EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/5/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda signs Maurice Bailey - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda signed American player Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart). That is the latest transfer for the Red-and-whites.

Maurice Bailey played last season for Spartak Primorie in Russia, where he averaged 15.5 ppg and 3.8 apg. In 2008 he helped Union Olimpija to grab the title in Slovenian championship. Beside these two teams, Maurice Bailey also played for Lokomotiv Rostov, Nancy and Brest. With Nancy he played twice in ProA Finals.

As a reminder, last month Crvena Zvezda hired Aco Petrovic as a new head coach.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinian cup final 4: day 2 - by Facundo Iatzky
In the second day, Gimnasia gave the surprise overcoming Penarol 82-66. It was an excellent job by gimnasia. Both foreigners Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Liman Sports, college: Villanova) and Hakeem Rollins had an outstanding performance. The first one in offense and the second one in deffense.
Gimnasia y Esgrima (82): Ferreyra 17, Mansilla 4, Buchanan 22, Romero 13, Rollins 9 (st); De los Santos 7, Rodriguez 7, Miner 2, Alessio 1 . coach: Nicolas Casalanguida.
Penarol (66): Rodriguez 8, Woodward 14, Vega 7, Gutierrez 17, Leiva 4 (x) (st); Legaria , Reinick, Mata 8, Diez 3, Campazzo 5. coach: Sergio Hernandez.

Meanwhile Quimsa keeps unbeaten after have defeating Sionista with another brilliant game of Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78).

Sionista (60): Javier Martinez, Ramiro Iglesias 2, Matias Fioretti 4, Alejandro Zilli 11, Clarence Robinson 16 (st); Curtis Marshall, Daniel Hure 7, Patricio Rodriguez 5, Juan Bergel 11, Aaron Williams. coach: Sebastian Svetliza.
Quimsa (74): Jonathan Treise 10, Federico Marin 2, Albert White 5, Damian Tintorelli 8, Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) 23 (st), Jose Muruaga 6, Franco Balbi, Bruno Ingratta 6, Julio Mazzaro 14. coach: Carlos Romano.


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  BAHRAIN   


BBL Imports - by Mohammed Malas
Below you will find the names of the imports who will play with the clubs in the Bahraini Basletball League season 2009-2010.

- Al Muharraq:
Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) 'USA'

- Al Ahli Manama:
Johnny Taylor (206-F-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Chattanooga) 'USA'

- Issa Town:
Boris Siakam (201-F-85, college: W.Kentucky) 'Cameroun'

- Al Manama:
Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Florida) 'USA'

- Sitra:
Younes Idrissi (204-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) 'Morocco'

- Al Hala:
Ryan Holmes (197-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith) 'USA'

- Nuwaidrat:
Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) 'USA'

- Al Ittihad:
Chris Commons (203-F, college: S.Carol.-Aiken)
'USA'


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  BRAZIL   


Joinville wins Tornieo , as Flamengo quits in the 1st half - by Mel Devonne
The rivalry between Joinville/CISER and Flamengo just got hotter as an ugly nationally televised dispute occured
in the Championship of the Torneio CISER tournament on Sunday Oct. 4, 2009.
In the 2nd quarter Flamengo committed a hard foul on Shilton dos Santos (198-F/C-82). A pushing match accured between
several players including Marcelinho Muchado. Muchado and Santos were both ejected and Muchado
refused to leave the court.
There was about a 30 minute delay when the officals decided to call the game and Joinville was named the winner.
The official did over react to the minor scuffle, but Marcelino Muchado who is probally the best player
in Brasil must adhere to the officials call, wrong or right.
This was a nationally televised game and the actions of Flamengo were not good. They are the defending NBB
champions and the premiere basketball club in the country and should of handled this situation better.
Cant wait for the NBB season to begin the as the bad blood between Joinville and Flamengo just got badder.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: round 22 results - by Daniel Valencia
On saturday night were played the last two games from round 22, with victories for Universidad Catolica and Espanol de Talca. These are the complete results.

Round 22

Sagrados Corazones 60 - Universidad Catolica 65
Sag: Diego Bernardi 15 pts. Nicolas Quero 14 pts.
Uc: Scott Rodgers 25 pts. Jorge Schuler 18 pts.

Boston College 74 - Espanol de Talca 78
Bos: Jorge Valencia 27 pts. Jefferson Agba 21 pts.
Esp: David Gonzalez 25 pts. Bayo Arigbon 14 pts.



Standings - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. Liceo Mixto 18-4 
 2. Dep.Valdivia 16-6 
 3. U.Concepc. 15-7 
 4. Prov.Osorno 14-8 
 5. Boston Coll. 14-8 
 6. Prov.Llanq. 13-9 
 7. U.Catolica 12-10 
 8. Dep.Espanol 10-12 
 9. U.Los Lagos 8-14 
 10. Dep.Castro 5-17 
 11. Sagrados 4-18 
 12. Everton 3-19 


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  CROATIA   


Zagreb beats Enisey Krasnoyarsk in pre-season game - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb - Enisey Krasnoyarsk 86-74

Zagreb finished the pre-season in style as they recorded ninth win in nine consecutive win. This time Zagreb met Russian outfit Enisey Krasnoyarsk and won the contest 86-74. It seems that Zagreb has reached its optimal form in the wake of their first game in Adriatic League. Zagreb players opened this one in style as they dominated under the rim. The duo of Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) and Ante Tomic (215-C-87) was unstoppable for their opponent so they gave Zagreb 26-19 lead after first quarter. In the second quarter, Zagreb still controlled their match not allowing their opponent to cut the lead. However, in the closing minutes Enisey Krasnoyarsk went on 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 35-32 at the halftime. After the break, Ante Tomic took over again helping Zagreb start of another run. Until the end of the third quarter, they extended lead to 11 points. This proved to be enough, as in the last final 10 minutes Zagreb routinely kept its advantage. In the end they celebrated 86-74 win and are now waiting for their first Adriatic League game of the season (October 10).
Luka Zoric and Ante Tomic were monsters under the rim, finishing the game with 23 and 21 points. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) debuted for Zagreb and finished the game with 10 points. For Enisey Krasnoyarsk, Andrei Komarovski (196-G-85) had 17 points, while Vaychov was only other player in double digits with 12.

Zagreb: Luka Zoric 23, Ante Tomic 21, Damir Mulaomerovic 10
Enisey Krasnoyarsk: Andrei Komarovski 17, Vaychov 12


Teo Cizmic set to take over Steaua Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News
Young Croatian coach Teo Cizmic has reportedly set to take over Romanian outfit BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti. As it was reported by several Croatian media, Cizmic is set to replace Predrag Vasic as Head Coach of BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti, after starting the new season with 2 losses. This was mostly due to injuries to several key players, but club management felt the change was needed and have identified Cizmic as a perfect fit. Reportedly Cizmic has been offered one year deal, but the financial terms were not disclosed. Young Croatian coach will not have much time to get acquainted with his new club as they season has already start and soon BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti will also take participation in BIBL. Still, Cizmic stated that he is excited that he got this chance and that he is looking forward to start. This will be his first coaching experience aboard, as he has previously only led Split.
Teo Cizmic s first head coaching position was last season when he took over Split. As a player Cizmic enjoyed a fairly successful career. He started his career at Yugoplastika with whom he won EuroCup in 1988 and 1991. With Yugoplastika he also won Yugoslavian League from 88-91 as well as Yugoslavian Cup in 1991. Cizmic also played Postojna, Karlovac, Pelephone Galil Elyon in Israel, Troy Izmir and Oostende in Belgium. In 2004 he returned to Tuborg Izmir in Turkey with whom he played 15 games in Euroleague averaging 14.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Cizmic retired as Splits player after season 2005-2006.


Zadar rolls over Split 102-66 - by Eurobasket News
Zadar - Split 102-66

Zadar continued with a string of wins after pilling more pre-season misery on Split. They celebrated 102-66 victory in a match where two former Split players, Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) and Car combined for 46 points. The beginning of the game did not hint at Split disaster as they held their own against Zadar. After 10 minutes of play, Zadar was 25-19 up but Split was still trying to hang around. In the second quarter, Zadar continued to increase their lead but Split was still not that far. At the halftime Zadar held 52-38 lead thanks to great play by Car and Hrvoje Peric. In the third quarter, we saw probably worst Splits display in the pre-season. They scored only 4 points in the quarter, while they allowed Zadar to score almost at will. As result of this poor showing the game was practically over, as Zadar was up 81-42 with 10 minutes to go. They did not let up in the final quarter, as every Zadar player got on the court and put in good performance. In the end Zadar celebrated 102-66 win, and Split will have to work a lot harder if they are to achieve the goals they set for the upcoming season.
Hrvoje Peric finished the game with 24 points and 7 rebounds, while Marko Car (188-G/F-85) added 22. Micah Downs (203-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81, agency: World Sport Agency) were also excellent for Zadar with 18 and 11 points respectively. For Split, three players finished in double digits with Marko Batina (198-G-86) and Jere Macura (203-F/C-80, college: Notre Dame) scoring 14 points each. Macura also added 10 rebounds, while Josip Sobin (204-G/F-89) finished the match with 13 points.

Zadar: Hrvoje Peric 24+7 boards, Marko Car 22, Micah Downs 18, Vladimir Boisa 11
Split: Marko Batina 14, Jere Macura 14+10 boards, Josip Sobin 13



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  CYPRUS   


Zivanarion Tournament is over with..... - by Nasios Orinos
APOEL was the winner of the Zivanarion Tournament that took place on the 1st and 2nd of October at Lefkotheo indoor arena.

At the final, APOEL beat Apollon by 18 (83-65).

APOEL: Van Dorpe 6, Sims 11 (1), Ionov, Foulks 2, Heith 10, Roberts 11 (1), Anastasiades 9 (2), Salivan 5, Tamir 6 (2), Pittakas 2, Sise 12, King 9 (1).

APOLLON: Bart 4, Kazoulis, Ioannides, David 6 (1), Giosipovic 6. Mathious 26, Alexander 3, Li 16 (2), Englinski 4
Quarters: 23-15, 47-23, 58-37, 83-65.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Pardubice 1-0 
 2. USK Praha 1-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 4. Podebrady 1-0 
 5. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 6. BK Decin 0-0 
 7. BC Kolin 0-0 
 8. Basketbol Brno 0-1 
 9. BK B&W Opava 0-1 
 10. NH Ostrava 0-1 
 11. Novy Jicin 0-1 
 12. Vysehrad 0-1 


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


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  DENMARK   


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


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


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  ESTONIA   


Kangur's 1st Game In Pro A - by Ozell Wells
Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82)r 's debut in the French Pro A was a proper game, but a loss.

Kristjan's debut in French Pro A was proper with individual scores, but his club, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne BasketL lost to JDA Dijon Bourgogne 75:81.
Kangur scored ASVEL's first 4 points in the beginning of the game.
He was later called to bench after 7 mins of play , after he had amassed 6 pts.
Home team won first half 42:39 (according 'htuleht'online)
Later Kangur scored only four free throws and ended with 10 pts, 5 rebounds, 3 scored passes in a total of 26 mins. NOT A BAD FIRST OUTING FOR OUR ESTONIAN AMBASSADOR!
Others in Asvel, Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) had (20) and Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) (14).
-courtesy of delfi sport


CSKA coming to Tallinn! - by Ozell Wells
CSKA Moscow, Champion of Russia and Euroleague Finalist this spring will play their first East League game in Tallinn 19. November against BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn.
In other News:
At the Alexander Gomelsky tournament, CSKA Moscow met Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in semifinal.
CSKA won 74-67. Winners' best player was Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) with 18 pts. More than 10 pts scored also J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) and Zoran Planinic (199-G-82)
This tournament, organised in honour of the legendary coach includes CSKA and Rytas along with Triumph Lyubertsy and Panathinaikos Athens
In todays final, CSKA plays Panathinaikos Athens, who defeated Triumph with a score of 66-62.
courtesy of delfi sport


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Vilpas Vikings upset Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 2: Six games tonight and at least two real upsets. Kataja (Joensuu) lost at home vs top league newcomer Vilpas (Salo) by 16 pts (72-88).
Vilpas guards Samu Kaaresvirta (194-F-81) (27 pts) and Charlie Burgess (185-G-84, college: Texas Tech) (24 pts) were hot-hot behind the arc. FoKoPo (Forssa) defeated ToPo (Helsinki) 72-68. Ashley Champion (197-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Chattanooga) (17/10) and Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) (14/11) led FoKoPo with double-doubles. Honka (Espoo) won over last season Finnish Champion YMCA Lahti 67-66. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) (Honka) made a 2-pointer with 13 seconds to go and was the hero of the game.

Kataja - Vilpas 72-88 (42-41) (Daviin Davis 17, Kendall Chones 15/10, Petri Virtanen 13 - Samu Kaaresvirta 27 (made eight treys), Charlie Burgess 24/6a, Roope Ahonen 15)
FoKoPo - ToPo 72-68 (38-38) (Ashley Champion 17/10, Durell Vinson 14/11, Rodrick Stewart 11/13 - Obie Trotter 26, Samuel Haanpaa 12)
Honka - YMCA Lahti 67-66 (40-34) (Carl Elliott 18, Tuukka Kotti 14, Jukka Matinen 14 - Roope Suonio 18, Tyrone Riley 16, Pasi Pekkola 15).
KTP - Korihait 72-88 (44-42) (Isaac Spencer 21, Ryan McDade 10, Sami Ikavalko 10 - AZ Reid 23, Ray Cunningham 22/10, Mikael Herbert 17).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Pyrinto 55-85 (29-46) (Robert Turner 19/10, Sami Pekkola 12, Joonas Suotamo 11 - Kenny Lowe 26, Pekka Setala 14, Damon Williams 13/10).

Kouvot - Kauhajoki 99-73 (53-45) (Ville Kaunisto 24/13, Ross Neltner 19, Kyle Shiloh 17 - Jesse Smith 25/12, Eldar Skamo 13, Aleksi Huuskonen 13).


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Honka 2-0 
 2. Pyrinto 2-0 
 3. Korihait 1-0 
 4. KTP 1-0 
 5. FoKoPo 1-1 
 6. Namika Lahti 1-1 
 7. Kouvot 1-1 
 8. Salon Vilpas 1-1 
 9. ToPo 1-1 
 10. Kauhajoki 0-2 
 11. Kataja 0-2 
 12. LrNMKY 0-2 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Bayreuth 2-0 
 2. Karlsruhe 2-0 
 3. Kirchheim 2-0 
 4. Cuxhaven 2-0 
 5. Braves 1-1 
 6. Noerdlingen 1-1 
 7. Jena 1-1 
 8. Chemnitz 1-1 
 9. Crailsheim 1-1 
 10. Heidelberg 1-1 
 11. Osnabrueck 1-1 
 12. B.Muenchen 1-1 
 13. Langen 0-2 
 14. ETB Wohnbau 0-2 
 15. Freiburg 0-2 
 16. Hannover 0-2 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. SOBA Dragons 2-0 
 2. Herten 2-0 
 3. Wuerzburg B. 2-0 
 4. Franken Hexer 1-1 
 5. Bayer Giants 1-1 
 6. Stahnsdorf 1-1 
 7. Dt.Bank SKY II 1-1 
 8. Weissenhorn 1-1 
 9. Ehingen 1-1 
 10. L.Baeren 1-1 
 11. Rist-Wedel 1-1 
 12. TSV Troester 1-1 
 13. Vechta 1-1 
 14. Speyer 0-2 
 15. SU Medien 0-2 
 16. Wolfenbuettel 0-2 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga


ProB Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ehingen - NBC 86-82
Josh Wilson (188-G-87, college: N.Arizona) nailed 29 points as his Ehingen overcame NBC 86:82 in the Regular Season Round 2. Adler Cornelius added 16 points, while Richardson Nolan posted 15. Chavis Will ended up with 29 points in the losing effort.

Wolfenbuettel - SOBA Dragons 82-95
Wolfenbuettel was beaten by SOBA Dragons 82:95 as the latter remains undefeated in Pro B. David Watson (185-G-88) nailed 17 points for the winners, while Montag Franz and Thulig Fabian had 15 each. Anthony Benny recorded 33 points and 18 rebounds for the home side.

Herten - Stahnsdorf 84-54
Six players scored in double figures as Herten beat Stahnsdorf 84:54. Andre Spalke (190-G-82) paced all of them with 20 points, whilst Schaffrath Joleik collected 16 points and 15 boards. Capel Jackson produced 19 points for the visiting side.

Vechta - Speyer 92-80
Vechta celebrated the first victory in Pro B as they beat Speyer 92:80. Marvin Boadu (193-G-89) and Yaldiz Ismail combined 40 points for the winners, while Grigisas Gintaras and Kaspereit Thomas had 12 each. Gieseck Robin posted 19 points in defeat and Kuppe Albert brought his team 18.

L.Baeren - Bayer Giants 94-81
Ronell Wooten (193-G-85, college: Kennesaw St.) spent 33 minutes in the court but scored 28 points as Baeren was better than Bayer Giants 94:81. Lazic Pedja brought his squad 18 points and Scholz Rolf had 16. Henry Hunter produced 20 points for the guests.

