EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/25/2008

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  ABA   


Texas City Rangers sign Adrian Mack and announce tryouts - by Eurobasket News
The ABA Texas City Rangers would like to announce the signing of Adrian Mack. Adrian is a former player for the Harlem Starz and will bring a leadership quality to the point guard position.

'We are very excited for the addition and we believe that Adrian will help the Ranges meet their goals of having a very quality, competitive ABA team,' said team owner Markeith Brown .

The team will be holding tryouts on October 10th. They will be from 6pm-10pm on October 10th at 'The Gym' in Humble, Texas. The registration fee will be $100. For more information, visit www.texasrangers.com and complete the tryout form. You can mail your entry fee to: Texas City Rangers, 458 Plantation Drive, Suite 250, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 or email Markeith Brown at m.brown@texascityrangers.com or visit www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of the Texas City Rangers


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda lands Milan Milosevic - by Zoran Popovic
KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd signed sixth aquisition for this season. Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) is new member of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Milosevic came yesterday on trial period, but after couple of practice management of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd and head coach Svetislav Pesic recognized his qualities and decided to sign contract with him immediatly. Milan Milosevic started career in Hercegovac Bileca and played for them from 2003 till 2005. After Hercegovac Bileca, Milosevic played three seasons for Sloboda Dita. Milan Milosevic is member of Bosnian National team and durign the qualifications average scored 1.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.4 assistants per game

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  ARGENTINA   


Regatas and El Nacional bring two more players - by Raul Ruscitti
Liga A's teams continue to make moves in their rosters in order to arrive in the best shape possible to the start of the season. That is the case of El Nacional Monte Hermoso and Regatas Corrientes which recently hire two new foreigners.
The team coached by Silvio Jose Santander decided to sign Ryan Carroll (195-G/F-79, college: TCU) as their second import player. The 6 foot 4 shooting guard is still under contract in Colombia but sources said that there will be no problems for him to opt out of that deal and come to Argentina.
El Nacional Monte Hermoso sign veteran center Donzell Rush (207-C-74, college: S.Florida) to take over the third and last foreigner spot of the roster. The big man out of New York has plenty of experience playing in leagues all around the world. He made stops in Argentina before with Obras in the 97/98 and Quilmes in the 99/00 season. His last team was Agricola Gloria Montecatini, in Italys second division, where he averaged 8.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 25.42 mpg.


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  AUSTRIA   


ABC Lions Dornbirn sign Donnie Stith - by Eurobasket
ABC Lions Dornbirn (2.Bundesliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Donnie Stith (198-F-85, college: Tulane, agency: Passing Lane). Stith played most recently at Tulane University (NCAA) in the U.S and it will be his first year in professional basketball. Donnie ranks 3rd all time in career blocked shots at Tulane and 5th all time in career wins.
He should be the all-around talent the club needs to get to the next level.


Furstenfeld win twice in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
The Furstenfeld Panthers travelled to Czech Republic to take part in the Kontext Cup in Novy Jicin. Furstenfeld posted two victories at the tournament. Czech Pardubice and Geofin as well as Slovakian Pezinok accompanied the Austrian team for the Cup.
Furstenfeld opened the contest against Czech Pardubice. The visitors rolled to a confident 91:81 win at the end. Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central) led the charge with 17 points. J.J. Sullinger (196-G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) added 14 points, while Slobodan Ocokoljic (202-F-80, college: Weber St.) had 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
Next day the Panthers took on Geofin and secured a tough 96:88 win at the end. The Austrian team rolled to a 51:44 lead at the interval and did not loose the grip after the long break. Slobodan Ocokoljic provided 21 points to pace Furstenfeld. J.J. Sullinger delivered 18 points and 13 boards, while Shawn Ray dropped 17 points for the winning side.
Gmunden played at the international tournament in Landshut in Germany. The Austrian powerhouse opened the competition with a 52:37 win over Munchen. Reggie Huffman (201-F-82, college: UAB) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Kristijan Splajt (194-F-81) had 14 points for Gmunden.
Gmunden then dropped the final game to Karlsruhe 34:47. Anthony Fisher (191-G-83) chipped in 14 points, while Florian Schoninger (186-G-82) and Reggie Huffman had 5 points apiece in the loss. Gmunden will next head to Czech Republic to take part in another tournament featuring Liberec and Decin.


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  BOSNIA   


Milosevic to Red Star, Jazvin to Spartak Primorje - by Nedzad Kladusak
Only a few weeks before the beginning of the season in most european leagues, two bosnian NT players have signed contracts.

Milan Milosevic (205-F-85), the Most improved player of the bosnian has finally signed a contract with Red Star.
He has been targeted by the strongest teams on the Balkans like there are Partizan, Union Olimpija, Red Star and KK Bosna.
After the arrival of one of the most successfull european coaches, Sarajevo-native Svetislav Pesic, he decided to sign a four-year contract with Red Star.
Since he has been under contract his team Sloboda Dita will receive a recompensation.

Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) one of the most experienced players of the bosnian NT signed a one year-contract with Spartak Primorje.
It is interesting that the naturalised bosnian player JR Bremer played in this team before he moved to Triumph Lyubertsy.
During the last months Jazvin had offers from ASVEL, AIr Avellino and other teams from eastern Europe.


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  BULGARIA   


Cherno More in Turkey, Rilski Sportist defeated in Macedonia - by Eurobasket News

Cherno More departures today to Bursa (Turkey) for international tournament. Except of the Bulgarian team, other participants are Oyak Renault, Tofas Bursa and ITU. This tournament will be one of the last checks of Cherno More before the beginning of A1 league as well as Balkan league (BIBL). In the first day of tournament in Bursa, Cherno more will take on Tofas. Its next rival will be Oyak Renault while on Sunday Bulgarians will meet ITU.

In the meantime, Rilski Sportist suffered defeat at the opening day of tournament in Kavadarci. Mac-champion Feni Industri cruised past Bulgarians revenging for defeat in Samokov. Macedonians were much better from the very beginning. After first ten minutes, which Feni ended 25-17, it was clear that coach Rajkovic and his players are very motivated to gave their best in the front of their fans. Feni had Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75), Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) were in a game mood, what was enough for 47-35 at the half time. Macedonians resolved question bout the winner in third frame as they grabbed 22-point lead. Milan Prekovic was the best scorer for the winning team with 14 points. Donald Cole and Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) also were good adding 13 points apiece. Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) helped his team scoring 11 points. Rilski Sportist got 14 points from Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) netted 13. Interesting is but Rilski's best player on tournament in Samokov Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) stopped on just 6 points.

Two players from Balkan Botevgrad moved to Dunav 2007. Eurobasket already wrote yesterday about Yanko Yankov (192-G-88), who was the last team's acquisition. Before him, Dunav 2007 already agreed terms with Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88). 19-year old player had 18 appearances in A1 averaging 1.3 ppg.



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  CAPE VERDE   


Elvis Evora joins Spanish Basketball League - by Eurobasket News
Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is the new reinforcement on Spanish basketball team Gandia. A native of the island of Sal, the 30-year-old athlete presented himself yesterday, September 23. He is the teams main investment for this years Spanish Basketball League tournament.

In the past several weeks, Elvis Evora has played in the Pre-European Tournament with the Portuguese national basketball team, garnering an average of 10 points every game. He is the athlete Gandia has been looking for. Hes a strong man in the basket area and he helps on the inside game, highlights the teams site. Evora has played in Spain before, in the 2005/2006 season, when he defended the colors of Tenerife.

Courtesy of http://www.asemana.cv


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  CBA   


Albany Patroons select Michael Jenkins as No. 1 pick of 2008 CBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
With the first pick of the 23rd Annual Continental Basketball Association College Draft, the Albany Patroons selected guard Michael Jenkins (6'3''-G) (6-3, 195) from Winthrop University.

Jenkins was a senior last season for Winthrop and led the Eagles to their fourth straight conference title. Jenkins was named the 2008 Big South Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring 33 points to return the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament.

'This is a kid who has had great success but is under the radar,' said new Patroons Head Coach Derrick Rowland. 'He is an all-around player who does many things well. We will be looking to bring him in and make him a part of the rotation. I think we got a great player today with this pick.'

Jenkins was excited about being tabbed the No. 1 overall pick and hopes to continue his collegiate success onto the professional level.

'I would first like to thank the people of Albany and the Albany organization for thinking so highly of me and my abilities,' said Jenkins. 'This was something that I hoped would happen and to be selected first overall is an honor. I look forward to coming to Albany and being apart of the tradition and legacy of the Patroons. I can't wait to get started and bring a championship back to Albany.'

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 13.9 points per game for the 07-08 Eagles while leading them to a 23-10 record. Jenkins was a two-time member of the All-Big South Conference Tournament team and led the Eagles in 3-point percentage in 2006-07.

This is the second time the Patroons have had the first selection in the CBA Draft. In 2005, the Patroons selected T.J. Thompson from George Washington. Thompson went on to be selected to the CBA All-Rookie team and was the runner-up to Roger Powell in the Rookie of the Year balloting.


- FOLLOWING ARE ROUND-BY-ROUND AND TEAM-BY-TEAM RESULTS -

2008 CBA DRAFT

Round-by-Round


FIRST ROUND

1. Albany Patroons - Michael Jenkins (6-3, 195, Guard) Winthrop

2. East Kentucky Miners - Roy Bright (6-6, 225, Guard) Delaware State

3. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Othello Hunter (6-8, 225, Forward) Ohio State

4. Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry -Aaron Smith (6-3, 180, Guard) Prairie View A&M

5. Minot Skyrockets - Brian Butch (6-11, 245, Center) Wisconsin


SECOND ROUND

6. Albany Patroons - Patrick Sanders (6-6, 225, Forward) California-Irvine

7. East Kentucky Miners - Emmanuel Little (6-5, 200, Forward) North Dakota

8. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Mike Cook (6-6, 230, Forward) Pittsburgh

9. Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry - Longar Longar (6-11,235, Center) Oklahoma

10. Minot Skyrockets - Brandon Smith (6-6, 200, Guard) Minnesota


THIRD ROUND

11. Albany Patroons - Charron Fisher (6-4, 225, Guard) Niagara

12. East Kentucky Miners - Charles Rhodes (6-8, 245, Forward) Mississippi

13. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Keith Benjamin (6-3, 175, Guard) Pittsburgh

14. Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry - Marcus Dove (6-9, 230, Forward) Oklahoma State

15. Minot Skyrockets - Othyus Jeffers (6-5, 200, Guard) Robert Morris


FOURTH ROUND

16. Albany Patroons - Frank Elegar (6-9, 220, Center) Drexel

17. East Kentucky Miners - Rashad West (6-1, 190, Guard) Hampton

18. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Quan Prowell (6-9, 215, Guard) Auburn

19. Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry -Steven Hill (7-0, 250, Center) Arkansas

20. Minot Skyrockets - Dion Dowell (6-6, 205, Forward) Houston


FIFTH ROUND

21. Albany Patroons - Kyle Hines (6-6, 240, Forward) UNC-Greensboro

22. East Kentucky Miners - Terrance Whiters (5-11, 175, Guard) Arkansas Tech

23. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Reggie Williams (6-6, 195, Forward) VMI

24. Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry - Kyle Chones (6-5, 200, Forward) Colgate

25. Minot Skyrockets - Sasha Kaun (6-11, 245, Center) Kansas


SIXTH ROUND

26. Albany Patroons - Steve Dagastino (5-11, 165, Guard) St. Rose (NY)

27. East Kentucky Miners - Brandon Cotton (6-0, 190, Guard) Detroit Mercy

28. Pittsburgh Xplosion - Leon Williams (6-8, 255, Forward) Ohio University

29. Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry -Jeremy Clayton (6-7, 210, Forward) Appalachian State

30. Minot Skyrockets - Dominique Kirk (6-3, 185, Guard) Texas A&M


ALBANY PATROONS

1. Michael Jenkins (6-3, 195, Guard) Winthrop

6. Patrick Sanders (6-6, 225, Forward) California-Irvine

11. Charron Fisher (6-4, 225, Guard) Niagara

16. Frank Elegar (6-9, 220, Center) Drexel

21. Kyle Hines (6-6, 240, Forward) UNC-Greensboro

26. Steve Dagastino (5-11, 165, Guard) St. Rose (NY)


EAST KENTUCKY MINERS

2. Roy Bright (6-6, 225, Guard) Delaware State

7. Emmanuel Little (6-5, 200, Forward) North Dakota

12. Charles Rhodes (6-8, 245, Forward) Mississippi

17. Rashad West (6-1, 190, Guard) Hampton

22. Terrance Whiters (5-11, 175, Guard) Arkansas Tech

27. Brandon Cotton (6-0, 190, Guard) Detroit Mercy


PITTSBURGH XPLOSION

3. Othello Hunter (6-8, 225, Forward) Ohio State

8. Mike Cook (6-6, 230, Forward) Pittsburgh

13. Keith Benjamin (6-3, 175, Guard) Pittsburgh

18. Quan Prowell (6-9, 215, Guard) Auburn

23. Reggie Williams (6-6, 195, Forward) VMI

28. Leon Williams (6-8, 255, Forward) Ohio University


LAWTON-FORT SILL CAVALRY

4. Aaron Smith (6-3, 180, Guard) Prairie View A&M

9. Longar Longar (6-11,235, Center) Oklahoma

14. Marcus Dove (6-9, 230, Forward) Oklahoma State

19. Steven Hill (7-0, 250, Center) Arkansas

24. Kyle Chones (6-5, 200, Forward) Colgate

29. Jeremy Clayton (6-7, 210, Forward) Appalachian State


MINOT SKYROCKETS

5. Brian Butch (6-11, 245, Center) Wisconsin

10. Brandon Smith (6-6, 200, Guard) Minnesota

15. Othyus Jeffers (6-5, 200, Guard) Robert Morris

20. Dion Dowell (6-6, 205, Forward) Houston

25. Sasha Kaun (6-11, 245, Center) Kansas

30. Dominique Kirk (6-3, 185, Guard) Texas A&M

Courtesy of CBA


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  CHINA   


Chinese Players Transfered Team - by Robert Wang
Zhag Jia Di from Liao Ning team transfered to Zhe Jiang Guang Sha team today and he is the biggest guy in this team. He is 7'2, trained in USA in 'Big Men' training camp. He has been played in Liao ning Junior team for many years and Liao ning did not used him long since they will need 2 inside players as their new imports this season and also they have Li Xiao Xue and Gu Li Ye. This means Liao Ning team has too many inside players and they have to send Zhan gJia Di out to other team and recieve the expeirnce in the new season. It would be good for Zhang get experince this season and he mught be helping any teams next season. Wish he have good luck!

