EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/8/2009

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  ARGENTINA   


LIGA A 2009/10 official rosters 1 - by Facundo Iatzky
Atenas Cordoba

Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82), Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86, agency: Interperformances), Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego), Juan Locatelli (198-F-75), Federico Ferrini, Cristian Romero, Jayson Wells (202-F-76, agency: Passing Lane, college: Indiana St.), Diego Osella (207-F/C-69), Djibril Kante.
Nicolas Copello, Bruno Colli, Ignacio Fernandez, Felipe Pais, Marcos Lueg, Joel Comba, Matias Bortolin, Pablo Orlietti.

coach: Ruben Magnano.

Boca Juniors

Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88), Nelson Ingles (181-G-75), Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis), Sebastian Castineira (196-F-78), Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duquesne), Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina), Mariano Fierro, Fernando Martina
Juan Orellano, Rodrigo Sanchez, Nahuel Rodriguez, Daniel Luna, Federico Ramos, Leandro Podesta

coach: Pablo DAngelo.

Bahia Blanca Estudiantes

Pedro Franco (187-G-81), Andre Smith (188-G-80, college: NC-Asheville), Emiliano Agostino, Javier Aispuro, Leandro Cecchi (201-G/F-88), Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), Gerardo Barrera, Cristian Amicucci, Jeremy Caldwell (203-F/C).
Lucas Faggiano (188-G-89), Matias Martinez, Sebastian Cinti, Juan Signorino, Cristian Aguiar.

coach: Marcelo Richotti

Central Entrerriano Gualeguaychu

Cristian Cadillac (194-G-83), Gaston Torre (185-G-85), Darius Lane (193-G-78, college: Seton Hall), Fernando Funes (193-G-83), Eduardo Calvelli (195-G-82), Lewis Fadipe (208-C-83, college: La Salle), Sebastian Cabello, Alejandro Burgos.
Agustin Pirovani, Facundo Bourhillon, Lucas Arn, Ignacio Ucelli, Alexis Vallejos.
coach: Eduardo Cadillac.





Gimnasia Comodoro Rivadavia



Nicolas De los Santos, Nicolas Ferreyra, German Sciutto (190-F-78, agency: Interperformances), Federico Mansilla, Gary Buchanan, Diego Romero, Andres Rodriguez (202-C-77), Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, college: Washington), Ignacio Alessio (204-C-87).



Gregorio Iniguez, Ivan Macharasvili, Gaston Hock, Martin Miner, Alexander Dziak.

coach: Nicolas Casalanguida.







Club Atletico Lanus



A.J. Guyton (187-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Indiana), Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82), Diego Prego (198-F-77), Fernando Malara (194-F-80, agency: Interperformances), Arnaldo Meilinger, Fernando Calvi, Byron Johnson, Ruperto Herrera.



Nicolas Laprovittola, Nicolas Rolandi, Ignacio Davico, Juan Ignacio Catalano, Santiago Mendyk, Ezequiel Manzanares.



coach: Silvio Santander.







La Union Formosa)



Hernando Salles (188-G-79), David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.), Agustin Carnovale, Ariel Pau, Mariano Franco, Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville), Ariel Zago (203-C-85), Jimmy Boston, Pablo Barrios.



Diego Gerbaudo, Sergio Mora, Nicolas Lukach, Lucas Obregon, Guillermo Subeldia



coach: Gabriel Piccato.







Libertad Sunchales



Sebastian Ginobili, Diego Alba, Pablo Moldu, Marcos Saglietti, Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois), Dave Ben (193-G, college: Kutztown), Andres Pelussi, Tyler Field, Ruben Wolkowisky (207-C-73).



Joaquin Giordana, Emiliano Correa, Nicolas Bongiovanni, Juan Fernandez Chavez, Lucas Diaz, Andres Landoni.



coach: Juan Parola.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Phill Jones to captain Taipans - by Eurobasket News
Taipans newcomer Phill Jones (196-G-74) has been named captain of the reborn NBL club after displaying his natural leadership skills throughout the pre-season.

The former New Zealand Breaker is part of a three-man Taipans leadership group, joining foundation player Aaron Grabau and centre Ian Crosswhite as key decision-makers.

Jones said he was more a figurehead than anything, with the onus on the whole team to stand up and take responsibility for its performance.

'The way I feel about the captaincy, with the group we have theres a bit of experience and I think (captain) is more of a label than a huge role in the team, Jones said.

'The refs need someone that they can talk to, thats sort of my job apart from Aaron (Fearne).

'As far as the captaincy goes, it really comes down to the team.

'With the Breakers last year, we never named a captain and it worked quite well because it put the onus on everyone (to take responsibility).

'I can be called a captain but when it comes down to it, the whole teams got to step up and take ownership of whats going on with the Taipans squad.

'Its more of a label than being put up on a pedestal. As far as Im concerned, the team is No. 1.

Fearne said while there were plenty of players that would take a senior role throughout the year, he could not deny Jones experience and maturity.

'Hes been around a long time and done a lot of great things and played in many leagues and been successful, the coach said of the experienced former New Zealand international who finished as the second in scoring at the 2004 Olympics.

'Hes very mature and understands the game and the guys respect him.

'Hes very level-headed and shows some good leadership.

While Jones is the sole captain and part of a three-man official leadership team, Fearne said there were plenty of other senior players who had a voice.


Courtesy of The Cairns Post


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  AUSTRIA   


10 questions with Furstenfeld Panther Desmond Penigar - by Stefan Heinrich
1. How is it being back in Furstenfeld for another seasonA
DP: Im enjoying being here with my family and the opportunity for them to see me play this season.

2. You have mostly new teammates and new coach this year. How does it feel so farA
DP: Its very early in the season and there will be a lot of adjustments from all of us players because we have a lot of individual stars, so we will each have to make individual sacrifices to be a team.

3. Have you noticed any strengths or weaknesses during preseasonA
DP: One major strength Ive noticed is that everyone is working hard and we believe in our coachs philosophy. One weakness is that we have to continue to work to become a better team.

4. How is the vibe with the teamA
DP: Everyone on the team is really excited about the team and playing together this season. We are all familiar with each others game and we are excited about the opportunity, and the challenge.

5. What are your expectations/hopes for this seasonA
DP: We have one major goal as a team, and that is to win our next game.

6. There are a lot of high-scorers on this team. How do you think you guys will work out the scoringA
DP: That will be our biggest challenge sacrificing our individual game for the betterment of the team.

7. You joined the team mid-season last year. How is this years experience differentA
DP: I get to be a part of the team during the preseason, which I feel is the most important part of building a team. We get to find out what were all made of.

8. How are you adjusting back to Austria after being back home for the summerA
DP: Well, so far, we have been practicing twice a day, so I havent really had time to do anything other than basketball.

9. Speaking of summer, did you do any special training over the summerA
DP: At the end of last season, I felt I wasnt in great conditioning, so during the summer, I committed myself to getting into the best shape for the upcoming season.

10. And do you feel like you succeededA
DP: I feel like I accomplished the goals I set at the beginning this summer and hopefully that will show this season



Obewart Gunners sensationally ink Jonathan Levy - by Stefan Prager
After the Oberwart Gunners parted ways with Try Out player Terry Martin   (198-G-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: LSU) they landed a sensational new player. The Gunners ink Jonathan Levy  (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) from the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. The 26 year old combo guard played in Germany for the last 4 years. At first he helped ratiopharm Ulm to get the BBL in 2006. After one year in the BBL he moved to Braunschweig. Levy has played in Austria in former days as well. In the 2004/05 season he played for the BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and gained the All Star MVP trophy before being named to the Eurobasket All Austrian Second Team and All Austrian Defensive Team.

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  BOSNIA   


News from BC Celik Zenica - by Eurobasket News
BC Celik played its first friendly game for the upcoming season. The team from Zenica was better than Kakanj on the road 78-71. Except of this game, more news are coming from Celik. The first is that the team decided not to sign contract with Serbian forward Ilija Cvetkovic (207-C/F-88). According to Celik officials, the player already went home.
At the same time, Celik announced signing of Armin Avdibegovic (189-G-84, agency: VTBM), who returned on one-year deal. He practiced with the team from the very beginning of pre-season and now they agreed terms. The 25-year old point guard spent last season in Slovenia. He appeared 29 times in 1A League averaging 12.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2 apg. He is a product of Celik and he never left the club since last summer. Now he returned to his home town in order to help Celik next season at PG position. In 2006 Avdibegovic helped the team to win Bosnian A1 league.
Next target for Celik is Muris Andelija (208-C/F-81). According to head coach Marko Trbic, Andelija and Celik already started negotiations. The progress is not announced yet and there is no official news about this.
Celik Zenica is a returnee to Bosnian Premier League. As a part of preparation, the team will participate on tournament in Austria from September 18-20. After that, they will move to Cazin for another tournament.


Kenan Bajramovic has nice start with ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian power forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) shined in the first friendly game of his new team ALBA Berlin. The Albatross met Frankfurt Skyliners celebrating 89-72 win. Bajramovic had important role in his team scoring 8 points. In the second game, ALBA Berlin was better than Bayrot 83-70. In that one Bajramovic once again was good netting 7 pts. As a reminder, ALBA Berlin did not succeed to defend the title last season so the trophy in domestic championship will be their main target in the next one. The team will also participate in Euroleague Qualifications and it is expected from them to reach the regular season.
Meanwhile, Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) arrived to Sarajevo and he joined Bosna ASA BHT. The Austrian player with Bosnian origin shined this summer on U20 EuroBasket division B in Skopje. He was the top scorer of this contest with impressive 19.4 ppg. Mahalbasic also was the leading rebounder with 10 rpg.
Rasid Mahalbasic signed 3-year deal with Bosna in July this year, but he is not officially member of the team as he still waits contract termination with his ex team Klagenfurt. The Austrians ask buy-out fee, which is according to Bosnian media bigger than the one which is officially set in the contract. The whole thing is not resolved yet, but the player hopes he will play for Bosna next season.


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Regional Leagues Standings
Capixaba
 1. IATE 0-0 
 2. Alvares Cabral 0-0 
 3. Italo Brasilero 0-0 
 4. AVAB-ES 0-0 
 5. Goiabeiras 0-0 
 6. Praira Tenis 0-0 
 7. Marataizes 0-0 
Carioca
 1. Iguacu 0-0 
 2. Cabo Frio 0-0 
 3. Fluminense 0-0 
 4. Municipal 0-0 
Catarinese
 1. Uniasselvi/C. 0-0 
 2. APAB/FMD 0-0 
 3. ABAVI/FME 0-0 
 4. UFC 0-0 
 5. AVIBA/Unoesc 0-0 
 6. Floripa Junior 0-0 
 7. Liga Norte 0-0 
 8. Brusque 0-0 
Gaucha
 1. Cruzeiro 0-0 
 2. Caxias do Sul 0-0 
 3. Santa Cruz 0-0 
 4. JAVA 0-0 
Mineira
 1. Coopatos/Vigor 0-0 
 2. Athletic Club 0-0 
Paraibana
 1. B.dos Fogoes 0-0 
 2. Dental Gold 0-0 
 3. WW Empreend 0-0 
 4. Vila Lianza 0-0 
 5. AVAB-CG 0-0 
 6. CEFET-PB 0-0 
 7. Cabo Branco 0-0 
 8. AABB 0-0 
Paulista
 1. S.Jose/Vinac 5-0 
 2. Sao Bernardo 5-1 
 3. Vivo/Franca 4-1 
 4. GRSA/Bauru 3-2 
 5. Paulistano 3-2 
 6. Assis Basket 3-2 
 7. Rio Claro FC 3-3 
 8. Lupo/Araraq. 2-3 
 9. Sorocaba 2-4 
 10. Santo Andre 2-4 
 11. Selam 1-4 
 12. Pinheiros 1-4 
 13. Americana 1-5 


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East Three-Peat as Basketball Champs - by David Edole
by: BVI Platinum News Sports Reporter

Back against the wall and staring the possibility of being swept in the best of five championship series, East completed a three-game come from behind victory last Saturday against arch rivals Young Legs to win the Senior Division Championship.

The BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) could not have asked for a better finish to the 2009 league which was named in honour of Edread Beef Stoutt, a player who suited up for both senior teams before he was gunned down last October.

In a game that had some bizarre moments when referees stopped play on two occasions because jubilated fans had surrounded the perimeter of the court, both East and Young Legs battled from jump ball, but in the end the defending champs won 86-81.

Entering the championship series unbeaten, Young Legs grabbed the lead at the end of the first quarter 18-16.

In the second quarter, the defending champs surged back beginning with a stylish fade away jumper by captain David 'Bolo' Lettsome which drew a foul and gave them a 28-27 edge with six minutes remaining.

East would pull away by half time with a 40-34 lead, but Young Legs would zoom in on the deficit and closed within three (58-55) at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, East opened their biggest lead with the score on 64-55 with 7:38 to play.

Young Legs then produced a cameo run when imported centre from the USVI, Keithwarner Rhymer hit two free throws to bring Young legs within one (72-71) before Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) went 1 for 2 at the free throw line to tie the game with under two minutes remaining.

The East offense then produced four quick points forcing Young Legs coach Brian Bash Brewley to call timeout. However, Young Legs Trevor 'West' Stevens came up with four quick points to tie the game on 76 with 1:03 to play. Halstead Chiverton (G-82) went 4 for 4 from the charity stripe including two crucial shots after a Young Legs 10 minute fan delay as the East held on to seal the victory and their third title in three years.

Dameon Ottley, Lettsome, and Duron Phillip who was back after injury, each had 13 points to lead the scorers for the East. Dwayne Penn (198-F/C-79) finished with 12 points and an equal amount of rebounds after returning to the court following treatment for a cut over his left eye sustained when he received an elbow from Stevens.

For Young Legs Jason Edwin dropped 21 points, 12 rebounds and picked five steals. Bass, Gary Hillhouse finished with 18 and 15 points respectively. Stevens finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Young Legs entered the championship series unbeaten, but lost the three most crucial games of the entire season.

Brewley later told reporters that he is unsure about his future with Young Legs since he might leave the team to focus on a younger batch of players.

Intermediate Action

Before East and Young Legs took the stage, fans watched a determined All Or Nothing squad defeat Against Da Odds 84-75 in the final game of their best of five series. Lee-Evan Jacob finished with 23 points and five assists to lead the new champs, who ensured that one of the three titles at stake returned to Virgin Gorda. Kevin Isaac added 20 points and 12 rebounds while Coy Dore, Jevonne Demming and Gerard Vanterpool each had 12 points for All Or Nothing.

Phillip Glasgow and Nicols Charles finished with 26 and 12 respectively for Against Da Odds a team that showed weakness without captain Ray Victor who departed early to pursue a basketball scholarship at Warner University.



