EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/31/2008

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  ABA   


Marlon Mahorn commits to Washington Raptors - by Eurobasket News
Washington Raptors President/GM, Tim Joseph, takes pride in announcing the commitment of Marlon Mahorn (6'6''-G, college: W.Illinois).
Mahorn, the nephew of legendary great, Rick Mahorn from the original Bad Boys of the Detroit Pistons, noted NBA Champion, and assistant coach of the WNBA's Detroit Shock, has committed to the Washington Raptors. Mahorn is a 6'7' all position player who is rounded in all areas of the game.

Joseph states, 'I'm ecstatic about the commitment of Mahorn. Here is a player of NBA caliber that creates match-up problems for the opposition. He's a complete player who is well respected throughout the basketball community'.

Team owner, Regina Joseph adds, 'I'm delighted with Marlon's commitment to the Washington Raptors. My GM as well as my coach, Lewis Lofton, are doing an excellent job building this team!'

Also committed, as a Special Advisor, is Andre Mahorn who's experience and knowledge is priceless.

Courtesy of ABA


Standings
ABA Standings
Blue Conference
Central Div.
 1. Manchester 27-11 
 2. Westchester P. 8-6 
 3. Boston B. 8-16 
North Div.
 1. Jersey Expr. 7-10 
 2. Delaware 1-7 
Northeast Div.
 1. Vermont FH 26-4 
 2. Quebec City 11-16 
 3. Montreal R. 8-17 
 4. Halifax R. 8-18 
South Div.
 1. Atlanta V. 6-2 
 2. Bahama PS 1-5 
 3. Georgia G. 1-9 
Red Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Beijing O. 19-1 
 2. S.Francisco R. 5-10 
 3. Maywood B. 3-23 
South Div.
 1. Texas T. 10-1 
 2. W.Texas W. 3-6 
 3. Houston T. 3-8 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Diego W 21-7 
 2. OC Gladiators 14-12 
 3. L.Beach B. 10-7 


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  ARGENTINA   


Emanuel Ginobili says he needs surgery on heel - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs guard Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) says he needs arthroscopic surgery to repair a ligament injury in his left heel.

'They're going to operate on me,' he told Argentina's La Nacion newspaper Friday. The 31-year-old doesn't know when he'll have the surgery or who will do it.

Emanuel Ginobili, who helped lead Argentina to a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics, said an MRI exam of the injury showed no improvement.

'It's the same as it was two months ago, when they did the first exam,' he said. 'Now, the thing is, it's not better either, and it seems like the only way to repair it completely is arthroscopic surgery.'

Emanuel Ginobili hurt the ankle during the NBA playoffs, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had urged his player not to compete in the Olympics unless the injury improved.

Courtesy of www.ktvz.com


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  AUSTRALIA   


Perth Wildcats ink Ben Knight - by Eurobasket News
Perth Wildcats have reached terms with ex-captain of the Singapore Slingers, Ben Knight (204-F-76), and is awaiting NBL approval for the 2008/09 season.

32-year-old Knight is a proven performer having won a championship with the Sydney Kings in 2005. The 202cm forward was in the Athens Olympic squad and was captain of the Slingers for the last two years.

Knight averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game and has shot 52% from the field over his career

Knight is the last piece of the puzzle, CEO Nick Marvin said. Hes going to bring experience and toughness that will help us throughout the season but will be critical during our play-offs.

I think fans will be truly impressed with our off-season recruitment. Our campaign for a record fifth championship just got a lot more lethal, he said.

Courtesy of www.gaze.com.au


Queensland Cup enjoys two rounds of action - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Crocodiles got to a perfect start of the preseason Queensland Cup tournament. Eight players delivered in double figures as the Crocs outgunned the Sydney Spirit 110:106 in the opener. The win however was overshadowed by the injury of Brad Williamson. He hurt his ankle in the second quarter and did not return to action again. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) was in his best form pouring in 19 points, pulling down 5 boards and issuing 3 assists for the Crocs. Michael Cedar (195-G-86) produced 17 points for the winners. Liam Rush (198-F/G-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points for the Spirit. Julian Khazzouh added 17 points in the loss.
Townsville continued their winning ways in the second round of action when they took on the Cairns Taipans. The Taipans led for the majority of the contest but lost concentration in the late stages and were punished. Kelvin Robertson and Corey Williams were deadly from the stripe in the dying minutes and secured a 96:91 victory for Crocs. Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) came up with 27 points and 9 boards to pace Townsville to the second straight win at the Cup. Darnell answered with 17 points for the Taipans.
Earlier the Cairns Taipans stunned the Gold Coast Blaze 104:85 in the tournaments opener for both sides. Larry Abney (206-F/C-77, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 21 points to lead the Taipans. Martin Cattalini added 18 points for the winners. Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) replied with 23 points for the Blaze. Pero Cameron had 12 points in defeat.
The Gold Coast Blaze responded quickly enough as they toppled the Sydney Spirit 110:99 in the second game at the event. Greg Vanderjagt (213-C-84) stepped up for the Blaze with 22 points in only 15 minutes. Shane Heal (182-G-70) netted 21 points, while Tyson Demos (190-G-88) had 15 points in the win.


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
CENTROTRANS LIGA ZA PRVAKA BIH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. A.Damjanovic (SLA)19,83
2. Williams (BOS) 19,15
3. M. Milosevic (SLO) 16,85
4. Vuckovic (ZRI) 16,15
5. Z. Jovanovic (BOR) 15,92
Rebounds Per Game
1. Matic (SLO) 7,6
2. Fajardo (SIR) 7,2
3. Williams (BOS) 6,9
4. Spralja (SIR) 6,4
5. Milosevic (SLO) 6,0
Assists Per Game
1. Vujcic (GRU) 6,0
2. Gvozdenovic (SLA) 4,4
3. Jovanovic (BOR) 4,0
4. Allen (IGO) 3,4
5. Bailey (BOS) 3,4
Steals Per Game
1. Franklin (BOR) 1,8
2. Stemberger (SIR) 1,7
3. Dzidic (ZRI) 1,7
Blocks Per Game
1. Rothbart (BOR) 1,3
2. Lydeka (IGO) 1,1
3. Patterson (IGO) 0,9
2FGP
1. Williams (BOS) 8,14
2. Damjanov (SLA) 7,00
3. Matic (SLO) 5,22
3FGP
1. Jovanovic (BOR) 2,67
2. Vuckovic (ZRI) 2,43
3. Grays (SIR) 2,33
Free Throws
1. Stemberger (SIR) 5,78
2. Zitko (GRU) 5,00
3. Fajardo (SIR) 4,89
Ranking
1. Lance Williams (BOS)
2. Z. Jovanovic (BOR)
3. A. Damjanovic (SLA)
4. Fajardo (SIR)
5. M. Milosevic (SLO)


Latest transfers - by Nedzad Kladusak
Most european teams will complete their rosters these days.
Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85, agency: World Sport Agency) signed a contract with Prokom Trefl Sopot and will play for the first time in the Euroleague.
Before he played already in ACB and the greek A1.
Murus Andelija (208-C/F-81) has been a top 10 player of the czech A1 league. However he decided to sign with Rijeka that seems to rally an ambitious team.
Most interesting bosnian players Milan Milosevic and Ermin Jazvin still have not decided where they will continue their careers. Milan Milosevic
is in the focus of Red Star Belgrade, Partizan Belgrade but also the bosnian champion KK Bosna. Ermin Jazvin however had some offers of
ULEB cup teams and Euroleague teams but so far he didn t sign any contracts.


Turkey defeats BIH 76-70 - by Nedzad Kladusak
Bosnia-Hercegovina and Turkey played the last match of the Efes World Cup. The winner of that match would have been the winner of the torunament so both teams started highly motivated.
The bosnian team started very well and established a significant lead. The superstrong frontcourt of Turkey had problems with the bosnian inside players. Only 7 minutes after the start the turkish center Fatih Solak, picked up his third personal foul. However the turkish guards defended very agressively and forced the bosnian guards to turnovers which kept them in the game. The bosnian team tried to produce through their center Jazvin who missed however many shots. On the other side the turkish top prospect Oguz Savas couldn t score against Jazvin. Coach Bajramovic tried to boost the offensive of his team bringing Kikanovic and Teletovic instead of Bajramovic and Jazvin. Now the very tall turkish line-up Atsur, Iliasova,Turkoglu,Gonlum and Savas had a dominance under the paints and particularly Savas converted several consecutive points. The turkish team increased the margin steadily reaching high 20 points. However the bosnian team reacted through intensifying the pressure on the turkish guards which showed some impact. Bosnia-Hercegovina cut the margin down to 5 points only 2 minutes before the end. But instead of the proven concept the bosnian players tried to score through ill-advised shots and penetrations that brought no success.
Turkey wins the tournament, while Bosnia-Heregovina has to improve significantly since Great Britain confirmed the arrival of NBA star Luol Deng!

TUR(76): Sinan G?ler 10 (3 rebs- 3 assist), Engin Atsur 8 (2 assist), Ersan Ilyasova 9 (10 rebs- 1 assist), Kerem Tunceri 2 (1 assist), Oguz Savas 16 (2 rebs- 1 assist), Kerem G?nl?m 6 (6 rebs- 1 assist), Ender Arslan 6 (1 reb- 6 assist), Hidayet T?rkoglu 15 (3 reb), Ersin G?rkem 2 (1reb- 1 assist), Fatih Solak (5 reb- 1 assist), Baris Hersek 2 (1 reb)

BIH (70): Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) 17 (3 rbs), Ivan Opacak 8 (1reb), Milan Milosevic 5 (2 rebs), Ernest J.R. Bremer 7 (3 rebs- 6 assist), Ermin Jazvin 4 (5 rebs), Elmedin Kikanovic 2 (1 reb), Mirza Teletovic 8 (2 rebs- 2 assist), Nihad Djedovic 5 (3 rebs), Kenan Bajramovic 14 (5 rebs- 2 assist)


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  BRAZIL   


Stats Leaders - BNL
CBB BNL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Marcelinho, Flam. 26.1
2 Jonhson, Minas 21.1
3 Soro, Minas 19.6
4 Williams, Joinville 19.6
5 Jefferson, Cetaf 19.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Shilton, Joinville 9.9
2 Joao, Londrina 7.8
3 Cipriano Universo 7.1
4 Brian, Saldanha 7.0
5 Newsome, FTC 7.0
Assists Per Game
1 Sucatzky, Minas 10.3
2 Valtinho, Universo 6.0
3 Munoz, FTC 5.5
4 Espiga, Joinville 5.3
5 Marcelinho, Flam. 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Duda, Flam. 2.8
2 Williams, Joinville 2.8
3 Rafinha Iguacu 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Estevam Universo 1.3
2 Adriano, Uberlandia 1.1
3 Roberto, FTC 1.1


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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Men First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Antic Lukoil Academic 23
2 Anguelov 21
3 Lilov Balkan 18.2
4 Barac Spartak Pleven 17.6
5 Deane Lukoil Academic 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Antic Lukoil Academic 9.3
2 Tmuzic Dunav 2007 8.6
3 Vitas Cherno More Eurohold 8.2
4 Payne CSKA 8
5 Reka Yambol 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Deane Lukoil Academic 6
2 Smith Lukoil Academic 5.1
3 Paskov CSKA 4
4 Smith 3.3
5 Antic Lukoil Academic 3.3
Ranking
1 Antic Lukoil Academic 28.5
2 Smith Lukoil Academic 24
3 Slaveykov Levski 19.4
4 Morton Balkan 19
5 Barac Spartak Pleven 18.7


Bulgaria nip Italy to remain perfect in EuroBasket Qualification - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Italy 81:80

Pini Gershon came to Bulgaria to win. He proved it once again when the Bulgarian National Team celebrated their third victory in a row in Group A of EuroBasket Qualification. Thus Bulgaria remained undefeated with Pini Gershon at the helm. This time Bulgaria held off desperate Italy in Sofia. The loss meant a 1-3 record to the Azzuri and a step away from EuroBasket 2009. It was a close battle throughout the action with neither side giving up an inch. Italy jumped to an early narrow lead and stretched it to 5 points late in the opening stanza. However Deyan Ivanov (205-C-86) and Angelov capped the stanza with a 6:0 run to put Bulgaria in charge 25:23 after ten minutes of action. Italy retained the lead in the second frame Luigi Da Tome (202-G/F-87) and Vitali teamed up for 13 points. The visitors secured a 42:41 advantage at halftime. The hosts went on an 11:0 rally early in the third quarter to establish a 56:46 lead. Soragna fired from beyond the arc twice to cut the distance to a single point however Jaaber made it 63:60 for Bulgaria with a quarter to go. Luca Vitali (201-G-86), Marco Mordente (191-G-79) and Luigi Da Tome connected from downtown at the start of the final period to lift Italy to a 69:67 advantage. Luca Vitali and Luigi Da Tome added two three-pointers to keep the visitors in the driving seat but Bulgaria found the right answer. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed a trey and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) converted a layup to claim a 77:75 cushion for the hosts with just over 3 minutes remaining. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Luigi Da Tome regained the advantage for Italy at 80:79 with under 2 minutes left however Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) knocked down two freebies to win the game for the home team. Massimo Bulleri missed three jumpers in the final seconds to finalize the third straight victory for Bulgaria.
Filip Videnov finished with 21 points and 7 boards to pace Bulgaria. Deyan Ivanov added 17 points, while Todor Stoykov had 13 points for the winners. Massimo Bulleri knocked down 18 points for Italy. Luigi Da Tome secured 17 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Bulgaria will travel to Serbia on Wednesday. Italy will play against Serbia on the road next Saturday.

Bulgaria: Filip Videnov 21, Deyan Ivanov 17, Todor Stoykov 13
Italy: Massimo Bulleri 18, Luigi Da Tome 17


Standings A1
A1 Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 32-0 
 2. Levski 22-10 
 3. Balkan 20-12 
 4. Spartak P. 16-16 
 5. CSKA 15-17 
 6. Cherno More 15-17 
 7. Yambol 11-21 
 8. Rilski S-list 10-22 
 9. Dunav 2007 3-15 
 10. Sliven 2-16 


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  CANADA   


Heat sign veteran center Jamaal Magloire - by Eurobasket News
Although terms were not immediately available, Heat President Pat Riley said earlier in the day the team was looking for a player willing to take the veteran's minimum.

While the Heat has depth at center, its starting job remains in flux.

After the midseason trade of Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Blount emerged as the Heat's primary starting center last season, with rookie Joel Anthony also given time as the Heat careened to a league-worst 15-67.

Those two are under contract, with Alonzo Mourning, who is still recovering from December's devastating knee injury, also expected to return once his rehabilitation is complete, which might not be until 2009. David Padgett, an undrafted center out of Louisville, also is working this offseason with the Heat.

Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky)'s career has been in a free fall since he was named to the 2004 NBA All-Star Game while a member of the Hornets.

His scoring average then dropped into single digits after he was traded in the 2005 offseason to Milwaukee. The following summer he was traded to Portland, where he was beaten out for the starting job by Joel Przybilla. He split last season between New Jersey and Dallas, almost exclusively as an end-of-bench reserve.

The Heat had looked into Theo Ratliff, Lorenzen Wright and D.J. Mbenga and three other veteran centers before settling on Jamaal Magloire, 30.

Riley said at the start of the offseason he could envision the team opening with incumbent starting power forward Udonis Haslem at center, as a means of also getting trade-deadline acquisition Shawn Marion and first-round draft choice Michael Beasley into the starting lineup.

The Toronto native becomes the second Canadian on the Heat roster, with Anthony from Montreal.

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Stats Leaders
CIS Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Morin, Laval 24.5
2 Bakovic, Ryerson 23.9
3 Posey, Lakehead 23.6
4 Nasajpour, Winni. 22.6
5 Ansah, Manitoba 22.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Saintil, Acadia 13.85
2 Bekkering, Calgary 11.5
3 Morin, Laval 11.7
4 Spagrud, Saska. 10.7
5 I.Bakovic, Ryers. 10.1
Assists Per Game
1 Steer, Windsor 7.5
2 Rootes, Brock 7.4
3 Degiorgio, Toronto 7.3
4 Ross, Saint Mary's 7.1
5 Curtis, Western 6.2
Steals Per Game
1 Nkrumah, C.Breton 3.8
2 Nasajpour, Winnip. 3.3
3 Charlery, Brandon 2.9
Blocks Per Game
1 S.Haynes - York 2.7
2 A.Penny. - Laurier 2.5
3 D.Dessur. - Ottawa 2.3
2FGP
1 H.Fraser, 60.2
2 Atangana, UQAM 57.5
3 Jaspers-F., C.Bret. 56.9
3FGP
1 Handsor, Windsor 53.1
2 Swift, UNB 49.3
3 Harrison, Laurier 47.9
Free Throws
1 McLau., St.Mary's 91.8
2 J.Price, Calgary 87.8
3 El-Zanaty, McGill 85.9


CCAA Standings
CCAA Standings
 1. Algonquin 0-0 
 2. Vanier 0-0 
 3. Durham 0-0 
 4. Champlain 0-0 
 5. St.Thomas 0-0 
 6. Trent 0-0 
 7. Nipissing 0-0 
 8. Seneca 0-0 
 9. St.Clair 0-0 
 10. Camosun 0-0 
 11. Niagara Coll. 0-0 
 12. Dawson Coll. 0-0 
 13. Centennial 0-0 
 14. Georgian Coll. 0-0 
 15. Oakwood 0-0 
 16. Grant McEwan 0-0 
 17. Medicine Hat 0-0 
 18. Sault College 0-0 
 19. Lakeland Coll. 0-0 
 20. Moncton 0-0 


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Acadia 18-2 
 2. St.Francis X. 15-5 
 3. St.Mary's 14-6 
 4. Cape Breton 14-6 
 5. Dalhousie 10-10 
 6. UPEI 7-13 
 7. New Brunsw. 2-18 
 8. Memorial 0-20 
CanWest Central
 1. Calgary 18-4 
 2. Alberta 16-6 
 3. Saskatchewan 12-10 
 4. Lethbridge 2-20 
CanWest Great Plains
 1. Brandon 20-2 
 2. Regina 10-12 
 3. Winnipeg 9-13 
 4. Manitoba 6-16 
CanWest Pacific
 1. UBC 18-5 
 2. Victoria 14-9 
 3. Simon Fraser 12-11 
 4. UCFV 11-12 
 5. Trinity West. 7-16 
 6. Thompson R. 2-21 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 13-3 
 2. Concordia 9-7 
 3. UQAM 8-8 
 4. Mc Gill 8-8 
 5. Bishop's 2-14 
UOA East
 1. Carleton 22-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 17-5 
 3. Ottawa 16-6 
 4. Queens 14-8 
 5. Ryerson 7-15 
 6. York 7-15 
 7. Laurentian 4-18 
 8. RMC 0-22 
UOA West
 1. Windsor 17-5 
 2. Brock 16-6 
 3. Guelph 13-9 
 4. W.Ontario 12-10 
 5. Mc Master 9-13 
 6. Laurier 8-14 
 7. Lakehead 8-14 
 8. Waterloo 6-16 


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  CBA   


Stats Leaders
CBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pace, E.Ky 23.0
2 Selvy, Oklah. 22.7
3 Hunter, Atlanta 22.4
4 Burton, Albany 22.0
5 Dean, E.Ky 21.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Thomas, E.Ky 11.4
2 Jackson, E.Ky 10.3
3 Phillips, Oklah. 10.0
4 Holmes, Minot 8.8
5 Hunter, Atlanta 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Norris, Yakama 8.9
2 Cook, Butte 6.4
3 Fields, Minot 4.9
4 Forte, R.Gran.V. 4.8
5 Krauser, Pittsb. 4.8
Steals Per Game
1 Fields, Minot 2.7
2 Rice, Minot 2.4
3 Krauser, Pittsb. 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Tyson, R.Gran.V. 1.9
2 Thomas, E.Ky 1.8
3 Freeman, Butte 1.7
2FGP
1 Thomas, E.Ky 62.5
2 Mattear, Minot 61.7
3 Thomas, Yak. 60.9
3FGP
1 Horton, E.Ky 50.0
2 Spanich, Oklah. 45.2
3 Krauser, Pittsb. 44.8
Free Throws
1 Dean, E.Ky 88.3
2 Selvy, Oklah. 85.8
3 Johnson, RGrV. 83.9


Standings
CBA Standings
American
 1. Minot S. 38-10 
 2. Pittsburgh X. 29-19 
 3. E.Kentucky 26-22 
 4. Albany P. 21-26 
 5. Atlanta KW 9-34 
National
 1. Yakama S. 43-5 
 2. Oklahoma C. 30-18 
 3. Butte D. 17-31 
 4. Great Falls E. 13-23 
 5. Rio Grande 13-35 


Miners preparing for CBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, head coach Kevin Keathley started evaluating talent for the second edition of the East Kentucky Miners. This year's CBA Draft will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23. The draft will be comprised of players fresh out of the college ranks. East Kentucky drafted six players in the 2nd Annual Continental Basketball Association Draft held on Sept. 25, 2007. In the second round of last year's draft, East Kentucky picked DePaul University forward Marcus Heard with the 13th overall pick. Heard was a solid contributor for East Kentucky during the team's debut season as he ultimately earned an All-CBA Rookie Team nod.

