EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/24/2008

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  ABA   


South Texas Showboats to hold free open tryouts - by Eurobasket News
The ABA South Texas Showboats offer FREE OPEN TRYOUTS for BIGS between 6'7 and 7 foot. No FEE for these players at all. 'I believe that if I offer a free tryout for players that I can get more big guys interested in playing this year with our organization,' said Owner/coach Benjamin Mireles. 'We have a great group of guys right now but I need a few bigs with our team that would definitely eliminate the weight right now on our forwards.'

This tryout will be throughout the first week of training camp, September 22nd-September 29th, 4 days during the week. Timetable is - Monday 8-11pm, Thu 8-10 pm, Fri 9-12mid and Mon 8pm-11PM. For more information, contact Coach Mireles at 210 897 0379. You can also email coachb_showboats08@yahoo.com or visit www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


Alaska Dream adds two players to the roster - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA team Alaska Dream announced the signing of two other players for the 2008-09 season. The new team members are: Grayson Moyer (6'5''-G-86), graduated in spring from Humbldt State, and Jamal Washington (6'3''-G/F-81, college: E.New Mexico)

South Texas Showboats announce first player signings - by Eurobasket News
The ABA South Texas Showboats are proud to announce the first players to their expansion team that begins play in December.

Jason McNeil, former Judson High School player and a standout player and leading rebounder overseas in Japan.

Chris Woods, a local talent in San Antonio who played for Tech High School but never played college basketball, has tremendous defense, a great rebounder, can see the floor and has come out and shown that he can compete with anyone.

Leonard 'Poodie' Brown, a point guard who was a standout at Judson High School in San Antonio and played in Mexico; a pest on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Kenny Wilson, a player who is a tremendous shooter who played at Boise State University; has a great basketball IQ, fantastic on both ends of the floor and very aggressive.

The Showboats are still looking at players at this time and begin their training camp this week without a full roster. The Showboats are offering FREE tryouts to some players 6'7' and above. 'We believe our roster is guard oriented right now and would like to add some players to eliminate putting our players in a position where it takes them out of their game,' said owner/coach Ben Mireles. 'Outside of tryouts, the Showboats will begin the season with a small lineup if necessary and will be ready for the challenge if it comes down to it. We know by being an expansion team, we are not being focused on too much. It is good for us to have some solid players here and be able to compete and have a chance to win games.'

For information on an opportunity for a FREE tryout, please contact coachb_showboats08@yahoo.com. Or visit www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


The ABA will be again in Monteal, Quebec - by Gianni Pascucci

The Montreal ABA team is back, with the original name Montreal Matrix, and held tryouts September 19th 20th 21st 2008 at the Cote des Neiges Sports Center, 4880 Van Horne, in Montreal Canada. There were 5 spots left available for the playing roster. Established in 2005, the Montreal Matrix-Royals became Canada's first ABA professional basketball team. The club is again member of the American Basketball Association. The philosophy and the goal driving the organization is one based on teamwork, family values, social responsibility, and physical fitness. This year Matrix' goal will be to reunite and bring home all of the best local players. These include graduates from Canadian and U.S. universities who have been away playing in various pro-teams. The Montreal team will represent Canada and be confident in winning the championship at the end of this season. For any information, contact the team management at: 514-325-3331, go to www.gomatrixgo.com or email at: info@gomatrixgo.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


News from Crvena Zvezda - by Dragan Jankovski
New head coach of Crvena Zvezda's second team, which will compete in Serbian B league with a name Kotez, will be Dragoljub Vidacic. Ex player of Crvena Zvezda quit from professional basketball in 2006. From 1992 to 1995 he played for Red-and-whites. He re-joined the team once again for season 98/99. Interesting is that Vidacic also played two years fro Zvezda's eternal rival Partizan Belgrade. Except of these two teams, Vidacic used to play in Hemofarm, Rabotnicki, Makedonikos and Vojvodina. Last season as a player Vidacic spent in Ukrainian Cherkassy Monkeys.

In the meantime Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) arrived to Belgrade. He spent the entire summer with Bosnian National Team, which demonstrated not so good performance on Eurobasket 2009 qualifications. Together with Kikanovic, Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) also arrived to Belgrade. Situation with Milosevic is still complicated. The player has strong willingness to join Crvena Zvezda but his huge buy-out fee, which Sloboda Dita asks for, is the main problem. The player will have a meeting with Svetislav Pesic and management of the club after what they will make a decision.

According to the rumors, Zvezda is close to sign Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) and to re-sign Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87). Aleksandrov spent few days in Berlin due to medical tests of his knee. Results suppose to be announced today.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina triumphs in 2008 South America U15 championship - by Eurobasket News
Argentina triumphs in 2008 South America U15 championship. The defending champions won all four games to clinch the title of the tournament.
Argentina U15 overcame Uruguay U15 in the 2008 South America U15 championship opener. 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.
Later in the tournament Argentine beat Brazil 64:44. Probably it was one of the most difficult games for the winners. Brazil opened the game with 15:13 in the opening quarter and improved to 31:23 at the halftime. Argentina could bounce back with only 15-7 in the third quarter to tie at 38:38. In the last quarter the defending champions were too good and stormed past Brazil with 26-6. Massarelli Luciano Nicolas and Garino Gullotta Patricio led the winners with 14 points each. Bortolin Vara Matias nailed 11, while Marchisio Valentin and Benitez Gavilan Carlos Damian scored 9 each. Scaglia De Paula,Gustavo top-scored for Brazil with 11 points and Coelho Henrique posted 10.
In the third game Argentina smashed Peru 100:24. The game did not bring any difficulties for the winners that remained undefeated in the tournament.
The last game was the Final as Argentina and Venezuela came with no losses to their match-up. Argentina played better and deserved a 73:58 victory. Luciano Massarelli led the winners with 18 points. Tomas Zanzottera netted 12 and Matias Bortolin scored 11. Israel Blanco top-scored for the hosts with 19 points, while Miguel Carrera added 15.


Argentina: Luciano Massarelli 18, Tomas Zanzottera 12, Matias Bortolin 11, Patricio Garino 10, Valentn Marchisio 7, Carlos Bentez Gaviln 5, Federico Herrera 4, Joaqun Tuero 4 y Mariano Sole 2.
Venezuela: Israel Blanco 19, Miguel Carrera 15, Antonio Sanchez 9, Edyn Calatayud 6, Jos Cubiano 4, Alfredo Torres 3, Gabriel Oliveros 2, Jos Aranguren 0, Luis Maneiro 0, Antonio Prez 0 y Yosman Liendo 0.


Liga B rosters 2008/2009 - by Facundo Iatzky
ALMAGRO ESPERANZA
Luciano Aiello, Jorge Bagatoli, Federico Bonini, Mauro Coronel, Andres Horst (197-G-81, college: Brescia (KY)), Roy Melchiorre, German Oreggioni, Rodrigo Pascal, Juan Ignacio Zanotti, Lautaro Bouchet, Jonatan Faber (200-C-90), Sebastian Punet

ALVEAR VILLA ANGELA
Cristian Diesel, Rodrigo Aquino, Gonzalo Laphitzborde, Facundo Cenzano, Carlos Sepulveda (200-F-81), Juan Manuel Davico, Alex Aleksandrowicz, Daniel Zattin, Fabian Buchholz, Martin Cequeira (180-G-88), Eric Segovia, Pablo Nolte

ANZORENA MENDOZA
Lucas Rubia, Facundo Rubia (194-F-85), David Maldonado, Emiliano Roh (176-G-81), Bruno Romano, Damian Collovati, Rodrigo Griffa, David Pineda, Jeremias Acosta (207-C-85), Nicolas Aguilera, Pablo Martini, Fernando Manattini (190-F-89)

ATLETICO REGINA
Gaston Gonzalez, Nicolas Francisco, Leonardo Ansaloni, Luciano Zupanovich (187-G-83), Martin Trimboli, Diego Felicevich, Matias Estalles, Braian Stanford, Christian Collar, Guido Gadanoto (190-F-89), Pablo Gagliano, Emiliano Sarrat

DEPORTIVO PUERTO MADRYN
Gonzalo Jacquet, Cesar Avalle, Donald Jones (203-C-62, college: Towson), Juan Manuel Iglesias (183-G-75), Marcos Grosso, Gustavo Nobile (198-F-74), Leonardo Vera, Facundo Iturria, Muhamad Balut, Gonzalo Garcia (184-G-88), Rodrigo Garcia, Fermin Iriarte

BANCO NACION
Federico Mateo (198-F/C-84), Cristian Arias, Maximiliano Fernandez, Damian Horn, Emilio Ziegler, Facundo Ale, Pablo Cihal, Gabriel Coluccio, Mauro Alvarez, Rodrigo Noguera (190-G-88), Rodrigo Ucelli (201-C-89), Demian Portela

BANDA NORTE RIO CUARTO
Radbel Hechavarria (188-G-75), Javier Llanos, Gaston Campana, Mariano Mazzini, Hector Martirena, Lucas Barlasina (194-F-82), Juan Pablo Martinez), Nicolas Arese, Santiago Arese, Valentin Gonzalez, Luciano Poggi, Juan Pablo Martinez), Mauro Meneguzzo,

BARRIO PARQUE
Carlos Flores, Jose Naon, Federico Sarmiento, Sebastian Rodriguez (194-F-83), Marcos Ferreyra, Lionel Sala, Alfredo Ganami (198-C-78), Nicolas Rossi, Lautaro Rivata, Samuel Aladin, Andres Mariani (188-F-87), Emiliano Rossi

BROWN SAN VICENTE
Joaquin Baeza (180-G-86), Federico Medina, Jaime Cabre (186-G-83), Marcelo Suarez, Javier Giletta, Marcelo Piuma (196-F-83), Ulises Broda, Diego Cerutti, Ignacio Fernandez, Gaston Leon, Jonatan Morero (199-F/C-89), Lucio Clemente, Mauro Ambrosino

CIUDAD DE BRAGADO
Gaston Garcia (177-G-84), Francisco Rasio, Ezequiel Lopez (198-F-78), Marcos Moreno, Nicolas Ballicora, Eleazar Danessa, Emanuel Arevalo, Ezequiel Manzanares (197-G-90), Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90), Ezequiel Romero, Sebastian Almiron

COLON DE SANTA FE
Mariano Aguilar, Baltazar Claude, Guido Cuadrelli (201-F-82), Diego Crocce, Federico Dellagustina (195-G-84), Hernan del Pino, David Oviedo, Ignacio Revellino (190-G/F-87), Luciano Ricle, Juan Ignacio Caraffa, Ezequiel Gaido (196-F-88)

EL SURENO
Sebastian Taffarel (197-F-87), Andres Berman (188-G/F-85), Marcos Maidana, Lisandro Caniza, Eugenio Wiemann, Daniel Miranda, Andres Greco, Mariano Tagliotti (202-F/C-81), Marcos Perez, Lautaro Miranda, Gonzalo Peralta

ESTUDIANTES CONCORDIA
Claudio Farabello (196-F-71), Ariel Blanc, Fernando Etchenausse, Matias Bonfiglio (190-G-86), Facundo Mendoza, Federico Cabrera, Andres Passarella, Marcelo Noguera, Bruno Pacchioni, Jonathan Ledesma (182-G-89), Ezequiel Imbelloni, Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88)

FACUNDO DE LA RIOJA
Martin Omar Vaquero, Claudio Marcelo Cufre, David Vera, Rodrigo Campos, Federico Narvaez, Gabriel Fuentes, Adrian Garcia (176-G-81), Juan Meza, Calvester Ferguson (207-C-68, college: Georgia Southern), German Claus, Rodrigo Yanez

GIMNASIA Y ESGRIMA DE BUENOS AIRES
Juan Ignacio Alzaga, Claudio Cepeda, Julian Aprea (208-C-87), Matias Plus, Sebastian Crespo, Facundo Santana, Emiliano Bolgeri, Sebastian Buffa, Joaquin Munoz, Rafael Rubado (200-F-88), Erbel Di Pietro, Ignacio Arce (200-G-88)

GIMNASIA Y ESGRIMA DE VILLA DEL PARQUE
Sebastian Festa (179-G-72), Andres Lopresti (175-G-76), Juan Pablo Zilla, Luciano Canzutti, Mariano Pautasso, Gaston Bernasconi, Matias Pelletieri (207-C-79, agency: Players Group), Javier Montero, Tomas Gianelli, Dario Canzutti, Marcelo Waiter, Federico Vidaurre, Martin Zekas

HURACAN (TRELEW)
Marcelo Bondarenco (199-F-84), Maximiliano Maneiro (196-F-84), Gustavo Maranguello, Enrique Marina (197-F/C-73), German Montoya, Damian Paura, Fernando Rivera, Jorge Sanchez, Mauro Sierra, Lautaro Trifaro

INDEPENDIENTE TANDIL
Juan Ramon Aquino, Juan Pablo Trapote, Adolfo Garcia Barros, Eber Ferros Marina, Valerio Andrizzi (190-G-76), Juan Ignacio Mateo, Emanuel Harstock, Pablo Maglia (201-C-70), Diego Sanchez, Alejandro Arca, Facundo Grutzky

JORGE NEWBERY DE PATAGONES
Emanuel Lopez Cerdan, Alejandro Foro, Mario Pereyra, Daniel Ojeda, Mauricio Beltramella (186-G-71), Gustavo Ruben Espana (197-C-81), Leonardo Sandon, Mauro Bianco, Federico Campisi, Gustavo Sena (185-G-88)

LA UNION DE COLON
Ricardo Andrioli (184-G-76), Mariano Ortega, Diego Arolfo, Brian Diaz, Hernan Sandoval, Julian Fernandez, Sebastian Sevegnani, Ivan Najnudel (187-G-82), Guillermo Saavedra (200-C-86), Lautaro Zanini, Ezequiel Alegre

NAUTICO HACOAJ
Gabriel Sapochnik (200-C-81), Fernando Oyarzun (193-G-79), Pablo Rajch, Javier Peredo, Javier Luchansky, Alejandro Camargo, Daniel Lares, Milton Schneider, Sebastan Umaschi, Federico Glinberg (201-C-90), Juan Dameli

RACING GULAEGUAYCHU
Cristian Delgui, Abel Pascual, Fabricio Rebecchi (190-G/F-85), Ivan Castelli, Matias Novello, Aldo Risso, Fabricio Gauna (180-G-78), Cristian Balcells, Santiago Vesco (174-G-70), Hernan Giordano, Alexis Vallejos (191-F-91)

ROSARIO CENTRAL
Juan Gandoy (180-G-82), Manuel Morillo, Juan Pablo Luppo, Adrian Di Lenarda, Diego Fessia, Omar Zanocco, Juan Pablo Camino, Agustin Pujol, Francisco Stetler, Rodrigo Sanchez (200-F-89), Adrian Molina, German Sacomano

SAN MARTIN DE JUNIN
Mario Caporaletti (193-F-73), Adriano Di Biaggio, Renzo Di Perna, Diego Lorio, Emanuel Pagella (202-F/C-88), Luciano Copolla, Pablo Martinez, Javier Corniglia, Matias Huarte, Sebastian Nucci, Matias Angeli, Matias Merlo, Maximiliano Tabierez, Rodrigo Pagella

SPORT CLUB CANADENSE
Gonzalo Maggio, Lisandro Cuberli, Mario Lorenzetti, Marco Zoric (201-F-79, college: Anderson), Juan Ignacio Varas (194-G-87), Andres Gambone, Diego Abaca, Juan Pablo Manzone, Mauricio Hedman (208-F-70), Rodrigo Corona, Sebastin Mignani

SPORTIVO 9 DE JULIO (RIO TERCERO)
Adrian Forastieri, Victor Chana, Leonardo Segura, Leandro Giovanna (187-G-87), Juan Gallo, Eloy Martin (186-G-80), Emiliano Martina, Franco Ferrini, Gustavo Acosta (198-C-89), Jos Arnaldo, Matias Dominguez

SARGENTO CABRAL
Hugo De la Iglesia, Patricio Mercado, Jonatan Mayta, Ramiro Diaz Cuello (196-F-73), Federico Parada, Gustavo Souto (205-C-81), Jose Pappalardi (203-C-82), Maximiliano Contini, Ezequiel Martos, Maximiliano Torino, Sebastian Acevedo (198-F/C-90), Nicolas Zanni (190-F-89)

TOMAS DE ROCAMORA
Lujan Caire, Sebastian Bernasconi (201-C-86), Miguel Ricci, Juan Manuel Varas, Dante Predazzi, Gabriel Menza, Pablo Marrero, Federico Salvarredi (200-C-84), Sebastian Yancovich, Horacio Rigada, Franco Dellavedova

UNION Y FUERZA
Gustavo Rath, Ariel Alvarez, Edgardo Agudo (196-F/G-75), Julio Ruiz, Francisco Magallanes, Sergio Zacarias, Miguel Canteros, Marcos Jovanovich (202-F/C-83), Juan Jose Michlig, Diego Fernandez, Maximiliano Sosa, Rodrigo Alvarez (185-G/F-89)

UNION ELECTRICA
Juan Martin Rella, Jorge Siciliano, Andres Tuja, Jose Fornaciari, Pablo Sacco, Juan Seia, German Colli (180-G-87), Jorge Ferreyra, Alejandro Olivares (201-C-76, college: Fordham), Juan Ayala, Santiago Bruno, Emiliano Carpinetti, Cristian Gianoboli (195-F-88), Manuel Olocco (198-F-88), Sebastian Rossi, Eduardo Spalla (198-F-89)

UNION VECINAL LA PLATA
Juan Ignacio Veleda, Juan Justo Epifanio, Federico Grattarola Panduli, Santiago Garcia (198), Javier Garcia, Augusto Garcia, Juan Ignacio Bruno, Ernesto De Santis, Juan Manuel Seminara, Nicolas Greco (198-F-86), Demian Fulgenci, Raul Rusciti, Sebastin Zacarias

VELEZ SARSFIELD
Maximiliano Lamarque, Federico Pollio (190-F-79), Pablo Israeloff, Ruben Runke, Andres Molteno (190-G-86), Fernando Abbott, Horacio Beigier (200-F/C-69), Leonardo Miranda, Alejandro Hidalgo, Tomas Buosi, Ivan Mosteikis, Milton Gonzalez, Fernando Podesta, Bruno Serangeli, Kevin Gorfinkel (185-G-92), Joaquin Matorras, Pablo Noy
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Boca found replacement to Edwards - by Raul Ruscitti
Right after knowing that forward and key player Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) was going to be sidelined for about a month with a leg injury , Boca Juniors began an intense search for a player who could be part of the roster that will play Argentinian Cup Final Four. The search was officially over Tuesday when they decided to bring American swingman Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) to take over that spot. The 29 years-old comes to play until Edwards get healthy. Johnson has proven to be a well travelled man as he registers stops in countries like Sweden, Venezuela and Chile as well as in Mexico and Filipinas. His last team was U.B. La Palma from the LEB Oro league in Spanish where he averaged 10.6 ppg. 4.3 rpg and 0.6 apg in 25.6 mpg.

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Pat Mills still on NBA radar - by Eurobasket News
The Olympics may be over but the American basketball fraternity is still going gah-gah over Australian point guard Patrick Mills (178-G-88).

Mills was the undisputed bright spark for the Australian Boomers in their mixed campaign in Beijing, topping off an eye-catching tournament by putting 20 points on the Americans in the quarter final.

The St Mary's College sophomore used his nimble footwork and blinding speed to flash past defenders, impressing NBA scouts, Team USA superstars like Kobe Bryant and American coach Mike Krzyzewski among others.

Mills will resume his college career at St Mary's but looks destined for the NBA draft, with his cause helped by the fact many analysts believe this year's rookie crop to be thin on talent.

Leading draft analyst, ESPN.com's Chad Ford, believes the skills Mills unveiled in China, including his torment of the Team USA guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams, will have him on course for a mid first-round entry into the NBA.

