EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/10/2009

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  AUSTRALIA   


Longley into Sport Australia Hall of Fame - by James Hoff
Basketball Australia Hall of Famer Luc Longley (217-C-69, college: N.Mexico) has been recognised by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at its annual gala dinner at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Longley was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to Australian sport alongside seven other Australian decorated sportsmen and women.

When Longley was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the seventh overall pick of the 1991 NBA Draft, he not only became the first Australian to enter the elite ranks of the worlds greatest basketball league, but unwillingly he positioned himself as an icon to thousands of young basketballers, a legacy that only grows as the years pass.

He showed that with hard work and dedication you could make it to the top and flourish a truly Australian ethos.

Two seasons later he was recruited to the illustrious Chicago Bulls, with whom he would win three consecutive NBA Championships alongside legends Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina), Scottie Pippen (202-G/F-65, college: Cent.Arkansas) and coach Phil Jackson .

After 10 years and 567 games in the elite league he retired from top level competition, much the same man as when he began.

Gracious, quiet but well spoken, intelligent and humble, Longley not only broke down the door to the NBA, he illustrated the class it took to stay there.

Along the way, with Bulls matches broadcast to televisions across the world, he was the consummate ambassador for Australia.

Not only a handy scorer, he was praised for his unselfishness and for making his team mates better by doing his job to the best of his abilities.

Most male basketball players in Australia now dream of playing in the NBA. Without Luc leading the way, it would never have seemed possible.

His efforts for Australia on the domestic and international stage were also outstanding.

He represented Australia at three Olympic Games and a World Championship, twice obtaining fourth place finishes, still the best results an Australian senior mens team has achieved in Olympic competition.

After his retirement he returned to his beloved Western Australia to benefit the local game by becoming a part owner of the Perth Wildcats.

He then increased his community involvement by becoming the Chairman of Healthway as well as acting as an Ambassador for the WA Dept. of Sport & Recreation Be Active program, promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

In early 2007 Luc awoke in his WA home to the sound of a loud pop. He got out of the house safely with his wife and two kids as an electrical fire quickly consumed the premises.

In a sign of his popularity, the event was documented in every major newspaper across Australia and many across the world.

Its a bummer, but its not a tragedy, Luc said while standing in the ashes of his house, before shedding a tear at the thought of how lucky he was to still have his family, all safe and well.

A champion on the court and a legendary man off it, Luc Longley fully deserves his induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Andrew Gaze (201-G-65, college: Seton Hall) AM, Michele Timms OAM and Phil Smyth AM are other basketball players inducted into the Hall, while Ivor Burge MBE, Lindsay Gaze OAM and FIBA President Bob Elphinston OAM were previously inducted as general members.



Adelaide pips Townsville - by Eurobasket News
A clutch basket to import John Gilchrist (187-G-84, college: Maryland) has earned the Adelaide 36ers a thrilling 90-89 victory over the Townsville Crocodiles at the Distinctive Homes Dome on Friday night.

After leading by 20 points late in a dominant second quarter, the Sixers fell in a hole, surrendering their advantage midway through the third.

It was anyone's game in the final term but Gilchrist came up with the final two buckets of the game - one with 25 seconds remaining and the second with 1.9 seconds left on the clock - to get his side across the line.

The match-winner smashed into the ring but luckily fell for the home side.

Peter Crawford got a shot away in the brief restart but his attempt fell short of the hoop.

Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) led from the front in the fourth quarter and doubled his points tally to finish with 24, Gilchrist collected 21 points while Darren Ng was on fire in the second term and finished with 17 points.

Townsville showed character to outscore the home side 51-34 in the second half and would've been rueing its slow start.

Corey Williams (200-F-74, agency: Agency No 10, college: Arizona), who almost registered a triple-double, got his side back into the contest after the break with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Rolan Roberts (201-F/C-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) was influential in the tight fourth quarter and finished with 22 points and Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) was next best with 14 points.

The match began with an even first quarter as Townsville opened up mini-breaks before Adelaide hit back.

The Sixers were showing some promising form but it took the home side until the final minute to arrest the ascendancy away from the visitors. Ng sunk his first three pointer, David Cooper swatted a ball clear of the Crocs' hoop before Jacob Holmes scored just before the buzzer to deliver his side a 24-20 lead.

Adelaide had all the momentum in the second term with Ng continuing his scintillating form outside the arc.

He scored 11 of his team's first 14 points (featuring a hat-trick of three pointers) and in an instant the Sixers were out to a 16-point buffer.

It took the Crocs more than four-and-a-half minutes to register their first points from the field - a Cameron Tovey lay-up - and the drought-breaker prompted Townsville coach Trevor Gleeson to call time-out.

The break in play did temporarily stop the haemorrhaging, with Williams enjoying some time in the key, but the Sixers were unrelenting.

Gilchrist showed some slick dribbling and sharp passing while he and his team-mates maintained a perfect record from the stripe.

In contrast, Townsville dropped just four out of 10 from the line and were playing with little confidence.

Stephen Hoare got the important final bucket of the quarter but the Sixers still held a commanding 56-38 lead at half-time.

Townsville staged an amazing turnaround in the second half with Williams single-handedly leading the rapid fight back.

He scored 14 effortless points, featuring lay-ups and jump shots, and left the Distinctive Homes Dome crowd stunned.

Crawford sunk a long bomb midway through the period to give the Crocs an unlikely lead.

Adelaide's radar had gone haywire with the home side shooting at just 22 percent from the field.

But a solo effort and then a last-gasp lay-up from Cortez Groves at least brought the scores level - 67 a piece - at three-quarter time.

It was a real slug fest in the fourth quarter before a Russell Hinder three, a Rolan Roberts ally-oop and another Williams bucket in quick succession gave the visitors the edge once more.

But Ballinger then Gilchrist stood up to deliver some telling baskets and the crowd urged their heroes home.

Adelaide now holds a 2-1 record and heads to Perth next week to tackle the Wildcats while Townsville (1-2) plays the Tigers in Melbourne on Saturday night.

Adelaide 36ers 90 (Ballinger 24, Gilchrist 21, Ng 17)
Townsville Crocodiles 89 (Williams 32, Roberts 22, Hinder 14)


Courtesy of www.skysport.co.nz


Wildcats send Blaze to bottom - by Eurobasket News
The Perth Wildcats overcame a determined Gold Coast Blaze 89-84 in their opening home match of the season at Challenge Stadium.

Both teams were coming off heavy losses in Cairns and were desperate to bounce back from 1-2 starts to the season, but in the end the Wildcats were able to just shake a Blaze team that would not go away.

Perth's loss to the Taipans was by 18 points the night after a thrilling win in Townsville and a week after a tight loss in Wollongong.

The Wildcats took to 'The Jungle' for the first time this season without the injured Paul Rogers and despite still showing signs of the teamwork not quite being what it could become, they did enough for the five-point win.

New skipper Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) led the way with 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting including four from long range.

He had good support from Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) with 13 points of which nine came from beyond the arc, with Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) scoring 11 and Drew Williamson 10.

Gold Coast went down to Cairns by 17 on Wednesday and looked tired without injured pair Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) and Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California), but were a much better unit in Perth with new import Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) starting in just his second game since replacing Michael Joiner.

Maxey finished with 23 points and 10 boards in a supremely impressive performance in a sign of exciting things to come. Fellow import Ubaka scored 16 and Adam Gibson 10 with seven assists.

Pero Cameron, Greg Vanderjagt and Chris Goulding all added eight for the Blaze.

The Wildcats started well with Weigh enjoying his starting role early with eight points in the first five minutes as the 'Cats went up 14-9.

Gold Coast was playing hard, though, and with much more purpose than Wednesday in Cairns. With new import Maxey looking good in his first start and Vanderjagt doing well under the bucket, the Blaze remained within five after the first quarter.

Perth began the second period strongly with six quick points in a row to lead by nine, but only managed three more for the final six minutes as Gold Coast got moving despite Harvey sitting out after picking up his third foul.

Gibson hit eight points in the second term alone and helped Gold Coast tie the sores 37 at the main break.

The Blaze continued the momentum early in the third when Cameron nailed two straight threes and give his side its biggest lead of the game.

The Wildcats quickly hit back with three-pointers to Martin, Weigh and Redhage to regain the lead at 50-48. The Blaze took control again, though, and went back up by five when Harvey hit his first from long range.

The lead was then 59-52 when Maxey hit another jumper, but the 'Cats hit back with a pair from the stripe to Wagstaff and a three to Drew Williamson. Another bomb from Williamson and one to Redhage then saw Perth lead 63-59 at three quarter-time.

Perth quickly went out by eight early in the last quarter, but Gold Coast kept coming and Ubaka brought them within one with four minutes to go.

Redhage continued his big night hitting a crucial three to make the margin four and the 'Cats did enough for the win from there.

Gold Coast (1-3) returns home to host the Melbourne Tigers on Wednesday, while the Wildcats (2-2) remain home the next four weeks to play Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong and New Zealand.

Perth Wildcats 89 (Redhage 32, Weigh 13, Wagstaff 11)
Gold Coast Blaze 84 (Maxey 23, Ubaka 16, Gibson 10)


Courtesy of www.sportal.com.au


Stats Leaders - NBL


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


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  BAHRAIN   


Warner may replace Warren in Al Manama - by Mohammed Malas
Following the serious injury of Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Florida), Al Manama club management decided to invite Warner Calvin (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville) to Bahrain in order to possible replace for Warren in the team.

Warner had played in the area before in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran, He also hold a good experience in playing in France and South Korea.


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  BELGIUM   


Mons coaches news - by Peter Buyse
Dexia Mons-Hainaut has found a replacment for departed coach Chris Finch. Former Amsterdam coach Arik Shivek takes over the head -coaching job for the running season with an option for next season. Shivek coach the Antwerp Giants between 2005 and 2007 at which point he joined Amsterdam. He won the Belgian cup with Antwerp in 2007.
Before that he coached Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Ramat Gan in his home country Israel. He also won 3 championships in Holland the last being this past season with Amsterdam.


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Oostende 1-0 
 2. Leuven 1-0 
 3. M.Hainaut 1-0 
 4. Liege 1-1 
 5. Antwerp 1-1 
 6. Charleroi 0-0 
 7. Aalstar 0-1 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 0-1 
 9. Gent 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Division I


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. SL IAT Leotar 0-0 
 2. Slavija 0-0 
 3. Igokea 0-0 
 4. Zrinjski MC 0-0 
 5. Grude 0-0 
 6. Hercegovac 0-0 
 7. Mladost MG 0-0 
 8. Sutjeska 0-0 
 9. Celik 0-0 
 10. Sloboda Dita 0-0 
 11. Borac Nektar 0-0 
 12. Capljina 0-0 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Siroki Eronet 0-0 
 2. Bosna S. 0-0 


Kakanj signs Kahrimanovic - by Eurobasket News
The reports from Bosnia indicate that BC Kakanj signed another player this pre-season. After securing the signature of Nedzad Mulic (181-G-77) and bringing in new Head Coach Irfan Hasanagic, Kakanj is set to reinforce at forward position. Experienced international Abdurahman Kahrimanovic (197-G-75, agency: Court Side) is expected to join the team, which will this season try to qualify for League 12. He will be expected to provide experience under the rim, and it is expected that the player will have no trouble fitting in. Player himself stated that he was glad to be offered a chance to be a part of ambitious project, ant that he hopes he will repay the faith shown in him trough good form. With this signing, Kakanj most probably completed its roster for season 2009/10.
Abdurahman Kahrimanovic started his career with Celik Zenica. He has also played for lot of clubs including Cenex Sarajevo, Zenica Metalno, Hopsi Polzela, Go-Pass Pepinster and many others. His best season came in 2004, when as a member of Hungarian outfit Vitai Eger Egri Fekete Sasok he appeared in 25 games and posted averages of 15.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Following season he moved to Greece where he signed with Greek 2nd league outfit Aigaleo. He averaged 11.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. In 2005 he moved to KAO Dramas where in 26 games he averaged 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Last season, Kahrimanovic spent with Bashkimi Prizren in Kosovo. He was forced to leave the club in March of 2009 due to the injury.


Denis Vrsaljko close to Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
According to various reports from Croatian and Bosnian media, Zrinjski is close to securing a new signing. Their first center Mate Perajica (203-C-81) is currently recovering from knee surgery, so short-term replacement is needed. Reportedly they are currently negotiating with Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82). If they agree terms, Vrsaljko is expected to join his new squad sometime next week. He is expected to play in several control matches, which Zrinjski scheduled for the following couple of days. Vrsaljko is seen as big reinforcement under the rim.
Denis Vrsaljko is a product of Zadar youth system. He made his professional debut in 2001 when he signed for Zrinjevac. In three seasons with Zrinjevac he improved each year, and during 2003-2004 he appeared in 8 games, averaging double-double of 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds. In 2004, Vrsaljko moved to Zagreb where in his first season he appeared in 29 Adriatic League games and averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. In Croatian League he averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10 matches. In 2008, Vrsaljko won National Cup with Zagreb. Last season, Vrsaljko played for Hungarian outfit Falco KC-Szombathely. In 26 games, he posted averages of 9.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 69.2% for two.


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  CHINA   


Sun Was Not Trying to Fail - by Arthur Volbert
Recently a source told me that rumors in Chinese newspapers have stated that Sun Yue has been sabatoging his teams. They say he purposely played terribly in the Asian championships. They say that he was the main reason that China lost to Iran because he didn't like the National Team's head coach, Guo Shiqiang, and that he convinced some of his teammates to play terribly. These rumors are ridiculous.

It was not intent that caused Sun Yue to play so poorly in the Asian championship. Rather it was an adverse reaction to his training by the Los Angeles Lakers last season. The Lakers needed to transform Sun from a pure point guard into a point forward-shooting guard, someone in the mold of Scotty Pippen or Boris Diaw. Sun appeared to have the physical and mental characteristics for such a transformation, but apparently does not. Such characteristics are rare in individuals, which is why such transformations usually flop. But the Lakers tried this because of Sun's marketing potential and Sun tried it because it was the only way he had a chance to make it in the NBA. Most 40th picks in the draft flop, but every once in a while you get a talent who becomes a player as good as Pippen or Diaw.

Apparently this effort to transform him has caused Sun to become a far less effective player than he used to be. Whether or not Sun can shake off the negative results of this experiment, and once again be a highly effective player against Asian competition, is something we will soon find out.

Hopefully Sun will join a team in the CBA where he can learn to excel against Chinese competition. A season in the CBA may help Sun to once again be a highly effective player on China's National Team.



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  CROATIA   


Dubrava Cup: Sibenik wins by 1 point to claim third place, Krka wins the Slovenian final - by Eurobasket News
Sibenik won in thriller against the hosts Dubrava to claim third place at Dubrava Cup. Even though they managed to build 14-point lead at the halftime, Sibenik still had to work hard in order to secure win. After 20 minutes of play the score stood at 40-54, and in the second half Dubrava started with the 10-run. They continued to dominate third quarter, as Sibenik simply could not execute on the offensive end. As result, we entered the final 10 minutes with Dubrava holding 71-70 lead. In the final quarter we saw tight match-up where lead changed from possession to possession. Still in the end, Sibenik had more sports luck as they managed to hit the winning hot with seconds left in the game. This enabled them 97-98 victory.
Bilan led Sibenik with 27 points, while Luka Petkovic (181-G-88) and Mario Filipovic (195-G-88) added 18 each. On the other hand, Dubrava had Igor Maric (196-F-85) and Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) score 23 and 22 points respectively. Sakic was also exceptional as he recorded double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds.
In the game for first place, Krka was able to beat Zlatorog Lasko 78-66. It was a match which Krka players controlled from the start. At the halftime they held 43-34 lead and were looking comfortable. In the second, they kept their advantage not allowing Zlatorog players to mount a serious challenge. In the final 10 minutes they extended their lead for the final 12 point margin win to claim first place.
Blazic and Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) led Krka with 19 and 18 points respectively. For the loosing side only Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) reached double figures with 13 points.


Denis Vrsaljko close to Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
According to various reports from Croatian and Bosnian media, Zrinjski is close to securing a new signing. Their first center Mate Perajica (203-C-81) is currently recovering from knee surgery, so short-term replacement is needed. Reportedly they are currently negotiating with Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82). If they agree terms, Vrsaljko is expected to join his new squad sometime next week. He is expected to play in several control matches, which Zrinjski scheduled for the following couple of days. Vrsaljko is seen as big reinforcement under the rim.
Denis Vrsaljko is a product of Zadar youth system. He made his professional debut in 2001 when he signed for Zrinjevac. In three seasons with Zrinjevac he improved each year, and during 2003-2004 he appeared in 8 games, averaging double-double of 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds. In 2004, Vrsaljko moved to Zagreb where in his first season he appeared in 29 Adriatic League games and averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. In Croatian League he averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10 matches. In 2008, Vrsaljko won National Cup with Zagreb. Last season, Vrsaljko played for Hungarian outfit Falco KC-Szombathely. In 26 games, he posted averages of 9.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 69.2% for two.


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  CYPRUS   


Panathinaikos capture Love Cyprus Basketball Tournament in Nicosia - by Nemanja Bjedov
Nikola Pekovic poured in 20 points and Dimitris Diamantidis added 16 as Panathinaikos topped BC Khimky Moscow Region 78-72 in the final game of the Love Cyprus Basketball Tournament at the Tassos Papadopoulos Eleftheria Athletic Center in Nicosia on Thursday night.

Every time we come to Cyprus it is really special for us to see how many fans we have over here and it is especially important to my players as they thrive when playing in front of big crowds, said Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic after the game.

The hospitality was excellent at all levels and I have to thank everyone who got in touch with us over the last few days, and also to express my surprise with the level of Cypriot teams that took part at this tournament as they are much better than we initially thought, added Obradovic.

The Greek powerhouse was constantly ahead as they held a five-point lead at the end of the opening period at 19-14, which they then increased to seven at 43-36 as the teams headed to the locker rooms for the half time interval. In the third period teams traded basket-for-basket and Obradovics men were still firmly ahead at 60-53 with the final ten minutes left to be played. However, the Russian side never gave up and with just over a minute remaining they reduced their deficit to a single point at 73-72, but they had no strength to completely turn things around and Panathinaikos closed the game on 5-0 run to clinch the victory.

Drew Nicholas scored 15 points for Panathinaikos including four three-pointers, while Nickolas Calathes chipped in with four and also claimed the MVP of the tournament award.

Keith Langford and Kelly McCarthy each had 16 points for BC Khimky Moscow Region, while Vitaly Fridzon finished the game with 13.

