EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/2/2008

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


After signing of Svetislav Pesic, Crvena Zvezda interested in Fucka, Keselj, Marinovic, Scales, Jenkins - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda officially announced signing of well respected coach Svetislav Pesic on one-year deal with an option to be extended for another one. Together with Pesic, Milivoje Karalejic also joined his Zvezda's coaching staff. The team is not going to stop on that. Crvena Zvezda succeeded to keep Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season and also inked Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances). Contract is offered to Serbian hot prospect Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) but he still didn't become member of Crvena Zvezda. According to team's General Manager Milan Opacic, Red-and whites are interested in signing of veteran Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances). Opacic stated that Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) most probably will join Zvezda and will show up on the first practice today. There is a possibility for signing one of two Americans Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson) or Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon). Scales spent last season in Russian Samara but he played only in FIBA EuroCup finishing it as a fourth best scorer. For 10 games he averaged 17.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2.1 spg. Jenkins' last club was Italian Upim Bologna. He played 35 games in Serie A adding 14.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 spg. There is also some possibility that Bosnian Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) join Crvena Zvezda. Over the last few days Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) also was mentioned as one of the options on shooting guard.

Stats Leaders
Adriatic League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dragicevic, CrvZv 20.5
2 Garnett, Split 19.2
3 Vladovic, Zagreb 17.9
4 Cook, CrvZv 16.5
5 Troha, Helios 15.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Golubovic, Vojv. 8.7
2 Tomic, Zagreb 7.2
3 Gecevski, Zadar 7.1
4 Stipanovic, Split 6.9
5 Ivanov, Split 6.4
Assists Per Game
1 Cook, CrvZv 6.5
2 Akins, Split 6.0
3 Vladovic, Zagreb 4.4
4 Palacio, Partiz. 4.0
5 Brewer, Zadar 3.6
Steals Per Game
1 Cook, CrvZv 3.0
2 Vladovic, Zagreb 2.0
3 Brewer, Zadar 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Vranes, Partiz. 2.0
2 Samardziski, FMP 1.6
3 Gecevski, Zadar 1.1
2FGP
1 Dragic, Olimp. 68.6
2 Paunic, Vojv. 68.0
3 Pekovic, Partiz. 67.5
3FGP
1 Krasic, Cibona 49.1
2 Stipcevic, Zadar 46.4
3 Dragic, Olimp. 45.6
Free Throws
1 Garnett, Split 90.3
2 Otasevic, Buducn. 88.5
3 Simon, Zagreb 87.3
Ranking
1 Dragicevic, CrvZv 21.9
2 Cook, CrvZv 20.7
3 Vladovic, Zagreb 19.7
4 Pekovic, Partiz. 19.4
5 Golubovic, Vojv. 18.2


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  ARGENTINA   


Gaynor joins Benetton - by Gianni Pascucci
Benetton Treviso announced the signing of promising Argentinean teenager Mateo Gaynor (198-G/F-90), who will play in the Cadet and Junior team and will practice with the senior one starting from this season. Gaynor was one of the best players in the triumph of Argentina Junior Team at the Pan American Games this summer. They defeated Team USA Junior 77-64 in Final Game, and Gaynor performed in that occasion for 16 pts in 25 minutes, 5/7 in FG and 2/2 in 3 pointers and 6 rebounds. .

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Day 4 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
GROUP 1

Kazakhstan U18 won a double overtime battle over Lebanon U18 in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Group I Quarterfinal round saw 106:103 win for the Kazakh team. Trailing 13 points at the halftime they managed to send the game into overtime and sealed a victory in the second one. Anton Arsenyev led the winners with 30 points. Alexander Ledovskikh netted 17, while Omirzak Akhmet (202-C-90) added 14. Ahmad Ibrahim shined in defeat with 49 points and Vincent El Khouri posted 23.
Lebanon U18 won the opening quarter 22:20 and looked better in the first half. They increased to 44:31 when the teams finished the second quarter and went to the lockers. Kazakhstan U18 came back to the game in the third period and tied the game. That rally spurred the Kazakhs to level the score at 79:79, when Akhmet converted a free-throw with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter. In the first overtime the teams looked even and were tied again at 92:92. With 25 seconds left, Anton Arsenyev scored his third three-pointer for the game to put Kazakhstan 104:103 ahead. Another two points brought the victory for his team.
Syria defeated defending champions China 20-0 in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. After 46:41 China coach Li Chunjiang led the team out disputing a Technical Foul slapped on him. Syria, thus won the game 20-0 and earned two points. China will draw a blank. In another game of the group Kazakhstan U18 won a double overtime battle over Lebanon U18 in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Group I Quarterfinal round saw 106:103 win for the Kazakh team. Trailing 13 points at the halftime they managed to send the game into overtime and sealed a victory in the second one.

Kazakhstan U18-Lebanon U18 106:103 2OT
Kazakhstan U18: Anton Arsenyev 30, Alexander Ledovskikh 17, Omirzak Akhmet 14
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 49, Vincent El Khouri 23

GROUP 2

Iran U18 posted another victory at home in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Ernad Salmani and Mehdi Shirjang struck the early blows and Mohammad Hasanzadeh gave the finishing touches to steer hosts Iran to a convincing 111:91 win over Japan in Group II action of the Quarterfinal round on Sunday. With a win in all the quarters Iran remained undefeated in the campaign. Ernad Salmani led the winners with 22 points and Mehdi Shirjang added 19. Mohammad Hasanzadeh scored 17, while Sabooni Varnisavadarani posted 14 and Farbod Farman added 13. Yusoke Karino top-scored in defeat with 23 points, whilst Yuya Nagayoshi poured in 18. Iran won the battle of rebounds 68-43.
The hosts of the tournament had difficulties in the opening tip as Japan resisted a lot. Iran used only 24:21 to finished the first period. They improved to 53:46 as both teams went to the lockers. The game remained in the same current with the hosts dominating the court. The end of the third quarter saw them having 78:63 and then they benefit from the game in the last. A confident 11:91 left them unbeaten and one of the favorites of the tournament. Iran play Korea next and Japan take on Philippines.
Korea U18 won another game in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The first game of the Quarterfinal stage saw the the last editions runners-up pulled ahead towards Philippines in Group 2. Korea sealed a 98:80 victory and remained undefeated in the tournament. Lim Jongill led the winners with 23 points. Park Jaehyun nailed 17, while Jang Jaeseok added 14. Jaypee Mendoza and Ryan Garcia top-scored in defeat with 14 points, while Joseph Terso posted 13.
It was a tough start from both teams as they remained close to each other in the opening period. Korea managed to score the last points in the...


Day 5 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

GROUP 1

China U18 is back to the court at the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The defending champions stun last editions bronze medalists Lebanon 101:74 in a Group I Quarterfinal round game on Monday. Li Xiaxou paced all thew inners with 27 points. Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) nailed 18, while Zhao HongWei (192-G) added 16 and Sui Ran (193-G-92) had 12. Ahmad Ibrahim was the only one to struggle against China had 34 points in defeat.
The urgency in their approach left the Chinese a little error-prone in the early stages and they managed only a 29:21 advantage. Lebanese team tried hard to recover but did not get any help in the second period from the top-scorer. China, as a result led 48:34 going into the changing rooms. The third quarter saw the winners increasing the lead and Lebanon had nothing to do but to admit that. China looked very strong after 0:20 from Syria and wanted to prove once again that the team is still the favorite number one for the Gold. China had 70:52 entering the last period and did not stop in it. They solved the task reaching three digits numbers scoring 101 point by the end of the game.
Lebanon play Syria on Tuesday. China next take on Kazakhstan on Tuesday, and obviously need a big win in that game to stay ahead in the goal average calculations.

China U18-Lebanon U18 101:74
China U18: Li Xiaxou 27, Dong Hanlin 18, Zhao HongWei 16, Sui Ran 12, Cao Fei 11
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 34


GROUP 2

Japan U18-Philippines U18 86:78
Japan U18 cruised past Philippines U18 in Day 5 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Taking the full control of the game the team overcame Philippines U18 86:78. Yusoke Karino paced all the winners with 25 points. Makoto Hiejima netted 22, Kaito Ishikawa scored 14 and Daichi Taniguchi added 12. Norberto Torres top-scored in defeat with 24 points. Matthew Wright ended up with 17 and Joseph Tolentino posted 11. The winners kept their hopes of making the semifinals for the first time in a decade. Japan, now need a win against Korea, to make the last four grade.
Japan u18 started offensively but could benefit only from 21:18 lead after the first ten minutes of the game. The team maintained a steady scoring rate throughout the game, meanwhile Philippines did not have consistently. Japan felt more comfortable going to the lockers for 46:39 advantage.
In the third period Philippines U18 recovered a bit and reduced the gap to 5 points, 59:64. The game remained back-to-back until Japan made the last spurt in the end. The latter celebrated a 86:78 victory and tied at 1-1 in the group. Philippines now play hosts Iran and even a win can not take them into the semifinals.

Japan U18: Yusoke Karino 25, Makoto Hiejima 22, Kaito Ishikawa 14, Daichi Taniguchi 12
Philippines U18: Norberto Torres 24, Matthew Wright 17, Joseph Tolentino 11




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  AUSTRALIA   


New Zealand Breakers lose three-game preseason series to Perth - by Eurobasket News
The New Zealand Breakers are getting fit for the upcoming NBL season. They hit the court to play three-game exhibition series against the Perth Wildcats. The opening game saw the Breakers enter the new season in good form as they used old weapons to shoot their opponents down 101:92. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) nailed 29 points, while Phill Jones (196-G-74) was helpful with 20 to pace the Breakers. Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) returned from a back injury to step up with 16 points for the winners. Isiah Victor (206-F-78, college: Tennessee) topcored for Perth with 19 points. Rookie Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) knocked down 14 points, while Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) had 15 points in defeat. The winners showed solid 52% accuracy from the field.
The teams met again next day with the Perth Wildcats taking this one 102:81. The Wildcats did not waste time in the game building a 20-point lead at the interval. The Breakers managed to slow their opponents down after the long break however Perth looked confident and secured an impressive win to tie the series.
The Perth Wildcats secured the Coca Cola Challenge series victory with a 106:93 win yesterday. The teams played at the Eaton Recreation Center and the Breakers led throughout three quarters. They entered the forth period ahead by one 80:79 but Alex Loughton (205-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: ODU) led the hosts to the tough win at the end. He finished with 24 points and 11 boards. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) contributed 22 points for the winners. The Breakers forwards Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72) got three technical fouls during the game.


The Crocs win Queensland Cup - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Crocodiles celebrated their third straight win and clinched the Queenland Cup title. The preseason event featured Gold Coast Blaze, Sydney Spirit and Cairns Taipans alongside the winning side Townsville Crocs. After confident victories over Sydney and Cairns the Crocodiles entered the third round on top of the ladder. They stayed tuned and eased past the Blaze 113:96 in the final game. The Crocodiles limited their opponents to just 33% of field goals in the first half and cruised to a 21-point cushion at halftime. The Blaze never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) knocked down 24 points to lead the Crocodiles. John Rillie (195-G-71, college: Gonzaga) had 21 points, while Cameron Tovey (202-F-85, college: Augusta St.) was instrumental with 19 points. Corey Williams added 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Shane Heal (182-G-70) answered with 25 points for Gold Coast. Casey Frank chipped in 17 points in defeat.
The Cairns Taipans meanwhile dropped 121 points in a massive 27-point rout of the Sydney Spirit in another Queensland Cup game. The Taipans thus posted their second win in three games and claimed the second overall spot at the tournament. Martin Cattalini (202-F-73) came up with 22 points. Aaron Grabau (196-G-78) added 16 points, while Stephen Black delivered 13 points in a winning case. Derrick Low (188-G-86) netted game-high 32 points for the Spirit. Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) and Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) had 16 points apiece in the loss.


South Dragons bruise the Tigers in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News
South Dragons - Melbourne Tigers 112:95
South Dragons showed their highest ambitions for the upcoming season with yet another impressive preseason win. This time they outgunned the Melbourne Tigers by the margin of 17 points. The result was mainly forecasted in the third quarter. Rhys Carter (190-G-84) exploded with five three-pointers during the period and the South Dragons went on a 33:13 run to accumulate an insurmountable advantage before the fourth term. The Tigers however looked much better in the first period. Chris Anstey (213-C-75) was simply unstoppable as he drained 5/6 from beyond the arc for 20-point tally in the quarter lifting Melbourne to a 34:28 advantage at the first intermission. Chris Anstey and Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC) worked hard throughout the second frame and allowed the Tigers to maintain a 5-point margin at the interval. But Rhys Carter ignited a massive rally from the Dragons that denied the deficit and put the Dragons up for good. South Dragons improved to 5-0 record in the preseason action. Today they play against the New Zealand Breakers.
Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) led the winners with 27 points and 10 boards. Rhys Carter nailed 25 points, while Nathan Herbert (192-F-84) added 18 points for the South Dragons. Chris Anstey led all scorers with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Stephen Hoare knocked down 24 points, while Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) contributed 22 points in defeat.

South Dragons: Nick Horvath 27+10 boards, Rhys Carter 25, Nathan Herbert 18
Melbourne Tigers: Chris Anstey 33, Stephen Hoare 24+13 boards, Nathan Crosswell 22


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  AUSTRIA   


Worthersee with a new F - Jandl back in Austria - by Stefan Heinrich
The new Forward of the Worthersee Piraten is the 6'8 Justin Marshall (203-F-85, college: Iona) He played college basketball at Iona and he had 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg in his senior season. In the last season Marshall played in the Portugese Proliga where he had 19.0ppg and 6.9rpg and he was voted All-Star game MVP as well as All-League 2nd and All-Imports Team 2008.

David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) is back in Austria. According to Laola1.at the Austrian National Team PG signed a 2 year contract with the UBC St. Polten, where he already played 2 games before he moved the Spain . He finished this season in the LEB Silver, playing for Farho Gijon and in 19 games he had 3.9ppg and 1.3apg.


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  BOSNIA   


Igokea Partizan starts preparations for the upcoming season, five new players - by Eurobasket News
With new head coach Predrag Badnjarevic Bosnian runner-up Igokea Partizan officially started preparations for the upcoming season. Four players from the last one decided to stay in the club: Milos Mirkovic (206-C/F-83, agency: Court Side), Sinisa Kovacevic (200-F-78), Bojan Djurica (199-F-83) and Milijan Bocka (187-G-82, agency: 011 Sports). The team also promoted youngsters Nemanja Bilanovic and Vojin Radic from junior to senior team. Staying of Stjepan Stazic (198-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) is under the question mark yet. Deadline for his decision is end of this week.
Except of the above mentioned players, Igokea Partizan inked American point guard Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.), who played last season in Dutch Groningen. For 10 games in ULEB Cup Mason had pretty good 12.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.3 apg and 2.3 spg. His digits in Dutch Eredivisie were even better 14.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.8 apg and 2.5 spg.
Montenegrin player Nikola Bulajic (208-C-84) also joined Igokea during the summer.
Two more Americas which Igokea signed also showed up on the first team's practice. They are Bryan Lucas (204-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) and Earnest Williams (193-G-83). Lucas played 30 games for German 1. Bundesleague team Ulm adding 12.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Williams is coming from Syrian team Al Wathba. He had 23.9 ppg and 6.7 rpg in Syrian D1.
Last reinforcement of Igokea this summer was Vladimir Vuksanovic (205-F-78, agency: Interperformances). He was member of Kolossos Rodou last season. Vuksanovic registered 12 appearances in Greek A1 averaging 9.6ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.8 apg.


Changes in Grude - by Eurobasket News
Grude was one of the most pleasant surprises in Bosnian D1 last season. The team ended League 13 on fourth place advancing to League 8. But after last season's success Grude faced with leaving of the few most important players. Luka Zitko (201-F-81) moved to Slovenian team Zlatorog Lasko. Mate Perajica (203-F/C-81), Mladen Gligora (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) and Ivan Vujicic (193-G-72) joined Zrinjski Mostar. On the other hand, Lovro Gligora (197-G-82), Goran Jelic and Marko Lovric (185-G-88) decided to stay in the club for at least one more year. Predrag Mikulic also remains head coach of the team.

New signings of Grude for the upcoming season are Ivan Kovacevic, Josko Srzic (191-G-83), Ivan Cular (204-F-81) and Josip Sakota (209-C/F-87).
Ivan Kovacevic arrived from USA while Josko Srzic moved from Osijek. Actually Srzic started last season in German Regionalliga team Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg where he averaged 10.8 ppg for 12 games. In January he joined Osijek. He had 18 appearances in Croatian A1 adding 7.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.2 spg. Ivan Cular played last two seasons in Borik Puntamika Zadar. In his last one Cular averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg. In the past he also played for Triglav Osiguranje Rijeka and Zrinjevac Zagreb. Josip Sakota is coming from Siroki Prima pivo, where he didn't have opportunity to play so much.

Grude ended last season on seventh place in League 8 with score 3-11. The same score also had Slavija.


Borac Nektar inks Milos Mladenovic, new head coach in Igokea Partizan - by Eurobasket News
After signing of U.S. Virgin Islands big guy Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.), Borac Nektar Banja Luka got another acquisition for the upcoming season. It is power forward / center Milos Mladenovic (205-C/F-82), ex player of Slavija Istocno Sarajevo. Mladenovic started previous season in Montenegrin team Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje and later, actually in January, arrived to Slavija. Mladenovic has experience from Bosnian top division as he also played for Sloboda Dita Tuzla as well as for Brcko Distrikt. On 06/07 he spent short time in Cypriot team Apollon Limassol. In September 2006 he joined Greek A2 team Ago Rethimno averaging just 1.8 ppg in 20 games. Mladenovic grew up as a player in Beopetrol Belgrade.