'Mills played for the Australian national team in the Olympics and gave Team USA fits with his quickness,' Ford wrote.

'Chris Paul and Deron Williams both had a difficult time guarding him. Mills ended up leading Australia with 20 points in its quarterfinal loss to Team USA. His performance was enough for scouts to start buzzing about his potential to be a mid-first-round pick.'

Mills, 20, was born in Canberra and is a product of the same Australian Institute of Sport program that helped fashion Andrew Bogut and Lauren Jackson.

Courtesy of http://www.smh.com.au


Perth Wildcats ponder appeal over South Dragons win - by Eurobasket News
Perth has claimed foul play by the South Dragons for having six players on the court in the Wildcats' 91-87 home loss on Sunday night.

The Wildcats, now 0-2, may lodge an official complaint to the NBL after Dragons centre Nick Horvath unintentionally stayed on the floor after a time-out.

'The referees' assessor has looked at the video,' an NBL spokesman said yesterday. 'He doesn't believe there was any advantage for the Dragons caused by the extra man being there for a few seconds.'

New Zealand Breakers guard Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) is the first NBL Player of the Week this season. His team played only ne game so far but he demonstrated magnificent performance. The Breakers beat Wollongong Hawks 114-93 while Penney drained 41 points.

Courtesy of www.news.com.au


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  BELGIUM   


Div. II Regular Season - Round 2 - by Bertrand Larsimont
Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. BC Ninane 103-78
Willebroek: Gorremans 15; B. Follens 20; Roelandts 7; Casteels 10; Desoir 2; Kalonji 7, D'Haens 20; T. Van de Keere 8; De Wachter 14.
Ninane: Hubert 2; Tihon 10; Offermann 21; Delsaute 13; Lhoest 15; Kalut 17.

BBC Boom vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 77-89
Score evolution: 2-10, 11-20, 29-42, 58-65 and 77-89
Boom: V. Haerbos 6; P. Bayer 12; Y. Lambrechts 10; S. Salden 28; P. Van Hoecke 9; V. Vermeiren 7; W. Leten 5.
Zwevezele: B. Bobb 13; Bourdeaux 11; B. Verdickt 13; W. Dobbelaere 27; L. Lhote 18; Deceuninck 7.

BC Bree vs. BT Wevelgem 77-69
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 21-10, 39-37, 63-52 and 77-69.
Bree: O. Hodge 6; K. Reed 8; E. Norvell 8; H. Orsulic 5; M. Meeks 18; R. McCollum 14; R. Moss 7; J. Vucica 11.
Wevelgem: E. Samson 5; G. De Lepeleire 7; R. Naudts 9; B. Guillemyn 20; V. Lebon 2; A. Flanders 8; J. Fiers 18.

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen 69-67
Sint-Jan: --
Pitzemburg: Veldeman 7; Corthals 3; Pottiez 5; Vangelder 7, Vanbreedam 2; D. Van den Brande 20; Swaeb 15; D. Billet 4.

BCO Carnieres vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 77-57
Carnieres: Romeyns 4; Thelen 3; Ballau 13; S. Poppe 15; Dekaise 6; K. Jonniaux 13; Lena 6; D. Goethals 8; L. De Campos 3; S. Muric 6.
Nivelles: V. Renard 2; M. Renard 4; Karavokyros 2; Defosse 5; M. Pirlot 2; Seny 5; F. Muylaert 5; El Mouttalibi 9; Van den Eynde 16; S. Buja 7.

Essor Charleroi vs. CEP Fleurus 65-85
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 17-27, 30-47, 47-67 and 65-85.
Charleroi: R. Leclercqs 17; J.-F. Stache 17; D. Frippiat 9; M. Sperolini 8; L. Bearzotti 7; E. Mampuya 5; R. Kitieu 2.
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 17; A. Jadin 14; S. Tison 10; S. Semijejero 9; Kalambayi 8; L. Pourtoit 8; T. Rozewicz 8; B. Penninck 7; Poulain 4.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. Falco Ghent 65-64
Hasselt: D. Souveryns 20; Hendrix 13; R. Van Poelgeest 5; Vanhove 10; Smolders 7; H. Baert 10.
Falco: S. Dhondt 8; F. Vanderkimpen 2; F. Bwatu 4; J. Van Haevermaet 13; J. De Schepper 14; J. Van de Vondel 10; J. Selhorst 13.

Bye: Bent Schoenen Waregem


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
1. Hasselt 2-0
2. K. Willebroek 2-0
3. CEP Fleurus 2-0
4. Bree 2-0
5. Sint-Jan Antw. 2-0
6. Waregem 1-0
7. De West Hoek 1-1
8. Carnieres 1-1
9. Essor Charleroi 1-1
10. Boom 0-1
11. Ninane 0-2
12. Pitzemburg 0-2
13. Wevelgem 0-2
14. Falco Ghent 0-2
15. Nivelles 0-2


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Igokea Partizan third on tournament in Kraljevo - by Eurobasket News

Bosnian runner-up ended international tournament in Kraljevo on third place.

In the first game Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica was better than Igokea Partizan by 20, 87-67. Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the winners posting 21 points. Another new player in Buducnost Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) was the second scorer of his team netting 20 points. Nikola Bulajic (208-C-84) of Igokea Partizan drained 23 points against his ex team.

Buducnost: Sehovic 4, Micov 16, Popovic 7, Bojovic 20, Novakovic, Mijatovic 2, Otasevic 2, Ljujic 2, Simonovic 21, Misanovic 13, Sutulovic, Djurisic.
Igokea: Belanovic, Lucas 4, Bocka 11, Vuksanovic, Djurica 9, Williams, Mason 2, Radic, Miskovic, Djerasimovic 8, Kovacevic 10, Bulajic 23.


In game number two, Igokea Partizan registered tight victory against the host team Sloga 67-65. Bosnians took this one mostly to well played last 10 minutes of the game 27-16. Sinisa Kovacevic (200-F-78) was the best scorer in the winning team with 19 points. Marko Djerasimovic (200-F-84) and Bryan Lucas (204-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) followed him with 12 points each. Sloga got 20 points from Stefanovic.


In decisive game for third place Igokea Partizan was too strong for Svjetlost Slavonski Brod 82-67. Croatian team had better strat but very soon Bosnians reached their level. After 17-23 in the first, Igokea ended 22-10 second quarter having solid plus 6 at the half time. After the breather Bojan Djurica and his teammates continued in the same rhythm extending lead to 12 points. It was a sign that this game is already over for Svjetlost. During the last 10 minutes Igokea just made its advantage even bigger. Bojan Djurica paced Igokea to victory scoring 21 points. Marko Djerasimovic and Milijan Bocka (187-G-82, agency: 011 Sports) had 15 points apiece. Better than the others in Svjetlost was Veljko Budimir (201-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) with 17 points.

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



UAE Champs` friendly games in Bosnia - by Sead Buljina
United Arab Emirates champion, AL WASL, has spent the end of Summer for six preparation games in Sarajevo. Mostly UAE national team members reinforced with two excellent Americans on front court positions showed that they can play very good basketball. The most important is that UAE`s and Bosnian athletes established friendship that shall open the doors to the cooperation in the future. Led by their head coach, Abdulhameed Ibraheem, Al Wasl played solid versus good teams, such as Sarajevo selection, Bosna ASA BHT, Novi Grad and Triland. Al Wasl won two games and lost four. First game in Sarajevo guests from UAE played vs. city selection.. Hosts won 87:77. Sarajevo selection: Muamer Taletovic, Adnan Saric, Mirza Dzubur, Elmir Forto, Esmir Guzonjic, Ognjen Bravo, Mirza Smajic, Mirza Smajovic, Zlatan Mujak, Adnan Tatarevic, Adnan Aljovic. Players have been selected and games organized by B.H. Basket scouting agency. It must be said that most local teams haven`t allowed their players to participate in two friendly games vs. guests from United Arab Emirates. In spite of that, Sarajevo team was strong and won both games. In the second game they won by 87:86. Sarajevo selection was supported by Reumal Group - Reumal / Aquareumal, Tesanjski Dijamant, Husky and KSC Skenderija. Before second game with Sarajevo selection, Al Wasl played vs. new D1 member, Novi Grad. Guests led by 7 points with six minutes to go. Novi Grad turned the score and won at the end 81:71. New member of A1 league and possibly the strongest team in the league Triland had no luck in two games. In first game Triland lost 88:94, in the second 68:72. It was interesting to see reinforced Triland with former National team members Emir Halimic, Muamer Taletovic, Muris Memic, in addition to excellent players such as Mirza Dzubur, Ognjen Bravo, Mirza Smajic, Rijad Jamakovic and others.
Al Wasl gave hard time to Bosnian champion, Bosna ASA BHT, which was loosing the game until midst of the 3rd quarter. The largest, 13-point lead Al Wasl held two minutes before the halftime. Their American center (206cm) is a player who can hurt opponent from the perimeter as well as inside. He`s a player with excellent ball handling skills. So, it was surprising to see Bosna tall centers Zimic (217cm) and Suljagic (213) time after time chase the American center way out on the perimeter. He would simply pass by host centers and either score or create easy scoring opportunities for his teammates. After seeing his team still loosing in the third quarter Bosna coach went with a short line-up, which gave result and Bosna easily won by the end of the game 103:90 (46:50). Out of new players, only Ivanovic played well. Burrell and Vucurovic had a bad day.
Finally, it must be said that team from United Arab Emirates earned respect following six friendly games. Few Bosnians knew what level of basketball is being played in UAE and Al Wasl was underestimated at the beginning of their journey in Bosnia. However, they have left very good impression as people and athletes.


A1 League: Transactions - by Sead Buljina
After qualifying for the A1 league, Triland from Sarajevo has added several big names to its roster. Namely, former Bosnian national team player Emir Halimic has joined new A1 member as well as Muamer Taletovic, Ognjen Bravo, Muris Memic, Macak from Konjic. Along with returning Mirza Dzubur, Rijad Jamakovic, Subasic and Mirza Smajic new reinforcements make Triland a team capable of reaching their goal in the upcoming season winning A1 and moving up to the 1st Bosnian Division. One of their opponents Kakanj has changed head coach and four players. After Jakub Genjac left the Club Samir Islamovic took over coaching position. The Club have left four players from Zenica-Celik who were on a loan. Since Zenica-Celik will compete this season in the same league all four players had to return to Zenica. Thus, Ramo Rizvic, Azhar Dedic, Asko Colakovic, Muminovic will play for Celik in the next A1 season. B.C. Kakanj has brought the best A1 scorer and player with long 1st Division and international experience, Narcis Begovac. Also, forward/center Edin Hodzic from Visoko has joined B.C. Kakanj. B.C. After withdrawing from the 1st Division, Zenica-Celik has ceased to exist. Basically the same team with same coach and remaining players will compete under new name B.C. Celik in the A1 league. Celik might also compete for the first spot in the A1 league. Haris Jahic has returned for the upcoming season. With a group of young and gifted players Gak, Taric, Rizvic, Suljic, Pezer B.C. Celik will be a tough opponent.

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Brazil U15 finishes third in Venezuela - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela hosted 2008 South America U15 championship recently in Guanare. Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela faced 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, looked positive and optimistic about this year.
Brazil overcame Peru 72:52 in their first game of the tournament. It was one of the best games however for Peru that won the opening quarter 13:9. They remained in front after 15:15 in the second heading to the second half. Brazil bounced back with 27:13 in the third period to seal the win in the tournament. Nocetti Veloso Murilo paced all the winners with 19 points. Guimaraes Minuci Eduardo posted 10, whilst Alexevitch Petruk Nikolas netted 9. Fung Sam Fernando had a good night in defeat with 24 points and 7 steals.
Later in the tournament Argentina beat Brazil 64:44. Probably it was one of the most difficult games for the winners. Brazil opened the game with 15:13 in the opening quarter and improved to 31:23 at the halftime. Argentina could bounce back with only 15-7 in the third quarter to tie at 38:38. In the last quarter the defending champions were too good and stormed past Brazil with 26-6. Massarelli Luciano Nicolas and Garino Gullotta Patricio led the winners with 14 points each. Bortolin Vara Matias nailed 11, while Marchisio Valentin and Benitez Gavilan Carlos Damian scored 9 each. Scaglia De Paula,Gustavo top-scored for Brazil with 11 points and Coelho Henrique posted 10.
Venezuela outscored Brazil 68:52 to face Argentina for the title game. Brazil clinched the third position after a win over Uruguay 65:62.


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NCAA grants Kleon Penn additional year at McNeese State - by David Edole
Kleon Penn (211-C-86), a 6-11 center at McNeese State University in Louisiana, has been ruled eligible to play this coming basketball season for the Cowboys.

'I wasn't sure if I was going to get it or not because it took a long time and school had already started. I just found out that I got it, but I'm really excited about having another year to show off my skills,' said Penn who averaged 6.7 points, 6.3 rebounds per game.

Penn, petitioned the NCAA earlier this year after the end of the 2007-08 season. There had been some question about his eligibility for the 2008-09 season, because he played a year for the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Stingrays, but Bridget Martin, the university's associate athletic director and director of compliance, said, in a media release, 'McNeese State University has determined that men's basketball student-athlete Kleon Penn meets the NCAA's eligibility requirements for intercollegiate competition for the 2008-2009 academic year.'

The Cowboy standout has played the past two seasons and last year led the conference, ranked fourth in the nation and set a single season school record for blocked shots.

'This is certainly a boost for our program,' McNeese head coach Dave Simmons told the McNeese State sports information department. 'I look for him to continue to improve and be a force for us this season. I want to thank our administration for following through on this situation and coming to a positive conclusion.'

The 6-11 Penn narrowly missed only the second triple double in Cowboy history, scoring 12 points, pulling 15 rebounds and blocking nine shots, during their 74-71, victory over Lamar on March 1. Penn totaled 108 rebounds at the end the game during his short career, breaking Edmond Lawrence's 35-year old block shots record of 106 during the 1972-73 season. He ended the season with 117 blocks for a 4.0 average, as the Cowboys had 180 blocks on the season and were the top team in blocks in the Southland Conference.

'I'm going to try and improve on the things I need to improve on this year, like scoring, being in better condition and being consistent,' the Cowboys center stated. 'I spent the summer conditioning with the football team and had a three day camp in Houston with John Lucas-that was the toughest three day workout I've ever had in my life.'

Penn who earned a Bachelors degree in general science over the summer will work on a Bachelors degree in accounting, following up on the Associates he got at HLSCC in the same discipline.

By DEAN 'The Sportsman' GREENAWAY
BVI News Online Chief Sports Correspondent


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National team to receive 150 000 leva bonus, Pini will gave his for bulgarian talents - by Valentin Anguelov
The president of Bulgarian Basketball Federation Mihail Mihov announced today the total bonus the players will receive for qualifying for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland. The national team coach Pini Gershon will receive 50 000 leva, while the player a total of 150 000 leva.

The total expenses of the federation in this qualifying round are 574 000 leva, from which 22 000 for the rent of Universiada Hall. All announced bonuses will be paid until the end of October. Also every team will receive 500 leva for every player who participated in the qualification.

'Those 50 000 leva I receive, I will give for the development to one or more young basketball players, for the education, food, home and all that they need so after 4-5 years they can become national team players.' - said Gershon. 'I hope that more people with possibilities follow me in that project. As I'm watching how many expensive cars are parked in front of the casinos I think I have to stand in front and ask the entrants to give part of the money'.

This is a part of Pini's idea to select 500 kids who are showing potential and gather them to practice and study in Sofia. The president of the federation wished for the famous israelian to be general manager of the project for basketball school to be created in Bulgaria. Mihov also made a official invite to Gershon to continue his work as a national team coach to which Pini responded:
'I hope to stay as long as possible'.


Hundred bulgarian fans for free at Eurobasket 2009 - by Valentin Anguelov
100 Bulgarian fans will have the chance to go to Eurobasket 2009 in Poland thanks to the Bulgarian Basketball Federation. The federation will take all the expenses and the fans will have the possibility to see all the games of the national team. This was announced by the president Mihail Mihov.

'The fans will be selected after a draw. On October 11th starts the National Basketball League and on every game there will be a fan selected after a draw who will go to Eurobasket' said Mihov.

'Bulgaria has a lot of potential and can develop basketball in a good way' said Pini Gershon in front of the media. 'Whole Europe is talking about the fact that Bulgaria qualified for the European championship. I think that if we get more than one win in Poland will be a success. We have to find sponsors and move forward. If we want to have 10 more players like Todor Stoykov we have to invest in basketball because the potential is here and if we develop the championship everything will go in the right direction'.


Avi Kowalski: We received very warm welcome in Bulgaria - by Valentin Anguelov
Avram Kowalski, the right hand of Pini Gershon since the time in Maccabi Tel Aviv, took the challenge exactly like Pini did to bring Bulgaria to the next level in European basketball.After he got the job well done, left yesterday for his country Israel with mission acomplished.

'First of all I want to thank the president of the federation Mihail Mihov for fulfilling all my requirements as a coach which helped a lot about the development of the team. This is for example vitamins, medicines and some aparatus for physiotherapy that helped us reduce the injuries. I appreciate this a lot and if I can say something for the future - we just started.
Second I want to thank the people from the Olympic laboratory who tested the player and helpes us make the program for preparation.
I came here for the challenge. I don't talk for basketball because I'm not basketball coach. I'm conditioning coach and have 20 years of experience. Here the players work very hard and the level of standing with pain is high.
For example if one star player gets an injury he sits out the rest of the practice. Here after two minutes the players says to the coach that is ready to be back. Like something as a teacher the best thing I saw is the realization of the project. Yesterday for example I was too excited when everybody came and we were greeting each other for having achieved our goal. I won more than money and the emotions were a lot which makes me happy that the boys want to learn. I know Pini from 8 years when he started in Maccabi. Pini was the first who raise the conditioning coach to a position of assistant coach like part of taking the decisions.
I appreciate this a lot and it seems like we were supposed to meet. I didn't hesitate to come to Bulgaria because we received a very warm welcome. Why hesitate? Pini said it's a challenge and I accepted it that way. And now nobody can say that we have trained only top level players and we showed that with players who are not so famous we can achieve results. When I was young I played tennis and I was from the best of Israel. I won a scholarship for USA and played in a club with players like John Mcenroe. I also was a coach of Marat Safin.I'm very proud and happy with what this team did. I believe the the circle will start to move and continue to work and as I already said I have family and good friends here so we'll see each other very soon.


Balkan officially adds/extends six more players - by Eurobasket News
On Friday afternoon six more players officially signed or extended contract with Balkan Botevgrad: Atanas Radev (200-F-81), Boiko Milenkov (194-G-83), Martin Marinov (191-G-85), Martin Horozov (200-F/C-86), Tsenko Nakov (185-G-87) and Nebojsa Ristic (194-G/F-77).

Atanas Radev agreed with his team to stay for at least one more season. In the last one he played 43 games in Bulgarian A1 league averaging 11 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.7 apg. Before Balkan, he used to play for Cherno More, Yambol and Spartak Evronis.

Boiko Milenkov also decided to stay in the club. He averaged 3.9 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 20 games last season. He arrived to Balkan from Dunav Rousse last year.

Martin Marinov played last season for Rilski Sportist. In 39 A1 league games he recorded 7.4 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Previous 4 seasons he spent in Rilski while on 03/04 he already was a member of Balkan.

Martin Horozov is another new acquisition for Balkan. He had 42 appearances in A1 last season for Tundja Yambol adding 10.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.1 apg. In the past he also played for CSKA Sophia.

Tsenko Nakov is a member of Balkan since 2004. Last season he had 1.7 ppg in 34 games.

Nebojsa Ristic is coming from Serbian B league team Proleter Zrenjanin. He is experienced player, who changed many teams in the past. Some of those are Drina Zvornik, Smederevo, Oberelchingen and Bamberg.

During the summer Balkan already inked Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) and Kiril Raykov (192-F-87). Yanko Yankov (192-G-88) left Balkan for Dunav.


