EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/9/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Crvena Zvez. 0-0
2. Cedevita 0-0
3. Zagreb 0-0
4. Bosna S. 0-0
5. Partizan 0-0
6. Cibona 0-0
7. Zadar 0-0
8. Olimpija 0-0
9. Siroki 0-0
10. Krka 0-0
11. Radnicki 0-0
12. FMP 0-0
13. Buducnost 0-0
14. Hemofarm 0-0


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  ARGENTINA   


Atenas win inaugural game - by Facundo Iatzky
Atenas Cordoba won very easily to Quimsa in the first game of Liga A 2009/10. The first half finished 48-18 for the host team that showed great concentration and attitude. In the third quarter Quimsa reacted but it was not enough. Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Oklahoma Christian) had a good debut being the top scorer of the game.

Atenas (83): Juan Pablo Figueroa 13, Andre Laws 8, Juan Manuel Locatelli 5, Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Oklahoma Christian)l 18, Pablo Orlietti 2 (st); Cristian Romero 8, Diego Osella 6, Federico Ferrini 11, Juan Pablo Cantero 12, Felipe Pais 0. coach: Ruben Magnano.
Quimsa (61): Jonatan Treise 3, Julio Mazzaro 11, Albert White 13, Damian Tintorelli 3, Roman Gonzalez 9 (st); Franco Balbi 12, Jose Muruaga 2, Bruno Ingratta 8. coach: Carlos Romano.


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  AUSTRALIA   


New Zealand Breakers celebrate second win - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand Breakers - Melbourne Tigers 79-74

The New Zealand Breakers registered second win of the season, after beating the Melbourne Tigers today 79-74. The winning squad now has 2-2, while the Tigers dropped to 1-1 record. CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC) was totally the best play for the hosts. He spent 34 minutes on the court draining 32 points (5 triples). He was followed by Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota), who added 16 points and 8 boards. Rickert was the last one with double digits in scoring for the Breakers, as all other had 9 or less. On the other side, Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) and Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) responded with 13 pts each in defeat. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Ben Knight (203-F-76) stopped on 11 (apiece).
The hosts opened this game better taking 21-16 lead. CJ Bruton was on fire and together with his teammates, he helped the Breakers to extend their plus even more. After 20 minutes of play it was 39-30. Worthington nailed a free throw to stretch the lead to 54-52 at the end of the third quarter but there were some worried faces on the Tigers players as the Breakers had well and truly got themselves back in the game. Two Bruton three-pointers in the opening stages of the final quarter handed the Breakers the lead, much to the satisfaction of the big, vocal crowd. In the last period Bruton again exploded with a triple and the hosts jumped to plus 8. Melbourne Tigers did not give up, bur they were not able to make a turn.

New Zealand Breakers: CJ Bruton 32, Rick Rickert 16+8 boards
Melbourne Tigers: Daryl Corletto 13, Sam Mackinnon 13, Mark Worthington 11, Ben Knight 11


Stats Leaders - NBL


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Mahalbasic back in Austria - by Stefan Heinrich
After the Worthersee Piraten and Bosna Sarajevo couldnt find a deal on the buy-out the young Austrian Insideplayer Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) returns to the Worthersee Piraten for now. The member of the National Team will practice and play again with his former team, but he keeps looking for a new team in another country, but this team has to pay a buy-out to get him out of this contract, which is valid until 2011. Last season he averaged 16.3ppg and 7.1rpg in the Austria league and in the summer he was the MVP of the U20 Division B European Championship in Skopje, where he had 19.4ppg and 10.0rpg

Bulls and Zeleznik part ways - by Stefan Prager
The Kapfenberg Bulls announced that they have parted ways with Point Guard Damir Zeleznik (191-G-80, agency: Heinrich Sports). Zeleznik had a running contract throughout the season but it was managed tor resolve the contract situation amicably. Due to the surprising return of Armin Woschank (184-G-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) there was no room left for Zeleznik. The Bulls are proud to have nine Austrians on their 12 player roster. They would not give away minutes for an import player in favor of back up PG Moritz Lanegger. Zeleznik is looking at a three year career in Kapfenberg. He won the Cup Title in 2007 and reached the league semifinals in 2007 as well as in 2008. Zeleznik is a three time Austrian All Star and was named Eurobasket Bosman Player of the Year in 2005 when he played for the Furstenfeld Panthers.

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  BAHRAIN   


Al Hala going big with Oneal Mims from Austin Texas - by Eurobasket
Al Hala has agreed to terms with Forward O'Neal Mims (208-F-83, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Angelo St.). Mims will join Al Hala this week, and is expected to impact the club in many ways with his versatility and athletic ability to play multiple positions.

Mims is a 6'10 wing player that can handle the ball, shoot the three, and runs the court well finishing on the break. He possesses the ability to slash to the basket and finish with numerous moves, or pull up and show his strong mid-range jump shot. Mims is also an excellent defender and his length and athleticism on the wing is NBA level. Having spent some time in the LA Lakers Camp, a season with Bakersfield Jam (NBDL), and Austin Toros (NBDL), Mims took his show to Turkey last season averaging 16.6ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.2bpg, for Vestel Sports Kulubu.


AL Hala going big with Oneal Mims from Austin Texas - by Corey Washington
Al Hala has agreed to terms with Forward O'Neal Mims (208-F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Angelo St.). Mims will join Al Hala this week, and is expected to impact the club in many ways with his versatility and athletic ability to play multiple positions.
Mims is a 6'10 wing player that can handle the ball, shoot the three, and runs the court well finishing on the break. He possesses the ability to slash to the basket and finish with numerous moves, or pull up and show his strong mid-range jump shot. Mims is also an excellent defender and his length and athleticism on the wing is NBA level. Having spent some time in the LA Lakers Camp, a season with Bakersfield Jam (NBDL), and Austin Toros (NBDL), Mims took his show to Turkey last season averaging 16.6ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.2bpg, for Vestel Sports Kulubu.



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  BELGIUM   


Bree News - by Peter Buyse
D2 team Bree has found its new coach for the 2009-2010 season in former Liege coach Tom Johnson .
The former Canadian National team guard has reached an agreement with the team to take over from player/coach Ed Norvell.

Coach Johnson also works for the NBA's Oklahoma Thunder as their scout for France and Germany. During his playing career he played for Braine and Bree. He was head coach at Vilvoorde, Aalst and Liege.

Norvell stays on as player and could be joined soon by former Belgian player of the Year Yves Dupont (211-C-75, agency: Court Side) who has been practising with the team as of recently.
Earlier the team had already signed Thomas Lamot (190-G-87) and David Cobb.
They recently released Luka Hoti.



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  BELIZE   


Lawyer says FIBA wrongly interpreted Belize Constitution !!! - by David Magana
As you know by now, the national basketball team won silver at the COCABA championships in August in Cancun, Mexico. The team played under protest because the eligibility of several players were questioned by FIBA officials who felt that the nationality of the Belizean players had to be determined by the age of sixteen. The Belize Basketball Federation challenged FIBA based on our own laws, which provide that any person born from one Belizean parent qualifies automatically for citizenship whether or not that person resides in Belize. Arguments were heard in September and the arbitrator, Doctor Ulrich Haas, ruled on Tuesday from Geneva that the evidence provided by the B.B.F. did not prove that the contested players acquired their nationality by age sixteen. The basketball federations attorney, Godfrey Smith, said that the judge wrongly interpreted a section of Belizes constitution when making his judgment.

Godfrey Smith, Attorney for B.B.F.
Under the Belize constitution, all of these fellows acquired Belizean nationality because their parents, mother of father were Belizean and so under the Belize constitution, automatically at birth or on independence day, these fellows became citizens. FIBA lawyers argued against that and said no these fellows only got nationality certificates after they became sixteen. The judge of the tribunal agreed with our points that these players became citizens of Belize on Independence Day or on their birthdays by virtue of the Belize constitution but then the judge went on to base his decision on section twenty-seven of the Belize constitution, which wasnt argued by us or by FIBA. The Belize constitution section twenty-seven, relied on by the judge says that a citizen of Belize who acquired another nationality, may at his option retain his citizenship of Belize. What does that provision mean? To my mind, its simply saying that Belize, under our law, we allow dual nationality. If you dah wah Belizean and you become a citizen of another country like the US, you could still keep your Belizean citizenship if yoh want. What the judge did was to latch on that and say okay, you have the option to retain your citizenship if yoh want. What that means, the judge reasoned, is that even though you became a citizen under the constitution, to retain it or to prove that you retain it, you have to do something. You have to step forward and do something otherwise how will we know that you retain it? We disagree with that interpretation. Our view is that it allows you to have two nationalitiesBelizean and otherwiseand you dont have to do anything more. If you dont want to be a citizen of Belize anymore, then there is a process to deal with that. You cant just announce well Im not a citizen of Belize, I dont want to be a citizen of Belize. You have to under our laws, renounce. So just to summarize, we believe the judge wrongly interpreted and wrongly applied section twenty-seven of the Belize constitution.
Courtesy of Channel 5


B.B.F. might appeal FIBA decision !!! - by David Magana
The decision to appeal Haas judgment has to come from the Belize Basketball Federation. That is the only point bouncing in the mind of B.B.F. president Paul Thompson. The ruling never discussed the eligibility of the basketball team in the COCABA games in Cancun. So the B.B.F. is not sure whether or not the team can continue to move on to the next Olympic qualifier with a new set of players. Thompson says the decisions to move on to the Court of Arbitration in Switzerland will have to be weighed carefully.

Paul Thompson, President, B.B.F.
At the B.B.F. we are very extremely disappointed with the decision made from the Tribunal that our appeal was denied. The next step for us is to look at the option of taking an appeal to the court of arbitration of sports in Switzerland.

Jose Sanchez
With the finances of the BBF, would you be needing help maybe from Central Government to go to that next level?

Paul Thompson
Well, actually thats why we have to look at that option. We have to find out what it entails to take an appeal to this court and that obviously has cost implications so we have to look at that to find out what those costs would be and how we would raise those funds.

Jose Sanchez
The proceedings themselves just addressed the players but it never addressed whether or not Belize keeps silver, Belize can move on. Do you know as yet where we stand?

Paul Thompson
The appeal, the tribunal that we went to the last three weeks ago never touched on whether or not we qualify for the next round. That tribunal only was about whether or not the players were eligible or ineligible. I believe that the process has to go through for that decision to be made.

Jose Sanchez
But the country does want this thing to continue as far as it can so do you see yourself going in the direction of heading to the next stage, the tribunal?

Paul Thompson
We will do the best to do whatever it takes to take this to the furthest point that we can so that we get the results that are favorable to us.
Courtesy of Channel 5


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  BOSNIA   


Vitez withdraws, Grude back in D1 - by Sead Buljina
Basketball club Vitez has sent a statement to Bosnian basketball federation (BBF) notifying them that B.C. Vitez has no financial resources for Division 1 competition. Thus, Vitez will next season play in D2. Basketball federation has decided to replace Vitez with basketball club Grude based on the previous season's results. Grude was the best-placed club that got relegated to D2 following 2008/09 play out. There will be 12 teams in Bosnian D1 during the upcoming regular season with Bosna and Siroki joining competition in play offs. These two teams will compete during the regular season in the Adriatic league as BiH representatives. Complete list of Bosnian D1 teams:

1. Borac (Banja Luka)
Bosna (Sarajevo; will join in playoffs)
2. Capljina (Capljina)
3. Celik (Zenica)
4. Grude (Grude)
5. Hercegovac (Bileca)
6. Igokea (Aleksandrovac)
7. Leotar (Trebinje)
8. Mladost (Mrkonjic Grad)
Siroki (Siroki Brijeg; will join in playoffs)
9. Slavija (Lukavica)
10.Sloboda (Tuzla)
11.Sutjeska (Foca)
12.Zrinjski (Mostar)


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  BULGARIA   


Three americans in Levski happy with the organization - by Valentin Anguelov
The three new American players in Levski all said that are impressed with the organization and professionalism with which the club is working. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, college: Mississippi), Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) and Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) all spoke today and said they were delighted from the city of Sofia and have the ambitions to win the championship with 'The Blues'.

'I'm happy to be here. I didn't know a lot of things for Bulgaria before I came here. I like Sofia very much, the boys in the team are very good. Our coach is giving a lot of passion in the games but of course the season is still about to start' commented Aaron Harper who is expected to be the leader of the team this season. Harper who played in France last year said: 'I'm ready to be the leader. I know the coach wants it from me. I like when the responsability is on me. I think I can handle it.'

Another one from the Americans Jason Smith, who is having a stomach problems before the start of Levski in the Eurohold Balkan league on saturday said: 'Everybody here is very friendly. Levski has to win the title and that's why I came here. We're training very hard. Everything in the club is very professional. I'm ready for the start of the season.'

The former player of Feni Industry, the next opponent of 'The Blues' - Donald Cole said: 'I had the chance to play against Levski with Feni and now I'm here. I knew what it is about here. Still from the airport when Titi waited for me I remained happy with the organization. I feel like home here. I'm ready to win the championship. I expect to play good on saturday. They will want to win because I'm here but I feel the same way. They will be focused on me but this will give a chance to my other teammates.'



Levski with injury problems ahead of Balkan League - by Valentin Anguelov
The Evtimov brother, Vasil and Ilian and the American Jason Smith are having some problems before the first game of Levski in the Balkan league. The game against Feni Industry is on saturday at 18.00 in Universiada hall.


'Jason played very good game against Yambol. He played good in the other games as well. He has a problem with the stomach disorder. Vasko Evtimov also had problems today. I hope it's not epidemic. The situation with Jason is more serious but I believe he'll be able to play in two days. We have a problem with Ilian Evtimov as well. He is a player with whom both sides are helping each other. He is training with us, we're giving him a chance to be in good condition because is waiting for a call. In the game against Pirot he injured his thigh. We're protecting him and he is protecting himself because his future is on the line' made his comments the head coach of Levski Konstantin Papazov .


Papazov confirmed also the team's interest in Georgi Cekovski. 'Cekovski is very good player and I have good memories with him. I respect him a lot as a player, I respect him a lot as a human. I know he is very motivated because he didn't receive his last monthly salary from Lukoil Academic. Probably right after Ilian leaves us Cekovski will be the one who replaces him. He is a player with big heart. One of the things the team is missing right now is the good play in defense. With him we're having a little missunderstandings about the financial terms but I think an agreement is very near. For him it will be an interesting challenge - to go out against Lukoil Academic.'



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  CHILE   


Dimayor: roster changes for Provincial Llanquihue - by Daniel Valencia
Provincial Llanquihue announced the signing of the american Garry Beverly (203-F/C, college: Clark Atlanta) as their new foreing player for Dimayor's playoffs. Beverly is a 24 years old power forward with playing experience in the NCAA and the NCAA2, with Delaware State and Clark Atlanta respectively. This will be his first experience playing outside the United States.

He is replacing Delvin Thomas (201-F/C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Bethune-Cookman), who left the team after 16 regular season games. Thomas averaged 18.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists in 35.9 minutes per game.


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  COLOMBIA   


Federation Cup day 23 results - by Victor Garcia
Federation Cup, Day 23 Results
Bucaros blasted Piratas in Bogot, the game began at Piratas speed, both team running the court and shooting at the first pass, but Piratas was not accurate and allow Bucaros to take distance.
In the last quarter Piratas made a big effort a came to 5 points behind but a technical foul over Diomedes Casiani give Bucaros a 9 pts advantage, the Piratas made a mistake going to zone against a 50% 3pts shooting team, Bucaros rise the gap to 12 pts to clinch the victory.
Piratas Saludcoop 85
Bucaros Freskaleche 100

Patriotas give the surprise defeating Cucuta Norte in Tunja, Cesar Silva leaded the Patriotas with good help of Julian Pineda and Keving Palacios, Juan Herrera leaded Cucuta Norte.
Patriotas 92 Cesar Silva 28, Keving Palacios 16
Cucuta Norte 86.

Arrieros with Jermain Walker shinning defeated Cangrejeros in Cartagena was the 5th straight victory for the Arrieros.
Arrieros Idea 81 Jemaine Walker 32, Heissler Guillent 18
Cangrejeros 75 Francisco Centeno 22, Joey Spiegel 19



Federation Cup day 24 results - by Victor Garcia
Different history from the begin, Piratas took the rebounds and run the floor, and each one of the players on the court score to get the victory against Bucaros, for Bucaros was not a good night the team played without energy on defense, allowing Piratas to control the tempo of the game
Piratas Saludcoop 85
Bucaros Freskaleche 63

For the second straight night Cesar Silva was a nightmare for the Cucuta defense and with 32 pts, carried the Tunja team to the victory, Sebastian Marquez also had a good night.
Patriotas 85 Cesar Silva 32, Sebastian Marquez 18
Cucuta Norte 70.