In the game for third place APOEL narrowly beat Keravnos Strovolos 78-75 with Brandon Heath leading the way for the ruling Cypriot champions with 18 points. Gerben Van Dorpe and Philips Sullivan added 13 points each, while Lewis Sims had 12 for APOEL. Jarrett Hart led Keravnos Strovolos with 15 points, while Lonnie Cooper and Aleksandar Damjanovic had 11 and 10 points respectively.

In the meantime Proteas EKA AEL brought back the American guard Quincy Ronell Taylor who averaged 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game throughout the last years campaign in Cyprus, while in Europe he had 16.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Intercollege/ETHA signed ex-Proteas EKA AEL guard Olivier Ilunga who spent the last two seasons in Sweden and Serbian power forward Goran Ignjatovic. Omonoia Nicosia agreed terms with Serbian power forward Nikola Tutus and Montenegrin guard Dusan Blecic. The Larnaca team BMC AEK inked experienced American power forward Jerod Ward.
SOURCE: www.cybasketball.com



APOEL VS KERAVNOS - by Nasios Orinos
Love Cyprus Basket Ball Tournament Day 2 and......

if there is one thing we should get from last night is that there will be a '
war' between APOEL and KERAVNOS.

Both teams have a good roster and quite many options in all positions, so it is going to be who wants it the most.

APOEL was a lot better at the 1st half and advanced to a 17-point lead during the 2nd quarter, with KERAVNOS being quite improved during the second half. During the last 5 minutes the game was close with APOEL securing the victory at the end (78-75).

I don't think we should say too much about the game or rush into conclusions. We believe that both teams can play a lot better and definitely they will be among the top contenders in this year's league.

Quarters: 26-17, 49-36, 52-49, 78-75

APOEL: Van Dorpe 13 (2), Sims 12 (2), Foulks, Heath 18, Roberts 9 (1), Anastasiades 3 (1), Salivan 13 (3), Tamir 8, King 2

KERAVNOS: Xart 15, Pilavas 6 (2), Trisokkas 8, Smith 8 (1), Jones 2, Carmelo Le 6 (2), Cooper 11 (2), Damianovic 10, Garcia 8



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USBasket.com Exclusive Interview with Shaun Pruitt - by Surujh Roopnarine
We all go through learning processes, whether on the basketball court or in life. As a player, you have to pick up new defensive schemes, offensive philosophies and adapt to different cultural environments depending on where you play. Sometimes we (myself specifically) dont take these factors into account when we see players perform. We assume that once on a basketball court, all the superfluous things are put aside and have no affect on performance; that however, is not the case. Just like a joyous event can buoy a players spirits and energy, negative circumstances often have a corresponding adverse effect.
Former University of Illinois starting center Shaun Pruitt (6'10''-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) is currently in training camp with the Golden State Warriors. After a rookie season that saw Pruitt travel the globe (literally) through the Czech Republic, Latvia and China, he is back in the USA and in an NBA training camp, practicing and working out with NBA stars like Stephen Jackson, Cory Maggette and Monta Ellis. When I wrote last week that Shaun was in camp with the Warriors, I drew on personal perceptions to describe the type of player I thought Shaun was. Upon further reflection, it seemed prudent to go directly to the source and try to find out what it was actually like for a kid from Chicago to be thrust into a completely different world both basketball wise and culturally, and see how that may have influenced him and his development.
Shaun took a few moments to talk with me about life in NBA training camp, his whirlwind rookie season and his expectations.

USBasket: How has training camp been thus far? Is there anything that has surprised you about the experience?
Shaun: Training camp experience was great; a lot of work and very intense which will help my career out a lot. It was good to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes of a training camp and get valuable information from a great teacher like (Head Coach) Don Nelson.

USBasket: What is the main point of emphasis Coach Nelson and his staff have been emphasizing?
Shaun: I would say the main point of emphasis has been defense. The Warriors have been a great offensive team with an up and down pace, but they want to get back t o focusing on shutting the opposition down on the other end.

USBasket: How has your development evolved between your rookie and second seasons as a professional?
Shaun: I have matured a lot, been all over the world and even though a lot of things weren't always fair, especially in the Czech Republic last year, I know how to deal with things better as a professional.

USBasket: Describe your time in the Czech Republic for meboth personally and basketball wise.
Shaun: My time in the Czech Republic was at times up and down. I made some life long friends there like Rashaan Ames and many other friends from Czech. Also, Prague is one of the best cities ever. Basketball wise it was even more up and down for me. My first coach, (Ivica) Mavrenski and I ended up gaining a lot of respect for each other; he taught me a lot basketball- wise, especially from a defensive standpoint. At first I struggled because his defensive principals were a little different than what I was used to from college. At this level they don't trap and hedge off screens as much which is actually better. They force the guard to the baseline and have the big man help which is the same thing the Warriors do so that was valuable for me to learn. I played hard for him and was very intense, almost too much at times, especially when our relationship grew. He really knew his basketball and I liked how he pushed us. Unfortunately the team decided to let him go along with Rashaan Ames around the end of December. Losing a mentor (Mavrenski) and my best friend out there (Ames) was hard for me.
After a few weeks of not having the same comfort level that I had had at the beginning of the season, I decided to speak with GM Petr Fridrich and work out a way to leave and try to find a better situation. During the time prior to my leaving, we suffered some more losses, which the fans were not expecting. Being the highest paid player, a lot of the criticism fell to me, which was expected. During my last season at Illinois (16-19, 5-13 Big 10), as a senior and a leader I accepted the brunt of the criticism that was directed at our team. It was difficult at times to constantly bear the criticism, but I have matured a lot as a person since then and can deal better with situations that are not entirely fair. By the way, I cherished my time at my alma mater Illinois and the Illini Nation very much.

USBasket: Who was your toughest matchup against least season in the NBL?
Shaun: My toughest opponent was Marcus Arnold, because we know each others games and he backed me up at Illinois. I know he came to the games wanting to show me what he could do which I already knew, he's a great player. We just had a three guard offense a lot at times in college so it limited how much we both played. Last season in the Czech Republic, we both had an opportunity to showcase our skills and prove ourselves.

USBasket: After leaving Prostějov (Czech Republic), how did you end up heading to Latvia and then finally to China?
Shaun: I stayed in Prague for a while after leaving Prostějov. Ventspils is a great team and not far from the Czech Republic, so I decided to go play there for a game. I was able to get decent compensation for doing so and I love to play basketball, so I wasn't scared to play in a game even though I had only practiced with them once for an hour the night before! It ended up that they were looking for something different; more of a small forward with outside shooting ability and afterwards they eventually signed my Illini teammate Warren Carter, who I was very happy for! I probably should have waited to play after signing a contract, but I love to hoop and compete and hadn't played in three weeks, so I was just ready to get in a game and have fun and help the team.
That was also a learning experience, because even though I love to play it wasn't smart to play so soon, especially without a contract. That won't happen again.

USBasket: There were many former NBA players in China last season (Bonzi Wells, Kirk Snyder, Smush Parker, etc). Was it a good experience for you to interact and meet some of these guys and pick their brains?
Shaun: China was a different but great experience, especially basketball wise. I think it probably prepared me the most for the experience I'm now having with the Warriors and playing in the NBA. I would say even more so than the NCAA D1 level and NBA Summer League (2008 New Orleans), because I played so much and they follow many of the same rules as the NBA does. The players are all talented and the American imports are all great players. The crowds were huge and they loved basketball; when we (Fujian SBS XunXin) played Smush Parkers team (Guandong Southern Tigers) there were almost 25,000 fans at the game! (Note: Shaun scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in 48 minutes)

USBasket: The Warriors have 15 guaranteed contracts already, so chances of sticking with the team are not the greatest. What do you and your agent have lined up for after training camp if for some reason you dont make the squad? Would you consider going back to the Czech Republic again? Where do you see yourself playing this season if not in the NBA?
Shaun: The Warriors have 15 guaranteed contracts, but I honestly feel that I belong and have been working very hard and I am under the impression that I have a chance to make it. I am still competing for a spot so I can't get into worrying about that right now, but nothing is guaranteed and Im just glad for this experience and the opportunity to quiet some of the critics.
Unless one of the top teams wants to sign me and it is a nice deal I don't think I will go back to the Czech Republic, but I will be there soon to visit friends. I would want to go to a top team in Europe. China is an option, but right now I'm focused on the Warriors. We play the Lakers tonight (pre-season); the best team in the world and against the best player in Kobe Bryant. This is a great experience!
(Note: Golden State lost 118-101. Shaun logged 13 minutes, scoring one point, grabbing three rebounds and blocking one shot).

Shaun: I want to thank you Surujh, Eurobasket and USBasket for giving me this interview and to all my fans, I really appreciate the support.


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  DENMARK   


SISU upset reigning champions - by Eurobasket News
Bakken Bears - SISU 69:76
SISU handed the defending champions the first loss in the season. SISU claimed a road win to improve at 3-1 record. The Bears slipped at 1-1 record in the standings.
Bakken got to a brisk start. They limited SISU to 12 points in the opening frame earning a 7-point lead at the first break. But SISU responded equally in the second stanza. Mychal Kearse (194-G/F-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led the visitors as they went on a 20:3 run to surge in front. SISU unloaded 30 points in the stanza and grabbed a 42:30 lead at halftime. SISU opened the third period with a 13:6 run to open up a 19-point advantage. But the Bears maintained the pressure and triggered a 21:6 rally to narrow the deficit. SISU stayed calm and cleared off to an 8-point distance. They held off the Bears in the dying seconds claiming a surprising win at the end.
Mychal Kearse knocked down 20 points and 8 rebounds for SISU. Thomas Soltau (210-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Northwestern) added 17 points, while Tomas Rinkevicius (178-G-78) had 14 points and 5 assists in the victory. Darryl Proctor (193-F-86, college: UMBC) responded with 20 points for Bakken. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) netted 14 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Bakken: Darryl Proctor 20, Chris Christoffersen 14
SISU: Mychal Kearse 20, Thomas Soltau 17, Tomas Rinkevicius 14



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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  Naestved
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 33
 1. Dennis, Naestved33.0 
 2. Johansen, Naestved27.0 
 3. Smith, Svendborg27.0 
 4. Smith, Svendborg27.0 
 5. Nielsen, Randers24.5 
 6. Kearse, SISU24.0 
 7. Vance, Aalborg24.0 
 8. Morris, Aabyhoj24.0 
 9. Morris, Aabyhoj24.0 
 10. Thomsen, Aalbo.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 15
 1. Christoffers., Bak.15.0 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj13.5 
 3. Vance, Aalborg12.0 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.12.0 
 5. Guyton, Aabyhoj12.0 
 6. Guyton, Aabyhoj12.0 
 7. Morris, Aabyhoj12.0 
 8. Morris, Aabyhoj12.0 
 9. Johansen, Naestved11.0 
 10. Nielsen, Horsho.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Florian HOUGUET
  Aalborg
  (184-G-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Houguet, Aalborg11.0 
 2. Houguet, Aalborg6.5 
 3. Jakobsen, Bakken6.0 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken6.0 
 5. Darboe, Horsholm5.5 
 6. Fatic, Naestved5.0 
 7. Smith, Svendborg5.0 
 8. Dennis, Naestved5.0 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg5.0 
 10. Houguet, Aalbo.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Svendborg5.0 
 2. Smith, Svendborg4.5 
 3. Smith, Svendborg4.3 
 4. Oppong, Randers4.0 
 5. Oppong, Randers4.0 
 6. Dennis, Naestved3.5 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm3.0 
 8. Fall, Horsens IC3.0 
 9. Fall, Horsens IC3.0 
 10. Dennis, Naestv.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj4.0 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj4.0 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj3.5 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.3.5 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.3.0 
 6. Fatic, Naestved2.0 
 7. Kalvelis, SISU2.0 
 8. Hoger, Svendborg1.7 
 9. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.7 
 10. Kalvelis, SI.1.5 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Regal Barca 0-0 
 2. Zalgiris 0-0 
 3. Cibona 0-0 
 4. Montepaschi 0-0 
 5. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 6. ASVEL 0-0 
Group B
 1. Lietuvos 0-0 
 2. Efes Pilsen 0-0 
 3. Partizan 0-0 
 4. Unicaja 0-0 
 5. Olympiakos 0-0 
Group C
 1. CSKA 0-0 
 2. Lottomatica 0-0 
 3. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 4. Tau 0-0 
 5. U.Olimpija 0-0 
Group D
 1. Asec.Prokom 0-0 
 2. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 3. Khimky 0-0 
 4. Real Madrid 0-0 
 5. Armani MI 0-0 
 6. Panathinaikos 0-0 
Group Q
 1. C.C. Marousi 2-1 
 2. Orleans 2-2 
 3. Benetton 2-2 
 4. Aris 1-1 
 5. BK Ventspils 1-1 
 6. Le Mans 1-1 
 7. Charleroi 1-1 
 8. ALBA 1-2 


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. Becirovic, Lottomat.14.8 
 7. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.8 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.7 
 9. Arroyo, Maccabi .14.6 
 10. Eliyahu, Maccab.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. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.4 
 6. Julian, Nancy7.3 
 7. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.0 
 8. Burke, Assec.Pr.6.9 
 9. Eliyahu, Maccabi .6.6 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pils.6.5 
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. Tepic, Partiz.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. Vasilopoulos, Olym.1.1 


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. BC Nokia 0-0 
 2. Jyvaskyla 0-0 
 3. Huima 0-0 
 4. Tarmo 0-0 
 5. Kerava ET 0-0 
 6. Lapua 0-0 
 7. Wartti 0-0 
 8. Honka 0-0 
 9. Ura Basket 0-0 
 10. JKS 0-0 
 11. LoKoKo 0-0 
 12. Namika II 0-0 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 4: Only one contest tonight. Pyrinto (Tampere) visiting in Kotka and crushing local KTP by 28 pts 82-110 (46-60)! Pyrinto has started the season
well and is # 1 in the league right now with 4-0 record. Pyrinto was shooting 57% (17/30) from behind the arc. There were five Pyrinto players in double digits. Kenny Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) led visitors with 24 pts. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) scored 20 pts for hosting KTP.
KTP - Pyrinto 82-110 (46-60) (Ryan McDade 20, Isaac Spencer 19, Sami Ikavalko 16 - Kenny Lowe 24, Damon Williams 18, Chris Hester 17, Antero Lehto 16, Pekka Setala 15).

Kataja (Joensuu) is testing the third American PG this fall. First Joey Knight (186-G-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: Lehigh) was tested, but the player was not happy with the conditions in Kataja and they came to mutual agreement, that the player could be freed from the contract. Brock Gillespie (185-G-82, college: Rice) had the same kind of destiny; no contract. Derrick Mercer from American University (175-G) is now replacing Gillespie and will play his first Top League game on Saturday in Kouvola.


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Evreux 2-0 
 2. St.Vallier 2-0 
 3. Le Portel 2-0 
 4. Bourg 2-1 
 5. Bordeaux 2-1 
 6. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 2-1 
 7. Lille 2-1 
 8. Limoges 1-1 
 9. Nantes 1-1 
 10. Maurienne 1-1 
 11. Nanterre 1-1 
 12. Charleville 1-2 
 13. Clermont 1-2 
 14. Boulazac 1-2 
 15. Brest 1-2 
 16. Antibes 1-2 
 17. Quimper 0-2 
 18. Fos Ouest 0-3 


Stats Leaders - ProB


SO Maritime Boulogne sign Ronald Yates from Fribourg - by Eurobasket
SO Maritime Boulogne (NM1) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's). Yates started this season at Benetton Fribourg Olympic (Switzerland). Last year he played for Forssan Koripojat in Finland where in 27 games, he averaged 17.6ppg and 6.9rpg. It's his come back to France as two years ago he played for Quimper UJAP (ProB) with stats: 30 games, 10.6ppg, and 4.1rpg. Yates will replace Reggie Larry (201-F-87, college: Boise St.) who was released. If all registering paperwork is done, Yates may be available to play his first game tomorrow.

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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. NY Phantoms 1-0 
 2. EnBW L'burg 1-0 
 3. TBB Trier 1-0 
 4. MBC 1-0 
 5. Telekom B. 1-0 
 6. Art.Dragons 1-0 
 7. Hagen 1-0 
 8. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 9. Pad.Baskets 0-0 
 10. ALBA 0-0 
 11. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 12. LTi 46ers 0-1 
 13. Goettingen 0-1 
 14. Duesseldorf 0-1 
 15. ratiopharm 0-1 
 16. Walter Tigers 0-1 
 17. Dt.Bank SKY 0-1 
 18. Bremerhaven 0-1 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Rickey PAULDING
  EWE Baskets
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Paulding, EWE B.15.6 
 2. Suput, Brose B.15.2 
 3. Callahan, Bremerha.14.9 
 4. Jenkins, ALBA14.8 
 5. Peavy, Pad.Baskets13.9 
 6. Gardner, EWE B.13.6 
 7. Brown, Brose B.13.0 
 8. Foster, EWE B.13.0 
 9. Hunt, Koeln 99ers12.7 
 10. Esterkamp, Pad.Ba.12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Telekom B.
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.9.3 
 2. Brown, Brose B.7.7 
 3. Callahan, Bremerha.7.0 
 4. Boumtje Boum., EWE B.6.5 
 5. Grunheid, Koeln 5.3 
 6. Terrell, Koeln 99ers5.2 
 7. Suput, Brose B.5.1 
 8. Peavy, Pad.Baskets5.1 
 9. Elegar, Bremerha.5.0 
 10. Milosevic, Koel.4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michael JORDAN
  Koeln 99ers
  (183-G-77)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Jordan, Koeln 99ers6.2 
 2. Jenkins, ALBA4.2 
 3. Watson, Bremerha.3.8 
 4. Gardner, EWE B.3.7 
 5. McElroy, AL.3.1 
 6. Rivera, Brose B.3.0 
 7. Jones, EnBW L.2.7 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.2.7 
 9. Wright, ALBA2.5 
 10. Felton, Pad.Baske.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Je''Kel FOSTER
  EWE Baskets
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 2. Jordan, Koeln 99ers1.5 
 3. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 5. Woudstra, EnBW L.1.2 
 6. Watson, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. McElroy, AL.1.1 
 8. Wright, Pad.Bask.1.0 
 9. Gardner, EWE B.1.0 
 10. Grunheid, Koel.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yemi NICHOLSON
  Pezinok
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.4 
 2. Boumtje Boum., EWE B.1.1 
 3. Sesay, ALBA0.9 
 4. Grunheid, Koeln 0.8 
 5. Pleiss, Koeln 99ers0.8 
 6. Majstorovic, EWE B.0.8 
 7. Ohlbrecht, Brose B.0.7 
 8. Terrell, Koeln 99ers0.7 
 9. Chubb, ALBA0.5 
 10. Milosevic, Koel.0.5 


TBB Trier Close The Theater Balcony Door On The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in OT 71-67 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were on their way out of the basketball theatre strutting away with a seemingly positive showing, but TBB Trier pulled out the magical red carpet away from underneath them surprising them with a 71-67 win in overtime. The Frankfurt movie could of turned into a positive thriller, but instead turned into a sad tragic flick where no hero came to the rescue at the end. Finding a right title for this movie was not easy, but Skyliner players found responses. 'Finding an appropriate name is tough, but Old Yeller would be my pick. It is an old sad classic movie where a dog dies at the end', reflected Skyliner rookie Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). Skyliner American guard Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) didnt think old school, but more towards new school. 'I would pick Sunset Park as my movie for this loss. The score was almost identical. The movie is about a team from New York that loses the championship by three points', said Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn).

