EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/7/2009

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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Wels 1-0 
 2. Oberwart 1-0 
 3. Furstenfeld 1-0 
 4. Gmunden 1-0 
 5. Arkadia 1-0 
 6. St.Polten 1-0 
 7. Worthersee 0-1 
 8. Klosterneub. 0-1 
 9. UBSC Graz 0-1 
 10. Kapfenberg 0-1 
 11. Gussing 0-1 
 12. Vienna 0-1 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Gaz Metan
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia22.0 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden21.3 
 3. Thomas, Wels20.3 
 4. Burnette, Worth.20.2 
 5. Youngblood, Oberw.20.1 
 6. George, Vienna19.9 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg18.1 
 8. Moric, Oberwart17.3 
 9. Vay, Arkadia17.2 
 10. Rhinehart, Wor.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.0 
 2. Johnson, Oberwart8.6 
 3. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 4. Colwell, Gmunden7.9 
 5. Strait, Wels7.3 
 6. Mahalbasic, Worth.7.1 
 7. Moric, Oberwart6.9 
 8. Vay, Arkadia6.6 
 9. Suljanovic, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Kugerl, Kapfenbe.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alexander LANEGGER
  UBSC Graz
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.6 
 2. Burnette, Worth.5.4 
 3. Danek, Arkadia4.4 
 4. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.2 
 5. Fisher, Gmunden3.9 
 6. O''Neal, Vienna3.8 
 7. Zeleznik, Kapfe.3.5 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg3.4 
 9. George, Vienna3.4 
 10. Youngblood, Obe.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ravone GEORGE
  Vienna
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. George, Vienna2.3 
 2. Mitchell, Arkadia2.2 
 3. Burnette, Worth.2.0 
 4. Fears, Kapfenberg2.0 
 5. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 6. Moore, Wels1.7 
 7. Youngblood, Oberw.1.7 
 8. O''Neal, Vienna1.6 
 9. Mascoll, UBSC G.1.5 
 10. Danek, Arkad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryan GRIER
  UBSC Graz
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.3 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden1.3 
 3. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.9 
 4. Youngblood, Oberw.0.9 
 5. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia0.7 
 7. Huffman, Gmunden0.6 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden0.6 
 9. Mitchell, Arkadia0.6 
 10. Thomas, We.0.5 


A Bundesleague started on Saturday - by Eurobasket News
Austrian A Bundesleague started last week-end. As it was last season, twelve teams will fight for the championship title. Gmunden, St. Polten, Furstenfeld, Arkadia, Obewart and Wels celebrated in Round 1.
Gmunden outplayed Kapfenberg at home 85-82. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) was the leading player in this victory with 25 points.
Gussing failed at home against St. Polten 61-69. David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the guests with 18 points.
Furstenfeld grabbed nice 91-80 home win against Klosterneuberg. Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) shined with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Furstenfeld.
Arkadia destroyed Worthersee at home 96-69 and it was the easiest win in this round. Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 25 points and 6 rebounds.
Oberwart celebrated at home against UBSC Graz 82-72. In this game Johnathan Levy (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) drained 30 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.
Wels cruised past Vienna 74-56. Tilo Klette (205-C/F-77) registered 16 points and 8 boards for the hosts.
Round 2 is scheduled for October 10, 11 and 12.


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Vitalyur 0-0 
 2. Temp-OSHVSM 0-0 
 3. Grodno-93 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 5. OZAA Osipov. 0-0 
 6. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
 7. BNTU 0-0 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Minsk-2006


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  BOSNIA   


Sloboda beats Celik in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Sloboda - Celik 69-62

Sloboda hosted BC Celik for a friendly game and managed to come away with 69-62 victory. It was a match where Sloboda imposed their game in the first half and has created lead big enough to keep it until the final buzzer. Game was characterized by high number of technical fouls. Celik opened it better as they took initial 4-7. From that point on, Sloboda took over and by the end of the first quarter they held 23-14 lead. In the second quarter, Sloboda continued to pressure its opponent and increased their lead. At the halftime, Sloboda was holding comfortable 42-28. In the second half, Celik players came out with more intensity and tried to mount a comeback. Still Sloboda managed to fend off any such attempt and have routinely closed out the game.
For the winning side, Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86) had a good game with 16 points. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) added 13 while Miodrag Tanasilovic (197-G/F-84) finished the match with 11. Celik had four players in double digits, but others could not match their opponent. Ramo Rizvic (199-G-86) scored 18 points on the night. Muris Andelija (208-C/F-81) added 16 while Asmir Sadibasic (204-F/C-82) finished with 12. Armin Avdibegovic (189-G-84, agency: VTBM) also scored in double digits with 10 points.

Sloboda: Mirza Hrncic 16, Drasko Albijanic 13, Miodrag Tanasilovic 11
Celik: Ramo Rizvic 18, Muris Andelija 16, Asmir Sadibasic 12, Armin Avdibegovic 10


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  BRAZIL   


Londrina Trying-out americans - by Paulo Freire
The new Londrina basketball team is looking forward to sign with a good american player to complete their roster.
Coach Enio Vech workout the powerforward Matthew Salley, for a couple of days and even play the player some time at the Joinville Tournament that had Flamengo, Minas Tenis and Joinville Teams.
The product of Bradley Braves had a preview of Brazilian basketball some days before, when the school came to Brazil for preseason.

Matt Salley (201-F-86, college: Bradley) was realease after the tournament and now the team will try-out the point guard Brandon Lee (188-G, college: Tarleton St.)


Cetaf sign with import player - by Paulo Freire
Cetaf basketball team will play their first game of the Nationals on November first, until then coach Luiz Felipe is looking for the finals peaces to complete their roster.
They will sign tomorrow with Magen McNeil from Philadelphia, that played for Arcadia University and American International College, of Springfield, Massachusetts.
The young team will have a big challange at the NBB, with a lot of players trying to prove their on value.
Magen McNeil (198-F-83, college: Arcadia) will have to found his place and fight for the position with Bruno da Silva (200-F-81), Eric Soares (205-F-86) and Cicero Gonzaga (200-F/C-86, college: NE Oklahoma A&M CC).


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  CHILE   


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 2009 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Heard,Val 25.0
2. Rodgers,Uc 23.3
3. Campos,Llan 22.8
4. Velasquez,Cas 21.8
5. Arteaga,Ucon 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Rivers,Cas 13.5
2. Zimmerman,Lic 12.8
3. Agba,Bos 12.7
4. Arigbon,Esp 12.2
5. Mazur,Oso 10.4
Assists Per Game
1. Hernandez,Ucon 6.3
2. Oliver,Sag 6.0
3. Saez,Lic 5.0
4. Ziegele,Bos 4.2
5. Mendez,Llan 3.9
Steals Per Game
1. Garrido,Llan 4.1
2. Collao,Eve 3.7
3. Carrasco,Oso 3.2
4. Morales,Lic 3.1
5. Hernandez,Ucon 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Thomas,Llan 1.7
2. Hermosilla,Ev 1.5
3. Agba,Bos 1.4
4. Heard,Val 1.3
5. Marechal,Ucon 1.2


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  CHINA   


CBA New Season - by Robert Wang
CBA new season '2009-2010' will start on December 19th. Currently, all CBA teams are preparing for the China National Games and they want to make a good result on this biggest event. Some teams has exchanged some local players like former NBA center Ba Ter transferred to Shan Dong team. Gu Li Ye, Liu Xiang Tao and Yang Ming has been to Shan Dong team already. Hope they can help Shan Dong team go to Champion!
Another message said Curtis Withers has been tried out for a team in China but got released after 2 games test. Samaki Samali has been in China for many days and will play the season for his former team.


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  COLOMBIA   


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


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  CYPRUS   


Olivier Ilunga back in Cyprus - by Interperformances
6'1'' PointGuard/Guard Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84, agency: Interperformances) has been signed by InterCollege Etha Engomis in the Cypriot A1 League. This is not the first time that Olivier plays in Cyprus. In 2007/08 he moved to AEL Limassol, where he helped the team to win the Cyprus Super Cup . Olivier has both Swedish and Congolese passports and last season he averaged 13.3 ppg, grabbing 5.7 rebounds with Sundsvall Dragons in Sweden, where he got an Honorable Mention from the Swedish Basketligan.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL


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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Efes Pilsen
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Rakocevic, Caja L.17.8 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.17.3 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.0 
 4. Warren, Air AV16.2 
 5. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.15.4 
 6. Becirovic, Lottomat.14.8 
 7. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.8 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.7 
 9. Arroyo, Maccabi .14.6 
 10. Eliyahu, Maccab.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Woods, Zalgiris9.0 
 2. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.8.6 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 4. Fischer, Maccabi .7.7 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.4 
 6. Julian, Nancy7.3 
 7. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.0 
 8. Burke, Assec.Pr.6.9 
 9. Eliyahu, Maccabi .6.6 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pils.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.2 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.1 
 3. Mallet, DKV J.4.6 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.4.4 
 5. Prigioni, Caja L.4.3 
 6. Arroyo, Maccabi .4.1 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.3.8 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.3.6 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.3.5 
 10. Tepic, Partiz.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Assec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.7 
 2. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 3. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.2 
 4. Green, Fener.Ulker2.0 
 5. Anderson, Cibona2.0 
 6. Jaaber, Lottomat.1.9 
 7. Miles, Panionios1.9 
 8. Sato, Montepaschi1.8 
 9. McIntyre, Montepas.1.7 
 10. Julian, Nan.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Woods, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.7 
 4. Begic, U.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Splitter, Caja L.1.6 
 6. Lasme, Partizan1.6 
 7. Ndong, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Eze, Montepaschi1.2 
 9. Archibald, Unicaja1.1 
 10. Vasilopoulos, Olym.1.1 


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


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga


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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Le Puy 5-0 
 2. Challans 4-0 
 3. Angers BC 49 4-0 
 4. St Quentin 4-1 
 5. Denain 4-1 
 6. Reims 3-2 
 7. Get Vosges 3-2 
 8. Angers EOSL 3-2 
 9. Boulogne 3-2 
 10. Cognac 2-3 
 11. Blois 2-3 
 12. Chalons 1-3 
 13. St Chamond 1-4 
 14. Denek 1-4 
 15. Longwy 1-4 
 16. Lievin 1-4 
 17. St Etienne 0-2 
 18. CFBB 0-5 


NM1 Day 05: Le Puy holds on strong - by Chris Spiesser
Le Puy won the leader's confrontation and went back home as the unique leader of the NM1. Nevertheless, Challans and Angers don't offer any gap as they remain undefeated with one game less than the ponots. In the bottom of the league, Bayonne opened its winning column with style against Longwy while St-Chamond downed Saint Etienne.

