EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/17/2009

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  AUSTRALIA   


Grabau on track for first game - by Eurobasket News
Skytrans Cairns Taipans swingman Aaron Grabau (196-G-78) is on track to play in the teams opening National Basketball League game against the New Zealand Breakers next week.

Grabau underwent surgery after breaking a bone in his hand during the Taipans pre-season match against the Gold Coast in late August. Taipans coach Aaron Fearne today said the veteran was on track to play in the season opener in New Zealand on Thursday next week.

(The injury) is coming along really well. We were initially told he would be good to go for game one, and nothing has changed there, Fearne said.

He definitely wants to get out there and we want to have him out there.

Fearne said while Grabau was unable to do any on-court work, he had been able to join the group in weights and cardio sessions.

He hasnt been able to do anything with real heavy contact, the Taipans coach said.

Grabaus injury aside, Fearne said the Taipans were fit leading into the season.
Weve got a couple of niggles, but nothing thats going to keep anyone out. Touch wood it stays that way, he said.

The Taipans take on the Breakers next Thursday, September 23. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports, with Taipans fans in Cairns reminded that a special fan function will be held at the Reef Hotel Casino, starting at 5pm, so come along and cheer on your team.


Courtesy of www.taipans.com


Russell Hinder is new Captain of Townsville Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News
Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) has been named Townsville McDonald's Crocodiles Captain for seaon 09/10 at the Corporate Launch on Tuesday night.

Russell was last year named Players' Player and now finds himself captain of the Crocodiles after being voted to the position by the players.

'This honour only makes the position even more special because the team voted on it,' Hinder said to the large crowd at the Corporate Launch.

It has been a long and winding road in his eight-year NBL career, which has spanned across four teams (three of which are now defunct) and eventually thrown a lifeline by the Townsville franchise.

His off-season was another difficult one because for the third time in his career, he had to wonder where his next pay cheque was coming from, with the mystery surrounding the NBL. Add to that the disappointment of not being named in a huge Boomers training squad and things weren't looking so good.

But Hinder used the extra time off to be a stay at home Dad for the first time in a long time to children Ollie and Callie and to support wife Jen.

'I was disappointed to not be named in the Boomers squad but it did give me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my kids and, being a professional athlete, you don't get a lot of time to do that, so I made the most of it,' Russell said.

The Crocs kick off their season against the Blaze on the Gold Coast on September 25 and begin their home games on October 2 against new rivals, Perth.


Courtesy of www.crocodiles.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Gmunden victorious in Salzburg - by Eurobasket News
Gmunden opened the international tournament in Salzburg with win. The Austrian powerhouse overcame Dubrava Zagreb 96:80. The hosts enjoyed a 10-point lead after the opening stanza but wasted all of it in the second frame. Dubrava arrived at halftime up by 9 points 49:40. Gmunden drew things level late in the third period and eked out a 60:59 advantage into the fourth frame. The Austrian team ran away for good in the final period to post a comfortable 16-point win at the end. Vilius Gabsys (199-F-79, agency: Court Side) and Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) delivered 19 points each to pace Gmunden. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) contributed 15 points in the winning effort.
Kapfenberg split games in Salzburg. First the Bulls had to surrender against Dubrava Zagreb 72:84. Mike Schachtner (206-F-86, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) knocked down 23 points in defeat. Kugerl added 11 points for the Bulls.
However Kapfenberg rebounded against USK Praha. The Austrian team celebrated a tough 69:66 win as Mike Schachtner top-scored once again with 23 points. Armin Woschank (184-G-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) was helpful with 16 points, while Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) chipped in 15.



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  CHINA   


China Must Stop Lying About Ages of Its Young Players - by Arthur Volbert
According to one of my sources, Ju Mingxin, a candidate for the Under-16 team, was listed as born in 1990 some years ago when he was MVP in the China High School League playing for Harbin #5 HS in Heilongjiang Province. When asked why Ju was listed as 1990 on the CHBL website, a coach said more than likely it was because he was so talented that they 'shaved the age upwards' so that he could play in the high school league as a middle school student. So there has been significant lying about Ju Mingxin's age. I have long known that China lies about ages both ways, sometimes making players older but most often making them younger.

I have no idea whether Ju was born in 1990, 1993 or somewhere in between. Neither does FIBA. It is only clear that Ju has lied about his age. Therefore FIBA should assign Ju his least favorable age, and eliminate him from Under-16 competition. It is just like when Derrick Rose had someone take his SAT test for him. Cheating should bring disqualification. Maybe then China will find better ways to get young stars adequate competition other than increasing their ages and not cause international suspicions about decreasing their ages.

By lying about ages, China is not only insulting its international competitors but also hindering its own basketball development. Zhang Qingpeng, a guard on the national team, recently went from being born in 1985 to being born in 1981, a four year difference. Han Shuo (196-G-86) of Jiangsu went from being born in 1989 to being born in 1986. There are all sorts of rumors about Chen Jianghua's real birth year. None of these guards developed into the superstars they once were predicted to become. Perhaps this was because they were always years older than their listed ages.

Age matters. Perhaps there were other guards who were actually more talented than they were, but who were cast aside because they competed under their real ages and therefore appeared to be inferior to the liars. China needs to know the true ages of its players even moreso than the international basketball community needs accurate information.



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  COLOMBIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Federation Cup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
J . Watson - Patriotas 22 ppg
S. Martinez - Islanders 20 ppg
N. Aragon - Arrieros 19 ppg
C. Bradford - Bucaros 17 ppg
E. Torres - Piratas 16 ppg
Rebounds Per Game
N. Miller - Piratas 12 rpg.
J. Canedo - Arrieros 10 rpg
E. Guevara - Arrieros 7 rpg
D. Perez - Arrieros 7 rpg
H. Bayona - Piratas 6 rpg


Federation Cup day 12 results - by Victor Garcia
It worths for Cucuta Norte waits for James Maye, the american forward leaded again his team to its fourth straight victory at home defeating a hard Islanders team 77 - 72, Islanders keep the game close until the last quarter in wich 11 pts from Maye including a 3 3ptrs, give to Cucuta Norte the victory.
Santos Martinez figh hard but was not enough, Cucuta Norte will get Julio Toro back on the bench for the next game.
Cucuta Norte 77 - James Maye 27pts, John Hernandez 15pts + 15 rebs.
Islanders Sopesa 72 - Santos Martinez 26 pts, Cesar Cortez 17 pts.

Patriotas pays back to Arrieros and defeated them in the second game in Tunja, Arrieros again had to see Enielsen Guevara in the bench with back spams, while Heissler Guillent took the load, in Patriotas Jermaine Watson again was the ofensive spark.
Patriotas 82
Arrieros Idea 66

Bucaros blast Cangrejeros showing that the team is close to its best shape, Lavor Postell shows his high efiency scoring 18 pts in just 18 minutes on the floor, Cory Bradford added 13 in a good night for all the team, Cangrejeros Palacios and Spiegel were the best for the Cartagena's team.
Bucaros Freskaleche 104 - Lavor Postell 18 pts, Cory Bradford 13 pts.
Cangrejeros Iderbol 76



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  CROATIA   


Dubrava finishes second at a friendly Tournament - by Eurobasket News
BC Dubrava took participation at the friendly tournament in Austria and managed to take 2nd place. They played two games and recorded 1 win and 1 loss. In game one, they squared off against Kapfenberg Bulls securing 84-72 victory. It was a game where Dubrava players won first three quarters and completely controlled the match. They were also excellent from behind the arc, scoring 14 three pointers. In that game thee players from Dubrava scored over 20 points. Maric led the way with 23 and he was closely followed by Zeljko Sakic (202-F-88) and Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) who scored 22 and 21 respectively. For the loosing side, Mike Schachtner (206-F-86, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had 21, Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86) added 11 and Seyni N'Diaye (215-F/C-83) scored 10 points.
In a game for first place, Dubrava played against Gmunden Sundowns, but lost the game 96-80. This time, the game was more evened out, with Dubrava leading at the halftime by 9 points. Still in the second, they seemed to run out of steam, in the end loosing by 16. Zeljko Sakic led scorers for Dubrava with 24 and Karlo Vragovic had another good outing with 22 points. As result of good displays, he was voted Tournament MVP. For Gmunden, Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) scored 21 point and had help from Gabys who had 19 and Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) who finished the contest with 15 points.



Igor Sumic returns to Split - by Eurobasket News
BC Split decided to bring back a familiar face as reinforcement for the upcoming season. They have reportedly agreed a deal with 27-year old point guard Igor Sumic (186-G-82, agency: Court Side).
Sumic has already played for Split during 2007-2008 season, so this will be his second stint with the team. Sumic expressed his delight that the transfer was agreed and he is looking forward to the start of the new season. Sumic is brought it as replacement for Eddie Shannon who left the team, after his contract expired. Split is entering the new season with high hopes in better future after enduring tough several months last season. Still everyone with the club is confident the new look roster, full of young and promising players will be able to obtain respectable position in the Croatian League.
Igor Sumic started his career with Focus Varazdin. In 2003 he moved to Zagorje Tehnobeton where in his first season he played in 13 games averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Following season he started with Zagroje, but moved to Lucenec in Slovakia. Sumic also spent two seasons with Svijetlost Oriolik Slavonski Brod, before signing with Split in 2007. He appeared in 22 League games, averaging 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds. Last season, Sumic started at Bosnian outfit Siroki Eronet, but in January 2009 he moved to Alkar Sinj. At Alkar, he averaged 10.6 points and 5.4 assists per game in 18 games.


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  EBA   


Allstars 1st Annual Hoopers Classic - by Justin Moore
The EBA's newest franchise the Montgomery Allstars and Center Court inc led by Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.) will be hosting there 1st annual Hoopers Classic November 6th-8th at THe Hoop Magic gym in Chantilly,Va with a guarantee of 3 games in pool play format with the winner of the classic winning $2,000 (Based on 24 teams participation) for more info please contact Calvin Brown at 301-452-9048 or email cbrown@centercourtonline.com this is a great chance to gain exposure from The Allstars and other strong EBA franchises in the Washington,dc area . The allstars are looking to be a force in the 2010 season so for more info about the allstars and the EBA checkout www.easternbasketballalliance.com

Elmira Bulldogs win 79-63 over Wizards in exhibition game - by Gianni Pascucci
The Elmira Bulldogs fresh off back to back appearences to the league title game, appeared stronger than ever on Sunday, Sept. 13 evening, during an exhibtion game at Madison Square Garden. The Bulldogs took down the New York Wizards 79-63 having never trailed at any point during the game and had a lead as large as 26 points at one time during the second half of the contest. The game was part of a double header with the WNBA as the New York Liberty defeated the Washington Mystics in the first game of the double header. The Elmira Bulldogs were led by defending EBA league MVP Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) who finished with a game high 34 points. Peter Lawal with 11 points, followed with Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) and Eric Bresett (6'8''-C-85) with 8 points each. Brian Jackson (6'1''-G-84, college: Mountain St.) scored 7 points while dishing out a team high 8 assists in a strong showing as the team's new starting point guard.

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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Zamalek 0-0 
 2. Ahly 0-0 
 3. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 4. Tanta 0-0 
 5. Sporting 0-0 
 6. Gezira 0-0 
 7. Geish Army 0-0 
 8. Somouha 0-0 
 9. Shorta-Police 0-0 
 10. Gasco 0-0 
 11. Shark ins. 0-0 
 12. Al-Intaj 0-0 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group E Bydgoszcz
1. France5-0
2. Russia3-2
3. Greece3-2
4. Croatia2-3
5. FYR Macedon.1-4
6. Germany1-4
Group F Lodz
1. Slovenia4-1
2. Turkey4-1
3. Serbia3-2
4. Spain3-2
5. Poland1-4
6. Lithuania0-5
Group Places 13-16
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Latvia0-0


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lior ELIYAHU
  ISR
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Eliyahu, ISR18.8 
 2. Parker, FRA18.3 
 3. Welsch, CZE17.8 
 4. Gasol, ESP17.3 
 5. Jaaber, BUL16.9 
 6. Pecherov, UKR16.8 
 7. Biedrins, LAT16.4 
 8. Spanoulis, GRE15.7 
 9. Logan, POL15.5 
 10. Lakovic, S.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andris BIEDRINS
  LAT
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Biedrins, LAT13.5 
 2. Gortat, POL10.8 
 3. Pecherov, UKR9.7 
 4. Lorant, HUN8.2 
 5. Gasol, ESP8.2 
 6. Ilyasova, TUR7.8 
 7. Kangur, EST7.6 
 8. Hervelle, BEL7.4 
 9. Bourousis, GRE7.4 
 10. Bader, H.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jiri WELSCH
  CZE
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Welsch, CZE5.2 
 2. Teodosic, SRB5.1 
 3. Rubio, ESP4.5 
 4. Spanoulis, GRE4.5 
 5. Logan, POL4.5 
 6. Ponkrashov, RUS4.3 
 7. Koszarek, POL4.3 
 8. Tapiro, ISR4.2 
 9. Planinic, CRO4.2 
 10. Valters, L.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kerem GONLUM
  (208-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gonlum, TUR2.4 
 2. Jaaber, BUL2.3 
 3. Calathes, GRE2.0 
 4. Cunha, POR1.8 
 5. Dedovic, BIH1.8 
 6. Velickovic, SRB1.8 
 7. Kirksay, FRA1.8 
 8. Parker, FRA1.7 
 9. Vesely, CZE1.7 
 10. McCarty, R.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (214-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gasol, ESP2.0 
 2. Gortat, POL2.0 
 3. Lishchuk, UKR1.9 
 4. Mozgov, RUS1.8 
 5. Talts, EST1.7 
 6. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG1.5 
 7. Biedrins, LAT1.5 
 8. Mbenga, BEL1.5 
 9. Berzins, LAT1.4 
 10. Solak, T.1.4 


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  FINLAND   


NSB Napoli tab Kimmo Muurinen - by Eurobasket News
NSB Napoli strengthened their squad. They landed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) from Finland. The 28-year-old forward spent the last five seasons with Honka. Last year Kimmo Muurinen notched 12.6 points, 6.0 boards and 1.3 steals per game in the Korisliiga. He played for the Finnish National Team during the Qualification to the EuroBasket 2009. Muurinen delivered 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in those games.