Frankfurt came into the season opener with an optimistic 9-6 pre season record, but against TBB Trier were missing that team togetherness on the court to help get through the crunch time of the overtime. 'I am not biter that we lost, but moreover disappointed the way we lost. It is not always a question of the ball going in or not. I think if we would of made better decisions near the end then we could of won. We just werent clever enough to pull out the victory. 1 or 2 players were missing that we needed to take charge in the important moments instead of having each guy trying to win the game', stressed Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). TBB Trier didnt play beautiful basketball, but were able to play their best basketball in overtime when it counted most. 'It was exciting the way we won. The missed free throws were surprising, but showed that nerves were involved. We stepped it up in the overtime. My key defensive play to start overtime helped us get in the right groove and helped us win the game', added TBB Trier American Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) (191-G-86)

After nearly four months of summer break, it was time for the new Beko BBl to finally start again. The Trier arena had a new floor which looked fancier and was made to be more likeable to the players joints. The arena was quite empty 20 minutes before tipoff, but as is usually the case in the German league, two minutes before the starting jump ball, most of the seats were filled and it was time to play basketball again. TBB Trier therapist Aggi Mock and his twin brother mascot were getting the home crowd into the perfect mood. The only aspect which was different and sheepish was the play of the ten players on the court. Granted it was the first game of the new season and no team can play perfect, but in the first half, players at times looked more like wrongly tuned robots then fresh and ready players. Balls were being fired left and right and it looked more like a shooting range for amateur police officers just learning to use a pistol. Both teams were running around the court like helpless turkeys on the eve of Thanksgiving trying to avoid becoming a hearty holiday feast. When there is low scoring then one tends to think it is related to top notch defense. 'This was a classic season opening game. Both teams were missing to many shots, but in a way that was expected', stressed ex TBB Trier player James Marsh (193-F-70, college: Davidson). Skyliner Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) noticed the bad start by both teams, but was in awe with his new job as basketball player in Germany. 'There was a great atmosphere in his arena and it was a good experience. The fans were great, and I am really looking forward to this season', commented Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). 'You either start off on fire or struggle and both teams showed quickly that it would be a defensive game', said Jamal Shuler (191-G-86)rr.

Even though, it seems like it has been ages since Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) was rotting on the Skyliner bench, this will be his second season in Trier. He was never really able to fully show his basketball game in Frankfurt, despite showing developing basketball qualities in Ulm and now matured skills with TBB Trier. Shtein played 30 minutes, which could of been his total for a month with Frankfurt and put up six points and six rebounds. He was happy for beating his ex club for two reasons. 'It was great since I once played there and they were strong', added Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops). The ex Skyliner, who has received the confidence of coach Yves De Fraigne pulled out his running hook shot, displayed keen passing adroitness, and had to disrupt the ballerina moves of Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). Shtein looks like a brand new Ukrainian train instead of a rundown derailed Ukrainian train. 'I am fully accepted here and get enough playing time and I am having a lot of fun', joked Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops). His teammates see him as an important part to the success of the team the same way Beglota Sekulic has become a non changeable part to the Alba Berlin prosperity. 'Max is very versatile able to play the 4/5 position. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) was hurt and he stepped up. He started today and really set the tone. He rebounded, passed and set screens very well', stressed Jamal Shuler (191-G-86)rr.

If a qualified artist could of described the first quarter, then it would have been about as distant from the Mona Lisa as Earth is too Pluto. Both teams were on the court, but the play looked anything but pretty. TBB Trier was without Christopher Copeland
who had a muscle problem. After five minutes, the score was tied 4-4 and some fans may have been asking if the calendar had jumped to April fools, but it was really October 9th and all serious. After Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) got Frankfurt on the board with two free throws, newcomer Seth Doliboa (203-F/C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) gave Frankfurt the lead 4-2 with a quick first step drive to the hoop leaving Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) in the dust. TBB Trier took the lead back 6-4 on a George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) lay in. However Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) has his own Pascal Roller (180-G-76) bat phone needing help as Roller dropped a three pointer giving Frankfurt the lead back at 7-6. After Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio St.) gave TBB Trier the lead back to 8-7, it was time for Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) to make his first Beko BBL hoop. He had missed his first four shots, but never gave up. 'Coach kept telling me to shoot if I have an open look. At the start, I was shooting a bit long and I just needed to calm down a bit', said Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) then made a pretty runner in the lane tying the score at ten. With the clock winding down, it was Doliboa that sealed off a fast break after getting a nice pass from Moyer. Frankfurt led 12-10 after one quarter. Both teams were still feeling each other out and it seemed to be taking a lot longer then it should of. TBB Trier was shooting 30% from the field and Frankfurt only 27%, while Trier had the big goose egg from outside and Frankfurt was low at 20%. Frankfurt had the slight rebound advantage at 9-8. TB Trier had three turnovers and Frankfurt two.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners quickly forgot the slow and pathetic non shooting clinic of the first quarter rushing out on a 9-2 run which even got Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) claping his hands on the sidelines. It was American Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and German Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) that were the Skyliner spark plugs. De Mello made a clutch three pointer and Jenkins showed that he does have a physical side by making two tip ins of Skyliner misses and really teasing George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) as if they were little kids on a play ground fighting for the swing. Frankfurt had many players in this phase that were contributing on both ends, while TBB Trier was looking for a player to be their go to guy. But Basketball doesnt only allow runs to one team, but also to the other. TBB Trier fought back and in the shortest time went on a 8-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 21-21 finding their clutch player in Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio St.). He hit two three pointers including one as the shot clock went off and Shuler scored on a fast break. Frankfurt closed out the second quarter getting some production from Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). TBB Trier had done a fine job getting 2 big bodies near Allen whenever he had the ball, but in the closing minutes, Allen was free and won two one on one contests with his patented ballerina moves. TBB Trier responded with two buckets inside by Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) and George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) where the Frankfurt help defense looked nonexistence. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) closed out the second quarter with a jump shot. The score was knotted at 26-26 after 20 minutes. TBB Trier had improved their field goal percentage to 42% while Frankfurt was still miserable at 32%. Both teams were shooting under 30% from the parking lot. Frankfurt was still leading the rebound battle at 13-12. Both teams increased their turnovers in the second quarter as Frankfurt had eight and TBB Trier seven.

The basketball game took more shape in the third quarter as both teams seemed to play more structured ball and at a more higher and ferocious tempo. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept the lead in the third quarter and also were controlling the game. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) started with a three pointer showing is offensive skills. He has been in Germany only a week and had a pretty solid debut. 'It felt good to knock down a shot to help the team. I was ok on defense taking some silly fouls. The team did good things on offense and defense', stated Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Allen made a lay in and that was followed by a curious hoop as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) shot an air ball which was caught by Dliboa under the basket and was layed in. Frankfurt had the 34-28 lead and were doing a very good job on defense forcing TBB Trier often to take low percentage shots as the shot clock was winding down. However TBB Trier did not give up as here and there, they could sneak into the zone with easy hoops from Gillingham and Shuler.A 6-0 run was capped off by George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) scoring in the zone and tieing the score at 34.

German Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) came in and did some damage barrelling into the zone for two points. The day that Nolte makes a pretty and conventional hoop is the day when EWE Baskets Oldenburg Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) decides to stop flying to the hoop. It is not always beautiful, how Nolte scores, but it is efficient. Frankfurt led 36-34 and now all of a sudden, scoring became natural for both teams. Little used Trier hulk Kosta Karamatskos came in and gave TBB Trier needed energy driving to the hoop by Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) as if he were a rookie. Roller and Schuler then traded three pointers and the score was deadlocked at 39. Frankfurt then went into turbo boost mode finishing the third quarter with an 8-2 run to lead 47-41 after 30 minutes. Allen started the charge with a three pointer, which was followed by a Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) steal and very rare coast to coast run and Aubrey Reese closed out the scoring with a fancy finger tip lay up. 'The level was a lot higher now. Both teams were hitting three pointers and I think if TBB Trier would have hit some more in the last quarter, then hey could of won there already', stated ex TBB Trier player James Marsh (193-F-70, college: Davidson). Frankfurt had reached 40% from the field, while TBB Trier was at 42%. Both teams were still a bit under 30% from three point land and TBB Trier had 10 turnovers and Frankfurt had nine.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept the lead, but were unable to go on a run or get TBB Trier out of range to come back, but they couldnt stop George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) from doing damage inside. Evans scored 6 points very close to the basket including a nice reverse layup as Frankfurt either were a step to slow on the help defense or lost the one on one match up. American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) scored inside giving Frankfurt the 53-47 lead. Then it was time for the Derek Raivio show as he took TBB Trier on a 7-2 run giving clutch and killer instinct a totally new meaning as he showed no fear and made difficult jump shots. His pull up jumper off the dribble brought TBB Trier back to 55-54 and had his teammates and opponents in pure amazement. 'Derek made big shots. He really sparked us in the fourth quarter. Coach wanted him to have the ball in his hands and it was his money time', stressed Jamal Shuler (191-G-86). 'Raivio was really clutch. I remember watching him when he was at Gonzaga. Despite his youthfulness, he seems to have been around for a while', added Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). With Frankfurt leading 55-54, TBB Trier had a chance to take the lead, but were denied after 3-4 chances and Frankfurt had the ball. Reese then missed on a wild penetration into the zone with 13 seconds to play. Shuler then hit two free throws to give TBB Trier the 56-55 lead. Frankfurt had one last chance to win the game, but Reese made only 1 of 2 free throws sending the game into overtime tied at 56. 'We have to learn to finish games. We had some mental lapses down the stretch', commented Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). After 40 minutes, TBB Trier was shooting 43% from the field, but Frankfurt had dipped back down to 36%. Both teams were deadlocked at 25% from outside. Both teams had 32 rebounds, while TBB Trier at 13 turnovers and Frankfurt only 10.

In the beginning of the overtime period, Derek Raivio continued his hot shooting exhibiting his nerves of steal with another three pointer. Roller answered with a three pointer tying the score at 59. Evans then made another reverse lay up as no Frankfurt player was near him when he scored. Doliboa made two free throws to tie the score at 61. TBB Trier then took the lead 63-61 with two Brown free throws and they would never trail again. Now Frankfurt had problems executing on offense, missing key free throws and getting very questionable calls. Gillingham made a big three pointer giving TBB Trier the 66-62 lead. Allen and Raivio then made 1 of 2 free throws as TBB Trier led 67-63. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) then breathed a new breath of life in the Skyliner hopes getting a nasty hoop in traffic inside getting fouled. He missed his free throw, but Frankfurt was down only 67-65. Evans then made two free throws giving TBB Trier the 69-65 lead. Frankfurt now was in the hole as time was running down and TBB Trier had the advantage with the slight lead, clock and foul advantage. In the end, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost a game that they never should of lost and can only learn form this experience and win the next time. 'We did get some questionable calls, but that usually happens on the road and we cant use it as an excuse. We put ourselves in a bad situation and should of closed out the game earlier', stressed Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.).

TBB Trier was led by Jamal Shuler (191-G-86)rr with 13 points and eight rebounds. I was happy with my game. 'My focus is too play an overall solid game every time', said Jamal Shuler. American Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio St.) added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. American George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) added ten points, eight rebounds and three assists. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Derrick Allen with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Seth Doliboa (203-F/C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.)aa, Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Aubrey Reese added six points a piece. Frankfurt shot 36% from the field and 26% from outside, while TBB Trier shot 45% from the field and 32% from outside. TBB Trier was able to win the rebounding battle in overtime 38-34, while Frankfurt had no turnovers in overtime finishing with ten while TBB Trier had 13. It was a bitter start for Frankfurt, but in 48 hours, the Giessen 46ers visit the Ballsporthalle and then TBB Trier will have been long forgotten. 'We have to put this loss behind and focus on Giessen which will be a whole new ball game', warned Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Giessen 46ERS in the Hessen derby on October 11th at 15:00

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Wolfgang Gieler Departs From MEG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A few days before the start of the 2009-2010 Beko BBL season, Wolfgang Gieler (206-C-86, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Siena) decided to leave MEG Goettingen. The 23 year old 206 cm center from Bonn that also had had experience playing in the NCAA at Cal-Irvine told the club that he felt that he could not fulfill his personal goals in Goettingen. MEG Goettingen decided to terminate the contract. 'It is really a pity that Wolfgang doesnt see his future in Goetingen and a bit of a surprise too. We did everything possible that he would feel comfortable here and be able to get a foot into the league. We have accepted his wish to go. After a long thought process, we decided to let him go. One should never hold up travelers', stated MEG Goettinge CEO Marc Franz
Source: www.bg74.de



Sean Finn Refuses To Play For Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) had only been in Hagen 10 days, but for some reason his stay came abruptly to an end as he decided not to play for his new club. This was not only unlucky for Phoenix Hagen a day before the start of the Beko BBL in Giesen, but a shock as the team could of really used his services under the boards which Giessen easily won 33-27. 'There was absoltuly no indication that this would happen. Finn came ten days ago, was feeling comfortable was practicing and had signed a contract. Yesterday without a plausable reason refused to practice with us and said farewell to his teammates. He also was not willing to speak except to say that he would not play for us', stated Haegn CEO Oliver Herkelmann. Phoenix Hagen lost their opening game in Giessen 83-77 and might have not had clear heads in the game. 'The team is really mad at him. We wont let him go so easily since we dont understand what really happened. I have never seen a player act like this.He will not play this weekend. Whoever doesnt practice and identifys with the club wont play. He has a valid contract and could play. We are checking the options now including the transfer market, because we dont know how this affair wil end', stressed Oliver Herkelmann.
Source: www.phoenix-hagen.de



BEKO Bundesliga Game Day 1 Friday October 9th, 2009 - by Michael Taylor
Beko Basketball Bundesliga tipped off the 2009-2010 season friday night with exciting games all over Germany. Telekom Baskets Bonn, Artland Dragons, EnBW Ludwigsburg, NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig and TBB Trier all took home opening game wins along with both Bundesliga 'Aufsteigers' Phoenix Hagen and MBC who both won on the road.


Friday October 9th, 2009
TELEKOM BASKETS BONN 89 RATIOPHARM ULM 81
Chris Ensminger posted 18pt 6reb, Vincent Yarbrough added 17pt 9boards, Bryce Taylor scored 16pt and Jared Jordan totaled 10pt 14ast leading Telekom Baskets Bonn to an 89-81 opening game road win over ratiopharm Ulm Friday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg. Head coach Michael Koch and his Bonn team raced to a 28-19 lead after 1Q and took a 49-37 margin into half. Ulm responded with a strong 3Q run taking a 66-65 lead after 3. Bonn rebuilt their lead in the 4Q with a solid team effort and hot shooting for the 89-81 win. Bonn shot 55% from the floor including 9 of 15 (60%) from three and 16 of 25 (64%) from the foul line. Bonn also outrebounded Ulm 40-33 in the win. Ulm was led by Robin Benzing and Lee Humphrey who scored 15pt apiece while Coleman Collins added 13pt and Christian Burns 12pt 7reb in the loss. Kevin Kanaskie chipped in 10pt 4ast. Ulm shot 40% from the floor including 8 of 22 from three (36%). Bonn returns home to host Artland Dragons while Ulm travels to MBC Sunday.

ARTLAND DRAGONS 75 MEG GOTTINGEN 73
Folarin Campbell topscored with 15pt and the Artland Dragons got 13pt apiece from Darren Fenn and Ali Seggelke in Friday nights 75-73 home win over MEG Gottingen at Artland Arena. Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and his Artland team pushed to an early 20-14 lead after 1Q before a 2Q Gottingen run which gave the guests a 38-36 halftime lead. German talents Robert Kulawick (12pt) and Chris McNaughton (11pt) led the Gottingen attack while Chris Oliver added 11pt and Ben Jacobsen finished with 10pt 6reb 5ast for the Violets. Artland shot 45% from the floor including 10 of 26 threes (38%) and 17 of 24 FT (70%) compared with Gottingen's 39% shooting hitting 6 of 22 from three (27%) and 15 of 18 FT (83%). The Dragons outrebounded Gottingen 35-30 in the win. Artland visits Telekom Baskets Bonn Sunday.

EnBW LUDWIGSBURG 98 EISBAREN BREMERHAVEN 85
EnBW Ludwigsburg put 6 players in double figures as they opened their new arean with a 98-85 home win over Eisbaren Bremerhaven Friday night in Ludwigsburg. Michael Haynes led Ludwigsburg with 20pt while Mike King added 16pt 5reb 4ast and Kyle Bailey had 15pt 9reb in the win. Domonic Jones and Richard Chaney chipped in 13pt apiece and Ludwigsburg got 11pt from Kyle Visser. Head Coach Tolga Ongoran was pleased with his teams balanced attack. Leading 20-15 after 1Q, Ludwigsburg broke the game open in the 2Q outscoring Bremerhaven 32-23 to take a 52-38 halftime lead before maintaining for the win. Lou Campbell led Bremerhaven with a fine 19pt 8ast performance while Rodney Buford added 15pt and Adrian Moss 10. Ludwigsburg shot 52% from the floor hitting 12 of 26 threes (46%) and 18 of 26 FT (69%) compared with Bremerhavens 50% floor shooting, 52% from three (12-23) and 71% from the line (15 for 21). Ludwigsburg outrebounded Bremerhaven 32-30. Bremerhaven hosts Braunschweig Monday October 12th.

