EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/10/2008

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  ABA   


Vegas Aces sign former UNLV star Louis Kelly - by Eurobasket News
The ABA Las Vegas Aces today announced that they have signed former UNLV star Louis Kelly for the upcoming season that begins in December. As a senior, Kelly averaged 15.6 points and 4.2 rebounds as a 6'5 guard/forward for the team. Kelly scored 20 or more points 10 times including a career high 35 points against New Mexico in the NWC Tournament. 'Lou is very popular here and looks better than he did in college,' stated team owner Todd Tripplett. 'He'll fit in very well.'

The Las Vegas Aces basketball team that begins play in December is committed to the success of the team and the people in the community of Las Vegas. With the acquisition of Tony Farmer, Pig Miller, and Kelly, the team is well on its way to a winning season. The team will offer family-oriented, fan-friendly and affordable sports entertainment for ages and incomes. For more information, call 702 582 2371x706 or email robert@lasvegasacesbasketball.com or visit www.lasvegasacesbasketball.com or www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


San Diego Wildcats to hold second open tryout camp - by Eurobasket News
The ABA San Diego Wildcats held their first open player tryout for the upcoming 2008-2009 season on Saturday, September 6th as they seek to remain the number one ranked team in the ABA by bolstering their roster with talented players.

Twenty plus Wildcat hopefuls displayed their skills for the Wildcat coaches at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center with aspirations of being named to the roster this fall. The Wildcats will hold their second and final open player tryout on Saturday, September 27th at the same place from 11am to 4pm. Registration will begin promptly at 11am and there is a $60 registration fee.

The tryout is an open event that is free to the media and general public. For more information about how to become a Wildcat, please visit www.sandiegowildcats.com or email Shauna Caldwell at shauna.caldwell@gmail.com or call 619 920 5768 or visit www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


Texas Whirlwinds have announced two upcoming tryout camps - by Bruno Baltazar
The ABA West Texas Whirlwinds have announced two upcoming tryout camps - Saturday, September 13th in Dallas, Texas and Saturday, September 20th at Langston University in Oklahoma City.
The tryout fee for each camp is $100.

Evaluation of players will be done by Cleveland Phelps, Whirlwinds owner, as well as former NBA and Texas Tech player Darwin Hamm and NY Legend Wendell Owens as well as GM Nathaniel Jones. For complete details and registration forms, email phelpscleveland@yahoo.com or call:
Cleveland Phelps at 432 212 9036
Wendell Owens at 214 803 1333
Nate Jones at 405 532 7799

Or visit www.westtexaswhirlwinds.com or www.abalive.com.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda inks top prospect Marko Keselj - by Dragan Jankovski
After arrival of well respected Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic and NBA guard Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), Crvena Zvezda signed 2+1 deal with one of the top Serbian prospects Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). 20-year old small forward spent last season in German team Koln 99ers as a loaned player from Akasvayu Girona. He played 10 games in ULEB Cup averaging 6.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg. In German Bundesleague he had 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1 spg. This past summer Keselj was one of the best players of U20 Serbia which grabbed the Gold on European Championship in Riga. For 8 games Keselj averaged 14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.1 apg. He also demonstrated pretty good performance at the last FIBA U19 World Championship, which was held in Novi Sad last year. Serbia was too strong for USA in the final. Keselj already worked with coach Svetislav Pesic on season 06/07 when Girona grabbed the first trophy in club's history. It was FIBA EuroCup.

Crvena Zvezda lands NBAer Andre Owens - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda singed first import this summer. It is Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), who played last season for NBA team Indiana Pacers. 27-year old guard had 31 appearances in NBA in 07/08 averaging 4 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.5 apg. Indiana ended regular season as a third ranked team of Eastern Conference Central Division recording 36 wins and 46 defeats. With that score Pacers didn't succeed to reach the play-off. Owens arrived to Indiana from D-League team Anaheim Arsenal in 2007. He started season 06-07 in Golden State but the Warriors released him in October. Indiana was his third NBA team as the entire 05/06 Andre Owens spent in Utah Jazz. For 23 games he added 3 ppg.
Owens graduated at University of Houston in 2005. For 32 games in his senior season he averaged 18.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.1 apg. At the end of it he was named 'All-Conf. USA 2nd Team -05'. Owens' last season at Houston was actually his best one as he improved digits from year to year. In 2001 his school reached the final of Big 10 Conference tournament. Owens supposes to arrive in Belgrade on Sunday.


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  ANGOLA   


Standings - D1 Men
D1 Standings
 1. Petro Luanda 4-0 
 2. Inter-Clube 4-0 
 3. 1 De Agosto 3-0 
 4. ASA 2-2 
 5. Sporting L. 1-2 
 6. Univ.Lusiada 1-3 
 7. Vila 0-0 
 8. CDUAN 0-3 
 9. Nocal 0-3 
 10. Viana 0-4 


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 2(updated) - by Facundo Iatzky

BAHIA BLANCA ESTUDIANTES
Juan Manuel Rivero (192-G-85)
Pedro Franco (187-G-81)
Gerardo Barrera (201-F-77)
Lucas Bianco (198-F-80)
Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81)
Leonardo La Bella (180-G-86)
Leandro Cecchi (201-G/F-88)
Cristian Aguiar (201-C-89)
Cristian Schmidt
Youngster team players: Matias Martinez, Gonzalo Etchepare
Head Coach: Marcelo Richotti

GIMNASIA Comodoro Rivadavia
Bruno Ingratta (201-F/C-85)
Diego Romero (209-C-82, college: Florida St.)
Diego Alba (186-G-81)
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85)
German Sciutto (190-F-78, agency: Interperformances)
Mariano Franco (200-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Jose Alessio (203-C-87)
Sebastian Morales (201-F/C-88)
Hernan Schneider (195-F-89)
Fabian Gabriel (-F-90)
Youngster team players: Federico Favre, Ivan Macharasvili (91), Matias Monzon
Head Coach: Nicolas Casalanguida

INDEPENDIENTE Neuquen
Leandro Lauro (188-G-80)
Martin Melo (197-F-82)
Agustin Carabajal (179-G-78)
Federico Marin (199-G/F-82)
Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern)
Fabian Levrino (190-G-87)
Pablo Heit (205-F/C-89)
Juan Levrino (188-G-90)
Santiago Fedele (187-G-89)
Ramiro Mendoza
Head Coach: Mauricio Santangelo


LANUS
Diego Prego (198-F-77)
Julian Olmedo

Fernando Funes

Juan Pablo Sanchez

Andres Rodriguez

Sebastian Chaine

Nicolas Laprovittola

Juan Ignacio Catalano

Rodrigo Fucek

Yemil Tosi

Head Coach: Alvaro Castineira



Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 3(updated) - by Facundo Iatzky

LIBERTAD Sunchales
Andres Pelussi (198-F-77)
Pablo Moldu (191-G-78)
Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82)
Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83)
Gustavo Orona (196-G-75)
Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86)
Lucas Diaz (91)
Emiliano Correa
Joaquin Giordana (182-G-90)
Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90)
Fernando Manattini (190-F-89)
Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91)
Nicolas Herrera (195-F-89)
Head Coach: Julio Cesar Lamas


OBRAS
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego)
Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71)
Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82)
Daniel Chaher (192-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81)
Omar Canton (210-C-82)
Sergio Ravina (190-F-86)
Cristian Cortes (185-G-90)
Franco Giuletti (200-C-90)
Alan Omar (195-G-90)
Leon Nicanoff (185-G-91)
Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90)
German Chiaruttini (194-F-90)
Franco Rivero (191-G-90)
Horacio Cardani (206-C-89)
Leonardo Alvarez (209-C-88)
Youngster Team Players: Ivan Jaskowsky (190-F-92), Dario Sosa (196-C-92), Lautaro Fraga (180-G-92)
Head Coach: Bernardo Murphy

OLIMPICO
Diego Cavaco (202-F-79)

Jorge Benitez

Mariano Byro

Martin Trovellesi

Fernando Gutman

Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87)

David Jaime

Carlos Leiba

Gustavo Fernandez (173-G-89)

Matias Maidana

Coach: Gonzalo Garcia

PEÑAROL
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78)

Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez

Marcos Mata

Lucas Picarelli

Alejandro Reinick

Jose Muruaga

Alejandro Diez

Sebastian Vega

Matias Ruger (200-F/C-91)

Facundo Campazzo

Facundo Varela (194-G-90)

Coach: Sergio Hernandez



Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 4(updated) - by Facundo Iatzky

QUILMES Mar del Plata
Pablo Gil (188-G-78)
Hernando Salles (188-G-79)
Maximiliano Maciel (197-F-83)
Ezequiel Dentis (206-C-82)
Esteban Lopez (184-G-84)
Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87)
Dragan Capitanich (191-G-90)
Facundo Pinero (199-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances)
Nahuel Jerez (182-G-89)
Federico Aldama (198-C)
Youngster team players:
Maximiliano Iturrioz (185-F-92), Guillermo Subeldia (199-F-92)
Head Coach: Esteban De la Fuente


QUIMSA
Julio Mazzaro (186-G-79)
Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina)
Jonathan Treise (186-G-85)
Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80)
Juan Manuel Torres (208-C-84)
Federico Mansilla (190-G-87)
Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88)
Mauricio Zanni
Martin Balteiro
Nahuel Melian
Rafael Adaro (200-F/C-90)
Head Coach: Fernando Duro


REGATAS Corrientes
Roberto Lopez (199-F/C-76)
Damian Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency: Players Group)
Luis Cequeira (180-G-85)
Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82)
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80)
Alejandro Montecchia (180-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Mariano Fierro (200-F-86)
Milton Temute (202-F/C)

Alejo Montes

Nestor Serantes

Damian Pineda

Head Coach: Silvio Santander



Sionista Parana:

Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82)

Daniel Hure

Eduardo Villares

Alejandro Burgos

Matias Fioretti

Pablo Rizzo

Augustin Carnovale

Ramiro Iglesias

Juan Carlos Bergel

Edgardo Torne

Lucas Machuca

Valentin Marchisio

Head Coach: Sebastian Svetliza



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia powers off China for third win at Paralympics - by Eurobasket News
Australia dominated from start to finish to cruise past China 79-44 for their third win of the Beijing Paralympic wheelchair basketball preliminaries on Tuesday at the National Indoor Stadium.

Although China trailed by only 10 points at the half, Australia pulled away with an aggressive defence that resulted in a game total of 12 steals and 23 Chinese turnovers.

Australia's strong offence registered 54 points in the paint and 21 assists. Centre Brad Ness was the game's highest scorer with 31 points.

'We're growing. The competition isn't won on the first day, it's won on the eighth day. We are just hoping to keep building. China threw everything at us today and made a couple of runs, but it's just about getting our processes right and going forward,' said Ness.

Talking on the effects of playing professionally in Europe, Ness said: 'You look at Shaun Norris in our team, who spent two years in Europe, and he's just become a monster out on the court. It's just from playing year-in and year-out.'

'Just the fact is that you can go and play and train everyday, where you can't do it in Australia because you have to get a job, and then you don't have the time to train,' he said.

Ding Hai led Chinese team with 12 points, but he was the only Chinese to score in double digit. China committed 25 personal fouls, almost triple the amount that Australia committed.

In the tournament, Australia is 3-0 and booked a berth in quarterfinals while China is winless.

Both teams will play their fourth group B preliminary games on Wednesday at the USTB Gymnasium as Australia versus Israel, China against the United States.

Courtesy of http://english.cri.cn/


Adelaide 36ers 2008/09 season preview - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide 36ers 2008/09 season preview

Last season: 14-16, ninth in regular season, missed playoffs
Points For: 104ppg, second
Points Against: 104ppg, tenth
Field Goal Percentage: 45%, seventh
Rebounds: 48rpg, second
Assists: 19apg, seventh
Blocked Shots: 4bpg, second
NBL Titles: Four (1986, 1998, 1999, 2002)
NBL Playoff Appearances: 20 (last time 2006)
Homecourt: Distinctive Homes Dome, capacity 7800
Head Coach: Scott Ninnis (1st season with Adelaide rookie)
Projected Starters: Aaron Bruce, Brett Maher, Mark Tyndale, Adam Ballinger, Luke Schenscher
Bench: Brad Davidson, Jacob Holmes, Paora Winitana, Brad Hill, Ryan Kersten, David Cooper

After three championships and a host of terrific memories, the Phil Smyth era ended in Adelaide last season, not in triumph, but with a distinct sense of what might have been.

The 36ers struggled mightily out of the gate, looking nothing like the squad many pundits had tagged as potential Final Four material. They had problems with injury with Brett Maher in particular and, most importantly, they agonised for far too long as to what should be done with under-performing import Mike Chappell, who never looked like the star forward he used to be.

By the time the decision was made to release Chappell and replace him with former North Carolina State standout and first round NBA pick Julius Hodge, the horse had all but bolted. To their credit, the Sixers made a tremendous run late to just miss the playoffs by a single game a run, by the way, that included a butt-kicking of a Sydney Kings outfit that would lose only three games in the regular season.

In the midst of their ultimately fruitless drive to a playoff spot, Adelaide looked like one of the best clubs in the L and, with Hodge making like Dwayne McClain and the team suddenly a juggernaut, Sixer fans must have been collectively thinking what if?