Jari Pulkkinen extends with Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News
Pyrinto Tampere extended the contract with forward Jari Pulkkinen (203-F-84). The 25-year-old player averaged 2.2 points and 1.4 boards per game in the previous season. He joined Pyrinto from the 1st Division team BC Nokia in 2008. Pulkkinen used to play for the Finnish U18 National Team.
Pyrinto also secured the services of six youngsters. They agreed on terms with Antti Kaivonen, Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92), Tommi Niemisen, Jussi Hamalaisen, Osku Heinonen (193-F-92) and Miikka Marttinen.



Girona inks Antti Nikkila, Marc Rubio to Alcazar - by Eurobasket News
C.B. Sant Josep Girona announced arrival of the Finish player Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso). The 31-year old PF/C is valuable acquisition for the upcoming season and he supposes to improve the team's inside game. Nikkila spent last season in Finland with Pyrinto Tampere. He led it to Playoff Semifinals with 11.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.9 bpg in 50 games. He ended the competition as the leading shot blocker and also was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Domestic Player of the Year -09'. Before Pyrinto Tampere, Nikkila played for Nymburk, Pepsi Caserta, Gravelines, Ionikos Athens and Aris Thessaloniki. He graduated on Valparaiso University in 2003.

Marc Rubio (186-G-88) will play next season with Fundacion Adepal Alcazar. Rubio was a member of U20 Spain, which won the Bronze medal last year on U20 EuroBasket in Riga. Before that, he played for U19, U18 and U16 Spain on various events. Last season he spent with CB Prat Juventud in LEB Silver averaging 6.2 ppg and 2 rpg for 30 games. He also played there on season 2006/07 and 2007/08. In the past he was a member of Joventut Badalona and Gran Canaria youth selections. With Alcazar, Rubio finally supposes to get more minutes in senior competition.


INTERNATIONAL: Finnish NT players find jobs - by Rauno Hurmalainen
As the new 2009-2010 season gets closer and closer, Finnish NT players finally find their new teams and jobs. F Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) (NSB Napoli, Serie A) will be the sixth Finnish player to play on top level in Italy. C Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) will play on the second highest level in Spain as Nikkila is flying tomorrow to Girona. Nikkila's new team is CB Sant Josep Girona (LEB Gold). SG/SF Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) must stay for the time being in Finland. Haanpaa's new team is Torpan Pojat (Helsinki). The Top League in Finland will start on October 2.

ToPo ink Samuel Haanpaa - by Eurobasket News
ToPo bolstered their roster with addition of Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86). The 23-year-old guard spent the last year in France. He played for Fos Ouest in the NM1 league. There Samuel Haanpaa averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 boards and 1.0 assists per game. He had the contract with Capo dOrlando before the season. Haanpaa graduated from Valparaiso University in 2008. He tallied 10.0 points, 3.0 boards and 1.0 assists per game for the Crusaders in the senior season.


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  FRANCE   


Decision Game against Spain - by Umberto Scogni
France Nt is living the dream. They are the last team who got the ticket to the tournament ; but manage to play all the games in the tournament putting a great display so far. But ; now they have to test themselves against a very powerful team Spain; who has great stars and a silver medal from the last tournament in the quarter-finals where a mistake will be very costly. France Nt is highly trusting the San Anotnio superstar Tony Parker (183-G-80) ; who played with 18 points; 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists so far. The complementary elements are another Nba payer Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) ; averaging 7 rebounds per game ; and Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) with 8 points and 4 rebs averages. While in Spain; Lkers star Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) making 17 points and 8 rebounds and supported by Navarro and Rodriguez but the big starlet Rubio is very disappointed to replace Calderon in pg spot ; scoring only 5 points per game ; and struggling the run the sets.

Bourg celebrates on tournament in Massy - by Eurobasket News
JL Bourg-en-Bresse is the winner of tournament in Massy, which was played last week-end. In the opening day Bourg was too strong 91-78 for another ProB team, Nanterre. Jonathan McClark (200-F-77, college: Rider) was a key player in the winning squad with 23 points. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) had 16 and Thomas Dubiez (195-G-80) scored one point less. In Nanterre, Mykal Riley (198-F-85, college: Alabama) shined with 20 points. This game is decided in third quarter, which Bourg finished 34-15. Rest of the way was just the formality.
In the other game of Day 1, Brest was better than Pau-Orthez 80-74.
In the Big Final, Bourg met Brest celebrating 81-67 victory. Jonathan McClark once again was a top-scorer in his team with 18 points. Daniel Coleman had 17 and Charles-Henry Bronchard (200-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) helped with 13 points. Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) responded with 15 points in loss. In this game first and third quarter were crucial. After opening ten minutes Bourg created 16-24, but Brest closed the gap 38-41 until the half time. In this period Bourg made 11-23 resolving question about the winner.
Nanterre smashed Pau-Orthez 85-65 in the battle for third place.


Roanne outsmarts Chalon 85-78 in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Roanne - Chalon 85-78

Very exciting friendly game was seen between two ProA teams, Roanne and Chalon. The first one grabbed an overtime win, thanks to 11-4 in extra five minutes. Nigerian big Uchenna Nsomwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) demonstrated the best performance for the winners nailing 22 points. He also grabbed 8 rebounds reaching valuation 30. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) was behind him with 15 and David Noel (198-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) delivered on point less. In Chalon, Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Loyola, IL) scored 22. Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, college: Michigan St.) had 21, while experienced Stephane Risacher (202-F-72) stopped on 15 points.

Roanne had better percentage for both, 2 and 3. They also had more rebounds in this game. After opening ten minutes Roanne created 28-22 lead. However, Uchenna Nsomwu and his teammates somehow stopped after that allowing Chalon to make a turn. That happened very soon and actually Chalon had decent 41-46 at the half time. Third period was totally leveled. Roane improved, but Chalon was strong enough to keep plus 5 before the last quarter. There, Roane was better 19-14 and the teams went to overtime. As it is mentioned above, Roanne continued where it stopped in the fourth period and had no troubles to finish these extra five minutes with 11-4.

Roanne: Uchenna Nsomwu 22+8 boards, Dylan Page 15, David Noel 14

Chalon: Blake Schilb 22, Drew Neitzel 21, Stephane Risacher 15


Robinson Louisme joins Saint-Etienne - by Eurobasket News
Robinson Louisme (201-F/C-84) agreed on terms of a one-year contract with Saint-Etienne. It became the first pro-contract for the Tulane graduate. The 25-year-old centre spent the last five years playing for the Greenwave. Last season Robinson Louisme averaged 10.5 points, 6.9 boards and 1.3 blocks per game. Louisme has already arrived to France to get ready for the first trainings with the team.


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  GERMANY   


Clemens Beier joins Herzoege Wolfenbuettel - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Herzoege Wolfenbuettel has added some size to its roster by making a deal with Clemens Beier (206-C/F-83). The 26-year-old post player shot hoops for SG MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel over the past years. He didn't appear in any game of the Regionalliga North during 2008-2009, but averaged 8.4 points per contest the year before. Beier has earlier played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig in the 2. Bundesliga.

Sajmen Hauer to play for Stahnsdorf - by Moritz Korff
Sajmen Hauer (190-G-88, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) continues his career at RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B). Only some years ago the 21-year-old was mentioned as one of the most talented German youngsters of his age group, when he played for Bamberg in the 1. Bundesliga and in European competition. He was slowed down by injuries and tried to make a new start at Franken Hexer in this past season. However, he parted ways with the club in January, after having appeared in 14 Pro B-encounters (10.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.3apg).
Hauer was a member of the German U16, U18 and U20 National Team.


Essen tie up Bakovic switch - by Moritz Korff
The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have agreed to terms with Igor Bakovic (211-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Ryerson) on a contract for the 2009-2010 season. The club officials had to react to the fact, that Mirko Anastasov (207-C-84, agency: Court Side) suffered a knee injury and will be sidelined for a while.
Bakovic is 24 years of age and was born in Sarajevo, but grew up in Canada. He attended Ryerson College (CIS) until 2008 and then turned pro. After a short stint in Greece Bakovic headed to Austria and spent the remainder of the 2008-09 season with UBC St. Poelten. In 29 games of the Austrian Bundesliga he scored 7.3 points per night and pulled down 8.4 boards a contest.


Steeples sign Josh Wilson - by Moritz Korff
Erdgas Ehingen/Ursrpingschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have completed the signing of another import player for the upcoming campaign. Josh Wilson (188-G-87, college: N.Arizona) will bring some playmaking skills to the young Steeples squad. The native of Burley, Idaho is 22 years of age and played four years of NCAA basketball at Division One school Northern Arizona until the spring of 2009. In this past season Wilson produced 9.3 points, 3.8 assists as well as 2.5 rebounds per contest for NAU. He is described as a pure point guard with remarkable court vision.

Wurzburg and Rhoendorf participated in Murphy Cup - by Eurobasket News
Wurzburg and Rhoendorf participated in the International tournament over the last weekend. The Murphy Cup included BBC Etzella Ettelbruck from Luxembourg, Dutch Zwolle, German Wurzburg and and Dragons Rhoendorf.
In Day 1 BBC Etzella edged Zwolle 73:68 in a great start from both teams. They both started with 23:23 and stayed close for the majority of the game. Moreover the Dutch team was able to get 42:34 at the halftime winning the second period. BBC Etzella Ettelbruck bounced back in the third quarter and reached 61:60 later in the game.
In another game of the first day Wurzburg outscored Dragons Rhoendorf 77:72.
In Day 2 Zwolle celebrated their first victory rolling over Dragons Rhoendorf 82:65. BBC Etzella overcame Wurzburg 75:66. The latter opened the game with 16:13 and had 36:32 at the halftime. BBC Etzella bounced back in the third period and grabbed 55:45 after 30 minutes. The hosts never looked behind after and reached the second victory. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) exploded with 34 points for the winners, while Jairo DELGADO netted 11. Dustin SCOTT netted 9 and Tim Giver (185-G-80) posted 7. Schmidt ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Monty Rogers (196-F-82, college: Mayville St.) posted 12, whilst Dominik Schneider (203-F-85) had 11.
In the last games of the day Zwolle edged Wurzburg 66:58 to finish second. BBC Etzella triumphed in the tournament after the win over Rhondorf 78:62. The hosts started with 19:15 after the first 10 minutes and increased to 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter brought 54:47 on the board, while Etzella added more points for the total success. Dustin SCOTT top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Tim Giver had 15, Nelson Delgado notched 13, while Pit Hoffmann (200-F/C-85) posted 12. Wolhlfarht and Deundrae Spraggins (191-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) had 16 points in the losing case.



FC Bayern Muenchen Escape Injuries As Banks And Wohlers Return - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is never a simple task starting a basketball season with injuries, but FC Bayern Muenchen became a friendly signal from somewhere as JJabril Banks (201-F, college: N.Colorado) and Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) have returned from early pre season injuries to help fill their roster again. Banks is a 201 cm forward who will be playing his first season overseas after coming from Northern Colorodo where he played 32 games last season averaging 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 62.3%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 72.6%. Banks got injured at the start of training camp, and missed the last weeks, but recently was able to start practicing again with the team. He resumed action last weekend and showed the same zeal as if he had never been hurt. Even with his 104 kilos, he was back to his old self jumping for the rebound no matter if he had to leap over opponents.

25 year old 203 cm power forward/center Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) is also back in practice after missing the last three weeks. After playing for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven last season averaging 1.3ppg, 1.0rpg, this wil be his third season only playing in Germany. He spent four years in the States, playing for schools like Lewis & Clark, Mckendree College and Montana State-Billings before playing two seasons in the UK for the Scottish Phoenix Honda Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 33 games: and averaging13.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 70.8% lasts eason.Muenchen coach Georg Kampf now has his big center duo of Wohlers and Robert Maras back in action setting up a big rugged wall under the hoops.
Source: basketball.fcbayern.de


Chris Gilliam in Kirchheim - by Moritz Korff
According to the clubs' website Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) has been added to the roster of 2. Bundesliga Pro A team Kirchheim Knights. Gilliam had an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and was named to the NCAA Division 2 All-America Team in 2008. During 2008-2009 Gilliam dominated the paint in the Canal Digital Liga in Denmark. He appeared in 20 games for Aabyhoj IF and averaged 24.6 points, 6.3 boards, 2.4 assists per contest, receiving 2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-Danish League 2nd Team honors.
To get to know Gilliam on and off the court, please check out this film, made by the Danish tv-channel DK4: click and then just search for Chris Gilliam


Bayern Muenchen land Chris Moore - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro A team FC Bayern Muenchen has made one more signing for the 2009-2010 season. Chris Moore (188-G-86, college: Charleston So.) is going to join the squad of coach Georg Kaempf. Moore added 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in his final season of college basketball in 2007-08. He spent all his four year at Charleston Southern University (NCAA1). Muenchen will be his first team in Europe. Moore is the fourth import player on the FCB roster.

Markus Hallgrimson Is A German Playing The Game He Loves In Morocco, Africa - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Markus Hallgrimson (190-G-75, college: Montana St. - Billin) is a 34 year old 190 cm German-American guard that has a shocking resemblance to American actor Kirk Cameron that became famous for the hit TV show Growing Pains. Since starting his basketball career in 1995, he has been somewhat of a nomad having found 13 different teams in this time. He went to the States in 1995 to have the total high school experience playing for Mercer Island. In 1996, he returned back to Germany playing for USC Heidelberg. He then decided to return back to the States and play NCAA2 ball for Montana State-Billings from 1997-2000. He led the NCAA in 1999-2000 with an all-time NCAA record 6.2 three pointers per game. He also set a new NCAA record with 16 three pointers in one game. He scored 51, 50 and 45 points and averaged 24 points per game, 4th best in the US for Div. II. He was voted to the 1st team NCAA Div. II All-American team. He then returned to Germany and from 2000-2004, he played for Avitos Giessen, BCJ Hamburg NVV Monchengladbach, TSK Wurzburg and BG Chemnitz. In 2004-2005, he left Germany and headed Spain for a short stay playing for Los Barrios Cadix (Spain-LEB1) but was released in October playing 4 games and averaging 3.7ppg 0.2apg. In April 2005, he signed at Geneve Devils (Switzerland-LNA) playing 13 games and averaging 12.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 60.0%, 3FGP: 35.7%; In the playoffs, he played 12 games averaging 9.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 83.3%, 3FGP: 35.7%. In 2005, he played briefly at TV Langen, before returning back to the Geneve Devils (Switzerland-LNA) playing 15 games and averaging 10.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 93.8%. In 2006-2007, he left the Geneve Devils and then went back to Germany to play for ASC Theresianum Mainz and for the Mitteldeutscher BC playing 21 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 40.9%, FT: 63.6%. In 2007-2008, he went to England to play for the Worcester Wolves (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 6 games averaging 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 19.7%, and in Nov.'07 moved to SCH Wuerzburg Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 20 games and averaging 17.5ppg. In 2008-2009, he continued with SCH Wuerzburg Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 24 games and averaging 11.1ppg. This season, he is playing in Africa in Morocco for the Ithri Nador Baskets. He had a talk with Eurobasket about all kinds of topics.

