EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/27/2009

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  ALBANIA   


Belarus NT improved to 6-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Albania-Belarus 75:76

The National Team of Belarus improved to 6-1 record at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The team survived a battle in Korca to beat local Albania 76:75 for another win. The hosts meanwhile dropped to 2-5 record on the bottom of the group.
Siarhei Charykau (185-G-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) opened the game from the perimeter but then Hysenagolli gave Albania 6:4 lead. Luca made two free throws at the end of the first for 25:19 on the board. Karaj posted another two for 32:19 as Belarus could not score for more then 5 minutes in the beginning of the second frame. Luca made a jump-shot for the biggest 40:23 advantage. Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) closed his team 8-0 run for 40:31 at the halftime. In the third period as well as in the last Belarus reduced the gap. Alexander Kudrautsau tied the game at 46:46 and Luca still kept the hosts in front at 53:50 after three quarters. The score was even at 72:72 and 74:74. Erkand Karaj (188-G-82) gave his team the last 75:74 lead, while Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) made a dunk for 76:75 victory.
Alexander Kudrautsau led the way with 25 points. Pavel Ulyanko and Siarhei Charykau followed for the favorites with 10 points apiece. Erkand Karaj poured in 22 points in the losing effort, Luca notched 19 and Hysenagolli scored 17.
In another game of the group Switzerland edged Romania 81:69 at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The start of the game was too productive for the hosts that satisfied the local fans in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Albania: Erkand Karaj 22, Luca 19, Hysenagolli 17
Belarus: Alexander Kudrautsau 25, Pavel Ulyanko 10, Siarhei Charykau 10


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  AUSTRALIA   


Fox Sports Coverage Announced - by Eric Annaheim
Basketball fans will be able to watch up to 51 games of National Basketball League action live on FOX SPORTS this season following the release of the 2009/10 NBL broadcast schedule.
FOX SPORTS will show 42 regular season games in total on the Foxtel and Austar platforms this season, as well as up to nine Finals games with all matches to be shown live.
Each of the eight teams will be shown on FOX SPORTS a minimum of seven times during the course of the regular season.
The NBL on FOX SPORTS will commence with live coverage of the season tip-off on September 24, when the New Zealand Breakers host the Cairns Taipans.
All Breakers home games will be shown live, with FOX SPORTS picking up the local coverage of the team by Maori TV in New Zealand.
On average each team will be shown ten times during the regular season and, in addition, Fox will cover every game of the 2010 NBL Finals series live, said Basketball Australias Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock. That means that up to 51 games will be shown during the course of the season, which is fantastic exposure for the sport of basketball.
This also provides amazing national visibility to the brands of our sponsors and provides a real foundation stone to the aspirations of the NBL and the sport, Sengstock added. Were confident this significantly increased broadcast presence will provide an attractive incentive to the corporate world to back the NBL.
Other highlights of the broadcast schedule include four of the six games in Round Five being shown live and coverage of the 11 November local North Queensland derby between the Townsville Crocodiles and Cairns Taipans.

Fox Sports Schedule link:
http://nbl.com.au/site/_content/document/00006498-source.pdf
(Article edited from NBL website)


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  BELARUS   


Belarus NT improved to 6-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Albania-Belarus 75:76

The National Team of Belarus improved to 6-1 record at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The team survived a battle in Korca to beat local Albania 76:75 for another win. The hosts meanwhile dropped to 2-5 record on the bottom of the group.
Siarhei Charykau (185-G-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) opened the game from the perimeter but then Hysenagolli gave Albania 6:4 lead. Luca made two free throws at the end of the first for 25:19 on the board. Karaj posted another two for 32:19 as Belarus could not score for more then 5 minutes in the beginning of the second frame. Luca made a jump-shot for the biggest 40:23 advantage. Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) closed his team 8-0 run for 40:31 at the halftime. In the third period as well as in the last Belarus reduced the gap. Alexander Kudrautsau tied the game at 46:46 and Luca still kept the hosts in front at 53:50 after three quarters. The score was even at 72:72 and 74:74. Erkand Karaj (188-G-82) gave his team the last 75:74 lead, while Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) made a dunk for 76:75 victory.
Alexander Kudrautsau led the way with 25 points. Pavel Ulyanko and Siarhei Charykau followed for the favorites with 10 points apiece. Erkand Karaj poured in 22 points in the losing effort, Luca notched 19 and Hysenagolli scored 17.
In another game of the group Switzerland edged Romania 81:69 at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The start of the game was too productive for the hosts that satisfied the local fans in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Albania: Erkand Karaj 22, Luca 19, Hysenagolli 17
Belarus: Alexander Kudrautsau 25, Pavel Ulyanko 10, Siarhei Charykau 10


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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 (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) had surgery on 2 fingers and could be out for up to 6 weeks.



Aalstar Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Generali Okapi Aalstar has added Brian Greene (204-F-81, college: Colorado St.) to the roster for the 2009-2010 season to replace Damian Cantrell.
Greene previously played in Belgium for Liege and Verviers-Pepinster between 2003 and 2006.
Played the last 2 years in Germany and France. In 2007-2008 he played 13 games for Koln and the past season he moved to the French ProA team Orleans.
The past season he averaged 12.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg in ProA.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Leslee Smith in rivals.com - by David Edole
HOUSTON- At the latest Future 150 Camp relatively unknown prospect Nick Shepard made a strong impression with his inside/outside scoring game. Also capping off a summer of solid play was high major point guard target K.C. Ross-Miller.
Leslee Smith- (2010-Houston Select)- A big bodied power forward, Smith was a force inside during the camp. His ability to score and block shots placed him amongst the top camp performers. Besides scoring in the post, Smith also stepped out and knocked down jumpers. His offers include USC and Texas Tech.


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  BULGARIA   


Gershon leads 14 players in Maribor - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian National team head coach Pini Gershon will lead 14 players for Maribor tomorrow. Bulgaria is part of small International tournament and will face the strong and full of big names team of Slovenia on Friday and European champion for 2005 and World vice-champion for 2006 Greece on Saturday. Here are the players, who will travel for Maribor:



Point guards
Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA)

Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances)

Asen Velikov (188-G-86)

Shooting guards and small forwards

Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky)

Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances)

Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) - captain of the team

Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86)

Centers and power forwards

Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86)

Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86)

Dimitar Anguelov (202-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances)

Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78)

Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances)

Boyko Mladenov (212-C/F-81, agency: Interperformances)

Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina)


Gershon cut three for Maribor: Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85), Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) and seriosly injured Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88)




BC Spartak Pleven sign Joe Kennerly - by Eurobasket
BC Spartak Pleven strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American power forward Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, college: Cent.Oklahoma, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Kennerly played most recently at Debreceni Egyetem KE (Hungary) where he averaged averaged 12.0ppg, 5.6rpg (FG: 49.8%). During the 2007 season, the 6'9' 240 pound forward was named Hungary Division B Player of the Year and led DEKE as the only import to promotion into the top league. Kennerly said of the opportunity, 'I've heard great things about Spartak and the community. I'm excited to arrive and start working toward a championship'. Kennerly is set to arrive in Bulgaria this weekend.

E.J. Rowland is Pini's choice for Eurobasket 2009 - by Vladi Lazarova
Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) will be the starting point guard for Bulgaria at Eurobasket 2009. 188 cm tall American, who decided to change this summer his German team - the silver medallist in the League for 2008/2009 - Telekom Baskets Bonn, with Italian Serie A1 newcomer - Vanoli Cremona, was selected by Pini Gershon.

Bulgarian National team
head coach decided to choose E.J. Rowland instead of another US point guard Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston). He got Bulgarian citizenship like Erl Jerrod as well and till the last couple of days was keeping up with Rowland during practices and friendly games. But 57-years old three times European club champion with Maccabi TA already told, that is very close to reach his final decision. And its clear E.J. will travel for Poland. But first of all he will fly tomorrow for Maribor where Bulgaria will meet Slovenia and European champion for 2005 and World vice-champion for 2006 - Greece in a small International tournament.

Rowland is facing a tough challenge. He must be strong enough to try to replace big time favorite in fan's hearts and expert's minds Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania). The star of Italian Lottomatica Rome got Bulgarian passport last summer and made a fantastic performance in Euro 2009 qualifications.


Walker Russell Junior the sweet dessert of Lukoil summer roster - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian Lukoil Akademik is on fire at the summer market. After announcing two Americans in the roster for the last 48 hours - Isaac Wells and Ernest Brown, the champions didn't stop till they got the biggest surprise in their team- Walker Russell-Junior.

188 cm tall point guard is replacing Willie Deane in Lukoil. He already signed a contract with The Students. Russell already has a back-up - Bosnian playmaker Branko Mirkovic, who decided to join Akademik two days ago after long and hard negotiations. 27-yeard old Russell is coming with reputation of a great master of assists. Last season in NBA D-League Walker finished at the first place with 10,8 per game.



Atila Santos changed Varna with Tenerife - by Vladi Lazarova
Brazilian center of Bulgarian vice-champion Evrois Cherno more Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minn.St.-Mankato), is changing Bulgarian sea capital Varna for the largest of seven Canary Islands - Tenerife. 208 cm tall player already signed a contract with the Spanish club for 2009/2010 and from this autumn will fight for his name at European market in LEB Gold.

In Bulgaria, Santos made 13,7 points and 8,1 rebounds in 34 games in Bulgarian National league, where Cherno more finished with silver. 25-years old prospect participated in 10 games from the schedule of Eurohold Balkan League and averaged there 12,1 ppg, 7,9 rpg.


Lukoil Akademik added Ernest Brown - by Vladi Lazarova
Third absolutely new name in the last 48 hours was pronounced for sure addition in the roster of Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Akademik. After signings of US power forward Isaac Wells (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) from Swiss vice-champion Lugano Tigers and Serbian back-up point guard Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) from Balkan league winner Rilski sportist, Lukoil closed the deal with Ernest Brown (213-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Indian Hills CC).

213 cm tall American center is coming from Cyprus. There he played for Apollon: 11,6 points, 7,6 rebounds and 1,1 block shots per game. Brown was born in 1979 in Bronx, NY. He was drafted by Miami Heat in 2000 (52, 2 round). The big guy spent 2001/2002 with the Heat and 2002/2003, but almost didnt show up his face on the court. Brown tried twice to stay in NBA, but was released just before the season from San Antonio Spurs (2003/2004) and Boston Celtics (2004/2005).



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  CHILE   


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 2009 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Campos,Llan 26.1
2. Espinoza,Bos 24.2
3. Heard,Val 23.9
4. Briones,Lic 21.1
5. Agba,Bos 20.7
Rebounds Per Game
1. Agba,Bos 12.9
2. Rivers,Cas 12.6
3. Rufus,Sag 12.4
4. Mazur,Oso 11.8
5. Arigbon,Esp 11.4
Assists Per Game
1. Espinoza,Bos 5.9
2. Oliver,Sag 5.8
3. Hernandez,Ucon 5.1
4. Ziegele,Bos 4.8
5. Saez,Lic 4.1
Steals Per Game
1. Garrido,Llan 3.8
2. Collao,Eve 3.6
3. Agba,Bos 3.4
4. Hernandez,Ucon 3.4
5. Cardenas,Ula 3.1
Blocks Per Game
1. Thomas,Llan 2.5
2. Agba,Bos 2.0
3. Heard,Val 1.6
4. Briones,Lic 1.5
5. Marechal,Ucon 1.3


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  CHINA   


Yi Named One of Decade's Worst NBA Draft Busts - by Arthur Volbert
Yesterday Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports named Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) as one of the ten top NBA lottery busts of the decade. Yi was named tenth, rather than to a more ignominious position on the list, only because he is still in the league.

While I feel that Yi may still realize some of his potential -- his third NBA season, this year, is key -- Yi certainly has so far disapppointed those who once felt his immense natural talent could raise him to a level similar to Yao Ming. But something appears to be lacking in Yi's makeup. He fails to come up big in the big game.

He did not dominate in the Asian championship against Iran, which China lost by the wide margin of 70-52. Yi was not nearly the equal of Hamed Ehadadi, Iran's 7-2 center, a backup for the Memphis Grizzlies. Yi had 11 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. He hit only 5 of 17 shots and 1 of 4 free throws. Ehadadi scored 19 points and hit 9 of 17 shots, though he also made only 1 of 4 free throws. Ehadadi grabbed 17 rebounds and Iran outrebounded China 44-28.

The failure of China's perimeter players was glaring. But Yi's failure to step up when a stellar performance was needed may show the lack of the psychological makeup necessary to be an NBA star.



Link to article:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/The-top-10-lottery-busts-of-the-last-decade;_ylt=Ap9AzuMTpta2Yc6JLOjSY745nYcB?urn=nba,184973



Wizards to visit China in September - by Eurobasket News
The Wizards announced Tuesday that they are making a 10-day visit to China from September 5-15. The trip commemorates the Bullets historic trip to China 30 years ago.

Current Wizards Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova), along with several team officials, will be joined by former Bullets players Wes Unseld and Gheorghe Muresan as they visit the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and Yingxiu. Tony Cheng, from Washington, D.Cs Chinatown neighborhood will also join the trip.

'We thought the best way to pay homage to the anniversary of our historic trip in 1979 was to return to China, because thirty years ago it was unheard of to travel overseas with an NBA team, said Wizards owner Abe Pollin. I am very proud that we were the first NBA team to visit China, and Im thrilled that NBA fans there will have an opportunity to re-connect with our franchise through former players like Wes and Gheorghe and current players like Caron and Randy.

Thirty years ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping invited Pollin and the Bullets to China. A signing of normalization of relations between the United States and China by President Carter made it possible for Pollin to bring Unseld and rest of the team overseas.

During September's commemorative trip, the Wizards delegation will conduct a series of basketball clinics, including one with the China Basketball Associations championship team, Guangdong Hongyuan. They will also visit the resettlement town of Chengdu, which includes survivors from the record setting 7.9 earthquake in Yingxiu in 2008, and participate in several philanthropic activities at local universities and high schools.

The Wizards open training camp at VCU in Richmond, VA in late September.
Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com


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  CROATIA   


Zadar wins its second friendly - by Eurobasket News
Zadar - Politehnika Lvov 88-83

It was a close game for Zadar who was matched against significantly stronger opponent than in the first game. Still players coached by Zmago Sagadin were able to overcome Ukrainian outfit Ploitehnika 88-83 registering second win in two games. Head Coach of Zadar stated that he is not totally satisfied with certain parts of the game. Still he is aware that his squad is in the middle of preparations and that players' legs may be heavy so he was still glad his team won. Game was characterized by constant lead changes with neither team managing to make a more significant run. At certain parts of the game, it was evident that players of both teams are still not fully ready, as their concentration tended to go down. This would result in offensive and defensive breakdowns and somewhat higher number of turnovers. Still Zadar players were executing their offensive sets near the end of the game, and coupled with slightly better defense, they managed to come away with 5 point victory.
Rok Stipcevic (188-G-86) led the socrers for Zadar with 22 points and he also had team high 7 assists. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) was close, finishing the game with 20 points while shooting 8 for 8 from behind the arc. Marko Car (188-G/F-85) finished the contest with 17 points, while new signign Micah Downs (203-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) added 7. For Politehnika, Vasic and Williams were slightly better than the rest, scoring 17 and 15 points respectively. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) and Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) were other two players to score in double figures, as they finished the game with 11 points each. Zadar is set to continue with control matches while in Slovenia, and they will play another game in next few days.


Dalibor Bagaric signs with Cibona Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
What has been speculated about in recent days has finally been confirmed. Experienced Croatian Internatioanl Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) has singed one-year contract with Cibona Zagreb. He is expected to join his new/old teammates at the preparations for next season very soon. Head Coach of Cibona, Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) could not hide his delight and stated that Bagaric will be a great reinforcement for 2009/10. Player himself is glad to be back to the club where he has already played with success, but still believe he had some unfinished business. Cibona is expecting to challenge for Adriatic League and National League trophies next season. They are also targeting another appearance in the Top 16 phase of Euroleague and Bagaric will definitely be able to help the team a lot. He is definitely not the last signing by Cibona, as Perasovic hopes to brings in 1-2 new faces.
Dalibor Bagaric started his career with Karlovac and has also played for 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 sent on loan to Benston Zagreb and there he averaged double double of 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds. Chicago Bulls drafted Bagaric in 2000 and he has signed 3-year contract. In 3 years with Chicago, Bagaric was a role player but never managed to establish himself as as contributor on more regular basis. In 2003 he moved back to Europe where he signed for Olympiacos. In 22 League games he averaged 5.1 points and 5.0 reboudns. 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.


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  CUBA   


Four NT members asking for political asylum in Spain - by Gianni Pascucci
According with Spanish source ABC.es, four members of the Cuban National Team decided not to come back home last week, applying for political asylum in Spain, where Team Cuba has just ended a friendly games tournee. It seems that they matured their decision after meeting the members of the Cuban colony in the isle of Gran Canaria, where Cuba had just won its last game, 76-65 over a Gran Canaria Selection. The four players are nothing less than Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79), the best active Cuban player, Georvys Elias (199-F-81), Taylor Garcia (182-G-87) and the most promising inside player of the isle, Grismay Paumier (202-C-88). Their loss causes a serious damage to Cuban basketball. They would like to play in a Spanish team starting from the upcoming season, but it won' t be so easy, according with FIBA rules.

