EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/13/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


BC Buducnost lands Boris Savovic - by Eurobasket News
Budcnost has continued with squad strengthening by signing young forward Boris Savovic (206-F-87). He will be the third summer signing, after the club has already agreed deals with Cedomir Vitkovac and Goran Jeretin. Savovic has reportedly put a signature to a three year deal. So Buducnost has continued to rebuild its roster after loosing several valuable players from last season. Vladimir Dasic has left the club for Real Madrid, while contracts have expired for the likes of Micov, Bojovic and Maras. Young and athletic Savovic is seen as ideal replacement at the power forward position. He recently stated he was delighted to get a chance to sign for Montenegrin Champions. He is expected to join his teammates who are already at preparations for next season.
Boris Savovic started his career at Leotar Trebinje, before moving to Hemofarm Vrsac in 2004. At Hemofarm, he was considered and exciting prospect. He established himself as important role player in 5 seasons with the club. Last season he appeared in 22 Adriatic League games and posted averages of 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. He was also good in Europe where he appeared in 11 Eurocup games, averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. As a member of U20 Montenegrin National Team, Savovic participated at U20 European Championship in Poland in 2007. He averaged 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds in 8 games.


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  ARGENTINA   


Sionista win tournament in Uruguay - by Facundo Iatzky
Sionista Parana won a tournament organized by Tabare of Montevideo, Uruguay. In the final game, Sionista overcame Obras Sanitarias, in an argentinian final. The reuslt was impressive, not due to the victory of sionista, but due to the big difference in te final result: 81-55. These two teams have a good roster for the upcoming season.

SIONISTA: Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) 12, Matias FIORETTI, Curtis MARSHALL 4, Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) 17, Alejandro ZILLI 5 (st);Javier Martinez (189-G-78) 23, RODRIGUEZ 5, HURE 8, IGLESIAS, WILLIAMS 7, BERGEL, SAUAN. coach: SEBASTIAN SVETLIZA.
OBRAS: Bruno LABAQUE 4, Gustavo ORONA, Mike GALE 9, Lazaro BORRELL 6, Alejandro ALLOATTI 12 (St); Federico GLIMBERG, CORTEZ 2, ESPIL 8, FERNNDEZ 5, GIULETTI, RIVERO.


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  BOSNIA   


Ramiz Suljanovic moves to Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg - by Eurobasket News
According to various reports from Bosnian and Austrian media, Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg agreed a deal with Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy). This will be a second stint for Suljanovic at the club, as he has previously played for Klosterneuburg during season 2004-2005. Team has high ambitions for this season and reportedly one of the first wishes of the clubs head coach was that Suljanovic is signed. He will be expected to bring his scoring and rebounding abilities, for which he is known in Austrian league. It is expected that Suljanovic will have no trouble fitting in as he is already familiar with the club.
Ramiz Suljanovic started his career in 1997 when he signed with BC Zmaj od Bosne. Following season he moved to Sloboda Dita where he played for 4 seasons. Suring that time he won two Bosnian Cups and Supercups in 1999 and 2001. In 2002, Suljanovic moved to Austria where he signed for UKJ Obelwartensdorf, and later that same season he moved to Kalendermacher. After a season in Holland in 2005, Suljanovic again returned to Austria, this time to Superfund Bulls Kapfenberg. In 2007 he won the Austrian Cup with the team. That year he played in 14 League games and posted averages of 16.1 points and 8.9 rebounds. Last season he played in 35 league games, posting averages of 14.7 points on 62.8% shooting from the field. He also averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. Suljanovic was also a member of Bosnia National Team, making his last appearance for them during 2004 season.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: round 18 results - by Daniel Valencia
On friday night were played five games from round 18, with victories for Valdivia, Universidad de Los Lagos, Provincial Llanquihue, Provincial Osorno and Sagrados Corazones.


With a huge performance by Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) (39 points), Deportivo Valdivia outscored Deportes Castro 25-12 in the fourth quarter to reach a 82-73 victory. In Puerto Montt, Universidad de Los Lagos defeated Universidad de Concepcion 95-92, with five players scoring in double figures. In Llanquihue, Provincial Llanquihue played a huge fourth quarter (28-12) to defeat Espanol de Talca 93-84. Leonel Mendez (184-G-75) netted 27 points for the winners and six players scored in double figures.. In Osorno, Erick Carrasco (181-G-83) was the star of the night with 31 points, in Provincial Osorno's victory against Boston College 93-78. In Vina del Mar, Sagrados Corazones defeated Everton 55-44 with 13 points from the argentinian Diego Bernardi (197-F-76). These are the complete results of friday night.

Round 18

Deportes Castro 73 - Deprtivo Valdivia 82
Cas: Hank Rivers 26 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 20 pts.
Val: Jonathan Heard 39 pts. Gerardo Isla 10 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 95 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 92
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 21 pts. Marquis Johnson 19 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 29 pts. Eduardo Marechal 23 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 93 - Espanol de Talca 84
Llan: Leonel Mendez 27 pts. Delvin Thomas 16 pts.
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 20 pts. Carlos Sepulveda 15 pts.

Provincial Osorno 93 - Boston College 78
Oso: Erick Carrasco 31 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 14 pts.
Bos: Jefferson Agba 32 pts. Patricio Arroyo 15 pts.

Everton 44 - Sagrados Corazones 55
Eve: Julius Holt 10 pts. Kristoffer Smith 10 pts.
Sag: Diego Bernardi 13 pts. Felipe Valdivia 8 pts.



The CDV came away with a win, at the hands of the Matador - by Stephanie Johnson
Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Jonathan 'Matador' Heard, enrolled with a whopping 39 points in the Sports CDV triumph before Castro, as a visitor.

Deportes Castro 73, Deportivo Valdivia 82

Los del Calle Calle did not play well during the first half, giving up offensive rebounds, many rivals and defending irregularly. But in the second half the adjusted Albirroja trademarks, controlled the 'natalino' Gonzalo Velasquez, and imposed by a deserved 73-82 win. Jonathan Heard was the great architect of the triumph Valdivian to enroll with 39 points while the youth turned Isla Gerardo a great job replacing Prtzmann and Von Bischoffhausen who committed early with personal foul trouble. Highlighted in local hands Hank Rivers, author of 26 points, and Gonzalo Velasquez, with 20.

To start the encounter, Sports Zuniga sided with Castro, Grandon, Velasquez, Soto and Rivers. Valdivia, meanwhile, sent in Bravo, Heard, Altana, Del Solar and Prtzmann. Los del Calle Calle began well on offense, but the Chilotes quickly took control of the game taking advantage of defensive weaknesses of the visitors, who granted a lot of offensive rebounds rivals. Two triples the 'Gunslinger' and one of Grandon gave an advantage to the Lions 'who ended up winning the fourth by 26 to 16', which reflected the feeble mark raised by Albirroja. In the second quarter CDV, hand Prtzmann Claus came to be six points (26-20 and then 30-24), but turnovers, missed pitches and errors in the mark, allowed the local to regain ten points. -35 To 25 - where from 4.30 to play. Gerardo Island, who took the field when pivotal producer Valdivians were plagued early with fouls committed, said in some of the scaffolding of the Calle Calle, which Heard's hand and Bravo came to be only 5 points down. Albirroja seemed to take control of the game, but again came the Demergers defensive, and thus the 'Lions' regained control of the game and won the first half by 44 to 34.

Opening the second half, both casts were erratic on offense, and because it spent a minute and a half without the marker varying. Castro then exchanged baskets with CDV, so the difference remained constant (10 points for premises). Heard, Del Solar had commanded a small raised island of the Calle Calle, but won a couple chilotes triple that enabled them to maintain control of the game. That's when 'Jay' put his team on his shoulders to lead the comeback of Albirroja, who won the fourth by 17 to 23, leaving the overall 61-57 towards the final ten minutes. In the latter period CDV fiercely continued to score, denying the right hand Gonzalo Velsquez, which prevented him from shooting outside, and preventing the penetration of natalino by aid. Heard, unstoppable, putting points followed from all parts of the field, when the building lost Rivers for five fouls. Rodrigo Munoz, a triple with two minutes to play, the game began to sentence in favor of the Calle Calle (69-76). Valdivia concentration remained defensive, while on offense continued to produce the hand of foreign reinforcement, which won the part by a clear 12 to 25, to prevail by 73 to 82, adding a clear and deserved victory as a visitor.

