EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/3/2008

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  ABA   


New team in Kentucky and Raptors add Greg Johnson - by Bruno Baltazar
ABA announced that the league will play in Owensboro, Kentucky this season with a team owned by Jay Sills. 'Owensboro is a great basketball city, the facility the team has chosen is excellent and in Jay Sills we have a strong businessman and passionate basketball person - the perfect combination. He has put together a great staff and we anticipate a competitive operation both on and off the court,' said Joe Newman.
A native of Harned Kentucky in Breckinridge County, Sills was part of a state basketball championship in 1995 with Breckinridge County High School and made the All State Tournament team. He went on to play basketball at Brescia College in Owensboro and graduated in 2000 from Bellarmine University in Louisville with a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics. He is now the owner of Homeland Financial Group and Consumer Title Services in Bowling Green. He and his wife Jessica have a daughter, Isabella.
'The key is the venue and we have a great one in the SportsCenter in Owensboro. For more information, email jay.sills@yahoo.com, call 270 392 9480 or visit www.mykymavericks.com or www.abalive.com.

ABA Washington Raptors have announced the return and signing of Greg Johnson (6'3''-G-76, college: Evergreen St.) to the team for the upcoming season starting in December. Johnson, a 6'3 guard, played for the Raptors in 2007 when they were in the IBL. He previously played for the Seattle Mountaineers. Originally from Austin, TX, Johnson graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and is currently employed as a teacher at an Olympia high school. Raptors owner, Regina Joseph, stated, 'Greg is a true asset to our team with his great athleticism and skills, and we are really looking forward to his playing in the ABA this season.' For more information, email tjoseph@washingtonraptors.com or visit www.washingtonraptors.com or www.abalive2.com.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Tigers pounce to sign Ere to NBL deal - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers' NBL championship defence has received a major boost - at the expense of local rivals the South Dragons - with the signing of star player Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma).

Ere, the runner-up in last season's league MVP award with Brisbane, had previously committed to joining the Dragons.

But he delayed signing in order to have a shot at the NBA, with the Dragons filling up their import slot by signing Trammell Darden in the meantime.

When Ere's NBA bid fell through, the Tigers swooped, signing him to add to an impressive squad for the coming season, with Melbourne having already recruited another former Bullets star Sam Mackinnon.

'When you add someone like Ebi Ere to your roster, in an already deep team like we have, you just know that we're going to be the team to beat this season,' Tigers coach Al Westover said.

'We're really looking forward to those cross-town games against the Dragons, signing Ebi has definitely fired up that rivalry.'

Courtesy of www.news.smh.com.au


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


No Greek teams in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
The management of the BIBL officially announced that there will be no Greek teams in the league.

BIBL been trying to contact either the Greek Basketball Federation or any clubs directly in Greece, but we have not received any straight answer from them. The management of the league received some calls from other teams, not so strong and with not such big traditions in basketball in Greece, but in our view they are not at the level to play in the League. Considering the fact that there is no interest and no serious intentions, the BIBL took decision not to wait anymore and took them out from the BIBL. However, they do believe that even without them, the BIBL will be an equal in value competition, with strong teams and quality games.

Moreover, the Opening Game of the BIBL will take place on 07.10.2008 Tuesday, 19:00h in Arena Samokov with the game between Rilski Sportist and Mega Basket Belgrade (re-scheduled from Round 9 -28.01.2009).

The schedule for Group A remains the same. The team supposed to play against the Greek team rests in the respective round. For Group B we do have new schedule and you can find id if you click on the link down below.

Courtesy of BIBL


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  BELARUS   


The National team of Belarus wins the tournament at home - by Eurobasket News
Belarus organized a campaign with 4 teams in the tournament held in the country. Belarus was represented by the national team and the winner of the regular season Vitalyur. Lithuanian Prienai and Ukrainian Pulsar were invited to participate in the tournament as well. In the first day Belarus beat Prienai 97:63 with the massive first and last periods. Evgeni Pustogvar (200-F-60) led the winners with 18 points. Mishukov netted 14, while Heorhi Kandrusevich scored 13. In the second game of the opener Pulsar overcame Vitalyur 72:69. Ukrainian team lost three quarters in the game but won the third 27:10 that was enough for the total success. For Vitalyur Zaitsev top-scored with 18 points. Patsevich nailed 11 and Yatsuk scored 7.
On Day 2 Belarus national team revenged for Vitalyur and beat Pulsar 90:59. Belarus was too good at home and did not leave any chances for the opponent. Pavel Ulyanko led the way with 17 points. Heorhi Kandrusevich posted 14 and Nikola Aliakseyeu nailed 12. Prienai won over Vitalyur for the first win from both squads. The visitors started with 22:12 and then improved in the third period with 20:15. Efremov and Patsevich nailed 11 points in the losing effort.
On the last day Pulsar grabbed the second position beating Prienai 89:78. Lithuanian team finished the campaign on the third position. Belarus triumphed in the tournament beating Vitalyur 76:68. Evgeni Pustogvar led the winners with 16 points. Korshuk added 15 and Heorhi Kandrusevich netted 13. Shustov ended up with 16 points in defeat as Vitalyur could not win any game.


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  BELGIUM   


Lions without M'benga and Hervelle start Euro 2009 qualifying round in France tomorrow - by Bertrand Larsimont

The Belgian Lions are in Nancy, France where they will play the local national team tomorrow night (Sep. 3rd, 2008). Before leaving their homeland, the Lions' staff members got a bad surprise as they learned that both stars Didier Mbenga (214-C-80) and Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) will not take part to the EuroBasket 2009 qualifying round campaign. Mbenga stayed in the US where he should be tested by the New York Knicks while Axel Hervelle of Real Madrid is temporarily on the Spanish club's injured list and did not seem to be allowed to play for the Lions. Another bad news was mentioned in the Belgian press today: Lions' guard Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) got injured during the last training session held in Charleroi. He should nevertheless be present on Wednesday for the first qualifying round game. In this campaign, the Belgian NT will play Les Bleus with their NBA stars Tony Parker (183-G-80), Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Yakhouba Diawara (200-F-82, college: Pepperdine).The Lions will also play Turkey with Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) next Saturday (Sep. 6th) at the Spiroudome of Charleroi, Belgium. Ukraine of Coach Valentin Melnychuk is also in the Group C of the qualifying round and will come to Charleroi next Wednesday (Sep. 10th). The last three games are scheduled as follows: Belgium vs. France at the Spiroudome on Sep. 13th, Turkey vs. Belgium on Sep. 17th and Ukraine vs. Belgium on Sep. 20th.

During the preparatory programme, the Lions of Coach Eddy Casteels recently beat Sweden 84-63 (Beghin 15, Lauwers 13), had a short win 87-84 against Great Britain (Beghin 20, Tabu 18) and were defeated 58-65 in a second match-up against the Swedish team (Lauwers 10, Tabu 8).

The Belgian selection for the campaign: Lionel Bosco, Christophe Beghin, Sebastien Bellin, Yannick Driesen, Maxim De Zeeuw, Domien Loubry, Alex Lichodzjewski, Doum Lauwers, Roel Moors, Randy Oveneke, Jonathan Tabu, Jef Van der Jonckheyd, Sam Van Rossom.


Some interesting eurobasket.com links to know more about the EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round Group C:


- http://www.eurobasket.com/Belgium/basketball.asp (Belgium's basketball news)

- http://www.eurobasket.com/France/basketball.asp (France's basketball news)

- http://www.eurobasket.com/Turkey/basketball.asp (Turkey's basketball news)

- http://www.eurobasket.com/Ukraine/basketball.asp (Ukraine's basketball news)



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  BOSNIA   


Siroki Prima pivo lands Petar Dujmovic and Kevin Braswell - by Eurobasket News
Siroki Prima pivo once again proved its ambitions for the upcoming season. The team wants to return on top of Bosnian best division as well as to secure a spot for Adriatic league in 09/10. Thus Siroki agreed terms with Croatian Petar Dujmovic (199-F-77) and American Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown).

Petar Dujmovic is experienced forward who played last season in Cedevita Zagreb. For 26 games in Croatian A1 Dujmovic averaged 10.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2 apg and 1.2 spg. He also played 2 games in FIBA EuroCup adding 11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg and 2 spg. He joined Cedevita in December 2006 from French Cholet. From 2004 to 2006 Dujmovic was a member of Spirou Charleroi. In 2005 his team reached quarterfinals of ULEB Cup. Dujmovic helped it with 11.5 ppg and 2 rpg in 13 games. At the same year Charleroi was regular season champion in Belgian D1. He played many years for Zrinjevac Zagreb and later for Hapoel Galil, Anwil Wloclawek, Ulker Istanbul and Olimpija Ljubljana. He won one title in Slovenian championship as well as one National Cup with Union Olimpija.

Kevin Braswell is coming from Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya as a fourth scorer of Turkish league with 21.1 ppg. At the same time he was the second best assistant in the league with 6.1 apg and top stealer with 2.4 spg. On 06/07 Braswell played for Russian Samara having pretty good 18.6 ppg and 4.5 apg for 24 games in Superleague. He started season 05/06 in Greek Kolossos Rodou but later he joined Metros de Santiago from Dominican Republic. He also has experience from NBDL, Italian Lega due and Belgium. Braswell graduated at Georgetown University in 2002.


Team Bosnia starts Eurobasket 2009 qualifications today in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina today at 18h in Pardubice will play the first game of Eurobasket 2009 qualification. As a reminder except of the Czech Republic and Bosnia, participants of Group D also are Great Britain and Israel. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) won't be able to lead Bosnian National Team due to injury, actually recovering. Thus head coach Mensur Bajramovic decided to name power forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) as a new captain of the team.

Bosnia participated at the Efes Pilsen World Cup in Konya recording win against Portugal and two defeats, against Great Britain and Turkey. Not so good news for Bosnians is that NBA superstar Luol Deng got a green light to play for GB. Experienced Andrew Betts didn't play in Turkey and he will also join Great Britain today in the first game against Israel.

Head coach Mensur Bajramovic stated that Bosnia has a plan to win all five games in Group D. According to him the game against Czech Republic will be the tough one but his team will try to surprise Czechs at their home court. Defeat with point or two also won't be disaster, Bajramovic said. As it is mentioned above Jasmin Hukic is out. It is not the only problem for Team Bosnia as Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) is under the big question mark also due to injury.

The best team of Group D will directly qualify for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland. Second and third ranked teams will be transferred to Additional Qualification Round. Teams will be divided in two groups and the best ones from each group will book a spot for Poland. Russia, Spain, Greece, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia earned a place at the previous Eurobasket. Of coure the hosts Poland will also participate on this event.


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  CENTROBASKET   


Day: 5 (Finals) - by Eurobasket
Cuba - Dominican Republic 74-102
3rd place game: Dominican Rep. proved to aspire not just for bronze, but they made the point they deserver at least silver. After they almost eliminated Puerto Rico in the dramatic semifinals game (lost by 2 points), now they gave no chance to Cuba defeating them with huge margin 102-74. Dominican players controlled the whole game leaving only the question what their final lead would be. Jack Michael Martinez was again unstoppable with 21 points. He had big help from Kelvin Pena (14), Franklin Western (13), Francisco Garcia (11+6ast) and Alfred Horford (11+7reb). Buba gave up basically this game not trying to challenge their opponents. Only Cuban leader Geoffrei Silvestre tried to stay in his usual shape and ended the game with 29 points. He ended the whole tournament as second best scorer averaging 24.8ppg.

Mexico - Panama 104-67
5th place game: Mexico cannot consider this edition of Centrobasket as their big success. They had much higher expectations and 5th place is definitely not what Mexican fans were looking for. In the 5th place game Mexicans gave no chance to Panama, defeating them easily 104-67. Lorenzo Real was the best player for Mexicans with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Other important contributions came from Gustavo Ayon (15+6reb+5ast), Raymond Castillo (14) and Noe Alonzo (13). For Panamanians Jamar warren had 14 points and added 6 rebounds and Ernesto Oglivie had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Panamanian Danilo Pinnock (played only in first 3 games) was the best scorer of the tournament with impressive 28.0ppg.

Puerto Rico - U.S. Virgin Islands 87-70
Final: Puerto Rico resisted a big preassure of the final and got easy victory over U.S. Virgin Islands 87-70. It came as a big surprise especially after Puerto Ricans struggled in the semifinal game against Dominican Rep. securing just 2-point victory (76-74). This time Jose Juan Barea got some rest (15 points), while Puerto Rico was lead by Carmelo Lee (21 + 6reb). Six players scored double digits for the winners.\ Carlos Arroyo adedd another 15 and grabbed 6 rebounds, Angelo reyes ended with 12 and Filiberto Rivera and Luis Silva had 11 points each. At Virgin Islands side Cuthbert Victor tried his best with 24 points and 12 rebs. He got some help from Kitwana Rhymer (16) and Jason Edwin (15). Puerto Rico definitely deserve the title as (except semifinal game) they were the only undefeated team over the entire tournament.



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

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

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

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

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


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  CHINA   


China Overwhelms Resting Kazakstan 97-64 - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated Kazakhstan 97-64 in a game that was meaningless for Kazakhstan, which had already clinched first place in Group I.

According to the report from the official website Iran, China will have to await the outcome and score-line of the final game of the Group later tonight between Syria and Lebanon to know its fate.

However, the way I read the rules, China will lose out because it will have insufficient points in a three-way tie between itself, Syria and Lebanon if Lebanon wins and will lose on head-to-head matchup if Syria wins.

