EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/30/2008

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  ABA   


The Takers change coach - by Gianni Pascucci
Emile Shepherd (6'8''-F-72, college: Seattle Pacific) has been named head coach of the ABA Houston Takers for the upcoming season that begins in December. He replaces former NBA player Orlando Woolridge , who opted to loeave the team due to familiar commitments. Larry Leonard II, team owner, stated: 'We are sorry to see Orlando Woolridge leave; he is an excellent coach and we have become very good friends as we are from the same area in Louisiana and really connected. But, Orlando wanted to be closer to his son who is a standout college player and wants to watch him develop, hopefully into a future NBA star like his Dad.' The Takers have now come back to preparing the exhibition game scheduled for November 15th in Houston, when this ABA team will meet and friendly match vs. a team made of streetball legends like The Future, Black Widow, Baby Shaq and JFK. The tickets to this big pre-season game with the Streetball Legends will be available this week when the new Houston Takers website is launched.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Bosna beats FMP in Sarajevo, Crvena Zvezda officially promotes team - by Dragan Jankovski
Bosna ASA BHT celebrated in the final of memorial tournament 'Mirza Delibasic' in Sarajevo against FMP Zeleznik 76-70. It means that FMP's winning streak in the pre-season is stopped. It was very interesting game until the very end. Ikonic was on fire for Bosna while on the other side the most powerful FMP's weapon were guards Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88, agency: CAA Sports), Branko Lazic (195-G-89) and Nemanja Protic (182-G-86). It was expected that FMP will dominate in the paint in this final but that didn't happen. Key player of the game was Bosna's Goran Ikonic (196-G-80), who scored 21 points. Suad Sehovic (198-G-87) followed him with 16 while Amar Suljagic (210-C-88) had 9 points. Mladen Jeremic top-scored for Panthers with 16 points. Center Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) nailed 12 while Branko Lazic stopped on 12 points.
Split outsmarted Pecs in the game for third place 72-65.

In the meantime, Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade officially promoted team for the upcoming season. Head coach Svetislav Pesic stated that Zvezda enters into 08/09 with big ambitions.

'We made all of this in order to make good results in 08/09. We have to be patient as well as to work very hard in order to do it. I hope our fans will support this project while at the same time we will for sure try to give our best', said Pesic.

Roster of Crvena Zvezda for season 2009/10: Nemanja Nedovic, Nikola Rondovic, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nemanja Bjelica, FIlip Sepa, Stevan Milosevic, Elmedin Kikanovic, Boris Bakic, Mirko Kovac, Milan Milosevic, Andre Owens, Lawrence Roberts, Vladimir Stimac, Marko Keselj, Marko Marinovic and captain Tadija Dragicevic.
Head coach Svetislav Pesic
Assistant coach: Oliver Kostic
Assistant coach: Milan Kotarac
Team Manager: Nebojsa Ilic
General Manager: Milan Opacic


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  ARGENTINA   


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VELEZ SARSFIELD
Maximiliano Lamarque, Federico Pollio (190-F-79), Pablo Israeloff, Ruben Runke, Andres Molteno (190-G-86), Fernando Abbott, Horacio Beigier (200-F/C-69), Leonardo Miranda, Alejandro Hidalgo, Tomas Buosi, Ivan Mosteikis, Milton Gonzalez, Fernando Podesta, Bruno Serangeli, Kevin Gorfinkel (185-G-92), Joaquin Matorras, Pablo Noy
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Argentinian Cup 2008: Atenas champion - by Facundo Iatzky
Atenas 86-Boca jrs 73
Atenas was the best team during all the cup and confirmed it in the final game where they defeated easily to Boca. Atenas had had a couple of average seasons but now with the return of Ruben Magnano and a great team they are the favourites for the upcoming season. Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) was named MVP. However there were several players with a good performance, like Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances), Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) or Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78).

Boca (73): Raymundo Legaria 0, Marcos Casini 11, Anthony Johnson 6, Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) 5 Mark Bortz 13 (FI); Nicolas Aguirre 12 (X), Leandro Masieri (201-F-76) 14, Fernando Calvi 4, Alejandro Alloatti 6 Juan Manuel Orellano 2. coach: Oscar Sanchez.

Atenas (86): Bruno Labaque 16, Andre Laws 14, Juan Locatelli 16, Leonardo Gutierrez 10 Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.) 10 (FI); Cristian Romero 12, Juan Pablo Figueroa 0, Federico Ferrini 6 Bruno Barovero 2. coach: Ruben Magnano.

3rd place: Quimsa 103- penarol 98
Quimsa won their first game in the final 4 and it allowed them to get the third position. Quimsa had a fantastic night shooting from outside. they had a 55% in three point shoots. Jonathan Treise and Julio Mazzaro were the more effective players. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) also did a great job coming from the bench with 24 points. On the other hand penarol had not a good night shooting, despite David Jackson was outstanding with 30 points.


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  BELGIUM   


Spirou Charleroi grab Belgian SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
Spirou Charleroi - Base Oostende 87:74

Charleroi claimed the first title of the new season as they triumphed in the SuperCup yesterday. Charleroi overcame Oostende in a heated battle to grab the trophy. The teams entered the game confidently and the baskets exchange started right away. Charleroi managed to build a minimal 24:23 advantage after the starting period. The defending champions stayed alert throughout the second quarter and stretched the margin to 4 points at halftime 45:41. Charleroi did not allow Oostende to take over after the long break. They maintained the distance and headed into the fourth term ahead by 9 points. Oostende tried hard but this time Charleroi looked too good to lose. They secured an impressive win and lifted the trophy. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) nailed 26 points to lead all scorers. Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) added 14 points, while Jure Lalic (212-C-86) and Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) knocked down 11 points each in the win. Rashid Atkins (182-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Joseph's) and Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) answered with 17 points for Oostende. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) and Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) accounted for 9 points apiece in defeat.
Oostende open their regular season campaign against Hainaut on October 5. Charleroi will take on Liege Basket on October 11.

Spirou Charleroi: Jerry Johnson 26, Justin Hamilton 14, Jure Lalic 11, Dwayne Broyles 11
Oostende: Rashid Atkins 17, Matt Haryasz 17


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  BOSNIA   


Pre-season tournaments - by Eurobasket News

Bosnian champion and Adriatic league participant Bosna ASA BHT won memorial tournament ‘Mirza Delibasic', which was held in Sarajevo. Bosna demonstrated pretty good performance at the front of their fans beating Serbian team FMP Zeleznik 76-70 in the final. It was very interesting game until the very end. Ikonic was on fire for Bosna while on the other side the most powerful FMP's weapon were guards Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88, agency: CAA Sports), Branko Lazic (195-G-89) and Nemanja Protic (182-G-86). It was expected that FMP will dominate in the paint in this final but that didn't happen. Key player of the game was Bosna's Goran Ikonic (196-G-80), who scored 21 points. Suad Sehovic (198-G-87) followed him with 16 while Amar Suljagic (210-C-88) had 9 points. Mladen Jeremic top-scored for Panthers with 16 points. Center Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) nailed 12 while Branko Lazic stopped on 12 points.
Split outsmarted Pecs in the game for third place 72-65

Meanhile, Siroki Eronet pivo participated on international tournament in Herceg Novi.
In the first game Buducnost had an easy job against Siroki 96-73. Buducnost was the team which dominated from the very beginning. Montenegrins ended first 10 minutes having plus 8, 25-17. Slightly better performance Bosnians had only in the second quarter but it for sure was not enough even for small threat against tough Buducnost. Vladimir Dasic (209-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and his teammates finished 22-19 third and 24-13 last quarter celebrating more than comfortable win. Vladimir Dasic was the leading player of his team netting 28 points. Experienced Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points for Siroki.
In the game for third place Siroki Eronet celebrated against the host ABS Primorje 69-64.

Borac Nektar once again was better than Croatian team Svjetlost Slavonski Brod. As a reminder, few days ago Bosnians played against Svjetlost on the road celebrating 67-58. This time Borac also took it in the front of their fans 63-53. Interesting is that Borac's most powerful weapon in the pre-season, defense, still works very well. Svjetlost once again was stopped on less than 60 points.



KK Slavija Istocno Sarajevo sign Igor Ratkovic - by Eurobasket
KK Slavija Istocno Sarajevo added to their roster 28-year old Serbian power forward Igor Ratkovic (205-F/C-80). Ratkovic played most recently at Rogla Zrece (Slovenia), where he averaged 9.8ppg and 1.7rpg. He has already some experience playing pro basketball in Romania, France, Macedonia and of course Serbian league.

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  BULGARIA   


Spartak Pleven wins tournament in Yambol - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Pleven is the winner of tournament 'Petr Maystorov', which was held in Yambol. Spartak was better than Sliven in the last day of the tournament 93-46 finishing it on top with score 2-1. Sliven is third ranked team in Yambol with one win and two defeats.
Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74, agency: Interperformances) of Spartak opened this game strongly scoring 8 points for 8 minutes leading his team to 30-15 in the first frame. Spartak wanted to resolve question about the winner as soon as possible which resulted with huge 58-31 at the half time. At that point of the game it was clear that Sliven won't have any chance until the end. Alexander Dyakovski (185-G-82) top-scored for the winning team netting 25 points and also dishing out 5 assists. Sasa Topcov (207-C-80) had 13 points and 6 rebounds while Rossen Sofroniev (193-G-80) finished the game with 12 points and 4 assists. Jeremiah Boswell (194-G-82) was better than the others in Sliven adding 15 points and 9 boards.

In the other game of the last day, the host team Tundja Yambol cruised past Olin Edrine 96-77. Thus Yambol is the second ranked team with score 2-1. Last place belongs to Olin Edrine, which has 1-2. This game also is decided in the first half. Yambol was motivated to take it, which was clear after few opening minutes. The hosts went on the half time with plus 14, 49-35. The rest of the game was just the formality. Scott O'Gallagher (188-G, college: Warner Pacific) paced Tundja Yambol to win scoring 27 points including 4 assists. Pavel Marinov (196-G-88) was behind him with 25 points, 8 rebounds and also 4 assists. Byron Sanders (207-C-83, college: N.Carolina) also was good collecting 12 points and 8 boards.


CSKA returns to Sophia with two defeats - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Sophia suffered two serious defeats on international tournament in Vrsac ending it on the last place.
In the first game CSKA met Vojvodina Srbijagas loosing 97-74. Serbian team controlled rhythm of the game from the early beginning. Bulgarians entered into this match kind of scary, which resulted with minus 19 after first ten minutes. Later, CSKA demonstrated slighty better performance but anyway it was not enough even to come any closer. Center Goran Bajic (207-C-83) was the best scorer for the Tulips with 18 points. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) was behind him with 17 while Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) and Miroslav Radenkovic (204-F-83) had 14 points each. CSKA Sophia got the most from Simeon Naydenov (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville), 18 points. Edi Sinadinovic (190-G-88) scored 14 while Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) stopped on 12 points.
In the next game CSKA faced with strong Hemofarm Vrsac, who surprisingly lost in the first game against Cedevita. This time the beginning also was a huge problem for CSKA. Serbian team was totally unstoppable under the basket as well as from behind the arc finishing first half with plus 19. Nothing had changed after the breather. Hemofarm continued in the same rhythm while CSKA's players struggled with organizing the plays and also with their defense. The fact that Hemofarm scored 106 points in total talks everything for itself. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) scored the most for Hemofarm, 19 points. Giant Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) also shined nailing 16 points. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) this time stopped on 14 points. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) was better than the others in CSKA with 17 points. Edi Sinadinovic netted 11 points.



Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Levski 0-0 
 2. Spartak P. 0-0 
 3. CSKA 0-0 
 4. ChernoMore 0-0 
 5. Yambol 0-0 
 6. Balkan 0-0 
 7. Lukoil A. 0-0 
 8. Rilski S-list 0-0 


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Slavia 0-0 
 2. Sliven 0-0 
 3. Chernomor. 0-0 
 4. NSA 0-0 
 5. Spart.MVR 0-0 
 6. Beroe SZ 0-0 
 7. Sportist Svoge 0-0 
 8. Vidabasket 0-0 
 9. Dunav 0-0 
 10. Overgas 0-0 


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  CANADA   


Volcy leads BBC Monthey to win in two friendly games - by Eurobasket News
BBC Monthey played two friendly games over the last few days.

In the first one BBC Monthey met Geneva Devils at home winning 67-61. The host team was better from the very beginning. It had Canadian Ricky Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan) and American Johnson in a game mood, which were totally for unstoppable Geneva's defense. Monthey managed to end first half 36-25. After the breather the Devils finally woke up. They demonstrated slightly better performance but on the other side Monthey stopped them on time creating 53-44 before the last stanza. Until the end, two above mentioned players, together with Herman Alston (190-G-69, college: Kean), took care for the baskets leading their team for 5-point win. Ricky Volcy was the best scorer for the winners with 22 points. Johnson followed him adding 18 points while Herman Alston stopped on 14. On the other side Geneva got 11 apiece from Pavel Novotny (204-F-79, agency: PPGroup) and Rashard Lee (198-F-77, college: Tennessee).

BBC Monthey : Maio 2, Johnson 18, Hennard, Kicara 2, Ricky Volcy 22, Kashama 2, Zwahlen 2, Herman Alston 14, Martinez 5.
Head coach Entraneur : Francois Wolhauser
Geneva Devils : Kautzor 4, Sainte-Rose 9, Alexander 10, Lomholt, Rashard Lee 11, Jefferson 10, Packevicius 4, Pavel Novotny 11, Hadjisotirov 2.
Head coach : Eric Gross


In the second friendly BBC Monthey once again was successful. This time it was on the road against BBC Nyon 67-78. Despite the hosts had plus 6 at the half time Monthey managed to take this one also. Its players drained 50 points in the second half while Nyon stopped on 33. Once again Ricky Volcy paced Monthey to win scoring 19 points. The best player in Nyon was Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78, college: Dayton), who netted 18 points.

BBC Nyon : Rahier 11, Bah 15, Bobetso 4, Yuanta Holland 18, Sir 8, Paredes, Cransac 4, Lanisse, Pidoux 2, Forbes 5.
Head coach: Hugues Occansey
BBC Monthey : Ricky Volcy 19, Maio 6, Martinez 15, Herman Alston 11, Kashama 1, Kicara 8, Zwahlen 4, Johnson 14.
Head coach: Francois Wolhauser


Joel Anthony shines at Miami training camp - by Eurobasket News
Canadian National Team player Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) had very successful first day of the Miami Heat training camp, which started on Saturday. New head coach of the Heat Erik Spoelstra stated that he is extremely glad to see good shape level of his players. According to him, Joel Anthony, who spent the entire summer practicing, was extremely successful on the first test. Anthony had 17 seconds in advance on conditioning test which means he could have run his last one with 17 seconds extra time.

Canadian big guy, who arrived to Miami, will give strong interior presence to the Heat next season. Coach Spoelstra from him expects strong defense under the basket as well as defending one-on-one matchups as one of the most important tasks.

26-year old center had 24 appearances for the Heat last season averaging 3.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.3 bpg. He spent short time in February in D-League team Iowa Energy. Joel Anthony arrived to Miami as a All-MWC Defensive Player of the Year -07 in jersey of UNLV. His average digits for 37 games were 5.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 2.9 bpg. UNLV was MWC Tournament Winner -07 in 2007. Anthony started his studies at Pensacola Junior College. After one year he transferred to UNLV. He played for Canadian National Team this summer on FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was held in Greek's capital Athens.


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  CHILE   


UdeConce to Liga de las Americas - by Cristian Quiroga
Last night CD UdeConce got the tittle of Super 4 played in Concepcion defeating to Deportes Castro 89-79.
With a good internal game in the hands of americans Andre Hardwick (201-F/C-83, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Jefferson Agba (210-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) (23 and 20 points each one) and the complement ni the middle court with Marcelo Hernandez, Evandro Arteaga and Kenell Sanchez; team coached by Jorge Luis Alvarez won a hard game against a good team like Castro, wich made his best effort to obtain tickets to continental tournament, but wasn't possible. Best figures in Chiloe Island team were Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) with 27 points and PJ Mills with 14.
In the third place game, Deportivo Valdivia defeated to Liceo Mixto 98-95. Marcus Elliot with 31 and Deshawn Danzey with 29 were the best hands of Mario Spada on the court. Meanwhile in Los Andes team coached by Pablo Ares, Patricio Briones led his team scoreboard one more time with 22 points, escorted by argentinean Bruno Gelsi with 18.

