EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/20/2008

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  ANTIGUA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. THF Ballers 0-0 
 2. Big Banana 0-0 
 3. Baldwin B. 0-0 
 4. Defence Force 0-0 
 5. Da-Squad 0-0 
 6. Lester's Hawks 0-0 
 7. Yorks C. 0-0 
 8. Blizzards 0-0 
 9. Ceco Pharmacy 0-0 


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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group E
 1. Zain 3-0 
 2. Sagesse 2-1 
 3. Al Riyadi 1-2 
 4. MAS 0-3 
Group F
 1. Al Kuwait 3-0 
 2. Orthodox 2-1 
 3. An Nasr 1-2 
 4. Al Nasr 0-3 


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina overcame Uruguay in the 2008 South America U15 championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U15 overcame Uruguay U15 in the 2008 South America U15 championship opener. Being the defending champions of the tournament Argentina did not have any difficulties in the first game. Uruguay U15 tried hard in the beginning of the game but trailed 35:72 by the end of it. Patricio Garino top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Valentin Marchisio ended up with 12 and Carlos Benitez had 10. Uruguay has its best guy on Luciano Parodi whom finishes the game with 9 points.
Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela are going to be facing each other in the Carl Herrera Arena in Guanare. Argentina was the last champions in this category and there have been beliefs that they can repeat it. Venezuela and Brazil though, look positive and optimistic about this year. This concludes that this years favorites are Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. Uruguay however did not want to give up early in the game and trailed only 11:16 after the opening quarter. Argentina pushed the tempo in the end of the first half winning the second period 20:10. The third quarter and the last one were more defensive as the teams paid more attention to defense. Argentina won the third 13:9 and used a 23-5 to close the game.


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 2. Al Rayyan 3-1 
 3. BK Almaty 2-2 
 4. Zain 1-3 
 5. MubaHang 0-4 
Group B
 1. Al Wasl 4-0 
 2. Saba 3-1 
 3. Muharraq 2-2 
 4. Al Qadsia 1-3 
 5. ONGC 0-4 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
V
 1. Melbourne 0-0 
 2. Bulleen B. 0-0 
 3. Waverley F. 0-0 
 4. Hume City 0-0 
 5. Werribee W.D. 0-0 
 6. Ringwood H. 0-0 
 7. Dandenong 0-0 
 8. Blackburn V. 0-0 
 9. Diamond V.E. 0-0 
 10. Eltham W. 0-0 
 11. Sandringham S. 0-0 
 12. Shepparton G. 0-0 
 13. Warrnambool 0-0 
 14. Latrobe City P. 0-0 
 15. Sherbrooke S. 0-0 
ABL
 1. Noarlunga 0-0 
 2. C.District L. 0-0 
 3. Eastern M. 0-0 
 4. Forestville E. 0-0 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 0-0 
 6. Norwood F. 0-0 
 7. S.Adelaide P. 0-0 
 8. Sturt S. 0-0 
 9. W.Adelaide B. 0-0 
 10. Woodville W. 0-0 
S.Cross
 1. Maroochydore 0-0 
 2. Toowoomba 0-0 
 3. Logan T. 0-0 
 4. Ipswich E. 0-0 
 5. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 6. Hervey Bay H. 0-0 
 7. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 8. Coastal S. 0-0 
Sunstate
 1. Gold Coast G. 0-0 
 2. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 3. Rockhampton 0-0 
 4. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 5. Cairns M. 0-0 
 6. S.District S. 0-0 
 7. Northside W. 0-0 
 8. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 9. Mackay M. 0-0 
 10. Townsville H. 0-0 
 1. Mildura M. 0-0 
 2. Kilsyth C. 0-0 
 3. NW Tasmania 0-0 
 4. AIS 0-0 
 5. Canberra G. 0-0 
 6. Geelong S. 0-0 
 7. Hobart C. 0-0 
 8. Ballarat M. 0-0 
 9. Bendigo B. 0-0 
 10. Nunawading S. 0-0 
 11. Mt Gambier 0-0 
 12. Albury W.B. 0-0 
 13. Frankston B. 0-0 
 14. Knox R. 0-0 
 15. Parramatta W. 0-0 
 16. Sutherland S. 0-0 
 17. ACT Academy 0-0 
 18. Cent.Coast P. 0-0 
 19. Illawarra S. 0-0 
 20. Maitland M. 0-0 
 21. Newcastle H. 0-0 
 22. Manly Warr. 0-0 
 23. N.Bears 0-0 
 24. Canberra N. 0-0 
 25. Hornsby S. 0-0 
 26. Hills H. 0-0 
 27. Sydney C. 0-0 
 28. Bankstown B. 0-0 
 29. Penrith P. 0-0 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Cairns T. 2-0 
 2. N.Zealand B. 1-0 
 3. Adelaide 36ers 1-0 
 4. Melbourne T. 1-0 
 5. Melbourne SD 1-1 
 6. Sydney S. 0-0 
 7. Gold Coast B. 0-1 
 8. Wollongong 0-1 
 9. Perth W. 0-1 
 10. Townsville C. 0-1 


Cairns get the second straight win - by Eurobasket News
The Cairns Taipans accounted for next scalp as they overcame the Gold Coast Blaze 85:75 on the road today. The hosts looked raw in the seasons opener and struggled to stop surging Taipans. Larry Abney (206-F/C-77, college: Fresno St.) paced the visitors right from the start as they jumped in front and maintained the advantage. The Blaze used their advantage under the rims in the second quarter to close the gap but still trailed 40:41 at halftime. Darnell Mee came up with three straight steals to fuel the rally from Cairns in the third. The Taipans outgunned the home team 21:9 in the third quarter and never looked back in the reminder of the contest. Stephen Black (186-G-80) finished with 18 points for the Taipans. Larry Abney added 17 points and 5 boards for the winners. Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) answered with 17 points for the Blaze. Juaquin Hawkins (201-F-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Long Beach St.) had 12 points in defeat.
Meanwhile the Adelaide 36ers taught the ambitious Townsville Crocodiles a good lesson beating them 109:82 at home. It was the initial win for the 36ers as well as for their new coach Scott Ninnis . The hosts got to a quick start leaving the Crocs behind 34:24 after the starting period. Russell Hinder knocked down 7 points in the second frame and pulled the visitors within 2 points at halftime. John Rillie drew things level at the start of the second period but Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79, college: Michigan St.) blocked consecutive attempts from the Crocs and delivered on the other hand to fuel the hosts rally. The 36ers built a 13-point buffer before the fourth term and secured a comfortable win at the end. Aaron Bruce (191-G-84) led the charge with 22 points. Brett Maher (188-G-73) and Adam Ballinger knocked down 21 points apiece for the winners. Rosell Ellis (199-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mc Neese St.) secured 19 points for the Crocodiles. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) stepped up with 17 points in the loss.


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  BAHAMAS   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Commonwealth Bank 0-0 
 2. Crime Stoppers 0-0 
 3. Atlantic Medical P. 0-0 
 4. Coke E. 0-0 
 5. Paradise S. 0-0 
 6. A1 Collegians 0-0 
 7. Juice Cleaners 0-0 


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  BOLIVIA   


Standings
Liga Standings
Zona I
 1. Nonis 0-0 
 2. Initep 0-0 
 3. Millonarios 0-0 
 4. Catolica 0-0 
Zona II
 1. Saracho 0-0 
 2. UBI Sucre 0-0 
 3. ASB Potosi 0-0 
 4. Univ.La Paz 0-0 
Zona III
 1. Meta La Salle 0-0 
 2. San Ignacio 0-0 
 3. La Salle UPB 0-0 
 4. Prosil 0-0 
Zona IV
 1. UCB 0-0 
 2. Ingenieros 0-0 
 3. Franciscanos 0-0 
 4. Amistad 0-0 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Bosna S. 11-3 
 2. Igokea 10-4 
 3. Siroki 10-4 
 4. Sloboda Dita 8-6 
 5. Borac Nektar 7-7 
 6. Zrinjski MC 4-10 
 7. Grude 3-11 
 8. Slavija 3-11 
Places 9-14
 1. Hercegovac 10-14 
 2. Posusje 10-14 
 3. Zenica Celik 10-14 
 4. Leotar 9-15 
 5. Capljina 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 2-22 


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


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  BRUNEI   


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. Processta CESK 0-0 
 2. SYH Tigers 0-0 
 3. Mum Bakery 0-0 
 4. Suncity Dragons 0-0 
 5. LSL Magic 0-0 
 6. Komala One-S. 0-0 
 7. Teo and Sons 0-0 


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  BULGARIA   


CSU Cuadripol Brasov replace Rapid Bucharest - by Valentin Anguelov
Due to serious financial problems, BC Rapid Bucharest is not able to participate in the upcoming 2008/09 season of the BIBL. After having a meeting with the general manager of the club and having understood the crisis they are standing at, the sports director of BIBL Shay Shtriks along with the Romanian Basketball Federation decided for the benefit of all the clubs and the BIBL to take BC Rapid Bucharest out from the League.

The second team to represent Romania in the BIBL Season 2008/09 will be CSU Cuadripol Brasov. Mr. Shtriks will travel to Romania in the beginning of next week to have meeting with the management of the club and Romanian Basketball Federation as well.

I do believe that the decision we took is for the good sake of the BIBL and for all the participants, said Mr. Shtriks.

According to the latest information CSU Cuadripol Brasov is making very good selection for the new season. They already announced the signing of Alex Hartman, Enes Hadjibulic, Rashaun Broadus, Andrei Mandache, Isleam Senai and will have a very good and competitve team.


Marcus Hall signed in Levski - by Valentin Anguelov
The first new addition to the Levski squad is already in Sofia. Today, flying from Houston on the airport arrived guard Marcus Hall (185-G-85).

Born on August, 6 1985 he can play both guard positions. In his high school he helds a career high 58 points and has a career average of 29.6. One interesting fact is that he ran 100 meters in 10.8 seconds.

In NCAA Hall played for University of Colorado. During the years he managed to become the court leader of the team playing eight times over 40 minutes in his final year. He is the 26th player in history to go over 1000 points for the university and finished fourth in total assists 423.

This summer he played in Las Vegas Summer League for the team of New York Knicks and left good impressions there.

Now Hall is leaving USA to sign his first professional contract in Bulgaria for the team of Levski. He is coming to try help the team to be a key factor in the championship.
'I'm very happy that I'll be playing for Levski' said Hall. 'I heard good things for the team from my agent. I have the ambition to show what I can do in the new season. This is my first year outside US and I hope to be able to do the best for a team like Levski.'

It is expected that he will be in the stands tomorrow for the final game of Bulgarian national team against Serbia and from Tuesday to start training with his new teammates.


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  COLOMBIA   


Nunez joins Piratas - by Gianni Pascucci
Piratas de Bogoda added to their roster Gary Nunez (201-C-81, college: NW Oklahoma St.) to replace the departed Patrick Culver. Nunez cames from Ecuadorian League, where he was named the season MVP playing in UTE.

Piratas releases Patrick Culver, Islanders adds Yubert Hinestrosa - by Victor Garcia
Piratas de Bogota releases Patrick Culver after 4 games, personal problems forced Culver to go back to the United States, Culver in the 4 games averaged 15 PPG and 7 RPG, while Piratas are still trying to get its first victory in the 2008 Colombian Basketball Federation Cup.
Piratas will face tonight Isladers Sopesa in Bogota with just one import, Islanders arrives to Bogota after four straight losses in the road, Islanders will have Yuber Hinestrosa (2.02 C) from today in its roster.


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  COSTA RICA   


Liceo tops the table - by Gianni Pascucci
Copenae Liceo de Costa Rica stays at the top of the Clausura Tournment, with a a perfect record of 13-0. In the last round, Liceo prevailed over Santa Cecilia, 77-61, with Aaron Sawyer (204-F/C-85, college: Northwest) and Joel Howell (177-G-82) being the game top scorers at 18 points each. Ferreteria Brenes Barva is sitting on the second chair, with a 12-1 record, followed by Escazu (10-5) and BCR Colono Limon (9-5). In the last round, Barva destroyed Goicoechea, 102-61...

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  CYPRUS   


New captain for Proteas EKA AEL - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas EKA AEL coach Dragan Raca announce the team captain for the new seazon. Cyprus international player Giorgos Palalas (185-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) was chosen by AEL coach to be the team captain. At his first statements as AEL captain Palalas said tha it is a great owner for him to be the captain of the biggest slub in Cyprus. Furtermore this owner gives hin extra motivation to play even better in the league for the next year.

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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Thomas, NAES 24.5
2 Siggers, BAK 24.5
3 Ross, HOR 22.3
4 Colas, RAN 22.1
5 Howell, SVE 21.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Miskovic, HOR 13.1
2 Colas, RAN 11.7
3 Johansen, Amager 9.2
4 Hamilton, Sisu 8.7
5 Hoger, Sven 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Dordevic, NAES 5.8
2 Howell, SVE 4.8
3 Zazai, HOR 4.5
4 Nielsen, HOR 4.2
5 Dennis, NAES 4.0
Steals Per Game
1 Howell, SVE 3.1
2 Dennis, NAES 2.5
3 Nielsen, HOR 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Billings, HOR 2,95
2 Christoffers , BAK 1.57
3 Hoger, SVE 1,41
2FGP
1 Colas, RAN 8.37
2 Hoger, TIM 6.95
3 Siggers, BAK 6.75
3FGP
1 Howell, SVE 2.87
2 Viglianco, HOR 2.69
3 Ross, HOR 2,52
Free Throws
1 Skotting, AABY 3.85
2 Ross, HOR 2.40
3 Ch.Nielsen, HOR 1.73


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  EGYPT   


Federation elections on th 29th,who will take the chair? - by Sherif Soliman
On the 29th the Egyptian federation elections will be held to choose the new president and 5 board members,according to the new rules only 24 clubs will have the right to vote.however, Mr.Mahmoud Ahmed Aly the current president will face a very hard competition with the Egyptian basketball god father Dr.Adel Sabry.No one can expect who will sit on the chair as both of them has the same chanses to win the buttle.On the other hand the 5 board chairs seems booked for Mohamed Abd El Moteleb,Sherif El Sanadeely,Hany Abd EL monem,Hussien Morsy,Magdy Abo Ferekha, but surprises could bring any one to the board.

