EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/27/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radivojevic returns in Crvena Zvezda - by Zoran Popovic
After two seasons in Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid, Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) returns in Crvena Zvezda and signs one year deal. Last season Radivojevic on 24 games average scored 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Radivojevic started career in Partizan and passed young categories, played for Sloga Kraljevo in season 2002-2003 and in season 2003-2004 moved to Crvena Zvezda. From 2003 till 2007 Radivojevic played for Crvena Zvezda and won two National Cups, 2004 and 2006. Vuk Radivojevic was member of Serbian National team 2007.

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  ARGENTINA   


TNA official rosters 2009/10 updated - by Facundo Iatzky
ALMA JUNIORS (Esperanza)

Gustavo Mascaro
Matias Missio
Nicolas Correnti
Facundo Rittiner
Matias Tomatis (190-G-74)
Javier Giletta
Antonino Forte
Pablo Fernandez
Lautaro Bouchet
Fernando Cavagna
Jonatan Faber
Sebastian Porta
Gustavo Bianchi
Ivan Basualdo



ARGENTINO (Junin)

Luciano Tantos
Santiago Scala
Selem Safar (190-G-87)
Javier Ceci
Emanuel Dangelo
Angel Delmonte
Lucas Bertucelli
Pablo Martinez
Pablo Espinoza
Leandro Bordoy
Martin Pasquinelli
Santiago Gonzalez



ASOCIACION ITALIANA (Charata)

Lucas Gornatti (185-G-82)
Cristian Schoppler
Facundo Alegre
Juan Pablo Sanchez
Luciano Rivero
Mariano Minhot
Juan Angel Lopez
Renzo Cipolletti
Kevin Frey
Javier Caceres
Ricardo Centeno
Fernando Mendez
Cristian Reigenborn
Alejandro Cabrera



BELGRANO (San Nicols)

Juan Gandoy
Ignacio Moreno
Mariano Garcia (202-F-86)
Sergio Ravina
Javier Ledesma
Rodrigo Noguera
Juan Cruz Colla
Gonzalo Silvero
Gregorio Eseverri
Lisandro Villa
Matias Rodriguez
Leonardo Ghio
Facundo Brizuela
Ramiro Paz
Diego Choternasty
Eddie Washington



CICLISTA JUNINENSE

Bruno Oprandi
Daniel Ederra
Alejandro Konsztadt
Fabian Elias Saad (187-G-83)
Bruno Barovero
Brian Najnudel
Juan Pablo Ibarra
Damian Pineda
Nicolas Maggi
Howard Wilkerson
Bruno Martire
Andres Antonellini
Federico Arce
Javier Abbadie



CIUDAD DE BRAGADO

Julian Olmedo
Gaston Garcia
Sebastian Almiron
Agustin Heredia
Federico Pollio
Cesar Avalle (190-G-85)
Fabricio Rebechi
Ezequiel Romero
Sebastian Pardal
Lisandro Rasio
Leandro Gonzalez
Luis Piazza



EL NACIONAL-MONTE HERMOSO

Lucas Perez
Nicolas Paletta
Martin Macaya
Alexis Elsener
Bruno Gelsi
Nicolas Breppe
Mario Sepulveda (200-F-77)
Francisco Hoffmann
Fabricio Montironi
Pablo Heit
Ezequiel Dentis
Ramiro Heinrich
Franco Antonellini
Ije Nwankwo



FIRMAT FC

Damian Palacios (176-G-85)
Alejandro Eiguren
Emiliano Stenta
Martin Ghirardi
Leonel Lorenzatti
Leandro Pugnali
German Boero
Matias Cudos
Jeremy Clayton
Nahuel Ledesma
Matias Fernandez
Mauro Negri
Nahuel Colaneri



INDEPENDIENTE (Neuquen)

Leandro Lauro
Pablo Bendel
Rodrigo Barrado
Juan Kelly
Santiago Fedele
Juan Zamudio
Juan Levrino
Carlos Paredes
Martin Melo
Ramiro Mendoza
Guillermo Gavotti
Gabriel Lovagnini
Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern)
Juan Manuel Apollonio
Mauro Bulchi
Cesar Chaine
Raymond Canady



INDEPENDIENTE (Tandil)

Emmanuel Hartstock
Diego Lorio
Valerio Andrizzi (190-G-76)
Juan Ignacio Mateo
Pablo Israeloff
Gaston Gonzalez
Martin Trimboli
Facundo Grutzky
Matas Gutkin
Bernardo Lisarrague
Ivan Castelli
Juan Pablo Trapote
Matias Ruger





9 DE JULIO (Rio Tercero)

Adrian Forastieri
Nicolas Lorenzo
Sebastian Faure
Leandro Giovanna
Miguel Gerlero
Juan Gallo
Alejandro Spalla
Anthony Steward
Emiliano Martina (201-C/F-83)
Emiliano Rosales
Gustavo Acosta
Leonardo Segura
Federico Cisterna



OBERA TENIS CLUB

Mariano Castets
Leonardo La Bella
Juan Pablo Rojas
Eduardo Gamboa
Alejandro Acuna
Martin Maximiliano (90)
Cristian Negrotto
Raul Barrios
Chaz Spicer
Facundo Giorgi
Nahum Monsalve
Jose Fabio
Pablo Rizzo
Carlos Baez





SAN MARTIN (Corrientes)

Juan Pablo Sartorelli
Victor Hugo Cajal
Maximiliano Saravia
Leandro Portillo
Mariano Bartolucci
Luciano Gonzalez
Mariano Vallejos
Mariano Ceruti
Fabian Ramirez Barrios
Nicolas Zamudio
Lucas Martina
Claudio Chiappero (203-C-74)





SAN MARTIN (Marcos Juarez)

German Bernhardt
Pablo Bruna
Santiago Cuevas
Gaston Luchino (184-G-82)
Lucas Barlasina
Nicolas Vigna
Nahuel Bernardi
Andres Robledo
Facundo Ortega
Federico Oggero
German Sacomano
Donato Nasuti
Mariano Garcia
Rodrigo Alvarez
Diego Brezzo



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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Hawks 2-0 
 2. Tigers 1-0 
 3. Crocodiles 1-0 
 4. Breakers 1-0 
 5. Taipans 1-1 
 6. 36ers 0-1 
 7. Perth 0-2 
 8. Blaze 0-2 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


BBL Cup: Zalgiris earn the trophy - by Eurobasket News
Final

Zalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas 83:78
Zalgiris held off their archrivals Lietuvos Rytas to clinch the BBL Cup title. Zalgiris won the game in front of the supportive home crowd in Kaunas.
Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) opened the score with a three-pointer. But Babrauskas quickly matched him on the other end. The teams traded baskets before Lietuvos Rytas exploded with seven points in a row to earn a 15:11 lead. Zavackas stretched the margin to 7 points late in the first frame before Klimavicius drained a trey to narrow the deficit. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Begic knocked down five consecutive points as Zalgiris regained the lead. Klimavicius and Marcus Brown followed with back-to-back trebles as Zalgiris ensured a 28:25 lead less than three minutes into the second stanza. Martynas Pocius and Marcus Brown extended the gap at 7 points midway through the term. The hosts maintained the margin and Kalnietis soon gave Zalgiris a 9-point lead. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) capped the half with a free throw as Lietuvos Rytas went into the locker room down by 8 points 37:45. Two triples from Kalnietis boosted the advantage to 12 points. But an 8:0 run from Lietuvos Rytas later into the period helped them cut the distance. The teams exchanged buckets before Bojan Popovic (190-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) dragged Lietuvos Rytas within 4. Bojan Popovic followed with two free throws, while Jomantas crowned the third frame with a jumper as the teams headed into the fourth stanza tied at 61. Martynas Pocius knocked down a three-pointer to pull Zalgiris back in front at the start of the fourth quarter. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) extended the lead to 4 points but Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) kept Lietuvos Rytas within striking distance. The game grew rougher as the teams came up with a bunch of misses. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Milko Bjelica exchanged two free throws as Lietuvos Rytas stayed behind by two points. Milko Bjelica and Martynas Gecevicius teamed up for 4 points as the visitors finally broke in front 69:68 with just over four minutes to go. Dainius Salenga and Zavackas traded baskets and then Janavicius hit two freebies to put Zalgiris ahead 72:71. Martynas Gecevicius converted a lay-up but Martynas Pocius immediately answered with a trey to keep the home team in front. Bojan Popovic hit just one free throw, while Travis Watson punished Lietuvos Rytas on the other end to provide his team with a 3-point advantage. Milko Bjelica hit a jumper to narrow the deficit at 76:77 with 56 seconds remaining. Dainius Salenga came up with four accurate free throws to keep Zalgiris ahead with 29 seconds remaining. Martynas Pocius added two more free throws in the dying seconds and the Kaunas team entertained the home fans with the first trophy of the season.

Zalgiris: Dainius Salenga 18, Martynas Pocius 17, Marcus Brown 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Milko Bjelica 16, Bojan Popovic 16, Martynas Gecevicius 14

Consolation final

Ventspils - Kalev/Cramo 91:67

Ventspils earned the third spot at the BBL Cup held in Kaunas. The Latvian champions overcame Kalev/Cramo in the consolation final today. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) unloaded 18 points to pace Ventspils.
Kalev/Cramo jumped in charge in the opening frame as Raddik and Riis delivered regularly. But Janis Strelnieks knocked down five points in a row to erase the deficit. Martins Berkis (199-F-85) and Janis Strelnieks soon gave Ventspils a 23:15 lead. Kalev/Cramo immediately responded with 7 points in a row to narrow the margin. But Martins Berkis capped the period with a jumper to ensure a 25:22 lead for the Latvian side. Ventspils scored ten points in a row early in the second frame as the margin grew at 11-point mark. Martins Berkis and Ronalds Zakis boosted the advantage to 15 points as Kalev/Cramo lagged behind. Ventspils arrived at halftime up by 15 points 47:32. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the intrigue as they clipped the distance at 10 points. However Ronalds Zakis and Jurevicus kept Ventspils rolling. The margin reached a 21-point mark and Ventspils would not stop. They entered the final frame up by 22 points and never looked back en route to the win.
Martins Berkis fired 16 points for Ventspils. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) had 13 points, while Ronalds Zakis delivered 12 in the victory. Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) answered with 16 points for Kalev/Cramo. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) had 15 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in the losing effort.

Ventspils: Janis Strelnieks 18, Martins Berkis 16, Mareks Jurevicus 13
Kalev/Cramo: Gert Dorbek 16, Gregor Arbet 15



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  BOSNIA   


KK Sutjeska Foca sign Milorad Damjanac - by Eurobasket
KK Sutjeska Foca added to their roster Serbian center Milorad Damjanac (206-C, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Damjanac played most recently at MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje (FYR Macedonia), where he helped his team to make it to the Superleague semifinals. He had quite busy last season, when he played in three countries. He started in Iceland. But the teams were laying-off import players dues to very deep recession. Then he tried in Turkey before ending the season in FYR Macedonia.

Cedevita Cup: Siroki finishes third after rolling over Enisey Krasnoyarsk - by Eurobasket News
Siroki - Krasnojarsk 91-79

Siroki managed to beat Russian outfit Enisey Krasnoyarsk to clinch third place at the Cedevita Cup. Even though this time Krasnoyarsk was stronger for its starting point guard Lionel Chalmers, Siroki still managed to came away with 91-79 win. This was mostly thanks to excellent game by Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances). It was a close first half where neither team held lead bigger than 2 points. After initial 10 minutes of play the score was tied at 22. In the second, lead changed few times, but it was Krasnoyarsk who had 40-42 at the HT. Than in the third, Puljko started with his show, sparking Siroki to 8- 0 run. With few minutes left in the third, Puljko drained a three pointer to give Siroki its biggest lead of the game. With 10 minutes left, Siroki was 63-56 up. In the final quarter, Siroki players continued in the same rhythm. Krasnoyarsk did not have enough spark to mount the serious comeback, so Siroki routinely closed out the game for the final 91-79 score.
Puljko finished the night with 25 points, scoring 4 three pointers. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) and Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side) added 11 points apiece, while Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) finished the game with 10. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) was the best Krasnoyarsk player on the night, scoring 19 points. Vladimir Dyachok (204-F-80), Sergei Demeshkin (200-F-76) and Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, college: Coppin St.) added 12 points each.

Siroki: Hrvoje Puljko 25, Ivan Siriscevic 11, Ivan Grgat 11, Sime Spralja 10
Enisey Krasnoyarsk: Kaspars Kambala 19, Vladimir Dyachok 12, Sergei Demeshkin 12, Fred Warrick 12



Capljina fails to reach Tournament final after falling to Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Capljina - Zagreb 76-89

Capljina could not continue their good form with another win over Croatian teams, as they were beaten by Zagreb. This time Croatian opponent proved to posses too much quality for newcomer to 1st Bosnian league as they recorded 76-89 win. Zagreb players controlled the match from the start and never allowed Capljina to impose their game. In the first quarter, Zagreb players came out strong from the gate as they managed to build 17-28 lead in the first quarter. At the beginning of the second, Zagreb continued with a good run and with several minutes left in the half, they were up by 19 points. Capljina managed to cut the deficit by the halt time, but Zagreb was still comfortably up 37-50. In the second half, Zagreb players routinely kept their lead. They had too much skill and too much depth, to allow Capljina to mount serious comeback. At the end, all Zagreb players got on the court, as they celebrated 76-89 victory.
Krunoslav Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) led the way for Zagreb with 24 points. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) added 17, while Toni Dijan (205-F-83) and Vladimir Krstic (185-G-72, agency: Court Side) finished the night with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other hand, best Cappljina player on the night was Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) with 23 points. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) stopped on 14, while Radovanovic contributed with 13 points.
Zagreb is set to face Bosnian outfit Sloboda in the game for the first place. Capljina will have to settle for he battle for the third place, when they face the host of the Tournament Zrinjski.