NEWYORKER PHANTOMS BRAUNSCHWEIG 80 DUSSELDORF GIANTS 67
Michael Hicks hit 4 of 7 threes and Heiko Schaffartzik sank 3 of 6 as both players topscored with 15pts in NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig's 80-67 home win Friday night at Volkswagonhalle. Brandon Thomas also drilled three 3pt shots to add 13pt to the Phantoms attack. Head Coach Sebastian Machowski's Braunschweig team took a 20-12 lead after 1Q and maintained a 37-32 lead at half. A 26-16 3Q gave the Phantoms a 63-48 advantage heading into the 4th before Braunschweig took the season-opening win. Brant Bailey led Dusseldorf with a 16pt 9reb night while Koko Archibong added 15pt and BA Walker 14 in the loss. The big difference in the game came behind the 3pt line where Braunschweig hit 13 of 25 threes (52%) compared with Dusseldorf's 2 for 18 (11%). Conversely, Dusseldorf sank 19 of 25 FT (76%) to Braunschweig's 5 for 7. The Phantoms visit Bremerhaven Monday October 12th.

TBB TRIER 71 DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS 67 OT
TBB Trier edged Deutsche Bank Skyliners 71-67 in overtime Friday night at Trier Arena in an exciting season opening game for both teams. Derek Raivio led Trier with 15pt while George Evans added 14pt 11reb, Brian Brown 14pt and Jamal Shuler 13pt 10reb in the win. A tight game throughout, Frankfurt took a 12-10 lead after 1Q before Trier evened the game at half 26-26. The Skyliners surged ahead to a 47-41 lead after three before Trier outscored Frankfurt 15-9 in the 4th to even the score at 56 at the end of regulation. Trier made a decisive run in overtime to capture the exciting and hardfought 71-67 game 1 win. Head Coach Yves DeFraigne and his Trier team shot 45% from the floor hitting 6 of 19 threes (31%) and 15 of 19 FT (78%) while Frankfurt hit 36% from the field with 7 of 27 threes (25%) and 16 of 22 FT (72%). Trier also edged Frankfurt on the boards 38-34. Skyliners host traditional rival LTi Giessen 46ers Sunday.

MBC 95 WALTER TIGERS TUBINGEN 91 OT
MBC picked up their first win in their first game since returning to the Bundesliga as the Wolves edged Walter Tigers Tubingen 95-91 in overtime Friday night at Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen. Anatoly Kashirov led MBC with a strong 19pt 9reb night while Ivan Elliot added 15pt and Nikhita Khartchenkov sank 4 of 6 threes to finish with 12. Guido Grunheid (11pt) and Johnnie Gilbert (10pt) also reached double figures in the win. Tubingen led 19-15 after 1Q and maintained a 42-38 lead at half. The Tigers carried a 61-54 advantage into the 4th, but MBC stormed back evening the score at 80 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Head Coach Bjorn Harmsen and his MBC team surprised Tubingen taking the win down the stretch 95-91. Romeo Travis was excellent for Tubingen posting a 25pt 16reb double double and Michael Jenkins contribued 22pt in the loss. MBC shot 47% from the floor hitting 9 for 21 (42%) from three and 16 of 27 FT (59%) compared with Tubingen's 44% floor shooting with 7 for 29 threes (24%) and 24 for 33 FT (72%). Tubingen outrebounded MBC 46-35 but the Tigers suffered 22 turnovers in the loss. Walter Tigers Tubingen visits brose Baskets Bamberg Monday October 12th and MBC hosts ratiopharm Ulm Sunday October 11th.

PHOENIX HAGEN 83 LTI GIESSEN 46ers 77
Chase Griffin scored 27pt leading Bundesliga 'Aufsteiger' Phoenix Hagen to a first game 83-77 road win over LTi Giessen 46ers Friday night in Giessen. Hagen took an early 24-12 lead after 1Q and held a 47-37 halftime advantage before holding off a 3Q 46er run that trimmed the score to 63-60 going into the 4th. Hagen held off the Giessen run to earn their hardfought win. Along with Griffin's good game, Hagen received production from Andre McGee (12pt 5ast) and Quentin Pryor (10pt). The 46ers were led by David Teague's 23pt and Lorenzo Williams 21 in the loss. Hagen hit 45% from the field making 4 of 15 threes (26%) and 16 of 23 FT (69%) while Giessen sank 56% with 4 of 14 threes (28%) and 7 of 18 FT (38%). Giessen outrebounded Hagen 34-27 but Hagen had only 8 turnovers compared with 18 for the 46ers. Giessen visits rival Deutsche Bank Skyliners Sunday afternoon for a 3pm tip.

Saturday October 10th
brose Baskets Bamberg @ Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 3:40pm DSF



1.Bundesliga Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
LTi 46ers - Hagen 77-83
Hagen upset Giessen away from home. Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) was unstoppable with 27 points in the win. Andre McGee added 12 points and 5 assists for the visitors. David Teague notched 23 points for Giessen in defeat.

Walter Tigers - MBC 91-95
Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead MBC past Walter Tigers in his debut game. Ivan Elliott added 15 points for the overtime winners. Romeo Travis responded with 25 points and 16 boards for Tuebingen. Michael Jenkins had 22 points in defeat.

Art.Dragons - Goettingen 75-73
Artland Dragons eked out a tough home win against Goettingen in the opener. Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) was responsible for 15 points in the win. Alexander Seggelke and Darren Fenn contributed 13 points each in the win. Robert Kulawick answered with 12 points for Goettingen.

TBB Trier - Dt.Bank SKY 71-67
TBB Trier needed an overtime to tame Frankfurt at home court. Derek Raivio (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) scored 15 points to lead the hosts. Brian Brown and George Evans added 14 points each in the win. Derrick Allen responded with 19 points and 8 caroms for Skyliners.

NY Phantoms - Duesseldorf 80-67
NY Phantoms earned the first win in the season. They held off Duesseldorf at home court. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) and Michael Hicks added 15 points each in the win. Brandon Thomas added 13 points for Braunschweig. Brant Bailey responded with 16 points and 9 boards for Duesseldorf.

ratiopharm - Telekom B. 81-89
The Bundesliga vice-champions claimed the initial win in the season. They toppled ratiopharm Ulm on the road. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) knocked down 18 points for Bonn. Vincent Yarbrough contributed 17 points and 9 boards in the victory. Robin Benzing and Lee Humphrey answered with 15 points each for Ulm.



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Panathinaikos wins Love Cyprus Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Greek Panathinaikos became the winner of the Love Cyprus Tournament. The team won two games to remain undefeated in triumphed in Cyprus.
In the first game the Greek side overcame APOEL 86:68. The latter played better in the beginning of the game and won the first quarter 25:20. Panathinaikos bounced back in the second frame for 45:38 halftime lead. The margin reached plus 20, when the sides finished the third period with 66:46 for the guests. Panathinaikos led the game to the winning end as Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Nick Calathes (198-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) top-scored with 17 points each. Robert, Health and King delivered 12 points each in defeat.
In the Final game Panathinaikos beat Russian Khimki 78:72. A great game from both sides was expected even before the tournament. Panathinaikos took 19:14 after the opening quarter and reached 43:36 at the halftime. Both teams tied the third quarter that remained the Greek squad in front at 60:53 and kept the spectators alive for the end of the game. Khimky reduced the gap to 66 points at the final minutes, but could not win the encounter. Nikola Pekovic top-scored for the winners with 20 points, whilst Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) netted 16. Nicholas ended up with 15 and Fotsis added 9. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) delivered 16 points apiece in the losing effort. Fritz nailed 13 and Lopez netted 7.



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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 2-0 
 2. ZZ Leiden 2-0 
 3. W.Class AA 2-0 
 4. M.Magix 1-1 
 5. Upstairs Weert 1-1 
 6. Eiff.Towers 1-1 
 7. Amsterdam 1-1 
 8. DeFriesland 0-2 
 9. Landstede 0-2 
 10. Rotterdam 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie


Eredivisie, Round 2: Three teams remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Landstede - Giants 65-96
The Giants cruised past Landstede in style jumping to perfect 2-0 in Eredivisie. Daniel Faris (206-F-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: N.Mexico) top-scored in victory with 16, while Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) and Bryan Defares added 14 pts each. The hosts (0-2) got 17 points from Larry Cunningham.

M.Magix - ZZ Leiden 62-63
ZZ Leiden grabbed 63-62 thriller win in Nijmegen. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) and Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) led the guests with 16 points each. Markel Humphrey responded with 13 pts in loss. Both teams celebrated in Round 1.

DeFriesland - GasTerra F. 66-76
GasTerra Flames is third team with perfect 2-0 record after 2 Rounds. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports) shined with 16 points and 7 assists, while Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) helped Groningen with 12 points and 10 boards. Tristan Blackwood delivered 17 pts for Leeuwarden.

Eiff.Towers - EclipseJet 92-68
In the second playround in the Dutch Eredivisie, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch - EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam ended in a convincing 92-68. Peter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 20 points for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch during his first game against his former teammates. Anthony Richardson scored 16 points for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. Statistical leaders for EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam were Alton Mason (former GasTerra Flames Groningen player) 15 points, Robert Krabbendam 13 points and Jessey Voorn 11. (by Claudia vanGorp)

Upstairs Weert - Challengers 80-63
First win for Weert and second consecutive loss for Rotterdam. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) was a key player for the hosts with 26 points and 14 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Worthy de Jong (194-G-88) scored 14.


Coach Arik Shivek moved to Dexia Mons-Hainaut - by Fred Roggen
Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman ) replaces Chris Finch as head coach of Belgian Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The Israeli coach, since 2007 head coach of Eclipse Jet Amsterdam , signed a contract for for the running season with an option for a second year at Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Last season, Shivek became Dutch champion and reached the quarterfinals of the Eurochallenge with Amsterdam.
Shivek knows the Belgian league, he was coach of Antwerp in the period 2005 to 2007.



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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  L.Angeles S.
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg:
 1. Johnson, En.18.1 
 2. Younger, En.13.8 
 3. Keresztes, Enter.10.1 
 4. Simon, En.8.7 
 5. Hajmasy, En.8.4 
 6. Fulop, En.8.2 
 7. Rujak, En.8.0 
 8. Will, En.5.6 
 9. Krasznai, Enter.5.0 
 10. Kovats,.4.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  L.Angeles S.
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg:
 1. Younger, En.7.5 
 2. Fulop, En.4.8 
 3. Kovats, En.3.8 
 4. Keresztes, Enter.3.6 
 5. Simon, En.2.6 
 6. Rujak, En.2.5 
 7. Will, En.1.5 
 8. Lazar, En.1.4 
 9. Beak, En.1.4 
 10. Hajmasy,.1.2 
Assists Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  L.Angeles S.
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg:
 1. Rujak, En.2.5 
 2. Johnson, En.1.8 
 3. Younger, En.1.5 
 4. Krasznai, Enter.1.5 
 5. Kovats, En.1.2 
 6. Simon, En.1.1 
 7. Beak, En.1.0 
 8. Hajmasy, En.1.0 
 9. Will, En.0.8 
 10. Fulop,.0.7 
Steals Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  L.Angeles S.
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg:
 1. Younger, En.2.3 
 2. Rujak, En.1.9 
 3. Simon, En.1.7 
 4. Beak, En.1.6 
 5. Johnson, En.1.4 
 6. Fulop, En.1.0 
 7. Krasznai, Enter.0.9 
 8. Will, En.0.9 
 9. Keresztes, Enter.0.9 
 10. Hajmasy,.0.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  L.Angeles S.
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg:
 1. Simon, En.0.6 
 2. Johnson, En.0.5 
 3. Keresztes, Enter.0.4 
 4. Younger, En.0.4 
 5. Krasznai, Enter.0.3 
 6. Fulop, En.0.2 
 7. Beak, En.0.2 
 8. Rujak, En.0.2 
 9. Kovats, En.0.1 
 10. Lazar,.0.1 


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  INDONESIA   


Satria Muda is ready for first ABL game - by Anto Hanayudha
Indonesia's best team Satria Muda is ready to action in first ABL game this year. They will face Filipino team Philippine Patriots on Saturday 10/10 at the Britama Arena Jakarta. The team added their power with 3 import players from USA and Philippine. Forward Alex Hartman, center Theo Little (both American) and guard Rensy Bajar. Also with local winning team players who gave Satria Muda IBL title this year. With coach Fictor 'ITO' Roring still with the team, Satria Muda will be one candidate to grab the ABL trophy. Indonesian crowds will give their support at home court. Win this game is important for the team and Indonesia off course!

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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 1-0 
 2. Belfast Star 1-0 
 3. Killester 1-0 
 4. UCD Marian 0-1 
 5. Ulster Elks 0-1 
South Conference
 1. Eagles 1-0 
 2. Neptune 0-0 
 3. UCC Demons 0-0 
 4. Moycullen 0-1 
 5. Hoops 0-1 


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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Jerusalem defend Winner Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem - Maccabi Tel Aviv 86:80

Hapoel Jerusalem clinched the second Winner Cup title in a row. They held off Maccabi Tel Aviv in front of the packed arena yesterday. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) fired 24 points to lead the charge. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament after the game.
Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) reined the court in the opening frame. He unloaded 14 points to ensure 25:11 lead for Maccabi. But Jerusalem used a late rally in the starting stanza to narrow the deficit at 7 points. The things changed drastically in the second quarter. Chester Simmons took the leading role as he buried 14 points in the stanza. Hapoel outscored their opponents 32:10 to earn a 50:35 lead at halftime. Maccabi stopped the bleeding in the third frame and climbed back on top once again. The Israeli league champions entered the fourth frame up by 4 points. Chester Simmons fired back-to-back triples in the decisive moment late in regulation to propel Jerusalem to a key lead that they never surrendered.
Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) came up with 18 points, 10 boards and 4 steals. Youval Naimy (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) contributed 16 points in the win. Alan Anderson responded with 26 points for Maccabi. Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) netted 16 points in defeat.

Hapoel Jerusalem: Chester Simmons 24, Dijon Thompson 18+10 boards, Youval Naimy 16
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Alan Anderson 26, Guy Pnini 16



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  ITALY   


2009-2010 Serie A Pre-season ranking, as follows - by Stefano Pini
1) Montepaschi Siena
2) Armani Jean Milano, Lottomatica Roma, Virtus Bologna (Semifinal level)
3) Bancatercas Teramo, Scavolini Pesaro, Benetton Treviso (Quarterfinal level)
4) Angelico Biella, Pepsi Caserta, Tisettanta Cantu, Air Avellino (they will avoid relegation for sure, one or some of them could go further ahead)
5) Vanoli Cremona, Carife Ferrara, Cimberio Varese, Sigma Coatings Montegranaro, (hard fight to avoid the 15th place)
6) Martos Napoli (a sure candidate for the 16th place, if they will manage to end season..)



Benetton wins 82-80 in France, but Orleans goes to Euroleague Regular Season! - by Eurobasket News
Orleans - Benetton 80-82

Orleans suffered 80-82 home loss against Benetton in Game 2, but thanks to 82-73 victory in Italy the French squad booked a spot for Euroleague regular season. This is already great success for Orleans, who opened 2009/10 season in style and will have a chance to spend at least following four months in this prestigious competition. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) was on fire for Benetton with 29 points. He made 5 of 8 attempts from behind the arc. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Daniel Hackett (196-G-87, college: USC) and Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points each. On the other side, Orleans got 15 points from Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.), as well as from Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88). Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) had 14 and Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) contributed with 10 pts. Orleans goes to Regular Season Group B, alongside classic Euroleague teams like Olympiacos, Partizan, Unicaja and Efes Pilsen.
Orleans entered to this game better taking 20-14 lead after 10 minutes. Later, the hosts reached plus 10, but Benetton immediately answered creating 2-9 run for 29-26. Still, Austin Nichols and his teammates were strong enough to jump on plus 9 again. Benetton was good in finish and thanks to triple by Jasmin Hukic succeeded to close the gap on 38-33, what still was something what Orleans wanted. Benetton made impressive 0-10 run in third period and later managed to end it with 51-59. The hosts were in trouble as they could not find a solution how to stop Gary Neal today. Benetton jumped to 58-71 in the last quarter and that was the result which could lead them to Regular Season, but Austin Nichols paced his team to 9-0 run soon after that. It was 69-73 and later 72-79 for Benetton with less than 2 minutes to go. The bet was huge, but Cedrick Banks was calm and he drained a crucial triple in the finish for the big joy of Orleans fans.

Orleans: Austin Nichols 15, Adrien Moerman 15, Cedrick Banks 14, Ryvon Covile 10
Benetton: Gary Neal 29, Sandro Nicevic 16+7 boards, Daniel Hackett 10, Jasmin Hukic 10


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  JAPAN   


Asia-Basket.com Japan Players of the Week (10/4/2009) - by John Scribe
JBL Players of the Week

Domestic:Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86), G, Tochigi Brex

Kawamura averaged 28 points on the weekend, leading the Brex to a 2-0 record over last year's playoff team Toyota.
He was especially spectacular on saturday (Oct. 3) with a 33 point performance, clobbering the Alvark, 120-88.

Import: Jerald Honeycutt (205-F-74, college: Tulane), F/C, Panasonic

Honeycutt started for the Trians to lead his team to a 2-0 start against Rera Kamuy Hokkaido. He kept his team in the game with a stellar performance for the outside on the first day, and
then facilitated the team's offense the following night too. Honeycutt averaged an import-best 22.00 ppg and shot an astounding 77.8%
from the perimeter.

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BJ League Players of the Week

Domestic: Cohey Aoki (167-G-80), PG, Tokyo Apache

Aoki wouldn't be credited for helping the team win this week, but his outstanding individual performance earns his player of the week honors.
Aoki scored 17 and 28 points respectively, against Hamamatsu, leading his team valiantly in day two. Considering that the Apache is undermanned (in BJ standards)with only two imports, Aoki exemplified enormous leadership to not be Robin, but play like Batman.


Import: Wendell White (198-G-84, agency: Liman Sports, college: UNLV), G/F, Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix

White averaged 28 point per game for the series against the Tokyo Apache in week one, leading the Phoenix to a 2-0 start for the season opener.
He was especially vital on the first day by connecting on 3 straight three-pointers, leading to 13 fourth quarter points.





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  JORDAN   


Davitkov: Looking forward for the new season - by Mohammed Malas
Al Qadsia's Macedonian head coach Jordanco Davitkov was pleased to be a guest at Eurobasket.com to speak about his era and thoughts for the next season esspecially that his team Al Qadsia have some important tournament in the upcoming season 2009-2010.

1- Tell us more about yourself?
- Basketball is my life. I played professional basketball for 20 years, out of which 11 I was in the Ex-Yugoslavian league, and 9 years i was in the Macedonian league, and played in most of the European Cups. I also played for the National team of Macedonia, where I was the captain of them for most of the time spent there. As a player I have won 8 Championship Titles and 5 National Cup titles ( all of them in Macedonia ).