No problems for Arrieros to blast Cangrejeros in the second game at Medellin, Norbey Aragon and Heissler Guillent leaded Arrieros.
Arrieros Idea 84
Cangrejeros 66



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  COSTA RICA   


Barva alone at the top - by Gianni Pascucci
In last days of September, Ferreteria Brenes Barva took its 14th consecutive win defeating Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica, 82-75 (41-31), and this result will grant Barva the home advantage all the playoff long. In the other games of the round, the results were as follows:
Escazu 104 - Perez Zeledon 45
Santa Ana 82 - Goicoechea 101
Mucap San Luis Gonzaga 65 - BCR Limon 75
UCR 88 - USJ ARBA 77
These down were the results of the week after:
Perez Zeledon 20 - Santa Ana 0
Escazu 67 - F. Brenes Barva 81
UCR 72 - Goicoechea 66
Coopenae Liceo 100 - BCR Limon 73
USJ ARBA 76 - Mucap San Luis Gonzaga 53



Standings - D1
LBS Standings
 1. Barva 15-0 
 2. Liceo 14-1 
 3. Escazu 12-4 
 4. UCR 10-4 
 5. Limon 9-7 
 6. Goicoechea 6-10 
 7. Santa Ana 5-9 
 8. USJ-San Ramon 3-13 
 9. San Luis G. 3-15 
 10. Perez Zeledon 2-16 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL


NBL Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice - Novy Jicin 77-80
After controlling the first half, Novy Jocin had a slow third quarter and saw their nine point half time lead dissipate into a one point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Novy Jicin celebrated 80:77 victory as Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Pandula Dusan had 14. Hampton Maurice ended up with 17 points in the losing case.

Basketbol Brno - NH Ostrava 87-68
Basketbol Brno tied their record at 1-1 beating NH Ostrava 87:68 in the Regular Season Round 2. Daniel Gajdosik (189-G-80) paced all the winners with 19 points, Meno Boris scored 14, while Norwa Michal and Vrubl Stepan had 13 each. Palyza Lukas ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.

BK Prostejov - BK B&W Opava 100-87
BK Prostejov nailed three digits to beat BK B&W Opava 100:87. Ales Chan (214-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, Slezas Andrius nailed 16, while three other players posted 11 each. Soska Ondrej brought 23 points in defeat, while Stec Marek poured in 19.

Vysehrad - BC Kolin 85-104
BC Kolin celebrated the first victory in the League after 104:85 over Vysehrad. Smith top-scored for the winners with 32 points, Brad Jones (186-G-85, college: Wyoming) notched 22 and Machac David delivered 21. Dvorak posted 16 points in defeat and Skorepa Michal had 14.

USK Praha - BK Decin 83-90
Decin jumped on 2-0 record after the road win over USK Praha 90:83. Wiliam Hatcher (188-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) paced all the winners with 23 points, while Houska Pavel had 18 points and 11 boards. McKay Myles erupted with 31 points, Vocetka Michal and Ford Tremaine added 13 points each for the hosts.



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


NBL Round 2 Recap - by Surujh Roopnarine
CEZ Basketball Nymburk (86) vs. Karma Podebrady (46)
Reigning champs romp to another victory, this time by 40 points over visiting Podebrady.
Former Ohio State guard Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) led a balanced Nymburk attack with 18 points, as four players tallied double digit scoring. Stephen Castleberry (214-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Rider) led Podebrady with 18 points. (box score not available due to technical difficulties at the game).
NYMBURK: Ron Lewis (18pt), Ian Hanavan (16pt), Petr Benda (14pt), Arthur Lee (13pt)
PODEBRADY: Stephen Castleberry (18pt), Muzik (9pt), Stria (6pt), Marvin Rashad (4pt)

BK Synthesia Pardubice (77) vs. Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin (80)
In the game of the night, Pardubice showed there form by pushing Novy Jicin to the wire in a 77-80 home defeat. Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) led all scorers with a game high 24 points for Novy Jicin, while Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) led Pardubice with 17. After controlling the first half, Novy Jocin had a slow third quarter and saw their nine point half time lead dissipate into a one point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. The veteran team found a way to preserver, and avoided a shocking 0-2 start to the season.
PARDUBICE: Maurice Hampton (17pt), Derek Wright (16pt), Sykora (11pt), Marek (10pt)
NOVY JICIN: Nerijus Varnelis (24pt), Pandula (14pt0, Steffel (13pt), Muirhead (12pt)

BK Prostejov (100) vs. BK B&W Opava (87)
Prostejov is now 2-0 on the season, after thrashing visiting Opava to the tune of 100-87. The resurgent Ales Chan (214-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill), formerly of CEZ Nymburk, led Prostejov with 20 points and six rebounds, while connecting on eight of his nine field goal attempts. Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) paced all scorers with a game high 23 points in defeat for Opava.
PROSTEJOV: Ales Chan (20pt+6rb), Anrius Slezas (16pt), Kyle Landry (11pt+6rb), Robert Skibniewski (11pt)
OPAVA: Ondrej Soska (23pt+7rb), Marek Stec (19pt+7rb), Jakub Sirina (12pt), Jan Kratochvil (9pt)

USK Praha (83) vs. BK Decin (90)
USK Praha suffered a difficult defeat at the hands of a more veteran Decin squad last night in Prague. Though they took a slim 68-66 lead into the fourth quarter, Wiliam Hatcher (188-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) and company controlled the final quarter and secured the road victory. Hatcher led all Decin players with 23 points and a team-high five assists. The star of the game, though in defeat, was rookie sensation Myles McKay (191-G-86, college: Wisc.-Whitew.), who continued his torrent tear thru the first two rounds, as he scored a game high 31 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
PRAHA: Myles McKay (31pt+8rb+6as), Tremaine Townsend (13pt+19rb), Michal Vocetka (13pt), Lukas Kotas (11pt)
DECIN: Wiliam Hatcher (23pt+5as), Pavel Houska (18pt+11rb), Lavontay Fenderson (16pt+7rb), Andrej Cervenka (10pt)

Sokol Vysehrad (85) vs. BC Kolin (104)
Last seasons bottom-dwellers, BC Kolin destroyed this seasons likely candidates for the bottom of the ladder, Sokol Vysehrad 85-104 on Vysehrads home court. After getting thoroughly annihilated in their opening round game in Pardubice (111-43), Vysehrad faired only slightly better last night, losing by 19 at home. Newcomers Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) (32) and Brad Jones (186-G-85, college: Wyoming) (22), together with David Machac (21) combined to score 75 points in leading Kolin to victory. Martin Dvorak (199-F) led Vysehrad with a team-high 16 points.
VYSEHRAD: Martin Dvorak (16pt), Michal Skorepa (14pt+7rb), Lukas Marik (12pt), Citrad Klimanek (9pt+5rb)
KOLIN: Terry Smith (32pt), Brad Jones (22pt+7rb), David Machac (21pt), Roderick Platt (8pt)

Basketball Brno (87) vs. NH Ostrava (68)
Basketball is back in Brno and the home team gave their crowd something to cheer, as they destroyed visiting Ostrava by 19 points. Michal Norwa tallied a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Brno to the mild upset. Though Ostrava is now 0-2, many believed that their reinforcements in the off-season would help returning star Mike Mitchell; so far though that has not been the case. Lukas Palyza (203-F-89) led Ostrava with 14 points while newcomer Lavell Payne chipped in 12 points in 28 minutes.
BRNO: Daniel Gajdosik (189-G-80) (19pt+6rb), Michal Norwa (13pt+10rb), Boris Meno (14pt+8rb), Stepan Vrubl (13pt)
OSTRAVA: Lukas Palyza (14pt), Lavell Payne (12pt), Mike Mitchell (9pt), Martin Gniadek (9pt)



Exclusive Interview with Shaun Pruitt - by Surujh Roopnarine
We all go through learning processes, whether on the basketball court or in life. As a player, you have to pick up new defensive schemes, offensive philosophies and adapt to different cultural environments depending on where you play. Sometimes we (myself specifically) dont take these factors into account when we see players perform. We assume that once on a basketball court, all the superfluous things are put aside and have no affect on performance; that however, is not the case. Just like a joyous event can buoy a players spirits and energy, negative circumstances often have a corresponding adverse effect.
Former University of Illinois starting center Shaun Pruitt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) is currently in training camp with the Golden State Warriors. After a rookie season that saw Pruitt travel the globe (literally) through the Czech Republic, Latvia and China, he is back in the USA and in an NBA training camp, practicing and working out with NBA stars like Stephen Jackson, Cory Maggette and Monta Ellis. When I wrote last week that Shaun was in camp with the Warriors, I drew on personal perceptions to describe the type of player I thought Shaun was. Upon further reflection, it seemed prudent to go directly to the source and try to find out what it was actually like for a kid from Chicago to be thrust into a completely different world both basketball wise and culturally, and see how that may have influenced him and his development.
Shaun took a few moments to talk with me about life in NBA training camp, his whirlwind rookie season and his expectations.

USBasket: How has training camp been thus far? Is there anything that has surprised you about the experience?

Shaun: Training camp experience was great; a lot of work and very intense which will help my career out a lot. It was good to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes of a training camp and get valuable information from a great teacher like (Head Coach) Don Nelson.

USBasket: What is the main point of emphasis Coach Nelson and his staff have been emphasizing?

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

USBasket: How has your development evolved between your rookie and second seasons as a professional?

Shaun: I have matured a lot, been all over the world and even though a lot of things weren't always fair, especially in the Czech Republic last year, I know how to deal with things better as a professional.

USBasket: Describe your time in the Czech Republic for meboth personally and basketball wise.

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

USBasket: Who was your toughest matchup against least season in the NBL?

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

USBasket: After leaving Prostejov (Czech NBL), how did you end up heading to Latvia and then finally to China?

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

USBasket: There were many former NBA players in China last season (Bonzi Wells, Kirk Snyder, Smush Parker, etc). Was it a good experience for you to interact and meet some of these guys and pick their brains?

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

USBasket: The Warriors have 15 guaranteed contracts already, so chances of sticking with the team are not the greatest. What do you and your agent have lined up for after training camp if for some reason you dont make the squad? Would you consider going back to the Czech Republic again? Where do you see yourself playing this season if not in the NBA?

Shaun: The Warriors have 15 guaranteed contracts, but I honestly feel that I belong and have been working very hard and I am under the impression that I have a chance to make it. I am still competing for a spot so I can't get into worrying about that right now, but nothing is guaranteed and Im just glad for this experience and the opportunity to quiet some of the critics.
Unless one of the top teams wants to sign me and it is a nice deal I don't think I will go back to the Czech Republic, but I will be there soon to visit friends. I would want to go to a top team in Europe. China is an option, but right now I'm focused on the Warriors. We play the Lakers tonight (pre-season); the best team in the world and against the best player in Kobe Bryant. This is a great experience!
(Note: Golden State lost 118-101. Shaun logged 13 minutes, scoring one point, grabbing three rebounds and blocking one shot).

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


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Rosas named GM of Rio Grande Valley Vipers - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team's Vice President of Player Personnel, Gersson Rosas, has been named General Manager of the team's NBA Development League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In his new role, Rosas will oversee all aspects of the Vipers' daily basketball operations.

'Gersson has distinguished himself as a top evaluator of young talent over the years,' said Morey. 'In his new role with the Vipers he will play a vital role in developing our younger players as well as ensuring a complete integration of the Vipers with our Rockets operations.'

Rosas enters his sixth season with the Rockets and was elevated to the position of Vice President of Player Personnel in September. In addition to his Vipers responsibilities, Rosas will continue to assist Morey in all Rockets basketball operations including player personnel matters, the evaluation of draft prospects, free agency and trade prospects. Additionally, he will continue to oversee the Rockets' domestic and international scouting departments.

'I would like to thank Daryl and Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander for showing confidence in my abilities and affording me this great opportunity to be directly involved in the development of our young talent,' said Rosas. 'I look forward to leading our personnel group in working with Coach Finch and the Vipers organization to develop our young players, and bring an exciting brand of professional basketball to The Valley. We also believe that this will be a productive personnel extension of the Houston Rockets.'

In 2008-09, Rosas served as Houston's Director of Player Personnel after working a season as the team's Director of Scouting and three campaigns as the team's Personnel Scout/Video Coordinator. Prior to his present stint with the Rockets, Rosas was the head coach of the Global Games Prep USA Team during the summer of 2004. His experience also includes work as a graduate assistant for the University of Houston's men's basketball team (2003-04), as an assistant coach on Westbury Christian High School's state championship team (2002-03) and as a basketball coordinator for the Venezuelan Basketball Federation during the 2002 World Basketball Championships.

Additionally, Rosas has been an active participant the past four years in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program, the league's global basketball development and community outreach program, including serving this past summer as the Americas Camp Director in Mexico City. He also has served as director of college counselors at RBKU All-American Camp (2007, 2008) and as camp coach at the Reebok ABCD Camp (2006, 2007).


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Bighorns to host tryouts this weekend - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns will hold their second set of tryouts for the 2010 NBA D-League season this weekend at the South Reno Athletic Club.

The Bighorns recently completed the first set of tryouts, hosted by their parent club Orlando Magic. The second tryout session will be held in Reno, Nev., at the South Reno Athletic Club. This session will begin Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PT, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The session will conclude Oct. 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PT.

All players interested in attending Bighorns tryouts must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate by Nov. 19, 2008. In addition, interested players must submit all required forms, which can be found online at RenoBighorns.com. No incomplete registration will be accepted.

Players must submit a $150 non-refundable fee and all completed forms to: Reno Bighorns Player Tryouts, 250 Evans Ave., Reno, NV 89501. Money orders and cashiers checks should be made out to Reno Bighorns.

Any questions about 2009-10 player tryouts should be directed to the Reno Bighorns office at (775) 284-2622.

Season tickets are available now for the 2009-10 season of Reno Bighorns Basketball. For more information, call (775) 284-2NBA or visit RenoBighorns.com.

Courtesy of The Reno Bighorns


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Estonian Cup results - by Eurobasket News
The Estonian Cup enjoyed quarterfinal stage. Kalev/Cramo, TU/Rock, TTU KK and Parnu made it through.
Parnu held off Kuremaa 111:75. Elgar Tamsalu (182-G-87) knocked down 20 points to lead the charge. Toomas Raadik (198-F-90) added 17 points, while Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) netted 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Kuremaa responded with 18 points and 15 boards from Sven Kukemelk (205-C-87).
Kalev/Cramo toppled Valga/CKE 65:59 in another quarterfinal clash. Valga/CKE were up by 4 points heading into the fourth frame but could not capitalize. Kalev/Cramo raced to the win in the final period. Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) notched 25 points for the KML defending champions. Janev Blagoj (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire) added 12 points in the win. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
TU/Rock rolled past Tallinna Kalev 92:75. Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) exploded with 24 points and 10 boards for TU/Rock. Todd Abernethy netted 21 points in the winning case. Jamaal Moore (197-F-83, college: Rice) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Tallinna Kalev.
TTU KK eked out a 65:62 win over Rakvere. Reimo Tamm (185-G-84) notched 15 points for TTU KK. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) netted 12 points in the victory. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) answered with 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in defeat.
TU/Rock will face Parnu, while Kalev/Cramo will take on TTU KK in the semis.



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KORISLIIGA: ToPo scored 100 pts tonight - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 3: There are three undefeated teams (Honka, Korihait, Pyrinto) left after three rounds and two teams (Kataja, Kauhajoki) without the season
opening victory. Tonight Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) scored 100 pts, when beating KTP (Kotka) by 14 pts. Sharpshooter Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) scored 29 pts and grabbed 11 rbs for ToPo. Honka (Espoo) visited in Joensuu and scored 99 pts, when winning Kataja by 16 pts. Monte Cummings (193-G-76, college: Florida St.) netted 26 pts for Honka. Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed YMCA Lahti by 22 pts and Korihait (Uusikaupunki) left Vilpas in 53 pts, when visiting in Salo. Korihait had 81 pts.

ToPo - KTP 100-86 (47-38) (Samuel Haanpaa 29/11, Obie Trotter 23, Timo Heinonen 17 - Isaac Spencer 21/14, Herman Favors 20, Ryan McDade 18/17).

Kouvot - YMCA Lahti 94-72 (55-33) (Ajene Moye 19, Ross Neltner 18/12, Kyle Shiloh 18 - Corey Rouse 18/12, Ville Veala 12, Pasi Pekkola 12).
Pyrinto - FoKoPo 78-63 (37-32) (Kenny Lowe 21, Olli Ahvenniemi 14/10, Damon Williams 13/10 - Ashley Champion 26/12, Durell Vinson 13/13, Jarno Nissinen 10).
Kataja - Honka 83-99 (48-56) (Juho Nenonen 22, Daviin Davis 18, Kendall Chones 17 - Monte Cummings 26/5a, Sasu Salin 19, Tuukka Kotti 18).
Vilpas - Korihait 53-81 (19-41) (Antonio McMillion 17, Charlie Burgess 10 - AZ Reid 20, Ray Cunningham 15, Josh Gonner 15/5a).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Kauhajoki 93-61 (51-31) (Robert Turner 17, Jouko Jarvinen 17, Anthony Johnson 16 - Marcel Jones 23, Aleksi Huuskonen 8).


