EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/26/2009

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  ABA   


Antonio Murrell joins Bluegrass Stallions - by Eurobasket News
The former Indiana Wesleyan University player Antonio Murrell (6'0''-G-87) signed his first pro contract. He agreed on terms with the ABAs Bluegrass Stallions. The Stallions is the expansion team that is scheduled to take the start in November. They will be located in Lexington, Kentucky. The 22-year-old Antonio Murrell was among the best performers of the Wildcats. The guard was chosen twice to NAIA All-American Team. He led the Wildcats to the NAIA Elite Eight last season. Antonio Murrell averaged 21.3 points per game in the NAIA National tournament. His average stats came up to 16.0 points, 5.3 boards and 2.7 assists per game last season.


Las Vegas Aces news - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Las Vegas Aces announced the agreement with Corey Moore (6'5''-G/F-77, college: Bethune-Cookman) to return back to the Aces for the 2009-10 season. Also, the team announced its first tryout camp for teh upcoming season at the Dula Sports Complex, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The dates set are September 16th and 17th (1:30pm - 3:30pm). For any other informations, please contact gm4aces@yahoo.com, or 1-702-517-9212.


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Curtis MARSHALL
  Sionista
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Marshall, C.Entrer.22.4 
 2. Carcamo, San M.19.7 
 3. Warren, Argentino18.8 
 4. Frey, A.Italiana18.5 
 5. Ghirardi, Firmat S.18.2 
 6. Ford, P.Echague18.2 
 7. Sucre, Union17.6 
 8. Fabio, Obera TC17.3 
 9. West, Obera TC17.2 
 10. Nwankwo, San.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Carcamo, San M.8.9 
 2. Rollins, Ciclista8.9 
 3. Williams, A.Espanola8.7 
 4. Robinson, Alma J.8.7 
 5. Frey, A.Italiana8.5 
 6. Osborne, La Union8.3 
 7. Sucre, Union8.1 
 8. Fabio, Obera TC7.9 
 9. Brown, Firmat SF7.8 
 10. Gibson, La Uni.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cristian CADILLAC
  C.Entrerriano
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Cadillac, C.Entrer.4.7 
 2. Sureda, Argentino3.5 
 3. Costa, La Union3.2 
 4. Rivero, Atl.Echague3.0 
 5. Sartorelli, San M.3.0 
 6. Saul, A.Italiana2.8 
 7. Perez, GimnasiaLP2.7 
 8. Schoppler, A.Esp.2.5 
 9. Ederra, Firmat SF2.3 
 10. Gamboa, Obera2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Angel LOPEZ
  A.Italiana
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lopez, A.Italiana2.4 
 2. Saul, A.Italiana2.2 
 3. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.1 
 4. Ford, P.Echague1.9 
 5. Martin, Union1.9 
 6. Eiguren, P.Echague1.8 
 7. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.7 
 8. Pau, La Union1.7 
 9. Robinson, Alma J.1.7 
 10. Ledesma, Atl.Ec.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Hakeem ROLLINS
  Ciclista
  (202-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rollins, Ciclista1.8 
 2. Espinoza, Argentino1.6 
 3. Nwankwo, San M.1.5 
 4. Robinson, Alma J.1.2 
 5. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.1 
 6. Brown, Firmat SF1.1 
 7. Porta, Atl.Echague1.1 
 8. Gibson, La Union0.9 
 9. Centeno, C.Entrer.0.8 
 10. Aguerre, Argenti.0.8 


Centauros de Apure names Eduardo Opezzo Head Coach - by Ozell Wells
Argentine coach Eduardo Opezzo has just been named the new head coach of Centauros de Apure in Venezuelas LNB, which is set to tip off this coming weekend. Coach Opezzo has a rich basketball history coming from Argentinas basketball courts and breaking into Mexico in 2002. He has since then built a winning tradition as he coached in the Mexican CIBACOPA All Star game in 2003 and 2009 and won the CIBACOPA Championships in 2003, retrning ot he finals in 2004. He also has experienced success in the Liga del Sureste with Dorados de Playa del Carmen. We look to see great things from Eduardo this season in the LBP, as he looks to gather his group with limited time and mold them into a winner.
We at Latinbasket wish Coach Opezzo the best on his newest venture in the basketball world!



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  AUSTRALIA   


Jacob Holmes to join Australian NT - by Eurobasket News
Australian NT added 26-year old Jacob Holmes (198-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) to roster for the upcoming tour in China. The reason why Holmes joined the Boomers at this stage is foot injury of Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), who already missed first game of FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand.
Australia will play on 'FIBA Stankovic Cup' in China from August 28 - August 31. Except of the Boomers and the host China, other participants will be Angola and Turkey.
Jacob Holmes spent last season with Adelaide 36ers averaging 9.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 31 games in NBL. He arrived to Adelaide from the Melbourne South Dragons before the beginning of last season. With the Dragons he was fifth best rebounder in NBL in 2007/08 (9.5 rpg). He also had 11.7 ppg and 2 apg beside that in 30 appearances. Interesting is that Holmes played for the 36ers also from 2001-2006. He grew up as a player in Australian Institute of Sport. In 2006 he was a part of Team Australia, who won the Gold on Commonwealth Games. A year before he was named 'Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Forward of the Year -05' as a member of Nelson Giants. He averaged 20.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 3.9 apg for 17 games. That season the Giants reached New Zealand NBL Semifinals.


Understrength Australia obliterated by New Zealand - by James Hoff
Australia will have a tough draw at the 2010 world championships in Turkey after being completely outplayed by a near full-strength New Zealand team in Wellington in front of a much larger and more vocal crowd than when the two teams played in Sydney two days ago. Australia could afford to lose the second game, provided it was by less than eight points, however were eventually beaten by an unbelievable 22 points on the back of a strong third quarter from the Kiwis.

Without stars Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah), Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78), David Andersen (212-C-80), CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC), Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Patrick Mills (183-G-88) the Boomers struggled to find a consistent performer for the two game series. New Boomers coach Brett Brown will be much maligned for the result, despite the fact the only high profile player missing from the NZ team was Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop).

Undersized power forward Mika Vukona (197-F-82) had the game of his life for the Tall Blacks. The usually suspect scorer tallied a game high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots as well as a timely physical and verbal confrontation with Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) in the third quarter which appeared to turn the game further in New Zealand's favour.

Reigning National Basketball League MVP Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) had 24 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds for the Tall Blacks who also got a stellar game from young 7 foot 1 centre Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey), who amassed 15 points and a game high 13 rebounds, with seven of them offensive.

Beijing Olympian Brad Newley (199-G-85) was the Boomer's top scorer with 20 points, with Jawai contributing 17 points and 9 rebounds, A.J. Ogilvy (211-C-88) adding 14, Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) 13 and Adam Gibson (188-G-86) 12. After the second half Australia were outplayed significantly at both ends of the floor, with Maori percussion and a solid crowd presence creating an atmosphere which was seriously lacking in the Sydney game on Sunday night.


The American-born coach of Australia Brett Brown was extremely disappointed to lose the Ramsay Shield but still maintained a big picture outlook.

Youve got to give credit to New Zealand, Brown said. They exposed some of the things we were doing and our young guys had trouble dealing with the environment we were in.

We were outplayed physically and we couldnt match their aggression.

From an execution standpoint, defensively I think we did a good job on Penney but he did a good job of finding his team mates and his team mates made plays.

We challenged Vukona to make shots and he did. He had a heck of a game.

We wanted to beat New Zealand and we had a responsibility to do that and we feel like we took a backward step tonight and I dont feel comfortable in that situation and personally it hurts.

But looking long term and remembering the development phase that we are going through, we learned a lot tonight and that will help us at the World Championship next year.

Tall Blacks head coach Nenad Vucinic was buoyant after the victory.

No one gave us any credit, no one gave us any respect and everybody was thinking our old generation was gone and we cant win against anybody, but we won tough games in Europe, tougher than this and Im really happy for our guys, he said.

I dont know if its our biggest win against Australian, but its a big win.

Game MVP Vukona was quick to credit his team mates despite making the biggest contribution to the Tall Blacks victory.

I know its cliched, but tonight was a team effort, he said.

After what happened in Australia we wanted to come back here and treat our locals to a good game and I think we did that tonight.

We knew we didnt have it until the final buzzer after we gave it up to Australia in the fourth quarter last game, but as soon as that whistle went we were celebrating.

Tall Blacks point guard Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) opened the scoring on a three-point bomb and the teams traded blows and baskets in a physical opening quarter before Jawais injection off the bench resulted in the Boomers taking a 14-11 lead.

Young Tall Blacks centre Benny Anthony (198-F-88) was not intimidated by the Dallas Mavericks forward, and when Jawai tweaked a tender ankle in a scramble for a loose ball Anthony engineered a Kiwi fight back that had the hosts ahead after one quarter, 17-16.

Gibson and Newley kept the Boomers in touch in the second quarter but when Penney and Corey Webster nailed threes the Tall Blacks were inspired and looking to extend on a five point lead.

The Boomers showed great poise to stem the momentum and when Gibson found A.J. Ogilvy on a textbook pick and roll Australian National Team had reduced the margin to one, 35-34, with 2:40 remaining in the period.

Neither team scored for the next 100 seconds but when Jawai slid in a left hook shot and Ingles stole the ball and finished a breakaway layup with a one handed dunk Australia seemed to be still alive.

Newley then enacted the exact play as Ingles, picking the pocket of the point guard and finishing the breakaway with a dunk, this one two-handed.

Alex Pledger stopped the Kiwi bleeding with a tough finish near the half time buzzer but when the teams went to the locker room Australia had a two point lead, 40-38.

Newley had 11 points to lead the Aussies at the half, with Jawai on 10 and Gibson on 8, with the team shooting 53 per cent from the floor but a woeful 0-for-7 on three-point attempts kept a lid on the Boomers advantage.

Penney had 11 to lead the Tall Blacks and Anthony had 9 points on 4-of-6 shooting, but New Zealand's dominance on the boards in game one had been largely curtailed, with the Boomers ahead 14-12 at the half in the rebound count.

Newley kissed one off the glass to get things going in the third and the Aussie pick and roll was working like clockwork but when Vukona raised eyebrows with two consecutive 18 foot jumpers and Pledger hit another the Kiwis had regained the lead, 47-46.

A time out didnt stop Pledger going again and when Penney hit his second three-pointer New Zealand was up by six. Ingles was then called for an unsportsmanlike foul on an Abercrombie lay-up and the wheels were wobbly on the Boomers cart.

The crowd was extra raucous as the Kiwi onslaught continued and when Brett Brown called another time out with 3:52 left in the third, the Tall Blacks had put on a jaw-dropping 19-2 run.

The roof lifted off when Mike Fitchett drained a prayer three-pointer right on three-quarter time which appeared to leave his hand after the buzzer, however it put New Zealand up by an astounding 19 points, 74-55.

With an 0-for-11 three-point record with a quarter to play, hopes were hard to come by in the Boomers camp for a comeback and it was New Zealand scoring first in the final stanza after an assist from Fitchett.

Time ticked away in the fourth quarter with Australia unable to bridge the gap despite the Tall Blacks going cold from the floor.

Australia's inside-outside game was more or less non-existent. Jawai and A.J. Ogilvy were fed the ball efficiently at times, however when they rarely kicked it out to the shooters, who were consistently unable to finish from beyond the arc anyway. Jawai once again out muscled the inexperienced Kiwi big men, but struggled to finish off many plays with authority. A majority of A.J. Ogilvy's points came from put backs or good passes and rarely after creating the shot for himself.

Australia hit a couple of threes in the final minutes but it was all for naught as the Boomers finished with an inexplicable 3-of-23 (13 per cent) from beyond the three-point arc. This was particularly dissapointing given the fact that many of Australia's premier perimeter players were available for the game, unlike the big men (Bogut, Andersen and Nielsen) and point gurds (Bruton and Millls).

New Zealand won the rebound count 41-30 despite trailing 12-14 at half time and shot a sizzling 60 per cent from the floor (36-of-60) and 64 per cent (7-of-11) from the three-point line.

The Kiwi victory could have been even more substantial if they had connected at a better clip than their 21-of-32 from the free throw line.

The Boomers depart for China tomorrow to contest the Boris Stankovic Cup against China, Turkey and Angola, concluding the 2009 program. Brett Brown seems unlikely to get the same treatment afforded to former Boomers coach Phil Smyth, who was spectacularly fired after Australia lost to New Zealand in the 2001 Ramsay Shield; the only time that it had happened until this series.

Quarter by quarter:
1. NZL 17 AUS 16
H: AUS 40 NZL 38 (23-16)
3. NZL 74 AUS 55 (36-15)
F. NZL 100 AUS 78 (26-23)

NEW ZEALAND 100 (Mika Vukona 25, Kirk Penney 24, Alex Pledger 15) bt
AUSTRALIA 78 (Brad Newley 20, Nathan Jawai 17, A.J. Ogilvy 14)
at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand.

Crowd: Approx 4000
(Article edited from basketball Australia website)



Lightning strike down Hawks and swoop on third SBL Championship - by Eurobasket News
The Lakeside Lightning has claimed their third SBL Championship in dramatic fashions at the 21st SBL Grand Final on Saturday night. The Lightning struck down the Hawks in the SBL's farewell to Perry Lakes Stadium game, coming out 85-77 winners.

The Lightning were dominant in the first quarter, led by US import Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) (9 points) and Captain Jarrad Prue (199-C-82) (8 points) the Lightning went into the first break with a 30-18 lead. The Hawks turned the ball over 9 times in the first period which resulted in an extra 7 shot attempts for the Lightning.

The Lightning went on a 20-4 run to start the second quarter which saw the Lakeside crowd raise the roof as their team extended its lead to a game high 28 points with 6:09 before half time. The Hawks managed to string a few defensive stops that they capitalised on just before half time to go into the major break down by 18, 60-42.

2007 Head Coach of the Year, Andy Stewart had his team in prime position at the half while first year Head Coach Dion Dagostino rallied his charges for the second half.

The third quarter was a low scoring period that the Hawks won 15-11; both teams scores combined not equalling the offensive output for the Lightning in period one or two.

Hawks import Daniel Hawkins worked hard along with former Wildcat Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB), the two combining for 25 points up to three quarter time helping the Hawks slowly chip away at the lead. By the last change it was back to 14 points and the 1,000 plus crowd that had jammed into the stadium were in full voice.

The fourth quarter saw the Hawks continue to break into the Lightning lead. At 5:27 minutes Tom Garlepp hit a three off a Ben Purser assist, reducing the deficit to single figures for the first time since the two minutes mark of the first quarter.

The Hawks got as close as four points when Tom Garlepp went 1/2 from the free throw line with 1:51 remaining. An instant reply from Luke Payne at the other end gave the Lightning a six point buffer and the Hawks had to call a time out to set up the next play.

The Hawks had to foul and put the Lightning to the free throw line to have any chance to win. The Lightnings Ryan Sofoulis connected on 2/2 free throws to seal the game at 85-77 with 22 seconds remaining. In doing so Sofoulis became the last player to ever score a point in an SBL game at Perry Lakes Stadium.

US Import Luke Payne was named the Grand Final MVP for his effort of 29 points (41 shooting) and 6 rebounds. He was ably backed up young gun Ryan Sofoulis with 15 points and Captain Jarrad Prue who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Hawks finished strong however could not get over the line, Tom Garlepp leading the way with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Martin Vahala was the next best with 16, while US import Daniel Hawkins was reliable with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The young Hawks fought hard and are sure to be one of the teams to beat in the future; ultimately Andy Stewart and his charges were just too strong for the Lightning.

Lakeside Lightning 85- (L Payne 29; R Sofoulis 15; J Prue 14) def.
Perry Lakes Hawks 77- (T Garlepp 17; M Vahala 16; Daniel Hawkins 15).


Courtesy of www.sbl.asn.au


Perth Wildcats look to sign Lebanese International and Tasmanian giant - by James Hoff
Former Perth Legend Andrew Vlahov's ambition to have the NBL more closely associated with Asian basketball has taken a small step in raising the awareness of the quality of players with Asian passports who can compete in Australia's top league.

Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) was born in the United States, but has represented Lebanon internationally at various tournaments as well as having brief stints in the NBA along the way.


He is yet to sign on the dotted line, but has verbally agreed to join the Cats on a one-year deal, joining Paul Rogers (213-C-73, college: Gonzaga) and Martin Cattalini (202-F-73) in Beveridge's big man department.

The Wldcats are also rumoured to have signed Tasmanian giant Sam Harris (221-C-84, college: ODU), who would have played for the Singapore Slingers in the NBL last season, had they not withdrawn their intention to play in the Australian league. Harris however will likely only get an opportunity to play if another player has a season ending injury. If Harris takes the court for the Wildcats he will be the tallest player to ever play in the National Basketball League at Seven-feet, four-inches tall.

Freije, who had playing stints with NBA teams the New Orleans Hornets and Atlanta Hawks, may not arrive in Perth until mid September, less than two weeks before the Cats' season opener against Wollongong on September 25 becuase he wants to remain in the US until that time in order to be with his wife, who is pregnant with their first child.

New Perth coach Rob Beveridge said the 27-year-old would provide the team with great scoring potency.

'We are going to play an up tempo style so I've tried to recruit people that fit into my type of system,' Beveridge said.

'He can run the floor, he's very mobile.

'He can shoot the three-point shot or he can post it up inside.

'He's a very well rounded player.

'He's not just a pick and pop player from the three-point line, he can play inside and outside.

'He probably gets 60 per cent of his points inside, 40 per cent outside.

'He's not your Paul Rogers type centre, he's pretty much inside-outside.'

Freije would fill Perth's second import spot after the Cats secured American guard Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International) earlier this month.

But even if Freije doesn't end up coming, Beveridge has a plan B in place - a former NBA player who is more of an inside player.

Perth's squad is almost unrecognisable to the Scott Fisher-led outfit that bombed out in the first round of the finals last season.

Guard Damian Martin (186-G-84, college: Loyola Marymount), Lisch, Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.), Drew Williamson (194-G-83, college: Metro St.) and Cattalini are all new additions, with only Rogers, Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.), Brad Robbins (186-G-85) and Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) remaining on from last season.



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  AUSTRIA   


Knights present a new Point Guard - by Stefan Prager
The UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights presented the successor of Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle). They signed American Point Guard Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.). The Kansas St. product played in Finnland last year. At Team Componenta Karkkila he was the third leading scorer of the finnish Korisliiga with 19.4ppg. He ranked 5th in assists with 4.1 assists per contest. The 27 year old Point Guard played in the German Regionalliga and a few USA minor leagues before that.

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Gaz Metan
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia22.0 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden21.3 
 3. Penigar, Furstenf.20.4 
 4. Thomas, Wels20.3 
 5. Burnette, Worth.20.2 
 6. Youngblood, Oberw.20.1 
 7. George, Vienna19.9 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten18.4 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg18.1 
 10. Thomas, Gussi.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.0 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.2 
 3. Penigar, Furstenf.8.8 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.6 
 5. Bakovic, St.Polten8.4 
 6. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 7. Colwell, Gmunden7.9 
 8. Ledoux, Gussing7.7 
 9. Strait, Wels7.3 
 10. Mahalbasic, Wor.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.5.9 
 2. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.6 
 3. Burnette, Worth.5.4 
 4. Danek, Arkadia4.4 
 5. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.2 
 6. Rowland, Furstenf.4.1 
 7. Boone, Furstenfeld4.0 
 8. Thomas, Gussing4.0 
 9. Fisher, Gmunden3.9 
 10. O''Neal, Vien.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ravone GEORGE
  Vienna
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. George, Vienna2.3 
 2. Mitchell, Arkadia2.2 
 3. Burnette, Worth.2.0 
 4. Fears, Kapfenberg2.0 
 5. Creddle, Klostern.1.9 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld1.9 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 8. Schreiner, St.Po.1.7 
 9. Thomas, Gussing1.7 
 10. Moore, We.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryan GRIER
  UBSC Graz
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.3 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden1.3 
 3. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.9 
 4. Youngblood, Oberw.0.9 
 5. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.8 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten0.7 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.7 
 8. Hamidovic, Klostern.0.6 
 9. Huffman, Gmunden0.6 
 10. Chappell, Gussi.0.6 


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  BELGIUM   


D1 News - by Peter Buyse
Several teams do not have their complete roster at this time of the season. As already reported Optima Gent is still looking for a couple of players.
Former Oostende and Groningen player Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, college: Oakland) will be working out for the team the next couple of days.
He finished the season in Holland where in 18 games he averaged 8.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg.