Dt.Bank SKY II - Rist-Wedel 83-79
Dt.Bank SKY II rolled over Rist-Wedel 83:79 behind 31 points from Filmore Beck (189-G-91). Huber-Saffer Peter finished the night with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort, while Moysich Florian posted 13.

Wuerzburg B. - Weissenhorn 102-62
Wuerzburg smashed Weissenhorn 102:62 as the latter had only 7 players in the roster. Dominik Schneider (203-F-85) led the way with 20 points, whilst Elliott Al and Heinrich Chris notched 13 each. Brock Calvin chipped in 18 points in the losing case.

TSV Troester - SU Medien 76-59
TSV Troester cruised past SU Medien 76:59 for the first win in the league. Paul Johnson (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Rider) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Stuckey Maurice had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Roberts Lee posted 18 points in defeat and Friedel Philipp poured in 16.



BBL Rookie Josh Carter Looking To Make A Mark With The EWE Baskets Oldenburg In 2009-2010 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Josh Carter (201-G/F-88, college: Texas A&M) is a 20 year old 201 cm shooting guard/small forward playing his first season in Germany for the BBL champions EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He is from Dallas, Texas and played four years at Texas A & M. In the fall of 205, he was a 16 year old freshman on the team. N his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 39.9%, FT: 84.7%. He had two duels against 209 NBA top pick Blake Griffin losing both games against Oklahoma, but having a deadlock with Griffin at 32 points a piece. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007 and also played with the USA National team in 2007. Josh sat down with Eurobasket during pre season to talk basketball.

Josh thanks for talking to eurobasket. You are a BBl rookie playing your first season with 2009 BBl champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg. How has your first month been in Oldenburg. What has been the most difficult adjustments that you had to make coming out of college on and off the court?

My first month has been good. I havent been in Oldenburg much this is actually only my 2nd week to be here because we went to Slovenia for training camp for two weeks. But Oldenburg seems nice and I think I will like it here. As far as adjustments the biggest thing has been the conditioning. I am not used to running 3 to 4 miles at one time on a track so that took some getting used to. Also having 2 a days everyday is a little different for me but I am already getting used to it. Off the court there hasnt really been any adjustments at all yet. Just trying to get used to being in a new town/place.

Do you feel a lot of pressure playing your rookie season for a championship team and having to fight for playing time against so many talented players?


I actually feel no pressure at all, I am a real relaxed person I never get nervous and I just try to go out and play. Having great players around you takes a lot of pressure off. I just try to come out and play hard and do whatever the coach asks me to do.

Oldenburg is exactly Dallas in size. What have you grown to like the most in your new home Oldenburg?




Its quiet here so far from what I can tell. I like that a lot. I am a quite guy so its nice to be somewhere that doesnt seem so busy and crazy.

Besides family, what do miss the most from the United States?


The food. The food is good here too, but I just miss some of the places I used to always eat at back in the States. I also miss my friends. I have had a really close group of friends for awhile, so it feels weird to be away from them for so long.

The organization did a great job keeping 10 players and only adding two new players. How well have you been integrated into the team? Is there one guy who has particularly helped you more than anyone else?



I think I have been integrated pretty well. All the guys have helped me adjust. It hasnt been one particular guy they all do a good job of helping me figure things out and get used to things.

You have seen many great players in college the last years in the BIG 12. In Oldenburg are two of the BBLs best players with Ricky Paulding and Jason Gardner. What has it been like playing against Paulding in practice daily? What have you learned in a short period so far from Paulding on the court?


It has been great playing against Ricky, he is a great player good athlete, and can do a little bit of everything. I have learned from Ricky so far to just compete everyday and never let the defense relax always try to attack and to attack in different ways. He does a good job of changing things up. Sometimes he goes all the way to the rim, sometimes mid range game and sometimes he shoots the 3 pt shot. So I have learned from him to attack but in different ways to keep the defense guessing.


The team isnt just Americans, but has a healthy mix of other guys from Serbia, Croatia, Cameroun and Germany. Has it been hard adjusting to playing with so many different nationalities? At least the standard language is still in English.




It hasnt been hard at all to adjust. Everybody speaks English so there is no problem there.


You are a 201cm shooting guard/small forward. Where do you see yourself playing more this season at the position 2 or 3?


I think I will play both. I dont know for sure where I will play more at. I guess it just depends on how we match up with our opponents, and where the coach wants me to play for that game.

In the 2006-2007 NCAA season, you were the best three point shooter with Texas A&M. Do you see yourself being parked behind the three point line more or will we be able to see more of your all around game?

I think you will see my all around game a lot more. My coach has been really encouraging me to attack more and get to the basket. So you will still see the long range shooting but you will also see other phases of my game as well.

What has been your first impression of coach Predrag Krunic? What has impressed you at first about his coaching style?


I think he is an excellent coach. I am impressed with how smart he is and how passionate he is about the game. He really gets into practices and pushes us to go hard on every drill. I think he has done a great job with the team and is really getting us ready for the season.

The Germans havent played much of a role in games the last years, but always give 100% in practice. What German player has really stood out for you in the early pre season in practice and games?

I think Marco Buljevic has been doing a great job. He can really shoot the ball. He plays really hard and really helps us in a lot of different ways.

Oldenburg will be playing its first Euroleague and playing against top teams like Athens, Moscow, Madrid and Milan. How excited are you about this opportunity and have you made a note of which top class players you will be playing against?


I am really excited about it. Its nice to be able to go up against the best players in Europe. I haven't really had to much time to look into all the teams and players yet but i will at some point.

What did you know about the BBL coming to Germany? There are quite a number of guys from Texas playing in Germany. Do you know any here?

I actually didnt know anything about the BBL before i came to this team. I have found out that its a great league and a great place to be though. I dont know any of the other guys from Texas that play here.

Your from Dallas, Texas. Who were your basketball idols growing up?


My idols have always been Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

You played at Texas A & M from 2005-2009. You reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007. What were your nicest memories from this run?


Just being able to play against great players and great teams, and also being able to play with great players and be a part of a great team. It was nice to see all the fans from my college so excited as well.

Last season, Texas A & M lost both games to Oklahoma, but #1 NBA draft pick Blake Griffin was not able to score more points against you as you both finished with 32 points a piece head to head in the two season games. Is there anything else that will be kept in your memory bank with your two games vs Griffin?


We had 2 great games against Oklahoma last year. I felt like we should have won both of those games, but we came up a little short in both. So i guess my memories from those games will just be we should have had them but we lost.

What was the craziest shot that you ever took that went in in a practice or game?


The craziest shot that I ever made was in a summer league game during high school, where we were down 2 in overtime and I was dribbling up the court with about 4 seconds left and the defense was waiting for me a little past half court. I got to half court and I just wanted to get a clean shot of so I pulled up from there the guy guarding me tried to contest it and ended up knocking me over but I made the shot at the buzzer to win the game anyway

You like reality shows. What would a Josh Carter (201-G/F-88, college: Texas A&M) reality show consist off?


Haha, it would be a boring boring show. The most exciting thing would be the basketball I guess, but if I am not playing basketball or working out I am just sleeping, eating, or on the computer watching TV shows or talking to friends online. It wouldnt be a very exciting show, nobody would want to watch it.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

Knocked up
Thanks Josh for chat! Good luck this season!



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  GREECE   


Market news - by Chris Mammides
Transfer news from allover Greece
Ioannis Kalampokis (195-G-78) agreed financial terms with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens and he will continue his career in the Greek team even though rumors brought him just a step away from Trevizo and Benetton.
Dimitrios Tsaldaris (196-F-80) though will be playing in the Italian league as he agreed financial terms with Martos Napoli
Demond Greene (185-G-79) agreed financial terms with Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas for one year. The German international will wear the orange jersey for one year. So, after Chris Massie (206-F-77, college: Memphis) the Thessaly team added another experience player to help the team to survive and remain in the division.

Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) agreed financial terms with Costa Cafe Marousi and will be playing on a lending agreement (from Olympiakos) in Coach Bartzokas team. The Serbian international will try to help Costa Cafe Marousi to overcome the Alba Berlin block and enter in the Euroleague groups for the first time in its history.
Other news
Apollon Patras will participate in the league of the B Division team as the team sold its participation to the Cretan Team of OFI Irakleio, so OFI Irakleio will play in A2. The Patras team though had began the empowering of the team by adding two very good players, Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-82) and Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80), while it renewed the contract of the Head Coach Dimitris Papadopoulos and the top scorer, Cyprus international Aristides Koronides (188-G-82). Lastly, Costas Maglos (208-F/C-75, college: Boston Coll.) is expected to sign his contract in the next week too.
Costas Christou (203-C/F-77) agreed financial terms with Xanthi BF Fashion and he will wear the Xanthi BF Fashion jersey for the next two years.
Ikaros Esperos agreed financial terms with the young talented Dimitris Katiakos (205-F-87) for one year.
OFI Irakleio agreed financial terms with Milan Sagias (208-C-77) , Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) and Theodoros Panaras (195-F-76)
Dafni Athens agreed financial terms with Dimitrios Lolas (203-F-86), Michael Birdas (193-F-85), Sasa Avalic (197-G-80) and Giannis Otountzidis (205-F-87) while it split ways with Agi Imbeza (212-C-81) just one month after signing the contract.
Giannis Manos (186-G-71), Nikos Manolas (205-F/C-80), Giannis Iliopoulos (193-G-79), Theodoros Psihogios (203-F-82) and Markos Korizis (205-F-83) agreed financial terms with Alfa Alimos



Tasos Koutalianos Tournament - by Serafim Karaiskakis
First Day:

VAP Kolossos - AS Trikalla 81-78 (Lans Harris 18 p, Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) 14 p - A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) 27 p)

Ilysiakos Athens - Kavala 82-87 (Nikos Hatzis (196-G-76) 16 p - Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) 21 p, Christoforos Stefanidis (188-G-80) 18 p)

Second Day:

AS Trikalla - Kavala 86-73 (Kasib Powell (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas Tech) 27 p, Tyrell Biggs (203-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) 14 p -Nikos Angelopoulos (204-F-84) 18 p )

VAP Kolossos - Ilysiakos Athens 82-70 (Lans Harris 19 p, Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) 17 p - Brent Petway (203-F-85, college: Michigan) 17 p)


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  GUATEMALA   


Elite Sport defeats D-Team - by Gianni Pascucci
The top game between the two 'heavyweight' of Guatemalan LPB ended with the triumph, 118-114 of Lanco Elite Sport over D-Team. After that D-Team had won the first two quarters, 30-25 and 66-52, in the third partial Elite Sport came back and started and head to head race. Led by Oscar Salguero (196-F-87), who scored 35 points in his best game after his arrive in the team, at the end Elite Sport managed to take the win, and this means the first place. The other best performers were Alejandro Carrillo (192-F-88), who addded 25 pts, Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) and Walter Morales (185-G-83) at the winning side. Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) was the top performer in D-Team with 32 pts, helped as ususal by Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) and Heber Rodriguez (185-G-82)

Standings
LPB Standings
 1. Elite Sport 9-2 
 2. D-Team 9-2 
 3. Le Mans 5-6 
 4. Compusys 4-7 
 5. Preparatoria 0-10 


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  HOLLAND   


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


WCAA Giants beat EiffelTowers in first game of the season - by Claudia vanGorp
In the first game of this season World Class Aviation Academy Giants played a solid game beating Eiffel Towers Den Bosch with a perfect 81-60 score. Even though the first half of the game was really close, World Class Aviation Academy Giants made it really clear who was going to win the game. Leading players for World Class Aviation Academy Giants were Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) (25 points) and Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) (22 points). Also Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) played well and made 15 rebounds this game against his former teammates.
Statistical leaders for Eiffel Towers Den Bosch are Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) (14 points), Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) (11points), Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) (9points and 8 rebs)


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Red Giants 2-0 
 2. Binnenland 2-0 
 3. Amsterdam 2 1-0 
 4. High Five 1-1 
 5. Leiden 2 1-1 
 6. BV Rooi 1-1 
 7. MSV 1-1 
 8. Groene 1-1 
 9. Goba 1-1 
 10. Landstede 2 1-1 
 11. Punch 0-1 
 12. Hoofddorp 0-2 
 13. Akrides 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie


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  HUNGARY   


The regular season started - by Tamas Deri
The regular season started yesterday with a TV-game in Szekesfehervar, which could make basketball more popular in our country. The channel Sport Klub bought the rights from the Hungarian Basketball Federation so 22 more games of the regular season will be live on TV.
The home could win by 5 points against Kormend, the guest got tired for the last minutes of the game and had some bad mistakes. The home team could use the chances and keep the two points. Player of the game was american point guard Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: TOGA Hoops, college: La Salle) with 27 points (5/8 2pts, 3/4 3pts, 8/9 FTs), 10 fouls against, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. The home teas was lead by domestic guard Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM), who was also close to a double-double with 23 points (5/6 2pts, 3/4 3pts, 4/10 FTs), 9 rebounds, 7 fouls against and 3 assists.

All the home teams could win in the other 4 games of yesterdays night. Szolnok had an easy victory against Sopron, coach Horvath could give some minutes also for the backup players of his team.
Pecs was up by 23 points in the third quarter already, when coach Kmezic got the first technical foul of the season he put 4 foreigners on the court and than his team lost the control. The guests lead by Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) - the american guard scored 34 points - came back and were very close to tie the game 82:81 in the last minute.

Paks had a 44 points victory against the newcomer team, Salgotarjani KSE, which team had to play without injured american guard Rickey Huckaby and other two domestic starting five players: Tamas Hartvich and Albert Ughy.

ZTE KK lead by the foreigner guards, Louis Hinnant and Calvin Watson could beat Kaposvar by 6 points.

Albacomp - MJUS Kormend 91-86
(19-21, 22- 20, 25-23, 25-24)
Szekesfehervar, Referees: Hartyani Zs., Gyorffy P. A., Balog Gy.
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 17, Adam Hanga 23/9, Lee 15/3, Radovic 13/3, Bonner 10/3, Keller -, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 13/6, Farkas A. -, Antal -, Fodor K. -, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Kormend: Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: TOGA Hoops, college: La Salle) 27/9, Kutasi -, Trummer 3/3, Scott 14/6, Diakite 8, Hegedus 4, Gergely Toth (206-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/3, Fodor G. 11/3, Ferencz 2, Coach: Sabali Balazs

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Soproni KC 82-72
(17-19, 33-14, 19-17,13-22)
Szolnok, Referees: Cziffra Cs., Benczur T., Pozsonyi L.
Szolnok: Thomas Kelley (188-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 17/12, Fodor M. 8, Vesztergom -, Rice 13/6, Grebenar 9, Peter Szabo (181-G-89) 12/12, Ousmanne Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) 17, Toth V. -, Harazin -, Cseh 6/6, Coach: Horvath Imre
Sopron: David Brooks 17/3, Richardson 11, Molnar A. 6/6, Szabo Zs. 7/3, Matthew Knight 20, Pojbics 9/9, Keresztes 2, Gombas -, Halmai -, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert

Pecsi VSK-PANNONPOWER - Debreceni Egyetem KE 84-81
(27-15, 22-16, 16-23, 19-27)
Pecs, Att.: 1.500, Referees: Adam J. Kiraly L. Szabo G.
Pecs: Ronnie Ross (187-G-79, college: Utah St., Agency: TOGA Hoops) 15/3, Lakatos 10/6, Bojovic 7/3, Eilingsfeld 6, Srdan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 18/3, Hosszu 8/3, Vay 13/3, Czigler 4, Lepsenyi -, Rujak 3/3, Coach: Kmezic Zoran
DEKE: Anthony Farmer (185-G-86, college: Rutgers) 21/9, Cziczas 8/6, Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) 34, Boldizsar 4, Nuhanovic 11, Takacs 5, Fulop -, Gaal -, Erdei -, Coach: Fodor Peter

Atomeromu SE - Salgotarjani KSE 99-56
(23-12, 27-18, 19-19, 30-7)
Paks, Att.: 1.000, Referees: Valovics I. dr., Bognar T., Jakab L.
Paks: Meszaros 6/3, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 21/6, Horti 2, Zsolt Kiss (195-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/12, Kortelyesi 11/3, Dill 12/3, Gulyas 8, Kovacs 5, Ivory Clark (198-F-85, agency: TOGA Hoops) 11/3, Medve -, English 7, Morgen 2, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
Salgotarjan: Davis 12/3, Gorski 2, Sebok 5/3, Szab Z. 6/6, Andras Vavra (202-F-78) 22/9, Kiss K. 9/3, Gal -, Turuczi -, Baliko -, Coach: Walke Karoly

Zalakeramia ZTE KK - Kaposvari KK 84-78
(20-23, 27-19, 21-17, 16-19)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 1800, Referees: Palla Z., Kapitany G., Marton L.
ZTE: Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) 13/3, Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 23/15, Wilson 6, Kaman 11/6, Trepak 9, Baki 10/3, Toth A. 7, Gaspar 5/3, Coach: Volgyi Peter
Kaposvar: Prejean 10/3, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/15, Larry Welton (196-F-85, college: Aurora) 17/3, David 12/3, Orosz 8, Hendlein 10/3, Soos 2, Kovats R. -, Kiss K.-, Coach: Fekete Adama



Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. PVSK Panth. 20-7 
 2. Atomeromu 20-7 
 3. Albacomp 20-7 
 4. ZTE KK 18-9 
 5. Szolnok 17-10 
 6. Dombovar 17-10 
 7. Falco 16-10 
 8. Soproni 15-12 
 9. Univer KSE 15-12 
 10. Marso-Vagep 9-17 
 11. Kormend 9-18 
 12. Kaposvari 9-18 
 13. Debreceni 3-24 
 14. EnterNet-NTE 0-26 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Roy BOOKER
  Marso-Vagep
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Booker, Marso-Va.21.3 
 2. Tutt, Szolnok19.3 
 3. Welton, Kaposvari18.8 
 4. Brooks, Soproni18.5 
 5. Kalman, Falco18.4 
 6. Johnson, En.18.1 
 7. Ciric, Falco18.1 
 8. Barro, Szolnok17.7 
 9. Cruz, Soproni17.6 
 10. Kelley, PVSK.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmanne BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.0 
 2. Horvath, Falco9.1 
 3. Basit, Szolnok7.8 
 4. Ware, Debreceni7.7 
 5. Helbich, Marso-Va.7.5 
 6. Bencze, PVSK P.7.5 
 7. Dies, Soproni6.9 
 8. Gosa, Atomeromu6.7 
 9. Welton, Kaposvari6.4 
 10. Sitku, Marso-Vag.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kestutis MARCIULIONIS
  Kecskemeti
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Marciulionis, Kapos.6.5 
 2. English, Atomeromu6.4 
 3. Kalman, Falco6.2 
 4. Savic, Marso-Vagep5.5 
 5. Hinnant, ZTE K.4.9 
 6. Ross, Szolnok4.8 
 7. Kelley, PVSK P.4.6 
 8. Dagostino, Debre.4.3 
 9. Cruz, Soproni4.0 
 10. Coleman, Szoln.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.1 
 2. Sitku, Marso-Vagep2.6 
 3. Barro, Szolnok2.5 
 4. Coleman, Szolnok2.3 
 5. English, Atomeromu2.3 
 6. Couisnard, Soproni2.3 
 7. Wittmann, PVSK P.2.2 
 8. Kelley, PVSK P.2.2 
 9. Dies, Soproni2.0 
 10. Hinnant, ZTE.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ousmanne BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Barro, Szolnok0.8 
 2. Ross, Szolnok0.8 
 3. Horvath, Falco0.7 
 4. Kennerly, Debreceni0.7 
 5. Bencze, PVSK P.0.7 
 6. Savic, Marso-Vagep0.6 
 7. Booker, Marso-Va.0.6 
 8. Dies, Soproni0.6 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu0.6 
 10. Welton, Kaposva.0.6 


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  IRELAND   


DOMESTIC SEASON RETURNS - by Ozell Wells
The Nivea For Mens SuperLeague returns this weekend with the meeting of Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers Hoops and Killester getting things underway on Friday night at the National Basketball Arena.
Newcomers An Cearnog Nua Moycullen make their debut in the top flight at home to Limerick Lions Basketball Club, while Ulster Elks host Belfast Star in an all Ulster affair on Sunday.
This season sees a major development with the news that the amount of US players on the court has been restricted to just one this season. This should allow an opportunity for Irish and EU players to gain more prominence on the court this season. We have already seen the evidence of this with the movement of some high profile players around the league and indeed the most notable being the return of Conor Grace from playing professionally in Europe to join Neptune.
Killester were denied success in both cup and league at the final hurdle last season but it is something they are hoping to put right this time round, starting with the game away to Shamrock Rovers Hoops.
We are still feeling the disappointment of losing the two finals (both occasions to UCC Demons) last season but it has given us extra motivation to put things right in this campaign, said Killester Head Coach Mark Keenan.
We have had an indifferent pre-season due to players work commitments and we have also suffered a number of injury blows, he added. Kieran OBrien is out until Christmas with a knee problem, while Eoin McDermott is out for the season.

Paddy Kelly and Michael Westbrooks were involved with Ireland during their European qualifiers and their extra work during the summer should stand to them according to Keenan.
Its great for those two guys to be involved in the Irish set-up and to get the opportunity to play against some really top level opposition across Europe, added Keenan. It should make the early stages of the season a little easier for them as they have already had a strong level of competition.
For Shamrock Rovers Hoops, it is an opportunity to erase the disappointment of failing to reach the all important Play-Off stages last season.
We just want to have consistency in our game, said Head Coach Ahmad Smith, who returns to the helm for a second season. Consistency was not something we managed last season and it proved very costly in the end.
Killester will be one of the favourites this season particularly with the US players down to one. They have some of the best Irish players around but we hope we can upset them on Friday and get our own season off to a bright start.
Shamrock Rovers Hoops have been busy during the summer, recruiting the likes of former Irish underage internationals Nemanja Vukanic and Michael Higgins, while the club have received a major boost with the return of Ciaran White to the squad.
An Cearnog Nua Moycullen commence their first season in the Nivea For Mens Superleague with a tough clash at home to a new look Limerick Lions Basketball Club.
The Galway side have made the step up to the top league and will do so in confident mood after claiming the Mens Senior Cup last season.
The vastly experienced Enda Byrt will take charge and he has already been busy acquiring new talent. Simon Harris (196-F-86, college: Elon), a US collegiate star from North Carolina, is expected to make an impression this season after spending four years in a conference which has unearthed countless NBA stars.
Another player set to boost An Cearnog Nua Moycullens hopes is Point Guard Michael Dowd. Dowd returns to the club where he enjoyed a successful underage career after two years playing in the Nivea For Mens Superleague for Saturdays opponents Limerick Lions Basketball Club.
Limerick Lions Basketball Club will be confident of making an impact this season after managing to capture Tony Hehir from Bausch & Lomb Wildcats. Its going to be a tricky opener with An Cearnog Nua Moycullen being the newcomers but overall I cant wait to get started, said Hehir. I believe we have some good players at our disposal.

UL managed to get to the Play-Offs last season and hopefully we can reach that stage again this time round.
Meanwhile, Ulster Elks Irish international Ian OBoyle is relishing the start of the new season and a home opener against local rivals Belfast Star.
Elks are expected to make a real impression this season after the club managed to sign Paul Cummins, Barry Drumm, Kevin Foley and Dave Neal (USA) during a busy summer.
I think this could be a good year for us particularly with the sort of player we have brought in pre-season, said OBoyle. Its a great game to start off with and it will tell us a little bit more about where we are as a team.
We want to improve on last year, we want to be contenders and show that we can compete for the top trophies in the country.
Belfast Star proved more than able opponents last season but will have to cope without the likes of Chris Butler (who left for France) and Kevin Foley, who opted to join Ulster Elks.
However, Danny Fulton will be hoping his home grown talent can help push them for a play-off place.
-courtesy of basketball ireland


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  ITALY   


Cimberio Varese clinch Memorial Ruffo title - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese triumphed at the Memorial Ruffo. They held off Carife Ferrara 90:85 for the trophy. Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) fired 17 points to lead the charge for Varese. Carife Ferrara looked better in the first half. They built a 37:34 advantage at halftime. But Varese changed the complexion of the game in the second part of the encounter. Varese surged in front and entered the fourth period ahead by 2 points 64:62. Cimberio Varese maintained the margin and eked out a tough win at the end. Michel Morandais (197-G/F-79, college: Colorado) added 16 points, while Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) had 15 for the winners. Harold Jamison (204-C-76, college: Clemson) replied with game-high 25 points for Carife Ferrara. Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) netted 20 points in defeat.
Cantu occupied the third place at the tournament. They defeated Angelico Biella 97:75. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) knocked down 16 points for Cantu. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) produced 14 points in the winning effort. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) responded with 24 points for Biella.



Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 1-0 
 2. Basket Crabs 1-0 
 3. Umana Reyer 1-0 
 4. Banco Sard. 1-0 
 5. Snaidero UD 1-0 
 6. Enel Brindisi 1-0 
 7. Fileni Jesi 1-0 
 8. UCC Casalpus. 1-0 
 9. Fastweb CM 0-1 
 10. Prima Veroli 0-1 
 11. Harem SC 0-1 
 12. A.B. Latina 0-1 
 13. Carmatic PT 0-1 
 14. Miro Radici VI 0-1 
 15. Aget IM 0-1 
 16. Edimes PV 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Lega2


Montepaschi takes Italian Supercoppa - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi won Italian Supercoppa as the team beat Virtus Bologna tonight in the country. Trailing in the beginning of the game the winner of the previous season bounced back for the total success.
It was a great opener before the start of the Italian Seria A. Both teams showed that they are ready for another season and showed their best in the game. Virtus trailed 6:0, however scored seven consecutive points and then enjoyed 17:13 after the opening quarter. Hawkins tied the game at 20:20, while Lavrinovic and Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) brought the winners 25:21. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) closed the second quarter at 41:33 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. In the second half the court belonged only to one team, Montepaschi. The latter increased to 44:33 and Terrell McIntyre made it 58:43. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) looked grate for the team and was supported by his teammates. The teams finished three periods as the board showed 67:52 and Montepaschi did not slow down at the end.
Romain Sato got MVP award of the Cup as he nailed 19 points for the winners. Terrell McIntyre posted 15, while Eze, Zisis and Lavrinovic added 9 each. Henry Domercant produced 8 points, while Hawkins scored 6. Diego Fajardo (208-C-76, agency: Players Group) finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort. LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80, college: UTSA) scored 14 and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) netted 13.

MONTEPASCHI SIENA-VIRTUS FORZA BOLOGNA 87:65
MONTEPASCHI SIENA: Henry Domercant 8, Terrell McIntyre 15, Zisis 9, DErcole, Eze 9, Carraretto 3, Romain Sato 19, Lavrinovic 9, Ress 1, Hawkins 6, Marconato 2, Stonerook 6.
VIRTUS FORZA BOLOGNA: Penn 7, Petteri Koponen 13, Blizzard, Baldi Rossi ne, Moraschini, Vitali, Diego Fajardo 17, Sanikidze 2, Maggioli 2, Negri, Vukcevic 10, LeRoy Hurd 14.


Lega2 Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
UCC Casalpus. - Scafati Basket 82-79
Anthony Newell (196-F-86, college: Ball St.) dropped 22 points to pilot UCC Casalpusterlengo past Scafati Basket. Roberto Rullo knocked down 16 points for the home team. Phil Goss drained 21 points for Scafati Basket. David Young registered 18 points in defeat.

Basket Crabs - Prima Veroli 69-68
Rimini Crabs came from behind to nip Prima Veroli in the season opener. Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 18 points to pace the hosts. Ndudi Ebi contributed 15 points and 23 boards in the win. Dawan Robinson answered with 18 points for Prima Veroli.

Umana Reyer - A.B. Latina 86-72
Umana Reyer tested Baket Latina at home and celebrated an easy win at the end. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) produced 19 points for Venezia. Kiwane Garris added 17 points in the victory. K.C. Rivers responded with game-high 32 points for Basket Latina.

Trenkwalder - Edimes PV 65-62
Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) and Nicolo Melli dropped 13 points each as Trenkwadler held off Edimes PAvia before the home fans. Jakub Kudlacek produced 9 points in the opening win for the Reggio Emilia team in the season. Brett Winkelman answered with 13 points for Edimes Pavia.

Miro Radici VI - Fileni Jesi 68-85
Fileni Jesi shocked Vigevano on the road. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) fired 21 points for the visitors. Tommy Adams added 17 points for Fileni Jesi. Jason Williams responded with 21 points and 9 boards for Vigeviano.

Snaidero UD - Aget IM 83-60
Snaidero got to the winning start of the season. They coasted past Aget Imola at home court. David Brkic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Snaidero. Demetric Bennett added 16 points in the victory. Trent Whiting chipped in 20 points for Aget Imola.

Banco Sard. - Carmatic PT 84-75
Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) explodeed with 29 points to pace Banco di Sardegna past Carmatic Pistoia. Jason Rowe contributed 16 points and 11 assists for the hosts. Tony Skinn sweetened the pill with 18 points for Pistoia.

Fastweb CM - Enel Brindisi 87-95
Enel Brindisi spoiled the start of the season for Fastweb Casale. Enel Brindisi claimed a road win as Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) knocked down 26 points, grabbed 7 boards and issued 4 assists. Omar Thomas had 23 points and 9 boards in the winning effort. Jarrius Jackson replied with 24 points for Fastweb Casale. Nicholas George banked 18 points in defeat.



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JBL Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Toshiba - Hitachi S. 86-62
Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) nailed 16 points and Kuwahara Yoshifumi added 15 as Toshiba overcame Hitachi S. 86:62. Kikuchi Shohei delivered 12 points and Violette Cory had 9 in a win. Rice Lamar was responsible for 15 points for Hitachi.

Toyota - Tochigi Brex 81-82
After the first crashing loss Toyota gave real battle to Tochigi Brex however lost again, 81:82. Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) paced all the winners with 23 points, while Merritt Scott and Omiya Hiromasa posted 13 each. Watanabe Takuma chipped in 17 points in defeat and O'Bannon Charles added 16.

Hokkaido - Panasonic 74-90
Panasonic registered the second win over Hokkaido 90:74. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) and Honeycutt Jerald top-scored for the winners with 20 points each, while Aono Fumihiko collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Orimo Takehiko ended up wiuth 15 points in the losing case.

Aishin - Mitsubishi 85-71
Aishin rooled over Mitsubishi 85:71 to improve to 2-0 record. Sakuragi J.R. top-scored for the winners with 16 points, whilst Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) collected 14 points and 18 boards and Selvy Daryan scored 14. Uzawa Jun delivered 19 points in the losing effort and Dawson Eric had 18 points and 15 boards.



Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 33
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .33.0 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi .33.0 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi .28.0 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi .28.0 
 5. Yamada, Hokkaido26.0 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido26.0 
 7. Honeycutt, Panas.24.0 
 8. Honeycutt, Panas.24.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Panas.22.0 
 10. Merritt, Tochigi Br.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin16.5 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin16.5 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin15.0 
 4. Takeuchi, Aishin15.0 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.13.0 
 6. Dawson, Mitsubishi13.0 
 7. Dawson, Mitsubishi13.0 
 8. Merritt, Tochigi Brex11.0 
 9. Dawson, Mitsubishi11.0 
 10. Dawson, Mitsubis.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido7.0 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido7.0 
 3. Nakagawa, Mitsubishi6.0 
 4. Igarashi, Toyota6.0 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido6.0 
 6. Igarashi, Toyota6.0 
 7. Nakagawa, Mitsubishi6.0 
 8. Igarashi, Toyota5.5 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin5.5 
 10. Sakuragi, Aish.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Toshihiro SATO
  Hitachi S.
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sato, Hitachi S.6.0 
 2. Dawson, Mitsubishi4.0 
 3. Sato, Hitachi S.4.0 
 4. Sato, Hitachi S.4.0 
 5. Dawson, Mitsubishi4.0 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido3.0 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.0 
 8. Dawson, Mitsubishi3.0 
 9. Tanaka, Tochigi .3.0 
 10. Tanaka, Tochig.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Scott MERRITT
  Tochigi Brex
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Merritt, Tochigi Brex2.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.2.0 
 3. Honeycutt, Panas.2.0 
 4. Merritt, Tochigi Brex2.0 
 5. Merritt, Tochigi Brex1.5 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin1.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Aishin1.5 
 8. Gross, Aishin1.5 
 9. Merritt, Tochigi Brex1.5 
 10. Custis, Panason.1.5 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Panasonic 2-0 
 2. Aishin 2-0 
 3. Toshiba 2-0 
 4. Tochigi Brex 2-0 
 5. Mitsubishi 0-2 
 6. Toyota 0-2 
 7. Hitachi S. 0-2 
 8. Hokkaido 0-2 


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Daghlas speaks about the current situation of Jordanian Basketball - by Mohammed Malas
Jordan number 1 point guard Osama Daghles (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) have opened his heart to the sports fans around the world earlier today to speak about the current situation of Jordanian Basketball cuasing some problems following the latest reaction which forced the elections from the 3rd of Ocober to a further notice!

1- Whats your opinion about the current situation of the Jordanian Basketball after the qualification to the World Cup?
First i want to say I'm very happy and proud of all the players, coaches and management for achieving our goal and qualifying for the World Cup.

To be honest with you and answer your question i think a lot of people didn't think we had a shot of qualifying and better yet didn't want us to succeed in any way. Whats going on right now is a prime example to all the players because we are getting over shadowed by the situation. I'm not happy with whats going on because its leaving the players clueless and thats not a good thing. Its been like this since July! Enough is enough. In my opinion we need to bring back the old federation because whats going on now is hurting the sport. It's october and we have no plans for the up coming season! How is that helping Jordan basketball, i don't know.