In summary, Club Deportivo Valdivia got a clear and deserved win chilotas land, which restores confidence to Albirroja, coming from a string of games where he failed to show a solid basketball. Jonathan Heard, Island and Gary were instrumental in the victory of the Calle Calle, who on Saturday will face a complicated cast of Universidad de Los Lagos, who on Friday night beat Cd of Conce by 95 to 92.

Match Summary:
Dep Castro (73) Manuel Zuniga 5, Carlos Grandon 6, Gonzalo Velasquez 20, Jorge Soto 9, Hank Rivers 26 - initial training - Pedro Sandoval 2, Claudio Levet 4, Angel Labrin 0, Juan Videla 1. Coach: Marcelo Ruiz Gonzalez.

Dep Valdivia (82) Francisco Bravo 6, Jonathan Heard 39, Christopher Altaner 4, Jose del Solar 10, Claus Prtzmann 5 - initial training - Cristian Munoz 0, Cristian Von Bischoffhausen 0, Daniel Arriagada 0, Gerardo Island 10, Rodrigo Munoz 8 . Coach: Juan Manuel Cordova.


Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management)


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  COLOMBIA   


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


Federation Cup, day 9 results. - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros came back to the winner way, defeating Islanders with a good mix of his sharp shooters Bradford and Salcedo and the power in the boards of Marriaga and Julio, Islander had good moments specially when the dominican Martinez and Manuel went on fire, but at the end the Bucaros control of the boards was the key for the victory.
Bucaros Freskaleche 93
Islanders Sopesa 83

Cucuta Norte had a good night of the now healthy James Maye and defeat easily Cangrejeros, Edgar Moreno again drive the team and now is looking more like the last year champion, Cangrejeros Ray Shafer effort was not enough.
Cucuta Norte 95 - James Maye 22pts, Edgar Moreno 15pts.
Cangrejeros Iderbol 68 - Ray Schafer 22pts.

Piratas lost the second straight game at home, the history was almost the same of the last three games, the Pirates dominates the first half, but his half court ofense does not appears in the second half, Arrieros team game leaded by Enielsen Guevara, Norbey Aragon is on the rise now with the arrival of the import Heissler Guillent, who show the kind of playmaker he is.
Piratas Saludcoop 83
Arrieros Idea 84 - Enielsen Guevara 26 pts.


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  D-LEAGUE   


NBA D-Leaguers close out NBA Asia Challenge with a victory - by Gerard Lim
NBA D-Leaguers closed out the three game NBA Asia Challenge with a victory at the Araneta Coliseum defeating the PBA All-Stars, 109-86. The NBA Generations team, comprised of NBA Legends and selected D-League players, both pitched in for the victory. NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins leading the way with 28 points while Marcus Hubbard (6'9''-C-83, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Angelo St.) the Rio Grande Valley Viper center finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds in only 18 minutes of play. Another key contribution came from Tulsa 66ers guard Chris Ellis with his 11 point and 10 rebound double-double effort.

The NBA Generations finished the Asia Challenge with a 2-1 record, having dropped one game to the KBL All-stars in Seoul earlier this week.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders
Eurobasket 2009 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Eliyahu, ISR 21.3
2 Parker, FRA 18.0
3 Rowland, BUL 17.7
4 Gortat POL 17.0
5 Kambala LAT 17.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Biedrins, LAT 11.7
2 Gortat, POL 10.8
3 P.Gasol, ESP 9.0
4 Turiaf, FRA 8.8
5 Evtimov, BUL 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Logan, POL 5.5
2 Planinic, CRO 4.5
3 Diaw, FRA 4.5
4 Spanoulis, GRE 4.5
5 Teodosic SRB 4.3
Steals Per Game
1 Parker, FRA 2.8
2 Dragic, SLO 2.0
3 McCarty, RUS 2.0
4 Evtimov, BUL 2.0
5 Logan, POL 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Gortat, POL 2.3
2 Mozgov, RUS 2.0
3 Gasol M. ESP 1.8
4 Turiaf, FRA 1.5
5 Lampe, POL 1.5


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group E Bydgoszcz
1. France3-0
2. Greece3-0
3. Germany1-2
4. Russia1-2
5. Croatia1-2
6. FYR Macedo.0-3
Group F Lodz
1. Turkey3-0
2. Slovenia2-1
3. Serbia2-1
4. Poland1-2
5. Spain1-2
6. Lithuania0-3
Group Places 13-16
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Latvia0-0


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


112 pages of most informative scouting report !!! - by Eurobasket
September edition of Eurobasket Monthly Scouting Report was just released. This month in a 112-pages long report we stay focused on the youngsters participating in the international events this past summer. We also follow top youngsters in most of countries with basketball potential outside of the States.
Must-have for team managers and college coaches. For more info CLICK HERE.


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  FINLAND   


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


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  GERMANY   


A Training Camp Report From Michael Jenkins (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) is a 22 year old 192 cm guard from Kinston, North Carolina. He played at Winthrop (NCAA) from 2004-2008. He didnt play as much his first two seasons, but got increased playing time in his junior and senior years. As a junior, he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PTConf-1 (41.5%), FT: 70.2% in 34 games. In his senior year, he played 34 games and averaged 13.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PTConf-6 (36.8%), FT: 71.3%: and finished his career as the 10th leading scorer in Winthrop history with 1,253 points. With Winthrop, he was the Big South Conf. Regular Season Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and won the Big South Conf Tournament from 2005-2008. He was named to the Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team in 2007 and 2008. In his first professional season 2008-2009, he was drafted by the Albany Patrons of the CBA and in November 2008 signed with the Albany Patroons playing 3 games and averaging 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 47.4%, but left during the season and moved to BC Buducnost Podgorica (Bosnia-1A) in Feb 2009. This will be his first season in the BBL and he had a short pre season chat with Eurobasket about the 2009-2010 Walter Tigers Tuebingen.

How is new team shaping up?

The new team is shaping up well. We are young but we all have the desire to learn and we all listen to each other. We are a very hungry squad so we work hard everyday to get better and try to be a threat in the BBL.



What is your impression of coach Igor Perovic?


Coach Igor is a very good coach with a high basketball IQ. He really knows how to communicate with us and make us feel comfortable while still demanding our very best effort and nothing less.

How does coach see your role? You seem to be there to score?

Coach brought me in to help the team to the best of my abilities and one of my strongest assets is my ability to score. Obviously he likes the way I play or I would not be here. I am here to score, but I am also here to play great defense and just help win games.

The team lost fan favourite Rasko Katic. How is team shaping up at the center position?


We do not have a true center but we have a few power forwards that can run the floor and makes us a much quicker team

What kind of a defensive team will we see with Tuebingen?

Since we aren't very big but very quick, you will probably see a lot of pressure full court from us to make up for our lack of size.

How good can this team be?

If we play great defense night in and night out and rebound very well consistently I feel we can be playoff contenders because we can definitely score.

A weak point is the bench. How will you guys build this up?

Our bench will continue to grow stronger as the preseason goes on and hopefully by the start of the season our depth will not be an issue at all. Coach Igor works hard everyday on developing and building confidence in all of us players so that we can be as strong as possible no matter the bench players or starters.

What kind of role are Germans playing?


The German players have the same roles as every other player. They must go out and perform to the best of their abilities just like the rest of us. They big roles just like the rest of us.



Market News - by Moritz Korff
TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have landed Paul Johnson (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Rider) as their first import player for the upcoming season. In the past two campaigns Johnson was a role player at 1. Bundesliga's Artland Dragons. In 32 BBL games for the Quakenbrueck team he scored 2.5 points per night during 2008-09.

Peer Wente (203-F/C-77) has agreed on terms with Licher Basket Baeren (2. Bundesliga Pro B) on a contract for the 2009-2010 season. The 32-year-old veteran is coming from 1. Bundesliga outfit MEG Goettingen to Lich. During 2008-2009 Wente was the team captain of the Violets, appeared in 19 BBL games (2:42 minutes per contest) and averaged 0.8 points. He missed the entire 2007-08 campaign due to a torn ACL and was a reliable scorer for Heidelberg and Goettingen prior to his injury.
Lich will also keep two of their experienced players, as Rolf Scholz (187-G-80) and Viktor Klassen (186-G-81) have decided to remain loyal with the Bears in the Pro B.

Jason Miller (203-F, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Columbia) stayed only for a while with BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The post player from Hamilton, Ohio was supposed to be the man in the middle for Karlsruhe in the upcoming season. But Miller asked to cancel the agreement and returned to the US instead. The Karlsruhe club officials are now on the hunt for another player to fill the center spot.


Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) will continue his basketball career in Denmark. According to infosport.dk Hakanowitz has already received a license to play for Canal-Digital-Liga side Horsholm 79ers. The Danish center who spent most of his life living in Germany played for the Bremen Roosters in the past years and toured with the Danish Men's National Team earlier this summer.

On August 28th Marlon Pompey (203-F-83, college: Texas A&M) had been announced as a new member of FC Schalke 04 (Regionalliga West) on the club's website. But Pompey will not play for the Royal Blues anyway, as the club officials decided to waive him shortly after the press release had been published. In the meantime George Tandy (203-F-85, college: E.Illinois) has arrived to Gelsenkirchen to practice with the team. Let's wait and see, if he will become a Schalke player.



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  ISRAEL   


Justin Dentmon is fourth import in Hapoel Afula - by Netanel Dahan
Hapoel Afula continued to work in the basketball market. Lately they announced the signing of Justin Dentmon (Saga Sport agencey) (180-G). The 180cm guard just graduated from the University of Washington. Justin Dentmon averaged 14.4 points, 2.7 boards and 2.5 assists per game in the senior year with the Huskies. Dentmon was named to the NABC Division I All-District 20 Second Team. The player was also trumped PAC-10 Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009.
Justin was in the pre-draft workouts with the NBA teams Utah Jazz,New Jersey Nets,and Portland Trail Blazers.

Dentmon aslo played in the NCAA D-1 All star game,he scored 22 pts,passed 5 assists,with 3 steals in that game,Justin is a very good three point shooter,very quick guard,with an amazing first step,he is very smart player who can run the team and play in the two guard positions the point guard and the shooting guard,Justin aslo played with the Portland Trail Blazers star Brendon Roy,and aslo with Tre Simons (Hapoel Jerusalem).


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  ITALY   


Carife and Banco di Sardegna reach Torneo di Varallo Final - by Eurobasket News
Carife and Banco di Sardegna reach Torneo di Varallo Final. Last night the teams won the semifinal games over another Italian teams.
Banco di Sardegna outscored Air Avellino 62:54. The latter took 19:18 lead after the opening quarter but did not hold the score. Sassari exploded with 33-23 in the second quarter to take 9-point advantage at the halftime. Banco di Sardegna had 50:37 when the teams finished thirty minutes and did not slow down in the rest of the game. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) was unstoppable with 23 points for the winners. Venuzzo nailed 11, while three other players scored 6 each. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort. Lauwers and Nelson added 9 points apiece in defeat.
Carife Ferrara edged Angelico Biella 87:80 in another semifinal game. Both teams showed great beginning and were equal in the majority of the game. Carife pushed the tempo later for good and won the game. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) paced all the winners with 22 points. Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F/C-78, college: Marquette) and Jackson netted 12 each, while Mazzola posted 11. Borsato and Sacchetti ended up with 9 points each for the winners.
Tonight Carife will face Banco di Sardegna for the trophy of the tournament.



Caorle Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Italian Cantu will face Greek Aris in the Final of the Caorle Tournament tonight. Both teams won the Semifinal games last night over their oppoenets.
Cantu overcame Umana Venezia 77:64 controlling the whole game in the court. The winners started with 27-17 and never looked behind after. Moreover Cantu reached 49:32 at the halftime and then had 65:43 after 30 minutes of the game. The latter led the game to victory and will play in the Final. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) followed him with 18, while Jeffers netted 11. Causin and Davis ended up with 13 points each in the losing effort. Marco Allegretti (204-F-81) and Di Giuliomaria notched 9 points apiece for Venezia.
In another Semifinal Aris stun Benetton 83:80. The Italian side won the opening quarter 24;18 and looked better in the court at that time. Moreover Benetton started to increase the lead later in the half and reached 46:32 at the halftime. Greek side replied with 12-3 run in the third frame and reduced to 64:56 after thirty minutes. Aris grabbed the lead at 66:64 and had 71:66 as well. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) and Daniel Hackett (196-G-87, college: USC) brought Italian side back to 77:78, but Aris made the last spurt to win the game. Michail Kakiouzis (206-C-76) paced all the winners with 16 points and Richardson netted 13. Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) delivered 12 points, while Dikoudis and Clark posted 9 apiece. Gary Neal exploded with 23 points for the Italian side. Martin posted 14 and Daniel Hackett added 11.

NGC MEDICAL CANTU- UMANA VENEZIA 77-64
NGC MEDICAL CANTU: Bloise, Green 8, Jeffers 11, Benjamin Ortner 18, Leunen 9, Giovacchini 2, Nicolas Mazzarino 19, Mian 3, Urbutis 1, Lydeka 6, Meroni ne. All. Trinchieri
UMANA VENEZIA:Maxwell, Garris 2, Causin 13, Marco Allegretti 9, Di Giuliomaria 9, Meini 7, Tasca ne, Davis 13, Ceron 3, Rinaldi 8, Prete ne. All. DellAgnello.

BENETTON BASKET -ARIS SALONICCO 80-83
BENETTON BASKET: De Nicolao, Mukubu 7, Hukic 8, Martin 14, Sandri 4, Daniel Hackett 11, Gary Neal 23, Wallace 9, Renzi 4
ARIS SALONICCO: Clark 9, Argyropoulos, Stinson 7, Richardson 13, Chatzivrettas 4, Dikoudis 9, Skordilis 5, Belser 8, Michail Kakiouzis 16, Nikos Barlos 12


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  LITHUANIA   


Slovenia cruises past Lithuania in Poland - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 5: LITHUANIA - SLOVENIA 58-81

Slovenia recovered from overtime loss against Spain in the last day of Preliminary Round and started the second stage with victory. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) was on fire and he was a key player for the winners today. He spent 34 minutes on the court draining 24 points (6 of 9 for 3-pts). Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) added 11 points each. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points in loss, while Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) scored 4 pts less. With this victory Slovenia jumped to 2-1 record in Group F, while Lithuania dropped to 0-3.
Slovenia had impressive start. After 13-12 for Lithuania, Slovenians woke up and until the end of the first quarter they created 18-28 lead. It was Bostjan Nachbar who closed this period with a triple. He continued in the same rhythm at the beginning of the second frame and Erazem Lorbek joined him so after 14 minutes of play Slovenia already had comfortable 22-36 lead. Lithuania struggled at the both sides of the court and was unable to respond. Jaka Lakovic hit a 3-pointer setting the score to 26-43 at the half time. When Slovenia reached 31-51 at the beginning of the second half it was clear that this game was already over for Lithuania. Until the end of the game Lithuanians managed to come little bit closer and they never seriously threatened.
On Monday, Slovenia will meet Poland. Lithuania will take on Spain.

Lithuania: Mantas Kalnietis 15, Jonas Maciulis 11
Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 24, Erazem Lorbek 17+8 boards, Uros Slokar 11, Bostjan Nachbar 11



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  MONTENEGRO   


BC Buducnost lands Boris Savovic - by Eurobasket News
Budcnost has continued with squad strengthening by signing young forward Boris Savovic (206-F-87). He will be the third summer signing, after the club has already agreed deals with Cedomir Vitkovac and Goran Jeretin. Savovic has reportedly put a signature to a three year deal. So Buducnost has continued to rebuild its roster after loosing several valuable players from last season. Vladimir Dasic has left the club for Real Madrid, while contracts have expired for the likes of Micov, Bojovic and Maras. Young and athletic Savovic is seen as ideal replacement at the power forward position. He recently stated he was delighted to get a chance to sign for Montenegrin Champions. He is expected to join his teammates who are already at preparations for next season.
Boris Savovic started his career at Leotar Trebinje, before moving to Hemofarm Vrsac in 2004. At Hemofarm, he was considered and exciting prospect. He established himself as important role player in 5 seasons with the club. Last season he appeared in 22 Adriatic League games and posted averages of 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. He was also good in Europe where he appeared in 11 Eurocup games, averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. As a member of U20 Montenegrin National Team, Savovic participated at U20 European Championship in Poland in 2007. He averaged 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds in 8 games.


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  NBA   


Knicks sign Warren Carter, Gabe Pruitt - by Eurobasket News
Forward Warren Carter (6'9''-F-85, college: Illinois) and guard Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) have been signed by the Knicks as a free agent.

Carter will attend training camp on a non-guaranteed contract and will fight for one of the last reamining roster spots.

Carter (6-9, 220 pounds) averaged 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 13.9 minutes as a member of the Knicks entry in the 2009 NBA Summer League last month.

The Dallas native spent the past two seasons playing overseas in Spain and Turkey following his four-year collegiate career at the University of Illinois.