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  COLOMBIA   


Federation Cup 2008 September 23, Day 12 results - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros defeated Bucaros in a extraodinary night of Jermaine Walker who finished with 37 pts, Bucaros hit first winning the first quarter, but the Arrieros wake up.
Bucaros Marcus Flemming added 34 pts, Arrieros have already a 12 game winning streak.
Arrieros 102 - Jermaine Walker 37 pts
Bucaros Freskalehe 72 - Marcus Flemming 34 pts


Islanders extends its streak to 4 victories on the road, Stalin Ortiz and Alejandro Flores leaded Islanders, while Cesar Ordonez and Freedy Robinson did it in OVNI.
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 75
Islanders Sopesa 85


Piratas won its second game of the season defeating Idervalle, Indervalle close a trip with 1-7 record but is still in the 5th place of the standings, John Perez leaded the offense of Piratas with 22 points,Gabriel Fuentes with 20 pts and 14 rbs had an important role in the victory, Indervalle zone defense allow to many 3 ptrs from Piratas, and Dajuan Gouard had to carry the offensive almost alone, Cesar Cortez was doing a good job in the boards but went into foul problems and his minutes were limited,
Piratas 91 - John Perez 22 pts
Indervalle 83 - Dajuan Gouard 25 pts.

Norte defeated again Patriotas in Cucuta, Eduaro Pichi Torres is almost back in his level and scored 24 pts, Tapipa Barrios added 20 and Eleuterio Renteria 19.
Patriotas had in Joge Diaz with 25pts his best performer and also helped by Ernesto Mijares with 18 pts.
Norte de Santander 99 - Eduardo Torres 23 pts
Patriotas 72 - Jorge Diaz 25 pts


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 12-0 
 2. Canoneros 10-2 
 3. Islanders 7-5 
 4. Bucaros 6-6 
 5. InderValle 5-7 
 6. Condores 3-9 
 7. Alcaldia 3-9 
 8. Piratas 2-10 


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  CROATIA   


Zagreb wins in thriller against Murcia - by Eurobasket News
After two defeats on Spanish tour, Zagreb CO finally registered one victory. Croatian team celebrated against Murcia thanks to winning triple at the buzzer by Vedran Morovic (183-G-83, college: Olney CC). It is important to be mentioned that his long range stroke came from the back court. As a reminder, Murcia was better in the first game 84-70.
After totally leveled first quarter 24-24, Spaniards succeeded to create plus 6 during the following ten minutes. Zagreb answered in style after the breather. Mostly owing to Ivan Papac (211-F/C-87) and Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side), Zagreb made 18-27 entering into the last ten minutes with plus 3. As it is mentioned above, in thriller finish Vedran Morovic became the hero of the game.
Ivan Papac top-scored in Zagreb draining 19 points. Mario Dundovic also was great following him with 18 points. Hero of the game Vedran Morovic as well as Ante Tomic (217-C-87) stopped on 9 points each. Andrej Stimac (205-F/C-79) and Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) had 8 points apiece. Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) netted 18 points for the loosing side. Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) posted 13 while Gonzalo Martinez (178-G-74) had 12 points. Young Croat Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) added 3 points in Murcia. Zagreb CO played this game without point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83).


Charleroi trashes Cibona in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
KK Cibona Zagreb suffered serious defeat in its first game on mini Belgian tour. Charleroi, with ex Cibona's head coach Drazen Anzulovic on the bench, blasted Croatian team 89-58. It was a fifth friendly game of Cibona in the off-season. The score is so far 2-3.

Belgians were slightly better in the opening quarter 20-16. Croat Jure Lalic (212-C-86) led his team from the very beginning and together with Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) was the key player of this game. Second frame ended 15-14 meaning the Charleroi had plus 5 at the half time. Third frame was the crucial one as Cibona's players were totally out of concentration. Their defense was so weak, which experienced Charleroi's players exploited to drain 28 points. On the other side Cibona managed to score just 10. When it was expected the ex Croatian champion wake up and to start playing in the last ten minutes, it didn't happen. Charleroi still was the team which dominated and deserved huge 31-point victory at the end.

The best player for the winning team was Jure Lalic, who scored 20 points. Len Matela had 16 while Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) netted one point less. Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) was better than the others in Cibona scoring 14 points. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) had 12 points while Davor Kus (190-G-78) was the last one with double figures adding 10 points. Cibona will take on Bree today.


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  CYPRUS   


Omonia inks two Americans - by Chris Mammides
Omonia Nicosia agreed financial terms with two Americans. The first one is a roockie in the European leagues he is a point guard and his name is Marlon Smith (180-G, college: Fordham).
The second American player is very experienced player and has many years in the European leagues, his name is Mike King (201-F-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) and he is a small/power forward. He is 33 years old and last seazon began in the Israeli Second Division team Hapoel Beer Sheva but he left in January and joined the Finnish league witht he team Joensuun Kataja
The Nicosia team soon will be adding another three players in its roster. Two Bosman and one American with European passport.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Geofin host Kontext Cup - by Eurobasket News
Geofin welcomed the International Basketball tournament Kontext Cup. The competition feature Austrian Furstenfeld, Slovakian Pezinok and two Czech teams Pardubice and Geofin.
The home team opened the competition with a cruising victory over Pezinok 95:70. Geofin jumped to a 25:19 lead after the starting frame and stretched the margin to as many as 20 points at the big break. Pezinok failed to answer after the long break and suffered a stunning defeat at the end. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) knocked down 20 points and collected 8 rebounds for Geofin. Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) contributed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Gznar answered with 12 points for Pezinok.
However Geofin could not extend their winning habit as they fell short against Furstenfeld 88:96 in the second game. The teams were knotted up at 26 after the first period but the Panthers went on a run in the second quarter and secured a 7-point cushion at halftime. Geofin came as close as 4 points before the fourth term but the Panthers proved strength at the end. Ocokojic led the winners with 21 points. Robert Sarovic was impressive 33 points and 10 rebounds for Geofin. Manny Ubilla (188-G, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Kenny Walker had 13 points apiece in defeat. Geofin and Pardubice will wrap up the action at the Cup tonight.
Pardubice also split the games in the tournament. They first lost to Furstenfeld 81:91. Kemaldin Gamma (206-F/C-80) knocked down 17 points for the Czech team. Tomas Gaidamavicius (192-G-82) added 15 points in the loss.
Pardubice however bounced back against Pezinok. They defeated Slovakian opponents 86:60 to improve to 1-1 record. Lavell Payne (203-F-85, agency: AMI, college: Cent.Florida) nailed 17 point to pace the winners. David Steffel (211-F/C-85) and Tomas Grepl (192-G-77) drained 16 points each for Pardubice.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Vipers introduce NBA veteran Robert Pack as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers have announced the hiring of 13-year NBA veteran Robert Pack (6'2''-G-69, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) as an assistant coach.

'I could not be more pleased than to attract Robert to the Valley as our top assistant,' said Vipers Head Coach Clay Moser. 'He is truly a star on the rise in the coaching profession. Beyond being an outstanding NBA player for many years, he also has international playing experience. He is current with the game today, and his story will resonate with our players. He is a great person that has persevered through many trials and tribulations, a testament to his character.'

Nicknamed 'Pac-Man' and known for his outstanding vertical leap and lateral quickness, the 6'2' point guard from USC spent 13 seasons in the NBA, most notably with the Denver Nuggets. In 1994, Pack was part of the Nuggets team that made NBA history as the first No. 8 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the first round of the NBA playoffs. One of the game's better dunkers, Pack also was the runner-up in the 1994 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest in Minneapolis. Pack also played for current Houston Rockets Head Coach Rick Adelman in the 1992 NBA Finals as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.

'I'm very excited to be joining coach Moser and the Vipers' family,' said Pack. 'I look forward to developing and assisting players to reach their full potential and ultimate goal of playing in the NBA. I also look forward to helping Coach Moser put a product on the floor the Rio Grande Valley community will be excited to come out and see.'

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a member of the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). Founded in 2001, the NBA D-League is the NBA's official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. The league produced 15 percent of the players on the 2007-08 end-of-season NBA rosters and continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. The Vipers open the 2008-2009 on November 28 when the host the Tulsa 66ers at Dodge Arena.

Courtesy of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers


Skyforce to host open tryouts in Minneapolis - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves, announced today that they will host a second open tryout for the 2008-09 season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19 at the Timberwolves practice facility at 600 1st Ave. N. in Minneapolis, Minn. The practice facility is located in Lifetime Fitness in the lower level of the Target Center.

Open tryouts offer local athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of NBA D-League coaches while they compete to earn a position in the team's official training camp. Training camp is scheduled to begin in mid-November.

The tryouts will be limited to the first 60 registrants. Players will be split into three groups (20 players per group) with each group attending one session each day. The times of the sessions are listed below:


Saturday, Oct. 18 Sunday, Oct. 19

Group A 1:30-3:00 p.m. 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Group B 3:30-5:00 p.m. 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Group C 5:30-7:00 p.m. 2:00-3:30 p.m.


Applicants must be eligible to play in the NBA Development League and are required to pre-register by submitting the official registration, release, disclosure and background check forms, along with a $150 nonrefundable fee. Tryout forms are available online (www.skyforceonline.com) or at the Skyforce office located at 2131 S. Minnesota Ave. in Sioux Falls. Completed forms and entry fee must be mailed to the Skyforce office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10 to secure a spot in the tryout camp.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2008-09 season. Discounts and benefits are also available for groups of 10 or more. The home opener is set for Friday, Nov. 28 against the Iowa Energy. Single game tickets will go on sale in early November. For more information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605 .

Courtesy of the Sioux Falls Skyforce


DerMarr Johnson Signed to Washington Wizards Training Camp Roster - by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Austin Toro and NBA veteran swingman, DerMarr Johnson (6'9''-G-80, college: Cincinnati) has been signed by the Washington Wizards. Along with veteran Linton Johnson and rookie Taj McCullough, the trio was signed on Monday to non-guaranteed contracts to attend Wizards training camp this fall. Last season, his first in the D-League, Johnson was an All-D-League Honorable Mention selection with Austin. In 44 games, the former Cincinnati Bearcat averaged 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 44.4% from

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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Emmanuel Little was selected as the 7th overall pick in the 2008 CBA draft - by Darryl Reshaw

Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) : of North Dakota University was drafted by the East Kentucky Miners last night with the 7th overall pick in the 2008 CBA Draft.


Last season Emmanuel Little averaged 17ppg and 9rpg at the N.Dakota and was named NCC Player of the Week a couple of times and was also named to the NCC All Conference 1st Team.
Emmanuel Little is a very athletic player who does it all and can play the 1, 2 and 3 positions while being a great defensive player and rebounder.
This summer he played at the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago and was on the championship winning team.
He impressed the scouts at the ESL and was named to the ESL All Tournament 1st Team.
Emmanuel was outstanding at the ESL in Salt Lake City where his team lost the championship by a point and he was named to the ESL All Tournament Team in Salt Lake City as well.
Emmanuel was an exciting type of a player at the ESL events this summer as he was totally unselfish but filled up the stats sheets by running the floor, getting lots of dunks and alley oops.
His ball handling skills were very impressive as he often broke the defenders down by creating off the dribble and using his excellent quickness.
Emmanuel has an outstanding rebounding knack as he was always around the basketball and always guarded the best scorer on the opposing team.
The ESL scouting staff is in direct contact with one of the head scouts from the East Kentucky Miners and helped facilitate the opportunity for Emmanuel by marketing his profile to the Miners and the global basketball community.
Emmanuel Little has interest from several European teams and will be a steal for the right professional basketball club this upcoming season.
In the 2008 CBA Draft there were only a couple of players who were selected that did not play NCAA Division I basketball and Emmanuel was one of them.
Our objective at the ESL is to assist the variety of agents in marketing the outstanding players who attended the ESL and made the All Tournament and All Big Men teams to the range of our multitude of contacts in the global basketball community.
In addition the ESL has helped a lot of the players locate quality agents who will help the players achieve their basketball objectives in the global market.