'The CBA draft is essentially our kickoff to the new season,' said Miners Coach Kevin Keathley. 'I'm extremely excited about some of the potential prospects I'm looking at for this upcoming draft. I thought last year we did a good job of identifying players that would fit into our organization. Marcus Heard made an immediate impact for us. He earned ALL-CBA rookie Honors last year for us. Look for us to draft guys who will be good representatives of the East Kentucky Miners both on and off the floor.'

Sixteen players that were selected in last year's CBA Draft participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Two players from NCAA Champion Florida (Lee Humphrey and Chris Richard) were selected. Other tradition-rich college basketball programs represented in last year's draft included Kentucky, Indiana, Memphis, Syracuse and Maryland.

East Kentucky made six picks as part of the 2007 CBA Draft. The 2007 Draft consisted of six rounds as 60 different players were selected.

'This year, I'm taking a closer look at some of the NAIA colleges in the state,' Keathley commented. 'There could be a player or two from the Mid-SoutH represented. I'm excited, we're close to naming the location for this years draft party.'

In July 2007, during the East Kentucky professional basketball team's inaugural press conference, Keathley promised the most exciting brand of basketball to be found in the state. Players drafted in the 2008 CBA Draft could reflect the uptempo style of play the Miners coach favors.

Courtesy of CBA


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  CHINA   


Bucks and Warriors to play 2 games in China in October - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors will travel to China in October to play two exhibition games, the NBA and Chinese Basketball Association said on Wednesday.

The NBA China Games tips off with the Bucks and Warriors meeting on Oct. 15 in Guangzhou and Oct. 18 at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena. As a reminder Milwaukee Bucks ended last NBA regular season on bottom of Eastern Conference Central Division with score 26-56. Golden State registered better digits. Warriors celebrated 48 times and suffered 34 defeat but they also didnt succeed to reach the play-off.

The NBA will host events in the cities as part of its Sichuan Province earthquake relief efforts.

The games will be televised live in the United States.


China Blasts Japan to Win Group A - by Arthur Volbert

China crushed Japan today 119-59 to finish undefeated atop Group A in the Asian Under-18 Basketball Championship.

Ren Junfei led China with 22 points. While his name and that of his twin, Ren Junwei, may have the sound of Lewis Carroll characters, Ren's play on the court is nothing like Tweedledee or Tweedledum, and his name must be added to the the list of young Chinese players whom the NBA should note for future reference.

Li Xiaoxu had 21 points and 216 cm Wang Zheng had 20, further adding to their credentials as players whose careers may not be confined to China. Wang, especially, should be kept in mind as you can't teach 216 cm. His reputation is that he is both bigger and more mobile than Su Wei, his fellow center prospect on Guangdong.

So why can't we get easier access to box scores from this junior tournament? Sun Yue was just signed by the Los Angeles Lakers and 7-2 Hamed Ehadadi of Iran was inked by the Memphis Grizzlies. I'll venture that two or three players at this tournament will one day make an appearance in the NBA, and others may one day play for top teams in Europe.

I finally have team rosters for the tournament, as well as box scores for Thursday's games. They were posted on FIBA Asia today. They can be found at:

http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/

Partial Box Score for Today:
China 119 (Ren Junfei 22, Li Xiaxou 21, Zheng Wang 20) bt Japan 59 (Yuya Nagayoshi 15). Quarterwise Scores: 23-18, 56-20, 88-38.

Other games:
Yesterday:
Philippimes 84- 87 Lebanon
UAE 54 - 89 C.Taipei
Today:
Kazakhstan 101 - 79 Jordan
Hong Kong 64 - 110 India
Korea 103 - 97 S.Arabia

Iran 100-73 Syria

China's Roster:
4 Sui Ran 06/25/92 194 cm G
5 Feng Qi 08/01/91 190 cm G
6 Zhang Zhihan 07/15/91 198 cm G
7 Yu Shulong 02/19/90 185 cm G
8 Cao Fei 05/04/91 194 cm F
9 Zhao Hongwei 05/06/90 195 cm F
10 Liu Shunan 10/08/90 198 cm F
11 Dong Hanlin 02/15/91 207 cm F
12 Ren Junwei 02/04/90 202 cm F
13 Ren Junfei 02/04/90 202 cm F
14 Li Xiaoxu 06/05/90 210 cm C
15 Wang Zheng 02/08/90 216 cm C

Eurobasket has a birth date October 7, 1988 for Cao Fei. I do not know where we got that date or which date, if either, is correct.

Li Xiaoxu is listed as being 210 cm. For three years he has been listed as being 204 cm on the Liaoning CBA roster. Again I am not sure which height is correct as I have not seen Li play. Du Feng went from a listing of 203 cm to 207 cm when he was in his 20's and analyzing pictures has shown that the taller height appears to be correct. If Li is really 210 cm his NBA prospects increase significantly since he would have the height to be a rebounding specialist.

More on today's game against Japan:

More than the margin of the victory, Im happy with the boys are improving, said Li Chunjiang, China's coach.

We have come here to retain the title. So winning the final is what matters the most. Till then I just want, and hope, the boys keep improving, he added.

Japan coach Yuji Yoshida took pride in the fact that his boys were ready to try out new things, without the fear of failure or playing against a tougher opponent.

We had already qualified. So I thought this was the best opportunity to try out a couple of new plays, Yoshida said.

We failed in our attempts in the second quarter, but that doesnt really matter. Because every experience is a learning experience for my boys, he added.

Box Score of Thursday's game against Hong Kong:
http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/pdf/2008/20thFIBAU18/game1.pdf



China, Iran, Lebanon, Korea Finish First Round Undefeated - by Arthur Volbert
China led Group A of the Asian Under-18 Basketball Championship in Tehran with a 3-0 record. It will be in Group I for the second round along with Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Syria.

Iran is in Group II of the second round along with Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

China, Iran, Lebanon and Korea each led their first round groups with perfect records.

Today's Late Games:
Lebanon 95 Taiwan 80
Philippines 73 UAE 54

Group I
China
Kazakhstan
Lebanon
Syria

Group II
Iran
Korea
Japan
Philippines

Group A
China------- 3 0
Japan------ 2 1
India-------- 1 2
Hong Kong 0 3

Group B
Korea--------- 3 0
Kazakhstan-- 2 1
Jordan------- 1 2
Saudi Arabia 0 3

Group C
Lebanon------- 3 0
Philippines----- 2 1
Chinese Taipei 1 2
UAE------------ 0 3

Group D
Iran------ 2 0
Syria---- 1 1
Malaysia 0 2


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - LIDOBA
LIDOBA 2008 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Araujo, DN, 22.2
Thomas, PP, 20.9
Martinez, PP, 20.9
Lalane, SPM, 19.3
Charles, LR, 19.0
Lopez, STGO, 18.7
Villegas, SPM, 18.6
Salvador, SC, 17.3
Santana, LR, 15.2
Abreu, SC, 12.7
Rebounds Per Game
Elisma, SC, 10.0
Holden, SFM, 9.4
Santana, LR, 9.3
Martinez, PP, 8.7
Araujo, DN, 8.1
Eusebio, SPM, 7.6
Kyle, SC, 7.4
Charles, LR, 6.8
Franklin, PP, 6.5
Thomas, PP, 6.1
Assists Per Game
Ortega, SFM, 8.1
Rpsario, DN, 4.3
Martinez, PP, 4.3
Fortuna, SC, 4.2
Coronado, LV, 3.8
Thomas, PP, 3.7
Salvador, SC, 3.6
Villegas, SPM, 3.6
Sanchez, LR, 3.1
Charles, LR, 2.9
2FGP
Araujo, DN, 63%
Thomas, PP, 58%
Santana, LR, 57%
Lopez, STGO, 53%
Martinez, PP, 51%
Ferreiras, SFM, 51%
Salvador, SC, 50%
Lalane, SPM, 50%
Charles, LR, 46%
Villegas, SPM, 39%
3FGP
Lopez, STGO, 53%
Paulino, SFM, 51%
Rosario, DN, 48%
Coronado, LV, 40%
Lugo, LV, 39%
Abreu, SC, 38%
Lalane, SPM, 37%
Thomas, PP, 37%
Salvador, SC, 34%
Villegas, SPM, 32%
Free Throws
Abreu, SC, 84%
Ferreiras, SFM, 83%
Thomas, PP, 80%
Holden, SFM, 73%
Pandy, LV, 72%
Charles, LR, 72%
Gomez, LV, 68%
Santana, LR, 64%
Lalane, SPM, 62%
Gonzalez, PP, 52%


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  EBA   


Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 S. BRITTINGHAM 37.4
2 D.POLK 36.0
3 KELVIN FLEMING 31.7
4 T.JOHNSON 29.8
5 C.LOTT 24.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 C.BROWN 14.4
2 DARYL OWENS 13.7
3 ANTH.NORMAN 12.7
4 B.ZELESKY 11.8
5 B.CARTER 11.7
5 KEITH WRIGHT 11.7
Assists Per Game
1 MARK STANLEY 7.4
2 HAKIM HART 6.3
3 STEVEN MILES 5.2
4 BLAKE SAUDERS 4.8
5 ANTH.BOWENS 4.7
Steals Per Game
1 DARYL OWENS 4.0
2 BLAKE SAUDERS 2.8
3 TYREE HARRIS 2.6
4 ANTH.BOWENS 2.5
4 KELVIN FLEMING 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 CLAYTON BROWN 2.8
1 TIM POLK 2.8
3 ANTH.NORMAN 2.7
4 CHARL.PRINGLE 2.5
5 KEITH WRIGHT 2.3


Standings
EBA Standings
 1. Harrisburg H. 8-2 
 2. Alexandria A. 7-3 
 3. Delaware D. 7-4 
 4. New Jersey 5-3 
 5. New Jersey B. 4-4 
 6. Camden Pride 2-1 
 7. North Jersey 2-5 
 8. Schuylkill FD 2-6 
 9. Wilker-Barre B. 0-3 
 10. Philadelphia P. 0-4 


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  EL SALVADOR   


Centrobasket 2008: Panama smashes El Salvador in Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Panama - El Salvador 100-59

Gold medal winner from the previous Centrobasket Panama blasted El Salvador in the Classification Round for 5th to 8th place in Mexico. Panamanians came with much bigger ambitions to Cancun but at the and they will fight in order to reach fifth place. Their rival, which has the same thoughts, will be the hosts Mexico. On the other hand El Salvador will take on Costa Rica battling for seventh position.

Quality level between these two teams was huge. It was seen at the early beginning. After first ten minutes Panama already created 14-point lead. El Salvador showed slightly better performance in the second frame but it was enough only for 44-33 at the half time. Panama totally dominated during following 20 minutes. Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.), Maximiliano Gomez (196-G/F-75) and their teammates made 21-12 in third quarter reaching plus 20. El Salvador gave up in the last one which Panamanians exploited to create 41-point victory.

Jamar Warren registered the best digits in Panama, 20 points and 4 rebounds. Maximiliano Gomez was behind him with 17 points while Jonathan King (191-G-90) had 15. Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) added 19 points and 5 boards for El Salvador. Araujo Jose contributed with 10 points.


Panama - El Salvador 100-59
(25-11, 19-22, 21-12, 35-14)

Panama:
Jamar Warren 20 (4 rebs), Maximiliano Gomez 17, Jonathan King 15
El Salvador: Oscar Rivera 19 (5 rebs), Araujo Jose 10


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  ESTONIA   


Stats Leaders
EMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Vares, Valga 19.7
2 Parve, Parnu 19.6
3 Cusworth, Rock 19.5
4 Armpalu, Fausto 19.2
5 Niidas, Kraft 16.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 McQuay, Kraft 11.5
2 Sharp, Pirita 10.3
3 Atuashvili, TTU KK 9.3
4 Tagamets,Fausto 8.3
5 Niidas, Kraft 7.7
Assists Per Game
1 Tsintsadze, Rock 4.2
2 Rannula, Valga 3.9
3 Kaljula, Fausto 3.8
4 Sokk, Dalkia 3.6
5 Reinbok, Pirita 3.2
Steals Per Game
1 Sharp, Pirita 2.6
2 Pugonen, Fausto 2.1
3 Tamm, Kraft 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Sharp, Pirita 1.7
2 Niidas, Kraft 1.4
3 Skadas, Valga 1.4
2FGP
1 Talts, Rock 78
2 Sestokas, Rock 71
3 Kriisa, Kalev 70
3FGP
1 Kriisa, Kalev 47.6
2 Tsintsadze, Rock 46.9
3 Oja, Valga 45.2
Free Throws
1 Hallik, Valga 87
2 Gray, Pirita 87
3 Kaljula, Fausto 85


Estonian champion inks Tanoka Beard - by Eurobasket News
Reining Estonian champion Tartu Rock announced signing of Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) on a one-year contract. Beard was one of the best Euroleague rebounders over the past 8 years. Interesting is that Tanoka Beard still holds Euroleague record with 63 index rate in one single game. 36-year old big guy started last season in Zalgiris Kaunas but after two Euroleague games the team decided to release him. Later, actually in November, he joined Hapoel Holon. Beard arrived to Zalgiris in January 2003 from Russian team Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vodi. It means that he played for the team from Kaunas four and a half very successful seasons. During this period he won many awards. He was three times 'Import Player of the Year' in Lithuanian league as well as 'Player of the Year of Baltic league in 2005'. His team succeeded to win three titles in domestic championship. In 2005 Zalgiris also was the best team in Baltic league. Before Zalgiris, Tanoka Beard was a member of Fenerbahce, Badalona, Pamesa, Besancon, Ulker, Roma and Lugo. At the time he played for these teams Beard always was one of the top scorers as well as a top rebounders of Spanish, French, Turkish and Russian leagues. 15-year ago veteran Tanoka Beard graduated at Boise State University.

Tartu Rock starts Eurocup from the first Qualifying Round. It will have to record better result in two games against Allianz Swans. If Estonian champion succeeds to eliminate Alianz Swans, it will meet Serbian team Red Star in the second Qualifying Round.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Bulgaria3-0
2. Serbia2-1
3. Finland1-2
4. Hungary1-2
5. Italy1-3
Group B
1. Estonia0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. FYR Macedo.0-0
4. Portugal0-0
Group C
1. Belgium0-0
2. France0-0
3. Turkey0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group D
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Czech Repu.0-0
3. U.Kingdom0-0
4. Israel0-0


Division A. Group A - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Italy 81:80

Pini Gershon came to Bulgaria to win. He proved it once again when the Bulgarian National Team celebrated their third victory in a row in Group A of EuroBasket Qualification. Thus Bulgaria remained undefeated with Pini Gershon at the helm. This time Bulgaria held off desperate Italy in Sofia. The loss meant a 1-3 record to the Azzuri and a step away from EuroBasket 2009. It was a close battle throughout the action with neither side giving up an inch. Italy jumped to an early narrow lead and stretched it to 5 points late in the opening stanza. However Deyan Ivanov (205-C-86) and Angelov capped the stanza with a 6:0 run to put Bulgaria in charge 25:23 after ten minutes of action. Italy retained the lead in the second frame Luigi Da Tome (202-G/F-87) and Vitali teamed up for 13 points. The visitors secured a 42:41 advantage at halftime. The hosts went on an 11:0 rally early in the third quarter to establish a 56:46 lead. Soragna fired from beyond the arc twice to cut the distance to a single point however Jaaber made it 63:60 for Bulgaria with a quarter to go. Luca Vitali (201-G-86), Marco Mordente (191-G-79) and Luigi Da Tome connected from downtown at the start of the final period to lift Italy to a 69:67 advantage. Luca Vitali and Luigi Da Tome added two three-pointers to keep the visitors in the driving seat but Bulgaria found the right answer. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed a trey and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) converted a layup to claim a 77:75 cushion for the hosts with just over 3 minutes remaining. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Luigi Da Tome regained the advantage for Italy at 80:79 with under 2 minutes left however Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) knocked down two freebies to win the game for the home team. Massimo Bulleri missed three jumpers in the final seconds to finalize the third straight victory for Bulgaria.
Filip Videnov finished with 21 points and 7 boards to pace Bulgaria. Deyan Ivanov added 17 points, while Todor Stoykov had 13 points for the winners. Massimo Bulleri knocked down 18 points for Italy. Luigi Da Tome secured 17 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Bulgaria will travel to Serbia on Wednesday. Italy will play against Serbia on the road next Saturday.

Bulgaria: Filip Videnov 21, Deyan Ivanov 17, Todor Stoykov 13
Italy: Massimo Bulleri 18, Luigi Da Tome 17

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Finland-Serbia 80:77
Finland edged Serbia 80:77 in a vital EuroBasket qualifying clash on Saturday in Vantaa. A 27:17 in the second quarter was fatal for the visitors in the game. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led the winners with 18 points. Murinen, Matinen and Hanno Mottola all three followed with 12 points each. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) resisted with 29 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.
Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) opened the game for the hosts from the arc to prove that the hosts would give the real battle for the favorites. Serbia waited for a bit and then won the opening tip with 15:8. Erceg's dunk closed the first quarter at 22:13 for the guests. In the second quarter Finland was unstoppable and scored almost all the attempts. They won the period 27:17 and had 40:39 at the half time. Again Hanno Mottola's three was the last to send the teams to the lockers.
The second half was the thriller that more than 1500 spectators came to enjoy. At first Finland won the third 21:20 for 61:59 after three quarters. Six times in the last period the score was tied and only in the end of the period Finland pushed the tempo. Trailing 74:75 the hosts improved to 80:75 with 15 seconds remaining. Nenad Krstic reduced the gap to 3 points but that was all the guests could do. Finland edged Serbia 80:77 in a vital EuroBasket qualifying clash and celebrated the initial win.
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Finland: Petteri Koponen 18, Murinen 12, Matinen 12, Hanno Mottola 12
Serbia: Nenad Krstic 29, Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) 8, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 8


Standings Div.B (Men)
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Austria0-0
2. Denmark0-0
3. Iceland0-0
4. Monteneg.0-0
5. Holland0-0
Group B
1. Albania0-0
2. Belarus0-0
3. Cyprus0-0
4. Romania0-0
5. Switzerl.0-0
Group C
1. Georgia0-0
2. Ireland0-0
3. Luxembourg.0-0
4. Slovakia0-0
5. Sweden0-0


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  FINLAND   


EUROBASKET: Finland defeated Serbia! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroBasket 2009, Division A. Qualifying Round, Group A. Finland has defeated Serbia in basketball - first time ever! That miracle took place on Saturday
evening at Energy Arena in Vantaa, when Finland won over visitor Serbia in the thriller by three: 80-77 (40-39). Quarters: 13-22, 27-17, 21-20, 19-18.
After the first quarter (Finland was down by nine) the hosts tied the game in 3,5 minutes (24-24) and since then the scenario of this game was like out of the
most exiting book. The game was tied 14 times and the lead was changing 21 times! When home team's very important player Hanno Mottola fouled out
(2:17 to go), the contest was tied 74-74. Novica Velickovic made one FT (1:23 left) and Serbia was ahead by one (74-75). Finland leading scorer (18)
Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) made a 3-pointer (1:08 to go) and Finland was ahead by two (77-75). Serbia missed the shot and Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) was fouled after grabbing the rebound. Matinen made one FT (78-75) and there was 28 seconds on the clock. Serbia missed again a 3-pointer and Matinen saved the rebound one more time. Matinen was fouled and this time (0:15 seconds to go) he made both FTs (80-75). Serbia's Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) scored his 29th pts in the game (80-77), but there was only five seconds left. Anyway enough time for Matinen, who missed his dunk, but Finland had taken a sweet victory. Finland opening victory, because finally Team's defence was working so well and self-confidence was so unbelievably big. Even Serbia's Head Coach Dusan Ivkovic had to admit, that Finland was fighting all 40 minutes the tough game and earned the victory.
Finland had five players in double figures: Petteri Koponen 18, Kimmo Muurinen 12, Hanno Mottola 12, Jukka Matinen 12 and Shawn Huff 10. Serbia's Nenad Krstic scored game high 29 pts, but he was the only player over 10 pts.
Bulgaria - Italy 81-80 (41-42). Quarters: 25-23, 16-19, 22-18, 18-20. B: Filip Videnov 21, Deyan Ivanov 17. I: Massimo Bulleri 18, Luigi DaTome 17.

