EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/11/2010

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  ACPBL   


ACPBL adds two more teams, makes minor adjustment to schedule - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is pleased to announce that the Beltway Bombers have been reinstated into the ACPBL for play in the upcoming 2010-2011 season. In addition, the Westchester Wildkatz has been added to the 2010-2011 lineup. The talented ACPBL front office was able to add both of these teams to the 2010-2011 schedule while only making minor adjustments to the previously released schedule. All previously scheduled dates for teams stayed the exact same, while the addition of Westchester in the north and Beltway in the south was able to greatly reduce travel costs league wide.
'Chaz at the Beltway Bombers has cleared up his issues with the league, the issues with the Beltway Bombers were never that serious', stated ACPBL Commissioner James R. Schutz . 'Chaz and the Bombers came from a different league where deadlines were not taken seriously, we feel that Chaz has learned his lesson in that the ACPBL takes league imposed rules and deadlines very seriously'.
The Westchester Wildkatz will be owned and operated by Derek Vincent and the Carver Center. Derek happens to be the top senior coordinator at the Carver Center located Port Chester, NY. The Wildkats will play their home games at the newly renovated gymnasium inside the Carver Center; the gym renovations include brand new bleacher seating for fans.
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) now boasts eight high quality professional basketball teams all located on the Atlantic Coast, the league will tip off its inaugural season on December 4, 2010. 'With the lineup of teams we have for this season we feel that the ACPBL has firmly established it's self among the top professional
leagues in the world', stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . 'The ACPBL is already the top professional minor league for basketball in the United States other then the NBA D-League, the fact that we have been contacted in just the past month by nearly twenty teams currently in other leagues who want in for next season goes one step farther into proving that'

The updated 2010-11 ACPBL Schedule is listed here down:

Saturday December 4th
Hudson Valley @ Buffalo
Garden State @ NY Lions
Beltway @ Westchester

Sunday December 5th
Washington @ Norfolk

Saturday December 11th
Garden State @ Buffalo
Hudson Valley @ NY Lions

Sunday December 12th
Norfolk @ Beltway
Westchester @ NY Lions

Saturday December 18th
NY Lions @ Garden State
Hudson Valley @ Buffalo

Sunday December 19th
Beltway @ Norfolk
Hudson Valley @ Westchester

Saturday January 1st
Washington @ Beltway
Westchester @ Garden State

Saturday January 8th
Garden State @ Westchester
Beltway @ Washington
NY Lions @ Buffalo

Sunday January 9th
Washington @ Norfolk

Saturday January 15th
Hudson Valley @ Washington
Garden State @ Buffalo
Norfolk @ Beltway
Westchester @ NY Lions

Saturday January 22nd
Buffalo @ Westchester
Beltway @ Washington
Hudson Valley @ Garden State

Sunday January 23rd
Beltway @ Norfolk
Hudson Valley @ Westchester

Saturday January 29th
Norfolk @ Washington
Hudson Valley @ Buffalo

Saturday February 5th
NY Lions @ Westchester
Beltway @ Washington
Buffalo @ Garden State

Saturday February 12th
Norfolk @ Washington
Hudson Valley @ Buffalo

Sunday February 13th
Beltway @ Norfolk
Garden State @ Westchester
Hudson Valley @ NY Lions

Saturday February 19th
NY Lions @ Buffalo
Westchester @ Beltway

Sunday February 20th
Garden State @ NY Lions

Saturday February 26th
Hudson Valley @ Washington
Buffalo @ NY Lions
Westchester @ Garden State
Norfolk @ Beltway

Sunday February 27th
Washington @ Norfolk

Saturday March 5th
Norfolk @ Washington
NY Lions @ Buffalo
Hudson Valley @ Garden State
Westchester @ Beltway

Saturday March 12th
Hudson Valley @ Buffalo
Washington @ Beltway
Westchester @ NY Lions

Sunday March 13th
Garden State @ Norfolk
Hudson Valley @ NY Lions

Saturday March 19th
Buffalo @ Garden State
Norfolk @ Washington

Saturday March 26th & 27th
Playoffs - top 4 teams compete - Venue TBA

Saturday April 9th
ACPBL All-Star Game - Venue TBA




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Buducnost 1-0 
 2. Cedevita 1-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 4. Hemofarm 1-0 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 1-0 
 6. Krka 1-0 
 7. U.Olimpija 1-0 
 8. Cibona 0-1 
 9. Crvena Zvez. 0-1 
 10. Igokea 0-1 
 11. Partizan 0-1 
 12. Radnicki K. 0-1 
 13. Siroki TT 0-1 
 14. Zadar 0-1 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 29
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona29.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm25.0 
 3. Bazdaric, Cedevita19.0 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.19.0 
 5. Nikolic, Crvena Zvez.19.0 
 6. Simmons, CEZ N.18.0 
 7. Draper, Cedevita15.0 
 8. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.0 
 9. Savovic, Hemofarm15.0 
 10. Milosavljevi., Parti.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakov VLADOVIC
  Zadar
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vladovic, Zadar12.0 
 2. Zubcic, Cibona9.0 
 3. Rudez, Cedevita8.0 
 4. Benda, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona7.0 
 6. Macvan, Hemofarm7.0 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.7.0 
 8. Golemac, Zadar7.0 
 9. Necas, CEZ Nymburk7.0 
 10. Brown, Zadar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Draper, Cedevita8.0 
 2. Stipcevic, Cibona7.0 
 3. Nissim, CEZ N.7.0 
 4. Vesely, Partizan5.0 
 5. Krstovic, Hemofarm5.0 
 6. Bazdaric, Cedevita5.0 
 7. Nedovic, Crvena Z.5.0 
 8. Pavkovic, Hemofarm5.0 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.5.0 
 10. Bozic, Partizan4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ Nymburk
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 2. Johnson, Cibona4.0 
 3. Troha, Cedevita3.0 
 4. Zubcic, Cibona2.0 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 6. Mihailovic, Buducnost2.0 
 7. Nissim, CEZ N.2.0 
 8. Vesely, Partizan2.0 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 10. Djekic, Partizan2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Crvena Zvez.
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nikolic, Crvena Zvez.2.0 
 2. Edwards, Cedevita2.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.2.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm1.0 
 5. Jordan, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Vukusic, Cedevita1.0 
 7. Zubcic, Cibona1.0 
 8. Katic, Partizan1.0 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 10. Dubljevic, Buduc.1.0 


Welcome to new Adriatic league season (Round One) - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Cibona 86-80
It was the opening game of 2010/11 season and Hemofarm made it against Cibona mostly thanks to Milan Macvan (205-F-89), who scored 25 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) added 15 points in this victory. On the other side, Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) shined with 29 pts (five triples).

Siroki TT - Krka 62-72
Adriatic league returnee grabbed nice 62-72 road win against the Bosnian champion Siroki TT Kabeli. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) led the Slovenian champs with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) also scored 14 pts in this game. For the hosts, Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74, agency: Court Side) had 15 points and 5 boards.

Cedevita - Zadar 70-66
Cedevita was better than Zadar 70-66 in Croatian derby. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) shined with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 15 points and 8 assists. In Zadar, Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) registered double-double of 14 points and 12 boards.

CEZ Nymburk - Crvena Zvez. 94-73
Adriatic league newcomer started the season in style with comfortable home win against Crvena Zvezda. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts (valuation 28). Visitors got 19 points and 5 boards from Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87).

KK Zagreb CO - Radnicki K. 82-76
Zagreb started the new season with 82-76 home victory against Radnicki Kragujevac. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) helped with double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Michael Lee (207-F-86) was on fire with 29 points (8 rebounds). He had 5 of 5 from behind the arc.

U.Olimpija - Igokea 61-54
Union Olimpija registered 61-54 win against Igokea to start the new edition of Adriatic league. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 13 points and 5 rebs in defeat.

Partizan - Buducnost 78-79
Buducnost shocked the reigning champion on the road registering 78-79 thriller win. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) and Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the guests with 15 and 14 points respectively. In Partizan, Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) netted 15 points.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina U15 win southamerica championship - by Facundo Iatzky
Argentina U15 won the southamerican championship played in Colombia. They won all their games very easily, except the final against Brazil, and finished unbeaten. Argentina was clearly the best. Gabriel Deck, Alvaro Merlo, Lucio reinaudi and Hilario Gutierrez were some of their best players. champion roster: Leandro Alem, Carlos Buendia, Matias Aristu, Andres Ottolini, Camilo Paniagua, Lucio Reinaudi, Hilario Gutierrez, Gabriel Deck, Alvaro Merlo, Rodrigo Haag, Facundo Vallejos and Joaquin Giarrafa.

Copa Argentina 2010: Penarol champion - by Facundo Iatzky
Liga A last champion do not stop to celebrate. Now they won the Copa Argentina tournament, a tournament that is played all the years before the beginning of Liga A. Penarol won the first two games of the final 4 against two great teams like Libertad and Quimsa and then lost in the last game with La Union Formosa but thanks to the other results they were the champions. Champion roster: Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez, Marcos Mata, Josh Shipp, Leonardo Gutierrez, Martin Leiva, Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91)-MVP-, Alejandro Diez, Nicolas Lauria, Alejandro Reinick, Selem Safar coach: Sergio Hernandez. Now penarol is ready to start Liga A on wedenesday facing Boca jrs.

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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Philippine Patriots Stay Alive and get 2nd straight win !!! - by Sheryl Reyes
The Philippine Patriots won the game against the Singapore Slingers (62-59) yesterday October 9, 2010 for ABL season 2 regular season games, although struggling with only one import the filipino reinforcement stepped up and got the win they deserved.

The Philippine Patriots go to a 2-0 win-loss record after their opening weekend win over the Brunei Barracudas while the Slingers are now 1-1, their sole win so far coming over Satria Muda at home last week.

Next week October 16, 2010 the team will fly to brunei to face the Barracudas again, It will be an exciting game as the coach of Brunei Barracudashas said that he has the best imports in the league and will meet the Philippine Patriots in the finals, with Brunei Barracudas 0 win , it wil be an exciting match and for sure Coach Wells will come up with some magic to bag the first win for his team so he can reach the finals as he aims too meet the Patriots.



Patriots 62 Fernandez 12, Billones 11, Cabatu 11, Little 7, Sta Maria 7, Llagas 6, Ybanez 4, Salangsang 2, Jaime 2, Sta Cruz 0, Alcaraz 0, Maliksi 0

Slingers 59 Avenido 15, Skinner 12, Jeffers 10, Vergara 8, Hong 8, Khoo 4, Han Bin 2, Wei Long 0, Oh 0, Sheng Yu 0


Coach Wells needs a Miracle , Kuete proves Slammers made right decision - by Sheryl Reyes
The Thailand Slammers prevailed as winners once more as they bag their second consecutive win 76-59 victory vs Brunei Barracudas. With Coach Wells major statements stating he has the 2 best imports of the league and change of asean import recently from Kevin White to Ramsey Williams, his team fell short and got their second lost.

Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) 33 points and eight rebounds, pulling away in the 4th quarter to make it a blow out as the Brunei Barracudas paid the price for having 19 turnovers. Kuete proved that Slammers decision of hiring him is worth it. He was Westsports KL Dragons import last season. He sure proved that he can dominate.