Hi Markus, thanks for talking to Eurobasket. You will be starting your 10th professional season. Not tired yet?

Not too tired yet. I still love the game and love to be a part of a team.

How do you motivate yourself each summer when you are one year older to work hard for the next season with conditioning?


It gets tougher, the older you get. But having been raised in a USA basketball mentality, it becomes a lifestyle. No one tells you that you have to stop playing at age 30+. You play as long as you can. This is what I always wanted to do. It's a great and fun job.

You have been jumping around European leagues quite a bit the last years. How is the nomadic lifestyle??


I love it. I love the travel and life experiences it brings. Spending months at a time in different cultures, allows me to meet new people and new friends for life. Networking.

Last season, you played for Wurzburg in the Regionaliga. Are you surprised that you were never able to have a long career in the BBL?


I'm not surprised. That's German basketball. You get labelled as a certain player, regardless if you have changed over years as a player or person. There are no 2nd chances. I know, I could have been in the BBL my whole career, but I made mistakes also, which cost me. When I did play in the BBL, I was successful.

Isnt a league like the German Regionaliga kind of an insult to your playing qualities?

Not at all. I went back to Wuerzburg, because I had a good time there in the BBL and my girlfriend still lived there. I was convinced of the new managements outlook for the future. Sometimes it is not the level, but the situation. And the situation in Wuerzburg was good. We might have played in the RLSO, but everything else in Wuerzburg was Pro A/BBL standard.

Now you are about to jump into an adventure in Morocco. How did you decide to play in Africa next season?

Well, this job came out of nowhere. A former teammate of mine (Hamburg Tigers)Mark Considine, called me up one day and told me about this situation in Morocco. I felt it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It should be very interesting and a fun adventure!!

Where will you be playing and what are you expecting to experience in Morocco?


I will be playing for a team called Ithri Rif Nador. www.inthribasket.com It is located 10 minutes from the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The team has only been in the 1. league for one season, so I hope our team can improve from last season's 4th place.I also want to experience the Moroccan culture and learn something about their interesting history.

You are German-American. What was your childhood like?



Well, I was born in Loerrach, Germany while my father was an exchange teacher. My family then moved to Langen in 1979, where my dad coached TV Langen to the BBL in 1981. I grew up in the TV Langen youth program and still reside there to this day.

Who were your basketball idols growing up?

Magic, Bird, Dr.J, Jordan, Kerr

You started with the TV Langen juniors in the early 90s and returned in 1995 and 2005 shortly to play there. What were the biggest changes that have happened with TV Langen in this time??


The Frankfurt Skyliners came into the Region. Langen has had a successful program since many years.

You then went to high school in the States and played at Montana State Billings. Did you develop into such a good shooter at Montana State or were you already a deadly shooter before that?



My dad Paul was a great shooter. He passed it down to me.

You still have two NCAA Records, making 6,2 three pointers per game and 16 in one game. That is pretty amazing. Did you have the automatic green light from your coach to just shoot in games?



Yes, I did. I was lucky to be in a program, where the shooting guard had the green light. The team was always in the Top 3 in NCAA D2 in Scoring and 3-pointers made. The guys before and after me led the nation in 3 pointers made. I just took it to the next level.

How many shots did you usually take per day at Montana and did that change as you became professional?

Hard work pays off. If you want to become a good shooter, you have to put in the work. Minimum 300 shots on a work day. At MSU-billings I shot 500.
Muscle memory.


After having so much success at making three pointers, were you able to know at the release point if the shot was going in or not?




I think every good shooter knows when he releases it, that it will be going in or not. Repetition, technique and practice.

You played NCAA 2, but how much coverage did you get at this time with your great three point shooting?


Playing NCAA D2 doesnt mean anything negative. All levels in the USA are competitive. NCAA D1,2,3, NAIA and even Juco. I personally led the nation in 3 pointers made my last two seasons. I was preseason All-American my last year and at the end of my senior year, I was 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-West region, 2nd team All-American. 3rd in NCAA D2 in scoring. The two highest points in a game in NCAA D2, 51 and 50. I also hit 71 3-pointers in my last 7 NCAA games. And I am still one of the best 3-point shooter's in NCAA History. I think, that is enough recognition. But, All these accomplishments dont mean anything over here. It is nice to know that you accomplished something in the past, but overseas in Europe, half the people dont even know what NCAA means and don't really care.

In your Eurobasket profile it says that you have NBA potential. Was it ever a dream of yours to play in the NBA?

I don't know who wrote that on my profile, but I never had that dream. I always knew in High School/College, that I would play in Europe if I worked hard. That was my big picture. My goal was too become a professional player. And now I even made it to Afri
Boldca.

Were you simply too one dimensional just with good shooting? What other strengthes do you have?

I might have been coming right out of College, but players keep developing. Today, I still have my shot, but take pride in my passing and team play. I guess I'm just a Veteran now. You can't buy experience.

You played in Germany, Spain and Switzerland. Where did you have your nicest basketball experience?


All the places I played at, gave me a lot of life experiences, on and off the court.For basketball, it has to be these 3 teams.
2002 2.BBL North Champions, Hamburg Tigers. Crazy year (team went bankrupt), but the best TEAM I've ever been apart of. 2005 Swiss LNA Vice-Champions GenevaDevils. 2009 RLSO Champions Wuerzburg Baskets (my first ever Undefeated season).

Do you follow the BBL league? Why isnt basketball more popular in Germany?


Not really. To me, the BBL is the CBA of Europe. I just hope they change the rules in the future, to give more Germans chances to play in the BBL. There is enough talent out there. look at the national team. There are 5 players with NO Contract (JOB).Also, Not just basketball has problems and no TV deal, but all other sports in Germany have trouble vs. Football. Germany is a football country. I think it's unbelievable that Germany has one of the best player's in the World in Dirk Nowitzki, and people can't even watch an NBA game on TV. Nowitzki has been on Top for a while now. Football, soccer,Football. That's it!!!

What is the biggest problem that the BBL or German basketball has?




The People in power positions have no basketball background. But think they do.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?


I have already started on my future after basketball. My father, has a student exchange business and has been sending foreign exchange students to High Schools in the US for the past 25 years. A lot of the students he sends are athletes from various sports. Some former students include, H. Meew (Olympic Silver metalist, 2004) Henrik Roedl, Dennis Wucherer, Marko Pesic, Jan Jagla, Konrad Wysocki, David.Arigbabu, and many more. I have helped him in the past and for the last 3 years, I'm in charge of the college division. I find talented players scholarships to play College basketball. For example; I placed 6 male and 2 female student athlete's at various colleges around the USA for this up and coming school year.

Do people ever mix you up for the actor Kirk Cameron? On your eurobasket foto, you look just like him.


lol. No, never had that happen to me.

Do you think that your daughters will play basketball one day?

I hope not. No, they are into gymnastics and tennis at the moment. They have enough time to figure out what their passion is.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


Michael Jackson's Number Ones

Thanks for the interview. Good luck in Morocco!!




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Twente will host an International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Twente will host an International tournament with Giants Dusseldorf, Gasterra Flames Groningen, Everton Tigers, Eiffeltowers Den Bosch, De Friesland Aris and Essen. The tournament will tip off on September 18th and will be played for three days.
Eiffeltowers Den Bosch won a friendly game over Belgian Generali Okapi Aalstar 69:63. The Dutch team opened the game with 17:14 and had 40:26 at the halftime. The Belgian side managed to reduce to 53:43 after thirty minutes of the game and crawled to 69:63 at the end. Van Paassen top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) netted 14. Jansen and Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) had 11 each, while Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) scored 9. Stokes ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Gonzales posted 14, while Raymon netted 13.
Landstede Zwolle meanwhile participated in Murphy Cup recently. The Cup included BBC Etzella Ettelbruck from Luxembourg, Dutch Zwolle, German Wurzburg and and Dragons Rhoendorf.
In Day 1 BBC Etzella edged Zwolle 73:68 in a great start from both teams. They both started with 23:23 and stayed close for the majority of the game. Moreover the Dutch team was able to get 42:34 at the halftime winning the second period. BBC Etzella Ettelbruck bounced back in the third quarter and reached 61:60 later in the game. In Day 2 Zwolle celebrated their first victory rolling over Dragons Rhoendorf 82:65. In the last games of the day Zwolle edged Wurzburg 66:58 to finish second. BBC Etzella triumphed in the tournament after the win over Rhondorf 78:62. The hosts started with 19:15 after the first 10 minutes and increased to 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter brought 54:47 on the board, while Etzella added more points for the total success. Dustin Scott (203-F-85, college: Tallahassee CC) top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Tim Giver had 15, Nelson Delgado notched 13, while Pit Hoffmann posted 12. Wolhlfarht and Spraggins had 16 points in the losing case.
September 18
19.00 Giants Dusseldorf - Gasterra Flames Groningen
21.00 Everton Tigers - Eiffeltowers Den Bosch

September 19
17.00 De Friesland Aris -Essen
19.00 Eiffeltowers Den Bosch - Giants Dusseldorf
21.00 Landstede Zwolle - Everton Tigers

September 20
15.00 Essen - Landstede Zwolle
17.00 Everton Tigers - De Friesland Aris


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IBL TO HOLD 4 Try-outs - by John Gary
The following is a list of the IBL scheduled camps. Kankakee Illinois- Nov 21 and 22 at least five players will make an Ibl team from this try-out. Kankakee Illinois April 3 and 4 2010-At this tryout at least eight players will make an IBL team, Kankakee Illinois- April 17 and 18 at this tryout at least seven players will make an Ibl team, portland oregon-May 1 and 2, at this try-out at least eight players will make an IBL team, This free agent camp try-out is for any players who want to play in the IBL 2010 season. A minimum of five teams and upwards of eight teams will be at each of the above listed IBL try-outs. Ibl Deputy Commissioner Terrence Dickens and Commissioner Mikal Duliao will be at the try-outs as well.

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Ironi Ashkelon sign Tal Dunne - by Eurobasket News
Ironi Ashkelon added Tal Michael Dunne (197-G/F-87, agency: Ronsport) to the squad. The player was last seen in Ness Ziona in the Israeli Second Division. The 22-year-old shooting guard played for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion in 2007/08 season. Then he averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 boards per game. Tal Michael Dunne played for Israeli U20 and U18 National teams.


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NSB Napoli tab Kimmo Muurinen - by Eurobasket News
NSB Napoli strengthened their squad. They landed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) from Finland. The 28-year-old forward spent the last five seasons with Honka. Last year Kimmo Muurinen notched 12.6 points, 6.0 boards and 1.3 steals per game in the Korisliiga. He played for the Finnish National Team during the Qualification to the EuroBasket 2009. Muurinen delivered 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in those games.


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Knights, Majestic Victorious as NBL Returns - by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL (09-16-2009) - The new Flow National Basketball League (NBL) finally tipped-off over the weekend with two-time defending champions Urban Knights and Majestic Gardens scoring gratifying victories to start the season. Knights, behind 17 points from Dave Blackwood and 14 from captain Javon Bailey, repelled a tough challenge from last season's runner up Port Royal Bulls (68-61), while Majestic were 22 points better than Arnett Gardens Rockers, slamming them 76-54. Kemar McLeish led the way for the winners with a game-high 25 points and was ably assisted by Barrington Berry who notched a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds). Others winners included Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) who stopped Runnin' Rebels 70-58 and newly promoted Selassie Gardens who edged Brave Chiefs 51-45.

Tivoli, Slayers Win NBL Season Opener - by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL (09-16-2009) - Tivoli Wizards and St. George's Slayers scored contrasting victories in the Flow National Basketball League (NBL) season opener for both teams last night at the National Stadium courts. While Tivoli had no problems picking apart Blazing Panthers for an effortless 68-46 victory, Slayers, on the other hand, had to fight to secure a close 63-62 win over Portmore Flames.

Quick strike
Surprisingly, Tivoli's halftime lead was just 30-29 but things quickly went south for Panthers in the second half and in an instant they were trailing by 11 points (51-40). Tivoli kept the pressure up and outscored their rivals 17-6 in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. Three players scored in double figures for the winners as Kirk Ferguson scored 13 and Dwayne Harris and Delano Mallett added 10 each. Rohan Cruise with 10 points led Panthers.

The Slayers vs. Flames encounter proved to be a tight affair throughout with Slayers seemingly having an answer to everything Flames threw at them. After leading 22-13 after the opening period and just 37-36 at the half, Slayers up the ante in the third and cruised into the final period with 52-46 advantage. Fortunately they were able to hold off a determined Flames team for the one-point victory. Howard Daley led the way with 13 points but Slayers also received 10 points and nine blocked shots from Ricardo Hunt. Kenado Smith with 16 points and 16 rebounds led Flames followed by Garfield Campbell with 14 points.


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Hudson Valley bring in Ken Dagostino - by Eurobasket News
Kenny Dagostino was appointed the new head coach of Hudson Valley Community College. Dagostino will replace Andre Cook. Cook has left the team for NCAA II St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Kenny Dagostino has previously worked as the Director of Basketball Operations in the University at Albany.
Hudson Valley were Region III champions in 2009. They also claimed Conference title for two straight years.



