EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/14/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Strahinja Dragicevic joins Tadija in Red Star - by Nenad Ilijev
Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) is the newest acquisition of Adriatic League side Red Star. Twin brother of Zvezda captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) was on trial at the same team last season but he didnt satisfied coach Pesic so he spent a year in A1 League team Mega Hypo Leasing Beograd. Although some sources spoke about Strahinja negotiating with Walter Tigers Tuebingen he never signed in Germany.

Strahinja Dragicevic, 3/4 forward averaged 10.1ppg and 4.4rpg in A1 League last season. He spent more than 2 years playing with Red Star arch rivals Partizan Belgrade before moving to Mega in March '07.


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  ARGENTINA   


Libertad Sunchales completes their roster - by Eurobasket
Libertad Sunchales signed the last import player to their 09-10 roster: American Laron Profit (196-G/F-77, college: Maryland). Profit is not a real newcomer as he was tested by Libertad last year, but never played any official game. He has also NBA experience playing for the Lakers and Wizards. He played also pro basketball around the world in: Puerto Rico, Turkey, Italy and China. His first time at Libertas was two years ago when he joined the team in February '08, but had to leave the team next month due to an injury. He came back shortly in April. Profit averaged that season 16.4ppg and 4.8rpg.

LaShawn Malloy replaces Aaron Williams at Sionista - by Eurobasket
Centro Juventud Sionista de Parana decided to replace their American center Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, college: W.Chester) with his countryman LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Orleans).
Malloy played already in Latin America in Mexico and Uruguay, Last season he spent in Middle East playing in Bahrain and Jordan. His biggest achievement in pro basketball so far was making it to the final of prestiguous Dubai International Tournament in 2008 playing for Lebanese team Antranik.
They signed also domestic forward Leandro Masieri (201-F-76), who will replace injured Matias Fioretti (199-G/F-84).


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  AUSTRALIA   


Corey Williams is 'Player of the Week' (Round 3) - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Crocodiles enigmatic import Corey Williams (200-F-74, agency: Agency No 10, college: Arizona) has taken out the National Basketball League Player of the Week award for Round 3.

For the week Williams averaged 25.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists as he helped his team to a 1-1 record on the road.

Williams came tantalisingly close to a rare triple-double (double-figures in three major statistical categories) in the opening game of the Crocs road trip against Adelaide, a 90-89 loss on Friday night.

Going head-to-head with 36ers import guard John Gilchrist, Homicide scored 32 points as well as adding 11 rebounds and nine assists. It took a clutch shot from Gilchrist (himself a leading contender for the weekly award after his 21-point, five-rebound, three-assist performance) to deny Williams and the Crocs the win.

Despite the heartbreaker in Adelaide, Williams helped his team bounce back in style when they visited Melbourne the following night with a 103-68 walloping of the Tigers. Williams scored 19 points and added six rebounds and seven assists in the win.

His Crocs teammate Russell Hinder was also in strong consideration for the award after averaging 18.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two matches. Another in serious contention once again was Wollongong Hawks import Tywain The Sherriff McKee. The mercurial Hawks point guard had 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and five steals for the Hawks in their impressive 71-59 home win over the Cairns Taipans on Saturday.

New Gold Coast import Erron Maxey also received consideration after two games in Round Three. Maxey opened his NBL career with a 16-point, eight-rebound performance in his teams 83-66 loss to Perth on Wednesday night. Against Perth on Saturday, Maxey scored 23 points and added 11 rebounds to show he will be a player to watch this season.

There were a plethora of strong performances in Round Three, and New Zealands CJ Bruton (32 points in a victory against Melbourne) and Perths Shawn Redhage (32 points in a win over Gold Coast) also staked their claims for the weekly honour.

Other leading contenders for the NBL Player of the Week in Round Three included Julien Skip Mills (Cairns), Rick Rickert (New Zealand), Adam Ballinger (Adelaide), Luke Kendall (Melbourne).




NBL PLAYER OF THE WEEK 2009/10

Round 1 CJ Bruton (New Zealand)
Round 2 Rich Melzer (Cairns)
Round 3 Corey Williams (Townsville)


Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


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  BOSNIA   


Split beats Capljina in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Split - Capljina 74-68

Prior to opening their season in 1st Croatian League, Split hosted Capljina in one of the last friendly games. Even though they were playing without Macura and Batina who were injured, Split players still managed to secure victory. It did not start good for the hosts as Capljina opened the game better. They went on a 6-0 run at the beginning and have managed to keep their lead until the end of first quarter, when the score stood at 17-23. Than in the second, thanks to great play by Luka Babic (200-G-91) and Filip Najev (204-F/C-92), Split regained control of the match. Luka Babic was deadly from behind the arc, and Split improved their defense which resulted in limiting Capljina to only 9 second quarter points. At the halftime, Split was up 37-32, and they continued to pound on their opponent after the break. Filip Najev also displayed great three point shooting, as Split continued to increase their lead. With 10 minutes left to play, Split extended its lead to 58-49. Final quarter was a closely contested match-up where Split players managed to hang onto their lead. They prevented Capljina from making a comeback, and after converting their free throws in the final minute of the game they celebrated 74-68 win.
Luka Babic finished the game with 18, while Filip Najev scored 16 points. They combined for 8 out of 12 three pointers made by Split. Josip Sobin (204-G/F-89) also had a decent game, adding 14 points. Capljina was led by Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) who had 18 points. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) finished the game with 17, while Vladimir Radovanovic (194-G-81) and Gazic scored 9 points each.

Split: Luka Babic 18, Filip Najev 16, Josip Sobin 14
Capljina: Ivan Bakovic 18, Jozo Brkic 17, Vladimir Radovanovic 9, Gazic 9


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  BULGARIA   


Levski grabs thriller win against Feni in BIBL opener - by Eurobasket News
Levski - Feni Industri 90-88

Levski escaped with tiny 90-88 home win against Feni Industri in Balkan League 2009/10 opener. As a reminder, this is the second edition of regional championship. Last season, Rilski Sportist won the title.
Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) was the leading player in Levski with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, college: Mississippi) also had very important role collecting 19 points and 7 assists. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) scored 14 and was the last one with double-digits for the winners. On the other side, Slobodan Mihajlovski (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) registered monster double-double, 18 points and 20 rebounds. Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) and Vlado Popovic (190-G-82) netted 16 pts each.
Feni Industri was better team in the first quarter taking 21-25 lead. However, Stefan Georgiev and his teammates woke up after that, taking control on their rivals. They managed to tie the score very soon and to make 47-43 turn until the half time. After the breather it was Feni who shined once again, and the guests entered to last ten minutes tied. With less than 7 seconds remaining in the game Pavel Ivanov made a jumper for Levski setting the score to 90-88. Feni had the last chance. Vlado Popovic grabbed the ball and tried to make a long triple, but he missed for the big joy of Levski's fans in Sophia.

Levski: Stefan Georgiev 20+8 boards, Aaron Harper 19+7 as, Asen Velikov 14,
Feni Industri: Slobodan Mihajlovski 18+20 boards, Ognen Stojanovski 16, Vlado Popovic 16


Ramat Gan overcome Lukoil Akademik in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
The international tournament just started in Cyprus. Four teams including local Keravnos and Achilleas will fight for the title.
Ramat Gan opened the tournament with a narrow win over Lukoil Akademik. Lukoil got the better start to the game. They enjoyed a 21:12 lead at the first break. The gap grew at 12 points in the second period before Ramat Gan managed to adjust and cut the distance. They trailed by just 4 points at halftime. Ramat Gan surged in front in the third quarter taking a 57:53 lead into the fourth frame. Lukoil could not pick up the tempo and faced a 70:73 defeat at the end. Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) had 13 points and 6 boards for the Israeli team. Brandon Ewing (188-G-86, college: Wyoming) added 12 points, while Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) and Jason Thomas (191-G, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: American) added 11 points each for the winners. Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 14 points for Lukoil. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) nailed 13 points in defeat.
Ramat Gan will face Keravnos, while Lukoil will play against Achilleas in the second round.



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  CAMEROON   


Cameroon Coach, Touomou Slams African Officials - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cameroon senior national teams Head Coach, Joseph Touomou, has said that Africa stands the best chance of making it big in the world of basketball, but that because of the problem of poor administration, there is no feasible develop in the game over the years.

Touomou, who made this known during the closing ceremony of Nigerias Top 50 Camp at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, added that it is high time administrators on the continent woke up to their responsibility to move the game forward.

The Camp, which started in 2004, is modelled after the NBAs Basketball Without Borders, BWB, which is held yearly in South Africa

The Basketball Camp, under the auspices of Giants of Africa, drew young basketball players from the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

The Camp Director, Masai Ujiri, stated that the best among the over 80 campers have the privilege to attend high schools or universities in the United States of America, the former Nigeria international stated further that over 100 players who have attended the camp in the past are now students in Nigerian universities and some overseas colleges and universities, adding that 30 of the campers have played for Nigerian junior national team.

According to him, the Camp is fortified with foreign and indigenous coaches, who expose the participants to the modern techniques of the gamet, adding that four of the campers will featured in the Basketball Without Borders, BWB project next year in Senegal.

He also commended Nestle Milo Plc., for its support, not only to the Camp, but basketball development in Nigeria.

I want to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to Nestle Milo for its support to youth basketball in Nigeria over the past 14 years of its involvement in basketball development in the country.





Etendard de Brest sign Gaston Essengue - by Eurobasket
Etendard de Brest (ProB) added to their roster 26-year old Cameroonian forward Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV). Essengue played beginning of this season at Lausanne Basket (Switzerland). Last year he played for West-Brabant Giants Bergen op Zoom in Holladn, where he averaged 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1spg in 27 games. He played also this summer for Cameroonian National Team at African Championships where he helped his team to make it to the semifinals. Essengue made also very impressive stats at the tournament: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1spg. He was also voted by Africabasket.com to All-African Championships 3rd Team. Essengue will replace Brice Vounang who was injured.


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  CANADA   


CB National Team presence in CIS exhibition series - by Eurobasket News
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) mens basketball tip off the preseason this weekend, and one exhibition series is stacked with some Canada Basketball flavour including national team coaches, players and alumni.

University of Alberta Golden Bears head coach Greg Francis brings his squad to Ontario to open their preseason October 9-11 against the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Ryerson University. Two of the seven rookie members of the Golden Bears roster, Rob Dewar (Guelph, Ont.) and Jordan Baker (Edmonton, Alta.) were selected to the 2009 Junior Mens National Team (JMNT).

Its exciting to continue to work with these players and help develop their game here in Canada in the CIS, stated Francis. Even though we are a young team, its great to have some athletes who have had some elite experience already before they even get to university.

Francis is in his first season at the helm of the Golden Bears program. In addition to his duties at Alberta, Francis is also the head coach of Canadas Junior Mens National Team (JMNT) that recently finished in seventh place at the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.




Friday
Alberta visits the University of Toronto October 9 to take on the Varsity Blues and their head coach Mike Katz. Katz was an assistant coach with Canadas Senior Mens National Team that participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where his counterpart, Francis, was a shooting guard for the team.

Greg has great basketball instincts, both as a player and now as a coach with the junior national team, said Katz. Its great to see the development of Canadian talent from the playing ranks through to the coaching level. The game itself will be a great test to see where this team is at early in the pre-season.

Francis had a great level of respect for his former coach.

Ive been able to play for Coach Katz at the FISU level and the Senior National Team level highlighted by the 2000 Olympics, said Francis. He has always been known as a great offensive coach since his days at Humber College and is now one of the most respected coaches in the CIS. I look forward to learning from him now as a head coach of a university program.

Friday also sees the CIS debut of Ryerson head coach Roy Rana, as he brings his Rams team to Hamilton, Ont. to take on veteran head coach Joe Raso. Raso spent four years as an assistant coach for Canadas Senior Mens National Team in addition to his 16 seasons with McMaster.

Rasos 2009-10 team is an early favorite to take to Ontario University Athletics West Division crown. Rana is also the coach of the Cadet Mens National team for Canada, and served as an assistant coach for Canadas Senior Mens National team this summer. Rana enters his first CIS season with high hopes for Ryerson.



Saturday
Saturday sees McMaster hosting Alberta in Greg Francis return to Hamilton. As the former head coach for the mens National Elite Development Academy, Francis called the facilities at McMaster home. Francis and Joe Raso are very familiar with one another and they match wits in a battle of top Canadian programs.

I know Joe very well both as my coach and colleague said Francis. He is a builder and has added so much to basketball in Canada over the years. I know his team will be well prepared and we should see some great basketball from both teams.



Sunday
The exhibition series wraps up on Sunday October 11 as Ryerson Rams host Alberta. This match-up sees first year CIS coaches and current national team head coaches Roy Rana and Greg Francis locking horns in a friendly rivalry that dates back to their days coaching high school.

Our team is very excited to finally get the chance to play in front of our home crowd to start the 2009/2010 season. The guys have worked extremely hard in practice and Alberta will be a great test to gauge our development. said Rana. Hopefully we can develop a rivalry between our programs at Alberta and Ryerson much like Coach Francis and I did when he was the Head Coach at Oakwood Collegiate and I at Eastern Commerce in the city of Toronto high school league. It will be a great environment on Sunday in Kerr Hall.

Rounding out the weekend, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues host the NCAA division II champion Findlay Oilers.

Schedule
Friday, October 9, 2009 Ryerson @ McMaster 8pm Burridge Gym
Friday, October 9, 2009 Alberta @ Toronto 8pm - Athletic Centre - Sports Gym
Saturday, October 10 2009 Alberta @ McMaster 7pm - Burridge Gym
Sunday, October 11, 2009 Alberta @ Ryerson 1pm Kerr Hall
Sunday, October 11, 2009 Findlay (NCAA) @ Toronto - 2pm - Athletic Centre - Sports Gym

For more information in the university programs visit the official team websites or the CIS website at www.universitysport.ca. For more information on Canada Basketball and the national teams visit www.basketball.ca.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca



News from Toronto Raptors - by Eurobasket News
Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas), who started at the shooting guard position yesterday, was forced to leave the game after the first quarter because of a jammed big left toe. X-rays on the toe proved to be negative.

Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) missed his fourth straight game because of 'fatigue', but coach Jay Triano believes that the Turkish national team star will begin full practices later this week and will get into some pre-season games. Antoine Wright, who has a sore right knee, also missed the game but is expected to play later in the week.

Rookie Demar DeRozan (201-F-89, college: USC) went down hard in the second quarter, prompting Triano to rush down the sideline to see if he was okay. He was. The rookie guard went down again a few minutes later.

Washington's Gilbert Arenas (190-G-82, college: Arizona) was issued a technical foul in the third quarter for arguing with one of the replacement referees.

Raptors forward Chris Bosh (211-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) becomes a free agent at the end of the season and for that primary reason the four-time NBA all-star has yet to commit to the U.S. team for next summer's FIBA world basketball championships in Turkey. In the rumour department. Bosh has been mentioned in a possible trade to the Golden State Warriors in a deal that would involve Andris Biedrins coming to the Toronto, with, of course, a lot more, if there's any substance at all to the rumour.


Courtesy of www.torontosun.com


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  CHINA   


Su Wei May Be Two Years Older Than Listed - by Arthur Volbert
According to one of my sources, Su Wei (212-C-89) was born in 1987, not 1989. Wang Zhizhi has revealed this, unintentionally, in a TV interview. Wang said 'Su Wei told me he was born in 1987 and I asked him are you sure its not 1978?' Wang also had a two-year age discrepancy, since corrected, as he was once listed as being born in 1979, not 1977. Two years seems to be the most popular number of years to shave off when the Chinese lie about ages.

For you who understand Chinese, the link to the video containing Wang's interview is:
http://player.youku.com/player.php/sid/XMTE2MzQzMjY4/v.swf

Su's age is significant because, while he is no longer in age-group competition, he would be eligible for the NBA draft in 2011 if he had been born in 1989. Being a strong and mobile seven-footer, Su could possibly be drafted in the second round.

But if he were born in 1987, he would have been eligible for the draft last June. He would be too old for the 2010 draft and now be a free agent. China's problems with keeping its ages straight causes problems for the rest of the international basketball community as well.



Brown: China is a great station in my career - by Mohammed Malas
One of the great players who passed by China in his career spoke to Eruobasket.com about his experience in all countries he went to adding to his thoughts and ideas for future....Raheim Brown (208-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Atlantic) opened his heart with very great answers...

