EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/1/2009

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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Crocodiles 1-0 
 2. Tigers 1-0 
 3. Hawks 1-0 
 4. Taipans 1-1 
 5. Breakers 1-1 
 6. Blaze 0-1 
 7. Perth 0-1 
 8. 36ers 0-1 


NBL: Tigers down Breakers 86-81 - by Ian Moss
A superb performance by co-captain Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) has helped the Melbourne Tigers begin their season in style with an 86-81 victory over the New Zealand Breakers at the State Netball Hockey Centre on Wednesday night.

Worthington contributed a team-high 17 points and pulled in nine rebounds in a dominant performance as he shrugged off any concerns over his fitness after an interrupted pre-season.

He was well supported by Luke Kendall (193-G-81, college: Metro St.) (14 points), Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) (13) and Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) (13).

New Zealand forward Tony Ronaldson (203-F-72) led the way for his side with 21 points, while Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) added 16.

After scores were locked at 70-70 halfway through the final quarter, Melbourne exploded with seven unanswered points to take control of the match.

Penney hit back with a three-pointer, but Corletto pushed the lead back to seven with a long bomb of his own and from there the Tigers held on to record a five-point victory.

Despite winning the match, Melbourne struggled with its shooting, with just 42 percent of its shots hitting the mark, although New Zealand didn't fair much better (43 percent).

Breakers guard CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC) got the scoreboard ticking with a three-pointer in the opening minute of the match before Worthington posted the Tigers' first points of the season with an easy lay-up.

New Zealand quickly raced out to an early lead, with big forward Awvee Storey (198-G/F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) landing a huge dunk, but Worthington wasn't to be outdone, immediately replying with one of his own to narrow the gap to five points.

Melbourne's waywardness in front of the ring saw it trail 29-22 at quarter-time and things got worse after the restart when young gun Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) landed another long bomb to push the lead out to 10 points.

It wasn't until seven minutes into the second quarter when the Tigers finally hit their first three-pointer with Corletto getting the crowd on its feet before adding another two to keep his team in striking distance.

The scoring dried up for the visitors with Melbourne going on a 9-0 run to tie the scores. Ronaldson finally got the Breakers back on the scoresheet to ensure they held a one-point lead going into the long break.

Despite closing the gap to just a single point, the Tigers were still struggling with their shooting, landing just 16 from 40 field-goal attempts compared to the Breakers' 15 from 30.

Worthington gave his side the lead for the first time with a basket in the opening seconds of the third quarter and then Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) capitalised on a huge block from Worthington to push the lead out to three.

Ronaldson kept the visitors in touch with a huge three-pointer, as the Tigers took a three-point lead into three quarter-time.

Melbourne increased its lead to five points but the Breakers hit back with guard Paul Henare (182-G-79) combining with Oscar Forman (205-F-82) with a brilliant alley-oop to give his side the lead before the Tigers went on their 7-0 run to seal victory.

The two sides meet again in New Zealand next Thursday, but before that the Breakers play the 36ers in Adelaide on Saturday night.

Melbourne Tigers 86 (Worthington 17, Kendall 14, Croswell 13)

New Zealand Breakers 81 (Ronaldson 21, Penney 16, Rickert 12)
(Courtesy NBL.com.au)


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 1-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 1-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 1-0 
 4. Ventspils 0-0 
 5. Liepaja 0-0 
 6. TU/Rock 0-0 
 7. VEF Riga 0-0 
 8. Valmiera 0-1 
 9. Siauliai 0-1 
 10. Nevezis 0-1 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valmiera
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Strupovics, Keiza.20.8 
 2. Kolesnikov, VEF R.19.4 
 3. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 4. Varnelis, Alytus A.18.4 
 5. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 6. Kazevicius, Alytus A.17.3 
 7. Gabsys, Alytus Alita17.1 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas17.1 
 9. Runkauskas, Suduva17.1 
 10. Beard, TU/Ro.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard ANDERSON
  Vancouver T.
  (199-F-77)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 2. Beard, TU/Rock9.3 
 3. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 4. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.7.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas7.7 
 6. Varnelis, Alytus A.7.7 
 7. Valukonis, Suduva7.3 
 8. Bambis, Zemgale7.3 
 9. Berzins, Ba.7.1 
 10. Ramanauskas, Kaunas.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Trikalla
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.0 
 2. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 3. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 4. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping4.3 
 6. Cooper, VEF Riga4.1 
 7. Kazevicius, Alytus A.4.0 
 8. Jeromanovs, VEF R.3.9 
 9. Dainys, Neptunas3.8 
 10. Gustas,.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  Bashkimi
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 2. Jeromanovs, VEF R.2.3 
 3. Slesers, Keiza.2.2 
 4. Mazutis, ASK Riga2.2 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 6. Pilk, TTU K.2.0 
 7. Valukonis, Suduva1.9 
 8. Kolesnikov, VEF R.1.9 
 9. Skele, Ba.1.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Kei.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 3. Berzins, Ba.1.3 
 4. Shukhovtsov, Sakal.1.3 
 5. Selakovs, VEF Riga1.2 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock1.2 
 7. Viiask, TTU K.1.1 
 8. Hallik, Valga Welg1.1 
 9. Toome, TTU K.1.1 
 10. Blaus, Keizarme.1.0 


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  BOSNIA   


Bosna ASA BHT finished third on Mirza Delibasic Memorial - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT - Panionios 76-71

Bosna ASA BHT managed to secure third place at the Mirza Delibasic Memorial Tournament, after overcoming Greek outfit Panionios Athens. This was a duel between the teams who did not record victory in previous two games, so both were looking to improve this. It was a close match up from the opening minutes and Bosna had to work hard for this one. After the first quarter, the score was tied as teams were pretty much even. In the second, Bosna ASA BHT went on a 4-0 run which gave it 26-21 lead midway through the quarter. However, Panionios countered with the 7-0 run of their own, as they regained the lead. Again, Bosna players consolidated and after a 10-0 run, they went for the halftime break, holding 36-28. After the break, Bosna ASA BHT extended its lead to 43-31. Until the end of the game, they managed to fend of any attempt of Panionios players to cut the deficit. They even managed to survive 10-0 by Greek team and have deservedly celebrated their win.
Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) started the game slowly, but still managed to record 14 points for Bosna. Emir Zimic (217-C-86, agency: Interperformances) also added 14 while Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished the match with 12. Kevin Rogers (206-F-86, college: Baylor) was great for Panionios with 20 points. He was followed closely by Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) who added 18, while Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79) scored 15 points.

Bosna ASA BHT: Suad Sehovic 14, Emir Zimic 14, Zlatko Jovanovic 12
Panionios: Kevin Rogers 20, Tyrese Rice 18, Ivan Zoroski 15


Aaron Nixon officially signs with Siroki - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian champion, KK Siroki Eronet has decided to offer contract to American guard Aaron Nixon (188-G-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Long Beach St.).
Nixon came to Siroki few weeks back, after he was invited for trial. The 26-year old guard, went with Bosnian champion to tour in France, where he played in several control matches. It seems that he has shown enough to persuade Head Coach of Siroki, Hrvoje Vlasic to offer him a deal. By signing Nixon, KK Siroki Eronet has completed its roster for the upcoming season. Now they will look to defend the title they won last season and also to record good result in Adriatic league. They will have the first chance to get off good start in Adriatic league, when they visit Cibona in Zagreb on October 10th.
Aaron Nixon played collegiate basketball at Long Beach State University. In his last season he appeared in 32 games, and posted averages of 18.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. That season he was voted All-Big West Player of the Year. He signed his fist professional contract in 2007 when he agreed a deal with Hapoel Galil Elyon. There he averaged 13.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 20 League games. Last season, Nixon started the year with Altshuer Saham Galil Gilboa. He played in 8 games and averaged 8.3 points. Nixon finished the season with Kryat Ata, where he appeared 10 times colelcting 19.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


VG Residents Preview Design for Multi-Purpose Sports Complex - by David Edole
Virgin Gorda residents were given the opportunity to preview the architectural drawing of the soon to be established state of the art Multi-purpose Sports Complex which they are eager to see started.

During a public meeting held on September 24 by the Ministry of Education and Culture residents were given the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns about the project.

Minister of Education and Culture Honourable Andrew Fahie, who has responsibility for sports, said at the public meeting that the facility is long overdue and the residents of Virgin Gorda will soon be able to enjoy it. I can guarantee that with Gods and the Premier Ralph T. ONeals help we are on the right road to produce this facility because the people of Virgin Gorda deserve it, he said.

Premier and Ninth District Representative Ralph T. ONeal spoke about the challenges that teams go through when they have to play and the weather does not permit it and he urged everyone to voice their opinion. Tonight you will see what is being proposed and you will have a chance to give your opinion in relation to the project. We believe that Virgin Gorda should have something of which everyone can be proud, the Premier stated.

Territorial Representative Mrs. Irene Penn ONeal said she is aware of how important the proposed facility is for the youth on Virgin Gorda. This has been the cry of all the youngsters on Virgin Gorda for many years and I am pleased to be a part of this meeting and to see that plans are in the making (for this facility), she said.

Honourable Fahie announced that the existing court will be covered so that the youth and basketball teams can continue using the court without interruptions. That area will later be converted into a parking lot for the new building.

Some of the concerns highlighted by residents at the meeting included the acoustics of the building; maintenance and management; the material that will be used for construction; installation of a back-up generator and the use of the facility by schools for basketball practices.

The proposed building is 16,144 square feet and includes showers, locker rooms, an announcer booth, bathrooms, concession stand, and ticketing booth amongst other amenities. The building has a capacity of approximately 1,125 persons. The architectural design of the building, which has a cost of $94,400, was done by Coopers Computerised Architectural Drafting Services.

At the end of the meeting Premier ONeal presented the President of the Summer Jam 2009 Trevor West Stevens with a $15,000 cheque on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture as a contribution to the Basketball Summer Jam 2009 Tournament.

The mission of the Ministry of Education and Culture is to provide high quality education and rehabilitative services, as well as, to facilitate access to and participation in sports, recreation and culture, in order to enrich the lives of all residents of the Virgin Islands.

by: Government Information Service


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  BULGARIA   


Sergey Tsvetkov will play for Feni Industries - by Valentin Anguelov
Bulgarian guard Sergey Tsvetkov (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) will play for Macedonian team Feni Industry. After one successful season, first with CSKA and then with Dunav 2007, Tsvetkov decided to try his luck abroad. The first option at the end of the summer was Austria but later he went to Macedonia in a team with a lot of success recently - Feni Industry from Kavadarci.


Tsvetkov was brought to CSKA from Septemvri during 2007/2008 season from Rosen Barchovski who gave him a chance in the first squad. After the coach was fired by the new owners of the club and went to Ruse he took the youngster with him and Tsvetkov finished last season in Dunav 2007.


In the spring Tsvetkov played 9 games with the team from Ruse and averaged 16 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 30.9 minutes per game. His team took the bronze medals in Men Group A.


Now Tsvetkov will play for first time abroad and will look to show his best in a very good team with solid reputation in Macedonia.



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  CHILE   


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 2009 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Heard,Val 25.0
2. Campos,Llan 23.1
3. Velasquez,Cas 21.1
4. Agba,Bos 21.2
5. Arteaga,Ucon 20.7
Rebounds Per Game
1. Rivers,Cas 13.5
2. Agba,Bos 13.1
3. Zimmerman,Lic 13.0
4. Arigbon,Esp 12.1
5. Blackwell,Ula 10.1
Assists Per Game
1. Hernandez,Ucon 6.4
2. Oliver,Sag 6.0
3. Saez,Lic 5.0
4. Ziegele,Bos 4.3
5. Mendez,Llan 3.8
Steals Per Game
1. Garrido,Llan 4.2
2. Collao,Eve 3.7
3. Carrasco,Oso 3.1
4. Morales,Lic 3.0
5. Hernandez,Ucon 2.9
Blocks Per Game
1. Thomas,Llan 1.7
2. Agba,Bos 1.5
3. Hermosilla,Eve 1.5
4. Heard,Val 1.3
5. Marechal,Ucon 1.2


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  COLOMBIA   


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 11-5 
 2. Piratas 10-8 
 3. Cucuta Norte 9-7 
 4. Cangrejeros 9-9 
 5. Islanders 8-10 
 6. Arrieros 8-10 
 7. Alcaldia 5-11 


Stats Leaders
Federation Cup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
S. Martinez - Islanders 25,4 PPG
J. Watson - Patriotas 22,5 PPG
H. Guillent - Arrieros 19,2 PPG
E. Torres - Piratas 18 PPG
J. Herera - Cucuta 17.6 PPG
C. Bradford - Bucaros 17,5 PPG
Rebounds Per Game
M. Marriaga - Bucaros 11,5 tpg
J. Canedo - Arrieros 10 rpg
J. Hernandez - Cucuta 9,4 rpp
D. Perez - Arrieros 7 rpg
H. Bayona - Piratas 6 rpg
3FGP
J. Maye - Cucuta 46,4%
C. Bradford - Bucaros 45%
C. Salcedo - Bucaros 43%
J. Spiegel - Cangreje 39%
S. Martinez - Islanders 38%


Federation Cup Day 20 results - by Victor Garcia
All the losers of the previous day took revenge and won its games, all the at home, the results as follows:

Islanders Sopesa build a 20 pts lead at the end of the first half and Bucaros never reach them, Santos Martinez was on fire socring 31 pts, including 5 of 9 three pointers, Cesar Cortes follow him with 20 pts, in Bucaros Cory Bradford had 26 pts with 6 of 6 three pointers, and Lavor Postell 15.
Islanders Sopesa 118 Santos Martinez 31 pts, Cesar Cortes 20 pts.
Bucaros Freskaleche 96 Cory Bradford 26 pts, Lavor Postell 15 pts.