Next games: 3.9. Hungary - Finland, Serbia - Bulgaria.



Finland creates an upset for the favorites - by Eurobasket News

Finland-Serbia 80:77

Finland edged Serbia 80:77 in a vital EuroBasket qualifying clash on Saturday in Vantaa. A 27:17 in the second quarter was fatal for the visitors in the game. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led the winners with 18 points. Murinen, Matinen and Hanno Mottola all three followed with 12 points each. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) resisted with 29 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.
Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) opened the game for the hosts from the arc to prove that the hosts would give the real battle for the favorites. Serbia waited for a bit and then won the opening tip with 15:8. Erceg's dunk closed the first quarter at 22:13 for the guests. In the second quarter Finland was unstoppable and scored almost all the attempts. They won the period 27:17 and had 40:39 at the half time. Again Hanno Mottola's three was the last to send the teams to the lockers.
The second half was the thriller that more than 1500 spectators came to enjoy. At first Finland won the third 21:20 for 61:59 after three quarters. Six times in the last period the score was tied and only in the end of the period Finland pushed the tempo. Trailing 74:75 the hosts improved to 80:75 with 15 seconds remaining. Nenad Krstic reduced the gap to 3 points but that was all the guests could do. Finland edged Serbia 80:77 in a vital EuroBasket qualifying clash and celebrated the initial win.
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Finland: Petteri Koponen 18, Murinen 12, Matinen 12, Hanno Mottola 12
Serbia: Nenad Krstic 29, Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) 8, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 8


Stats Leaders - Division I
1.Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bennett, Ura 37,2
2 Scott, PuHu 29,2
3 Bojang, Lapua 25,4
4 Clark, FoKoPo 23,5
5 McGinn, Vilpas 22,2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Bojang, Lapua 15,8
2 Housman, Vilpas 13,7
3 Jones, HNMKY 12,5
4 C.Smith, FoKoPo 12,0
5 J.Smith, Ura 11,6
Assists Per Game
1 Conerly, FoKoPo 5,9
2 Riihela, BC Nokia 4,4
3 Bennett, Ura 3,4
4 Jarvinen, Vilpas 3,3
5 Carhart, Lapua 3,2


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Williams, Pyrinto 23.3
2 Hester, Compon. 22.3
3 Smith, KTP 21.7
4 Wallery, Compon. 20.5
5 Smith, Kouvot 20.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 McCarroll, Tarmo 12.2
2 Wallery, Compon. 12.0
3 Dies, KTP 11.4
4 Williams, Pyrinto 11.4
5 Dantzler, Pyrinto 10.7
Assists Per Game
1 Patterson, ToPo 5.1
2 Hinnant, Kataja 4.4
3 Sten, LrNMKY 4.3
4 Williams, Pyrinto 4.2
5 Koponen, Honka 4.1
Steals Per Game
1 Sten, LrNMKY 3.0
2 Patterson, ToPo 2.9
3 Stokes, fKorihait 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Fields, ToPo 1.9
2 McCarroll, Tarmo 1.7
3 Dies, KTP 1.6
2FGP
1 Fields, ToPo 65.1
2 Dantzler, Pyrinto 63.4
3 Bernard, Kouvot 62.0
3FGP
1 Ilmonen, KTP 47.6
2 Matinen, Honka 46.9
3 Kuisma, Kataja 44.3
Free Throws
1 Ilmonen, KTP 92.1
2 Iisalo, Kouvot 90.9
3 Stokes, Korihait 88.9


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  FRANCE   


Pro A&B Market news - by Aurelien Hipp

*Rob Lewin (201-F-80, college: Troy) will stay in Strasbourg next season, after having posted 8.7ppg and 6.9 rpg last year. The US-jamaican power, who also played in Spain and Swden before landing in France (try-out at Boulazac, 1 season with Reims and 1 with Strasbourg) was ProA best rebounder and blocker 2 seasons ago with Reims.

*Nanterre won't keep Brandon Voorhees (201-F-84, college: Park). The young american player apparently didn't really fit for the job and another profile is now expected in the parisian team, which goes on preparing in Southern France, at Temple sur Lot. A scrimmage vs Pau-Orthez is scheduled there.

*Yannick Bokolo (189-G-85) is now a free agent. The young and athletic guard spent 5 seasons with Le Mans, posting 5.4ppg 2.2rpg 2.7apg during last one. Now that he has found an agreement with the team, the player is free to sign anywhere. Le Mans, again, won't keep Herbert Hill (203-F-84, college: Providence). The team has noticed that the player didn't really recover from his knee injury.


*Rob McKiver (191-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: San Jacinto CC) will be tested at Chalon, to replaced injuired Dewayne Jefferson (knee ligaments, ), who will be sidelined for 6 months.Rob McKiver just graduated from Houston University, where he posted 23.6ppg 2.9ppg. McKiver also had a very good PIT, posting 16.0ppg 3.7apg.


*Gravelines will test Trey Johnson (196-G, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) during coming friendly games. Johnson graduated from Jackson State University, and played in the D-league last season (12.3ppg 3.5apg 4.1apg with Bakersfield).


*According to newspaper L'Equipe, Uka Agbai (203-F-81, college: Boston Coll.) won't play for Le Havre next season. The Nigerian Center decided to go back to the USA for personal reasons.



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  HONDURAS   


Standings
Standings
 1. Ingenieros 0-0 
 2. Tegucigalpa 0-0 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Mills, Dombovar 23.22
2. Gulyas, ASE 22.04
3. Blair, Univer 22.00
4. Lesko, Sopron 21.71
5. Kalman, Falco 20.91
Rebounds Per Game
1. Freeman, Bodrogi 9.88
2. Hendlein, KKK 9.22
3. Horvath, ASE 9.00
4. Aliakseyeu, Falco 8.65
5. Ocitti, Körmend 8.52
Assists Per Game
1. English, Dombovar 8.96
2. Savic, NYKK 7.54
3. Kalman, Falco 7.24
4. Simon, Albacomp 6.00
5. Meszaros, ASE 5.75
Steals Per Game
1. Savic, NYKK 3.79
2. English, Dombovar 3.17
3. Doyne, Falco 3.13
4. Drahos, Bodrogi 2.92
5. McClendon 2.73
Blocks Per Game
1. Wiley, Dombovar 1.85
2. Gulyas, ASE 1.52
Hendlein, KKK 1.52
4. Aliakseyeu, Falco 1.35
5. Vavra, 0.96
Ranking
1. Mills, Dombovar 30.00
2. Kalman, Falco 29.38
3. Gulyas, ASE 28.96
4. English, Dombovar 28.33
5. Blair, Univer 27.50


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  IBL   


Stats Leaders
IBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lucas Portland 38.3
2. Springs Holland 28.8
3. Moodie Elkhart 27.2
4. Murray L.A. 26.5
5. Dunn C. Oregon 26.4
6.Diggs Bellingham 26.1
7.Langhorne G.Rapids 25.9
8. Watkins Elgin 24.5
9. Butler Las Vegas 24.1
10.Horton C. Oregon 23.8
Rebounds Per Game
1.Murray L.A. 12.2
2.Horton C. Oregon 10.6
3.Charles Elkhart 10.5
4.Shaw G.Rapids 10.0
5.Gayden Elgin 10.0
Assists Per Game
1.Hall Las Vegas 10.0
2.Bradford W.City 8.8
3.Springs Holland 8.1
4.Tyner Vancouver 7.2
5.Kyle B.Creek 7.1


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  ISRAEL   


Market News - by Tamar Goldman

Hapoel Holon, the Israeli Champion made another great purchase by signing the American SG/SF Deron Washington (201-G/F-85). The 23 years old player gave up his place in the NBA after he was drafted by Detroit Pistons last year (second round, 54th place). In his last year in collage Washington averaged 13.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.0 spg.

Alitzur Q. Ata added two new players one foreigner and one Israeli. The Israeli is Niv Berkowitz (190-G-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Marquette), the 22 years old guard that grew up in the youth section of Maccabi Tel Aviv and made his debut in the first Div. on 2005/06 season while playing for Ramat Hasharon .Berkowitz spent the last two seasons in the second Div. (with Holon and Yokneam Megido) and now he returns to the First Div. The new foreigner is Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, college: Syracuse), a 24 years old Forward that was drafted by Pittsburgh Xplosion from the CBA in the 4th round in the summer of 2007.


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  ITALY   


Team Italy defeated again. The mirror of the current times. - by Gianni Pascucci
As you have yet read on Eurobasket, Italian National Team was narrowly beaten on the road by Team Bulgaria 80-81 yesterday night, at the end of a game played head to head (25-2, 41-42 and 63-60 the partial scores). Thanks God, Finland upset Serbia 80-77 in the same day, keeping alive some little hopes for the Azzurri. The current Group A standing table, however, is'nt good at all: Bulgaria is at at the top (3-0), followed by Serbia (2-1), Hungary and Finland (1-2), while Italy is sadly at the bottom, with a 1-3 record, something absolutely unusual for Italian basketball. Even showing disappoint, the statements of coach Carlo Recalcati after yesterday game were concentrated on the next game, scheduled for Sat. 6, in Beograd, vs. Serbia. Winning that game, Team Italy could receive the boost to climb the table till the second place, but, sincerely, the lack of size and experience of this team and the absence of most of the best players lead to consider something that seemed impossible only some weeks ago: Italy won' t participate to 'Euro 2009'. We would remember that the 'Azzurri' claimed the silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games only four years ago, and they participated to every European Championship in last 30 years... This all means that Italian basketball needs of a u-turn to come back at his old ranking, and for sure the 'strikes' of the Italian Players Union vs. the Serie A teams or the National Team the same to increase the number of the domestic players on the court are not the right answer. The level of the medium Italian player is exactly the one we have seen till now: so-so at the offensive side, with poor fundamentals and personality, lack of leadership and free throw accuracy. And the last version of Team Italy defends worse than before. Given this, it is not so strange to find the Azzurri behind Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary...

Stats Leaders - SerieA
SerieA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Tucker, Siviglia 21.0
2 Finley, Solsonica 20.3
3 Holland, Cimberio 19.5
4 Jones, Eldo 17.9
5 Wood, Tisettanta 17.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Wallace, Pierrel 10.7
2 Ford,Prem.9.8
3 Lloreda, Cimberio9.8
4 Watson, Armani9.5
5 Ja.Thomas, Upim 9.5
Assists Per Game
1 Pozzecco, Pierrel 7.8
2 M.Green, AirAV 6.5
3 McIntyre, Mont. 5.3
4 Poeta, Siviglia4.6
5 Allen, Snaidero 3.6
4 Wood,Tisettanta3.4
5 Finley, Solsonica3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Pozzecco, Pierrel 6.1
2 Fitch, Tisettanta 4.5
3 M.Green, AirAV 3.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Ford, Prem. 1.5
2 Pasco, Scavolini 1.2
3 Toure, Armani 1.2
2FGP
1 Howell, Pierrel 70.4
2 Ford, Prem.68.2
3 Eze Benjamin 66.3
3FGP
1 J.Thomas, Prem.45.5
2 Wood, Tisettanta45.3
3 Hicks, Scavolini44.8
Free Throws
1 M.Green, AirAV 89.0
2 Diener, Mont. 88.9
3 Clark, Scavolini 88.2


Bulgaria nip Italy to remain perfect in EuroBasket Qualification - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Italy 81:80

Pini Gershon came to Bulgaria to win. He proved it once again when the Bulgarian National Team celebrated their third victory in a row in Group A of EuroBasket Qualification. Thus Bulgaria remained undefeated with Pini Gershon at the helm. This time Bulgaria held off desperate Italy in Sofia. The loss meant a 1-3 record to the Azzuri and a step away from EuroBasket 2009. It was a close battle throughout the action with neither side giving up an inch. Italy jumped to an early narrow lead and stretched it to 5 points late in the opening stanza. However Deyan Ivanov (205-C-86) and Angelov capped the stanza with a 6:0 run to put Bulgaria in charge 25:23 after ten minutes of action. Italy retained the lead in the second frame Luigi Da Tome (202-G/F-87) and Vitali teamed up for 13 points. The visitors secured a 42:41 advantage at halftime. The hosts went on an 11:0 rally early in the third quarter to establish a 56:46 lead. Soragna fired from beyond the arc twice to cut the distance to a single point however Jaaber made it 63:60 for Bulgaria with a quarter to go. Luca Vitali (201-G-86), Marco Mordente (191-G-79) and Luigi Da Tome connected from downtown at the start of the final period to lift Italy to a 69:67 advantage. Luca Vitali and Luigi Da Tome added two three-pointers to keep the visitors in the driving seat but Bulgaria found the right answer. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed a trey and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) converted a layup to claim a 77:75 cushion for the hosts with just over 3 minutes remaining. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Luigi Da Tome regained the advantage for Italy at 80:79 with under 2 minutes left however Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) knocked down two freebies to win the game for the home team. Massimo Bulleri missed three jumpers in the final seconds to finalize the third straight victory for Bulgaria.
Filip Videnov finished with 21 points and 7 boards to pace Bulgaria. Deyan Ivanov added 17 points, while Todor Stoykov had 13 points for the winners. Massimo Bulleri knocked down 18 points for Italy. Luigi Da Tome secured 17 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Bulgaria will travel to Serbia on Wednesday. Italy will play against Serbia on the road next Saturday.

Bulgaria: Filip Videnov 21, Deyan Ivanov 17, Todor Stoykov 13
Italy: Massimo Bulleri 18, Luigi Da Tome 17


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  JAPAN   


Import player lineup for 2008-09 JBL season - by Kenny
Here is the compete import player list for all 8 teams in the JBL for the 2008-09 season:

Aisin: C J.R. Sakuragi (Henderson)*, F David Young, F Daryan Selvy
Toyota: F Michael Takahashi (Dorsey)*, G Louis Campbell, F Charles O'Bannon
Mitsubishi: F Walter Brown-Matsushima*, F Jo Kurino-Dews*, F Carl Thomas, C Adam Parada
Panasonic: C Jerald Honeycutt, F Ace Custis
Hitachi: F Tyler Smith, F Lamar Rice
Toshiba: F/C Cory Violette, C Peter Cornell
Hokkaido: C Tyler Newton, C Mohamed Woni
Tochigi: F Ken (Abe) Tanaka*, F/C Randy Orr

*denotes Japanese citizen/played collegiately in the U.S.


Notes: Tochigi is still searching for its second true import after reportedly releasing F Joe Hickingbottom after only 10 days for lackluster play. F Charles O'Bannon is the longest tenured import in the JBL as he arrived in Japan in 2000. He will be entering his 9th season in the JBL while fellow UCLA teammate and JBL rival J.R. Sakuragi (Henderson) will be entering his 8th season in Japan as the import with the second longest tenure in the JBL. C Jerald Honeycutt, C Peter Cornell, and F Carl Thomas are on their 3rd JBL team. Now retired JBL legend Eric MacArthur holds the record for most JBL teams played for by an import as he played with 4 different teams from 1991-2007.


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
JBL Pro Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Estill OSG 24.88
Williams HOK 24.69
O'Bannon TOY 24.17
Hawkins OSG 23.50
Klette PAN 20.97
Rebounds Per Game
Estill OSG 16.03
Custis PAN 12.49
Cornell HIT 12.06
Newton HOK 10.97
Smith TOS 10.71
Assists Per Game
Hawkins OSG 7.53
Campbell TOY 6.17
Custis PAN 4.60
Sakurai HOK 4.06
Kashiwakura MIT 4.03
Steals Per Game
Hawkins OSG 2.29
Honeycutt MIT 2.26
Kashiwagi AIS 2.21
Custis PAN 2.09
O'Bannon TOY 1.57


Tabuse returns to his roots - by J.D. Greene
The rumors that had been swirling over the summer since new head coach, Mitsuhito Kato, joined Tochigi Brex has finally come true: Yuta Tabuse (175-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) will return to Japan to play for the JBL. On their team website, the Tochigi Brex have announced the acquisition of the first Japanese NBA-player who, since 2003, made several attempts to remain on an NBA team roster, but was never able to stick around for an entire season. Something very notable about his contract, however: it contains a clause which would allow him to go abroad if he receives offers from NBA teams or other high-paying teams. According to the Associated Press, Tochigi team president Takashi Yamaya has stated: 'I can't comment on the amount (of the contract) but I think he is the highest paid Japanese player.'
Although accostomed to NBA-style basketball, Tabuse should have no problems getting acquainted with his new team as he formally played under Coach Kato at his former high school, Noshiro Kogyo. With Tabuse's return to the JBL, we may begin to see a spike in interest in Japanese basketball.

**In other Tochigi news, newly acquired import player Joe Hickingbottom has reportedly returned home to the US. Sources say injury may have played a role but Tochigi has not yet announced a replacement.


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  KBDL   


Standings
KBDL Standings
 1. Express 2-1 
 2. Thunder 2-1 
 3. Lancers 2-3 
 4. Thoroughbreds 1-1 
 5. Generals 1-1 
 6. Gamblers 1-2 


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  KUWAIT   


Miller to Al Arabi - by Mohammed Malas
According to local media in Kuwait, Al Arabi club management decided to invite the american guard Adoyah Miller (195-G-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Loyola Marymount) for tryouts before finizalizing a one-season deal with him....

Miller holds the italian passport, He was graduated from Loyola Marymount (NCAA1) in 2007, He played his 1st professional career in Italian 2nd division last season...

Al Arabi team coach is Jaimie Angeli who is looking to rebuild the team and put them on the right track again...


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  MONTENEGRO   


Grdinic in Hercegovac,Vujucic in Univresity Mediteran from Podgorica - by Dragan Scepanovic
DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex baskteball player of Basketball Club Jedinstvo form Bijelo Polje Vladimir Grdinic (188-G-78) finish deal with management of Basketball Club Hercegovac to singed contract for new season with Basketball Club Hercegovac from Bileca member of BiH Premier league.In same way Basketball Club University Mediteran from Podgorica and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex baskteball player of Basketball Club Mogren Budva Nikola Vujicic (185-G-89) is very close to singed contract for new season with Basketball Club University Mediteran

Coach Ranko Carapic and Zeljko Jovanovic renew contract with BC Ulcinj - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Ulcinj and DELFI SMG Agency announced that baskteball player of Basketball Club Ulcinj in season 2007-2008 Zeljko Jovanovic (192-G/F-86) agree terms with management of Basketball Club Ulcinj for singed contract for new season with Basketball Club Ulcinj member of MNT1A Opportunity league.In same way Basketball Club Ulcinj announced that they singed contract for new season with basketball Coach Ranko Carapic and with basketball Players Edvin Kalezic (201-C-84), Sandro Cuk (188-G-85), Luka Dabanovic (195-G-86) and Vladimir Osmajic (204-F-80)

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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
NBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 LeBron, CLE 30.0
2 Kobe, LAL 28.3
3 Iverson, DEN 26.4
4 Carmelo, DEN 25.7
5 Stoudemire, PHX 25.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dwight, ORL 14.2
2 Camby, DEN 13.1
3 Chandler, NOH 11.7
4 Duncan, SAS 11.3
5 A.Jefferson,MIN 11.1
Assists Per Game
1 Paul, NOH 11.6
2 Nash, PHX 11.1
3 D.Williams, UTA 10.5
4 Kidd, DAL-NJN 10.1
5 Calderon,TOR 8.3
Steals Per Game
1 Paul, NOH 2.7
2 Artest, SAC 2.3
3 B.Davis, GSW 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Camby, DEN 3.6
2 J.Smith , ATL 2.8
3 Kaman, LAC 2.8
2FGP
1 Biedrins,GSW 62.6
2 Chandler,NOH 62.3
3 Howard,ORL 59.9
3FGP
1 Kapono,TOR 48.3
2 Nash,PHX 47.0
3 Jones,POR 44.4
Free Throws
1 Ahearn, MIA 96.8
2 Barry, SAS 95.0
3 Stojakovic, NOH 92.9


Heat sign veteran center Jamaal Magloire - by Eurobasket News
Although terms were not immediately available, Heat President Pat Riley said earlier in the day the team was looking for a player willing to take the veteran's minimum.

While the Heat has depth at center, its starting job remains in flux.

