EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/17/2009 1:00:00 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Lester McCalebb lands in Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Partizan finally found the strengthening to the backcourt. The Serbian powerhouse signed a deal with Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans). The 24-year-old guard spent the last season in Turkey. He played for Mersin averaging 17.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.4 boards and 2.7 steals per game. He was voted to participate in the Turkish League All-Star Game. Our site also named Lester McCalebb to the All-Turkish 2nd Team.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Perth Wildcats Rogers clings to hope - by Eric Annaheim


October 16, 2009
Perth Wildcats centre Paul Rogers is clinging to hope he can resume his NBL career.

Rogers came out of hospital two days ago after having an infected bursa removed from his left elbow and is still hooked up to an intravenous drip and taking antibiotics.
But it is a torn triceps muscle sustained in round two that has the 36-year-old's career hanging by a thread, with the upcoming operation to fix that set to sideline him for up to four months.
While coach Rob Beveridge is expecting the dual Olympian to retire, Rogers has not ruled out suiting up for the final five games of the regular season in order to tally the seven games needed to be eligible to play finals.
But to do that he needs to return for the club's home clash with Melbourne on January 23, leaving him little room for error.
Rogers, who has been placed on the long-term injury list, is believed to be weighing up his future and could make a decision one way or the other within the next fortnight.
In the meantime, the Cats have signed 223cm giant Sam Harris as Rogers' replacement, starting with Saturday's match against Adelaide at Challenge Stadium.
But with Kevin Lisch Perth's only import, Beveridge has the luxury of recruiting another overseas player should Harris not have the desired impact.
The 'Cats sit sixth on the table after snaring two wins from their opening four games, while Adelaide are second with two wins from three games.

Source: Foxsports News


Perth Wildcats: Sam Harris in to replace wounded Paul Rogers - by Eurobasket News
Veteran Perth Wildcats centre Paul Rogers (213-C-73, college: Gonzaga) is yet to decide where his NBL future lies after his latest injury setback, but a man even taller than him, Sam Harris (221-C-84, college: ODU), is excited at his opportunity.

Standing at 7'3, Harris will be tallest man in the NBL now that he has been brought into the Wildcats squad to replace Rogers, who is out indefinitely with an infected elbow, triceps injury and an elbow injury beneath the infection.

If Rogers overcomes the injury, it will only be in time for the last handful of games this season and Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge isnt sure if he will make it back, but that decision on his future will be totally left up to Rogers.

It has been a tough period for the veteran big man who has been in the NBA, won NBL championships, captained the 'Cats and been the NBL's most valuable player.

He missed all but two games last season due to back and knee complaints, but had a tremendous pre-season where he looked fit and raring to go for the 2009/10 campaign.

The potential of Rogers teaming up with Luke Schenscher was exciting for the Wildcats, but Rogers hurt his elbow at training before the game in Townsville a fortnight ago, re-injured that and his tricep at The Swamp, and then on returning to Perth his elbow became severely infected.

He only got out of hospital on Tuesday night and now Beveridge is giving Rogers time to decide how he feels as he starts to feel better.

'He sustained an injury to his elbow about two weeks ago and that developed into an infection. We sent him off to the doctors and they decided they had to operate on his elbow to remove his bursar. From that, he got another infection and he's only got out of hospital two days ago,' Beveridge said.

'It looks like he will be on anti-biotics for the next three or four weeks and then the doctor wants to operate on the injury to his actual tendon. The recovery period will be a minimum of eight to 10 weeks and they can't operate until they have the infection under control.

'That makes it a 12 to 16-week period of time and we are very disappointed for Paul. The main thing is we make sure he gets over that and in the meantime it provides opportunities for other people.'

Beveridge will let Rogers decide whether or not he wants to attempt another come back, but more importantly for now is helping him get back to full health.

'We told him we dont want to him push him to anything and we've done that out of respect for him. He has had a wonderful career and is a wonderful ambassador for Perth. He needs to make that decision and now that he's out of hospital he will be able to do that,' he said.

'It was very serious, that's why they kept him in hospital and why he still has an intravenous drip in his arm. He's at home now, but the nurses still come to give him anti-biotics two times a day. We arent worrying about the muscle injury, we wanted to make sure his health was sorted and the worst is behind him now.'

The Wildcats currently have just the one import, Kevin Lisch, so Beveridge did briefly flirt with the idea of bringing one in, but felt it was better to stick with the players he has and to reward Harris for coming to Perth to train with the team over the last few months.

'We did look at another import, but decided that because Sam has been with us the whole preparation that he deserved that opportunity. It's a luxury that we have that option if something happens, but we want to keep these young guys together,' he said.

'There are always people willing to come over and they want to jump at the chance. What I look at is the team chemistry and what we have here is a special group, and you have to think how will this person fit in to that and how long will it take. We are giving Sam that opportunity.

'Sam has made a huge sacrifice to come over to train with the club for the last three months. He's doing an exceptional job and we are pleased that this opportunity has come up for him, while being disappointed for Paul obviously.'

Harris was too old to be included on the Wildcats' development squad this season, so nothing was tying him to the 'Cats except his willingness to improve under Beveridge and his assistant Mark Radford.

He is delighted to have the chance to play in the NBL and to hopefully start by having an impact defensively.

'It's great. It's not the best circumstances obviously, but for me it will be a great experience. I didnt expect it and wasnt banking on it, but thought there might be some chance. Now that it has happened, it's really good,' Harris said.

'Mainly I came here because Mark and Rob had coached me before, so the development opportunity was the main thing. I feel comfortable after training with all the guys for so long now. Spending every day with them has been quite good.

'Defensively is where I can be of most advantage because of my height. I can change shots and that sort of thing around the basket, so that's the biggest thing I want to work on. The biggest advantage I've got is my height, but I can't rely on it, especially at this level.

'Everyone who grows up in Australia wants to play in the NBL, so I really wanted that chance and I'm excited to be here. I've always been the tallest guy going around, so it's not really an issue for me.'


Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


Correy Williams paces Townsville Crocs to nice 101-91 win against Gold Coast Blaze - by Eurobasket News
Townsville Crocodiles - Gold Coast Blaze 101-91

The Crocs celebrated against the Blaze improving to 3-2 record in NBL. On the other side, the team of Trevor Gleeson fell to 2-4. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) 'Homicide' was totally the best player in this victory. He spent 32 minutes on the court draining impressive 37 points and grabbing 7 boards. He had 13/18 for FG2 and 11/14 FTs. Peter Crawford (193-G-79) and Brad Williamson (197-F/G-81) followed him with 15 pts each, while Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC) netted 4 less. In GCB, Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) shined with 21 points. James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) was second scorer of the team with 15.
The hosts grabbed this victory thanks to well played first half of the game. After 10 minutes, the Crocs held 24-15 lead and it was a signal what we can expect today. The Blaze slightly improved after that, but on the other side was Corey Williams, who together with his teammates scored 30 more points until the half time. It means that the Crocs had comfortable 54-40 with two quarters to go. Visitors did not give up, but whenever they tried to mount a comeback, the Crocs were there to stop them. In the end, it is a nice and totally deserved 101-91 win for the hosts.
We will have two more games in Round 4 and both are scheduled for tomorrow.

Crocodiles: Corey Williams 37+7 boards, Peter Crawford 15, Brad Williamson 15, Stephen Hoare 11
Blaze: Ayinde Ubaka 21, James Harvey 15


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Norrkoping Dolphins cruise past Valga to open BBL Challenge Cup - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping - Valga/CKE 97:64
The only Swedish representative in the BBL got to a victorious start of their Challenge Cup campaign. They battered Estonian Valga at home court yesterday. Five players scored in double digits for the Doplhins. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) led the charge with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
The Dolphins enjoyed a 5-point lead at the first break. They raised the tempo in the second quarter and cleared off to a comfortable 15-point advantage at the interval. Things got even worse for the visitors after the main break. Valga conceded 35 points in the third period to face unassailable 39-point deficit heading into the fourth stanza. The Dolphins allowed their opponents to win the final quarter nevertheless celebrating a confident success at the end.
Joseph McNaull (208-C-72, college: Long Beach St.) knocked down 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the Dolphins. Mikael Lindquist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) added 15 points in the win. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) responded with game-high 30 points for Valga/CKE. Kristo Aab (194-F-85) delivered 14 points in the loss. The Dolphins will next face Techasas on the road. Valga will play against Juventus in Lithuania.

Norrkoping: Oladapo Ayuba 18, Joseph McNaull 16, Mikael Lindquist 15
Valga/CKE: Ando Tagamets 30, Kristo Aab 14



Baltic-League Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Elite
Valmiera - Siauliai 77-84
Siauliai improved at 2-1 record with a road win over Valmiera. Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) scored 20 points to lead the charge. Arvydas Siksnius contributed 19 points for the winners. Juris Andzejevskis had 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Valmiera as they fell at 0-3 record.


Liepaja - Ventspils 64-62
Liepaja narrowly defeated the Latvian champions Ventspils. Laimis Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) came up with 17 points to pace the winners. Oleg Kojenets added 12 points and 14 boards for the hosts. Ventspils answered with 16 points from Janis Strelnieks.

Lietuvos Rytas - Liepaja 118-59
Lietuvos Rytas smashed Liepaja in Vilnius. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) stepped up with 24 points for the hosts. Aron Baynes contributed 21 points and 7 rebounds in the winning case. Oleg Kojenets and Laimis Kisielius replied with 15 points each in the second defeat for the Latvian outfit.


Nevezis - TU/Rock 74-59
Nevezis suddenly easy handled TU/Rock at home. Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts to the first win in the Elite Division season. Paulius Beliavicius added 13 points for the winners. Vallo Allingu responded with 18 points for TU/Rock. Scott Morrison contributed 13 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Zalgiris - VEF Riga 98-86
Zalgiris experienced no problems against VEF Riga in Kaunas. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) scored 18 points for the home team. Mirza Begic had 17 points and 6 boards in the victory. Martynas Mazeika delivered 21 points for VEF Riga.

Challenge
Zemgale - Tallinna Kalev 92-95
Tallinna Kalev celebrated the first win in the season as they eked out a narrow road win over Zemgale. Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) fired 29 points to lead the charge. Jamaal Moore added 27 points and 5 steals for the Estonian team. Maris Gulbis responded with 14 points for Zemgale.

Suduva - Neptunas 81-71
Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, college: Hofstra) had 29 points and 13 boards to propel Suduva past Neptunas in the opener. Erikas Kaupaitis added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Osvaldas Kurauskas nailed 18 points for Neptunas in defeat.