Smyths post-season departure opened the door for former 36er Scott Ninnis, previously an assistant with the South Dragons and a guy well respected in the Adelaide basketball community. Ninnis inherited a team somewhat in transition, what with the legendary Brett Maher at the tail-end of his magnificent career and the team undergoing a sea change with The General moving on.

It will be interesting to see whether Ninnis can get this team to play defence. Ultimately, the fact Smyth never was able to get his group locked in on that side of the ball proved his undoing giving up 104 points per just aint gonna get it done.

Adelaides interior D in particular has been sieve-like on occasion, which made the off season signing of big Luke Schenscher so important. The former Georgia Tech star helped the Yellow Jackets reach the NCAA title game in what was a truly magical season, and hes been on the fringes of the NBA for the past couple of years. Hell be expected to be a rock-solid presence in the middle.

The Sixers played a game of will-he or wont-he with Hodge as the swingman attempted to break into the NBA, eventually deciding they couldnt afford to wait and that Mark Tyndale out of Temple University would be a quality replacement.

Getting Aaron Bruce, the Australian point guard out of Baylor, was a minor coup although he had his struggles in his final college season and is looking to kickstart his pro career with a Rookie of the Year campaign.

Theres no question Adelaide have done an excellent job re-tooling their lineup. They have size, perimeter shooting, and look stronger inside than they have been in a number of years. Ninnis has enough up and down his roster to get this team to the playoffs this season but he has a lot on his plate as a rookie head coach.

That said with all the attention being paid to the likes of the Dragons and Tigers lately, you dont want to overlook the Adelaide 36ers. Theyll be right there in the thick of it come February count on it.


CENTRE

The 71 Schenscher is the biggest player in the league immediately and one of the biggest in the competitions 29 year history. At G-Tech he became a cult hero for his size, his crazy hair, and his Aussie accent, which the southerners just couldnt get enough of. He also had the game to back it up. Hes obviously going to be a focal point in the half-court offence, hell rebound and block shots and probably average at least 12 points a game. The big question mark is over his distinct lack of footspeed. This is a fast breaking league after all, and thats not one of his strengths still, if all they need him to do is be an intimidator in the middle, that is something hell do very well.


FORWARDS

Adam Ballinger (22.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 54% FG, 44% 3PT FG) had a stellar campaign in 2007/08, ranking among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage and coming up with some monster games all season. He was probably Adelaides most consistent offensive threat and, although he garnered Second Team All-NBL honours, there were very, very few better at the forward position last season than the Michigan State grad. His combination of size, athleticism, and smooth touch out to the perimeter makes him an incredibly difficult matchup most nights and the 36ers will lean on him heavily again.

Tyndale was an outstanding collegian at Temple in the always-tough Atlantic 10 conference, averaging double-figures in points all four of his years there and winding up as the first A-10 player to rank among the career leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He doesnt figure to be as flashy as the departed Hodge, but should slot in perfectly at the three spot for the 36ers and be extremely productive look for him to slide over to the two on occasion.


GUARDS

What more about Brett Maher (16.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg, 41% 3PT FG, 82% FT) needs to be said, other than when his career is done hell join that pantheon inhabited by the likes of Andrew Gaze and Leroy Loggins. He simply has been an ornament to the game in this country and the league will miss him terribly when he decides to hang em up. He missed nearly half the season due to injury in 2007/08 and isnt what he was physically, but the great leadership, the deadly pull-up J and the clutch shooting are all still in evidence. What a story it would be if the Sixers could send him off into the sunset with another ring.

Brad Davidsons ongoing back problems mean that Ninnis will likely throw Aaron Bruce into the deep end as a rookie starter in this league. Bruce has been one of the most highly touted juniors in Australian basketball and his early career as a Baylor Bear in the NCAA showed tremendous promise. He hasnt quite taken that next step yet although some NBA clubs have been sniffing around for a time, but this represents a tremendous opportunity for the 63 firebrand to show that he is an elite PG and a guy who will be a consistent member of the national program for years to come.


BENCH

Jacob Holmes returns home to give the Sixers an instant Sixth Man of the Year candidate. The guy is a flat-out killer on the O boards and is really tough in the wide-open transition game Adelaide favours. Davidson was terrific last year and has a great bulldog mentality he never quits and is in your face constantly. Paora Winitana was an underrated pickup from the Breakers and hell provide hustle and good D. David Cooper returns as one of the leagues top role players, Brad Hill makes his comeback from a devastating injury and Ryan Kersten adds to the Sixers depth in the backcourt.


BURNING QUESTION

Can Ninnis get this group to play D for 48 minutes? We know the 36ers can score especially in that gym of theirs (which as anyone who has shot around in there knows is one of the great shooting arenas in the nation). But for Adelaide, its all about stopping people consistently. Theyve certainly recruited with an eye on that Bruce will improve them on the perimeter and Schenscher will clog up the middle but its whether the team hunkers down on the defensive end this season that will determine how far they will go.


PROGNOSIS

Last season I looked at this team, listened to The Generals enthusiasm about their chances and thought they would be close to, if not a genuine part of the elite in this league. Of course, they didnt get it done then, but still, its hard not to like the Sixers a lot in 2008/09. Their Australian core is very good, theyve got a superstar in Ballinger at one import spot and if Tyndale pans out theyll be in fine shape. They look better prepared to deal with injuries than they have in a while and by all accounts the chemistry in the group is excellent. Theyll be a playoff team without a doubt the only question is how far theyll be able to go once there.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not reflect those of the National Basketball League.

Courtesy of Matt McQuade
www.nbl.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


market news - by Stefan Heinrich
The Oberwart Gunners completed their roster with the signing of Marcus Stout (193-G). Stout played 4 season at Fordham and he had 15.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg. During the summer he was on the Summerleague roster of the Detroit Pistons and he will be able to play the 1 and 2 for the Gunners.

Furstenfeld presented their new roster for the upcoming season. Here are their players:

Adam Boone (190-G-81, college: Minnesota) - former Oberwart Gunners
Dragan Miletic (195-G-82, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) - played for the Panthers last season
Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84) - last season at Krka Novo Mesto, currently tested by the club
Menelik Barbary (208-C-83, college: San Jose St.) - last season CSU Sibiu, currently on try-out
Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) - last seasons' captain
Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central) - former Kapfenberg Bulls
Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) - was on the roster last season
Rob Summers (213-C-84, college: W.Virginia) - last season at CAB Madeira, currently tested by the club
Sebastian Pinterits (193-F-86) - played for the U22 of Traiskirchen last season
Sebastian Gallwitz (192-G/F-86) - the only returning Austrian to the team
Christoph Poller (200-C-81) - moved from Gussing to Furstenfeld
Alexander Heuberger (202-F/C-89) - played last season for UBC St. Polten

Head Coach: Aaron Mitchell
Ass. Coach: Trevor Gaines (201-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Vermont)


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  BOSNIA   


Sloboda Dita waives Nedim Pajevic, inks Velimirovic - by Eurobasket News
Sloboda Dita surprisingly decided to release possible National Team member Nedim Pajevic (206-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.). 23-year old power forward signed 2-year deal with Sloboda during the summer but after few friendly games the team decided to terminate it. According to the rumors, after Pajevic's not so brilliant performance in the last friendly game against Radnicki Novi Sad management of the team decided to cut him. Pajevic came out from USCB (NCAA) where he averaged 5.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 32 games on season 07/08. He transferred to USCB from Weber State University in 2006. Pajevic was one of the candidates for Bosnian National Team. However, head coach Mensur Bajramovic didn't add him to the roster for Eurobasket 2009 qualifications.

Sloboda Dita immediately hired veteran Ranko Velimirovic (203-F/C-72, agency: Beo Basket), who spent last season in Borac Nektar Banja Luka. His Borac reached the final of Bosnian National Cup this year. Velimirovic has experience from city of Tuzla but not from Sloboda. On season 05/06 he played for Student. He changed many teams in the past. Some of those are Atlas Banka, Tundja Yambol, Lovcen Cetinje, Shakhtyor, Szecin and AEL Limassol. With AEL, Velimirovic was winner of FIBA Regional Challenge South. At the same season he was named 'Eurobasket.com Bosman Player of the Year -03'.


Seven players leave Zenica Celik which withdraws from D1, Bosnia in Birmingham tonight - by Eurobasket News
Zenica Celik faced with huge financial troubles this summer. The club has big debts and according to its president Dzafer Dautbegovic the only solution is withdrawal from D1. Eight players left Zenica during the summer. Admir Alic (198-F-84) agreed terms with Czech team SCE Decin while Asmir Sadibasic (204-F/C-82) decided to join Slovenian Alpos Sentjur. Asmir Avdibegovic, Andreja Djokic (195-G-78) and Jadranko Jusufagic (208-F-88, college: Gulf Coast CC) also left the club. Most probably Danko Sestic and Adelmo Delic will do the same. As a reminder, Fikret Hacimic, who was Director of Zenica for many years, also left. Management board of Zenica Celik works but there is no budget for season 08/09.

'We can not handle participation in D1 next season. Our financial situation is extremely bad and the only decision is to leave our place to some other team. We will exploit this chance when we don't have pressure to make results to set and organize many things in the club', said Dautbegovic.

In the meantime Bosnian senior National Team is getting ready for tonight's game against strong Great Britain. Head coach of Team Bosnia Mensur Bajramovic stated that his guys will try to surprise GB at their home court.

'We were really glad when we heard that the game will be played in Birmingham because there is many Bosnian people. I hope they will support us tonight. If we succeed to beat GB today it will be huge step forward to Eurobasket 2009. We had some problems with injury of Goran Ikonic but everything is fine now. We are ready to compete', said Mensur Bajramovic.

The game is scheduled for 20:30h n Birmingham.


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  BULGARIA   


Dunav 2007 lands Borisov, Balkan beat Spartak Pleven in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Dunav 2007 announced signing of young prospect Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88). 19-year old point guard spent last season in Balkan Botevgrad. He appeared 22 times in A1 averaging 1.4 ppg for 5.2 minutes per game. Borisov got an call to join Bulgarian U20 National Team this summer but unfortunately to him, he was the last cut before the European Championship in Latvia. Dunav 2007 will compete next season in A2.

Balkan celebrated against Spartak Pleven in very interesting game 89-87. It was a friendly one but both teams showed strong willingness to take it. The hosts, Balkan, was better at the beginning setting the score on 26-20. Spartak's players struggeled with their shot as well as with organizing the plays what is normal for this stage of preparations. On the other side Balkan continued in the same ryhtm extending lead to 50-39 at the half time. Nothing has chaned after the breather as Balkan still was the team which dominated. When it seemed that Spartak won't have power to do anything important until the end its players woke up. Thanks to baskets by Ilja Stankov (198-F-76) and Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74, agency: Interperformances), Spartak get back into the game. They were pretty close to make a turn but at the last moment Balkan stopped them registering tight 89-87.


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  CAMEROON   


Central Africa U18 overcame Cameroon U18 in the first leg game of the U18 Cup - by Eurobasket News
Central Africa U18 overcame Cameroon U18 54:50 in the first leg game of the U18 Cup for men of zone 4 taking place in Bangui, Central Africa. It was a great opener and the second game expected to be the last. Central Africa was in front for the majority of the game and had 24:20 at the half time. The winner of the campaign will qualify for the final round of Africa Championship for U18 men to be held from October 16-25 in Alexandria, Egypt.
The tournament actually expected four teams to participate this year. Central Africa Republic was ready to host the U18 Cup for men of FIBA Africas zone 4 to be held from 6th to 14th September 2008. Equatorial Guinea and Chad however could not send their teams and as a result the group round was changed to two games of the two teams.
It became clear that U18 Cup for men of zone 4 to be played from September 8 -10 in Bangui, Central Africa.
The second and the last game is expected tonight at 17.00. As the difference now 4 points for Central Africa U18, Cameroon will have to win by at least 4. The game should bring interest and will send the winners to Egypt. Due to the first game both teams deserve a right to be a representative in Africa Championship for U18 men. Africabasket will try to keep you update on the upcoming events. It is expected to follow the event from the close attention.


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  CBA   


Veteran EK Miner Crain returns to Expo Center - by Eurobasket News
Former Valdosta State guard Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) couldn't wait to step foot back onto the East Kentucky Expo Center hardwood. Crain, who earned an All-CBA Rookie Team honor for the Miners during the 2007-08 season, feels at home inside the Expo Center. In fact, he'd like to spend a second winter playing for the Miners.

Crain joined a talented group of players for the East Kentucky Miners free agent camp held Saturday, Sept. 6. The CBA award-winner quickly established himself as one of the top players in the free agent camp. Crain has spent the offseason getting ready for the 2008-09 season.

Over the summer, Crain played in a pro-am league in Atlanta. The Atlanta league featured many ex-college and current professional players. He also played in tournaments in Georgia and Louisiana.

'I want to come back and have the chance to play here,' Crain said during a break in the free agent camp. 'I'm excited about the possibility of coming back to East Kentucky and playing for the Miners.'

On the hardwood, Crain favors an uptempo style. He was a perfect match for Miners head coach Kevin Keathley's fast-paced brand of basketball. 'Coach Keathley is a great coach,' Crain commented. 'I love his style of play. That's my style of play. It compliments my game.'

Crain became a quick fan favorite for the Miners.

'This is a great place to play,' Crain said, gazing out onto the Expo Center gym floor that features a Miners logo at halfcourt. 'It's a great atmosphere. The fans are tremendous. Pikeville is like a second home to me.'