The results:
Saint-Quentin 89-80 Angers EOSL
Bayonne Urcuit 85-59 Longwy
Blois 102-83 Cognac
Angers BC 69-61 Centre Fdral
Chlons 83-91 Reims
GET Vosges 66-65 Livin
Challans 99-65 Boulogne
Denain 78-80 Le Puy
Saint-Chamond 68-60 Saint-Etienne

The main facts:
29pts (13/19), 9rbs for Julien Lesieu while Saint Quentin beat Angers EOSL with authority (+20 after 30').
Offensive festival in Bayonne which posted a +15 to Longwy in the first QT. The basqs shot 81 times, Larry Blair tried 30 times for 13 achievements. He ends with 31pts, 12rbs and 6stl.
Blois needed a win that came in the last QT (28-15). The blesian collective is getting better with 21ass (11pts, 5rbs, 9ass for Pierre Brochard).
Reims keeps its neighbour under water as Chalons remains stuck at 1 victory. The visitors led by Jalce (22pts 9/11) benefited also from Chalons' 17 turnovers (vs 9).
The GET took 5 minutes to enter the game (2-15) and waited until the last QT to overcome tired nordists by posting a 24-9. Bianco Matanga was the chief operator in offense with 19pts, 5rbs and 6ass.
From the beggining, Challans put its shadow on the game so that Boulogne was trailing by 31pts at halftime. Coach Mass gave at least 12mns to all of his players. Those prove the huge collective involvement of the only all french roster in NM1.
Aba Koita (13pts, 10rbs) scored the buzzer beater that downed Denain. Le Puy was playing without Travarus Bennett, injured.
Second derby of the week in the Loire departement. The final result looks tiny but Saint Chamond scored 29 ranking points more than the CASE. The visitors got outrebounded 45-25 especially by Rinna who ends close to a triple-double (11pts, 13rbs, 7ass).


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  GERMANY   


Chris Copeland (TBB Trier)Looking To Spice Up His Defense This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) is a 25 year old 203 cm power forward from Orange, New Jersey. He went to the University of Colorado from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 44%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 68.8%. In his first season overseas, he played for Beirasar Rosalia (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five), only pre-season, then moved to C.B. L'Hospitalet (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) playing 4 games averaging 4.0ppg, 8.0rpg and then moved to Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five) playing 28 games and averaging 18.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 79.3%. Last season, he moved to Germany to TBB Trier playing 34 games averaging 13.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.8%. Chris Spoke to eurobasket four days before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

Chris, what is the biggest change that we will see this season in the game of TBB Trier?

I hope consistency. We showed some flashes of brilliance last season beating some top teams. We had a lot of injuries last season which hurt. We had a difficult and hard pre season this year and I think it will help us be ready.

How is the team chemistry now that most guys remained with the club?


The chemistry is coming along great. So many guys returned and we know each other well. We went through so many battles last season on the court. Now we have to take the chemistry and perform on the court.

TBB Trier was one of the worst rebounding teams last season. You didnt get a new big guy. How will you improve under the basket this season? I guess that Maik Zirbes could play a bigger role this season?


I think that Maik will really help us in many ways. He is a big body with soft hands and will help us under the boards. He is very talented. Guys like myself, George Evans and Maksym Shtein will really have to pick it up on the defense end rebounding.

What can we await form the 18 year old 208 cm Alexander Andreev? How much potential does he have?



He has a lot of potential, but needs time to grow. He works very hard and is quite receptive to what coach says which would make any player better.

What kind of a playing style can we await from TB Trier this year? Will there be any surprises?


I think that our style will be very entertaining for the fans. I dont know exactly how much different it will be since so many guys returned, but we will be more consistent and very scrappy.

What do you want to improve on your game?


My focus is too improve defense, defense defense. My offense has always been up and down, but one thing that you can control is your defense. I want to focus on providing good defense first this season.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners visit TBB Trier on Friday. They have many new players and are not as intact as you guys. What will you have to be aware of to win?

That is tough to say since I have not seen the scouting yet. Frankfurt is always hard to play. They are a confident team, deep, talented and well coached. We have to be on our A game to win.

What will be the key to success?


Defense is the biggest key. We have to focus on stopping teams defensively. We have enough guys that score at all positions. If we can play strong defense for four quarters then we will have a good chance to win.

You probably will have to defend Derrick Allen and Seth Doliboa. What do you know about Seth Doliboa?


My coach just mentioned Doliboa to me today. He is very skilled, but I will be ready for him.

If you spent a day with Aggi Mock on a deserted island. What would you guys do together in order not to be bored?


All I need would be a few video games and a TV. Aggi would only need a microphone, because he is an entertainer. We really would not need much to have fun together.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith.
Thanks Chris for the chat. Good luck this season with TBB Trier.



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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.

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



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  HOLLAND   


PromotieDivisie News: Jerice Crouch is making moves and noise!! - by Terry Cooper
For years I have stressed to both PromotieDivisie teams, coaches, and NBB to make a way for their players to gain exposure not only to play in the EreDivisie but to have the opportunity to play and be known in Europe. Now I must say that most of the blame is on teams that just want to stay small time or be the little brother of an EreDivisie team that already has a 2nd team (Farm team if you want to call it that). Now I will not blame all of this on the 3 that I just mentioned because if you really want to make moves, then the effort has to come from the individual. Well that is what happened to Jerice Crouch (182-G-84, college: Chattanooga) that paid his own way to make his dreams come true. Crouch played 2 seasons for Tennessee Chattanooga averaging 10.3ppg 2.3apg his final season. After there were no offers to play abroad, he decided to come to Holland and play for defunct SVU Lions which he played incredibly well for the club HOPING that an EreDivisie team would recognize his talents and at least give him a tryout. After a several games with the team and a turnaround in the standings, not one EreDivisie team even offered a tryout (mostly because there are NO STATS for coaches to see, NBB won't make it mandatory, and little connections from teams/coaches). He didn't let that get him down and he came back the next season and played for Emmen Eagles (defunct as well) and performed even better than his first year and still no one gave him a half-chance (I know that feeling). After this, Jerice Crouch (182-G-84, college: Chattanooga) returned home and 2 seasons for the Rochester RazorSharks of the PBL. He averaged 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg which landed him a playing job in Slovakia for Inter Bratislava! At the moment Crouch is leading the league in scoring at 26.5 ppg being only 182cm and the team is bringing Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84, college: USF) to make them a force in the Extraliga. Goes to show that when you make an investment in yourself that things do go well but for all coaches and teams in the league and EreDivisie, in the NEAR future when an import player comes on his own to prove his worth, perhaps you may want to keep an eye on players (import and domestic) because your key player may be just around the corner. For those players that REALLY want to show and prove, you do the work on and off the court to make it happen. If it is not just for fun to you, then you find a club, coach, organization, etc that has that same drive and determination as you and roll with them and you can not be afraid to do something new. If your opportunity is not in the EreDivisie or Promoite, then Germany, Belguim, France, etc is nearby. So far import and domestic players have done this (yes, money is one of the factors when YOU ARE putting in the work!) and the cause n effect is starting show in the PromotieDivisie. I would like to say Congratulations to Jerice and success with your team in Slovakia!


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 2: Red Giants & Binnenland remain undefeated. - by Terry Cooper
Week 2 in the league separated the difference in teams from last season to the present. Although the season is still young, some teams are trying to get a jump start early and establish themselves as a contender. Red Giants of Meppel edged their crosstown rivals Landstede2 81-77 while Sjoerd van Vilsteren (199-F-84) and Binnenland trounced VBC Akrides 95-62 as both teams remain unbeaten. BV Rooi shocked MSV Log in on the road winning 90-77 while Amsterdam2 beat Leiden2 65-56. Initial High Five won a nail bitter at home over BV Hoofddorp 81-80 while GOBA bounced back from last weeks loss to win over Groene Uilen 56-48. Punch had the week off. As you can tell, some teams from last season and newcomers have done WHATEVER IT TAKES to vamp their rosters to be a contender while others have settled for what they can get. There is still a long way to go before the playoffs however, teams that are making noise now are going to be heard in the end. Stay Tuned...NO STATS MEANS NO MOVEMENT for PLAYERS...Think about it..

Week 2 Scores:

Groene 48-56 Goba
Leiden2 56-65 Amsterdam2
MSV 77-90 BV Rooi
Landstede2 77-81 Red Giants
Binnenland 95-62 Akrides
BV Hoofddorp 80-81 High Five


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  IRELAND   


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


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  ISRAEL   


Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Tel Aviv enter Winner Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Galil Gilboa made it to the Winner Cup semifinal. They toppled Bnei Hasharon 77:62. Galil Gilboa got to the better start. They jumped to a 12:5 lead and maintained it throughout the starting stanza. Gilboa ensured a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 9 points early in the second period. But Bnei Hasharon soon clipped the margin trailing by just two points 32:34. Galil Gilboa stayed cool and posted a 41:34 lead after the first half. Bnei Hasharon kept the intrigue burning in this one as they narrowed the deficit at 3 points early in the third quarter. But once again Galil Gilboa recovered and posted a 62:51 lead into the fourth term. They kept Bnei Hasharon at safe distance in the final quarter and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Brian Randle (203-F-85) fired 13 points to pace Galil Gilboa. Dion Dowell (198-G-85, college: Houston) added 11 points in the win. Ugonna Onyekwe (203-F-79, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Pennsylvania) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Segado Belcher (191-G-78, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Nebraska) netted 11 points in defeat.
Maccabi Tel Aviv took care of Ashkelon 101:80 to join Galil Gilboa in the semifinal. Maccabi earned a 31:19 lead after ten minutes. But Ashkelon exploded with 28 points in the second period to draw things level at 47. But Maccabi proved the strength in the second half. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) and Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced the charge with 21 points each as Maccabi raced to the win after the main break. Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points and 7 boards in the victory. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) answered with 19 points for Ashkelon. Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) had 18 points in the losing effort.



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  ITALY   


Schultze joins Biella - by Gianni Pascucci
Angelico Pallacanestro Biella agreed to terms with experienced German player Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side), who is expected to join the team soon. Schultze inked a temporary contract and could make his comeback in Italian Serie A starting from next sunday. Thie announcement of this deal came just after that Biella and Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) reached a mutual agreement to suspend the tryout period. According with the official release from the club, the player needs of some time more to come back in the right shape.


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  JAPAN   


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


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  JORDAN   


Greer joins the forces of ASU - by Mohammed Malas
After the latest rumours, ASU Sports Club had announced latley through Addustour local newspaper that LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, agency: Buck Andre, college: Florida St.) and Chris Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) are the imports of the team in Hariri Tournament which will begin on the 8th of October in Tripoli, Lebanon and maybe later on for the reminder of the season.

Greer shined last season in Cyprus when he led his team Keravnos Strovolou to Semifinals of the Cyprot Cup and League finalist, The American shooting guard had the chance to play also in Greece, Russia, Italy and Ukraine.


AL-HARIRI TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - by Murad Masri


AL-HARIRI TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE has been rivaled yesterday, as ASU will be in group #2 beside CHAMPVILLE from Lebanon and Ittihad from Egypt and AS DE SAL from morocco, while group #1 will have the host AL-RIYADI from Lebanon, AL-Muharraq from Bahrain and Ahly from Egypt and STADE NABEULIEN from Tunisia.

The schedule:

Thursday 8-10-2009
Riyadi - STADE NABEULIEN (6 pm)
Ahly Muharraq (8 PM)

Friday 9-10-2009
ASU - CHAMPVILLE (6 PM)
Ittihad - DE SAL (8 pm)

Saturday 10-10-2009
Ahly - STADE NABEULIEN (6 pm)
Riyadi - Muharraq (8 PM)

Sunday 11-10-2009

ASU Ittihad (6 pm)
CHAMPVILLE - DE SAL (8 pm)

Monday 12-10-2009
Riyadi Ahly (6 pm)
Muharraq - STADE NABEULIEN (8 pm)

Tuesday 13-10-2009

ASU - DE SAL (6 pm)
Ittihad - CHAMPVILLE (8 pm)

Wednesday 14-10-2009

Winner of group (1) Second on group (2) (6 PM)
Winner of group (2) second on group (1) (8 pm)

Thursday 15-10-2009
Final game
* All games on Beirut local time



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  KOSOVO   


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 0-0 
 2. Peja 0-0 
 3. Bashkimi 0-0 
 4. Trepca 0-0 
 5. Drita 0-0 
 6. Kosova 0-0 
 7. Bambi 0-0 
 8. Col.Eurosport 0-0 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL


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


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  LUXEMBOURG   


1/16 Final Matchups Drawn for Cup of Luxembourg - by Alex Meyers
On Monday evening, October 5th, the drawing took place by the FLBB to see who will face eachother in the 1/16th final of the Cup of Luxembourg 2010. The 2009 Cup winner was T71. The team on the left will play at home. Here is the result of the draw.