Igokea Partizan announced hiring of Predrag Badnjarevic as a new head coach. Badnjarevic is experienced coach who used to work in many team in the past. Some of those teams are Lavovi 063 Belgrade, Bosna ASA BHT Sarajevo, Beopetrol Belgrade, Ibon Niksic and West Petrom Arad. Igokea Partizan will compete next season in Bosnian D1 despite there was some rumors that it could take a place in Adriatic league. As a reminder, Igokea showed pretty good performance last season reaching the play-off final. It faced with strong Bosna Sarajevo, which had home court advantage, loosing the final series 2-1. Management of Adriatic league at the end decided to keep Bosna ASA BHT as the only team from Bosnia and Herzegovina in regional championship. Wild-card for 07/08, except of Buducnost Podgorica, also got Croatian team Zagreb.


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  BULGARIA   


Sasa Topcov continues with Spartak Pleven - by Eurobasket News
One of the best players of Spartak Pleven over the past two years Sasa Topcov (207-C-80) will stay in the club for at least another one. He supposes to play for Greek team Egaleo in 08/09 but at the end he decided to return in Spartak. Topcov had 44 appearances in Bulgarian A1 league last season averaging 14.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He led Spartak to the play-off semifinals where Lukoil Akademik was too strong for them. Spartak also participated in FIBA EuroCup last season but played only 2 games. For these two games Tocov added 19 ppg, 6 rpg and 1 spg. It will be Topcov's fifth season in Bulgaria. For the first time he arrived to Bulgaria in 2004 as a member of Cherno More IG Varna spending two years there. He ended the last one averaging 18.7 ppg in 14 games. His team was runner-up in Bulgarian A1 as well as National Cup finalist. Sasa Topcov participated on Bulgarian All-Star game twice. In 2006 he was named 'Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports 1st Team'. Before Cherno More, Topcov played for Bosnian team Hercegovac Bileca and Serbian Spartak Subotica. In 2004 he got an invitation to participate at the Bosnian All-Star game.

During the summer Spartak Pleven already agreed terms with Veselin Georgiev (196-F-86), Fuad Memcic (210-C/F-82, agency: Promotex), Vladimir Marinov (185-G-85) and Rob Preston (206-F/C-82, college: Akron).


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  CENTROBASKET   


Stats leaders of Centrobasket Championship 2008 - by Eurobasket News
Jose Juan Barea led Puerto Rico to Gold in Mexico. In five games he collected 111 points, 12 rebounds and 32 assists in total. He is the second best scorer of the championship draining 22.2 ppg. At the same time guard of NBA Dallas Mavericks dished out 6.4 apg meaning that he is the best assistant of this prestigious event. It is not everything. Barea is also third stealer with 1.6 spg and what is the most important he was named MVP of Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Mexico.

Top scorer of the championship is Silvestre Geoffrei of Cuba. He drained 124 points in total (24.8 ppg). Jose Juan Barea is second while third place on this list belongs to Victor Chubert of USVI. Chubert had 109 points for five games - 21.8 ppg.

Victor Chubert is also the best rebounder of Centrobasket 2008. Actually Angelo Reyes of Puerto Rico and Chubert share top position grabbing 50 rebounds each - 10 rpg. Third place is reserved for Horford of Dominican Republic, who had 9.8 rpg.

As it is mentioned above Jose Juan Bare dished out the most assists on this event. Peralta of Panama is on the second place with 4.8 apg. Carlos Arroyo followed him delivering 4.5 apg.

Victor Chubert of USVI is on another list. This one is for the best stealer and Chubert is the leading one with 2 spg. Ayon Gustav is second with 1.8 spg while Jose Juan Barea is third with 1.6 spg.


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  CHILE   


Osorno signed Mazur and Robinson - by Cristian Quiroga
'Toros' have added two new import players to its roster. Center Marc Mazur (210-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Detroit Mercy) (210-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Detroit Mercy) who played in Castro some years ago arrives to populate and impose more respect on the paint, one of the weak features of the game of Osorno till now. Second are Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cleveland St.), he comes to replace Dajuan Gouard who had to return to USA due to personal issues. Robinson is a point guard and must take control of the team, leading it on the court. Both Mazur and Robinson join Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, agency: AMI, college: S.Carolina St.) to try the improve the campaign of team coached by Ivan Gallardo, which didn't qualify to Top4 playoffs played last week.

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  CHINA   


China Crushes Lebanon 101-74 But Appears To Be Out of Semifinals - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated Lebanon today 101-74 in the Asian U-18 championship but Lebanon may still make the semi-finals if it defeats Syria tomorrow. China appears to be out of contention because of the tie-breaking formula FIBA uses.

FIBA grants 2 points for a win, 1 point for a loss and no points for a forfeit.

Kazakhstan has clinched a berth in the semi-finals with today's 83-81 win over Syria. For unless it is as stupid as China and forfeits, it will have at least 5 points if it loses to China.

Syria makes the final if Syria wins against Lebanon tomorrow as it will then also have 5 points. But if Lebanon wins, Lebanon, China and Syria will each have four points. The formula then goes to head-to-head competition between the three teams and Lebanon and Syria have three points while China has two.

If Syria had defeated Kazakhstan in the last game played today, China would still have had a chance. For then there would have been a tie between China, Lebanon and Kazakhstan if China and Lebanon both won tomorrow. China would have had 4 points in head-to-head, Lebanon 3 and Kazakhstan 2.

Actually, if I read this correctly, China would have made the semi-finals if it had beat both Kazakhstan and Lebanon, regardless of score. But the tie-breaking rules are so complex in the event of a forfeit that China's coach, Li Chunjiang, probably didn't understand these rules any more than he understood how disastrous it was to forfeit yesterday's game.

Li Xiaoxu led the Chinese assault today with 27 points, and a game-high 10 rebounds. He also had three blocks, besides two assists and as many steals.

Dong Hanlin took Wang Zheng's place in the starting five and the 207cm forward shot 8 for 10 from the floor for 18 points. Dong also collected seven rebounds.

China thought it needed to win big and Wang Zheng would slow them down. I believe that this was why Wang was replaced. But a reading of the FIBA rules, as previously noted, seems to say that score was unimportant for breaking ties in this forfeit situation as there was no scenario where score differential would have put China into the semi-finals.

Sui Ran and Zhao Hongwei each made three three-pointers. China applied a full court press right from the start of the game. Zhao finished with 16 points and Sui scored 12.

The urgency in their approach left the Chinese a little error-prone in the early stages and they managed only a 29-21 advantage after one quarter.

But early in the second quarter, China tightened the screws on the defense keeping Lebanon from scoring for almost five minutes.

Lebanon's Ahmad Ibrahim, who had a game high 34 points, was shut out completely. He played all of the second quarter, but scored no points. China, as a result led 48-34 at halftime.

China 101 (Li Xiaxou 27, Dong Hanlin 18, Zhao Hongwei 16, Sui Ran 12, Cao Fei 11) bt Lebanon 74 (Ahmad Ibrahim 34). Scores by quarter: 29-21, 48-34, 70-52.

Yesterday's scores:
S.Arabia 92 - 109 C.Taipei
Hong Kong 85 - 82 Malasiya
Jordan 88 - 49 UAE
China 0-20 Syria forfeit
Japan 91 - 111 Iran
Kazakhstan 106 - 103 Lebanon
Korea 98 - 80 Philippines

Today's scores:
UAE 70 - 72 Hong Kong
C.Taipei 95 - 86 India
Malasiya 72 - 84 Jordan
Lebanon 74 -101 China
Iran 85 -79 Korea
Philippines 78 - 86 Japan
Syria 81 - 83 Kazakhstan

Group I
Kazakstan 2 0 4 pts
Syria---- 1 1 3 pts
China---- 1 1 2 pts
Lebanon-- 0 2 2 pts

Group II
Iran-------- 2 0 4 pts
Japan------- 1 1 3 pts
Korea------- 0 2 2 pts
Philippines- 0 2 2 pts


China U18 is back to the court - by Eurobasket News

China U18-Lebanon U18 101:74

China U18 is back to the court at the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The defending champions stun last editions bronze medalists Lebanon 101:74 in a Group I Quarterfinal round game on Monday. Li Xiaxou paced all thew inners with 27 points. Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) (206-F-91) nailed 18, while Zhao HongWei (192-G) added 16 and Sui Ran (193-G-92) had 12. Ahmad Ibrahim was the only one to struggle against China had 34 points in defeat.
The urgency in their approach left the Chinese a little error-prone in the early stages and they managed only a 29:21 advantage. Lebanese team tried hard to recover but did not get any help in the second period from the top-scorer. China, as a result led 48:34 going into the changing rooms. The third quarter saw the winners increasing the lead and Lebanon had nothing to do but to admit that. China looked very strong after 0:20 from Syria and wanted to prove once again that the team is still the favorite number one for the Gold. China had 70:52 entering the last period and did not stop in it. They solved the task reaching three digits numbers scoring 101 point by the end of the game.

Lebanon play Syria on Tuesday. China next take on Kazakhstan on Tuesday, and obviously need a big win in that game to stay ahead in the goal average calculations.


China U18: Li Xiaxou 27, Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) 18, Zhao HongWei 16, Sui Ran 12, Cao Fei 11
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 34



Chinese Taipei U18 starts another stage - by Eurobasket News
Chinese Taipei U18 starts another stage in Tehran, Iran. At first however the team lost the game to lebanon and could not make it to the Quartefinal stage. Lebanon U18 won Group C of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. In the last game of the group the team overcame Chinese Taipei U18 95:80. Ahmad Ibrahim led the winners with 31 points. Vincent El Khouri netted 16, while Ralph Akl scored 12. Lin Li-Jen top-scored with 20 points in the losing effort, while Chanj Po-Wi and Lee Ming-Hui poured in 18 each.
Chinese Taipei U18 won the only game in Group 3 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The team overcame Saudi Arabia U18 109:92 to stay infront of the group. The winners opened the game with a massive 31:12 and never looked behind. The teams left the court with 62:30 at the halftime and then Chinese Taipei U18 had also 87:55 after three quarters played. Lin Li-Jen and Chanj Po-Wi led the winners with 18 points apiece, while Shih Chin-Yao supported them with 15. Seraaj Buswyhel ended up with 32 points in the losing effort. Chinese Taipei won their game for a possible 9th place showdown.

Chinese Taipei U18-Saudi Arabia U18 109:92
Chinese Taipei U18: Lin Li-Jen 18, Chanj Po-Wi 18, Shih Chin-Yao 15
Saudi Arabia U18: Seraaj Buswyhel 32

Lebanon U18-Chinese Taipei U18 95:80
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 31, Vincent El Khouri 16, Ralph Akl 12
Chinese Taipei U18: Lin Li-Jen 20, Chanj Po-Wi 18, Lee Ming-Hui 18


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  COLOMBIA   


Miguel Marriaga will play with Bucaros - by Victor Garcia
Miguel Marriaga, starting center of the Gaiteros del Zulia in Venezuelas LPB; has agred terms with Bucaros and will play the 2008 Federation Cup in Bucaramanga, Marriagas parents are Colombians and Miguel will get his Colombian ID soon.
Marriaga 69' tall is a solid rebounder and shot blocker, has been member of Venezuelas national team in the last 5 years, and will be part of a strong frontcourt of Bucaros
Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84)


Dajuan Gouard will play with Indervalle - by Victor Garcia
Indervalle completes its imports roster adding guard Dajuan Gouard, Indervalles coach Guillermo Moreno knows well Gouard, Moreno coached him in Piratas last season, and choose tp give him the ball to run the point in this Federation Cup.
Gouard played in Venezuela with Giagantes de Guayana and in Chile in Osorno during the last year, Indervalle is already working in Cali to set up the team for the upcoming Cup
DaJuan Gouard (189-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Loyola, IL)


Colombian Basketball Federation Cup to star next friday Sept 5 - by Victor Garcia
The schedulle for the opener of this 2008 Colombian Basketball Federation Cup is already set, the first matches will be:

BOGOTA:
Piratas vs Arrieros

CALI:
Indervalle vs Alcaldia de Tunja

SAN ANDRES:
Islanders vs Bucaros

FUSAGASUGA:
Condores vs Norte de Santander

The same games will repeat on Saturday, one of the Fridays games will be on National TV by Senal Colombia, the game selected is to be confirmed.


2008 Colombian Basketball Federation Cup - Preview - by Victor Garcia
The 2008 Colombian Basketball Federation Invitational Cup, will began next friday September 5, eight teams will be part of the Cup, finally the National Federation did not found a sponsor, but the teams made the effort and this Cup looks very interesting, Bucaros and Arrieros are again the main favourites, but Islanders, Norte and Indervalle wants to challenge them, Piratas still building its roster could surprise and Condores and Alcaldia de Tunja will be hard to beat

Bucaros Freskaleche the current Champion again made a strong roster, with the signings of Colombian-Venezuelan Center Miguel Marriaga, also the team added Daniel Garcia and David Reyes both Colombian-Venezuelan to run the point, Ricardo Sanz left Piratas after 5 season and is now forward of Bucaros, Eleuterio Renteria is one more time with the team, the imports are americans Curtis Williams the 2007 best import, and veteran Quicy Alexander, both will play in the paint, Carlos Parra is again the manager/head coach of the team

Arrieros de Antioquia Strenghted its roster, the Venezuelan star Diego Guevara will run the point for the Antioquias team and Heberth Bayona the Colombian-Venezuelan Center will fill the middle of the zone as an intimidator, Colombians Norbey Aragon and Enielsen Guevara two of the best 5 Colombian players will be in the shooting guard and power forward positions, Arrieros is still looking to fill the small forward after the change of mind of Jermaine Walker, Hernan Giraldo is the Head Coach

Islanders Sopesa from San Andres completes 3 weeks of work, the coach Guillermo Lopez have a solid american guard in Kevin Sowell, Sowell will bring scoring to the team and Daryl Rufus will began in the paint as pivot, this two imports plus colombians, Franklin Forbes, Joe Manuel, Victor Lever, Jared Corpus make a competitive roster.

Norte de Santander bring the best coach of the continent, Julio Toro are trying to give shape to its team, the addition of Edgar Moreno gives to the team a competitive level, but they are still tryng to find the pieces to complete the roster, Daniel Restrepo, Juan Manaure , Jos Lopez and problably Colombian - Venezuelan Eduardo 'Pichi' Torres will be part of the team.

Indervalle, again the knowledge of Guillermo Moreno will be the best of the Calis team, at this time the veteran Alvaro Teheran is confirmed as the starting Center and they are closet o agree with Cesar Cortez to fill the forward, americans George Baker and Dajuan Gouard will have the scoring load over his shoulders, Gouard is well known in Colombia and coach Moreno trust on him.

Piratas has many problems to build its roster, and problably will play with young players, Emiro Romero and Gabriel Fuentes will be the more experienced Colombians in the roster both can be solid starters for the team, the imports are not defined yet, Cesar Cassiani will have his first chance as head coach in the Federation Cup

Condoresde Cundinamarca began its work with a young group, Fraser Mena , Cesar Ordoez are maybe the most experienced, the team announces the signing of forward Rodrigo Rodrigez, and will show a surprise a Colombian-American guard .

Patriotas- Proactive (former alcaldia de Tunja) is still finishing its roster, Freddy Granja will be in the team with Jorge Diaz, the coach is to be named.


Eleuterio Renteria leave Bucaros move to Norte de Santander - by Victor Garcia
After a couple of weeks of preseason, forward Eleuterio Renteria leave Bucaros and move to Cucuta to play with Norte de Santander in the upcoming Federation Cup, Renteria is the second player that leaves Bucaros and goes to Norte.
Bucaros manager Carlos Parra shows his upset about this decision in a statement to the local media in Bucaramanga, Bucaros will visit Islanders and Norte visit Condores on Friday night


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Buckman in Keravnos - by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Strovolou added a third (or actually a fourth) American in his roster. Brad Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) is the chosen one by Paris Papaellinas team. Buckan's last experience in the European courts was last seazon when he was wearing the jersey of the Romanian team Mobitelco where he had some very good appearences. Brad Buckman is the fourt Power forward for the team of Keravnos after Damjanovic, Marjanovic and Trisokkas. It is vital to mentioned that the American player was suspended for two years from the Greek courts when he begun his career in the European courts, in 2006 join forces with GE Larissa in the Greek A1 but just after one month he was suspended.