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  ESTONIA   


Standings - 1.Liiga
1.Liiga Standings
Group A
 1. Voru KK 15-1 
 2. Verenda 13-3 
 3. KK Hito 10-6 
 4. N./Triobet 7-9 
 5. TTU SK 6-10 
 6. BC Kraft II 6-10 
 7. TLU/Kiili 6-10 
 8. Elion 5-11 
 9. Tamsalu 4-12 
Group B
 1. Filmipood 13-3 
 2. Rae Koss 11-5 
 3. Johvi/Toila 10-6 
 4. TU/Rock II 10-6 
 5. Kalev II 7-9 
 6. Salva Tartu 7-9 
 7. Kuressaare 6-10 
 8. Kotree 5-11 
 9. Hansapank 3-13 


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Many players from the Eurobasket Summer League recently signed in Europe - by Darryl Reshaw

The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) in our inaugural year facilitated many placement opportunities for players who attended the ESL events in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City and Salt Lake City.
The majority of the estimated thirty-five (35) players who signed contracts in Europe this summer were rookies with no international experience.
The ESL predicts that over forty (45) players who attended the ESL events will land on European club rosters by the end of the season.
Some of the other players will play in the NBDL, CBA, ABA and etc.
Our service was unique due to the wide popularity and global coverage of Eurobasket.
Many coaches throughout Europe contacted the ESL the past couple of months for scouting information of the players who were selected to the various All Tournament Teams in the selective cities.
There were at least ten placements where the European coaches followed some of the key players at the ESL web page and signed them without being present at the summer league but received expert scouting information from other coaches and the ESL scouts.
Currently the ESL staff is continuing to help agents place some of the top players from our summer league and the fact that all of our events were video taped and the scouting information is published on the web is a positive feature of the ESL.


Recent Signings of the ESL are as follows:


Chad Bell (213-C-82, college: Nevada) (213-C-82, college: Nevada) (213-C-82, college: Nevada) the seven foot athletic center from Nevada-Reno who played in our Las Vegas event recently signed with CSU Atlassib Sibiu in Romania.
In Las Vegas Chad made our All Big Men Team and showed flashes of having NBA potential.
Chad has ABA, CBA and NBDL experience but definitely will benefit from playing in Europe and will hopefully reach his enormous upside potential as he has legitimate NBA size and athleticism. CSU Atlassib Sibiu will play in the Euro Challenge Cup and will face the Eiffle Towers in the qualification round.



Melvin Jones (206-F-84, college: St.John's) (206-F-84, college: St.John's) the very talented big man from St Johns University who dominated in the ESL in Salt Lake City signed for Namika Lahti in Finland.
Namika Lahti coach was at the ESL event in Las Vegas but received scouting information about Melvins dominant performance at the Salt Lake City event from a Finnish coach and the ESL director. Namika Lahti is always one of the top teams in the Finnish League
Melvin Jones (Melvin Tyler) has the potential, skills and athleticism to play in the top tier leagues in Europe and we expect him to dominate in Finland.
He made the ESL All Tournament Team and the All Big Men Team in Salt Lake City and had one game where he scored 28pts, 20rbs and 8blks.



James St.Robert (203-F/C-86, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Dowling) signed for Illiabum in the Portuguese League. James impressed the main scout from Portugal at the ESL in New York City as he illustrated his size, strength and power at the event on the Fordham University campus. James made the All Tournament team and the All Big Men team in New York City ESL.
James played at Dowling College in 2007-08 and averaged 15ppg and 8rpgs.
He has the potential to have quality career in Europe due to his size and work ethic.



Calvin Brown (206-C-83, agency: Court Side, college: Norfolk St.) (206-C-83, agency: Court Side, college: Norfolk St.) was a big man to be reckoned with this summer at the ESL in New York as he recently signed with FC Barreirense in Portugal.
He is a great low-post scorer with the softest hands in the business and he is capable of getting a double-double every night.
He had an outstanding career at Nolfolk State and he low post game impressed the Portuguese scout at the ESL in New York City.
He is the type of player hat will do well in Europe for a long while due to his size and skill level.


Drew Gibson (188-G-85, college: Wofford) (188-G-85, college: Wofford) was one of the smoothest point guards at the ESL all summer as he captivated scouts with his pure point guard skills and scoring ability.
He recently signed Planet Leasing Dombovar KC in Hungary where he is expected to be one of the best guards in the league.
At the ESL event in New York City Drew decision making was supreme as he never turned the ball over and he directed his team like a season professional. He was very creative off the dribble and he could really score.
He should have an interesting career in Europe and could be a sleeper for the big leagues in the future.


Marcus Arnold (203-F-84, college: Illinois) signed for BK Nova Hut Ostrava in the Czech Republic and was outstanding at the ESL in Chicago. Marcus is another outstanding rookie to European basketball that played extremely well at the ESL in Chicago and made the All Tournament Team and the All Big Men Team. He impressed the variety of eastern European scouts at the ESL. In college he was outstanding at Illinois State where he made the All Freshman team in the Missouri Valley Conference. However he transfer to the powerhouse Big Ten member Illinois and received limited time. At the ESL in Chicago he was truly one of the most talented big guys and you could see his enormous potential to do well in European hoops.


Matt Martin (188-G-85, college: Montana) signed with DMU Leicester City Riders in the BBL in the United Kingdom and should do extremely well.
At the ESL in Chicago Matt showcased his talent and verified why he had an outstanding college career at the University of Montana.
His agency Cornerstone Management did an excellent job by placing him in the BBL in the UK and we expect Matt to have an outstanding season.


Justin Marshall (203-F-85, college: Iona) recently signed in kelag Worthersee Piraten in Austria as a result of playing extremely well at the ESL in New York City.
Last season Justin played in Portugal and was one of the best players in the Proliga division as he team captured the championship.
Justin is very long and extremely athletic and should do very well in Austria.


Jerrah Young (201-F-85, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Toledo) the outstanding prospect from University of Toledo signed for the Mardyke UCC Demons Cork in Ireland and is expected to be one of the best players in the Irish League.
Jerrah was outstanding at the ESL in Chicago and Tony Lenard who coached him at the ESL event thought he was the most talented big guy in the event.

His current coach Douglas Leichner of the Mardyke UCC Demons Cork went to the ESL event in New York City and witness a lot of talented players but was directed to Jerrah Young by the ESL scouting director as a steal for the Irish league. Jerrah had an outstanding senior season at Toledo where he averaged 11ppg and 6rpgs. He should progress to the higher leagues in Europe after this current season.


Michael Rembert (206-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) the big guy from Southeast Missouri State signed for Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg in Austria. He played extremely well at the ESL event in Chicago and made the All Tournament Team and the All Big Men Team. Going into his senior year at SE Missouri he was voted as Preseason Player of the Year in the OVC. Michael has a lot of potential and should do very well in Austria as he has the power, size and skills to be successful.


Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) the very talented veteran just recently signed with Centauros de Apure in Venezuela. Nathan was one of the most professional big guys who played in the ESL this summer. He made the All Tournament Teams in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City and one of the ESL coaches had him working out with the Atlanta Hawks as he was very impressive in the workouts at the Hawks training facility. However Nathan received an offer to play in Venezuela and will be available for the European Leagues in November. Last season he won a championship with the Oklahoma Calvary in the CBA and before getting traded he averaged 16ppg and 8rpg for Great Fall in the CBA in 2007-08.


Monty Rogers (196-F-82, college: Mayville St.) the very athletic forward signed for SCH Wuerzburg Baskets in Germany. During the ESL in Salt Lake City Monty showed is gifted athleticism and showed why he had recently played in the Finnish league. Monty should dominate in the 3rd League in Germany with no problem.

As the minor league season nears we expect a variety of players from the ESL to be drafted in NBDL, CBA and the ABA.

Lewis Lofton (191-F/G-72, college: Weber St.) the Director of the ESL in Salt Lake City recently signed as a head coach of the ABA franchise in Washington plans to invite some of the top available prospects from the ESL to his training camp as well.
There have been a few players from the ESL to turn down contracts in Europe to focus on the NBDL and other basketball situations.
The ESL will continue to assist players who were impressive at the ESL events and their agents to locate jobs in Europe.
If any European team is looking for quality players please contact marketing@eurobasket.com immediately because there are many quality players available that we scouted at the ESL.
There are some outstanding guards who made our All Tournament teams in Chicago, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that are available.
In addition there are a few outstanding players from the ESL that went to Europe and are back in the USA that needs to be placed again.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


American Tour 2008 - by Eurobasket News
Three Euroleague representatives are getting ready for American Tour to be held from October 10-21, 2008. The five games, which are part of the Euroleague American Tour, will be played by 2008 Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow (Russia), FC Barcelona (Spain) and Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania).
Oakland will be the final site of the Euroleagues American Tour when the Golden State Warriors hosts Lietuvos Rytas on Oct. 21. In the latest games from the team, Lietuvos Rytas beat Khimik 95:79. Ukrainian side looked well in the court and made less turnovers in comparison with the winners, 16-20. Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with 25:18 and then improved to 11 points deficit at the halftime. Khimik tied the third period at 25:25 but trailed 68:57 entering the fourth quarter. With 27:22 Lithuanian squad finished the game and won the friendly. Michailas Anisimovas led the winners with 21 points. Milisavljevic Branko collected 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Eidson Chuck had 16. Sasa Bratic and Famutimi Olu ended up with 15 points each in defeat. Cakic Goran and Kelly Wykeen netted 13 apiece, while Jackson Jarrius had 6.
With an impressive performance against Lietuvos Rytas Spanish CB Granada celebrated 76:72 win. Lithuanian team let the hosts go on 19:28 lead and could not catch them up later in the game. Even though Rytas reduced to 25:21 in the second, Spanish squad used 20:16 in the third. With 12-7 in the last period Lietuvos closed the game with another 72:76 loss. Argentinian Gianella nailed 13 points and Nacho Martin also getting into double figures with 10. Martynas Gecevicius (194-G-88) and Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for Rytas with 14 points each.
Lietuvos Rytas was stronger than Cajasol 98:92 away from home. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 22 points. Gecevicius Martynas nailed 20, while Milko Bjelica added 18. Michalas Ignerskis had a great night in defeat with 32 points. Juanas Triguero ended up with 15 points and Andrea Pecile got 14.

FC Barcelona will play with Los Angeles Lakers followed by the either Los Angeles Clippers or Toronto Raptors on Oct. 19. Barcelona won the tournament recently in Giessen. In the Final against Croatian Cibona Vasquez and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) were great at the offensive end while Barca's defense also looked good. Cibona managed to score just 10 points during the first ten minutes while Barca netted 23. Nothing has changed in the second frame. Roger Grimau and David Andersen joined two above mentioned players, what brought Barcelona wonderful 48-26 at the half time. It seemed that this game was already over but Croatians didn't want to give up. Players of head coach Velimir Perasovic demonstrated amazing performance in third quarter. Nikola Prkacin and his teammates took care for impressive 20-0 run! Barcelona wasn't able to score any point almost 7 minutes in this period. It means that Cibona entered into the last quarter closing the gap to seven. However, Bercelona's players recovered from this shock and despite 19-22 in the last stanza succeeded to win this tournament. Vasquez led Barcelona to trophy in Giessen scoring 18 points. Juan Carlos Navarro followed with 14 while Roger Grimau stopped on 13 points.
Barcelona secured another pre-season victory against an improved Pamesa Valencia who had controlled three quarters of the game before losing 76-81 to the Catalan giants. Tarjona led by seven points going into the final period but Xavi Pascuals side outscored their opponents 26-14 with Lubos Barton and Juan Carlos Navarro pivotal in the final minutes to help to steal the win. Jordi Trias (206-F-80) top-scored for Barca with 17 points while Dimos Dikoudis scored 8 points on his debut for Valencia.