Cangrejeros took new air and defeated Cucuta Norte in Cartagena, the teams had problems with the humidity that afected the floor, but at the end the heart of Francisco Centeno drive Cangrejeros to the victory, James Maye and Juan Herrera worked hard in Norte but the effort was not enough.
Cangrejeros Iderbol 70- Francisco Centeno 24pts, Joey Spiegel 15 pts.
Cucuta Norte 65 James Maye 22, Juan Herrera 19pts.

Arrieros had more air after the previous effort and defeated Piratas, the black team pays the price of the Mondays victory and did not have energy to challenge Arrieros .
Arrieros Ideam 71
Piratas Saludcoop 57



GAME ON TV NEXT FRIDAY - by Victor Garcia
The Regional TV system will broadcast live next friday the game Cangrejeros vs Bucaros, at 8.30 PM, the people can see the game live by Telecaribe, Senal Colombia will put the game in the air again at 9.30 PM, Teleantioquia, Telecaribe, Canal TRO, and the other regional Chanels at 11.30 PM, .
The game also will be in internet in www.jump.tv
Bucaros is already at the top of the standings, and Cangrejeros in its first season is having a very good performance.


Southamerican Championship U15 in San Andres - Colombia - by Victor Garcia
The Southamerican Championship U15 for men started on the beautifull Island of San Andres Colombia, seven National Teams arrived to challenge for the gold, the teams are:
Colombia (Host).
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Paraguay
Ecuador
Uruguay.
After two days of competitons Argentina and Brazil are undefeated, Chile and Uruguay are following them.
The Colombian National team, began with the right foot defeating Ecuador, but the fall in the next two games against Uruguay and Chile.
Kevin Cuesta has leaded Colombia in socring with 16,3 pts per game, Tony Trocha follow him with 10.
Colombia will face tonight Brazil.



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  CROATIA   


Fenerbahce beats Cibona in the Final of Mirza Delibasic Memorial - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Fenerbahce Ulker 68-80

Cibona did not manage to win a game for first place against Fenerbahce at the Memorial Tournament Mirza Delibasic in Sarajevo. In a match, where tempers flared and several players got tossed for fighting, Fenerbahce recorded comfortable 68-80 win to claim first place. The game started out close, as both teams exchanged baskets. Game felt more like a Euroleague match up than a friendly one. After initial 10 minutes, Fenerbahce had 13-16 lead. In the second quarter, Turkish players started playing better and they went on the run to create comfortable advantage. At the halftime they were holding 27-39. Than came the third quarter which brought tension along with 4 unsportsmanlike fouls and one technical. With 6 minutes left in the game, Preldzic and Vukusic got into a verbal duel which turned into physical one. Both teams players got involved and as result of the melee Preldzic and Savas for Fener and Bagaric for Cibona were ejected. Shortly after this, tempers calmed down and Fenerbahce controlled the rest of a game.
For the winning side, Omer Asik (211-C-86) finished the game with 22 points. Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) added 15, while Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) scored 14 points. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) was the best scorer for Cibona with 14 points. Luksa Andric (210-C/F-85) and Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points each and Marin Rozic (201-F-83) added 10.

Cibona: Jamont Gordon 14, Luksa Andric 12, Antonio Graves 12, Marin Rozic 10
Fenerbahce: Omer Asik 22, Lynn Greer 15, Willie Solomon 14


Kastela grabs another pre-season win - by Eurobasket News
Solin - Kastela 55-87

Kastela took an ambitious 2nd league outfit Solin and managed to beat them in a friendly match. It was a game where Kastela showed a good perfromance and continued its great pre-season form. They won the match against Solin in fashion 55-87. Right from the tip-off, it was evident that Kastela is focused and ready to play. Their defensive pressure was too much for Solin to handle and it enabled them easy points in transition. Kastela was up 7-26 after the first quarter and it was evident who the winner on the night will be. In the remaining three quarter, Kastela players controlled the flow of the game with ease. They continued to pound on their opponent with every player getting a chance on the floor. Solin players could not wait for the final buzzer and will look to quickly forget this loss. It seems that Kastela has done a great job grooming its young talents, since judging by results so far, it looks like they may be a huge surprise in Croatian 1st league this coming season.
Teo Marin (194-F-90) led the way for winners with 16 points. Stjepan Tesija (205-F-89) added 14, while Stjepan Babic (193-F-90) finished the contest with 13. On the other side, Boris Jaman (205-C/F-73) had 13 points. He was closely followed by Lozancic and Ivan Vukovic (204-C-88) who scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

Kastela: Teo Marin 16, Stjepan Tesija 14, Stjepan Babic 13
Solin: Boris Jaman 13, Lozancic 11, Ivan Vukovic 10


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 0-0 
 2. Sibenik 0-0 
 3. Dubrava 0-0 
 4. Svjetlost 0-0 
 5. Dubrovnik 0-0 
 6. Zabok 0-0 
 7. Trogir 0-0 
 8. Borik 0-0 
 9. Kastela 0-0 
 10. Darda 0-0 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Cedevita
 2. KK Zagreb
 3. Cibona
 4. Zadar


Cedevita rolls over Split in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Split 84-66

As part of their Slovenian tour, two Croatian teams played a control match. Cedevita managed to overcome Split 84-66 in a game which was close until the final quarter.
Cedevita players opened it better, taking control on their opponents. They quickly went on a run which gave them 8-point advantage. They managed to keep this advantage until the end of first quarter, as they held 27-19 lead. In the second, Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) continued to terrorize Split defense further increasing Cedevita's lead. At the halftime, the scoreboard showed 47-34 for Cedevita. Than in the third quarter, Split came out much stronger managing to contain Cedevita offense. They started to slowly melt away the deficit. With 10 minutes left in the game, Split has come to only 1 point as the score was 59-58. However, at that time they suffered a meltdown scoring only 7 forth quarter points. Cedevita took advantage of this and managed to record comfortable win.
Damjan Rudez and Jermaine Anderson were great for Cedevita, finishing the contest with 22 and 15 points respectively. Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) added 11 points while Thomas Mobley (195-F-81, college: Charleston) scored 8. For Split, Jere Macura (203-F/C-80, college: Notre Dame) was good with 19, while Josip Sobin (204-G/F-89) and Valic added 12 points each.

Cedevita: Damjan Rudez 22, Jermaine Anderson 15, Andrija Zizic 11, Thomas Mobley 8
Split: Jere Macura 19, Josip Sobin 12, Valic 12


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Proton Zlin 4-0 
 2. Plzen 3-1 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 3-1 
 4. Liberec 2-0 
 5. Benesov 2-1 
 6. Opava B 2-2 
 7. Sparta Praha 2-2 
 8. Usti n/Labem 2-2 
 9. Chomutov 2-2 
 10. J.Hradec 1-2 
 11. Sokol H.Kralove 1-3 
 12. Litomerice 1-3 
 13. Trutnov 0-2 
 14. VSB Ostrava 0-4 


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  DENMARK   


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


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Odense 1-0 
 2. Solrod 1-0 
 3. Herlev 1-0 
 4. ALBA 1-0 
 5. Hobas 1-0 
 6. Virum 1-0 
 7. Skt. Klemens 0-1 
 8. Aarhus BF 0-1 
 9. Vaerlose 0-1 
 10. Falcon 0-1 
 11. Lemvig 0-1 
 12. Stevnsgade 0-1 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Efes Pilsen
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Rakocevic, Caja L.17.8 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.17.3 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.0 
 4. Warren, Air AV16.2 
 5. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.15.4 
 6. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.8 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.14.8 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.7 
 9. Arroyo, Maccabi .14.6 
 10. Maciulis, Zalgir.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Woods, Zalgiris9.0 
 2. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.8.6 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 4. Fischer, Maccabi .7.7 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans7.7 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.4 
 7. Julian, Nancy7.3 
 8. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.0 
 9. Burke, Assec.Pr.6.9 
 10. Eliyahu, Maccab.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.2 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.1 
 3. Mallet, DKV J.4.6 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.4.4 
 5. Prigioni, Caja L.4.3 
 6. Arroyo, Maccabi .4.1 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.3.8 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.3.6 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.3.5 
 10. Holden, CS.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Assec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.7 
 2. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 3. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.2 
 4. Green, Fener.Ulker2.0 
 5. Anderson, Cibona2.0 
 6. Jaaber, Lottomat.1.9 
 7. Miles, Panionios1.9 
 8. Sato, Montepaschi1.8 
 9. McIntyre, Montepas.1.7 
 10. Julian, Nan.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Woods, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.7 
 4. Begic, U.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Splitter, Caja L.1.6 
 6. Lasme, Partizan1.6 
 7. Ndong, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Eze, Montepaschi1.2 
 9. Archibald, Unicaja1.1 
 10. McDonald, Caja.1.1 


Denis Marconato heads to Siena - by Eurobasket News
Denis Marconato (211-C-75) agreed on terms of contract with Seria A defending champions Montepaschi Siena. The 34-year-old centre started the previous season in Spain. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.4 boards per game for Bruesa. Denis Marconato finished the season in Armani Jeans. The veteran player notched 4.5 points and 4.2 boards per game for the Milan outfit. Denis Marconato spent the major part of his career in Benetton Treviso and Barcelona. He played for the Italian National Team since 1996 through 2007.


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Cholet Basket closes 2009/10 roster with signing of Arvydas Eitutavicius - by Eurobasket News
Cholet Basket roster for season 2009/10 is closed. The last addition before the beginning of Pro A is Lithuanian player Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American), who signed one-year deal with the club.
The 27-year old Arvydas Eitutavicius is coming to France from Lithuanian team Neptunas Klaipeda. Last season he played 17 games in Baltic League (Challenge Cup) averaging 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.9 apg. In Lithuanian league he appeared 24 times adding 12.2 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.6 apg. His Neptunas reached Playoff Semifinals. At the end of the season Eitutavicius was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -09'.
Arvydas Eitutavicius spent 2007/08 season with Spanish teams Promobys (LEB Bronze) and BC Real (EBA). In 2007 he graduated on American University and was one of the leading players in his school. In senior season, Eitutavicius played 30 games averaging 11.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg. As a junior he had 11.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 29 appearances and that was huge improvement since the sophomore season. In 2004, he played for the Lithuanians on Global Games in Dallas.
In Cholet, Eitutavicius supposes to replace Jose Olivero. As a reminder, few days ago the team decided not to keep the Dominican player.


ALM Evreux Basket with close win over Brest - by Juliane Hoehne
Just a couple weeks ago, ALM Evreux Basket beat Etendard de Brest in an exhibition game by 20points (90-70) and went therefore optimistic in the first game of the season on September 26th. However, this time it shouldnt be that easy for ALM Evreux Basket.
Etendard de Brest started off with a quick lead by Brice Vounang (202-F/C-82, college: San Diego) and Cedric Melicie (200-F-79, agency: ACMT) (4-0) before ALM Evreux Basket started to find in the game and took over the lead at the 4th minute mark with 7-9. However, the first quarter proceeded evenly and at the end the score was 20-20. In the second quarter, ALM Evreux Basket used their strength inside and went on an 8point-run, improving to 20-28. Only John Beugnot (201-F-83, college: Clayton St.) and Cedric Melicie kept Etendard de Brest in the game, but ALM Evreux Basket could keep a 5 point lead at half time (33-38).
In the third quarter, Etendard de Brest was able to cut the lead down to 2 (41-43, 25th min) until James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara), Michael Doles (198-F-82, college: Va Commonwealth) and Meredis Houmounou (188-G-88) brought a 6 point advantage back, leading 46-52 after the third quarter. ALM Evreux Basket continued to keep their lead (53-60) with 5min to go. Then Ronald Dorsey (197-G/F-83, college: Mc Neese St.) got hot from the outside, cutting ALM Evreux Baskets lead down to 2 (58-60, 37th min). With 2min to go, Etendard de Brest was able to take the lead on a lay-up by Brice Vounang to improve to 61-60. After another lay-up by Michael Doles, which gave ALM Evreux Basket the lead back (64-66, 39th min), the game was formed by free throws on both ends. ALM Evreux Basket wins the game with 67-69 as there wasnt enough time anymore for Etendard de Brest to score.
For ALM Evreux Basket 4 players were able to score in double digits: James Mathis 15, Michael Doles 12, Mory Correa (205-F/C-79, college: Wyoming) 10 and Joshua Gomes (190-G-83, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: E.Illinois) 10. Michael Doles added also 8 rebounds. Top Scorer of Etendard de Brest was Brice Vounang with 22 points, also grabbing 9 boards.