The tandem of Chris Kuete and Jason Dixon works well for the Slammers.Dixon showed solid interior defense as the Slammers outscored the Brunei Barracudas 25-15 in the 2nd quarter. Kuete continued to fill up the stats sheet with 20 points and seven rebounds and the Slammers got out in front to take a 4639 lead at the end of the 1st half.

After a fast-paced 1st half, both teams had difficulties finding the basket but Brunei Barracudas were able to erase the deficit behind Chris Commons aggressive plays. However, when trailing by just two at 49-51, the Brunei Barracudas lost focus and gave away three possessions in the final minute of the 3rd quarter to allow the Slammers to end the quarter with a 56-49 lead.

Slammers Local Player Piyapong Piroon recorded 13 points for the Slammers tho Jason Dixon had a poor offensive night, scoring just five points on 2-of-14 shooting. He redeemed himself , by having eight rebounds and two blocks.

Chris Commons recorded a double-double for the Brunei Barracudas with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but fellow Chris Garnett had a sub-par game with 14 points but nine turnovers. With Brunei Barracudas Coach Wells heavy statements that he will be meeting the Patriots in the finals he would definetley need a miracle to pull through and prove everybody wrong judging teams second lost. They meet the Philippine Patriots for their first home game on Oct 16, 2010.




Standings
O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 2-0 
 2. Thailand S. 2-0 
 3. Satria Muda 1-1 
 4. Singapore S. 1-1 
 5. Barracudas 0-2 
 6. KL Dragons 0-2 


Philippine Patriots Stay Alive and get 2nd straight win !!! - by Sheryl Reyes
The Philippine Patriots won the game against the Singapore Slingers (62-59) yesterday October 9, 2010 for ABL season 2 regular season games, although struggling with only one import the filipino reinforcement stepped up and got the win they deserved. Junjun Cabatu (193-F-84) ended up being the best player of the game

The Philippine Patriots go to a 2-0 win-loss record after their opening weekend win over the Brunei Barracudas while the Slingers are now 1-1, their sole win so far coming over Satria Muda at home last week.

Next week October 16, 2010 the team will fly to brunei to face the Barracudas again, It will be an exciting game as the coach of Brunei Barracudas said that he has the best imports in the league and will meet the Philippine Patriots in the finals, with Brunei Barracudas 0 win , it wil be an exciting match and for sure Coach Wells will come up with some magic to bag the first win for his team so he can reach the finals as he aims too meet the Patriots.

Patriots 62 Fernandez 12, Billones 11, Cabatu 11, Little 7, Sta Maria 7, Llagas 6, Ybanez 4, Salangsang 2, Jaime 2, Sta Cruz 0, Alcaraz 0, Maliksi 0

Slingers 59 Avenido 15, Skinner 12, Jeffers 10, Vergara 8, Hong 8, Khoo 4, Han Bin 2, Wei Long 0, Oh 0, Sheng Yu 0



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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
East
 1. ATSE Graz 0-0 
 2. Basket 2000 0-0 
 3. BC Vienna jrs 0-0 
 4. Danube City 0-0 
 5. Fighters 0-0 
 6. Harreither 0-0 
 7. Mattersb.R. 0-0 
 8. Mistelbach 0-0 
 9. Modling 0-0 
 10. UBBC Enns 0-0 
West
 1. Dornbirn 0-0 
 2. Feldkirch 0-0 
 3. Klagenfurt 0-0 
 4. Salzburg 0-0 
 5. Schwaz 0-0 
 6. SVO/BRG 0-0 


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Kapfenberg 2-0 
 2. St.Polten 2-0 
 3. Arkadia 1-0 
 4. Gmunden 1-0 
 5. Furstenfeld 1-1 
 6. Gussing 1-1 
 7. Oberwart 1-1 
 8. UBSC Graz 1-1 
 9. Wels 1-1 
 10. BC Vienna 0-2 
 11. Klosterneub. 0-2 
 12. Worthersee 0-2 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 35
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna35.0 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.24.0 
 3. Heard, Gussing22.0 
 4. Miletic, UBSC G.21.0 
 5. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 6. Payton, Arkadia19.0 
 7. Jandl, St.Polten19.0 
 8. Houston, Arkadia18.0 
 9. Horace, Kapfenberg18.0 
 10. Poiger, St.Polten17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Slack, Gmunden14.0 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart13.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia12.0 
 4. Carr, Furstenfeld10.0 
 5. Opoku, St.Polten10.0 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna9.0 
 7. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 8. Djuric, Gussing8.5 
 9. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 10. Poiger, St.Polten8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  Gmunden
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Boylan, Gmunden7.0 
 2. Danek, Arkadia6.0 
 3. Stazic, BC Vienna5.0 
 4. Miletic, UBSC G.5.0 
 5. Lee, Wels4.0 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.4.0 
 7. Jandl, St.Polten4.0 
 8. Grum, UBSC G.4.0 
 9. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.0 
 10. Breithuber, Worth.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Slack, Gmunden5.0 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.5.0 
 3. Woschank, Kapfe.4.5 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.4.0 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten3.5 
 6. Allesch, Worth.3.0 
 7. Alexander, Furstenf.3.0 
 8. Carr, Furstenfeld3.0 
 9. Houston, Arkadia3.0 
 10. Payton, Arkadia3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Graham, UBSC G.3.0 
 2. Slack, Gmunden2.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia2.0 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.2.0 
 5. Koch, Gussing1.5 
 6. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.0 
 7. Lamesic, Wels1.0 
 8. Scherrer, Gmunden1.0 
 9. Lee, Wels1.0 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.1.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Antwerp 2-0 
 2. Oostende 2-0 
 3. Gent 1-0 
 4. Aalstar 1-1 
 5. Charleroi 0-0 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 0-0 
 7. M.Hainaut 0-1 
 8. Leuven 0-2 
 9. Liege 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Lionel BOSCO
  Gent
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 22
 1. Bosco, Gent22.0 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp21.0 
 3. Copeland, Aalstar19.5 
 4. Bullock, Gent17.0 
 5. Hilliard, Aalstar16.5 
 6. Green, Oostende16.0 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege16.0 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp15.5 
 9. Lowhorn, Leuven15.5 
 10. Matela, Liege15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Lojeski, Oostende11.0 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar9.5 
 3. Randle, Gent9.0 
 4. Mejri, Antwerp8.5 
 5. Matela, Liege8.0 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp8.0 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar6.5 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
 9. Johnson, Aalstar6.0 
 10. Young, Aalstar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Caleb GREEN
  Oostende
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Green, Oostende7.0 
 2. Loubry, Gent5.0 
 3. Mitchell, Oostende4.0 
 4. Lewis, M.Hainaut4.0 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven4.0 
 6. Johnson, Aalstar4.0 
 7. Burrell, Aalstar3.5 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp3.0 
 9. Faison, Oostende3.0 
 10. Bosco, Gent3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.0 
 2. Green, Oostende4.0 
 3. Faison, Oostende3.0 
 4. Emerson, Gent3.0 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp2.5 
 6. Matela, Liege2.0 
 7. Jenkins, Liege2.0 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 9. Cage, M.Hainaut2.0 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Young, Aalstar1.5 
 3. Emerson, Gent1.0 
 4. Louves, Gent1.0 
 5. Randle, Gent1.0 
 6. Faison, Oostende1.0 
 7. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.0 
 9. Foster, M.Hainaut1.0 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven0.5 


D1 Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Liege 77-74
Oostende grabbed 77-74 win against Liege to keep the perfect score after two rounds in Belgian top division. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) was on fire today scoring 26 points for the hosts. He also pulled down 5 rebounds beside that reaching valuation 29. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) helped with 18 points and 6 rebounds. In Liege (0-2), Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) had 21 points and 8 boards.

Gent - Leuven 79-75
Gent celebrated the first victory this season and it was their first appearance. Lionel Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) came up with 22 points (4 triples) for Gent and J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, college: Cleveland St.) followed him with 17 pts. Leuven (0-2) got 19 points and 5 boards from Dior Lowhorn (198-F-87, college: USF).

Antwerp - Aalstar 67-62
2-0 for Antwerp and 1-1 for Aalstar after this game. Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) stepped up for the Giants with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) was the last one with double-digits in scoring, 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) delivered 22 pts.


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  BOSNIA   


Tomislav Ramljak stays on with Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski has decided to extend cooperation with one of its centers. Reportedly the club has decided to bring back Tomislav Ramljak (204-F/C-85, agency: Court Side) for another season. Ramljak was member of Zrinjski last season, but after his contract expired he was on the lookout for the new club. In the meantime, Zrinjski has agreed a deal with American big guy Anthony Washington, but that didnt work out. Zrinjski was forced to look for a replacement so the choice has fallen on a familiar face. Thus Ramljak will get a chance to build on a fairly successful debut season with the club in which he has averaged 10.7 points. Ramljak is expected to compete for minutes with another newcomer, Seid Hajric who has recently signed on from Bosna ASA BHT.
Tomislav Ramljak started his career with Posusje junior team, but he signed his first professional contract with Siroki in 2002. In 5 seasons with Siroki, Ramljak has won two National Titles in 2003 and 2004 as well as National Cup in 2004. However, he never managed to establish himself as member of starting five and even spent some time away on loan at Posusje. In 2007, Ramljak moved to back to the team where he started from, signing a deal with Posusje. At the start of 2008-2009 season he moved to Alkar Sinj where in 27 league games he averaged 10.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Last season, Ramljak found himself on the move again. He agreed a deal with Zrinjski and has posted averages of 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.


Ivan Opacak agrees deal with Celik - by Eurobasket News
Celik has returned a familiar face. The Bosnian outfit has agreed a deal with Ivan Opacak (202-F-80), who started his career with them back in 1997. Experienced guard spent previous season in Croatia where he played for Cedevita. He is expected to be a great reinforcement for Celik in the upcoming season. This will be his third stint with the club so he is expected no to have trouble to adjust.
Ivan Opacak made his professional debut during 1997-1998 season as member of Celik Zenica. He played 4 years for Celik before making a move to Siroki at the start of 2002-2003 season. In his debut season for the club, Opacak averaged 11.4 points in 23 Bosnian league matches, helping the team win the National title. Following year he moved to Virtus Ragusa in Italy but he returned to Celik midway through the season, appearing in 15 games and averaging 20 points per contest. Next three seasons, Oapcak moved between Vojvodina, Celik and Siroki where he returned in 2006. He won another National title with Siroki. In 2007, he moved to Spain where he played for Murcia for two years. At the start of last season, Opacak was signed by Cedevita. He played in 17 league matches and has posted averages of 8.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. Opacak was a member of Bosnian National Team from 1998-2009. He lastly appeared for Bosnia during 2009 EuroBasket qualifications, when he averaged 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 6 games.


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  BRAZIL   


China Loses to Brazil Team in OT - by Paulo Freire
The Chinese National Team lost to Araldite/Univille, a Brazilian professional team, 99-93 in overtime as it prepares for the Asian Games.

Zhu Fangyu and Sun Yue did not play and Wang Zhizhi played only 8 minutes. Liu Wei and Wang Shipeng are still absent from the team. These players will likely be China's starting five at the Asian Games. So this game was meant to test China's bench.

Zhang QingPeng (189-G-81) led China with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals in 42 minutes. He had no assists and 2 turnovers and played shooting guard, not point guard. The 187 cm Zhang can play shooting guard against Asian competition but is too short to do so against European teams. Zhang hit 6 of 15 three-point shots.

