EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/28/2008

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  ABA   


ABA DIRECTOR OF OFFICIALS STAYS BUSY WITH ABA GROWTH - by Bruno Baltazar
With the ABA major expansion that has been in full force this past year, there have been an enormous amount of new teams getting set for the 2008-2009 season. With this expansion, there has been another part of the league expanding as well...that is the ABA Officiating Staff.

From training officials internationally in Singapore this past season to now preparing for the upcoming season, ABA Director of Officials Tom Chichester, who has been with the ABA since its inception in 2000, has seen many changes during the last eight years. Since day one, Chichester has been challenged with the task of recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and scheduling officials from all over the US as well as Canada and Mexico. This year will be no different with the exception of an additional team in Alaska.

Throughout this period, he has stayed up with the growth and has successfully managed to insure that there have been officials assigned to every game, every season. With as many as 40 teams and approximately 350 referees on staff, Tom's job has been compared to having one person operating 5 or 6 conferences all at the same time. And he does it without a front office and the assistance of 3 or 4 clerical staff in each office.

'Tom has primarily been a one man show in the building and supervising of this very well oiled professional officials' group,' said Joe Newman, ABA CEO. 'His hard work and dedication towards the growth and success of the ABA has been constant and professional. What Tom has accomplished has never been done in the officiating world. Quite incredible indeed. It must be quite a personal accomplishment for him. Personally, having known him for 8 years, he would make a tremendous choice for as a Supervisor for an NCAA conference or as part of the NBA officials organization. Not sure why they haven't drafted him. The ABA Officiating Program has certainly been a major cornerstone over the years in assisting in the development and professionalism of our ABA game product and the league.'

When talking to Tom, it is evident that he is very proud of his ABA staff of officials. He considers all of them as very dedicated and pioneers in basketball officiating. 'These dedicated ABA officials are working these ABA games that are unlike any other basketball games being played anywhere in the world,' stated Chichester. 'And the ABA games have stacked up to be some of the most challenging, finest, exciting and intense basketball games that officials have every worked. They have taken this challenge in a dedicated and professional manner and have successfully managed and created a well defined and exciting brand of ABA basketball, inclusive of delivering our exciting ABA 3D Marquee Rule.'

Under Chichester's leadership, the ABA officiating program has offered some excellent opportunities to many officials to enhance their skills as officials and they have been able to take those skills and advance in the current ranks in NCAA officials. 'That has been a personal rewarded for me and has always been one of my goals while in this position,' added Chichester. 'To be able to help officials develop their skills and advance within their current NCAA ranks. Working as an ABA Official has allow that to happen for many.

The ABA officiating staff has been a solid, well organized group of officials. Summer Development Camps have been held during the off season as well as National Rules Interpretation Meetings on the East and West Coast prior to the start of the regular season. Chichester went on to explain, 'ABA officials have all been dedicated to the cause and the growth of the league. They have been a family of officials...all working hard together to be on the same page. We have gone from a league of 8 teams and a staff of 40 staff officials to over 40 teams and 350 officials. There has never been this type of growth in any venue of sport of which I am aware.

To assist Chichester in some of the needed communications throughout the season, two years ago he decided to create Regional Coordinators from among his ABA veteran crew. They are:

*West Coast - Mike Greenstein, San Diego CA, Rico Cabrera Los Angeles CA
*Pacific North - Monte Page, Portland OR
*Midwest - Darrell Bailey, Louisville KY
*South Central - Rickie Branch, Mississippi
*Midwest - Brad Groninger and Jackie Sanders
*Southeast - Jerry Duran
*Northeast - Mike Homsey, Montreal Canada, Keny Jayne, Binghamton NY, John Sculli NY
*Rules Interpreter and National Rules - Ray McClure, Atlanta Georgia

Each of the abovementioned officials have assisted throughout the last two season and have maintained their current officiating schedules. With the 2008-2009 season quickly approaching, Chichester and his ABA coordinators and staff of officials are gearing up. Tom mentioned, 'I have been in constant communications with staff in the off season and we are all looking forward to the exciting upcoming season. I have been very impressed with the new ABA President Quentin Townsend from the Atlanta Vision. Quentin and I have been in close communications during the off season and I feel that he adds a great dimension in the overall development of the league. I like the fact that he also realizes the importance of teams working hard together and doing all of the little things right so that by the start of the season, they are ready to go full speed ahead. We all look forward to work together to make this season a huge success and the best year in the ABA yet.'


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  AUSTRALIA   


Sydney Spirit open win count - by Eurobasket News
The Sydney Spirit finally broke the losing record and secured their first win in the season. They defeated the Adelaide 36ers 112:105 at the AIS Arena in Canberra today. Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) came up with 26 points for the Spirit. He dropped 12 points in the fourth term to ensure the winning outcome for the Spirit. The 36ers looked dominant in the first quarter jumping to a 29:18 lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter and enjoyed a 6-point lead at halftime. Adelaide looked good in the third frame and kept their opponents at arms length. However the Spirit exploded with 19:2 surge in the fourth quarter and went ahead for good in this one. Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) knocked down 18 points, while Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) had 16 points for the winners. Jacob Holmes (198-G-83) shone for the 36ers with 27 points and 10 boards. Schenser added 19 points in the loss.
Meanwhile the Townsville Crocodiles scored another narrow win today. The Crocs pulled away with a 100:96 victory against the Cairns Taipans. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) fired 16 points in the fourth period to propel the hosts to the tough win. Homicide finished with game-high 31 points to lead the home side. Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) knocked down 22 points, while Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) contributed 12 points in the win. Stephen Black (186-G-80) answered with 28 points for the Taipans. Martin Cattalini (202-F-73) added 18 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.


Tony Rampton returns for Sydney Spirit - by Eurobasket News
Sydney Spirit centre Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) is set to make a shock return from a serious back injury in time for his side's clash with the Adelaide 36ers in Canberra on Saturday night.

Rampton, who has not played for the winless Spirit this season, was not expected back on deck for several weeks.

But the 32-year-old New Zealander is prepared to roll the dice in a bid to kick-start his side's season after three consecutive defeats.

'We're biting the bullet with Tony he's playing this week,' coach Rob Beveridge said on Thursday.

'He's got a really bad back injury - he's had two cortisone injections in his spine.'

'It's a situation where it's a litmus test that it could make or break him this weekend.'

'He's determined to play, the doctor and physio said he's not going to do any worse damage so it's a case of how he handles the pain and how his body copes with it.'

'He could completely break down or he might come through it.'

While Rampton is a definite starter, key import David Gruber is in doubt with an ankle injury suffered at the team's Tuesday training run.

Gruber played limited minutes in his side's 99-89 loss to the 36ers in Adelaide on Wednesday night and will be assessed prior to Saturday's clash.

Despite falling short against the 36ers in their mid-week meeting, Beveridge is adamant his side turned the corner and is confident of brighter days ahead.

But despite his optimism, the second-year coach concedes victory in Saturday night's return match is vital in the context of the season.

'It's very important for us to get a win on the board because that will just really expediate our confidence,' Beveridge said.

'It's a skill to win, you've got to know how to win and when you do lose games you do have some self doubt whether it's a player or a coach,' he said.

'It's important for us to get that win but at the same time it's about us getting better every week and if we improve from Wednesday night we could definitely win the game.'

Meanwhile, star signing Jason Smith could be on court as early as next month after scans revealed his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule.

'We had some really encouraging news, he had and MRI done on Wednesday and received a very, very positive report from the doctor,' Beveridge revealed.

'We might get him back sooner than later so maybe four weeks.'

Steve Orme, Sportal
Courtesy of http://www.basketball.org.nz/


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


President Cup. Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Barons-Rock 86:73

Latvian Barons became the second finalist of the President Cup. Latvian team overcame Estonian Rock Tartu 86:73 and will clash for the Cup tomorrow. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) led the winners with 19 points. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) nailed 17, Bright 13 and Alexander posted 11. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Janar Talts (205-C-83) had 16.
Estonian side opened very confident and won the opening tip 12:7. Barons tied the score twice at 12:12 and 14:14 later in the period, but could not go in front. Vaikulis scored a two pointer and made the final result of the first quarter 22:17 for Rock. At the beginning of the second quarter Janar Talts made both free-throws for 25:19. Barons started to catch up with the opponent and Berzins with Armands Skele pulls their team to 41:42.
Latvian team did not stop their rush and continued to lead the game in the third period. The third quarter finished with the Barons lead 64:61. Rock did not give up and was in front in the last period as well. Five minutes to go in the fourth quarter Janar Talts made it 72:69. Berzins with a three-pointer brought the biggest lead for Barons/LMT 77:69. Latvian team found its game and led to the winning clash. Armands Skele set up the final score 86:73 with a three-pointer.

Barons: Armands Skele 19, Giedrius Gustas 17, Bright 13, Alexander 11, Adrian Henning (203-F-82, agency: AMI, college: Austin Peay St.) 9
Rock: Tanoka Beard 18, Janar Talts 16, Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) 10, Sokk 7


Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris 89:76
Lietuvos Rytas secured the win in the Presidents Cup first semifinal today. They defeated their archrivals Zalgiris to advance to the Final. Babrauskas opened the game with a three-pointer to set Rytas ahead. Lietuvos Rytas stayed ahead throughout the opening frame and secured a 26:17 lead at the first break.
Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) tried to ignite the Kaunas outfit rally in the second quarter but Lietuvos Rytas stayed cool. They outgunned Zalgiris 27:16 once again and stretched the margin to 20 points at the interval. Zalgiris finally adjusted their defense in the third period and limited their opponents to just 13 points and cut the distance to 14 points. But the Vilnius team did not panic and breezed to the win at the end. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) dropped 18 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Michailas Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 16 points, while Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) had 11 points in the win. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 18 points for Zalgiris. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 points in defeat.
The final game is scheduled for tomorrow.

Lietuvos Rytas:
Branko Milisavljevic 18, Michailas Anisimovas 16, Milko Bjelica 11
Zalgiris:
Paulius Jankunas 18, Jonas Maciulis 14

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On September 28th in Riga the tournament of the Baltic States basketball experts will take place in the frameworks of the SEB BBL Presidents' Cup contest. The incorporated teams of the journalists and federations employees of each state will take part in this tournament in three teams. The fourth team will be created by the SEB Baltic basketball League sponsors.



Game for the third place

17.00 Rock-Zalgiris


Final

19.30 Lietuvos Rytas-Barons



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  BOSNIA   


Sloboda and Zlatorog in the final of tournament is Tuzla - by Eurobasket News
The host team Sloboda Dita and Slovenian Zlatorog Lasko will meet each other in the final of international tournament in Tuzla.

Slovenians outsmarted Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing in the opening game 74-68. Decisive period of the game was the second frame, when Zlatorog earned advantage of 8 points. Mega Hypo Leasing tried to do something through American Chris Schlatter (201-G/F-81, college: Washington St.), who was on a high level, but his teammates were hopeless. On the other side Zlatorog had big guy Uros Lucic (207-C-83), who was unstoppable under the basket. Uros Lucic led his team to victory scoring 26 points. Serbian team got 20 points from Chris Schlatter.

In game number two Sloboda Dita celebrated against Sibenik in very interesting game. At the half time Bosnian team had plus 1 but Sibenik ended following ten minutes 18-20. At the very end, Sloboda's players demonstrated pretty good level playing mature when it was the most important. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) top-scored in Sloboda with 21 points. Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) was behind him with 18 points. SIbenik got 26 points from Mimica. Filipovic also was good scoring 21 points.

Today at 17h Mega Hypo Leasing will meet Sibenik in game for third place. In the final game, which is scheduled for 19h, Sloboda DIta will take on Zlatorog Lasko.


Borac Nektar shines in Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket News
Borac Nektar continued with good performance in the off-season. This time Borac took care for the victory against Croatian team Svjetlost Slavonski Brod on the road 58-67. Bosnians entered into this game strongly and mostly owing to US Virgin Islands' big guy Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.) made 20-10 after ten minutes. It for sure was kind of shock for the host team, which succeeded to recover from it ending second stanza 17-14. Svjetlost couldn't find solution how to stop Peterkin but also another big guy Milos Mladenovic (205-C/F-82) as well as American PG Donta Richardson (188-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming). This trio was very good in the second half keeping advantage of their team. Third frame belonged to Svjetlost 16-15 while during the last ten minutes Borac played without any extra efforts. Omari Peterkin nailed 18 points for the winners. Donta Richardson had 14 while Milos Mladenovic scored 12 points. Svjetlost had only one player without double figures. It was Paolo Ticina (195-G-85), who netted 17 points.

Svjetlost: Radosavljevic 8, Kovac, Delic 8, Ticina 17, Cvitanovic 1, Rajic 4, Sutalo, Budimir 7, Karlovic 6, Avdic 5, Zitko 2
Borac: Vucic, Janjusevic 7, Puljko 4, Peterkin 18, Mladenovic 12, Milekic , Djurasovic 3, Konstadinovic, Josipovic, Pavlovic, Milinovic 2, Garma 7, Richardson 14.


Meanwhile, Damir Mrsic (188-G-70) and his Fenerbahce Ulekr suffered defeat at the opening day of tournament Ljubljana 2008 against the hosts 57-74. Mrsic contributed in this game with 3 points.

Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) and his Triumph Lyubertsy triumphed on international tournament in Bandirma beating Antalya in the final game 74-54.

Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket), Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) and their Crvena Zvezda are defeated against Virtus Roma on the road 57-76. Milosevic scored 9 points while Kikanovic had 8 points for Serbian team.


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  BULGARIA   


Tournament in Yambol, day 1 - by Eurobasket News
At the opening day of tournament in Yambol, Olin Edrine managed to beat Spartak Pleven 77-71. The winning team took control on Spartak from the early beginning finishing first frame 16-12. Nothing has changed during the following ten minutes as Olin Endrine continued its domination going at the half time with plus 9, 36-27. However, Spartak finally woke up. Its players succeeded to make a turn 53-50. Unfortunately their joy didn't last long as Turkish team once again shined taking back its lead 71-74 and resolving the question about the winner. Scorers for the winning team are not announced. Spartak Pleven got the most from Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74, agency: Interperformances), who finished the game with 20 points, 5 boards and 6 assists. Vladimir Marinov (185-G-85) was behind him with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Todor Todorov (199-F-82) netted 10 points and was the last one with double digits in Spartak.

In game number two, the host Tundja Yambol smashed Sliven 94-51. The fact that on the half time Yambol already had 51-25 talks everything for itself. Pavel Marinov (196-G-88) and Scott O'Gallagher (188-G, college: Warner Pacific) drained 15 points each for the winning team. Byron Sanders (207-C-83, college: N.Carolina) had 13 points and 11 boards while Kyrylo Skumatov (205-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) finished the game with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Todor Tenev (204-C-83) registered double-double in Sliven collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds.