The Euroleague American Tour tips off on October 10 in Orlando, Florida, when six-time Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow makes its North American debut against the Orlando Magic. CSKA's second preseason game will take place in Toronto, Canada, when CSKA plays the Toronto Raptors on October 14.
Montepaschi became the first Italian team to hand CSKA the first loss in their journey around the country. The winner of the Italian league had 72:54 victory with 20:10 in the end of the game. Italian side opened the game with 23:11 to take the whole control of the court. Montepaschi remained in front even when CSKA replied with 17:10 in the second to reduce the gap at the halftime. Italian champion produced 19:16 in the third, but was too good for the opponent in the last stanza. With 20:10 Montepaschi closed the game and handed Russian champion a loss in the fourth friendly game. Terrell McIntyre paced all the winners with 21 points.Marco Carraretto and Shaun Stonerook followed him with 10 apiece, while Sato scored 8. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and Erazem Lorbek finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) posted 10.
CSKA won the third game of Italian tour beating Virtus 73:58. The game was played on the court of new Futurshow Station - completely reconstructed famous Palamalaguti arena. CSKA opened the game easily with 19:6 and led to 17-point advantage at the halftime. Virtus bounced back in the third period and reduced to 2 points after 25:10 in the third quarter. The last period was supposed to bring more intrigue but CSKA had 24:11 in it to seal another win. Erazem Lorbek led the winners with 20 points. Ramunas Siskauskas nailed 17 and Trajan Langdon together with Morris produced 8 points apiece. Keith Langford top-scored in the losing effort with 14 points, Ford netted 13 and Earl Boykins added 9.
In the second game CSKA got the confident win over Reyer Venice 71:57. The champions grabbed 22:17 lead and increased to 8-point advantage at the halftime. Reyer did not think of giving up and produced 21:16 in the third quarter to cut the deficit. CSKA pushed the tempo in the last stanza to take the victory from the city on water. Matjaz Smodis paced all the winners with 13 points. Erazem Lorbek nailed 12, Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) and Trajan Langdon added 10.
Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow grabbed victory in its first friendly game of the pre-season 81:63 over Armani Jeans. The match was played in Verona on Wednesday. It is important to be mentioned that Russian powerhouse played this game without Viktor Khryapa and Matjaz Smodis.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Italy4-1
2. Lithuania4-1
3. Turkey4-1
4. Ukraine2-3
5. Croatia1-4
6. Israel0-5
Group F
1. Serbia4-1
2. Monteneg.3-2
3. Spain3-2
4. France3-2
5. Latvia2-3
6. Russia0-5
Classification
1. Bulgaria2-1
2. Greece2-1
3. Slovenia2-1
4. Georgia0-3


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 2. Strumica 0-0 
 3. F.Rabotnicki 0-0 
 4. Feni Indistrija 0-0 
 5. Pelister 0-0 
 6. Vardar 0-0 
 7. Karpos 0-0 
 8. AMMAK SP 0-0 
 9. Torus 0-0 
 10. Pop Sport S. 0-0 


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Mavrovo 0-0 
 2. Goce Delchev 0-0 
 3. Centar S. 0-0 
 4. Teteks 0-0 
 5. V.Lisici 0-0 
 6. Kozuv 0-0 
 7. Negotino 0-0 
 8. Ovce Pole 0-0 
 9. Heraklea 0-0 
 10. Plejmejker K. 0-0 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
First Macedonian League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Frye, Amak 19.8
2. Tasovski, Strum. 19.3
3. Thaci, MZT FON 18.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Latovic, Strum. 8.9
2. Thaci, MZT FON 6.9
3. Vasilev, Karpos 6.5
Assists Per Game
1. Dimitar Mirakovski (Fersped Rabotnicki) 5.83
2. Jane Petrovski (MZT Skopje) 5.14
3. Milan Miljkovic (Swisslion Pelister) 4.93
Steals Per Game
1. Frye, Amak 2.3
2. Miljkovic, Swiss. 2.0
3. Thaci, MZT FON 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Simic, Fersped 1.3
2. Stankovic, Swiss.1.0
3. Kralevski, Vardar 1.0
2FGP
1. Talevski, Swiss. 69.7
2. D.Tasov., Strum. 67.6
3. Blazevski, Vardar 65.8
3FGP
1. Veselin., Fersped 45.3
2. Blazevski, Vardar 45.0
3. Stojanov., Fersp. 43.2
Free Throws
1. Blazevski, Vardar 79.0
2. Thaci, MZT FON 72.4
3. Mirakov., Fersped 70.5


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  GABON   


CADETS AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE CITY OF LAMBARENE - by Tim Ndjiki
FIRST EDITION OF NATIONAL SEMIDETACHED CADETS AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE CITY OF LAMBARENE.
The competition was played at the tray of basketball of the High school Charles MEFANE '. It is the first time that the Federation Gabonese of Basketball (FEGABAB), organize such a competition in a city situated at the inside of Gabon. Honour comes back to cadet of ENGONG, club of northern city (Oyem) and the IZO, club junior BB of the city of Lambarn, in absence of clubs of Libreville; they have taken back these competitions.
Four provinces honoured their presence:
The province of the Woleu Ntem with (ENGONG: Cadets and Junior).
The province of the Middle Ogoou (IZO BB: Cadets and Junior)
The province of Ogoou - Lolo (OLAB: Junior),
The Province of Ogoou - Ivindo (Elenga: Cadets and Junior))
Tenors of the two bigger provinces (Estuary and the Maritime Ogoou) having withdrawn, the team of the province of the north, ENGONG BB, took back the national title; shes driven by Christian NDONG.
Of his history, the junior team of the province of the Moyen Ogoou, driven by H. Osman, took back the national title also for the first time.


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  GERMANY   


Gruenheid signs for 99ers - by Moritz Korff
The Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga) have agreed a deal with German international Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82, agency: Court Side). The Jena native who turned 26 years of age in August spent this past season in Holland as a member of Eredivisie outfit Hanzevast Capitals Groningen. He averaged 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 33 games of the Dutch league and 12.3 points as well as 5.7 boards in 10 encounters of the ULEB-Cup. During the summer he received four caps for the German National Team, but did not make the German roster for the Olympic Games.
Before making the move abroad Gruenheid already played two seasons in Koeln and helped the club to secure the German-cup title in 2007 and the 2006 German championship.


Weiden returns topscorer and gets another D3-standout - by Moritz Korff
Stephen Cramer (188-G, college: Hope (MI)), the topscorer of the 2007-08 Regionalliga South-East season, returns to Germany and will continue to play for the Coocoon Baskets Weiden. The 23-year-old Guard was unstoppable in his 25 appearances for Weiden in this past season and scored 32.2 points per contest, being named to the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East First Team.
And Cramer will bring his former teammate from Hope College, Marcus Vanderheide (201-F, college: Hope (MI)), to Germany. The skilled Forward led the NCAA D3-powerhouse in scoring (15.0ppg) and rebounding (6.7rpg) as a senior and guided Hope to the 2008 NCAA Division 3 Final Four. Just like Cramer the year before, individual accolades rolled in for Vanderheide after having completed his final year of college-basketball: He made the NABC D3 All-America First Team as well as the D3hoops.com All-America Third Team.


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Pro A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Stapleton, Dssel 20.7
2 Oliver, Kaisersl 20.5
3 Crawford, Karlsr 19.2
4 McGhee, Cuxh 18.8
5 Francois, Cuxh 18.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Berghoefer, Dss 11.4
2 Hamilton, Lich 11.3
3 Shaw, Nrdlingen 9.5
4 McGhee, Cuxhav 9.2
5 Oliver, Kaiserslaut 9.0
Assists Per Game
1 Holcomb-Faye, Kai 5.8
2 Russel, Chemnitz 4.9
3 Witt, Schalke 4.7
4 Crawford, Karlsruhe 4.6
5 Bynum, Heidelberg 4.6
Steals Per Game
1 Trice, Cuxhaven 2.9
2 Parker, Rhndorf 2.6
3 Pryor, Schalke 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Johnson, Dssel 2.0
2 Kelley, Langen 1.9
3 Fairley, Chemnitz 1.8
2FGP
1 Hird, Schalke 67.5
2 Buse, MBC 64.4
3 Krzyminski, Rhn 63.1
3FGP
1 Mallon, Dsseld 46.6
2 Grosse, Rhndorf 46.1
3 Baumann, Hagen 43.3
Free Throws
1 Chavis, MBC 91.7
2 Lake, Nrnberg 90.2
3 Oppland, Kaisers 87.0


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Bayreuth 0-0 
 2. Heidelberg 0-0 
 3. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 4. Karlsruhe 0-0 
 5. MBC 0-0 
 6. Langen 0-0 
 7. Lich 0-0 
 8. Schalke 0-0 
 9. ETB Wohnbau 0-0 
 10. Jena 0-0 
 11. Chemnitz 0-0 
 12. Hagen 0-0 
 13. Bremen 0-0 
 14. Kirchheim 0-0 
 15. teckproBraves 0-0 
 16. Cuxhaven 0-0 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. Osnabrueck 0-0 
 2. Wolfenbuettel 0-0 
 3. Rhoendorf 0-0 
 4. Landshut 0-0 
 5. B'guessbach 0-0 
 6. Freiburg 0-0 
 7. Crailsheim 0-0 
 8. Mainz 0-0 
 9. SU Braunsch. 0-0 
 10. Herten 0-0 
 11. T.Muenchen 0-0 
 12. Ehingen 0-0 
 13. Speyer 0-0 
 14. Franken Hexer 0-0 
 15. Stahnsdorf 0-0 


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  GREECE   


FIBA Arbitral Tribunal (FAT) - by Serafim Karaiskakis
After the article I wrote about the FIBA problem for AEL 1964 Larissa i received emails from players and agents to inform them the good and the bad teams in Greece regarding the payments. The information I have it is from a press release PSAK (players organization) made. Most of the teams here closed their rosters so I write for the teams who look players now.

2007-08 Greece A1

AEK: 0 payment delay *
Panionios: 0 payment delay
AEL 1964 Larissa: 3 months payment delay
PAOK: 5 months payment delay *

* AEK and PAOK have new management for the 2008-09 season.

For a player and agent who have financial problems with a team they can read more info here for instructions in order to take legal action and report the problem to FIBA.


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  GUATEMALA   


Elite Sport defeats Le Mans - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last game of Clausura tournment, Elite Sport won again, defeating Le Mans, 86-69. However, it wasn' t a so easy job this time, if we consider the partial scores (18-16, 36-34, 60-58) you can see that the game was very balanced till the beginning of the last quarter, when Elite Sport showed all its strength and experience, closing the game. The best performers were Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) with 23 pts, Paulo Castillo (199-C-78) with 17 pts and Juan Jose Rosales (181-G-82) with 16, while Adrian Lemcke led Le Mans in losing effort with 26 points. All the basketball fans are now looking to Sunday night showdown, when tablehader Elite Sport will meet the other team undefeated in Liga Metro, SAT Markvision.

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  IRAQ   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Al Jaysh 0-0 
 2. Al Hilla 0-0 
 3. Al Karkh 0-0 
 4. Al Armany 0-0 
 5. Al A'zamiyah 0-0 
 6. Al Houdoud 0-0 
 7. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 8. An Nasiriyah 0-0 
 9. Al Shurtah 0-0 
 10. Al Tadamon 0-0 
 11. Duhok 0-0 
 12. Al Mosul 0-0 


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
Conference A
 1. DCU Saints 0-0 
 2. UCD Marian 0-0 
 3. Belfast Star 0-0 
 4. Killester 0-0 
 5. Ulster Elks 0-0 
Conference B
 1. UCC Demons 0-0 
 2. Tigers 0-0 
 3. Hoops 0-0 
 4. Limerick 0-0 
 5. Neptune 0-0 


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi and Marcus Fizer part ways - by Yehonatan Eliahu

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv decided to release big man Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.), the club announced today in an official statement to the media. Fizer suffered a serious knee injury during the Top 16 stage last season and did not came back for the rest of the season. While he was expected to stay with Maccabi and getting back on courts on January, the last examination showed that Fizer's rehalibitation process will take more time than Maccabi predicted earlier, so they decided to terminate his contract right away.

Fizer averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15 Euroleague games last season. Apparently Maccabi won't sign any other player to take Fizer's spot, as the squad's frontcourt is already quite overloaded.



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  ITALY   


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Cremona 0-0 
 2. Vigevano 0-0 
 3. Treviglio 0-0 
 4. Ozzano 0-0 
 5. Cagliari 0-0 
 6. Forli 0-0 
 7. Agricola G. 0-0 
 8. Fidenza 0-0 
 9. Omegna 0-0 
 10. Casalpuster. 0-0 
 11. Lumezzane 0-0 
 12. Vado Ligure 0-0 
 13. Jesolosandona 0-0 
 14. Castelletto 0-0 
Group B
 1. Molfetta 0-0 
 2. Osimo 0-0 
 3. Palestrina 0-0 
 4. Matera 0-0 
 5. Fossombrone 0-0 
 6. Potenza 0-0 
 7. Ferentino 0-0 
 8. Barcellona 0-0 
 9. Ostuni 0-0 
 10. S.Antimo 0-0 
 11. Siena Virtus 0-0 
 12. Trapani 0-0 
 13. Firenze 0-0 
 14. Latina 0-0 


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  JAPAN   


Former JBL imports-where are they now? - by Kenny
Swingman Alpha Bangura, who spent the past 2 season with the Aisin Sea Horses before being let go in March, has signed with Sagesse in Lebanon for the 2008-09 season. The mercurial Bangura spent 2 productive seasons in Japan with Aisin and helped Aisin win the JBL title last season.

Meanwhile, former Rera Kamuy Hokkaido F Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) has been invited to camp with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. The former Tar Heel great spent only 1 season in the JBL and was 2nd in the league in scoring at 24.7 ppg before returning to the U.S. to play for the Cavaliers' summer league team in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July. According to sources around the the JBL, Hokkaido wanted Williams back for another season but the 6-7 forward apparently rejected Hokkaido's offer in order to give the NBA another shot. He previously went to camp with the Los Angeles Clippers but failed to make the roster.

Another 1 year JBL import, F Jamar Smith, has signed with Fastweb CM in Italy's 2nd Division for the upcoming season. The easygoing Smith spent last season with the Toshiba Brave Thunders and was unstoppable force inside at times. The former Maryland star has played in Israel and Greece and went to camp with the San Antonio Spurs in 2006.


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  JORDAN   


Standings - First Division
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. Ashrafyyah 0-0 
 2. Al Aqaba 0-0 
 3. Kafar Awan 0-0 
 4. ASU 0-0 
Group B
 1. Ghazat Hash. 0-0 
 2. Kafar Youba 0-0 
 3. Fuheis 0-0 
 4. Al Jalil 0-0 
 5. Al Aqsa 0-0 


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  LEBANON   


Results from Day 2 - Lebanese Summer League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon


In the second day of the Lebanese Summer League, 3 games were scheduled .
The first game joined the Sagesse to Feytroun , Sagesse who started the Tournament with a big win against the Lebanese U18 National Team had a new player for this game , Trent Strickland , Sagesse had no problems in scoring its second win of the tournament on the score of 71-57.


Best Scorers:

Sagesse : Trent Strickland (15pts)

Q1: 18-13 Q2: 37-24 Q3: 54-39 Q4: 71-57

In the second game, LAU created a big surprise by beating the home Team Antranik on the score of 65-56 , LAU players who had an import player with them had a great game , they managed to take over of the game in the second half to record the first win of the tournament , the game finished at the score of 65-56.