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  EUROCUP   


Stats Leaders
Eurocup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Domercant, DynM 21.4
2 Mayes, Gmund. 21.1
3 Allen, Frankfurt 20.0
4 El-Amin, T.Tel. 19.7
5 Williams, BosS. 19.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Antic, Lukoil A. 9.2
2 Kirksay, Unics 9.2
3 Johnson, Gmunden 9.0
4 Mensah-B., Ben. 8.4
5 Allen, Frankfurt 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Deane, Lukoil A. 6.7
2 Cook, Crvena Zv. 6.2
3 Williams, Pamesa 5.5
4 Perrier-D., Frib. 5.4
5 Rubio, Joventut 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Williams, T.Tel. 2.7
2 GAY, Antwerp 2.6
3 Sears, Antwerp 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Akingbala, Ventsp. 2.8
2 Riddick, Charl. 2.0
3 Griffith, Ploies. 1.7
2FGP
1 Stevic, Slask 19.9
2 Kikanovic, CrvZv 72.2
3 Javtokas, DynM 71.3
3FGP
1 Shason, Jerus. 56.9
2 Domercant, DynM 56.4
3 Hansen, DynM 54.7
Free Throws
1 Fernandez, Joven. 94.6
2 Lee, Nymburk 92.7
3 Domercant, DynM 90.8


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Euroleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Salyers, Chorale 21.8
2 Spencer, Virtus 18.1
3 Pekovic Partizan 17.9
4 Solomon, Fener 17.8
5 Price, Rytas 16.86
Rebounds Per Game
1 Morris, Maccabi 8.5
2 Massey, Aris 8.5
3 Reyes, Real 7.1
4 Pekovic, Partiz. 7.1
5 Velickovic, Part. 7.0
Assists Per Game
1 Collins, Zalgiris 5.4
2 Papaloukas, CSKA 4.9
3 McIntyre, Siena 4.6
4 Prigioni, Tau 3.9
5 Solomon, Fener. 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 McIntyre, Siena 2.6
2 Stonerook, Siena 2.6
3 Hawkins, Roma 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Morris, Maccabi 1.9
2 Zukauskas, Zalgiris 1.4
3 N'Dong, Unicaja 1.4
2FGP
1 Petravicius, LRyt.72.2
2 Santiago, Unicaja 67.9
3 Trias, Barcelona 64.7
3FGP
1 Lavrinovic, Siena 62.8
2 Anderson, CSKA 54.4
3 Gregory, Efes 54.4
Free Throws
1 Jasikevicius, PAO 93.8
2 Prigioni, Tau 93.8
3 Greer, Olymp. 92.7


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: YMCA LPR has now three American players - by Rauno Hurmalainen
YMCA Lappeenranta has now three American players on the roster. Team LPR signed today with PF Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Florida) a 1-year-contract. Warren comes from West Florida (NCAA2) University (-03) and has international playing experience from short stints in Turkey, Israel and Venezuela. The last two seasons (2006-08) Reggie Warren has played in Japan (Takamatsu Five Arrows) and was named The Forward of
the Year (2007-08). Earlier YMCA LPR did sign with F HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) and G Calvin Cage (183-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Buffalo).


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Jane Petrovski leaves National Team camp - by Eurobasket News
Friendly game of Macedonian National Team against Serbian Hemofarm STADA was the last one this summer for Jane Petrovski (181-G-87, agency: 011 Sports). Namely the player, who singed contract with Hungarian team Soproni few days ago, decided to left NT preparations for Eurobasket 2009 Qualification. He stated that he wants to start working with his new team and focus on the upcoming season.

'I decided to leave preparations of out National Team and I informed head coach Arsic as well as people from Macedonian Basketball Federation. I think it is the best solution for me at this moment. My new club also expects from me to show up on its practices as soon as possible. Most probably I will go Soproni today' - said Petrovski.

In the meantime Macedonian champion Feni Industri played friendly game against Olimpija Larissa. The game was played in Ohrid where Feni showed much better performance than Greek A1 team. During the entire game Macedonian champion has dominated. Greeks made many mistakes at the offensive end which helped Feni to score a lot of easy baskets from the fast breaks. At the end Feni celebrated comfortable win 86-68.
Head coach of Feni Emil Rajkovic after the game said that he is satisfied with performance of his players. Rajkovic also mentioned that Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) proved he will be the huge reinforcement for Feni next season.


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  GERMANY   


Regionalliga-News - by Moritz Korff
Phillip Freeman (211-C-79, college: Miles) returns to German basketball. The 29-year-old big man, who played for Iserlohn and Ansbach in this past season, has joined the team of BG Hagen (Regionalliga West).

Peter Prowitt (208-C-86, college: Stanford) will strenghten the roster of BG Goettingen II (2. Regionalliga), the Violets' farmteam. The graduate of Stanford University (NCAA1) has already arrived to Germany. In his senior-year at Stanford Prowitt averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 board for the Cardinals.


Koeln 99ers hire two new players - by Moritz Korff
Two more players have joined the 2008-09 roster of the Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga): Stefan Nikolic (192-G-87) and Jasmin Catovic (199-G-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents). Both players signed one-year contracts with the 99ers.
Nikolic, a former Serbian junior-international, is 21 years of age and spent this past season in Slovenia and Russia. He started as a member of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (12 games: 3.5ppg, 1.4apg in the Slovenian 1A and 14 games: 1.7ppg in the Adriatic League). In January he moved to Russia and appeared in 11 games for Superleague-side Enisey Krasnoyarsk until the end of the season, averaging 4.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. Last year Nikolic won the U20 European Championship with Team Serbia. He contributed 2.1 points per contest (8 games) to the title.
Also Catovic played internationally for his country as a junior. Back in 1999 he led the Slovenian U17-selection with 15.9 ppg at the European championships. Some years later he joined the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and averaged 0.2 points in 6 Bundesliga-games during 2003-04. In this past season Catovic scored 17.6 points a game for Hopsi Polzela (Slovenia - 1A) and also handed out 2.3 assists per outing.


Market News - by Moritz Korff
BBC Bayreuth (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has completed the signing of Sebastian Greene (203-F, college: Fordham), as the club announced on its website today. Greene toured with the German A2-National Team this summer. He was born in Klein-Gerau, Germany, but spent the past years in the USA, playing basketball at Lafayette Catholic High School and at Fordham University (NCAA1). He averaged 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Rams in 2007-08.

Adam Baumann (203-C/F-81, college: Youngstown St.) and Clifford Crawford (192-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) have joined the team of 2. Bundesliga Pro A-newcomer Kirchheim Knights. Both already played for the club in a pre-season tournament this past weekend. Baumann was a member of Phoenix Hagen from 2004 until the end of the 2007-08 season, Crawford shot hoops for BG Karlsruhe in this past season.

The club-officials of LTi Lich (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have cancelled the contract of Derek Risper (203-F-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment). The 23-year-old did not pass the medical test. He arrived to Germany with a knee-injury, which turned out to be a torn ACL.


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  GREECE   


A2 Transfer News - by Simon Varvakis
A big transfer hit by Iraklis. They signed greek SG Savas Kamberidis (187-G-78) who has played for Iraklis in the past with success and british scorer Dee Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) who played in Sweden last year wearing the colors of Plannja Basket Lulea averaging 15,6ppg, 7.1rpg. These two additions make the roster of Iraklis very competitive for the season to come. Kamberidis played for Ionikos Lamias in the A2 last year but the team didn't manage to ascend to A1.

Xanthi BF Fashion BC that overcame earlier financial issues is now trying out Ivan Yelenic to see if he will get a place in the roster as the transfer of Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) didn't do as planned.

Olimpias Patron has agreed terms with Giannis Psathas (203-F-83) and his transfer will be announced very shortly.


Djikanovic and Kommatos in Trikalla 2000 - by Chris Mammides
The newcomers in the A1, team of AS Trikalla is adding power and experience in their team, Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) is officially the center which will add his experience and his power in the paint, the Serbian center after he helped AO Kolossos Rodou last seazon to remain in the division is now heading in the North and joins forces with Coach Yannis Tzimas team in order to help the team to remain in the division. In some other news yet to be announced, the experienced scoring machine, Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) will be continue to score with the Trikala's jersey. After his last (not so succesfull) seazon abroad, the Greek player will come back in the Greek courts and this time he will try to prove that he can be a vital element in Coach Yannis Tzimas very difficult job to remain in the A1 devision.

Interview with Sean Marshall of Aris Thessaloniki - by Simon Varvakis

Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) of Aris was kind enough to give us an interview about his first experiences as a player of Aris in Greece and also adding some personal insight to his image as a player and a person. The interview follows below:


Hi Sean,

to begin with I'd like to welcome you to Greece.

Q: So what are your first impressions of the city of Thessaloniki, your teammates and the staff of Aris?

Sean:
The city is beautiful. Im starting to learn my way around a little bit now but it will take more time. The city has great history and Im excited to continue to learn about it. My teammates are really cool. I like them a lot. Im still getting to know them as well but it will come. They seem like good hard working guys. The coaching staff has been really helpful. We have started some training now so its time to get to work and get better.


Q: This is your second year playing pro basketball overseas. What do you think are the main differences of college basketball and basketball over here?

Sean:
The biggest difference is just being in a place that you dont know at all. When you first go to college, yes its a new place but your still in America at the end of the day. When you come over here its a real shock but with time it grows on you. Being here in Greece I think I will adapt fast.


Q: How has the support been from the fans of Aris so far? Are you excited to play for them? I understand you have quite a few new friends in Facebook at the moment!

Sean:
Im extremely excited to play in front of the Aris fans. There is so much tradition here and Im glad to be a part of it. I play really hard and with a lot of emotion so hopefully the Aris fans will respect that. They have been great so far. When I walked out the airport they were there chanting and showing me a great welcome. I thank them for that.


Q: What do you think is the strongest element in your game?

Sean:
The strongest element of my game is my passion. I hate to lose and it shows when I play. If that means me making a big three, getting a big rebound, or coming up with a defense stop Im going to try my best for the team and for the win. I wear my heart on my sleeve like its the new fashion. As my favorite rapper Lil Wayne would say.


Q: Coach Andrea Mazzon gives lots of emphasis on defense. What do you think is the role he wants you to have in the team?

Sean:
Yes Coach does focus on defense and we talked about this the first time we spoke. He told me he liked how I played hard nose defense in college and I told him that I would bring that back to his team for Aris. So I have a big task ahead of me to defend and at the same time score the basketball.

Q: How did you start playing basketball?

Sean:
Well, my dad put me into basketball. I didnt want to play I was an american football player and loved tha


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  GUATEMALA   


Elite Sport team updatings - by Gianni Pascucci
Some days ago, Elite Sport Pollo Rey prevailed over Compusys, 89-70, staying undefeated after four rounds in the Clausura Tournment. Despite the good performing from Otto Rodriguez (192-F-88), who scored 20 pts at the losing side, Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) was one time more the game MVP, with 30 pts. This last weekend, Elite Sport traveled to El Salvador, wheere they met the local University League champions of ITEXSAL, winning two times, 72-62-72 and 65-56. Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88) outstood in this double meeting, combining for 51 points. The Clausura Tournment will restart the upcoming weekend.

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  HOLLAND   


Seth Gorney already back to USA - by Fred Roggen
The West-Brabant Giants have already said goodbye to the American center Seth Gorney (213-C-85). After the first trainingsweek, the technical staff came to the conclusion that the 2.13 long center was not the man who could offer a solution for the frontcourt problems of the selection. Both parties had agreed to sign a contract with a trial-period. The West-Brabant Giants are now looking for a good replacement fo Gorney.

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  HONG KONG   


Hong Kong U18 survived the battles over Malaysia U18 and UAE U18 - by Eurobasket News
Hong Kong U18 and Malaysia U18 struggled for the first win in Group 4 and only 3 points separated the even teams. Hong Kong U18 led two points after three quarters and won 85:82. The winners started with 21:18, but then Malaysia U18 closed the first half at 47:43 advantage. With the same tough game the teams entered the last period with 63:61 for Hong Kong U18 as the latter led to 85:82 total win. Chow Kin Wan led the winners with 29 points and Lee Kwan Yu added 19. Ong Chun Khee had a great game in defeat providing 29 points, while Kuek Tian Yuan and Te Kok Lim supported him with 12 apiece. Hong Kong won their game for a possible 9th place showdown.
Hong Kong U18 won another game at FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Just some minutes ago it became known that the team overcame United Arab Emirates that struggled hard in the game. Both teams had two different quarters in the first half with Hong Kong U18 taking 22:12 lead and then UAE U18 bouncing back for 26:37. The latter led also entering the last period but could not lead the game to the winning effort. Hong Kong, who looked withered against the Emirates rally, scraped through to win 72:70. Lau Hoi To led the winners with 20 points and Lau Tsz Lai added 11. Salah Khalifa Abdalla poured in 27 points in defeat, whilst Omar Khalid Faqqas notched 13.

Hong Kong U18 -Malaysia U18 85:82
Hong Kong U18: Chow Kin Wan 29, Lee Kwan Yu 19
Malaysia U18: Ong Chun Khee 29, Kuek Tian Yuan 12, Te Kok Lim 12

Hong Kong U18-UAE U18 72:70
Hong Kong U18:Lau Hoi To 20, Lau Tsz Lai 11
UAE U18:Salah Khalifa Abdalla 27, Omar Khalid Faqqas 13


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  IRAN   


Iran U18 heads the top beating Korea U18 - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Korea U18 85:79

Iran U18 heads the top beating Korea U18 in Day 5 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Trailing in the first three quarters the hosts of the championship bounced back in the last to seal an important 85:79 victory. Emad Salmani led the winners with 20 points. Mehdi Shirjang netted 19, Farbod Farman posted 17 and Mohammad Hasanzadeh added 12. Jaehyun Park top-scored in defeat with 23 points. Seounghyun Lee notched 14, Jongill Lim netted 12 and Byeonghun Yoo had 11.
Korea U18 played much better in the majority of the game. The guests started with 22;14 lead and finished the first period with such a score. Korea could even increase to 39:26 when the teams left the court for the break.
In the third period the picture changed a bit but still remained Korea in front. Iran top-scorers consistent showing throughout the game, thus, got the necessary support. Salmani had five assists and three steals to add value to his scoring. Iran went into the lead for the first time in the game, three minutes into the fourth quarter, after back-to-back three pointers from Shirjang and Salmani. Iran never trailed again. A 85:79 victory remained them without losses and left alone on top in Group 2. Iran take on Philippines on Tuesday, while Korea will face Japan.

Iran U18: Emad Salmani 20, Mehdi Shirjang 19, Farbod Farman 17, Mohammad Hasanzadeh 12
Korea U18: Jaehyun Park 23, Seounghyun Lee 14, Jongill Lim 12, Byeonghun Yoo 11


Iran U18 makes it serious - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Japan U18 111:91

Iran U18 posted another victory at home in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Ernad Salmani and Mehdi Shirjang struck the early blows and Mohammad Hasanzadeh gave the finishing touches to steer hosts Iran to a convincing 111:91 win over Japan in Group II action of the Quarterfinal round on Sunday. With a win in all the quarters Iran remained undefeated in the campaign. Ernad Salmani led the winners with 22 points and Mehdi Shirjang added 19. Mohammad Hasanzadeh scored 17, while Sabooni Varnisavadarani posted 14 and Farbod Farman added 13. Yusoke Karino top-scored in defeat with 23 points, whilst Yuya Nagayoshi poured in 18. Iran won the battle of rebounds 68-43.
The hosts of the tournament had difficulties in the opening tip as Japan resisted a lot. Iran used only 24:21 to finished the first period. They improved to 53:46 as both teams went to the lockers. The game remained in the same current with the hosts dominating the court. The end of the third quarter saw them having 78:63 and then they benefit from the game in the last. A confident 11:91 left them unbeaten and one of the favorites of the tournament. Iran play Korea next and Japan take on Philippines.


Iran U18: Ernad Salmani 22, Mehdi Shirjang 19, Mohammad Hasanzadeh 17, Sabooni Varnisavadarani 14, Farbod Farman 13
Japan U18: Yusoke Karino 23, Yuya Nagayoshi 18, Daichi Taniguchi 14, Kaito Ishikawa 14


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lay, Sham.R 33.5
2. Nieman, ULS 30.6
3. Campbell, STP 30.5
4. Hadley, TIG 28.5
5. Kelly, MDS 27.9
Rebounds Per Game
1. Turner, STV 18.7
2. Naughton, NEP 17.0
3. Gamble, DCU 17.0
4. Clement, MDS 17.0
5. Lay, Sham.R 16.7
Assists Per Game
1. Summers, BAL 9.4
2. Reed, Sham.R 9.3
3. OBrien, STP 9.0
4. Campbell, STP 8.0
5. Donnelly, DCU 5.8
Steals Per Game
1. Summers, BAL 5.1
2. Campbell, STP 4.0
3. McNeil, DCU 3.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Thomas, BAL 3.8
2. Hilleary, STP 2.8
3. Clement, MDS 2.5


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  ISRAEL   


Newcomer Haifa inks Davon Jefferson - by Yehonatan Eliahu
The newcomer Maccabi Haifa added another piece into it's brand new squad for the upcoming season, by signing American forward Davon Jefferson (203-F-86). Once considered a future lottery Draft pick, Jefferson graduated at USC and averaged 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season. After going undrafted, Jefferson attended the NBA summer league but could not get a contract so he decided to make a debut outside the states in Haifa. Coach Avi Ashkenazi described Jefferson as an 'Athletic and mobile Power Forward with lots of potential'.

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  ITALY   


Gaynor joins Benetton - by Gianni Pascucci
Benetton Treviso announced the signing of promising Argentinean teenager Mateo Gaynor (198-G/F-90), who will play in the Cadet and Junior team and will practice with the senior one starting from this season. Gaynor was one of the best players in the triumph of Argentina Junior Team at the Pan American Games this summer. They defeated Team USA Junior 77-64 in Final Game, and Gaynor performed in that occasion for 16 pts in 25 minutes, 5/7 in FG and 2/2 in 3 pointers and 6 rebounds. .

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  JAPAN   


Iran U18 makes it serious - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Japan U18 111:91

Iran U18 posted another victory at home in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Ernad Salmani and Mehdi Shirjang struck the early blows and Mohammad Hasanzadeh gave the finishing touches to steer hosts Iran to a convincing 111:91 win over Japan in Group II action of the Quarterfinal round on Sunday. With a win in all the quarters Iran remained undefeated in the campaign. Ernad Salmani led the winners with 22 points and Mehdi Shirjang added 19. Mohammad Hasanzadeh scored 17, while Sabooni Varnisavadarani posted 14 and Farbod Farman added 13. Yusoke Karino top-scored in defeat with 23 points, whilst Yuya Nagayoshi poured in 18. Iran won the battle of rebounds 68-43.
The hosts of the tournament had difficulties in the opening tip as Japan resisted a lot. Iran used only 24:21 to finished the first period. They improved to 53:46 as both teams went to the lockers. The game remained in the same current with the hosts dominating the court. The end of the third quarter saw them having 78:63 and then they benefit from the game in the last. A confident 11:91 left them unbeaten and one of the favorites of the tournament. Iran play Korea next and Japan take on Philippines.