1- Where did you go after your bright career in China?
China was a great experience for me. The chinese basketball world have over 300million fans! They have a lot of great players there in Mengke Bateer (210-C-75) and Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) two ex Chinese NBA players. The american competition level is one of the highest I've seen. I would say 80perct of the americans there played NBA at one stage of their careers, add the great talent of the pro chinese players, its an exciting league the CBA. So After China I decided to go back to Europe and play for Sport Lisboa Benfica of Portugal, where we went on that season and won the Championship medal, 1st time in over 30years.

2- What do you think about the countries you played in? Which was the best in your opinion?
Throughout my career I've played in many great countries. Each one being unique in their own right. I would have to say Italy was my favorite place of all. They are soo rich in history and culture, and the league and hospitality were first class. I played for Livorno in A1 along side of Charlie Bell (191-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) 'now with NBA Bucks' , James Forrest (203-F-72, college: Georgia Tech) 'great euroleague player' and Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Michigan) 'belgium' We had a great team and chemistry in which we are all still friends today, which is rare. In saying that, I have to also mention my time in Spain. Its a toss up between the two of which league is better, but the spanish country and people are some of the most welcoming and humble people, I enjoyed my times and memories there.

3- Whats your plans for the upcoming future?
My plans for the upcoming future is to get better, become an even better basketball player, as well as a person. I want this season to be a rebirth season for me. I am looking at it as being a rookie all over again, I want to prove myself all over again, stay hungry and motivated. I've worked hard this offseason, training with the Miami Heat, I gained around 8 pounds of muscle, so I feel I got better and stronger.

4- In which area you think you must go and have experience in after this long career?
After my career, when its all said and done I want to look back and say I gave it my all and be proud of myself. I think a lot of american professionals playing in Europe don't give themselves the much deserved 'respect' since we aren't playing in the NBA, we don't get the recognition as much as we do in Europe because people back in America aren't current with our progress in Europe. I think that needs to change, so ill be the first to send a much respect to all my fellow pro americans doing their thing out here, its not easy.

5- Are you with or against naturalization in the world? I mean giving passports to players in order to play for other countries?
I am 100percent all for naturalization for american players. I think that is a great thing! I mean you look at a great player like J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) who was able to play on the Russian National team, some people were against that, but I thought it was a great step towards the growth of Pro Basketball as a whole. Shows a great commitment on both sides and some security for the american player, which is a rarity out here. Also, my wife is Australian, so I too will be naturalized and have dual citizenship, and be able to play as a local player. So, I am def all for it. Its a great advantage.

6- What was the dream which you're looking to make one day?
My Dream outside of basketball is too persue my career in Gemology! My Dream is to become a Jeweler specializing in 'Custom made Pieces'. My company I work with have over 80years of experience in the jewlery world, who have worked with high end companies such as Piaget and Harry Winston to name a few. I currently own my own business and have made pieces for some of my teammates, friends, and some celebrity clients alike. If anyone is interested or needs anything all my info is at www.jewelrybyrbrown.com My contact info are on the site.

7- Who's your father in basketball?
Growing up I was a biggg Scottie Pippen (202-G/F-65, college: Cent.Arkansas) fan! I watched a lot of film on him and really respected his game, and the way he carried himself. We play different posistions but I admired his versitillity. It was really great to see him come to play on our side of the world in Europe! That shows you a lot about his character and love for the game of basketball. Aside from Pippen, I have to give respect to George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston), the original 'Iceman' When I was in college, he took a liking to me and I was very fortunate enough to work with him on my game for 2 years! He definetly taught me a lot, more than he knows. But my mentor growing up was a man by the name of Brady Keys (Ex NFL player of the Pittsburgh Steelers) He's the one that raised me and kept me on the right path.

8- Who was your best coach in the countries you were in?
The best Coach I had over my years was, well I have 2. Coach Walter De Raffaele from my team in Italy. He started out as our assistant coach and mid season became our head coach. He was a player coach who knew how to relate to the players and their needs. Second was my Coach from Argentina, Pablo D'Angelo , great great guy, we stayed friends till this day. Funny story, we won a championship together, and before the game he said if we win, he would buy me a bottle of champagne. Well, we won but with all the celebration after we were both so busy. So I left the country and the next year I signed in Italy. One month later, I played with an argentine by the name of Antonio Porta, came knocking on my door with a bottle of champagne, and said Coach Pablo keeps his word! Lol..

9- If you were in NBA, Which team would you like to be with and why?
I definetly have to say the Miami Heat. I was actually in Tranining with them this summer, that's my second time working out with them, so I know the staff really well. They are a great organization, and treat their people down to the floor sweeper, like Family. Shouts to the Heat and Adam Simon, Barnard Worrell Coach and the whole team down there, good luck this season guys!

10- Finally, Any word for your fans?
I would like to think all my wonderful loyal fans out there that have followed me throughout my career. Thank you for all your gifts, drawings, and encouraging words, I always appreciate the love! Stay tuned for many more years to come. Thank you to Eurobasket and all their staff for their support, especially to Mohammed Malas, love and respect to you all. Raheim 'The Dream' Brown


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  CROATIA   


Split beats Capljina in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Split - Capljina 74-68

Prior to opening their season in 1st Croatian League, Split hosted Capljina in one of the last friendly games. Even though they were playing without Macura and Batina who were injured, Split players still managed to secure victory. It did not start good for the hosts as Capljina opened the game better. They went on a 6-0 run at the beginning and have managed to keep their lead until the end of first quarter, when the score stood at 17-23. Than in the second, thanks to great play by Luka Babic (200-G-91) and Filip Najev (204-F/C-92), Split regained control of the match. Luka Babic was deadly from behind the arc, and Split improved their defense which resulted in limiting Capljina to only 9 second quarter points. At the halftime, Split was up 37-32, and they continued to pound on their opponent after the break. Filip Najev also displayed great three point shooting, as Split continued to increase their lead. With 10 minutes left to play, Split extended its lead to 58-49. Final quarter was a closely contested match-up where Split players managed to hang onto their lead. They prevented Capljina from making a comeback, and after converting their free throws in the final minute of the game they celebrated 74-68 win.
Luka Babic finished the game with 18, while Filip Najev scored 16 points. They combined for 8 out of 12 three pointers made by Split. Josip Sobin (204-G/F-89) also had a decent game, adding 14 points. Capljina was led by Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) who had 18 points. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) finished the game with 17, while Vladimir Radovanovic (194-G-81) and Gazic scored 9 points each.

Split: Luka Babic 18, Filip Najev 16, Josip Sobin 14
Capljina: Ivan Bakovic 18, Jozo Brkic 17, Vladimir Radovanovic 9, Gazic 9


Standings - A2 League
A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Zrinjevac 1-0 
 2. Fortuna 1-0 
 3. Hermes Anal. 1-0 
 4. Kaptol 1-0 
 5. Samobor 0-0 
 6. Zorona K. 0-0 
 7. Bosco 0-0 
 8. Rudes 0-1 
 9. Sanac Karl. 0-1 
 10. Sisak 0-1 
 11. Maksimir 0-1 
 12. Gorica 0-1 
Group East
 1. Belisce 1-0 
 2. Vinkovci 1-0 
 3. Zupanja 1-0 
 4. Nasice 1-0 
 5. Vukovar 1-0 
 6. Valpovo 1-0 
 7. Darda 0-0 
 8. Virovitica 0-1 
 9. Osijek 2006 0-1 
 10. Djakovo 0-1 
 11. Klasije 0-1 
Group North
 1. Podravac Virje 1-0 
 2. Medjimurje C. 1-0 
 3. Cakovec 1-0 
 4. Bjelovar 1-0 
 5. Vindija 0-0 
 6. Modeks 0-0 
 7. Nedelisce 0-1 
 8. Mladost D. 0-1 
 9. Ivancica 0-1 
 10. Graficar 0-1 
 11. Radnik 0-1 
 12. Petar Zrinski 0-1 
Group South
 1. Pet Bunara 1-0 
 2. Solin 1-0 
 3. Mislav 1-0 
 4. Jazine 1-0 
 5. Vodice 0-0 
 6. Kastela 0-0 
 7. Dalvin 0-0 
 8. DOSK 0-0 
 9. Vostarnica 0-1 
 10. Klesari Kebo 0-1 
 11. Omis Galeb 0-1 
 12. Cetina 0-1 
Group West
 1. Jadranka 1-0 
 2. Torpedo 1-0 
 3. Kraljevica 1-0 
 4. Puris 1-0 
 5. KK Pula 0-0 
 6. Kostrena 0-0 
 7. Crikvenica 0-0 
 8. Porec 0-1 
 9. Matulji 0-1 
 10. Kastav 0-1 
 11. Pleter 0-1 
 12. Skrljevo 0-1 


A2 League, Center: Summary of Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Croatian A-2 League Center has started last week-end. All teams played except for the match-up Sambor - Bosco, which is postponed. In most of the game games the hosts celebrated, while only Kaptol and Hermes recorded away wins.
Zrinjevac, who is hoping for express return to A-1 League, recorded a 78-75 victory over Gorice. In a closely contested match, Zrinjevac used great run in the final quarter to break the game and record its first win. Smiljanic scored 23 points for the winners while Novosel added 14. On the other hand, Brans had 19 points for Gorica and he received help from Puljak and Lekic, who added 14 and 12 points respectively.
Mladost had an easy game against Maksimir, as they rolled over 93-72. 22 points from Benkovic were enough for hosts to secure a win. Novak added 12, while Poljak finished the night with 11 points. For Maksimir, Gogic was exceptional with 24.
Hermes displayed great defense against its host Sanac Karlovac on their way to 72-88 victory. Bruno Celebija (202-F-86) with 29 and Mrvak with 23 points led the way for visitors while on the other hand Josip Lipovac (201-C-90) and Peris scored 18 and 14 points respectively.
Kaptol visited Rudes and also secured 65-82 away win. It was a match controlled by the visiting team from the beginning to the end. Matic led scorers in victory with 18 points, while Pavlovic and Bozic added 14 points each.
Finally, Fortuna and Sisak squared off in a closely contested game, and Fortuna managed to come away victorious. Thanks to 22-points by Milacic and 16 apiece scored by Vuckovic and Basic, Fortuna celebrated 90-84 win.



Round 1:

Zrinjevac - Gorica 78-75
Zrinjevac: Mijalic, Pesut 4, Dragojevic, Culek, Saric 5, Novosel 14, Smiljanic 23, Penic, Milardovic 6, Rikic 2, Garma 16, Novacic 5

Gorica: Dvornekovic 1, Brnas 19, Novak, Lekic 12, Lask 2, Jukic 4, Katura 14, Crnjak, Gazic 3, Puljak 14, Prce 6, Stefanac

Mladost - Maksimir 93-72
Mladost: Mamic, Sertic 4, Petric 10, Kraljevic 4, Novak 12, Poljak 11, Lebo 2, Benkovic 22, Buva 10, Lovric 3, Bubalo 5, Jurkovic 10

Maksimir: Kragulj 2, Stojnic 4, Smolic 4, Jagnjic 13, Zadro 3, Buovac 2, Kravos, Stojanovic 8, Gogic 24, Karmelic 7, Cubric 3, Gajic 2

Sanac Karlovac - Hermes Analitica 72-88
Sanac: Lipovac 18, Spudic 11, Peris 14, Conjar 8, Razumic 2, Szilvasy 11, Marjanovic, Petrovic, Bedei, Dukic

Hermes Analitica: Planinic 5, Samac, Repar, Mravak 23, Celebija 29, Vlasic 4, Suica 3, Kopic, Dolic 7, Amarija, Basarac 15, Saric
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Rudes - Kaptol 65:82
Rudes: Racki 2, Bacurin 12, Cindric 2, Devcic 4, Galic 7, Samarzija 6, Brozovic 2, Matic, Lucic 11, Mihaljevic, Jurisic, Grabaric 19

Kaptol: Ivankovic, Baricevic 13, Markusi, Matic 18, Ribaric, Peric, Jusic 5, Pavlovic 14, Bozic 14, Guzobad 4, Bekavac 9, Mijic 5


Fortuna - Sisak 90-84

Fortuna: Bogut, Papak 3, Knajter, Kranjcec, Juric 7, Miketa 10, Vuckovic 16, Basic 16, Milacic 22, Jovanovic 5, Kesina 10, Prskalo 1.

Sisak: Mrdenovic, Kresic 26, Vanic, Dimic, Bursik 5, Krizic 9, Mustafic, Vucki-Herkov 16, Duric 2, Ljustina, Nushi 8, Paulic 18.



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Proteas Eka AEL new signing - by Michael Aristidou
Another great signing for Proteas EKA AEL Limassol. French-Boulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) has signed a contract with the team and he will make his debut on thursday agains Seastar Apoel Nicosia for the Super cup. Proteas EKA AEL Limassol look to challenge the title after their last transfers. Just couple of days ago they signed Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) and Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB). The team gave a press release this morning with chairman Andreas Sofokleous tou be optimist about the future of the team. Also general manager Fotis Fotiou added that the team is strong enough to challenge the title. Proteas Eka AEL has released Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) who signed a contract with Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou

Keravnos tournament day 1 - by Michael Aristidou
Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou and Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan where the winners of Keravnos Strovolou tournament day1. Today we have two more games. PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia vs Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou and host team Keravnos Strovolou vs Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan. in the game that Cypriot teams where involved Chris Garner (178-G-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Memphis) of Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou has an excellent night scoring 23p. Eventually his team won 90-79 the game. In the other game as we wrote before Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan was the winner with score 73-70.

Ilian Evtimov Joins EKA AEL Limassol - by Interperformances
The 6'7' SF/PF Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) has reached an agreement with the Cypriot Division A Club EKA AEL Limassol. The Club is considered the queen of Cyprus Basketball. Other than the 13 championships, the 8 Cups and the 6 Super Cups, AEL is the only Cypriot team that has ever won an European title (Regional Challenge Cup, South Conference 2003). In 2007, for the fifth consecutive year, the team won the Cypriot championship, becoming the first Cypriot side to do so. AEL the past season has reached the Final 4 of the EuroChallenge.
Before coming to Europe, Ilian played on college level in the USA for the North Carolina State University from 2001-2006. Evtimov signed his first professional contract with Vidivici Bologna in 2006 winning the second place of the Italian national Championship. The next season he has joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners where he averaged 13.1ppg, grabbing 5.1rpg over the past two seasons. Ilian, who possesses dual citizenship, Bulgarian and French, has an older brother, Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina), who also played in the best european leagues.



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Pavel Novotny Joins BK Decin - by Surujh Roopnarine
Despite starting the season off quickly at 3-0, BK Decin has decided to sign veteran forward Pavel Novotny (204-F-79, agency: PPGroup). To make room on the roster, the team mutually parted ways with young big man Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, agency: PPGroup). Novotny spent last season in Switzerland playing for the Geneva Devils. In 19 games he averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 59.6% from the field. He has extensive playing experience in the NBL with Praha, Usti Nad Labem and most recently, Brno during the 2007-08 season. The 30-year old will provide experience to a relatively young Decin team that must square off against powerhouse Nymburk tomorrow night on the road. Fohler is a 24 year old center who the team felt would not have an opportunity to get extensive playing time with the addition of Novotny. He spent the 2008-09 season with BK Chomutov.

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Ex-Hoosiers guard might return to Ants - by Eurobasket News
With hopes of doing something spectacular that catches the attention of first-year Mad Ants coach Joe Meyer, 40 fresh faces took their turns running up and down the Concordia Seminary basketball floor in full court scrimmages Sunday.

It was the second day of the teams open tryouts an opportunity for any player to try to earn a place on the Mad Ants NBA D-League roster. On Saturday, 100 players showed up, and by Sunday, 40 remained.

But amid all the new faces, there was a familiar one on the sidelines.

Roderick Wilmont (6'4''-G-83, college: Indiana), who played for the Mad Ants in their first season two years ago, was on hand for the tryout session that will assure at least one player be invited to the teams training camp in November.

Wilmont, it seems, already has an invitation in hand.

The 6-foot-4 former Indiana University guard played in Italy last season, but he wants to return to the United States to get closer to the NBA, which means another possible tour through the D-League.

I know exactly what Im going to get into, said Wilmont, who did not participate in the tryout camp on Saturday or Sunday.

I know how the league is. After two years of playing professionally under my belt, Im a way better player than I was two years ago. I know the game a lot more. Im a lot more wise, I should say; just more knowledge of how to play the game.