Best Scorers:

LAU: Samer Mechref (15pts) , Antranik : Simon Daoud (10pts)

Q1: 16-20 Q2: 26-28 Q3: 45-40 Q4: 65-56


In the last game of the day, The team from Egypt Academy of Cairo, started the tournament with a win against Kahraba on the score of 63-50 .Kahraba whos preparing to be in the first division this season .
The Egyptian had no problem wining its first game .

Best Scorers:
Academy: Moustafa Chafii (16pts) , Kahraba : Ramy Farhat (10pts)

Q1: 23-09 Q2: 30-24 Q3: 45-36 Q4: 63-50



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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 0-0 
 2. Aisciai 0-0 
 3. Lietuvos 0-0 
 4. Techasas 0-0 
 5. Neptunas 0-0 
 6. Siauliai 0-0 
 7. Alita 0-0 
 8. Sakalai 0-0 
 9. Suduva 0-0 
 10. Nevezis 0-0 
 11. Kaunas Tr. 0-0 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Residence 0-0 
 2. Heffingen 0-0 
 3. Sparta 0-0 
 4. Etzella 0-0 
 5. T71 0-0 
 6. Contern 0-0 
 7. Amicale 0-0 
 8. Musel Pikes 0-0 
 9. Black Star 0-0 
 10. Racing 0-0 


Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
 1. Soleuvre 0-0 
 2. BC Mess 0-0 
 3. BBC Nitia 0-0 
 4. Bascharage 0-0 
 5. Schieren 0-0 
 6. Basket Esch 0-0 
 7. Mondorf 0-0 
 8. Pall Aren 0-0 


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  MALAYSIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Melaka Ch. 6-2 
 2. Segamat R. 5-3 
 3. Klang WCT 5-3 
 4. Bintulu R. 2-6 
 5. YSL 2-6 


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  MALDIVES   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Victory SC 0-0 
 2. SRC 0-0 
 3. Hurricane BC 0-0 
 4. The Group SC 0-0 
 5. R.L.C 0-0 
 6. K.H. United 0-0 


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  MOLDOVA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Gamma 2-0 
 2. UASM 2-1 
 3. Orhey 2-1 
 4. Soroka 1-2 
 5. ASEM 1-2 
 6. Veteran 0-0 
 7. Floare 0-0 
 8. Tiraspol 0-0 
 9. Basco 0-1 


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  NAIA   


MEET: Antonio Jones of Saint Thomas University! - by Lucius Jones
Despite a 10-18 initial record for Head Coach Clark Maloney , he had one bright spot among others in Antonio Jones (5'7''-G). Antonio Jones ended the 2007 season as the nation's second leading scorer at 26.04ppg. The guard seems tobe an obvious choice for pre-season All American teams and a legit possibility at NAIA D2 POY honors. Antonio Jones averaged 26ppg to go with 5rpg 3apg and 2spg while shooting 42%FG,37%3pt, and 84%FT. With 11 of the losses coming by 8points or less, look for the Saint Thomas University team to be much improved in the upcoming season.

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  NBA   


Bostons Darius Miles Suspended for 10 Games - by Bruno Baltazar
The NBA announced today that Darius Miles (6'9''-F/C-81) of the Boston Celtics has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program at the end of the 2007-08 NBA season. His violation of the program involved phentermine.
Miles suspension will begin with the first game of the 2008-09 NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.
After the rehab these might be a oportunity to make Miles be even more ready as will give him time to be more in shape for the season.


Bush Honors Celtics at White House - by Bruno Baltazar
President Bush on Friday welcomed the Boston Celtics to the White House to celeberate the team's 17th NBA championship, declaring 'Celtic pride is back.''
Bush saluted Celtics' captain Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas), who led the team to a title and was MVP of the finals despite suffering a knee injury early in the series.

'Playing hurt in a championship game is the ultimate sign of leadership,'' Bush said during an East Room ceremony.

The team's players, owners and coaches presented the president with a green Celtics jersey emblazoned with' a nod to Bush's standing as the 43rd president, and an autographed basketball. The team also said it would send a $100,000 check to the Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Ike.

Celtics fans, a few wearing Red Sox caps and many, like Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy, snapping photos with their cameras, packed the East Room.

The Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in June to end a 22-year championship drought. The title capped a dramatic turnaround for the Celtics, who had the second-worst record in the NBA during the 2006-07 season.

'There was a little bit of a drought, but sure enough that drought ended with the NBA championship,'' said Bush.

Bush said that like other sports fans across the country, he was delighted that this year's bruising final series rekindled the old Celtics-Lakers rivalry.

'For baby boomers like me, that is the - that was a reminder of a great basketball rivalry,'' Bush said. 'So, like, Boston fans were screaming, 'Beat L.A.!' at the top of their lungs, and that's exactly what this team did in six hard-fought games.''

It was the Celtics' first title without Red Auerbach, the famed team patriarch who died in October 2006 after being part of the other 16 championships, nine as coach.

The fortunes of the team turned around when it obtained guard Ray Allen from Seattle and forward Kevin Garnett from Minnesota in separate trades before last season.

Hosting Boston's successful pro sports teams at White House ceremonies is nothing new for Bush.
Bush joked that a friend had suggested he could host a 'Boston Three Party'' for the city's championship teams.
After the ceremony, Pierce said meeting the president was more nerve-wracking than the NBA finals.
'I got real nervous back there, my hands were sweaty,'' he said. 'I was more nervous right here today.''
Bush, who is winding down his presidency, wished the team well defending its title this season. But he added that a new president will be hosting next year's White House event for the NBA champs.
'Should you win it, you can find me in Texas,'' he said with a laugh.

Cortesy of nba.com


Jefferson Suffers Mild MCL Sprain and Miamis Beasley Fined - by Bruno Baltazar
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Thursday that forward Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) has suffered a mild sprain of the MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his right knee. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam taken yesterday at TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, Minn. confirmed the injury. Jefferson is expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks and is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season.
In 2008, his first season with the Timberwolves, Jefferson averaged 21.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.5 bpg, all career highs. Jefferson was one of only four players in the NBA in 2007-08 to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. In four seasons in the NBA, Jefferson holds career averages of 13.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 0.9 apg and 1.1 bpg.

Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) of the Miami Heat has been fined $50,000 for his involvement in an incident at the league's Rookie Transition Program earlier this month, and for his initial failure to cooperate with a league investigation of the matter, the NBA announced Thursday. Beasley was involved in the same incident for which Miamis Mario Chalmers and Memphis Darrell Arthur were previously fined.


American Tour 2008 - by Eurobasket News
Three Euroleague representatives are getting ready for American Tour to be held from October 10-21, 2008. The five games, which are part of the Euroleague American Tour, will be played by 2008 Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow (Russia), FC Barcelona (Spain) and Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania).
Oakland will be the final site of the Euroleagues American Tour when the Golden State Warriors hosts Lietuvos Rytas on Oct. 21. In the latest games from the team, Lietuvos Rytas beat Khimik 95:79. Ukrainian side looked well in the court and made less turnovers in comparison with the winners, 16-20. Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with 25:18 and then improved to 11 points deficit at the halftime. Khimik tied the third period at 25:25 but trailed 68:57 entering the fourth quarter. With 27:22 Lithuanian squad finished the game and won the friendly. Michailas Anisimovas led the winners with 21 points. Milisavljevic Branko collected 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Eidson Chuck had 16. Sasa Bratic and Famutimi Olu ended up with 15 points each in defeat. Cakic Goran and Kelly Wykeen netted 13 apiece, while Jackson Jarrius had 6.
With an impressive performance against Lietuvos Rytas Spanish CB Granada celebrated 76:72 win. Lithuanian team let the hosts go on 19:28 lead and could not catch them up later in the game. Even though Rytas reduced to 25:21 in the second, Spanish squad used 20:16 in the third. With 12-7 in the last period Lietuvos closed the game with another 72:76 loss. Argentinian Gianella nailed 13 points and Nacho Martin also getting into double figures with 10. Martynas Gecevicius (194-G-88) and Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for Rytas with 14 points each.
Lietuvos Rytas was stronger than Cajasol 98:92 away from home. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 22 points. Gecevicius Martynas nailed 20, while Milko Bjelica added 18. Michalas Ignerskis had a great night in defeat with 32 points. Juanas Triguero ended up with 15 points and Andrea Pecile got 14.

FC Barcelona will play with Los Angeles Lakers followed by the either Los Angeles Clippers or Toronto Raptors on Oct. 19. Barcelona won the tournament recently in Giessen. In the Final against Croatian Cibona Vasquez and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) were great at the offensive end while Barca's defense also looked good. Cibona managed to score just 10 points during the first ten minutes while Barca netted 23. Nothing has changed in the second frame. Roger Grimau and David Andersen joined two above mentioned players, what brought Barcelona wonderful 48-26 at the half time. It seemed that this game was already over but Croatians didn't want to give up. Players of head coach Velimir Perasovic demonstrated amazing performance in third quarter. Nikola Prkacin and his teammates took care for impressive 20-0 run! Barcelona wasn't able to score any point almost 7 minutes in this period. It means that Cibona entered into the last quarter closing the gap to seven. However, Bercelona's players recovered from this shock and despite 19-22 in the last stanza succeeded to win this tournament. Vasquez led Barcelona to trophy in Giessen scoring 18 points. Juan Carlos Navarro followed with 14 while Roger Grimau stopped on 13 points.
Barcelona secured another pre-season victory against an improved Pamesa Valencia who had controlled three quarters of the game before losing 76-81 to the Catalan giants. Tarjona led by seven points going into the final period but Xavi Pascuals side outscored their opponents 26-14 with Lubos Barton and Juan Carlos Navarro pivotal in the final minutes to help to steal the win. Jordi Trias (206-F-80) top-scored for Barca with 17 points while Dimos Dikoudis scored 8 points on his debut for Valencia.

The Euroleague American Tour tips off on October 10 in Orlando, Florida, when six-time Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow makes its North American debut against the Orlando Magic. CSKA's second preseason game will take place in Toronto, Canada, when CSKA plays the Toronto Raptors on October 14.
Montepaschi became the first Italian team to hand CSKA the first loss in their journey around the country. The winner of the Italian league had 72:54 victory with 20:10 in the end of the game. Italian side opened the game with 23:11 to take the whole control of the court. Montepaschi remained in front even when CSKA replied with 17:10 in the second to reduce the gap at the halftime. Italian champion produced 19:16 in the third, but was too good for the opponent in the last stanza. With 20:10 Montepaschi closed the game and handed Russian champion a loss in the fourth friendly game. Terrell McIntyre paced all the winners with 21 points.Marco Carraretto and Shaun Stonerook followed him with 10 apiece, while Sato scored 8. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and Erazem Lorbek finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) posted 10.
CSKA won the third game of Italian tour beating Virtus 73:58. The game was played on the court of new Futurshow Station - completely reconstructed famous Palamalaguti arena. CSKA opened the game easily with 19:6 and led to 17-point advantage at the halftime. Virtus bounced back in the third period and reduced to 2 points after 25:10 in the third quarter. The last period was supposed to bring more intrigue but CSKA had 24:11 in it to seal another win. Erazem Lorbek led the winners with 20 points. Ramunas Siskauskas nailed 17 and Trajan Langdon together with Morris produced 8 points apiece. Keith Langford top-scored in the losing effort with 14 points, Ford netted 13 and Earl Boykins added 9.
In the second game CSKA got the confident win over Reyer Venice 71:57. The champions grabbed 22:17 lead and increased to 8-point advantage at the halftime. Reyer did not think of giving up and produced 21:16 in the third quarter to cut the deficit. CSKA pushed the tempo in the last stanza to take the victory from the city on water. Matjaz Smodis paced all the winners with 13 points. Erazem Lorbek nailed 12, Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) and Trajan Langdon added 10.
Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow grabbed victory in its first friendly game of the pre-season 81:63 over Armani Jeans. The match was played in Verona on Wednesday. It is important to be mentioned that Russian powerhouse played this game without Viktor Khryapa and Matjaz Smodis.


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Maciariello joins Fairfield staff - by Kevin Cochran

Fairfield Head Men's Basketball Coach Ed Cooley announced that Carmen Maciariello will join his staff as an assistant coach for the Stags beginning with the 2008-09 season. Maciariello's hiring completes Coach Cooley's staff which includes Associate Head Coach Bob Simon, Assistant Coach Brian Blaney , and Director of Basketball Operations Antonio Reynolds Dean.

Maciariello comes to Fairfield after serving as the director of basketball operations at Siena under Head Coach Fran McCaffery. He spent one season with the Saints in that capacity, beginning with the 2005-06 season. He joined the coaching ranks after a successful playing career in Italy.

Maciariello played with CMB Castelmaggiore, a professional team in Bologna, Italy in 2002. However, a torn ACL in April of that year forced him out of the lineup. He later signed with Basket Massafra in the Italian Minor League where he averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. In 2003, Maciariello moved to the Professional League with Basket Club Ragusa in Sicily. He averaged four points and 15 minutes per game.

One year later, Maciariello declined a two-year contract from the professional team Cimberrio Novara to return to the United States and pursue a coaching career.

As a student athlete, Maciariello spent three years at New Hampshire, where he served as team captain during his junior year (1998-99). During his stay, he was named to the program's Defensive Player of the Year in 1998. In 1999, Maciariello was named to the Mohegan Sun All-Tournament team as well as the New Mexico Inter Cable Classic All-Tournament Team.

He transferred to Siena for his senior season, but had to sit out the 1999-2000 campaign per NCAA residency policy. He returned to the court the following year and helped the Saints to a 20-win season, and a share of the MAAC regular-season championship. He received the Rev. Benjamin Kuhn Student-Athlete Award following the season.

Off the court, Maciariello worked as a one-on-one aid for children with special needs. He also spent time as vice president and coach of the Albany City Rocks 17 and under team. In October, 2007 he began as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in their Paths of Achievement program.