The Eurobasket Summer League has the best on-line coverage of any summer event in the global market and with over 1 million readers per month from the global basketball community visiting the Eurobasket site.
In the immediate future with addition of a major sponsor for the ESL and the continued global on-line visibility of the event the ESL will be the most important summer event outside the NBA Summer League.



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INTERNATIONAL: Samuel Haanpaa had a good start - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish sharpshooter Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) has started his professional career in Italy. Haanpaa got pretty much playing time, when his Team Upea Capo d' Orlando had an international practise game on Tuesday vs CEZ Basketball Nymburg from Czech R. The game was close and OT was needed before visitor Nymburk won by two pts: 104-106 (91) (42-54). Quarters: 15-23, 27-31, 27-17, 22-20, 13-15. Haanpaa scored 12 pts in his opening game. The best scorers: Capo d' Orlando: Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) 23, Tony Binetti 16, Gabriele Ganeto 13, Philip Martin 12, Samuel Haanpaa 12, Tyus Edney 10. Nymburk: Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) 30, Blake Schilb 20, Radek Necas 12, Pavel Slezak 12, Robert Tomaszek 11.

INTERNATIONAL: Honka defeated Virtus Bologna - by Rauno Hurmalainen
When Espoo City is celebrating (550 yo) all year along, also Sport Clubs in Espoo are celebrating once and while. Honka (Espoo)
and Virtus (Bologna, Italy) were playing against each other on Tuesday night and surprise-surprise, the Finnish Team Honka
defeated Virtus 86-74 (43-40). Quarters: 27-23, 16-17, 23-24 and 20-10.
The game was very close, but Honka won the very last three minutes 11-0. NT F Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) led Honka with 18 pts. Monte
Cummings netted 18 pts as well and Akeem Scott added 17 pts. Jamie Arnold led Virtus with 20 pts. Andre Langford added 14 pts.
Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) (four years on Honka roster) played his first game on Virtus Bologna roster (0pts/4rbs).


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Draper turns direction to France - by Umberto Scogni
Teams are getting the benefit of the decision that Italian board . There are very good players; who become jobless after the teams are fold. And; now; one of these; Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston); who played in Australia; with 15 points and 4.4 assists; is agreed with the French side Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. Team surely will benfit from the lightning quickness of Dontaye; who make a tons of steals; and will wait for him to be their general on the floor

NM1 Day 03: Blois defeats Fos with authority - by Chris Spiesser
The third NM1 day gave some more explanations about the teams abilities. Those seem very high for Blois, Lille, Lievin
and some others but the NM2 promoted are already looking for confidance.

Blois 81-69 Fos
The game of the week between Maxi-Basket's two favourites for the accession gave Blois an inch more credit. Especially because of its power 4: Caskil, Brazil, Blot and Condouant posted 90% of the 91 ranking points. On the other side, Ciss, with 30 ranking points (28pts, 3rbs, 5stl, 3to, 6ass), missed another decisive partner. The locals perfectly exploited that situation in the 2nd QT (26-19).

Centre Fdral 62-74 Lille
The nordists expected such a result to continue on their winning trend. Done but with difficulties as the CFBB and its 10-men rotation never gave up. Lille took advantage of its better ball handling (10to vs 17) and a more efficient inside sector: 16pts (8/9) for Gouez and 10pts plus 8rbs for Taccoen.

Livin 91-69 Juvisy
Lille's neighbour remains also undefeated after its third game. Adell is definitively an asset with 20pts (9/12), 6rbs, 4stl, 3ass and found a nice relay with Valentin Lehut (15pts, 2rbs, 2stl, 7ass) who is finding a his place in the rotation. Missengue did what he could with 30pts but the francilians suffered in the second and fourth QTs.

GET Vosges 65-69 Longwy
The surprise of the week, coach Meriguet's team has a real difficult calendar and this win will bring his boys some confidance. Longwy took advantage of GET's poor shooting percentage: 24/60, 40% from the court and also their 12 missed FTs. Neil McDonald had a spectacular wake-up with 13pts, 11rbs and 4blk as he compeled only 4pts and 11rbs during his two first games.

Bordeaux 87-71 Reims
Bordeaux won the four QTs led by an efficient Preira (21pts), Strickland (20pts), Driss (22pts) trident. The girondins grabbed their second win of the year while Reims remains in the bottom but with a more friendly-looking calendar over the next days.

Saint-Chamond 78-73 Challans
The liguerians grabbed their first win of the season after a defensive game (36% vs 35% accuracy) and 2 extra times. Denave had his habitual presence: 19pts, 3rbs, 5stl, 4to, 6ass and Russell posted a 15pts-10rbs double-double.

Denek bat Urcuit 67-73 Boulogne
The nordists confirmed their potential with this strong road win while the basqs were missing Seth Scott due to a broken rib. This third defeat raises the first questions in Bayonne despite the identity of the winners. On the floor, Boulogne's back court was its main asset with 18pts, 3rbs, 4ass for Legname and 14pts (5/6), 6rbs, 2stl, 3to, 4ass for Badji.

Chlons 84-68 Priss
The visitors suffered a new time on the road. Chalons led by Patiejaunas (21pts) and Ramsayer (14pts), which won the first QT 21-9, let no chances to the victoryless burgundians. Though we could stress out Jobert (12pts), Tillon (17pts) or Kolb (12pts)'s activity.

Angers 87-60 Roche-la-Molire
Juvisy remains the only newcomer with a win (vs CFBB...) as Roche had a difficult time in Angers. Reinforced by the signings of Danijel Zoric and Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager, the greens led up to 12-24. But Angers had an efficient reaction (25-9) that set the pace of rest of the game. Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) (27pts 12/15, 7rbs) and Maleyran (15pts 6/7, 3stl, 5ass) were the main architects of this u-turn.


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Tournament in Kavadarci, day 1 - by Eurobasket News
At the opening day of international tournament in Kavadarci, Mac-champion Feni Industri cruised past Rilski Sportist revenging for defeat in Samokov. Macedonians were much better from the very beginning. After first ten minutes, which Feni ended 25-17, it was clear that coach Rajkovic and his players are very motivated to gave their best in the front of their fans. Feni had Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75), Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) were in a game mood, what was enough for 47-35 at the half time. Macedonians resolved question bout the winner in third frame as they grabbed 22-point lead. Milan Prekovic was the best scorer for the winning team with 14 points. Donald Cole and Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) also were good adding 13 points apiece. Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) helped his team scoring 11 points. Rilski Sportist got 14 points from Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) netted 13. Interesting is but Rilski's best player on tournament in Samokov Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) stopped on just 6 points.

In other game, AMAK SP Ohrid was too strong for Torus 85-75. Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82) was totally unstoppable in this game netting 30 points for his team. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) and Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) had 15 points each. Ugrinovski demonstrated the best performance in Torus nailing 14 points.

In day two, AMAK SP will take on Feni Industri while Rilski Sportist will meet Torus.


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Osnabrueck completes Moris switch - by Moritz Korff
Onyl a couple of days prior to their first game in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck have strengthened their roster by adding Stephane Moris (207-F/C-86, agency: Prime Select Sports). The 22-year-old former Belgian junior-international averaged 15 points and 10.2 rebounds for CEP Fleurus in the Belgian D2-league during 2007-08. The Bruxelles native played the U20 EURO (Division B) with Belgium in 2006 and tallied 9.6 points as well as 6.4 rebounds per contest back then. He is known as a mobile big man who can step out and nail the shot from beyond the arc.

News from Saarlouis - by Moritz Korff
According to local newspaper 'Wochenspiegel Saarland', TV Saarlouis, newcomer to the Regionalliga South-West, has signed a new contract with its topscorer Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater). The former player of Bridgewater College (NCAA3) led the Royals to championship-honors and to promotion to the RLSW in this past season, averaging 33.1 points per contest. Another important player on the way to the title had been Hari Mujkanovic (202-C-88). He will stay in Saarlouis as well.
The club also hired TJ Arterberry (204-F/C-82, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Cal.Baptist) from SV Hagen-Haspe, Thomas Wodny (180-G-83) from Osnabrueck, Michal Twarog (188-G-83) and Jugurtha Lafi (198-F/C-78). Head coach Chris Cummings will also have two talents from the Saarlouis youth-program on the roster: Marius Gross and Luca Meyer.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners search for first win in Cologne Sunday - by Miles Scheuber








After the embarrassing 80-66 beating to The Telekom Baskets Bonn in the home opener, there were no alarm bells ringing yet, but it was the first early wakeup call for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS, that nothing will be served on a silver platter for them this season. The Frankfurt loss had one mini mini parallel with the 5-2 Bayern Munich loss to Werder Bremen last weekend. Both coaches Jurgen Klinsmann and Murat Didin surely had a few sleepless nights after their distressing loses, but they are two coaches, who wont be questioned right away about their jobs, if things arent going rosy right away. Frankfurt need to quickly rebound from this bitter loss and win on the road in Cologne on Sunday September 28th. Nothing came together against Bonn and the team has a lot of preparation for the next battle against Cologne. The Bonn game was very strange. After the successful preseason, we played exactly like we did against Tbingen in the first game of pre season. We had many good shot selections, but they simply werent going in. Lorenzo Gordon should have had 25 points and 14 rebounds, but didnt. We know what our mistakes were and will correct them this week, said Skyliner assistant coach Engin Gencoglu.
The Cologne 99ers have belonged to the top teams in the BBL since 2000. Last season was the first time since 2000, that Cologne did not reach a cup or league final. Since the 2003-2004 season, Cologne has won three BBL cups and one league championship in 2006. The team also has continuously reached the playoffs in the last years except for last season. It was not on account of their talented team that they missed the playoffs, but rather the near bankruptcy of the organization. Hamburg tycoon Jurgen Wollney saved the Cologne ship form sinking on the Rhine river at the last possible moment, but not before losing top players Immanuel Mcelroy, Alexsander Nadjfeji, and Toby Bailey. Even though the team was significantly weaker without the trio, the team played with a lot of heart and spirit nearly making the playoffs finishing in tenth place with 16 wins and 18 loses.
It was a busy summer for Cologne management as 12 new players arrived and only three players returned. Also successful coach Sascha Obradovic left for Khimki Moscow and was replaced with his mentor Drasko Prodanoviz, who had the role as silent head coach the same way Jogi Low did under Jurgen Klinsmann at the World Cup 2006. Prodanoviz had been making the tactics the last years, so nothing has really changed for Cologne. 2008 rookie of the year German Phillip Schwethelm returns, who was forced into more minutes as the financial crisis came. He made the most of his chance averaging 6,6 points, 2,1 rebounds and 1 assist per game. He even played 40 minutes sometimes thus giving him valuable experience as well as more self confidence. German 19 year old Davis Martens also returns looking for more playing time. Big Man Tibor Pless, who was injured for an extensive period of time last season, still looks to make big strides as a consistent BBL center this season.
On the guard position, Cologne picked many valuable players including American Jermey Hunt, who showed his scoring qualities in the one point loss to Dsseldorf last weekend with 17 points. He played for coach John Calipari at Memphis and last season he averaged 15,6 points, 4,1 rebounds and 4,7 assists per game for the PRO B team Kaiserslautern. Big talent Danillo Smigic of Slovenia is a pure point guard. Serb Stefan Nikolic is only 21, but has gained valuable experience playing in Bulgaria and Russia. 24 year old Zarryon Fereti has the Australian and Samoan Nationality. He is a quick and intelligent player, who is a BBL rookie that averaged 13,8 points, 4,1 rebounds and 2,3 assists per game for ST Bonaventure college last season. Slovenian Jasmin Catovic is another scoring guard who averaged 17,6 points, 1,5 rebounds, 2,3 assists and 1,5 steals per game at Potezela last season.
American Julian Terrell arrives with some expectations at the forward position after winning the Portugal cup with FC Porto. He averaged 11,1 points and 8,5 rebounds per game last season in Portugal. He also played at Vanderbilt college, the Artland Dragons and in the D league for Arkansas. German Raed Mostafa, who also has the Egyptian nationality, is a player, who already won the BBL Cup and league title at the age of 19 with Alba Berlin in 2003. He then went to the United States to play at college at Western Kentucky. Last season was his first in Holland for Horsens where he averaged 9,6 points, 3,5 rebounds and 1 assist per game.
The Cologne 99ers seem to be better than average at the center position with two Germans and one American. The most spectacular player is Robert Turner, who played the last three seasons for the worlds most famous Basketball team Harlem Globetrotters. Before that, he played for Pepperdine University in California. 213 m, 119 kilo hulk Bjrn Schoo was signed also and has a special talent for shot blocking and hauling down rebounds. He leads a list of German big men, who have played college Basketball at American Colleges, but have had difficulties developing in the European leagues. Team management is expecting a lot from him and he will be searching for his breakthrough this season. Last week, the team added stability under the hoop by bringing back German Guido Grnheid, who was BBL champ with Cologne in 2006. He played with the German National team at the 2006 World Championships, but was left off the Olympic team in 2008. Last season, he had a respectable season in Holland for Gronnigen averaging 11,1 points, 6,5 rebounds, 1,6 assists and 3, steals per game.
After losing the Cologne series in the 2006-2007 season, THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were able to split the season series last season. Few will forget the dynamic performance of Ken the giant Johnson, who amazed the fans with a stellar performance with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 block shots in the 83 to 64 win at Cologne. The history of the last games will mean nothing this season, because so much change has occurred over the past months with the comings and goings of players. This will not be an easy game for Frankfurt. Frankfurt will be fired up after the thumping by Bonn, but will meet a young and hungry Cologne team, who could give many teams in the BBL a surprise this season. We will have to keep an eye on Jermy Hunt as well as Guido Gruinheid who has experience. They play with a lot of emotion and we cant underestimate any of their players, said coach Murat Didin. However he is confident that his team will register the first victory on the road. We apologize to all the fans. We believe we can win many games this season. We will play with much energy and win in Cologne. On paper, Frankfurt is the stronger team, but Frankfurt will need more than their skills, but also need to combine focus, concentration and more hunger than Cologne.
Frankfurt can score, but the team will also have to find their defense touch from last season. We have to play better defense. We need to have more consecutive stops. If we dont do this and our offense isnt working than we will be penalized, said Sports director Kamil Novak. If the Frankfurt offense gets rolling and guys like Wysocki, Simmons and Allen find their rhythm, then Frankfurt could depart the Energy dome with a wide grin. The biggest problem that Frankfurt could encounter is the unpredictability of Cologne. Frankfurt will need to find a groove quickly and let their confidence level feed off the rhythm. If Roller and Evtimov start to swish bombs, then it could be a long afternoon for the Cologne 99ers. The Cologne 99ers host THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS on Sunday September 28th at 15:00


ProA: Langen inks Jeffers and McCulloch - by Manuel Schust
TV Langen announced the signing of two new centers: american Kyle Jeffers (206-C-85, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Oregon St.) and canadian Jeremy McCulloch (212-C, college: E.Washington) join the giraffes and signed contracts for the upcoming.