Wilmont played all 50 games with the Mad Ants two seasons ago and started nine.

He averaged 11.7 points and led the team with 73 three-point shots made and was fourth on the team with 49 steals.

I think Im that close (to the NBA), Wilmont said. I think if I came back this year, it would really help me.

Meyer, meanwhile, is looking at the 40 remaining weekend survivors to find help for the Ants.

Former IPFW players Jaraun Burrows and Demetrius Johnson were among the final 40, as was Jarred Axon, who played briefly with the Ants last season.

Jared Carter, a 7-foot-1 center from Kentucky, was still part of the mix Sunday.

Hes playing pretty well; got good hands, Meyer said.

Mad Ants president and general manager Jeff Potter said it could be two or three weeks before the Mad Ants make a decision as to which players will be invited to training camp.

The Mad Ants open their season Nov. 27 against Erie.


Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


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Avengers Try-outs - by Justin Moore
AVENGERS TRY-OUTS.AVENGERS TRY-OUTS..THIS SUNDAY OCT 18..9am MT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL..8515 Old Mt Vernon Road. ALEX VA..... The Alexandria Avengers are entering ther third season since joining the EBA in 2007 and has posted a record of 7-3 in each of his previous seasonsled by Dominic Manuel the avengers play a fast past uptempo style for more info about the Avengers For more info please email alexandria.avengers@hotmail.com or visit easternbasketballalliance.com for league info.

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KORISLIIGA: Vilpas signed Lawrence Hamm - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Vilpas Vikings (Salo) has made a change on the roster. Antonio McMillion (195-F-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: Md-Eastern Shore) (15,0 ppg - 7,3 rpg) was good but too short for Vilpas as a player and will be replaced by American F Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) Hamm has played earlier two seasons (2006-08) in Holland (Aris Friesland Leeuwarden) and last season in Czech Republic (USK Praha 13,3 ppg - 5,8 rpg). And Karhu (Kauhajoki) has found a replacement for Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive), who is on injured list (thigh). Anthony Davis (188-G-83, college: Austin Peay St.) will replace Horton for the time being, one week at a time.

KORISLIIGA: Chris Hester led Pyrinto - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Only one contest tonight in Korisliiga (Top League). Pyrinto (Tampere) still undefeated (5-0), when beating visitor Korihait (Uusikaupunki) by 15 pts 88-73 (44-38).
Quarters: 15-25, 29-13, 22-20, 22-15. Pyrinto got a slow start, but won the quarters 2-3-4 and the contest. Korihait (3-2) lost the second game in a row. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) was this time the game MVP with 27 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 16 and Kenny Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) 15 pts. Pyrinto had five players in double digits. Korihait got 20 pts from Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point). Ray Cunningham (197-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) had a double-double 14/10.

Pyrinto - Korihait 88-73 (44-38) (Chris Hester 27, Damon Williams 16, Kenny Lowe 15, Olli Ahvenniemi 11/12, Jesse Niemi 11 - AZ Reid 20, Ray Cunningham 14/10, Josh Gonner 14, Bojan Sarcevic 10/5a).



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Ilian Evtimov Joins EKA AEL Limassol - by Interperformances
The 6'7' SF/PF Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) has reached an agreement with the Cypriot Division A Club EKA AEL Limassol. The Club is considered the queen of Cyprus Basketball. Other than the 13 championships, the 8 Cups and the 6 Super Cups, AEL is the only Cypriot team that has ever won an European title (Regional Challenge Cup, South Conference 2003). In 2007, for the fifth consecutive year, the team won the Cypriot championship, becoming the first Cypriot side to do so. AEL the past season has reached the Final 4 of the EuroChallenge.
Before coming to Europe, Ilian played on college level in the USA for the North Carolina State University from 2001-2006. Evtimov signed his first professional contract with Vidivici Bologna in 2006 winning the second place of the Italian national Championship. The next season he has joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners where he averaged 13.1ppg, grabbing 5.1rpg over the past two seasons. Ilian, who possesses dual citizenship, Bulgarian and French, has an older brother, Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina), who also played in the best european leagues.



Etendard de Brest sign Gaston Essengue - by Eurobasket
Etendard de Brest (ProB) added to their roster 26-year old Cameroonian forward Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV). Essengue played beginning of this season at Lausanne Basket (Switzerland). Last year he played for West-Brabant Giants Bergen op Zoom in Holladn, where he averaged 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1spg in 27 games. He played also this summer for Cameroonian National Team at African Championships where he helped his team to make it to the semifinals. Essengue made also very impressive stats at the tournament: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1spg. He was also voted by Africabasket.com to All-African Championships 3rd Team. Essengue will replace Brice Vounang who was injured.


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Levski grabs thriller win against Feni in BIBL opener - by Eurobasket News
Levski - Feni Industri 90-88

Levski escaped with tiny 90-88 home win against Feni Industri in Balkan League 2009/10 opener. As a reminder, this is the second edition of regional championship. Last season, Rilski Sportist won the title.
Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) was the leading player in Levski with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, college: Mississippi) also had very important role collecting 19 points and 7 assists. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) scored 14 and was the last one with double-digits for the winners. On the other side, Slobodan Mihajlovski (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) registered monster double-double, 18 points and 20 rebounds. Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) and Vlado Popovic (190-G-82) netted 16 pts each.
Feni Industri was better team in the first quarter taking 21-25 lead. However, Stefan Georgiev and his teammates woke up after that, taking control on their rivals. They managed to tie the score very soon and to make 47-43 turn until the half time. After the breather it was Feni who shined once again, and the guests entered to last ten minutes tied. With less than 7 seconds remaining in the game Pavel Ivanov made a jumper for Levski setting the score to 90-88. Feni had the last chance. Vlado Popovic grabbed the ball and tried to make a long triple, but he missed for the big joy of Levski's fans in Sophia.

Levski: Stefan Georgiev 20+8 boards, Aaron Harper 19+7 as, Asen Velikov 14,
Feni Industri: Slobodan Mihajlovski 18+20 boards, Ognen Stojanovski 16, Vlado Popovic 16


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Grayson Moyer (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Rather Shoots The Basket Ball Then Ride The Waves - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
American Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) is a 23 year old 196cm guard who comes from the paradise of San Diego, California. He went to Humboldt State (NCAA 2) graduating in 2008. He was CCAA Regular Season Champion in 2007 and runner up in 2008. He was a bit unlucky in his first professional season as the Alaska Dream of the ABA folded in December 2008. He got some experience playing for the Los Angeles Lightning of the IBL this past summer. He is a BBL rookie this season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. So far in three pre season games, he has shown a crafty rainbow three pointer, smart play and passing skills. Moyer sat down with eurobasket to talk about his new team Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Germany.

Congratulations on the Hessen Derby win against The Giessen 46ers. It was like night and day against TB Trier. What was the most important thing the team learned from the Trier loss?

To play 40 minutes of basketball. We were up early against Trier and then they made a run and we couldnt finish the game strongly. It was kind of the same against Giessen as they started a run in the third, but we did a better job of weathering the storm and finishing the game strong.

Giessen was a hard fought victory. Why did it take until the fourth quarter to finish them off?

Giessen was hitting open shots and penetrating well to the basket in the first half. We did some defensive adjustments at halftime and stopped their penetration I the second half.

How difficult is it for you to go from a scorer in college to a role player in Frankfurt?

It is different. I am just happy to still be able to play basketball after college. I just do what they tell me to do. We have enough scorers with Derrick Allen, Seth Doliboa, Aubrey Reese and Pascal Roller. I just do what I can to help the team win.

What are the most important things that you have learned on the court in the last two months?

I have learned that it is a very physical game at the pro level. The players are all so strong and athletic. You can not afford to take any plays off as a player. You have to be ready at all times and cant be sleeping.

Coach Murat Didin lets you shoot which we saw against Trier and Giessen. What else does he want you to get better at?


I can get better at defense. I have been struggling a bit with that. I have to stay more in front of my man and not let him get to the hoop.

You are from San Diego, California and look like a typical surfer. Did you try surfing or did you watch Eric Osmundson surf?


I tried it a couple of times, but I wasnt really good and let other guys do it. I saw a lot of surfing. Many guys at my high school were surfers.

It is common knowledge that in order to survive at college, you must have discipline and budget your time. What else does a player need to do besides play well on the court?

It is important to take control of the body. You have to eat right and stretch properly. You spend a lot of time on the court and you need to take proper precautions and make sure your body is healthy for games.

What tastes better Veal Cutlet or Wiener Schnitzel?


Veal Cutlet is better. I like Schnitzel though too. I have had a couple of times.

What city would you like to visit in Europe?


I would like to visit Paris, because of the history and to see the Eiffel tower and Venice, because of the history and also to see how the city is with all the water.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


I watched Full Metal Jacket from Trier to Frankfurt.

Thanks for the chat Grayson. Good luck this season
Your welcome.


Sharp Shooter Miladen Pekovic Lands With TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
TBB Trier got active on the transfer market signing ex EWE Odenburg player Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83) to a contract. Management decided on adding some deepness to their rotation. Pekovic is a 26 year old 196 forward that started his basketbal carer in 1997 with the Partizan Belgrad juniors. Last season with Oldenburg, he played 46 games averaging 4.7ppg, 1.4rpg. He also played 16 Eurochalenge games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 87.5%. TBB Trier coach Yves De Fraigne is happy that the club was able to get him. 'After the week in Belgium, we saw that we were lacking deepness when we had problems with injuries, slumps and foul problems. Since our game against Aalst, we had been looking for a player that would give us the deepness and fit into our rotation. He played at a high level in Oldenburg and showed that he could play. He has a very high player intelligence and is a hard worker that is always developing', Stressed TBB Trier coach Yves De Fraigne.

Before coming To The EWE Baskets Oldenburg, he played for
Beobanka and Radnicki Beograd in 2000-2001. He then played for Lavovi 063 Beograd from 2002-2004. From 2004-2006, he played for Egronom Best Nis. In 2005-2006, he played 22 games averaging 16.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg. In 2006-2007 he played for BC Mega Ishrana Beograd averaging 17.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 0.6apg. In his first season in Oldenburg, he played for 42 games averaging 7.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3PT:36.9%, FT: 67.7%.

Source: www.tbb-trier.de


Johannes Lischka Injured On Weekend In Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Giessen 46ers were given a severe blow by Losing German National player Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) for 4-6 weeks. The 203 cm German forward hurt himself in the 80-69 loss over the weekend in Frankfurt. He suffered a fracture in a bone in his right hand. Giessen coach Vladi Bogojevic hopes that the German youngster will soon be back on the court. 'This is very bitter for him and the team. I hope that he can come back quickly. The team will have to stick even more together now', stressed Giessen coach Vladimir Bogojevic . Giessen play their first game without Lischka on October 16th at home against 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin.
Source: www.giessen46ers.de


Derrick Taylor Is Back Now As Coach of The Nurnberger Basketball Club - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It didnt take likeable American Derrick Taylor long to find a new home after being rudely dissmissed from BBC Bayreuth by finding a coaching job in the PRO B with the Nurnberger Basketball club. Management of NBC decided in parting ways with current coach Axel Krueger. The former coach that is also works for the Bayerischer Basketball Verband as a youth coach will keep this job. It seemed as Krueger had one job too many so the club decided to go in this direction. Derrick Taylor who has German citzenship will over take the club in November and for the meantime will be run by Marko Simic on an interim basis, who goes to work on October 14th against Breitenguessbach.

Derrick Taylor is a basketball household name in Germany and a person that will further enrich the game. He was born in 1963, and went to Lousiana Stae from 1981-1986. He was drafted by the NBA team Indiana Pacers in the fourth round in 1986. He never reached the NBA and started his basketball career in the States playing in the CBA for teams like Mississippi and Wichita. He won the CBA title with Wichita. He then went to Europe and had a succesful career playing three seasons in Bayreuth, two years in Leverkusen and four years in Bamberg. In 2005, he won the BBL championship with Bamberg. He also had a short stay in Frankfurt with the Opel Skyliners in 2001. He also gained experience playing in Italy with Pistoia and Reggio Emilia and in France with Pau-Orthez. As a coach, Taylor worked as assistant coach in Bamberg for Dirk Bauermann, before becoming coach with BBC Bayreuth were he won 39 of 46 games. Taylor is happy that he got another chance in Germany to show his coaching skills. 'I am happy to have become a part of the NBC. I want to invest a lot of hard work and take every challenge with the team, but not forget the fun with basketball. I think we will play successful and give Nurnberg something new', stressed Derrick Taylor .
Source: www.n-bc.de



Henry Uhegwu Returns To An Old Stomping Ground In Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the injury to American Michael Lake taking longer to heal, Science City Jena had to react by strengthening the roster with an old friend Henry Uhegwu (191-G-82, college: S.Utah). Last season, he had a great season playing 29 games for Science City Jena averaging 14.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 69.2%. Coach Timo Stumpf had wanted him for this season, but both sides were unable to come to an agreement. He is a 26 year old American/Nigerian 191 cm guard from Houston, Texas. He played at Southern Utah in 2005-2006 playing 29 games and averaging 13.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FG: 47.3%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 74.6%. In 2006-2007, he played in Hungary for Klima-Vill Kaposvar SE playing 23 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg, Steals-3 (2.9spg), 2FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 61.0%.
Source: www.baskets-jena.de


Drew Williamson Stays In The PRO A With BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It can get very lonely for a professional basketball player working out alone when most guys are playing on teams, but for Drew Williamson (183-G-84, college: ODU) his long summer finally came to an end as he was signed by BBC Bayreuth. Last season he played for Science City Jena where he played 30 games averaging 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-4 (2.2spg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 83.3%. The 24 year old 183 cm guard comes from Burlington, North Carolina and played at Cummings high school. Bayreuth manager Uli Eichbaum is happy after three long weeks that the American decided on coming back to the PRO A. 'Tim Nees and I were sure that we needed an equal back up to Thomas Jackson in order to keep the same level with subbing or an injury. Drew is an experienced player in Europe that has the classic poing guard skills, but can also play shooting guard. With his defense qualities, he will allow the club to play at ahigh level on defense when Thomas Jackson is on the bench. Drew was named to the all defensive team in the PRO A for a reason', sated Uli Eichbaum.

Williamson played at Old Dominion from 2003-2007. His best statistical season was his senior year as he played 33 games averaging 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 41.8%, 3Pts: 35.0%, FT: 72.6%. With ld Dominion, he was the CAA regular season and tournament champion in 2005. In 2007-2008, he came to Europe and played for the Mitteldeutscher BC playing 9 games and averaging 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.6apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 72.2%. For coach Andreas Wagner getting some extra experience to the guard position will be important. 'Drew has a lot of experience and knows the league from the last two years. He knows that he should be backup, even though he played as a starter before. With him, we will have a deeper bench and his strong defensive qualities also were important for getting him. He is a point guard that can lead the team and wil help us when Thomas Jackson is on the bench', stressed Bayreuth coach Andreas Wagner. The team also announced that they no longer have any room for Derrick Strong. The 29 year old 194 cm guard that last played for the Nordlingen Giants playing 3 games averaging 6 minutes and 1,7ppg.
Source: www.bc-bayreuth.de


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Cleveland tame Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Cleveland - Olympiakos 111:94
Olympiakos wrapped up the Euroleague American Tour with the game at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. They faced the Cavaliers and got beaten by 17 points.
The hosts quickly cleared off to a 9-point distance 17:8. Lebron James and Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) opened up a double-digit lead for the Cavs late in the opening stanza. Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford), Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) and Beverley capped the frame with 7 points to narrow the deficit at 6 points 25:31. Bourousis dragged Olympiakos closer early in the second frame. But Cleveland responded with a 12:2 rally to gain a 43:29 advantage. The hosts rolled confidently to a 16-point lead at halftime. The Cavaliers continued to dominate in the third stanza. They piled up a 28-point lead midway through the stanza. Olympiakos could not come up with any sort of answer in the reminder of the contest as the hosts cruised to the win at the end.
Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge. Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) added 13 points each for the winners. Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza responded with 16 points each for the Greek team. Halperin finished with 14 points in the loss.

Cleveland: Daniel Gibson 15, Anderson Varejao 13, J.J. Hickson 13
Olympiakos: Josh Childress 16, Linas Kleiza 16



Greek team faces civil lawsuit - by Thomas Mclaughlin
Greek basketball powerhouse Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus lured Josh Childress away from the NBA, attempted to make a play for Nate Robinson (175-G-84, college: Washington) during the summer and has been rumored to be planning a mega-million push for LeBron James (203-F-84) next summer. But according to a five-year-old civil lawsuit filed against them by agent Tom McLaughlin, the Athens-based franchise, which has shown no hesitation to throw cash at the game's best players, still owes money to past players who came over from the NBA.