Pruitt (6-4, 170 pounds) has career averages of 2.0 points and 7.4 minutes in 62 games over two NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics. The Los Angeles native was selected by Boston, following his junior season at the University of Southern California, in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Pruitt averaged 2.1 points in 15 games as a rookie in 2007-08, but was inactive for the Celtics during the playoffs and NBA Finals.

He averaged 2.0 points and 7.8 minutes in 47 games last season and appeared in four games for the Celtics in the first two rounds of the 2009 NBA Playoffs.


Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Wolves sign restricted free agent Ramon Sessions - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada). Minnesota originally signed Sessions, a restricted free agent from the Milwaukee Bucks, to an offer sheet on Friday, Sept. 4. Per team policy, terms of the contract offer were not disclosed. Its been reported by multiple media outlets that the contract is a four-year deal for $16.4 million.

'We are excited about the opportunity to have Ramon Sessions on our team,' said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. 'Ramon has the ability to play both guard positions, and thus will be able to complement the members of our current backcourt. At only 23, Ramon also has the potential to improve and fits our plan of building a young, up-tempo team with championship contending potential.'

Sessions, a 6-3 guard from Nevada-Reno, had a break-out season in 2008-09, averaging 12.4 points (.445 FG%) and 5.7 assists in 27.5 minutes per game in 79 contests (39 starts). His 5.7 assists per game led the Bucks and ranked 18th in the NBA. Sessions scored in double figures 53 times (12 times 20+ points), dished out 10+ assists on 10 occasions and posted nine double-doubles during the season. Additionally, he finished the year with a 2.97:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, the ninth-best ratio in the NBA. He scored a career-high 44 points, along with 12 assists, against Detroit on Feb. 7.

In 2007-08 as a rookie, Sessions averaged 8.1 points, 7.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 17 games. He set a Bucks franchise record with 24 assists against Chicago on April 14, while also tallying 20 points. He became the first Bucks player to notch 20 points and 20 assists in the same game. Selected by Milwaukee in the second round (56th pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft, Sessions has averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game in 96 contests (46 starts).


Courtesy of www.fox21online.com


Clippers re-sign Steve Novak - by Eurobasket News
The Clippers re-signed restricted free agent forward Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, college: Marquette), the team announced today, nearly two-and-a-half months after extending a qualifying offer to him.

Novak averaged 6.9 points in 16.4 minutes a game in 71 games last season, and was able to sign an offer sheet with any team, though the Clippers had the right to match any offer. He made just over $1 million last season, but the terms of his contract were not disclosed.

Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) said Friday night that he would like to negotiate a contract extension with the Celtics beyond this season. Allen, who turned 34 in July, is entering the final year of a five-year, $85 million deal he signed with the team formally known as the Seattle SuperSonics. Allen will earn $19.7 million this season. It is yet to be seen will he get a contract extension with ex NBA champion.


Courtesy of www.latimes.com


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  NCAA1   


112 pages of most informative scouting report !!! - by Eurobasket
September edition of Eurobasket Monthly Scouting Report was just released. This month in a 112-pages long report we stay focused on the youngsters participating in the international events this past summer. We also follow top youngsters in most of countries with basketball potential outside of the States.
Must-have for team managers and college coaches. For more info CLICK HERE.


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Breakers Pre Season News - by Mike Lacey
Paul Henare is the only member of the team to play for the Breakers in all six of their NBL seasons. Henare has played in all but seven of the clubs 195 ANBL games.Henare has 1141 points in his 188 games and sits 5th on the all time scorers list behind Aaron Olson (1800), Kirk Penney (1496), Ben Pepper (1451) and Phill Jones (1372). He also heads the clubs statistics records for most steals (171) and most assists (740)

Foundation player Dillon Boucher returns for his fourth season with the club having also had stints at Perth and Brisbane where he picked up a Championship winners medal in 2006-07. Boucher features strongly in the clubs stats being 2nd in assists (311), 2nd in steals (168) and 3rd in offensive rebounds (208). He requires just two further appearances to notch up 200 games in the ANBL.

Two times Olympian CJ Bruton enters his 12th season in the league. Bruton has won two championships with Sydney and one with Brisbane. Averaging 16.7 points per game and 4.2 assists he has made a total of 367 appearances in the league and returns for his second season with the Breakers.

Kirk Penney returns for his third season with the club having racked up an impressive 1496 points in 62 games at 24.1ppg. Voted MVP of the league last season the Tall Blacks captain looks sure to eclipse the club scoring record of 1800 points held by Aaron Olson, sometime mid season,

Tom Abercrombie has only made13 appearances for the club but his stock has risen immensely in the past six months. Abercrombie was one of the standout performers for the Tall Blacks in their recent victory over the Australian Boomers and prior to that won a New Zealand Basketball League Championship medal with the Waikato Pistons as well as picking up the leagues Rookie of the Year award.

Oscar Forman has made 98 consecutive appearances for the club and is poised to become just the 5th Breaker after Henare, Aaron Olson, Tim Behrendorff and Mika Vukona to notch up a century of games for the Breakers. He sits 6th on the clubs all time scoring list with 1058 points and 2nd on the defensive rebounding chart with 421.

Returning import Rick Rickert didnt miss a game last season and in 46 appearances for the club has amassed 676 points (14.7pg) and 413 rebounds ( 9.0 pg). Popular with fans and players alike much is expected of the Minnesota born, 211cm Centre.

Tony The Bear Ronaldson begins his 21st ANBL season having last season eclipsed the all time appearance record of Andrew Gaze (612 games). Now with 637 appearances and 9,867 career points Ronaldson sits 5th on the leagues all time scoring list.

Second import Awvee Storey arrives with a very good CV. A product of Arizona State University he has played 60 regular season NBA games for Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards and most recently in 2008 with the New Jersey Nets. He is the clubs 16th import.

Jeremiah Trueman having spent the last 4 years at college in the USA developing his game has been recruited on the strength of his defensive tenacity and intensity. Recently went on the Tall Blacks tour of Europe.

Development players Corey Webster and Alex Pledger may find it difficult to secure much court time this season with games reduced to fourty minutes from fourty eight minutes. However, Pledger, a 2.13m centre must have impressed coach Lemanis with his performances for the Tall Blacks against Australia recently.

Andrej Lemanis now in his 5th season as head coach of the Breakers has 130 games under his belt. He will be hoping to improve his win-loss record which currently stands at 56-74 and steer the club into the play-offs for the third consecutive season.


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  NORWAY   


Silly update - by Kaare Vangen
Ammerud: Eric Ford (183-G, college: Taylor) comes from Centrum.

Asker: Patrick Sandstrom (190-F-78) has retired. Thomas Vangen (190-G-79) is new. Haakon Skuggedal (201-F-83, college: Hannibal - La Grange) might be lost for Aliens. Mads Austgulen (193-F-86) comes from Gimle. A Swedish player is ecpected to arrive together with one American. Stian Mjos (182-G-89) has went to Jamtland in the Swedish league. Michal Sterenga (203-F-82) comes from Langhus.

Baerum: Magnus Engen (188-F-91), Oeivind Lundestad (190-G-91) and Hans Solheim (186-G-81) Hansen has signed for Kongsberg in Div 1. Alexander Frang (185-G/F-83) has signed for Persbraaten. Alexander Lindlokken (199-C-92) from Ullern.

Froya: Lithuanian player Valerij Cetovic (208-C-80) has signed. He was international for Lithuania as U16 and U18. Cetovic, Miilah Kombat (200-F-88, college: N.Idaho JC) from Ammerud and Karamo Jawara (198-F-91) will be exciting to follow under the basket. Nicolas Berge comes from Ulriken and Oyvind Melstveit from Trondheim.

Gimle: Peter Bullock (198-F-82, college: Alaska-Anch.), Gunnar Nesbo and Nima Taheri (175-G-79, college: Cabrillo CC) come from Ulriken. Ivan Djerman (202-F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a title for Ulriken in 2007 has also signed for Gimle. Stian Enge (190-G-90) comes from Sandvika and Hamad Mostafa (195-F-86) from Stavanger.

Harstad:Ahmed Diomande (191-G-88, agency: Prime Select Sports) is reported to negotiate with Harstad. Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky) may still be on the team. Mario Woodson (203-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: NW Oklahoma St.) is back and two Swedes Mehyar Rafii-Aval (186-G-89) and Erik Vestin (202-F-86) have also come. Thomas Ble (186-G-89, college: Njard IL) comes from Centrum in Div 1. Marco Elsafadi (193-G/F-76) has signed but is out with Guillaume Barre. Aleksander Boiko left to Tromso.