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga


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Andre Harris replaces Robinson Louisme - by Eurobasket
Saint-Etienne (NM1) decided to sent home American center Robinson Louisme (201-F/C-84, college: Tulane) at the end of his try-out contract. Just 3 points average over first two games was not that impressive, so club management decided to replace Robinson with his countryman Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson). Harris played in Israel National League last season with quite impressive stats (leading scorer in the league with 25ppg with 62,2% and 8,3rpg). During the season moved to Hapoel Kyriat Tivon, which finished eighth before failing in quarterfinal of the play-offs. Harris plays similarly like Nate Carter', explains the coach Fabien Romeyer , He is a very aggressive player under the basket. He was one of my first choices. Hopefully Harris will be able to play his first game on Saturday in Angers.


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Jamal Shuler (TBB Trier) Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Season Opening Game October 9th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jamal Shuler (191-G-86)r is a 23 year old 191 cm guard from Jacksonville, North Carolina. He played at Virginia Commonwealth (NCAA) from 2004 to 2008. His best season was hiss enior year as he played 32 games averaging 15.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 41.3%, FT: 79.8%. He was CAAC Regular Season Champion in 2007 and 2008 and CAAC Tournament Winner in 2007. In 2008-2009, he turned professional and went to Germany to play for TBB Trier. As a rookie he played 34 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 72.6%. He scored in double figures 14 times and his best game was against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen as he scored 29 points. He spoke to eurobasket before the season opening game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

Jamal, thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket. You are starting your second season in Trier. How excited are you about playing in Trier this season?

I am very excited about the new season with Trier, we have the core of our team back so we're just trying to get back to playing good basketball and being competitive in the Beko BBL.

TBB Trier did a good job keeping the team together. Besides knowing each other and having experience playing with each other, what other pluses have you noticed that the team has this season?

I think those two points are pluses itself. We know what to expect from one another and that makes playing on this team easy because any given night one of us can have a breakout game.

What kind of style can we await from TBB Trier in this season? Has coach De Fragne changed something for this coming season?

We are a smaller team so we have to play faster than our opponent. Coach De Fragne just wants us to add on to the things we did last year to get better options within the plays.

What part of the TBB Trier game is most improved and will surprise?

Our inside play has improved because our bigs are finally getting healthy now and the guards have to step up everyday to provide a steady balance for our team.

TBB Trier was one of the worst rebounding teams last season. You didnt get an additional big man. What is the plan of the team to improve on the rebounding side of the game?

Everybody has to step up in that aspect, we need to be good in that stat to be competitive in the BBL and coach has stressed that to us from day one.

Is that a sign that big German talent Maik Zirbes will get more playing time? What is your impression of Zirbes? Is this the season where he could make a breakthrough?

Zirbes will definitely have to step up if coach gives him his chance but we all do. Maik has really gotten better he just needs the confidence in his game to be successful.

How has Sami Picard played this pre season. What is your impression of him and how wil he help the team?

Sammy is a great shooter and he has to learn a lot and what coach wants from him is to learn and get better each day.

I see you as the X-factor this season. It will be important for the club if you can become a scorer. Is there a lot of pressure for you to score when possibly a Chris Copeland has an off night which is rarely the case.

There is no pressure. I play with a lot of vets so I just try to do everything else on the floor. I know I can score, but coach wants me to let the game come to me so thats what I am going to do this year.

The first game of the season is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. They had a lot of personal changes. That must be an advantage, because you guys al know where the other guy is while Frankfurt is not as comfortable playing with each other after only a few months.

Frankfurt is a strong team and we will have to fight for a win. This is the first game of the BBL season and I know they have been playing a lot of preseason games so I know they will be ready to play team basketball against us.

What will be the key to victory?

Us playing together and taking care of the basketball against a good team. Frankfurt is a playoff team so we have to limit our mistakes and play a strong game.

Who will be the key player to watch besides Derrick Allen and Pascal Roller?

I think the big man Jenkins hurt us last year at their place and jimmy Mckinney is a good player so they have some threats that we need to be aware of at all times.

What Skyliner player are you looking most forward to playing?

Pascal Roller is a good point guard and I like his game so I will be looking forward to seeing him on the cour,t but we will have our hands full trying to stop him but that is the fun in basketball playing against good players.
Thanks Jamal for the interview. Good luck this season!



John Allen (New York Phantoms Braunschweig) And His Key For Success Is Playing On Instinct - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Allen (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) is a 26 year old 196 cm shooting guard/small forward, who is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig this season. He is a a swingman who can be a huge problem for lots of defenses; can deliver some driving dunks and also display a deft shooting touch from the perimeter; and this double dimension make him a very tough player to guard. He comes from Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He went to Seton Hall from 2001-2005 and was a very important player in his time there. He never averaged less than 11,4ppg in his four years. His most productive season was the 2002-2003 season where he played 30 games averaging 14.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.7apg. He took no time resting a few months after graduation and in May signed with the New Jersey Flyers of the USBL playing 21 games and averaging 21.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 39.0%, FT: 73.8%. He then went to Finland for the 2005-2006 season playing for Kouvolan Kouvot playing 44 games and averaging 19.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.9%. In 2006-2007, he went to Israel to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat playing 27 games and averaging 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 81.5%. In 2007-2008, he had his first tenure with The New York Phantoms Braunschweig playing 34 games and averaging 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.4%. Lasts eason, he played in France for Strassburg playing 31 games and averaging 8.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 84.7%. John spoke to eurobasket over the phone during training camp a day before he got injured and will miss two months.

John, thanks for talking to eurobasket. Welcome back to Germany and Braunschweig. You were a fan favourite back in the 2007-2008 season in Braunschweig. Was that one of the main reasons why you decided to come back?

It was a very comfortable situation for me coming back to Braunschweig. I had heard good things about the coach and I feel that we can reach the playoffs. With adding me making the playoffs would be even greater. This is a goal for the club since it has not been back to the playoffs in a while.

Last season, you played at Strassburg in the France PRO A, but living so close to Germany might of not let you forget your memories in Braunschweig? How French was Strasburg? Did you experience many German influences living so close to Germany?

There were some German influences, My house was only five minutes from the boarder. I loved the Strassburg. The city and people were great there. The only problem was that the coach and I didnt really see eye to eye.

What did you miss most from Braunschweig and what did you visit first when you returned back to Braunschweig this summer?

The thing I missed most were my teammates from the 2007-2008 BBL season. There were many Americans and we got a long very well. We hung out a lot together. The first place I visited when I returned was a restaurant called Mo mos.

The last weeks have been like a rollercoaster. When the news came that American Andrew Drevo had left, how disappointed were you? How was the atmosphere in the team? Being without Kyle Visser and Andrew Drevo was a huge void to fill.

I didnt really know what to expect at first when I heard about Drevo going, and to this day I still am a bit unclear as to what exactly happened. When Oliver Braun told me he was gone, he also told me that Nate Fox would be coming in which made me happy. I remember Nate well from Leverkusen. I was sure that whoever they would bring in, we would still be competitive no matter what. We would still have same approach if we had a Fox or another guy. Fox can do so many things that Drevo did and more. Fox is a leader and will help us right away.

But then all of a sudden and within 24 hours management went to work signing German national player Yassin Idbihi and experienced Nate Fox. I guess when that happened, the basketball world looked a lot different again for the organization? In the 2007-2008 season, you played against Nate Fox. Could he be the X-factor in the team and what do you remember the most from his game?

I remember Nate as a guy that could do it all. He could shoot and rebound and hit the big shots. It was a shock for me when he got suspended from the BBL, because he was on his way of becoming BBL MVP. Another thing that I like about his play is that he is very aggressive.

The 2009-2010 New York Phantoms Braunschweig seem to be very solid with a solid 8 man rotation and young Germans Kevin Wysocki, Tony Granz and Philipp Friedel to round out the roster. What is your first impression of this team. You have a lot of scorers and experience as well. Are you a worthy playoff team?

We just have to put it all together now. We can be a playoff team. We have a solid rotation. When Heiko Schaffartzik comes to the team we will get an added bonus and I feel that we will be able to surprise a lot of teams. However we have to continue to work hard and find the right chemistry. We have one ball and many scorers so finding that right chemistry will be key. We have a healthy mix of old and young guys. In the pre season, young guys have been getting more playing time as other guys have been banged up. We are still making mistakes but that is what the pre season is about so we dont make those mistakes during the season.

How difficult has it been practicing without starting point guard Heiko Schaffartzik? Do you think he will be able to quickly come form the German National team and quickly be able to adapt to his new team and playmaking duties?

I dont really know exactly what his role will be, but he can really play. I was watching the Germany games and he can really shoot the ball. He can play the two position as Hamann was playing point guard. It is simply great bringing in a quality player like Schaffartzik. He will play a big role for us and the sky is the limit for us.

With guys like yourself, Fox, Cain, Schaffartzik, and Idbihi, you pretty much know what you will get. However a guy I am looking forward to will be Michael Hicks. He was the third best scorer in Poland. Is he a guy that could be explosive and change the momentum of a game in the BBL?

Michael can be very explosive. He has shown in the preseason that he can play 18 minutes and score 27 points. He can quickly score 10 points in five minutes. He will really help us since the club was lacking a scorer from the wing in the past. He will be a big weapon and can really light it ip. I am really looking forward to seeing what he will do against the many different defenses this season.

Tomasz Cielebak is very experienced having played 12 seasons in Poland and also got experience playing NCAA basketball at Marist. What part of his game will help the team most?

He is a pick and pop type of player. He can shoot well when guys like myself penetrate and can help in the post. He can rebound and can finish nicely around the rim. He can do a lot defending the 4/5 positions, but also can guard some 3 position players.

What have been the biggest differences between Emir Mutaptic and new coach Sebastian Machowski?

The differences are like night and day. Mutaptic was more a coach that was always yelling and in a players face. I loved him very much and will always be grateful that he brought me to Germany. Sebastian is a players coach. He is more loose, lets the players go and gives a player more freedom. He also works more on technical things. He has an American mentality, because he has been around many American players He understands Americans. I actually played against him before some years ago.

What style of basketball can we expect from The New York Phantoms Braunschweig this season?

We will score a lot this season. We just have to combine offense with defense. Our defense is coming along. It always takes longer to get defense going than it does offense. I think with Schaffartzik on the floor, that will give us an added strength on defense. If we can combine a good offense and defense, then I think that we will be tough every night.

The team will have no problems to score this season. You showed in the 2007-2008 season averaging 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.4% that you can score. However might we see you having a different kind of role. With so many adepts corers and you also being known as an assist man, could we see you being more of a creater this season?

My main focus is going into games being aggressive. I play basketball on instinct. I dont go into games looking just to score or get assists. I go in to help the team at that moment by leading the team to score. I have a lot of freedom this season with Sebastian as coach. Two years ago, I didnt have as much freedom and wasnt feeling comfortable, but that grew as the season progressed. I feel very comfortable this season and am looking to have better seasons than two seasons ago and last season in France.

You had a great season in 2006-2007 with Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan in Isarel playing 27 games and averaging 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 81.5%. Were you surprised that you didnt get more interest from ULEB Cup or Euroleague teams?

I wasnt too surprised that I didnt get to play in the cup for a team. I really wanted to play for a team that was in cup play so I could travel and see other parts of Europe. There are so many good players in Europe and our team wasnt really that successful. I do know that if I get a chance again to play for a cup team then I wont disappoint. I will be the first guy at practice and last to go. I hope I get a chance to play cup someday.

What kind of experience was it playing in Isarel? What remains unforgettable in your one year there?

It was really comfortable living and playing in Israel. I was at the beach every day and the weather was great. Basketball was more up and down. There were many great players in Israel. The difference to Germany was that in Germany there are many guys that arent used to playing in Europe or have guys that arent normal position two or three players. In Israel, guys can flat out play. You had to come ready to play every night. There were no sloppy games. Sometimes you would score 20 points, but you also might get 20 points from your defender that was guarding you. It was a tough league to play in.

What is your nicest memory on and off the court at Seton Hall?

My best memory are the friends I made there. My best memory on the court was when we reached the NCAA tournament beating Arizona and Channing Frye. We ended up losing to Duke that had guys like Sheldon Williams, JJ Rednick and Daniel Ewing. The media attention was great and having 1,500 people at practice was nice as well.

You like soccer. Do you follow the German Bundesliga and do you ever go to games and do you have a favorite team?

Yes I follow soccer. I went to a game at Stuttgart as they played Cottbus two seasons ago and I also saw Wolfsburg vs Cottbus. My favourite team is Chelsea. I have been at Stafford Bridge. I have hung out with Arthur Boka from Stuttgart and Florent Malouda from Chelsea. I love the strikers form Wolfsburg Graffite and Dzeko. I like to follow Wolfsburg watched the game where they beat CSKA Moscow 3-1. One of them scored three goals. I also follow the Spanish and Italian leagues.

What is the most craziest shot that you have ever taken in a game or practice that went in?

I remember making a game winning shot against Oldenburg two seasons ago as well as making a last second shot with Seton Hall against Villannova. I dont really have any trick shots. Last season at Strassburg during practice I was at the base line got pushed away and took a shot from behind the back board and it went in

Who was the best player that you ever played against?


I have played against so many great players. I played against Carmelo Anthony. The toughest guy that I ever had to guard was Ben Gordon. He could do it all. He was explosive, could shoot, pass and dribble very well

What was the last DVD that you saw?

I dont watch many DVDs, but the funniest movie that I ever saw was Hang Over. Mike Epps was in it as well as the boxer Mike Tyson. This is a movie you got to see!

Thanks John for the chat! Good luck this season!
No problem.



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Market news - by Chris Mammides
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens agreed financial terms with the Georgian ex NBAer Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) The Georgian giant after four years in the magic world of NBA is returning in Europe and he will be wearing Panionios ON Telecoms Athens jersey for the enxt two years.
Kavala/Panorama agreed financial terms with Marinos Raicevic (208-C-81) . The Greek Serbian power forward will be addign expereince and power to Coach Kostas Pilafidis team.
Ioannis Karathanasis (200-F-91) will be playing in Mas Mantoulidis on a loan from Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus for one year.

Stefanos Dedas will be the assistant coach of Aris Thessalonikis. Coach Katsikaris is thinking of brinign by Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) to cover the one of the positions for the Americans, as the new coach has to see all the players and will need to decide as on which players he will keep and on the players to be released. Within the next few days there will a decision upon the overall roster.


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2nd playround, EiffelTowers beats Amsterdam with big numbers - by Claudia vanGorp
In the second playround in the Dutch Eredivisie, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch - EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam ended in a convincing 92-68. Peter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 20 points for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch during his first game against his former teammates. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) scored 16 points for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. Statistical leaders for EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam were Alton Mason (190-G-77, college: Arizona St.) (former GasTerra Flames Groningen player) 15 points, Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) 13 points and Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) 11.
Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden won against Matrixx Magix Nijmegen 63-62, Landstede Basketbal Zwolle - World Class Aviation Academy Giants 65-96 and DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden - GasTerra Flames Groningen ended in a 66 - 67.


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A Division Stats Leaders


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  IRAN   


Market news - by Eurobasket News
As the new season is approaching the teams are looking for reinforcement. Some market moves have been made recently.
Saba Mehr signed a contract with Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State). The 36-year-old centre started the previous season in China. He tallied 20.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 1.7 assists per game for the Shandong Flaming Bulls. In January he moved to Mahram and helped the team to ensure the title. Priest Lauderdale has an NBA experience as he played for the Hawks and the Nuggets back in 1996/98 seasons.
Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) has agreed on terms of contract with Petrochimi. The last season semifinalists are searching to improve this year. The 27-year-old forward is sure to help. Marcus Melvin began the last season in Turkey. He averaged 11.9 points and 5.6 boards per game for Antalya. Later he moved to Sagesse Beirut. In Lebanon his stats came up to 20.5 points, 10.3 boards and 2.5 assists per game. He was named Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Championship Best Import Player in 2009.
Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) joined Azad. The 30-year-old guard played in Puerto Rico in 2008. He moved to Shiraz in Iran to spend the last season there. Kevin Sheppard played for US Virgin Islands National Team at the FIBA Americas Tournament in San Juan this year. He averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds at the tournament.



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Jerusalem vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv in Winner Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv marched into the Winner Cup championship game. They prevailed against Maccabi Haifa and Galil Gilboa respectively.
First Hapoel took on Maccabi Haifa. Jerusalem enjoyed a narrow 22:21 lead after the opening stanza. But next two quarters belonged to Haifa. They surged in front and ensured a 7-point lead into the fourth period. Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada) came up for Jerusalem as he unloaded 12 points at the start of the final stanza helping the team to restore the advantage. Hapoel raced to a narrow win 77:75 at the end. Kevinn Pinkney fired 26 points to lead the charge. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) added 15 points in the victory. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) responded with 16 points for Maccabi Haifa. Rich and Kozikaro finished with 12 points each in defeat.
Maccabi Tel Aviv faced Galil Gilboa and ensured a comfortable 87:65 victory at the end. Maccabi used a 16:0 run in the starting quarter to run away. They went on a 14:1 run in the second period taking a 42:20 advantage at halftime. Galil Gilboa never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) paced Maccabi with 15 points. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) had 12 points, while Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) netted 11 in the win. Dion Dowell (198-G-85, college: Houston) and Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85, agency: Ronsport) replied with 12 points each in defeat.