Final game details

CD Udeconce 89
Marcelo Hernandez 12, Evandro Arteaga 9, Kenell Sanchez 15, Andre Hardwick 23, Jefferson Agba 20, Matias Villagran 4, Samuel Bravo 6.
Coach: Jorge L. Alvarez.
Deportes Castro 79
Roy Morris 8, Gonzalo Velasquez 27, Jose Luis Campos 13, Jack Marlow 12, PJ Mills 14, Mauro Salinas 3, Claudio Levet 2.
Coach: Rodolfo Barrios.

Third place game details

CD Valdivia 98
Francisco Bravo 6, Claus Prutzman 8, Marcus Elliot 31, Michael Wilds 13, Deshawn Danzey 29, Paulo Henriquez 7, Cristian Munoz 2, Christopher Altaner 2.
Coach: Mario Spada.
Liceo Mixto 95
Bruno Gelsi 18, Lino Saez 2, Brandon Lee 16, Oliver Hermosilla 2, Patricio Briones 22, Galo Lara 8, Carlos Gallardo 4, Claudio Gallardo 7, Claudio Naranjo 16.
Coach: Pablo Ares.





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Changes in Norte de Santander Ryan Carroll will leave - by Victor Garcia
Norte de Santander is trying to make stronger its roster for the second round of the Federation Cup and will release Ryan Carrol , Carrol did not arrive in good shape and its level did not satisfy the technical staff, instead of Carrol the team is wondering two options: Venezuelan forward Luis Bethelmy of Dominican Forward Marlon Martinez, Bethelmy is coming back from Mexico and also was member of the Venezuelas champion Cocodrilos, Martinez is well known in Colombia, both players can bring scoring in the paint for Norte.
The change will be confirmed soon


Federation Cup 2008, September 27 Day 14 results - by Victor Garcia
Indervalle won the second game in Cali against Islanders Sopesa in the middle of controversy, Islandersassistant coach Jerry Bent try to attack the referee Alvaro Torres but was stoped, some players of the islanders also were involved in the incident, Alvaro Teheran leaded Indervalle, with this victories Indervalle reaches Islanders and Bucaros in the thrid place of the standings.
Idervalle 104
Islanders Sopesa 90

Arrieros took revenge of the previous game and defeated Norte in Cucuta, again the trio of Diego Guevara, Jermaine Walker and Norbey Aragn were unstopable, Guevara and Walker netted 23 points each, and Aragn 15, Norte had a good thrid quarter but in the last Arrieros again impose its game.
Norte de Santander 74 - E. Moreno 17 pts
Arrieros 85 - D. Guevara 23 pts, J. Walker 23 pts


Piratas won its third game, this time the black team defeated Ovni in Tenjo with the leadership of John Perez and Gary Nunez
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 68
Piratas 80


Bucaros won against a hard defensive Patriotas team in Tunja, Jorge Diaz lead the way for the Patrotas, while in Bucaros Washington and Flemming did not have a good night.
Patriotas Proactiva 81
Bucaros Freskaleche 70


Quick look at the half of the 2008 Fed Cup, the referees on the sight - by Victor Garcia

Finished the first half of the 2008 Federation Cup, two teams looks playing in a superior level, Arrieros the leader of the Cup, and Norte de Santander in the second place.
Arrieros is the best offensive team of the Cup, more points scored and three players averaging 20 or more points per game, Aragon, Walker and Diego Guevara; now with Bayona and Guevara healthy and in the starting five, the team is the biggest cadidate for the Cup.


Norte shows the hand of Julio Toro, the team is the best defensive squad and has the leadership of Edgar Moreno, plus the talent in rise of Eduardo Torres and the help of Eleuterio Renteria, now with the changes in the imports couple Norte gets in Alejandro Barrios a solid contributor, and the next to come will give him power in the low post.


Islanders , Bucaros and Indervalle has many highs and lows, Islanders coach Guillermo Lopez expent time to adjust his game without a true point guard, and trying to manage the characters of Sowel and Ortiz, the arrival of Flores was a big contribution fo Islanders; Bucaros is still trying to make chemistry among his roster, Flemming and Washington are talented and solid players, but still have not reached his level with the team, Indervalle with the addition of Cesar Cortez got a solid post up player that brings scoring and rebounding, and gives help to Gouard and Teheran but the team still needs more of George Baker.
Patriotas, Ovni and Piratas are far from the options, but will be judges , those who wants to be in the semifinals needs to beat them , and for sure some will not do it.
The teams are not happy with the referees, Bucaros and Islanders feels that the referees allow to many ilegal defense over its main players, Islanders coach Lopez is very concerned about how the referees has affected his team in at least two games, specially with decisin over Alejandro Flores; in the other side Carlos Parra coach of Bucaros thinks that the referees are limiting the game of Washington and Flemming, not calling to many fouls over them concerning also the players motivation.

Today the disciplinary comision will issue a punishment for Islanders assistant coach and explayer Jerry Bent who hit the referee Alvaro Torres in Cali.



First half of the Federation Cup, favourites on the top and teams not happy with the referees - by Victor Garcia


Stats Leaders
Federation Cup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1- Gouard D. Indervalle 24,2
2-Aragon N. Arrieros 23.7
3-Sowell K- Islanders 23-5
4-Ortiz S. Islanders 23.2
5-Diaz J- Patriotas 23
6- Guevara D. Arrieros 22.75
7-Moreno E - Norte 21.85
Rebounds Per Game
1- Flores A. - Islanders 15
2- Marriaga M . Bucaros 13.5
3- Fuentes G - Piratas 13
4- Torres E- -Nortes 10.5
5- Cortez C - Indervalle 10


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 13-1 
 2. Canoneros 11-3 
 3. InderValle 7-7 
 4. Bucaros 7-7 
 5. Islanders 7-7 
 6. Condores 4-10 
 7. Alcaldia 4-10 
 8. Piratas 3-11 


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Calloway in Zagreb again - by Marin Stipanic

American PG came back in Zagreb after leaving his team before the tournament in St.Petersburg. Cibona played horribly on tournament in Russia while one of reason was Calloway. The second bigger reason and problem is Damir Markota. While Calloway had a reason to fly in Usa because of problems in his family Markota just stayed in Zagreb and didnt appear on fligt to Peter. It seems so that Cibona has maybe diffrent team thaen the last year but still has the same problems. For reminder, excelent PG Kelly did the same thing. Only he never returned.

Earl Calloway (190-G-83, college: Indiana)



Second defeat for Cibona in St. Petersburg - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb suffered another defeat on very strong tournament in St. Petersburg (Belov and Kondrashin Cup) finishing it on the last place with score 0-2. After lost against Khimky, this time the host team Spartak St. Petersburg was better than Velimir Perasovic's players 89-77. Game is decided already in the first half. Russians earned plus 9 after opening ten minutes, 26-17, while during the second quarter they demonstrated even better performance. Cibona couldn't find a solution how to stop its ex player Andrew Wisniewski and his teammates, which netted impressive 50 points for 20 minutes. On the other side Cibona managed to score only 31. Spartak played the rest of the game with routine. Everything what Cibona succeeded to do was 16-24 in the last frame. Davor Kus (190-G-78) this time was the leading scorer in CIbona with 19 points. Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) posted 15 while Branimir Longin (195-G-78) and Vedran Princ (192-G-82) stopped in 10 points each. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) had 9 while Luksa Andric (209-C/F-85) scored 5 points.
The winner of tournament in St. Petersbirg is CSKA Moscow, which trashed Khimky 82-59. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) spent 14 minutes on court netting 5 points and dishing out 2 assists.

Cibona will return to Zagreb today. It is expected that also American guard Earl Calloway (190-G-83, college: Indiana) join the team. It seems that situation about Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) will be resolved very soon. Namely, the player stated that he feels sorry because of not showing up on the airport on time and he asked for another chance.


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Seastar Apoel Nicosia sign Michael Tuck - by Eurobasket
Seastar Apoel Nicosia added to their roster 25-year old Canadian forward Michael Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD, agency: Court Side). Tuck played most recently at Loyola College (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. Last season in 33 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2apg. He helped his team to make it to the Conference Semifinals and was voted to All-MAAC 3rd Team. He was also called Canada's Development Men's National Team last summer. Tuck has also British passport.

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon sign Sam Jones - by Eurobasket
Pizza Express Primetel Apollon signed 30-year old American guard Sam Jones (188-G-78, college: Northwood). Jones played most recently at Caceres 2016 C.B. (Spain - LEB Silver), where in 26 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, Jones started actually last season in Holland at Rotterdam Challengers, but in November he moved to Spain. He started his pro career in 2000 playing in Belgium. He did not leave Benelux, changing the league to the Dutch one, where he played for five years. He has double American-Dutch passport and last summer was called for Dutch National Team.

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Horsholm 76ers is looking for another great season. - by Thomas Soltau

Last seasons great surprise was the Horsholm 79ers 79ers. Behind a terrific job done by the clubs management, important foreign signings and young players stepping up, the team was able to elevate its level of play. Having struggled in past years Horsholm 79ers raised themselves and finished out the 07/08 season with a fine 5th place in the Canal Digital League.

A new head coach Nemanja Jovanovic has been signed to ensure that Horsholm 79ers continues on last seasons great run. This however could prove to be a difficult task, since Horsholm 79ers have lost 3 and maybe 4 starters from last seasons roster. Danish NT players point guard Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) (180-G-88) (If he will attend a US College is still up in the air.) and forward/center Soren Flaeng (207-C-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) (Iceland), US players center Nick Billings (214-C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Binghamton) (Norway) and forward James Duane (198-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Binghamton).

Horsholm 79ers entered the free-agent market and came up with the solution of two versatile US forwards. Strong post-player Jerald Minnis (201-F-85, college: High Point) and the perimeter oriented shooter Jimmy Binnie (201-F-86, college: Dayton).
Talented Anton Larsen (209-C-88) should also push for more playing time and could give Nemanja Jovanovic a possibility to go big, like Horsholm 79ers successfully did most of last season, often playing 4 guys over 2 meters in the line-up.

Allan Ehte (189-G/F-86) and Danish scorer Christian Nielsen (201-F-86, college: Wagner) is also back in the Horsholm 79ers uniform, so it will be interesting to see what line up Nemanja Jovanovic will trust to secure a fruitful 08/09 season.


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Friendlies of Greek teams of Euroleague this last weekend - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos faced a defeat this last weekend at their friendlies adroad, while Panionios took the trophy at Varika's tournament, which was organised by the team from Nea Smirni. Here are the results:
Armani Milano - Olympiacos 91-84 [Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) 11, Thomas Thomas 27, David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) 20 - Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) 15, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 10, Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 15, Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) 13]


Biela - Olympiacos 82-102 [Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79) 12, Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) 18, Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) 11, Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville) 11, James Gist (203-F-86) 12 - Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 15, Giorgos Printezis 17, Lynn Greer 13, Sofoklis Schortsianitis 9]


Panathinaikos - Fener.Ulker 74-82 [Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) 10, Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) 12, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) 16 - Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) 13, Gordan Giricek (197-G-77) 12, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 16]


Panionios - Maroussi 71-67 [Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) 11, Aaron Miles (186-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) 14, Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) 16 - Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) 17, Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 11, Nikolai Padius (197-G-80) 8]


Panionios - UPIM Bologna 91-83 [Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) 17, Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) 10, Aaron Miles 13, Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) 10, Lonny Baxter 26 - Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport) 10, Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) 11, Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina) 9]



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Standings

Final Standing Div.A
1. Russia
2. France
3. Serbia
4. Spain
5. Ukraine
6. Latvia
7. Turkey
8. Lithuania
9. Italy
10. Czech Repu.
11. Monteneg
12. Belarus
13. Germany
14. Bulgaria
15. Belgium
16. Greece



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KORISLIIGA: Transfer news - by Rauno Hurmalainen
ToPo (Helsinki) has signed Team's first American player for starting 2008-09 season. G-F James Allen (196-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) has returned back on ToPo roster. Last season Allen played one game with ToPo. Allen has played professionally earlier in Estonia.
Gambian F Pierre Jallow (203-F-79, college: William Jewell) has also returned back to Finland. This time Jallow is on a try out for Team Componenta in Karkkila. Jallow has played during his professional career also in England, Australia and Estonia.
The third returner to Finland is American G Justice Graham (195-G-79, college: Glenville St.). Graham has played in Holland, Germany, England and 2006-07 first time in Finland (Vilpas, Salo). Graham averaged then 23,9 ppg and 7,3 rpg in the 1. division. This time Graham is replacing injured players on Huima (Aanekoski)
roster in the 1. division.


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Pro A&B : Latest Market News - by Aurelien Hipp
*Amara Sy (202-F-81) will be sidelined for 6 weeks after being injured at a shoulder. Villeurbanne has immediately started lookin for a medical back-up. The player just has to sign this tuesday since 72hours are required to qualify a player before the first round of the league.

*Limoges has to deal with a lot of injuries since the beginning of the season. To replace injured Adam Harrington, the team has just signed Kevin Oleksiak (193-G-85). The young american player was posting 11.5ppg 3.5rpg 3.2apg with NC State last season.


PRO A MARKET - by Gregory Caru
According to the official web site of Orlans,Terence Dials returns to his ex team(2006-2007)in order to substitute for Fred Adjiwanou injured for 2 months,Dials has signed to the end of november.Last year,he was cut by Pau-Orthez after 10 games(10,2ppg 5 rebs).
Otherwise,Rouen found his big men with Michel Nascimento in order to replace Dan Mc Clintock left in Gravelines.Nascimento is a strong man,he played in Germany last year in Ludwigsburg
Terence Dials (206-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: Ohio St.)Michel Nascimento (208-C-78)


NM1 Day 04: Lille alone on top - by Chris Spiesser
Lille had an outstanding performance during the fourth day of the french NM1. To remain undefeated, the nordists beat the division's favourite, Blois while Lievin lost its first game of the season in Fos. In the bottom, Juvisy and Prisse grabbed precious victories to escape from the last spots.

Lille 84-76 Blois
Ian Caskill sidelined with a painfull thigh, the greens missed their paint most important asset. Condouant did a good job (10pts) but for Gouez (13pts) and Co things were easier in the paint. In the meantime their partners were accurate enough (7/9 3pts during the first half) to post a 13-0 during the second QT. Today Lille and its harsh defense (66.75papg) is the only leader of the NM1, a position to be confirmed next week in Lievin for a top rank derby.

Fos 91-61 Livin
Lille's neighbour had a serious test in Fos that they totally failed. The provencals posted a 34-11 in the first quarter, led by a brilliant Brocheray (22pts 8/9, 6rbs, 3stl, 4ass). Fos' domination is also expressed by the team's 27 assists or the 124 ranking points.

Challans 91-88 Denek bat Urcuit
Tie with Fos, Lievin and Blois a bunch of team have a 3-1 balance. This is Challans' case which overcame Bayonne after a tight game won in overtime. Bayonne, still missing Scott, wasn't far from a first win but their tremendous calendar leaves them still victoryless. On the floor, Fabien Herard (198-F-79) was brilliant (30pts 5/7 3pts, 5rbs), the duo Merie - Charlette (38pts 12/19, 13rbs, 4stl, 7ass) answered well but the basqs suffered from their 20 turnovers.

Chlons 83-75 Saint-Chamond
Also at 3-1, Chalons confirmed its good trend despite a tumultuous summer. In the Marne, the two teams also had to play an extra-time that Chalons won with authority 14-6. Patiejaunas posted a nice double-double (13pts, 11ass) but M'Bodji was the decisive player in the 5 last minutes, scoring 8 of his 20pts. On the other side, Vivies (12pts, 8rbs) was the key to clinch the overtime but a second OT game in a row after last week's win against Challans was too much for the experienced couramiauds.