Iran U18: Ernad Salmani 22, Mehdi Shirjang 19, Mohammad Hasanzadeh 17, Sabooni Varnisavadarani 14, Farbod Farman 13
Japan U18: Yusoke Karino 23, Yuya Nagayoshi 18, Daichi Taniguchi 14, Kaito Ishikawa 14


Japan U18 cruises past Philippines U18 - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18-Philippines U18 86:78

Japan U18 cruised past Philippines U18 in Day 5 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Taking the full control of the game the team overcame Philippines U18 86:78. Yusoke Karino paced all the winners with 25 points. Makoto Hiejima netted 22, Kaito Ishikawa scored 14 and Daichi Taniguchi added 12. Norberto Torres top-scored in defeat with 24 points. Matthew Wright ended up with 17 and Joseph Tolentino posted 11. The winners kept their hopes of making the semifinals for the first time in a decade. Japan, now need a win against Korea, to make the last four grade.
Japan u18 started offensively but could benefit only from 21:18 lead after the first ten minutes of the game. The team maintained a steady scoring rate throughout the game, meanwhile Philippines did not have consistently. Japan felt more comfortable going to the lockers for 46:39 advantage.
In the third period Philippines U18 recovered a bit and reduced the gap to 5 points, 59:64. The game remained back-to-back until Japan made the last spurt in the end. The latter celebrated a 86:78 victory and tied at 1-1 in the group. Philippines now play hosts Iran and even a win can not take them into the semifinals.

Japan U18: Yusoke Karino 25, Makoto Hiejima 22, Kaito Ishikawa 14, Daichi Taniguchi 12
Philippines U18: Norberto Torres 24, Matthew Wright 17, Joseph Tolentino 11


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Jordan U18 won two in a row - by Eurobasket News
Jordan U18 beat UAE U18 88:49 for the first win from both teams. The winners took control in the opening quarter providing 25:9 in the first period. There was no way to slow down as they increased to 48:26 at the halftime. After 72:37 in the third period the game was done and Jordan easily led to 88:49 by the end of it. Abdul Aziz Shaneik led the winners with 29 points, while Odai Abuqamar added 16. Salah Khalifa Abdulla top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points. Jordan won their game for a possible 9th place showdown.
Jordan U18 achieved the second win in Group 4 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Recently the team beat Malaysia U18 84:72 even though they trailed 4 points after the opening quarter. The second half however belonged to the winners that had 65:56 after three quarters and 12 points at the end. Louay Obeidi top-scored for the winners with 35 points and Odai Abuqamar posted 20. Kwaan Yoong Jing resisted with 27 points, while Ong Chun Khee netted 16. Malaysia play UAE on Tuesday, with the losers ending with the wooden spoon in the championship. Hong Kong and Jordan square off on Tuesday, with the winners taking on Chinese Taipei in the play-off for the ninth place.


Jordan U18-UAE U18 88:49
Jordan U18: Abdul Aziz Shaneik 29, Odai Abuqamar 16
UAE U18:Salah Khalifa Abdulla 15

Jordan U18-Malaysia U18 84:72
Jordan U18: Louay Obeidi 35, Odai Abuqamar 20
Malaysia U18: Kwaan Yoong Jing 27, Ong Chun Khee 16


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Stats Leaders
Superleague A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Shaptahovic 21,4
2 Drejaj 21,3
3 Spahiq 20,1
4 Lila 19,7
5 Nurkanoviq 18,9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Mehmeti 13,0
2 Spahiq 12,3
3 Drejaj 9,4
4 Shima 9,5
5 Dragusha 9,1
Assists Per Game
1 Shaptahovic 7,7
2 Nurkanoviq 7,3
3 Drejaj 6,4
4 Ferati 5,0
5 Grapci 3,8
Steals Per Game
1 Drejaj 4,2
2 Shaptahovic 3,3
3 Berisha 2,7
Blocks Per Game
1 Spahiq 3,6
2 Shima 1,3
3 Hanxhiq 1,3


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prisht. 0-0 
 2. Peja 0-0 
 3. Bashkimi 0-0 
 4. Trepca Mitr. 0-0 
 5. Vellaznimi 0-0 
 6. Ylli 0-0 
 7. Drita 0-0 
 8. Kastrioti 0-0 
 9. Kosovari 0-0 
 10. Bambi Mitr. 0-0 
 11. AS Prishtine 0-0 
 12. SHB 12 0-0 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. X Prishtina 0-0 
 2. Skenderaj 0-0 
 3. Lypjan 0-0 
 4. Kline 0-0 
 5. Kacanik 0-0 
 6. Drenas 0-0 
 7. Malisheva 0-0 
 8. PTK 0-0 
 9. Fushe 0-0 
 10. Vertikal 0-0 


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ASK Riga strengthen squad - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga worked profoundly at the basketball market in the preseason. The Latvian powerhouse signed four new basketballers prior to the upcoming season.
The Latvian National Team player Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) became the first newcomer. The veteran forward spent the last season in Ventspils. There he averaged 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in ULEB Cup and 9.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in the Latvian league. His career includes stints in Germany and Poland.
ASK Riga also signed contract with Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU). The American forward played for Antalya in Turkey last season. There he scored 18.7 points, grabbed 5.6 boards and dished out 1.8 assists per game. He took part in TBL All-Star Game in 2008.
Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) also joined the Latvian team. Veteran point guard played for Zadar in Croatia last year. His average stats came up to 16.1 points and 3.0 assists per game in Croatian league. Brewer also tallied 14.8 points per game in ULEB Cup and 14.4 points in Adriatic League.
Finally ASK Riga agreed on terms of contract with Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82). Serbian forward was among the leaders in AEL Limassol last year. There he chipped in 16.8 points in EuroCup and 12.3 points in Cypriot National League.


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China U18 is back to the court - by Eurobasket News

China U18-Lebanon U18 101:74

China U18 is back to the court at the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The defending champions stun last editions bronze medalists Lebanon 101:74 in a Group I Quarterfinal round game on Monday. Li Xiaxou paced all thew inners with 27 points. Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) (206-F-91) nailed 18, while Zhao HongWei (192-G) added 16 and Sui Ran (193-G-92) had 12. Ahmad Ibrahim was the only one to struggle against China had 34 points in defeat.
The urgency in their approach left the Chinese a little error-prone in the early stages and they managed only a 29:21 advantage. Lebanese team tried hard to recover but did not get any help in the second period from the top-scorer. China, as a result led 48:34 going into the changing rooms. The third quarter saw the winners increasing the lead and Lebanon had nothing to do but to admit that. China looked very strong after 0:20 from Syria and wanted to prove once again that the team is still the favorite number one for the Gold. China had 70:52 entering the last period and did not stop in it. They solved the task reaching three digits numbers scoring 101 point by the end of the game.

Lebanon play Syria on Tuesday. China next take on Kazakhstan on Tuesday, and obviously need a big win in that game to stay ahead in the goal average calculations.


China U18: Li Xiaxou 27, Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) 18, Zhao HongWei 16, Sui Ran 12, Cao Fei 11
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 34



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Neptunas signs two new players - by Lukas Zajancauskas
Neptunas Klaipeda signed contracts with Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) and Povilas Morkeliunas. Last season both played in the NCAA.



Arvydas Eitutavicius played for American University Eagles, the lithuanian averaged 11.6 points, 2.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds.



Povilas Morkeliunas played for Long Islands Blackbirds university. He played only 10 games and had a 0.5 points and 0.4 boards average.


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Malaysia U18 play UAE on Tuesday for the last spot - by Eurobasket News
Hong Kong U18 and Malaysia U18 struggled for the first win in Group 4 and only 3 points separated the even teams. Hong Kong U18 led two points after three quarters and won 85:82. The winners started with 21:18, but then Malaysia U18 closed the first half at 47:43 advantage. With the same tough game the teams entered the last period with 63:61 for Hong Kong U18 as the latter led to 85:82 total win. Chow Kin Wan led the winners with 29 points and Lee Kwan Yu added 19. Ong Chun Khee had a great game in defeat providing 29 points, while Kuek Tian Yuan and Te Kok Lim supported him with 12 apiece. Hong Kong won their game for a possible 9th place showdown.
Jordan U18 achieved the second win in Group 4 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Recently the team beat Malaysia U18 84:72 even though they trailed 4 points after the opening quarter. The second half however belonged to the winners that had 65:56 after three quarters and 12 points at the end. Louay Obeidi top-scored for the winners with 35 points and Odai Abuqamar posted 20. Kwaan Yoong Jing resisted with 27 points, while Ong Chun Khee netted 16. Malaysia play UAE on Tuesday, with the losers ending with the wooden spoon in the championship. Hong Kong and Jordan square off on Tuesday, with the winners taking on Chinese Taipei in the play-off for the ninth place.


Hong Kong U18 -Malaysia U18 85:82
Hong Kong U18: Chow Kin Wan 29, Lee Kwan Yu 19
Malaysia U18: Ong Chun Khee 29, Kuek Tian Yuan 12, Te Kok Lim 12

Jordan U18-Malaysia U18 84:72
Jordan U18: Louay Obeidi 35, Odai Abuqamar 20
Malaysia U18: Kwaan Yoong Jing 27, Ong Chun Khee 16


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  NBA   


Warriors' Monta Ellis out three months with ankle sprain - by Eurobasket News
Golden State guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) will be sidelined for at least three months after severely spraining his ankle during an offseason workout, forcing the Warriors to start the season without the player expected to lead their restructured roster this fall.

Ellis, who got a six-year contract extension worth $66 million on July 24, sprained his ankle and tore a deltoid ligament while working out in his hometown of Jackson, Miss., last Thursday, said Chris Mullin, the Warriors' top basketball executive.

Ellis underwent surgery Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala., to repair the ligament, and returned to the Bay Area later in the day. Ellis' ankle will be immobilized for six weeks, followed by at least six weeks of off-court rehabilitation before the guard can return to basketball workouts.

'He's one of our main guys, but we don't think it's a season-ending injury,' Mullin said. 'The time frame, it fluctuates, but hopefully with his youth and he's been pretty durable and resilient to injury hopefully he does get back (soon).

'With the offseason moves we made, hopefully we can still play at a high level this year. To me, it's more something that you look at as a challenge, and you don't let it defeat you, you deal with it.'

Ellis averaged 20.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists last season, all career bests, while emerging as a dependable shooter for the league's highest-scoring club.

He will miss training camp and the Warriors' preseason schedule, which includes a trip to China, along with at least the first month of the regular season.

'Training camp was going to be an important part of his development,' Mullin said. 'That's going to be postponed, obviously, but he's got a lot of development on and off the court that he's going to continue to do. I've got a lot of confidence in him, and now his job is to get healthy.'

Golden State's training camp opens Sept. 27.

Ellis, the winner of the NBA's most improved player award in 2006-07, is expected to play a major role this season for the Warriors after Baron Davis' abrupt departure for the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent. Golden State showed its commitment with a huge contract extension for Ellis, who is likely to assume Davis' role as the point guard and catalyst of coach Don Nelson's uptempo offense.

In Ellis' absence, new point guard Marcus Williams is likely to get the first chance to run Nelson's show.

Golden State acquired Williams in a trade with New Jersey last month to be Ellis' backup. Williams, the former UConn star entering his third NBA campaign, averaged 5.9 points and 2.6 assists in 53 games with the Nets last season.

'Just in talking to Nellie today, (we're) talking about maybe spreading that ball around and getting scoring from different areas,' Mullin said, mentioning more shots for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and newcomer Corey Maggette. 'Marcus is more of a pass-first point guard. If at some point he thought he didn't get a chance (in New Jersey), he's going to get a chance now.'

Guard Kelenna Azubuike also is likely to get more playing time with the Warriors, who missed the playoffs last season despite winning 48 games. Golden State shuffled much of its roster in the wake of Davis' departure, signing Maggette and forward Ronny Turiaf while losing forwards Mickael Pietrus and Matt Barnes.

Mullin wasn't certain whether Ellis hurt himself in a 5-on-5 scrimmage or a smaller pickup game. Although Mullin still is the same inveterate gym rat he was during his All-Star playing career, he shares most NBA executives' wariness about their players' offseason health in such risky workouts.

'I'm all for guys training and getting better,' Mullin said. 'Ideally, I'd like everybody here (in Oak


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  NCAA1   


Tigers win 75-70 at the University of Victoria - by Eurobasket News
The Pacific men's basketball team won for the second straight night with a 75-70 victory at the University of Victoria on Sunday, Aug. 31. It is the second of three games on the Tigers' 2008 Canadian Tour.

The Tigers opened the game with an 8-2 run, including two three-pointers by junior Royal Edwards (Sacramento, Calif.). The Vikes battled back to out-score the Tigers 14-9 the rest of the first period to cut Pacific's lead to 17-16. In the second quarter, the Tigers bounced ahead to take a 31-26 lead before the Vikes stormed back again. Victoria scored the final six points of the second quarter to take a 34-33 halftime lead.

The Vikes continued the run into the third period, taking a six-point lead, 43-37 with 5:22 left in the quarter. The Tigers responded quickly, using an 11-0 run spurred by four points each from senior Anthony Brown (Sacramento, Calif.) and sophomore Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) to take a 48-43 lead. The Tigers held a five-point lead (53-48) at the end of the third quarter.

In the final 10 minutes, Pacific had to hold off another run from the Vikes. A three-pointer by Julian Spear Chief-Morris capped a 9-2 run to tie the game at 55-55 with 7:01 left. The Tigers quickly responded with a 9-2 run of their own over the next three minutes to take a 64-57 lead, and the lead would not fall below three the rest of the way. Senior Bryan Leduc (6'8''-F) (Corona, Calif.) scored five of his team-best 16 points in that run to help the Tigers to the victory.

Freshman Brandon Hawkins (Phoenix, Ariz.) was the only other Tiger in double-figures, scoring 10 points. Brown scored nine points, including eight in the second half.

The Tigers out-rebounded Victoria 35-30, led by senior Chad Troyer's (Seattle, Wash.) five. Pacific also held a 10-5 edge in steals, including a team-high three swipes by junior Lavar Neufville (Fairfield, Calif.).

The Tigers will finish the tour with another game against the University of Victoria on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m.

Courtesy of www.pacifictigers.com


Freshmen Denmon, Paul lead Missouri to 119-68 win against Brock - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Denmon scored 23 points and Miguel Paul added 17 as the Missouri Tigers rolled to a 117-68 win over Brock University on Sunday afternoon in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Missouri shot 54 percent from the floor and hit 12 treys as they topped the century mark for the second consecutive day. The Tigers scored 120 points in Saturday's game vs. the Ontario All-Stars and are averaging 118.5 points in two games. The 49-point win today pushed the team's average margin of victory to 44.5 for the two games.

Brock actually took a brief lead 22-20 midway through the second quarter, but Missouri closed the half with a 33-8 run to seize control. The Tigers also outscored Brock 34-14 in the fourth period to get the 49-point triumph.

Mizzou had 11 different players play double-figures minutes and only junior guard J.T. Tiller played 20 minutes. The club also used as many as nine different line-ups on the floor and got great production from its seven newcomers. Head Coach Mike Anderson's newest Tigers combined for 66 points, 21 rebounds, 14 assists and 17 steals.

Leo Lyons led the Tigers with eight rebounds to go along with his 15 points. Zaire Taylor added seven boards from his backcourt position. Taylor also paced the team with five steals, while four different Tigers had four assists. Seniors DeMarre Carroll (13 points) and Matt Lawrence (11 points) also reached double figures.

For the game Missouri forced 35 turnovers, enjoyed 27 steals and out-rebounded Brock 42-27.
Missouri wraps up its three-game exhibition tour on Monday morning vs. the Southern Ontario All-Stars. A team comprised of post-graduate and professionals, the Southern Ontario All-Stars already have one Division I win this weekend, topping Mercer 84-80 on Saturday afternoon. The team lost to Hampton 75-74 on Friday.

Courtesy of www.mutigers.com


Kansas wins at Ottawa U. 95-60 in Canada exhibition contest - by Eurobasket News
Behind a combined 41 points from KU newcomers Mario Little and Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas defeated Ottawa University 95-60 at Montpetit Hall on the campus of Ottawa University here Sunday evening.

Little and Taylor combined for 17-21 shooting Taylor scoring a game-high 21 points and Little 20. All 11 Jayhawks who suited up scored in the victory, with freshman forward Quintrell Thomas adding 11 points and sophomore center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C) 10 on 5-of-5 shooting. Thomas led all rebounders with eight boards, while Aldrich and Little pulled down seven each.

The victory made KU 3-0 on its 2008 Canada exhibition tour. It was KUs 31st straight exhibition win dating back to 1995. Kansas improved to 49-7 all-time in exhibition play. It gave head coach Bill Self a 16-0 exhibition record while at KU. Ottawa fell to 0-3 on its exhibition games against NCAA teams in 2008.

Up 18-15 with eight minutes prior to the half, Kansas went on a 13-4 run to pull away from the Gee-Gees. Little had 15 of his 20 points and pulled down five rebounds in the first period. KU had a comfortable 46-31 lead at intermission.

In the second half, KU kept control of the game and led 62-39 with 13:17 to play on an Aldrich basket following a Travis Releford steal. Releford ended the game with seven points.

Senior walk-ons Matt Kleinmann and Brennan Bechard combined for 11 points for the game. Bechard nailed three-pointer in the first half and ended with five points, while Kleinmann was 3-for-4 from the field with six points and four rebounds.

Prior to the contest former KU basketball, football and track letterman Jay Roberts was honored with a KU No. 55 jersey presented by Self. Roberts graduated from Kansas in 1964 and went on to play seven seasons with the Ottawa Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Roberts, who lettered in basketball at KU from 1962-63, stayed in Ottawa following his football career and been a major contributor to the Ottawa community.