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  BULGARIA   


Poland entertain home crowd with EuroBasket opening win - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Bulgaria 90:78
David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) scored 23 points to pace Poland to the starting win at the EuroBasket 2009. The hosts of the tournament enjoyed the home fans with a 12-point win over Bulgaria in Group D.
Michal Ignerski (205-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up for Poland in the opening frame to give the hosts a necessary boost. His two triples gave the home team a 26:16 lead midway through the first quarter. Then Koszarek and once again Michal Ignerski fired from downtown and Poland led by 11 points at the first break. Poland soon opened a 17-point lead and continued to dominate. David Logan capped the half with a trey as the home team gained a 52:37 advantage. Videnov and Evtimov sparked the intrigue early in the third quarter scoring five in a row for the visitors. But Bulgaria never seriously threatened the margin as Poland rolled to a 75:58 lead with ten minutes to go. The game was not over though as Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) accounted for 7 points early in the fourth stanza to fuel a comeback effort from Bulgaria. They cut the deficit to only 7 points before Koszarek and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) came up with timely buckets. Michal Ignerski and David Logan added five more points and Poland ran away for good in this one.
Michal Ignerski finished with 22 points for Poland. Maciej Lampe added 17 points, while Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) had 16 points and 10 boards in the win. Earl Rowland answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) contributed 18 points in defeat.

Poland: David Logan 23, Michal Ignerski 22, Maciej Lampe 17
Bulgaria: Earl Rowland 20, Dejan Ivanov 18



A minute of silence will open Poland - Bulgaria - by Vladi Lazarova
A minute of silence will open the first game at Eurobasket 2009 in Wroclaw between Bulgaria and Poland. The reason for Bulgarian mourn is boating tragedy in Ohrid lake on Saturday. At least 15 Bulgarians died. Today is the National day of mourning in Bulgaria. The National team of Pini Gershon will play with black ribbons against Polish squad. 'We are very saddened by this tragedy and we feel for the victim's families', said Bulgarian general manager Rosen Barchovski, wholed the team at Eurobasket 2005 in Serbia.


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  CHILE   


Standings - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. Liceo Mixto 13-4 
 2. Boston Coll. 13-4 
 3. Dep.Valdivia 12-5 
 4. Prov.Llanq. 11-6 
 5. U.Concepc. 10-6 
 6. Prov.Osorno 10-7 
 7. Dep.Espanol 9-8 
 8. U.Catolica 8-9 
 9. U.Los Lagos 7-10 
 10. Dep.Castro 4-13 
 11. Everton 3-14 
 12. Sagrados 1-15 


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  CHINA   


FIBA RULES - by Alex Yam
FIBA SENDS WARNING TO ZHE JIAN GUAN SHA

Eurobasket has learned that FIBA has issued Zhe Jian Guan Sha (Guan Sha) of the Chinese Basketball Association a warning letter that it must comply with a previously issued FIBA judgment by September 18, 2009 or FIBA will apply sanctions against Guan Sha including a fine up to 100,000 Euros and a possible imposition of a ban on international player transfers and ban on participation in international competitions.

The warning stems from an arbitration decided by the FIBA Arbitration Tribunal ('FAT') on July 28, 2009 in the case of Nigel Dixon and Larry Fox v. Guan Sha. Dixon signed a fully guaranteed contract with Guan Sha for the 2008-09 basketball season. Despite averaging 26.3 points per game, 9.8 rebounds and shooting 69.3% from the field, Guan Sha terminated Dixon without reason in January 2009. Dixon and his agent, Larry Fox (the 'Claimants'), sued Guan Sha through FAT for all remaining payments and agent fees outstanding under the guaranteed contract. On July 28, 2009 FAT awarded the Claimants a judgment in their favor and in addition, held Guan Sha responsible for all arbitration costs, legal costs and interest. Guan Sha has failed to pay the amount due to the Claimants. A copy of the warning was sent to the Chinese Basketball Association and FIBA Asia and Guan Sha has less than two weeks to comply.


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  CROATIA   


Ivo Josipovic signs with Apollon Limassol - by Eurobasket News
Croatian International Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) has left Bosnian outfit Siroki and has signed a deal with Apollon Limassol from Cyprus. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Jospipovic is certainly regarded as a major reinforcement. Jospipovic is the forth signing of Cypriot outfit after they have previously brought in Andrew Fogel, Darren McLinton and Bryant Matthews. Josipovic is an experienced power forward who will be expected to fill in the forward position and bring energy he is known for. Apollon finished 3rd in the regular part of the season last year, with the score of 12 wins and 4 losses. They will be looking to improve on these results, and to challenge its main rivals Keravnos and AEL for the title next season. Jospipovic stated that he is delighted to sign for such ambition us outfit and is eager to join his new teammates.
Ivo Josipovic started his career with BC Zadar. Since than he has played for host of clubs, mostly in Germany, Russia and Greece. He played for the likes of Telekom Bonn, Mitteldeutscher, Ural Gate Perm, Unics Kazan, Universitet Surgut as well as Greek outfits Apollon Patra and Kolossos Rodou. Last season he came back to Bosnia and signed for Siroki. He was a regular member of starting five and has helped Siroki pull an upset in the Playoff Finals. Siroki defeated favorites Bosna and claimed the title. In EuroChallnege, Jospiovic appeared in 2 games and posted averages of 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.


Zadar beats Siroki, wins the friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News
Siroki - Zadar 71-83

BC Zadar managed to overcome the host, BC Siroki in the final game of a friendly tournament. After overcoming Cedevita in the semifinals day before, Zadar players showed that they are in good form, recording second win in two days. They have beaten Siroki 71-83 in a game where they had control from the beginning. In the opening quarter, Zadar went on 2-16 run and from that point on they managed to save the lead until the end. Siroki players tired to pull closer in the second half, but it was visible that they are still slightly suffering from the preparations. Their legs were till heavy, which affected their offensive sets and forced them to commit turnovers.
Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) put in an excellent performance for Zadar, finishing the contest with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Peric was also voted Tournament MVP Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) added 16 while Rok Stipcevic scored 10 points and had 9 assists. For Siroki, Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) scored 21 points and Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) added 18. Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami, OH) rounded top three scorers with 16 points.
In the game for the third place, Capljina managed to pull an upset by beating Cedevita. They recorded 72-71 win, while exposing major weaknesses in the Cedevitas game. It is evident, that the new players for Cedevita still have some time to go in order to gel and to find their rhythm.


Croatia beats Israel in Day 1 of EuroBasket 2009 - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 1: CROATIA - ISRAEL 86-79

Croatia had a joyful first day of EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) and his teammates were too strong for Israel jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Today in EuroBasket opener Greece smashed FYR Macedonia, meaning that Croatians and Greeks are currently on top of this pool. Big guy Nikola Vujcic was a key player for the winners nailing 21 points. Guards Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC), Davor Kus (192-G-78) and Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) provided 13 points each. On the other side, Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) demonstrated outstanding performance collecting 31 points and 6 boards. Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) scored 16 and Ido Kozikaro (203-F/C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 4 points less.
Croatia had a nice start creating 11-4 lead. Soon after that it was 20-10, but Israel succeeded to close the gap on 25-17 after 10 minutes of play. Croatia was better at the beginning of the second frame and after inside basket by Nikola Vujcic once again grabbed plus 10. Lior Eliyahu was on fire for Israel and mostly owing to him it was 42-37 at the half time. In 25th minute Israel made a turn for the first time today, 48-50 (after triple by Halperin). Third quarter ended 59-59 and Israel made 67-69 later. Croatia immediately responded with crucial 8-2 run for 75-71. Israel had a chance coming to 80-77, but Croatians were concentrated from the free throw line in the finish celebrating this valuable win.
Tomorrow, Croatia will meet Greece. Israel will take on Macedonia.

Croatia: Nikola Vujcic 21, Marko Popovic 13, Davor Kus 13, Roko-Leni Ukic 13
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 31+6 boards, Gal Mekel 16, Ido Kozikaro 12



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  CYPRUS   


AEL adds Manousos! - by Chris Mammides
The Greek power forward/center Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) is officially Proteas EKA AEL Limassol's player since yesterday morning. The talented player is currently with the team of Aris Thessalonikis and is basecally on a uniform the last month. Savvas Manousos will add power and rebounds in the Limassol team.
It is worth mentioned that Savvas Manousos is the seventh player to be added in the rostr of the Queen of Limassol.
There are rumors that a new American is ready to sign that has a really impressive name in the European market.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech BK Breda & Weinstein Opava and Decin win the latest - by Eurobasket News
Czech BK Breda & Weinstein Opava won both games over Slovakian BK Inter Bratislava. At first BK Breda & Weinstein Opava was stronger 90:74. The team from Czech Republic won the opening quarter 24:13, but then Inter replied with 27:22 in the second. Opava looked better when the teams came back from the court with 13-8 and had massive 31-26 in the last frame. Novak top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) scored 18. Blazek added 10 and Martin Vanak (200-F-87) ended up with 8 points. La Rosa delivered 15 points for Inter and Madison Zilkie (178) notched 14.
In Game 2 BK Breda & Weinstein Opava produced 80:61 being even stronger in the first half. The Czechs started with 28:18 and added 20-13 in the second frame. After the third period the lead increased to 22 points and Inter could win only the last stanza 19-16 for the total 61:80. Ondrej Soska was unstoppable with 26 points, while Blazek and Kratochvl notched 15 apiece. Marko Ravasz (189-F-90) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.
Decin outscored Lithuanian Rudupis Prienai 102:70. The Czech team easily started with 28:9 in the first period and then they had 58:29 at the halftime. After three periods the board showed 80:48 and it was not a big deal to lead the game to the victory. Lavontay Fenderson (193-F-85, college: Wisc.-Parkside) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Pavel Houska (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) nailed 15. Miroslav Soukup (200-F-82) and Alic netted 13 points each in the losing effort.


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  DENMARK   


Horsens signs Brian Johnson - by Thomas Soltau


Horsens has added depth, length and a big body under the basket. The new player is 205cm big-man Brian Johnson (206-F/C-86, college: Louisville).

The new American is coming to Denmark as the first stop in his foreign Pro career. Johnson is coming of a three years at Mississippi St, where the player finished his NCAA div1 college career.

The new big-man should provide scoring and rebounding at the 4 and 5 positions along side Dane Hans Schur (203-F/C-83, college: Lynn).



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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers Ready to Take Part in Eurobasket 2009 - by Surujh Roopnarine
The 2009 European Championships tip off today at various sites in Poland, as 16 teams vie for the crown as the best in Europe as well as a guaranteed spot in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey. Though much more pronounced (and controversial) in the recently completed FIBA Asia, FIBA Africa and FIBA Americas Championships, naturalized players play a big role at the European Championships as well. At the 2007 European Championships, American born J.R. Holden (6'1''-G-76, college: Bucknell), connected on a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining in the championship game to propel underdog Russia to a 60-59 victory over host Spain. This year we find several former D-League players from America who have received clearance to play for teams looking to become the next Russia and claim Eurobasket gold. In addition to naturalized players, there are also local players from their respective countries who have played and succeeded in the D-League. We will look at their respective roles as well.

Earl Rowland (6'2''-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) (Bulgaria - Naturalized): Replaces Ibrahim Jaaber (Another naturalized Bulgarian who helped them qualify last year for these championships). Rowland, a member of the Florida Flame during the 2005-06 season, is coming off a very good season in Germany for Telekom Baskets Bonn, where he helped lead Bonn to the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals as well as German Bundesliga Finals. The 6-2 guard out of St. Marys will be called upon to be the lead distributor for Bulgaria as well as to provide scoring spark for a very forward-oriented squad.

David Logan (6'1''-G-82, college: Indianapolis) (Poland - Naturalized): The second leading scorer in the Euroleague this past season, Logan gained Polish citizenship this year in hopes of helping Poland at the European Championships. A former standout at the NCAA II level with Indianapolis, Logan has made a name for himself in the Polish DBL. Led a stacked Asseco Prokom Sopot squad to the Championship this season. Played in seven games for the Fort Worth Flyers during the 2006-07 season and has starred in Poland since then.

Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86) (France): A 22-year old forward/center who dominated during his first full season in the D-league during the 07-08 campaign with Austin. Mahinmi will get his first taste of the European Championships alongside international/NBA stars like Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Florent Pietrus. Spent most of the 2008-09 season rehabbing from injury, but played well (albeit sparingly) during the additional qualifying round to help France land the final open spot for the tournament. At 6-9, Mahinmi will provide rebounding off the bench along with a nice touch around the rim.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, college: George Washington) (Great Britain): One of the most electrifying post players in the tournament, Mensah-Bonsu has parlayed a great career at George Washington to what looks like a significant role with the Houston Rockets for next season. Has spent time with the Fort Worth Flyers (06-07) and Austin Toros (08-09) and has been dominant during both stints. This past season he averaged 26.6 points and 13.0 rebounds in eight games before being signed by Toronto for the rest of the NBA season. Without Luol Deng, Great Britain will rely heavily on this young forward to help them pull off an upset or two in a stacked Group C which features Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.

Andreas Glyniadakis (7'1''-C-81) (Greece): Towering center (7-1) spent most of the 05-06 ad 06-07 with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Was an All-D-League Honorable Mention selection by USBasket after averaging 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in 06-07. He played in four games at least summers Beijing Olympics, averaging 6.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Also, provides interior toughness and rebounding for Greece.

Kosta Koufos (7'0''-F/C-89, college: Ohio St.) (Greece): 19 year old rising star just completed his rookie season in the NBA/D-League, splitting time between the Utah Jazz and their affiliate the Utah Flash. The former Ohio State standout appeared in 46 games for the Jazz and 11 for the Energy. Will be making his debut appearance at the European Championships.

Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) (Poland): Has had a whirl-wind offseason, as he recently became one of the highest paid backups in the NBA after the Orlando Magic matched a qualifying offer from the Dallas Mavericks, to retain his services behind Dwight Howard. Played briefly with the Anaheim Arsenal during the 2007-08 seasobn. Will team with former NBA first round draft pick Macej Lampe and naturalized guard David Logan to try and propel Poland past the qualifying rounds as the hosts.

Sergey Monya (6'9''-F-83) (Russia): Besides one uneventful season in the NBA with Portland and time spent with the Fort Worth Flyers (all during the 05-06 season), Monya has carved a niche for himself in Russias domestic league. Playing for only the best clubs recently, CSKA and Dynamo, Monya at only 26 is now a veteran of the Russian National Team. For Dynamo Moscow this past season he averaged 7.7 points in 24 domestic league games and 6.8 in 13 Eurocup contests. A role player regardless of the situation, Monya is nothing if not consistent.