Boulogne 86-67 Centre Fdral
The opalians couldn't afford a substandart performance to remain in the top ranks. Despite a nice reaction in the third QT that drove them to -8pts (60-52), the french prospects' first half was a too important burden (47-27). So Boulogne climbs to the second place with a stratospheric game from Pawel Storozynski (28pts 9/16, 7rbs, 2ass) helped by Legname and Bluntt, both scoring 17pts.

Longwy 79-89 Angers
Angers, other member of the 2nd place group, ensured a precious but complicated victory in Longwy. The westerners made the gap in the final QT (20-33) led by a Michael Doles at his best (27pts 10/16, 7rbs, 4stl, 2ass) and Julien lesieu (18pts 8/11, 6rbs) who is posting 21.5 ranking points per game since the season opening!

Roche-la-Molire 68-79 Bordeaux
Final team at 3-1 is Bordeaux which defeated Roche in its arena. Despite tiny team statistics: 13rbs or 5ass but also only 6 turnovers, the girondins relied on their efficient scorers Periac, Driss and Strickland who nailed 61pts. Roche got outscored in the three first QTs (-7, -5, -6) before a late weakup in the last opus (22-15).

Juvisy 87-77 GET Vosges
Second loss in a row for the GET who was missing Webster. This nice francilian performance drives the two teams tie at 2w-2l. On the floor, Vasiljevic did what he could with 26 points scored but this was not enough.

Priss 88-71 Reims
The oranges finally grabbed their first win of the year after a nice second half. Kodjo-Sitchi's accuracy was their main offensive asset but the whole team showed a great solidarity after a complicated second QT. For Reims the situation is already becoming tricky with one single win, but the marnians played only once in their Rene-Tys arena where the beat Angers. Next week, the marnians will host Roche for an already capital head-to-head.


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Regionalliga Notes - by Moritz Korff

While the season in the RLW is already in full swing, RLN, RLSW and RLSO started to play this past Saturday and Sunday. Here is a summary of the weekend action.

North
Newcomer SC Rasta Vechta started strong and earned a 86:66-road win at Central Hoops Berlin to take over the top position in the league after the opening day. Thomas Kaspereit (199-F/C-83) led the Vechta attack with 20 points, Marlone Jackson (204-F-78, college: Lamar) added 15. Dennis Langer (204-F-89) and Dilin Onyia (195-F-79) each scored 13 points for Berlin, but could not avoid the loss. The BSW Sixers, another new team in the North division, won their season opener as well. Elton Coffield (193-G, college: Mount Olive) and Brandon Streeter (198-F, college: Mount Olive) combined for 43 points in a 66:62 victory over Magdeburg. The young guns of ALBA Berlin II held of SG Wolfenbuettel 76:67 in their first match. Thomas Schoeps (188-G-89) had a strong performance for Berlin, he tallied 17 points, Jan Janke (194-F-76) and Jakob Klimek (195-F-83) scored 21 and 20 points respectively on the other end. Florian Moysich (183-G-80) nailed 7 threes and had 28 points totally as his team SC Rist Wedel downed MBC Weissenfels 72:70 in a thriller. MBCs new import Darien Chavis answered with 19 points.

West
Leverkusen, Grevenbroich, Schwelm and Wulfen remained undefeated on game day 4 of the Regionalliga West. Leverkusen coach Stephan Ruers got a triple-double and a double-double from his two American players in a 102:92 win over BG Hagen: Chris Martin (200-F-83, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Elmhurst) was unstoppable as he finished the hard fought-game with 39 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. His teammate Tim Haley (188-G-83, college: Chico St.) chipped in 22 points and handed out 10 assists. Hagen was paced by Malte Schwarz (188-G-89) who tallied 27 points and Dominik Spohr (200-F-89) with 25 points.
Schwelm's Kris Krzyminski (188-G-83, college: Wayne St., MI) dropped 19 points in his debut and helped his new club to edge Bochum 77:74. The AstroStars had already been defeated by BBV Hagen only a couple of days prior to taking on Schwelm. BBV-playmaker Andrew Olson (178-G-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) scored 30 points and led his colors to a 94:88-away win at Bochum. Bastian Kordyaka (207-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services) followed with 23 points.
Coach Phillip Kappenstein and BSV Wulfen continued their winning streak by holding off Salzkotten 76:66. Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) posted a triple-double (20 pts, 12 rbs, 10 as) in the win, while Salzkottens Marcus Ligons (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with a team-high 19 points. The Grevenbroich Elephants had to work hard to outlast a strong Uerdingen side. Chris Rodgers (186-G-81, college: Bucknell) proved to have nerves of steel when hitting a couple of free-throws with only some seconds left on the game clock. The Grevenbroich guard had 23 points in the match, Timo Verwimp (202-F-81, college: Catawba) added 22 points and 9 boards. GV Waltrop fell short 100:102 to BG Dorsten in an overtime-thriller. Waltrop's Matthew Reid (185-G-84, college: Cameron) topscored with 28 points in defeat, Daryl Cohen (193-G-85, college: SE Louisiana) had 24 points for the winning team.
The NVV Lions Moenchengladbach handed TSVE Bielefeld (56:71) the 4th loss of this current season: Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine) netted 20 points for the Lions, the Dolphins got 23 points from Nickolas Michael (208-C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Elmhurst) in the losing effort. Also, the defending RLW-champion SVD Dortmund suffered defeat as the team of coach Peter Radegast was overpowered 80:83 by Iserlohn. Dortmund's Stephan Bolt (198-F, college: Lewis) produced double-figures in points and rebounds (34 pts, 21 rbs), but got only little support from his teammates.

South-West
The Schwenningen Panthers lost to SG Heidelberg/Kirchheim by a score of 78:95 - the first astonishing result of a season that has only just begun. Philipp Rittinger (193-G-81) was unstoppable as he scored 31 points in the win, a strong team effort did the rest. The Panthers attack was led by sharpshooter Kai-Uwe Kranz (189-G-79) who tallied 29 points (7 treys). Meanwhile, BC Weissenhorn held off MTV Stuttgart 91:78. Mario Simic (198-F-83) recorded 28 points for Weissenhorn, while Stuttgart's Philipp Wildermuth (195-F-80) finished the contest with 23 points.

24 points and gone: Adonal Arrington (211-C, college: W.Oregon), new center of TuS Treis-Karden, led the team to a 108:83 home-win over BSG Ludwigsburg, but will leave now leave due to personal reasons. Michael Chojnowski scored only one point less than Arrington in the win, while David Michalczyk (180-G-89) dropped 18 points for BSG. Michael Lay (175-G-83, college: Concordia (OR)) put on quite a show in his first game for TV Konstanz, as he helped his team to down TV Saarlouis 87:84. The RLSW-newcomer got 26 points from TJ Arterberry (204-F/C-82, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Cal.Baptist) as well as from Michal Twarog (188-G-83).

South-East
Though Stephen Cramer (188-G, college: Hope (MI)) and Marcus Vanderheide (201-F, college: Hope (MI)) combined for 71 points, the Coocoon Baskets Weiden were unable to topple the Wuerzburg Baskets, falling 91:109 to the visitors. Veteran Markus Hallgrimson (190-G-75, college: Montana St. - Billin) nailed 7 threes for Wuerzburg and tallied a total of 24 points. In another high-scoring game BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen defeated Rattelsdorf 125:94. Kyle Kunkel (201-F/C-81, college: Rocky Mountain) chipped in 38 points in the win, Keith Chamberlain (203-F/C-87, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Grinnell) scored 18 points in the loss for Rattelsdorf.
Newcomer USC Leipzig earned a 90:69 victory at home in their first game against the Gotha Rockets. Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) topscored with 21 points, Hanno Freimuth (194-F-88) added 20. Gotha's Ronny Weihmann (186-G, college: Emmanuel (GA)) anwered with 22 points. Outstanding performances of their new American players helped Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg to overcome the Dachau Spurs 98:87. Newly added Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) hit 5 shots from beyond the arc and tallied 32 points, while his new teammate Andrais Thornton (203-C) finished the encounter with 29 points. The Spurs' offense was paced by Derrick Wimmer (193-G-84, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who scored 31 points.



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MENT inks Fogel and Sfeikos - by Chris Mammides
MENT Vassilakis agreed financial terms with the American with Israeli passport Andrew Fogel (188-G-85, college: Mercyhurst) and the talented Greek guard ex player of PAOK Thrasivoulos Sfeikos (195-G-85). Both the players can play in both 1 and 2 positions and will be helping a lot the Thessaloniki team in the very difficult league of the A2 in the coming seazon. The American shooting guard already proved to be an amazing scorer in the latest Mantoulides tournament as he was voted as the MVP of the tournament having 21ppg and 3.5apg helping his team to win the tournament. It is worth mentioning that Fogel made the Summer preparation with the Israeli Macabi Givat Shmuel but didn't sign any contract.

Friendlies of Greek teams of Euroleague this last weekend - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos faced a defeat this last weekend at their friendlies adroad, while Panionios took the trophy at Varika's tournament, which was organised by the team from Nea Smirni. Here are the results:
Armani Milano - Olympiacos 91-84 [Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) 11, Thomas Thomas 27, David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) 20 - Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) 15, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 10, Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 15, Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) 13]


Biela - Olympiacos 82-102 [Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79) 12, Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) 18, Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) 11, Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville) 11, James Gist (203-F-86) 12 - Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 15, Giorgos Printezis 17, Lynn Greer 13, Sofoklis Schortsianitis 9]


Panathinaikos - Fener.Ulker 74-82 [Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) 10, Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) 12, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) 16 - Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) 13, Gordan Giricek (197-G-77) 12, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 16]


Panionios - Maroussi 71-67 [Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) 11, Aaron Miles (186-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) 14, Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) 16 - Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) 17, Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 11, Nikolai Padius (197-G-80) 8]


Panionios - UPIM Bologna 91-83 [Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) 17, Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) 10, Aaron Miles 13, Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) 10, Lonny Baxter 26 - Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport) 10, Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) 11, Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina) 9]



Other friendlies' results - by Kostas Papadopoulos
At friendly games held that weekend, the results were:
Kazerta - Aris 84-77 [Frozini 10 - Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 9, Lazaros Agadakos (208-C-80, agency: FCM) 8, Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) 12, Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) 18]
Maroussi - Dynamo Moscow 89-85 [Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) 11, Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83) 10, Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) 13, Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) 10, Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 17 - Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) 15, Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) 11, Jannero Pargo (187-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) 31]
AEL - Iraklis 73-55
Scavolini - Aris 86-68 [Ramel Curry (191-G-80, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: CSU Bakersfield) 11, Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) 14, Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) 14, LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80, college: UTSA) 13 - Sean Marshall 10, Lazaros Agadakos 13, Dimitris Tsaldaris 12]
Kavala - KAO Dramas 69-73 [Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) 18, Billy Thomas (195-G-75, college: Kansas) 9, Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) 11, Mladen Pantic (210-C-82, agency: Beo Basket) 9 - Dimitris Maslarinos (195-G-82) 11]


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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 3 - by Terry Cooper
Week 3 in the Promotiedivisie displayed great team play from teams of last seasons final four as well as up and coming teams for the 2008-09 season. Teams such as MyGuide2, MSV, and Landstede2 have not skipped a beat and Initial High Five is making an early statement. Although the season is quite early, this is the time for teams to play as a unit and collect wins that may become harder in the later part of the season. Leiden2 won easily over newcomers Red Giants 84-69 while VBC Akrides got their first win of the season defeating the Cangeroes 74-65. Initial High Five gave Punch Delft their first lost cruising to a 74-44 win while Landstede2 beat GOBA 92-81. MyGuide2 destroyed EBBC2 101-55 while BV Rooi edged de Pigeons 86-83. Finally, MSV Log in won over De Groene Uilen 88-56 to remain undefeated in the standings.


BS Leiden2 - Red Giants (84-69)
VBC Akrides - Cangeroes (74-65)
High Five - Punch (74-44)
GOBA - Landstede2 (81-92)
MyGuide2 - EBBC2 (101-55)
BV Rooi - Pigeons (86-83)
De Groene Uilen - MSV Login (56-88)


David Patten replace Bryan White at Upstairs Weert - by Fred Roggen
David Patten (203-F, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) is replacing Bryan White and will be the new power-forward from Upstairs Weert. The American arrives Tuesday in Weert and play on Saturday the game against Matrixx Magixx
Differently than White is Patten a physical stronger player, also Patten scores easier from this position then White.
The 24-year-old American comes from Weber State University and made his debut last year in Europe at the Spanish Caceres in the Spanish LEB Silver,where he played 10 games and averaged 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg.


Second setback for Chris van der Gragt - by Fred Roggen
Chris van der Gragt (194-F/G-88), playing his first year as a contract player of Blue Stream Seals Den Helder has received a new setback to process. The 20-year-old forward was already out of competition by a hernia. He had decided on an operation, but has now been told that a tumor is found in his chest after the check-up. For treatment, Van der Gragt has been referred to the Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam.

Bryan White leaves Upstairs Weert - by Fred Roggen
Bryan White (201-F-86, agency: Court Side) leave Upstairs Weert immediately and returned to Lehigh University where he is included in the coaching staff. Last week White got this request of the college where he played previous season.
Upstairs Weert was already looking for a power forward. The intention was to retrieve a more physical player for the team and White could play as a forward. A replacement, also an American,is expected to be presented in the coming days.


No contract Frieder Jacobsen at Aris Friesland - by Fred Roggen
Frieder Jacobsen (198-F-86) will not be part of Aris Friesland the upcoming season. The German forward, who came study in Leeuwarden and offered himself to coach Pete Miller, could remain in the team, but on amateur basis. Jacobsen, who came from Germany were he played for Salzkotten in the Regional League, did not want to agree with that option, after which it was decided to go from each other. The position of Jacobsen will not be filled in provisionally.

Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MSV 3-0 
 2. Landstede 2 3-0 
 3. MyGuide 2 3-0 
 4. Initial H5 3-0 
 5. Gorinchem 2-1 
 6. Punch 2-1 
 7. BV Rooi 2-1 
 8. Akrides 1-2 
 9. Groene 1-2 
 10. Leiden 2 1-2 
 11. Pigeons 0-3 
 12. Cangeroes 0-3 
 13. Red Giants 0-3 
 14. EBBC 0-3 


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  IRAN   


Hamed Haddadi arrives in Memphis - by Eurobasket News
Iranian basketball star Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) has arrived in the United States to take part in the NBA club Memphis Grizzlies' training camp, Press TV reported.

According to the NBA club's official website, Haddadi arrived at Memphis International Airport on Friday. As a reminder, he signed contract with the Grizzlies in late August.

The 23-year-old Haddadi was greeted by many people. The most important ones were the Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace, Director of Player Personnel Tony Barone, Sr., and Director of Scouting Tony Barone, Jr.

Haddadi averaged 16.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in the five games he played for Iran in the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Grizzlies training camp will begin on Tuesday, Sep. 30.

Courtesy of http://www.iranmania.com


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  ISRAEL   


Pre-season: Haifa beat Bnei - by Yarone Arbel
In an interesting pre-season game between two teams that aim high Maccabi Haifa Heat beat EuroCup club Bnei HaSharon 83-79. Haifa missed injured BJ McKie while Bnei missed recovering Cookie Belcher and Shawn James. Bnei took a ten point lead in the first but Haifa came back to 23-25 after ten minutes on the way to a 10 point half time lead. Bnei came back but Haifa held on to their difference on the way to the win.

Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) led the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds, Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) added 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Moshe Mizrakhi and Ido Kozikaro scored ten each and Brooks Sales helped with eight. Richard Roby (198-G-85) led Bnei with 23 points, Ousmane Cisse (206-C-82, agency: Octagon) added 19, Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Kent St.) scored 15 and Ori Itzkhaki added eight.