Coupe de Luxembourg - 1/16 finals

Bascharage (+10) - Black Star
Arantia (+20) - BBC Nitia
Les Esprants (+10) - Basket Esch
Rsidence - Zolwer
Black Frogs (+20) - Racing
Red Miners (+10) - Grngewald
Ptange (+10) - Arlon
Mondorf - Telstar
Mess and Heffingen got a bye

The games will be played on either the 20th or the 21st October 2009.


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  MEXICO   


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros28.4 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros28.4 
 3. Millsap, Bucaneros26.2 
 4. Millsap, Bucaneros26.2 
 5. Millsap, Bucaneros26.2 
 6. Hickerson, Pioneros25.7 
 7. Hickerson, Pioneros25.7 
 8. McCullough, Libert.22.4 
 9. McCullough, Libert.22.4 
 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. Garcia, Pioneros11.8 
 5. Reaves, Barreteros11.0 
 6. Reaves, Barreteros11.0 
 7. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 8. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 9. Reaves, Barreteros10.7 
 10. Reaves, Barreter.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Funn, Bucaneros7.1 
 2. Funn, Bucaneros7.1 
 3. Funn, Bucaneros7.1 
 4. Funn, Bucaneros7.0 
 5. Funn, Bucaneros7.0 
 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. Capers, Barreteros1.4 
 6. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 7. Cox, Angeles1.4 
 8. Capers, Barreteros1.4 
 9. Darnell, Cosmos1.3 
 10. Darnell, Cosm.1.3 


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  NBA   


Bulls v Jazz UK Boxscore - James Johnson hits buzzer beater to win the game! - by Alex Yam
Utah Jazz (1-1)

Field Goals
Rebounds

pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
W. Matthews F 23:57 5-10 3-4 3-4 +4 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 3 16
C. Boozer F 19:17 2-4 0-0 2-2 +2 0 5 5 1 4 0 2 1 1 6
M. Okur C 22:39 3-7 1-2 0-0 +5 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 7
R. Brewer G 22:39 4-6 0-1 0-0 +5 2 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 1 8
D. Williams G 25:18 4-8 1-2 7-7 +1 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 16
P. Millsap
28:43 6-13 0-0 6-10 -3 4 2 6 0 5 1 4 1 3 18
K. Koufos
19:35 4-7 0-0 0-1 -5 4 2 6 0 2 1 1 0 2 8
A. Kirilenko
19:14 1-3 0-1 5-6 -6 0 3 3 1 2 2 2 2 0 7
R. Dupree
07:42 0-0 0-0 1-2 -8 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
R. Price
22:42 1-7 0-2 4-5 -2 3 0 3 4 1 1 1 0 0 6
S. Nelson
06:07 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
G. Suton
05:46 1-1 0-0 0-0 -1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
E. Maynor
16:21 1-7 0-2 2-2 +3 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 1 2 4
K. Fesenko Reason : DNP DNP - DND - Sprained Left Heel
M. Harpring Reason : DNP DNP - NWT - Ankle, Knee
P. Harris Reason : DNP DNP - NWt - Sprained Right Ankle
K. Korver Reason : DNP DNP - DND - Inflamed Left Knee
C. Miles Reason : DNP DNP - NWT - Ruptured Left Thumb Ligament
Total
240 32-75 5-14 32-41
14 21 35 18 26 11 15 6 13 101

42.7% 35.7% 78.0% Team Rebs: 12 Total TO: 15
Chicago Bulls (2-0)

Field Goals
Rebounds

pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. Deng F 24:48 8-12 1-1 1-1 +1 0 2 2 5 0 0 1 2 1 18
T. Gibson F 32:57 4-8 0-0 2-4 +1 1 4 5 0 6 1 4 2 1 10
J. Noah C 26:18 2-4 0-0 6-8 -10 0 3 3 4 3 0 4 6 0 10
J. Pargo G 34:44 6-17 3-6 1-1 +5 0 2 2 5 6 0 3 1 1 16
K. Hinrich G 25:43 4-4 2-2 1-2 -1 1 6 7 4 2 1 3 0 0 11
B. Miller
13:35 3-6 0-1 2-2 0 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 8
D. Byars
22:53 3-6 1-2 0-2 0 2 3 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 7
J. Johnson
27:55 5-12 1-3 7-7 +1 5 3 8 2 5 1 4 2 3 18
C. Richard
20:31 0-0 0-0 0-2 +12 1 4 5 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
L. Hunter
10:36 1-2 0-1 2-2 -4 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 4
A. Gray Reason : DNP DNP - DND - Lf. Fibula Stress Fracture
J. James Reason : DNP DNP - NWT - Right Achilles
D. Rose Reason : DNP DNP - DND - Strained Right Ankle
J. Salmons Reason : DNP DNP - NWT - Personal Reasons
T. Thomas Reason : DNP DNP - DND - Right Hip Contusion
Total
240 36-71 8-16 22-31
12 30 42 21 30 5 23 13 6 102

50.7% 50.0% 71.0% Team Rebs: 7 Total TO: 23
Technical Fouls
--
Scoring
Lead Changes: 13
Times Tied: 17
ARENA STATS


Arena:
The O2 Arena, London,
Officials:
#108 N. Buchert, #110 D. Carr, #134 W. Mensah
Attendance:
18,689
Duration:
2:24


Will Bynum shines in Pistons' 87-83 preseason win against Heat - by Eurobasket News
If he plays like this when the Detroit Pistons start the regular season, he won't have to.

Will Bynum (5'11''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) was among several Pistons to turn in solid performances in Detroit's 87-83 preseason win against Miami.

Detroit's Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) put the game away when he made a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining.

'What was neat about tonight was, especially at times, the things we talked about the last 10 practices came to fruition in regards to the way we defended and how we shared the basketball,' Pistons coach John Kuester said. 'This is a work in progress.'

And while there were a number of Pistons worthy of praise, the play of Will Bynum, who will be a free agent this summer, stood out.

In the first half, he had 11 points in less than nine minutes, scoring on driving layups and pull-up jumpers. He finished with a team-high 15 points.

'He's a spark plug,' Kuester said. 'There's no question about it.'

Many of the moves that worked for Will Bynum were similar to what he did last season when he averaged a career-high 7.2 points off Detroit's bench.

'This is how I play, try to change the tempo of the game,' Will Bynum said. 'It's pretty simple for me.'

Even with a solid season under his belt, Will Bynum's role coming into this season was uncertain.

Detroit was going to have a new coach in Kuester, who replaced Michael Curry (6'5''-G-68, college: Sam Houston St.) -- one of Will Bynum's biggest supporters.

The Pistons also added Ben Gordon and just a couple weeks ago brought back former Piston Chucky Atkins.

Will Bynum will be the first to tell you that Detroit's backcourt is a bit crowded.

However, he's not concerning himself with how many minutes he gets -- even if he's in a contract year.

'That's not in my control,' Will Bynum said. 'All I can do is come in and work hard in practice. It's about us. It's not about me, or Rip or Ben (Gordon) or Stuckey. It's about us as a team. If we can dominate our minutes collectively, we can give other teams hell.'

Detroit caused Miami all kinds of fits.

In addition to Will Bynum, Gordon and Pistons forward Chris Wilcox each chipped in 11 points.

However, the Heat didn't let the game get too out of hand courtesy of Wade, who led all scorers with 18 points.

Detroit led by 17 points, but the Heat rallied and had a chance to tie the game in the final minute.

Following a Miami timeout, Heat guard John Lucas' driving layup attempt was off the mark. DaJuan Summers grabbed the rebound and threw it down court into the hands of Gordon, who immediately was fouled.

Said Miami guard Dwyane Wade: 'There were some good things that were done, especially not giving up, staying in the game and giving ourselves a chance to win.'

Courtesy of www.mlive.com


Suns center Lopez out 6-8 weeks - by Eurobasket News
The smallish Suns just got smaller.

Phoenix lost its only true center, Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford), to a foot fracture that will sideline him six to eight weeks, including at least 11 regular-season games.

Lopez landed oddly on his left foot and went down after charging during Saturday's scrimmage. It felt like any other ankle sprain to Lopez until pain in his foot intensified Sunday night. Monday's X-rays showed a break in his fifth metatarsal, which connects to the little toe.

He will have surgery today to insert a screw into his left foot, which had a plate and four screws inserted in 2004 for a fourth metatarsal fracture.

'The surgery I had in high school didn't bother me after,' Lopez said. 'Hopefully I have the same results.'

The Suns are considering adding a big man. They waived camp player Raymond Sykes on Monday.

Coach Alvin Gentry told rookie Earl Clark he might even play some center.

'We have to find a way to become pack rebounders,' Gentry said. 'As far as defending the basket, we've just got to get there, and we're drawing charges now. He's our best shot-blocker and gave us good size in there.'


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Miles ruptures thumb ligament, will need surgery - by Eurobasket News
Heading into his fourth NBA season, much was looking up for swingman C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87).

His body was better than it's ever been, and his shot was falling, evidenced by a 5-for-7 effort from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, in the Jazz's preseason-opening win over Denver last Thursday.

Then he flew overseas, and all turned sour.

Miles one of the few Jazz players actually looking forward to doing some sightseeing both here in London and later this week in Madrid, Spain ruptured a ligament in the thumb on his left, shooting hand during practice Monday at The O2 Arena.

Miles will need surgery, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said shortly after team doctor Dr. Lyle Mason examined the thumb.

The extent of the injury was immediately evident, O'Connor added.

'Certainly he worked his tail off to get himself in really good shape. I think we saw that so far in the week-and-a-half we've had (since training camp opened),' O'Connor said. 'But, you know, injuries are a part of the game, and if we start feeling sorry for ourselves then we're making a mistake.'

The club had no precise timetable for how long he'll be out, but O'Connor said Miles may miss the opening of the regular season.

The Jazz in London to play Chicago tonight in a preseason game that is part of the NBA's EuropeLive 2009 tour begin their 2009-10 season Oct. 28 vs. the Denver Nuggets.

'Best guesstimate ... he won't be ready for the start of the season. Or it could be more. Don't know,' O'Connor said.

Miles injured the thumb during a scrimmage, rupturing the tendon as he tried to brace himself from a fall while going after a loose ball.

The 22-year-old returned home to the United States on a commercial flight later Monday and will soon undergo surgery there.

Through a team spokesman, he declined comment on the injury.

Miles was the Jazz's starter at small forward for every game in which he played last regular season. The Jazz have been considering using him off the bench this season, though, and have been playing him at both shooting guard and small forward.

In any event, he'd likely be a part of coach Jerry Sloan's regular rotation.

O'Connor said he did not know what impact the injury would have on the makeup of the roster of the Jazz, a team that lost 149 man games to injury and illness last season.

'We're over here, so it's difficult to react,' he said. 'But ... I don't know what we'll do as far as that goes.'