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BBC Monthey parts ways with Anderson, inks Canadian Volcy - by Eurobasket News
BBC Monthey parted ways with Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon). American forward spent one month with Monthey, after what the team didn't want to extend the agreement. Anderson joined Monthey from Otago Nuggets. He played 7 games in New Zealand's top division adding 18.4 ppg and 8.1 rpg.

In the meantime Monthey agreed terms with Ricky Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan). It is the ten-day contract, with an option to be extended for the rest of the season. Canadian power forward spent 07/08 in Spanish Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet. He appeared 26 times in LEB Gold averaging 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1 spg. Later he joined Hungarian Kecskemeti Univer KSE, but only for the pre-season. He graduated last year at Northern Michigan University (NCAA2). In his senior season Ricky Volcy had 23 ppg and 10 rpg. At the end of it he was named 'All-GLIAC Player of the Year -07'. His team was runner-up in GLIAC North Division later reaching semifinals on GLIAC tournament. In both years, 2006 and 2007, Ricky Volcy was selected 'All-GLIAC North Division 1st Team -06, 07'.


Toronto to host D-League tryouts - by Eurobasket News
NBA D-League team Idaho Stampede announced yesterday it will hold open player tryouts for the upcoming season at Humber College on Oct. 5-6. The tryouts begin at 6 p.m. on the 5th.

'This is such an invaluable opportunity for our team and a great way to fill our roster,' Stampede head coach, Bryan Gates said. 'We are thrilled to be heading to Toronto and it would not be possible without the help from the Raptors organization.'

Players will compete to earn an invitation to the Stampede's official training camp, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 14.

The Stampede tip-off their 11th season in November. It is the third one in NBA Development League.

Courtesy of http://www.torontosun.com


The ABA will be again in Monteal, Quebec - by Gianni Pascucci

The Montreal ABA team is back, with the original name Montreal Matrix, and held tryouts September 19th 20th 21st 2008 at the Cote des Neiges Sports Center, 4880 Van Horne, in Montreal Canada. There were 5 spots left available for the playing roster. Established in 2005, the Montreal Matrix-Royals became Canada's first ABA professional basketball team. The club is again member of the American Basketball Association. The philosophy and the goal driving the organization is one based on teamwork, family values, social responsibility, and physical fitness. This year Matrix' goal will be to reunite and bring home all of the best local players. These include graduates from Canadian and U.S. universities who have been away playing in various pro-teams. The Montreal team will represent Canada and be confident in winning the championship at the end of this season. For any information, contact the team management at: 514-325-3331, go to www.gomatrixgo.com or email at: info@gomatrixgo.com



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2008 CBA Draft to take place tonight - by Eurobasket News
The Continental Basketball Association will have their 23rd Annual Draft tonight. The CBA Draft will again be webcast through Web Television Network.

The CBA Draft will take place tonight, Tuesday, September 23 and be webcast live from the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany starting at 8:00 PM EST. Fans can log on to the CBA Website (www.cbahoopsonline.com) or Web Television Network (www.webtelevisionnetwork.com) to follow all of the Draft action. Every selection will be updated as it happens, and the final results will be posted when the draft has concluded.

The CBA Draft will consist of six rounds and a total of 30 players will be drafted. The Albany Patroons will make the first selection in the 23rd annual draft. The CBA Draft is open to all players who have exhausted their college eligibility and were eligible for the NBA Draft this past June. CBA Commissioner Dennis Truax will serve as the moderator for the CBA Draft with CBA Director of Scouting Mark Argenziano and Director of Player Personnel Jeff Argenziano providing commentary on the Draft.

Web Television Network (webtelevisionnetwork.com) is a comprehensive broadband initiative designed to provide fans, sponsors, media and the general public with quality live and archived steaming webcasts of games and other compelling video on-demand programming. WTN seeks to be the premier broadband destination for free, live video of Continental Basketball Association games and other video-on-demand features highlighting the League's teams and athletes.

'We are very happy to continue our relationship with Web Television Network,' said Commissioner Truax. 'WTN has been a valuable partner with the CBA and we are happy to have them on board with the Draft.'


The following is the order of the 2008 CBA Draft:

1 - Albany Patroons

2 - East Kentucky Miners

3 - Pittsburgh Xplosion

4 - Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry

5 - Minot Skyrockets

Courtesy of CBA


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Dimayor weekend results - by Cristian Quiroga
Last weekend Dimayor league played two new rounds. Complete results are:

Saturday 20th
Liceo Mixto 89 - Universidad de Los Lagos 78
LM: Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 35 - Brandon Mason 16
ULA: Michael Pierrot 16, Timothy Jennings 16

Universidad Catolica 69 - Provincial Llanquihue 77
UC: Keddric Mays (183-G) 17, Angelo Olivares 13
LLA: Dominick Melton (198-F, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Wisc.-Parkside) 18, Anthony Knox 17

Deportivo Espanol 67 - Boston College 75
ESP: Javes Wiggins (201-F-80, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 23, Marques Hayden 11, Marcus Jacobs 11
BOS: BJ Pucket 21, Lucas Costa 12

CD UdeConce 96 - Puente Alto C.D. 70
UDC: Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) 21, Jeff Agba 16
PAL: Bruce Jolly 17, Joseph Works 15

Deportes Ancud 76 - Provincial Osorno 60
ANC: Malcolm Connor (198-G/F-80, college: W.New Mexico) 24, Marcos Hubner 13, Marquis Johnson 13
OSO: Marc Mazur 16, Jermaine Robinson 12

Deportes Castro 99 - Deportivo Valdivia 92
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 22, PJ Mills 23
CDV: Deshawn Danzey (198-F) 23, Marcus Elliot 19

Sunday 21th

Liceo Mixto 96 - Provincial Llanquihue 80
LM: Patrick Sez 22, Patricio Briones 18
LLA: John A. Thomas 20, Ignacio Navarrete 18

Universidad Catolica 81 - Universidad de Los Lagos 57
UC: Keddric Mays 25, Mike Elliot 17
ULA: Michael Ernst 15, Leonel Mendez 11

Deportivo Espanol 76 - Puente Alto C.D. 89
ESP: Javes Wiggins 26, Sebastian Saez 12
PAL: German Siegmund 28, Joseph Works 17

CD UdeConce 77 - Boston College 78
UDC: Evandro Arteaga 22, Andr Hardwick 20
BOS: BJ Pucket 20, Eduardo Sepulveda 17

Deportes Ancud 71 - Deportivo Valdivia 66
ANC: Federico Radavero (196-F-77) 24, Malcolm Connor 15
CDV: Marcus Elliot 21, Anthony Bishop 15

Deportes Castro 97 - Provincial Osorno 89
CAS: P.J. Mills (201-F), Jose Luis Campos 24
OSO: Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, agency: AMI, college: S.Carolina St.) 28, Jermaine Robinson 19


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Zhang Kai Invited to Sacramento Kings Training Camp - by Arthur Volbert
Zhang Kai (211-C-82) Dongguan's 211 cm center/power forward, has been invited to the Sacramento Kings training camp. He was brought to the camp through the efforts of Jack Mai, a Chinese-American based in Taiwan who scouts the Pacific Rim region for the Kings. Mai was also instrumental in inviting Liu Wei to the Sacramento camp in 2004 and Huang Haibei in 2006. He also got invitations for Chen Hsin-An of Taiwan in 2002 and Tien Lei of Taiwan in 2005.

Zhang is expected to attend the camp for about a month but is not expected to make the team. Zhang was one of the last two cuts from this year's Olympic team.

I would like to thank sinobball at http://forums.interbasket.net/showthread.php?t=8068 and pryuen at http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13423 for information contributing to this story.


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Federation Cup 2008, September 22, Day 11 results - by Victor Garcia
Piratas got its first victory in the 2008 Federation Cup, defeating Indervalle 96 89, the winners had a great begining of the game, scoring 30 pts in the first quarter, Camper and Romero was on fire for Piratas, coach Moreno made some changes and includes Cesar Cortez and Dario Cuero for the second quarter in the places of Teheran and Casiani, Indervalle cut the difference until 1 point.
In the second half both teams keep playing good basketball, Camper keep leading Piratas and Gouard indervalle, at the end Indervalle lost George Baker for personal fouls with 3 minutes remianing, Piratas keep the lead to win the game, but despite the victory Piratas shows that needs more control in the end of the game.
Piratas 96 - Vincent Camper 36 pts
Indervalle 89 - Dajuan Gouard 35 pts.

Arrieros had its most important victory in this season defeating the also powerfull Bucaros in Medellin, both team altrnate the leadership throgh the first three quarters, the first and the third for the visitors Bucaros, Arrieros won the second, Jermaine Walker with his 25 pts was the leader of Arrieros, in Bucaros Marcus Flemming had 24 pts.
This is the 11th straight victory for Arrieros, a new record in the Federation Cup.
Arrieros 80 - Jermaine Walker 25 pts
Bucaros Freskaleche 75 - Marcus Flemming 24 pts


Norte de Santander won a hard game against Patriotas in Cucuta, the Patriotas despite a bad first quarter rised its level in the second and third leaded again by Ernesto Mijares and Jorge Diaz, in the third quarter Edgar Moreno and Eduardo Torres took the tea mover its shoulders and get the victory.
Norte de Santander 77 - Eduardo Pichi Torres 18 pts
Patriotas Proactiva 66 - Ernesto Mijares 18 pts


Islanders defeated Ovni as visitor in Tenjo, the third straight victory in the road for the team of the Island, and now Islanders reach Bucaros in the third place of the standings.
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 85
Islanders Sopesa 99


Norte adds Alejandro "Tapipa" Barrios - by Victor Garcia
Norte de Santander, currently in the second place of the 2008 Federation Cup announced to the media the arrival of Venezuelan forward Alejandro 'Tapipa' Barrios, barrios played with Venezuelan Trotamundos de Carabobo averaging 9 ppg and 3 rpg, coming from the bench.
'Tapipa' also played abroad in Mexico shortly, Tapipa should replace Jerry Echenique as Norte Big Men, is expected to play next weekend.


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 11-0 
 2. Canoneros 9-2 
 3. Bucaros 6-5 
 4. Islanders 6-5 
 5. InderValle 5-6 
 6. Condores 3-8 
 7. Alcaldia 3-8 
 8. Piratas 1-10 


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Dubrovnik inks Scepanovic, Cibona Zagreb in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Dubrovnik announced signing of Aleksandar Scepanovic (196-G-82) closing the roster for season 2008/09. 25-year old shooting guard arrives from Crkvenica. On season 06/07 Scepanovic was a member of Kvarner Novi Resort. He played 23 games in A1 league averaging 6.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.1 spg. He was invited to play on Croatian A1 league All-Star Game. Scepanovic is pure shooter, which head coach Darko Kunce was looking for. Before Kvarner, he spent four seasons in Triglav Osiguranje Rijeka. He also has experience from Slovenia as a player of Polzela. According to coach Kunce, Scepanovic signed one-year deal and he is so far satisfied with his performance.
As a reminder Josip Glavinic and Ivan Siriscevic left the team during the summer. Next week-end Dubrovnik will participate on tournament in Slovakia.

Meanwhile, Cibona Zagreb went to Belgium for two friendly games. In the first one CIbona will meet Charleroi while in the next game its rival will be Bree. These two teams met each other in the play-off final last season. Cibona will play these games without Earl Calloway (190-G-83, college: Indiana), who left to USA due to personal reasons. He supposes to back until the end of the week.


Pamesa too much for Zagreb, Cedevita Cup starts tomorrow - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje lost the second game on Spanish tour. After Murcia, another ACB league participant Pamesa was better than Croatians 72-64. The team from Valencia was slightly better in the first half making plus 5. At that point of game Zagreb was still in but after the breather Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) and his teammates showed totally different attitude. For a very short time they created double-digit lead. During the last frame Pamesa touced plus 22 and it was clear that the game is over for Zagreb. However, at the very end Croatians took care for 14-0 run making this defeat acceptable. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) top-scored in Pamesa with 19 points. Greek Dimos Dikoudis had 10 while Victor Claver (204-F/C-88) stopped on 9 points. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) was the best in Zagreb netting 16 points. Filip Basljan (196-G-84) and Luka Drezga (194-G-87) had 8 points apiece.

International Cedevita Cup is set to start tomorrow. In the first game, which is scheduled for 18h, Hemofarm Vrsac will meet Krka Novo Mesto. As a reminder, both teams are participants of Adriatic league. In the second game the hosts Cedevita will take on Bosnian champion Bosna ASA BHT.


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Two transfers for Frederick Achilleas - by Michael Aristidou
Another two players agreed with Frederick Achilleas for the new seazon. Ex Apollon player Samir Gouda (217-C-72, agency: Interperformances) decided to join Frederick Achilleas and also Chad McClendon(1.99-f-73). McClendon was teammates with Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) in Alpacom Hungary the previous year. The two new players will come aproximately untill next Saturday in Cyprus to jon the team. This two transfers are the last for the time been for Achilleas.

Injury for Proteas EKA AEL Michalis Kounounis - by Michael Aristidou
AEL international player Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81, agency: Interperformances) got an injury in the game with Albania. The injury will let the player out for two months. Meanwhile Proteas EKA AEL got back this afternoun from Mpormio Italy. AEL gave four friendlies games there in one week. AEL won two (CImperio Varese, Fast WEB) and lost two (Vacallo, Spartak Vladivostock). Next friendly game for AEL is on friday in Cyprus with Rossia team Samara.

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Toronto to host D-League tryouts - by Eurobasket News
NBA D-League team Idaho Stampede announced yesterday it will hold open player tryouts for the upcoming season at Humber College on Oct. 5-6. The tryouts begin at 6 p.m. on the 5th.

'This is such an invaluable opportunity for our team and a great way to fill our roster,' Stampede head coach, Bryan Gates said. 'We are thrilled to be heading to Toronto and it would not be possible without the help from the Raptors organization.'

Players will compete to earn an invitation to the Stampede's official training camp, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 14.

The Stampede tip-off their 11th season in November. It is the third one in NBA Development League.

Courtesy of http://www.torontosun.com


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Nancy beat Orleans in preseason exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy secured another preseason win as they held off Orleans 79:63. Trailing by one point 19:20 after the starting period Nancy managed to spur ahead 39:38 at halftime. A stifling defense helped Nancy to stretch the margin to 5 points after three quarters. They sealed the winning outcome in the fourth term. Lamayn Wilson (203-F-80, college: Troy) provided 23 points and 7 rebounds for Nancy. Michel Morandais (198-G/F-79, college: Colorado) added 19 points, while John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) had 18 points for the winners. Brian Greene (204-F-81, college: Colorado St.) answered with 12 points for Orleans. Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) knocked down 11 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. The teams will meet again later tonight at the Orleans Palace of Sports.
Meanwhile Vichy played two friendly games with Spirou Charleroi from Belgium and Elan Chalon at the d'Alforville Tournament. Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm), Zach Moss (201-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Mountain St.) and David Melody (185-G-77) knocked down 17 points apiece and vichy prevailed against Charleroi 81:59. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) added 10 points for the winners.
However the French side could not repeat the success as they came up short against Elan Chalon 66:73. David Teague secured 24 points in defeat. Amadi McKenzie finished with 13 ponts and 6 rebounds for Vichy.
Earlier Elan Chalon thumped Le Havre 112:78. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81, college: Texas) produced 24 points for Chalon. Philippe Braud (194-G-85) contributed 22 points, while Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina) had 19 points for the winners. Thus Chalon triumphed at the d'Alforville Tournament.


Elan Chalon signs experienced Thierry Rupert - by Eurobasket News
Elan Chalon agreed terms with big guy Thierry Rupert (200-F-77, agency: Octagon).

French veteran forward spent previous four seasons in Pau-Orthez. In the last one he appeared 10 times in ULEB Cup averaging 8.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg. He also played 29 games in Pro A recording 4.6 ppg and 3.2 rpg. During the summer he spent some time with Entente Orleans 45 but he did not sign the contract. In 2007 Thierry Rupert became the National Cup winner with Orthez. A year before, his team was regular season champion but later wasn't able to reach the play-off final. He arrived to Orthez from Strasbourg in 2004 as 'Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Defensive Team -04'. The same award he got in 2001 as a member of Paris SG. The biggest achievements Rupert had with Limoges on season 1999/00. His team won three trophies that year: National Cup, Pro A and European Radivoj Korac Cup. Except of above mentioned teams, Rupert also played for Poissy-Chatou and Antibes. He was member of French U22 National Team and in 2003 senior B NT. It is interesting but he never got a call to join French best selection.


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AMAK SP beats Pelister in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
AMAK SP celebrated in its first friendly game in the off-season. The team from Ohrid outplayed Swisslions Pelister 90-79. During the entire time the hosts controlled rhythm of the game. New captain of the team Eftim Bogoev (185-G-80) as well as ne Serbian acquisition Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82) demonstrated pretty good performance. The bad news is that American center Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) still didn't adapt on new system of playing. According to the rumors, the team is very satisfied with Cubrilo while Aleksandar Peric (208-C-83) could be even better. Head coach of AMAK SP Marjan Lazovski will join the team today, as he had obligations with Macedonian National Team.
AMAK SP traveled yesterday in Kavadarci where it will participate on international tournament. Except of the team from Ohrid, other participants will be the host Feni Industri, Sloga Kraljevo and Rilski Sportist. At the first day Sloga Kraljevo will meet AMAK SP after what is scheduled official opening ceremony. At 20:15h Feni Industri will take on Rilski Sportist.

Head coach of Feni Indistri Emil Rajkovic expects much better performance of his players than it was on tournament in Samokov. Feni ended it on fifth place but it seemed they are still far away from the right shape. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) won't be able to help his team on this tournament as he is still not fully recovered.


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Steeples capture Jamaal Brown - by Moritz Korff
Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has bolstered its frontcourt with the addition of Jamaal Brown (201-F-83, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). Coach Ralph Junge is delighted with his new player: 'We are very happy to have a player like Jamaal on the team. He has been a top player in high school, college as well as in Europe and will certainly be the same in the Pro B too', he stated on the website of the club.
Brown played university-ball at Western Kentucky and Cal. State Fullerton (NCAA1). After graduating in 2006 he spent his first year as a professional in Holland with Eredivise outfit Demon Astronauts Amsterdam (25 games: 11.7ppg, 5.3rpg). He joined GV Waltrop in January 2008 and suited up for the Regionallig West-team until the end of this past season, followed by a stint in the UBL with the Arkansas Warriors.


Goehrke joins Schwenningen - by Moritz Korff
The Panthers Schwenningen (Regionalliga South-West) confirmed the signing of William Goehrke (198-C-82, college: Augustana (IL)) for the 2008-09 campaign. The American with German passport turns 26 years of age later this week. He played for the Chicago Throwbacks in the ABA and PBL most recently. Goehrke is a strong inside player and a good rebounder. In 2006 he moved to the 2. Bundesliga with the Kirchheim Knights and the Panther fan wouldn't mind if he would achieve the same goal with the Schwenningen team.

BG Hagen brings in Tim Williams - by Moritz Korff
Tim Williams (201-F/C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Stevens Tech) made his debut for BG Hagen in the Regionalliga West this past weekend. The 23-year-old Power Forward/Center who had joined the team a couple of days ago posted a double-double in his first game on German ground: He scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 74:71-win over Bayer Uerdingen.
Williams spent his collegiate-career at Stevens Institute of Technology (NCAA3). During the 2007-08 season he tallied 11.5 points and 8 rebounds per contest for the Ducks.
Meanwhile, Philip Freeman (211-C-79, college: Miles) who had averaged 12.5 points in the first three encounters of the RLW-season did not play a third game for BG Hagen.


TG Hanau clinches Williams - by Kristian Santiago
After letting go Brazilian guard Gabriel Ruela e Castro , TG 1837 White Wings Hanau decided to sign American point guard Wadale Williams (180-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) to its team.
Williams, who made it to the D2 Final Four in 2007 with his college-team Cent.Missouri St., averaged 10,2 ppg and 4,3 apg for the Mules in 2006-2007.
He is set to play his first game on the 4th of October for the White Wings who compete in the Regionalliga Southwest-North.
Ruela has been waived after poor performances (7,5 ppg in two games) and over contract dispute with the management.