Liu Shunan led Chinas scoring with a game-high 25 points.

Li Xiaxou, collected seven rebounds to go with his 19 points.

Kazakh coach Vadim Buryakov stuck to the strategy of giving his bench more time on the court, since the game was meaningless to his team.

Alexander Tytyunik, who had averaged 17 points and 7.4 rebounds in the first five games for Kazakhstan did not even play.

We did it for three reasons, Buryakov said.

We had played four tough games in five nights. Moreover the last two nights had been very hard on the boys. Thats why the bench played longer.

Moreover we were playing China. There can be no better opportunity to play against a quality opposition without pressure, he said.

And this result was not going to affect our progress in anyway. And I wanted the bench to be geared up for any situation in the semifinals, he said.

Anton Arsenyev scored 17 points and collected four boards.

Scores

China 97 (Liu Shunan 25, Li Xiaxou 19, Ren Junfei 12) bt Kazakhstan 64 (Anton Arsenyev 17, Pavel Llin 14). Scores by quarter: 21-9, 47-37, 67-53.


Syria Makes Semi-Finals, China Must Try for Fifth - by Arthur Volbert

Syria has advanced to the semi-finals of the Asian U-19 Basketball Tournament despite losing to Lebanon 90-80.

China will now be playing for fifth place in the tournament, with Lebanon, Korea and the Philippines competing against it. China will play the Philippines on Thursday. Japan defeated Korea 81-75 to gain a semi-final berth. Kazakhstan and Iran clinched spots yesterday.

Because of China's forfeit, Syria, Lebanon and China finished in a three-way tie for second place.

Based on score differential, which definitely applied when Syria and Lebanon were compared, Syria was awarded a place in the semi-finals.

Syria defeated China by 20 and lost to Lebanon by 10 giving it a plus 10 margin. Lebanon lost to China by 27 and defeated Syria by 10 giving it minus 17. China was plus 27 over Lebanon and minus 20 against Syria, giving it margin of plus 7.

I still think that Syria would have gotten in based on points in the standings if it had lost to Lebanon by a wider margin, based on the wording of the FIBA rules, but this question is now moot.

Because of its incredibly stupid forfeit to Syria, China will not be attending next year's world championship in New Zealand from July 2 to July 12. So international scouts will be deprived from seeing players like Li Xiaoxu, Wang Zheng and Dong Hanlin, all of whom may have NBA potential and certainly have the ability to play in top European leagues.

Iran and China clearly appear to be the best two teams in the tournament, despite Iran's loss today to the Philippines in a game in which they were resting for the semi-finals.

Asia should want to showcase its best players on the international stage. But because of very shoddy refereeing in the Syria-China game, as well the blindness of China's decision to cause a forfeit, some of the best Asian junior basketball players will be staying home.

Some good news -- the Iranian website is now posting the box scores of all games prior to today's games. Here is the link:
http://www.iranbasketball.org/2008fau18/en/stats.asp

Other scores:
Hong Kong 53 - 74 Jordan
UAE 85 - 79 Malaysia
China 97 - 64 Kazakhstan
Philippines 85 - 84 Iran
Japan 81 - 75 Korea
Lebanon 90- 80 Syria
India 77-79 S.Arabia


Standings:

Group I
Kazakstan 2 1 5 pts
Syria------ 1 2 4 pts
China------ 2 1 4 pts
Lebanon-- 1 2 4 pts


Group II
Iran---------- 2 1 5 pts
Japan------- 2 1 4 pts
Korea------- 1 2 3 pts
Philippines-- 1 2 4 pts



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  COLOMBIA   


Ryan Carrol and Jerry Echenique imports of Norte - by Victor Garcia
Forward Jerry Echenique from Honduras and American guard Ryan Carroll are the imports of Norte for the upcoming Federation Cup, Echenique played last year in Colombia with Alcaldia de Tunja Patriotas, an is a physcial forward, played lately in El Salvador
Carroll have a good career in Argentina and Venezuela, played lately in Boca Juniors, Carroll is a proven scorer, and will make a strong backup with Moreno and Renteria.
Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point)


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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos has signed the last one! - by Nasios Orinos
As Chris Mammides already posted on the site, Keravnos announced signing of American power-forward, Bradley Buckman. Brad, is coming from Mobitelco (Roumania), where he averaged 12.4 points and 7 rebounds, in a total of 18 games.
Bond, as he is else known, is distinguished for his strong defence and team spirit. The 24 year old Bond is 2.06 cm tall and has graduated from Texas University where he played from 2002-2006. In a total of 129 games, Bond had 8.8 points average, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

People in Keravnos expect Brad to be teams impact player as the position he plays is crucial. A statistic that is worth mentioning for the Strovolos team is that with the landing of American players on the island, in 1989, Keravnos has won championships only in the years in which he had good center players in the team and lost many championships exactly because he was missing such players.

American Kenny Taylor, who has also signed in the Keravnos team was Brads teamate at Texas University.

Keravnos has completed its roster and is expected to start practising on the 8th of September.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NH Ostrava inks two Americans, John Ofoegbu moves to Decin - by Eurobasket News
After short tryout period, NH Ostrava decided to sing Marcus Arnold (203-F-84, college: Illinois) and Bryant Dillon (198-G-83, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment) for the upcoming season.

Marcus Arnold came out from University of Illinois in 2007, where he averaged 2 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 34 games. His team was regular season runner-up in Big 10. Later, Illinois succeeded to reach the tournament semifinals. In 2005 Illinois was NCAA finalist but Arnold sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. Namely, in 2004 he transferred from Illinios State to University of Illinois. He was one of the best players of Illinois State averaging 12.3 ppg and 4.6 rpg on season 03/04. Arnold participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago this summer. He was named 'Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago All-Big Men Team -08' as well as 'All-Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago 2nd Team -08'.

Bryant Dillon graduated at Purdue in 2006. For 28 games in NCAA1 he had 6.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.apg.

Meanwhile, John Ofoegbu (206-C-82, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: Idaho St.) left the team. 25-year old power forward / center joined Decin. He played 48 games for Ostrava last season averaging 14.1 ppg and 7.3 rpg. He finished competition as a third best rebounder. It will be Ofegbu's second season in Czech Republic as he came out from Idaho State University last year.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


CSKA offers $5.5 million to Ben Gordon for season 08/09 - by Eurobasket News
Top European team in 2008 CSKA Moscow surprised basketball public once again. Russian as well as Euroleague champion has offered amazing $5.5 million one-year contract to NBA star Ben Gordon (188-G-83, college: Connecticut).

Gordon rejected offer of Chicago Bulls, which were able to give him $59 million for 6-year deal. As a reminder, his teammate Luol Deng put signature on 6-year contract worth $71 million. CKSA could have a problem right now as it still hasn't matched Gordon's price tag. According to the rumors Gordon wants around $7 million for the next season to match the contract the Childress' got from Olympiakos. However, Gordon's official answer is expected by tomorrow.

Ben Gordon has impressive three NBA seasons behind him. Since he came out from Connecticut in 2004 as third overall pick Gordon was one of the best Bulls' players. In his rookie season he averaged 15.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2 apg for 80 games. Almost the same numbers Gordon had for six games in play-off in 04/05. He was named 'NBA All-Star Game All-Rookies Team -05'. The best digits Gordon registered on 06/07. In 82 regular season games he added 21.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.6 apg. Last season his number went just a little bit down.

It is important to be mentioned that Ben Gordon led Connecticut to NCAA title in 2004 averaging 18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.5 apg.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Latest news from Macedonian NT: Pero Blazevski out, Marjan Gjurov in - by Eurobasket News
Head coach of Macedonian National Team Jovica Arsic faced with another problem just one day before the qualifications for Eurobasket 2009. Namely, Pero Blazevski (200-C-72, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is not able to help Macedonians due to back injury. It is not the only problem for Arsic. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) also struggles with injury while Jane Petrovski (181-G-87, agency: 011 Sports) decided to leave yesterday due to obligations in Hungarian Sopron.

Experienced Pero Blazevski had important role in Macedonia during the preparation period. He played last season for Vardar Osiguravanje Skopje and was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team'. Season 06/07 was even better for Blazevski. He was voted 'Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Forward of the Year -07' while his team won National Cup. Macedonians for sure will miss his experience during these qualifications.
Marjan Gjurov (201-F-80) spent last season in Feni Industri Kavadarci. He demonstrated pretty good performance helping Feni to grab the title in very exciting final series against Strumica 2005. Gjurov already has experience from Macedonian National Team.

Macedonia will play the first game of Eurobasket 2009 Qualifications today in Riga. In the second round, actually on Saturday, Macedonia will host Portugal. Four days later Macedonians will take on Estonia on the road.


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  GERMANY   


Muenchen ties up Bryant deal - by Moritz Korff
The club-officials of Telemotive Muenchen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have finalised the signing of their first import player for the 2008-09 campaign. Johnnie Bryant (183-G-85, college: Utah) will join the team of Coach Michael Schwarz. The Oakland-native had an average of 14.2 points in 33 apperances for the University of Utah Utes (NCAA1) through this past season. He hit 44.3% (89-201) from three-point land and missed only five shots from the foul-line (59-64) as a senior. Bryant was a 2007-08 All-Mountain West Conference Second Team selection and worked out with NBA's Utah Jazz in June.

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  GREECE   


Panagiotakopoulos in Iraklis - by Chris Mammides

A2 Transfer news
Iraklis agreed financial terms with Thanassis Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos (178-G-85). The Greek guard has just finished his studies in the States where he played basketball in N. Kolorado (NCAA1) where his fourth and final seazon was very promising as he ended with 8.1ppg, 2rpg and 2.5apg.. With this move, Head Coach Paraskevas Mouratidis is adding speed in his team and moreover organisational skills in the court as Thanassis considers being a very fast and 'wise' in his game.

Ikaroi Serron agreed terms with Giannis Mouzakitis (182-G-83) ex Komotini player, Charalambos Voivatopoulos (209-C-85) (209-C-85) ex player of Xanthi has also agreed financial terms with Ikaroi Serron.

Other news
Agi Imbiza (212-C-81) agreed financial terms with Koroivos Amaliadas one of the newcomers in the C' Division.



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  LITHUANIA   


Olympiakos waive to Macijauskas - by Eurobasket News
Greek Olympiakos waived to Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) and will not need his help anymore. It happened after Arvydas Macijauskas suffered another serious injury and this time he will be sidelined for about three months. Last season he played 12 games in Euroleague for Olympiakos adding 14.8 ppg, 2 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.7 spg. He had a bit lower digits in Greek A1 league. Olympiakos was once again defeated by green PAO in the play-off final as well as in the final of National Cup.
Meanwhile Lithuanian Prienai finished third in Belarus tournament. The latter organized a campaign with 4 teams in it. Belarus was represented by the national team and the winner of the regular season Vitalyur. Lithuanian Prienai and Ukrainian Pulsar were invited to participate in the tournament as well. In the first day Belarus beat Prienai 97:63 with the massive first and last periods. Pustogvar led the winners with 18 points. Mishukov netted 14, while Kondrusevich scored 13. In the second game of the opener Pulsar overcame Vitalyur 72:69. Ukrainian team lost three quarters in the game but won the third 27:10 that was enough for the total success. For Vitalyur Zaitsev top-scored with 18 points. Patsevich nailed 11 and Yatsuk scored 7.
On Day 2 Belarus national team revenged for Vitalyur and beat Pulsar 90:59. Belarus was too good at home and did not leave any chances for the opponent. Ulianko led the way with 17 points. Kondrusevic posted 14 and Alekseev nailed 12. Prienai won over Vitalyur for the first win from both squads. The visitors started with 22:12 and then improved in the third period with 20:15. Efremov and Patsevich nailed 11 points in the losing effort.
On the last day Pulsar grabbed the second position beating Prienai 89:78. Lithuanian team finished the campaign on the third position. Belarus triumphed in the tournament beating Vitalyur 76:68. Pustogvar led the winners with 16 points. Korshuk added 15 and Kondrusevich netted 13. Shustov ended up with 16 points in defeat as Vitalyur could not win any game.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost defeated against Siroki Prima pivo in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Champion of Montenegro suffered defeat in a friendly game against Bosnian team Siroki Prima pivo 75-86. Despite Buducnost is at the beginning of preparations, head coach Zeljko Radonjic decided to meet Siroki on the road. It is important to be mentioned that Buducnost played this game without Vladimir Dasic and Ivan Maras, which are currently with Montenegrin National Team. The team also missed Nemanja Gordic, member of Team Bosnia. As a reminder, during the summer Buducnost inked Nenad Misanovic and Marko Simonovic. Big guy Zarko Rakocevic moved to Partizan Belgrade.
SIroki showed slightly better performance in this game. Both teams had many erratic shots as well as bad decision at the offensive end, what is normal as it is just the beginning of preparations. Buducnost could find a solution how to stop Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side), who led his team during the entire game. At the end he finished it netting 18 points. Igor Sumic (186-G-82, agency: Court Side) followed him scoring 15 points. Montenegrin champion got the most from Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) and Marko Popovic (200-F-85), who poured in 13 points each.
Buducnost and Siroki played another friendly game this past week-end but report from that game will be published soon.

Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C-86) broke his arm on practice / game against Montenegrin National Team. He will be sidelined for about a month.


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Donyell Marshall set to join Sixers - by Eurobasket News
The 76ers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Donyell Marshall (6'9''-F-73, college: Connecticut) on a minimum salary contract.