Cherno More defeated in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Cherno More suffered defeat in the first game of tournament in Bursa (Turkey). One of the host teams Tofas had to work very hard in order beat Bulgarians. First half was almost leveled. Actually, Tofas was slightly better having plus 1 after 20 minutes, 38-37. Players of head coach Daniel Dimitrov showed strong willingness to fight against the Turkish team. Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, college: Iowa St.), Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81) and Atila Santos (208-C-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) were in a game mood resisting against famous Tofas. However, Turkish team started to player much better in third frame. Sean Denison (210-F/C-85, college: Santa Clara) shined leading his team to plus 15, 55-40. But Bulgarians didn't want to give up. Once again they showed willingness to fight and intensifying defense came on 58-53 before the last stanza. Once against Tofas put into the fifth gear and scored 29 points in the last ten minutes. Cherno more couldn't follow that tempo adding 22. Corey McIntosh was the best player in Cherno More scoring 17 points. Zeljko Bojovic added 14 while Atila Santos had 12 points. Aleksandar Yanev (202-F-90) finished the game with 11 points while Simeon Tsenov (196-F-82) had 2 points less. Michael Earl (203-F, college: Utah St.) and Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) had 6 points apiece.

In the next game Cherno More will take on the official host Oyak Renault.


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  CHINA   


New Player stays CBA - by Robert Wang
Guang Dong team received champion last season and they are looking for their new imports for their new season. Former NBA forward Donta Smith and TYLER AMAYA had been tried out in this team and they had played some games against other chinese pro. teams during the pre-season tournament. Tyler Smith had played better than Smith and he average 17 points and 7 rebounds. So team decided to keep Tyler in their teams and sent Smith home yesterday. Team will bring some other more NBA guys for the tryout and text who is fitting the team then sign with the next 1 since each team allowed to keep 2 imprts. Good luck for the guys!

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  COLOMBIA   


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 12-1 
 2. Canoneros 11-2 
 3. Bucaros 7-6 
 4. Islanders 7-6 
 5. InderValle 6-7 
 6. Condores 4-9 
 7. Alcaldia 3-10 
 8. Piratas 2-11 


Federation Cup 2008, September 26, Day 13 results - by Victor Garcia
Indervalle defeated Islanders Sopesa in the Nationally TV broadcasted game, Dajuan Gouard, George Baker , Cesar Cortes and Alvaro Teheran combined for the most part of the scoring in the night. Indervalle played hard defense over Alejandro Flores to stop him, Flores did the best play of the night and thunderous put back dunk but his effort was not enough, Kevin Sowell also had problems to face Indervalle defense.
Indervalle 84 - Alvaro Teheran 23 pts
Islanders Sopesa 77 - Alejandro Flores 77


Norte de Santander finished the winning streak of Arrieros in Cucuta, leaded by Edgar Moreno the black and red team had a great third quarter to past Arrieros, In Arrieros his main offensive weapons was under control Enielsen Guevara leaded the team in scoring, Norte is now one game behind the leaders
Norte 94 - Moreno 25, Torres 24, Barrios 23, Carrol 9, Renteria 7, Hernandez 4, Fernandez 2
Arrieros 79 - E. Guevara 18, Aragon 16, Walker 12, D. Guevara 11, Bayona 10, Soler 7, Perez 5


Piratas fall in the Ovnis house 85-81, the 11th defeat for Piratas and the 4rth victory for Ovni, Piratas had a12 points lead at the end of the third quarter, but many turnovers of Piratas put Ovni in the lead
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 85
Piratas 81


Bucaros won in the Patriotas court, the couple of Washington and Fleming were unstopable for Patriotas defense.
Patriotas Proactiva 67
Bucaros Freskaleche 89


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Car, Osijek 21.3
2 Drezga, Sibenka 19.4
3 Mulaomer., Cib. 18.5
4 Garnett, Split 18.1
5 Mimica, Slav. 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Colak, Ced. 8.8
2 Kartelo, Dub. 8.7
3 Tomic, Zagreb 8.3
4 D.Ivanov, Split 8.1
5 Spahija, Slav. 7.5
Assists Per Game
1 Akins, Split 5.7
2 Mulaomr., Cibona 5.5
3 Petkovic, Sibenka 4.4
4 Duvancic, Osijek 4.0
5 Tomeljak, Sibenka 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Car, Osijek 2.2
2 Brewer, Zadar 1.9
3 J.Blajic, Alkar 1.9
2FGP
1 Lucic, Dub. 76.0
2 Parezanovic, Ced. 74.0
3 Pilepic, Kvarner 74.0
3FGP
1 Vidacak, Dvraner 67.0
2 Forehan, Ced. 54.0
3 Vranjes, Dub. 53.0
Free Throws
1 Pilepic, Kvarner 97.0
2 Simon, Zagreb 92.0
3 Zadravec, Zagreb 90.0


Zabok smashes Gorica, another problem for Cibona Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Zabok played another friendly game in the off-season. This time Robert Lez (200-F-79) and his teammates smashed A2 team Gorica 93-70. At the very beginning it seemed it will be an easy game for the hosts as they ended first stanza 25-17. However, Gorica demonstrated pretty good performance during the following ten minutes stopping Zabok on its way. At least Gorica managed to come a bit closer until the half time 44-41. Zabok's players showed up after the breather with different attitude. They intensified defense while Robert Lez and Bilic took care for the points at the offensive end. Everything resulted with plus 11 before the last frame. Actually, Zabok had the best performance during the last ten minutes finishing it 28-16 and registering huge 93-70 win. Robert Lez top-scored for the winning team with 19 points. Bilic had 15 while Zoran Pehar (210-C-81) and Igor Peklaric (200-F-79) netted 12 points each.
Other players in Zabok: Jankovic 9, Lekic 9, Ivanov 4, Drazovic 4, Katura 5, Garma 3, Nakic 2, Tomek.
Gorica's best player was Prce, who scored 18 points. Puljak had one poins less while Kovacevic netted 14 points.
Other players in Gorica: Jularic 10, Jukic 5, Stipanovic 2, Kocanovic, Lasic, Smedlehner 4, Kostic, Rajic, Baranovic.

Cibona and its head coach Velimir Perasovic (196-G-65) faced with another problem. After 'Calloway mystery', which Eurobasket already wrote about, another one showed up. It can be called now 'Markota mystery'. Namely, Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) 'Svedjo', who returned to Cibona this summer didn't show up at the airport when Cibona departured to St. Petersburg on international tournament. Coach Perasovic still didn't get any explanation about his absence. The team will made a decision about this 'mystery' during the following few days.


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  CYPRUS   


Proteas EKA AEL release Larry - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas EKA AEL has announce the release of Reggie Larry (198-F). Larry did not satisfied coach Dragan Ratsa so the palyer was releease by mutual termination. In some others news for the team last signing for Proteas EKA AEL LaVell Blanchard (201-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan) arrived last night and he will have his first meeting with his coach and teemates later on this afternnon. Furtermore preparation continues with friendly game against Samara.

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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Amager BK 0-0 
 2. Naestved 0-0 
 3. SISU 0-0 
 4. Aabyhoj 0-0 
 5. Horsens IC 0-0 
 6. Bakken 0-0 
 7. Randers 0-0 
 8. Svendborg 0-0 
 9. Horsholm 0-0 
 10. Roskilde 0-0 


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Skjold 0-0 
 2. Roskilde 0-0 
 3. Odense 0-0 
 4. Vejle 0-0 
 5. Falcon 0-0 
 6. Lemvig 0-0 
 7. Jonstrup 0-0 
 8. Aalborg 0-0 
 9. Herlev 0-0 
 10. Vaerlose 0-0 
 11. ALBA 0-0 
 12. Hobas 0-0 


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


Changes in Aabyhoj - 3 foreign players! - by Thomas Soltau

For many years Aabyhoj IF has been a team that took pride in presenting only one foreigner and otherwise a team entirely filled with its own talented youth players and/or other Danish players seeking a chance to play in the best Danish league, but last season made management re-think this strategy.


Last season Aabyhoj IF came all too close to relegation. Their struggles had a lot to do with their player personal. Often forced to go with a 4 guard-line-up, Aabyhoj IF failed to put themselves in a position to win against most of the Canal Digital League teams, who present much bigger and physically stronger line-ups.


This season will be different, as the club has already signed 3 foreign players so far. The signing of Chris Gilliam (201-F, college: Pitt-Johnstown), a strong US power forward and the re-signing of Joe Benjamin (201-F/C-83, college: W.Virginia St.), should seal the whole in the point. This should also allow Thomas Skotting, one of the best Danish scorers in the league, to move back to a wing position. This will give Aabyhoj IF a bigger, but still very fast and versatile front-line.


A point of emphasis has also been to address last years lack of a real floor leader. Daniel Thomas (176-G-85) is the 3rd foreign signee and should fill Aabyhoj IFs need for a true point guard.


The level of play in the Canal Digital League is being raised every year it seems, and this move should give Aabyhoj IF a much better chance of competing with the better teams in the league.



Roskilde is back in the league! - by Thomas Soltau
It has been quite some years since playing Head Coach Martin Hermansen (196-F-75, college: Sacramento CC) (196-F-75, college: Sacramento CC) launched the project of getting Roskilde BC (RBBC) back where it belongs. Now it is a reality! Roskilde BC will be the 10th team in this years Canal Digital League.

Roskilde BC finished out a flawless season in the 2nd league and was granted direct access. After many years of trying to get over the hump, RBBC is finally ready to once again present the best mens basketball in the Cathedral-city.

In hope of a successful season RBBC signed US point guard Keith Borgan (178-G, college: Metro St.) and shooting guard Luke Granato (198-G, college: Sacred Heart). The two players should spark a fast flowing offence and give RBBC more options in the defensive end as well.

Re-signing Dean Thibodeau (204-C-70, college: Dalhousie), bringing in point guard Alex Jensen (175-G-81) and adding a few young players should also prove its importance for this re-emerging team, yet one hole remains to be filled. That of big-man Ndjadi Kingombe (206-C-76, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents), whose signature RBBC was not able to secure for the upcoming 08/09 season.

Roskilde BC is now on the market seeking a versatile 4/5 to complete their roster.


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HORFORD GET RECOGNIZED!! - by Ozell Wells

HORFORD GETS RECOGNITION
Having only played one year in the NBA Atlanta Hawks, center Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) was surprised and honored at being named as one of the top 20 centers in the NBA. The 6'10 Horford is playing in a new position, as he was used to playing power forward while in college, yet demonstrated great skill and potential during a tremendous rookie season. According to Tim Povtak, who compiled the list, Horford plays, 'a little out of position, but he handles it well, using his youth and athleticism to provide what the Hawks need at this spot. Had a good rookie season, which gave a young team hope for the future. He is a smart player with a good work ethic, and he should improve considerably this season.'
See: www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10977659



EL FLACO RE-SIGNS!!! - by Ozell Wells

Garcia stays
NBA basketball star Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) is staying in Sacramento for another five years and will be a rich man when it's all said and done. The Dominican-born player has signed a five-year, US$29.8 million extension with the Sacramento Kings. The contract guarantees four years, with a fifth year team option, that looks to be partially guaranteed. Garcia is entering his fourth year in the league, after being a first round pick out of Louisville. Visibly excited, Garcia told the Sacramento Bee, 'I'm happy because I love the city, I love the organization, I love the style we play, I love my teammates.'
Courtesy See www.sacbee.com/100/story/1267550.html



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Barons advances to the Final of President Cup - by Eurobasket News
Barons-Rock 86:73

Latvian Barons became the second finalist of the President Cup. Latvian team overcame Estonian Rock Tartu 86:73 and will clash for the Cup tomorrow. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) led the winners with 19 points. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) nailed 17, Bright 13 and Alexander posted 11. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Janar Talts (205-C-83) had 16.
Estonian side opened very confident and won the opening tip 12:7. Barons tied the score twice at 12:12 and 14:14 later in the period, but could not go in front. Vaikulis scored a two pointer and made the final result of the first quarter 22:17 for Rock. At the beginning of the second quarter Janar Talts made both free-throws for 25:19. Barons started to catch up with the opponent and Berzins with Armands Skele pulls their team to 41:42.
Latvian team did not stop their rush and continued to lead the game in the third period. The third quarter finished with the Barons lead 64:61. Rock did not give up and was in front in the last period as well. Five minutes to go in the fourth quarter Janar Talts made it 72:69. Berzins with a three-pointer brought the biggest lead for Barons/LMT 77:69. Latvian team found its game and led to the winning clash. Armands Skele set up the final score 86:73 with a three-pointer.

Barons: Armands Skele 19, Giedrius Gustas 17, Bright 13, Alexander 11, Adrian Henning (203-F-82, agency: AMI, college: Austin Peay St.) 9
Rock: Tanoka Beard 18, Janar Talts 16, Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) 10, Sokk 7


Kalev Tallinn sweep exhibition series against ToPo - by Eurobasket News
Kalev Tallinn played two friendly games against Finnish ToPo. The Estonian champions grabbed two straight wins sweeping the series. They opened the contest with a hard-fought 83:74 victory. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) delivered 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace Kalev. John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) had 14 points in the win. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) answered with 19 points for ToPo. A.J. Jackson (198-F/G-84, agency: 540 Sports) netted 16 points in the losing effort. The teams won the first two quarters alternately and were all square at 44 at halftime. Kalev however raised the tempo after the long break and surged ahead to a 5-point lead after three quarters. The Estonian team never loosened the grip and secured a difficult win at the end.
The teams met again next day and once again it was Kalev to pull away as winners. John Linehan dropped 20 points to pace Kalev. Ivar Tulit (202-F-88) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. James Allen (196-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) replied with 16 points and 10 rebounds for ToPo. Kalev shot solid 47% from the field. This time Kalev cleared off to an 11-point distance at halftime. ToPo came closer in the third frame but were limited to just 8 points in the final term and could not fight for the win in the game.