2- Do you think that its time for some personal arguments instead of thinking of the main goal which is the future of the new season?
I think its highly important to think about the up coming season and not let personal agenda hurt the sport. Jordan basketball since 2003 been going up and becoming the number one sport in bringing championships to Jordan. Since Mr Tarek Zu'bi (The ex-federation president) took over and Zain joined the league Jordan basketball been very respected all over Asia and now the world. I believe if something is not broken you don't fix it. Mr Zuabi and Zain have been the ones to reach out and bring Jordanian players back home to play for there country. We need professionalism in Jordan, thats the only route to go. We are all witness on how it change the game for the better.

3- Are you with keeping Coach Mario Palma in both Zain and National Team in case the current problems are solved?
Coach Palma is a great coach and i would love to have him back. but at the end of the day i know its business, Zain has the last word and i have respect that and be ready to play for which ever coach they decide to go with.

4- Teams started preperations except Zain club, Do you know why?
To be honest im not sure whats going on, and when we are going to start training camp. but i think its going to be some time in early November.

5- What are your next plans with both Zain & National Team?
My plane is to get ready for an exciting season. Im ready to start working hard and win as many titles as i can starting with Dubai Tournament and hopefully ending with winning Asia Championship.

6- Finally, Any word for your fans?
For people that didn't know how are dream of qualifying started we have to thank Mr. Tarek Zu'bi he's the one came to us with a Dream and all the players and the coaching staff believed and went out and achieved the biggest achievement in Jordan history. I believe what Mr Zu'bi and the Federation have done since 2003 specks for it self. They helped Jordan basketball grow.

Keep the faith and thank you for all your support. Hope we hear some good news soon about the up coming season. Go Jordan Basketball.


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Minister Beqiri backs the strategy of internationalization FBK's Basketball KOSOVO - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
In this case, Mr. Erolld Belegu Valton Beqiri Minister briefed his meetings very important in the context of this tournament, in which he met with senior officials of FIBA's federations and other European counterparts. He, also, announced the new strategy proposed by the Board of FBK-regarding the internationalization of basketball in Kosova.
Valton Beqiri Minister congratulated Mr. Erolld Belegu for hes busy activity and, simultaneously, as approved pledged he would support the proposed strategy by FBK-ja for the internationalization of the Kosovo basketball.
During this meeting, also were discussed for other newer developments in Kosovo basketball.


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Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Amicale 1-0 
 2. Musel Pikes 1-0 
 3. Soleuvre 0-0 
 4. Residence 0-0 
 5. Sparta 0-0 
 6. Etzella 0-0 
 7. T71 0-0 
 8. Contern 0-0 
 9. Racing 0-1 
 10. BBC Nitia 0-1 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL


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


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 31
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros31.0 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros31.0 
 3. Millsap, Bucaneros31.0 
 4. Millsap, Bucaneros28.4 
 5. Millsap, Bucaneros28.4 
 6. Millsap, Bucaneros26.2 
 7. Hickerson, Pioneros25.7 
 8. Hickerson, Pioneros25.2 
 9. Hickerson, Pioneros25.2 
 10. McCullough, Libe.22.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio GARCIA
  Pioneros
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Garcia, Pioneros12.2 
 2. Garcia, Pioneros12.2 
 3. Garcia, Pioneros11.8 
 4. Reaves, Barreteros11.0 
 5. Reaves, Barreteros11.0 
 6. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 7. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 8. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 9. Reaves, Barreteros10.6 
 10. Reaves, Barreter.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Funn, Bucaneros7.1 
 2. Funn, Bucaneros7.0 
 3. Funn, Bucaneros7.0 
 4. Brown, Fuerza R.6.3 
 5. Brown, Fuerza R.6.3 
 6. Brown, Fuerza R.6.3 
 7. Brown, Fuerza R.6.2 
 8. Brown, Fuerza R.6.2 
 9. Brown, Fuerza R.6.2 
 10. Funn, Bucaner.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.4.2 
 2. Gonzalez, Libertad.4.2 
 3. Gonzalez, Libertad.4.2 
 4. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 5. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 6. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 7. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 8. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 9. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 10. Gonzalez, Libert.3.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenya CAPERS
  Barreteros
  (194-F-73)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Capers, Barreteros1.5 
 2. Capers, Barreteros1.5 
 3. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 4. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 5. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 6. Capers, Barreteros1.4 
 7. Capers, Barreteros1.4 
 8. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 9. Darnell, Cosmos1.3 
 10. Neville, Cosm.1.3 


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Denver coast past Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Denver - Partizan 102:70

Denver Nuggets took on Serbian Partizan in the Euroleague American Tour 2009. The teams clashed at the Pepsi Centre. The Nuggets showed the strength right from the start. Led by Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) the NBA team cruised to a 10-point lead at the first break. The onslaught continued in the second stanza. Denver stretched the margin at 17 points. Partizan were plagued by turnovers and low accuracy. The defense struggled to match the hosts as Denver extended the lead in the third period. The margin grew at 27 points with one period to go. Partizan were unable to slow down their opponents and faced a tough defeat at the end.
Carmelo Anthony knocked down 17 points for the Nuggets. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) fired 15 points, Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) added 12 points, while Anthony Carter netted 11 in the victory. Aleks Maric (6'11''-C-84) top-scored with 16 points and 21 boards for Partizan. Aleksandar Rasic (6'5''-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 11 points in the losing effort. Partizan committed awful 40 turnovers and shot 31% from the field.

Denver: Carmelo Anthony 17, Arron Afflalo 15, Hilario Nene 12
Partizan: Aleks Maric 16+21 boards, Aleksandar Rasic 11



Brandan Wright out with shoulder injury, Warriors release Diamon Simpson - by Eurobasket News
Golden State Warriors forward Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) injured his shooting shoulder during practice Friday and could miss extended time.

The team says Wright will undergo an MRI exam Monday to further determine the severity of the injury.

A key reserve in Don Nelson's lineup expected to contribute regularly this season. Wright might have sustained a similar injury to the one that sidelined him for two months last season. He partially dislocated his left shoulder in early January and missed two months, then briefly returned in March before sitting out the final 10 games.

Also Saturday, the Golden State Warriors have waived forward Diamon Simpson (6'7''-F-87), the team announced today. The Warriors roster now stands at 16 players.


Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com


Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal in great shape - by Eurobasket News
1. If you're a sports fan in need of good news, you should have been at Saturday's Cavaliers scrimmage in a packed James A. Rhodes Arena at the University of Akron. That's especially true if you were wondering if center Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) would show up in shape and motivated. Well, put it this way -- O'Neal had 12 points in 18 minutes. He shot 6-of-8, and not a single dunk. He could have piled up 40 points if this were a real game. He scored with little hook shots, a 10-foot banker and a couple of short liners that rattled the rim and dropped in. He shot 61 percent from the field last season.

2. Even more importantly, the 7-1, 325-pound O'Neal could set up anywhere he wanted near the basket -- and no one could move him. While he didn't have any assists, he made a couple of nice passes out of the post when he was double-teamed. 'He likes to pass,' said General Manager Danny Ferry. 'He is so big, he can see over everything.'

3. O'Neal is in excellent shape, moving well up and down the court. But most of all, he is so huge. Or as Assistant General Manager Chris Grant said: 'Shaq can set a pick and not get a body on you. But because he's so wide and it takes so long to get around him, the pick still works.'

4. Yes, O'Neal is 37. Yes, he doesn't jump as well as he did several years ago. Yes, the Cavs will have to make adjustments on how to defend the high pick-and-roll with him on the court. But the Cavs have never had a center like this. He is a pure physical force. Being in the final year of his contract and with a legitimate chance to win a fifth championship ring, O'Neal is extremely motivated to stay in shape, play smart and fit in with the Cavs.

5. While he is destined to back up O'Neal, Zydrunas Ilgauskas remains an important part of this team because O'Neal usually plays only 28 to 30 minutes. That leaves plenty of time for Ilgauskas. He looks in good shape, shot the ball well and led everyone with eight rebounds. It's easy to imagine Ilgauskas being extremely effective coming off the bench when he's facing backup centers.

6. It was exciting to see J.J. Hickson fully healed from his back problems that sidelined him for more than three months last season, including all of the playoffs. The 21-year-old from North Carolina State was a force on the boards, and had some nice moves inside. The Cavs need a fourth big man to fit in with Anderson Varejao, Ilgauskas and O'Neal. Hickson's youth, quickness and leaping ability also is a change of pace from what the other big men offer.

7. Given that the Cavs didn't start practice until Tuesday and they were without starting guards Mo Williams and Delonte West, the scrimmage was reasonably well-played. There was plenty of ball movement and not too many big defensive breakdowns. Williams was held out of the scrimmage because of a slight groin injury. Daniel Gibson filled in and looked better than last season as he made some jumpers and seemed comfortable handling the ball.

8. As for West, it's day to day. He was at the practice facility, the team deciding to go slowly with him as the guard deals with bipolar issues. He is receiving treatment, but the Cavs also believe West being around the team is a stabilizer. This is a veteran roster and they can handle West not always being available to practice. But it's hard to know what to expect long-term. Word is that when West did practice, he played extremely well.

9. Jamario Moon is exactly the kind of athletic shooting guard/forward this team has needed for years. He may be the second best pure athlete on the team behind LeBron James, at least in terms of running and jumping. But the 6-8 Moon can also defend, and while he has an odd-looking jumper, it's a decent shot for him.

10. The coaches spent much of the afternoon screaming, 'Push the ball, push the ball.' The team clearly wants to run. With athletes such as James, Moon, Williams, Hickson and Anthony Parker -- they have enough team speed to be one of the better fast-breaking teams, especially in the slower Eastern Conference.


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


The Competitive Nature of Javaris Crittentons Injury - by Eurobasket News
You really have to feel bad for the guy. It seems hes always been on teams where, especially at his position, the competition is high and the chances are low (well, with the exception of last year). Now hes forced to wear a boot, his third time donning one this summer, and sit out the next couple of weeks, watching the competition pass him by. Wizards Insider and Wizards Outlet both have some additional details on Javaris Crittenton's (6'5''-G-87, college: Georgia Tech) injury to his left foot, a double bone bruise and a strained tendon.

It seems like the downside of high competition (if youre really trying hard to find a negative) has reared its head. With so much pressure, Javaris Crittenton likely pushed his injury, first experienced in an Atlanta ProAm game in July, more than he would have otherwise. We tried to speed up the progress of it healing, he said in reference to each time hes put on a boot (in Atlanta, in DC before training camp and now), but was never able to get it back to one hundred percent.

He said hes been able to make it through every practice despite the soreness and pain he was feeling. But on Friday his foot reached its limit and he had to take himself out of practice. The Wizards staff suggested that he get an MRI.

The MRI came out worse than before, said Javaris, indicating that its one of those injuries that just takes time to heal. He said that continuing to play on the tender ankle would only make it a nagging injury and could possibly lead to surgery.

Javaris Crittenton seems a bit down about the set-back, saying It makes me sick to think about it, referencing the situation in which the injury occurred (he felt he shouldnt have been in the game in Atlanta with his team up 12 points in the waning seconds). Hopefully now, he will take the time to heal properly, keep his spirits high, and stay focused. With his length, Flip could turn to him off the bench as a nice change of pace defensively down the road. And in the NBA, another opportunity is always around the corner.

Fabricio Oberto also sat out of practice for the second day in a row on Saturday with a tight hamstring. He told Saunders that if he wanted him to go, he could, but Saunders said, We didnt want to take a chance. Because of his heart surgery this past summer, he likely hasnt had the chance to work on his conditioning as much. So, I wouldnt see this as a sign of him breaking down because of his age or anything.


Courtesy of www.truthaboutit.net


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Harbour Heat reserves remain top - by Mike Lacey

CBL Zone 1 Round 10 results

Harbour Heat Reserves 108 (Hayden Allen (187-G-79) 20, Zac Fitsgerald 18, Josh Davis 16 Dan Ryan & Karl Noyer 15) West Auckland 75 (Matt Yukich 36)
Northside 67 (Campbell Ross 19 Shaun Nance & Boris Babic 11) Unitec Waitakere 63 (Adam McCready 16 Matt Forsyth 11)

There is now only two rounds left of the CBL Zone 1 Round Robin, AUT and the Harbour Heat Reserves have confirmed their spots in the CBL Zone 1 Playoffs but it is still uncertain who will finish in first place as they have both only lost one game!!!
But the fight is now on between the Breakers Academy, Auckland Rivets and West Auckland for the last two spots in the playoffs!
Breakers Academy who have played all their games and are sitting on 12 points in third spot could lose third spot to Auckland if Auckland win one more game. The Breakers could even get knocked out of playoff contention, but that would only happen if West Auckland win their remaining two games and Auckland win one more!
Auckland Rivets sitting on 10 points now! but only need one more win out of there last three to confirm third spot they could also miss out on playoffs but that means they would have to lose their 3 remaining games against AUT (Twice) and the Harbour Heat Reserves. But West Auckland would have to win both remaining games
West Auckland only have 8 points they will need to win their last two games against Unitec Waitakere and the Harbour Heat Reserves to have any chance of making the Playoffs..







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


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Harstad 3-0 
 2. Asker 3-0 
 3. Baerum 2-1 
 4. Gimle 2-1 
 5. Ammerud 1-2 
 6. Tromso 1-2 
 7. Froya 0-3 
 8. Ulriken 0-3 


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Libertad wins Game 1 - by Gianni Pascucci
Led by P.J. Mills (201-F), who poured in 25 points as the game top scorer, Libertad took the win in Game 1 of the National League Finals, 86-80 over Sol de America. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack) was the other top performer in Libertad, with 19, while the best in Sol de America were Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85), with 22 and Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) with 21. Game 2 will be played tonight at 21:00 in Osvaldo Domnguez Dibb Gym. Partial scores were 17-19, 40-35 and 62-62, and this tells a lot about how balanced was this first showdown for the title

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Turow stay unbeaten in Kastelan Cup - by Eurobasket News
Turow claimed the second straight win at the Kastelan Cup tournament in Wloclawek. They toppled Trefl Sopot in the second round of action. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) knocked down 18 points to pace Turow to a 78:67 win. Turow led by just one point after ten minutes of action. But the next two frames belonged fully to the team from Zgorzelec as they entered the final period up by 15 points. Trefl Sopot could not recover and suffered the first loss at the competition. Robert Witka (205-F-81) nailed 17 points for Turow. Pawel Malesa (198-F-85, college: Chipola) and Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) responded with 13 points each for Trefl Sopot.
PBG Basket grabbed the initial win firing down Anwil 82:69. Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) unloaded 30 points to pace PBG Basket. Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82) contributed 18 points in the victory. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) came up with 18 points for Anwil as they suffered the second straight loss. Alex Dunn (212-F/C-82, college: Wyoming) had 15 points for the hosts.
Meanwhile Polonia 2011 toppled Stal Stalowa Wola on the second day of the Mazovia Cup. Tomasz Snieg (190-G-89) netted 17 points.
Polonia toppled Znicz Jaroslaw 91:79 behind 26 points from Josh Alexander (193-G-87, college: Stephen F. Austin).



Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Znicz Basket 1-0 
 2. Siarka T. 1-0 
 3. Spojnia S. 1-0 
 4. Tempcold AZS 1-0 
 5. Sokol L. 1-0 
 6. Sudety JG 1-0 
 7. MMKS DG 1-0 
 8. AZS AWF K-ce 1-0 
 9. Trefl SSA 0-1 
 10. LKS Lodz 0-1 
 11. Start Lublin 0-1 
 12. Big Star 0-1 
 13. MOSiR Krosno 0-1 
 14. Zubry 0-1 
 15. Zastal ZG 0-1 
 16. Gornik Wal. 0-1 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. GKS Korsarz 1-0 
 2. SKK S-ce 1-0 
 3. MMKS Pierniki 1-0 
 4. Harmattan 1-0 
 5. Zuraw Gn. 1-0 
 6. AZS Olsztyn 1-1 
 7. Norgips 0-0 
 8. Nowy Dwor Gd. 0-0 
 9. OSSM Sopot 0-0 
 10. Astoria 0-0 
 11. OSSM W-wa 0-0 
 12. Legia W-wa 0-1 
 13. Zyrardow 0-1 
 14. Assec.Prokom 3 0-1 
 15. Tur B.Podl. 0-1 
Group B
 1. Szczecin 1-0 
 2. Poznan 1-0 
 3. Opolska 1-0 
 4. Kutno 1-0 
 5. Pogon P. 1-0 
 6. Ksiezak L. 1-0 
 7. Open Basket 1-0 
 8. Kalisz 0-0 
 9. Stal Ostrow 0-1 
 10. Slask Wroclaw 0-1 
 11. Skierniewice 0-1 
 12. KKS Siechn. 0-1 
 13. Nysa Klodzko 0-1 
 14. OSSM Wroc. 0-1 
 15. WKK Wroclaw 0-1 
Group C
 1. Tarnow II 1-0 
 2. AZS Radom 1-0 
 3. Pogon RS 1-0 
 4. MKS Limanowa 1-0 
 5. Rosasport 1-0 
 6. Alba 1-0 
 7. Unia 0-0 
 8. MCKiS Jaw. 0-0 
 9. AZS Pol. Cz-wa 0-0 
 10. Staco Niepol. 0-1 
 11. OSSM S.Wola 0-1 
 12. Wisla Krakow 0-1 
 13. Cracovia 0-1 
 14. Mickiewicz 0-1 
 15. Bytom 0-1 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  Big Star
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Pacocha, Big Star18.4 
 2. Misiewicz, Zubry16.8 
 3. Salamonik, MOSiR K.16.5 
 4. Berisha, Polonia 201116.3 
 5. Kulig, Big Star15.4 
 6. Donigiewicz, AZS A.15.4 
 7. Pluta, MOSiR K.15.4 
 8. Balcerzak, Resovia15.1 
 9. Malecki, Resovia14.3 
 10. Kostrzewski, Trefl.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr MIS
  Siarka T.
  (204-F/C-77)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mis, Siarka T.8.3 
 2. Bartosz, Polonia .7.9 
 3. Misiewicz, Zubry7.7 
 4. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.7.4 
 5. Kulig, Big Star7.2 
 6. Piotrkowski, AZS A.6.8 
 7. Mielczarek, Big Star6.8 
 8. Karwowski, Polonia .6.7 
 9. Olejnik, Kalisz6.7 
 10. Andrzejewski, Stal.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof KALINOWSKI
  MOSiR Krosno
  (187-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Kalinowski, MOSiR K.5.9 
 2. Baran, Siarka T.4.8 
 3. Basinski, MMKS D.4.7 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star4.5 
 5. Krupa, Siarka T.4.2 
 6. Swietonski, Trefl S.4.0 
 7. Snieg, Polonia 20113.8 
 8. Malecki, Resovia3.4 
 9. Krajewski, Kalisz3.2 
 10. Pustelnik, Big St.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz MALECKI
  Resovia
  (197-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Malecki, Resovia3.8 
 2. Krupa, Siarka T.3.8 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.3.4 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star3.2 
 5. Snieg, Polonia 20113.1 
 6. Swietonski, Trefl S.3.0 
 7. Babiarz, Resovia3.0 
 8. Sikora, Trefl SSA2.9 
 9. Krajewski, Kalisz2.9 
 10. Zalucki, Trefl S.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz PISARCZYK
  LKS Lodz
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.4 
 2. Milewski, MMKS D.1.6 
 3. Lapeta, Trefl SSA1.5 
 4. Kulikowski, Zubry1.4 
 5. Kulig, Big Star1.4 
 6. Mis, Siarka T.1.3 
 7. Karwowski, Polonia .1.3 
 8. Lisewski, Stal SW1.3 
 9. Konare, Zubry1.2 
 10. Olejnik, Kali.1.0 


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  PORTUGAL   


Antonio Pratas Trophy start in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Antonio Pratas Trophy tournament tipped off in Portugal. Twenty four LPB and Proliga teams got under way for the annual trophy. The favorites claimed the first victories.
Benfica outclassed Galitos 82:62 in the Group A South. Benfica earned a 25:11 advantage after ten minutes of action. Benfica easily maintained the leading margin and cruised to the win at the end. Nick DeWitz (203-F-82, college: Oregon St.) fired 28 points to pace Benfica. Tavares added 12 points in the winning case. Jerrych Murrey answered with 33 points and 12 boards for Galitos.
Academica came up short against Barreirense 58:74 in the same pool. Jose Silva (194-F-89) dropped 17 points for Barreirense. Joao Santos had 16 points and 9 boards in the win. Ba Cassama finished with 14 points for Academica.
Ovarense toppled Illibaum 86:48 in Group C. Kevin Widemond (183-G-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) was responsible for 27 points in the victory. Chris Lee added 12 points for Ovarense. Vasco Estevao and James Robert came up with 15 points each for Illibaum.
CAB Madeira narrowly defeated Sangalhos 81:79. Ryan Schneider (201-F-85, college: Marist) top-scored with 23 points for CAB Madeira. Mario Fernandes (176-G-82, agency: Duran International) chipped in 22 points in the win. Justin Marshall (203-F-85, college: Iona) answered with game-high 28 points for Sangalhos.
Porto dealt with Maia Basket 96:65. Rui Mota (190-G/F-78) and Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) fired 16 points apiece for Porto. Jorge Coelho (200-C-78) netted 14 points in the victory. Joi Diamantino came up with 17 points and 11 boards for Maia Basket.



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Stats Leaders - Men


Teo Cizmic set to take over Steaua Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News
Young Croatian coach Teo Cizmic has reportedly set to take over Romanian outfit BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti. As it was reported by several Croatian media, Cizmic is set to replace Predrag Vasic as Head Coach of BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti, after starting the new season with 2 losses. This was mostly due to injuries to several key players, but club management felt the change was needed and have identified Cizmic as a perfect fit. Reportedly Cizmic has been offered one year deal, but the financial terms were not disclosed. Young Croatian coach will not have much time to get acquainted with his new club as they season has already start and soon BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti will also take participation in BIBL. Still, Cizmic stated that he is excited that he got this chance and that he is looking forward to start. This will be his first coaching experience aboard, as he has previously only led Split.
Teo Cizmic s first head coaching position was last season when he took over Split. As a player Cizmic enjoyed a fairly successful career. He started his career at Yugoplastika with whom he won EuroCup in 1988 and 1991. With Yugoplastika he also won Yugoslavian League from 88-91 as well as Yugoslavian Cup in 1991. Cizmic also played Postojna, Karlovac, Pelephone Galil Elyon in Israel, Troy Izmir and Oostende in Belgium. In 2004 he returned to Tuborg Izmir in Turkey with whom he played 15 games in Euroleague averaging 14.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Cizmic retired as Splits player after season 2005-2006.


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


Div.A Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Craiova - Ploiesti 60-83
The Romanian defending champions Ploiesti cruised past Craiova on the road. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) notched 26 points and 10 boards for the visitors. Kevin Burleson contributed 14 points in the second straight win for Ploiesti. O'Darien Bassett responded with 26 points for Craiova.

Timisoara - Pitesti 80-76
Timisoara forgot the sour loss in the opening round and rolled past Pitesti at home court. Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, college: NYIT) fired 20 points and grabbed 6 boards for Timisoara. Uros Velickovic had 17 points in the winning effort. Joshua Jackson replied with game-high 27 points and 4 steals for Pitesti.

Dinamo B. - Oradea 70-67
Dinamo Bucursti tasted the victory as they pip Oradea before the home crowd. Viorel Mocanu (205-C-77) came off the bench to account for 22 points. Claudiu Fometescu netted 13 points for the hosts. Predrag Mijuskovic accounted for 22 points for Oradea as they slipped at 1-1 record.

Mures - U.Mobitel.CN 55-82
UMobitelco jumped on top of the standings as they recorded the second straight win at the start of the season. The Cluj Napoca stunned Targu Mures on the road. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) delivered 28 points and 11 rebounds. David Lawrence contributed 13 points in the victory. Marius Pociukonis netted 14 points for Mures.

Rovinari - Steaua Turabo 77-74
Rovinari narrowly defeated Steau Turabo at home court to improve at 1-1 record. Justin Griffin (193-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) knocked down 19 points to pace the hosts. Porter Troupe added 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Virgin Stanescu answered with 25 points for Steaua.

Municipal B. - Gaz Metan 69-83
Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) ensured the second straight win for Gaz Metan. He tallied 25 points and 9 assists as Gaz Metan thumped Municipal Bucuresti on the road. Ivan Zigeranovic added 11 points in the winning effort. Angel Santana replied with 26 ponts and 7 boards for Bucuresti.



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  RUSSIA   


Zagreb beats Enisey Krasnoyarsk in pre-season game - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb - Enisey Krasnoyarsk 86-74

Zagreb finished the pre-season in style as they recorded ninth win in nine consecutive win. This time Zagreb met Russian outfit Enisey Krasnoyarsk and won the contest 86-74. It seems that Zagreb has reached its optimal form in the wake of their first game in Adriatic League. Zagreb players opened this one in style as they dominated under the rim. The duo of Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) and Ante Tomic (215-C-87) was unstoppable for their opponent so they gave Zagreb 26-19 lead after first quarter. In the second quarter, Zagreb still controlled their match not allowing their opponent to cut the lead. However, in the closing minutes Enisey Krasnoyarsk went on 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 35-32 at the halftime. After the break, Ante Tomic took over again helping Zagreb start of another run. Until the end of the third quarter, they extended lead to 11 points. This proved to be enough, as in the last final 10 minutes Zagreb routinely kept its advantage. In the end they celebrated 86-74 win and are now waiting for their first Adriatic League game of the season (October 10).
Luka Zoric and Ante Tomic were monsters under the rim, finishing the game with 23 and 21 points. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) debuted for Zagreb and finished the game with 10 points. For Enisey Krasnoyarsk, Andrei Komarovski (196-G-85) had 17 points, while Vaychov was only other player in double digits with 12.

Zagreb: Luka Zoric 23, Ante Tomic 21, Damir Mulaomerovic 10
Enisey Krasnoyarsk: Andrei Komarovski 17, Vaychov 12


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  SERBIA   


Denver coast past Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Denver - Partizan 102:70

Denver Nuggets took on Serbian Partizan in the Euroleague American Tour 2009. The teams clashed at the Pepsi Centre. The Nuggets showed the strength right from the start. Led by Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) the NBA team cruised to a 10-point lead at the first break. The onslaught continued in the second stanza. Denver stretched the margin at 17 points. Partizan were plagued by turnovers and low accuracy. The defense struggled to match the hosts as Denver extended the lead in the third period. The margin grew at 27 points with one period to go. Partizan were unable to slow down their opponents and faced a tough defeat at the end.
Carmelo Anthony knocked down 17 points for the Nuggets. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) fired 15 points, Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) added 12 points, while Anthony Carter netted 11 in the victory. Aleks Maric (6'11''-C-84) top-scored with 16 points and 21 boards for Partizan. Aleksandar Rasic (6'5''-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 11 points in the losing effort. Partizan committed awful 40 turnovers and shot 31% from the field.

Denver: Carmelo Anthony 17, Arron Afflalo 15, Hilario Nene 12
Partizan: Aleks Maric 16+21 boards, Aleksandar Rasic 11



Crvena Zvezda signs Maurice Bailey - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda signed American player Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart). That is the latest transfer for the Red-and-whites.

Maurice Bailey played last season for Spartak Primorie in Russia, where he averaged 15.5 ppg and 3.8 apg. In 2008 he helped Union Olimpija to grab the title in Slovenian championship. Beside these two teams, Maurice Bailey also played for Lokomotiv Rostov, Nancy and Brest. With Nancy he played twice in ProA Finals.

As a reminder, last month Crvena Zvezda hired Aco Petrovic as a new head coach.


Hemofarm beats PAOK in friendly Tournament semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm Stada - PAOK 81-62

BC Hemofarm celebrated victory over Greek outfit PAOK in semifinals of a friendly Tournament. They won fairly easy 81-61 victory and have booked a date in the finals with Radnicki Kragujevac, who overcame 17-point deficit to beat Cedevita. Serbian outfit opened the game in style taking the opening quarter lead. After 10 minutes of play, Hemofarm was 26-16 up and they have controlled every aspect of the game. PAOK woke up in the second quarter and started to cut the deficit primarily thanks to good play of Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75). Hemofarm missed several easy shots and committed some turnovers, which Greek team used to tie the game at 33-33 at the halftime. In the second half, Hemofarm players took over again and started to build their lead. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) were especially good during this period as they gave Hemofarm another plus 10. With one quarter remaining, Hemofarm was up 54-44. In the final quarter, Hemofarm displayed great defense as they limited PAOK players to only 8 points in the quarter. In the end they celebrated 81-62 victory.
Bojan Krstovic and Rasko Katic led the way for Hemofarm with 16 and 15 points respectively. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) was also good, finishing the match with 13. For PAOK, Predrag Drobnjak stood above the rest with 15 points. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) added 14, while Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) scored 13 points on the night.

Hemofarm: Bojan Krstovic 16, Rasko Katic 15, Stefan Markovic 13
PAOK: Predrag Drobnjak 15, Chris Monroe 14, Kenny Gregory 13


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  SLOVENIA   


Union Olimpija is fourth in Banvit - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian Union Olimpija finished the International tournament in Turkey. Besiktas Cola Turka overcame Union Olimpija 82:80 in the game for the third place. The team from Slovenia trailed 22-24 after the opening quarter but then bounced back with 19-14 in the second period. Union had 41:38 advantage when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Moreover Union Olimpija enjoyed 57:51 midway through the third quarter and had 63:58 at the end of it. Besiktas Cola Turka waited for its moment and produced 24-17 in the last stanza to win the game. Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Lonny Baxter added 16. Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87) was responsible for the same number of points in the losing effort. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 and Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) posted 11 in defeat.
Before that Efes Pielsen became the Finalist of the Banvit International Tournament as they rolled over Slovenian Union Olimpija 92:68. The Turkish side started with 23-15 in the opening quarter and lost just two points before the halftime. In the third period Efes added 22-10 to have a comfortable lead before the final stanza. Moreover the favorites won the last quarter 26-18 to advance to the Final. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Bootsy Thornton nailed 12, while Preston Shumpert posted 11. Vladmir Golubovic had 15 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Sani Becirovic ended up with 12 points for the Slovenian team.



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  SPAIN   


LEB Silver: Summary of Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Santurtzi - Caja Rioja 69-61
Santurtzi celebrated 69-61 home win against Caja Rioja mostly owing to Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) and Anton Savitski (195-F-86), who drained 13 and 11 points respectively. Christopher Owens (196-F-80, college: Columbia) was the last one with double digits in scoring - 10 pts. On the other side, Edward Santana responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Navarra - L'Hospitalet 75-77
Sergi Pino (196-F-87) was on fire for the guests leading them to victory with 21 points, including just two missed shots for the game. Djero Riedwald was second best player in Torrons collecting 14 points and 8 rebounds. The hosts got 20 points from Roma Bas (192-G-83).

Alaior - Huesca 77-74
Sasa Zagorac (206-F/C-84, agency: World Sport Agency) was in a game mood in Round 1 pacing his team to win with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa) also had very important role scoring 15 pts and pulling down 10 rebounds. In Huesca, Stevie Johnson was on fire with 25 pts (also had 10 rebs).

ADT Tarragona - Coruna 56-72
Coruna trashed Tarragona on the road having Lino Lopez (189-G-76, agency: Court Side) in a game mood with 15 points. Nathan Miller (188-F) had 13 and Antonio Seijo added one point less. Ronald Thompson collected 24 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts.

Prat Juventud - Rosalia 51-83
Rosalia cruised past Prat Juventut on the road celebrating impressive 83-51 victory. Anthony Vereen (201-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) shined for the winners with 20 points. Erik Kangas (191-G-87, college: Oakland) followed him with 3 pts less. In Prat, Josep Franch had 13 points.
Group B
Illescas - Alcazar 76-78
Tiny, but important road win for Alcazar, who will have a chance in the next round to jump on 2-0 in the front of its fans. Duane Virgil (205-F/C-74, college: Murray St.) was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Marc Rubio (186-G-88) followed with 16 pts. Gustavo Ayon delivered 17 points and grabbed 8 boards in defeat.

Guadalajara - Promobys 84-85
Another thriller win for the guests in this round. It was Promobys, who outsmarted Guadalajara mostly owing to Ivan Martinez (193-F/G-90), who scored 15 points. Victor Perez (193-G/F-82), Pablo Sanchez and Roberto Rueda delivered 12 points each. Jose Alonso delivered 18 points for the hosts.

Matchmind - Plasencia 99-92
Matchmind had couple of players in a game mood today. Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, college: St.Bonaventure) was the best one with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Harry Bradford scored 18, while Alberto Ausina (203-F/C-81) and Sergio Alonos delivered 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Jonathan Bonnet responded with 23 pts.

Real M. II - Huelva 69-48
Real Madrid II stopped Huelva on just 48 points, while on the other side they drained 69 for comfortable home win in Round 1. Nicolas Richotti (175-G-86) led the hosts today with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Jorge Santana (193-G-90) had 12 and Javier Perez added 11 pts, plus 8 boards. Visitors did not have any player with double digits in scoring.

CajasurCord. - Qalat CajaSol 82-86
Qalat CajaSol got 17 points from Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91), 16 points from Julio Sosa Benitez, while Rolands Freimanis (208-F-88) added 15 pts and 11 rebounds. In Cajasur Cordoba, Jose Antonio Ferrer was the leading player with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Qalat totally outjumped its rivals toady.


LEB Gold: Summary of Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Girona - Breogan 88-81
Girona started 2009/10 season with 88-81 home victory against Breogan. Miguel Feliu (200-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 18, Albert Sabat (187-G-85) and Andrew Dervo had 16 each, while Darryl Middleton helped with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Visitors got 18 points and 13 boards from Jeff Adrien.

CAI Zaragoza - CB Tarragona 73-55
CAI Zaragoza opened the new season in style with 18-point win. The hosts had Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) and Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield) on fire with 21 and 19 points respectively. Michel Diouf delivered 16 pts and grabbed 8 rebounds in loss.

Melilla - Burgos 85-71
Melilla grabbed nice 14-point home with mostly owing to Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) and Rafael Huertas (189-G-84, agency: Court Side), who drained 16 points each. Jason Robinson and Roberto Morentin had 13 pts each. In Burgos, Aloysius Anagonye collected 16 pts and 6 rebs.