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  DENMARK   


Netherlands hold off Denmark - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Denmark 82:54

Netherlands posted the fifth win at the EuroBasket in Division B. They overwhelmed Denmark in La Almere to improve at 5-3 record in Group A of the tournament. Denmark remained winless at 0-7. Both teams have been out of the fight for Division A spots already.
Nielsen and Niccolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) started the game with two trebles as Denmark set in front. They maintained the lead throughout the major part of the opening stanza and entered the second frame ahead by one 16:15. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83, college: Lynn) stretched the margin at 5 points early in the second quarter. But back-to-back three-pointers from Slagter and Wessels gave the lead to the hosts. Netherlands finally picked the right tempo as they raced to a 38:28 lead at halftime. Bryan Defares (192-G-81, college: Boise St.) and Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) exploded with three straight trebles at the start of the second half as the margin grew at 19 points. Denmark had little to answer with as they accounted for only 8 points in the third frame to trail 32 points into the fourth quarter. Hans Schur and Niccolai Iversen cut the distance to 25 points but it just sweetened the pill for the Danish team. Netherlands cruised to the win at the end.
Bryan Defares finished with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Netherlands. Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) knocked down 13 points, while Rogier Jansen had 11 points in the winning effort. Hans Schur and Niccolai Iversen responded with 13 points each for Denmark. Adama Darbo (190-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) banked 9 points in the loss.

Netherlands: Bryan Defares 17, Henk Norel 13, Rogier Jansen 11
Denmark: Hans Schur 13, Niccolai Iversen 13



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  D-LEAGUE   


T'Birds renew contract with their Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Albuquerque Thunderbirds signed head coach John Coffino to another one year contract. Prior to taking over in 2008, Coffino served as an assistant during the 2007-2008 season.

Before joining the Thunderbirds, he served as an assistant coach at St. Peters for four years. Coffino started his coaching career at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY where he served as an assistant and associate head coach for six seasons. There, Coffino assisted Ralph Arietta, the all-time winningest coach in junior college history.

After his stint at Weschester, Coach Coffino spent time at the Division I level as an administrative assistant at Iona College. In his two years at Iona, Coffino was on the staff when the Gaels advanced to the 1998 NCAA Division I Tournament. Before coaching his four years at St. Peters he spent three seasons at Niagara. John Coffino is a native of the Bronx, where he graduated from Mt. St. Michael Academy.

The Albuquerque Thu
nderbirds will kickoff its fifth season on Friday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm Mountain Time when they take the Tingley Coliseum floor against the Bakersfield Jam.

Courtesy of www.kob.com


Kirk Penney Leads New Zealand to 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship - by Surujh Roopnarine
Former NBA D-League alum Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin) has led his perennial underdog New Zealand Tall Blacks to their second ever FIBA Oceania Championship, with a 100-78 victory over Australia. A two-game series that was decided on aggregate points, New Zealand claimed the title by winning by 22 points in game two in Wellington, 15 more than the Australians won by in a 84-77 victory in game one in Sydney. Penney, who won the 2005 D-League title as a member of the Asheville Altitude, was sensational as usual on the international stage. The former Wisconsin product by way of Auckland scored 24 points to go along with a game high 10 assists as well as grabbing seven rebounds. After a back-and-forth first half that saw the Boomers take a slim 40-38 lead into the locker rooms, New Zealand dominated the third quarter in front of the home crowd by outscoring the visitors 36-15. Though Australia did not claim the title, both countries have qualified for the FIBA World Championship in Turkey next year, with New Zealand taking Oceania's first seed into the tournament.

Former Syracuse star gets into D-League Draft Pool - by Eurobasket News
The member of the Syracuse 2003 NCAA championship squad Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) got into D-League Draft pool for the 2009 lottery. The Draft will take place in November and Josh Pace is expected to be chosen by one of the teams. Josh Pace played for Syracuse from 2001 till 2005. The guard averaged 10.8 points, 5.0 boards and 3.8 boards per game in his senior season. Later Josh Pace moved overseas and played in New Zealand, Finland and the CBA. Last season Pace won the Estonian championship together with Kalev/Cramo.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Manuel Guzman To Spain - by Herubey Grassals


Dominican center / forward Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) has arrived an agreement with leb plata league Club Penas from Spain for next season, Manuel Guzman which last year played in the Mexican basketball league with los Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon , was 4th in boards averaged 8.7 rpg, Manuel Guzman also played two seasons ago in Spain with Imaje Sabadell Gapsa club.

Manuel Guzman is a warrior inside the basket said Club Penas head coach Angel Navarro , he will be a great addition for us and he will help us a lot next season.



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  ESTONIA   


Giorgi Tsintsadze changes Tartu Ulikool/Rock for Greek AS Trikalla - by Eurobasket News
Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) will continue basketball career in Greece. The 23-year old guard agreed terms with AS Trikalla and will play in Greek A1 league next season. He spent last three years with Tartu Ulikool/Rock in Estonia. In 2008/09 he averaged 10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 4.7 apg in 6 EuroChallenge Games. His team also participated in Baltic League, where Tsintsadze had 16.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 5.3 apg for 19 games. Actually, he finished this contest as the leading assistant. In Estonian domestic league he collected 8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 4.2 apg. There he also was No.1 in assists. At the end of the season he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Player of the Year -09' and his team reached the Final in Estonia. In 2008 he was 'Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup Guard of the Year -08' averaging 14.4 ppg and 5.2 apg for 13 games and his team reached Semifinals. In 2007 and 2008 Giorgi Tsintsadze was Estonian champion with Tartu Ulikool/Rock.
Before Tartu Ulikool/Rock, Giorgi Tsintsadze spent half of the season with Dynamo Moscow. The Russians won ULEB Cup in 2006 and Tsintsadze had 2.5 ppg in 6 games. Despite he us just 23-year old, he is a member of Georgian National team since 2004. He also played for U20 and U18 Georgia on various events.


KK Valga get ready for new challenges - by Eurobasket News
Valga enter the new season under the name of KK Valga/CKE Inkasso and full of expectations. They recently signed contract with new head coach. The Lithuanian specialist Augenijus Vaskysega will guide the team in the upcoming season. The team also secured the services of Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) and Robert Petersonig.
Ando Tagamets played for Rakvere last season. The 30-year-old forward averaged 13.6 points and 6.0 boards per game. He moved to Rakvere from Kuremaa where his stats read 16.0 points and 7.1 boards per appearance.
The team kept Heiko Rannula (186-G-83), Antti Vasar (195-F-79), Timo Oja (182-G-87) and Reigo Nomm (193-F-89) for the next year.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bruno SUNDOV
  BC Donetsk
  (220-C-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sundov, ASK Riga18.8 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash17.9 
 3. Neal, Benetton TV17.5 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre17.4 
 5. Labovic, FMP17.2 
 6. Hansen, Dynamo M.16.3 
 7. Nachbar, Dynamo M.16.1 
 8. Eidson, Lietuvos15.9 
 9. Fenn, Art.Dragons15.8 
 10. McCarty, Khim.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demetrius ALEXANDER
  Kavala/Panor.
  (204-F/C-75)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Alexander, Ba.9.2 
 2. Sundov, ASK Riga8.8 
 3. Slaughter, Le Havre8.7 
 4. Ivanov, Zadar8.6 
 5. Merriex, Le Havre8.3 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics8.1 
 7. Roberts, Crvena Z.7.7 
 8. Dasic, Buducnost7.4 
 9. Wallace, Benetton.7.4 
 10. Sekulic, Ar.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. El-Amin, Azovmash5.3 
 2. Eidson, Lietuvos5.1 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas4.7 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre4.5 
 5. Price, Dynamo M.4.3 
 6. Milisavljevi., Lietu.4.2 
 7. Stipcevic, Zadar4.2 
 8. Lee, CEZ Nymburk4.2 
 9. Jeanneau, AS.4.2 
 10. Keys, C.C. Marou.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Besiktas
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Chatman, Besiktas3.0 
 2. Katz, Bnei Hasharon2.6 
 3. Mancinelli, GMAC B.2.5 
 4. Baxter, Besiktas2.3 
 5. Pellin, Roanne2.3 
 6. Lyday, Unics2.3 
 7. Lee, CEZ Nymburk2.2 
 8. Thompson, Azovmash2.2 
 9. Fisher, Gran C.2.1 
 10. Eidson, Lietuv.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John TUREK
  PGE Turow
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Turek, PGE Turow1.8 
 2. Slaughter, Le Havre1.8 
 3. Mozgov, Khimky1.5 
 4. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.5 
 5. Freeland, Gran C.1.2 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics1.2 
 7. Samardziski, FMP1.1 
 8. Lavrinovic, Dynamo M.1.0 
 9. Nielsen, Valencia.1.0 
 10. Alexander,.1.0 


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Olympiakos Piraeus lands Beverley! - by Chris Mammides
Panagiotis Yannakis and Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus agreed and brought in the Reds the young talented American guard Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas). The amazing Patric had a full seazon in the Ukraine legue with Dnipro where he played 46 games! and averaged 36 minutes per game. He had the amazing 7 rebounds per game and parallel to that he was scoring nearly 15 points per game. This transaction could be the key to the success for the Reds. PAtric will be playign only to the Eurolegue games for the time being. His cotnract is for two years and some experts already started to talk for an amazing transaction. With this adding is obviously that Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) is remaining in the red roster and that Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) is out of the team for sure. Panellinios Athens is among the teams to add the Serbian power forward.

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23rd Acropolis International Tournament - Hellas - Lithuania 76-74 - by Chris Mammides
The Hellenic NT succeeded the 3 out of 3 and after Serbia and Russia beat also the Lithuanian NT with Kaimakoglou being the MVP of the game creating more troubles to the Head Coach Jonas Kazlauskas and his coching staff as on which playerd they have to cut out of the existing 14.
The game was a real derby between two more or less equall teams with the Lithuanianian trio of Kleiza and the Lavrinovic brothers trying to bet the overll Hellenic NT with their amazing passion and talent. T bad point for the Hellenic NT was the injury of schortsianitis


Div. B Day: 9 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Holland - Denmark 82-54
Netherlands posted the fifth win at the EuroBasket in Division B. They overwhelmed Denmark in La Almere to improve at 5-3 record in Group A of the tournament. Denmark remained winless at 0-7. Both teams have been out of the fight for Division A spots already. Netherlands posted the fifth win at the EuroBasket in Division B. They overwhelmed Denmark in La Almere to improve at 5-3 record in Group A of the tournament. Denmark remained winless at 0-7. Both teams have been out of the fight for Division A spots already. Bryan Defares (192-G-81, college: Boise St.) finished with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Netherlands. Henk Norel knocked down 13 points, while Rogier Jansen had 11 points in the winning effort. Hans Schur and Niccolai Iversen responded with 13 points each for Denmark. Adama Darbo banked 9 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Iceland 102-58
Undefeated Montenegro Seal Place In Division B Play-Offs and clinched the top position in Group A of EuroBasket Division B. The favorites outscored Iceland 102:58 for 7-0 record. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Pekovic collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Drobnjak and Sehovic added 15 apiece.

Group B
Albania - Belarus 75-76
The National Team of Belarus improved to 6-1 record at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The team survived a battle in Korca to beat local Albania 76:75 for another win. The hosts meanwhile dropped to 2-5 record on the bottom of the group. Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) led the way with 25 points. Ulyanko and Charykau followed for the favorites with 10 points apiece. Erkand Karaj poured in 22 points in the losing effort, Luca notched 19 and Hysenagolli scored 17.

Switzerland - Romania 81-69
Switzerland edged Romania 81:69 at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The start of the game was too productive for the hosts that satisfied the local fans in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Buscaglia nailed 19, while Mafuta scored 13. Nicoara ended up with 19 points in defeat and Moldoveanu notched 18.

Group C
Georgia - Sweden 82-72
Georgia claimed the top spot in Group C of the European Championship in Division B. They overcame their key opponents Sweden in Tbilisi tonight to win the pool action. Both teams made it to the playoffs and would fight for Division A birth now. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) tallied 21 points and 12 boards for Georgia. Viktor Sanikidze added 17 points and 13 boards, while Giorgi Tsintsadze and Tyrone Ellis delivered 13 points each for the winners. Mats Levin replied with 17 points for Sweden. Jonathan Skoldebrand and Mikael Lindqvist had 12 points each in the loss.

Luxembourg - Slovakia 63-76
Slovak Republic cruised past Luxembourg in Oberanven on Wednesday night for 3-4 record. The team had a road 76:63 victory at the Group C of the European Championship in Division B. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) was unstoppable with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Majoros collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Sykora netted 10. Tom Schumacher finished the night with 19 points for the hosts and Rajniak added 11.



23rd Acropolis International Tournament - Hellas - Lithuania 76-74 - by Chris Mammides
The Hellenic NT succeeded the 3 out of 3 and after Serbia and Russia beat also the Lithuanian NT with Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) being the MVP of the game creating more troubles to the Head Coach Jonas Kazlauskas and his coching staff as on which playerd they have to cut out of the existing 14.
The game was a real derby between two more or less equall teams with the Lithuanianian trio of Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) and the Lavrinovic brothers trying to bet the overll Hellenic NT with their amazing passion and talent. T bad point for the Hellenic NT was the injury of schortsianitis


Standings Div.B (Men)
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Montenegro.7-0
2. Holland5-3
3. Austria3-4
4. Iceland3-4
5. Denmark0-7
Group B
1. Belarus6-1
2. Switzerlan.5-3
3. Cyprus3-4
4. Romania2-5
5. Albania2-5
Group C
1. Georgia7-1
2. Sweden6-1
3. Slovakia3-4
4. Ireland2-5
5. Luxembourg.0-7


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Herman Favors joins KTP - by Eurobasket News
KTP bolstered their roster with addition of Herman Favors (174-G-84, college: Georgia St.). The 25-year-old guard is the Georgia State graduate. He played in Holland, Sweden, SEBL and Venezuela. Last season Herman Favors moved to France to don Antibes jersey. The guard played seven games averaging 9.6 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 boards per game. Favors left the team in November to move to Qatari league.
Herman Favors joins Isaac Spencer, Clifton Jones, Ville Makalaisen, Ville-Pertti Lind, Pasi Heinonen and Sami Ikavalko on the roster.



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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), Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80) (C.B. Granada-ACB), 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), Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) (Reggio Emilia - LegaDue), 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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Vardar Osiguruvanje comes up with new signings - by Eurobasket News
Vardar Osiguruvanje has announced they have reached an agreement with two Macedonian National Team candidates Toni Grncarov (191-G-80) and Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances). Both players were reportedly offered multi-year deals. Only difference is that Nikolovski is extended by the team from Skopje, while Grncarov is grabbed from Mac-Champion Fersped Rabotnicki. Vardar's management used the current hard financial situation in Rabotnicki to bring in valuable reinforcement. Grncarov is the fifth siging for Vardar this summer after they have previously agreed deals with of Simik, Blazevski, Stojanovski and Radulovic. Vardar is hoping to be able to form a team which will challenge for the title next season and so far they look to be on the right path.
Toni Grncarov started his career with BC Sokoli. He also played for lot of Macedonian clubs including, MZT Skopje, Balkan, Strumica and Vardar. Last season he signed a deal with Fersped Rabotnicki with whom he has won the title. He also appeared in 11 BIBL games and posted averages of 5.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Kiril Nikolovski is a product of MZT Skopje youth system. Last season he moved to Vardar Osiguruvanje and has quickly established himself as a member of starting five. He has also represented Macedonia at various youth categories. Last season he participated at the U20 European Championship Division B in Romania. He averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 8 games he played in.


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Giorgi Tsintsadze changes Tartu Ulikool/Rock for Greek AS Trikalla - by Eurobasket News
Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) will continue basketball career in Greece. The 23-year old guard agreed terms with AS Trikalla and will play in Greek A1 league next season. He spent last three years with Tartu Ulikool/Rock in Estonia. In 2008/09 he averaged 10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 4.7 apg in 6 EuroChallenge Games. His team also participated in Baltic League, where Tsintsadze had 16.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 5.3 apg for 19 games. Actually, he finished this contest as the leading assistant. In Estonian domestic league he collected 8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 4.2 apg. There he also was No.1 in assists. At the end of the season he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Player of the Year -09' and his team reached the Final in Estonia. In 2008 he was 'Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup Guard of the Year -08' averaging 14.4 ppg and 5.2 apg for 13 games and his team reached Semifinals. In 2007 and 2008 Giorgi Tsintsadze was Estonian champion with Tartu Ulikool/Rock.
Before Tartu Ulikool/Rock, Giorgi Tsintsadze spent half of the season with Dynamo Moscow. The Russians won ULEB Cup in 2006 and Tsintsadze had 2.5 ppg in 6 games. Despite he us just 23-year old, he is a member of Georgian National team since 2004. He also played for U20 and U18 Georgia on various events.


Georgia clinch top spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - Sweden 82:72
Georgia claimed the top spot in Group C of the European Championship in Division B. They overcame their key opponents Sweden in Tbilisi tonight to win the pool action. Both teams made it to the playoffs and would fight for Division A birth now.
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Octagon) and Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) fired from downtown early in the game as the hosts posted a 9:3 lead. But Sweden gradually picked up the tempo and drew things level at 13 late in the first frame. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) capped the first quarter with four points in a row as Georgia piled up a 17:13 advantage. Boisa and Viktor Sanikidze stretched the margin at 8 points early in the second quarter. Sweden narrowed the gap to a single point but could not keep up the pressure as the hosts cleared off to a 6-point lead at halftime. Zaza Pachulia nailed 7 points in the third quarter as Georgia established a 60:55 lead into the fourth stanza. Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) narrowed the gap at 2 points with five minutes left in the game. Boisa, Zaza Pachulia, Viktor Sanikidze and Tyrone Ellis triggered a 10:3 rally late in regulation to seal the win.
Zaza Pachulia tallied 21 points and 12 boards for Georgia. Viktor Sanikidze added 17 points and 13 boards, while Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) and Tyrone Ellis delivered 13 points each for the winners. Mats Levin (188-G-77) replied with 17 points for Sweden. Jonathan Skoldebrand (203-C/F-83) and Mikael Lindqvist had 12 points each in the loss.

Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 21+12 boards, Viktor Sanikidze 17+13 boards, Giorgi Tsintsadze 13, Tyrone Ellis 13
Sweden: Mats Levin 17, Jonathan Skoldebrand 12, Mikael Lindqvist 12



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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 2012 London Olympics to challenge Usain Bolt in the 100 meter run.