'It was good to see Mike Crain down here for the free agent camp,' said Keathley. 'He didn't have to come down here but he did. That says a lot about his commitment, dedication and desire to play here again. I like players who have a loyalty to a basketball team.'

Crain averaged 10 points per game for the Miners during the team's debut season. The Georgia native was one of the top 20 three-point shooters in the CBA.

Note: This is the second in a five-part series on the Miners free agent camp. Next up: A look at former Georgetown College standout Justin Taylor and his free agent camp experience.

Courtesy of CBA


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Central Africa U18 overcame Cameroon U18 in the first leg game of the U18 Cup - by Eurobasket News
Central Africa U18 overcame Cameroon U18 54:50 in the first leg game of the U18 Cup for men of zone 4 taking place in Bangui, Central Africa. It was a great opener and the second game expected to be the last. Central Africa was in front for the majority of the game and had 24:20 at the half time. The winner of the campaign will qualify for the final round of Africa Championship for U18 men to be held from October 16-25 in Alexandria, Egypt.
The tournament actually expected four teams to participate this year. Central Africa Republic was ready to host the U18 Cup for men of FIBA Africas zone 4 to be held from 6th to 14th September 2008. Equatorial Guinea and Chad however could not send their teams and as a result the group round was changed to two games of the two teams.
It became clear that U18 Cup for men of zone 4 to be played from September 8 -10 in Bangui, Central Africa.
The second and the last game is expected tonight at 17.00. As the difference now 4 points for Central Africa U18, Cameroon will have to win by at least 4. The game should bring interest and will send the winners to Egypt. Due to the first game both teams deserve a right to be a representative in Africa Championship for U18 men. Africabasket will try to keep you update on the upcoming events. It is expected to follow the event from the close attention.


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  CHILE   


Standings - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 08/09 Standings
1. Dep. Castro 13.0
2. Dep. Valdivia 12.5
3. U.Concepcion 12.0
4. Liceo Mixto 11.5
5. Puente Alto 11.0
6. P. Osorno 10.5
7. U.Catolica 10.0
8. BostonCollege 10.0
9. Dep. Ancud 10.0
10. Espanol 8.5
11. P.Llanquihue 8.5
12. U.Los Lagos 8.5


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  CHINA   


Australia powers off China for third win at Paralympics - by Eurobasket News
Australia dominated from start to finish to cruise past China 79-44 for their third win of the Beijing Paralympic wheelchair basketball preliminaries on Tuesday at the National Indoor Stadium.

Although China trailed by only 10 points at the half, Australia pulled away with an aggressive defence that resulted in a game total of 12 steals and 23 Chinese turnovers.

Australia's strong offence registered 54 points in the paint and 21 assists. Centre Brad Ness was the game's highest scorer with 31 points.

'We're growing. The competition isn't won on the first day, it's won on the eighth day. We are just hoping to keep building. China threw everything at us today and made a couple of runs, but it's just about getting our processes right and going forward,' said Ness.

Talking on the effects of playing professionally in Europe, Ness said: 'You look at Shaun Norris in our team, who spent two years in Europe, and he's just become a monster out on the court. It's just from playing year-in and year-out.'

'Just the fact is that you can go and play and train everyday, where you can't do it in Australia because you have to get a job, and then you don't have the time to train,' he said.

Ding Hai led Chinese team with 12 points, but he was the only Chinese to score in double digit. China committed 25 personal fouls, almost triple the amount that Australia committed.

In the tournament, Australia is 3-0 and booked a berth in quarterfinals while China is winless.

Both teams will play their fourth group B preliminary games on Wednesday at the USTB Gymnasium as Australia versus Israel, China against the United States.

Courtesy of http://english.cri.cn/


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  COLOMBIA   


Federation Cup 2008, Day 3, results, Arrieros Leads - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros defeated OVNI in Tenjo, 98 - 88, the third straight win for Arrieros on the road, OVNI had its second straight lost at home, Aragn and Walker leaded Arrieros.

OVNI Alcaldia de Tenjo 88
Arrieros 98


Piratas was close but again fails in the end of the game and allowed Norte de Santander to steal an important victory in Bogot, Edgar Moreno and Ryan Carrol combined from the downtown to hurt Piratas defense, Carroll finished with 24 points, Camper of Piratas had 28 and Skinner 25.

Piratas 93 - Vincent Camper 28 pts
Norte de Santander 96 - Ryan Carroll 24.



Indervalle fail at home and let Bucaros took the first victory in Cali, Miguel Marriaga was dominating in the boards, and Cruz Salcedo beyond the arc, a very defensive minded game fiished with a 75 - 65 victory for Bucaros, Dajuan Gouard leaded Indervalle with 14 pts.

Indervalle 65 - Gouard 14 pts
Bucaros Freskaleche 75



Islanders had almost a practice and defeated Patriotas 85 - 59, Kevin Sowell and Eusebio 'juni' Webster leaded the Islanders in its second victory of the Cup.

Islanders Sopesa 85
Patriotas Proactiva 59


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  CROATIA   


Zagreb CO suffers home defeat vs Krka Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb - Krka 74-77

Reinforced Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje faced with home defeat in a second friendly game since it officially started preparations for the upcoming season. Slovenian team Krka Novo Mesto was better 74-77. Head coach of Krka is Croat Ivan Sunara while Davor Marcelic (200-F/G-69, college: S.Utah) is one of the best players.

Zagreb opened the game having many erratic shots which Krka's players exploited. After seven minutes of the game, visitors already had 10-20. Until the end of the first quarter Zagreb succeeded to come closer, 23-26. Second frame was the crucial one. Shields, Davor Marcelic and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) were on fire leading their team to 9-23 in this period. Same trend continued after the breather. Krka was tough at the defensive end having couple for players in a game mood. Everything resulted with the plus 19 few times. Zagreb demonstrated some of its qualities and at the very end managing to get on 74-75, after 12-2 run led by Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) and Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74). With nine seconds remaining Shields netted 2 free throws while on the other side Dzenan Rahimic miss tough 3-pointer.
Jure Balazic was the best scorer for the winning team with 18 points. Veteran Davor Marcelic scored 16 while Shields had 15 points. Krunoslav Simon was better than the others in Zagreb draining 23 points. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) followed with 13 while Dzenan Rahimic nailed 11.


Zagreb - Krka 74-77
(23-26, 9-23, 20-15, 22-13)

Zagreb CO:
Krunoslav Simon 23, Ante Tomic 13, Dzenan Rahimic 11
Krka: Jure Balazic 18, Davor Marcelic 16, Shields 15


Gircek unwanted in national team - by Marin Stipanic

After big discussions about Gordan Giricek (ex NBA star), Nikola Vujcic, Andrija Zizic and the rest of co. who have refused to play for national team one of NT players decided to express his opinion about those 'stars'. Marko Popovic said that Giricek should not be called in NT anymore in reason of his numerous refusals. In his opinion Nikola Vujcic is ready to play for Croatia again but due to his injury problems he couldnt, and for Andrija Zizic he really doesnt know what to think anymore.



Zagreb inks four new players - by Eurobasket
After Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74), head coach of Zagreb Zeljko Pavlicevic announced arrivals of Luka Drezga (194-G-87), Toni Dijan (203-F-83), Robert Rikic (217-C-90) and Andrej Stimac (205-F/C-79).
Young Luka Drezga is coming from Sibenka Sibenik as a second scorer of A1 league with 19.4 ppg. In 2007 he played for U20 Croatia on U20 European Championship in Nova Gorica. This past summer he was called to join Croatian B National Team. It will be Drezga's first season outside of Sibenik.
Toni Dijan left Bosnian Team Siroki Prima pivo averaging 8.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 24 games in Adriatic league. Before Siroki, Dijan used to play for Union Olimpija and many years for Zadar. With Zadar he became Adriatic league champion in 2003, champion of Croatia in 2002 and National Cup winner in 2003 and 2005.
Young giant Robert Rikic is coming straight from Dubrovnik's junior team. He participated on U18 European Championship this summer with Croatia.
Andrej Stimac is experienced big guy who played last season in Zadar. The team won championship title in domestic league while Stimac added 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 22 games. Stimac had a little bit lower digits in Adriatic league as well as in ULEB Cup. On season 06/07 he played for Turow Zgorzelec while in 05/06 Stimac was a member of Spanish ACB team Menorca. He appeared 32 times in ACB averaging 5 ppg and 1.8 rpg. From 2002-2005 Stimac played for Cibona Zagreb winning the title in Croatia. He grew up as a player in Croatia Line Rijeka.


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  CYPRUS   


Achilleas Kaimakliou inks Milicevic - by Chris Mammides
First Division
The team of Achilleas Kaimakliou agreed financial terms with the talented Bosnian forward Marko Milicevic (204-F-82). Marko was playing in the Serbian league with the team Napredak with very good statistics 12.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg.
In some other news from the Kaimakli team, the new assistant coach is the ex player of the team Louis Shakallis.
Second Division
Doxa Strovolou just begun the training with new targets for the near future


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  D-LEAGUE   


Stampede welcome new staff member - by Eurobasket News
Your Idaho Stampede announced additions to their front office staff for the 2008-09 season. Sean Hayes joins the staff as an Account Executive.

Hayes joins the Stampede for his first season as an Account Executive. He was hired after completing the Sales and Marketing Internship program this past summer. His responsibilities include focusing on season ticket sales, group nights, mini-plans, and various operations.

'We are thrilled to welcome Sean to our staff,' said Stampede President and General Manager Steve Brandes. 'He will be a great asset not only to the Stampede, but to fans across the Treasure Valley.'

Originally from Vancouver, Washington, Hayes is a huge fan of Stampede parent club, the Portland Trail Blazers. He attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington where the majored in Sports Management.

In his spare time, Hayes can be found spending time outdoors, boating and hiking with family and friends. Since moving to Idaho, he has begun mountain biking in the foothills of Boise.

Courtesy of Idaho Stampede


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings Div.B (Men)
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Austria1-0
2. Monteneg.1-0
3. Iceland0-0
4. Holland0-1
5. Denmark0-1
Group B
1. Cyprus1-0
2. Switzerl.1-0
3. Belarus0-0
4. Romania0-1
5. Albania0-1
Group C
1. Georgia1-0
2. Sweden1-0
3. Slovakia0-0
4. Ireland0-1
5. Luxembourg.0-1


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Demetrius Brown next to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Florida) never came to Lappeenranta, Finland, but American all-around player Demetrius Brown (198-F-83, college: San Jose St.) will replace Warren and YMCA Lappeenranta will have three American players on the roster. Brown has playing experience already from Sweden (Ockelbo), a try out in Hungary (Paks) and season 2007-08 in Turkey (Darussafaka Istanbul), where he averaged 13,4 ppg and 4,9 rpg. YMCA LPR will test Brown coming weekend, when the Finnish team will play in an international tournament in Estonia.

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  GERMANY   


Bonn brings in Ken Johnson - by Moritz Korff
The Telekom Baskets Bonn (1. Bundesliga) completed the signing of Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.), as announced by the club today. The 30-year-old Center inked a four-month contract and will replace John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) who suffered a knee-injury recently and has to sit out for a while. Johnson averaged 5.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 29 games for the Frankfurt Skyliners in this past season. He worked out with the Koeln 99ers earlier this summer, but had to go in August, when the 99ers used a clausel to end the agreement.

Another German player declared ineligible for the NCAA - by Moritz Korff
Center/Forward Wolfgang Gieler (206-C-86, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Allan Hancock CC) is back in Germany. The former U-18 and U-20 German national team player has returned after spending 3 years in USA. Wolfgang Gieler a product of the Telekom Baskets Bonn youth program, signed With UC Irvine in the Big West conference of the NCAA in 2005 after 2 seasons and a total of 93 minutes, he transferred to the Junior College team Allan Hancock CC. Wolfgang Gieler excelled with 17.7 ppg, 13.2 rpg (16.8 rpg in conference play) and shooting 61% from the field. The great play got the attention of several Division I college teams. His decided to attend Siena, one of the top teams in the MAAC conference. Then disaster struck. Despite having a 3.4 GPA Wolfgang was declared academically ineligible to play for the Siena Saints. Although he was looking forward to completing his college career, Wolfgang Gieler is now excited about turning professional even though doing so earlier than expected. Wolfgang landed in Frankfurt on Sunday and is ready to begin the next chapter of his Basketball career.

James Cooper leaves Dortmund - by Moritz Korff
SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga West) have parted with James Cooper (183-G-86, college: Wooster) after only game played in this season. While the former NCAA Division 3-All American is more of a shooter, 49ers' Coach Peter Radegast needed a playmaker who can score as well. Dortmund fell 66:101 to Grevenbroich on the opening day of the 2008-09 season this past weekend. Cooper scored 11 points in this game. On matchday two Dortmund will take on RLW-newcomer Uerdingen Saturday. Maybe already with a new guard on the roster...

Schirmer back in MBC uniform - by Moritz Korff
Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C-86) is not going to suit up for BV Chemnitz 99 (2. Bundesliga Pro A) in this up and coming season, as he was supposed to do. Schirmer was suffering from an illness throughout this summer and thus could hardly practice with the Niners. He therefore asked to cancel the contract and the Chemnitz officials agreed. Schirmer will move back to his former club and join Mitteldeutscher BC II of the Regionalliga North to gather playing time, trying to get back to full shape. Meanwhile, he may not play for MBC's Pro A-squad with a double license at the same time, as he can't call for the U22-rule any longer.