Kosta Perovic (7'2''-C-85) (Serbia): The 38th selection of the 2006 NBA Draft, Perovic is a very talented 7-2 center who could not bring it together at the NBA level (although playing for Don Nelson and the Warriors franchise was probably a difficult task for a 21-year old foreigner at the time). During the 2007-08 season Perovic averaged 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 21 games with the Bakersfield Jam. He no is the starting center for Valencia in the Spanish ACB, where this past season he averaged 10.0 points in 34 ACB league games. He will team with NBA center Nenad Kristic to form an imposing frontline for Serbia.

Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) (Turkey): One of the rising young stars of Turkish Basketball, Ilyasova is headed back to the NBA for the 2009-10 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. After being selected 36th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft, Ilyasova had a terrific rookie season in the D-League with the Tulsa 66ers, where in 46 games he averaged 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 40.7% from the field. This past season for Regal FC Barcelona, he ranked fourth and fifth in rebounding in the Spanish ACB and Eurloeague, respectively. He has a chance to lead the Eurobasket competition in rebounding.



Red Claws name Assistant Coaches - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that Randy Livingston (agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM) ) and Mike Procopio have been named assistant coaches. The announcement was made by Red Claws General Manager and President Jon Jennings.

'The addition of Randy Livingston (agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM) ) and Mike Procopio, along with Head Coach Austin Ainge, gives the Red Claws an outstanding coaching staff as we enter our inaugural season,' said Jennings. 'Randy Livingston (agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM) ) brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach at the NBA D-League and NBA level. Mike Procopio rounds out our staff with his exceptional background as a player development coach. It is a testament to what we are building here in Maine that coaches of their caliber wanted to be a part of the Red Claws.'

RANDY LIVINGSTON: Randy Livingston (agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM) ), 34, led the Idaho Stampede to the 2008 D-League championship, retiring at the end of the season following a 12-year playing career to become the team's associate head coach under Bryan Gates, now a Sacramento Kings assistant coach. Once the top rated high school player in the country, Livingston's college and pro careers were hampered by injuries. Utah Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor referred to Livingston as 'Not a good player - a great player' telling a Deseret News reporter 'he was (among) the Jason Kidds of the world back then' before knee injuries curtailed his college career at Louisiana State. After being limited to just 29 games at LSU, he entered the 1996 NBA Draft and was selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the Houston Rockets. Over the next 12 seasons, he saw playing time with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and Utah Jazz.

During his playing career, Livingston also spent time in the Turkish basketball league, playing for Galatasaray, and with the CBA's Sioux Falls Skyforce and Idaho Stampede. The Idaho Stampede is where Livingston made his mark. Following a five-year playing career with the team, which joined the D-League in 2006, Livingston announced his retirement after leading the Stampede to the 2008 D-League championship. The 2006-07 D-League MVP left the team as its all-time leader in total points (2,428), assists (1,517) and games played (163). On April 10, 2009, Livingston became the only player in Stampede team history to have his jersey retired when his #32 was raised to the rafters of Qwest Arena near the 2008 championship banner. Mayor David Bieter proclaimed April 10 as 'Randy Livingston (agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM) ) Day' in the city of Boise. Following his retirement as a player, Livingston joined the Stampede as associate head coach, helping to lead the team to a 31-19 record and a second place finish in the West Division this season.

'I feel extremely fortunate to have a coach of Randy Livingston (agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM) )'s caliber to help me,' said Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge . 'Randy knows the game, knows our league, and has experience at every level of basketball. I trust Randy's instincts and basketball IQ implicitly and will rely heavily on his opinion.'

MIKE PROCOPIO: Considered among the top player development coaches in the country, Mike Procopio is a sought-after commodity among basketball's elite, including Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Paul Pierce (Celtics), Devin Harris (Nets), Mike Finley (Spurs) and Dwayne Wade (Heat), who seek out his expertise to refine and develop their games. His drills focus on footwork and technique, teaching players the advantages of explosive footwork, scoring off the dribble, taking advantage of a defender's weakness and eliminating wasted motion, among other skills.

A Revere, Massachusetts native, Procopio is the Director of Basketball Operations for Attack Athletics in Chicago, Illinois, a 65,000 square foot gym that trains approximately 80 NBA players and 20 top level college players each summer. Attack Athletics provides a cutting edge platform for athletes to sharpen their skills and become more effective players, using the latest research and technology. Along with current NBA players, Attack Athletics works with many of the top draft picks with a pre-draft program that emphasizes skill training and how to showcase their skills during camps and workouts.

Owned by Tim Grover, who was Michael Jordan's personal trainer for fifteen years, Attack boasts a clientele that includes Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Andre Iguodala. Procopio, who has been with Attack Athletics for four years, made headlines this past season as a personal strategic game management coach to Kobe Bryant. Procopio, 34, would provide Bryant with statistical information on his upcoming opponents and give him scouting reports on how utilize his own skills as well as his teammates to be successful. As Bryant told Yahoo! Sports in June 'To have someone as dedicated to the game as (Procopio), it was great for me. He could see things from the outside looking in that sometimes get a little cloudy when you're in the moment of the battle. ... All the time he would send me things I hadn't thought about.'

A Suffolk University graduate, Procopio spent four years with the Boston Celtics as a scout primarily overseeing overseas players before joining Attack Athletics. He traces his current career back to his start as an assistant for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club under Leo Papile, Rick Pitino's then assistant coach at Boston University who later became the Celtics' director of player personnel, where he began working with the BABC players including Chris Herren. As word spread, he began working out players from area colleges. Procopio's experience also includes stints as a high school coach at Revere High School and Notre Dame Prep, both in Massachusetts.

'Along with having four years of NBA front office experience, Mike Procopio regularly works out some of the best players in the NBA,' Ainge said. 'His experience and ability to develop players should make our team a desirable place for every player looking to make a jump to the next level. As soon as I got this job, Mike was one of the first calls I made because of his experience teaching the game.'


Courtesy of The Maine Red Claws


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  ESTONIA   


Two wins and one loss for Oklahoma Impact on Estonian tour - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma Impact arrived to Estonia to play friendly games with local teams. The UBL defending champions tipped off their test games with the clash against Kuremaa. The US team celebrated a comfortable 100:58 victory to open the win count. Brett McGhee fired 26 points to pace the visitors. Chad Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) added 18 points, while Jordan Brady (198-F-83) and Jonathan Reed (188-F) contributed 12 points each for the winners. Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) answered with 26 points for Kuremaa. Mario Luik (188-G-86) had 18 points in the loss.
Next Oklahoma faced Rakvere. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) exploded with 28 points to pace Rakvere to an 81:71 win at the end. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) added 17 points, while Janis Vahter (195-F-86) had 15 points for the winning team. Chad Barnes responded with 16 points for the Impact. Jordan Brady chipped in 15 points in defeat.
Oklahoma rebounded on the next day as they narrowly upset TTU KK 73:69. Jonathan Reed came up with 16 points for the visitors. Chad Barnes was helpful with 13 points. Joosep Toome (202-F-85) answered with 16 points for TTU KK. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) nailed 14 points for the Estonian team.
The Oklahoma Impact will face TU/Rock on Monday.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A (Poznan)
1. Croatia1-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Israel0-1
4. FYR Macedo.0-1
Group B (Gdansk)
1. France1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Germany0-1
4. Latvia0-1
Group C (Warszawa)
1. Slovenia1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. U.Kingdom0-1
4. Spain0-1
Group D (Wroclaw)
1. Poland1-0
2. Turkey1-0
3. Bulgaria0-1
4. Lithuania0-1


HELLAS - FYROM 86-54 - by Chris Mammides
Eurobasket in Poland - Premiere Game: Hellas - FYROM 86-54
The fresh Hellenic NT and the real Macedonians thrashed the FYROM NT with 32 points difference. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) and Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83) with SSofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) were magnificent in the first half where the Hellenic NT played good defense and let the FYROM player in just 28 points. On the other hand, the Hellenes were very good in offence too so the difference went up to the 28 points with a double score (28-56)
The premiere of Jonas Kazlauskas new NT had no problems even in the third quarter to increase the difference to 32 points 69-37, with Nick Kalathis (198-G-89, college: Florida) giving some amazing assists mainly to Sofoklis Schortsianitis and Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89, college: Ohio St.), while Perperoglou played also very well. On the other hand Massey scored just 2 points in compare to the 9 scored in the first half. The FYROM players were playing very bad and they had really bad percentages from the parameter and especially from the three pointers who had 0/9 in this quarter.
The 4th quarter was a typical case for the Hellenic NT and coach Jonas Kazlauskas simply used all his players as 6.55 before the end of the game, Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) and Glyniadakis entered in the court. Vassilis Spanoulis and Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) played quite some minutes with three centers and it was obvious that Kazlaouskas was doing some experiments for the next game against the strong and very difficult team of Croatia. FYROM players had 4/24 three pointers and they were keep shooting without second thoughts with 4.24 minutes before the end and with the score being to 47-79. Pero Antic scored a couple of baskets to cut the deficit to 28, 51-79, before the steal and the lay-up of Vassilis Spanoulis.
Mirakofski scored the first three pointer to fulfill a 5/26 three pointers for the Skopje players. Glyniadakis scored his second basket against Antic and Kostas Kaimakoglou scored his first official three points with the jersey of the Hellenic NT as he is one of six rookies of the Hellenic NT. Vassilis Spanoulis was the top scorer with 17 points followed by Giannis Bourousis and Sofoklis Schortsianitis with 11 points per head, followed. The final 86-54 was 100% fair as the two teams have nothing in common. The record is now 1-0 for Hellas and 0-1 for Skopje. Kazlaouskas used all his 12 players with the 11 players scoring and only the captain Antonis Fotsis couldnt score, (he only played 11 minutes) as the Lithuanian head coach used various shapes and really made many different tactics which will be used in the other phases of the tournament. FYROM is a very low strength NT and it is not certain whether they will be able to play for a position more than the 12th-16th.



Eurobasket 2009 in stats - by Eurobasket
These are detailed stats about where the players and coaches came from. It show which leagues are the strongest, which nationalities most of th ecoaches came from etc.
Check detailed stats below.

Which league Eurobasket 2009 players came from?
It shows which leagues have the highest level.
The best is definitely Spanish one which clubs have 35 Eurobasket 2009 players in their rosters.
Second is Russia with 22 playes and 3rd one is shared between Italy and NBA, each with 18 players.
1. Spain -35
2. Russia -22
3-4. Italy -18
3-4. NBA-18
5. Greece -15
6. Turkey -13
7. Israel -10
8. Germany -8
9. Latvia -7
10-11. Bulgaria -6
10-11. Poland -6
Others: France -5, FYR Macedonia -5, Serbia -5, Crpatia -3, Czech Rep. -3, Lithuania -3, Belgium -2, Ukraine -2, Cyprus -2, Latvia -1, NCAA -1, Slovenia -1, U.Kingdom -1

Which club sent the most of it's players to Eurobasket 2009?
Here of course we can find mostly Euroleague teams:
1-2. Khimky Moscow Region (Russia) -7
1-2. Olympiakos (Greece) -7
3-5. CSKA Moscow (Russia) -6
3-5. Maccabi T-A (Israel) -6
3-5. Real Madrid (Spain) -6
6-7. Efes Pilsen (Turkey) -5
6-7. Panathinaikos (Greece) -5
8-13. Benetton Treviso (Italy) -4
8-13. DKV Joventut (Spain) -4
8-13. Fenerbahce (Turkey) -4
8-13. PGE Turow (Poland) -4
8-13. Regal FC Barcelona (Spain) -4
8-13. Valencia B.C. (Spain) -4
Another 68 teams sent between 1-3 players

Nationalities of the coaches (it includes also coach assistants):
1. Israel -6
2-3. Lithuania -4
2-3. Serbia -4
4. Slovenia -3
5-9. Croatia -2
5-9. France -2
5-9. Germany -2
5-9. Greece -2
5-9. USA -2
Another 7 coaches came from 7 different countries

Which countries are clubs where coaches came from (which league has the best coaches):
1. Russia -5
2. Greece -4
3. Ukraine -3
4-10. Belgium -2
4-10. Czech Rep. -2
4-10. Frange -2
4-10. Germany -2
4-10. Israel -2
4-10. Slovenia -2
4-10. Turkey -2
Another 7 coaches came from 7 different leagues


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marco BELINELLI
  ITA
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Belinelli, ITA23.5 
 2. Eliyahu, ISR19.5 
 3. Biedrins, LAT19.2 
 4. Parker, FRA18.5 
 5. Welsch, CZE17.8 
 6. Jaaber, BUL16.9 
 7. Pecherov, UKR16.8 
 8. Ivanov, BUL16.1 
 9. Krstic, SRB15.3 
 10. Benda, C.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andris BIEDRINS
  LAT
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Biedrins, LAT13.2 
 2. Pecherov, UKR9.7 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG8.3 
 4. Lorant, HUN8.2 
 5. Ilyasova, TUR8.0 
 6. Kangur, EST7.6 
 7. Hervelle, BEL7.4 
 8. Bader, HUN7.3 
 9. Ivanov, BUL7.0 
 10. Eliyahu, I.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jiri WELSCH
  CZE
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Welsch, CZE5.2 
 2. Rannikko, FIN4.5 
 3. Tapiro, ISR4.2 
 4. Halperin, ISR4.2 
 5. Valters, LAT4.2 
 6. Teodosic, SRB4.0 
 7. Videnov, BUL3.8 
 8. Bremer, BIH3.8 
 9. Jaaber, BUL3.6 
 10. Turkoglu, T.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kerem GONLUM
  (208-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gonlum, TUR2.4 
 2. Jaaber, BUL2.3 
 3. Velickovic, SRB2.3 
 4. Tunceri, TUR2.3 
 5. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 6. Cunha, POR1.8 
 7. Dedovic, BIH1.8 
 8. Kirksay, FRA1.8 
 9. Janicenoks, LAT1.7 
 10. Vesely, C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serhiy LISHCHUK
  UKR
  (210-C/F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lishchuk, UKR1.9 
 2. Biedrins, LAT1.8 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG1.7 
 4. Green, ISR1.7 
 5. Talts, EST1.7 
 6. Mbenga, BEL1.5 
 7. Krstic, SRB1.4 
 8. Berzins, LAT1.4 
 9. Solak, TUR1.4 
 10. Turiaf, F.1.3 


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Carl Elliott in Europe/Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American (NY boy) Guard Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) will play coming 2009-2010 season first time in Europe/Finland. Honka (Espoo) has signed with Elliott, who has played professional basketball by now only in Venezuela (Cocodrilos de Caracas, LPB: 17,5 ppg - 4,5 apg). Honka will start the season with two American players. Monte Cummings (193-G-76, college: Florida St.) will start his 8th season in Finland and 5th season on Honka (Espoo) roster. Honka's new Head Coach is Gordon Herbert (CAN-FIN).