Kansas will now take off until the first official day of practice on Oct. 17 at Late Night in the Phog. The Jayhawks first exhibition game of the season will be when they host Washburn on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. (Central).

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


Nittany Lion stays perfect on Canadian tour with 102-68 win over Ryerson - by Eurobasket News
The Penn State men's basketball team improved to a perfect 3-0 on its Canadian exhibition tour, rising to the challenge of its best competition yet to post a 34-point victory, 102-68, over Ryerson University Sunday night in Toronto.

Guards Talor Battle (5'11''-G-88) (Albany, N.Y.) and Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) combined to shoot 9-of-14 from three and led five Nittany Lions in double-figures with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) added 13, Andrew Jones (Philadelphia, Pa.) 12 and Stanley Pringle (Virginia Beach, Va.) 11, for the third straight game, to round out the scoring. The Rams were led by a strong 34-point outing by 6-8 Boris Bakovic.

Penn State shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor and hit 11-of-23 threes while making 13 steals and causing 24 turnovers with a blitzkrieg press that pushed the tempo of the game to a rapid pace.

Penn State coach Ed DeChellis gave a nod to his freshmen starting Cammeron Woodyard (Westminster, Md.), Chris Babb (Arlington, Texas) and Billy Oliver (Chatham, N.J) along with veterans Pringle and Jones.

Ryerson took advantage of the Nittany Lions relative inexperience to post a slight early lead through the first quarter, but Oliver hit a three to pull Penn State within one, 21-20, at the end of the quarter.

Penn State put its regular starting five on the floor to start the second quarter and the Nittany Lions quickly went to work with an intense press and sharp shooting from the perimeter. Morrissey hit four straight threes in the quarter, including a 20-second span in which he hit two and drew a charging call on defense, and Penn State quickly took a 44-32 lead. The Lions would outscore the Rams 37-17 in the quarter, including a tomahawk dunk from Cornley off a steal on the press, and took a 57-40 lead to the half after hitting 68 percent from the floor and 75 percent from three.

Penn State kept the pressure on to start the second half and quickly built the lead over 20. The Nittany Lions put together the play of the tour so far when they got a deflection on defense. David Jackson dove full-out to save it on the sideline and tossed it ahead to Pringle. Pringle pushed the ball up the floor and lofted a nice alley-oop to Cornley who finished with a one-handed dunk over a Ryerson defender.

Penn State built as much as a 28-point lead in the third quarter and built it over 30 for much of the fourth while playing its bench for much of the final quarter.

Penn State will finish off its Canadian exhibition tour Monday with a Labor Day match-up at York University at noon. The Nittany Lions will make a stop at Niagara Falls following before returning home to State College.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Rams top Simon Fraser in Game 2 of Canadian trip - by Eurobasket News
Sophomore Andy Ogide (6'8''-F, college: Mississippi) led all scorers with 22 points and the Rams rolled past the Simon Fraser Clans, 94-66 for its second victory in as many nights.

'I just took good shots and my teammates put me in the position to get good glances,' Ogide said. The sophomore, who sat out last year as a transfer from Mississippi, shot 11-13 from the field in the win.

'We need our newcomers to be good,' Head Coach Tim Miles said. 'That's why they're here. Ogide was a man among boys tonight.'

The first quarter was fast-paced and full of back and forth action with lots of scoring. A combined total of 18 points were scored within the first two minutes of the game. After trailing by a basket midway through the first quarter, the Rams took advantage of two Clan turnovers that led to fast-break baskets and a 10-0 run. The Rams never looked back, leading the rest of the game.

'I think we saw more length and athleticism tonight,' Miles said. 'We need a defense that can play with our mobility, and I thought we had better energy defensively.'

The Rams were able to force turnovers on defense and turn them into points. Sophomore Travis Franklin and freshman Jesse Carr had 4 steals apiece, and eight different players recorded a steal, totaling 19 in the game. The team was able to score 29 points off of Clan turnovers.

The Rams, who led by as much as 29 points, shot .545 from the floor. Each player scored and 34 of the Rams' points came from off the bench. Senior Marcus Walker dropped at least points for the second straight night, scoring 21 in the victory. Franklin put up strong numbers in his second game with the Rams. He collected 14 points, while recording four steals and pulling down seven boards.

The Rams will face Trinity Western University Monday morning before heading back to the States. Trinity Western had Sunday off and played University of Tulsa, who was Conference USA runners up to Memphis in 2008, to a three-point game on Saturday.

'This is what tournament style basketball is like,' Miles said. 'We don't have much time to make adjustments. All we can do is give the players something to eat, give them rest, and get them up in the morning ready to play.'

Courtesy of www.csurams.com


Tulsa finished Canadian trip with 84-63 win over Fraser Valley - by Eurobasket News
Tulsa closed out its three-game, two-day Canadian exhibition tour with an 84-63 victory over the University of Fraser Valley on Sunday afternoon.

A day earlier, the Hurricane began the three-game trip with a victory over the University of British Columbia by a 76-65 score, before winning the nightcap against Trinity Western University with an 81-75 win.

Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik was pleased with his team's effort during the three games.

The third game also saw the Hurricane sport a third different starting lineup -- Ben Uzoh (6'2''-G), Armond Battle, Ray Reese, Sam Mitchell and Jerome Jordan -- started against Fraser Valley.

In the 21-point victory over UFV, Uzoh led the scoring with 17 points, followed by 15 points from sophomore Glenn Andrews, 14 for Reese and nine each for sophomore Justin Hurtt and freshman Bassell Bawji.

All 13 players saw double-digit minutes in Sunday's game, while the Hurricane had its best shooting night of the exhibition trip at 46-percent.

What was Wojcik's impressions about the exhibition trip and his teams performance?

'First of all, you want your travel to always go smoothly, and it really has. The weather has been wonderful weather, and the schedule of games has been good for us. We were up 20 in all three games,' said Wojcik.

'We played the best team, University of British Columbia, first, and performed well beating them by 11 points. Then, we played for a second time in the same day. It was very taxing. It was a very physical game in which we lost a 20-point lead, but it was good to be in tight game,' added Wojcik. 'Bishop (Wheatley) and Ray (Reese) came up big at the line late for us.

'Today was good effort. We didn't start off well, but from 5-minute mark we played pretty dominantly. It was a good overall performance. It was the best game in which we took care of the basketball,' said Wojcik. 'We played Ben at the point most prominently today and he was outstanding. Overall, I was pleased with everybody.'

Courtesy of www.tulsahurricane.com


Titans drop final game of Canadian tour - by Eurobasket News
Chris Dyck (6'3''-G-85) scored 32 points and Kyle Watson had 18 Sunday night to lead the University of British Columbia to a 99-81 men's basketball exhibition victory over Cal State Fullerton.

The Titans finished their whirlwind Canadian tour 2-1 after wins over Trinity Western and Simon Fraser. Marcio Lassiter led the balanced Titans with 15 points. Aaron Thompson had 13 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Jacques Streeter had 12 points as did Gerard Anderson before fouling out, one of three Titans to be disqualified.

Josh Akognon, who scored 67 points in the first two games, was held to 11 as he made only 3 of 12 shots, 1 of 8 from the 3-point line.

Fullerton shot 38 percent from the floor while the Thunderbirds were making 52 percent including 5-of-6 from the 3-point line in the second half (6 of 14 for the game). Fullerton made only 7 of 29 treys including 3 of 6 by Thompson.

Fullerton's only lead of the game was 5-3 as UBC broke away from a 7-7 tie to never trail again. It was 17-12 after the first quarter and 47-39 at the half.

Matt Rachar scored a pair of conventional 3-point plays on put-back baskets in the opening minutes of the second half and the Titans trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

The Thunderbirds shadowed Akognon and made it difficult for him to get the ball much less get good shots.

UBC led by as many as 19 points at 83-64 early in the fourth quarter before the Titans cut it down to 11 at 87-76. But the Thunderbirds scored the next 10 points to erase any rally thoughts.

The Titans fly home mid-day Monday and resume classes on Tuesday.

Courtesy of www.fullertontitans.com


Herb Pope leaves New Mexico State - by Eurobasket News
The tumultuous relationship between the New Mexico State University men's basketball team and forward Herb Pope (6'8''-F) finally came to an end.

Pope was a surprising addition to the program when he signed early with former Aggies head coach Reggie Theus. After one season at NMSU where he missed the first 19 games due to NCAA Clearinghouse issues, current Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies announced on Sunday that Pope is leaving the program.

'A decision has been made that Herb Pope will not play for the Aggies this upcoming season,' Menzies said in a statement.'It is unfortunate things did not work out for Herb at NMSU, however, moving forward is best for all parties involved.

'We are building a program that will have chemistry and success, and in order to do that you must have development and continuity. We wish him well in the future both on and off the court. Moving forward, I am very excited about our young team's potential for this season and in the years to come.'

The NMSU administration granted Pope a release to seek opportunities back east, where Pope is dealing with undisclosed personal matters. It was reported last week that Pope was on the Seton Hall campus. It's unclear where Pope will end

NMSU athletics director McKinley Boston said that any school that pursues Pope will have to appeal to the NCAA. He can either sit out a year, or if granted a waiver, he could play immediately.

'We have done everything that a reasonable person can do to help Herb adjust from high school to college and that at some point, he has to take responsibility to make that work for all of the people involved,' Boston said. 'At this point, it has been determined by the head coach that it was a one-way street.'

The 6-foot-8 Pope made his first appearance on the court on Jan. 19 against Louisiana Tech. He made a difference in the Aggies run to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game. Pope averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

'The bottom line is that it's in the best interest that NMSU moves forward and ends the saga of Herb Pope,' Menzies said. 'The back and forth has been more of a distraction than it should have been, but we understand that family is important and we wish him well.'

Courtesy of www.lcsun-news.com


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New Zealand Breakers lose three-game preseason series to Perth - by Eurobasket News
The New Zealand Breakers are getting fit for the upcoming NBL season. They hit the court to play three-game exhibition series against the Perth Wildcats. The opening game saw the Breakers enter the new season in good form as they used old weapons to shoot their opponents down 101:92. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) nailed 29 points, while Phill Jones (196-G-74) was helpful with 20 to pace the Breakers. Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) returned from a back injury to step up with 16 points for the winners. Isiah Victor (206-F-78, college: Tennessee) topcored for Perth with 19 points. Rookie Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) knocked down 14 points, while Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) had 15 points in defeat. The winners showed solid 52% accuracy from the field.
The teams met again next day with the Perth Wildcats taking this one 102:81. The Wildcats did not waste time in the game building a 20-point lead at the interval. The Breakers managed to slow their opponents down after the long break however Perth looked confident and secured an impressive win to tie the series.
The Perth Wildcats secured the Coca Cola Challenge series victory with a 106:93 win yesterday. The teams played at the Eaton Recreation Center and the Breakers led throughout three quarters. They entered the forth period ahead by one 80:79 but Alex Loughton (205-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: ODU) led the hosts to the tough win at the end. He finished with 24 points and 11 boards. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) contributed 22 points for the winners. The Breakers forwards Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72) got three technical fouls during the game.


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28th Martyrs Basketball Tournament Update - Final Four - by Tamara Awartani
FINAL FOUR

Siriyeh vs. Hiteen 90 - 73
What a game can i only say! Scores were the following: sirieyeh led 1st quarter 23- 14, then Hiteen 16 - 19, then Shadi Takruri Hiteen's main player got badly injured who played only one half (we all wish him fast recovery), siriyeh led again 34 - 20, then Hiteen continued hard and led 17 - 20.
Ghassan Habash (12points), Chaun Ballard (13points), Ibrahim Habash (13points), Sanni (22points) & Salim Sakakini (30 points) played for siriyeh. While Alaa Abdel Hadi, Shadi Takruri, Saed Darwazeh, Mohammed AlHilu and Haitham Qana'eer played for Hiteen, with Mohammed (17points), Shadi (16points) and a block shot, Alaa (11points) as top scorers and Saed (6points) with a block shot.

De La Salle vs. Orthodoxi Ramallah 73-72
A definate nerve game that was going up and down till the last second, where Orthodoxi Ramallah made two turn overs in the last 35 seconds that cost them the game and missed the last shot, where De La Salle were lucky. Both teams played tough to win the game. Scores were the following: De La Salle led 19-18, 24-20, then ORC 10-19,the De La Salle 20-15. Tawfiq Richard, Ammar Nofal, Michael Li, Fadi Yaghmur and Thaer Qawasmi played for De La Salle with Hanna Sahwani (22 points) and block shot, Ammar Nofal (20points) and Thaer Qawasmi (10points) as top scorers, Michael Li (8points) and a block shot. As for Orthodoxi Ramallah, it was represented by Mohammed Khalili, Ghassan Elayyan, Ahmad Dieb, Bryan Sigafoos and Micheal Khayat, with Ahmad Dieb (17points), Micheal Khayat (16points) and a block shot, Bryan Sigafoos (13points) and two block shots, Ghassan Elayyan (12points) as top scorers and Mohammed Khalili (6points) and a block shot.

De La Salle vs. Hiteen 66 - 58
A close low score game, but both teams showed fatigue. De La Salle lead 19-18, then Hiteen 8 - 15, then De La Salle 13 - 10,17-15. Hassan Awad, Johnny Ishaq, Tawfiq Richard, Michael Li, and Fadi Yaghmour played for De La Salle with Michael (17points), Fadi (13points) and Hanna Sahwani (13points) as top scores. Where Alaa AbdelHadi, Maisara Itmeh, Shadi Takruri, Saed Darwazeh and Mohammed AlHilu played for Hiteen with Shadi (27points) as top scorer though injured. De La Salle goes to the finals - Congratulations!

Siriyyeh vs. Orthodoxi Ramallah 93 - 53
A game with the most crowd, Siriyyeh started strong right from the start and stayed in the lead allowing them to win the game & go to the finals. Orthdoxi Ramallah's main players werent in the game, Micheal Khayat played with an injured wrist and wasnt able to continue the game while Bryan Sigafoos had 4 fouls in the first half. Scores were 15 - 7, 25 - 19, 22-19, 31- 8. Ghassan Habash, Chaun Ballard, Ibrahim Habash, Sanni & Salim Sakakini played for Siriyyeh with Chaun (22 points) and an amazing dunk, Sanni (22points) , block shot & a powerful dunk, Ibrahim (13points) as top scorers. While Mohammed Khalili, Ghassan Elayyan, Ahmad Dib, Bryan Sigafoos and Micheal Khayat played for Orthodoxi Ramallah, with Ahmad (21points), Bryan(12points) and Micheal(9points) and a block shot as top scorers. Siriyyeh goes to the finals - Congratulations!


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Top 5 Tournnment updating - by Gianni Pascucci
Here down you can see all the results of the last round of the Liga Metro-Top 5 Tournment:
Sat 23
Libertad - San Jose 86-82
UAA - FPC 95-92
Mon 25
Sol de America - FPC 95-60
San Jose - UAA 94-82
Thu 28
Sol de America - San Jose 97-87
Libertad - UAA 107-71
Sat 30
San Jose - FPC 100-65
Sol de America - Libertad 84-83

After these results, the standings are as follows:
1. Sol de America 6-1
2. Libertad 6-1
3. Deportivo San Jose 4-4
4. UAA 2-5
5. FPC 0-7
The first four teams in the table are sure to advance to the Semifinal Round of the competition that will qualify the two teams playing the Final Series. The most disappointing team was Felix Perez Cardozo, unable to win a single game, yet eliminated from the competition. But even San Jose is not doing so well, despite the recent change of coach...


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Korea U18-Philippines U18 98:80 - by Eurobasket News
Korea U18-Philippines U18 98:80

Korea U18 won another game in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The first game of the Quarterfinal stage saw the the last editions runners-up pulled ahead towards Philippines in Group 2. Korea sealed a 98:80 victory and remained undefeated in the tournament. Lim Jongill led the winners with 23 points. Park Jaehyun nailed 17, while Jang Jaeseok added 14. Jaypee Mendoza and Ryan Garcia (178-F) top-scored in defeat with 14 points, while Joseph Terso posted 13.
It was a tough start from both teams as they remained close to each other in the opening period. Korea managed to score the last points in the quarter to take 24:23 after the first 10 minutes. Philippines managed to lag not too far behind, but Korea tightened the screws moments before half time. Korea led 50:39 going into the changing rooms and controlled the game later. The end of the third period saw a 73:57 advantage of the favorites that did not calm down in the court. They led to the winning end providing 98:80 victory and a perfect record in the new group. Iran play Korea next and Japan take on Philippines.


Korea U18: Lim Jongill 23, Park Jaehyun 17, Jang Jaeseok 14
Philippines U18: Jaypee Mendoza 14, Ryan Garcia 14, Joseph Terso 13


Japan U18 cruises past Philippines U18 - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18-Philippines U18 86:78

Japan U18 cruised past Philippines U18 in Day 5 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Taking the full control of the game the team overcame Philippines U18 86:78. Yusoke Karino paced all the winners with 25 points. Makoto Hiejima netted 22, Kaito Ishikawa scored 14 and Daichi Taniguchi added 12. Norberto Torres top-scored in defeat with 24 points. Matthew Wright ended up with 17 and Joseph Tolentino posted 11. The winners kept their hopes of making the semifinals for the first time in a decade. Japan, now need a win against Korea, to make the last four grade.
Japan u18 started offensively but could benefit only from 21:18 lead after the first ten minutes of the game. The team maintained a steady scoring rate throughout the game, meanwhile Philippines did not have consistently. Japan felt more comfortable going to the lockers for 46:39 advantage.
In the third period Philippines U18 recovered a bit and reduced the gap to 5 points, 59:64. The game remained back-to-back until Japan made the last spurt in the end. The latter celebrated a 86:78 victory and tied at 1-1 in the group. Philippines now play hosts Iran and even a win can not take them into the semifinals.