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News from A1 and A2 - by Serafim Karaiskakis
AEK having problems to participate in A1 due to some debts to players and agents. The administration trying to solve the problem soon. Coach Flevarakis wants Michael Andersen (213-C-74, college: Rhode Island) as backup Center or the Latvian Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82).

Kavala , Dafni or Ionikos Lamias will play in A1 the coming season ? The Greek court will decide and announce in two days which team has the right to play in A1 in the 2008-09 season.The question is what will happen to the players that already signed in Kavala if the decision is positive for Dafni or Ionikos Lamias.

A big scorer for AEL Larisa. Rob McKiver (191-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Houston) graduated from Houston (NCAA) where he finished 10th scorer in the entire NCAA !. He had averages : 23.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3Pts: 38.6%, FT: 88.4%. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) where he had 16.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 78.6%. Chalon from France send him contract with try-out but when period of the test ended they told him to wait few more days then AEL took the chance and signed him. Against Southern Miss he had 52 ! points and 5 assists in 35 min. You can watch this game online here.

Panionios looking in the market for a backup Bosman forward.

A2

Olimpiada Patras thinking to cut Milan Bralovic (211-C-82) and save money.

Ment with limited budget trying to create a team enough to remain in the league.They reduced the salary of Vukadin Mandic (200-F/G-82) and they look for Bosman guard. They asked for tryout well known Swedish NT player with prooven abilities. They signed also Vassilis Liberis from Iraklis.


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  GUATEMALA   


Other wins for SAT and Elite Sport - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of Liga Metropolitana 2008 - Clausura, SAT Markvision destroyed Millonarios 124-36, Estudiantes clearly defeated USAC 90-70 and Elite Sport prevailed over Corpoevisa 71-67 at the end of a balanced game, in which the best performers were Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) with 35 pts for Elite Sport and Gerson Duarte (202-C-83) with 23 for Corpoevisa. Elite Sport stays at the top of the table with a 6-0 record, followed by SAT-Markvision, Le Mans and R L.

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  HOLLAND   


FEB Team-By-Team Analysis: Eclipse Jet/MyGuide Amsterdam - by Sanders Jackson


Eclipse Jet/MyGuide Amsterdam

2007-08 Record: 31-9 (Dutch FEB Champions)

Head coach: Arik Shivek

Additions:
Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle), Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette), C.C. Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.)


Preview:

The Dutch FEB title returned to Amsterdam last season, with then-MyGuide Amsterdam detroning Eiffel Towers in a seven-game thriller. The person who played a huge hand in the fortunes of EJMG winning the Dutch title was a red-hot Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas), who put the team on his back and helped EJMG overcome a 3-2 deficit and was unstoppable the last two games of the series. The Eurobasket Holland Player-of-the Year Gipson returns to Amsterdam and will be supported by Dutch international and FEB Player-of-the-Year Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure). Holdovers and Dutch internationals Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) continue to improve and provide solid defense and depth, PG Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) returns for a 3rd season in Amsterdam, with Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) also returning. Shivek can also rely on solid veteran leadership and experience in the trio of Thomas, Greene and Harrison, who bring vast international experience. Thomas, formerly of Matrixx Magixx last season, possesses great athletic ability who can play both inside and out, with former Boston Celtic and Sacramento King Greene on board and Harrison having previously played in higher European leagues.


Outlook:

EJMG will participate in the EuroCup competition and will be tested early vs. Serbian team FMP Zeleznik. EJMG should once again be a measuring stick for the rest of the FEB and have the means to not only be a formidable opponent in the FEB, but in the future internationally. Van Paassen wore down at the end of last season and the increased depth and improvement of Krabbendam should provide him with the necessary rest. EJMG has a solid Dutch core base in combination with their foreign players. Shivek's teams are known for playing solid defense with showing different looks and solid rebounding, and that should not change this time around. It will be interesting to see this group, who are loaded at every position. Expect EJMG to make life difficult for the rest of the FEB league to take the championship rings off their fingers.


next: Eiffel Towers Den Bosch



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  IBL   


IBL players to take on the Beijing Ducks - by Eurobasket News
The International Basketball League will host the Beijing Ducks-a professional basketball team from the Chinese Basketball Association-in a series of 6 games that will begin on Friday September 12th and finish up on Monday September 22nd. The Beijing Ducks are a professional basketball team from the Chinese Basketball Association. This is the same league that produced NBA player Yao Ming. Two of these six games will be public:

The first public game will occur on Saturday September 13 th at 7:00pm @ Lewis & Clark gym

The second game will occur on Sunday September 21 st at 5:00pm @Athletic Club of Bend gym

Tickets for either game will be available at the door for $5 per person (children 5 and under will be free)

Courtesy if IBL


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  IRAN   


Iran wheelchair basketball beats Sweden - by Eurobasket News
The Iranian men's wheelchair basketball team has beaten Sweden 92 to 66 at the USTB Gymnasium in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Iran's Hussein Haidari scored 26 points and gave seven assists. European champion Sweden's Joachim Gustavsson posted 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Iran started the Paralympics with an easy 73-62 victory over South Africa on Sunday. Alireza Ahmadi, who plays in the Italian League, led the team with 24 points. At the same time he had 10 more assists.

Iran's wheelchair basketball team will play against Japan on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://www.iranmania.com


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  JORDAN   


Jordan NT to Qatar tomorrow - by Mohammed Malas
The Jordanian men national team will leave tomorrow to Doha, Qatar to be part of Qatar Invitational Tournament (Sepmtember 11 - 14) alongside with Purefoods Club (Phillipines), TeamUnity Agency team & hosts Qatar...

Head coach of NT Mario Leonel Palma & his assistant Mario Gomes had chosen 12 players for the tournament, Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) and Khaldon Abo Rukayeah (198-F-83) will be back to the roster of the 1st team after a long time of absence...

Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) of Zain
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) of Zain
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro) of Zain
Khaldon Abo Rukayeah (198-F-83) of Zain
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) of Zain
Francis Ireifej (186-G-82, college: Point Loma) of Zain
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) of Zain
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) of Al Riyadi Amman
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) of ASU Sports Club
Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) of ASU Sports Club
Mahmoud Abdeen (186-G-87) of Orthodox
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Orthodox


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  LEBANON   


Riyadi Transferes - by Hassan Thini
Our sources confirmed that the lebanese-Brazilian player Fiago Makhloof (219 cm) will sign with Riyadi in the next week,while Mohamad Ibrahim joind the team prepares coming from the United States of America.
In othes side the club get the signed contra for the american player net johnson from the jordanian federation to be the second player beside Ismail ahmad.
The club denied that they removed housein tawbeh and ali fakher eddine,while they confirmed that the player mazen mneimneh left the team to almoutahed tripoli.
Last, Fadi khatib will stay in the club for the next five years.



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  MEXICO   


Fuerza Regia Loses in Opener - by Carlos Chapa
On the first home game of the season for Fuerza Regia Monterrey, against Soles de Mexicali, the visitors showed why they are the reigning Northern Division champions, with though defense, fast-break offense, and accuracy on long-range shots.

The first frame was taken by Monterrey 20-19, but that was about it for the Regios, Soles de Mexicali took an 11 point lead to halftime.
Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) was the leader in points for Soles de Mexicali with 33. For Monterrey, Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) scored 35, leaving back his past experiences with the team in 2006, where he did not make good decisions in the playoffs.

The locals played without a center, and also lacking their head coach, Jose Martinez , suspended for not attending a symposium organized by the LNBP.
Final score: Soles de Mexicali 75-95 Fuerza Regia Monterrey


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  MONTENEGRO   


Transfer market : Vukajlovic inks for Mogren , Vujicic and Milosevic in Ljubovic , Calic and Cizmovic close to inks for Lovcen - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Mogren and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Rudar from Pljevlja Mirko Vukajlovic (198-G-80) singed 1 year contract with Basketball Club Mogren.In same way Basketball Club Mogren from Budva announced that management of club finish deal with basketball player Stojakovic Bosko.
DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex basketball players Marko Calic (197-F-86) (of Basketball Club Mogren ) and Vladimir Cizmovic (201-F/C-89) (of Basketball Club Budva ) is very close to singed contract with Basketball Club Lovcen form Cetinje.
DELFI SMG Agency announced that basketball players Nikola Vujicic (185-G-89) ( not singed contract with Basketball Club University Mediteran from Podgorica) and Vladimir Milosevic ( ex basketball player of Basketball Club University Mediteran from Podgorica ) singed 1 year contract with Basketball Club Ljubovic from Podgorica.


Bojan Mihajlovic inks for Smederevo - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Smederevo and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Mornar Bar member of MNT1A Opportunity league Bojan Mihajlovic (202-F-88) singed 1 year contract with Basketball Club Smederevo.Bojan Mihajlovic in basketball season 2007-2008 for Basketball Club Mornar Bar play 26 games : 12.2ppg,4.6rpg,2.3 aspg.Before Basketball Club Mornar Bojan Mihajlovic play for Red Star junior team , OKK Beograd and Radnicki Beograd.He was member of SCG NT U18

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  NAIA   


Caracter to Oklahoma City? - by Brandon Woudstra

As of late August, Derrick Caracter (6'8''-F-88) still hasnt given the word that hes heading to two-time defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City, Fox Sports reports.

``Are we recruiting him? Yes, said Oklahoma City coach Tommy Wade. Is he at Oklahoma City? No. Has he decided to come to Oklahoma City? No. Not today.

However, Wade is hopeful that the Louisville big man will opt to go to Oklahoma City one of the few places where he might be able to play immediately.

Caracter is still waiting for his summer grades at Louisville and hell need a 2.0 GPA in order to be able to play at any NAIA school. If he opts to go to another D-1 school, hed have to sit out the season. Louisville coach Rick Pitino has also said that Caracter would have to sit out this season and pay his own way if he elects to stay at Louisville which appears more and more unrealistic each day.

``Hes a big-time talent and an intelligent young man, Wade said of the New Jersey big man who was once ranked as the top player in his class. Hes got to make a decision in the next 72 hours.

The other option for Caracter, if he doesnt qualify academically, is to go overseas or to the NBDL.

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Warriors Sign Three Free Agents - by Bruno Baltazar
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85), free agent guard/forward Dion Dowell (6'6''-G-85, college: Texas) and free agent forward Rob Kurz.
All three players went undrafted in the 2008 NBA Draft and participated on the Warriors Summer League team at the 2008 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City.
Nelson, 22, played four seasons at Duke, becoming one of only six players in school history to record over 1,300 points, 600 rebounds, 200 assists and 125 steals in a career. As a senior, the 6-4 guard was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, while also being chosen to the All-ACC First Team after averaging 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.56 steals per contest. In nine games with Golden States Summer League team in July, Nelson averaged 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 19.0 minutes per game. In four games at the Rocky Mountain Revue, he averaged 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.25 steals in 27.8 minutes.

Dowell, 23, spent his final two collegiate seasons at the University of Houston after spending two years at the University of Texas. As a senior at Houston, the 6-7 swingman averaged 10.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.6% (120-282 FG) from the field and a team-leading 40.8% (73-179 3FG) from three-point range.
In eight games on the Warriors Summer League squad, Dowell averaged 4.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.9 minutes.

Kurz, 23, played four seasons at Notre Dame, where he averaged 12.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33 games as a senior. Additionally, the 6-9 forward also averaged a team-high 1.45 blocks per contest. In nine games with the Warriors Summer League team, he averaged 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.11 blocks in 16.4 minutes per contest, while shooting 54.2% (26-48 FG) from the field.
In four games at the Rocky Mountain Revue, Kurz averaged 12.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.25 blocks in 24.5 minutes, while shooting 62.5% (20-32 FG) from the field.

Nelson will wear uniform #20, Dowell #11 and Kurz #31.


Kobe Bryant will not have surgery on his right pinkie - by Bruno Baltazar
Reigning NBA MVP Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) will not have surgery on his right pinkie because recovery would take too long.

Bryant has played with damaged ligaments in the finger since February, but said Tuesday that he won't have surgery after seeking opinions from hand specialists.

'When the doctors told me recovery from a procedure could be 12 weeks, I just decided now was not the time to have surgery,' Bryant said on the Web site kb24.com. 'What it really came down to for me is that I just didn't want to miss any time 'punching the clock' for the Lakers, given all we are trying to accomplish as a team this NBA season.'

Bryant averaged 28.3 points while playing in all 82 games despite injuring the finger Feb. 5 against the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers guard put off the surgery until after the Beijing Olympics, where he helped lead the United States to the gold medal.

The Lakers open training camp Sept. 27 and start the regular season at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 28.

Cortesy of The Associated Press


Channing Frye has ankle surgery, will miss 8-10 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers forward Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) will likely miss the start of the regular season after having surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle.

The arthroscopic surgery was performed Monday in Southern California, and the team said he is expected to miss 8-to-10 weeks. The Trail Blazers open their season Oct. 28.

The 6-foot-11 Frye averaged 6.8 points in 78 games last season. He's expected to again be a key reserve, backing up power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Knicks selected Frye with the eighth pick of the 2005 draft. He was sent to the Trail Blazers two years later as part of the Zach Randolph deal.

Forward Ike Diogu, the ninth pick of the 2005 draft, was acquired by the Trail Blazers this summer, and could see additional time in Frye's absence.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com/


Milicic sees deal to Knicks, Bryant to undergo pinkie surgery - by Eurobasket News
Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) was quoted in a Serbian newspaper as saying he believes it's '99 percent' sure he'll become a Knick by the end of this week.