The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Go Fishing Reeling In Aleksandar Nadjfeji - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Just when you thought that ex Ratiopharm Ulm player Romeo Travis would be the most spectacular catch of the summer for the club, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen pulled out an ace card out of their sleeves by reeling in a big fish in Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76)i. The 32 year old 203 cm forward from Serbia who has been known as being one of the better passing forwards in the BBL recieved a one year contract. Last season, he played for 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin playing 43 games and averaging 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP-3 (67.3%), 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 51.6%. The contract negotiations had been long and tiresome, but at the end, both sides came to an agreement and the fans in Tuebingen and BBl can see him for another year in the BBL. There had always been rumours and speculation that he might return to the Rhein, but that all ended as Cologne had to close up shop and The Telekom Baskest Bonn were going in another direction. Tuebingen management might be awake for a long time the next hours celebrating landing such a notable player in Tuebingen. 'By getting Nadjfeji, we were to get one of the best players in the BBL of the last years for our young and hungry team. He will give our team more stability with his experience and stability. We are all very happy that he and his family have chosen Tuebingen', said Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel

Nadjfeji started his professional basketball career in 1997 with Radnicki Beograd and played there until 2001. He then made the trek to Germany and has played here 8 seasons for only three teams for Bonn, Cologne and Berlin. He played for The Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2001-2005. His best stat season was 2001-2002 where he played 26 games averaging 17,6 ppg, 5,6 rpg. He then made the very short walk to Rhein Energy Cologne, where he played between 2005 and 2007. In his first season, he averaged 12.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 32.3% and was able to help win the BBL championship with Cologne. He then played for Alba Berlin from 2007-2009. In the second half of the 2007-2008 BBL season as Cologne was in financial trouble, Nadjfeji went to Alba Berlin and helped the team win the 2008 BBL title averaging 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 70.6%, FT: 55.5%. Last season, he helped Alba Berlin win the BBL cup beating his former team Bonn. Coach Igor Perovic is happy to be able to work together with his friend. 'I know Sascha since 15 years and we have always wanted to do something together. That we can work together in my first season as coach is great for us and Tuebingen. We have gotten a top scorer from the BBL and he fits perfectly in our system and he will be a big help for us and I am sure that we will have a lot of happiness with him', stressed Tuebingen coach Igor Perovic. Nadjfeji has won two BBL titles, 2 BBl cups, been invited to four BBL Allstar games and played 67 international club games.
Source: www.walter-tigers.de



Jason Miller Heads To BG Karlsruhe And Bruce Carter Lands With The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BG Karlsruhe found American Jason Miller (203-F, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Columbia) and signed him to a one year contract. The 22 year old lefty who is 205cm and weighs 97 kilos will be a PRO A rookie as he played the last four years for Ivy league school Columbia. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 9.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 53.3%, FT: 56.8%. He is a highly skilled big man who has a great mid range game and likes to take other bigs off the dribble with nice drives to the basket. He probably should be on the 1st Team since his team won the ESL and they were loaded with talent. Jason showed why he was an All Ivy League player at the ESL in Chicago. He also will be an added help on the defensive end for BG Karlsruhe. The team also announced that the 2009-2010 roster is now complete after signing young German, 19 year old 192 cm Philip Liese (180-G-87)r and Tobias Stoll (186-F-83, college: Cent.Washington) who is a 25 year old 180 cm guard.

Source: www.bg-karlsruhe.de

The ETB Wohnbau Baskets also got active on the German basketball transfer market signing their first American of the new season with Bruce Carter (193-G-85, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Ark.-Ft.Smith JC) He is a 24 year old 193 cm shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan, who comes directly from the college ranks. He is happy that he can play in Germany this season. 'I want to present myself from my best side and help give Essen success. This is the only way how I can personally make my breakthrough in Germany', stressed Bruce Carter He played for Murray State and In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 14.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3Pts: 38.9%, FT: 82.0% and showing that he can play in the NCAA. 'If he can play with us the same way, he did in college then we will have a lot of fun with him', warned ETB sports directoMarkus Horn . Carter showed in the NCAA that he is the complete package being able to score, rebound, pass and shoot. 'He can penetrate quickly to the hoop and also has the eye to find the open teammate'. added coach Igor Krizanovic
Source: www.etb-baskets.de



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Olympiakos Piraeus lands Beverley! - by Chris Mammides
Panagiotis Yannakis and Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus agreed and brought in the Reds the young talented American guard Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas). The amazing Patric had a full seazon in the Ukraine legue with Dnipro where he played 46 games! and averaged 36 minutes per game. He had the amazing 7 rebounds per game and parallel to that he was scoring nearly 15 points per game. This transaction could be the key to the success for the Reds. PAtric will be playign only to the Eurolegue games for the time being. His cotnract is for two years and some experts already started to talk for an amazing transaction. With this adding is obviously that Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) is remaining in the red roster and that Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) is out of the team for sure. Panellinios Athens is among the teams to add the Serbian power forward.
Other news
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens agreed financial terms with the Brazilian international point guard Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88)



Nikolaos Pappas joins Kolossos - by Eurobasket News
The young Greek talent Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) returned to his motherland. Kolossos Rhodes landed the 19-year-old forward on loan. Last season the forward spent in Spain playing for Real Madrid second team. He averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 boards and 2.1 assists per game in LEB Bronze. Nikolaos Pappas shone bright playing for Greek U19 team at the World Championship this summer. He led the Hellenes to the silver medals coming up with 15.6 points, 4.1 boards and 2.9 assists per game in Auckland. Pappas also helped U20 National team earn the Gold at the European Championship.


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Jason Ellis, "I approach the game as a battle" - by Fred Roggen
Part two of a serie interviews with former 'Bronco's'. This time I had a chat with Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) known as the ultimate warrior. There may have been players with more talent, but no one that gave more effort in the pursuit of bettering their team.

You grew up in Kent, Washington, what was your childhood like?
I had a very good childhood, I grew up with two older brothers and a younger sister. I followed my brothers everywhere and I wanted to be just like them.

You played college ball at Boise State University, what were your nicest memories on the court there?
My nicest memories at Boise State were making it too the post season my junior year and playing with all my teammates.

Who have been some of the most influential people in your playing career?
My first coaches that I ever had really gave me a passion for the game of basketball and they taught me how the game should be played. My family has also been some the most influential people I have had in my playing career because they have been so supportive from the beginning.

Determination, heart and soul are words that's used a lot when people talk about your career. Is that something that's a current
through your whole life, or is it something basketball brings out of you?
I believe that this is something that is current throughout my whole life. I believe that if you give your all in everything you do, good things will happen.

What gives you the most satisfaction on the basketball court?
Just running up and down the court playing as a unit with the other four guys on the court. When everyone is on the same page, the game is so easy.

How do you approach the game? What are your priorities?
I approach the game as a battle. Its us versus the other team. Whichever team can win the most individual battles, they will be the winners in the end. My first priorities on the court are to rebound and defend.

Is there anything that ever produces a shadow of a doubt for you in terms of ability to perform?
No.

You became in 2007, the fourth member of the BroncoCountry all-time basketball team. Surprised and honored I think?
It was a great honor to be named on that team. I think it just shows that hard work pays off and people appreciate what to try to bring too the team.

Why did you choose to sign with GasTerra Flames?
It seemed like a really good organization and because Matt Bauscher told me that it was a great place to play.

Whats your first impressions of the team, the organization and the fans?
The team, organization and the fans have been unbelievable. I cant wait too see how many fans well have when the regular season starts. I think that its going to be a fun year.

What do you see specifically as your role, what they're asking you to bring to the team?
I think that my role is to play good defense, rebound, and contribute on offense when needed. Bring a lot of energy and have fun.

How much do you know about the competition you'll face?
I dont know much about the competition that Ill be facing but I know coach will have us well prepared.

I dont think that you will be bored with Matt around you, hahaha
I dont think so either!

You will face Bryan D four times, a little bit strange to play against an old Bronco teammember?
Its kind of strange but we play against each other all the time back at home, so this is no different. I hope he does well this season.
Thanks Jason, for taking the time to do this interview



Netherlands hold off Denmark - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Denmark 82:54

Netherlands posted the fifth win at the EuroBasket in Division B. They overwhelmed Denmark in La Almere to improve at 5-3 record in Group A of the tournament. Denmark remained winless at 0-7. Both teams have been out of the fight for Division A spots already.
Nielsen and Niccolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) started the game with two trebles as Denmark set in front. They maintained the lead throughout the major part of the opening stanza and entered the second frame ahead by one 16:15. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83, college: Lynn) stretched the margin at 5 points early in the second quarter. But back-to-back three-pointers from Slagter and Wessels gave the lead to the hosts. Netherlands finally picked the right tempo as they raced to a 38:28 lead at halftime. Bryan Defares (192-G-81, college: Boise St.) and Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) exploded with three straight trebles at the start of the second half as the margin grew at 19 points. Denmark had little to answer with as they accounted for only 8 points in the third frame to trail 32 points into the fourth quarter. Hans Schur and Niccolai Iversen cut the distance to 25 points but it just sweetened the pill for the Danish team. Netherlands cruised to the win at the end.
Bryan Defares finished with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Netherlands. Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) knocked down 13 points, while Rogier Jansen had 11 points in the winning effort. Hans Schur and Niccolai Iversen responded with 13 points each for Denmark. Adama Darbo (190-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) banked 9 points in the loss.

Netherlands: Bryan Defares 17, Henk Norel 13, Rogier Jansen 11
Denmark: Hans Schur 13, Niccolai Iversen 13



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Szolnoki Olajbanyasz sign Darius Rice - by Eurobasket
Higher Level Sports Agency client 'Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL)' signs with Szolnoki Olajbanyasz for the 2009-10 season. He is a extremely versatile performer who can play a number of different positions. Rice is a tremendous outside shooter who can also take it strong to the basket and has been on the verge of making the NBA after sevral workouts and Summer Leauges. In the D-Leauge Championship game he shot (11-of-19 from 3-point range and 18-of-29 overall from the field for '52points) He is the only player in Univ.of Maimi school history to lead the team in scoring in four consecutive seasons. Fourth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,865 points. After a 25.3ppg, 7.9rpg average in Uruguay Darius worked out for (2) NBA Clubs: Memphis Grizzlies & Dallas Mavreicks. The Hungarian Fans of Szolnoki Olajbanyasz can get ready for alot of excitement!

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Montenegro sealed place in Division B Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro-Iceland 102:58

Undefeated Montenegro seal place In Division B Play-Offs and clinched the top position in Group A of EuroBasket Division B. The favorites outscored Iceland 102:58 for 7-0 record.
Even before the game Montenegro was a favorite and they just has to prove their superiority. The hosts started with 7-0 run and then Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) made 17:5. Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) scored a jump shot for 29:17 at the end of the first period. In the seconds frame Iceland reduced the gap after 22-18 in the period. Sead Sehovic gave his team 47:34 at the halftime. With 25-15 Montenegro extended the lead to 10 more points and enjoyed 72:49 after three quarters. The last stanza became a nightmare for the guests that scored only 9 points. The favorites meanwhile posted 30 to reach 102:58 at the end.
Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) and Sead Sehovic added 15 apiece.
In another game of the group Netherlands posted the fifth win at the EuroBasket in Division B. They overwhelmed Denmark in La Almere to improve at 5-3 record in Group A of the tournament. Denmark remained winless at 0-7 as both teams have been out of the fight for Division A spots already.

Montenegro: Vladimir Golubovic 18+8 rebs, Nikola Pekovic 17+10 rebs, Predrag Drobnjak 15, Sead Sehovic 15
Iceland: Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) 12, Magnsson 10, Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (203-C-88) 10


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NBA rolling out across the world including India - by Anil Kumar
In a country where cricket rules the roost, can basketball acquire a fan following? The National Basketball Association (NBA), in partnership with the Basketball Federation of India, chipped in to promote the sport in India by holding a three-city NBA Jam Mall Tour recently.

Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore were the cities chosen for the Jam Mall Tour here in India. The tour kicked off from the Phoenix Hills Mall in Mumbai on 3 July. The tour was part of the NBAs current initiative across the globe to bring fans closer to the game through a record number of international events. The events will provide fans with unique NBA experiences locally and give back to communities through a series of NBA Cares programs. More than 300 players, Legends, coaches, dance teams, and mascots have embraced the outreach and will participate in the events.

The NBA is hosting a record 345 international events in 158 cities and 24 countries outside the United States from the start of the 2008-09 season through the end of the current offseason. This includes community events, touring basketball festivals, basketball development programs, preseason and exhibition games, player visits and basketball tournaments. The events are supported by more than 50 different marketing and event partners throughout the world. The schedule will culminate in October with five preseason games on three continents, marking the first time the league will play preseason games in Greater China, Europe, and Latin America in the same season.

The NBA's grassroots events will feature touring basketball festivals including NBA Jam Van (China and Europe), NBA Jam Mall Tour (India), and NBA Madness (Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) as well as competitive basketball tournaments including NBA Gatorade 3x3 (Mexico), adidas NBA 5 United Tour (Europe), and the NBA 3-on-3 (Canada).

Community outreach activities will be highlighted by Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development and community outreach program, taking place in China, Mexico and South Africa. As part of these basketball camps, NBA players and coaches will dedicate places to live, learn or play, host basketball clinics with Special Olympics athletes, conduct life skills seminars and work with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for people in need.

NBA Cares efforts will also feature Learn & Play Center dedications in India and Taiwan, a Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA basketball clinic in Brazil and events in conjunction with NBA preseason games on three continents. In partnership with the U.S. State Department, current and former NBA and WNBA players and coaches are also traveling to Qatar, Bahrain, the Philippines, Georgia, Uganda, and Mozambique this offseason as ambassadors of sport.



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Carmel Bouchman joined to Temple - by Netanel Dahan
Carmel Bouchman (205-F-91), a 6-8, 215-pound forward out of Irani Tet school in Tel Aviv, Israel, has signed a Scholarship Letter to attend Temple University to play men's basketball. Bouchman joins Rahlir Jefferson, a 6-6 wing guard out of Chester (Pa.) High and Khalif Wyatt, a 6-3 guard out of Norristown (Pa.) High, who signed National Letters of Intent during the NCAA early signing period, in the Owls' 2009 recruiting class.

'We are happy that Carmel has decided to further his academic and athletic career at Temple University,' said Temple men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy. 'Carmel is quality young man from a good family who also is a gifted basketball player. He is a great addition to our program.'

Bouchman averaged 8.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game while playing for Israel in the 2009 FIBA European Under-18 Championships in Metz, France this past July. The power forward had his best game in a 78-60 win over the Czech Republic, tying for game-high honors with 18 points and grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds.
Source:www.owlsports.com.


Poland tame Israel in Saragossa - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Israel 82:67
Poland opened the international tournament in Saragossa victorious. They held off Israel despite a slow start to the game. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) was instrumental in the win as he knocked down 24 points and grabbed 10 boards.
Israel looked better at the start of the game. Their defense worked smoothly and they rolled to a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action 19:15. But Maciej Lampe and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) turned the tables in the second quarter. Poland took over and rushed in front to enjoy a 37:34 lead at halftime. Poland fully adjusted their offense in the third quarter and accounted for 27 points in the period. The gap grew at 12-point mark after three quarters of action. Poland maintained the tight grip on the winning margin in the fourth stanza and ensured a comfortable victory at the end.
David Logan knocked down 21 points for Poland. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) came up with all-around performance as he tallied 13 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and 5 blocks in the win. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) responded with 20 points for Israel. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) had 12 points in the losing charge.
Israel will face Spain tonight, while Poland will take on the hosts on Thursday.

Poland: Maciej Lampe 24, David Logan 21, Marcin Gortat 13
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 20, Yaniv Green 12



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Kristaps Valters leads Latvia past Great Britain in Efes Pilsen World Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Great Britain 86:84

Latvia opened the Efes Pilsen World Cup tournament with victory. They defeated Great Britain in Ankara. Latvia had to overcome a slow start before snatching a last second victory at the end.
Great Britain got to a brisk start. They accounted for 7 unanswered points to start the game. Latvia cut the distance to just 2 points late in the opening frame before Great Britain cleared off once again. They built a 7-point lead at the first break. Nicholas George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) opened a double-digit advantage midway through the second frame. The margin grew at 14 points in the second term as Great Britain dominated at the moment. The Brits secured a 52:40 advantage at halftime. But Latvia turned the tables in the third quarter. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV), Vitols and Blums drew things level at 64 after thirty minutes of action. Great Britain jumped in charge and led by 5 points with two minutes remaining. Kaspars Kambala and Berzins dragged Latvia within one before Lenzly made it 84:81 for Great Britain. Kaspars Valters drained a triple to tie things up and then followed with a winning bucket.
Kaspars Kambala notched 18 points and 6 boards for Latvia. Armands Skele (192-G-83) added 15 points, while Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) netted 12 points and issued 6 assists for the winning team. Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Nicholas George nailed 17 points each for Great Britain. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) had 16 points in defeat.
Latvia will face Macedonia tomorrow, while Great Britain will take on the Balkan team on Friday.

Latvia: Kaspars Kambala 18, Armands Skele 15, Kristaps Valters 12
Great Britain: Robert Jr. Archibald 17, Nicholas George 17, Andrew Betts 16



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Serbia beat Lithuania in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Lithuania 78:70

Serbia posted the first win at the Acropolis international tournament in Athens. Yesterday they overcame Lithuanian team to improve at 1-1 record. Lithuania suffered the first loss after the starting win over Russia. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) knocked down 14 points to pace Serbia.
The Balkan team were first to spur ahead as they grabbed the lead early in the encounter. They built a 19:13 advantage after ten minutes of action. Serbia continued to maintain control over the encounter as they secured a 38:31 lead after twenty minutes. Lithuania tried to force the issue in the third term as Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) paced the Baltic team but Serbia kept it cool. They ensured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. A well-balanced effort in the fourth quarter allowed Serbia to run away to a hard-fought win at the end. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points for Serbia. Bojan Popovic (190-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points, while Krstic added 11 in the winning case. Linas Kleiza responded with 19 points for Lithuania. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) produced 17 points and 6 boards in the loss.
Serbia will face Russia, while Lithuania will take on Greece on the final day of the tournament.