Zhou Peng had 16 points and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Ding Jinhui had 14 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Yu Shulong had 14 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 26 minutes. Tang Zhengdong had 8 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes.

Su Wei had 4 points and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes, an underwhelming performance. Zhang Zhaoxu had 5 points and no rebounds in 10 minutes. Zhang Bo had 4 points, no rebounds and 1 assist in 20 minutes.

Link to Chinese box score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=4828



Center Labbate hits Italy - by Paulo Freire
The center Thiago Labbate, height of 2.08 tall , sign with the PRIMA VEROLI team of the second division in Italy.
Thiago played the 2009-2010 season at the Panthers Aguascalientes Mexico which he has an average of 9.1 pts and 6.8 rbts. The athlete has also expirences in the basketball of Portugal, Chile and Uruguay.
Thiago tried to negotiate with other teams from Brazil to play the NBB, but the fact of he is taking his Italian citizenship made him choose to continue abroad.
On his team in Italy, Thiago will be playing with the american Scottie Reynolds who played the Panamerican games in Brazil in 2007 and graduated from Villanova with excellent numbers.


Thiago Labbate (208-C-83, agency: 011 Sports) has been want by some brazilian teams since last season.


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  CBA   


Halifax Rainmen's most popular player, John Strickland, passed away - by Emiliano
It is with great sadness that the Premier Basketball League has learned of the passing today of the Halifax Rainmen's most popular player, John Strickland (203-F/C-72, college: Hawaii-Pacific). According to news reports, Strickland passed away in his sleep. He was 38 years old.

Strickland, who played for the Rainmen in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, recently moved into the Rainmen's front office as its Director of Basketball Development. 'I was devastated to hear that 'Strick' passed away,' said Halifax CEO and President Andre Levingston. 'He was a valuable asset to the team and an incredible friend to me. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to his family, we will all miss him very, very, much.'

Strickland, who played his college ball at Hawaii-Pacific, spent fifteen years in professional ball, playing in several minor and overseas leagues. In the Continental Basketball Association, he was named an All-Star in 2008. He was also one of the most popular players on the 'Terror Squad' basketball team in New York's Harlem Rucker League.

But it was his last two professional years, in Halifax, where he achieved cult hero status. Fans in Halifax's Section 22, also known as 'Heckler's Row,' wore custom-made Strickland 45 jerseys and cheered for him every time he touched the ball.
'Stickland will be a missed dearly by the entire PBL family,' said Dr. Sev, Chairman of the Premier Basketball League. 'Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be well remembered.'

'John Strickland played with joy and excitement every time he touched the basketball,' said Chuck Miller, Premier Basketball League photographer and media specialist. 'He always got the crowd - whether home or away - into every basketball game he played. This is a very sad day.'

Strickland also received recognition in the music world, as rapper Jay-Z name-checked the forward in his track 'PSA.' 'My homey Strick told me, 'Dude finish your breakfast,' so that's what I'ma do...'

The Halifax Rainmen will organize a tribute to Strickland during the upcoming season.



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  CHILE   


U15 got third place in Southamerican - by Cristian Quiroga
Chilean U15 NT coached by Juan Manuel Cordoba got yesterday third place in Southamerican Championship played in Pasto, Colombia. After their victory in overtime 66-57 (57-57) Chilean young team received a ticket to assist next year to U15 FIBA Americas Championship in Canada, where they will look for a place in 2012 U16 Worldchampionship.
Chile has a great attitude to recover a 7 points disadvantage after fistr half. Best figures of Chile were Luzcando with 25 points, Reyes with 17 and Cardenas with 10.
Venezuela had defeated to Chile two days a go in the preliminary round, demonstrating that would be a strong opponent. Recover of that defeat was a great merit for Chile considering the physical impact of one week playing every day. Congratulations to U15 guys and NT technical staff.


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  CHINA   


China Loses to Brazil Team in OT, Playing Its Reserves - by Arthur Volbert
The Chinese National Team lost to Araldite/Univille, a Brazilian professional team, 99-93 in overtime as it prepares for the Asian Games.

Zhu Fangyu and Sun Yue did not play and Wang Zhizhi played only 8 minutes. Liu Wei and Wang Shipeng are still absent from the team. These players will likely be China's starting five at the Asian Games. So this game was meant to test China's bench.

Zhang QingPeng (189-G-81) led China with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals in 42 minutes. He had no assists and 2 turnovers and played shooting guard, not point guard. The 187 cm Zhang can play shooting guard against Asian competition but is too short to do so against European teams. Zhang hit 6 of 15 three-point shots.

Zhou Peng had 16 points and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Ding Jinhui had 14 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Yu Shulong had 14 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 26 minutes. Tang Zhengdong had 8 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes.

Su Wei had 4 points and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes, an underwhelming performance. Zhang Zhaoxu had 5 points and no rebounds in 10 minutes. Zhang Bo had 4 points, no rebounds and 1 assist in 20 minutes.

Link to Chinese box score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=4828



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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 21 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros stole an important victory over Bucaros in Bucaramanga, the Arrieros had a great offensive night with its big four posting over 15 pts, and taking also control in the boards, in Bucaros David Cortes fight hard in the ofensive but was not enough, Bucaros is missing Cesar Silva and John Hernandez both injured.
Bucaros 94 - D. Cortes 25 pts.
Arrieros 100 - S. Ortiz 25 pts, A. Flores 20 pts + 17 rebs


Cucuta Norte reached its fifth straight victory defeating Cangrejeros in Cucuta, Cangrejeros is playing with just Tarrie Monroe as import waiting the arrival of a scoring guard, Cucuta Norte is wondering a change in the roster to include american center Chris Jackson.
Cucuta Norte 81- E. Renteria 23 pts, E. Torres 15 pts
Cangrejeros 66 - T. Monroe 20 pts, D. Aranguren 15 pts.


Los Pastos is getting the second round without energy, Piratas took advantage a defeated them in Pasto, 96 65, Los Pastos continues at the bottom of the standings, while Piratas is owner of the fourth place.
Los Pastos 65
Piratas 96


Patriotas making an effort to reach the sixth place defeated its direct rival Fastbreak in Cali 100 94.
Valle 94
Patriotas 100.



FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 22 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Not changes in the standings of the Cup, Arrieros keeps its first place and Cucuta Norte, Bucaros, Piratas, Cangrejeros and Fastbreak follows them, Fastbreak is now one game behind Cangrejeros for the fifth place.

Bucaros 78
Arrieros 80

Cucuta Norte 84 E. Moreno 19 pts, E. Figueroa 16 pts.
Cangrejeros 69 D. Madrid 21 pts, T Monroe 17 pts + 8 rebs.

Los Pastos 56
Piratas 93

Fastbreak 111
Patriotas 96


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 18-5 
 2. Canoneros 17-6 
 3. Bucaros 15-8 
 4. Piratas 13-10 
 5. Cangrejeros 11-12 
 6. Fast Break 9-14 
 7. Patriotas 7-16 
 8. Los Pastos 2-21 


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Jure SKIFIC
  Borik
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Skific, Borik28.0 
 2. Jugo, Kvarner NR19.0 
 3. Blajic, Trogir18.0 
 4. Surina, Kvarner NR15.0 
 5. Ragsdale, Kvarn.15.0 
 6. Basljan, Dubrava15.0 
 7. Ridl, Darda13.0 
 8. Krapic, Zabok13.0 
 9. Juricic, Dubrava12.0 
 10. Filipovic, Kvarn.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jure LOZANCIC
  Trogir
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Lozancic, Trogir12.0 
 2. Skific, Borik10.0 
 3. Krapic, Zabok9.0 
 4. Ragsdale, Kvarn.8.0 
 5. Filipovic, Kvarn.6.0 
 6. Basljan, Dubrava6.0 
 7. Perincic, Zabok6.0 
 8. Kraljevic, Zabok5.0 
 9. Jugo, Kvarner NR5.0 
 10. Cakarun, Borik5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan TOMELJAK
  Zabok
  (194-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tomeljak, Zabok6.0 
 2. Blajic, Trogir4.0 
 3. Maric, Borik3.0 
 4. Skific, Borik3.0 
 5. Juricic, Dubrava3.0 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarn.2.0 
 7. Cakarun, Borik2.0 
 8. Mikulic, Borik2.0 
 9. Basljan, Dubrava2.0 
 10. Swift, Darda2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jure SKIFIC
  Borik
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Skific, Borik6.0 
 2. Ragsdale, Kvarn.4.0 
 3. Swift, Darda4.0 
 4. Pavic, Borik3.0 
 5. Maric, Borik2.0 
 6. Surina, Kvarner NR2.0 
 7. Nakic, Dubrava2.0 
 8. Jankovic, Kvarn.2.0 
 9. Jurjevic, Borik2.0 
 10. Cakarun, Borik2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan PERINCIC
  Zabok
  (208-F-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perincic, Zabok2.0 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok2.0 
 3. Diminic, Trogir1.0 
 4. Gaurina, Trogir1.0 
 5. Mikulic, Borik1.0 
 6. Cvjetkovic, Dubrava1.0 
 7. Ridl, Darda1.0 
 8. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 9. Ragsdale, Kvarn.1.0 
 10. Saric, Dubrava1.0 


Tomislav Ramljak stays on with Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski has decided to extend cooperation with one of its centers. Reportedly the club has decided to bring back Tomislav Ramljak (204-F/C-85, agency: Court Side) for another season. Ramljak was member of Zrinjski last season, but after his contract expired he was on the lookout for the new club. In the meantime, Zrinjski has agreed a deal with American big guy Anthony Washington, but that didnt work out. Zrinjski was forced to look for a replacement so the choice has fallen on a familiar face. Thus Ramljak will get a chance to build on a fairly successful debut season with the club in which he has averaged 10.7 points. Ramljak is expected to compete for minutes with another newcomer, Seid Hajric who has recently signed on from Bosna ASA BHT.
Tomislav Ramljak started his career with Posusje junior team, but he signed his first professional contract with Siroki in 2002. In 5 seasons with Siroki, Ramljak has won two National Titles in 2003 and 2004 as well as National Cup in 2004. However, he never managed to establish himself as member of starting five and even spent some time away on loan at Posusje. In 2007, Ramljak moved to back to the team where he started from, signing a deal with Posusje. At the start of 2008-2009 season he moved to Alkar Sinj where in 27 league games he averaged 10.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Last season, Ramljak found himself on the move again. He agreed a deal with Zrinjski and has posted averages of 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. B&W Opava 1-0 
 2. BK Pardubice 1-0 
 3. NH Ostrava 1-0 
 4. BK Decin 0-0 
 5. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 6. Novy Jicin 0-0 
 7. Plzen 0-0 
 8. Svitavy 0-0 
 9. Basketbol Brno 0-1 
 10. BC Kolin 0-1 
 11. USK Praha 0-1 
Will join on later stage:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Sokol Prazsky 5-0 
 2. Chomutov 4-0 
 3. J.Hradec 4-1 
 4. Trutnov 3-1 
 5. Vysehrad 3-1 
 6. Opava B 3-2 
 7. Usti n/Labem 3-2 
 8. Prostejov B 2-3 
 9. Litomerice 2-4 
 10. Sokol H.Kralove 1-3 
 11. Benesov 1-4 
 12. Proton Zlin 1-4 
 13. Sparta Praha 1-4 
 14. Liberec 0-4 


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  DENMARK   


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


Ligaen Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Svendborg - Horsens IC 82-70
Svendborg celebrated fourth straight victory to stay the only unbeaten team in Danish top division (4-0). Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the Rabbits. Alan Madsen (189-G/F-78) collected 18 points and 10 boards in loss.