KORISLIIGA: The tallest player - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Top League newcomer Karhu (Kauhajoki) will probably have the tallest player on the roster this season, when 'Korisliiga' will start on October 2. Karhu has
signed with American Center Jesse Smith (211-F/C-82, college: Idaho St.) (211 cm) and Team's package seems to be almost ready. The other American players are Tyrekus Bowman (196-F-86, college: Augusta St.) and Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive). American Greg Gibson , 40, will start his seventh season as Head Coach of Karhu at Kauhajoki.


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  FRANCE   


NM1 Day 01: The first results - by Chris Spiesser
The results:
Bayonne 79 - 80 Boulogne
Longwy 77 - 84 Le Puy
Angers BC 57 - 52 GET Vosges
Challans 90 - 65 St-Chamond
Denain 84 - 75 Lievin
Blois 77 - 52 CFBB
St-Quentin 90 - 79 Reims
Cognac 76 - 80 Angers St-Leonard
Chalons - DNP

During this first NM1 day, Challans and St Quentin started with two nice victories. Challans could count Benjamin Boutry (25pts - 11/12) to dominate St-Chamond from the biggining. Reims suffered in the paint where Sylvain (15pts, 11rbs) and his partners collected 37 rebounds (vs 18). Two other candidates, Angers BC and Blois did not fail for the opening in their arena. Boulogne grabbed a short
win against Bayonne and Benjamin Rey (26pts, 8rbs) which could reflect a nice potential. The four promoted teams showed also nice abilities. At first Denain, the nordists downed their neighbours from Lievin with a incisive Jason Bach (24pts 9/12, 8rbs). Le Puy didn't show any compassion for Longwy, the late rescued. Cognac and Angers St Leonard where facing each other with a surprising win by the visiting angevins. The yellows counted on a power trio (Rathieuville, Braun and Swanson) who posted 83% of the team's efficiency points.


Tony Parker lifts France to 70-65 win against Germany - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 1: FRANCE - GERMANY 70-65

France struggled to reach EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, but it seems its players are in great shape thanks to Additional Qualification Round. Today was a Day 1 and France managed to beat Germany 70-65 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. In the second game of this pool Russia was too strong for Latvia 81-68. Tony Parker (183-G-80) was the leading player in Team France collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was behind him with double-double, 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) helped with 12 points and 8 boards. In Germany, Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) delivered 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) scored 12 and Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) had 11 points, plus 8 boards.
First quarter was pretty leveled, but after mini 2-5 run in the last two minutes the Germans grabbed 14-17 lead. Soon after that France tied the score to 19-19, but Sven Schultze and his teammates responded with 0-5 series. It was plus 5 for Germany until the last 20 seconds, when Parker fixed the score to 33-37 with one free throw (HT). With 3 minutes remaining in third period France finally made a turn, 46-45. That was after jump shot by Boris Diaw. The teams exchanged lead few times, but it was France who had 50-48 after 30 minutes. The teams again exchanged lead many times in the last quarter, but then Tony Parker stepped up. It was 59-61 for Germany with 4 minutes to go and Parker drained 11 points until the end. Germany had only 4 meaning that Parker once again was a game hero for France and who knows how many times he did the same in the past.
Tomorrow, France will meet Latvia. Germany will take on Russia.

France: Tony Parker 19+6 boards, Ronny Turiaf 15+14 boards, Nicolas Batum 12+8 boards
Germany: Sven Schultze 13+6 boards, Demond Greene 12, Patrick Femerling 11+8 boards


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


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Greece destroys FYR Macedonia in EuroBasket opener - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 1: FYR MACEDONIA - GREECE 54-86

Greece smashed FYR Macedonia in EuroBasket 2009 opener. Both teams are together with Croatia and Israel placed to Preliminary Group A. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners today with 17 points. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) helped with 11 points each. It is important to mention that Bourousis had 8 rebounds beside that. In Team Macedonia, Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) shined with 12 points. Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 9 pts apiece.
Greece opened the game in style creating 3-18 lead. Macedonia had many troubles at both sides of the court. Everything resulted with impressive 13-28 for Greece after 10 minutes. At the middle of the second period Vassilis Spanoulis and his teammates jumped to 17-40 and it was clear that game was already over for Macedonians. Third quarter belonged to Greece 7-17 and the last one was totally leveled 17-17. All player in Team Greece, except of Fotsis, managed to score today. each of them played at least 7 minutes.
Tomorrow, Greece will meet Croatia. Macedonians will take on Israel.

FYR Macedonia: Jeremiah Massey 12, Todor Gechevski 9+6 boards, Pero Antic 9+4 boards
Greece: Vassilis Spanoulis 17, Ioannis Bourousis 11+8 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 11


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  GERMANY   


Tony Parker lifts France to 70-65 win against Germany - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 1: FRANCE - GERMANY 70-65

France struggled to reach EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, but it seems its players are in great shape thanks to Additional Qualification Round. Today was a Day 1 and France managed to beat Germany 70-65 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. In the second game of this pool Russia was too strong for Latvia 81-68. Tony Parker (183-G-80) was the leading player in Team France collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was behind him with double-double, 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) helped with 12 points and 8 boards. In Germany, Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) delivered 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) scored 12 and Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) had 11 points, plus 8 boards.
First quarter was pretty leveled, but after mini 2-5 run in the last two minutes the Germans grabbed 14-17 lead. Soon after that France tied the score to 19-19, but Sven Schultze and his teammates responded with 0-5 series. It was plus 5 for Germany until the last 20 seconds, when Parker fixed the score to 33-37 with one free throw (HT). With 3 minutes remaining in third period France finally made a turn, 46-45. That was after jump shot by Boris Diaw. The teams exchanged lead few times, but it was France who had 50-48 after 30 minutes. The teams again exchanged lead many times in the last quarter, but then Tony Parker stepped up. It was 59-61 for Germany with 4 minutes to go and Parker drained 11 points until the end. Germany had only 4 meaning that Parker once again was a game hero for France and who knows how many times he did the same in the past.
Tomorrow, France will meet Latvia. Germany will take on Russia.

France: Tony Parker 19+6 boards, Ronny Turiaf 15+14 boards, Nicolas Batum 12+8 boards
Germany: Sven Schultze 13+6 boards, Demond Greene 12, Patrick Femerling 11+8 boards


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Sign Aubrey Reese For 3 Months - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It seems like the three month short term contracts have been a route that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have practiced lately as they have brought in experienced and European proven scorer Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) but in the momentary world wide economic crisis, coming to a short term agreement seems often the only logical way. Reese gets a 3 month contract with the possibility of an option until the end of the season. This pick up brings back memories to last season, where the club brought in experienced Titus Ivory to help in the stretch run. This is a huge acquistion by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as coach Murat Didin might of waited long for getting Reese, but this should pay huge dividends in the first three months. He can score as easily as world champion American Keith Sanderson can hit the bulls eye in rapid fire pistol shooting. He also has never averaged less than 4,0apg in a full season in Europe and will be a powerful 1-2 point guard punch with Pascal Roller, but can also help out at the shooting guard position and get used to swishing the ball in the BBL arenas on a consistent basis Reese is a 30 year old 183 cm American that is a shooting guard in the body of a point guard who produces lots of points penetrating inside. He is very hard to stop due to his great quickness and ball control. He is no stranger to the Deutsche Bank Skyliners or Murat Didin, as the Turk coach was his skipper at Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul in 2006-2007, and Frankfurt played against him in the 2007-2008 season in the ULEB Cup as he played for Azovmash Mariupol. Last season, Reese who has played in Turkey four years played at Aliaga Petkim playing 21 games averaging 20,4ppg, 4.4rpg,5.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 76.7%.

Reese grew up in Auburn, Alabama and comes from the same state as Derrick Allen and went to Murray State from 1996-2000. His best season was his senior year as he led the OVC conference in scoring averaging 20,4ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.8apg. He then was drafted by the various American leagues like the CBA (Idaho Stampede), USBL (New Jersey) and the IBL (Richmond Rhythm. He chose to play in the CBA in 2000-2001 for the Idaho Stampede averaging 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg. In 2001-2002, he decided to test the waters overseas and went to Russia where he quickly showed his scoring abilities for Shakhtyor Irkutsk playing 24 games and averaging 16,5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.4spg. But as is so often the case in European basketball, a player often turns into a nomad playing one season in a place and going to a new place the next. In 2002-2003, he went to France to play for Roanne playing 26 games and averaging 19.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.2apg. In 2003-2004, he made the jump to Turkey playing for Tekelspor Istanbul playing 16 games and averaging 19.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg. In 2004-2005, he went to the exotic land of Israel to play for Haifa/Nesher BC playing 20 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 30.4%. Maybe it was the luscious Turkish Donner that he could not resist, but after a year away, he decided to go back and play for Tekelspor Istanbul in 2005-2006 playing 34 games and averaging 18.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-3 (4.8apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.0%. In 2006-2007, he stayed in Turkey playing for Murat Didin at Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul playing 10 ULEB Cup games and avergaing 18.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.5%, 3FGP: 32.7%, FT: 79.5%. In the Turkish League, he played 25 games averaging 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 74.0%. In 2007-2008, he split his time between Azovmash Mariupol playing nine ULEB Cup games and averaging 2.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg and in Feb 2008, he moved to Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL) playing 10 games and averaging 17.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 71.7%.


Jerome Bridgewater Of Ratiopharm Ulm Is Following The Round Ball On The Court More Than The Long Legs Off The Court These Days - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
German Jerome Bridgewater (193-F-89)r is a 20 year old 193 cm forward that is a BBL rookie playing his first year for Ratiopharm Ulm. He comes from Bietigheim, Germany, but also spent some time living in Florida and Michigan. He started his basketball career at SG Urspringschule juniors in 2004 before moving to BSG Ludwigsburg in 2007. In two years, he played 39 games and in the 2008-2009 season, he averaged 8,9ppg. He lists Prince as his favourite artist, loves movies like The Fan, The Deer Hunter and the Robert de Niro classic Heat as his favourite movies and Malcom X as his favourite book. He had a short chat with eurobasket prior to the start of training camp.

Jerome, thanks for talking to eurobasket. You have the German citizenship, but also have American roots.

I have a German mother and my dad is American. I have both citzenships. I lived in Michigan and six months in Florida.

A few months ago, you were searching for a team and a bit frustrated by the search, but in the end found Ratiopharm Ulm. How happy are you that you landed there


I am very happy about joining Ratiopharm Ulm. I feel that Ulm is the best team I could of went to simply because they have the best youth program and do so much for young German players.

Coach Mike Taylor is a coach that is known for being able to work very well with young players. Was that one of the main reasons why you decided to go to Ulm



Mike Taylor was a big reason why I went to Ulm. Another reason is I come from the region. I didnt know him personally, but my first impression when I met him and shock his hand were very positive. I am looking forward to playing for him this season.

You started your career with SG Uhrspringschule and then played with BSG Ludwigsburg. Were people not amused that you went to rival Ratiopharm Ulm

No not really. People were very happy for me. Many were sad that I left, but my colleagues were happy for me.

Thomas Stoll and Mike Taylor did another great job getting high quality payers despite having a reduced budget. The team lost many great players including fan favourite Jeff Gibbs. The team reached their first playoffs last season. What kind of expectations will the fans have this season after the success last season. Would fans accept a season not reaching the playoffs


That is hard to say. It wont be easy to be more successful than last season, but I am sure our goal will be the playoffs. We need to find together as a team, but it is difficult to calculate what we will do. I think if we didnt reach the playoffs that the fans would forgive us.

You will have a lot of competition at your position. Do you think that you will play a role in rotation or just be on the bench


I just want to develop, develop develop and give my best in practice. I think seeing games and working with older players that it will help me. I will give my best in camp and hope to get playing time in the test games with some guys like Gunther and Benzing away with the German National team.I

Is Robin Benzing the real deal


I think that he has a good chance of being rookie of the year. I havent seen him play since a while but in the past he was always the best player. He has great skills. It will be interesting to see how he deals with the physical play in the BBL.

What will you want to learn from Rocky Trice in practice

He is a spectacular player. I want to learn how to play defense and just learn what he is thinking when he is on defense.

You are still young at 20, but your not the typical young 20 year old. Girls seem to be on the back burner for you. You are only concentrating on basketball. Isnt it difficult staying away from girls


I am young and at this point in my life I have other things that are more important than girls. It depends on the person. I would rather be on the basketball court at the moment. Some like to be meeting girls while I would rather be shooting a ball on the court.
Thank you Jerome for the chat! Good luck this season!!!



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HELLAS - FYROM 86-54 - by Chris Mammides
Eurobasket in Poland - Premiere Game: Hellas - FYROM 86-54
The fresh Hellenic NT and the real Macedonians thrashed the FYROM NT with 32 points difference. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) and Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83) with SSofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) were magnificent in the first half where the Hellenic NT played good defense and let the FYROM player in just 28 points. On the other hand, the Hellenes were very good in offence too so the difference went up to the 28 points with a double score (28-56)
The premiere of Jonas Kazlauskas new NT had no problems even in the third quarter to increase the difference to 32 points 69-37, with Nick Kalathis (198-G-89, college: Florida) giving some amazing assists mainly to Sofoklis Schortsianitis and Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89, college: Ohio St.), while Perperoglou played also very well. On the other hand Massey scored just 2 points in compare to the 9 scored in the first half. The FYROM players were playing very bad and they had really bad percentages from the parameter and especially from the three pointers who had 0/9 in this quarter.
The 4th quarter was a typical case for the Hellenic NT and coach Jonas Kazlauskas simply used all his players as 6.55 before the end of the game, Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) and Glyniadakis entered in the court. Vassilis Spanoulis and Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) played quite some minutes with three centers and it was obvious that Kazlaouskas was doing some experiments for the next game against the strong and very difficult team of Croatia. FYROM players had 4/24 three pointers and they were keep shooting without second thoughts with 4.24 minutes before the end and with the score being to 47-79. Pero Antic scored a couple of baskets to cut the deficit to 28, 51-79, before the steal and the lay-up of Vassilis Spanoulis.
Mirakofski scored the first three pointer to fulfill a 5/26 three pointers for the Skopje players. Glyniadakis scored his second basket against Antic and Kostas Kaimakoglou scored his first official three points with the jersey of the Hellenic NT as he is one of six rookies of the Hellenic NT. Vassilis Spanoulis was the top scorer with 17 points followed by Giannis Bourousis and Sofoklis Schortsianitis with 11 points per head, followed. The final 86-54 was 100% fair as the two teams have nothing in common. The record is now 1-0 for Hellas and 0-1 for Skopje. Kazlaouskas used all his 12 players with the 11 players scoring and only the captain Antonis Fotsis couldnt score, (he only played 11 minutes) as the Lithuanian head coach used various shapes and really made many different tactics which will be used in the other phases of the tournament. FYROM is a very low strength NT and it is not certain whether they will be able to play for a position more than the 12th-16th.