Agent Andy Miller confirmed that Marshall is scheduled to meet with the Sixers tomorrow. It is likely that he will undergo a physical examination and sign a contract within the next few days.

The Sixers have had interest in Marshall, 35, for many weeks, but bided their time while he remained under contract to Oklahoma City with a salary of more than $5 million. When the franchise that is transplanting from Seattle waived him in a buyout situation, the Sixers - in search of a perimeter shooter - made contact.

A minimum salary for players with at least 10 seasons of NBA experience is $1,262,275, with a portion covered by a leaguewide pool.

Ed Stefanski, the Sixers president/general manager, contacted by the Daily News via email, declined comment. Stefanski has been in serious discussions about Marshall since last week.

Marshall landed with Seattle/Oklahoma City last season as part of an 11-player trade that also included the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Marshall, from Reading, Pa., was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1994 draft, selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has appeared in 932 games over his career, including 15 games with the then-SuperSonics and 11 with the Cavaliers.

He has also logged time with the Golden State Warriors, the Utah Jazz and the Toronto Raptors. Playing for the Raptors against the Sixers on April 13, 2005, he tied a league record by hitting 12 three-pointers.

Starring for Connecticut, he was the Player of the Year in the Big East in 1993-94.

Courtesy of www.philly.com


Heat signed Jamaal Magloire - by Bruno Baltazar
The Miami HEAT signed free agent center Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky).
We are very fortunate to be able to come to terms with Jamaal Magloire, said HEAT President Pat Riley. We feel that he will dramatically support our post position. He is an excellent rebounder with a big body. On the defensive end he will plug up the paint and the offensive end he can score. We feel that this is definitely the right place for him to re-energize his career.

A former NBA All-Star (2004), Magloire has averaged 8.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.03 blocks and 24.2 minutes during an eight-year NBA career which has included stints with the Hornets (Charlotte: 2000-02 and New Orleans: 2002-05), the Milwaukee Bucks (2005-06), the Portland Trail Blazers (2006-07), the New Jersey Nets (2007-08) and the Dallas Mavericks (2007-08). In his 537 NBA regular season games he has connected on 47.9 percent of his field goal attempts. Additionally, Magloire has appeared in 36 postseason contests and has averaged 9.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.11 blocks while hitting 47.7 percent of his field goal attempts.

Four times in his career the 611, 265-pound center has appeared in all 82 games during a season and five times in the past seven seasons he has played at least 81 games. His best season occurred during the 2003-04 campaign with the New Orleans Hornets where he was selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star and averaged career highs in both points (13.6 ppg) and rebounds (10.3 rpg) and was one of just 11 players in the NBA that season to average a double-double. He topped the Eastern Conference in scoring in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game with 19 points. Magloire finished the 2003-04 season ranked among the NBA leaders in offensive rebounding (5th), overall rebounding (7th) and field goal percentage (tied for 27th).

Magloire split the 2007-08 season between the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks. He saw action in 31 games (two starts) and averaged 1.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 9.2 minutes.


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Mizzou builds huge advantage, cruises to 109-92 victory - by Eurobasket News
Monday morning's contest vs. the Southern Ontario All-Stars was expected to be the toughest of Missouri's three-game Canadian Tour, and it was, but the Tigers led by as many as a31 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to a 109-92 win to cap the team's three-game exhibition slate with a perfect 3-0 mark.

Leo Lyons led the Tigers with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and newcomer Zaire Taylor chipped in 15 points and an incredible eight steals to lead the Tigers to the 17-point triumph. Taylor tied for the team lead with five boards, while dishing four assists for a terrific all-around performance.

The All-Stars stayed in the game early on with tremendous three-point shooting. A veteran group comprised of former Canadian collegiates, including the five starters off of Brock University's 2007-08 national championship team, hit 9-of-14 three-pointers in the opening half and tied the game at 29-29 early in the second quarter before the Tigers seized control.

Missouri used a 16-0 run late in the second quarter to build a 56-34 advantage with J.T. Tiller, Lyons and fellow senior DeMarre Carroll leading the way. Tiller opened the run with five quick points off of steals and Lyons added six off a jumper from the wing and a pair of dunks. The second of Lyons' two dunks came courtesy of an alley-oop pass from Carroll, who also added a dunk and a steal/lay-in.

The Tigers kept the pressure on in the second half, slowly extending their advantage to 31, 94-63, on a Justin Safford jumper from the wing. The All-Stars did cut into the advantage with a barrage of late three-pointers and 32-of-46 shooting from the foul stripe.

Missouri got solid production from its youthful bench in the second half as starters Tiller, Lyons and Carroll played just nine minutes apiece over the final two periods. Kansas City natives Steve Moore and Marcus Denmon each scored seven points, while Lakeland, Fla., product Miguel Paul scored eight points, dished a pair of assists and had three steals.

Monday's game concluded the team's three-game tour in Ontario, Canada. The Tigers open practice for the 2008-09 season on Oct. 17.

For More information on the University of Missouri Basketball program, please visit our website at mutigers.com.


Missouri Basketball Post-Game Quotes:

Missouri 109, Southern All-Stars 92


Head Coach Mike Anderson :

'This was a beneficial trip for us. 'We saw our young guys get a lot of experience against some different types of teams and that team today was a good club, a team that knows how to win. I thought we did a better job defending in the second half. That's a team that looks for the three-pointer and they didn't make any in the third quarter once we talked through the adjustments with some of our younger guys.'

'We put a few different line-ups out there today and we mixed in some of our newcomers with our returners and you could see it flowed a little better this morning. Again, this was the best test of the tour. That's a team that has beaten some Division I teams already and they are a little older, a little more mature, so that was a good test for us.'


Tiger Player Quotes:


Leo Lyons
Senior Forward

'I give that team a lot of credit today. 'They have a lot of pride and play hard. They were physical, but overall, this was a good trip for all of us. We've only been practicing together for a few days and you can't pick this system up that fast. Man, I've been in this system for three years and I'm still learning, so I think our new guys are getting some great experience.'

'I just think we got better each night, a little more comfortable out there. We had different guys scoring, rebounding, playing defense each night. We have some options out there if one guy is having a tough night or someone gets into foul trouble.'


Zaire Taylor
Junior Guard

'I think my defense is further along right now and I try to use that to help us score. I didn't realize I had eight steals, but we were able to turn those turnovers into points and that's why we scored 109 points against a good team.'

'Oh ya, this was the best team we faced up here. They played hard and they can really shoot it, but Coach made some adjustments and we didn't let them get many good three-point looks in the second half.

Courtesy of www.mutigers.com


Scott Drew to receive Don Nelson award Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
Baylor head coach Scott Drew will be presented The Don Nelson Award by the Dallas All Sports Association at the organization's annual awards banquet on Tuesday at the Dallas Fairmont Hotel.

The Don Nelson Award is presented to a college or professional basketball coach for great achievement both on and off the court of play in the spirit of NBA player and coach Don Nelson.

In addition to The Don Nelson Award, the Dallas All Sports Association will present 10 other awards, including The Lamar Hunt Award, The Field Scovell Award, The Legends Award, The Tom Landry Award, The Emmitt Smith Award, The Big D Award, The Courage Award, The Pat Summerall Award, The Motor Sports Award and the Big 12 Player of the Year Award. The DASA will also award college scholarships to 31 deserving individuals.

The Dallas All Sports Association is a philanthropic organization founded in 1965 by Dallas businessman Field Scovell whose love of sports was only exceeded by his love of the Dallas community. In founding DASA, Scovell envisioned a special organization, philanthropic in nature, created to award recognition and scholarship grants to deserving individuals and other deserving groups.

Courtesy of www.baylorbears.com


Akron promotes Jeff Boals to associate head coach - by Eurobasket News
Jeff Boals has been promoted to associate head coach for Akron's men's basketball team, head coach Keith Dambrot announced on today.

Boals, previously an assistant coach with the Zips, is in his third year with the program. He serves as the recruiting coordinator and oversees post players.

'One of the reasons this program has been so successful is because we have been able to maintain continuity within our staff,' Dambrot said in a release. 'Promoting Jeff in this way helps us continue to do that. Jeff is a great recruiter and has a tremendous relationship with our players. He was a hard-nosed, over-achieving player and those traits have rubbed off on our athletes. He also has great understanding of Mid-American Conference basketball.'

Boals was an assistant at Robert Morris from 2004-06. He has also coached at the University of Charleston, Marshall and Ohio.

The Magnolia, Ohio, native played four seasons for OU, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences in 1995.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Keon Lawrence transfers from Missouri to Seton Hall - by Eurobasket News
Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez announced Tuesday that Keon Lawrence (6'2''-G) (Newark, N.J.) has transferred to the University. Lawrence played basketball the last two seasons at the University of Missouri and will sit out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Lawrence will be eligible to practice with the Pirates this season, but wont see game action until 2009-10. The guard will have junior playing eligibility at that time.

Keon is an incredible recruit for us, Gonzalez said. He has a huge name in the state of New Jersey and hes coming back home to Newark. He can play the one and the two. Hes a natural scorer and really an electrifying, exciting player that the fans are just going to love. When he decided to transfer, everyone in the country wanted him, but he chose us. I think that really says something about where were headed as a program.

Last season at Missouri, Lawrence played in all 32 games and averaged a team-high 29.2 minutes per game. He led the team in field goal attempts and averaged 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while making 20 starts. A native of nearby Newark, N.J., Lawrence topped the 20-point plateau twice last season including a 25-point performance at Kansas, the 2008 national champions.

At Weequahic High School Lawrence was nicknamed the Human Pogo Stick for his acrobatic dunks and athleticism. A First Team All-State selection as a senior, he led the state of New Jersey with 31.2 points per game and became just the third player in Essex County history to record over 2,000 career points.

Courtesy of www.shupirates.com


Sean Neal joins in La Salle staff, Harris Adler named assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
La Salle University head basketball coach Dr. John Giannini has named Sean Neal (6'2''-G) as Video Coordinator.

Neal, who was a guard for the Explorers from 2003 until 2007 replaces Peter Gash who left to take a position on Tom Creans staff at Indiana University.

Giannini described Neal as one of [his] most hard-working and unselfish student-athletes in recent years.

Neal played in 77 games for Gianninis Explorers with seven starts. He was honored four-times with the La Salle University Faculty-Athletic Award for achieving a grade point average over 3.25.

We are delighted to have Sean on staff, said Giannini. He is an excellent role model and mentor for our student-athletes and will continue to make important contributions to our program in his new role.

Neal was one of two members of the junior class in 2005-06 when the Explorers finished third in the Atlantic 10 and set a school benchmark for A-10 wins in their 18-10 campaign.

The appointment comes one day after Giannini announced the promotion of Harris Adler from Director of Basketball Operations to Assistant Coach.

Giannini has one more vacancy to fill on his bench staff and is expected to make an announcement soon.

Courtesy of www.goexplorers.com


Rams drop finale, but still find positives on Vancouver trip - by Eurobasket News
Blame it on the fact that the Rams were playing its third game in as many days. Or maybe it was adjusting to the rubber court. But whatever it was, it wasn't pretty.

In a game full of bad breaks and missed opportunities, the Rams were outplayed in nearly every category Monday morning, falling to Trinity Western, 95-83.


The Rams played in what looked like a school gymnasium and church combined. The gym was small, had very dim lighting, and tartan rubber floor instead of wood. Behind the team benches was a stage with instruments set up for a church worship band on Sundays. With very little seating, some spectators even sat on the stage where the church service takes place.

Good teams overcome all factors and find a way to be successful with their circumstances, Head Coach Tim Miles said. The question you ask is why? How hard did our guys prepare in the months and weeks prior to today? I think we have work to do.

The Rams came out of the gates slow, and never regained the lost momentum. Trinity Western took an early lead off of two three-pointers, forcing a Colorado State timeout. Shot after shot did not fall, and the Rams went on a drought of nearly five minutes without scoring. CSU trailed by as many as 15 points in the first quarter and 20 in the game.

I credit Trinity Western, Miles said. Theyre a very physical team and they came out and played hard and have a wealth of talent. Im disappointed that we only competed at times and that we didnt get consistent performances across the board.

The Rams closed the first quarter with a 9-0 run including a steal and made layup just before the buzzer by freshman Jesse Carr to cut the gap to six. After sophomore Andre McFarlands three pointer to start the second extended CSUs run to 12-0, and the Spartans lead to just three, the Rams tied the game for the first time with a fast break dunk by sophomore Harvey Perry with four minutes to play in the half.


More missed opportunities hurt the Rams, however, after they missed a chance to take the lead at the end of the half. Trailing by just one, sophomore Andy Ogide went to the free throw line, but came up short on both attempts. On the day, the Rams converted only 65 percent of their 40 shots from the line.

The lost opportunities at the free throw line are just momentum killers, Miles said. Youve got to take your opportunities and seize them when you have the chance.

With a five point lead at the half, the Spartans started to pull away early in the third until Carr hit back-to-back threes to bring the Rams within striking distance, trailing by six with 5:30 to play in the third. Carr led the Rams with 19 points on the day, including 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. But the Rams couldnt keep up with the Spartans scrappy and aggressive play. The Rams shot just 37.1 percent from the floor and 19.2 percent from three-point range, but had four players reach double figures in points. Carr, sophomore Josh Simmons, Ogide, and McFarland scored 19, 13, 13, and 11 points respectively.

