup and Adriatic league players Miljan Pavkovic, Nebojsa Joksimovic and Vladan Vukosavljevic are also there. Hemofarm also managed to keep Boris Savovic, Milivoje Bozovic and Milos Borisov. Head coach of the team is Stevan Karadzic.

As Crvena Zvezda, Vojvodina Srbijagas also added many players during the summer. The Tulips succeeded to keep only Goran Bajic, Marko Pekovic, Velibor Buha, Ilija Pavkovic and Stefan Hajdukovic from the last season. They agreed terms with Marko Popovic from Sloga, Jovan Zdravkovic, Miroslav Radenkovic, Danijel Cavic, Marko Jovanovic, Marko Sutalo, Darko Habus, Nikola Dronjak and Djordje Gagic. The biggest reinforcement for sure is Dejan Borovnjak, who arrived from Partizan Igokea. Head coach of the team is Zoran Sretenovic. Vojvodina will most probably ink one more player (American) on position 3.

FMP Zeleznik is the youngest team this season in Adriatic league (average 20 year old players). As it was over the past few years, the best players left FMP during the summer. The only acquisition is Nikola Ilic from Borac Cacak. Key players most probably will be Dragan Labovic, Miroslav Raduljica, Predrag Samardziski, Mladen Jeremic and Nemanja Protic. Other players are: Filip Covic, Stefan Zivanovic, Marko Savic, Nikola Markovic, Branko Lazic, Dejan Musli, Pedja Stamenkovic and Andreja Milutinovic.


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Inter Bratislava in 08/09 with different roster - by Eurobasket News
Inter Bratislava heads into the new season with different roster. The biggest change happened on the bench.

At the beginning of August Inter decided to hire American Rick Brooks as a new head coach. Brooks spent previous three seasons in Amicale Steinsel from Luxemburg. In 2006 he earned a promotion with Steinsel from N2 to DBBL. A year later, Brooks was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Coach of the Year -07' while his team reached the play-off semifinals. Before Amicale Steinsel, Brooks used to work two years in Austrian Worthersee Piraten. He also spent some time in T71 Dudelange and Furstenfeld.

During the summer Inter also inked Milan Golian (207-C-74), Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84, college: N.Iowa) and Konrad Tota (196-F-80, college: Dickinson St.).

Milan Golian spent last season in MBK Handlova. Interesting is that he already played for Inter on season 05/06 as well as from 1998 to 2003.
Vincent Polakovic came from University of San Francisco, where in 07/08 he had 17.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 7 games.
Canadian/Polish Konrad Tota played previous two seasons for German Regionalliga team Dresden Titans. He also used to played for Notec Inwroclaw and Lusitania.

In the first round of Extraliga, Inter Bratislava will meet Banska Bystrica. The game is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, at 17:30h in Bratislava.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


ADF WNBL Round 1 Preview: Action starts Friday - by Eurobasket News
The 2008/09 ADF WNBL season tips off on Friday night with defending champions Adelaide taking on Sydney Uni in a grand final replay that will be televised live on ABC2.

New team Logan Thunder will make their League debut on Saturday night to a home-crowd when they take on Perth Lynx.

The first round of the season will give the teams a chance to showcase their new sides after the transfer and import of players during the off-season and you can follow all the action with Live Stats on the WNBL website.



Sydney Uni v Adelaide: 8pm Friday October 3, Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre

The Sydney Uni Flames host Adelaide Lightning on Friday night in a highly anticipated rematch of the 2007/08 Grand Final.

Lightning were crowned champions last season, defeating the Flames 92-82 in the final and won the head-to-head count between the two teams 3-2.

But it is a new-look Flames side that will take the court Friday night and Coach Karen Dalton says the team is in a transitional phase. The Flames have lost some high-scorers in Michelle Musselwhite (to Canberra) and Kristen Veal (to Logan) but have gained two American imports, Lindsey Pluimer and Rhonda Price, who should provide some spark.

Weve lost a lot of score power from last year and I think one of our weaknesses of the last couple of seasons has been rebounding and I think (the imports will) certainly help us in that area as well, Dalton said.

Meanwhile Adelaide starting guard Erin Phillips has departed to play overseas, leaving Tall Ferns star Angela Marino to step into the starting role.

ALL TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sydney Uni 26 - 19 Adelaide



Townsville v Perth: 7.30pm Friday October 3, Fire Stadium

Townsville Fire start the season with confidence after defeating the Canberra Capitals and Sydney Uni Flames in pre-season matches.

Perth are aiming to improve on their 2007/08 bottom of the table finish and have a fresh group of young local talent, but have also added experience in Deanna Smith who debuted in the WNBL thirteen years ago.

Perth Coach Joe McKay said it is a tough ask to overcome Townsville at home.

As long as were competitive Ill be happy, he said. Townsville seem to have a very strong team. Any team thats got Rohanee Cox in it and Jenni Crouse for a start, the leading rebounder and shot-blocker from last year, and I consider Rohanee close to the best player in the competition. I just admire the way she plays so I think itll be a really tough game. My expectations are that well at least be competitive and if we can do that, who knows what the result will be.

ALL TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD: Townsville 18 2 Perth



Bendigo v Canberra: 7.30pm Saturday October 4, Bendigo Schweppes Centre

Bendigo Spirit entered the competition in 2007/08 and finished in seventh spot, four places behind Canberra who finished third.

The Capitals are tipped as one of the favourites for 2008/09 and recruited well in the off-season, bringing Michelle Musselwhite (from Sydney Uni), Chantella Perera (from Dandenong) and Marianna Tolo (from the AIS) into the side.

Natalie Hurst will step up as starting point guard after the team farewelled Tully Bevilaqua last season.

Bendigo has welcomed more experience into its side for its second season with Deanne Butler (from Italys Serie A), and ADF WNBL champion with Adelaide last season, Lauren King.

Despite being one of the teams to watch, the Capitals fell to the Townsville Fire in a pre-season match three weeks ago.

The Spirit also lost their pre-season games, falling to Bulleen and Dandenong, but started strongly last season to defeat Canberra in their opening match-up.

ALL TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD: Canberra 2 - 1 Bendigo



Logan v Perth: 7.30pm Saturday October 4, Insports Cornubia Park

Logan Thunder will aim to enter the League with a home win in its first WNBL match.

Logan signed a number of experienced players in Kristen Veal and Mikaela Dombkins (from Sydney Uni) and NZ Tall Fern Natalie Purcell (from Christchurch), but the team has had injury troubles; Veal has recovered from a knee injury and will play while Dombkins has been ruled out for at least six weeks to recover from a back injury.

Its a tough turnaround for Perth Lynx, who will have a mere 24 hours to recover from their season-opener against the Fire in Townsville.