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  ITALY   


Benetton Treviso finished second in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso finished second in the Ankara Cup held over the weekend in Turkey. At first Italian side edged Turk Telekom in the semifinal of the tournament 95:92. Italian team was thrashed in the first half as Turk Telekom had 25:15 in the first period and 30:26 in the second. Benetton Treviso however came back from the lockers being another team. The guests replied with 25:18 in the third period and then won the game with 29:19 in the last frame. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.) was unstoppable with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) scored 19, whilst Gery Neal and Charles Wallance posted 14 each. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) top-scored in defeat with 22 points apiece.
In the Final game Unics triumphed over Benetton Treviso 70:61. It was another tough beginning and both squads proved that they deserved the Final. Unics won the opening quarter 19:16, but could not hold the lead. Italian side came back to the game with 21:17 and had one point deficit at the halftime. The third frame was decisive in the game as Unics Kazan mounted in a 27-11 run. The team kept the score for good in the last quarter and triumphed in the tournament. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) led the winners with 14 points and 3 rebounds. Vladimir Veremeenko added 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kresimir Lonchar scored 12 points and made 8 boards. Radoslav Rancik top-scored in defeat with 17 points and Gary Neal notched 16.


Last Market News - by Stefano Pini

Dan Dickau (183-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) is not more an Air Avellino's player. His back created too much troubles in this pre-season. To replace him, today on the newspaper appearead as rumor the name of Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72). But his just a rumor, as Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college: Missouri), Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech)....

The good news, for Avellino, is that season will start October 12th and they'll have time to find the right player.
Cimberio Varese completed his September campain with the sign of Misan Nikagbatse (193-G-82) the 2nd former Napoli's player that will wear red-white jersey.
Legadue's championship will start Octobert 5th.



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  LATVIA   


Ventspils open LBL season with two wins - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils took the lead in the LBL championship as they posted two straight wins at the opening round. First Ventspils overcame the newcomers Buki Gulbene 77:62. The visitors stunned the favorites with a 19:11 run in the first quarter. But it was minor success for ASK/Buki. The hosts took over soon and easily denied the deficit. The teams entered the fourth quarter with Ventspils leading by 7 points. The home side cruised to the win at the end. Ronalds Zakis (205-F/C-87) tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds for Ventspils. Pavels Veselovs (206-F-83, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points, while Tyrone Brazelton (180-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) was impressive with 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in the win. Arturs Brunins (200-F-82) answered with 16 points for ASK/Buki.
Ventspils extended their winning streak as they held off Keizarmezs 96:68 on the road. This time the Latvian powerhouse did not allow their opponents to taste the lead as they dominated right from the start. The visitors built a 49:33 cushion at halftime and never looked back afterwards. Brazelton finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Ventspils. Ronalds Zakis added 17 points, while Adomas Jurevicius (184-G-82) knocked down 14 in the win. Krists Piternieks (202-G-87, agency: FCM) replied with 13 points for Keizarmezs.
ASK Riga got the first win as they overwhelmed VEF Riga 94:79 away from home. ASK Riga piled up a 23:13 at the end of the first term. And though VEF managed to shave the distance to 5 points at halftime ASK Riga kept them at bay in the second half and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, college: ODU) and Raitis Grafs (210-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) led balanced offense with 15 points apiece. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) poured in 14 points for the winners. Jurijs Aleksejevs (201-F-85) responded with 21 points for VEF. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (194-G-85) had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.


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  LITHUANIA   


Siauliai outscore Aisciai in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai - Aisciai 72:57

Siauliai opened their LKL season with a comfortable win over Aisciai. Playing at the Siauliai Arena the hosts had little problems in dealing with the visitors. Gintautas Vileita (194-G-75, college: Monmouth) came up with 17 points and 4 rebounds to pace balanced offensive effort for Siauliai. Vitalijus Stanevicius (202-F-83) had 16 points for the winners. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) answered with game-high 23 points for Aisciai.
The home team looked sloppy at the start of the game and Aisciai used to surge ahead. Rinkevicius and Donatas Motiejunas ignited an 11:0 run from the visitors as they accumulated a 11:2 lead early in the game. Donatas Motiejunas free throw late in the first quarter made it 21:4 for Aisciai. However the hosts went on a 10:2 run to cut the deficit. Aisciai maintained the lead throughout the second period and rolled at halftime with a 32:28 advantage. Vitalijus Stanevicius scored 4 points to fuel an 8:0 rally from Siauliai as they grabbed a 38:35 lead early in the third frame. Soon Slezas and Gintautas Vileita stretched the margin to 10 points. Siauliai went on a 10:0 run to tip off the final term and never looked back further on. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) knocked down 11 points for the winners. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) had 10 points in the loss.
Siauliai outrebounded their opponents 50:31 and shot 43% from the field.

Siauliai: Gintautas Vileita 17, Vitalijus Stanevicius 16, Saulius Kuzminskas 11
Aisciai: Donatas Motiejunas 23, Egidijus Dimsa 10


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  MOZAMBIQUE   


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. Ferroviario B. 1-0 
 2. Politcnica Q. 0-0 
 3. Desportivo B. 0-0 
 4. Desportivo M. 0-0 
 5. Sport Clube 0-0 
 6. Maxaquene 0-0 
 7. Costa do Sol 0-0 
 8. Ferroviario M. 0-0 


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  NCAA1   


Emmanuel Addo commits to University of Northern Colorado - by Eurobasket News
It appears the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team in not wasting any time getting a jump on its recruiting for next season.

Emmanuel Addo, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Northfield High School in Minnesota, has verbally committed to play men's basketball for the Bears in 2009-10.


Addo averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds this past season for Northfield and was named the Most Valuable Player this summer at the 2008 Mr. Basketball Dakota Showcase, which featured some of the nation's top college prospects at all levels. He led his Minnesota Magic Robertson AAU club team to the tournament title.

Addo has an interesting background. He was born in Canada, but at age 3 moved the West African nation of Ghana to live with his grandparents for seven years. He moved back to Canada before coming to Minnesota. He didn't start playing basketball regularly until he was a freshman in high school.

'My learning curve had to be pretty quick,' Addo said. 'So I felt like I had to catch up with others with them playing a whole lot.'

Northfield boys basketball coach Mark Ensrud got Addo as a sophomore and said he was a big kid who had some natural ability, but his skills were so raw that he didn't play varsity his first season.

However, he learned quickly and elevated his game to the point last season that he starting getting looks from several Division I schools such as North Carolina-Greensboro and Southern Methodist.

'That learning curve has been impressive and in the last 12 months he has really taken off in terms of he lost about 30 pounds and really started to work at getting better,' Ensrud said. 'And that combined with his work ethic, things really started to fall into place.'

UNC coach Tad Boyle can't comment on recruits until they have signed a national letter-of-intent.

However, Northfield head coach Mark Ensrud said that Addo is very comfortable around the basket and has a knack for scoring.

'He's a really good rebounder who grabs everything with two hands, which is hard to get kids to do these days,' Ensrud said. 'So his natural instincts is to go get it with two.'

Addo decided after his visit to UNC that he would fit in perfectly with his teammates and Boyle's system.

'Coach Boyle went over the offense with me and how they use their post players and I just felt like it fit my game,' Addo said.

Courtesy of http://www.greeleytribune.com


Texas junior college player commits to Utes - by Eurobasket News
University of Utah will add another acquisition to its roster. Matt Read (6'8''-F), a 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward from Collin County Community College in Texas, has committed to play basketball for coach Jim Boylen and the Utah Utes.

Read chose the Utes over St. Louis, which is coached by former Utah coach Rick Majerus. He also had a chance to play at Michigan. According to recruiting services, Boylen now has five oral commitments for the 2009 recruiting class. The Utes expect to have just four openings in that class, but have continued to recruit in case of an academic casualty or other unforeseen change.

Read played at Texas-Arlington as a freshman, before redshirting last season as a sophomore because of a stress fracture in his foot, and transferred to Collin County for the upcoming season.

Courtesy of http://www.sltrib.com


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  NCAA2   


Don Meyer Continues to Recover - by Josh VanKlompenburg
(Aberdeen, S.D.) Sept. 29, 2008 - Due to the large number of requests for updates on Coach Meyer we have made some modifications to how these messages are being sent. Thanks for your patience as we work to provide timely updates on Coach and his progress to the thousands of people who have requested updates.

On Friday he was moved to a new room on the rehab floor. His daily physical therapy and wound dressing process continues to be extremely painful, but is becoming more tolerable. Coach is also being encouraged to increase his caloric intake.

Coach and Carmen continue to be overwhelmed with the many thoughts, wishes and prayer.

My life will never be the same, said Coach Meyer. I have given this all to the Lord, and he is creating many beautiful things.


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  NEW ZEALAND   


AA Secondary Schools National Championships, day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Defending boy and girls champions St Patricks College and Church College were among the 18 teams to survive day one of the AA Secondary Schools National Championships - presented by Furnware - unbeaten at 2-0 in Palmerston North on Monday.

St Pats were joined by Hamiltons Fraser High and Dilworth School as the leaders in pool A, while second seeds Otago Boys High, Nelson College and St Johns College from pool B also started 2-0. In pool C Westlake Boys High and St Andrews College won two straight and Church College and surprise team Wellington College top pool D.

Rangiora High joined Church College undefeated in the girls pool A, with three schools, Auckland Girls Grammar, Christchurch Girls High and Rangitoto College even at 2-0 in pool B. Third seeds Waimea College and Hamiltons Fraser High lead the pack in pool C, while Massey High remained the only unbeaten in an unpredictable pool D.


2008 AA Secondary Schools National Championships

Day One - Monday, September 29

Boys
Pool A
St Patricks College 89 Onehunga High 52
Hamiltons Fraser High 74 Tauranga Boys College 30
Dilworth School 65 Waimea College 59
St Patricks College 97 Tauranga Boys College 31
Hamiltons Fraser High 83 Waimea College 44
Dilworth School 75 Onehunga High 72

Pool B
Otago Boys High 77 Hamilton Boys High 55
St Johns College 88 Kelston Boys High 76
Nelson College 66 Middleton Grange School 52
Otago Boys High 83 Middleton Grange 39
Nelson College 79 Kelston Boys High 67
St Johns College 77 Hamilton Boys High 72

Pool C
Westlake Boys High 74 Mana College 44
St Andrews College 84 Rotorua Boys High 56
New Plymouth Boys High 56 Shirley Boys High 51
Westlake Boys High 72 Rotorua Boys High 51
St Andrews College 83 Shirley Boys High 46
Mana College 80 New Plymouth Boys High 65

Pool D
Rangitoto College 109 Francis Douglas Memorial College 44
Church College 74 Mt Albert Grammar 54
Wellington College 91 Palmerston North Boys High 65
Palmerston North Boys High 81 Francis Douglas Memorial College 66
Church College 70 Rangitoto College 56
Wellington College 86 Mt Albert Grammar 75


2008 AA Secondary Schools National Championships Results

Girls
Pool A
Church College 111 Wainuiomata High 53
St Kentigern College 52 Marian College 36
Rangiora High 89 Tauranga Girls College 47
Church College 110 St Kentigern College 41
Tauranga Girls High 75 Marian College 53
Rangiora High 81 Wainuiomata High 49

Pool B
Auckland Girls Grammar 85 Wellington East Girls College 71
Christchurch Girls High 67 Hamilton Girls High 51
Rangitoto College 85 Freyberg High 19
Rangitoto College 71 Hamilton Girls High 38
Christchurch Girls High 68 Wellington East Girls College 60
Auckland Girls Grammar 65 Freyberg High 46

Pool C
Hamiltons Fraser High 72 Sacred Heart Girls (New Plymouth) 67
Waimea College 73 Napier Girls High 33
Avondale College 67 Cambridge High 58
Waimea College 73 Sacred Heart Girls (New Plymouth) 63
Napier Girls High 71 Avondale College 58
Hamiltons Fraser High 95 Cambridge High 75

Pool D
Mana College 80 New Plymouth Girls High 71
Massey High 76 Hutt Valley High 55
Cashmere High 55 Rangi Ruru Girls School 41
Massey High 91 Mana College 59
New Plymouth Girls College 61 Cashmere High 40
Rangi Ruru Girls School 61 Hutt Valley High 53

Courtesy of http://www.basketball.org.nz/


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  NICARAGUA   


PTNB divisions line-up - by Gianni Pascucci
The Nicaraguan league named Primer Torneo Nacional de Baloncesto started the last wekend in Managua. At the last time, even Jaguares de la UAM decided to withdraw from the competition. The definitive nine-teams line-up is as follows:
Group 'A'
Tigres de la UdeM,
RAAN,
Vikingos de Valenti's Pizza,
Unicit
Group 'B'
Fupade Coast,
Tiburones Soconsa Chontales,
Halcones Red Nicarao,
Delfines Bicu,
UNAN-Managua.


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  PALESTINE   


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 0-0 
 2. Celisian 0-0 
 3. Orthodox 0-0 
 4. Arab Orthodox 0-0 
 5. Catholic Action 0-0 
 6. Hathen 0-0 
 7. Al Fara 0-0 
 8. Takafi 0-0 
 9. Hawar 0-0 
 10. Al Bira 0-0 
 11. Aramax Serria 0-0 
 12. Ania or Wadi J. 0-0 
 13. Ebal 0-0 
 14. Oscar Camp 0-0 
 15. Islami 0-0 
 16. Balata 0-0 
 17. Jensafot 0-0 
 18. Terrasanta 0-0 
 19. Al Ahli 0-0 
 20. Bethlehem 0-0 


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  PARAGUAY   


Libertad claims the first place - by Gianni Pascucci
On saturday night, Deportivo San Jose largely defeated 113-76 the young team of Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion led by Carlos Morris (194-G-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) and Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack) who scored 20 and 15 points, respectively. In the showdon for the first place, Libertad prevailed over Sol de America 85-75, definitively grabbing the first place in the table and advancing to the Final Series. The main performers were Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82), who scored 31 points, and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles), who added 27, while Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was the last to surrender in Sol with 20 pts. The standings are now:
1. Libertad 10 points,
2. Sol de America 8,50 pts,
3. Deportivo San Jose 8 pts,
4. Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion 5 pts.
Libertad will play an easy game in the last roun d vs. UAA, while San Jose and Sol de America will meet themselves to decide the second and third place.


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  POLAND   


Dominet Bank Ekstraliga opens the doors - by Eurobasket News
Dominet Bank Ekstraliga started this weekend in Poland. The best two teams of the previous season achieved the first wins in the league. All the hosts by the way won the openers.
PGE Turow became its first leader by thrashing AZS Koszalin 88:61 in Zgorzelec on Saturday. The hosts started with a confident 23:9 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) paced the winners with 14 points. Douglas Copeland nailed 12, Robert Witka had 11 while Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) and Darian Townes each had 10.
Prokom Sopot celebrated the home win over Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn 75:60 at home also on Saturday. The hosts also grabbed the lead in the first period providing 21:9 in the first 10 minutes of the game. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winners with 15 points. Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85, agency: World Sport Agency) added 11 while David Logan and Ronnie Burrell each had 10.
Kotwica Kolobrzeg edged Anwil Wloclawek 96:94 in the toughest game of the opener. The hosts trailed 4 points at the halftime but then produced 31:22 in the last quarter. Tomasz Cielebak (203-F-76, college: Marist) top-scored for the winners with 18 points.
In another games Energa Czarni Slupsk overcame PBG Basket Poznan 77:73. Polpharma Starogard Gdanski beat Polonia Warszawa 95:85. Sokolow Znicz Jaroslaw overcame Victoria Gornik Walbrzych 87:80. Atlas Stal Ostrow edged Basco Slask Wroclaw 84:77.


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  PORTUGAL   


Presenting Vagos Lusavouga Dewalt - by Portugal Eurobasket
The rookie team last season in LCB made a good name for themselves, reaching the play-off semi-finals with a good mix of experienced players and some youngsters. For this season coach Costa Dias kept some important players as Pedro Nuno (190-G/F-71), Ricardo Hill, Tiago Barreiro and Joao Balseiro, adding some talented portuguese players like Joao Reveles, Joao Santos or Hugo Mota to replace experience players that left the club such as Perdigao, Francisco Rodrigues or Anastacio Sami. US players Dan Coleman and Wesley Green completed the frontcourt roster. For now, they managed to beat FC Porto and Vitoria in Antonio Pratas' Trophy and they will be ready to face BC Barcelos next weekend in day 1 of LPB.