Antwerp Giants can't count on Brandon Gay and gets limited practise action from Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU). Hopkins told us the following on his recovery, 'its coming along really well i now can do 5 on zero practices but i cant do full contact for about another trhee weeks...but after that everything should be fine.....'.
According to the team Gay is still rehabing his injury and should be cleared in a week or 2.

Charleroi's Wes Wilkinson is having trouble with his finger and could be out for several more weeks.


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  BRAZIL   


Stats Leaders - BNL
Points Per Game
 Marcelinho MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Machado, Flamengo26.8 
 2. Vinicius, Pinheiros22.8 
 3. Stefanelli, Pauli.20.8 
 4. da Rosa, Pitago.20.4 
 5. Nascimento, Pinheiros20.2 
 6. Stallworth, Winner.19.5 
 7. Garcia, Un.19.4 
 8. Taylor, GR.18.9 
 9. Morejon, CE.18.5 
 10. Dornelles, Vivo/F.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shilton DOS SANTOS
  Joinville
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. dos Santos, Joinville11.9 
 2. Nascimento, Pinheiros10.3 
 3. da Rosa, Pitago.8.9 
 4. Ferreira, Saldanha7.8 
 5. Teichmann, Winner.7.1 
 6. Costa, CE.6.9 
 7. Drudi, Vivo/Franca6.8 
 8. Castro, S.Jose/V.6.8 
 9. Bambu, Lupo/Ara.6.8 
 10. Mosso, Assis.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo SUCATZKY
  Pitagoras/Minas
  (176-G-72)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Sucatzky, Pitago.7.3 
 2. Taylor, GR.6.0 
 3. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.5.9 
 4. dos Santos, Winner.5.0 
 5. Silva, Un.5.0 
 6. Garcia, Vivo/Franca4.8 
 7. Vinicius, Pinheiros4.7 
 8. Pinheiro, CE.4.3 
 9. Pinto, Winner/L.4.2 
 10. Manteiguinha, Joi.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  GRSA/Bauru
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Taylor, GR.2.6 
 2. Ferreira, Saldanha2.3 
 3. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.2.2 
 4. Felipe, Vivo/Franca2.2 
 5. Pinheiro, CE.2.2 
 6. Machado, Flamengo2.1 
 7. Machado, Flamengo2.1 
 8. Garcia, Vivo/Franca2.0 
 9. Stallworth, Winner.1.9 
 10. Stefanelli, Pau.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Guilherme TEICHMANN
  Flamengo
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Teichmann, Winner.2.0 
 2. da Rosa, Pitago.1.3 
 3. Vinicius, Lupo/Ara.1.2 
 4. Ferreira, Unive.1.1 
 5. Morro, Pinheiros1.0 
 6. Bispo, Assis Basket0.9 
 7. Fiorotto, Winner.0.9 
 8. Castro, S.Jose/V.0.8 
 9. Felipe, Vivo/Franca0.8 
 10. Sobral, Joinvil.0.8 


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria with two victories over Hemofarm - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian National team (men) won over Serbian Hemofarm twice for the last two days in their friendly games by 89:77 yesterday and by 101:82 today in Universiada hall in Sofia. Next destination for the selection of Pini Gershon is Maribor. Bulgarians will face the strong and full of big names team of Slovenia on Friday (28th August) and European champion for 2005 and World silver medallist for 2006 Greece on Saturday (29th August). Two games are part of a small International tournament.

Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) was the best player for Bulgaria against Hemofarm. He scored 20 pts and dished 9 assists against Serbians yesterday. Today 188 cm tall point guard, who is expecting Bulgarian passport finished with 15 pts and again with 9 assists. In a great shape is the captain of Bulgarian team and National league champion and Cup winner Lukoil Akademik Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances). 32-years old leader smashed Hemofarm defense yesterday with 22 pts (8/10, 80% from the field, 4/5, 75% for 2 pts, 5/6, 83% for 3 pts).



Isaac Wells is the first new name in Lukoil - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian champions in the last 7 years in a row Lukoil Akademik, signed their first foreign player for 2009/2010 campaign. His name is Isaac Wells (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and he is coming from Switzerland. 203 cm tall American played there for Lugano. With The Tigers, 24-years old US forward became finished with silver, after losing by 0-3 from Vacallo the final battle for the League crown.

Isaac Wells has 15,9 pts, 9,0 rebounds, 2,0 steals and 1,8 assists in 27 games for Lugano. He is at the second place for block shots with 1,1 per match. Wells is only the first, but for sure not the last foreigner who will join Lukoil. The club will announced their full roster in the end of the week.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Fastweb CM
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Hall, Levski22.3 
 2. Deane, Lukoil A.21.4 
 3. Sakota, CSKA19.0 
 4. Dimitrov, Spart.18.4 
 5. McIntosh, Cherno M.17.0 
 6. Boswell, Sliven16.7 
 7. Papic, Rilski S-list16.3 
 8. Peterson, Rilski S.15.7 
 9. Georgiev, Levski15.3 
 10. Govedarov, Yamb.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Byron SANDERS
  Lugano Tigers
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Sanders, Yambol10.8 
 2. Doychinov, CSKA8.8 
 3. Santos, Cherno M.8.0 
 4. Peterson, Rilski S.7.9 
 5. Georgiev, Levski7.5 
 6. Tenev, Sliven7.2 
 7. Preston, Spartak P.7.0 
 8. Dimitrov, Spart.6.9 
 9. Sakota, CSKA6.8 
 10. Papic, Rilski S-li.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  Lukoil A.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Deane, Lukoil A.5.0 
 2. McIntosh, Cherno M.4.8 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.2 
 4. Hall, Levski3.9 
 5. Govedarov, Yambol3.7 
 6. Dimitrov, Spart.3.6 
 7. Jones, Levski3.6 
 8. Velikov, Levski3.3 
 9. Gruev, Rilski S-list3.2 
 10. Benchev, Sliv.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  Lukoil A.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Deane, Lukoil A.2.3 
 2. McIntosh, Cherno M.2.0 
 3. Dimitrov, Spart.2.0 
 4. Velikov, Levski1.9 
 5. Tsvetkov, CSKA1.7 
 6. Jones, Levski1.7 
 7. Goldwire, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Govedarov, Yambol1.6 
 9. Hall, Levski1.6 
 10. Kazlauskas, Levs.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Byron SANDERS
  Lugano Tigers
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sanders, Yambol1.3 
 2. Doychinov, CSKA1.3 
 3. Ilchev, Sliven1.0 
 4. Peterson, Rilski S.1.0 
 5. Tsvetkov, CSKA0.7 
 6. Jelic, Cherno More0.7 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 8. Santos, Cherno M.0.6 
 9. Morton, Levski0.6 
 10. Skumatov, Yamb.0.6 


Branko Mirkovic agreed terms with Bulgarian champion - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian champion Lukoil Akademik agreed terms with former point guard of Rilski sportist Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) Branko Mirkovic. 185 cm Serbian will sign a contract for the rest of the season and maybe 1+1 with The Students. Mirkovic was among the best players of Rilski sportist since 2007, but this summer decided to leave.

In Lukoil Akademik, 27-years old Serbian will play like a back-up point guard. The Students already signed an American playmaker, but will announce his name till the end of the week. Last year Bulgarian top club started with Antonio Burks at PG position, changed him a week before the first game of the team in Eurocup with Kevin Kruger. But Kruger left less than a month after his arriving and left the door opened for Tony Akins. And Akins didn't finish the League, took the plane for home and finally Lukoil brought back Willie Deane.



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  CHINA   


Allen Iverson - by Robert Wang
Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown) has been very famous in NBA in the past years. He was named
USA Univ. National Team -95
World University Games -95 (1)
Big East Rookie of the Year -95
Big East Defensive Player of the Year -95,96
BEC 1st Team -96
NCAA 1st Team -Pre96
NCAA 2nd Team -96
Big East Player of the Year -Pre96
NBA All-Star Game -00, 01 (MVP), 02, 03, 04, 05 (MVP), 06, 07, 08
All-NBA 2nd Team -00,03
NBA Regular Season MVP -01
NBA Atlantic Division Champion -01
All-NBA 1st Team -01,02
NBA Finalist -01
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals -03
USA National Team -03-04
Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) -03
Olympic Games in Athens -04
All-NBA 3rd Team -06
NBA All Star Game -09

Now, CBA Shan Xi team showed interest on him and offered him at 1.5 millions for the new season. Bonsi Wells played in this team last year but did not played the entire season. If 'Answer' can played the whole season in China this year? Let's wait and see. Looking forward to seeing A.I.



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  COLOMBIA   


Islanders sign imports - by Victor Garcia
The Islanders from the Colombian paradise San Andrs, signed its imports and have its roster ready for the upcoming Federation Cup.
The team announces the signing of Dominicans Danny Tavares and Santos Martinez, Tavares will be the starting center and Martinez will fill the scoring position in the perimenter, the team also have the Colombian forward Cesar Cortez and the native players like Joe Manuel, Victor Lever, Alberto 'Mongo' Sinclair and Edward Steele.
The teams is currently working with Jerry Bent as head coach.


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 0-0 
 2. Piratas 0-0 
 3. Bucaros 0-0 
 4. Canoneros 0-0 
 5. Alcaldia 0-0 
 6. InderValle 0-0 
 7. Islanders 0-0 
 8. Cangrejeros 0-0 


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bizaca, Trogir22.4 
 2. Mimica, Sibenka21.6 
 3. Mance, Kvarner NR20.5 
 4. Anderson, Cibona18.7 
 5. Delic, Svjetlost18.2 
 6. Rimac, Svjetlost16.9 
 7. Prejean, Dubrovnik16.7 
 8. Vranjes, Dubrovnik16.5 
 9. Johnson, KK Split16.4 
 10. Petkovic, Siben.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurica SPAHIJA
  Kvarner NR
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Spahija, Kvarner NR9.1 
 2. Bilan, Sibenka8.4 
 3. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj7.8 
 4. Anderson, Cibona7.5 
 5. Delic, Svjetlost7.4 
 6. Grgurevic, KK Split7.2 
 7. Tomic, KK Zagreb7.0 
 8. Maric, Dubrava6.8 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir6.5 
 10. Kastropil, Cedevi.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Domagoj NORAC
  Svjetlost
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Norac, Svjetlost6.5 
 2. Petkovic, Sibenka5.2 
 3. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.5.1 
 4. Gordon, KK Split4.9 
 5. Stipcevic, Zadar4.4 
 6. Sumic, Alkar Sinj4.3 
 7. Cosic, Dubrava3.8 
 8. Shannon, KK Split3.8 
 9. Glavinic, Kvarn.3.7 
 10. Calloway, Cibo.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon GORDON
  C.C. Marousi
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gordon, KK Split3.1 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost2.8 
 3. Maric, Dubrava2.6 
 4. Calloway, Cibona2.5 
 5. Prejean, Dubrovnik2.4 
 6. Anderson, Cibona2.3 
 7. Car, Zadar2.1 
 8. Sumic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 9. Delas, KK Split1.9 
 10. Glavinic, Kva.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KROLO
  Darda
  (217-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Krolo, Dubrava2.0 
 2. Zoric, KK Zagreb1.3 
 3. Tomic, KK Zagreb1.2 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka1.0 
 5. Sobin, Trogir0.9 
 6. Homan, Cibona0.8 
 7. Gecevski, Zadar0.8 
 8. Bizaca, Trogir0.8 
 9. Delas, KK Split0.8 
 10. Gordon, KK Spl.0.8 


Dalibor Bagaric close to Cibona? - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb already started with preparations for the upcoming season and it seems the team is set to receive valuable reinforcement. According to various reports in Croatian media, Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) should join Cibona soon. It seems that the agreement between Cibona and Bagaric is close to being completed and he should join the team with mutual satisfaction. Bagaric would be a great signing for Cibona, as he is experienced player who played in the NBA as well as for some of Europe's top teams. If it is to be believed Croatian media, Bagaric will not be the only new signing as the club is reportedly set to bring in another excellent player in Marko Tomas (201-G-85). Still it is a significantly smaller chance that Tomas is set to change Real Madrid jersey for Cibona's even though Real has invested heavily in new players. Head Coach of Cibona, Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) refused to comment on the speculations regarding both players, further stating that until the deal is signed he will not confirm anything.
Dalibor Bagaric played for Karlovac and Benston Zagreb before signing with Cibona in 1998. In his first season with Cibona he won the Naitonal Title while averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Following season, Bagaric was loaned by Cibona to Benston Zagreb and there he averaged double double of 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds. In 2000 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls with whom he has signed 3 year contract. In 3 years with Chicago, Bagaric was a role player but never managed to establish himself as regular contributor. In 2003 he moved back to Europe where he signed for Olympiacos collecting 5.1 points and 5.0 reboudns in 22 league Games. Bagaric also played for teams which include Climamio Bologna, Akasvayu Girona and Upim Bologna. Last season he spent the pre-season with Atlanta Hawks but after failing to secure contract he returned to GMAC Real Estate Bologna.


BC Svijetlost signs three new players - by Eurobasket News
BC Svejtlost has lost two of its best players in this offseason after Krunoslav Rimac (195-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) have found new clubs. Still the team's Management did not waste any time and immediately started with search for appropriate replacements. As result of their hard work, Svijetlost is now able to announce signing of three new players.
Fran Pilepic (192-G-89), Ersan Ozseven (202-F-83) and Mise Diminic (205-C-89) are the new reinforcements for season 2009/10. They should, along with the players remaining from last season's roster, try to secure good result in Croatian League.
Fran Pilepic started his career with 2nd league outfit Rijeka. Following 2 seasons he changed two clubs, playing for Triglav Osiguranje II and Crkvenica. In 2007 he signed a deal with Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka which played in A-1 Croatian League. Last season he appeared in 21 games and averaged 9.9 points, while shooting 57.0% for two.
Turkish International Ersan Ozseven is a product of Gemlikspor Bursa youth system. Last season he played for Vestelspor Manisa, where in 9 games he averaged 5.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Mise Diminic started his career with Split junior team. In 2007 he was signed by Ensaya - Desarollo Utebo in Spain. Last season he played for MMT Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team in Spanish EBA League. In 28 games, Diminic posted averages of 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.


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  DENMARK   


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


The newcomers to the 1st division are going to struggle - by Jonas Sorensen
Skt. Klemens, the new member of the 1st division are looking at a tough season, but are also relishing the possibility to learn a lot from games at a higher level. There will be a fierce competition between the two Odense teams, where both games this season will be something to look forward to.

Players:

Brian Amondo
Simon Cramer
Jesper Vinter-Thomsen
Simon Worsoe
Steffen Kartman
Kim Nguyen
Claes Jakobsen
Peter Toft
Kasper Brandt
Kenneth Pedersen
Christian Munck
Jesper Ostergaard
Chris Christiansen
Ragnar Ragnarson
Andreas Smedegaard
Christian Mulvad
Kenneth Niebuhr
Jannik Moeller

Coach: Jesper Vinter-Thomsen

This is what coach Thomsen says about his team:
'Skt. Klemens Basketball are for the first time ever a 1st division team, and are playing for survival and to avoid one of the two relegation spots. The team is small, young and inexperienced, but the entire club and all the players are looking forward to play basketball on a high level against strong opponents.

The club can or wont spend money on foreign and professional players, and if this means that the team will move down to 2nd division again, so be it. The clubs goal is instead to give the young players a great opportunity to develop and to have the best conditions to play under.

Before this season the team has had to say goodbye to two of the greatest profiles; Haris Coric has moved to Aarhus to study, and the super talent and former Vaerlose player Jonas Parkhoei, has retired after his third cruciate ligament injury. There is no doubt that this has really hurt the team's chances in the 1st division.

On the other hand there are some players who have joined the team. Kenneth Niebuhr has come back after a knee injury and Ragnar Ragnarson is back from Iceland. The very speedy Simon Cramer has moved to Odense and joined the team.
Players who has moved up through the Skt. Klemens system and players who have been on different breaks from basketball are Brian Amondo, Kasper Brandt, Christian Munck, Anders Smedegaard and Jannik Moeller
.'
- Jesper Vinter-Thomsen



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  D-LEAGUE   


Voigt moves to D-League, he will coach Bakersfield - by Gianni Pascucci
The PBL team Vermont Frost Heaves made a proud announcement yesterday that Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ) has accepted the Head Coaching job for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. In his 3 years as Head Coach of the Frost Heaves, Voigt led the team to an overall record of 90 wins and 18 losses, collecting 2 championships and 2 Coach of the year honors and a wildcard playoff appearance in last year's Premier Basketball League playoffs. He brings an overall Coaching record of 124 wins and 45 losses to Bakersfield.

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Rodriguez on his way to Panama - by Oscar Peralta
'charlie' Gilberto Rodriguez (202-F/C-78) will be playing in Panama as a foreign player. He will be part of Canguros de Parque Lefevre for the 2009 Panama league. Charlie is a very good player down low who could rebound and score well. He is well known in Dominican Republic specially in Santiago where he is from and has played for the local team Plaza Valerio for many years. Good luck to Charlie, we know he will do a good job and help that club win many games.

Dominican Rep. National Team 2009 - by Kasia
#s#
Carlos Morban
Morban
Juan Coronado
Coronado
Luis Flores
Flores
Kelvin Pena
Pena
Francisco Garcia
Garcia
#e#6
Dominican Rep. National Team for Tournament Of The Americas 2009
Carlos Morban (187-G-82) of Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango (MEX)
Juan Coronado (196-G-84) of Jose Horacio Rodriguez
Luis Flores (188-G-81) of Marinos de Anzoategui (VEN)
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) of Guaiqueries de Margarita (VEN)
Francisco Garcia (201-F-81) of Sacramento Kings (USA)
Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (FRA)
Franklin Western (200-F-72) of Vaqueros de Bayamon (PUR)
Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84) of Detroit Pistons (USA)
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of Cocodrilos de Caracas (VEN)
Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) of Trotamundos de Carabobo (VEN)
Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86) of Atlanta Hawks (USA)
Alejandro Salas (C)
Head Coach: Julio Toro



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Papanikolaou in Olympiakos? - by Chris Mammides
There are some behind the scene news which are simply saying that the MVP of the Eurobasket tournament U20 of the European champion team of Hellas, Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) is signing with Panagiotis Yannakis team of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus. In fact these samy news are describing the meeting stook place between the two management presidents of the teams, Mr. Damianides of Aris Thessalonikis where the player belongs too and Angelopoulos brothers - the presidents of the Piraeus team. If this transfer takes place it wil be a big knock against their rivals team of Panathinaikos Athens as Papanikolaou considers beign the new super star of the Hellenic courts, a player which will be performing in the coming decade ina very high level. Something like Dimitris Diamantidis as both players are all around and have the winning spirit and many otehr characteristics of teh same value and the same worth. If that's the case, Aris Thessalonikis will receive at least one million Euros which is the price that Aris put upon the young talent of the Hellenic NT U18, U20 and Men's!