Logan played AIS, Sydney Uni and the Canberra in the pre-season but were undermanned due to injury, so this match up will be the first true test of where the new franchise will sit in the competition.

ALL TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD: This is the first match between the two sides.



Bulleen v Canberra: 2.00pm Sunday October 5, The Veneto Club

The Bulleen Boomers are entering the competition after successful pre-season outings against Bendigo and Dandenong.

The Boomers have also added high-scoring players Shelley Hammonds (from Dandenong), Katrina Hibbert (from Germany) and Lisa Pardon (from Christchurch) into its line-up.

Bulleen Coach Cheryl Chambers says the team will focus on its defence for their opening game of the season.

Transition offence for them (Canberra) is pretty big and theyve got a lot of score power. So well certainly be focused on defending them and making sure we dont give them any easy lay-ups, she said.

The Capitals fitness will be tested with two games in two days and despite Canberra holding a large lead in head-to-head games, Bulleen are much more successful at The Veneto Club with the win-loss record only separated by a single game.

ALL TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD: Canberra 38 20 Bulleen

To add some more excitement to game day head to the Tipping Competition page and see if you can pick the winners!

Click here to see the Adelaide Advertisers' team-by-team profile of the clubs' standings ahead of the season opener on Friday.

By Kimberley Lewis for WNBL Media - Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Gran Canaria is victorious in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes- Gran Canaria 62:80

Gran Canaria claimed an 80:62 triumph at the Flying Foxes to take a stranglehold on their tie. The guests grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) netted 13, while De Souza and Knezevic posted 11 each. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) top-scored in defeat with 25 points as Olga Solnyshkina (190-C-88, agency: LBM Management) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Gran Canaria can start thinking about the Preliminary Round as they celebrated the win last night. Spanish squad opened the game with 21:10 as Montesdeoca made a jump-shot. The same picture of the game continued in the second quarter as the visitors controlled the encounter. The hosts' Olga Solnyshkina sent the teams to the lockers for 21:41.
Flying Foxes saw a real disaster in the third period as they lost in it 13:27. Knezevic with a jump-shot made it 68:34 after thirty minutes of the game. It seemed that the hosts would not recover, but they managed to close the game with 28-12 in the end. Crista Ricketts made a jump-shot from beyond the arc to set up the final 62:80 score. The second game is scheduled in Spain on October 16th.

Flying Foxes:Crista Ricketts 25, Olga Solnyshkina 15+12 rebs
Gran Canaria:Tiina Sten 15+5 rebs, Naomi Halman 13, De Souza 11, Knezevic 11


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  BOSNIA - Women  


One of the most interesting games of the first-leg Qualifying Round was played in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Mladi Krajisnik -AKO Aris Holargou 83:77

One of the most interesting games of the first-leg Qualifying Round was played in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mladi Krajisnik overcame AKO Aris Holargou 83:77 as both teams will claim for the ticket in Game 2. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) led the winners with 22 points and 7 assists. Milica Deura (178-G-90) notched 18, while Aida Pilav (187-C-87) added 17. Brooke Reves (182-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) and Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: Ball St.) struggled hard for the guests nailing 24 and 23 points respectively.
Brooke Reves opened the game for the guests with a lay-up for 0:2. In the majority of the period the teams played even and only trailing 25:26 the hosts made a 4-0 run to closed the first at 29:26. AKO Aris Holargou played better in the second frame and produced a 6-0 run at the end of the quarter. Kyriakopoulou sent the teams to the lockers for 43:46 for the guests.
Mladi trailed until the middle of the third and took the lead back with 4 minutes to go. Milica Deura made a lay-up for 51:50 and then Radenovic nailed a three for 57:56. In the end of the game the difference was also 1 point for the hosts. Magklara reduced for 78:77 but as it became clear for AKO Aris Holargou, those points were the last in the game. Mladi Krajisnik closed the game with 5-0 run to seal 83:77 in the opener.

Mladi Krajisnik: Dragoslava Zakula 22+7 ast, Milica Deura 18, Aida Pilav 17
AKO Aris Holargou: Brooke Reves 24+11 rebs, Tamara Bowie 23


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Rilski defeat Toni, Lukoil winless in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Rilski and Toni played a friendly before the start of the Bulgarian League. Rilski was stronger 68:61 with 21:10 in the start. The home side grabbed the lead, but could not keep huge advantage at the halftime. Toni replied with 15-9 in the second to close the half at 30:25. With 22-17 in the third period Rilski stepped forward with 10 points and did not mind losing the last with 17-19. Hristina Ivanova (184-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Iva Terzieva (167-G-87) netted 15, while Stefka Miteva (190-C-89) scored 14. Tsvetelina Kremenlieva (180-G-90) posted 25 points in the losing effort, while Natalja Kovaleva (182-F-71) scored 21.

Lukoil comes back from Turkey after participating in the international tournament with three other teams. Bulgarian side lost three game but showed good basketball in Turkey. After 64:88 from Fenerbahce, Bulgarian side lost to Spartak Moscow Region 69:101. In the last game USK Praha smashed Lukoil 109:68. Praha was too good from the start and enjoyed 36:14 in the opening quarter. The Czechs increased the lead to two more points after 23:21 in the second. In the third quarter Lukoil tried hard to stay in the race and lost the period only 20:24. In the last one Praha proved the difference in the level and stormed with 26-13 to seal 109:68 victory. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) notched 19 and Tereza Peckova had 15.


Beroe 07 beats Minor in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Beroe 07 registered the second victory against Minor during the pre-season 91-80. The game was played at the Minor's home court in Pernik.

Beroe 07 demonstrated pretty good performance against the new team in A1 league. Minor managed to add few very important reinforcements for 08/09. However, they still did not reach the right shape as they are playing together for not more than a month. Minor had in its roster Natali Asenova, Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (188-F-73), Ralitsa Vasileva (187-C-85), Kamelia Mihalkova (182-F-80) as well as Radmila Nesheva (172-G-81). Pernik is a city with great basketball tradition, which this year wanted to reactivate its basketball team. It will skip the first round as Minor is the team who joined A1 as the last one.

Beroe 07 had decent performance in this game as well as on the previous Ruscuk tournament. Head coach of Beroe 07 Evladia Slavcheva is satisfied with the current shape of her team.