Serbia: Novica Velickovic 14, Uros Tripkovic 13, Bojan Popovic 12
Lithuania: Linas Kleiza 19, Marijonas Petravicius 17



Zalgiris escape in a close friendly - by Simas Baranauskas
Zalgiris has played it first friendly game of the season and should be happy to have started with a win, not a perfectly convicing one, but its still a victory. The Lithuanian league runners-up managed to beat Azovmash Mariupol 85:81 (19:18, 23:23, 21:15, 22:25).

Zalgiris started the game with Zygimantas Janavicius, Martynas Pocius, Dainius Salenga, Tadas Klimavicius and Travis Watson on the court, with Marcus Brown still to arrive at the team later and the newly-signed center Mirza Begic on the bench as he had not trained with the team. Though Zalgiris started slowly at 0:6, they managed to come back as impressively as they had fallen behind with 7 straight points, with Travis Watson and Dainius Salenga scoring. The Ukrainians went ahead once again only to let in 5 in a row points from Arturas Milaknis, the first quarter ended with Zalgiris leading by one point 19:18.

The story of a cat and a mouse continues as Azovmash was ahead most of the time, but three pointers from Martynas Pocius and Tadas Klimavicius kept the visitors in sight. A buzzer beater from downtown in the dying seconds meant that Zalgiris had once again caught their opponents, with the same lead as after the first period 42:41.

The game continued going back and forth, but dunks from Salenga and Klimavicius inspired the team from Kaunas and they finished the third part of the game strongly, with Mirza Begic making a debut, the score was 63:56.

The guests didnt let Zalgiris increase their lead as a Lithuanian sharpshooter, former Zalgiris player was on fire for Azovmash sending one three point bomb after another, but the greens had their own hero Dainius Salenga, who answered with two of his own. The game ended with 85:81 on the scoreboard.

Zalgiris: T.Klimavicius 17 (10 reb., 25 eff. rating), T.Watson 17 (9 reb., 22 eff. rating), D.Salenga 16 (17 eff. rating), A.Milaknis 8 (2/4 3PT), S.Vasiliauskas 7, M.Pocius 7, Z.Janavicius 4, P.Butkevicius 4, S.Vene 3, M.Begic 2, A.Jukevicius 0.
Azovmash: S.Serapinas 27, H.Rizvic 23.


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Slovak Republic cruised past Luxembourg in Oberanven - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg-Slovak Republic 63:76

Slovak Republic cruised past Luxembourg in Oberanven on Wednesday night for 3-4 record. The team had a road 76:63 victory at the Group C of the European Championship in Division B.
Both teams stayed close to each other in the beginning of the game and as a result only one points separated them after the first 10 minutes. Slovak Republic had 15:14, but then the score was tied four times in the second period. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) was the last to score before the break but the guests had 36:33 at the halftime. Martin Rajniak also gave his team 45:43 lead midway through the third period, whilst Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) tied the score at 52:52. In the last quarter the guests however played better and produced 24-11 in it. It gave them 76:63 as a total and the third victory in the group.
Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) was unstoppable with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Igor Majoros collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) netted 10. Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) finished the night with 19 points for the hosts and Martin Rajniak added 11.
In another game of the group Georgia claimed the top spot in Group C of the European Championship in Division B. They overcame their key opponents Sweden in Tbilisi 82:72 tonight to win the pool action. Both teams made it to the playoffs and would fight for Division A birth now.

Luxembourg: Tom Schumacher 19, Martin Rajniak 11
Slovak Republic: Anton Gavel 22+10 rebs, Igor Majoros 16+11 rebs, Martin Sykora 10



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Montenegro sealed place in Division B Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro-Iceland 102:58

Undefeated Montenegro seal place In Division B Play-Offs and clinched the top position in Group A of EuroBasket Division B. The favorites outscored Iceland 102:58 for 7-0 record.
Even before the game Montenegro was a favorite and they just has to prove their superiority. The hosts started with 7-0 run and then Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) made 17:5. Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) scored a jump shot for 29:17 at the end of the first period. In the seconds frame Iceland reduced the gap after 22-18 in the period. Sead Sehovic gave his team 47:34 at the halftime. With 25-15 Montenegro extended the lead to 10 more points and enjoyed 72:49 after three quarters. The last stanza became a nightmare for the guests that scored only 9 points. The favorites meanwhile posted 30 to reach 102:58 at the end.
Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) and Sead Sehovic added 15 apiece.
In another game of the group Netherlands posted the fifth win at the EuroBasket in Division B. They overwhelmed Denmark in La Almere to improve at 5-3 record in Group A of the tournament. Denmark remained winless at 0-7 as both teams have been out of the fight for Division A spots already.

Montenegro: Vladimir Golubovic 18+8 rebs, Nikola Pekovic 17+10 rebs, Predrag Drobnjak 15, Sead Sehovic 15
Iceland: Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) 12, Magnsson 10, Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (203-C-88) 10


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Atlanta Hawks sign Joe Smith - by Eurobasket News
The college-style recruiting pitch worked.

Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland) has spent the past month being wooed by the Hawks, and Tuesday night all the teams hard work paid off.

Smith signed a one-year deal Tuesday for the veterans minimum salary, approximately $1.3 million, rounding out the teams frontcourt rotation with the veteran big man theyve searched for all summer.

When youre a free agent, thats key, Smith said by phone Tuesday evening. How a team recruits you and what they do to try and get you in their organization says a lot about them. The last month or so the Hawks have been coming hard at me, and that shows how much they wanted me down here and what they think I can bring to this situation.

A 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward, the Hawks will be Smiths 10th NBA team. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, Smith finished last season with Cleveland, the team that ended the Hawks season in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Smith saw action in 13 playoff games for the Cavaliers, averaging 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. For the season, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting nearly 50 percent (.496) from the floor.

Smiths 14 years in the NBA give him experience and perspective that many of his new, and much younger, teammates will find valuable.

Joes acquisition provides us with a solid complement to our frontcourt, Hawks general manager Rick Sund said in a statement released by the team. Not only does he bring years of experience to our team, but his versatility gives our coaching staff a player who can play multiple positions and an individual who will provide tremendous leadership in the locker room.

At this stage of his career, Smith knows that his veteran leadership is a large part of his appeal.

Being around different teams and different situations and players, all types of players, Smith said, I understand what it takes to be successful and consistent in this league. Thats the main thing right now for this team is putting together some consistent basketball for as much of the 82 games of the season as we can. The more consistent we can be the better we can be.

Smiths final decision came down to the Hawks and Cavaliers. And while his recent history with the Cavs made that option a viable one, the non-stop contact from Zaza Pachulia and the full-court press from the Hawks coaching and front-office staffs won him over in the end.

Ultimately, it boiled down to the best role and best situation for me, Smith said. I think this was a perfect fit. We have a lot of young talent and a lot of guys that can go out on any given night and play well. But you still need a veteran on that team when things are going wrong that can be that voice.

Im excited about being that voice and helping transform all this talent into a consistent winner.


Courtesy of www.ajc.com


SA Spurs big trio will be healthy says Greg Popovich - by Eurobasket News
Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) and Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) left being busy this summer to the rest of the San Antonio Spurs.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday that his two aging stars have taken it easier than usual this offseason to get healthy, while the Spurs front office was unusually active and swinging deals for major additions like Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess.

Duncan, hobbled by knee problems down the stretch and in the playoffs, has pushed back the normal start of his normal preseason regimen by a month. The 33-year-old will begin workouts next week that the All-Star typically gets going in early August.

Ginobili, meanwhile, has limited his summer activity to a treadmill and some walks after appearing in just 44 games last season because of bad ankles.

'He is healthy,' Popovich said. 'He'll come back out of shape but healthy.'

Popovich spoke to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the Spurs ended their busiest-and costliest-offseason in recent history. The typically frugal Spurs will be hit with the NBA's luxury tax after picking up Jefferson's remaining $29.2 million owed over the next two years in a trade with cost-cutting Milwaukee.

San Antonio also used their midlevel exception, about $5.85 million, to sign McDyess and give Duncan a hand in the frontcourt. The Spurs also signed veteran big man Theo Ratliff and drafted Pitt All-America forward DeJuan Blair.

Popovich said spending money was a necessity.

'The face of the league has changed significantly over the last two years,' Popovich said. 'We've hung in there as long as we can, and this year we're going to have to spend money like some other people.'

San Antonio approached the summer looking to spend and not squander the remaining years of the Duncan era. Between Duncan's ailing legs and a weak supporting cast, the Spurs limped into their earliest summer since 2000 after a first-round playoff loss to Dallas.

Duncan sat out several back-to-backs down the stretch because of a nagging right quad injury that Popovich said has healed.

'He's got more flexibility in that leg than he ever has,' Popovich said. 'Significantly more. He's cranking his knees during the day and at night when he goes to bed. It's paid off.'

Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) also gave the Spurs a scare this month when he hurt his right ankle playing for the French national team, but Popovich said the injury was minor.


Courtesy of www.mlive.com


Wizards to visit China in September - by Eurobasket News
The Wizards announced Tuesday that they are making a 10-day visit to China from September 5-15. The trip commemorates the Bullets historic trip to China 30 years ago.

Current Wizards Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova), along with several team officials, will be joined by former Bullets players Wes Unseld and Gheorghe Muresan as they visit the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and Yingxiu. Tony Cheng, from Washington, D.Cs Chinatown neighborhood will also join the trip.

'We thought the best way to pay homage to the anniversary of our historic trip in 1979 was to return to China, because thirty years ago it was unheard of to travel overseas with an NBA team, said Wizards owner Abe Pollin. I am very proud that we were the first NBA team to visit China, and Im thrilled that NBA fans there will have an opportunity to re-connect with our franchise through former players like Wes and Gheorghe and current players like Caron and Randy.

Thirty years ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping invited Pollin and the Bullets to China. A signing of normalization of relations between the United States and China by President Carter made it possible for Pollin to bring Unseld and rest of the team overseas.

During September's commemorative trip, the Wizards delegation will conduct a series of basketball clinics, including one with the China Basketball Associations championship team, Guangdong Hongyuan. They will also visit the resettlement town of Chengdu, which includes survivors from the record setting 7.9 earthquake in Yingxiu in 2008, and participate in several philanthropic activities at local universities and high schools.

The Wizards open training camp at VCU in Richmond, VA in late September.
Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com


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  NCAA1   


FIU miffed by matchup vs UNC - by Rick Ross
Courtesy Of AP/SI

MIAMI (AP) -- It sounds like a made-for-TV matchup
Isiah Thomas making his coaching debut for FIU in the opening game of the
season at defending national champion North Carolina.
That's what was listed on the Tar Heels' schedule for Nov. 9,
released Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Oh, but there's a catch: It's not the game FIU wanted and it's a game the
Golden Panthers aren't interested in playing.
FIU athletic director Pete Garcia lashed out against the matchup Tuesday,
saying he felt the Golden Panthers were 'bullied' by organizers of the
Coaches vs. Cancer tournament and that he expected Thomas' debut to be at Ohio State instead.

Garcia said the school is examining how to get out of the North Carolina matchup but told
The Associated Press that FIU remains committed to playing in the tournament.
Would they do what they're doing to us to Duke, or to North Carolina? No,
Garcia said. 'But they'll do it to FIU and any other school out there like FIU.
The Princeton, N.J.-based Gazelle Group, which operates the tournament, said
Garcia signed a contract in November 2008 stipulating the Golden Panthers would play
Ohio State or North Carolina sometime between Nov. 9-13. Garcia acknowledged signing that deal.

He said 'it's a matter of principle and a matter of the contract
why FIU won't agree to playing North Carolina instead.
'We're being bullied into that game,' Garcia said. 'I've told them today,
we'll play Ohio State, we don't want to play North Carolina.'
Tournament organizers say FIU might not have a choice.

Gazelle Group president Rick Giles said the contract language allows for his organization
to have the sole authority' over sites, dates, times, teams and opponents in the tournament.
The event even made some concessions to FIU regarding scheduling of sub-regional games in Miami,
so that they wouldn't conflict with a Golden Panthers football game at Florida.

I'm befuddled by all of this,' Giles said.
North Carolina is not involved in the drama,
with a school spokesman saying the Tar Heels will play who the tournament tells them to play.
The tournament format calls for four preselected hosts
Ohio State, North Carolina, California and Syracuse automatically advancing to the semifinals at
Madison Square Garden, regardless of what happens in the event's early round.

FIU is slated to host subregional games on Nov. 20, 21 and 23 at its on-campus arena,
with James Madison, Murray State and North Carolina Central coming in for round-robin play.
The other subregional for teams not going to Madison Square Garden is at Albany,
where the Great Danes of the America East will host Robert Morris, Detroit and Alcorn State.

Ohio State will play Alcorn State on Nov. 9, in the slot FIU wants. A preseason publication that has been on the
Buckeyes' athletic Web site for several weeks did make reference to playing FIU on that date.
We don't want to be pushed around,' Garcia said.

FIU hired Thomas, the former New York Knicks coach and president, on April 15 and gave him a five-year contract.
Garcia said many of the nation's biggest programs have called about scheduling FIU since Thomas got hired.

Everyone wants to play us now,' Garcia said


Former Syracuse star gets into D-League Draft Pool - by Eurobasket News
The member of the Syracuse 2003 NCAA championship squad Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) got into D-League Draft pool for the 2009 lottery. The Draft will take place in November and Josh Pace is expected to be chosen by one of the teams. Josh Pace played for Syracuse from 2001 till 2005. The guard averaged 10.8 points, 5.0 boards and 3.8 boards per game in his senior season. Later Josh Pace moved overseas and played in New Zealand, Finland and the CBA. Last season Pace won the Estonian championship together with Kalev/Cramo.


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  NCAA3   


John Jay Bloodhounds name new Devernie Winston to lead program - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Department of Athletics has announced that DeVernie Winston has been named head men's basketball coach.

Despite just being named head coach, Winston is no stranger to the program. He served as assistant coach during the 2007-08 season, in which John Jay won its first ever City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) men's basketball championship to earn an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tournament where the Bloodhounds won their first round contest.

'I am thrilled to coach at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a school with such strong academic and athletic tradition,' said Winston. 'The program has the ability to compete at the highest level of Division III basketball.'

Prior to rejoining the Bloodhounds, Winston spent last season as head coach at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), a member of CUNYAC's junior college division. He led the Panthers to an 11-win season and helped several student-athletes continue their college careers in NCAA and NAIA programs including North Carolina Central University and Barber-Scotia College.

He attended St. Lawrence University and majored in Sociology and was a key reserve guard and forward for the men's basketball team which twice earned berths into the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate Regional tournament, including a championship in 2001.

A native New Yorker, Winston is a 2000 graduate of Frederick Douglass Academy High School where he was an all-city and all-state player and led the boy's basketball and volleyball teams to two consecutive league championships.


The 2009-10 John Jay men's basketball season is scheduled to get underway on Fri. Nov. 20 at the Manhattanville College tip off tournament.


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  PBL   


Vermont Frost Heaves Coach Will Voigt Moving Onto Bakersfield - by Richard
South Burlington, VT Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ), the only Head Coach the Vermont Frost Heaves have ever known has accepted the Head Coaching job for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

In his three years as Head Coach of the Frost Heaves, Voigt led the team to an overall record of 90 wins and 18 losses, collecting two championships, two Coach of the year honors and a wildcard playoff appearance in last years Premier Basketball League playoffs. He brings an overall Coaching record of 124 wins and 45 losses to Bakersfield.

'I want to thank Alex and Vanessa for giving me the opportunity to coach the Frost Heaves these past three years, stated Voigt. I am also forever indebted to the countless people who contributed to our success. I am fortunate to have been surrounded by great coaches, staff, players and fans, and will miss them dearly. Although, it is hard to leave Vermont, I am excited for the opportunity to coach the Bakersfield Jam.'

On behalf of the entire Vermont Frost Heaves community, we want to wish both Will and his soon to be bride Jessica much success in their new endeavors in California, stated Frost Heaves General Manager Michael Healey. With Wills desire and determination we know he will continue his winning ways for the Bakersfield Jam.

The Vermont Frost Heaves will kick off their second Premier Basketball League season in Mid December 2009 and the search for a new Coach kicks into full gear. As part of the upcoming season, the Frost Heaves will be consolidating their operations in Central Vermont but will continue to play in both Barre and Burlington.
Source: PBL


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  POLAND   


Poland tame Israel in Saragossa - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Israel 82:67
Poland opened the international tournament in Saragossa victorious. They held off Israel despite a slow start to the game. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) was instrumental in the win as he knocked down 24 points and grabbed 10 boards.
Israel looked better at the start of the game. Their defense worked smoothly and they rolled to a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action 19:15. But Maciej Lampe and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) turned the tables in the second quarter. Poland took over and rushed in front to enjoy a 37:34 lead at halftime. Poland fully adjusted their offense in the third quarter and accounted for 27 points in the period. The gap grew at 12-point mark after three quarters of action. Poland maintained the tight grip on the winning margin in the fourth stanza and ensured a comfortable victory at the end.
David Logan knocked down 21 points for Poland. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) came up with all-around performance as he tallied 13 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and 5 blocks in the win. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) responded with 20 points for Israel. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) had 12 points in the losing charge.
Israel will face Spain tonight, while Poland will take on the hosts on Thursday.