Zagreb CO: Krunoslav Simon 24, Luka Zoric 17, Toni Dijan 12, Vladimir Krstic 11
Capljina Lasta: Ivan Bakovic 23, Jozo Brkic 14, Radovanovic 13


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  BULGARIA   


Dimitar Angelov returns to Yambol - by Eurobasket News
According to reports from Bulgaria, Yambol is set to receive huge boost to its roster after agreeing a deal with Dimitar Angelov (202-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances). Since he left Lukoil Akademik, Bulgarian National Team member has been looking for a club. Reportedly he was approached by Yambol management, who offered him a chance to return to the team from his home town, where he started basketball career. It seems that the offer was too good to refuse and Angleov will be playing for Yambol.
Dimitar Angelov started his career in 1997 when he made debut for Yambolgaz. In 5 seasons with Yambolgaz, Angleov established himself as an excellent young prospect. One of his best seasons came during 1999-200 when he averaged 18.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Because of his versatility, Angleov was labeled as one of the most promising Bulgarian players. In 2002 Angleov signed with Aris, where he spent one season and appeared in 26 League games, posting averages of 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He has also played for the likes of CSKA, BC Kyiv, Levski and Larissa among many. Last season, he spent at Lukoil with whom he has won the National Title. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 19 Bulgarian League games. Angleov is also a member of Bulgarian National Team. He played at EuroBasket 2005 in Belgrade, while he appeared in 8 qualification games for Euobasket 2009 in Poland. In those matches he averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds.


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  CHINA   


"PARK"ED in China.... - by Alex Yam
SMUSH: JUST WIN IT

Last season, without any doubt the guard that made the biggest impact/splash in the CBA was former Lakers starting point guard, Smush Parker. Parker and his teammates led their team, Guangdong through the playoffs where they won their 2nd straight CBA championship with relative ease.

Due to the delay in the start of the 2009-10 CBA season, the biggest question in China, was in fact, if Smush was returning to the CBA, and help defend the title he became so crucial in winning. An NBA level guard, in so many facets, Smush has been accepted and beloved in China, as much as any American player.

Although his numbers will not stand out, as statistically being impressive, its his control of the team, and his defense that make him the most prized commodity in Chinese basketball lore.

This season Smush will indeed RETURN to China, and Guangdong, in a effort to win an unprecedented 3rd straight CBA championship for the team, 2nd in a row for him, and extend his name beyond that of the basketball courts of the CBA.

A New York legend, starting PG on a NBA Finals team, to Chinese superstar in Basketball, is quite a list of accomplishments for a player just hitting the prime of his career. Its not a matter of winning the CBA championship, rather a matter of how many can he win? Season starts in under 2 months.



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  COLOMBIA   


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 9-3 
 2. Cucuta Norte 9-6 
 3. Cangrejeros 9-7 
 4. Piratas 8-7 
 5. Islanders 7-9 
 6. Arrieros 6-9 
 7. Alcaldia 4-12 


Federation Cup Day 17 results - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros Freskaleche thanks to the 23 pts of Cory Bradford defeated Arrieros Idea in Bucaramanga, Arrieros had Jermaine Walker back , the game was very close, With Bucaros leading by 4 in the end of the third quarter, but the good performance of Bradford in the last achieved the victory to the yellow team.
Bucaros Freskaleche 87 Cory Bradford 23pts.
Arrieros Idea 78

After the controversy, Patriotas traveled to San Andrs a defeated Islanders Sopesa, the lost was a surprise for the Islande team that had Marlon Martinez for the first time on the court, Patriotas begins a hard work to try a place in the next round.
Islanders Sopesa 71
Patiotas 99

Cangrejeros despite play just with one import, defeated Piratas Saludcoop in Cartagena, for Piratas it was its 4 lost in the last 5 games, Cangrejeros is close to clinch a place into the first places.
Cangrejeros Iderbol 81
Piratas Saludcoop 66



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  CROATIA   


Kastela rolls over Trogir in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Trogir - Kastela 58-92

Trogir hosted the newcomer to Croatian 1st league Kastela in a friendly match as part of preseason preparations. Kastela ran away with a 58-92 victory as they displayed dominance from the opening tip off. Reasons for such huge loss, Trogir can look in the fact that they played without their starting point guard. Along with troubles in organization of the offense, Trogir players turned the ball over 24 times. Also, they had a nightmare on the free throw line where they shot 17 for 29. Kastela players took full advantage of these facts and coasted through the first half building a lead. After the break they continued to apply pressure on the opponent who looked like its hardly waiting for the final buzzer.
For the wining side, Alen Blesic (198-G-89) led the way with 20 points. Teo Marin (194-F-90) was close behind, scoring 19 while Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) finished the contest with 14. Marko Kragic (191-G-81) was the fourth player in double digits as he scored 13 points. For Trogir three players finished in double digits, with Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) leading the way with 20. Matija Poscic (207-C-85, college: De Paul) scored 13 while Josko Alujevic (202-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) added 10.
Trogir will continue with friendly games in the coming days, as they are scheduled to face Adriatica and Cetina. They will also square off against Capljina, while next week they will take participation at the friendly tournament along with Split, Solin and Alkar.

Trogir: Toni Bizaca 20, Matija Poscic 13, Josko Alujevic 10
Kastela: Alen Blesic 20, Teo Marin 19, Stipe Rezic 14, Marko Kragic 13


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 0-0 
 2. Sibenka 0-0 
 3. Dubrava 0-0 
 4. Svjetlost 0-0 
 5. Dubrovnik 0-0 
 6. Zabok 0-0 
 7. Trogir 0-0 
 8. Borik 0-0 
 9. Kastela 0-0 
 10. Darda 0-0 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Cedevita 0-0 
 2. KK Zagreb 0-0 
 3. Cibona 0-0 
 4. Zadar 0-0 


Cedevita Cup: Hemofarm outsmarts the hosts in a heartbreaking final - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Hemofarm 73-75

Cedevita missed a good chance to beat Hemofarm in front of the home crowd and win the Cedevita Cup. In a very close and interesting game, Serbian outfit came away with 73-75 win. It was an even contest from the opening tip-off and it went down to the last second shot to decide winner, so crowd definitely went home pleased with what they saw. In the first quarter, both teams started strong, playing good defense and showing good offensive execution. After initial 10 minutes, Hemofarm was 24-25 up. In the second quarter, Cedevita went on a 6-0 run led by Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) and Rudez. Hemofarm quickly countered through Milivoje Bozovic (210-C/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and evened the game with few minutes until the halftime. Still at the break, Cedevita was holding 39-36 lead. After the breather, it was the first time Hemofarm managed to mount a run, when in the closing minutes they went on 0-5. With 10 minutes left to play the score stood at 55-57. In the last quarter teams exchanged baskets until Milivoje Bozovic and Borisov scored three consecutive triples to give Hemofarm 66-72 lead with 2 minutes remaining. Gedevita countered through Zizc to pull to only 1 point deficit. In the final minute, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored points to pull Cedevita to 73-74. Pavkovic converted only one free throw to set the score at 73-75, after what Damjan Rudez missed the last second attempt, when he took a shot over a hand of Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80).
Andrija Zizic was great for Cedevita with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) added 15 to go along 4 boards, and Jermaine Anderson also had 15. For Hemofarm, Milivoje Bozovic recorded double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Bojan Krstovic also poured in 15. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) was also solid with 13 points. Milivoje Bozovic also took the MVP of the Tournament reward.

Cedevita: Andrija Zizic 16+5 boards, Jermaine Anderson 15, Ivan Opacak 15+4 boards
Hemofarm: Milivoje Bozovic 15+14 boards, Bojan Krstovic 15, Rasko Katic 13


Capljina fails to reach Tournament final after falling to Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Capljina - Zagreb 76-89

Capljina could not continue their good form with another win over Croatian teams, as they were beaten by Zagreb. This time Croatian opponent proved to posses too much quality for newcomer to 1st Bosnian league as they recorded 76-89 win. Zagreb players controlled the match from the start and never allowed Capljina to impose their game. In the first quarter, Zagreb players came out strong from the gate as they managed to build 17-28 lead in the first quarter. At the beginning of the second, Zagreb continued with a good run and with several minutes left in the half, they were up by 19 points. Capljina managed to cut the deficit by the halt time, but Zagreb was still comfortably up 37-50. In the second half, Zagreb players routinely kept their lead. They had too much skill and too much depth, to allow Capljina to mount serious comeback. At the end, all Zagreb players got on the court, as they celebrated 76-89 victory.
Krunoslav Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) led the way for Zagreb with 24 points. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) added 17, while Toni Dijan (205-F-83) and Vladimir Krstic (185-G-72, agency: Court Side) finished the night with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other hand, best Cappljina player on the night was Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) with 23 points. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) stopped on 14, while Radovanovic contributed with 13 points.
Zagreb is set to face Bosnian outfit Sloboda in the game for the first place. Capljina will have to settle for he battle for the third place, when they face the host of the Tournament Zrinjski.

Zagreb CO: Krunoslav Simon 24, Luka Zoric 17, Toni Dijan 12, Vladimir Krstic 11
Capljina Lasta: Ivan Bakovic 23, Jozo Brkic 14, Radovanovic 13


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  CYPRUS   


NISSAN Omonoia Nicosia sign Miko Golubovic - by Eurobasket
NISSAN Omonoia Nicosia signed 27-year old Montenegrin center Miko Golubovic (208-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Golubovic was already announced to have a contract at Swisslion Pelister Bitola (FYR Macedonia). Now it seems he will start the season in Cyprus. Last year he played in ambitious team Energia Rovinari in Romania. but the roster was full of Americans, so it was hard to find place in starting five. He hoped to get more playing time this year and it seems Omonoia can be a good choice.

Last transfer news in Cyprus League - by Michael Aristidou
Teams in Cyprus trying to close up their rosters for the new seazon. Some additions made these last days for the temas. In B.M.C. AEK Larnacas they signed Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85) who played before in the team during 2007-08 period and decided to brought back for this seazon. Pizza Express Primetel Apollon signed american guard Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) in order to have some quality ifrom outside and finally Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios brought american center Chief Kickingstallionsims (216-C-86, college: Stetson).


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 1-0 
 2. Horsholm 0-0 
 3. Amager BK 0-0 
 4. Naestved 0-0 
 5. SISU 0-0 
 6. Aabyhoj 0-0 
 7. Horsens IC 0-0 
 8. Bakken 0-0 
 9. Randers 0-0 
 10. Aalborg 0-1 


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  ESTONIA   


Ventspils fire past Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Kalev/Cramo 91:67

Ventspils earned the third spot at the BBL Cup held in Kaunas. The Latvian champions overcame Kalev/Cramo in the consolation final today. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) unloaded 18 points to pace Ventspils.
Kalev/Cramo jumped in charge in the opening frame as Raddik and Riis delivered regularly. But Janis Strelnieks knocked down five points in a row to erase the deficit. Martins Berkis (199-F-85) and Janis Strelnieks soon gave Ventspils a 23:15 lead. Kalev/Cramo immediately responded with 7 points in a row to narrow the margin. But Martins Berkis capped the period with a jumper to ensure a 25:22 lead for the Latvian side. Ventspils scored ten points in a row early in the second frame as the margin grew at 11-point mark. Martins Berkis and Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) boosted the advantage to 15 points as Kalev/Cramo lagged behind. Ventspils arrived at halftime up by 15 points 47:32. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the intrigue as they clipped the distance at 10 points. However Ronalds Zakis and Jurevicus kept Ventspils rolling. The margin reached a 21-point mark and Ventspils would not stop. They entered the final frame up by 22 points and never looked back en route to the win.
Martins Berkis fired 16 points for Ventspils. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) had 13 points, while Ronalds Zakis delivered 12 in the victory. Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) answered with 16 points for Kalev/Cramo. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) had 15 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in the losing effort.

Ventspils: Janis Strelnieks 18, Martins Berkis 16, Mareks Jurevicus 13
Kalev/Cramo: Gert Dorbek 16, Gregor Arbet 15



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Marcel Jones coming today - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga newcomer Karhu (Kauhajoki) is changing team's American Forward. Tyrekus AJ Bowman (196-F-86, college: Augusta St.) can go and Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) will replace Bowman as he arrives today to Finland. Bowman is a 2-3 player and the games are showing, that Kauhajoki needs a 3-4 player. Jones is probably stronger and a better rebounder with a long wing span. Jones has played earlier in New Zealand. Germany 1. Bundesliga was too tough, though. Hagen did not sign recently with Jones.

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ASVEL prevail against Le Mans at Angers Tournament - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Le Mans 76:54

ASVEL claimed the first trophy of the new season. They held off Le Mans to clinch Angers Tournament title. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) dropped 20 points to pace the winners.
ASVEL grabbed the initiative right from the start. They limited Le Mans to just 8 points in the opening frame to earn a 10-point lead. Le Mans stopped the bleeding in the second period and started to claw their back. Le Mans got within 7 at halftime. But the third frame highlighted the dominance of ASVEL. The Lyon outfit ran away to a 19-point cushion with ten minutes remaining. ASVEL never loosened the grip and cruised to the win at the end.
Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) netted 14 points for ASVEL. Curtis Borchardt (211-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Stanford) had 12 points, while Bangaly Fofana (212-F/C-89) chipped in 10 in the victory. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) responded with 14 points for Le Mans. Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Cent.Missouri) and Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) finished with 11 points each in the losing case.