Aabyhoj - Amager BK 89-59
2-2 for Aabyhoj and 1-3 for Amager BK after this game. Edward Morris (203-F-84, college: Pittsburg St.) came up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the home side (valuation 31). Amager got 22 pts from Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85).

SISU - Horsholm 61-100
Great performance by Horsholm, who jumped to 3-1 in Danish top division. Billy Blackmon (208-C-88, agency: GOTathletes, college: Charleston So.) (7 rebs) and Alexander Bak (193-F-91) (5 rebs) were the leading players in this victory with 27 points each. SISU got 16 points and 6 boards from Thomas Soltau (210-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Northwestern).

Bakken - Vaerlose 87-64
The Bakken Bears scored 87 points against Vaerlose, what was enough for comfortable victory. Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) shined for the hosts with double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Axel Karason (193-F-83) collected 24 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Bears 3-1, Vaerlose 0-4.

Aalborg - Naestved 59-69
Road win for Naestved, whose leading played was Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay (OH)) also was great as he added 19 points and 15 boards. In Aalborg, Henrik Falsvig (192-G/F-89) delivered 17 points.


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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 71-69
Kalev/Cramo snatched a narrow home win against their archrivals TU/Rock. Reimo Tamm (185-G-84) scored 17 points to lead the charge. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) and Rait Keerles (201-F-80) accounted for 11 points each in the victory. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) responded with 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Tartu side.

Parnu - Voru KK 101-64
Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) poured in 30 points to lead Parnu to the second straight win in the season. They bruised Voru KK to climb on top of the ladder. Elgar Tamsalu (182-G-87) added 25 points for the winners. Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) answered with 23 points and 12 rebounds for Voru KK.

Rakvere - Rapla 90-70
Rakvere recorded the first win in the season as they cruised past Rapla at home court. Matthew Hall (196-F-84, college: Harding) scored 26 points to pace the hosts. Richard Anderson (199-F-77, college: Simon Fraser) contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) replied with 17 points for Otto/Rapla.




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Parnu 2-0 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 1-0 
 3. TTU/Kalev 1-0 
 4. TTU/Kalev II 1-0 
 5. Rakvere 1-1 
 6. TU/Rock 1-1 
 7. Valga/CKE 0-1 
 8. Rapla 0-2 
 9. Voru KK 0-2 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Catalin BURLACU
  Ploiesti
  (210-C-77)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Burlacu, Ploiesti27.5 
 2. Trushkin, Triumph22.0 
 3. Bader, Szolnok21.5 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp20.5 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping20.5 
 6. Baxter, Enisey20.0 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.20.0 
 8. Eldridge, Karsiyaka19.5 
 9. Syrovatko, Triumph19.5 
 10. Mims, Nancy19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka14.5 
 2. Killingswort., Macc.H.13.0 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.12.5 
 4. Baxter, Enisey12.5 
 5. Finn, Lugano Tigers12.5 
 6. Sommerville, Paris-.12.0 
 7. Clark, Szolnok11.0 
 8. King, Etha11.0 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov11.0 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Millage, Khimik8.5 
 2. Aleksic, N.Novgorod8.0 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti7.5 
 4. Mays, Fe.7.0 
 5. Black, Antwerp7.0 
 6. Williams, Enisey6.5 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 8. Sergeev, Enisey5.5 
 9. Horvath, Szolnok5.5 
 10. Henry, Benfica5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.5 
 2. Dabkus, Etha4.5 
 3. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 4. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 5. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
 6. Millage, Khimik3.0 
 7. Karydas, Keravnos3.0 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons3.0 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.3.0 
 10. Kolchenko, Khimik3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg JENKINS
  Benfica
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Benfica2.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 3. Clark, Szolnok2.0 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov2.0 
 5. Bader, Szolnok1.5 
 6. Pasalic, Helios1.5 
 7. Kinnard, Trefl S.1.5 
 8. King, Etha1.5 
 9. Finn, Lugano Tigers1.5 
 10. Valiev, Triumph1.5 


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Anwil 0-0 
 3. Aris 0-0 
 4. ASVEL 0-0 
 5. Azovmash 0-0 
 6. Banvit 0-0 
 7. Benetton TV 0-0 
 8. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 9. Besiktas 0-0 
 10. Budivelnyk 0-0 
 11. Buducnost 0-0 
 12. Cajasol 0-0 
 13. Cedevita 0-0 
 14. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 15. Estudiantes 0-0 
 16. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 17. Galatasaray 0-0 
 18. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 19. GasTerra F. 0-0 
 20. Goettingen 0-0 
 21. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 22. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 23. Hemofarm 0-0 
 24. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 25. Le Mans 0-0 
 26. Panellinios 0-0 
 27. PAOK 0-0 
 28. Pepsi Caserta 0-0 
 29. Roanne 0-0 
 30. Siauliai 0-0 
 31. Unics 0-0 
 32. VEF Riga 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 P.J. TUCKER
  Aris
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Tucker, Aris22.0 
 2. Fisher, AP.21.0 
 3. Pustozvonov, Azovm.21.0 
 4. Ogilvy, Besiktas20.0 
 5. Curry, Azovmash18.5 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita18.0 
 7. Zhukanenko, Dynamo M.17.5 
 8. Carroll, Gran Canaria17.5 
 9. Shumpert, Galatasa.16.0 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 P.J. TUCKER
  Aris
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Tucker, Aris13.0 
 2. Wallace, Gran Canaria10.0 
 3. Kokia, Hapoel J-M10.0 
 4. Tapoutos, Aris10.0 
 5. Pustozvonov, Azovm.9.0 
 6. Peterson, Lukoil A.9.0 
 7. Zhukanenko, Dynamo M.8.5 
 8. Ozer, Besiktas8.5 
 9. Ogilvy, Besiktas8.0 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Draper, Cedevita8.0 
 2. James, Lukoil A.6.5 
 3. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.5 
 4. Curry, Azovmash5.5 
 5. Markovic, Benetton.5.0 
 6. Curti, Orleans5.0 
 7. Wood, Dt.5.0 
 8. Sy, Orleans5.0 
 9. Pierce, Aris4.5 
 10. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. House, Azovmash4.5 
 2. Bulleri, Benetton.3.0 
 3. Kokia, Hapoel J-M3.0 
 4. Bucknor, Dt.3.0 
 5. Muya, Liege3.0 
 6. Kalaitzidis, AP.2.5 
 7. Moss, Orleans2.5 
 8. Draper, Cedevita2.0 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.2.0 
 10. Peric, Benetton TV2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Aris
  (201-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dunston, Aris2.0 
 2. Savane, Gran C.2.0 
 3. Thompson, Spart.1.5 
 4. Sy, Orleans1.5 
 5. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.5 
 6. Moss, Orleans1.5 
 7. Muurinen, Dt.1.5 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris1.5 
 9. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.5 
 10. Bell, Orleans1.0 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Assec.Prokom 0-0 
 2. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 3. Khimky 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 5. Partizan 0-0 
 6. Zalgiris 0-0 
Group B
 1. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 2. Charleroi 0-0 
 3. Lottomatica 0-0 
 4. Olympiakos 0-0 
 5. Real Madrid 0-0 
 6. Unicaja 0-0 
Group C
 1. Cholet 0-0 
 2. Cibona 0-0 
 3. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 4. Lietuvos Rytas 0-0 
 5. Montepaschi 0-0 
 6. Regal Barca 0-0 
Group D
 1. Armani MI 0-0 
 2. CSKA 0-0 
 3. Efes Pilsen 0-0 
 4. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 5. U.Olimpija 0-0 
 6. Valencia 0-0 


Dino Muric inks with Union Olimpija - by Emiliano
Dino Muric (199-F-90), as we reported few days ago, is a new player of Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The young forward signed a five year deal and the buyout is rumored to be around 50.000 euro.
Muric was one of the last two players cut before the Slovenian national team played in this summer's World Championships. Last season, he played for another Slovenaian club, Parklji Bezigrad, where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game


Union Olimpija adds Boisa - by Emiliano
Union Olimpija Ljubljana is the most active team on the market. The Slovenian powerhouse signed for the upcoming season Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81, agency: World Sport Agency). The Georgian is injured and will come back early in January. Boisa has already worn the jersey of the team from Lubljana from 2001 to 2005. Boisa spent last season in KK Zadar, averaging 13 ppg and 7.5 rpg in EuroCup.

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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: 10/10/10 Basketball - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 5: One contest tonight. Honka (Espoo) defeated Tarmo (Porvoo) 83-79 (46-46). Quarters: 20-23, 26-23, 17-14, 20-19. There were 10 ties and 10 lead changes, when Tarmo was fighting to the end for the season opening victory. Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) made a 3-pointer with 44 seconds to go and Honka got ahead (80-78). Finally the hosts won by four. Tarmo (0-5) has lost earlier this season by one, by two and by three points! Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) led Honka with 23 pts. Iisalo added 19 and Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) 12 pts/11 rbs. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) netted 22 pts for Tarmo. Jerrah Young (201-F-85, college: Toledo) had a double-double 21 pts/18 rbs.
In Division 1. there were four games:
Honka (Tapiola) - Korikobrat (Lapua) 86-68 (32-23). Honka: Panu Vertio 15, Juho Helenius 14 - Lapua: Tyrwone Still 19/12, Benny Valentine 14.
Ura Basket (Kaarina) - Tompan Pojat 96-88 (50-39). Ura: Jonas Mattila 26, Niilo Lehtila 20 - TomPo: Justice Graham 27, Oscar Lindqvist 16.
Huima (Aanekoski) - Kerava ET 83-71 (34-39). Huima: Treylon Manning 32, Janne Hakkarainen 12 - Kerava: Arsene Towa 24/17, Dmitri Kraznotzhon 10.
FoKoPo (Forssa) - BC Nokia 60-59 (30-28). FoKoPo: Sami Ikavalko 15, Tuomas Viertola 14 - BC Nokia: Baboucarr Bojang 21/15, Pekka Setala 13.




Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 2-0 
 2. Honka 2-0 
 3. SayRi 2-0 
 4. Ura Basket 2-0 
 5. BC Nokia 1-1 
 6. Huima 1-1 
 7. Jyvaskyla 1-1 
 8. TomPo II 1-1 
 9. Kerava ET 0-2 
 10. Lapua 0-2 
 11. LoKoKo 0-2 
 12. Namika II 0-2 


Finnish Korisliiga round 5 best performance: Jeremiah Wood - by Eurobasket News
American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Karhu Kauhajoki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Kataja (3-2) 91-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Karhu maintains the 2nd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Karhu will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. It's Wood's second year at Karhu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jeremiah Wood has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 13.0rpg. Wood is in league's top in assists (5th best: 3.6apg) and averages impressive 58.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side) of Joensuun Kataja. Newson had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Kataja lost that game 82-91 to slightly higher-ranked Karhu (3-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kataja still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Newson is a newcomer at Kataja, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#9). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Porvoon Tarmo (#12). Heard showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Heard's great performance Tarmo lost 75-77 to slightly higher-ranked LrNMKY (#11, 1-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tarmo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Heard he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Heard has individually a great season in Finland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Theron Wilson (195-F-87) of Salon Vilpas - 25 points and 12 rebounds
5. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 26 points and 7 rebounds
6. Cedrick Middleton (183-G-85) of Karhu - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Brant Bailey (202-F-77) of LrNMKY - 24 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of KTP - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of LrNMKY - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists


1st Division Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ura Basket - TomPo II 96-88
Ura Basket edged TomPo II 96:88 at the Regular Season Round 2. Jonas Mattila (193-G/F-83) poured in 26 points for the winners and Lehtila Niilo brought 20 points. Graham Justice ended up with 27 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

Namika II - SayRi 62-70
Namika II was beaten by SayRi 62:70 at the very start of the Regular Season Round 2 on October 7th. Tezarray Banks (206-F-82, college: Boise St.) collected 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Hall De Marcus added 15 points and 16 boards. Heinonen Vesa scored 15 points in the losing case.

Jyvaskyla - LoKoKo 101-69
Jyvaskyla thrashed LoKoKo 101:69 on October 8th as Ojanen Reijo led the way with 21 points. Jani Parkkinen (191-F-87) and Malinen Niko netted 16 apiece, while Siimes Antti colected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Stamper J'son finished the night with 22 points for the guests.

Honka - Lapua 86-68
Honka improved to 2-0 record beating Lapua 86:68. Panu Vertio (195-G/F-86) stepped up with 15 points for the hosts and Helenius Juho delivered 14. Still Tyrwone answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

FoKoPo - BC Nokia 60-59
Forssan Koripojat edged BC Nokia 60:59 to close Regular Season Round 2. Sami Ikavalko (187-G-89) posted 15 points to lead all the winners and Viertola Tuomas netted 14. Bojang Baboucarr replied with 21 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Huima - Kerava ET 83-71
Manning Treylon nailed 32 points, had 7 rebounds and 6 assists as Huima beat Kerava ET 83:71. Arsene Towa (191-F-81) was responsible for 24 points and 17 rebounds in the losing effort.




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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 1-0 
 2. Cholet 1-0 
 3. Hyeres-Toulon 1-0 
 4. Nancy 1-0 
 5. Orleans 1-0 
 6. Paris-Levallois 1-0 
 7. Strasbourg 1-0 
 8. Le Havre 0-0 
 9. Le Mans 0-0 
 10. ASVEL 0-1 
 11. Gravelines 0-1 
 12. Limoges 0-1 
 13. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 0-1 
 14. Poitiers 0-1 
 15. Roanne 0-1 
 16. Vichy 0-1 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Ralph MIMS
  Nancy
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mims, Nancy21.0 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.21.0 
 3. Amagou, Roanne20.0 
 4. Schilb, Chalon20.0 
 5. Rivers, Roanne18.0 
 6. NDoye, Orleans18.0 
 7. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 8. Darden, Nancy17.0 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg17.0 
 10. Causeur, Cholet16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. Darden, Nancy18.0 
 2. Elegar, Vichy12.0 
 3. Massie, Limoges11.0 
 4. Bogdanovic, Roanne11.0 
 5. Badiane, Nancy9.0 
 6. Washam, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 7. Robinson, Cholet9.0 
 8. Brun, Nancy9.0 
 9. Vebobe, Cholet9.0 
 10. Krupalija, Hyeres.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 9
 1. Reid, Vichy9.0 
 2. Schilb, Chalon8.0 
 3. Nelson, Cholet6.0 
 4. Linehan, Nancy6.0 
 5. D''Almeida, Limoges6.0 
 6. Gomez, Poitierarleys6.0 
 7. Essart, Strasbourg5.0 
 8. Sciarra, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 9. Jeanneau, Stras.5.0 
 10. Avdalovic, Cholet4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Demetric BENNETT
  Pau-Lacq-Ort.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bennett, Pau-Lacq.4.0 
 2. Greer, Strasbourg4.0 
 3. Smith, Orleans4.0 
 4. Pasco, Strasbourg4.0 
 5. Ona-Embo, Poitiera.3.0 
 6. Washam, Hyeres-T.3.0 
 7. Var, Pau-Lacq-Ort.3.0 
 8. Avdalovic, Cholet3.0 
 9. NDoye, Orleans3.0 
 10. Flowers, Hyeres-T.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pape BADIANE
  Poitierarleys
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Badiane, Poitiera.3.0 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 3. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 4. Lauvergne, Chalon2.0 
 5. Guinn, Limoges2.0 
 6. Boungou Colo, Hyeres.2.0 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg2.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 9. Jean-B., Chalon1.0 
 10. Weis, Limoges1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Devonne GILES
  Rouen
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Giles, Rouen20.5 
 2. Cummard, Fos Ouest19.5 
 3. Campbell, Le Portel19.0 
 4. Monroe, Boulogne18.5 
 5. Daniels, Nanterre18.0 
 6. Leloup, Dijon18.0 
 7. Watson, Evreux18.0 
 8. Shiloh, St Vallier17.5 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel17.5 
 10. Sneed, Maurienne17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Barber, Nantes12.0 
 2. Badiane, Boulazac12.0 
 3. Giles, Rouen12.0 
 4. Massot, Antibes9.5 
 5. Daniels, Nanterre9.0 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.9.0 
 7. Monroe, Boulogne9.0 
 8. Bouldin, Clermont8.5 
 9. Rouse, Charleville8.0 
 10. Barnette, Lille8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  Antibes
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ingram, Antibes6.0 
 2. Williams, Le Portel6.0 
 3. Da Silva, Evreux5.5 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.5.0 
 5. McIntosh, Boulazac4.5 
 6. Doyne, Charleville4.5 
 7. Siggers, Rouen4.5 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.5 
 9. Melody, Dijon4.0 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Philippe HAQUET
  Fos Ouest
  (199-F-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Haquet, Fos Ouest7.0 
 2. Da Silva, Evreux6.0 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier4.0 
 4. Akono, Nanterre4.0 
 5. Patiejunas, Boulo.4.0 
 6. Morlende, Charleville4.0 
 7. Siggers, Rouen3.5 
 8. Bengaber, Antibes3.5 
 9. Taylor, Rouen3.5 
 10. Doyne, Charleville3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Clermont
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. N''Diaye, Clermont2.0 
 2. McKenzie, Boulazac2.0 
 3. Bouldin, Clermont1.5 
 4. Williams, Rouen1.5 
 5. Monds, Bourg1.5 
 6. Cel, Nantes1.5 
 7. Diakite, Chalons-.1.5 
 8. Adjiwanou, Boula.1.5 
 9. Barber, Nantes1.5 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac1.5 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Blair, Denek22.0 
 2. Laroche, St Ch.19.3 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest19.0 
 4. James, Challans19.0 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin16.8 
 6. Disy, Roche16.3 
 7. Driss, Bordeaux15.8 
 8. Clemmons, Denek15.5 
 9. Blot, Blois15.3 
 10. Strong, Get Vosges15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher GRIMM
  Blois
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Grimm, Blois10.8 
 2. Hoard, Lievin10.3 
 3. Simmons, St Et.9.7 
 4. Boutry, Challans8.7 
 5. Alingue, Souffel8.7 
 6. Traore, Angers B.8.5 
 7. Clemmons, Denek8.3 
 8. Doreau, Brest8.2 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin8.2 
 10. Griffin, Angers B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brochard, Blois6.0 
 2. Barbry, Orchy4.8 
 3. Tillon, St Chamond4.3 
 4. Driss, Bordeaux4.2 
 5. Thomas, St Etienne4.0 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 7. Sauret, Denain4.0 
 8. Staelens, Brest3.6 
 9. Thinon, Sorgues3.5 
 10. Cortey, Le Puy3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stephane NERI
  Roche
  (188-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Neri, Roche3.0 
 2. Blair, Denek2.5 
 3. Calvez, Denek2.3 
 4. Strong, Get Vosges2.3 
 5. Sauret, Denain2.3 
 6. Thinon, Sorgues2.2 
 7. Quincy-Jones, Den.2.0 
 8. Howard, CFBB2.0 
 9. Hoard, Lievin2.0 
 10. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rolan ROBERTS
  Brest
  (201-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Roberts, Brest2.0 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.5 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.5 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.5 
 7. Gourde, Get Vosges1.2 
 8. Lalugba, Denain1.0 
 9. Lopez, Brest1.0 
 10. Grimm, Blois0.8 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. EWE Baskets 3-0 
 2. LTi 46ers 3-0 
 3. Phoenix Hagen 3-0 
 4. Bremerhaven 2-1 
 5. Brose Baskets 2-1 
 6. NY Phantoms 2-1 
 7. Art.Dragons 1-1 
 8. Dt.Bank SKY 1-1 
 9. Goettingen 1-1 
 10. TBB Trier 1-1 
 11. Telekom B. 1-1 
 12. ALBA 0-0 
 13. Bayreuth 0-2 
 14. Duesseldorf 0-2 
 15. EnBW L'burg 0-2 
 16. MBC 0-2 
 17. ratiopharm 0-2 
 18. Walter Tigers 0-2 


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


ProA Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Braves - ETB Wohnbau 76-63
Braves beat ETB Wohnbau 76:63 at the last game of the Regular Season Round 3. Jason Jamerson (188-G-86, college: Grand Valley St.) poured in 20 points and Buse Michael ended up with 19. Lewis Morgan produced 17 points in the losing case.

Kirchheim - Wuerzburg B. 84-85
VfL Kirchheim Knights dropped to 2-1 record being defeating by Wuerzburg B. 84:85. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Promotex) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Levy Jonathan had 14. Tomasevic Radivoj exploded with 36 points for the hosts.

Webmoebel - Freiburg 77-86
Webmoebel tried hard but lost to Freiburg 77:86. Paul Gause (180-G-86, college: Seton Hall) led the way with 19 points, whilst Nutter Jamar followed him with 16. Roemer Kyle and Johnson Kejuan delivered 24 points apiece in the losing effort.

Crailsheim - Chemnitz 96-87
Crailsheim edged Chemnitz 96:87 on October 9th. Six players reached the double digits for the winners as Kameron Gray (186-G-82, agency: Union Sports, college: Oklahoma City) paced them all with 18 points. Harbut Terren ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

Karlsruhe - SOBA Dragons 59-63
Karlsruhe was beaten by SOBA Dragons 59:63 as the latter got 15 points from Sanijay Watts (193-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Missouri). Korp Sebastian netted 13 and Larsen Nick scored 12. Thorne Dwight delivered 17 points in the losing case.

Osnabrueck - Jena 106-89
GiroLive-Ballers Osnabruck grabbed 3-0 record on top beating Jena 106:89. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) erupted with 40 points and Burnette Timothy followed him with 24. Cunningham, Larry ended up with 20 points for the guests.

B.Muenchen - Hannover 89-55
FC Bayern Munchen are with 3-0 record on top after the home win over Hannover 89:55. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) paced all the winners with 23 points and Wyrick Beckham notched 14. Henry Calvin responded with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Cuxhaven - Heidelberg 93-88
Cuxhaven BasCats improved to 2-1 record after the home win over Heidelberg 93:88. Jackson Capel (191-G-87, college: Evangel) and Yearby Deilvez top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Smallwood Marcus netted 16. Mendez Leonard ended up with 20 points in the losing case as also five teammates in his team reached double figures.