Utah currently has 13 players under contract, and can sign up to two more.

The count of 13 includes veteran swingman Matt Harpring, who did not make the trip to Europe and may not play at all this season due to chronic knee and ankle injuries.

The loss of Miles really is a compounding blow for the Jazz, as it was just prior to practice Monday that Sloan was suggesting that avoiding injuries would be critical to the club's season.

'Hopefully we can stay healthier than what we did last year,' he said mere minutes before Miles went down without any hope for returning early in the foreseeable future.

'That always happens to teams that you have any of your key players out for a period of time,' Sloan added. 'But it takes a while for them to mesh back together after they come back.'

Backup shooting guard Kyle Korver and reserve center Kyrylo Fesenko, meanwhile, both are being called 'questionable' by the Jazz for today's game.

Korver has been bothered for much of training camp by inflammation in his left knee.

He took part in the early part of practice Monday, including stretching drills, but not the rest.

Fesenko sprained his left heel, which was stepped on.


Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Magic beat Mavs 110-105 in preseason opener - by Eurobasket News
Magic center Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) has coined a new nickname for Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina), who was called Half-Man, Half-Amazing in his high-flying, younger years.

Laughed Howard, Hes now Half-Man, Half-Retired.

He's not the Toronto Raptors Vince Carter who was dunking on seven-footers, but hes still one of the leagues best players.

Carter, the eight-time all-star acquired in a trade this summer, showed flashes in his Magic debut Monday night as Orlando opened their preseason with a 110-105 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena.

Expected to provide go-to scoring, Carter led the Magic with 21 points, although he made just 7-of-18 shots and sat out the fourth quarter.

He largely settled for 3-point attempts, hitting only 3-of-12. And on this night, anyway, he didnt have the overall impact as the player he essentially replaced, Hedo Turkoglu, managing only one assist.

For Carter, the former Daytona Beach Mainland High star who has long resided in Orlando and followed the Magic as a youth, just putting on the Magics blue uniform was special.

It was a great experience, just to be in the uniform, he said. It was great to finally get out there and play. After a while it was just basketball.

Howard finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with about four minutes left in the third quarter. He also picked up a technical, arguing with one of the replacement referees.

Power forward Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79), who will miss the Magics first 10 games because of a suspension, finished with 18 points.

Point guard Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 10 points and had four assists, playing for the first time since making an ill-fated comeback in the NBA Finals. He was lost for the last 35 regular-season games last season when he injured his right shoulder on Feb. 3 against the Mavs.

Along with Carter, three other new players made their Orlando debuts.

Power forward Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU), who left Dallas as a free agent, scored 13 points, including two late, pivotal 3-point plays; small forward Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) added 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting, and point guard Jason Williams finished with four points and six assists after early struggles.
Forward Ryan Anderson, who arrived with Carter from the New Jersey Nets, did not play.

The Magic featured Carter in the third period and he delivered, scoring 15 of his points.

He nailed two 3-pointers, and then completed a traditional 3-point play to give the Magic a 76-73 lead.

Carter then showed his value. He drew a double-team by the Mavs and whipped a pass to Lewis, who drilled a 3-pointer.

I did OK, Carter said. I was just getting my legs under me. I got a feel for it early and played better basketball in the second half.

The game was sloppy at times, fitting the definition of preseason and the stand-in refs were practicing their whistle-blowing, calling 64 fouls and 92 free throws. .

The Magics defense was aggressive and fairly solid early against Dirk Nowitzkis Mavs, although Dallas was missing Josh Howard and Shawn Marion. Howard, the reigning defensive player of the year, was outstanding, blocking.
Coach Stan Van Gundy said he was going to experiment with different combinations and rotations to help evaluate his team.

There was some good, some bad, Van Gundy said. Typical first preseason game. Some guys forgot what we were doing. They played hard but they were not comfortable and relaxed until they settled down.

Van Gundy was concerned about the teams poor performance at the free-throw line, especially Howard, who was just 9-of-17.

Against Dallas, he started Howard at center, Carter at shooting guard, Lewis at power forward, Nelson at point guard and Mickael Pietrus at small forward. Barnes started the second half for Pietrus.
Courtesy of www.orlandosentinel.com


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Duquesne player charged in theft - by Eurobasket News
Duquesne University sophomore guard B.J. Monteiro (6'5''-G/F-90) is facing charges in his native Connecticut that resulted from the alleged theft of an iPod, a laptop computer and cash.

Police in Torrington, Conn., say the items stolen at an Aug. 7 party have a total value of $1,400.

Monteiro and two others, including one juvenile, turned themselves into police in Torrington over the weekend and were charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. They are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 13.

Duquesne officials are investigating the incident.

Monteiro averaged 3.3 points in 30 games last season. He was expected to play a bigger role now that the team's leading scorer, guard Aaron Jackson, has used up his eligibility.

The 19-year-old Monteiro is the career scoring leader with 1,833 points at Crosby High School in Waterbury. He was the Connecticut high school player of the year in 2008.


Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com


February trial date set for Gillispie - by Eurobasket News
A judge set a February trial Tuesday in the drunken-driving case against former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie .

Gillispie wasn't in Anderson County District Court for Monday's hearing, but attorney William Patrick appeared on his behalf. He said afterward Gillispie was still considering a prosecution plea offer, which Patrick declined to disclose.

'A decision has not been made on whether to accept the offer,' Patrick said. 'It's his decision, not mine.'

Judge Linda Armstrong set a trial for Feb. 10-11 and scheduled a final preliminary hearing for Nov. 2.

County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis has acknowledged offering Gillispie a plea deal but in a statement sent last week said she would not amend the case to a lesser charge than DUI.

'I cannot speak for how Mr. Gillispie has been treated in the past, but in Anderson County he will be treated just like any other person arrested for DUI,' Lewis said. 'Anderson County has one of the highest DUI conviction rates in the state when compared to similar counties, indicating our firm stance on DUI prosecutions which we will continue now and in the future.'

Lewis declined Monday to comment further.

Gillispie, who was fired this year after a rocky two-year tenure with the Wildcats, was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with DUI after refusing sobriety tests during a traffic stop in which officers said they smelled alcohol on his breath.

The arrest marks at least the third time Gillispie has been accused of driving under the influence, though two previous incidents did not end with a DUI conviction.

In 1999, Gillispie was charged with driving while intoxicated and improper use of a lane in Tulsa, Okla., where he was an assistant coach under Bill Self. He pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving and the other charges were dismissed. In a 2003 case, in Gillispie's first year as head coach at the University of Texas-El Paso, he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, but the charges were dismissed.

Patrick said Monday that Gillispie had checked himself into the John Lucas Athletes After Care Program in Texas for alcohol rehabilitation, but he declined to provide additional details about the program.

If the case does go to trial, Patrick signaled he wouldn't request a change of venue.

'I think wherever he went in the state he'd be well known, given that he was coach of the state's flagship university,' Patrick said. 'I don't think this venue would really be any different than any other county in the state.'


Courtesy of www.msnbc.msn.com


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Not a great season for Caimanes..... - by Gianni Pascucci
Traditional CBS powerhouse Caimanes de Rio Abajo is facing more losses than expected in 2009 season. After falling two times to Navieros, they have been largely defeated, 115-93, by Colosos de Betania in the last round. Imports Sandro Encarnacion (203-C-86) and Richard Ortega (188-G-82) combined for 50 points and 13 rebounds at the winning side, and Enrique Huie (191-F-73) added 16 pts and 4 rebs. At the Caimanes side, Alfonso Stoute (193-G/F-70) scored 21 pts and grabbed 9 rebs and Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) added 15 pts and 5 rebs, but the first place is every night more far..

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


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga


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McIntosh in Barreirense - by Luis Rocha
Colin McIntosh (203-F) is the new foreign player in Barreirense. He plays as a 4, but can also step out to shoot some nice and accurate shots. Hes strong near the rim, and can defend with ease inside players and players that play as 3. With the lack of tall players in Barreirense McIntosh (if he gets well adapated), can certainly male the difference, and is new team will take profit on that. It seems that the Barreiro team can add at least another foreign player to the roster, the next days will bring some light into the matter.

Colin McIntosh is the first American Barreirense for the 2009/2010 season - by Hugo Carvalho
Colin McIntosh (203-F-86) is a player of 23 years, 2.02 meters tall and 95 kg in weight. Versatile, can play in both the game inside and outside.
Born in Milton, Massachusetts, played the last four seasons with the Catamounts, University of Vermont.
During his stay in Vermont was awarded by competitive America East conference with the award for Academic Honor Roll award given to students who demonstrate by their performance in the classroom.
In the field, Colin has improved his statistics from year to year and ended his career in college basketball with a respectable 51% of releases in the field, 73% of free throws and 40% release of three points. That same year the team had the best record in the conference.
Barreirense, believes that McIntosh it will integrate well in the team and contribute positively to its progress. Exciting is the prospect of being able to have a versatile player who contributes in different facets of the game, both defensive and offensive.



Favorites continue to win at Antonio Pratas Trophy - by Eurobasket News
The Portuguese powerhouses continued to pile up victories at the Antonio Pratas Trophy tournament.
Porto stunned CB Penafiel 93:47 to earn the second straight win in Group D. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) dropped 19 points to pace Porto. Terrell added 15 points and 13 boards in the victory. Valentyn Melnychuk team responded with 11 points from Fabio Fernandes.
Ovarense stayed undefeated in Group C. They shot down Lusitania 91:70 in the second round. Kevin Widemond (183-G-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) accounted for 22 points. Waller and Miranda added 19 points each in the win. Carl Lee (198-F-82, college: Utah Valley St.) had 17 points and 11 boards for Lusitania.
Illibaum surprised CAB Madeira 85:66. Nate Daniels (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Mountain St.) fired 18 points to lead the charge. James Roberts was responsible for 16 points and 6 boards in the victory.
Benfica toppled Fisica 89:77. Benfica had to overcome a 6-point halftime deficit to post the victory. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) and Will Frisby knocked down 22 points each. Austen Powers (203-F-87, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle) responded with 22 points for Fisica.
Figueirense maintained their perfect record in Group B. They narrowly defeated Sampaense 69:66 in the second round. Jose Costa (187-G-73) unloaded 26 points to propel Ginasio to the victory. Alexandre Gama (184-G-76) replied with 14 points in the loss.



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CSKA top Prokom, Khimky account for Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
CSKA claimed a narrow 64:63 win over Prokom in Gdynia. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) fired 22 points to pace CSKA to the road success. The teams got to a slow start combining for just 26 points in the opening stanza. CSKA enjoyed a 14:12 lead. Prokom spurred in front in the second period. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) helped the hosts to accumulate a 28:24 lead at halftime. However CSKA quickly erased the deficit in the third period. Moreover the Moscow team stunned Prokom with a 24:10 rally to enter the final term up by 10 points. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) stretched the margin to 11 points early in the final period but Prokom refused to surrender. They denied the deficit and Qyntel Woods set the home team in front late in regulation. Trajan Langdon responded from beyond the arc to put CSKA back in the drivers seat. Qyntel Woods missed two free throws and Logan misfired from downtown as CSKA snatched a narrow win at the end. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona), J.R. Holden and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) finished with 9 points each for CSKA. Qyntel Woods responded with 22 points for Prokom. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) had 13 points in the losing effort.
Khimky outscored Fuenlabrada 86:80 in Madrid. The Spanish team enjoyed a 5-point lead after the starting frame. But Khimky limited the hosts to 11 points in the second quarter taking a 3-point halftime lead. Khimky maintained the winning margin in the tight second half and came out winners. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) knocked down 15 points each for Khimky. Langford and Jankunas added 11 points apiece for the winners. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) replied with game-high 22 points for Fuenlabrada. Batista finished with 18 points in defeat.



Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
North
 1. Stary Sobol 2-0 
 2. Ukhta 2-0 
 3. Zaretchny 1-1 
 4. Izhevsk 1-1 
 5. Tobolsk 0-0 
 6. Omsk 0-0 
 7. Kostroma 0-0 
 8. Kamit-Univ. 0-2 
 9. Tolyatti 0-2 
South
 1. Stavropol 2-0 
 2. Avtodor 1-1 
 3. Dinamo May. 1-1 
 4. Dizelist 1-1 
 5. Voronezh 1-1 
 6. Kursk 1-1 
 7. Bryansk 1-1 
 8. Orel 1-1 
 9. Volzhan.-GES 1-1 
 10. Tula 0-0 
 11. Lipetsk 0-0 
 12. Cherkessk 0-2 


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


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


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Komarno fires Head Coach Ivan Fulgosi, hires NT coach Milan Cernicky - by Eurobasket News
MBK Rieker Komarno announced that Ivan Fulgosi is no longer Head Coach of the team. Komarno Management made a decision this week-end, after their team faced with third consecutive loss. As a reminder, Komarno failed in Bratislava in Round 1 and after that against Levice and Prievidza. That was enough for the team's Management to terminate the contract with Fulgosi, who took over the team this summer.
At the same time, it is already clear who will lead the team for rest of the season. It is Milan Cernicky, who spent last two seasons working with Pezinok. In 2008 he led them to championship title in Slovakia. Last season, Pezinok once again reached the Playoff Finals. Also, Cernicky is a head coach of Slovakian National Team, which participated this summer on EuroBasket Division B. In 2006 he also was Team Slovakia Head Coach.
Milan Cernicky already worked in Komarno in the past. That was on season 2003/04. After that he spent two years with Spisska Nova Ves. In 2005 and 2007 Cernicky was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Coach of the Year'. Except of the Extraliga title, Cernicky also won National Cup with Pezinok in 2008.


Inter Bratislava returns scoring machine Vincent Polakovic - by Eurobasket News
Unexpectedly, Inter Bratislava got big reinforcement for rest of the season. The best scorer of Extraliga 2008/09, Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84, college: USF) decided to leave Spanish team Alcazar and to rejoin Inter. The sides negotiated during the summer, but no deal was agreed. Finally, after 3 rounds in domestic championship Inter managed to get the Slovakian scoring machine.
Vincent Polakovic played 32 games last season for Inter averaging 23 ppg and 5.6 rpg. He participated at the All-Star Game and was Slam Dun Contest Finalist. Polakovic came to Inter after he graduated at University of San Francisco. In his senior season he had 17.3 ppg and 4.7 rppg. In the past, Polakovic used to played for German team TSG Ehingen. With them he was Regionalliga champion in 2003.
Inter Bratislava currently has 1-1 record in Extraliga. Arrival of Polakovic will for sure affect and increase playing level of the team from Bratislava. In the next round Inter will meet Svit on the road. Mostly probably it will be the first game for Polakovic in Extraliga this season.


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Second win for Helios - by Zeljko Zule
Helios recorded its second win in as many matches in the 2009-10 Telemach League, beating Zlatorog 89-70. Helios opened the game with a 19-5 run and went on a 10-2 run in last period to take a lead 77-61. Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) scored 20 points for Helios who never trailed. Alvin Snow added 19 points including five 3-pointers and 5 assists, Alexei Lashkevich had 19 points and Jure Mocnik handed out 6 assists. Zlatorog shot just 3-of-14 form 3-point line and commited 19 turnovers. Drazen Bubnic netted 20 points and Miljan Goljovic added 13.

Standings - 1A
Liga UPC Standings
 1. Helios 2-0 
 2. Luka Koper 0-0 
 3. Krka 0-0 
 4. Rudar 0-0 
 5. Polzela 0-0 
 6. Slovan 0-0 
 7. TCG Mercator 0-0 
 8. Elektra 0-0 
 9. Parklji 0-0 
 10. Sencur 0-0 
 11. Zlatorog 0-1 
 12. Alpos S. 0-1 
Will join on later stage:
 1. U.Olimpija


Market News - by Zeljko Zule
Luka Koper inked David Ugrekhelidze (207-C-83) ex Energy Invest Rustavi and has signed Tomasz Nowakowski (209-C-90) and Mladen Loncarevic (207-F-91) ond loan from Union Olimpija.
Bosnian Filip Petrovic (201-F-92) of Union Olimpija will spend the 2009/10 season on loan at TCG Mercator.


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Market news - by Eurobasket News
CB Huelva Baloncesto announced signing of Tunisian player Atef Maoua (198-G/F-81). It will be the first season abroad for this 28-year old guard/small forward. He started basketball career in J.S.Kairouan and played there until the end of the last season. During the summer Maoua played for Team Tunisia on FIBA Africa Championship in Libya. He appeared 9 times averaging 9.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg. Maoua is a standard member of Tunisian NT since 1999.

According to Slovenian media (Press), it seems that Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) will join his brother Erazem Lorbek in Spain. But, Domen is connected with Cajasol Seville and it seems he agreed deal with the team until the end of the season. This is just a rumor so far as nothing is officially confirmed
Domen Lorbek spent last season with Italian Benetton Treviso. He appeared 13 times in EuroCup averaging 8.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg. In Serie A he had 6 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 23 games. In the past he played for Estudiantes Madrid, Union Olimpija, Helios Domzale and Triglav Kranj. With Estu on season 2007/08, Lorbek had 7.8 ppg in 32 ACB league games. With Slovenian NT he had 5.9 ppg for 8 games on EuroBasket in Poland, which his country finished on fourth place.


Valencia edge Alicante - by Eurobasket News
Valencia registered the sixth win at the ACB pre-season campaign. They held off Alicante at home court. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) fired 22 points to pace Valencia to the win. The hosts accounted for 24 points in the opening frame earning a 5-point lead at the first intermission. Valencia maintained the lead and arrived at halftime up by 7 points. Alicante tried to turn the tables right after the major break. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Avdalovic helped the visitors to trim the distance to 3 points with ten minutes to go. But Valencia stayed calm and determined to grab the victory at the end. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) produced 12 points for Valencia. Perovic added 11 points in the win. Mario Stojic had 14 points for Alicante. Avdalovic netted 12 points in the losing effort.
Fuenlabrada came up short against Khimky 80:86 in Madrid. The Spanish team enjoyed a 5-point lead after the starting frame. But Khimky limited the hosts to 11 points in the second quarter taking a 3-point halftime lead. Khimky maintained the winning margin in the tight second half and came out winners. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) knocked down 15 points each for Khimky. Langford and Jankunas added 11 points apiece for the winners. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) replied with game-high 22 points for Fuenlabrada. Batista finished with 18 points in defeat.



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Round Four started with two games, first defeat for Eco Orebro - by Eurobasket News
Round Four of Swedish Basketligan started yesterday with two games.
Solna Vikings outsmarted Uppsala on the road jumping to nice 4-1 record. Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77, college: Wagner) was a key player in this victory collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds. Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) had 16 points and 9 boards, while Jonas Ghebremeskel (181-G-84, college: Wiley) added 14 pts. For the hosts, Andreas Person (188-G-91) netted 21 points. He was followed by Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89), who stopped on 16. Uppsala stays winless (0-5).
Sundsvall had no troubles to beat Eco Orebro and to reach 3-1 record in Basketligan. John Jonker (206-C-85, college: Cornerstone) and Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) led the hosts scoring 19 points each. Jakob Sigudarson helped with 5 points less. In Orebro, who faced with first loss this season (1-3), Jesper Andersson (202-F-86) delivered 15 points.
Four more games will be played today. The only two undefeated teams, Norrkoping and Plannja, will meet 08 Stockholm and Gothia Basket respectively. Also, Jamtland will play against Orebro and Sodertalje against Boras.


Basketligan: Norrkoping and Plannja remain on top perfect after four rounds - by Eurobasket News
Jamtland - Eco Orebro 58-75
Fourth win of the season for Eco Orebro (4-1), who managed to recover from yesterday's loss against Sundsvall. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) stepped up in victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Stefan Licartovsky (200-G/F-84) followed him with 19 pts, 5 boards and 8 assists. In Jamtland (0-3), Issa Konare (202-F-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: High Point) collected 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Norrkoping - 08 89-69
The Dolphins managed to grab fourth consecutive win remaining on top of Basketligan standings, together with Plannja Basket (4-0). Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) led the hosts with 21 points and 7 rebounds. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) and Joseph McNaull scored 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Olivier Ilunga and Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) netted 18 points apice.

Sodertalje - Boras 76-89
3-1 for Boras and 0-3 for Sodertalje after this game. Robin Ryan (193-G-87) and Jim Nystrom (194-G/F-82, college: Georgia Tech) were the most important players for the guests draining 24 and 23 points respectively. Borislav Djordjic (203-F/C-82, college: Stetson) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Gothia Basket - Plannja 73-81
The box-score will be available soon. Plannja 4-0, Gothia 0-3.

Sundsvall - Eco Orebro 86-68
Sundsvall had no troubles to beat Eco Orebro and to reach 3-1 record in Basketligan. John Jonker (206-C-85, college: Cornerstone) and Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) led the hosts scoring 19 points each. Jakob Sigudarson helped with 5 poins less. In Orebro, who faced with first loss this season (1-3), Jesper Andersson (202-F-86) delivered 15 points.

Uppsala - Solna 77-80
Solna Vikings outsmarted Uppsala on the road jumping to nice 3-1 record. Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77, college: Wagner) was a key player in this victory collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds. Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) had 16 points and 9 boards, while Jonas Ghebremeskel added 14 pts. For the hosts, Andreas Person (188-G-91) netted 21 points. He was followed by Anton Gaddefors, who stopped on 16. Uppsala stays winless (0-4).