Courtesy: fairfieldstags.com



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Stephen Cramer returns to Germany and is followed by another D3-standout - by Moritz Korff
Stephen Cramer (6'2''-G, college: Hope (MI)), the topscorer of the 2007-08 Regionalliga South-East season, returns to Germany and will continue to play for the Coocoon Baskets Weiden. The 23-year-old Guard was unstoppable in his 25 appearances for Weiden in this past season and scored 32.2 points per contest, being named to the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East First Team.
And Cramer will bring his former teammate from Hope College, Marcus Vanderheide (6'7''-F, college: Hope (MI)), to Germany. The skilled Forward led the NCAA D3-powerhouse in scoring (15.0ppg) and rebounding (6.7rpg) as a senior and guided Hope to the 2008 NCAA Division 3 Final Four. Just like Cramer the year before, individual accolades rolled in for Vanderheide after having completed his final year of college-basketball: He made the NABC D3 All-America First Team as well as the D3hoops.com All-America Third Team.


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Standings - Men
Standings
 1. Shanti Yuva 0-0 
 2. Sonics 0-0 
 3. RIBS 0-0 
 4. Kirtipur 0-0 
 5. Rupendehi 0-0 
 6. Sunsari 0-0 


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Nelson Giants re-sign Christopher Reay, also hoping to sign two seven footers - by Kahn Hart
The Nelson Giants have pulled off another of their trademark early off season signings, inking former Tall Black Christopher Reay (206-C-84, college: Midwestern St.) who earlier in the year finished up at Midwestern St. in Texas. Reay played in the second half of the 2008 season for Nelson and quietly averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds a game, headlined by a 16 point 11 rebound effort against the Auckland Stars. Christopher Reay's signing takes the Giants roster out to two players, the other being loyal veteran Phill Jones, who is currently playing an important role off the bench for the New Zealand Breakers. The Giants are also in negotiations with seven footers Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) and Alex Pledger (216-C-87), the signing of these two players along with Reay and Jones and a host of talented youngsters would make Nelson a formidable team to face and a possible title contender. It was earlier reported that Pledger had signed with Belm.Abbey, but after his impressive showing for the Tall Blacks in their series against Australia, he has caught the eye of a few pro teams.

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Standings - Metrobasket
MetroBasket Standings
 1. San Francisco 0-0 
 2. Arraijan 0-0 
 3. Grillos 0-0 
 4. Pueblo Nuevo 0-0 
 5. Galacticos 0-0 
 6. Monarcas 0-0 
 7. Parque Lefevre 0-0 
 8. Chorrillo 0-0 


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Buffalo from Sharks and Dragons to the Stampede - by Gianni Pascucci
The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced the acceptance into the league of the Buffalo Stampede, with that team commencing play in the 2008-09 PBL season. This team replaces the previously announced team NexxNow/Buffalo Dragons, that will continue to push forward with the PBLs international initiatives in China, while working to finalize international competition for the 2010 season. This is a win-win situation, commented PBL Chairman of the Board Dr. Severko Hrywnak. NexxNow/Dragons owner Todd Wier is making great strides in China, and Buffalo Pro Hoops President Vincent Lesh is putting together a top-notch organization in Buffalo. It will be great for the PBL and great for the City of Buffalo. The official PBL release doesn' t explain that Vincent Lesh, president of Buffalo Pro Hoops and previously annonced as ABA team Buffalo Sharks owner, has ended his association with the American Basketball Association, joining the Premier Basketball League before paying a single game in the ABA. His winning move was to acquire the Buffalo Dragons franchise, calling the new team the Buffalo Stampede. In consequence, the town of Buffalo will have only one minor league team, the result of the merge between the Buffalo Dragons and the Lesh-led Buffalo Sharks of the ABA.

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Peru U15 started their campaign in Guanare - by Eurobasket News

Peru U15 started their campaign in Guanare in the 2008 South America U15 championship. Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela are going to be facing each other in the Carl Herrera Arena in Guanare. Argentina was the last champions in this category and there have been beliefs that they can repeat it. Venezuela and Brazil though, look positive and optimistic about this year. This concludes that this years favorites are Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela.
In the opener Peru lost to Venezuela 41:93. The hosts opened the game with 18:13 and followed 20:8 in the second period. Peru saw a nightmare in the third period when the hosts smashed them 7:35 to take the full control of the game. With 20:13 Venezuela closed the last period and the game itself. Anthony Sanchez led the winners with 17 points. Gabriel Oliveros netted 12 points, Israel Blanco 11, Luis Maneiro and Edyn Calatayud ended up with 10 points each. The Leader for Peru was Fernando Hung with 12 points.

In another game Argentina didn't has any problem to defeat their neighbor Uruguay 72:35. Peru will face Brazil tonight in Day 2 of the South America U15 championship.



Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Regatas Lima 30-2 
 2. Real Club 24-8 
 3. Escuela Militar 16-16 
 4. Escuela Fap 15-17 
 5. San Marcos 15-17 
 6. Circolo/UAP 13-18 
 7. Inmaculada 13-18 
 8. Misiones 1-31 


Standings - Primera
Primera Division Standings
 1. Centro Naval 7-0 
 2. Rinconada 5-3 
 3. Ricardo Palma 3-5 
 4. MG 0-0 


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Jaysh 11-3 
 2. Al Arabi 10-4 
 3. Al Rayyan 10-4 
 4. Qatar 7-7 
 5. As Sadd 7-7 
 6. Al Ahli 5-9 
 7. Al Gharrafah 4-10 
 8. Al Wakrah 2-12 


Qatar and Egypt Post Wins on First Day of Qatar Friendship Games - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

Qatar overcame a sloppy start, where they just couldn't put the ball in the basket in the first qarter (15-25), to defeat Magnolia Beverage Masters of the Philippines 71-62. Qatar were lead by Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Mansour El Hadary (178-G-90) who had 9 assists to go along with 9 points. Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77), who scored 18 of his team's first 21 points, but cooled off to finished with a game high of 24, led Magnolia Beverage Masters,

In the night's earlier game, Egypt defeated local Qatari club As Sadd Sports Club 84-52. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) paced Egypt with 12 points, while Mohamed Said (205-C-80), and Wael Badr (193-G-78) added 9 points each for the Pharos. Curtis Haywood (198-G-75, college: Oklahoma City), without much assistance from his teammates, shot 70 % (7-10) from 3 pts, and finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds for As Sadd Sports Club.
Attendance was estimated to be approximately 6000

Tonights games:
Qatar vs. Egypt - 20:30
As Sadd Sports Club vs. Magnolia Beverage Masters, Philippines - 22:00

All times are Qatari local time



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Standings - Men
Premier Division Standings
 1. Hitters 7-0 
 2. Tuff Knots 5-2 
 3. Cayon Lions 4-3 
 4. Trotters 3-4 
 5. Ghetto Roots 2-5 
 6. Revellers 1-0 
 7. Rebels 1-6 
 8. Chappurtin 1-6 


Stats Leaders (Premier League)
Premier Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Warner, Fig Tree 19.3
2 Na.Maynard, StP 18.7
3 Webbe, C.Grnd 16.7
4 Revan, Hitters 16.3
5 Browne, G.Rts 16.3
5 Powell, St.P. 16.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Na.Maynard, StP 16.3
2 K.Hicks, G.Rts 12.7
3 Wattley, Cayon 12.7
4 Hyliger, Chapp. 12.0
5 Whyte, Cayon 11.7
Assists Per Game
1 Hodge, Chapp. 6.3
2 Gaton, Fig Tree 6.3
3 Powell, Hitters 3.7
4 Powell, St.P. 3.6
5 Browne, G.Roots 3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Wilkin, Fig Tree 6.3
2 Gaton, Fig Tree 4.3
3 Browne, G.Roots 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Na.Maynard, StP 4.0
2 Hyliger, Chapp. 2.5
3 V.Hicks, G.Roots 2.0


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Hemofarm took first place on tournament in Kraljevo - by Zoran Popovic
In the final match of tournament KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo 2008 in Kraljevo, KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac beated BC Buducnost Podgorica 71-63 (10-19, 17-14, 18-14, 26-16). During the first three quarter BC Buducnost Podgorica had small advantage. In the begining of the fourth quarter KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac made serie and break the result. Vukosavljevic scored 19 points, Bozovic 13, Krstovic 14 and that was enough fot the victory.

KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac: Savovic, Lambic, Igrutinovic, Joksimovic 10, Bozovic 13, Pavkovic 5, Krstovic 14, Macvan 8, Petrovic, Obrenovic, Despotovic 5, Vukosavljevic 19.
BC Buducnost Podgorica: Sehovic, Micov 7, Popovic 2, Bojovic 7, Novakovic, Mitrovic, Otasevic 8, Ljujic 6, Simonovic 16, Misanovic 17, Sutulovic, Djurisic.

In the match for the third place BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac was to strong for Svjetlost Slavonski Brod 68-82 (23-17, 10-22, 15-21, 20-22). Djurica, Djerasimovic and Bocka led Igokea to victory. Better then others in Svjetlost Slavonski Brod were Delic, Budimir and Ticina.

Svjetlost Slavonski Brod: Radosavljevic 8, Budimir 17, Delic 15, Ticina 13, Cvijanovic 5, Rajic 5, Zivanoic, Karlovic 5, Avdic, Solod.
BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac: Bjelanovic, Lukas 10, Bocka 15, Djerasimovic 15, Djurica 21, Williams, Mason 13, Radic, Miskovic, Kovaceic 3, Bulajic 5.

In the match for the fifth place KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje won against KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo 65-73 (16-23, 14-21, 22-19, 13-10).

KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo: Velickovic, Dasic 16, Trtic 6, Pekovic 16, Beloica, Petrov 3, Jakovljevic, Petrovic 3, Grbicic 2, Nikolic 3, Stefanovic 7, Olujic 4, Bulatovic 3.
KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje: Stjanovski 5, Dilberovski, Ross 9, Filipovic 15, Simic 7, Karakoleb 3, Ljuca 12, Zivcevic, Trajkovcki 22, Jankov, Dokuzovski, Grncarov.

Title of MVP of tournament tooks Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and title of the best shooter tooks Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) (202-F/G-73), who scored 53 points on three tournament games.


Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Micevic Nikola 5.31
2 Gagović Vuksan 4.68
3 Teodosic Jovan 4.68
4 Mihajlović Saša 4.49
5 Djurović Borislav 4.48
Rebounds Per Game
1 Micevic Nikola 2.0
2 Gagović Vuksan 1.7
3 Djurović Borislav 1.5
4 Marković Bojan 1.5
4 Glisić Marko 1.5
Assists Per Game
1 Marković Bojan 14.1
2 Jovičić Bojan 12.6
3 Teodosić Jovan 8.1
4 Pilčević Radenko 7.5
5 Dzeverdanovic Niko 6.9


Friendly game in Novi Sad: Radnicki Invest Inzenjering wins against Borac - by Zoran Popovic
In friendly game in Novi Sad Radnicki Invest Inz. Novi Sad beats Borac Nektar Banja Luka 87-81 (23-23, 17-21, 23-19, 24-19). Both teams were equal during the all match, but in the last quarter thanks to excellet game of Andjelko Mandic (197-F-76) Radnicki made break and won the match. For Radnicki Invest Inz. Novi Sad Mandic scored 30 points and for Borac Nektar Banja Luka Garma scored 22 points.

Radnicki: Tomic, Kuzeta 10, Skoko, Tomaseic, Ivelja 1, Banjanin 4, Bolic 7, Bjegovic 11, Lackoic 12, Bjelica 12, Fekete 9, Mandic 30.
Broac: Vucic, Janjuseic 15, Puljko 5, Peterkin 4, Mladenovic 12, Milekic, Djurasovic 2, Richardson 16, Pavlovic, Milinovic, Garma 22, Josipovic.


Market news: Sasa Mijajlovic in Romania - by Zoran Popovic
Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80, college: Hutchinson JC) is new player of CSU Municipal Brasov. Mijajlovic will spent in Brasov next two seasons. Last season Mijajlovic played for BC Igokea Partizan and on two FIBA EuroCup games scored average 1.0 points, 1.5 rebounds per game , in December 2007. moved to Omonia Nicosia and on eight games average scored 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds. In April 2008. Mijajlovic signed for Vojvodina Srbija Gas and played for them 13 games in Superleague with average scored 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Mijajlovic also played for college Hutchinson JC 2000-2001, Avernas-Hannut BC 2002-0003, KK Sloga Kraljevo 2004-2006, Olimpia GE Larisa 2006 and Keravnos Cyprus 2006-2007 and won National cup with them.