ASVEL: Bobby Dixon 20, Ali Traore 14, Curtis Borchardt 12, Bangaly Fofana 10
Le Mans: Antoine Diot 14, Zack Wright 11, Dewarick Spencer 11



Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 1-0 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 1-0 
 3. Antibes 1-0 
 4. Evreux 1-0 
 5. Bordeaux 1-0 
 6. St.Vallier 1-0 
 7. Nanterre 1-0 
 8. Le Portel 1-0 
 9. Lille 1-0 
 10. Clermont 0-1 
 11. Boulazac 0-1 
 12. Charleville 0-1 
 13. Quimper 0-1 
 14. Brest 0-1 
 15. Maurienne 0-1 
 16. Fos Ouest 0-1 
 17. Bourg 0-1 
 18. Nantes 0-1 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Denain 4-0 
 2. Le Puy 3-0 
 3. Angers BC 49 2-0 
 4. Challans 2-0 
 5. Angers EOSL 2-1 
 6. St Quentin 2-1 
 7. Boulogne 2-1 
 8. Reims 2-2 
 9. Chalons 1-1 
 10. Get Vosges 1-2 
 11. Cognac 1-2 
 12. Blois 1-2 
 13. Longwy 1-2 
 14. Lievin 1-2 
 15. St Etienne 0-0 
 16. St Chamond 0-3 
 17. Denek 0-3 
 18. CFBB 0-3 


Stats Leaders - ProB


ProB: Season 2009/10 started, summary of Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
St Vallier - Nantes 83-77
Saint Vallier celebrated in the opening round of ProB 2009/10 season mostly owing to Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Iowa St.) and Angelo Tsagarakis, who drained 19 and 17 points respectively. McIntosh dished out 11 assists beside that. Amadi McKenzie had 12, while Ezenwa Ikeagu added 11 pts and 12 boards. In the loosing squad, Devonne Giles collected 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Brest - Evreux 67-69
Evreux grabbed 69-67 road win opening the new season in style. James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) was the one who shined in this victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Michael Doles had 12 pts and 8 rebs, while Joshua Gomes and Mory Correa posted 10 pts each. Brice Vounang was on fire in defeat with 22 pts (9 rebs).

Bordeaux - Quimper 72-69
Bordeaux escaped with 72-69 win against Quimper having couple of players in a game mood. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga) was the best one with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tarvis Williams had 15 pts and 7 rebs. In Quimper, Jeffrey Fahnbulleh collected 21 pts and 11 boards.

Fos Ouest - Antibes 68-75
Darnell Harris (183-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: La Salle) drained 22 points for the winners today. Luc-Arthur Vebobe had double-double, 15 pts and 11 rebounds, while Max Kouguere scored 15 pts. On the other side, David Huertas had 20 pts and 7 boards.

Limoges - Bourg 69-62
Limoges opened the new season victorious. As it was in the last one, Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Louisville) was a key player for Limoges with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Brent Darby also scored 17 and John Ford helped with 12 pts. Daniel Coleman posted 18 points in defeat.

Clermont - Pau-Lacq-Ort. 79-87
Pau-Lacq-Orthez cruised past Clermont on the road thanks to Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) (198-F-83), who demonstrated magnificent performance. It was an overtime win and Mendy spent 41 minutes on the court draining 35 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Slaven Rimac added 15 pts. The hosts got 23 points from Jermaine Bucknor.

Lille - Charleville 88-70
ProB newcomer, Lille opened the season in style with 88-70 win. Jason Siggers (187-G-85, college: Albany) led the scorers in victory with 20 points. Frederic N'Kembe had 15 and Adam Payton added 14 pts. Chris Davis scored 21 pts in loss.

Nanterre - Maurienne 75-68
Loic Akono (178-G-87) stepped up for Nanterre tonight netting 22 points in 26 minutes. Mykal Riley had 14 and Nate Carter followed him with one point less. In Maurienne, Moussa Badiane registered double-double, 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Le Portel - Boulazac 87-76
Dejan Sencanski (198-F-84, agency: Megasport, college: Abil.Christian) top-scored in victory with 18, Ronnie Taylor had 17 points and 7 assists, while Nigel Wyatte added 14 pts and 11 boards in this victory. Martin Le Pellec also scored 14. Josiah James responded with 14 points for the loosing squad.


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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Johannes LISCHKA
  LTi 46ers
  (203-F/C-87)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Lischka, L.Baeren23.7 
 2. Watkins, Cuxhaven21.8 
 3. Hodges, Heidelberg18.8 
 4. Hall, Schalke18.3 
 5. Freese, L.Baeren17.1 
 6. Griffin, Hagen16.9 
 7. Komarek, Heide.16.8 
 8. Reed, L.Baeren16.6 
 9. Weddle, Oslebsha.16.5 
 10. Beran, Heidelbe.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Edward SEWARD
  Bayreuth
  (206-C-78)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Seward, Cuxhaven10.4 
 2. Gilbert, MBC9.2 
 3. Lischka, L.Baeren8.8 
 4. Freese, L.Baeren8.5 
 5. Sabourin, Oslebsha.8.0 
 6. Kruel, Hagen7.7 
 7. Beran, Heidelberg7.5 
 8. Bennett, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Abercrombie, Schal.6.8 
 10. Adeberg, Heidelbe.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg7.9 
 2. Bannister, Schalke5.7 
 3. Ruffin, Braves4.9 
 4. Watkins, Cuxhaven4.4 
 5. Griffin, Hagen4.3 
 6. Freymond, Oslebsha.3.8 
 7. Mueller, Oslebshausen3.5 
 8. Burks, MBC3.5 
 9. Moore, MBC3.3 
 10. Bell, Schal.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg3.5 
 2. Mueller, Oslebshausen2.0 
 3. Lischka, L.Baeren1.8 
 4. Freymond, Oslebsha.1.8 
 5. Paeley, Braves1.7 
 6. Hodges, Heidelberg1.7 
 7. Pryor, Hagen1.7 
 8. Weddle, Oslebsha.1.6 
 9. Reed, L.Baeren1.6 
 10. Ruffin, Brav.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Braves
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wiley, Braves1.6 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven1.4 
 3. Zyskunov, Braves1.1 
 4. Kruel, Hagen1.0 
 5. Fleetwood, Hagen0.9 
 6. Gilbert, MBC0.8 
 7. Sabourin, Oslebsha.0.7 
 8. Tarver, L.Baeren0.7 
 9. Smallwood, Braves0.7 
 10. Abercrombie, Sch.0.7 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Bayreuth 1-0 
 2. Osnabrueck 1-0 
 3. Karlsruhe 1-0 
 4. Crailsheim 1-0 
 5. Kirchheim 1-0 
 6. Jena 1-0 
 7. Braves 0-0 
 8. Noerdlingen 0-0 
 9. Cuxhaven 0-0 
 10. Heidelberg 0-0 
 11. B.Muenchen 0-1 
 12. Langen 0-1 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 0-1 
 14. Freiburg 0-1 
 15. Hannover 0-1 
 16. Chemnitz 0-1 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. Rist-Wedel 1-0 
 2. Herten 1-0 
 3. Weissenhorn 1-0 
 4. Franken Hexer 1-0 
 5. Bayer Giants 1-0 
 6. Wuerzburg B. 1-0 
 7. Stahnsdorf 0-0 
 8. Ehingen 0-0 
 9. TSV Troester 0-0 
 10. SOBA Dragons 0-0 
 11. L.Baeren 0-1 
 12. Vechta 0-1 
 13. Speyer 0-1 
 14. Dt.Bank SKY II 0-1 
 15. SU Medien 0-1 
 16. Wolfenbuettel 0-1 


Qarraan Calhoun (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Thoughts About The Win Against Paderborn And The Upcoming Final Vs Phoenix Hagen September 27th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Qarran Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) is a 22 year old 203 cm forward that is playing his first season in Germany for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He is from Long Branch, New Jersey and went to Bridgton Academy in Maine before going to college. It took him a while before he was comfortable finding a school where he could showcase his basketball abilities. He started at St Johns, then went to Barton County before going to the University of Houston where legendary players like Hakeem the dream Olajuvon and Clyde Drexler played. At Houston, he played 33 games averaging 10.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 46.6%, 3Pts: 35.0%, FT: 59.0%. This weekend, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are taking part in the Phoenix Hagen Cup together with the Telekom baskets Bonn, Phoenix Hagen and The Paderborn Baskets. Frankfurt beat Paderborn94-59 and will meet Hagen in the final who beat Bonn 95-91. Qarraan sat down with Eurobasket to talk about the win against Paderborn and the final game Sunday.

You guys won 94-57 which looks like a slaughter on paper. Was it as easy as the score indicates?

No it was not as easy as the score showed. We really had to work. The game was close at the beginning, but we came together and pulled away. Paderborn played well, but we gave a total team effort.

Paderborn was without top players Nate Gerwig and Malick Moore. Do you think that this effected their play and did the team seem shaken?


I am not sure, because I had never seen them play before.

What were the biggest strength of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners tonight?


We rebounded well like against Galatasaray, got out on the fast break well and hit our shots

The team only allowed eight points in the fourth quarter. It seems like the teams fitness level is pretty good late in a game so early in season?

We have done a lot of sprints this pre season which played a role in our fourth quarter performance. In the fourth quarter we also got a lot of offensive rebounds and tipped balls which led to fast break points. They also seemed tired.

The team seems to be gelling and gotten a real push with the signing of Aubrey Reese. Was he the missing link?


Before Reese came, we were already coming together as a team, but since he has arrived, he has been a big key to our success. We will get better.


After not playing much against Galatasaray three days ago, you played more against Paderborn and had 11 points and seven assists. You must be very happy with your performance.

I am really happy I could play more and that I played better. I am not really used to getting seven assists in a game, but I am not a ball hog, but like to share the wealth with my teammates.

What was your impression of Paderborn? Many critics see Paderborn as a team that will have difficulty staying in league.

I think Paderborn needs a few more players, but they had two missing against us. But I think they will be a good team. It is to early to really make any predictions where a team will land at the end

How did you like the atmosphere in the Hagen arena. Is there any moment that stayed in your mind?

The atmosphere reminded me of a YMCA gym. It wasnt really that loud, but the Bonn-Hagen game was pretty loud.

A big surprise was that Bonn lost to Hagen. Did you see the game? What was your impression of Phoenix Hagen?

I played against Mcghee and Kale in college. Those two guys helped them very much. Chase Griffin also was pretty good. They played together and it seems like they have gelled quickly. They play inside/out and are always crashing the boards

Why did The Telekom Baskets Bonn lose?

I think that the atmosphere got to them. Hagen went on their runs and Bonn would come back. At the end turnovers, missed shots and shot clock violations cost them the game

Which Bonn player impressed you? Jared Jordan?

No not really. I liked Chris Ensminger. He came in and gave Bonn a lot of energy and blocked shots.

What will be the key to winning the final Sunday?

We have to box out, play good defense and not let them hit their three pointers.

What makes the Deutsche Bank Skyliners so special this early in the season and what player has been a big spark?

There seems to be something special with the team. We will get better as the season goes on and our self confidence will continue to grow. Seth Doliboa has been a big spark so far with his play.
Thanks Qarraan for the chat! Good luck against Phoenix Hagen



Brandon Thomas Back On The Basketball Court With The New York Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Some guys wait months to get or not get a job, while others like Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) didnt have to wait more than a week after getting waived by Goettingen by finding a new home with The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. The 25 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward will jump in for injured John Allen (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) who will be missed for 6-8 weeks. Thomas recieved a two month contract and Phantoms management are happy that they could quickly find a replacement for Allen. 'He fits our demand player requirement. He is an allrounder with a good shot, but he also can penetrate to the basket. In Austria, he showed his leadership qualities. He also has a good charachter and will help us', stressed Braunschweig coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ).

Recently Thomas left MEG Goettingen, because the club wanted him to play the position four, which is not his usual position. The American that grew up in San Antonio, Texas, but was born in Bitburg Germany
Is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor, has the ability to accelerate and finish around the basket and possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He started his basketball career at Long Island before transfering to Umass for his last two seasons. In his senior year, he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.1rpg in 32 games. In his first two professional seasons in Europe, he never averaged less than 20 points. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and Allstar MVP. In 2007-2008, he played in Denmark for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. Last season, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games avergaing 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. He played in the Austrian Allstar game in 2009 and reached the cup final with Wels.
Source: www.newyorkerphantoms.de


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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Red Giants 1-0 
 2. MSV 1-0 
 3. Groene 1-0 
 4. Binnenland 1-0 
 5. Leiden 2 1-0 
 6. BV Rooi 0-0 
 7. Landstede 2 0-0 
 8. Amsterdam 2 0-0 
 9. High Five 0-1 
 10. Hoofddorp 0-1 
 11. Akrides 0-1 
 12. Punch 0-1 
 13. Goba 0-1 


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  ICELAND   


Good start for Icelanders abroad - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Three of the Icelandic pro players abroad started all with good win in their first official games on news teams last nigh.
Jon Stefanson and his Spanish Club CB Granada won Unicaja Malaga in Andalusia Cup 83-79. Stefanson scored 6 points.
Solna in Swedish top league with Icelandic coach Sigurdur Ingimundarson and forward Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) started with a win in first round of the league when they beat Boras 72-66
Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) with 6 pts, 5 assist and 2 reb.
Sundsvall Dragons last year Champions with almost new roster started with a good win against Gothia Basket 73-66 Jakob Sigurdarson had a good start with the team 12 pts. 7 rebounds and 6 assist.


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  IRELAND   


UCC Demons sign Joshua Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Superleague defending champions UCC Demons strengthened their roster prior to the upcoming season. They landed Joshua Johnson (199-F-85, college: Bowie St.). The 24-year-old forward spent the last season in Slovenia. He tallied 10.8 points, 11.2 boards and 1.3 steals per game for Zagorje. Joshua Johnson graduated from Bowie State University in 2008. His stats read 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in the senior year in college.