The Grizzles and Knicks have had month-long talks in which Zach Randolph would be part of a deal for Milicic and Marko Jaric. The deal would save the Knicks $10 million off the salary cap in 2010 in their attempt to get under to sign a prominent free agent such as LeBron James.

Agent Marc Cornstein told The Post Saturday he thought a deal 'could happen,' but a source close to Knicks president Donnie Walsh indicated over the weekend talks appeared to be in a lengthy stalemate.

Courtesy of New York Post
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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) announced Monday he will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his right pinkie finger.

Bryant plans to reveal the news on his Web site, kb24.com, at some point and specify the date he intends to have the procedure.

Bryant postponed having surgery until after the Beijing Olympics, where last month he helped lead Team USA to the gold medal.

The surgery will be performed to repair a torn ligament and an avulsion fracture in Bryant's right pinkie. He suffered the injury Feb. 5 in a game against the New Jersey Nets.

The 30-year-old Bryant averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.84 steals while playing in all 82 games and was a runaway winner of his first MVP award.

Recovery time is expected to be at least six weeks. The Lakers open training camp Sept. 27 and begin their regular season Oct. 28 at home against Portland.

Courtesy of ESPN


Sixers agree in principle to contract extension with Head Coach Maurice Cheeks - by Bruno Baltazar
Philadelphia 76ers announced that the team has agreed in principle to a contract extension with Head Coach Maurice Cheeks . This extension is in addition to the one Cheeks signed back on February 20.

Over the course of my time here, Coach Cheeks and I have developed an excellent working relationship, one which I look forward to continuing with him as we move forward in an effort to achieve our collective goals, Stefanski said.

'I just want to thank the 76ers organization, particularly Mr. Snider, Peter Luukko and Ed Stefanski, for continuing to provide this team with everything necessary to compete and achieve our goals,' Cheeks said. 'My focus remains the same as it was when I first arrived - to do whatever it takes to help us win basketball games.'

This past season, Cheeks finished fourth in voting for the NBAs Coach of the Year award, after guiding the Sixers to a 40-42 mark and their first playoff appearance since 2005. On February 4, the Sixers were 18-30 but won 18 of their next 23 games, becoming just the sixth team in league history to go over .500 after being at least 12 games below .500 at some point during the same season.

Cheeks was named the 21st head coach in franchise history on May 23, 2005 and has posted a 113-133 (.459) mark during that span and has a career record of 275-272 (.503). Prior to joining Philadelphia, he posted a mark of 162-139 (.538) in three-plus seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, helping them reaching the playoffs in each of his first two seasons there. Cheeks spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for the Sixers, working under head coaches John Lucas (1994-96), Johnny Davis (1996-97) and Larry Brown (1997-2001), with whom he helped guide the Sixers to a 56-26 (.683) record and an Eastern Conference title.

Cheeks played 15 seasons in the NBA, the first 11 with Philadelphia, and retired in 1993 as the leagues all-time steals leader and was fifth on the all-time assist list. He was selected to the NBAs All-Defensive Team five times, played in four NBA All-Star Games and was a member of the Sixers 1982-83 NBA Championship team.


Heat guard Richards out for year with ACL injury - by Bruno Baltazar
Jason Richards (6'2''-G, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Davidson), who signed a two-year contract with a small guarantee at the start of the offseason, has been lost for the coming season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Richards, an undrafted rookie out of Davidson, hurt his knee shortly after he competed in the Orlando Pro Summer League in July, with the Heat having yet to reveal the details.
Without Richards, the Heat is down to second-round pick Mario Chalmers and unproven veteran journeyman Marcus Banks under contract at point guard.
However, Chris Quinn, who started the final 13 games of last season for the Heat at point guard and 25 overall in 2007-08, has been working out at AmericanAirlines Arena, and could wind up challenging for the opening-night start, especially if Chalmers is handed a suspension for last week's expulsion from the league's rookie transition program.
Quinn, a restricted free agent, has two standing offers from the Heat, which can match any outside offer. One is the one-year qualifying offer, at $972,000. The other is a two-year deal.
'It's up to Quinny,' Heat President Pat Riley said. 'We've offered him a couple years from the qualifying offer. He hasn't been able to bring us an offer. We want Quinny back. So he has the choice.'

Cortesy of Ira Winderman can be reached at iwinderman@SunSentinel.com.


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Stony Brook hires Ricky Lucas as Director of Basketball Operations - by Eurobasket News
Former Seawolves basketball captain Ricky Lucas (6'4''-G, college: George Washington) '08 has been named Director of Basketball Operations, Stony Brook men's basketball head coach Steve Pikiell announced on Tuesday. Lucas joins the SBU coaching staff after playing the last three seasons for the Seawolves.

'We're extremely excited to keep Ricky in the Stony Brook family,' Pikiell said. 'He was not only a terrific player but also a model student-athlete who was a great ambassador for Stony Brook University. I know he will be a great role model for the student-athletes in our program today and in the future.'

Last season, the Seawolves co-captain averaged a team-high 14.3 points per game and reached double-figures in 23 of Stony Brook's 30 contests. He led Stony Brook in minutes per game (32.8), steals (39), three-pointers (58) and free throw percentage (.800) in addition to scoring a career-high 33 points at Hartford. Lucas finished his career with 1,067 points and also ranks 12th in program history with a career scoring average of 14.7 points per game

The two-time America East All-Academic honoree was also an All-America East third team selection in 2007, averaging a team-best 15.2 points per game in his first year with SBU after transferring from George Washington University. In his two seasons at GW, Lucas appeared in 55 games and averaged 4.2 points per contest. He was also named George Washington's men's basketball student-athlete of the year in 2005.

Lucas graduated from Stony Brook in 2008 with a degree in Health Science and will pursue a graduate degree in Liberal Studies this fall.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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Mario Burns Commits to Montana State-Billings - by Sanjey Noriega
BILLINGS, Mont. Montana State Billings head mens basketball coach, George Pfeifer , announced that Mario Burns has committed to play for the Yellowjackets this season.


Mario gives us one of the quickest guys on the court night in and night out, Pfeifer said. He is older so we need him to utilize his past experiences and basketball successes with this years program.


Burns graduated from Mojave High School in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2000 and is a 6-0 point guard. He played his first year of junior college at Feather River Junior College in Quincy, Calif., in 2004-05. There, he averaged 15.2 points and 6.2 assists per game. He was named to the Golden West Conference All-Defensive team and was a Golden West all-conference selection.

Burns then transferred to Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Okla., for the 2006-07 season where he continued his impressive play. Burns averaged 13.8 points and 7.6 assists per game for a team that went 21-10 after winning just six games the previous season. Burns also torched the nets as he shot 48 percent from the field.


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A National League was announced. - by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, has been introduced to media a sort of Nicaraguan National League, that should start next week in Managua. The name of the competition is 'Primer Torneo Nacional de Baloncesto', and it will be organized by Movimiento Bosco Monje and Nicaspeed company. ACB top teams Tigres UdeM and Tiburones Bancentro agred to compete, like Liga Premier champions Fupade Coast-Super Santiago and runner-up Jaguares UAM. It seems that other clubs will participate to this competition and that the tournment will be backed by ACB officials and all the Nicaraguan Sports Institute (IND) together with the FENIBAL. The complete list of the teams registered till now is as folllows:
Tigres UdeM
Caimanes de Carazo
Tiburones de Chontales
Docs de Masaya
Cereales Supremos
Vikingos de Valentis Pizza
Delfines de la BICU
Tiburones Bancentro
UNAM Managua
Fupade Coast-Super Santiago
Jaguares UAM
The games should be played in the UdeM Gym and Polideportivo Espaa Arena, the official tipoff should be on september 20. Let's see what wil happen...


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Two new players in Top 5 - by Gianni Pascucci
Just before the start of Additional Series to decide the 2nd place, Sol de America added to its roster Joe Williams (201-C-79, college: Austin Peay St.), last in Mexico, and Deportivo San Jose re-signed Venezuelan Carlos Morris (194-F-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos), who had played yet with the team last year

Sol de America wins game 1 - by Gianni Pascucci
Sol de America defeated Deportivo San Jose 91-75 in Game 1 of the Additional Series to decide the 2nd place. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was the game top scorer at 23 for Sol, follwed by Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) with 16 at the winning side and Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) with 14 for San Jose. Game 2 of the series will be played on tomorrow, Thursday 11.

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Barreirense signed Amilcar Gomes - by Bruno Baltazar
Barreirense keeped their roster update to the new LPB season and this time they signed portuguese/cape verdian citizen ,power forward/center Amilcar Gomes (200-F/C-74).
He is 33 years old ,2.00m ,another inside player that will build a solid inside roster ,he will bring experience to his team and put everything in every game and practise,he already represented teams such as Benfica ,Queluz , CD Nacional Madeira , CAB, Imortal,N.Sporting I.Terceira , Atletico,Galitos and last season he played for Seixal in proliga.


AD Vagos signed Dan Coleman - by Bruno Baltazar
AD Vagos just signed Dan Coleman (206-F-85) ,23 years old , a tall forward with 2.06m , 100kg , a long, lanky athlete who can play with his back to the basket or out on the perimeter .
He did his last 4 seasons with Minnesota where 2 seasons ago he did the fallowing averages in 31 games: 14.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 45.2%, 3Pts: 27.9%, FT: 77.4% in 2007 he was a NBA Draft candidate but didnt got drafted so he played another season in college.
Last season his numbers dropped in 34 games: 11.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 46.9%, 3Pts: 16.7%, FT: 78.4% and this season in July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Minnesota Timberwolves).
A good player that will increase the quality of portuguese league and Vagos.


Vitoria signed Willie Taylor and Donte Minter - by Bruno Baltazar
Vitoria ,last season proliga finalist just signed 2 more american players and their last players for next season and seem they will be one of the top league teams .
Willie Taylor (194-G-81, college: Va Commonwealth) is a well known player in the portuguese league as 2 seasons ago he played for Lusitania with tremendous sucess ,last season in Sep. he was tested by Atomeromu SE Paks (HUN-A Division), in Jan.'08 moved to Sdent BBC Nyon (SUI-LNA, starting five): 10 games: 15.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.4% , he is forward 1.94m.


Donte Minter (203-F, college: Virginia) is 24 years old ,a center with 2.06m , last season he played in the NCAA for Appalachian State with good averages in 30 games: 13.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 59.4%, FT: 73.2% he did 2 seasons with them ,previously he was in Virginia college.Very gifted with a number of moves and and face-up game.
After they signed power forward Mario Boggan (200-F/C-83, college: Oklahoma St.) ,Vitoria team is now closed and ready for this season.


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Jumaine Jones gets one-year suspension - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Europe suspended American Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) for one year because of signing two professional contracts this summer. Namely, Jones agreed terms and officially signed contracts with Armani Jeans Milano and Ural Great Perm. On July 11th Jones signed with Milano while ten days later he done the same with Ural Great. His one-year suspension will expire on August 25th, 2009. However, this suspension take effect only in Europe thus Jones is clear to play outside of it.

Jumaine Jones started last season in New Jersey Nets but in October he moved to Italian Eldo Basket Napoli. He ended serie A as a fourth best scorer with 17.9 ppg. At the same time he registered 8.5 rpg, 1.1 apg and 2 spg. At the end of the season he got the award 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team -08'. Before New Jersey, Jones used to play for Charlotte, Phoenix, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings. He averaged the best digits on season 05/06 with the Bobcats. In 76 games Jumaine Jones averaged 10.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg. In 2001 his Philadelphia 76ers participated in the big NBA final. One of the options for Jones for sure is to try to find a club in NBA.


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Crvena Zvezda inks top prospect Marko Keselj, Ljubojevic in Mega Basket - by Dragan Jankovski
After arrival of well respected Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic and NBA guard Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), Crvena Zvezda signed 2+1 deal with one of the top Serbian prospects Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). 20-year old small forward spent last season in German team Koln 99ers as a loaned player from Akasvayu Girona. He played 10 games in ULEB Cup averaging 6.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg. In German Bundesleague he had 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1 spg. This past summer Keselj was one of the best players of U20 Serbia which grabbed the Gold on European Championship in Riga. For 8 games Keselj averaged 14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.1 apg. He also demonstrated pretty good performance at the last FIBA U19 World Championship, which was held in Novi Sad last year. Serbia was too strong for USA in the final. Keselj already worked with coach Svetislav Pesic on season 06/07 when Girona grabbed the first trophy in club's history. It was FIBA EuroCup.

Mega Basket agreed terms with big guy Bojan Ljubojevic (204-C-78), ex payer of French Chalon. Ljubojevic started basketball career in Borac Cacak and later played 4 seasons in Zastava Kragujevac. In 2005 he joined Keravnos from Cyprus. During the season he moved to Montenegrin team Mornar Bar. In 2006 Paris-Levallois inked him on a one-year deal. He played 34 games in Pro B registering 11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 1.2 apg. Last season he played only one game for Chalon.