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Acropolis -Eurobank Tournament: Hellas-Serbia 66-65 - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Hellas made a victorious opening at the Acropolis-Eurobank Tournament first day by winning Serbia 66-65.
Defense was the element that offered the edge to Hellas in its third match-up with Serbia (the second official one). Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) was on his day, brought energy to the table in the first minutes after tip-off and Hellas followed in the respective fashion seeking the fast game, executing ball circulation superbly from time to time nevertheless facing some trouble in player connectivity, this mainly deriving from Serbia's stifling backcourt performance.
The Hellenic team gradually managed to get away from its opponent, mount to +8 (20-12) and finish up in the first quarter without any major variations (22-15). The second period was more intriguing, lead going into to double digits (25-15) and then some getting even all the way up to +12 (29-17). Opponent benches headed to the locker rooms at 34-27 for the hosting team.
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was proud though to see his players enforce a come-back game recommencing, they cut the trail, tied and through exploiting Hellas bad offensive movements got even a two-pointer ahead of their rivals (47-49, 3020). It was Giannis Bourousis time to step up and be joined by fellow-mates Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) to take the agitation away from coach Jonas Kazlauskas who breathed more easily seeing the score flex in favour of his team yet again, score board currently reading 57-53.
The game was far from a wrap a fact all too obvious in the succeeding moments when Serbia crept up and took the reigns again as Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) with a triple turned the score into 64-65 (forty seconds before the end). Giannis Bourousis took the offensive rebound after a missed lay-up from Vassilis Spanoulis and tipped in to 66-65 at the other end of the court and marked the buzzer score since Nikos Zisis played an impressive defense on Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) in the last 6 game seconds, obliging him to make a shot under very bad circumstances.
Quarters: 22-15, 34-27, 47-47, 66-65
Hellas (Jonas Kazlauskas ): Giannis Bourousis 13, Zisis 15, Vassilis Spanoulis 15, Tsaldaris, Fotsis 2, Printezis, Kaimakoglou, Papanikolaou, Koufos 3, Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) 5, Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) 11, Kalathes 2
Serbia (Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket )): Popovic 3, Milenko Tepic 3, Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: Octagon) 9, Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 7, Kecman, Bjelica, Tripkovic 4, Milos Teodosic 10, Krstic 8, Perovic 5, Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) 11, Macvan 5



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  FRANCE   


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


Interperformances players available - by Interperformances
At the end of the last season, Interperformances has placed around 95 percent of its players and coaches. This year, our agency wants to beat that record having already placed over 60 percent of its clients in the best teams all over the world. We still however have very interesting players available such as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78) (Aliaga - Turkey TBL) , Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76) (Udine - Serie A), Rashid Atkins (182-G-75) (Galatasaray - Turkey TBL) and Greg Grays (185-G-79) (Givat Shmuel - Israeli Premier League) among the Point Guards, and Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80) (Universo Brasilia - Brazil NBB), Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82) (Mariupol - Ukrainian Superleague), Monty Mack (191-G-77) (Selcuk Universitesi Turkey TBL), Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76) (Pezinok - Slovakia Extraliga), Vidas Ginevicius (193-G-78) (Vladivostok - Russia A Superleague) and Colin Falls (196-G-85) (Prostejov - Czech Republic NBL) between the Guards.
Among the Small Forwards are still available Roger Powell (198-F-83) (Hapoel Jerusalem - Israeli Premier League), Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) (Udine Italy - Serie A), Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82) (Telekom Bonn - Germany Bundesliga), Reggie Williams (194-F-86) (JDA Dijon - France ProA) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83) (Frankfurt - Germany Bundesliga) while between the Power Forward/Centers there still are Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) (Zadar - Croatia A1), Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77) (Samara Russia - A Superleague), Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79) (Pistoia - Italy LegaDue) and Aerick Sanders (203-F-82) (Aliaga - Turkey TBL)
These and several other interesting quality players could be in help turning around the season for your club this year.. To view them all please visit our website at www.interperfomances.com


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  GAMBIA   


Five-day basketball camp gets underway - by Eurobasket News
A five-day summer basketball camp that gathers over 80 school-going children within the age of 10 and 17 got underway yesterday at the Independence Stadium, Bakau.

The camp, which will see the participants deliberate on the importance of sports and exercise in our everyday live, is organized by the Scholar Athlete for Change (SAC) a non-governmental organization that was recently initiated by Gambia international basketballer, Pierre Jallow, with the ultimate aim of promoting sports, particularly basketball, among Gambian youngsters.

The organizers hired qualified basketball coaches that will give instructions during the camp. Pierre Jallow, the founder of SAC, said the camp is meant to teach the basic skills of basketball and also to reward youngsters who balance academic with sports. Jallow said his new organization has numerous projects in the pipeline, hinting that they must however start from somewhere.

Jallow, who currently plays professional basketball in Finland, counted himself lucky, having enjoyed a full scholarship which was a result of different academics and sports scholarship and he believes setting up such a project can create similar luck for his Gambian brothers to excel in whichever career they choose.

The public relations officer of SAC, Mr Andrew Dacosta, said the five-day training camp has finally kick-started thanks to the assistance from their collaborators, including Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) who donated over 100 T-shirts to be used by the campers.

Courtesy of www.observer.gm


Wallidan celebrates on tournament in Senegal - by Eurobasket News
Wallidan demonstrated nice performance at the tournament in Senegal last week. The team traveled with high ambition and managed to grab the trophy. The tournament included six teams: Thies, Kaolack, Mbour, St. Louis, Louga and Wallidan.
The Gambians impressed at the very beginning and later registered three more wins (four consecutive). Their last game was aborted due to rain, but even before this match it was clear who the winner of this tournament will be.
All players and people in the club are delighted with displays in Senegal. They stated it will not be a surprise if they organize tournament like this at their home court in Banjul. One thing is for sure, Wallidan deserves it.


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Fresh faces for Freiburg - by Moritz Korff
USC Freiburg have made two more signings for the 2009-2010 2. Bundesliga Pro A season. Gerald Robinson (206-F-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) and Julius Haag (195-G-90) are set to join the team.
Robinson started this past season in Spain, playing a few games for two different clubs before he headed to England in January 2009. He made the roster of BBL outfit Plymouth Raiders and saw action in 18 contests until the end of the season, averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per outing. Robinson is a citizen of the United States, but holds a Dutch passport as well. Prior to the start of his pro career last year, Robinson was a member of the varsity basketball team at the University of Tennessee at Martin (NCAA1).
Haag spent most of the 2008-09 season at TSV Noerdlingen, playing in the 2. Regionalliga. He averaged 7.6 points through 20 games. The 19-year-old also had two appearances on the Bundesliga team of the Giants Noerdlingen.


Is This The Season Where Derrick Allen Makes A Patent On His Ballerina Moves? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) might secretly be dreaming of the London Olympics in 2012 as being an opponent for 100 meter record holder Usain Bolt from Jamaica as he was clocked at 10,7 on the track in Frankfurt last week, but one thing that wont be a dream to anyone will be his ballerina moves that he will discharge again in BBL arenas with the same intensity and ferocity like when Mike Tyson is beating up a life size Evander Holyfield punching bag. Allen has used his ballerina moves to near perfection and it is something he learned through the years, that one could almost warrant a patent for the Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) ballerina move in 2009. All the post moves that I use, I got from watching different big men, while I was growing up. I think, I used them so much, because most of the post guys I go against are 10-20 kilo's heavier than me. So I got to use my quickness, and fakes too keep the defenders off balance, but I hope I will be able too use those moves more this season, stressed Allen. The 29 year old American had his lowest scoring season last season, but is still a pest to defend on the court and seems to be getting better by age. His game is so unorthodox and he just out works his oppoonet on every play wheather its a loose ball, rebound or steal. He is always first to the ball, said ex Giessen 46er Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro).

Allen is starting his third season in Frankfurt with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and this could be the season where the BBL witnesses the total beast from the friendly American from Alabama being unleashed on the court. Allen who has primarily been known as a scorer all his life and was the number one option his first five seasons as he played a season in Iceland and In Germany for Karlsruhe, Leverkusen and Frankfurt. However last season, he returned to Frankfurt for his second season and was met with a very talented and deep roster. He didnt get the ball as much anymore like in previous seasons, but down the stretch in the second half of the season, he was the Skyliners best player as he showed his consistent game scoring in double figures in 15 of 19 games despite averaging ten minutes less than the previous season. Last season was not an easy one as Allens production fell from 18.1ppg 7.3rpg, 1.9apg in the 2007-2008 season to 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg in 2008-2009. Despite this big decrease, the deepness of the Frankfurt roster might of hidden his production, but throughout the years, the American has matured into a player that can also do other vital things besides lighting up the score board. Derrick is a leader. He doesnt have to score a lot of points to have presence felt on the court, expressed 2008-2009 BBL scoring champion Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

With training camp in full swing and the 2009-2010 BBL season always coming closer, it seems like it could be a difficult season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as the team lost 8 players from the potent 2008-2009 team with only captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76), Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri), Dominik Bahinese De Mello and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) remaining. With many young new players coming to Frankfurt with Fabian Franke (198-F-88), Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, college: Humboldt St.), Filmore Beck (189-G-91)k and Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston), it seems like the role of Allen will make a drastic 180 degree turn this season. Derrick is going to be looked to shoulder a heavier load this season in order for Frankfurt to keep up with other teams in the league. This will be his team,warned Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro). Allen is not blind and has seen the changes with the organization, but is still 100% focused on the new season. Me as a player, I would like too play international competition every year, but the club decided not too. But that didnt really factor in my decision too come back to Frankfurt, so it didnt disappoint me too much, said Allen. With less experience present in Frankfurt and captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) the typical chief that leads by example, the team will need an additional player that can not only lead by his superb play on the court, but also get in a players face when some minor disciplining will be in order and that is a task that Allen could master. I have always been a leader by example type guy, but I think this year I will have too be more vocal on and off the court. And that started last season with helping the younger guys, but I think me being a leader with Pascal will be a big key too our success this season, warned Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi).

Scoring wont be a problem for Allen as he has done it all his life. Even though Allen has belonged to the best players in the BBL since 2004 and was the BBL scoring champion in 2007 with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and second best scorer in 2008 with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, and is a guy that would lift his glass in a restaurant 50 times just to get stronger, he has stayed very down to earth to what his role should be and not in any way commanding due to his basketball resume. 'I just come in ready too play every season like the one before. As a go-to-guy, so if I am the main focus again, I wouldnt be so suprised, but we will just have too wait and see until the season starts', said a very humble Allen. Even though he is modest about his capabilities, a scorer will always be a scorer and never be expected not to score. Scoring is easy for a player of Derricks calibur. He has done it for so long that it has become second nature, so I dont believe that he will have any problems being the main focus again. I see Derrick giving you 18 points and 8 boards if you give him the ball, stressed Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

Offense is an aspect of Allens game that is about as immaculate as the current running success of Usain Bolt. Bolt has his world record and can only break it, while Allen might see moonlighting as a 100 meter runner in the future, is still shooting for a BBL title and improving his game. On offense, he has become rather perilous with his passing game, which he worked on the last two summers. 'I think my passing and dribble penetration improved from last season the most. I worked on my passing, because I had problems passing out of double teams, or finding the open guy with the defense on me', said Allen. Passing isnt the only thing that Allen has improved on. Since his first two seasons in Karlsruhe, three years have passed and the work out ethic of Allen has really paid off. 'Derrick has gotten a lot more consistent. His shot is a lot more reliable and his condition is simply unbelievable and a lot better than his first season in Karlsruhe', stressed ex teammate Rouven Roessler (200-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) of BG Karlsruhe. Critics have never been courteous to Allen about his defense, but detractors are hiding behind their note books and dont get into the jungle on the court. 'Derrick is a great team defender. And with the way Frankfurt plays defense, there isnt much one on one defense. He and Frankfurt locked me pretty good in two of the three games last season. But critics are going to be critics. Without them, what is there to talk about', added Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.).

It will be interesting to see what kind of season The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have. No matter if Frankfurt is up by 30 points or down by 20 points, you will always see the same focused game face of Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). He gives 180% if he is totally healthy, or even after he dived into the third row to save a ball and returned with some pain. It doesnt matter what condition there is, Allen is all business on the court and another reason why he may be the most respected player in the BBL. 'His energy is amazing. He practices as hard as he plays', added Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). It has been somewhat of a riddle why Allen has stayed in Germany for six years, when he surely could of gone south to play in countries like Spain or Italy. The BBL and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are not complaining. Some ex BBL players who took the route south didnt forget what Allen can do and would cherish playing in the same uniform one day and are all business and to the point while being quoted the same way Allen is doing his havoc on the court.'Derrick is an active player, can score and is a player I would love to play with', stressed Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) of Turk Telekom in Turkey. Allens primary focus is the 2009-2010 BBL season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but with his unending eagerness to succeed, he could possibly be training secretly for the 2010 London Olympics to challenge Usain Bolt in the 100 meter run.



The Paderborn Baskets Replace Bryan Mccullough With Sefton Barrett - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Paderborn Baskets had to react quickly as American Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) didnt pass the fitness test and were lucky to find Sefton Barrett (198-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan). The 25 year old 198 cm Canadian from Toronto played at SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg in Poland last season playing 33 games and averaging 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 65.3%. So late in the pre season, a team can never know what kind of player they will find after a wish player like Mccullough has not been able to fullfill the expectations. There is a reason why a player should keep in shape over the summer and Paderborn coach Olaf Stolz was unhappy about the Mccullough consequentions, but content that he could play at the European level. 'Bryan did not come to us with the usual fitness that a BBL player should have and we had to react. The pre season is too short to invest time with an unfit player. We are convinced that Bryan can play in Europe and wish him a lot of luck', said Olaf Stolz

Barrett is an
explosive athlete with a long wingspan that is a great slasher who gets in the lane when he wants to. He inishes above the rim but also can pull up for the mid range jumper and is very difficult to stop because of his quickness and athletic ability. He is able to create his own shot, possesses good ball handling skills, can defend all outside positions, isvery effective player who brings lots of energy to the team when he is on the floor. He started his basketball career with Champlain Regional College in Lennoxville, Quebec averaging 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game before transfereing to Central Michigan from 2003-2007. He best statistical season was his junior year 2005-2006 where he played 27 games averaging 13.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, 1.6bpg, FG: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 65.2%. He then turned professional and went to Poland to SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg and in his rookie season played 29 games averaging 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 66.7%. Last season, he won the Polish Cup and also played in the Polish Allstar game winning the slam dunk contest. Olaf Stolz is also convinced that Barrett will be able to help Paderborn at the forward position. 'Barrett is a very athletic forward that showed that he could play in Poland. He will play an important role on the wing and his defense will be important', warned Olaf Stolz.

The Paderborn Baskets also announced that German junior talent Dominik Malinowski (192-G-91) will belong to the team roster.The 18 year old 193 guard will continue to play in the second Regionaliga and NBBL team as well as practicing with the Baskets.'I am thrilled that we can insert another talent into our team. We will surely give him a chance in the pre season and he will practice with us 2-3 times per week. We have to steer the burden between school and sport', added Olaf Stolz.

Source: www.paderborn-baskets.de









Stahnsdorf snap up Tyler Ousley - by Moritz Korff
RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have signed Tyler Ousley (206-C, college: Otterbein) as their second import player for the 2009-2010 season. Ousley is 25 years of age and comes from Butler, Ohio. He is a 2007 graduate of Otterbein College (NCAA3), the same school that Bundesliga-Allstar Jeff Gibbs attended until 2002. As a senior back in 2007 Ousley played 27 games for the Cardinals, scored 19.7 points, grabbed 10.8 rebounds, dished out 3.0 assists and blocked 2.6 shots per contest. The 2006-07 NCAA Division 3 All-American started his overseas career in England and had lots of success during this past campaign. He represented the City of Sheffield Arrows and led the second English division (EBL) in rebounds per game (11.6rpg). Ousley also put in 21.9 points per night and had 2.8 blocks a game. As a consequence he received 2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-EBL Center of the Year, All-EBL Import Player of the Year and All-EBL First Team honors.

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AEK lands Green - by Chris Mammides
Taurean Green (183-G-85, college: Florida) is officially a player that belongs in AE Athens, Coach Flevarakis and AEK's management agreed financial terms with the American player and is going to wear the yellow jersey of AEK Athens for the coming seazon, 2009-2010.
At the same time AEK Athens will give a friendly game (soon to be announced officially) for the Hellenes that lsot their home from the recent fires in Attica.
Other news
Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) was cut from Jonas Kazlauskas who has now just 14 players to select the final 12 for the coming Eurobasket in Poland.


23rd Acropolis Tournament: Hellas Serbia 66-65 - by Chris Mammides
In the opener game of the Hellenic NT, of the Acropolis tournament, which is taking place in OAKA, in front of 8,000 Hellene Fans, Kazlauskas's 'new' Hellenic NT beat the tough Serbian NT with 66-65 after a game that was a real derby after the first quarter. At the first quarter the Hellenic NT with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) took an early lead and kept it until the end of the first quarter mainly due to the positive presentation of the big guys in the paint as both Bourousis and Schortsianitis beat their opponents. The second quarter though with very good parameter game from the Serbs and with Erceg scoring a couple of triples the Serbs balance the game and minimized the deficit to seven, 31-24 with Teodosic and Cristic scoring some crucial baskets. The third quarter was a continuous monologue for the Serbs as Radulica and Teodosic beat their opponents 100% and brought the game to balance, 47-47. The fifth quarter was a Big Sofo show as the big guy from Kavala was playing nearly alone against all Serbs. The final score was mainly due to the good defense of the Hellenic NT and the inexperience of Teodosic who was trapped in the good D of Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) who was the MVP of the game together with Vassilis Spanoulis.
Kazlauskas seem to be quite problematic as Koufos for another game lost all the air-battles from Radulica and Cristic, while Bourousis was called an early third foul and was actually off the game most of the time, so in the center position it was only Big Sofo to handle all the Serbs. At the same time Fotsis and Printezis were once more ina very low productivity in both points and rebounds.
Top scorers were Vassilis Spanoulis and Nikos Zisis with 15 each while Bourousis had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Sofoklis Schortsanitis 11. From the Serbs another great game from Paunic (11 points) and Teodosic (10 points) .

The Lithuanian NT beat the Russian NT in the opening game of the tournament, with 78-61with Lavrinovic and Petravicius scoring 15 and 14 points respectively.



Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  VAP Kolossos
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Smith, VAP K.18.3 
 2. Francis, Z*AEL 16.4 
 3. Vasiliadis, PAOK15.9 
 4. King, Olimpia L.15.1 
 5. Grundy, Panellinios15.1 
 6. Clark, Aris15.0 
 7. Nikolaidis, Trikalla14.4 
 8. Mejia, Z*AEL 14.1 
 9. Gregory, PAOK14.1 
 10. Avery, Trikal.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torin FRANCIS
  AEK
  (210-F-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Francis, Z*AEL 8.6 
 2. Tomasevic, PAOK7.5 
 3. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.4 
 4. Nelson, Aris7.3 
 5. Bryant, AEK6.8 
 6. Hardin, ESTIA E.6.3 
 7. Sekulic, Aris6.0 
 8. Baxter, Panionios6.0 
 9. Betts, Aris6.0 
 10. Lampropoulos, Z*AE.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.1 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.4.0 
 3. Grundy, Panellinios3.6 
 4. Miles, Panionios3.5 
 5. Keys, C.C. Marousi3.5 
 6. Dickel, Trikalla3.4 
 7. Avery, Trikalla3.3 
 8. Thomson, AEK3.2 
 9. Batis, Olimpia L.3.0 
 10. Vasiljevic, VAP.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Panionios
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miles, Panionios2.2 
 2. Grundy, Panellinios2.1 
 3. Belser, Olimpia L.1.9 
 4. Batis, Olimpia L.1.4 
 5. Papamakarios, Panell.1.4 
 6. Harris, VAP K.1.4 
 7. Thomson, AEK1.3 
 8. Childress, Olympiakos1.3 
 9. King, Olimpia L.1.2 
 10. Halperin, Olympiak.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 DeVon HARDIN
  ESTIA Egaleo
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Hardin, ESTIA E.1.5 
 2. Francis, Z*AEL 1.4 
 3. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.0 
 4. Baxter, Panionios0.8 
 5. Harisis, VAP K.0.8 
 6. Glyniadakis, C.C. M.0.8 
 7. Bryant, AEK0.8 
 8. Daniels, Kavala/P.0.7 
 9. Childress, Olympiakos0.7 
 10. Kavaliauskas, Kava.0.6 


Papanikolaou in Olympiakos? - by Chris Mammides
There are some behind the scene news which are simply saying that the MVP of the Eurobasket tournament U20 of the European champion team of Hellas, Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) is signing with Panagiotis Yannakis team of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus. In fact these samy news are describing the meeting stook place between the two management presidents of the teams, Mr. Damianides of Aris Thessalonikis where the player belongs too and Angelopoulos brothers - the presidents of the Piraeus team. If this transfer takes place it wil be a big knock against their rivals team of Panathinaikos Athens as Papanikolaou considers beign the new super star of the Hellenic courts, a player which will be performing in the coming decade ina very high level. Something like Dimitris Diamantidis as both players are all around and have the winning spirit and many otehr characteristics of teh same value and the same worth. If that's the case, Aris Thessalonikis will receive at least one million Euros which is the price that Aris put upon the young talent of the Hellenic NT U18, U20 and Men's!

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Tribute to a Colonel - by Paul Haynes
It is with great sadness that I continue to mourn the passing of one of the great stalwarts of Guyanas sports, the late Ret. Colonel Godwin McPherson.
My first contact with the Colonel dates back to 1993 where as a representative of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association, I attended a Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation meeting, over which he was presiding. His influence was almost immediate and the knowledge and experiences acquired from being in his presence through the years that followed, will eternally impact my life.
I was always impressed by the way he commanded attention, whether it was at a regular federation meeting , making representation on Guyanas behalf at the Caricom level or questioning a referees call that may have negatively affected a team. He always asserted his position and led from the front.
With direct input from the Colonel, I was given the opportunity to become a coach and was honored to be part of the coaching staff of the Guyana female team that won the Caricom championship in 1996. That he went above and beyond the call of duty in recruiting the services of six overseas based players that would eventually form the core of that championship team is testimony to his dedication to, and passion that he developed for the sport.
During his tenure as President of the GABF, basketball among all the other sports in the town of Linden had seen and continues to see the most significant rise in popularity to the point where many would argue that it is now the most popular sport in the mining town.
Colonel Godwin McPherson indeed has left his indelible mark on basketball, a lasting impression on those who were fortunate to have come in contact with him. His contribution to the sport has been invaluable and his legacy would forever be enshrined in the history of Guyanas Basketball.
On behalf of the Victory Valley Royals Basketball Club, The Linden Amateur Basketball Association and its other affiliated clubs I extend condolences to his wife and children.
May his soul rest in peace.
Linden Alphonso


Bulls, Pistons stun frontrunners in Brusches B/Ball Classic | Will play for place in Final this weekend - by Paul Haynes
Bulls and Wismar Pistons became the first two teams to advance to the Final Four round of the Brusches Classic Basketball Championships Friday night with thumping victories of pre-game favourites Kings and Royals.
IS THIS THE START OF CONTROVERSY!!! Orlando Glasgow (right) reaches in but is denied by a clinical Quincy Jones (with ball) in the match-up that was the source of controversy in Linden Friday night.
Bulls had one of the biggest wins of its existence when they ran through Kings 62-52 in the first game but it was Pistons 62-46 win in the featured battle that sparked debates at the Mackenzie Sports Club court in Linden.
Denzil Lovell scored 14 points for Bulls with Kurleigh Austin and Mark Ross adding the support with 10 points each. Kings Jason Alonzo scrapped 11 points, as Marvin Hartman was below par with a nine-point performance.
The feature game went beyond the control of the referees that included FIBA accredited, Sherwin Henry after Orlando Glasgow delivered a right hook to Quincy Jones left jaw in the last five minutes of a gruelling defensive contest.
Allister Bynoe delivered some severe three-point blows to come out with 17 points, as the underestimated guard Nevin Grenville also had 17 points and Jones 11. Roberts scored 16 and Glasgow 12 for Royals.
The time on the clock was 4:33 in the final quarter and Pistons were leading 47-36 with Royals offence punishing without a potent Dwayne Sugar Roberts when Glasgow took matters into his own hands following a break.
Glasgow was hit with a technical foul along with Dwight Cooper from Pistons but fans at the sports club thought that the punishment was a slap on the wrist for an offence that can be considered physical assault in a court of law.
The referees had made a call that Glasgow felt was not in the best interest of his team and proceeded to punch Jones in the face after the officials had ordered both teams to their respective benches to settle another dispute.
Good sportsmen know how to accept defeat but it was not a question of sportsmanship in the main bout (which is what it amounted to even though the jargon is related to boxing) Friday night but one of fundamental issues with discipline.
Like the many patrons that saw what Glasgow did on the basketball court in Linden, it is Kaieteur Sports opinion that the athlete deserves further punishment. Discipline must be across the board and not based on personalities.
Aubrey Austin is currently serving a one year ban for a similar offence in a tournament in Georgetown. The Georgetown sub-association for basketball did not compromise and the Linden association must seriously tackle this issue.
The game between Courts Pacesetters and Eagles was postponed, while Ravens took on Jets last night.



Punches thrown on opening night of 2009 Brusches Basketball Classic | As Bulls, Pistons advance to semis - by Paul Haynes
It was a fitting start to this years Brushches Basketball Classic in Linden as the two tournament favourite teams were sent packing when the event got underway on Friday at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hardcourt.
In a match that was marred by poor officiating Wismar Pistons overcame Lindens number one team, the Victory Valley Royals 62-46 while the Glands Trucking Service (GTS) Bulls defeated the Kashif and Shanghai Kings 62-52 to advance to the semi-finals.
FIBA referee Sherwin Henry, along with Ellis Noel were the two officials presiding over the game which many fans envisaged would have been a very physical affair based on the history of the two sides.
And, from jump ball their predications came through as the Pistons and Royals wasted little time getting at each other in one of the most corporeal matches between the two in recent times.
Led by the explosive Dwayne Brown Sugar Roberts, who is unarguably one of the countrys best power forwards, the Royals were the first to attack but the ready Pistons defense was firing on all cylinders.
The two sides were literally at each others neck and the play-on-shouts by the referee as the players from both sides began to cry out for usual fouls down below set up what would turn out to be an ugly opening night of one of Lindens premiere tournaments.
At half time, the Royals were ahead of the fight by one point, 23-22, but it was the second half that things really begun to get out of hand.
With four minutes and 33 seconds left in the game (4:33), Henry made a foul call in favour of Royals Lawrence Da Costa but still, the player felt as though his call was not justifiable and landed a straight left hook to the Pistons player face in the presence of the referee. Still no technical was given.
While players from both teams were trying to get the two apart, Orlando Glasgow of Royals then found it fit to hand Pistons Quincy Jones a punch to the face, but this time referee Henry used the full force of his law and ejected the player.
Things calmed somewhat after that and the Pistons emerged to advance to the semi-finals.
Alisha Binue and Nevins Grenville both scored 17 points apiece for the Pistons while Roberts poured in 16 points for the Royals.
In the first game, the Kashif and Shanghai teams long lay off from competitive basketball was evident against a hungry looking GTS Bulls line up.
The team which was one of the most dominant in the country, turned in a jaded performance as the Bulls led by captain Terrence Platan James with 14 points along with Kurliegh Austin with 10 ceased the opportunity and advanced to the semi-finals.
Even though the Kings led 30-28 at half time, it was highly visible by the crowd at hand that the Bulls had them numbered since the customary scoring force, Marvin Heartman only shot nine, Omali Sampson 11 and Jason Alonzo eight.



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Van Paassen and Wessels to EiffelTowers Den Bosch - by Fred Roggen
Van Paassen and Wessels to EiffelTowers Den Bosch.
Eiffel Towers Den Bosch has attracted center Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and forward Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) . Both NT-players come from Amsterdam. Van Paassen signs a contract for four years in Den Bosch. Wessels puts his signature to a contract for three years.
Attracting both players fit into the policies of Eiffel Towers for more Dutch players to be included in the selection of the top teams. In this context, Rogier Jansen also met Den Bosch.



Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra F.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Bauscher, DeFriesl.22.2 
 2. Bostain, Landstede20.1 
 3. Walker, Rotterdam18.8 
 4. Ross, Upstairs.17.7 
 5. Wilson, M.Magix17.6 
 6. Pope, W.Class AA16.8 
 7. Witt, Den Helder16.4 
 8. Stapleton, Upstai.15.7 
 9. Smith, Upstairs.15.3 
 10. Punch, Landste.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Harem SC
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Johnson, W.Cla.10.6 
 2. Jackson, Upstairs.10.5 
 3. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden9.2 
 4. Briggs, Rotterdam8.9 
 5. Abney, Eiff.Towers8.3 
 6. Spencer, DeFriesl.8.0 
 7. Khazzouh, GasTerra.7.9 
 8. Krstanovic, GasTerra.7.5 
 9. Nelson, M.Magix7.4 
 10. Dialls, Den Held.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra F.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Bauscher, DeFriesl.5.9 
 2. Thomas, GasTerra.5.0 
 3. Bostain, Landstede4.9 
 4. Richardson, Rotte.4.8 
 5. Oliver, Eiff.Towers4.3 
 6. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.3 
 7. Witt, Den Helder4.2 
 8. Downey, Eiff.Tow.4.2 
 9. Sears, M.Magix4.1 
 10. Nash, ZZ Leid.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Charles RICHARDSON
  Rotterdam
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.3 
 2. Sears, M.Magix3.0 
 3. Thomas, GasTerra.3.0 
 4. Bauscher, DeFriesl.2.4 
 5. Greene, Amsterdam2.4 
 6. Bostain, Landstede2.3 
 7. Sykes, Rotterdam2.2 
 8. Punch, Landstede2.2 
 9. Walker, Rotterdam2.1 
 10. Nelson, M.Mag.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin STEENBERGE
  AZS Koszalin
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Steenberge, DeFriesl.1.7 
 2. Khazzouh, GasTerra.1.5 
 3. Brempong, GasTerra.1.3 
 4. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.1 
 5. Iti, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Briggs, Rotterdam1.0 
 7. Blue, W.Class AA1.0 
 8. Patten, Upstairs.0.9 
 9. Gladness, M.Magix0.9 
 10. Kuijper, ZZ Leid.0.9 


Bobby Davis Joins Matrix Magixx - by Fred Roggen
According to the site of his school Southern Carolina Upstate, former USC Upstate men's basketball star Bobby Davis (198-F-87, agency: 540 Sports) signed a professional contract Monday to play in Holland for the Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen. Davis signed the contract earlier Monday and is set to leave for Holland Saturday, making a quick turnaround in the process.
He will immediately begin workouts with the Magixx as the team prepares for the opening of the season in early October.



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  HUNGARY   


Nashid Beard is the third american in Kormend - by Tamas Deri
Nashid Beard (208-F-83, college: Lamar) signed a one year contract with the team of Kormend and will be on a two weeks tryout with the team. The 208 cm tall american big man graduated on the University of Lamar in 2006 and started his professional carreer in Australia with Tasmama Thunder and averaged 16.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. In the season 2007-08 he played for Stockholm in Sweden where he started also the last season and played 16 games for the team averaging 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, before leaving the club to play in Uruguay and in Syria for the rest of the season.

A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 George BANKS
  Kormend
  (202-F/C-72)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Banks, Kormend22.4 
 2. Bell, Albacomp22.0 
 3. Booker, Marso-Va.21.3 
 4. Dill, Dombovar19.5 
 5. Tutt, Szolnok19.3 
 6. Welton, Kaposvari18.8 
 7. Brooks, Soproni18.5 
 8. Kalman, Falco18.4 
 9. Ciric, Falco18.1 
 10. Johnson,.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.0 
 2. Horvath, Falco9.1 
 3. Morrison, Albacomp7.9 
 4. Basit, Szolnok7.8 
 5. Ware, Debreceni7.7 
 6. Bialek, Kormend7.6 
 7. Helbich, Marso-Va.7.5 
 8. Bencze, PVSK P.7.5 
 9. Dill, Dombovar7.3 
 10. Banks, Korme.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kestutis MARCIULIONIS
  Univer KSE
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Marciulionis, Kapos.6.5 
 2. English, Atomeromu6.4 
 3. Kalman, Falco6.2 
 4. Savic, Marso-Vagep5.5 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.3 
 6. Hinnant, ZTE K.4.9 
 7. Ross, Szolnok4.8 
 8. Kelley, PVSK P.4.6 
 9. Dagostino, Debre.4.3 
 10. Fodor, Korme.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.1 
 2. Adams, Dombovar2.9 
 3. Sitku, Marso-Vagep2.6 
 4. Barro, Szolnok2.5 
 5. Couisnard, Soproni2.3 
 6. English, Atomeromu2.3 
 7. Clark, Dombovar2.3 
 8. Kelley, PVSK P.2.2 
 9. Wittmann, PVSK P.2.2 
 10. Haynes, Univer K.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony DILL
  Atomeromu
  (200-F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Dill, Dombovar1.0 
 2. Dale, Univer KSE0.9 
 3. Barro, Szolnok0.8 
 4. Bell, Albacomp0.8 
 5. Ross, Szolnok0.8 
 6. Kennerly, Debreceni0.7 
 7. Bencze, PVSK P.0.7 
 8. Horvath, Falco0.7 
 9. Doyne, Albacomp0.6 
 10. Marciulionis, Kap.0.6 


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  ISRAEL   


Jimmy Baxter heads to Ashkelon - by Eurobasket News
Ashkelon made another market move prior to the upcoming season. They signed Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) previously seen in Besiktas. The 29-year-old guard started the last season in Belgium. He averaged 12.8 points and 2.5 boards per game for Oostende. In November he joined Besiktas. There Jimmy Baxter tallied 16.4 points, 3.9 boards and 2.3 assists per game in the TBL. In EuroCup his stats came up to 15.3 points and 4.0 boards per game. Jimmy Baxter used to play in Portugal, WBA, France, Italy and Latvia after graduating from South Florida University in 2003.


Nimrod Tishman can join the Gators - by Eurobasket News
Florida lost their Greek guard Nick Kalathis (6'6''-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) but quickly found the replacement overseas. The Florida University is trying to recruit Israeli guard Nimrod Tishman (6'5''-G-91) to their basketball programme. The 18-year-old guard arrived to Florida but must be cleared by the NCAA before joining the Gators. Nimrod Tishman played for Maccabi Tel-Aviv junior team. He also shone at the U18 European Championship this summer. The guard averaged 18.3 points, 4.0 boards and 2.3 assists per game for Israel.


Israel Market news - by Yarone Arbel
The newcomer to the BSL, Hapoel Afula, armed their roster with a son of a legend by tabbing Niv Berkowitz (190-G-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Marquette) for the upcoming season.
Berkovic, son of Mickey, averaged last season 9.6 ppg, 3.0 rpb, 3.2 apg and 2.8 spg with Qiryat Ata, but despite being one of the more productive Israeli players in the league the team was relegated.
In Afula he will join Gur Porat (197-G-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Nir Cohen (202-F/C-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: San Diego), Nitzan Khanokhi, Avi Nanikashvili, Uri Cohen Mintz (205-F/C-73, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Connecticut), BJ McKie and Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas) who already signed in the team.
- Ironi Nahariya continue to collect a good group of players with the signing of Marc Egerson (198-G-86, college: Georgetown) of Delaware University. Egerson is a forward who played before in Georgetown before moving to a smaller school. He averaged 15.6 ppg and 10.3 rpg in his senior year in the school.
- Ironi Ashkelon made a big move in the market with the addition of Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) for the upcoming season. Baxter arrives from the Turkish side Besiktas where he averaged 16.4 ppg. He started the last season in Oostende and before played in Ventspils, Reggio Emilia, Pavia, Dijon, Oliveirense and two years in South Florida College.



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  JORDAN   


One On One With Imad Qahwash - by Omar Shafaamri

Written by TheHoop-La.com on Monday, 24 August 2009

TheHoop-La.com goes one on one with Kitchener, Ontario's Imad Qahwash (188-G-87) 6'2' of NCAA Division 1 Central Arkansas. Imad tells us about his experiences overseas with the Jordanian nationl team, his thoughts on playing the top ranked Kansas Jay Hawks in the pre-season and more!

How excited are you for the Jordanian national team that recently qualified for the World Championships?
I am very excited and pleased to see the Jordan national team advance to the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. I have been direct contact with the players and have played with them this summer and it was evident that this was the ultimate goal for the whole nation. Everyone involved with the national program was driven to succeed in this goal and now that it has been accomplished it feels great.

How does it feel knowing that you could perhaps be playing against Kobe, Lebron and Howard at the Worlds?

It feels surreal, but at the same time, I like many of them want to compete against the best in our sport or profession. I think this the mentality every player should have not only on the court but in life in general. It would speak volumes to play against the 'Re-deam team,' who are Olympic gold medallist as well. I think it would be an amazing experience for our national team and I know they will play to the best of their ability to get a win and that's what it is about advancing the national program and continuing to keep the excitement and hunger to be the best. To be the best you have to beat the best. My mentality would just to go and play hard as possible and not pay attention to who your playing against even though they maybe be an 11-time NBA All-star.

Although you didn't participate in the World Qualifiers, how was your experience playing with them previously?

I had a school obligation, but they wanted to also go with their veteran players, which is fine. My experience was great playing with them and when I went back to school I was really talking to the guys almost everyday some how, meaning me waking up at 2 a.m. ET to talk to them at a decent time in Tianjin, China. It was nonetheless a great experience and I feel privileged to represent a world qualifying national basketball program.

How has playing for the National team made you a better player?

It has really made me a better player in my leadership role and competitiveness. I have always been a competitor but I really have that can't lose mentality in my head now and I think myself and my teammates carry it on the court when we play against anyone. It's really helped me polish my game and just play smoother and calmer. It taught to play like a professional and to be the best leader I can be when I come back to my NCAA division one school , Central Arkansas.

I know you had some exposure to the Canadian National Team program. What ultimately led to your decision to instead focus on playing for the Jordan National Team?

I have had exposure from them, but at the same time I do respect Canadian basketball and our coaches we have in Canada at any level. I think my opportunity would have came after university when I sign my first pro contract. In saying that, I didn't want to wait, the Jordanian basketball federation has courted me and followed me since my freshman year and offered me a great opportunity and I took advantage of it. I just thought if I am being offered an opportunity to participate in the FIBA sanctioned tournaments why not take it? I think I made a great decision and have gained valuable experience. I think I can compete with the best players that's just my mentality and I was ready for it during my NCAA career.

What goals have you set for yourself going into the 2009/10 NCAA season at Central Arkansas?
I have a lot of goals individually and team wise. I want to win an NCAA conference championship. The Southland conference is a very good conference and I want to do well as a team. Individually, there is a lot of eyes on me this season and I know I have to perform to be where I want to be after college. I want to start every game this season and be the ultimate leader and best play maker I can be to put my team in a position to win every game no matter who it is against. I also want to continue getting better, I believe there i always something you can do to get yourself more ready mentally or physically.