And when Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus arrives in Cleveland tomorrow for its exhibition game against James and the Cavaliers, the plaintiffs plan to collect, even if it means confiscating everything from the team's travel funds, team uniforms and even the airplane that got them there.

'This isn't about just this one civil suit,' McLaughlin said. 'What we're trying to do is get NBA players who have played overseas who have had their contracts breached . . . This has been going on for 40 to 50 years, both men and women players, and nobody has done anything to stop it.'

Before tomorrow night's game, there is a deposition scheduled in U.S. District Court in Cleveland in which McLaughlin - identified as Best In Sports, Inc., in court documents obtained by Newsday - will look to collect the $409,048.11 he says is owed to him. McLaughlin went as far as to propose to the court that U.S. Marshals seize all of the team's assets, including cash, travelers' checks, equipment, uniforms, apparel, computers, electronic devices and the team's plane when it lands in Cleveland.

Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus hired the powerful international law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey to represent it in the proceedings. The case was filed in October 2004 in Massachusetts and was ignored by Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus until recently. The team in September attempted to have the suit thrown out on two arguments, which were dismissed by a Cleveland judge on Tuesday.

The Bronx-born McLaughlin played with Julius Erving, Al Skinner and Rick Pitino at UMass and went on to play professionally in Europe. He was an assistant coach under Digger Phelps at Notre Dame and later served as an attorney for Larry Bird, Joe Montana, Doug Flutie and New Kids on the Block and also represented several NBA players. Two in particular are Chris Morris and David Rivers, who continued their careers overseas and ran into contract issues with their respective teams.

In August 2004, McLaughlin obtained a default judgment against Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus in Massachusetts District Court for fees he did not receive when he claims Morris' contract was breached in 2001. But McLaughlin has not been able to get his money from Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus, at least not until the team came to U.S. soil, which it did this weekend for a two-game NBA exhibition tour.

On Friday, Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus was in San Antonio, where it was defeated, 107-89, by the Spurs. Team owner Panagiotis Aggelopoulos was served there to appear for a deposition in Texas. Aggelopoulos, a billionaire who co-owns the team with his brother, did not own the team when Morris played.

McLaughlin, however, sees more of a principle in his dogged pursuit than merely the recovery of lost wages. It is not uncommon for American players to go overseas and not receive the full sum of the contracts signed with international teams. Childress, so far, has not experienced this issue with his three-year deal worth a reported $20 million.
source: www.newsday.com


Panathinaikos prevail against CSKA in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - CSKA 82:69
Panathinaikos overcame CSKA in one of the final exhibition games for both teams. Fragiskos Alvertis (206-F-74, agency: FCM) said farewell to all fans in this game. He appeared on the court as a starter and delivered 3 points and 3 boards in ten minutes of action.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first frame. The hosts earned a 21:15 lead after ten minutes but could not boast of any serious dominance. However things changed drastically in the second period. Panathinaikos limited CSKA to just a single point in almost 8 minutes. The Greek team surged in front and led by as many as 19 points at halftime. CSKA woke up in the third period but could not get within striking distance. They wrapped up the third frame down by 15 points. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) fired 5 points in a row to drag CSKA within 13 in the fourth quarter. But Panathinaikos stayed organized and eased to the victory at the end.
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) knocked down 14 points to pace Panathinaikos. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 6 boards, while Andrew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) secured 11 points in the win. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) responded with 15 points for CSKA. Zoran Planinic chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Panathinaikos: Giorgi Shermadini 14, Nikola Pekovic 13, Andrew Nicholas 11
CSKA: Trajan Langdon 15, Zoran Planinic 11



Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Apollon 0-0 
 2. Komotini 0-0 
 3. MENT 0-0 
 4. Aias Evosmou 0-0 
 5. Keravnos Aigio 0-0 
 6. Doukas 0-0 
 7. M.Alexandros 0-0 
 8. Panelefsiniakos 0-0 
 9. AEK/Pegasus 0-0 
 10. Agia Paras. 0-0 
 11. Panerythraik. 0-0 
 12. Lavrio 0-0 
 13. Periko/Arhel. 0-0 
 14. Apollon Kal. 0-0 
 15. Mantoulidis 0-0 
 16. Anagennisi 0-0 


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  IRELAND   


UCC Demons claim first win - by Eurobasket News
The Irish Superleague defending champions UCC Demons grabbed the first win in the season. They held off Moycullen in the opener 79:69. UCC Demons tipped off the game with 13 unanswered points. They kept in charge throughout the starting quarter and earned a 22:13 advantage at the end of it. Cian Nihill (193-G-88) boosted the comeback rally from the leagues newcomers as Moycullen cut the deficit at just one point at halftime. Niall Murphy (180-G-86) stepped up for the home team in the third quarter. He led the hosts as they restored a safe 14-point lead into the fourth period. Moycullen fought bravely but could not match the champions at the end. Niall Murphy knocked down 24 points for UCC Demons. Joshua Johnson (199-F-85, college: Bowie St.) added 16 points in the win. Cian Nihill replied with 27 points for Moycullen. Mindaugus Kurcenkovas (180-G-82) had 11 points in defeat.
Belfast Star in the meantime improved at 2-0 record at the start of the tournament. They toppled UCD/Marian 75:72 at home court. The Star established a 10-point advantage at halftime and survived in a tight battle at the end of the game. Philip Perre (198-F-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Alabama) came up with 25 points for Belfast. Fergal Toner contributed 14 points for the winners. Luke McCrone (201-F-84, college: Harvard) and Conor Meany (185-G-86) responded with 18 points each in defeat.



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  ISRAEL   


Jerusalem's final piece of the puzzle? - by Dmitry Volinsky
Jerusalem finalized (at least for now) their roster for the season, by adding 5th foreign player, Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio). Hunter is a good forward, that despite being only 2.01, rebounds well. This is a veteran player in Europe already, so he should contribute to Jerusalem immediately.
Still, having said this, he joins a roster that has already number of similar players of Hunter's type and Jerusalem still doesn't have even one true Center with presence in the paint that can block or at least alter shots.


Ramat Gan overcome Lukoil Akademik in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
The international tournament just started in Cyprus. Four teams including local Keravnos and Achilleas will fight for the title.
Ramat Gan opened the tournament with a narrow win over Lukoil Akademik. Lukoil got the better start to the game. They enjoyed a 21:12 lead at the first break. The gap grew at 12 points in the second period before Ramat Gan managed to adjust and cut the distance. They trailed by just 4 points at halftime. Ramat Gan surged in front in the third quarter taking a 57:53 lead into the fourth frame. Lukoil could not pick up the tempo and faced a 70:73 defeat at the end. Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) had 13 points and 6 boards for the Israeli team. Brandon Ewing (188-G-86, college: Wyoming) added 12 points, while Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) and Jason Thomas (191-G, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: American) added 11 points each for the winners. Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 14 points for Lukoil. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) nailed 13 points in defeat.
Ramat Gan will face Keravnos, while Lukoil will play against Achilleas in the second round.



Miami Heat signs Carlos Arroyo for depth behind Chalmers - by Eurobasket News
In search of veteran depth at point guard, the Miami Heat didn't have to look far.

Instead, after short drive from his Pinecrest home, former Florida International standout Carlos Arroyo (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) joined the Heat in time for Monday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena.

'The opportunity kind of came quick,' said an enthused Arroyo. 'Ever since I was in college, I always wanted to be a part of the Heat. I went to school here. My wife's from here.'

Out of the NBA since ending the 2007-08 season with the Orlando Magic, Arroyo spent last season with Euroleague power Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

Determined to stay closer to home and get back into the NBA, he agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, after the Heat called his agent, Leon Rose, Sunday night.

'It was about being in the right situation,' Arroyo said. 'I had to be patient to wait for this opportunity.'

The Heat sought depth at the position after backup point guard Chris Quinn went down last week with a sprained right foot, an injury that is expected to keep him in a walking boot for at least a week.

Arroyo, a 6-foot-2 playmaker with an accurate shot who is considered somewhat of a defensive liability, has started 113 of his 433 NBA appearances with the Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons and Magic. He has averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds over his career, shooting .432 from the field and .318 on 3-pointers.

'For the first time, I can use my home,' he said with a smile.

A veteran of international competition with Puerto Rico's national team, he said he opted to play last year in Israel because, 'I wanted to play more minutes.'

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Arroyo was one of several candidates considered. Heat President Pat Riley stressed last week that because of concerns about the dollar-for-dollar luxury tax on excessive payroll, the Heat only would offer non-guaranteed, one-year contracts to such candidates. For a player of Arroyo's experience, that is $1.1 million. Arroyo's contract would not become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10.

'We've been evaluating several names for a while,' Spoelstra said. 'We've been through a lot of decision-making. We're not in a panic situation. We wanted to make the right move.'

Spoelstra considers Arroyo a proven quantity.

'There's not a lot of debate in what he can do,' said Spoelstra, who said the fact that Arroyo successfully directed a pick-and-roll offense in Orlando factored into the Heat's decision.

Spoelstra stressed that Mario Chalmers remains the team's starting point guard. Chalmers struggled through the first two exhibitions before a solid performance Sunday in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs that dropped the Heat to 0-3 this preseason.

'I have him planned to come off the bench,' Spoelstra said of Arroyo. 'But he'll contend for minutes. This is about bolstering our depth.'

Asked if he believed Arroyo could play Heat-level defense, Spoelstra said, 'I need to see more, but he's been coached well.'

Arroyo said he will fit into whatever role the Heat deems necessary.

'I'm here to do whatever I can to help my team,' he said. 'I was waiting for this call.'

During his FIU career, Arroyo became just the second player in school history to score at least 1,600 career points, setting school records with his 459 assists and 177 steals. He left FIU ranked second in school history in 3-pointers made and third in field goals and free throws.

The addition of Arroyo makes it less likely that free-agent guard John Lucas will be able to make the team's final cut, despite solid showings in the past two exhibitions.

'This doesn't change my mind set at all,' Lucas said. 'It's going to make me more competitive.'

Heat guard Dwyane Wade said there is something to be said about increasing the competition at point guard.

'He's a playmaker. He sees the floor very well,' Wade said. 'He's going to help Mario, as well. His experience is going to help.'

Arroyo, who will wear No. 8, is expected to travel Tuesday with the Heat to Tulsa in advance of Wednesday's exhibition there against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Heat currently is carrying 17 players, with its roster needing to be trimmed to a maximum of 15 prior to the Oct. 28 season opener against the visiting New York Knicks.


Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


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  JORDAN   


Orthodox calls to sit with clubs as a step forward - by Mohammed Malas
Orthodox club will ask for the Premier League clubs to sit together in order to raise the idea of making a refreshment tournament for all ages as part of stopping the current bad situation which is a big problem for all parts of the game.

A meeting will be held as soon as possible in order to find an agreement for the interested teams as Zain, ASU Sports Club and Al Riyadi will have some activities abroad and they started trainings from a long time ago.

No federation managing the game since the Olympic Committee's decision to dissolve the Jordanian Basketball Federation two months ago, FIBA asked to stop the elections which was supposed to be on the 3rd of October till all the parties sit and find an ideal solution for the current problems.

The Serbian head coach of Orthodox Nenad Hrvoic suggested few days ago to make a friendly tournament for all clubs in the country in Weekends to find some goals for the teams current preperations as they still doesn't know anything about the future plans and thoughts for the new season.

Everybody is hoping a quick solution to happen to bring things back on track again as before esspecially that Jordan will appear in the Wolrd Cup 2010 in Turkey for the 1st time in the country's history.


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Mason signs with An Nasr - by Ali Ahmed
An Nasr basketball team management agreed terms with the American Guard Brandon Mason (194-G/F-81, college: N.Mexico St.) to play for them this season 2009/2010.

Brandon is a versatile athletic combo guard who uses his strength, speed and great leaping ability to score and rebound. Brandon is a lockdown defensive player who usually guards his opponents best offensive player (named to All-Defensive team in Ireland and Defensive Player of the Year twice at New Mexico St.). A player who wins everywhere he plays, Brandon is a vocal leader with excellent knowledge of how to play the game of basketball.

Awards/Achievements:
Sun Belt Conf. West Division Regular Season Finalist -01
Defensive Player of the Year (New Mexico St.) -02
Defensive Player of the Year (New Mexico St.) -03
Irish South Conference Champion -04
Irish Superleague Champion -04
Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Play-Offs Team -04
Eurobasket.com All-Irish SuperLeague Newcomer of the Year -04
Eurobasket.com Irish SuperLeague All-Newcomers Team -04
Eurobasket.com All-Irish SuperLeague 1st Team -04
Eurobasket.com Irish SuperLeague All-Imports Team -04
Eurobasket.com Irish SuperLeague All-League Defence Team -04
Irish League MVP (Tigers) -04
D-League Regular Season Runner-Up -06
D-League Champion -06
1st Team All-Chile DIMAYOR (Deportivo Valdivia) -07
'El Mercurio' Foreign Player of the Year in Chile (Deportivo Valdivia) -07
MVP of Super 4 in Antofagasta - Chile (Deportivo Valdivia) -07
leading scorer of Super 4 in Antofagasta - Chile (Deportivo Valdivia) -07
Super 4 in Antofagasta - Chile (Deportivo Valdivia) -07
Chilean DIMAYOR Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Chilean DIMAYOR Semifinals -08
Latinbasket.com All-Chilean DIMAYOR 1st Team -08
Latinbasket.com Chilean DIMAYOR All-Imports Team -08



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LBAL Standings
LBAL Standings
Austrumi
 1. Valmiera U21 0-0 
 2. Darzn./Cesis 0-0 
 3. Gulbene 0-0 
 4. Madona 0-0 
 5. Salacgriva 0-0 
 6. Beverina 0-0 
 7. Rugaji 0-0 
 8. Pargauja 0-0 
 9. Lielvarde 0-0 
Centrs
 1. Kvele 0-0 
 2. Ridzene 91 0-0 
 3. Saulkrasti 0-0 
 4. LU 0-0 
 5. Jurmalas SS 0-0 
 6. Ridzene 92 0-0 
 7. Marupe 0-0 
 8. Kursa/MRU 0-0 
 9. Keizarm.U21 0-0 
 10. BK VEF 0-0 
 11. Jurmala 0-0 
 12. Dartija 0-0 
Rietumi
 1. Talsi 0-0 
 2. Tukums 0-0 
 3. Liepaja-2 0-0 
 4. Kandava 0-0 
 5. Kuldiga 0-0 
 6. Brivsolis 0-0 
 7. Lapmezciems 0-0 


Ventspils land Ernest Kalve - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils have agreed on terms of 1+1 contract with Ernests Kalve (200-F-87). The 22-year-old forward was last seen in ASK Riga. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 boards per game in BBL. In LBL his stats came up to 15.1 points, 5.6 boards and 1.1 assists. Ernests Kalve visited pre-season camp of Angelico Biella. Ernests Kalve played for the Latvian National Team at the EuroBasket in Poland. There the forward tallied 0.4 points and 1.0 rebounds per appearance.
In the meantime Ventspils decided to part ways with Martins Berkis (199-F-85). The 24-year-old forward joined the team in February.
Ventspils is now actively looking for strengthening of their backcourt. They are in talks with Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.). The 28-year-old guard played for Enisey last season. There he averaged 10.8 points, 2.7 boards and 2.2 assists per game. Earlier Curtis Millage spent two years with ASK/Riga.



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  MALTA   


Siggiewi upset MBA Shield defending champions - by Eurobasket News
Siggiewi claimed the second straight win at the MBA Shield. They tamed the reigning champions BUPA Luxol 70:62. BUPA Luxol raced to a 20:11 lead after the starting frame. But Siggiewi came right back into the contest in the second stanza. They ensured a 32:31 lead at the interval. BUPA Luxol regained the advantage at the end of the third stanza. But Siggiewi refused to surrender. They accounted for 23 points in the final period and eked out a tough victory at the end. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) paced the charge for Siggiewi.
Athleta Compleet IS registered the second consecutive victory. They rallied past Loyola 80:64. Athleta built a 14-point cushion at halftime and never looked back en route to the victory. Kristin Baldacchino (184-G-81) led the way for the winners.
Siggiewi and Athleta Compleet IS share the top spot in the ladder at 2-0 record. Loyola and BUPA Luxol are in the third position at 1-2.