After the midseason trade of Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Blount emerged as the Heat's primary starting center last season, with rookie Joel Anthony also given time as the Heat careened to a league-worst 15-67.

Those two are under contract, with Alonzo Mourning, who is still recovering from December's devastating knee injury, also expected to return once his rehabilitation is complete, which might not be until 2009. David Padgett, an undrafted center out of Louisville, also is working this offseason with the Heat.

Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky)'s career has been in a free fall since he was named to the 2004 NBA All-Star Game while a member of the Hornets.

His scoring average then dropped into single digits after he was traded in the 2005 offseason to Milwaukee. The following summer he was traded to Portland, where he was beaten out for the starting job by Joel Przybilla. He split last season between New Jersey and Dallas, almost exclusively as an end-of-bench reserve.

The Heat had looked into Theo Ratliff, Lorenzen Wright and D.J. Mbenga and three other veteran centers before settling on Jamaal Magloire, 30.

Riley said at the start of the offseason he could envision the team opening with incumbent starting power forward Udonis Haslem at center, as a means of also getting trade-deadline acquisition Shawn Marion and first-round draft choice Michael Beasley into the starting lineup.

The Toronto native becomes the second Canadian on the Heat roster, with Anthony from Montreal.

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Luol Deng free to play for Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) is free to play in Great Britain's European Championship qualifying campaign after the national association bumped up the insurance to cover his lucrative NBA contract.

Deng signed a new deal with the Chicago Bulls last month reportedly worth up to US$80 million and British Basketball had been struggling to pay the insurance for the 23-year-old Sudanese-born player, who moved to London as a child to escape the conflict in his homeland.

However, the association said Saturday it had 'reluctantly' agreed to increase his coverage, meaning Deng is free to play against Israel in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and against the Czech Republic in London next Saturday.

'We see no medical reason why the NBA insurers have demanded this new element to Luol's insurance,' British Basketball performance director Chris Spice said. 'Their demand came so late and out of the blue, we have had no choice.'

Deng is by far Britain's biggest basketball star, and the team would have little hope on reaching next year's Eurobasket tournament in Poland without the forward. He is also the cornerstone of Britain's push to have a competitive team at the 2012 London Olympics.

'We are convinced that this is the best outcome for British Basketball, is the best use of our funds in the circumstances and highlights our commitment to make Great Britain one of the top basketball nations in the world by 2012,' Spice said.

Courtesy of www.calibre.mworld.com


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  NCAA1   


Washington State University will put back Taylor Rochestie - by Bruno Baltazar
Washington State University redshirt senior Taylor Rochestie (6'1''-G-85, college: Tulane) will be put back on scholarship for the 2008-09 basketball season, WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett announced Thursday.
Last October, Rochestie gave up his scholarship for his senior season in order to open up another scholarship for the men's basketball program. His generosity allowed the Cougars to sign an additional player to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period in November. Following the 2007-08 season, one WSU basketball student-athlete was granted a release from the program in April, allowing the Cougars to sign a sixth freshman to an NLI. Just over a month later, another student-athlete was granted his release, opening up the scholarship that is now being awarded to Rochestie.
Last season Rochestie set the school record for minutes played with 1,223 as the team's starting point guard. He ranked 10th in the nation with a 2.8 assist/turnover ratio and was 69th in the country with 4.7 assists per outing. Rochestie's 10.4 points per game was tied for third-best on the team. A communication major, Rochestie was named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic First Team.


Kyle Taber to have knee surgery, miss 10 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Indiana senior forward Kyle Taber (6'7''-F) will undergo surgery on his knee Wednesday and is expected to be out for 10 weeks. Coach Tom Crean said Tuesday that Taber injured the knee last week.

Neither the nature of Taber's injury nor which knee was injured was disclosed.

The 6-foot-7 Taber started four games last season, averaging 1.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22 games. He is the only returning scholarship player for the Hoosiers, who are still awaiting possible sanctions by the NCAA for telephone recruiting violations by former coach Kelvin Sampson.

'This is very unfortunate for Kyle,' Crean said. 'He has been a strong presence and has done things the right way for us since we arrived here. We will move forward and help him through his rehabilitation and look to him to provide us with the leadership that is expected from a fifth-year senior at Indiana.'

Courtesy of www.foxsports.com


Cal State Fullerton wins and Winston Salem will play in Bahamas - by Bruno Baltazar
Josh Akognon (5'11''-G-86, college: Washington St.) scored 38 points to lead six Cal State Fullerton players in double figures as the Titans jumped off a plane and ran away to a 108-73 victory Friday night at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, in a men's basketball international exhibition.
Akognon hit 8 of 17 from the 3-point line and the Titans made 16 of 44 as a team in the run-and-gun affair played under international rules. Fullerton scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to take a 33-17 lead and coasted the rest of the way.
Letterman guard Marcio Lassiter scored 14 points and newcomers Ray Miller (13), Jacques Streeter (11), Aaron Thompson (11) and Gerard Anderson (10) also reached double figures. Miller led the way with 10 rebounds as Fullerton held a 17-rebound advantage.
The Titans' didn't take off from Los Angeles International Airport until after 5 p.m. and didn't land in Vancouver until about 8 p.m. After clearing immigration and getting their luggage and making a 50-minute drive to Langley, the game didn't begin until about 10 p.m. NCAA rules prohibit players from missing class time for international exhibitions, hence a scheduled 4:15 departure that was delayed by mechanical problems.
Jacob Doerksen, selected the top prep player in British Columbia a few years ago, led the Spartans with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Matt Meyers (14) was the only other TWU player in double figures. TWU made only 8 of 23 treys and only 15 of 25 free throws.Fullerton plays Saturday night at Simon Fraser University and Sunday at the University of British Columbia.

The Winston-Salem State men's basketball team is off to Nassau, Bahamas for a four-day trip in which the team will play two exhibition games against two club teams. The Rams take advantage of an NCAA rule that allows a school to play in an early tournament once every four years. The team was allowed to practice for 10 days prior to its departure on Friday.
After a Friday evening arrival, the Rams will face the NP All Stars at 2 p.m. on Saturday and then face Commonwealth Bank in a 6 p.m. match-up on Sunday. Both games will be played at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, a 3,500-seat venue in Nassau.
WSSU, which went 12-18 in 2007-08, returns a talented group of players from last year's squad, with senior forward Jamal Durham leading the team. Brian Fisher, the Rams only junior with experience in head coach Bobby Collins' system, will also add experience along with sophomore forward Paul Davis, who led the team in rebounds and blocked shots last season.
After losing two starters in Roy Peake and Darrell Wonge, Collins will look to his seven newcomers to provide depth for the team.


UC Davis defeats Vanves in first game in Europe - by Eurobasket News

UC Davis defeated Vanves, 93-77, in the first of four exhibition games the Aggies will play on their current European Tour. Joe Harden (6'7''-G, college: Notre Dame) led UC Davis with 26 points while Dominic Calegari added 16. Mark Payne and Vince Oliver each finished with 12 points.

Payne posted a double-double as he hauled in 11 rebounds. Oliver dished out a team-high six assists.

The game featured four quarters, and the Aggies outscored Vanves in each quarter. UC Davis led 49-46 at the half and 68-62 after three quarters before finishing strong with a 25-15 advantage in the fourth quarter.

UC Davis connected eight times from beyond the arc. Redshirt freshman Adam Malik and Kyle Brucculeri each made two three-pointers. Oliver, Harden, Calegari and Ryan Silva each made one trey. Hardens effort included going 13-for-15 from the free throw line.

Vanves is a national team located in Paris. UC Davis is next in action Sunday evening when it faces West Lyon in Lyon, France. The team resumes sightseeing Saturday in Paris before heading to Lyon on Sunday.Friday represented the second full day for UC Davis in Paris.


Game 1 Results: UC Davis 93, Vanves 77

Score By Periods

UC Davis 23-26-19-25-93

Vanves 21-25-16-15-77

UC Davis Scoring

Joe Harden 26; Dominic Calegari 16; Mark Payne 12; Vince Oliver 12; Kyle Brucculeri 9; Adam Malik 7; Todd Lowenthal 4; David Carter 4; Ryan Silva 3.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com



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  NCAA2   


1st Team All AmericanTrifecta From Ohio Front-Running Toward 09' NCAA D2 POY! - by Lucius Jones
The trio of Ted Scott (6'1''-G), Chris Commons (6'8''-F, college: Findlay (OH) (OH)), and Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87) are the only returning 1st Team All Americans in the NCAA D2 nation and all ironically hail from Ohio. Two of the players{Josh Bostic & Ted Scott} are even closer in origin as they each grew up in Columbus,while Chris Commons is from Toledo. In the debate for 2008-2009 NCAA D2 Player of the Year, the pre-season talk almost certainly begins here.

Ted Scott is the player most probably have forgotten about,due to his injury which caused him to miss the entire 07-08 season. His status as a top scorer in the nation and 1st Team All American in 06-07 solidifies his presence in the discussion for the upcoming year's accolades. Ted Scott averaged 27ppg 4rpg 1apg 1spg 53%FG 44%3pt 82%FT and is regarded as a future professional. His team is coming off of a 20-10/16-4 season without his services and, with a very strong recruiting class included, looks to be a top tier team this season. W.Virginia St. should be a legit National Championship contender in division two basketball this season and for years to come under Bryan Poore . The diligent efforts of Head Coach Bryan Poore ,along with his staff and Central Ohio connection Tony Cornett,seem to be taking the program from conference and regional power to national prominence.

Chris Commons came out of nowhere in the Peach Belt Conference to end the season 2nd in the entire nation in scoring among other national rankings in various statistical categories. Chris Commons averaged 22ppg 6.4rpg 1apg 1spg 1bpg 54%FG 38%3pt 68%FT last season in route to his 1st team All American status. He also led his team to a 27-4 finish that also included a win versus an NCAA D1 opponent. S.Carol.-Aiken ended the 07-08 season as the Peach Belt Conference Champions and also as the host team for their Region. With another strong recruiting class entering the already loaded lineup, S.Carol.-Aiken should expect to be a top, if not THE top, team in the nation once the pre-season rankings come out and seems primed to remain among the top of the national rankings for years to come. This program has achieved elite status under Head Coach Vince Alexander and Asst Coach Nate Davis and with their new 3,498 seat Convocation Center, they should continue to attract high quality talent.

Josh Bostic is a 4yr starter who averaged 14ppg 6rpg 3apg 2spg 1bpg 47%FG near 40%3pt 82%FT and is now at 1,037 career points which is 35th All Time at Findlay (OH). Josh Bostic also attained All Defensive & Conference Tournament & Regional Tournament honors last season as well during Findlay (OH) 's 28-5,Sweet 16 campaign. Returning 75.8ppg of the teams 78.7ppg gives Findlay (OH) a strong probability of being a highly nationally ranked team and quite possibly the overall #1 team in the nation in the pre-season. During Josh Bostic 's career at Findlay (OH), Head Coach Ron Niekamp ,the staff,and team have been cemented in the top 10 in the nation and respectively finished the last 2 seasons 3rd and 7th in the nation.

Josh Bostic was the only player available for interview at this stories' deadline:

1. What was it like to be named a 1st Team All American and did you expect it?
JB: For me, to be named a first team All American as a junior was an amazing honor. Growing up I always dreamed of being an All American and it feels great to have accomplished that achievment. Honestly I did expect to recieve this honor, but I owe all thanks to God, my coaches/parents and teamates for their help and support.


2. What are your team expectations and personal goals heading into 2008-2009,your Senior season?
JB:I am expecting big things not just from my team, but from the whole D2 nation. I am obviously biased toward my team being very successful this year, but I also have friends at other D2 schools that I wish the best for as well.

3. Where do you see your team being ranked in the pre-season polls........the highest & lowest possible rankings in the NCAA D2 Nation?
JB: I am not sure how rankings work and honestly that stuff doesnt much matter. Ive never seen a ranking cause another team to quit, if anything, the higher you are ranked, the bigger the bullseye on your back......this up coming season, I am expecting Findlay (OH) to have one of those huge, bright red targets on our jerseys!

4. Do you think you have a chance at Pre-Season NCAA D2 Player of the Year and how important would that distinction be to you?
JB:I think it may be a possibility for me to recieve D2 POY honors, but it doesnt really matter to me. I would rather see my team and I celebrating a championship over myself celebrating an individual accomplishment.

5. Do you have professional aspirations after college and what specifically are those aspirations?
JB:Yes I do dream of one day playing professional basketball. The exciting part is that with each day of hard work, I am taking this dream and making it into a reality!


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Wellington Saints grab the CBL title - by Eurobasket News
Wellington Saints - Waikato Titans 90:84

The Wellington Saints finished three-year hegemony of the Titans on top of the CBL and claimed the crown yesterday. Arthur Trousdell (203-F/C-81, college: Cameron) tallied 23 points and 11 boards to propel the Saints to a tough win. Trousdell was named the tournaments MVP. Matt Te Huna (190-G-83) added 21 points and 4 steals for the winners. Wellington and Waikato also played early this year in the NBL Finals and Waikato celebrated a 2-0 sweep of the series. This time however Wellington managed to avenge of the loss.
The Saints got to a brave start as they jumped in front 26:17 after ten minutes of action. Matt Doggett gave the Saints a 10-point lead early in the second frame. Trousdell completed his 12-point first-half tally and Wellington built a 14-point lead at the interval. Arthur Trousdell knocked down a three-pointer as Wellington stretched the margin to 22 points in the third quarter. However Prem Krishna (189-G-76) sparked a comeback effort for the Titans as they trimmed the deficit to 11 points before the fourth term. Waikato came as close as 7 points from the Saints early in the fourth term. But Tim Gillan (192-G/F-82) stepped up with 6 points for Wellington as they were able to keep their opponents at bay throughout the reminder of the contest. Brendon Pongia (186-G-69) notched 19 points for the winners. Earl Smith (193-G-73) answered with 18 points for the Titans. Ray Cameron had 15 points, while Prem Krishna added 14 in defeat.
Earlier in the day the North Otago Penguins clinched the third overall spot beating Wellington 98:83. Dalun Smith (175-G-81) dropped 38 points for the winners. James Paringaitai responded with 23 points for Wellington in the loss.

Wellington Saints: Arthur Trousdell 23+11 boards, Matt Te Huna 21, Brendon Pongia 19
Waikato Titans: Earl Smith 18, Ray Cameron 15


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  NIGERIA   


First Deepwater Discovery Battle for Supremacy: Potters, First Bank is champs - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Niger Potters basketball club of Minna has won the first edition of the First Deepwater Battle for Supremacy basketball tournament held at the Sports Hall of the University of Lagos Sports Centre, Akoka.

Playing without its inspirational guard, Abubakar Usman who was injured in the second quarter of the action packed match got back into the game in the third quarter with Chigozie Nwoye taking up the leadership role once played by injured Usman to lead his teammates challenge against the Stallion Boy.

Union Bank who was led the Potters into through the half-time (37-34) bowed to the aggressive style of play of the Isaq Yahaya coached Potters who won the last two quarters (20-15 and 17-16) to end proceeding at 71-68 points to win the .5M winner-take-all prize money.

And in the women category perennial champion, First Bank basketball club of Lagos wade off all opposition to be crowned queen of the court.

The Elephant won all three games played against Delta Force (57-56), humbled Dolphins (67-54) before subduing Sunshine Angels of Akure 73-49 points to amassed 6 points to win the women .5M prize money.


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  NLBA   


Standings
NLBA Standings
 1. Macon RG 0-0 
 2. Bonaire C. 0-0 
 3. Macons F. 0-0 
 4. Millidgeville R. 0-0 
 5. Tifton N. 0-0 
 6. Warner RK 0-0 
 7. Cedartown B. 0-0 
 8. Speedboys 0-0 
 9. Team Macon 0-0 
 10. Mac-Town B. 0-0 


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  NPBL   


Standings
NPBL Standings
 1. Elmira B. 10-3 
 2. MD Bayraiders 8-3 
 3. NY Strikeforce 6-5 
 4. Alexandria A. 5-5 
 5. HV Hawks 4-9 
 6. Delaware D. 1-4 
 7. NY Monarchs 1-5 


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  PANAMA   


Centrobasket 2008: Panama smashes El Salvador in Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Panama - El Salvador 100-59

Gold medal winner from the previous Centrobasket Panama blasted El Salvador in the Classification Round for 5th to 8th place in Mexico. Panamanians came with much bigger ambitions to Cancun but at the and they will fight in order to reach fifth place. Their rival, which has the same thoughts, will be the hosts Mexico. On the other hand El Salvador will take on Costa Rica battling for seventh position.

Quality level between these two teams was huge. It was seen at the early beginning. After first ten minutes Panama already created 14-point lead. El Salvador showed slightly better performance in the second frame but it was enough only for 44-33 at the half time. Panama totally dominated during following 20 minutes. Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.), Maximiliano Gomez (196-G/F-75) and their teammates made 21-12 in third quarter reaching plus 20. El Salvador gave up in the last one which Panamanians exploited to create 41-point victory.

Jamar Warren registered the best digits in Panama, 20 points and 4 rebounds. Maximiliano Gomez was behind him with 17 points while Jonathan King (191-G-90) had 15. Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) added 19 points and 5 boards for El Salvador. Araujo Jose contributed with 10 points.


Panama - El Salvador 100-59
(25-11, 19-22, 21-12, 35-14)

Panama:
Jamar Warren 20 (4 rebs), Maximiliano Gomez 17, Jonathan King 15
El Salvador: Oscar Rivera 19 (5 rebs), Araujo Jose 10


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  PBL   


Stats Leaders
PBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bell, Arkansas 23.4
2 Edwards, QCity 22.1
3 Thomas, Chicago 21.8
4 Anderson, QCity 18.9
5 Lumpkin, Jville 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Williams, Reading 10.7
2 Gourhke, Chicago 9.5
3 Reeves, Rochester 8.9
4 Anderson, QCity 8.7
5 Greene, Jville 8.2
Steals Per Game
1 Lumpkin, Jville 2.4
2 Lawrence, Jville 2.4
3 Greene, Jville 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 George, Rockford 1.9
2 Rollerson, Roch. 1.6
3 Bell, Rochester 1.4
2FGP
1 George, Rockford 57.2
2 Edwards, QCity 53.3
3 Bell, Arkansas 52.6
3FGP
1 Miles, Chicago 48.4
2 Anderson, QCity 47.7
3 Edwards, QCity 42.5
Ranking
1 Edwards, QCity 22.4
2 Anderson, QCity 22.3
3 Williams, Wilm. 20.4


Standings
PBL Standings
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 18-2 
 2. Wilmington SD 11-9 
 3. Reading R. 11-9 
 4. Jacksonville J. 8-12 
 5. Maryland N. 6-14 
Western Division
 1. Quad City R. 15-5 
 2. Arkansas I. 10-10 
 3. Rockford Fury 9-11 
 4. Dallas D. 8-12 
 5. Chicago T. 5-15 


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  PORTUGAL   


Illiabum with 2 foreign players - by Luis Rocha
James St Roberts (2,02 22 years old) and Russell Brown (201-F-83, agency: Prime Select Sports) are the two new foreign players in Illiabum. The team from Ilhavo is pointing very high this season in Proliga and with this two signings tehy hope to be right. Brown plays as 3 or 4 and Roberts can be 4 or 5, the perimeter position will be in the hands of good experienced and solid portuguese players. Lets wait and see how this new foreign players can adapt to Portugal, Illiabum thinks they can deliver.

Sampaense up date - by Luis Rocha
Sampaense saw Feliciano Camacho (194-F-81) left the roster with a better proposition. Though the club find the procedure of the player very uncomn, they start searching for a replacement and they find it, in the person of Seco Camara (195-F/G-76, college: George Washington). Seco played last season for Benfica, and comes to Sampaense to make a good season and help the team in position 3. Sampaense feels that Seco can deliver what they need and the road will continue without Feliciano.

Smith in CAB - by Luis Rocha
Jason Smith (183-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Al.-Huntsville) is the new foreign player in CAB. He comes from Sadska (czech Republik) and plays as a point guard. CAB lost Jose Costa to Ginasio, and the signing of Smith can be an adequate replacement. With this signing it seems that coach Joao Freitas has the roster completed, a good season is expected, time to work with the new players, and find a way for them to get togheter and have a good chemistry.

Gonalves set to CAB - by Luis Rocha
Mario Goncalves (208-F-80) a center who has nice work qualities is going to CAB. After a nice season in Ginasio, he decided to go to Madeira and be a good help for CAB. The roster there is being completed, the idea is to get a strong team, blending young and veterans to get some nice chemistry. The money is scarce and there shouldnt be any wrong spending, all things counted, CABs coach will certainly find a way to mount a tough team, who can give all they got.