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Drazen KLARIC
  Eco Orebro
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 19
 1. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 3. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.0 
 4. Nystrom, Boras17.8 
 5. Nystrom, Boras17.8 
 6. Westerlund, 0817.8 
 7. Westerlund, 0817.8 
 8. Westerlund, 0817.7 
 9. Westerlund, 0817.7 
 10. Person, Uppsa.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin RINGSTROM
  Gothia Basket
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Ringstrom, Gothia B.14.5 
 2. Palm, Boras14.0 
 3. Palm, Boras14.0 
 4. Palm, Boras14.0 
 5. Palm, Boras13.3 
 6. Palm, Boras13.3 
 7. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 8. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 9. Jonker, Sundsvall12.7 
 10. Jonker, Sundsva.12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan LARSSON
  Plannja
  (184-G-74)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Larsson, Plannja7.5 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping7.0 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping6.7 
 6. Grant, Norrkoping6.3 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 8. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 10. Grant, Norrkopi.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Carter, Gothia B.3.5 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping3.0 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping2.8 
 6. Grant, Norrkoping2.8 
 7. Horowitz, Uppsala2.7 
 8. Horowitz, Uppsala2.7 
 9. Person, Uppsala2.6 
 10. Person, Uppsa.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Palm, Boras4.0 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja4.0 
 3. Rosendahl, Plannja3.0 
 4. Odada, 083.0 
 5. Odada, 083.0 
 6. Konare, Jamtland3.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.5 
 8. Rosendahl, Plannja2.3 
 9. Palm, Boras2.0 
 10. Palm, Bor.2.0 


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 2-0 
 2. Haga Haninge 2-0 
 3. Blackeberg 2-0 
 4. Alvik Basket 1-1 
 5. BG Lulea 1-1 
 6. Lulea Steel 1-1 
 7. Polisen 1-1 
 8. Akropol 1-1 
 9. Talje 1-1 
 10. Hallsta 0-2 
 11. Lidingo 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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Stats Leaders LNA


Market news - by Eurobasket News
Geneva Devils and small forward Sacha Kresovic (200-F-82) parted ways. The team announced this today. Kresovic joined the Devils in January this year. He appeared in 4 LNA games averaging just 1.5 ppg and 1.3 rpg. He supossed to stay with the team for 2009/10 season, but today it became clear that will not happen. Kresovic will most probably join the local team Versoix Basket.
Sacha Kresovic is a player with Serbian/Swiss citizenship, who plays in Switzerland since 1999. He changed many teams including Pully, Riviera Basket, Nyon, Lausanne and Morges.
Martigny-Rhone Basket terminated the contract with Alain Duc (186-G/F-80). The 29-year old player suffered knee injury last season and it seems he is still not ready to resume with full practice. That was the reason why Martigny-Rhone Basket decided to part ways with the player. Duc joined Martigny in January 2008. With Herens Basket he won the LNA title in 2004. In 2006 and 2007, also with Herens, they reached the Playoff Semis.


LNA Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lausanne - SAV Vacallo 68-79
Vacallo held off Lausanne on the road. Matt Schneidermann (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) tallied 16 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to pace the defending champions. Nikola Dacevic and Duane Erwin had 14 points each in the victory. Charly Pleux-Decollognes answered with 21 points for Lausanne.

Lugano Tigers - Geneva Devils 82-62
Lugano had little problems against Geneva at home court. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) notched 20 points to pace the Tigers. Byron Sanders contributed 18 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks for Lugano. Rashard Lee answered with 18 points in defeat.

SAM Massagno - Fribourg 78-85
Fribourg got to a victorious start of their LNA campaign. They prevailed against SAM Massagno on the road. Tresore Quidome (192-G-80) paced the visitors with 17 points. Oliver Vogt added 16 points in the winning case. Vernon Hamilton drained 23 points for Massagno. Daniel Fitzgerald had 22 points in defeat.

Boncourt - BBC Nyon 74-100
Nyon stormed into the season buttering Boncourt on the road. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) fired 25 points and dished out 7 assists for Nyon. Josh Almanson added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning team. Todd Peterson and Tony Gugino ensured 19 points each for the Red Team.

Monthey - Starwings 93-63
Monthey rolled past Starwings at home court. Herman Alston (190-G-69, college: Kean) was responsible for 25 points for the hosts. Jean-Richard Volcy added 16 points, 7 boards and 7 assists in the win. Michael Jones knocked down 16 points for Starwings.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Spongy warm-up in pre season game! - by Albert-Lee Young
Wilfred 'Spongy' Benjamin, contributed nine points, six rebounds in defence and 4 in attack, achieving the expectations of his coach for his first appearance in the Argentina First Division on Saturday.

Spongy helped San Martin Marcos Juarez to a 76-72 win against fellow LNA league team, 9 De Julio En Amistoso, in a friendly game in the city of Rio Tercero. He had 20 minutes playing time and shot 4-7 from the field.

This is the second triumph for San Martin over 9 Julio since their last meeting at the Super Six tournament in August.

Spongy first league game will be on October 9 when Sam Martin matches up against Alma Juniors in a regular season fixture.


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  TUNISIA   


Market news - by Eurobasket News
CB Huelva Baloncesto announced signing of Tunisian player Atef Maoua (198-G/F-81). It will be the first season abroad for this 28-year old guard/small forward. He started basketball career in J.S.Kairouan and played there until the end of the last season. During the summer Maoua played for Team Tunisia on FIBA Africa Championship in Libya. He appeared 9 times averaging 9.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg. Maoua is a standard member of Tunisian NT since 1999.

According to Slovenian media (Press), it seems that Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) will join his brother Erazem Lorbek in Spain. But, Domen is connected with Cajasol Seville and it seems he agreed deal with the team until the end of the season. This is just a rumor so far as nothing is officially confirmed
Domen Lorbek spent last season with Italian Benetton Treviso. He appeared 13 times in EuroCup averaging 8.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg. In Serie A he had 6 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 23 games. In the past he played for Estudiantes Madrid, Union Olimpija, Helios Domzale and Triglav Kranj. With Estu on season 2007/08, Lorbek had 7.8 ppg in 32 ACB league games. With Slovenian NT he had 5.9 ppg for 8 games on EuroBasket in Poland, which his country finished on fourth place.


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
D-League
 1. Columbus D. 0-0 
 2. Warner RK 0-0 
 3. Metro K. 0-0 
 4. Orlando Stars 0-0 
Exhibition-Touring
 1. Proline 0-0 
 2. Shizuoka T. 0-0 
National Division
 1. Converse F. 0-0 
 2. S. Antonio 0-0 
 3. Irving A. 0-0 
 4. GIE Morrow D. 0-0 
 5. Katy S. 0-0 
 6. Houston G. 0-0 
 7. Austin F. 0-0 
 8. Southside W. 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


New deals: Poltoratskiy to Pulsar, Wallace to Odessa - by Platon Khegai
Aleksei Poltoratskiy (208-F-74) is declared to play for BC-93 Pulsar. Former Ukrainian representative, Rivne's newcomer used to play for Odessa, Cherkasski Mavpy, Standart Samara (Russia), Spartak Primorie
(Russia), Khimik, Arsenal Tula (Russia), BC Kyiv, PAEEK (Cyprus) and Dendi Basket. He is to arrive to Rivne on Tuesday and has all chances to play the first game on Thursday @ Ferro-ZNTU.

Well-known for the Ukrainian fans Wayne Wallace (206-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia Union) was however added to Odessa's roster. He played for the Sharks during 08/09 season. Need to remind that earlier one said Wayne wouldn't continue his career in Odessa.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al Ahli land Haris Mujezinovic - by Eurobasket News
Al Ahli bolstered their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Bosnian forward Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana). The experienced 35-year-old player spent the last season in Cyprus. He tallied 9.2 points, 5.9 boards and 2.7 assists per game for AEL Limassol. In EuroChallenge his stats read 14.6 points, 6.5 boards and 2.2 assists per appearance. Haris Mujezinovic used to play in Croatia, Italy, Turkey, Slovenia, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Spain during his long basketball career. Haris Mujezinovic also played for Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team back in 1997-2003.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Team of the Week #2 - by Andy Webb
The second weekend of BBL Championship action saw some outstanding performances from across the league, as Glasgow Rocks, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, Sheffield Sharks, Essex Pirates, Worthing Thunder, Cheshire Jets and Guildford Heat all recorded valuable wins. The outstanding performer of the week though, has to be Worthing Thunders Reggie Bratton (193-G/F, college: Lenoir-Rhyne). The American could not have had more of an impact on a tense encounter between the Thunder and the Rocks, as he netted 47 points; on 6/8 three point shooting and 7/7 free throw shooting. Most notably, he made the shot that mattered, sinking a massive three ball with 8 seconds left securing a 93-91 victory for the South Coast side.

Joining him at the Forward spots this week, is former GB International Mike Martin. Martin was an unstoppable force in the Heats 94-76 over Essex Pirates, as he bagged 18 points on 8/9 field goal shooting in just 29.42 minutes on court. Similar stats can be assigned to Centre Tafari Toney, who impressed in the Sharks 84-78 win over the Thunder on Friday night, with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Running the show in this weeks Team of the Week are guards Reggie Jackson (Newcastle Eagles) and Tack Minor (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders). Minor makes his second consecutive appearance, as he shone in both of the Riders games over the weekend, scoring 28 points against the Eagles on 5/6 free throw shooting, on Friday night, and then following this up with an influential 32 points in Leicesters win over Everton at home, including 6 points in the final minute to get his team back in the game, as well as dishing out 14 assists in that game.

Jackson outscored his opposite number, Minor, on Friday night, in the Eagles only game of the weekend, as he racked up 30 points and 7 assists, as well as shooting an impressive 4/7 from behind the arc.



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  URUGUAY   


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


Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez
Results and main statistics for the Uruguayan League:
Bigua 94 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 42 points, Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) 16 points 12 rebounds, Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85, college: Florida Atlantic) 16'points 7 rebounds 3 blocks
Anastasia 91 - Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 33 and 13 rebounds, Kojo Mensah (185-G-85, college: Duquesne) 27 points, Jeffrey Simpson (204-C-83, college: N.Texas) 14 points 16 rebounds
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Olimpia 85 - Javier Alvarez (193-G-83) 32 points, James Parlow (193-G-85, college: New Orleans) 11 points 4 rebounds, Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC) 10 points 9 rebounds, Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 16 points 13 rebounds
Sayago 65 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 20 points, Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 9 points 17 rebounds, 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 20 points
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Malvin 83 - Justin Wingard (206-C-83, college: Lynn) 16 points and 7 rebounds
Tabare 62 - Robert McKiver (191-G-84, college: Houston) 23 points and 5 rebounds, Jonathan Williams (206-F, college: Minnesota) 4 points 11 rebounds
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Trouville 91- Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 24 points and 17 rebounds, Jason Klotz (207-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas) 11 and 7
Bohemios 70 - Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, college: St.Louis) 26 points and 7 rebounds, Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) 8 and 8.


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
East
 1. Espartanos 0-0 
 2. Tiburones 0-0 
 3. Estudiantes 0-0 
 4. Gatos 0-0 
West
 1. Duros 0-0 
 2. Graneros 0-0 
 3. Cent.Apure 0-0 
 4. Lanc.Cojedes 0-0 




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Women News

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. China5-0
2. S.Korea4-1
3. Japan3-2
4. Taiwan2-3
5. Thailand1-4
6. India0-5
Group B
1. Malaysia4-1
2. Lebanon4-1
3. Kazakhstan3-2
4. Philippines3-2
5. Uzbekistan1-4
6. Sri Lanka0-5


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Quebec topple C.F. Belgium to finish seventh in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Quebec - C.F. Belgium 75:73

Quebec clinched the seventh position at the Francophone Games in Lebanon. They narrowly defeated C.F. Belgium in the final game in Beirut. Chantelle Sfamour unloaded 23 points to lead Quebec to the victory.
The North American team got to the better start. They accounted for 22 points in the starting frame earning an 8-point lead after ten minutes. C.F. Belgium responded equally in the second period. They narrowed the margin at just one point at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Quebec managed to secure the lead and entered the fourth stanza up by 3 points. The tension grew and it all came down to the final seconds. Quebec proved calm in the dying seconds posting a difficult victory at the end. Genios notched 16 points for Quebec. Audrey Latendresse (185-F-83, college: St.Bonaventure) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) responded with 20 points and 6 boards for C.F. Belgium. Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) contributed 17 points in the loss.