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  JAPAN   


Standings - BJ League
BJ League Standings
Eastern
 1. Sendai 89ers 2-0 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 2-0 
 3. Niigata Albirex 0-0 
 4. Toyama Grouses 0-0 
 5. Saitama Bron. 0-0 
 6. Tokyo Apache 0-2 
Western
 1. Shiga Lakestars 1-1 
 2. Kyoto Hannaryz 1-1 
 3. Osaka Evessa 0-0 
 4. Oita H.Devils 0-0 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 0-0 
 6. Okinawa GK 0-0 
 7. Takamatsu FA 0-2 


BJ League Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kyoto Hannaryz - Shiga Lakestars 85-81
Kyoto Hannaryz revenged for the first loss over Shiga Lakestars as they beat them 85:81 in the second appearance. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) paced all the winners with 22 points, while Bostic Josh had 12 points and 12 caroms. Hall Mike finished the nigth with 23 points, while Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) collected 15 points and 14 boards.

Tokyo Apache - Hamamatsu P. 73-81
Hamamatsu beat Tokyo Apache in the opener for both teams in Japan. Wendell White (198-G-84, agency: Liman Sports, college: UNLV) erupted with 32 points and 10 rebounds, whilst William Knight (196-F/G-79, college: UCLA) nailed 20 points. Collins Johann collected 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.

Tokyo Apache - Hamamatsu P. 72-84
Hamamatsu rolled over Tokyo Apache 84:72 in the Regular Season Round 1. William Knight top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Wendell White collected 24 points and 12 boards. Aoki Cohey was responsible for 28 points in the losing effort.

Kyoto Hannaryz - Shiga Lakestars 73-82
Kyoto Hannaryz lost to Shiga Lakestars 73:82 in the Regular Season Round 1. Christopher Schlatter and Joho Masashi combined 38 points for the winners as Hall Mike added 13. Bostic Josh ended up with 26 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sendai 89ers - Takamatsu FA 103-56
Sendai 89ers opened 2009-2010 season with the win over Takamatsu FA 103:56. Demetrius Guions (196-G-86, college: Georgetown, KY) top-scored for the winners with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Pomare Leonardo had massive 16 points and 19 rebounds, while Peeples Michael had 15 points and 12 boards. Takeda Satoshi brought 18 points in the losing effort.

Sendai 89ers - Takamatsu FA 87-69
Sendai 89ers outscored Takamatsu FA 87:69 as Chris Holm (212-F-84, college: Vermont) shined with 20 points and 19 rebounds, while Pomare Leonardo collected 20 points and 17 boards. Demetrius Guions ended up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Okada Yu finished the night with 25 points in the losing case.



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No chance to improve, if not improve the local competition - by Omar Shafaamri
No chance to improve, if not improve the local competition.

We need a professional league. All teams practice 2 time a day. Give good ways to Improve the coaches.
The league must to be , at least 5-6 month long, and minimun, 30-35 games.Find good time for the league and for NT.
need to find the way to federation can to guarantee for players minimun salary ( maybe federation sponsor can make the deal with the players directly), and get permission from his job. ( as i know, a lot of players can do this)

1-ROSTER
2-SCHEDULE
3-TRANSFER RULES
4-SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM

1- Each team must have in his roster no more than 9 players over 20 years old.
this is one of the more important decision to take it.
With this, a lot of good players, from strong team, ( 10, 11 and 12 place), will go for others weak teams and , the best young players will learn from experience ..
If some team does not have NT players, maybe let to them to sign one more import.

2.- You need other competition. More games. all week-end. Twice games a week.
Young teams must to play at same time .

3- need to give more freedom for the player to move to other teams.
Maybe each team can choose 4 players, and all the others can be free agent, or make a draft, giving the best chances to weak teams.
All the players, after some age ( i know something about after 28 ), can move free. Before this, his team can make equal offers, and keep the player, or receive one % of the difference between his offers and the other team.
EXAMPLE . a team are interesting in a player under 28, 23 years old. They offer for him, 100.000 a year.
His club, offer him 60.000.
The player can go for the other team, and this team must to pay some % of the difference ( 40.000) for the team owner of his rights depending his age ( more young, more %).

4- With all this changes, the senior NT will be better. I think you must to start to mix young and experiences players ( with the same idea that point 1 ).
Coach Ricardo Daniel Maffei


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FBK confirm transfers - by Besart Sadikaj
Superliga:
KBSIGAL PRISHTINA

1. Yll Kaqanikut
2. Fahri Breca

KB PEJA

1. Nexhat Spahiq
2. Taulant Dupa
3. Allen Idrizaj
4. Shpat Nila
5. Qndrim Gashi

KBBIG BROTHER BASHKIMI

1. Blerim Mazrekut
2. Fisnik Mehmetit
3. Demarius Bolds

KB TREPA

1. Naim Haxha

KBDRITA

1. Chris Bevin.

KB KOLEGJI EUROSPORTI

1. Jahi Zeqiri
2. Kreshnik Juniku
3. Albatrit Berisha

LIGA E FEMRAVE

KB SIGAL PRISHTINA
1. Arnore Pruku
2. Fabjolla Permeti
KBBASHKIMI
1. Valbona Bytyqi



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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  A.G. Fuenla
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg:
 1. Jansons, ASK/.17.4 
 2. Skele, Ba.16.8 
 3. Clark, Valmiera16.7 
 4. Alexander, Ba.16.5 
 5. Brunins, ASK/.16.3 
 6. Bankevics, Valmiera15.1 
 7. Kalve, ASK Riga15.1 
 8. Metra, ASK/.14.8 
 9. Berkis, Zemgale14.6 
 10. Berzins,.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  A.G. Fuenla
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg:
 1. Clark, Valmiera8.8 
 2. Berzins, Ba.8.4 
 3. Elliott, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Alexander, Ba.6.4 
 5. Jansons, ASK/.6.2 
 6. Grafs, ASK Riga6.1 
 7. Bambis, Zemgale5.9 
 8. Metra, ASK/.5.8 
 9. Brunins, ASK/.5.8 
 10. Kalve, ASK Ri.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  A.G. Fuenla
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg:
 1. Gabrans, ASK/.5.9 
 2. Sirsnins, Valmiera5.0 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale4.2 
 4. Metra, ASK/.4.0 
 5. Mazutis, ASK Riga3.7 
 6. Skele, Ba.3.2 
 7. Abernethy, Ba.2.8 
 8. Raiskums, Zemgale2.8 
 9. Brunins, ASK/.2.5 
 10. Alexander,.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  A.G. Fuenla
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg:
 1. Skele, Ba.2.1 
 2. Gabrans, ASK/.1.9 
 3. Mazutis, ASK Riga1.7 
 4. Metra, ASK/.1.5 
 5. Rauza, ASK/.1.4 
 6. Sirsnins, Valmiera1.4 
 7. Vitols, ASK Riga1.3 
 8. Raiskums, Zemgale1.2 
 9. Abernethy, Ba.1.2 
 10. Bankevics, Valmie.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  A.G. Fuenla
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg:
 1. Berzins, Ba.1.9 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 3. Elliott, Valmiera1.1 
 4. Skirmants, Ba.0.6 
 5. Grafs, ASK Riga0.6 
 6. Alexander, Ba.0.6 
 7. Kalve, ASK Riga0.4 
 8. Clark, Valmiera0.4 
 9. Jansons, ASK/.0.4 
 10. Plivda, AS.0.4 


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Stats Leaders - LKL


Zydrunas Ilgauskas might consider retirement after this season - by Eurobasket News
Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances), who has fashioned a superb career after a series of career-threatening foot injuries and subsequent surgeries, has told NBA FanHouse that he might consider retiring after this season.

Ilgauskas, who was chosen by the Eastern Conference coaches to play in the 2003 and 2005 NBA All-Star Games, is 34. This will be his 14th season with the Cavaliers, but the foot problems limited him to 111 games played in his first five seasons.

Since then, Ilgauskas has established himself as one of Cleveland's all-time best players. Last season, he was considered a solid candidate for another All-Star Game appearance before former teammate Donyell Marshall, then with the Philadelphia 76'ers, jumped and accidentally landed on Ilgauskas' lower left leg, resulting in a chipped ankle bone that sidelined the 7-3 Ilgauskas for more than a month.

This season, Ilgauskas will come off the bench in relief of future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.

Writes Chris Tomasson for FanHouse:

But Ilgauskas, 34, is getting close to the end of the line. His contract expires at the end of this season, and he told FanHouse he might retire next summer.

'This [season] could be it,'' Ilgauskas said. 'I don't know. ... Injuries. Everything else. I'm not a spring chicken any more. So we'll see how I feel [after the season].''

Ilgauskas' foot problems are a constant concern. He must ice after every workout and game for about a half hour.

Those close to him see the possibility of Ilgauskas, who was drafted by the Cavaliers in 1996 and has the longest tenure of any NBA player with the same team, retiring after a season in which he will make $11.54 million.

'If he wins a championship [this season], that is what is going to happen,'' said Austin Carr, a former Cleveland star and the team's television analyst throughout Ilgauskas' tenure. 'I think he will [retire].''

Carr, though, believes Ilgauskas could be convinced to stay if the Cavaliers come up short.


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


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  LUXEMBOURG   


T71 sneaks past DBBL favorite Etzella in Big home season opening for Etzella! - by Alex Meyers
October 6, 2009

Etzella 79 - T 71 83

Ettelbruck,Luxembourg
Etzella looked great in the opening minutes last night in Ettelbruck in front of their home crowd. They started the first minutes with some good defense creating momentum to take a 13-9 lead by mid-quarter. They continued to make T71 struggle for offensive rhythm and at the end of the first period, they had a somewhat comfortable 10 point lead at 27-17. Then T71's Tom Schumacher and Martin Rajniak took over and got T71 back in the game. T71 found its confidence and slowly but surely took control of the tempo and subequently the match. As time was winding down, both teams got sloppy, making several turnovers and each team made fouls to make the other win from the free throw line. T71 basically won the game from the charity stripe where they went 18 for 23 compared to Etzella's 10 for 20. Etzella missed theirs and T71 made theirs for the 4 point win. In the last 12 seconds, Etzella's center Pit Hoffmann missed two and T71's Franck Muller hit two. That was the game. T71 was led in scoring by Martin Rajniak (204-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) with 26 points. Tom Schumacher had a good night as well with 21. Frank Muller had a huge 14 second half points, finishing up with 18. New import Denell Stephens (191-G-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Slippery Rock) had 16 points and 9 rebounds, but he defended well and forced many changed shot attempts from Etzella with his quick leaping ability. He also had two crowd pleasing dunks. One on a lob pass from teammate Felix Hoffmann and the other on an offensive rebound put-back. Etzella had four players in double figures as well. Nelson DelGado 21, Jairo DelGado 18, import Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85, college: Charleston) 15 and Tim Giver 14. Etzella will play most of the season without veteran wing forward Cedric Schroeder who has serious knee problems. next sunday, October 11th.Etzella (0-1) will play at Musel Pikes T71 (1-0) will play host to Racing on Saturday, October 10th.

Etzella: 29 field goals, 11 three pointers, 10 for 20 free throws, 28 rebounds, 20 fouls and 14 turnovers
N.DelGado 21, Scott 15, J.DelGado 18, Giver 14, Hoffmann 3, also Wulff 6 and Albaladejo 2
T 71: 32 field goals, 1 three pointer, 18 for 23 free throws, 29 rebounds, 22 fouls and 18 turnovers
Rajniak 26, T.Schumacher 21, Ruffato 2, Muller 18, Stephens 16, also Bemtgen, Abreu, Hoffmann, Schmit and Siebenbour
Fouled out: 40' Ruffato and T.Schumacher (T71)

Score by quarters: 1st Q 27-17, Halftime 44-41, 3rd Q 60-61, Final 79-83
456 Spectators


Sparta defeats Residence by 17 in DBBL home and season opener! - by Alex Meyers
Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sparta 72 - Residence 55

Bertange, Luxembourg
Sparta got off to a good start in the first period holding Residence to only 7 points. They cruised to victory last Sunday afternoon in Bertrange to go 1-0 on the young season. Residence struggled offensively at times but never gave up as they battled to stay in the game throughout. Larrie Smith (197-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) led his team with 26 points. Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) added 17, Julien Hublart 13 and newcomer Patrick Arbaut had 12. For Residence, Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) led with 15 points, Thierry Abdiu scored 14 and Pit Koster was held to 9. Sparta (1-0) will tavel to Steinsel to face Amicale and Residence will host Soleuvre. Both games are on Saturday, October 10th.

Sparta: 29 filed goals, 2 three pointers, 12 for 22 free throws, 16 fouls, 36 rebounds and 10 turnovers
Smith 26, Grant 17, Hublart 13, Arbaut 12, Wagner 0, also Wolzfeild 0, Nittler 2, Engel 0, Weiler 2 and Klein 4
Residence: 23 field goals , 6 three pointers, 5 for 9 free throws, 34 rebounds, 21 fouls and 19 turnovers
Kennedy 15, Abdiu 14, Koster 9, Wagener 4, Felten 8, also F. Mangen 0, S. Mangen 2, Leschek 3 and Bischel 0
Unsportsmanlike foul 27' Koster (R); Fouled out: 37' Weiler (S)

Score by quarters: 1st Q 16-7, Halftime 36-24, 3rd Q 56-42, Final 72-55
312 Spectators


Defending DBBL Champion A.B. Contern opens season on road with 9 point win in Soleuvre! Diederich scores 29! - by Alex Meyers
October 5, 2009

AS Soleuvre 76 - AB Contern 85

Soleuvre,Luxembourg
Contern dominated most of the first half of this contest going up by as many as 15 points in the middle of the 2nd quarter Sunday afternoon in Soleuvre. Just before the half, the home team went on a nice run and got themselves back into the game to make things more interesting for the 450 spectators on hand in the season opener for both clubs. Soleuvre took an early 4th quarter lead and then ran out of gas with five minutes remaining on the clock with the score tied at 64-64. From that point until the end it was Contern with a 21-12 run to notch the 9 point victory. Captain Ken Diederich (185-G-77) caught fire and nailed 29 points to lead the way for Contern. He had some help from Eric Jeitz with 23 and Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Hutchinson CC) with 18 (15 defensive rebounds). Also in double figures was Gilles Becker with 12. For Soleuvre, new import Cory Smith (195-F/G-87, college: Rhodes) had 20, Luc Loesch 19, Claude Mertz and David Controguerra added 12 each.
Soleuvre had to play without two key forwards David Berthle and Christian Weisen whom are both injured. Next Saturday, October 10th, Contern (1-0) will face Nitia (0-1) at home and Soleuvre (0-1) will go north to Walferdange to meet up with Residence (0-1).

AS Soleuvre: 28 field goals, 11 three pointers, 9 for 10 free throws, 32 rebounds, 17 fouls and 10 turnovers
Loesch 19, Smith 20, Controguerra 12, Mertz 12, Hemen 5, also Mersch 6,and Muepu 2

AB Contern: 30 field goals, 3 three pointers, 22 for 27 free throws, 19 rebounds, 16 fouls and 12 turnovers
Becker 12, Jeitz 23, Diederich 29, Gary 18, Braun 3, also Bissener 0, Torres 0 and Majerus 0

Fouled out: 40' Controguerra (S); Unsportsmanlike foul: 20' Torres (C)

Score by quarters: 1st Q 12-24, Halftime 36-43, 3rd Q 53-57, Final 76-85
450 Spectators



BBC Nitia experiences rough DBBL start losing home opener to Musel Pikes by 30! Amicale dumps Racing by 13 on road!! - by Alex Meyers
October 3, 2009

BBC Nitia 56 - Musel Pikes 86

Bettembourg, Luxembourg
Fletcher Walters (201-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) started his season well for Musel Pikes with 31 points, 15 rebounds and 5 steals last night in Bettembourg as the visitors ran away with a 56-86 thrashing of host Nitia. Walters, the former NCAA 3 champion, had help from Tomasz Wojnowski (203-C-81), who also notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Laurent Schwartz also reached double figures in scoring with 11 for the Pikes. Nitia hung in there in the first half as Musel Pikes led by only 7 after two periods. Nitia let up defensively allowing 28 third quarter points. In the final stanza Pikes' charged on to chalk up the huge 30 point blowout win to go 1-0 on the young 09-10 season. For Nitia (0-1), Calvin Henry (198-F-86, agency: Bradley Sports Management, college: Mercer) led the way with 23 points and 19 big rebounds. Jaques Bintz chipped in with 15 points. Jeff Bevilacqua went cold from beyond the arc hitting only 1 of 7 three point attempts and was held to only 7 for the game. Both teams shot horribly from behind the three point arc. Nitia went 4 for 19 and Musel Pikes 4 for 22. Nitia must shoot much better outside next weekend as they travel to Contern on Saturday, October 10th. Musel Pikes will host league favorite Etzella on Sunday, October 11th.