I started my career as a basketball coach 10 years ago, and went through most of the Macedonian basketball teams, and one in Iceland too. I have won 3 Championship titles and 4 National cups of Macedonia, coaching the best Macedonian basketball team ' Rabotnichki Skopje ', and as the coach of the same team, I took part in the Fiba Eurocup league.
Starting in 2001 through 2007 I was the coach of the National team of Macedonia, and in that particular period the National team was in the Euro Championship qualifications.
All of my titles are important to me, but one of the most important ones is the Gulf Championship Cup title, which I won last year with Al Qadsia.

2- How're the preperations for Al Qadsia for the new season?
-The preparations for the new season started at the beginning of August, and I can say I am pretty pleased from the way they are processing. The players are practicing well, despite that the practices are tough, because we work on the physical and tactical preparation for this period. We already started with the scrimmages, and I sincerely hope that by the beginning of the new season in November we will be more than ready to defend our Kuwaiti Championship title.

3- What is the difference between your team this year and the last one?
-Basically, the team roster is the same, with the exception that this year we have Joel Box and Nick Zachery instead of Norman and Marchal. I am very pleased to see that some of the players who did not play the last season due to injuries, are working really hard, and by that the competition for a place on the team is bigger, which is a very good thing. Also, the last year I arrived in Kuwait right at the start of the season, and I had to combine the preseason workouts with the season workouts, which is not a simple thing, and this year I have just enough time to prepare the team.

4- This season in Kuwait seems to be more tough than the last one...Did you study the other oponents and their new imports?
-I think that we are about to see a very tough and doubtful season. It is widely known, that, every team wants to beat the champion of the country, and there will surely be 6 or 7 teams that will fight for the play-offs and after that winning the Championship title. Obviously, I expect that our main competitors for the title to be Al Kuwait, Al Jahra and Al Sahel, but we surely don't want to cancel Al Arabi, Al Kazma and Al naser.

This year it will be a lot easier for me, because I know all of the Kuwaiti players that play for the other teams, and I am waiting to see the other foreign imports for the teams, so that I can have a final picture for their quality. Anyhow I expect a really interesting season.

5- How do you evaluate your imports Joel Box and Nick Zachery?
-We had Joel last season for the Gulf Championship, and for the Asian Championship, and he has already fit in to my coaching and playing system. Nick Zachery arrived later, but I can see that he is a good player, with a lot of experience, and I expect from both of them to have a good impact in Qadsia's team this season.

Also we need time and more games to make everything function well, which I have no doubt that we will achieve that.

6- What are your main aims for Al Qadsia this season?
-Every team I coached, I aimed high, that is winning the Championship title and Cup title. This year as well as the last one, Al Qadsia plays in two home, and two international competitions, and believe you me, we will try to defend the Kuwaiti Championship title, and the Gulf Championship Cup title, and maybe add another one. I'm not saying that it won't be hard, but with a good working atmosphere on practice, with the support of our team management, and surely with the support of our fateful army of fans, we will do our best for new successes.

7- What is the difference between your coaching in Kuwait and other countries you went to?
-If a have to make a comparison, I will have to say that the practice conditions here are way better, but the quantity ( lenght ) of the practice procces in micro and macro season is shorter. It is a matter of habits that are made here, and I am trying to change some of them here in Al Qadsia, and for the good of the Kuwaiti basketball I sincerely hope that I will succeed, although it takes time, the most important thing is for the players to have a will. There is a bucket full of talented Kuwaiti players but it needs a lot of work, overall in the technical preparation and the defense especially.

8- Finally, What are the limit of your dreams in Basketball?
-Both in my playing and coaching career, I have really won a lot of titles, and by that most of my dreams came true, but the hunger for wins and titles never stops, and every other dream is short-termed, it's about winning new title the upcoming season, and when that dream is done, there is another one the year after that. Generally I don't ask for who knows what, I only want to give my maximum for the team that I am coaching, both on the practice, and during the games, help the players, and WIN.


Lett: I'm so proud of Jordan...They deserves the WC after the hard work - by Mohammed Malas
Ex-Zain's American power forward Ontario Lett (198-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: Pittsburgh) who played with Zain last season had a time to speak with Eurobasket about his next thoughts and his ideas about some general information in basketball in the area and the world, Hope you will enjoy it.

1- How do you evaluate your perfromance with Zain club last season?
I thought i played really well considering i only got a chance to play only in tournament, i shot 3s and FT really well, the highest percentage of my career at 35% and 95% and my Fg percentage was high as usual around 57%, as a team i wish we could have won more tournament we place 2nd in Dubai, WABA, and Asia and 5th in Arabs, but i with the team qualifying for the World Championship i think the total season was a success.

2- Which basketball do you prefer as a professional player? Middle East or Europe as you have a European passport from your spanish wife?
I'm a physical player i like drawing and receiving contact so personally i prefer the Middle East because they seem to let you play more then the countries i have played in in Europe, but as far as skill wise i like Europe because it is a more skill game there and as a player my total game developed more and more each season in Europe.

3- I heard that some teams in Iran and Gulf Area had contacted you lateley?..How true is that?
That is true i have received several email from team in Iran now im just waiting to see what happens now.

4- If Zain offered you to come back to the team will you accept?
My first option is Zain i have turned down some offers from other clubs because to me with the relationship i have with the players and the organization there they will come first if they are allowed to have imports and if they want me back, plus my wife loves Amman she have many friends there and she is comfortable there so yes if Zain wants me back ill be back.

5- What are your plans in future?
i want to try to play for 6 more season until im 35 and then i think i want to get into coaching my junior collage coach Paul Swanson is trying to groom me for the job now and all of my coaches at Pitt are D1 coaches now so i think that what i want to do when im done playing God willing.

6- What do you think about Jordan's qualification to World Cup Turkey 2010?
Im very proud of the team its been a long time coming and i know how much and how hard they worked for this. I was there about 5 or 6 season back when just winning a tournament meant everything in the world to them and now to see how they are the top club team and one of the top NT teams in the Middle East and with a chance to go to the Olympics is very exciting for me to see and im very proud and happy for them and i wish them good luck except for against the USA lol.

7- Who were the best players you played with in your career?
I played with a lot of really good players because i always played at high levels but at different ages, but i think overall Scotty Thurman (196-G/F-74, college: Arkansas) was the best all around player i played with.

8- Who was the most coach you felt that you were comfortable with?
I have 5 coaches in my career that im really comfortable with, so i cant just choice one because all of our relationships are different and i meet them at different times in my life so i learned different but very important lesson on and of the court. David Williams P.H.S., Paul Swanson P.J.C., Ben Howland of Pitt., Toa Paterna Jerez, Spain, and Mario Leonel Palma of Zain.

9- If Jordan offers you a passport to play for Jordan in World Cup what would you say?
.I would say yes of course i would love that opportunity to go to battle with those guys against the rest of the World.

10- Finally, What do you want to say to your friends, family and fans?
I would like to tell them thank you for all your love and support and i will keep working to get better everyday so i can keep giving them what they want.


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders


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  LITHUANIA   


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


Stats Leaders - LKL


LKL News - by Lukas Zajancauskas
LKL champions Lietuvos Rytas played their first game in this years championship. They crushed Suduva 105:61 (27:15, 33:18, 32:21, 13:7) and achieved easy victory. Rytas played well in the offence, almost every player scored points. MVP of this game was Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) - 21 points and 12 boards.

Zalgiris - Juventus 65:51 (18:11, 14:15, 13:11, 20:14)

Zalgiris won heavy battle against the newcomers of the league Juventus Utena. Zalgiris terribly shoted from distance - only 4 of 24 attempts were succesfull. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) was the beast in the paint - 13 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile Juventus big man Paulius Morkeliunas (201-F-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) continues his good performance, today he 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Sakalai - Aisciai 88:78 (17:16, 26:17, 24:21, 21:24)
Sakalai won their first battle. After losing to newcomers Perlas, this time they won against another young and ambitious team Aisciai Kaunas. Former Nevezis guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) led green-yellows to victory, he scored 20 points.

Nevezis - Neptunas 79:83 (20:22, 27:14, 13:26, 19:21)
Succesfull second half secured away victory for Neptunas. Robertas Bitinas (182-G-84) was the scoring leader in this game - 22 points.


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  MEXICO   


NBA Mexico Game 2009: The full Phoenix Suns organization ready - by Carlos Chapa
The Phoenix Suns are ready to play their preseason game in Monterrey, Mexico against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 18, but the players and coaching staff from the Suns are not the only ones coming to Mexico, the NBA announced that the mascot and the cheerleading team will also participate in some events scheduled to start from Saturday 17. These activities include a visit to a local hospital, a program oriented at helping disabled children and a training session.

Regarding the game, Suns coach Alvin Gentry stated that everyone can expect a fun and high scoring game, while he is certain that fans will get an exciting and special atmosphere.
Forward/Center Amare Stoudemire (208-F-82) spoke about the great fan base that the Phoenix Suns have in Mexico and expressed his desire to please the crowd.

It was also informed that the NBA Mexico Game 2009 will be televised live nationally on NBA TV at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, October 18.



LNBP, Round 9: Halcones UV Xalapa jumps to impressive 9-0 - by Eurobasket News
Libertadores - Bucaneros 70-77
Bucaneros cruised past Libertadores for the fifth win of the season. John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) led the winners with 25 points and 9 rebounds, while Aaron Eneas was near behind him with 20 pts and 13 boards. The hosts got 18 points from Chidozine Chukwumah.

Barreteros - Fuerza Regia 91-80
Barreteros grabbed this one mostly owing to Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston), who drained 20 points. Derick Hollyfield also had very important role scoring 18, while James Reaves had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Visitors got 20 pts from Omar Alvarado.

Panteras - Toros 91-86
Victory number 4 for Panteras this season. Devon Ford (193-G-77, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Idaho) was a key player in this victory netting 25 points. Adrian Hanning responded with 20 pts in defeat.

Soles - Abejas 71-90
5-4 for Abejas and 7-2 for Soles after this game. Marcus Moore was a key player for the guests collecting 22 points and 6 rebounds. Eric Fluornay helped with 17 pts. In Soles, Gregory Lewis drained 29 pts and pulled down 13 rebs.

Huracanes - Pioneros 64-70
Victory No.7 for Pioneros, what is at this moment enough for third place. Jeremiah Dominguez (168-G-85, college: Portland St.) led his team with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Huracanes got 16 pts and 5 boards from Lincoln Smith, falling to 4-5.

Cosmos - Lechugueros 82-98
4-5 for Lechugueros, while Cosmos remains winless. Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77, college: Weber St.) shined in the winning squad with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Jerome Habel collected 21 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.

Angeles - Halc.Rojos 88-97
Halc.Rojos celebrated very important road win for 8-1 record in LNBP (second place). Daimon Gooner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) top-scored for Halcones with 16 pts. Robert Cox answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds in loss.

Indios - Pilares 102-99
Indios had Arthur Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) in a game mood with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Bonie added 23 pts. Pilares had Almaad Jackosn on fire with 37 pts, but that was not enough for the victory.

Lobos Grises - Potros 104-73
Easy on for Lobos, who jumped to 4-5 record. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) shined in victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Jovan Harris had 23 pts. Sammay Monroes delivered 16 for Potros.

Halc.Cordoba - Halc.Xalapa 66-74


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 9-0 
 2. Halc.Rojos 8-1 
 3. Pioneros 7-1 
 4. Soles 7-2 
 5. Halc.Cordoba 6-3 
 6. Angeles 6-3 
 7. Bucaneros 5-3 
 8. Abejas 5-4 
 9. Lobos Grises 4-5 
 10. Lechugueros 4-5 
 11. Toros 4-5 
 12. Panteras 4-5 
 13. Barreteros 4-5 
 14. Huracanes 4-5 
 15. Indios 3-4 
 16. Libertadores 3-6 
 17. Fuerza Regia 3-6 
 18. Potros 2-7 
 19. Pilares 0-9 
 20. Cosmos 0-9 


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros26.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros26.2 
 3. Millsap, Bucaneros26.2 
 4. Millsap, Bucaneros26.0 
 5. Millsap, Bucaneros26.0 
 6. Millsap, Bucaneros26.0 
 7. Hickerson, Pioneros25.7 
 8. Hickerson, Pioneros25.7 
 9. Hickerson, Pioneros23.7 
 10. Hickerson, Pioner.23.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio GARCIA
  Pioneros
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Garcia, Pioneros11.8 
 2. Garcia, Pioneros11.8 
 3. Garcia, Pioneros11.6 
 4. Garcia, Pioneros11.6 
 5. Garcia, Pioneros11.6 
 6. Reaves, Barreteros11.0 
 7. Reaves, Barreteros11.0 
 8. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 9. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 10. Reaves, Barreter.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Funn, Bucaneros7.5 
 2. Funn, Bucaneros7.5 
 3. Funn, Bucaneros7.5 
 4. Funn, Bucaneros7.1 
 5. Funn, Bucaneros7.1 
 6. Funn, Bucaneros7.1 
 7. Funn, Bucaneros7.0 
 8. Funn, Bucaneros7.0 
 9. Brown, Fuerza R.6.2 
 10. Brown, Fuerza.6.2 
Steals Per Game
 Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.4.2 
 2. Gonzalez, Libertad.4.2 
 3. Gonzalez, Libertad.4.2 
 4. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 5. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 6. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 7. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 8. Gooner, Halc.Rojos3.6 
 9. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.6 
 10. Gonzalez, Libert.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert COX
  Angeles
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 2. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 3. Capers, Barreteros1.4 
 4. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 5. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 6. Capers, Barreteros1.4 
 7. Brown, Potros1.3 
 8. Brown, Potros1.3 
 9. Capers, Barreteros1.2 
 10. Cox, Angel.1.2 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Transfers and basketball news : Lalovic in Ulcinj, Dubljevic in Lovcen - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Ulcinj and DELFI SMG basketball announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Primorje Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) singed contract whit Basketball Club Ulcinj to the end of year 2009.Boris Lalovic play in two MNT play-off final series for BC Primorje in season 2008-2009 and for BC Mogren in season 2007-2008.
Basketball Club Ibon Niksic left more tree players : Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91) singed new four year contract whit Basketball Club Buducnost from Podgorica.In season 2009-2010 Dubljevic will be loan to Basketball Club Lovcen from Cetinje member of Balkan and MNT1A league, Lazar Calasan (188-G/F-90) singed new 1-year contract whit Basketball Club Ljubovic from Podgorica and Aleksandar Deretic (199-F/C-90) brake out contract whit Basketball Club Ibon Niksic.New head coach of Club for season 2009-2010 will be Dubljevic Dusan , he replace old head coach Djokic ho resigned in April 2009.
Basketball Club Ljubovic and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex basketball players of Basketball Club Danilovgrad Miladin Mijajlovic (204-C-86) and Basketball Club Ibon from Niksic Lazar Calasan singed 1-year contarcts whit Basketball Club Ljubovic member of MNT1B League.
Basketball Club University of Mediteran member of MNT1B League annonced that club singed 1-year contract whit ex basketball player of Basketball Club Danilovgrad Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86).


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  NBA   


Pacers beat Nuggets 126-104 in 1st NBA game in Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
In the first NBA preseason game played in Taiwan, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Denver Nuggets 126-104 on Thursday.

Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame), Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) and Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) each scored 20 points for the Pacers, who led throughout the game in front of a sellout crowd of 13,599 at the Taipei Arena.

'We're probably about 35 percent ready for the season,' Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. 'We executed tonight what we practiced.'

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) led the Nuggets with 17 points. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) added 16 points and Chauncey Billips and Joey Graham each had 14.

'Right now, we're not playing with a good rhythm,' Nuggets coach George Carl said. 'We have to find answers by (the season opener on) Oct. 28.'

Indiana made 14 of 25 3-pointers, led by Rush, who was 6 for 12. Murphy was 4 for 4 from outside the arc, and A.J. Price was 4 for 6.

The Pacers led by eight points at the end of the first quarter and expanded it to 14 at the half. They led 98-74 heading into the fourth quarter.


Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Utah Jazz roll past Real in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real - Utah Jazz 87:109
Utah Jazz posted a comfortable win over Real on their NBA Europe Live Tour. The teams clashed at the Sports Palace of Madrid in front of nearly 14,000 basketball fans. The Jazz proved superiority rallying to a physical victory at the end.
The NBA team jumped to a 9:2 lead early in the encounter. Kaukenas and Sergio Llull (190-G-87) ensured Real answered equally. The hosts surged in front 15:14. But the Jazz managed to eke out a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Paul Millsap (201-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up for Utah at the start of the second period. He fired 8 points in a row as the visitors cleared off. Real trimmed the distance to just 5 points but then conceded a rally from the North American team. Utah unleashed a 16:3 spurt and then posted a comfortable 56:37 lead at halftime. Utah controlled the pace in the third stanza. They accounted for 33 points in the period and ensured a 26-point lead into the final stanza. Real Madrid won the fourth stanza but could not save the game.
Paul Millsap finished with 20 points for Utah. Deron Williams (191-G-84, college: Illinois) added 16 points, while Carlos Boozer (207-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 14 in the victory. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) responded with 18 points for Real. Sergio Llull and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) had 11 points each in defeat.

Real: Louis Bullock 18, Sergio Llull 11, Novica Velickovic 11
Utah Jazz: Paul Millsap 20, Deron Williams 16, Carlos Boozer 14



USBasket.com Exclusive Interview with Shaun Pruitt - by Surujh Roopnarine
We all go through learning processes, whether on the basketball court or in life. As a player, you have to pick up new defensive schemes, offensive philosophies and adapt to different cultural environments depending on where you play. Sometimes we (myself specifically) dont take these factors into account when we see players perform. We assume that once on a basketball court, all the superfluous things are put aside and have no affect on performance; that however, is not the case. Just like a joyous event can buoy a players spirits and energy, negative circumstances often have a corresponding adverse effect.
Former University of Illinois starting center Shaun Pruitt (6'10''-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) is currently in training camp with the Golden State Warriors. After a rookie season that saw Pruitt travel the globe (literally) through the Czech Republic, Latvia and China, he is back in the USA and in an NBA training camp, practicing and working out with NBA stars like Stephen Jackson, Cory Maggette and Monta Ellis. When I wrote last week that Shaun was in camp with the Warriors, I drew on personal perceptions to describe the type of player I thought Shaun was. Upon further reflection, it seemed prudent to go directly to the source and try to find out what it was actually like for a kid from Chicago to be thrust into a completely different world both basketball wise and culturally, and see how that may have influenced him and his development.
Shaun took a few moments to talk with me about life in NBA training camp, his whirlwind rookie season and his expectations.