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  ITALY   


Scoonie Penn joins Virtus Bologna - by Gianni Pascucci
To replace the injured Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) (broken bone in a hand, out for some months), Virtus Bologna agreed to terms with James 'Scoonie' Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.), who is expected to join the team on next tuesday, just in time to play the Italy SuperCup on Sunday, October 4. The SuperCup is the traditional challenge between the league winner and the Cup winner, that opens the Serie A season. Bologna will meed Montepaschi Siena in Siena, at 7:00 pm


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NT players Quota - by Omar Shafaamri
This System is applied in most successful Basketball nations in the world and Asia, summed up this system to include a list of at least 20 player of the candidates to represent the national team in a list, which would require clubs that play in the league should not have more than 5 international players in it's Roster so that distributing The players over all local clubs.

This system currently being implemented in Iran and has contributed significantly to the high-level Iranian League and thus the high level of Asian champions Iranian NT !!
There are also thinking of the application in Lebanon to reduce the near-absolute Domination for one team for several years. Such a system would raise the Jordanian league From humility in which he lives to more competive League which will include the more than 4 teams comepting for JPL Title title , Strong League produces strong National Teams .

National Team expected players in Jordan:
Ayman Idais (208-C-78, agency: Court Side)
Osama Daghles (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.)
Enver Soobzokov (198-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.)
Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83)
Fadel Anajjar (192-G-85)
Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85)
Mohammad Hadrab (201-F-84)
Jamal Almaaytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro)
Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.)
Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87)
Zaid Al-Khas (206-C-76, college: Gannon)
Islam Abbaas (201-C-80)
Eyad Abdeen (202-F-79)
Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87)
Nidal Shareef (190-G-82)
Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83)
Issa Kamel (192-F-83)
Louay Obeidi (198-F/G-90)
Mahmoud Abdeen (186-G-87)
Ali Jamal (204-F/C-88)
Mohammad Shahir
Musa Bashir (206-C-78)
Ali Zoubi
Ghazi Naber (178-G-76)
Francis ireifij

Currently there are 13 NT players wit Zain Club!!!! ASU Club (5 players), Orthodoxi (3 players), Riyadi-Amman (2 players)

Distributing these player over 8 Clubs in Jordan will for sure increase the Competition .


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Zachary signs with Qadsia - by Ali Ahmed
Al Qadsia basketball team management agreed terms with the American Guard Nick Zachery (191-G-79, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: UALR) to play for them this season 2009/2010.

A player with great scoring mentality, who can really knock down the 3-pointer. Anytime your team needs of some scoring, you can count on him. Broke Derrick Fishers 3 point record in college. A big time scorer with unbelievable range. Left handed guard who will contribute in all the aspects of the game using his handling technique & vision to give assists and will use athleticism to get the rebounds or use his quick hands to steal the ball.

Awards/Achievements:
HS all-conference and all-state selection
Sun Belt Player of the Week on Dec.3 -01
All-Sun Belt Conf. Team -02
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention -08
Mexican LNBP Northern Division Finalist -08
Mexican LNBP Semifinals -08
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team -09



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Ventspils fire past Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Kalev/Cramo 91:67

Ventspils earned the third spot at the BBL Cup held in Kaunas. The Latvian champions overcame Kalev/Cramo in the consolation final today. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) unloaded 18 points to pace Ventspils.
Kalev/Cramo jumped in charge in the opening frame as Raddik and Riis delivered regularly. But Janis Strelnieks knocked down five points in a row to erase the deficit. Martins Berkis (199-F-85) and Janis Strelnieks soon gave Ventspils a 23:15 lead. Kalev/Cramo immediately responded with 7 points in a row to narrow the margin. But Martins Berkis capped the period with a jumper to ensure a 25:22 lead for the Latvian side. Ventspils scored ten points in a row early in the second frame as the margin grew at 11-point mark. Martins Berkis and Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) boosted the advantage to 15 points as Kalev/Cramo lagged behind. Ventspils arrived at halftime up by 15 points 47:32. Kalev/Cramo tried to save the intrigue as they clipped the distance at 10 points. However Ronalds Zakis and Jurevicus kept Ventspils rolling. The margin reached a 21-point mark and Ventspils would not stop. They entered the final frame up by 22 points and never looked back en route to the win.
Martins Berkis fired 16 points for Ventspils. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) had 13 points, while Ronalds Zakis delivered 12 in the victory. Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) answered with 16 points for Kalev/Cramo. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) had 15 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in the losing effort.

Ventspils: Janis Strelnieks 18, Martins Berkis 16, Mareks Jurevicus 13
Kalev/Cramo: Gert Dorbek 16, Gregor Arbet 15



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  LEBANON   


LEBANON U16 NT for WABA U16 tomorrow in BEIRUT - by Maarouf Mawloud
To participate in West Asian Youth Qualifiers, the U16 National Team will start tomorrow his games with an Ambition to grab one of the 3 Cards to FIBA Asia U16 in Malaysia next November.
The Hosts Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and Jordan will compete for the Cards to Malaysia.
Fuad Abou Chakra with his two Assistants Tigran Kokojian and krikor krikorian will lead the National Team in this competition.

The Competition will start on 27th of November and here is the List of the NT players:
Mohamed Atwi
Houssam Atrissi
Elie Chammas
Tarek Merhebi
Tangui Osman
Elie Chamaoun
Nizar Kabbani
Bassel Assi
Maher Abou-Jawdeh
Jan Pierre Bassil
Paul Eskandar
Bassel Ibrahim
Joseph Barrak
Joseph Kadi

Physician : Rimon Sahyoun
Head Coach : Fuad Abou Chakra
Assistants : Tigran Kokojian and krikor krikorian



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  LITHUANIA   


Zalgiris celebrate the first trophy of the season - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas 83:78

Zalgiris held off their archrivals Lietuvos Rytas to clinch the BBL Cup title. Zalgiris won the game in front of the supportive home crowd in Kaunas.
Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) opened the score with a three-pointer. But Babrauskas quickly matched him on the other end. The teams traded baskets before Lietuvos Rytas exploded with seven points in a row to earn a 15:11 lead. Zavackas stretched the margin to 7 points late in the first frame before Klimavicius drained a trey to narrow the deficit. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Begic knocked down five consecutive points as Zalgiris regained the lead. Klimavicius and Marcus Brown followed with back-to-back trebles as Zalgiris ensured a 28:25 lead less than three minutes into the second stanza. Martynas Pocius and Marcus Brown extended the gap at 7 points midway through the term. The hosts maintained the margin and Kalnietis soon gave Zalgiris a 9-point lead. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) capped the half with a free throw as Lietuvos Rytas went into the locker room down by 8 points 37:45. Two triples from Kalnietis boosted the advantage to 12 points. But an 8:0 run from Lietuvos Rytas later into the period helped them cut the distance. The teams exchanged buckets before Bojan Popovic (190-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) dragged Lietuvos Rytas within 4. Bojan Popovic followed with two free throws, while Jomantas crowned the third frame with a jumper as the teams headed into the fourth stanza tied at 61. Martynas Pocius knocked down a three-pointer to pull Zalgiris back in front at the start of the fourth quarter. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) extended the lead to 4 points but Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) kept Lietuvos Rytas within striking distance. The game grew rougher as the teams came up with a bunch of misses. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Milko Bjelica exchanged two free throws as Lietuvos Rytas stayed behind by two points. Milko Bjelica and Martynas Gecevicius teamed up for 4 points as the visitors finally broke in front 69:68 with just over four minutes to go. Dainius Salenga and Zavackas traded baskets and then Janavicius hit two freebies to put Zalgiris ahead 72:71. Martynas Gecevicius converted a lay-up but Martynas Pocius immediately answered with a trey to keep the home team in front. Bojan Popovic hit just one free throw, while Travis Watson punished Lietuvos Rytas on the other end to provide his team with a 3-point advantage. Milko Bjelica hit a jumper to narrow the deficit at 76:77 with 56 seconds remaining. Dainius Salenga came up with four accurate free throws to keep Zalgiris ahead with 29 seconds remaining. Martynas Pocius added two more free throws in the dying seconds and the Kaunas team entertained the home fans with the first trophy of the season.

Zalgiris: Dainius Salenga 18, Martynas Pocius 17, Marcus Brown 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Milko Bjelica 16, Bojan Popovic 16, Martynas Gecevicius 14



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Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 LeRoy HICKERSON
  Pioneros
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Hickerson, Pioneros27.3 
 2. Hickerson, Pioneros27.3 
 3. Hornsby, Huracanes23.5 
 4. Hornsby, Huracanes23.5 
 5. Hornsby, Huracanes23.5 
 6. Gooner, Halc.Rojos23.5 
 7. Heck, Abejas23.3 
 8. Heck, Abejas23.3 
 9. Heck, Abejas23.3 
 10. Heck, Abej.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio GARCIA
  Pioneros
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Garcia, Pioneros12.3 
 2. Garcia, Pioneros12.3 
 3. Garcia, Pioneros12.3 
 4. Garcia, Pioneros12.3 
 5. Green, Panteras10.7 
 6. Green, Panteras10.7 
 7. Reaves, Barreteros10.2 
 8. Reaves, Barreteros10.2 
 9. Reaves, Barreteros10.2 
 10. Green, Panter.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eddin Orlando SANTIAGO
  Panteras
  (186-G-75)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Santiago, Panteras7.3 
 2. Santiago, Panteras7.3 
 3. Santiago, Panteras7.3 
 4. Santiago, Panteras7.3 
 5. Brown, Fuerza R.7.0 
 6. Brown, Fuerza R.7.0 
 7. Brown, Fuerza R.6.7 
 8. Brown, Fuerza R.6.3 
 9. Brown, Fuerza R.6.3 
 10. Brown, Fuerza.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 2. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 3. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.8 
 4. Gooner, Halc.Rojos3.6 
 5. Gooner, Halc.Rojos3.6 
 6. Funn, Bucaneros3.3 
 7. Gooner, Halc.Rojos3.3 
 8. Funn, Bucaneros3.3 
 9. Ortiz, Lechugueros3.0 
 10. Funn, Bucaner.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenya CAPERS
  Barreteros
  (194-F-73)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capers, Barreteros1.7 
 2. Brown, Potros1.7 
 3. Capers, Barreteros1.7 
 4. Capers, Barreteros1.7 
 5. Capers, Barreteros1.7 
 6. Capers, Barreteros1.7 
 7. Brown, Potros1.7 
 8. Capers, Barreteros1.5 
 9. Capers, Barreteros1.5 
 10. Capers, Barreter.1.4 


Halcones UV Xalapa keeps the top of LNBP after 5 rounds - by Eurobasket News
Barreteros - Soles 89-93
Soles grabbed 93-89 win against Barreteros jumping to 4-1 record in LNBP. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) was a key player in victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Gregory Lewis and Horacio Llamas followed him with 14 pts each. In the loosing squad (2-3), Kenya Capers drained 27 points.

Abejas - Potros 80-64
Abejas grabbed comfortable 80-64 win against Potros improving to 2-3 record. Eric Fluornay (188-G, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) top-scored with 21, while Richard Troyer netted one point less. Parrish Brown scored the same number of points, but for the loosing side.

Lobos Grises - Halc.Rojos 93-97
Halc.Rojos celebrated 97-93 win against Lobos Grises jumping to 4-1 record. Daimon Gooner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) and Lawrence Hill combined 47 points in the winning squad. Robert Day shined on the other side with 21 points and 8 rebounds.

Lechugueros - Pilares 104-86
2-3 for Lechugueros and 0-5 for Pilares after this game. Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77, college: Weber St.) and Maurice Riddick were the most important players in victory netting 20 points each. Ryan Moss also had great performance collecting 18 points and 10 rebounds. Shane Thorson posted 21 pts for winless Pilares.

Halc.Cordoba - Bucaneros 73-77
Bucaneros had John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) on fire with 30 points for 34 minutes. He also pulled down 11 rebounds beside that. William Funn also shined registering triple-double, 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Joshua Pittman netted 27 points in defeat. Buscaneros 2-2, Halc Cordoba 3-2.

Indios - Halc.Xalapa 74-87
Halc.Xalapa grabbed the fifth consecutive win in LNBP. It means that they remain on top of the standings alone, as Pioneros still has one game less (4-0). Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up for the winners with 26 points. Victor Mariscal and Jeremis Smith delivered 17 pts each. Watts Lamonte posted 24 pts for Indios.

Panteras - Cosmos 104-79
Panteras celebrated third win of the season thanks to Devon Ford (193-G-77, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Idaho) and Nathan Green, who netted 23 and 20 points respectively. Cox Lary Darnell answered with 25 points in loss. His team fell to poor 0-5.

Libertadores - Fuerza Regia 77-79
Fuerza Regia grabbed tiny 79-77 win against Libertadores so both teams now have the same 2-3 record. Joseph Tyronzic (191-G-81, college: Oregon) was central figure of the team with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Matthew Hall scored 18 and Noah Brown added 3 points less. Manuel Gonzalez delivered 20 points in loss.

Huracanes - Toros 75-68
Huracanes celebrated against Toros 75-68 getting 19 points and 9 rebounds from Lincoln Smith (208-F/C-81, college: Mississippi St.), plus 15 points from Juan Garcia. Robert Hornsby followed with 13 pts. Quentin Gonzalez responded with 16 pts and 9 boards in defeat.

Angeles - Pioneros 83-91
The box-score will be available soon. Pioneros 4-0, Angeles 3-2.