Tromso: Greek-American Nick Livas (198-G-88) comes from University of Illinois Prairie Stars where he had 14.4 ppg and 8.7 rebs. He was also honorable mention All-American in NAIA. Ifiok Adahada comes from Harstad. Matt Lawrence (201-G, college: Missouri) and Shagari Alleyne (221-C-84, college: Manhattan) are the two American imports. 19 year old Swedish player Joe Badjie has moved to Troms and will play for Varden and Storm. Storm negotiated with Aleksandar Paunovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) from Fjellhamar but did not come to terms. Aleksander Boiko comes from Harstad. He is still young and will probably play for Varden also. Boiko is expected to be a Norwegian citizen during the fall.

Ulriken: Marco Elsafadi has signed for Harstad but is out with Guillaume Barre disease. Arne Danielsen (198-F-83, college: NC-Pembroke) signed for Kristiansand Pirates in Div 1. Peter Bullock, Gunnar Nesbo and Nima Taheri went to Gimle. Nicolas Berge to Froya. The ones still back in the nest: Audun Eskeland (176-G-85), Fredrik Bryne (194-F), David Hammer (194-F-84) and Ali Ouakkaha (184-G-90). Coach Geir Bangstad has signed for three years. Will fill up with young, local players - one is Sondre Lemme from Loddefjord.



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  POLAND   


Serbia beats Poland 77-72, makes huge step forward to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 5: POLAND - SERBIA 72-77

Serbia opened the Qualifying Round of EuroBasket 2009 with valuable win against the host - Poland. That was very important game for both teams as they entered to second stage with 1-1. It means that ex European and World Champion made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals, while Poland fell to 1-2. Of course, Poland also has a chance to advance as there are two more games to be played. Center Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) once again stepped up for his team collecting 18 points and 8 rebounds. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) had 13 points and 4 assists, while Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 pts. Fourth scorer of the team was Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) with 10 pts (7 rebs). In Poland, Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) and Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored 16 pts each. Gortat also pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. Michal Ignerski (205-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) netted 13 pts and grabbed 5 rebs.
Serbia had excellent beginning making 0-7 lead, but the host immediately responded with 12-3 run, led by Marcin Gortat and Michal Ignerski. The other one was on fire from behind the arc, but still Serbia was the team who had 22-23 after 10 minutes of play. After basket by Novica Velickovic at the halfway of second period Serbia was 26-34 up. Later it was plus 9, but Marcin Gortat fixed the score with a jumper to 36-43 at the HT. Serbia had furious beginning of the second half making 4-13 run for fantastic 40-56. When it seemed that the winner is already known, the hosts started to play much better so until the end of third period they closed the gap to 53-62. With 5:29 to go Poland cut the margin on just two points 62-64 and everything was open again. However, Nenad Krstic helped his team to create 2-8 run, what turned out as crucial in this game. Poland tried to do something until the end, but Serbia was strong enough to keep its lead and to register valuable win.
On Monday, Serbia will meet Turkey. Poland will take on Slovenia.

Poland: Marcin Gortat 16+9 boards, Lukasz Koszarek 16, Michal Ignerski 13+5 boards
Serbia: Nenad Krstic 18+8 boards, Milos Teodosic 13+4 as, Uros Tripkovic 12, Novica Velickovic 10+7 boards


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  RUSSIA   


Spartak St Petersburg plays first two in Bormio - by Eurobasket News
Spartak St Petersburg lost the first game abroad in their preseason tourney to Turkish Darussafaka 74:76. The Russian team played better in the first period and reached 24:16. In the second quarter the Turkish side responded with 23-13 to take 2-point advantage at the halftime. The latter added also 23-14 in the third period to feel more comfortable in the end of the game. Spartak however could even win the game but reduced only to 74:76. Connor Atchley top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) notched 14, while Hakan Demirel posted 12. Aleksandr Dedushkin (207-C-81) had 14 points for the Russian side, whilst Levance Fields (178-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) collected 13 points and 7 assists.
In the second game Spartak beat Efes Pielsen 89:66 in the friendly game in Italian Bormio. In this game the Turkish side opened the game with 25-22 after the opening frame, but Russian team won the rest of the game. Spartak produced 24-18 in the second quarter to take 3-point lead at the halftime. With 19-12 and 24-11 the Russian team reached the easy victory. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) was responsible for 18 points, while Rakovic nailed 17. Pashutin collected 15 points and 6 rebounds, whilst Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87) had 9.


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  SEBL   


Unsigned SEBL Summer Pro Players - by Bobby Rouse
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Xavier Morton
Morton
Miguel Morton
Morton
Lance Perique
Perique
Michael Sloan
Sloan
Jeremy Law
Law
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The 2009 SEBL Summer League was probably one of the most competitive seasons in many years. The quality of play and players was very high but even with this, many players have gone unnoticed and are still available for U.S. teams and overseas teams. Take for instance Justin Billingslea (6'9''-F-85, college: Georgia St.) who at 6'9' and played D1 basketball at Georgia State for 4 years is still unsigned and waiting for an opportunity. Another player who received rave reviews this summer was PG Jermale Wilkerson (6'2''-G-82) of Gwinnett Young Gunz (6'2''-G-82, college: Augusta St.) who played at Middle Tennessee University, and Augusta State. Below is a list of professional players who have valid U.S. Passports, and are looking for playing opportunities for the 2009-2010 season:

Center:

Xavier Morton (6'9''-F/C-80) of Rome ServPro-1 (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Clark Atlanta)


Justin Billingslea 6'9'
Donovan McMullen (6'10''-C-85, college: Reinhardt)
Darian Burke (6'9''-C-81, college: Colorado St.)

Power Forwards:

Miguel Morton (6'10''-F-83) of Black Monopoly (6'10''-F-83, college: Columbus St.)
Damon Barnett (6'8''-C-78) of CS Rapid Neoset Bucuresti Romania (6'8''-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.)

Small Forwards:

Lance Perique (6'8''-G/F-83) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Georgia St.)
Shannon Chambers (6'7''-F-81, college: Charleston)

Shooting Guards:

Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84) of D.O.T.S. (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.)
LaMarr Farr (6'4''-G-83, college: Lambuth)
Darius Davis (6'5''-F-83, college: Kent St.)

Point Guards:

Jermale Wilkerson
Jeremy Law (6'3''-G-82) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors (6'3''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.)
Kendrick Grayson (6'3''-G)

For contact or further information on any of the players listed above, contact SEBL Deputy Commissioner Bobby Rouse (6'5''-G/F-76, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC) at prohoopsatl@yahoo.com, or +1 (678)522-1017 (Cell).

Attn: The SEBL is not a basketball agency.

Bobby Rouse


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  SERBIA   


Serbia beats Poland 77-72, makes huge step forward to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 5: POLAND - SERBIA 72-77

Serbia opened the Qualifying Round of EuroBasket 2009 with valuable win against the host - Poland. That was very important game for both teams as they entered to second stage with 1-1. It means that ex European and World Champion made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals, while Poland fell to 1-2. Of course, Poland also has a chance to advance as there are two more games to be played. Center Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) once again stepped up for his team collecting 18 points and 8 rebounds. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) had 13 points and 4 assists, while Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 pts. Fourth scorer of the team was Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) with 10 pts (7 rebs). In Poland, Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) and Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored 16 pts each. Gortat also pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. Michal Ignerski (205-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) netted 13 pts and grabbed 5 rebs.
Serbia had excellent beginning making 0-7 lead, but the host immediately responded with 12-3 run, led by Marcin Gortat and Michal Ignerski. The other one was on fire from behind the arc, but still Serbia was the team who had 22-23 after 10 minutes of play. After basket by Novica Velickovic at the halfway of second period Serbia was 26-34 up. Later it was plus 9, but Marcin Gortat fixed the score with a jumper to 36-43 at the HT. Serbia had furious beginning of the second half making 4-13 run for fantastic 40-56. When it seemed that the winner is already known, the hosts started to play much better so until the end of third period they closed the gap to 53-62. With 5:29 to go Poland cut the margin on just two points 62-64 and everything was open again. However, Nenad Krstic helped his team to create 2-8 run, what turned out as crucial in this game. Poland tried to do something until the end, but Serbia was strong enough to keep its lead and to register valuable win.
On Monday, Serbia will meet Turkey. Poland will take on Slovenia.