USBasket: How has training camp been thus far? Is there anything that has surprised you about the experience?
Shaun: Training camp experience was great; a lot of work and very intense which will help my career out a lot. It was good to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes of a training camp and get valuable information from a great teacher like (Head Coach) Don Nelson.

USBasket: What is the main point of emphasis Coach Nelson and his staff have been emphasizing?
Shaun: I would say the main point of emphasis has been defense. The Warriors have been a great offensive team with an up and down pace, but they want to get back t o focusing on shutting the opposition down on the other end.

USBasket: How has your development evolved between your rookie and second seasons as a professional?
Shaun: I have matured a lot, been all over the world and even though a lot of things weren't always fair, especially in the Czech Republic last year, I know how to deal with things better as a professional.

USBasket: Describe your time in the Czech Republic for meboth personally and basketball wise.
Shaun: My time in the Czech Republic was at times up and down. I made some life long friends there like Rashaan Ames and many other friends from Czech. Also, Prague is one of the best cities ever. Basketball wise it was even more up and down for me. My first coach, (Ivica) Mavrenski and I ended up gaining a lot of respect for each other; he taught me a lot basketball- wise, especially from a defensive standpoint. At first I struggled because his defensive principals were a little different than what I was used to from college. At this level they don't trap and hedge off screens as much which is actually better. They force the guard to the baseline and have the big man help which is the same thing the Warriors do so that was valuable for me to learn. I played hard for him and was very intense, almost too much at times, especially when our relationship grew. He really knew his basketball and I liked how he pushed us. Unfortunately the team decided to let him go along with Rashaan Ames around the end of December. Losing a mentor (Mavrenski) and my best friend out there (Ames) was hard for me.
After a few weeks of not having the same comfort level that I had had at the beginning of the season, I decided to speak with GM Petr Fridrich and work out a way to leave and try to find a better situation. During the time prior to my leaving, we suffered some more losses, which the fans were not expecting. Being the highest paid player, a lot of the criticism fell to me, which was expected. During my last season at Illinois (16-19, 5-13 Big 10), as a senior and a leader I accepted the brunt of the criticism that was directed at our team. It was difficult at times to constantly bear the criticism, but I have matured a lot as a person since then and can deal better with situations that are not entirely fair. By the way, I cherished my time at my alma mater Illinois and the Illini Nation very much.

USBasket: Who was your toughest matchup against least season in the NBL?
Shaun: My toughest opponent was Marcus Arnold, because we know each others games and he backed me up at Illinois. I know he came to the games wanting to show me what he could do which I already knew, he's a great player. We just had a three guard offense a lot at times in college so it limited how much we both played. Last season in the Czech Republic, we both had an opportunity to showcase our skills and prove ourselves.

USBasket: After leaving Prostějov (Czech Republic), how did you end up heading to Latvia and then finally to China?
Shaun: I stayed in Prague for a while after leaving Prostějov. Ventspils is a great team and not far from the Czech Republic, so I decided to go play there for a game. I was able to get decent compensation for doing so and I love to play basketball, so I wasn't scared to play in a game even though I had only practiced with them once for an hour the night before! It ended up that they were looking for something different; more of a small forward with outside shooting ability and afterwards they eventually signed my Illini teammate Warren Carter, who I was very happy for! I probably should have waited to play after signing a contract, but I love to hoop and compete and hadn't played in three weeks, so I was just ready to get in a game and have fun and help the team.
That was also a learning experience, because even though I love to play it wasn't smart to play so soon, especially without a contract. That won't happen again.

USBasket: There were many former NBA players in China last season (Bonzi Wells, Kirk Snyder, Smush Parker, etc). Was it a good experience for you to interact and meet some of these guys and pick their brains?
Shaun: China was a different but great experience, especially basketball wise. I think it probably prepared me the most for the experience I'm now having with the Warriors and playing in the NBA. I would say even more so than the NCAA D1 level and NBA Summer League (2008 New Orleans), because I played so much and they follow many of the same rules as the NBA does. The players are all talented and the American imports are all great players. The crowds were huge and they loved basketball; when we (Fujian SBS XunXin) played Smush Parkers team (Guandong Southern Tigers) there were almost 25,000 fans at the game! (Note: Shaun scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in 48 minutes)

USBasket: The Warriors have 15 guaranteed contracts already, so chances of sticking with the team are not the greatest. What do you and your agent have lined up for after training camp if for some reason you dont make the squad? Would you consider going back to the Czech Republic again? Where do you see yourself playing this season if not in the NBA?
Shaun: The Warriors have 15 guaranteed contracts, but I honestly feel that I belong and have been working very hard and I am under the impression that I have a chance to make it. I am still competing for a spot so I can't get into worrying about that right now, but nothing is guaranteed and Im just glad for this experience and the opportunity to quiet some of the critics.
Unless one of the top teams wants to sign me and it is a nice deal I don't think I will go back to the Czech Republic, but I will be there soon to visit friends. I would want to go to a top team in Europe. China is an option, but right now I'm focused on the Warriors. We play the Lakers tonight (pre-season); the best team in the world and against the best player in Kobe Bryant. This is a great experience!
(Note: Golden State lost 118-101. Shaun logged 13 minutes, scoring one point, grabbing three rebounds and blocking one shot).

Shaun: I want to thank you Surujh, Eurobasket and USBasket for giving me this interview and to all my fans, I really appreciate the support.


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Big 12 announces preseason honors - by Kevin Cochran
Teammates Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich (Kansas) have been named as the Big 12 Preseason Co-Players of the Year, it was announced. Senior forward Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa State) is the Preseason Newcomer of the Year, while guard Avery Bradley (Texas) earned Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year recognition. Players honored in preseason voting were selected by the league head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

Collins was a consensus choice for the All-America Second Team a year ago after leading the Jayhawks with 18.9 points per game. He led KU in scoring 27 times and also totaled 77 points in three NCAA outings. Aldrich joined Collins as a member of the All-Big 12 First Team in 2008-09. He was first in the Big 12 and 12th nationally with 2.7 blocks per game. The selection of Collins and Aldrich marks the second time in Big 12 history (Brandon Rush & Julian Wright, KU, 2006-07) that the preseason player accolade has been shared by two players.

Gilstrap arrives in Ames after averaging 22.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in his one season at Gulf Coast CC. The senior forward earned honorable mention All-America honors and was Panhandle Conference Player of the Year after finishing 10th in the nation in scoring and 20th in rebounding. He shot 48.3 percent from the field, including 40.9 percent from 3-point range, en route to a 24-9 overall team record.

Bradley comes to Texas with a reputation as an outstanding defender. The guard was rated as the No. 1 prospect in the nation by ESPNU following his senior campaign and was also named to the Parade All-America Team. He led his team to a 33-0 overall record last season, finishing with 19.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

The KU duo are the fifth and sixth Jayhawks to be tabbed with preseason player honors. Gilstrap is the first Iowa State athlete to earn preseason newcomer accolades, while Bradley is the fourth Longhorn to be recognized as the top incoming freshman.

The Preseason All-Big 12 team was also announced, with three players who earned All-Big 12 First Team honors included. In addition to Collins and Aldrich, Craig Brackins (Iowa State) was also a first team pick last season. All six of the members of this years preseason squad were ranked among the Big 12s top 13 in scoring, including three of the top four.

Preseason Co-Players of the Year
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, 6-11, 245, Jr., Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson
Sherron Collins, Kansas, G, 5-11, 205, Sr., Chicago, Ill./Crane

Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, 6-7, 215, Sr., Covington, Ga./East Side/Gulf Coast CC [Fla.]

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Avery Bradley, Texas, G, 6-2, 180, Fr., Tacoma, Wash./Findlay Prep [Nev.]

2009-10 Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Craig Brackins, Iowa State** F 6-10 230 Jr. Palmdale, Calif./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Cole Aldrich, Kansas C 6-11 245 Jr. Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson
Sherron Collins, Kansas** G 5-11 205 Sr. Chicago, Ill./Crane
Willie Warren, Oklahoma G 6-4 199 So. Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley
James Anderson, Oklahoma State G/F 6-6 205 Jr. Junction City, Ark./Junction City
Damion James, Texas G/F 6-7 225 Sr. Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches



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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Kristiansand 3-0 
 2. Kongsberg 2-0 
 3. Centrum 1-0 
 4. NTNUI 1-1 
 5. Trondheim 1-1 
 6. Langhus 1-1 
 7. Askoy 1-2 
 8. Varden 0-1 
 9. OSI 0-2 
 10. Persbraaten 0-2 


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Standings - CBS
CBS Standings
 1. Navieros 7-1 
 2. Caimanes 5-3 
 3. Canguros 4-3 
 4. Magnates 3-5 
 5. Fieras 2-4 
 6. Colosos 2-5 


Another win for Navieros - by Gianni Pascucci
Navieros de Colon defeated Magnates de Costa del Este, 77-74 at the end of a very close gane some nights ago, keeping the first place in the CBS table. The score at the halftime was 42-31 for Magnates, but Navieros managed to come back in the second half and to keep the lead just before the buzzer. Daniel Munoz (178-G-84) tried to tie the score with a three pointer almot at the buzzer, but was unlucky. The best performers in Navieros were Jamahr Johnson (192-G-81) with 17 pts and 4 rebs and Juan Gondola (183-G-81), with 16 pts and 5 rebs. Anibal Salazar (178-G-88) added 11 pts and 4 assists at the winning side, while Julio Osorio (203-F-83, college: Jacksonville JC) and Luis Boza (181-G) led Magnates with 14 pts each and Daniel Munoz ended the game at 11 pts and 7 rebs


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Polonia add Matt Kingsley - by Eurobasket News
Polonia opted for one more acquisition prior to the start of the new season. They strengthened their squad with addition of Matt Kingsley (206-F-86, college: Stephen F. Austin). The 23-year-old forward just graduated from Stephen F. Austin University. He averaged 15.8 points, 7.7 boards and 1.2 blocks per game in his senior season. Kingsley was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year. Matt Kingsley attended workouts with the Houston Rockets and then spent some time in the training camp of Lithuanian Siauliai.


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Trefl Sopot 1-0 
 2. Sokol Znicz 0-0 
 3. Assec.Prokom 0-0 
 4. Polpharma 0-0 
 5. Polonia 2011 0-0 
 6. Anwil 0-0 
 7. ISS Sportino 0-0 
 8. Polonia 0-0 
 9. PBG Basket 0-0 
 10. Stal SW 0-0 
 11. AZS Koszalin 0-0 
 12. SKK Kotwica 0-0 
 13. PGE Turow 0-0 
 14. Energa Czarni 0-1 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Qyntel WOODS
  Assec.Prokom
  (204-F/G-81)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Woods, Assec.Pr.19.2 
 2. Logan, Assec.Pr.18.3 
 3. Day, Sokol Znicz17.7 
 4. Adams, Polonia .17.4 
 5. Hicks, Polpharma17.1 
 6. Mojica, AZS K.17.0 
 7. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.1 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszalin15.7 
 9. Jovanovic, Stal O.15.5 
 10. Harrington, Polo.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  BK Prostejov
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.3 
 2. Johnson, Polonia .8.5 
 3. Naymick, SKK K.7.5 
 4. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.5 
 5. Dylewicz, Assec.Pr.7.1 
 6. Coleman, Polpharma6.9 
 7. Okafor, Stal O.6.9 
 8. McLean, PBG B.6.8 
 9. Daniels, PGE Turow6.7 
 10. Bigus, PBG Bask.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.4 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil5.9 
 3. Eldridge, Polpharma4.9 
 4. Szubarga, Stal O.4.5 
 5. Harrington, Poloni.4.4 
 6. Edney, PGE Turow4.3 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.4.2 
 8. Davis, PBG Basket3.9 
 9. Lee, ISS Sportino3.7 
 10. Logan, Assec.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.8 
 2. Harrington, Poloni.3.3 
 3. Lee, ISS Sportino3.2 
 4. Day, Sokol Znicz2.9 
 5. Koszarek, Anwil2.9 
 6. Eldridge, Polpharma2.6 
 7. Nesovic, Assec.Pr.2.4 
 8. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.3 
 9. Edney, PGE Turow2.3 
 10. Ecka, Sokol Zni.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Naymick, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 3. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 4. Turek, PGE Turow1.2 
 5. Coleman, Polpharma1.2 
 6. Barrett, SKK K.0.8 
 7. Gomez, ISS S.0.8 
 8. Frasunkiewic., Poloni.0.8 
 9. Wallace, Basket0.7 
 10. Wojcik, PBG Bask.0.7 


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Second North American to Barreirense - by Eurobasket
After Colin McIntosh (202-F-86, college: Vermont), Quintin Thornton (204-F/C-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: LSU) is the second foreigner to Barreirense.
He is 23 years old, 2.05 meters tall and 108 kg in weight. The Tigers, where he spent the last two seasons, competing in the hyper-competitive Southeastern Conference, a conference of a higher quality of American college basketball.
He comes from Orlando, Florida, Quintin soon became famous as a strong player. Lord of the availability athletic enviable qualities have not gone unnoticed by some of the most prestigious universities, has been the target of some of the top programs in the world of NCAA.
Barreirense account so in 2009/2010, with more than a strong presence in the indoor game, giving height, weight and aggressiveness to the team.
By Hugo Carvalho


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


Stats Leaders - Men


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CSKA rebound to win against Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - CSKA 73:83
CSKA avenged the loss in the first game against Efes Pilsen claiming a comfortable victory in the second encounter. Playing without Khryapa and Langdon CSKA managed to storm past the hosts in the opening frame. The Moscow team earned a 29:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Efes Pilsen came back to life in the second period. They cut the distance to 10 points before CSKA answered late in the frame. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Holden boosted the margin to 16 points at halftime. Efes Pilsen got within 9 early in the third stanza but CSKA did not allow Efes Pilsen to restore the intrigue. The visitors quickly gained a 16-point advantage and cruised into the fourth term. CSKA stayed calm and coasted to the win in the fourth period. Ramunas Siskauskas produced 18 points for CSKA. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) added 15 points, while Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) had 12 in the win. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) responded with 16 points for Efes Pilsen. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) knocked down 12 points for the home team. CSKA outrebounded their opponents 27:22 and sot impressive 70% from beyond the arc in the win.

Efes Pilsen: Charles Smith 16, Preston Shumpert 12
CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 18, Andrey Vorontsevich 15, Dmitry Sokolov 12



Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. Revda 3-0 
 2. N.Novgorod 3-0 
 3. Saransk 3-1 
 4. Ural Ekater. 2-1 
 5. Spartak-P. 2-1 
 6. Chelabinsk 1-1 
 7. Naltchik 1-1 
 8. Magnitogorsk 1-1 
 9. Severstal 1-2 
 10. Lok.Novos. 1-2 
 11. Rjazan 0-1 
 12. Irkutsk 0-3 
 13. Tambov 0-3 


Unics triumphs in the home tournament - by Eurobasket News
Unics triumphs in the home tournament as the team was stronger than other three teams from Russia. Unics won over Triumph, Krasnie Krilya and Lokomotiv Kuban. In the last game versus Kuban, Unics celebrated 71:63 victory mostly due to the first half. Tha hosts opened the game with 14-10 and added 22-11 in the second frame. Kuban responded with 23-19 in the third frame and won the last period 19-16. Unics was led by Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) who poured in 18 points. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Popovic delivered 14 points each, while Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82) posted 13 in defeat.
Knimky meanwhile comes back from the Love Cyprus Tournament. The Russian team lost the last game to finish second.In the Final game Panathinaikos beat Russian Khimki 78:72. A great game from both sides was expected even before the tournament. Panathinaikos took 19:14 after the opening quarter and reached 43:36 at the halftime. Both teams tied the third quarter that remained the Greek squad in front at 60:53 and kept the spectators alive for the end of the game. Khimky reduced the gap to 66 points at the final minutes, but could not win the encounter. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, whilst Diamantidis netted 16. Nicholas ended up with 15 and Fotsis added 9. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Langford delivered 16 points apiece in the losing effort. Fritz nailed 13 and Lopez netted 7.


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  SCOTLAND   


No undefeated teams after three rounds - by Eurobasket News
Six teams that participate this year in 2009-2010 season suffered already one loss or more. Four teams have 2-1 record on top of the league.
In the last round East Lothian Peregrines lost to Troon Tornadoes at Musselburgh Sports Centre 62:68. On October 3rd St Mirren Reid Kerr College beat Glasgow Storm at Linwood Sports Centre 80:68, while City of Edinburgh Kings overcame Clark Eriksson Fury 75:66. On October 4th City of Edinburgh Kings smashed East Lothian Peregrines 101:55.
Round 4 is scheduled for October 9th and 11th. Glasgow Storm and City of Edinburgh Kings will close the round on Sunday.


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


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Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Smederevo 1-0 
 2. Vrbas 1-0 
 3. Vojvodina 1-0 
 4. Crnokosa 1-0 
 5. Superfund 1-0 
 6. Jug Vranje 1-0 
 7. Mladost CA 0-0 
 8. Partizan II 0-0 
 9. Zdravlje 0-1 
 10. Beovuk 72 0-1 
 11. Jagodina 0-1 
 12. Zeleznicar C. 0-1 
 13. FMP II 0-1 
 14. Radnicki O. 0-1 


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  SLOVENIA   


Dafni testing Verginella - by Zeljko Zule
Marko Verginella has just started a tryout period with the Greek team Dafni Athens (A-2 League). Last season he joined Lugano Tigers in the Swiss first league, where he averaged 9.3ppg, grabbing 2.5 rebounds. In the last years Vegrinella also played in the Italian Serie A and LegaDue leagues, gaining experience in teams such as Montecatini, Udine, Reggio Calabria, Fabriano and Sassari. In the 2006/2007 season he helped Rieti to win the regular season LegaDue cup, leading the team to the top league.

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  SPAIN   


Vigo land Marc Sola - by Eurobasket News
Marc Sola (185-G-85, agency: Court Side) strengthened Vigo backcourt. The 24-year-old signed a contract with the team and is expected to appear on court against Burgos in LEB Gold Round 2. The player spent the last season in Huesca. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.4 boards and 1.4 assists per game. Marc Sola is the product of Manresa basketball school. He used to play for Sabadella Gapsa, Pamesa Castellon, Rural Melilla before joining Huesca last year. Marc Sola was also the member of the Spanish U16 and U20 selections.