Kyle Jeffers spent his first overseas season with ProA club Phoenix Hagen last year and averaged 7.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He had his best game against Kaiserslautern Braves producing 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Jeremy McCulloch is a former member of the Eastern Washington University but did not get a lot of playing time during his college years. After his graduation in 2005 he took a break from playing basketball and worked for the organisation of the International Basketball League. Last season he joined BC Energie Zwickau and averaged 15.1 points in Regionalliga South East.


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News and friendly games - by Kostas Papadopoulos
PAOK brought one more player in order to ink him at its roster: Tony Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) is the one, having already a previous experience from European courts, having played at KK Split last year.
Besides, AEL Larisas is close to agreement with Sammy Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) , who played at Italy last year and at Capo D' Orlando.
Finally, Kolossos Rhodes made one of its biggest agreements in its history, at sponsorship section, after settling a contract with VAP Kougios (a big company at refreshments section in Greece). What should be mentioned is that the name of the team, further on, will be VAP Kolossos.
At friendly games, during the last two days:
Olympiakos - Kolossos 88-82 [Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) 14, Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) 14, Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) 10, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 13, Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 16 - Lance Harris (196-G-84, college: Kansas St.) 10, Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-F-76) 13, Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) 14, Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) 15]
Maccabi Ramat Gan - Olimpia GE Larissa 66-53 [Josh Gomes (190-G-83, college: E.Illinois) 18, Lior Hakmon (200-F-85, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) 12, Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) 24 - Terrell Castle (182-G-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St.) 6, Markos Kolokas (203-F-77) 9, Pantelis Papaioakim (206-C/F-75) 9]
PAOK - Marousi 79-74 [Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) 21, Georgios Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) 17, Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) 12 - Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) 15, Nikolai Padius (197-G-80) 10, Andreas Gliniadakis (215-C-81) 19]


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Elite Sport defeats even SAT Markvision - by Gianni Pascucci
Boosted by Oscar Rivera (186-G-80), who scored 23 points, and by Juan Jose Rosales (181-G-82), who added 17 and was the game MVP, Elite Sport defeated even SAT Markvision, 76-66, keeping the top of the Liga Metro-Clausura, undefeated. The best performer in SAT was Oscar Salguero (196-F-87), who ended the game with 20 points. Bad clouds, however, are hanging over Liga Metropolitana. just before this last game, the league officials tried to suspend from his job Elite Sport coach Walfred Corado, who had denounced over the last weeks the very poor running of the Liga Metro. (would you believe, for example, that no official standings table has been yet released after SEVEN rounds, and no game stats are yet available ?). Corado coached his team and won the game, and it is not over yet, there are rumors that the main Guatemalan teams could leave soon this Liga Metropolitana, founding a brand new league, with not more than 5 or 6 well organized, dynamic clubs. Let's see....

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FEB Team-By-Team Analysis: Upstairs Weert - by Sanders Jackson


Upstairs Weert

2007-08 Record: 17-23 (lost in 1st round FEB playoffs)

Head coach: Olivier van Kampen

Additions: Bart Tooms, Steve Ross, Nick Stapelton, Omni Smith, Hugo Sterk, Bryan White, Marcus Jackson, Yves Rogers

Outlook:

In 2007-08 Upstairs got out to a good start, with an 8-2 start, then the wheels fell off, going into a stretch in which they went between the end of November and early March with a 3-15 record, which they never recovered from. This season Upstairs Weert revamped their roster, bringing in 8 new players, including bringing in Americans with vast European experience.
Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.) is a scorer who should be their go-to-guy. Both Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) and Marcus Jackson (202-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Marquette) should also help in the scoring department. Bart Tooms (211-C-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: NC-Greensboro) will man the middle for Upstairs. Returnees Jeromy Ormskerk (190-G-82) en Niels Vorenhout, along with shooter Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara), formerly of ZZ Leiden, should augment Upstairs' perimeter game.


What Upstairs Weert will need to do in order to compete with the likes of Eclipse Jet/MyGuide and Eiffel Towers is to play more consistent, better shot selection and shooting, and of course playing better defense. Upstairs ranked near the bottom of the FEB league last season with numbers of 42.9% FG and 32.0% 3FG. Upstairs have to be tougher on the glass, being outrebounded by a +5.2 margin. Upstairs will get some surprise wins this season, but the question is, can they maintain a momentum after those quality wins?


Next: ZZ Leiden and Landstede Basketball



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  HUNGARY   


NBA D-League All-Star signed with Kormend - by Tamas Deri
This is Big time for Kormend, that swingman/pf american Corey Minnifield (202-F-81, college: Loyola (LA), Agency: 610 Sports Management) will arrive tomorrow to our country and will spend a short tryout with his new team Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend. The 202 cm tall american player is a very experienced player who spent the past two seasons in the NBA D LEAGUE averaging 17pts per season and he also played in the USBL & Argentina. Minnifield said it's such an honor to play for Kormend he 's heard good things from past cleints of 610 Sports agency players that spoke highly of the organization and Owner Mr. Szabolcs Szabo.

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KJC in semifinals - by Eurobasket News
BANGALORE: The host, Kristu Jayanti College, entered the semifinals of the Bangalore University inter-collegiate basketball tournament for men with a 46-16 victory over Sambhram Academy here on Wednesday.

In another quarterfinal tie, CMIRMS beat Institute of Fashion and Design 35-18.


The results:

Quarterfinals:
CMRIMS bt t Institute of Fashion and Design 3518;

Kristu Jayanti College bt Sambhram Academy 4616.


Pre-quarterfinals: Garden City bt St. Claret 3313;

CMS Jain bt M.S. Ramaiah 2913;

Sambhram Academy bt Acharya Inst of Graduate Studies 108;

Sheshadripuram bt KLE College 3725.

Courtesy of www.hindu.com


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Changes in Imola roster - by Stefano Benny
Aget Imola announced the signing of Isaiah Swann (188-G-85) (188-G-85), who cames in Europe for the first time, after graduating in spring from Florida State. He replaces Loren Stokes (190-G-83, agency: David Lee services, college: Hofstra), who suffered a LCA lesion at his knee and is sidelined for two months. In addition, Imola signed Juan Manuel Fabi (191-G-82, agency: Players Group), last year in Capo d'Orlando. Two days ago, the Argentinian joined the team with Danish forward Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC), returned from international commitments with Team Denmark in Eurobasket Division B.

News and Rumors - by Stefano Pini
Earthquake in italian basketball is continuing. Fausto Maifredi, the president of Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) resigned. He was at the top of the federation since 1999. Before him, a big part of the councillors decided to suspend the collaboration with the federation.

Basket Napoli's players are becoming free agent. Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78, college: Idaho) should reach Cimberio Varese in these days. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) has good market opportunities in Turkey.


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ASK Riga hold off Khimik in Yuzhnyi - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga continued their winning ways at the International friendly tournament in Yuzhnyi. Yesterday they overcame the hosts Khimik for the second straight win. ASK Riga will now look to earn the trophy when they take on Hapoel Galil-Elyon later today.
ASK Riga and Khimik got to a close start to the game as they traded baskets in the opening frame. Khimik were a it more accurate piling up a 20:19 lead. But ASK Riga turned a one-point deficit into a 3-point lead at halftime. They obviously found the right rhythm and took off in the third frame. The Latvian powerhouse outgunned their opponents 29:16 in the third quarter and built a 16-point cushion before the final term. Khimik tried hard in the fourth stanza and managed to cut the distance to minimal but ASK Riga kept cool at the crunch time and pulled away with an 85:80 win. Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) contributed 16 points, while Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) had 15 points for the winners. Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) and Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Khimik.
Hapoel toppled Odessa in another game of the day. So both Hapoel and ASK Riga enjoy a 2-0 record before the final round of the tournament.


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Day 6 of the Summer League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In the 6th day of the Lebanese Summer League, 2 games were scheduled.
The first game joined Feytroun to U18 National Team, Feytroun managed to secure a very important game after trailing most of the time, Feytroun won in the end at the score of 58-55.


Best Scorers:

Feytroun : Ahmad Chbaklo (19pts) , U18 NT :Vincent Khouri (15pts)


In the second game MESM met Champviile who replaced Moutahed , MESM secured its last win of the tournament on the score of 64-55 .


Best Scorers:

MESM: Alexander Prestic (19pts) , Champville: Rami Akiki (21pts)



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Hedo Turkoglu set to explore free agency? - by Eurobasket News
Small forward Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) was the last Magic player to return to Orlando and reunite with teammates after the offseason, arriving Monday night from his native Turkey.

Turk hopes this wont be his last summer with the town and the team he adores.

He said Tuesday that he likely will opt out of his contract after the season to become a free agent, signaling the end of his six-year, $39-million deal with the Magic.

He could play out his final season in 2009-10 at $7.3 million. But he seemingly has gained enough leverage and equity after earning the NBAs most improved player award last season. He turns 30 next March, meaning this is likely his last shot at a lucrative longterm contract.

'It does make sense (to opt out), actually,' Turkoglu said, adding with a laugh, 'Id be one year younger.

'I would love to stay in Orlando. . . .but this is a business. My business is to play my game. If you dont play your game, you cant get a deal anywhere. Hopefully, Orlando will agree and we will sign, but well wait and see. Its hard to tell if Im staying or leaving.'

Magic General Manager Otis Smith said the club 'would like to keep Turk' and expects to have several conversations before the February trade deadline with Lon Babby, Turkoglus agent.

'Its a conversation we have to have as opposed to allowing him to become free,' Smith said. 'We should have a pretty good idea.'

The Magic, who open training camp next Tuesday at RDV Sportsplex, want to get an idea what it will take to re-sign him.

Turkoglu could ask for a contract similar to small forward Corey Maggettes. Maggette signed a free-agent contract worth a reported $50 million for five years this summer with Golden State.

The Magic already have three hefty contracts in place: Rashard Lewis ($116 million over six years), Dwight Howard ($85 million over five years) and Jameer Nelson (about $40 million over five years.)

Asked if the Magic could afford Turkoglu at an average of $10 million a season-- given the punitive luxury tax --- Smith said, 'Anything is doable if you want to remain competitive. Its a matter of how creative we can get as it relates to his contract. Im not sure how the numbers will come in.'

If it appears Turkoglu and the Magic cant agree, the Magic could trade him instead of possibly losing him without compensation.

Turkoglu said he realizes he could be dealt, adding, 'Its not on my hands. Orlando can trade me. Its a business.'

Smith said he feels confident in retaining Turk, in part, because of Babby, saying, 'Lons not unreasonable.' And also because Turk has blossomed as a player since arriving to Orlando, especially in Stan Van Gundys pop-a-shot offense.

'If hes going to decide to opt out. . .hes had his best year with me. And theres a reason for that,' Smith said. 'We fit what Turk does, and we allow him certain freedoms. But like Keyon Dooling, hes going to have to do whats in his best interest.'

Courtesy of http://www.orlandosentinel.com


San Antonio Spurs signs George Hill - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs announced signing of first-round pick George Hill (6'2''-G-86) on Tuesday. Hill spent almost month and a half practicing with the Spurs but he finally got the contract. First two years of Hill's contract are guaranteed. He would make around $1.22 million in the first and $1.31 million in his second year. There is another important thing in the contract, San Antonio has team options the next two years.

George Hill had wonderful last year at IUPUI. He played 32 games for the Jaguars averaging 21.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.3 apg and 1.8 spg. At the end of the season he was named 'All-Summit League Player of the Year -08'. His University was regular season runner-up and later tournament finalist. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 IUPUI reached semifinals on MCC tournament. Second year for George Hill was good as it was the last one. That year he had 18.9 ppg, 6 rpg and 3.6 apg in 29 games. He was later named 'All-MCC 1st Team -06'. Except of the workout with the Spurs, Hill also spent some time with Sacramento and Boston. He was selected as 26th overall pick this past summer but San Antonio didn't have to sign him. Hill played for the Spurs on Las Vegas Summer league.