Poland: Maciej Lampe 24, David Logan 21, Marcin Gortat 13
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 20, Yaniv Green 12



Polish teams' rosters for the 2009/2010 season. Part 3 - by Michal Falkowski
ASSECO PROKOM GDYNIA:

Coaches: Tomas Pacesas (extended), David Dedek (valid contract)
Guards: Tyrone Brazelton (extended), Daniel Ewing (valid contract), David Logan (valid contract), Przemyslaw Zamojski (valid contract)
Forwards: Ronnie Burrell (valid contract), Piotr Szczotka (extended), Qyntel Woods (extended)
Centers: Adam Hrycaniuk (valid contract), Adam Lapeta (valid contract), Pape Sow (signed Armani Jeans Milano)
Juniors: Mateusz Kostrzewski
Departures: Pat Burke (?), Filip Dylewicz (Air Avellino), Tomasz Swietonski (?)

PGE TUROW ZGORZELEC:


Coaches: Sasa Obradovic (signed BC Kiev)
Guards: Chanas Kamil (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Forwards: Leonczyk Pawel (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk), Roszyk Krzysztof (valid contract), Witka Robert (valid contract), Adam Wojcik (signed PBG Basket Poznan)
Centers: --
Juniors: Bartosz Bochno, Mateusz Jarmakowicz, Maciej Strzelecki, Sebastian Szymanski
Departures: Bryan Bailey (?) , Chris Daniels (?), Dragisa Drobnjak (Original Marines Napoli), Tyus Edney (?), Alex Harris (?), Damir Miljkovic (?), Gorjan Radonjic (?), Marcin Stefanski (Trefl Sopot), John Turek (?)

ANWIL WLOCLAWEK:

Coaches: Igor Griszczuk (extended), Krzysztof Szablowski (valid contract)
Guards: Andrzej Pluta (extended), Krzysztof Szubarga (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Mike Trimboli (signed NCAA), Bartlomiej Woloszyn (valid contract)
Forwards: Wojciech Barycz (signed no team last season), Kevyn Green (signed NCAA), Nikola Jovanovic (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: Jonathan Kale (signed NCAA), Rashard Sullivan (signed Aix-Maurienne)
Juniors: Dawid Adamczewski, Wojciech Glabas, Damian Janiak
Departures: Tommy Adams (Fileni Bpa Jesi), Ian Boylan (Allianz Swans Gmunden), Marko Brkic (Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac), Michal Gabinski (Stal Stalowa Wola), Lukasz Koszarek (Eldo Caserta), Kamil Michalski (loaned to MOSiR Krosno), Paul Miller (?), Stipe Modric (?), Milos Paravinja (?), Marek Piechowicz (loaned to MKS Dabrowa Gornicza)


ENERGA CZARNI SLUPSK:

Coaches: Igors Miglinieks (signed BC Donetsk), Dainius Adomaitis (signed, first season in his coach career), Miroslaw Lisztwan (valid contract)
Guards: Mantas Cesnauskis (extended), Ronald Clark (signed SK Valmiera), Jacek Sulowski (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Forwards: Marcin Sroka (extended), Wojciech Zurawski (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Centers: Jelesijevic Nemanja (signed Hopsi Polzela), Dawid Przybyszewski (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg)
Juniors: Robert Magnuszewski, Hubert Pabian, Patryk Przyborowski
Departures: Bojan Bakic (?), Omar Barlett (?), Demetric Bennett (Snaidero Udine), Mateusz Bieg (?), Chris Booker (?), Antonio Burks (recently wounded by a shot, may end his career), Marcin Dutkiewicz (back from loan to Polonia 2011 Warsaw), Mateo Kedzo (Aliaga Petkim), Pawel Leonczyk (PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Pawel Malesa (Trefl Sopot)


KOTWICA KOLOBRZEG:

Coaches: Pawel Blechacz (previous assistant coach)
Guards: Harris Danesi (signed NCAA), Omni Smith (signed Upstairs Weert)
Forwards: Bartosz Diduszko (signed Znicz Sokolow Jaroslaw), Piotr Stelmach (extended), Lukasz Wichniarz (signed Sportino Inowroclaw)
Centers: Brian Freeman (signed NCAA)
Juniors: Dawid Brek, Piotr Jadczak, Szymon Rduch
Departures: Sefton Barrett (Padeborn Basket), Tomasz Cielebak (New Yorker Phanthoms Braunschweig), Brandon Crone (?), Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phanthoms Braunschweig), Pawel Kikowski (Olimpija Ljubljana), Julien Mills (?), Drew Naymick (CB Caceres), Dawid Przybyszewski (Energa Czarni Slupsk)

POLPHARMA STAROGARD GDANSKI:

Coaches: Millia Bogicevic (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Roman Olszewski (valid contract)
Guards: Brody Angley (signed SAM Massagno), Tomasz Ochonko (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Tony Weeden (signed BPS Bank Basket Kwidzyn), Lukasz Zytko (signed Sportino Inowroclaw)
Forwards: Lukasz Majewski (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Zbigniew Marculewicz (signed LKS Lodz), Patrick Okafor (signed LMT Baron Riga)
Centers: Uros Mirkovic (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac)
Juniors: Jacek Jarecki, Damian Kulig (signed Big Star Tychy), Karol Michalek (signed Polpak Swiecie), Blazej Rabe (signed OSSM Wroclaw)
Departures: Eric Coleman (Leche Rio Breogan), Jaroslaw Drewa (Harmattan Gniewkowo), Marek Drewa (?), Courtney Eldridge (?), Michael Hicks (New Yorker Phanthoms Braunschweig), Pawel Kowalczuk (Trefl Sopot), Dawid Neumann (Harmattan Gniewkowo), Ed Scott (?), Mujo Tuljkovic (Erdemir Belediyesi), Wojciech Zurawski (Energa Czarni Slupsk)

AZS KOSZALIN:


Coaches: Rade Mijanovic (signed Helios Domzale), Leszek Dolinski (?)
Guards: Igor Milicic (extended), Michael Kuebler (signed BPS Bank Basket Kwidzyn), Gediminas Navickas (signed Politekhnika Lviv)
Forwards: Greg Surmacz (signed CIS)
Centers: Adam Metelski (extended)
Juniors: Lukasz Diduszko, Piotr Urbanski
Departures: Grzegorz Arabas (Sportino Inowroclaw), Lukasz Grys (?), Przemyslaw Luszczewski (Sportino Inowroclaw), Javier Mojica (Base Ostenda), Ime Oduok (?), George Reese (?), Michal Strach (?), Dante Swanson (?)
Unknown: Pawel Bogdan

POLONIA WARSAW:

Coaches: Wojciech Kaminski (valid contract), Andrzej Kierlewicz (valid contract)
Guards: Michal Przybylski (extended)
Forwards: Michael Ansley (extended), Mariusz Bacik (extended), Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz (extended), Aleks Perka (signed NCAA)
Centers: --
Juniors: Kamil Laczynski, Marcin Nowakowski
Departures: Kevin Johnson (Giessen 46ers), Hubert Radke (PBG Basket Poznan), Jitim Young (?)
Unknown: Dariusz Aziewicz, Greg Harrington, Marcin Krajewski, Milosz Ludwin,

SPORTINO INOWROCLAW:

Coaches: Mariusz Karol (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Guards: Anthony Anderson (signed AEK Larnacas), Grzegorz Arabas (signed AZS Koszalin), Robert Jarvis (signed NCAA), Maciej Raczynski (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Forwards: Przemyslaw Luszczewski (signed AZS Koszalin)
Centers: Rafal Bigus (signed PBG Basket Poznan), Artur Robak (extended)
Juniors: Filip Burdacki, Mikolaj Grod, Kamil Stezewski
Departures: Marcus Crenshaw (?), David Gomez (?), Kyle Landry (BK Prostejov), Tony Lee (?), Eddie Miller (?), Bartosz Pochocki (?), Michal Swiderski (?), Ivars Timmermanis (?), Lukasz Wichniarz (Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Dawid Witos (?), Lukasz Zytko (Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Unknown: Lukasz Obrzut, Hubert Wierzbicki

PBG BASKET POZNAN:

Coaches: Eugeniusz Kijewski (valid contract), Tomasz Jankowski (valid contract)
Guards: Uros Duvnjak (signed Radnicki 034 Kragujevac), A.J. Graves (signed NCAA), Adam Waczynski (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Forwards: Mateusz Bartosz (signed Polonia 2011 Warsaw), Zbigniew Bialek (signed Polaroid Lami Ved Kormend), Andrija Ciric (signed Falco KC Szombathely), Michal Kondraciuk (signed SIDEn MMKS Torun), Tomasz Semmler (signed Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgrne), Wojciech Szawarski (extended)
Centers: Rajko Kljajevic (signed Radnicki 034 Kragujevac), Hubert Radke (signed Polonia Warsaw)
Juniors: Pawel Mowlik, Tomasz Smorawinski
Departures: Rafal Bigus (Sportino Inowroclaw), Robert Brannen (?), Gerald Brown (?), Miah Davis (?), Marcin Flieger (?), Iwo Kitzinger (Trefl Sopot), Alex McLean (?), Stanislaw Prus (?), Albert Skowronski (?), Adam Wojcik (PGE Turow Zgorzelec)

ZNICZ JAROSLAW:

Coaches: --
Guards: --
Forwards: --
Center: --
Juniors: --
Departures: Quinton Day (BC Lugano Tigers), Bartosz Diduszko (Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Vitaliy Kovalenko (Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk), Ross Neltner (?), Grady Reynolds (Faymasa Palencia), Chad Timberlake (?)
Unknown: Tomasz Celej, Mateusz Gazarkiewicz, Artut Mikolajko, Marek Miszczuk, Kamil Nowak, Grzegorz Szczotka, Andrzej Urban, Dariusz Wyka

POLONIA 2011 WARSAW:

Coaches: Mladen Starcevic (valid contract), Krzysztof Sidor (valid contract)
Guards: Dardan Berisha (valid contract), Michal Jankowski (valid contract), Piotr Pamula (valid contract), Marek Popiolek (valid contract), Tomasz Snieg (valid contract)
Forwards: Marcin Dutkiewicz (back from loan Energa Czarni Slupsk), Leszek Karwowski (valid contract), Jaroslaw Mokros (valid contract), Patryk Pelka (valid contract)
Centers: Marcin Kolowca (valid contract), Kamil Pietras (signed Cimberio Varese), Krzysztof Sulima (valid contract)
Juniors: --
Departures: Mateusz Bartosz (PBG Basket Poznan)
Unknown: Michal Kucharski, Przemyslaw Lewandowski, Michal Nowakowski, Roman Szymanski

STAL STALOWA WOLA:

Coaches: Bogdan Pamula (valid contract), Leszek Kaczmarski (valid contract)
Guards: Marcin Malczyk (signed MOSiR Krosno), Rafal Partyka (valid contract), Pawel Pydych (valid contract)
Forwards: Michal Gabinski (signed Anwil Wloclawek), Artur Mielczarek (signed BK Nova Hut Ostrava), Michal Woloszyn (extended)
Centers: Tomasz Andrzejewski (valid contract), Maciej Klima (valid contract)
Juniors: Szymon Juniak
Departures: Adam Lisewski (MKS Dabrowa Gornicza), Karol Szpyrka (Siarka Tarnobrzeg)
Unknown: Kamil Drelich, Jakub Gabinski, Adam Jurga, Rafal Sobilo, Dawid Szewczyk, Piotr Ucinek

TREFL SOPOT:

Coaches: Karlis Muiznieks (signed LMT Barons Riga), Adam Prabucki (no team last season)
Guards: Iwo Kitzinger (signed PBG Basket Poznan), Pawel Malesa (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk)
Forwards: Pawel Kowalczuk (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Marcin Stefanski (signed PGE Turow Zgorzelec)
Centers: --
Juniors: Jakub Kietlinski (signed BPS Bank Basket Kwidzyn), Jakub Zaluski (signed Asseco Prokom Sopot)



Aleks Perka in Polonia - by Eurobasket News
Polonia Warsaw have already started the training sessions. Aleks Perka (201-F-87) is among the players that are getting ready for the new season. The 22-year-old Polish forward arrived from overseas. He just graduated from Rice University. There Aleks Perka averaged 6.7 points and 4.5 boards per game in his senior year for the Owls. He was named to the C-USA All-Academic team in 2009.
Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) is expected to be officially announced as Polonia player on Thursday.



Marcin Malczyk in Stal Stalowa Wola - by Eurobasket News
Marcin Malczyk (191-G-82) agreed on terms of contract with Stal Stalowa Wola. The 27-year-old guard has already started training with his new team. Malczyk started the last season in Basket Kwidzyn, where he played 10 games. Later he moved to MOSiR Krosno and played 12 games in 1Liga. There Marcin Malczyk averaged 9.5 points, 5.2 boards and 1.8 assists per game.


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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Paris-Levallois
  (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
  Memphis G.
  (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. Dalmau, Bayamon5.2 
 7. Caro, Humacao5.2 
 8. Osimani, San G.4.9 
 9. Cruz, Carolina4.9 
 10. Baker, San Germ.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ansel GUZMAN
  Guaynabo
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Guzman, Humacao2.1 
 2. Figueroa, Arecibo1.7 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.7 
 4. Baker, San German1.6 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 6. Caro, Humacao1.5 
 7. Rivera, Carolina1.5 
 8. Ere, Carolina1.5 
 9. Escalera, Guaynabo1.4 
 10. Santiago, 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. Smith, Bayamon1.1 
 7. White, Carolina1.1 
 8. Lee, Bayamon1.1 
 9. Muoneke, Guaynabo1.0 
 10. Freije, Cagu.1.0 


Uruguay rout the US Virgin Island 88-62 in FIBA's Americas opener - by Raul Colon
Uruguay kicked off the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship win a pasting over an overwhelmed US Virgin Islands team, 88-62. Uruguay will rest today, its next game will be Friday against Puerto Rico. The Boricuas are the same rival the 0-1 USVI will face tonight. Both games start at 9:00pm.

Uruguay's Leandro Garcia took over the game early with his deadly outside shooting. The 6'1 guard connected 46% from beyond the arc, in route to a 28 point night. Esteban Batista added 23 and 13 boards in the 26 point rout.

The Uruguayans began the game with a 7-0 rally spearheaded by and . As the first half progressed, Uruguay's insensitive took over opening a 16-point, 35-19, lead with 4:12 in the clock. The USVI mounted small comeback, scoring 5 points in a row to close the gap to 11, but Garcia shutdown the Virgin Islanders' rally with a yet another three pointer, his fourth of the half, at the 1:59 mark.

Garcia and company then took off on an impressive 14-3 advance to end the first stanza comfortably ahead 49-29. Uruguay shoot 50% from the field. The USVI shoot a pedestrian 17%.

The Virgin Island came out of the locker room on fire. Lead by a puertorrican, Walter Hodge, the Islanders scored the first 9 points of the second half to close within 11, 41-52, at the 5:20 mark. Both teams exchanged baskets the rest of the 3rd quarter which ended 66-49 in favor of Uruguay.

The final period belonged to the Uruguayans. Garcia, Batista and company clamped down on a visible tired Virgin Island squad to push the lead back above 20. The trio accounted for 13 of the Uruguayans' 22 four quarter points.

Kevin Sheppard led the Islanders with 17 points. Puertorrican Walter Hodge finished with 12 in a losing effort.



Puerto Rico wins big over Mexico - by Luis Ramirez
Puerto Rico beat Mexico 81-66 in their first encounter in the 2009 FIBA Championship. Puerto Ricos first opponent at the 2009 FIBA Championship which opened at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum was Mexico. Puerto Rico starting five were Carlos Arroyo, Carmelo Lee, Elias Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC), Ricardo Sanchez and Peter John Ramos. The game started out somewhat sloppy with both teams looking somewhat cold in their ball movement. Peter John was able to score the first basket of the game, and after this he was also able to make a thunderous dunk on a pass from Carlos Arroyo. It was with another flashy dunk that Puerto Rico took the lead 6-5 with 7:01 to go in the quarter. With the insertion of Danny Santiago in the game Puerto Rico was able to take advantage of their big men to play close to the basket and score. Mexico however weathered the storm and with 2:39 to play shot a 3 pointer to take the lead 17-14. The first quarter ended with both teams tied at 19 points.

In the 2nd quarter both teams played at an even pace and Mexico was leading by 1 point with 4:48 to go in the half, 27-26. With 4:22 left, Peter John Ramos was called for an intentional foul which brought Mexico to the free throw line. Mexico was able to take a 5 point lead with a 3 pointer to make the score 33 -28 with 3:38 to go. Carlos Arroyo got hot for Puerto Rico and scored 5 points in a row to keep Puerto Rico close in the final minutes of the game. The half ended with Mexico leading by 4 points, 42-38.

In the 3rd quarter, Elias Ayuso tied the game at 47points with a 3 pointer with 6:50 to go in the quarter. Puerto Rico was able to take the lead 50-49 on a fast break with 5:30 in the quarter. It seems that Puerto Rico was just waiting for the right moment to use their speed as they went on a offensive run extending their lead by 5 points 54-49 with 4:25 to go in the quarter. Puerto Rico would extend their lead by 10 points 61-51 with 3 seconds to go in the quarter.

In the 4th quarter, Puerto Rico could not find the basket in the first minutes of the quarter and Mexico took advantage of this to cut the lead to just 4 points with 7:23 to go in the game, the score was 61-57. Puerto Rico was finally able to score on a drive from Elias Ayuso with 6:17 left in the game. With 4:54 left Puerto Rico went on another offensive run and was leading by 11 points 68-57. Puerto Rico continues to expand their lead and with 2:24 left was leading by 14 points 75-61. Mexico would not find a way to answer back and Puerto Rico was leading by 18 points with just 40 seconds to go in the game.

For Puerto Rico, Elias Ayuso scored 16 points and Danny Santiago scored 15 points along with Carlos Arroyo. For Mexico, Romel Beck scored 26 points followed by Noe Alonzo with 11 points.