'I am more than satisfied how my players played against Minor. All of them gave their best helping Beroe to take this one. I want to say that I was really delighted how Neli Pasheva (174-F-81) played this game. Kremena Hristova (188-C-71) and young Galina Georgieva (185-C-88) also shined. However, there are still some things which we need to improve. A1 league starts very soon so we will have to work on that very hard said', Evladia Slavcheva.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Praha comes back from Turkey, wins the opener in the regular season - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha opened the regular season on October 3rd. Tonight the team smashed Basket Slovanka 111:53 with an easy win in all the quarters. USK Praha opened the game with 26-6 and followed with 23-14 in the halftime. After the third period that the hosts won 21-10 the task was to reach three digits and the second team of the league last year made it brilliantly. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) led the winners with 22 points and 4 rebounds. Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) and Feranckova scored 17, while Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) netted 16. Petra Pospisilova (180-G-84) had 18 points in the losing effort.

Two days ago the team participated in the International tournament in Turkey. After losing to Spartak 77:91, Praha defeated Fenerbahce Istanbul 82:77. In the last game USK Praha smashed Lukoil 109:68. Praha was too good from the start and enjoyed 36:14 in the opening quarter. The Czechs increased the lead to two more points after 23:21 in the second. In the third quarter Lukoil tried hard to stay in the race and lost the period only 20:24. In the last one Praha proved the difference in the level and stormed with 26-13 to seal 109:68 victory. Katerina Elhotova top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) notched 19 and Tereza Tereza Peckova had 15.


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Targoviste smashes Electra to be the first to advance from the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Electra Ramat-Hasharon-Targoviste 48:68

Targoviste smashes Electra to be the first team to advance from the Qualifying Round. In Game 2 the Romanian squad had no difficulties reaching 68:48 victory. With 18-5 the winners started to ruin Israeli team and never looked behind after. Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) netted 10, whilst Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) and Slavova posted 9 each. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) led Israeli team with 24 points and Suez Karni had 10. Municipal Targoviste wins 144-95 as a total after two games.Romanian squad held the Israeli team to 11 of 31 (35.4%) shooting inside the arc in the second leg.
Targoviste destroyed Electra Ramat-Hasharon in Game 1 in the opener of EuroCup Qualifying Round. A massive 28-10 in the opening quarter helped them to build up their lead. In Game 2 the beginning of the game was almost the same as Romanian team opened it with 18-5. In order to fell even more comfortable Targoviste produced 21-16 in the second to have 18 points advantage at the halftime. With 16-13 Romanian side finished the third and did not worry too much in the end. Electra Ramat-Hasharon created 14-13 in the final frame to close their participation in the tournament this year.

Electra Ramat- Hasharon: Mirav Dori 24, Suez Karni 10
Targoviste: Chrissy Givens 12, Cynthia Valentin 10, Gabriela Toma 9, Slavova 9


The end of the first-leg Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Municipal Targoviste - Electra Ramat-Hasharon 76:47

Targoviste thrashes Electra Ramat-Hasharon at home in the opener of EuroCup Qualifying Round. A massive 28-10 in the opening quarter helped them to build up their lead. In a great team game where the top players scored only 10 points Romanian side celebrated 76:47 win.
Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) and Elena Dinca (177-F-84) led the winners with 10 points. Olga Masilionene (181-F-80, agency: LBM Management) and Boriga followed them with 9 points apiece in Targoviste. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) top-scored in defeat with 12 points, while Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) and Ayelet Cohen (172-G-85) added 11 each.
Valentin opened the game for the hosts that even did not expect such a start. The first quarter was a holiday of almost all scored baskets from the hosts. Municipal Targoviste provided 28-10 in the opening quarter and never looked behind after. Boriga scored first two in the second period for 31:10. Electra Ramat-Hasharon had even hard time following the tempo and rhythm and in the game. Suez Karni somehow made it 51:21 at the halftime.
In the third period the picture did not change and Municipal Targoviste was even not thinking of slowing down. Varda posted two at the end of the third for 67:32. Only in the last stanza Israeli team could show the basketball they used to play. Electra Ramat-Hasharon produced 15-9 in the final period to close the game at 76:47.

Municipal Targoviste:
Radostina Slavova 10, Elena Dinca 10, Olga Masilionene 9, Boriga 9
Electra Ramat-Hasharon:
Mirav Dori 12, Abiola Wabara 11, Ayelet Cohen 11



Flying Foxes- Gran Canaria 62:80

Gran Canaria claimed an 80:62 triumph at the Flying Foxes to take a stranglehold on their tie. The guests grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after.
Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) netted 13, while De Souza and Knezevic posted 11 each. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) top-scored in defeat with 25 points as Olga Solnyshkina (190-C-88, agency: LBM Management) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Gran Canaria can start thinking about the Preliminary Round as they celebrated the win last night. Spanish squad opened the game with 21:10 as Montesdeoca made a jump-shot. The same picture of the game continued in the second quarter as the visitors controlled the encounter. The hosts'
Olga Solnyshkina sent the teams to the lockers for 21:41.
Flying Foxes saw a real disaster in the third period as they lost in it 13:27. Knezevic with a jump-shot made it 68:34 after thirty minutes of the game. It seemed that the hosts would not recover, but they managed to close the game with 28-12 in the end.
Crista Ricketts made a jump-shot from beyond the arc to set up the final 62:80 score. The second game is scheduled in Spain on October 16th.

Flying Foxes:
Crista Ricketts 25, Olga Solnyshkina 15+12 rebs
Gran Canaria:
Tiina Sten 15+5 rebs, Naomi Halman 13, De Souza 11, Knezevic 11



BC Star -Spartak Noginsk 56:82

Spartak Noginsk opens the Qualifying Round with a confident win over BC Star in Estonia. The team from Tallinn tried hard but lost 56:82 to the new Russian representative in EuroCup. Spartak Noginsk started with 23-9 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Colleen Miller led the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Tatiana Sergeeva (198-C-82) netted 18, while Svetlana Romanova (178-G-81) scored 12. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) ended up with 15 in defeat and Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) collected 13 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Russian team scored first six points in the game and Milanovich made it 6:0 in the opening tip. Tsekhmeyster brought her tea to 15:5, while Khodzayan closed the first at 23:9. The advantage became even more comfortable for the guests after 21:13 in the second period.
Tatiana Sergeeva with a jump shot made it 44:22.
The game was over, but the hosts still tried hard in the second half. BC Star created 21:16 to reduce to 43:60 after 30 minutes of the game. Spartak Noginsk however closed the game with 22:13 in the last period. As a result Russian team became the winner of the first leg with a comfortable 82:56 win.