Ludwigsburg lands Tomas Nagys - by Moritz Korff
EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) announced its final summer-signing today. Tomas Nagys (208-F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Clemson) has agreed to terms with the team of coach Rick Stafford.
The 28-year-old Lithuanian Forward played for several teams during 2007-08. In pre-season he worked out with Legea Scafati Basket (Italy) and then signed with AEP Olimpias Patron of the Greek A1-league (10 games: 9.2ppg, 5.6rpg) and moved to Latvia in January 08. Later that month he made a short-term deal with Akasvayu Girona (Spain, ACB). Until the end of the season Nagys appeared in 8 games of the regular season and averaged 0.6 points per contest. He also appeared in 3 games of the ULEB-Cup and tallied 1.7 points per outing.


Interview With Kyle Bailey of BG Gottingen - by Miles Scheuber
Hi Kyle, thanks for taking some time to speak to eurobasket.com. How was your summer. What part of your game were you working on?

This summer I worked on being tighter with the ball and my on the ball defense

How happy are about returning to Gttingen and what did you miss the most from there?

I am very happy to be back in Gottingen. I missed HochDeutsch the most!!!

You played at Gttingen two years ago. What were the main reasons why you decided to come back to this team?

I missed the city and the people that live there. Also, I really like playing for John Patrick. He played at high level and understands things from a players point of view.

How has training camp been?

Training camp has been good. We have been getting in shape and learning at the same time.

How is the team chemistry so far?

We are building chemistry with every practice and it must be developed throughout the season. I like our chemistry thus far.

You will be the starting point guard and probably going to log a lot of minutes. Do you feel any added pressure with this role?

No added pressure, I am pretty hard on myself no matter what position I am playing.

Your first season in Gttingen, you were more of a scoring point guard. Will your role be any different this time?


Actually, I was the shooting guard in my first season here. Now my role differs with regards to initiating our offense and keeping us organized on the court.

Gttingen kept some players from last season, but also improved with new players like Rocky Trice, Jason, Miller, Cliff Brown, Chris Oliver and yourself. What is this team capable of achieving this season?

Sorry to give you a clich answer, but we are capable of working very hard and seeing what happens after that. Talk is cheap, but I do like the guys we have and the work ethic they bring to practice.

Gttingen last season was known for playing a run and gun type of game. Will that continue or will the style of play change?

I cant give away any of the company secrets, but we will definitely look to get up and down the court.

With Jason Miller, you have a very experienced and talented big guy. He can step out and shoot, but he is also a presence under the hoop. Will this make the Gttingen offense even more unpredicatable?

Having a guy like Jason adds versatility to our low post game. He is able to score inside and out. That gives our opponents something else to be concerned about.

How is your relationship to coach John Patrick?

We have a good relationship, he went to school in The Bay Area at Stanford and I went to school 20 miles away at Santa Clara.So we have a couple of things in common.I think the way he coaches has helped my game a lot.I was finished with basketball before he brought me to Gottingen 2 years ago. He has definitely gotten a lot of me

Two years ago, you played in the second Bundesliga and won the north. Besides the fact that your playing Bundesliga this season, what will be the biggest difference playing in Gttingen this season?

The biggest difference is that the past is in the past and this year we are looking to achieve a certain level of success in the first league.

You started well in Ulm last season, but then suffered an injury and never found your rhythm. How disappointed were you that it didnt workout in Ulm last season?

The only thing I was disappointed about was the way my injury was handled. My thumb was broken in 3 places and that requires 4-6 months of healing time. It took a long time for me to get all of that information.

Your often the first to arrive and the last to leave from practice. What amazing shot did you make that no one ever saw?

Nothing too amazing, last year I would compete with a guy on my team to see who could make full court shots. I made a couple of those, but the whole team saw it. By myself I made it from half court off the bounce, that is probably my best one.

Your from Fairbanks, Alaska. How did you start to play basketball? Ice Hockey would seem to be more popular there.

My sister figure skated, so I was tired of the hockey rink. In Alaska the weather doesnt really allow you to be outside for 8 months, so I would be inside playing basketball. They had a little dribblers league that I started playing in when I was ten.

You played at Santa Clara University. What was your nicest memories of your time there?

There are far too many good memories, but the most important one for me was graduation. That will be the beneficial for me throughout life and it was more difficult than any basketball opponent!!! My senior year we beat North Carolina when they were number 1 in the country and they had 5 NBA guys on that team.

You were in pre season training camp with the San Antonio Spurs. What did you learn from Tony Parker?

I learned that speed never has an off day!!! He would make it look so effortless. Technically, he showed me a little trick to his floater.

Many dont know, but you speak very good German after only being here two years. What is your motivation to learn the language German?

I am a big proponent of learning new things every day. And, living in another country is an opportunity to communicate with its inhabitants in their language. I dont want to perpetuate the stereotype and be just another basketball playing American.

What would you like to do after your career is over as a Basketball player?

I would really like to get into politics.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are crossword puzzles, reading, listening to music, and watching soccer.

Thanks for the chat Kyle, and good luck this season.


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Panathinaikos needed an overtime to defeat Maccabi in Gomelskiy Cup - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi-Panathinaikos 96:100 OT

Panathinaikos needed an overtime to defeat Maccabi in Gomelskiy Cup opener. The tournament hosted by Moscow is the most interesting with four great teams participating. The first day proved the ambitions and presented the spectators an overtime battle from the Greek and Israeli teams. Panathinaikos looked better in overtime and advanced to the Final with 100:96 victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 19 points. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) scored 16, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 15 and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) added 12. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) collected 21 points and 7 assists in the losing effort.
Maccabi took several early leads against Panathinaikos, but the Greens never gave in. Sarunas Jasikevicius led them back from a 10-point second-period deficit to take a 50:45 halftime lead. Panathinaikos looked poised to win when Vassilis Spanoulis helped build a 15-point advantage late in the third quarter. Overtime went to the wire as well before Spanoulis with a free throw and a clutch steal put Panathinaikos on top.
In another game Zalgiris Kaunas won the battle last night over the hosts, Russian CSKA. Lithuanian team looked better in the second half and clinched 83:81 victory.Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 18 points each. In the Finla game Panathinaikos will face Lithuanian Zalgiris.


Maccabi:Carlos Arroyo 21 points and 7 assists, Fisher 20 points and 8 rebounds, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) posted 19
Panathinaikos:Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Stratos Perperoglou 16, Dimitris Diamantidis 15, Antonis Fotsis 12


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Coach Pete Miller interview: "Being in contention for a playoff spot the whole season" - by Fred Roggen
Eurobasket had the chance to talk with coach Pete Miller , who returned to Holland after thirty years, about his new job as coach of Aris Friesland and how his team performed in the off-season.

You have signed for three years at Aris Friesland and you work full time the next three years (12 months per year) in Leeuwarden, not only with the first team but you also take the youth under your control together with Andre Roorda isn't?
We aren't that far along that you could say that I am going to take control of the youth program. I have spoken with Andre and we have had some very interesting conversations. But I need to take a longer look at the youth structure here and try to understand the complete situation before any decisions are made. There will also have to ba talks with all clubs involved to see how we all can cooperate in a positive way. It is true, however, that I do have a lot of experience in the youth area and I would be happy to give my knowledge and experience to the people here. It is also clear that improvements need to made and I hope that we are able to find a way to work together and create a productive youth program here in Leeuwarden and the surrounding region.

What is your impression of the organization after the first month spent in Leeuwarden?
The club management has done an outstanding job of organizing things here that enables us to work very well in training. Outside of basketball there was also an outstanding job of getting things ready for me and all the new players. All of the players are happy with apartments and cars and a lot of little things that add to making them comfortable. I am sure I can speak for the players as well as myself when I say that we are all very impressed and thankful at what so many have done and are continuing to do for us. We all feel at home here in Leeuwarden. And I would like to express my thanks to the club for all that they have done for us.

You made a lot of off-season moves on you're squad. How much of that was your input?
Our manager, Gert Schurer and I worked very close putting the team together. And we also, as everyone knows, have received help through our partnership with the Eiffel Towers - for which we are very thankful. So it really wasn't any one person's efforts that resulted in putting this team together. The only thing I expressed was the type of players I wanted to have and then we went all together from there.

It seems to me, with all the off-season moves, that you have become a more balanced team then we have seen the last season in Leeuwarden. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the team sofar?
We think we are a pretty well balanced team and that has shown in most of our preseason games. Our biggest strength is definitly our athletic. We have players that are very athletic and that is the kind of players that I was looking for. It enables us to play fast and aggressive. But not only are the players athletic they are also talented. Another strength is our team chemistry - the players have really bonded quite quickly. What we must do, and this is one of our weaknesses, is develop a new mentality in a lot of the players. Most of them have come from programs where they weren't the 'go to guys' and not even the second option. The players must learn that they are the ones that carry the responsibility now. It isn't as easy as it sounds but we are making progress. A major weakness we have is our youth and inexperience. This is something that we are dealing with in our practices and games and from game to game it is getting better. But we must have patience in this regard. Of the new players four come directly out of college which makes them around 21 years old. And then I have three U20 players that will play a definite role in the team and none of them have played in the Eredivisie either. All of this results in seeing ups in downs in the games. But because all of them are talented we should be able to get this under control.

What's been the biggest coaching challenge for you, with this new team?
The major challenges are what I stated above. But we work on this every day and I am seeing progress. It also helps having an experienced player like Rein van der Kamp in the team. The new players look up to him and his experience in the league is invaluable for us. But as I said, the challenge is changing the mentality in the team and overcoming the youth and inexperience.

How would you grade your off-season?
I think the pre-season could have been somewhat better but it definitly wasn't bad. We are seeing improvment from week to week and game to game. Actually last week in Almelo we made some huge strides. We should be ready for the season. And we have to be ready: we have a difficult schedule at the beginning.

What do you expect from the upcoming season and What are your goals?
I expect us to keep improving constantly. We will be very competitive. Our goals are, first and obviously, to have a better season than last year. We have a goal of being in contention for a playoff spot the whole season and making the playoffs. I think that is realistic and achievable but we must understand that there are other teams that have that same goal. So we will have to be prepared physically and mentally for every game.

Eurobasket would like to thank Pete Miller for taking the time to do this interview and wish him and his team good luck the upcoming season.


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George Banks signed with Kormend - by Tamas Deri
Now it is officially, that american big man George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) will arrive tomorrow to our country and will spend a short tryout with his new team Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend. The 203 cm tall american player is a very experienced player who spent already a lot of season on our continent: Italy, Turkey, Cyprus. In 2006 he signed with hungarian top team Albacomp, but left in January 2007 for personal reasons, so the club did not give free his letter of clearance. It took some days that the clubs made one agreement, so Banks can play in our country again.
'- We are happy, that George can come and show his skills this weekend on Gocsej Cup. I spoke with him several times on the phone, he guaranteed me about his perfect conditon and sounded very excited about his comeback!' - said owner, Mr. Szabolcs Szabo.


Pre-Season Games - by Tamas Deri

In the last days the most teams of our first division played pre-season games in different cities and countries.

Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend-Sodertlje Kings 100:85
(19:15, 33:19, 21:24, 27:27)
Kataja, Finland, Att.: 200
Kormend: Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) 17/15, Manix Auriantal (187-G-80, college: NYIT) 23/9 (18 rebounds), Kocsis 10/6, Trummer 2, Keresztes 7, Hegedus 11/6, Fodor G. 14/9, Toth G. 14/3, Vavra 2, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub

Kataja - Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend 102-86
Kormend: McCullough 15/9, Auriantal 24/9, Trummer 11/9, Toth G. 11


DEKE - Kosice 91-68
(16-22, 24-16, 22-21, 29-9)
DEKE: Gaynor 11, Kutasi 12/6, Toth G. 10/6, Takacs D. 13/3, Szabo T. 13, Seyi 15, Kovacs I. 4, Erdei, Kaluha, Varro 12/6, Ambrusz, Balogh A. 1, Coach: Walke Karoly

Marso-Vagep NYKK - Spisska Nova Ves 74-63
(9-22, 25-7, 16-12, 24-22)
NYKK: Savic 3, Andre Burton (195-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) 17/6, Nagy K., Lekli 4, Jelesijevic 11/3, Farkas A. 13/3, Siska 11/9, Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77, agency: 011 Sports) 15, Wehner, Coach: Zoran Kmezic

BK Opava - Marso-Vagep NYKK 84-83



Marso-Vagep NYKK - BC Kolin 66-68
(17-18, 18-18, 19-13, 12-19)
NYKK: Savic 10/6, Siska 3/3, Mitar Trivunovic 18/12, Lekli 9/3, Jelesijevic 11/3, Nagy K. 10/6, Burton 3/3, Bus, Farkas A. 2, Wehner, Coach: Zoran Kmezic



Falco KC - Zalakeramia ZTE KK 97-68
ZTE KK: Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 23, Gaspar 2, Baki 10/6, DeMichael 5/3, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 14, Toth 6, Starics 8/3, Horvath, Bodor, Foldesi, Coach: Volgyi Peter
Falco: Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 21/12, Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) (196-G-85, college: Howard) 18/3, Horvath Z. 18/6


Planet Leasing Dombovar KC - Oberwart Gunners 82-54
DKC:
Gibson 10/3, Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) (194-F-82, college: USF) 13/6, Deak 6/6, Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Pittsburg St.) 2, Jones 6, Bodi 14/9, Balogh 3/3, Molnar 4, Simon 12/12, Vas 8/3, Klir 4, Coach: Peter Stahl


Zalakeramia ZTE KK - Dombovar 76-72
(21-18, 23-12, 14-25, 18-17)
ZTE KK: Calvin Watson 16/6, Gaspar 9/3, Baki 11/6, DeMichael 7/3, Srdjan Helbich 22, Toth A. 8/3, Starics 3/3
Dombovar: Deak 14/9, Michael 14, Cory Abercrombie 13



Falco-Szova KC Szombathely - Dombovar KC 100:88
(30:20, 20:25, 27:21, 23:22)
Falco: Kalman 11, Darryl Hudson 24/15, Andrija Ciric 4, Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10) 19/9, Horvath Z. 12/3, Borszeki 6/6, Feigl 4, Pankar 12/6, Lakatos 6, Vida 2, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Dombovar: Drew Gibson (188-G-85, college: Wofford) 12/3, Jerome Gumbs 16, Bodi 13/3, Deak 6/6, Cory Abercrombie 12, Balog -, Michael Jones (206-F/C-82, college: Arkansas) 11/3, Simon 11, Vas 3/3, Molnar M. 4, Coach: Peter Stahl



Zalakermia ZTE KK - Oberwart Gunners 68-74
(18-14, 17-22, 19-18, 14-20)
ZTE KK: Calvin Watson (21/3), Gaspar (9/3), Baki (5), DeMichael (13/6), Srdjan Helbich (10), Starics (5), Toth (5), Coach: Volgyi Peter
Kaposvari KK-PVSK-Panthers 78-65 (20-21, 18-15, 16-14, 24-15)
Kaposvar: Marciulionis (7/3), Kiss K. (12/9), Vojvoda (16/6), Hoffmann (22/3), Panta (12), Csirke (9/3), Coach: Branislav Dzunic
PVSK: Spivey (14/6), Kelley (12/6), Denes (9/9), Toth N. (5), Bencze (9), Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) (10/6), Czigler (4), Aleksic (2), Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


Albacomp - MBK Rieker Komarno 91-67
Albacomp:
Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 28, Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) 16/3, Scott Morrison (211-C-86) 15, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 14


Soproni Sordogok - Pecsi VSK - Panthers 77-87

(27-16, 6-23, 22-24, 22-24)
PVSK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 19/3, Spivey 14, Czigler 6, Denes 4/3, Aleksic, Krisztian Wittmann 21/12, Bencze 14, Toth 7/3, Kovacs P. 2, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Sopron: Calvin Bowman (206-F/C-77, college: W.Virginia) 18, Brooks 13/3, Kortelyesi 10, Halmai 7/3, Kovacs 2, Cuisnard 13/3, Vesztergom 8, Csorvasi 6, Boldizsar, Horanyi, Coach: Meszlnyi Rbert


Pecsi VSK Panthers - BC Kolin 90-85 (18-19, 21-19, 27-22, 24-25)
PVSK: Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 16, Kelley 13/6, Toth 9/3, Dees 8/6, Krisztian Wittmann 7/3, Spivey 21, Aleksic 12/3, Czigler 4


ASE-Komarno 78-73 (28-16, 15-15, 19-20, 16-22)
ASE:
Nichols 13, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 20/9, Gosa 10, Fajardo 14, Gulyas 18, Kiss Zs. 2, Csaplar-Nagy, Meszaros 1, Morgen, Coach: Balazs Sabali



Market news - by Tamas Deri
Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10)'s tryout is over, the croatian forward got a contract for the upcoming season and will play for Falco KC. Ivan Perincic played well on the pre-season tournament last weekend and scored every game in double figures: 12 points vs. ZTE, 16 against Oberwart and 19 vs. Dombovar.

Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) arrived yesterday to Sopron and will be on a tryout with the team. The management of the team was looking for a new point guard as they did not keep macedonian player Petrovski. Puerto Rican point guard played with team's american guard on Niagara University and averaged 13.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3Pts: 39.8% in his senior season. He started his professional carreer in Puerto Rico and got his first overseas job in the second division of Germany. He also spent one season in Poland with Znicz Jaroslaw where he was the 5th best assister with 4.3 assists per game of the league.


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Nahariya lands McGhee - by Tamar Goldman

The American forward, Aaron McGhee (202-F-79, college: Oklahoma) is the latest addition to Ironi Nahariya. The 28 years old players started his carrier with Oklahoma University where he played during 2000-2002 seasons. His debut out of the states was in Italy with Scavolini Pesaro but in the middle of the season he moved to Spain where he played next season also. In 2004/05 McGhee moved to Korea and played there for 3 seasons. In May 2007 he signed in Puerto Rico, from there he moved to china and after 19 games returned to Puerto Rico and in April moved to the Philippines where he averaged in 14 games: 19.9ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg,


Givat inks Ross - by Tamar Goldman

The 25 years old American guard, Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech), joins Maccabi Givat Shmuel. Ross graduated form Texas tech on 2005 and after a summer camp in Vegas decided to leave the states and signed with Univer Castelletto Ticino from the second league in Italy, but he was released in January 2006 and went back to the US. He opened the 2006/07 season in the D-league with Albuquerque Thunderbirds but left in November and joined Butte Daredevils (CBA). After finishing the season in the CBA he moved to Albany Patroons (USBL) and played 21 games there. On 2007/08 Ross returned to Europe, this time to germany where he played with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) during that season Ross averaged in the German League: 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2(1.7spg)


Panathinaikos needed an overtime to defeat Maccabi in Gomelskiy Cup - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi-Panathinaikos 96:100 OT

Panathinaikos needed an overtime to defeat Maccabi in Gomelskiy Cup opener. The tournament hosted by Moscow is the most interesting with four great teams participating. The first day proved the ambitions and presented the spectators an overtime battle from the Greek and Israeli teams. Panathinaikos looked better in overtime and advanced to the Final with 100:96 victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 19 points. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) scored 16, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 15 and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) added 12. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) collected 21 points and 7 assists in the losing effort.
Maccabi took several early leads against Panathinaikos, but the Greens never gave in. Sarunas Jasikevicius led them back from a 10-point second-period deficit to take a 50:45 halftime lead. Panathinaikos looked poised to win when Vassilis Spanoulis helped build a 15-point advantage late in the third quarter. Overtime went to the wire as well before Spanoulis with a free throw and a clutch steal put Panathinaikos on top.
In another game Zalgiris Kaunas won the battle last night over the hosts, Russian CSKA. Lithuanian team looked better in the second half and clinched 83:81 victory.Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 18 points each. In the Finla game Panathinaikos will face Lithuanian Zalgiris.