Techasas - Sakalai 84-75
Techasas appeared stronger than Sakalai at home court. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) knocked down 25 points for Techasas. Darius Griskenas nailed 21 points in the winning effort. Virginijus Sirvydis notched 17 points in the loss.

Alytus Alita - Perlas 95-97
Perlas nip Alytus Alita on the road. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Zydrunas Kelys fired 17 points each to pace balanced effort from the visitors. Andrius Aleksandrovas had 16 points, 6 assists, 5 boards and 6 steals for Alytus.

Norrkoping - Valga Welg 97-64
The Dolphins criused to the opening win in the BBL Challenge Cup. They handled Valga at home court. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) fired 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Joseph McNaull netted 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the win. Ando Tagamets came up with game-high 30 points in defeat.



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Peter John Ramos to play in China - by Eurobasket News
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) signed a one-year deal with Chinese Fujian. The team is playing in the CBA and finished the previous season at 29-21 record worth the sixth position in the standings. The 24-year-old Puerto Rican centre is expected to join the team in the upcoming days. Peter John Ramos started the previous season with Fuenlabrada in Spain. There he tallied 5.9 points and 4.0 boards per appearance. Later Ramos moved to Quebradillas in Puerto Rico. His stats grew at 16.3 points, 10.7 boards and 1.4 blocks per game. Peter John Ramos also played for Puerto Rican National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship. He notched 10.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.1 blocks per game in San Juan.


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Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 15-9 
 2. Arrieros 14-10 
 3. Piratas 13-11 
 4. Cucuta Norte 13-11 
 5. Islanders 10-14 
 6. Cangrejeros 10-14 
 7. Alcaldia 9-15 


Changes for the playoffs - by Victor Garcia
Cangrejeros Changes:
Cangrejeros will include american forward Ismail Muhammad to face the most dificult playoff against Bucaros Freskaleche, Cangrejeros also release american coach James Oilar and get Colombian coach Toms DIaz, Cangrejeros is facing financial problems for theplayoffs.

Islanders Sopesa Changes:
Islanders add Colombian- Venezuelans Richard Mejias and Amber Marin,to strenght its roster and face Arrieros with more options.

Piratas add player:
Piratas Saludcoop adds Colombian - Venezuelan Jackson Zapata trying to make deep ist bench for the playoff against Cucuta - Norte.


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  EBA   


Connecticut Stallions - Newest EBA Entry - by EBA Media
The Eastern Basketball Alliance announced today (Friday, October 16, 2009) that the Connecticut Stallions have been added as an expansion team and will begin play in the upcoming 2009/2010 season.

EBA President, Dick Anzolut, said, 'Were very pleased to welcome Derek Vincents team to the EBA line-up. We know them to have a strong organization which will represent themselves well and bring very competitive basketball to the Stamford, Connecticut area.'

The Stallions home games will be played at Stamford High School with their first home game scheduled for January 16th.



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  EGYPT   


Itthad El-Hariry tournament Champion - by Mohamed Hafez
For the fourth time Ittihad wins El Hariry championship 2009 after beating champville 79/53 in a game 100% for the Egyptian champion, Itthad has lost this tropghy for more than 11 years were the team last won at 1996 beside two others titles at 1992 and 1994.

Ittihad players fliyed directly to Egypt to start the league on Sunday with an easy game against Tanta , the game will be held on Shatby arenaat Alexandria


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Azovmash rolls over Estonian champion - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash-BC Kalev/Cramo 100:61


Azovmash had no difficulties in the opener of VTB League as they rolled over Estonian champion BC Kalev/Cramo 100:61. The confident win in all the quarters brought the first victory for the Ukrainian side.
before the start of the season BC Kalev/Cramo has released Janev Blagoj and Aleksandar Bojic. The Estonian team hoped to stay on race but could not follow Azovmash. The latter opened the game with 21-4 and never looked behind after. The Ukrainian side added 24-17 in the second quarter for 45:21 halftime advantage. The third period was the most productive for the favorites as they nailed 33 points. Kalev managed to post 19 and trailed 40:78 after thirty minutes of the game. The task for the last quarter was to reach three digits for Azovmash and they managed to post 100 at the very end.
Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 21points as Azovmash grabbed 1-0 record. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) nailed 20 points and Marius Prekevicius (195-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) netted 15. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) ended up with 23 points in defeat and Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) scored 12.


On October 31st Azovmash will face CSKA that opened their VTB-League campaign with a comfortable win over Zalgiris. Estonian side will meet Zalgaria on the first day of November.


Azovmash: Simonas Serapinas 21, Hasan Rizvic 20, Marius Prekevicius 15
BC Kalev/Cramo: Rait Keerles 23, Gert Dorbek 12



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Maccabi Electra wins the Euroleague opener in style - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Union Olimpija 85-65

Maccabi Electra had no troubles to beat Union Olimpija in 2009/10 Euroleague Regular Season opener. In the front of 11.000 people, the Israeli powerhouse registered comfortable 85-65 victory. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) was on fire for the hosts scoring 25 points. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) also had very important role netting 19, while Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) helped with 10 pts. On the other side, Union Olimpija got 18 points from Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida). Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 11 pts.
Maccabi was better team from the opening tip-off. At the middle of the first period Maccabi competed 6-0 run for 15-7 and later jumped to 20-10 lead. Alan Anderson was hot and together with his teammates lifted Maccabi to 27-14 at the beginning of the second period. Visitors finally woke up after that closing the gap to 10, but Maccabi immediately responded taking back 37-25 until the half time. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Maccabi dominated and had no troubles to keep double digit lead, despite Olimpija ended this frame with 0-5 run. In the next few minutes the hosts exploded reaching plus 19 and at that time it was already clear that Olimpija won't have a chance. The only question was how big difference it will be at the end.

Maccabi Electra: Alan Anderson 25, Andrew Wisniewski 19, Doron Perkins 10
Union Olimpija: Matt Walsh 18, Sani Becirovic 13, Edin Bavcic 11, Vladimir Golubovic 10+8 boards


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto won the thriller - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 6: One game tonight. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) hosting vs Pyrinto (Tampere) and the contest became a thriller. Pyrinto PG Kenny Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) saved his team by hitting a trey with 18 seconds to go and Pyrinto won by three 65-68 (36-36). Quarters: 16-19, 20-17, 13-17, 16-15. Pyrinto (6-0), the only undefeated team in Top League, was shooting a lot better 2-pointers and 3-pointers and winning the rbs 41-53. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) led again visitors with 21 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double 14pts/10rbs and Joni Harjula (189-G-83) added 10 pts. Olli Ahvenniemi (207-C-83, college: Maine) grabbed 13 rbs. ToPo's Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) led the hosts with 17pts/10rbs. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M) and Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) scored both 16 pts. ToPo made all 17 FTs.

KORISLIIGA: All kinds of everything - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Suspension. Changing American player. 'Collecting' American players. All kinds of everything! The interesting Top League is going on tonight and tomorrow (round 6). But not for Honka (Espoo) Head Coach Gordon Herbert , who will suffer one game suspension, because of his insulting behavior towards the referee last Wednesday, when Honka lost at home by 29 pts vs Kouvot, Kouvola.
YMCA Lahti has changed the American Guard as Peter Mulligan (197-F/G-82, college: Manhattan) can go and will be replaced by Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro). Hickman played last season in Giessen, Germany averaging 6,9 ppg - 1,7 rpg - 1,3 apg.

Karhu, Kauhajoki (1-4) has now five (5) American players as also Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) is back in town. Who will play on the road on Sunday in Uusikaupunki, nobody knows? There is still however the limit to play with three foreigner players.


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  GHANA   


Fadama Vikings , Achimota Lions in big match-up - by Eurobasket
Fadama vikings basketball academy continue its chase for a comfortable placement in the greater Accra conference of the storm the yard sponsored Ghanaian junior Premier League when it engage conference leader, Achimota young lions basketball club.
The Game number-3 earlier schedule for Wednesday was moved to Saturday at instance of the sponsors which has promised to be present at the game venue.
Dunk-off time is 15.00 hours local time at the sports complex of the international Central gospel Church, Accra.
Fadama vikings coached by the duo of Coaches Mark igoche Agbo and Sam Tego with great support from, the Central youths has vowed to take their pound of flesh from the Lions who was the better side when both team clashed last month with the pious Sam and Alamode Barkre both former players of the Fadama Vikings basketball academy tutored Achimota Lions basketball club gaining the upper hand by 75-63 points and end the conference leader unbeaten run of the season

by Fadama Vikings Basketball Academy News


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Eredivisie, Round 4: Giants and GasTerra Flames jump to 4-0 - by Eurobasket News
Landstede - EclipseJet 50-68
Amsterdam cruised past Landstede on the road moving up to 2-2 record in Eredivisie. Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) shined in this game with 22 points and 6 rebounds, while Alton Mason (190-G-77, college: Arizona St.) added 16 pts. In Landstede (0-4), Larry Gordon collected 18 points and 11 boards.

M.Magix - DeFriesland 67-77
Jayme Miller (205-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) and Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) stepped up for the guests in this game scoring 15 points each. Darryl Monroe had 14 pts and 11 boards, while Bob van den Ended helped with 12 pts. The team from Nijmegen got 14 points from Markel Humphrey. DeFriesland 2-2, Matrixx 1-3.

Upstairs Weert - GasTerra F. 68-77
GasTerra Flames is the second team with 4-0 record in Eredivise. In this game Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) shined with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) scored 14 and Jason Dourisseau contributed with 12 pts, plus 12 rebs. Elijah Palmer registered double-double in defeat, 18 pts and 12 rebs.

Giants - Rotterdam 97-65
The Giants jumped to prefect 4-0 after impressive 97-65 victory against Rotterdam. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia) led the hosts with 22, while Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) added 15 points, plus 14 rebounds. Worthy de Jong responded with 16 points for Rotterdam (0-4).


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Maccabi Electra wins the Euroleague opener in style - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Union Olimpija 85-65

Maccabi Electra had no troubles to beat Union Olimpija in 2009/10 Euroleague Regular Season opener. In the front of 11.000 people, the Israeli powerhouse registered comfortable 85-65 victory. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) was on fire for the hosts scoring 25 points. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) also had very important role netting 19, while Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) helped with 10 pts. On the other side, Union Olimpija got 18 points from Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida). Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 11 pts.
Maccabi was better team from the opening tip-off. At the middle of the first period Maccabi competed 6-0 run for 15-7 and later jumped to 20-10 lead. Alan Anderson was hot and together with his teammates lifted Maccabi to 27-14 at the beginning of the second period. Visitors finally woke up after that closing the gap to 10, but Maccabi immediately responded taking back 37-25 until the half time. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Maccabi dominated and had no troubles to keep double digit lead, despite Olimpija ended this frame with 0-5 run. In the next few minutes the hosts exploded reaching plus 19 and at that time it was already clear that Olimpija won't have a chance. The only question was how big difference it will be at the end.