Quebec: Chantelle Sfamour 23, Marie-Michelle Genois (188-F-86) 16, Audrey Latendresse 15+11 boards
C.F. Belgium: Romina Ciappina 20, Caroline Bourlioux 17



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  CAMEROON - Women  


Cote d'Ivoire claim ninth spot in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Cote d'Ivoire - Cameroon 95:63
Cote d'Ivoire finished the 2009 Francophone Games at the ninth spot. They held off Cameroon in the final game at the tournament. Kani Kouyate (90) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. Cameroon stayed winless in Beirut.
Cote d'Ivoire exploded with 31 points in the opening frame. They secured a 13-point lead into the second period. Cote d'Ivoire maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They ensured a 21-point lead at halftime. Cote d'Ivoire never slowed down in the second half. They dominated every facet of the game piling up a 25-point buffer heading into the fourth period. Cameroon never rebounded and suffered another defeat at the tourney.
Mariame Gbane (82) and Mariama Kouyate (88) knocked down 15 points each in the win. Stephani N'Garsanet netted 14 points for Cote dIvoire. Nicole Jamen (180-F/C) responded with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for Cameroon. Sandrine Meyini knocked down 14 points in the loss.

Cote d'Ivoire: Kani Kouyate 21, Mariame Gbane 15, Mariama Kouyate 15
Cameroon: Nicole Jamen 18+13 boards, Sandrine Meyini 14



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  CANADA - Women  


Quebec topple C.F. Belgium to finish seventh in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Quebec - C.F. Belgium 75:73

Quebec clinched the seventh position at the Francophone Games in Lebanon. They narrowly defeated C.F. Belgium in the final game in Beirut. Chantelle Sfamour unloaded 23 points to lead Quebec to the victory.
The North American team got to the better start. They accounted for 22 points in the starting frame earning an 8-point lead after ten minutes. C.F. Belgium responded equally in the second period. They narrowed the margin at just one point at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Quebec managed to secure the lead and entered the fourth stanza up by 3 points. The tension grew and it all came down to the final seconds. Quebec proved calm in the dying seconds posting a difficult victory at the end. Genios notched 16 points for Quebec. Audrey Latendresse (185-F-83, college: St.Bonaventure) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) responded with 20 points and 6 boards for C.F. Belgium. Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) contributed 17 points in the loss.

Quebec: Chantelle Sfamour 23, Marie-Michelle Genois (188-F-86) 16, Audrey Latendresse 15+11 boards
C.F. Belgium: Romina Ciappina 20, Caroline Bourlioux 17



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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women


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  FRANCE - Women  


Tunisia earn Bronze at Francophone Games in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - France 61:52

Tunisia climbed on the pedestal at the Francophone Games in Beirut. They toppled France at the consolation final yesterday. Selma Mnasria (G-88) orchestrated the victory with 27 points and 11 boards for Tunisia.
Tunisia enjoyed a brisk start to the game. They built a 5-point lead at the first intermission. But Les Bleus responded after the first break. The European team outgunned their opponents 14:8 and ensured a one-point advantage at halftime. Tunisia and France exchanged baskets in the third frame and the African team were able to erase the deficit. The sides entered the fourth stanza tied at 42. Tunisia spurred in the final frame and secured a tough victory at the end.
Mehe Cheli (C-81) and Thoraya Adisi (F-82) netted 8 points each for the winners. Zagrouba notched 7 points for Tunisia. Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds for France. Florine Basque (184-F-92) contributed 12 points in defeat.

Tunisia: Selma Mnasria 27+11 boards, Mehe Cheli 8, Thoraya Adisi 8
France: Eleonore Grossemy 18+10 boards, Florine Basque 12



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  GERMANY - Women  


Glaser leaves Herne and joins Opladen - by Cornelius Damm
Only a couple of weeks after Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) moved from evo New Basket Oberhausen to Herner TC she already packed her bag again and took off to 1.DDBL newcomer SG BBZ Opladen. Herne declared after her departure that the chemistry between her and the club never really worked out. Now Glaser who left Oberhausen because she did not receive a new contract after two seasons with the 'New Baskets' will suit up together with her German National Team inside companion Cornelia Janzon (190-F/C-81). In her debut for Opladen Glaser combined for 12 pts,11 rebs and 2 ass in a 63-75 loss in Wasserburg past Sunday 10/04/2009.


Stats Leaders - Women


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Osnabrucker 2-0 
 2. Rotenburg/S. 2-0 
 3. Jena 2-0 
 4. Dorsten 1-1 
 5. Chemnitz 1-1 
 6. Hagen Phoe. 0-0 
 7. Bonn 0-1 
 8. Rist Scala 0-1 
 9. Quakenbrueck 0-2 
 10. Bielefeld 0-2 
South
 1. Gruenberg 2-0 
 2. Speyer 2-0 
 3. Leimen 2-0 
 4. Sandhausen 2-0 
 5. Mainz 1-1 
 6. Viernheim 1-1 
 7. Wuerzburg 1-1 
 8. Ludwigsburg 1-1 
 9. Herzogenaur. 0-2 
 10. Keltern 0-2 
 11. Germering 0-2 
 12. Heidelberg 0-2 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women


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


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  IRELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. UL Aughinish 0-0 
 2. Meteors 0-0 
 3. Killester 0-0 
 4. Montenotte 0-0 
 5. Mercy 0-0 
 6. Wildcats 0-0 
 7. Tolka Rovers 0-0 
 8. Sligo 0-0 


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  IVORY COAST - Women  


Cote d'Ivoire claim ninth spot in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Cote d'Ivoire - Cameroon 95:63
Cote d'Ivoire finished the 2009 Francophone Games at the ninth spot. They held off Cameroon in the final game at the tournament. Kani Kouyate (90) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. Cameroon stayed winless in Beirut.
Cote d'Ivoire exploded with 31 points in the opening frame. They secured a 13-point lead into the second period. Cote d'Ivoire maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They ensured a 21-point lead at halftime. Cote d'Ivoire never slowed down in the second half. They dominated every facet of the game piling up a 25-point buffer heading into the fourth period. Cameroon never rebounded and suffered another defeat at the tourney.
Mariame Gbane (82) and Mariama Kouyate (88) knocked down 15 points each in the win. Stephani N'Garsanet netted 14 points for Cote dIvoire. Nicole Jamen (180-F/C) responded with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for Cameroon. Sandrine Meyini knocked down 14 points in the loss.

Cote d'Ivoire: Kani Kouyate 21, Mariame Gbane 15, Mariama Kouyate 15
Cameroon: Nicole Jamen 18+13 boards, Sandrine Meyini 14



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  LEBANON - Women  


Lebanon better Mali for the fifth spot in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Mali 65:57
Lebanon earned the fifth overall spot at the Francophone Games in Beirut. The hosts finished the tournament on the high note. They held off Mali. Chada Nasr (173-G-83) stepped up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the home team.
Lebanon and Mali kept it close throughout the opening stanza. The hosts crafted a two-point advantage after ten minutes. Lebanon played some suffocating defense in the second quarter limiting the African team to just 7 points. The margin grew to an 8-point mark at halftime. Mali adjusted offensively in the third period and tried to change the complexion of the game. They won the period to come as close as 7 points. But Lebanon seemed in control. They maintained a safe buffer in the fourth term and celebrated the victory at the end.
Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt) produced 11 points and 8 boards, while Shirin Elsharif and Sandra Najem (165-G-88) had 10 points each for Lebanon. Miriam Sy (193-C-79, college: Oklahoma City) tallied 16 points and 17 rebounds for Mali. Tirira Meiya had 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Chada Nasr 18, Chantelle Anderson 11, Shirin Elsharif 10, Sandra Najem 10
Mali: Miriam Sy 16+17 boards, Tirira Meiya 12



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  MALI - Women  


Lebanon better Mali for the fifth spot in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Mali 65:57
Lebanon earned the fifth overall spot at the Francophone Games in Beirut. The hosts finished the tournament on the high note. They held off Mali. Chada Nasr (173-G-83) stepped up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the home team.
Lebanon and Mali kept it close throughout the opening stanza. The hosts crafted a two-point advantage after ten minutes. Lebanon played some suffocating defense in the second quarter limiting the African team to just 7 points. The margin grew to an 8-point mark at halftime. Mali adjusted offensively in the third period and tried to change the complexion of the game. They won the period to come as close as 7 points. But Lebanon seemed in control. They maintained a safe buffer in the fourth term and celebrated the victory at the end.
Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt) produced 11 points and 8 boards, while Shirin Elsharif and Sandra Najem (165-G-88) had 10 points each for Lebanon. Miriam Sy (193-C-79, college: Oklahoma City) tallied 16 points and 17 rebounds for Mali. Tirira Meiya had 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Chada Nasr 18, Chantelle Anderson 11, Shirin Elsharif 10, Sandra Najem 10
Mali: Miriam Sy 16+17 boards, Tirira Meiya 12



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  NCAA1 - Women  


US women's basketball team finishes training camp - by Eurobasket News
With the first phase of its training complete, the U.S. women's basketball team headed to Russia for a three-game tournament.

The week of practice at American University was the first under new U.S. coach Geno Auriemma for the 19 players in camp. It was an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other.

'We found out a lot about ourselves in the last six days,' Auriemma said. 'Some of these guys who are here didn't know me, I didn't know them. Now I'm anxious and I know these guys are anxious to go and see if what we know transfers over to games.'

The U.S. will face Russian professional team UMMC Ekaterinburg as well as Euroleague professional teams MKB Euroleasing Sopron from Hungary and USK Praha from the Czech Republic. The Americans open the round-robin tournament against USK Praha on Friday.

'I know we know how to practice and I know we know how to do drills,' Auriemma said. 'Now we're going to find out if we can take that, transfer it over to game situations and see if I can identify those players who know how to win.'

The Americans will take 13 players to the tournament, led by 2008 Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, Candace Parker, and Sylvia Fowles. Joining them are Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Shameka Christon, Candice Dupree, Lindsey Harding, Asjha Jones, Crystal Langhorne, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery, and Candice Wiggins.

'The trip is really just an extension of the camp,' USA Basketball past president Val Ackerman said. 'To cut one or two didn't make sense. Now we can see what they will do over there.'

Maya Moore was the only healthy player at the camp who won't go as she headed back to Connecticut on Monday for class.

'It was a tough decision to make,' the junior said. 'I knew I was already going to be in Washington for a week. I was able to work that out with my professors. I love USA Basketball, but going over there would be too much for me to handle right now.'

Moore as well as fellow UConn player Charles have been extremely impressive in camp. During an open practice Sunday, Moore drew oohs and aahs from the crowd as she scored eight straight points during a scrimmage.

Always the teacher, UConn coach Auriemma showed the team footage of the scrimmage Monday before practice and used it to break down weaknesses. Having only previously dealt with professional players as an assistant coach on the 2000 Olympic team, he was extremely impressed by their willingness to be taught.

'These guys really want to learn,' Auriemma said. 'I was surprised at how eager they all were to pick things up and get better. It's really easy when they are the best players on their teams to not work as hard. But here if you don't you'll get embarassed.'

The U.S. team won't get a chance to train again until next spring. With most of the players playing overseas, it's one of the only windows they'll have to work out as a group before the 2010 world championships.

'It's the hand we're dealt and we'll make the best of it,' Auriemma said. 'We'll train whenever we get the opportunity and hopefully we'll be able to get everyone there.'