Crvena Zvezda lands NBAer Andre Owens - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda singed first import this summer. It is Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), who played last season for NBA team Indiana Pacers. 27-year old guard had 31 appearances in NBA in 07/08 averaging 4 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.5 apg. Indiana ended regular season as a third ranked team of Eastern Conference Central Division recording 36 wins and 46 defeats. With that score Pacers didn't succeed to reach the play-off. Owens arrived to Indiana from D-League team Anaheim Arsenal in 2007. He started season 06-07 in Golden State but the Warriors released him in October. Indiana was his third NBA team as the entire 05/06 Andre Owens spent in Utah Jazz. For 23 games he added 3 ppg.
Owens graduated at University of Houston in 2005. For 32 games in his senior season he averaged 18.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.1 apg. At the end of it he was named 'All-Conf. USA 2nd Team -05'. Owens' last season at Houston was actually his best one as he improved digits from year to year. In 2001 his school reached the final of Big 10 Conference tournament. Owens supposes to arrive in Belgrade on Sunday.


Coach Aleksandar Dzikic praised in Slovenia - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian coach Aleksandar Dzikic is named 'The best coach in Slovenia for season 07/08' by Association of Slovenian basketball coaches. It is traditional voting by ASBC, which this year was held during the seminar in Murska Sobota. 115 basketball coaches from various Slovenian teams participated in this voting.

Kosta Perovic arrived to Union Olimpija at the beginning of January. For a very short time he succeeded to change system of playing which automatically outcame with good results at the end of the season. Dzikic led Olimpija to Final Four of Adriatic league. His team lost in the semifinals against Partizan Igokea in very interesting game. Later, Oimpija succeeded to grab the trophy in Slovenian National Cup. The team from Lubljana finished regular season with almost perfect score 13-1. In the play-off semifinals Olimpija knocked out Zlatorog Lasko 2-0. At the last stage its rival was Helios Domzale, which was outplayed 3-1. With these two titles and good season in Adriatic league Union Olimpija is far away from its rivals for Euroleague 09/10.

In the past, actually in 1999, Kosta Perovic was a head coach of Yugoslavian U17 National Team. He spent many years as an assistant coach in Partizan Belgrade while in 2005 he was a head coach of Serbian A1 team Atlas. Very soon he got an invitation to join Minnesota Timberwolves as one of the assistant coaches. He spent there the entire season 06/07.

Union Olimpija extended Kosta Perovic this summer for three more years.


Kosta Perovic officially in Pamesa, Borac better than Mega Basket in friendly - by Dragan Jankovski
Center of Serbian National Team Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) officially signed 3-year deal with Spanish Pamesa Valencia. Thus Pamesa continued trend of signing Serbian players. As a reminder point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) is member of Spanish team while Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) left it for Galatasaray this summer. In the past Zeljko Rebraca (212-C-72), Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) also played for Pamesa.
Kosta Perovic showed willingness to transfer from Golden State to Pamesa during the past 20 days. However, the last decision was up to Warriors, which at the end gave him a green light to move on. Perovic played only seven NBA games last season averaging just 1.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg. More that half of the season he spent in D-League team Bakersfield Jam. He had much better digits with NBA Development league recording 9.3 ppg, 7 rpg and 1.6 bpg. Perovic joined Glden State from Partizan Belgrade, where he played 5 years. During the period Partizan grabbed 5 titles in domestic championship and one in Adriatic league. Perovic was a member of S&M on World Championship in Japan adding 1.3 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 6 games. He grew up in Beopetrol Belgrade.

Borac Cacak celebrated against Mega Basket in friendly game 69-44. The hosts showed better performance ending first half 32-24. During the other 20 minutes Borac just extended its lead even more. Scorers for Borac are not announced. Mega Basket got 14 points from Igor Mijajlovic. Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) was behind him with 12 points. Both teams will compete next season in Serbian A1 league while Mega Basket will also take a place in the opening season if BIBL (Balkan International Basketball League).


Perovic is waiting for the agreement between Golden State and Pamesa - by Zoran Popovic
Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) made preliminary agreement with Pamesa Valencia for next three seasons. But, Golden State Warriors are third part of negotiations and they still didnt give permision for transfer. Before Perovic went in NBA, Spanish club Joventut was very intrested for Serbian center. Perovic is 216cm tall, he`s not selfish, excellent insight of the game and other players, also Euroleague experience during his career in Partizan, said GM of Pamesa Valencia Johnny Rogers. We belive in great future for Perovic, so we offered him three years contract. We expect Perovic will have excellent first season for us and in another two will make huge progress.

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Union Olimpija pre-season tournament Ljubljana 2008 - by Matej Bergant

Union Olimpija will open the upcoming season with Union Olimpija pre-season Tournament Ljubljana 2008 which will take place in Tivoli arena from 26.9. - 28.9. 2008. Clubs which will take part in this tournament will be top Euroleague teams such as Panathinaikos Athens, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and home team Union Olimpija Ljubljana.


Tournament Schedule:
Friday, 26.9.:
Maccabi Tel Aviv : Panathinaikos Athens (16:00, CET)
Union Olimpija : Fenerbahce Ulker (18:00, CET)
Saturday, 27.9.:
Fenerbahce Ulker : Maccabi Tel Aviv (18:00, CET)
Union Olimpija : Panathinaikos Athens (20:00, CET)
Sunday, 28.9.:
Fenerbahce Ulker : Panathinaikos Athens (16:00, CET)
Union Olimpija : Maccabi Tel Aviv (18:00, CET)


Tournament will become traditional and this time is devoted to Slovenian reffree Iztok Rems who is retiring after 33 years of professional reffreing.



Krka inks Keith, Memcic leaves Bulgaria - by Zeljko Zule
Nova Gorica finally inked American Mark Keith (195-G-82, college: La-Monroe) ex Harlem Globetrotters after he successfuly pass the tryout. During the season 2005-06 he was playing for another Slovenian team Krka and averaged 26 minutes, 12,8 points, 2,7 rebounds and 1,1 assists in 12 games of Slovenian A1 League.
Fuad Memcic (210-C/F-82, agency: Promotex) parted ways with Bulgarian team Spartak Pleven.
Celjski KK (D2) signed Robert Ribezl (193-G/F-80) ex Alpos Sentjur.


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Pre-Season Round Up (09 Sep Games) - by Paul Nilsen
2,000 fans in Madrid watched MMT Estuidnates pick up their successive pre-season friendly wins after a 72-64 win over CB Granada. However it was Granada fans who had the biggest smile on their faces after the return to action of star man Curtis Borchardt (211-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Stanford) who played 21 minutes and scored eight points in his long awaited return after being out for most of the year due to injury. Veterans Tom Wideman and Iker Iturbe top scored for Estu with 14 and 13 respectively although Luis Casimiro will have been relived to see young stars Granger and Clark both get on the score sheet as did Popovic who scored 8 points on his debut after being drafted in from DKV Joventut to replace injured Martin Rancik.

After the game, Trifon Poch the Granada coach explained how after a tentative start (just 23 first half points) his team got better which he was pleased with.

He said It was a typical pre-season game and we were nervous and tense in the first half. In the second we had more concentration and furthermore we were all not in this state as we didnt take out exterior shots well which is very important. In these games we have to get these feelings and we will be better in the game against CAI Zaragoza.

A three in the dying seconds of the game between AD Molina and Polaris World Murcia prevented the ACB from picking up a first pre-season victory. Gonzalo Martinez hit the winning shot to overshadow a strong debut from likely Murcia star this season Chris Moss (204-F-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia) as the minnows picked up a famous 72-69 success.

Moss secured 15 points and was a constant threat inside but the star of the show for LEB Bronce side Molina was big Englishman John Nottley. The former ULEB Cup player with British side Guildford Heat secured 18 points and 12 rebounds in a fine display. Chris Thomas and Jesse Young both reached double figures for Murcia but there was little else to cheer for the premier club against their local opponents.

Fuenlabrada picked up a great 80-77 win against Iurbentia Bilbao after a terrific final quarter comeback with Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) and Brad Oleson looking great in a combination that bodes well for the forthcoming season. It was the first pre-season game for the Basques and they looked wsell set for a victory but Fuenla had other ideas and bounced back from their recent defeat at Illescas. Bilbao led by double digits going into the last period but a 26-13 finish to the game gave the Oranges the win. Oleson top scored with 25 points and was well supported by Blanco with 19. Luke Recker meanwhile showed why he is an established star in Bilbao with a typical contribution of 18 points.


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Iran wheelchair basketball beats Sweden - by Eurobasket News
The Iranian men's wheelchair basketball team has beaten Sweden 92 to 66 at the USTB Gymnasium in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Iran's Hussein Haidari scored 26 points and gave seven assists. European champion Sweden's Joachim Gustavsson posted 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Iran started the Paralympics with an easy 73-62 victory over South Africa on Sunday. Alireza Ahmadi, who plays in the Italian League, led the team with 24 points. At the same time he had 10 more assists.

Iran's wheelchair basketball team will play against Japan on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://www.iranmania.com


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  SWITZERLAND   


Geneva Devils agrees with Pavel Novotny - by Eurobasket News
Geneva Devils got very important acquisition for the upcoming season. It is Czech Pavel Novotny (204-F-79, agency: PPGroup), who arrives from A Plus OHL ZS Brno BC. Novotny was one of the best players of his team last season. For 47 games in NBL he averaged 13.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Novotny arrived to Brno from another Czech team Usti nad Labem in 2007. For two seasons in Usti nad Labem he played 55 NBL games in total averaging around 12 ppg and 4 rpg. His team succeeded to reach play-off semifinals in 2007. Novotny grew up in USK Praha. As a young player he won two titles in Czech championship (2000 and 2001). In 2001 Novotny got invitation to join Czech University National Team for World University Games in Benin. Four years later he participated at the same event but in Izmir. Last season was the best in Novotny's career.

As a reminder, last week Geneva Devils already agreed terms with American Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, agency: AMI, college: High Point) on one-year deal. With signing of these two players the Devils for sure will look forward to much better season that it was the last one. Geneva ended 07/08 on eight place. Later Benetton Fribourg was better in the quarterfinals 3-0.


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  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce Ulker play friendly games - by Eurobasket News
After defeat against Montepaschi Siena, Efes Pilsen took care for easy victory in the next game. Turkish giant outplayed Russian team Spartak Primorie 96-80. During the entire time Efes was the team which controlled rhythm of the game. Players of head coach Ergin Ataman took this one seriously. They run the plays patiently also scoring many easy baskets, especially from the fast breaks. The fact that Efes netted 96 points in this game talks everything for itself. On the other hand, Efes' defense has to be better. Its players let Spartak to net 80 points what is too much for one Euroleague team. Center Mario Kasun (213-C-80) and Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) paced Efes to victory scoring 19 points each. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) had 17 while Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) drained 14. Greek Michalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) stopped on 12 points. Efes Pilsen will meet Spartak St. Petersburg also in Italian Bormio on Wednesday.

At the same time Fenerbahce Ulker suffered defeat against Montepaschi Siena 77-90. It seems that Montepaschi already touched the right shape as it beat almost all rivals in friendlies so far. Lithuanians Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Ksystof Lavrinovic led Siena to win nailing 17 points apiece. Fenebahce got the most from Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76), 21 points. Gordan Giricek (197-G-77) followed him adding 11 points.


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  UBL   


UBL New President Pastor Udell - by Ozzie Denson

It official the UBL has a new President , Mr Eugene Udell. Mr. Udell is one of the Owners of the Arkansas Warriors Professional Basketball Teams here in the UBL. Mr Udell bring his experience of basketball ownership and hard drive on being the best . As the UBL CEO , I Welcome MR. Udell to the United Basketball League. Please visit our site at www.ublhoops.com or www.ublwranglers.com
Thanks,
Coach Denson CEO (UBL)





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  UKRAINE   


BC Odessa won the tournament in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa won Rixos International Basketball Cup winning three games in the tournament.

In the first game Odessa overcame the hosts Antalya 87:81. It was a great opener for the Ukrainian side that was not a favorite of the tournament. In a back-to-back game Odessa grabbed the first win. Andrei Kalnichenko (200-G-86) led the winners with 21 points. Otis Hill (203-C-74, college: Syracuse) nailed 16 points and made 6 rebounds, while Love Justin ended up with 12 points. King top-scored for the hosts with 24 points and Dauhit added 18.

Yesterday Eurobasket wrote that BC Odessa beat Skyliners from Germany 89:88 in overtime. Ukrainian side looked great in the first half, but then could not compete in the second and in the majority of overtime. Odessa however used some runs in the end of the extra time to seal the win. Otis Hill paced the winners with 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Justin Love added 16 points, while Yurii Fraseniuk (199-F-86) posted 14.

In the last game of the tournament Odessa beat Brownsweig from Germany 80:72. The game was not difficult for the Ukrainian team that even gave some rest for the top players. Sabutskiy Sergei led the winners with 15 points. Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan) finished the game with 14 points as well as Yurii Fraseniuk. The latter became the MVP player of the tournament for his fascinating dunks.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Tony Garbelotto delighted after GB victory, tomorrow against Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain assistant coach Tony Garbelotto was a delighted man after he watched his side destroy Czech Republic 87-68 at the O2 on Saturday.

I was really pleased, and very very happy with the energy, effort and desire we showed said the Everton Tigers coach.

I think thats the way we need to play if we are going to be competitive at this level. We need to continue to play at that tempo and disrupt the sides we are facing. They dont like playing against our style of basketball.

Garbelotto was also pleased with the form of Tigers point guard Richard Midgley who collectd two rebounds to add to his two points in six minutes of action: Richards slowly getting back to where we want him to be. He needs to be a bit quicker defensively, but offensively hes fine. Hell definitely play a role, we just need to work out what that role is, but Im hoping hell be an important part of the team.