BC Star:
Ashley Wallace 15, Davineia Payne 13+15 rebs, Anna Rannaveski (172-G-90) 13
Spartak Noginsk: Colleen Miller 20+9 rebs,
Tatiana Sergeeva 18, Svetlana Romanova 12

Cesis-Medvescak 70:53
Latvian Cesis indicated the satisfaction with general progress in the off season. Tonight the team won the opener of the Qualifying Round of Eurocup over Medvescak in Latvia. The hosts looked great in the second half and grabbed 70:53 victory.
Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) (195-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) posted 13 and Elina Babkina (172-G-89) added 10.
Ieva Tare made a three for the first shoot in the game to pull the hosts in front. Trailing 11:14 in the middle of the first Cesis scored seven consecutive points for 18:14 at the end of the opening quarter. Medvescak worked hard to get back into the match in the second quarter but struggled to make any real impression into the hosts advantage. A 17-15 allowed them to stay at 33:31 at the halftime.
In the third period Cesis started to increase the lead in the game.
Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) closed the thirty minutes of the game with 51:41 for the Latvian side. There was more of the same in the last frame as the hosts began to exert their authority. A 19-12 saw the Latvians with 70:53 at the end. The second game is scheduled for October 9th in Croatia.

Cesis:
Sandra Dijon 19+11 rebs, Ieva Tare 13, Elina Babkina 10
Medvescak:
Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) 18, Mirna Mazic 13

Mladi Krajisnik -AKO Aris Holargou 83:77
One of the most interesting games of the first-leg Qualifying Round was played in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mladi Krajisnik overcame AKO Aris Holargou 83:77 as both teams will claim for the ticket in Game 2. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) led the winners with 22 points and 7 assists. Milica Deura (178-G-90) notched 18, while Aida Pilav (187-C-87) added 17. Brooke Reves (182-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) and Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: Ball St.) struggled hard for the guests nailing 24 and 23 points respectively.
Brooke Reves opened the game for the guests with a lay-up for 0:2. In the majority of the period the teams played even and only trailing 25:26 the hosts made a 4-0 run to closed the first at 29:26. AKO Aris Holargou played better in the second frame and produced a 6-0 run at the end of the quarter. Kyriakopoulou sent the teams to the lockers for 43:46 for the guests.
Mladi trailed until the middle of the third and took the lead back with 4 minutes to go. Milica Deura made a lay-up for 51:50 and then Radenovic nailed a three for 57:56. In the end of the game the difference was also 1 point for the hosts. Magklara reduced for 78:77 but as it became clear for AKO Aris Holargou, those points were the last in the game. Mladi Krajisnik closed the game with 5-0 run to seal 83:77 in the opener.

Mladi Krajisnik: Dragoslava Zakula 22+7 ast, Milica Deura 18, Aida Pilav 17
AKO Aris Holargou: Brooke Reves 24+11 rebs, Tamara Bowie 23

CSB CST Alexandria- Crvena Zvezda 73:82
Crvena Zvezda won the first leg of the Qualifying Round in Romania 73:82. The margin could be even bigger but CSB CST Alexandria reduced at the end. Serbian side led by as many as 17 points before settling for triumph before the game 2.
Iva Roglic (189-F-88) led the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) posted 15 and Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) had 12. Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) top-scored in defeat with 26, whilst Biljana Savic (190-C-83) scored 16.
Both teams struggled hard in the opening quarter and stay close to each other in the majority of the period. With 19:21 the guests closed the first with 6-2 run to take 27:21 after the 10 minutes. Crvena Zvezda started to increase the lead in the second stanza and after 19-11 in it had 46:32 advantage.
Tanja Miranovic (173-G-85) made it plus 17 in the middle of the third for 42:59. Serbian side remained the leader of the game and fully dominated the court. Maksimovic with a lay-up finished the third period at 52:65. The home side showed great resolve and trimmed the deficit back to six late in the game, only for Tanja Miranovic to bury a three right at the end to give the visitors a nine-point advantage. The teams will now travel to Serbia for the second leg of the encounter. Game 2 is scheduled for October 9th in Belgrade.

CSB CST Alexandria:
Amy Denson 26, Biljana Savic 16
ZKK Crvena Zvezda:
Iva Roglic 19+7 rebs, Nina Bogicevic 15, Dunja Prcic 12


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One of the most interesting games of the first-leg Qualifying Round was played in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Mladi Krajisnik -AKO Aris Holargou 83:77

One of the most interesting games of the first-leg Qualifying Round was played in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mladi Krajisnik overcame AKO Aris Holargou 83:77 as both teams will claim for the ticket in Game 2. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) led the winners with 22 points and 7 assists. Milica Deura (178-G-90) notched 18, while Aida Pilav (187-C-87) added 17. Brooke Reves (182-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) and Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: Ball St.) struggled hard for the guests nailing 24 and 23 points respectively.
Brooke Reves opened the game for the guests with a lay-up for 0:2. In the majority of the period the teams played even and only trailing 25:26 the hosts made a 4-0 run to closed the first at 29:26. AKO Aris Holargou played better in the second frame and produced a 6-0 run at the end of the quarter. Kyriakopoulou sent the teams to the lockers for 43:46 for the guests.
Mladi trailed until the middle of the third and took the lead back with 4 minutes to go. Milica Deura made a lay-up for 51:50 and then Radenovic nailed a three for 57:56. In the end of the game the difference was also 1 point for the hosts. Magklara reduced for 78:77 but as it became clear for AKO Aris Holargou, those points were the last in the game. Mladi Krajisnik closed the game with 5-0 run to seal 83:77 in the opener.

Mladi Krajisnik: Dragoslava Zakula 22+7 ast, Milica Deura 18, Aida Pilav 17
AKO Aris Holargou: Brooke Reves 24+11 rebs, Tamara Bowie 23


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Uniqua NB1/A - Round 1 - by Patonay Adam

Unfortunately the federation and the referees couldn't agree about the salary of the referees, so everywhere the second coaches were the refs. Especially situation happened on the Vasas-Szeged game, because Tamas Sterbenz (head of the federation) and Lajos Meszaros, the director of the men national team were the referees. Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) couldn't play on her new team, Sopron because her club can't agree with her former club, Pecs about her license... But Sopron beat easily Gyor who wants to go to the final four with new head coach and many new players. Szolnok needed Djelmis for the victory against the young BEAC, BSE, Pecs and Szeged made the win away.

Seat Foton Gyor - MKB Euroleasing Sopron 49:80
Gyor: Radunovic 13(8 reb)
Sopron: Dora Horti (195-C-87) 24, Eordogh E. 18/6, Honti K. 11, Macleod K. 12

Atomeromu Szekszard - Mizo Pecs 2010 58:79
Szekszard: Augustin T. 10, Reka Balint (181-F-91) 15, Tamas R. 14/6
Pecs: Coelho 26 (14 reb), Vajda A. 17/3, Oueenan B. 26/6 (10 reb)

Vasas Csata - Szeviep Szeged 55:76
Csata: Anna Lakloth (182-G-88) 14/6, Fritz J. 11/3
Szeged: Szakacs I. 13/6, Zherzheruniva O. 10, Furesz E. 17/3

Cegledi EKK - BSE 58:104
Cegled: Hegedus M. 20, Serban A. 10, Tiba K. 10/3
BSE: Milkova L. 10, Maksimovic M. 20/6, Szlimak H. 19/6, Aranyics E. 15, Zsovar O. 15/3

Szolnoki NKK - BEAC Ujbuda 62:51
Szolnok: Angela Djelmis (173-G-75) 14/9 (7 assists), Boskovic M. 12/6, Serdar I. 10, Hegedus R. 13
BEAC: Melinda Bagi (190-F/C-86) 19

Savaria BC Helios - Zala Volan ZTE

2008.11.12.