Maccabi Electra: Alan Anderson 25, Andrew Wisniewski 19, Doron Perkins 10
Union Olimpija: Matt Walsh 18, Sani Becirovic 13, Edin Bavcic 11, Vladimir Golubovic 10+8 boards


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  KUWAIT   


Moore signs with An Nasr - by Ali Ahmed
An Nasr basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center James Moore (203-C-82, college: N.Mexico St.) to play for them this season 2009/2010.

Outlook:
An outstanding competitor who will become stronger over time Can shoot the ball from the perimeter and score in the paint.

Awards/Achievements:
Sun Belt Conf. West Division Regular Season Finalist -01
Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year -01
All-Sun Belt Conf. Honorable Mention -02
NCAA AP All-America Honorable Mention -03
All-Sun Belt Conf. 1st Team -04
Mexican CIBACOPA All Star Game -07
Chilean DIMAYOR Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Chilean DIMAYOR Semifinals -08
Latinbasket.com All-Chilean DIMAYOR Honorable Mention -08



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  LIBERIA   


LBF Awards Several - by Numennie Williams
The Liberia Basketball Federation recently held it 2009 closing program at the Sports Commission on Broad Street. During the program several players and individuals were awarded for their outstanding performances.

Samuel Davidson of First division Pythons won the MVP while Ziamah Kollie of Wiloria Patriot lifted the second division Most Valuable Player Award.
The Highest Three points in the first division went to Raphael Quaye of NPA Pythons while Ziamah Kollie grabbed it in the second division. The Highest scorer in the first division is Daysely Zulu of Mighty Barrolle with 260 points and Ziamah Kollie again won it in the second division with 200 points..

NPA Pythons won the Championship for the third times in role in the First division and Wiloria Patriot won it in the Second division



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   


South American League for Men's Clubs begins today - by Eurobasket
The South American League for Men's Clubs begins tonight in Paran, Entre Ros, Argentina with Group A of the competition.

Group A has Juventud Sionista de Paran, Universo/BRB (Brazil), Universidad de Concepcin (Chile) and Libertad from Paraguay.

Also during the month Group B will be held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (22-24) and Group C in Santiago del Estero, Argentina (27-29). The winner from each group goes to the final stage along with one team which will be selected as the best loser from the three groups. The final stage will be played on November 12-14.

The host, Sionista de Paran, signed guard Pablo Jaworski who comes from playing in Italy. The roster is completed by Alejandro Zilli, Javier Martnez, Juan Bergel, Carlos Dixon, Ramiro Iglesias, Luis Cequeira, Patricio Rodrguez, Daniel Hure, Clarence Robinson, Leandro Massieri and Pablo Prez.

Universo/BRB brings a great team featuring international star Guilherme Giovannoni. The other players in the roster are: Valter da Silva, Alex Garca, Arthur Luiz, Frederico Rossi, Welington Dos Santos, Rodrigo Maistro, Rafael Rodrigues, Estevam Ferreira and Tchielo Camboim.

Universidad de Concepcin brings this roster to the competition: Eduardo Marechal, Marcelo Hernndez, Matas Villagran, Jorge Vsquez, Evandro Arteaga, Nelson Mndez, Samuel Bravo, Diego Osses, Kerry Blackshear, Mark Sanford and Jarret Stephens.

Finally Libertad de Paraguay will play with Luis Ljubetic, Daniel Prez, Hector Vairloreto, Bruno Zanotti, Elias Sosa, Victor Ozuna, Federico Mellone, Alexander McLean, Brian Craig, Martn Cespedes, Roberto Laratro and Paul Mill
source : FIBAamericas


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NBA Mexico Game 2009: Complete schedule of events - by Carlos Chapa
The NBA Mexico Game 2009 will be played this Sunday, October 18; however, many events will take place this weekend, these events include charity events and practices.

The first event will take place Saturday 17, at 11:00 (CT), when members of the Phoenix Suns Dance Team and the official mascot 'The Gorilla', attend the public 'University Hospital'. At noon the group will go to a forestation program with the children of the Ciudad de los Ninos Institution.

Elton Brand and the Philadelphia 76ers will hit the hardwood at 12:30 with an open practice to the press. The NBA Cares program will continue at 13:30, Children from the Special Olympics will have the opportunity to be trained by players and coaches from both Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers.

At 14:30 local time, the Phoenix Suns will have their open practice and media availability.

Activities will resume on Sunday, the game is scheduled to start at 18:00 CT, and it will be broadcasted nationally on NBA TV.



LNBP, Round 11: There is no more unbeaten teams - by Eurobasket News
Halc.Xalapa - Halc.Rojos 77-87
Halcones Xalapa faced with the first loss this season. Halcones Rojos was better yesterday 87-77 jumping to 9-2. However, HX remains on top of LNBP with almost perfect 10-1. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) top-scored for the winners with 22, while Miguel Ayala (198-F/G-82, college: UTEP) added 20 pts and 10 rebounds. Leandro Garcia Morales and Jeremis Smith netted 12 pts each for the hosts.

Lobos Grises - Huracanes 96-79
Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) was in a game mood for the hosts scoring 22 points. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Angel Figueroa had 18 each, while Franco Harris netted 17 p[points. Robert Hornsby responded with 15 pts. Lobos 6-5, Huracanes 4-7.

Pilares - Bucaneros 111-114
Bucaneros celebrated in a high-scoring game against the last ranked Pilares mostly owing to John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) and Michael Nunes (196-G/F-83, college: Oregon Tech), who combined 56 points and 10 rebounds. On the other side, Almaad Jacskon shined with 32 points and 10 boards. Buscaneros 7-3, Pilares 0-11.

Potros - Pioneros 69-80
Pioneros was too strong for Potros 80-69 jumping to nice 9-1 record (second place). LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) stepped up in victory with 25 points. David Berghoefer (208-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Carolina) had 14 pts and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Soles - Fuerza Regia 85-81
9-2 for Soles and 4-7 for Fuerza Regia after this game. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) top-scored for the winners with 19, while Victor Esquer (188-G-81, college: Cal Lutheran) followed with 2 points less. In the loosing squad, Joseph Tyronzic had 23 pts.

Lechugueros - Barreteros 77-82
Nice 82-77 road victory for Barreteros, who jumped to 5-6 record. Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) and James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) combined 47 points for the winners. Harold Arceneaux drained 36 in defeat.

Abejas - Panteras 73-79
Panteras cruised past Abejas so both teams are now on the same 5-6 record. David Ruiz and Devon Ford (193-G-77, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Idaho) stepped up for Panteras netting 27 and 23 points respectively. Marcus Moore delivered 17 in defeat.

Halc.Cordoba - Angeles 103-74
Easy 103-74 win for Halcones Cordoba, No.8 this season. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points. Visitors got 24 pts and 12 rebounds from Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.).

Indios - Libertadores 96-82
Victory number 5 for Indios, who this time got the most from Samuel Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana): 38 points. He made 10 of 15 attempts from behind the arc. Luis Beltran and Luis McCullough posted 16 pts each in defeat.

Cosmos - Toros 78-95
The box-score will be available soon.


Fuerza Regia finds its CENTER - by Alejandro Martinez
After learning recently signed Leon Smith would not join the team afterall, and extensive search, the club has finally found its missing link. Fuerza Regia announced the signing of Center Hesham Salem (206-F/C-81, college: Fresno St.)aka Hiram Fuller. Salem (Fuller) brings extensive experience from some of the top leagues in the world. He is known to be a force in the middle. He was a teamate of Fuerza Regia PG Omar Alvarado in Puerto Rico. Hiram joined the team in Mexicali and will play his first game Saturday at Tijuana.

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NBA Mexico Game 2009: Complete schedule of events - by Carlos Chapa
The NBA Mexico Game 2009 will be played this Sunday, October 18; however, many events will take place this weekend, these events include charity events and practices.

The first event will take place Saturday 17, at 11:00 (CT), when members of the Phoenix Suns Dance Team and the official mascot 'The Gorilla', attend the public 'University Hospital'. At noon the group will go to a forestation program with the children of the Ciudad de los Ninos Institution.

Elton Brand and the Philadelphia 76ers will hit the hardwood at 12:30 with an open practice to the press. The NBA Cares program will continue at 13:30, Children from the Special Olympics will have the opportunity to be trained by players and coaches from both Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers.

At 14:30 local time, the Phoenix Suns will have their open practice and media availability.

Activities will resume on Sunday, the game is scheduled to start at 18:00 CT, and it will be broadcasted nationally on NBA TV.



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Storm win first battle of the North - by Kaare Vangen
Tromso Storm took an early lead and built on it until the last period when Harstad came back strong.and almost got the win. Harstad had the chance when they got the last shot, but Mehyar Rafii-Aval (186-G-89) missed on his threepointer in the final seconds. Mario Woodson (203-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: NW Oklahoma St.) (23 points) and Ahmed Diomande (191-G-88, agency: Prime Select Sports) (19points) were the leading scorers for the home team while Anthony Williams (203-F-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Cent.Florida) and Matthew Lawrence (201-G-86, college: Missouri) had 25 and 20 for Storm respectively. Anthony Williams got his debut for the season with a win.

For Harstad this was the end of a very turbulent week. Rumours say that Mehyar Rafii-Aval got fired by coach Robert Holm last weekend at half time against Asker Aliens because of a comment he made. He was taken back but the club flied in American Donald Oatis (206-F/C-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Wilberforce) and Lithuanian Aurimas Stakenas (204-F-79, college: Pace) to test them. Harstad played an internal match where the new and the old imports had to show what they were made of. Stakenas was flown home but Oatis replaced Chucky Frierson (198-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican, NY) for the match against Tromso.


What will happen in Harstad now? Only time will show. But Harstad seem to give us something to write about anyhow. It is very interesting to see the different approaches Harstad and Ulriken take when they both have had to rebuild their teams completely. Harstad went bankrupt after last season, lost most of their players but seems to have found new sources of money and have bought a new team from outside the town. Ulriken lost most of their roster whick took the BLNO title last season and concentrate on building a new team with local talent. They take their beatings but look far ahead of where they are now. What approach do you like? What will gain Norwegian basket in the long run?