Gravelines beats Le Havre in the final of friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque hosted and grabbed first place on friendly tournament, which was held this week-end.
In Day 1, Gravelines was better than Base Oostende 82-75 thanks to well played second and last quarter (26-17, 21-17). The hosts had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) with 14 points. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) and Tony Stanley (192-G-77, college: Dayton) delivered 13 each. In Oostende, Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80, college: Colorado) and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) netted 16 points each. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) delivered 15.
Le Havre outplayed Rouen 89-56 also in Day 1.
In the Final, Gravelines was too strong for STB Le Havre 86-80. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) and J.K. Edwards were the key players in victory with 20 points each. Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) followed them with 14. In the loosing squad, Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) delivered 19 pts. He was followed by Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, college: Wisconsin), who stopped on one point less. Gravelines was better in the first, while second period belonged to Le Havre. The team entered to third frame leveled 41-41, but it was Gravelines who demonstrated slightly better performance until the end.


BCM Gravelines lands Rob Lewin - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines announced signing of Jamaican / USA player Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) to a one-year deal. The 28-year old F/PF already has nice experience in France, as he played there since 2006. Last two seasons Lewin spent with Strasbourg IG. In 2008/09, he appeared 31 times in Pro A averaging 7.2 ppg and 7 rpg. In 2007/08, he had 8.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg. That season Strasbourg also competed in ULEB Cup, where Lewin registered 5 ppg and 6.1 rpg.
On season 2006/07, Rob Lewin was a member of Reims, which also competed in Pro A. At that time he exploded with 10.8 ppg and 9.6 rpg for 34 games. In 2008 Lewin was named 'Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -08' and a year before 'Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -07'. Before Strasbourg and Reims, Lewin played for Birmingham, Bruesa and Plannja Basket. He is a product ot Troy State Unoversity, where in graduated on in 2004. In his senior season Lewin had 15.4 ppg and 8 rpg. At the same year he spent some time with Harlem Revivals in ABA and later in Calgary Drillers, Canada. In December 2004 he moved overseas joining Plannja Basket in Sweden.


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Feni Indistrija Kavadarci sign Bojan Trajkovski - by Eurobasket
Feni Indistrija Kavadarci agreed terms with 21-year old domestic power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Trajkovski played most recently at KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Superleague). He averaged 10.1ppg and 6.0rpg last year. He was selected also to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention helping Rabotnicki make it to the Balkan League Finals. Trajkovski is a member of FYR Macedonian National Team.

Vojdan Stojanovski moves to Serbian team Napredak - by Eurobasket News
After spending part of the summer at BC Partizan in hopes of securing a deal and not making it, it seems that Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) will still continue his career in Serbia. According to various reports from Macedonian media, Stojanovski has reportedly agreed a deal with KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac. One of Macedonia's young and bright prospects is considered a great addition to Napredak roster. Stojanovski is coming of a good showing in EuroBasket in Poland where he was a valuable role player. Both the player and the team management were happy that the deal is reached and Stojanovski is expected to join his new teammates in the coming days.
Vojdan Stojanovski started his career with U18 Biceri for which he averaged 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists per game. In 2005 he signed his first professional contract with Vardar 2000 Skopje. Stojanovski moved to Ohrid and signed with AMAK SP, after a season and a half in Skopje. In 2008, Stojanovski was voted All-Macedonian League Most Improved Player of the Year. This season Stojanovski played in 4 EuroChallenge games posting averages of 6.5 points, 1.5 assist and 1.8 steals per game. He has also helped his team win Macedonian Cup this year. Stojanovski was a member of all categories of Macedonian National Team and currently he is a member of Senior National Team. He appeared at recently held Eruobasket in Poland. In 20 minutes per game, Stojanovski averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebound for Macedonia.


Todor Gecevski agrees with PAOK - by Eurobasket News
Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) will continue career in Greece. After leaving Zadar last season this summer, Gecevski he was connected with several clubs including BC Hemofarm. However, the newest reports say that Gecevski signed contract with PAOK Thessaloniki and will play in Greek A1 league next season. The Black-and-whites needed an inside player and it seems Gecevski is right man for the job. They were close to agreeing a deal with Ivan Radenovic, but in the last minute that fell through. So it seems that PAOK has turned its attention to Gecevski.
Todor Gechevski started his career with BC Kavadarci. He has also played for host of teams including Kavadarci, Nikol Fert Gostivar, Air Avellino, Brandt Hagen before coming to Zadar. In 2005 and 2008 he has won National League while in 2004 and 2005 he has won National Cup. This year Gecevski had good season on all fronts, averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 15 Croatian League games. In Adriatic League he made 26 appearances averaging 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. In EuroCup he averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 13 games. Gecevski is also a member of Macedonian National Team. He recently took participation at Eurobasket in Poland, helping Macedonia to reach second round. Gecevski displayed good form, coming very close to leading Macedonia to quarter finals but the were stopped by Germany.



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The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Complete Roster With Quantez Robertson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) had stated in the summer that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners might acquire a center during the season, but instead the club found another guard with Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) nine days before the start of the 2009-2010 BBL season in Trier giving him a contract until the end of December with an option until the end of the season. Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak explains why the team decided on this player. 'Our original plan was to get a talent at the guard or center position at best a German player that could also play PRO B, but we didnt find a player that fit these qualities, so we decided with this option', stated Kamil Novak. Robertson is a 24 year old 190 cm combo guard from Cincinati, Ohio. He is is an athletic freak with amazing lateral quickness and long arms and is known for being avery strong defender. He will be a BBL rookie who played at Auburn from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played 36 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3Pts: 23.6%, FT: 62.3%. Coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is happy about getting the American. 'I think with a little European experience, he will be a big help for us. His age and physical strength speak for him. He can play the positions 1 and 2 and will be security for us should he get injured', stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Robertson played for
Team Amsterdam at the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago and one unnamed basketball scout was quite amazed about how much potential Robertson possesses at the age of 24. 'Playing in the ESL outside of a structured college system, the kid displayed his scoring ability, ball handling skills and nice shooting touch. This kid has NBA potential and I won't be surprised to see him in a high level situation soon. I have seen hundreds of talented players in all of the ESL events this summer and Quantez was definitely the most gifted guard'. Team Amsterdam of Robertson reached the final and he was named the second best player in the league. In four years at Auburn, Robertson played 126 games averaging 7,5ppg, 3,7rpg, 4,2apg and 1,7spg. His biggest success on the court was reaching the NIT Elite 8 in 2009.
Source: www.deutschebankskyliners.de


Adrian Moss Is Back InThe BBL With The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BBL fans were just getting used to the dominant and ruthfullness play of Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Florida) in the fall of 2007, but a disciplinary action cut his BBL stay short, but after two years in Spain, he is back in Germany this time with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The 27 year old 204cm power forward/center from Humble, Texas is a relentless rebounder and shot blocker with good range for a big man He runs the floor well and can play with his back to the basket and should provide depth in the front court positions. He has a very competitive spirit and was rewarded with a contract until the end of December with an option until the end of the season. Last season, he played in the second best league in Spain for Caceres 2016 C.B playing 25 games and averaging 10.2ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 71.6%. Coach Doug Spradley is thrilled about getting this talented American. 'With the tough BBL start with two games per week for the first four weeks, we decided to get an additional player. We had some injury problems in pre season and didnt want to risk anything. Adrian brings a lot of quality. He is experienced and variable. He can finish from inside and out and I think that he will help us.He has to prove himself in practice just like everybody else', stressed Bremerhaven skipper Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ).

Moss started his basketball career at The University of Florida from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played
39 games averaging 3.1ppg, 2.4rpg and won the NCAA title. He also won the SEC tournament in 2005 and 2006 with Florida. In 2006, he turned professional and played in Denmark for Cimbria Randers playing 21 games and averaging 26ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.3apg, and then joined Lausanne Morges Basket (Switzerland-LNA) for the play-offs playing 2 games and averaging 14.5 pts, 10 reb. In 2007, he started with Science City Jena playing two games and avergaing 17.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%. He then moved to Spain to CD Villa de Los Barrios (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) playing 32 games and averaging 13.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT-3 (57.0%), FT: 70.0%. Especially his high three point percentage stood out.
Source: www.eisbaeren-bremerhaven.de


2005-2006 BBL Leading Scorer Andrew Wisniewski Back In Germany For A Short Visit - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) is a 28 year old 191 cm guard playing his first year for top European club Maccabi Tel Aviv. He is originally from New York and played at Centenary from 2000-2004. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 21.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.3apg. He then went overseas and started his professional basketball career with KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd in the Adriatic League playing 23 games and averaging 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 31.2%. The next season, he went to Germany to play for The Telekom Baskets Bonn playing 32 games averaging 20.6ppg to lead the BBL 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.2apg), 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 40.0%. He also played 6 FIBA Europe Cup games averaging 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 64%. In 2006-2007, he started in Italy for Amatori Snaidero Udine, but soon left to play for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb where he played 47 games averaging 12.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 66%, 3FGP: 43%, FT: 76%. In 2007-2008, he went to Russia to play for Ural Great Perm where he played 10 FIBA EuroCup games averaging 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 82.9%; and in the Russian League playing 23 games averaging 15.7ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4 (4.6apg), 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.1%. In 2008-2009, he stayed in Russia, but moved to Spartak St.Petersburg playing 26 games averaging 14.4ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.2apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 84.9%. Andrew spoke to eurobasket after a team practice in Frankfurt.

Andrew, welcome back to Germany. How does it feel to be back and what have you missed the most?


I had a great experience playing in Germany. The Bonn organization was great and so were the fans. I enjoyed every minute of my time in Bonn. It is too bad that I could not contact more people in Bonn, but we are only in Germany for a short time and have little time.

You beat The brose Baskets Bamberg the other night 80-72 in OT. Is there a big difference in the skill level between a Bamberg and a Maccabi Tel Aviv?


I dont really want to comment on this question other then I think that both teams will be very competitive in their leagues. I told Bamberg coach Chris Fleming after the game that I thought that Bamberg will be a very good this team. Bamberg played very hard against us and it was a great experience playing in front of so many people in an exhibition game in Bamberg.

What Bamberg player impressed you the most?


I like Casey Jacobson. He played well, but I also like Brian Roberts. I told him to keep working. I think and you can see that the BBL is a great league where players can advance on too top leagues. I dont know any players that regretted playing in Germany.




Tomorrow you will play against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What do you remember the most from the thrilling overtime game in the Festhalle in Frankfurt in 2005?

I hit the game winning three pointer after we were down by two points. That was a moment that I will always remember. The place was packed and it was just a thrilling win.


You played two seasons in Russia for Perm and St Petersburg. What will always stick in your mind about your two years in Russia?


What I will probably remember most is that it snowed for seven straight months in Perm. In all, Russia was a great experience. I was blessed to play for two teams that were successful and where I played well. The crowds were always good and Russia was a top league if not the best domestic league in Europe. I am happy that I could be there for two years.

It took you five years to reach Maccabi Tel Aviv. Do you recognize a big difference playing for this top team in comparison to your other basketball destinations?


Yes of course I notice the difference. Maccabi is an outstanding place and organization to play for. All the other teams like a Cibona are recognized in all of Europe, but a team like Maccabi is recognized in the whole world. We will play the New York Knicks on October 18th in Madison Square Garden. But I dont like to look past the steps that I took to get here. But I have had six great years in Europe and dont want to discredit any of the other places that I played at. My whole stay in Europe has been great!

Maccabi last won the Euroleague in 2004 and lost in the final in 2006 and 2008. How much pressure is there on you guys to win again?



Well yes and no. The whole Euroleague experience is more like a positive pressure. We just want to play good. Nobody can be perfect. If we stay together as a group than we will be ok in the Euroleague this season.

What kind of coach is Pini Gershon? How has he been different to other coaches in your career?

Gershon is a good guy that is very open. He is fun to be around. He is a lot different than the other Eastern block coaches that I had. But every coach is the same to an extent. He likes the up tempo game up and down and scoring in the open court.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has four ex BBL players. That must shed a bright light on the BBL for shaping players?

It does put a good light on the BBL. As I said before the whole BBL experience was fantastic up to the Allstar Game. The BBL is getting better each year.

How does a typical Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) day look like in Tel Aviv?

I have to take care of my three kids. We like to go to the beach. We live in a nice complex with a pool and playground. After living in Russia this is a nice change for my family. Now we can go out and do more whereas in Russia we mostly stayed in because of teh weather.

You are from New York. Is this the year where the New York Yankees finally win the World Series again after a ten year drought?


I am actually a Met fan. The New York Yankees are playing pretty well. I think this could be the year.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


The last DVD that I saw was Traitor with Don Cheadle. It is a movie about terrorism.

Andrew thanks for the chat. Good luck this season.


Thank you.



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PAOK land Todor Gechevski - by Eurobasket News
PAOK quickly found the replacement for Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) who left for CSKA. The Greek team strengthened their roster with Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances). The 32-year-old centre spent the last five seasons in Zadar. Last year Todor Gechevski tallied 14.4 points and 5.9 boards per game in the Croatian League. In EuroCup his stats came up to 14.6 points and 4.5 boards, while in Adriatic League Todor delivered 14.3 points and 7.8 boards. Todor Gechevski looked solid together with FYR Macedonia at the 2009 EuroBasket. He notched 12.0 points and 5.3 boards per appearance in Poland.


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Giants are the news champions of Voila Basket 2009 Edition - by Princeloo Alexandre
As usual, Gonaves court was lighted up, because Giants and Exposants. The two teams were quite decided to win this second game, Exposants needed to equalize as they lost the Game 1 whereas Giants were burning by the eager to bring the title back home.

Though the Exposants had the leading advance, the Giants had to speed up and take a lead by 10 points.