Spurs Sign Salim Stoudamire - by Bruno Baltazar

The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have signed guard Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona).

Stoudamire, 6-1, 175 lbs., has spent his entire three-year NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks. Last year he appeared in 35 games, averaging 5.7 points in 11.5 minutes. He scored in double figures in nine games including a season-high 18 points vs. Golden State on 2/22. Stoudamire enjoyed his best season in 2005-06 when he played in 61 games, averaging 9.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.3 minutes. For his career, he has appeared in 157 games, averaging 8.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.0 minutes per game.

Originally selected by Atlanta with the 31st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Stoudamire played four seasons at the University of Arizona where he played in 129 games, averaging 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Stoudamire finished his collegiate career in ninth place in NCAA history in career three-point field goal percentage (.458, 342-747) and tied for 18th in career three-point field goals made. As a senior he led the nation in three-point shooting (.504, 120-238) and ranked fourth nationally in free throw percentage (.910, 122-134).



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Maryland Eastern Shore: New head coach, new assistants - by Eurobasket News
Ever since the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Head Mens Basketball Coach Frankie Allen took the helm of the struggling program, he has been making changes. Retaining the services of just one of last years assistant coaches, Shawn 'Redd' Smith, Allen hired three fresh faces to the staff. Joining the Fighting Hawks for the 2008-09 season as assistants coaches are G. Jamal Brown and Mike Blaine with Nicholas Robinson coming on board as the graduate assistant.

'Jamal is an excellent assistant coach,' said Allen. 'He has outstanding people skills, which I think are first and foremost, but he is also a very knowledgeable basketball coach.'

With 10 years experience coaching at the Division I level, Brown brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. His coaching career began at his alma mater South Carolina State University where he was a standout player before becoming assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator from 1997-2003. Brown was responsible for recruiting four South Carolina State Players of the Year. He then moved on to become the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Tennessee State University for two seasons starting in 2003-04 where he worked closely with the teams Academic Advisor in ensuring 80 percent of the team had a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Brown then returned to S.C. State to fill the head coaching roll for the 2006-07 season before joining the UMES team this year.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Marketing and is pursuing his Masters in Sports Administration in 1997.

Blaine was a standout athlete at Johns Hopkins University having been nationally ranked in field goal percentage defense for three straight years. As a competitive player with a team whose four year record was 67-34, he was a part of the monumental win over Navy, the first time in school history.

'Mike is a very detailed person,' said Allen. 'Hes solid in all the basic areas so he can work with both guards and post players.'

Upon graduating from Hopkins, Blaine continued his involvement with basketball by accepting positions as the director of mens basketball operations with James Madison University and then the United States Military Academy. He jumped into coaching by taking on assistant coach responsibilities at Radford University and Hampden-Sydney College before signing on with UMES.

Robinson comes to UMES after having served as the head coach of Team Final, a 14 and under team based out of Philadelphia, Pa. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Magna cum Laude, as a double major, he served as the Director of Operations for Five-Star Basketball where he oversaw camp staffing and coordinated the verification of McDonalds All-American Candidates.

'Nick was someone that was well recommended by the people who run the prestigious five star basketball camp,' said Allen. 'He has a strong work ethic and attention to detail.'

As an assistant coach for Concordia College (Bronxville, N.Y.), Robinson evaluated and recruited potential players and implemented new offensive plays before moving on to an assistant coaching position with American Christian Academy and Prep School (Aston, Pa.) where he amassed a 29-7 record.

This marks Shawn Smiths second year with the Fighting Hawks. A Philadelphia native, he played at Simon Gratz High School, winning a National Championship in both 1991 and 1993 teaming with NBA star Rasheed Wallace.

In college, Smith played at LaSalle University where he averaged 10 points and six assists per game while tallying almost two steals per contest.

'Ive never in the past kept someone when I took over a program, said Allen speaking of Smiths return. He interacts well with the players. And in terms of working with our point guards, I dont think I could have found a better coach if I had searched far and wide.'

Allen and his new staff will show off their new team when the Hawks host 'Hawk Hysteria' a kick-off to the upcoming season on October 17, 2008.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Jayhawks receive championship rings - by Eurobasket News
Current and former Kansas men's basketball greats were part of the family-like celebration the as the 2007-08 Kansas men's basketball team received their 2008 NCAA national championship rings in a private ceremony here Friday.

Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush and Darnell Jackson - three of the five NBA Draft selections from the 2007-08 team - were there along with KU grads and NBA veterans Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich and Jacque Vaughn. Former Jayhawks Wayne Simien, Nick Bradford and Terry Nooner, along with KU alums and current staff members Danny Manning, Brett Ballard and Jeremy Case, also attended the function.

'It was a pretty good evening that was special for our guys,' Kansas head coach Bill Self said of the ceremony which had a capacity crowd of approximately 100 in the Naismith Room at Allen Fieldhouse. 'It was a very appreciative group of people tonight that were able to get their rings.'

'We didn't ask a lot of ex-players, not out of disrespect, it was because we didn't have the room,' Self said. 'We wanted to get some guys back that were recent enough that our current players could identify with.'

All but three of the 17-member 2007-08 roster was present. Guard Russell Robinson and center Sasha Kaun are currently playing professionally overseas and forward Darrell Arthur had team commitments with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Coaches, managers, trainers and KU administrators also received national championship rings during the ceremony. The former players were each presented with a piece of the Allen Fieldhouse floor. Jackson, one of five seniors on the 2008 squad, presented Self with his national championship ring.

During the dinner portion of the evening the group watched the second half of the national championship victory against Memphis and was also treated to highlight videos of the rich tradition that is Kansas basketball.

The 2007-08 men's basketball Jayhawks will also be recognized during Saturday's Sam Houston State at Kansas football game, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. (Central) from Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium.

Courtesy of www.onlyfans.com


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Vermont Frost Heaves tryouts ahead - by Eurobasket News
The Vermont Frost Heaves will hold their 2008 Vermont open tryout camp at Essex High School on Saturday and Sunday.

The Heaves, who are switching to the Premier Basketball League after winning the American Basketball Association championship the last two years, expect a major overhaul in their roster as a majority of the team's players are moving on, according to general manager Michael Healey.

Healey said about a dozen players have pre-registered for the two-day camp. He said Drew Coppenrath, who played at St. Johnsbury Academy and the University of Southern Maine, and Anthony Williams, who starred at Plattsburgh State, are among the local players who have paid deposits.

Healey said he expects more people to pre-register and others to show up for the camp.

'Manchester, N.H., had 90 guys try out last weekend and I expect some of them will come up,' Healey said. 'We continue to get calls.'

Healey said head coach Will Voigt has been making phone calls in an effort to drum up interest.

'It's always one of those last-minute things,' Healey said about people deciding to come.

Early registration costs $100 and is available until Friday on the Frost Heaves' Web site, www.vermontfrostheaves.com, or by mail (4049 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403).

Registration will also be held Saturday at Essex from 8 to 9 a.m., with a fee of $125.

The training camp schedule is:

Saturday: Practice, 9 a.m. to noon; lunch, noon to 1 p.m.; games, 1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Games, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The public is invited to watch the event.

Courtesy of http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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Blue eagles go for glory - by Eurobasket News
Ateneo guns for the title when it takes on bitter rival De La Salle in Game 2 of their title series in the 71st University Athletic Association of the Philippines men's basketball tournament Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The fourth Ateneo-La Salle encounter this season is set at 4 p.m. right after the presentation of individual awards scheduled at 2:30.
The Blue Eagles are holding an impressive 3-0 advantage against the Green Archers, highlighted by their 69-61 series opener victory on Sunday.

We are one win away. La Salle is capable of coming out strong but were ready. We want to win this championship, said Ateneo coach Norman Black, seeking his first collegiate title.

Actually, celebrations began on Tuesday when Ateneo dominated the individual awards including the coveted Most Valuable Player in Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Rookie of the Year in Ryan Buenafe.

The 6-foot-7 center was also named the Most Improved Player and a member of the Mythical Selection while Nonoy Baclao took the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Skipper Chris Tiu, playing on his final year with Ateneo, was a member of the Mythical Selection for the second-straight time together with last years MVP Jervy Cruz of University of Santo Tomas, and Jayvee Casio and Rico Maierhofer of La Salle.

Definitely, theyll be even more inspired. But our focus right now is to win the championship. We need to keep our composure to finish our business, stressed Black.

Tiu is expected to bounce back after a poor showing in Game 1 while Al-Hussaini, Buenafe and Baclao are expected to put up another sterling performances to end their six-year title drought.

La Salle, on the other hand, is raring to even the series and keep its title retention bid alive.

Well be different this time. Im confident that we can still bounce back, said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

Courtesy of http://www.manilatimes.net


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New Blood in FISICA - by Nuno Vieira

Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras sign 2 new americans for the season 2008-2009

Power Foward Joey Harrell (204-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) player that played in New Zeland with John Whorton former Porto player, and he avg 15P 8R 1Blk and 2 ast
The Power Forward have played in NC - Asheville, 7P 6R per game.

For the Small Forward position, Jason Davis (193-G/F-85, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: Sacramento St.)

Jason is a scorer that played from Sacramento St. and in his first Pro Experience in the WBA, had 17P per game and was one of the best defensive players.


With this players Coach Tavares hope to bring points and rebounds to the team.

In a couple of days a Center may arrive to the club.

Like that the team will be close.



Nuno Perdigao in CAB - by Bruno Baltazar
Nuno Perdigao (194-G-78) ,30,guard,1,94mjust signed with CAB Madeira.
A good shooter,can play at PG and as a SG , last season played for Vagos and in 17 games: 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3PT-1(46.5%), FT: 77.0%
A very experienced player ,already played for Ovarense before winning 2 national titles, Belenenses and Porto.
A good adiction to the Madeirense team that will try to do a good champ.


New US players in FISICA - by Nuno Vieira


New US players in FISICA - by Nuno Vieira


Calvin Brown goes back home - by Bruno Baltazar
Calvin Brown (206-C-83, agency: Court Side, college: Norfolk St.) the powerfull american center ,25 years old ,2.06m of FC Barreirense will go back to USA ,home .
The american center that played in the Eurobasket summer league,Mexico,Sweden and NCAA before ,already departed to USA earlier today.
He was with FC Barreirense the last weeks but did not served the interests of the team.
Now they will look to replace him in the next days/hours.
The market is moving fast because this Friday the official competition starts with Antonio Pratas trophy for both Proliga and LPB.


Emanuel out of CAB - by Portugal Eurobasket
Emanuel Ferreira (200-F-86) won't play in CAB Madeira this season as he entered college in Beira Interior, long distance from Funchal. Therefore, CAB Madeira will have a 10-man roster with the addictions Mario Goncalves, Nuno Perdigao, David Gomes, Bobby Madison, Jacob Chrisman and Jason Davis and Francisco Fernandes, Joao Vieira, Pedro Freitas and Mario Jorge who continue in the club. The Madeira island club will start their campaign in Antonio Pratas trophy battling Belenenses, Benfica and Barreirense in the South zone.

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Virgil Stanescu joins CSK VVS Samara - by Interperformances
Romanian 70 center Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) have signed a deal with the Russian A Superleague team CSK VVS Samara.
Virgil is currently one of the members of the Romanian National team and has already played in Russia in the last three seasons. He played first for Spartak St.Petersburg in the 2005-06 season, then for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in the 2006-07 and finally with Unics Kazan, the second best Russian Club, in the last season.


Triumph and Ural play first games in Bandirma - by Eurobasket News
Russian teams Triumph Lyubertsy and Ural Great Perm opened international tournament in Bandirma (Turkey) registering defeat and victory.

Triumph Lyubertsy met Banvit in the first game loosing it 72-77. Russian team had pretty good beginning grabbing plus 4 after ten minutes but than Joe Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) and his teammates woke up. They created 15-22 in the second frame having 3-point lead at the half time. Triumph was in the game until the last minute and a half, when Banvit sealed its victory finishing last stanza 14-17. Joe Crispin was the best player of this game scoring 24 points. The good thing for Triumph is that new NBA acquisition Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) played the first game for his new team nailing 14 points. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia) scored 11 points while Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79), Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) and Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) posted 9 points apiece. In the next game Triumph will take on Kyiv.

In Group B, Ural Great Perm registered tight victory against Antalya 85-83. First frame totally belonged to Russians 31-19 while during the next ten minutes Antalya responded with 10-23. Ural succeeded to recover from this shock and to take back 5-point lead before the last frame. In dramatic finish Ural's players were more concentrated, what was enough for the first win on tournament in Bandirma. Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) and Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) paced Ural to win draining 19 points each. Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) and Sergey Chernov (185-G-86) followed with 12 points apiece. Homyakov had 11 while Roman Khamitov (199-F-84) posted 10 points. Turkish team got 20 points from Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence) stopped on 15 points. Ural's next rival will be Besiktas Cola Turka.