Poland: Marcin Gortat 16+9 boards, Lukasz Koszarek 16, Michal Ignerski 13+5 boards
Serbia: Nenad Krstic 18+8 boards, Milos Teodosic 13+4 as, Uros Tripkovic 12, Novica Velickovic 10+7 boards


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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia cruises past Lithuania in Poland - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 5: LITHUANIA - SLOVENIA 58-81

Slovenia recovered from overtime loss against Spain in the last day of Preliminary Round and started the second stage with victory. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) was on fire and he was a key player for the winners today. He spent 34 minutes on the court draining 24 points (6 of 9 for 3-pts). Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) added 11 points each. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points in loss, while Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) scored 4 pts less. With this victory Slovenia jumped to 2-1 record in Group F, while Lithuania dropped to 0-3.
Slovenia had impressive start. After 13-12 for Lithuania, Slovenians woke up and until the end of the first quarter they created 18-28 lead. It was Bostjan Nachbar who closed this period with a triple. He continued in the same rhythm at the beginning of the second frame and Erazem Lorbek joined him so after 14 minutes of play Slovenia already had comfortable 22-36 lead. Lithuania struggled at the both sides of the court and was unable to respond. Jaka Lakovic hit a 3-pointer setting the score to 26-43 at the half time. When Slovenia reached 31-51 at the beginning of the second half it was clear that this game was already over for Lithuania. Until the end of the game Lithuanians managed to come little bit closer and they never seriously threatened.
On Monday, Slovenia will meet Poland. Lithuania will take on Spain.

Lithuania: Mantas Kalnietis 15, Jonas Maciulis 11
Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 24, Erazem Lorbek 17+8 boards, Uros Slokar 11, Bostjan Nachbar 11



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17   


Standings (Men)
Final Standings
1. Argentina
2. Uruguay
3. Brazil
4. Venezuela
5. Colombia
6. Ecuador
7. Chile
8. Paraguay
9. Bolivia


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  SPAIN   


Turkey outsmarts Spain 63-60, stays unbeaten in Poland - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 5: TURKEY - SPAIN 63-60

Turkey continues with excellent performance in Poland. After perfect 3-0 in Preliminary Round, Turkey managed to beat the reigning World Champion in Day 1 of the second stage. It means that the host of 2010 FIBA World Championship is currently on top on Group F with 3-0, while Spain fell to 1-2. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Omer Asik (211-C-86) had 13, while Semih Erden (211-C-87) and Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) added 11 points apiece. In Team Spain, Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 16 points each. Gasol had 9, while Fernandez grabbed 4 rebounds less than him.
Spain opened the game better creating quick 8-14 lead, after dunk by Pau Gasol. However, Turkey immediately responded with 10-2 run for 18-16 turn. Still after 10 minutes of play it was Spain who had plus 2, 20-22. Second period started with 0-5 series for Spain, but Turkey did not give up. With 2 minutes left in the first half Kerem Tunceri drained a triple closing another nice run by Team Turkey, 33-31. They managed to keep plus two until 15-minute break. The teams exchanged lead couple of times in third period. Spain had plus 3 and after that Turkey jumped to plus 4. Garbajosa made triple for Spain in the last possession in third quarter closing the gap to 49-48. It was very exciting game until the end. With 1:42 to go Turkey had 61-58, but Navarro made a lay up for Spain. Ersan Ilyasova and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) missed after that, while Sergio Llull (178-G-87) did the same for Spain. Finally, with 2 seconds left Semih Erden made two free throws resolving question about the winner.
On Monday, Turkey will meet Serbia. Spain will take on Lithuania.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 15+5 boards, Omer Asik 13, Semih Erden 11, Kerem Tunceri 11
Spain: Pau Gasol 16+9 boards, Rudy Fernandez 16+5 boards


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS   


Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Awards 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Luis Scola
Scola
Carlos Arroyo
Arroyo
Esteban Batista
Batista
Leandrinho Barbosa
Barbosa
Alfred Horford
Horford
#e#6

Best Player:
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Argentina
Best Guard: Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) of Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Argentina
Best Center: Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Uruguay
Best Coach: Moncho Monsalve of Brazil

1st Team
Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) of Puerto Rico
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) of Brazil
Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86) of Dominican Rep.
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Argentina
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Uruguay

2nd Team
Larry Elias Ayuso (190-G-77) of Puerto Rico
Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) of Argentina
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Panama
Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84) of Dominican Rep.
Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) of Brazil

3rd Team
Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83) of Canada
Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) of Uruguay
Hector Romero (202-F-80) of Venezuela
Joel Anthony (206-C-82) of Canada
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Puerto Rico

Honorable Mention
Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85) of Mexico
Luis Flores (188-G-81) of Dominican Rep.
Francisco Garcia (201-F-81) of Dominican Rep.
Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Venezuela
Andy Rautins (196-G-86) of Canada
Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79) of U.S. Virgin Islands
Jose Lloreda (201-F-80) of Panama
Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) of Venezuela


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  TURKEY   


Turkey outsmarts Spain 63-60, stays unbeaten in Poland - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 5: TURKEY - SPAIN 63-60

Turkey continues with excellent performance in Poland. After perfect 3-0 in Preliminary Round, Turkey managed to beat the reigning World Champion in Day 1 of the second stage. It means that the host of 2010 FIBA World Championship is currently on top on Group F with 3-0, while Spain fell to 1-2. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Omer Asik (211-C-86) had 13, while Semih Erden (211-C-87) and Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) added 11 points apiece. In Team Spain, Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 16 points each. Gasol had 9, while Fernandez grabbed 4 rebounds less than him.
Spain opened the game better creating quick 8-14 lead, after dunk by Pau Gasol. However, Turkey immediately responded with 10-2 run for 18-16 turn. Still after 10 minutes of play it was Spain who had plus 2, 20-22. Second period started with 0-5 series for Spain, but Turkey did not give up. With 2 minutes left in the first half Kerem Tunceri drained a triple closing another nice run by Team Turkey, 33-31. They managed to keep plus two until 15-minute break. The teams exchanged lead couple of times in third period. Spain had plus 3 and after that Turkey jumped to plus 4. Garbajosa made triple for Spain in the last possession in third quarter closing the gap to 49-48. It was very exciting game until the end. With 1:42 to go Turkey had 61-58, but Navarro made a lay up for Spain. Ersan Ilyasova and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) missed after that, while Sergio Llull (178-G-87) did the same for Spain. Finally, with 2 seconds left Semih Erden made two free throws resolving question about the winner.
On Monday, Turkey will meet Serbia. Spain will take on Lithuania.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 15+5 boards, Omer Asik 13, Semih Erden 11, Kerem Tunceri 11
Spain: Pau Gasol 16+9 boards, Rudy Fernandez 16+5 boards


Friendly games update - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen beat Italian Air Avellino 85:80 in overtime. The Turkish team led by two points at halftime but Air Avellino forced overtime tying things up at 74 at the end of regulation. But the Turkish side prevailed at the end. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) fired 22 points to pace the charge. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) posted 20 and Kaya Peker notched 17. DeMarcus Nelson answered with 15 points in his debut for Air Avellino.
Spartak St Petersburg lost the first game abroad in their preseason tourney to Turkish Darussafaka 74:76. The Russian team played better in the first period and reached 24:16. In the second quarter the Turkish side responded with 23-13 to take 2-point advantage at the halftime. The latter added also 23-14 in the third period to feel more comfortable in the end of the game. Spartak however could even win the game but reduced only to 74:76. Connor Atchley (208-F/C-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Stefon Jackson notched 14, while Hakan Demirel posted 12. Aleksandr Dedushkin (207-C-81) had 14 points for the Russian side, whilst Fields collected 13 points and 7 assists.
In the second game Spartak beat Efes Pielsen 89:66 in the friendly game in Italian Bormio. In this game the Turkish side opened the game with 25-22 after the opening frame, but Russian team won the rest of the game. Spartak produced 24-18 in the second quarter to take 3-point lead at the halftime. With 19-12 and 24-11 the Russian team reached the easy victory. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) was responsible for 18 points, while Rakovic nailed 17. Pashutin collected 15 points and 6 rebounds, whilst Zavoruev had 9.