Brazil too strong in the end - by Raul Colon
The contest between the upstart Dominican Republic and the all powerful Brazil was built up as a 'clash of titans', and it certainly lived up to that lofty standard, at least for three and a half quarters. In what is certainly to become a classic, Brazil defeated the Dominicans 81-68 in front of a emotional crow in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

In a game filled with NBA stars, it was a little know guard who lead a balance Brazilian attack. Alex Garcia scored 19, of his 21 points, including 3-4 from three point line, in the second half to crush the Dominicans' spirit. Phoenix Suns star, Leandro Barbosa also had 21, while Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Cavaliers) added 10 points and 10 boards

From the beginning, the fan favored Dominican Republic tried to establish a fast tempo game, but after Horford's opening bucket, Brazil went into a 10-3 run to assume command of the first quarter. The Dominicans slowly began to creep up. Francisco Garcia's long 3 with 1:22 put the the crow on its feet while closing what was an 9 point lead to a slim 3. The quarter ended with Brazil holding to its three point, 21-18, lead.

The second period started much like the first ended, with Brazil holding off surges by Julio Toro's squad. The pattern ended when Kelvin Pena layup with 5:07 remaining gave the energized Dominicans their first lead 29-28, since they opening minute of the game. Brazil responded with Barbosa's two FTs and Marcelo Machado's three to take back the lead with :26 remaining in the first half, to end the stanza ahead 38-36.

The cariocas dominated the boards, holding a commanding 26-8 edge over the Dominican Republic.

Garcia opened the third quarter on fire. The 6'7 Sacramento Kings guard connected on two 3s, to give the Dominican Republic the lead. Charlie Villanueva (Milwaukee Bucks), held scoreless in the first half, exploded for 12 to pace the Dominicans. The quarter ended with Dominican ahead by 4 points, 61-57.

Although the last period belonged to the Dominicans, it was not without set backs. Both of their big guys, Villanueva and Al Horford got into foul trouble. By the mid point of the fourth quarter, both were gone. Without two/thirds of their talented front line out of the game, the Dominicans watched as Brazil went into a 13-1 run to take a commanding 76-66 lead with 2:04 remaining in the game.

Unfortunately, the game last 40 minutes, not 36. We played against a powerhouse today and we were in the game for much of it, which confirm that we can play with anyone, said Toro after the game.

Next for Brazil (1-0) is a Venezuela, today at 6:30pm. The Dominican Republic (0-1) takes on Panama in Thursday's opener (1:30pm)



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Switzerland edged Romania in Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland-Romania 81:69

Switzerland edged Romania 81:69 at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The start of the game was too productive for the hosts that satisfied the local fans in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Vlad Moldoveanu (208-F-88) made the first lay-up for the guests and Szijarto scored for the last lead of the guests in the game at 4:3. Later on the hosts dominated the court and had 26:9 after the opening quarter. Stockalper made it 28:11 and Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80, college: American) posted for 34:21. Dos Santoswas the last to score at the half to bring 45:23 at the halftime. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) made it 47:25 but then Romania pulled the score back. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) closed the third period at 61:47 after 24-16 in the third quarter. Romania also won the last period, but could only reduce to 81:69 for the final.
Thabo Sefolosha top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Vladimir Buscaglia nailed 19, while Cedric Mafuta (192-F-84) scored 13. Titus Nicoara ended up with 19 points in defeat and Vlad Moldoveanu notched 18.
In another game of the group Belarus improved to 6-1 record at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The team survived a battle in Korca to beat local Albania 76:75 for another win. The hosts meanwhile dropped to 2-5 record on the bottom of the group.

Switzerland: Thabo Sefolosha 21, Vladimir Buscaglia 19, Cedric Mafuta 13
Romania: Titus Nicoara 19, Vlad Moldoveanu 18


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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), Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80) (C.B. Granada-ACB), 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), Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) (Reggio Emilia - LegaDue), 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


Krasnie Krilya Samara sign Eugeny Voronov - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik
Krasnie Krilya Samara strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old domestic guard Eugeny Voronov (192-G-86). Voronov played most recently at Unics Kazan (A Superleague) where he averaged in Eurocup: 14 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg and in the Superleague: 25 games: 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg. This summer he won silver medals at World University Games in Belgrade, where his average statistic numbers were: 7 games: 6.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 48.3%, FT: 85.7%.

The current roster of Krasnie Krilya according to words of its GM Vladimir Trunov is Valdas Vasylius, Ralph Biggs, Andrei Tsypachev, Andrei Trushkin, Sergey Chernov, Andrei Ivanov, Dmitry Arteshin, Eugeny Voronov, Denis Khloponin, Igor Grachyov, Anton Ageev and Sergey Karaulov.
Viktor Khryapa, captain of Russian NT, will participate in Eurochampionship according to results of x-rays examination. 'Nothing serious, he just sprained his ligaments. He will be ready for trainings after a week, I hope', - told his doctor to www.sovsport.ru


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Serbia beat Lithuania in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Lithuania 78:70

Serbia posted the first win at the Acropolis international tournament in Athens. Yesterday they overcame Lithuanian team to improve at 1-1 record. Lithuania suffered the first loss after the starting win over Russia. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) knocked down 14 points to pace Serbia.
The Balkan team were first to spur ahead as they grabbed the lead early in the encounter. They built a 19:13 advantage after ten minutes of action. Serbia continued to maintain control over the encounter as they secured a 38:31 lead after twenty minutes. Lithuania tried to force the issue in the third term as Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) paced the Baltic team but Serbia kept it cool. They ensured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. A well-balanced effort in the fourth quarter allowed Serbia to run away to a hard-fought win at the end. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points for Serbia. Bojan Popovic (190-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points, while Krstic added 11 in the winning case. Linas Kleiza responded with 19 points for Lithuania. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) produced 17 points and 6 boards in the loss.
Serbia will face Russia, while Lithuania will take on Greece on the final day of the tournament.

Serbia: Novica Velickovic 14, Uros Tripkovic 13, Bojan Popovic 12
Lithuania: Linas Kleiza 19, Marijonas Petravicius 17



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Ivan Skara stays in Banska Bystrica, Kirk Archibeque to Levice - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Skara (204-F-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) returned to Banska Bystrica for one more year. The 27-year-old Croatian forward joined the Slovakian team in October 2008. He started the last season in KAO Dramas in Greece A2 league. After joining Banska Bystrica Ivan Skara averaged 14.9 points, 8.5 boards and 2.2 assists per game. Skara was chosen to Slovakian All-Star Game in 2009.
Levice invited Kirk Archibeque (206-C-84) on try-outs. The 25-year-old centre played for Fort Lewis in the NCAA2 last year. There the player averaged 19.2 points, 8.7 boards and 1.1 blocks.



Spisska Nova Ves brings in two players for trials - by Eurobasket News
Slovakian Extraliga outfit Spisska Nova Ves continues with roster selection for next season and they have brought in two new faces. Polish Internationals Pawel Mroz (214-C-84) and Artur Mielczarek (195-F-83, agency: Promotex) have been brought in for trials. They will be working out with the team trying to secure a deal. Nova Ves is looking for appropriate reinforcements in order to improve on the results achieved last season. They finished 4th in Extraliga with the score of 17 wins and 15 losses. They made it to the semifinals where they were eliminated by Pezinok 3 games to 1. Now the club's Management is hoping that two Polish players will be good addition to the squad as they both posses experience from playing in various leagues around Europe. It remains to bee seen in the coming days if Mielczarek and Morz will do enough to sign a deal.
Artur Mielczarek started his career with Slask Junior team. He also played for the likes of AZS Politechnika Radomska and 4 YOU Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgorne before returning to Slask at the beginning of last season. Still because of financial difficulties the club encountered, Mielczarek moved to Czech outfit Nova Hut Ostrava where he finished the season. He averaged 5.3 points in 32 League games.
Pawel Mroz started his career at Unia Tarnow before moving to BC Slask. In 2005 he moved to Sweden where he signed with Norrkoping Dolphins where he played for 3 seasons. Last season he also started at Slask but was forced to move to Koszalin in the middle of the season. He played in 6 League games and posted averages of 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.


Slovak Republic cruised past Luxembourg in Oberanven - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg-Slovak Republic 63:76

Slovak Republic cruised past Luxembourg in Oberanven on Wednesday night for 3-4 record. The team had a road 76:63 victory at the Group C of the European Championship in Division B.
Both teams stayed close to each other in the beginning of the game and as a result only one points separated them after the first 10 minutes. Slovak Republic had 15:14, but then the score was tied four times in the second period. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) was the last to score before the break but the guests had 36:33 at the halftime. Martin Rajniak also gave his team 45:43 lead midway through the third period, whilst Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) tied the score at 52:52. In the last quarter the guests however played better and produced 24-11 in it. It gave them 76:63 as a total and the third victory in the group.
Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) was unstoppable with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Igor Majoros collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) netted 10. Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) finished the night with 19 points for the hosts and Martin Rajniak added 11.
In another game of the group Georgia claimed the top spot in Group C of the European Championship in Division B. They overcame their key opponents Sweden in Tbilisi 82:72 tonight to win the pool action. Both teams made it to the playoffs and would fight for Division A birth now.

Luxembourg: Tom Schumacher 19, Martin Rajniak 11
Slovak Republic: Anton Gavel 22+10 rebs, Igor Majoros 16+11 rebs, Martin Sykora 10



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Georgia clinch top spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - Sweden 82:72
Georgia claimed the top spot in Group C of the European Championship in Division B. They overcame their key opponents Sweden in Tbilisi tonight to win the pool action. Both teams made it to the playoffs and would fight for Division A birth now.
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Octagon) and Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) fired from downtown early in the game as the hosts posted a 9:3 lead. But Sweden gradually picked up the tempo and drew things level at 13 late in the first frame. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) capped the first quarter with four points in a row as Georgia piled up a 17:13 advantage. Boisa and Viktor Sanikidze stretched the margin at 8 points early in the second quarter. Sweden narrowed the gap to a single point but could not keep up the pressure as the hosts cleared off to a 6-point lead at halftime. Zaza Pachulia nailed 7 points in the third quarter as Georgia established a 60:55 lead into the fourth stanza. Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) narrowed the gap at 2 points with five minutes left in the game. Boisa, Zaza Pachulia, Viktor Sanikidze and Tyrone Ellis triggered a 10:3 rally late in regulation to seal the win.
Zaza Pachulia tallied 21 points and 12 boards for Georgia. Viktor Sanikidze added 17 points and 13 boards, while Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) and Tyrone Ellis delivered 13 points each for the winners. Mats Levin (188-G-77) replied with 17 points for Sweden. Jonathan Skoldebrand (203-C/F-83) and Mikael Lindqvist had 12 points each in the loss.

Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 21+12 boards, Viktor Sanikidze 17+13 boards, Giorgi Tsintsadze 13, Tyrone Ellis 13
Sweden: Mats Levin 17, Jonathan Skoldebrand 12, Mikael Lindqvist 12



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Switzerland edged Romania in Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland-Romania 81:69

Switzerland edged Romania 81:69 at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The start of the game was too productive for the hosts that satisfied the local fans in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Vlad Moldoveanu (208-F-88) made the first lay-up for the guests and Szijarto scored for the last lead of the guests in the game at 4:3. Later on the hosts dominated the court and had 26:9 after the opening quarter. Stockalper made it 28:11 and Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80, college: American) posted for 34:21. Dos Santoswas the last to score at the half to bring 45:23 at the halftime. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) made it 47:25 but then Romania pulled the score back. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) closed the third period at 61:47 after 24-16 in the third quarter. Romania also won the last period, but could only reduce to 81:69 for the final.
Thabo Sefolosha top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Vladimir Buscaglia nailed 19, while Cedric Mafuta (192-F-84) scored 13. Titus Nicoara ended up with 19 points in defeat and Vlad Moldoveanu notched 18.
In another game of the group Belarus improved to 6-1 record at the Group B of EuroBasket Division B. The team survived a battle in Korca to beat local Albania 76:75 for another win. The hosts meanwhile dropped to 2-5 record on the bottom of the group.

Switzerland: Thabo Sefolosha 21, Vladimir Buscaglia 19, Cedric Mafuta 13
Romania: Titus Nicoara 19, Vlad Moldoveanu 18


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Syrian Basketball Improvement - by Sammy Nanneh
Syria has never been known worldwide for its sporting sucess, but rather for its political trial and tribulations, so it's nice to see that the sport of basketball is thriving throughout the nation, and with recent wins against Arab counterparts UAE and Lebanon (who incendently went on to come place 4th in the Fiba Asia championship), it seems Syria is able to compete at the highest level of the sport in the region. This can be only positive for the popularity of the sport in the country, which comes only behind soccer. However, with Syria opting to not participate in the Fiba Asia championship qualifying process, we will not find out just yet how much progress the country has made. But with an appearence in the Fiba U19 world championship that was held in New Zealand last month, Syria were the only Arab country present and it shows that if their youth is good enough to compete in the World championships then there is a very bright lookout for the future. One would think the Syrians are improving at scouting the nations talent which can be a difficult task with many of the skilled players only playing in public parks and among friends rather than training at local clubs. Here's hoping to even better times to come for the sport in the Middle East for the neighbours of Lebanon, who are already an acomplished team and ex- runners up in the Fiba Asia championsip.

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Go West: Lin Chih-chieh considers playing in China - by Chris Wang
Local media reported that Taiwan Beer forward/guard Lin Chih-Chieh (192-F-82) is considering playing in Chinese league CBA (Chinese Basketball Association).

Taiwan Beer marketing director Chen Chien-chou is reported to be the middle man between Lin and at least three CBA teams, including Shanghai Sharks.

Lin, who is coming off a successful showing in the Asian Championship in Tianjin, was quoted as saying that he viewed playing in China as a challenge that could make him a better players by better competition.

'I thought about playing in China years ago. After leading Taiwan Beer to two SBL champions and winning SBL Finals MVP both times, it is time to go because I feel like there's nothing left for me to prove in the SBL, ' Lin said.

'I want to prove what I'm capable of doing on the basketball court, ' he added.

Lin should be able to get paid for US$ 10,000 per month in China, Chen Chien-chou said. Lin makes NT$ 120,000 per month -- approximately US$ 3,650 -- in Taiwan.

TB head coach Yen Chia-hwa supported Lin's idea, saying that he will do whatever it takes to remove the roadblock on Lin's road to China.

Fearing that the potential exodus of top Taiwanese players will hollow out the domestic league, CTBA announced a '24-man protection list' last June after a circulating rumor saying that Chen Hsin-an would leave Taiwan and play in the CBA for a one-year contract that worth NT$6 million.

The list included 24 national team players and top Taiwanese players, including Lin, Chen Hsin-an, Tseng Wen-ting, Wu Tai-hao and Tien Lei. Protected players were prohibited to play overseas within 12 months.

However, this is year 2009. Is the list still valid?

'If Lin wants to play in China, he has to receive the letter of clearance from the CTBA first before he can register with the CBA. That is the FIBA regulation, ' said Wang Jen-shen, CTBA deputy secretary-general.

There are verbal and written commitment between the CTBA and the Chinese basketball authority in hopes of keeping Taiwanese players in Taiwan and preventing Chinese teams from luring too many Taiwanese players away, Wang said.
'We would like to see our boys play in the domestic league, of course, ' he said.


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico1-0
2. Uruguay1-0
3. Canada0-0
4. US Virg.Isl0-1
5. Mexico0-1
Group B
1. Brazil1-0
2. Venezuela1-0
3. Panama0-0
4. Dominican R.0-1
5. Argentina0-1


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Signings--Pro's all over the world - by David Edole
Cuthbert Victor was the first Virgin Islander to sign a pro contract for the upcoming season and now the gates have been opened. As of Monday, Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: Buck Andre, college: Drexel) has put pen to ink with Bornova Belediyespor of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). General Manager Onder Bingol issued a statement, This is a very important season for us and we are going after players that can help us. Elegar is coming off a good season in the German Bond League. The 23 year old played in 24 games with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and posted 8.3 points and five boards per game. THE GREAT LINK
Ja Ja Richards
(207-C-75, college: Loyola, IL) spent sometime in Turkish League but now calls Mexico home. Richards has re-upped with Barreteros de Zacatecas of the LNBP. Richards is expected to arrive on sometime this week and play in a preseason game versus the Shooting Stars de San Antonio that is scheduled for Saturday 29th. Barreteros will be on the road on September 1st when they visit Panteras de Aguascalientes in the Regional classic game.
St. Thomas native Mervyn Clarke (198-G/F-82, agency: The Seven Bridges Group, college: Oakland City) (6-6 F/G) participated in the 2009 En Fuego Hoops LNBP Showcase that was held on August 15th-16th at the Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Clarke participated in the Slam Dunk Competition and averaged 8.8 points, 3.5 boards, 2.5 assists 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocks in the showcase.
I met Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.) and helped him with his shoot around Tuesday afternoon and was informed that he is mulling over offers from Middle East and Europe. I wish him all the best for the upcoming season.



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Some descriptions of the new season - by Alexander Muzyka
There were some Superleague decisions adopted some days ago. So the list of the participants still the same:

Azovmash (Mariupol)
BC Donetsk (Donetsk)
Kryvbasbasket (Kryvyi Rih)
Budivelnyk (Kyiv)
BC Odesa (Odesa)
Ferro-ZNTU (Zaporizhia)
Khimik (Yuzhnyi)
Sumykhimprom (Sumy)
BC-93 Pulsar (Rivne)
Kremen-Politekhnik (Kremenchuk)
Dnipro (Dnepropetrovsk)
MBC Mykolaiv (Mykolaiv)
Politekhnika (Lviv)
Dnipro-Azot (Dniprodzerzhynsk)
BC Kyiv (Kyiv)
Hoverla (Ivano-Frankivsk)

But there is a note. All of the teams have to be financially clean till Aug. 28 and to pay a fee for the next season till Sep. 4 (about 800 000 hrv). Broking terms can stop parting in Superleague. So Gryfony (Symferopil) have a possibility to play in Superleague - if someone won't be able to pay in time.
As for Cherkasy Monkeys (Cherkasy) - they brought there papers back and decided to play in Higher League. The terms of Higher League do not let to have foreigners so Dmitri Akulich (189-G-86) turned back to Belarus.