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Standings - Men
NBL Division 1 Standings
 1. Home United 13-1 
 2. Eng Tat 12-2 
 3. Tong Whye 9-5 
 4. SAFSA 6-8 
 5. Chong Chee 6-8 
 6. Tagawa 4-10 
 7. Tungsan 2-12 


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Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.U.Ivanovic (Jance) 19.2
2.M.Ribic (Konjice) 19.1
3.T.Tusek (Hrastnik) 19.0
4.R.Dominko (Rad) 18.9
5.A.Blazevic (Litija) 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1.D.Dolinar (Medv) 11.0
2.U.Ivanovic (Jance) 10.8
3.T.Tusek (Hrastnik) 10.5
4.V.Petranovic (Rog) 10.2
5.M.Klepo (Post) 8.4
Assists Per Game
1.M.Brecko (Rudar) 4.5
2.J.Misic (Cerknica) 3.9
3.Z.Mravljak (Medv) 3.6
4.D.Divjak (Medvode) 3.3
5.M.Marcetic (Gorica) 3.1
Steals Per Game
1.J.Ravnihar (Konjice) 2.3
2.S.Kosec (Parklji) 2.0
3.A.Blazevic (Litija) 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1.D.Cikic (Gorica) 1.5
2.S.Kosec (Parklji) 1.4
3.M.Klepo (Postojna) 1.3
Ranking
1.M.Klepo (Post) 22.9
2.T.Tusek (Hrastnik) 22.5
3.S.Kosec (Parklji) 21.6
4.R.Dominko (Rad) 20.4
5.V.Petranovic (Rog) 19.9


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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
LEB Silver Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Johnson, Caja 21.4
2 Kiefer, Gijon 17.9
3 Bravo, Tarr. 17.2
4 Prestes, Clinicas 17.1
5 Blair, Plasencia 16.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Prestes, Clinicas 9.3
2 Baez, Akasvayu 9.2
3 Santana, Alimentos 9.2
4 Guzman, Gabsa 8.8
5 Pearson, Almeria 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Marcos, Cornella 4.7
2 D.Garcia, Muro 3.5
3 Jimenez, CLM 3.4
4 Munoz, Imaje 3.4
5 Garrido, Tarragona 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Castro, ALM 2.5
2 Rueda, ALM 2.3
3 Ros Padilla, Juanes 2.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Diuf, Cajasol 1.9
2 Samp, Cornella 1.5
3 Patten, Caceres 1.2
2FGP
1 Adams, Palencia 72.0
2 Blair, Plasencia 66.0
3 Matali, CAI 66.0
3FGP
1 J.Santa., Juanes 53.0
2 Blackshear, Tarr. 52.0
3 Kaunisto, Cajasol 50.0
Free Throws
1 Rodrig., Basquet 94.0
2 Del Cura, Caja 93.0
3 Sant., Juanes 90.0


Real Madrid Win Pre Season Tournament - by Paul Nilsen
Real Madrid are the champions of the Torneo de la Communidad de Madrid after they bounced back from their surprise defeat against Fuenlabrada to complete a comfortable 75-59 win over MMT Estudiantes writes www.acb-basket.com.

Needing to win by 12 points, Joan Plaza and players produced a strong team performance just when it was needed in front of 3,000 spectators. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) led the way in the early exchanges with 8 of the first 10 points for Madrid but Petar Popovic (211-C-79) helped Estu to tie the game at 13-13.

A 7-2 run by the Whites to finish the quarter gave them a five point advantage going into he second period. Sergi Llull (178-G-87) and Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) then gave Madrid their first double digit lead at 35-23. Just when things looked bleak for Estu, Tom Wideman helped to spark a 9-0 run to end the half just two points adrift.

That was however as close as Luis Casimiro and his players would come as The Whites dominated the second half. Not leastr because Estu just couldnt make an outside shot with three from 18 not a statistic to cheer. Real stepped up therio defensive pressure with Axel Hervelle and Felipe Reyes influential in a 12-2 burst and keeping Wideman in check.

Leading 56-45 going into the final period, Real maintained control and coasted to victory despite the efforts of Beiran, the young Estu player who was the top scorer in the game with 16 points.


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Barbour, Tener. 19.4
2 PHillip, Zara. 17.6
3 Oleson, Rosalia 18.5
4 Quinteros, Zara. 17.5
5 Bennerman, Hue. 16.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Donaldson, Laguna 9.9
2 Junyent, Hue. 9.7
3 Roe, Palma 8.4
4 Panko III, Bruesa 7.8
5 Starosta, Zara. 7.6
Assists Per Game
1 V.Acosta, Zara. 5.8
2 Puyada, Palma 4.5
3 Ciorciari, Melilla 4.5
4 Jimenez, Gand. 4.7
5 SalaLopez, Palma 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Lescano, Zara. 2.2
2 Boccia, Cant. 2.1
3 Barbour, Tener. 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Ibaka, L'Hospitalet 3.1
2 Southall, Melilla 2.4
3 Donaldson, Laguna 1.5
2FGP
1 Thompson, Pujol 72.0
2 Gerald, Tener. 70.0
3 Blackshear, Gand. 70.0
3FGP
1 Blackshear, Gand. 59.0
2 Schraeder, Bruesa 59.0
3 Moss, LosBarrios 57
Free Throws
1 Arrocha, Palma 93.0
2 Mestre, Basq. 92.0
3 Mendoza, Cant. 88.0


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  SURINAM   


Standings
Hoofdklasse Standings
 1. Yellow Birds 15-2 
 2. SNL 12-4 
 3. CLD 10-6 
 4. Dorenas 10-6 
 5. De Schakel 8-8 
 6. SCVU 6-11 
 7. De Arend 4-13 
 8. FAS 1-16 


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  SWEDEN   


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Basketligan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Riley, Akropol 25.7
2 Thomas, Akropol 25.6
3 Gervin, Norrkoping 24.5
4 Johnson, 08 24.1
5 Favors, Oresun. 23.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Mcdade, Boras. 11.3
2 Kjellbom, Sunds. 10.0
3 Kingma, Boras. 9.5
4 Salaam, Solna 9.5
5 Lazare, Gothia 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 Thomas, Akropol 6.6
2 Jackson, Uppsala 6.6
3 Favors, Oresun. 6.2
4 Larsson, Plannja 5.9
5 Pleick, Norrko. 5.6
Steals Per Game
1 Thomas, Akropol 3.1
2 Jackson, Uppsala 2.9
3 Williams, Plannja 2.4
2FGP
1 Randa, Akropol 75.8
2 Olsson, Plannja 75.0
3 Davidsson, Norrko. 75.0
3FGP
1 Rocque, Akropol 66.7
2 Kingma, Boras. 60.0
3 Guei, Uppsala 55.8
Free Throws
1 Bengtsson, 08 96.4
2 Larsson, Boras. 90.6
3 Bennerman, Jam. 90.0


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
BasketEttan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Häggblad Luleå 26
2 Christie Örebro 25
3 Lenngren Kvarn 23,44
4 Vukovic Eos 22,22
5 Bergstrom Black 20,59
5 Ronstrom Sanda 20,80
Rebounds Per Game
1 Anderson, Hall 13,12
2 Morin, Haga 12.0
3 Vukovic Eos 11,44
4 Petkovski Srbija 11,60
5 Soderman Haga 10,57
Assists Per Game
1 Forsgardh Hallsta 6,67
2 Sillen S:t Helena 6,33
3 Nouri, Blackeberg 5,53
4 Anderson Hallsta 4,76
5 Zorlak Kvarnby 4,33
Steals Per Game
1 Sillen S:t Helena 4,33
2 Deloatch Nassjö 4,17
3 Ryan BG Luelå 3,71
4 Kalpakas Tensta 3,29
5 Kurinczky Örebro 3,35


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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 J.McCurry, Star. 26.5
2 Mlandjan, Luga. 21.6
3 Brown, Laus. 20.8
4 Karim, Meyrin 20.7
5 SIR, Boncourt 20.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Erwin, Luga. 12.2
2 Blankson, Month. 10.1
3 Pellerin, Meyrin 10
4 Thomas, Star. 9.8
5 Pietras, Luga. 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 Bah, Luga. 7.6
2 Derogatis, Geneve 6.9
3 PLeux, Laus. 6.0
4 Karim, Meyrin 5.8
5 Perrier, Fribourg 5.6
Steals Per Game
1 Gibson, Vacallo 4.4
2 Smiljanic, Vacallo 2.9
3 Dacevic, Vacallo 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Johnson, Fribourg 3.4
2 Erwind, Luga. 2.0
3 MaddoxA, Vevey 1.7
2FGP
1 Mrazek, Fribourg 78.9
2 Buettner, Geneve 73.9
3 Kautzor, Geneve 70.6
3FGP
1 T.McCrory, Star. 53.8
2 Kautzor, Geneve 53.3
3 Mrazek, Fribourg 52.2
Free Throws
1 Senderos, Meyrin 96.4
2 Van Stein, Laus. 92.6
3 Walkers, Laus. 90.9


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Dosic, KOR Z 26.9
2. Mrkonjic, BBC 24.1
3. Chambers, VER 21.9
4. Lewis, MAS 18.1
5. Kaiser, NEU 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Ristic, PUL 16.2
2. Morris, NEU 12.0
3. Chambers, VER 12.0
4. Dosic, KOR Z 11.7
5. Toure, BER 9.7
Assists Per Game
1. Gothuey, CHN 6.7
2. Cheren, PUL 5.1
3. Lazarevic, BER 4.3
4. Lewis, MAS 4.3
5. Mrkonjic, BBC 3.6
Ranking
1. Dosic, KOR Z 29.3
2. Ristic, PUL 27.2
3. Chambers, VER 25.5
4. Lewis, MAS 23.1
5. Toure, BER 21.5


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  TAIWAN   


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Yulon Dinos 23-7 
 2. Taiwan Beer 20-10 
 3. dmedia 19-11 
 4. Pure Youth 15-15 
 5. Dacin 13-17 
 6. Taiw.Mobile 9-21 
 7. Bank of Taiwan 6-24 


Stats Leaders
SBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Chen (Yulon) 22.3
2 Sanders (dmed) 21.3
3 Ouyang (dmedia) 19.4
4 Chien (PY) 17.4
5 Ho (TB) 16.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Sanders (dmedia) 16.9
2 Hsu (BOT) 8.9
3 Chen (Yulon) 8.7
4 Wu (TB) 7.6
5 Lin (TB) 6.6
Assists Per Game
1 Sanders (dmedia) 5.8
2 Chen (Yulon) 3.8
3 Wang (Dacin) 3.7
3 Chen (TM) 3.7
5 Su (Dacin) 3.6
Steals Per Game
1 Wang (Dacin) 2.7
2 Wu (TM) 1.9
3 Sanders (dmedia) 1.8
4 Hsu (TM) 1.6
5 Chen (PY) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Wu (TB) 2.73
2 Sanders (dmedia) 1.53
3 Hsu (BOT) 1.15
4 Chen (Yulon) 0.80
5 Hsu (TM) 0.79


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Standings - Men
Super Ten Standings
 1. Defence Force 3-0 
 2. Raptors 3-0 
 3. Lions 3-1 
 4. Pacers 2-1 
 5. Shaq Attack 1-0 
 6. Jazz 1-2 
 7. NFM 1-2 
 8. Clippers 0-1 
 9. Heat 0-3 
 10. All-Stars 0-3 


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  UBL   


UBL 6'8' JED JOHNSON NBA-DL NEXT - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL is proud to send 6'8' Jed Johnson to the NBA-DL this season. Jed inside game is something to watch. Johnson can hit jump shots at will. A very good team player with an outside shot will do well in the NBA-DL. The UBL will still send more players and coaches to the DL. The UBL is a league that moves players and coaches up always. The UBL is having TRYOUTS the week of Oct. 1, 2008. please visit or site at www.ublwranglers.com or www.ublhoops.com



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Manchester M. 16-2 
 2. Reading R. 16-2 
 3. Worthing T. 14-4 
 4. Bristol A. 10-8 
 5. Leopards 9-9 
 6. Sheffield A. 8-10 
 7. Derby T. 8-10 
 8. Taunton T. 5-13 
 9. Coventry C. 4-14 
 10. West Herts 0-0 
 11. W.Anglia F. 0-18 


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


Standings - EBL2
EBL2 Standings
 1. Cardiff C. 15-2 
 2. Teeside M. 15-3 
 3. Birmingh.U. 13-6 
 4. Aston A. 12-6 
 5. Northumbria 11-9 
 6. Leicester W. 10-9 
 7. Northampton 9-9 
 8. Plymouth MC 8-9 
 9. Plymouth II 6-12 
 10. Kent C. 5-13 
 11. NEWI N. 4-15 
 12. Wolverham. 2-17 


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  URUGUAY   


Standings - Regional League
LUB Standings
 1. Independiente 0-0 
 2. Rio Negro 0-0 
 3. Maldonado 0-0 
 4. Durazno 0-0 
 5. Wanderers 0-0 
 6. Salto 0-0 
 7. San Jose 0-0 
 8. Touring 0-0 
 9. UA Florida 0-0 
 10. Goes 0-0 


Argentina overcame Uruguay in the 2008 South America U15 championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U15 overcame Uruguay U15 in the 2008 South America U15 championship opener. Being the defending champions of the tournament Argentina did not have any difficulties in the first game. Uruguay U15 tried hard in the beginning of the game but trailed 35:72 by the end of it. Patricio Garino top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Valentin Marchisio ended up with 12 and Carlos Benitez had 10. Uruguay has its best guy on Luciano Parodi whom finishes the game with 9 points.
Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela are going to be facing each other in the Carl Herrera Arena in Guanare. Argentina was the last champions in this category and there have been beliefs that they can repeat it. Venezuela and Brazil though, look positive and optimistic about this year. This concludes that this years favorites are Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. Uruguay however did not want to give up early in the game and trailed only 11:16 after the opening quarter. Argentina pushed the tempo in the end of the first half winning the second period 20:10. The third quarter and the last one were more defensive as the teams paid more attention to defense. Argentina won the third 13:9 and used a 23-5 to close the game.


New import players for Cordon - by Hector Lopez
Cordon has signed two new import players, Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) and Stan Blackmon (198-F-78, college: UALR), it was announced today. In the last 24 hours Cordon lost its two previous import players. One of them, 'Pop' Thornton was penalized for four games without playing by the Disciplinary Commission, and later on, Cameron Echols decided to left the team. Cordon is in the last position for the Uruguayan League tournament with a 1-6 record.

Venezuela beat Uruguay at the U15 tournament - by Hector Lopez
Uruguay suffered its second straight defeat at the U15 South American Championship losing 64-50 against, the local team, Venezuela. Uruguay was ahead during the two first quarters 21-15 and 33-27, but the Venezuelas took the lead during the third quarter finised 48-45. In the opening day Uruguay was beaten by Argentina 72-35. uruguay will play today against Peru and on Sunday with Brazil. The three best teams will advance to the Americas tournament.