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Detroit Panthers Will Sit Out 2010 Season - by Eurobasket
The Detroit Panthers will sit out the upcoming 2010 basketball season in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) and return for the 2011 season to concentrate on the finishing of the Panthers Community Center/Sports Complex.

The Panthers have been an integral part of the development of a Community Center/Sports Complex in the Detroit area.

This will be a huge resource for our organization, stated General Manager and Head Coach C. Bill Jones. There is nothing more exciting for the Panthers than playing in the PBL however, this opportunity before us will really set the stage for the next ten years and beyond for our organization. It will take the use of our entire front office these next six months to make this leap a reality. Having our own facility and executive offices on site, combined with a community center, will set us apart from many other minor league sports organizations. The community support has been tremendous throughout this process. The PBL recognizes what this project will do for our organization and has granted us approval to sit out this season.

Our organization has been a part of this opportunity for the past two years, and we are now in the home stretch to completion and then the real work starts, said Chairman Kevin A. Carter. We are part of a community center that will support youth athletics and serve senior citizens in the area. Community support for this effort has been huge. Our foundation (Detroit Panthers Foundation) will play a major role in the center along with other local sports charities.
To follow the Panthers progress visit www.detroitpanthers.com.
Source: PBL


Rainmen Announce Open Try-outs For Players & Weather Girls - by Eurobasket
The Halifax Rainmen are once again giving local basketball players and dancers a chance to join the teams roster and Weather Girls dance troupe.

Rainmen Coach Les Berry and Owner Andre Levingston will put local talent to the test. We know there are some very skilled local players, so if you think youve got it, come out and show it to us, said Levingston.

Player Try-outs & Weather Girl Auditions will be held Sunday, October 25th at Citadel High Gym:

Weather Girl Auditions: 11:30am to 1pm
Dancers are asked to prepare a 45-second Hip Hop dance routine which focuses on flexibility and rhythm. Dance experience necessary, and must be 19 years of age or older.

Player Try-Outs: 1pm to 3pm

To qualify for tryouts, players must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school.
Source: PBL


The Kebs announce new President - by Eurobasket News
The Qubec City Kebs Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Raymond Boisvert as the new President of The Qubec City Kebs.

This appointment supersedes the departure of former President Mr. Vincent Bernier, who successful drove the development of The Quebec City Kebs professional basketball club for the past three years. This year however Mr. Bernier says 'It is with great sadness that I announced to the Board of Directors my decision to step down as President. I wanted to ensure that they had ample time to find a replacement before the start of the 2010 season.' He then goes on to add 'My professional activities are requiring an increasing amount of travel to the United Sates and South America from me. It would have been impossible for me to give The Kebs the appropriate amount of time and attention required. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished in the past three years under my presidency and I have learnt a lot from my experience in running a professional sports organization in The Qubec Region.' Mr. Bernier has been an Executive member of The Kebs for the past four years and will remain on the Board of Directors.

'I am grateful to Vincent for his active involvement and the time he has devoted to the club. His experience in the development of the team and the sport in The Region of Qubec is an invaluable asset. I am delighted that he has agreed to remain on the Board of Directors.' States Mr. Boisvert The Kebs new President, and a prominent businessman in The Qubec Region.

Mr. Boisvert is committed to continuing the successful efforts of Mr. Bernier in driving the development of professional basketball in The Qubec Region and delivering high level entertainment. 'This year we have already chosen a highly distinguished head coach, now we are focused on recruiting the best players!'

Furthermore, The Quebec City Kebs have reviewed their historical pricing and decided to reduce ticket prices to maximize the local family budgets. This season's tickets can be purchased at the price of $15 for adults, $10 for youth, $5 for children. Members of The Qubec City Kebs fans club are free when accompanied by an adult. Jean-Sebastien Roy, Vice President Marketing & Communication for The Kebs says, 'We know people attend regularly, but we wanted to ensure the whole family is able to attend at an affordable price.' He then adds enthusiastically, 'This is one of the most spectacular sporting events available in The Qubec Region during the winter!'

The 2010 Premier Basketball League (PBL) will be adding 4 new teams, including one from Puerto Rico to compete against the remaining 6 teams from last year for a spot in the finals. The Kebs regular season is set to begin on January 2nd of 2010; Quebec City will be hosting 10 home games. For more information go to www.quebeckebs.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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The Champion is Back - by Nuno Vieira
Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island) is back!!! The Champion of the ProLiga 2007-2008 sign with Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial for the season 2009-2010.
The Power Forward, decide to play again in Portugal and in the ProLiga with this club strong project, since the the goal its moving to the TOP.
In the season 2007-2008 the player was the main force of his club, Fisica. This season in a so strong team is role will be helping where necessary.
Marcel will bring the experience and his full game to help Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial.


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Peter John Ramos to play in China - by Eurobasket News
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) signed a one-year deal with Chinese Fujian. The team is playing in the CBA and finished the previous season at 29-21 record worth the sixth position in the standings. The 24-year-old Puerto Rican centre is expected to join the team in the upcoming days. Peter John Ramos started the previous season with Fuenlabrada in Spain. There he tallied 5.9 points and 4.0 boards per appearance. Later Ramos moved to Quebradillas in Puerto Rico. His stats grew at 16.3 points, 10.7 boards and 1.4 blocks per game. Peter John Ramos also played for Puerto Rican National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship. He notched 10.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.1 blocks per game in San Juan.


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BC Donetsk opened the VTB League with the win over Russian Khimky - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk-Khimky 70:69

Ukrainian BC Donetsk opened the VTB League with the win over Russian Khimky. So far it was one of the most exciting games as Ukrainian side grabbed 70:69 in the opener.
Donetsk opened the game with 23:21, but could not keep the lead at the halftime. Khimky responded with 23-18 in the second frame for 44:41 advantage at the halftime. Moreover the Russian team played better in the third period and increased the lead to 11 points. Both teams finished three periods as Khimky enjoyed 62:51 lead. Donetsk however was far to give up and exploded with 19-7 in the last frame. It gave the Ukrainian side the total 70:69 victory and the first win in VTB league.
Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) top-scored for the winners with 15 points as Donetsk has 1-0 record now. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) followed him with 14, while Bruno had 9. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86) top-scored for the Russian team with 17 points and Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 11.
In the second game Donetsk will face Unics that ensured the first win in the inaugural VTB League season. The Kazan outfit outgunned VEF Riga 76:72 in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group A. The game is scheduled for October 30th. Khimky will meet VEF Riga in the first day of November.

BC Donetsk: Marque Perry 15, Chris Owens 14, Bruno Sundov (220-C-80) 9
Khimky: Timofey Mozgov 17, Paulius Jankunas 11


Krasnie Krilya bring in two players - by Eurobasket News
Krasnie Krilya are looking for the reinforcement prior to the start of the new season. They recently ensured the services of two more players. The Samara outfit signed deals with Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) and Pavel Agapov (202-C-86).
Luis Flores is the guard from Dominican Republic. The 28-year-old player spent the previous season in Israel. He tallied impressive 18.2 points, 3.6 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game with Hapoel Holon. In June he signed a short-term deal with Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuela. Luis Flores appeared in just one LPB game coming up with 31 points, 3 boards and 3 assists. The guard played for Dominican Republic at the FIBA Americas Championship in San Juan this year. There he delivered 14.8 points, 4.9 assists and 4.6 boards per game.
Pavel Agapov played for CSK-VVS Samara during the last season. The 23-year-old centre averaged 5.3 points and 3.1 boards per game in the Superleague. In EuroChallenge his stats read 5.1 points and 2.4 boards per game. Pavel Agapov used to play for the Russian U20 selection at the European Championship in Turkey in 2006.



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Lester McCalebb lands in Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Partizan finally found the strengthening to the backcourt. The Serbian powerhouse signed a deal with Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans). The 24-year-old guard spent the last season in Turkey. He played for Mersin averaging 17.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.4 boards and 2.7 steals per game. He was voted to participate in the Turkish League All-Star Game. Our site also named Lester McCalebb to the All-Turkish 2nd Team.


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Sencur inks Urbanc, Jurak again in Italy - by Zeljko Zule
Sencur CPK inked former U-20 NT member Aljaz Urbanc (198-F-84) ex Epic Misel Postojna. He averaged just 2,0 points, 1,1 rebounds and 0,3 asists in 9 games of UPC League last season.
Banca Tercas Teramo announced signing of former NT memer Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) on a 2-month deal, including the option for extension until the end of the season. Experienced Jurak is already a familiar face in Serie A. Last season he spent with Angelico Biella averaging 5.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 32 games. Jurak and his teammates managed to reach the Serie A Semifinals.


Maccabi triumphs over Union Olimpija in Euroleague - by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija lost the Euroleague opening game against Maccabi in Tel Aviv, Israel with 85:65. Maccabi outscored Union Olimpija in all quarters and deserved the victory with its performance. The best scorer for Maccabi was Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) who was scoring in spectacular fashion and added 23 points, while his teammate Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) guided its team with 19 points. At guests the most points were scored by Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) who added 18 points. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) was second best scorer with 13 points, while Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points for Union Olimpija.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv - Union Olimpija Ljubljana 85:65 (55:45, 37:25, 20:10)
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv: Anderson 25, Wisniewski 19, Perkins 10, Eidson 7, Fischer 7, Lampe 6, Lasme 5, Limonad 3, Pnini 3.
Union Olimpija Ljubljana: Walsh 18, Becirovic 13, Bavcic 11, Golubovic 10, Slokar 5, Djordjevic 5, Vidmar 2, Ozbolt 1.


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Standings
SACC Standings
1. Bigua 5-0
2. Joinville 3-2
3. Minas 3-2
4. Libertad 3-2
5. Liceo Mixto 1-4
6. Barcelona 0-5



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Norrkoping Dolphins cruise past Valga to open BBL Challenge Cup - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping - Valga/CKE 97:64
The only Swedish representative in the BBL got to a victorious start of their Challenge Cup campaign. They battered Estonian Valga at home court yesterday. Five players scored in double digits for the Doplhins. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) led the charge with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
The Dolphins enjoyed a 5-point lead at the first break. They raised the tempo in the second quarter and cleared off to a comfortable 15-point advantage at the interval. Things got even worse for the visitors after the main break. Valga conceded 35 points in the third period to face unassailable 39-point deficit heading into the fourth stanza. The Dolphins allowed their opponents to win the final quarter nevertheless celebrating a confident success at the end.
Joseph McNaull (208-C-72, college: Long Beach St.) knocked down 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the Dolphins. Mikael Lindquist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) added 15 points in the win. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) responded with game-high 30 points for Valga/CKE. Kristo Aab (194-F-85) delivered 14 points in the loss. The Dolphins will next face Techasas on the road. Valga will play against Juventus in Lithuania.