Unfortunately, at exactly 3mn 24s before the game ends some furious fans started to throw bottles on the court, rendering the game unable to proceed.
Thus, the organizers have decided to grant the victory to the Giants.



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Meir Tapiro and Rishon Le-Zion agree on terms of contract - by Eurobasket News
Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) changed the team. He will play for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion in the next season. The 34-year-old guard spent the previous season with Bnei Hasharon. He tallied 11.9 points, 5.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game in the Israeli League. In EuroCup his stats came up to 12.6 points, 4.4 boards and 4.0 assists. Meir Tapiro helped Israel reach 2009 EuroBasket. He notched 15.0 points and 4.4 boards in the Qualifiers to the main continent event.


Pre-season games - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa won over Ironi Nahariya 88:81 being in front for the majority of the game. The winners enjoyed 45:33 at the halftime and increased to 13-point advantage after 30 minutes. Ironi Nahariya managed to reduce the gap but lost the game anyway. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Jeremy Tyler had 13, while Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) collected 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. DeMarco Johnson (204-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Charlotte) erupted with 34 points in the losing case, while Or Eytan added 14 .
Holon rolled over Barak Netanya 75:74 as Dwayne Mitchell led the way with 19 points. Paul Delaney and Yoni Nir nailed 11 each, whilst John Thomas and Mark Sanchez posted 10 apiece. Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) finished the night with 21 points and Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) posted 18 in defeat.
Ironi Ashkelon beat Afula 92:77 mostly due to the last period. Jimmy Baxter delivered 24 points to lead all the winners of his team. Chris Watson posted 18, while Omar Sneed added 16. Justin Dentmon (180-G, college: Washington) chipped in 20 points in the losing case. Bj Mckie scored 16 and Bamba Fall collected 13 points and 9 rebounds.



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Denis Marconato heads to Siena - by Eurobasket News
Denis Marconato (211-C-75) agreed on terms of contract with Seria A defending champions Montepaschi Siena. The 34-year-old centre started the previous season in Spain. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.4 boards per game for Bruesa. Denis Marconato finished the season in Armani Jeans. The veteran player notched 4.5 points and 4.2 boards per game for the Milan outfit. Denis Marconato spent the major part of his career in Benetton Treviso and Barcelona. He played for the Italian National Team since 1996 through 2007.


Last Italian transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Angelico Biella announced that ARG-ITA forward Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) will join the team tomorrow. Gabini, who plays in the 3 and 4 positions, will be tested for some time and could replace in roster the injured Vanja Plisnic. In Lega 2, Aget Andrea Costa Imola announced that USA-ITA player Ryan Amoroso (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) has completed his naturalization process and today has been regularly registered for the upcoming season.

Martos Napoli News - by Stefano Pini
Is time to try to understand what is happening at Napoli. President Gaetano Papalia has announced the deal with a new main sponsor, Martos Finanziaria Spa. So, the team will be called Martos Napoli for the next season. About the players. To substitute Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.), is arrived to Napoli Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford). The center will be tested for some days, just to value his knee condition after the injury of the past season. Also, for the starting five position, it seems that Martos Napoli is close to sign Dimitrios Tsaldaris (196-F-80) that last season scored 8,8 points at Aris Thessaloniki

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BCM Gravelines lands Rob Lewin - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines announced signing of Jamaican / USA player Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) to a one-year deal. The 28-year old F/PF already has nice experience in France, as he played there since 2006. Last two seasons Lewin spent with Strasbourg IG. In 2008/09, he appeared 31 times in Pro A averaging 7.2 ppg and 7 rpg. In 2007/08, he had 8.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg. That season Strasbourg also competed in ULEB Cup, where Lewin registered 5 ppg and 6.1 rpg.
On season 2006/07, Rob Lewin was a member of Reims, which also competed in Pro A. At that time he exploded with 10.8 ppg and 9.6 rpg for 34 games. In 2008 Lewin was named 'Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -08' and a year before 'Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -07'. Before Strasbourg and Reims, Lewin played for Birmingham, Bruesa and Plannja Basket. He is a product ot Troy State Unoversity, where in graduated on in 2004. In his senior season Lewin had 15.4 ppg and 8 rpg. At the same year he spent some time with Harlem Revivals in ABA and later in Calgary Drillers, Canada. In December 2004 he moved overseas joining Plannja Basket in Sweden.


Slayers, Knights score impressive wins - by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL (09-30-2009) - St. Georges Slayer's returned to winning ways last night as they trounced Braves Chiefs 77-52 in a Southern Conference Flow National Basketball League (NBL) encounter last night at the National Stadium courts. Smarting from a 10-point loss to Tivoli Wizards in their last outing, Slayers showed total dominance throughout and were firmly in charge 36-22 at halftime before leaving Braves for dead with a 23-point fourth quarter. Captain Rohan Robinson led the scoring for Slayers with a game-high 22 points. Sharpshooter Michael Jackson added 14 points and Dennis Williams contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Currie and Lascelles Johnson scored 10 points each for Braves.

Back on track
Defending champions Urban Knights won their second game in a row with a close 62-59 victory over Majestic Gardens. Knights entered the fourth quarter with a 49-37 advantage but gave up 22-points in the quarter and barely hung on for the victory. Dave Blackwood with 16 points led four players in double figures for the champions, as Keron Caine added 11, and Devon Daley and Andre Murray 10 each. Balton Todd led Majestic with a game-high 22 points followed by Kemar McLeish with 20 points.


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CHIPOLA COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM RELOADS - by C Martin


MARIANNA-- Jake Headrick's first three months at the helm of the Indians' basketball program has been a roller coaster ride. Upon accepting the position, Headrick had the grueling task of signing a completely new team with only two months before the start of school.

Nevertheless, Headrick was able to snag one of the top recruiting freshmen classes in the country.

'We are a very young team this year. But with a young team, we are able to instill in them our basketball philosophy,' said coach Headrick.

Chipola will have a new look offensively this year as several of the guards will be able to play both at the point and shooting guard position. John Taylor (6-0) from Chicago, IL, Sam Grooms (6-1) from Greensboro, NC, Roderick Lanon (5-10) from Louisville, KY, Lashay Page (6-2) from Dillon, SC, Dexter Ellington (6-1) from Culthbert, GA, and Daniel Cummins (6-2) from Charlotte, NC are slated to play the guard positions this year.

On the wing, the Indians will look towards several versatile individuals to help the lead the Indians to a record-setting seventh consecutive Panhandle Conference crown, including Delwan Graham (6-5) transfer from L.S.U., Steadman Short (6-9) transfer from High Point University, Kevin Powell (6-6) from Fayetteville, NC, and Marvin Fitzgerald (6-5) from Milwaukee, WI.

In the paint, Headrick is hoping that the young blood of Chadrack Lufile (6-10) from Burlington, Canada and Aaron Davis (6-7) from Huntsville, AL will be contribute at a high level for the Indians this season.

The new members of the Chipola Men's Basketball program will definitely look to write their own chapter in the vast history of Chipola tradition.



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Cholet Basket closes 2009/10 roster with signing of Arvydas Eitutavicius - by Eurobasket News
Cholet Basket roster for season 2009/10 is closed. The last addition before the beginning of Pro A is Lithuanian player Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American), who signed one-year deal with the club.
The 27-year old Arvydas Eitutavicius is coming to France from Lithuanian team Neptunas Klaipeda. Last season he played 17 games in Baltic League (Challenge Cup) averaging 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.9 apg. In Lithuanian league he appeared 24 times adding 12.2 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.6 apg. His Neptunas reached Playoff Semifinals. At the end of the season Eitutavicius was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -09'.
Arvydas Eitutavicius spent 2007/08 season with Spanish teams Promobys (LEB Bronze) and BC Real (EBA). In 2007 he graduated on American University and was one of the leading players in his school. In senior season, Eitutavicius played 30 games averaging 11.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg. As a junior he had 11.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 29 appearances and that was huge improvement since the sophomore season. In 2004, he played for the Lithuanians on Global Games in Dallas.
In Cholet, Eitutavicius supposes to replace Jose Olivero. As a reminder, few days ago the team decided not to keep the Dominican player.


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 0-0 
 2. Aisciai 0-0 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 0-0 
 4. Techasas 0-0 
 5. Neptunas 0-0 
 6. Siauliai 0-0 
 7. Alytus Alita 0-0 
 8. Sakalai 0-0 
 9. Suduva 0-0 
 10. Perlas 0-0 
 11. Nevezis 0-0 
 12. Rudupis 0-0 
 13. Juventus 0-0 


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Durango shakes up roster. - by Alejandro Martinez
Lobos Grises de Durango has announced the signing of three latin american players. The club announced the arrival of Dominican Guard . Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) , Puerto Rican national team Center Manuel Narvaez (211-C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) and Forward Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) All are expected to play at Tijuana against Cosmos. All were signed with the blessing of head coach Lasalle Taylor. Durango, one of the preseason favorites to go deep into the playoffs, are off to a disapointing 2-4 start. To make room in the roster, the club waived american Center Marquise Gainous (206-F-76, college: TCU) Jaimaican Center Daniel Rose (208-C-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cedarville) and Mexican Guard Nicholas Jones (190-G-81, college: UCSB).

NBA Mexico Game 2009: The Sixers promise entertainment - by Carlos Chapa
The Philadelphia 76ers will play a preseason game in Monterrey, Mexico against the Phoenix Suns on October 18, a teleconference was scheduled with international media regarding this preseason game, in this chat, coach Eddie Jordan and forward Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers offered to display an exciting game to Mexican fans.

'The fans can expect us to come out and get up and down the court, get a lot of movement, and expect an exciting game as well, well do everything we know, play hard, play fast, give you some dunks, just everything to make this game exciting,' Thaddeus said.

Coach Eddie Jordan took his time to recommend Mexican fans which players to follow in the preseason game:



'Ill like to say we are very happy to go to Mexico, it is a great situation for our players and franchise to go and represent the NBA, the fans should have a delight in watching the game [...] We have some of the most exciting players out there, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala, they are athletic, they like going to the rim, they are very good with the basketball, they are good in one-on-one moves, they are perfect in finding the teammate, so it will be an exciting game.
Samuel (Dalembert) has so far loved everything we have done, as I love everything he has done, hes been very active in practice, hes having a lot of fun, he likes his role and hes touching the ball up more, hes running the floor defensively like Ive never seen anybody defend in training camp before, so right now, its a terrific thing.'

Finally, Thaddeus Young expressed his desire to adopt a leadership role for next season:
'I want to be a leader along with EB (Elton Brand)and Dre (Andre Iguodala), we definitely like to be the big three of the team, and I surely want to play a leadership role in this team, but Im sure a lot of guys want to play a leadership role too.'

eurobasket.com will have complete coverage of the NBA Mexico Game 2009



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Aaron Gray out 6-8 weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls have confirmed that third-year center Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh) has sustained a leg injury and is likely to be out for 6 to 8 weeks.

The Bulls said Tuesday that Gray had developed lower leg pain over the previous two days. He was examined by team physician Dr. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center, who determined that he had a stress fracture of his left fibula. The diagnosis was confirmed by MRI.

The 7-foot Gray, who played his college ball at Pittsburgh, was the Bulls' second-round choice in the 2007 NBA draft.

'We're disappointed because Aaron came into camp in good shape and had been playing well,' general manager Gar Forman said.

Gray, a 7-foot, 270-pounder, was re-signed last week to a one-year deal for a little more than $1 million.



Early injuries for 3 Jazzmen - by Eurobasket News
As much as injuries ruined their 2008-09 season, the Jazz at least were able to make it through training camp unscathed. The same can't be said this week with Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81), Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) and C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) sidelined for a second consecutive day.

All three sat out practice again Monday morning -- Kirilenko with a strained left quadriceps, Korver with an inflamed left knee and Miles with a strained left hip flexor.

Kirilenko said he had experienced tightness and swelling in his quadriceps since the start of camp and decided to play it safe. Both he and Korver expressed hope that their injuries were nothing significant.

'It's sore right now, but it's nothing that's super serious,' Korver said. 'It's just kind of inflamed. We've got a little plan of attack to kind of get it better and hopefully it'll just be a couple days.'

Whether the three will be able to play in Thursday's preseason opener against Denver remains uncertain. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, meanwhile, said Monday that he still is weighing the possibility of returning Kirilenko to the starting lineup this season.

With Matt Harpring injured to start last season, Sloan opted to bring Kirilenko off the bench as a second-team stabilizer and kept him in the role most of the season. In 57 games as a reserve, Kirilenko averaged 11.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25.9 minutes.

'It's different games and different strategies, different teams,' Kirilenko said. 'Some games you wish you were coming off the bench, some games you wish you were in starting lineup. But again, he's the coach, he's going to find a spot for me.'




Fesenko update

Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86) joked about the numbers being 'secret,' but the best measure of the Ukrainian center's progress entering his third season with the Jazz might come from his latest weight and body fat measurements.

Fesenko weighed in at 300 pounds with 11.3 percent body fat this camp, compared with 315 pounds and 15 percent body fat last year. Having only played 30 games his first two seasons, Fesenko is eager to prove himself.

'I finally earn some respect from the players, guys are helping me out on the court, [off] the court,' Fesenko said. 'We cheer on each other. I finally feel myself like a part of the team.'

'I was a part of the team [before], but right now I just feel comfortable,' Fesenko added. 'Lets just say that. I'm not nervous at all. Finally.'