Despite the loss in the finale, several positives came out of the Rams foreign tour to Vancouver. Perhaps the main advantage was being able to see where the team is at early in the season.

Its an experience that is great for teams to do, Miles said. It sheds a lot of light on strengths of some players and weaknesses of other players. I think our speed is much improved but we have to make better decisions. The good news is that we have plenty of time to work on it. Its good to be able to know this now instead of the end of October.

Due to NCAA regulations, the Rams cannot continue full practices again until October 17. In the meantime, the Rams plan on continuing their pre-season training, small workouts, and gearing up for their 2008-09 campaign.

From the competition side of it, Im excited to get back in the gym and get back to work, Miles said. We know what we need to do and how to put ourselves in position to make the postseason, which is always a CSU Ram standard.

Final thoughts

Vancouver was a great town and our basketball travelers, Nels Hawkenson and Bob Hannestad, were excellent hosts. I highly recommend this trip to any NCAA team. It was very well done. Tim Miles

Vancouver was nice and I had a lot of fun. It was good for us to bond, not just as players, but as coaches too. Senior Marcus Walker

Injury update

Sophomore Dan Vandervieran sat out Sunday night due to a shoulder injury. He was back in the lineup Monday, but was limited to just four minutes because of early foul trouble.

Senior Willis Gardner, who had off-season shoulder surgery, is expected to return to the Rams lineup next month.

Courtesy of www.csurams.com


SDSU adds Brian Carlwell and Bryce Smith - by Eurobasket News
San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher announced Tuesday the addition of Brian Carlwell (6'11''-C) and Bryce Smith to the Aztec men's basketball program. Carlwell comes to Montezuma Mesa after spending the last two seasons at the University of Illinois. He will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2009-10. Smith, meanwhile, is freshman shooting guard who will be eligible to play immediately.

While competing for the Fighting Illini, Carlwell, a 6-11, 265-pound center out of Maywood, Ill., played in 29 career games and averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds during his two seasons.

As a true freshman, Carlwell appeared in 26 games, averaging 7.0 minutes per contest on a team that finished 23-12 (9-7 Big Ten) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Against perennial power Maryland, Carlwell scored a career-high eight points on 2-for-4 shooting and collected four rebounds. In the 2006-07 season opener against Austin Peay, Carlwell led the team with six rebounds in front of a sell-out home crowd and then added a personal-best three blocked shots in 12 minutes of action vs. Ohio State in the second game of the conference campaign.

In his second season at Illinois, Carlwell played in three games before suffering an injury early in the year forcing him to miss the majority of 2007-08. Carlwell saw action at the EA Sports Maui Invitational where he logged three minutes in wins over Arizona State and Oklahoma State. After returning to the mainland, Carlwell played two minutes on the road at Maryland.

Prior to attending the Champaign, Ill., school, Carlwell was a standout prep player at Proviso East (Ill.) High School. As a senior, he was a first-team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press, Campaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association after he averaged 18.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.4 blocks. He was also named the Suburban Gold Conference most valuable player after leading Proviso East to its second straight IHSA Supersectional appearance. In his junior campaign, Carlwell averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, while being named to the all-state squad. During his high school career, Carlwell was selected to play in the 42nd annual Roundball Classic and the IBCA and City-Suburban All-Star games.

Coming out of high school, Carlwell was a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was rated as the No. 6 center and No. 37 player overall by Scout.com and the 10th-best center and 77th-best player overall by Rivals.com.

An excellent athlete, Carlwell also played football where he earned all-conference and team MVP honors after catching 11 touchdowns as a senior and competed in the triple jump during the track and field season.

Smith, a 6-4 guard, comes to Montezuma Mesa after playing his high-school basketball at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., where he helped the Toreadors to a 27-4 overall record and a perfect 10-0 mark in the West Valley League during his senior season. Taft won the Los Angeles City championship and made an appearance in the CIF Division I regional semifinals before finishing the season ranked No. 4 in The Los Angeles Times top 25 and the MaxPreps.com California state rankings.

As a senior, Smith completed his final year as the West Valley's seventh leading scorer (11.4 ppg) and top three-point shooter (2.4 3FG) in 2007-08. He also produced averages of 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals. For the season, Smith posted 13 double-figure scoring games, including four 20-plus point performances.

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

Courtesy of www.goaztecs.com


Notes and observations from Mizzou's three-game Canadian tour - by Eurobasket News
Notes and Observations From Mizzou's Three-Game Canadian Tour:

- Zaire Taylor turned 22 on Saturday. The Delaware transfer and Staten Island, N.Y. native had a family members and friends make it up to Monday's game in Welland, Ontario, and saw him score 15 points, grab five boards, dish four assists and rip away eight steals.

- Missouri outscored its opponents by 35.3 points per game over the three contests. Missouri's largest margin of victory was 49 during a 117-68 win over Brock University. The Tigers never trailed at the end of the quarter in any game they played.

- Head Coach Mike Anderson used no fewer than eight different line-ups in each game he played and only two Tigers, J.T. Tiller (6'3''-G) in the second contest vs. Brock University and Zaire Taylor vs. the Southern Ontario All-Stars, played 20 minutes or more in a single game.

- The Tigers recorded an incredible 70 steals in three games, an average of 23.3 per contest. Taylor led Missouri with 18 total steals (6.0 spg.). J.T. Tiller was second with nine steals.

- Post players DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons tied for the team lead in scoring (15.7 ppg). Carroll hit 20-of-29 shots from the floor (69.0 percent), while Lyons was 19-of-29 (65.5 percent).

- Tiller was actually Missouri's second-most efficient shooter. Tiller hit 15-of-22 shots (68.1) and Keith Ramsey finished fourth at 63.6 percent, hitting 7-of-11 shots.

- Missouri had 10-of-13 players finish with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. Matt Lawrence and Kim English each had a 9-to-1 assist/turnover margin, while Tiller enjoyed a 10-to-2 clip and freshman Marcus Denmon went 8-to-2.

- Missouri was led in scoring by a different Tiger each day. Carroll led Missouri with 20 points in a 120-80 win over the Ontario All-Stars. Denmon led Missouri with 23 points in the win over Brock University and Lyons paced MU with 20 points in the win over the Southern Ontario All-Stars.

Ten different Tigers hit at least one three-pointer in the three games and four Tigers, Lawrence (8), Denmon (6), English (5) and Paul (5) each recorded five or more.

- Of Missouri's 115.3 points per game, the Tigers got:
37.9 percent of its scoring from seniors
21.9 percent of its scoring from juniors
6.9 percent of its scoring from sophomores
32.7 percent of its scoring from freshmen


54.3 percent of its scoring from returners
45.7 percent of its scoring from newcomers

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


Buffalo G Robinson given 3-game suspension - by Bruno Baltazar
Leading scorer Andy Robinson (6'1''-G-87) was suspended for three games by the University at Buffalo on Friday for posting an advertisement on the Internet last spring to pay someone to write a course paper.
Buffalo coach Reggie Witherspoon said the suspension will cover the Bulls' first three regular-season games. Robinson, a senior guard who topped Buffalo in scoring last season, has resumed practicing with the team after being suspended in April.
``He has done everything asked of him from the university, division of athletics and men's basketball program to atone for his actions, and has learned and grown from his mistake,'' Witherspoon said in a statement.
The suspension was handed down after Robinson acknowledged he placed an ad on the Facebook.com marketplace Web site, offering to pay $40 or more for someone to write a course paper. News of the advertisement was first published in the school's student newspaper, The Spectrum, which led to Robinson's suspension.
Robinson has since completed the paper on his own and apologized, saying, ``I take full responsibility and realize I must regain the trust of my teammates, fellow student athletes and coaching staff.''


Drew Shubik signs contract in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Former Sacred Heart standout guard Drew Shubik (6'4''-G, college: Sacred Heart) (Stoystown, PA) signed a contract last week to play professional basketball for the Bochum Astro Stars in Germany's Third Division league. He follows former teammate Brice Brooks who is also playing in Germany.

The 6'4' Shubik was mulling offers to play in Cyprus, Romania and Portugal when the team in Germany came calling. He was on a plane 24 hours later and at practice not long after landing. He is the only American on the team.

The league begins play next month and will play a 28-game schedule. Shubik, who's contract runs through April 3, expects to start at point.

Courtesy of www.sacredheartpioneers.com


Tigers finish Canadian tour 3-0 with 67-65 win at the buzzer - by Eurobasket News
Pacific's Chad Troyer (6'4''-G, college: Miami, OH) (Seattle, Wash.) hit a pull-up jumper in the lane at the buzzer to give the men's basketball team a 67-65 victory at the University of Victoria on Monday, Sept. 1. The Tigers won all three games on their 2008 Canadian Tour.

After the Vikes tied the game at 65-65 with 12 seconds left on a basket by Mitch Gudgeon, the Tigers set up Troyer for an isolation play to break the 12th tie of the game and send Pacific home undefeated.

The Tigers started out with a 5-0 lead, and held a 17-14 lead at the end of the first period. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Tigers countered a three-pointer by the Vikes' Julian Spear Chief-Morris with a trey from Troyer to keep the lead at three. The Vikes pulled ahead late in the first half at 33-29, but a three-pointer by senior James Doran (Cameron Park, Calif.) made it a 33-32 halftime lead for Victoria.

A quick 5-0 start to the third quarter gave the Vikes their largest lead of the game at 38-32 with 9:13 remaining. The Tigers then used a 21-2 run spurred by nine points from senior Anthony Brown (Sacramento, Calif.) to take a 13-point lead (53-40) with 2:07 left in the third period. The Tigers held a 56-45 lead entering the fourth quarter, before the Vikes made a huge run. Both teams were scoreless for the first three and a half minutes of the period, when the Vikes made their surge. A 15-4 run tied the score at 60-60 before sophomore Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) hit a jumper to give the Tigers the lead back at 62-60. A free throw by Tyler Hass and a basket by Ryan MacKinnon returned the lead to Victoria at 63-62 with 1:33 remaining. Senior Bryan LeDuc (Corona, Calif.) gave the Tigers the lead at 64-63 and freshman Taylor Shipley (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) hit a free throw with 15 seconds left to set up the exciting finish.

Brown led the Tigers with 11 points, while LeDuc added 10 points. Sophomore Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) led the Tigers on the boards for the second time on trip, pulling down nine rebounds. LeDuc added eigh boards. The Tigers out-rebounded Victoria 44-30, including a 24-15 edge on the boards in the second half.

Prior to the official practice season, the Tigers will host the annual Tigers In Tennies event for area youngsters on September 30, followed by the traditional Midnight Mania event to tipoff the practice season on October 17. Both events will be held in the Alex G. Spanos Center. Pacific's first home game is an exhibition game against Cal State Stanislaus on Nov. 2.

Courtesy of www.pacifictigers.com


Proffitt finds a new home - by Kevin Cochran

Notre Dame transfer Ty Proffitt (6'4''-G) is headed to Morehead St..

According to a source close to the situation, the 6-foot-3 combo guard and Kentucky native has opted to head back close to home and will begin classes at Morehead St. tomorrow morning.

This is a huge coup for Morehead St. coach Donnie Tyndall and his program as Billy Gillispie had offered him a walk-on spot at Kentucky and Duquesne and Winthrop had also expressed interest.

Proffitt led South Laurel High to a state title a few years ago and although he played just eight games as a freshman for Mike Brey last season, he also backed up Kyle McAlarney (6'1''-G-87) and Tory Jackson (5'10''-G-88) - two guys who will likely make money somewhere playing the game.

Courtesy: Foxsports.com



Nittany Lion closes Canadian tour with impressive 83-45 win over York - by Eurobasket News
The Penn State men's basketball team made it a perfect 4-0 on its Canadian exhibition tour Monday outside Toronto as the Nittany Lions jumped on York College early, held a 25-point lead at the half, and cruised home to a 38-point victory, 83-45.

Jamelle Cornley (6'5''-F) (Columbus, Ohio) led Penn State in scoring for the third time on the tour posting 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Andrew Jones (Philadelphia, Pa.) posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards. David Jackson (Farrell, Pa.) and Stanley Pringle (Virginia Beach, Va.) both had nine, Pringle adding four steals, and freshman Cammeron Woodyard (Westminster, Md.) added seven.

Talor Battle (Albany, N.Y.) had seven of the Lions 23 assists in the game as Penn State also racked up 16 steals and forced 20 turnovers while holding York to 27 percent shooting. Penn State shot 49 percent for the game and won the rebounding battle 41-29. With its starters playing the first and third quarters, the Nittany Lions outscored York 53-22.

Penn State concluded a productive and entertaining trip north with victories over Waterloo (83-52), Sheridan (83-65), Ryerson (102-68) and York.

Penn State dominated York in the lane and created havoc and easy looks with full court pressure. The Lions jumped out early 7-0 lead and held York to just 15 percent shooting in the first quarter and 20 percent for the half while grabbing eight steals and shooting 53 percent itself in the first 20 minutes of action. A pair of threes from Cornley and a dunk and several highlight finishes and passes from Battle fueled the Nittany Lions charge as coach Ed DeChellis spurred on his troops intense defense on from the sideline.


Penn State used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to take a 39-point lead and then went to its bench exclusively in the fourth quarter against a York team that played N.C. State to within four points (35-31) in the first half before falling to the Wolfpack 81-60 the day before.