Carreira sign with Benfica - by Luis Rocha
Benfica sign Diogo Carreira (180-G-78). After Belenenses is being forced to give up it's participation in LPB, Carreira was out of job, and Benfica didn`t loose time and set things up to proceed with hes signing. The injury of point guard Miguel Minhava (197-G-83), made things get a bit quicker, and now Carreira will continue hes career in Benfica. Carreira was the portuguese MVP in last season Lga UZO, is arrival at Benfica is without any doubt a tremendous add to the team.

Vik another one for Ginasio - by Luis Rocha
Ginasio is in great signing shape!, after Joao Manuel (192-G/F-79) and Dustin Brown (202-F-83, college: Loyola Marymount), now is David Vik (210-C-72, agency: Duran International, college: Washington St.) whos going to be at Figueira da Foz. Great signing to replace Mario Goncalves (208-F-80) that went to CAB. Now the roster is cleasrly taking shape, there some foreign players yet to be sign, but Coach Salvador can breathe a little easy now. Vik is trying to regain some value, lastt season wasnr that great, but maybe in a new surrounding he can step up to better performances.

Portugal 68- Turkey 75 recap - by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal played their 2nd game in the Efes Pilsen World Cup 7 and got defeated by the home team and powerfull team of Turkey with their NBA players just by 7 points.
For portuguese NT head coach Moncho Lopez his team is growing and the results of the workouts and games are showing lately.

Portugal did a good defense and in the ofense could won the game,in the 3rd quarter Turkey was leading by 7 points but Portugal did a secure game and was always near the result battling for the win.
Today Portugal will play against Great Britain that won yesterday against Bosnia 100-98.

Quarter stats:
20-24 , 36-43 , 57-62 and 68-75

Game stats:
http://oracle.fpb.pt/fpb_zone/portal/img/home_100/fotos/79712630512951211012.pdf


Portugal 79 - Great Britain 80 - by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal lost by just 1 point(80-79) in a good game against Great Britain national team ,in the preparation road to the qualification round that will start next Wednesday against Estonia for Portugal.
Portugal did some mistakes that they did not comited against Turkey in the previous day of the tournament , the 1st half was equilibrated and in the 3rd quarter Portugal menaged to grab a lead of 8 points (56-48)but in the 1st minute of the last quarter Great Britain did a partial of 5-0 that got them back into the game ,in the last minute of the game another 5-0 partial that secured the win for the british side , in the last seconds losing by 4 pts ,Portugal scored a 3pts shot and stealed the ball ,had 3 shots to win the game but missed them all .

Game leaders - Portugal -Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) 19 pts and 3 rebounds , for GB-Nena Bonsu with 21 pts and 7 rebounds

Game stats:
http://oracle.fpb.pt/fpb_zone/portal/img/home_100/fotos/55908894363011260312.pdf


Signings in Ginasio - by Luis Rocha
Ginasio sign Joao Manuel (192-G/F-79). The player who can play as a 1or 2 goes to Figueira to make a tandem with Jose Costa, both have played last season with CAB, this year they will be togheter again. Also Dustin Brown (202-F-83, college: Loyola Marymount) a center who played for Sampaense last season, is going to play for Ginasio. Little by little coach Sergio Salvador r gets hes roster in order, he will certainly need some more players, but the structure of the roster is being formed.

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Stats Leaders - BSN
BSN Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Melendez (Caguas)23.8 Figueroa (Arecibo) 21.6
White (Arecibo) 21.0
Ayuso (Santurce) 20.2
Ramos (Caguas) 19.4
Rebounds Per Game
Benson (Bayamon) 14.9
Ramos (Caguas) 10.3
Aubry (Ponce) 9.2
Figueroa (Arecibo) 9.1
Reyes (Carolina) 9.0
Assists Per Game
Caro (Guayama) 7.8
Pagan (Ponce) 6.0
Guzman (Humacao) 5.8
Rivera (Carolina) 5.7
Hatton (Arecibo) 5.3
Steals Per Game
Figueroa (Arecibo) 2.1
Guzman (Humacao) 1.6
Padilla (Ponce) 1.6
Blocks Per Game
Ramos (Caguas) 2.6
Traylor (Santurce) 2.2
Benson (Bayamon) 1.7
3FGP
Avila (S. German) 52.6%
Alamo (Caguas) 48.7%
Wilson (Guaynabo)47.2%
Free Throws
Cortes (Arecibo) 100%
Ra. Dalmau (San.) 92.3%Rice (Carolina) 90.9%


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  SEBL   


Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 10-1 
 2. BC Sixers 5-5 
 3. BC Howren 4-6 
 4. Owen FH 3-6 
 5. Polk Co. 2-7 
City B-West
 1. Metro Tech 11-0 
 2. Cedart.B. II 5-5 
 3. BC Dalton 4-5 
 4. BC Knicks-2 2-8 
 5. Rockmart 1-8 
Metro A-North
 1. Cartersville W. 8-2 
 2. ServPro-1 8-4 
 3. Marietta O. 7-4 
 4. BC Skyline 6-4 
 5. BC Force 4-5 
 6. Supreme 3-6 
 7. BC Celtics 3-6 
 8. Smyrna K. 0-9 
Metro A-South
 1. Speedboys 10-1 
 2. Tri-County 6-3 
 3. BC Lakers 4-5 
 4. Young Gunz 4-5 
 5. Black Monop 4-6 
 6. D.O.T.S. 3-7 


Stats Leaders
SEBL Metro North Division (3 game min. as of 7/20/07) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
David Graham 25.6
BJ Puckett 24.3
Darnell Cox 24.0
Adrian Penland 23.5
Ronell Wooten 23.1
Carlos Hampton 19.6
Miquel Morton 19.1
Jermaine Spivey 18.2
Terrence Hundley 18.1
Jamal Johnson 17.5
JD Pollock 16.8
Joe Hamilton 16.6
Richard Lusane 15.4


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  SERBIA   


Stats Leaders - 1A
A league Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Erceg Zoran 18.1
2 Dragićević Tadija 18.1
3 Ilić Nikola 16.8
4 Marshall Rawle 15.8
5 Dragojlović 15.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Erceg Zoran 4.8
2 Ilić Nikola 4.8
3 Veličković Novica 4.2
4 Kecman Duan 4.0
5 Bajić Goran 3.9
Assists Per Game
1 Cook Omar Shrife 7.3
2 Aleksić Vukain 5.3
3 Pavković Miljan 4.4
4 Palacio Sigmund 3.6
5 Marković Stefan 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 Bocka Miljan 2.7
2 Dzambic Rade 2.5
3 Stanojević Jovo 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Bjegović Millan 1.4
2 Lucic Uros 1.0
3 Nikolic Uros 1.0
Free Throws
1 Martinic Goran 92.1 %
2 Djapa Dalibor 90.6 %
3 Markovic Radov 89.3 %


Finland creates an upset for the favorites - by Eurobasket News

Finland-Serbia 80:77

Finland edged Serbia 80:77 in a vital EuroBasket qualifying clash on Saturday in Vantaa. A 27:17 in the second quarter was fatal for the visitors in the game. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led the winners with 18 points. Murinen, Matinen and Hanno Mottola all three followed with 12 points each. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) resisted with 29 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.
Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) opened the game for the hosts from the arc to prove that the hosts would give the real battle for the favorites. Serbia waited for a bit and then won the opening tip with 15:8. Erceg's dunk closed the first quarter at 22:13 for the guests. In the second quarter Finland was unstoppable and scored almost all the attempts. They won the period 27:17 and had 40:39 at the half time. Again Hanno Mottola's three was the last to send the teams to the lockers.
The second half was the thriller that more than 1500 spectators came to enjoy. At first Finland won the third 21:20 for 61:59 after three quarters. Six times in the last period the score was tied and only in the end of the period Finland pushed the tempo. Trailing 74:75 the hosts improved to 80:75 with 15 seconds remaining. Nenad Krstic reduced the gap to 3 points but that was all the guests could do. Finland edged Serbia 80:77 in a vital EuroBasket qualifying clash and celebrated the initial win.
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Finland: Petteri Koponen 18, Murinen 12, Matinen 12, Hanno Mottola 12
Serbia: Nenad Krstic 29, Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) 8, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 8


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Milosevic, Hand 22.9
2. Majoros, Kom 22.0
3. Puljko, Priev 21.3
4. Hill, Nitra 19.3
5. Lukjanec, Pez 19.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Micuda, Pez 9.2
2. Cvitanovic, Kub 8.6
3. Hill, Nitra 8.2
4. Klaric, Svit 7.4
5. Novak, Inter 7.3
Assists Per Game
1. Milosevic, Han 6.8
2. Micka, Inter 5.9
3. Ristanovic, Lev 5.2
4. Immink, Priev 5.0
5. Kovacevic, Luc 4.4
Steals Per Game
1. Storcel, Priev 3.9
2. Pandula, Inter 3.2
3. Golian, Han 3.2
2FGP
1. Praznovsky, Luc 57.1
2. Bicvic, Luc 53.2
3. Utlak, Kos 52.0
3FGP
1. Laco, Chem 45.7
2. Hovanak, SNV 45.2
3. Pivac, Kom 43.2
Free Throws
1. Hill, Nitra 80.9
2. Lutovsky, Lev 80.6
3. Maric, Kom 78.3


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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1A
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Jokic, Rogla 20.8
2 Trivunovic, Kraski 19.3
3 Juric, Kraski 19.0
4 Panic, Luka 18.6
5 Goodrich, Zagorje 18.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dawson, Polzela 3.0
2 Jovanovic, Polzela 2.8
3 Panic, Luka 2.7
4 Grkovic, Rogla 2.6
5 Laskevic, Helios 2.6
Assists Per Game
1 Dawson, Polzela 3.0
2 Jovanovic, Polzela 2.8
3 Panic, Luka 2.7
4 Grkovic, Rogla 2.6
5 Laskevic, Helios 2.6
Steals Per Game
1 Dimnik, Zagorje 2.1
2 Brolih, Rogla 2.0
3 Jokic, Rogla 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Dawson, Polzela 1.8
2 Sissoko, Rogla 1.4
3 Jakhel, Kraski 1.2
2FGP
1 Hukic, Olimpija 72.2
2 Kadic, Alpos 70.0
3 Krivec, Krka 69.0
3FGP
1 Booker, Olimpija 71.4
2 Mance, Helios 50.8
3 Sivka, Rogla 50.0
Free Throws
1 Ribezl, Alpo 94.7
2 Stevenson, Alpo 94.4
3 Finzgar, Luka 94.1


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Slingers Up-Set Sakers In Brunei Cup 2008 - by Rick Ross
Singapore Slingers 86 LG Sakers 75 [Full Time]

Gordie McLeod & the Singapore Slingers up stage the
Defending Champion LG Sakers for the 2008 Brunei Cup
The Only updates and review are as Follows,

Slingers champions!!!!!
Janev 2FT..
Kirkland scores 1/2 FT
Slingers lead 83-75 8 secs
Johnson converts 1/2FT
Sandrin fouled out..
Castro scores crucial jumpshot.. the end of LG era
81-74 Slingers 46 secs
Lee on FT line, Lee converts 2FT
81-72 Slingers 52 seconds..
Castro scores jumper.. could be the winning shot
LG3 scores lay up 2pts 79-72 1:09
Slingers slowing game down.. loss possession
79-70 Slingers 1:38
Janev fouls LG3 converts 2FT
Johnson comes in..
Castron on FT line.. Castro converts 1/2 FT
Lee fouls again, this time on Castro
Lee scores 2pts 78-68 Slingers lead 1:52
LG 41 fouls Chris 1/2 FT
Crump scores 2pts.. 77-66 Slingers 2:23
Shane steals from LEe and assist Darren 2pts
Slingers 75-64 3mins left
Darren 1/2 FT only, then LG7 scores 3pts
LG Lee converts 2FT 74-61 3:46
Castro fouls Sakers
LG scores 3pt play
Slingers 72-56 4:17
Time out by Sakers... Darren converts 2FT
Team manager not happy with referees.
LG Sakers player got injured..
Darren gets fouled
Crump scores 2pts 72-56 Slingers 4:22
Darren easy basket
Darren scores 3pt play
Crump gets dunked and fouled 3pt play 67-54 Slingers 6:05 left
LG 12 2pts..
Sandrin dunks and fouled but misses FT 67-49 6:59
Crump gets 2pts and so does Shane 2pts
Crump OR 2pts...
LG 12 1/2FT but Crump OR 2pts
Darren scores 2pt


Slingers Dethrone Sakers - by Rick Ross
Slingers dethrone Sakers

Sunday, August 31, 2008

BASKETBALL fans were treated to a nail biting finish at the
final of the 2008 Brunei Cup at the Hassanal Bolkiah National
Sports Complex in Berakas last night.

The Singapore Slingers dethroned the defending champions
LG Sakers 86-75. The Slingers led from start to finish as
the Sakers failed to hit their usual form.

It was a closely contested first quarter as both teams exchanged
baskets for the first few minutes of the period.

But then the tides changed for the good of the Slingers as they
began to take advantage of the turnovers made by the Sakers.

Midway through the quarter, the Slingers managed to convert three
straight three-pointers with Darren Ng, who top scored with 27 points,
converting two in a row and the other by Chris Daniel to bring the score to 23-9.

Things then started to hot up as players almost squared off
at the end of the quarter, which ended in favour of the Slingers 29-15

In the second quarter, the Slingers continued their brilliant
offensive game while the Sakers crumbled even further scoring
only a dismal five points in the whole 10 minutes.
Their first field goal came halfway through the quarter by Ivan Johnson,
who scored 17 points in the game.

They couldn't take advantage of being sent to the charity stripe
as they only hit 1/9 of their free-throws in the quarter.

The Slingers worked hard on defence and their offence went
really well making most of their shots. None of the shots
by the Sakers were left uncontested and they had a body
each time on someone in order to get to the loose balls.

The Sakers improved a bit in the third quarter and hit
their first three-pointer of the game halfway through
the period courtesy of Cho Sang Hyun.

Some of the fans were already leaving as the quarter
ended 62-40, but the Sakers weren't going down without a fight.

In the fourth quarter, the Sakers came out playing defence
with a 1-3-1 formation which worked well. The closest they
got was 83-75 but Jason Castro, of the Slingers, who was
named MVP of the final, was constantly a threat to the Sakers'
defence as he used his speed and quick dribbling to penetrate the defence.

He nailed a runner with less than a minute to play and made a
jumper with 30 seconds left to seal the deal and make the score 83-74.

In the group stage, the Sakers had beaten the Slingers 83-70
but this time Slingers' head coach Gordon Mcleod's formula
worked to perfection.

'Hard work on defence was to disrupt them and to keep them
from scoring as they were a very potent scoring team.
They are a very good team but tonight we managed to
beat them at their own game with our three-pointers,'
the head coach told reporters.

'We are very happy as the organisers have taken good
care of us and we hope to come back next year to play
and defend our title,' said Gordon.

In the other game last night, the Darwin Airport
Resort All-Stars thrashed the Jordan All-Stars in a
lopsided match 88-45.

First placed Slingers walked away with B$20,000 while
the Sakers and Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars received
B$10,000 and B$5,000 respectively.

On hand to present the trophies, medals and mock cheques
to the winners was guest of honour, Dato Paduka Hj Jemat Hj Ampal,
the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The Brunei Times

Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN


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  SPAIN   


Rudy Fernandez leaves Olympic impression on Blazers coach McMillan - by Eurobasket News
Back home from the Olympics, where he was an assistant coach for Team USA, Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan on Thursday could finally reveal the two-week struggle he endured in Beijing.

There were sleepless nights. A self-imposed muzzle on his emotions. And the uneasiness of choosing an allegiance. All because of Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85).

The high-energy shooting guard for Spain, who will join the Blazers this month, excelled during the Olympics, which included a team-high 22 points in the gold medal loss to the Ameicans. And after getting a front-row view for many of Spain's games, McMillan said Fernandez, 23, is so talented that he will 'definitely' play, and play a lot, for the Blazers.

'I'm sitting there (in the gold medal game) with a straight face, trying not to smile,' McMillan said. ' (Spain) are the guys we have to beat, but I'm caught. That's my player and I want to (he claps his hands twice) but I gotta (he makes a serious face) because we are going up against him.'

McMillan said that early in the Olympics, after watching Spain's second game, he had a fitful night of sleep.

'I was so impressed with him that it was to the point where after the second time I saw him, I didn't sleep that night because I was moving my rotations around,' McMillan said. 'I swear I did not sleep. I could not sleep thinking about him. Because I'm saying, 'We can put him here, do this with him, do that with him and Brandon (Roy), and do this... So he's playing for us. Oh yeah. I see that right now.'

A 6-foot-5 player who never stops moving, Fernandez averaged 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field at the Olympics, all while opening the eyes of NBA players and coaches. McMillan said he and fellow Team USA assistant Mike D'Antoni, the coach of the New York Knicks, engaged in a back-and-forth banter during one of Fernandez's games.

'Every time Rudy did something, D'Antoni would look at me and say, 'Your player, huh?' ' McMillan said. 'And I would be, 'Yeah, he's cool.' Like no big deal.

'Then he does something else, and D'Antoni would be like 'Dang! Pretty good, huh?'

'Yeah, he's alright,' McMillan said he told him. 'He's okay. Still has to work on going to his left.'

'But then he kept doing stuff,' McMillan said, in an amazed tone. 'Then all of a sudden he catches a lob, then he steals it and is swinging on the rim, and it's like ... dang. Over there, you talk about the U.S. basketball team, and Rudy is the next thing you talk about. It was Team USA. Rudy. And he played to earn that.'

McMillan said he envisions Fernandez playing in the second unit with Jerryd Bayless and Travis Outlaw, with the scoring focus centered on Outlaw and Fernandez. He also guaranteed Fernandez and Roy will play together, most likely with Roy as point and Fernandez at shooting guard, but he also didn't rule out Roy playing small forward alongside Fernandez at shooting guard.

'I feel like I can coach him, and I feel I can help him become better, and I feel he can help us,' McMillan said. 'But how does he fit in? That's going to be the whole thing with our guys this year ... there are going to be different roles. He was the man in Spain, where he touched the ball every possession and the offense ran through him. That changes a bit here. We are still going to have to run some stuff for you, but you are probably not going to get as many touches as you did in Spain.'

McMillan said he doesn't think fewer touches will be a problem for Fernandez because he is adept at scoring without the ball with offensive rebounds, fast breaks and hustling for loose balls.

'If I could say one thing about him, it's that he is fearless,' McMillan said. 'He's not afraid to make a play, which is great when you are talking about playing in the NBA. You've got to have heart; you can't be afraid. And he is not.'

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


ACB News Round Up - by Paul Nilsen
An interesting few days in the ACB with pre-season finally getting underway in earnest and the worst kept secret in world basketball finally being ended with an official announcement that Garcia Aito Reneses is at long last now officially coach of Unicaja for not one, but three seasons.

In pre-season Vive Menorca slumped to a disappointing 100-82 loss against LEB Gold side Vic in their opening game of their warm-up to October. Perhaps it is difficult to judge the gravity of the loss as they did have some major players and new signings absent due to injury including Bud Eley, Vladmir Boise and Kaloyan Ivanov. Unfortunately for Ricard Casas it is an even tougher one next up with Barca their opponents.

Iurbentia Bilbao recently signed one of Europes top prospects in young Greek guard Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) and the starlet has been loaned to Real Madrid where he will play in LEB Bronce this forthcoming season as he continues his development. While he has already played top flight basketball in the tough Greek league, there is no space for him as yet in the main roster of Bilbao. Certainly Pappas is an interesting signing for the future and it has been a busy summer of signings with www.acb-basket.com currently assessing the best five signings of the summer. One player in contention could be Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) who has moved from Ricoh Manresa to Pamesa Valencia and he has been telling the club web-site that he has been welcomed with open arms by Tarjona and thinks the team is well equipped to do well this season - although arguably you might say that after the Van Den Spiegel farce, they still have another forward to sign just yet!


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  SUDAN   


Manute Bol wants to build school in native Sudan - by Eurobasket News
When Manute Bol (231-C-62, college: Bridgeport) unfolds his 7-foot-7 frame from a Cadillac Escalade and walks into a suburban Kansas City restaurant, eyes turn and people openly gawk.

Bol is oblivious to the stares after a lifetime of towering over everyone around him. He considers his height a gift from God, one that gave him a way out of his native Sudan and brought him fame and fortune in the NBA. Now he wants to give back by helping to build a school in the village where he was raised.