Norrkoping: Oladapo Ayuba 18, Joseph McNaull 16, Mikael Lindquist 15
Valga/CKE: Ando Tagamets 30, Kristo Aab 14



Basketligan, Round 7: Dolphins keep the top - by Eurobasket News
Boras - 08 75-77
08 Stockholm outsmarted Boras on the road 77-75 registering the first win this season. Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) stepped up in victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Joe Leguia (193-G-87) had 16, while Johan Westerlund added 13 pts. In Boras (4-3), Michael Palm drained 21 pts and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Eco Orebro - Sundsvall 79-88
The Kings celebrated today mostly owing to John Jonker (206-C-85, college: Cornerstone) and Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther), who combined 41 points. Johan Jeansson also had important role netting 15 pts. Drazen Klaric collected 26 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Kings 6-1, Orebro 5-3.

Jamtland - Norrkoping 62-64
Tiny 64-62 road win for the Dolphins, who remain on top of Basketligan with prefect 6-0 record. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) led his team with 15, while Timothy Whitworth added 3 points less. In the loosing squad (0-6), Issa Konare shined with 17 pts and 14 rebounds.

Solna - Gothia Basket 87-72
6-1 for the Vikings and 1-5 for Gothia after this game. Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) was a key player for the hosts with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) scored 16 and Lesli Myrthil netted 2 pts less. Gothia got 23 pts from Rhys Carter.

Uppsala - Sodertalje 83-72
The box-score will be available soon.


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Turkish President's Cup Winner: Efes Pilsen - by Baha Kurtulus
Efes Pilsen Istanbul won the first title of the Turkish season by beating Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 81-74 for the President's Cup at Ankara Ataturk Sports Hall.

Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) lead Efes Pilsen Istanbul with 26 points, Kerem Tunceri had 14 points and Kaya Peker had 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds.
For Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Lynn Terence Greer scored 17 points,Semih Erden added 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Efes made just 8 of 26 three-point attempts. Meanwhile Fenerbahce hit 8 of 25 threes.
Efes Pilsen Istanbul leads the cup race with 8 wins in 13 finals.



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Finn in while Wallace out due to injury - by Platon Khegai
Politekhnika-Galychyna Lviv inks American Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) who played in German BBL and Turkish TBL before. Last season he spent in Ratiopharm Ulm showing average 10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 62.6% field goals. Sean is believed to help his new team after three games losing streak at the start of the season.
Credits: basket.com.ua

Meanwhile Odessa's strong favourite Wayne Wallace (206-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia Union) is reported to be out of the games for uncertain period. It is known only that he will bear up a plaster cast for three weeks.
Prehistory: during the cup game versus Kryvbasbasket two rival players fell down on Wallace's leg. As the result - ankle fracture.
Courtesy: bcodessa.com.ua



Azovmash rolls over Estonian champion - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash-BC Kalev/Cramo 100:61


Azovmash had no difficulties in the opener of VTB League as they rolled over Estonian champion BC Kalev/Cramo 100:61. The confident win in all the quarters brought the first victory for the Ukrainian side.
before the start of the season BC Kalev/Cramo has released Janev Blagoj and Aleksandar Bojic. The Estonian team hoped to stay on race but could not follow Azovmash. The latter opened the game with 21-4 and never looked behind after. The Ukrainian side added 24-17 in the second quarter for 45:21 halftime advantage. The third period was the most productive for the favorites as they nailed 33 points. Kalev managed to post 19 and trailed 40:78 after thirty minutes of the game. The task for the last quarter was to reach three digits for Azovmash and they managed to post 100 at the very end.
Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 21points as Azovmash grabbed 1-0 record. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) nailed 20 points and Marius Prekevicius (195-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) netted 15. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) ended up with 23 points in defeat and Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) scored 12.


On October 31st Azovmash will face CSKA that opened their VTB-League campaign with a comfortable win over Zalgiris. Estonian side will meet Zalgaria on the first day of November.


Azovmash: Simonas Serapinas 21, Hasan Rizvic 20, Marius Prekevicius 15
BC Kalev/Cramo: Rait Keerles 23, Gert Dorbek 12



BC Donetsk opened the VTB League with the win over Russian Khimky - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk-Khimky 70:69

Ukrainian BC Donetsk opened the VTB League with the win over Russian Khimky. So far it was one of the most exciting games as Ukrainian side grabbed 70:69 in the opener.
Donetsk opened the game with 23:21, but could not keep the lead at the halftime. Khimky responded with 23-18 in the second frame for 44:41 advantage at the halftime. Moreover the Russian team played better in the third period and increased the lead to 11 points. Both teams finished three periods as Khimky enjoyed 62:51 lead. Donetsk however was far to give up and exploded with 19-7 in the last frame. It gave the Ukrainian side the total 70:69 victory and the first win in VTB league.
Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) top-scored for the winners with 15 points as Donetsk has 1-0 record now. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) followed him with 14, while Bruno had 9. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86) top-scored for the Russian team with 17 points and Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 11.
In the second game Donetsk will face Unics that ensured the first win in the inaugural VTB League season. The Kazan outfit outgunned VEF Riga 76:72 in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group A. The game is scheduled for October 30th. Khimky will meet VEF Riga in the first day of November.

BC Donetsk: Marque Perry 15, Chris Owens 14, Bruno Sundov (220-C-80) 9
Khimky: Timofey Mozgov 17, Paulius Jankunas 11


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Tigers-Eagles Rivalry Resumes - by Andy Webb
The relatively newly formed rivalry between the Newcastle Eagles and Everton Tigers resumes on Sunday evening, as the two go head to head at the Metro Radio Arena. The Tigers, in their second season in the league, won the BBL Cup last year, but the Eagles managed to scoop the other three titles, playoff crown, with an 87-84 win over the Tigers at the NIA.

This was the last time the sides met, and whilst he is looking forward to testing his team against the best side in the country, Everton Tigers boss Tony Garbelotto is slightly frustrated by the timing of the game and the injuries that have hit his squad in recent weeks. He said: We are hoping to get our full team out on the floor this weekend, and then we will be able to start to see exactly where we are. With Everton Tigers there are always injuries. We still hope that Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) will be fit for this weekend and that Olu (Babalola) and James (Jones) will shake off their minor injuries. 'This game has come a little too early for us, but saying this, we have to know where we are against the best teams and there is no doubt that they (Newcastle) are the best. Their whole roster can be game winners and they have the most settled and balanced team in the league. 'What ever happens, I know Fab (Flournoy, Eagles player-coach) will have his team playing at the highest level, tactically, emotionally and with intensity.'

Flournoy meanwhile, is impressed by the recruitment of the former Eagles coach this summer, and expects a tough test on Sunday evening. He also feels that the game will be affected by the fact that it is the second fixture in his teams first double header of the season. He commented: 'Tony has done a fantastic job recruiting, as he always does, but I think they are two or three weeks behind where he would like them to be. I have no doubt though, that they will be ready for us on Sunday. Every game for them has come down to the wire, and I think this weekend will be tough for us as, unlike other teams, this is our first double header of the season.

Also on Sunday, the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders complete another weekend of back to back games, as they make the journey to the Capital City Academy, as they face PAWS London Capital, who search for their first win of the 2009/10 season.
The Essex Pirates are now fully in the swing of life in the BBL, as they make the trip to Worthing Leisure Centre to take on a rejuvenated Worthing Thunder side.



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  URUGUAY   


Four new import players were announced - by Hector Lopez
Aguada, Hebraica, Olimpia and Tabare announced they will be changing one of the import players. Jessan Gray (208-F-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: Iowa St.) will be playing por Aguada replacing Justin Leith (6 games 16.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) . Reggie Charles (201-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will be the new impport for Hebraica replacing Terrel Taylor (8games 19.4 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.0 apg). Leroy Davis (200-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Georgia St.) will play for Olimpia, and James Parlow will leave the team (6 games 10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg 3.0 apg). Finnally Raymond Henderson (203-F/C-80, college: Clemson) was announced by Tabare to replace Jonathan Williams who decided to leave the team afetr 1 game (4 points, 11 rebounds)

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LPB 2010 - Guaros and Gaiteros signed new coaches, Jose Dilone and Nelson Solorzano - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara and Gaiteros del Zulia confirmed coaching staff changes for the 2010 season of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto, as Guaros has decided to bring in Dominican Jose Dilone to replace Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz (agency: Paris Global Sports ) and Gaiteros hired former Venezuela's Senior NT and Gigantes de Guayana's head coach, Nelson Solorzano , to put back interim coach David Diaz as assistant coach.

Dilone, a 44 year-old coach with no previous experience in Venezuela, has coached in Dominican Republic, Mexico and Colombia and will have the tough task of making the fans forget Ruiz, who led Guaros to a franchise record season of 31-13 in the LPB 2009, in which Guaros made it till the semifinals round. Other coaches who had been considered for the job were Jorge Arrieta , currently coaching in Mexico's LNBP, Puerto Rican Carlos Mercado , former head coach of Toros de Aragua in LPB 2009 and Argentinian Guillermo Vecchio , who had been working in Europe and Asia recently.

Nicknamed 'Joselito', Dilone was recently appointed to coach La Villa in the La Vega Basketball League in his homeland. The general management of Guaros has said Dilone could arrive next week to Venezuela and could even make a trip to Colombia to check out players Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85). He won the LIDOBA 2005 championship with Reales de La Vega. Guaros has also signed American guard Cordell Henry (178-G-80) for 2010. Henry played back in the 2006 season when Guaros lost in the Finals against Trotamundos de Carabobo and then came back with Marinos de Anzoategui in 2008.

Meanwhile, Gaiteros brings in Solorzano tu put and end to the trouble in the head coach position over the last year. After having Jorge Arrieta take the team to the LPB 2008 Finals, neither Gustavo Garcia, nor Argentinian Nestor Garcia or interim coach David Diaz could avoid a loosing season in 2009. Solorzano, who coached Gigantes for the past two seasons and earned Bronze with Venezuela in the 2008 South American Championship in Puerto Montt, Chile, will be the one in charge from now on. He won the LPB 2005 championship with Marinos de Anzoategui and has also coached Panteras de Miranda and Toros de Aragua in the current decade.