The Evil Eye Of Murat Didin Doesnt Help As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Plow By The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf 58-43 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With a packed Ballsporthalle, an atmosphere that could have been confused with the Akatlar arena in Istanbul and ex coach Murat Didin back in his living room, the Frankfurt fans could not have asked for a more delectable first home game, similar as if the Miami Heat would open up in Cleveland with Lebron James, actor George Clooney returning to an ER type of reunion show or Randy Moss returning back to New England making a winning touchdown with the Minnesota Vikings. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners sent nobody home sad as Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and the Gloria Giants didnt find the missing spice for glory on this sunny afternoon in Frankfurt getting trampled 58-43. 'I had no personal feeling towards Murat. This was a delectable game and became more tasty in the second half. We prepared the meal in the third quarter and ate it in the fourth quarter', joked Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Spinning a basketball on your finger can be classified as pure beauty, but this basketball game at times looked more like an episode of beauty and beast with 10 Vincents running around the court with missed shots and tons of turnovers. 'This was not a pretty game. It was a hard fought game with good defense on both sides. Both teams missed a lot of shots, but we stuck with it, grinded it out and pull out the win at the end', stressed Skyliner guard Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) For the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf, it was their second loss this season, but considering how new the team was an effort that was a lot improved over the loss in Bremerhaven. 'I am from Detroit and there is not a special way how to classify a game like this except that it was real ugly. Frankfurt demolished us on the boards. We started off well and had a chance to push away but Frankfurt was able to capitalize on our mistakes. I have to blame this loss on us', stated ex Paderborn guard DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.). 'This was a real sluggish game. Our offense was rolling, but we just werent hitting shots. These things happen and it is a part of life. We are happy that we won it and will take a win like this any day', added Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas)

Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) was relieved from his duties in Frankfurt approximately 6 months ago and didnt waste any time getting a new basketball life in Duesseldorf. He found new sponsors and built a new team and one really didnt have to speculate if he would have a warm welcome in the Ballsporthalle. Didin also brought his assistant coach from Frankfurt Engin Gencoglu to Duesseldorf who as always was in high spirits before the game and seemed to shake and hug as many people as Didin did. 'My first home in Germany was Frankfurt. I have so many friends here. It is nice having such a delicious first game for Frankfurt against us. This game was also difficult, because we have to be professionals. As soon as the jump ball came, we gave hustle and didnt think about anything else except winning', stressed Engin Gencoglu . Six months is a long time and Gencoglu has not seen any change in Didin. 'Murat has a basketball philosophy and will always follow it no mater if he coaches BBL, PRO A or PRO B. He will continue to do this in Duesseldorf just like he did in Frankfurt. His philosophy is be smart, strong and fight', said Gencoglu. The assistant coach does miss one thing from Frankfurt. 'I miss the Nordwestcentrum Doner. It is the best in Germany', joked Gencolglu. The babba name calling also hasnt changed. 'Murat continues to use babba all day long. I think he says it about 40-50 times per day. Our players are also starting to use it. In Duesseldorf it is not whats up man, but whats up babba', laughed Engin Gencoglu .

Right before it got dark in the Ballsporthalle when the teams are introduced there were two noteworthy and interesting scenes as Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) had a short conversation on the sideline with injured Skyliner Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and the son of Didin Ahmet made his entry in the Ballsporthalle with his sunglasses and headphones as one might of thought who was more the star in Duesseldorf father or son? With so many things happening off the court on this day, there was still Basketball to be played as both teams had problems scoring right off the bat as the fans quickly sensed that this could be more a defensive battle than a scoring contest. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf took the quick 6-0 lead silencing the crowd quickly as their seemed to be some disbelief of what was happening. Canadian national player Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) got Duesseldorf on the board first with a layup after getting a sweet bounce pass from Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) and getting fouled. DeAndre Haynes then sunk a three pointer as Frankfurt was quickly in the hole 6-0. Frankfurt seemed overmotivated and were already struck early with weak and untimely turnovers. 'I thought that Didin coming back was good for the fans. But it didnt influence me any and didnt effect us at the start', commented Bradley Buckman. Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) then made two freethrows, but Duesseldorf kept moving their offense and scoring as Famutimi made a dunk as he got in behind the Frankfurt defense and American Jamie Jones made a tap in on a mini ally op pass from Haynes. Duesseldorf was up 10-2 and Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) was on top of the world and his evil eye must of still been hidden in his pocket.

However Frankfurt had seen enough and would strike back going on a 7-0 run cutting the Duesseldorf lead to 10-9. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) started the run with a three pointer which was followed by a perfect lob pass from Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) to Buckman for a lay up and the American from Austin, Texas then hit a jumper. Just as it seemed like Frankfurt was finding their rhythm, they lost a little concentration in the down stretch letting Duesseldorf end the first quarter with a mini 4-0 run. Jamal Tatum then made a steal off a bad Pascal Roller (180-G-76) pass going coast to coast for two points and then nailing two free throws. 'Frankfurt had a slow start. I felt their offense was good. Thy just werent hitting their shots. Duesseldorf started hot and didnt have many turnovers', commented TuS Makkabi Frankfurt (Germany-2.Regionalliga) player Blake Thompson (213-C, college: Prairie View A&M) The Dueseldorf Giants were shooting 31% from the field and 33% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 21% from the field and 13% from outside. Frankfurt was leading the rebounds 12-9, but had five turnovers while Duesseldorf had only two.

In the second quarter, the game continued to be very low scoring and the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf could be happy that the Frankfurt offense was about as far from their top performance as actor Seth Rogan ever running up the K2 mountain. Despite a Moyer airball and a De Mello in and out shot, Frankfurt still managed to get stops on defense as production from Mckinney who made a tip in off a perfect Roller pass and De Mello scoring on a fast break as Frankfurt showed how to play perfect transition basketball as Muurinen got the rebound made the quick feed to Moyer who then found the German dashing down the court. Both Moyer and De Mello made up for their missed shots. Frankfurt trailed only 15-13. Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87) made a floater for the 17-13 lead. Kisielius and Mckinney traded free throws and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) then stepped up with a three pointer cutting the Duesseldorf lead to 18-17. Moye continued to amaze with his line drive/fast ball shot that would need some help for it ever to turn into a rainbow shot. Mckinney then made a layup and Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) made one of two free throws as Frankfurt still trailed 21-19. With little time remaining in the first half, Frankfurt found a sudden energy spark form point guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) who showed his lightening quickness scooting around Tatum for a bucket and then ending the quarter as the buzzer sounded with another basket on the penetration as Frankfurt waltzed into the halftime break with their first lead of the game 23-21. 'Frankfurt continued missing too many easy shots, but on defense they were making it more difficult for Duesseldorf to score', added TuS Makkabi Frankfurt (Germany-2.Regionalliga) player Blake Thompson The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 15% from the three point line while the Glory Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 24% from the field and 20% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the rebound edge 24-17, but eight turnovers while Duesseldorf had six.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would keep their lead and never look back again as their offense started to click and their defense kept making basketball life for Duesseldorf in the old Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) living room harder and harder. Kisielius had his moment at the start as he made a layup over Nolte and a mid distance jumper. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) sunk a three pointer as Frankfurt still led 26-25. The third quarter continued to be plagued by many missed shots and unsatisfactory turnovers by Frankfurt. Muurinen made a layin and Buckman two free throws as Frankfurt had their biggest lead of the game 30-25. The Frankfurt defense was getting stronger and stronger and doing a good job giving up only tough shots to Duesseldorf. Here and there, Duesseldorf made a hoop as Brempong found some daylight inside as Duesseldorf trailed only 30-27. Frankfurt was making easy mistakes as if they were just learning the game and getting stupid offensive fouls. Frankfurt also found ways of getting inside as Nolte scored off a nice bounce pass from Roller as Frankfurt led 32-27. De Mello then made a steal and scored hard off the glass and Roller made two free throws as Frankfurt led 36-30 with 12 seconds to play. Duesseldorf had one last play and Frankfurt made another costly mistake at that point of the game fouling Haynes behind the three point line as the buzzer sounded. Haynes hit all three free throws as Frankfurt led only 36-30. 'At half time coach had stressed that our bad offense possessions had led to easy Duesseldorf baskets in the first half. We had to step up our defense and did a better job on rotations, got our hands up and rebounded better', stressed Grayson Moyer 'The third quarter killed us as we shot 1/11', stressed DeAndre Haynes. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 32% from the field and 17% from the parking lot while The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 24% from the field and 13% from the parking lot. Frankfurt kept extending their huge rebound lead to 38-22, but had 14 turnovers while Duesseldorf had ten.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to close the door on the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf as they had their biggest lead at 15 points and Duesseldorf couldnt get any closer than seven points. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) was the key player in the fourth quarter bringing his energy at the start as he stole the ball direct out of Haynes hands and set up Muurinen for a thunderous two handed jam and then nailed an open three pointer right in front of the Duesseldorf bench. It was no secret that Didin and De Mello never saw face to face and hitting this three pointer seemed like a relief for De Mello who pointed his fist at Didin making sure he noticed as he was running back to get on defense. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) then made two free throws as Frankfurt led 43-30. Here and there, Duesseldorf did have their moments like at the start of the third quarter as Kisielius scored twice and now it was time for Steven Wright to launch his own mini 5-0 run as Duesseldorf trailed only 43-35. Wright scored twice on the fast break getting set up each time from Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois). Frankfurt wasnt about to let Duesseldorf back in the game as they would get a timely three pointer from Pascal Roller (180-G-76) as Frankfurt led 46-35. However, Frankfurt was unable to totally pull away as they kept coughing up the ball or making offensive fouls keeping Duesseldorf in the game. Duesseldorf made some free throws from Famutimi and Haynes as Duesseldorf trailed only 46-37. After Nolte made two free throws, Duesseldorf continued to fight and come back as Haynes nailed a three pointer and Joe Buck made one of two free throws as Frankfurt led only 48-41. However as Roller had done a few minutes earlier, now it was time for Ajene Moye to make a big three pointer which was followed by two Mckinney free throws and a Muurinen layin as Frankfurt was getting closer and closer to getting that first win at home leading 55-41. Haynes and Mckinney ended the game trading baskets. Duesseldorf was to eratic in the fourth quarter playing more one on one basketball at times then performing text book basketball which really hurt their chances of winning the game. 'We had too many off balance shots in the fouth quarter. It looked more like desperation shots, stressed ex Braunschweig guard Steve Wright. Anytime you keep an opponent to 43 points, then you played good defense. It was all team defense today. We did what we had to as a team on defense to win', warned Bradley Buckman. ' Frankfurt was really packing it in in the zone. They were making us force shots which really isnt our game', added DeAndre Haynes. At the end of the game, there was a beautiful gesture by the Skyliners fan club Skybembels as they presented Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and Engin Gencoglu with a letter and many signatures. The Duesseldorf loss most likey gave Didin no appetite that night, but he left Frankfurt with a small smile knowing that he will always have a home in Frankfurt.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Jimmy McKinney with 10 points Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) added eight points and eight rebounds. .Brad Buckman and Dominik Bahiense de Mello chipped in with seven points a piece. The Glory Giants Duesseldorf were led by DeAndre Haynes with 12 points. Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) chipped in with ten points and eight rebounds.