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VEF Riga edge Valmiera in exhibition encounter - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga and Valmiera clashed in the exhibition encounter in Riga. VEF Riga celebrated a comfortable 90:74 victory at the end. The hosts had to overcome a slow start to the game. Valmiera looked solid in the starting stanza and built a 24:21 lead after ten minutes of action. But VEF stepped on the gas in the second period and raced to a 44:41 advantage at halftime. VEF Riga maintained the pressure and got away to a 7-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The home team coasted to the victory in the fourth stanza. Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87) fired 19 points to lead the charge. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85), Alex Renfroe (188-G-86, college: Belmont) and Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed 15 points each in the victory. Kresnars responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Valmiera. Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) had 14 points in the losing effort.
Ventspils was severely beaten by Krasnie Krilya 62:85. The LBL defending champions trailed by as many as 14 points at halftime. The Russian team never slowed down in the second half and posted a comfortable win at the end. Petvejs scored 15 points for Ventspils. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) knocked down 12 points, while Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) added 8 points in the win.



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Galatasaray open Istanbul Cup 2009 with win over Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Zalgiris 86:61
The Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris traveled to Turkey. They are scheduled to play several friendly games there. Yesterday Zalgiris played the opening game of the Istanbul Cup 2009. The Lithuanian team suffered a resounding loss against Galatasaray 61:86. Zalgiris got to a brisk start to the game as they grabbed an 8:4 lead. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) scored 7 points in a row in the opening frame as Zalgiris took a 21:15 advantage. But the complexion of the game changed completely in the second frame. Galatasaray dominated limiting the visitors to only 13 points in the quarter. The Turkish team earned a 9-point lead at halftime. Things got just worse for Zalgiris in the second half. They managed 6 points in the third frame and faced a massive 29-point deficit in the fourth term. Galatasaray felt pretty comfortable and raced to a confident win at the end.
Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 17 points for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed 14 points, while Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) produced 12 for Galatasaray. Marcus Brown responded with 13 points for Zalgiris. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) had 11 points, while Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) finished with 9 in defeat.

Galatasaray: Can Akin 17, Tufan Ersoz (198-F/G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) 15, Radoslav Rancik 14, Darius Washington 12
Zalgiris: Marcus Brown 13, Dainius Salenga 11, Travis Watson 10



Serbia outplays Lithuania 89-79, secures third place in Group F - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 9: LITHUANIA - SERBIA 79-89

Serbia managed to beat Lithuania in the last day of Qualifying Round in Poland and to secure third place in Group F (3-2). Even before this game it was clear that Serbia will advance and at the same time that Lithuania will say goodbye to EuroBasket 2009. In the Quarterfinals, which is scheduled for tomorrow, Serbia will meet the defending champion - Russia. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) paced Serbia to victory today with 20 points and 12 assists. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) scored 16 points each, while Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 14. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped the winners with 13 points. In Team Lithuania, Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) and Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) netted 13 points apiece. Their team did not succeed to qualify for the 2010 World Championship in Turkey, but they will most probably apply for a wild-card.
Lithuania opened the game with quick 4-0 run, but Serbia responded soon after that setting the score to 10-13. After 10 minutes of play Serbia was 19-23 ahead. Linas Kleiza made it in the last Lithuania's possession closing the gap from 6 to 4. Lithuania tied the score couple of times in the second quarter, but Serbia was always there to grab back 1 to 4 point lead. Thanks to lay-up by Milenko Tepic at the first half buzzer, Serbia had 37-47. Third quarter belonged to Lithuania. After 41-46 for Serbians at the beginning of this period, Lithuania started with melting their lead. Jonas Maciulis and his teammates created impressive 10-0 and it seemed they finally found their game. However, Serbia did not give up and soon after that tied the score to 61-61. Milos Teodosic closed third quarter with a jump shot and Serbia was 2 points up. With 4:16 minutes remaining in the game Lithuania made another turn, actually grabbed nice 4-point lead, 75-71. Their joy did not last too long as Serbia through Novica Velickovic and Milos Teodosic (4 triples together) made 0-12 run for 75-83. Nemanja Bjelica and Milenko Tepic joined them with a 3-pointer by each of them resolving question about the winner. Darjus Lavrinovic closed this game and Lithuania's participation at EuroBasket 2009 with a free throw.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 20+5 boards, Darjus Lavrinovic 13+8 boards, Marijonas Petravicius 13
Serbia: Milos Teodosic 20+12 as, Nenad Krstic 16, Novica Velickovic 16, Uros Tripkovic 14, Milenko Tepic 13


Giedrius Knysas and Tomas Janusauskas in Paws London Capitals - by Eurobasket News
British team Paws London Capitals agreed terms with two Lithuanian players, Giedrius Knysas (208-C-87) and Tomas Janusauskas (213-C-85), both for 2009/10 season.
Giedrius Knysas comes to London from Charleston Southern University, where he played for four years and averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his senior season. He improved from 2007/08 when he had 4.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 30 games. The Lithuanian big guy had the best year with Charleston Southern University on season 2006/07. At that time he had 8.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 27 games. Before Charleston Southern, Knysas played couple of years for Sarunas Marciulionis basketball school. From 2003 to 2005 he was a member of U18 Lithuania. In 2007, 2008 and this year Knysas was named 'Big South Conf. All-Academic Team'.
The second addition Tomas Janusauskas is coming from Taurages Bremena-KTU-Zalvaris. For 19 games in NKL he averaged 7.7 ppg and 4.6 rpg. In 2008 Janusauskas graduated at Austin Peay State University. However, he struggled a lot to get minutes over the four years there. In 2008 his school was OVC Tournament Champion. In 2005 and 2007 they reached OVC Tournament Finals.


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BBC Etzella Ettelbruck triumphs in Murphy Cup - by Eurobasket News
BBC Etzella Ettelbruck triumphs in Murphy Cup after three victories in the International tournament. The Cup included BBC Etzella Ettelbruck from Luxembourg, Dutch Zwolle, German Wurzburg and and Dragons Rhoendorf.
In Day 1 BBC Etzella edged Zwolle 73:68 in a great start from both teams. They both started with 23:23 and stayed close for the majority of the game. Moreover the Dutch team was able to get 42:34 at the halftime winning the second period. BBC Etzella Ettelbruck bounced back in the third quarter and reached 61:60 later in the game.
In another game of the first day Wurzburg outscored Dragons Rhoendorf 77:72.
In Day 2 Zwolle celebrated their first victory rolling over Dragons Rhoendorf 82:65. BBC Etzella overcame Wurzburg 75:66. The latter opened the game with 16:13 and had 36:32 at the halftime. BBC Etzella bounced back in the third period and grabbed 55:45 after 30 minutes. The hosts never looked behind after and reached the second victory. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) exploded with 34 points for the winners, while Jairo DELGADO netted 11. Dustin Scott (203-F-85, college: Tallahassee CC) netted 9 and Tim Giver (185-G-80) posted 7. Schmidt ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Rogers posted 12, whilst Schneider had 11.
In the last games of the day Zwolle edged Wurzburg 66:58 to finish second. BBC Etzella triumphed in the tournament after the win over Rhondorf 78:62. The hosts started with 19:15 after the first 10 minutes and increased to 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter brought 54:47 on the board, while Etzella added more points for the total success. Dustin Scott top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Tim Giver had 15, Nelson Delgado notched 13, while Pit Hoffmann (200-F/C-85) posted 12. Wolhlfarht and Spraggins had 16 points in the losing case.



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Huracanes de Tampico sign Wayne Rhymes - by Rafael Otero
Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) agreed terms with 30-year old American guard Wayne Rhymes (191-G-79, college: Colorado Springs). Rhymes played most recently at Arizona Flame (IBL) in the U.S.
The 6'3 Combo Guard lands in Tampico with a 30 day contract with an option for the team to keep him for the rest of the season. 'Im here to contribute in any way possible'. said Rhymes. Known for his versatility, the Oregon State graduate comes to the Team with a 1-1 record. Wayne will provide scoring punch of the bench for 'Huracanes' and will get special defensives assignments since he comes with a reputation of being a great defener. 'I will try to get our intensity level up at all times i'm in the court' he added. This deal was possible due to the great contacts of Rafael J. Otero, SuperProPotential Certified Agent and CEO, in Mexico. 'I'm sure that Wayne will excel with Tampico' 'Now with his Mexican Citizenship Tampico is practically signing another import without filling that opening' Otero sayed. 'Team trust Wayne's talent, so do I' he added.


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NBA fines Stephen Jackson - by Eurobasket News
The NBA has fined Warriors' Captain Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) $25K for statements detrimental to the league. Jackson essentially asked for a trade publicly in late August, something not allowed by NBA rules. Jackson mentioned Cleveland, New York or one of the Texas teams as his preferred destinations. Jackson signed a three-year extension with the Warriors in November believed to be worth $28 million. Golden State opens training camp in two weeks.

Meanwhile, Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington)'s agent, Aaron Goodwin, said that Nate Robinson is certain to return to the Knicks. 'Yes, I'm 100 percent sure of that,' Goodwin said. 'Where else is he going to go?'
Goodwin does not think it's possible another team could make an offer to Robinson at this late stage of the off-season. 'Nate has made it clear from the start that he only wants to play for New York. After July 1, we didn't talk to any other teams,' he said. Goodwin says a contract will be finalized by next week.


Courtesy of www.fanfeedr.com


Timberwolves to sign Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
After completing a buyout with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, guard Aleksandar Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) has agreed in principle on a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Pavlovic, 25, was traded to the Suns with Ben Wallace (notes) in the Shaquille ONeal (notes) trade in June. He played five seasons with the Cavaliers before the deal. With proceeds from the Suns buyout, Pavlovic will make $2.75 million this season.

Pavlovics role with the Cavaliers diminished last season. The Timberwolves new coach, Kurt Rambis, was a big proponent of signing Pavlovic, a source said.

The New York Knicks also expressed interest in signing Pavlovic.


Courtesy of Yahoo (www.sports.yahoo.com)


76ers sign free agent swingman Rodney Carney - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent swingman Rodney Carney (6'7''-F-84, agency: Octagon, college: Memphis) a year after trading him.

The 76ers signed the former first-round pick on Tuesday.

Carney spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He appeared 67 times averaging 7.2 points and 1.9 rebounds (six starts).

The 76ers acquired Carney in a draft-night trade in 2006 after he was selected 16th overall by Chicago.

After two seasons with the Sixers, Philadelphia traded him to Minnesota along with Calvin Booth in July 2008.

General manager Ed Stefanski says Carneys athleticism will fit the up-tempo style favored by new coach Eddie Jordan.


Courtesy of www.bleacherreport.com


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Montana State-Billings Signs an All-American - by Sanjey Noriega
From:msubillings.edu

BILLINGS, Mont. Montana St. - Billin head mens basketball coach, George Pfeifer , announced Tuesday that 6-1, 175 lb., point guard Davell Jackson (6'1''-G) has signed to play for the Yellowjackets this season. Jackson transfers from Oklahoma City University and will have one season of eligibility for MSUB.

I first saw DaVell playing when he was with the Las Vegas Prospect (coached by Anthony Brown) during the summer AAU circuit, Pfeifer said. Their team was one of the top ranked summer teams in the country. I immediately fell in love with the toughness and the competitive spirit he brought to the game, he is the ultimate winner.

Jackson attended Salt Lake Community College prior to Oklahoma City where he had storybook career during his two seasons. In his final year, he averaged 13.7 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals. In the championship game of the Scenic West Conference, Jackson scored 32 points against host College of Southern Idaho to go along with eight rebounds and six assists helping his team qualify for the National Junior College Tournament. SLCC finished runner-up in the national championship where Jackson tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

He was named Scenic West Conference Most Valuable Player, Scenic West Tournament MVP, First Team NJCAA All-America and First Team NJCAA all-tournament honors.

There is no question as to the basketball ability that DaVell possesses, Pfeifer added. In the big games when the lights are brightest, he seems to shine the most. DaVell dominated No. 1 CSI while at SLCC. CSI had guard transfers from Indiana, Washington, USC and would eventually send six of its guards to Division I schools like Kentucky. Jackson dominated the game as he helped hand CSI its only two losses of the season as he scored 32 points in each game. The list of accolades he has received is impressive and everyone who is connected in the basketball community knows of this young man.

Jackson prepped at El Dorado High School in Las Vegas, Nev. There, he averaged 17 points, five rebounds and five assists as a senior. He earned four letters in basketball and three letters in football. He left high school and was targeted to go to Hargrave Military Academy to play football and was offered a scholarship to play football at UNLV out of high school. After his two years at SLCC, he was recruited for basketball by New Mexico, New Mexico State, Cincinnati, UNLV and Fresno State to name a few.

The fact we have DeVell in a Yellowjacket uniform is very comforting, Pfeifer added. He can impact the game in so many different ways.



INSTANT IMPACT: Urbana signs Sean McCants & Robert Wilson! - by Lucius Jones
Hidden Gems College Placement:

Urbana had been a solid team at the NAIA level for years and has faced some tough bumps in the road in the initial jump into the NCAA D2 ranks. Coach Porter and Coach Davenport seem to be on the right path toward success though with their recent recruiting efforts. Two of their instant impact recruits seem to be Sean McCants (6'0''-G) and Robert Wilson. Sean McCants (6'0''-G) is a combo guard and Robert Wilson is a combo forward and each should immediately break the starting lineup and become quality contributors this 09-10 season.

Sean McCants (6'0''-G) came out of Columbus, Ohio from The Wellington School and had the priviledge of playing for legendary High School Coach Brian McCants. As a freshman he started on the varsity team and with his brother Marcus McCants (6'1''-G), they led The Wellington School to the D4 State Final Four. In the next three years Sean McCants (6'0''-G) garnered may accolades. Among them was a top 10 finish All-Time in Ohio in career and season Field Goal Percentage, 3-Time All Ohio 2nd Team placement, 3-time All District 1st team & 1 District Player of the Year award, McDonalds All American Nominee stature, and a senior season of 30ppg, 70%FG, 15rpg, 4apg, 4spg, 2bpg. The athletic lefty actually was a small amount of points on an ACT score away from a scholarship to Wright St. with then Head coach Paul Biancardi. Look for the former Salem Intern.l guard to excel during his 3years at Urbana.

Robert Wilson of Streetsboro H.S. was also a McDonalds All American nominee and averaged a stunning 23ppg 13rpg 4apg 4bpg 3spg as a senior. The well-built, all around playing combo forward is looking like a strong piece of the future for Urbana basketball over the next 4yrs. The 3-Time All Ohio D2 player has the hard-working attitude to assist in the turning around of this program.

With many players back from the previous Urbana team, look for an improved record from this NCAA D2 rising program.