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  FRANCE   


ProB gets under way in France - by Eurobasket News
French season of big basketball tipped off yesterday with 4 games played in ProB league. The hosts dominated the major part of the scene with three home teams coming away with victories.
Saint Etienne was the only home side to suffer a defeat. They lost to Poitiers 79:85 despite a 19-point performance from Nate Carter. Poitiers got to a brave start as they built a 21:12 lead after the starting frame. They looked solid and consistent throughout the season opener and secured an 85:79 win at the end. Rasheed Wright (196-F-80, college: ODU) poured in game-high 30 points and collected 7 rebounds. Kenny Younger (203-F-77, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Houston) added 16 points for the winners. Terry Williams (189-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia Southern) delivered 16 points for Saint Etienne in the loss. Poitiers outrebounded their opponents 35:28 and shot 47% from the field.
Le Portel held off Nantes 94:87 at home. Willie Jenkins (198-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tennessee Tech) dropped 19 points to pace Le Portel. Zach Gourde (205-C-80, college: Gonzaga) secured 18 points, while Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh) added 17 for the winners. Nantes led by 4 points at halftime but wasted the advantage and appeared behind by 11 points at three-quarter time. Le Portel eased to the win in the fourth stanza. Vernard Hollins (190-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wright St.) led all scorers with 27 points for Nantes.
Aix-Maurienne drove to a narrow 82:79 win over Antibes. The hosts led at every change and deservedly posted the initial win in the season. Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.) dropped 16 points for Aix-Maurienne. Yannick Gaillou (198-F-79) led the charge with 18 points. Julien Doreau (200-F-83) replied with game-high 26 points for Antibes.
Clermont overcame Saint-Quentin 82:70 at home court. The hosts jumped to a 26:10 lead after the starting period and never looked back again. Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82, agency: Champion Sports Management, college: E.Carolina) provided 22 points and 12 rebounds for Clermont. Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Shaun Fein (191-G-78, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 16 points for Saint-Quentin.


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Regionalliga-News - by Moritz Korff

Bad news for coach Torsten Schierenbeck and his SSV Lokomotive Bernau team. Alexander Rosenthal (201-F-88) who was supposed to suit up for the club in the Regionalliga North in this up and coming season will return to Hertener Loewen (2. Bundesliga Pro B), where he shot hoops during 2007-08. The forward applied to university in Berlin, but did not receive the wanted place to study. That's why he will enroll at the University of Bochum and continue to play for the Lions.

Jan Wieland (188-G-78, college: Goldey-Beacom) has joined the Schwenningen Panthers (Regionalliga South-West) on a tryout-basis. The 30-year-old had a short stint at USC Heidelberg in the Pro A in this past season, before he had to undergo ankle surgery. He averaged 0.7 points through six games for USC.

Darien Chavis (180-G-82), the younger brother of Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech), has joined Mitteldeutscher BC II, that is competing in Regionalliga North. The former player of Colorado State (NCAA1) and Clayton State (NCAA2) shall help the MBC-farmteam with his experience.


Before having played any game for the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, Patrick Wischnewski (191-G-87, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) has left the club and moved back to his home Hamburg, where he is going to suit up for Bramfelder SV in the Regionalliga North. In this past season he averaged 17.5 points per contest for BSV in 2. RLN-play.



ALBA BERLIN CRUISE TO VICTORY IN THE 4TH QUARTER IN GIESSEN 81 TO 66 - by Miles Scheuber







The Giessen 46ers played from another planet for thirty minutes, but simply lost control of the game in the 4th quarter and ran out of gas, as Alba Berlin won without problems 81 to 66 and gave Adam Chubb a merry homecoming to Giessen where he played some years ago. It was the second win in a row for the eight time BBL champ and the second loss in a row for Giessen, who now find themselves deep in the BBL cellar. Alba Berlin still has not found their rhythm and will need to get better if they want to reach the round of 16 in the Euroleague. We started very slowly tonight. We let Giessen get easy baskets, but we never underestimated them. We picked up our game with more inside/outside play and stepped it up on the fast break. This was a great win for us, said American Immanuel Mcelroy. Even though Giessen lost, the team should be happy with the overall effort. We played great for 30 minutes, but we let Berlin get easy hoops in the last quarter. However we played great together, especially Florian Hartenstein and Danny Lewis. We all fought for each other, said German Jannick Fresse.
Alba Berlin opened up the scoring as ex NBA player Ansu Sesay showed his range from outside and why he played 127 NBA games as he sunk a three pointer. Giessen werent impressed as they tied the score with a Michael Umeh three pointer. After both teams exchanged a few free throws, it was Ansu Sesay again as he showed his inside abilities grabbing a rebound over Hartenstein and laying the ball in the hoop for a seven to six lead. Giessen was gaining more intensity and seemed to have more fighting qualities than Berlin not letting the opponent push away. German Heiko Schaffartzik hit a deep three pointer with a hand staring in his face from the Giessen parking lot and Giessen led 10 to seven. After both teams exchanged a few hoops, German ex National player Gerret Terdenge stole the ball and fed Maurice Jeffers on the fast break for two quick points and a 15 to 13 Giessen lead. However Alba Berlin added some spark to their offense by going on a nine to two run to close out the first quarter with a 22 to 17 lead. The x factor down the stretch was clearly American Julius Jenkins, who did the most damage scoring on a fadeaway, a runner in the lane and a three pointer. Jenkins had been kept in check for the first seven minutes by Michael Umeh, but as soon as he got his second foul, he had to go to the bench and Jenkins had an easier time. Giessen had lost the momentum and it seemed like Berlin was slowly getting heated up, but Giessen had a surprise ready in the second quarter.
The Giesen 46ers started their own attack going on a 13 to 0 run, which got the Osthalle crowd going and left Berlin startled and a bit unsure if a hidden hurricane had struck them on the court. The injury to Patrick Femmerling didnt help the Berlin inside game as Giessen was trying to get a majority of their points in the paint. In this run, Hartenstein made three baskets in the zone, Danny Lewis two hoops and Lischka another. Giesen now led 30 to 23 and the overall spirited play was bringing back memories to the FC Barcelona game some weeks ago. Ex NBA player Casey Jacobson nailed a three pointer, but did little to change the boisterous atmosphere in the Osthalle. Giessen kept controlling the zone as Lewis made a perfect pass, which Hartenstein scoped up for a two handed dunk. Sesay and Nadjfeji hit for Berlin, but Giessen didnt panic as they continued to score as well. Maurice Jeffers gave Giessen the lead 38 to 30 and life as a Giessen 46er fan was more than content. However Alba Berlin made a late surge and went on a 10 to 3 run leaving Giessen with a meager 41 to 40 lead at halftime. Giessen got a bit lazy under the hoop allowing American Adam Chubb three chances to score. Nadjfeji found an opening in the zone scored and Jacobson drowned a three pointer. Once again Giessen had lost the momentum and Berlin played more consistent and sure of themselves in the last minutes of the second quarter.
THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS are known for having some kind of a third quarter phobia of not starting well and Alba Berlin might be on their way there as they also had a lack luster begin. The Giessen 46ers went on a six to zero run and led 47 to 40. Jeffers and Rouse scored in the zone and Florian superman Hartenstein continued his brilliant play by scoring over Chubb and Nadjfeji. However Basketball is a game of runs and before anyone had really noticed, Alba Berlin had gone on an eight to zero run and retaken the lead 48 to 47. Alba Berlin finally got their transition game going as Mcelroy scored twice and Sesay once on a Jenkins steal. However Giessen catched the lead back at 49 to 48 on a Rouse jumper over Nadjfeji, but that was the last lead of Giesen in this game. Alba Berlin closed out the third quarter with a nine to three run to lead 57 to 52 . Ansu Sesay scored from outside to give Berlin the lead back at 51 to 49. Giessen became unconcentrated as Berlin stole the ball and Sesay found Mcelroy on the fast break. Jenkins also scored doing the damage against Giessen.
FC Barcelona erupted in the third quarter against Giessen a few weeks ago and it was only a matter of time before Alba Berlin would get separated fully from their shell, which still seemed to be attached to the team. Giessen was still giving good resistance, but were getting more tired. American Danny Lewis was offering first rate help from the bench as he made a running layup and free throw. Giessen trailed only 67 to 55, but Alba Berlin simply has too many weapons in their arsenal as Sesay drained another three pointer, which this time seemed to be a mini thorn in the side of Giessen. Nadjfeji scored in the lane and Berlin led 62 to 55, but Giessen was not giving up as the bench warrior Lewis was at it again always penetrating and if no one was open, he finished himself. Sesay than hit a jump shot and Umeh a huge three pointer and Giessen was within four points 64 to 60. But there would be no heroic comeback on this day as Alba Berlin showed their true class and ability going on a ten to zero run and finally breaking the back of Giessen. Giessen was still fighting, but fatigue was slowly becoming a factor as well as foul trouble. In this phase, Alba Berlin got points from Jenkins, Chubb and Mcelroy, plus a few free throws. Alba Berlin led 74 to 60 and were cruising to victory and nothing would stand in their way now. Terdenge gave Giessen a last breath of hope, but Mcelroy closed the door on the Giessen hopes of a victory with a nifty fade away jumper and a three pointer. Alba Berlin deservedly won 81 to 66, but the Giessen 46ers played their hearts out and will have to go back to the drawing board and search for a win in Quackenbrck next weekend.
Alba Berlin was led by American Immanuel Mcelroy with 18 points. Ansu Sesay added 17 points and five rebounds. American Julius Jenkins added 14 points and American Adam Chubb registered 10 points. The Giessen 46ers were led by German Florian Hartenstein with 17 points and six rebounds. American Danny Lewis had 14 points and four assists. American Maurice Jeffers had 11 points. American Corey Rouse had 10 points and six rebounds.
Alba Berlin shot an incredible 55% from the field, while Giessen shot only 43% and had their difficulties at the free throw line. A positive note was That Giessen out rebounded Berlin 29 to 25, but the 18 turnovers were simply to high for Giessen. The most important thing gained by the Giessen 46ers in this loss was that the team fought until the end and played team Basketball. If Giessen continues to play like this in the next games, they will most likely be rewarded with some wins. Coach Simon Cote is a mastermind motivator and will have his team ready for the Dragon den in Quackenbrck next weekend.


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AEL 1964 inks Mejia - by Chris Mammides
Head Coach Vangelis Alexandris decided that he can't do a lot of things with roockies and college graduates in his roster so he decided to go for a specific solution of a well known and 'tested' in the European leagues, player. The chosen one for AEL 1964 Larissa, is the American power forward, ex player of Kapo di Orlando in the Italian league, Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) . The American power forward (Dominican parents) who is graduate of De Paul had 12ppg las seazon while he was dashing down 5.1 rebounds per game. He will be definetely helping AEL 1964 Larissa in this seazon's most difficult league ever. In the mean time the American players Bruce Price (191-G-83) and Rob McKiver (191-G-84,, college: Houston) are officially over (dissmised) from the Larissa team as they were not able to persuate the Greek Head Coach that they will be able to help the Thessalians to 'remain' in the division.

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XXXVIII. Gocsej Cup - by Tamas Deri
25th of September

Sopron - Dombovar 84-71
Dombovar: Simon 6, Gibson 9, Dek 5/3, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 18/9, Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Independence CC) 18/3, Paez 9/3, Vas -,Balogh -, Jones 6, Molnar, Coach: Peter Stahl
Sopron: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 20,

Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend - Tirgu Mures (romanian) 102-80
Best scorers: Banks 22, Auriantal 15, Trummer 12/9, McCullough 10/3

Atomeromu SE - Zalakeramia ZTE KK 69-53
ASE: Csaplr-Nagy 2, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 15, Darris Nichols (188-G, college: W.Virginia) 15, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 15/3, Meszaros 9, Fajardo 8, Morgen 1, Medve 2, Kiss 2, Kiricsi, Coach: Sabali Balazs
Zalakeramia ZTE KK: Hinnant 5, Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 15/3, Kaman 10/3, DeMichael 2, Helbich 8, Gaspar 3/3, Baki, Simon 3, Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 6, Toth Coach: Volgyi Peter


26th of September

Soproni Sordogok - Polaroiod Lami-Ved Kormend 89-83
(23-23, 17-19, 29-14, 20-27)
Best scorers: David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 24/15, Cruz 12, Couisnard 12 - George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 28/6, Auriantal 15/3

Orangeways - Dombovari KC - BC Mures (romanian) 94-70
(21-13, 16-25, 25-14, 32-18)
Best scorers: Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) 18/6, Ferenc Bodi 16/9 - Hargrawe 17/12, Coombs 17

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK - Falco-SZOVA KC Szombathely 89-74
(20-21, 22-18, 34-14, 13-21)
ZTE: Hinnant 12/3, Calvin Watson 21/3, Kaman 12/6, DeMichael 10/3, Helbich 8, Zoltan Trepak 12/3, Gaspar 4, Baki 6/6, Simon 2, Toth 2, Coach: Volgyi Peter
Falco: Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) 17/6, Pankar 4, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 20/3, Perincic 11/3, Horvath 17, Lakatos, Vida 2, Borszeki, Papp, Feigl 3, Csiszar, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic


XI. Gazdavar Cup, Kecskemet - by Tamas Deri
Thursday, 25th of September

Szolnoki Olaj KK - EnterNet-NTE Hegyvidek 82-67
(11-19, 25-20, 24-21, 7-22)
OLAJ KK: Coleman 9/3, Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79) 16/6, Wilson 16, Jurkunas 8, Dusan Jelic (211-C-74) 13, Varadi 9/3, Szabo 2, Gaal 2, Cseh 7/3, Coach: Por Peter
ENTERNET-NTE: Krasznai 6, Tamas Will (196-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/3, Rujk 5, Kovats 6, Fulop 6, Likar 4, Farago 13/3, Deak 13/6, Lazar 1, Coach: Puskas Artur


Univer-Kecskemet - Kaposvari KK 74-69
(27-13, 14-24, 14-19, 19-13)
UNIVER-KECSKEMET: DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) 11/3 (6 rebounds, 6 assists, 27 IBM), Toth 8 (11 rebounds, 19 IBM), Horvath 7 (4 assists),
Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 15/6 (5 rebounds), Greg Danielson (206-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Drake) 14/3 (7 rebounds), Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/6 (3 turnovers, 3 assists), Horti 2, Puszta -, Tornoczky -, Coach: Zsoldos Andrs
KAPOSVAR: Marciulionis 13/3, Vojvoda 7/3, Larry Welton (196-F) 26/3, Hoffmann 11/3, Panta 5, Kiss 3, Csirke 4. Vezetoedzo: Branislav Dzunic


Friday, 26th of September

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Kaposvar 60-54
(15-19, 15-11, 12-16, 18-8)
OLAJ: Coleman 9/3, Laszlo Cziczas 14/9, Wilson 9/3, Jurkunas 6, Jelic 12, Varadi 7/3, Cseh 3/3, Kovacs, Coach: Por Peter
KAPOSVAR: Marciulionis 7, Vojvoda 8, Welton 14/3, Hoffmann 11/3, Panta 12, Csirke, Kiss Kornel 1, Heindlein 1, Coach: Branislav Dzunic


Market news - by Tamas Deri

The management of Sopron decided not to keep Calvin Bowman (206-F/C-77, college: W.Virginia) on the roster, as the american big man came back to Hungary out of shape and did not show up in practice.