Tal Burstein expected to join Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
Tal Burstein (198-G-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) is close to signing contract with Spanish Fuenlabrada. The 29-year-old guard spent the last nine seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv. But this summer the sides decided to part ways. So it seems Burstein decided to try ACB. Last season Tal Burstein averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 boards and 2.2 assists per game in Israel. In Euroleague his stats were 4.0 points, 1.9 boards and 1.9 assists per appearance. The guard traveled to Poland together with Israeli National Team. He tallied 14.3 points, 2.3 boards and 2.0 assists in three games at EuroBasket.


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Girona 2-0 
 2. La Laguna 2-0 
 3. Mallorca 2-0 
 4. Melilla 2-0 
 5. La Palma 1-0 
 6. Cornella 1-1 
 7. CAI Zaragoza 1-1 
 8. Burgos 1-1 
 9. Ourense 1-1 
 10. Caceres 1-1 
 11. Breogan 1-1 
 12. Leon 1-1 
 13. Clin.Rincon 1-1 
 14. Andorra NT 0-0 
 15. Vive Menorca 0-1 
 16. CB Tarragona 0-2 
 17. Palencia 0-2 
 18. Tenerife 0-2 
 19. Vigo 0-2 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Standings
Group A
 1. Santurtzi 2-0 
 2. Alaior 1-0 
 3. L'Hospitalet 1-0 
 4. Huesca 1-1 
 5. Rosalia 1-1 
 6. Prat Juventud 1-1 
 7. Coruna 1-1 
 8. Navarra 0-1 
 9. Caja Rioja 0-1 
 10. Andorra 0-1 
 11. ADT Tarragona 0-1 
Group B
 1. Real M. II 1-0 
 2. Alcazar 1-0 
 3. Matchmind 1-0 
 4. Promobys 1-0 
 5. Huelva 1-1 
 6. Qalat CajaSol 1-1 
 7. Illescas 1-1 
 8. Guadalajara 0-1 
 9. Plasencia 0-1 
 10. CajasurCord. 0-2 


Utah Jazz roll past Real in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real - Utah Jazz 87:109
Utah Jazz posted a comfortable win over Real on their NBA Europe Live Tour. The teams clashed at the Sports Palace of Madrid in front of nearly 14,000 basketball fans. The Jazz proved superiority rallying to a physical victory at the end.
The NBA team jumped to a 9:2 lead early in the encounter. Kaukenas and Sergio Llull (190-G-87) ensured Real answered equally. The hosts surged in front 15:14. But the Jazz managed to eke out a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Paul Millsap (201-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up for Utah at the start of the second period. He fired 8 points in a row as the visitors cleared off. Real trimmed the distance to just 5 points but then conceded a rally from the North American team. Utah unleashed a 16:3 spurt and then posted a comfortable 56:37 lead at halftime. Utah controlled the pace in the third stanza. They accounted for 33 points in the period and ensured a 26-point lead into the final stanza. Real Madrid won the fourth stanza but could not save the game.
Paul Millsap finished with 20 points for Utah. Deron Williams (191-G-84, college: Illinois) added 16 points, while Carlos Boozer (207-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 14 in the victory. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) responded with 18 points for Real. Sergio Llull and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) had 11 points each in defeat.

Real: Louis Bullock 18, Sergio Llull 11, Novica Velickovic 11
Utah Jazz: Paul Millsap 20, Deron Williams 16, Carlos Boozer 14



Stats Leaders - LEB Gold


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Drazen KLARIC
  Eco Orebro
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 19
 1. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 3. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 4. Westerlund, 0817.8 
 5. Westerlund, 0817.8 
 6. Nystrom, Boras17.8 
 7. Nystrom, Boras17.8 
 8. Westerlund, 0817.8 
 9. Person, Uppsala17.6 
 10. Person, Uppsa.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin RINGSTROM
  Gothia Basket
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Ringstrom, Gothia B.14.5 
 2. Palm, Boras14.0 
 3. Palm, Boras14.0 
 4. Palm, Boras14.0 
 5. Palm, Boras13.3 
 6. Palm, Boras13.3 
 7. Palm, Boras13.2 
 8. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 9. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 10. Jonker, Sundsva.12.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan LARSSON
  Plannja
  (184-G-74)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Larsson, Plannja7.5 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping7.0 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 6. Grant, Norrkoping6.3 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 8. Grant, Norrkoping6.3 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 10. Pleick, Eco Oreb.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Carter, Gothia B.3.5 
 2. Carter, Gothia B.3.3 
 3. Carter, Gothia B.3.3 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 6. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 7. Grant, Norrkoping2.8 
 8. Grant, Norrkoping2.8 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland2.8 
 10. Grant, Norrkopi.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Palm, Boras4.0 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja4.0 
 3. Odada, 083.0 
 4. Rosendahl, Plannja3.0 
 5. Konare, Jamtland3.0 
 6. Odada, 083.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.5 
 8. Rosendahl, Plannja2.3 
 9. Palm, Boras2.0 
 10. Palm, Bor.2.0 


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SO Maritime Boulogne sign Ronald Yates from Fribourg - by Eurobasket
SO Maritime Boulogne (NM1) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's). Yates started this season at Benetton Fribourg Olympic (Switzerland). Last year he played for Forssan Koripojat in Finland where in 27 games, he averaged 17.6ppg and 6.9rpg. It's his come back to France as two years ago he played for Quimper UJAP (ProB) with stats: 30 games, 10.6ppg, and 4.1rpg. Yates will replace Reggie Larry (201-F-87, college: Boise St.) who was released. If all registering paperwork is done, Yates may be available to play his first game tomorrow.

LNA Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BBC Nyon - Monthey 93-78
Nyon extended their perfect start of the season as they coasted past Monthey for the second win. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) came up with 23 points, 6 assists and 4 assists for Nyon. Michael Southall (210-C-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: La-Lafayette) added 16 points, 12 boards, 6 assists and 4 blocks in a sizzling performance for the league leaders. Jean-Richard Volcy netted 26 points in defeat.

SAV Vacallo - SAM Massagno 79-64
Matt Schneidermann (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) scored 18 points to lead Vacallo to the second consecutive win. The defending champions handled SAM Massagno at home court. Rickey Gibson knocked down 15 points in the victory. Vernon Hamilton answered with 20 points and 7 steals for Massagno.

Fribourg - MGS 82-60
Friboug experienced no problems en route to the second win in the season. They rolled past MGS before the home fans. Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's) led the charge with 18 points and 16 boards. Dave Esterkamp contributed 15 points in the victory. Karon Bradley answered with 15 points in defeat.

Geneva Devils - Boncourt 69-89
Boncourt eased past Geneva Devils on the road. Pierre Wooten (191-G-80, college: Winthrop) knocked down 26 points to lead the visitors. Douglas Tshomba added 24 points, 7 boards and 4 steals in the victory. Yassine Khoumssi netted 13 poins and issued 5 assists in the second straight loss for the Devils.

Starwings - Lausanne 71-65
Starwings posted the initial win in the season as they held off Lausanne. Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) tallied 26 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace the Basel team. Maxime Jaquier added 21 points in the winning effort. Ismael N'Diaye responded with 20 points, 8 boards and 6 assists for Lausanne.



Stats Leaders LNA


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  TAIWAN   


Pacers beat Nuggets 126-104 in 1st NBA game in Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
In the first NBA preseason game played in Taiwan, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Denver Nuggets 126-104 on Thursday.

Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame), Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) and Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) each scored 20 points for the Pacers, who led throughout the game in front of a sellout crowd of 13,599 at the Taipei Arena.

'We're probably about 35 percent ready for the season,' Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. 'We executed tonight what we practiced.'

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) led the Nuggets with 17 points. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) added 16 points and Chauncey Billips and Joey Graham each had 14.

'Right now, we're not playing with a good rhythm,' Nuggets coach George Carl said. 'We have to find answers by (the season opener on) Oct. 28.'

Indiana made 14 of 25 3-pointers, led by Rush, who was 6 for 12. Murphy was 4 for 4 from outside the arc, and A.J. Price was 4 for 6.

The Pacers led by eight points at the end of the first quarter and expanded it to 14 at the half. They led 98-74 heading into the fourth quarter.


Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


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TT coaches impressed with Knicks - by Albert-Lee Young
According to New York Knicks Host and reporter, Tina Cervasio, in her blog Tales from the Road with the Knicks return posted on Friday, October 9 on MSG.com, the coaches from T&T were thrilled and honoured to be Roger Hinds' guest at Knicks training camp.

Carvasio was highlighting some stories from behind the scenes at the MSG Training Center in Westchester where the TT coaches were in attendance at the double-session practices observing and learning all they can from a D'Antoni-run NBA practice.

She reported that during the summer, Knicks Head Athletic Trainer Roger Hinds returned to his native Trinidad & Tobago and held an athletic training seminar. A friendship blossomed, and Hinds invited the coaches to Saratoga Springs to watch the Knicks Training Camp.

Pietre and Jamal attended every practice taking notes and observing everything Coach D'Antoni and his staff said or did. What impressed the two visitors most was the 'amazing structure of the support staff. There is someone for everything, and everyone is responsible. We are going to try to have our athletic federation adopt what we see here,' marvelled Jamal.



Pietre added, 'You can see the difference in professionalism here, from the assistant coaches to the training staff, and we are very impressed with the workout Greg Brittenham, Assistant Coach / Player Development, does each practice. He's excellent; we want to invite him to come to Trinidad & Tobago to train our coaches on what he knows. His workouts and stretching are very different. Our trainers need to learn the modern technology he's using.'

Pietre will implement some of what she learned watching the Knicks with her team, including a three-minute drill to perfect the fast break and emphasizing 'sharing the ball.' 'That's what coach (D'Antoni) is trying to instil so this is not a one-dimensional team. In the offense he runs, everyone gets a touch, so you don't have to rely on one man to score.' Pietre also likes the play 'where two players post up high and the screen has a lot of movement; it's not stagnant.'

Pietre says she will try to coach like D'Antoni. 'What I like about all of his schemes is he lets them play basketball. They are not bound to any play. He has a plan where you can move this way or that way, but after that, it's all basketball, and that's when the players can play their game.'

The T&T coaches also spent time with Assistant Coach Phil Webber. They loved his knowledge and his energy. 'I already called our assistant coaches and told them, we have some things we have to do different,' says Jamal.

When asked by Cervasio if they have any favourite players or if anyone impressed them?

Pietre response was 'Al Harrington is a leader; he has energy, a good work ethic, and amazing explosion to the basket. David Lee is also fundamentally sound'.

While Jamal pointed out that Nate Robinson is 'speedy and we'll use him as an example to our teams as an 'energy leader.' The team feeds off him.'

In fact, Pietre and Jamal were so impressed and inspired by what they watched transpire during the week of camp, they said they would love for the Knicks to hold their training camp in Trinidad & Tobago next year. 'The invitation is open!' says Pietre.

But Cervasio pointed out its well documented that Milan Italy is a possible destination for the 2010 Knicks training camp, however if you look at the two options, the Knicks can't lose!

Italy or Trinidad & Tobago for next year's Training Camp?



Edinburgh 500 win KO final - by Albert-Lee Young
Edinburgh 500 defeated Upstate 98-93 in the Central Zone Knockout final at the Central Regional Indoor Sporting Arena, Chaguanas.

Led by a game high 15 points, 4 rebounds & 5 steals from Dexter Hughes, Edinburgh avenged a 2-1 loss to Upstate in the Big Four best of three series for the league championships. Hughes got valuable support from Khary Alexis who had a double double, 22 pts & 14rebs while Roger Springer added 23 pts & 7 rebs.

Despite trailing 43-32 at the end of the first half, Upstate rallied back behind Marvin Allan who scored 22 points to ceased the advantage 68-65 at the end of the third quarter.

However In the decisive quarter Edinburgh regained control of the game and went on to outscore their main rivals 33-25 for the KO title.

For Upstate Neil Joseph contributed 13 pts & 9 rebs, Kevin Sunich had 12 pts and Clayton St Clair chipped in with 10.


Ashby fires up in Tokyo - by Albert-Lee Young
TT 6 9 center Julius Ashby had two massive games for his team, Tokyo Apache, in the Japanese JBL Pro league but they still went under to Hamamatsu Phoenix in back to back games.

In the season opener for both teams on October 6, Ashby led Apache with 23pts, 8rebs, 3assists, 2 steals and 1 block shot playing for 39 minutes on the court. Despite his efforts Apache was beaten by Hamamatsu 81-73.

The following day Hamamatsu rolled over Apache with an almost similar score line, 84-72, as play continued in the Regular Season Round 1 schedule. Again he put up some big numbers; 16pts, 17rebs, 5blks, 3 assists and 2 steals; in 40mins in another losing effort for the new head coach, Aoki Motofumi who took over from Joe Bryant for the 2009-10 season.

Tokyo campaigns in the Eastern conference of the JBL.

Ashby started for team TT at the recent Caribbean Confederation Championships and gained selection on the tournament first Five All Star Team. He was also one of the top defensive players at the championships.


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Bursa and Mersin open TEKNOSA Turkish Cup - by Eurobasket News
Bursa and Mersin open TEKNOSA Turkish Cup with 4 games in the first two days.
On October 7th Antalya lost to Bornova 60:63, while Turk Telekom beat Erdemir 99: 73. Banvit rolled over Darussafaka Cooper Tires 81:67 as Chuck Davis (191-G-83, college: Shippensburg) collected 25 points, 8 did not have any difficulties over Aliaga Petkim 100:71 in their opener. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) led the way with 18 points and Omer Asik had 17. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) posted 25 points in defeat.
Last night Erdemir overcame Antalya 67: 65 as Hakan Koseoglu top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 assists. Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Ohio) netted 16 and Ramel Curry added 11. James Thompson delivered 19 points in defeat, while Aaron Jackson scored 16.
Bornova upset Turk Telekom 81:79 as Joshua Shipp stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Albert Brown ended up with 17 and Ivan Kojevic nailed 15. Huseyin Besok had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
Banvit outscored Aliaga Petkim 104:89 as Keith Simmons and Baris Ermis (194-G-85) top-scored with 19 points for the winners and Chuck Davis netted 16. Reha Oz and Meteo Kedzo combined 40 points in the losing case. Darussafaka Cooper Tires lost to Fenerbahce Ulker 70: 76.



CSKA rebound to win against Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - CSKA 73:83
CSKA avenged the loss in the first game against Efes Pilsen claiming a comfortable victory in the second encounter. Playing without Khryapa and Langdon CSKA managed to storm past the hosts in the opening frame. The Moscow team earned a 29:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Efes Pilsen came back to life in the second period. They cut the distance to 10 points before CSKA answered late in the frame. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Holden boosted the margin to 16 points at halftime. Efes Pilsen got within 9 early in the third stanza but CSKA did not allow Efes Pilsen to restore the intrigue. The visitors quickly gained a 16-point advantage and cruised into the fourth term. CSKA stayed calm and coasted to the win in the fourth period. Ramunas Siskauskas produced 18 points for CSKA. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) added 15 points, while Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) had 12 in the win. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) responded with 16 points for Efes Pilsen. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) knocked down 12 points for the home team. CSKA outrebounded their opponents 27:22 and sot impressive 70% from beyond the arc in the win.

Efes Pilsen: Charles Smith 16, Preston Shumpert 12
CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 18, Andrey Vorontsevich 15, Dmitry Sokolov 12



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PRO REPORT - by David Edole
St. Thomas basketball star Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) is set to make his debut on Sunday when Everton Tigers take the court in British Basketball League action. Gumbs misses the season opener with an injury and is coming off successful seasons in Europe.
'We've got Jerome Gumbs in the off guard position. Gumbs is coming to us after playing in Hungary and Argentina,' said that head coach Tony Garbelotto. 'He's everything that we didnt have last season. He really gets up to the basket; he's a born winner and a player who really has got the X Factor.'

Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) is headed back to Iran as he has resigned with Azad. Sheppard last played for Azad in 2007, his rookie campaign. Last season, Sheppard helped A.S. Pipe in scoring and assist. Sheppard was also the captain for the Virgin Islands national team that played in Puerto Rico this past summer. He averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds at the FIBA Americas Tournament in San Juan.

MEXICO
Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, college: Loyola, IL) had his best game of the season when he tallied 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead Barreteros over Fuerza Regia, 91-80, Thursday night. Barreteros needed to win the game after dropping to 3-5 on the season. The win improves Barrateros to 13th place in the standings .

SPAIN
Cuthbert Victor (196-G/F-83, college: Murray St.) had a perfect night with 18 points as Vive Menorca lost their opening game to Cornella, 72-77 in LEB Gold Division play. Despite the loss, Victor was perfect from the field going 4-of-4 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from down town and two-of-two at the charity stripe. Victor was a stat sheet stuffer when he added five rebounds two assists and four steals. Menorca, who was demoted from the ACB, will try to get on the good side when they face La Palma on Saturday.

TURKEY
Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: Buck Andre, college: Drexel) and Bornova defeated Bornova 63-60 in the TEKNOSA Turkish Cup on October 7th. Elegar had 10 rebounds and two points in the win. The Turkish Basketball League is scheduled to kick off on October 17th.

ROMANIA
Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) is having a great season with Gaz Metan in the Romanian Basketball League. Rhymer opened the season with 18 points and 11 boards in a win over Brasov 108-64, on September 30th. He followed up that effort with 10 points and six boards in only 14 minutes as Metan made quick work of Municipal B., 83-69 on October 2nd.
Gaz Metan will face Gladiator CN on Saturday.

FRANCE
Josiah James (203-F/C-81, college: Birmingham Souther) had 16 points but it was not enough as Boulazac lost to Lille, 77-92, Friday night in Pro B action. James went 7-of-9 from the field and two-of three from the line. He also tallied seven boards in the loss.
James had 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots to lead Boulazac to their first win of the season. Boulazac held off Quimper, 66-64, on October 3rd. Boulazac record improves to 1-2 on the season.



Walker named to top ten point guards in college - by David Edole
With the NBA pre-season underway it's a good time to start taking a peek forward at the top 2010 NBA Draft prospects at the NCAA level. After seeing 10 point guards drafted from the college ranks in the 2009 NBA Draft, there are few legitimate first round prospects at the position heading into the 2009-2010 campaign.