The Nittany Lions will now return to their normal fall individual workouts and conditioning before opening practice again on Oct. 17, the NCAA's first official practice date. Penn State will play one more exhibition at the Bryce Jordan Center, vs. Bloomsburg on Nov. 9, before officially opening the season on Fri., Nov. 14 vs. William and Mary.

Courtesy of www.gopsusports.com


Gabe Norwood selected first overall in PBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
Former George Mason men's basketball standout Gabriel Norwood (6'5''-G/F-85, college: George Mason) filed paperwork last month to be considered eligible for the Philippine Basketball Association's Annual Draft and with the paperwork approved, he found himself the pick of the litter as Norwood was chosen as the first overall pick this past weekend.

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters chose the one-time Dean Ehlers Award winner to be one of the centerpieces of their team. Norwood, who once held the Mason school record for games played, has previously played extensively for the Philippines National Team.

'It'd been a long year and a half of waiting. I'm happy I finally made it,' Norwood is quoted as saying on the PBA web site. 'I'm bringing in my work ethic and hopefully I can help the team get wins.'

The 10-team league is tentatively scheduled to start play on Oct. 4, 2008.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Pope plans to enroll at Seton Hall - by Kevin Cochran

Seton Hall has bagged another big transfer.

On the heels of Keon Lawrence's transfer from Missouri, the Pirates have added Herb Pope (6'8''-F) from New Mexico St.. The Pittsburgh native wanted to be closer to home to deal with unknown personal issues, and will enroll at Seton Hall this week according to unnamed sources.

Pope average 11.1 points and almost seven rebounds for the Aggies after becoming eligible at midseason. The team won 12 of the 16 games he played in, but felt it was time for Pope to move on.

'A decision has been made that Herb Pope will not play for the Aggies this upcoming season,' NMSU coach Marvin Menzies said in a statement. 'It is unfortunate things did not work out for Herb at NMSU, however, moving forward is best for all parties involved. We are building a program that will have chemistry and success, and in order to do that you must have development and continuity. We wish him well in the future both on and off the court.'

Like Lawrence, Pope plans to ask for an NCAA waiver to play immediately. It is unlikely to be granted, meaning Pope would need to stay out of trouble and academically eligible to play in 2009-10. That could be diffiucult, as Pope was cited for DUI in December and was shot four times at a party in March of 2007. He also had to file a lawsuit before he was declared academically eligible to play for the Aggies.



Lawrence finalizes transfer to the Hall - by Kevin Cochran

Keon Lawrence (6'2''-G) is going home.

A high school standout in Newark, NJ, Lawrence's reported transfer from Missouri to Seton Hall is now final. He will be able to practice immediately, but will not play in games until the 2009-10 season.

Lawrence has reportedly appealed to the NCAA to play immediately due to medical issues within his family, but it is unclear if that request will be approved.

'Keon is an incredible recruit for us,' Pirates coach Bobby Gonzalez said. 'He has a huge name in the state of New Jersey and he's coming back home. He can play the one and the two. He's a natural scorer and really an electrifying, exciting player that the fans are just going to love.'

Lawrence played in all 32 games for Mizzou last season, leading the Tigers in field-goal attempts and minutes played (29.2 minutes per game). He averaged 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists.



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Enugu agog for Milo Basketball Summer Camp - by Eurobasket News
Hundreds of kids are enjoying themselves in Enugu as Milo Children's clinic returned with basketball actions. Last weekend, at a news conference held in Lagos, Nestls Category Business Manager (Beverages), Mr. Walter Okafor, said the clinic sponsorship which is for boys and girls between the ages of five and 14 years was geared towards given the kids something to cheer about.

He said that a total of over 3,000 participants consisting of 1,000 kids, 100 officials and over 2,000 parents of the participants are expected to participate in the event at the two venues.

Registration forms are available for interested participants at the Enugu State Sports Council and Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu and the Nigerian Basketball Federation office at the National Stadium.

The clinic, which will impart basic basketball and life skills to the participants and also feature slam dunk contests and an All-Star match between two teams drawn from the best players at the clinic; while parents and guardians will be treated to good entertainment in the form of music and comedy.

The clinic is expected to be professionally handled by a team of officials including national basketball coach, Adeka Daudu, Peter Ahmedu, Emmanuel Odah and Mike Akuboh.
The Nigerian team selected by the NBA to attend the Basketball without Borders Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa from 31 August to 7 September were also unveiled at the occasion. All the players selected for the team are outstanding players who have passed through the Nestle Milo Basketball programme at one stage or the other in their basketball careers.

Courtesy of www.sunnewsonline.com


Tigers pounce to sign Ere to NBL deal - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers' NBL championship defence has received a major boost - at the expense of local rivals the South Dragons - with the signing of star player Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma).

Ere, the runner-up in last season's league MVP award with Brisbane, had previously committed to joining the Dragons.

But he delayed signing in order to have a shot at the NBA, with the Dragons filling up their import slot by signing Trammell Darden in the meantime.

When Ere's NBA bid fell through, the Tigers swooped, signing him to add to an impressive squad for the coming season, with Melbourne having already recruited another former Bullets star Sam Mackinnon.

'When you add someone like Ebi Ere to your roster, in an already deep team like we have, you just know that we're going to be the team to beat this season,' Tigers coach Al Westover said.

'We're really looking forward to those cross-town games against the Dragons, signing Ebi has definitely fired up that rivalry.'

Courtesy of www.news.smh.com.au


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SIRIYYEH wins the 28th Martyrs Basketball Championship, De La Salle in Second and Hiteen in Third Place - by Tamara Awartani
Siriyyeh vs. De La Salle 81 - 69- Siriyyeh FIRST PLACE, De La Salle Second PLace
The final game that everyone was waiting for, a huge crowd from both team fans came to watch this great game. There was a closing ceromony followed by an exciting game right from the start,it was an up & down game, De La Salle lead 22-15, then Siriyyeh lead 12-28, but De La Salle didnt let go easily and fought back 23-15, a great come back in the 3rd quarter but Siriyyeh kept their game going to win it 12- 23. Ghassan Habash, Chaun Ballard, Ibrahim Habash, Sanni and Salim Habash played for Siriyyeh. Salmi(19points) & Sanni (19points)and a block shot, Ibrahim (16points) and Salim Hussary (15points) as top scorers. Ammar Nofal, Michael Li, Fadi Yaghmour, Thaer Qawasmi and Hanna Sahwani played for De La Salle with Michael (21points), Fadi(16) and 4 block shots, and Ammar (11points). Both teams played great, Hard Luck De La Salle and Congratulations Siriyyeh :D

Hiteen vs. Orthodoxi Ramallah 79 - 74 - HITEEN THIRD PLACE, ORC Ramallah FOURTH PLACE
Another breath taking game, that was hard to predict but exciting to watch. Scores were the following: ORC lead 15 - 12, then Hiteen 18-21, then ORC 22-20,finally Hiteen 18-26 where in the 4th quarter two players (Ahmad Dieb and Ramzi Almassou were fouled out). Ahmad AbdelHaq, Alaa AbdelHadi, Shadi Takruri (32points),Saed Darwazeh (10points) and Mohammed Al hilu played for Hiteen, with Shadi and Haitham Qana'eer (13points) as top scorers.While Ahmad Amin, Mohammed Khalili, Ahmad Dieb, Bryan Sigafoos and Micheal Khayat played for ORC with Ahmad (25points) and a block shot, Bryan (16points) and 4 blockshots and Micheal (15points) as top scorers. Congratulations Hiteen and Hard luck Orthodoxi!

Best Statistics
MVP Player for the tournament is Jaired Saulice from Orthodoxi Beit Jala club
Best scorer for the tournament is Shadi Takruri from Hiteen club with 221 points in 7 games.
Best 3pointer for the tournament is Jaired Saulice from Orthdoxi Beit Jala club with 19 3points in 3 games.
Best rebounder for the tournament is Bryan Sigafoos from Orthodoxi Ramallah Club with 124 rebounds in 7 games.

Other good stats are:
HIgh Scores:
Jaired Saulice - Orthodoxi Bethlehem - 88points in 3 games
Raed Abu Rumman - Orthodoxi Beit Jala - 72 points in 3 games
Mahdi Eid - AlAhli Club - 64 points in 3 games
Peter Qanadalft - Terrasanta - 61 points in 3 games
Micheal Khayat - Orthodoxi Ramallah - 140 points in 7 games

3pointers:
Shadi Takruri - Hiteen club - 29 3points in 7 games
Peter Qanadalft - Terrasanta - 11 3points in 3 games
Micheal Khayat - Orthodoxi Ramallah - 17 3points in 7 games
Ahamd Dieb - Orthodoxi Ramallah - 14 3points in 6 games
Ghassan Habash - Siriyyeh Ramaallah- 11 3points in 7 games

Rebounders:
Sanni Sakikini - Siriyyeh Ramallah - 86 rebounds in 6 games
Salim Sakikini - Siriyyeh Ramallah - 66 rebounds in 6 games
Fadi Yaghmour - De La Salle - 64 rebounds in 6 games
Micheal Khayat - Orthodoxi Ramallah - 79 rebounds in 7 games

For more statisitcs, check www.frg.wikispaces.com


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John Bryant resigns with Frost Heaves - by Eurobasket News
The two-time American Basketball Association champion Vermont Frost Heaves will have at least one familiar face in uniform this winter when they move to a new league.

John Bryant (6'7''-F-82, college: St.Joseph's), a 6-foot-7 power forward, has signed for a third season with the Vermont team, which has moved to the Premier Basketball League.


Bryant, a key figure in the 2006-2007 crown, played in 27 of the 39 games for the Heaves in 2007-08 before being sidelined in the final weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder. He averaged more than 19 minutes a game, six points, 6.6 rebounds, more than one steal and one block per game. He hit 51.5 percent from the floor for the Heaves, which posted a 35-4 record.

Bryant, 25, is the first Frost Heave to indicate he would return.

The Frost Heaves have said they are expecting a majority of players won't return. Among those moving on are center Dokun Akingbade, power forward Antonio Burks and shooting guard Brett Gravitt, who will all play for the same team in Japan. Power forward Erik Nelson, a former University of Vermont standout, has signed to play in Holland, while forward Issa Konare of Richmond, a former member of the Senegal National team, has signed to play in France. Other signings include center Ted Skuchas in Sweden and point guard Dwayne Lee in Cyprus.

Shooting guard B.J. Robertson of Burlington said Monday he is weighing his options.

Bryant, in a phone conversation from Philadelphia, said he was looking forward to being back in Vermont.

'I've built a relationship with a lot of fans. They have become more than fans, they have become friends,' Bryant said.

'The move to the PBL is also very attractive,' said Bryant, noting that the league will feature four teams Vermont that played in the ABA. 'It's an exciting new challenge.'

Bryant said he plans to be in Vermont this weekend with one of his ventures, Role Players. Inc. The group, which includes several Frost Heaves, will sponsor the 'Back-2-School Youth Rally' at the Faith Community Church in Barre from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The PBL, which began play last winter, had 10 teams and played 20 league games. The league is expected to expand this year to at least 15 teams including four ABA teams making the jump, according to the league's Web Site. Besides Vermont, the Manchester, N.H. Millrats, Halifax Rainmen and Quebec City Kebs have signed on.

Once all the teams have completed the transition, the schedule will be announced.

Courtesy of www.burlingtonfreepress.com


Millrats hire Austin Nelson as Assistant General Manager - by Eurobasket News
The Manchester Millrats of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) have hired Austin Nelson to serve as Assistant General Manager, in charge of business operations.
Nelson recently served as the Director of Public Relations and Gameday Operations for the Minnesota Ripknees of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Prior to joining the Ripknees, he held the same position for the Indiana Alley Cats of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). He also worked in the capacity of Media Relations with the Dakota Wizards, currently an NBA Developmental franchise.

'We are escstatic about bringing in such an energetic, talented front office person who has experience running minor league basketball operations, as Austin, to Manchester,' stated Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy.

Nelson will oversee the franchise's sales and marketing efforts, media relations, and gameday opertions under the direction of McCarthy - allowing McCarthy to focus more time and energy on player personnel matters.

Nelson will also work closely with new Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon. The pair worked together previously while with the Indiana Alley Cats and the Dakota Wizards.

There is still some slots available for the Millrats NH Exposure Combine Camp to be held at the Sportszone Athletic Facility (www.nhsportszone.com) in Derry, NH. Players may register online at www.manchestermillrats.com. Derry, NH is conveniently served by bus or plane. Southwest Airlines serves nearby Manchester Airport, and Boston Logan is 45 minutes south. scounted hotel rooms are available in limited supply at a special rate of $45.00 per night. Rooms may be shared by two players. To make a reservation please call (603-425-2110) as soon as possible, and mention the NH Millrats Exposure Camp.

Registration forms can be processed online or downloaded, printed, and mailed to: Manchester Millrats 816 Elm Street PMB#182 Manchester, NH 03101.

The Manchester Millrats completed a very successful first season, reaching the Final 4 and garnering great community support. The Millrats star player, Anthony Anderson, received national recognition along with other former Millrats, and is currently playing in the first divisionin Cyprus. The Millrats management pride themselves in helping facilitate a career path for players and assisting them to progress in their development. Millrats players are paid a salary as well as provided meals, bonuses, housing, transportation, and access to training facilities.

Courtesy of PBL


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Japan hands RP 2nd straight loss - by Hector Santos
TEHRAN, Iran The Nokia-Philippine Youth team dropped its second straight game, losing to Japan, 86-78, to kiss its title bid goodbye in the 20th FIBA-Asia Basketball Championships for Junior Men Monday at the Azadi Stadium here.