Since he left the Ukrainian national team in the middle of a tournament last month, Fesenko has taken a more serious approach since returning to Utah. He hired a private trainer for workouts leading up to camp and has moved to the suburbs.

There is an opportunity for greater playing time with Jarron Collins having left for Portland. Fesenko can't be sent to the NBA Development League's Utah Flash this season and will be a free agent next summer.

'I think about it every time when I step on the court, every time when I'm out of the court,' Fesenko said. 'I'm thinking about it a lot because I realize that this is my big season and depends on that season, it's going to be how my career's going to go.'

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com



Hawks Johnson won't sign extension - by Eurobasket News
Hawks captain and All-Star Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) said he will not sign a contract extension with the Hawks and will play out the final year of his contract this season.

Johnson will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Hawks extended a four-year, $60-plus million contract offer to Johnson this summer. But Johnson said he decided not to sign the extension after mulling it over during the offseason.

By not signing Johnson will enter a deep free agent crop next summer headlined by reigning MVP LeBron James as well as fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

'My sole focus right now is on this team and what we're trying to accomplish this season,' Johnson said. 'I have some goals set for this season for my team and I have some individual goals set for myself as well. I really feel like this team is ready to take that step to the next level. I also feel like I can be one of the elite players in this league, I feel like I'm right there, so it's going to be an exciting year.'

Johnson is in the fifth and final year of a $70 million deal he signed with Phoenix before being traded to the Hawks in a sign-and-trade deal in August 2005.


Courtesy of www.ajc.com


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  NCAA1   


UConn, Calhoun in contract talks - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun is talking to the school about a new multiyear contract.

Kyle Muncy, a spokesman for the UConn basketball program, said Tuesday that the two sides have been in discussions for some time, and that Calhoun has expressed a desire to continue coaching at UConn.

ESPN.com, citing sources it did not identify, reported Tuesday that talks would extend the 67-year-old Calhoun's tenure at UConn into his 70s.

Muncy said he could not say how many years a new contract might run.

'It's not going to be a one-year contract,' Muncy said. 'How many years it's going to be, I don't know, but it will not be a one-year contract.'

Calhoun, who has two national titles and took the Huskies to the Final Four last season, is set to make $1.6 million in 2009-10, the final year of a six-year deal.

Women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who has brought six national championships to Storrs, recently signed a five-year, $8 million deal.

Calhoun who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, has a career record of 805-342, good enough for sixth place on the NCAA Division I career wins list. He is 557-205 at Connecticut.

Several off-the-court issues had prompted questions about Calhoun's future, including an investigation into UConn's recruitment of former player Nate Miles. Calhoun has acknowledged that he or his staff may have made mistakes in recruiting Miles.

The coach also has been treated for cancer three times during his UConn career, including last summer when he successfully battled skin cancer.

In June, he had to be hospitalized after breaking several ribs during a charity bike ride.


Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Toughness, familiarity key Ohio State's top-ranked recruiting class - by Rick Ross
Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

Jared Sullinger, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound sledgehammer from Columbus,
Ohio, insists softness has no place in his family.
No one ever cries,' he says. 'It isn't allowed.

To his recollection, the rule has only been broken once. It was March 19, 2006,
the night Ohio State lost to Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Afterward Jared's oldest brother, J.J., left the Buckeyes locker room for the last time.
The first person to console him was his 11-month-old son, Jalen, followed by his parents,
Satch and Barbara. Tears welled in his eyes when he received Jared, an eighth grader at the time.
If Ohio State's staff gives you a scholarship,' J.J. told Jared, 'you take it.

Little brother wasted no time heeding his advice. He committed 10 months later,
taking the direct route to campus his brother was never offered as a prep star. In 2002,
J.J. had wanted to attend Ohio State, but then-coach Jim O'Brien never offered him a scholarship.
Arkansas did, and Sullinger incorporated his Buckeye fandom in his Razorbacks uniform,
wearing No. 0 -- which doubled as an ode to Ohio. When Nolan Richardson was fired,
Sullinger transferred to Ohio State. He redshirted a year and played under
O'Brien one season before the coach was dismissed. There was an immediate change in atmosphere when
Thad Matta took over. Whereas O'Brien had to draw a map for his players to come to his house the night he was fired,
Matta opened his doors immediately. 'There were pool parties in his backyard,
says Sullinger's father, who coaches Jared at North Cumberland High.
Thad Matta had them all jumping in.'

Matta made Columbus attractive to his players then, and has extended the courtesy to prospects since.
The former Xavier coach managed to close the borders over the past year
keeping Sullinger, Aaron Craft, Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon in state
while poaching Deshaun Thomas from Indiana and Lenzelle Smith from Illinois.
In all, they form the nation's top recruiting class.

Sullinger -- the nation's No. 3 recruit according to Rivals.com stands out for his physicality and single-minded focus.
His approach to post play is simple ('no finesse for nobody') and draws inspiration from his father,
a 60-year-old sociology teacher. 'I tell my boys if you get your foot on someone's throat,
make sure you touch the floor,' he says. 'The moment you lighten up, you lose.'

Footwork was foremost in Jared's development. If his positioning wasn't perfect, his father said
his hands would be unemployed.' He chased rebounds from all angles and scored off putbacks.
During an AAU game two years ago, Sullinger struggled to shed Westchester Hawk defenders.
He pouted on the bench after one possession and Rogers told him to get his points off the offensive glass.
Down six with two minutes left, the Red rallied and Sullinger tipped a ball in to force overtime.
He's the next big-time American big man,' says one NBA assistant coach who previously recruited Sullinger.

All-Ohio Red satisfied nearly all its objectives on the AAU circuit the last three summers,
going 201-9, collecting 29 titles out of 33 tournaments entered, including three national titles in Orlando at summer's end.
The biggest loss, though, was that of Sibert, a slashing wing whose left fibula and tibia snapped after jumping for
a rebound and landing in a scrum at the Boo Williams Invitational final in May.
even in Sibert's absence, the Red rolled to their capstone championship win in July.

Toughness is a common thread running throughout the class. Craft, the group's 6-0,
179-pound glue guy, played quarterback for Liberty Benton High the last three years but gave up football after switching his verbal from
Tennessee to Ohio State last June. Without the pads he secured a reputation for grit as he collected assists and floor burns at a similar clip.
It's just skin, you know?' Craft said after a recent face-first dive and tap pass to Weatherspoon.
It'll grow back. No need to keep it pretty.'

In late June, Sullinger set up to defend former Buckeye star Greg Oden in a pick-up game on campus.
The 7-foot Portland Trailblazer backed his Buckeye successor down in the paint. 'All of a sudden I look up and I'm under the rim,' says Sullinger.

Oden finished with a dunk and told him to keep working.
If Jared and this group follows Greg's lead, I'd shed a tear in a second,
Sullinger's father says. 'I don't want to see any of that woe-is-me crying while struggling,
but I'd cry out of pride for my boys.'


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Albright adds Mike Riley to Staff - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
Head Men's Basketball Coach and Co-Director of Athletics Rick Ferry announced that Mike Riley of Webster, NY will join the Men's Basketball Coaching staff for the 2009-10 season starting immediately.

Riley replaces former assistant coach Kevin Driscoll who left Albright in July to continue his work with the Hoop Group Elite Basketball camp. A fellow coach at the Hoop Group Elite Camp, Riley has also worked at the Division I Villanova Basketball Camp as well.

A 2006 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, Riley earned a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration. He was also a member of the Men's Basketball program (2005-09) that made it to the NCAA tournament in 2006, and won the Capital Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2006 and 2008.

No stranger to both individual and team accomplishments, Riley was part of a very successful McQuaid Jesuit High School program. A starting forward and captain, Riley led his team to a 2004 City Catholic League Championship. He was also named a First Team All-City Catholic League player, and was selected to the Rochester Ronald McDonald All-Star Game in his senior season.

Men's Basketball is set to kick-off their 2009-10 campaign on November 20th when they host their annual Windham-Reading Tip-Off tournament in the Bollman Center.


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NBBF President Congratulates Nestle overMILO Secondary School Basketball Championship Finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Tijjani Umar has congratulated management of Nestle Nigeria Plc sponsors of the annual Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship on the finals of the 2009 edition of the collegiate basketball championship holding in Lagos.

The NBBF boss praised Nestle Nigeria Plc for being a worthy partner in the development of the game of basketball at the grassroots in the country.

Umar describe the annual Nestle Milo Secondary School Championship as the bedrock of the development of the game in the country and call for more concerted effort to make the school championship more glamorous.

The NBBF president singled out the Nestle Milo secondary school tourney as the main source where clubs and the federation look toward to draw players from.

According to him, most players from the Nestle Milo Basketball Championship have gone further to represent the nation at different international basketball tournament.

The NBBF president described the relationship between the federation and Nestle Nigeria Plc as very robust and pledges to be at the grand finale on Saturday.

'I want to congratulate the management of Nestle Nigeria Plc for remaining steadfast in the sponsorship of the annual Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship which in its 11th edition for a job well-done.

'Nestle has being a worthy partner with the NBBF in the development of the game of basketball over the years as the federation has benefited immensely from the product of the championship over the years.

'As I speak with you several players in our senior women national team who are currently preparing for the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women coming up in Madagascar are product of the Nestle Milo Secondary School Championship and we are indeed grateful for these achievements.



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It's over, it's over... - by Kaare Vangen
The tallest man in BLNO history is history in Tromso. Shagari Alleyne (221-C-84, college: Manhattan) has been released from his contract after a lot of criticism from fans and journalists. The club was not happy with his results and he is already out, just one day before BLNO kicks off. The replacement is ready, Anthony Williams (203-F-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Cent.Florida) will return for one more year in Storm after playing for the club in 2007/08. He tried to get a contract in Spain but failed and has already worked out with Storm two weeks. Storm will try to get Williams ready for play in the weekend.

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Energa Czarni ink contract with Chris Daniels - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni bolstered their squad just before the tip-off of the new season. They brought in Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia). The 27-year-old forward spent the last three years of his career in Poland. Daniels played two seasons in Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Last season Chris Daniels moved to Turow. He averaged 9.5 points, 6.7 boards and 1.8 steals per game in Zgorzelec. In EuroCup his stats came up to 7.7 points and 6.0 board.


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Market News - by Luis Rocha
Sampaense signs Tai Crutchfield (200-F/G-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia), he returns to Portugal after some years, when he played for Telecom. He can play as a 1,2or even 3, and can be a good signing for Sampaense.Brice Fantazia (193-G-85, college: Culver Stockton), was waived by Porto, although he could play as a aportuguese citizen, Porto didnt feel happy with his performances and let him go his way. CAB sign Nuno Pedroso (187-G-79), Ryan Schneider (201-F-85, college: Marist), Rick Cardoso (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) and Matt Webster (203-F-84, college: Evansville). The club feels the season will be though, but at the same time they are confident in making a good job.

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CSU Atlassib Sibiu and CS Gaz-Metan won the 2009/2010 openers - by Eurobasket News
CS Gaz-Metan Medias and CSU Atlassib Sibiu won the openers of the Romanian League 2009/2010 that started last night in the country.
CS Gaz-Metan Medias smashed CSU Cuadripol Brasov 108:64. The beginning of the game was not that overwhelming as the hosts took only 21-18. In the second period however CS Gaz-Metan Medias produced 36-10 to answer all the questions about the winner. The hosts added 23-11 in the third frame and enjoyed 28-25 at the end. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 5 rebounds. Raymer collected 18 points and 11 boards, while Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) nailed 12. Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.
CSU Atlassib Sibiu had a road victory over CSA Steaua Turabo Bucuresti 75:69. The guests started with 20-14, while the second period was tied at 17-17. CSA Steaua Turabo Bucuresti bounced back with 18-14 in the third period but could not stay closer. CSU Atlassib Sibiu made 24-20 to win the opener of the Romanian League. Earl Lavelle Brown led the way with 22 points for the winners. Smith had 19 and Johnson added 16. Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) poured in 18 points in the losing case, while Stanescu posted 14.
The rest of the games of the first Round are scheduled for tonight.


Romanian Cup: 2. Round draw - by Nagy Szilveszter
Here are the drawn of the Romanian Cup 2009-2010, 2. round:

Romanian Cup, 2. round:
CSU Pitesti
vs. CS Gaz Metan Medias
CS Otopeni vs. CSM Oradea
CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca
vs. CSU Ploiesti
CS Elba Timisoara
vs. BC Mures Targu Mures
The first games will be at 28th October 2009 and the second games will be at 11th November 2009. The most interesting ''battle'' will be beetwen U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca and CSU Ploiesti.


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. CSU Sibiu 1-0 
 2. Oradea 1-0 
 3. Pitesti 1-0 
 4. Gaz Metan 1-0 
 5. Ploiesti 1-0 
 6. U.Mobitel.CN 1-0 
 7. Otopeni 1-0 
 8. Bucuresti 1-0 
 9. Gladiator CN 0-1 
 10. Dinamo B. 0-1 
 11. Steaua Turabo 0-1 
 12. Brasov 0-1 
 13. Craiova 0-1 
 14. Rovinari 0-1 
 15. Mures 0-1 
 16. Timisoara 0-1 


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Dynamo lose in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Xacobeo Blu:Sens - Dynamo Moscow 79:64
Dynamo Moscow went to Spain to conduct the training camp there. Yesterday they played a friendly encounter against Xacobeo Blu:Sens. The Spanish team turned victorious 64:79. Xacobeo Blu:Sens raced in front at the start of the game. They built a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Dynamo stayed close in the second period but could not trim the deficit. The Russian team arrived at halftime trailing by 6 points. The breakthrough did not happen to the visitors in the third period. Moreover Xacobeo Blu:Sens stepped on the gas and ensured a 13-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Dynamo failed to win a single frame coming up short 14:16 in the final one.
Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) knocked down 23 points to pace the Spanish team. Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76) added 15 points, while Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) had 11 points in his debut for Xacobeo Blu:Sens. Dmitry Domani (198-G/F-74, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 14 points. Sergey Monya (204-F-83) came up with 13 points, while Yuri Vasilyev (207-C-81) finished with 12 points in defeat.