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Tamar Slay out a week - by Nicola Martinelli
Tamar Slay(204-F-1980) is stopped by medical staff of Air Avellino after his injury at the right foot on tuesday night during the Italian Supercup game in Siena. He exit at end of first half, with 9 points scored, and don't played more. In the first time there was a rumors about Slay could waived, but coach Markovski refute this. Slay did not played the second half of last season, in Capo d'Orlando, for a surgery after the same injury. <<>><<>>

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Nkolika Anosike in the final for NCAA 2008 Woman of the Year Award - by Eurobasket News
The NCAA has announced the nine finalists for its 18th annual Woman of the Year award. The nominees represent all three divisions and have excelled in academics, athletics, leadership and community service.

The 2008 Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis Oct. 19. An hour-long broadcast of the event will air on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Honorees are selected based on academic achievement, service and leadership activities, athletics excellence, and a personal statement describing benefits she has gained from her experience as a student-athlete.

To be eligible for this honor, female student-athlete must have earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and competed during the 2007-08 academic year. Each individual must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2008 spring season and carry a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.


This years top 9 honorees are:

o Susan Ackermann, Salisbury University (lacrosse), Capital Athletic Conference

o Nkolika Anosike (6'3''-86), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (basketball), Southeastern Conference

o Jennifer Artichuk, Delta State University (swimming and diving), Independent

o Shanti Freitas, Smith College (swimming and diving), New England Womens & Mens Athletic Conference

o Arianna Lambie, Stanford University (cross country, track and field), Pacific-10 Conference

o Samantha Mitchell, Mount Olive College (volleyball, track and field), Conference Carolinas

o Lindsey Ozimek, University of North Carolina, Charlotte (soccer), Atlantic 10 Conference

o Sarah Schettle, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (track and field, cross country, swimming and diving), Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

o Heather Walker, Georgian Court University (volleyball, softball), Central Atlantic Athletic Conference.

While in Indianapolis, honorees also will participate in a Habitat for Humanity service project.

Whitney Myers, a former swimming and diving student-athlete at Arizona, was the 2007 Woman of the Year.



Following are some of the achievements of this years finalists:

Capital Athletic Conference

Lacrosse

Academic achievements: Graduated in May 2008 with a major in exercise science with minors in marketing management and business administration. Capital Athletic Conference Womens Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2008. Salisbury Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2008. Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2008. ESPN The Magazine Womens At-large Academic all-American of the Year, 2008.

Athletics achievements: All-time leader in career goals and assists at Salisbury. IWLCA, Inside Lacrosse and womenslacrosse.com first-team all-American. Two-time conference player of the year. Winner of the Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics post graduate scholarship. Inside Lacrosse Athlete of the Year.

Service and leadership: Campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2005-08. Soccer and basketball manager, 2005-08. Senior Games volunteer, 2006-08. Served as vice president of national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa, 2007-08.

Excerpt from personal statement: Competing in athletics at the college level has prepared me with great time management, leadership, and teamwork skills. I learned to stay poised under the pressure of simultaneously preparing for tests, presentations, practices and games. My leadership abilities flourished in college in being a two-time team captain as well as holding officer positions in academic groups.



Southeastern Conference

Basketball

Academic achievements: Graduated in May 2008 with a triple major in political science, legal studies and sociology. SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2005-08. ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, second-team, 2007-08. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship winner for Tennessee, 2008.

Athletics achievements: Two-time NCAA Womens Final Four all-tournament team selection. Member of one SEC regular-season and three SEC tournament championship teams. Twice led the Lady Vols in blocked shots. Member of the two USA U19 Womens Basketball World Championship teams and the 2007 USA Pan-American team. Drafted into the WNBA by the Minnesota Lynx.

Service and leadership: Team captain, 2007-08. Campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2007-08. Volunteer for the East Tennessee Childrens Hospital, elementary school career day, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Lady Vol Fund Run.

Excerpt from personal statement: Leadership through example makes a difference. I have had opportunities to learn this lesson, most recently as I helped lead the Lady Vols basketball team to its eighth national championship. I was not the superstar; I did the unglamorous work that wins games and brings success in life. Some of our most effective leaders are not in the spotlight but lead by example through hard work and dedication. This assertion reflects who I am and what I hope to become.




Independent

Swimming and Diving

Academic achievements: Graduated in May 2008 with a major in accounting. Three-time College Swim Coaches Association academic all-American. Three-time New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference (NSISC) academic all-conference selection. Recipient of the Reynolds-Chiz Scholarship in Accountancy, 2007-08.

Athletics achievements: Delta State Charles S. Kerg Senior Athlete of the Year, 2008. Four-time all-NSISC pick. Holds the NSISC record in the 200 meter butterfly and the school record in the 100 meter and 200 meter butterfly. Three-time first-team all-American. Team captain, 2006-08. Two-time NSISC champion.

Service and leadership: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2006-08. President of the Student Accountant Board of Administrators and the Business Students Advisory Committee. Youth mentor for the Cleveland (Mississippi) Youth Mentor program, 2005-08. Covenant Presbyterian Church Nursery Worker, 2005-08. Participated in the Delta Aquatic Club Mentor program.

Excerpt from personal statement: Being a student-athlete taught me discipline, time management, and built my character. It is not easy being in the pool four hours a day, in class all day, working at night, and still finding time to get my homework done. Knowing that I had to be successful in these endeavors to reach my goals kept me going and kept me strong.



New England Womens & Mens Athletic Conference

Swimming and Diving

Academic achievements: Sociology major with minors in education and child study who graduated in May 2008. Three-time academic all-American. NEWMAC academic all-conference selection, 2006 and 2008. Deans List, 2005-06. Seven Sisters Scholar-Athlete Award, 2008.

Athletics achievements: Three-time Seven Sisters diving champion. Three-time all-American diver. First-team all-NEWMAC selection. NCAA Leadership Conference participant, 2005. Rookie of the Year, Sophomore Athlete of the Year and Senior Athlete of the Year at Smith. Team captain, 2007-08.