Bol, who didn't attend school as a child, understands that a quality education is the key to building a better future, for individuals and countries. It is why he moved to Olathe with his wife and four sons a year ago.

'I like it here,'' Bol said. 'It's quiet. I like my neighbors, people are very nice and my kids can get a good education.''

He wants children in his village to have the same opportunity.

That is why under the auspices of Sudan Sunrise, a Lenexa-based group that promotes reconciliation in Sudan, he is leading an effort to build a school in Turalei.

'If you don't have education, people go in a bad way,'' Bol said. 'This is what I want in southern Sudan, for everyone to go to school.''

Besides providing education, Bol says the school could further another goal close to his heart - reconciliation between Christians in southern Sudan and Muslims in northern Sudan. Many of the Muslims now suffering in Darfur and neighboring Chad were soldiers who inflicted so much pain on southern Christians during the civil war that ended in 2005.

Sudan has never been far from Bol's heart, even after he arrived in the U.S. in 1983 to play basketball. He played for the University of Bridgeport before embarking on a 10-year NBA career in which he averaged 3.3 blocks, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 points in 624 career games with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami.

As he became famous as a shot-blocking specialist who sometimes hit 3-pointers, Bol lobbied Washington lawmakers to help stop the bloody civil war that raged in southern Sudan at the time, killing more than 2 million people and creating 4 million refugees.

Bol gave an estimated $3.5 million to relatives, many of whom were leaders in the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army, a rebel movement. After retiring from the NBA in 1994, he was detained in Sudan during one of his visits and had to escape with the help of friends in Connecticut.

Since the war ended, Bol has returned to Sudan several times. It was on a trip home in February of this year that he decided to try and help build a school in Turalei. Like most of southern Sudan, Turalei is still trying to recover from the war, during which it was destroyed and most of its citizens killed.

Courtesy of www.nbcsports.com


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  TPBL   


Standings
TPBL Standings
 1. Dallas D. 0-0 
 2. W.Texas S. 0-0 
 3. Houston P.T.S. 0-0 
 4. San Angelo C. 0-0 
 5. Gallos Pelea 0-0 
 6. Austin F. 0-0 
 7. Midland H. 0-0 
 8. Addison St. 0-0 
 9. Houston S. 0-0 
 10. Lake Jackson 0-0 
 11. Killeen B. 0-0 


Stats Leaders
T.P.B.L. Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
charles tatum(heat)- 27 ppg
matt fambro(storm) - 25 ppg
tracy braziel (chaps) 25 ppg
Rebounds Per Game
adam mobley(chaps)- 14rpg
chauncey ephraim(heat)-12 rpg
Assists Per Game
charles tatum(heat)- 13 apg
chris cardenas(chaps) 11apg
Ranking
tpbl all time scoring leader - Tracy Braziel San Angelo chaparrals(5,483 POINTS)
most points in a single game- Orlando Banks -Abilene Force(71 points- 2005)
most rebounds in a single game- Jimmy Taylor(West Tx Storm) - 26 rebounds(2006)
best regular season record (18-2) Dallas City Express (2001)


TPBL- CHAPARRALS ACQUIRE MORE TALENT - by Chris Cardenas

SAN ANGELO,TX- After announcing some pretty good pick ups during the week to add to their new team roster, the San Angelo Chaparrals have acquired another great player in 6'8 guard/forward QUINN BARFIELD. Quinn Barfield served 4 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps, making the All Marine Basketball team on 2 occasions. Spent 1 year at Mesa Community College in Arizona where he Averaged 22.9 points and 9 rebounds and was named to the 1st Team All Region. Quinn has spent his last 3 seasons playing with the Angelo State Rams(ncaa div 2). During His career at Angelo State, he had a career high of 29 points and 10 rebounds on several occasions. Quinn is an excellent all around player who thrives in the open court. His slashing and athleticism makes him a great asset to any team. ' we here in San Angelo are very happy that Quinn's going to be joining us for the 2009 season. Fortunately for him and unfortunately for us( chaps), he's gonna be such an impact player that i expect him to sign with a higher paying league after our season ends. which is a great thing for Quinn! He's got the athletism to take over games, and the discipline to listen when no talking is necessary, just actions.' says team owner Chris Cardenas.
for more information on entering your team into the TPBL , or trying out for any team in the TPBL call : 325-763-6630 or email: cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
TBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Neal, Karsi. 23.6
2 Hosley, Karsi. 22.9
3 Gordon, Kepez 21.3
4 Braswell, Selcuk 21.1
5 Wright, Telekom 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Hosley, Karsi. 11.7
2 Adeleke, Banvit 11.4
3 Asik, Alpella 11.3
4 Harvey, Banvit 10.7
5 Kinloch, Alpella 10.6
Assists Per Game
1 Koseoglu, Kepez 6.9
2 Braswell, Selcuk 6.1
3 Solomon, Fener. 5.6
4 King, Mersin 5.0
5 Acık, Telekom 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Braswell, Selcuk 2.4
2 Lucas, Antalya 2.1
3 Cetin, Alpella 2.0
2FGP
1 Cankaya, Banvit 72.7
2 Ermis, Karsi. 70.4
3 Yildirim, Telekom 68.8
3FGP
1 Asik, Alpella 66.7
2 Shumbert, Besik. 52.9
3 Gonlum, Efes 50.0
Free Throws
1 Guinn, Daruss 96.0
2 Erdogan, Efes 90.5
3 Grays, Beykoz 89.7


Efes Pilsen World Cup: Turkey remains perfect after Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Portugal 75-68

The hosts of Efes World Cup 2008 Turkey celebrated in the second round against Portugal improving to 2-0. As a reminder, Turkey was better than Great Britain at the tournament opener 82-58. Thus in the last round Turkey will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina trying to end Efes World Cup on first place. Portugal dropped on 0-2 and it will take on Great Britain.

Turkey took this one mostly owing to nice performance in the first half. Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79), Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and their teammates made 24-20 after first ten minutes. Later they extended lead to 7 points. Portuguese improved in the second half but not enough for a turn. Turkey had many easy baskets in this game while Portugal had to work very hard in order to make majority of its. Turkish players finished the game dishing out 18 assists in total while Portugal had only 6. Both team had almost the same shot percentage from the field, around 44%.

This time Turkey got the most from Ersan Ilyasova. He played almost 27 minutes adding 19 points and missing only one board for double-double. Hidayet Turkoglu once again was on his level adding 17 points and 5 assists. Gomes Da Santos was the top scorer for the loosing side with 16 points. Fernandes Andrade collected 15 points and 9 boards.


Turkey - Portugal 75-68
(24-20, 19-16, 19-21, 13-11)

Turkey:
Ersan Ilyasova 19 (9 rebs), Hidayet Turkoglu 17 (5 as)
Portugal: Gomes Da Santos 16, Fernandes Andrade 15 (9 rebs)


Efes Pilsen lands center Mario Kasun - by Eurobasket News
As Eurobasket wrote two days ago that Croatian big guy Mario Kasun (213-C-80) terminated the contract with Barcelona and most probably will join Efes Pilsen, it became officially announced by the Turkish club yesterday. Mario Kasun spent last two seasons in Barcelona but it seems head coach Xavier Pascual and management of the team weren't satisfied with his performance. Kasun struggled with injuries which made situation in Barca even worst to him. He played 21 Euroleague games last season in Spanish giant averaging 9.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 17 minutes per game. Kasun had debut in senior competition with Croatian team Gorica, which competed in A2 league. In 1998 he moved to Zrinjevac where he spent two seasons. In 2001 Kasun agreed terms with Koln 99ers, where he played one year. On 2002 NBA draft he was selected by Los Angeles Clippers but stayed in Europe for two more years. He spent it in Frankfurt Skyliners winning the German title in 2004. On season 03/04 Kasun averaged 9.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 2.3 bpg in German Bundesleague. He also had 13.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg for 10 games in ULEB Cup. Finally he made debut in NBA with Orlando Magic. He appeared 28 games in NBA regular season having 2.9 ppg and 2.1 rpg. Next summer he decided to return in Europe, actually in Barcelona. Kasun played for Croatian National Team on Eurobasket 2005 in Belgrade as well as on Eurobasket 2007 in Spain. He had almost the same digits at both, around 10.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

As a reminder few days ago Efes Pilsen agreed terms with scoring ace Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) on a two-year contract. American forward arrived from Besiktas Cola Turka where he last season averaged 17.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.8 spg for 15 games in ULEB Cup. His team ended regular season perfect with score 10-0 reaching the Final Eight in Turin. Shumpert also played 36 games in Turkish TBL adding 16.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.2 spg.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Virgin Islands dominate Cuba, advances to gold medal game. - by David Edole
So goes the big three, so goes the Virgin Islands, bellowed the sports caster Myron Corbett when the men from Americas Paradise destroyed Cuba, 78-61, Saturday night in Centrobaskeet 2008 that is being held in Cancun, Mexico. The Big Three of Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.), Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) and Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) were just too much for the Cubans.
Victor dominated the game by throwing down ferocious dunks and playing stingy defense on Cubas best player Goeffrei Silvestre. Silveste went into the game leading Centrobasket in scoring with an average of 30 points. However, Victor had other ideas and held Silvestre to just nine points. Victor also scored the basketball and dropped in 20 points and grabbed a game high 14 boards.
Not to be outdone, the outside assassin Jason Edwin sniped in 22 points including a falling out of bounds three point shot that sent the Mexican faithful into a frenzy. Edwin also had one of the best back door ally hoops pass one would ever see, when he found Calvert White in the fourth.
The leader of the trio, Kevin Sheppard did not have his best effort in the game but still managed 14 points and five assists.
The V.I. and Cuba played a tight game in the first frame with the V.I. holding an, 19-17 lead. The V.I. had major trouble with the Cubans transition, which continued in the second quarter. The VI scored the firs ten point in the second but Cuba rallied with 10-2 run to pull within four 31-27, all on fast breaks.
The team would play even the rest of the way with the VI holding on to a 37-31 lead at the half.
The men from Americas Paradise jumped out on Cuba to start the second half. The defense was so stifling that Cuba found it hard to put the ball in the basket. But the VI had a hard time of scoring themselves. By the time the quarter was over the VI clung to a nine-point lead 54-45. The Virgin Islands managed only 17 points in the frame.
But the best was yet to come.
Virgin Islands came out with such a tenacity to start the fourth that the lead ballooned to 22 points at the 5:17 mark leaving know doubt that they were the better team. Allens Jemot was the only Cuban in double figures as he finished with 10 points.
The Virgin Islands will play the winner of the Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico game that will be played later on this evening for the gold medal.
All four Caribbean teams advance to the Tournament of Americas that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009.
For more information on the team log on to www.fibaamerica.com or if you want to witness the historical game over the Internet log onto http://mediasports.tv/portal/
However, if You LIVE in the Virgin Islands the game will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. on WTJX Sunday night.
The V. I. has never won the gold medal in Centro Basket but has won the silver medal in the 2006 edition.


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 R.Kryvych, Sumi. 20.5
2 Kobzistiy, Dnipro 16.2
3 Kojenets, Sumi. 15.8
4 Dubnyuk, Pulsar 15.4
5 Cakic, Khimik 15.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Korniyenko, Dnipro 8.2
2 Buford, Azovma. 7.7
3 Kojenets, Sumi. 7.6
4 Kobzistiy, Dnipro 7.2
5 Lishchuk, Azovma. 6.9
Assists Per Game
1 Edney, Azovma. 4.5
2 McLinton, Cherk. 4.2
3 Barlow, Odess. 3.9
4 Raevskiy, MBK 3.6
5 Panchenko , Dnipro 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 I. Kryvych, Sumi. 2.1
2 Golubev, Lvovskaya 1.8
3 Kryvych, Sumi. 1.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Lishchuk, Azovma. 1.6
2 Khizhniak, Dnipro 1.5
3 Zubritskiy, Lvov. 1.4
2FGP
1 Drozdov, Kyiv 72.0
2 I. Kryvych, Sumi. 70.0
3 Kuznetsov, Odess. 68.0
3FGP
1 Gurtoviy, Lvov. 75.0
2 Silkovskiy, MBK 62.0
3 Balashov, Odess. 60.0
Free Throws
1 McLinton, Cherk. 94.0
2 Maravic, Kyiv 92.0
3 Diatlovskiy, Pulsar 92.0


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Luol Deng free to play for Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) is free to play in Great Britain's European Championship qualifying campaign after the national association bumped up the insurance to cover his lucrative NBA contract.

Deng signed a new deal with the Chicago Bulls last month reportedly worth up to US$80 million and British Basketball had been struggling to pay the insurance for the 23-year-old Sudanese-born player, who moved to London as a child to escape the conflict in his homeland.

However, the association said Saturday it had 'reluctantly' agreed to increase his coverage, meaning Deng is free to play against Israel in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and against the Czech Republic in London next Saturday.

'We see no medical reason why the NBA insurers have demanded this new element to Luol's insurance,' British Basketball performance director Chris Spice said. 'Their demand came so late and out of the blue, we have had no choice.'

Deng is by far Britain's biggest basketball star, and the team would have little hope on reaching next year's Eurobasket tournament in Poland without the forward. He is also the cornerstone of Britain's push to have a competitive team at the 2012 London Olympics.

'We are convinced that this is the best outcome for British Basketball, is the best use of our funds in the circumstances and highlights our commitment to make Great Britain one of the top basketball nations in the world by 2012,' Spice said.

Courtesy of www.calibre.mworld.com


Efes Pilsen World Cup: Tight win for Great Britain against Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Bosnia and Herzegovina 100-98

Great Britain grabbed tight victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the second round of Efes Pilsen World Cup 2008 in Konya. This game was important for both teams not only because the final position on this tournament. Namely, these two teams will meet each other in Group D of Eurobasket 2009 qualifications. In the first round Great Britain suffered serious defeat vs Turkey while Bosnians were better than Portugal. Bosnia still have a chance to end Efes World Cup on first place despite it will meet turkey in the last round. Of course Turkey's chances to do the same are much bigger.

Bosnians had wonderful opening frame earning 11-point lead after it. The British woke up in the next one melting Bosnia's lead to 5 until the half time. Interesting that Bosnia touched plus 15 at the one point in the second frame. After almost leveled third quarter, Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) and Nana Mensah-Bonsu shined for Great Britain. They lead 14-0 run later ending this period 34-26. Bosnia had a chance to take it but Bremer missed 3-pointer at teh buzzer.

Nate Reinking was the top scorer for the winning team with 21 points. Nana Mensah-Bonsu also showed pretty good performance adding 20 points and 7 boards while Steve Leven (197-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) had one point less. Power forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 22 points in Bosnia. Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) collected 20 points and 4 assists while Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80) and Nihad Djedovic (198-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points apiece. In the last round Great Britain will meet Portugal.


Great Britain - Bosnia and Herzegovina 100-98
(17-28, 25-19, 24-25, 34-26)

Great Britain:
Nate Reinking 21, Nana Mensah-Bonsu 20 (7 rebs), Steve Leven 19
Bosnia: Kenan Bajramovic 22, Ivan Opacak 20 (4 as), Ermin Jazvin 17 (6 rebs), Nihad Djedovic 17 (5 as)


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 29-4 
 2. Plymouth R. 24-9 
 3. Guildford H. 24-9 
 4. Milton Key. 19-14 
 5. Scottish R. 18-15 
 6. Sheffield S. 17-16 
 7. Everton T. 16-17 
 8. Worcester W. 14-19 
 9. London C. 12-21 
 10. Leicester R. 10-23 
 11. Cheshire J. 9-24 
 12. Birmingh.P. 6-27 


Stats Leaders - BBL
BBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Paez, Worcester 24.5
2 Life, Worcester 24.3
3 Myers, Ches. 23.9
4 Obazuaye, Ches. 23.7
5 Midgeley, Everton 21.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Rob Myers, Ches.11.3
2 Durant, Worcester 11.2
3 Durham, Ply. 10.5
4 Moore, Ply. 8.9
5 Hamilton, Ches. 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Yanders, Scottish 6.1
2 Walker, Ches. 5.8
3 Evans, Worcester 5.5
4 Brown, Milton 5.1
5 Flournoy, NCastle 4.8
Steals Per Game
1 Moore, Ches. 2.8
2 Gilbert, Guildford 2.3
3 Brown, Milton 2.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Davis, Everton 1.4
2 Chaney, Sheffield 1.3
3 White, Leicester 1.2
2FGP
1 Stewart, NCastle 68.8
2 Martin, Guildford 63.1
3 Flournoy, NCastle 62.5
3FGP
1 New, Milton 50.0
2 Jordan, Leicester 50.0
3 Jamison, Milton 50.0
Free Throws
1 Smith, NCastle 85.7
2 Hyatt, NCastle 85.0
3 Nottley, Guildford 84.6


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  WBA   


Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Decatur CK 9-1 
 2. Buford M. 6-4 
 3. Memphis B. 3-4 
 4. Cartersville W. 3-7 
 5. Tri-State 2-6 
 6. Mississippi HH 2-7 


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  WCBPL   


Standings
WCBPL Standings
 1. Santa Barbara 14-0 
 2. High Desert 4-2 
 3. Maywood B. 1-0 
 4. Pasadena 1-2 
 5. Carlsbad 0-2 
 6. Hollywood 0-3 
 7. Ventura 0-5 
 8. Newport Beach 0-5 




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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Alejandra Chesta stays in Italy - by Eurobasket
Argentinian international forward Alejandra Chesta (187-F-82) decided to stay in Italy for another season. The last season she played at Coconuda Pozzuoli in top league, where in 15 games she averaged 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3spg. This upcoming season she will play for Calabra Maceri Rende in Italian A2. Chesta is one of the best known Argentinian players as she represented her country in international events for last 10 years.

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Phillips is back to WNBA - by Eurobasket News
After a month break due to the Olympic games WNBA resumed the games in the league. The Connecticut Sun got help from Australian Erin Phillips (173-G-85) that did not play in from the start and stunned the Atlanta Dream 98:72 away from home to clinch the playoff birth. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 27 points as the Sun improved to 18-10 record in the Eastern conference. Asjha Jones added 24 points as Connecticut posted the 5th straight success. The visitors built a 21-point lead in the second period. The margin grew to 30 points in the third quarter and Connecticut never looked back again. Gardin contributed 13 points for the winners. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Katie Feenstra tallied 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. The hosts slipped to 3-25 record in the season. Erin Phillips scored 2 points, made 1 rebound and 1 steal.
Before that the Indiana Fever failed to come up with decent performance as they fell to the Connecticut Sun 58:84 on home soil. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 15 points to pace the Sun to 17-10 record in the East. Asjha Jones added 14 points, while Kerri Gardin and Gruda produced 11 points each for the winners. Erin Phillips ended up with 2 points and 3 rebounds. Another Australian Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) responded with 9 points for the Fever. Indiana lost the fourth time in the last five games.
Meanwhile Storm star Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on her right ankle in Sydney and has told coach Brian Agler to expect her to be back in action soon after she returns to Seattle on Sept. 8 three games before the end of the regular season.