Courtesy of www.mlive.com


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


BoaViagem post two straight wins at Vitor Hugo Cup - by Eurobasket News
BoaViagem opened the Vitor Hugo Cup with back-to-back victories in Group B. They held off Olivais Coimbra in the opener. Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Shannon Howell (175-G/F-82, college: Oregon St.) contributed 18 points in the winning effort. Olivais Coimbra answered with 12 points from Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor). Next BoaViagem held off Figueirence 69:44 and booked the spot in the final tournament. Chevon Keith was responsible for 13 points. Tatiana Iourtaeva (F-78) answered with 13 points, 7 boards and 4 steals for Figueirense.
GDESSA Barriero clinched the semifinal spot after they held off Alges 68:64. Rachel Roberts fired 22 points and made 7 steals to pilot the team to the win. Sara Djassi (178-F-89) produced 14 points in the victory. Charese Reed (180-G-86) poured in 27 points for Alges.
AD Vagos swept their opponents in Group C. They prevailed against Barcelos and CAB Madeira to occupy the top spot.
BoaViagem, GDESSA Barreiro, Vagos and CAB Madeira will play in the tournament semis.



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Romania top Senegal to triumph at 2009 Francophone Games - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Senegal 70:53

Romania grabbed the Gold medals at the 2009 Francophone Games in Lebanon. The team did not lose a single game at the tournament and deservedly took the crown. Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds to pace Romania to the victory in the championship game.
Romania looked dominant in this one. They won the first frame by three points but increased the tempo in the second stanza. Romania cleared off to a 14-point distance at halftime. Senegal could not pick up the slack in the second half. Romania rushed to a 22-point buffer after three quarters of action. Senegal stayed in the contest and won the fourth period but could not save the game.
Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) came up with 17 points and 9 assists for Romania. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) contributed 11 points for the winning side. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) responded with 20 points for Senegal. Marie Sy (185-F-85) and Bineta Diouf (186-C/F-79) had 12 points each in defeat. Senegal outrebounded their opponents 38:27 but Romania shot 59% from the field.

Romania: Anita Meszaros 28+10 boards, Paula Cristina Ciocan 17, Ildiko Vass 11
Senegal: Aya Traore 20, Marie Sy 12, Bineta Diouf 12



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Romania top Senegal to triumph at 2009 Francophone Games - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Senegal 70:53

Romania grabbed the Gold medals at the 2009 Francophone Games in Lebanon. The team did not lose a single game at the tournament and deservedly took the crown. Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds to pace Romania to the victory in the championship game.
Romania looked dominant in this one. They won the first frame by three points but increased the tempo in the second stanza. Romania cleared off to a 14-point distance at halftime. Senegal could not pick up the slack in the second half. Romania rushed to a 22-point buffer after three quarters of action. Senegal stayed in the contest and won the fourth period but could not save the game.
Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) came up with 17 points and 9 assists for Romania. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) contributed 11 points for the winning side. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) responded with 20 points for Senegal. Marie Sy (185-F-85) and Bineta Diouf (186-C/F-79) had 12 points each in defeat. Senegal outrebounded their opponents 38:27 but Romania shot 59% from the field.

Romania: Anita Meszaros 28+10 boards, Paula Cristina Ciocan 17, Ildiko Vass 11
Senegal: Aya Traore 20, Marie Sy 12, Bineta Diouf 12



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Dobri Anjeli Kosice grabs 6-time WNBA All-Star player Chamique Holdsclaw - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli Kosice secured signing of 6-time WNBA All-Star participant Chamique Holdsclaw (6'2''-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee). This is a huge reinforcement for the Slovakian team, especially in Euroleague where it has big appetites.
The 32-year old Chamique Holdsclaw finished WNBA 2009 season with the Atlanta Dream recently. She appeared 25 times averaging 12.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Last season she played for Polish Wisla Krakow collecting 17.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 5 Euroleague games. In domestic championship she had 13.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 11 appearances. In the past Holdsclaw changed many teams. She played for Lotos Gdynia, Samara and Ros Casares. In WNBA, she was a member of Los Angeles Sparks, Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream. Chamique Holdsclaw was invited to WNBA All-Star Game -99, 00, 01 (DNP-injured), -02 (DNP-injury), 03, 05. In 2000 she won the Gold at Olympic Games in Athens with Team USA. In 1998 USA was the World Champion and Holdsclaw was a member of this squad also.
Dobri Anjeli Kosice is placed to Group C in Euroleague regular season. There in the same pool is another Slovakian team, MBK Ruzomberok. These two squads once again have the strongest teams in domestic championship and they will for sure once again fight for the title in Playoff Finals.


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  TUNISIA - Women  


Tunisia earn Bronze at Francophone Games in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - France 61:52

Tunisia climbed on the pedestal at the Francophone Games in Beirut. They toppled France at the consolation final yesterday. Selma Mnasria (G-88) orchestrated the victory with 27 points and 11 boards for Tunisia.
Tunisia enjoyed a brisk start to the game. They built a 5-point lead at the first intermission. But Les Bleus responded after the first break. The European team outgunned their opponents 14:8 and ensured a one-point advantage at halftime. Tunisia and France exchanged baskets in the third frame and the African team were able to erase the deficit. The sides entered the fourth stanza tied at 42. Tunisia spurred in the final frame and secured a tough victory at the end.
Mehe Cheli (C-81) and Thoraya Adisi (F-82) netted 8 points each for the winners. Zagrouba notched 7 points for Tunisia. Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds for France. Florine Basque (184-F-92) contributed 12 points in defeat.

Tunisia: Selma Mnasria 27+11 boards, Mehe Cheli 8, Thoraya Adisi 8
France: Eleonore Grossemy 18+10 boards, Florine Basque 12



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  WNBA - Women  


Trip to visit wounded troops helps Augustus - by Eurobasket News
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) hasn't been able to play at the U.S. women's basketball training camp while she rehabilitates her injured left knee.

She's been cheering from the sideline and working on her rehab, but misses being on the court with her teammates. Still, the camp hasn't been a total loss for the Minnesota Lynx guard.

A post practice trip by the national team to Walter Reed hospital to visit wounded soldiers really helped put her ACL injury in perspective.

'Going through my rehab and stuff like that, I've been feeling down on myself and depressed and I shouldn't,' Augustus said. 'They've been through worse things than me and they're calm.'

There was one soldier whom she met who was fortunate to be alive. He had an injured spine and neck and was wounded when a bomb went off underneath his vehicle. Right as the bomb went off, the soldier remembered to push away from his gun so as not to be further hurt. He told her how many soldiers are hurt worse when they bang their heads into their guns after a bomb goes off.

Some of his fellow soldiers in the vehicle weren't so lucky.

'Just to know this guy was almost killed and he's here talking to us and happy to see us is a special thing,' Augustus said. 'These guys go out and risk their lives every day and not know if they're going to come back home alive or not. To hear about their experiences is a motivational factor for me.'

Augustus tore her ACL on June 17 in Phoenix, ending her fourth season. After helping the U.S. win a gold medal at the Olympics last year, she was off to a strong start in her first six games, scoring 21.0 points and leading the team to a 5-1 record.

'It was such a blow to us when she went down, but she's been so positive working out to get healthy again,' said U.S. assistant coach Jennifer Gillom, who also is the coach of the Lynx.

USA Basketball has been working a lot with the military since coach Mike Krzyzewski took over the men's national team in 2006. 'Hoops for Troops' was Krzyzewski's idea to help give something back. The graduate of West Point has had the men's team practice at military bases and invited troops to come to see them play.

After visiting the hospital on Thursday, Augustus and the other players put on a clinic at the hospital for the military families on Saturday after holding an open practice. About 200 people showed up for the practice and 40 kids ranging from age 3 to 14 participated in the clinic, which was led by U.S. assistant coach Doug Bruno.

After going through a series of drills with the kids, the DePaul coach asked them if they had heard of Mae Jemison. When none of the kids knew who she was, Bruno explained how she was the first African-American woman in space. He then called up three kids and asked them again who she was. They repeated his answer and he gave them each $2 telling them 'it pays to be smart,' which drew huge laughter from the assembled crowd.


Courtesy of www.helenair.com


US women's basketball team finishes training camp - by Eurobasket News
With the first phase of its training complete, the U.S. women's basketball team headed to Russia for a three-game tournament.

The week of practice at American University was the first under new U.S. coach Geno Auriemma for the 19 players in camp. It was an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other.

'We found out a lot about ourselves in the last six days,' Auriemma said. 'Some of these guys who are here didn't know me, I didn't know them. Now I'm anxious and I know these guys are anxious to go and see if what we know transfers over to games.'

The U.S. will face Russian professional team UMMC Ekaterinburg as well as Euroleague professional teams MKB Euroleasing Sopron from Hungary and USK Praha from the Czech Republic. The Americans open the round-robin tournament against USK Praha on Friday.

'I know we know how to practice and I know we know how to do drills,' Auriemma said. 'Now we're going to find out if we can take that, transfer it over to game situations and see if I can identify those players who know how to win.'

The Americans will take 13 players to the tournament, led by 2008 Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, Candace Parker, and Sylvia Fowles. Joining them are Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Shameka Christon, Candice Dupree, Lindsey Harding, Asjha Jones, Crystal Langhorne, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery, and Candice Wiggins.

'The trip is really just an extension of the camp,' USA Basketball past president Val Ackerman said. 'To cut one or two didn't make sense. Now we can see what they will do over there.'

Maya Moore was the only healthy player at the camp who won't go as she headed back to Connecticut on Monday for class.

'It was a tough decision to make,' the junior said. 'I knew I was already going to be in Washington for a week. I was able to work that out with my professors. I love USA Basketball, but going over there would be too much for me to handle right now.'

Moore as well as fellow UConn player Charles have been extremely impressive in camp. During an open practice Sunday, Moore drew oohs and aahs from the crowd as she scored eight straight points during a scrimmage.

Always the teacher, UConn coach Auriemma showed the team footage of the scrimmage Monday before practice and used it to break down weaknesses. Having only previously dealt with professional players as an assistant coach on the 2000 Olympic team, he was extremely impressed by their willingness to be taught.

'These guys really want to learn,' Auriemma said. 'I was surprised at how eager they all were to pick things up and get better. It's really easy when they are the best players on their teams to not work as hard. But here if you don't you'll get embarassed.'

The U.S. team won't get a chance to train again until next spring. With most of the players playing overseas, it's one of the only windows they'll have to work out as a group before the 2010 world championships.

'It's the hand we're dealt and we'll make the best of it,' Auriemma said. 'We'll train whenever we get the opportunity and hopefully we'll be able to get everyone there.'


Courtesy of www.mlive.com


Dobri Anjeli Kosice grabs 6-time WNBA All-Star player Chamique Holdsclaw - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli Kosice secured signing of 6-time WNBA All-Star participant Chamique Holdsclaw (6'2''-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee). This is a huge reinforcement for the Slovakian team, especially in Euroleague where it has big appetites.
The 32-year old Chamique Holdsclaw finished WNBA 2009 season with the Atlanta Dream recently. She appeared 25 times averaging 12.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Last season she played for Polish Wisla Krakow collecting 17.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 5 Euroleague games. In domestic championship she had 13.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 11 appearances. In the past Holdsclaw changed many teams. She played for Lotos Gdynia, Samara and Ros Casares. In WNBA, she was a member of Los Angeles Sparks, Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream. Chamique Holdsclaw was invited to WNBA All-Star Game -99, 00, 01 (DNP-injured), -02 (DNP-injury), 03, 05. In 2000 she won the Gold at Olympic Games in Athens with Team USA. In 1998 USA was the World Champion and Holdsclaw was a member of this squad also.
Dobri Anjeli Kosice is placed to Group C in Euroleague regular season. There in the same pool is another Slovakian team, MBK Ruzomberok. These two squads once again have the strongest teams in domestic championship and they will for sure once again fight for the title in Playoff Finals.