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  URBL   


Jermaine Barnes Signs with Al Ahli Jeddah - by URBL media
Al Ahli Jeddah basketball club has agreed to terms with American guard Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) with Low Country Sports Management (LSM). Barnes is the winner of the Mac Claire Trophy as the 2008-09 URBL Most Valuable Player, totaled 830 points, including 25 first place votes, from a panel of 30 coaches and owners throughout the URBL. Barnes finished the season ranked first in the league in scoring at 41.5 ppg, having shot .519 from the field, .840 from the free-throw line and .461 from three-point range. In addition, Barnes added 10.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 5.1 steals per game. 'Barnes is by far the best player to come through the URBL', said Mac Claire. The 6-5 guard led the Disciples to the best record in the URBL (17-3) and a URBL Championship. In 2008, Barnes led the Proline Kings to the All-Japan Championship (were Barnes posted his unforgettable 63 point game). Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian)



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Women News

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Praha advanced to the top Group in Trutnov - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha won their opening game at the International tournament over Energa Torun 82 : 59. The team from Czech Republic was better in the first minutes and took 22-17 after the first quarter. They won also the other quarters to reach the win in the game. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Kublina Ieva netted 15, while Bednarova Marketa and Zane Tamane (181-C-83, college: W.Illinois) scored 13 each. Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) ended up with 11 points in the losing case, while Chomac Aleksandra had 10.
USK Praha won Group B of the tournament in Trutnov as they rolled over MBK Ruzomberok 83:52. The Czechs had no difficulties in reaching the second straight victory as they won all the frames in the game. The most productive for them was the second and the last periods that brought the double digit difference in the court. Katerina Elhotova paced all the winners with 12 points for 2-0 record in the group. Peckova Tereza, Kireta Sonja and Kublina Ieva had 11 apiece. Alesia Lalovich (188-F-79) and Podesvova Simona notched 10 points each in the losing effort.
In the game for the second place in Group A the hosts KARA Trutnov edged CS Baschet Arad 93:78. The team from Czech Republic started with 24:19 and had the same difference after the halftime. Due to the outstanding performance from Komzkova Iva the hosts won the third and the last periods. At first Kara produced 25-24 in the third frame for 65:59 after three quarters and then added 28-19 in the last stanza. Komzkova Iva shined with 30 points to pace the winners. Hartigova Michala notched 23, while Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) posted 18. Stavroula Prassa (170-G-79) finished the night with 18 points as Romanian team finished last in the group. Savic Biljana and Burks Jesyka delivered 13 points each in defeat.

KARA Trutnov - CS Baschet Arad 93 : 78 (24:19, 16:16, 25:24, 28:19)
KARA Trutnov: Iva Komzikova (174-G-85) 30, Hartigova Michala 23, Katerina Hindrakova 18
CS Baschet Arad: Stavroula Prassa 18, Savic Biljana 13, Burks Jesyka 13

USK Praha - Energa Torun 82 : 59 (22:17, 18:17, 21:15, 21:10)
USK Praha: Katerina Elhotova 18, Kublina Ieva 15, Bednarova Marketa 13, Zane Tamane 13
Energa Torun: Monika Krawiec 11, Chomac Aleksandra 10

MBK Ruzomberok - USK Praha 52 : 83 (13:16, 15:25, 10:18, 14:24)
MBK Ruzomberok: Alesia Lalovich 10, Podesvova Simona 10
USK Praha: Katerina Elhotova 12, Peckova Tereza 11, Kireta Sonja 11, Kublina Ieva 11



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  FINLAND - Women  


PeKa must change american - by Esko Saarinen
PeKa (Kotka) has to change one of american players because of business opportunitys from players side. Britney Lohman has contract with the team, but she ad a big opportunity to go to the work that suits for her study. So the player and the team broke the contract and PeKa picked up another player. The ew player is Brittanie Taylor-James, 23. She (183) is three centimeters smaller than Lohman. Peka has had a real center for many years so the centimeters don't worry the coach. The orher two american are Porcia Green and Yolanda Jones.

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  FRANCE - Women  


Evreux Athletic Club signs two new players - by Juliane Hoehne
After the promotion into NF2 for the 2009-10 season Evreux Athletic Club announced the signing of point guard Tracy Albicy (156-G-92), which played the last two seasons in LFB for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole. The 17-year old talent did not see much playing time and will therefore start this season in NF2 with Evreux.
The second new import for the team will be Juliane Hohne (189-F/C-83, college: IPFW) from Halle, Germany, which played last season with San Martino di Lupari in A2 North, Italy. With Hohne and the polish player Justyna Lambert (182-F-82, agency: Promotex), the team has completed their Imports, but is still looking for a new french guard to complete the roster.
Evreux will open their season today with a roadgame against St. Brieuc, also a newcomer in NF2.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Wildcats secure transfer coup - by Moritz Korff
The BC Wolfenbuettel Wildcats (DBBL) have made another big signing for the 2009-2010 season. The club has made a deal with German international Alexandra Mueller (176-G-83), the club announced on Friday.
Mueller has appeared 95 times on the German Women's National Team so far and played for WWK Donau-Ries in the 2008-09 season. She saw action in 24 DBBL games, averaging 14 points as well as 2.2 boards and 1.5 assists per contest. After the season she received 2008-2009 Eurobasket.com All-DBBL Honorable Mention honors.
From 2006 to 2008 Mueller was a member of TSV Wasserburg and won the German championship with the club twice.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Liron Cohen in Wisla - by Gil Goshen


On her 3rd game with Wisla the Israeli National point guard agency gg basketball

led her team to win vs. ZVVZ USK Praha 65:60 ( Praha won the Jako Turnument last year ).

Liron played 32 minutes and had 22 points ( 5/3 from the 3 points !!! ) , 6 rbs, 4 ast, 3 st.
Kobryn Ewelina had 16 points.
Dynamo Kursk won vs. Seat Lami-Vd Gyr 67:59

Wisla will play tomorrow vs. Dynamo Kursk on the final game !!!
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla Krakow won Group A of the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Krakow won Group A of the International Tournament in Trutnov, Czech Republic. In the second game the Polish side overcame Romanian CS Baschet Arad 87:52. The Polish favorites opened the game with 24-9, however Arad reduced a bit due to 20-18 in the second frame. Wisla exploded with another 27-9 in the third quarter and added 18-14 in the last stanza. Magdalena Skorek (177-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) top-scored for the winners with 18 points for the second straight win. Zohnova Katerina and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) followed her with 17 points apiece. Mezsaros Anita ended up with 13 points for the Roanian team and Biljana Savic (190-C-83) had 9.
USK Praha won their opening game at the International tournament over Energa Torun 82 : 59. The team from Czech Republic was better in the first minutes and took 22-17 after the first quarter. They won also the other quarters to reach the win in the game. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Kublina Ieva netted 15, while Marketa Bednarova (178-F-81) and Tamane Zane scored 13 each. Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) ended up with 11 points in the losing case, while Aleksandra Chomac (191-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group) had 10.

Wisla Krakow - CS Baschet Arad 87 : 52 (24:9, 18:20, 27:9, 18:14)
Wisla Krakow: Magdalena Skorek 18, Zohnova Katerina 17, Ewelina Kobryn 17
CS Baschet Arad: Mezsaros Anita 13, Biljana Savic 9

USK Praha - Energa Torun 82 : 59 (22:17, 18:17, 21:15, 21:10)
USK Praha: Katerina Elhotova 18, Kublina Ieva 15, Marketa Bednarova 13, Tamane Zane 13
Energa Torun: Monika Krawiec 11, Aleksandra Chomac 10


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Carolina roll past San Juan, 89-70 - by Raul Colon
The enigmatic Gigantes wasted little time in romping the San Juan Warriors 89-70 in front of a good, Friday night crowd at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina. The win improves Carolina's record to 6-3. San Juan drops to .500, 5-5, for the third time this year.

Holly Mahan just won't let up. The 5-foot-9 guard had her sixth Double-Double of the year, netting 26 points and 17 rebounds, to led the Gigantes explosive attack.

Down by two points, 4-6, Mahan started a 14-2 rally that left the visiting Warriors in the rear view. San Juan never mounted a cohesion counter attack during the rest of the first half, losing it 54-34.

The rest of the game was a mirror of the first twenty minutes, with Carolina easily holding San Juan at bay.