How well do you expect Central Arkansas to do this upcoming season?

We have a great group of guys. My coach, Rand Chappell has done a great job in recruiting talented guys with good attitudes. I think an attitude can take you a long way, which translates into team chemistry and ultimately wins for our basketball program at The University of Central Arkansas. It was a powerhouse program with Scottie Pippen here in the 80's and we want to get that rolling again on the division one level stage, which is the highest basketball collegiate-wise in the United States.

You are going to be playing the pre-season #1 favourite Kansas Jayhawks Nov 10th at Allen Fieldhouse. How are you going to mentally prepare yourself to face off against not only Jayhawk G Sheron Collins but 20,000+ screaming fans?
Well, its going to be tough, but I always love a challenge. Every kid dreams about a moment like this whether it is in preseason or the NCAA 'March Madness' tournament, so I always drill that in my mind how big an opportunity this is. I really think that I am ready to take on this challenge because of the type of competition I was playing with and against this summer. Guys who have been in the NBA circles so it doesn't phase me. My freshman year I played against number 25 Kentucky Wildcats in front of 25,000 screaming fans, so i have been in an atmosphere like that at a young age.

Are you looking to play pro ball after college?

Yeah most definitely looking to play professional basketball after my NCAA career. I was fortunate enough to play well overseas and have attracted many pro agents that believe in me. At the same time I need to have a straight head and continue just to get better everyday and all the other stuff will fall into place. I know its coming and I'm anxious and excited but I need to concentrate at my weaknesses so I can have a very polished pro basketball career overseas or in any NBA developmental league, wherever I think I can fit and support myself and my family in any way. A lot of agents have been inquiring about me and I think its flattering this early but at the same time I have worked very hard and won't stop until I reach my goal of succeeding in this sport and becoming the best pro I can be.

You were recently named a Capital One/Southland Conference Commissioner's Spring Academic Honour Roll for your 3.4 GPA in Health Sciences. What would be your most important advice to players on juggling academics and ball?

Yes, I was very fortunate to have that happen to me. It goes back to my parents, who have helped me strive to be the best in the classroom or anything I try to do. I know I cannot play basketball forever and it inevitable every player is going to have to hang up the running shoes, so it is important for all players to understand that education is also a big part of your life after basketball. I would advise every player to have a schedule. I know my schedule is the same at my school. For me, it wake up, class, shooting, practice, study, sleep. I think you have to really be motivated to just be the best academically. use the energy in basketball to ignite you to succeed in the classroom and always have a back up plan. Time management is key and with out staying academically eligible, there will be no basketball.



* Imad Qahwash Mix Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QanTJ3GfHL4



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  LATVIA   


Sandis Valters to miss EuroBasket in Poland? - by Eurobasket News
There is a possibility that Latvian National Team will head into EuroBasket in Poland without its starting shooting guard. 31-year old Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) has recently injured his shoulder and he has not made expected progress, so it is most likely that he will not be able to help Latvia at European Championship. He will have to undergo surgery in order to fully fix the problem in his shoulder after which he will be set for rehabilitation process. This is seen as major blow to Latvian team, since Valters was one of their best players at the last two European Championships when has was team's scoring leader. Latvia has been drawn in Group B along with Germany, Russia and the team from additional qualifications. Their goal of going through preliminary groups stage has now became harder. Still everyone within the team is optimistic, that even without Valters aid they will be able to secure 3rd place in Group B.
Sandis Valters started his career in 1994 with SWH/Broceni Riga. With Broceni, Valters has won three consecutive titles from 1997-199 and established himself as one of the team's best players. In 2003 he moved to German outfit TBB Trier and has also played for the likes of Azovmash Mariupol in Ukraine. In 2005 he moved back to Latvia and signed with ASK Riga with whom he has won another title in 2007. Last season, he started the season with ASK Riga appearing in 12 Baltic League games and averaging 13.5 points and 2.8 rebounds. In February 2009, he moved to Italian 2nd league outfit Aget Imola where he finished the season. He averaged 11.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12 League games.


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania cruise past Russia in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Russia 78:61

Lithuania posted the first win at the Acropolis-Eurobank international tournament in Greece. They coasted past Russia to improve at 1-0 record. Lithuania will next take on Serbia, while Russia will face Greece in the second round of action.
Lithuania looked aggressive offensively early in the game and had little problems penetrating Russian defense. The Baltic team accounted for 23 points in the opening quarter and ensured a 5-point lead after ten minutes of action. Russia however adjusted and trimmed the deficit in the second stanza. David Blatt's team trailed by only 2 points at halftime 34:36. But the third quarter proved decisive. Lithuania held their opponents to only 13 points and built a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter. Russia never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) tallied 15 points for Lithuania. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) provided 12 points in the win. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 13 points and 7 boards for Russia. Sergey Monya (204-F-83) had 11 points in the losing case.

Lithuania: Ksistof Lavrinovic 15, Marijonas Petravicius 14, Darjus Lavrinovic 12
Russia: Kelly McCarty 13, Sergey Monya 11



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  MEXICO   


Centauros de Apure names Eduardo Opezzo Head Coach - by Ozell Wells
Argentine coach Eduardo Opezzo has just been named the new head coach of Centauros de Apure in Venezuelas LNB, which is set to tip off this coming weekend. Coach Opezzo has a rich basketball history coming from Argentinas basketball courts and breaking into Mexico in 2002. He has since then built a winning tradition as he coached in the Mexican CIBACOPA All Star game in 2003 and 2009 and won the CIBACOPA Championships in 2003, retrning ot he finals in 2004. He also has experienced success in the Liga del Sureste with Dorados de Playa del Carmen. We look to see great things from Eduardo this season in the LBP, as he looks to gather his group with limited time and mold them into a winner.
We at Latinbasket wish Coach Opezzo the best on his newest venture in the basketball world!


Mexican National Team 2009 - by Kasia
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Karim Malpica
Malpica
Jesus Lopez
Lopez
Anthony Pedroza
Pedroza
Horacio Llamas
Llamas
Arim Abdul Solares
Solares
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Mexican National Team for Tournament Of The Americas 2009
Karim Malpica (190-G-78) of Soles de Mexicali
Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Caballeros de Culiacan
Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79) of Rayos de Hermosillo
Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) of Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon
Arim Abdul Solares (202-F/C-83) of Santos Reales de San Luis Potosi
Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) of Dakota Wizards (USA)
Miguel Ayala (198-F/G-82) of Coras de Nayarit
Omar Quintero (183-G-81) of Gigantes de Guayana (VEN)
Noe Alonzo (200-F-83) of Tecos de la UAGuadalajara
Enrique Zuniga (193-G-76) of Frayles de Guasave
Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85) of Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid (ESP)
Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83) of Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon

Head Coach: Arturo Guerrero



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  NAIA   


Antonio Murrell joins Bluegrass Stallions - by Eurobasket News
The former Indiana Wesleyan University player Antonio Murrell (6'0''-G-87) signed his first pro contract. He agreed on terms with the ABAs Bluegrass Stallions. The Stallions is the expansion team that is scheduled to take the start in November. They will be located in Lexington, Kentucky. The 22-year-old Antonio Murrell was among the best performers of the Wildcats. The guard was chosen twice to NAIA All-American Team. He led the Wildcats to the NAIA Elite Eight last season. Antonio Murrell averaged 21.3 points per game in the NAIA National tournament. His average stats came up to 16.0 points, 5.3 boards and 2.7 assists per game last season.


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  NBA   


Delfino welcomed by Bucks, Bogut's back better - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82) trusted Bucks general manager John Hammond to pave the way for his return to the NBA. All the Bucks must trust that Andrew Bogut's (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) injured back will be ready for training camp.

Bogut, rehabbing from a stress fracture that wiped out the second half of last season, said Thursday his goal is to be ready for camp.

'I think it's on pace,' he said. 'If I can be ready to go then, the goal will be achieved. But, obviously, it'll be re-evaluated all throughout September.'

Bogut has been working out on a limited schedule since July trying to strengthen the muscles around the injury and his core. While he's been shooting, he hasn't been able to participate in contact drills. That's forced the 7-footer to play ping pong and card games like Uno in an effort to stay competitively sharp.

'It's great to go out and practice by yourself and do shooting drills and so on, but as an athlete, you just want to go out and go against somebody,' Bogut said. 'I haven't had that competitiveness in me since February, it's been taken away by my injury.'

Bogut spoke briefly just after Delfino was introduced.

Delfino, who played in Russia last season, was acquired with Roko Ukic in a four-player trade with Toronto earlier this week for forward Amir Johnson and guard-forward Sonny Weems.

Hammond knew both Delfino and Johnson from his days as assistant general manager in Detroit when he helped draft both. Delfino said Hammond was the catalyst for his NBA return, which happened in a span of less than six days.

'He's a person I trust,' Delfino said. 'I was really, really happy to be involved. Happy is the word.'

Hammond has been quite busy in his second offseason with the Bucks.

He's made two different four-player deals, including dealing away Richard Jefferson, drafted a whole new backcourt and re-signed former Bucks draft pick Ersan Ilysova to a new contract after he'd left for Europe the past two seasons.

Bogut said he knew there would be changes after the Bucks finished last season 34-48. Milwaukee hasn't been to the postseason since Bogut's rookie year in 2005-06.

'It's been expected. We've had some bad years in the past and we're trying to improve on it so we're trying to do anything possible,' Bogut said. 'Some people question our moves and some people think, 'Is it good? Is it bad?' But the guys in the locker room are the only ones it really affects.'

Delfino had played for the Raptors in 2007-08 before his Russian stint. He said he was glad to find a way back to the NBA.

'Sometimes, you have those days, those black days, you don't know where to go, you feel stuck,' Delfino said. 'Hopefully, coming back to NBA, to Milwaukee, to this situation, I can (build) from what I did in Toronto.'

Delfino, who turns 27 next week, had the best season of his NBA career with the Raptors averaging nine points in more than 23 minutes per game off the bench after spending his first three years in Detroit.

Bogut, the No. 1 draft pick in 2005, believes Delfino's shooting touch and toughness will help provide another option for the Bucks.

'He's a winner. All those Argentinian guys are all winners. They play a winning type of basketball. They're team-first players,' Bogut said. 'They must be doing something right.'


Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Cleveland Cavaliers sign Danny Green - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed rookie forward Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87), their second-round pick in this years NBA draft.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-6 Green finished his college career at North Carolina as one of the most versatile players in ACC history. He is the only player in conference history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 3-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals.

Green averaged a career-best 13.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 38 games while helping the Tar Heels win the NCAA title this year. He averaged 8.2 points in five games for the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Meanwhile Cristal Taylor, the former fiance of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78), was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for violating probation in a decade-old forgery and theft case. The sentence virtually ensures that Taylor, 38, will still be incarcerated when Nowitzki and the Mavericks open the regular season in late October. What was not made clear Monday is whether Taylor is carrying Nowitzkis child, an assertion she and her attorneys had held since late May. If the tall, still-slender Taylor is pregnant, it wasnt plainly evident as she stood before Circuit Judge Nancy Schneiders bench in loose-fitting orange prison garb.


Courtesy of www.news-record.com


Ex-NBA referee Donaghy back in prison - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy is back behind bars.
According to Hillsborough County jail records, Donaghy was being held without bond Tuesday for a federal rule violation.

Details were not available.

A message left early Tuesday at the office of Donaghy's attorney was not immediately returned.

Donaghy was given a 15-month sentence last year after he said he took mondy from a professional gambler in exchange for inside tips on games including games he worked.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce.

Donaghy was moved to a halfway house this year after serving part his sentence in a federal prison camp. He was scheduled for release in October.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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  NCAA1   


Dongbu Promu land Utah State standout - by Eurobasket News
The Korean Basketball League side Dongbu Promu signed Utah State forward Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Salt Lake CC). The 27-year-old 206cm player tallied 17.1 points, 6.8 boards and 1.3 assists per game in his senior year with the Aggies. Gary Wilkinson led the Aggies to 30-5 overall record. He was also trumped the WAC Player of the Year in the previous season. Wilkinson was also named the Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American.


Nimrod Tishman can join the Gators - by Eurobasket News
Florida lost their Greek guard Nick Kalathis (6'6''-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) but quickly found the replacement overseas. The Florida University is trying to recruit Israeli guard Nimrod Tishman (6'5''-G-91) to their basketball programme. The 18-year-old guard arrived to Florida but must be cleared by the NCAA before joining the Gators. Nimrod Tishman played for Maccabi Tel-Aviv junior team. He also shone at the U18 European Championship this summer. The guard averaged 18.3 points, 4.0 boards and 2.3 assists per game for Israel.


Thomas' FIU debut now set at UNC - by Rick Ross
COURTESY OD APSI
MIAMI (AP) Isiah Thomas' coaching debut at FIU just got a little tougher.

FIU's first season under the Hall of Fame player will begin Nov. 9 at
defending national champion North Carolina, part of a Coaches vs. Cancer
tournament. It's also the opener for the Tar Heels, according to the
schedule released Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Earlier drafts of FIU's schedule indicated the Golden Panthers would open at
Ohio State on that date, a trip that would have taken Thomas
the former Indiana star -- back to his Big 10 playing roots.

FIU hired Thomas, the former New York Knicks coach and president,
on April 15 and gave him a five-year contract.



Bill Murray's son joins UA basketball staff - by Eurobasket News
Actor Bill Murray might start showing up to basketball games for the University of Arizona as his son, Luke Murray , has joined the men's basketball staff as a graduate assistant, according to the Wildcats' head coach Sean Miller . Luke is a former assistant coach at Post University and he recently graduated from Fairfield University in 2007. Luke was recently on the staff of the New York Gauchos where he met UA assistant coach Emanuel Richardson.
Courtesy of: ktar.com



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  NCAA2   


Alaska Anchorage invite Nick Pacitti - by Eurobasket News
The University of Alaska Anchorage head coach Rusty Osborne announced the signing of Nick Pacitti (6'5''-F-87). The 22-year-old forward comes from Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Nick Pacitti averaged 13.1 points, 6.5 boards and 4.2 assists per game. The forward was an honorable mention at the all-league poll in 2007-08 season. Pacitti join Bryce Arnott (6'1''-G-90), Liam Gibcus, Malcolm Campbell (6'9''-C), Donnie Lao, Ryan Parker (6'7''-F) and Drew Robinson (6'1''-G).


Augusta State add Alex Smith - by Eurobasket News
Augusta State is working to build the squad that can surpass the last years result. The Jaguars made it to the semis of the NCAA II Championship. Lately Augusta State announced the acquisition of Alex Smith. The 23-year-old Panama-US forward spent the previous season at the William & Mary. He struggled through injuries and played only 18 games. Alex Smith averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 boards per game in those appearances.


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  NCAA3   


Sean Burton heads to London - by Eurobasket News
Sean Burton (5'9''-G) signed his first pro contract. The guard agreed on terms of contract with the London Leopards of the English Basketball League. Sean Burton was among the best performers in the Ithaca basketball programme. He was trumped the Empire 8 Player of the Year twice. Sean Burton tallied 22.1 points, 7.9 assists and 3.5 boards per game in his senior year. He got into D3Hoops.com All-East Region 1st Team in 2009. The guard was also polled the D3Hoops.com All-East Region Player of the Year.


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Tall Blacks win second FIBA Oceania Championship - by Eurobasket News
Game 2: New Zealand - Australia 100-78

The National Team of New Zealand demonstrated impressive performance tonight in Wellington smashing the Australian NT 100-78. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was on fire in the winning squad with 24 points. He also handed out 10 assists beside that and needed 3 more rebounds to reach triple-double. It is important to say that this 22-point win is the biggest margin which Tall Blacks ever made against the Boomers. Australia celebrated in the first game 84-77 and they were looking to win or even to loose with less than 8 points, but New Zealand was great today. Except of Penney, Mika Vukona (197-F-82) also shined in victory collecting 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) added 15 pts and 13 boards. Brad Newley (199-G-85) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) had 17 points and 9 boards, while A.J. Ogilvy (211-C-88) contributed with 14 pts. Hero from Game 1, Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) stopped on 13 pts, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. The first half was a tightly fought affair, with the Tall Blacks leading 17-16 at quarter time, and the Boomers in front 40-38 at the long break thanks to consecutive steal and dunks to Ingles and Newley in the final minute. When reserve guard Mike Fitchett hit a deep buzzer beating three the score at the final change was 74-55 and New Zealand had no troubles to keep comfortable lead until the end.
Both countries qualified for the FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey. What is very important, New Zealand takes Oceania's first seed into the tournament.

New Zealand: Mika Vukona 25+12 boards, Kirk Penney 24+10 as+7 boards, Alex Pledger 15+13 boards
Australia: Brad Newley 20+5 boards, Nathan Jawai 17+9 boards, A.J. Ogilvy 14



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  OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Tall Blacks win second FIBA Oceania Championship - by Eurobasket News
Game 2: New Zealand - Australia 100-78

The National Team of New Zealand demonstrated impressive performance tonight in Wellington smashing the Australian NT 100-78. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was on fire in the winning squad with 24 points. He also handed out 10 assists beside that and needed 3 more rebounds to reach triple-double. It is important to say that this 22-point win is the biggest margin which Tall Blacks ever made against the Boomers. Australia celebrated in the first game 84-77 and they were looking to win or even to loose with less than 8 points, but New Zealand was great today. Except of Penney, Mika Vukona (197-F-82) also shined in victory collecting 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) added 15 pts and 13 boards. Brad Newley (199-G-85) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) had 17 points and 9 boards, while A.J. Ogilvy (211-C-88) contributed with 14 pts. Hero from Game 1, Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) stopped on 13 pts, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. The first half was a tightly fought affair, with the Tall Blacks leading 17-16 at quarter time, and the Boomers in front 40-38 at the long break thanks to consecutive steal and dunks to Ingles and Newley in the final minute. When reserve guard Mike Fitchett hit a deep buzzer beating three the score at the final change was 74-55 and New Zealand had no troubles to keep comfortable lead until the end.
Both countries qualified for the FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey. What is very important, New Zealand takes Oceania's first seed into the tournament.

New Zealand: Mika Vukona 25+12 boards, Kirk Penney 24+10 as+7 boards, Alex Pledger 15+13 boards
Australia: Brad Newley 20+5 boards, Nathan Jawai 17+9 boards, A.J. Ogilvy 14



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  PBL   


Voigt moves to D-League, he will coach Bakersfield - by Gianni Pascucci
The PBL team Vermont Frost Heaves made a proud announcement yesterday that Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ) has accepted the Head Coaching job for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. In his 3 years as Head Coach of the Frost Heaves, Voigt led the team to an overall record of 90 wins and 18 losses, collecting 2 championships and 2 Coach of the year honors and a wildcard playoff appearance in last year's Premier Basketball League playoffs. He brings an overall Coaching record of 124 wins and 45 losses to Bakersfield.