Jazvin in Vladivostok, Russia gets at least two teams for Euroleague 09/10 - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Primorie Vladivostok inked Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) on a one-year deal. Jazvin spent last season in Greek Costa Cafe Marousi averaging 5.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 21 games in A1 league. His team was so close to book a spot for Euroleague as it had 2-0 against Panionios but at the end Panionios grabbed it making 3 consecutive wins. Except of A1 legaue, Jazvin also appeared 2 times in FIBA EuroCup. His averaged digits were 9.5 ppg, 3 rpg and 1 spg. Jazvin played for Bosnian National Team this summer on EuroBasket 2009 qualifications. His Bosnia didn't succeed to reach the first place in Group D thus it will try to book a ticket for Poland through Additional Qualification Round. Ermin Jazvin played six games for his country averaging 5.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Before Marousi Athens, Jazvin played for Polpak Swecie and EnBW Ludwigsburg. He grew up as a player in Bosna Sarajevo. His best achievement so for is the title of Bosnian and Herzegovina. He grabbed it as a 19-year old player with Bosna Sarajevo.

At the official assembly of ULEB, which was held yesterday in Paris, it is decided that Russia will have at least two represents in Euroleague 2009/10. If Euroleague enlarge number of teams, there is a possibility that another Russian team get a chance to participate in European elite competition. Third one will have to get through the qualification stage.


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Crvena Zvezda lands Milan Milosevic - by Zoran Popovic
KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd signed sixth aquisition for this season. Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) is new member of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Milosevic came yesterday on trial period, but after couple of practice management of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd and head coach Svetislav Pesic recognized his qualities and decided to sign contract with him immediatly. Milan Milosevic started career in Hercegovac Bileca and played for them from 2003 till 2005. After Hercegovac Bileca, Milosevic played three seasons for Sloboda Dita. Milan Milosevic is member of Bosnian National team and durign the qualifications average scored 1.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.4 assistants per game

FMP beats Borac, Hemofarm STADA in Zagreb - by Dragan Jankovski
FMP Zeleznik and its second team, which competes in Serbian A1 league, Borac Cacak played a friendly game. FMP had better first ten minutes finishing it 22-16. The team from Cacak, led by FMP's ex player Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84), showed slightly better performance in the second quarter 14-18. FMP had to work very hard until the end in order to beat Borac. Third quarter ended 27-23 while the next one was 24-20. The hosts took this one but for sure they expected much easier win than 87-77. Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) was the best scorer for the winning team with 24 points. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) was behind him with 19 points. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) stopped on 11 points. Ex player of FMP Ivan Zigeranovic was the best in Borac with 19 points. Milovan Maric (196-G/F-86) followed with 16 while Stefanovic had one point less.
On Friday, FMP goes in Sarajevo for memorial tournament 'Mirza Delibasic'. In the first game FMP will meet Croatian Split. Other two participants are Bosna ASA BHT and Pecz.

Meanwhile, Hemofarm STADA went to Zagreb for 'Cedevita Cup'. Today at 18h it will take on Slovenian team Krka Novo Mesto. In the other game the host Cedevita will play against Bosnian champion Bosna ASA BHT.


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Gomis to Unicaja and Larry Bird Loves Rudy - by Paul Nilsen

Unicaja have moved swiftly to cover for home-grown star Bernardo Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) who will be out for up to three months after sustaining an injury to the ligaments in his left ankle. After news that this injury requires surgery, the Malaga club have drafted in the offensive firepower of Frenchman Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) who spent last year in the ACB with Valladolid - his sixth in a row in the top flight. While he ended up being relegated to LEB, Gomis was the star of the team and is an attractive pick up for Unicaja as they look to improve on last seasons disappointing eight spot. Gomis is small but lightening quick and can score with ease - something he has shown regularly, averaging 18 points per game last year.

Gomis signs for 2008/09 with the club having an option to extend the deal for a further season if they wish. The arrival of Gomis will also provide cover for another injured player Alfonso Sanchez.


Indiana Pacers chief Larry Bird meanwhile has admitted he would love to have Rudy Fernandez on his roster but has claimed he would never leave the NBA for Europe if he was a player in the current era. Speaking to www.acb-basket.com Bird also claimed that Spanish players will be more in demand after the Olympics.



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New American for SAM Basket Massagno - by Eurobasket News
SAM Basket Massagno announced signing of another American player Jason McGriff (206-C-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: S.Alabama). The team decided to add McGriff on one-month contract, actually until the end of October. Namely, the team's first option on PF/C Rod Flowers (206-C-82, college: Tennessee St.) is still not ready to play but he is expected to be ready for LNB challenge until the end of the next month. Flowers arrived to SAM Basket Massagno during the summer from Austrian powerhouse Allianz Swans Gmunden. Unfortunately, he missed almost the entire season due to injury. Flowers played only three games for Gmunden, both in ULEB Cup and Austrian league.

New American in SAM Basket Massagno Jason McGriff is coming from Mountain State University. He appeared 37 times in NAIA averaging 9.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1 spg. His University succeeded to reach the final of NAIA D1. He transferred to Mountain State from University of South Alabama in 2006. On season 05/06 he added 5.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for South Alabama.

In the meantime, results of draw for National Cup 1/32 finals are announced. LNA teams were not included in this draw. They will join competition at the later stage. All games are scheduled for this week-end, 27th and 28th of September.


Swiss National Cup, 1/32 finals

Dudes Basketball Basel (LR)
BC Arlesheim (LR)

STB Bern Basket (1LN)
BC Olten-Zofingen (1LN)

Opfikon Basket (LR)
Poly-Rapid Zrich Wildcats (LNB)

BC Buchrain-Ebikon (LR)
Luzern Lions (LNB)

BC Alstom Baden (LR)
Infina BC Korac Zrich (LNB)

BC Ksnacht-Erlenbach (LR)
CVJM Frauenfeld (LR)

LK Zug Basket (1LN)
Phoenix Basket Regensdorf (1LN)

BBC Courtepin (LR)
Union Neuchtel Basket (LNB)

Hnibasket Thun (LR)
Villars Basket (LNB)

Bulle Basket (1LN)
La Chaux-de-Fonds Basket (1LN)

Blonay Basket (1LN)
Martigny-Rhne Basket (LNB)

BBC Collombey-Muraz (1LN)
Vevey Riviera Basket (LNB)

Sion Basket (1LN)
Renens Basket (1LN)

RE/MAX Morges Basket (1LN)
Colas Bernex Basket (LNB)

Lions Carouge Basket (LR)
Pages Jaunes Pully Basket (LNB)

BC Epalinges/Palinzard (LR)
Fiat Chne BC (LNB)

BBC Cossonay (1LN)
Etoile Sportive Vernier-Meyrin (LNB)

Echallens BBC (1LN)
Genve Basket Pquis-Seujet (1LN)

Barbengo Basket (LR)
BC dent Della Vecchia-Lugano (1LN)

Breganzona Basket Club (1LN)
Star Gordola (1LN)


Boncourt wins Tournoi de Contern in Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt celebrated the victory at the International Tournament in Contern. They opened the campaign against German ProA league side Langen. The Swiss team jumped to an early lead and enjoyed an 18:10 advantage after the starting period. Langen failed to recover in the second stanza and Boncourt stretched the gap. Boncourt arrived at the long break ahead by 18 points and never looked back in the second half. They piled up a massive 30-point lead at three-quarter time and breezed to a comfortable 89:67 win at the end. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, college: Albany) knocked down 20 points to carry Boncourt to the victory. Reto Schwaiger (190-G/F-87) added 20 points, while Pierre Michel Valmera had 16 points in the win. Ryan Lancaster (193-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Holy Family) and Robin Benzing (208-F-89, college: Michigan) answered with 14 points apiece in defeat.
Boncourt entered the Final where they took on another German ProA side Kaiserslautern. The teams kept it close throughout the regulation and Jeff Fahnbulleh (200-C-85) managed to send the game into overtime at the buzzer. There Boncourt prevailed 100:93 and claimed the title.
Meanwhile BBC Monthey secured a 67:61 win over the Geneva Devils. Ricky Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan) knocked down 22 points for Monthey. Johnson added 18 points for the winners. Pavel Novotny (204-F-79, agency: PPGroup) and Rashard Lee (198-F-77, college: Tennessee) answered with 11 points each for the Devils.


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Hedo Turkoglu set to explore free agency? - by Eurobasket News
Small forward Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) was the last Magic player to return to Orlando and reunite with teammates after the offseason, arriving Monday night from his native Turkey.

Turk hopes this wont be his last summer with the town and the team he adores.

He said Tuesday that he likely will opt out of his contract after the season to become a free agent, signaling the end of his six-year, $39-million deal with the Magic.

He could play out his final season in 2009-10 at $7.3 million. But he seemingly has gained enough leverage and equity after earning the NBAs most improved player award last season. He turns 30 next March, meaning this is likely his last shot at a lucrative longterm contract.

'It does make sense (to opt out), actually,' Turkoglu said, adding with a laugh, 'Id be one year younger.

'I would love to stay in Orlando. . . .but this is a business. My business is to play my game. If you dont play your game, you cant get a deal anywhere. Hopefully, Orlando will agree and we will sign, but well wait and see. Its hard to tell if Im staying or leaving.'

Magic General Manager Otis Smith said the club 'would like to keep Turk' and expects to have several conversations before the February trade deadline with Lon Babby, Turkoglus agent.

'Its a conversation we have to have as opposed to allowing him to become free,' Smith said. 'We should have a pretty good idea.'

The Magic, who open training camp next Tuesday at RDV Sportsplex, want to get an idea what it will take to re-sign him.

Turkoglu could ask for a contract similar to small forward Corey Maggettes. Maggette signed a free-agent contract worth a reported $50 million for five years this summer with Golden State.

The Magic already have three hefty contracts in place: Rashard Lewis ($116 million over six years), Dwight Howard ($85 million over five years) and Jameer Nelson (about $40 million over five years.)

Asked if the Magic could afford Turkoglu at an average of $10 million a season-- given the punitive luxury tax --- Smith said, 'Anything is doable if you want to remain competitive. Its a matter of how creative we can get as it relates to his contract. Im not sure how the numbers will come in.'

If it appears Turkoglu and the Magic cant agree, the Magic could trade him instead of possibly losing him without compensation.

Turkoglu said he realizes he could be dealt, adding, 'Its not on my hands. Orlando can trade me. Its a business.'

Smith said he feels confident in retaining Turk, in part, because of Babby, saying, 'Lons not unreasonable.' And also because Turk has blossomed as a player since arriving to Orlando, especially in Stan Van Gundys pop-a-shot offense.

'If hes going to decide to opt out. . .hes had his best year with me. And theres a reason for that,' Smith said. 'We fit what Turk does, and we allow him certain freedoms. But like Keyon Dooling, hes going to have to do whats in his best interest.'

Courtesy of http://www.orlandosentinel.com


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Basketball Clinic Today at Central High - by David Edole
Executive Director of Basketball Travelers, Nels Hawkinson, who operates the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournaments on St. Thomas for the past nine years, will be hosting a basketball clinic this Wednesday on St. Croix. The clinic will be held at the Ronald Charles Gymnasium (Central High) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Also on St. Croix will be a basketball legend and former San Antonio Spurs' big man Artis Gilmore. Gilmore has been a motivational speaker since retiring from the NBA. He will be giving words of encouragement to the kids at Juanita Gardine this week.
This is not the first time the 7-2 center has been to the Virgin Islands, as a junior in college he led Jacksonville to their 13th consecutive victor with a win over University of the Virgin Islands, 114-66, on January 16, 1970. Rex Morgan led JU with 32 points.

MORE ON GILMORE BELOW
A two-time All-America honoree in 1969-70 and 1970-71, Gilmore led the nation in rebounding both seasons and helped the Dolphins to an NCAA Finals appearance in 1970. He finished his career with 1,312 points (24.3 average) and 1,224 rebounds (22.7).
Along with his many accolades, Gilmore is also the NCAA career record holder with 22.7 rebounds per game. He still holds eight JU single-season or career records. Additionally, Gilmore was listed 38th on the Street & Smith's 100 Greatest College Basketball Players.
Gilmore was named 1971 Consensus National 'Player of the Year' and earned All-America honors as a senior after leading the nation in rebounding (603, 23.2 rpg) and ranking sixth in scoring (570, 21.9 ppg). As a junior, he was first in the nation with a 22.2 rebounding average and 10th with a .580 field goal percentage to lead the Dolphins to a program-best 27-2 record and a berth in the NCAA National Championship game against UCLA.
Prior to JU, he was a two-year letterwinner at Gardner-Webb Junior College (now know as Gardner-Webb University in the Atlantic Sun Conference). His performances earned National Junior College Athletic Association honors in two seasons with the Bulldogs by grabbing 1,150 rebounds. He has his #53 jersey retired at both Jacksonville University and Gardner-Webb University.
After his time in a Dolphin uniform, Gilmore enjoyed an 18-year career with the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the first selection of the 1971 ABA draft by the Kentucky Colonels. In the same year, he was named ABA's MVP and 'Rookie of the Year' with the Colonels in 1971.
Gilmore helped the Colonels win the 1975 ABA Championships. He still holds the ABA single-single blocked shots record with 422 while also holding the ABA all-time honors for rebounds per game with 40. Along with this, he won the rebounding crown in four out of the five seasons he played in the league.
In 1975, Gilmore was the top pick by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA re-entry draft. Artis spent 12 seasons in the NBA with Chicago (1976-82, 1987-88), San Antonio (1983-87) and Boston Celtics (1970-72). He was once the career lead in the NBA with a .599 field-goal percentage. Gilmore is currently the third-highest shot blocker in professional basketball history with 3,178 swats and is the fourth-highest in rebounds with 16,330.
Gilmore is considered the game's career top left-handed scorer with 24,941 points, which ranks 14th all-time in professional basketball history. His stardom was well known as he was an all-star in 11 out of 17 professionals. The lone missing piece of the puzzle, Gilmore's name appears top on ESPN's list of 'Players Missing from the Hall of Fame.'