With Fil-Canadians Norbert Torres and Matthew Wright at the helm, the Nationals waged a spirited battle only to lose steam in the crucial stage.

The Nationals, who trained for two weeks in the United States to prepare for this tournament, were still in the thick of the fight when they rallied to within 78-81 with 50 ticks left.

But the Filipinos did not score again as the Japanese pulled off the hard fought win.

It was the second straight loss for the Nationals. They were beaten by the South Koreans, 98-80, at the start of their groups quarterfinal phase.

The Japanese, who finished sixth in the previous edition, came out ready for the Filipinos as they exploited their height advantage to take a 46-39 lead at the half.

Several defensive lapses contributed to RPs downfall as four Japanese players scored in double figures with 18-year-old Yusoke Karino knocking in 25 points.

Makoto Hiejima fired 22 markers, while Kaito Ishikawa and Daichi Taniguchi chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Torres paced the Nationals with 24 points while Wright chipped in 17.

The Filipinos, who will be relegated into a battle for 5th to 10th places, meet host Iranians next.

The last time the Filipinos won this event was in 1982 when they beat China. The best the country could finish after that was placing third thrice the last during the 1992 edition.


Gabe Norwood selected first overall in PBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
Former George Mason men's basketball standout Gabriel Norwood (6'5''-G/F-85, college: George Mason) filed paperwork last month to be considered eligible for the Philippine Basketball Association's Annual Draft and with the paperwork approved, he found himself the pick of the litter as Norwood was chosen as the first overall pick this past weekend.

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters chose the one-time Dean Ehlers Award winner to be one of the centerpieces of their team. Norwood, who once held the Mason school record for games played, has previously played extensively for the Philippines National Team.

'It'd been a long year and a half of waiting. I'm happy I finally made it,' Norwood is quoted as saying on the PBA web site. 'I'm bringing in my work ethic and hopefully I can help the team get wins.'

The 10-team league is tentatively scheduled to start play on Oct. 4, 2008.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  PORTUGAL   


Ovarense resigns John Waller and signs Jose Barbosa and Joao Soares leaves for Patizan - by Bruno Baltazar
Ovarense resigned american forward John Waller (193-F-82, college: ODU) ,last season he came to Ovarense in March for a tryout to replace Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) with a injury and ended finishing the season with tremendous numbers showing to the coaches he deserved to be there.The 26 years old player before Ovarense represented Itzehoe Eagles in German Regionalliga averaging almost 28ppg and played for ODU college with Ovarense he won the portuguese league title.
Ovarense also signed a young portuguese player with 17 years old , Jose Miguel Barbosa , he used to do his formation with Oliveirense and plays for the portuguese national team of under 18 , he is a point guard.

Joao Soares (197-F-90) (197-F-90) portuguese forward with 18 years old of age that did his formation in Ovarense will play next seasons with Partizan Belgrade from the adriatic league,last season he averaged 3ppg and played 10 games but showed he can improve and do alot as thats what he did with the portuguese NT this summer in the european under18 that was played in Hungary and Partizan invited him to a tryout and he will be now playing for them,Joao Soares want to fallow a professional career in the basket world and Ovarense easily let him play for Partizan leaving them.A good chance for a young portuguese player with alot of future.


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Latest Transactions News - by Nagy Szilveszter
CSU Atlassib Sibiu signed 22-year old American guard Brandon Johnson (185-G-86). He played more recently for ODU (NCAA). Another player who signed with CSU Atlassib Sibiu is the 24-year old American center Michael Harrison (206-F-84, agency: Interperformances).
CS Energia Rovinari TA,rgu Jiu signed 26-year old Montenegrean center Miko Golubovic (208-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Golubovic played more recently for Rilski Sportist Samokov (Bulgaria). He is the 5th foreigner in the Targu Jiu's roster.
BC Tirgu Mures signed 26-year old American center Sean Knitter (204-F/C-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Lafayette). Knitter played more recently for Fjolnir (Iceland). He is the 7th American player in the roster.


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  RUSSIA   


Russian teams go on preparation for the upcoming season abroad - by Eurobasket News
Russian teams continue preparation for the upcoming season playing the friendly games with the teams from abroad. Spartak-Primorye from Vladivostok lost to Azovmash that had 86:57 victory with the win in all the quarters. Ukrainian side started with 19:9 lead and improved to 12 points at the halftime. With 29:18 Azovmash finished the third period and then easily led the game to the winning effort. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) ended up with 14 points apiece. Nowadays Spartak-Primorye spends the preparation time in Croatia.

The winner of the Russian Superleague CSKA began preparing for the coming season. Yesterday CSKA went to the camp in Italian Brunico. The representatives of Russian national team joined the players who participated in practices in Moscow. CSKA will practice until September 10 and then it will take part in five friendly games against Italian clubs.

Lokomotiv Rostov went to Slovenia for the friendly games in that country. Recently the team announced signing of Fred House on a one-year contract. Enisey moved to Serbia and Croatia for the practice and getting more experience before the upcoming season.


CSKA offers $5.5 million to Ben Gordon for season 08/09 - by Eurobasket News
Top European team in 2008 CSKA Moscow surprised basketball public once again. Russian as well as Euroleague champion has offered amazing $5.5 million one-year contract to NBA star Ben Gordon (188-G-83, college: Connecticut).

Gordon rejected offer of Chicago Bulls, which were able to give him $59 million for 6-year deal. As a reminder, his teammate Luol Deng put signature on 6-year contract worth $71 million. CKSA could have a problem right now as it still hasn't matched Gordon's price tag. According to the rumors Gordon wants around $7 million for the next season to match the contract the Childress' got from Olympiakos. However, Gordon's official answer is expected by tomorrow.

Ben Gordon has impressive three NBA seasons behind him. Since he came out from Connecticut in 2004 as third overall pick Gordon was one of the best Bulls' players. In his rookie season he averaged 15.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2 apg for 80 games. Almost the same numbers Gordon had for six games in play-off in 04/05. He was named 'NBA All-Star Game All-Rookies Team -05'. The best digits Gordon registered on 06/07. In 82 regular season games he added 21.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.6 apg. Last season his number went just a little bit down.

It is important to be mentioned that Ben Gordon led Connecticut to NCAA title in 2004 averaging 18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.5 apg.


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Market news - by Dragan Jankovski
Young Marko Krstic agreed terms with Zdravlje Leskovac. 20-year old power forward played last few years for Serbian 1B team Beovuk 72. It will be his first one in A league.

Point guard Nikola Ivanovic (192-G-84, agency: Octagon) extended contract with Slovenian team Elektra Sostanj for one more year. Ivanovic started last season in Apoel Nicosia but after 8 games moved to Elektra. He had 21 appearances in Slovenian A1 averaging 12 ppg and 2.2 apg. Interesting is that over the past 8 years he spent only one outside of Sostanj. It was 06/07 when he played in OKK Beograd.

Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85) signed one-year deal with Polish champion Prokom Tref Sopot. Previous summer Nesovic joined Fuenlabrada but in January he moved to Greek Olimpias Patron. He played seven games in Greek A1 averaging 9.3 ppg, 1 rpg and 1.9 apg. He left the team in March. Nesovic started career in youth selections of Crvena Zvezda. Later he played for Ergonom and German Ludwisburg. In 2006 he arrived to Zagreb. After 15 games in Adriatic league Nesovic joined Hemofarm Vrsac. He has double citizenship Serbian / Bosnian.


Miluitn Aleksic continues in Latvia - by Dragan Jankovski
Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) put signature on contract with Latvian play-off finalist ASK Riga. Interesting is that during the summer Bosnian coach Zlatan Presic also agreed terms with Latvian team.

Aleksic played last three and a half seasons in Cypriot AEL Limassol. He ended the last one as third scorer with 16.8 ppg as well as fourth best assistant of Division A dishing out 4.1 apg. AEL was Cypriot champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Aleksic grew up as a player in Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade. In 2002 he left Zvezda for the first time joining Montenegrin Buducnost Podgorica. His first games in jersey of AEL Limassol Aleksic played on season 03/04, but only in FIBA Europe Cup. In March 2004 he arrived to Hemofarm Vrsac.


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

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Zlatorog inks Berdiel, Elektra adds Dzambic, Slovan close to Han - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog signed Puerto Rican Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso) ex Albuquerque for the upcoming season. Last season he averaged 28,2 minutes, 9,9 points, 3,7 rebounds, 4,8 assists, 1,5 steals and 0,3 blocks in 24 games of NBA Development League. He appeared in 11 games as the starting point guard.

Elektra Esotech inked Bosnian Sasa Dzambic (197-G/F-88) ex Sloboda DIta till June 2010.

Zagorje KD FT added Luka Dobovicnik (188-G-88) ex Elektra Esotech.

Geoplin Slovan is testing Croatian Marin Han (198-F/G-87) ex Turow.



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Granada Bring Aguilar Home - by Paul Nilsen
CB Granada has closed an agreement with 19 year old prospect Pablo Aguilar Bermudez who will move back to Andalucia from Real Madrid for the next four seasons writes www.acb-basket.com. Aguilar is one of the most sought after young players in Spain and Nazari are delighted to get him on board and bring him back to his hometown.

In his career at Madrid, the young player has already accumulated a significant prize, which includes the ACB League championship and the ULEB Cup, both in the 2006-07 season, and made a debut in the Euroleague last season.

In the past year (2007-08), he mainly worked under the orders of Joan Plaza, (33 minutes in 11 games) and in Real Madrids LEB Bronze side, where he averaged 7.3 rebounds, 13.7 points and 28.6 minutes in 29 games.

At international level, Aguilar has been part of national teams since age cadet, achieving two bronze medals at the European Junior Championships held in Amaliada (Greece) in 2006, 2005 and Cadet in Leon.

Pablo Aguilar has just returned to Granada after participation in the European Championship Sub 20 in the Latvian city of Riga, where he achieved the bronze medal and averaged 7.5 rebounds, 9 , 8 points and 26.4 minutes in 8 games.


First injured players - by Robert Mayor
Some players will miss ACB preseason due injures. Carlos Suarez (201-F-86, agency: Court Side), from MMT Estudiantes will need surgery to remove the appendix after doctors detected appendicitis in capital team forward, that will remain out of courts for one month. It's the second Estudiantes player that needs surgery in last days after Rancik. Also injured is Tau Vitoria center Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), that suffers a muscular problem that will force him to remain sidelined, at least, three weeks.

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Two Americans arrived in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
08 Stockholm announced signing of Rod Earls on one-year contract. Earls is coming from Tulsa University. He graduated this year averaging 6.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.7 apg. Interesting but on season 06/07 he averaged a way better digits. In 31 games Earls had 11.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2 apg and 1.3 spg. In 2007 he was named All-C-USA 3rd Team -07. At his senior season Tulsa reached final of C-USA tournament. 08 Stockholm ended lasts season on fourth place in Basketligan with score 19-4. The team met Sodertalje in the play-off quarterfinal loosing in 3-0.

Another American arrived to Sweden in just few days. It is power forward / center Joseph Taylor, who signed one-year contract with Solna Vikings. Taylor came out from Wyoming University having 7.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 30 games in his senior season. On 06/07 Taylor had 5.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg in two games less. Wyoming reached semifinals of MWC tournament in 2007. Solna Vikings ended regular season on third place with score 23-10. The team demonstrate wonderful performance in the play-off beating Sundsvall in the final 3-0.


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Two signings in Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats - by Eurobasket News
Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats, which competes in LNB, announced signing of Michael Jacobsen (197-G/F-88) on one-year contract extension. Jacobsen joined Wildcats in 2006 and despite some of LNA teams showed interest in him, he decided to stay in Zurich. Last season Jacobsen averaged 10.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He was a member of Swiss U20 National Team which participated on European Championship division B in Targu Mures this summer. Jacobsen played 6 games for U20 Switzerland averaging 4.5 ppg and 1.8 rpg. His team ended championship on not so good 17th place.

Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats also decided to reactivate Matija Petrovic (202-F-82), who played for the Wildcats on season 06/07. Petrovic was one of the team's best players that season averaging 16.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg and 3.1 apg. 25-year old power forward / center before Wildcats played two seasons in LNA. In 05/06 he was a member of Birstal Starwings Basel while season before that he played for Benetton Fribourg Olympic. He also had 4 appearances in FIBA Europe Cup adding 2 ppg. His Fribourg reached quarterfinals of this European competition. Except of above mentioned teams, Petrovic used to play for LNB Starwings and CVJM Birsfelden. His best achievement so far is semifinals of Swiss Cup in 2006 with Birstal Starwings Basel.


Late rally lifts UC Davis against Monthey in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Fueled by a 20-0 fourth quarter run and another big night from Vince Oliver (191-G), the UC Davis erased a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Monthey, 86-81, Tuesday night in an exhibition in Montreux, Switzerland. The game was the third of four games the Aggies are playing on their European Tour. Oliver scored 25 points for the second consecutive game to lead all scorers.

Neither team was able to pull away through the first two quarters as Monthey held a slim 37-34 lead at the half. The Swiss national team then created some separation in the third quarter and led 69-57 heading into the fourth quarter. Monthey built as much as a 16-point lead before the Aggies seized control of the contest with the fourth quarter blitz.