The ROSTER

4-Nuno Silva
5-Mario Ramos
6-Dan Coleman
7-Tiago Barreiro
8-Ricardo Hill
9-Joao Reveles
10-Pedro Nuno
11-Joao Balseiro
12-Dario Furtado
13-Hugo Mota
14-Wesley Green
15-Joao Santos
-Bruno Granjeia


Ovarense, Academica, Benfica champions - by Portugal Eurobasket
Ovarense (North), Academica (Center) and Benfica (South) were crowded LPB Antonio Pratas' Trophy winners this Sunday after winning their decisive games. Ovarense trashed Vitoria 76-94 to go 3 out of 3 in wins in this zone. Once again Ovarense proved to be a dangerous team in the perimeter achieving 12 3-Pts shots in this match and playing without Mario Fernandes, Rui Mota and newcomer Marc Mazur. As for Academica, they won 92-74 against former Proliga champions Fisica in Center Zone, while Benfica won against CAB Madeira 67-62 in South zone, as Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) for the Madeira island was ejected with 2 flagrant fouls. Sergio Ramos scored 32 pts for the Lisbon team.

Check now all the games stats:

NORTH

Vitoria-Ovarense, 76-94
FC Porto-Vagos, 71-80

CENTER

Academica-Fisica, 92-74

SOUTH

CAB Madeira-Benfica, 62-67
Belenenses-Barreirense, 75-82


Daniel Monteiro injured - by Portugal Eurobasket
FC Porto had another blow as Daniel Monteiro (182-G-82) injured his knee in the clash against Ovarense but should be able to face Illiabum in day 1of LPB next weekend. Out of action is Joao Figueiredo and Nuno Marcal while Paulo Cunha should be ready to debut this season for FC Porto. As Daniel Monteiro injured himself, young Pedro Catarino and Augusto Sobrinho played the PG position against Vagos as Julio Matos' squad lost 71-80 and managed the 3rd defeat in Antonio Pratas' Trophy

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  RUSSIA   


Unics triumphs in Ankara Cup! - by Eurobasket News
Russian Unics won the Ankara Cup held over the weekend in Turkey. In the first game Unics overcame Efes Pilsen 92:82. The Russian squad took the lead right after the opening quarter when they started with 24:21. Turkish side however bounced back and after 22:17 in the second quarter had 43:41 advantage. In the second half Unics dominated the court and became the winner of the match-up. Igor Zamanskiy led the winners with 26 points to the Final. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 16 and Kresimir Lonchar posted 13. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) top-scored in defeat with 19 points, while Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) had 18.
In the Final game Unics triumphed over Benetton Treviso 70:61. It was another tough beginning and both squads proved that they deserved the Final. Unics won the opening quarter 19:16, but could not hold the lead. Italian side came back to the game with 21:17 and had one point deficit at the halftime. The third frame was decisive in the game as Unics Kazan mounted in a 27-11 run. The team kept the score for good in the last quarter and triumphed in the tournament. Marko Popovic led the winners with 14 points and 3 rebounds. Vladimir Veremeenko added 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kresimir Lonchar scored 12 points and made 8 boards. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.) top-scored in defeat with 17 points and Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) notched 16.

Benetton Treviso-Unics Kazan 61:70
Benetton Treviso: DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) 10, Matteo Soragna, Domen Lorbek 10, Roberto Rullo 4, Radoslav Rancik 17, Gary Neal 16, Charles Wallance 2, Andrea Renzi2
Unics Kazan: Marko Popovic 14, Igor Zamanskiy 2, Artem Kuzyakin 7, Petr Samuelenko 2, Vladimir Veremeenko 13, Kresimir Lonchar 12, Evegeny Voronov, Dmitry Sokolov 10, Tariq Kirksay 10


Cibona comes back from St.Petersburg - by Eurobasket News
Cibona participated in the International tournament held in St.Petersburg, Russia. In Belov and Kondrashin Cup Croatian team played with Russian representative, could not achieve the win, but had great practice before the upcoming season.
Khimky overcame Cibona 76:60 in the semifinal game o the tournament. The Russian squad controlled the majority of the game and advanced to the Final truthfully. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
In the game for the third place Spartak St. Petersburg grabbed the win over Croatian Cibona. The Russian squad edged the opponent 89:77 with a confident start in the game. Spartak opened the game with 26:17 and never looked behind at home. In the second period the Russian team increased the lead to ten more points after 24:14 in the period. Cibona had difficulties entering the last half as they trailed 19 points. Anyway after another loss in the third 22:23, Croatian side bounced back in the final stanza. They managed to produce 24:16 and to reduce the gap at the end of the game. Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) led Spartak with 15 and Anton Yudin had 12. Davor Kus (190-G-78) paced Cibona with 19 and Nikola Prkacin scored 15.
CSKA won Belov and Kondrashin Cup that was finished in St. Petersburg last night. In the Final game the Euroleague champion overcame Khimky 82:59 to lift up the trophy of the tournament.


CSKA wins Belov and Kondrashin Cup! - by Eurobasket News
CSKA won Belov and Kondrashin Cup that was finished in St. Petersburg last night. In the Final game the Euroleague champion overcame Khimky 82:59 to lift up the trophy of the tournament. A 20:11 in the second period was enough to take the control of the game and to lead to the victory. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) led the winners with 16 points. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) added 12 points and 4 steals, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) also scored 12 and J.R. Holden dished for 8 assists for the winners. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) led Khimki with 14.
The two Russian rivals and the best teas of the previous season started with 22:22 in the opening period. They showed excellent defense and good percentage from the field. In the second period CSKA pushed the tempo and went on a lead, that was finished with 20:11 at the end of the second quarter. As a result the teams went to the lockers with 42:33 for the defending champions.
CSKA did not slow down after coming back from the lockers. They produced 22:17 in the third period and felt more confident in the last frame. The favorites ended up with 18:9 in the last period to seal the victory and to lift the Cup up the heads.
In the game for the third place Spartak St. Petersburg grabbed the win over Croatian Cibona. The Russian squad edged the opponent 89:77 with a confident start in the game. Spartak opened the game with 26:17 and never looked behind at home. In the second period the Russian team increased the lead to ten more points after 24:14 in the period. Cibona had difficulties entering the last half as they trailed 19 points. Anyway after another loss in the third 22:23, Croatian side bounced back in the final stanza. They managed to produce 24:16 and to reduce the gap at the end of the game. Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) led Spartak with 15 and Anton Yudin had 12. Davor Kus paced Cibona with 19 and Niksa Prkacin scored 15.


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Bosna beats FMP in Sarajevo, Crvena Zvezda officially promotes team - by Dragan Jankovski
Bosna ASA BHT celebrated in the final of memorial tournament 'Mirza Delibasic' in Sarajevo against FMP Zeleznik 76-70. It means that FMP's winning streak in the pre-season is stopped. It was very interesting game until the very end. Ikonic was on fire for Bosna while on the other side the most powerful FMP's weapon were guards Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88, agency: CAA Sports), Branko Lazic (195-G-89) and Nemanja Protic (182-G-86). It was expected that FMP will dominate in the paint in this final but that didn't happen. Key player of the game was Bosna's Goran Ikonic (196-G-80), who scored 21 points. Suad Sehovic (198-G-87) followed him with 16 while Amar Suljagic (210-C-88) had 9 points. Mladen Jeremic top-scored for Panthers with 16 points. Center Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) nailed 12 while Branko Lazic stopped on 12 points.
Split outsmarted Pecs in the game for third place 72-65.

In the meantime, Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade officially promoted team for the upcoming season. Head coach Svetislav Pesic stated that Zvezda enters into 08/09 with big ambitions.

'We made all of this in order to make good results in 08/09. We have to be patient as well as to work very hard in order to do it. I hope our fans will support this project while at the same time we will for sure try to give our best', said Pesic.

Roster of Crvena Zvezda for season 2009/10: Nemanja Nedovic, Nikola Rondovic, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nemanja Bjelica, FIlip Sepa, Stevan Milosevic, Elmedin Kikanovic, Boris Bakic, Mirko Kovac, Milan Milosevic, Andre Owens, Lawrence Roberts, Vladimir Stimac, Marko Keselj, Marko Marinovic and captain Tadija Dragicevic.
Head coach Svetislav Pesic
Assistant coach: Oliver Kostic
Assistant coach: Milan Kotarac
Team Manager: Nebojsa Ilic
General Manager: Milan Opacic


Cedevita Zagreb wins tournament in Vrsac, Hemofarm third - by Dragan Jankovski
Croatian team Cedevita Zagreb outplayed Vojvodina Srbijagas 83-64 in the final game of tournament 'Veliki za male' in Vrsac. It was an easy win for Cedevita, which dominated during the entire time. Croatians ended first quarter with plus 9 while during the next ten minutes they extended lead to huge 18 points. The Tulips tried to do something after the half time but tough Cedevita didn't let them. In the last quarter (21-16) Cedevita just sealed this victory. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) was the best scorer for the wining team with 13 points. Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) followed him with two points less. Interesting is that Cedevita didn't have any other player with more than 10. Jovan Zdravkovic (178-G-78, agency: Interperformances) and Goran Bajic (207-C-83) netted 14 points each for the Tulips. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) had 13 points.

In the game for third place Hemofarm STADA blasted CSKA Sophia 106-57. At the half time the orange team already created advantage of 19 points. It was not all from the team from Vrsac as it continued in the same rhythm after the breather. Hemofarm ended 24-14 third and impressive 33-13 last quarter. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) scored the most for Hemofarm , 19 points. Giant Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) also shined nailing 16 points. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) this time stopped on 14 points. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) was better than the others in CSKA with 17 points.


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Baya scorch Hawks to close in on first title win - by Carlos Pereira
BAYA players were tuned into what coach Michel Malbrook wanted the team to do and they kept shooting from all over the court and from every angle. By the end of Saturdays lopsided 88-65 win against defending champions PLS Hawks, they had one hand on the Mens Division One league trophy.

Convincing wins against Premium Cobras (83-72) and MBU Rockers (92-62) in their last two matches had confirmed Bayas purple patch as they showed their fans and neutral supporters that they have matured.

Against PLS Hawks who had beaten them 88-78 in the first-round match-up, Baya had to get an 11-point difference victory to stay in the title race. They did it with an even bigger margin 23 points something which on paper looked almost impossible.
I wanted this win and its a crushing win, said coach Malbrook to Sports Nation after Baya steamrollered PLS Hawks whom he helped win trophies during his days as a playmaker.

Baya trailed 13-16 at the end of the first quarter, but asserted their grip on the match when sharp shooter Jean-Paul JP Camille was given some breathing space by the Hawks defenders. He got 17 of his game-leading 34 points in the second 10-minute spell which Baya won 27-15 to lead 40-31 at half-time.
When Seychelles centre Rodney Loz, who came on as a substitute, fouled out with 2.8 seconds left to play in the third quarter and the Hawks trailing by 11 points 43-54 coach Tony Juliette somehow understood that it was going to be a tough afternoon for his team.
The closest the Hawks came was at nine points 51-60 on a free-throw by Stephen Omony who played well below his usual high standard for 26 points.
Then Baya, who lost centre Robert Lon with five personal fouls with 2:50 elapsed in the fourth quarter, started firing on all cylinders as they answered each time the Hawks scored.
Dave Roseline played a fine game getting some big stats, especially in offence with 18 points and brought Bayas lead to 15 points 70-55 on a lay-up with 6:29 left on the clock.
When Bernard Cherry netted three of four free-throws with 29.4 seconds to play after the referee called an unsportsmanlike foul on former teammate Timmy Adam who was also disqualified, Bayas lead had jumped to 19 points 83-64 and they netted another five points, while the Hawks got only one.
We wanted the win and we got it. We were determined and although it could be seen as a blow-out win, it was still a tough match against PLS Hawks. We now have to keep our heads on our shoulders to get a win against RC Dynamics to be crowned champions, said JP one of four players along with Cherry, Hendricks Denis and Lon who failed to shine for PLS Hawks before joining Baya.

The onus is on Baya to become only the third team other than PLS Hawks and Premium Cobras to win the Mens Division One title in the new club era.
They could now bring the champagne to Victoria Gymnasium next weekend when they play RC Dynamics in their final league match.
A win will see them hoist the coveted league title as PLS Hawks and Premium Cobras, who have two losses each like Baya, are still to meet each other and one of them will definitely come out losers. But still Baya will be the champions as they have a better head-to-head score against those two big guns.
With their chance of winning the title being very slim, Cobras Solomon, who made magic with a 52-point act in a come-from-behind 89-86 first-round win against the Hawks, said:
Theres no more magic. Baya are the champions. Even if we beat PLS Hawks, there wont be any consequences on the outcome of the league.

Praslin Warriors 57 MBU Rockers 83

MBU Rockers travelled to Praslin on Saturday and they returned to Mahe 83-57 winners against Praslin Warriors who won the first half 31-27.
With Cyril Agrippine (27 points), skipper and playmaker Nigel Sinon (25) and Brian Morel (10) combining for 62 of their teams points, the Rockers outscored the Warriors 56-26 in the second half for their 10th win in 16 games for 26 points.
The Warriors got 23 points from Ronny Julienne and 15 from Joseph Souffe.

Cascade Bullets 68 Beau Vallon Heat 78

Beau Vallon Heat won three of the four quarters on Saturday at the Palais des Sports in a 78-68 win over Cascade Bullets.
Needing a 12-point difference win to avoid the play-offs, the Heat, coached by Valli Ismal, got 23 points from Marlon Marimba, while big men Tony General Barb (18 points) and Alain Cupidon (11) made significant contributions on the offensive board.
Both the Heat and the Bullets are locked on 19 points after three wins and 13 defeats.
Coach Grgoire Scholastiques Bullets have the edge over the Heat as they won the first-round match-up 92-80.G. G.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Levice third on memorial tournament 'Jan Klein' - by Eurobasket News
The host of memorial tournament 'Jan Klein' ended it on the second place with score 2-1. In the last game Levice suffered defeat against Czech team BK Opava 76-94. It turned out as a decisive game for first place, which belongs to Opava now also with score 2-1. Slovakians struggled a lot in the first half with their stroke and especially at the defensive end. Czechs demonstrated pretty good performance grabbing plus 10 at the half time, 35-45. Same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Opava continued its domination while Levice wasn't able to resist. Everything outcame with big 18-point victory for Opava at the end. Slovakian team got the most from Vladimir Klar (-86), who scored 19 points. Steve Rich (208-C-72, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Miami, FL) also was good adding 17 points. Richard Klein (196-F-77) was the last one with double digits in Levice netting 11 points.

In the second game another Czech team registered victory. It was NH Ostrava, which celebrated against UBC Gussing 81-59. Thus third place on 'Jan Klein' memorial belongs to Ostrava while Gussing is fourth.

Final standings
1. Opava 2-1
2. Levice 2-1
3. Ostrava 1-2
4. Gussing 1-2


Komarno celebrates on tournament in Pezniok - by Eurobasket News
MBK Rieker Komarno is the winner of international tournament in Pezinok. Slovakian team outsmarted Hungarian Albacomp in the last day 73-71. It was very exciting match until the very end. Despite Komarno had 38-33 at the half time, it couldn't resolve the question about the winner before the last few minutes. Thus with this victory Komarno advanced to first place on this strong tournament with perfect score 3-0. Albacomp is the second with 1-2. Blagojevic was the leading player in Komarno scoring 13 points. Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) and Filip Lehman (198-F-87) added 12 points apiece.

The host of this tournament Skanska Pezinok is defeated by Czech team USK Praha 82-99. It means that the hosts ended it on the last place winless. On the other side USK Praha is third recoding 1-2. Czechs were better during the entire time. They managed to end first half 36-46 while during the following 20 minutes they extended lead even more. Skanska Pezinok got 23 points from Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice). It also had Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) and Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) in a game mood netting 18 points each but it was not enough against tough Czechs.