BBC Nitia: 24 field goals, 4 three pointers, 13 for 16 free throws, 34 rebounds, 7 steals, 21 fouls and 25 turnovers
Henry 23, Bintz 15, Bevilacqua 7, Kaiser 2, Di Bartholomeo 1, also Pinto 2, Biver, Lakaf, Muller 3, Delhaye 3 and Kuhlmann 0
Musel Pikes: 31 field goals, 4 three pointers, 20 for 29 free throws, 40 rebounds, 16 steals, 18 fouls and 15 turnovers
Walters 31, Wojnowski 20, Tuffel 10, Schwartz 11, G. Schmitz 9, also Haas, C. Dentzer, T. Schmitz, R. Dentzer 3 and Kox 2
Fouled out: Wojnowski and Schwartz


Score by quarters: 1st Q 15-24, Halftime 29-36, 3rd Q 45-64, Final 56-86

186 Spectators

Racing 47 - Amicale 60

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Amicale opened its season on the road with a a huge win at Racing Luxembourg's 'Tramsschapp' last Saturday night. Cory Largent was the only bright spot for Racing with 25 points in new Coach Eric Grand's debut at the helm. No other Racing player reached double figures. Amicale who played well throughout started off on a 3-15 run in the first minutes. Kresimir Basic's team led by as many as 29 points in the 4th. Amicale was led by Chris Scholtes with 15 points followed by American Travis DePree with 14 and 12 rebounds. Amicale is now 1-0 and Racing 0-1 in the DBBL standings. Next weekend Amicale will host Sparta and Racing will travel to Dudelange to face T71. Both games are on Saturday, October 10th.

Racing Luxembourg: 18 field goals, 6 three pointers, 5 for 12 free throws, 43 rebounds, 20 fouls and 23 turnovers

Largent 25, Pires 5, Pesch 3, Weynandt 2, Groos 0, also Stojanovic 2, Florentin 4, Schammo 0 and Gindt 6

Amicale Steinsel: 22 field goals, 6 three pointers, 10 for 16 free throws, 34 rebounds, 15 fouls and 18 turnovers
Scholtes 15, DePree 14, Haan 6, Schartz 7, Ney 8, also Gillardin 0, Steinmetz 6, Zianveni 1, Rausch 3 and Birenbaum 0

Score by quarters: 1st Q 13-20, Halftime 21-38, 3rd Q 28-53, Final 47-60
205 Spectators




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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Lovcen 0-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 3. Gorstak 0-0 
 4. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 5. Mogren 0-0 
 6. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 7. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 8. Ulcijn 0-0 
 9. Primorje-M. 0-0 
 10. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Rudar 0-0 
 2. Niksic 0-0 
 3. Zeta 0-0 
 4. Ljubovic 0-0 
 5. S.Centar 0-0 
 6. Buducnost II 0-0 
 7. Centar BP 0-0 
 8. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 9. Un.Mediteran 0-0 
 10. KK Podgorica 0-0 
 11. Sutjeska 0-0 


MNT 1A League schedule - by Dragan Scepanovic
I A Montenegrin League - basketball season 2009/2010
I Round 17/18.10. 2009.
Ulcinj Mornar
Gorstak Lovcen
Teodo Danilovgrad
ABS Primorje Mogren
Primorje Jedinstvo

II Round 24/25. 10. 2009.
Mornar Jedinstvo
Mogren Primorje
Danilovgrad ABS Primorje
Lovcen Teodo
Ulcinj Gorstak

III Round 31.10/01.11.2009.
Gorstak Mornar
Teodo Ulcinj
ABS Primorje Lovcen
Primorje Danilovgrad
Jedinstvo Mogren

IV Round 07/08.11.2009.
Mornar Mogren
Danilovgrad Jedinstvo
Lovcen Primorje
Ulcinj ABS Primorje
Gorstak Teodo

V Round 14/15. 11. 2009.
Teodo Mornar
ABS Primorje Gorstak
Primorje Ulcinj
Jedinstvo Lovcen
Mogren Danilovgrad

VI Round 21/22.11.2009.
Mornar Danilovgrad
Lovcen Mogren
Ulcinj Jedinstvo
Gortak Primorje
Teodo ABS Primorje

VII Round 05/06. 12. 2009.
ABS Primorje Mornar
Primorje Teodo
Jedinstvo Gorstak
Mogren Ulcinj
Danilovgrad Lovcen

VIII Round 12/13.12. 2009.
Mornar Lovcen
Ulcinj Danilovgrad
Gorstak Mogren
Teodo Jedinstvo
ABS Primorje Primorje

IX Round 19/20. 12.2009.
Primorje Mornar
Jedinstvo ABS Primorje
Mogren Teodo
Danilovgrad Gorstak
Lovcen Ulcinj



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  NBA   


Zydrunas Ilgauskas might consider retirement after this season - by Eurobasket News
Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances), who has fashioned a superb career after a series of career-threatening foot injuries and subsequent surgeries, has told NBA FanHouse that he might consider retiring after this season.

Ilgauskas, who was chosen by the Eastern Conference coaches to play in the 2003 and 2005 NBA All-Star Games, is 34. This will be his 14th season with the Cavaliers, but the foot problems limited him to 111 games played in his first five seasons.

Since then, Ilgauskas has established himself as one of Cleveland's all-time best players. Last season, he was considered a solid candidate for another All-Star Game appearance before former teammate Donyell Marshall, then with the Philadelphia 76'ers, jumped and accidentally landed on Ilgauskas' lower left leg, resulting in a chipped ankle bone that sidelined the 7-3 Ilgauskas for more than a month.

This season, Ilgauskas will come off the bench in relief of future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.

Writes Chris Tomasson for FanHouse:

But Ilgauskas, 34, is getting close to the end of the line. His contract expires at the end of this season, and he told FanHouse he might retire next summer.

'This [season] could be it,'' Ilgauskas said. 'I don't know. ... Injuries. Everything else. I'm not a spring chicken any more. So we'll see how I feel [after the season].''

Ilgauskas' foot problems are a constant concern. He must ice after every workout and game for about a half hour.

Those close to him see the possibility of Ilgauskas, who was drafted by the Cavaliers in 1996 and has the longest tenure of any NBA player with the same team, retiring after a season in which he will make $11.54 million.

'If he wins a championship [this season], that is what is going to happen,'' said Austin Carr, a former Cleveland star and the team's television analyst throughout Ilgauskas' tenure. 'I think he will [retire].''

Carr, though, believes Ilgauskas could be convinced to stay if the Cavaliers come up short.


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Latest market news - by Eurobasket News
New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced that forward Warren Carter (6'9''-F-85, college: Illinois) and guards Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso), Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) and Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane) have been waived. The Knicks roster stands at 16 players.

Los Angeles Clippers today waived forward Taj Gray (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma). Gray, who Earned First Team All-Big 12 honors in 2005 as a junior and second team All-Big 12 in 2006 as a senior at the University of Oklahoma, averaged 19.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 11 French league games played for Chorale de Roanne Basket last season. The Clippers training camp roster currently stands at 17 players.

Two days ago Charlotte exercised the contract option for the 2010-11 season for guard D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas).

On Monday, Denver waived forward Keith Brumbaugh (6'10''-G/F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Chipola), while Philadelphia waived forward Rashad Jennings (6'8''-F-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: UALR).


Bakersfield Jam NBA D League OPEN TRYOUTS 2009-10 - by Alex Yam


JAM TO HOLD OPEN TRYOUTS

Tryouts take place in NBA Affiliate (Warriors and Clippers) Markets



Bakersfield, C.A. (September 10, 2009) The Bakersfield Jam announced today that the team will hold two sets of open tryouts for the 2009-10 season. Detailed information for both is as follows:



San Francisco/Bay Area Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices no later than 5pm on Friday, October 16; $200 for day-off registration.

o Location: Burlingame Sports Center located at 1524 Rollins Road in Burlingame , CA .

o Tryouts will be held from 9am to 2pm on both days.

o Lodging: Holiday Inn Express located at San Francisco Airport South, 1250 Old Bayshore Highway , Burlingame , CA (650-347-2381 ask for Effie Antoniou). Rate is $99 a night. Stay includes breakfast, free shuttle to and from the airport and its walking distance to the Burlingame Sports Center .

Los Angeles Area Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices no later than 5pm on Friday, October 23; $200 for day-off registration).

o Location: HAX facility located at 3203 Jack Northrop Ave. in Hawthorne , CA .

o Tryouts will take place on Saturday from 8am to 11am and from 7pm to 9pm. Tryouts will take place on Sunday from 8am to 11am.

o Lodging: Ayres Hotel Hawthorne /Manhattan Beach/LAX, 14400 Hindry Avenue , Hawthorne , CA (310-220-6447 or 310-570-9157 ask for Lori Higgins). Rate is $99 a night. Stay includes breakfast.



Open tryouts offer local/regional athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of NBA Development League coaches while they compete to earn a position in the teams official training camp. Training camp is scheduled to begin in mid-November.



Applicants must be eligible to play in the NBA Development League and are required to pre-register by submitting the official registration, release, disclosure and background check forms, along with a $150 nonrefundable fee. Tryout forms are available online (www.bakersfieldjam.com). Completed forms and entry fee must be mailed to secure a spot in the tryout camp. Participants who register after the deadline or the first day of the tryout will be charged $200.



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NBA Development League:

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBAs official minor league and featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during the 2008-09 season. This Fall, two new NBA D-League teams will begin play in Portland, Maine and Springfield , Mass.-- the birthplace of basketball. Eighty-four former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA end-of-season rosters, amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the leagues connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.



Delonte West granted leave from Cleveland Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News
Lost in the Braylon Edwards trade news was a disturbing development out of Cleveland Cavaliers camp today. Troubled guard Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) has taken a leave from the team to take care of personal problems. The Akron Beacon Journal reports:

He (West) returned to his home in Maryland to take care of some legal and personal issues and is expected to return to the club in several days.

Although Cavs coach Mike Brown and LeBron James both said West will be welcomed back to the team with open arms, they still have to prepare for life without the troubled guard.

West's absence leaves a gaping hole for the Cavaliers. Not only is the 26 year old the starting shooting guard but also is the backup point guard for the squad.

As a reminder, last month West was arrested and police found loaded shotgun in guitar case. Later, he misses opening practice of Cleveland Cavaliers.


Courtesy of www.clevelandleader.com


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  NCAA1   


Four months after quitting, Jeff Jordan may rejoin Illini - by Eurobasket News
Four months after he hung up his Air Jordans at Illinois, guard Jeff Jordan is talking to coaches about coming back.

Michael Jordan's oldest son left the team in June after playing for two seasons. He said then that he wanted to focus on school.

Illinois spokesman Derrick Burson confirmed Thursday that Jeff Jordan recently has met with assistant coaches about a possible return. But Burson says Jordan hasn't yet met with head coach Bruce Weber and that talks are early.

Jordan walked on at Illinois before winning a scholarship last year. Weber had said he could win serious playing time this season.

Jordan wrote last month on his Twitter feed that he wanted to work out with his former team 'like old times.'

Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Griffin wins Sportsmanship award - by Kevin Cochran
Former Oklahoma mens basketball standout Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) was named a Division I winner for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award, it was announced.

Griffin, often the focus of opposing defenses, routinely walked away without retaliation in response to overly aggressive fouls aimed at limiting his impact, with several of these hard fouls resulting in ejection for the offending player. The sophomore forward became the face of Oklahoma basketball while continually deflecting the spotlight to his teammates. Griffin never refused an autograph request and often had to be led through back doors to reach the team bus.

The third straight National Player of the Year from the Big 12 when he won in 2009, the Oklahoma City native did not neglect his academic responsibilities or role as a team leader. Griffin participated in several community service projects including stops at Childrens Hospital in Oklahoma City and weekly visits to Norman elementary schools to read to children and perform other activities as requested by the teachers. He also served with Rebuilding Together, a local group that builds homes for the underprivileged.

Anthony DiCarlo, a wrestling student-athlete at Anderson (South Carolina), and Aleksandra Mackiewicz, a fencer at Brown, were named as the national 2009 NCAA Sportsmanship Award winners.

The NCAA Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes who have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics. Recipients are chosen by the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. This is the 10th year for the honor.


Courtesy: Big12sports.com


UCLA's Keefe out 4-6 weeks with bum shoulder - by Eurobasket News
UCLA forward James Keefe (6'8''-F-87) will miss four to six weeks after injuring his left shoulder.

A team spokesman said Wednesday that Keefe injured himself a night earlier, but no details were given. Results of a MRI were negative, although there was some instability to the joint.

Keefe had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder that forced him to miss the first 12 games of the 2007-08 season.

The senior averaged 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds last season.

The Bruins open the season on Nov. 16 against Cal State Fullerton.

Meanwhile, retired New York Chief Judge Judith Kaye will lead an independent investigation of Binghamton's athletic program.

University president Lois DeFleur called for an audit of the program after the releases last month of star basketball player Emanuel 'Tiki' Mayben, who's facing drug charges, and five of his teammates.

State University of New York officials say Wednesday that Kaye, who retired as chief judge of the state's top court at the end of last year, will lead the investigation. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has previously said the review will be overseen by the executive committee of the SUNY board of trustees.

Kaye works for a New York City law firm. As head of the Court of Appeals, she also oversaw operations of New York's court system.


Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com


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Bruton ignites Breakers - by Mike Lacey
The Breakers come from behind victory against the Melbourne Tigers, 79-74, came on the back of a strong defensive effort as the Tigers were restricted to just 35 second half points at 32% from the field (8 from 26).
Conversely the Breakers shooting improved in the second period converting 15 of 26 shots after a stuttering first half performance. The Breakers have broken a 4 game losing sequence against Melbourne and improve their overall record to 2 and 2 this season.
CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC) was outstanding for the home team contributing 32 points, his highest points haul in a Breakers singlet and could be in line for his second ANBL player of the week award this season.
RICK RICKERT in his 50th game for the club was all energy as he filled the stats line with 16 points, 8 rebounds,3 assists, a block and a steal whilst TOM ABERCROMBIE was equally impressive as he notched 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block.
ALEX PLEDGER became the 52nd Breaker, picking up a single rebound on debut.
The Breakers now have a week off before they travel to Wollongong to take on the Hawks. The Breakers have lost on their last 3 visits to the Gong and have a terrible 1 win 8 loss record on visits to the New South Wales mining town.
TONY RONALDSON requires a single defensive rebound to pull down 2,600 defensive boards. He sits 6th on the league all time defensive rebounding list. Ronaldson requires 10 points to become the 9th Breaker to score 800 points for the club.



New Zealand Breakers celebrate second win - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand Breakers - Melbourne Tigers 79-74

The New Zealand Breakers registered second win of the season, after beating the Melbourne Tigers today 79-74. The winning squad now has 2-2, while the Tigers dropped to 1-1 record. CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC) was totally the best play for the hosts. He spent 34 minutes on the court draining 32 points (5 triples). He was followed by Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota), who added 16 points and 8 boards. Rickert was the last one with double digits in scoring for the Breakers, as all other had 9 or less. On the other side, Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) and Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) responded with 13 pts each in defeat. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Ben Knight (203-F-76) stopped on 11 (apiece).
The hosts opened this game better taking 21-16 lead. CJ Bruton was on fire and together with his teammates, he helped the Breakers to extend their plus even more. After 20 minutes of play it was 39-30. Worthington nailed a free throw to stretch the lead to 54-52 at the end of the third quarter but there were some worried faces on the Tigers players as the Breakers had well and truly got themselves back in the game. Two Bruton three-pointers in the opening stages of the final quarter handed the Breakers the lead, much to the satisfaction of the big, vocal crowd. In the last period Bruton again exploded with a triple and the hosts jumped to plus 8. Melbourne Tigers did not give up, bur they were not able to make a turn.

New Zealand Breakers: CJ Bruton 32, Rick Rickert 16+8 boards
Melbourne Tigers: Daryl Corletto 13, Sam Mackinnon 13, Mark Worthington 11, Ben Knight 11


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  PARAGUAY   


Sol wins game 3 - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of a very close and battled game, Sol de America defeated Libertad 94-90 yesterday night, extending the Final Series at the fourth game. After that Libertad had won 29-21 the first quarter, Sol de America came back, led by a fantastic Gustavo Torres (175-G-80), winning 33-21 the second partial and ending ahead the first half 53-50. The second part of the game was played all head to head, and at the end took teh win. Now the aggregate is 2-1 for Libertad, Game 4 will be played satuday night. with 36 points, Torres was the game MVP, National League top scorer Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) added 23 points in Sol, and Alex McLean (203-F-85) was the top performer in Libertad, with 26 points.

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Stats Leaders - Men


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  RUSSIA   


Efes Pilsen hold off CSKA in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - CSKA 81:74 (OT)
Efes Pilsen claimed an overtime win over CSKA in the friendly series in Istanbul. The teams will play one more game tonight.
CSKA entered the game bravely and grabbed a 9:5 lead. Soon the visitors enjoyed a 14:5 lead and later capped the period leading by six points 16:10. Efes Pilsen drew things level at 21 in the second frame. The Turkish team went on a 10:2 run to surge in front. They ensured a 35:29 advantage at halftime. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) knocked down a couple of three-pointers allowing CSKA to surge in front 40:39. CSKA maintained the lead but Efes Pilsen survived in a tough regulation finale. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) tied things up, while J.R. Holden and Planinic missed their attempts as the teams headed into overtime. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Preston Shumpert fired from downtown in the extra period and Efes Pilsen rolled to the win at the end.
Preston Shumpert knocked down 20 points to pace the hosts. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) added 13 points, while Igor Rakocevic and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) added 11 points apiece in the victory. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) responded with 15 points and 6 boards for CSKA. J.R. Holden contributed 12 points in defeat.