Roberto Galindez plays well, but team is unlucky in Italy's C2 division - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan guard Roberto Galindez (190-G-80) had a great night in the offensive end for Italy's C2 team CTR La Cascina Senise, but despites scoring 15 points, his team lost against Savoia Basket, 73-67 in Matchday 3 of the regular season.

Galindez netted 15 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists. The game was tied 67-67 with 40 seconds left in the clock, but a couple of cuestionable referee calls and a bad choice in shooting, made Senise lost the match. Galindez said that he had to fight against his own physical condition to remain active in the game. 'I played well, but I was having some trouble with a muscle in my right leg', he said.

Emanuele Palazzo (180-F-91) scored 22 points and Christian Femminini (202-C-72) finished up with 15, while Argentinian-Polish Arturo Kreiber (202-F-79) ended up with 11 for La Cascina. Guillermo Carrozzo was the top scorer of Savoia Basket with 18 points.


FIBA Americas - Bidding process starts for 2011 FIBA Americas Championship - by Carlos Santander
SAN JUAN (2011 FIBA Americas Championship) - FIBA Americas started the bidding process for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in the men's and women's side. This tournament is a qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London.
The National Federations who are interested have until Friday, December 4, 2009 to send a letter of interest of hosting this event. After receiving the letter, the FIBA Americas Executive Committee will make some visits to inspect the facilities and will evaluate all that the federation has to offer in order to make this event a success.
FIBA Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, informed that the National Federations of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, United States of America and Venezuela have shown interest in the event after some conversations.
The host of both events will be decided on June 25, 2010 in a FIBA Americas Executive Committee meeting where the National Federations who were named as finalists will make the presentations.
It is expected that the men's event will be played from August 23 until September 4. The women's tournament is expected for the end of September.
This event, which is an Olympic qualifier, was done for the last time in 2007 in Las Vegas (men's) and Valdivia, Chile (women's). This year the FIBA World Championship qualifiers were played in San Juan (men's) and Cuiab, Brazil (women's) and both were a complete success.



Espartanos signed Hector Romero and Angelo Reyes to play in FIBA Americas League - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Espartanos de Margarita announced the signing of Venezuela's Senior NT player Hector Romero (202-F-80), who won the LPB 2009 championship with Marinos de Anzoategui and spent last season in Italy's Lega A with Snaidero Udine, and also Puerto Rican Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81), currently playing in Mexico's LNBP, to be reinforcement players in the upcoming FIBA Americas League, to be played in Margarita Island from December 13th till the 15th, according to a press release.

The team had signed Dominican Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) just hours ago and they will all join the roster as soon as possible to help Espartanos make it into the Semifinals round of the ongoing Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2009. The team coached by Bruno D'Adezzio will represent Venezuela in the international tournament as a host, as this franchise did back in the beginning of the decade in the years 2000 and 2001. Panamanian Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) will continue playing as well. The team recently released Venezuelan center Richard Lugo (209-C-73) due to indiscipline.


Maita Guaqueri Mercedes - by Yelitza La Torre
As we mentioned in Latinbasket.com previous note, there was a Dominican Coach with a plane ticket to Venezuela, now we have the name of the local connection; well-known in the Caribbean and Venezuela Coach Maita Mercedes agrees with Guaqueries de Margarita. Maita Mercedes was the second in charge in the Dominican Republic Senior National Team next to former Guaqueries' Head Coach Julio Toro. Maita Mercedes has been as Head Coach in the Dominican Republic Superior Basketball league since the year of 2000. In Venezuela Coach Mercedes took Gatos de Monagas to the 2008 postseason. Maita Mercedes will be arriving in Porlamar by January 15th, 2010......'Ta to'.


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Unics open VTB League with a win over VEF Riga - by Eurobasket
VEF Riga - Unics 72-76
Unics ensured the first win in the inaugural VTB League season. The Kazan outfit outgunned VEF Riga in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group A. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) fired 14 points each to lead the charge.
Unics silenced the Riga crowd with an 8:0 start to the game. VEF soon recovered and raced in front 19:16 late in the period. Unics regained the lead 23:21 at the first break. Unics enjoyed a 33:25 advantage midway through the second period. The hosts managed to cut the distance as they trailed by 4 points at the interval. VEF Riga remained within striking distance throughout the third quarter. They finished the third stanza down by just 2 points heading into the fourth frame. VEF Riga spurred in front late in the game 67:66 but they could not maintain the advantage. Marko Popovic stepped up with five quick points for the visitors as they reestablished a 74:70 lead. Unics sealed the tough win in the dying seconds to taste the first VTB League victory.
Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83)finished with 12 points. Kouziakine and Stombergas had 10 points each in the win. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) responded with 16 points for VEF Riga. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed 15 points in defeat.

VEF Riga: Ingus Bankevics 16, Martynas Mazeika 15
Unics: Vladimir Veremeenko 14, Marko Popovic 14, Kresimir Loncar 12


VTB United League openers - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

BC Donetsk-Khimky 70:69

Ukrainian BC Donetsk opened the VTB League with the win over Russian Khimky. So far it was one of the most exciting games as Ukrainian side grabbed 70:69 in the opener.
Donetsk opened the game with 23:21, but could not keep the lead at the halftime. Khimky responded with 23-18 in the second frame for 44:41 advantage at the halftime. Moreover the Russian team played better in the third period and increased the lead to 11 points. Both teams finished three periods as Khimky enjoyed 62:51 lead. Donetsk however was far to give up and exploded with 19-7 in the last frame. It gave the Ukrainian side the total 70:69 victory and the first win in VTB league.

Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) top-scored for the winners with 15 points as Donetsk has 1-0 record now. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) followed him with 14, while Bruno had 9. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86) top-scored for the Russian team with 17 points and Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 11.
In the second game Donetsk will face Unics that ensured the first win in the inaugural VTB League season. The Kazan outfit outgunned VEF Riga 76:72 in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group A. The game is scheduled for October 30th. Khimky will meet VEF Riga in the first day of November.

BC Donetsk:
Marque Perry 15, Chris Owens 14, Bruno Sundov (220-C-80) 9
Khimky:
Timofey Mozgov 17, Paulius Jankunas 11




VEF Riga - Unics 72:76
Unics ensured the first win in the inaugural VTB League season. The Kazan outfit outgunned VEF Riga in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group A.
Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) fired 14 points each to lead the charge.
Unics silenced the Riga crowd with an 8:0 start to the game. VEF soon recovered and raced in front 19:16 late in the period. Unics regained the lead 23:21 at the first break. Unics enjoyed a 33:25 advantage midway through the second period. The hosts managed to cut the distance as they trailed by 4 points at the interval. VEF Riga remained within striking distance throughout the third quarter. They finished the third stanza down by just 2 points heading into the fourth frame. VEF Riga spurred in front late in the game 67:66 but they could not maintain the advantage.
Marko Popovic stepped up with five quick points for the visitors as they reestablished a 74:70 lead. Unics sealed the tough win in the dying seconds to taste the first VTB League victory.
Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) finished with 12 points. Kouziakine and Stombergas had 10 points each in the win. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) responded with 16 points for VEF Riga. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed 15 points in defeat.

VEF Riga:
Ingus Bankevics 16, Martynas Mazeika 15
Unics:
Vladimir Veremeenko 14, Marko Popovic 14, Kresimir Loncar 12



GROUP B

CSKA - Zalgiris 90:74
CSKA opened their VTB-League campaign with a comfortable win over Zalgiris. The Lithuanian powerhouse entered the game pretty confidently. They grabbed a 7:0 lead but CSKA quickly erased the deficit. They finished the starting quarter drawing things level at 20.
Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) paced CSKA in the second period. The hosts surged ahead and earned a 5-point lead at halftime. Marcus Brown and Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) helped Zalgiris returned into the game. They spurred back in charge 53:51 in the third frame. But Ponkrashov and Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) allowed the home team to enjoy an 8-point lead with ten minutes to go. Zalgiris slowed down in the final term and could not match aggressive CSKA. The Moscow team rallied comfortably and posted the initial win at the tournament.
Andrey Vorontsevich finished with 16 points for CSKA. Zoran Planinic added 15 points, while Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) had 11 points in the victory. Mantas Kalnietis and Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) responded with 18 points each for Zalgiris. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) contributed 14 points in the loss.

CSKA:
Andrey Vorontsevich 16, Zoran Planinic 15, Ramunas Siskauskas 11
Zalgiris:
Mantas Kalnietis 18, Dainius Salenga 18





Azovmash-BC Kalev/Cramo 100:61

Azovmash had no difficulties in the opener of VTB League as they rolled over Estonian champion BC Kalev/Cramo 100:61. The confident win in all the quarters brought the first victory for the Ukrainian side.
before the start of the season BC Kalev/Cramo has released Janev Blagoj and Aleksandar Bojic. The Estonian team hoped to stay on race but could not follow Azovmash. The latter opened the game with 21-4 and never looked behind after. The Ukrainian side added 24-17 in the second quarter for 45:21 halftime advantage. The third period was the most productive for the favorites as they nailed 33 points. Kalev managed to post 19 and trailed 40:78 after thirty minutes of the game. The task for the last quarter was to reach three digits for Azovmash and they managed to post 100 at the very end.

Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 21points as Azovmash grabbed 1-0 record. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) nailed 20 points and Marius Prekevicius (195-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) netted 15. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) ended up with 23 points in defeat and Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) scored 12.
On October 31st Azovmash will face CSKA that opened their VTB-League campaign with a comfortable win over Zalgiris. Estonian side will meet Zalgaria on the first day of November.


Azovmash: Simonas Serapinas 21, Hasan Rizvic 20, Marius Prekevicius 15
BC Kalev/Cramo:
Rait Keerles 23, Gert Dorbek 12




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Women News

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Rohanee Cox wins third 'DEADLY' award - by Eurobasket News
Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) was last night honoured before a capacity crowd at the 15th Deadly Awards in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Showcasing the strength, pride, talent and determination of Australias Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the whos who of excellence in sport, music, health, education, employment, film, media, art, design, literature and theatre were announced in 20 categories; nominated by the community and voted on by the community.

[ See the complete list of winners ]

Townsville Fire guard Cox won the Female Sportsperson of the Year Award for the third year running while Olympian Danny Morseu received the prestigious Ella Award for his contribution to Sport.

Cox represented the Australian Opals at the Olympic Games in Beijing and won the Most Valuable Player Award for the 2008/09 WNBL season that concluded in March. She also represented the Opals with distinction throughout the 2009 program.

Morseus award has the added honour of induction into the Deadly Academy Hall of Fame.