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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tiras WADE
  Talk N Text
  (200-F-81)
  Avg: 30
 1. Wade, Talk N Text30.0 
 2. Johnson, Santa L.28.7 
 3. Penny, Coca-Cola25.6 
 4. Chandler, Purefoods23.5 
 5. Freeman, San M.23.0 
 6. Ellis, Alaska21.7 
 7. Lewis, Rain or Shine21.0 
 8. Noel, Ginebra19.6 
 9. Santos, Burger King17.6 
 10. Helterbrand, Gin.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (198-G/F-79)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Johnson, Santa L.17.7 
 2. Lewis, Rain or Shine15.8 
 3. Freeman, San M.15.5 
 4. Daniels, Burger King14.9 
 5. Noel, Ginebra12.9 
 6. Ellis, Alaska12.9 
 7. Penny, Coca-Cola12.6 
 8. Taulava, Coca-Cola12.5 
 9. Wade, Talk N Text11.9 
 10. Chandler, Purefoo.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text6.1 
 2. Noel, Ginebra5.3 
 3. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.1 
 4. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.0 
 5. Daniels, Burger King4.8 
 6. Miranda, Santa L.4.8 
 7. Villanueva, San M.4.6 
 8. Miller, Alaska4.3 
 9. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 10. Tenorio, Alas.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 David NOEL
  Ginebra
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Noel, Ginebra2.1 
 2. Ellis, Alaska1.8 
 3. Daniels, Burger King1.8 
 4. Freeman, San M.1.6 
 5. Ybanez, Barako Bull1.4 
 6. Lewis, Rain or Shine1.3 
 7. Robinson, Purefoods1.2 
 8. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.2 
 9. Yap, Purefoods1.2 
 10. Villanueva, San.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marquin CHANDLER
  Purefoods
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Chandler, Purefoods2.2 
 2. Johnson, Santa L.2.1 
 3. Aquino, Santa Lucia2.1 
 4. Penny, Coca-Cola2.0 
 5. Daniels, Burger King2.0 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text1.3 
 7. Noel, Ginebra1.3 
 8. Lewis, Rain or Shine1.2 
 9. Santos, Burger King1.0 
 10. Quinahan, Burger.1.0 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Caguas
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Vassallo, Caguas25.6 
 2. Pellot-Rosa, San G.23.9 
 3. Nailon, Ponce21.5 
 4. Ayuso, Santurce21.4 
 5. Escalera, Guaynabo21.0 
 6. Ere, Carolina21.0 
 7. Muoneke, Guaynabo20.8 
 8. Freije, Caguas20.3 
 9. Carmona, Carolina20.1 
 10. White, Caroli.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas10.7 
 2. Aubry, Arecibo10.7 
 3. Harvey, Carolina10.7 
 4. Looby, Humacao10.5 
 5. Davis, Santurce9.4 
 6. Langhi, Mayaguez9.0 
 7. Oyedeji, Bayamon8.8 
 8. Wilson, Bayamon8.5 
 9. Smith, Bayamon8.3 
 10. Nailon, Pon.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Quebradillas
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Williams, Quebradi.9.0 
 2. Rivera, Carolina6.6 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez6.3 
 4. Hatton, Ponce5.9 
 5. Guzman, Humacao5.8 
 6. Caro, Humacao5.2 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Cruz, Carolina4.9 
 9. Osimani, San G.4.9 
 10. Baker, San Germ.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ansel GUZMAN
  Guaynabo
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Guzman, Humacao2.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.7 
 3. Figueroa, Arecibo1.7 
 4. Baker, San German1.6 
 5. Caro, Humacao1.5 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 7. Rivera, Carolina1.5 
 8. Ere, Carolina1.5 
 9. Santiago, Santurce1.4 
 10. Ayuso, Santur.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kurt LOOBY
  Humacao
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Looby, Humacao2.8 
 2. Dyer, San German2.3 
 3. Aubry, Arecibo1.9 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Harvey, Carolina1.2 
 6. Lee, Bayamon1.1 
 7. White, Carolina1.1 
 8. Smith, Bayamon1.1 
 9. Freije, Caguas1.0 
 10. Jones, Quebradill.1.0 


Puerto Rican National Team 2009 - by Kasia
#s#
Filiberto Rivera
Rivera
Elias Ayuso
Ayuso
Ricardo Sanchez
Sanchez
Carmelo Lee
Lee
Daniel Santiago
Santiago
#e#6
4 Luis Villafane (208-C/F-81) of Gigantes de Carolina
5 Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85) of Pepsi JuveCaserta (ITA)
6 Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82) of Gigantes de Carolina
7 Michael Rosario (191-G-90) of Rutgers, The State University (USA)
7 Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (ISR)
8 Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Paris-Levallois (FRA)
9 Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Vaqueros de Bayamon
10 Elias Ayuso (190-G-77) of Cangrejeros de Santurce
11 Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) of Cangrejeros de Santurce
12 Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of Maccabi Haifa Heat (ISR)
13 Jorge Diaz (211-C-89) of Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid (ESP)
13 Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) of Gigantes de Carolina
14 Carmelo Lee (201-F-77) of Vaqueros de Bayamon
15 Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Vaqueros de Bayamon


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  RUSSIA   


Lithuania cruise past Russia in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Russia 78:61

Lithuania posted the first win at the Acropolis-Eurobank international tournament in Greece. They coasted past Russia to improve at 1-0 record. Lithuania will next take on Serbia, while Russia will face Greece in the second round of action.
Lithuania looked aggressive offensively early in the game and had little problems penetrating Russian defense. The Baltic team accounted for 23 points in the opening quarter and ensured a 5-point lead after ten minutes of action. Russia however adjusted and trimmed the deficit in the second stanza. David Blatt's team trailed by only 2 points at halftime 34:36. But the third quarter proved decisive. Lithuania held their opponents to only 13 points and built a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter. Russia never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) tallied 15 points for Lithuania. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) provided 12 points in the win. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 13 points and 7 boards for Russia. Sergey Monya (204-F-83) had 11 points in the losing case.

Lithuania: Ksistof Lavrinovic 15, Marijonas Petravicius 14, Darjus Lavrinovic 12
Russia: Kelly McCarty 13, Sergey Monya 11



Interperformances players available - by Interperformances
At the end of the last season, Interperformances has placed around 95 percent of its players and coaches. This year, our agency wants to beat that record having already placed over 60 percent of its clients in the best teams all over the world. We still however have very interesting players available such as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78) (Aliaga - Turkey TBL) , Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76) (Udine - Serie A), Rashid Atkins (182-G-75) (Galatasaray - Turkey TBL) and Greg Grays (185-G-79) (Givat Shmuel - Israeli Premier League) among the Point Guards, and Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80) (Universo Brasilia - Brazil NBB), Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82) (Mariupol - Ukrainian Superleague), Monty Mack (191-G-77) (Selcuk Universitesi Turkey TBL), Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76) (Pezinok - Slovakia Extraliga), Vidas Ginevicius (193-G-78) (Vladivostok - Russia A Superleague) and Colin Falls (196-G-85) (Prostejov - Czech Republic NBL) between the Guards.
Among the Small Forwards are still available Roger Powell (198-F-83) (Hapoel Jerusalem - Israeli Premier League), Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) (Udine Italy - Serie A), Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82) (Telekom Bonn - Germany Bundesliga), Reggie Williams (194-F-86) (JDA Dijon - France ProA) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83) (Frankfurt - Germany Bundesliga) while between the Power Forward/Centers there still are Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) (Zadar - Croatia A1), Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77) (Samara Russia - A Superleague), Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79) (Pistoia - Italy LegaDue) and Aerick Sanders (203-F-82) (Aliaga - Turkey TBL)
These and several other interesting quality players could be in help turning around the season for your club this year.. To view them all please visit our website at www.interperfomances.com


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  SENEGAL   


Wallidan celebrates on tournament in Senegal - by Eurobasket News
Wallidan demonstrated nice performance at the tournament in Senegal last week. The team traveled with high ambition and managed to grab the trophy. The tournament included six teams: Thies, Kaolack, Mbour, St. Louis, Louga and Wallidan.
The Gambians impressed at the very beginning and later registered three more wins (four consecutive). Their last game was aborted due to rain, but even before this match it was clear who the winner of this tournament will be.
All players and people in the club are delighted with displays in Senegal. They stated it will not be a surprise if they organize tournament like this at their home court in Banjul. One thing is for sure, Wallidan deserves it.


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  SERBIA   


Greece escapes with 66-65 win against Serbia in Athens - by Dragan Jankovski
Greece escaped with 66-65 victory against Serbia in Day 1 of the Acropolis Cup in Athens. That was the revenge of the host squad for defeated in the latest friendly game.

That friendly also was very exciting, just like the one yesterday. Greece celebrated thanks to Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM), who scored a basket with 22 seconds to go. Serbia had the last possession, but Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) missed.

Greece had much better beginning taking 20-12 lead. However, Serbia improved after that, especially at the defensive end. Serbian big guy did a good job under the basket and everything resulted with 47-47 at the end of third quarter. Later Serbia had 49-47, but Greece immediately answered with 11-4 run. With 39 seconds to go Milenko Tepic made a basket for Serbia for 64-65, but Bourousis was a game hero for Greece.

Coach Dusan Ivkovic decided to rest Stefan Markovic and Novica Velickovic in this game.

Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) led the scorers in Greece with 15 points. Giannis Bourousis had 13 and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) (Baby Shaq) netted 11. In Serbia, Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) once again shined scoring 11 points. Milos Teodosic and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) had 10 each.


Jelovac and Balzamovic stays with Mega Vizura - by Dragan Jankovski
Stevan Jelovac (207-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) and Stefan Balmazovic (200-F-89) will stay in Mega Vizura for 2008/09. Both players were members of Vizura last season and the new name Mega Vizura came after merge of two teams, Vizura and Mega Basket. The team will compete in Serbian A league next season.

Stevan Jelovac played 24 games for Vizura last season averaging 7.5 ppg and 3.2 rpg. Stefan Balmazovic had 10 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 24 games.

Crvena Zvezda still did not resolve problem about the head coach. Despite the team supposed to have a Management Board yesterday, that did not happen. New date is August 26 (tomorrow).

Serbian National Team player, Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) could continue career with Fenerbahce Ulker. Erceg is originally member of Olympiakos, but after signing of Linas Kleiza the Serbian player will for sure have limited playing time. So far this is just a rumor.

Few days ago Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) arrived to Valencia BC (ex Pamesa). It means that at this moment Serbia will have two players there, Kosta Perovic and Marinovic. Over the past few years in Valencia played Vule Avdalovic and Dejan Milojevic.


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  SEYCHELLES   


Latest results in National League - by Eurobasket News
Baya stood chest to chest with Premium Cobras the team they bumped around in a first-round 78-68 win and although their mettle was tested this time, the defending champions stood firm.

Coach Michel Malbrooks team won Sundays match, played at the Palais des Sports, on an Cobras captain Pillay shoots but Baya came out on top82-71 score to extend their win-run to 15 games, and with three matches left it will be interesting to see if someone can snap their winning sequence or if they will retain the mens division one championship title with a perfect record of 18 victories.
Its a sweet victory, coach Malbrook told Sports Nation at the end of the match, which was scrappy at times with a number of turnovers.
It was a tense affair and both teams had good spells. But we were more organised. Im happy my players responded to the challenge to beat one of the toughest opponents in the race for the title, he said.

Coach Lenny Bad Agla was unhappy with the loss, which has put an end to an 11-game winning streak and means the Cobras are almost out of the title race with 13 wins and four defeats.
After playmaker Giovanni Laval opened the scoring on a shot from downtown with 1 minute 34 seconds (1:34) gone, Baya lost the first quarter 21-24 but took control in the second, which they won 19-14 to go for the breather with a two-point 40-38 lead.
With their substitutes doing a fine job when called on to relieve the starters, outscoring their opponents bench 38-16, Baya distanced themselves from the once mighty Premium Cobras with a 24-15 third-quarter win.
Although they lost subs Timmy Adam (8:55 left with 10 points) and Nigel Annette (F) (7:59 left with three 3-pointers) to five fouls, Baya tied Cobras 18-18 in the final 10-minute spell as the former champions watched in dismay as Nigerian Solomon Alao (194-G/F-87) (7:43 left with 17 points), and Amadou Sylla (3:06 left with 7) fouled out in crunch time.
Baya netted 11 3-pointers compared to three for Cobras, whose starters outscored those of the champions 55-44.
Seychelles international guard Dave Roseline paced Baya with a game-high 21 points, while player of the year Jean-Paul JP Camille, who did not play the usual high minutes, added 11.
Cobras captain and Seychelles power forward Dominic Pillay dominated the defensive board and finished with a team-leading 18 points although he shot poorly, and Steve Speedy Servina came off the bench to pick up the slack with 14.

With only seven players for the match one more than Angels PLS Hawks won all four quarters 26-23, 28-22, 40-17 and 38-31 for a 132-85 victory to bring their win record to 12 in 13 games.
The Hawks had five players Seychelles centre Rodney Loze (194-C) (38 points), veteran power forward Jim Domingue (194-F-68) (30), Daniel Victor (28 including six treys), captain Bernard Bristol (G) (14) and centre Barry Baron (10) scoring in double digits.
Steven Servina netted a game-high 41 points and Barry Dubignon added 14, including three 3-pointers, for Angels who have now lost eight times in 15 outings.

Mont Fleuri Dawgz travelled to Praslin on Saturday and returned with an important 80-62 victory over Praslin Warriors to bring their points tally to 20 after six wins and eight defeats.
After their 14th loss in 15 games, the Warriors continue to carry the weight of the 10-team standings.

MBU Rockers got 28 points, including five treys from international swingman Cyril Agrippine (F/G) and 12 from Brian Morel, in a 20-point margin 85-65 victory over RC Dynamics, who were paced by captain Jean-Paul Desaubin with 25.
MBU Rockers boast 12 wins in 16 games, while RC Dynamics have just five in 14 matches.

Meanwhile, in a womens match, Mont Fleuri got 21 points from Bernadette Songor, 19 from Tracey Htimier and 16 from Williana Dubois in a 74-25 win over Juniors, who got 10 from Veena Panagary.
While Juniors stay winless in seven games, Mont Fleuri have four wins and three losses.

In the mens division two, Drifters defeated Pointe Larue Falcons 95-89 in extra-time after the match ended 81-81.


Courtesy of www.nation.sc


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  SLOVENIA   


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, Slovan17.5 
 4. Paris, Zagorje17.4 
 5. Ivanovic, Elektra16.7 
 6. Radunovic, Elektra16.7 
 7. Lekic, Slovan15.6 
 8. Cup, Elektra15.6 
 9. Strnad, Zlatorog15.4 
 10. Berdiel, Zlator.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. King, Polzela14.8 
 2. Johnson, Zagorje11.2 
 3. Paris, Zagorje9.5 
 4. Brown, Alpos S.8.9 
 5. Pasalic, Nova Gorica7.9 
 6. Golubovic, U.Olimpija7.5 
 7. Jelesijevic, Polzela7.4 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.8 
 9. Soldo, Epic Misel6.7 
 10. Hunter, Zlator.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Miha CMER
  Zlatorog
  (182-G-77)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Cmer, Luka Koper5.6 
 2. Mocnik, Helios4.6 
 3. Berdiel, Zlatorog4.6 
 4. Ivanovic, Elektra4.5 
 5. Vujasinovic, Polzela4.3 
 6. Goodrich, Zagorje4.0 
 7. Doncic, Slovan3.2 
 8. Percel, Zagorje3.1 
 9. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
 10. Krivec, Kr.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Santurce
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Berdiel, Zlatorog2.5 
 2. Lapornik, Alpos S.2.0 
 3. Dunovic, Alpos S.2.0 
 4. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija1.9 
 5. Radunovic, Elektra1.8 
 6. Dragic, Slovan1.8 
 7. Snow, Helios1.7 
 8. Goodrich, Zagorje1.7 
 9. Percel, Zagorje1.6 
 10. Strnad, Zlator.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. King, Polzela3.1 
 2. Jelesijevic, Polzela1.2 
 3. Brown, Alpos S.1.2 
 4. Radunovic, Elektra1.1 
 5. Golubovic, U.Olimpija1.0 
 6. Nuhanovic, Zlatorog0.9 
 7. Lucic, Zlatorog0.9 
 8. Sjekloca, Elektra0.9 
 9. Cikic, Nova Gorica0.8 
 10. Bajramlic, Zagor.0.8 


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony DILL
  Atomeromu
  (200-F-81)
  Avg:
 1. Garcia Moral., Bigua23.5 
 2. Williams, Joinville18.4 
 3. Brugger, Joinville17.2 
 4. Young, Bigua16.8 
 5. Briones, Liceo Mixto15.4 
 6. Clark, Barcelona15.2 
 7. Saglietti, Libertad15.0 
 8. Garnett, Liceo M.13.8 
 9. Souza, Joinville13.3 
 10. Osimani, Big.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony DILL
  Atomeromu
  (200-F-81)
  Avg:
 1. dos Santos, Joinville8.6 
 2. Young, Bigua6.5 
 3. Souza, Joinville5.3 
 4. Freeman-M., Bigua5.2 
 5. Carcelen, Barcelona5.2 
 6. De Lima, Joinville5.2 
 7. Lopes, Pitagora.5.0 
 8. Sucatzky, Pitago.5.0 
 9. Garnett, Liceo M.4.4 
 10. Strickland, Barcelo.4.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony DILL
  Atomeromu
  (200-F-81)
  Avg:
 1. Sucatzky, Pitago.6.0 
 2. Osimani, Bigua4.3 
 3. Soares, Joinville4.2 
 4. Lopes, Pitagora.4.0 
 5. Cardenas, Barcelona3.4 
 6. Saez, Liceo Mixto3.0 
 7. Garnett, Liceo M.2.2 
 8. Pelussi, Libertad2.0 
 9. Orona, Libertad2.0 
 10. da Rosa, Pita.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony DILL
  Atomeromu
  (200-F-81)
  Avg:
 1. Williams, Joinville2.2 
 2. da Rosa, Pitago.2.0 
 3. Cardenas, Barcelona1.8 
 4. Saez, Liceo Mixto1.4 
 5. Calfani, Bigua1.3 
 6. dos Santos, Joinville1.2 
 7. Clark, Barcelona1.2 
 8. Rovira, Bigua1.0 
 9. Zilli, Libertad1.0 
 10. Moldu, Libert.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony DILL
  Atomeromu
  (200-F-81)
  Avg:
 1. Lopes, Pitagora.1.0 
 2. Pelussi, Libertad1.0 
 3. Strickland, Barcelona0.8 
 4. Viegas, Joinville0.3 
 5. Osimani, Bigua0.3 
 6. Calfani, Bigua0.3 
 7. Souza, Joinville0.3 
 8. Young, Bigua0.3 
 9. Garnett, Liceo M.0.2 
 10. Cardenas, Barcelo.0.2 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Dongbu Promu land Utah State standout - by Eurobasket News
The Korean Basketball League side Dongbu Promu signed Utah State forward Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Salt Lake CC). The 27-year-old 206cm player tallied 17.1 points, 6.8 boards and 1.3 assists per game in his senior year with the Aggies. Gary Wilkinson led the Aggies to 30-5 overall record. He was also trumped the WAC Player of the Year in the previous season. Wilkinson was also named the Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American.


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Alicante brings in Katelynas, Caja Laboral and Regal Barca test wunderkid Djekic - by Eurobasket News
Lucentum Alicante announced signing of the Lithuanian player Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga). The 26-year old Katelynas arrives from Italian Armani Jeans Milano, where he spent last two seasons. In the last one he appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 4.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In Serie A Katelynas had 5.4 pppg and 3.8 rpg in 40 games. During the season 2007/08 he had almost the same digits.
Mindaugas Katelynas joined Milano in 2007 from another Italian team, Junior Casale Monferrato which competed in B1. Before that he was a member of Cantu, but with very limited playing time.
Mindaugas Katelynas is a product of Tennessee-Chattanooga University, where he graduated in 2005. In his senior season Katelynas had 12 ppg and 9 rpg for 37 games. Later, he participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and twice on Summer League, but was not able to earn the contract.

According to Solobasket one of the Serbian top prospects, Branislav Djekic (205-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) heads to Caja Laboral and Regal Barcelona on try-out. Djekic played last couple of years for Serbian FMP Zeleznik youth selections and was a standard member of Serbian U16 and U18 National Team. In 2006 Djekic won the Bronze on EuroBasket in Spain. A year later U16 Serbia won the Gold on EuroBasket in Greece and they did it again this summer, but on EuroBasket for juniors in France. Djekic played 9 games for Serbia averaging 11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.9 bpg. With FMP Zeleznik Branislav Djekic won several championship titles in Serbia (U18, U16). This year he was named MVP and was the best scorer of the competition. FMP also won last two 'Nike Euroleague Junior Tournaments' (Unofficial U18 European competition for clubs) and Djekic was the team's best player.