Japan U18: Yusoke Karino 25, Makoto Hiejima 22, Kaito Ishikawa 14, Daichi Taniguchi 12
Philippines U18: Norberto Torres 24, Matthew Wright 17, Joseph Tolentino 11


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Ewing and Nesovic in Prokom - by Michal Falkowski
Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) is the latest acqusition of Asseco Prokom Sopot. 25-year-old American point guard will be starting five player. He can also play as shooting guard occasionlly, but he feels better when can create the game. The player is quite good shooter. Last season he was a member of Khimki Moscow noting 12,1 ppg., and 3,1 apg. in ULEB Cup and 11,2 ppg. and 3,8 apg. in Russian Superleague. Moreover American had just performed in NBA, where spent almost two season in Los Angeles Clippers (127 games).
His substitutor in Asseco will be Bosnian player Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85, agency: World Sport Agency). 23-year-old player last season started in Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada, but after some months he moved to Olimpias in Greece. Actually, he played in Greece only three months and left the team. In that period of time he was averaging 9,3 ppg. and 1,9 apg. In his career Nesovic was also a member of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, KK Zagreb and Hemofarm Vrsac.


Sporting Inowroclaw started their pre-season - by Eurobasket
Only seven players show up at the very first practice of Sportino Inowroclaw for upcoming DBB season.
It was indeed a delayed start for practices for the new season, which will start in just a month.
The coach Aleksander Krutikov had five players with valid contracts: Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81, agency: AB Agency), Michal Swiderski (196-F-87), Artur Robak (208-C-77), Hubert Wierzbicki (195-F-91) and Bartosz Pochocki.
The two last players had scholarship type (contrary to professional) of contracts. Two other players are also tested.
They are Dariusz Cywinski (200-F-76) and Adam Kilian (183-G-86). It would be Cywinski's come back to Inowroclaw after he spent last season on the bench of Czarni Slupsk.
Kilian may have big problems to make the team as his last season stats were not too impressive. In one season spent last year at Tarnovia 4-You Tarnowo Podgorne (1 Liga), he averaged only 2.1ppg, 1.7rpg, and 1.3apg.


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Benfica again in the market - by Luis Rocha
Benfica is moving continuously in the market. They are looking to get the stronger team posible, and each chance they get to sign a good portuguese player, they take it. Now is the very promising Cristovao Cordeiro (200-F/C-89). He can play as a 4 or even 5, moves very well inside, and made a tremendous season in Queluz and also in the Portugal sub 20. Now he arrives at Benfica looking for a bigger challenge and apt to fight for some quality minutes in the team. It seems that now only the foreign players are missing, to Benfica declare the roster complete.

Angra news - by Luis Rocha
Angrabasket is not sitting still. the board sign a protocol regarding publicity with Grupo Vasconcelos, and from that business the team will be called next season as Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark. A move needeed to have good an solid financial stability, that provides the club to have a good roster. One of the signings for this season is the one of the foreign Donnovan Brown, a powerfull Center who comes to lead the team in the painted area.

Oates in Porto - by Luis Rocha
John Oates (208-F-85, agency: Passing Lane) will be the last foreign player in Porto. The roster is now completed with this signing. Oates can be the 4 that Porto was still waiting to find. The changes held by the new coach Julio Matos, are a few, the team will be considerably different. Porto is trying to get back to the time when they get almost every title in Portugal. Now the team to beat is Ovarense, and to do that things in many teams need to have some changes, porto decide to take a few.

Angrabasket news - by Luis Rocha
Angrabasket is not sitting still. the board sign a protocol regarding publicity with Grupo Vasconcelos, and from that business the team will be called next season as Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark. A move needeed to have good an solid financial stability, that provides the club to have a good roster. One of the signings for this season is the one of the foreign Donnovan Brown (206-F-82), a powerfull Center who comes to lead the team in the painted area.

Electrico news - by Luis Rocha
Electrico de ponte de Sor, will play Proliga next season. The club reaches this stage for the first time, and the board is trying everything they can to assure a good participation. They already sign some players that they think can help the team do better things, the last ones known are the youngster Gil Cruz (200-C-90), who comes from Queluz, and the foreign Robert Kennedy (208-C-85, college: Arkansas Tech). Cruz can play as a 4 or 5, shoots very well from outside, Kennedy is a pure 5, that Electrico hopes that can made the difference, playing near the rim.

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Lokomotiv Rostov lands Frederick House - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu announced signing of Fred House (196-F-78, agency: Octagon, college: S.Utah) on a one-year contract. House played last season in Spanish Pamesa Valencia helping it to reach quarterfinals of ULEB Cup. He had 11 appearances in this European competition averaging 7.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.8 spg. He also played 28 games in ACB regular season adding 6.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.6 spg. Before Pamesa, House spend one year in TAU Ceramica. His team became the winner of Copa del Rey as well as Supercup at the beginning of the season. Later, TAU succeeded to reach Euroleague Final Four and was a ACB regular season champion. Fred House played 20 games for TAU in Euroleague registering 6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg and 2.3 spg. He ended competition as a second best 'stealer'. Little bit better digits House averaged for 31 games in ACB regular season. In 2006 he grabbed two titles with Lietuvos Rytas. First one was in Baltic league and later in Lithuanian championship. In 2005 Lietuvos became the ULEB Cup winner and Fred House was named 'Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Import Player of the Year -05'. House also won two titles in Serbian championship with Partizan Belgrade. Actually Partizan was his first European destination after South Utah University, NBDL and USBL teams.

Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Superleague A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nailon, Novos. 22.0
2 Hamilton, Krasn. 19.0
3 Warrick, Krasn. 17.5
4 Bremer, Vladiv. 16.2
5 Domercant, DynM 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Blair, Vladiv. 9.3
2 Nailon, Novos. 8.8
3 Hamilton, Krasn. 8.4
4 Araujo, St.Pet. 7.8
5 Wright, Perm 7.2
Assists Per Game
1 Bremer, Vladiv. 5.7
2 Papaloukas, CSKA 5.4
3 Cooper, Novos. 5.3
4 Wisniewski, Perm 4.6
5 Ponkrashov, Khim 4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Kirksay, Kazan 2.2
2 Nailon, Novos. 2.1
3 Chatman, Triumph 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Goree, CSKA 1.2
2 Sokolov, Kazan 1.1
2 Babitchev, Rostov 1.1
2 Fotsis, DynM 1.1
2FGP
1 Zisis, CSKA 68.5
2 Demeshkin, Sam 68.3
3 Vorontsevich, 68.2
3FGP
1 Burke, Khimky 58.3
2 Andersen, CSKA 56.7
3 Toporov, Triumph 53.9
Free Throws
1 Chikalkin, Kazan 95.7
2 Gratchev, Surgut 93.9
3 Zisis, CSKA 93.6


Spartak St. Petersburg agrees with Aleksei Zozulin - by Eurobasket News
Spartak St. Petersburg continued with signings this summer. This time the team of head coach Evgeniy Pashutin inked Aleksei Zozulin (199-G/F-83, agency: Agency No 10) on a two-year deal. Zozulin played previous two seasons for Ural Great Perm reaching the play-off semifinals of Russian Superleague in the last one. At the same season Ural participated in the quarterfinals of FIBA EuroCup. Zozulin played 24 games for Ural in domestic championship recording 10.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.1 spg. He helped his team in EuroCup with 7.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2 apg and 1.1 apg in 11 games. Zozulin was one of the candidates for Russian National Team for Eurobasket 2007 in Spain but at the end he was selected to play on World University Games in Bangkok. Before Ural, he played one season for Lokomotiv Novosybirsk. As a member of Unics Kazan, Zozulin participated in the final of FIBA Europe Cup in 2005. A year before Unics was FIBA Europe League champion as well as Russian play-off finalist. Zozulin was a member of U20 Russia on European Championship in Lithuania in 2002. He passed all Russian youth NT selections.

Meanwhile, Croatian Niksa Bavcevic became the new head coach of Russian team Avtodor Saratov, which competes in Higher league. Most recent Bavcevic worked in Dexia Mons-Hainaut winning the Belgian Cup in 2006. He was a head coach of Mons from 2005-2007. Before that he used to work in Pepinsters from 1999-2005. In 2003 he was voted 'Eurobasket Belgian League Coach of the Year'. Except of the trophy in Belgian Cup, his biggest successes are play-off final twice and FIBA EuroCup quarterfinals in 2006 with Mons.


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Red Star called Milosevic on try out - by Nenad Ilijev
One more player found himself as potential Red Star signing. Former Buducnost Podgorica player Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) will spend next 7 days in Belgrade trying to secure the contract for rest of season. Milosevic started last season in Buducnost before moving to Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (Austria) averaging 10.6ppg and 6.3rpg. Red Star GM Milan Opacic said that he heard alot of good stuff about newcomer from Dusko Ivanovic as Milosevic used to practice with TAU Ceramica as well.

Market news: Gavranovic and Bogavac in Ergonom - by Zoran Popovic
Ergonom Nis continues with compleating team for the new season. After Majstorovic and Lekovic, Ergonom Nis signed contracts with Filip Gavranovic (205-F/C-86) and Slavisa Bogavac (200-G-80). Gavranovic played last season in KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac and on 18 games in season average scored 4.0 points, 1.6 rebounds per game. Gavranovic began career in Beovuk 72 and played for them in period 2000-2007.
Slavisa Bogavac started career in KK Masinac Kraljevo and played for them from 2000 till 2004, when he moved to Ergonom Nis Best Nis. Bogavac also played for Bambi Mitrovica and AM-MAK-SP Ohrid. In season 2007-2008 Bogavac played for KK Zdravlje Actavis and on 22 games scored 12 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 assistants per game.


After signing of Svetislav Pesic, Crvena Zvezda interested in Fucka, Keselj, Marinovic, Scales, Jenkins - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda officially announced signing of well respected coach Svetislav Pesic on one-year deal with an option to be extended for another one. Together with Pesic, Milivoje Karalejic also joined his Zvezda's coaching staff. The team is not going to stop on that. Crvena Zvezda succeeded to keep Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season and also inked Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances). Contract is offered to Serbian hot prospect Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) but he still didn't become member of Crvena Zvezda. According to team's General Manager Milan Opacic, Red-and whites are interested in signing of veteran Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances). Opacic stated that Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) most probably will join Zvezda and will show up on the first practice today. There is a possibility for signing one of two Americans Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson) or Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon). Scales spent last season in Russian Samara but he played only in FIBA EuroCup finishing it as a fourth best scorer. For 10 games he averaged 17.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2.1 spg. Jenkins' last club was Italian Upim Bologna. He played 35 games in Serie A adding 14.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 spg. There is also some possibility that Bosnian Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) join Crvena Zvezda. Over the last few days Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) also was mentioned as one of the options on shooting guard.

Svetislav Pesic new coach of Crvena Zvezda - by Zoran Popovic
After long negotiations in last three weeks Svetislav Pesic signed contract with KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Contract is signed on one year with possibility to be extended for one more season.
Svetislav Pesic is one of the most successful Serbian coaches. Pesic started basketball career as a player in Pirot 1964-1967, continued in Partizan 1967-1971 and Bosna 1971-1979. As a player Pesic won with Bosna National Cup and Yugoslavian Championship 1978 and European Championship 1979.
Pesic started coach career in Bosna in period 1982-1986 and won Yugoslavian Championship 1983. and National cup 1984. In period 1984-1987. Pesic was head coach of Yugoslavian young categories and won cadet European Championship 1985 and junior European Championship 1986. With junior team of Yugoslavia Pesic won World Championship in Bormio 1987. Svetislav Pesic was head coach of Germany National team in period 1987-1993 and won European Championship 1993. With Alba Berlin Pesic won Radivoj Korac Cup 1995. and four National Championships in period 1997-2000.
Pesic was head coach of Yugoslavian Natioanal team in period 2001-2002 and won European Championship in Turkey 2001. and World Championship in Indianopolis 2002. After Yugoslav National team Pesic led Barcelona and in period 2002-2003 and won National cup and become Euroleague champion. After Barcelona Pesic continued great career in Lottomatica 2005-2006, Akasvaya Girona 2006-2007 and Dynamo Moscow 2007-2008.


Djikanovic in Trikala 2000 - by Zoran Popovic
Former player of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) moved from Kolosos Rhodes to Trikala 2000. In season 2007-2008 Djikanovic scored for Kolosos Rhodes average on 25 games 7.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. In career Djikanovic played for Mornar Bar, Gorica, five seasons Lovcen Cetinje 1999-2003, three seasons for KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac 2003-2006 and Olimpia GE Larisa 2006-2007. With KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac Djikanovic won Adriatic league 2005.

Mijatovic in Swisslions for one more season - by Zoran Popovic
KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac and Danilo Mijatovic (204-F-83) made agreement for one more season. Mijatovic spent in Vrsac last two seasons and in season 2007-2008 on 21 games in Serbian league scored average 7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.4 assistants per game and on two games in Superleague scored average 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds per game. Mijatovic began career in OKK Vrbas 2003-2004, in season 2004-2005 played for KK Novi Sad and in period 2005 till November 2006 Mijatovic played for KK Sinalco Spartak.

News from Radnicki Novi Sad, Vitkovac and Rasic leads Partizan against Vojvodina in friendly game - by Dragan Jankovski
Participant of Serbian A1 league Radnicki Invest Inzenjering agreed terms with Strahinja Vucenov (208-C-85), Andjelko Mandic (197-F-76) and returned former head coach Velislav Veskovic.
Vucenov played last season in Zdravlje Actavis averaging 3.4 ppg in 17 games. Before Zdravlje, he played for Prokuplje and Radnicki 034 Group.
Experienced Mandic was a member of Vizura Belgrade in 07/08 adding 9.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.1 apg for 21 games in A1. Vizura advanced to the Superlegaue where Mandic had 4.3 ppg and 2 rpg for 13 games. In the past 31-year old Mandic played for Achilleas, Omonia Nicosia, Swisslions Takovo, Spartak and Leotar Trebinje.

Partizan Igokea had an easy job in friendly match against Vojvodina Srbijagas 79-54. The game was held at Vojvodina's home court 'Spens' and Partizan once again played without Milenko Tepic, Uros Tripkovic and Novica Velickovic, which are currently with Serbian National Team. Center Slavko Vranes as well as head coach Dusko Vujosevic also weren't able to show up in Novi Sad due to obligations wit Montenegrin National Team. Partizan was a way better team from the very beginning. Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion created plus 15 already at the half time. In third quarter Partizan stretched lead to 25 keeping it without any bigger efforts until the end. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) once again led Black-and-whites netting 16 points. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) also was good with 15 while Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10 points apiece. Marko Jovanovic (214-C-82) was better than the others in Vojvodina adding 15 points.


Two more friendly games between A1 teams - by Dragan Jankovski
Masinac suffered another defeat in friendly games this summer. This time Borac was better than Masinac at home 65-60. The team from Cacak grabbed 10-point lead already in the first quarter. The biggest problem Masinac once again had on PG position as its offensive plays were not on a good level. However, Masinac had slightly better second quarter coming on minus 6. Game is decided during the next ten minutes when the hosts intensified defense extending lead to 10 once again. Radenko Plicevic was the best in Borac adding 11 points. Miljan Radisavljevic (185-G-88) was behind him with one point less. Barlov scored 10 points in Masinac as was the only one with double digits in his team.

Napredak Rubin was better than Zdravlje on the road 89-78. The hosts Zdravlje ended first half 41-39 but it showed many weaknesses. Napredak gave a real basketball lesson to Zdravlje in third period, 16-27. Visitors succeeded to keep their lead until the very end without any bigger efforts. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) led Napredak to win scoring 16 points. Slobodan Pejovic (194-G-86) followed him netting 14 while Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) had 10. Perica Mitic (184-G-85) shined in Zdravlje pouring in 18 points. Dusan Trajkovic (189-G-87) was the second scorer of his team with 12 points.


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Solomon eclipses season-high - by Carlos Pereira
PREMIUM COBRAS Alao Solomon has eclipsed the previous season-leading 52 points. Against Cascade Bullets on Saturday at the Palais des Sports, the Nigerian player recorded a 56-point performance.

The 21-year-old scored 8, 7, 24 and 17 points in each of the four quarters. His individual SOLOMON new season-high 56 pointseffort of 56 points, which included one 3-pointer, 21 2-pointers and 11 free-throws, was almost half of his teams total and it also bettered the whole of the Cascade Bullets team who were steamrollered 114-44 by Premium Cobras.
The Cobras won all four quarters 21-7, 36-11, 33-18 and 24-8 on the way to their 11th victory in 12 games for 23 points and third place in the 10-team Mens Division One standings.
Former Angels shooter Darren Lesperance was Premium Cobras second best scorer, coming off the bench to score 14 points, while fellow substitutes Nigerian Simon Pusam and Steve Servina added 12 and 10 apiece.
The Bullets, who got 17 points from playmaker Christopher Toto Camille, have now conceded 11 defeats in 14 games for 17 points.
Solomon got the previous season-leading 52 points when he almost single-handedly destroyed PLS Hawks in his first match against the defending champions. They registered a come-from-behind 89-86 win.
Premium Cobras made a remarkable comeback in the fourth quarter during which they outscored the Hawks 35-17 and during this spell, Solomon got 19 of his game and season-leading 52 points which included 21 free throws, three 3-pointers and 11 2-pointers.
In Saturdays other top flight match but this time on Praslin, Baya inflicted a fourth consecutive defeat on Praslin Warriors and made sure the Grand Anse Praslin-based team stay winless at home with a 104-69 victory.
With their 12th win in 14 games, Baya are now in the drivers seat with 26 points one more than defending champions PLS Hawks who were not in action over the weekend and have a match in hand.
As for the Warriors, they are eighth with 16 points after collecting just three wins in 13 outings.

from the nation


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  SLOVENIA   


Postojna inks Jenko and Nikolic, Sentjur tests Milicevic, Catovic joins Koln, Skornik moves to Italy - by Zeljko Zule

Misel Postojnska jama have named their player Ales Lenassi (185-G-75) as new coach and signed Uros Jenko (190-G-85) ex Plama Pur (D2) and their former member Djordje Nikolic (207-F-91) for the upcoming season.