Morseu represented Australia at the 1980 (Moscow) and 1984 (Los Angeles) Olympic Games as well as the 1978 World Championship (Manila) and was the second indigenous athlete to represent the Boomers at an Olympic Games behind Michael Ah Matt (Tokyo 1964).

He is also the uncle of Australian Boomer Patty Mills.

While Morseu and Cox came away with the hardware, nominees Patty Mills and Nathan Jawai did not get the gongs for Male Sportsperson of the Year.

That award, won by Mills at last years Deadlys, went to retiring Sydney Swans star Michael OLaughlin.

Cox, Mills and Jawai are more than great basketball players; they are the poster children for Basketball Australias talent identification and fast-tracking program for Aboriginal kids, Finding Deadly Basketballers.

Introduced in 2007, the program involves going into remote and urban Aboriginal communities, finding gifted kids and offering them coaching and access to organised competition.

We wanted to broaden the net of where we were looking and then, as we found people, bring them into the mainstream development programs,' Basketball Australia's Michael Haynes told The Ages Dan Silkstone last year.

'If you look at the AFL now every team has indigenous players. Young guys in these communities can look at them and say 'I can get there'. We want to be creating those heroes and those role models.'

'I think we can certainly get to a situation where there are two significant players in every [NBL and WNBL] team. In the men's and women's leagues combined that means around 60 players.'

Basketball Australia conducts prospects camps the equivalent of the AFL's draft camp where coaches from around the country fly in to check out the talent, Silkstone wrote.

Already the program has been to Thursday Island and uncovered some exciting prospects. Some players have been relocated to boarding school in Cairns, where they will receive coaching and play in local competitions.

Testing has also been carried out in northern NSW, some in Sydney and some in Western Australia. There have also been links with the Victorian Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Organisation.

'In the whole year we have probably had 500 or 600 Aboriginal kids we've looked at,' Haynes said. 'What they offer the sport is as athletes there is an intuitiveness about how they approach sport. I can't define why you see so many indigenous athletes that have great awareness of the court.'


Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


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It is official now: CSKA withdraw from all tournaments - by Eurobasket News
The Russian Basketball Federation officially announced that CSKA Moscow withdrew from all tournaments. The Russian powerhouse would not compete in Russian Superleague, FIBA EuroLeague and Russian Cup. The situation in the team was discussed over the summer as the main sponsors refused to support CSKA. The management was desperately seeking for new sources of financing the franchise but could not come up with any sort of decision. The recent contracts with the players were terminated and the team was not able to arrive for the first round game of the Russian Superleague that started yesterday. So today the news is official we will see no CSKA Moscow this season.


Wisla Krakow replace CSKA in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Polish Wisla Krakow will replace CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague season. The Polish team was expected to take part in EuroCup but the sudden withdrawal of the Russian powerhouse opened the road to the top European tournament for the team. Besiktas and Nadezhda Orenburg were also among the possible choices to replace CSKA. Wisla will play in Group B alongside Lille, Gopsic, Halcon Avenida, MiZo Pecs and Schio. Wisla will face Halcon Avenida in Spain on the 28th of October. Meanwhile Odra Brzeg will take Wisla spot in the EuroCup competition. The team received the proposal from the Polish Basketball Federation and accepted it. The official announcement for both teams is expected to arrive soon.


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Better end for Evreux Athletic Club - by Juliane Hoehne
Last saturday, Evreux AC went to Club Sportif Gravenchonnais for the 5th regular season game in NF2. Club Sportif Gravenchonnais came out quick to gain a lead. After the first 10min Club Sportif Gravenchonnais was leading with 23:18 and would keep this lead for most part of the game. At half-time Evreux AC was trailing by 6 points (37:31) and was trying to cut the lead down in the third quarter. However, the opposite was the case and they even fell back to a 9point disadvantage, trailing 55:46. Everybody expected for Evreux AC to fold down, after they had been playing the whole game with only 6 players and trailing by 9points, but Evreux AC fought their way back into the game. With one minute to go the game was determined by free throws and Evreux AC even had the chance to win the game, after De Bels of Club Sportif Gravenchonnais missed a lay-up and two of Evreux AC's players got to the foul line. However, they were not able to hit all of their free throws, which ended in a 60:60 overtime. In overtime, Evreux AC seemed to be the determined team, leading right from the start and then finishing the game with 76:72. Leading Scorers for Evreux AC were Juliane Hoehne (189-F/C-83, college: IPFW) (25), Tracy Albicy (156-G-92) (17), Justyna Lambert (182-F-82, agency: Promotex) (16). For Club Sportif Gravenchonnais Sall (21), De Bels (15) and Magalie Saunier (13) scored in double digits.
This weekend Evreux AC will host Club Basket D'Ifs (last year NF1) and Club Sportif Gravenchonnais will be on the road to Al Aplemont Le Havre.


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Royals sign two players - by Moritz Korff
The reigning German champion TV Saarlouis Royals has signed Kelci Fushikoshi (170-G/F, college: Menlo) and at the same time made an agreement with Tyresa Smith (183-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Delaware), who inked a contract that will keep her in Saarlouis until the end of the 2010/2011 season.
Smith averaged 8,5 points and 7.0 rebounds in her first two appearances on the Saarlouis team, now her try out-paper got transformed into a two year-contract.
Fushikoshi was a standout at Menlo College and received NAIA Division II All-America Honorable Mention honors after the 2008-09 season. As a senior the 22-year-old guard/forward scored 19.7 points a game for the Oaks. Fushikoshi, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, holds a German passport because her mother is German. She signed a two-year deal with the Royals.


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Dobri Anjeli lands Shanna Crossley-Zolman and Anastasia Kostaki - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli announced signings of American player Shanna Crossley-Zolman (178-G-83, college: Tennessee) and Greek Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78).
Shanna Crossley-Zolman is coming to Slovakia from WNBA, where she played for the San Antonio Silver Stars. She was a member of the Silver Stars since 2006, when she graduated at the University of Tennessee. This season Crossley-Zolman appeared 21 times in WNBA averaging 5.3 ppg. In 2007, her Silver Stars reached WNBA Semifinals. With University of Tennessee Crossley-Zolman reached NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. That was her senior season and she had 15.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3.2 apg for 36 games.
The 31-year old Anastasia Kostaki spent last season with Panathinaikos Athens. She was one of the leading players in PAO averaging 14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 4.6 apg. Kostaki is already a familiar face in Slovakia as she played shortly for Kosit 2013 Kosice on season 2007/08 winning the double (championship title and National Cup). Kostaki changed many teams in the past and won many personal awards. The most important for sure is 'Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year 2006'. That was with French Pays d'Aix Basker 13 Provence. In 2005 Kostaki won Italian championship title with Parma. She was a member of Greek National Team on many important events.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


TEO hold off Cesis in LMKL opener - by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius posted the first win in the LMKL season. The defending champions toppled the league newcomers Cesis 76:72 at home court. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: Va Commonwealth) came up with 18 points and 11 boards for TEO.
The Latvian team never looked tamed by the hosts in the first half. They grabbed a 23:17 lead after the starting period. TEO struggled to find composure and faced serious problems trailing by 11 points at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame as Cesis managed to maintain the distance. TEO Vilnius however escaped the loss. The home team stepped on the gas and drew things level late in regulation. The teams had to go extra five minutes to decide on the winner. TEO prevailed to craft an exhausting win at the end. Renee Montgomery (170-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 14 points, while Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) added 13 for the winners. Kristen Morris (190-F-87, college: LSU) responded with 17 points for Cesis. Mandisa Stevenson (191-C-82, college: Auburn) finished with 15 points and 6 boards in defeat.
Ruta thumped LAMMKK 103:59 on the road in the second game of the day. Vitalija Kaminskyte (178-F-92) exploded with 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the visitors. Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) added 18 points and 14 boards in the win. Zemaityte was responsible for 15 points for LAMMKK.



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  NCAA1 - Women  


Champion Huskies look for next leader - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma is sure his Huskies can contend for a seventh national championship - if he can find the right point guard.

UConn, which held its annual media day on Thursday, returns 10 players from the team that went 39-0 and won its sixth title in April. The roster includes national player of the year Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) and All-American center Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88).

But Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut), the point guard and unquestioned floor leader of that championship team, is with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. Auriemma acknowledges that her departure left a leadership void which must be filled if the Huskies are to repeat.

'You can have all the ingredients sitting on the table, but if you don't know how to mix them, you are not going to like what you're cooking,' Auriemma said.

Junior Lorin Dixon (5'4''-G), and sophomores Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G) and Caroline Doty (5'10''-G-89) are all expected to see time at point guard this season. All three say they are ready.

'It's just that it's not going to be just one person,' said the soft-spoken Hayes, who averaged more than eight points and four rebounds as a freshman. 'Not one of us is going to be a Diana (Taurasi) or a Sue (Bird), or a Renee, so we all have to come together to be that one thing.'

Hayes said she learned a lot about leadership playing with the national team at the World University Games, and that will show on the court.

Dixon went to a point-guard camp this summer to help her learn how to lead players - even those considered the best in the nation.

'Maya and Tina being so great, and playing at the level they play at, they still listen,' she said. 'If you tell Maya, 'You need to do this and that, and Tina, you need to do this and that,' they're going to listen. They are still going to play their game, but they're going to listen.'

Doty who missed the final 22 games last season after injuring her left knee in January, said she is healthy and ready to step back into a starting role. But she doesn't expect to replace Montgomery.

'Renee is one personality you can't substitute for,' she said. 'We're going to take what she taught us from that year and go with it.'

Auriemma said he doesn't expect the team's leader will emerge in the next week, or even next month. He's confident that the right person will step forward when the team needs her.

'People automatically assume that your best player is going to be your leader, or your upperclassmen are going to be your leaders,' he said. 'It doesn't always work out that way. Leaders emerge.'

That being said, nobody at UConn would be surprised if this year's Huskies end up taking direction from Moore. The junior, who averaged 19 points and nine rebounds a game last season, has never been shy, and said she thinks it is her responsibility to take over 'when things get hard.'

'I think it's something that we will share,' Moore said. 'But, when it comes down to it, I definitely want to be the person that - no matter what - is going to do it or say what needs to be said.'


Courtesy of www.nbcsports.msnbc.com


McGraw hopes 14 players leads to better defense - by Eurobasket News
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw figures she can make at least one person happy while trying to find enough playing time for 14 players.

That's the coach herself. McGraw figures she'll have plenty of substitutes if anyone isn't playing as tenacious defense as she would like.