Ourense - Leon 85-83
Ourense escaped with tiny 85-83 home win against Leon. Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.) was a key player in this victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-84) followed him with 14 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Rick Hughes netted 21 pts.

Palencia - La Laguna 73-85
La Laguna grabbed excellent 85-73 road win thanks to Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) and Levi Rost (201-F-83, agency: High Post Agency, college: W.Michigan), who combined 47 points. Enrique Garrido also had important role netting 12 pts. Howard Brown collected 18 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts.

Cornella - Vive Menorca 77-72
Xavier Rabaseda (199-G/F-89) and Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Liberty) led newcomer Cornella to nice 77-72 win against Vive Menorca, who dropped from ACB last season to LEB Gold. The above mentioned players had 18 points each and were followed by Alejandro Hernandez, who scored 15. In Menorca, Cuthbert Victor delivered 18 pts.

La Palma - Clin.Rincon 74-69
La Palma had Juan Palacios (203-F-85) on fire with 17, David Padgett (211-F/C-85, college: Louisville) had 13 points, while Joaquin Banhome helped the hosts with 11 points. On the other side, Adrian Fuentes responded with 13 pts.

Tenerife - Caceres 53-62
Road win for Caceres for a great start in LEB Gold 2009/10 season. Francisco Sanchez (202-F-79) led the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Lucio Angulo (199-F-73) had 12 and Andrew Naymick added one point less. In Tenerife, Atila dos Santos registered double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Vigo - Mallorca 64-69
Mallorca is another team who celebrated as a guest in Round 1. Juan Riera (188-G-79) top-scored with 13, Daniel Northen (206-F/C-85, college: Tennessee Tech) had 12 and Israel Pampin added 11 pts. Vigo got 18 pts from Timothy Smith.


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold


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


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


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver


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  SWEDEN   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johan WESTERLUND
  08
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Westerlund, 0821.5 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 3. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 4. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 5. Jeansson, Sundsvall18.0 
 6. Jonker, Sundsvall18.0 
 7. Westerlund, 0817.7 
 8. Westerlund, 0817.7 
 9. Ringstrom, Gothia B.17.0 
 10. Jonker, Sundsva.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 15
 1. Palm, Boras15.0 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.14.5 
 3. Palm, Boras14.0 
 4. Palm, Boras13.3 
 5. Palm, Boras13.3 
 6. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 7. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 8. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 9. Jonker, Sundsvall12.0 
 10. Buchanan, Sol.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan LARSSON
  Plannja
  (184-G-74)
  Avg: 9
 1. Larsson, Plannja9.0 
 2. Massamba, Soder.8.0 
 3. Larsson, Plannja7.5 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping7.0 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 6. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 7. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 8. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 10. Pleick, Eco Oreb.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Carter, Gothia B.5.0 
 2. Saks, Norrkoping4.0 
 3. Buchanan, Solna4.0 
 4. Saks, Norrkoping4.0 
 5. Buchanan, Solna4.0 
 6. Massamba, Soder.4.0 
 7. Carter, Gothia B.3.5 
 8. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 9. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 10. Grant, Norrkopi.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  Plannja
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rosendahl, Plannja4.0 
 2. Palm, Boras4.0 
 3. Odada, 083.0 
 4. Odada, 083.0 
 5. Rosendahl, Plannja3.0 
 6. Konare, Jamtland3.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.5 
 8. Rosendahl, Plannja2.3 
 9. Palm, Boras2.0 
 10. Jonker, Sundsva.2.0 


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Blackeberg 2-0 
 2. Haga Haninge 2-0 
 3. Eagles 2-0 
 4. Alvik Basket 1-1 
 5. Polisen 1-1 
 6. BG Lulea 1-1 
 7. Talje 1-1 
 8. Lulea Steel 1-1 
 9. Akropol 1-1 
 10. Lidingo 0-2 
 11. Hallsta 0-2 
 12. Uppsala KFUM 0-2 
South
 1. Solna Branten 2-0 
 2. Hoganas 2-0 
 3. Nassjo 1-0 
 4. Srbija 1-1 
 5. Sanda 1-1 
 6. Norrkoping BK 1-1 
 7. Kalmar 1-1 
 8. Fryshuset 0-0 
 9. Eos 0-1 
 10. Kvarnby 0-2 
 11. Jonkoping 0-2 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Martigny 2-0 
 2. Swiss Central 2-0 
 3. DDV Lugano 2-0 
 4. Bernex 1-0 
 5. Zurich W. 1-0 
 6. Chene 1-1 
 7. Pully 1-1 
 8. Zurich K. 1-1 
 9. Vevey 0-1 
 10. Vernier 0-1 
 11. Neuchatel 0-2 
 12. Villars 0-2 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 0-2 


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  TUNISIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. C Africain 6-0 
 2. ES Sahel 4-2 
 3. Ezzahra 4-2 
 4. JS Kairouan 3-3 
 5. CA Bizerte 0-5 
 6. SSK Kasserine 0-5 
Group B
 1. US Monastir 6-0 
 2. Stade Nabeulien 4-2 
 3. ES Rades 3-3 
 4. C Cheminots 2-4 
 5. CS Hammamet 2-4 
 6. JS Manazeh 1-5 


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  TURKEY   


Super athletic James is coming for Mersin - by Sinan Can
MERSIN Byksehir Belediyespor signed American point guard Dominic James (180-G-86) . Turkish side who started the pre-season with Rolandas Jarutis as they were not satisfied with Lithuanian play-maker's performance and parted ways. Now they changed the route to an American point guard. Marquette stand-out James is very well known with his athletic ability, spectacular slam-dunks and leadership on the court. James finished his senior season with 11 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.0 asissts per game as he invited to Milwaukee Bucks summer league team. Mersin officials announced that Dominic James will arrive to Turkey on tuesday and be availible to make his debut on Turkish Cup games between 10-12 October.

Efes Pielsen grabs Trophy in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pielsen grabs Trophy in Turkey as the team upset the hosts of the International Tournament-Banvit 83:81 in the Final. Both winners of their groups clashed in the Final game last night.
Banvit won the opening quarter 29:22 and and had 7-point advantage at the halftime. Efes Pielsen reduced the gap after 16-13 in the third period and triumphed with 21-15 in the last. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) and Igor Rakocevic added 16 each. Preston Shumpert delivered 12 points for the winners and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) posted 9 and Bostjan Nachbar scored 8. Lance Williams ended up with 20 points for the hosts and Charles Davis nailed 16.
Besiktas Cola Turka overcame Union Olimpija 82:80 in the game for the third place. The team from Slovenia trailed 22-24 after the opening quarter but then bounced back with 19-14 in the second period. Union had 41:38 advantage when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Moreover Union Olimpija enjoyed 57:51 midway through the third quarter and had 63:58 at the end of it. Besiktas Cola Turka waited for its moment and produced 24-17 in the last stanza to win the game. Haluk Yildirim paced all the winners with 17 points, while Lonny Baxter added 16. Gasper Vidmar (210-C/F-87) was responsible for the same number of points in the losing effort. Sani Becirovic netted 14 and Matt Walsh posted 11 in defeat.
Crvena Zvezda finished 5th in the International tournament in Turkey. In the game for the fifth place the Serbian team overcame Galatasaray 81:76. Trailing 15-18 after the opening quarter, the Serbian team managed to reduce to 2 points at the halftime. Galatasaray added 26-24 in the third quarter, but Crvena Zvezda triumphed with 26-17 in the last quarter. Nemanja Bleica paced all the winners with 26 points. Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 18 and Filip Videnov had 12. Darius Washington and Radoslav Rancik combined 47 points in the losing effort.



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  UBL   


UBL Gets Ready for Season - by Ozzie Denson

UNITED BASKELBALL LEAGUE
PLAYERS COMBINE/DRAFT
The UBL Draft/Combine Oct 3, 2009 Players Selected. The UBL is getting ready for the upcoming season and this weekend Combine/Draft was just outstanding. Would like to thank all the players that attend the (UBL ) Combine/Draft.


Visit www.ublhoops.com


THE UBL COME GET SOME!

Brad Dixon 66 Appalachian St
Jeremy Carey 64 SW AG University
Jerome Mitchell 62 Central H/S
Isaiah Chatman 510 NB Academy
Montel Phillips 60 Pike Peak
Christopher Wright 56 N/C
Torrence Moody 59 Maywood Il
Raymond Rolley 62 Lawson State
Mark Matsen 65 Cardinal State
Matt Matsen 65 U- Westside
ReShawne Bowers 67 Tennessee St
Clint Perkins 64 Voorhees College
Drew Wingate 62 University of Mobile
Trea Lister 61 NTSU


www.ublhoops.com


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  UKRAINE   


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


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


Pirates Edge Debut Thriller - by Andy Webb
The second Saturday of the BBL Championship season saw the Everton Tigers and Essex Pirates in action for the first time. By the end of the night, three teams - the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, Sheffield Sharks and Worthing Thunder - were all tied in second place in the BBL Championship.

The Tigers, who finished second last season and also won the BBL Cup, were foiled in the East Midlands by a late run from the Riders that saw the hosts prevail 98-95. Tack Minor (180-G-84, college: LSU) scored 6 of his 32 points in the final minute and Bradd Wierzbicki scored a three-pointer as the Riders overturned an 87-93 deficit.

Elsewhere, the Sheffield Sharks rounded off a winning weekend as they defeated the Worcester Wolves 71- 100 to build on Friday night's defeat of the Worthing Thunder. The game was all-but-done in the second quarter as Ryan Patton (181-G-78, college: Youngstown St.) followed three three-pointers in a 15-2 burst with a half-court effort on the buzzer, to see the Sharks lead 29-50.

The night's other winners were joined in second place by the team the Sharks had defeated on Friday, the Worthing Thunder, as they recorded a 93-91 defeat of the Glasgow Rocks on the South Coast. Reggie Bratton (193-G/F, college: Lenoir-Rhyne) scored an amazing 47 points, including 6/8 three-pointers and the triple that won the game with 8 seconds left.

Meanwhile, the Pirates, in their first taste of BBL action since joining the league in the summer, also notched their first victory over South East rivals the PAWS London Capital, by 61-60. Alan Metcalfe (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) scored 21 points, including an old-fashioned three-point play that gave the Pirates the edge late in the fourth. The Capital could have won the game with the last shot, but Leon Nziye-Munango missed on the buzzer.

Essex Pirates 61 (11,28,49) (Metcalfe 21, Adu 13, Mumuni 11)
PAWS London Capital 60 (20,28,37) (Ataha 19, Gariba 16, Jivens 7)


The Essex Pirates started life in the BBL with the narrowest of victories, 61-60, against their South East rivals the PAWS London Capital.

Alan Metcalfe led their scoring with 21 points, while Taner Adu had 13 and Walid Mumuni had 11. Santa Ataha led the visitors with 19 points. Tim Lewis, Pirates' Head Coach, said, 'It's great to get our first win, especially as the guys haven't been together too long. It showed guts and determination and ultimately a win is a win, and it makes all the hard work worthwhile.'

The Pirates had led 49-37 going into the fourth period, only for the Londoners to start with the first 11 points. The Pirates responded with the next 6 to lead 55-48, but a Milek Jivens free-throw sparked a 7-0 response for the Capital to tie the game at 55 with 2:57 remaining. Metcalfe then made an old-fashioned three-point play and the Pirates retained that three point lead heading into the last minute.

Ibrahim Gariba made 2/2 from the line for the Capital, who had two late chances to win the game. Metcalfe blocked an effort with 22 seconds remaining, but from the resulting inbounds play the Capital ran the clock down to get the last shot, only for Leon Nziye-Munango to miss on the buzzer.

Earlier in the game, the Capital had taken a commanding first quarter lead at 11-20 after an 11-2 finish to the period. The Pirates restricted their visitors to just 8 second quarter points through pressure defence, and took the lead at 28-24 courtesy of a 12-2 run. They finished the third quarter with a 12-3 surge to lead 49-37.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 98 (26,39,70) (Minor 32, Johnson 22, Durant 16)
Everton Tigers 95 (25,49,71) (Bell 23, Larkai 22, Babalola 16)

The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders are one of three teams tied in second place in the BBL Championship after a late rally saw them beat the Everton Tigers 98-95.

The Riders entered the last 1:35 trailing by 89-93 after Tack Minor scored for the hosts. After forcing a 24 second violation, Minor scored again for the Riders before he stole the ball and made a lay-up to tie the score at 93 with 32 seconds remaining. With 24 seconds left Bradd Wierzbicki hit a three-pointer that gave the Riders a lead that they held on to.

The Riders were led by three double-doubles: Minor with 32 points and 14 assists, Johnson with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Shaun Durant with 16 points and 16 boards. Kevin Bell led the Tigers with 23 popints.

The Riders, who had scored over one hundred points in each of their first two games, were fast out of the blocks and soon led 9-3. The Tigers responded with an 11-2 burst, although the hosts held on at 26-25 after the opening ten minutes.

The tables were turned in the second quarter as the Tigers took charge and opened up a double-digit lead after Bell hit the first 5 of a 14-2 run that helped them to lead 39-49 at the half.

The lead peaked in the third quarter at 49-63. But the Riders came back with a 16-2 burst which included a stunning spell as Lataryl Williams passed to Minor for a three-pointer and Minor twice passed to Williams for two triples of his own. The Riders led 70-68 before Bell hit a three-pointer to set up the exciting fourth period.

Worcester Wolves 71 (16,29,47) (Zabas 19, Harker 16, Saunders 11)
Sheffield Sharks 100 (21,50,77) (Patton 24, Cook 22, Cauthorn 18)


The Sheffield Sharks took a share of second spot as they recorded their second win of the weekend, 71- 100 over the Worcester Wolves in the Midlands.

Ryan Patton was their inspiration with 24 points and a number of key scores in the decisive second quarter. Mike Cook had 22 and Tafari Toney made a double- double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Wolves were led by Evaldas Zabas who had 19 points.

The Sharks edged a close first quarter, but took control in the second as the Wolves were held to just 13 points in the period. The Sharks led 22-38 after a 15-2 burst that saw a trio of three-pointers from Patton, and when he hit one from half-court on the halftime buzzer they led 29-50.

The lead was pushed out to thirty in the third quarter behind the scoring of Mike Cook. The Wolves made their only real push at the start of the fourth as Zabas sparked a 7-0 run, but the game was already beyond them.

Worthing Thunder 93 (28,51,68) (Bratton 47, Cricelli 14, Makalainen 10)
Glasgow Rocks 91 (28,57,77) (Sapp 26, Yanders 25, Davis 15)


The Worthing Thunder moved up to second place in the BBL Championship table after Reggie Bratton hit a late three-pointer, on his way to 47 points, in a 93-91 defeat of the Glasgow Rocks on the South Coast. The Rocks had previously led for the most of the game.

The Rocks made a fast start to the game with the first two scores, and after four minutes they pushed their lead out to 9-16 on a Yanders three-pointer. Less than two minutes later that lead became 13-21 as Sapp connected from long range. The Thunder mounted a comeback from there, with an 8-0 tear that was capped by a pair of triples from Reggie Bratton and they were soon tied at 21, then again at 23 and 25. Sapp and Bratton exchanged three-pointers in the final 14 seconds to see the teams go in tied at 28 after the first ten minutes.

The visiting Rocks seized back the initiative in the second stanza, despite Bratton scoring all of the points in a quick 6-2 start that made the score 34-30 to the hosts. Murray and Yanders responded with back-to-back threes for the Rocks, before Yanders repeated the feat to give his team a 36-39 lead. Sterling Davis hit all of the Rocks' points, including two triples, in an 8-2 run before Yanders and Sapp added further three-pointers as the Rocks led 51-57 at the half. The Rocks had hit eleven three-pointers in the first half, while Bratton kept the Thunder in the game with an unbelievable 31 first half points.

The hosts could make no inroads in the third quarter as the Rocks started with a 7-2push. They flirted with a double-digit lead when a Yanders three made it 59- 68 midway through, before the Thunder fought back. Zafirov scored five of seven unanswered points, only to see the Rocks respond with the next seven. Despite that, the Rocks couldn't quite push the lead out of single figures, as they went into the decisive quarter 68-77 to the good.

Things all changed in the fourth quarter, despite the Rocks finally achieving a double-figure lead as Sapp scored the opening basket. But the Thunders stormed back immediately to take the lead at 82-81 with a 14-2 burst that included seven points for Bratton. There were five lead changes in the next couple of minutes and the Rocks led 90-91 with 15 seconds left after Sapp made 2/2 from the line. Bratton stepped up with eight seconds left to hit the game-winning three, as the Rocks failed to score with the final possession. Bratton was supported by 14 points from Samuel Cricelli. Sapp led the Rocks with 26 points, but the threes dried up as they only hit two in the second half.