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf head back to the Rhein with very much work to do. Duesseldorf shot only 25% from the field and 8% from outside and percentages like that might not even win games even if there is an abundance of evil eyes in Didins luggage. Duesselodorf have some talented players and now the most important thing that they need is not to look at the clock. 'Time is our strength now. We have to work together more and in time I think that we can be a good team', warned Duesseldorf assistant coach Engin Gencoglu . A big problem in the Duesseldorf game was this street ball mentality. 'I have no idea why we played one on one at times. We didnt make good decisions on offense', stressed German Patrick Wischnewski (191-G-87). Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) and Olu Fatutimi could be two big important pieces to whether Duesseldorf will be successful or not this season. Tatum has been in two NBA training camps being the last cut for the Atlanta Hawks some years back and Famutimi recently played at the World Championships in Turkey and has a bright future. However both shot a combined 4/19 and often took too many wild contested shots, but were not seen in a bad light by their teammates.' Coach wanted that Famutimi post up. He and Tatum are good players. They will find their rhythm. They have only been on the team a week. It feels like preseason, commented Steve Wright. I played against Tatum in college and know Famutimi since childhood. They will be ok. Once they get going, they will be valuable for us', said DeAndre Haynes.

This is a game that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners players will surely forget soon as a tough contest in Bamberg awaits them in 72 hours. They will have to hit their shots in Bamberg and have less turnovers to survive. Frankfurt did a fine job on the boards hauling down 51 rebounds and played tough defense allowing only 43 points. Frankfurt will still have something in the back of their minds when they step on the floor in the Jako arena on Wednesday. 'We still have Champions Cup loss on our minds. We cant play like that again. We are deeper now and we have to find our chance this time', warned Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Frankfurt will have their two Bucks on the court in Bamberg. Buckman had seven points and six rebounds in 10 minutes while Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) had 5 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. 'Me and Jermaine are doing the best job we can getting integrated. We will score, rebound and defend. I am happy to be here. We have 32 more games', added Bradley Buckman. Frankfurt go to Bamberg with a sloppy win and nothing to lose and know what they have to do best in Bavaria. 'We have to execute on offense better in Bamberg, get our defense set and work for good shots', warned San Diego native Grayson Moyer The Brose Baskets Bamberg host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on October 13th at 19:30.



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Latest Transfer News - by Chris Mammides
A1 News
Panellinios Athens agreed financial terms with the American small forward, Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, college: Wisconsin)
Ikaros Neas Smyrnis replaced officially the American Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, college: N.Iowa) with the American Kyle McAlarney (183-G-87, college: Notre Dame)
Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) is very close to sign in Iraklis Thessaloniki

A2 News
AEK/Argous, the newcomer team in the A2 agreed financial terms with one of the most succesfull centers in the A2 the last 2-3 seazons, the Croat Ivan Cartelo (208-C-79, college: Purdue). The Argos team is very close to sign the veteran American Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) while Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) is among the targets of the Argos team for the position of Forward in the difficult legue of A2.
Panerythraikos AS agreed financial terms with Maris Laksa (207-F-81, college: Providence), The Latvian will now run for his fourth seazon in the Greek league.

AO Pagrati Athens agreed financial terms with the veteran player Nikos Kourtis (195-F-77)
Near East is very close to sign the American guard Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose (NY))

B' News
Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) agreed financial terms with AMS Anagennisi Floga
Filippos Veroias agreed financial terms with the veteran guard Giannis Gakis (186-G-69)
MENT Vassilakis is close to sign Giorgos Loupos (208-C-78)





Kostas Amoiridis returns to PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Mr Konstadinos Amoiridis decided to return to PAOK Thessaloniki. The successful businessman who was helping the team of Thessaloniki as a major sponsor the previous years after a short period when he stayed away he is back as an important contributor in the financial part of the company.

This fact can have as a result PAOK to be back in the transfer market (the financial part was a problem) where coach Soulis Markopoulos is looking for a center who will be the backup of the starting one, Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80).



Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. AEK/Argous 0-0 
 2. AGOR 0-0 
 3. Amyntas Dafnis 0-0 
 4. Apollon Patras 0-0 
 5. Arkadikos 0-0 
 6. Ermis Lagk. 0-0 
 7. Ikaroi Serron 0-0 
 8. KAOD 0-0 
 9. Koroivos A. 0-0 
 10. Lavrio 0-0 
 11. Near East 0-0 
 12. Olimpiada P. 0-0 
 13. Pagrati 0-0 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 0-0 
 15. Panerythraikos 0-0 
 16. Periko/Arhel. 0-0 


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aias Evosmou 0-0 
 2. Aiolos Trik. 0-0 
 3. Anagennisi 0-0 
 4. Apollon Kal. 0-0 
 5. Diagoras 0-0 
 6. Doukas 0-0 
 7. Doxa Lefkadas 0-0 
 8. Egaleo 0-0 
 9. Ermis Perama 0-0 
 10. Filippos V. 0-0 
 11. M.Alexandros 0-0 
 12. MENT 0-0 
 13. Nea Kifisia 0-0 
 14. OFI 0-0 
 15. Olimpia L. 0-0 
 16. Stratoni 0-0 
 17. Trikalla 0-0 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Eiff.Towers 2-0 
 2. GasTerra F. 2-0 
 3. DeFriesland 2-1 
 4. Magixx 2-1 
 5. ZZ Leiden 2-1 
 6. ABC 2-2 
 7. Landstede 2-2 
 8. Giants 1-3 
 9. Upstairs Weert 1-3 
 10. Rotterdam 0-3 


WCAA Giants Gets 1st Win - by Sanders Jackson
In the Topsportcentrum on Thursday night, in the last quarter WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom made their move, taking care of the ball and pulled away from Rotterdam Challengers 90-73 for their 1st win of the season. The Giants outscored the Rotterdammers 28-16 in the final quarter.
WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom had good balanced scoring with 5 players in double figures, led by Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) and Thomas Keunis. each with 15 pts, including Griffin with 10 rebounds. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led the Challengers with a game high 19 pts. and 16 rebounds, with E.J. Kusnyer also scored 19 pts. . WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom also forced 25 Rotterdam turnovers and 37.5% FG. The Giants bench outscored Rotterdams 29-5. WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom are now 1-2 while the Rotterdammers remain winless.



De Friesland Aris Back On Track, Wins Nail Biter Over BS Weert - by Sanders Jackson
In the Kalverdijkje on Thursday night, DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden got back on track after a heartbreaking overtime loss vs. Magixx Kidsright to win a tight affair over BS Weert by the score of 82-78. DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden overcame foul trouble by top scorer Todd Brown and lead guard John Williams with strong inside play from Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, college: Boise St.) picking up the slack. After a made three-pointer from ex-Aris standout Lawrence Hamm to put the guests to within 79-78 with 1:06 remaining, Adako made two clutch plays in crunch time, first scoring a clutch basket with 0:41 remaining to extend Aris lead back to one possession at 81-78, and then after a Glenn Stokes missed three-pointer, coming up with a clutch offensive rebound on a Gerad Punch missed free throw. Aris would be unable to cash in the win only after Andrew Dawsons made free throw with 0:06 seconds remaining following four straight missed Aris free throws to ice the win. Adako had a double-double of 18 pts. and 11 rebounds, with Sanchez adding 16 pts. and 8 rebounds. Glenn Stokes led the Limburgers with a game-high 23 pts. and 6 assists, Hamm added 17.

Results Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
Saturday night in Dutch Basketball League action, strong defense helped the defending Dutch champions GasTerra Flames Groningen made short work of BS Weert in its regular season home debut (78-50), while Rotterdam Challengers lose a heartbreaker in overtime over Landstede Basketball. Meanwhile Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen pushed back a strong challenge from WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom to win at home.

In the Martiniplaza in the first 25 minutes of the game the defending Dutch champs allowed the guests to remain within striking distance, despite the 38-28 halftime cushion. In the first five minutes of the 3rd quarter the Limburgers took control of the momentum, holding Gas Terra scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of the quarter and closing the lead to 40-34. The subsitutions Marco van den Berg made thereafter, inserting the trio of Aron Roye at the point for the struggling Robby Bostain, Henry Bekkering, Steve Ross would pay dividends, with the Roye three-pointer at 4:17 being the turning point of the game. From then on BS Weert would play sloppily on offense, getting nothing from six straight possessions. Another three-pointer and a steal and slam dunk from Bekkering would cap off a 12-2 run, increasing Gas Terra's lead to 52-36. Gas Terra had the Limburgers rattled offensive, with the Limburgers struggling to make even simply inbound passes, not using simple fundamentals such as L-cuts or V-cuts/hand location to get open. The defending Dutch champions were led in scoring by Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) with 16 pts. Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) was a chairman on the glass, ripping down 15 rebounds. Glenn Stkes led the guests with 15 pts. Gas Terra Flames led the Limburgers to 34.*% FG and 21.1% 3FG, while dominating the glass at a 56-36 difference, including 18 offensive. BS Weert had very little resistance in te 2nd alf, throwing up bricks and too much one-on-one basketball. which is lethal vs. the caliber team as Gas Terra Flames. The defening Dutch champs are 2-0 while BS Weert falls to 1-3.

In the Topsportcentrum Landstede Basketball got back on the winning track after a disappointing home loss vs. ABC Amsterdam to win in overtime over Rotterdam Challengers 92-86. It was a game that was neck and neck from start to finish. At the end of regulation with the score tied 75-75, Rotterdam guard Jeremy Ormskerk was fouled by Landstede forward Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with time already run out, and made one of two free throws. In overtime the leadership of forward Harvey van Stein would pay dividends for Landstede, and would be an important factor in Landstede's 2nd win of the season. For Landstede to win, it will need van Stein to be an important factor, his skills and experience vital. Landstede lead guard Harry Marshall (183-G-88, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Indiana St.) led all scorers with 25 pts. Patrick Hilliman led the Rotterdammers with a double-double of 24 pts. and 15 rebounds. Landstete moves to 2-2, while the Rotterdammers remain winless at 0-3.

In the Horstacker Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen enjoyed a comfortable cushion between the 3rd quarter and five minutes at the end of regulation, but did enough to kep WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom at arms length, winning 85-76. Magixx enjoyed leads of 64-54 and 73-57, but the guests closed it to within 76-72. That wuld be as close as it would get for the Giants. Zaire Taylor led Magixx with 19 pts. Thomas Keunis led the Giants with 18 pts. Magixx are now 2-1.



Q & A with Ross Bekkering - by Sanders Jackson
Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden standout Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) is in his 1st season in the Dutch Basketball League and is making an impact for the Dutch league 2010 finalists. I had the opportunity to interview Bekkering:

Q: Ross, you are in your first professional season at Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and recently made an impressive debut at home in the overtime win over Magixx Kidsright. Tell me what that experience was like

A: We had already played a few home games throughout our exhibition schedule but to open up our regular season with a game at home in front of our crowd was something special. We have such great fans here in Leiden and our team really feeds off their energy. The game itself was pretty sloppy but we managed to buckle down and get the W in the overtime period, which is something our team can be proud of.

Q: Where does the jumping ability come from (haha)? That reverse alley-oop dunk vs. Magixx Kidsright you dont see action like that happen much in Holland, was impressive to say the least

A: Steak and taber corn ! Haha In all seriousness, my dad was a pretty good athlete back in the day, but other than that I would just have to say I took every opportunity I could when I was younger to strengthen my body and improve my athleticism. Being an active kid who was always jumping around combined with some good genetics is probably the most reasonable answer.