Xacobeo Blu:Sens: Reyshawn Terry 23, Javier Bulfoni 15, Marc Jackson 11
Dynamo Moscow: Dmitry Domani 14, Sergey Monya 13, Yuri Vasilyev 12



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Standings
National League Standings
 1. C.Eriksson F. 2-0 
 2. St.Mirren 1-1 
 3. Troon T. 1-1 
 4. Glasgow S. 1-1 
 5. Edinburgh K. 0-1 
 6. E.Lothian B. 0-1 


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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 2-0 
 2. Levice 2-0 
 3. Inter Bratisl. 1-0 
 4. Handlova 1-1 
 5. B.Bystrica 1-1 
 6. Nitra 1-1 
 7. Svit 1-1 
 8. Prievidza 1-1 
 9. Nova Ves 0-1 
 10. Komarno 0-2 
 11. Vahostav-Zilina 0-2 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jerice CROUCH
  Inter Bratislava
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 29
 1. Crouch, Inter B.29.0 
 2. Hill, Nitra25.0 
 3. Hill, Nitra23.0 
 4. Hill, Nitra23.0 
 5. Gavel, Svit22.0 
 6. Skara, B.Bystrica22.0 
 7. Gavel, Svit22.0 
 8. Gavel, Svit22.0 
 9. Crawford, Levice20.5 
 10. Crawford, Levi.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel SZALAY
  Prievidza
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Szalay, Prievidza10.0 
 2. Ravasz, Inter B.9.0 
 3. Nizny, Vahostav.9.0 
 4. Skara, B.Bystrica9.0 
 5. Baldovsky, Nova Ves9.0 
 6. Nizny, Vahostav.9.0 
 7. Nizny, Vahostav.9.0 
 8. Baldovsky, Nova Ves9.0 
 9. Nicholson, Pezinok9.0 
 10. Skara, B.Bystri.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Crawford, Levice15.0 
 2. Crawford, Levice15.0 
 3. Crawford, Levice15.0 
 4. Crawford, Levice15.0 
 5. Glavinic, Handlova12.0 
 6. Milosevic, Pezinok6.0 
 7. Zavodny, Vahost.6.0 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.6.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.6.0 
 10. Milosevic, Pezin.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 David TOYA
  Pezinok
  (200-G/F-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Toya, Pezinok6.0 
 2. Toya, Pezinok6.0 
 3. Toya, Pezinok6.0 
 4. Crawford, Levice5.0 
 5. Demecko, Nova Ves4.0 
 6. Ivan, Inter B.4.0 
 7. Demecko, Nova Ves4.0 
 8. Crawford, Levice3.5 
 9. Crawford, Levice3.5 
 10. Crawford, Levi.3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter TILANDY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tilandy, Vahost.3.0 
 2. Tilandy, Vahost.3.0 
 3. Bajic, Svit3.0 
 4. Tilandy, Vahost.3.0 
 5. Zavodny, Vahost.2.0 
 6. Crawford, Levice2.0 
 7. Archibeque, Levice2.0 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.2.0 
 10. Bajic, Sv.1.5 


Extraliga Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - Nova Ves 87-72
Nitra rolled over Nova Ves 87:72 as Dametri Hill (202-C-74, college: Florida) paced all the winners with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Novak Daniel notched 18, whilst Scott Edward scored 13. Baldovsky Stanislav chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Mielczarek Artur had 14 and Mroz Pawel posted 13.

Svit - B.Bystrica 69-54
Svit produced 19-6 in the opening quarter to take 69:54 at the end over B.Bystrica. Jovan Bajic (191-G-80) and Laco Branislav combined 40 points to lead all the winners. Immink Gregory and Dorazil Peter delivered 13 points each in the losing case, whilst Skara Ivan collected 10 points and 12 boards.

Vahostav-Zilina - Prievidza 80-84
Vahostav-Zilina lost to Prievidza 80:84 in Regular Season Round 2. Pavel Bosak (192-G-82) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Ridzon Viliam nailed 17, while Szalay Gabriel posted 13. Futo Miroslav finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort, Tilandy Peter netted 14 and Kosa Viliam poured in 11.

Komarno - Levice 71-87
Levice became one of the favorites in the standings after 87:71 over Komarno. A 30-19 was enough after the opening quarter to grab the second win. Clifford Crawford (194-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) shined with 22 points and 15 assists, while Archibeque Kirk top-scored with 23 points and 11 boards. Misinsky Richard delivered 18 points in the losing case.



Extraliga, Round 1: Banska Bystrica surprises Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Extraliga season 2009/10 started last week-end.
SKP Banska Bystrica surprised the reigning champion SPU Nitra handing it 72-62 defeat. The hosts had wonderful first half (42-27) and later managed to keep its lead. Ivan Skara (203-F/C-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) was a key player in victory with 22 points. Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) followed him with 14. In Nitra, Dametri Hill (202-C-74, college: Florida) shined with 25 points.
Last season's runner up, Basketbal Pezinok was too strong for the newcomer Vahostav-Zilina 97-73 Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) led the hosts with 18 points, while Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) added 17. Miroslav Futo (208-C-80, agency: Promotex) also scored 17, but for the guests.
MBL Banik Handlova celebrated against Svit 95-85 mostly owing to Josip Glavinic (192-G-82), who scored 14 points. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) responded in loss with 22.
Inter Bratislava grabbed tiny 76-75 win against Komarno. Jerice Crouch (182-G-84, college: Chattanooga) was the one who led the team from Bratislava with 29 points. Zrinko Gudelj (199-G/F-84) delivered 22 for Komarno.
In the last game of Round 1, Astrum Levice celebrated an easy win against Prievidza 84-69. The hosts had nice third (24-15) and last quarter (25-19). Clifford Crawford (194-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Martin Binovsky (185-G-87) had 16 in defeat.
Round 2 is scheduled for today.


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CB Rincon bring in Nedzad Sinanovic - by Eurobasket News
CB Rincon consolidated their frontcourt with addition of Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83). The Bosnian centre spent the previous season in Autocid Fod Burgos. The 26-year-old player averaged 8.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.3 blocks per game. Nedzad Sinanovic started his career in Citluk and was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers back in 2003. He played for Verviers-Pepinster, Real Madrid and Koeln 99ers. Nedzad Sinanovic appeared in Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team in 2007.


Caja Laboral and Xacobeo Blu:Sens earn victories - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral secured the fourth win in the pre-season action. They overcame Lagun Aro 85:70. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) fired 24 points to pace Caja Laboral.
Caja Laboral led by three points after the starting frame. However they increased the tempo in the second period and cleared off to a 12-point distance at halftime. Lagun Aro tried to stay in the race after the major break. They outscored Caja Laboral in the third period but could not restore the intrigue. Caja Laboral cruised to the victory. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) knocked down 22 points, while Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Pau Ribas (193-G-87) finished with 10 points each in the win. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) nailed 22 points for Lagun Aro. Andy Panko (204-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley) delivered 20 points in the losing case.
Xacobeo Blu:Sens held off Dynamo Moscow 79:64. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) poured in 23 points to pace the Spanish team. Xacobeo Blu:Sens built a 6-point halftime lead. Dynamo struggled to slow the hosts down and faced a 13-point deficit at the final break. Xacobeo Blu:Sens did not give a chance for the Russian team Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76) netted 15 points in the victory. Dmitry Domani (198-G/F-74, college: St.Joseph's) nailed 14 points for Dynamo. Monia added 13 points in the losing effort.



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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Plannja 2-0 
 2. Sundsvall 2-0 
 3. Eco Orebro 2-0 
 4. Norrkoping 1-0 
 5. Boras 1-1 
 6. Solna 1-1 
 7. Sodertalje 0-1 
 8. Jamtland 0-1 
 9. Gothia Basket 0-1 
 10. 08 0-2 
 11. Uppsala 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johan WESTERLUND
  08
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 18
 1. Westerlund, 0818.0 
 2. Westerlund, 0818.0 
 3. Klaric, Eco Orebro17.0 
 4. Klaric, Eco Orebro17.0 
 5. Buchanan, Solna16.0 
 6. Licartovsky, Eco O.15.0 
 7. Hedstrom, 0815.0 
 8. Saks, Norrkoping15.0 
 9. Licartovsky, Eco O.15.0 
 10. Hedstrom,15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon BUCHANAN
  Solna
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Buchanan, Solna12.0 
 2. Lindell, Eco Orebro9.0 
 3. Klaric, Eco Orebro9.0 
 4. Klaric, Eco Orebro9.0 
 5. Lindell, Eco Orebro9.0 
 6. Myrthil, Solna7.0 
 7. Andreasen, Boras6.0 
 8. Pahlmblad, Solna6.0 
 9. Barlow, Eco Orebro5.0 
 10. Barlow, Eco Oreb.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Robin RYAN
  Boras
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ryan, Boras6.0 
 2. Licartovsky, Eco O.6.0 
 3. Licartovsky, Eco O.6.0 
 4. Magnusson, Solna5.0 
 5. Myrthil, Solna4.0 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping4.0 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro3.0 
 8. Hampton, Eco O.3.0 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje3.0 
 10. Eriksson, Sod.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Leon BUCHANAN
  Solna
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Buchanan, Solna4.0 
 2. Saks, Norrkoping4.0 
 3. Chuk, Sodertalje3.0 
 4. Davis, Solna3.0 
 5. Wazzi, Sodertalje2.0 
 6. Ryan, Boras2.0 
 7. Carlsson, Boras2.0 
 8. Pita, Sodertalje2.0 
 9. Haag, Solna2.0 
 10. Grant, Norrkopi.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Francis ODADA
  08
  (197-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Odada, 083.0 
 2. Odada, 083.0 
 3. Saks, Norrkoping2.0 
 4. Myrthil, Solna2.0 
 5. Liden, Sodertalje2.0 
 6. Magnusson, Solna1.0 
 7. Atanasoski, Norrk.1.0 
 8. McNaull, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.0 
 10. Buchanan, Sol.1.0 


Basketligan, Round 2: Plannja, Dragons and Orebro remain perfect - by Eurobasket News
Plannja Basket, Sundsvall Dragons and Orebro managed to beat their rivals in Basketligan Round 2.
Plannja cruised past Jamtland on the road 83-61. Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Purdue) top-scored for the winners with 18, while Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) added one point less. For the hosts, Stian Mjos (182-G-89) delivered 16 pts.
Sundsvall Dragons also celebrated road win, but 87-80 against 08 Stockholm. John Jonker (206-C-85, college: Cornerstone) was totally the best player for Dragons netting 25 points. Andrew Spagrud (203-F-85) secured a good help with 15. In Stockholm, Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) drained 25.
Orebro met Solna Vikings as a guest registering 76-61 win. Stefan Licartovsky (200-G/F-84) scored 19 and Jesper Andersson (202-F-86) added 16 points in this victory. Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) delivered 14 points for the Vikings.
Nothing has changed in Game as visiting teams grabbed another win. This time it was Boras, who celebrated 76-68. Robin Ryan (193-G-87) and Mike Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) stepped up with 14 points each. Fredrik Jonzen (207-C/F-78, college: Oklahoma St.) had 21 points in loss.
There is one more game left in Round 2 and it will be played today (Gothia Basket - Norrkoping).


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  TURKEY   


Great adding to Darussafaka - by Sinan Can
EFES Pilsen's second team Darussafaka Cooper Tires signed their third foreigner ias Istanbul club landed athletic big guy Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama). Ekrem Memnun's team has inked with rookies Stefon Jackson and Connor Atchley befor Italy camp as Davidson will join to the practises in Istanbul. Davidson is a player out of Alabama University, got drafted by Golden State Warriors on 2007 at 2nd round 36rd place as he got traded to Charlotte Hornets. Davidson played 38 NBA games on his first professional year already spent some time at the D-League. Last season, talented big man played 15 games at Idaho Stampede and averaged 16.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 19 assists and 1.5 blocks as he got had two call-up's to Golden State Warriors and got the chance to play 12 NBA games.

New Raptors forward Turkoglu resting through camp after busy off-season - by Eurobasket News
Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) even sounded tired.

One of the biggest pieces to the Raptors' roster puzzle this season sat quietly at courtside Tuesday, his shoulders hunched over in a bulky black sweatshirt. Turkoglu, acquired in a blockbuster four-team trade in the off-season, is resting through the early part of training camp after a long run through the playoffs last season with Orlando and then a busy summer spent playing for Turkey.

And by all appearances, he needs it.

'It was very busy,' Turkoglu said, his voice lacking any semblance of energy. 'Right now I'm just trying to manage myself and try to look for the long picture and try to be more fresh and more healthy for the long coming season. I don't want to be like this, but in the end it will be the best for the Raptors.'