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Edmund Saunders signed with DEKE - by Tamas Deri
The very experienced american big man signed a one year contract with the team and may play the pre-season tournament from wednesday until friday this week. Edmund Saunders (203-F/C-78, college: Connecticut) graduated on UCONN in 2001 and averaged 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He was tested by italian first divison team, Trieste as a rookie, but got back home to the USA and finished the season in the NBDL. After that he played in many countries as Iceland, Mexico, Argentina, Finland, Uruguay, Puerto Rice. In the season 2007-08 he played for PAOK Thessaloniki and averaged 10.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT: 68.0% in 13 games of the greek first division. In January 2008 he moved to Spain and finished the season with Alerta Cantabria Lobos in LEB Gold. The last season he spent with two teams in the top division of Turkey. The 203 cm tall center played 11 games Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya averaging 9.5 ppg and 8.4 rpg, then moved to Kepez Bld Antalya and was also a key player of that team: 18 games: 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.0%.


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Isiah Victor in Maccabi Rishon Le Zion - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Rishon Le Zion inked the contract with the fourth import player. They secured the services of Isiah Victor (206-F-78, college: Tennessee) for the next season. The 31-year-old forward started the previous season in the ANBL with the Perth Wildcats. There he averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 boards per game. In April Isiah Victor moved to Venezuela and played two games for Marinos tallying 6.0 points and 1.5 boards per appearance.
Isiah Victor is the product of Tennessee basketball school. The player graduated from the University in 2001 and played in Spain, France, South Korea, Australia, Puerto Rico, CBA, NBDL and D-League afterwards.



Croatia beats Israel in Day 1 of EuroBasket 2009 - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 1: CROATIA - ISRAEL 86-79

Croatia had a joyful first day of EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) and his teammates were too strong for Israel jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Today in EuroBasket opener Greece smashed FYR Macedonia, meaning that Croatians and Greeks are currently on top of this pool. Big guy Nikola Vujcic was a key player for the winners nailing 21 points. Guards Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC), Davor Kus (192-G-78) and Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) provided 13 points each. On the other side, Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) demonstrated outstanding performance collecting 31 points and 6 boards. Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) scored 16 and Ido Kozikaro (203-F/C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 4 points less.
Croatia had a nice start creating 11-4 lead. Soon after that it was 20-10, but Israel succeeded to close the gap on 25-17 after 10 minutes of play. Croatia was better at the beginning of the second frame and after inside basket by Nikola Vujcic once again grabbed plus 10. Lior Eliyahu was on fire for Israel and mostly owing to him it was 42-37 at the half time. In 25th minute Israel made a turn for the first time today, 48-50 (after triple by Halperin). Third quarter ended 59-59 and Israel made 67-69 later. Croatia immediately responded with crucial 8-2 run for 75-71. Israel had a chance coming to 80-77, but Croatians were concentrated from the free throw line in the finish celebrating this valuable win.
Tomorrow, Croatia will meet Greece. Israel will take on Macedonia.

Croatia: Nikola Vujcic 21, Marko Popovic 13, Davor Kus 13, Roko-Leni Ukic 13
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 31+6 boards, Gal Mekel 16, Ido Kozikaro 12



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Defending champion outplays Latvia 81-68 in Poland - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket, Day 1: RUSSIA - LATVIA 81-68

The defending European champion had to work hard today in order to beat Latvia 81-68. The teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, where today France outsmarted Germany 70-65. It means that Russia and France currently share the first place in this pool. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) was the leading player in victory as he collected 24 points and 9 rebounds. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) also had very important role netting 22 points, while Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86) was third scorer of the team with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) shined with 22 points and 4 rebounds. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 14 points.
Russia was better team at the beginning taking quick 12-6 lead. Few moments later, after triple by Sergey Bykov, Russia was 23-13 up and it seemed that Latvia is not able to stop them. Russians jumped to plus 12, but Kaspars Kambala and his teammates somehow managed to close the gap to 28-21 after 10 minutes. Russia touched plus 8 once in the second period, but thanks to Kambala and Valters, Latvia came to 39-36 at the HT. Russia opened the second half with 6-0 run, closed by Kelly McCarty, who was impressive today. With 4:15 remaining in this period Russia jumped to plus 10, but once again Latvia melted their lead and the teams went to last period with 58-52. In the first four minutes of the last quarter Russia grabbed 63-52 lead, but still Latvia did not give up and they came to 65-63 with 3:26 remaining. Russia immediately answered with 11-1 run resolving question about the winner.
Tomorrow, Russia will meet Germany. Latvia will take on France.

Russia: Kelly McCarty 24+9 boards, Sergey Bykov 22, Timofey Mozgov 10
Latvia: Kaspars Kambala 22+4 boards, Kristaps Janicenoks 14+4 boards


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Turkoglu paces Turkey over the Baltic state - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Lithuania 84:76

The National team of Turkey opened Eurobasket 2009 with a victory over Lithuania. Trailing after the first quarter, Turkey bounced back and grabbed 84:76 victory.
Turkey started with 4-0 run and had 15:13 lead. Lithuania meanwhile played better in the end of the frame and took 22:19 at the end of 10 minutes. In the last quarter Turkey tied the game at 28:28 and Delininkaitis later closed the half at 39:39. With 24-19 the winners increased to 63:58 when the teams finished thirty minutes. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) made a lay-up for 69:63 midway through the last quarter, while Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) reduced to 69:66. Ender Arslan made one free throw for 70:66 and Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) later scored for 76:68. Turkey played much better in the end and rightfully deserved the win in the opener. Ender Arslan made another two free throws for the Turkish outfit that enjoyed 78:71 with a minute to go. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) reduced to 78:73, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) made his 18th points for 80:73 from the free throw line. Simas Jasaitis kept the Baltic side alive from the perimeter for 80:76, but Ender Arslan was again perfect from the foul line to take Turkey 82:76. Hedo Turkoglu and Asik added another one each for 84:76 and Lithuania took Timeout with 4 seconds in the game. Simas Jasaitis made a turnover as it did not change anything in the court. Turkey grabbed the win in the opener and took the leading position in the group.
Hedo Turkoglu top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Ersan Ilyasova ended up with 17, whilst Ender Arslan added 16. Marijonas Petravicius delivered 21 points for the Baltic side, Simas Jasaitis posted 14 and Linas Kleiza notched 12.

Turkey: Hedo Turkoglu 19, Ersan Ilyasova 17, Ender Arslan 16
Lithuania: Marijonas Petravicius 21, Simas Jasaitis 14, Linas Kleiza 12



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Allen Iverson, Grizzlies get closer - by Eurobasket News
Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) is getting closer to playing in a Grizzlies uniform.

The free-agent guard and Griz owner Michael Heisley were trying Saturday to arrange a face-to-face meeting -- a development that indicates Iverson is on the verge of accepting the Grizzlies' one-year offer, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Heisley and Iverson have yet to meet because the Griz were only dealing with Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, until now.

But Iverson appears to have run out of options.

He has spent the offseason holding out hope for offers to play in better situations than the Grizzlies' present. Memphis offered Iverson, 34, a reserve role paying at least $3.5 million or what it has remaining under the salary cap.

The Griz could increase the offer to about $4.4 million should it renounce its rights to Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro. The deal still is less than the $5 million Memphis originally considered paying Iverson.

Iverson was expected to give the Griz an answer by Friday. The 13-year veteran apparently wasn't ready then. However, Iverson's decision appears imminent.


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Important dates in NBA - by Demar Thomas
Sept. 10-11: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, Springfield, Mass.

Sept. 26: Training camps open for teams competing in overseas exhibitions.

Sept. 29: Training camps open for all other teams.

Oct. 23: Preseason ends.

Oct. 26: Rosters set for opening day.

Oct. 27: Start of 2009-10 regular season.

Jan. 5: 10-day contracts may be signed.

Jan. 10: Contracts guaranteed for remainder of season.

Feb. 12-15: All-Star weekend, Dallas.

Feb. 18: Trade deadline, 3 p.m. EST.

April 14: Regular season ends.

April 17: Playoffs begin.

April 25: Early entry deadline.

May 18: Draft lottery.

June 3: NBA Finals begin.

June 14: Early entry withdrawal deadline.
June 24: NBA draft.
Source: Yahoo sports



Matt Harpring may retire - by Eurobasket News
Some days, he feels he might be able to play one final season. Others, he suspects his NBA career could already have come to a close.

Matt Harpring (6'7''-F-76, college: Georgia Tech) isn't sure what will happen.

But he does plan to let the Jazz know by late August if he'll be good to go for training camp in October - or if his seven-year Utah run is done, cut short by a rash of injuries that have ravaged his body.

'Sometimes,' Harpring said Thursday from his offseason home in the Atlanta area, where he played in high school and starred at Georgia Tech, 'I have thoughts of playing. And then I have thoughts of not playing.'

With $6.5 million in salary on the books for last season, it's a call that will impact the financially tapped Jazz both on the court and in the pocketbook.

Whatever it happens to be - injury-induced retirement, or one last hurrah - the decision is one for which the franchise should be braced.

After the Jazz's 2008-09 season ended in late April with a first-round playoff loss to the eventual NBA-champion Los Angeles Lakers, Harpring said publicly that he was planning to return.

But privately, he acknowledged Thursday, a different picture altogether was painted.

'I told them after the season, 'It could be over,'' said Harpring, 33 and an 11-year NBA veteran regarded as one of the league's grittiest players. 'They said, 'Well, let's see how the summer goes.''

Two-plus months later, Harpring continues to simply rest an ankle that was surgically repaired last offseason and that later became so infected his life was in danger.

It's the ankle on the same right leg with a knee that's been surgically repaired multiple times, and opposite the ankle that's been surgically repaired as well all damage control that's come with consequences, including everything from scar tissue and bone spurs to serious gastric distress.

The knee still is not right, but mostly it's the ankle that has Harpring thinking enough might, just might, be enough.

If he even has a choice.

'I need to get motion back into that ankle, and if it doesn't happen then not playing is a definite possibility,' he said. 'I can't function the way. It's not working. I thought this summer would be good for rehab and getting that motion back ... but there's a lot of junk in there.

'The reason why I wouldn't be playing is medical. I'd love to play. And I told them that at the end of the year. But I said I have to get this ankle back to be able to play,' Harpring added. 'I mean, I went through last year with a lot of pain and it just doesn't seem right, the function or the mobility. I'm sure you could see it on the court.'

Harpring appeared in 63 games last season, but the former starter and more recently reserve small forward averaged just 4.4 points the fewest since he was limited, by an injury to the left ankle, to just four games in his second NBA season, 1999-2000.

'The last couple years have been rough,' he said. 'I went through the knee stuff, thought I over that, then my (right) ankle.'

If Harpring is forced to retire, the Jazz should have options.

His salary could be folded into a trade with a willing taker, his roster spot could be filled via use of a disability exception or perhaps a buyout could be negotiated.

'That's something I haven't gotten into, and I'm sure it's going to be explored,' Harpring said. 'If I don't play, I want it to be win-win for both. ... I know that's something that could be a conversation for later on.'

For the time being, then, Harpring waits and wonders.

'Right now I haven't made a decision ... so I'm going to do whatever I can and see where I am the end of the summer,' he said. 'It's really too early to tell what's going to happen.

'But I don't want to be injured and in pain all season, or not produce like I should and not play like I should. That's bad for me, and bad for the Jazz. If I do play one more year, though, that would be the end of it.'
Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


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Top junior McAdoo picks Tar Heels - by Eurobasket News
Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.) forward James McAdoo (6'9''-F-92), MaxPreps.coms No. 2-ranked player in the class of 2011, ended his recruitment Saturday night by committing to the University of North Carolina, according to his high school coach Michael Allen.

James called me yesterday (Sunday) afternoon and said he officially committed Saturday evening, Allen said. He is very excited. To fulfill a lifelong dream to go to University of North Carolina, we are just very proud of him and excited for him.

I think it is a big weight lifted off his shoulders. Anybody and everybody recruited him and I think he is thankful to have the process over with.

McAdoo, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound post, solidified himself as one of the nations top sophomores last winter by averaging 25.2 points and 11 rebounds per game, leading Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.) to a 22-7 VISBA Division II state semifinals.

McAdoo averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds for the United States Under-16 team that captured a gold medal in Argentina this summer.

It was at that event where he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will keep him out of game action until possibly as late as mid-December, according to Allen.

With as many as 40 schools actively recruiting McAdoo, he narrowed his choices down to Duke, North Carolina and Virginia coming out of the summer.

He had been down to Carolina a few times and they have always been the frontrunner, Allen said. He has a fond appreciation for the tradition there, starting with Coach (Dean) Smith and passed on to Coach (Roy) Williams.

Allen was impressed with the way McAdoo dealt with the attention and chaos that accompanied being one of the nations top recruits.

He handled the recruiting process in a mature manner, Allen said. He narrowed it down to nine before the summer. At times, there were as many as 40 schools texting, stopping and visiting when they were allowed to do so. It was a whirlwind there for a while.

McAdoo and Norfolk Christian will play in two major holiday tournaments in December the Chic-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C., and the McDonalds Classic in Tampa, Fla. The Ambassadors also will be featured in showcase events in Norfolk and Greensboro.

McAdoo's pledge gives the Tar Heels a pair of top 20 talents in the class of 2011. P.J. Hairston, a 6-6, 205-pound wing from Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., committed to the program in August.