Maccabi:Carlos Arroyo 21 points and 7 assists, Fisher 20 points and 8 rebounds, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) posted 19
Panathinaikos:Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Stratos Perperoglou 16, Dimitris Diamantidis 15, Antonis Fotsis 12


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Jiri Hubalek signs with Nuova Sebastiani Rieti - by Interperformances
The 6'10' center with Czech passport, Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) goes back to Europe after having played for four years in college in the United States. The 25 years old player has infact signed today a deal with the Italian A1 team Nuova Sebastiani Rieti for the upcoming 2008/2009 season.
We feel that this experience in one of the best European leagues will give Jiri a boost in his career. Jiri has been one of the strongest players in the Iowa State University and this summer he joined Toronto Raptors in the Las Vegas 2008 NBA Summer League.


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ASK Riga wins the opener in the tournament of Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga won the opener of tournament held in Ukraine with four participating teams. The home side is represented by the hosts Khimik and BC Odessa. ASK Riga arrives from Latvia and Hapoel came from Israel.
ASK Riga had a battle in the opener against BC Odessa. Ukrainian team won the opening quarter 33:29 as the teams showed great percentage from the field. Latvian side replied with 21:19 for 52:50 at the halftime.
Even though the tempo slowed down in the second half, the teams showed more offensive style in the court. ASK Riga won the third period 26:21 and was in front in the last stanza of the game. The last minute of the battle saw Latvian team in front at 96:90. Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan) brought Odessa to 95:96 with 6 minutes to play. It was Brian Tolbert again to foul Odessa's player and Sundov making 1/2 free throws set up the final score. Sundov top-scored for the winners with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) nailed 17 and Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Brian Tolbert led the Ukrainian side with 25 points and 8 assists.
Hapoel outscored Khimik 73:66 in another game of the tournament.


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 0-0 
 2. Madina 0-0 
 3. Shabab 0-0 
 4. Hilal 0-0 
 5. Morog 0-0 
 6. Nasr 0-0 
 7. Ahli 0-0 
 8. Ahli Benghazi 0-0 


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Zalgiris outscores CSKA in Gomelskiy Cup - by Eurobasket News
CSKA-Zalgiris 81:83

Zalgiris Kaunas won the battle in the opener of Gomelskiy Cup that started last night in Moscow. Lithuanian team looked better in the second half and clinched 83:81 victory. CSKA started the game offensively and took the lead for the majority of the first period. After 17:14 in the opening quarter the Russian squad improved to 36:31 at the halftime. Zalgiris Kaunas tied the game at the end of the third period after 22:17 in the quarter. The game went back-and-forth and came down to the final minutes. Loren Woods (215-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) and Maciulis combined to put Zalgiris up 4, but CSKA hung on and had a chance to win it only for Viktor Khryapas three to go out, leaving Zalgiris the win. With 30:28 Zalgiris Kaunas won the last quarter in the opener of Gomelskiy Cup. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 18 points each. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) netted 15 and Woods Loren scored 14. Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) paced CSKA with 15 points and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and Khryapa had 12 apiece.
In another game Panathinaikos overcame Maccabi Electra 100:96 behind 19 points from Vassilis Spanoulis. Panathinaikos needed an overtime to defeat Maccabi in Gomelskiy Cup opener. The tournament hosted by Moscow is the most interesting with four great teams participating. The first day proved the ambitions and presented the spectators an overtime battle from the Greek and Israeli teams.

CSKA: Terence Morris 15, Trajan Langdon 12, Khryapa 12
Zalgiris:Paulius Jankunas 18, Jonas Maciulis 18, Marcus Brown 15, Woods Loren 14


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
Northern Division
 1. Soles 6-0 
 2. Tecos UAG 5-1 
 3. Bravos 5-1 
 4. Corr.Victoria 4-2 
 5. Algodoneros 3-3 
 6. Fuerza R. 3-3 
 7. Galgos T. 3-3 
 8. Lobos Grises 3-3 
 9. Lobos UAC 2-4 
 10. Dorados 1-5 
 11. Potros 1-5 
 12. Venados 0-6 
Southern Division
 1. Halc. Xalpa 6-0 
 2. Barreteros 5-1 
 3. Panteras 4-2 
 4. Santos 4-2 
 5. Halc. Rojos 3-3 
 6. Bucaneros 3-3 
 7. Lechugueros 3-3 
 8. Halc. Cordoba 3-3 
 9. Angeles 2-4 
 10. Pioneros 2-4 
 11. Loros C. 1-5 
 12. Estrellas 0-6 


Halcones Xalapa and Soles refuse to lose - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa and Soles remained the only two undefeated teams in the LNBP after six rounds of action.
Soles prevailed over Venados 98:89 in the fifth round of action. Trailing by 2 points after the starting frame Soles de Mexicali drew things even at halftime. A close fight saw Soles take a one-point lead at three-quarter time. However the Soles decided not to postpone the outcome till the final seconds and ran away for good early in the fourth term. Gregory Devon tallied 24 points and 9 rebounds for Soles. James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) topscored with 26 points for the winners. Venados were led by 25 points from Michael Gale (193-G-82, college: Centenary).
Soles continued their winning streak in the sixth round as they narrowly defeated Bravos 81:8 away from home. Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) knocked down a go-ahead jumper with 3 seconds left in regulation to snatch the 6th win for Soles. De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) produced 22 points to lead Soles. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) added 14 points for the winners. Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) replied with 22 points for Bravos.
Halcones Xalapa meanwhile kept up with Soles winning rhythm. They had little problems in dealing with Estrellas 92:79 in the fifth round. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) and Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) provided 21 points each for the winners. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) secured 14 points and 10 rebounds for Halcones Xalapa. Eric Martin (197-F-76, college: Cincinnati) answered with 21 points for Estrellas.
Xalapa then outscored Santos 109:94 behind 23 points from LeRoy Hickerson. Gustavo Ayon was helpful with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Santos received 16 points from Arim Solares.


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Little man, big man at MSU - by Eurobasket News
As the NAIA national runner-up Mountain State basketball squad assembled for its first official practice, one thing was certain.

Youll need a program when the Cougars open the season against Ohio Valley Oct. 30 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

In what can only be called a complete overhaul, the Cougars return just four players from last years squad. Among the losses are all five starters from last years 34-3 team that lost to Oklahoma City in the national title game last March.

Still, the prospects are good for an 11th straight trip to the NAIA national tournament.

I think we are very talented, MSU coach Bob Bolen said. But we have five freshmen and that can be difficult at times. Talent-wise, were fine and we have some junior college players who have talent. Right now, were concentrating on getting our system in as far as what we want to do offensively. And well take it from there.

How diverse is this squad?

Well, the long and short of it can best be summed up by guard Rashad Terrell Nesbitt and center Franklin Jones.

Make that 5-foot-8, 130-pound point guard Nesbitt and 7-foot, 300-pound Jones.

Nesbitt, a native of the Bahamas, who played junior college ball at St. Petersburg, is as tough as they come, according to Bolen.

Hes competitive and he plays with a lot of heart, the coach said. And, he is very tough for his size. Hes quick and he makes the people around him better.

In a word, he is a typical MSU point guard.

I use my size as an advantage, Nesbitt said. On defense, I get low and I just nag (the opponent with the ball), Nesbitt said. My strength is dribbling and getting into the right place. For me, assists are just like points.

Nesbitt got his love of the game from his father, who played a semester of college basketball at Bethune-Cookman. But when his mother got sick, the elder Nesbitt returned home.

Now his son is taking over the family heirloom: basketball.

Of his toughness, he said, I dont use it as encouragement. I just play. My goal is to help this team get a ring. As long as were winning, I just want to contribute in whatever way I can.

Jones didnt have a typical summer, at least by most college students standards.

He came to Beckley in June and weighed in at 340 pounds.

Coach Bolen had me on a program all summer, so it wasnt a normal summer, Jones said. I worked out twice a day, plus basketball and I was taking three courses (he made As in all three). Coach wants me to get down to 280 but I want to get to 275 as far as my goals and expectations.

Frank worked hard, Bolen said. He was on the elliptical machine twice a day at the Y(MCA). He still has a way to go but he is head and shoulders above where he was in June.

His talent obviously lies in his size.

When he is standing on his toes, he is only about four inches from the rim, Bolen said. I see him contributing as a freshman. Hes really good at tipping the ball in around the basket.

And rebounding, Jones added. I think that is something I can contribute to the team. My goal is to get everyone on the team to work together as a team and Im going to do my best to get better so I can keep up with these guys and help us win a championship.

Jones may also have found his calling since arriving in Beckley.

He asked us if he could shadow a culinary arts class over the summer, Bolen said. I figured hed be there about 15 minutes. Well, he stayed the whole three hours, made a dish and this was a second-level class. The professor called me and said Frank needed to be enrolled in the program, that they really enjoyed him.

MSU will also play an exhibition game against the Bob Huggins-led West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, Nov. 8 at the WVU Coliseum.

Courtesy of http://www.register-herald.com


Paben Hired as Bruin Coach - by Brandon Woudstra
Bellevue University on Monday hired Shane Paben as its new head men's basketball coach. The Pickrell, Neb., native comes to Bellevue from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the past two seasons. Before joining the Southern Nazarene program, Paben was the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. During his three seasons at Morningside, Paben helped lead the school to a 67-31 overall record and a 37-17 conference mark. The Mustangs advanced to the Elite Eight at the 2006 national tournament.

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Marbury to be Waived by end of the Week. - by Bryan Floyd
Stephon Marbury may be in shape physically to join the Knicks on the court, but the Knicks might finally be ready mentally to part ways with their point guard. The Knicks are preparing to put Marbury on waivers by the end of the week, several sources with knowledge of the situation told Newsday. The team must await the go-ahead from Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, however, because it would involve eating another large chunk of money in a buyout, Newsday reported. Trying to make a good impression, Stephon Marbury showed up at new coach Mike D'Antoni's news conference in May. Marbury is entering the final year of his contract, worth $21.9 million.

Wizards Pick up Option on Head Coach Eddie Jordan. - by Bryan Floyd
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has picked up the option on the contract of Head Coach Eddie Jordan, keeping him under contract through the 2009-10 season. Eddie has done an outstanding job and has been instrumental in making us a perennial playoff team, so we are pleased to reward that success by picking up the option on his contract, said Grunfeld. We are very excited about the upcoming season and feel that this team is ready to progress to another level under Eddies leadership. He has led the team to the playoffs the last four seasons (making the Wizards the only Eastern Conference team other than Detroit to do so), compiling a 171-157 (.521) mark during that span.Id like to thank (Wizards Owner) Abe Pollin and Ernie Grunfeld, my assistants and the players for their confidence in me and for putting the pieces in place for us to continue to build on what weve already accomplished, said Jordan. This team has proven it can compete at an elite level, and I have high expectations for what we can achieve moving forward.

Dixon Rejoins Old Team - by Bryan Floyd
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Juan Dixon. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. Juan is a proven NBA player and we like what he brings to our team, said Grunfeld. He is a tough, hard-nosed competitor who can score and his familiarity with our system is an added plus. Dixon (6-3, 165) was originally selected by Washington with the 17th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft out of the University of Maryland, where he led the Terrapins to the NCAA title and captured Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2002 Final Four. During his first tenure with the Wizards, the Baltimore native averaged 8.2 points and 1.6 assists in 176 games over three seasons (2002-03 through 2004-05).
Im excited to return to the area and to resume my career with the Wizards, said Dixon. Im looking forward to the start of training camp and Im ready to step in and contribute wherever Coach Jordan and the team sees fit.The six-year veteran has seen action with the Wizards, Trail Blazers, Raptors and Pistons and holds NBA career averages of 8.9 points and 1.7 assists per game. Last season, Dixon averaged 5.0 points and 1.8 assists in 53 games between Detroit and Toronto.


Goran Dragic officially in Phoenix Suns - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns officially announced signing of Goran Dragic (6'5''-G-86, agency: Interperformances) on 3+1 deal. As our website posted yesterday, it immediately came true just one day later. TAU Ceramica inked Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona) 'letting' Dragic to the Suns.

Goran Dragic spent last season in Union Olimpija as a loaned player from Tau Ceramica. He appeared 13 times in Eruoleague averaging 9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg and 1.2 spg. His team wasn't able to reach the TOP 16. Dragic played 20 games for Olimpija in Adriatic league leading it to Final 4 semifinals. His averaged digits were 12 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg and 1.7 spg. In domestic championship Olimpija grabbed the title while Dragic had very similar digits as it was in regional league. His team also took the trophy in Slovenian National Cup. Last summer Dragic played for Slovenian National Team on European Championship in Spain. In 9 games he recorded 5.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.1 apg. He signed contract with Tau in 2006 but he never played any official game for it. First season he spent in Murcia on loan while the next one he played for Olimpija. Dragic will have back-up point guard role in Phoenix. Of course the first one is Canadian super star Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara).


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YSU begins year of change - by Eurobasket News
Fourth-year coach Jerry Slocum and his assistant coaches knew last season's 9-21 record was unacceptable.

Slocum, by this time in each of his three previous coaching positions, has significantly turned around programs at Nyack (N.Y.) College, Geneva (Pa.) College and Gannon (Pa.) University.

Instead of wallowing in mediocrity, as the Youngstown State men's basketball program has for the better part of more than two decades, he and his staff radically altered the makeup of this year's team.

They had four scholarships available when last year's seniors John Barber, Byron Davis, George Cotal and Dwight Holmes reached the end of their eligibility.

But they weren't the only ones leaving the team. Bench players Alex Mrozik, Mel Johnson, Kevin Draughton are no longer with the Penguins - leaving three more scholarships available.

Over the course of the spring and summer, YSU quickly filled those open positions with not just junior college players, but some high school prospects as well.

Dallas Blocker, 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward; Kelvin Bright, 6-4, 185 guard; and DeAndre Mays, a 6-2, 185-pound guard all have two years of eligibility.

Tom Parks, a 6-6, 200-pound forward, has three years remaining.

Then, Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph product Ashen Ward (6-3, 190, G); Sirlester Martin (6-7, 210, F); and Eddie D'Haiti (6-8, 215, F), all have four years left.

'We've earmarked this as they year of change for Youngstown State basketball,' Slocum said. 'We're excited about the guys we have to help us do that.'

Then, Poland's Ben Umbel is a preferred walk-on replaced Liberty's Mychal Doblanski. Umbel helped the Bulldogs' high-scoring offense with 16 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 5.4 assists per game as a senior as Poland finished with a 25-1 record and advanced to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II Final Four.

Umbel also set the school and state records with most steals in a season with 176 and the state's single-game steals record with 14.

'Ben had an outstanding high school career with an outstanding program and coach,' Slocum said, 'He has a some very, very fine skills.'

Returning will be starters senior Jack Liles (6-8, 240, F), sophomore Vytas Sulskis (6-7, 200, F) and sophomore Vance Cooksey (6-0, 175, G). The other players returning are: sophomore Dan Boudler (6-7, 240, F), senior Mikko Niemi (6-2, 200, G) and redshirt freshman Blair Rozenblad (6-3, 205, G). Rozenblad, a Youngstown native, played at Kennedy Catholic (Pa.) High School.

Also, Zach Rebillot (6-6, 200, F), returns as a walk-on.

'We have a pretty good core there,' Slocum said of his returning players.

Slocum said he is very excited about the talent on this team compared to last year's. He also stated the team gets along quite well, but for them to perform as one unit when the season starts is another matter.

YSU is at Maryland (Nov. 18), hosts Butler (Dec. 4) and Valparaiso (Dec. 6) and is at Kent State on (Dec. 15). It's part of the Penguins' tough schedule, which begins Nov. 15 when they host Buffalo.

'We need to stay positive and see the sun and not see the rain,' Slocum said. 'I believe as this year goes on if we can keep confidence, we can play to a high level.

'We need to focus on the things we can control.'

Courtesy of http://www.tribtoday.com/


Tim Shelton of San Diego State granted medical hardship waiver by NCAA - by Eurobasket News
San Diego State forward Tim Shelton (6'6''-F) has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA and will be a freshman for the 2008-09 season. With the decision, Shelton will now have four years remaining to complete four seasons of eligibility and immediately becomes the favorite to win freshman of the year honors in the Mountain West Conference.

The Fresno, Calif., native played in four games as a freshman last season and made three starts, helping the Aztecs to victories in all four games. Shelton underwent knee surgery on Nov. 20 and was declared out for the season by head coach Steve Fisher prior to SDSU's game at Loyola Marymount on Nov. 28.

Shelton was one of four Aztecs to average in double figures by averaging 10.0 points, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line. Shelton also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest.

Shelton's injury led to Billy White being inserted into the starting lineup where he made 28 starts and averaged 8.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals and shot 61.5 percent from the field. At season's end, the Las Vegas, Nev., product was named the MWC freshman of the year and earned a spot on the all-conference third team.

This season San Diego State is expected to return all five starters and its top seven scorers from a year ago, including all-conference performers Lorrenzo Wade (first team), Ryan Amoroso (third team) and White. When returning at least four starters off of a team he coached the season before, Fisher-led clubs have advanced to the postseason and won at least 21 games the previous eight times.

SDSU will make its first appearance of the season in an exhibition game against Point Loma Nazarene on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. PT and will get its regular season underway on Saturday, Nov. 15, vs. UC San Diego at 1 p.m. PT. Both games will be held at Cox Arena.

Season tickets for the 2008-09 men's basketball season start as low as $99 for limited chair-back reserve seats. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Aztec Ticket Office at (619) 283-SDSU (7378) or by visiting Window E at Qualcomm Stadium. For more information on all season tickets, contact the Aztec Ticket Office.

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


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Virginia Wesleyan: Dunleavy elevated to Associate Head Coach - by Moritz Korff
There's a new Associate Head Coach in the ranks of the men's basketball staff at Virginia Wesleyan College.

But, there will not be any period of adjustment due to a new way of coaching as the new associate has a familiar face. Brad Dunleavy, the Marlins' assistant coach for the past four years, has been elevated to the Associate position by current Head Coach Dave Macedo.

'Brad has helped to elevate our program to new heights,' said Macedo, who begins his ninth season at VWC. 'He has a tremendous work ethic and is committed to out-working other coaches and staffs. We are lucky to have him. Brad is going to be a good head coach soon.'

Dunleavy has been key in the recruiting and coaching efforts that half helped lift Virginia Wesleyan to national prominence in the past four seasons. Its a four-year stretch that includes the Marlins 2006 national championship, the 2007 national runner-up finish, and last years advance into the second round of the NCAA tournament. Virginia Wesleyan has qualified for the post-season event for the last four consecutive years.

A 2001 graduate of Roanoke College, Dunleavy was a four-year letterman for the Maroons and earned honorable mention All-America status as a senior. He helped to guide Roanoke to two NCAA tournament appearances and was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournaments Most Valuable Player in 2000.

Following his intercollegiate career, Dunleavy played professionally for the Southern California Surf of the American Basketball Association. After a year with the Surf, Dunleavy began is coaching career, taking the head boys position at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke. He was there until he was hired by Virginia Wesleyan in 2004.

Dunleavy is married to the former Amy Hayslett, who is the Head Athletic Trainer at VWC.

Courtesy of http://www.vwc.edu/athletics


From a Marlin to a King; Fitch in the NBA - by Moritz Korff
Marques Fitch is in the National Basketball Association.

You wont find the former Virginia Wesleyan College basketball standout on the court of Sacramentos ARCO Arena, however. You will find him though on the Sacramento Kings website under the Ticket Sales and Services Staff Directory.

Yes, Fitch, an instrumental leader in helping to elevate VWCs basketball program into national prominence, has traded in his basketball sneakers for the shiny, corporate wing-tips. He is now a Group Sales Account Manager for the Kings and loving every minute of it.

As Fitch explains, he creates experiences for large groups coming to games. He did that at VWC too, but as a standout floor general, who provided more than his share of memorable experiences for Marlin basketball fans. He helped lead VWC to two Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships, two berths in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III national title tournament, and to the ultimate collegiate prize, the national championship in 2006.