Service and leadership: Associate director of Best Buddies program. Student mentor at an after-school program. Campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2005-06. Volunteered at La Case de la Mujer, a domestic violence project in Ecuador, while studying abroad. Served as an outreach inter for Engaging Latino Families in Education, 2007.

Excerpt from personal statement: Having to constantly divide my time carefully between academics, athletics and extracurricular activities, I have learned that staying organized is essential to being able to manage my time well and accomplish all that I need and want to do. However, more than good habits and life skills in time management, the most important lessons I have learned from being a student-athlete come from interactions with my classmates, teammates, and coaches.



Pacific-10 Conference

Cross county, track and field

Academic achievements: Graduated in May 2008; majored in Earth systems. Three-time first-team academic all-American. CoSIDA University Division all-American Track and Field and Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Recipient of the Al Masters Award, presented annually to the Stanford student-athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership, and academics achievement.

Athletics achievements: Member of four Division I cross country national championship teams. Four-time cross country and three-time track and field all-American. Member of four indoor and four outdoor Pac-10 championship teams. Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trails. Track team captain, 2007.

Service and leadership: Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award winner, 2008. Served as president of the Science and Environmental Education program, 2006-08. Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics volunteer. School of Earth Sciences Graduate Student Advisory Committee, 2007-08.

Excerpt from personal statement: Nothing taught me the worth of listening to mind, body and other peoples needs as did running at Stanford. With patience has come the equally invaluable acquisition of perspective. Stanfords encouragement to pour myself into each of my several passions at the appropriate times has been one of the greatest gifts the school provided.



Conference Carolinas

Volleyball, track and field

Academic achievements: Psychology major who graduated in May of 2008. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, 2008. Mount Olive Athletics Department Honor Roll 2004-08. Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll, 2004-08. Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference, 2007-08.

Athletics achievement: American Volleyball Coaches Association regional all-American, 2008. Conference Carolinas Volleyball Player of the Year, 2007. Three-time first team all-conference selection in volleyball. Established school record for career digs and ranked second in career kills. 2008. Captain of outdoor track and field in the programs inaugural season of competition, 2008. Mount Olives Most Outstanding Female Student-Athlete, 2008.

Service and leadership: National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. NCAA National Leadership Conference participant. Psychology Honor Society. Intern of North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis, Breast Cancer Awareness, and youth basketball camps.

Excerpt from personal statement: Being a student-athlete has shaped my entire being as a person. It has taught me some of the most valuable lessons about life. Athletics have equipped me with the attributes needed for success in my relationships, academics, career and even in building my character. Athletics has taught me how to transfer what I do in the classroom and on the court to my everyday life by communicating effectively and displaying my leadership abilities.



Atlantic 10 Conference

Soccer

Academic achievements: Special education major who graduated in June 2008. Three-time ESPN The Magazine academic all-American. Four-time academic all-America and three-time Atlantic 10 all-academic team selection. Atlantic 10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2007-08. Recipient of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Award, highest honor for academic excellence in the universitys education department.

Athletics achievement: Member of the United States Womens U-20 and U-23 National Teams. First-team all-American. First-team Atlantic 10 all-conference. Member of 2006 conference championship team. Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year, 2007. First-team NSCAA/Adidas All-Southeast Region.

Service and leadership: Youth soccer coach and trainer. Soccer camp administrator. Special education teacher. Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Designed soccer camps for children with physical and mental disabilities. Team captain, 2005-07.

Excerpt from personal statement: The growth, personal development, and experiences I have gained from being a four-year student-athlete at UNCC has undoubtedly served as the vehicle that propelled me to achieving my goals on and off of the field. As team captain, I have evolved into a more confident, assertive, and resilient leader. As a student athlete, I have been blessed to travel throughout the world to various cities and institutions. These endeavors have allowed me to experience different cultures, nationalities, meet new people, while ultimately, forcing me out of my comfort zone.



Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, swimming and diving

Academic achievements: Chemistry and Spanish double major who graduated in May 2008. Participant in the University Honors Program. NCAA Division III Womens Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team of the Year selection. Academic all-American, 2004-07.

Athletics achievement: Member of three indoor and two outdoor NCAA track and field national championships teams. Two-time indoor track and field All-American. Member of two outdoor track and one indoor conference championship teams.

Service and leadership: NCAA Sportsmanship Award recipient, 2006. Co-founder of eMentors, an online program connecting current students with alumni. Author of undergraduate research published in a scholarly journal, 2007. Nursing home, Special Olympics and blood drive volunteer.

Excerpt from personal statement: As each athletics season commences, I write goals on index cards and pin them to the ceiling above my bed to remind myself of them at the beginning and close of each day. My senior year I wrote Have no regretsthe most important thing I have learned as a student athlete and the card that will remain on my ceiling. It encompasses why I dedicate myself to taking full advantage of each time I have the opportunity to step on a track, pool deck, or enter a classroom.



Central Atlantic Athletic Conference

Volleyball and softball

Academic achievements: History major who graduated in May 2008. Spring and fall conference all-academic team pick. National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athlete, 2005-07. Deans Scholar, 2004-08.

Athletics achievements: First-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA all-American. CACC Softball Player of the Year, 2007. Two-time Georgian Court Athlete of the Year. Member of one softball and two volleyball conference championship teams. Captain of the softball and volleyball teams, 2005-08.

Service and leadership: National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Women in Leadership Development. Elementary school reading volunteer. President of Pi Delta Phi, the French Honor Society, 2006-08.

Excerpt from personal statement: Through athletics competition, not only have I gained a better appreciation for the game of softball, but I have also gained a better understanding of myself. The amount of time and dedication it takes to be a student-athlete at the Division II level, as well as continually striving to improve myself, has heightened my internal drive which will serve me well as I graduate and pursue new goals. Athletics has provided me the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of people. A simple way to sum up my experience of being a student-athlete at Georgian Court University is that it has been truly transformative.

Courtesy of http://www.ncaa.org


University of Toledo signs recruit from Israel - by Eurobasket News
The University of Toledo womens basketball has signed a player from Israel to play this season. Coach Tricia Cullop said guard Naama Shafir (5'5''-G-90) from Hoshaya, Israel, will be the fourth member of the freshman class.

Shafir, 5-foot-7, played with the Israeli team last summer at the Under-18 European Championship Division B and won the tournaments scoring title. The two-time Israeli Under-19 League MVP was also named to the all-tournament team and selected the best point guard in the championship, averaging 21.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Courtesy of http://www.toledoblade.com

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In the meantime there will be a new man at the helm of the Raymond High School girls basketball program this winter.

After seven seasons, John Adams has stepped aside and taking over this winter will be Jeff Hamilton, who will be tackling his first varsity coaching experience.