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ASK Riga hold off Khimik in Yuzhnyi - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga continued their winning ways at the International friendly tournament in Yuzhnyi. Yesterday they overcame the hosts Khimik for the second straight win. ASK Riga will now look to earn the trophy when they take on Hapoel Galil-Elyon later today.
ASK Riga and Khimik got to a close start to the game as they traded baskets in the opening frame. Khimik were a it more accurate piling up a 20:19 lead. But ASK Riga turned a one-point deficit into a 3-point lead at halftime. They obviously found the right rhythm and took off in the third frame. The Latvian powerhouse outgunned their opponents 29:16 in the third quarter and built a 16-point cushion before the final term. Khimik tried hard in the fourth stanza and managed to cut the distance to minimal but ASK Riga kept cool at the crunch time and pulled away with an 85:80 win. Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) contributed 16 points, while Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) had 15 points for the winners. Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) and Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Khimik.
Hapoel toppled Odessa in another game of the day. So both Hapoel and ASK Riga enjoy a 2-0 record before the final round of the tournament.


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Heat Complete Roster - by George Manousidis
Guildford Heat completed their new-look roster for the 2008-2009 season by signing three young players of considerable potential: British passport-holders Tomas Politi and Peter Knight, and Oskar Ociepa from Poland.

Born October 12, 1989, local lad Tomas Politi, a 6'1' point guard, who formerly played for the Woking Blackhawks, is the son of Tucuman-native, Julio Politi, who won a bronze medal in the Under 19 World Championships with Argentina and who was a major star of British basketball in the 1980s and 1990s.

Twenty-three year old, 6'7', New Zealand-born Peter Knight is a product of South Nottingham College, which runs one of the most respected basketball programmes in the UK. Peter played for the college team, the Wildcats, for four seasons (2002- 2006).

Completing the trio is Oskar Ociepa, who, like Tomas Politi, is moving up to the BBL from Wessex League powerhouse the Woking Blackhawks. Oskar, a Polish national, stands 6'4' tall and weighs in at fourteen stone.

Commenting on the three signings, Heat's head coach, Paul James, said: 'The addition of these three young hungry players is great for team chemistry. These players are hard working and have a good understanding of the game at the level they have been playing at. Given time and experience, I'm sure they will be able to improve significantly to help contribute to the Heat cause this season'.

Guildford Heat's next home game, the first BBL home fixture of the season, will be against the Milton Keynes Lions at Spectrum on Saturday, October 4, tip-off 7.00 pm.


Guildford retain Cup Winners' Cup title - by Eurobasket News
The Guildford Heat overcame the Milton Keynes Lions to secure the Cup Winners' Cup title. The teams clashed at the Bletchley Leisure Centre. It was the battle between BBL Trophy champions and Cup champions and it went in favor of the Heat.
The Lions opened the game aggressively and secured a 7:0 lead early on. The Lions continued to dominate as they piled up an 18:9 lead at the end of the period. However the Lions defense went loose in the second term as Guildford accounted for 29 points. Keonta Howell (193-G-85, college: Toledo) dropped 13 points in the quarter and the Heat built a 38:31 advantage at the interval. The situation changed in the third frame with the Lions still struggling offensively but mending their defense. Guildford outscored their opponents 13:11 to enjoy a 9-point advantage before the fourth term. The Lions trimmed the deficit to 6 points in the final stanza but the Heat ran away. Keonta Howell came up with a key three-pointer and Guildford secured a 68:60 victory at the end. Thus the Heat sealed a 159:149 win on aggregate.
Keonta Howell led the Heat with 18 points and 11 boards. Brad Jones (185-G-85) added 16 points and 9 assists, while Michael Martin (200-F-74) dropped 14 points in the win. Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) and Michael New (206-F/C-68, college: N.Mexico St.) had 10 points apiece in defeat.


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  URUGUAY   


Bigua beat Trouville 89-87 - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, the last champions, won its third game on a row beating Trouville 89-87 for the 9th round, with 27 points by Martin Osimani. The results and import players were as follows:
Bigua 89 -Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 19 points and 14 rebounds,Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) 10 and 9
Trouville 87 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 43 and and 2, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 17 and 5
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Cordon 88 - Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 23 and 12, Stan Blackmon (198-F-78, college: UALR) 28 and 2
Paysandu - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 18 and 7, Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 5 and 7
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Olimpia 79 - Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 17 and 11, Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 14 and 14
Sayago 46 - Charles Burgess (188-G) 13 and 6, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 0 and 7
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Defensor 95 - Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 27 and 21, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 23 and 2
Welcome 81 - JR Morris (196-G-82, college: Seton Hall) 37 and 3, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 4 and 3


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


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LNB 2008 - Week 5: Duros ends first half at the top with a sweep, the rest split series - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara ended the first half of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's regular season calendar at the top of the standings with an 11-3 record, as they swept Centauros de Cojedes (5-9) at home. In a clash between championship title candidates, Caciques de Trujillo (9-5) and Graneros de Portuguesa (10-4) split their series in Valera. The same happened between Centauros de Apure (7-7) and Tiburones de Vargas (5-9) in Biruaca and between Petroleros de Falcon (5-9) and Estudiantes de Guarico (4-10) in Punto Fijo.



SCOREBOARDS

Duros de Lara 88 - Centauros de Cojedes 81 (Sat)
Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 23-24-24-17= 88

COJ: 18-23-21-19= 81

Scorers
DUR: Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 16 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 11 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 11 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 11 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 9 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 9 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 7 points, Tim Parham (206-F-83) 6 points, Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) 3 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 3 points, Gerardo Chourio (193-F-87) 2 points, Boris Urbina (195-G/F-84) 0 points

COJ: Roberto Basanta (192-F) 20 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 15 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 15 points, Wilmer Luna (176-G-83) 7 points, Jose Manaure 6 points, Elides Pereira 5 points, Hendrick Rios (192-G) 5 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 5 points, Luis Fernando Hurtado (204-F-86) 2 points, Luis Ibarra 1 point, Jose Orozco (177-G-90) 0 points

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Duros de Lara 73 - Centauros de Cojedes 63 (Sun)

Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 15-19-16-23= 73

COJ: 17-12-25-9= 63


Scorers
DUR: Jesus Centeno 15 points, Francisco Sanabria 12 points, Heissler Guillent 12 points, Francisco Centeno 12 points, Carlos Quintero 9 points, Jackson Zapata 7 points, Tim Parham 4 points, Derson Santos 2 points, Graddy Osorio 0 points, Boris Urbina 0 points, Gerardo Chourio 0 points, Kenji Urdaneta 0 points

COJ: Roberto Basanta 18 points, Wilmer Luna 14 points, Ruben Pachano 12 points, Elides Pereira 11 points, Henry Caten 5 points, Jose Manaure 2 points, Hendrick Rios 1 point, Luis Ibarra 0 points, Luis Fernando Hurtado 0 points, Jose Orozco 0 points, Darwin Jaramillo 0 points



Caciques de Trujillo 98 - Graneros de Portuguesa 94 (Sat)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
CAC: 22-16-33-27= 98

GRA: 25-24-28-17= 94



Scorers
CAC: Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 22 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 15 points, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 15 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 14 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 10 points

GRA: Henry Paez (184-G-70) 26 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 12 points, John Jackson (201-F-74) 12 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 11 points



Graneros de Portuguesa 89 - Caciques de Trujillo 86 (Sun)
Villa Deportiva Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
CAC: Askia Jones 25 points, Manuel Berroteran 14 points, Edgar Arteaga 10 points, Michael Flores 9 points

GRA: Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 18 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 17 points, Henry Paez 17 points



Estudiantes de Guarico 80 - Petroleros de Falcon 78 (Sat)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
PET: 17-11-20-22= 78

EST: 19-17-23-21= 80


Scorers
PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 17 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 11 points

EST: Raul Orta (196-G-85) 21 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 11 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 10 points



Petroleros de Falcon 77 - Estudiantes de Guarico 72 (Sun)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
PET: 13-23-18-23= 77

EST: 19-17-18-18= 72


Scorers
PET: Andrew Hunter (201-F-79) 21 points, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 15 points, Gregory Vargas 14 points

EST: Jose Martinez 16 points, Alejandro Omana (188-G-86) 11 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 11 points, Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 11 points



Centauros de Apure 92 - Tiburones de Vargas 80 (Sat)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
APU: 27-25-18-22= 92

TIB: 19-27-21-13= 80


Scorers
APU: Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 21 points, Nathan Green (203-F-75) 16 points

TIB: Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 14 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 10 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 9 points



Tiburones de Vargas 85 - Centauros de Apure 82 (Sun)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
APU: 18-25-22-17= 82

TIB: 29-14-18-24= 85



Scorers
APU: Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 12 points, Nathan Green 12 points

TIB: Peter Kvietek 17 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 14 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 12 points, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 11 points, Kyle Cuffe 10 points





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Bendigo Spirit ink new players - by Eurobasket News
The Bendigo Bank Spirit have confirmed the addition of two more local players to the squad for the 2008-09 WNBL season which tips off at the start of October.

Forward Jaclyn Smith and guard Sarah Strange have been training with the squad throughout the pre-season.

The Spirit squad is now 13 players, 11 of whom were either born or played their junior basketball in regional Victoria.

Both Smith and Strange have been members of the successful Bendigo Lady Braves SEABL program for several years and will use their involvement with the Spirit to continue their development.

Head Coach Bernie Harrower said it was fantastic to be able to offer players like Jaclyn and Sarah the opportunity to be involved in a national league program.

This is why the Spirit program is so important. It provides a pathway for players from regional Victoria to be able to be part of a WNBL team without having to move interstate or to Melbourne, Harrower said.

Jac has come off her best SEABL season and I think this opportunity will add to that development and make a strong contribution to the Spirit squad.

She is a versatile player, particularly because she has good guard type skills on offence and is also able to defend bigger players.

Smiths older sister Deanna is also a WNBL player and will suit up for Perth this year.

Sarah had an excellent junior career in Bendigo and shows all the signs of developing into a very good senior player, Harrower said.

Realistically, this is a development opportunity for Sarah and her next step will be to establish herself as a good SEABL player.

Harrower said that the involvement of Jac and Sarah would result in similar development to Jane Chalmers and Anna Teague who were in the Spirit squad last year and then followed up with strong SEABL seasons in 2008.


The official 2008-09 Bendigo Bank Spirit squad is:

Gabe Richards, Anna Teague, Sarah Strange, Jaclyn Smith, Lauren King, Hanna Zavecz, Eleanor Haring, Jasmine Finnigan, Jane Chalmers, Dee Butler, Kelly Wilson, Andrea Wilson, Louise Mclean.

By Spirit Media


Bevilaqua and Jackson finish WNBA season - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks celebrated a 71:64 win in the third decisive game against the Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) 's Seattle Storm and advanced to the Western conference finals. Candace Parker came up with another sensational performance of 20 points to lead the Sparks to the win at the Key Arena. The Sparks led throughout the encounter and enjoyed a 10-point advantage with less than 6 minutes left. However Lisa Leslie was fouled out and Seattle went on a 7:0 run to cut the deficit. Marie Ferdinand converted two free throws and then Johnson and Candace Parker added four more free throws to pace the Sparks to the victory. Lisa Leslie secured 15 points and 7 rebounds for Los Angeles. Marie Ferdinand had 12 points in the win. Tanisha Wright answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Seattle. Camille Little dropped 17 points in the loss. The Los Angeles Sparks will take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at home in the Western conference finals opener on Thursday. The teams exchanged home wins in the regular season.
Meanwhile Detroit sealed their Eastern conference finals appearance as they stormed past Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72)'s Indiana in the third game.The Shock loss to the Fever in the second game of the series came as a surprise and they were eager to prove it. The hosts quite succeeded in it. They went on a 12:0 run to open the game and rolled to a massive 30:7 lead after the starting frame. Deanna Nolan and Tay McWilliams paced the home team to an unassailable 49:19 lead at the interval. The Fever had a chance to save the game went opened the third quarter on a 22:5 rally to shave the deficit but Detroit quickly came back to life and breezed to the win at the end. Deanna Nolan had 21 points for Detroit. Katie Smith knocked down 15 points, while Kara Braxton delivered 12 in the win. Tammy Sutton-Brown answered with 20 points for Indiana. Tamika Catchings added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat. Tully Bevilaqua ended up with 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 rebound. Detroit will now face New York in the conference finals.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Santos is out of the semis - by Eurobasket News

Kelly Santos (192-C-79) could not qualify to the semifinals of WNBA as her team lost the game last night. The Los Angeles Sparks celebrated a 71:64 win in the third decisive game against the Seattle Storm and advanced to the Western conference finals. Candace Parker came up with another sensational performance of 20 points to lead the Sparks to the win at the Key Arena. The Sparks led throughout the encounter and enjoyed a 10-point advantage with less than 6 minutes left. However Lisa Leslie was fouled out and Seattle went on a 7:0 run to cut the deficit. Marie Ferdinand converted two free throws and then Johnson and Candace Parker added four more free throws to pace the Sparks to the victory. Lisa Leslie secured 15 points and 7 rebounds for Los Angeles. Marie Ferdinand had 12 points in the win. Tanisha Wright answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Seattle. Camille Little dropped 17 points in the loss. The Los Angeles Sparks will take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at home in the Western conference finals opener on Thursday. The teams exchanged home wins in the regular season.
Meanwhile for another semifinal Detroit sealed their Eastern conference finals appearance as they stormed past Indiana in the third game.The Shock loss to the Fever in the second game of the series came as a surprise and they were eager to prove it. The hosts quite succeeded in it. They went on a 12:0 run to open the game and rolled to a massive 30:7 lead after the starting frame. Deanna Nolan and Tay McWilliams paced the home team to an unassailable 49:19 lead at the interval. The Fever had a chance to save the game went opened the third quarter on a 22:5 rally to shave the deficit but Detroit quickly came back to life and breezed to the win at the end. Detroit will now face New York in the conference finals.