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Real Madrid to loan Nikola Mirotic - by Eurobasket News
Reports from Montenegrin media claim that Real Madrid is set to send its Montenegrin jewel Nicola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) on loan. Reportedly, it was agreed that Mirotic will spend next season at 2nd league outfit Palencia. Even though young Mirotic impressed during preparations period, it is expected that he will have a hard time breaking into senior squad next season. His playing time would probably be very limited since Real already has the likes of Novica Velickovic, Jorje Garbajosa, Vladimir Dasic and Darius Lavrinovic. This is why head coach of Real, Etore Messina has decided to send Mirotic to Palencia (LEB Gold), where he could develop further by spending more time on the court. Palencia finished in 14th place in Spain 2nd league. They will certainly be able to utilize Mirotics talent and give him chance to build his game against older competition.
Nicola Mirotic came to Madrid in 2006, when he was offered to joint their cadet team. He soon established himself as a great young prospect, managing to impress everyone with his dominance over players his age. In June 2008, he was invited to take participation at the prestigious NBA Basketball Without Borders Camp-Europe in Turkey where he also impressed everyone. Last season, Mirotic played with Real Madrid junior team and even made the debut with senior team. He appeared in 25 league games for junior team averaging 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. During a junior tournament last season, Mirotic impressed everyone managing to record 84 usefulness index points in 3 games and was virtually unstoppable. Even though Mirotic is from Montenegro he hasnt answered calls from his Federation. He missed on qualification cycle that Montenegro went through to reach Division A.


Buducnost beats Napredak to reach finals of 'Banja 2009 Tournament' - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Napredak 64-57

Buducnost Podgorica managed to overcome Serbian outfit Napredak in first game of a friendly Tournament Banja 2009. They have beaten Napredak 64-57 and have booked a duel with Euroleague champion Panathanaikos. This will certainly be Buducnosts greatest test in the pre-season.
Buducnost had to work hard in the matchup against Napredak, as it took them almost the entire game to secure the win. Game started off evenly, as Serbian team managed to hang around. After first quarter, the score stood at 15-14. In the second, both teams looked tense, as they went from mistake to mistake. In a fairly low scoring quarter Buducnost managed to extend its lead to 28-26. We saw more of the same after the halftime break, as teams continued to play stingy defense, making it hard to score. With 10 minutes left, Buducnost was still up by 3 points. In the final quarter, Vladimir Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) helped Buducnost go on a 4-0 run to give its team greatest 6-point lead. They managed to keep this until the end, as Napredak players did not have enough power to mount a comeback.
Boris Savovic (206-F-87) led Buducnost with 16 points while Vladimir Dragicevic added 10. No other player reached double figures, as Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) finished the night with point apiece. For Napredak, Djurovic scored 14 and Puzic added 10.

Buducnost: Boris Savovic 16, Vladimir Dragicevic 10, Nikola Otasevic 8, Goran Jeretin 8
Napredak: Djurovic 14, Puzic 10


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Afrobasket U16 Men 2009: Its Mali, Egypt for final - by Olusegun Ikuesan
... As Nigeria and Algeria battle for 3rd place

As curtain fall on the FIBA Africa Championship for U16 Men today in Maputo, Mozambique two countries (Mali and Egypt) will be battling to pick the continent sole ticket to the 2010 FIBA World Championship for U17 Men.

To reach the grand finale of the championship the young Malian team defeated Algeria by 83-53 points in the first semi-final played Friday while the young Pharaohs defeated Nigeria by 74-71 points to set the final clash between both countries with Nigeria and Algeria both from group-B battling for the continents third best cadet team.

In the classifications games also decided Friday host Mozambique had the better of Central Africa Republic by 63-57 points in a thrilling encounter just as Angola rode rough-shod over South Africa by 75-58 points.

Mozambique and Angola will tango for placement 5-6 while South Africa battles Central Africa Republic for position 7-8.



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  NBA   


"PARK"ED in China.... - by Alex Yam
SMUSH: JUST WIN IT

Last season, without any doubt the guard that made the biggest impact/splash in the CBA was former Lakers starting point guard, Smush Parker. Parker and his teammates led their team, Guangdong through the playoffs where they won their 2nd straight CBA championship with relative ease.

Due to the delay in the start of the 2009-10 CBA season, the biggest question in China, was in fact, if Smush was returning to the CBA, and help defend the title he became so crucial in winning. An NBA level guard, in so many facets, Smush has been accepted and beloved in China, as much as any American player.

Although his numbers will not stand out, as statistically being impressive, its his control of the team, and his defense that make him the most prized commodity in Chinese basketball lore.

This season Smush will indeed RETURN to China, and Guangdong, in a effort to win an unprecedented 3rd straight CBA championship for the team, 2nd in a row for him, and extend his name beyond that of the basketball courts of the CBA.

A New York legend, starting PG on a NBA Finals team, to Chinese superstar in Basketball, is quite a list of accomplishments for a player just hitting the prime of his career. Its not a matter of winning the CBA championship, rather a matter of how many can he win? Season starts in under 2 months.



Timberwolves, Antonio Daniels agree to part ways - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team and Antonio Daniels (6'4''-G-75, college: Bowling Green) have mutually agreed to part ways. Daniels and his agent, Tony Dutt, have the teams permission to pursue a trade, and have agreed to accept a buyout in the event that a trade cannot be consummated.

I understand Antonios desire to be assured of playing time this season, and that this is especially important to him in light of the fact that this is the final year of his contract, said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. However, with Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions on our roster, the opportunity for Antonio to play would have been unlikely. One of our main priorities this season is to accelerate the development of our young talent. This is a critical year for our team, and I believe that it is best to relieve the team of any potential distractions before the start of training camp.

Daniels was acquired in a trade with New Orleans on Sept. 9, a move that eliminated the Wolves from the financial obligations of Darius Songailas contract for the 2010-11 season. The 6-4 guard has appeared in 867 career games over his 12-year career, including stops in Vancouver, San Antonio, Portland, Seattle, Washington and New Orleans. Originally selected by Vancouver with the fourth overall pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, Daniels owns career averages of 7.6 points and 3.4 assists per game.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Pacers extend Jim O'Brien's contract - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Pacers have signed coach Jim O'Brien through the 2010-11 season.

O'Brien initially signed a three-year deal in 2007, with an option for a fourth year. The team did not disclose terms Friday's announcement.

Pacers president Larry Bird said he feels the team is moving in the right direction.

The Pacers have missed the playoffs in the first two years of O'Brien's tenure, with identical 36-46 records.

The Pacers already have All-Star forward Danny Granger. They have drafted Roy Hibbert, Brandon Rush and Tyler Hansbrough the past two years in hopes of building a young nucleus around Granger.


Courtesy of www.wishtv.com


Knicks re-sign David Lee, Robinson up next - by Eurobasket News
Power forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) is staying with the New York Knicks for a one-year deal Thursday worth about $8 million.

Lee sought a multi-year contract. But with the Knicks hoping to save salary cap room for the summer of 2010, he had to settle for the chance to become an unrestricted free agent next year.

Lee averaged 16 points and 11.7 rebounds last season. He led the NBA with 65 double-doubles and was third in rebounding.

Lee became a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Knicks would've had seven days to match any offer he received. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, said some teams were interested in sign-and-trade deals, but none that the Knicks liked.

Bartelstein said Lee's preference was to remain in New York, where he has spent his entire career. The agent also said he didn't think the Knicks wanted to trade Lee, who had his best offensive statistics last season in his first year playing in Mike D'Antoni's system.

Though he repeatedly said wanted to keep Lee, Knicks president Donnie Walsh had said he wasn't going to offer more than one-year deals in this off-season. Next year's class of free agents is expected to be especially lush and many teams, including the Knicks, want to save their money until then.

'It was a very, very unique set of circumstances. A perfect storm of what you'd not want in free agency,' Bartelstein said.

It made for a frustrating summer for Lee, who was forced to sit out USA Basketball mini-camp in July because he was unsigned. But Bartelstein said he appreciated the Knicks giving Lee a deal for well above his qualifying offer, which was for under $3 million.

'I think they really wanted to show David great respect for what he's done for the organization. They came and met us and did something that was very unique,' Bartelstein said.

The Knicks said nothing would be official until Friday, when they also are expected to announce they have re-signed Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington), another restricted free agent. Robinson thanked the Knicks, his agents and Walsh on his Twitter page Thursday night.


Courtesy of www.thestar.com


Trail Blazers sign Ime Udoka - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers have signed forward Ime Udoka (6'5''-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.), General Manager Kevin Pritchard announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

'We're really excited about having Ime back,' said Pritchard. 'He played a key role in our resurgence and we look forward to adding a player of his talent, character and experience to what is shaping up to be a very competitive camp roster.'

Udoka (6-5, 220), a five-year NBA veteran, has posted career averages of 6.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 20.4 minutes in 227 games (78 starts) with the L.A. Lakers, New York, Portland and San Antonio.

The 32-year-old saw action in 67 games, including three starts, with San Antonio in 2008-09. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 15.4 minutes.

As a Trail Blazer in 2006-07, Udoka experienced his best season as a professional, notching career highs of 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 28.6 minutes in 75 games (all starts). His .461 field goal percentage and .406 three-point percentage also marked career bests.

A Portland native and Jefferson High School graduate, Udoka played his senior season and graduated from Portland State University in 2000.

Trail Blazers training camp tips off on Tuesday, September 29.


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  NIGERIA   


Trail Blazers sign Ime Udoka - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers have signed forward Ime Udoka (6'5''-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.), General Manager Kevin Pritchard announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

'We're really excited about having Ime back,' said Pritchard. 'He played a key role in our resurgence and we look forward to adding a player of his talent, character and experience to what is shaping up to be a very competitive camp roster.'

Udoka (6-5, 220), a five-year NBA veteran, has posted career averages of 6.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 20.4 minutes in 227 games (78 starts) with the L.A. Lakers, New York, Portland and San Antonio.

The 32-year-old saw action in 67 games, including three starts, with San Antonio in 2008-09. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 15.4 minutes.

As a Trail Blazer in 2006-07, Udoka experienced his best season as a professional, notching career highs of 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 28.6 minutes in 75 games (all starts). His .461 field goal percentage and .406 three-point percentage also marked career bests.

A Portland native and Jefferson High School graduate, Udoka played his senior season and graduated from Portland State University in 2000.

Trail Blazers training camp tips off on Tuesday, September 29.


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Afrobasket U16 Men 2009: Its Mali, Egypt for final - by Olusegun Ikuesan
... As Nigeria and Algeria battle for 3rd place

As curtain fall on the FIBA Africa Championship for U16 Men today in Maputo, Mozambique two countries (Mali and Egypt) will be battling to pick the continent sole ticket to the 2010 FIBA World Championship for U17 Men.

To reach the grand finale of the championship the young Malian team defeated Algeria by 83-53 points in the first semi-final played Friday while the young Pharaohs defeated Nigeria by 74-71 points to set the final clash between both countries with Nigeria and Algeria both from group-B battling for the continents third best cadet team.

In the classifications games also decided Friday host Mozambique had the better of Central Africa Republic by 63-57 points in a thrilling encounter just as Angola rode rough-shod over South Africa by 75-58 points.

Mozambique and Angola will tango for placement 5-6 while South Africa battles Central Africa Republic for position 7-8.



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Standings - CBS
CBS Standings
 1. Navieros 5-1 
 2. Canguros 4-2 
 3. Caimanes 4-2 
 4. Magnates 2-3 
 5. Fieras 2-4 
 6. Colosos 0-5 


Navieros beat again Caimanes - by Gianni Pascucci
Navieros de Colon confirmed their leadership in CBS, defeating for the second time Caimanes de Rio Abajo, 96-85, with Juan Gondola (183-G-81) leading the way at 15 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assits. The other best performers in Navieros were Eric Laguna (185-G-75), with 14 pts and 4 assists, Joel Tesis (204-F/C-85, college: John Brown) and Enrique Phillips (190-F), with 12 and 10 points, respectively. With 19 pts, 4 rebs and 4 assist, Alberto Hinds (188-G-80) was the best in Caimanes, well assisted by Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89), with 17 points and 4 rebounds.

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Prokom topple Polonia in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom claimed a narrow 74:70 win over Polonia in the friendly encounter. Asseco Porkom dominated in the first half. They piled up a 7-point lead at halftime. Polonia however struck back after the major break. They poured in 25 points in the third frame and denied the deficit. The teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 53. Asseco Prokom however managed to eke out a tough victory at the end. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) delivered 17 points for Asseco Prokom. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) netted 12 points, while Lukasz Seweryn (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) had 11 in the winning effort. Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) answered with 27 points for Polonia. Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz (202-G/F-79) netted 13 points, while Josh Alexander (193-G-87, college: Stephen F. Austin) dropped 11 in the loss.


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Cedevita Cup: Siroki finishes third after rolling over Enisey Krasnoyarsk - by Eurobasket News
Siroki - Krasnojarsk 91-79

Siroki managed to beat Russian outfit Enisey Krasnoyarsk to clinch third place at the Cedevita Cup. Even though this time Krasnoyarsk was stronger for its starting point guard Lionel Chalmers, Siroki still managed to came away with 91-79 win. This was mostly thanks to excellent game by Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances). It was a close first half where neither team held lead bigger than 2 points. After initial 10 minutes of play the score was tied at 22. In the second, lead changed few times, but it was Krasnoyarsk who had 40-42 at the HT. Than in the third, Puljko started with his show, sparking Siroki to 8- 0 run. With few minutes left in the third, Puljko drained a three pointer to give Siroki its biggest lead of the game. With 10 minutes left, Siroki was 63-56 up. In the final quarter, Siroki players continued in the same rhythm. Krasnoyarsk did not have enough spark to mount the serious comeback, so Siroki routinely closed out the game for the final 91-79 score.
Puljko finished the night with 25 points, scoring 4 three pointers. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) and Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side) added 11 points apiece, while Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) finished the game with 10. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) was the best Krasnoyarsk player on the night, scoring 19 points. Vladimir Dyachok (204-F-80), Sergei Demeshkin (200-F-76) and Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, college: Coppin St.) added 12 points each.