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Frost Heaves name Strohm as their new coach - by Gianni Pascucci
The Vermont Frost Heaves yestyerday introduced Jeff Strohm as the teams new head coach. He replaces Will Voigt, who after three seasons and two championships left last month to take over the Bakersfield Jam of the NBAs Development League, or D-League. Strohm, 42, has served as an assistant at Northern Illinois, Utah, Marquette and Western Kentucky, reaching NCAA Final Fours with both the Utes and the Warriors. He was one of the finalists in the University of Vermonts 2003 search for a coach to replace Tom Brennan. Jeff has a track record in all the areas that Frost Heaves basketball has become known for, from the recruitment of young men who are winners on and off the court, to the development of their potential once they sign on, said team founder Alexander Wolff. Hes helped to recruit and bring along five NBA first-round picks and, in Dwayne Wade, an MVP and Olympic gold medalist. He has fresh connections throughout the basketball world as well as a passion for teaching the game. From his associations with people like [former Utah coach and U.S. national team assistant] Rick Majerus, Frost Heaves fans can expect him to adapt quickly to the pro game. More than that, Jeff understands how basketball and the Frost Heaves fit into the Green Mountain State, added Wolff, who last month ceded management of the team to an investment group based in Central Vermont. He grew up on a farm in Illinois, and as a Vermonter by marriage knows how important it is to ensure that the team continues to be part of life in Vermont during the winter. On accepting the Head Coach position, Strohm states, My family and I are humbled and honored to be selected to serve the wonderful people of Vermont as The New Head Coach of The Vermont Frost Heaves. It is with tremendous enthusiasm, energy and excitement we accept this position. Vermont Basketball has produced so many great lasting memories over the years for my wife, her family and the great basketball fans in Vermont. We look forward to helping create many more of these memories in the years ahead for Vermont and its great Frost Heave fans.

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Spain cruises past Poland 90-68 in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 9: POLAND - SPAIN 68-90

Spain demonstrated magnificent performance in crucial game against the host of EuroBasket 2009. It was the last day of Qualifying Round and the decisive game for both teams. The reigning World Champions (3-2) made it and they will meet France in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Poland finished participation on this event falling to 1-4. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) paced Spain to fourth place in Group F with 23 points. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) also shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds, while his brother Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 7 rebounds. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) responded with 20 points in loss. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) had 17 points, 5 boards and 7 assists, while Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) this time stopped on 12 points and the same number of boards.
Spain opened the game strongly making 0-7 and soon after that 5-12 lead. After lay-up by Pau Gasol, Spain jumped to plus 7 and later Juan Carlos Navarro joined him, what was enough for Spain to take nice 14-23 lead after ten minutes. Mumbru opened the second frame with a triple and Spain was 12 points up. The hosts had many troubles at the defensive end. Their offense was decent, but on the other side of the court Spaniards were unstoppable. Navarro drained two consecutive triples and after that Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) and Pau Gasol lifted up their team to huge 24-42. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) scored in the last possession for Poland, but at that time it was already clear that the hosts will need a miracle to avoid elimination from EuroBasket. Nothing has changed after that and Spain moved up to plus 28 at the middle of third quarter. That was after dunk by Sergio Llull (178-G-87). Third quarter ended 46-71 for Spain and rest of the way was just the formality. Spain slowed down and Poland finished the last period 22-19 saying goodbye to the most important European contest. It means that Poland failed to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Poland: David Logan 20, Lukasz Koszarek 17+5 boards+7 as, Marcin Gortat 12+12 boards
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 23, Pau Gasol 20+5 boards, Marc Gasol 9+7 boards



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Torneio cidade de Coimbra - by Portugal Eurobasket
The city of Coimbra will host the Torneio cidade de Coimbra this coming week end. Academica, that finish 4th last season, Ovarense that won the Portuguese Cup and lost the finals, Sampaense that move up from the Proliga and Autocid Ford Burgos from Leb Gold are the teams that will participated and should be attractive enough for the fans.
All the teams will show their news players and that will make even more attractive. Games will be play on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
On Friday Sampaense will introduce the team to their fans playing with Porto. Porto this season should be one of strongest teams in Portugal, coach by Portuguese national coach (Moncho Lopez), add several Portuguese players that just finish play with Portuguese national trying to get one of the last spots on Euro2009.
This should be a nice basketball week end.



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Dynamo Moscow extends young Ilya Syrovatko - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow announced signing of contract extension with Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88). The 21-year old player grew up with Dynamo and he will stay with it for at least one more season. In 2008/09 he played mostly won U23 team and since 2005 to 2008 played for Dynamo's second team in B Superlegaue. Actually, Syrovatko was a member of Dynamo Moscow best team over the past two years, but he struggled to get minutes in the Russian runner-up.
Ilya Syrovatko played for U20 Russia last year on U20 EuroBasket in Riga. He appeared 8 times on that event averaging 10.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg. A year before he led U20 Russia to Semifinals in Nova Gorica. In the past Syrovatko also was a member of U18 Russia.
He demonstrated nice performance in the latest friendly game of Dynamo Moscow. His team was better than Bosnian Siroki 61-53. Ilya Syrovatko was the leading scorer with 14 points. Yuri Vasilyev and Glazunov also reached double digits, 10 points each. Siroki opened the game good, taking the lead. Dynamo was piling pressure, but Siroki players managed to hang around and even had 38-40 in the third quarter. Still, longer and more quality bench of Russian team proved to be decisive, as Siroki players run out of steam. Russian outfit took control in the final 10 minutes, created plus 8 and managed to keep it until the end of the game. The teams are set to play another friendly game.


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Timberwolves to sign Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
After completing a buyout with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, guard Aleksandar Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) has agreed in principle on a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Pavlovic, 25, was traded to the Suns with Ben Wallace (notes) in the Shaquille ONeal (notes) trade in June. He played five seasons with the Cavaliers before the deal. With proceeds from the Suns buyout, Pavlovic will make $2.75 million this season.

Pavlovics role with the Cavaliers diminished last season. The Timberwolves new coach, Kurt Rambis, was a big proponent of signing Pavlovic, a source said.

The New York Knicks also expressed interest in signing Pavlovic.


Courtesy of Yahoo (www.sports.yahoo.com)


Serbia outplays Lithuania 89-79, secures third place in Group F - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 9: LITHUANIA - SERBIA 79-89

Serbia managed to beat Lithuania in the last day of Qualifying Round in Poland and to secure third place in Group F (3-2). Even before this game it was clear that Serbia will advance and at the same time that Lithuania will say goodbye to EuroBasket 2009. In the Quarterfinals, which is scheduled for tomorrow, Serbia will meet the defending champion - Russia. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) paced Serbia to victory today with 20 points and 12 assists. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) scored 16 points each, while Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 14. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped the winners with 13 points. In Team Lithuania, Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) and Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) netted 13 points apiece. Their team did not succeed to qualify for the 2010 World Championship in Turkey, but they will most probably apply for a wild-card.
Lithuania opened the game with quick 4-0 run, but Serbia responded soon after that setting the score to 10-13. After 10 minutes of play Serbia was 19-23 ahead. Linas Kleiza made it in the last Lithuania's possession closing the gap from 6 to 4. Lithuania tied the score couple of times in the second quarter, but Serbia was always there to grab back 1 to 4 point lead. Thanks to lay-up by Milenko Tepic at the first half buzzer, Serbia had 37-47. Third quarter belonged to Lithuania. After 41-46 for Serbians at the beginning of this period, Lithuania started with melting their lead. Jonas Maciulis and his teammates created impressive 10-0 and it seemed they finally found their game. However, Serbia did not give up and soon after that tied the score to 61-61. Milos Teodosic closed third quarter with a jump shot and Serbia was 2 points up. With 4:16 minutes remaining in the game Lithuania made another turn, actually grabbed nice 4-point lead, 75-71. Their joy did not last too long as Serbia through Novica Velickovic and Milos Teodosic (4 triples together) made 0-12 run for 75-83. Nemanja Bjelica and Milenko Tepic joined them with a 3-pointer by each of them resolving question about the winner. Darjus Lavrinovic closed this game and Lithuania's participation at EuroBasket 2009 with a free throw.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 20+5 boards, Darjus Lavrinovic 13+8 boards, Marijonas Petravicius 13
Serbia: Milos Teodosic 20+12 as, Nenad Krstic 16, Novica Velickovic 16, Uros Tripkovic 14, Milenko Tepic 13


Milton Palacio is coming back! - by Nenad Ilijev
Serbian champion added another former player to its current squad. It is officialy announced that guard Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) signed with Partizan Belgrade one year long contract. Palacio was a member of Partizan roster in season 07/08 when 'black-whites' reached Euroleague quarterfinals and won the triple (Adriatic League, Serbian championship and National Cup). Palacio contributed to this success with 12.5ppg and 3.5apg.
Belize born Palacio played last year with Khimky Moscow Region in Russia.


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National league - PLS Hawks to confront Baya in title decider - by Eurobasket News
THIS years league title will be decided on Saturday when defending champions and league leaders Baya will meet second-placed PLS Hawks in their last match of the season.

Both title contenders registered victories in their weekend matches, bringing more excitement to the race for the throne.

On Saturday, PLS Hawks came a step closer in their quest to overthrow Baya as champions with a precious victory over a stubborn MBU Rockers side.
All started well for Hawks, who dominated the first quarter with veteran guard Heribert Derjaques firing twice from the three-point range, giving his team a 17-11 lead with two minutes of play remaining.

Realising the danger, coach Paul Denis called a time-out to try to remedy the situation, only to see Hawks add seven more points compared to only two for Rockers to end the first period on 24-13 score.

Ten consecutive points including two treys from Cyril Agrippine (F/G) and two more from Nigel Henriette in the second quarter brought Rockers into the lead for the first time in the match, which forced coach Tony Juliette to call for his first time-out.

But his advice seemed unheeded as his players continued to commit stupid mistakes, which allowed Rockers to increase their lead for a 40-37 score at half-time.

Two treys from Robert Francis, who took over the shooting role from Agrippine, steered Rockers further into the lead only to see a Hawks comeback with baskets from Jim Domingue and Neddy Oye Fanchette. With the twin towers of the Hawks Domingue and Fanchette combining for 16 points, a trey from Derjacques and two points from captain Bernard Bristol restored their lead with the score at 59-58 at the end of the third period.

In the final quarter, which was fiercely contested, Rockers forced their opponents into committing a lot of fouls but their inaccuracy on the free-throw line let them down.

At the other end, Hawks used all their scoring opportunities to increase the gap.
Keeping his calm throughout, experienced Domingue scored nine points while Barry Barron chipped in another four for the Hawks, taking them to a well deserved 76-69 victory.

Domingue was Hawks top scorer with 19 points while Cyril Agrippine led the scoring for MBU with 25 points.

In the other matches played during the weekend, Baya beat Mont Fleuri Dawgz 76-58, while Beau Vallon Heat defeated Angels 65-59.

On Saturday on Praslin, Cascade Bullets edged out Praslin Warriors 85-82.

In two mens second division encounters, AAP Brothers beat Drifters 58-53 while Pointe Larue Falcons were winners against Juniors, 54-37.

As for next weekends title match, Hawks will have to beat Baya by a minimum five-point margin if they are to win the title as the latter have a slight advantage after winning the first round encounter 84-80.


Courtesy of www.nation.sc


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Slovenia outsmarts Turkey 69-67 for the first place in Group F - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 9: TURKEY - SLOVENIA 67-69

Slovenia grabbed thriller win against Turkey handing it the first loss on EuroBasket 2009. That was a decisive match for the first place in Qualifying Group F, which now belongs to Slovenians (4-1). Turkey, who has the same score, dropped to position No.2. It means that in the Quarterfinals Slovenia will meet Croatia, while Turkey will take on Greece. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) netted 12 points each, while Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 11. In Team Turkey, Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) collected 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored 10, Omer Asik and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) had 10 pts apiece.
Slovenia had a nice start making 0-5 lead, but Turkey answered with 9-4 run after that. It was 12-12, when Bostjan Nachbar and his teammates created impressive 0-10 run, closed by the mentioned player. Ersan Ilyasova made it for Turkey and Nachbar set the score to 15-24 after 10 minutes. After triple by Jaka Lakovic and basket by Goran Jagodnik, Slovenia jumped to 17-31. Lakovic was on fire and he connected another triple soon after that so Slovenia already had huge 18-37 lead. When it seemed that Slovenians control rhythm of the game, their rivals finally woke up making 14-2 run until the end of the first half (32-39). At the middle of third period Turkey came to 43-44 and later finally grabbed 48-47 lead. However, Jaka Lakovic and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) shined for Slovenia lifting it up to 52-57 after 30 minutes. During the last quarter Slovenians had plus 4 couple of times and they entered to last 50 seconds with 62-67. Omer Asik and Ender Arslan were unmistakable from the FT line pushing their team up to 67-68, after what Samo Udrih scored on FT for Slovenia (67-69). Turkey had 9 seconds for the last offense and Atsur was wide open for 3 at the very end, but he missed from the left corner.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 16+7 boards+4 as, Hedo Turkoglu 12, Omer Asik 10+5 boards, Ender Arslan 10
Slovenia: Bostjan Nachbar 16, Samo Udrih 12, Jaka Lakovic 12, Goran Jagodnik 11


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Girona inks Antti Nikkila, Marc Rubio to Alcazar - by Eurobasket News
C.B. Sant Josep Girona announced arrival of the Finish player Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso). The 31-year old PF/C is valuable acquisition for the upcoming season and he supposes to improve the team's inside game. Nikkila spent last season in Finland with Pyrinto Tampere. He led it to Playoff Semifinals with 11.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.9 bpg in 50 games. He ended the competition as the leading shot blocker and also was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Domestic Player of the Year -09'. Before Pyrinto Tampere, Nikkila played for Nymburk, Pepsi Caserta, Gravelines, Ionikos Athens and Aris Thessaloniki. He graduated on Valparaiso University in 2003.

Marc Rubio (186-G-88) will play next season with Fundacion Adepal Alcazar. Rubio was a member of U20 Spain, which won the Bronze medal last year on U20 EuroBasket in Riga. Before that, he played for U19, U18 and U16 Spain on various events. Last season he spent with CB Prat Juventud in LEB Silver averaging 6.2 ppg and 2 rpg for 30 games. He also played there on season 2006/07 and 2007/08. In the past he was a member of Joventut Badalona and Gran Canaria youth selections. With Alcazar, Rubio finally supposes to get more minutes in senior competition.