Farm-teams championship will exist this year. Every team can set in roster the players born in 1994-1988 period. Plus no more then 2 players till 1984 born and 2 injured players from Superleague team.

Cup of Ukraine will be the following: Higher League and Superleague teams (excluding eurocups' participants) will play in groups and play-offs till they define the Top-4. Then Azovmash, BC Donetsk, Khimik and BC Kyiv will join for playing quarterfinals - and Final Four ends the tournament.


Ferro ZNTU lands American forward Kevin Tiggs - by Eurobasket News
According to club's official web site, Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye officially signed contract with American forward Kevin Tiggs (196-F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.). Until Monday it was just a rumor that Tiggs is close to the Ukrainian team, but it became official after Ferro-ZNTU announced his arrival.
The 25-year old player is a Rookie in Europe as he graduated this year at the East Tennessee State University. In his senior season Tiggs averaged impressive 21.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2 apg and 2.1 apg. He registered FGP: 52.9%, 3Pts: 35.2% and FT: 76.6%. At the end he was named 'All-Atlantic Sun Conference 1st Team -09', while his school was Atlantic Sun Tournament winner. During the summer Tiggs spent some time with the Memphis Grizzlies, but did not secure an NBA contract. Also he was not selected on this year's NBA Draft as well.
Kevin Tiggs started his college career with Mott CC (NJCAA2). After two years he moved to East Tennessee State immediately becoming one of the essential team players. In his first year with East Tennessee Tiggs had 14.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.6 apg. At the end of the season he was named 'All-A-Sun 2nd Team -08'.
Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye participated last season UBL ending it on seventh place. The team will use Tiggs mostly on position 3.


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Kristaps Valters leads Latvia past Great Britain in Efes Pilsen World Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Great Britain 86:84

Latvia opened the Efes Pilsen World Cup tournament with victory. They defeated Great Britain in Ankara. Latvia had to overcome a slow start before snatching a last second victory at the end.
Great Britain got to a brisk start. They accounted for 7 unanswered points to start the game. Latvia cut the distance to just 2 points late in the opening frame before Great Britain cleared off once again. They built a 7-point lead at the first break. Nicholas George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) opened a double-digit advantage midway through the second frame. The margin grew at 14 points in the second term as Great Britain dominated at the moment. The Brits secured a 52:40 advantage at halftime. But Latvia turned the tables in the third quarter. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV), Vitols and Blums drew things level at 64 after thirty minutes of action. Great Britain jumped in charge and led by 5 points with two minutes remaining. Kaspars Kambala and Berzins dragged Latvia within one before Lenzly made it 84:81 for Great Britain. Kaspars Valters drained a triple to tie things up and then followed with a winning bucket.
Kaspars Kambala notched 18 points and 6 boards for Latvia. Armands Skele (192-G-83) added 15 points, while Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) netted 12 points and issued 6 assists for the winning team. Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Nicholas George nailed 17 points each for Great Britain. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) had 16 points in defeat.
Latvia will face Macedonia tomorrow, while Great Britain will take on the Balkan team on Friday.

Latvia: Kaspars Kambala 18, Armands Skele 15, Kristaps Valters 12
Great Britain: Robert Jr. Archibald 17, Nicholas George 17, Andrew Betts 16



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  VENEZUELA   


Carlos Morris is ready and waiting for offers - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan shooting guard Carlos Morris (194-G-75), a former member of the Senior NT, has successfully recovered from a knee surgery he underwent a couple of months ago and is ready to get back into action in the upcoming Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB), for which he's hearing offers from teams.

Morris, who played in LPB 2009 for La Guaira BBC and has a broad international experience in countries like the United States, Spain, Paraguay and Mexico, is 33 years old and averaged 8.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 43 matches. Doctor Tito Fraute performed the surgery and his knee cap got properly repaired.

The long distance shooter, who's always been known for his leadership and sharp shot selection, was supposed to go back to Mexico, but his team folded from the LNBP, which makes him available to play in Venezuela. Back in 2006, he played for Guerreros de Lara and participated in the South American Clubs Championship at Domo Bolivariano.





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Batkovic signals Australia's WNBL return - by Eurobasket News
Australia's greatest basketball centre Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) has shocked the Sydney Uni Flames by asking if they would let her play for them in the coming WNBL season, writes Mike Hurst for The Daily Telegraph.

With two Olympic silver medals in her trophy cabinet, Batkovic-Brown's move to the Flames is akin to the likes of Aussie NBA centres Andrew Bogut or, in the past, Luc Longley turning out in the men's domestic league.

The 193cm and 89kg Batkovic-Brown is currently playing out the WNBA season alongside Lauren Jackson with the Seattle Storm which currently hold second place on the US table.

It is a move, however, which will cost 'Batgirl' - as she has been affectionately nicknamed by Seattle fans - close to $500,000 based on what she would have earned in Europe.

Batkovic-Brown admitted she approached the Acuvue Flames for a place on their team when the new local season tips off on October 2.

'Every year before I go back to play in the European season I ask [Flames head coach] Karen Dalton to work me out, just to get some rhythm before I leave,'' Batkovic-Brown told The Daily Telegraph exclusively yesterday.

'So I rang Karen and it was like, hmm, do you have any space for me? She was like, 'Excuse me?' and I told her I want to come home to Australia and play. Karen said, 'Are you kidding me?' She's excited, I'm excited.'

Batkovic-Brown, 28, said she needed a break from the relentless grind of the European league 'just for one season' and there's no doubt every team in the WNBL would fall over themselves to sign the versatile post champion.

'Sydney is my home and Karen Dalton is amazing woman. I've played beside her and been coached by her. I could not see myself in that league [WNBL] playing under anybody else basically. She's a pretty awesome woman,' B-B explained.

Recently married, she and husband Matt need time together and she wanted to get off the international treadmill for a while.

'I came back from Italy, rushed down the aisle, jumped on a flight to the US six days later. Since the end of the last European season and by the time the US season finishes [the WNBA regular season ends September 12] I will have been home for only two weeks.

'To be honest, I'm pretty tired. I've been doing Europe for eight years in a row. You have to live, eat and sleep basketball for eight months straight and after eight years of that it gets a little tiring.

'I want to play hard for Sydney, but I need to enjoy it. It's been a while since I've enjoyed the game. You get so much stress in Europe and the US, you're on the road constantly. So I'm excited about coming home.'

Insiders estimate Batkovich-Brown would be turning her back on close to $500,000 in bypassing the European season. She would not comment, other than to admit: 'I can't tell you, but it's a huge pay cut. Definitely.'

Dalton is thrilled to have the services of the mighty Batkovic-Brown, remarking it would be the first time since the Flames last won the national title in the 2000/01 season that Sydney had a dominant presence on the low post.

The addition of Batkovic-Brown along with other recent signings of former league MVP and fellow Olympic medallist Natalie Porter as well as new Opals shooting guard Deanna Smith (Perth), power forward Ellie Manou (Oregon), point guard Deanne Butler (Bendigo) and swingman Mikaela Dombkins gives an already strong Flames squad a serious premiership chance.
Courtesy of The WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)



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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shaya MURPHY
  Indiana F.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Murphy, San Jose22.2 
 2. Anderson, Olivais22.0 
 3. Houston, Bnot Hash.21.5 
 4. Bowie, Aris Holargos21.3 
 5. Akonga Nsimb., Dex.20.3 
 6. Hicks, U.Neuchatel20.3 
 7. Augustus, Galatasa.20.0 
 8. Joens, Rivas Ecopolis19.7 
 9. Comfort, Buducnost19.5 
 10. Walker, Bot.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicky ANOSIKE
  Minnesota L.
  (192-C-86)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Anosike, Ramla13.3 
 2. Comfort, Buducnost13.2 
 3. Walker, Botas12.8 
 4. Kajdacsi, Sf. G.11.8 
 5. Akonga Nsimb., Dex.11.1 
 6. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes10.4 
 7. Bue, Zeljeznicar10.2 
 8. Roglic, Crvena Zv.10.1 
 9. Lyttle, EBE I.10.0 
 10. Reves, Aris.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Sf. Gheorghe
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Zoll, Sf. Gheorghe6.4 
 2. Alben, Galatasaray6.2 
 3. Furesz, Szeged6.1 
 4. Carpreaux, Dexia5.8 
 5. Charlier, U.Neuchatel5.4 
 6. Kalentzou, Esper.5.3 
 7. Szymanska-L., Dex.4.6 
 8. Snell, Dynamo M.4.6 
 9. Lacy, AEL4.5 
 10. Revuelto, San Jo.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Livorno
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Carpreaux, Dexia4.6 
 2. Kalentzou, Esper.3.8 
 3. Charlier, U.Neuchatel3.8 
 4. Luptakova, Challes3.6 
 5. Alben, Galatasaray3.3 
 6. Chatzinikola., Esperi.3.0 
 7. White, Ramla2.9 
 8. Moore, Chevakata2.9 
 9. Zoll, Sf. Gheorghe2.9 
 10. Zoric, ICIM.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela TOMA
  Targoviste
  (190-C-74)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toma, Targoviste2.2 
 2. Vizbariene, Dynamo K.1.9 
 3. Taylor, AZS Gorzow1.7 
 4. Davis, Esperides1.6 
 5. Bavendam, Botas1.6 
 6. Alyoshkina, Arvi1.5 
 7. Andersson, Solna V.1.5 
 8. Comfort, Buducnost1.3 
 9. Bokareva, Chevakata1.2 
 10. Nevzorova, Spa.1.2 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Montenegro.9-0
2. Holland7-2
3. Ireland5-4
4. Slovenia3-6
5. Iceland2-7
6. Switzerlan.1-8
Group B
1. Sweden6-0
2. Portugal4-2
3. Estonia1-4
4. Luxembourg.0-5


Div. B Day: 7 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Montenegro - Slovenia 71-47
Montenegrin National team posted the ninth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They prevailed against Slovenia to remain perfect in Group A. Slovenia fell at 3-6 record in the fourth position in the ladder. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) nailed 15 points and pulled down 8 boards for Montenegro. Hajdana Radunovic netted 14 points in the winning effort. Nika Baric responded with 15 points for Slovenia. Tjasa Gortnar had 11 points in the loss.

Switzerland - Holland 58-71
Netherlands celebrated the seventh victory at the EuroBasket in Division B. They rallied past Switzerland in Neuchatel today. Marlous Nieuwveen (195-C-80) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 boards to pace the visitors. Switzerland slipped at 1-8 record after the loss. Clara Van der Hoek and Naomi Halman netted 14 points each for Netherlands. Karen Twehues replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Switzerland. Marielle Giroud had 15 points and 9 caroms in the losing effort.

Iceland - Ireland 77-68
Iceland celebrated their second win in Division B Eurobasket Group A. The team won over Ireland 77:68 in Hafnarfjordur for 2-7 record on the 5th position. Ireland meanwhile dropped at 5-4. Valgardsdottir paced all the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) shined with 14 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, while Hermannsdottir and Erlingsdottir notched 12 each.

Group B
Sweden - Luxembourg 118-35
Sweden posted the sixth straight win at the European Championship in Division B campaign. They dismantled Luxembourg in Norrkoping to improve at 6-0 record in Group B. Luxembourg on the other hand suffered the fifth straight defeat to remain winless. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) notched 20 points for Sweden. Frida Aili (177-G-88, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points, while Chioma Nnamaka added 14 points in the win. Jil Haentges responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Luxembourg.



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  HOLLAND - Women  


Netherlands edge Switzerland on the road - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Netherlands 58:71
Netherlands celebrated the seventh victory at the EuroBasket in Division B. They rallied past Switzerland in Neuchatel today. Marlous Nieuwveen (195-C-80) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 boards to pace the visitors. Switzerland slipped at 1-8 record after the loss.
Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) gave the Swiss team a 4:0 lead early in the encounter. The hosts reached a 10:2 advantage midway through the starting stanza. But Hoogstraten, Beld and Maessen ensured a 17:17 tie after ten minutes of action. Back-to-back three-pointers from Niewveen and Clara Van der Hoek (187-F-90) gave the Dutch team 25:20 lead midway through the second quarter. The visitors rolled to a 33:29 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza as Netherlands maintained the lead. They arrived at three-quarter time up by 8 points with ten minutes remaining. Beld opened a double-digit advantage at the start of the fourth stanza and Netherlands cruised to the win at the end.
Clara Van der Hoek and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) netted 14 points each for Netherlands. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Switzerland. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) had 15 points and 9 caroms in the losing effort.

Switzerland: Karen Twehues 18, Marielle Giroud 15
Netherlands: Marlous Nieuwveen 16, Clara Van der Hoek 14, Naomi Halman 14



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  ICELAND - Women  


Iceland celebrated their second win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland-Ireland 77:68

Iceland celebrated their second win in Division B Eurobasket Group A. The team won over Ireland 77:68 in Hafnarfjordur for 2-7 record on the 5th position. Ireland meanwhile dropped at 5-4.
Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) gave her team the first lead, while Iceland scored first six points in the quarter. The hosts looked better in the frame and enjoyed 16:12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Maher scored for 18:14 and Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) added for 26:20, but Birna Valgardsdottir (181-F-76) made a put-back for 33:22. She also was the last person to score at the halftime for 35:25 advantage. In the third period the hosts increased their lead to 8 more points after 26-18 in the quarter. Amundadottir scored from the perimeter for 61:43 result after three periods. Ireland meanwhile dominated the court in the last period, but could not catch up with the opponents. Lindsay Peat (175-G-80) reduced to 68:50 and Maher made a lay-up for 71:59. Lindsay Peat was the last to score in the game for 77:68 on the board.
Birna Valgardsdottir paced all the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Helena Sverrisdottir shined with 14 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, while Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-79, college: Cameron) and Maria Erlingsdottir (188-C-88) notched 12 each.

Iceland: Birna Valgardsdottir 21+11 rebs, Helena Sverrisdottir 14+10 ast+7 rebs, Signy Hermannsdottir 12, Maria Erlingsdottir 12
Ireland: Michelle Aspell 14, Lindsay Peat 13


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  IRELAND - Women  


Iceland celebrated their second win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland-Ireland 77:68

Iceland celebrated their second win in Division B Eurobasket Group A. The team won over Ireland 77:68 in Hafnarfjordur for 2-7 record on the 5th position. Ireland meanwhile dropped at 5-4.
Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) gave her team the first lead, while Iceland scored first six points in the quarter. The hosts looked better in the frame and enjoyed 16:12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Maher scored for 18:14 and Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) added for 26:20, but Birna Valgardsdottir (181-F-76) made a put-back for 33:22. She also was the last person to score at the halftime for 35:25 advantage. In the third period the hosts increased their lead to 8 more points after 26-18 in the quarter. Amundadottir scored from the perimeter for 61:43 result after three periods. Ireland meanwhile dominated the court in the last period, but could not catch up with the opponents. Lindsay Peat (175-G-80) reduced to 68:50 and Maher made a lay-up for 71:59. Lindsay Peat was the last to score in the game for 77:68 on the board.
Birna Valgardsdottir paced all the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Helena Sverrisdottir shined with 14 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, while Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-79, college: Cameron) and Maria Erlingsdottir (188-C-88) notched 12 each.

Iceland: Birna Valgardsdottir 21+11 rebs, Helena Sverrisdottir 14+10 ast+7 rebs, Signy Hermannsdottir 12, Maria Erlingsdottir 12
Ireland: Michelle Aspell 14, Lindsay Peat 13


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Tel Cabbir signed 3 usa players !! - by Gil Goshen


Tel Cabir who joined to div 1 instead of Bney Yehuda had signed 3 usa players,
Dionna Jackson ( played for Bney Yehuda last season ), Sugiery Monsac ( played for beny yehuda last season ),
and a Rookie from Oregon State University Fox-Griffin Mercedes as a point guard.
Along with the Israeli players:
Hila Izhar, Noa Shore, Liel OhanonLiraz Kenig.
With a new management and a coach ( Idan Avshalom ) they hope to
settled down in the strong div 1.


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  ITALY - Women  


A2: training-camps start - by Carlo Grilli
At the end of one of the recent hottest summers in Italy, the A2 teams have already regrouped to prepare their season.
The A2 North will host the three Sardinian outfits Alghero, Virtus Cagliari and CUS Cagliari; while Lucca and La Spezia split to Southern group.

Definitively, the A2 league is composed as it follows (14 teams per group):
North: Bologna, CUS Cagliari, Biassono, Bolzano, Virtus Cagliari, Valtarese, Cervia, Marghera, Udine, San Martino di Lupari, Crema, Reggio Emilia, Alghero, Milano.
South: Chieti, Alcamo, Ancona, Rende, Orvieto, Pomezia, Ragusa, Lucca, Siena, La Spezia, Firenze, Porto San Giorgio, Napoli, Viterbo.

The regular season will start Saturday, October 3rd. Only one team among Northern and Southern Group will be promoved to A1 ifor2010-2011.



Batkovic signals Australia's WNBL return - by Eurobasket News
Australia's greatest basketball centre Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) has shocked the Sydney Uni Flames by asking if they would let her play for them in the coming WNBL season, writes Mike Hurst for The Daily Telegraph.

With two Olympic silver medals in her trophy cabinet, Batkovic-Brown's move to the Flames is akin to the likes of Aussie NBA centres Andrew Bogut or, in the past, Luc Longley turning out in the men's domestic league.

The 193cm and 89kg Batkovic-Brown is currently playing out the WNBA season alongside Lauren Jackson with the Seattle Storm which currently hold second place on the US table.

It is a move, however, which will cost 'Batgirl' - as she has been affectionately nicknamed by Seattle fans - close to $500,000 based on what she would have earned in Europe.