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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 - Week 5: Caciques sweep and gets closer, Duros and Graneros still up - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara and Graneros de Portuguesa split their respective road series against Tiburones de Vargas and Centauros de Cojedes, while Caciques de Trujillo took the chance to sweep Estudiantes de Guarico in San Juan and get only a game away from the top of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's standings.



SCOREBOARDS

Tiburones de Vargas 80 - Duros de Lara 70 (Tue)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia La Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 21-19-20-20= 80

DUR: 13-22-15-20= 70

Scorers
TIB: Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 23 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 14 points and 9 rebounds, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 13 points

DUR: Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 18 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 14 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 10 points

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Duros de Lara 87 - Tiburones de Vargas 75 (Wed)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia La Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 22-14-21-18= 75

DUR: 18-24-21-24= 87


Scorers
TIB: Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 27 points and 6 rebounds, Peter Kvietek 13 points and 8 rebounds

DUR: Heissler Guillent 19 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 16 points



Graneros de Portuguesa 103 - Centauros de Cojedes 97 (Tue)
Villa Deportiva Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
COJ: 14-28-29-26= 97

GRA: 24-25-29-25= 103



Scorers
COJ: Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 31 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F) 15 points

GRA: Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 20 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 17 points



Centauros de Cojedes 92 - Graneros de Portuguesa 89 (Wed)
Villa Deportiva Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
COJ: 19-17-30-26= 92

GRA: 21-22-22-24= 89


Scorers
COJ: Darwin Jaramillo 24 points, Roberto Basanta 21 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 16 points, Wilmer Luna (176-G-83) 12 points

GRA: Douglas Chiquito 16 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 14 points



Centauros de Apure 74 - Petroleros de Falcon 67 (Tue)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
APU: 18-18-19-19= 74

PET: 12-20-17-18= 67


Scorers
APU: Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 28 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 13 points

PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 20 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 14 points



Petroleros de Falcon 96 - Centauros de Apure 74 (Wed)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
APU: 15-27-13-19= 74

PET: 12-17-33-34= 96


Scorers
APU: Nathan Green (203-F-75) 29 points

PET: Andrew Hunter (201-F-79) 23 points, Gregory Vargas 22 points, Jorge Leon 15 points



Caciques de Trujillo 98 - Estudiantes de Guarico 85 (Tue)
Roger Ramos Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
EST: Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 16 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 14 points

CAC: Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 26 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 17 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 16 points



Caciques de Trujillo 96 - Estudiantes de Guarico 94 (Wed)
Roger Ramos Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
CAC: 11-25-17-43= 96

EST: 32-15-18-29= 94



Scorers
EST: Derwin Ramirez 20 points, Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 14 points

CAC: Michael Flores 22 points, Askia Jones 19 points, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 15 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 13 points



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  YEMEN   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Tilal 9-0 
 2. Al Ahli 8-1 
 3. Shaa'b Ibb 7-2 
 4. Yarmook 6-3 
 5. Al Mena 5-4 
 6. Shamsan 4-5 
 7. Seyoon 3-6 
 8. Al Wahda A. 2-7 
 9. Al Hilal 1-8 
 10. Al Shorta 0-9 




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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Wels 0-0 
 2. Wien 0-0 
 3. UBBC 0-0 
 4. Jocher's D. 0-0 
 5. Fl.Foxes 0-0 
 6. Graz 0-0 
 7. Baden 0-0 
 8. Vienna 87 0-0 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Final Four Group
 1. Zeljeznicar 6-0 
 2. M.Kraj. BL 4-2 
 3. Celik 1-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 1-4 
Other D1 teams
 1. Spars 12-6 
 2. Brotnjo Citluk 10-8 
 3. Banovici 9-9 
 4. Mladost BL 6-12 
 5. Zrinjski 4-14 
 6. Sloboda 3-15 
 7. Jablanica 0-18 


Stats Leaders - Women
A1 division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Papcevic (Spa) 22,8
2.Davis (Zelj) 21,3
3.Stojanovska (Spa) 19,8
4.Lokmic (Bro) 18,2
5.Markovic (Ban) 17,5
6.Prskalo (Bro) 16,8
7.Gambiraza (Zelj) 15,9
8.Curovic (Zri) 14,6
9.Besic (Jed) 14,6
10.Mikic (Zelj) 13,8
Rebounds Per Game
1.Djinic (Jed) 8,1
2.Davis (Zelj) 7,4
3.Petrovic (Jed) 6,6
4.Pavlovic (Jab) 5,9
5.Hamsic (Zelj) 5,8
Assists Per Game
1.Tosic (Spa) 6,4
2.Scott (Zelj) 5,9
3.Davis (Zelj) 4,7
4.Besic (Jed) 4,3
5.Prskalo (Bro) 4,2
Steals Per Game
1.Carapina (Bro) 6,1
2.Pavlovic (Jab) 4,8
3.Lokmic (Bro) 4,6
Blocks Per Game
1.Smajic (Cel) 2,3
2.Petrovic (Jed) 2,1
3.Carapina (Bro) 1,8
2FGP
1.Stojanovska (Spa) 9,6
2.Prskalo (Bro) 8,2
3.Papcevic (Spa) 7,1
3FGP
1.Strikic (Mla) 3,8
2.Gambiraza (Zelj) 3,6
3.Gagic (Cel) 2,8
Free Throws
1.Markovic (Ban) 7,1
2.Music (Cel) 5,8
3.Carapina (Bro) 4,9
Ranking
1.Papcevic (Spa)
2.Stojanovska (Spa)
3.Carapina (Bro)
4.Davis (Zelj)
5.Besic (Jed)


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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. Horsholm 0-0 
 2. Virum 0-0 
 3. SISU 0-0 
 4. Vitus B. 0-0 
 5. Aabyhoj 0-0 
 6. Falcon 0-0 
 7. Amager 0-0 
 8. Vaerlose 0-0 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


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


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  FRANCE - Women  


Gruda and Lawson open the play-offs - by Eurobasket News
Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87)'s Sun started the play-offs in WNBA. The New York Liberty however got to a winning start of their playoff series against the Connecticut Sun. The Liberty held off the Sun 72:63 at the Madison Square Garden to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Shameka Christon secured 19 points for the Liberty. The hosts ensured a stunning start to the game as they outscored the visitors 24:11 in the first term. Connecticut however trimmed the deficit to just 3 points in the third frame. But it was as close as the Sun could get. Shameka Christon, Erlana Larkins and Ashley Battle stretched the margin back to 10 points. The hosts controlled the situation in the fourth period and secured a comprehensive win at the end. Cathrine Kraayeveld tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Liberty. Tamika Whitmore nailed 16 points for the Sun in defeat. Sandrine Gruda ended up with 2 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound.
Meanwhile Edwige Lawson (167-G-79)'s San Antonio Silver Stars made a big step towards the conference finals as they toppled the Sacramento Monarchs 85:78 away from home in the opener. Rebecca Hammon nailed 6 treys and finished with 30 points to pace the regular season champions to the win. The visitors dominated throughout the encounter and easily secured the winning result. Sophia Young notched 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Vickie Johnson had 13 points for the winners. Edwige Lawson posted 3 points and made 1 assist. Nicole Powell answered with 16 points for the Monarchs. Crystal Kelly secured 12 points in the loss.


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Vigor Skopje 0-0 
 2. Mladinec 0-0 
 3. Kumanovo 0-0 
 4. Biljana 0-0 
 5. V.Lisici 0-0 
 6. Gostivar 0-0 
 7. Pelister 0-0 
 8. Student S. 0-0 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Saarlouis Royals win two friendlies at home - by Eurobasket News
Saarlouis Royals hosted Dutch Amazone in two games recently. In the first one Saarlouis Royals celebrated a 74:56 victory with a massive push in the second period. The first quarter Amazone is equal to the German top team. Amazone played well and won the opening tip 16:15. The Royals created a 24-2 run to seal 46:24 after the first half. The German team led the game to the winning effort clinching the win in the opener. Audrey Tabon (188-F/C-85) finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Petra Rutgers scored 11 and Maaike van de Bovenkamp had 10.
In the second game between these two teams Saarlouis Royals beat AutoCAD Amazone 88:62. The Dutch team started better again in the opening quarter, but the German side was too good in the end. The Royals used hard drives to enter the paint and created the open chance with an easy assist. From 16:11 Saarlouis creates a ten points lead, 22:11. Amazone struggled trying to solve the problems of the physical German play. Saarlouis Royals stayed tough and led to the second win in the friendly. Fantasia Goodwin (181-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) had 14 points and 10 assists, while Petra Manakova netted 13. Audrey Tabon top-scored in defeat with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sharon Bos (181-F-79) scored 14 and Maike van de Bovenkamp got 11.


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Amazone, Grasshoppers and ProBuild play some friendlies - by Eurobasket News
AutoCAD Amazone, Grasshoppers and ProBuild started to prepare for the upcoming season in Holland. Recently the teams played some friendlies with the international teams.
Amazone played two games against Saarlouis Royals from Germany. In the first game Saarlouis Royals celebrated a 74:56 victory with a massive push in the second period. The first quarter Amazone is equal to the German top team. Amazone played well and won the opening tip 16:15. The Royals created a 24-2 run to seal 46:24 after the first half. The German team led the game to the winning effort clinching the win in the opener. Audrey Tabon (188-F/C-85) finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Petra Rutgers scored 11 and Maaike van de Bovenkamp had 10.
In the second game between these two teams Saarlouis Royals beat AutoCAD Amazone 88:62. The Dutch team started better again in the opening quarter, but the German side was too good in the end. The Royals used hard drives to enter the paint and created the open chance with an easy assist. From 16:11 Saarlouis creates a ten points lead, 22:11. Amazone struggled trying to solve the problems of the physical German play. Saarlouis Royals stayed tough and led to the second win in the friendly. Fantasia Goodwin (181-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Isabelle Comtesse had 14 points and 10 assists, while Petra Manakova (193-F/C-82, college: Oakland) netted 13. Audrey Tabon top-scored in defeat with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sharon Bos (181-F-79) scored 14 and Maike van de Bovenkamp got 11.
ProBuild Lions hosted Grasshoppers for a practice game. The home team overcame the opponent 56:39 in a more defensive style of the game. Gerda Heinen and Belinda Bos both scored 10 points, leading the Lions.
It became known that ProBuild Lions will participate in the International tournament of the Benelux taken place in Landsmeer. Besides ProBuild Lions, Basket T71 Diddeleng, the Belgium Champion IMC Waregem and the Dutch Champion HLB Accountants (former name Yellow Bike) are participating.


Day 1
HLB Accountants - IMC Waregem
ProBuild Lions - T71 Diddeleng

Day 2
Losers Finals
Winners Finals


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  IRELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. UL Aughinish 0-0 
 2. Meteors 0-0 
 3. Killester 0-0 
 4. Hotel Cork 0-0 
 5. Mercy 0-0 
 6. Wildcats 0-0 
 7. Tolka Rovers 0-0 
 8. Iona BC 0-0 


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  ITALY - Women  


Schio walks over A2 teams - by Juliane Hoehne

Thursday evening, the team of San Martino Di Lupari (Lega A2 North) played a scrimmage against the Italian Champion in 2007/08 (Lega A1) Famila Wuber Schio. In the first two minutes, San Martino Di Lupari achieved a 4 point-lead with (6:2). This should have been the only lead for San Martino Di Lupari this evening. Although Famila Wuber Schio was missing three of their five WNBA players, they had an easy game for the rest of the night, finishing with 86:27. Even though San Martino Di Lupari had to compete with only seven players, it was a welcomed match, which showed of the weaknesses of the young team, which they will have to work on. Also, Famila Wuber Schio benefit from the scrimmage as their younger, unexperienced players got the chance to prove themselves.

Earlier this week, Famila Wuber Schio also showed Pakelo San Bonifacio, another team in Lega A2 North, the difference between Lega A1 and A2 by winning with 96:34.



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  JORDAN - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 2. Petra 0-0 
 3. Fastlink 0-0 
 4. Veterans 0-0 
 5. Orthodox 0-0 


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Astana Tigers claim the Kazakhstan Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Astana Tigers celebrated the victory in the Kazakhstan Basketball Cup that was held recently in Sport Complex Dostyk. Astana Tigers held off their arch-rivals Okzhetpes in the tournaments Final 73:53 to score an impressive win. Astana Tigers got to a quick start of the game as they built a 20:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The Tigers kept Okzhetpes scoreless for almost 4 minutes at the start of the second frame and cleared off to a comfortable distance. Moreover Iryna Gilfer suffered an injury and walked out of the court. Zhuldyz Baydusenova (190-C-83) stole the ball and then fed Natalia Krestjanova for a three-pointer as Astana piled up a 35:22 lead at the interval. The tournaments leading scorer Kristina Koldobenko (-F) tried to fuel comeback effort from Kokshetau outfit but they were not consistent enough. Anastasia Alishauskaite (-G) and Zhuldyz Baydusenova secured a 63:38 advantage for Astana with one quarter to go. The Tigers breezed to the win in the fourth term and once again proved their status of the top team in Kazakhstan at the moment.
BK Almaty clinched the third spot in the Cup. They handled BK Nika from Uzbekistan 79:48 in the consolation final. Elena Husnutdinova paced Almaty team as they ran away to a 37:17 distance at halftime. Nika never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Despite loss Uzbekistan team showed some really good basketball in Kazakhstan.