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnia and Herzegovina post first win in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Finland 75:74 (OT)

Bosnia and Herzegovina pulled away with a narrow win over Finland in Group B of the EuroBasket Qualification. The teams played Zenica and the hosts overcame a tough 45-minute marathon to register their initial victory in their campaign. The victory saw Bosnia and Herzegovina reach Finland in the ladder with both teams sharing a 1-4 record. Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the home team. Bosnia and Herzegovina started the game sloppily and Finland ran away to a 12:2 distance. The hosts trimmed the deficit and entered the second quarter trailing by 4 points 10:14. Treys from Azra Becirovic and Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) and a jumper from Dragana Svitlica (190-C-88) propelled Bosnia and Herzegovina in front 19:17. They maintained the lead and rolled to a 34:25 advantage at halftime. The hosts opened the third frame with a 6:0 rally to accumulate a 15-point cushion. However free throws allowed Finland to stay within striking distance and eventually they clipped the distance to 4 points heading into the fourth term. Bosnia cleared off to a 5-point distance with 44 seconds remaining but Finland found the right answer. Laura Sario (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management) converted a freebie and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) added a jump shot to drag the visitors within 2 points with 25 seconds to go. Lejla Bejtic missed both free throws, while Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) was accurate from the stripe at the other end to send the game into overtime. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) nailed 6 early points for Finnish team in the extra period and the teams were all square at 74 with 57 seconds left. Aida Pilav (187-C-87) followed Reetta Piipari turnover with converted free throw to seal the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the dying seconds.
Lejla Bejtic knocked down 18 points, while Aida Pilav had 17 for the winners. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) answered with 25 points and 9 boards for Finland. Niina Laaksonen contributed 17 points and 14 boards in a losing case.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Azra Becirovic 19, Lejla Bejtic 18, Aida Pilav 17
Finland: Tiina Sten 25, Niina Laaksonen 17+14 boards


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
CNBF Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Iziane, Ourinhos 25.6
2 Clarissa, Flum. 22.3
3 Iris, Florian. 18.2
4 Karla, Catanduva 17.6
5 Ariadna, Catand. 16.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Clarissa, Flum. 15.5
2 Iris, Florian. 11.0
3 Lisdeivi, Ourinhos 10.1
4 Simone, S.Andre 9.7
5 Angeloni, Nassau 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Natalia, Catanduva 7.1
2 Gattei, Ourinhos 5.7
3 Gigi, Nassau 4.3
4 Manfredi, Bernard 4.0
5 Bethania Ourinhos 3.6
Steals Per Game
1 Iris, Florianopolis 3.1
2 Fabiana, Nassau 2.8
3 Tayara, Nassau 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Josiane, Botafogo 1.6
2 Lisdeivi, Ourinhos 1.5
3 Simone, S.Andre 1.3
2FGP
1 Natalia, Catand. 61.4
2 Cintia, S.Bernard 59.2
3 Iziane, Ourinhos 58.3
3FGP
1 Angeloni, Nassau 42.9
2 Priscila, S.Bernard 42.6
3 Fabiana, Catandu.40.6
Free Throws
1 Angeloni, Nassau 42.9
2 Priscila, S.Bernard 42.6
3 Fabiana, Catandu.40.6


Standings - CNBF
CNBF Standings
 1. Ourinhos 15-1 
 2. Catanduva 14-2 
 3. Sao Bernardo 11-5 
 4. Santo Andre 10-6 
 5. de Nassau 9-7 
 6. Florianopolis 5-11 
 7. Botafogo 4-12 
 8. Fluminense 3-13 
 9. Universo 1-15 


Claudia Das Neves stays at Stade Clermontois - by Eurobasket
Brazilian international guard Claudia Das Neves (175-G-75) stays at her French team Stade Clermontois for another season. She averaged last year 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 2.2spg in 34 games as she was one of the leading players of her team. She just came back from the Olympic Games, where in 5 games she averaged 6.0ppg and 2.6apg.

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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Women First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Doychinova Rilski Sportist 22
2 Dimitrova Montana 2003 16.1
3 Nikolovska 15.8
4 Topalova Lukoil Neftochimic 15.8
5 Fabianova 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Doychinova Rilski Sportist 10.4
2 Ninova NSA Delta 9
3 Miteva Rilski Sportist 7.3
4 Dimitrova Montana 2003 7.1
5 Petrova Montana 2003 6.9
Assists Per Game
1 Koleva NSA Delta 3.1
2 Bachkova Beroe 07 3.1
3 Naydenova Dunav Econt 2.9
4 Kostova Lukoil Neftochimic 2.5
5 Jordanova Dunav Econt 2.2
Ranking
1 Doychinova Rilski Sportist 20.1
2 Topalova Lukoil Neftochimic 17.6
3 Zhelyova Beroe 07 16.4
4 Fabianova 15.5
5 Minkova Dunav Econt 15.1


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  CANADA - Women  


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Memorial 17-3 
 2. Cape Breton 15-5 
 3. Dalhousie 12-8 
 4. New Brunsw. 11-9 
 5. UPEI 8-12 
 6. Acadia 7-13 
 7. St.Francis X. 6-14 
 8. St.Mary's 4-16 
CanWest Central
 1. Alberta 17-5 
 2. Calgary 16-6 
 3. Saskatchewan 9-13 
 4. Lethbridge 5-17 
CanWest Great Plains
 1. Regina 16-6 
 2. Manitoba 8-14 
 3. Winnipeg 8-14 
 4. Brandon 2-20 
CanWest Pacific
 1. Simon Fraser 22-1 
 2. UBC 21-2 
 3. Victoria 13-10 
 4. UCFV 11-12 
 5. Trinity West. 8-15 
 6. Thompson R. 1-22 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 12-4 
 2. UQAM 12-4 
 3. Concordia 8-8 
 4. Bishop's 6-10 
 5. Mc Gill 2-14 
UOA East
 1. Mc Master 21-1 
 2. York 18-4 
 3. Toronto Univ. 18-4 
 4. Laurentian 15-7 
 5. Queens 9-13 
 6. Carleton 8-14 
 7. Ryerson 5-17 
 8. Ottawa 2-19 
 9. RMC 0-22 
UOA West
 1. W.Ontario 17-5 
 2. Windsor 14-8 
 3. Waterloo 12-10 
 4. Brock 11-11 
 5. Lakehead 9-13 
 6. Laurier 9-13 
 7. Guelph 7-15 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. TLU/Volta 21-4 
 2. Tall.Living 20-5 
 3. Tallinna Kalev 15-10 
 4. BC Star 10-15 
 5. Audentes 5-20 
 6. Tartu 4-21 


Portugal wrest win from Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Portugal 64:65

Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) knocked down two freebies with 19 seconds remaining in the game and Porgual ran away with a narrow 65:64 win over Estonia today. Both teams suffered defeats at the start of the EuroBasket in Division B campaign and hoped to improve the situation in Group B tonight. And Portugal turned out to be the lucky side sealing a last-grasp victory at the end. Portugal scored the first points of the game and kept ahead throughout the early stages. However the hosts went on a 9:0 rally late in the first frame and surged ahead 15:10. Estonia managed to secure the lead and entered the second period up by 5 points 21:16. Portuguese team stayed close and drew things level at 25 midway through the second frame. Freitas fired from downtown next to set the visitors in charge. However Estonia came up strong late in the second quarter to build a 38:35 lead at halftime. The lead changed hands for 6 times throughout the third quarter before Sandra Andresson (182-G-89) sealed the outcome at 46:45 for the home team. The teams continued to trade baskets during the fourth term and Portugal managed to establish a 5-point advantage with under 2 minutes left. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) and Anzela Okuneva (174-G-84) shaved it to minimum with just over a minute to go. Paula Muxiri committed a turnover and Sandra Andresson punished the visitors with a jumper to give Estonia a 64:63 lead with 19 seconds remaining. She was also fouled but missed a free throw. Portugal handed the ball to Paula Muxiri as she was fouled and sank both freebies to ensure the winning result for the visiting side. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) missed her desperate attempt to save this one and Portugal won the game. Paula Muxiri finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Freitas topscored with 19 points for Portugal. Katrin Olmari netted 15 points for Estonia. Viive-Kai Rebane came up with 14 points, 7 boards and 5 assists in the loss.
Estonia will look for the initial win against Sweden next Wednesday, while Portugal will take on Luxembourg at home the same day.

Estonia: Katrin Olmari 15, Viive-Kai Rebane 14
Portugal: Carla Freitas 19, Paula Muxiri 18, Sara Filipe (187-F-82) 11


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Israel4-1
2. Ukraine4-1
3. Lithuania3-2
4. U.Kingdom1-4
5. Germany0-4
Group B
1. Turkey4-0
2. Poland4-1
3. Italy2-3
4. Bosnia1-4
5. Finland1-4
Group C
1. France5-0
2. Hungary3-2
3. Slovakia2-3
4. Romania1-3
5. Croatia1-4
Group D
1. Greece2-0
2. Bulgaria1-1
3. Serbia0-1
4. Belgium0-1


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
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Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Monteneg.2-0
2. Holland1-0
3. Iceland1-0
4. Ireland0-1
5. Slovenia0-1
6. Switzerl.0-2
Group B
1. FYR Macedo.2-0
2. Sweden1-0
3. Portugal1-1
4. Luxembourg.0-1
5. Estonia0-2


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  FINLAND - Women  


Bosnia and Herzegovina post first win in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Finland 75:74 (OT)

Bosnia and Herzegovina pulled away with a narrow win over Finland in Group B of the EuroBasket Qualification. The teams played Zenica and the hosts overcame a tough 45-minute marathon to register their initial victory in their campaign. The victory saw Bosnia and Herzegovina reach Finland in the ladder with both teams sharing a 1-4 record. Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the home team. Bosnia and Herzegovina started the game sloppily and Finland ran away to a 12:2 distance. The hosts trimmed the deficit and entered the second quarter trailing by 4 points 10:14. Treys from Azra Becirovic and Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) and a jumper from Dragana Svitlica (190-C-88) propelled Bosnia and Herzegovina in front 19:17. They maintained the lead and rolled to a 34:25 advantage at halftime. The hosts opened the third frame with a 6:0 rally to accumulate a 15-point cushion. However free throws allowed Finland to stay within striking distance and eventually they clipped the distance to 4 points heading into the fourth term. Bosnia cleared off to a 5-point distance with 44 seconds remaining but Finland found the right answer. Laura Sario (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management) converted a freebie and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) added a jump shot to drag the visitors within 2 points with 25 seconds to go. Lejla Bejtic missed both free throws, while Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) was accurate from the stripe at the other end to send the game into overtime. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) nailed 6 early points for Finnish team in the extra period and the teams were all square at 74 with 57 seconds left. Aida Pilav (187-C-87) followed Reetta Piipari turnover with converted free throw to seal the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the dying seconds.
Lejla Bejtic knocked down 18 points, while Aida Pilav had 17 for the winners. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) answered with 25 points and 9 boards for Finland. Niina Laaksonen contributed 17 points and 14 boards in a losing case.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Azra Becirovic 19, Lejla Bejtic 18, Aida Pilav 17
Finland: Tiina Sten 25, Niina Laaksonen 17+14 boards


Stats Leaders - Women
SM-sarja (Women) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Robinson, Huima 20.6
2. Laaksonen N, H 19.4
3. Freeman, PeKa 19.2
4. Jones, Espoo T 18.1
5. Haynes, Peka 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Laaksonen N, H 13.9
2. Jones, Espoo T 12.4
3. Robinson, Huima 11.9
4. Solovyeva, Catz 11.1
5. Haynes, PeKa 11.0
Assists Per Game
1. Puustinen,HNMKY 3.0
2. Kausaite, PuHu 2.9
3. Robinson, Huima 2.4
4. Laaksonen J, HN 2.3
5. Griffith, FoA 2.3
Steals Per Game
1. Jones, Espoo 3.5
2. Thompson, Nokia 3.3
3 Robinson, Huima 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Haynes, PeKa 1.3
2. Tuure, Catz 1.2
3. McCracklin, Nokia 1.1
2FGP
1. Sunwall,PuHu 53.3
2. Reshetko, Catz 52.9
3. Haynes, PeKa 52.8
3FGP
1. Rinta, PeKa 42.6
2. Pounds, PeKa 41.7
3. Huuhka, Nokia 41.6
Free Throws
1. Rhoads, Nokia 87.0
2. Pounds, PeKa 86.4
3. Laakso., NMKY 86.3


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  FRANCE - Women  


Gruda resumes with the Sun - by Eurobasket News
After a month break due to the Olympic games WNBA resumed the games in the league. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) continued with her Connecticut Sun and won two from the beginning. The Connecticut Sun stunned the Atlanta Dream 98:72 away from home to clinch the playoff birth. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 27 points as the Sun improved to 18-10 record in the Eastern conference. Asjha Jones added 24 points as Connecticut posted the 5th straight success. The visitors built a 21-point lead in the second period. The margin grew to 30 points in the third quarter and Connecticut never looked back again. Gardin contributed 13 points for the winners. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Katie Feenstra tallied 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. The hosts slipped to 3-25 record in the season. Sandrine Gruda nailed 9 points and made 3 rebounds.
Before that the Indiana Fever failed to come up with decent performance as they fell to the Connecticut Sun 58:84 on home soil. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 15 points to pace the Sun to 17-10 record in the East. Asjha Jones added 14 points, while Kerri Gardin and Sandrine Gruda produced 11 points each for the winners. Tully Bevilaqua and Tammy Sutton-Brown responded with 9 points apiece for the Fever. Indiana lost the fourth time in the last five games.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Halle: Amanda Rego replaces Kerri Burke - by Cornelius Damm
These days SV Halle Lions seems just like Grand Central Station - the players come and go. At first the club dismissed newcomer Mercedez Walker (191-C-85) after two weeks explaining that she wasnt the low post presence the club needed. Now the team not only declared that young SG/SF Matea Brezec (170-G-89) asked to leave after feeling terribly homesick, the East German club also waived its second American newcomer Kerri Burke (170-G-85) on the point guard position. The club justified this move with missing leadership qualities. To replace her Halle picked up NCAA assist machine Amanda Rego (178-G-86). The 2007 West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year and two time All-WCC First Team Selection led the whole NCAA in Assists Per Game in 2007 with 7.7 and was second best in the same statistic category this year with 8.5. The San Diego native either scored or assisted on 45 percent of the San Diego field goals this season. But Rego doesnt only spark on the offensive end. Nationally ranked in Steals Per Game in three season (even as high as seventh in 2005/06 with 3.6) and averaging 6.2 and 5.5 Rebounds Per Game her junior and senior seasons the 2008 WNBA Draft Prospect shows that shes got the total package on both ends of the game. Her all around game even helped her to post two triple-doubles this past season. Her senior stats show an impressive 9.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 8.5 APG and 2.6 SPG.

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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungary leapfrog Slovakia in Group C ladder - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Slovakia 85:76 (OT)

Hungarian National Team secured a tough overtime win over Slovakia at home court to overcome their opponents in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) came up with 22 points and 10 boards to pace Hungary to 3-2 record. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) notched 24 points to lead all scorers in the game. Slovakia slipped to 2-3 record after the loss. Hungary led right from the start but managed to pile up just a 2-point lead after ten minutes of action. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) put Slovakia in front for the first time in the game early in the second period. Slovakia kept in front and secured a 40:39 lead at the interval. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Zuzana Zirkova opened a double-digit advantage for the visitors midway through the third stanza. Zuzana Zirkova later added a three-pointer to make it 58:44 for Slovakia. Hungary needed a 10:2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to a single point. Slovakia once again cleared off to a 6 points distance however Zsofia Fegyverneky closed the game with 6 points in a row and sent the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Zsofia Fegyverneky, Orsolya Englert (172-G-80) and Anna Vajda gave the hosts a 9-point advantage and Hungary celebrated an impressive win. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) contributed 10 points for Hungary. Zuzana Zirkova notched 20 points and 7 rebounds for Slovakia. Lucia Laskova added 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Hungary: Zsofia Fegyverneky 24, Anna Vajda 22+10 boards, Nora Bujdoso 10
Slovakia: Zuzana Zirkova 20, Lucia Laskova 18+11 boards


Stats Leaders - Women
UNIQUA NB1/A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Williams, Cegledi 20.6
2. Aties, BSE 16.4
3. Iglesias, BSE 16.2
4. Djelmis, Szolnok 16.1
5. Varga, Kanizsa 16.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Williams, Cegledi 12.8
2. Turoczi, ZTE 9.9
3. Aties, BSE 8.8
4. Keller, Szolnok 8.8
5. Varda, Szekszard 7.1
Assists Per Game
1. Ivanyi, Pecs 7.7
2. Bukovszki, Szekszard 4.7
3. Djelmis, Szolnok 4.5
4. Iglesias, BSE 4.2
5. Creamer, ZTE 3.9
Steals Per Game
1. Iglesias, BSE 5.7
2. Koncz, Vasas 3.8
3. Borovickova, Gyor 3.4
4. Furesz, BSE 3.4
5. Aties, BSE 3.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Williams, Cegledi 2.5
2. Tomova, Szeged 1.2
3. Keller, Szolnok 1.2
4. Varda, Szekszard 1.1
5. Milkova, ZTE 0.9


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israel complete sweep of Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Israel 60:76

Israel National Team secured their second win over Lithuania in Group A of EuroBasket Qualification. Israel thus improved to 4-1 record on top of the pool. Lithuania slipped to 3-2 record in a highly-contestant mix. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) chipped in 7 points early in the game to give Lithuania a 9:2 lead. However Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh), Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) and Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F/C-87) ignited a rally from Israel as they claimed a 20:17 advantage at the first intermission. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second period before Fleischer, Shay Doron and Laine Selwyn capped the first half with 7 points in a row and Israel enjoyed a 39:32 advantage at halftime. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) stepped up with 10 points early in the third frame as Israel extended the margin to 15 points. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) accounted for the last basket in the fourth term as the hosts trailed by 14 points going into the last quarter. Israel looked solid in the final period and never allowed the home team to reignite the intrigue. Shay Doron secured 19 points for Israel. Liron Cohen, Laine Selwyn and Ekaterina Abramzon knocked down 12 points apiece for the winners. Staugaitiene delivered 12 points for Lithuania. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Israel outrebounded the hosts 38:32 and forced Lithuania to 19 turnovers. Israel converted 46% from the field, while Lithuania answered with 43% accuracy.
Lithuania will take on Ukraine, while Israel will play against Germany next Wednesday.

Lithuania: Daina Staugaitiene 12, Sandra Valuzyte 11+10 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 19, Liron Cohen 12, Laine Selwyn 12, Ekaterina Abramzon 12


Liron Cohen in the Israeli national team - by Gil Goshen



A great game of the Israeli national team vs. Lithuania 76:60 !!!!!

The Israeli team won very important game in the Qualifying Round
Vs, the Lithuania team ( away ) 76:60 which gave them excellent chance to finish
this round at the second place, at least...

The Israeli team displayed 5 players with double figures and a great defence

Liron Cohen ( will play for Kosit next season ) - agency - GG basketball with 12 points, 7 ast, and 3 rb.
S. Doron wIth 19 points,
Laine Selwyn 12 points.
Ekaterina Abramzon 12 points 6 rb.
Jennifer Fleischer 11 points, 6 rb.

Liron Cohen (173-G-82)



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  ITALY - Women  


Poland bring win from Italy - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Poland 69:76

Polish National Team defeated Italy for the second time in the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. This time the win came in Bologna sending the hosts to 2-3 record in Group B. Poland meanwhile improved to 4-1 record on top of the table. Italy needed to win this one to consolidate their position in the pool and they jumped to an aggressive start. Two trebles from Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81)s layup set them in charge 8:2. Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) answered with 7 straight points midway through the opening stanza to lift the visitors in front 14:13. The teams traded baskets and appeared to be tied at 22 after ten minutes of action. Three-pointers from Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management), Ramon and Pastore make it 31:25 for Italy midway though the second term. They maintained the lead and went to the locker room leading by 2 points 36:34. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian), Anna Wielebnowska and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) quickly restored Polish advantage at the start of the third frame and the visitors later opened a double-digit lead. Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84) capped the period with a three-pointer to give Polish team a massive 60:44 cushion before the fourth quarter. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Anna Wielebnowska paced Poland in the fourth stanza and never allowed Italy to come closer than 5 points. Anna Wielebnowska provided 19 points for Poland. Agnieszka Bibrzycka knocked down 18 points for the winners. Simona Ballardini answered with 13 points for Italy. Manuela Zanon added 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Italy visit Finland, while Poland host Turkey next.

Italy: Simona Ballardini 13, Manuela Zanon 12
Poland: Anna Wielebnowska 19, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 18, Ewelina Kobryn 7


Stats Leaders - Women
A1 regular season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Brunson Taranto 18.8
2 Holland-Corn Nap18.8
3 Dixon Pozz. 18.1
4 Maslowski Vit., 17.0
5 Machanguana 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Brunson Taranto 13.2
2 Smith Viterbo 10.1
3 Grima Pozzuoli 9.9
4 Machanguana Rm 8.6
5 Pascalau Priolo 7.7
Assists Per Game
1 Eric Faenza 3.5
2 Moro Schio 2.8
3 Zampella Como 2.6
4 Slavcheva Como 2.5
5 Sauret Taranto 2.4
Steals Per Game
1 Holland-Corn, Nap. 4.2
2 Macchi, Schio 3.6
3 Andrade, Venezia 3.2
4 Johnson, Venezia 3.1
5 Newton, La Sp. 3.0
2FGP
1 Cirov Pozzuoli 65.0
2 Ngoyisa Schio 62.6
3 Holland-Corn, NA. 59.9
3FGP
1 Moro, Schio 46.9
2 Duffy, Ribera 46.5
3 Grima, Pozzuoli 44.1
Free Throws
1 Duffy, Ribera 92.8
2 Holland-Corn, NA 84.7
3 Lawless Mont. 84.7
4 Macchi Schio 82.7


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Israel complete sweep of Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Israel 60:76

Israel National Team secured their second win over Lithuania in Group A of EuroBasket Qualification. Israel thus improved to 4-1 record on top of the pool. Lithuania slipped to 3-2 record in a highly-contestant mix. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) chipped in 7 points early in the game to give Lithuania a 9:2 lead. However Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh), Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) and Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F/C-87) ignited a rally from Israel as they claimed a 20:17 advantage at the first intermission. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second period before Fleischer, Shay Doron and Laine Selwyn capped the first half with 7 points in a row and Israel enjoyed a 39:32 advantage at halftime. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) stepped up with 10 points early in the third frame as Israel extended the margin to 15 points. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) accounted for the last basket in the fourth term as the hosts trailed by 14 points going into the last quarter. Israel looked solid in the final period and never allowed the home team to reignite the intrigue. Shay Doron secured 19 points for Israel. Liron Cohen, Laine Selwyn and Ekaterina Abramzon knocked down 12 points apiece for the winners. Staugaitiene delivered 12 points for Lithuania. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Israel outrebounded the hosts 38:32 and forced Lithuania to 19 turnovers. Israel converted 46% from the field, while Lithuania answered with 43% accuracy.
Lithuania will take on Ukraine, while Israel will play against Germany next Wednesday.