Andre Burton (195-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville)'s try-out is over and the american guard left the country already. The coaching staff of NYKK decided not to keep him for the rest of the season and found already a replacement. Sean Walker (191-G-84, college: Texas Southern) just arrived two days ago to our country and played his first pre-season game with his new team last night. The 191 cm tall guard graduated on Texas Southern in 2006 and averaged 13.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FG: 35.3%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 75.3% in his senior season. He signed his first pro-contract with Koper in Slovenia, but left after two games and finished the season with Nrnberg in the german 1st division. In 2007-08 he played 18 games for Lausanne in Switzerland and put up solid numbers: 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT 90.9%.

Dombovar is testing american guard Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin). The 198 cm tall american player arrived wednesday night to Hungary and is playing on the anniversary Gocsej Cup with the team. He graduated in 2006 on the University of Stephen F. Austin and averaged 11.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 48.8%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 77.3% in his senior season. He spent his first overseas-season in Denmark with Basket Aalborg and was the best scorer of his team with 27.7 points per game. He played the last season in Great Britain for Worcester Wolves and was the best scorer of the BBL: 33 games: 24.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 70.6%.


Kaposvari KK is testing american player Larry Welton (196-F). The 198 cm tall player played for Aurora University in the NCAA3 and was voted to the 1st team of the Northern Conference. He was tested by Novi Sad, but not signed, so the management of NYKK decided to invite him for a tryout.



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Pre-season games - by Yarone Arbel


Pre-season games - by Yarone Arbel
Four BSL teams gathered for a pre-season tournament in Israel - Rishon Lezion, Ramat Gan and the two newcomers from Qiryat Ata and Givat Shmuel.

In the first game Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) led Ramat Gan with 25 points to an 83-78 win over Givat Shmuel after overtime. He was joined with 14 points by Lior Khakhmon and Jonathan Jones while Josh Gomes scored 13. Givat earned 17 points from Jermaine Hall (196-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Wagner) and 15 each from veteran Moshe Brener and young forward Jonathan Nir.

In the second game Rishon enjoyed another big game by Robert Conley who scored 32 points as his team beat Ata 94-81. James Hughes added 17, Gili Mosinzon 15 and Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) 12. Ata relayed on 25 points by Draelon Burns, 16 by Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, college: Purdue) and 13 by Terrence Roberts.

In another game Haifa BC lost to Ironi Nahariya 86-75, after beating them a couple of days ago by 21 points. This time Nahariya had their new big guy Aaron McGhee (202-F-79, agency: Ronsport, college: Oklahoma) who led with 27 points. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) added 19 and Raviv Limonad scored 13. Haifa missed B.J. McKie and saw 17 points from Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara). Davon Jefferson and Ido Kozikaro scored 15 each.


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Coleman Collins and Roger Powell invited to NBA camps - by Interperformances
6'7' power forward. who can also play some center, Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) has been invited to the Chicago Bulls veteran camp. Last year he played for Ludwigsburg Germany. 6'6' small forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) has been called to the veteran training camp of the Phoenix Suns. Last year he had a good season with Teramo in the Italian Serie A league. Both players have a very good chance of making the NBA rosters.

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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toshiba 2-0 
 2. Hitachi S. 2-0 
 3. Panasonic 1-0 
 4. Aishin 1-1 
 5. Mitsubishi 1-1 
 6. Hokkaido 0-1 
 7. Tochigi Brex 0-2 
 8. Toyota 0-2 


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Astana Tigers secure Kazakhstan Cup title - by Eurobasket News
The Astana Tigers triumphed in the 2008 Kazakhstan Open Cup. The Tigers overcame Tobol from Kostanay in the final game. Astana secured a tough 94:88 victory and improved on the last seasons result when they lost to Saba Battery in the title decider. Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) topscored for the winners with 24 points. Maxim Voyeikov (195-F-88) contributed 21 points in the winning effort. Pavel Mikheev (198-F-83) answered with 24 points for Tobol. Stanislav Lashko (195-G/F-82) knocked down 16 points in the loss.
BK Almaty grabbed the third spot in the tournament. They defeated Barsy Atyrau 100:93 in the consolation final.
Kaspiy Aktau prevailed in the game for the fifth place. They outscored Bars Petropavlovsk 88:58.
The defending champions Astana Tigers looked too good for the opponents throughout the tournament. They had little problems dealing with Bars Petropavlovsk 101:47 early in the contest. Later the Tigers maintained their tip-top form with a cruising victory over BK Almaty 94:85.


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Barons advances to the Final of President Cup - by Eurobasket News
Barons-Rock 86:73

Latvian Barons became the second finalist of the President Cup. Latvian team overcame Estonian Rock Tartu 86:73 and will clash for the Cup tomorrow. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) led the winners with 19 points. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) nailed 17, Bright 13 and Alexander posted 11. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Janar Talts (205-C-83) had 16.
Estonian side opened very confident and won the opening tip 12:7. Barons tied the score twice at 12:12 and 14:14 later in the period, but could not go in front. Vaikulis scored a two pointer and made the final result of the first quarter 22:17 for Rock. At the beginning of the second quarter Janar Talts made both free-throws for 25:19. Barons started to catch up with the opponent and Berzins with Armands Skele pulls their team to 41:42.
Latvian team did not stop their rush and continued to lead the game in the third period. The third quarter finished with the Barons lead 64:61. Rock did not give up and was in front in the last period as well. Five minutes to go in the fourth quarter Janar Talts made it 72:69. Berzins with a three-pointer brought the biggest lead for Barons/LMT 77:69. Latvian team found its game and led to the winning clash. Armands Skele set up the final score 86:73 with a three-pointer.

Barons: Armands Skele 19, Giedrius Gustas 17, Bright 13, Alexander 11, Adrian Henning (203-F-82, agency: AMI, college: Austin Peay St.) 9
Rock: Tanoka Beard 18, Janar Talts 16, Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) 10, Sokk 7


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Blue Stars Champion of the Summer League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Blue Stars won the first episode of the Lebanese Summer League after beating Sagesse in the final on the score of 67-59 .The two teams had a very interesting show during the game , Blue Stars with its young players managed to impose its game in the second half especially through Miguel Martinez and Jean Abed El Nour.

On the other side Sagesse who have a new coach this year Vasselin Matic tried to stay close in the 2nd half but Blue Stars players regrouped and prevailed in the end on the score of 67-59.


Best Scorers:


Sagesse: Joe Mansour (16pts) , Blue Stars:Jean Abed El Nour (20pts)



Wise in Champville - by Mohammed Malas
After his success in Jordan last season, Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) will arrive soon to Beirut, Lebanon for Champville according to his agent Corey D.McCoy the president of 610 Sports Management
.....

Wise played very well with Orthodox and help them to be 2nd in the Jordanian premier league adding to his good display in Arab Clubs Championship last season, Wise's previous career was based on US leagues and Mexico before heading overseas.


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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas earn win in Presidents Cup semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris 89:76

Lietuvos Rytas secured the win in the Presidents Cup first semifinal today. They defeated their archrivals Zalgiris to advance to the Final. Babrauskas opened the game with a three-pointer to set Rytas ahead. Lietuvos Rytas stayed ahead throughout the opening frame and secured a 26:17 lead at the first break. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) tried to ignite the Kaunas outfit rally in the second quarter but Lietuvos Rytas stayed cool. They outgunned Zalgiris 27:16 once again and stretched the margin to 20 points at the interval. Zalgiris finally adjusted their defense in the third period and limited their opponents to just 13 points and cut the distance to 14 points. But the Vilnius team did not panic and breezed to the win at the end. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) dropped 18 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Michailas Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 16 points, while Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) had 11 points in the win. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 18 points for Zalgiris. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 points in defeat.
Barons and Tartu will clash in another semifinal later tonight. The final game is scheduled for tomorrow.

Lietuvos Rytas: Branko Milisavljevic 18, Michailas Anisimovas 16, Milko Bjelica 11
Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 18, Jonas Maciulis 14


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Buducnost and Partizan in the final of tournament in Herceg Novi - by Eurobasket News
Reining Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica and current Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea will play in the final of tournament in Herceg Novi.

Buducnost had an easy job against Bosnian team Siroki Prima pivo 96-73. Buducnost was the team which dominated from the very beginning. Montenegrins ended first 10 minutes having plus 8, 25-17. Slightly better performance Bosnians had only in the second quarter but it for sure was not enough even for small threat against tough Buducnost. Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and his teammates finished 22-19 third and 24-13 last quarter celebrating more than comfortable win. Vladimir Dasic was the leading player of his team netting 28 points. Experienced Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points for Siroki.

In the other game Partizan Igokea blasted ABS Primorje 87-65. Serbian team had huge lead already at the half time 51-33. The rest of the game was just the formality as difference in basketball level between the two teams is big. Young Vladimir Lucic (-F-89) scored 17 poinst for Partizan. Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was behind him with 12 points. ABS Primorje got 14 points from Vojislav Ilic (202-F/C-77). Vladimir Radovanovic (194-G-81) had one point less.

Final game will be played today at 20h.


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  NBA   


Rockets match Bobcats' offer sheet, keep Landry - by Eurobasket News
Rockets matched the Bobcats' three-year, $9 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) on Thursday, keeping the forward in Houston.

The Rockets took less than 24 hours to make the move, leaving Charlotte still searching for frontcourt depth before the start of training camp next week.

'We obviously thought it was a good opportunity to get the guy', Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said. 'But its part of the business'.

The 6-foot-9 Landry had been unable to reach terms with Houston since free agency began this summer. His agent threatened that Landry could sign with an overseas team as the two sides haggled over money.

The Bobcats stepped in with an offer Wednesday. But even with decent depth up front, Houston decided to keep Landry, who can play power forward and center.
Houston acquired the second-round pick in a draft-night trade with Seattle last year. Landry averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in 42 games.

'We're really excited to have him back', Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. 'We're going to have a great set of players in for training camp'.

Landrys playing time increased late in his rookie season after Rockets center Yao Ming was lost to injury. He scored 22 points in a game at Indiana and was voted to the all-rookie second team.

Landry missed time late last season because of a bruised right knee, and Morey said the former Purdue star will undergo a physical. Morey said the Rockets are willing to take a chance with Landrys health.

'We've got a good sense of the state of the knee', Morey said. 'We feel like were in a season where weve got to take risks and weve got to bring in all the best players possible. We feel like this has a chance to be a special season and were excited Carl will be a part of it'.

Landry declared himself 100 percent healthy and said he feels better than he was before the injury.

'I would say getting drafted was the best day ever in my life and signing this contract will have to be second', Landry told Houston TV station KRIV. 'I am happy to be back in Houston'.

Landrys potential intrigued the Bobcats, who are looking to get help for last seasons starters at power forward and center, Emeka Okafor and Nazr Mohammed.

'Well continue to look for ways to improve, that never changes', Higgins said.

Some help could come from injury-riddled forward Sean May. Higgins said May should be close to full strength when new coach Larry Brown opens training camp. May missed all of last season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery.

Sean is working out and is starting to look comfortable out there, Higgins said. Hell be ready to start on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/


Clippers guard Jason Williams retires - by Bruno Baltazar
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Jason Williams (6'1''-G-75, college: Florida) announced his retirement from the NBA ending his 10-year career. Signed by the Clippers as a free agent on August 7, 2008, Williams did not appear in a game for Los Angeles.
Williams enjoyed a 10-year NBA career that saw him take the court for three different teams, (Sacramento 1998-2001, Memphis 2001-2005 and Miami 2005-2008). A member of the NBA Champion Miami Heat in 2005-06, Williams started all 23 playoff games and averaged 9.3 points and 3.9 assists for Miami in helping to win the organizations first title.

The West Virginia native leaves the NBA with career averages of 11.4 points, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.4 rebounds while shooting 39.6 percent from the floor, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 81.6 percent from the foul line in 679 total games. Williams finishes his career with a 2.77 assist-to-turnover ratio.

He enjoyed his best statistical season in 2001-02 when he averaged 14.8 points, 8.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds for Memphis. In his four seasons with the Grizzlies, Williams became the clubs all-time assists leader and all-time leader in three-point field goals attempted in addition to being named the NBAs Most Improved Player for the 2002-03 season by Sports Illustrated when he finished tied for second in the league in assists per game.

Originally drafted with the seventh overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft by Sacramento after one season at the University of Florida, Williams was named to the 1998-99 NBA All-Rookie Team following an electrifying first season that saw him average 12.8 points and 6.0 assists. Over the next nine seasons, Williams emerged as one of the most dependable point guards in the NBA, averaging double-figures in scoring and at least five assists per game in eight of his ten years in the league.


Heat signed 4 players - by Bruno Baltazar
The Miami Heat announced Friday that they have signed guards Eddie Basden (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Charlotte) and Tre Kelley (6'0''-G-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: S.Carolina) along with forwards Omar Barlett (6'8''-F-80, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Jacksonville St.) and Matt Walsh (6'6''-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida).

Basden, a 65, 215-pound guard, appeared in six games for Cholet Basket of the French Pro A League and averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.80 steals and 2.3 assists last season. He then joined Telekom Baskets Bonn of the German Bundesliga and appeared in 27 games averaging 8.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.70 steals. His first stint in the NBA came with the Chicago Bulls in the 2005-06 season where he appeared in 19 games averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds. Basden, a three-year starter at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, averaged 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.50 steals and finished his career as Conference USAs career leader in steals (264) and also finished sixth on Charlottes career chart for rebounds (765) and 18th all-time in scoring (1,066). In 2005, he became the third player in Conference USA history to win both Conference USA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors (Kenyon Martin, Dwyane Wade).

Kelley, a 60, 188-pound guard, appeared in 16 games for KK Cibona of the Adriatic League and averaged 6.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds last season. He then joined Panellinios of the Greek A1 League and appeared in nine games averaging 9.6 points, 1.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds. Kelley appeared in 134 career games (102 starts) in four seasons at the University of South Carolina and finished second in school history in games played (134), third in assists (510), minutes played (3,956), three-point field goals made (167) and ninth in career points (1,488).

Barlett, a 68, 230-pound forward, appeared in 27 games for Energa Czami Slupsk of the Polish League last season and averaged 11.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.20 steals and 1.1 assists. He graduated from Jacksonville State University after transferring from Jones County Junior College (Mississippi). He appeared in 59 games for JSU and averaged 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.22 steals in 28.7 minutes while shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 55.8 percent from the foul line. Barlett finished his career at JSU second in career field goals made (333), third in field goal percentage (.593) and fourth in career rebounds (401).

Walsh, a 66, 205-pound forward, appeared in 18 games with Ricoh Manresa of the Spanish ACB League and averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.30 steals last season. He then joined TEC Spirou Charleroi of the Belgian League and appeared in 14 games averaging 12.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He previously signed with the HEAT as an undrafted free agent on August 15, 2005, playing in two games totaling three minutes while finishing with two points as he connected on his only field goal attempt before being waived on November 18, 2005. Walsh, a three-year starter at the University of Florida, finished second on the Gators in scoring in each of his last two seasons while going over 1,000 career points during the 2004-05 campaign. Walsh was an All-SEC selection during both his sophomore and junior seasons.