Spain cruises past Poland 90-68 in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 9: POLAND - SPAIN 68-90

Spain demonstrated magnificent performance in crucial game against the host of EuroBasket 2009. It was the last day of Qualifying Round and the decisive game for both teams. The reigning World Champions (3-2) made it and they will meet France in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Poland finished participation on this event falling to 1-4. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) paced Spain to fourth place in Group F with 23 points. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) also shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds, while his brother Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 7 rebounds. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) responded with 20 points in loss. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) had 17 points, 5 boards and 7 assists, while Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) this time stopped on 12 points and the same number of boards.
Spain opened the game strongly making 0-7 and soon after that 5-12 lead. After lay-up by Pau Gasol, Spain jumped to plus 7 and later Juan Carlos Navarro joined him, what was enough for Spain to take nice 14-23 lead after ten minutes. Mumbru opened the second frame with a triple and Spain was 12 points up. The hosts had many troubles at the defensive end. Their offense was decent, but on the other side of the court Spaniards were unstoppable. Navarro drained two consecutive triples and after that Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) and Pau Gasol lifted up their team to huge 24-42. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) scored in the last possession for Poland, but at that time it was already clear that the hosts will need a miracle to avoid elimination from EuroBasket. Nothing has changed after that and Spain moved up to plus 28 at the middle of third quarter. That was after dunk by Sergio Llull (178-G-87). Third quarter ended 46-71 for Spain and rest of the way was just the formality. Spain slowed down and Poland finished the last period 22-19 saying goodbye to the most important European contest. It means that Poland failed to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Poland: David Logan 20, Lukasz Koszarek 17+5 boards+7 as, Marcin Gortat 12+12 boards
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 23, Pau Gasol 20+5 boards, Marc Gasol 9+7 boards



Bilbao tame Xacobeo Blu:Sens in Galdakao - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao - Xacobeo Blu:Sens 77:70

Bilbao claimed a confident victory over Xacobeo Blu:Sens at the Polideportivo Urreta in Galdakao. The victory marked the second pre-season success for Bilbao.
Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) helped Xacobeo to a 17:14 lead midway through the opening frame. But Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) and Javier Rodriguez (187-G-79, college: Boston Coll.) ensured a 22:22 tie after ten minutes of action. Bilbao used a 9:0 run in the second frame to clear off. Chris Warren knocked down 10 points in the second stanza as Bilbao claimed a 7-point lead at halftime. Drago Pasalic inspired a comeback rally from Xacobeo in the third frame. The visitors drew things level at 47 before Bilbao woke up and responded. The hosts surged back in charge to lead by as many as 5 points into the fourth quarter. Bilbao maintained the advantage throughout the final stanza and posted one more win at the end.
Chris Warren fired 22 points to lead the case. Javier Rodriguez added 11 points, while Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) finished with 10 in the victory. Drago Pasalic answered with 19 points for Xacobeo. Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76) knocked down 14 points in the loss.

Bilbao: Chris Warren 22, Javier Rodriguez 11, Damir Markota 10
Xacobeo Blu:Sens: Drago Pasalic 19, Javier Bulfoni 14



Real Madrid and Lazaros Papadopoulos officially part ways - by Eurobasket News
Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) has officially agreed on terms of termination of his contract with Real Madrid. The 29-year-old centre had one more year on his contract with the Madrid outfit but the team showed no interest in keeping the player on the roster. Lazaros Papadopoulos started the previous season in Madrid. He averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 boards per game in ACB. Later he moved to Real Estate Bologna. In Seria A Papadopoulos tallied 11.5 points, 7.7 boards and 1.4 steals per appearance.


Real Madrid coast past Valladolid - by Eurobasket News
Valladolid - Real Madrid 73:92
Real Madrid celebrated a comfortable win in the pre-season clash in Valladolid. After a close battle in the first half Real Madrid pushed the throttle and ran away to the win. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) knocked down 17 points to lead the visitors.
The teams looked well-matched in the first half. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes of action at the Pisuerga arena. Things did not change in the second frame as the sides continued to exchange the baskets. The halftime saw Real and Valladolid tied at 43. But Real finally imposed their rhythm in the third stanza. They limited Valladolid to 17 points and earned a 5-point lead at the third break. The visitors increased the tempo and finally tamed the home team.
Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) was named the MVP as he knocked down 17 points in the game. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had 13 points, while Hansen dropped 12 for the winners. Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 16 points for Valladolid. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) contributed 14 points in the losing effort.

Valladolid: Brian Chase 16, Federico Van Lacke 14, Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78, college: Temple) 8
Real Madrid: Pablo Prigioni 17, Louis Bullock 17, Rimantas Kaukenas 13



Girona rally past Manresa in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Girona - Manresa 79:73
Girona claimed a narrow victory over Manresa in the exhibition clash at the Palau Fontajau. Almost 1500 spectators witnessed the LEB Oro debutants took over the ABC side. Girona eked out a difficult win despite a slow start. Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico) scored 17 points to pace Girona.
Manresa won the opening frame by two points 23:21. But Girona quickly denied the deficit and arrived at halftime up by 2 points 41:39. The things got even better for Girona in the third stanza. The hosts dominated in the period and rallied to a 10-point cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Manresa stepped on the gas but it was too late. The visitors outgunned Girona in the fourth quarter but could not escape the loss at the end.
Darryl Middleton (203-F/C-66, college: Baylor) nailed 12 points for the hosts. Albert Sabat (187-G-85) knocked down 10 in the win. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.Joseph's) responded with 20 points for Manresa. Cusworht netted 17 points in defeat.

Girona: Troy DeVries 17, Darryl Middleton 12, Albert Sabat 10
Manresa: Ahmad Nivins 20, Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) 17



Ourense lands Rolando Howell - by Eurobasket News
Ourense announced signing of power forward / center Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina). The 27-year old American is coming to Ourense from Al Hekmeh Beirut (Lebanon), where he averaged 11.4 ppg and 9.3 rpg for 20 games. Actually, Howell started last season with Polish Energa Czarni Slupsk, but in January moved to Asia. In 14 DBE games with Czarni Howell had 6.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg.
Before Czarni, Rolando Howell spent one season with Pierrel Capo d'Orlando. In Italian Serie A he appeared 37 times with 9.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg. From 2005 to 2007 he was a member of Whirlpool Varese and before that he again played for Capo D'Orlando, when the team competed in Legadue. Howell already has some experience from Spain as he played four games for CB Granada on season 2004/05. He is a product of University of South Carolina, where in senior year (03/04) he had 9 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 9 games.
In 2005, Rolando Howell won Legadue title with Capo D'Orlando. At the same year they celebrated also in Legadue Cup and Howell was named MVP. Last season with Al Hekmeh Beirut he reached Arab Club Championships Finals and was named 'Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships Best Defensive Player -09'. He also was awarded with 'Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships 2nd Team -09'.
Rolando Howell supposes to replace Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Florida), who moved to Saudi Arabia.


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Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Lidingo 0-0 
 2. Lulea Steel 0-0 
 3. Akropol 0-0 
 4. Blackeberg 0-0 
 5. BG Lulea 0-0 
 6. Hallsta 0-0 
 7. Talje 0-0 
 8. Polisen 0-0 
 9. Haga Haninge 0-0 
 10. Alvik Basket 0-0 
 11. Uppsala KFUM 0-0 
 12. Eagles 0-0 
South
 1. Fryshuset 0-0 
 2. Hoganas 0-0 
 3. Solna Branten 0-0 
 4. Sanda 0-0 
 5. Norrkoping BK 0-0 
 6. Eos 0-0 
 7. Kalmar 0-0 
 8. Jonkoping 0-0 
 9. Kvarnby 0-0 
 10. Nassjo 0-0 
 11. Srbija 0-0 


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


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Straker Nets score big win! - by Albert-Lee Young
National forward Kern George scored 31pts as Sportsworld Staker Nets registered a big 102-68 win against Macoya Forum on Saturday 12th at St Pauls Multi-Purpose Complex as play continued in the North Zone Commission 1st Division. With the victory Nets extended their record to 6-4 to stay within contention of a big four playoff spot.

George got valuable support from shooting guard Richard Guiseppi with 21pts and point guard Hashim Arcia added 17pts. For Forum, who trailed 43-68 at the half, Akil Paynter top scored with 26pts and Stephon Thomas chipped in with 20pts.

In other 1st Division games played over the weekend at the same venue both National Flour Mills (NFM) and Defence Force registered wins to stay on course for the playoffs. In the first game on Saturday NFM scored a comfortable 88-63 victory against Laventille Celtics. NFM improved to 7-3. For NFM Kerry Mc Millan tallied 17pts, veteran David King 16pts and Jason Delise 13pts. Karim Muhammad led Celtics with 23pts and Olando Mapp registered 20pts.

On Sunday night, Defence Force bounced back from two defeats to score a convincing 72-54 win against Macoya Forum who lost back to back games. Defence Force remained in second spot behind Detor Shak Attack with an 8-2 record and Forum dropped further to 2-8. Top scorers for the Army team were Kevan Bacquain with 16pts, Gerard Tony 12pts and both Derrick Boxhill and Marvin Celestine each tallied 11pts. Anton Patrick led Forum with 16pts whilst Sherron Dolly added 11pts.

In a bottom of the table clash, Unit Trust Pistons gained the advantage against Laventille Celtics with a 82-68 win. Pistons are now 2-8 and Celtics 1-9. For Pistons, Ryan Spencer had a game high 27pts, Shornell Pompey got 23 and Allister Moore contributed 18pts. Cassius Reason top scored for Celtics with 18pts, Orlando Mapp added 13pts and Karim Muhummad had 12pts.

The other game played on Sunday was a 2nd Division encounter between Republic Bank Arrows and Trail Blazers. Keanne Brathwaite registered 23 pts as Arrows remained one game behind the leaders, Defence Force, with a 99-87 win. Richard Tony chipped in with 18pts and Kerron Haynes had 16 as Arrows improved to 9-3 whilst Blazers remained in the cellular spot with a 1-9 record. For Blazers Akeem Hutchinson scored a game high 33pts, Kerron Wharwood 13pts and Ricardo Fournillier added 10pts.


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  TURKEY   


Slovenia outsmarts Turkey 69-67 for the first place in Group F - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 9: TURKEY - SLOVENIA 67-69

Slovenia grabbed thriller win against Turkey handing it the first loss on EuroBasket 2009. That was a decisive match for the first place in Qualifying Group F, which now belongs to Slovenians (4-1). Turkey, who has the same score, dropped to position No.2. It means that in the Quarterfinals Slovenia will meet Croatia, while Turkey will take on Greece. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) netted 12 points each, while Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 11. In Team Turkey, Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) collected 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored 10, Omer Asik and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) had 10 pts apiece.
Slovenia had a nice start making 0-5 lead, but Turkey answered with 9-4 run after that. It was 12-12, when Bostjan Nachbar and his teammates created impressive 0-10 run, closed by the mentioned player. Ersan Ilyasova made it for Turkey and Nachbar set the score to 15-24 after 10 minutes. After triple by Jaka Lakovic and basket by Goran Jagodnik, Slovenia jumped to 17-31. Lakovic was on fire and he connected another triple soon after that so Slovenia already had huge 18-37 lead. When it seemed that Slovenians control rhythm of the game, their rivals finally woke up making 14-2 run until the end of the first half (32-39). At the middle of third period Turkey came to 43-44 and later finally grabbed 48-47 lead. However, Jaka Lakovic and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) shined for Slovenia lifting it up to 52-57 after 30 minutes. During the last quarter Slovenians had plus 4 couple of times and they entered to last 50 seconds with 62-67. Omer Asik and Ender Arslan were unmistakable from the FT line pushing their team up to 67-68, after what Samo Udrih scored on FT for Slovenia (67-69). Turkey had 9 seconds for the last offense and Atsur was wide open for 3 at the very end, but he missed from the left corner.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 16+7 boards+4 as, Hedo Turkoglu 12, Omer Asik 10+5 boards, Ender Arslan 10
Slovenia: Bostjan Nachbar 16, Samo Udrih 12, Jaka Lakovic 12, Goran Jagodnik 11


Galatasaray open Istanbul Cup 2009 with win over Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Zalgiris 86:61
The Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris traveled to Turkey. They are scheduled to play several friendly games there. Yesterday Zalgiris played the opening game of the Istanbul Cup 2009. The Lithuanian team suffered a resounding loss against Galatasaray 61:86. Zalgiris got to a brisk start to the game as they grabbed an 8:4 lead. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) scored 7 points in a row in the opening frame as Zalgiris took a 21:15 advantage. But the complexion of the game changed completely in the second frame. Galatasaray dominated limiting the visitors to only 13 points in the quarter. The Turkish team earned a 9-point lead at halftime. Things got just worse for Zalgiris in the second half. They managed 6 points in the third frame and faced a massive 29-point deficit in the fourth term. Galatasaray felt pretty comfortable and raced to a confident win at the end.
Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 17 points for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed 14 points, while Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) produced 12 for Galatasaray. Marcus Brown responded with 13 points for Zalgiris. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) had 11 points, while Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) finished with 9 in defeat.

Galatasaray: Can Akin 17, Tufan Ersoz (198-F/G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) 15, Radoslav Rancik 14, Darius Washington 12
Zalgiris: Marcus Brown 13, Dainius Salenga 11, Travis Watson 10



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Eagles Grab The Prince - by Andy Webb
Newcastle Eagles are delighted to announce that they have retained the services of fans favourite Prince Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) for the forthcoming 2009/10 BBL season.

Smith, a 10 year graduate from Rider College will want to start where he left off last season, with some game winning performances which took the Eagles to treble winning success. In one of his most consistent seasons with the club, Smith averaged 12 points and 4 rebounds a game and brought veteran experience to a youthful Eagles front line.

Eagles coach Fab Flournoy underlined the importance of the need for Smith in the Eagles line up this season.

He said Charles continues to bring a wealth of experience to the team. He is a savvy player that can score on you in bunches if you turn your eye. He can do this from inside or outside as we saw in the Team USA game this week. There were many games last season where Charles offensive game got us out of tight spots we look forward to seeing more of that!