Batkovic-Brown admitted she approached the Acuvue Flames for a place on their team when the new local season tips off on October 2.

'Every year before I go back to play in the European season I ask [Flames head coach] Karen Dalton to work me out, just to get some rhythm before I leave,'' Batkovic-Brown told The Daily Telegraph exclusively yesterday.

'So I rang Karen and it was like, hmm, do you have any space for me? She was like, 'Excuse me?' and I told her I want to come home to Australia and play. Karen said, 'Are you kidding me?' She's excited, I'm excited.'

Batkovic-Brown, 28, said she needed a break from the relentless grind of the European league 'just for one season' and there's no doubt every team in the WNBL would fall over themselves to sign the versatile post champion.

'Sydney is my home and Karen Dalton is amazing woman. I've played beside her and been coached by her. I could not see myself in that league [WNBL] playing under anybody else basically. She's a pretty awesome woman,' B-B explained.

Recently married, she and husband Matt need time together and she wanted to get off the international treadmill for a while.

'I came back from Italy, rushed down the aisle, jumped on a flight to the US six days later. Since the end of the last European season and by the time the US season finishes [the WNBA regular season ends September 12] I will have been home for only two weeks.

'To be honest, I'm pretty tired. I've been doing Europe for eight years in a row. You have to live, eat and sleep basketball for eight months straight and after eight years of that it gets a little tiring.

'I want to play hard for Sydney, but I need to enjoy it. It's been a while since I've enjoyed the game. You get so much stress in Europe and the US, you're on the road constantly. So I'm excited about coming home.'

Insiders estimate Batkovich-Brown would be turning her back on close to $500,000 in bypassing the European season. She would not comment, other than to admit: 'I can't tell you, but it's a huge pay cut. Definitely.'

Dalton is thrilled to have the services of the mighty Batkovic-Brown, remarking it would be the first time since the Flames last won the national title in the 2000/01 season that Sydney had a dominant presence on the low post.

The addition of Batkovic-Brown along with other recent signings of former league MVP and fellow Olympic medallist Natalie Porter as well as new Opals shooting guard Deanna Smith (Perth), power forward Ellie Manou (Oregon), point guard Deanne Butler (Bendigo) and swingman Mikaela Dombkins gives an already strong Flames squad a serious premiership chance.
Courtesy of The WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)



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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Sweden brush by Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Luxembourg 118:35

Sweden posted the sixth straight win at the European Championship in Division B campaign. They dismantled Luxembourg in Norrkoping to improve at 6-0 record in Group B. Luxembourg on the other hand suffered the fifth straight defeat to remain winless.
Sweden stunned the visitors in the early minutes scoring 9 unanswered points. Weynandt stopped the bleeding for Luxembourg with a three-pointer but the hosts continued to march on. They posted a 29:13 lead after ten minutes. Nasstrom fired five points in a row to trigger an 18:0 run from the home team in the second stanza. The gap grew at 34-point mark as Sweden continued to clear off. They ensured a 58:19 lead at halftime. Luxembourg scored just 7 points in the third stanza and Sweden rallied to a massive 66-point advantage with one quarter to go. The hosts coasted to the win in the final frame limiting the visitors to only 35 points at the end.
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) notched 20 points for Sweden. Frida Aili (177-G-88, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points, while Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) added 14 points in the win. Jil Haentges (184-F-90) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Luxembourg.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 20, Frida Aili 16, Chioma Nnamaka 14
Luxembourg: Jil Haentges 14



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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro keep perfect in EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Slovenia 71:47
Montenegrin National team posted the ninth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They prevailed against Slovenia to remain perfect in Group A. Slovenia fell at 3-6 record in the fourth position in the ladder.
Perovanovic gave Montenegro the lead with the first two points in the game. Soon the hosts ensured a 9-point lead before Nika Baric (169-G-92) cut the distance at the first break. Skerovic, Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) and Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) opened a double-digit advantage early in the second term. Montenegro continued to mount pressure and built a 38:23 lead at halftime. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) netted 6 quick points at the start of the third stanza as the margin grew thinner. But the home team stopped the bleeding and secured a 48:36 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Ana Baletic and Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) extended the gap at 20 points midway through the fourth term and Montenegro never looked back en route to the victory.
Jelena Dubljevic nailed 15 points and pulled down 8 boards for Montenegro. Hajdana Radunovic netted 14 points in the winning effort. Nika Baric responded with 15 points for Slovenia. Tjasa Gortnar had 11 points in the loss.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 15, Hajdana Radunovic 14, Ana Baletic 11, Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) 11
Slovenia: Nika Baric 15, Tjasa Gortnar 11



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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WBC Standings
 1. Waikato W. 0-0 
 2. N.Harbour B. 0-0 
 3. Hutt Valley 0-0 
 4. Otago B. 0-0 
 5. Wellington S. 0-0 
 6. Cantenbury W. 0-0 
 7. GABBA Gators 0-0 
 8. Taranaki T. 0-0 
 9. Waikato C. 0-0 
 10. NZ Academy 0-0 


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  NIGERIA - Women  


NBBF/Zenith Bank WPL: First Deepwater bow to First Bank 71-57 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Hard fighting First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos Wednesday taste the bitter pill of defeat going down by 71-57 points to defending champion, First Bank basketball club in the Day-six of the second phase of the Zenith Bank Women Premier League at the sports hall of the Asaba Township Stadium.

The Lateef Erinfolami tutored Oil & Gas ladies won the first quarter by 16-15 points tied the second quarter at 19 points apiece to take a one point lead into half-time of 35-34 points.

First Bank Nigeria international guard, Funmilayo Ojelabi inspired her teammate from the reality of being beaten in the third quarter which they won by 16-08 points to take a seven points lead into the last quarter which they also won by 21-14 points for a final scores of 71-57 points.

The dark-skin Ojelabi led the floor with 18 points and 5 rebounds while her fellow Elephant Girl, Bintu Badmos added 12 points to extend their side unbeaten record in the last ten years in the Nigeria domestic scene while First Deepwater duo, Magdalene Ukato and Patricia Chukwuma each scored 13 points, 4 rebounds and 11 points, 7 rebounds.

In the other two games decided earlier in the fixtures, AHIP Queens basketball club of Kano defeated depleted Nigeria Immigration basketball club by 58-46 points for a 2-4 record while Delta Force basketball club manage a 64-63 points victory over Sunshine Angels.



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  POLAND - Women  


CCC Polkowice and Lotos PKO BP with new names - by Ania Cwikla
Authorities of CCC Polkowice decided that in new season womans basketball section,professional cycling group and mountain cycling group from Polkowice will use the same name - MKS Polkowice (Miejski Klub Sportowy Polkowice)

The best Polish team Lotos PKO BP Gdynia also changed team's name.Agreement with PKO BP has ended so club will play under name LOTOS Gdynia.Authorities of club trying to get new strategic sponsor for future season.



Artego Bydgoszcz added 5 american players - by Ania Cwikla
That will be first season in the best Polish leagues for Artego Bydgoszcz (previous name Kadus Bydgoszcz).Several weeks ago coach Adam Zieminski said that he would see only 3 american players in his team.However in preparatory period Artego get support for forthcoming season from city Bydgoszcz.Club decided to fetch more foreign players.All of them own american passports. Melanie Thomas (175-G-85, college: Connecticut) who had last season in Ireland where she playing for Waterford Wildcats.Tiffana Porter-Talbert after graduation Western Kentucky in 2006 has been choosen with number 36 by Los Angeles Sparks but not get a chance to play.She decided to play in Europe,at first she has hit Biandra Targoviste (Romania) and become champion of country,after that she won league in Finland with Kotka Peti Karhut.In last season she had few games for Teleorman Alexandria (Romania).Noteisha Womack (196-F) was a superstar in Seton Hall college and in Big East division.Hala' Api'Api Fatai from Hawaii graduated Southern Missouri College this year and Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82, college: W.Michigan) who after graduated went to Germany (Marburg) and BBC Troistorrents (Switzerland).All of them should be in Bydgoszcz next week.

Nikita Bell returns to UTEX ROW Rybnik - by Ania Cwikla
Its a big surprise for basketball fans.Nikita Bell (183-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina) comes back to team from South Poland.Most liked player was a leader in Rybnik in season 2007/2008.Before that she also spent season in Poland (Leszno) where she was the best player.Last season she spent in Russia where she played for Dynamo Kursk.Nikita didnt feel good there so she has exspressed a wish of return to Rybnik.Bell wont be sole american player in team.Club from Rybnik is going to add another 2 players from USA.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Nikola Ilic signed with Asesoft - by Alex Danila
Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) (207-C/F-85) is the last foreign player that CSS Asesoft Ploiesti II, the Romanian Champion , signed. At 24 years old he is a true center standing 207 cm. Coach Vladimir Arnautovic said that the team needed a player like him to replace in some moments Rashard Griffith (212-C-74, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) on the court and that for sure they will be a stronger team in the championship as well in the european cups with him on the roster Nikola Ilic signed a 1 year deal with CSS Asesoft Ploiesti II after playing last season for FMP Zeleznik Beograd.

Nikola Ilic signed with Asesoft - by Alex Danila
Nikola Ilic is the last foreign player that Asesoft Ploiesti, the Romanian Champion , signed. At 24 years old he is a true center standing 208 cm. Coach Arnautovic said that the team needed a player like him to replace in some moments Rashard Griffith on the court and that for sure they will be a stronger team in the championship as well in the european cups with him on the roster Nikola Ilic signed a 1 year deal with Asesoft Ploiesti after playing last season for FMP Belgrad.

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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Montenegro keep perfect in EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Slovenia 71:47
Montenegrin National team posted the ninth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They prevailed against Slovenia to remain perfect in Group A. Slovenia fell at 3-6 record in the fourth position in the ladder.
Perovanovic gave Montenegro the lead with the first two points in the game. Soon the hosts ensured a 9-point lead before Nika Baric (169-G-92) cut the distance at the first break. Skerovic, Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) and Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) opened a double-digit advantage early in the second term. Montenegro continued to mount pressure and built a 38:23 lead at halftime. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) netted 6 quick points at the start of the third stanza as the margin grew thinner. But the home team stopped the bleeding and secured a 48:36 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Ana Baletic and Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) extended the gap at 20 points midway through the fourth term and Montenegro never looked back en route to the victory.
Jelena Dubljevic nailed 15 points and pulled down 8 boards for Montenegro. Hajdana Radunovic netted 14 points in the winning effort. Nika Baric responded with 15 points for Slovenia. Tjasa Gortnar had 11 points in the loss.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 15, Hajdana Radunovic 14, Ana Baletic 11, Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) 11
Slovenia: Nika Baric 15, Tjasa Gortnar 11



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Sweden brush by Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Luxembourg 118:35

Sweden posted the sixth straight win at the European Championship in Division B campaign. They dismantled Luxembourg in Norrkoping to improve at 6-0 record in Group B. Luxembourg on the other hand suffered the fifth straight defeat to remain winless.
Sweden stunned the visitors in the early minutes scoring 9 unanswered points. Weynandt stopped the bleeding for Luxembourg with a three-pointer but the hosts continued to march on. They posted a 29:13 lead after ten minutes. Nasstrom fired five points in a row to trigger an 18:0 run from the home team in the second stanza. The gap grew at 34-point mark as Sweden continued to clear off. They ensured a 58:19 lead at halftime. Luxembourg scored just 7 points in the third stanza and Sweden rallied to a massive 66-point advantage with one quarter to go. The hosts coasted to the win in the final frame limiting the visitors to only 35 points at the end.
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) notched 20 points for Sweden. Frida Aili (177-G-88, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points, while Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) added 14 points in the win. Jil Haentges (184-F-90) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Luxembourg.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 20, Frida Aili 16, Chioma Nnamaka 14
Luxembourg: Jil Haentges 14



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Netherlands edge Switzerland on the road - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Netherlands 58:71
Netherlands celebrated the seventh victory at the EuroBasket in Division B. They rallied past Switzerland in Neuchatel today. Marlous Nieuwveen (195-C-80) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 boards to pace the visitors. Switzerland slipped at 1-8 record after the loss.
Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) gave the Swiss team a 4:0 lead early in the encounter. The hosts reached a 10:2 advantage midway through the starting stanza. But Hoogstraten, Beld and Maessen ensured a 17:17 tie after ten minutes of action. Back-to-back three-pointers from Niewveen and Clara Van der Hoek (187-F-90) gave the Dutch team 25:20 lead midway through the second quarter. The visitors rolled to a 33:29 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza as Netherlands maintained the lead. They arrived at three-quarter time up by 8 points with ten minutes remaining. Beld opened a double-digit advantage at the start of the fourth stanza and Netherlands cruised to the win at the end.
Clara Van der Hoek and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) netted 14 points each for Netherlands. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Switzerland. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) had 15 points and 9 caroms in the losing effort.

Switzerland: Karen Twehues 18, Marielle Giroud 15
Netherlands: Marlous Nieuwveen 16, Clara Van der Hoek 14, Naomi Halman 14



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Botas sign Whitney Jones - by Eurobasket News
Botas landed Whitney Jones (183-C-87) for the upcoming season. The former Arkansas standout has just joined the team. The 22-year-old centre is expected to bolster the teams frontcourt. She averaged 10.5 points, 7.7 boards and 1.5 blocks per game in the senior season in college. Abdullah Kutlu believes Whitney Jones will prove the success as Botas player.


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Fever clinches 5th consecutive Playoff bid - by Eurobasket News
By virtue of Tuesday evening's losses by the Chicago Sky and Washington Mystics, the Indiana Fever has clinched its fifth straight berth in the WNBA Playoffs. The Fever, with a WNBA-leading 19-7 record, has advanced to the playoffs for the sixth time in the franchise's 10 seasons.

The Fever hosts defending Western Conference champion San Antonio on Thursday night (7:00 p.m.) at Conseco Fieldhouse. A Fever victory could move Indiana within one more game of clinching first or second place in the Eastern Conference. Holding a five-game lead in the East standings, Indiana is on pace to clinch its first regular season conference title in franchise history.

WNBA Playoffs begin Wednesday, Sept. 16. Below are facts about the Fever and the upcoming WNBA Playoffs.

- Indiana owns a run of five straight seasons in the WNBA Playoffs and six overall (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).

- Indiana has twice advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals (2005 and 2007) but has yet to reach the WNBA Finals.

- Indiana's 19-7 record is the best in the WNBA and, with eight games remaining, is already within two games of the club's franchise-record for wins (21).

- With one more victory, Indiana will eclipse 20 wins for the fourth time in its last five seasons.

- Indiana owns a 12-game home win streak at Conseco Fieldhouse. A Thursday win against San Antonio will match the existing franchise record of 13 straight home wins, set between the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

- The Eastern Conference Semifinals is a three-game series beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16 or Thursday, Sept. 17. If the Fever finishes first or second in the Eastern Conference, Indiana will clinch homecourt advantage in the opening series. In that event, Indiana's first home playoff game would be Game 2 of the series - Friday, Sept. 18 or Saturday, Sept. 19. A potential Game 3 would also be played in Indianapolis - Sunday, Sept. 20 or Monday, Sept. 21.

- The Eastern Conference Finals is also a three-game series, to be played on Wednesday, Sept. 23, Friday, Sept. 25 and, if necessary, Sunday, Sept. 26. The WNBA Finals is a best-of-five game series beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29.

- Fever playoff tickets will go on sale later this week.

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Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 19-7 
 2. Atlanta D. 15-12 
 3. Connect. S. 14-12 
 4. Chicago S. 13-15 
 5. Detroit S. 12-14 
 6. Washingt. M. 12-15 
 7. New York L. 10-16 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 18-8 
 2. Seattle S. 16-11 
 3. L.Angeles S. 13-13 
 4. S.Antonio SS 11-15 
 5. Minnesota L. 11-16 
 6. Sacram. M. 9-19 


Beard injured against Storm - by Eurobasket News
For those who didn't watch last night's contest against Seattle, Mystics star guard Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) left the game with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter with a right ankle injury.

A team spokesperson said Beard will be evaluated on Friday -- they have today and tomorrow off -- but here's Coach Julie Plank on the matter during last night's post game news conference.

'I think she rolled an ankle,' Plank said. 'I think she stepped on someone's foot, but I really honestly don't know right now. She's been a little sore so I think a couple days off will help her and Lindsey [Harding] a lot. I don't expect her to miss any time. I don't mind her missing practice, but I don't want her missing any games.'

The Mystics have today and Thursday off but return to the court on Friday to begin preparations for their Sunday game against Minnesota at Verizon Center.


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Last games (4) - Iziane Castro lifts Dream to 103-83 win against Monarchs - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento M. - Atlanta D. 83-103
Iziane Castro (6'0''-G/F-82) demonstrated magnificent performance last night draining 30 points for 31 minutes. She was a key player for the Dream, whose second scorer was Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) with 20 pts. The team from Sacramento got 15 points and 7 rebounds Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown). Dream 15-12, Monarchs 9-19.

Chicago S. - L.Angeles S. 63-75
Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) shined for the winners combining 42 points and 20 rebounds. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) was behind them with 12 pts. Shyra Ely (6'2''-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) delivered 16 points for the Sky. Sparks 13-13, Sky 13-15.

Washington M. - Seattle S. 68-78
The Strom had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Janell Burse (6'6''-C-79, college: Tulane) with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) and Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) had 13 pts each, while Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) and Shannon Johnson added 10 pts apiece. Monique Langhorne and Marissa Coleman posted 13 pts each in loss. Storm 16-11, Mystics 12-15.

Detroit S. - Connecticut S. 90-70
The Detroit Shock had Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) and Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) on fire with 19 and 17 points respectively. Cheryl Ford (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) and Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) followed them with 12 points each. On the other side, Sandrine Gruda responded with 19 points, while Lindsay Whaled stopped on 11 pts and 8 assists. Shock 12-14, Sun 14-12.