'I sell to large groups and use the incentives we have to make the game more memorable for them,' said Fitch. 'That includes hosting banquets, allowing groups to play on the Kings floor, high-fiving players as they warm up, and scheduling player appearances. Really, Im part of anything that takes place in the arena, like circuses, concerts, and so on.'

So how did Fitch land an NBA position? It was relatively simple. He looked at the NBA website on line.

'I saw the NBA was sponsoring a job fair in Charlotte, but I was coaching (at VWC) and we had a game that particular day,' explained Fitch. 'I saw the next available job fair was in Los Angeles, but it was by invitation only. If I was to get accepted I had to fly myself out there two weeks before my wedding. Once I was accepted, I was second guessing myself, wondering if it was going to be worth the time, money, and risk to take a trip at that time. But, my wife-to-be told me, 'you are going.'

Shortly after that, VWC graduate Ashley Nichols became Mrs. Fitch in April 2008 and the newlyweds made the move from Virginia and the East coast to California and the West coast.

'We both miss Virginia Beach, the family and the familiarity,' said Fitch. 'But, in Sacramento we are very close to San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Lake Tahoe. The weather is perfect every day, no rain, and people are a lot more relaxed and easy-going in California. Anything goes out here.'

The next step in Fitchs career would be a position in management, but for now hes content working in group sales. His current account is with Wal-Mart, a major client for the Kings.

When hes not enticing groups to attend Kings games, Fitch has had the chance to meet and get to know some of the teams players. This past season West Carolina University graduate Kevin Martin led the Kings in scoring and rebounding, followed by St. Johns University standout Ron Artest, and Purdue Universitys Brad Miller.

Fitch enjoys seeing the NBA in action, but like any die-hard basketball player, misses his own days of live competition with the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins. Fitch, an All-ODAC, All-Virginia, and Norfolk Sports Club Award recipient with the Marlins, values his time at VWC and hopes the student-athletes who now follow in his footsteps understand the opportunity they have presented to them.

'Im always a Marlin,' said Fitch. 'Right now I see the program in a transitional phase. There are some players who can leave their mark on the program, but they have to step up and do it. I would like to see the program keep progressing with a positive image on and off that court. That is so important. The players in the program now will not realize that until they are out of school.

'I see a player like Stephen Fields, who is arguably the best player in the conference, in my opinion, and Terrell Dixon, who can change the game at any second defensively. Players like them need to understand how valuable they are and focus their passion and desire to keep the program alive and always contending for a title. At the same time, they have to be able to handle business in the classroom.'

Fitch did exactly that, successfully balancing the demands of intercollegiate athletics and academics. He graduated as a Liberal Arts Management Program major in 2006, with a grade-point average close to 3.00. On the court, he produced a stellar career that netted 1,048 points, 260 assists, and 145 steals. In addition to his crafty ball-handling skills, and his infectious smile that sparked his teammates and the VWC crowd, Fitch was also a consistent three-point and free-throw shooter. He still ranks No. 9 in triples made and No. 11 in free throws made in a career.

His numbers were all part of one of the top four-year periods in VWC basketball history. Fitch played in 113 games for the Marlins, who compiled a combined 92-26 record from 2002 through 2006, including a 53-19 ODAC record. He was part of three 20+ victory seasons, including the program-record 30-3, national championship 2005-06 campaign.

'Coach Macedo (Dave) always finds a way to win games and no one should ever doubt his ability to make that happen,' said Fitch. 'The players now need to apply the discipline they learn from VWCs great coaching staff to what they need to do to be successful on and off the court.'

Fitch will be following the progress of the 2008-09 Marlin team while he continues his career with the Kings. And, like other Marlin basketball faithful, he has certain expectations.

'With this new recruiting class and the additions to the coaching staff, I expect nothing less than some form of a championship,' said Fitch. 'That is what the VWC basketball program is all about.'

Courtesy of http://www.vwc.edu/athletics


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  NIGERIA   


For the Love of the Game, Babalola Runs Basketball Tournament, Team - by Olusegun Ikuesan
His love for basketball did not just begin overnight. He began his sojourn in the game while in secondary school, and as a student at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Engineer. Babatunde Babalola was a member of the schools basketball team, the high-light being his participation in the Nigeria University Games (NUGA) in the late 90s.

Having succeeded in the Oil and Gas trading with his outfit, First Deepwater Discovery Limited after school, he set out a plan to contribute to the development of the game of basketball in Nigeria.

The first step, he thought, was to stage a competition that would bring the best out of the clubs in the men and women basketball premier league. This gave birth to the First Deepwater Battle for Supremacy Championship, which brought together the best four male and female teams in the country.

The winner-takes-all cash prize of N500, 000 was unprecedented in the history of Nigerian basketball, while the N250, 000 appearance fees was tempting for the teams.

Apart from the participation fee and prize money, the teams that came from outside Lagos (Niger Potters and Kano Pillars) were flown from their bases unlike the road travels they were used to.

It is worthy of note that many companies and individuals had sponsored sporting events in the past with most of them (competitions) going into extinction after just one or two editions. But that is not what Babalola had in mind when he set out to contribute to the development of the game in Nigeria.

The soft-spoken entrepreneur wants to sponsor the competition for as long as his company exists.

Explaining his sojourn into basketball sponsorship, Babalola says, What I am aware of is that there are challenges and I know that other companies at several times would have tried to do what we are doing at First Deepwater. But we are ready to make the competition enduring.

And next year, the Battle for Supremacy would move to Kano. It is the desire of our company to support sports and replicate what Globacom is doing for football in the country in basketball. This will bring in more people to support the game.

He is one that does not forget his roots and he has concluded plans to sponsor a tournament in his Alma mater (FUTA) later this month or early next month.

We are also trying to take the game to the higher institutions. As I am talking to you, renovation works are on at the basketball court of FUTA in readiness for the championship. And it would be one of the best outdoor courts in Nigeria. The vice Chancellor wrote me a letter of commendation for initiating the programme for the school, he said.

The First Deepwater boss also revealed that he was willing to take up the last slot in the Atlantic Conference of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Premier League.

We are taking the slot but I am from Ekiti State, and I dont know whether they would permit me to run the club in Lagos or Ekiti.

But for easy access, I would prefer the club to be in Lagos so that I will know what their challenges and their needs are so that we will run it well.

We are out to show others how to run a professional club. The players would be treated professionally, and their take home pay would be something that would enable them feed their families. We may think the players are young but they are growing and would one day start their own families, he said.

He distances himself from the politics of the game, as becoming a board member of any state association or the NBBF or criticizing it is not part of his agenda. Rather, he says he would try his best to support the game in other ways possible.

I am sure that over time things would begin to work well in the basketball family. What should be done is for people to support the NBBF. I am not a politician, I am not interested in politics and I will never be involved in politics. I will do what I can for humanity and the love of the game. With time a system where everything works will evolve, he added.

When asked whether he might one day take up the league sponsorship, he said: I cannot do everything all alone but I would do all I can. What we should appreciate is that we have young people coming up now, who have the love of the game and are investing their little income to support it. It is a gradual thing.

Over time new people will have better ideas of moving the sports forward. It would be gradual and you cannot force out those who are there now because change must occur. So what I can tell you is that we will take things one at a time and support the board and before you know it we will get there.

As I said, anything political, I am a bit withdrawn. I am a businessman, politics is controversial and I am not that kind of a person but if there is any other way to help, I will gladly do so, Babalola said.

In doing a critical analysis of the state of basketball in the country, Babalola stated that more competitions are needed to come up to ensure that the players developed at basketball academies and get the necessary competitions to hone their skills.

The problem is that the young ones, who learn the rudiments of the game at the academy, do not have competitions to play at. The ones that are available come up once in a year but the players need more tournaments to develop themselves.

This is what brought about the battle for supremacy. You dont really have to spend so much money to organize a competition. With as little as N250, 000, you can organize competitions at intervals to allow people play and gradually the game will grow.

So you need to have competitions every week to elevate the standard of the game. It could be battle for supremacy, it could be a tournament among the best three or the Lagos City League and before you know it, you will reawaken the peoples interest in the game instead of waiting for the league that comes up yearly.

Look at the female league, it is now on recess and they would have to wait till next year for another competition. I dont think this will help the country.

Look at the Angolan team, they go from one country to the other to play friendly matches and when you see them, you will know they are ready for any competition. So there must be continuous competition to keep the players busy and promote the game, he added.

Babalola, who does not compromise standard and excellence, stated that the best players would be recruited for the new team that his company is floating.

He says, Obviously, we are going to get players from existing teams. And we are getting players that would put in their best because they would be well taken care of. And by the time you bring in 10 players and give them what is obtainable in the African level, I am sure they would be happy. I am sure that they would be well paid and the results will roll in. I am a local content person and I am not looking to bring in foreign coaches or players.

The Late Coach Yemi Tella is a Nigerian and he won the FIFA U-17 World Cup, while the likes of former Super Eagles Chief Coach Chief Adegboye Onigbinde are also well respected all over the world. I believe that there are a lot of basketball coaches like these people in basketball too.

Does he have any plan to expand the Battle for Supremacy?

We are not going to expand the number of teams in the Battle for Supremacy otherwise it would lose its value. Four teams for each category are splendid. The top four teams as at when the competition starts would be invited. Even if my proposed team does not make the cut, the competition
would still go on but I am sure with the kind of motivation I will give them, they would be there, he said.

Babalola, who still plays the game every Saturday and Sunday at the UNILAG basketball court, shied away from revealing the name of his new club, saying, I will not disclose the name of my team now but we should be in the league next season. We are still shopping for top players within Nigeria, at least, for now.


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Quadrangolar Day 4: wins for Sol and San Jose - by Gianni Pascucci
The fourth round of the Quadrangolar tournment was an easy job for Sol de America, winner over Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion 116-80, thanks to 30 points from Juan Daniel Ocampo (187-G-79), well assisted by 4 teammates, all in double digits. The best in UAA was Alfredo Perez (-G/F), who scored 23 points. The surprise came from the second game of the night, when Deportivo San Jose managed to beat for the first time Libertad, 88-85, keeping alive the hopes to play the Final Series. The man of the game was Marcus Watts (204-F/C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast), who scored 21 points and was very effective underneath. Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) and Carlos Morris (194-G-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) added 15 and 13 points, respectively, while the best in Libertad were Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) (26) and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) (18).
The classification is now:
1. Libertad 8 points,
2. Sol de Amrica 7,50 pts,
3. Deportivo San Jose 6 pts,
4. Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion 4 pts.


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BC Knights free agent/mini camp October 24 and 25 - by Eurobasket News
The Battle Creek Knights of the PBL will be hosting a Free Agent/Mini Camp October 25. It will be held at the Salvation Army Gymnasium, 1215 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI. As we prepare for the upcoming season, we are searching for some unseen or overlooked talent. There are many young men that are trying to fulfill a dream, but have been overlooked. If this is you, we have a great opportunity. We will be keeping our numbers low, so we can do an assessment on each player adequately. After this camp we will be evaluating, and then inviting players back for our veteran camp in November. If a player is not invited back to veteran camp, he may call, and we will provide them with certain areas of their game that need more development. Therefore, players can work on these skills, and develop them for their next camp.

On Friday, October 24th, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., the Knights coaching staff will be conducting a developmental camp. We will be going over some of the drills that will be used at the Free Agent Camp on Saturday. During Friday night's camp we will also be discussing, and practicing our defensive and offensive concepts. This is an excellent opportunity to get a head start on Saturday's camp.

Cost for the Free Agent Camp is $75.00 early registration. (Before October 17). Cost after October 17 is $100.00 cash, paid at registration.

Cost for the Developmental camp is $25.00 cash. This can be paid the night of the camp at registration.

Schedule for Free Agent Camp

Registration 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25th

Morning Session 8:30 a.m-11:30 a.m.

Break 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact coach, Dennis Sare, at 269-214-7173 or the Knights Team Offices (McCamly Place) at 269-965-5001 . You may also email info@bcknights.com.

Courtesy of The Battle Creek Knights


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Peru U15 comes back from Guanare - by Eurobasket News
Peru finished the 2008 South America U15 championship recently in Guanare. Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela faced 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, looked positive and optimistic about this year.
In the opener Peru lost to Venezuela 41:93. In the second game Brazil overcame Peru 72:52. It was one of the best games for Peru that won the opening quarter 13:9. They remained in front after 15:15 in the second heading to the second half. Brazil bounced back with 27:13 in the third period to seal the win in the tournament. Nocetti Veloso Murilo paced all the winners with 19 points. Guimaraes Minuci Eduardo posted 10, whilst Alexevitch Petruk Nikolas netted 9. Fung Sam Fernando had a good night in defeat with 24 points and 7 steals.
Uruguay overcame Peru 64:36 with a 19:6 in the opening quarter. Even though Peru came back with 19:13 in the second, Uruguay proved the ambitions in the second half. Parodi Gonzalez Luciano ended up with 15 points for the winners. Dmoch Cohen Ionatan notched 12 and Hernandez Grana Agustin Ignacio had 10. Fung Sam Fernando top-scored for Peru with 12 points.
In the last game Argentina smashed Peru 100:24. The game did not bring any difficulties for the winners that remained undefeated in the tournament.


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Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Znicz Basket 1-0 
 2. Zastal ZG 1-0 
 3. Stal SW 1-0 
 4. Zubry 1-0 
 5. Sudety JG 1-0 
 6. Big Star 1-0 
 7. Polonia 2011 1-0 
 8. MOSiR Kr. 1-0 
 9. MMKS DG 0-1 
 10. Prokom II 0-1 
 11. AZS AWF K-ce 0-1 
 12. LKS Lodz 0-1 
 13. AZS Kalisz 0-1 
 14. Sokol L. 0-1 
 15. Siarka T. 0-1 
 16. Resovia 0-1 


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Barreirense signed Chad McKenzie - by Bruno Baltazar
FC Barreirense just signed american forward,24 years old , 2.00m, Chad McKenzie (200-F-84, college: Louisiana Tech) (200-F-84, college: Louisiana Tech) .
Last season he played in Germany Pro B for Muenchen Basket doing 29 games and averaging 18.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 1.2bpg.
Prior to the professional year in Germany he did 2 seasons in Louisiana Tech (NCAA),in his senior year he did this: 30 games: 12.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 1.5bpg.
He is a good defense player as last season he won the award given by our site as Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team and can help very well to execute in the position 3 with his ofensive skills.


Evora goes abroad - by Luis Rocha
Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is travelling abroad once again, this time its Gandia Basquet in Valencia (Spain). After played for Portugal in in Divison A qualification, Elvis made hes deal with the spanish team, and now its time to go there and start practicing to become a valuable player in the roster. The portuguese center can really benefit with move , Gandia is a team from LEB Gold and can be a boost to Elvis career. Now its time for him to prove himself in such environment.

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Zalgiris outscores CSKA in Gomelskiy Cup - by Eurobasket News
CSKA-Zalgiris 81:83

Zalgiris Kaunas won the battle in the opener of Gomelskiy Cup that started last night in Moscow. Lithuanian team looked better in the second half and clinched 83:81 victory. CSKA started the game offensively and took the lead for the majority of the first period. After 17:14 in the opening quarter the Russian squad improved to 36:31 at the halftime. Zalgiris Kaunas tied the game at the end of the third period after 22:17 in the quarter. The game went back-and-forth and came down to the final minutes. Loren Woods (215-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) and Maciulis combined to put Zalgiris up 4, but CSKA hung on and had a chance to win it only for Viktor Khryapas three to go out, leaving Zalgiris the win. With 30:28 Zalgiris Kaunas won the last quarter in the opener of Gomelskiy Cup. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 18 points each. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) netted 15 and Woods Loren scored 14. Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) paced CSKA with 15 points and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and Khryapa had 12 apiece.
In another game Panathinaikos overcame Maccabi Electra 100:96 behind 19 points from Vassilis Spanoulis. Panathinaikos needed an overtime to defeat Maccabi in Gomelskiy Cup opener. The tournament hosted by Moscow is the most interesting with four great teams participating. The first day proved the ambitions and presented the spectators an overtime battle from the Greek and Israeli teams.

CSKA: Terence Morris 15, Trajan Langdon 12, Khryapa 12
Zalgiris:Paulius Jankunas 18, Jonas Maciulis 18, Marcus Brown 15, Woods Loren 14


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Great success of Serbian coaches during the qualifications - by Zoran Popovic
During the qualifications for the European Championship in Poland 2009 and qualifications for the A group of European basketball, Serbian coaches made great success. Except Dusan Ivkovic , head coach of Serbian National team, with score 7-1, Bogdan Tanjevic won all qualification games with Turkey National team. Also, Nenad Trajkovic made great step with Latvia National team. Before the qualification tournament started expectations wasnt so high, but coach Trajkovic create excellent team with great team spirit. Jovica Arsic with Macedonian National team conquer participation on European Championship in Poland in the last round of qualifications against Estonia.
It is very important to underline two more coaches and their success. Dusko Vujosevic head coach of Montenegro National team and Igor Kokoskov head coach of Georgia National team, led their team very superior through qualification for elite European group.


Metalac outplays Sloboda in friendly, news from Ergonom - by Dragan Jankovski
Newcomer to Serbian A1 league Metalac, with head coach Vlado Djurovic on the bench, met Bosnian team Sloboda Dita in a friendly. The game was played in Valjevo, where Serbian team totally smashed Bosnians 97-59. Center Stefan Bircevic was thed best player in the winning team with 30 points. Another big guy Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) was good scoring 11 points while Jovan Teodosic, brother of Olympiakos' Milos Teodosic, had the same digits. Sloboda got 18 points from Alibasic. Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) followed with 14.
There are two interesting information about these two teams. Namely, Vlado Djurovic in the past used to work as a head coach in Sloboda. Current Sports Director of Bosnian team Zarko Vujovic was a player of Metalac at the beginning of the past decade.

It seems Ergonom Nis is heading to much better season than it was the last one. At least management of the club has that ambitions. During the summer Ergonom agreed terms with Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F-84), Slavisa Bogavac (200-G-80), Stefan Majstorovic (199-F-85) and Arso Lekovic (197-F-90). The team's latest reinforcements, both coming from Zdravlje Leskovac, are Vladimir Velickovic (195-G-85) and Strahinja Vucenov (208-C-85). Member of the team for the season 08/09 also will be Dusan Bulut and Filip Gavranovic (205-F/C-86). Ergonom has a new head coach Ljubisa Anicic .


News from Crvena Zvezda - by Dragan Jankovski
New head coach of Crvena Zvezda's second team, which will compete in Serbian B league with a name Kotez, will be Dragoljub Vidacic. Ex player of Crvena Zvezda quit from professional basketball in 2006. From 1992 to 1995 he played for Red-and-whites. He re-joined the team once again for season 98/99. Interesting is that Vidacic also played two years fro Zvezda's eternal rival Partizan Belgrade. Except of these two teams, Vidacic used to play in Hemofarm, Rabotnicki, Makedonikos and Vojvodina. Last season as a player Vidacic spent in Ukrainian Cherkassy Monkeys.

In the meantime Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) arrived to Belgrade. He spent the entire summer with Bosnian National Team, which demonstrated not so good performance on Eurobasket 2009 qualifications. Together with Kikanovic, Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) also arrived to Belgrade. Situation with Milosevic is still complicated. The player has strong willingness to join Crvena Zvezda but his huge buy-out fee, which Sloboda Dita asks for, is the main problem. The player will have a meeting with Svetislav Pesic and management of the club after what they will make a decision.

According to the rumors, Zvezda is close to sign Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) and to re-sign Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87). Aleksandrov spent few days in Berlin due to medical tests of his knee. Results suppose to be announced today.