Efes Pilsen: Preston Shumpert 20, Charles Smith 13, Igor Rakocevic 11, Mario Kasun 11
CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 15, J.R. Holden 12



Khimky opens the International tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News
Khimky started the Love Cyprus Basketball Tournament with the victory in the opener. A great event will take place on the 7th - 8th of October at Eleftheria indoor arena with four teams competing against each other.Khimky, Keravnos, Panathinaikos and APOEL played their first game last night.
Khimky overcame Keravnos 81:78 in a real thriller. The Russian team opeend the game better and had 25:11 after the first quarter. The teams went to the lockers for 41:34 as Khimky enjoyed the lead in the tournament. They increased to 9-point advantage entering the last frame, but had only three at the end of the game. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86) netted 14. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) posted 13 and Zaytsev with Giavtokas added 7 apiece. Smith ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.
Meanwhile Unicaja dominated over Dynamo Moscow in the exhibition clash in Malaga. Joel Freeland exploded with 30 points to pace Unicaja. The hosts piled up a 13-point lead after the opening frame. Dynamo seemed to adjust in the second frame as the teams traded baskets but Unicaja took over again in the second half. The Spanish team coasted to the victory giving no chance for the Moscow outfit. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) scored 21 points, Dean contributed 11 in the win. Monya and Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86) responded with 11 points each for Dynamo.


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KINGS FIND NEW PAGES FROM EUROPE - by Sandy Sutherland
Another Irish ex-US College player has signed for Edinburgh Kings
and has already helped the Scottish champions get back on track
defence of their title.
Michael Kirkpatrick, who played for NCAA Division one college San
Diego in 2004 before being forced to quit the game through a
series of injuries, and another new signing Edgars Rekis, a
24-year-old Latvian, played a crucial role in the Kings
back-to-back home wins over the previously unbeaten Falkirk Fury
and local rivals East Lothian Peregrines.
Beaten by Troon Tornadoes in their opening game when they missed
their sharp-shooting Irish cap Paul Cummins, now with Ulster Elks,
Kings were much more effective against Fury with coach Danny
Costello introducing the newcomers off the bench with varying
degrees of success.
Rekis, an ex Latvian junior triple jump champion and a lanky 2.00m
forward, settled the more quickly and ended up with impressive
debut stats, top-scoring with 24 points in just under 27 minutes,
including four from six from three-point range and six from seven
from the charity stripe.
Kirkpatrick, who was brought up in Germany (his mother was a
German international discus-thrower and his unclestill holds the
Northern Ireland high hurdles record), was understandably pumped
up and a trifle erratic but did enough to suggest he is both fast
and strong and an excellent defender and the good news for Kings
is that he intends to be in the capital for five years studying
vet medicine.
'I'm very happy to be playing again after many injuries and five
years of not playing and I hope to contribute as much as
possible,' said the 26-year-old guard, who went on just 15 hours
later on the same Portobello court to score 22 points and give
some terrific assists, not least to Rekis, who top-scored again
with 24, as Kings pounded Peregrines 101-55,leading 32-4 after the
first quarter in captain Laurie Costello was four from four from beyond the arc, and 50-18 at half-time.

Also making his debut for the Kings seniors, and joining his
younger brother Lee in the team, was their former junior starting
point guard Craig Reilly, now back from a year in the USA.
Falkirk fought hard with their sensational 17-year-olds, guard
Jonny Bunyan and centre Ali Fraser, (29 points) both playing the
entire 40 minutes and Matt Hoffman having his best game to date at
forward, but they clearly missed the massive presence of ex Kings
junior and Italian League centre Roni Gordon, who did not strip
and may require knee surgery.


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Radnicki Kragujevac inks Vuksanovic - by Milan Jovanovic
Radnicki Kragujevac (ex Lions) completed the roster today, after signing Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-F/C-78), 31-year old power forward who had a long, succesfull career, playing for the likes of FMP, Beopetrol, Atlas, Khimki, PAOK...
Nikolic hence completed a pretty strong frontcourt, together with Misanovic, Brkic, Mijatovic and the recent signing Pantic.
The only 'problem' with Vuksanovic is he might be out of proper preparations, for not having the club to train with this summer.



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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. Geoplin Slovan 0-0 
 7. TCG Mercator 0-0 
 8. Elektra Esotech 0-0 
 9. Parklji 0-0 
 10. Sencur CP 0-0 
 11. Zlatorog 0-1 
 12. Alpos Sentjur 0-1 
Will join on later stage:
 1. U.Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Gil GOODRICH
  Zagorje
  (178-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Goodrich, Zagorje21.9 
 2. King, Polzela20.4 
 3. Delic, Geoplin Slovan17.5 
 4. Paris, Zagorje17.4 
 5. Ivanovic, Elektr.16.7 
 6. Radunovic, Elektr.16.7 
 7. Cup, Elektra .15.6 
 8. Lekic, Geoplin Slovan15.6 
 9. Jokic, TCG M.15.2 
 10. Jovanovic, KD Pos.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. King, Polzela14.8 
 2. Johnson, Zagorje11.2 
 3. Paris, Zagorje9.5 
 4. Pasalic, Nova Gorica7.9 
 5. Golubovic, U.Olimpija7.5 
 6. Jelesijevic, Polzela7.4 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.8 
 8. Soldo, KD Postojna6.7 
 9. Cup, Elektra .6.5 
 10. Lekic, Geoplin Slov.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miha CMER
  Zlatorog
  (182-G-77)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Cmer, Luka Koper5.6 
 2. Ivanovic, Elektr.4.5 
 3. Vujasinovic, Polzela4.3 
 4. Goodrich, Zagorje4.0 
 5. Doncic, Geoplin .3.2 
 6. Percel, Zagorje3.1 
 7. Krivec, Krka3.0 
 8. Nachbar, Luka Koper2.9 
 9. Perko, Nova Gorica2.9 
 10. Shields, Kr.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Saso OZBOLT
  U.Olimpija
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija1.9 
 2. Radunovic, Elektr.1.8 
 3. Dragic, Geoplin .1.8 
 4. Goodrich, Zagorje1.7 
 5. Percel, Zagorje1.6 
 6. Markic, Luka Koper1.5 
 7. Mezek, TCG M.1.4 
 8. Cup, Elektra .1.4 
 9. Jovanovic, KD Posto.1.3 
 10. Krivec, Kr.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. King, Polzela3.1 
 2. Jelesijevic, Polzela1.2 
 3. Radunovic, Elektr.1.1 
 4. Golubovic, U.Olimpija1.0 
 5. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.9 
 6. Bajramlic, Zagorje0.8 
 7. Cikic, Nova Gorica0.8 
 8. Pasalic, Nova Gorica0.7 
 9. Johnson, Zagorje0.7 
 10. Greene, U.Olimpi.0.7 


Market news - by Uros Vujic
Elektra Esotech from Sostanj is negotiating to sign American ''big man'' Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83) for the upcoming season. Feeley spent his last 3 seasons in Japan, where he showed solid games and had produced 16 points and 9 boards average per game. Feeley played for Elektra at the pre-season tournament at Polzela last weekend. He performed well for the team from Sostanj and scored 22 points and collecting 12 boards against Hopsi from Polzela. Feeley could be the missing piece of the puzzle in a young and talented team of coach Borut Cerar.

Sencur adds Jovanovic - by Zeljko Zule
Sencur CPK inked Serbian Vladica Jovanovic (202-F-83) ex Radnicki Novi Sad. Last season he averaged 15,0 points, 4,9 rebounds, 1,6 assists and 1,9 steals in 14 games of Serbian League and 8,7 points, 5,9 rebounds, 1,5 assists and 1,3 steals in 10 games of League A.

2009-10 Luka Koper: #5 Primoz Franko (195-F-88), #6 Alen Katonar (195-G/F-82), #7 Grega Nachbar (192-G-84), #8 Davit Ugrekhelidze (207-C-83), #9 Niko Sare (202-PF-81), #10 Miha Markic (200-G/F-88), #11 Rok Perko (180-G-87), #12 Tomas Nowakowski ( (209-C-90), #13 Mladen Loncarevic (207-FC-91), #14 Miha Moffardin (196-F-90), #15 Ivan Drzic (205-PF-83), #17 Izet Kumalic (194-G/F-91), #33 Emanuel Richter (192-G-86). Coach Aleksdander Sekulic.

2009-10 TCG Mercator: #4 Jan Demsar (190-G), #5 Dejan Radojevic (213-C), #6 Tomaz Mezek (178-G), #7 Simon Finzgar (196-F), #8 Mirko Mulalic (193-G), #9 Jaka Hladnik (192-G), #10 Tomo Cajic (200-F), #11 Blaz Mahovic (200-F), #12 Mensud Julevic (200-C), #13 Saso Guzelj (206-C), #14 Filip Petrovic (198-F), #15 Andriy Lebedintsev (186-G), #16 Nenad Stupar (193-G), #17 Igor Jokic (204-C), #18 Klemen Alic (183-G), #19 Lenart Kalan (178-G). Coach: Dalibor Damjanovic. Assistant: Matej Gruden.


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  SPAIN   


Mallorca tab Fabien Fond - by Eurobasket News
Mallorca added Fabien Fond (177-G-71, agency: Prime Select Sports) to the roster. The 38-year-old guard trained with the team since summer. The veteran signed a two-month deal with the LEB Gold team. Fabien Fond spent the previous season in Switzerland. He tallied 1.6 points, 1.6 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game for MGS. The French player started his career in Villeurbanne.


Reyes Agony and Tucker Joy - by Paul Nilsen
Real Madrid have beel left reeling that their trusty warrior and recent Eurobasket gold medallist Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) will be out for around a month after sustaining an injury. The forward will miss the game tonight against Utah Jazz as well as approximately five ACB regular season games.

Meanwhile in Badalona, Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) has been named as the new captain of DKV Joventut as the club looks to re-build in the post Rubio era. Tucker was the salvation of Cajasol last year after being the main catalyst for their great escape from relegation and it seems like a decent appointment by Coach Alonso.



Tomasz Kesicki sign with Vive Menorca - by Eurobasket News
Tomasz Kesicki (212-C-86) joined Vive Menorca. The Polish centre signed a two-month deal with the team. He is expected to replace injured Caio Torres. Tomasz Kesicki played for Basket Rimini Crabs in LegaDue last season. He averaged 7.2 points, 5.7 boards and 1.5 steals per game. It will not be his first trip to Spain. Tomasz Kesicki used to play for Pamesa Castellon in 2003/06 seasons.


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  SWEDEN   


Latest transactions - by Andreas Eriksson
Alot of things have happened in the Swedish Basketliga lately.

Here's a few transactions that took place:

Solna Vikings, after a 0-2 start, decided to part ways with coach Siggi Ingimundarson, the decision was based on coach having a different look on basketball than the players. New coach will be the assistant Bjorn Hjalmarsson. At the same time, the team decided to part ways with american PG Byron Davis, and instead signed with the top player of Basketligan for the last 6 years- Andrew Mitchell, who has decided to sign back with Solna, where his Pro-career started in 2003. Since then he has been in Jmtland (04-05, 07-08, 08-09) and in Plannja (2-time champion, 05-06, 06-07).

Jmtland added a few new players just before tip of in the league as they signed Serabilo Boucari and Binyam Feghadu, they also added veteran Roger Lillieskold, who makes his 2nd comeback our of retirement, now at age 42.


Sdertlje Kings added Thomas Massamba, who was supposed to play in Greece but left because of bad conditions on the club, he will play for Sdertlje until he finds a new job outside of Sweden.


National Team Captain Mats Levin, decided to play in Sweden again- however this time not with Solna, instead he opted to sign with Sundsvall Dragons, last years champions.


Gothia Basket decided to release Greg Dilligard, who came to Gothenburg out of shape. They are looking for replacement, and hope to present a new name soon.





Latest transactions - by Andreas Eriksson
Alot of things have happened in the Swedish Basketliga lately.

Here's a few transactions that took place:

Solna Vikings, after a 0-2 start, decided to part ways with coach Siggi Ingimundarson, the decision was based on coach having a different look on basketball than the players. New coach will be the assistant Bjorn Hjalmarsson. At the same time, the team decided to part ways with american PG Byron Davis, and instead signed with the top player of Basketligan for the last 6 years- Andrew Mitchell, who has decided to sign back with Solna, where his Pro-career started in 2003. Since then he has been in Jmtland (04-05, 07-08, 08-09) and in Plannja (2-time champion, 05-06, 06-07).

Jmtland added a few new players just before tip of in the league as they signed Serabilo Boucari and Binyam Feghadu, they also added veteran Roger Lillieskold, who makes his 2nd comeback our of retirement, now at age 42.


Sdertlje Kings added Thomas Massamba, who was supposed to play in Greece but left because of bad conditions on the club, he will play for Sdertlje until he finds a new job outside of Sweden.


National Team Captain Mats Levin, decided to play in Sweden again- however this time not with Solna, instead he opted to sign with Sundsvall Dragons, last years champions.


Gothia Basket decided to release Greg Dilligard, who came to Gothenburg out of shape. They are looking for replacement, and hope to present a new name soon.





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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 2-0 
 2. SAV Vacallo 2-0 
 3. BBC Nyon 2-0 
 4. Lugano Tigers 1-0 
 5. Monthey 1-1 
 6. Starwings 1-1 
 7. Boncourt 1-1 
 8. MGS 0-1 
 9. Lausanne 0-2 
 10. SAM Massagno 0-2 
 11. Geneva Devils 0-2 


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Army split North Zone KO titles! - by Albert-Lee Young
The Defence Force missed a rare opportunity on Wednesday to become the first basketball club to win the Knockout titles in both the first and second divisions of the North Zone Commission Basketball League at the St Pauls Street Sports Complex, Port of Spain.

In the first game of the double encounter, National Flour Mills (NFM) Veterans stopped the armys team 79-64 in the Second Division Knockout Final. From the opening tip NFM displayed its experience running up an early 39-31 lead at the end of the first half.

Led by Jonathan Donawa with a game high 19 points, the younger army team forced their way back into contention when their head coach Dave Sandy changed his defensive strategy to a full court press. By the closing minutes of the third quarter the scores were tied 58-58.

This brought out the experience of the Veterans with Patrick KK Joseph controlling their defense and Albert Sprott running the offense. With a vociferous partisan crowd behind them, Veterans rallied to regain control of the tempo when power forward Dave Marshall scored an impressive spin move midway in the final quarter. This sparked an amazing climax for the Veterans who outscored the younger Defence Force team 21-14 in the period for the title.

For the winners, Vibert Deane top scored with 15 points, Albert Sprott had 12 and Dave Marshall added 10. Akil Wharfe and Dale Paris both tallied 10 points apiece for Defence Force.

FIRST DIVISION KO!

In the feature game of the night, Defence Force defeated Detour Shak Attack 63-53 in the First Division Knockout Final to secure their first title of the season.

Led by an around team effort, the Mevyn Unks Jackson coached army team keenly battled to gained a close 25-23 first half advantage against a determined Shak Attack led by the young 6 8 center, Shawn Lawrence, who had a game high 15 points.

With head coach Jackson constantly shouting instructions from the sideline and star player, Steven Lighter Lewis, in foul trouble at the end of the third quarter the soldiers were forced to change their game tactics.

In the final quarter, the army team unleashed its backup offensive fire power; with consecutive threes from shooting guard Gerald Toney and veteran forward Peter Lewis; and some effective dribble penetration moves from point guard Derrick Boxhill. In the final minute of the contest a desperate Shak Attack took too many low percentage shots as Defence Force went on to close them out for the title.

Gerald Toney led the army with 13 points, Boxhill tallied 12 and Peter Lewis contributed 11. In addition to Lawrence, Kenneth Roberts scored 11points and Ancil Ollivierre chipped in with 10 for Shak Attack.



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  TURKEY   


Mersin land Nenad Mitajovic - by Eurobasket News
Nenad Mijatovic (193-G-87) joined Mersin. The Turkish team just announced the deal. The Montenegrin guard started the previous season in Buducnost Podgorica. In February the 22-year-old guard moved to Spain. He joined CB Murcia averaging 1.1 points per game in ACB. Nenad Mijatovic was named All-Montenegrin Player of the Year in 2007. He was the member of the National Team in 2008.