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Dreke BOULDIN
  Matchmind
  (202-G/F-80)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Bouldin, Matchmind20.8 
 2. Echols, Cantabria18.7 
 3. Mortellaro, ADT T.17.1 
 4. Llorente, Archena16.7 
 5. Williams, Matchmind16.5 
 6. Yanez, V..15.8 
 7. Turner, Promobys15.4 
 8. Nelson, Huelva15.4 
 9. Harry, Archena15.4 
 10. Camps, Cantabr.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zachary ANDREWS
  Huesca
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Andrews, Guadalaj.9.2 
 2. Mortellaro, ADT T.9.0 
 3. Turner, Promobys8.6 
 4. Thompson, Molina8.5 
 5. Mugica, Archena8.3 
 6. Williams, Matchmind8.3 
 7. Mathis, Alcazar7.9 
 8. Bouldin, Matchmind7.7 
 9. McLemore, Huelva7.7 
 10. Echols, Cantabr.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Salvador CAMPS
  Palencia
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Camps, Cantabria6.5 
 2. Rufian, Huelva5.7 
 3. del Tio, Merida5.3 
 4. Monclova, Alcazar4.9 
 5. Darbo, Huelva4.2 
 6. Llorente, Archena4.2 
 7. Castello, Matchmind3.8 
 8. Nunez, Guadalajara3.8 
 9. Simon, V..3.7 
 10. Sanchez, Cantabr.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tony TATE
  Oviedo Feve
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tate, Oviedo Feve2.7 
 2. Turner, Promobys2.4 
 3. Martinez, Navalcar.2.3 
 4. Rueda, Promobys2.1 
 5. Gomez, Huelva2.0 
 6. Llorente, Archena2.0 
 7. del Tio, Merida2.0 
 8. Camps, Cantabria1.9 
 9. Bataller, Girona1.9 
 10. Sanchez, Cantabr.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MCLEMORE
  Huelva
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McLemore, Huelva2.3 
 2. Bain, ADT Tarragona1.9 
 3. Herndon, Alaior1.4 
 4. Hilliman, Promobys1.3 
 5. Williams, Matchmind1.3 
 6. Farley, Archena1.2 
 7. Thomasson, Alaior1.1 
 8. Bouldin, Matchmind1.1 
 9. Williams, V..1.0 
 10. Cabeza, Giro.1.0 


Market news - by Eurobasket News
Tenerife agreed deal with Brazilian player Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84), who spent last season in Winner/Limeira collecting 10.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 32 NBB games. The 25-year old big guy is a member of Brazilian National Team and in the past he played for U21 Brazil. He started basketball career with Pinheiros Sao Paulo and in 2005 moved for Londrina. Later, Fiorotto played for Rio Claro and Paulistano/DIX Saude.

Plasencia announced arrival of Javier Zalvide (188-G-80), who is the first signing of the team this summer. Zalvide played for AD Molina last season averaging 8.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.1 apg. In the past he was a member of Blanes Almeria and Palencia.

Lobe Huesca added Javier Salson (199-F-82, college: Bloomfield), ex member of Real Madrid's second team. Last season he appeared 26 times in LEB Bronze registering 10.7 ppg and 6.7 rpg. In the past he played for Ourense and Plasencia. Salson is a product of Bloomfield College, where he graduated in 2005.

Huelva came up with 2-year contract extension of Rafael Rufian (185-G-82). The 27-year old payer joined Huelva last year from La Laguna. He played 23 games in LEB Bronze averaging 8.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 5.7 apg. He finished the contest as second leading player in assists.


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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce acquire Tarence Kinsey - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce booster their roster with the NBA-caliber player. They inked the 25-year-old guard Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina). Kinsey graduated from the South Carolina University in 2006. There the 200cm guard averaged 15.8 points, 4.6 boards and 2.3 assists per game. In 2006-07 season he played for the Memphis Grizzlies scoring 7.7 points and pulling down 2.0 boards per appearance. He moved to Fenerbahce in January 2008 and delivered 10.2 points in the TBL. In Euroleague his stats reach 8.8 points and 2.8 boards mark. Tarence Kinsey returned to the NBA in 2008 to tally 2.2 points for the Cavs last season.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


U.S. Virgin Islands National Team 2009 - by Kasia
#s#
Kevin Sheppard
Sheppard
Cuthbert Victor
Victor
Jason Edwin
Edwin
Kitwana Rhymer
Rhymer
Calvert White
White
#e#6
Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79) of Shiraz a.s Pipe (IRI)
Cuthbert Victor (196-G/F-83) of Vive Menorca (ESP)
Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) of Guaros de Lara (VEN)
Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78) of Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (UKR)
Calvert White (191-G/F-75) of Jam Squad
Greg Washington (208-F-84) of Hofstra University (USA)
Phil Jones (208-C-85) of University of North Carolina - Charlotte (USA)
Walter Hodge (183-G-86) of University of Florida (USA)
David Cooper (201-F-83) of Manchester Millrats (USA)
Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75) of Vujic Metalac Valjevo (SRB)
Rasheem Richards (191-G) of York College (NB) (USA)
Aaron Brown (193-G-92)


Virgin Islands Medal History - by David Edole
Medals
Senior Men
2008 Silver Medal (Centro Basket) Cancun, Mexico
2006 Silver Medal (Centro Basket) Panama
2005 Silver Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) Kingston, Jamaica
2002 Gold Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
2000 Silver Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) Barbados* The first time a Virgin Islands national team competed in the CBC.
2000 Gold Medal (Central American and Caribbean University Games) Puerto Rico
1967 Bronze Medal (Centro Basket) November 25, 1967 in the II Centro Basket Tournament in San Salvador, El Salvador team placed 3rd behind Panama and Cuba.

Senior Women
2005 Silver Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) Kingston, Jamaica
2002 Bronze Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Junior Men
2009 Bronze Medal (Centro Basket) Aguas Calientes, Mexico
2008 Silver Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) St. Johns, Antigua
2005 Bronze Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) St. Augustines, Trinidad
2001 Silver Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) Nassau, Bahamas
1974 Bronze Medal (Centro Basket) Guatemala City, Guatemala

Junior Women
2008 Silver Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) St. Johns, Antigua
2005 Silver Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) St. Augustines, Trinidad
2001 Gold Medal (Caribbean Basketball Championships) Nassau, Bahamas



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  UGANDA   


Latest results - by Eurobasket News
Power - Knight Riders 86-75
The Power started this game much better taking nice 29-12 lead. However, the Riders drastically improved in the second quarter cutting the margin to 1 point and everything was open again. Soon after the breather the Power once again took control on its rivals jumping to safe distance and keeping it until the end. Power's Isaac Afidra (193-G/F) shined with 35 points. Norman Blick (201-F-83) had 26, while Joseph Ikong added 12. Steven Mtemihonda top scored for the Knight Riders with 23 points. Jimmy Enabu (183-G-88) contributed with 19.

Falcons - Warriors 73-74
It was a real thriller as the Warriors had one-point lead with 2 seconds remaining in the game, but Falcons is the one who had possession. Carlos Ocici somehow drew a foul having two attempts from the line after that. Unfortunately to Falcones he missed both and the Warriors escaped with tiny 73-74. Three-time regular season top scorer Stephen Okias (193-C/F) drained 15 points for the winners, while Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) had 10. Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79) and Henry Malinga (193-F) scored 13 points each for Falcons.

Miracle - KIU 88-80
Mohammed Ali delivered 22 points for Miracle and was its best player. Boniface Okello replied with 15 points in defeat.

In the Division II two games, Bush Courts outplayed Livingstone 50-43, Berkley edged MBC Rocks 66-64 and TLC defeated Kings 46-36.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Sean Burton heads to London - by Eurobasket News
Sean Burton (5'9''-G) signed his first pro contract. The guard agreed on terms of contract with the London Leopards of the English Basketball League. Sean Burton was among the best performers in the Ithaca basketball programme. He was trumped the Empire 8 Player of the Year twice. Sean Burton tallied 22.1 points, 7.9 assists and 3.5 boards per game in his senior year. He got into D3Hoops.com All-East Region 1st Team in 2009. The guard was also polled the D3Hoops.com All-East Region Player of the Year.


Williams Returns to Riders - by Andy Webb
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have added to their squad by signing guard Adam Williams (193-G-83) to the roster for the 2009/10 season.

The 26-year-old previously played for the club in 2006/07 when he was in the line-up alongside Coach Rob Paternostro. The pair were also team-mates at Birmingham the following year.

Obviously he is a player I know a lot about having played with him both for the Riders and Birmingham, said Paternostro. Even at just 26 he is an experienced BBL player now, I think this will be his seventh season in the league, and he will certainly add depth to our squad for the upcoming season.

Adam has always been the kind of player who will do whatever it takes to win. I have always been impressed with how hard he plays, both in practice and in games. Hes a good shooter and can attack the basket well, Im happy to have him on board.

In 2007/08 he averaged a career-high 15 points and 5 rebounds per game for Birmingham and last season he played for Worcester Wolves. Williams spent another three seasons in the BBL with Birmingham prior to joining the Riders.

Williams will also play a significant role for the club off-court with their community development and schools programmes.

Riders General Manager commented Adam is going to be a great addition to our club. A fundamental part of the club is our community programme. We have worked very hard over the last 2 years to build basketball into the heart of the community. I feel Adam will be an exceptional asset to everything we are trying to do in Leicestershire.

The Riders have also confirmed a pre-season double-header at John Sandford Sports Centre the week before the BBL season gets underway. Riders will take on local rivals Derby Trailblazers on Friday 18th September and then American touring side USA Select the following day.

Both games will tip-off at 7.30pm and special priced two-for-one advanced tickets (9 adults and 6 children), which gain entry to both games, are available from the clubs website www.leicesterriders.co.uk.



Julius Joseph Jumps to the Heat - by Andy Webb
Heat Coach Chad McKnight is moving quickly to strengthen the Heats squad for the coming season. His latest signing is veteran player Julius Joseph (193-F-75, college: Georgia Coll.). The GB International has plenty of experience, having played in both the UK and Europe. Most recently, he has spent three seasons north of the border with the Scottish Rocks.

Julius started his career playing with his local club, the Westminster Warriors in 1996 before spending three years in the US at Georgia College & State University, where he played for the Bobcats. On his return to the UK, Julius played a season for the Manchester Giants before joining Euphony Bree in Belgium for three seasons. He spent time with Scottish Rocks in the British Basketball League (BBL) and Colfontaine in Belgium before re-joining the Rocks for the 2005-06 season.

The 65 small forward is a scoring machine. In his first season with the Scottish Rocks, he led the team in scoring, with 618 points at an average of 18.7 a game in the BBL. Overall in his time with the Rocks, he scored 1,582 points in the BBL at an average of 16.1 per game. He also pulled down 446 rebounds at an average of 4.8 per game.

Julius has plenty of big game experience. To go with his international experience, he made it to two Play-off Finals and one Cup Final during his time with the Rocks. However, he always finished on the losing side, so he is looking forward to finally winning a finals game with the Heat, who have won the BBL Championship, Play-offs, Trophy and Cup in the last three seasons (including defeating Julius and the Rocks in the Cup Final two years ago).

Chad McKnight is delighted to have signed a player with Juliuss experience. Speaking about his latest acquisition, Chad said:

I am really pleased to have signed Julius. He will be a great fit with our team. I have always had a lot of respect for him as a person and on the court. He is an unselfish player, he can really shoot the ball, and he can also sit down on defense. Hes exactly what Im looking for in a player.



Jets hard work pays off after they land Irish MVP. - by Andy Webb
The Cheshire Jets are delighted to announce they have secured the signature of Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Post) one of Irelands leading players. The 6ft 7 former UCC Demons star racked up an impressive set of stats last season which saw him named as MVP of the year for the Irish League as well as Irish Cup winner and Irish Superleague Champion.

Jets coach Paul Smith had been monitoring the youngsters progress for the past couple of seasons with a view to bringing him to the Northgate.

Coach said;

Its quite a coup for the Jets to bring Colin to Chester we know there were a few clubs in the BBL in competition with us to sign him up so we were thrilled he chose us. Colin is one of the first players we spoke to at the beginning of the summer he is an excellent three point shooter and a great passer. He is a real team player with great team ethics that will easily fit into the side.

Colin is due to jet into Chester on the 1st of September after he returns from international duty with Ireland, they face Slovak next in their final group game after Colin lead the side to victory in their European qualifier against Luxemburg at the weekend. OReilly was named top scorer with an impressive 25 points.

The first game of the season sees the Jets new line up take on last seasons league winners Newcastle Eagles on the 25th of September. While the first home game of the season kicks off on the 27th against Milton Keynes.



American Guard, Jessie Sapp Signs for Rocks - by Andy Webb
The Glasgow Rocks have completed the signing of their third American with the capture of Georgetown University graduate, Jessie Sapp (191-G). The New York born guard is the fourth signing for Sterling Davis' 2009/10 squad.

For the past 3 seasons, Sapp has been a regular starter for the highly rated Georgetown Hoyas. Last year Sapp started every game as he helped lead the Hoyas to consecutive BIG EAST Regular Season Championships.

He averaged 9.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists, shooting 43.8 percent from the floor and hitting a career-high 62 three-pointers, the sixth-best mark in a single season at Georgetown.

Rocks player/coach Sterling Davis is impressed by the young American's physical presence and ability and believes he can make a real impact on the BBL stage:

'Jesse is a very athletic strong guard that I feel I will be able to utilise at both the one and two positions. He is a very intelligent player who has a knack for making things happen on the floor.'

Davis is looking forward to Sapp's arrival in Glasgow and hopes that his success in college basketball in the US will carry on into the BBL:

'With his background in the game, we will be getting a great competitor who knows what it takes to win. We are definitely looking forward to getting him here.'

The first chance to see Sapp and his new team mates in action will be on Monday 21st September at the official pre-season launch of the Glasgow Rocks (7.00pm, Kelvin Hall). The Rocks tip-off the new season later that week on Sunday 27th September with the visit of BBL rivals Newcastle Eagles.

Jessie Sapp basketball profile
Height: 191cm / 6'3''
Position: Guard
Team: Georgetown (USA) (2005-09)
Nationality: USA



New And Spinks Add Bite - by Andy Webb
Marshall Milton Keynes Lions today announced the re-signing of 69 Power forward / Centre, Michael New (206-F/C-68, college: N.Mexico St.), and the return of 65 Captain Dru Spinks (193-G/F-79)

New, a graduate of New Mexico State University will enter his fourth year and second spell with the Lions after playing in Milton Keynes during the 2002-03 Basketball season.

Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay is ecstatic about the continued stay of a player whose influence extends far from the basketball court. Mike is a work horse said Macaulay, He only knows how to give 100%, as our Academy Director he is the perfect man to influence the young men and women who enter the MK College Basketball Academy, whilst on court he lets the rest of the team know that they will have to give of their best

New had a dual role as Assistant Coach with the Lions last season whilst combining the role of Academy Director. He averaged 13. points and 7 rebounds per game, shooting 87% from the free throw line and 51% from the field.
Macaulay added Mike is a true professional, he and I felt there was some unfinished business from last season, we werent happy with certain things and decided on one last go round, I am glad to have him back

Spinks, already the BBLs longest serving player returns for season number 12. The former England International, lifted the clubs first Trophy in 2008 and is keen to do the same this season. I am convinced we let it slip by last season and enter this season with a real desire not only for myself but to keep my team mates on point. The club is growing fast and we need to match that on the court said Spinks.

The forward played many positions for the Lions and last season, averaging 7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20 minutes of action, also shooting 84% at the free throw line. Macaulay added, Dru does what it says on the tin Hard nosed, blue collar worker and great defender thats it, we can put him on practically any player and he will do a great job of slowing them down, this season is a big one for Dru and I am excited for him

The Lions have already announced the acquisition of point guard EJ Harrison from the Guildford Heat as well as exciting forward, Dawud Morris. Robert Youngblood also returns and with the launch of the supporters club on the 12th September, fans can meet the players at the David Lloyd Health club who are hosting a Barbecue. Season tickets are now on sale and take up has been large following the announcement that the team will play at Middleton Hall from January. Details are available online at mklions.com.

The Lions are in action on the 18th of September against Team USA Select then the new BBL season starts on Friday September the 25th when the Worcester Wolves visit Bletchley Leisure Centre, fans are advised to take advantage of buying in advance for the best deals.
Information on all Lions home games is available by calling 01908 512217



EAGLES GRAB DOUBLE D WITH BOTH HANDS - by Andy Webb
Reigning BBL champions Newcastle Eagles are thrilled to have clinched the services of forward Darius Defoe (204-F-84) for a sixth consecutive season.

Still only 24 years old, the Londoner already has a BBL medal haul topping double figures and will line up alongside fellow returnees Andrew Bridge and Lynard Stewart when the 2009-10 season tips off next month.

Defoe averaged 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season to showcase his productivity and efficiency while according to player-coach Fab Flournoy, the best is yet to come.

Darius has been a project for us since day one when he came back in 2004. He has worked hard at his game and has been a fundamental part of our success.

He was very raw when he first arrived but he is still learning each day and with every season is becoming more accomplished in what he does.

He still has some way to go yet and can be an even better player for us in this league.

Darius had to step up last season when Lynard (Stewart) was injured and it is because of players like him that we were able to cope without an All Star player and MVP like Lynard. Not many clubs could have done that.

Darius is the third player we have brought back and the continuity is definitely good for me as a coach.

Eagles Managing Director Paul Blake added,

I think that Darius has given us terrific value during his time at the club and everyone knows that he loves it in Newcastle and really feels at home.

The fans appreciate the contribution that Darius makes and when you think about the number of minutes he plays, it is quite an achievement to average double figures in the league.

I think it is the first time he has managed it and he has shown an improvement each year which bodes well for us in 09/10

Perhaps he is underrated elsewhere but certainly not by anyone at our club including our fans who I know will be really happy to have Darius back.



PIRATES CAPTAIN AT THE HELM - by Andy Webb
Essex Pirates are proud to announce that they will enter their first season in the BBL with former England International Dean Williams (191-F-77) leading the way as captain.

Having already snapped up Spanish treasure Pablo Rodrigo and British prospect Kyle Dodd, the clubs head coach Tim Lewis is delighted to have added some experience to his roster.

Dean is a veteran player who has many years of high level competitive experience in the BBL with the added bonus of him having played against top European opposition during 2007-08.

That makes him a natural choice for us. Not only because of the veteran skills that he brings in terms of his experience but also because it will fit nicely into the style of play we plan to adopt.

Dean is definitely a leader and someone who our young players will learn a lot from.

We are extremely pleased that he has chosen to join us as we needed someone who knows the league well to compliment the younger players we have.

The 32 year old guard has already lined up for a host of British clubs including London Towers, Thames Valley Tigers, Plymouth Raiders and more recently Guildford Heat where he attained huge success collecting a host of medals.

Two seasons ago Williams played ten games in the prestigious ULEB Cup against Spanish basketball giants such as DKV Joventut and last year averaged 6.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game during 32 games in the BBL with Guildford.

Further player announcements will be made by the club within the next week or two as Coach Lewis continues to build the team for clubs rookie professional campaign.