Hamilton played his high school basketball at Rossford, Ohio, for two years and was part of the sub-varsity program at the University of Findlay (Ohio) for a year before concentrating on cross country and track.

Hamilton is an eighth-grade science teacher and coach at Hampton Academy (middle school) in Hampton, where he is currently on leave as he raises his first child.

For the past three years he coached the Hampton Academy girls basketball team. Hamilton previously coached a sixth- and seventh-grade team at Hillside Junior High School in Manchester. He also coaches baseball at Hampton Academy.

Hamilton also coached a seventh- and eighth-grade girls team in Pueblo, Colo., and spent one year as a boys freshman coach in Findlay, Ohio.

'This is my first varsity coaching position and I am very excited about the opportunity to be coaching at this level,' said Hamilton. 'I love the game of basketball and how it can be an opportunity to help young men and women become better people while having fun playing a great game.

'This year I am hoping to create more energy in the town of Raymond about the basketball program and begin to increase an interest in younger kids to play. Hopefully along the way we can win a few games, give back to the community and be better individuals for the future.

'I have met a few players from last year's team at different events at the high school,' added Hamilton. 'I'm hoping to have some open gym time over the next month to help prepare for the season.'

Hamilton has been coaching at the junior high and youth level and 'understands there will be differences making the move to the varsity ranks.

'There will be differences at this level, mainly in playing time,' said Hamilton. 'The middle school level is about preparing players to move on to the next level, so on my middle school team everyone gets equal playing time which may lead to losing a game that might otherwise be won.

'At this level the objective is to win as many as possible while not losing sight of the fun factor, helping the kids grow personally and doing well academically.

'Those last three things (fun, growth, and academics) are the same no matter what level or sport you are coaching. The mentality to win games will present challenges such as keeping players who don't get as much playing time excited about their role on our team.'

But there will be a difference in the age level Hamilton has been coaching and the team he is inheriting.

'Another difference (between middle school and high school varsity) will be the increased physical ability and game knowledge due to experience and age,' said Hamilton. 'I am excited about being able to help them continue to extend those abilities and utilize their knowledge.

'One final difference will be the ability to set long-term goals both as players and as a team. At Hampton there was no tournament. Being that there is a tournament there will be some different season goals and hopefully a reward for the all of the hard work at the end of the season.

'The second part about increased time coaching the girls will allow me to watch them develop into better players. It will also allow me to see them achieve some of their personal goals along with the teams over a longer period of time.'

But one thing, according to Hamilton, will always remain the same.

'One thing that I don't think will be a difference will be my focus on the fundamentals,' he said. 'Fundamentals are key to a successful player and I plan to continue in that direction.

'I plan to bring lots of enthusiasm and a love for the game to every practice and game.'

Courtesy of http://www.seacoastonline.com


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Utex Row Rybnik sign Jia Perkins - by Eurobasket
Utex Row Rybnik added to their roster 26-year old American guard Jia Perkins (173-G-82, college: Texas Tech, agency: Merit Sports). Perkins played most recently at Chicago Sky in the WNBA. She is experienced player as she spent last few seasons playing in Greek and Israeli leagues. Last year she was one of the top players in Israel being selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. She averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg and 2.6spg in 20 games.

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Municipal Targoviste finish off Electra Ramat-Hasharon to advance - by Nagy Szilveszter
Municipal Targoviste wrapped up a convincing victory in their Qualifying Round tie with Electra Ramat-Hasharon on Friday to seal their progression to the next phase of the EuroCup Women.

After winning in Romania on Thursday 76-47, CSM Targoviste hit the road for the second leg and won 68-48 to complete a 49-point triumph on aggregate.

The visitors out-rebounded Ramat-Hasharon 40-25 and held the Israeli team to 11 of 31 (35.4%) shooting inside the arc in the second leg.

Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led a balanced Targoviste scoring attack with 12 points. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) also had 10 and Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) 11.

Electra Ramat-Hasharon got a game-high 24 points in defeat from Mirav Dori (178-F-86).


Crvena Zvezda edges Alexandria in Romania - by Eurobasket News
CSB CST Alexandria- Crvena Zvezda 73:82

Crvena Zvezda won the first leg of the Qualifying Round in Romania 73:82. The margin could be even bigger but CSB CST Alexandria reduced at the end. Serbian side led by as many as 17 points before settling for triumph before the game 2. Iva Roglic (189-F-88) led the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) posted 15 and Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) had 12. Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) top-scored in defeat with 26, whilst Biljana Savic (190-C-83) scored 16.
Both teams struggled hard in the opening quarter and stay close to each other in the majority of the period. With 19:21 the guests closed the first with 6-2 run to take 27:21 after the 10 minutes. Crvena Zvezda started to increase the lead in the second stanza and after 19-11 in it had 46:32 advantage.
Tanja Miranovic (173-G-85) made it plus 17 in the middle of the third for 42:59. Serbian side remained the leader of the game and fully dominated the court. Maksimovic with a lay-up finished the third period at 52:65. The home side showed great resolve and trimmed the deficit back to six late in the game, only for Tanja Miranovic to bury a three right at the end to give the visitors a nine-point advantage. The teams will now travel to Serbia for the second leg of the encounter. Game 2 is scheduled for October 9th in Belgrade.

CSB CST Alexandria: Amy Denson 26, Biljana Savic 16
ZKK Crvena Zvezda: Iva Roglic 19+7 rebs, Nina Bogicevic 15, Dunja Prcic 12


Targoviste smashes Electra to be the first to advance from the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Electra Ramat-Hasharon-Targoviste 48:68

Targoviste smashes Electra to be the first team to advance from the Qualifying Round. In Game 2 the Romanian squad had no difficulties reaching 68:48 victory. With 18-5 the winners started to ruin Israeli team and never looked behind after. Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) netted 10, whilst Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) and Slavova posted 9 each. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) led Israeli team with 24 points and Suez Karni had 10. Municipal Targoviste wins 144-95 as a total after two games.Romanian squad held the Israeli team to 11 of 31 (35.4%) shooting inside the arc in the second leg.
Targoviste destroyed Electra Ramat-Hasharon in Game 1 in the opener of EuroCup Qualifying Round. A massive 28-10 in the opening quarter helped them to build up their lead. In Game 2 the beginning of the game was almost the same as Romanian team opened it with 18-5. In order to fell even more comfortable Targoviste produced 21-16 in the second to have 18 points advantage at the halftime. With 16-13 Romanian side finished the third and did not worry too much in the end. Electra Ramat-Hasharon created 14-13 in the final frame to close their participation in the tournament this year.