Siroki: Hrvoje Puljko 25, Ivan Siriscevic 11, Ivan Grgat 11, Sime Spralja 10
Enisey Krasnoyarsk: Kaspars Kambala 19, Vladimir Dyachok 12, Sergei Demeshkin 12, Fred Warrick 12



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Cedevita Cup: Hemofarm outsmarts the hosts in a heartbreaking final - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Hemofarm 73-75

Cedevita missed a good chance to beat Hemofarm in front of the home crowd and win the Cedevita Cup. In a very close and interesting game, Serbian outfit came away with 73-75 win. It was an even contest from the opening tip-off and it went down to the last second shot to decide winner, so crowd definitely went home pleased with what they saw. In the first quarter, both teams started strong, playing good defense and showing good offensive execution. After initial 10 minutes, Hemofarm was 24-25 up. In the second quarter, Cedevita went on a 6-0 run led by Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) and Rudez. Hemofarm quickly countered through Milivoje Bozovic (210-C/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and evened the game with few minutes until the halftime. Still at the break, Cedevita was holding 39-36 lead. After the breather, it was the first time Hemofarm managed to mount a run, when in the closing minutes they went on 0-5. With 10 minutes left to play the score stood at 55-57. In the last quarter teams exchanged baskets until Milivoje Bozovic and Borisov scored three consecutive triples to give Hemofarm 66-72 lead with 2 minutes remaining. Gedevita countered through Zizc to pull to only 1 point deficit. In the final minute, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored points to pull Cedevita to 73-74. Pavkovic converted only one free throw to set the score at 73-75, after what Damjan Rudez missed the last second attempt, when he took a shot over a hand of Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80).
Andrija Zizic was great for Cedevita with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) added 15 to go along 4 boards, and Jermaine Anderson also had 15. For Hemofarm, Milivoje Bozovic recorded double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Bojan Krstovic also poured in 15. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) was also solid with 13 points. Milivoje Bozovic also took the MVP of the Tournament reward.

Cedevita: Andrija Zizic 16+5 boards, Jermaine Anderson 15, Ivan Opacak 15+4 boards
Hemofarm: Milivoje Bozovic 15+14 boards, Bojan Krstovic 15, Rasko Katic 13


Radivojevic returns in Crvena Zvezda - by Zoran Popovic
After two seasons in Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid, Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) returns in Crvena Zvezda and signs one year deal. Last season Radivojevic on 24 games average scored 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Radivojevic started career in Partizan and passed young categories, played for Sloga Kraljevo in season 2002-2003 and in season 2003-2004 moved to Crvena Zvezda. From 2003 till 2007 Radivojevic played for Crvena Zvezda and won two National Cups, 2004 and 2006. Vuk Radivojevic was member of Serbian National team 2007.

Nikola Kuga signed 2-years deal with Hopsi Polzela - by Nenad Ilijev
Guard/forward Nikola Kuga (200-G-86) succesfully ended trial period at Hopsi Polzela and signed 2-years contract with Slovenian top division side. Kuga was one of the best players in preparation matches held in Slovenia and Austria and convinced coach Bostjan Kuhar that he will be valuable part of the team in the future.
Nikola Kuga came from famous FMP Zeleznik youth school while professionaly played shortly in Cyprus and Macedonia. He spent last year in Morocco playing for Tihad Sportif de Casablanca.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 1-0 
 2. Handlova 1-0 
 3. Inter Bratisl. 1-0 
 4. Levice 1-0 
 5. B.Bystrica 1-0 
 6. Nova Ves 0-0 
 7. Prievidza 0-1 
 8. Nitra 0-1 
 9. Svit 0-1 
 10. Komarno 0-1 
 11. Vahostav-Zilina 0-1 


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  SPAIN   


Arnette Hallman joins Breogan - by Eurobasket News
Breogan secured the services of Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) for the upcoming season. The 21-year-old US-Spanish forward started his career in Alges Junior Team. In 2006 he moved to Benfica in Portugal. He averaged 1.4 points per game in two season in Lisbon. Arnette Hallman moved to Belenenses in 2008. Shortly after Hallman landed in Estudiantes de Lugo. He tallied 7.6 points, 5.1 boards and 1.8 steals per game in the EBA.
In the meantime Caseres 2016 inked the deal with Pedro 'Perico' Sala (178-G-77). The 32-year-old guard played in La Palma last season. There he notched 7.1 points, 4.1 assists and 1.5 boards per appearance.



Xacobeo Blu:Sens land Marc Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Xacobeo Blu:Sens made a major move on the market. They inked experienced Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple). The NBA caliber player spent the last season in Russia. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.2 boards per game in the Superleague. The Temple graduate Marc Jackson was drafted by the Golden State Warriors back in 1997. He played for the Warriors, the 76ers, the Timberwolves, the Nets and the Hornets in the NBA. He also had stints with Tofas and Efes Pilsen in Turkey as well as Olympiakos in Greece. Marc Jackson played for Cantabria Lobos in Spain in 2000.


Granada edge Unicaja at the start of Andalusia Cup - by Eurobasket News
CB Granada victoriously opened the Andalusia Cup. They held off Unicaja 83:79. Granada opened the game confidently taking a 7-point lead at the first break. Unicaja struck back to earn a 3-point halftime lead. The roller coaster action continued in the third frame. Granada returned into the drivers seat and ensured a 2-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. Granada hung to maintain the advantage and snatched a narrow win at the end. Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) scored 14 points for Granada. Richard Hendrix (203-F-86, college: Alabama) topscored with 16 points in the win. Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) replied with 14 points for Unicaja. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) netted 11 points each in defeat.
Zaragoza prevailed against Estudiantes 91:74 at home. The hosts used a 27:15 run in the second frame to clear off for good in this one. Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) notched 22 points to pace Zaragoza. Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield) netted 21 points in the victory. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) produced 14 points for Estudiantes. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) had 13 points in defeat.
Gran Canaria visited Rome to upset Lottomatica Roma 71:66. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) knocked down 18 points in the winning effort. Josh Fisher (189-G-80, agency: SportsTalent, college: St.Louis) delivered 17 points for Gran Canaria Winston answered with 17 points for Lottomatica Roma.



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  SWEDEN   


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


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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Chene 1-0 
 2. Pully 1-0 
 3. Martigny 1-0 
 4. Zurich W. 1-0 
 5. Swiss Central 0-0 
 6. Zurich K. 0-0 
 7. Bernex 0-0 
 8. Acad.Fribourg 0-0 
 9. DDV Lugano 0-0 
 10. Villars 0-1 
 11. Vevey 0-1 
 12. Vernier 0-1 
 13. Neuchatel 0-1 


Vacallo clinch Cesar Fermi trophy - by Eurobasket News
The Swiss defending champions Vacallo claimed the pre-season trophy. They edged Cimberio Varese in the final game of the Cesar Fermi Trophy. Vacallo overcame the Italian team 75:72. Matt Schneidermann (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) knocked down 25 points to pace the charge.
Vacallo got to a quick start as they earned a 27:18 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage well enough to enjoy a 14-point halftime cushion. Cimberio Varese went off the dressing room recharged and ready to challenge Vacallo. They clipped the distance at 6 points with ten minutes remaining. The gap grew even thinner but Vacallo managed to escape with a narrow win at the end. Andrija Crnogorac (203-F/C-81) delivered 14 points for Vacallo. Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) had 9 points in the winning effort. Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) answered with 15 points for Cimberio Varese. Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee) finished with 14 points in defeat.
In the meantime Boncourt held off MGS Grand-Saconnex 62:57 in the friendly encounter. The teams were tied at 31 after twenty minutes but Boncourt ran away to the victory in the second half. Todd Peterson (203-F-84, college: N.Illinois) and Tony Gugino (206-C, college: Hillsdale) nailed 18 points each for Boncourt. Dos Santos added 8 in the win. Jeremiah Boswell (194-G-82) responded with 18 points for MGS. Karon Bradley (182-G-84, college: Wichita St.) had 15 in defeat.



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  TURKEY   


Day 1 of Turk Telekom Cup - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom host the international friendly tournament in Kayseri. Yesterday four teams hit the road. Turk Telekom faced Mersin, while Besiktas took on Lokomotiv Rostov. Turk Telekom and Lokomotiv came out winners.
Turk Telekom and Mersin came up with a thrilling basketball performance. The teams kept it close in the opening stanza. Richie Frahm (196-G-77, college: Gonzaga) capped the frame with a three-pointer to give Mersin a 22:19 lead. But the hosts quickly erased the deficit in the second period. Turk Telekom surged in front late in the half and enjoyed a 43:39 lead at halftime. Mersin opened the second half with five points in a row to regain control. The seesaw action began then with neither side able to dominate. Richie Frahm ensured a 5-point lead for Mersin midway through the fourth term. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) helped Turk Telekom back in the drivers seat. The hosts kept in front and snatched past their opponents 84:83 at the end. Lamayne Wilson and Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) delivered 15 points each for Turk Telekom. Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) added 14 points in the winning effort. Richie Frahm responded with 22 points for Mersin. Inanc Koc (202-F-79) finished with 19 points in defeat.
Besiktas fell short 84:86 against Lokomotiv Rostov. The Turkish team were comfortable up by 10 points at halftime But Rostov changed the complexion of the encounter in the second half and snatched a tough win at the end. Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82) produced 25 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Lokomotiv. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) finished with 17 points each in the win. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) answered with 22 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Besiktas. Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) netted 17 points in the loss.



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  UKRAINE   


More friendlies: Umbrasko in Dnipro-Azot - by Alexander Muzyka
Sep. 23

Girona - BC Donetsk 68:80
D
: Perry 15, Marsh 15 + 5 rbs, Ikonic 10, Drozdov 9 + 4 rbs, Aleksic 8 + 6 rbs, Owens 8 + 5 rbs, Sundov 8, Ivshyn 4, Mazutis 2, Osnach, R.Kryvych, Zabirchenko, Art.Schepkin.

Sep. 24

Govorunov memorial (Dnipropetrovsk)
Budivelnyk - Kryvbasbasket 94:86 (27:23, 22:16, 25:33, 20:14)
B
: Henderson 21 + 5 rbs, el-Amin 19, Horbenko 9 + 5 rbs, Anisimovas 8 + 4 rbs, Ikovlev 8, Nerush 6, Malysh 6, Khyzhniak 6, Kobzystyi 5, M.Balashov 4, Zimmerman 2.
K: Zaitsev 15 + 8 rbs, Gliebov 15, Korabliov 14, Pavlovic 12 + 5 rbs, Kondratovets 8, Zuza 8, Annenkov 8, Korotkov 3, Antonijevic 3, Crisp 3, Kuzminets, Arshynov.

Govorunov memorial (Dnipropetrovsk)
Dnipro - BC Kyiv 73:65
D
: Andriukaitis 19 + 8 rbs, Lebedev 15, Kozlov 9, Crowe 9, Ivanov 6, Glazyrin 5, Lekavicius 4 + 7 rbs + 6 ast + 3 stl, Kornienko 4 + 6 rbs...
K: Saltovets 14 + 4 rbs, Pustozvonov 14 + 4 rbs, Kravtsov 10 + 8 rbs, Lipovyi 8, Otverchenko 7 + 3 stl, Gumeniuk 6, Briantsev 4, Dmytrenko 2...

Thanx Alex Skliar for the stats

Sep. 25

Dnipro-Azot - Ferro 82:104 (21:34, 18:24, 22:21, 21:25)
DA
: M.Morton 17, X.Morton 16, Lutsenko 12, Miahkyi 7, Sokur 7, Alekseienko 6, Umbrasko 6, Dyckyi 5, Gabrans 4, Goliakhov 2, Cherenychenko, Berkhin.
F: Bolshakov 14, Thomas 13, Kandrusevich 13, Tiggs 13, Shaposhnykov 12, Rybalko 11, Zmitrovych 10, Chemiakin 8, Charykau 7, Ovdeienko 3.

MBC Mykolaiv - Cherkasy Monkeys 82:79 (25:17, 19:18, 20:23, 18:21)
M
: Onufriev 16 + 5 stl, Vaikulis 14, Tonchenko 10, Matiukevych 9, Shepil 8 + 7 rbs + 4 stl, Silkovskyi 8, Shkurupi 6, McClintock 5, Yailo 4 + 6 rbs, Jeromanovs 2.
ChM: Podoliako 25, Y.Zozulia 17, Kopyl 15, Nasennik 7, Pelipeiko 6, Olinyk 4, Suprun 3, Panasiuk 2.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 1-0 
 2. MK Lions 1-0 
 3. Leicester R. 0-0 
 4. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 5. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 6. Scottish R. 0-0 
 7. Worthing T. 0-0 
 8. London C. 0-0 
 9. Guildford H. 0-0 
 10. Everton T. 0-0 
 11. Essex Pirates 0-0 
 12. Andorra NT 0-0 
 13. Worcester W. 0-1 
 14. Cheshire J. 0-1 


Friday 25th September - Eagles & Lions Start With W's - by Andy Webb
BBL champions Newcastle Eagles began their title defence in style with an 85-74 home win over Cheshire Jets.

Two familiar faces, Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple) and player-coach Fab Flournoy, were joined by new signing Joe Chapman (193-G-84, college: Marquette) in leading the Eagles scoring as a second half burst pulled them away from the Jets.

The match was marred by an ankle injury to Jets forward Calvin Davis (202-F/C-77, college: Texas A&M) in the second half, which unsettled the visitors and allowed Newcastle to build a match winning run.

Marshall MK Lions opened their league campaign with a comfortable 94-81 victory over Worcester Wolves at Bletchley Leisure Centre.

Six Lions players ended the night in double figures with veteran Michael New (206-F/C-68, college: N.Mexico St.) leading the way with 17 points. Worcester new boy Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) led all- scorers with 18 points.