Alpos Sentjur is testing Marko Milicevic (204-F-82) ex Napredak.
Jasmin Catovic (199-G-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) has left Hopsi to join Koln 99ers.

Davorin Skornik (211-C-81, college: Bucknell) ex Lugano signed a month contract with Italian team Reggio Emilia (Lega A2).



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Iran U18 heads the top beating Korea U18 - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Korea U18 85:79

Iran U18 heads the top beating Korea U18 in Day 5 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Trailing in the first three quarters the hosts of the championship bounced back in the last to seal an important 85:79 victory. Emad Salmani led the winners with 20 points. Mehdi Shirjang netted 19, Farbod Farman posted 17 and Mohammad Hasanzadeh added 12. Jaehyun Park top-scored in defeat with 23 points. Seounghyun Lee notched 14, Jongill Lim netted 12 and Byeonghun Yoo had 11.
Korea U18 played much better in the majority of the game. The guests started with 22;14 lead and finished the first period with such a score. Korea could even increase to 39:26 when the teams left the court for the break.
In the third period the picture changed a bit but still remained Korea in front. Iran top-scorers consistent showing throughout the game, thus, got the necessary support. Salmani had five assists and three steals to add value to his scoring. Iran went into the lead for the first time in the game, three minutes into the fourth quarter, after back-to-back three pointers from Shirjang and Salmani. Iran never trailed again. A 85:79 victory remained them without losses and left alone on top in Group 2. Iran take on Philippines on Tuesday, while Korea will face Japan.

Iran U18: Emad Salmani 20, Mehdi Shirjang 19, Farbod Farman 17, Mohammad Hasanzadeh 12
Korea U18: Jaehyun Park 23, Seounghyun Lee 14, Jongill Lim 12, Byeonghun Yoo 11


Korea U18-Philippines U18 98:80 - by Eurobasket News
Korea U18-Philippines U18 98:80

Korea U18 won another game in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The first game of the Quarterfinal stage saw the the last editions runners-up pulled ahead towards Philippines in Group 2. Korea sealed a 98:80 victory and remained undefeated in the tournament. Lim Jongill led the winners with 23 points. Park Jaehyun nailed 17, while Jang Jaeseok added 14. Jaypee Mendoza and Ryan Garcia (178-F) top-scored in defeat with 14 points, while Joseph Terso posted 13.
It was a tough start from both teams as they remained close to each other in the opening period. Korea managed to score the last points in the quarter to take 24:23 after the first 10 minutes. Philippines managed to lag not too far behind, but Korea tightened the screws moments before half time. Korea led 50:39 going into the changing rooms and controlled the game later. The end of the third period saw a 73:57 advantage of the favorites that did not calm down in the court. They led to the winning end providing 98:80 victory and a perfect record in the new group. Iran play Korea next and Japan take on Philippines.


Korea U18: Lim Jongill 23, Park Jaehyun 17, Jang Jaeseok 14
Philippines U18: Jaypee Mendoza 14, Ryan Garcia 14, Joseph Terso 13




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  SYRIA   


China left the court earlier in the game with Syria - by Eurobasket News
Syria defeated defending champions China 20-0 in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. After 46:41 China coach Li Chunjiang led the team out disputing a Technical Foul slapped on him. Syria, thus won the game 20-0 and earned two points. China will draw a blank. In another game of the group Kazakhstan U18 won a double overtime battle over Lebanon U18 in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Group I Quarterfinal round saw 106:103 win for the Kazakh team. Trailing 13 points at the halftime they managed to send the game into overtime and sealed a victory in the second one.

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  TAIWAN   


Asia U-18 Men V Philippines beat Taiwan in 2nd OT - by Chris Wang
According to FIBA Asia...

Game 6 PHI / TPE V Philippines edge Taipei in second Overtime
TEHRAN (FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Junior Men): Last editions semifinalists Chinese Taipei and former champions Philippines waged a protracted battle before the latter emerged victorious 106-105, in the second Overtime in a Group C encounter here on Thursday.

Philippines went ahead 28-16 at the end of the first quarter, but that was the only time in the entire game did any team manage to hold a sizable lead.

Taipei fought back gallantly to outscore Philippines in all the three remaining quarters. The East Asian nation, who had finished fourth at Urumqi two year ago, went into the lead for the first time in the game (78-76) only with 3:15 left in the game.

The battle of nerves continued as both sides fumbled in the final moments to seal the issue in regulation.

After the first five minutes of extended time failed to break the dead-lock, Taipei raced ahead 104-98 riding on Lee Ming-Huis back-to-back baskets.

But Philippines fought back to regain the lead when Gabriel Banal converted both his free-throws.

I think both of us (teams) lost chances to close the game in regulation, said Philippines coach Franz Pumaren.

It was a test of character for the boys. Im happy they held together rather well, he added.

Philippines went into the first Overtime with four players ejected due to personal fouls and were even worse off at the start of the second extension with six forced to sit out.

Im proud of the way my bench rose to the occasion, Pumaren said.

I must also give credit to the Taipei team for the way they came back, he added.

Im proud of my boys for the way they fought back, said Taipei coach Yang I-Feng.

I hope the boys take the lessons from this game into the next matches in the tournament, said Chung Kwang-Suk, the head coach of the Taipei Senior mens team, but in Tehran as the General Manager of the U18 squad.

Scores
Philippines 106 (Ryan Garcia 18, Jaypee Mendoza 15, Ian Sangalang 14, Matthew Wright 12, Samuel Marata 12) bt Chinese Taipei 105 (Lin Li-Jen 14, Lee Ming-Hui 13, Lai Kuo-Wei 12). Quarterwise Scores: 28-16, 45-34, 66-60, 88-88, 96-96.

S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


There was also a tragedy...

Kyrgistan basketball team on plane that crashed
TEHRAN (FIBA Asia U18 Championship) - Ten members of the Kyrgistan basketball team that was supposed to play at this weeks FIBA Asia U18 Championship in Tehran were killed in a plane crash on Sunday.

Fifty-six of the 83 people on the flight died in the accident, which is still under investigation.

Four members of the Kyrgyz delegation, including the head of the delegation, his son and two players, are understood to have survived the crash.

The plane, a Boeing 737, crashed near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek soon after leaving Manas International Airport.


Taiwan out of Asian junior men quarterfinal - by Chris Wang
Taiwan U-18 NT lost 95-80 to Lebanon today in Tehran, Iran and was knocked out of the quarterfinal round of FIBA Asian U-18 Men's Championship for the first time in history.

Taiwan finished with one win and two losses in its preliminary games and failed to qualify. It lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Philippines 106-105 in the opening game and routed UAE 89-54.

Lin Li-jen paced Taiwan with 20 points while Chou Po-cheng and Lee Ming-hui each socred 18 but Taiwan was unable to match up with Lebanon, which has five players over 200cm on its roster. Taiwan trailed 46-33 at halftime.

In the 35-point win over UAE, Lee Ming-hui led Taiwan with 18 points and Shih Chin-yao had 15 points.

Taiwan now as to play in the 9-15 classification games. Teams advancing to the guarterfinal are: China, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Syria and host Iran.


Taiwan out of Asian junior men quarterfinal - by Chris Wang
Taiwan U-18 NT lost 95-80 to Lebanon today in Tehran, Iran and was knocked out of the quarterfinal round of FIBA Asian U-18 Men's Championship for the first time in history.

Taiwan finished with one win and two losses in its preliminary games and failed to qualify. It lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Philippines 106-105 in the opening game and routed UAE 89-54.

Lin Li-jen paced Taiwan with 20 points while Chou Po-cheng and Lee Ming-hui each socred 18 but Taiwan was unable to match up with Lebanon, which has five players over 200cm on its roster. Taiwan trailed 46-33 at halftime.

In the 35-point win over UAE, Lee Ming-hui led Taiwan with 18 points and Shih Chin-yao had 15 points.

Taiwan now as to play in the 9-15 classification games. Teams advancing to the guarterfinal are: China, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Syria and host Iran.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


UAE U18 remains winless - by Eurobasket News
Jordan U18 beat UAE U18 88:49 for the first win from both teams. The winners took control in the opening quarter providing 25:9 in the first period. There was no way to slow down as they increased to 48:26 at the halftime. After 72:37 in the third period the game was done and Jordan easily led to 88:49 by the end of it. Abdul Aziz Shaneik led the winners with 29 points, while Odai Abuqamar added 16. Salah Khalifa Abdulla top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points. Jordan won their game for a possible 9th place showdown.
Hong Kong U18 won another game at FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Just some minutes ago it became known that the team overcame United Arab Emirates that struggled hard in the game. Both teams had two different quarters in the first half with Hong Kong U18 taking 22:12 lead and then UAE U18 bouncing back for 26:37. The latter led also entering the last period but could not lead the game to the winning effort. Hong Kong, who looked withered against the Emirates rally, scraped through to win 72:70. Lau Hoi To led the winners with 20 points and Lau Tsz Lai added 11. Salah Khalifa Abdalla poured in 27 points in defeat, whilst Omar Khalid Faqqas notched 13.


Jordan U18-UAE U18 88:49
Jordan U18: Abdul Aziz Shaneik 29, Odai Abuqamar 16
UAE U18:Salah Khalifa Abdulla 15

Hong Kong U18-UAE U18 72:70
Hong Kong U18:Lau Hoi To 20, Lau Tsz Lai 11
UAE U18:Salah Khalifa Abdalla 27, Omar Khalid Faqqas 13


UAE basketball has great future ahead, Says Gargawi - by Eurobasket News
Basketball in the UAE has come a long way since the formation of the UAE Basketball Association in the mid 1970s. The national team have competed creditably well in a number of international competitions winning the AGCC Basketball Championship twice in 2002 and 2007 at the senior level.

The junior national team also finished the runners-up behind Saudi Arabia in Sharjah last year. UAE at the moment rank fifth in the Arab world following the last championship in Egypt.

UAEs meteoric rise is attributed to several factors including a sound foundation of good administration instituted in the late 1970s. The former director of Dubai Immigration Department, Abdullah Hareb, was one of the early presidents of the association.

Hareb was succeeded by Qasim Sultan, the former director of Dubai Municipality followed by the present president, Ismail Gargawi, who has kept the good work to raise the standard of the sport in the country.

Al Wasl put the country on the map of the continent last year when they finished third in Asia. They also clinched the runners-up spot in the AGCC Basketball Championship the same year.

UAE players are gaining the necessary experience through the annual Dubai International Basketball Championship. The event, which will be in its 19th year in 2009, attracts some of the best teams in the Arab world Syria, Jordan and Egypt to compete for the top honours. All the teams are studded with players from America, both current and former NBA players, Africa and Europe.

The UAE Basketball Association, throughout the years, has been fielding the national team, giving the local players the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the region. The 18th championship last year saw the participation of Asian champions, Saba of Iran. Among the high-profile teams that participated in the championship last year included Egypts Al Jazeirah, Zain of Jordan, Al Riyadi, also of Jordan and Mahran (Iran).

In recognition of UAEs effort to popularise the sport in the country, the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) invited two players, Talal Salim and Rashid Nasser, for a four-day international basketball camp in Shanghai Sports Institute.

The camp, organised by the world basketball governing body, Fiba, in association with the NBA, was dubbed Basketball without borders Camp Asia. The camp was attended by over 50 players from 17 countries in Asia.

Among some of the top names that attended the camp included Chinas Yao Ming of Houston Rockets, former NBA star Scottie Pippen, Matt Carroll (Charlotte Bobcats), Chirs Duhon (Chicago Bulls) and Adonal Foyle (Golden State Warriors).The camp was also supervised by Wayne Chapmann (Denver Nuggets), Gary Colson (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jum Lynam (Philadelphia 76ers).

Ismail Gargawi, president of the UAE Basketball Association, said at the time: 'This is a great honour and recognition by Fiba of the progress of the sport in the country. The secretary-general, Abdullah Ansari added: This is a great opportunity for our players and we hope they will learn a few things during the camp. We are delighted and proud of that. Following the resignation of Zoran Zupcevic of Bosnia Herzegovina, the association has hired his countryman, Ostojic Mladen, to continue with the good work Zupecevic started. Mladen admitted he had a tough task of maintaining the high standard of the team left by his predecessor and compatriot Zurepcevic. But I hope to work harder with the players to achieve something', he said.

Some of the key players Mladen has to work with to bring further laurels to the country are Ibrahim Abdullah, Ayub Ahmed, Rashid Nasser (Al Wasl), Talal Salim, Qasim Mohammed, Saleh Sultan, Salim Obaid (Al Nasr), Mallalah Rashid, Matar Abdullah, Salim Mubarak (Sharjah), Adil Sadek (Al Shaab).


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


British basketball's long road to 2012 - by Eurobasket News
The next month could make or break Britain's Olympic basketball hopes.

NBA star Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) says he is confident, coach Chris Finch believes the team has 'momentum', and supporters say they have a chance.

But if the British men's basketball team fail to qualify for the 2009 European Championships, their chances of earning a place at London 2012 will begin to fade.
It is expected that qualifying for the 2009 European Championships will be enough to satisfy Fiba - if they fail this time, Britain's last chance saloon will be reaching the same competition in 2011.

September sees Britain facing Israel, the Czech Republic and Bosnia & Herzegovina in their four-team, six-game EuroBasket Division A group.

'Now we're in Division A I think we have a chance to go on and win that group,' Chicago Bulls star Deng told BBC Sport earlier this year.

'We just have to build on what we did last year and keep focusing on what we're doing.'

Winning the group, or finishing as one of the three best second-placed teams (there are four groups in total), will be enough to qualify for next year's European Championships.

That would also more than likely guarantee a place at London 2012.

Finishing as one of the next six best teams would send Britain into a play-off in early 2009, where one of the six will earn last-gasp qualification for the Euros.

But Britain will not want to leave it that late, and will certainly not want to miss out on qualification altogether.

If that happens, their London 2012 chances will rest on reaching the 2011 European Championships.

Chicago Bulls star Deng can now play for GB following an insurance row
The least palatable outcome from September's games, from a British point of view, is relegation from their EuroBasket division.

Should that happen, Britain will have no way of reaching the European Championships, and will definitely miss out on London 2012.

However, Britain are well-placed to perform in September's matches.

They avoided a number of strong teams in February's draw, including Turkey, France, Serbia and Italy.

'There's a lot of excitement and momentum out there (among the players) for the programme,' said Finch following the draw.

'We managed to stay clear of the some of the traditional powerhouses.'

Israel, the top seeds in Britain's group, still represent tough opposition, but the second-seeded Czech Republic are missing players through injury and unavailability.

Bosnia & Herzegovina are also a capable team, but Britain recently beat them - even with talismanic NBA star Luol Deng missing from the GB line-up.

The 23-year-old Chicago Bulls star was initially expected to miss these crucial EuroBasket games, having been refused insurance cover for international duty.

But British officials subsequently produced in the region of 200,000 to fund additional insurance for the six matches.

Two years ago, Russia followed the same route through qualifying to win the tournament.

But thoughts of success at European Championship level will be a world away as the British team, only formed in 2006 following a 14-year absence, prepare for their EuroBasket group.

They know that September represents much more than a chance to play at the Euros.


September's EuroBasket Division A matches:

3 Sep: Israel v GREAT BRITAIN
6 Sep: GREAT BRITAIN v Czech Republic (at O2, Lo


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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 - Week 2: Duros at the top, Caciques and Tiburones woke up - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara got their second consecutive sweep, this time as visitors against Petroleros de Falcon, and ended Week 2 of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2008 alone at the top of the regular season standings, as Graneros de Portuguesa got a series split at the home of Centauros de Apure. Meanwhile, Tiburones de Vargas and Caciques de Trujillo woke up with home sweeps against Estudiantes de Guarico and Centauros de Cojedes, respectively.

SCOREBOARDS

Duros de Lara 82 - Petroleros de Falcon 72 (Sat)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable

Scorers
DUR: Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 12 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 12 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 10 points
PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 16 points


Duros de Lara 96 - Petroleros de Falcon 90 OT (Sun)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
PET: 28-16-17-18-8= 90

DUR: 21-15-28-18-14= 96

Scorers
DUR: Jesus Centeno 18 points, Juan Herrera 16 points and 13 rebounds, Heissler Guillent 12 points and 10 assists

PET: Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 29 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 19 points

Caciques de Trujillo 82 - Centauros de Cojedes 63 (Fri)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
CAC: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 16 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 15 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 13 points and 6 assists

COJ: Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 24 points, Martin Correa (198-F-78) 14 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 10 points


Caciques de Trujillo 109 - Centauros de Cojedes 76 (Sat)

Torres and Romero shine in Snaidero Udine's triumph over Slovan Ljubljana - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) and Hector Romero (202-F-80) were vital factors in the victory of Italy's Lega A team Snaidero Udine against Slovenia's Slovan Ljubljana in the 'Memorial Melzi' friendly match played at Tarvisio, Italy, with a final score of 87-81.

Torres netted 21 points and Romero added 13 for the team that's coached by Attilio Caja. Austrian Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83) was named MVP of the match as he scored 15 points, most of them in the latter part of the game when the score was tight. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) added 20 points for the winners. Meanwhile, Igor Lekic scored 19 points and Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88) finished up with 15 for the Slovenian team.