Bulls signed 3 players - by Bruno Baltazar
On Friday, the team announced three additions to its roster for training camp: forward/center Elton Brown (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) (6-9 | 250 | 09/09/83 | Virginia | rookie), forward Roger Powell (6'6''-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) (6-6 | 225 | 01/15/83 | Illinois | 1 year experience), and guard Darius Washington (6'2''-G-85, college: Memphis) (6-2 | 185 | 12/06/85 | Memphis | 1 yr. exp.).

Chicagos first practice will get under way on Tuesday, Sept. 30 with a two-a-day practice session set for 10:00-11:30 a.m., and again from 4:30-7:00 p.m. The two-a-day practice sessions will continue through Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Bulls will tip-off their eight-game preseason schedule on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the United Center when they host the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. Chicago will then travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Friday, Oct. 10 to take on the Indiana Pacers at 6:00 p.m. (CT).

Other preseason contests include: vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (Oct. 14), vs. Utah Jazz (Oct. 17 in Champaign, Ill), vs. Utah Jazz (Oct. 18), at Dallas Mavericks (Oct. 21), at Minnesota Timberwolves (Oct. 22) and vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Oct. 24). The team will then tip-off the regular season on Oct. 28 at the United Center against Milwaukee.


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Ex-NBA basketball player David Wesley returns to Baylor - by Eurobasket News
Former Baylor star David Wesley (6'1''-G-70, college: Baylor) has joined the Bears men's basketball team as a student manager while completing his undergraduate degree.

When Wesley left Baylor in 1993, he was 33 hours short of a degree in physical education. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA for five franchises, and is one of two undrafted players in NBA history to score 11,000 points.

'Coming back is an opportunity for me to finish my degree as well as work with such a great group of guys', Wesley said. 'It brings back a lot of good memories from when I played here'.

Wesley averaged 17 points and 4.4 assists in three seasons for the Bears from 1989-92 after transferring from Temple College. As a senior in 1991-92, he was named the Southwest Conferences most valuable player after averaging 20.6 points.

'We are extremely excited to have David come back to Baylor', Baylor coach Scott Drew said. 'It speaks volumes that hes coming back to finish his education while giving back to the Baylor basketball program'.

Courtesy of http://www.wacotrib.com


Mike Tisdale has surgery - by Eurobasket News
University of Illinois 7-foot sophomore center Mike Tisdale (7'1''-C) (Riverton, Ill.) underwent a successful surgery this morning to repair a minor muscle hernia in his lower right leg. He is expected to be out 3-4 weeks.

'Its unfortunate that Mike had this setback, but the silver lining is that it happened now and not during the middle of the season. We wish him the best during his rehabilitation these next few weeks, and well look forward to having him return to action when practice begins next month', Illini head basketball coach Bruce Weber said after the announcement.

Played in all 35 games on the season as a true freshman, starting twice. Averaging 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds on the year. Third on the team with 15 blocked shots. Scored a season-high 13 points vs. Western Carolina (Dec. 7), hitting 6-of-7 shots. Also reached double figures with 10 points at Minnesota (Feb. 12). Grabbed a season-high five rebounds vs. Loyola-MD (Dec. 28). Had four blocks at Minnesota, the most by an Illini player on the season.

Courtesy of http://rivals.yahoo.com/


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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Kristiansand 0-0 
 2. Trondheim 0-0 
 3. Centrum 0-0 
 4. Froya 0-0 
 5. Stavanger 0-0 
 6. NTNUI 0-0 
 7. OSI 0-0 
 8. Persbraaten 0-0 
 9. Langhus 0-0 
 10. Varden 0-0 
 11. Sandvika 0-0 


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 2-0 
 2. Gimle 1-0 
 3. Tromso 1-0 
 4. Harstad 1-1 
 5. Ulriken 1-1 
 6. Ammerud 0-0 
 7. 3B 0-2 
 8. Fjellhamar 0-2 


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Norman Black gets job done - by Eurobasket News
It took him four years, but Norman Black got the job done.

In 2004, Black, a multi-titled coach in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), accepted an offer to handle Ateneo de Manila a challenge he accepted despite the fact that he has not coached a collegiate team before.

'This has been probably a tougher, longer struggle,' said Black after steering the Eagles to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) last Thursday.

Owner of 10 PBA titles, including nine with San Miguel Beer, Black was given high expectations by the Ateneo community to deliver a championship.

But as disappointments began to pile up, Blacks future with Ateneo became untenable.

The pressure increased ten-fold when the Eagles lost to La Salle in the playoffs last year despite sweeping their elimination matches.

Ateneo edged La Salle, 3-2, last season, but the Archers won when it mattered most and eventually crowned themselves champions.

Black said his four years with Ateneo was a learning experience, but gave him a lot of satisfaction.

'Its a different brand of basketball in college but I think more importantly, the most satisfying thing is just watching the players grow, watching them improve and as they improve, the team improves and the team gets better,' he said.

It helps that Black has probably one of the best and heftiest UAAP teams since the University of Santo Tomas frontline of Dennis Espino, Chris Cantonjos and Estong Ballesteros won a four-peat during the mid-1990s.

Ateneo ended the season with a combined 16-1 record, including a four-game sweep of La Salle.

Led by Most Valuable Player Rabeh Al-Hussaini, the Blue Eagles also had the likes of 6-4 Nonoy Baclao, the eventual Finals MVP, and other decent big men in rookie Nico Salva and veterans Mike Baldos and Jobe Nkemakolam.

Ateneo led the league with 4.6 blocks a game, thanks to Baclaos 2.6 swats a game in the elimination and 5.5 rejections during the finals series against the Green Archers.

The Blue Eagles also allowed the fewest points in the league at 62.3 points a game.

Height was not the only factor as guards Chris Tiu, Eric Salamat, Jai Reyes and Rookie of the Year small forward Ryan Buenafe provided help on both ends.

'We were pretty intelligent this year,' Black said. 'We could actually execute defensive strategies that Ive never been able to execute from my other teams in Ateneo because the guys were very good at taking in whatever we wanted to do as far as strategy is concern.'

He added: 'We had games were we had four different pick and roll defenses for four different people and they were still able to execute it so a lot of credit goes to the players being dedicated to defense being able to understand what exactly the coaching staff wanted them to do.'

Only two players from Ateneo Chris Tiu and Yuri Escueta -- will be gone for next season.

Black said he was glad that Tiu opted to play his fifth season.

'You know college basketball, particularly in Ateneo, when you win a championship youll be remembered forever they still remember the championship teams and the guys who won those championships are still looked upon being somewhat like idols so Im happy for Chris that he came back and win the championship,' he said.

Black, whose contract is expected to be extended, is losing no time to prepare his team for next season.

Several players are being eyed by the Loyola-based campus with San Sebastian juniors standout Arvie Bringas and former RP Youth member Jeric Teng among the top prospects.

Ateneo will also make a quick return to the court as well.

The Eagles are contemplating on joining the UNIGAMES in Dumaguete next month before defending their Philippine Collegiate Championship.

Courtesy of http://www.mb.com.ph/


Yeng Guiao is RP five head coach at last - by Eurobasket News
It took 17 long years before Yeng Guiao was finally honored with the head coaching job of the national basketball team.

On Thursday the fiery Red Bull mentor was given the prestigious task, which he said has been a lifelong dream and one he almost gave up on after a controversial non-selection in 1991.

Its quite a long wait, Guiao told the Philippine Daily Inquirer after Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Renauld Barrios finally announced his choice at the leagues offices in Libis, Quezon City.

Guiao won out over former national coaches Chot Reyes of Talk N Text, Tim Cone of Alaska, and Jong Uchico of Barangay Ginebra, becoming the sixth PBA coach to handle the national five.

This is a great honor and privilege, Guiao said.

It was also sweet for the 46-year-old vice governor of Pampanga, who was snubbed as coach of the 1991 Southeast Asian Games team by the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Barrios said he made the choice after validating things for himself in his first full year as top honcho of the PBA. It also helped that Guiao was endorsed by many league officials.

Guiao took two championships with the defunct Swift Mighty Meaties before winning another three import-spiced tournaments with Red Bull.

One of the early ideas that Guiao is entertaining for the national team is the recruitment of naturalized players in the lineup, something like the program in the past employed under former RP coach Ron Jacobs.

We have to bite the bullet, Guiao said. If we want to be included at least in the top three in Asia, we have to employ what the other countries are doing, and that is to tap naturalized players.

Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net


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Polish teams' rosters, the part before the league's beginning - by Michal Falkowski
ASSECO PROKOM SOPOT

Coaches: Pacesas Tomas (extended) and Dedek David (extended)
Guards: Ewing Daniel (signed Khimki Moscow), Logan David (signed PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Nesovic Aleksej (signed Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada), Swietonski Tomasz (from reserve team), Zamojski Przemyslaw (valid contract)
Forwards: Archibong Koko (signed DeutscheBank Skyliners Frankfurt), Burrell Ronnie (signed Telekom Baskets Bonn), Dylewicz Filip (extended), Szczotka Piotr (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk)
Centers: Hrycaniuk Adam (NCAA), Lapeta Adam (valid contract)
Juniors: Kostrzewski Mateusz (valid contract), Wilkusz Daniel (valid contract)

PGE TUROW ZGORZELEC

Coaches: Filipovski Saso (extended) and Mitev Boban (extended), Turkiewicz Pawel (extended), Zak Edward (extended)
Guards: Bailey Bryan (signed Bosnia ASA BHT Sarajevo), Copeland Donald (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Kitzinger Iwo (extended), Miljkovic Damir (signed Primorie Vladivostok)
Forwards: Daniels Chris (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Harris Alex (signed NCAA), Radonjic Gorjan (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac), Roszyk Krzysztof (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot), Witka Robert (extended)
Centers: Townes Darian (signed NCAA), Turek John (signed Gent Dragons)
Juniors: Bochno Bartosz (valid contract), Bodzinski Tomasz (signed reserve team), Jarmakowicz Mateusz (valid contract), Strzelecki Maciej (valid contract), Szymanski Szymon (valid contract)

BASCO SLASK WROCLAW

Coaches: Kurtinaitis Rimas (valid contract) and Adamek Andrzej (extended), Szewczyk Krzysztof (valid contract)
Guards: Chanas Kamil (valid contract), Diduszko Bartosz (valid contract), Skibniewski Robert (PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Weeden Tony (signed Polpharma Starogard GdaL„ski)
Forwards: Stefanski Marcin (returned after suspension), Stevic Oliver (valid contract)
Centers: Mroz Pawel (valid contract),
Juniors: Halas Piotr (valid contract), Mieczkowski Dawid (signed reserve team), Parzenski Jakub (signed reserve team), Sek Kacper (signed reserve team)
Practice with the team but has no signed contract: Hyzy Radoslaw, Mielczarek Artur, Seweryn Lukasz

ANWIL WLOCLAWEK

Coaches: Sagadin Zmago (signed no club last time) and Damjanovic Dalibor (valid contract), Szablowski Krzysztof (valid contract)
Guards: Henderson Gerrod (signed Azovmash Mariupol), Koszarek Lukasz (valid contract), Michalski Kamil (from loan Big Star Tychy), Pluta Andrzej (valid contract)
Forwards: Boylan Ian (signed Allianz Swans Gmunden), Brkic Marko (signed Polpak Swiecie), Gabinski Michal (from loan Sportino Inowroclaw), Modric Stipe (signed Geoplin Slovan Lublana), Piechowicz Marek (valid contract), Woloszyn Bartlomiej (valid contract)
Centers: Miller Paul (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw), Paravinja Milos (signed BC Livorno)
Juniors: Golebiowski Jakub (signed reserve team), Janiak Damian (signed AZS Kutno), Zajac Bartlomiej (signed reserve team Prokom Trefl
Sopot)

ATLAS STAL OSTROW WIELKOPOLSKI

Coaches: Kowalczyk Andrzej (valid contract) and Bogicevic Millia (signed Anwil Wloclawek), Czeczuro Wadim (valid contract)
Guards: Cook Aaron (signed CBA), Ochonko Tomasz (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw), Rivera Carlos (signed Capitanes de Arecibo), Seals LeVar (is being tested), Szubarga Krzysztof (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw)
Forwards: Jocovic Vladan (signed Sloboda Dita Tuzla), Majewski Lukasz (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Okafor Patrick (signed Anwil Wloclawek), Wichniarz Lukasz (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Centers: Andrzejewski Tomasz (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Jovanovic Nikola (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac)
Juniors: Fabianczyk Marcin (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Grzesinski Sebastian (signed reserve team), Plociennik Lukasz (valid contract)

AZS KOSZLIN

Coaches: Szczubial Dariusz (extended) and Dolinski Leszek (valid contract)
Guards: Arabas Grzegorz (valid contract), Mojica Javier (signed Marinos de Anzoategui), Swanson Dante (signed he was injured, before that he had played in Koszalin)
Forwards: Bogdan Pawel (signed Politechnika Poznan), Bradford Steffon (signed NSF Nanterre), Luszczewski Przemyslaw (extended), Nordgaard Jeff (extended), Reese George (extended)
Centers: Oduok Ime (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Juniors: Diduszko Lukasz (signed AWF Katowice), Grys Lukasz (signed Unia Tarnow), Strach Michal (valid contract)

KOTWICA KOLOBRZEG

Coaches: Machowski Sebastian (extended) and Blechacz Pawel (valid contract)
Guards: Hamilton Kevin (signed Besancon Basket Comte Doubs), Kikowski Pawel (signed Polpak Swiecie), Mills Julien (signed Gunaras KC Dombovar)
Forwards: Barrett Sefton (extended), Cielebak Tomasz (extended), Crone Brandon (signed Sodertalje Kings), Stelmach Piotr (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot)
Centers: Naymick Drew (signed NCAA), Przybyszewski Dawid (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Juniors: Brek Dawid (extended), Rduch Szymon (extended)

BPS BANK BASKET KWIDZYN

Coaches: Prabucki Adam (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski) and Perzanowski Bartosz (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Guards: Dabrowski Piotr (extended), Davis Greg (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Garner Chris (signed Polpak Swiecie), Mazur Hubert (extended), Potulski Bartosz (extended), Puncewicz Dariusz (extended)
Forwards: Kuebler Michael (signed Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan), Lubeck Brian (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Tica Vladimir (signed Polpak Swiecie)
Centers: --
Juniors: Kowalewski Marcin (from loan Bonduelle Gniewkowo), Mielnik Krzysztof (from loan Polpak Swiecie), Wilczewski Tomasz (from loan Bonduelle Gniewkowo)