Eagles Managing Director Paul Blake was pleased to see the return of Smith for his eighth season with the club.

Charles is officially an adopted Geordie now and has been a true glue player for the team over the last two seasons. He is the player that consistently comes up big in the must win games and for that reason alone he is a key for the team. Its great to have the Prince back again this season.

His fitness levels definitely improved across last season as he was largely clear of injuries. I am hoping that this continues and looking at pre-season so far it certainly seems to be the case.

The Eagles now look forward to two weeks of pre-season before hosting Cheshire Jets at the Newcastle MetroRadio Arena on Friday 25th September in the opening game of the season. Tickets are now available from the club and Arena box office.



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  URUGUAY   


The LUB will begin on Thursday 17th - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi and Sayago will play the opening game for the Uruguayan League next Thursday, and next day the current champions, Bigua, will play Trouville. A total of 16 teams will be playing the tournament, 13 of them based in Montevideo and the three others from the cities of Fray Bentos (Anastasia), Salto (Ferro Carril) and Roche (Cader). All the Montevideans teams are allowed to have two import players, but the others will signed three each one. The tournament will not have playing some of the best Uruguayan players, like Esteban Batista (Spain), Mauricio Aguiar (Italy) Leandro Garca Morales (Mexico) and Martin Osimani (Mexico). The first round will have also the following games : Cordon-Olimpia, Atenas-Anastasia, Aguada-Defensor Sportung, Bohemios.Cader, union Atletica- Tabare.

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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
East
 1. Tiburones 8-0 
 2. Gatos 6-2 
 3. Espartanos 3-5 
 4. Estudiantes 2-5 
 5. Acereros 0-7 
West
 1. Cent.Apure 5-3 
 2. Graneros 4-3 
 3. Lanc.Cojedes 4-4 
 4. Duros 4-4 
 5. Mantarrayas 2-5 




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Women News

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Chennai invites to 23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship - by Eurobasket News
September 17th is the start of the 23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship in Chennai. The Indian city welcomes 12 teams that are divided into two groups. Chennai will be hosting the women's Asian championship for the first time ever. The top three finishers of the elite division will qualify for next years World championship in the Czech Republic.
in 2007 Korea triumphed at home over China in the Final game of Asia Championship for Women. In the Final game the hosts of the tournament overcame China 79:73. Jung Sun Min (185-F-74) led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Korea revenged for the last Championship when China celebrated 73:67 win at home.


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Carly Wilson signs with Caps - by Eurobasket News
The Opals guard signed with the WNBL club yesterday.

Canberra Capitals recruit Carly Wilson (181-G-82) believes playing under coach Carrie Graf this season will improve her chances of representing Australia at next year's world championships, writes David Jean for The Canberra Times.

The Opals star rejected an attractive European contract offer to sign with the Capitals yesterday, giving Graf a perfect replacement for pregnant guard Michelle Musselwhite.

Wilson hoped joining the reigning WNBL champions would boost her chances of retaining her spot in the Opals line-up.

''I had another offer to go to Europe this year, but when the offer came up from Canberra it just seemed like it was going to be the best thing for me,'' Wilson said.

Wilson was named in the WNBL All-Star 5 in the 2006/07 season and won Gold with the Opals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The Basketball ACT family would like to welcome Carly to the capital, and wish her all the best for the upcoming season.


Courtesy of www.act.basketball.net.au


Leah Rush moves from Spain to Australia - by Eurobasket News
Townsville Fire recruit Leah Rush (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Oklahoma) was expected to bring enthusiasm and years of world basketball experience to the side for the 2009/10 WNBL season, writes Natalie Peut in The Townsville Bulletin.

Rush, who had a stint playing in the WNBA for the Chicago Sky in 2008, came to Australia to play in the Queensland Basketball League for the Rockhampton Cyclones after a season in Spain.

Signing for just one season with the Fire, the globetrotter said she was thrilled to be in Townsville and was looking forward to the start of the season on October 4.

Australia is a neat place, I enjoy the country and enjoy the people and I think the league is pretty good, Rush said.

Specifically (I chose) Townsville because I think Bucks (coach Peter Buckle) is a good coach, I've heard a lot good things about him and the way he runs his program up here. There is quality talent in the program already so I thought I'd come up here and see what we can do about a championships maybe.

Arriving in Townsville on Sunday, the 186cm Rush has enjoyed three training sessions with her new side.

There are a lot of good girls on and off the court (here) and I think it will be a good environment, Rush said.

(From) what I've seen so far there is a lot of versatile players on this team and a lot of different combinations we can throw in there throughout the season.

Born in United States, the 24-year-old can play any position on the court and will be valuable with key player Rohanee Cox expected to be out until the end of November with knee injury.

As long as I'm on court I don't really care (where I play) as long as I'm playing ball, Rush said.

I've always been a do-whatever kind of player.

Buckle said Rush brought flexibility and enthusiasm to the team.

She can cover Rohee's position. She's got the experience and flexibility to do that which is a great bonus for us, Buckle said.

When Rohee comes back in Leah can slide between the four and five position.

In a further boost for the Fire, Kirby Dalgelish has decided to return to the team this season after earlier indicating she would not be available.

Fire squad: Kirby Dalgleish, Rachael Flanagan, Rebecca Schatz, Aneka Davis (nee Kerr), Cherie Smith, Rebecca Vanderjagt, Amy Lewis, Rohanee Cox, Leah Rush and Tanya Smith.


Courtesy of The Townsville Bulletin and WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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  CHINA - Women  


Chinese National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
#s#
Lan Bian
Bian
Nan Chen
Chen
Xiaojia Chen
Chen
Xiaoli Chen
Chen
Song Gao
Gao
#e#6
Bian Lan 185-F-86 Jiangsu Phoenix China
Nan Chen 197-C-83 Chicago Sky USA
Chen Xiaojia 177-G-88 Jiangsu Phoenix China
Chen Xiaoli 193-F-82 Liaoning Hengye China
Gao Song 190-F-92 Heilongjiang Chenneng China
Guan Xin 196-C-87 Guangdong Asia Aluminium Dolphins China
Huang Hongpin 196-C-89 Guangdong Asia Aluminium Dolphins China
Liu Dan 194-F-87 Shenyang army Liaoyang Golden Lions China
Ma Zengyu 83
LiJie Miao 180-G-81 Sacramento Monarchs USA
Song Xiaoyun 175-G-82 Guangdong Asia Aluminium Dolphins China
Wei Wei 206-C-89 Guangdong Asia Aluminium Dolphins China
Yang Banban 171-G-89 Liaoning Hengye China
Zhang Fan 188-F-84 Beijing Great Wall China
Zhang Hanlan 175-G-79 Shenyang army Liaoyang Golden Lions China
Zhang Wei 184-G/F-86 Beijing Great Wall China
Zhang Xiaoni 195-C-83 Bayi Kylin China


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  DENMARK - Women  


Horsholm post two victories on trip to Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Horsholm 79ers went on a trip to Czech Republic. There they took part at the pre-season friendly tournament. The Danish team lost two out of their three games at the tourney and clinched the third overall position.
Horsholm opened the action against Slovanka. The 79ers were up by 3 at halftime but wasted all of their lead and lost 54:80 at the end. Katrine Hounsgaard (168-G-84) scored 10 points for Horsholm. Caroline Friis added 9 points, while Risom and Signe Boye (176-G-88) came up with 7 points each.
The second game was rather a one-way traffic as Horsholm surrendered against Strakonice 53:92. Therese Deemand (176-G-83, college: Binghamton) and Pike knocked down 13 points each. Caroline Friis added 9 in the losing effort.
Finally Horsholm snapped the losing streak on the third day of the competition. They prevailed against Slovan Bratislava 78:73. The 79ers recovered from a 10-point deficit at halftime to celebrate a tough win at the end. Pike scored 19 points for the Danish team. Line Piechnik (170-F-90) contributed 18 points in the win.
Horsholm then took on Slovanka in the exhibition encounter and snatched a narrow 61:59 victory to finish their Czech Republic tour on a high note. Therese Deemand fired 19 points in that game. Pike notched 14 for the winners.



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  FRANCE - Women  


Ligita Kinkeviciene will play in Limoges - by Eurobasket News
Limoges added another Lithuanian player to their roster. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) followed Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) who joined the French team in August.
The 33-year-old guard spent the last five years of her career in Arvi Marijampole. Last season Kinkeviciene tallied 11.5 points, 3.1 boards and 2.5 assist per game in the LMKL. In Baltic League her stats came up to 12.3 points, 3.2 boards and 2.3 assists, while in EuroCup Ligita Kinkeviciene produced 9.6 points and 3.1 boards per appearance. She was named to the Eurobasket.com All-BWBL 1st Team.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Halle wins Cats Cup, Eisvogel Freiburg triumph in the international tournament - by Eurobasket News
Four teams participated in the pre-season tournament in Germany. Halle won all the games to be the winner of it.
Halle overcame Wurzburg 65:41 in the first day, while ChemCats rolled over Kralupy 80:48. In Day 2 ChemCats edged Wurzburg 58:46 and Kralupy lost to Halle 44:85. In the last day Halle triumphed with 77:52 victory over ChemCats. Kralupy cruised past Wurzburg 77:61 in another game.
Another huge International tournament hosted TSV Towers Speyer. Twelve teams were divided into four groups with 3 teams in each. In Group 1 TSV Towers Speyer-Schifferstadt lost to WWK Donau-Ries 51:63 and then beat BBC Etzella Ettelbruck from Luxembourg 62:50. WWK Donau-Ries won the group with 60:49 over BBC Etzella Ettelbruck. In Group 2 Rhein-Main Baskets was stronger then the oppoenets winning over MLP BasCats Heidelberg 55:31 and Phoenix Hagen 58:27. MLP BasCats Heidelberg lost to Phoenix Hagen 44:59 in the last game. Eisvogel Freiburg dominated Group 3 beating mhplus Ludwigsburg 59:33 and BG Dorsten 59:32. BG Dorsten rolled over mhplus Ludwigsburg 38:34 for the second place. BBZ Opladen won Group 4 by winning over Gruner Stern Keltern 70:43 and T71 Dudelange 71:32. The latter beat Gruner Stern Keltern 58:42 in another game. In the Quarterfinals Rhein-Main Baskets edged TSV Towers Speyer-Schifferstadt 78:42, while WWK Donau-Ries beat Phoenix Hagen 55:47. BBZ Opladen cruised past BG Dorsten 67:41, whilst Eisvogel Freiburg smashed T71 Dudelange 64:18. Rhein-Main Baskets reached the Final after 50:47 over BBZ Opladen in a real thriller. Eisvogel Freiburg advanced to the Final beating WWK Donau-Ries 61:36. Eisvogel Freiburg triumphed in the tournament with 65:51 over Rhein-Main Baskets.



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Alex Anderson and Olayinka Sanni in Raanana Hertzeliya - by Eurobasket News
Raanana Hertzeliya is getting shaped prior to the upcoming season. The team is eager to repeat the result of 2008 when they made it to the Israeli League Final. The recent acquisitions should help. Raanana Hertzeliya landed two imports. Alex Anderson (185-G/F-86, agency: Ronsport, college: Chattanooga) and Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) will wear the team's colors next season.
Alex Anderson started the previous season in Israel with Hapoel Tel-Aviv. There the 23-year-old forward averaged 20.6 points, 9.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. She moved to Turkey then signing a deal with Ted Kayseri. In TBBL her stats came up to 8.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals.
Olayinka Sanni played in France last year. The 23-year-old centre produced 13.2 points, 5.8 boards and 1.8 steals per game for Calais. The player is currently playing in the WNBA for the Detroit Shock. She tallies 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per appearance.
Raanana Hertzeliya also secured the services of Karin Agasi (172-G-88), Chen Stein (171-G-82, agency: Data Plus Group) and Hadas Levy. Karin Agasi played for Maccabi Ashdod last year. She averaged 8.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
Chen Stein delivered 5.6 points, 1.3 boards and 1.3 assists for Ramat Hen during the previous D1 championship.
Hadas Levy (170-G-88) extended her contract with Raanana Hertzeliya. She notched 1.7 points per game.
The team also invited Hadar Gutin (182-G-91), Eloisa Katz (182-F/C-91), Liron Shifter (G) and Maya Reiter (180-F-90).



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  IVORY COAST - Women  


Nigeria beat Cote dIvoire 71-64 in Game-3 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
..Qualify for 21st CAN

Nigeria senior Women national team, D'Tigress earned a hard victory over Cote d'Ivoire in Game-3 of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women Zone-III qualifiers by 71-64 points to book a place in the final round of the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women billed for Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The third game became necessary after both side tied on points for and against with Cote d'Ivoire winning Game-1 on Monday by 55-52 while Nigeria won the second game Tuesday by 66-63 points to stretch the elimination series into a third game to break the ties.

Both sides had begun the third game on a fast but cautious note with Nigeria winning the first quarter by 23-20 points, the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Nigerian side extended the gap between her and her Ivories counterpart in the second quarter with a 23-11 points win to go into the break with a 46-31 points advantage.

The Coach Simon Guillov tutored young Ivories side came into the third quarter with greater zeal and determination which paid off for them as they won the quarter by 16-14 points to reduce the gap by two points.

The Kani Kouyate inspired Ivories side determination to upturn the table against their Nigerian foe in the fourth quarter only yielded a 17-11 point's win for a cumulative scoreline of 71-64 points in favour of Nigeria.

Nigeria forward, Rashidat Sadiq led her team with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Vera Ellong added 14 points while the duo of Mfon Udoka and Tamunomiete Whyte contributed 12 points each.

Mariama Kouyate led the floor with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, her kid sister and teammate Kani Kouyate added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 rebounds.



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Ligita Kinkeviciene will play in Limoges - by Eurobasket News
Limoges added another Lithuanian player to their roster. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) followed Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) who joined the French team in August.
The 33-year-old guard spent the last five years of her career in Arvi Marijampole. Last season Kinkeviciene tallied 11.5 points, 3.1 boards and 2.5 assist per game in the LMKL. In Baltic League her stats came up to 12.3 points, 3.2 boards and 2.3 assists, while in EuroCup Ligita Kinkeviciene produced 9.6 points and 3.1 boards per appearance. She was named to the Eurobasket.com All-BWBL 1st Team.