Marshall MK Lions 94 (22,49,67) (New 17, Holmes/Spinks/Griksas 12)
Worcester Wolves 81 (18,32,49) (George 18, Holmes 13, Zabas 13)


Marshall MK Lions opened their league campaign with a comfortable 94-81 victory over Worcester Wolves at Bletchley Leisure Centre.

Six Lions players ended the night in double figures with veteran Michael New (pictured) leading the way with 17 points. Worcester new boy Randy George led all-scorers with 18 points.

Worcester were in the match in the first quarter until a 5-2 close to the period was followed by a 9-2 burst, started and ended by Robert Youngblood, at the beginning of the second. By half time the Lions lead had been extended to 49-32.

Dru Spinks helped himself to six straight points in the third quarter as Lions pulled away to 67-49 with 10 minutes remaining and Wolves could never mount a charge in the final stanza.

Lions boss Vince Macaulay declared himself delighted with the result: 'I was really pleased with our effort tonight and I'm very excited to see how we'll look when we're all together.'

Newcastle Eagles 85 (15,38,59) (Stewart 24, Chapman 16, Flournoy 11)
Cheshire Jets 74 (17,42,54) (Hamilton 22, Peterson 13, Myers/Marks 12)


BBL champions Newcastle Eagles began their title defence in style with an 85-74 home win over Cheshire Jets.

Two familiar faces, Lynard Stewart and player-coach Fab Flournoy (pictured), were joined by new signing Joe Chapman in leading the Eagles scoring as a second half burst pulled them away from the Jets.

The match was marred by an ankle injury to Jets forward Calvin Davis in the second half, which unsettled the visitors and allowed Newcastle to build a match winning run.

An even first quarter was shaded by Cheshire 15-17 and the Jets still led at the second interval 38-42 - although Eagles had closed the half with an 8-3 run.

Jets led for the final time at 53-54 before a 12-0 burst, split evenly over the third quarter interval put Newcastle in charge. From there the Jets couldn't find a way back into the game as the Eagles cruised to the victory.

New signing Chapman was pleased with his debut: 'The key to the game was Cheshire closing us on the outside which left room for Lynard inside.'



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Defensor Sporting and Cordon lead the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Dillon Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 21 poins and Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) added 19 when Defensor Sporting won its third consecutive game beating Trouville 71-61, sharing the lead with Cordon.
The results and main players (incluiding all import players)were:
Defensor Sporting 71 - Sneed 21 points and 18 rebounds, Robby Collum 19 points and 4 assists
Trouville 61 - Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 16 and 9, Jason Klotz (207-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas) 9 and 8
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Cordon 78 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb) 25 points and 5 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 15 and 12
Tabare 72 - Robert McKiver (191-G-84, college: Houston) 23 points and 8 assists, Eric Price (198-C-83, college: Trevecca Naz.) 12 and 9 rebounds
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Ferro Carril 61 - Tyler Hughes (211-F-84, college: Kansas St.) 17 points and 14 rebounds, Luke McKenna (201-F-82, college: Indiana Tech) 6 and and 6, Jermaine Dailey (201-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) 9 and 5
Sayago 50 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 15 points, Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 14 and 14,
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Anastasia 88 - Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 34 points and 8 rebounds, Kojo Mensah (185-G-85, college: Duquesne) 13 points and 4, Jeffrey Simpson (204-C-83, college: N.Texas) 14 and 15
Bohemios 73 - Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) 20 and 17, Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, college: St.Louis) 8.


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Defensor 3-0 
 2. Cordon 3-0 
 3. Un.Atletica 2-0 
 4. Atenas 2-0 
 5. Hebraica 2-0 
 6. Ferro Carril 2-1 
 7. Cader 1-1 
 8. Bigua 1-1 
 9. Malvin 1-1 
 10. Tabare 1-2 
 11. Sayago 1-2 
 12. Anastasia 1-2 
 13. Olimpia 0-2 
 14. Aguada 0-2 
 15. Trouville 0-3 
 16. Bohemios 0-3 




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Women News

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Championships 2009 Awards - by Eurobasket
#s#
Nan Chen
Chen
Chada Nasr
Nasr
Yeon Ha Beon
Beon
Beng Fong Goh
Goh
Chantelle Anderson
Anderson
#e#6
Best Player: Nan Chen (197-C-83) of China
Best Guard: Chada Nasr (173-G-83) of Lebanon
Best Forward: Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) of South Korea
Best Center: Nan Chen of China
Best Coach: Sun Fengwu of China

1st Team
G: Chada Nasr of Lebanon
G: Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) of Malaysia
F: Beon Yeon Ha of South Korea
C: Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81) of Lebanon * we made exception including two centers in 1st Team as both Anderson and Nan Chen definitely deserved to make it to the 1st Team
C: Nan Chen of China

2nd Team
G: Lan Jui-Yu (170-G-83) of Taiwan
G: Merenciana Arayi (85) of Philippines
F: Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) of South Korea
F: Ma Zheng Yu (183-F-83) of China
C: Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) of India

Honorable Mention
Liu Chun-Yi (180-F-81) of Taiwan
Noriko Koiso (183-C-74) of Japan
Al Mitani (182-F-78) of Japan
Kim Jung-Eun (181-F-87) of South Korea
Bian Lan (185-F-86) of China
Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) of China
Lyudmila Sedova (187-C-79) of Kazakhstan


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Taranto hold off USK Praha at the start of Folimanka Cup - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Taranto 68:71
Taranto claimed the first win at the international tournament Folimanka Cup in Czech Republic. They overcame hosting USK Praha at the Folimanka Sport Hall yesterday. Taranto overcame a slow start to upset the home team. Taranto will now face TEO Vilnius, while USK Praha will take on Fenerbahce in the second day of the tournament.
USK Praha confidently entered the encounter. They fired 23 points in the opening quarter worth an 8-point lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the cushion well enough to enjoy a 38:30 lead at halftime. But Taranto changed it all in the third quarter. The Italian team exploded with 27 points to surge in front 57:54 with ten minutes remaining in the game. USK Praha and Taranto fought fiercely in the dying minutes but the visitors were able to eke out a narrow win at the end. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) knocked down 15 points each for Taranto. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) delivered 10 points in the winning case. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with 14 points for USK Praha. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) finished with 12 points, while Sandra Le Drean (187-F-77) added 10 in defeat.

USK Praha: Evanthia Maltsi 14, Katerina Elhotova 12, Sandra Le Drean 10
Taranto: Megan Mahoney 15, Elodie Godin 15, Michelle Greco 10



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  FINLAND - Women  


Brittanie Taylor-James land in Forssan Alku - by Eurobasket News
Brittanie Taylor-James (183-F-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) inked a deal with Forssan Alku. The 23-year-old forward arrived to Finland during the summer to sign a contract with PeKa. But the team axed her from the roster just days ago. FoA immediately invited Brittanie Taylor-James and after a short try-out period signed a deal. Taylor-James graduated from North Carolina A&T State University this year. There she averaged 18.9 points, 5.3 boards and 1.6 assists per game in her senior season. She was named the MEAC Player of the Year.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. BSE 1-0 
 2. SEAT Lami 1-0 
 3. Vasas-Csata 0-0 
 4. MKB Eurol. 0-0 
 5. ZTE 0-0 
 6. Szeged 0-0 
 7. Szolnok 0-0 
 8. MiZo Pecs 0-0 
 9. Atomeromu 0-0 
 10. Bajai NKK 0-0 
 11. BEAC 0-1 
 12. Cegledi EKK 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Robinson, Savaria23.7 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs21.5 
 3. Maslowski, Szeged16.2 
 4. Milovanovic, MKB E.15.2 
 5. Djelmis, Szolnok14.8 
 6. Quennan, MiZo Pecs14.5 
 7. Ievtushenko, Atome.14.2 
 8. Zherzherunov., Sze.14.0 
 9. Hegedus, Szolnok13.7 
 10. Varga, Z.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Robinson, Savaria9.8 
 2. Wilson, Atomeromu8.6 
 3. Zherzherunov., Sze.6.7 
 4. Fejes, Vasas-Csata6.4 
 5. Coelho, MiZo Pecs6.3 
 6. Horvath, ZTE6.3 
 7. Vajda, MiZo Pecs6.3 
 8. Gadnai, Savaria5.8 
 9. Maslowski, Szeged5.6 
 10. Ievtushenko, Ato.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  MiZo Pecs
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.8 
 2. Djelmis, Szolnok4.5 
 3. Darida, Szolnok3.8 
 4. Nemeth, Szeged3.3 
 5. Furesz, Szeged3.3 
 6. Macleod, MKB E.2.8 
 7. Tamis, Atomeromu2.8 
 8. Lakloth, Vasas-Cs.2.8 
 9. Dubrovina, Szeged2.7 
 10. Szondy, Vasas-Csa.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anna VAJDA
  MiZo Pecs
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.6 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.5 
 3. Wilson, Atomeromu3.2 
 4. Darida, Szolnok2.9 
 5. Furesz, Szeged2.6 
 6. Rasheed, ZTE2.6 
 7. Czank, Vasas-Csata2.5 
 8. Lakloth, Vasas-Cs.2.5 
 9. Milovanovic, MKB E.2.5 
 10. Varga, Z.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Robinson, Savaria1.6 
 2. Sandor, Savaria0.8 
 3. Fritz, Vasas-Csata0.7 
 4. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.6 
 5. Maslowski, Szeged0.5 
 6. Szabadfi, Savaria0.5 
 7. Szondy, Vasas-Csata0.4 
 8. Horvath, ZTE0.4 
 9. Czank, Vasas-Csata0.4 
 10. Darida, Szoln.0.3 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Wisla won the Polish Super-cup !!! Liron Cohen had 10 ast. !!!! - by Gil Goshen


Wisla won the Polish SuperCup
Wisla won the game today vs. Lotos - Gdynia 65:47
Ewelina Kobryn had 34 points and 12 rbs while the Israeli national team point guard Liron Cohen agency gg basketabll - had 7 points and 10 ast !!!
Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) scored 10 points and pulled down 11 boards for Wisla. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) answered with 17 points and 7 boards for Lotos. Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84, finished with 12 points in the losing effort.

Wisla: Ewelina Kobryn 34+12 boards, Anna Wielebnowska 10+11 boards, Liron Cohen 7+10 assists
Lotos: Magdalena Leciejewska 17, Paulina

Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


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  ITALY - Women  


Taranto hold off USK Praha at the start of Folimanka Cup - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Taranto 68:71
Taranto claimed the first win at the international tournament Folimanka Cup in Czech Republic. They overcame hosting USK Praha at the Folimanka Sport Hall yesterday. Taranto overcame a slow start to upset the home team. Taranto will now face TEO Vilnius, while USK Praha will take on Fenerbahce in the second day of the tournament.
USK Praha confidently entered the encounter. They fired 23 points in the opening quarter worth an 8-point lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the cushion well enough to enjoy a 38:30 lead at halftime. But Taranto changed it all in the third quarter. The Italian team exploded with 27 points to surge in front 57:54 with ten minutes remaining in the game. USK Praha and Taranto fought fiercely in the dying minutes but the visitors were able to eke out a narrow win at the end. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) knocked down 15 points each for Taranto. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) delivered 10 points in the winning case. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with 14 points for USK Praha. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) finished with 12 points, while Sandra Le Drean (187-F-77) added 10 in defeat.

USK Praha: Evanthia Maltsi 14, Katerina Elhotova 12, Sandra Le Drean 10
Taranto: Megan Mahoney 15, Elodie Godin 15, Michelle Greco 10



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TTT Riga remain perfect in Torun - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga claimed the second straight win at the international friendly tournament in Poland. They held off Lemminkainen Klaipeda 68:61. TTT Riga will now fight for the trophy against hosting Energa Torun tonight.
The game turned into a serious challenge for TTT Riga. The Latvian team grabbed a 20:12 advantage after the opening frame. But Lemminkainen found the way to bounce back. They cut the deficit at 7 points with twenty minutes into the game. The Lithuanian side stepped on the gas in the third period. They poured in 24 points to head into the fourth quarter up by one point. But TTT Riga came back to life in the dying minutes and snatched a tough 68:61 win at the end.
Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) top-scored with 17 points for TTT Riga. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) delivered 16 points, while Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) netted 14 points in the victory.



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Wisla defeat Lotos to claim Polish SuperCup - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Lotos - Gdynia 65:47
Wisla Can Pack Krakow claimed the initial title of the season. They opened their campaign with a comprehensive success in the Polish SuperCup tonight. Wisla overcame a slow start to the game to knock down their opponents in Lublin. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) exploded with 34 points and 12 boards to pace Wisla to the victory.
Lotos Gdynia looked just better in the opening frame. They grabbed a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. But Wisla adjusted their defense in the first place and changed things round in the second quarter. The Krakow outfit limited their opponents to 12 points in the period and ensured a 32:29 advantage at halftime. Wisla maintained a suffocating grip in the third frame. They allowed just ten points from Lotos taking an 8-point advantage into the final stanza. Wisla never slowed down in the final term. They outscored the Gdynia team 18:8 and raced to a confident win at the end.
Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) scored 10 points and pulled down 11 boards for Wisla. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) added 7 points and 10 assists in the win. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) answered with 17 points and 7 boards for Lotos. Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) finished with 12 points in the losing effort.