While Midgley was the only current BBL star on show, former Sheffield Shark Nate Reinking had a storming game to lead all scorers with 22 points, and Garbelotto was full of praise for the veteran point guard: Nate made some fantastic shots, and along with Pops [Mensah-Bonsu] set the tone for the whole game.

The form of Reinking and Mensah-Bonsu meant that GB could survive a poor shooting first half by star player Luol Deng: Luol didnt really get into flow of game in the first half admitted Garbelotto, But he certainly helped the team as such hes such a great passer of the ball. Even if he didnt make the assist, he often made the pass before the assist. He drew so much attention that it let Nate and Pops have huge games. That was the Pops we know and have been expecting. He can flat out dominate the game with his desire and defensive intensity.

Britain return to action on Wednesday when they face Bosnia and Herzegovina at the NIA in Birmingham.

Courtesy of www.bbl.org.uk


Eagles Spread Wings In Search Of Young Talen - by George Manousidis
Newcastle Eagles have underlined their commitment to developing the next generation of British basketball players with the signing of a number of talented young players.

In addition to the likes of local youngsters Will Spragg and Aaron Nielsen, the club have, for the first time extended their net across Britain in a search for new talent by clinching the signing of England Under 18 international Jamie Glen.

The 6`5 guard who is a product of the Manchester development programme will play for the Eagles first team this season with Managing Director Paul Blake eager to highlight the clubs decision to spread their wings.

'We are really chuffed to get Jamie on board and it is testament to the commitment of the Eagles in finding talented youngsters and moulding them into players who can represent the club for years to come.'

'Like many young players, Glen was short of options upon graduating from the England U18 programme with his home club Manchester not fielding a team in the BBL and the player himself not wishing to go abroad.'

'However, after impressing Fab Flournoy in a summer trial specially set up for him, he will also be part of the Eagles extended squad this season.'

Flournoy meanwhile added his thoughts on capturing one of the brightest young basketball prospects in the country.

'We are delighted to be able to offer Jamie the opportunity to continue his basketball education in the North East. Just as with Bridgey and Darius we are determined to continue to give talented young players an opportunity to develop wherever they come from. '

'Whilst immediate success is obviously important it is crucial that we also look to the next generation of Eagles players. Jamie will have to prove himself in our practices but provided that he is dedicated and determined I am sure he will be a success here over the next few years.'

In addition to Jamie Glen, the Eagles are also welcoming 19 year old Liam O'Mahoney into their ranks. The 6ft 10' forward from Essex played for Northumbria last season under former Eagles player Greg Modzelewski and after working hard this summer has shown significant progression.

While he will continue to feature with Team Northumbria during the 2008/09 season, he will be working with the Eagles squad during the season to further continue his exciting development.


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  URUGUAY   


Tabare and Malvin sharing the lead - by Hector Lopez
Adrian Laborda (202-C-72) scored a three point shot with 14 seconds to play and then added two free shots with seven sconds left leading Tabare to defeat atenas 86-81 to maintain the leadership of the Uruguayan Lub with a 4-1 record. Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) left the game in the last minute with five personal fouls after netting 39 points, (21/14 from the field and 15/11 from the foul line) an grabbing 14 rebounds. Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) also for Tabare scored 9 points and took 7 rebounds. For Atenas Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) scored 24 points with 9 assits, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) netted 14 points and took 7 rebounds and Darryl Dora (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Texas Tech) scored nine points. Tabare is sharing the lead with Malvin. Other results for the 5th round:
Olimpia 95 Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 11 points and 12 rebounds, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 11 points and 12.
Welcome 82 JR Morris (196-G-82, college: Seton Hall) 26 and 7, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 7 and 8
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Malvin 70 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 26 and 12, Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 19 and 4, Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, agency: Duran International, college: Portland St.) 2 and 4
Paysandu 69 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 11 and 3, Jeffrey Ferguson (210-F/C-81, agency: CGL Sports, college: Wayne St., MI) 12 and 11
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Sayago 86 - Marcelo Perez (194-F-73) 30, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 6 and 7, Charles Burgess (188-G) 9 and 1
Cordon 81 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 23 and 5, Sam Carey (203-C, agency: Passing Lane) 21 and 9
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Defensor Sporting 95 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 38 and 6, Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 14 and 11
Bigua 89 Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) 27 and 6, Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) 8 and 2- - -


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Malvin 4-1 
 2. Tabare 4-1 
 3. Trouville 3-1 
 4. Atenas 3-2 
 5. Olimpia 3-2 
 6. Defensor 3-2 
 7. Hebraica 2-2 
 8. Bohemios 2-2 
 9. Un.Atletica 2-2 
 10. Sayago 2-3 
 11. Paysandu 2-3 
 12. Welcome 1-4 
 13. Bigua 1-4 
 14. Cordon 1-4 




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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. 1 De Agosto 0-0 
 2. Inter-Clube 0-0 
 3. D.Maculusso 0-0 
 4. Amizade 0-0 


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


JOMO Sunflowers to take on ACT's best - by Eurobasket News
The ADF WNBL pre-season continues this week with the touring Japanese JOMO Sunflowers taking on the AIS and the Capitals.

The JOMO Sunflowers arrived in Australia on September 1 and will continue their Australian tour with four games in the nation's capital this week, starting on Wednesday.


Their schedule is below with all games being free admission:

Sunflowers v AIS, 4.30pm Wednesday 10th September @ AIS Training Hall

Sunflowers v AIS, 2.00pm Thursday 11th September @ AIS Training Hall

Sunflowers v Canberra Capitals, 6.00pm Friday 12th September @ Young Basketball Stadium, Young NSW

Sunflowers v Canberra Invitational, 11am Sunday 14th September @ Belconnen Basketball Stadium

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


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  BARBADOS - Women  


SEVENTH HEAVEN: Cavs secure seventh straight league title - by Justin Marville
THE STATION HILL CAVALIERS are queens again.

So much for those rumours of their anticipated demise.

Behind a game high 20 points from veteran national centre Astrid Alleyne, the lady Cavs captured an unprecedented seventh successive league title on Sunday night when they tamed rivals George Harris Electrical Clapham Bulls 72-46 in Game 2 of the BABA Womens Finals at the Barbados Community College.

Constantly hearing their expected demise in the rumour mill, Station Hill treated the pundits supposed predictions as mere idle talk while playing their opponents with the same urgency of a meaningless regular season game.

So dismissive were the Cavaliers that they never seemed rattled after going scoreless for the games first six minutes while opposing national centre Shakira Shorey was rampant at the other end.

Losing their collective cool was never an option for the defending champs after being held to a mere six first quarter points, because that would merely discredit their unyielding mental resolve.

The sole option was to respond the only way a defending champ knows how to.

Taking advantage of Claphams absence of a true ball handler, the lady Cavs created several turnover opportunities to open the second quarter on an 8-2 run.

This gave them their first lead at 14-13 - a lead they would never relinquish.

Forcing Shorey to catch the ball outside of the post, Station Hill went on to dominate the proceedings at both ends of the floor, opening up a 27-22 half-time lead behind the inside-outside combo of Alleyne and Ria Phillips.

And if the doubters were looking for a changing of the guard, the lady Cavs showed them that the only passing of the mantle would be from their older stalwarts to the young Tamisha Flatts.

The reserve point guard continued her fine all-round showing in these playoffs, giving the reigning champs a boost in transition while locking in defensively on the opposing ball-handlers.

Flatts efforts would see the Cavs blow the game wide open in the third quarter, stretching their lead to double digits, 48-36, heading into the fourth.

The undermanned Bulls never had the firepower to threaten from there.

Flatts and Phillips assisted Alleyne with 17 and 16 points respectively while Shorey was the lone Bulls player in double digits, scoring a team high 20.

Same old, same old, said Alleyne of the Cavs Game 2 victory, revealing the understated confidence that typifies the squad.

It was never a possibility of us losing because champions always come through in the end.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazilian duet plays well for Atlanta - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Fever sealed their playoff spot as they held off the Atlanta Dream 81:77 away from home yesterday. LaTanya White knocked down 24 points to pace the Fever to the 15th win in the season. Indiana won the third out of the last four games. Atlanta is meanwhile closing on the worst WNBA record for any expansion team as they are 3-29 at the moment.
The visitors got to a better start to the game and led 19:15 after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter and led 34:30 at the interval. The situation never changed after the long break as Indiana remained ahead. LaTanya White chipped in straight trebles early in the fourth term to open a double-digit advantage. However Erika De Souza (197-C-82) and Alison Bales cut the distance to just one point with under 4 minutes remaining. Later Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) drained a three-pointer to tie the scoreline at 72. Latta put Atlanta in front 74:73 with just over a minute left. But LaTanya White and Tamika Catchings scored the final 5 points of the encounter to secure the win for the Fever. Tamika Catchings had 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown added 15 points in the win. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Iziane Castro had 10 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds, while Erika De Souza nailed 11 points and made 7 rebounds.
Before that Janel McCarville put on another sizzling performance as she poured in 21 points and lifted New York to a 82:71 win over the Atlanta Dream. Lisa Willis had 12 points and Ashey Battle contributed 9 as the Liberty clinched the playoff birth. The hosts played without Shameka Christon and Tiffany Jackson but still had little problems en route to the win. Betty Lennox notched game-high 28 point and 7 rebounds for Atlanta.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Beroe 2007 signed four new players for the upcoming season - by Eurobasket News

Beroe 2007 announced signings of 4 new players for season 08/09.

The first one is Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86), who is coming from Lukoil Neftochimik. Actually Kordova played last four seasons in Bulgarian runner-up. Her contract has expired this summer and management of the team didn't want to keep the player any longer. Kordova had 32 appearances in A1 last season averaging 9.9 ppg for 20.7 minutes per game. During these four years Lukoil won one National Cup as well as one title in Bulgarian championship. She played for U20 Bulgaria on U20 European Championship in Sopron in 2006. In 4 games she had 3.3 ppg and 1 rpg. Season 06/07 was much better than the last one for Kordova as she averaged 6.8 ppg in Lukoil.

31-year old Kremana Hristova (-F/C-77) played last season in Italian team Valdarno. Except of the Italy, Hristova also has experience from Spain. After short time abroad Hristova decided to return to her Beroe.

The team also agreed terms with Maria Radoycheva (176-C-86) and Galina Stancheva (170-G-85). Radoycheva spent last two seasons in A2 team Tony 7 Sliven. On the other side Satncheva is coming from RIlski Sportlist.



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  CANADA - Women  


Sutton-Brown seals their playoff spot with the Fever - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever with the Canadian Center 90:68 Friday night. The game was tied at 17 early in the second quarter, but Detroit scored the next 16 points to take control. Nolan had seven points in the run and Hornbuckle had six. The Shock led by 20 during the period and were up 46:29 at halftime. Tammy Sutton-Brown posted 2 points in the losing effort.

Last night the Indiana Fever sealed their playoff spot as they held off the Atlanta Dream 81:77 away from home. LaTanya White knocked down 24 points to pace the Fever to the 15th win in the season. Indiana won the third out of the last four games. Atlanta is meanwhile closing on the worst WNBA record for any expansion team as they are 3-29 at the moment.
The visitors got to a better start to the game and led 19:15 after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter and led 34:30 at the interval. The situation never changed after the long break as Indiana remained ahead. LaTanya White chipped in straight trebles early in the fourth term to open a double-digit advantage. However Erika De Souza and Alison Bales cut the distance to just one point with under 4 minutes remaining. Later Iziane Castro drained a three-pointer to tie the scoreline at 72. Latta put Atlanta in front 74:73 with just over a minute left. But LaTanya White and Tamika Catchings scored the final 5 points of the encounter to secure the win for the Fever. Tamika Catchings had 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) added 15 points in the win. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Feenstra netted 15 points in a losing effort.



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  D.R. CONGO - Women  


Ngoyisa will play in the play-offs - by Eurobasket News
Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) and her the Indiana Fever sealed their playoff spot as they held off the Atlanta Dream 81:77 away from home yesterday. LaTanya White knocked down 24 points to pace the Fever to the 15th win in the season. Indiana won the third out of the last four games. Atlanta is meanwhile closing on the worst WNBA record for any expansion team as they are 3-29 at the moment.
The visitors got to a better start to the game and led 19:15 after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter and led 34:30 at the interval. The situation never changed after the long break as Indiana remained ahead. LaTanya White chipped in straight trebles early in the fourth term to open a double-digit advantage. However Erika De Souza and Alison Bales cut the distance to just one point with under 4 minutes remaining. Later Iziane Castro drained a three-pointer to tie the scoreline at 72. Latta put Atlanta in front 74:73 with just over a minute left. But LaTanya White and Tamika Catchings scored the final 5 points of the encounter to secure the win for the Fever. Tamika Catchings had 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown added 15 points in the win, while Bernadette Ngoyisa made a rebound for just a minute. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Feenstra netted 15 points in a losing effort.
Before that Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever 90:68 Friday night. The game was tied at 17 early in the second quarter, but Detroit scored the next 16 points to take control. Nolan had seven points in the run and Hornbuckle had six. The Shock led by 20 during the period and were up 46:29 at halftime. Bernadette Ngoyisa had 3 fouls and 1 rebound for 6 minutes.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Dutch National Team Guard Tanya Broring for Donau-Ries - by Cornelius Damm
A champion for the newcomer, Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) is the newest addition to the BG Donau-Ries roster for the upcoming 2008/09 season. The PG/SG won the Dutch Championship in 2007 with ProBuild Lions Landslake as a big cornerstone of the success, averaging 13.7 PPG, 3.8 APG and 3.3 SPG. This past season Broring played in the Spanish second league suiting up for Universitario de Ferrol, averaging 7.6 PPG while shooting 42 percent from the field. Right now Broring is touring with the Netherlands National Team in the Qualifying Round of European Championship Division B. The quick-footed guard helped her team so far to a good second place in Group A with a record of three wins out of four games this summer. The teams only loss happened in an away game at the unbeaten group champion Montenegro with just two points (80-82). At an average of 27.5 minutes on the court, where she amasses 8.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 3.3 APG, Broring is a major contributor in the Dutch game. At Donau-Ries everyone hopes she will bring this game with her to Germany to help the newcomer in 1.DBBL to play more than just one season on the highest German level. With their newcomers the club acquired over the summer like German National Player Alexandra Muller, WNBA drafted Megan Vogel, solid college player Sarah Wilson and now Broring this goal doesn't seem unrealistic.