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INSTANT IMPACT: South Carolina Aiken signs Catherine Cain from Ohio U! - by Lucius Jones
Hidden Gems College Placement:

Catherine Cain (5'11''-G/F) is a senior who came in from Ohio and is expected to carry on the newly established winning tradition at S.Carol.-Aiken, as well as the success stories of several NCAA D1 transfers there. Catherine Cain is a player who has three years of experience at Ohio and one as a starter there. Multiple coaching cxhanges caused Cain to look for some stability for her senior season as an aspiring professional basketball player. Cain is expected to come in and play a huge role in the very successful S.Carol.-Aiken program which has been a fixture among the top 25 NCAA D2 team in the nation. The versatile talent can play very effectively at the 2,3,or 4 positions and can play 1 or 5 in a pinch. Probably most effective as a three, where she can use her versatility as a strong advantage regardless of the matchup. Look for the former MAC player to instantly become a vital piece of the winning puzzle at S.Carol.-Aiken.


INSTANT IMPACT: Ashley Milhoan signs with Bluefield St of the WVIAC! - by Lucius Jones
Hidden Gems College Placement:

Ashley Mihoan, who formerly played at Columbus St. CC in Ohio is one of the latest additions to the Bluefield St. program's rise. The NCAA D2 team expects lots of production from the 5'10' Guard/Forward who is no stranger to just that. Ashley Milhoan was All Conference both years at Columbus St. CC , 2nd Team as a freshman and 1st Team as a sophomore. She averaged 22ppg to go along with 6rpg 3apg 2spg and a 50%FG. An amazing mid-range shooter with a blossoming 3pt game, the versatile player also plays top notch defense and can drive of the dribble as well. Ashley is a well conditioned basketball player who is stepping into a strong role on this team. Expect big things from this JC transfer over the next two years.


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Nigeria beat Cote dIvoire 71-64 in Game-3 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
..Qualify for 21st CAN

Nigeria senior Women national team, D'Tigress earned a hard victory over Cote d'Ivoire in Game-3 of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women Zone-III qualifiers by 71-64 points to book a place in the final round of the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women billed for Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The third game became necessary after both side tied on points for and against with Cote d'Ivoire winning Game-1 on Monday by 55-52 while Nigeria won the second game Tuesday by 66-63 points to stretch the elimination series into a third game to break the ties.

Both sides had begun the third game on a fast but cautious note with Nigeria winning the first quarter by 23-20 points, the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Nigerian side extended the gap between her and her Ivories counterpart in the second quarter with a 23-11 points win to go into the break with a 46-31 points advantage.

The Coach Simon Guillov tutored young Ivories side came into the third quarter with greater zeal and determination which paid off for them as they won the quarter by 16-14 points to reduce the gap by two points.

The Kani Kouyate inspired Ivories side determination to upturn the table against their Nigerian foe in the fourth quarter only yielded a 17-11 point's win for a cumulative scoreline of 71-64 points in favour of Nigeria.

Nigeria forward, Rashidat Sadiq led her team with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Vera Ellong added 14 points while the duo of Mfon Udoka and Tamunomiete Whyte contributed 12 points each.

Mariama Kouyate led the floor with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, her kid sister and teammate Kani Kouyate added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 rebounds.



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Aguas Buenas notched up its seven win of the season - by Raul Colon
A night after upsetting the Mayaguez Indians, San Juan could not kept the offensive intensity, succumbing 75-70 to the Aguas Buenas Tigresas.

In a game highlight by as many as thirteen ties and fourteen lead changes, the Tigresas managed to squeeze out its seven win of the year. San Juan fell to 6-6. Jessica Butler scored 18, Roxyali Munoz added 17 and Jasmine Young 13 for Aguas Buenas.

Rashida Suber once again led the Warriors with 23. She also grabbed 8 boards. PG Amanda Decoud had 18 while Leslie Vazquez chipped in with 11.


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Roznava agrees with Timea Sujova - by Eurobasket News
MBK Agrotrade Roznava announced signing of Timea Sujova (175-G-84) for the upcoming season. The 25-year old guard is coming to Roznava from another Slovakian team, Inpek UKF Nitra. Last season, she appeared 30 times in Extraliga averaging 13.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg and 3.8 spg. She had pretty decent 36% from behind the arc and led Nitra to Playoff Semifinals.
In the past Timea Sujova one more time reached Extraliga Semifinals. It was on season 2005/06 with Siemens Poprad. She played 26 games during that season collecting 11.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg and 3.2 spg. The team also participated in EuroCup, where Sujova also demonstrated decent performance. For 6 games there she averaged 7.2 ppg and 3.3 apg. That year she was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention -06'.
Last season, Roznava managed to secure survival in Extraliga, but nothing more that that. They finished regular season as No.9, what was not enough for the Playoffs. With addition of Timea Sujova the team hopes it will be able to improve on last season results. Roznava earned promotion to Extraliga in 2007.


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Leah Rush moves from Spain to Australia - by Eurobasket News
Townsville Fire recruit Leah Rush (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Oklahoma) was expected to bring enthusiasm and years of world basketball experience to the side for the 2009/10 WNBL season, writes Natalie Peut in The Townsville Bulletin.

Rush, who had a stint playing in the WNBA for the Chicago Sky in 2008, came to Australia to play in the Queensland Basketball League for the Rockhampton Cyclones after a season in Spain.

Signing for just one season with the Fire, the globetrotter said she was thrilled to be in Townsville and was looking forward to the start of the season on October 4.

Australia is a neat place, I enjoy the country and enjoy the people and I think the league is pretty good, Rush said.

Specifically (I chose) Townsville because I think Bucks (coach Peter Buckle) is a good coach, I've heard a lot good things about him and the way he runs his program up here. There is quality talent in the program already so I thought I'd come up here and see what we can do about a championships maybe.

Arriving in Townsville on Sunday, the 186cm Rush has enjoyed three training sessions with her new side.

There are a lot of good girls on and off the court (here) and I think it will be a good environment, Rush said.

(From) what I've seen so far there is a lot of versatile players on this team and a lot of different combinations we can throw in there throughout the season.

Born in United States, the 24-year-old can play any position on the court and will be valuable with key player Rohanee Cox expected to be out until the end of November with knee injury.

As long as I'm on court I don't really care (where I play) as long as I'm playing ball, Rush said.

I've always been a do-whatever kind of player.

Buckle said Rush brought flexibility and enthusiasm to the team.

She can cover Rohee's position. She's got the experience and flexibility to do that which is a great bonus for us, Buckle said.

When Rohee comes back in Leah can slide between the four and five position.

In a further boost for the Fire, Kirby Dalgelish has decided to return to the team this season after earlier indicating she would not be available.

Fire squad: Kirby Dalgleish, Rachael Flanagan, Rebecca Schatz, Aneka Davis (nee Kerr), Cherie Smith, Rebecca Vanderjagt, Amy Lewis, Rohanee Cox, Leah Rush and Tanya Smith.


Courtesy of The Townsville Bulletin and WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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  SWEDEN - Women  


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


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Standings - LNF
LNA Standings
 1. Pully 0-0 
 2. Riva Basket 0-0 
 3. Fribourg 0-0 
 4. BBC 0-0 
 5. Sierre 0-0 
 6. Helios 0-0 
 7. Nyon 0-0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Deanna Nolan and Candace Parker named Players Of The Week - by Eurobasket News
Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) of the Detroit Shock and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for regular season games played Monday, September 7 through Sunday, September 13.

Deanna Nolan wins her third consecutive Player of the Week award and the sixth of her career to become the second player in league history (Cappie Pondexter, 2009) to win three straight awards. She averaged 20.7 points on 40.8 percent (20-49) shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists while leading the Shock to a 2-1 record. She boosted the Shock to wins over the New York Liberty and Chicago Sky and helped Detroit secure its seventh consecutive playoff berth.

Against the Liberty, Nolan tied her season high with 34 points. She shot 64.7 percent (11-17) from the field in the game, including six three-pointers. In the season finale against the Sky, she scored 19 points, including 13 in the third quarter, while leading Detroit back from a 19-point halftime deficit. She also pulled down eight rebounding in the win.

Nolan is a four-time All-WNBA selection and WNBA All-Star. She has won three championships with Detroit and has been a member of seven Shock playoff teams (2003-09). She was named WNBA Finals MVP in 2006. Nolan averaged a career-high 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 2009.

Parker wins her third career Player of the Week award and second of 2009 after a week in averaging 16.3 points, a league-leading 13.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, also a league best, and 2.3 assists. She led the team to a 3-0 week, including wins over San Antonio and Phoenix.

Parker collected 13 or more rebounds in each of her three games, including 14 rebounds in her final two games to tie her season high. Against the Mercury, she set her season high for points with 24. She posted three double-doubles this week to close out the season with six consecutive double-doubles. Parker also handed out five assists against Minnesota and blocked four shots against San Antonio.

Parker averaged 13.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 blocks in 2009. She led the WNBA in double-doubles with 15 despite missing eight games at the beginning of the season due to the birth of her first child. Parker, the top pick of the 2008 WNBA Draft, won the 2008 WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year awards and a gold medal with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were New York's Shameka Christon, Phoenix's Cappie Pondexter, Sacramento's Nicole Powell, San Antonio's Shanna Crossley, Seattle's and Washington's Lindsey Harding.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


How Seattle and Los Angeles match up in first-round WNBA series - by Eurobasket News
Point guards

Storm: Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut), 5-10, 12.8 ppg, 5.8 apg.

Sparks: Kristi Harrower, 5-4, 3.1 ppg, 2.2 apg.

The matchup: Bird led the WNBA in assists this season and has the ability to create her own shot. She's a more vocal leader this year, which gives the advantage to Seattle.




Shooting guards

Storm: Tanisha Wright, 5-10, 12.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Sparks: Tina Thompson, 6-2, 13.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

The matchup: Wright will be working overtime, defending the Olympian and contributing offensively to help keep L.A. honest on defense. Thompson, a league original, has too much experience, and the edge goes to L.A.




Forwards

Storm: Swin Cash, 6-1, 12.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Sparks: Candace Parker, 6-4, 13.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg

The matchup: Parker, back from giving birth in May, will play all over the court. Cash usually covers the opponents' best player, so she'll tag along. Healthy from back surgery in March, Cash has the skills to limit the reigning MVP.

Storm: Janell Burse, 6-5, 6.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg

Sparks: DeLisha Milton-Jones, 6-1, 10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg

The matchup: Burse is a better offensive shooter than rebounder. She'll have to stay out of foul trouble and be physical from the jump to be sure Milton-Jones doesn't get the early advantage.



Center

Storm: Camille Little, 6-2, 10.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Sparks: Lisa Leslie, 6-5, 15.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg

The matchup: Little doesn't care about Leslie's fame or farewell. The third-year post player will use her quickness to get to the ball as she has done all season, playing strong under the hoop. Leslie will also have to watch foul trouble with her notorious elbows.



Bench

Storm: Playing without two-time MVP Lauren Jackson the final six games of the regular season, the reserves got a good run. Guard Shannon Johnson shot 48.4 percent from the field in her final five games. Center Suzy Batkovic-Brown scored 11 first-half points in the finale against San Antonio. Seattle needs to continue the production.

Sparks: As if the starting five weren't enough. L.A.'s bench features Betty Lennox, the Storm's 2004 Finals MVP, and fellow sharpshooters Marie Ferdinand-Harris and Noelle Quinn. Quinn could start, however. L.A. is too deep and too potent for Seattle.



Coaches

Storm: Brian Agler

Sparks: Michael Cooper

The matchup: Both are quality coaches, but Agler will be the one whipping up in-game schemes to battle Cooper's revolving door of talent. If L.A. is shooting well and interested in playing clean defense, this series could be over quick. Leslie had problems with her right knee early in the season and Parker is still getting into shape, but Cooper always has his team playing on another level this time of year.



Prediction: Los Angeles, 2-1.

Courtesy of www.seattletimes..com/



Injuries doomed Sun's season - by Eurobasket News
Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota), the only player to start all 34 games for the Connecticut Sun, sustained a concussion Sunday in the season finale against Indiana and left the floor with 7:01 to play.

It was so typical of the Sun's season. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) (Achilles' tendon) and Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) (knee) were among the many players impacted by injury at one point or another.

Those injuries, and Connecticut's inability to compensate for them, essentially doomed the team from the day Amber Holt (6'0''-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) broke her hand in the preseason.

'This has been the hardest season I've had coaching in a long time here, for a lot of reasons - the injuries, players not here at the start, some controversial losses, some calls that didn't go our way. All of those things add up,' coach Mike Thibault said. 'This is the most frustrated that I have been since I have been here.'

For the first time in their seven-year history, the Sun finished under .500 (16-18) and out of the playoffs. Coming out of the All-Star break 9-6 and on a four-game winning streak, they immediately lost three straight. And they ended the season winning only four of their last 12.

'Obviously, we're not happy that we didn't make the playoffs,' Whalen said. 'We'll just have to get better for next year.'

Thibault, the only head coach the Sun have had, gathered his team in the locker room after the 95-85 win over the Fever at Mohegan Sun Arena.

'The team things that needed to be said, the coaches talked to the players about,' Thibault said. 'It was probably a better time to do it than wait. I just talked about what I thought were some of the pitfalls of the season and some things that I thought we could get better on.'

Those problems were most acute once Jones, their leading scorer, was lost with a sore Achilles' after her 23-point performance Aug. 14 at Washington. What initially was thought to be a two-week rehab turned into a season-ending loss.

Finishing out of the playoffs means the Sun will be included in the draft lottery for the first time, joining Sacramento, Chicago, New York and Minnesota, which also owns New York's first pick.

The top three picks in the college draft are likely to be UConn center Tina Charles, Stanford center Jayne Appel and Virginia forward Monica Wright.

Sun general manager Chris Sienko said Tan White, Keisha Brown and Kerri Gardin will be unrestricted free agents. And there may be an expansion draft if Tulsa, Okla., is admitted and not assigned a transferred franchise. If the rules remain the same, the Sun would get to protect six players, setting up a choice between Erin Phillips, 2009 first-round pick Chante Black and Spanish prospect Alba Torrens.

The Sun must also prepare for the possibility that Sandrine Gruda (France) and Phillips (Australia) may be convinced to remain home for at least a portion of next summer to prepare for the 2010 World Championship.


Courtesy of www.courant.com