The Raptors acquired the 30-year-old Turkoglu from Orlando in July, a deal that not only gave Toronto some financial room to move but also a veteran player known for his versatile game.

'He's such a basketball-savvy player, he's been effective at so many different levels, but the thing that's so notable with him is he makes others on the floor with him better,' said Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo. 'He's got play-making skills but he's 6-10, he can handle the ball, he can play two, three, four (shooting guard, small forward, power forward).

'But when it comes to that experience and savvy, that's going to help this team. We haven't really had a guy to go to late in the game to break down the defence, create a shot for someone else or yourself. Late-game situations, I know he's got that mindset that he knows what to do with the ball.'

Turkoglu is coming off a career season that saw him lead Orlando to the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists and started in 77 regular-season games. He shone in the post-season, scoring a career playoff-high 29 points against Cleveland.

He followed up the NBA season by playing for Turkey in the recent European championships.

Now, he could just use some rest.

'There's no point beating him down in October here, after the summer that he had and the last four months that he's played, all the way back to June, pretty intense basketball,' said Raptors coach Jay Triano. 'We're just going to ease him back in and make sure we don't wear him down.'

Turkoglu also has nagging knee pain from what Colangelo said was quadriceps tendinitis, and so will spend much of camp in the physio room. He's in good company. Team captain Chris Bosh isn't practising after straining his hamstring earlier this month in Dallas.

'I'm going to be looking at Hedo a lot for the next week, and he gets to check out my handsome face all day so I know he can't complain,' Bosh said, laughing.

The Raptors all-star forward helped lure Turkoglu to Toronto, calling the nine-year NBA veteran when Turkoglu appeared poised to sign with the Portland Trailblazers.

Bosh said the thing he likes most about his new teammate is his laid-back demeanour.

'He's just laid back and cool, you can tell he doesn't get too high, he doesn't get too low, he's just pretty steady,' Bosh said. 'I don't think you get many surprises from that guy, he's just plain and simple.'

Turkoglu is just one of nine new faces in training camp this year after a massive off-season overhaul. The team will certainly face some challenges in the first few practices, but Triano said he was pleased with the opening session at training camp Tuesday.

'It was great, high intensity, the learning curve is very steep, and it's about finding out what some of the guys can do, and how fast they can pick things up,' Triano said.

Turkoglu knows it's important that he gets to the know his new teammates sooner rather than later.

'I know we're going to have some tough times because if you look at the team right now, with me we have nine new guys, and the other three guys are new for me too, Chris, Andrea (Bargnani) and Jose (Calderon),' he said. 'It's not going to be solved in a few days in training camp but throughout October when we play together and practise, we'll get to know each other better as a person and a player too.

'The big picture is making this team a playoff contender, and I think we're capable of that.'

Turkoglu played for Sacramento and San Antonio before signing with Orlando as a free agent in 2004.

He has averaged 12.3 points and 4.2 rebounds over his career and is a 38.5 per cent shooter from three-point range.

Turkoglu joined a team that already has a distinctly international flavour. Calderon is from Spain, Bargnani and Marco Belinelli are from Italy and centre Rasho Nesterovic is a Slovenian.


Courtesy of www.680news.com


Fenerbahce beats Cibona in the Final of Mirza Delibasic Memorial - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Fenerbahce Ulker 68-80

Cibona did not manage to win a game for first place against Fenerbahce at the Memorial Tournament Mirza Delibasic in Sarajevo. In a match, where tempers flared and several players got tossed for fighting, Fenerbahce recorded comfortable 68-80 win to claim first place. The game started out close, as both teams exchanged baskets. Game felt more like a Euroleague match up than a friendly one. After initial 10 minutes, Fenerbahce had 13-16 lead. In the second quarter, Turkish players started playing better and they went on the run to create comfortable advantage. At the halftime they were holding 27-39. Than came the third quarter which brought tension along with 4 unsportsmanlike fouls and one technical. With 6 minutes left in the game, Preldzic and Vukusic got into a verbal duel which turned into physical one. Both teams players got involved and as result of the melee Preldzic and Savas for Fener and Bagaric for Cibona were ejected. Shortly after this, tempers calmed down and Fenerbahce controlled the rest of a game.
For the winning side, Omer Asik (211-C-86) finished the game with 22 points. Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) added 15, while Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) scored 14 points. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) was the best scorer for Cibona with 14 points. Luksa Andric (210-C/F-85) and Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points each and Marin Rozic (201-F-83) added 10.

Cibona: Jamont Gordon 14, Luksa Andric 12, Antonio Graves 12, Marin Rozic 10
Fenerbahce: Omer Asik 22, Lynn Greer 15, Willie Solomon 14


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Jones Looking for BIG Things - by David Edole
After some much-needed off-season weight loss and a stint with the US Virgin Islands team in August, Charlotte Center Phil Jones (208-C-85) thinks teams in the Atlantic 10 need to watch out for his improved physicality and quickness in getting up and down the floor.

'Playing for the Virgin Islands made me a more physical player,' Jones said. 'Before the Virgin Islands, I played physical but playing against grown NBA pros and other strong men, it made me become a more physical player.'

Sitting in a gym in Brooklyn some ten years ago, Jones had no idea he would be playing basketball, let alone playing for the US Virgin Islands national team, he was just a 6-foot-7-inch teenager, watching an NBA game at Hoop Land. That's when everything changed.

'I was sitting in this gym near my house called Hoop Land just watching an NBA game on TV' Jones said. 'Then I was getting ready to leave when this guy named Rodney Houston stopped and asked me how tall I was and if I played ball. I said 6-7 and nah, not seriously. So he put me through a little workout, and the rest is history.'

Jones can sometimes be construed primarily as a low-post player that doesn't have an outside jump-shot, and it makes sense doesn't it? Standing at 6-foot-10, 255 lbs. Jones gives Charlotte a sizeable presence in the paint and has the post moves that can dominate on the inside. One thing people might not know about Jones though, is that he has a smooth foul-line jumper and can knock down the outside shot.

'I don't think people know that I can shoot the basketball,' Jones added. 'I can shoot the ball very well. Coach even told me he wants me to shoot the ball more. That's something I've been keying on a lot, I work hard on my jump-shot every day.'

There are a number of big-men in the NBA that can play the low-post but also have the touch of an angel from outside. Certain ones that come to mind include Rasheed Wallace, Charlie Villanueva, and sometimes Tim Duncan. Jones' confidence in his jump-shot was evident when he revealed what NBA player he thinks his game most resembles; one of the most prevalent, big-man 3-point shooters of our time.

'Dirk Nowitzki,' he said.

Jones entered his freshman season weighing in at 270 lbs and he thinks that contributed to the lack of minutes he played both his freshman and sophomore years. Trimming down is something he's been working hard on, and he thinks his playing weight of 255 lbs now gives him a better ability to get up and down the court. It's the part of his game he says he's been working the hardest on.

'I've been working really hard on conditioning,' Jones said. 'I lost about ten pounds, so I'm down to about 255 now. I've also been working really hard on changing ends as quickly as possible, going from offense to defense and getting up and down the court faster.'

Averaging only 19 minutes per game last season, Jones thinks he can make more out of his time on the floor in the upcoming season and looks to vastly improve his minutes per game.
'I definitely think my time on the floor will go up this year,' Jones said. 'Last year I was overweight, I wasn't in good shape at all and I got in a lot of foul trouble. Hopefully this year, I can decrease the fouls and I'm in much better shape, so I should see more minutes.'

The highlight for his time with the US Virgin Islands team came in a game against Puerto Rico when Jones led the team with 18 points, shot 58 percent from the field, and pulled down seven rebounds in only 23 minutes. When asked if he would represent the Virgin Islands again, Jones' face lit up.
'It was a great experience, I would definitely do it again,' Jones said. 'I'm definitely GOING to do it again, it felt great.'

Charlotte had a tough year in 2008-09, going 11-20 overall and just 5-12 in A-10 play. The poor play can mainly be attributed to the rash of injuries that ravaged the team and lack of depth at guard. After the departure of Michael Gerrity, a blown-out knee to freshman Shamarr Bowden, and another knee injury to Charles Dewhurst, Charlotte was slim at the guard position and searching for answers. In 2009-10 however, Jones thinks the team is headed in the right direction with depth at the guard position, a healthy roster, some new faces, and a lot of youth at key positions.

'We have a very, very good team this year,' Jones noted.' We have a lot of young guys and we're really trying to fine-tune them and get them ready for the season. I think we're looking for big things this year.'
Josh Carpenter
NinerReport.com Staff Writer


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  UBA   


The URBL Becomes The UBA - by URBL media
The Universal Basketball Association (UBA) is formally known as the United Regions Basketball League (URBL). The URBL was founded in Texas in 2008 by Mac Claire, and was converted into the UBA on August 8, 2009 when the league was purchased by J.D. Barnes and D.J. Douglas. Plans for the UBA extend worldwide and will be like no other professional sports league the world has ever seen. Under the control of both Douglas and Barnes, the league jumped from a recreational level league to a professional league. For the first time in any minor league sports history, more than 6 players received overseas contracts out of a 1st year league. The new league owners are responsible for each player in the URBL that received an overseas contract in 2009: Mychal Kearse (Denmark), Jerome Boyd (Uruguay), Anthony Oxley (United Kingdom), Kitus Witherspoon (Uruguay), Travis Snell (Germany), Jermaine Barnes (Saudi Arabia), Quennell Green (Finland), Trevon Bryant (Uruguay), Carlos White (Uruguay).

The league will be broken up into 3 regions. The United States (D.J. Douglas/J.D. Barnes), Uruguay (Maria Correa) and Japan (Jerone Dodd). The UBA will continue to expand until the league will be global.
Sherman Douglas (6'2''-G-82, college: Faulkner)


Universitario inks Carlos White - by URBL media
Just two weeks ago Carlos White agreed to terms with the Irving Assault of the newly formed UBA, but before he could even make it to training camp UBA scout /agent Maria Correa signed him. Carlos White has agreed to terms with Universitario (Uruguay). Maria Correa has a great eye for talent. This would be the 7th player Maria has provided a professional jobs for in the UBA (Mychal Kearse (Denmark), Anthony Oxley (England), Jermaine Barnes (Saudi Arabia), Jerome Boyd (Uruguay), Kevin Green (China), Will De La Cruz (ABA), Trevon Bryant (Uruguay), Carlos White (Uruguay), say UBA co-owner D.J. Douglas.

White has had great success in Europe and now looks to bring his talent to Universitario. Im ready to play. Maria told me that Universitario was a great club and they want to win. Thats my kind on team, says White.

White finished his last two seasons in Portugal and England. In 2007-08 with Sampaense (Portugal) White averaged 19.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Was also a All-Star section and named to the All-Portugal Import Team. In 2008-09 with Leicester City Riders (United Kingdom) White averaged 15.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.2 blocks per game.

White committed to play in the UBA this season. He signed with the Irving Assault following his stay at Universitario. In 2009 Irving came up short in the URBL Championship, they hope that in the spring Carlos White can help then get pass the dominate Morrow Disciples (DFW).
Carlos White (6'8''-F-80, agency: Marria Correa Agency, college: Appalachian St.)


Bryant heads to Juventus (Uruguay) - by URBL media
Trevon Bryant (209-F-84) agreed on terms of contract with Juventus. The 25-year-old forward started the previous season in the ABA then back to Japan. He averaged 16.9 points, 14.4 boards and 3.5 blocks per game for LA Push. Trevon Bryant finished the season in Japan for Fukuoka. Bryant notched 13.5 points and 9.2 boards per game for the Rizing.

Bryant attended Cal State-Dominquez Hills. He was named CCAA Defensive Player or the Year in 2007. He also let the nation in block shots with 4.0bpg. Trevon Bryant was named schools all-time leading shot blocker with 250 blocks.

To no ones surprise Maria Correa was the master mind in the signing of Bryant. After his stay in Juventus, Bryant with prepare to play for the GIE Morrow Disciples in 2010. The Disciples are the defending Champions and look to add on to the championships with the addition of Trevon. Getting a player like Trevon make your job so easy. Trevon is by far the best defensive player Ive ever seen, said teammate Derrick Stroud.
Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.)