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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2009 - Week 6 (Fri/Sat): Espartanos stopped Tiburones, regular season ends - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Espartanos de Margarita ended the historic 14-game winning streak of Tiburones de Vargas and swept them at Margarita Island, while Gatos de Monagas and Estudiantes de Guarico had a series split in San Juan de los Morros. So did Centauros de Apure and Duros de Lara in Biruaca and Graneros de Portuguesa and Lanceros de Cojedes in Guanare to end the regular season. These eight teams will start the second round next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Espartanos de Margarita 82 - Tiburones de Vargas 81
Verde Rojas Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta
Scorers
ESP: Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 21 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 18 points
TIB: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 17 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 13 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 12 points

Espartanos de Margarita 99 - Tiburones de Vargas 86
Verde Rojas Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta
Scorers
ESP: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 26 points and 13 rebounds, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 24 points
TIB: Alejandro Barrios 16 points, Leonardo Berroteran 16 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 14 points

Gatos de Monagas 96 - Estudiantes de Guarico 80
Olympic Dome - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico
Scorers
GAT: Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 23 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 15 points, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 14 points
EST: David Ruffin (193-G/F-84) 16 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 14 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 13 points

Estudiantes de Guarico 91 - Gatos de Monagas 82
Olympic Dome - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico
Scorers
EST: Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 22 points, Erick Herrera (184-F-80) 19 points
GAT: Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 17 points, Elvis Montero 13 points

Duros de Lara 88 - Centauros de Apure 85
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure
Scorers
DUR: Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 19 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 17 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 12 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 10 points, Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) 10 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 10 points
CEN: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 21 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 17 points

Centauros de Apure 88 - Duros de Lara 75
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure
Scorers
CEN: David Cedeno 16 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 15 points, Clarence Matthews 15 points
DUR: Kenji Urdaneta 18 points, Jose Juan Bravo 11 points

Graneros de Portuguesa 103 - Lanceros de Cojedes 85
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa
Scorers
GRA: Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 22 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 18 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 18 points
LAN: Ollie Bailey (201-F-85) 21 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F-82) 12 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 10 points

Lanceros de Cojedes 82 - Graneros de Portuguesa 77
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa
Scorers
LAN: Ollie Bailey 33 points, Roberto Basanta 13 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 12 points
GRA: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 20 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 15 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 12 points


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
East
 1. Tiburones 14-2 
 2. Gatos 10-6 
 3. Espartanos 9-7 
 4. Estudiantes 7-9 
 5. Acereros 0-16 
West
 1. Cent.Apure 11-5 
 2. Lanc.Cojedes 9-7 
 3. Graneros 9-7 
 4. Duros 7-9 
 5. Mantarrayas 4-12 




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - WNBL


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AWBL season opens with three games - by Eurobasket News
The 2009/10 AWBL season tipped off yesterday. Three games were played including the defending champions Flying Foxes taking a confident start to the new campaign. Flying Foxes faced ambitious Graz in the opener. The intrigue did not live for too long in this one. Flying Foxes exploded with 32 points in the starting frame building a 23-point lead. They never slowed down accumulating a massive 80:27 advantage with one quarter remaining. Flying Foxes cruised to the win as Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, college: La Salle) knocked down 21 points. Kimberly Dietz (175-G-85) added 18 points in the victory. Peciakowska replied with 14 points for Graz.
Union Kuenring Flames eased past Vienna 87. The Flames piled up a 26-point advantage at halftime and never looked back en route to a 90:41 win. Audriana Spencer scored 23 points to lead Union Kuenring. Michelle Osier (185-F) added 22 points in the winning case. Michaela Thaler (172-F-89) responded with 8 points for Vienna 87.
BK Duchess snatched a narrow 70:69 win over Wels on the road. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) produced 24 points in the victory. Kata Takacs (183-F-91) had 8 points for the visitors. Theresa Lisch (175-G-88, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Saint Louis) came up with 20 points for Wels.



Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Jocher's D. 1-0 
 2. Fl.Foxes 1-0 
 3. Union Kuenring 1-0 
 4. WBC Raiffeisen 0-1 
 5. Graz 0-1 
 6. Vienna 87 0-1 


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C.F. Belgium post first win in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
C.F. Belgium - Cameroon 71:60

C.F. Belgium earned the initial win at the Francophone Games 2009. They topped Cameroon in Beirut to climb at 1-3 record in Group B. Cameroon remained winless at 0-4. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) dropped 14 points to lead the charge.
The first term did not decide on the leader. The teams traded baskets and stayed tied at 13 after ten minutes. C.F. Belgium spurred in front in the second period and registered a 29:25 advantage at halftime. C.F. Belgium maintained the advantage in the third stanza. They poured in 25 points worth an 11-point lead before the fourth period. Cameroon stopped the bleeding in the final frame but could not threaten the margin losing at the end.
Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) and Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) produced 12 points each in the victory. Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85, agency: LBM Management) delivered 8 points for C.F. Belgium. Nicole Jamen (180-F/C) answered with 15 points for Cameroon. Siloise Gano finished with 13 points and 7 boards in defeat.

C.F. Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 14, Romina Ciappina 12, Nina Crelot 12
Cameroon: Nicole Jamen 15, Siloise Gano 13



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  CAMEROON - Women  


C.F. Belgium post first win in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
C.F. Belgium - Cameroon 71:60

C.F. Belgium earned the initial win at the Francophone Games 2009. They topped Cameroon in Beirut to climb at 1-3 record in Group B. Cameroon remained winless at 0-4. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) dropped 14 points to lead the charge.
The first term did not decide on the leader. The teams traded baskets and stayed tied at 13 after ten minutes. C.F. Belgium spurred in front in the second period and registered a 29:25 advantage at halftime. C.F. Belgium maintained the advantage in the third stanza. They poured in 25 points worth an 11-point lead before the fourth period. Cameroon stopped the bleeding in the final frame but could not threaten the margin losing at the end.
Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) and Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) produced 12 points each in the victory. Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85, agency: LBM Management) delivered 8 points for C.F. Belgium. Nicole Jamen (180-F/C) answered with 15 points for Cameroon. Siloise Gano finished with 13 points and 7 boards in defeat.

C.F. Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 14, Romina Ciappina 12, Nina Crelot 12
Cameroon: Nicole Jamen 15, Siloise Gano 13



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  CANADA - Women  


Tunisia hold off Quebec in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - Quebec 68:63

Tunisia grabbed the third win at the Francophone Games in Lebanon. They toppled Quebec to improve at 3-2 record. The victory propelled the team to the third spot in preliminary Pool A. Quebec suffered the fourth loss and stayed in the fifth position. Selma Mnasria (G-88) was instrumental in the win as she scored 22 points.
A close battle in the opening frame saw Tunisia earn a one-point lead at the first break. The North American team rebounded in the second period. They surged in front due to a tough and disciplined defense. The scoreboard read 30:27 for Quebec at halftime. But Tunisia stepped on the gas in the third period and it proved too much for Quebec defense to cope with. Selma Mnasria and Fatma Zagrouba (F-82) helped Tunisia account for 24 points in the quarter and they accumulated a 3-point lead into the fourth stanza. Quebec could not answer and had to swallow the pill at the end.
Fatma Zagrouba produced 18 points for the winners. Chantelle Sfamour answered with 24 points. Audrey Latendresse (185-F-83, college: St.Bonaventure) came up with 17 points in the loss.

Tunisia: Selma Mnasria 22, Fatma Zagrouba 18, Mehe Cheli (C-81) 9
Quebec: Chantelle Sfamour 24, Audrey Latendresse 17



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  CROATIA - Women  


Gospic loses Marija Vrsaljko to knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for BC Gospic, as they are set to enter the new season without one of the teams best players. As it was reported by Croatian media, young and promising center Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) will miss next five months because of a knee injury. She suffered this injury at the recently played friendly match against Sibenik Jolly in Finals of the Regional Cup Vojko Herksl. In the final quarter, Vrsaljko collided with the opposing player and she had to be stretched out. She did not return for the remainder of the game and first prognosis were not looking good. Worst fears have now be confirmed, as further tests confirmed that Vrsaljko will need to undergo surgery. She is expected to miss five months. This will certainly be a blow for Gospic who will open the new season without a starting center. It remains to be seen if the management will decide to bring in new player as a short-term substitute.
Marija Vrsaljko played for BC Zadar before coming to Gospic last season. In her fist year she displayed excellent skills and quickly established herself as a team leader even though she is only 20 years old. In 15 league games Vrsaljko averaged 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. She was also exceptional in Europe, as she appeared in 8 games, posting averages of 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. For her good displays she was voted All-WABA 1st Team.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 30
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.30.0 
 2. Kuthanova, VS Praha22.0 
 3. Vlkova, Valosun .22.0 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .21.5 
 5. Vlkova, Valosun .21.5 
 6. Reisingerova, Strako.20.5 
 7. Zrustova, Valosun .20.5 
 8. Reisingerova, Strako.20.5 
 9. Zrustova, Valosun .20.5 
 10. Horakova, Frisco.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eva HORAKOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (188-F-72)
  Avg: 15
 1. Horakova, Hradec K.15.0 
 2. Kulichova, Frisco S.15.0 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.15.0 
 4. Kulichova, Frisco S.15.0 
 5. Tamane, USK Praha14.0 
 6. Tamane, USK Praha13.5 
 7. Tamane, USK Praha13.5 
 8. Kulichova, Frisco S.13.0 
 9. Horakova, Hradec K.12.5 
 10. Horakova, Hradec.12.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hana HORAKOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (182-F/G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Horakova, Frisco S.6.0 
 2. Misurova, Trutnov5.0 
 3. Misurova, Trutnov5.0 
 4. Horakova, Frisco S.4.0 
 5. Horakova, Frisco S.4.0 
 6. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.5 
 7. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.5 
 8. Hindrakova, Trutnov3.0 
 9. Kuthanova, VS Praha3.0 
 10. Borecka, Karlov.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tereza KUTHANOVA
  VS Praha
  (178-F-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kuthanova, VS Praha5.0 
 2. Johnova, Strakonice4.0 
 3. Elhotova, USK Praha4.0 
 4. Vetrovcova, Karlov.4.0 
 5. Giacintova, Valosu.4.0 
 6. Giacintova, Valosu.4.0 
 7. Horakova, Frisco S.4.0 
 8. Horakova, Frisco S.4.0 
 9. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.5 
 10. Kysilkova, Hradec.3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  USK Praha
  (181-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tamane, USK Praha2.5 
 2. Tamane, USK Praha2.5 
 3. Hanusova, Frisco S.2.0 
 4. Hanusova, Frisco S.2.0 
 5. Kulichova, Frisco S.2.0 
 6. Novakova, Hradec K.1.5 
 7. Hanusova, Frisco S.1.5 
 8. Horakova, Hradec K.1.5 
 9. Novakova, Hradec K.1.5 
 10. Horakova, Hradec.1.5 


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  DENMARK - Women  


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


Falcon climb on top of standings - by Eurobasket News
Falcon claimed the second straight win at the start of the Dameligaen season. Falcon overcame Horsholm 73:69 on the road. The teams looked evenly matched in the opening stanza. They were tied at 23 after ten minutes of action. But Falcon limited the 79ers to 11 points in the second frame taking a 6-point lead at halftime. Horsholm showed character erasing the deficit in the third quarter. The 79ers entered the fourth period ahead by 2 points but could not hang on for the win. Chelsea Lutha (181-F-84) paced the visitors to a tough victory at the end. Chelsea Lutha tallied 27 points, 17 boards and 4 assists in the win. Sofie Vincents (172-G-87) and Anne Pedersen (186-F-92) had 12 points each for the visitors. Therese Deemand (176-G-83, college: Binghamton) knocked down 12 points for Horsholm. Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) and Signe Boye (176-G-88) chipped in 11 points each as Horsholm slipped at 0-1 record.
The Dameligaen defending champions Amager posted the initial victory in the season. They held off Virum 71:52 at home court. Amager dominated in this one building a 39:22 lead at halftime. The Vipers slowed the hosts down in the second half but could not capitalize losing the battle at the end. Catharina Jensen Palm (184-G/F-89) poured in 24 points and grabbed 11 boards in the victory. Emilie Ramberg (173-G-79) was responsible for 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Ditte Graae Jakobsen replied with 13 points for Virum.



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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB, Round 2: Tarbes, Bourges, Mondeville and Arras remain perfect - by Eurobasket News
Arras - Challes 67-65
Arras opened LFB 2009/10 season with tiny 67-65 home win against Challes. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) stepped up in victory with 19 points, Hanna Bouldwin (185-F-84, college: TCU) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Olesia Malashenko helped with 16 points and 7 boards. Challes got double-double from Magali Lacroix (186-F-75), 20 points and 14 boards.

Mondeville - Villeneuve 81-70
Mondeville registered comfortable 81-70 win against Villneuve mostly owing to Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: De Paul) who had 19, as well as Aurelie Bonnan (187-F-83) and Valeriya Berezhynska, who added 17 points each. Bonnan also grabbed 13 rebounds beside that. In the loosing squad, Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, college: Wisconsin) shined with 16 points.

Toulouse - Aix-en-Prov. 73-72
Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) scored 18 points pacing Toulouse to 73-72 thriller win against Aix-ev-Provence. Agathe Nnindjem (192-C-80) followed her with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Emile Maurice also drained 12 pts. Visitors got 21 points and 5 boards from Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86).

Armentieres - Bourges 50-66
Bourges opened the new season in style with 66-50 road win against Armentieres. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) was a key player in victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) was behind her with 14 pts and 9 rebs. Virginie Bremont (178-G-89) and Anda Nedovic combined 31 points in loss.

Lattes Montpe. - Landes 76-60
Lattes Montpeller had Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) on fire with 16 points for 19 minutes. Dana Boonen (197-C-79, college: Rutgers) scored 12 and Gaelle Skrela helped the hosts with one point less. In defeat, Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) and Anais Le Gluher scored 12 points each.


Limoges - Calais 56-90
The box-score will be available soon.

Nantes - Tarbes 67-82
The box-score will be available soon.


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Tarbes 2-0 
 2. Bourges 2-0 
 3. Mondeville 2-0 
 4. Arras 2-0 
 5. Montpellier 1-1 
 6. Toulouse 1-1 
 7. Nantes 1-1 
 8. COB Calais 1-1 
 9. Challes 1-1 
 10. ESB Villeneu. 1-1 
 11. Aix-en-Prov. 0-2 
 12. Landes 0-2 
 13. Armentieres 0-2 
 14. Limoges 0-2 


LFB Stats Leaders


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Marburg 2-0 
 2. Oberhausen 2-0 
 3. Saarlouis 2-0 
 4. Halle 2-0 
 5. Wasserburg 1-1 
 6. Wolfenbuettel 1-1 
 7. Freiburg 1-1 
 8. Herner 1-1 
 9. Opladen 0-2 
 10. Rhein MB 0-2 
 11. Leipzig 0-2 
 12. Donau-Ries 0-2 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


A League: Six unbeaten and six winless teams after two rounds - by Eurobasket News
Szeged - Szolnok 71-51
Szeged registered easy 71-51 win against Szolnok jumping to 2-0 in Hungarian top division. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) was a key player in victory with 24 points. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) also had important role collecting 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Vaida Sipaviciute helped with 12 pts. In Szolnok (0-3), Adrienn Kantor (182-G/F-90) and Zita Sonyak netted 11 pts each.

BSE - Bajai NKK 85-54
Zsofia Simon (180-G-89) top-scored in victory with 20 points, while Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) added 17. Jelena Budimir (193-C-85) drained 23 points for the loosing side and grabbed 9 rebounds beside that. BSE 2-0, Bajai 0-2.

MKB Eurol. - Vasas-Csata 98-40
3-0 for MKB Euroleasing and 0-2 for Vasas-Csata after this game. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) scored 22, while Tijana Krivacevic and Edit Eordogh added 21 points each in this victory. In defeat, Dora Szondy (173-G-88) collected 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.

MiZo Pecs - BEAC 121-43
MiZo Pecs destroyed BEAC with huge 121-43. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) shined for the hosts with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Alexandria Quigley (86) followed her with 19 pts. Judit Zsamar (179-F-89) scored 17 for BEAC (0-2).

SEAT Lami - Atomeromu 90-62
SEAT Lami had Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) on fire in this game with 21 points. Angela Djelmis (176-G-75, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) was second scorer of the team with 18 and Anna Vida added 17 points, plus 8 rebounds. Visitors got 20 points from Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89).

ZTE - Cegledi EKK 104-52
ZTE blasted Cegledi EKK moving up to perfect 2-0 record. Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 9 rebounds. RitRasheed Arnold (G, college: W.Virginia St.) delivered 17. Cegledi (0-2) got 12 pts from Viktoria Szabo (166-G-92).
MKB Eurol. - Szolnok 94-49
September 30 - MKB Euroleasing moved up to 2-0 after nice 94-49 win against Szolnok. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) led the hosts with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Zita Sonyak (180-G-85) and Rita Hegedues scored 15 each in defeat.