With just under three minutes to play, Mark Payne turned a steal into a breakaway dunk in front of the partisan crowd to give the Aggies their first lead of the night at 77-75. After a timeout, Dominic Calegari blocked a jumper by Monthey's Jay Anderson, creating a fast break the other way. Joe Harden turned it into a three-point play, and UC Davis upped its lead to 80-75 with 1:55 left in the game.

The Aggies put an exclamation on the come-from-behind victory on the ensuing inbounds pass. Todd Lowenthal stole the pass and found Oliver for a layup, putting the Aggies on top 82-75.

Oliver's effort came two nights after he led the Aggies with 25 points in their game against West Lyon. The Aggie senior also drew the night's toughest defensive assignment as he contained former New Jersey Net Herman Alston, who was held scoreless in the fateful fourth quarter.

'We beat a very good team tonight,' said UC Davis head coach Gary Stewart. 'We had a tough third quarter but never stopped competing. Given the competition, the fourth quarter is the best basketball we've played in years.'

Joining Oliver in double-figures against Monthey was Harden with 18 points. Payne finished with 14. David Carter scored eight points while Calegari finished with seven. Michael Boone led the Aggies with six rebounds. Payne had seven steals.

UC Davis shot 19-for-23 from the line, including a perfect 5-for-5 effort by Oliver. Harden went 7-for-10.

Patrick Zawalen led Monthey with 23 points. Alston and Jay Anderson each scored 20. The trio was held to a combined two points in the fourth quarter.

Monthey is considered the most talented team the Aggies have faced in their three exhibitions on the trip. Their final game is Thursday night against AS Monaco.

Game 3 Results

UC Davis 86, Monthey 81
Score By Periods
UC Davis 12-22-23-29-86
Monthey 13-24-32-12-81

UC Davis Scoring
Vince Oliver 25; Joe Harden 18; Mark Payne 14; David Carter 8; Dominic Calegari 7; Kyle Brucculeri 5; Ryan Silva 3; Todd Lowenthal 2; Michael Boone 2; Adam Malik 2.

Courtesy of www.ucdavisaggies.com


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  UKRAINE   


Salyers shines for Azovmash over Spartak-Primorye - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian teams continue preparation for the upcoming season playing the friendly games with the teams from abroad. Azovmash beat Spartak-Primorye from Vladivostok 86:57 with the win in all the quarters. Ukrainian side started with 19:9 lead and improved to 12 points at the halftime. With 29:18 Azovmash finished the third period and then easily led the game to the winning effort. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) ended up with 14 points apiece.
Meanwhile Pulsar finished second in Belarus tournament. The latter organized a campaign with 4 teams in it. Belarus was represented by the national team and the winner of the regular season Vitalyur. Lithuanian Prienai and Ukrainian Pulsar were invited to participate in the tournament as well. In the first day Belarus beat Prienai 97:63 with the massive first and last periods. Pustogvar led the winners with 18 points. Mishukov netted 14, while Kondrusevich scored 13. In the second game of the opener Pulsar overcame Vitalyur 72:69. Ukrainian team lost three quarters in the game but won the third 27:10 that was enough for the total success. For Vitalyur Zaitsev top-scored with 18 points. Patsevich nailed 11 and Yatsuk scored 7.
On Day 2 Belarus national team revenged for Vitalyur and beat Pulsar 90:59. Belarus was too good at home and did not leave any chances for the opponent. Ulianko led the way with 17 points. Kondrusevic posted 14 and Alekseev nailed 12. Prienai won over Vitalyur for the first win from both squads. The visitors started with 22:12 and then improved in the third period with 20:15. Efremov and Patsevich nailed 11 points in the losing effort.
On the last day Pulsar grabbed the second position beating Prienai 89:78. Lithuanian team finished the campaign on the third position. Belarus triumphed in the tournament beating Vitalyur 76:68. Pustogvar led the winners with 16 points. Korshuk added 15 and Kondrusevich netted 13. Shustov ended up with 16 points in defeat as Vitalyur could not win any game.


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  URUGUAY   


Tabare is the leader with a 3-0 record - by Hector Lopez
Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds leading Tabare to defeat Trouville 79-78 and the winner is the only leader of the Uruguayan League, with a 3-0 record:
Also for Tabare Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) netted 12 and grabbed 10 rebounds. For Trouville Levi Stukes (188-G-84) scored 22 points and Jemere Hendrix (203-F-83, college: Tennessee) 14 and took 12 rebounds.
Bigua, the last champion, won its first game after two defeats, with 86-69 over Olimpia. The full results at the beginning of the thirdo round were
Sayago 93 - Charles Burgess (188-G) 22 points and 5 rebounds
Welcome 90 - JR Morris (196-G-82, college: Seton Hall) 25 and 6, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 11 and 9
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Atenas 88 - Diego Pereyra (184-G-85) 25 points, Darryl Dora (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Texas Tech) 8 and 5, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 12 and 14
Bohemios 71 - Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 17 and 8, Anthony Rice (193-G-83, college: Memphis) 13 and 1
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Bigua 86 - Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) 23 and 8, Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) 15 and 9
Olimpia 69 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 19 and 7, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 2 and 4
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Defensor Sporting 86 - Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 12 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 12 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 10 points
PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 16 points


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

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

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

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

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



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

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



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

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


Caciques de Trujillo 109 - Centauros de Cojedes 76 (Sat)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
CAC: 15-30-30-34= 109


COJ: 20-17-18-21= 76



Scorers
CAC: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 28 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 13 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 12 points

COJ: Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 17 points, Luis Fernando Hurtado (204-F-86) 15 points, Martin Correa (198-F-78) 14 points



Tiburones de Vargas 90 - Estudiantes de Guarico 86 (Fri)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia la Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 18-13-27-32= 90

EST: 19-29-17-21= 86



Scorers
TIB: Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 30 points, Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks,

EST: Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 19 points, Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 13 points


Tiburones de Vargas 80 - Estudiantes de Guarico 77 (Sat)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia la Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 18-24-22-16= 80

EST: 17-18-19-23= 77

Scorers
TIB: Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 18 points, Dennis D'Adezzio 16 points, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 14 points and 6 assists

EST: Randy Vazquez 16 points, Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 14 points, Vladimir Saavedra (200-F-77) 14 points


Graneros de Portuguesa 87 - Centauros de Apure 84 (Fri)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
APU: Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 31 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 18 points

GRA: Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 24 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 18 points


Centauros de Apure 87 - Graneros de Portuguesa 77 (Sat)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
APU: Elvis Montero 20 points, Nathan Green (203-F-75) 20 points

GRA: Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 15 points





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Women News

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  BRAZIL - Women  


Castro and De Souza start in the first five - by Eurobasket News
Castro Iziane and De Souza Erika start in the first five for their Dream in WNBA.The Connecticut Sun however stunned the Atlanta Dream 98:72 away from home to clinch the playoff birth. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 27 points as the Sun improved to 18-10 record in the Eastern conference. Asjha Jones added 24 points as Connecticut posted the 5th straight success. The visitors built a 21-point lead in the second period. The margin grew to 30 points in the third quarter and Connecticut never looked back again. Gardin contributed 13 points for the winners. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Katie Feenstra tallied 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Castro Iziane scored 7 points, made 4 assists and 2 rebounds. De Souza Erika shined with 11 points and 6 rebounds. The hosts slipped to 3-25 record in the season.
The Connecticut Sun posted their sixth win in a row and improved to 19-10 record. Recently they fired down the Seattle Storm with Brazilian Kelly Santos (192-C-79) 80:76 at home. Asjha Jones nailed 20 points, while Amber Holt added 15 points for the winners. Sue Bird sank 24 points for the Storm. Swin Cash secured 16 points in the loss. Seattle played without Lauren Jackson, who underwent an ankle surgery last week. Kelly Santos netted 2 points in the losing effort.


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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia looks for the win against Romania today - by Eurobasket News
Team Croatia will host Romania today at 20h in Dubrovnik. Despite four defeats in five games, Croatia still has a chance to reach the second place in Group C. Romania celebrated in the first game against Croatia 70-64 meaning that the hosts need victory of at least 7 points. If Croatia succeeds to do that, it will avoid last position in Group C and situation to fight for survival in division A. Two best teams from each group will book a spot for Eurobaket 2009. Only one best third ranked team from all groups also will go directly to Latvia. Fourth ranked teams will participate at the Additional Qualification Round.

According to head coach Nenad Amanovic, Croatia suffered defeat in Romania because of long and exhausting trip. Namely, host city of the game was changed in the last moment so Croatians had to travel around 7 hours by bus.

Croatia have to celebrate in all three games in order to reach Eurobasket avoiding additional qualifications. Except of the Romania, Croatia will also host Hungary. In the meantime it will take on Slovakia on the road. If other results in the group be good for Croatia there is a chance for the second place.

In today's game head coach Nenad Amanovic most probably won't be able to count on Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83), who has problems with Achilles. Problems with injuries also have Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84), Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) and Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86).


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


News from Valosun Brno - by Eurobasket News
Valosun Brno announced few very important news for the upcoming season. Marian Svoboda won't be the head coach of the team any more. Svoboda led Valosun Brno to fourth place in ZBL regular season with score 12-12. Later, Valosun was better than Sparta Praha in the play-off quarterfinals celebrating 2-1. At the next stage USK Praha registered 2-0. Except Valosun, Svoboda was a head coach of U20 Czech Republic on European Championship in Chieti this summer. It suffered defeat against Italy in the battle for ninth place. New head coach of the team will be Libor Sever, ex coach of SK Zabovresky (men's team).

Barbora Danihlikova (180-F/C-82) decided to retire from professional basketball. Danihlikova was member of Valosun since 2005. During these three years she had very important role in the team. In her first season with Valosun Danihlikova averaged 8.2 ppg and 6.1 rpg in 31 games. Before Valosun, she played for UMB Banska Bystrica.

Valosun also enters to the upcoming season without Alexandra Ciulisova (185-F/C-85), who joined the team in 2005. Ciulisova decided to focus in her studies. Her best digits in Valosun were 12.9 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.5 apg on season 05/06. Ciulisova was a member of U16 Czech Republic reaching the semifinals on European Championship in 2002.


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  ITALY - Women  


Raffaella Masciadri resumes with the Sparks - by Eurobasket News
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) resumed with her Sparks in WNBA. On August 30 Lisa Leslie scored four of her 18 points and had a blocked shot in the final 1:39, and the Los Angeles Sparks rallied for a 58:53 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars. Candace Parker added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Sparks. Becky Hammon had 17 points and seven assists for the Silver Stars.
Raffaella Masciadri and the Los Angeles Sparks got outstanding performances from Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie to shock the Minnesota Lynx at home yesterday. Candace Parker led the charge with 24 points and 16 boards, while Lisa Leslie came up with 20 points, 8 boards and 8 blocks to lift the Sparks to an 82:58 advantage. The hosts claimed their 4th straight win and improved to 18-12 record in the West. Seimone Augustus paced Minnesota with 13 points. Nicky Anosike added 10 points and 7 caroms as the visitors slipped to 14-14 record. The Lynx looked good in the first half and the sides were tied at 37 heading into dressing rooms. The Lynx knocked down the first 6 points of the second half to surge in front. However the home team quickly denied the deficit. Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker teamed up for 15 points in a 29:5 rally from the Sparks that allowed them to build an unassailable lead early in the fourth quarter. Delisha Milton-Jones had 7 points and season-high 10 rebounds for the winners. Candice Wiggins had 10 points off the bench for Minnesota. The Sparks limited their opponents to season-low in points and outrebounded them 47:29. The Sparks shot 46% from the field, while holding the Lynx to just 32% accuracy. Minnesota will next travel to Phoenix to take on the Mercury. The Sparks will play against the West leaders San Antonio away from home next.


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Sanni is back on track for the Shock - by Eurobasket News
Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) is back on track for the Shock in WNBA. Last night Chicago held off Detroit 82:81 in overtime thriller at UIC Pavilion. Detroit led by 7 points at the interval however Chicago tied the scoreline and surged ahead 60:59 at the end of the frame. The visitors retained the lead in the fourth period but Candice Dupree knocked down a jumper with 41 seconds left in regulation to draw things level at 77 and force overtime. Sylvia Fowles and Candice Dupree nailed three free throws and put the hosts up by 3 point with 47 seconds left in the extra period. Braxton converted a layup to cut the deficit to minimum however the Shock failed to save the game. Katie Smith had a chance to win it but her buzzer-beating three-pointer went off mark. Jia Perkins nailed 15 points for the Sky. Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and 12 boards for the winners. Katie Smith led the Shock with 23 points. Deanna Nolan contributed 18 points and 6 assists in a losing case. Olayinka Sanni ended up with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.
The Connecticut Sun posted their sixth win in a row and improved to 19-10 record. Recently they fired down the Seattle Storm 80:76 at home. Asjha Jones nailed 20 points, while Amber Holt added 15 points for the winners. Sue Bird sank 24 points for the Storm. Swin Cash secured 16 points in the loss. Seattle played without Lauren Jackson, who underwent an ankle surgery last week.
Before that Taj McWilliams-Franklin was in a Detroit uniform for the first time and her 15 points helped the Shock beat the New York Liberty 83:69. Olayinka Sanni had 7 points and 4 rebounds.The win clinched Detroit's sixth straight playoff appearance.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Abrosimova opens the season in WNBA - by Eurobasket News
Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) that recently signed a contact with the Connecticut Sun, played an opener this season in WNBA. Russian player scored 4 points, made 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 13 minutes on the court. The Connecticut Sun posted their sixth win in a row and improved to 19-10 record. Yesterday they fired down the Seattle Storm 80:76 at home. Asjha Jones nailed 20 points, while Amber Holt added 15 points for the winners. Sue Bird sank 24 points for the Storm. Swin Cash secured 16 points in the loss. Seattle played without Lauren Jackson, who underwent an ankle surgery last week.
Before that the Connecticut Sun stunned the Atlanta Dream 98:72 away from home to clinch the playoff birth. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 27 points as the Sun improved to 18-10 record in the Eastern conference. Asjha Jones added 24 points as Connecticut posted the 5th straight success. The visitors built a 21-point lead in the second period. The margin grew to 30 points in the third quarter and Connecticut never looked back again. Gardin contributed 13 points for the winners. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Katie Feenstra tallied 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. The hosts slipped to 3-25 record in the season.