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Whose championship title it is? - by Carlos Pereira
ARE Baya championship material? The question will be answered this coming Saturday at the Palais des Sports when they meet PLS Hawks in their second-round match-up.
Bayas JP (dribbling) has been on fire lately but the real test will come against Bernard Bristols PLS Hawks this coming Saturday
In a purple patch since the end of the first round, Baya brushed aside MBU Rockers challenge on Sunday, prompting many to believe that 2008 could be their year.
Also this weekend in the Mens Division One league, PLS Hawks and Premium Cobras collected victories to keep pace with the leaders. In the Mens Division Two, Mont Fleuri Dawgz moved a step closer to winning the title, while HotShots extended their winning run to eight games in the Womens League.

Baya 92 MBU Rockers 62

The Rockers had surprised Baya in the first-round match-up, winning 83-75. But coach Michel Malbrooks Baya had just one thing on their agenda on Sunday: a win in the return match. And they showed championship credentials with a 30-point difference win.
Baya came out looking for the win early as Jean-Paul JP Camille fired on all cylinders, getting 16 of his game-high 36 points in the first quarter which they won 30-14.
In fact, coach Michel Malbrooks Baya won all four quarters in an intense match played in a rather friendly atmosphere.
Despite the 30-point defeat, the Rockers never dropped their guard as they added their fair share to the excitement on the court. Playmaker Nigel Sinon used his dribbling skills to penetrate the Baya defence and score 23 points, while Robert Francis came off the bench to score eight points during his teams 13-5 third-quarter run. As for swingman Cyril Agrippine, he played his first match since breaking his nose in his teams first-round win against Beau Vallon Heat. Agrippine was caught by an elbow right in the nose and needed surgery to repair the damage. He wore a yellow face mask at the start of Sundays game, but pulled it off at the end of the first quarter.
Captain-of-the-day Robert Lon scored 24 points for Baya, who also got 16 points from playmaker Giovanni Laval.
Baya have 30 points after 14 wins and two defeats and their supporters will know if they are championship material when they play defending champions PLS Hawks this coming Saturday at the Palais des Sports. A win for Baya will put them on the road to a first Mens Division One league title.

RC Dynamics 56 PLS Hawks 79

With Ugandan all-rounder Stephen Omony rested, Seychelles centre Rodney Loz carried the scoring load for PLS Hawks with 24 points in a 79-56 win against RC Dynamics.
Bernard Bristol was the second best scorer with 11 points for the Hawks, who have been invited to compete in the 23rd Africa Champions Cup in Tunisia from December 12-21.
With a match in hand on Baya, the Hawks have 29 points after 14 wins and a loss, and this coming weekends match-up between the two is crucial for the defending champions who have to win and then beat Premium Cobras by a four-point difference to retain the title.
In the absence of centre Emmanuel Larue, Jean-Paul Desaubin came off the bench to score 21 points for RC Dynamics, who have 22 points following seven victories and eight defeats.

Beau Vallon Heat 43 Premium Cobras 97

Nigerian Alao Solomon again had the hot hands for Premium Cobras with 43 points, including four 3-pointers, and he got help from power forward Dominic Pillay, who netted 28 in the 97-43 defeat of Beau Vallon Heat.
The win was Premium Cobras 13 in 15 games and they have 28 points, while the Heat, who got 14 points from M. Marimba, boast 17 points after two wins and 13 defeats.

Praslin Warriors 97 Razors 66

Skipper Jackson Auguste led all scores with 32 points as home team Praslin Warriors collected their third win on the trot, their latest victims being tailenders Razors. The final score was 97-66 (55-27 at half-time).
Christopher Valmont top scored with 20 points for the Razors, who have 15 points. Praslin Warriors are on 22 points after six wins and 10 losses.

Pointe Larue Falcons 59 Mont Fleuri Dawgz 81

The Falcons looked like upsetting the Dawgz as they won the first quarter 20-11 but they failed to maintain the momentum with Kevin Sinon in foul trouble early.
The Dawgz outscored their opponents 26-15, 24-11 and 20-13 in the remaining three quarters for an 81-59 win, bringing their points tally to 33 in 17 games played (16 wins and one loss).
With 20 points including four treys, Christopher Dugasse led the Dawgz in scoring, while skipper Reggie Ah-kong (15 points), Jim Cra (12) and Stefan Romain (10) were the teams three other players in double figures.
The Falcons were led in scoring by Sam Gabriel with 20 points which went to waste in the teams third defeat in 14 games.
The Dawgz have three matches left to play before they are sure of being crowned 2008 Mens Division Two champions to play top flight basketball next year.

from nation.sc


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Spisska Nova Ves last on memorial tournament 'Vladimir Jasencak' - by Eurobasket News
Spisska Nova Ves suffered three defeats on memorial tournament Vladimir Jasencak.

In the opening game Czech team Opava was too strong for Spisska Nova Ves 79-65. Slovakians demonstrated decent performance in the first half succeeding to resists against the Czechs. After 20 minutes in was 32-32 but later Opava put into the fifth gear finishing this game in style. Jure Lozancic (211-C-83, agency: 011 Sports, college: Jacksonville) was the leading scorer in Spisska Nova Ves netting 19 points. Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) followed him with 12 while Oto Ulman (202-C-90) had 11 points.

Another Czech team was too much for Spisska Nova Ves. This time it was Kolin, which celebrated 80-64. At the half time it was clear that Slovakians won't have any chance to take this one as Kolin already had huge 46-27. Sasa Avalic (197-G-80) scored 13 points for the loosing team. Jure Lozancic stopped on 11.

In the last match Spisska Nova Ves suffered defeat against Hungarian team Nyiregyhaza 63-74. As it was in the opening game, Slovakians were good in the first but they stopped playing in the second half. Jure Lozancic once again was the top scorer of his team with 22 points. Oto Ulman had 11 one more time.


Final standing of memorial tournament 'Vladimir Jasencak'
1. Kolin
2. Nyiregyhaza
3. Opava
4. Spisska Nova Ves


One win and two defeats for MBK Trnava in Petrzalka - by Eurobasket News
MBK Trnava participated on tournament in Petrzalka, district of Slovakian capital Bratislava, organized by team Iskra. Except of these two teams, Levice B and MSK Ziar nad Hronom also took a place on it.

In the first game MBK Trnava was defeated by Levice B 80-85. Important period of the game was the second quarter, when Levice B created 11-point lead. After the half time, MBK Trnava started to play much better tying the score at the very end. Levice B played extra 5 minute patiently with tough defense, ending it 12-7. Tomas Oresansky (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Freed-Hardeman) was the best scorer in MBK Trnava with 26 points. Kollar had 13 while Orolin netted 12 points.
In game number two MBK Trnava blasted Ziar nad Hronom 75-57. This time Novomestsky was the top scorer of his team with 24 points. One point less than him registered Orolin. Bayer followed them adding 10 points.
In the last game the hosts Iskra Petrzalka was better than MBK Trnava in thriller 88-80. Another over time and another loss for the team from Trnava. Treflik top-scored for the loosing side with 22 points. Orolin had 19 while Novomestsky stopped on 16 points.

The winner of this tournament is the host team Iskra Petrzalka, which ended it undefeated.


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Phoenix Suns sign Goran Dragic - by Zeljko Zule

The Phoenix Suns have officially completed their quest for a backup point guard, finally signing second-round draft pick Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) to a three-year contract, after his buyout was completed Monday.P hoenix, which has been seeking a true backup playmaker for 34-year old Steve Nash for his entire tenure with the Suns, landed what it hopes to be the successor to the two-time MVP.

Dragic averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals a game for Union Olimpija Ljubljana of the Adriatic League. Although Dragic played for Union Olimpija last season, he was on loan from Tau Ceramica in Spain, who owned his rights.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Dragic would be under a guaranteed contract for three years and then the team would hold the option for the fourth season.



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Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet sign Elvis Evora - by Eurobasket
Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (LEB Gold) signed 30-year old Portuguese international center Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Evora played most recently at Ovarense Aerosoles (Portugal) and was starting five player of Portuguese national team, which participated in Eurobasket 2009 Qualifications. Last season he averaged 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg (ULEB Cup) and 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg (Portuguese League). He was also selected to Eurobasket.com Portuguese League All-Domestic Players Team in 2008.

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Jamtland outsmarts Dragons in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons met Jamtland in a friendly game last week-end loosing it at home 75-78. It is second defeat for Dragons in friendly games as they already suffered one against Norrkoping Dolphins.
Dragons showed slightly better performance at the beginning. After ten minutes of the game the hosts had plus 4, 19-15. Nothing has changed after it. Antonio Kellogg (190-G-85, college: USF) was unstoppable at the offensive end. Together with his teammates, he extended advantage of Sundsvall Dragons to 10 points until the half time. Totally different picture was seen on the court after the breather. The Dragons were kind a sleepy, which Jamtland's players exploited. Mostly owing to Andrew Mitchell (180-G-79, college: Kent St.) and Stefan Hellgren (186-G-86), Jamtland finished third frame 16-23. The last one was crucial. Visitors were on fire while Dragons couldn't return on the right track. They struggled in defense, which at the end resulted with 21 points in last stanza by Jamtland and 3-point win in this exhibition game.
Andrew Mitchell paced Jamtland to victory draining 22 points. Stefan Hellgren also shined adding 14 points. The last one with double digits in Jamtland was Egal Saleman (199-F-88), who scored 10 points. Antonio Kellogg was a way better than the others in Sundsvall Dragons scoring 25 points. Calle Arnold (195-F-86) and Mike Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) stopped on 14 points each.

Dragons: Antonio Kellogg 25, Calle Arnold 14, Mike Palm 14, Johan Ronstrom 8, Aki Ulander 6, Adam Alexander 3, Martin Engstrom 3 , Andre Nilsson 2.
Jamtland: Andrew Mitchell 22, Stefan Hellgren 17, Egal Saleman 14, Joakim Eriksson 10, Francis Odada 8, Erik Westin 3, Anton Sawstrom 2, Bjorn Larsson-Hillgren 2.


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  SWITZERLAND   


BBC Monthey parts ways with Anderson, inks Canadian Volcy - by Eurobasket News
BBC Monthey parted ways with Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon). American forward spent one month with Monthey, after what the team didn't want to extend the agreement. Anderson joined Monthey from Otago Nuggets. He played 7 games in New Zealand's top division adding 18.4 ppg and 8.1 rpg.

In the meantime Monthey agreed terms with Ricky Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan). It is the ten-day contract, with an option to be extended for the rest of the season. Canadian power forward spent 07/08 in Spanish Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet. He appeared 26 times in LEB Gold averaging 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1 spg. Later he joined Hungarian Kecskemeti Univer KSE, but only for the pre-season. He graduated last year at Northern Michigan University (NCAA2). In his senior season Ricky Volcy had 23 ppg and 10 rpg. At the end of it he was named 'All-GLIAC Player of the Year -07'. His team was runner-up in GLIAC North Division later reaching semifinals on GLIAC tournament. In both years, 2006 and 2007, Ricky Volcy was selected 'All-GLIAC North Division 1st Team -06, 07'.


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2008 Guanhu Cup Invitational tips off today - by Chris Wang
2008 Guanhu Cup Invitational, which is alos known as Hualien Probation Cup, tips off today as ten teams from Taiwan and overseas are scheduled to participate in the five-day event that is entering its sixth year.

Venue: Huanlien County Gymnasium

Participating Teams:
Taiwan University Selects
Dacin Construction, Taiwan (SBL) http://www.dacintigers.com.tw/
Yulon Dinos, Taiwan (SBL) http://www.yulon.com.tw/
TTL Taiwan Beer, Taiwan (SBL) http://sbl.mytaiwanbeer.com.tw/
Pure Youth, Taiwan (SBL)
dmedia Genies, Taiwan (SBL) http://www.dmedia-numen.com.tw/
Taiwan Mobile Clouded Leopards, Taiwan (SBL) http://www.taiwandabasketball.com|
Hamamatsu Phoenix, Japan (BJ League) http://bj-phoenix.com/
Kyung Hee University, Korea http://www.kyunghee.edu/
Singapore Slingers http://singaporeslingers.com/

2008 Guanhu Cup Invitational schedule

Sept. 24 (Wed.)
1400 TUS vs. Kyunghee (@Yuli Junior High School)
1540 Taiwan Mobile vs. Slingers
1720 Yulon vs. dmedia
1900 Dacin vs. Pure Youth

Sept. 25 (Thu.)
1400 Phoenix vs. TUS
1540 Slingers vs. dmedia
1720 Taiwan Mobile vs. Yulon
1900 Pure Youth vs. TTL Taiwan Beer

Sept. 26 (Fri.)
1400 Kyunghee vs. Phoenix
1540 dmedia vs. Taiwan Mobile
1720 Yulon vs. Slingers
1900 Opening Ceremony
1930 Dacin vs. TTL Taiwan Beer

Sept. 27 (Sat.)
1000 Quarterfinal 1
1140 Quarterfinal 2
1320 Quarterfinal 3 (Live broadcast, Videoland)
1500 Quarterfinal 4 (Live broadcast, Videoland)

Sept. 28 (Sun.)
1000 Semifinal 1
1140 Semifinal 2
1420 Bronze medal game (Live broadcast, Videoland)
1600 Championship game (Live broadcast, Videoland)
1740 Closing Ceremony


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  TPBL   


Standings
TPBL Standings
 1. San Angelo C. 0-0 
 2. San Antonio ACF 0-0 
 3. Midland H. 0-0 
 4. Lake Jackson 0-0 
 5. Houston PTS 0-0 
 6. Tx Synergy 0-0 
 7. Trailblazers 0-0 
 8. Blackhawks 0-0 
 9. Dallas TX. 0-0 
 10. Wichita Falls 0-0 
 11. Garland 0-0 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Hoyas Reign After 100-80 Drubbing of Tortola's East Rockers - by David Edole
The St. Croix basketball champion Hoyas had too much firepower Saturday for their Tortola counterparts, the East Rockers, beating them by 20 points in the Sunstroke 2008 Kings of the Court tournament at the St. Croix Central High gymnasium.
The tournament brings together the three men's open-league champion teams from across the British and U.S. Virgin Island, as well as the University of the Virgin Islands Bucs. The Hoyas claimed their second trophy of the year with a style of play reminiscent of the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s. In the Rockers they found a team willing to run with them, but who were was just no match offensively.
By the time the dust cleared in the first quarter, the Hoyas had bombed their way to 40 first-quarter points over a shell-shocked East Rockers squad, and the rout was on.
'We only worked out for three days prior to the start of the tournament, and the long layoff showed in our one-point win over UVI to reach the championship game,' said an excited Samuel Lee, the Hoyas coach. 'We always struggle after a layoff, but we were ready tonight, and when my team shows up we are hard to beat.'
In the opening quarter, the Hoyas came out on fire and with a balanced attack led by eight and nine points, respectively, by the tournament's MVP, Eddie Castillo, and point guard Stephen Hodge (187-G-77, college: Edward Waters). The Hoyas were able to outscore the East Rockers 40-20 and did not look back. With 5:52 left in the opening period, the Rockers trailed 16-10, the closest they would get for the rest of the contest.
The Hoyas opened the second quarter with the entire starting five on the bench, but the men from the BVI were not able to take much of an advantage against the Hoyas' second stringers. They did manage to outscore the Hoyas in the quarter 17-12 to pull within 15 points, going into the locker room at the half trailing 52-37.
The Hoyas opened the second half on a 12-4 run to quickly push the lead to 23 points at 64-41, but the Rockers responded with a 15-6 run. Led by center Devane Penn and guard Doran Phillips, the Rockers pulled within 14 points at 70-56 with 3:30 left in the third period. The teams exchanged baskets over the remaining minutes of the third quarter, and the lead would remain 14 points at 76-62 after three quarters. Penn and Phillips finished with 12 and 10 points respectively in the third to keep their team within striking distance.
The Rockers scored the first basket in the final quarter to get to within 12 points at 76-64. It was the closest they had been to the Hoyas since 16-10 in the first quarter, and they looked primed for a big run. The Hoyas were having none of that, however, and a couple of three-pointers by Darnel Hendricks and Hodge quickly restored order. The St. Croix champs would go on to outscore the Rockers 22-14 the rest of the way to win going away, 100-80.
Castillo, the Sunstroke 2008 King of the Court tournament MVP, led a balanced Hoyas attack with 22 points. Hendricks and Hodge chipped in with 19 points apiece, with 15 of Hendricks' points total coming after the break. For the B.V.I. champion East Rockers, Phillips finished with a game-high 32 points, with 21 of his points coming in the second half. Penn finished with 19 points and David Lettsome netted 14.
'What we try to do in this tournament is showcase the best talent in the entire Virgin Islands, both British and U.S., and I think we were able to do that,' said tournament organizer Rashidi Clenance. 'So with that in mind, I think it was a very successful tournament, and I look forward to even better next year.'


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Khimik welcomes to the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Khimik welcomed to the International tournament held in Yuzhniy, where recently the national team of Ukraine played against Belgium. The home side is represented by the hosts Khimik and BC Odessa. ASK Riga arrives from Latvia and Hapoel came from Israel.
ASK Riga had a battle in the opener against BC Odessa. Ukrainian team won the opening quarter 33:29 as the teams showed great percentage from the field. Latvian side replied with 21:19 for 52:50 at the halftime. Even though the tempo slowed down in the second half, the teams showed more offensive style in the court. ASK Riga won the third period 26:21 and was in front in the last stanza of the game. The last minute of the battle saw Latvian team in front at 96:90. Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan) brought Odessa to 95:96 with 6 minutes to play. It was Brian Tolbert again to foul Odessa's player and Sundov making 1/2 free throws set up the final score. Sundov top-scored for the winners with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) nailed 17 and Marsh collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Brian Tolbert led the Ukrainian side with 25 points and 8 assists.
Hapoel outscored Khimik 73:66 in another game of the tournament. Khimik produced 24:17 in the first frame but could hardly stay in the game in the second. Israeli team answered with 28:12 in the second period and took the control of the game. Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) brought the hosts to 61:65 in the end of the game. Hapoel did not panic and increased to 71:63. Ukrainian team scored another three to reduce to 66:71, but the guests won the game 66:73.


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Guildford lands Daniel Sandell - by Eurobasket News
Guildford Heat have signed 6ft 5in London-born shooting guard Daniel Sandell (195-G, college: Amer.Internat.) ahead of the forthcoming season.

Sandell played basketball in the United States before appearing for BBL rivals Leicester in 2005 and Birmingham in 2007.

Guildford coach Paul James said: 'He had a tremendous 2007-08 season and his stats, work ethic and a glowing recommendation from his former coach Nigel Lloyd convinced me he would be the perfect replacement for James Jones.'

Sandell appeared 33 times in BBL last season, His average digits were 14.4 ppg and 4 rpg. In 2006 he was EBL Division one champion with Leicester City Riders.

Meanwhile, Croatian-born shooting guard Hrvoje Pervan (203-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Mercer) has been released by the Surrey side, who start their campaign with a home game against Milton Keynes on October 4.

With information from http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com


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  URUGUAY   


Results for the LUB 9th round - by Hector Lopez
Malvin maintained the leadership of the LUB after nine games, beating Bohemios 71-70, with three free shots by Emilio Taboada (193-F-82). The results for the three games
played last night and the import players numbers were as follows:
Malvin - 71 - Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 25 points and 14 rebounds, Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, agency: Duran International, college: Portland St.) 5 and 5
Bohemios 70 - Darryl Butterfield (201-F, college: Missouri) 16 and 8, Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 10 and 8
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Tabare 73 - Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 20 and 17, Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) 12 and 10
Union Atletica 70 - Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) 20 and 10, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 7 and 5
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Atenas 90 - Darryl Dora 12 and 9, Marques Lewis 15 and 4
Hebraica 71 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 19 and 13, Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) 17 and 3


Duke Freeman announced for Bigua - by Hector Lopez
Bigua inked Duke Freeman-McKamey (208-F-80, college: Fordham) to play the Uruguayan league, the last Uruguayan League champion announced. Bigua had a poor start in the new season with a 3-5 record. The team did not said who will be replaced from the other import players, Charles Tomas and Kevin Young. Only two imprt players are authorized. Freeman is coming from Venezuela were he played for Gatos from Monagas, with 13 ppg and 9.2 rpg.