SPEC POLONIA WARSAW

Coaches: Kaminski Wojciech (valid contract) and Kierlewicz Andrzej (valid contract)
Guards: Adams Tommy (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Harrington Greg (extended)
Forwards: Ansley Michael (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Bacik Mariusz (signed AZS Koszalin), Frasunkiewicz Przemyslaw (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk), Johnson Kevin (signed Allianz Swans Gmunden), Pisarczyk Tomasz (extended), Przybylski Michal (extended)
Centers: Radke Hubert (extended)
Juniors: Laczynski Kamil (valid contract), Nowakowski Marcin (signed UMKS Kielce), Pisarczyk Wojciech (valid contract)

ENERGA CZARNI SLUPSK

Coaches: Podkovyrov Andrej (signed Cherkassy Monkeys) and Lisztwan Miroslaw (valid contract), Shpanyuk Vitali (signed ?)
Guards: Bennett Demetric (signed NCAA), Cesnauskis Mantas (extended), Malesa Pawel (signed NCAA), Straight Jason (signed Maccabi Hajfa)
Forwards: Leonczyk Pawel (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Ratajczak Lukasz (signed Polpak Swiecie), Sroka Marcin (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: Howell Rolando (signed Pierrel Capo dOrlando), Ingram Jack (signed Helios Domzale)
Juniors: Bieg Mateusz (extended), Dutkiewicz Marcin (signed Polonia 2011 Warsaw), Pabian Hubert (extended), Przyborowski Patryk (extended)

VICTORIA GORNIK WALBRZYCH

Coaches: Chudeusz Jerzy (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski) and Mlynarski Mieczyslaw (valid contract)
Guards: Carr Marcus (extended), Glapinski Rafal (extended), Jozefowicz Bartlomiej (extended), Raczynski Maciej (signed Anwil Wloclawek)
Forwards: Argrett Damien (signed BK Decin), Zablocki Tomasz (extended)
Centers: Barro Ousmane (signed NCAA), Ercegovic Kristijan (extended)
Juniors: Bierwagien Mateusz (signed SIDEn Torun), Konczak Dawid (extended), Pieloch Damian (extended), Waczynski Adam (signed Asseco Prokom Sopot),

SPORTINO INOWROCLAW

Coaches: Krutikov Aleksander (signed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven)
Guards: Crenshaw Marcus (signed NCAA), Lee Tony (signed NCAA), Stiggers Dante (is being tested), Kilian Adam (is being tested), Zytko Lukasz (extended)
Forwards: Gabsys Vilius (signed Aisciai-Atletas Kaunas), Graham Louis (is being tested), Swiderski Michal (extended)
Centers: Landry Kyle (signed NCAA), Robak Artur (extended)
Juniors: Wierzbciki Hubert (extended)

ZNICZ JAROSLAW

Coaches: Gierczak Stanislaw (valid contract) and Milan Maciej (signed ?)
Guards: Ecka Marcin (extended), Hughes Brandun (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Kukielka Grzegorz (signed Zastal Zielona Gora), Mikolajko Artur (extended), Przewrocki Tomasz (valid contract)
Forwards: Celej Tomasz (extended), Fortuna Tomasz (extended), Reynolds Grady (signed Boca Juniors Capital Feder)
Centers: Miszczuk Marek (valid contract)
Juniors: Nowak Kamil (signed ?)

POLPHARMA STAROGARD GDANSKI

Coaches: Karol Mariusz (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn) and Olszewski Roman (valid contract)
Guards: Barkley Erick (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Eldridge Courtney (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Glavas Nejc (signed Zagorje KD FT), Hicks Michael (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Sulowski Jacek (signed Politechnika Poznan)
Forwards: Drewa Jaroslaw (valid contract), Kowalczuk Pawel (signed Zastal Zielona Gora), Tuljkovic Mujo (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Zurawski Wojciech (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn)
Centers: Coleman Eric (signed NCAA)
Juniors: Drewa Marek (signed reserve team), Jarecki Jacek (signed Stal Stalowa Wola), Neumann Dawid (extended)

PGB BASKET POZNAN

Coaches: Kijewski Eugeniusz (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot) and Jankowski Tomasz (was a TV commentator)
Guards: Davis Miah (signed Telekom Baskets Bonn), Flieger Marcin (extended)
Forwards: Brannen Robert (signed Criollos de Caguas), Jones-Camacho Joel (signed Leones de Ponce), McLean Alex (signed NCAA), Prus Stanislaw (extended), Radwan Grzegorz (extended), Szawarski Wojciech (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: Bigus Rafal (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Metelski Adam (signed 4 YOU Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgorne)
Juniors: Mowlik Pawel (extended), Skowronski Albert (extended), Smorawinski Tomasz (extended)


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  QATAR   


Watson inks for Al Rayyan - by Mohammed Malas
One of the best americans who played in Qatar in the last few years Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) will be the new addition of Al Rayyan Club roster under the command of the australian coach Brian Lester who will stay with the team for an additional year....

Watson played for Al Gharafa before 2 seasons and then Al Arabi and led both to some trophies which added alot to his bright career which also contains countries such as Mexico and Turkey.


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  RUSSIA   


Triumph triumphs in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Russian Triumph became the winner of the International Tournament in Turkey. After the first place in the group the team met another first-place seeded squad from another group. Antalya showed great basketball throughout the whole tournament but lost in the Final 54:74. Triumph opened the game with 22:9 in the opening quarter and then triumphed with 17:8 in the last. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) led the winners with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Anderson nailed 11 points, while Dmitriev posted 10. Michael Green top-scored for the Turkish side with 15 points.
In the game for the 7th place Ural Great overcame BC Kyiv 78:67. Ukrainian side remained winless in the tournament however it might sound well could win all of them. In the last one BC Kyiv started with 25:18 in the opening quarter. In the second quarter Ukrainian squad remained in front even after 18:18 in the period. Both squads went to the lockers for 43:36 for BC Kyiv.In the second half Ural Great was another team in comparison with the first half. Russian team reduced the gap after 17:12 in the third period. They left the opponents at 12 also in the last period, while they notched 25 points. As a result Ural Great celebrated 78:67 victory and finished 7th in Turkey. Sergey Chernov (185-G-86) led the winners with 16 points. Alexander Bashminov posted 14 and Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) collected 12 points and 5 rebounds. Maksym Pustozvonov and Brent Wright top-scored for BC Kyiv with 11 points and 4 rebounds each.


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  SERBIA   


Bodiroga's Lottomatica outplays Crvena Zvezda in a friendly - by Dragan Jankovski
Lottomatica cruised past Crvena Zvezda in a friendly game, which was played in Rome yesterday, 76-57. These two teams will meet each other once again today.
Italians, whose GM is Dejan Bodiroga, dominated against Crvena Zvezda during the entire time. Mostly owing to Alessandro Tonolli (202-F-74), Lottomatica ended first quarter with plus 8, 20-12. Crvena Zvezda showed slightly better performance in the second quarter. Point guard Marinovic was in a game mood but Roma suceeded to keep its lead 36-28. Second half totally belonged to Lottomatica. Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) joined Alessandro Tonolli helping Roma to record 20-15 in third and 20-14 in the last quarter. At the end it was more than comfortable 19-point win for Italians.
Alessandro Tonolli paced Lottomatica to victory scoring 18 points. Andre Hutson had 11 while Slovenian Sani Becirovic had one point less. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) netted 12 points and was the only player with double digits in Crvena Zvezda. Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) had 9 points while Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) posted 8 points apiece.

Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) had his debut in Spanish Pamesa Valencia. His team outplayed Estudiantes 87-81 while Perovic collected 13 points and 6 rebounds. Another Serbian in Pamesa, point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) successfully recovered from serious knee injury. He netted 5 points against the Students.


Mega HL losses in Tuzla, Metalac in Surgut, tournament in Vrsac starts today - by Dragan Jankovski
Participant of Serbian A1 league and BIBL Mega Hypo Leasing suffered defeat in a first game of tournament in Tuzla against Slovenian team Zlatorog Lasko 68-74. First quarter was totally equalized and interesting is that both teams netted 54 points together for these ten minutes, 27-27. Second period was maybe the crucial one in this game. Mega's players, except of Chris Schlatter (201-G/F-81, college: Washington St.), somehow stopped what Serbian power forward in Zlatorog Uros Lucic (207-C-83) and his teammates exploited to create 39-47 at the half time. Mega returned into the game later and thanks to American Schlatter came on 51-55 before the last quarter. However, Uros Lucic, who was central figure of this game, continued in the same rhythm leading his team to win. He finished the game nailing 28 points. Salih Nuhanovic (210-C-82) had 13 while Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) stopped on 10 in Zlatorog. Above mentioned Chris Schlatter was a way better than the others in Mega HL draining 20 points. Nikola Maravic (210-C-89) and Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: Beo Basket) had 8 points each.

Serbian A1 team Metalac Valjevo arrived in Russian Surgut, where this week-end will be played international tournament. Metalac will meet the hosts Universitet Surgut, whose head coach is Zeljko Lukajic, as well as one team from Ukraine and one from Lithuania. As a reminder, few days ago Metalac made a real surprise beating Crvena Zvezda in a friendly game.

This week-end also will be played traditional tournament 'Veliki za male' in Vrsac. In the first game, today at 18h, CSKA Sophia will meet Vojvodina Srbijagas. In the second game the host team Hemofarm STADA will take on Cedevita Zagreb.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Chemosvit last on international tournament in Poprad - by Eurobasket News
At the last day of tournament in Poprad, the host team Chemosvit outsmarted Croatian Dubrovnik 86-82 but despite this victory the last place belongs to it. As a reminder, Chemosvit suffered two defeats at the beginning, against Jamtsland Basket and Worthersee Piraten. On the other hand, despite this defeat Dubrovnik is the top ranked team with score 2-1.

Croatians were much better in the first half. Chemosvit struggled at the defensive end letting Dubrovnik to score 52 points for 20 minutes. On the other side Slovakians scored 40. Totally different picture was seen on the court in the second half. It seems Chemosvit's players got directions how to improve defense as it looked a way better. It resulted with only 30 points by Dubrovnik in second half while Chemosvit had 46. It was enough for tight 4-point victory at the end. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) and Zuza were the best players for the winning team nailing 18 points each. Peter Praznovsky (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Tarleton St.) followed them adding 14 points.

In the last game of tournament in Poprad, Jamtsland Basket beat Worthersee Piraten 85-77. Jamtsland took this one mostly owing to well played first quarter, 52-40.


Final standings of tournament in Poprad
1. Dubrovnik
2. Jamtsland Basket
3. Worthersee Piraten
4. Chemosvit


Friendly games - by Eurobasket News
The host of tournament in Pezinok lost against MBK Rieker Komarno 78-81. Visitors demonstrated much better performance from the early beginning. After twenty minutes of the game it already was plus 14 for Komarno, 29-43. After the breather Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) and his teammates finally woke up. They started to play more aggressively which immediately resulted with melting Komrano's lead. At the end Pezinok has small chance for the win but that didn't happen. Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) paced Komarno to victory scoring 21 points. Zavodny also shined draining 17 points. Seman had one point less than him. Dusan Snopko was the best player for the loosing side with 18 points. Jozef Bucak (207-C-81, agency: LBM Management), Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) and Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) netted 12 points each.

In the other game USK Praha suffered defeat against Hungarian Albacomp 72-84 (36-39).

On tournament in Levice, the hosts outsmarted UBC Gussing 84-75. Basketbal Levice took this one mostly owing to well played second half and Ladislav Lutovsky (198-F-75), who dominated at the offensive end. He was clutch player of the game posting 20 points. Milosevic helped him team netting 16 points while Zivicky had 15.

BK Opava cruised past NH Ostrava 83-70 (39-31).


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  SPAIN   


2008 Super Cup Finalists Decided - by Paul Nilsen
Holders Tau Ceramica were the first team to make the final of the 2008 ACB Super Cup after they picked up an unlikely but creditable win against strongly fancied Regal Barcelona writes www.acb-basket.com. Looking as if the game had slipped them by in the final quarter and with the momentum looking to be going the way of Barca, Dusko Ivanovic and his players hung in and came out with a thrilling 73-70 success.

The inside performance of Wil McDonald and the usual reliable display of Igor Rakocevic were the highlights for Baskonia. The former claimed 21 points and 8 rebounds in a vibrant display while the latter recorded 18 points and 4 assists. It was strange to see TAU receover because they had far too many turnovers in this game and looked to have lost control of a game they edged in the first half.

After ten minutes they were ahead and had a 15-1 run to rock Xavi Pascual and his players. However Barca had clawed their way back into the game by half-time and into the second half the game hung into the balance at 66-66.

Balugrana then looked to have secured the game at 67-70 but missed foul shots from Navarro and then a basket from Rakocevic followed by a huge three by McDonald sealed their fate. Rackocevic put the finishing touch with a free throw right at the death as Barca cursed ovber a game they could and should have won.

The loss particularly hard on Turkish star Eskan Illyasova whop has picked up where he left off last year with another terrific display of 18 points and 6 rebounds for a valuation of 25.

The first semi-final set up the second one superbly and the home team CAI Zaragoza really did light the tournament with a truly sensational team effort against DKV Joventut. They recorded a memorable 96-81 win over Badalona in front of 7,000 noisy fans with Italian Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) scoring 21 points and Taurean Green claiming 18 as Zaragoza out hustled and out muscled Penya.

In an entertaining fiorst quarter full of offence Joventut took a 33-27 lead with Bracey Wright impressing but a 10-0 run at the start of the second put the host team back in control and they never looked back. Coach Segura thrilled with the performances of his guys as they edged their way further in front and never looked under threat all game. A trio of new signings in Lewis, Guerra and Garces all got into double figures with Green and it promises to be a spectacular final between the hosts and the holders.


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  SYRIA   


Al Ittihad trials an American duo - by Mohammed Malas
Al Itthad Aleppo's head coach Fred Oniga will try the abilities of the american duo Ishmael Joyce (190-G-81, college: Jackson St.) and Kenyon Gamble (212-C-82, college: Tuskegee), Both players arrived earlier today and they will join the trainings from the beginning of this evening.

Joyce was part of Qatar Club forces in Qatar last season, His career contained some leagues in the US and Mexico, While Gamble played for a short time overseas in Venezuela and Germany, He's still looking to prove his worth and open a new page through the middle east.