Today, we at HOOPSWORLD begin to look at the top prospects at each position heading into the NCAA Basketball season, starting with point guards:

Kemba Walker (185-G-90), Connecticut After a solid freshman season playing behind Indiana Pacers second round draft pick A.J. Price, Kemba Walker will take over as the starting point guard for Head Coach Jim Calhoun's squad this season. The ultra-quick Walker is a disruptive force on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, using his outstanding ability to change direction and explosive first step to get into the lane with the ball and applying tremendous ball-pressure when on defense. Despite his small stature (6-0, 180 lbs.), Walker attacks the rim fearlessly and finishes well in traffic, shooting 47 percent from the field as a freshman. Walker will have to improve his outside shot (.271 from behind the arc last season) in order to fully utilize his quickness as defenders sagged off him last year, daring him to beat them with his suspect outside shot. Walker is a solid defender both on and off the ball and his defensive awareness, along with remarkable quickness will make him an intriguing draft prospect next June.
By: Luke Byrnes Last Updated: 10/8/09


Spurs' Duncan puts long-range shooting on display - by David Edole
The Spurs public scrimmage at the AT&T Center was followed Sunday by a 3-point shootout that produced a surprise ending: a victory for power forward Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest).

After several guards and forwards, including veteran Michael Finley, failed to make more than four shots in a truncated version of the All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout 12 attempts in 45 seconds, rather than 25 attempts in 60 seconds Duncan volunteered to try the long-distance competition.

Five makes later, he was the team's unofficial 3-point champion.

When the magic number was four, I didn't think it was going to be too hard, said new Spur Richard Jefferson, who served as PA announcer for the contest, If he would have had to make eight, or so, it would have been hard. But either way, to have our center win the 3-point contest was very impressive.

Jefferson, it seems, hasn't been with the club long enough to realize Duncan prefers his teammates always to refer to him as the team's power forward, and never as its center.

Tutoring the rookie: Duncan has taken rookie power forward DeJuan Blair under his wing, in more ways than one. When the Spurs came out to the court before the scrimmage, they made Blair run out first. Somewhat surprised at the cheers that greeted his arrival on the court, Blair stopped and stared at the crowd before Duncan jogged out, grabbed his arm and played puppeteer, making the rookie wave to the fans.

Blair's play in the scrimmage impressed many of his teammates, including Manu Ginobili.

He played great, Ginobili said. Today we probably saw more of him than in scrimmage at the practice facility. But he did great. We know the kind of player he is. He plays really hard, with a lot of aggressiveness. He runs the floor hard.

Today he was good. He attacked the rim hard and made some good plays. It's what we need: some aggressiveness and toughness coming from the bench.
By Mike Monroe - Express-News


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Ferro-ZNTU 2-0 
 2. BC Kyiv 2-0 
 3. BC Donetsk 2-0 
 4. Kryvbasbasket 2-0 
 5. Khimik 1-0 
 6. Azovmash 1-1 
 7. Mykolaiv 1-1 
 8. Budivelnyk 1-1 
 9. BC Odessa 1-1 
 10. Dnipro 1-1 
 11. Pulsar 0-1 
 12. Politek.Lviv 0-2 
 13. Hoverla 0-2 
 14. DniproAzot 0-2 
 15. Gryfony 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Men


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


Wolves axe for Martin - by George Manousidis
Anthony Martin (186-G-80) has become the first victim of Worcester Wolves poor start to the season.

The University of Worcester-based side have lost their first three British Basketball League matches, including a 100-71 home defeat against Sheffield Sharks, and have since released the point-guard.

The 28-year-old only signed for Chuck Evans team last month but the head coach feels it is in the best interests of the club.

Wolves have already switched their attention to a new player and could have someone in place before Saturdays home match against Glasgow Rocks (7pm).

Evans said: It just hasnt worked out and when you lose in front of your home fans everyone finds themselves under the microscope, including myself, and after much deliberation that was the decision we came to.

We are looking at a player who can be a point-guard but do a bit more offensively. Hes a bit bigger and stronger so he can play another position if necessary and bit a bit more versatile.


Update On Calvin's Injury - by Andy Webb
Following the injury Calvin Davis (202-F/C-77, college: Texas A&M) suffered in the opening game of the season and an initial assessment at Newcastle General Hospital he has gone through a series of x rays and scans to establish the extent of the injury.

The outcome of these is that Cal has a fracture to his ankle with some ligament damage, the decision has been made in consultation with the orthopaedic surgeon to operate on the ankle in order to insert a plate and pins. It is hoped that this will provide the strength required for Cal to resume playing again in the second half of the season.

The operation will take place today (Thursday) at Arrowe Park Hospital on The Wirral.
Paul Smith said I know how frustrated Cal is to have suffered this injury in the opening game particularly with the form he was showing on the practice court and indeed the game against Newcastle up until the time he suffered the injury, but he has remained positive throughout the last 2 weeks and is very focussed on doing everything in his power to be playing again soon.

He is getting the best medical treatment available and our physios are ready to do their magic on him. Im sure everyone across basketball in this country will join me in wishing Cal a speedy recovery and we cant wait to see him back on court in the second half of the season.

For further information please call jess.forbes@jetsbasketball.org.uk or call 07967 810838



Garbelotto Praises New Recruit - by Andy Webb
As his team go up against a Guildford Heat outfit that are 2-0 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this weekend, Everton Tigers Coach Tony Garbelotto is delighted with new point guard Kevin Bell, who led the Tigers with 23 points in their narrow loss to Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders last weekend. He said: Kevin is a next level player and I do not think he will have any problems integrating himself into our team. He is quick, can score and is a very good defender, all of the things we have wanted in our point guard.

Looking forward to his sides game against the Heat, Garbelotto feels that they have several players that can hurt any team in the league. He added: They have experience in Chad (McKnight), Mike Martin and Julius Joseph. (Kenny) Langhorne seems to be a good pick up who can score. Guildford are a team with a great tradition in our league and even though they may not challenge the top like in years past, they are still a team who can produce strong performances.

The Cheshire Jets and Airwaves Plymouth Raiders also face off on Sunday, and whilst Plymouth have returned only Captain Allister Gall and forward James Noel, the Jets have bought back several veterans from last years squad. Their Head Coach Paul Smith commented: I dont know much about Plymouth at this stage he said They have a new team which had a tough loss on the opening weekend, but they have had a while to work on that and put things right, so we are expecting a very tough game this weekend.

The Worthing Thunder had an up-and down weekend last weekend, but they managed to bounce back from an 84-78 defeat by the Sheffield Sharks on Friday evening, to snatch an exciting 93-91 win against the Glasgow Rocks twenty four hours later.

For new Thunder coach Dave Titmuss, the statistics of the game against the Rocks spoke for themselves. He explained: 'On Saturday our mental toughness, some timely offensive rebounding, and Reggie Bratton's shooting touch just got us past Glasgow. I think the Rocks are a terrific team with talent and experience and they really know how to play together; they're going to win a lot of games this year. But in the first half we allowed them to shoot 50 percent from three-point range and nearly 70 per cent from inside the arc. In the third and fourth periods our guys did an excellent job of adjusting and changing the quality and quantity of the looks they got. Having given up 57 points before the break, we held them to 34 points for the rest of the game and that included one from 10 shooting from behind the arc.





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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Nacional Standings
 1. Lanus 0-0 
 2. Velez S. 0-0 
 3. Union Florida 0-0 
 4. Talleres 0-0 
 5. Recreo 0-0 
 6. Ben Hur 0-0 
 7. C.Entrerriano 0-0 


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Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Adelaide 1-0 
 2. Townsville F. 1-0 
 3. Bulleen B. 1-0 
 4. Bendigo S. 1-0 
 5. Logan T. 1-1 
 6. Canberra C. 1-1 
 7. Sydney UF 1-1 
 8. Dandenong R. 0-1 
 9. Perth L. 0-1 
 10. AIS 0-2 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Sydney UF
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 29
 1. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.29.0 
 2. Foley, Adelaide25.0 
 3. Harrower, Bendi.23.0 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.23.0 
 5. Bibby, Canberra C.23.0 
 6. Penaluna, Bulleen B.22.0 
 7. Lewis, Townsville F.21.0 
 8. Hurst, Canberra C.21.0 
 9. Wilson, Bendigo S.20.0 
 10. Wilson, Bendigo.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley GILMORE
  Perth L.
  (180-F-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Gilmore, Perth L.13.0 
 2. Penaluna, Bulleen B.13.0 
 3. Kerr, Townsville F.12.0 
 4. Afeaki, Sydney UF9.0 
 5. Rush, Townsville F.9.0 
 6. Porter, Sydney UF9.0 
 7. Zavacz, Bulleen B.9.0 
 8. Porter, Sydney UF9.0 
 9. Beatty, Canberra C.9.0 
 10. Bunton, A.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sharin MILNER
  Bulleen B.
  (162-G-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Milner, Bulleen B.9.0 
 2. Afeaki, Sydney UF8.0 
 3. Marino, Adelaide8.0 
 4. Woosnam, Adelaide7.0 
 5. Veal, Logan T.6.5 
 6. Butler, Sydney UF6.0 
 7. Veal, Logan T.6.0 
 8. Hurst, Canberra C.6.0 
 9. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.5.0 
 10. Marsh, Perth.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Natalie PORTER
  Sydney UF
  (185-F-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Porter, Sydney UF6.0 
 2. Foley, Adelaide4.0 
 3. Smith, Townsville F.4.0 
 4. Veal, Logan T.3.0 
 5. Purcell, Logan T.3.0 
 6. Porter, Sydney UF3.0 
 7. Purcell, Logan T.2.5 
 8. Finnigan, Bendigo S.2.0 
 9. Finnigan, Bendigo S.2.0 
 10. Flanagan, Townsv.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Takia STARKS
  Perth L.
  (173-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Starks, Perth L.5.0 
 2. Tolo, Canberra C.4.0 
 3. Dydek, Logan T.2.5 
 4. Lewis, Townsville F.2.0 
 5. Harrower, Bendi.2.0 
 6. Dydek, Logan T.2.0 
 7. Taylor, AIS2.0 
 8. Joy, AIS2.0 
 9. Harrower, Bendi.2.0 
 10. Tolo, Canberra.2.0 


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NBL Qualifying Tournament: Slavia beats Tony 7 in round two - by Eurobasket News
Slavia - Tony 7 66-48

Slavia ended any hope for Tony 7, while they put them self back in battle for the second spot in NBL regular season. They rolled over their opponent by 18-point margin and will meet NSA Delta in decisive game (Round 3). After a close first half, Slavia still managed to build 3-point lead. In the second quarter, they displayed defensive dominance, forcing Tony 7 players into numerous turnovers. As result, Tony 7 scored only 9 points in the second quarter, so Slavia was able to take comfortable 37-24 until the halftime break. In the second half, Slavia continued to impose their game, never allowing Tony players to mount a serious run. With 10 minutes left in the game, Slavia was up 52-38 and it was beginning to be clear who the winner will be. In the final quarter, Slavia players routinely closed the game out again limiting Tony 7 player to 10 points. In the end they celebrated 66-48 win.
Albena Bachkova (170-G-73) led the way for winners with 16 points. Stefka Nikolova (170-G-90) added 14, while Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) finished the night with 11. For Tony 7 the best scorer on the night was Petrova with 15 points. She received help from Pamela Decheva (179-G-92) and Hristina Guerdjikova (183-F-90) with 12 apiece.
Slavija will play decisive game against NSA Delta, and winner of this match-up will secure second spot in the 1st League. Tony 7 will face Minor in a game which will have no result importance.

Slavija: Albena Bachkova 16, Stefka Nikolova 14, Tonka Tencheva 11
Tony 7: Petrova 15, Pamela Decheva 12, Hristina Guerdjikova 12


NBL Qualifying Tournament: Minor wins second game to secure place in NBL - by Eurobasket News
Minor NSA - Delta 72-64

In the second round of NBL qualification tournament, the first team which booked its place is Minor. They managed to beat NSA Delta by 8-point margin and with two victories they have secured 1st League status for the upcoming season. In a closely contested match-up, Minor used great fourth quarter to break the game and come away with important win. In the first period, teams exchanged baskets, with NSA Delta players hanging around. During these opening ten minutes Minor had 19-18 lead, but they allowed Delta to start second quarter with the run. With few minutes until the halftime the game was tied at 33, and happened after Delta went on 4-0 run. This enabled them 36-39 lead at the halftime. After the break, we saw more of the same, as neither team was able to impose their game. For every run by Minor players, Delta had an answer so we entered the final quarter with Delta holding 50-54 lead. Than in the fourth quarter, Minor players increased defensive pressure. Delta did not respond to this and have struggled offensively scoring only 10 points in the decisive quarter. Minor On the other hand shoot the ball well and were able to break the game and build the lead. In the end they celebrated 72-64 win.
Like in game one, three players for Minor carried the most of the scoring load, with Radmila Nesheva (172-G-81) leading the way with 25 points. Kamelia Mihalkova (182-F-80) and Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74) added 17 points each, while Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova also had 14 rebounds. On the other hand Sara Marinova (176-G-90) came of the bench to pour in 19 points for NSA Delta. She received help from Anita Dimitrova (187-C-89) who finished the match with 17 points and 9 boards.

Minor: Radmila Nesheva 25, Kamelia Mihalkova 17, Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova 17+14 boards
NSA Delta: Sara Marinova 19, Anita Dimitrova 17+9 boards



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Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. USK Praha 3-0 
 2. Gambrinus 3-0 
 3. Trutnov 2-1 
 4. Hradec Kralove 2-1 
 5. Strakonice 2-1 
 6. Slovanka MB 1-2 
 7. Sparta Praha 1-2 
 8. Karlovy Vary 1-2 
 9. Valosun Brno 0-3 
 10. VS Praha 0-3 


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Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MKB Eurol. 4-0 
 2. MiZo Pecs 3-0 
 3. SEAT Lami 2-0 
 4. ZTE 2-0 
 5. BSE 2-0 
 6. Szeged 2-0 
 7. BEAC 0-2 
 8. Vasas-Csata 0-2 
 9. Bajai NKK 0-2 
 10. Cegledi EKK 0-3 
 11. Atomeromu 0-3 
 12. Szolnok 0-3 


Stats Leaders - Women


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Janel McCarville will play for Spartak - by Eurobasket News
Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) joined Spartak Moscow Region. The 27-year-old centre played for CSKA in the previous season. She averaged 8.8 points, 1.9 steals and 6.1 boards per game in the Superleague. In Euroleague her stats came up to 9.5 points, 5.0 boards and 1.8 assists. Janel McCarville came back to New York after the European season. She tallied 12.3 points, 5.5 boards and 1.4 blocks per game for the Liberty. The Minnesota graduate McCarville has stints Mann Filter Zaragoza, Kosice and Charlotte Sting on her resume.


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Standings - Women
National League Standings
 1. St.Mirren 2-0 
 2. Glasgow 2-0 
 3. Edinburgh 1-0 
 4. Clark Erikss. 1-1 
 5. Grampian 0-1 
 6. St Maurice's 0-2 
 7. Polonia P. 0-2 


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Begona Garcia arrives to Rivas Futura - by Ivan Villar
The spanish shooting guard Begona Garcia (175-G-76) signed by Rivas Futura this week.She came from russian league after playing for Nadezha Oremburg.She's 33 years old so is a player witha lot of experience.Garcia has played in Italy and WNBA too, for Detroit Shock.Mann Filter Zaragoza was her last team in Spain.Rivas Futura has closed its roster after this signing.They begin the season against Gran Canaria this weekend.

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Fever can wrap up their first WNBA title tonight - by Eurobasket News
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) hasn't found her rhythm during the WNBA finals and the Phoenix Mercury are paying for it.

The Indiana Fever lead the series 2-1 and can win its first championship tonight in Game 4. Indiana's odds of closing out the best-of-five series increase if Taurasi, the league's MVP, has another poor shooting performance.

Taurasi, the former UConn star, is averaging 20 points per game in the finals, but she's making fewer than a third of her shots while being hounded by defensive player of the year Tamika Catchings.

Indiana held Taurasi to 6-for-16 shooting and won Game 3 86-85 on Sunday. Catchings doesn't expect another off night from the league's regular-season scoring champion.

She missed quite a few wide open shots, Catchings said. Don't look for her to miss those next game.

Indiana guard Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) said the Fever will continue to try to disrupt Taurasi and support Catchings with aggressive team defense.

We've done a tremendous job on her, but at the same time, no one's relaxing, Douglas said. She's the MVP of the league, she's a bomb waiting to go off. Just one 3-pointer or layup could erupt the volcano that she can become.

Taurasi shot 46 percent in the regular season, but is at 33 percent in the finals. She recognized that she was in a slump and said she's been spending extra time on her shot.

I went back and watched the film yesterday, the whole game from minute one to the end, she said. It comes down to getting shots and knocking down shots.

Phoenix coach Corey Gaines took responsibility for Taurasi's struggles, saying he needs to get his scorers in better position.

It's an adjustment on my end, and we're going to get that done, he said. She's doing what she's supposed to do.

Gaines said his team remains confident that it can win its second title in three years. He said the Mercury had many good moments in Sunday's loss and could have won.

Taurasi has drawn attention away from Cappie Pondexter, who is averaging 19.3 points and 5.0 assists in the series. The All-Star, who finished fourth in the MVP balloting, is causing headaches for the Fever.

We have to do a better job with that, Catchings said. When she gets the ball up top in the middle, it destroys our defense and all our defensive principles. We've tried a little bit of everything. I think the biggest thing is just tightening it up.

While Taurasi has struggled, the Fever have shot surprisingly well. Indiana was the worst shooting team in the league during the season, but has shot 50 percent during the finals.

Indiana has countered Phoenix's high-scoring offense with balance. Catchings, the runner-up to Taurasi in the MVP balloting, is just fifth on her team in scoring during the finals. She is averaging 13.3 points and shooting 36 percent, but she also is averaging 9.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.7 steals.

The thing that I've always tried to do is whatever it takes to make this team win, whether it be rebounding or distributing, she said. I think this year, our team has finally gotten the point.

Taurasi said Indiana's bench of Briann January, Jessica Davenport and Jessica Moore have been the difference. She singled out January, a rookie point guard who is averaging 15 points in the series. January scored 10 points in a 1:16 stretch at the end of the third quarter of Game 3 that gave the Fever a boost.

She's been their spark, she's been their heart in a lot of ways, Taurasi said. She's been coming into games, and not being shy of shooting, being aggressive, making winning plays. She has just been nails, really. She's played like a 10-year vet with no conscience.

The series has been entertaining, with close games and the highest-scoring game in WNBA history. The league says television viewership for the finals are up 51 percent compared to last year's Detroit-San Antonio series through Game 3. The rating of 0.4 is up 33 percent from last year.

Taurasi said she relishes moments like these, being down 2-1 and facing a crowd that booed her in pre-game introductions before Game 3, a rarity in women's basketball. Taurasi said the boos sound like cheers to her, and she looks forward to the challenge.

You can't be afraid of the moment, you can't be tentative about it, she said. You have an opportunity to do something special.


Courtesy of www.theday.com