Uruguay U15 achieved one victory in South America championship - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela hosted 2008 South America U15 championship recently in Guanare. Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela faced 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, looked positive and optimistic about this year.
Argentina U15 overcame Uruguay U15 in the 2008 South America U15 championship opener. 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.
Venezuela overcame Uruguay 64:50 in the second day. Uruguay looked better in the beginning of the game taking 21:15 lead. The guests did not allow the hosts to come closer at the first half and won it 33:27. Venezuela won the third period and the last with 21-12 and 16-5 respectively to reach the victory. Carrera Gamboa Michael Alberto led the winners with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Perez Cortesia Anthony Joseph brought 12 and Hernandez Grana Agustin Ignacio top-scored in defeat with 13 points.
Uruguay overcame Peru 64:36 with a 19:6 in the opening quarter. Even though Peru came back with 19:13 in the second, Uruguay proved the ambitions in the second half. Parodi Gonzalez Luciano ended up with 15 points for the winners. Dmoch Cohen Ionatan notched 12 and Hernandez Grana Agustin Ignacio had 10. Fung Sam Fernando top-scored for Peru with 12 points. Brazil clinched the third position after a win over Uruguay 65:62. The latter finished fourth with 1-3 record.


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The home side of 15 championship is second - by Eurobasket News
Venezuela hosted 2008 South America U15 championship recently in Guanare. Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela faced 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, looked positive and optimistic about this year.
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.
Venezuela overcame Uruguay 64:50 in the second day. Uruguay looked better in the beginning of the game taking 21:15 lead. The guests did not allow the hosts to come closer at the first half and won it 33:27. Venezuela won the third period and the last with 21-12 and 16-5 respectively to reach the victory. Carrera Gamboa Michael Alberto led the winners with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Perez Cortesia Anthony Joseph brought 12 and Hernandez Grana Agustin Ignacio top-scored in defeat with 13 points.
Venezuela outscored Brazil 68:52 to face Argentina for the title game. The last game was the Final as Argentina and Venezuela came with no losses to their match-up. Argentina played better and deserved a 73:58 victory. Luciano Massarelli led the winners with 18 points. Tomas Zanzottera netted 12 and Matias Bortolin scored 11. Israel Blanco top-scored for the hosts with 19 points, while Miguel Carrera added 15.


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Duros 11-3 
 2. Graneros 10-4 
 3. Trujillo 9-5 
 4. Centauros 7-7 
 5. Cojedes 5-9 
 6. Tiburones 5-9 
 7. Falcon 5-9 
 8. Estudiantes 4-10 


Now Trotamundos is my priority! - by Wolfgang Lucena

Argentinean coach Guillermo Narvarte got a two years contract with Trotamundos de Carabobo.
Coach Narvarte will be focused in the 2009 LPB season, and also will be working with the new generations of Carabobo state. Basketball clinics for young coaches, basketball camps and basketball tutoring for schools, colleges and universities in the state, are part of his two years agreements.
Years ago, Trotamundos BBC, got into the community to developing new generations. Starting from this year, this former idea will be back to the book plan, trying to rise up the level of this sport in Carabobo state.
Coach Narvarte has tremendous record with Trotamundos de Carabobo in the 2008 LPB season, but he couldn't be with the team in the post season because his Olympics responsibilities with Argentina national team.

'The Olympic cycle with Argentina's basketball is gone, now Trotamundos is my priority' Coach Guillermo Narvarte.



Romero MVP and Torres scores 25, as Snaidero Udine wins Rino Snaidero Memorial - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-F-80) was named Most Valuable Player and Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) was the top scorer with 25 points, as Snaidero Udine of Italy was able to defeat Turk Telekom Ankara of Turkey, 92-82, to earn the championship title in the exhibition tournament 5th Rino Snaidero Memorial.

Romero scored 12 points and had scored 10 in the previous match against KK Zadar of Croatia, while Torres, who had scored 14 in the first game, added 25 to become the best player on court in the decisive game. They got help from Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88) with 12 points, Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83) with 12 points, Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76) with 11 points and Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) with 10. For Ankara, Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81) netted 13 points, Tutku Acik (193-G-80) added 13, Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83) finished up with 12 and Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) with 11.

Romero and Torres have been sharing time with their families, visiting Italy as the preseason continues. Romero enters his second season in this country, after having shared the 2007-2008 season in Legea Scafati and Montepashi Siena. With Siena, Romero won Lega A and had a chance to play in the Euroleague's Final Four. Torres enters his fourth season in Italy, since he played for Pompea Napoli between 2002 and 2004 and spent last season with UPIM Fortitudo Bologna.


Alejandro Barrios from Mexico to Colombia, Bethelmy returns to Venezuela - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan small forward Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79), who had been dealing with an injury in the past few weeks and played only a few games with Lobos UAC de Saltillo in Mexico's LNBP, is now the newest imported player of Colombia's Norte de Santander team, currently at second place in Copa Invitacional behind Arrieros de Antioquia.

Barrios will now share time with fellow Venezuelan Eduardo Torres in the city of Cucuta, near the border of Colombia with Venezuela. According to agent Carlos Sifuentes Brito, Barrios had an offer from Uruguay, but the team that holds rights over him, Sayago, was hesitant about letting him play somewhere else. Barrios also got a serious offer from Tiburones de Vargas, but the fact that he had been drafted by Petroleros de Falcon prevented him from reaching a total agreement with this organization.

Bethelmy returns
Meanwhile, power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86), of Lobos UAC de Saltillo in Mexico's LNBP, was forced to come back to Venezuela to be with his wife, who's currently ill. His team in Venezuela's LNB, Centauros de Cojedes, may pursue him now that he's back in the country, but the player hasn't ruled out going back to Mexico. Colombia's Norte de Santander could also be in the mix to make a move and try to add him to their roster.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Sluggish Spirit a concern - by Eurobasket News
Bendigo Bank Spirit coach Bernie Harrower has conceded his sides sluggish form is of some concern less than a month out from the start of the Womens National Basketball League season.

The Spirit was defeated for the second time in two weeks by Dandenong in a pre-season match last Saturday, going down 61-52.

Harrower remains optimistic his side will grasp their relatively new game plan before the season opener on October 7 and is confident the side is not lacking talent, merely application.

Were still struggling a bit, but its only early days, he said.

Were certainly not where I want us to be, but after two weeks of training its a bit hard to expect too much.

Harrower said the pre-season prognosis was not all doom and gloom, with several players - including two of the clubs six new signings - finding form in their latest match.

Fellow recruit Hanna Zavecz (183-F-85), however, is suffering a slight thigh and calf strain and was unable to play against Dandenong.

Some of the players started to show good signs. Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84, college: Oregon) was in good form again, she ended up with 20 points and (recruits) Eleanor Haring and Dee Butler ended up with 10 each, he said.

Theres some signs of people starting to get into the flow, but we certainly need to improve a bit quicker than we are at the moment.

The girls at currently going through trying to learn the offence and what Im all about and how they fit into the system, but now, a few weeks out from our first game, we certainly need to start stepping it up and having those girls start to assert themselves a bit more than they are at the moment.

The Spirit will have their final hit-out this weekend before their opening round clash with championship favourites Canberra.

In the meantime, training will focus on perfecting Harrowers attacking plays to ensure the height-challenged Spirit dont come up short.

Defensively were doing okay, but just at the offensive end were struggling a bit, Harrower said.

Were struggling from the perimeter more than anything else, were just not hitting the open shots, which will hopefully come in the next couple of weeks.

Well just continue trying to get our offence working. Weve got three sessions coming up this week and four training sessions at the training camp on the weekend, and were also trying to organise some games against boys just to make sure we get some playing time.

Weve got some very good players, but just at the moment theyre playing well within themselves, simply because theyre not quite sure of where theyre at.

By The Bendigo Advertiser


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Kelly Santos is ready for the decisive encounter - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks won the playoffs opener in the Western conference. They overcame the Seattle Storm with Kelly Santos (192-C-79) at the Staples Center to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Delisha Milton-Jones and Marie Ferdinand scored 11 points apiece to lead the hosts to the 77:69 win. Lisa Leslie added 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Candace Parker finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Keisha Brown was the fifth player to deliver in double figures for the hosts as she drained 10 points. The Sparks looked good in the starting frame as they piled up a 25:15 lead. The home team continued to roll confidently as they cleared off to a 17-point distance at halftime. The Storm showed some signs of the recovery early in the fourth term as Sue Bird nailed 6 points in a 13:7 rally that cut the deficit to just 6 points. However 5 straight points from Candace Parker and Marie Ferdinand allowed the Sparks to keep the visitors at arms length throughout the rest of the contest. Sue Bird netted 23 points to pace Seattle. Wright provided 13 points in defeat, while Kelly Santos scored 2 points making 1/2 from the filed. The teams moved to Seattle for the second and the third encounters.
Seattle played stifling defense and deadly offense to secure a 1-1 tie in the series against the Los Angeles Sparks. Sue Bird knocked down 20 points to pace the Storm to a 64:50 win at the Key Arena yesterday. The third game will also be played in Seattle on Tuesday. Sheryl Swoopes had 16 points to hold off the visitors. Lisa Leslie answered with 11 points and 11 boards for the Sparks. Delisha Milton-Jones had 11 points in defeat. The home team limited their opponents to just 15 points in the first half to build an 11-point advantage at halftime. The Storm extended the margin to 21 points heading into the fourth term and never looked back at the end.


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Lawson advances, Gruda is out - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio got 27 points from Sophia Young and prevailed in the third decisive game against the Sacramento Monarchs 86:81 to enter the Western conference finals. The Silver Stars opened their series against the Monarchs with a comfortable road win but struggled to wrap up the series at home. They lost to the Monarchs in the second game and saw a 12-point fourth quarter lead slip from the hands yesterday. Sacramento drew things level late in regulation and sent the game into overtime. But Sophia Young stepped up for the hosts in the extra period as she knocked down 7 free throws and put the Silver Stars away for good. Sacramento jumped to an early 20:14 lead however the Silver Stars quickly denied the deficit and piled up a 39:31 advantage at halftime.
Ann Wauters tallied 15 points and 12 boards for San Antonio. Rebecca Hammon had 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) collected 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Nicole Powell answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Sacramento. Kara Lawson added 16 points and 7 assists in the losing effort.

New York secured a road 66:62 win over the Connecticut Sun to advance to the Eastern finals. Connecticut grabbed a 7-point lead early in the game but then went mum for more than 7 minutes and allowed the Liberty to surge ahead piling up a 7-point advantage. The teams kept it close throughout the rest of the game with the Sun taking a 60:58 lead with under 2 minutes remaining. However Shameka Christon and Essence Carson answered with 5 straight points for the visitors as they stormed back in front 63:60. Erlana Larkins than followed it with a freebie to stretch the gap to 4 points. Tamika Whitmore cut the margin to 2 points with just 2 seconds left before Thorn sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Essence Carson finished with 15 points for the Liberty. Shameka Christon added 13 points, while Janel McCarville had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Asjha Jones responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun. Lindsay Whalen led all scorers with 19 points for the home side in defeat. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) posted 2 points for just 6 minutes in the court.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Ex-SMU player sues over revoked scholarship - by Eurobasket News
A former Southern Methodist University women's basketball player has filed a $2 million federal lawsuit, alleging the university failed to follow its own policy when it revoked her athletic scholarship.

Jennifer Colli (5'10''-G), who filed her lawsuit on Sept. 15 in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas, also names coach Rhonda Rompola in the suit.

The lawsuit alleges Rompola regularly asked Colli and her teammates about their relationships with each other, Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT-TV reported Monday.

SMU released a statement about the incident that said in part, 'Two university offices investigated the student's allegations.... The results of the investigations did not support the student's claims. SMU stands by its findings and will address these issues in court.'

The station said it left messages for Rompola which were not immediately returned.

Colli was a standout high school basketball player who won a scholarship to play for SMU, enrolling in 2005. In the lawsuit Colli says that on at least one occasion her coaches criticized players during a game, questioning whether the reason they weren't performing well was because they didn't 'get any' the night before.

Colli says after her athletic scholarship was renewed for the 2006-2007 academic year, she complained to Steve Orsini, SMU's athletic director, about her coach's comments during the prior season. According to Colli, the athletic director told her they couldn't substantiate her allegations and because of it, accused her of misconduct.

The lawsuit states that on Aug. 14, 2006 before the new school year began, the school withdrew her scholarship for 'serious misconduct.'

She was given ten days to appeal and did so on Aug. 28, 2006.

Colli says SMU rejected her appeal and never allowed her to 'present evidence in order to defend against the allegations before a Judicial Committee' as stated in the school's Handbook.

Courtesy of http://www.examiner.com/


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  POLAND - Women  


Lotos PKO BP loss in the opener - by Maciej Schwarz
In the first game of Polish Women Basketball League, the euroleague Lotos PKO BP Gdynia lost on the road against eurocup AZS PWSZ Gorzow. The latter started very strong aggresive defence and won first quarter 12-23. Later on during the game Lotos played smarter game, and won second quarter by 9. The second half brought an exciting show during which, Gorzow team was always heading up. At the end of the game with the score 69-69 Paulina Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84) (170-G-84) turned over and we noted overtime. In the extra period Jacek Winnicki (Lotos PKO BP) couldn't use all star Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) beacuse of small injury and Lotos lost its first game 76-83. Lotos PKO BP Gdynia noted one of the worst statistics ever as the matter of turnovers-31. In Gorzow team the best roles played Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84, agency: Promotex) and ex Lotos team Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84).
Points Gorzow: Katerina Zohnova 20, Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) 15, Anne Breitreiner 13, Lindsay Taylor (203-C-81, college: UCSB) 11, Shala Crawford (193-C-79, college: Life) 7,Zalesiak 4, Kaczmarczyk 4, Czubak 3, Richards 6.
Points Lotos PKO BP Gdynia: Ivana Matovic 13, Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) 11, Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) 11, Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) 11, Olivia Tomialowicz (182-G-90) 9, Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) 8, Paulina Pawlak 10, Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) 5, Elzbieta Zawadka (178-F-85, college: Missouri So.) 2.

Next game of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia at home against MMKS Energa Katarzynki Torun.


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  SEYCHELLES - Women  


HotShots 70 Mont Fleuri 58 - by Carlos Pereira
A 70-58 win over Mont Fleuri gave HotShots their eighth consecutive win as they stay top of the six-team Womens League standings with a maximum 18 points.
Anse Boileau-based HotShots will know if they could be crowned champions this year when they play defending champs Anse Etoile Stars this coming Saturday.
HotShots have the advantage over the Stars after they took care of their opponents with an 11-point margin victory (57-46) in the first round.
The Stars need to win by a difference of at least 12 points to have a hope of retaining their title.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Seventh place for MBK Ruzomberok on 'JAKO Cup 2008' - by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomberok finished international 'JAKO Cup 2008' on not so good seventh place. At the event, which was held in Trutnov (Czech Republic), Slovakian team registered two wins and two defeats.

In the first game MBK Ruzomberok met the hosts KARA Trutnov loosing 53-72. At the half time it was 35-37 for the Czechs but later they started to play much better recording comfortable victory. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) scored the most for Slovakian team, 16 points. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) had one points less than her.
In game number two MBK Ruzomberok faced with another serious defeat. This time it was against Foton Gyor 54-72. Interesting is that Slovakians had 11-point lead at the half time scoring only 14 points for the rest of the game, while Foton Gyor drained 43. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) netted 16 points for her team while Lucia Kupcikova had 10.

Third game was a good one for MBK Ruzomberok. Slovakians were better than Nadezda Orenburg 72-60 mostly owing to Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90), who netted 16 points. Klaudia Lukacovicova was behind her with 13 points.

In the battle for seventh place MBK Ruzomberok outsmarted Hradec Kralove 58-53. This time Lucia Kupcikova was the top scorer for the winning team with 18 points. Adriana Gresnerova stopped on 14.


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  WNBA - Women  


Mike Thibault named Coach of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Mike Thibault from the Connecticut Sun was announced the 2008 Coach of the Year by the league. Thibault overcame San Antonios Dan Hughes and Seattles Brian Agler. It was the second such award for Mike Thibault as he also won the Coach of the Year in 2006. He led the Sun to the second-best record in the East 21-13. Mike Thibault also had 6 rookies on the squad but managed to guide the team to a 9-2 start to the season. Mike Thibault took over the job with the Sun in 2003 when the team was relocated to Connecticut. He holds a 62% career winning rate in the league. Thibault was an assistant coach during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Meanwhile the Silver Stars guard Vickie Johnson (5'10''-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) was given the 2008 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. Designed to honor a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- the award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August. Vickie Johnson overcame Tay McWilliams (6'3''-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) and Tamika Raymond (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) for the award. Last year Tully Bevilaqua (5'5''-G-72) of the Indiana Fever was the winner of the award.
The Washington Mystics announced Linda Hargrove was relieved of her duties as General Manager. Washington finished the season with 10-24 record and missed the playoffs for the straight consecutive year. Hargrove took up the position in 2005, previously working as an assistant coach in 2004.


San Antonio and New York make it through - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio got 27 points from Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) and prevailed in the third decisive game against the Sacramento Monarchs 86:81 to enter the Western conference finals. The Silver Stars opened their series against the Monarchs with a comfortable road win but struggled to wrap up the series at home. They lost to the Monarchs in the second game and saw a 12-point fourth quarter lead slip from the hands yesterday. Sacramento drew things level late in regulation and sent the game into overtime. But Sophia Young stepped up for the hosts in the extra period as she knocked down 7 free throws and put the Silver Stars away for good.
Sacramento jumped to an early 20:14 lead however the Silver Stars quickly denied the deficit and piled up a 39:31 advantage at halftime.
Ann Wauters (6'5''-C-80) tallied 15 points and 12 boards for San Antonio. Rebecca Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) had 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Sacramento. Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) added 16 points and 7 assists in the losing effort.
Meanwhile what turned mission impossible for Sacramento was realized in Connecticut. New York secured a road 66:62 win over the Connecticut Sun to advance to the Eastern finals. Connecticut grabbed a 7-point lead early in the game but then went mum for more than 7 minutes and allowed the Liberty to surge ahead piling up a 7-point advantage. The teams kept it close throughout the rest of the game with the Sun taking a 60:58 lead with under 2 minutes remaining. However Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) and Essence Carson (6'0''-G/F-86, college: Rutgers) answered with 5 straight points for the visitors as they stormed back in front 63:60. Erlana Larkins (6'1''-F-86, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) than followed it with a freebie to stretch the gap to 4 points. Tamika Whitmore cut the margin to 2 points with just 2 seconds left before Thorn sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Essence Carson finished with 15 points for the Liberty. Shameka Christon added 13 points, while Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) led all scorers with 19 points for the home side in defeat.


Linda Hargrove relieved of duties in Washington Mystics - by Eurobasket News
Washington Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb announced today that Linda Hargrove has been relieved of her duties as General Manager of the team. Hargrove was named General Manager prior to the 2005 season.

'We are extremely grateful to Linda for all of her hard work and her dedication to the Mystics organization during the past four years,' Bibb stated. 'No one has been more committed to bettering our organization than Linda. At this point, however, we felt it was best to make a change and move in a different direction in regards to our general manager position. Our basketball team has struggled to make progress and move forward and we feel a change at the top of the basketball side of the business was necessary to begin the process of improving our team. We wish Linda the best of luck in her future endeavors. I'm confident she will find success in whatever she decides to do.'

The Mystics finished the 2008 season 10-24, fifth in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Hargrove served as a scout for the Mystics in 2003 and was an assistant coach with the team during the 2004 season.

Mystics President and Managing Partner, Sheila C. Johnson added ''Linda Hargrove is going to be sorely missed within our operation. She understood that it was time for a change in order for this franchise to grow. We parted on extremely great terms and she will always be a friend to the Mystics family.'

Courtesy of Washington Mystics