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  MEXICO   


Fuerza Regia news - by Alejandro Martinez
After a 1-1 Road trip, Fuerza Regia de Monterrey has strenghtened its backcourt depth by trading for the rights of Mexican wing player David Heck (201-F-84, college: Utah Valley St.). David participated briefly with Abejas de Guanajuato at the start of this season. At the moment and due to his mexican status, Fuerza Regia de Monterrey did not announce any roster moves. The 25 year old Heck is a 2007 Graduate of Utah Valley State University and is making his pro debut in Mexico this season. Heck is expected to play this weekend at Mexicali and Tijuana.

LNBP Transaction Market - by Eurobasket
Barreteros de Zacatecazs signed two new Americans: swingman Derik Hollyfield (193-G/F-82, college: Bemidji St.) and point guard Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American). he played last two season at Rochester RazorSharks in U.S. semi-pro PBL. Hollyfield averaged 8.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. He scored just 6 games in his first game (lost to Toros). He replaced his countryman Vincent Camper (191-G-85, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) in the roster. Stokes is very familiar with Latinamerican basketball. He played previously in Dominican Rep. and last season in Uruaguay (10.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg). Stokes used to play also pro basketball in Europe in Finland, Switzerland, France and Sweden. He was voted even Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Imports 1st Team in 2004.
Puerto Rican international power forward Ivan Lopez (208-C/F-85, college: Memphis) moved from Fuerza Regia to Panteras de Aguascalientes. He scored already 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in his initial game for his new team Panteras against ...his old team Fuerza Regia.
Dominican power forward Melvin Richardson (206-F-85, college: S.Florida) also changed his team. He moved from Pilares to Bucaneros de Campeche. His first game was not that impressive with just 2 points and 2 rebounds.
Libertadores de Queretaro have a new point guard in their roster. It's American James Loe (175-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech), who just graduated Louisiana Tech. He averaged 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg helping his team to make it to the conference semifinals. In his first game in LNBP he scored 4 points and had 2 assists.
Huracanes de Tampico agreed terms with naturalized American guard Luis Pulido (188-G-85, college: Cal Poly Pomona). Pulido played last season at Halcones UV Xalapa, where he was mostly bench player averaging 4.2ppg and 2.5apg.
Indios de la UAC-Juarez acquired American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana). Bowie is probably the most known American player in Mexico as it will be his ...10th season in the country. Last spring he played for Caballeros de Culiacan in CIBACOPA where he was second best scorer in th eleague with 24.1ppg. Bowie replaced Watts Lamonte (203-F-85, college: UTEP), who was released.
Lechugueros de Leon replaced their import guard Maurice Riddick (188-G-79, college: Bethune-Cookman) with another American Jamaal Jenkins (191-G, college: Weber St.). It will be Jenkins' first pro season outside of the States as he played only in ABA after graduating Weber State. Lechugueros signed also American forward Michael Henderson (196-F-84, college: Chicago St.). It will be Henderson's come back to Mexico as he played here recently at Pioneros Los Mochis in CIBACOPA.
Abejas de Guanajuato made also a small changes in their roster. They signed U.S. shooting guard Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.). Moore played most recently in Australian summer league ABA. Moore replaced Belize national player Richard Troyer (196-F-84, college: Utah Valley St.). The team released also previously three other imports: David Heck (201-F-84, college: Utah Valley St.), Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Portland St.) and Tim Pierce (201-F-85, college: San Jose St.).
Cosmos de Tijuana added to the roster local guard Yahir Malpica (190-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency), previously at Angeles de Puebla. The other addition is well-known in LNBP American Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.). Thomas played previously at Lobos Grises for two season and last season he spent at Mineros (9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-1 (68.1%)). Both players should be important additions to starting lineup of Cosmos. The team released Americans Ryan Edwards (196-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) and Gerald Burris (198-F-78, college: W.Alabama).


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  NBA   


Durant Scores 30 as Thunder Beats Suns 110-105 - by Eurobasket News
Rookie James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) scored six of his 11 points in overtime, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder salvage a 30-point outing by Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and win their preseason home opener by beating the Phoenix Suns 110-105 on Monday night.

Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 20 points for the Suns, who twice rallied from double-digit deficits -- the second time with backups -- and never led until overtime. Phoenix was up 103-100 before the Thunder closed the game on a 10-2 run. D.J. White (6'9''-F-86, college: Indiana) put Oklahoma City ahead for good at 104-103 with a jumper with 2:55 left and Michael Harris followed with a three-point play.

Durant went 5 of 5 from 3-point range as the Thunder finished 9 of 17 from behind the arc.

Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 15 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Oklahoma City.

Phoenix rallied from a 16-point first-quarter deficit to tie the game early in the third quarter and missed a chance to go ahead when Stoudemire muffed a dunk. Green hit two 3-pointers to put Oklahoma City back ahead.

Thanks to Durant's 19 third-quarter points, the Thunder built its lead to 90-73 by the end of the quarter and was up 97-77 with 8:16 left. But Oklahoma City managed only one more basket and didn't score in the final 3:38 of regulation.

With both teams using mostly subs, Phoenix tied the game at 99 on a driving layup by Carlos Powell with 30.6 seconds left. Phoenix's Earl Clark, then Oklahoma City's Shaun Livingston both missed shots in the final seconds of regulation.

Thabo Sefolosha scored 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting in his preseason debut for Oklahoma City. Sefolosha sustained a mild concussion during a practice on Oct. 5 and didn't play in the Thunder's first two preseason games, road losses to Memphis and New Orleans.

He started quickly Monday, scoring two baskets and assisting on another as Oklahoma City scored the first 11 points. His 3-pointer seven minutes into the game gave the Thunder a 22-6 lead.

Phoenix didn't score until Stoudemire's basket more than four minutes into the game and the Suns missed eight of their first nine shots.

The Suns spent the rest of the half playing catch-up, twice closing within five points. Oklahoma City led 53-47 at halftime. Stoudemire scored the first six points of the second half to tie the game before missing the dunk.

Phoenix fell to 1-2 in exhibitions, having beaten Partizan Belgrade and lost to Golden State. The Suns played without center Robin Lopez, who is out for six to eight weeks after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during an intrasquad scrimmage.

Jared Dudley was the only other double-digit scorer for Phoenix, finishing with 12 points. Steve Nash had nine points and seven assists in a little more than 25 minutes but joined most of the Suns' regulars on the bench in the fourth quarter and overtime.

NOTES: Taylor Griffin, who played at Oklahoma the last four seasons and is from Oklahoma City, started for the Suns and received a loud ovation from the Ford Center crowd of 15,223. He scored four points in 18 minutes of action. ... Oklahoma City's starting center, Nenad Krstic, missed the game because of illness. Veteran Etan Thomas started in Krstic's place. .... Miss America 2009 Katie Stam sang the national anthem before the game. ... Michael Henderson, one of two NBA replacement officials with previous league experience, was on the three-man crew.


Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Teague leads Hawks over Bobcats 107-90 - by Eurobasket News
Rookie Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) had 17 points and seven assists, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 107-90 victory over the Charlotte in a preseason game Monday night.

Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) and Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) each scored 14 points for the Hawks.

Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) led the Bobcats with 20 points and six rebounds, and was a 12 for 12 from the free throw line. Raymond Felton (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) added 11 points and 4 assists, and Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky) had eight points and nine rebounds.

There were 61 fouls called by the replacement officiating crew, and Bobcats coach Larry Brown was ejected. Official Kevin Scott asked for security to escort Brown from the court at 3:23 in the third quarter but he left on his own accord.

The Hawks trailed only once - 7-5 at 10:03 in the first quarter - and led by as many as 20 points. The Bobcats gave up 30 points on turnovers.

NOTES: Hawks coach Mike Woodson expects to sit down with his staff Tuesday to determine whether to make some cuts. He expects to carry 15 or 16 players through the final preseason game, at Orlando on Oct. 23. The Hawks have 20 players on their roster. ... Brown expects to carry all 16 players on the roster through the final preseason game, vs. Memphis on Oct. 23.


Courtesy of www.southernledger.com


Miami Heat signs Carlos Arroyo for depth behind Chalmers - by Eurobasket News
In search of veteran depth at point guard, the Miami Heat didn't have to look far.

Instead, after short drive from his Pinecrest home, former Florida International standout Carlos Arroyo (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) joined the Heat in time for Monday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena.

'The opportunity kind of came quick,' said an enthused Arroyo. 'Ever since I was in college, I always wanted to be a part of the Heat. I went to school here. My wife's from here.'

Out of the NBA since ending the 2007-08 season with the Orlando Magic, Arroyo spent last season with Euroleague power Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

Determined to stay closer to home and get back into the NBA, he agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, after the Heat called his agent, Leon Rose, Sunday night.

'It was about being in the right situation,' Arroyo said. 'I had to be patient to wait for this opportunity.'

The Heat sought depth at the position after backup point guard Chris Quinn went down last week with a sprained right foot, an injury that is expected to keep him in a walking boot for at least a week.

Arroyo, a 6-foot-2 playmaker with an accurate shot who is considered somewhat of a defensive liability, has started 113 of his 433 NBA appearances with the Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons and Magic. He has averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds over his career, shooting .432 from the field and .318 on 3-pointers.

'For the first time, I can use my home,' he said with a smile.

A veteran of international competition with Puerto Rico's national team, he said he opted to play last year in Israel because, 'I wanted to play more minutes.'

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Arroyo was one of several candidates considered. Heat President Pat Riley stressed last week that because of concerns about the dollar-for-dollar luxury tax on excessive payroll, the Heat only would offer non-guaranteed, one-year contracts to such candidates. For a player of Arroyo's experience, that is $1.1 million. Arroyo's contract would not become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10.

'We've been evaluating several names for a while,' Spoelstra said. 'We've been through a lot of decision-making. We're not in a panic situation. We wanted to make the right move.'

Spoelstra considers Arroyo a proven quantity.

'There's not a lot of debate in what he can do,' said Spoelstra, who said the fact that Arroyo successfully directed a pick-and-roll offense in Orlando factored into the Heat's decision.

Spoelstra stressed that Mario Chalmers remains the team's starting point guard. Chalmers struggled through the first two exhibitions before a solid performance Sunday in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs that dropped the Heat to 0-3 this preseason.

'I have him planned to come off the bench,' Spoelstra said of Arroyo. 'But he'll contend for minutes. This is about bolstering our depth.'

Asked if he believed Arroyo could play Heat-level defense, Spoelstra said, 'I need to see more, but he's been coached well.'

Arroyo said he will fit into whatever role the Heat deems necessary.

'I'm here to do whatever I can to help my team,' he said. 'I was waiting for this call.'

During his FIU career, Arroyo became just the second player in school history to score at least 1,600 career points, setting school records with his 459 assists and 177 steals. He left FIU ranked second in school history in 3-pointers made and third in field goals and free throws.

The addition of Arroyo makes it less likely that free-agent guard John Lucas will be able to make the team's final cut, despite solid showings in the past two exhibitions.

'This doesn't change my mind set at all,' Lucas said. 'It's going to make me more competitive.'

Heat guard Dwyane Wade said there is something to be said about increasing the competition at point guard.

'He's a playmaker. He sees the floor very well,' Wade said. 'He's going to help Mario, as well. His experience is going to help.'

Arroyo, who will wear No. 8, is expected to travel Tuesday with the Heat to Tulsa in advance of Wednesday's exhibition there against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Heat currently is carrying 17 players, with its roster needing to be trimmed to a maximum of 15 prior to the Oct. 28 season opener against the visiting New York Knicks.


Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Cleveland tame Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Cleveland - Olympiakos 111:94
Olympiakos wrapped up the Euroleague American Tour with the game at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. They faced the Cavaliers and got beaten by 17 points.
The hosts quickly cleared off to a 9-point distance 17:8. Lebron James and Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) opened up a double-digit lead for the Cavs late in the opening stanza. Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford), Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) and Beverley capped the frame with 7 points to narrow the deficit at 6 points 25:31. Bourousis dragged Olympiakos closer early in the second frame. But Cleveland responded with a 12:2 rally to gain a 43:29 advantage. The hosts rolled confidently to a 16-point lead at halftime. The Cavaliers continued to dominate in the third stanza. They piled up a 28-point lead midway through the stanza. Olympiakos could not come up with any sort of answer in the reminder of the contest as the hosts cruised to the win at the end.
Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge. Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) added 13 points each for the winners. Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza responded with 16 points each for the Greek team. Halperin finished with 14 points in the loss.

Cleveland: Daniel Gibson 15, Anderson Varejao 13, J.J. Hickson 13
Olympiakos: Josh Childress 16, Linas Kleiza 16



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Binghamton halts off-campus basketball recruiting - by Eurobasket News
Binghamton University officials say off-campus recruiting for the men's basketball teams has been suspended.

Interim Athletic Director James Norris says coach Kevin Broadus won't be allowed to go on any recruiting trips until next month. The decision comes after Friday's announcement that Broadus admitted having contact with prospective recruits that violated NCAA regulations.

Norris said Sunday that all future recruiting trips by the basketball program must be approved by the athletic department.

Broadus' admission was another blow to the college's athletic program, which is under review following last month's dismissal of six basketball players, including star player Emanuel 'Tiki' Mayben.

Mayben was arrested on drug charges last month. He has pleaded not guilty.


Courtesy of www.fresnobee.com


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Brigham Young-Hawaii Gets D2 Bulletin Nod - by Eurobasket News
BEAVERTON, Oregon-2009 West Regional finalist Brigham Young-Hawaii is the top team in the 2009 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 ranking.

The Seasider (27-2) return All-American Lucas Alves (6'9''-F/C) (19.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) in the post and senior point guard Virgil (J.R.) Buensucesco (11.4 ppg), a Cousy Award finalist last season. Brigham Young-Hawaii also feature junior Marques Whippy (8.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and sophomore Tsung-Hsien (Jet) Chang (12.3 ppg), the PacWest Conference Freshman of the Year.

'This is the first time a team from Hawaii has been ranked No. 1 in our preseason Top 25,' said Gary Rubin, publisher of Division II Bulletin. 'It was a difficult decision, but we felt BYU-Hawaii as the talent to carry onto the national stage.'

Right behind at No. 2 is defending national champion Findlay, which returns two starters. Rounding out the top five are Southwest Baptist, national runner-up Cal Poly-Pomona and Bellarmine.

The second five includes Tusculum, Merrimack, Augusta State, Florida Southern and Bentley.

Division II Bulletin has selected a preseason Top 25 every year since 1991.




Division II Bulletin - Preseason Top 25

1-Brigham Young-Hawaii
2-Findlay
3-Southwest Baptist
4-Cal Poly-Pomona
5-Bellarmine
6-Tusculum
7-Merrimack
8-Augusta State
9-Florida Southern
10-Bentley
11-Valdosta State
12-Southwest Minnesota
13-Metropolitan State
14-Central Missouri
15-Winona State
16-Kutztown
17-Central Oklahoma
18-Grand Valley State
19-Philadelphia
20-Northern Kentucky
21-Delta State
22-Rollins
23-Johnson C. Smith
24-West Virginia State
25-Incarnate Word

Others to watch: Barton, Cal State-San Bernardino, Catawba, Christian Brothers, Claflin, Dallas Baptist, Fort Hays STate, Gannon, Massachusetts-Lowell, New Mexico Highlands, Seattle Pacific, Southern Indiana, Tarleton State, South Carolina-Aiken, Virginia Union


(Source Division II Bulletin)


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Cameroon Coach, Touomou Slams African Officials - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cameroon senior national teams Head Coach, Joseph Touomou, has said that Africa stands the best chance of making it big in the world of basketball, but that because of the problem of poor administration, there is no feasible develop in the game over the years.

Touomou, who made this known during the closing ceremony of Nigerias Top 50 Camp at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, added that it is high time administrators on the continent woke up to their responsibility to move the game forward.

The Camp, which started in 2004, is modelled after the NBAs Basketball Without Borders, BWB, which is held yearly in South Africa

The Basketball Camp, under the auspices of Giants of Africa, drew young basketball players from the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

The Camp Director, Masai Ujiri, stated that the best among the over 80 campers have the privilege to attend high schools or universities in the United States of America, the former Nigeria international stated further that over 100 players who have attended the camp in the past are now students in Nigerian universities and some overseas colleges and universities, adding that 30 of the campers have played for Nigerian junior national team.