Efes Pilsen hold off CSKA in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - CSKA 81:74 (OT)
Efes Pilsen claimed an overtime win over CSKA in the friendly series in Istanbul. The teams will play one more game tonight.
CSKA entered the game bravely and grabbed a 9:5 lead. Soon the visitors enjoyed a 14:5 lead and later capped the period leading by six points 16:10. Efes Pilsen drew things level at 21 in the second frame. The Turkish team went on a 10:2 run to surge in front. They ensured a 35:29 advantage at halftime. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) knocked down a couple of three-pointers allowing CSKA to surge in front 40:39. CSKA maintained the lead but Efes Pilsen survived in a tough regulation finale. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) tied things up, while J.R. Holden and Planinic missed their attempts as the teams headed into overtime. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Preston Shumpert fired from downtown in the extra period and Efes Pilsen rolled to the win at the end.
Preston Shumpert knocked down 20 points to pace the hosts. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) added 13 points, while Igor Rakocevic and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) added 11 points apiece in the victory. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) responded with 15 points and 6 boards for CSKA. J.R. Holden contributed 12 points in defeat.

Efes Pilsen: Preston Shumpert 20, Charles Smith 13, Igor Rakocevic 11, Mario Kasun 11
CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 15, J.R. Holden 12



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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men


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


Superleague Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
DniproAzot - BC Odessa 83-104
DniproAzot was beaten by BC Odessa 83:104 in Regular Season Round 2. Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Rutgers) was unstoppable with 37 points and 7 rebounds. DeGroat John posted 19, whilst Gurtovoy Volodymyr scored 17. Morton Miguel finished the night with 20 points and 13 boards, while Umbrasko Juris posted 15 in defeat.

Gryfony - BC Kyiv 56-62
BC Kyiv improved to 2-0 record on top after the win over Gryfony 62:56. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Briantsev Dmitri and Lukashov had 10 each. Atanackovic Stefan produced 20 points for the hosts.

Budivelnyk - Kryvbasbasket 92-97
Kryvbasbasket upset Budivelnyk in a Regular Season Round 2 opener in Kiev. Six players scored in double digits as Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) led the way with 16 points, while Korablev Dmitry netted 15. Koprivica Jovan delivered 14 points and Pavlovic Milos added 13. El-Amin Khalid exploded with 33 points for the team from the capital.

Mykolaiv - Dnipro 73-81
Dnipro rolled over Mykolaiv 81:73 as Lebedev Andrei stepped up with 20 points for the winners. Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) nailed 16 points, while Andriukaitis Martynas delivered 13. McClintock Daniel ended up with 21 points in defeat, while Onufriyev Olexiy notched 16.

Azovmash - Hoverla 72-70
Azovmash escaped the victory against Hoverla 72:70 as Erik Daniels (204-G/F-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Kentucky) top-scored with 20 points for the home side. Rizvic Hasan netted 13 and Podorvannyy Yevgeniy brought his team 11. Fraser Michael finished the night with 26 points and 15 caroms in the losing effort.

BC Donetsk - Politek.Lviv 101-55
BC Donetsk thrashed Politekhnika Lviv 101:55 on October 7th. Maxim Ivshina (207-C-86) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Sundov Bruno notched 17. Williams Nick ended up with 17 points in defeat, while Vasic Nikola poured in 14.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


'Stopping Sharks Patton is Key' - Smith - by Andy Webb
This Friday may be slightly quieter in terms of BBL games, but the Cheshire Jets still have to remain focussed as they travel to the English Institute of Sport to take on the Sheffield Sharks. Head Coach Paul Smith has warned his side that Sharks Point Guard, Ryan Patton (181-G-78, college: Youngstown St.), is the man they need to watch come Friday evening. The American switched from Worthing Thunder this summer, whom he helped establish in the league. Having previously played in EBL Division One for the Sheffield Arrows, with whom he won the National Cup and averaged 30 points and 7 assists, the point guard realised that his heart was in the Steel City, hence his return this season.

Smith clearly rates Patton highly, commenting: I think (Ryan) Patton has been a great addition for them. He is a true point guard and runs the team very well. They have a lot of threats, but he keeps them together like a good point guard should.

Whilst Atiba Lyons Sharks had two wins last weekend, they face another double header, as on Saturday, they travel to PAWS London Capital. Capital player-coach, Milek Jivens, is now stressing the need for his side to pick themselves up after two losses so far this campaign, and wants to change peoples perception of Capital in the BBL: No one in this league thinks we will be of any threat he said. We look to change all of that. We have had a disappointing start to the season but we just have to take it one game at a time.

Saturday night also sees the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders look to maintain their perfect record at home as they entertain the Essex Pirates on Saturday night. Riders supremo Rob Paternostro was pleased with his sides performances against last seasons powerhouse teams, Everton and Newcastle, last weekend. He commented: The Newcastle game was certainly an entertaining game for the fans. I thought both teams played hard and produced a high level basketball game that was filled with many great spells of basketball. The Everton game was always going to be tough due to the long trip to Newcastle the night before and not really knowing their personnel. I was impressed with Tony Garbelottos new recruits. (Kevin) Bell played well and the inside tandem of (Flo) Larkai and (Andy) Thomson will be a handful for most teams.

Saturdays action is completed by a game between the Worcester Wolves and Glasgow Rocks, at Worcester University Sports Centre, and the Wolves rookie Head Coach Chuck Evans expects a tough test, as he singles out dominant American Point Guard Rob Yanders as the Rocks main threat. He said: We have a tough game this weekend against Glasgow. Rob Yanders is their catalyst and does a great job in his role. Sterling (Davis, Head Coach of the Rocks) has one of the best point guards in the BBL.



KINGS FIND NEW PAGES FROM EUROPE - by Sandy Sutherland
Another Irish ex-US College player has signed for Edinburgh Kings
and has already helped the Scottish champions get back on track
defence of their title.
Michael Kirkpatrick, who played for NCAA Division one college San
Diego in 2004 before being forced to quit the game through a
series of injuries, and another new signing Edgars Rekis, a
24-year-old Latvian, played a crucial role in the Kings
back-to-back home wins over the previously unbeaten Falkirk Fury
and local rivals East Lothian Peregrines.
Beaten by Troon Tornadoes in their opening game when they missed
their sharp-shooting Irish cap Paul Cummins, now with Ulster Elks,
Kings were much more effective against Fury with coach Danny
Costello introducing the newcomers off the bench with varying
degrees of success.
Rekis, an ex Latvian junior triple jump champion and a lanky 2.00m
forward, settled the more quickly and ended up with impressive
debut stats, top-scoring with 24 points in just under 27 minutes,
including four from six from three-point range and six from seven
from the charity stripe.
Kirkpatrick, who was brought up in Germany (his mother was a
German international discus-thrower and his unclestill holds the
Northern Ireland high hurdles record), was understandably pumped
up and a trifle erratic but did enough to suggest he is both fast
and strong and an excellent defender and the good news for Kings
is that he intends to be in the capital for five years studying
vet medicine.
'I'm very happy to be playing again after many injuries and five
years of not playing and I hope to contribute as much as
possible,' said the 26-year-old guard, who went on just 15 hours
later on the same Portobello court to score 22 points and give
some terrific assists, not least to Rekis, who top-scored again
with 24, as Kings pounded Peregrines 101-55,leading 32-4 after the
first quarter in captain Laurie Costello was four from four from beyond the arc, and 50-18 at half-time.

Also making his debut for the Kings seniors, and joining his
younger brother Lee in the team, was their former junior starting
point guard Craig Reilly, now back from a year in the USA.
Falkirk fought hard with their sensational 17-year-olds, guard
Jonny Bunyan and centre Ali Fraser, (29 points) both playing the
entire 40 minutes and Matt Hoffman having his best game to date at
forward, but they clearly missed the massive presence of ex Kings
junior and Italian League centre Roni Gordon, who did not strip
and may require knee surgery.


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  VENEZUELA   


A Giant with Giants - by Yelitza La Torre
Coach Francisco Paco Diez is leaving his desk as General Manager to take back his roll as Basketball coach. Coach Diez will be the head Coach of Gigantes de Guayana for the upcoming 2010 professional basketball season of Venezuela. Coach Paco Diez is one of those Pioneers of the professional basketball in Venezuela; his name has been around it since the former Venezuela Special League. Coach Paco Diez has been coaching several professional basketball organizations as Cocodrilos Del Caracas (1996, 2006) Gaiteros del Zulia (200, 2001, and 2007) Guaiqueries de Margarita (2002) Panteras de Miranda (2005) and Delfines de Miranda in the National League (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005)


Bucaneros weigh anchor - by Wolfgang Lucena
Both experts, Coach Bruno D Adezzio and Maruja Guevara are going to be in front of Bucaneros de la Guaira for the 2010 season of the professional basketball league of Venezuela. 'It is an important project pointing on two aspects, we believe in the new generation, we are counting on them, we have six athletes coming from the U19 Venezuela National Team, DAdezzio'. The organization is counting with six young basketball players, those locals professional and three professional foreign players. Also Bucaneros de la Guaira is going to hold some basketball camp on January 11, 2010 to recruits new talents. General Manager Maruja Guevara research out in school and among of the whole community to look for the squad's perfect name; Bucaneros de la Guaira!!
fount http://www.balonalaire.com


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


LNB 2009 - Lanceros de Cojedes signed Carlos Morris - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Lanceros de Cojedes reached an agreement with Carlos Morris (194-G-75) for the remainder of the 2009 season, landing a very experienced shooter for a vital round, in their quest for the championship.

Morris, who'll turn 34 next Sunday, October 11th, averaged 8.3 points per game in 43 games for La Guaira BBC in LPB 2009 and has international experience in leagues of the United States, Spain, Paraguay and Mexico. He just recovered from a knee injury and has been working intensively in his physical shape and total recovery.

The player resides in the United States and will report to Lanceros in time for the weekend matches of Week 1 in the LNB 2009 Quarter Finals.


LNB 2009 Quarter Finals - Week 1: Four sweeps to begin second round - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Tiburones de Vargas, Centauros de Apure, Graneros de Portuguesa and Gatos de Monagas swept their respective rivals in the beginning of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's Quarter Finals Round.

Tiburones de Vargas 83 - Duros de Lara 81
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas
Scorers
TIB: Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 25 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 15 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 13 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 12 points
DUR: Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 15 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 15 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 12 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 10 points

Tiburones de Vargas 92 - Duros de Lara 89
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas
Scorers
TIB: Rafael Guevara 24 points, Alejandro Barrios 16 points, Leinert Zerpa 16 points, Evan Brock 14 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 10 points
DUR: Kenji Urdaneta 18 points, Jackson Zapata 17 points, Lawrence Wallace 16 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 10 points

Graneros de Portuguesa 90 - Espartanos de Margarita 88
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa
Scorers
GRA: Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 15 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 14 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 12 points
ESP: Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 28 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 24 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 22 points

Graneros de Portuguesa 94 - Espartanos de Margarita 93
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa
Scorers
GRA: Jose Vargas 25 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 17 points, Omar Mejias 14 points
ESP: Jamahr Warren 24 points, Alex Quiroz 21 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 19 points

Centauros de Apure 109 - Estudiantes de Guarico 78
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure
Scorers
CEN: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 27 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 20 points
EST: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 19 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 18 points

Centauros de Apure 102 - Estudiantes de Guarico 91
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure
Scorers
CEN: Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 25 points, Tulio Cobos 23 points
EST: Victor David Diaz 24 points, David Ruffin (193-G/F-84) 21 points

Gatos de Monagas 91 - Lanceros de Cojedes 86
Gilberto Roque Morales Arena - Maturin, Monagas
Scorers
GAT: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 20 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 18 points
LAN: Ollie Bailey (201-F-85) 23 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 16 points

Gatos de Monagas 84 - Lanceros de Cojedes 67
Gilberto Roque Morales Arena - Maturin, Monagas
Scorers
GAT: Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 20 points, Elvis Montero 11 points
LAN: Ollie Bailey 23 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 11 points


LPB 2010 - Gaiteros could go with Solorzano, Toros interested in Garcia - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- According to El Universal's Jose Rubicco Huertas, Gaiteros del Zulia could be close to signing head coach Nelson Solorzano for the 2010 season of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto, as he interviewed GM Orlando Estrada about the matter.

Solorzano was the head coach of Gigantes de Guayana in the past two seasons, but that organization announced the hiring of Francisco 'Paco' Diez as their new head coach, making him a free agent. He has also been contacted by Toros de Aragua, a team he coached a few seasons ago, when he was beginning his coaching career. However, Toros are also in pursuit of Gustavo Garcia .

Gaiteros is also confident that they will be able to use American guard Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) as Venezuelan in 2010, since the player has been working in getting double nationality for the past three years. He's played for Gaiteros season after season since 2000.




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Cameroon0-0
2. Madagascar0-0
3. Mauritius0-0
4. Mozambique0-0
5. S.Africa0-0
6. Senegal0-0
Group B
1. Angola0-0
2. Ivory Coast0-0
3. Mali0-0
4. Nigeria0-0
5. Rwanda0-0
6. Tunisia0-0


Nigerian National Team 2009 - by Richard
#s#
Mactabene Amachree
Amachree
Adeola Olanre Waju
Olanre Waju
Charity Egenti
Egenti
Nwamaka Adibeli
Adibeli
Chioma Udeaja
Udeaja
#e#6
Mactabene Amachree 186-F-78 Mersin BSH Bld Turkey
Adeola Olanre Waju 192-C-82 Samsun Basketbol Turkey
Charity Egenti 191-C-85 Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye Ukraine
Nwamaka Adibeli 172-G-85
Tamunomiete Whyte First Bank BC Nigeria
Funmilayo Ojelabi G First Bank BC Nigeria
Chioma Udeaja 191-F/C-84 First Bank BC Nigeria
Magdalene Ukato First Deepwater Basketball Club Nigeria
Vivian Ewalefo 183-F The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio USA
Rashidat Sadiq 188-F-81 PTK Aflofarm Vicard Pabianice Poland
Vera Angwe 178-G-87 First Bank BC Nigeria



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Round 2 preview - by Eurobasket News
In Round 2 of the Women's National Basketball League things are already heating up with reigning champion the Canberra Capitals chasing their first win and early title favourite Sydney Uni Flames already with a loss to their name.



Friday October 9

BDS Logan Thunder v Canberra TransACT Capitals, 7.30pm* at Logan Metro

The trip to Logan can be a dangerous prospect for any team. In 2008/09 the new franchise came within two points of upsetting eventual champion Canberra.

In their three meetings Canberras only convincing win came in the capital, but in Logan the Capitals won the first encounter by two points, 67-53, and the second by four, 77-73.

While Canberra will be sore coming off a loss to the Bulleen Boomers, 88-73, on Saturday, Logan routed the AIS 79-42.

Bulleens tall timbre troubled Canberra but that will be less of a problem with the Thunder line-up. Logans Polish import Marta Dydek impressed in her first outing in the league last week with 17 points but grabbed only one rebound and at 195cm is the tallest in the team.

This game will be broadcast with live audio commentary on WNBL Radio.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Canberra 3 0 Logan



Saturday October 10

Adelaide Link Lightning v Bendigo Bank Spirit, 12.30pm at Distinctive Homes Dome, Adelaide ABC TV GAME OF THE WEEK will be broadcast live on ABC1 from 1.00pm AEDT

Adelaide will be confident after downing Sydney Uni 86-73 on Sunday. Lightning was in sparkling form, led by new captain Jessica Foley.

Bendigo also started 2009/10 season on a high with a 70-55 win over the Dandenong Rangers. Beijing Olympian Kristi Harrower joined the Spirit only a day before taking the court and still managed 23 points; after a week of settling back into Australia she will be even more dangerous.

Bendigo will be keen to get on top in this game after Adelaide ousted them in the Preliminary Final last season.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Adelaide 6 0 Bendigo



ACUVUE Sydney Uni Flames v Dandenong Jayco Rangers, 7.00pm at ACUVUE Sports Hall, Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre

Touted as the team to watch Sydney Uni will be keen to get a win on the board in their first home game of the season after splitting their Perth-Adelaide road trip.

With a very different starting five to 2008/09 the Flames will be hard to beat once they gel with two-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic-Brown, who missed the opening game but posted 29 points against Lightning in her first game in the WNBL since 2002.

The Rangers were defeated by Bendigo in the season opener 70-55 and will be hoping to get more out of American import Ashley Lindsey who went 0-of-7 from the field but grabbed four rebounds in 13 minutes of play. Australian-born Great Britain representative Megan Moody turned in a team high effort in her WNBL debut with 18 points and seven rebounds but she will need more support.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sydney Uni 26 - 18 Dandenong



Townsville McCafe Fire v Canberra TransACT Capitals, 7.30pm at New Projects Australia Stadium, Townsville

A revelation last season, Amy Lewis led the scoring last week but Townsvilles strength lies in its depth with all players, with one exception, scoring in double figures last week.

Without 2008/09 All-Star Five member Abby Bishop, Canberra has lost some depth in the post that was exposed against Bulleen but with last years leading defensive rebounder Jennifer Crouse retired, Townsville will give Opal Marianna Tolo and veteran Tracey Beatty the chance for big games.



HEAD-TO-HEAD: Canberra 19 5 Townsville

Global Metals Bulleen Boomers v Australian Institute of Sport, 7.30pm at The Veneto Club

A large graduating contingent at the AIS has left the students in a tough position.