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Pre-Season Round Up (Sun 28 Games) - by Paul Nilsen
After the excitement of the weekends SuperCup there were five pre-season friendlies involving ACB clubs on Sunday writes www.acb-basket.com and no less excitement with Real Madrid suffering a shock 68-75 loss to Iurbentia Bilbao in Laz Rozas . It was a great win for Coach Vidorreta and his men and while fans of the Whites can shrug this off as a minor pre-season set-back, it is hardly ideal with the real ACB league action now less than a week away. At 58-59 going into the closing stages there was little in it but Bilbao prevailed with Paco Vazquez influential. Pasalic, Salgado and Lewis all getting into double figures for the Basque team while for Joan Plaza, it was concern over his big men with Hervelle and Lazaros both starting but only scoring a paltry two points between them.

Cajasol are another team with some worries after they slipped to yet another loss, this time in front of 2000 fans in Madrid who watched a thrilling overtime encounter with Fuenlabrada. It was the local team that prevailed after both teams were tied 83-83 in regulation with Fuenla inflicting a 97-94 defeat on their visitors from Seville. It was a terrific performance from Luis Guil and his starting five with every player scoring 13 points or more. Even veteran Ferran Lopez rolled back the years with 18 points while Brad Oleson top scored with 21. The win more impressive as it came without the services of guard Kristap Valters and forward PJ Ramos. Cajasol did at least have the games top scorer with Warren Carter showing his skills with a game high score of 29 while veteran Elmer Bennett scored 15 off the bench.

Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) and his 17 point MVP performance gave ViveMenorca the perfect boost ahead of next weekends big tip-off with a morale boosting 84-59 win against Ricoh Manresa. It has been a worrying pre-season for Ricard Casas but his players were much stronger on defence and held Manresa to a paltry 9 final quarter points in front of 5,000 fans. The visitors meanwhile should be concerned at this performance and offensive nightmare with a truly shocking 22 points in the entire second half.

Bruesa GBC completed a real border raid into France after coming back with a comprehensive 81-61 victory. Still without veteran Lou Roe due to his ankle problem, it was the reliable Andy Panko that came up trumps with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds as the San Sebastian team pulled away in a 24-11 last quarter.

Finally there was trouble for Polaris World Murcia as they hosted CB Granada with the home team crashing to a disappointing 78-86 loss. It was a result that was always on the cards after an awful start by Manuel Husseins team. They found themselves trailing 15-28 after the first quarter and while they fought back in the last period, they never looked like winning the game. For Granada this was an excellent victory and they are now looking much better with every game. They had Hunter, Borchardt, Gutierrez and Scepanovic all in double figures.


Melilla Baloncesto sign Jon Santamaria - by Eurobasket
Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old domestic guard Jon Santamaria (191-G-82). Santamaria played most recently at CB Vic (LEB Silver) where in 16 games he averaged 2.7ppg and 1.3rpg and he helped his team to win Spanish LEB Silver Cup. Despite just age of 26 he already played in ...9 teams in various leagues in Spain.

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo sign Michael Southall - by Eurobasket
Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 26-year old American center Michael Southall (210-C-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Edge Sports). Southall played most recently at Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) where in 34 games averaged 11.8ppg abd 6.3rpg. He was also second best blocker in the league with 2.4bpg. Southall signed just temporary contract to replace injured Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard). It's questionable if he can stay in the team even if he impresses the coaching staff.

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Norrkoping Dolphins lands NT player Kenny Grant - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins announced signing of Swedish National Team guard Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson). 26-year old player started last season in CSKA Moscow, actually he spent some time with the team during the pre-season. Later, he joined Polish Stal Ostrow. Very soon the team released him so in October Grant agreed terms with Romanian Gaz Metan Medias. He appeared 8 times in Romanian division A averaging 13.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.9 apg. He registered pretty good shot percentage having 56.3% FG2, 46.3% 3PT and 77.3% FT. On season 06/07 Grant played for French team Nantes Atlantique. For 33 games in Pro B he recorded 7.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3.4 apg. It was his first season after graduation on Davidson in 2006. He started college career in USA as a member of Lafayette but after one year he transferred to Davidson. In his senior year with Davidson Grant had 6.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 6.7 apg and 1 spg. His team was Southern Conf. Tournament Winner -06 while Kenny Grant was named All-Southern Conf. 3rd Team -06. A year before his Davidson also had successful year ending Southern Conf. regular season on top. Grant had even better digits that year adding 7.2 pg, 3.5 rpg and 5.6 apg in 32 games.

Grant's new team will try to register better results that it was the last season. As a reminder Dolphins were eighth ranked team in regular season 07/08.


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Lidingo 0-0 
 2. Umea 0-0 
 3. Blackeberg 0-0 
 4. Lulea BG 0-0 
 5. Hallsta 0-0 
 6. Lulea Steel 0-0 
 7. Akropol 0-0 
 8. Talje 0-0 
 9. Polisen 0-0 
 10. Haga Haninge 0-0 
 11. Alvik Basket 0-0 
 12. KFUM Uppsala 0-0 
 13. Orongo 0-0 
South
 1. Fryshuset 0-0 
 2. NUBF 0-0 
 3. S:t Helena 0-0 
 4. Soder 0-0 
 5. Sanda 0-0 
 6. Norrkoping BK 0-0 
 7. Saltsjobaden 0-0 
 8. Eos 0-0 
 9. Orebro 0-0 
 10. Kalmar 0-0 
 11. Srbija 0-0 
 12. Kvarnby 0-0 
 13. Nassjo 0-0 


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Fribourg losses against French Besancon - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Fribourg Olympic Basket suffered huge defeat 65-93 in a friendly game against French Pro A team Besancon. The match was played at Besancon's home court.
The hosts opened this game strongly. Swiss team struggled with its shot but anyway it scored acceptable 14 points. The problem was one the other side of the court, where Besancon drained 26 points for ten minutes. Fribourg somehow succeeded to recover from terrible first quarter and to show some of its qualities in the next one. Unfortunately, Fribourg had only few players able to compete against tough Besancon. At the half time French team still has advantage but little bit lower 43-36. Third frame was decisive period of the game. French team once again managed to score big number of points (29) while Fribourg had 15. It meant that the game was already over for Fribourg as the hosts grabbed big 21-point lead before the last ten minutes. American Tommy Gunn (191-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led Besancon to win draining 18 points. John Ford (207-C/F-78, college: Colorado St.) was behind him with 2 points less. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) top-scored in Swiss team netting 16 points. Pascal Perrier-David (184-G-75) and Harrison had 11 points each.

Besanon: Schmieder 7, Hawkins 10, Darnauzan 9, Gunn 18, Diene 7, Hoard 13, Grougnian, Giaimo 2, John Ford 17, Doellman 10.
Fribourg: Buscaglia 3, Allen 9, Pascal Perrier-David 11, Quidome 6, Wegmann 9, Harrisson 11, Petkovic, Zimmickas, Oliver Vogt 16.


Volcy leads BBC Monthey to win in two friendly games - by Eurobasket News
BBC Monthey played two friendly games over the last few days.

In the first one BBC Monthey met Geneva Devils at home winning 67-61. The host team was better from the very beginning. It had Canadian Ricky Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan) and American Johnson in a game mood, which were totally for unstoppable Geneva's defense. Monthey managed to end first half 36-25. After the breather the Devils finally woke up. They demonstrated slightly better performance but on the other side Monthey stopped them on time creating 53-44 before the last stanza. Until the end, two above mentioned players, together with Herman Alston (190-G-69, college: Kean), took care for the baskets leading their team for 5-point win. Ricky Volcy was the best scorer for the winners with 22 points. Johnson followed him adding 18 points while Herman Alston stopped on 14. On the other side Geneva got 11 apiece from Pavel Novotny (204-F-79, agency: PPGroup) and Rashard Lee (198-F-77, college: Tennessee).

BBC Monthey : Maio 2, Johnson 18, Hennard, Kicara 2, Ricky Volcy 22, Kashama 2, Zwahlen 2, Herman Alston 14, Martinez 5.
Head coach Entraneur : Francois Wolhauser
Geneva Devils : Kautzor 4, Sainte-Rose 9, Alexander 10, Lomholt, Rashard Lee 11, Jefferson 10, Packevicius 4, Pavel Novotny 11, Hadjisotirov 2.
Head coach : Eric Gross


In the second friendly BBC Monthey once again was successful. This time it was on the road against BBC Nyon 67-78. Despite the hosts had plus 6 at the half time Monthey managed to take this one also. Its players drained 50 points in the second half while Nyon stopped on 33. Once again Ricky Volcy paced Monthey to win scoring 19 points. The best player in Nyon was Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78, college: Dayton), who netted 18 points.

BBC Nyon : Rahier 11, Bah 15, Bobetso 4, Yuanta Holland 18, Sir 8, Paredes, Cransac 4, Lanisse, Pidoux 2, Forbes 5.
Head coach: Hugues Occansey
BBC Monthey : Ricky Volcy 19, Maio 6, Martinez 15, Herman Alston 11, Kashama 1, Kicara 8, Zwahlen 4, Johnson 14.
Head coach: Francois Wolhauser


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Ankara Cup closed the doors in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Turkish Efes Pilsen and Turk Telekom struggled against Russian Unics and Italian Treviso in the Ankara Cup held in Turkey. In the first game Unics overcame Efes Pilsen 92:82. The Russian squad took the lead right after the opening quarter when they started with 24:21. Turkish side however bounced back and after 22:17 in the second quarter had 43:41 advantage. In the second half Unics dominated the court and became the winner of the match-up. Igor Zamanskiy led the winners with 26 points to the Final. Marko Popovic nailed 16 and Kresimir Lonchar posted 13. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) top-scored in defeat with 19 points, while Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) had 18.
Benetton Treviso edged Turk Telekom in the semifinal of the tournament 95:92. Italian team was thrashed in the first half as Turk Telekom had 25:15 in the first period and 30:26 in the second. Benetton Treviso however came back from the lockers being another team. The guests replied with 25:18 in the third period and then won the game with 29:19 in the last frame. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.) was unstoppable with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) scored 19, whilst Gery Neal and Charles Wallance posted 14 each. Erwin Dudley and Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) top-scored in defeat with 22 points apiece
In the game for the third place Efes Pilsen won the battle in the Turkish match-up against Turk Telekom 79:77. Charles Smith top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Serkan Erdogan nailed 17 points in the losing effort.
In the Final game Unics triumphed over Benetton Treviso 70:61.


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Wilson Ferrance Interview- A collegiate point of view - by David Edole
'Nothing in life comes easy' is a saying most people use to explain things that happen in their life. Well, for Wilson Ferrance, it is a mantra that he lives by. Ferrance recently received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa and is relishing the opportunity. That opportunity, however, came exactly one year after graduation from high school, which tells of his struggles to acquire an athletic scholarship.
Ferrance graduated from St. Croix Educational Complex in 2007 but was not offered a scholarship opportunity like some of his contemporaries that year. Khalid Gerard and Craig Williams both received offers while Ferrance was stuck at home. He used his off year from school to work out with Virgin Islands senior men's national team captain Kevin Sheppard. Ferrance credits Sheppard for his preparedness for the college game and his attitude adjustment.
I hope this compelling interview will open the eyes of young Virgin Islanders who are hoping to earn an athletic scholarship in the future.

EDOLE: After graduating from HS, how difficult was it for you to come to the realization that they were no scholarship offers?
FERRANCE: People don't know how tough that year was. Everyone kept coming up to me and asking me when I was leaving. Some said I was too good to be on St. Croix. I ran through a gamut of emotions that year. I contemplated just forgetting about basketball and going to work. But several people (named later) would not let me give up my dream. They told me that the opportunity to get to a scholarship would present itself. I thank every one of them for not giving up on me.

EDOLE: What are some of the major differences between college and high school?
FERRANCE: What I am doing now is nothing compared to what I was doing in high school. The conditioning sessions are way more serious and intense. In HS, we will walk through certain drills; sometimes some members of the team don't show up. You don't have any of that here.

EDOLE: What about time management between classes and conditioning?
FERRANCE: Time management is the biggest obstacle in college. Most of the guys go to parties and hang out, but I am here for a reason. After working out, I usually go back to my dorm and rest. I choose to use my free time to study for classes. I lead a boring life. I am either in the gym or the library.
Most of the kids in the classes behind me need to understand that the coaches here are not your friends. They don't know you like the coaches and teachers back home who will give you the benefit of the doubt. College coaches expect you to be a representative of the team/school, whether it is class, in the community, or on vacation. You have to put your best face forward.

EDOLE: What does your work out schedule look like?
FERRANCE: I hit the gym seven days a week and sometimes twice a day. We run so much it is not funny. I can't tell you how many miles we run. We run on the coach's whistle. When he is tired of seeing us run, he blows the whistle.

EDOLE: Is the running your welcome to college basketball moment?
FERRANCE: Not really, my welcome to college basketball moment was the first day of conditioning. I did not do any kind of running all summer. I did play in the Men's League, but I found out it was not enough for me to be in shape. The conditioning sessions are hard. I threw up on the first day and almost passed out. The coaches picked me up and told me welcome to college basketball. Now, I understood fully what people were telling me about college basketball.

EDOLE: What is the toughest part of college basketball?
FERRANCE: You have to learn to play defense. Many of the kids down there think they know how to play 'D.' I got news for them!
I have never run through so many screens in my life. Presently, we have individual drills and our center is seven-feet; 250 pounds and his screens and elbows are lethal. He floored me several times and still I have to get back up and keep going. If you don't get up it gives the coach a reason to cuss.
They teach the proper way to come off screens and basketball jargon. It is much more than what I learned in high school.
One thing that I always keep in my mind is that I am playing for a spot. If I don't do it, someone else will and I wont see time on the court. So I came to the understanding that I have to do everything to the best of my ability.

EDOLE: Do you see yourself getting playing time as a freshman?
FERRANCE: College is not easy. I saw and heard how everyone teased Craig Williams for not playing much at Temple this past year. I have two things to tell those people. College is not easy and getting off the bench is hard.
Almost every player on the school roster at one time or another had major NCAA Division I schools after them. Some of them showed me their correspondences from major Universities. My roommate was named Mr. Basketball in Milwaukee and he scored 60 points in a game last year. Everyone is an athlete. Everyone can score. You have to do the little things to get the coachs attention. He will not put you out there unless he feels that you have put in the work.

EDOLE: Having lived in a hot climate year round, how do like being in Iowa?
FERRANCE: I love the school. I haven't gone out yet but everything is good. The thing people need to understand is that Im not here to like the school, it is about me getting better academically and basketball-wise. But the campus is beautiful.

EDOLE: Any special shout outs to the people who got you to where you are?
FERRANCE: First of all, anyone who is serious and wants to play college ball has to know that this is a business. It is not Whim Park, Claude O. Markoe, Charlotte Amalie, etc. If you work hard, the coaches will put you out there. It should not matter where you go to school, as long as you make up your mind to go, it will be a good fit. October 1st will be the real test when practice officially starts. I can't wait to find out where I fit among all this talent.
I have to thank Jareem Dowling and all the coaches on St. Croix like Keith 'Zoro' Swanston, Dean Heywood and positive people like Johnny Clenance and Kevin Sheppard. They kept me positive when I had that year off. I can't let them down.
A million people are fighting for one spot. Young players at home need to know that they may be the No. 1 player in the V.I., but in the States, they are just a number.


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Sunday 28th September 2008 - by Andy Webb
Marshall MK Lions are the early pace-setters in the BBL after winning for the second time this weekend.

London Capital were the victims on Sunday evening as Lions cruised to a comfortable 83-100 in the capital. For London, though, it is their second straight loss.

A 14-4 start to the second quarter saw the visitors open up a 13-point lead at 26-39 and that became 18 when Michael New (206-F/C-68, college: N.Mexico St.) scored off a Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) assist to make it 33-51 en route to a 33-55 half time lead.

London worked hard to get back into the match in the third quarter but struggled to make any real impression into the Lions advantage. Two free throws from Markus Knight (188-G-81) get them within 17 (52-69) but the lead was soon back to 20.