Romero had spoken prior to the match for the official website of his team. 'I'm very happy to be here in Udine. For those who don't know me very well, I'm a warrior that puts it all on court both in games and practices. My main goal is to always offer the best of myself for the team'.


Hector and Elvis back to USA. - by Wolfgang Lucena
Originally from Lara State, Hector Aguilar and Elvis Baez from Puerto Ordaz are getting ready to return to USA.
During their first season at Patterson School, Hector Aguilar and Elvis Baez whom played with Miami Tropics' AAU team demonstrated both of them great basketball level and good grades academically; reason enough for the school ' s head master to considering them to return to North Carolina.
Hector and Elvis never stop their conditioning time. LatinBasket staff had the opportunity to talk to both of them and during the conversation their came out with a common commentary
'If you want to go to USA and join the level, you better never gave up'


Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
 1. Duros 4-0 
 2. Graneros 3-1 
 3. Tiburones 2-2 
 4. Centauros 2-2 
 5. Cojedes 2-2 
 6. Trujillo 2-2 
 7. Estudiantes 1-3 
 8. Falcon 0-4 




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Women News

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  BULGARIA - Women  


Minor Pernik makes strong team for the upcoming season - by Eurobasket News
Minor from Pernik (ex Stomana) announced signing of six new players for the upcoming season. As a reminder, Pernik got a green light from Bulgarian Basketball Federation to compete in A league in 08/09. The team officially starts preparation for the new season tomorrow. Not only it will participate in A league but it will most probably have very important role in it.

Pernik inked Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74), who played last season in Dunav Ekont. The team won Bulgarian championship also reaching the final in Bulgarian National Cup. Except of the domestic championship, Asenova had 2 games in EuroCup averaging 10 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3 spg.

Zoia Stanoeva (181-F-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) spent last season in Turkish team Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor. She played 23 games in Turkish D1 averaging 5.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.7 apg. She also had 8 appearances in EuroCup adding 9.9 ppg and 2.1 apg.

Kamelia Mihalkova (182-F-80) is coming for Bulgarian runner-up Lukoil Neftochimik. She is one of the players which suppose to be leaders of the team next season.

Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova's (188-F-73) ex team was Rilski Sportlist.

Minor also inked young prospect Ralitsa Vasileva (187-C-85) from Rilski Sportist.

Radmila Nesheva (172-G-81) was a member of Spanish LF2 team Biurrarena-UPV.

Seventh player of who joined Minor is young Elza Valentinova.

Head coach of the team will be Valentin Petrov.

In the past the team won six titles in Bulgarian championship as well as five National Cups.


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Eurocup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Castro, Hondar. 22.2
2 Currie, Elitzur 20.9
3 Joens, Pays D. 20.4
4 Mosch, Botas 20.3
5 Zherzherun., Kz.19.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Pierson, Elitzur 11.5
2 McCarville, KCero 10.6
3 Engin, Botas 10.4
4 Nero, MBK 10.4
5 Terglav-Trat., Sib.10.3
Assists Per Game
1 Sharp, Pays 5.5
2 Wambe, Lille 5.5
3 Berseneva, Nad. 5.4
4 F�resz, Szevi�p 5.0
5 Wright, Hapoel 4.9
Steals Per Game
1 McCarville, K Cero 3.5
2 Wright, Hapoel 3.1
3 Podrug, Lavezzini 2.9
Blocks Per Game
1 Verameyenka, Nd.2.5
2 Zherzherun., Kz.2.1
3 Schumacher, Br.2.0
2FGP
1 Robert, Lille 67.5
2 McCarville, KCer.62.2
3 Podrug, Lavezz.61.7
3FGP
1 Maiorano, Lave. 56.5
2 Petrova, CSKA 55.9
3 Ogorodnikova, N.55.6
Free Throws
1 Macchi, Ribera 93.5
2 Whitley, Botas 93.5
3 Pascalau, Trog.93.1


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  IRELAND - Women  


Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nieman, Ulster 31.2
2 Hadley, Tigers 28.5
3 Kelly, Star 27.9
4 Gamble, Saints 25.9
5 Clement, Star 25.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Clement, Star 17.5
2 Gamble, Saints 17.0
3 Gross, Ulster 16.1
4 Quirke, Tigers 14.4
5 Hilleary, St.Pauls 14.3
Assists Per Game
1 Summers, Ballina 9.4
2 Reed, Hoops 9.3
3 O'Brien, St.Pauls 9.1
4 Donnelly, Saints 5.9
5 Donnelly, Saints 5.7
Steals Per Game
1 Summers, Ballina 5.1
2 O'Brien, St.Pauls 3.6
3 Hadley, Tigers 3.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Hilleary, St.Pauls 3.4
2 Donaghy, Tigers 2.4
3 Clement, Star 2.4
2FGP
1 Madsen, Saints 75.0
2 Gamble, Saints 69.3
3 Freeman, Ballina 67.1
3FGP
1 Coughlan, Dem. 56.9
2 Clement, Marian 54.9
3 Ryan, Marian 54.9
Free Throws
1 O'Meara, Ballina 86.7
2 Teahan, Tigers 86.4
3 Fitzpatrick, Nep. 84.4


Mark Scannell replaced Sasa Punosevac on Irish bench - by Eurobasket News
Sasa Punosevac resigned on his position of head coach of Irish National Team on Friday. It happened just two days after defeat against Montenegro in the first game of EuroBasket Division B. Montenegro celebrated at its home court in Podgorica 68-56. Sasa Punosevac in the past used to work in Serbian teams Napredak Rubin and Partizan Belgrade as a coach of youth selections. In 2006 he took over Neptune Cork. A year later Irish Basketball Federation hired him as a head coach of National Team.

His successor Mark Scannell had nice debut beating Slovenia 67-59 in the second game of EuroBasket Division B. Scannell was a head coach of many teams over the past 10 years. Last season he spent with Montenotte Hotel Cork. His team was regular season champion in Irish Superleague with almost perfect score 17-1. In the play-off final Montenotte Hotel Cork was better than DCU Mercy 67-56. In 05/06 Scanell led Vienna Woods Glanmire also winning the title in domestic championship. With Killarney Gleneagle Lakers he needed one more step in order to reach the play-off final. Except of these teams, Scanell also worked in Neptune Cork from 1997-1999.


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  NIGERIA - Women  


First Bank survive Delta scare - by Eurobasket News
It was by divine providence that reigning Nigeria national women league champion, First Bank basketball club of Lagos, escaped defeat in the hands of Delta Force basketball club of Asaba. It was the opening day of the First Deepwater Discovery Battle for Supremacy basketball tournament holding at the Sports Hall of the University of Lagos Sports Centre, Akoka, Lagos.

The Lateef Folami tutored girls led the floor right from the blast of the referees' whistle, only to bow in the last quarter after winning comfortably in the first three quarters (17-15, 15-09, 14-12 and 10-21) to the Adewumi Aderemi coached First Bank Elephant Girls.

Delta Force inspirational guard, Magdalene Mukato led the floor with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Her teammate Nkechi Akashile poured in 13 points and 4 rebounds. First Bank Vera Angwe led her teammates with 12 points. Forward Ezine James added 10 points and 3 rebounds. Nigeria senior women national team forward, Chioma Udeaja, grabbed 9 rebounds to redeem the image of the banker who won with just one point margin of 57-56.

Courtesy of www.calibre.mworld.com


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
A Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lennox, Orenb. 22.2
2 Ekabsone, DynaM 19.4
3 Planet, BCMosc 17.9
4 Jackson, Spar.MR 16.9
5 Simon, DynaM 15.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Kiseleva, Chelyab. 9.5
2 Stepanova, CSKA 9.0
3 Bokareva, Vologda 8.4
4 Veremeenk, Orenb. 8.4
5 Shakirova, Orenb. 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 Marchenko, DinaE 6.2
2 Edvizh, CSKA 5.4
3 Taurazi, Spar.MR 5.3
4 Bridget, Spar.MR 5.1
5 Berseneva, Orenb.4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Kolosovs, Shelen 3.5
2 Fomina DynamoK 3.0
3 Mohr, Vologda 2.6
4 Vodopya, UMMC 2.5
5 Mironova, SparSP 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Veremeen, Orenb. 2.6
2 Kiseleva, Chelyab. 2.2
3 Stepanova, CSKA 2.0
2FGP
1 Taylor, UMMC 66.6
2 Vouters , CSKA 62.5
3 Nikitina, CSKA 60.7
3FGP
1 Voroby, Shelen 54.1
2 Popova, DinaE 50.0
3 Bridgit, Spar.MR 50.0
Free Throws
1 Rusakova, DynaM 93.7
2 Masilene, Orenb. 92.3
3 Miller, Spar.MR 92.0


Connecticut Sun inks Svetlana Abrosimova, Dynamo Novosibirsk with a new name - by Eurobasket News
Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) agreed terms with WNBA team Connecticut Sun. The reason why management of Connecticut and a head coach MikeThibault decided to sign her is Abrosimova's wonderful performance at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Namely, Abrosimova shined in Russian National Team recording 7.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 8 games. Russia beat China 94-81 winning the Bronze.
Abrosimova played last season for UMMC Ekaterinburg averaging 4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.1 apg for 11 Euroleague games. She also had 15 appearances in Russian Superleague adding 8.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.3 spg. Her team reached the semifinals in Euroleague as well as in domestic play-off and the final in Russian National Cup. Abrosimova already has huge experience in WNBA as she was a member of Minnesota Lynx in 2005, 2006 and 2007. At her last season with Lynx she averaged 10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.3 spg in 34 games. Interesting is that in 2001 she played some time for her new-old team Connecticut Sun.
With Russian National Team she won Gold at the previous European Championship in Italy 2007. A year before Russia was Silver on World Championship in Sao Paulo. Except of the Lynx and Ekaterinburg, Abrosimova in the past also played for Spartak Moscow Region, Samara, Schio and Brno.

Dynamo-Energia Novosibirsk decided to change name of the club for the upcoming season. The new name of the team from Novosibirsk will be Dynamo-GUVD.


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Momir Tasic is a new coach of Radivoje Korac - by Dragana Vukovic
Last night the management of Radivoje Korac,the newcomer in the First Division,anounced that a new coach is Momir Tasic .They started with practices two weeks ago and they worked out on athletic preparation.During that period very ambitious management was searching for the coach.They chose Momir Tasic who was the coach of ZKK Kraljevo last season and also he is working every summer with some NT selection.He has gold medal from European Championship U18 in Novi Sad last season.He is wery good in work with young players what will be good for young team of Radivoje Korac which has seven NT players in different NT selections.

Serbia looks of the first win tomorrow against Bulgaria - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian senior National Team had not so good start of Eurobasket 2009 Qualifications. Serbia lost in the first game against Greece at home while Belgium was better in the next one 73-60. Tomorrow, with start at 18h, Serbia will try to register first victory and stay in the race for Eurobasket.

Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) stated that Serbia had a nice chance to celebrate in Belgium but unfortunately that didn't happen.

'We could win that game. We started pretty good at the both ends of the court. At the half time we created plus 13 but I don't know what happened to us after that. We somehow stopped doing everything was brought us that advantage. Our defense also get weaker which Belgians exploited. They made many offensive rebounds having a second chance to score' - said point guard Maja Miljkovic.

As it was against Greece in the first round, head coach of the team Jovica Antonic once again stated that Serbia is inexperienced team and that is the main problem so far. It really could be a good explanation as Serbians in both games were excellent in the first half (against Greece third quarter also).

Serbia is currently in though situation with score 0-2. After tomorrow's game against Bulgaria, Serbia will take on Greece but this time on the road and later it will host Belgium. As a reminder two best teams from each group will automatically book a spot for Eurobasket 2009 in Latvia.


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Mont Fleuri beat Cadettes - by Carlos Pereira
In the Womens League, Mont Fleuri got 21 points from Bernadette Songor and Tracey Htimier added 16 in a 56-34 win against Cadettes who were paced by Veena Panagary with 11 points including two treys.
After losing the first quarter 2-9, Cadettes won the second quarter 15-14 and tied the Mont Fleurians 9-9 before allowing captain Lindy Agla and company to outpace them 24-8 in the final 10-minute spell.
Mont Fleuri, who have won five times and lost twice, are second on the six-team table with 12 points the same total as leaders HotShots who are unbeaten in six games.
Defending champions Anse Etoile Stars are third with 11 points after five wins and a defeat.
Mont Fleuri Dawgz stay on course for automatic promotion to the mens top flight as they lead the 11-team bottom division with 27 points.
Their latest win was against RA Rockets on a 109-42 score, bringing their win tally to 13 in 14 games.
With captain Christian Toulon scoring 22 points and Jason Jean adding 17 in a 71-48 defeat of Cadets, Anse Etoile are also on 27 points, but have played two matches more than leaders Mont Fleuri Dawgz.
Pointe Larue Falcons defeated Drifters 103-58 to move to fourth place with 23 points. They have two games in hand on leaders Mont Fleuri Dawgz.

G. G. from the Nation


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Sdent Sierre Basket inks Layla SCHWARZ - by Dimitri Toumayeff
Sdent Sierre announced the signing of Layla SCHWARZ (1981, 193, 4-5). The former high jump Swiss champion played for Caja Rural Verona Norte (2nd division in Spain) last season. SCHWARZ previously spent some time in the US. She went to Oklahoma Baptist University (NAIA), and played in different professional leagues (WBCBL, NWBL) after graduation. The top Swiss player then moved to Spain 2 years ago, where she also spent some time with 1st division teams.

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Chicago need overtime to outscore Detroit - by Eurobasket News
Chicago used an impressive performance from Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) to post their third straight win. The Sky forward scored 24 points, added 8 boards and 7 assists and Chicago held off Detroit 82:81 in overtime thriller at UIC Pavilion. Detroit led by 7 points at the interval however Chicago tied the scoreline and surged ahead 60:59 at the end of the frame. The visitors retained the lead in the fourth period but Candice Dupree knocked down a jumper with 41 seconds left in regulation to draw things level at 77 and force overtime. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and Candice Dupree nailed three free throws and put the hosts up by 3 point with 47 seconds left in the extra period. Braxton converted a layup to cut the deficit to minimum however the Shock failed to save the game. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) had a chance to win it but her buzzer-beating three-pointer went off mark. Jia Perkins nailed 15 points for the Sky. Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and 12 boards for the winners. Katie Smith led the Shock with 23 points. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) contributed 18 points and 6 assists in a losing case.
The Connecticut Sun posted their sixth win in a row and improved to 19-10 record. Yesterday they fired down the Seattle Storm 80:76 at home. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) nailed 20 points, while Amber Holt (6'0''-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 15 points for the winners. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) sank 24 points for the Storm. Swin Cash secured 16 points in the loss. Seattle played without Lauren Jackson, who underwent an ankle surgery last week.


WNBA MVP?...It's A Close One! - by Jim Dod
The current race to the WNBA MVP is tighter than ever. While literally all of the MVP candidates who also happened to be members of Olympic teams excelled in Beijing, the current leader is someone who spent the month of August right here in the States. Few expected the Connecticut Sun to be leading the Eastern Conference at this point, especially having traded Katie Douglas to Indiana and with veterans Nykesha Sales and Margo Dydek being out of the picture. But with fifth-year point guard Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) leading the way, the Sun are out in front...by just a half game over the Liberty and Shock. So how does the Minnesota native feel about being considered for the league's top individual award? 'It's a great honor. And it's a thrill to even be mentioned among those top players.'
But Whalen is also quick to defer much of the praise to her teammates. 'It's a credit to the way we started the season (in Connecticut) and the way that everyone's stepped up. Knowing that we have six rookies and a lot of new players, we knew it was gonna be hard, but it's a testament to the way we started. We had one rough stretch, but we've turned it around now. 'It's been pretty cool.' The top five ranked WNBA players courtesy of WNBA.com are: Lindsay Whalen (15.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.4apg), Candace Parker (18.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.7apg), Sophia Young (18.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.6apg), Diana Taurasi (23.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg), and Seimone Augustus (19.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg).


The Sparks roll past the Lynx - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks got outstanding performances from Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) and Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) to shock the Minnesota Lynx at home yesterday. Candace Parker led the charge with 24 points and 16 boards, while Lisa Leslie came up with 20 points, 8 boards and 8 blocks to lift the Sparks to an 82:58 advantage. The hosts claimed their 4th straight win and improved to 18-12 record in the West. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) paced Minnesota with 13 points. Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 10 points and 7 caroms as the visitors slipped to 14-14 record. The Lynx looked good in the first half and the sides were tied at 37 heading into dressing rooms. The Lynx knocked down the first 6 points of the second half to surge in front. However the home team quickly denied the deficit. Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker teamed up for 15 points in a 29:5 rally from the Sparks that allowed them to build an unassailable lead early in the fourth quarter. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) had 7 points and season-high 10 rebounds for the winners. Candice Wiggins had 10 points off the bench for Minnesota. The Sparks limited their opponents to season-low in points and outrebounded them 47:29. The Sparks shot 46% from the field, while holding the Lynx to just 32% accuracy. Minnesota will next travel to Phoenix to take on the Mercury. The Sparks will play against the West leaders San Antonio away from home next.

Standings
WNBA Standings


Eastern
 1. Connect. S. 19-10 
 2. Detroit S. 17-12 
 3. New York L. 15-12 
 4. Indiana F. 13-15 
 5. Chicago Sky 11-17 
 6. Washingt. M. 10-18 
 7. Atlanta D. 3-26 
Western
 1. S.Antonio SS 19-10 
 2. Seattle S. 18-10 
 3. L.Angeles S. 17-12 
 4. Sacram. M. 16-13 
 5. Minnesota L.