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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Defensor 4-0 
 2. Cordon 4-0 
 3. Un.Atletica 3-0 
 4. Atenas 3-0 
 5. Ferro Carril 3-1 
 6. Hebraica 2-1 
 7. Bigua 2-1 
 8. Malvin 2-2 
 9. Anastasia 2-2 
 10. Cader 2-2 
 11. Tabare 1-3 
 12. Sayago 1-3 
 13. Aguada 0-2 
 14. Trouville 0-4 
 15. Bohemios 0-4 
 16. Olimpia 0-4 


Results for the Uruguayan League 4th round - by Hector Lopez
The results for the Uruguayan League 4th round and numbers for import players
Defensor Sporting 81 - Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) 31 points 7 rebounds 3 assists, Dillon Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) 15 and 10
Tabare 70 - Robert McKiver (191-G-84, college: Houston) 20 points 3 rebounds 7 asists, Eric Price (198-C-83, college: Trevecca Naz.) 8 and 11
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Cordon 87 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb) 28 points 4 rebounds 8 assists, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 8 points 13 rebounds 2 assists
Trouville 76 - Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 22 and 10, Jason Klotz (207-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas) 14 and 7
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Anastasia 88 - Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 22 points 8 rebounds 4 asists, Kojo Mensah (185-G-85, college: Duquesne) 26 points 7 rebounds 6 assists Jeffrey Simpson (204-C-83, college: N.Texas) 10 points 7 rebounds 2 assists
Sayago 87 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 29 points 5 rebounds 4 assists, Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 2 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 34 points 5 rebounds
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Ferro Carril 70 - Jermaine Dailey (201-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) 21 points 11 rebounds, Luke McKenna (201-F-82, college: Indiana Tech) 10 points 9 rebounds, Tyler Hughes (211-F-84, college: Kansas St.) 4 points
Bohemios 65 - Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, college: St.Louis) 22 points 6 rebounds, Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) 14 points 15 rebounds
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Cader 96 - Alex Galindo (198-F-85, college: Florida Intern.) 31 points, 8 rebounds 3 asists, Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) 19 points 3 rebounds 3 assists, Jermaine Griffin (206-C-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Arlington) 14 points 18 rebounds 6 blocks
Malvin 87 - Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) 12 points 3 rebounds 3 assists
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Bigua 93 - Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) 13 points 11 rebounds 4 assists, Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85, college: Florida Atlantic) 28 poiints 8 rebounds 2 assits
Olimpia 78 - James Parlow (193-G-85, college: New Orleans) 3 points, Landon Adler (206-F-85, college: Ind.Wesleyan) 0 points 1 rebound, Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 27 points 12 rebounds 3 assists
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The games Atenas-Hebraica and Aguada-Union Atletica were postponed



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Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
East
 1. Tiburones 14-0 
 2. Gatos 8-5 
 3. Espartanos 7-6 
 4. Estudiantes 5-8 
 5. Acereros 0-15 
West
 1. Cent.Apure 9-4 
 2. Lanc.Cojedes 8-6 
 3. Graneros 7-6 
 4. Duros 6-7 
 5. Mantarrayas 4-11 




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Women News

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  BULGARIA - Women  


Lukoil Neftochimik recorded second win over Tony 7 - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Neftochimik - Tony 7 98-54

Lukoil Neftochimik recorded second comfortable win against Tony, this time 98-54. Just like in the game one, Lukoil players were simply too much for Tony 7. They opened the game in style with 8-0 run and never looked back. After first quarter the score stood at 32-13 and it was clear Tony 7 players are in for the long game again. However, in the second quarter Tony 7 put more effort and managed to hang around. At the halftime break, Lukoil still had comfortable 52-35 advantage. After the break, Lukoil continued to pile up pressure on its opponents. Led by Traci Edwards (188-C-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee), they mounted another run, while limiting Tony to only 12 third quarter points. With 10 minutes left in the game, Lukoil was 83-47 up. In the final quarter, all Lukoil players got the chance on the floor. In a fairly low scoring quarter Lukoil win 15-7 for an overall 98-54 victory.
Traci Edwards was unstoppable for Lukoil finishing the night with 40 points. Tatiana Lihtarovich (182-F-88) finished the match with 22, while Frida Aili (177-G-88, agency: LBM Management) added 18 while. Damjanova led the way for Tony with 15 points, and she was closely followed by Radostina Rasheva (175-G/F-92) with 14.

Lukoil Neftohimik: Traci Edwards 40, Tatiana Lihtarovich 22, Frida Aili 18
Tony 7: Damjanova 15, Radostina Rasheva 14



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  CAMEROON - Women  


Cameroon National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
4 Linda Mba BEAC Yaounde Cameroon
5 Marguerite Ngo
6 Siloise Gano Phi-Slama-Jama Cameroon
7 Angela Botiba
8 Salome Mete
9 Louise Bilong
10 Nicole Jamen 180-F/C Austin Peay State USA
11 Caroline Abui
12 Sandrine Meyini
13 Christine Oyeng
14 Hermine Ngueko
15 Noelline Moabel


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Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. Horsholm 0-0 
 2. Virum 0-0 
 3. SISU 0-0 
 4. Horsens 0-0 
 5. Aabyhoj 0-0 
 6. Falcon 0-0 
 7. Amager 0-0 
 8. Lemvig 0-0 
 9. Vaerlose 0-0 


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LFB Stats Leaders


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DBBL Awards for Bar, Spandauw and Protzig - by Cornelius Damm
September 26th/27th the 2009/10 season started in 1.DBBL with the annual Season Opening that took place in Freiburg this year. Eisvogel USC Freiburg celebrates ten years of DBBL Basketball this season and got their very special present in their 83-57 upset triumph over five time champion TSV 1880 Wasserburg. Despite all six games of Round 1 that were held in Freiburg that weekend the league also presented its awards for the past season 2008/09 at the traditional evening event with all teams.

This year for the first time the award winners were found by the votes of all 1.DBBL coaches and the fans who could vote online on the 1.DBBL webpage. Not much of a surprise the results do not differ from the eurobasket.com awards as already presented by us right after the season finish in May 2009.


MVP
After leading her club the TV Saarlouis Royals as the team captain at the tender age of 21 years to its first ever German Championship after a dramatic five game series at the 2009 Finals Romy Bar (188-F-87) now received the award as the Most Valuable Player. Blessed with a high potential in almost every part of the game combined with a nice body frame Bar succeeds as a true allrounder. She can play every position between PG and PF. Threepoint shooting, inside scoring, rebounding, handing out assists, shotblocking and quick reactions, helping her to grab tons of steals - Bar has got it all. After receiving the award Saturday night, Bar proofed her versatility on Sunday in the 78-67 victory against 1.DBBL newcomer Rhein Main Baskets. Bar shot 11 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 from the foul line to finish the game with 25 points. She also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, blocked 2 shots and stole the ball 7 times from her opponents in 35 minutes on the court.

Coach of the Year
Not much of a surprise the COY award was defended by Rene Spandauw head coach of the German Champion TV Saarlouis Royals. In his five years at the helm of the Royals basketball program Spandauws team constantly improved year by year. After already capturing the Cup Championship and the Vize Championship in 2008 the Royals won both Championships in 2009 and dethroned five time champion TSV TSV 1880 Wasserburg. Even more under the guidance of Spandauw the Saarlouis basketball blossomed and created a real hype. The ultimate fifth Championship game of the 2009 Finals was played in front of 2500 enthusiastic fans in Saarlouis while another 500 followed the game on a screen in front of the sold out gym.

Rookie of the Year
The 2008/09 was the most successful season in 1.DBBL in the history of the East German club SV Halle. The 'Lions' finished the season as the third best team after Regular Season and with a fourth place after the Play Offs after loosing to evo New Basket Oberhausen in the petite finals for bronze medal. Part of the success was the fresh play of Nadja Protzig (179-F-89). The young combo guard finished her second year in 1.DBBL with an average of 9.2 PPG, while shooting .349 from the field and .722 from the foul line, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG and 1.0 SPG in 29 games for the Lions. Protzig played in all Youth National Teams of Germany and was a key player of Germanys U20 team that captured the eighths place at the U20 Championship in Gdynia, Poland this summer. Protzig finished the nine game event for Germany as the player with the most minutes on the court. After learning her Basketball ABC at the Halle youth program, Protzig took off to Wasserburg to start her professional career after she had finished her school in Halle in June 2009.



Eurobasket congratulates all award winners! (for a picture of the award winners click here)


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Xenia Stewart in Odra Brzeg - by Eurobasket News
Odra Brzeg added Xenia Stewart (183-G-87, agency: Merit Sports) to the roster. Just before the start of the new season Odra Brzeg opted for strengthening their backcourt. Xenia Stewart signed her first pro contract. She has recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. The 22-year-old guard tallied 10.9 points, 4.0 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in the senior season with the Panthers. Xenia Stewart made it to the All-Big East Conference 2nd Team the same year.


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Senegalese National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
#s#
Aya Traore
Traore
Marie Sy
Sy
Fatou Dieng
Dieng
Ndeye Sene
Sene
Bineta Diouf
Diouf
#e#6
4 Fatourmata Dango
5 Aya Traore 186-F-83 Hit Kranjska Gora Slovenia
6 Marie Sy 185-F-85 Saint Jacques Sport Reims France
7 Fatou Dieng 170-G-85 Saint Jacques Sport Reims France
8 Adja Mbaye
9 Ndeye Sene 167-G/F-88 BC ICIM Arad Romania
10 Ndeye Gueye
11 Aminata Bieye
12 Ndeye Dior Mbengue Djoliba Athletic Club Mali
13 Astou Mbaye Clube Universitario Dakar Senegal
14 Bienetou Thiam
15 Bineta Diouf 186-C/F-79 Basket Landes France



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Gran Canaria clinch Canarias Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria overcame Uni CajaCanarias 70:65 in the Final game of the Canarias Cup. Morgan Warburton (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) fired 29 points to pace the charge. She was named the MVP of the tournament. Patricia Arguello (91) delivered 14 points in the winning case. Patricia Berciano (89) responded with 18 points for Uni CajaCanarias. Eva Serra (83) finished with 17 points in defeat.
Earlier Gran Canarias played three friendly games against Tenerife Aguere. The LFB side claimed three wins. They outclassed their opponents 73:40 in the opening encounter. Morgan Warburton delivered 20 points, while Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) chipped in 19. Palaimaite answered with 12 in defeat.
The second game turned into a one-way traffic as Gran Canaria celebrated a 100:52 success. Morgan Warburton and Jaklin Zlatanova dropped 16 points each. Laura Scantamburlo (176-G/F-93) answered with 11 points for Tenerife.
Finally Gran Canaria posted a 72:45 victory. Jaklin Zlatanova top-scored with 15 points. Estibaliz Castano (85) replied with 15 points in the loss.



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Pondexter's late scores give Mercury 119-116 OT victory over Fever in Game 1 of WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
The WNBA finals was supposed to be Phoenix's offense against Indiana's defense.

How about offense vs. offense? Enough for the highest-scoring game in WNBA history.

Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) missed a potential winning tip-in at the fourth-quarter buzzer then scored seven of her 23 points in overtime Tuesday night to help the Mercury beat the Fever 120-116 in the highest-scoring game in WNBA history.

'Well, if you didn't like women's basketball,' Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said, 'I think you do now.'

Pondexter, frustrated and in foul trouble in the first half, scored the final five points to close out Game 1 of the best-of-five series.

'You got to let the game come to you,' the Mercury point guard said.

Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) scored 23 points and newly crowned league MVP Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) had 22 for Phoenix.

Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) tied it with a 3-pointer for Indiana with 7.1 seconds left in regulation, then scored eight in overtime for the Fever to reach a career playoff high 30 points. Ebony Hoffman had a career-high 27 on 12 of 14 shooting as the Fever set a franchise scoring record in just the second 100-point game in the club's history.

Before this one, the league's highest-scoring game was Phoenix's 111-110 victory over Houston in triple overtime on Aug. 10, 2006.

The Mercury and Fever each scored more points than any team previously in league history. The old mark was 115, of course by Phoenix, in an overtime victory over Sacramento on June 13.

The Mercury scored exactly three points a minute Tuesday night.

'It was fun,' Taurasi said, 'kind of showing a different side of women's basketball how high a level it is. It's fun to be in the game and I'm sure it was fun to watch.'

Paul Westhead, who installed the offense for the Mercury and won a WNBA title with it as Phoenix coach two years ago, must have loved it. Phoenix improved to 22-2 in games in which it scored 100 points. The Mercury are 10-0 in 100-point games this season.

The Fever, though, are supposed to be built on defense. Did Indiana coach Lin Dunn think her team had that much offense in it?

'Sure I did,' she said. 'When the ball goes in we're really good.'

Indiana's Tamika Catchings had just eight points before fouling out with 2:42 left in overtime but harassed Taurasi into a 5 of 17 shooting night.

Rookie DeWanna Bonner's two free throws put Phoenix ahead 105-102 with 14.2 seconds left in regulation, then after a timeout, the Fever got the ball to the open Douglas, who sank the 3 that tied it.

The Mercury pushed downcourt, where Bonner missed a driving layup, but Pondexter went up for the uncontested tip-in. Her shot bounced off the rim to send the game into overtime.

After trailing most of the second half by as many as eight points, the Mercury used a 9-0 spurt to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Taurasi sank a 3 pointer, made one of two free throws, then had an assist on Temeka Johnson's 3 that put the Mercury ahead 102-98 with 2 minutes to play in regulation. The other basket in the run was a driving bank shot by Taylor that tied it at 98.

The unintimidated Fever, who had won three straight in Phoenix, came back. Catchings made two free throws, then rookie Briann January, who played at nearby Arizona State, made a layup to tie it at 102 with 47.8 seconds left.

Taylor was fouled and made one of two free throws with 27.9 seconds remaining to give Phoenix a 103-102 lead.

The lead changed hands six times in overtime. Douglas' 15-footer gave Indiana its final lead at 116-115 with 1:40 left. Pondexter scored on a drive to put the Mercury ahead 117-116 with 1:27 to go, then sank a 16-footer with 20.2 seconds to go to make it 119-116. She finally finished off the Fever by making one of two free throws with 3 seconds to play.

Dunn lamented Phoenix's offensive rebounds, especially late in the game.

'I'm telling you,' she said. 'At the end of the day we can't give up 24 second-chance points.'

Pondexter expects more of the same the rest of the series.

'I think every game you see from here on out will be like Game 1 was,' she said. 'Incredible.'


Courtesy of www.kfsm.com