The final stanza saw Lions control the tempo of the match, keeping Capital at arm's length to secure the victory.

In the day's other match Cheshire Jets responded in excellent fashion to their opening day loss with a 135- 103 home demolition of Worcester Wolves.

Jets began well with a 26-5 start to the match and consistent runs of 6-0 and 8-0 during a blistering second quarter gradually opened up a huge half time lead of 77-46, from which Worcester couldn't recover.

BBL Championship
London Capital 83 (21,33,56) (McCallums 18, Popoola 17, James 15)
Marshall MK Lions 100 (25,55,76) (New 24, Williams 19, Brown 15)

Marshall MK Lions are the early pace-setters in the BBL after winning for the second time this weekend - this time a comfortable 83-100 win at PAWS London Capital. For London, though, it is their second straight loss.

Capital began the match well and held an early 17-14 lead before Yorick Williams hit three three-pointers as Lions closed out the first quarter 21-25 in front.

There was more of the same in the second quarter as Lions began to exert their authority. A 14-4 start to the period saw the visitors open up a 13-point lead at 26- 39 and that became 18 when Michael New scored off a Terrell Brown assist to make it 33-51 en route to a 33-55 half time lead.

London worked hard to get back into the match in the third quarter but struggled to make any real impression into the Lions advantage. Two free throws from Markus Knight get them within 17 (52-69) but the lead was soon back to 20.

The final stanza saw Lions control the tempo of the match, keeping Capital at arm's length to secure the victory.

Capital coach Milek Jivons said it was disappointing to be defeated for the second time in a weekend: 'There's a lot of work to be if we're going to rise to our own expectations. We'll put the work in during practice and be ready for our next match.'

BBL Championship
Cheshire Jets 135 (36,77,104) (Marks 34, Myers 26, Stegal 15)
Worcester Wolves 103 (22,46,71) (Brown 33, Johnson 23, Harker 24)


Cheshire Jets responded in excellent fashion to their opening day loss with a 135-103 home demolition of Worcester Wolves.

The visiting Wolves are still two import players short on their roster and it showed as they suffered early foul trouble and allowed a rampant Jets team to surge into a 13-3 lead to start the match.

A further 13-2 burst saw Jets comfortable at 26-5 until Wolves found some rhythm to trim the gap to 29-20. However, by the end of the first quarter the Jets led 36- 22.

There was no let up during the second period from Jets are consistent runs of 6-0 and 8-0 gradually opened up a huge half time lead of 77-46.

After the interval, the Wolves, led by player/coach Skouson Harker battled hard but couldn't eat into the 30 plus points difference. After three quarters it was 104-71 giving the visitors no hope during another high scoring final stanza.

Jets coach Paul Smith said he was delighted at his team's response to Friday's loss: 'I'm very pleased by the way the team responded to the defeat on Friday. What is most gratifying is that it was a team performance. I told them wanted it to be up-tempo and I thought it was a great spectacle for an appreciative crowd.'


Thunder Positive After Debut Loss - by Andy Webb
While Worthing Thunder's BBL debut ended in a 104- 80 home loss against Airwaves Plymouth Raiders, head coach Gary Smith believes that there are plenty of positives for his team:

'Plymouth are a tough team who will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. They have been together a long time and know each other inside out. [Kwabana] Kwbana Beckles (203-C/F-81, college: Lee) looks like a good signing for them but they have a deep squad who teams will struggle to match up against. We fought hard all game which is all I can ask, but things will take time as our squad gets to know one another.

'Jonathan (Woods) arrived this morning so met his teammates here at the Leisure Centre. Lijah Perkins (202-F-77) came and trained with us last night for the first time. Dan Wardrope injured himself in the Thunder Cup and has been unable to play or train since then. Ciaran Burns' knee is giving him problems and Colby Bargeman is not here yet. We now have a very competitive squad and we will improve game by game.'

Raiders coach Gary Stronach also had words of encouragement for Thunder: 'I certainly feel they will improve I know they've had problems with visas. They were competitive and never back down or let they heads drop against us even when we built a 20+ lead they kept coming at us and not giving up anything easy at the defensive end.'

Kwbana Beckles certainly had an impressive debut for Stronach's side, finishing with 16 points and as many rebounds, while Ryan Patten made an immediate impact for Thunder with 22 points.

Thunder face another tough test on Saturday when they host reigning league champions Newcastle Eagles.

Elsewhere in the BBL, Cup holders Marshall MK Lions started the season with a pair of victories. After seeing his team record a home win against BiG Storage Cheshire Jets and a road victory against PAWS London Capital, head coach Vince Macauley was a happy man: 'It is great to open the season with two wins, more importantly because I think playing competitively will help us get better. Winning these two was part of our goals, and so far we are on track.

'Against Cheshire we were a little slow coming out of the blocks, but once we continued to identify what we needed to exploit I was delighted with our execution and we got the job done. I was delighted with our team play and the guys are really enjoying playing together. London is always a testing place to go especially mentally, we focussed on the job at hand and put some distance between us. Again the amount of assists we collected is great and we enjoyed it.'

Lions will travel to Guildford Heat on Saturday in a repeat of last championship play-off final.


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. MK Lions 2-0 
 2. Leicester R. 1-0 
 3. Plymouth R. 1-0 
 4. Newcastle E. 1-0 
 5. Cheshire J. 1-1 
 6. Everton T. 0-0 
 7. Scottish R. 0-0 
 8. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 9. Worcester W. 0-1 
 10. Worthing T. 0-1 
 11. Guildford H. 0-1 
 12. London C. 0-2 


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Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB 2008 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
N. Green, APU 18.4
E. Montero, APU 18.0
R. Basanta, COJ 16.6
M. Flores, CAC 16.6
D. Jaramillo, COJ 16.6
Rebounds Per Game
K. Bracho, APU 6.7
P. Kvietek, TIB 6.6
J. Romero, GRA 5.7
Assists Per Game
G. Vargas, PET 3.7
R. Vazquez, EST 3.3
H. Paez, GRA 3.3
R. Basanta, COJ 3.2
M. Berroteran, CAC 2.8
Steals Per Game
R. Pachano, COJ 3.3
G. Vargas, PET 3.2
D. Ramirez, EST 2.6
J. Leon, PET 2.5
J. Jackson, GRA 2.5
Blocks Per Game
N. Green, APU 2.6
A. Ramos, GRA 1.0
K. Bracho, APU 1.0
P. Kvietek, TIB 1.0
2FGP
N. Green, APU 69.0%
F. Centeno, DUR 68.0%
M. Flores, CAC 67.0%
E. Montero, APU 66.0%
M.Berroteran,CAC 66.0%
3FGP
W. Luna, COJ 56.0%
P. Cubillan, GRA 55.0%
H. Guillent, DUR 53.0%
C. Musset, CAC 52.0%
J. Rodriguez, APU 48.0%
Free Throws
A. Jones, CAC 92.0%
H. Paez, GRA 79.0%
J. Centeno, DUR 77.0%
R. Mejias, APU 75.0%W. Graterol, CAC 75.0%


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


Carlos Morris scored 20 points and San Jose won in Paraguay - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan shooting guard Carlos Morris (194-G-75) netted 20 points and his team, Deportivo San Jose, was able to defeat Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion (UAA) with a comfortable score of 113-76 in Matchday 5 of the Top Five tournament.

Morris got help from Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) with 17 points, Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) with 15 points and Tiago Moroso (214-C-82) with 15 points, all of them coming off the bench. For UAA, Alfredo Perez (-G/F) scored 20 points, Orlando Martinez (187-G/F-72) added 15, Joel Quevedo (181-G-89) ended up with 10 and so did William Schaffer (-F). The best placed contestants for a spot in the Paraguayan Finals are Libertad and Sol de America. Games were played at Osvaldo Dominguez Dibb Sport Complex at Olimpia Club in the capital city, Asuncion.


Pedro Brito and Juan Herrera keep on shining in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans Juan Herrera (197-F-81) and Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) were big time scorers and helped their teams win in Matchday 8 of Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP), as Herrera prompted Santos Reales de San Luis to a triumph against Barreteros de Zacatecas, 100-91 and Brito guided Panteras de Aguascalientes to run over Estrellas Indebasquet, 81-67.

Herrera played 30 minutes and ended up with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers, 1 steal, 1 block and 3 fouls. He got help from Tyrone Hayes (197-G/F-80) with 20 points, Terrence Gamble (211-C-83) with 13 and both Mark Borders (188-G-84) and Arim Abdul Solares (202-F/C-83) with 10 each. For Zacatecas the efforts of James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) with 17 points, Tim Jones (193-G/F-73) with 15, Kenya Capers (194-F-73) with 15, Justin Griffin (193-G/F-83) with 15 and Jair Peralta (178-G-76) with 10 were not enough.

Meanwhile, Brito played 30 minutes and finished up with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls. Devon Ford (193-G-77) topped Aguascalientes with 29 points and after Brito, Eddin 'Guayito' Santiago (185-G-79) added 12 points. For Estrellas, Eamon Zamore scored 15 points, Alfonso Flores (194-F-74) added 15 points and Eric Martin (197-F-76) added 13 points.

Meanwhile, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) and Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) saw action but could not avoid the defeat of Angeles de Puebla against Lechugueros de Leon, 89-77. Salcedo played 32 minutes and was impressive with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers and a foul. Bravo came off the bench to pitch in 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 turnover, 3 steals, 1 block and 3 fouls. Leon's top scorers were Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75) with 22 points, Spencer Foster (199-F-84) with 21, Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77) with 14 and Adrian Martin (201-F-80) with 13. For Puebla, besides Salcedo, James Parker (183-G-82) netted 15 points, Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) followed him with 12 points and Froylan Verdugo (196-F-79) ended up with 10.


LNB 2008 - Week 6: Caciques climbs to the top, Petroleros surprises Graneros - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Caciques de Trujillo was brave enough to sweep Duros de Lara at home in Valera and tie things up at the top of the standings in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) 2008. Meanwhile, Petroleros de Falcon got tough at home in Punto Fijo and swept Graneros de Portuguesa for the biggest surprise of the week. Tiburones de Vargas and Centauros de Cojedes split their series in Catia La Mar and so did Centauros de Apure and Estudiantes de Guarico at Biruaca Dome.



SCOREBOARDS

Caciques de Trujillo 77 - Duros de Lara 76 (Fri)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
CAC: 22-20-16-19= 77

DUR: 11-24-27-24= 76

Scorers
CAC: Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 14 points and 8 rebounds, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 9 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 9 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 8 points

DUR: Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 18 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 12 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 11 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 10 points

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Caciques de Trujillo 83 - Duros de Lara 69 (Sat)

Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
CAC: 23-14-22-24= 83

DUR: 14-14-21-20= 69


Scorers
CAC: Edgar Arteaga 16 points, Askia Jones 15 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 12 points, Windy Graterol 10 points and 7 rebounds, Michael Flores 9 points

DUR: Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 13 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 11 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 11 points



Petroleros de Falcon 79 - Graneros de Portuguesa 78 (Fri)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
PET: Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 14 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 13 points

GRA: Henry Paez (184-G-70) 19 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 11 points



Petroleros de Falcon 102 - Graneros de Portuguesa 100 (Sat)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
PET: Jorge Leon 20 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 15 points

GRA: Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 24 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 19 points



Tiburones de Vargas 80 - Centauros de Cojedes 79 (Fri)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia La Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 14-20-23-23= 80

COJ: 16-23-20-20= 79


Scorers
TIB: Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 20 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 14 points, Enyer Guerra (190-F-84) 6 points

COJ: Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 22 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 19 points



Centauros de Cojedes 86 - Tiburones de Vargas 83 (Sat)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia La Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 17-19-23-24= 83

COJ: 16-28-22-20= 86


Scorers
TIB: Kyle Cuffe 18 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 14 points

COJ: Luis Bethelmy 24 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 21 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F) 18 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 15 points



Centauros de Apure 81 - Estudiantes de Guarico 67 (Fri)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
APU: Rafael Perez (185-G-82) 18 points, Nathan Green (203-F-75) 16 points

EST: Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 17 points, Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 14 points



Estudiantes de Guarico 77 - Centauros de Apure 73 (Sat)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
APU: Unavailable

EST: Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 22 points, Jose Martinez 17 points



Torres and Romero defeat Montegranaro in Italy - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) and Hector Romero (202-F-80), players of Snaidero Udine in Italy's Lega A, celebrated again, as they were able to defeat Premiata Montegranaro, 93-69, in another friendly match towards the upcoming 2008-2009 season.

Torres netted 13 points as the starting small forward while Romero helped out with 6 points. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) was the star of the night with 29 points, Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) added 12 points and Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76) finished up with 11. For the loosing side, Darius Rice (208-F-82) scored 24 points, Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) added 15 and Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84) supported them with 12. Season is due to start next Sunday, October 5th. Snaidero will play a couple more friendly matches first.




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Women News

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Roster of Bulleen Boomers for season 2008/09 - by Eurobasket News
The Boomers are ready to hit the court - here is a season preview and the full playing roster for the season.

The Bulleen Boomers are ready and raring to go for season 2008/09, kicking off with our first game at home this Sunday 5th October at the Veneto Club against the Canberra Capitals, tip off at 2:00 pm.

Adding significant depth to the roster for 2008/09 are the 'hot trio' of Shelley Hammonds (188-F-83, agency: LBM Management), Katrina 'Froggy' Hibbert and Lisa Pardon.

Shelley joins us from the Dandenong Rangers for her first season at Bulleen and Lisa comes across from the Bendigo Spirit ... so it's a big Boomers welcome to Shelley and Lisa.

And we are especially pleased to welcome home 'Froggy' from a two year stint playing in Germany. From her last two WNBL season, Froggy collected two MVP titles, so coach Cheryl Chambers gains a marquee player back into the playing roster.

We also welcome Sarah Parsons to Bulleen for her first season in the WNBL - Sarah comes with a lot of experience at the SEABL level with the Kilsyth Lady Cobras.

And of course our Club stalwarts in captain Desi Glaubitz and vice-captain Sharin Milner are back, together with young gun centre Elyse Penaluna and other Boomer loyals in Kylie Jordan, Anna Crosswhite, Zoe Carr and Lucy Dawson.

Another visible difference this season will be our all new logo, developed over the off season as part of a whole of Club rebranding project. Our new 'Kanga' will appear on our 2008/09 uniform and is being progressively introduced across the Club.

Its going to be a huge season in 08/09 for the Boomers, so get on board and support your WNBL team this season by joining up as a member membership applications will be available at the first game, or save time by filling one in and bringing it along to download the form click here.


Here is the full Boomers roster for 2008/09:

Sharin Milner
Desi Glaubitz
Shelley Hammonds
Kylie Reid (nee Jordan)
Sarah Parsons
Zoe Carr
Lucy Dawson
Tenille Cann
Elyse Penaluna
Lisa Pardon
Katrina Hibbert
Anna Crosswhite

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


Bendigo lose third straight preseason game - by Eurobasket News
The Bendigo Spirit still looking for their best form as they lost the third preseason outing. Yesterday the Spirit were held off by the Bulleen 74:77 in Melbourne. The Spirit looked pretty consistent during the game but could not deliver at the end. They led by as many as 10 points in the fourth term but the Boomers stepped up in the dying minutes to pull away with a narrow win. The Spirit managed just 7 points in the fourth quarter which proved deadly for them. Eleanor Haring (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) dropped 22 points for Bendigo. Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84, college: Oregon) nailed 14 points, while Lauren King (184-G-84) netted 11 points in the loss.
Meanwhile the Townsville fire earlier secured a 86:79 win over Canberra. Townsville stretched the winning streak to three games dealing with AIS and Sydney Uni before. Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) notched 22 points to lead the Fire. She converted 5/7 attempts from beyond the arc to maintain the perfect run for the Fire.
The Perth Lynx bolster their squad with the addition of Kate Malpass and Rebecca Mercer (175-G). Both players spent the last season in WSBL before joining the Lynx. Kate Malpass trained with the Adelaide Lightning last year. Rebecca Mercer graduated from Montana State, where she played NJCAA and made it to the Second All America Team. She was also a conference MVP in 2005.