Former Townsville Fire guard Jillian Haughton led the Institute in their two opening games but the young team did not challenge Logan or Townsville.

Bulleens inside pairing of Opals Elyse Penaluna and Liz Cambage will create trouble for any team and the addition of Jenna OHea, fresh from a European season, and the emergence of Hanna Zavecz will give opposition teams plenty to worry about.

This game will be broadcast with live audio commentary on WNBL Radio.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Bulleen 34 26 AIS



Sunday October 11

Go for 2 & 5 Perth Lynx v Bendigo Bank Spirit, 1.00pm at Perry Lakes Stadium, Perth

Bendigo will be coming off a tough game against Adelaide Lightning with less than 24 hours to recover and make the trip to Perth.

The Lynx lost game-winner Deanna Smith to Sydney Uni but import Takia Starks showed some good signs with 15 points and five rebounds against the Flames while fellow American Danielle Campbell added 14 points. Victorian Ashley Gilmore continued her fine form from 2008/09 with a double (10 points, 13 rebounds).

Bendigo also lost a player to Sydney Uni, Deanne Butler, but the return of Kristi Harrower and recent signing of Marita Payne gives the Spirit some fire power.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Bendigo 4 2 Perth

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



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  BULGARIA - Women  


NBL Qualifying Tournament: NSA Delta rolls over Tony 7 - by Eurobasket News
NSA Delta - Tony 7 78-43

NSA Delta displayed its dominance in round one match-up against Tony 7, wining the game by 35-point margin. Tony 7 players simply could not match the intensity and quality of NSA Delta players, and have suffered heavy defeat. In the first quarter, NSA Delta came out strong from the opening tip-off. They applied full court pressure, limiting Tony 7 to only 9 points in the first quarter. At the end of first, NSA Delta was up 22-9. In the second, Tony players started playing little better but they could not cut the deficit. After an even fight in the second quarter, NSA Delta went for the halftime break still holding 37-24 lead. In the second half, NSA Delta continued to dominate going on another run in the third quarter. They won this period by 13 points and with 10 minutes left in the game they were comfortably up 61-35. In the last quarter, they again displayed great defense, Allowing Tony 7 only 8 points. In the end they celebrated 78-43 victory.
Maria Tsankova led the way for NSA Delta with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Anita Dimitrova (187-C-89) added 15, while Sara Marinova (176-G-90) came off the bench to score 12. For Tony 7 only one player reached double digits and that was Hristina Guerdjikova (183-F-90) with 12 points.
NSA Delta will play Minor in second round, while Tony 7 will face Slavija.

NSA Delta: Maria Tsankova 24+ 11 boards, Anita Dimitrova 15, Sara Marinova 12
Tony 7: Hristina Guerdjikova 12, Pamela Decheva 8, Maria Baycheva 7


NBL Qualifying Tournament: Minor opens up with a win over Slavija - by Eurobasket News
Minor - Slavija 75-63

BC Minor recorded a win in their first match at the Qualifying Tournament to fill in last two places in a newly formed Bulgarian 1st league. Great play in the second and third quarter enabled Minor to grab valuable win. Games started off evenly as teams exchanged baskets. At the end of the first quarter Slavija was up 17-19. Than in the second, Minor players started to impose their game they applied defensive pressure Slavija had no solution for. As result Slavija players were limited to only 10 second quarter points. Minor on the other hand executed on the offensive end, and at the halftime they held 35-29 lead. In the second half Minor continued to dominate on boards. They out-rebounded Slavija 37-26 which enabled them a lot of transition opportunities. After three quarters of play, Minor was up 60-46. In the final 10 minutes, Minor players kept their advantage and have closed out the game for the final 75-63 win.
Three players carried the scoring load for Minor with Kamelia Mihalkova (182-F-80) leading the way with 33 points and 12 rebounds. Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74) and Radmila Nesheva (172-G-81) each added 16 points. For Slavija, Stefka Nikolova (170-G-90) finished the game with 24 points. She received help from Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) who added 14, but the next best scorer was Ivana Shikileva (178-F-92) who scored 8.
Minor will play its second game against NSA Delta, while Slavija will face Tony 7. In the third round Minor will square off against Tony 7 and Slavija will take on NSA Delta.

Minor: Kamelia Mihalkova 33+12 boards, Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova 16, Radmila Nesheva 16
Slavija: Stefka Nikolova 24, Tonka Tencheva 14, Ivana Shikileva 8


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Veronika VLKOVA
  Valosun Brno
  (175-G/F-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Vlkova, Valosun .21.5 
 2. Vlkova, Valosun .21.5 
 3. Vlkova, Valosun .21.5 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .21.5 
 5. Vlkova, Valosun .21.5 
 6. Reisingerova, Strako.20.5 
 7. Zrustova, Valosun .20.5 
 8. Zrustova, Valosun .20.5 
 9. Zrustova, Valosun .20.5 
 10. Zrustova, Valosu.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eva HORAKOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (188-F-72)
  Avg: 15
 1. Horakova, Hradec K.15.0 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.15.0 
 3. Kulichova, Frisco S.15.0 
 4. Kulichova, Frisco S.15.0 
 5. Tamane, USK Praha13.5 
 6. Tamane, USK Praha13.5 
 7. Tamane, USK Praha13.5 
 8. Tamane, USK Praha13.5 
 9. Reisingerova, Strako.13.0 
 10. Kulichova, Frisco.13.0 
Assists Per Game
 Zuzana ZIRKOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (175-F/G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zirkova, Frisco Sika6.0 
 2. Horakova, Frisco S.6.0 
 3. Zirkova, Frisco Sika6.0 
 4. Horakova, Frisco S.6.0 
 5. Horakova, Frisco S.6.0 
 6. Horakova, Frisco S.6.0 
 7. Horakova, Frisco S.6.0 
 8. Horakova, Frisco S.5.0 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov5.0 
 10. Misurova, Trutn.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Petra POSPISILOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Pospisilova, Slovan.6.0 
 2. Kuthanova, VS Praha5.0 
 3. Pospisilova, Slovan.4.0 
 4. Giacintova, Valosu.4.0 
 5. Giacintova, Valosu.4.0 
 6. Giacintova, Valosu.4.0 
 7. Pospisilova, Slovan.4.0 
 8. Giacintova, Valosu.4.0 
 9. Pospisilova, Slovan.4.0 
 10. Giacintova, Valo.4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cathrine KRAAYVELD
  USK Praha
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kraayveld, USK P.4.0 
 2. Tamane, USK Praha2.5 
 3. Tamane, USK Praha2.5 
 4. Tamane, USK Praha2.5 
 5. Tamane, USK Praha2.5 
 6. Kulichova, Frisco S.2.0 
 7. Kulichova, Frisco S.2.0 
 8. Kulichova, Frisco S.2.0 
 9. Kulichova, Frisco S.2.0 
 10. Kulichova, Frisco.2.0 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Richter replaces injured Thoresen in Wasserburg - by Cornelius Damm
Australian power pack Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) is facing a severe shoulder damage forcing her to sit out an (at this point) undetermined period of time. Thoresen was one of the leagues most dominant players throughout the past eight years in Germany. Especially when taking a look at his outside positions TSV 1880 Wasserburg head coach Hans Brei suffered some headaches with this new situation. But with the signing of German NT player Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) he might have found the right 'pill' to cure him. Richter who took a break from Basketball in the second half of 2008 to focus on her university studies returned to the stage of Basketball after Christmas break and finished the season with evo New Basket Oberhausen, giving the until then struggling 'New Baskets' the eventual lift to defend their bronze medal from 2008 in the petite final against SV Halle Lions in April 2009. Now Richter signed a contract with Wasserburg until Christmas and will then see if she can continue her career outside of Germany in European Basketball. Richter played short stints in Italy for Vomero Basket Napoli in 2007 and in Hungary for MiZo Pecs 2010 in 2008.


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 2-0 
 2. RTU-Merks 1-0 
 3. Cesis 1-0 
 4. DU/Swedbank 1-1 
 5. LU 0-1 
 6. TTT Jun. 0-1 
 7. Liepajas met. 0-2 


Cesis open win count - by Eurobasket News
Cesis posted the first win in 2009/10 season. The LSBL defending champions stormed into the championship dismantling Liepajas 103:35 on the road. Kristen Morris (190-F-87, college: LSU) came up with 25 points and 14 boards to lead Cesis. The visitors exploded with 55 points in the first half tallying a 33-point lead at halftime. Cesis never looked back in the second half rolling to an overwhelming win at the end. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) and Zane Eglite (170-G-84) produced 18 points each for Cesis. Liga Zdanovska (182-C-87) responded with 7 points for Liepajas as they fell at 0-2 record.
TTT Riga posted the second win at the start of the championship. They rolled past DU 67:52 away from home. TTT Riga led by comfortable 19 points at halftime but DU surprised the visitors in the third quarter. The hosts outgunned the Latvian powerhouse 23:13 in the quarter to spark intrigue. TTT Riga had to overcome some sloppiness to pull away with the win at the end. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) knocked down 19 points to lead TTT Riga. Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) added 17 points and 6 boards for the winners. Olga Kazakevica (165-G-90), Borodavko and Evelina Zile (172-G-90) had 9 points each in defeat.



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  NCAA1 - Women  


Hoosiers sophomore to miss season with knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Indiana sophomore Lindsay Enterline (6'0''-F) will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during preseason conditioning.

Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said Enterline's knee buckled while she was making a pass to a teammate.

Legette-Jack confirmed the injury following the team's workout Thursday.

Enterline played guard and forward on a senior-dominated team last season.

She averaged 1.5 points per game and finished with 22 rebounds. She also had six steals and four blocks in 26 games.

Enterline was expected to have a bigger role this season.


Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Nigerian National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Mactabene Amachree
Amachree
Adeola Olanre Waju
Olanre Waju
Charity Egenti
Egenti
Nwamaka Adibeli
Adibeli
Chioma Udeaja
Udeaja
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Mactabene Amachree 186-F-78 Mersin BSH Bld Turkey
Adeola Olanre Waju 192-C-82 Samsun Basketbol Turkey
Charity Egenti 191-C-85 Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye Ukraine
Nwamaka Adibeli 172-G-85
Tamunomiete Whyte First Bank BC Nigeria
Funmilayo Ojelabi G First Bank BC Nigeria
Chioma Udeaja 191-F/C-84 First Bank BC Nigeria
Magdalene Ukato First Deepwater Basketball Club Nigeria
Vivian Ewalefo 183-F The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio USA
Rashidat Sadiq 188-F-81 PTK Aflofarm Vicard Pabianice Poland
Vera Angwe 178-G-87 First Bank BC Nigeria



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Stats Leaders - PLKK


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Quinta dos Lombos sign Danielle Anders - by Eurobasket
Quinta dos Lombos added to their roster 22-year old American swingman Danielle Anders (180-G/F-87, college: Coppin St., agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC). Anders played most recently at Coppin State College (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

Quinta dos Lombos sign Dominque Gattuso - by Eurobasket
Quinta dos Lombos strengthened their roster with addition of American power forward Dominque Gattuso (186-F/C, college: Fairmont St., agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC). Gattuso played most recently at Fairmont State (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

Santarem Basket Clube sign Kate Dempsey - by Eurobasket
Santarem Basket Clube agreed terms with American power forward Kate Dempsey (191-F/C, college: Wofford). Dempsey played most recently at Wofford College (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

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  SCOTLAND - Women  


FEMALE ROCKS ARE NO ROCKETTES - by Sandy Sutherland
Up till now the Scottish Rocks, now re-named the Glasgow Rocks thanks to support from Glasgow City Council, have had no women's team, only the Rockettes who are probably the BBL's most renowned floor show.
But things are different this season and the new female Glasgow Rocks are certainly not there for decoration.
Convincing wins in their opening two games over Polonia Phoenix and Falkirk Fury suggest the Rocks will be an even bigger challenge to the champions Edinburgh Kool Kats than their traditional rivals and past champions St Mirren, who have actually lost some players to the new outfit.
Rona Corkindale, a former Saints and Scottish cap and the only British starter in the London Mets' formidable university team, has returned north and scored 30 points v Polonia in an impressive debut.
Kool Kats meanwhile are significantly weaker as they have lost two of their junior international guards Becca Alison and Annie Rowan on scholarships to the USA and centre Rowan Bell, who is in Canada for a year
But they have welcomed back their former South West Miss and Scottish international forward Charlotte Nelson, who has returned to the capital after the tragic death of her husband in the Canary Islands..


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  SPAIN - Women  


Ros Casares clinch Spanish SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Ibiza 68:64

Ros Casares claimed the sixth Spanish SuperCup title. They held off Ibiza in the intriguing battle yesterday.
Ros Casares dominated in the opening frame. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) and Drljaca ensured a 14:0 run from the Spanish champions as they grabbed a 21:9 lead into the second frame. But Ibiza seemed ready for the challenge. Shannon Johnson (169-G-74, college: USC) and Alicia Lopez pulled Ibiza within 2 late in the second frame. Ros Casares managed to secure a 34:28 advantage at halftime. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) helped Ros Casares organize a 7:0 run as they cleared off in the third period. Ros Casares maintained the lead and finished the period up by 13 points 52:39. But Ibiza once again found the way to restore the intrigue. Lori Nero and Bade dragged Ibiza within 2 late in regulation. However Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) and Aguilar went perfect from the stripe to seal the winning outcome at the end.
Erika De Souza (197-C-82) finished with 16 points for Ros Casares. Anna Montanana added 12 points, while Delisha Milton-Jones and Belinda Snell had 10 points each in the victory. Shannon Johnson knocked down 14 points for Ibiza. Amanda Jackson (175-G-85, college: Miami, OH) contributed 12 points in the loss.

Ros Casares: Erika De Souza 16, Anna Montanana 12, Delisha Milton-Jones 10, Belinda Snell 10
Ibiza: Shannon Johnson 14, Amanda Jackson 12



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  SWEDEN - Women  


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


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


FEMALE ROCKS ARE NO ROCKETTES - by Sandy Sutherland
Up till now the Scottish Rocks, now re-named the Glasgow Rocks thanks to support from Glasgow City Council, have had no women's team, only the Rockettes who are probably the BBL's most renowned floor show.
But things are different this season and the new female Glasgow Rocks are certainly not there for decoration.
Convincing wins in their opening two games over Polonia Phoenix and Falkirk Fury suggest the Rocks will be an even bigger challenge to the champions Edinburgh Kool Kats than their traditional rivals and past champions St Mirren, who have actually lost some players to the new outfit.
Rona Corkindale, a former Saints and Scottish cap and the only British starter in the London Mets' formidable university team, has returned north and scored 30 points v Polonia in an impressive debut.
Kool Kats meanwhile are significantly weaker as they have lost two of their junior international guards Becca Alison and Annie Rowan on scholarships to the USA and centre Rowan Bell, who is in Canada for a year
But they have welcomed back their former South West Miss and Scottish international forward Charlotte Nelson, who has returned to the capital after the tragic death of her husband in the Canary Islands..


Team Northumbria sign Tayani Clark - by Eurobasket
Team Northumbria strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American guard Tayani Clark (173-G-86, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: Toledo). In 2008-2009 Clark played at Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal) where she helped her team win the Division 1 title.

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  WNBA - Women  


Penny Toler to receive women in action award - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Sparks Vice President/General Manager Penny Toler will be honored as one of five recipients of the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute's 'Women in Action' Awards on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at the Target Terrace at L.A. Live.

Toler has been the General Manager of the Sparks for ten seasons and just completed her first season as Vice President of the team. She handles both the day-to-day management and basketball operations of the team, as well as the year-round scouting of international and collegiate athletes. In her ten seasons as General Manager, she has guided the team to nine playoff appearances and back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.

'I'm extremely honored to be receiving the LAAAWPPI's 'Women in Action' award,' said Toler. 'The work that this organization does to empower women to reach their full potential is phenomenal. I hope that my receiving this award will help inspire women to pursue their dreams of becoming great leaders in our society.'

The other four honorees include the Honorable Jan Perry of the Los Angeles City Council, 9th District, Sandy Banks of the Los Angeles Times, Sheila E., an award winning singer/songwriter and co-founder of the Elevate Hope Foundation and Kerry Washington, an award winning actress and activist.

Unique from the other honorees, Toler has made her mark as a trailblazer in sports. She was the first player to score a basket in the WNBA, and in just two years became the fastest person in any men's or women's professional sports league to win a championship after being named General Manager from player status.

'We are so happy to be honoring Penny Toler in the sports arena because it isn't often that you have the chance to honor a woman in leadership in sports,' said Joy Atkinsin, LAAAWPPI Program Administrator. 'She smoothly made the transition from being an incredible basketball player to being a phenomenal General Manager and knowing how to run a team. We felt that she deserved public recognition for being able to expand her profession and we believe that she is a great role model for women who are also looking to expand their sphere of opportunity.'

The LAAAWPPI 'Women in Action' Awards Reception is the nexus of achievements in women representing business, politics, Foreign Service, social activism, entrepreneurship, and the non-profit sector. Marc Brown of ABC 7 Eyewitness News will be the Master of Ceremony for the reception.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com