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  TURKEY   


Bandirma closes the doors - by Eurobasket News
Russian Triumph became the winner of the International Tournament in Turkey. After the first place in the group the team met another first-place seeded squad from another group. Antalya showed great basketball throughout the whole tournament but lost in the Final 54:74. Triumph opened the game with 22:9 in the opening quarter and then triumphed with 17:8 in the last. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) led the winners with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Anderson nailed 11 points, while Dmitriev posted 10. Michael Green top-scored for the Turkish side with 15 points.
Efes Pilsen finished third in the tournament as in the game for the third pace the team overcame Besiktas 79:77. It was a great game between two Turkish titans and brought lots of intrigue and interest during the whole game. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Marcus Faison ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.
Banvit had no difficulties reaching the fifth position at home. The team deserved more than that and in the last game thrashed Petkim 111:75. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) had a great night with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Aubery Reese posted 19 points in defeat.
In the game for the 7th place Ural Great overcame BC Kyiv 78:67. Ukrainian side remained winless in the tournament however it might sound well could win all of them. In the last one BC Kyiv started with 25:18 in the opening quarter. In the second quarter Ukrainian squad remained in front even after 18:18 in the period. Both squads went to the lockers for 43:36 for BC Kyiv.In the second half Ural Great was another team in comparison with the first half. Russian team reduced the gap after 17:12 in the third period. They left the opponents at 12 also in the last period, while they notched 25 points. As a result Ural Great celebrated 78:67 victory and finished 7th in Turkey. Sergey Chernov (185-G-86) led the winners with 16 points. Alexander Bashminov posted 14 and Fedor Likholitov collected 12 points and 5 rebounds. Maksym Pustozvonov and Brent Wright top-scored for BC Kyiv with 11 points and 4 rebounds each.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Ex-NBA star tells young students to prepare for future challenges - by Eurobasket News
Elena Christian Junior High School students got a welcome 'assist' from a legendary professional basketball player who visited the campus Thursday morning.

Artis Gilmore who played on three top NBA teams before retiring in 1988 - the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs and finally the Boston Celtics - met with students to speak with them about being prepared for future challenges in an ever-changing technological world.

Many jobs that had been performed by people, are now being done by machines, he told the students.

He also said that years ago, in the 1980s, when he injured his knee, the surgery to replace his cartilage was considered cutting edge and risky and doctors were reluctant to perform it. Today, a number of top athletes have the same surgery to replace broken bones and return to work within weeks.

He said there is a need to prepare the workforce and 'retrain our children and prepare them for these challenges,' Gilmore said. 'Technology has taken away so many jobs.'

'We as adults and celebrities, we have a responsibility to teach them about the pitfalls and the challenges they will face,' he said. 'We have learned from our experiences.'

Some computer-savvy students presented a PowerPoint slideshow, showing off the technical skills they gained in the school's computer class.

After the Gilmore's presentation students participated in basketball trivia game and questioned the pro basketball player about his experiences.

After the session with Gilmore students lined up for autographs and administrators and teachers stood for photos with the 7-foot 2-inch retired player.

Later that night, Gilmore met with the school's Parent Teacher Association to speak especially to fathers about becoming more involved in their children's academic life.

Gilmore began his professional career with the American Basketball Association's Kentucky Colonels and played for the Louisville team until the league folded in 1976. As a rookie, Gilmore had the distinction of being selected as both the league Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

Gilmore played in the All-Star Game for all five years he played in the ABA. In 1975, he led Kentucky to the ABA championship and was named the Playoffs MVP. During his ABA career, Gilmore established records for career field goal percentage, career blocked shots, blocked shots in a season and rebounds in a game.

Gilmore was chosen with the first overall pick in the 1976 ABA draft by the Chicago Bulls. He played for Chicago through the 1982 season, then was traded to the San Antonio Spurs. He ended his NBA career with the Boston Celtics in 1988.

Gilmore played in a total of six NBA All-Star Games. He ranks among the top 25 all-time point scorers, as well as in the top 10 in rebounds, blocked shots, games and minutes played.

Courtesy of http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com


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  UKRAINE   


BC Kyiv returns with no wins from Turkey - by Eurobasket News
In the game for the 7th place Ural Great overcame BC Kyiv 78:67. Ukrainian side remained winless in the tournament however it might sound well could win all of them. In the last one BC Kyiv started with 25:18 in the opening quarter. In the second quarter Ukrainian squad remained in front even after 18:18 in the period. Both squads went to the lockers for 43:36 for BC Kyiv.In the second half Ural Great was another team in comparison with the first half. Russian team reduced the gap after 17:12 in the third period. They left the opponents at 12 also in the last period, while they notched 25 points. As a result Ural Great celebrated 78:67 victory and finished 7th in Turkey. Sergey Chernov led the winners with 16 points. Alexander Bashminov posted 14 and Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) collected 12 points and 5 rebounds. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Promotex) and Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) top-scored for BC Kyiv with 11 points and 4 rebounds each.
Russian Triumph became the winner of the International Tournament in Turkey. After the first place in the group the team met another first-place seeded squad from another group. Antalya showed great basketball throughout the whole tournament but lost in the Final 54:74. Triumph opened the game with 22:9 in the opening quarter and then triumphed with 17:8 in the last. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) led the winners with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Anderson nailed 11 points, while Dmitriev posted 10. Michael Green top-scored for the Turkish side with 15 points.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Friday 26th Sept 2008 - by Andy Webb
The curtain was raised on the 2008/09 BBL Championship season on Friday night as all three of last season's silverware winners were in action. The opening night ended with victories for the Newcastle Eagles, over the Guildford Heat, and for the Marshall MK Lions, who defeated the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets.

The Eagles, the reigning league champions who took the title from the Heat on their own floor last season, hosted the BBL Championship Playoff and Trophy holders and prevailed by 86-81 in front of 3,000 fans at the MetroRadio Arena.

The Eagles were led by British stars Andrew Bridge (193-F-79), who had 17 points, and Darius Defoe (204-F-84), who added 16; whilst Alan Metcalfe (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) led all scorers with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the Heat.

After the Eagles had stormed out to a 17-2 lead in the first, they were pegged back by their visitors who managed to systematically narrow the gap and subsequently to edge in front at 51-52 after a Brad Jones (185-G-85, college: Wyoming) score in the third quarter. The teams could barely be separated from that point until a 10-0 burst, including four points for Tafari Toney (203-F/C-86) and a dunk from GB captain Andrew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova), opened the fourth quarter for Newcastle. The Heat came back once more and got to within a point inside the final minute, only for Bridge and Trey Moore to hold their nerve at the free-throw line to seal it for the home team.

Elsewhere, the Marshall MK Lions, reigning BBL Cup holders, overcame the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets in a high-scoring encounter that finished 106-92. Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) scored 29 points and his four three-pointers in the second stanza helped the Lions to a 58-50 lead. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) then hit 18 points in the fourth quarter to ensure that the Jets would not get close.

Newcastle Eagles 86 (24,49,63) (Bridge 17, Defoe 16, Jackson 14)
Guildford Heat 81 (23,45,61) (Metcalfe 22, Howell 20, Sandell 14)

The top two sides in the BBL in recent seasons went head-to-head on the BBL Championship's opening night as the Newcastle Eagles overcame the Guildford Heat 86-81 at the MetroRadio Arena, the sixth consecutive game between the sides to be settled by just a single-figure winning margin.

British stars led the way as Andrew Bridge (17) and Darius Defoe (16) led the hosts' scoring, whilst new signing Alan Metcalfe had 22 points and 8 rebounds for the Heat.

The Eagles, buoyed by the recent return of GB captain Andrew Sullivan, who started from the bench, quickly opened up a resounding 17-2 lead in the first quarter in front of around 3,000 noisy home fans. The Heat, reigning BBL Playoff and Trophy champions, soon picked themselves up and Keonta Howell capped a 9-2 burst with a three-pointer, before adding another after Dan Sandell had hit a triple of his own, and the Heat were just one down at 22-21 before the first quarter ended with the Eagles up 24-23.

The Heat tied the game at 25 on another Howell score early in the second stanza, only for the Eagles to respond with a rapid 8-0 tear. After a dunk by Darius Defoe, the Eagles had the edge at 49-45 going into the locker rooms at the half-way point.

The visitors completed their comeback from the early deficit soon in the third period as they took the lead at 51-52 after a Brad Jones score. The teams could barely be separated as they continued to exchange the lead, before Metcalfe and Sandell scored back-to-back baskets to see the Heat take a 4 point edge at 57-61. However, Newcastle's new point guard, Reggie Jackson, netted consecutive triples to regain the lead for the Eagles at 63-61 going into the decisive quarter.

Tafari Toney made two early baskets in the fourth as the Eagles opened with 10 unanswered points, capped by a Sullivan dunk, to extend the lead to 71-61. Metcalfe made a pair of three-pointers for the Heat, before Jones and Howell added baskets to cut the deficit to 76-73 with 3:39 to play. The game remained tight entering the late stages and when Howell hit another three-pointer with less than a minute to go, it was a one-possession game at 80-77. Chad McKnight made consecutive baskets, after Stewart had scored for the Eagles, to make the score 82-81 inside the last 20 seconds, but BBL veterans Trey Moore and Andrew Bridge saw the game out from the line.

In the aftermath of the game, Eagles' Assistant Coach Billy Spragg said,

'It was a scrappy game for both teams, but in the end we won with our defence.

'All of our new guys contributed in different ways, but we were a bit disjointed with a number of new players on the court.

'All-in-all we are happy with the 'W', but not happy with the performance.'

Marshall MK Lions 106 (34,58,78) (Brown 29, Eddie 28, Williams 22)
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 92 (23,50,75) (Myers 25, Virgil 19, Marks 15)


The Marshall MK Lions opened the 2008/09 season in exciting style as they overcame the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets by 106-92 at Bletchley.

Terrell Brown scored 29 points and new signing Tommie Eddie added 28 for the Lions. Shawn Myers led the Jets with 25 points.

Yorick Williams opened the game with the first five points before the visiting Jets hit back and took an 8-13 lead. Approaching the end of the first quarter, Shawn Myers hit 5 points in an 8-0 run that saw the Jets up at 19-30, before leading 23-34 after the first ten minutes.

Brown, the Lions' point guard, scored all 29 of his points in the first half and that was largely courtesy of four three-pointers that inspired the home team in the second period. He hit three of them in succession midway through the stanza to bring the Lions back to 40-44, and then a further triple sparked a 10-0 burst that put them back in the ascendancy at 50-46, which became 58-50 at the half.

However, the game was far from over and, after the hosts scored the first 4 points in the third quarter, the Jets responded with a 16-2 run to snatch the lead back at 64-66. The teams stayed close and Eddie and Williams saw out the half for the Lions and put them back in front at 78-75.

In the fourth, there was no answer for American Tommie Eddie as he scored an amazing 18 points to keep the Jets at arm's length and see the Lions home.

Head Coach Vince Macaulay commented after the game, 'I'm very proud of the way the guys played. Terell Brown's 29 points in the first half were awesome, as were Tommie Eddie 's 28 points in just nineteen minutes. We will look to build on this and continue to work hard.'


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  URUGUAY   


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


Cadillac the new HC for Paysandu - by Hector Lopez
The Argentine Eduardo Cadillac will be the new HC for Paysandu, after Marcelo Signorelli resigned with a 2-7 record. But Paysandu lost its new import player, Juan Bautista Araujo (206-F/C-83). Araujo was been in touch with Paysandu but at the last minute he changed his mind and now will be playing for Union Atletica, were its also playing another Domincan, Marlon Martinez. Cadillac will be the second Argentina coach in the Uruguayan League. Nestor Garcia is already coachin Bigua.

Tabare beat the leader Malvin - by Hector Lopez
Tabare, 30 points and 13 rebounds by Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) , beat 91-86 Malvin, which was leading alone the Uruguagan League. Now Malvin is sharing such position with Atenas. The results for the 10th round were as follow:
Tabare 91 - Matthews 30 and 15, Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 14 and 10
Malvin 86 - Jarrett Stephens 14 and 7, Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, agency: Duran International, college: Portland St.) 4 and 7
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Atenas 89 - Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 15 and 10, Darryl Dora (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Texas Tech) 12 and 7
Union Atletica 68 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 27 and 11, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) 10 and 8
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Welcome 89 - JR Morris (196-G-82, college: Seton Hall) 20 and 10, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 15 and 15
Cordon 71 - Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 23 and 11, Stan Blackmon (198-F-78, college: UALR) 13 and 6.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Sarah Parsons joins Bulleen Boomers for 2008/09 - by Eurobasket News
Kilsyth Lady Cobras and SEABL stalwart Sarah Parsons has signed with the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL for the 2008-09 Season.

The signing finally gives Parsons a shot at achieving her dream of playing in the WNBL.

After signing with the Perth Lynx early in 2007, her contract was revoke when Lynx coach Paul O'Brien was sacked pre-season. The situation left Parsons out in the cold and without a WNBL roster spot for 2007-08.

In the same spirit and intensity that she plays, Parsons put the disappointment behind her and changed her focus onto the Kilsyth Lady Cobras 2008 SEABL campaign.

As a young up and coming star Parsons had a consistent 2007 SEABL Season, but more was

needed if she was to realise her WNBL aspirations. Season 2008 was the time to let the WNBL know she was ready.

Averaging 13.2 points, 10 rebounds and 4.9 assists including two triple-doubles and 11 double-doubles, Parsons with teammate Clare Papavs led the Lady Cobras to the 2008 SEABL title.

Following the Season, SEABL recognised her success with the Golden Hands and Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

Lady Cobras teammate Desiree Glaubitz (177-G-79), a former SEABL Golden Hands award winner, is already a WNBL star with the Boomers and Parsons will look to pick up a few tips on how to continue her career from the experienced veteran.

Parsons is excited about that the opportunity of joining the Boomers but knows the hard work starts now.

'Last year's situation was disappointing but made me work harder on my game', she said.

'Coach Cheryl Chambers and the Bulleen Boomers Club have provided me a wonderful opportunity to play in the WNBL. We have a quality roster for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to the challenge of earning a regular place in the rotation'.

'The Lady Cobras program and success in the SEABL has helped me to elevate my game and prepare me for one of the worlds top Leagues, the WNBL', said Parsons.

Bulleen begin their 2008-09 campaign against another former Cobra Jessica Bibby and her Canberra Capitals on Sunday 5 October 2008, with tip off scheduled for 2.00pm at the Veneto Club in Bulleen.

By Kilsyth Basketball Media


Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe jumps into the Fire - by Eurobasket News
Christchurch Sirens basketball captain Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) has had a happy ending to her trials and tribulations with the Australian Women's National Basketball League.

McMeeken-Ruscoe, 28, has linked with the Townsville Fire this weekend after it initially appeared that her bid to join the Australian club would be blocked by Basketball Australia.

Basketball Australia ruled that Sirens players could appear only as paid imports after their Christchurch-based franchise collapsed last month.

McMeeken-Ruscoe said yesterday that employment laws between Australia and New Zealand meant that players were allowed to work in Australia without prejudice and that Townsville had sorted the issue out.

'I'm not being paid as an import but at least I am allowed to play', said McMeeken-Ruscoe who had faced the prospect of a season on the sideline after just returning from the Beijing Olympics.