Electra Ramat- Hasharon: Mirav Dori 24, Suez Karni 10
Targoviste: Chrissy Givens 12, Cynthia Valentin 10, Gabriela Toma 9, Slavova 9


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Spartak Moscow Region loses in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region could not win the pre-season tournament held in Turkey with 4 participating teams. Turkish Fenerbahce became the winner of the International tournament held at home. Even after the loss to Praha Turklish side triumphed in the tournament. ZVVZ USK Praha defeated Fenerbahce Istanbul 82:77 in Day 2. Spartak celebrated 101:69 over Bulgarian Lukoil.
Last night Fenerbahce overcame the defending champions of Euroleague, Spartak. The home side desired the win more than the guests and celebrated 91:80 in the encounter. The game however started not very well for the hosts that trailed 17:32 after the first 10 minutes. Spartak was better in all the components in the beginning and truthfully took the lead. Fenerbahce woke up early in the second and won the period 25-16. It gave both teams 42:48 at the halftime.
Turkish side spurted again in the third period and after 25-12 became the leader of the game. Another 24-10 in the last frame brought Fenerbahce the win in the game and triumph at the International tournament. Nevin Newlin top-scored for the winners with 29 points. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 21. whilst Nevriye notched 16. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) top-scored for the Russian squad with 27 points and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) scored 23.


NT head coach Igor Grudin steppes down - by Eurobasket News
Head coach of Russian senior National Team Igor Grudin stepped down on his position yesterday. At the official meeting in Russian Basketball Federation coach Grudin announced his decision. Also all other coaches in Russian NT, together with GM Dimitri Tarasov, stepped down.

Regarding this decision, Igor Grudin stated it is a time that someone younger take his place. At the same time he announced that maybe in the future he will be able to take over the team once again.

Igor Grudin became the head coach of Russian National Team in 2004. During these four years Russia won Silver medal on European Championship in 2005. A year later the team reached another Silver, but this time on the World Championship in Sao Paulo. Russia grabbed the Gold on European Championship in 2007. This past summer Team Russia took the Bronze at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Grudin also worked as a Sport Director in CSKA Moscow last season. His coaching career with the clubs is also impressive. Grudin won Russian Superleague in 2006 with Samara. He also won two National Cups with the same team. In 2005 Samara registered one of the biggest achievements in club's history - Euroleague title.


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Crvena Zvezda outplays CSB CST Alexandria in EuroCup - by Dragan Jankovski
CSB CST Alexandria - Crvena Zvezda 73-82

Crvena Zvezda had very successful opening day of EuroCup. The team from Belgrade grabbed an easy win against CSB CST Alexandria on the road making huge step forward to EuroCup regular season. It means that Serbia most probably will have two participants in this European competition as Hemofarm STADA went straight to the second stage.
After 7-7 at the very beginning, Crvena Zvezda took control on its opponent. Until the end of the first frame Red-and-whites created plus 6, 21-27. Iva Roglic (189-F-88) shined at the beginning of the second period and mostly owing to her Zvezda quickly touched 23-34. Alexandria struggled a lot at the offensive end. Its players managed to score just 11 points in the second frame while Zvezda drained 19. It means that Zvezda at the half time already had big plus 14, 32-46. The hosts had slightly better second half but it for sure was not enough against very motivated Zvezda. Everything what Alexandira done was minus 5 but nothing more than that.
Iva Roglic was the key player for Crvena ZVezda collecting 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) had 15 points while Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) finished the game with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. On the other side Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) was the best adding 25 points and 4 boards. Biljana Savic (190-C-83) had 16 points and 5 rebounds while Tiffany Porter-Talbert (170-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) registered double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds. Next game will be played in Belgrade on October 9th.


CSB CST Alexandria: Amy Denson 26 (4 rebs), Biljana Savic 16 (5 rebs), Tiffany Porter-Talbert 14 (11 rebs)
Crvena Zvezda: Iva Roglic 19 (7 rebs, 4 as), Nina Bogicevic 15, Dunja Prcic 12 (4 rebs, 5 as)


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Gran Canaria is victorious in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes- Gran Canaria 62:80

Gran Canaria claimed an 80:62 triumph at the Flying Foxes to take a stranglehold on their tie. The guests grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) netted 13, while De Souza and Knezevic posted 11 each. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) top-scored in defeat with 25 points as Olga Solnyshkina (190-C-88, agency: LBM Management) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Gran Canaria can start thinking about the Preliminary Round as they celebrated the win last night. Spanish squad opened the game with 21:10 as Montesdeoca made a jump-shot. The same picture of the game continued in the second quarter as the visitors controlled the encounter. The hosts' Olga Solnyshkina sent the teams to the lockers for 21:41.
Flying Foxes saw a real disaster in the third period as they lost in it 13:27. Knezevic with a jump-shot made it 68:34 after thirty minutes of the game. It seemed that the hosts would not recover, but they managed to close the game with 28-12 in the end. Crista Ricketts made a jump-shot from beyond the arc to set up the final 62:80 score. The second game is scheduled in Spain on October 16th.

Flying Foxes:Crista Ricketts 25, Olga Solnyshkina 15+12 rebs
Gran Canaria:Tiina Sten 15+5 rebs, Naomi Halman 13, De Souza 11, Knezevic 11


S.R. Lima-Horta sign Jill Bell - by Eurobasket
S.R. Lima-Horta added to their roster 25-year old American forward Jill Bell (183-F-83, college: Washington, agency: Regeneracom Sports). Bell played most recently at Canal de Isabel II - Colsada (LF2).

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Fenerbahce triumphs at home - by Eurobasket News

Turkish Fenerbahce became the winner of the International tournament held at home. Even after the loss to Praha Turklish side triumphed in the tournament.
ZVVZ USK Praha defeated Fenerbahce Istanbul 82:77 in Day 2. The start of the game was in offensive style and both teams managed to score 55 points. As a result the guests grabbed 33:22 after the opening quarter and then added 16:14 at the halftime. Fenerbahce Istanbul tried to change the picture in the court after 30-21 in the third, but Praha stayed tough.

Last night Fenerbahce overcame the defending champions of Euroleague, Spartak. The home side desired the win more than the guests and celebrated 91:80 in the encounter. The game however started not very well for the hosts that trailed 17:32 after the first 10 minutes. Spartak was better in all the components in the beginning and truthfully took the lead. Fenerbahce woke up early in the second and won the period 25-16. It gave both teams 42:48 at the halftime.
Turkish side spurted again in the third period and after 25-12 became the leader of the game. Another 24-10 in the last frame brought Fenerbahce the win in the game and triumph at the International tournament. Nevin Newlin top-scored for the winners with 29 points. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 21. whilst Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) notched 16. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) top-scored for the Russian squad with 27 points and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) scored 23.