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


Stats Leaders - Women


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  ITALY - Women  


Cras Taranto clinch SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
Cras Taranto - Faenza 65:62
Cras Taranto celebrated the second SuperCup triumph in the teams history. Taranto held off Faenza to clinch the title. The Seria A defending champions entered the game without Zimerle and Wambe but it did not prevent the team from taking a strong start. Taranto ran away to a 20:11 lead midway through the first frame. Taranto arrived at the first break ahead by 7 points 26:19. Faenza unleashed a 7:1 run at the start of the second period to cut the deficit. But Taranto did not allow their opponents to put their noses in front. The reigning champions rolled to a 37:31 advantage at halftime. Taranto stretched the gap to 11 points early in the third frame. The margin reached a 13-point mark but Faenza did not say die. They fired seven points in a row to stay within striking distance. The teams kept it close in the fourth period. Taranto led by just three points with 36 seconds to go. But Brunson hit decisive points and sealed the winning outcome for Taranto at the end.
Michelle Greco (176-G-80) and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) had 16 points each for Taranto. Michelle Greco was named the MVP of the game. Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) delivered 13 points in the winning effort. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Faenza. Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points in the losing case.

Cras Taranto: Michelle Greco 16, Elodie Godin 16, Jami Montagnino 13
Faenza: Geraldine Robert 19+12 boards, Oleksandra Prystupa 11



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  IVORY COAST - Women  


Mali edge Cote d'Ivoire for the second win in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Mali - Cote d'Ivoire 64:51

Mali clinched the second win at the Francophone Games in Lebanon. They wrapped up the preliminary round with a cruising win over Cote d'Ivoire. Mali occupied the third spot in Group A. Cote d'Ivoire slipped at 1-4 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
Cote d'Ivoire got to a perfect start to the game. They piled up a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. But Mali quickly turned the tables. They outgunned their opponents 20:11 in the second period to earn a narrow lead. The third frame turned into a nightmare for Cote dIvoire as they accounted for just 4 points in it. Mali capitalized rallying to 14-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Cote d'Ivoire won the final stanza but could not rescue the encounter.
Mariame Sylla tallied 20 points and 15 boards for Mali. Aminata Sininta (185-C-85) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Mariama Kouyate (88) produced 18 points for Cote d'Ivoire.

Mali: Mariame Sylla 20+15 boards, Aminata Sininta 15+10 boards, Traore Natira (90) 12
Cote d'Ivoire: Mariama Kouyate 18, Renee Djedjemel 7



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  LEBANON - Women  


Romania upset Lebanon, stay undefeated at Francophone Games - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Romania 49:85

Romania cruised to the fourth straight win at the Francophone Games. They stunned Lebanon to remain on top of Pool B at 4-0 record. The hosts in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat and slipped at 2-2 at the third spot in the ladder. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) led the visitors with 18 points eah.
Romania did not give the hosts a single chance in the opening frame. The visiting side unloaded 22 points earning a 12-point advantage at the first break. The lead just kept on growing in the second stanza. Romania built a massive 24-point advantage at halftime. Lebanon could not pick up the slack in the third stanza. They conceded 22 points in the third period and faced an 18-point deficit before the fourth quarter. The final frame brought no relief for the hosts as they suffered a bitter loss at the end.
Alexandra Cutas (179-F-82) knocked down 13 points for Romania. Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) added 10 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt) had 13 points for Lebanon. Rebeca Akl (92) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Chantelle Anderson 13, Rebeca Akl 11
Romania: Ildiko Vass 18, Anita Meszaros 18, Alexandra Cutas 13



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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Musel Pikes 1-0 
 2. Residence 1-0 
 3. Basket Esch 0-0 
 4. Amicale 0-0 
 5. Etzella 0-0 
 6. T71 Dudelange 0-0 
 7. Racing 0-0 
 8. AB Contern 0-0 
 9. Grengewald 0-1 
 10. Black Star 0-1 


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  MADAGASCAR - Women  


FIBA Africa Championship for Women: Nigeria roll out 12-man list, depart for Madagascar Wednesday - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) at the weekend releases the list of the twelve players who will fly the country flag at the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women holding in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The twelve players who will be representing Nigeria at the continent biggest women basketball tournament has a blend of foreign and home based players which includes former Africa golden girl, Mfon Udoka who will be captaining the Nigerian side to the Madagascar showpiece.

Other players on the roster include, Turkey base, Mactabene Amachere and Adeola Olanrewaju, Ukraine higher league import player for 2009, Charity Egenti, Amaka Adibeli, Tamunomiete Whyte, Funmilayo Ojelabi, Chioma Udeaja, Magdalene Ukato, Vivian Ewalefo, Rashidat Sadiq and Vera Angwe-Ellong.

Meanwhile arrangement has been concluded for the team to fly out on Wednesday, the team will have its first Group-B game against Mali on Friday.

Nigeria other group games are as follows; Nigeria Vs Rwanda on Saturday, on Sunday Nigeria will battle Tunisia while Monday will be observed as rest by the twelve participating countries.

Hostilities are expected to resume on Tuesday with Nigeria taking to the floor against Cte d'Ivoire who replaced Guinea who pulled out of the championship and conclude her group game against Angola on Wednesday.

Charity Egenti (191-C-85, college: Stephen F. Austin)


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  MALI - Women  


Mali edge Cote d'Ivoire for the second win in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Mali - Cote d'Ivoire 64:51

Mali clinched the second win at the Francophone Games in Lebanon. They wrapped up the preliminary round with a cruising win over Cote d'Ivoire. Mali occupied the third spot in Group A. Cote d'Ivoire slipped at 1-4 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
Cote d'Ivoire got to a perfect start to the game. They piled up a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. But Mali quickly turned the tables. They outgunned their opponents 20:11 in the second period to earn a narrow lead. The third frame turned into a nightmare for Cote dIvoire as they accounted for just 4 points in it. Mali capitalized rallying to 14-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Cote d'Ivoire won the final stanza but could not rescue the encounter.
Mariame Sylla tallied 20 points and 15 boards for Mali. Aminata Sininta (185-C-85) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Mariama Kouyate (88) produced 18 points for Cote d'Ivoire.

Mali: Mariame Sylla 20+15 boards, Aminata Sininta 15+10 boards, Traore Natira (90) 12
Cote d'Ivoire: Mariama Kouyate 18, Renee Djedjemel 7



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  NIGERIA - Women  


FIBA Africa Championship for Women: Nigeria roll out 12-man list, depart for Madagascar Wednesday - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) at the weekend releases the list of the twelve players who will fly the country flag at the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women holding in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The twelve players who will be representing Nigeria at the continent biggest women basketball tournament has a blend of foreign and home based players which includes former Africa golden girl, Mfon Udoka who will be captaining the Nigerian side to the Madagascar showpiece.

Other players on the roster include, Turkey base, Mactabene Amachere and Adeola Olanrewaju, Ukraine higher league import player for 2009, Charity Egenti, Amaka Adibeli, Tamunomiete Whyte, Funmilayo Ojelabi, Chioma Udeaja, Magdalene Ukato, Vivian Ewalefo, Rashidat Sadiq and Vera Angwe-Ellong.

Meanwhile arrangement has been concluded for the team to fly out on Wednesday, the team will have its first Group-B game against Mali on Friday.

Nigeria other group games are as follows; Nigeria Vs Rwanda on Saturday, on Sunday Nigeria will battle Tunisia while Monday will be observed as rest by the twelve participating countries.

Hostilities are expected to resume on Tuesday with Nigeria taking to the floor against Cte d'Ivoire who replaced Guinea who pulled out of the championship and conclude her group game against Angola on Wednesday.

Charity Egenti (191-C-85, college: Stephen F. Austin)


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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Artego Bydg. - Super-Pol 60-72
Artego was beaten by Super-Pol 60:72 as Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) dominated with 23 points. Krysiewicz Edyta nailed 18 and Drzewinska Aleksandra chipped in 12. Crisman Lori collected 17 points and 17 boards, while Thomas Melanie notched 16 in defeat.

PTS Lider - LKS Siemens 83-56
PTS Lider thrashed LKS Siemens 83:56 in Regular Season Round 2. Five players scored in double digits as Ashley Shields (178-G-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) paced all of them with 21 points. Bibrzycka Magdalena nailed 17 and three other players contributed with 11 each. Jankowska Leona ended up with 17 points and 10 boards in defeat.

CCC Polkowice - Lotos Gdynia 54-42
CCC Polkowice jumped to 2-0 record beating another favorite Lotos Gdynia 54:42 in the defensive style. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) led the way with 14 points, while Bortelova Veronika nailed 10. Tomialowicz Olivia delivered 8 points in the losing effort.

Odra Brzeg - TS Wisla Can-Pak 67-61
TS Wisla Can-Pak lost the second in a row as the team was defeated by Odra Brzeg 61:67. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Reed Athlete Management, college: S.Florida) led the way with 18 points for the winners, while Malaszewska Natalia notched 15. Denson Brittany collected 13 points and 14 rebounds and Stewart Xenia scored 9. Wielebnowska Anna produced 19 points for the guests.

Gorzow - Energa Torun 80-69
Gorzow celebrated the second staright victory in Poand as they beat Energa Torun 80:69. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) stepped up with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while Richards Samantha notched 14. Gladden Alicia brought the guests 24 points and Krawiec Monika posted 14.

Utex Row - Inea AZS P. 85-74
Katarzyna Krezel (179-G-85) top-scored with 22 points and 5 rebounds as her Utex Row cruised past Inea AZS 85:74. Koc Martyna and Bell Nikita collected both 13 points and combined 23 rebounds. Skobel Agnieszka ended up with 21 points for the visiting side.



Stats Leaders - PLKK


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Gorzow 2-0 
 2. CCC Polkowice 2-0 
 3. Odra Brzeg 2-0 
 4. Utex Row 1-0 
 5. PTS Lider 1-1 
 6. Energa Torun 1-1 
 7. Super-Pol 1-1 
 8. Inea AZS P. 1-1 
 9. Lotos Gdynia 1-1 
 10. MUKS Pozn. 0-1 
 11. Artego Bydg. 0-2 
 12. TS Wisla Can-Pak 0-2 
 13. LKS Siemens 0-2 


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Denson and company led Morovis pass Carolina, 76-60 - by Raul Colon
Can anyone stop the Mountaineers? The answer, at least so far, is a resounding. Morovis used a balance attack to easily defeat Carolina 76-60 in Saturday night action. As has been the case since late August, Amy Denson scored 26 points to led the Mountaineers The 6-foot-1 forward also took home 16 boards. Another import, Alyssa Hollins added 21 points while national team point guard, Pamela Rosado netted 12. Veteran Felecity Willis was the best scorer for the Giants. The PG managed 19 points while distributing seven assists Holy Mahan had 14, with 9 rebonds, and Whitney Murrer 11in a losing effort. After wining the first half, 33-30, Morovis went on a tear, scoring 17 of the first 25 points of the second half to open up the game.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Romania upset Lebanon, stay undefeated at Francophone Games - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Romania 49:85

Romania cruised to the fourth straight win at the Francophone Games. They stunned Lebanon to remain on top of Pool B at 4-0 record. The hosts in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat and slipped at 2-2 at the third spot in the ladder. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) led the visitors with 18 points eah.
Romania did not give the hosts a single chance in the opening frame. The visiting side unloaded 22 points earning a 12-point advantage at the first break. The lead just kept on growing in the second stanza. Romania built a massive 24-point advantage at halftime. Lebanon could not pick up the slack in the third stanza. They conceded 22 points in the third period and faced an 18-point deficit before the fourth quarter. The final frame brought no relief for the hosts as they suffered a bitter loss at the end.
Alexandra Cutas (179-F-82) knocked down 13 points for Romania. Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) added 10 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt) had 13 points for Lebanon. Rebeca Akl (92) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Chantelle Anderson 13, Rebeca Akl 11
Romania: Ildiko Vass 18, Anita Meszaros 18, Alexandra Cutas 13



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
 1. MBK Ruzomb. 4-0 
 2. Dobri Anjeli 4-0 
 3. Basket Steel 3-1 
 4. Roznava 2-2 
 5. Presov 2-2 
 6. Nitra 2-2 
 7. Poprad 2-2 
 8. Cassovia K. 1-3 
 9. UMB B.B. 0-4 
 10. Slovan 0-4 


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Sallen 0-1 
Group 1-4
 1. 08 1-0 
 2. Solna Vikings 1-0 
 3. Telge Energi 1-0 
 4. Lulea BBK 0-1 
Group 5-8
 1. Norrkoping 1-0 
 2. Sundsvall 1-0 
 3. Visby 1-0 
 4. Marbo Basket 0-1 
Places 11-12
 1. Umea 0-1 
Places 9-10
 1. Brahe 0-1 
South
 1. Eos 0-1 


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  TUNISIA - Women  


Tunisia hold off Quebec in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - Quebec 68:63

Tunisia grabbed the third win at the Francophone Games in Lebanon. They toppled Quebec to improve at 3-2 record. The victory propelled the team to the third spot in preliminary Pool A. Quebec suffered the fourth loss and stayed in the fifth position. Selma Mnasria (G-88) was instrumental in the win as she scored 22 points.
A close battle in the opening frame saw Tunisia earn a one-point lead at the first break. The North American team rebounded in the second period. They surged in front due to a tough and disciplined defense. The scoreboard read 30:27 for Quebec at halftime. But Tunisia stepped on the gas in the third period and it proved too much for Quebec defense to cope with. Selma Mnasria and Fatma Zagrouba (F-82) helped Tunisia account for 24 points in the quarter and they accumulated a 3-point lead into the fourth stanza. Quebec could not answer and had to swallow the pill at the end.
Fatma Zagrouba produced 18 points for the winners. Chantelle Sfamour answered with 24 points. Audrey Latendresse (185-F-83, college: St.Bonaventure) came up with 17 points in the loss.

Tunisia: Selma Mnasria 22, Fatma Zagrouba 18, Mehe Cheli (C-81) 9
Quebec: Chantelle Sfamour 24, Audrey Latendresse 17



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  VENEZUELA - Women  


Linabafe 2009 - Matchday 3 (West): Venezuela's U18 team and Llaneras de Cojedes advance - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's U18 Team and Llaneras de Cojedes advanced to the next round of the first edition of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Femenino (Linabafe), after earning victories in the last Matchday of the first round tournament played at Lara Figueroa Arena of Guanare, Portuguesa.

The U18 team took down Aviadoras de Aragua, 71-48. The team coached by Eduardo Gil got off to a good start in the first quarter, as a 32-9 lead was more than enough, as they kept along their pace in the next quarters, 46-18, 61-29 and 71-48. Keisy Ford and Yanilka Montoya were the top scorers with 16 points each, while the loosing side had Yohana Pena and Wendy De Marco as their best attackers with 13 and 9 points.

Meanwhile, Llaneras de Cojedes took down the hosts, Coromotanas de Portuguesa, 85-58, thanks to 19 points by Carmen Arnoz and 12 points of Nathaly Malpica. Now, these teams will wait for the action of the East Conference in Caracas to know who they'll be facing in the upcoming round.


D1 STANDING
LINABAFE Standings
East
 1. U18 3-0 
 2. Cojedes 2-1 
 3. Aragua 1-2 
 4. Barinas 0-0 
 5. Portuguesa 0-3 
West
 1. Sucre 0-0 
 2. Anzoategui 0-0 
 3. Sirenas 0-0 
 4. Osas 0-0 
 5. Distrito Capital 0-0 


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WNBA Finals, Game 3: Mercury - Fever 85-86 (1-2) - by Eurobasket News
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Indiana Fever moved within one victory of the WNBA title Sunday with an 86-85 win over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 3 of the finals.

The Mercury's Tangela Smith missed a jumper from the foul line as time expired.

The Fever took a 2-1 lead in the series and can clinch their first championship with a win at home Wednesday.

Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) led the Fever with 18 points. Briann January (5'8''-G-87, college: Arizona St.) scored 17, and Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) had 15.

Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) led Phoenix with 23 points and Le'Coe Willingham (6'0''-C-81, college: Auburn) added 17. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut), the leagues MVP, scored 18 points but shot 6-for-16 from the field.

There were seven lead changes and three ties in the second half.

The series has been tight throughout, with Phoenix winning Game 1 in overtime and Indiana taking Game 2 93-84 on Thursday.

The lead seesawed throughout the fourth quarter.

Hoffmans long shot from the left corner put Indiana ahead with 57 seconds left. The officials reviewed the shot to determine if she was behind the arc and concluded it was a 2-pointer, giving Indiana an 86-85 lead.

Pondexter rushed downcourt and missed a layup, and Catchings rebounded. Then Indiana missed twice in close, but got the offensive rebound. January dribbled the ball out of bounds with 22 seconds left, though, to give Phoenix a final chance.

Pondexter missed a short jumper, and Catchings went for the rebound. She tried to call timeout, but a jump ball was called. Willingham won the jump ball against Catchings, and Phoenix called timeout with 3.4 seconds left to set up Smiths shot.

Phoenix dominated the second quarter and led 47-44 at halftime. Pondexter scored nine points in the quarter by consistently driving into the paint. She also helped the Mercury push the ball up the floor and regain control of the tempo that Indiana had some success slowing in the first quarter.

Indiana tied the game on a free throw by Catchings early in the third quarter, but Willingham scored three straight buckets to give the Mercury a 57-51 lead and force Indiana to call timeout.

Indiana climbed back into the game on the strength of Januarys shooting. The rookie scored 10 points in the final 1:16 of the third quarter to turn a five-point deficit into a 70-67 lead.


Courtesy of Yahoo (www.sports.yahoo.com)