Kelly Santos finished the season 2008 with 2.1 points per game. She averaged also 1.3 rebounds per game, 0.2 steals and assists per game.



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  CANADA - Women  


Sutton-Brown ends season 2008 in WNBA - by Eurobasket News
Detroit sealed their Eastern conference finals appearance as they stormed past Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers)'s Indiana in the third game.The Shock loss to the Fever in the second game of the series came as a surprise and they were eager to prove it. The hosts quite succeeded in it. They went on a 12:0 run to open the game and rolled to a massive 30:7 lead after the starting frame. Deanna Nolan and Tay McWilliams paced the home team to an unassailable 49:19 lead at the interval. The Fever had a chance to save the game went opened the third quarter on a 22:5 rally to shave the deficit but Detroit quickly came back to life and breezed to the win at the end. Deanna Nolan had 21 points for Detroit. Katie Smith knocked down 15 points, while Kara Braxton delivered 12 in the win. Tammy Sutton-Brown answered with 20 points for Indiana. Tamika Catchings added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat. Detroit will now face New York in the conference finals.

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  D.R. CONGO - Women  


Ngoyisa could not qualify to the semifinals of WNBA - by Eurobasket News
Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) could not qualify to the semifinals of WNBA as her team lost the game last night. Detroit sealed their Eastern conference finals appearance as they stormed past Indiana in the third game.The Shock loss to the Fever in the second game of the series came as a surprise and they were eager to prove it. The hosts quite succeeded in it. They went on a 12:0 run to open the game and rolled to a massive 30:7 lead after the starting frame. Deanna Nolan and Tay McWilliams paced the home team to an unassailable 49:19 lead at the interval. The Fever had a chance to save the game went opened the third quarter on a 22:5 rally to shave the deficit but Detroit quickly came back to life and breezed to the win at the end. Bernadette Ngoyisa collected 1 rebound for just 2 minutes of the game.Detroit will now face New York in the conference finals.
The Los Angeles Sparks celebrated a 71:64 win in the third decisive game against the Seattle Storm and advanced to the Western conference finals. Candace Parker came up with another sensational performance of 20 points to lead the Sparks to the win at the Key Arena. The Sparks led throughout the encounter and enjoyed a 10-point advantage with less than 6 minutes left. However Lisa Leslie was fouled out and Seattle went on a 7:0 run to cut the deficit. Marie Ferdinand converted two free throws and then Johnson and Candace Parker added four more free throws to pace the Sparks to the victory. Lisa Leslie secured 15 points and 7 rebounds for Los Angeles. Marie Ferdinand had 12 points in the win. Tanisha Wright answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Seattle. Camille Little dropped 17 points in the loss. The Los Angeles Sparks will take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at home in the Western conference finals opener on Thursday. The teams exchanged home wins in the regular season.
Bernadette Ngoyisa finished the season 2008 with 2.7 points per game. She averaged also 1.7 rebounds per game, 0.2 steals, blocks and assists per game.


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  ITALY - Women  


A1 Opening Days in Rome: the schedule - by Carlo Grilli
As usual, all the games scheduled for day-1 will be played in the same venue. This year the PalaTiziano in Rome will host the women basketball carousel, on October 11th and 12th.
The first game of the 2008-2009 season resumed at 3.30 pm on Saturday, October 4th between Viterbo and Como, followed by Pozzuoli Schio (defending champions) at 5.45 pm and Priolo Venezia at 8 pm. On Sunday, October 5th Livorno Ribera (h. 11 am), Sesto San Giovanni Parma (h. 3 pm), Taranto Faenza (h. 5.45 pm) and Umbertide Napoli (h. 8 pm).

By now, every team is training and playing friendly matches and tournaments. The next two preseason tournaments are scheduled in Faenza on September 27th and 28th among Faenza, Umbertide, Parma and Livorno, and on October 4th to 5th in Parma (teams to be determined).

Bad news for Taranto star Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown), who has to undergo a knee surgery after 2008 WNBA campaign with Sacramento Monarchs: shes expected to come back on the court in early 2009.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Hannah Spanich joins ISU - by Eurobasket News
Illinois State head women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton announced Wednesday that Hannah Spanich (6'0''-G) has transferred to Illinois State from New Mexico State and will play for the Redbirds next season. Spanich, a forward, will have to sit out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA transfer eligibility regulations and will join the Redbirds for 2009-10 as a junior.

'Hannah is going to be a great addition to our program,' Pingeton said. 'We are fortunate to add someone to our roster that has already competed at the Division I level for two seasons and understands what it takes to be successful at this level. Hannah has the ability to score in a variety of ways, has a very good understanding of the game and is a competitor.'

Spanich spent the last two seasons at New Mexico State, where she averaged 5.3 points per game (ppg) and 3.7 rebounds per game (rpg) in 61 games. She made an impact right away, as she appeared in 30 games as a freshman and averaged 3.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg. She increased her productivity as a sophomore with 6.8 ppg, which ranked fourth on the team, and 4.2 rpg, which was third-best on the team, over 31 games, including five starts. She was second in the WAC in free throw percentage (.798) and had a string of 24-consecutive free throws at one point of the year. She recorded her first-collegiate double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Utah Valley.

'Coach Pingeton really sold me on the Illinois State program,' Spanich said. 'She has such passion for what they are trying to accomplish with this program and I love that. She really stands for what she believes in. Once I got to know her and learned more about the school, I knew that Illinois State was the place I wanted to be.'

At Victory Christian High School, Spanich was a four-year starter and a four-time team MVP. She received second-team all-state accolades as a sophomore and was a first-team all-state pick as a senior. During her senior year, Spanich averaged 23.9 ppg and 12.3 rpg and was named the National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) Division I Player of the Year. She was also named the Tulsa Metro Player of the Year, the NewsChannel 8 Player of the Year, the Empire Conference Player of the Year and was an Elite 8 selection. She pulled off two remarkable personal performances during that season as well, with a triple-double and a quadruple-double in separate games.

Spanich comes from a very athletically talented family. Three of her siblings played college basketball. Her brothers, Adam and Sam, played at Southern California and Neumann College, respectively; and her sister, Bethany, played at Illinois-Springfield. Another of her brothers, Jason, played soccer at Oral Roberts. Hannah's father, Steve, is the athletic director at Victory Christian.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Nigeria will have a representative in WNBA semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Detroit sealed their Eastern conference finals appearance as they stormed past Indiana in the third game.The Shock loss to the Fever in the second game of the series came as a surprise and they were eager to prove it. The hosts quite succeeded in it. They went on a 12:0 run to open the game and rolled to a massive 30:7 lead after the starting frame. Deanna Nolan and Tay McWilliams paced the home team to an unassailable 49:19 lead at the interval. The Fever had a chance to save the game went opened the third quarter on a 22:5 rally to shave the deficit but Detroit quickly came back to life and breezed to the win at the end. Deanna Nolan had 21 points for Detroit. Katie Smith knocked down 15 points, while Kara Braxton delivered 12 in the win. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) shined with 1 point, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Tammy Sutton-Brown answered with 20 points for Indiana. Tamika Catchings added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat. Detroit will now face New York in the conference finals.

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  RUSSIA - Women  


Elena Danilochkina agrees with CSKA - by Eurobasket News
CSKA got another great reinforcement for the upcoming season. The team agreed terms with Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86), who spent last season in BC Moscow. She appeared 16 times in EuroCup averaging 11.9 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.5 spg. Her team managed to reach the final but not to win it as Beretta Famila Schio was better in two games. Danilochkina also played 22 games in Russian Superleague recording 9.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2 apg and 1.3 spg.
As a member of Dynamo Moscow Region she reached the EuroCup semifinals in 2007 and played on Russian Superleague All-Star Game. That season Danilochkina had 13.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg in domestic championship. She played for Russian on U21 World Championship, which was held last year in Moscow Region. Russia was stopped in semifinals while Danilochkina was one of its best players. In 8 games she averaged 13.8 ppg and 3.9 rpg. A year later she won U20 European Championship with her country. Interesting is that Danilochkina won another two golds with Russia. The first one was in 2002 on U18 EC while two years later her Russia became the winner of U20 EC in Vannes. With this signing CSKA closed its roster for the upcoming season.


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


New player in BBC Troistorrents, schedule of Swiss Cup 1/16 finals - by Eurobasket News
LNA team Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents added another acquisition to its roster for the upcoming season. It is Romanian player Florintina Rusu (190-C-77). Experienced power forward / center spent last season in LNB team Helios Basket. She demonstrated pretty good performance in LNB averaging 12.5 ppg. It was Rusu's third season in LNB. On 05/06 she was a member of Sierre Basket recording 1.4 ppg in LNB. A season before was the best one for Rusu in Switzerland. As a played of Neuchatel she drained 24.6 ppg in LNB.
As a reminder during the summer Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents already agreed terms with Audrey Gattoni (175-F-88). Young Gattoni arrived to BBC Troistorrents from Fribourg Basket. Alexandra Vollmeier (-F) earns promotion from junior to senior team. BBC made success last season reaching the final of Swiss National Cup.

Meanwhile, results of Swiss National Cup 1/32 finals are announced. All games were played last week-end. At the same time SBF released schedule for 1/16 finals, which will be played on October 8th.


Results of 1/32 finals

Bernex Basket (LNB)
Sion Basket (LNB)
76-49

SAM Basket Massagno (LR)
Pallacanestro Bellinzona (LNB)
45-42

BC Ksnacht-Erlenbach (LR)
Falcons Zrich (LR)
32-92

BC KS Mutschellen (LR)
LK Zug Basket (LNB)
44-53

BC Arlesheim (LR)
BC Alstom Baden (LNB)
34-101

BC Mnchenstein (LR)
CVJM Riehen (LNB)
32-94


Schedule for 1/16 finals

Daihatsu SP Muraltese (LNB)
Canti Riva Basket Ceresio (LNA)

SAM Basket Massagno (LR)
Brunnen Basket (LNB)

LK Zug Basket (LNB)
Reussbhl Highflyers (LNB)

Falcons Zrich (LR)
Opfikon Basket (LR)

Greifensee Basket (LNB)
CVJM Frauenfeld (LNB)

BC Seuzach (LNB)
Wallaby Basket (LNB)

SC Uni Basel Basket (LNB)
BC Olten-Zofingen (LNB)

CVJM Riehen (LNB)
BC Alstom Baden (LNB)

Lausanne Ville-Prilly Basket (LNB)
Elfic Fribourg Basket (LNA)

BC Fmina Bern (LNB)
Universit BC Neuchtel (LNA)

Blonay-Vevey (LNB)
Hlios Basket (LNA)

Martigny-Rhne Basket (LNB)
Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents (LNA)

BBC Agaune (LNB)
Sdent Sierre Basket (LNA)

Bernex Basket (LNB)
Esprance Sportive Pully (LNA)

DEL Basket (LNB)
Sdent Nyon Basket Fminin (LNA)

BBC Cossonay (LNB)
Lancy Basket (LNB)


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  WNBA - Women  


Los Angeles and Detroit join finals - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks celebrated a 71:64 win in the third decisive game against the Seattle Storm and advanced to the Western conference finals. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) came up with another sensational performance of 20 points to lead the Sparks to the win at the Key Arena. The Sparks led throughout the encounter and enjoyed a 10-point advantage with less than 6 minutes left. However Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) was fouled out and Seattle went on a 7:0 run to cut the deficit. Marie Ferdinand (5'9''-G-78, college: LSU) converted two free throws and then Johnson and Candace Parker added four more free throws to pace the Sparks to the victory. Lisa Leslie secured 15 points and 7 rebounds for Los Angeles. Marie Ferdinand had 12 points in the win. Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Seattle. Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) dropped 17 points in the loss. The Los Angeles Sparks will take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at home in the Western conference finals opener on Thursday. The teams exchanged home wins in the regular season.
Meanwhile Detroit sealed their Eastern conference finals appearance as they stormed past Indiana in the third game.The Shock loss to the Fever in the second game of the series came as a surprise and they were eager to prove it. The hosts quite succeeded in it. They went on a 12:0 run to open the game and rolled to a massive 30:7 lead after the starting frame. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) and Tay McWilliams paced the home team to an unassailable 49:19 lead at the interval. The Fever had a chance to save the game went opened the third quarter on a 22:5 rally to shave the deficit but Detroit quickly came back to life and breezed to the win at the end. Deanna Nolan had 21 points for Detroit. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) knocked down 15 points, while Kara Braxton delivered 12 in the win. Tammy Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers) answered with 20 points for Indiana. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat. Detroit will now face New York in the conference finals.