Lithuania: Daina Staugaitiene 12, Sandra Valuzyte 11+10 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 19, Liron Cohen 12, Laine Selwyn 12, Ekaterina Abramzon 12


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Georgetown extends women's hoops coach Williams-Flournoy - by Eurobasket News
Georgetown has signed head women's basketball coach Terri Williams-Flournoy to a contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

Williams-Flournoy is starting her fifth season as head coach at Georgetown after spending four seasons as an assistant coach with the Hoyas in the 1990s.

'We're excited that Terri will continue to lead the women's basketball program,' Georgetown director of athletics Bernard Muir said. 'We've seen steady improvements and we look forward to more progressive success in the Big East standings.'

The Hoyas are coming off a 15-14 season in 2007-08.

'I am extremely excited to be able to continue our team's path to success,' said Williams-Flournoy. 'I appreciate the faith my administration has shown in giving me this opportunity.'

Courtesy of www.ktzv.com


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  NWBL - Women  


Standings
NWBL Standings
 1. Colorado C. 14-4 
 2. San Diego S. 14-4 
 3. San Jose S. 8-10 
 4. S.Francisco L. 0-18 


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  POLAND - Women  


Poland bring win from Italy - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Poland 69:76

Polish National Team defeated Italy for the second time in the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. This time the win came in Bologna sending the hosts to 2-3 record in Group B. Poland meanwhile improved to 4-1 record on top of the table. Italy needed to win this one to consolidate their position in the pool and they jumped to an aggressive start. Two trebles from Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81)s layup set them in charge 8:2. Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) answered with 7 straight points midway through the opening stanza to lift the visitors in front 14:13. The teams traded baskets and appeared to be tied at 22 after ten minutes of action. Three-pointers from Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management), Ramon and Pastore make it 31:25 for Italy midway though the second term. They maintained the lead and went to the locker room leading by 2 points 36:34. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian), Anna Wielebnowska and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) quickly restored Polish advantage at the start of the third frame and the visitors later opened a double-digit lead. Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84) capped the period with a three-pointer to give Polish team a massive 60:44 cushion before the fourth quarter. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Anna Wielebnowska paced Poland in the fourth stanza and never allowed Italy to come closer than 5 points. Anna Wielebnowska provided 19 points for Poland. Agnieszka Bibrzycka knocked down 18 points for the winners. Simona Ballardini answered with 13 points for Italy. Manuela Zanon added 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Italy visit Finland, while Poland host Turkey next.

Italy: Simona Ballardini 13, Manuela Zanon 12
Poland: Anna Wielebnowska 19, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 18, Ewelina Kobryn 7


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Portugal wrest win from Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Portugal 64:65

Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) knocked down two freebies with 19 seconds remaining in the game and Porgual ran away with a narrow 65:64 win over Estonia today. Both teams suffered defeats at the start of the EuroBasket in Division B campaign and hoped to improve the situation in Group B tonight. And Portugal turned out to be the lucky side sealing a last-grasp victory at the end. Portugal scored the first points of the game and kept ahead throughout the early stages. However the hosts went on a 9:0 rally late in the first frame and surged ahead 15:10. Estonia managed to secure the lead and entered the second period up by 5 points 21:16. Portuguese team stayed close and drew things level at 25 midway through the second frame. Freitas fired from downtown next to set the visitors in charge. However Estonia came up strong late in the second quarter to build a 38:35 lead at halftime. The lead changed hands for 6 times throughout the third quarter before Sandra Andresson (182-G-89) sealed the outcome at 46:45 for the home team. The teams continued to trade baskets during the fourth term and Portugal managed to establish a 5-point advantage with under 2 minutes left. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) and Anzela Okuneva (174-G-84) shaved it to minimum with just over a minute to go. Paula Muxiri committed a turnover and Sandra Andresson punished the visitors with a jumper to give Estonia a 64:63 lead with 19 seconds remaining. She was also fouled but missed a free throw. Portugal handed the ball to Paula Muxiri as she was fouled and sank both freebies to ensure the winning result for the visiting side. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) missed her desperate attempt to save this one and Portugal won the game. Paula Muxiri finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Freitas topscored with 19 points for Portugal. Katrin Olmari netted 15 points for Estonia. Viive-Kai Rebane came up with 14 points, 7 boards and 5 assists in the loss.
Estonia will look for the initial win against Sweden next Wednesday, while Portugal will take on Luxembourg at home the same day.

Estonia: Katrin Olmari 15, Viive-Kai Rebane 14
Portugal: Carla Freitas 19, Paula Muxiri 18, Sara Filipe (187-F-82) 11


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Standings - Women
BSF Standings
 1. Morovis 19-2 
 2. Juncos 18-3 
 3. Ponce 15-6 
 4. Carolina 14-7 
 5. Guaynabo 7-14 
 6. Caguas 6-15 
 7. Isabela 5-16 
 8. Arecibo 0-21 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Interview with Monika Veselovski - by Dragana Vukovic

I found Monika Veselovski,the first captain of Serbian NT,in Subotica.She is preparing for the upcoming season.She used to be with NT during the summer,but this summer was different.

You are not with NT.Why?
'I went in NT for the first time when I was 19.From that time every summer I was spending with NT.I participated in three European Championships and in one World Championship.This summer I wanted to rest,to spend more time with family and friends.Also,we have very good young players,so I think it's a good moment to retire from NT.'

What do you think about qualification group for the European Championship 2009?

'Qualification group is very difficult.Everyone can beat everyone without any surprise.No outsiders in our group.I hope we will qualifie.'

Last season you were playing very good in Hondarribia Irun,Spain.It was your first time to play in Spain,what are your impressions?

'Spanish League has big quality.They have great domestic players,also they are taking great foreigners.They have excellant organization in all sferes,what is bringing them success with NT.About Spain as a country no need to spend words... Beautiful country.'

What is your next station?

'My wish was to stay in Spain.I had a few offers from there but we didn't realised them.During the following period I will decided where I will continue my career.'

Thank you for your time and good luck in the new season.

'Thank you,too.'



Stats Leaders - 1A women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Grubor I. 25,4
2.Vidacic J. 20,4
3.Scekic M. 19,3
4.Bucevac N. 18,3
5.Rad J. 17,7
Rebounds Per Game
1.Vidacic J. 11,1
2.Jovanovic T. 10,7
3.Cvetanovic M. 10,5
4.Velinovic J. 8,8
5.Krnjic S. 8,6
Assists Per Game
1.Ristic M. 6,0
2.Musulin I. 5,4
3.Stankovic B. 4,8
4.Radocaj T. 4,3
5.Baculov D. 4,1
Steals Per Game
1.Caran M. 4,8
2.Bucevac N. 4,0
3.Scekic M. 3,6
4.Radic J. 3,3
5.Rad J. 3,2
Blocks Per Game
1.Jovanovic T. 1,9
2.Cvetanovic M. 1,5
3.Krnjic S. 1,1
4.Dobranic A. 1,0
5.Maksimovic N. 1,0
2FGP
1.Mitic J. 80%
2.Dosen M. 75,9%
3.Grubor I. 68,6%
3FGP
1.Matovic I. 60%
2.Rizvic D. 58,8%
3.Stankovic B. 48,7%


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Hungary leapfrog Slovakia in Group C ladder - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Slovakia 85:76 (OT)

Hungarian National Team secured a tough overtime win over Slovakia at home court to overcome their opponents in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) came up with 22 points and 10 boards to pace Hungary to 3-2 record. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) notched 24 points to lead all scorers in the game. Slovakia slipped to 2-3 record after the loss. Hungary led right from the start but managed to pile up just a 2-point lead after ten minutes of action. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) put Slovakia in front for the first time in the game early in the second period. Slovakia kept in front and secured a 40:39 lead at the interval. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Zuzana Zirkova opened a double-digit advantage for the visitors midway through the third stanza. Zuzana Zirkova later added a three-pointer to make it 58:44 for Slovakia. Hungary needed a 10:2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to a single point. Slovakia once again cleared off to a 6 points distance however Zsofia Fegyverneky closed the game with 6 points in a row and sent the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Zsofia Fegyverneky, Orsolya Englert (172-G-80) and Anna Vajda gave the hosts a 9-point advantage and Hungary celebrated an impressive win. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) contributed 10 points for Hungary. Zuzana Zirkova notched 20 points and 7 rebounds for Slovakia. Lucia Laskova added 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Hungary: Zsofia Fegyverneky 24, Anna Vajda 22+10 boards, Nora Bujdoso 10
Slovakia: Zuzana Zirkova 20, Lucia Laskova 18+11 boards


Stats Leaders - Women
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Gresnerova Cass 18.7
2. Oravkova UMB 18.6
3. Antalecova Roz 18.0
4. McCarville Kos 17.8
5. Perostiyska Vik 17.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Perostiyska Vik 10.3
2. Antalecova Roz 10.1
3. Lalovic UMB 9.7
4. Sangare Pop 9.5
5. Podesvova, Ruz 8.7
Assists Per Game
1. L. Wilson Ruz 5.7
2. Jalcova KOSIT 5.7
3. Barenyiova Roz 4.2
4. Vackova Cass 3.9
5. Csavas MBK 3.6
2FGP
1. Benuskova Kos 50.0
2. McCarville Kos 49.1
3. Kupcíkova Ruz 45.3
3FGP
1. Michulkova KOS 53.7
2. Chlebovkova Nitra 49.2
3. Cikosova Kos 48.5
Free Throws
1. Malinkova CITY 90.0
2. Cikosova Kos 88.6
3. Michulkova KOS 87.9


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.S.Humphrey (N.lh) 23,6
2.N.Grilanc (Odeja) 22,7
3.T.Trebec (Jez) 18,7
4.A.Pehadzic (AJM) 18,1
5.L.Becanovic (KrG) 17,8
Rebounds Per Game
1.J.Brown (N.lhke) 12,0
2.T.Gortnar (Triglav) 11,9
3.A.Prsa (Konjice) 10,5
4.M.Blake (Merkur) 10,1
I.Serdar (City c) 10,1
Assists Per Game
1.S.Panic (Jezica) 4,3
2.S.Humphrey (N.lh) 3,4
K.Fink (Crnomelj) 3,2
4.N.Kvas (Konjice) 2,9
5.N.Baric (Merkur) 2,8
Steals Per Game
1.N.Grilanc (Odeja) 4,2
2.T.Koprivsek (Trig) 3,5
3.Evtoukhovitch (Mer) 3.0
4.S.Panic (Jezica) 2,8
A.Bozic (City c.) 2,8
Blocks Per Game
1.J.Brown (N.lhke) 1,9
2.T.Gortnar (Triglav) 1,6
3.I.Serdar (C.center) 1,4
4.S.Erzen (Kr.G) 1,2
K.Smolic (Crnom) 1,2
Ranking
1.J.Brown (N.lhke) 22,8
2.T.Gortnar (Trig) 22,7
3.N.Grilanc (Odeja) 21,6
4.T.Trebec (Jezica) 21,3
5.Blake (Merkur) 21,1


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  SPAIN - Women  


Stats Leaders - LFB
Liga Femenina Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Hodges, Caja 20.2
2 Willingh., Olesa 18.8
3 Christon, Irun 17.5
4 Morales, EBE 15.8
5 Tuukkanen, Taru 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Willingham, Olesa 11.0
2 Lyttle, EBE 10.0
3 Wyckoff Caja 8.9
4 Da Silva, Extrem. 8.19
5 Tamane, Irun 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 Morales, EBE 5.0
2 Ciocan, Burgos 4.3
3 Santos, Cadi 3.4
4 Nunez, Extrem. 3.3
5 Palau Valencia 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Lyttle, EBE 2.9
2 Musovic, Olesa 2.5
3 Lebrato, Burgos 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Lyttle, EBE 1.2
2 Tamane, Irun 1.2
2FGP
1 Matic, Perfume. 59.9
2 Antibe, Rivas 59.8
3 Douglas, Valencia 58.9
3FGP
1 Rasmus., EBE 50.0
2 Maltsi, Valencia 48.6
3 Erceg, Zaragoza 47.9
Free Throws
1 Feaster, S.Jose 92.4
2 Brown, Extrug. 89.9
3 Tornikidou, Valen. 89.0


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  TURKEY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
TBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lovelace, Besiktas 19.2
2 Newlin, Botas 17.5
3 Pondexter, Fener. 17.4
4 Norman, Burhan. 15.9
5 Brown, Mersin 15.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Newlin, Botas 11.2
2 Campbell, Cey. 10.1
3 T.J Brown, Mersin 9.9
4 Lovelace, Besiktas 9.3
5 Moore, TED 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Yigit, Besiktas 6.5
2 Vardarli, Fener. 5.4
3 Bristol, Burhan. 4.9
4 Alben, Galat. 4.8
5 Givens, Botas 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 Smith, Ceyhan 3.0
2 Givens, Botas 2.8
3 Bristol, Burhan. 2.7
2FGP
1 Bakirci., Fener. 66.7
2 Kimyac., Galata 66.7
3 Amachree, TED 62.5
3FGP
1 Lovelace, Besiktas 50.0
2 Pinar, Botas 50.0
3 Norman, Burhan. 50.0
Free Throws
1 Lovelace, Besiktas 83.3
2 Vulic, Edremit 83.3
3 Brown, Fener. 80.0


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukraine remain upbeat edging Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Ukraine 73:80

Ukrainian National Team secured their 4th win at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification campaign. They defeated Great Britain in Cardiff yesterday to improve to 4-1 record on top of Group A. The hosts lost their 4th game in the pool and remained at the 4th spot. The visitors dominated the first half building a safe cushion. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) knocked down 16 points in the first frame as Ukraine grabbed a 27:24 lead. Michael Hoffmann (200-F-89) and Harriett Yea (180-G-89) gave the hosts a narrow lead early in the second frame but Ukraine answered with an 11:0 rally to retain the advantage. Great Britain failed to answer and Ukraine rolled to a 47:34 lead at halftime. Ukraine kept the initiative after the long break and soon stretched the margin to 21 points. Michael Hoffmann capped the third quarter with a jumper as Great Britain trailed 52:71. The hosts however refused to fold. They exploded with a 15:1 surge to cut the deficit to 5 points midway through the final stanza. But baskets from Olexandra Gorbunova and Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) allowed Ukraine to celebrate a tough win at the end. Olexandra Gorbunova finished with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) had 19 points in the win. Kim Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) led Great Britain with game-high 28 points. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) tallied 11 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in defeat.
Ukraine will next take on Lithuania at home. Great Britain will play against Lithuania on the road next Saturday.

Great Britain: Kim Butler 28, Megan Moody 11
Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 26, Iryna Biryuk 19, Olena Ogorodnikova 16


Standings (Women)
Higher Standings
Places 1-3
 1. Dnipro 15-3 
 2. Tim-Scuf 11-7 
 3. Kozachka 10-8 
Places 4-6
 1. Ol.-NAEK 6-8 
 2. Chaika 6-8 
 3. Dynamo-NPU 0-14 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Ukraine remain upbeat edging Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Ukraine 73:80

Ukrainian National Team secured their 4th win at the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification campaign. They defeated Great Britain in Cardiff yesterday to improve to 4-1 record on top of Group A. The hosts lost their 4th game in the pool and remained at the 4th spot. The visitors dominated the first half building a safe cushion. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) knocked down 16 points in the first frame as Ukraine grabbed a 27:24 lead. Michael Hoffmann (200-F-89) and Harriett Yea (180-G-89) gave the hosts a narrow lead early in the second frame but Ukraine answered with an 11:0 rally to retain the advantage. Great Britain failed to answer and Ukraine rolled to a 47:34 lead at halftime. Ukraine kept the initiative after the long break and soon stretched the margin to 21 points. Michael Hoffmann capped the third quarter with a jumper as Great Britain trailed 52:71. The hosts however refused to fold. They exploded with a 15:1 surge to cut the deficit to 5 points midway through the final stanza. But baskets from Olexandra Gorbunova and Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) allowed Ukraine to celebrate a tough win at the end. Olexandra Gorbunova finished with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78) had 19 points in the win. Kim Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) led Great Britain with game-high 28 points. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) tallied 11 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in defeat.
Ukraine will next take on Lithuania at home. Great Britain will play against Lithuania on the road next Saturday.

Great Britain: Kim Butler 28, Megan Moody 11
Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 26, Iryna Biryuk 19, Olena Ogorodnikova 16


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. Sheffield H. 16-1 
 2. Rh.Rebels 15-2 
 3. Northumbria 12-6 
 4. Manchester M. 11-7 
 5. Nottingham W. 10-8 
 6. Solent S. 9-9 
 7. UWIC Archers 8-10 
 8. London HA 5-13 
 9. Sevenoaks S. 3-15 
 10. London T. 0-18 


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  WNBA - Women  


WNBA round recap - by Bruno Baltazar
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) delivered 23 points and 7 rebounds, leading the Fever to an 87-72 victory against the Atlanta Dream.
Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers) each had 21 points, marking the first time in franchise history that Indiana had three players score 20 or more points in the same game.
Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) finished with 27 points and Erika DeSouza chipped in 15 for the Dream .

Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 22 points, and fellow reserve Vanessa Hayden-Johnson added 11 to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Washington Mystics 92-78.
In her return after playing with the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing, Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 12 points but was just 4-for-16 from the field.
Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) scored 27 for the Mystics who have lost two in a row after winning two of new coach Jessie Kenlaw's first three games. Kenlaw replaced Tree Rollins on July 19.

Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) hit four 3-pointers and had 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Monarchs past the Houston Comets 80-65.
Lawson also had four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Monarchs.
Shannon Johnson (5'7''-G-74, college: USC) had 12 points and five assists, but committed six of Houston's 21 turnovers.

Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) scored four of her 18 points and had a blocked shot in the final 1:39, and the Los Angeles Sparks rallied for a 58-53 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Sparks .
Becky Hammon had 17 points and seven assists for the Silver Stars . Ann Wauters (6'5''-C-80) added 13 points.


Stats Leaders
WNBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Taurasi, PHO 24.9
2 Pondexter, PHO 23.6
3 Jackson, SEA 19.7
4 Lennox, ATL 19.5
5 Beard, WAS 19.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Leslie, LAS 9.5
2 Parker, LAS 9.2
3 Ford, DET 9.0
4 Dupree, CHI 8.8
5 Hoffman, IND 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Bird, SEA 6.0
2 Whalen, CON 5.7
3 Moore, NYL 5.6
4 Penicheiro, SAC 5.4
5 Nolan, DET 5.4
Steals Per Game
1 Hornbuckle, DET 2.6
2 Anosike, MIN 2.2
3 Penicheiro, SAC 2.2
3FGP
1 Lawson-Wade, SAN 61.5
2 Spencer, LAS 55.2
3 Koehn, WAS 47.8
Free Throws
1 Hammon, SAN 94.9
2 Jackson, SEA 94.0
3 Ferdinand-Harris, LAS 93.3


Standings
WNBA Western Standings
 1. S.Antonio SS 18-8 
 2. Connect. S. 17-10 
 3. Seattle S. 16-8 
 4. L.Angeles S. 16-9 
 5. Detroit S. 16-9 
 6. Sacram. M. 14-12 
 7. New York L. 12-11 
 8. Houston C. 12-13 
 9. Minnesota L. 11-12 
 10. Indiana F. 10-13 
 11. Phoenix M. 10-14 
 12. Chicago Sky 10-14 
 13. Washingt. M. 9-17 
 14. Charlotte S. 0-0