Perth Lynx land Kate Malpass and Rebecca Mercer - by Eurobasket News
Skilled, talented and intense does not even begin to describe the Perth Lynx latest signings, Kate Malpass and Rebecca Mercer (175-G).

Both will expect to see solid minutes in their debut season, and become big offensive contributors to the Squad.

While the Lynx still struggle in the height department their offensive weapon list is growing with both these latest signings dangerous from the perimeter.

One thing we are not short on is fast, athletic and aggressive guards who have a nice perimeter shot

Both (Kate) Malpass and (Bec) Mercer dominated in their WSBL teams giving the west a glimpse of what they can offer Coach McKay and the Perth Lynx.

Kate Malpass trained with reigning champs Adelaide Lightning during last season which gave her a taste of the intensity required to compete in the WNBL

She then returned to her home club the Willetton Tigers and dominated in all areas of the game during the off season

Kate is defiantly ready to step up to the next level, She has been waiting for an opportunity like this, and who better to play for in her debut than her home state of Perth

All the girls are ready, intense and positive so I think this season will be a major turn around for the future of the Perth Lynx program

Bec Mercer has also dominated in the WSBL after completing a stint in the USA, Where she attended Montana State, she made NJCAA 2nd team all American and conference MVP in 2005, along with many other honors.

We are glad to have (Bec) Mercer home, by choosing to stay in Perth after her college stint and contribute to the Lynx squad shows great loyalty, pride and faith in the future of her State, it is so important for us to try and keep our home grown talent here wherever possible and Bec Mercer is a good example of that

We are pleased to have players like Bec and Kate on board this season, both are exceptional at getting quick shots off, they play great defense with a lot of guts and intensity on the ball

Our main focus is to play as a team, our advantage is defiantly the fact that we have all played together at one stage at either National level or in the WSBL, even captain Deanna Smith and Emma Pass who are the only non- west members have competed with and against every member of this seasons squad

The season cannot come quick enough

By Vanessa Kama for Lynx Media


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Belarusian teams tip off their BWBL season - by Eurobasket News
The BWBL regular season resumed with two more games played recently in Belarus. Berezina and Olimpia celebrated the initial victories in the league.
Olimpia managed to prevail in the battle against Viktorija 98:86. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) nailed 19 points to lead Olimpia. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) added 16 points, while Irina Shamrei (185-F-85) had 14 for the winners. The teams looked well-matched in the first half with Olimpia taking just a one-point lead at halftime. But they raised the tempo coming off the dressing room and gradually built a 5-point cushion. Viktorija failed to overcome the buffer and had to surrender at the end. Nadzeya Bohdan (183-C-93) and Aliaksandra Musatava (172-G-92) answered with 12 points apiece for Viktorija. Viktoryia Adamik (182-F-90) secured 11 points in the loss.
Meanwhile Berezina cruised past Minsk 2006 92:58 at home court. The hosts jumped to a comfortable 22:11 lead after the starting period. Minsk struggled defensively and Berezina extended the advantage to as many as 14 points at halftime. The home side eased to the victory in the second half as Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73) finalized her 19-point tally. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) added 18 points, while Volha Padabed notched 15 in the win. Aleksandra Tarasova (168-G-88) answered with 15 points for Minsk 2006. Nadzeya Nadzezhka (180-F-87) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.


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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarusian teams tip off their BWBL season - by Eurobasket News
The BWBL regular season resumed with two more games played recently in Belarus. Berezina and Olimpia celebrated the initial victories in the league.
Olimpia managed to prevail in the battle against Viktorija 98:86. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) nailed 19 points to lead Olimpia. Natallia Kozun (189-F-88) added 16 points, while Irina Shamrei (185-F-85) had 14 for the winners. The teams looked well-matched in the first half with Olimpia taking just a one-point lead at halftime. But they raised the tempo coming off the dressing room and gradually built a 5-point cushion. Viktorija failed to overcome the buffer and had to surrender at the end. Nadzeya Bohdan (183-C-93) and Aliaksandra Musatava (172-G-92) answered with 12 points apiece for Viktorija. Viktoryia Adamik (182-F-90) secured 11 points in the loss.
Meanwhile Berezina cruised past Minsk 2006 92:58 at home court. The hosts jumped to a comfortable 22:11 lead after the starting period. Minsk struggled defensively and Berezina extended the advantage to as many as 14 points at halftime. The home side eased to the victory in the second half as Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73) finalized her 19-point tally. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) added 18 points, while Volha Padabed notched 15 in the win. Aleksandra Tarasova (168-G-88) answered with 15 points for Minsk 2006. Nadzeya Nadzezhka (180-F-87) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - A1 Liga (2nd Division) - by Sahereh
A1 Liga Srpska Standings
 1. Sloboda 14-0 
 2. Rudar 10-4 
 3. Mladost 8-6 
 4. Bijeljina 6-7 
 5. Trebinje 6-8 
 6. Kozara 4-10 
 7. Vrbas 4-10 
 8. Brcko 3-11 
 9. Tomislavgrad 0-0 
 10. Bugojno 0-0 
 11. Posusje 0-0 
 12. Busovaca 0-0 
 13. Velez Mostar 0-0 
 14. Jablanica 0-0 
 15. Vodopad 0-0 
 16. Zeljeznicar II 0-0 
 17. Spars II 0-0 
 18. Banovici II 0-0 
 19. Konjic 0-0 
 20. Livno 0-0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Challes handle Arras in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Challes needed an extra period to overcome Arras away from home in the LNF first round. Arras looked better at the beginning as they piled up a 17:13 lead. Challex answered with the rally in the second frame that squared things up at 45 at halftime. Challex finally surged ahead in the third frame to accumulate a 47:44 lead at the end of the period. But the hosts came back to life late in the encounter and forced overtime. Challes proved strength in the extra stanza as they held their opponents scoreless to win it 9:0 and posted the initial win in the season. Martina Luptakova (184-F-77) led the charge with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Silvia Janostinova (193-F/C-78) added 17 points, while Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) scored 13 points for the winners. Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) answered with 20 points for Arras. Mia Fisher (175-G-82, college: Rhode Island) delivered 13 points in the loss.
Montpellier cruised to a 79:41 win over Nantes at home. They hosts used a 21:6 second period to pile up a 20-point lead at the interval. Montpellier never slowed down after the break going on a 31:7 in the third frame. Nantes never recovered and suffered the first loss in the season. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) led Montpellier with 22 points and 9 assists. Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) and Elodie Bertal (190-C-84) produced 15 points each in the win. Sandrine Ronot (182-F-79) answered with 10 points for Nantes.
Union Hainaut held off Calais 63:57 in the final game of the first round in LNF.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Osnabrucker 1-0 
 2. Berlin Baskets 1-0 
 3. Opladen 1-0 
 4. Jena 1-0 
 5. Quakenbrueck 1-0 
 6. Koeln 1-0 
 7. Hagen Phoe. 0-1 
 8. Bielefeld 0-1 
 9. Gotha 0-1 
 10. Bonn 0-1 
 11. Rist-Wedel 0-1 
 12. Hagen SV 0-1 
South
 1. Mainz 1-0 
 2. Viernheim 1-0 
 3. Wuerzburg 1-0 
 4. Leimen 1-0 
 5. Gruenberg 1-0 
 6. Rhein MB 1-0 
 7. Keltern 0-1 
 8. Sandhausen 0-1 
 9. Herzogenaur. 0-1 
 10. Ludwigsburg 0-1 
 11. SV Fellbach 0-1 
 12. Speyer 0-1 


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  NAIA - Women  


Remmerde Scores Big in First Outing - by Brandon Woudstra
Deb Deb Remmerde (5'9''-G), the career scoring leader at Northwestern College (IA) as well as the NAIA Division II, started out her professional career Sunday on a high note scoring 47 points in route to 107-89 road win against BSG Luwigsburg in Germany's 2. Bundesliga South. She was part of the 2008 NAIA National championship team at Northwestern this past spring before signing a free-agent contract with the WNBA Houston Comets. Released before the season, she has now found a home playing the European circuit for TSV Viernheim near Mannheim, Germany.

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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


AA Secondary Schools National Championships, day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Defending boy and girls champions St Patricks College and Church College were among the 18 teams to survive day one of the AA Secondary Schools National Championships - presented by Furnware - unbeaten at 2-0 in Palmerston North on Monday.

St Pats were joined by Hamiltons Fraser High and Dilworth School as the leaders in pool A, while second seeds Otago Boys High, Nelson College and St Johns College from pool B also started 2-0. In pool C Westlake Boys High and St Andrews College won two straight and Church College and surprise team Wellington College top pool D.

Rangiora High joined Church College undefeated in the girls pool A, with three schools, Auckland Girls Grammar, Christchurch Girls High and Rangitoto College even at 2-0 in pool B. Third seeds Waimea College and Hamiltons Fraser High lead the pack in pool C, while Massey High remained the only unbeaten in an unpredictable pool D.


2008 AA Secondary Schools National Championships

Day One - Monday, September 29

Boys
Pool A
St Patricks College 89 Onehunga High 52
Hamiltons Fraser High 74 Tauranga Boys College 30
Dilworth School 65 Waimea College 59
St Patricks College 97 Tauranga Boys College 31
Hamiltons Fraser High 83 Waimea College 44
Dilworth School 75 Onehunga High 72

Pool B
Otago Boys High 77 Hamilton Boys High 55
St Johns College 88 Kelston Boys High 76
Nelson College 66 Middleton Grange School 52
Otago Boys High 83 Middleton Grange 39
Nelson College 79 Kelston Boys High 67
St Johns College 77 Hamilton Boys High 72

Pool C
Westlake Boys High 74 Mana College 44
St Andrews College 84 Rotorua Boys High 56
New Plymouth Boys High 56 Shirley Boys High 51
Westlake Boys High 72 Rotorua Boys High 51
St Andrews College 83 Shirley Boys High 46
Mana College 80 New Plymouth Boys High 65

Pool D
Rangitoto College 109 Francis Douglas Memorial College 44
Church College 74 Mt Albert Grammar 54
Wellington College 91 Palmerston North Boys High 65
Palmerston North Boys High 81 Francis Douglas Memorial College 66
Church College 70 Rangitoto College 56
Wellington College 86 Mt Albert Grammar 75



2008 AA Secondary Schools National Championships Results

Girls
Pool A
Church College 111 Wainuiomata High 53
St Kentigern College 52 Marian College 36
Rangiora High 89 Tauranga Girls College 47
Church College 110 St Kentigern College 41
Tauranga Girls High 75 Marian College 53
Rangiora High 81 Wainuiomata High 49

Pool B
Auckland Girls Grammar 85 Wellington East Girls College 71
Christchurch Girls High 67 Hamilton Girls High 51
Rangitoto College 85 Freyberg High 19
Rangitoto College 71 Hamilton Girls High 38
Christchurch Girls High 68 Wellington East Girls College 60
Auckland Girls Grammar 65 Freyberg High 46

Pool C
Hamiltons Fraser High 72 Sacred Heart Girls (New Plymouth) 67
Waimea College 73 Napier Girls High 33
Avondale College 67 Cambridge High 58
Waimea College 73 Sacred Heart Girls (New Plymouth) 63
Napier Girls High 71 Avondale College 58
Hamiltons Fraser High 95 Cambridge High 75

Pool D
Mana College 80 New Plymouth Girls High 71
Massey High 76 Hutt Valley High 55
Cashmere High 55 Rangi Ruru Girls School 41
Massey High 91 Mana College 59
New Plymouth Girls College 61 Cashmere High 40
Rangi Ruru Girls School 61 Hutt Valley High 53

Courtesy of http://www.basketball.org.nz/


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  OMAN - Women  


OBA forms women's basketball panel - by Eurobasket News
The Oman Basketball Association (OBA) yesterday announced the formation of Womens Basketball Committee to be headed by Wahida al Siyabiya. According to a press release issued by the OBA yesterday, the womens committee was formed after a board meeting held here recently. The other members of the committee are Maryam al Hosni, sports activity specialist at Muscat Educational Directorate, Hanan al Siyabi, school sports teacher, Mey al Hatmi, school sports teacher, Khadija al Balushi, public relations director at Oman Arab Bank, Samya al Juaidi of the Technical College, Muscat and Salma al Numani of the Health Ministry. The committee will seek ways to develop womens basketball in the Sultanate. During the OBA also discussed preparations for mens games during 19th Gulf Cup events to be hosted in Oman in January next year. The OBA also informed that association board elections will be held on February 18, 2009.

Courtesy of http://www.omanet.om


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  POLAND - Women  


PTK Aflofarm Vicard Pabianice sign Viktoria Mircheva - by Eurobasket
PTK Aflofarm Vicard Pabianice signed 21-year old Ukrainian center Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87, agency: LBM Management). Mircheva played most recently at Dunav Econt Rouse (Bulgaria). His stats last season for 31 games were 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4spg and impressive 66.1 FGP. She helped the team from Rouse to win Bulgarian League Championship and make ti to the cup finals. In her first game in Poland she played just for 10 minutes and did not score any points.

PKM Duda Super Pol Leszno sign Edniesha Curry - by Eurobasket
PKM Duda Super Pol Leszno strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Edniesha Curry (165-G-79, college: Oregon). Curry played most recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel) where in 15 games she averaged 15.3ppg, 5.2rpg and was second best passer in the league with 5.1apg. Despite that addition Duda Super Pol lost to Cukierki Odra Brzeg 63-74. Curry scored 12 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in her debiut in Polish league.

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  SERBIA - Women  


Jedinstvo celebrates on tournament in Kovin - by Dragan Jankovski
Montenegrin team Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje won tournament in Kovin beating Partizan in the final game 49-46. Second period was the crucial one in this final. After 10-11 for Partizan in the first quarter, Jasmina Bigovic (176-G-79) and her teammates took care for 21-16 in the next one. Interesting but this small lead Jedinstvo managed to keep until the very end. Jasmina Bigovic was clutch player of the game scoring 19 points. Popovic also was good adding 10 points. Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) was better than the others in Partizan draining 16 points. It is interesting but she was the only one with double figures in Belgrade's team.

In game for third place the host team Kovin outsmarted Crvena Zvezda 74-69. It was totally deserved win for the hosts as they played pretty good second half of the game. Namely, Zvezda ended the first one with plus 4 but Kovin started to played much better after that. Mostly owing to Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85), Kovin finished 23-18 third end 16-12 last quarter, what was more than enough for the victory. Natasa Djordjevic netted 21 points for the winning team. Stanic was behind her with 17 points while Bajic had one point less. Crvena Zvezda got 16 points from Maksimovic. Ivanovic stopped on 11.

Natasa Djordjevic of Kovin was the best scorer of this tournament with 40 points. Award for MVP belonges to Biljana Stjepanovic of Partizan.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


The end of the first round - by Eurobasket News
Three more games were played to finish the first Round in Slovakian League. They brought two easy wins for the hosts and one road victory for the second team of the last championship.
MBK Ruzomberok had a road win over Presov 56:88. The guests grabbed the lead from the very beginning and had 24:15 at the and of the first period. Presov did not give up in the second and played an even period. Both teams went to the lockers for 32:43, however later in the game the visitors pushed the tempo and won the opener. Lukacovic led the winners with 19 points. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) netted 18, while Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) scored 16. Barbora Hospodarova (175-F-89) ended up with 15 points for the hosts.
Nitra stun Cassovia 87:63 at home. The teams went back-to-back in the first period and only by the end of the second quarter Nitra increased to 40:35. Later in the game the hosts were dominant of the court and won the encounter. Sujanova and Zuzana Mracnova (180-F-80) paced all the winners with 19 points. Sujove produced 16 points in defeat, while Zuzana Fabianova (185-C-89) posted 15.
Poprad nailed Roznava 79:46 in an defensive start. Both squads finished the opening quarter with 14:14 and then the hosts won the half 37:26. They pushed the tempo in the second half to seal an easy win in the opener. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) and Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Benuskova finished the night with 11 points in the losing effort.