Wisla: Ewelina Kobryn 34+12 boards, Anna Wielebnowska 10+11 boards, Liron Cohen 7+10 assists
Lotos: Magdalena Leciejewska 17, Paulina Pawlak 12



Energa Torun register second straight win at home - by Eurobasket News
Energa Torun - AZS Poznan 64:42
Energa Torun celebrated the second consecutive victory at the Torun International Tournament. They defeated AZS Poznan to share the top spot with TTT Riga. Energa Torun and TTT Riga will clash today to decide on the winner of the competition.
Energa and AZS Poznan stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 14:14 at the first break. The hosts increased the tempo in the second frame and earned a 6-point halftime lead. AZS Poznan accounted for only 6 points in the third frame. Energa Torun capitalized taking a 10-point advantage into the fourth stanza. Energa Torun took over completely in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Ewelina Gala (185-F-90) knocked down 14 points to lead the charge. Aleksandra Chomac (191-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group) contributed 13 points, while Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) netted 10 in the win. Katarzyna Motyl (176-G-87) responded with 8 points for AZS Poznan. Agnieszka Skobel (180-F-89), Natalia Mrozinska (191-F/C-84) and Patrycja Mazurczak (182-F-88) had 6 points each in defeat.
AZS Poznan is scheduled to face Lemminkainen on the final day of the tourney.

Energa Torun: Ewelina Gala 14, Aleksandra Chomac 13, Monika Krawiec 10
AZS Poznan: Katarzyna Motyl 8, Agnieszka Skobel 6, Natalia Mrozinska 6, Patrycja Mazurczak 6



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ChajebaO4 Cadiz win Coimbra Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Chajeba Cadiz claimed the victory in the first edition of the international Coimbra tournament. They overcame CAB Madeira in the championship game yesterday. Taimara Suero (174-G-79) fired 20 points to pace Cadiz to an 81:76 success. CAB Madeira looked solid and ambitious in the opening frame as they grabbed a 20:17 lead. But the Spanish team gradually picked up the slack. They stayed within striking range in the second stanza and trailed by just three points at halftime. Cadiz denied the deficit in the third quarter and jumped in charge. CAB Madeira could not respond and had to surrender at the end. Gonzalez produced 13 points for the winners. Candice Champion (185-F-87, college: Texas Arlington) finished with 26 points for CAB Madeira. Kaitlin Sowinski (196-C-86, college: Sacred Heart) tallied 21 points and 13 boards to be named the MVP of the game.
In the meantime Olivais Coimbra clinched the third spot. They topped Codigalco Carmelitas 85:80 in overtime. Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) exploded with 45 poitns and 12 boards to lead Olivais Coimbra. Jhasmin PlayerID=86463'>Emily Heikes (183-C-83, college: Purdue) responded with 31 points and 15 boards for Carmelitas.



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Montaneras back on the winning ways - by Raul Colon
A day after Guaynabo shook them, the Montaeras of Morovis was back on the winning track with a 72-63 win over the San Juan Warriors. In front of a jam pack Pepe 'Huyke' Coliseum, Morovis wasted little time in establishing their fast moving game over the Warriors since the beginning.

Morovis, which also dominated the first half, 43-26, improves to 13-2, the league best. San Juan drops to 7-7.

Amy Denson led all scored for the home team with 20 points and 16 rebounds. She also added 7 assists. Lysbeth Rivera chipped in with 16. Alyssa Hollins netted 12.

Once again, Rashida Suber [league scoring leader 24.5ppg] carry the Warriors offense. The shooting guard managed to score 19 points despite being double teamed most of the night. Amanda DeCoud had 15 and Leslie Vazquez 11.


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ChajebaO4 Cadiz win Coimbra Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Chajeba Cadiz claimed the victory in the first edition of the international Coimbra tournament. They overcame CAB Madeira in the championship game yesterday. Taimara Suero (174-G-79) fired 20 points to pace Cadiz to an 81:76 success. CAB Madeira looked solid and ambitious in the opening frame as they grabbed a 20:17 lead. But the Spanish team gradually picked up the slack. They stayed within striking range in the second stanza and trailed by just three points at halftime. Cadiz denied the deficit in the third quarter and jumped in charge. CAB Madeira could not respond and had to surrender at the end. Gonzalez produced 13 points for the winners. Candice Champion (185-F-87, college: Texas Arlington) finished with 26 points for CAB Madeira. Kaitlin Sowinski (196-C-86, college: Sacred Heart) tallied 21 points and 13 boards to be named the MVP of the game.
In the meantime Olivais Coimbra clinched the third spot. They topped Codigalco Carmelitas 85:80 in overtime. Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) exploded with 45 poitns and 12 boards to lead Olivais Coimbra. Jhasmin PlayerID=86463'>Emily Heikes (183-C-83, college: Purdue) responded with 31 points and 15 boards for Carmelitas.



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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil3-0
2. Canada2-1
3. P.Rico1-2
4. Dominican R.0-3
Group B
1. Argentina3-0
2. Cuba2-1
3. Chile1-2
4. Venezuela0-3


The last day of Preliminary Round in Mexico - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Canada - Brazil 45-61
Brazil stopped Canada on 45 points in the last day of the Preliminary Round of FIBA Americas Championship 2009. The host of this event grabbed third consecutive win and it will go to Semifinals from top of Group A. Brazil is the second ranked team in this pool (2-1) and it also will continue in the Semis. Fernanda Neves Beling (186-F-82) and Adriana Santos (180-G/F-71) posted 12 points each for the winners. Franciele Nascimiento (190-C-87) helped with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Canada got the most from Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79), 10 points. In the Semis, Brazil will meet Cuba. Canada's rival will be Argentina.

Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 83-44
Puerto Rico cruised past Dominican Republic registering the first win on FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil. It means that Puerto Rico ended Preliminary Round as No.3 in Group A with 1-2 record. Dominican Republic is winless, 0-3. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) once again shined in Puerto Rico draining 22 points. Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) and Aixanell Santos (178-F-84) followed her with 11 pts each. On the other side, Jennifer Estrella (88) netted 12 points in loss. Charlenny Frias (84) stopped on 10. Both teams will continue in Classification Round (5-8 place).

Group B
Argentina - Cuba 85-81
Argentina grabbed an overtime win against Cuba securing the first place in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. Cuba fell to 1-2 finishing the Preliminary Round as a second ranked team in the same pool. Both will continue in Semifinals and will have a chance to fight for the medals. Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79) was on fire scoring 22 points for the winners. Paula Reggiardo (84) and Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) combined 32 points and 15 rebounds, while Erica Sanchez (182-F/C-76) added 15 pts and 9 rebs. In Team Cuba, Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) collected 21 points and 9 boards. She was followed by Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) with 16 pts. In the Semifinals, Argentina will meet Canada. Cuba will take on Brazil.

Chile - Venezuela 77-69
Chile avoided the last place in Preliminary Group B. Both teams were winless before this game, but Chile is the one who ended this stage on third place. Venezuela is the last ranked country in this pool, but still both will continue in Classification Round (5-8 place). Tatiana Gomez (193-C-81) was a key player in this victory. She spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 31 points and 9 rebounds. Daniela Troncoso (175-F-87) had 12 and Romina Valenzuela (178-F-86) added one point less. Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) responded with 19 points and 11 boards in loss. Jofranny Guerra (88) was behind her with 10 pts.


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Erlana Larkins inked by Mersin - by Eurobasket News
Mersin bolstered the roster with addition of Erlana Larkins (185-F-86, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina). The 23-yer-old forward just finished the WNBA season with the New York Liberty. The North Carolina graduate is not new to Turkey. She spent the previous season in Samsun. There Erlana Larkins tallied 15.9 points, 12.0 boards and 2.4 assists per game. This summer she notched 2.4 points and 1.7 boards per game for the Liberty.


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Fever beat Shock 79-75 to force Game 3 - by Eurobasket News
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) scored 22 points, and the Indiana Fever avoided elimination with a 79-75 win over the Detroit Shock in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

Catchings also had nine rebounds, six steals and five assists. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) added 14 points and five steals for the Fever, who will host the decisive Game 3 against the defending champions on Saturday night. Detroit could eliminate the Fever from the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) led Detroit with 23 points and Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Indiana set a postseason record with 18 steals and scored 28 points off Detroit's 24 turnovers. The defensive effort made up for Detroit's 48-37 rebounding edge.

Indiana led 39-38 at halftime. The Fever set a league playoff record for steals in a half with 12, and Catchings set a postseason record for steals in a half with five. The Shock made up for it by outrebounding the Fever 27-16 in the first half.

Catchings went down hard after a drive to the basket with 3:06 left in the third quarter and the Fever trailing 50-48. A fanbase that saw the 2007 season ruined when Catchings tore her right Achilles' tendon in the playoffs waited with an uneasy silence. She stayed down for a few minutes, but got up with an angry, determined look in her eyes. Indiana outscored Detroit 31-25 the rest of the way.

Detroit dominated the boards overall, but Indiana won the rebounding matchup 13-12 in the fourth quarter.

Fever Fans: Larry Bird has purchased the entire balcony of Conseco Fieldhouse for Saturday nights Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the sole intent to fill the arena as the Indiana Fever hosts the Detroit Shock for a one-game, Eastern Conference championship and the right to advance to next weeks WNBA Finals.

Balcony seats for Saturdays game, which tips at 7:00 p.m., are free to the public and available beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office only.


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Parker has 24 points and 18 boards, Leslie scores 20 as Sparks even West finals with 87-76 win - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks played with the desperation of a team on the brink of elimination and a player facing the end of her career.

Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had 24 points and 18 rebounds, Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) scored 20 points, and the Sparks forced a deciding third game of the Western Conference finals with an 87-76 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

'Were very desperate, yes,' said Leslie, who has said she will retire at the end of the season. 'I think when your backs to the wall and now theyre in that position and theyll have to sleep the way we slept.'

Leslie and Parker combined for 31 first-half points as the third-seeded Sparks ran out to an early lead and had a 49-34 advantage by halftime. Phoenix pulled within nine in the second half after Leslie picked up her fifth foul with 6:23 left in the third.

The Mercury later cut the deficit to 75-67 with 3:59 left but got no closer.

'They came out like the team that had to win the game and they did that throughout the 40 minutes,' said Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut), who led Phoenix with 25 points. 'We played like the team that was up 1-0 and for whatever reason its 1-1 and Game 3 (Saturday) at home so we cant really ask for anything more.'

Taurasi made 9 of 17 from the field before fouling out in the final minute while fellow all-WNBA first-teamer Cappie Pondexter had 19 to lead Phoenix. Outside of Taurasi, the Mercury shot 18 for 51 (35 percent) after leading the league with a 46 percent average during the regular season.

The Mercury, who had the best regular-season record in WNBA at 23-11, beat Los Angeles 103-94 in Wednesdays series opener.

Phoenix finished the night 7 of 20 (35 percent) from beyond the arc after making 14 3-pointers in Wednesdays win.

'We never got into our style of play, didnt rebound the ball and didnt second chance shots, it hurts you,' Mercury coach Corey Gaines said.

Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) added 17 points and Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Sparks, who shot 42 percent (31 for 74) and outrebounded the Mercury 43-28.

Phoenix was held well under the 100 points a game they averaged in their first four playoff games. Tangela Smith (6'4''-F/C-77, college: Iowa) scored 14 points.

Smith hit two jumpers to cut the lead to 56-47 with 4:37 left in the third after Leslie got three fouls in a 2:22 span, forcing her to the bench for the rest of the period.

'And really, probably wasnt to our favor anyway (because) she got to sit down and get some rest,' Gaines said.

Leslie played the entire fourth quarter without fouling out.

The Sparks slowed down the Mercurys running game at the outset, jumping to a 15-4 lead in the first 5 minutes. Los Angeles made 12 of 25 from the field in the first quarter while Phoenix missed seven of its first 10 shots and were outrebounded 13-2, trailing 31-17 after the first 10 minutes.

'It kind of looks like either team that jumps out on the other one first is probably going to win,' Sparks coach Michael Cooper said. 'But I thought we stuck to our game plan.'

The Mercury were held to 13-of-34 shooting in the first half and outrebounded 24-12 as Los Angeles led by as much as 20 in the first half.

'I thought we did a much better job of setting up our offense and executing and also sticking with our defensive schemes,' Leslie said. 'The first game, they really jumped on us so for us its going to be important to start the game out strong and being the aggressors.'

The Mercury won three of four during regular season, the only loss coming at home in the regular season finale in a game Taurasi sat out.

'Its all about will,' Leslie said. 'Its the will to win. For us, we are not ready to go home.'


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2009 WNBA All-Defensive Team announced - by Eurobasket News
Dream guard/forward Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) and forward Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) were named to the 2009 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team, the league announced today. Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) was named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors.

Catchings, a three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2005, 2006 and 2009), also headlines the 2009 WNBA All-Defensive Team. Catchings collected 24 points from the league's 13 coaches while Minnesota center/forward Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) finished second with 13 points and Seattle Storm forward/center Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81), the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year, garnered 12 points. Storm guard Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) (10 points) and Fever guard Tully Bevilaqua (5'5''-G-72) (nine points) round out the All-Defensive First Team.

The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team comprises Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) (10 points), Atlanta Dream forwards Sancho Lyttle and Angel McCoughtry (nine points each), Detroit Shock guard Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia), Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) and Sparks guard/forward Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) (eight points each).

Lyttle and McCoughtry, the only rookie on either team, each were named to their first All-Defensive Team. Dream center Erika de Souza finished second in voting (tied with Sparks forward Candace Parker) for Defensive Player of the Year.

A panel of the WNBA's 13 head coaches voted on the WNBA All-Defensive Team, selecting First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Players earned two points for each First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote.




Below are the top finishers in the vote for the 2009 WNBA All-Defensive Teams:



2009 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Player Team Position Points

Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever Forward 24

Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm Forward/Center 12

Nicky Anosike Minnesota Lynx Center/Forward 13

Tanisha Wright Seattle Storm Guard 10

Tully Bevilaqua Indiana Fever Guard 9




2009 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Player Team Position Points

Sancho Lyttle Atlanta Dream Forward 9

Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Forward 9

Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks Center 10

Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks Guard/Forward 8

Alana Beard Washington Mystics Guard 8

Deanna Nolan Detroit Shock Guard 8

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