According to him, the Camp is fortified with foreign and indigenous coaches, who expose the participants to the modern techniques of the gamet, adding that four of the campers will featured in the Basketball Without Borders, BWB project next year in Senegal.

He also commended Nestle Milo Plc., for its support, not only to the Camp, but basketball development in Nigeria.

I want to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to Nestle Milo for its support to youth basketball in Nigeria over the past 14 years of its involvement in basketball development in the country.





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Even Fieras defeat Caimanes - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of CBS Fieras de Cocle prevailed over Caimanes 113-111 led by Dupree Lucas (185-G-84, college: Portland St.), who scored 28 points and grabbed 4 rebs and Ricardo Yearwood (197-F-70, college: Briar Cliff), who scored 24 pts and clinched 10 rebs. With 42 points and 5 rebounds, Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) played a greeat game in Caimanes, Alberto Hinds (188-G-80) added 15 and Orlando Ortega (196-F-81) 13, but it wasn' t enough, and Rio Abajo slipped down in the table another more

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National League individual awards - by Gianni Pascucci
The following ones are the Individual Awards given at the end of National League 2009:
Season MVP: Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack)
Best Import Player: Paul P..J. Mills (201-F-83)
Best Domestic Player: Bruno Zanotti
Top Scorer: Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY)
Top Shot-Blocker: Bruno Zanotti
Top Rebounder: Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.)
Best 3pt Shooter: Gustavo Torres (175-G-80)
Best Assist Man: Maurice Spillers
Top Ball Stealer: Bruno Zanotti


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Condill named coach at Buffalo - by Gianni Pascucci
The Buffalo Stampede announced that James Condill has been hired as the head coach for the upcoming season. Condill has coached in the US at the high school, college and professional levels. He has also coached in Mexico and Kuwait. 'Coach Condill brings many years of coaching experience to our organization and we are very happy to have him on board', says team official Roosevelt Bouie . 'His coaching style is exciting and will fit very well in the PBL.' The Stampede are preparing for their second season of play in the PBL which begins in January.

PBL Draft Order To Be Set This Tuesday - by Eurobasket
With four new franchises joining the Premier Basketball League, and six teams returning from the 2008-09 season, the order for the Premier Basketball League player draft will be set this Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 2PM EST.

The first four draft picks will be distributed to the four teams joining the PBL for the 2009-10 campaign - the Lawton-Fort Sill (Oklahoma) Cavalry, the Las Vegas Thunderbirds, Maryland, and the Puerto Rico Capitanes. A PBL representative will determine the top four selections through a random drawing.

Of the six remaining franchises from last year's campaign, the team with the worst overall record from last season - the 1-19 Buffalo Stampede - will be the first of the returning teams to draft. Following them, in order of their won-loss record, will be Kebs de Quebec, the Halifax Rainmen, the Vermont Frost Heaves, the Manchester Millrats, and the Rochester RazorSharks.

For the second round, the new franchises will have first pick, but this time the selection order will be reversed, in that the first new squad will pick fourth in the second round. The returning franchises from last season will retain their draft selection order.

The 2009 PBL Entry Draft will take place at 10:00 a.m. EDT on October 29, 2009, live from the ESPN Zone in Chicago, and will be streamed on the Premier Basketball League's website, http://www.pblproball.com. The entry draft will include eligible players from the PBL's Chicago and Washington, D.C. combines, as well as other available professional players.

CURRENT DRAFT ORDER:

FIRST ROUND:

1. To Be Determined
2. To Be Determined
3. To Be Determined
4. To Be Determined
(first round draft picks will be selected between Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, Maryland, Puerto Rico Capitanes and Las Vegas Thunderbirds)
5. Buffalo Stampede
6. Kebs de Quebec
7. Halifax Rainmen
8. Vermont Frost Heaves
9. Manchester Millrats
10. Rochester RazorSharks

SECOND ROUND:

11. Pick #4, 1st round
12. Pick #3, 1st round
13. Pick #2, 1st round
14. Pick #1, 1st round
15. Buffalo Stampede
16. Kebs de Quebec
17. Halifax Rainmen
18. Vermont Frost Heaves
19. Manchester Millrats
20. Rochester RazorSharks

The Manchester Millrats draft evaluation process will reach its height at their upcoming NH Exposure Combine to be held on October 24th and 25th at the SportsZone Athletic Facility in Derry, NH and slots are filling up fast.

'We have an impressive response from quality players who want to gain some exposure and networking this time of year,' stated Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'In addition to individual player registration, three agencies have contacted us to put teams into the camp as well, so its going to be very competitive.'

Players may register online at www.manchestermillrats.com or http://millrats.eventbrite.com/.

The Manchester Millrats recently completed a very successful second season, finishing 16-4 and winning the Atlantic Division of the Premier Basketball League.
Source: PBL


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Porto hires Fredrick - by Luis Rocha
Porto after the leave of Brice Fantazia (193-G-85, college: Culver Stockton) sign Zam Fredrick (183-G-86, college: S.Carolina). The need of a point guard made them go to this player. Zam reach nice numbers in his college career, he played for Georgia Tech and then for South Carolina. If he can get well adapted, maybe hell be the solution that the team is in need. Porto is in a renewal situation in its roster, and things are going ok, Zam can come to add, and made the team stronger in the point guard position.

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Panathinaikos prevail against CSKA in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - CSKA 82:69
Panathinaikos overcame CSKA in one of the final exhibition games for both teams. Fragiskos Alvertis (206-F-74, agency: FCM) said farewell to all fans in this game. He appeared on the court as a starter and delivered 3 points and 3 boards in ten minutes of action.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first frame. The hosts earned a 21:15 lead after ten minutes but could not boast of any serious dominance. However things changed drastically in the second period. Panathinaikos limited CSKA to just a single point in almost 8 minutes. The Greek team surged in front and led by as many as 19 points at halftime. CSKA woke up in the third period but could not get within striking distance. They wrapped up the third frame down by 15 points. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) fired 5 points in a row to drag CSKA within 13 in the fourth quarter. But Panathinaikos stayed organized and eased to the victory at the end.
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) knocked down 14 points to pace Panathinaikos. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 6 boards, while Andrew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) secured 11 points in the win. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) responded with 15 points for CSKA. Zoran Planinic chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Panathinaikos: Giorgi Shermadini 14, Nikola Pekovic 13, Andrew Nicholas 11
CSKA: Trajan Langdon 15, Zoran Planinic 11



Dynamo strengthen backcourt - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow officially announced the signing of two players. Anton Glazunov (182-G-86) and Vladimir Shevel (199-G-84) will play for the team in the next season. Anton Glazunov spent the last year in Matallurg Magnitogorsk in Russian B Superleague. The 23-year-old guard averaged 14.3 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 boards per game. The product of Samara basketball school Anton Glazunov played four seasons in CSK VVS Samara before moving to Ural Ekaterinburg in 2008.
Vladimir Shevel started the previous season in Spartak Primorie. Later he moved to Avtodor Saratov to tally 2.3 points per game in B Superleague. The 25-year-old guard started his career in Kazan. He also had stints with Dynamo St. Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow Region, Universitet-Yugra and Ural Great Perm.
In the meantime Dynamo Moscow played the final pre-season test game. They faced Spartak Saint Petersburg and claimed a narrow 91:88 victory. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) came up with 20 points for Dynamo. Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) added 19 points, while Yuri Vasilyev (207-C-81) had 14 in the victory. Levance Fields (178-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 19 points for Spartak. Zakhar Pashutin (195-G-74) finished with 14 points.



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


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Strahinja Dragicevic joins Tadija in Red Star - by Nenad Ilijev
Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) is the newest acquisition of Adriatic League side Red Star. Twin brother of Zvezda captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) was on trial at the same team last season but he didnt satisfied coach Pesic so he spent a year in A1 League team Mega Hypo Leasing Beograd. Although some sources spoke about Strahinja negotiating with Walter Tigers Tuebingen he never signed in Germany.

Strahinja Dragicevic, 3/4 forward averaged 10.1ppg and 4.4rpg in A1 League last season. He spent more than 2 years playing with Red Star arch rivals Partizan Belgrade before moving to Mega in March '07.


A League: Top 5 players of Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian A League started last week-end. That is the first phase, after what Partizan, Hemofarm, FMP, Red Star and Radnicki will jump in.
Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) of Metalac is the MVP of Round 1. His team escaped with 60-58 win against Tamis and Gagovic had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals, reaching overall value 35.
Dragan Markovic (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) share the second place on MVP list, both with value 34. Markovic collected 25 points and 10 rebounds against Beograd. However, his team failed at home 64-78. Mikic of KG 06 teams registered 22 points and 14 rebounds. His team cruised past Radnicki Basket on the road 84-78.
Dragan Kruscic (198-F-86) of Beograd is the fourth MVP of Round 1 with overall value 32. He had 29 points and 4 rebounds against Napredak.
Stefan Jelovac (208-C-89) of Mega Vizura is the fifth ranked player of Round 1. He nailed 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds against Vojvodina. His team slipped with 86-74 road loss.


FMP against Crvena Zvezda today - by Dragan Jankovski
Three Serbian teams will play today in the second round of Adriatic league. There, we will have derby game between FMP and Crvena Zvezda, scheduled for 18h. At the same time, Radnicki will meet Zadar in Kragujevac.

Radnicki won in the first round against Hemofarm in Vrsac and the team has big appetites today also.

Crvena Zvezda suffered defeat in Podgorica so they are in difficult situation as game against FMP for sure will not be an easy one. FMP did not appear so far in Adriatic league. Their game 1 against Partizan is postponed.


Uros Nikolic grabs MVP award in Slovenia, Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian player Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) grabbed MVP award in Round 1 of Slovenian top division. Nikolic and his team Krka Novo Mesto outplayed Elektra Esotech at home 67-59. The Serbian player paced his team to victory with 24 points and 16 rebounds. He spent 35 minutes on the floor reaching the overall value 39. Second MVP of Round 1 in Slovenia is Miha Markic (200-F-88) of Luka Koper with 24.
Round 2 of Slovenian top division is scheduled for next-week end. Helios is currently on top with 2-0 (appeared twice).


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Elektra inks Feeley, Apollon testing Miletic - by Zeljko Zule
Elektra Esotech filled their roster with American Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, college: UMBC) ex Toyota Tusho Fighting Eagles.
Dragan Miletic (195-G-82, agency: High Post Agency) ex UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights
has just started a tryout period with the Cypriot team Pizza Express Primetel Apollon.
Nemanja Jelesijevic (208-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) has left Energa Czarni Slupsk and is negotiating with Hopsi Polzela.
Cerknica (B1) signed Gregor Jakhel (206-F/C-88) ex Kraski zidar Jadran Jan Mozina (194-F-87) ex Kos Posojilnica Bank Celovec/Klagenfurt.
Postojna (B1) added Miha Juvan (204-C-89) ex Helios.
Jance (B1) inked Matic Sirnik (199-F-91, agency: World Sport Agency) ex Union Olimpija.
Litija (B1) signed their former member Dragan Pusic (193-G-84) ex Parklji and Jaka Zagorc (190-G-92) ex Zagorje.



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ACB Injury Report - by Natxo Mendaza
The first week of the ACB regular season is over, and the second one is just a few days ahead -it will be played on Wednesday and Thursday-. Unfortunately, some important players won't be able to participate, as injuries and diseases will prevent some teams from counting on all their players. Probably, the worst situation is being experienced by Estudiantes, whose roster has been seriously attacked by the swine flu. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side), Yannick Driesen (215-C-88), German Gabriel (207-C-80), Petar Popovic (211-C-79), Javier Beiran (200-F-87) and Daniel Clark (210-C-88) have been affected so far, putting the next game against Gran Canaria 2014 in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Suzuki Manresa announced that Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) will miss 4 weeks because of an injury on his right wrist. In Bilbao, Chris Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) is expected to be sidelined for at least 2 weeks because of an sprained ankle. Injury took place only 2 minutes after the tipoff in the ACB opener against C.B. Granada. And last, but not least, Unicaja could lose Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville) for the upcoming game against Suzuki Manresa because of torn fibres in his right thigh. It's still uncertain how much it will take to recover.

Estu Fail In Bid To Postpone Game - by Paul Nilsen
MMT Estudiantes have failed in their bid to get their midweek home game against Gran Canaria 2014 postponded. The Madird club have been badly hit in recent weeks by a bout of swine flu with several players suffering from high fevers including the likes of Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) and Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) who did not play in Round one while another four players have symptoms including Daniel Clark (210-C-88), German Gabriel (207-C-80), Petar Popovic (211-C-79) and Javier Beiran (200-F-87). In spite of this, the ACB have refused to move the clash and Estui have accepted the decision of the league meaning the match will go ahead as scheduled. Both sides head into the game looking for a first vicgtory after opening round defeats against Valencia and Badalona respectively.

ACB: Stats leaders of the opening round - by Eurobasket News
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Fuenlabrada is MVP of Round 1 in Spanish top division. Fuenla shocked Unicaja in Malaga 74-71, while Batista paced his team to victory with 20 points and 15 rebounds. He reached MVP index 31.
Gran Canaria failed at home against DKV Joventut 67-69, but Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) was unmistakable in his team scoring 16 points. He made 6/6 for FG2 and 4/4 from the line, and also grabbed 6 rebounds (MVP index 30).
Third MVP of Round 1 is Stanko Barac (217-C-86) of Caja Laboral. The team from Vitoria smashed Murcia on the road 88-66. Barac led the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds, reaching MVP index 29.
Top scorer of Round 1 is Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) with 24 points. Jaycee Carroll had 23 and Fernando San Emeterio added one point less.
The best rebounder is above mentioned Esteban Batista with 15. Mindaugas Katelynas of Alicante is second with 12 boards.
The most assists in Round 1 dished Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) - 7. Four players followed him with 6 assists each.




MVP
1 Esteban Batista (FUE) 31,0
2 Sitapha Savane (GCA) 30,0
3 Stanko Barac (CLA) 29,0
4 Llull, Sergio (RMA) 26,0
5 Martnez, Rafa (VBC) 25,0

Points
1 Clay Tucker (DKV) 24,0
2 Carroll, Jaycee (GCA) 23,0
3 San Emeterio, F. (CLA) 22,0
4 Fitch, Gerald (FUE) 22,0
5 Ahearn, Blake (EST) 22,0

Rebounds
1 Esteban Batista (FUE) 15,00
2 Katelynas, Mindaugas (ALI) 12,00
3 Caner-Medley, Nik (EST) 11,00
4 Battle, Robert (BRV) 9,00
5 Moss, Chris (MUR) 9,00

Assists
1 Kristaps Valters (DKV) 7,00
2 Llull, Sergio (RMA) 66,00
3 Prigioni, Pablo (RMA) 6,00
4 Cook, Omar (UNI) 6,00
5 Mumbru, Alex (BBB) 6,00



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TEKNOSA Turkish Cup first round completed. - by Baha Kurtulus
After games played by 16 teams in four groups, first two teams in all groups will play eight-finals.
The results, standigs and teams are;

GROUP A : IZMIR
Efes Pilsen : 81 - Besiktas Cola Turka : 80
Oyak Renault : 68 - Kepez Bld. : 77

Kepez Bld. : 95 - Efes Pilsen : 92
Besiktas Cola Turka : 103 - Oyak Renault : 57

Oyak Renault : 51 - Efes Pilsen : 76
Besiktas Cola Turka : 91 - Kepez Bld. : 85

Standings:

1- Besiktas Cola Turka 2-1
2- Efes Pilsen 2-1

3- Kepez Bld. 2-1
4- Oyak Renault 0-3

GROUP B : BURSA
Antalya BSB. : 60 - Bornova Bld. : 63
Turk Telekom : 99 - Erdemir : 73

Erdemir : 67 - Antalya BSB. : 65
Bornova Bld. : 81 - Turk Telekom : 79

Bornova Bld. : 65 - Erdemir : 73
Turk Telekom : 82 - Antalya BSB. : 51

Standings:

1- Turk Telekom 2-1
2- Bornova Bld. 2-1

3- Erdemir 2-1
4- Antalya BSB 0-3

GROUP C : KONYA
Galatasaray Cafe Crown : 70 - Pinar Karsiyaka : 68
Mersin BSB. : 72 - Tofas : 61

Tofas : 70 - Galatasaray Cafe Crown : 82
Pinar Karsiyaka : 83 - Mersin BSB. : 72

Pinar Karsiyaka : 80 - Tofas : 79
Mersin BSB. : 87 - Galatasaray Cafe Crown : 89

Standings:

1- Galatasaray Cafe Crown 3-0
2- Pinar Karsiyaka 2-1
3- Mersin BSB 1-2
4- Tofas 0-3

GROUP D : MERSIN
Banvit : 81 - Darussafaka Cooper Tires : 67
Fenerbahce Ulker : 100 - Aliaga Petkim : 71

Aliaga Petkim : 89 - Banvit : 104
Darussafaka Cooper Tires : 70 - Fenerbahce Ulker : 76

Aliaga Petkim : 67 - Darussafaka Cooper Tires : 87
Banvit : 76 - Fenerbahce Ulker : 86

Standings :

1- Fenerbahce Ulker 3-0
2- Banvit 2-1

3- Darussafaka 1-2
4- Aliaga Petkim 0-3


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Hunter to Zaporizhia - by Alexander Muzyka
Ferro-ZNTU added Vincent Hunter (208-F-84) from Nymburk to its roster. American forward of Arkansas St. could have an European experince while he was playing in Forssan Koripojat and Zlatorog Lasko. This season Nymburk inked him but refused just before the season has started. Hunter can have his Ukrainian debute in today's Superleague Cup game vs Hoverla. He will be the third American in Zaporizhia (with Kevin Tiggs and Charles Thomas) and the fifth foreigner in a whole (with Siarhei Charykau and Heorhi Kandrusevich).