Courtesy of www.maxpreps.com


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Yukich and Smith dominate Breakers Academy - by Mike Lacey
New Zealand Breakers Academy (3-4) slipped to fifth on the CBL Zone 1 league ladder, losing 102-85 to West Auckland (3-3)
West Auckland scored the first four points of the game but a pair of treys from Sam King (199-F-91) and a three point play from Tom R
owe gave the Breakers the initiative which they preserved for the remainder of the first quarter, leading 21-20 at the first break. The lead changed hands six times during the second period with neither side leading by more than three points. Kevin Smith began to find his range contributing 12 points for the Westies including an emphatic dunk giving them a three point advantage 35-32 with 4:15 remaining in the quarter. Back came the Breakers and eight consecutive points from Brad Anderson including four from four from the charity stripe contributed to the Breakers narrow 44-42 half time lead. King and Rowe for the Breakers and Smith and Matt Yukich all had double digit points at half time.
New Zealand Breakers still led 51-48 three minutes into the third period but the next four minutes were one way traffic with West Auckland feeding on a rash of Breakers mistakes to blow the game wide open with 18 unanswered points. Jordon Pocklington and Smith, on his way to a game high 38 points, were quick to jump on any scoring opportunities and led the visitors to a 79-65 three-quarter time advantage.
Patrice Bolstad had 8 points in the final quarter for the Breakers on his way to a double double of 18 points and 12 rebounds but West Auckland were never threatened. Matt Yukich capped off a strong game scoring the last 10points for WA as they jumped over the Breakers into fourth spot on the ladder.
Results - Round 7
West Auckland 102 (Kevin Smith 38, Matt Yukich 29, Jordan Pocklington 12, Nigel Mahakitau 10) Breakers Academy 85 (Sam King 21, Patrice Bolstad 18, Brad Anderson 12,Tom Rowe (203-F-91) 11).
Harbour Heat Reserves 91 (Dan Ryan 26, Karl Noyer 25, Josh Davis 14, Michael Dawson 11) Northside 85 ( Warrick Siddall 27, Campbell Ross 15, Caleb Johns 13)
Auckland Rivets 68 (Duncan Smith 24, Brett Wadsworth 18, Simon Mesritz 11) Unitec Waitakere 60 (Sefo Leusogiape 15, Steve Robertson 14)



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Finals underway in ACB - by Gianni Pascucci
After the large win, 72-58 in Game 3 of the ACB Final Series, Tigres de la Universidad de Managua are leading 2-1 in the aggregate result. Game 1 had ended 88-76 for Tigres and in Game 2 Tiburones Bancentro had temporary tied the series winning 90-79. In Game 3, Elijah Allen (193-F-73) was the best player on the court, ending the game with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Tigres. Richard Hawking (183-G-82) added 16 pts and Servio Abea (191-F-78) 13 at the winning side. Noel Makence (188-G-78) was the best in Tiburones with 15 points, Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) added 14 pts. Game 4 will be played tonight.


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Only total commitment can see us through Efevberha - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria ended its campaign at the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men (Africa Cup of Nations) in a not too impressive note finishing a distance fifth in a pool of sixteen teams with seven wins and two loses thus missing out on the roll call of teams that will be at the 2010 FIBA World Championship (World Cup) in Turkey.

The lose that was most painful among the two games the country senior men national team, DTigers lost was the quarter-final 84-80 points loss to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who themselves were bundled out of the race for Turkey by Cote dIvoire in the semi-final and Tunisia in the third place game.

Basking in her impressive performance at the first round and Final-Eight-Round at the Benghazi centre of the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the Nigerian side coached by the trio of John Harding Lucas-II, Sani Ahmed and Masai Ujiri with great confidence.

The team flew out to Tripoli a day before its quarter-final outing against the Cameroon side who were runners-up in the 2007 edition held in Angola beaming with great confidence giving the Cameroonian little chances to stop DTigers from roaring while thinking of the better side between Cote dIvoire and Senegal it likely semi-final opponent but all that became history as the Cameroonian stood their ground and stopped the over-confidence Nigerian side.

One player who looked most disappointed in the Nigeria campaign was enterprising guard, Michael Efevberha who could not hide his disappointment of the team outing pleaded with the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and handlers of the senior team to always go for players who are ready to give their all at all time.

The Wellington Saints basketball club of New Zealand guard who was one of the most outstanding players on the Nigeria line-up fall short of naming some of his colleague he accused of not being fully committed to the course of the national team at the championship.


Efevberha born of a Nigerian father and an American mother have committed his future to his fatherland promising to always honour a national call-up.

The 25 year-old Nigerian was one of the leading scorer at the championship averaging 17.4 points per-game and was voted in the championship third best team of the championship, however, pleaded that the NBBF should not do away with the entire team but calls for integration of new players who will take the issue of national assignment as a task that must be given their total commitment as it is the only road to success.

Efevberha who might be joining a top French side in the 2009/2010 season thanked the NBBF and handlers of DTigers for offering him an opportunity to be part of the countrys campaign at Africa biggest basketball showpiece.

I am happy to be called-up to represent my fatherland but I want to plead with the Nigeria basketball authority and handlers of the national team to always go for players who will be more committed and ready to give their hundred percent performances in all games at every championship the country entered.

I feel okay with my performance and I know that my parents especially my dad are proud of me but I am sad that we will miss out in Turkey when the best teams and players converge for the world biggest basketball championship next year and I feel pained that our good run in the run-up to the quarter-final was truncated by Cameroon not because they are better than us, one thing I also know is that Nigeria will bounce back to take it rightful place in the comity of basketball playing nation of the world.
Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge)


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FPC takes the last ticket - by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating Estrellas de Area 4 in the additional game, Felix Perez Cardozo Asuncion advanced to the second leg of the Paraguay National League 2009. The game ended 96-90 for FPC, and Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) and Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) were the best performers, with 26 and 20 points, respectively. Omar Waller (196-F-81, college: Texas Coll.) added 14 pts at the winning side, Nilo Jr Rodrigues (198-F/C) led Estrellas with 29 pts, Aldo Acosta (192-F-76) scored 16 and Javier Samudio (177-G) 15 points in losing efforts. The Quadrangolar tournment will start on friday, Sept.11.

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The Warsaw clubs on the verge of closing the rosters - by Przemyslaw Swiatkowski
Polonia Warsaw announced signing of two new american players: Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) and Josh Alexander (193-G-87, college: Stephen F. Austin).
The latter is an answer to the need of finding a prototypical shooter playing the number two position; Hughes is a veteran who has already played for several polish teams, already acquainted with the requirements of PLK. The team officials also announced that Polonia signed Aleks Perka (201-F-87, college: Rice), who was close to play for the perenial polish medal winners - Anwil Wloclawek.
Meanwhile the other Polonia of Warsaw, the 2011 team is going to stick to the roster that secured the promotion to PLK last season waiting for the first couple of games to decide wheter the team needs any sign any new players. The only new signee on the roster is Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-G-86, agency: Promotex) who has already played for the team.


Poland entertain home crowd with EuroBasket opening win - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Bulgaria 90:78
David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) scored 23 points to pace Poland to the starting win at the EuroBasket 2009. The hosts of the tournament enjoyed the home fans with a 12-point win over Bulgaria in Group D.
Michal Ignerski (205-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up for Poland in the opening frame to give the hosts a necessary boost. His two triples gave the home team a 26:16 lead midway through the first quarter. Then Koszarek and once again Michal Ignerski fired from downtown and Poland led by 11 points at the first break. Poland soon opened a 17-point lead and continued to dominate. David Logan capped the half with a trey as the home team gained a 52:37 advantage. Videnov and Evtimov sparked the intrigue early in the third quarter scoring five in a row for the visitors. But Bulgaria never seriously threatened the margin as Poland rolled to a 75:58 lead with ten minutes to go. The game was not over though as Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) accounted for 7 points early in the fourth stanza to fuel a comeback effort from Bulgaria. They cut the deficit to only 7 points before Koszarek and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) came up with timely buckets. Michal Ignerski and David Logan added five more points and Poland ran away for good in this one.
Michal Ignerski finished with 22 points for Poland. Maciej Lampe added 17 points, while Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) had 16 points and 10 boards in the win. Earl Rowland answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) contributed 18 points in defeat.

Poland: David Logan 23, Michal Ignerski 22, Maciej Lampe 17
Bulgaria: Earl Rowland 20, Dejan Ivanov 18



Polish newcomers sign veteren SG - by Przemyslaw Swiatkowski
Trefl Sopot signed Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) of Lithuania, former player of Ural Great Perm, Anwil Wloclawek, Lietuvos Rytas, BC Siauliai.
He is another (after latvian coach Karlis Muiznieks ) import from the Baltic States who will work in the new club created in Sopot after Asseco Prokom moved to Gdynia.
Kadziulis is a well known player in the Polish League, having played already for Stal Ostrow and Kager Gdynia.
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Znicz invite three imports for try-outs - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Lewis (203-F/C-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Portland), Keddric Mays (183-G) and Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris) will train with Znicz Jaroslaw. The teams is currently seeking for the reinforcement prior to the upcoming season.
Marcus Lewis spent the last two seasons playing for the Oral Roberts University basketball team. The centre averaged 13.3 points, 7.2 boards and 2.3 assists per game for the Golden Eagles in the last season. Marcus Lewis was named to the All-Summit 1st Team.
Keddric Mays is 183cm guard that was last seen in Universidad de Catolica Santiago. Mays is the Chattanooga graduate. He tallied 14.3 points, 2.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game in his senior year in college.
Jeremy Chappell recently graduated from Robert Morris University. There he notched 16.7 points, 6.3 boards and 3.2 assists per game. He was trumped the NEC Player of the Year this year.
Grzegorz Szczotka (191-F-76) and Artur Mikolajko (197-F-79) signed new contracts with Znicz. Grzegorz Szczotka averaged 1.9 points for the Jaroslaw outfit in the previous season. Artur Mikolajko delivered 3.3 points and 2.3 boards per game.



Zablocki signed contract with Znicz Jaroslaw - by Patryk Kurkowski
Tomasz Zablocki (202-F-78, agency: Promotex), which in the last season played for Gornik Walbrzych, signed a one year contract for 2009/10 with Sokol Znicz Jaroslaw. 31-year-old forward began his carrer in 1996 in Turow Zgorzelec. After the nine years of playing for this team, he moved to Ostromecko Astoria Bydgoszcz. Zablocki in season 2005/06, averaged 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg in 28 games. In the next year Polish forward played for Energa Czarni Slupsk. The last two seasons he spent in the team Gornik Walbrzych. In the 2007/08 he scored 9.2 point per game, and grab 2.8 rebound. Last year he tallied 8.5 points, 3.8 boards.

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Ryan Schneider strengthens CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News
Ryan Schneider (201-F, college: Vermont) will boost CAB Madeira roster in the upcoming season. The 201cm forward just graduated from Marist College. He averaged 15.9 points, 8.2 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists per game for the Red Foxes in the senior season. Ryan Schneider was chosen to the All-MAC 2nd Team after the season.
CAB Madeira also extended the contracts of Joao Vieira (179-G-89) and Joao Pedro (198-F/C).



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David Huertas heads to France - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rican player David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) signed contract with French Pro B team Fos Ouest Provence. The 22-year old guard spent last season with Quebradillas Pirates in the BSN. He appeared 26 times averaging 12.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg. His team managed to reach the BSN Finals, but there Bayamon was better and grabbed the title.
David Huertas joined the Pirates in April last year, as soon as he graduated at the University of Mississippi. In his senior season he averaged impressive 18.1 ppg. Beside that, Huertas also had 3.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 25 games. At the end of the season he was named 'All-SEC 2nd Team'. Huertas made huge improvement since his junior year with Mississippi, when he had 10.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg. It is very important to mention that University of Mississippi was NCAA champion in 2006. However, Huertas was a member of University of Florida at that time, but for the next season he joined the champion squad. In 2008 Mississippi reached NIT Final Four. In 2004 Huertas played for U21 Puerto Rican NT.
Fos Ouest Provence played last season in French third division NM1 and they managed to earn promotion to Pro B. Of course, this will be the first European season for David Huertas in his career.


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Russia - Latvia 81-68 - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik
Eurobasket in Poland. Russia - Latvia 81-68. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored a game-high 24 points including two critical fourth quarter baskets to lead reigning champions Russia to an 81-68 victory over Latvia in their opening game in Group B of EuroBasket 2009.

Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) added 22 points and Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86) added 10 points in the paint as Russian coach David Blatt got a full team effort defensively in holding Latvian NBA star center Andris Biedrins to just six points and Latvia to just 68 points. 'Our goal was to keep them under 70 points. I was surprised we scored over 80. We haven't scored over 80 the whole summer. The match turned out to exactly the way I did and represented. Latvia acted through 'bigmen'. At the beginning of the game it seemed to me that we did not defend well. Opponents managed to get close to us in the second and third quarters, but I felt that we monitor progress Games and brought the match to win, if you continue to play in the same vein,' said Blatt. 'The power of many is a lot more than the strength of a few. And I think we showed the power of many today.'

Latvia did receive 22 points from Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) and Kristaps Janicenkos added 14 points, but it was not enough as Kestutis Kemzura's team struggled to just 34 percent shooting for the game.
'Generally speaking offensively we got lost I would say. We were sometimes unorganized. Maybe it was because it was the first game. Maybe it was because we did some new things,' said Latvia coach Kemzura.

'I think we played really bad today. There was chaos out there when we did what we needed to do and could have gotten back into the game. But it didn't work out in the end,' said Kambala, who helped foul out Russia's only two main low post players.

The game changed for good with 3:34 left when McCarty dunked home an offensive rebound to snap an 11-2 Latvia run, which had brought the Baltic nation to within 65-63. McCarty drained a triple the next time down the court to break Latvia's will and Sergey Monya nailed a three-ball with a minute left to ice the game. 'We had to box out. It was crucial. We couldn't score and they hit some threes. And that was it,' said Kemzura of the final stretch.

The game definitely had the feeling of taking place in Riga and not in Gdansk with some 3,000 Latvian fans making the trip across the Baltic Sea. McCarty's big game experience helped Russia open an early six point lead at 12-6 and then back-to-back triples by Bykov pushed the advantage into double digits at 23-13 midway through the quarter. Blatt's men were playing tough defense and the Latvians settled for three-point attempts in going score-less for nearly three minutes while Anton Ponkrashov's foul shots made it a 12-point gap - 28-16.

Latvia however used a late triple by Janis Blums to trim the deficit to 28-21 after one period. The second quarter was plagued with sloppy offensive execution and tough defense on both ends. Janicenoks's long ball had Latvia within 30-27. But McCarty answered with a triple of his own and Mozgov had the gap back to 36-28. Janicenoks however drained another triple and Kambala converted a three-point play before Kristaps Valters' breakaway layup head the margin down to 39-36 for Russia going into intermission.

Latvia did not score in the first three minutes and the Russians opened the second half on a 15-8 run for a 10-point cushion 54-44. Kemzura's men tried to work the ball into the post and Latvia was within four points late before McCarty's foul shots had Russia ahead 58-52 after three periods. Bykov's three-point play re-established an 11-point gap 63-52 before Mozgov fouled out with more than seven minutes left. Dmitry Sokolov fouled out just two minutes later, allowing Kambala to take over in the paint as he scored six straight points in the 11-2 run which McCarty spectacularly ended.


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Another win for Swisslions, Partizan fails again - by Dragan Jankovski
More friendly game were played over the week-end. Swisslions destroyed Ukrainian Khimik 74-50, while Partizan failed once again. This time it was against OKK Beograd 71-74. Hemofarm STADA outplayed Romanian champion Asesoft 96-69.