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  IRELAND - Women  


Tullamores Susan Moran makes triumphant international return - by Eurobasket News
Tullamore native Susan Moran has played a key role in two victories for the Ireland senior womens basketball team in the European Qualifiers over the past week.

Moran scored 22 points in Irelands 67-59 win over Slovenia at the University of Limerick last Saturday night, while she was also in excellent form in last Wednesday nights away victory over Switzerland.

The Tullamore star scored 19 points during the first two quarters against the Swiss, and was was also to the fore in the final two quarters as Ireland came away with a 79-65 victory.

Moran has enjoyed a glittering career, boasting the highest scoring record in US College giants St Josephs history, whilst she has also had spells with WNBAs New York Liberty and professionally in Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

Susan has pointed to the Olympics as one of the reasons for her return to the international side.

I was watching the Olympics and was envious watching players represent their country and I just wanted to be part of that feeling too, so I was delighted to put back on the green jersey. Its a great feeling to stand for your national anthem and I am delighted to be back, she said this week.

Ireland are in Division 1 Group B of the European Qualifiers and the victory over Switzerland puts Mark Scannells side in a good position.

The Irish girls will now face Iceland at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday, knowing a win would set up a grandstand finish in the group against the Netherlands on the following Wednesday.

Basketball Ireland are running a special package for school groups who wear green to the Iceland game at the rescheduled time of 2.30pm.

Groups will be given free tickets if they contact Basketball Ireland on (01) 4590211 in advance of the game.

Courtesy of www.offalyindependent.ie


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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Napoli 0-0 
 2. Schio 0-0 
 3. Parma 0-0 
 4. Comense 0-0 
 5. Faenza 0-0 
 6. Taranto 0-0 
 7. Venezia 0-0 
 8. Priolo 0-0 
 9. Ribera 0-0 
 10. Viterbo 0-0 
 11. San Giovanni 0-0 
 12. Umbertide 0-0 
 13. Pozzuoli 0-0 
 14. Livorno 0-0 


Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket
A2 Standings
North
 1. Bolzano 0-0 
 2. Cavezzo 0-0 
 3. Broni 0-0 
 4. Reggio Emilia 0-0 
 5. Bologna 0-0 
 6. Montigarda 0-0 
 7. San Bonifacio 0-0 
 8. Marghera 0-0 
 9. Udine 0-0 
 10. Cervia 0-0 
 11. Crema 0-0 
 12. San Martino 0-0 
 13. Biassono 0-0 
 14. Lucca 0-0 
South
 1. Ancona 0-0 
 2. Firenze 0-0 
 3. S.Elpidio 0-0 
 4. Napoli 0-0 
 5. Alcamo 0-0 
 6. Cagliari CUS 0-0 
 7. Alghero 0-0 
 8. La Spezia 0-0 
 9. Chieti 0-0 
 10. Pontedera 0-0 
 11. Rende 0-0 
 12. Siena 0-0 
 13. Pomezia 0-0 
 14. Cagliari Tr. 0-0 


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  JAPAN - Women  


JOMO Sunflowers to take on ACT's best - by Eurobasket News
The ADF WNBL pre-season continues this week with the touring Japanese JOMO Sunflowers taking on the AIS and the Capitals.

The JOMO Sunflowers arrived in Australia on September 1 and will continue their Australian tour with four games in the nation's capital this week, starting on Wednesday.


Their schedule is below with all games being free admission:

Sunflowers v AIS, 4.30pm Wednesday 10th September @ AIS Training Hall

Sunflowers v AIS, 2.00pm Thursday 11th September @ AIS Training Hall

Sunflowers v Canberra Capitals, 6.00pm Friday 12th September @ Young Basketball Stadium, Young NSW

Sunflowers v Canberra Invitational, 11am Sunday 14th September @ Belconnen Basketball Stadium

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


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  POLAND - Women  


First Tongan player signs in Polish League - by Eurobasket
Cukierki Odra Brzeg agreed terms with 24-year old Tongan swingman Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, college: CSU Northridge, agency: Rasmussen Services). Tulikihihifo played most recently at BG 74 Goettingen (Germany), where last season she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 1st Team. She was the best scorer in German Bundesliga with 19.5ppg. She was also second best in rebounds with 9.5rpg. Tulikihihifo has actually double nationality - Tongan-U.S.A. It will be her second season in pro basktball.

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  TONGA - Women  


First Tongan player signs in Polish League - by Eurobasket
Cukierki Odra Brzeg agreed terms with 24-year old Tongan swingman Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, college: CSU Northridge, agency: Rasmussen Services). Tulikihihifo played most recently at BG 74 Goettingen (Germany), where last season she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 1st Team. She was the best scorer in German Bundesliga with 19.5ppg. She was also second best in rebounds with 9.5rpg. Tulikihihifo has actually double nationality - Tongan-U.S.A. It will be her second season in pro basktball.

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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukraine looks ready for a must-win game - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian national team will play the last game tonight in Kiev of European Championship qualifications. The team hosts Israel in a must-win game at 18.00.

These teams already played in EuroBasket Qualifying campaign in Israel. That time Ukrainian National Team defeated one of their main rivals in Group A Israel away from home 63:66. Israel meanwhile suffered their initial loss at the qualification. Ukraine entered the game aggressively and built an 18:9 lead midway through the first period. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) had 18 points apiece for Ukraine. Yegorova secured 8 points for the winners. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) tallied game-high 22 points and 10 boards for Israel. Cohen added 18 points in defeat.

In their latest game Israel improved to 5-1 in EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A with a 74:59 victory over Germany. First three quarters were enough to seal the win and to top the group first. Shay Doron led the winners with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) followed her with 13, while Laine Selwyn netted 12. Bavendam finished the night with 14 points for the guests and Sarah Austmann netted 11.

Israel looks also great playing abroad and won so far all the games there. The last one was against Lithuania to which Ukraine lost twice. Israel National Team secured their second win over Lithuania in Group A 60:76 away from home.Shay Doron posted 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 added 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Israel outrebounded the hosts 38:32 and forced Lithuania to 19 turnovers.


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Mercury fighting to sustain hopes - by Eurobasket News
What appears to be the impossible starts today in Detroit, at the place where the Mercury celebrated their WNBA championship last season.

The circumstances this time are different. This game against the Shock is about keeping slim playoff hopes alive.

Lose, and the Mercury's final two games - at Minnesota on Friday and at Indiana on Sunday - are simply to wind down a disappointing season.
Win, and there is hope.

The Mercury (15-16) have climbed to fifth place in the Western Conference after three resounding home wins in a row.

They're two games behind fourth-place Sacramento (17-14), which owns the tiebreaker and needs only one more win or a Mercury loss to clinch. The Monarchs are at home tonight against Seattle.

'We just have to win,' guard Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) said. 'It kind of sucks when it comes down to who wins the tiebreakers. Hopefully things will fall for us. If not, then we'll regroup, finish the season strong and come back next year.'

The Mercury's high-scoring offense is back after hitting a low point Aug. 28 in a 77-55 home loss to San Antonio. That was the first game after the Olympic break, and stars Diana Taurasi and Pondexter were fighting off jet lag after returning from Beijing, where they helped the United States win the gold medal.

'After that loss, we all said, 'What can we do to be a better team?' ' said forward Le'coe Willingham, who had 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench in Sunday's 99-74 victory over the Houston Comets. 'We've got everybody contributing.

'When you do that, you start enjoying it when you have wins like this. We have huge confidence right now. It's a great time for us to go on this road swing.'

The Mercury are 4-1 on the road against Eastern Conference teams. Coach Corey Gaines believes the team is just now reaching its potential after not having a full squad for training camp because top players still were in Europe.

He said it was hard to practice during the season when there were games practically every other night.

'We're coming to the end, and we've got to win these games,' Gaines said. 'Anything can happen. It's just one of those things.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


WNBA names players of the week - by Eurobasket News
Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) of the New York Liberty and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7.

McCarville collects the second Player of the Week award of the season and her career after averaging 23.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists on 60.8 percent (31-51) shooting from the field. She led the team to a 3-0 record on the week with wins over Houston, Atlanta and Chicago. In the process, the Liberty locked up their record-tying ninth playoff berth in the WNBA's 12 seasons. New York currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining. McCarville opened the week with a career-high 33 points in New York's 90-87 overtime victory at Houston. Her scoring output also tied the franchise record for points in a game. One game later against Atlanta, she poured in 21 points in the playoff-clinching win, marking the fourth time in her last six games she scored 20 or more points. Her 16 points against Chicago gave her the team high in each of the Liberty's three wins this week.

The former No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 WNBA Draft, McCarville is currently averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists, all of which are career highs. In 2007, she was named the WNBA Most Improved Player in her first season with the Liberty after the team selected her with the third pick in the 2007 WNBA Charlotte Sting Dispersal Draft.

Taurasi earns her fourth Player of the Week award this season and the ninth of her career, which trails only Lisa Leslie, Lauren Jackson and Tamika Catchings. Over the past week, she averaged a league-high 30.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 steals while shooting 46.9 percent (23-49) from the field and 47.6 percent (10-21) from behind the three-point arc. On the week, the Mercury defeated three teams with whom they are competing for the final playoff spot to keep the team's postseason hopes alive, Minnesota, Sacramento and Houston.

Taurasi paced the Mercury in each of the team's three games posting scoring totals of 33, 32 and 26 points. With her performance, she became the first player in WNBA history to total at least 90 points, 18 rebounds, 12 assists, 10 blocks and six steals in a three-game span. With her 33 points against Houston and 32 versus Minnesota, she tied Jackson's WNBA record for most games in a career with 30 or more points. Both Taurasi and Jackson have reached the plateau on 20 occasions.

In just her fifth season, but already one of the most prolific scorers in league history, Taurasi leads the WNBA in scoring with 24.1 points per game this season. Earlier in the year, she became the fastest player to reach the 3,000-point milestone, besting Jackson's record by 11 games. Continuing her terrific season, she won her second Olympic gold medal in Beijing as a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team. A former No. 1 overall pick and WNBA Rookie of the Year, Taurasi led the Mercury to the franchise's first WNBA Championship in 2007. She is also a three-time WNBA All-Star, two-time All-WNBA First Team selection, a former Peak Performer in scoring and owner of WNBA records for scoring average and total points in a season.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Connecticut's Tamika Whitmore, Detroit's Plenette Pierson, Los Angeles' Candace Parker, Sacramento's Kara Lawson, San Antonio's Becky Hammon and Seattle's Sue Bird.

Courtesy of WNBA


Playoff picture gets fully shaped - by Eurobasket News
The WNBA regualr season is getting closer to the end and eight teams were determined to play in the playoffs. The Sacramento Monarchs claimed the last available spot as they held off the Seattle Storm 77:74 in a close contest yesterday. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) nailed 20 points and the Monarchs celebrated a vital win at the ARCO Arena. Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) added 19 points for the winners. Seattle led 74:70 late in the game but the hosts accounted for the final 7 games of the encounter to secure a tough win. Wright and Gearlds answered with 17 points apiece for the Seattle Storm. Sue Bird was held to just 6 points in defeat.
The Phoenix Mercury became the first WNBA champion to miss the playoffs as they fell short to the Detroit Shock at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) knocked down 18 points, while Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) had 17 as the Shock rallied to a 89:78 victory.
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) secured 23 points for the Mercury. A probable explanation for a dull season with the Mercury could be the absence of star guard Penny Taylor as the Aussie decided to skip the regular seasin in order to get prepared for the Olympic Games.
The Houston Comets snapped their five-game losing skid as they toppled the Connecticut Sun 75:68 at home. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) led the charge with 21 points. Matee Ajavon added 17 points for the winning side. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) replied with 22 points for the Sun.


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connect. S. 20-12 
 2. Detroit S. 20-12 
 3. New York L. 18-13 
 4. Indiana F. 15-17 
 5. Chicago Sky 12-20 
 6. Washingt. M. 10-21 
 7. Atlanta D. 3-29 
Western
 1. S.Antonio SS 22-10 
 2. Seattle S. 21-11 
 3. L.Angeles S. 19-13 
 4. Sacram. M. 18-14 
 5. Houston C. 15-17 
 6. Minnesota L. 15-17 
 7. Phoenix M. 15-17