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Residence 0-0 
 2. Basket Esch 0-0 
 3. Amicale 0-0 
 4. Musel Pikes 0-0 
 5. Etzella 0-0 
 6. T71 Dudelange 0-0 
 7. Racing 0-0 
 8. AB Contern 0-0 
 9. Grengewald 0-0 
 10. Schieren 0-0 


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  MALDIVES - Women  


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. R.L.C 0-0 
 2. Vyansa 0-0 
 3. B.G. Sports 0-0 


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  PERU - Women  


Standings - Superior (Women)
Superior Standings
 1. Regatas 14-4 
 2. Centro Naval 13-5 
 3. UAP 9-9 
 4. Real Club 0-18 


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  POLAND - Women  


Duda Leszno wins the tournament of Jeleniogorskiego - by Eurobasket News
Duda Leszno became the winner of the tournament of Jeleniogorskiego. With four Polish teams participating n the campaign the winner of it won two games and lost one.
Finepharm AZS Kolegium Karkonoskie Jelenia Gora overcame Duda Leszno 60:54 in the opener. The winners got the lead in the opening tip and saved it until the end. Gorzynska-Szymczak led the winners with 23 points. Coleman netted 13, while Babicka scored 9. Koc and Joanna Czarnecka (192-C-82) top-scored in the losing effort with 12 points.In another game of Day 1 CCC Polkowice had an overtime thriller against Kara Trutnov and lost 57:64. Anna Pietrzak (167-G-87) and Natalia Malaszewska (178-G-84, agency: Promotex) top-scored with 14 points each for the winners. Robbins had 10 and Marta Gajewska (188-F-87) with Pazdzierska added 6 apiece.
In the second day of the tournament Finepharm AZS KK lost to CCC Polkowice 63:65 as Robbins led the winners with 23 points. PKM Duda Super-Pol Leszno won their first game over Kara Trutnov 77:57.
In the final day Finepharm AZS KK Jelenia Gora was defeated by Kara Trutnov 62:66 and finished last in the tournament. PKM Duda Super-Pol Leszno overcame CCC Polkowice 75:59 to triumph in the Memorial. Edyta Krysiewicz (164-G-70) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Joanna Czarnecka nailed 16 and Makowska scored 9.
Edyta Krysiewicz from Duda Leszno was named the MVP of the tournament.


Day 1:

Finepharm AZS Kolegium Karkonoskie Jelenia Gra - PKM Duda Super-Pol Leszno 60:54 (17:12, 20:17, 14:13, 9:12)


Finepharm: Gorzynska-Szymczak 23, Coleman 13, Babicka 9, Wjcik 7, Kret 1, Niewrzawa 0.

PKM Duda: Koc 12, Joanna Czarnecka 12, Edyta Krysiewicz 11.


CCC Polkowice - Kara Trutnov 57:64 OT (16:13, 19:18, 7:9, 11:13, 4:11)

CCC: Anna Pietrzak 14, Natalia Malaszewska 14, Robbins 10, Marta Gajewska 6, Padzierska 6, Bednarczyk 5, Rozwadowska 2.


Day 2:

Finepharm AZS KK - CCC Polkowice 63:65 (11:15, 24:10, 15:21, 13:19)


Finepharm: Grzyska-Szymczak 20, Babicka 14, Coleman 14, Kret 6, Kdzia 6, Gawroska 3,

CCC: Robbins 23, Maaszewska 11, Pietrzyk 11, Bednarczyk 8, Marta Gajewska 6, Padzierska 5, Rozwadowska 0.

PKM Duda Super-Pol Leszno - Kara Trutnov 77:57


Day 3:

Finepharm AZS KK Jelenia Gra - Kara Trutnov 62:66 (18:15, 10:12, 13:7, 11:18 d. 10:14)


Finepharm: Grzyska-Szymczak 18, Babicka 14, Coleman 13, Ristic 7, Skorek 7
PKM Duda Super-Pol Leszno - CCC Polkowice 75:59

PKM Duda: Edyta Krysiewicz 21, Joanna Czarnecka 16, Makowska 9, Siwczak 8, Durak 5, Drzewiska 5, Nawrotek 5, Krel 4, Koc 2.


Standings:
1. PKM Duda Super-Pol Leszno
2. Kara Trutnov
3. CCC Polkowice
4. AZS Finepharm Kolegium Karkonoskie Jelenia Gra


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Ana Oliveira goes to Uniao - by Luis Rocha
Ana Oliveira (175-F-83, college: UTSA) is on her way to play for Unio da Madeira. After a year playing in Spain, this young and versatile player (can play as 3 or 4) is about to land at Madeira and become one of the best adds for this season. Unio is trying to put togheter a competitve roster in order to have a good season, but things are not being as simple as thought. They lost a lot of good players that played for the club last year, and now the reconstruction job is not an easy task. They are in the market, and kooing for 1 or 2 portuguese players, as well as 1 or 2 foreigners.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Arad hosted the International tournament - by Eurobasket News

Arad hosted an International tournament recently in Romania. Serbian Hemofarm, Romanian Govora and Arad and Slovakian MBK Ruzomberok participated in Romania.
In the opener MBK Ruzomberok overcame Arad 68:65 in a great game for the both squads. They both stayed even in the opening quarter finishing it at 19:19. Slovakian team grabbed a lead in the second period and finished the first half at 32:30. They looked in control, but the hosts of the tournament produced some good baskets to take 49:47 entering the last quarter. MBK Ruzomberok bounced back and won the last period with the game itself. Lukacovic led the winners with 25 points. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) nailed 13, while Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) added 12.
Hemofarm defeated Romanian CET Govora 82:57. It was an easy game for Hemofarm, which dominated against Romanians during the entire time.
In the second day Romanian teams faced each other. Arad was stronger winning the game 92:50.
In Day 3 MBK Ruzomberok had no difficulties reaching the second place beating Govora 86:43. The visitors took 19:16 in the opening quarter to proceed with 8 points at the halftime. They had 37:29 after the second and increased to 67:39 entering the last period. Adriana Gresnerova ended up with 18 points for the winners, while Veronika Cernakova and Lukacovic had 12 each.
Hemofarm STADA was better than Arad 83:71. Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74), Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) and Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) led the way for the winners.


Day 1
CET Govora 57-82 Hemofarm Vrsac
ICIM Arad 65-68 MBK Ruzomberok

Day 2
Hemofarm Vrsac 84-53 MBK Ruzomberok
ICIM Arad 92-50 CET Govora

Day 3
MBK Ruzomberok 86-43 CET Govora
ICIM Arad 71-83 Hemofarm Vrsac



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  SAINT KITTS - Women  


Standings - Women
SKABA Standings
 1. Cayon 0-0 
 2. Lady Devils 0-0 
 3. Ghetto Roots 0-0 
 4. Lady Tuff Knots 0-0 


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. St.Mirren 15-0 
 2. Polonia P. 13-3 
 3. Edinburgh KK 7-7 
 4. Gladiators 5-9 
 5. Falkirk F. 5-10 
 6. Flyers 0-16 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Radivoj Korac added two players - by Dragana Vukovic
Very ambitious management of Radivoj Korac Beograd started to build team for the upcoming season.They signed Marija Ilic (190-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza),who was playing last season in ZKK Kraljevo,averaging 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds for 26.2 minutes.Also,they signed Milica Kravic (-85) from Proleter Zrenjanin who was averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds during 25.8 minutes.In a few days they will sign two more players what will be enough to make team stronger in their first season in the First Division.

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  SINGAPORE - Women  


Standings - Women
WNBL Standings
 1. Qian Xi 5-0 
 2. AK CSC 4-1 
 3. Home United 3-2 
 4. Chong Ghee 2-3 
 5. Tampines East 1-4 
 6. Hong Kah 0-5 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


MBK Ruzomberok finishes second in Arad - by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomberok participated in the International tournament held in Arad, Romania. Serbian Hemofarm, Romanian Govora and Arad were the opponents of the Slovakian team in the tournament.
In the opener MBK Ruzomberok overcame Arad 68:65 in a great game for the both squads. They both stayed even in the opening quarter finishing it at 19:19. Slovakian team grabbed a lead in the second period and finished the first half at 32:30. They looked in control, but the hosts of the tournament produced some good baskets to take 49:47 entering the last quarter. MBK Ruzomberok bounced back and won the last period with the game itself. Lukacovic led the winners with 25 points.
Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) nailed 13, while Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) added 12.
In the second game MBK Ruzomberok lost to the winner of the tournament Serbian Hemofarm 53:84. The latter looked better in the game and in the whole tournament as well. Lukacovic posted 19 points in defeat, while
Adriana Gresnerova had 10 and Simova scored 9.
In Day 3 MBK Ruzomberok had no difficulties reaching the second place beating Govora 86:43. The visitors took 19:16 in the opening quarter to proceed with 8 points at the halftime. They had 37:29 after the second and increased to 67:39 entering the last period.
Adriana Gresnerova ended up with 18 points for the winners, while Veronika Cernakova and Lukacovic had12 each.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Damligan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Redding Nork 26.1
2 Bragg Sun 20.2
3 Mohr Umea 20.2
4 Hicks Marbo 19.3
5 Traversi Jam 19.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Greenwalt Jam 13.5
2 Mohr Umea 13.1
3 Bagley Sun 12.5
4 Blair EB 10.4
5 Bragg Sun 9.8
Assists Per Game
1 Aili Lulea 4.6
2 Traversi Jam 4.1
3 Barlin 08 4.0
4 Wilson EB 4.0
5 Kausaite Solna 3.8
Steals Per Game
1 Wilson EB 3.6
2 Penn 08 3.5
3 Key Marbo 3.4
2FGP
1 Klackenberg Sol 62.7
2 Bacon Sol 58.4
3 Osth Telge 58.4
3FGP
1 Fodgemark Telge 52.0
2 Rush Lulea 49.0
3 Eldebrink Telge 46.1
Free Throws
1 Belfrage Nork 90.0
2 Kausaite Solna 86.1
3 Lavets Brahe 85.7


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Diouf, BRU 26.9
2. Smith, RIV 24.8
3. Maclot, MEY 23.5
4. Crisman, BBC 22.4
5. Covington, FRI 21.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Kane, PUL 17.1
2. Smith, RIV 11.5
3. Crisman, BBC 11.1
4. Perry, MAR 11.1
5. Logan-Friend, RIV 10.8
Assists Per Game
1. Charlier, NEU 5.4
2. Diouf, BRU 3.9
3. Slaviero, NEU 3.8
4. Chevillat, MEY 3.2
5. Despinic, MAR 3.1
Steals Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 4.6
2. Diouf, BRU 4.3
3. Chaix, MEY 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Kane, PUL 2.3
2. Logan, RIV 1.6
3. Charlier, NEU 1.3
2FGP
1. Covington, FRI 62.4
2. Charlier, NEU 62.4
3. Hicks, NEU 58.8
3FGP
1. Cochand, MAR 47.6
2. Crelot, NEU 45.9
3. Kellogg, BBC 43.2
Free Throws
1. Volpe, BBC 88.3
2. Maclot, MEY 86.6
3. Yanni, MEY 81.8
Ranking
1. Perry, MAR 27.0
2. Smith, RIV 26.8
3. Crisman, BBC 26.3


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Standings - WSBL
WSBL Standings
 1. Cathay Life 11-1 
 2. Ch.Telecom 6-6 
 3. T.Textile 5-7 
 4. Taipower 2-10 


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Defence Force 0-0 
 2. Courts Horizon 0-0 
 3. Star Seekers 0-0 
 4. Pacers 0-0 


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  UZBEKISTAN - Women  


Uzbekistan champion grabs the fourth spot in Kazakhstan Cup - by Eurobasket News
The defending Uzbekistan champion BK Nika recently visited Kazakhstan to take part in Kazakhstan Cup. Uzbekistan powerhouse showed good form as they claimed the fourth overall spot playing alongside the best squads from Kazakhstan.
BK Nika opened their campaign against one of the tournaments favourites BK Almaty. Led by Svetlana Serdukova (177-F-69) the hosts managed to pull away with a hard-fought 49:63 win at the end.
In the next round Nika faced Okzhetpes and kept it close throughout the action. They trailed by just 4 points late in the third frame due to sizzling performance from Tatarinova. However Okzhetpes used several key baskets from Iryna Gilfer to secure a difficult 63:69 win.
BK Nika took on U18 Kazakhstan National Team in the third round of action. The game turned into a real basketball thriller with the outcome settled just in extra period. BK Nika dominated in the first half and built a 35:27 lead. However Kazakhstan youngsters kept at a striking distance and Kristina Dalidovich sent the game into overtime late in regulation. BK Nika nevertheless prevailed at the end as they outgunned their opponents 18:3 in the extra term. So the victory allowed Uzbekistan team to fight for the Bronze medals.
There they faced BK Almaty once again. BK Nika failed to avenge of the previous loss and BK Almaty clinched the third spot in the Cup. They handled BK Nika 79:48 in the consolation final. Elena Husnutdinova paced Almaty team as they ran away to a 37:17 distance at halftime. Nika never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Despite loss Uzbekistan team showed some really good basketball in Kazakhstan.


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  WNBA - Women  


New York and San Antonio open playoffs with wins - by Eurobasket News
The New York Liberty got to a winning start of their playoff series against the Connecticut Sun. The Liberty held off the Sun 72:63 at the Madison Square Garden to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) secured 19 points for the Liberty. The hosts ensured a stunning start to the game as they outscored the visitors 24:11 in the first term. Connecticut however trimmed the deficit to just 3 points in the third frame. But it was as close as the Sun could get. Shameka Christon, Erlana Larkins (6'1''-F-86, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) and Ashley Battle (6'1''-C/F-82, college: Connecticut) stretched the margin back to 10 points. The hosts controlled the situation in the fourth period and secured a comprehensive win at the end. Cathrine Kraayeveld (6'4''-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Liberty. Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) nailed 16 points for the Sun in defeat.
Meanwhile the San Antonio Silver Stars made a big step towards the conference finals as they toppled the Sacramento Monarchs 85:78 away from home in the opener. Rebecca Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) nailed 6 treys and finished with 30 points to pace the regular season champions to the win. The visitors dominated throughout the encounter and easily secured the winning result. Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Vickie Johnson (5'10''-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) had 13 points for the winners. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) answered with 16 points for the Monarchs. Crystal Kelly (6'3''-F-86, college: W.Kentucky) secured 12 points in the loss.