Swisslion Takovo was way better than Khimik from the early beginning. After furious first quarter (23-10) it was clear that team from Vrsac will take this one. Marko Brkic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) once again was a key player for the Adriatic league newcomer scoring 16 points. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) had 14 each. The biggest lead in this game Swisslion had in third quarter, 50-25.

OKK Beograd had nice first half against Partizan grabbing 32-47 lead. After that the reigning champion improved, but that was not enough for victory. Dragan Mitrovic (192-G-85) led the scorers in victory with 17 points. Dragan Kruscic (86) followed him with 12. In Partizan, Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 16 points. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) had 12. Partizan had poor percentage from behind the arc, what was one of the reasons of this failure.

Hemofarm STADA had no troubles to beat Asesoft. Except of third quarter, Serbian team was way better in this game (26:19, 26:13, 20:22, 24:15).


Serbia demolishes Spanish outfit - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Spain 66:57

A loud upset saw one of the favorites of Eurobasket 2009 Spain in the first game of the tournament in Poland. The Balkan team led by NBA star Krstic demolished them from the start to the end. Serbia played better in the whole game and rightfully became the winner of the opener. Although Spain considered to be the favorite not only in the game, but of the whole tournament as well, Serbia handed them their first loss right from the start.
Spain had even difficulties to score in the first half and trailed from the very beginning. The first two quarters belonged to the Serbs and at the end of another period as well. Macvan closed the third period at 56:37 that shocked the audience in Poland. In the last period Spain started to bounce back and Reves scored for 58:41. llull made a dunk for 58:43 and it was him for another jump shot at 58:45. Serbia was silent for a long time, but then Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) posted one free throw for 59:45 with 6 minutes to go. Again Llull exploded for Spain to reduce to 59:48 and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) missed a chance to cut it to 8 points. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) however made a jump shot for 59:50 with less than 5 minutes on the board. Nenad Krstic made his 16th point for 61:50, while Spain had to ask for Timeout with 3 minutes in the fourth. Nenad Krstic earned another time to go on the free throw line and delivered another point for 62:50. llull scored his 9th points for 62:52 but it was clear that Spain would not recover. Even NBA star Gasol missed three free throws for his team at the end. Later he made it 62:53, while Rubio made two free throws for 62:55. Teodosice responded with the same for 64:55 and Markovic closed the game at 66:57.
Nenad Krstic paced all the winners with 17 points for the stunning victory. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) collected 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 10. Juan Carlos Navarro responded with 14 points and Felipe Reyes netted 10.

Serbia: Nenad Krstic 17, Novica Velickovic 12+8 rebs, Milenko Tepic 10
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Felipe Reyes 10


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Friendly games update - by Eurobasket News
Slovakian teams continue their preparation for the upcoming season. Here the latest friendly results.
Czech BK Breda & Weinstein Opava won both games over Slovakian BK Inter Bratislava. At first BK Breda & Weinstein Opava was stronger 90:74. The team from Czech Republic won the opening quarter 24:13, but then Inter replied with 27:22 in the second. Opava looked better when the teams came back from the court with 13-8 and had massive 31-26 in the last frame. Novak top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) scored 18. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) added 10 and Vanak ended up with 8 points. La Rosa delivered 15 points for Inter and Madison Zilkie (178) notched 14.
In Game 2 BK Breda & Weinstein Opava produced 80:61 being even stronger in the first half. The Czechs started with 28:18 and added 20-13 in the second frame. After the third period the lead increased to 22 points and Inter could win only the last stanza 19-16 for the total 61:80. Ondrej Soska was unstoppable with 26 points, while Jakub Blazek and Kratochvl notched 15 apiece. Marko Ravasz (189-F-90) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.
Hungarian Atomeromu SE beat Astrum Levice 72:56 as Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) led the way with 14 points. Kirk Archibeque (206-C-84) finished the night with 17 points and Crawford nailed 13.
The three american players arrived some days ago in Dombovar and played their first game last night against Slovakian team Levice. Tory Walker and Jerome Lagrange had a great game and helped the team with 41 points together. Planet Leasing Dombovar KC rolled over BK Levice 79:71 as Crawford ended up with 25 points in defeat and Kirk Archibeque added 18.



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Fourth quarter rally propels Slovenia past Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Great Britain 72:59

Slovenia earned the first win at the 2009 EuroBasket. They needed a late surge to pull away to a hard-fought win over Great Britain. Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) knocked down 19 points to pace Slovenia as they climbed on top of Group C.
Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) ensured an 8:2 early run from Slovenia. Nachbar, Primoz Brezec and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) soon gave Slovenia a 20:9 lead. Golemac stretched it to 14 points before Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) cut the distance to 12 points at the first break. Pops Mensah-Bonsu teamed up with Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) to shock Slovenia with a 10:0 start to the second quarter. Freeland soon followed with a three-point play as Great Britain tied the score at 29. The teams traded baskets before Jaka Lakovic made it 37:35 for Slovenia at halftime. Slovenia managed to maintain the advantage throughout a low scoring nervous third quarter. When Jaka Lakovic opened the fourth period with a three-pointer Slovenia went up by 7. Pops Mensah-Bonsu tried hard but Slovenia were unstoppable at the moment. Erazem Lorbek and Samo Udrih stretched the margin at 15 points with under three minutes to go and Great Britain had little to answer with.
Jaka Lakovic knocked down 11 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 6 assists for Slovenia. Samo Udrih and Primoz Brezec contributed 8 points each in the win. Pops Mensah-Bonsu answered with 18 points and 6 boards for Great Britain. Robert Jr. Archibald had 12 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia: Erazem Lorbek 19, Jaka Lakovic 11, Samo Udrih 8, Primoz Brezec 8
Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 18, Robert Jr. Archibald 12



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Serbia demolishes Spanish outfit - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Spain 66:57

A loud upset saw one of the favorites of Eurobasket 2009 Spain in the first game of the tournament in Poland. The Balkan team led by NBA star Krstic demolished them from the start to the end. Serbia played better in the whole game and rightfully became the winner of the opener. Although Spain considered to be the favorite not only in the game, but of the whole tournament as well, Serbia handed them their first loss right from the start.
Spain had even difficulties to score in the first half and trailed from the very beginning. The first two quarters belonged to the Serbs and at the end of another period as well. Macvan closed the third period at 56:37 that shocked the audience in Poland. In the last period Spain started to bounce back and Reves scored for 58:41. llull made a dunk for 58:43 and it was him for another jump shot at 58:45. Serbia was silent for a long time, but then Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) posted one free throw for 59:45 with 6 minutes to go. Again Llull exploded for Spain to reduce to 59:48 and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) missed a chance to cut it to 8 points. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) however made a jump shot for 59:50 with less than 5 minutes on the board. Nenad Krstic made his 16th point for 61:50, while Spain had to ask for Timeout with 3 minutes in the fourth. Nenad Krstic earned another time to go on the free throw line and delivered another point for 62:50. llull scored his 9th points for 62:52 but it was clear that Spain would not recover. Even NBA star Gasol missed three free throws for his team at the end. Later he made it 62:53, while Rubio made two free throws for 62:55. Teodosice responded with the same for 64:55 and Markovic closed the game at 66:57.
Nenad Krstic paced all the winners with 17 points for the stunning victory. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) collected 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 10. Juan Carlos Navarro responded with 14 points and Felipe Reyes netted 10.

Serbia: Nenad Krstic 17, Novica Velickovic 12+8 rebs, Milenko Tepic 10
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Felipe Reyes 10


Barcelona beat Bilbao in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
Barcelona - Bilbao 78:64

Barcelona claimed the second straight win in the preseason games. They clashed with Bilbao in Andorra and celebrated a comfortable victory at the end. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) fired 20 points to pace the ACB defending champions.
Bilbao got to the better start as they led 16:8 midway through the opening frame. However Barcelona spurred in front late in the stanza and enjoyed a narrow 24:21 lead after ten minutes of action. They stepped on the gas in the second frame to open it with ten consecutive points. Barcelona rolled to a confident 9-point lead at halftime. Barcelona maintained the advantage and opened up a double-digit lead with ten minutes remaining. Bilbao knocked down just 12 points in the fourth frame and could not threaten the margin. They had to surrender at the end. Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) came up with 12 points for Barcelona. Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) added 11 points in the win. Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) responded with 11 points for Bilbao. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Barcelona: Boniface Ndong 20, Fran Vazquez 12, Pete Mickeal 11
Bilbao: Damir Markota 11, Renaldas Seibutis 10, Jerome Moiso 10



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MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket brings PG Ricardo Fischer - by Eurobasket News
MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket decided not to keep Brandon Ward (175-G-81, college: Florida A&M) for the next season. The American point guard came to the team this summer, but did not succeed to secure the contract. In the past he played for German Regionalliga team TuS Bramsche and also for Romaninan CSU Brasov and CSU Petrom Sibiu.
At the same time MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket agreed terms with Brazilian-Austrian point guard Ricardo Fischer (185-G-91). The 18-year old player spent last season with Rhone Herens Basket, with limited playing time. He appeared only in 9 games averaging 6.1 ppg and 1.7 apg. Fischer spent some time with Martigny-Rhone Basket in LNB, where he had more chance to play. He arrived to Switzerland in 2008 from Brazilian team Hebraica de Sao Paulo. With Hebraica had played only for juniorS.
MGS earned promotion from LNB to LNA in 2003. Since that time their biggest success was LNA Semifinals, what happened in their Rookie season. In 2003 of course MGS won the LNB championship title. After that, three consecutive yearS MGS was ninth ranked team in the league. Last season they ended as No.12.


Boncourt Red Team lands American Damien Goodman - by Eurobasket News
BC Boncourt Red Team announced signing of the American player Damien Goodman (201-F-82, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: NC-Pembroke). The 27-year old forward is coming to Switzerland from American ABA team Georgia Grizzlies. He appeared this summer with Team Prague at Eurobasket Summer League in New York. Goodman was one of the best players on this event and was selected to participate in All-Star Game. Most probably, his nice performance in New York was one of the main reasons why Boncourt grabbed the player for the next season.
Damien Goodman graduated at the UNC-Pembroke in 2004. In his senior season in NCAA2 he had 16.4 ppg and 5 rpg. After that he played in WBA league and after tat in Uruguay. In 2006 he reached WBA Semifinals with South Carolina Heat.
As a reminder, at the end of August Boncourt signed contract with Todd Peterson (203-F-84, college: N.Illinois). The 25-year old player appeared on Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas 2009 as a part of Team Monacco. There is no doubt that Eurobasket events helped Boncourt this summer to make recruitment for 2009/10 season. He arrives from ABA team South Chicago Ball Stars, where he had 16.4 ppg and 7 rpg last season. In 2007 he also played in one of the American leagues, this time in IBL with Kankakee County Soldiers.


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  TURKEY   


Turkey beats Lithuania. 84-76 - by Baha Kurtulus
Turkey made a great start to the Eurobasket 2009. 84-76
There was a big excitement throughout the game. Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79), Ender Aslan and Ersan Ilyasova put so much effort on winning.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 19 points, Ender Aslan added 16 points and Ersan Ilyasova collected 17 points and 6 rebounds for Turkey.
Petravicius fired 21 points, Jasaitis added 14 points and Kleiza scored 12 points for Lithuania.


Turkoglu paces Turkey over the Baltic state - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Lithuania 84:76

The National team of Turkey opened Eurobasket 2009 with a victory over Lithuania. Trailing after the first quarter, Turkey bounced back and grabbed 84:76 victory.
Turkey started with 4-0 run and had 15:13 lead. Lithuania meanwhile played better in the end of the frame and took 22:19 at the end of 10 minutes. In the last quarter Turkey tied the game at 28:28 and Delininkaitis later closed the half at 39:39. With 24-19 the winners increased to 63:58 when the teams finished thirty minutes. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) made a lay-up for 69:63 midway through the last quarter, while Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) reduced to 69:66. Ender Arslan made one free throw for 70:66 and Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) later scored for 76:68. Turkey played much better in the end and rightfully deserved the win in the opener. Ender Arslan made another two free throws for the Turkish outfit that enjoyed 78:71 with a minute to go. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) reduced to 78:73, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) made his 18th points for 80:73 from the free throw line. Simas Jasaitis kept the Baltic side alive from the perimeter for 80:76, but Ender Arslan was again perfect from the foul line to take Turkey 82:76. Hedo Turkoglu and Asik added another one each for 84:76 and Lithuania took Timeout with 4 seconds in the game. Simas Jasaitis made a turnover as it did not change anything in the court. Turkey grabbed the win in the opener and took the leading position in the group.
Hedo Turkoglu top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Ersan Ilyasova ended up with 17, whilst Ender Arslan added 16. Marijonas Petravicius delivered 21 points for the Baltic side, Simas Jasaitis posted 14 and Linas Kleiza notched 12.

Turkey: Hedo Turkoglu 19, Ersan Ilyasova 17, Ender Arslan 16
Lithuania: Marijonas Petravicius 21, Simas Jasaitis 14, Linas Kleiza 12



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  UBL   


Two wins and one loss for Oklahoma Impact on Estonian tour - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma Impact arrived to Estonia to play friendly games with local teams. The UBL defending champions tipped off their test games with the clash against Kuremaa. The US team celebrated a comfortable 100:58 victory to open the win count. Brett McGhee fired 26 points to pace the visitors. Chad Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) added 18 points, while Jordan Brady (198-F-83) and Jonathan Reed (188-F) contributed 12 points each for the winners. Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) answered with 26 points for Kuremaa. Mario Luik (188-G-86) had 18 points in the loss.
Next Oklahoma faced Rakvere. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) exploded with 28 points to pace Rakvere to an 81:71 win at the end. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) added 17 points, while Janis Vahter (195-F-86) had 15 points for the winning team. Chad Barnes responded with 16 points for the Impact. Jordan Brady chipped in 15 points in defeat.
Oklahoma rebounded on the next day as they narrowly upset TTU KK 73:69. Jonathan Reed came up with 16 points for the visitors. Chad Barnes was helpful with 13 points. Joosep Toome (202-F-85) answered with 16 points for TTU KK. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) nailed 14 points for the Estonian team.
The Oklahoma Impact will face TU/Rock on Monday.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Fourth quarter rally propels Slovenia past Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Great Britain 72:59

Slovenia earned the first win at the 2009 EuroBasket. They needed a late surge to pull away to a hard-fought win over Great Britain. Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) knocked down 19 points to pace Slovenia as they climbed on top of Group C.
Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) ensured an 8:2 early run from Slovenia. Nachbar, Primoz Brezec and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) soon gave Slovenia a 20:9 lead. Golemac stretched it to 14 points before Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) cut the distance to 12 points at the first break. Pops Mensah-Bonsu teamed up with Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) to shock Slovenia with a 10:0 start to the second quarter. Freeland soon followed with a three-point play as Great Britain tied the score at 29. The teams traded baskets before Jaka Lakovic made it 37:35 for Slovenia at halftime. Slovenia managed to maintain the advantage throughout a low scoring nervous third quarter. When Jaka Lakovic opened the fourth period with a three-pointer Slovenia went up by 7. Pops Mensah-Bonsu tried hard but Slovenia were unstoppable at the moment. Erazem Lorbek and Samo Udrih stretched the margin at 15 points with under three minutes to go and Great Britain had little to answer with.
Jaka Lakovic knocked down 11 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 6 assists for Slovenia. Samo Udrih and Primoz Brezec contributed 8 points each in the win. Pops Mensah-Bonsu answered with 18 points and 6 boards for Great Britain. Robert Jr. Archibald had 12 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia: Erazem Lorbek 19, Jaka Lakovic 11, Samo Udrih 8, Primoz Brezec 8
Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 18, Robert Jr. Archibald 12





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Women News

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  CANADA - Women  


Carly Clarke takes over UPEI as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
As an Island summer ends, basketball fans look forward to following our mens and womens teams at UPEI. While Matthew Davies moves into his fourth season of coaching the mens team, the womens program sees Halifax native Carly Clarke taking over the head coaching duties.