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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelan National Team 2009 - by Kasia
#s#
Greivis Vasquez
Vasquez
Jesus Centeno
Centeno
Jose Vargas
Vargas
Rafael Perez
Perez
Alejandro Barrios
Barrios
#e#6
Venezuelan National Team for Tournament Of The Americas 2009
Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87) of University of Maryland (USA)
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) of Duros de Lara
Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) of Centauros de Apure
Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) of Tiburones de Vargas
Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Hector Romero (202-F-80) of Espartanos de Margarita
Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) of Duros de Lara
Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Lanceros de Cojedes
Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) of Tiburones de Vargas
Gregory Echenique (206-F-90) of Rutgers, The State University (USA)
Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Espartanos de Margarita
Head Coach: Nestor Salazar


Centauros de Apure names Eduardo Opezzo Head Coach - by Ozell Wells
Argentine coach Eduardo Opezzo has just been named the new head coach of Centauros de Apure in Venezuelas LNB, which is set to tip off this coming weekend. Coach Opezzo has a rich basketball history coming from Argentinas basketball courts and breaking into Mexico in 2002. He has since then built a winning tradition as he coached in the Mexican CIBACOPA All Star game in 2003 and 2009 and won the CIBACOPA Championships in 2003, retrning ot he finals in 2004. He also has experienced success in the Liga del Sureste with Dorados de Playa del Carmen. We look to see great things from Eduardo this season in the LBP, as he looks to gather his group with limited time and mold them into a winner.
We at Latinbasket wish Coach Opezzo the best on his newest venture in the basketball world!





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Willetton Tigers beat Mandurah Magic in SBL Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
The Willetton Tigers won the women's State Basketball League premiership at Perry Lakes Stadium last Friday night, defeating Mandurah Magic 73-63.

Both teams put on a great show for the sell-out crowd of 950 the biggest audience ever for a womens final with no more than four points separating the teams during the first quarter.

Mandurah got off to a good start, claiming a 17-13 lead at quarter time, but the Tigers clawed back in the second term with Lynx players Ashley Gilmore and Kate Malpass (176-G-88) taking the premiers to a 35-27 lead at half-time.

Magic got within four points of the Tigers in the final quarter, but Willetton hung on and eventually won the match by 10 points.

Gilmore was named MVP for the match, scoring 21 points, taking 10 rebounds and four steals while Tigers captain Malpass was equally impressive with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Shelley Boston was the shining light for Mandurah, scoring 15 points and taking 10 rebounds.

Gemma Thomas also impressed with 14 points and eight rebounds.

The league will move to the nearly completed, new basketball stadium across the road next season.


Courtesy of www.sbl.asn.au


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Evanthia MALTSI
  GRE
  (180-F-78)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Maltsi, GRE22.6 
 2. Jekabsone-Z., LAT20.3 
 3. Sheffer, ISR18.3 
 4. Cohen, ISR17.7 
 5. Ogorodnikova, UKR17.0 
 6. Hammon, RUS16.5 
 7. Montanana, ESP16.2 
 8. Macchi, ITA16.0 
 9. Gruda, FRA15.4 
 10. Zirkova, S.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  BLR
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Leuchanka, BLR9.2 
 2. Papamichail, GRE8.0 
 3. Stepanova, RUS7.9 
 4. Levitsky, ISR7.7 
 5. Gruda, FRA7.7 
 6. Leciejewska, POL7.5 
 7. Kobryn, POL7.3 
 8. GYURCSI, SVK7.3 
 9. Abrosimova, RUS7.0 
 10. Petronyte, L.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Birsel VARDARLI
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Vardarli, TUR4.7 
 2. Cohen, ISR4.3 
 3. Kalentzou, GRE4.1 
 4. Selwyn, ISR4.0 
 5. Jekabsone-Z., LAT3.9 
 6. Marchanka, BLR3.9 
 7. Biryuk, UKR3.3 
 8. Dumerc, FRA3.3 
 9. Melain, FRA3.1 
 10. Zirkova, S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Evanthia MALTSI
  GRE
  (180-F-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Maltsi, GRE3.1 
 2. Gorbunova, UKR2.3 
 3. Aguilar, ESP2.2 
 4. Palazoglu, TUR2.2 
 5. GYURCSI, SVK2.1 
 6. Hammon, RUS2.0 
 7. Zirkova, SVK2.0 
 8. Carnoka, SVK1.9 
 9. Kupcikova, SVK1.9 
 10. Montanana, E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VERAMEYENKA
  BLR
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Verameyenka, BLR2.7 
 2. Alyoshkina, UKR2.0 
 3. Stepanova, RUS2.0 
 4. Levitsky, ISR2.0 
 5. Osipova, RUS1.3 
 6. Kulichova, CZE1.2 
 7. Nevlin, TUR1.2 
 8. Tamane, LAT1.1 
 9. Suez Karni, ISR1.0 
 10. Ogorodnikova, U.1.0 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Robinson, Savaria23.7 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs21.5 
 3. Maslowski, Szeged16.2 
 4. Milovanovic, MKB E.15.2 
 5. Radunovic, Foton14.9 
 6. Djelmis, Szolnok14.8 
 7. Quennan, MiZo Pecs14.5 
 8. Milkova, BSE14.3 
 9. Ievtushenko, Atome.14.2 
 10. Zherzherunov., S.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Robinson, Savaria9.8 
 2. Wilson, Atomeromu8.6 
 3. Radunovic, Foton7.4 
 4. Serban, Cegledi EKK6.8 
 5. Zherzherunov., Sze.6.7 
 6. Fejes, Vasas-Csata6.4 
 7. Vajda, MiZo Pecs6.3 
 8. Coelho, MiZo Pecs6.3 
 9. Horvath, ZTE6.3 
 10. Hegedus, Cegled.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  MiZo Pecs
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.8 
 2. Djelmis, Szolnok4.5 
 3. Darida, Szolnok3.8 
 4. Nemeth, Szeged3.3 
 5. Furesz, Szeged3.3 
 6. Furesz, Foton3.1 
 7. Borovickova, Foton2.8 
 8. Lakloth, Vasas-Cs.2.8 
 9. Macleod, MKB E.2.8 
 10. Tamis, Atomero.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anna VAJDA
  MiZo Pecs
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.6 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.5 
 3. Wilson, Atomeromu3.2 
 4. Darida, Szolnok2.9 
 5. Koncz, BSE2.9 
 6. Rasheed, ZTE2.6 
 7. Furesz, Szeged2.6 
 8. Szasz, BEAC2.5 
 9. Czank, Vasas-Csata2.5 
 10. Milovanovic, MKB.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Robinson, Savaria1.6 
 2. Sandor, Savaria0.8 
 3. Fritz, Vasas-Csata0.7 
 4. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.6 
 5. Hegedus, Cegledi .0.6 
 6. Radunovic, Foton0.5 
 7. Maslowski, Szeged0.5 
 8. Szabadfi, Savaria0.5 
 9. Szondy, Vasas-Csata0.4 
 10. Horvath, Z.0.4 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Ashdod signed Courtney Paris !!!! - by Gil Goshen


Courtney Paris, the Sacramento Rookie, signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the next season.

Courtney Paris (21, 6'4) was the 7th pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the draft 2009. she had played in 25 games and started in 6 . She's averaging 5.3 points and 4 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. . In her senior season Paris averaged 15.9 points, 13.6 rbs and 2.9 blocks per game. .

Paris' career stats in Oklahoma stand at 19.9 points, 14.8 rbs 3.3 blocks per game. She has made the Big 12's all defensive team four times. .

Paris joins Natasha Lacy, Ornit Shwarts, Shiran Zairy, Rivi Grinboym and Nofar Shalom.



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  JUCO - Women  


Ashley Arnold and Sarai Nathaniel will play for Cecil College - by Eurobasket News
Cecil College basketball programme was joined by two players. Ashley Arnold and Sarai Nathaniel signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the college.
Ashley Arnold just graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. There this all-around player averaged 15 points and 12 boards per game. She was the team captain and All-Montgomery County pick.
Sarai Nathaniel joined Cecil College from Roxborough High School, where she was the standout performer.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Baltic states give birth to the SBBL - by Eurobasket News
The Baltic Women Basketball League (SBBL) was founded yesterday. The chiefs of Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian basketball federations signed the Protocol of Intent about the foundation of the SBBL.
The league is expected to tip off in January 2010. The number of teams to participate is still unclear. But it should be three or four Lithuanian squad, two or three teams from Latvia and one or two outfits from Estonia. The teams will play in two rounds before figuring out the best four squads to make it to the semifinals. The semis and the Final will be the best-of-three series.
The board also highlighted the intention to involve at lease eight teams starting from the 2010-11 season.



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Baltic states give birth to the SBBL - by Eurobasket News
The Baltic Women Basketball League (SBBL) was founded yesterday. The chiefs of Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian basketball federations signed the Protocol of Intent about the foundation of the SBBL.
The league is expected to tip off in January 2010. The number of teams to participate is still unclear. But it should be three or four Lithuanian squad, two or three teams from Latvia and one or two outfits from Estonia. The teams will play in two rounds before figuring out the best four squads to make it to the semifinals. The semis and the Final will be the best-of-three series.
The board also highlighted the intention to involve at lease eight teams starting from the 2010-11 season.



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  NAIA - Women  


Concordia ready for fresh start - by Eurobasket News
The Concordia University Eagles are getting ready for the upcoming season. The sophomore head coach Jenny Hansen announced eight players that are going to join the Eagles in the new season. Four of those newcomers are guards that are giving a necessary depth for the teams backcourt. Among them is Patrice Hunter that played for San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton last year. There she averaged 8.8 points per game leading her team to the California State Championship Final.
Taylor Elliot is another freshman, who join the team from El Toro High School. There she averaged 7.0 points per appearance. She will be of great help to Concordias top scoring duo of Kayanna Nichols and Nicole Fu.
Asia Auberry and Lauren Gonzalez also boosted the Eagles squad. Auberry played for Fontana Summit High School scoring 6.6 points per game. Lauren Gonzalez posted 16.8 points per night at Western Christian High School in Covina.
Concordia also invited Melody Chavez and Amanda Fielder to the team. Fielder tallied 20 points and 25 boards per game playing at Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, Australia.
Finally Abby Lange and Bianca Bufanda will complete the picture for the Eagles that finished the previous season at 14-14 overall record.



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  NCAA2 - Women  


Kaitlin McBride to play for the Seawolves - by Eurobasket News
The Alaska Anchorage continued to bolster their backcourt. They recently added Kaitlin McBride to the roster for the upcoming season. Tim Moser announced about the agreement yesterday. The guard played her sophomore season at Yakima Valley Community College in 2008-09. She helped the Yaks to an unbeaten (14-0) league record and the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region title. YVCC finished 25-7 overall as McBride averaged 9.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
McBride played her freshman season at Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Western Washington, averaging 2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.2 apg, while logging 11 starts.
The Seawolves have already secured the services of Alex Coon, Jessica Dela Cruz, Brooke Larsen, Torle Nenbee and Sigourney Thompson for the next season.



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  NCAA3 - Women  


Artina Trader takes over as NCWC head coach - by Eurobasket News
The North Carolina Wesleyan announced the appointment of the college alumna Artina Trader as the basketball programme head coach. Artina Trader graduated from the college in 1999. She would substitute John Brackett at the position. Artina Trader worked for five years at the Thiel College in Greenville, PA. She also worked as the assistant coach at Allegheny College and at John Carroll University.
The Battling Bishops ended the previous season after losing to Greensboro College in the first round of the USA South Conference Tournament. They finished with 6-20 overall record.



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  NIGER - Women  


WNBA team Seattle Storm aids women's basketball in Niger - by Eurobasket News
Storm Director of Communications and Community Relations Teresa Wippel explains how the Storm connected with the Peace Corps to help out a budding group of female basketball players in the country of Niger.

The letter came to Storm headquarters from Peace Corps volunteer and Oregon native Mariah Cosand: Would the Storm be willing to donate basketballs and practice uniforms or T-shirts to two dozen young women between the ages of 15-24 playing basketball in the town of Maradi, in the West African nation of Niger?

Cosand explained that she was assisting a Peace Corps employee named Ado, who had established a high school girls basketball team in Maradi. Niger is a predominately Muslim country and due to the religious and cultural norms that currently exist in this part of the world, as well as the extreme poverty, girls sports are virtually nonexistent, Cosand wrote. These girls practice every day after school and raise money to travel every few months to one of the handful of other cities in Niger that also have girls basketball teams.

The Storm put together two large boxes of clothing and basketballs, and sent it to Niger earlier this year. Since Cosand had just ended her Peace Corps service, the project was taken over by another volunteer - Sarah Turner of Kansas City, Mo. A former high school basketball player and an avid WNBA fan, Turner used the Storm donations for a basketball camp that the older players ran for younger girls in Maradi.

The girls that came were a bit younger (13,14,15) and had never played before, so we did a lot of basic shooting, dribbling, and passing drills, said Turner, whose volunteer service when she is not coaching basketball focuses on animal husbandry, including work with womens groups who buy and sell animals as an income-generating activity. The older girls taught and ran the drills. They spoke to the girls about the importance of continuing education beyond high school and what they expected their role to be as an educated female in the society of a city. They also talked about AIDS prevention.

The older players have the skill level of an average high school team, Turner said. They have finished high school and are in professional school, studying to be nurses and teachers, plus one who is taking the police exam.

As female Peace Corps volunteers from a country that has an entirely different view of women, we sometimes find that ways to connect with women here are hard to find as our life experiences and expectations are very different, Turner noted. I was not expecting, for that reason, for a way to connect with them to occur via sports, but the fact that it happenedspeaks to worldwide presence and importance of sports for women.

Women who play basketball in Maradi all see the benefits of the opportunity and have parents who support them, Turner continued. They have seen mostly games on television, whether live or taped, and really enjoy them. The only indoor gym, like the ones they see on television, is in the capital city of Niamey and so they always hope to play there rather than on our outdoor court in Maradi.

Twice a year, there is a country-wide tournament in Niamey that draws about six girls teams, Turner said. The championship game is played in that indoor area so that is something that they play hard to achieve, besides wanting to get bragging rights.

During the past week, we have been trying to teach the girls about the role of sports in womens lives, she added. It is not really applicable to talk to them about considering sports as a career option because they are no professional sports for women here. We can teach and remind them, however, about the physical and mental health benefits as well as the life skills that can be learned and honed such as cooperation, sportsmanship, leadership and self-confidence.

Turner concluded: We thank you, Seattle Storm, for your contribution to our young girls of Maradi and for your cooperation with Peace Corps. We appreciate it very much and good luck in your upcoming season!!

Members of the team hold up signs thanking the Storm in English, French and native language Hausa.

Turner poses with members of the team in their new Storm gear.
Coach Ado takes everything in from the sidelines.


Courtesy of www.niger1.com


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  NIGERIA - Women  


NBBF/Zenith Bank WPL - First Bank continue it good showing - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Zenith Bank Women Premier League First Bank basketball club Tuesday continues its impressive run in the second phase of the league holding in Asaba, Delta State with an 88-46 points victory over Nigeria Customs basketball club.

The Coach Adewumi Aderemi tutored side who will face an uphill task Wednesday when it confront rampaging Coach Lateef Erinfolami tutored First Deepwater basketball club who has also kept a clean slate winning all five games played so far in the second phase of the league were at their best against the Scott Nnaji coached border ladies to extend its unbeaten run.

In the games played in the Day-5 of the league Dolphin defeated Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure by 60-55 points in tough duel.

Both sides ended the first quarter with 18 points apiece with the Wale Aboderin Dolphin team taking a seven points lead into the break winning the second quarter by 14-07 points.

The Coach Andrew Isokpehi Sunshine Angels came back forcefully into the third quarter with a mind set to erase the lead established by Dolphin with a 19-12 points win to cancel out the seven points deficit to go into the last quarter on even scores but it was the Lagos-based Dolphin that proved the better side in the last quarter with a 16-11 points win for a final score-line of 60-55 points to further push down the Sunshine side.

F.C.T Angels recording its first win after fourteen games played over the first and second phase of the league with an 80-53 points victory over Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano.


The Emmanuel Odah tutored young F.C.T players were over joyous with the achievement and promised not to relent in their quest to swim out of the bottom of the ten-team league.

And in the last game of day Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP) basketball club of Kano subdue Plateau Rocks basketball club of Jos by 58-46 points to record their first win in the second phase of the league. The Kano side will take on Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano in the Day-six of the league on Wednesday while the Rocks will do battle against Nigeria Customs basketball club of lagos.

Day-5 Results:

Delta Force 66-77 First Deepwater

Dolphin 60-55 Sunshine Angels

Nigeria Immigration 53-80 F.C.T Angels

Nigeria Customs 46-88 First Bank

Plateau Rocks 46-58 AHIP Queens

Day-6 (Wednesday 26/08/09) Games:
AHIP Queens Vs Nigeria Immigration

First Bank Vs First Deepwater

Sunshine Angels Vs Delta Force
Plateau Rocks Vs Nigeria Customs
F.C.T Angels Vs Dolphin


NBBF/Zenith Bank WPL: First Deepwater survives Delta Force 77-66 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos Tuesday survives Delta Force basketball club with a 77-66 points hard earned victory in the opening game of Day-six of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, (NBBF) organised Zenith Bank Women Premier League at the sports hall of the Asaba Township stadium.

The Lagos-based Oil & Gas ladies coached by former Nigeria international, Lateef Erinfolami won the first and second quarters of the highly charged game by 13-12 and 16-12 points to go into the break with a 29-24 points lead.

The Delta Force side backed by their vociferous home fans roared back temporarily in the third quarter with a slim 24-23 point, but it was Patrica Chukwuna inspired First deepwater side that emerged victorious with a 25-18 points win in the last quarter for a cumulative score-line of 77-66 points.

The win thus make First Deepwater basketball club to maintain her invisibility in the Asaba-leg of the league and propelled them for Wednesday top of the bill clash against defending champion, First Bank basketball club of Lagos.

Chukwuma, two-time FIBA Africa Championship for Women winner and First Deepwater inspiration player led the floor with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, Nkechi Akashili added 15 points, 4 rebounds and two assists while Ijeoma Uchendu contributed 10 points for their side victory.

Esther Igben led the Delta Force side with 17 points and 6 rebounds, Ogor Bolum contributed 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Gloria Ocha added 10 points.



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  RWANDA - Women  


National Team starts Madagascar preparations - by Eurobasket News
Kigali - FERWABA is not prepared to make the same mistake twice. The local basketball federation is already working round the clock to make sure that the national women basketball team puts up a much better display in the upcoming Fiba Africa Women championship.

The event, which also counts as Africa's premier women basketball competition is slated for October 9-18 in Madagascar. To start with, the team's head coach Kavedzija Vaceslav has summoned 13 players to start non-residential training at Amahoro's indoor stadium.

The pre-selected squad is expected to be beefed up by four foreign-based players. 'He (Vaceslav) will start with 13 players but we expect four more to join the squad in one or two weeks,' the Ferwaba president Eric Kalisa Salongo revealed.

Ferwaba learnt a pricey lesson in the just ended Libya 2009 Afrobasket when the team struggled because of inadequate preparations.

'We don't want to make the same mistake twice. Just like the national men's team, we have a good women team but we need to prepare them well if we want them to fire in Madagascar,' another Ferwaba official added.

Rwanda is one of twelve teams vying for the title. Some of the others include defending champions Mali, nine-time record champions Senegal, Angola, Mozambique, Cameroon, South Africa and hosts Madagascar among others.


Courtesy of www.allafrica.com


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Simova back in Banska Bystrica, Spodniakova to Roznava - by Michal Maslany
Forward Beata Simova (184-F-87) signed new contract with Banska Bystrica. She is heading back after one year in MBK Ruzomberok. Natalia Spodniakova (170-G-90) is also leaving second team of slovak extraliga. The club send her for one year period to Roznava, becouse she will get more minutes on the floor. Three young players from junior team will get a chance to play for first team - Urbanova, Svarna and Pastuchova.