The 1.72m guard had previously planned to link with Townsville where Tall Ferns captain and former Sirens forward Aneka Kerr returned to this season and where she lives.

McMeeken-Ruscoe joined her new team yesterday in Canberra ahead of a pre-season tournament in the Australian capital before the league proper begins early next month.

'I know a few of the girls like Aneka and Rohanee Cox (Australian Opal) and am looking to getting out there with them'.

The Christchurch-born, Nelson raised McMeeken-Ruscoe, who previously played for Bulleen in the league, said she had some experience in the warm climes of Townsville having spent a couple of years living and playing in Cairns, northern Queensland.

The only other former Siren to be playing in the league this season is Natalie Purcell who is lining up for new club Logan Thunder from Brisbane.

Tall Ferns forward Lisa Wallbutton, who was exploring options about playing in Australia, has secured a contract to play in Belgium. It is understood she has Dutch grandparents which helps open doors in Europe.

Geoff Longley, The Press
Courtesy of http://www.basketball.org.nz


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  FRANCE - Women  


Tarbes top Reims in LNF opener - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes got a quick start and looked good all the way through to secure a 70:60 win over Reims in the LFB season opener. The LFB newcomers Reims hoped to get the taste of victory straight in the opener however Tarbes never allowed them to to do so. The visitors got to a better start and scored the first three points of the game. They later extended the margin to 11 points 23:12. Tarbes accumulated a 23:15 lead at the first intermission. A well-balanced Reims offensive effort helped the hosts to cut the deficit in the second frame. Reims trailed by just a single point at halftime 37:38. However Tarbes stepped up in the third quarter holding the home side to just 11 points and stretching the margin to 7 points. Tarbes looked confident throughout the fourth term and delivered the initial win of the season at the end. Liz Moeggenberg (185-F-84, college: Michigan St.) knocked down 19 points to lead the winners. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) came up with 16 points, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) had 11 points each for Tarbes. Amelie Pochet (180-G-84) and Mame Ndoumbe Diop (191-C) answered with 13 points apiece for Reims. Sarra Ouerghi (182-F-85, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. There are three more games scheduled for today. Mondeville will take on Clermont, Villenueve will host Pays dAix, while Bourges will face Basket Landes.

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  GERMANY - Women  


DBBL Awards for Pop, Spandauw and Mersch - by Cornelius Damm
During the traditional Season Opening, the start of the new season where all six encounters of game day one are held in Marburg, the league presented its awards for the past season at the traditional gala dinner with all first league teams.

MVP
Diana Adela Pop (168-G-71) the outstanding Romanian PG with incredible court vision and passing ability in combination with a deadly scoring competence was named the leagues MVP, after she led TSV Wasserburg to its fifth consecutive championship this past season. In all five years Pop was the 'motor' and true floor general of Wasserburg.

Coach of the Year
Every year that Rene Spandauw was in charge in Saarlouis the Royals improved bit by bit. This development climaxed so far in 2007/08 as the Royals won their first title in club history beating Wasserburg 84-74 at the DBBL Cup Finale on March 30th 2008 in front of more than 2200 enthusiastic fans in Saarlouis. Spandauw also finished 2007/08 as the regular season runner-up with a record of 17-3 and also as second in the Championship falling short of forcing a crucial fifth and ultimate championship game in the 2008 DBBL Finals by two points 73-75.

Rookie of the Year
In the past two years Lea Mersch (170-G-87) developed into one of Germanys top players on the PG. Despite her tender age of 21 years she led Oberhausen to a nice third place after the regular season 2007/08, the best in club history. In the Play Offs Oberhausen was overcome by Saarlouis but secured the third place against Freiburg in the petite finale. Her development into a double digit scorer and one of the leagues best assist providers gave her a nomination for Germanys National Team as an important role player as the teams backup PG behind Doro Richter.


Eurobasket.com congratulates the award winners!


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Saarlouis 1-0 
 2. Leipzig 1-0 
 3. Marburg 1-0 
 4. Chemnitz 0-0 
 5. Wasserburg 0-0 
 6. Wolfenbuttel 0-0 
 7. Freiburg 0-0 
 8. Halle 0-0 
 9. Donau-Ries 0-0 
 10. Herner 0-1 
 11. Goettingen 0-1 
 12. Oberhausen 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Women
Stats Leaders


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  LATVIA - Women  


TTT Riga visit Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga travelled to Lithuania to take part in the friendly International Basketball tournament in Druskininkai. The competition featured Cheliabinsk, Spartak Saint Petersburg, Dinamo Kursk from Russia, Olimp-NAEK and Dnepr from Ukraine, Lithuanian Laisve and Arvi and TTT Riga.
The Latvian powerhouse played with Laisve and secured a comfortable 91:50 win at the start. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) notched 17 points to pace Riga. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) and Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) added 14 points apiece for the winners.
In the next round TTT Riga faced Dnipro from Ukraine. The game was much tougher contest for Riga outfit. However a pivotal performance from Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) allowed TTT Riga to ensure an 83:74 win at the end. Tatyana Troina finished the game with 32 points. Dita Krumberga contributed 17 points, while Aija Brumermane and Kituzina had 10 for the winners.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Tia Mays leaves Iowa basketball team - by Eurobasket News
Iowa Head Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Bluder announced today that freshman Tia Mays has left the team to concentrate on her academics. Mays is from Des Moines, IA, and played prep basketball at East High School.

'This was a very difficult decision for Tia to make and we fully support her decision,' said Bluder. 'The number one goal for all our student-athletes is to earn their degrees. We understand her decision to leave the team and focus on academics.'

Iowa's 12-player roster for 2008-09 includes five seniors, one junior, two sophomores and four freshmen. The Hawkeyes return eight letterwinners, including two starters and a part-time starter, from last year's co-Big Ten regular season championship team.

Iowa women's basketball media day is scheduled for Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Courtesy of www.hawkeyesports.com


UMES starts season with high expectations - by Eurobasket News
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's basketball team is coming off of their most successful season is program history. Entering his fifth season as head coach, Fred Batchelor has a roster full of talent and empty of seniors. The Lady Hawks are bringing back three all-conference players and a recruiting class that boasts four six-footers.

'I think that even though we had a pretty good year last year, we still finished the year disappointed that we didn't go any further or accomplish more things,' said Batchelor. 'And I think that has carried over to this year. We're excited to pick up where we left off.'

The Lady Hawks finished 17-13 last season. It was the first time in 17 years that the program recorded that many wins, matching a school record. With two games to go in the season, UMES was two wins away from a second-place Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) finish. Those two games turned to losses and a tiebreaker system dropped the Lady Hawks all the way to the fifth seed in the conference tournament.

April McBride (6-0, F, New Rochelle, N.Y.) was incredible for UMES last season earning MEAC Player of the Week three times. She led the team in five categories and was the only player to start in all 30 games.

'This year is going to be a tough year for her,' said Batchelor. 'She's a marked girl. So that's going to mean that she's really going to have to step up her game every night.'

Finishing with a team-high 469 points last year, McBride is just 206 points short of 1,000 for her career. She was nationally-ranked in rebounds per game (8.8) and had a team-high 265 on the season. Spending over 16 hours in game time on the floor for the Lady Hawks, McBride had team highs of 110 free throws and 66 steals. She finished the season with 11 double-doubles and was the only player to average a double-double during conference play.

Also huge for the Hawks was Tiffany Reid (5-10, G/F, Philadelphia, Pa.). She was named to the second team all-conference and was a MEAC Defensive Player of the Week selection. Reid led the team with 86 assists and was second in points (363), steals (55) and blocks (13).

Reid had the highest free-throw percentage of players with over 50 attempts, hitting on 74 percent from the line. Batchelor believes that she is 'probably the most talented player in the league based off of her skill set.' Reid is coming off of a season-ending shoulder injury in 2006-07 but looks primed to compete this year.

'I think she feels a lot more comfortable and confident in her physical capabilities,' said Batchelor. 'I think she's going to show everyone what she's really capable of doing.'

MEAC Rookie of the Year Casey Morton (5-9, G, Mardela Springs, Md.) averaged 10.9 points per game, the only player to average double figures other than McBride and Reid in 2007-08.

'Casey is a special player,' said Batchelor. 'She has not disappointed us one bit and I don't expect her to have any let downs. She wants to be great.'

Morton was named to the MEAC All-Rookie Team and received MEAC Rookie of the Week nods. Second on the team in assists with 85, Morton played in all but one game last season.

Also returning for the Lady Hawks are Jasmine Speed (5-10, F/C, McDonough, Ga.), Talareah Frazier (5-2, G, Gaithersburg, Md.), Queenique Tyler (5-5, G, Ft. Washington, Md.) and Josephine McLane (6-0, G/F, Centerville, Va.). Tyler received recognition from the conference for her performance in UMES' overtime win against Kent State. Speed missed most of last season due to a leg injury, but the Lady Hawks will look to her and McLane to step up in the front court.

'Jaz is the heart of this team,' said Batchelor. 'We will go far if she is healthy.'

One of the newcomers is University at Buffalo transfer Rayna Brown (5-6, G, Montclaire, N.J.). According to Batchelor, Brown will play an important defensive role for UMES this season. Bria Jackson (5-4, G, Rochester, N.Y.) sat out last season with Brown and is ready to fight for the point guard position.

The freshman recruiting class includes Adobi Agbasi (6-0, F/C, Columbus, Ga.), Lauren Griffith (6-0, F/C, Toronto, Ontario,) Kanzes Battin (6-0, F/C, Wilmington, Del.) and Krystal Watson (6-0, F/C, Buffalo, N.Y.).

'Last year we played with three 6-3 and 6-4 girls,' said Batchelor. 'This year we don't have any of those. But we're more athletic. I think we can do a little bit more.'

Bringing depth to the Hawk's back court is, Tyche' Mozie (5-10, G, Washington, D.C.) and Amber Cook (5-8, G, Greensboro, N.C.).

'We really believed we had to change our style. And I think these two ladies are going to help us to make that happen,' said Batchelor.

UMES will see tough competition on their road to the MEAC Championship this season. With schools like Syracuse, Delaware and Army on its plate, this will be a true test of the Lady Hawks. The Lady Hawks travelled to Syracuse last season, so the Orange are coming to Princess Anne on November 16 for the team's regular-season opener.

'We didn't expect them to be our opener,' said Batchelor. 'However, we feel that it will be a great challenge coming out the gate to play them at home. There will be a lot of excitement. We feel that we are going to give ourselves a chance to win because it's early and we have them here at home.'

They will need to be on top of their game if they are to make a run at reigning MEAC Champions Coppin State, who won three out of the last four conference titles.

Courtesy of www.umeshawks.com


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Sanni loses in Madison Square Garden - by Eurobasket News
New York scored a hard-fought 60:56 win over Detroit with Nigerian Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) as the teams tipped off the Eastern conference finals in the Big Apple yesterday. The Liberty came from behind in the second half to deliver the home victory and set 1-0 ahead in the best-of-three series. Janel McCarville secured 17 points for the Liberty. Shameka Christon added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Deanna Nolan responded with 22 points for the Shock. Katie Smith had 13 points in defeat. Detroit used a low field goal accuracy from the home team in the first half to step in front. The Shock secured a 13:8 lead after the starting period. The Liberty continued to struggle from the field and trailed by as many as 6 points at halftime. However consecutive trebles from Cathrine Kraayeveld and Shameka Christon pulled the hosts closer. The Liberty went on a 12:1 rally late in the quarter to surge ahead. The game remained close in the fourth term with the teams trading the baskets. The visitors managed to cut the distance to just a single point with 18 seconds remaining. Erin Thorn answered with two freebies to keep the Liberty in charge. Deanna Nolan missed a three-pointer and Erin Thorn added another free throw to make it 60:56 and sealed the victory for the home side. The series move to Detroit for the second and, if necessary, the third game. Last year the Detroit Shock also overcame a one-game deficit in the first round series against the Liberty.

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Hemofarm STADA in the final of tournament in Sarajevo - by Dragan Jankovski
Current Serbian champion Hemofarm STADA advanced to the final of memorial tournament 'Davorin Popovic' in Sarajevo. At the opening day Hemofarm was better than the host team Zeljeznicar 75-58. Serbian team didn't have any difficulties to beat Zeljeznicar. After first ten minutes it was clear that Hemofarm possesses a way more qualities than Bosnians. The good thing for orange team was that Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) was in a game mood as it is known that almost the entire team depends on her. She organized the plays very well keeping busy Hemofarm's inside players. Beside it Biljana Stankovic drained 20 points. Ivana Dojcinovic (189-F/C-81) also shined for the winners adding 15 points. Center Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) dominated in the paint posting 13 points. Zeljeznicar got the most from Natasa Mikic (181-G-84), who scored 21 points. Bu also was on decent level with 11 points. The last one with doube digits in Zeljeznicar was Hadzovic, who scored exactly 10 points.

In the other game Croatian champion Sibenik outplayed Buducnost 54-39 meaning that Serbian team will meet Croatian in the final today at 19h. Buducnost and Zeljeznicar start their match for third place two hours earlier.


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


Women's National Tournament - by Yelitza La Torre
The U11 women's basketball national tournament will continue today with 6 games in Guanare City's coliseum and Lara Figueroa's Gymnasium, both arenas located in Guanare City.
The game between Bolivar state and Capital District is schedule to start at 9:00am in the Lara Figueroa Arena.
This is the second stage of this U11 women's basketball National tournament. Every young girl playing in this tournament is part of the basketball elite of their hometown.(FVB media)


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  WNBA - Women  


New York victorious in Eastern conference finals opener - by Eurobasket News
New York scored a hard-fought 60:56 win over Detroit as the teams tipped off the Eastern conference finals in the Big Apple yesterday. The Liberty came from behind in the second half to deliver the home victory and set 1-0 ahead in the best-of-three series. Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) secured 17 points for the Liberty. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) responded with 22 points for the Shock. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) had 13 points in defeat. Detroit used a low field goal accuracy from the home team in the first half to step in front. The Shock secured a 13:8 lead after the starting period. The Liberty continued to struggle from the field and trailed by as many as 6 points at halftime. However consecutive trebles from Cathrine Kraayeveld and Shameka Christon pulled the hosts closer. The Liberty went on a 12:1 rally late in the quarter to surge ahead. The game remained close in the fourth term with the teams trading the baskets. The visitors managed to cut the distance to just a single point with 18 seconds remaining. Erin Thorn (5'10''-G-81, college: BYU) answered with two freebies to keep the Liberty in charge. Deanna Nolan missed a three-pointer and Erin Thorn added another free throw to make it 60:56 and sealed the victory for the home side.
The series move to Detroit for the second and, if necessary, the third game. Last year the Detroit Shock also overcame a one-game deficit in the first round series against the Liberty.