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BBL Team of the Week #3 - by Andy Webb
As another exciting weekend of BBL Championship Action took place last weekend, this week's star performer is Irish forward Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Post),, of the Cheshire Jets. O'Reilly is new to the league this year, and after a couple of solid games, he announced that he was the 'real deal' with a massive stat line of 31 points and 10 rebounds, in the Jets win over the Plymouth Raiders. He achieved this on 10/10 shooting from the field, and 3/7 from behind the arc.

Taking the other forward spot this week is Jason Johnson, who features in the Team of the Week for the second time already, in his rookie professional season with the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. The 6'8'' American got his now customary double-double with numbers of 23 points and 11 rebounds, on 10/14 field goal shooting, in 27:18 minutes of action against the Essex Pirates on Saturday evening. He is joined by team mate Shaun Durant at Centre, as the former Worcester Wolves big man continues his run of form, almost getting a double-double of points and rebounds with 9 points and 10 rebounds, as well as netting five of his eight free throw attempts.

The guard spots this week both go to high scorers, as Jessie Sapp and Rob Yanders did the Glasgow Rocks proud. In the Rocks game against the Wolves, Sapp bagged 27 points, on 4/6 three point shooting and 11/13 free throw shooting, as well as 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Yanders was similarly impressive, with 25 points off 7/8 shooting from the line, to complete this week's star line up.



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Galindo scores 41 to beat Bigua, the last champions - by Hector Lopez
Alex Galindo (198-F-85, college: Florida Intern.) scored 41 points grabbed 19 rebounds and get a ranking of 61 when Cader, playingon the road, beat Bigua, the last Uruguayan League champions, 100-96. Also for Cader Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) netted 7 and made 3 assists and Jermaine Griffin (206-C-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Arlington) scoerd 13 points and took 11 rebounds. For Bigua Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) scored 34 points, Dwight Burke 13 and 8 rebounds, Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85, college: Florida Atlantic) netted 26.
Other results were:
Aguada 95 - Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) 29 points and 4 rebounds, Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) 4 points and 6 rebounds
Bohemios 85 - Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, college: St.Louis) 36 points 7 rebounds 4 assists, Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) 11 points 10 rebounds
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Sayago 90 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 32 points 2 rebounds, Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 10 points 7 rebounds
Trouville 77 - Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 26 points 10 rebounds, Jason Klotz (207-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas) 17 points 4 rebounds
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Defensor Sporting 66 - Dillon Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) 18 points 14 rebounds, Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) 17 points 7 rebounds
Ferro Carril 57 - Jermaine Dailey (201-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) 16 points 7 rebounds, Luke McKenna (201-F-82, college: Indiana Tech) 10 points 11 rebounds 2 assists, Tyler Hughes (211-F-84, college: Kansas St.) 8 points 9 rebounds.




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Women News

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Stats Leaders
IWBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.C.Thomas (Gos) 33,0
2.K.Baltic (AJM) 21,0
3.T.Oblak (KrG) 20,0
4.K.Ilijev (AJM) 19,0
J.Ivezic (Gos) 19,0
6.T.Kapor (MKr) 18,0
7.N.Baric (Mer) 17,0
A.Vasovic (MKr) 17,0
A.Misura (Sib) 17,0
10.T.Ruzic (Jed) 15,0
Rebounds Per Game
1.N.Hughes (Mer) 12,0
2.J.Bura (Sib) 10,0
N.Terglav (KrG) 10,0
4.E.Demirovic (Rag) 9,0
M.Mazic (Med) 9,0
6.S.Ostojic (Voj) 8,0
L.Augustine (Gos) 8,0
N.Popovic (Sib) 8,0
K.Benic (Rag) 8,0
A.Anic (Rag) 8,0
N.Popovic (Sib) 8,0
Assists Per Game
1.A.Jelavic (Gos) 8,0
2.A.Anic (Rag) 6,0
3.M.Tavic (Mer) 5,0
N.Baric (Mer) 5,0
J.Ivezic (Gos) 5,0
6.I.Cuncic (Med) 4,0
B.Hadzovic (Jed) 4,0
L.Latinovic (MKr) 4,0
9.N.Krnjetin (Voj) 3,0
S.Jurse (KrG) 3,0
Steals Per Game
1.N.Hughes (Mer) 5,0
A.Misura (Sib) 5,0
3.T.Trebec (KrG) 4,0
4.M.Bozikov (Sib) 3,0
P.Peric (Med) 3,0
I.Cuncic (Med) 3,0
A.Stupar (Voj) 3,0
S.Ostojic (Voj) 3,0
N.Krnjetin (Voj) 3,0
J.Ivezic (Gos) 3,0
Blocks Per Game
1.N.Terglav (KrG) 3,0
2.K.Benic (Rag) 2,0
Je.Karakasevic (Voj) 2,0
4.S.Graham (Jed) 1,0
K.Baltic (AJM) 1,0
A.Turcinovic (Mer) 1,0
N.Hughes (Mer) 1,0
K.Richards (Mer) 1,0
A.Stupar (Voj)1,0
A.Vrsaljko (Gos) 1,0


Home teams win first games - by Zeljko Zule
All home teams won in the Round 1 of WABA Zavarovalnica Triglav League.
PGM Ragusa-Medvescak 64-53 (Kustro 12, Benic12, Grbas 10, Dubelj 2, Anic 10, Demirovic 11, Bozikov 7 - Meznaric 4, Cuncic 14, Mazic 16, Begic 1, Kraljev 3, Rados 4, Badanjak 10): Niksa Benic enjoyed a winning start as Ragusa coach vith victory over Medvescak.
Jolly JBS Sibenik-Kranjska Gora 68-57 (Lokas 8, Aleksic 8, Misura 17, Semeren 4, Bura 15, Ivanovic 10, Popovic 6 - Jurse 3, Oblak 20, Nelc 2, Gacner 11, Tratsiak-Terglav 7, Osterman 2, Trebec 12): With the scored tied at 53, Sibenik scored 13 straight points.
Gospic CO-Mladi Krajisnik 87-59 (Ivezic 19, Jurcevic 2, Jelavic 11, A.Vrsaljko 13, Salopek 4, Avgustin 5, Thomas 33 - Deura 9, Mikic 5, Kapor 15, Zakula 6, Vasovic 17, Rados 4): Gospic led by as many as 20 points at the half and Carla Thomas finished with 33 points.
Jedinstvo-AJM Maribor 82-67
(Knezevic 14, Bigovic 13, Burdzovic, Garcevic 3, Graha 14, Hadzovic 14, Jankovic 7, Ruzic 15 - Kukovec 8, Prsa 2, Kure 6, Ilijev 19, Furman 13, Baltic 21): Jedinstvo had their largest lead of the game at 54-18 in the second quarter, but Maribor won the third period by 25-5 and cut the deficit to 59-65.
Merkur Celje-Vojvodina 58-46 (Tavic 12, Kerin 7, Baric 17, Verbole 2, Jagodic 2, Hughes 14, Richards 4 - Cabarkapa 8, Ostojic 9, Je.Karakasevic 10, Dusanic 3, Krnjetin 10, Stupar 4, Jo.Karakasevic 2).


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Kristi Harrower named 'Round 2 Player of the Week' - by Eurobasket News
Opals point guard Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) has been named the WNBL Player of the Week after two outstanding performances on the road in Round 2 of the competition.

Harrower led the Bendigo Spirit to one win and one loss on a two-game road trip, nearly single-handedly reigning in the Adelaide Lightning on Friday before top-scoring against the Go for 2 and 5 Perth Lynx on Sunday.

In the 76-62 loss to the Lightning Harrower led all scorers with 28 points including 3-of-6 from 3-point range and dominated all areas of the court with an equal team-best eight rebounds to go with four assists and two steals.

The 163cm guard said despite the loss Bendigo is on the way up.

We thought that we lost the game against Adelaide in a five or six minute spurt in the second quarter and then we had to play catch up basketball for the rest of the game so it made it difficult. Against a quality team like Adelaide you cant have those little lapses because they play too well to be able to get it back, Harrower said.

I think our team needs to take some positives away from the loss which is that weve only had two sessions together as a team. Moving forward I think theres a lot of positives to come for the Spirit.

Just over 24 hours later the 163cm on-court general posted 27 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 85-58 victory over Perth.

Fresh from signing a two-year deal with the Spirit, where she will also fill a role as General Manager of the club, Harrower said the all-round contribution against Perth is a goal for Bendigo.

We came out of the blocks really fast against Perth, we started really well as a team and everyone was involved straight away. We werent relying on one or two people to score for us, she said.

Everyone was doing what they had to do and it started with our defence; we played great defence in the first quarter, forced them into turnovers and we got the chance to get out and run.

Everyone contributed in the game, we had four people in double figures and thats what we need to have every week. Theres a lot of work to be done but were quite happy sitting with 2 wins and 1 loss at the moment.

Coming off a season with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA, Harrower is re-adjusting to Australias elite female competition.

Ive been a little bit tired after the WNBA season but I feel okay when Im out there on the floor. I feel like I need to get fitter to be able to sustain the fitness and play forty minutes.

There are times when Ill get tired maybe in the second quarter; for me its just a matter of getting back in shape after being in America.

Harrower and the Spirit take the floor again on Friday night when they host the Logan Thunder at Bendigo Stadium.

Opal centres Suzy Batkovic-Brown and Liz Cambage also led their teams to victory in Round 2.

Cambage top-scored with 31 points and grabbed a game high 10 rebounds to steer Bulleen over her former club, the Australian Institute of Sport, 110-40 on Saturday.

Batkovic-Brown also bagged a double-double to post game high numbers for the Sydney Uni Flames with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 73-65 win over the Dandenong Rangers.




Other noteworthy performances from Round 2 included:

Adelaide Lightning: Sam Woosnam led the Lightning with 18 points, 11 boards, and 3 assists, captain Jessica Foley added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Cayla Francis posted 13 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Angela Marino matched Woosnams tally with 18 points, adding 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

AIS: Alice Kunek led the AIS with 8 points and 4 assists against Bulleen.

Bendigo Spirit: Lauren King supported Harrower with 16 points and 3 rebounds against Adelaide and recovered to add 17 points and 4 rebounds against the Lynx.

Bulleen Boomers: Liz Cambage stood tall for Bulleen with a game high 31 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Hanna Zavecz backed up from a 19-point performance in Round 1 to scored 15 points including 6-of-7 from the field, and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. AIS graduate Rachel Jarry bagged 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Canberra Capitals: Jess Bibby led the Caps in a tough road double. She led all scorers with 23 points and 3 rebounds against Logan on Friday night, then posted 16 points and 2 rebounds against Townsville on Saturday. Tracey Beatty put in some great defensive work against the Thunder with 9 rebounds and 3 blocks before bagging 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists against Townsville.

Dandenong Rangers: AIS graduate Stephanie Cumming led the Rangers with 16 points, adding 3 boards and 3 assists. Veteran Caitlin Ryan added 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Logan Thunder: Captain Kristen Veal steered Logan on court with 11 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks.

Perth Lynx: Ashley Gilmore bagged her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, with 4 assists. 176cm guard Kate Malpass stepped up in with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Sydney Uni Flames: Opal Suzy Batkovic-Brown once again led the Flames with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals. Eva Afeaki tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Off-season recruit Deanne Butler went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to score 11 points, and also grabbed 4 rebounds to go with 4 assists and 2 steals.

Townsville Fire: Amy Lewis and Aneka Davis led Townsvilles fightback over Canberra. Lewis posted 8 points in the final four minutes to score a team high 15 points with 4 assists. Davis notched up 14 points with an equal game high 11 rebounds and 4 assists.




WNBL Player of the Week 2009/10
Round 1: Elyse Penaluna (Bulleen Boomers)

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)



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Shedule for the season 2009/10 - by Aleksandra Music
Banja Luka,13.Oct
The new season 2009/10 will start on 17-th.Oct.

First Round Shedule:

Biss-Tours Celik Zenica-Borac-Mladost Banja Luka


Sloboda Novi Grad-Igman
KK Tomislav Tomislavgrad-ZKK Livno
KK Brcko Distrikt-Brotnjo 94 Citluk
Zeljeznicar Sarajevo-Neimarstvo Trebinje


Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla -FGO Banovici

The winner of the championship for season 2008/9 was Zeljeznicar Sarajevo and cup took Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka.For this season we will expected a lot of interestesting games,becouse few teams brought new players.



Jedinstvo overcomes Celik in pre-season duel - by Eurobasket News
Jedinstvo Tuzla - Celik Zenica 76-61

Jedinstvo hosted Celik in a friendly duel and came away with a victory in a very interesting match-up. It did not start well for the hosts, as Celik went on a 6-0 run to open the game. Jedinstvo spent the rest of the quarter trying to catch up with their opponent, but after initial 10 minutes they still trailed 16-21. In the second quarter, Jedinstvo finally started to impose their game. They melted away the lead by the mid-point of the second, and than went on the run which gave them 38-31 lead at the halftime. Third quarter was spent in teams trading baskets, but Jedinstvo did not allow their opponent to endanger their lead. They were shooting great from behind the arc during this quarter, which enabled them to keep their lead. With 10 minutes left to play, Jedinstvo held 61-50 and were looking good. In the final quarter, Celik tried to mount a comeback, but they simply did not have enough energy. Jedinstvo continued with good shooting for three, and in the end they celebrated 76-61 win.
Perisa led the way for hosts with 20 points. Azra Ferhatovic (175-F/C-83) added 13, while Mirela Besic (176-F-84) and Martina Zubak (191-C-83) also reached double digits, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively. On the other hand, Amra Mehmedic (175-G-81, agency: LBM Management) had a great night, pouring in 24 points. She was followed by Svjetlana Papcevic (186-C-79) with 14, while Semerdi added 10 points.

Jedinstvo: Perisa 20, Azra Ferhatovic 13, Mirela Besic 11, Martina Zubak 10
Celik: Amra Mehmedic 24, Svjetlana Papcevic 14, Semerdi 10


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Targoviste beats Dunav Econt in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
MCM Targoviste - Dunav Econt 75-65

Romanian outfit MCM Targoviste hosted Bulgarian team Dunav Econt for a friendly match. Romanian squad celebrated 75-65 win in a game which they dominated from start to end. It was close match-up in first half, as both teams played fairly close. In the finish of first period, Tragoviste players managed to build 3-point lead. In the second quarter, they protected it not allowing Dunav players to impose their game. At the halftime, the score stood at 32-29. Than in the third quarter, Targoviste players went on the decisive 8-0 run which turned out to be something Dunav players could not come back from. With 10 minutes left in the game, Targoviste was comfortably up 57-46, which they further extended in the final quarter. All Dunav players managed to do until the final buzzer was to cut the deficit to 10 points. In the end, the final score was 75-65.
Katia Levitsky (188-F-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Emma Randall (188-C-85) led the way for Targoviste with 17 points apiece. Romanian International Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) added 12 points for the winners. On the other hand, Alen was the best scorer for Dunav with 14. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) and Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) followed close behind with 13 points each.