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  SERBIA - Women  


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

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  TAIWAN - Women  


Taiwan to host Asian Women's Championship after 36 years - by Chris Wang


Taiwan to host Asian Women's Championship after 36 years - by Chris Wang
CTBA confirmed Tuesday that Taiwan has won the bid to host the 23rd Asian Women's Basketball Championship next year, the third time in history and the first time in 36 years that Taiwan had won the right to host the event.

Taiwan lastly hosted the most prestigious event in 1972 and won silver that year. In 1968, Taiwan hosted the Asian Women's Championship for the first time and finished with 4th place in the competition.

Due to political conflict with China, Taiwan's FIBA membership was suspended in 1974 and was not re-activated until 1986, which means that Taiwan was unable to participate in any FIBA-sanctioned competition for 12 years.

In 2002, Taiwan finally won the bid to host the Asian Junior Women Basketball Championship, which was held in Taipei.

CTBA also said that the FIBA Asia executive committee has reached a decision that China will host the next Asian Men's Basketball Championship with host city pending.


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


Roselis Silva is getting ready to go - by Yelitza La Torre
Roselis Silva is getting ready to go to USA. Another Outstanding Venezuelan National team member received a full student-athlete scholarship. Roselis is now taking care of the process to get the I20 visa to them fly out as soon as possible because has to enroll the college before September 15th
Roselis Silva played with the Venezuela National Team in the 2008 South American Championship in Chile on May 2008 and then in the U18 Tournament of the Americas in Argentina on July of 2008.





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  WBCBL - Women  


Championship Tournament Results: Individual Player Stats - by Willie McCray
2008 WBCBL National Championship Tournament
Mobile, Alabama



Tampa X-Factor
v. Savannah 8/10/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
4 0 Angelina Williams 9 2 2 0 5 8
4 1 Monica Adams 9 2 0 6 3 8
1 3 Adrienne Holmes 0 0 0 0 1 0
1 5 Samaria Jones 1 0 0 0 3 2
5 14 Kimani Thomas 5 0 1 1 4 10
3 15 Kelli Price 5 3 0 4 2 22
3 23 Nalini Miller 4 1 1 0 2 11
30 Donna Carr (DNP)
1 32 Renee Phelps 4 2 0 1 3 3
0 33 Tina Gillems 1 0 0 0 0 2
0 34 Anita Yee 1 0 0 0 0 2
4 2 Roe Davis 5 1 1 0 1 6

v. OnPoint Hoopsters 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assist Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
2 0 Angelina Williams 8 3 1 0 3 10
2 1 Monica Adams 8 6 0 3 0 16
0 3 Adrienne Holmes 1 0 0 4 4 2
2 5 Samaria Jones 3 1 0 3 1 8
5 14 Kimani Thomas 2 0 1 1 1 8
2 15 Kelli Price 1 3 0 0 2 15
2 23 Nalini Miller 10 0 2 3 1 24
0 30 Donna Carr (DNP) 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 32 Renee Phelps 2 0 0 0 0 2
3 33 Tina Gillems 2 0 0 0 2 3
0 34 Anita Yee 0 1 0 0 1 0
3 2 Roe Davis 1 0 1 1 1 2

v. Arkansas Ballers 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assist Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
3 0 Angelina Williams 3 0 0 0 1 15
4 1 Monica Adams 3 5 0 1 1 6
1 3 Adrienne Holmes 2 2 0 1 0 6
0 5 Samaria Jones 2 2 0 1 1 7
2 14 Kimani Thomas 5 0 0 0 3 10
0 15 Kelli Price 5 3 0 2 0 13
3 23 Nalini Miller 9 2 0 0 0 10
0 30 Donna Carr (DNP) 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 32 Renee Phelps 4 0 0 1 1 9
1 33 Tina Gillems 2 0 0 0 2 2
1 34 Anita Yee 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 Roe Davis 3 1 0 0 1 2


Savannah Lady Warriors
v. Tampa X-Factor 8/10/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
3 1 Patrice Holmes 8 4 0 2 6 16
3 2 Crystal Woodley 1 1 0 2 7 3
0 3 Quaneshia Edwards 2 2 0 0 0 5
1 5 Tyetta Rasheed 1 2 0 0 0 0
1 10 Jenean Strobert 0 0 0 0 0 2
3 12 Keena Wicker 4 0 0 0 1 23
4 22 Tonique Frasier 8 3 0 0 0 11
4 23 Calisha Yates 4 0 0 3 2 7
1 33 Kizzie Courtney 0 0 0 0 0 4




v. North Texas Flash 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
1 Patrice Holmes 5 3 1 1 1 17
2 Crystal Woodley 4 5 0 1 2 13
3 Quaneshia Edwards 4 1 0 1 1 11
5 Tyetta Rasheed 1 1 0 0 0 0
10 Jenean Strobert 0 1 0 0 2 0
12 Keena Wicker 6 3 0 1 2 10
22 Tonique Frasier 9 4 0 0 1 13
23 Calisha Yates 7 1 0 0 2 17
33 Kizzie Courtney 2 0 0 0 0 2




v. Gulf Coast Tropics 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
1 1 Patrice Holmes 5 0 2 0 1 9
3 2 Crystal Woodley 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 3 Quaneshia Edwards 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 5 Tyetta Rasheed 0 0 0 0 2 4
0 10 Jenean Strobert 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 12 Keena Wicker 5 2 0 2 2 16
3 22 Tonique Frasier 8 0 1 0 3 18
1 23 Calisha Yates 2 1 1 0 1 17
1 33 Kizzie Courtney 2 0 0 0 1 13






South Carolina All-Stars
v. Arkansas Ballers 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
1 3 Marketta Talley 3 3 1 5 0 13
1 10 Nicole Cohen 3 0 0 0 0 0
3 12 Krystal Scott 5 1 0 2 1 22
5 20 Ricaye Harris 1 3 0 3 2 25
4 25 Jessica Jank 4 0 3 0 0 11
2 30 Cathey Franks 2 0 0 0 0 4
3 44 Yakeeshia Ross 1 0 0 1 1 6



Shreveport Sting
v. Palm Beach 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
4 23 Stewart 5 4 0 1 0 26
4 15 Jefferson 6 0 1 0 1 4
4 11 Goins 4 1 0 2 0 7
5 33 Nash 4 1 0 2 0 5
3 10 S. Carmack 6 2 1 1 0 19
1 3 S. Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 8
5 22 S. Jordan 3 0 0 1 0 6
1 25 C. Wallace 8 0 1 0 0 1
2 1 LaRhonda Hunter 3 0 0 0 0 3



Palm Beach Storm
v. North Texas Flash 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
2 12 Terah James 5 0 0 0 0 31
4 1 Tamia Williams 4 0 0 2 1 11
3 10 Monique Lionard 4 0 0 0 2 0
4 0 Erin Paige 10 1 0 1 2 10
5 33 Charity Rainey 6 0 2 1 0 0
0 22 Abi Tairu 0 1 0 0 0 2
3 21 Sharita Tisdale 1 0 0 1 0 9
3 54 Shereta Battle 3 0 0 0 0 0





v. Shreveport Sting 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
3 12 Terah James 5 3 0 5 4 27
4 1 Tamia Williams 5 3 0 2 1 10
2 10 Monique Lionard 11 2 0 3 4 9
3 0 Erin Paige 12 0 1 2 0 16
4 33 Charity Rainey 6 1 4 0 0 5
3 22 Abi Tairu 6 0 0 0 0 8
3 21 Sharita Tisdale 2 4 1 0 0 8
2 54 Shereta Battle 2 0 1 0 0 2


Onpoint Hoopsters
v. Tampa X-Factor 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
4 1 Tracy Monroe 4 1 0 2 1 2
1 3 Lacy Monroe 1 1 0 1 2 10
2 13 Danelle Ladd 3 3 0 2 1 0
4 22 Keisha Watson 9 2 0 4 2 29
1 31 LaShowann Smith 2 2 1 0 1 12
2 33 Viola Beybeyah 11 2 0 0 2 21




North Texas Flash
v. Savannah Warriors 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
0 3 Yui Hanada 1 4 1 0 2 9
1 7 Jessica Gerhart 6 1 1 1 1 23
2 12 Erica Roy Delley 3 0 1 2 1 2
3 15 Cara Young 3 2 0 0 0 2
1 16 Lawanda Young 2 1 0 2 2 5
3 18 Catriece Webster 18 2 5 1 0 2
2 22 Quinn Reed 3 0 0 2 0 0
1 30 Marquita Thompson 7 1 0 1 0 9





v. Palm Beach Storm 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
3 3 Yui Hanada 4 4 1 2 5 25
1 7 Jessica Gerhart 13 1 0 0 2 18
1 12 Erica Roy Delley 5 0 1 0 1 0
1 15 Cara Young 2 6 0 1 5 9
1 16 Lawanda Young 4 1 2 1 0 5
2 18 Catriece Webster 12 1 1 0 4 10
2 22 Quinn Reed 6 5 0 0 3 6
1 30 Marquita Thompson 9 0 0 0 1 5



Arkansas Lady Ballers
v. South Carolina 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
5 11 Denova Fogarty 6 0 0 0 4 24
1 23 Jhudy Gonzalez 4 0 0 1 3 4
3 21 Max Reese 5 0 0 1 2 23
1 15 Dawnne Cheadle 3 1 0 1 1 3
4 34 Celeste Stevenson 13 1 0 0 2 18
5 45 Charlena Rodez 6 0 0 1 1 16


v. Tampa X-Factor 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
1 11 Denova Fogarty 2 2 0 2 2 36
2 23 Jhudy Gonzalez 1 0 0 0 0 4
3 21 Max Reese 1 6 0 0 2 8
0 15 Dawnne Cheadle 2 3 0 0 1 6
2 34 Celeste Stevenson 5 0 0 0 1 9
4 45 Charlena Rodez 3 1 0 0 0 10



Gulf Coast Tropics v. Savannah Warriors 8/9/2008
Fouls Jeresy Name Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnovers Points
3 1 Donyel Wheeler 4 8 1 2 1 16
0 2 Shundretta Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 JoAnna Williams 5 1 0 2 2 17
3 4 Sophia Hinton 3 2 0 1 0 4
2 10 Ashley Perry 1 1 1 1 0 4
1 11 Valencia Morris 0 1 0 0 1 3
0 12 Kimberly Poole-Edwards 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 13 Stacie Davis 4 1 0 2 1 5
2 21 Shaundrell Ruffin 3 0 0 0 1 0
2 23 Eva McCloud-Sallworth 3 0 0 1 0 2
0 25 Tinika Roberson 3 3 0 0 4 4
3 45 Lyletha Gamble 17 0 0 0 2 18

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Janel McCarville carries New York past Houston - by Eurobasket News
Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) notched game and career high 34 points to propel New York past the Houston Comets in an overtime drama at the Reliant Arena in Houston. Lisa Willis (6'0''-G/F-84, college: UCLA) was helpful as she knocked down career-high 22 points in the Liberty win. The Comets fought for life as they rallied back from deficits in the fourth and extra terms. Mistie Williams hit two freebies in the dying seconds of regulation to send game into overtime. New York cleared off to a 7-point distance in the extra frame but the hosts showed character and shaved it once again. Ashley Battle accounted for a three-pointer with 46 seconds remaining and the Liberty never looked back again. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) came up with season-high 34 points for the Comets. Matee Ajavon delivered 16 points in defeat.
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) secured 26 points 15 of them in the second half and the Indiana Fever held off the Washington Mystics 79:68 for the 14-15 record. The win allowed the Fever to get closer to the Eastern conference playoff birth as they now are 4 games ahead of Washington in the postseason hunt. Tan White and Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) contributed 19 points apiece for the winners. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) topscored for the Mystics with 17 points. Nakia Sanford chipped in 15 points as Washington suffered their fourth loss in a row.
The Seattle Storm grabbed their 18th win in the season as they rallied past the Atlanta Dream 83:69 away from home. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) put on a leading role pouring in 21 points and issuing 9 assists. Little and Griffith produced 16 points each in the win. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) answered with 25 points in a losing case.


Standings
WNBA Western Standings
 1. S.Antonio SS 18-8 
 2. Connect. S. 18-10 
 3. L.Angeles S. 17-9 
 4. Seattle S. 17-9 
 5. Detroit S. 16-10 
 6. Sacram. M. 14-12 
 7. New York L. 13-11 
 8. Houston C. 12-14 
 9. Indiana F. 11-13 
 10. Minnesota L. 11-13 
 11. Chicago Sky 11-14 
 12. Phoenix M. 10-14 
 13. Washingt. M. 9-18 
 14. Charlotte S. 0-0