Rejuvenated PG Felecity Willis added 23 points and five assist to the Gigantes cause. Rashida Shuber had 24 and Amanda Decoud 20 for the Warriors.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


CS Baschet Arad lost two in the start - by Eurobasket News
Romanian Arad started one of the big International tournaments last night in Trutnov, Czech Republic. Kara Trutnov (Czech Republic), CS Baschet Arad (Romania), Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland), ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Republic), MBK Ruzomberok (Slovakia), Energa Torun (Poland), Dynamo Kursk (Russia), Seat Lami-Ved Gyor (Hungary) and Sokol Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic) were divided into three groups.
Wisla Krakow won Group A of the International Tournament in Trutnov, Czech Republic. In the second game the Polish side overcame Romanian CS Baschet Arad 87:52. The Polish favorites opened the game with 24-9, however Arad reduced a bit due to 20-18 in the second frame. Wisla exploded with another 27-9 in the third quarter and added 18-14 in the last stanza. Magdalena Skorek (177-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) top-scored for the winners with 18 points for the second straight win. Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) followed her with 17 points apiece. Mezsaros Anita ended up with 13 points for the Roanian team and Biljana Savic (190-C-83) had 9.
In the game for the second place in Group A the hosts KARA Trutnov edged CS Baschet Arad 93:78. The team from Czech Republic started with 24:19 and had the same difference after the halftime. Due to the outstanding performance from Komzkova Iva the hosts won the third and the last periods. At first Kara produced 25-24 in the third frame for 65:59 after three quarters and then added 28-19 in the last stanza. Komzkova Iva shined with 30 points to pace the winners. Hartigova Michala notched 23, while Hindrakova Katerina posted 18. Stavroula Prassa (170-G-79) finished the night with 18 points as Romanian team finished last in the group. Biljana Savic and Burks Jesyka delivered 13 points each in defeat.

Wisla Krakow - CS Baschet Arad 87 : 52 (24:9, 18:20, 27:9, 18:14)
Wisla Krakow: Magdalena Skorek 18, Katerina Zohnova 17, Ewelina Kobryn 17
CS Baschet Arad: Mezsaros Anita 13, Biljana Savic 9

KARA Trutnov - CS Baschet Arad 93 : 78 (24:19, 16:16, 25:24, 28:19)
KARA Trutnov: Komzkova Iva 30, Hartigova Michala 23, Hindrakova Katerina 18
CS Baschet Arad: Stavroula Prassa 18, Biljana Savic 13, Burks Jesyka 13


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Dobri anjeli Kosice and MBK Ruzomberok lost the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Dobri anjeli Kosice lost an overtime thriller to Frisco SIKA Brno 82:86 in Presov Cup. The team from Czech Republic won the opening quarter 18:17, but Kosice responded with 30-25 in the second frame. When the teams came back from the lockers team from Brno produced 27-18 and then Slovakian squad posted 10-5 in the defensive fourth frame. Only in overtime Frisco SIKA Brno grabbed the total victory after 11-7 in it. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) led the way with 29 points for Slovakian side. Erin Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) notched 28 and Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) had 27.
The hosts BK PU Bemaco Presov smashed TS Wisla McArthur Krakov 99:47. Risterova top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Zentkova had 16.
USK Praha won Group B of the tournament in Trutnov as they rolled over MBK Ruzomberok 83:52. The Czechs had no difficulties in reaching the second straight victory as they won all the frames in the game. The most productive for them was the second and the last periods that brought the double digit difference in the court. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) paced all the winners with 12 points for 2-0 record in the group. Peckova Tereza, Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) and Kublina Ieva had 11 apiece. Lalovic Alesia and Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) notched 10 points each in the losing effort.



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Brunnen Basket withdrew from championship - by Dimitri Toumayeff
Brunnen Basket announced their decision to withdraw from the 2009-10 LNA women's championship! An official letter has been sent to the League on september 7th. This will leave women's LNA with only 7 teams competing next season. The League will now try to come up with different possible scenarios and hopes to be able to give more informations as soon as possible.

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  WNBA - Women  


Sky guard Perkins signs multi-year deal - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Sky has signed guard Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) to a multi-year contract extension.

Perkins, a five-year WNBA veteran, joined the Sky in the 2005 WNBA Expansion Draft. The all-star performer is on pace to start all 34 games for the second consecutive season. The 5-8 guard is currently averaging 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds per game and is 4th in the league in steals averaging 2.15 per game.

Terms of the contract have not been released.

'Perkins has grown into an unstoppable offensive threat and an aggressive defensive stopper,' said Steven Key, Sky head coach and general manager. 'She's an exciting player to watch, whether she's driving the lane or grabbing a steal. We're looking forward to having her back for seasons to come as we continue to build on a strong foundation.'


Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com


Mercury stars in thick of MVP race - by Eurobasket News
The question to Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) was asked point blank, much the way she likes to play the game. Much the way she likes to speak.

Who is this season's MVP?

'If I had to vote, I'd vote for Cappie,' Taurasi said of the Mercury's other star, Cappie Pondexter. 'I'm not just saying that because she's one of my teammates, one of my best friends or because she's standing right beside me.'

Of course she was.

With just a game to go in the regular season for most teams, the competition for the WNBA's MVP award is as close as Taurasi and Pondexter's bond.

Besides those two, Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas of the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Fever are among the candidates. So are Lisa Leslie and reigning league MVP Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, the Mercury's opponent Sunday.

Votes, from 41 media members, must be submitted by Monday.

Taurasi and Pondexter might be the co-favorites. They have led the Mercury to the league's best record a year after being the first defending champion to miss the postseason. The Mercury begin their postseason on the road Thursday in a best-of-three, first-round series.

'I think it should be co-MVP,' Pondexter said. 'I think we both deserve it. We had the best turnaround of any team has had in the last few years, and potentially taking it all the way.'

Taurasi appears to have the edge for the award over the other contenders. She leads the league at 20.4 points per game. Also, her shooting percentages for field goals, 3-pointers and free throws are career highs thus far. And Taurasi has improved defensively; she ranks ninth in the league in blocks, the only guard among the top 33.

Pondexter, meanwhile, is averaging 19.2 points per game (third in the league) and is averaging career highs in rebounds (4.3 per game) and assists (5.1 per game, which leads the Mercury and is second in the league).

Catchings is averaging 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Douglas is averaging 17.4 points per game. Catchings gives her MVP nod to Douglas.

'Her production on the offensive end and defensive end is a big plus for us,' Catchings said.

Then there's the Sparks' Parker, who in just 24 games is leading the league in double-doubles, and Leslie, who is having a good season - her last, which could make her a sentimental choice. Parker missed the first month of the season on maternity leave, and her comeback has sparked Los Angeles' run to a postseason berth.

'I don't think my performance has been consistent enough,' Parker said. 'But I think it's an honor to be considered in that race. It's easy playing with a lot of great players.'


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Last games (2) - Sun and Lynx fail to reach the Playoffs - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 64-88
Erika DeSouza (6'6''-C-82) had 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Atlanta Dream routed the Connecticut Sun Friday, 88-64, ending Connecticut's postseason hopes. The Sun (15-18) had qualified for the playoffs every year since relocating from Orlando in 2003. Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) (18 points) was one of four players to score in double figures for Atlanta (18-15), which qualified for the playoffs for the first time in just its second season. Sandrine Gruda (6'4''-C-87) had 16 points and six rebounds for Connecticut. The Atlanta Dream clinched its first playoff berth in the franchise's two-year history. With a win tonight over the Connecticut Sun, the Dream secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2009 WNBA Playoffs. The Dream (18-15) is currently second in the Eastern Conference with one regular season game remaining. Atlanta finished 4-30 as an expansion team a year ago, but now boasts the second biggest single season turnaround in WNBA history. The Dream concludes regular season play against the Washington Mystics on the road on Saturday night.

Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 61-90
The Lynx won't make the playoffs, their hopes dashed Friday by a veteran playing her last home game. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC), who was feted before her last regular-season game, scored 19 points and helped the Sparks take a 90-61 victory over the Lynx. Leslie, 37, announced in February that 2009 would be her final WNBA season. She will still have playoff games ahead for the Sparks (17-16). The loss ended playoff hopes for the Lynx (15-19), who last made the WNBA playoffs in 2004. San Antonio clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in the WNBA's Western Conference. The Sparks, who led by eight points at halftime, outscored the Lynx 50-29 in the second half. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) also scored 19 for Los Angeles, which shot 54.5 percent and made nine of 20 shots from three-point range. The Sparks also scored 27 points off 16 Lynx turnovers. Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 15 points for the Lynx, who shot just 28.6 percent (20-for-70) from the field. The Lynx was 2-for-20 from three-point range and tied a season low in scoring. Quanitra Hollingsworth added 13 points for the Lynx, who finish the regular season at Sacramento on Sunday.


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 22-11 
 2. Atlanta D. 18-15 
 3. Detroit S. 17-16 
 4. Chicago S. 16-17 
 5. Washingt. M. 15-17 
 6. Connect. S. 15-18 
 7. New York L. 12-21 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 23-10 
 2. Seattle S. 19-14 
 3. L.Angeles S. 17-16 
 4. S.Antonio SS 15-18 
 5. Minnesota L. 14-19 
 6. Sacram. M. 11-22