Dont let Clarkes young age fool you, she brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Panthers. Clarke played for Team Nova Scotia at the 2001 Canada Games in London, Ontario and the Queen Elizabeth High product then went on to star at Bishops University in Lennoxville, Quebec. Clarke graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and numerous top ten rankings in the CIS in three point shooting percentage, leading the entire country in 2004. Her Gaiters were often ranked in the CIS Top Ten, and were consolation winners at the 2004 CIS Championships. Head coach Rod Gilpin knew Clarke had the makings of a future coach when she graduated.

She is the best pure shooter I ever coached, and is a very smart player and leader on the floor. Her intangibles will be missed more then we can measure right now. Carly aspires to be a coach and I know she will be exceptional.

Clarke returned home to Halifax to pursue her Masters of Business at Dalhousie University, where she was the lead assistant to the womens team. She also coached several provincial teams for Basketball Nova Scotia; placing well at the National Championships, winning a bronze medal at the Under 15 Nationals, and winning BNSs Coach of the Year last season. While in Nova Scotia, she was also one of the head coaches
at Canada Basketballs Centre for Performance.

Carly gained immeasurable experience this past year coaching at the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) in Hamilton, Ontario. NEDA brought together the top high schoolers in the country to train together and travelled across North America and in Europe playing some of the best competition available. Many of her NEDA players have signed to play NCAA Division 1 basketball, playing with the Junior National Team this past summer.

UPEI getting a coach with her experience and love of the sport is a real boost for the program, and Coach Clarke is determined to continue the Panther tradition of excellence. So far this season she has signed several prospects from the Island and Ontario, and is preparing the team for training camp beginning September 9th.

I grew up watching the Panthers when they were dominant in the AUS, and I look forward to rebuilding the program into one the players, community and students will be proud of. I am excited to coach here at UPEI with the tremendous facilities and support the team has.

Coach Clarke has already made her mark on basketball on the Island working at the Basketball PEI/UPEI basketball camps and doing work with Basketball PEI in our Provincial Teams capacity.

Courtesy of www.pantherwomen..com


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


SKUP Olomouc held an International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
SKUP Olomouc held an International Tournament called the Olomouc Cup. The tournament was held in the Czech Republic city with 4 teams participating. The team from Slovakia won all the games to triumph in the tournament.
At first MBK Ruzomberok overcame SKUP Olomouc 79:40 taking the full control of the game. The team from Slovak Republic controlled the entire game from the beginning until the end. In the second game MBK Ruzomberok outscored BK Pliska Studanka Pardubice 105:46 to improve to 2-0 record.
Valosun meanwhile beat SKUP Olomouc 80:60 with 36:22 at the halftime. Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) nailed 20 points at that time, while Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) netted 19. Later Valson edged BK Pliska Studanka Pardubice 98:72 as Veronika Vlkova posted 16 points and Michaela Zrustova netted 11.
In Sunday's final Valosun met with Ruzomberok. Both teams played well in the beginning of the game and the hosts grabbed 37:36 halftime advantage. The Slovakian team bounced back for 70:61 later in the game. It was hot in the court in the last seconds but MBK Ruzomberok stayed tough to win. They did not mind 25 points from Michaela Zrustova and took 76:75 victory.


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  FINLAND - Women  


Snelgron comes to HoNsU - by Esko Saarinen
HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) has sign one year contract with Danyelle Snelgron. She is 165 cm guard, age 22 and finished her university last sping in Utah State. Last season she made 14,2 points, 4,0 rebounds and 4,1 assists per macth. She was also in the all star rooster in WAC-conference. In the university she broke the stels record of the Utah State university.. First time she will play in her Finnish team in the turnee organizegd by her new tieam in 12-13 of September. Other teams are Huima (Aanekoski) Catz (Lappeenranta) and Team S-Hameenmaa (Orimattila)

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  IVORY COAST - Women  


Nigeria Women team, DTigress begins preparation - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The twelve home-base players invited to camp ahead the FIBA Africa Championship for Women Zone-III elimination begin preparation Monday ahead the September 13 through 16 qualifiers holding in Lagos.

The twelve players trained under watchful eyes of Coaches Ayo Bakare and Scott Nnaji with the second assistant coach, Andrew Isokpehi is expected to arrive Tuesday.

The team will train once daily from Monday through Sunday except Friday when it is expected to train twice at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos.

Head Coach, Bakare says though the time to prepare the team is short but he is confident that the technical crew with understanding of the players will do everything humanly possible to ensure that Nigeria pick the zone sole ticket to the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women billed for Madagascar from October 8 to 18.

Nigeria who was twice champion (2003 and 2005) want to use the women championship to make up for the men team inability to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship by not making it to Madagascar but targeting a world championship slot slated for Czech Republic in 2010.

Nigeria and Cote dIvoire are the only two countries among the eight countries that made up the zone that entered for the qualifiers.

The twelve home-based players who will be joined by their foreign-based counterpart before the first jump-ball includes, Funmilayo Ojelabi, Amaka Adibeli, Chioma Udeaja, Tamuno Whyte, Vera Angwe, Magdalene Ukato, Nkechi Akashili, Ijeoma Uchendu, Temitope Oladele and Kikelomo Saliu. Others are Rebecca Iritei and Ima Obong.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Cindy Lima and TTT Riga agree on terms of contract - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga landed Spanish player Cindy Lima (192-C-81) on a one-year contract. The 28-year-old spent the last year in Baloncesto San Jose Leon. She delivered 7.1 points and 5.8 boards per game in the Spanish league. In EuroCup Cindy Lima tallied 4.4 points and 5.8 boards. Lima also played for the Spanish National Team at the European Championship in Riga this year. Her stats came up to 3.9 points and 4.0 boards per game in Latvia.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Chioma Nnamaka heads to Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) inked contract with TEO Vilnius. The 24-year-old guard is expected to seriously bolster the backcourt of the Lithuanian defending champions. The Swedish international led the National team to the EuroBasket in Division B playoffs averaging 9.5 points and 4.0 boards per game. Nnamaka spent the previous season in Union Hainaut in France. She tallied 7.0 points and 1.9 boards per game in the LFB. In EuroLeague her stats came up to 7.4 points, 2.5 boards and 1.4 steals.


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Nigeria Women team, DTigress begins preparation - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The twelve home-base players invited to camp ahead the FIBA Africa Championship for Women Zone-III elimination begin preparation Monday ahead the September 13 through 16 qualifiers holding in Lagos.

The twelve players trained under watchful eyes of Coaches Ayo Bakare and Scott Nnaji with the second assistant coach, Andrew Isokpehi is expected to arrive Tuesday.

The team will train once daily from Monday through Sunday except Friday when it is expected to train twice at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos.

Head Coach, Bakare says though the time to prepare the team is short but he is confident that the technical crew with understanding of the players will do everything humanly possible to ensure that Nigeria pick the zone sole ticket to the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women billed for Madagascar from October 8 to 18.

Nigeria who was twice champion (2003 and 2005) want to use the women championship to make up for the men team inability to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship by not making it to Madagascar but targeting a world championship slot slated for Czech Republic in 2010.

Nigeria and Cote dIvoire are the only two countries among the eight countries that made up the zone that entered for the qualifiers.

The twelve home-based players who will be joined by their foreign-based counterpart before the first jump-ball includes, Funmilayo Ojelabi, Amaka Adibeli, Chioma Udeaja, Tamuno Whyte, Vera Angwe, Magdalene Ukato, Nkechi Akashili, Ijeoma Uchendu, Temitope Oladele and Kikelomo Saliu. Others are Rebecca Iritei and Ima Obong.



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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla plays friendly, Gorzow wins it all - by Eurobasket News
BSS Kosice beat Wisla Krakow 69:63 in the friendly game between the teams. The latter took 17:15 after the opening quarter, but the Slovakian team bounced back with 15-12 in the second frame. The squads produced 19 points each in the third period to have only one point difference before the final stanza. BSS Kosice exploded with 20-15 in the last quarter to seal the winning outcome. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Tarasovova netted 13, while Slimakova added 10. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort, while Wilson scored 18.
Polish Gorzow meanwhile participated at the Halplus Cup an international preseason tournament took place in Halle. The hosting SV Halle Lions welcomed Karlovy Vary, AZS PWSZ Gorzow and WWK Donau-Ries.
At first Gorzow outscored Donau-Ries 94:53 and then beat Karlovy Vary 98:59. Gorzow won the third game over Halle to triumph in the tournament. The Polish side produced 61:57 in the final game. For the German side Jennifer Bender (185-F-87, college: Monmouth) scored 64 points in three games. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) posted 36 as a total and Michaela Abelova (185-G-85) had 34.



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Ponce defeated an struggling Guaynabo, 73-64 - by Raul Colon
The Ponce Lions defeated the Guaynabo Conquistadoras 73-64 for their sixth (6-2)win of the year. Meanwhile, Guaynabo dropped its second in a row (5-5).
Keisha Tardy exploded for 27 points and 15 rebound for the high scoring Lions. Carla Feliciano added 17 while Griselle Rodriguez chipped in 14. Wilhelmina Wilson led Guaynabo with 15 points and eight boards. Dayana Rivera contributed 14.
In front of a good Sunday night crowd at the Polideportivo in Ponce, the locals took an early seven point led and then held several Conquistadoras' comebacks.
Ponce also took the first half 34-29.


Bland and Cabo Rojo ran past Isabela 108-82 - by Raul Colon
The misery continues for the Isabela Pollitas. Amber Bland ran wild all night long against a deficient Isabela defense. The 5-foot-11 guard/forward scored a season high, 40 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to led the Turistas of Cabo Rojo to a 108-82 pasting of the Pollitas.

The win is only the Turistas' second of the season. Isabela remains win less (0-10). Two more Turistas shined on Sunday. Judiana Batiz had 26 points and 7 boards while Jeanie Saunders chipped in 17.

The Rebekah Colberg court in Cabo Rojo erupted as the home team took a commanding 57-38 half time lead and never looked back.

Tocara Ross gained, yet another double-double. The Pollitas center scored 24 points while taking home 13 rebounds. Shelby Pauling had 22 and veteran guard Andrea Roman 11.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


MBK Ruzomberok wins Olomouc Cup - by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomberok became the winner of the Olomouc Cup. The International tournament was held in the Czech Republic city with 4 teams participating. The team from Slovakia won all the games to triumph in the tournament.
At first MBK Ruzomberok overcame SKUP Olomouc 79:40 taking the full control of the game. The team from Slovak Republic controlled the entire game from the beginning until the end. In the second game MBK Ruzomberok outscored BK Pliska Studanka Pardubice 105:46 to improve to 2-0 record.
In Sunday's final Valosun met with Ruzomberok. Both teams played well in the beginning of the game and the hosts grabbed 37:36 halftime advantage. The Slovakian team bounced back for 70:61 later in the game. It was hot in the court in the last seconds but MBK Ruzomberok stayed tough to win. They did not mind 25 points from Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) and took 76:75 victory.
BSS Kosice meanwhile beat Polish Wisla Krakow 69:63 in the friendly game between the teams. The latter took 17:15 after the opening quarter, but the Slovakian team bounced back with 15-12 in the second frame. The squads produced 19 points each in the third period to have only one point difference before the final stanza. BSS Kosice exploded with 20-15 in the last quarter to seal the winning outcome. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Tarasovova netted 13, while Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) added 10. Kobrimova ended up with 21 points in the losing effort, while Wilson scored 18.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Allison Feaster-Strong joins Mann Filter - by Eurobasket News
Mann Filter announced the signing of Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard). The 33-year-old forward spent the last season in Italy. She averaged 7.1 points, 1.7 boards and 1.4 steals per game playing for Familia Schio in the Italian League. In EuroLeague Allison Feaster-Strong had 8.6 points, 3.1 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. The veteran forward graduated from Harvard in 1998 and used to play for the Los Angeles Sparks, Charlotte Sting and Indiana Fever in the WNBA. She also had stints with Vallencienes USVO in France and Ros Casares and San Jose Leon in Spain.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Chioma Nnamaka heads to Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) inked contract with TEO Vilnius. The 24-year-old guard is expected to seriously bolster the backcourt of the Lithuanian defending champions. The Swedish international led the National team to the EuroBasket in Division B playoffs averaging 9.5 points and 4.0 boards per game. Nnamaka spent the previous season in Union Hainaut in France. She tallied 7.0 points and 1.9 boards per game in the LFB. In EuroLeague her stats came up to 7.4 points, 2.5 boards and 1.4 steals.


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  WNBA - Women  


Last games (2) - Wins for Indiana and Detroit - by Eurobasket News
Washington M. - Indiana F. 61-72
The Indiana Fever registered nice 72-61 win against the Washington Mystics last night. With this victory Indiana jumped to 21-9, what is currently the best score in WNBA this season. On the other side, the Mystics fell to 15-17. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) was a key player in victory collecting 20 points and 8 rebounds. Briann January (5'8''-G-87, college: Arizona St.) scored 16, while Tammy Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers) added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds in loss. Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) followed her with 12 pts.

Chicago S. - Detroit S. 75-84
Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) was the leading scorer in victory last night with 19 points. She also grabbed 8 rebounds beside that spending 40 minutes on the floor. Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) helped with 16 pts. In Chicago Sky, Shyra Ely (6'2''-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) shined with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) also scored 18 pts, but with 3 rebounds less. With this victory the Shock jumped to 16-15 score on East. The Sky dropped to 15-17 in the same standings.