MCM Targoviste: Katia Levitsky 17, Emma Randall 17, Gabriela Toma 12
Dunav Econt : Alen 14, Natalia Anufryienka 13, Elena Yolovska 13


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Ivona Bogoje close to replace injured Vrsaljko in Gospic - by Eurobasket News
According to reports from various Croatian media, it seems that Gospic is close to finding a replacement for its injured center. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89), one of the most promising young centers, has recently suffered knee injury during a friendly match. After a collision with opposing player, Vrsaljko suffered torn ACL and she will have to undergo surgery. She is expected to miss 5-6 months which has forced Gospic to search for replacement center. It seems that they are close to finding it in form of 33-year old Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76). Experienced center did not play anywhere last season, but has great experience from various European leagues. Reportedly, she will spend next several days on trial and will try to secure a deal. It remains to be seen if this deal will materialize.
Bogoje started her career with Cibona. In 2004 she moved to Jolly where she played for two years. During this time she has won Adriatic League in 2006. She also has European experience after she played for the likes of Maddaloni Basket in Italy and Arranz-Jopisa Burgos in Spain. Season 2008-2009, Bogoje spent in France playing for Challes-les-Eaux Basket. She appeared in 15 league games and posted averages of 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. She also played in 8 EuroCup games where she averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 rebound per game.


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NB 1/A - 3rd round - by Patonay Adam
Pecs, Sopron, Gyor and Szeged are still on easy jobs while ZTE and BSE caught very important victory on road. Most probably the 2nd line - BSE, ZTE, Szolnok, Vasas, Szekszard - will fight for the play-off places and the two old rivalist BSE and ZTE also could win on road. Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) was unstopable for Vasas while the routine helped BSE in Szolnok.

Atomeromu Szekszard - MKB Euroleasing Sopron 66:104
Szekszard: Tamas 10/3, Ievtushenko 18/3, Blint 11/3
Sopron: Honti 12/9, Milovanovic 27/12, Horti 16, Krivacevic 21/6

Cegledi EKK - Mizo Pecs 2010 45:92
Cegled: Licina 10
Pecs: Vajda 18, Krnjic 14, Ivanyi 12, Bujdoso 12/3, Horvath L. 12

Vasas Csata - ZTE NKK 54:72
Vasas: Szondy 16/3, Czank 15/3
ZTE: Czukor 10/3, Bukovszki 14/3, Irina Crasnoscioc 21/3

BEAC Ujbuda - Szeviep Szeged 50:87
BEAC: Katona 11
Szeged: Ciglar 22/3, Laczi 14/9, Zherzherunova 16/3, Sipaviciute 23

Bajai NKK - Seat Lami Ved Gyor 52:103
Baja: Kuhn 15/12, Szepsi 14
Gyor: Vida 12/6, Furesz 14, Englert 13/3, Djelmis 15/12, Horvath Zs. 12/3, Kovacs K. 14/3

Szolnoki NKK - BSE 55:63
Szolnok: Farkasinszki 15/3, Rubold 19/15
BSE: Kocsis 14/6, Varda 15/3, Szlimak 10/6


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Champions vs. Cup winner - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Yearly game between last years Champions & Cup winner last sunday was not a exciting or close one.
KR last years Cup winner had the control in the game from beginning where most of the players on KR roster have played on some National teams of Iceland.
Haukar last years Champions were missing two of their main inside players did not have enough good players to compeat.
Result KR 78 Haukar 45.
Scorers for KR. Jenny Pfeiffer-Finora 15. Signy Hermansdottir & Hildur Sigurdardottir 11. Helga Einarsdottir (184-F-88) & Gudrun Groa Thorsteinsdottir 9. Thorbjorg Fridriksdottir 8 .Margret Kara Sturludottir 7 Unnur Tara Jonsdottir 6. Heidrun Jonsdottir 2.
For Haukar Heather Ezell 24. Gudrun Amundadottir 6. Margret Halfdanardottir 4. Kristin Reynisdottir 4. Sara Palmadottir 2. H. Hauksdottir 2


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The coaches for Italian youth National Teams - by Carlo Grilli
The Italian Basketball Federation choosed the technical helms for NT youth selections: the Under 20 will be coached by Nino Molino and Lorenzo Serventi (both confirmed), the Under 18 by Giovanni Lucchesi and Umberto Alliori, the Under 16 by Guido Cantamesse and Marina Pirani, the Under 15 by Renato Nani.
The Under 15 squad will give players for newborn College Italia, actually playing in third Italian series (B1).



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Four teams stay unbeaten after Round 2 - by Eurobasket News
The second round of action was held at the weekend in the Diekirch League. Four teams remained undefeated on top of the ladder.
The defending champions T71 Dudelange took care of Racing 80:62 at home court. Jordan Wilson (186-F/C-83, college: Wisconsin) exploded with 28 points to pace the way for the hosts. Alexandra Kugener contributed 20 points in the victory. Chandrea Jones responded with 33 points for Racing.
Residence overcame former champions Basket Esch 86:74 at home court. Amber Guffey (173-G-86, college: Murray St.) finished with 28 points for the winners. Michele Orban netted 20 points for Residence. Brandi Davis replied with 36 points for Basket Esch.
Musel Pikes also improved at 2-0 record with a 72:61 win over Etzella. Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) delivered 19 points, while Christine Fisher had 16 in the victory. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) top-scored with 25 points for Etzella.
Contern cruised past Grengewald 89:58. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) fired 32 points in the win. Jill Martin (185-F/C-85, college: Drake) had 26 points for Grengewald as they slipped at 0-2.



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MAD 09 Afrobasket for Women - Amachree dumps Nigeria team in Madagascar - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria forward Mactabene Amachree has dumped the Nigeria Women National Team, dTigress taking part in the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The Nigerian forward was said to have demanded to be excluded from the team after just two days into the championship over a disagreement with the team Head Coach, Ayo Bakare.

Amachree who play professional basketball with MERSIN BSH BLD basketball team in the Turkish league has since returned to Nigeria leaving the Nigeria team with only eleven players.

Effort to get to the root of the face-off between the coach and the players from the Nigeria officials hit brick wall as no official of the Nigeria team is prepared to offer explanation as to why the player left the camp.

Our investigation revealed that the player has had a lot of face-off with the coach before the team depart Nigeria for the championship which almost forces the coach to drop her from the team but had a change of mind whether the player will change her attitude.

It was reported that the problem started when the player asked to be left out of a warm-up game against a selected side in Lagos which was turned down by the coach who is of the view that every member of the team is important to the cause of the nation.

Amachree who has been a member of the Nigeria national team for almost a decade will surely be missed by the Nigerian team currently campaigning for honours in Madagascar.

Though the team have gone to win her game against Tunisia without her services but basketball pundit in Madagascar are of the opinion that the Nigeria team will miss Amachree but an official of the Nigerian team who spoke on condition of anonymity says her departure from the team is a good sign.

According to the official, Amachree attitude which he refer as unprofessional is capable of dividing the team.

Mactabene Amachree (186-F-78, college: Abil.Christian)


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GLVC Expands; William Jewell Becomes 16th Member - by Eurobasket News
INDIANAPOLIS-The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced recently that William Jewell College has been admitted to the Conference bringing the league's membership to 16 institutions. The addition of William Jewell was unanimously approved by the GLVC Council of Presidents at the October 6 meeting.

'The GLVC Council of Presidents unanimously endorsed the recommendation from the league's faculty athletic representatives to accept William Jewell College as our 16th member,' said Dr. Thomas George, University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor and Chair of the GLVC Council of Presidents. 'We are pleased to welcome such an outstanding academic institution to the GLVC and believe their membership will further strengthen what is already a very competitive Conference.'

William Jewell will officially become a GLVC member upon receipt of initiation fees entitling the institution to voting privileges at the GLVC Winter Meeting on Jan. 15, 2010.

The College will begin regular season competition and will be eligible for select GLVC championships during the 2011-12 academic year. William Jewell will be eligible for postseason competition in the majority of GLVC sports in 2012-13.

The delay in postseason eligibility coincides with the institution's eligibility for NCAA Division II championships as William Jewell is completing reclassification to Division II. William Jewell is currently affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and is in its first candidacy year in Division II.

'The Great Lakes Valley Conference is pleased to welcome William Jewell College as the league's 16th member,' said Jim Naumovich, GLVC Commissioner. 'WJC boasts an outstanding academic reputation and a solid athletic program and we feel they will be an outstanding addition to the GLVC and NCAA Division II.'

William Jewell is located in Liberty, Mo., and along with Rockhurst University, will be one of two GLVC institutions in the Kansas City area. The liberal arts college, with an enrollment of 1,100 students, was established in 1849 and is located within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.

The College sponsors 18 sports, including all seven of the 'core' sports (men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball) currently sponsored by the GLVC. The Cardinals also sponsor men's and women's track and field, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's golf.

William Jewell was a charter member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and has been competing in the NAIA conference since 1971. The Cardinals have captured 96 conference titles in the HAAC and were the first NAIA program to claim 500 football victories.

'Their geographic proximity to Rockhurst University will now allow us to move forward with divisional scheduling in soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball, and baseball beginning in 2011-12,' added Naumovich.

The GLVC was established in 1978 and is one of the largest NCAA Division II conferences in the country. With the addition of William Jewell, the GLVC will include 16 institutions from five Midwestern states. The current members of the GLVC are: Bellarmine University (Louisville, Ky.), Drury University (Springfield, Mo.), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.), Maryville University (St. Louis, Mo.), Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla, Mo.), Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, Ky.), Quincy University (Quincy, Ill.), Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Mo.), Saint Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Ind.), University of Illinois at Springfield (Springfield, Mo.), University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.), University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, Mo.), University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, Ind.) and University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, Wis.).

The GLVC last expanded in 2008 with the addition of Maryville and Illinois-Springfield. The addition of William Jewell will mark the first time in its history the GLVC has had 16 members.

The GLVC currently sponsors championships in 17 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field and volleyball.

(Source Great Lakes Valley Conference)


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  NIGERIA - Women  


MAD 09 Afrobasket for Women - Amachree dumps Nigeria team in Madagascar - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria forward Mactabene Amachree has dumped the Nigeria Women National Team, dTigress taking part in the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The Nigerian forward was said to have demanded to be excluded from the team after just two days into the championship over a disagreement with the team Head Coach, Ayo Bakare.

Amachree who play professional basketball with MERSIN BSH BLD basketball team in the Turkish league has since returned to Nigeria leaving the Nigeria team with only eleven players.

Effort to get to the root of the face-off between the coach and the players from the Nigeria officials hit brick wall as no official of the Nigeria team is prepared to offer explanation as to why the player left the camp.

Our investigation revealed that the player has had a lot of face-off with the coach before the team depart Nigeria for the championship which almost forces the coach to drop her from the team but had a change of mind whether the player will change her attitude.

It was reported that the problem started when the player asked to be left out of a warm-up game against a selected side in Lagos which was turned down by the coach who is of the view that every member of the team is important to the cause of the nation.

Amachree who has been a member of the Nigeria national team for almost a decade will surely be missed by the Nigerian team currently campaigning for honours in Madagascar.

Though the team have gone to win her game against Tunisia without her services but basketball pundit in Madagascar are of the opinion that the Nigeria team will miss Amachree but an official of the Nigerian team who spoke on condition of anonymity says her departure from the team is a good sign.

According to the official, Amachree attitude which he refer as unprofessional is capable of dividing the team.

Mactabene Amachree (186-F-78, college: Abil.Christian)


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  NORWAY - Women  


Ullern open title defense with back-to-back victories - by Eurobasket News
The Kvinneligaen reigning champions Ullern posted consecutive victories at the start of the new season. They opened the championship with a 72:50 road success against Gimle. Ullern dominated from the starting moments. They earned a 9-point lead at halftime and continued to march to the win in the second half. Gimle stood not a single chance in this one and had to surrender at the end. Kristi Strom Lie dropped 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Kristina Tonheim added 14 points and 7 steals for the winners. Jill Glessner (178-G-85, college: Loyola, MD) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Gimle.
Next Ullern faced Ulriken away from home. And once again Ullern grabbed a comfortable 62:54 victory. Ulriken enjoyed a narrow 13:12 lead at the first break. But Ullern managed to draw things level at halftime. Things changed for worse for the hosts in the third period. They accounted for just 9 points and entered the final stanza down by 9 points. Ullern never loosened the grip and posted the second straight win. Ingrid Engebretsen (178-F-82) finished with 18 points and 6 boards for Ullern. Kristi Strom Lie added 13 points. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) knocked down 15 points for Ulriken.
Asker/Baerums Verk prevailed against Nordstrand 81:46. Nanna Sand (77, college: Arizona St.) and Marianne Sandsdalen had 14 points each in the win. Ellen Aas dropped 13 points in the losing effort.



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Targoviste beats Dunav Econt in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
MCM Targoviste - Dunav Econt 75-65

Romanian outfit MCM Targoviste hosted Bulgarian team Dunav Econt for a friendly match. Romanian squad celebrated 75-65 win in a game which they dominated from start to end. It was close match-up in first half, as both teams played fairly close. In the finish of first period, Tragoviste players managed to build 3-point lead. In the second quarter, they protected it not allowing Dunav players to impose their game. At the halftime, the score stood at 32-29. Than in the third quarter, Targoviste players went on the decisive 8-0 run which turned out to be something Dunav players could not come back from. With 10 minutes left in the game, Targoviste was comfortably up 57-46, which they further extended in the final quarter. All Dunav players managed to do until the final buzzer was to cut the deficit to 10 points. In the end, the final score was 75-65.
Katia Levitsky (188-F-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Emma Randall (188-C-85) led the way for Targoviste with 17 points apiece. Romanian International Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) added 12 points for the winners. On the other hand, Alen was the best scorer for Dunav with 14. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) and Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) followed close behind with 13 points each.

MCM Targoviste: Katia Levitsky 17, Emma Randall 17, Gabriela Toma 12
Dunav Econt : Alen 14, Natalia Anufryienka 13, Elena Yolovska 13


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


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


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Dobri Anjeli and Chamique Holdsclaw part ways - by Eurobasket News
Just few days after they agreed one-year deal, Dobri Anjeli Kosice and Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) parted ways. The team participated at the Tournament in Turkey, where Holdsclaw felt pain in her knee. According to teams statement, her knee is still not 100% healthy so Dobri Anjeli exercised an option to terminate contact with the player (www.basket.sk). Holdsclaw already returned back to USA on Saturday.
The 32-year old Chamique Holdsclaw finished WNBA 2009 season with the Atlanta Dream recently. She appeared 25 times averaging 12.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Last season she played for Polish Wisla Krakow collecting 17.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 5 Euroleague games. In domestic championship she had 13.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 11 appearances. In the past Holdsclaw changed many teams. She played for Lotos Gdynia, Samara and Ros Casares. In WNBA, she was a member of Los Angeles Sparks, Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream. Chamique Holdsclaw was invited to WNBA All-Star Game -99, 00, 01 (DNP-injured), -02 (DNP-injury), 03, 05. In 2000 she won the Gold at Olympic Games in Athens with Team USA. In 1998 USA was the World Champion and Holdsclaw was a member of this squad also.
Dobri Anjeli Kosice is placed to Group C in Euroleague regular season. There in the same pool is another Slovakian team, MBK Ruzomberok. These two squads once again have the strongest teams in domestic championship and they will for sure once again fight for the title in Playoff Finals.

Dobri Anjeli started the season in style. The team curently has perfect 5-0 in domestic championship.


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNA: Fribourg and Nyon celebrate in Round 2 - by Eurobasket News
BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket and Sdent Nyon Basket registered victories in Round 2 of Swiss top division.
Fribourg outsmarted BBC Troistorrents at home 74-69 in its first appearance this season. Janese Banks (178-G-86, college: Wisconsin) was totally the best player in this victory draining 31 points. Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) also had very important role netting 21. All other Fribourg players were below 8. On the other side, BBC got 23 points from Carrie Biemer (183-F-87, college: Pennsylvania). They dropped to 0-2.
In Game 2, Nyon cruised past Canti Riva Basket in style 104-67. That was fantastic road win for Nyon, who now has 2-0 (No.1). Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) shined in her team with 23 points. Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84, college: Charlotte) had 18 and Mayombo Noemie added one point less. In Riva, Megan Skouby (193-C-86, college: Iowa) responded with 26 points. Kiva Herman (183-F-87, college: San Diego) stopped on 16.
Round 3 is scheduled for October 17.