The Fighting Irish women's basketball team held their media day on Thursday. They return all 12 players from last season's team that went 22-9, losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They also add guards Kaila (KAY-luh) Turner and Skylar Diggins.

With better defense, the goal of this team should be at least making the Sweet 16. McGraw says playing for a national championship isn't out of reach.


Courtesy of www.nola.com


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Wisla Krakow replace CSKA in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Polish Wisla Krakow will replace CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague season. The Polish team was expected to take part in EuroCup but the sudden withdrawal of the Russian powerhouse opened the road to the top European tournament for the team. Besiktas and Nadezhda Orenburg were also among the possible choices to replace CSKA. Wisla will play in Group B alongside Lille, Gopsic, Halcon Avenida, MiZo Pecs and Schio. Wisla will face Halcon Avenida in Spain on the 28th of October. Meanwhile Odra Brzeg will take Wisla spot in the EuroCup competition. The team received the proposal from the Polish Basketball Federation and accepted it. The official announcement for both teams is expected to arrive soon.


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Morovis is a win away from the semifinals - by Raul Colon
The Morovis Mountaineers are one win away from the semifinals thanks to its 80-62 win over the Valencianas of Juncos. The game was never in dispute as the Mountaineers surged from the opening tip off getting a lead as far as fourteen points in the first half. The defending champions cut the lead to eleven (43-32) by half ends. The pattern continued in the second stanza as Juncos never were able to mount a serious run. Amy Denson led all scores with 34 points. The former Arizona State standout also grabbed 14 boards. Pamela Rosado chipped in with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Tocara Ross had another double-double for the Valencianas. The newly signed import netted 21 points and 14 rebounds. Yahmily Cabrera had 12 in a losing effort. The series continues next Saturday when the Valencianas will try to stave off elimination when they host Morovis.

Indians bounce Conquistadoras out of the playoffs - by Raul Colon
The Mayagez Indians said goodbye to Guaynabo last night when they eliminated the Conquistadores from the playoffs with a come from behind 67-62 triumph. Guaynabo, which dominated the whole game, including the first twenty minutes (27-20), fell apart in the last six minutes of the third period. Jade Paez led a balance Indians attack with 20 points. Marlene Zwarich and Aixanel Santos chipped in 16 and 11 respectively for the winners.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Galatasaray defeat Targoviste in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Targoviste 90:66
Turkish Galatasaray earned a comfortable win over Romanian Targoviste in the final pre-season clash. The teams met at the Abdi Ipekci Sports Arena. Galatasaray left little chance for their opponents. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) knocked down 30 points to pace the charge.
The hosts opened the game in a storming manner. They poured in 28 points in the first frame and grabbed a 14-point lead at the first break. Targoviste started to find the rhythm in the second term. They slowed down Gaatasaray and cut the distance. However the home team rebounded in the third stanza. They once again increased the tempo and arrived at the final break up by 23 points. Jia Perkins (173-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) helped Galatasaray to a 28-point buffer early in the final quarter and the hosts never looked back en route to the win. Jia Perkins knocked down 20 points for the winners. Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) added 11 points for Galatasaray. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) responded with 16 points each for Targoviste. Emma Randall (188-C-85) produced 11 points in the loss.

Galatasaray: Sophia Young 30, Jia Perkins 20, Yasemin Horasan 11
Targoviste: Tatyana Troina 16, Monika Boriga 16, Emma Randall 11



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  RUSSIA - Women  


It is official now: CSKA withdraw from all tournaments - by Eurobasket News
The Russian Basketball Federation officially announced that CSKA Moscow withdrew from all tournaments. The Russian powerhouse would not compete in Russian Superleague, FIBA EuroLeague and Russian Cup. The situation in the team was discussed over the summer as the main sponsors refused to support CSKA. The management was desperately seeking for new sources of financing the franchise but could not come up with any sort of decision. The recent contracts with the players were terminated and the team was not able to arrive for the first round game of the Russian Superleague that started yesterday. So today the news is official we will see no CSKA Moscow this season.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga: No surprises in Round 6 - by Eurobasket News
Round 6 of Slovakian Extraliga was played yesterday and there was not any surprise.

MBK Ruzomberok jumped to 6-0 after 62-57 win against BSS Kosice. Katarina Simkulakova and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) stepped up for the hosts with 13 points each. Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) and Stefania Kandracova (174-G-89) responded with 14 pts each in loss.
Dobri Anjeli (6-0) trashed Cassovia Kosice in local derby 83-43. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) combined 35 points in this victory. Paulicova had 10 for Cassovia (1-5).
Nitra cruised past Roznava on the road 63-58 mostly owing to Viera Libicova (190-C-80, agency: LBM Management), who drained 24 points. Roznava got 15 pts from Tiffany Ducker (188-C, college: Oregon St.). Nitra 3-3, Roznava 2-4.
Whirpool Poprad also celebrated on the road, but against Slovan 83-62 for 4-3 record in Extraliga. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) was a key player for the guests with 23 points.
In the last game of Round 6, Presov devastated Banska Bystrica as a guest 83-47. Risperova drained 27 points for Presov. Beata Simova (184-F-87) had 12 in defeat. Presov 4-2, Banska Bystrica 0-6.


Dobri Anjeli lands Shanna Crossley-Zolman and Anastasia Kostaki - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli announced signings of American player Shanna Crossley-Zolman (178-G-83, college: Tennessee) and Greek Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78).
Shanna Crossley-Zolman is coming to Slovakia from WNBA, where she played for the San Antonio Silver Stars. She was a member of the Silver Stars since 2006, when she graduated at the University of Tennessee. This season Crossley-Zolman appeared 21 times in WNBA averaging 5.3 ppg. In 2007, her Silver Stars reached WNBA Semifinals. With University of Tennessee Crossley-Zolman reached NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. That was her senior season and she had 15.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3.2 apg for 36 games.
The 31-year old Anastasia Kostaki spent last season with Panathinaikos Athens. She was one of the leading players in PAO averaging 14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 4.6 apg. Kostaki is already a familiar face in Slovakia as she played shortly for Kosit 2013 Kosice on season 2007/08 winning the double (championship title and National Cup). Kostaki changed many teams in the past and won many personal awards. The most important for sure is 'Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year 2006'. That was with French Pays d'Aix Basker 13 Provence. In 2005 Kostaki won Italian championship title with Parma. She was a member of Greek National Team on many important events.


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The start of 2009/2010 season! - by Eurobasket News
The WKBL 2009/2010 is open as first five games were played in the League. S-Birds as it was expected became the leader of the standings.
In the opener of 2009/2010 season S-Birds rolled over Redwings 78:71. The favorites started with 23-12 in the opening quarter and kept the score for good in the rest of the game.
On October 11th KB Savers produced a 81:77 over Cool Cats, while S-Birds
celebrated the second victory after beating Bichumi 72:69. In the last game of the round Bichumi tied their record at 1-1 as they cruised past Woori Hansae 75:68.


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Riva Basket recruit Cameo Hicks - by Eurobasket News
Riva Basket strengthened their roster. They added Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) to the squad. The 25-year-old forward spent the last season in Uni BC Neuchatel. Cameo Hicks averaged 16.1 points, 7.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game. In March she extended the contract with Neuchatel for one more season. But as the team withdrew from the championship Cameo Hicks had to look for the new team. She signed the contract with Riva Basket and expected to appear on court against Helios Basket on October 17.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Galatasaray defeat Targoviste in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Targoviste 90:66
Turkish Galatasaray earned a comfortable win over Romanian Targoviste in the final pre-season clash. The teams met at the Abdi Ipekci Sports Arena. Galatasaray left little chance for their opponents. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) knocked down 30 points to pace the charge.
The hosts opened the game in a storming manner. They poured in 28 points in the first frame and grabbed a 14-point lead at the first break. Targoviste started to find the rhythm in the second term. They slowed down Gaatasaray and cut the distance. However the home team rebounded in the third stanza. They once again increased the tempo and arrived at the final break up by 23 points. Jia Perkins (173-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) helped Galatasaray to a 28-point buffer early in the final quarter and the hosts never looked back en route to the win. Jia Perkins knocked down 20 points for the winners. Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) added 11 points for Galatasaray. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) responded with 16 points each for Targoviste. Emma Randall (188-C-85) produced 11 points in the loss.

Galatasaray: Sophia Young 30, Jia Perkins 20, Yasemin Horasan 11
Targoviste: Tatyana Troina 16, Monika Boriga 16, Emma Randall 11



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  WNBA - Women  


Shock might be leaving Detroit - by Eurobasket News
Could the Shocks run in Detroit be coming to an end after 12 seasons and three WNBA titles?

A group of investors in Tulsa, Okla., said Thursday it will formally apply to the WNBA to purchase a franchise. Lead investor Bill Cameron said his group, called Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, expects a decision from the league by the end of October. The goal is to have a team in Tulsa for the 2010 season, Cameron told the Associated Press.
Will Tulsa's new team be the Shock?

Forrest Cameron (no relation to Bill Cameron), publisher of the Greater Tulsa Reporter newspapers, told the Free Press that Nolan Richardson, the former coach at Arkansas and Tulsa, was involved with a group that is trying to bring the Shock or another team to Tulsa. Bill Cameron and fellow investor David Box have said Richardson would serve as the teams coach and general manager should Tulsa land a franchise.

Shock coach Rick Mahorn had no comment about the matter Thursday. Shock owner Karen Davidson, general manager Cheryl Reeve and Tom Wilson, president of Palace Sports and Entertainment, did not return calls to the Free Press.

If not the Shock, Tulsas new potential team could be the Indiana Fever or Atlanta Dream franchises that have struggled financially and had been reportedly looking for an ownership change.

The Associated Press reported there was speculation Fever ownership would not keep the team after losing money each season. Then earlier this week, a letter to fans on the Fevers Web site said the team is looking forward to another great season in 2010 and beyond.

Dream owner Ron Terwilliger told the WNBA in August that he wanted to give up his position of primary owner of the 2-year-old franchise, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. So there is uncertainly whether that team will remain in Atlanta.

The league had set a Sept. 1 deadline for Tulsa to get a franchise by next season, but WNBA president Donna Orender later softened that deadline. Bill Cameron said the investor group didnt want to make the application until we felt we were at the point where we could make a credible presentation. Forrest Cameron said the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce also is supporting Tulsas WNBA effort.

One of the most successful franchises in league history, the Shock won three WNBA titles under Bill Laimbeer, now an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and lost in the Eastern Conference finals to the Fever this past season. Detroit won titles in 2003, 2006 and 2008.


Courtesy of www.freep.com