Q: How is the overall experience of being far away from home been for you?

A: Things have been going really well so far. I knew a little bit of what to expect from talking with my brother during his first pro season in Nijmegen last year, but I feel as if I have adjusted fairly well. I really enjoy the challenge of experiencing new things and meeting new people, and everyone here is Leiden has been really friendly and welcoming.

Q: It certainly helps to have family close to you with your brother Henry playing in Groningen

A: Yah it is something I definitely dont take for granted. Family is something that is very important to me and the fact that I can share some of my experiences out here with my brother is something I cherish a lot. Along with my brother, I have Robbie Sihota, who is one of my best friends (and a university teammate) playing at Rotterdam as well, so you could say Im pretty blessed.

Q: Who are your role models and athletes you admired growing up?

A: As far as role models go, I would have to say the most prominent ones were my father and my brother. My dad was someone who showed me what it was like to treat people with respect, and always stand up for what you believe in. My brother is a very motivated, strong willed individual that really helped me along through my childhood. On top of that, they are both tirelessly hard workers, which is a trait Ive learned to adopt in many areas of my life.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: Im a pretty laid back guy who just enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games, reading, and eating good food. My competitive side loves playing shooting games and talking smack and sleep is definitely in there too, as a big guy like me needs his rest haha

Q: What are the strengths and weaknesses in your game?

A: I would say my strengths as a player come down to my hardworking mentality, and my desire to do whatever is needed for the team. I feel as if Im pretty well rounded and pretty versatile as a big man. As far a weaknesses are concerned, I feel like you can always improve on all aspects of your game, but specifically I need to focus obtaining on a more consistent shot and becoming more balanced (physically) in my movements on the court.

Q: The Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden system seems to fit well in your style of play.

A: I think my success so far is a credit to the opportunities and confidence my coaching staff has given to me, and that ability of my teammates to place me in successful situations. We have a lot of guys who can bring a ton of talent to the table and Im just trying to fit in where I can.

Q: Which teams in the NBA do you have picked for the NBA Finals?

A: Im going to stay pretty safe and put the Lakers in the final, but I think Miami will be right there with them. In the end I think the injury bug is going to hamper the Lakers and Lebron will win his first ring.

Q: Final question: what can we expect when Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden plays vs. Gas Terra Flames this season, one-on-one vs. your brother?

A: Haha I may have been asked this a few times already. I think you can expect the same things from me that you will see every game. My brother and I are very competitive individuals but I will approach those games with the same mentality as I approach every game I play. However if the big bro comes down our lane, he better watch out! Haha Should be a lot of fun !



DBL: Round Three review (with stats) - by Eurobasket News
GasTerra F. - BS Weert 78-50
In the Martiniplaza in the first 25 minutes of the game the defending Dutch champs allowed the guests to remain within striking distance, despite the 38-28 halftime cushion. In the first five minutes of the 3rd quarter the Limburgers took control of the momentum, holding Gas Terra scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of the quarter and closing the lead to 40-34. The subsitutions Marco van den Berg made thereafter, inserting the trio of Aron Roye at the point for the struggling Robby Bostain, Henry Bekkering, Steve Ross would pay dividends, with the Roye three-pointer at 4:17 being the turning point of the game. From then on BS Weert would play sloppily on offense, getting nothing from six straight possessions. Another three-pointer and a steal and slam dunk from Bekkering would cap off a 12-2 run, increasing Gas Terra's lead to 52-36. Gas Terra had the Limburgers rattled offensive, with the Limburgers struggling to make even simply inbound passes, not using simple fundamentals such as L-cuts or V-cuts/hand location to get open. The defending Dutch champions were led in scoring by Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) with 16 pts. Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) was a chairman on the glass, ripping down 15 rebounds. Glenn Stokes led the guests with 15 pts. Gas Terra Flames led the Limburgers to 34.*% FG and 21.1% 3FG, while dominating the glass at a 56-36 difference, including 18 offensive. BS Weert had very little resistance in te 2nd alf, throwing up bricks and too much one-on-one basketball. which is lethal vs. the caliber team as Gas Terra Flames. The defening Dutch champs are 2-0 while BS Weert falls to 1-3. *by Sanders Jackson

Magixx - Giants 85-76
In the Horstacker Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen enjoyed a comfortable cushion between the 3rd quarter and five minutes at the end of regulation, but did enough to kep WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom at arms length, winning 85-76. Magixx enjoyed leads of 64-54 and 73-57, but the guests closed it to within 76-72. That wuld be as close as it would get for the Giants. Zaire Taylor (193-G-86, agency: 540 Sports, college: Missouri) led Magixx with 19 pts. Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) led the Giants with 18 pts. Magixx are now 2-1. *by Sanders Jackson

Rotterdam - Landstede 86-92
In the Topsportcentrum Landstede Basketball got back on the winning track after a disappointing home loss vs. ABC Amsterdam to win in overtime over Rotterdam Challengers 92-86. It was a game that was neck and neck from start to finish. At the end of regulation with the score tied 75-75, Rotterdam guard Jeremy Ormskerk was fouled by Landstede forward Nikki Hulzebos with time already run out, and made one of two free throws. In overtime the leadership of forward Harvey van Stein would pay dividends for Landstede, and would be an important factor in Landstede's 2nd win of the season. For Landstede to win, it will need van Stein to be an important factor, his skills and experience vital. Landstede lead guard Harry Marshall (183-G-88, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Indiana St.) led all scorers with 25 pts. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) led the Rotterdammers with a double-double of 24 pts. and 15 rebounds. Landstete moves to 2-2, while the Rotterdammers remain winless at 0-3. *by Sanders Jackson

Landstede - ABC 76-85
In the new Landstede Sportcenter in Zwolle on Wednesday night, the young upstart team of Hakim Salem seized control of the momentum from the 2nd quarter on, standing up to the pressure and stepping up in crunch time, with ABC Amsterdam snatching an 85-76 road win. The guests won every quarter after Landstede took a 23-16 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The ABC Amsterdam team, the only team in the Dutch Basketball League currently playing without foreign (and I mean, American) players, had a balanced scoring attack of five players in double figures, with Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) leading the way with 17 pts., with both Sergio van Randamie adding a double-double of 16 pts. and 12 rebounds, and Dutch international Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) adding 16. By Landstede the top scorer was Lawrence Borha (191-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Utah) with a game-high 21 pts. Matt Mullery added 17. By contrast, the four Landstede American players scored 56 of the teams 76 pts., so obviously that is what the end difference in the game boiled down to. ABC Amsterdam improves to 2-1, while Landstede falls to 1-2. *by Sanders Jackson

DeFriesland - BS Weert 82-78
In the Kalverdijkje on Thursday night, DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden got back on track after a heartbreaking overtime loss vs. Magixx Kidsright to win a tight affair over BS Weert by the score of 82-78. DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden overcame foul trouble by top scorer Todd Brown and lead guard John Williams with strong inside play from Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and Mark Sanchez picking up the slack. After a made three-pointer from ex-Aris standout Lawrence Hamm to put the guests to within 79-78 with 1:06 remaining, Adako made two clutch plays in crunch time, first scoring a clutch basket with 0:41 remaining to extend Aris lead back to one possession at 81-78, and then after a Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) missed three-pointer, coming up with a clutch offensive rebound on a Gerad Punch missed free throw. Aris would be unable to cash in the win only after Andrew Dawsons made free throw with 0:06 seconds remaining following four straight missed Aris free throws to ice the win. Adako had a double-double of 18 pts. and 11 rebounds, with Sanchez adding 16 pts. and 8 rebounds. Glenn Stokes led the Limburgers with a game-high 23 pts. and 6 assists, Hamm added 17. *by Sanders Jackson

Giants - Rotterdam 90-73
In the Topsportcentrum on Thursday night, in the last quarter WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom made their move, taking care of the ball and pulled away from Rotterdam Challengers 90-73 for their 1st win of the season. The Giants outscored the Rotterdammers 28-16 in the final quarter. WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom had good balanced scoring with 5 players in double figures, led by Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) and Thomas Koenis. each with 15 pts, including Griffin with 10 rebounds. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led the Challengers with a game high 19 pts. and 16 rebounds, with E.J. Kusnyer also scored 19 pts. . WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom also forced 25 Rotterdam turnovers and 37.5% FG. The Giants bench outscored Rotterdams 29-5. WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom are now 1-2 while the Rotterdammers remain winless. *by Sanders Jackson


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 29
 1. Sales, Atomeromu29.0 
 2. Jarvis, Salgotarjani27.0 
 3. Wilson, Kaposvari24.0 
 4. Gilbert, Falco24.0 
 5. Singletary, FS Debre.23.0 
 6. Kalman, Falco21.0 
 7. Jones, Albacomp18.0 
 8. Aliakseyeu, Falco17.0 
 9. Sitku, Marso-Vagep17.0 
 10. Davis, Kormend17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad BELL
  Kormend
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bell, Kormend13.0 
 2. Langford, FS Debre.12.0 
 3. Harazin, Falco11.0 
 4. Sitku, Marso-Vagep11.0 
 5. Sales, Atomeromu11.0 
 6. Gosa, Falco9.0 
 7. Jones, Albacomp8.0 
 8. Johnson, Atomeromu7.0 
 9. Hanga, Albacomp7.0 
 10. Morgen, Atomeromu7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, ZTE K.12.0 
 2. Simon, Albacomp5.0 
 3. Rujak, Kormend5.0 
 4. Sitku, Marso-Vagep4.0 
 5. Kovacs, Atomeromu4.0 
 6. Vojvoda, ZTE K.4.0 
 7. Bell, Kormend4.0 
 8. Pavlik, Atomeromu3.0 
 9. Wilson, Kaposvari3.0 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erno SITKU
  Marso-Vagep
  (208-C-72)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sitku, Marso-Vagep4.0 
 2. Singletary, FS Debre.3.0 
 3. Gilbert, Falco3.0 
 4. Wilson, Kaposvari3.0 
 5. Williams, ZTE K.3.0 
 6. Kutasi, Kaposvari3.0 
 7. Sales, Atomeromu3.0 
 8. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.0 
 9. Davis, Kormend3.0 
 10. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Keller, Albacomp3.0 
 2. Johnson, Atomeromu2.0 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.0 
 4. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 5. Sales, Atomeromu1.0 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco1.0 
 7. Kinter, ZTE K.1.0 
 8. Harazin, Falco1.0 
 9. Williams, ZTE K.1.0 
 10. Kovats, Kaposvari1.0 


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Josh RIVERS
  Tindastoll
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Rivers, Tindastoll18.0 
 2. Knezevic, KFI17.0 
 3. Kitanovic, Tindastoll14.0 
 4. Josey, KFI14.0 
 5. Schoen, KFI13.0 
 6. Gylfason, KFI13.0 
 7. Halldorsson, Tinda.12.0 
 8. Suljic, KFI12.0 
 9. Margeirsson, Tinda.9.0 
 10. Milosevic, KFI5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragoljub KITANOVIC
  Tindastoll
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kitanovic, Tindastoll4.0 
 2. Josey, KFI3.0 
 3. Halldorsson, Tinda.2.0 
 4. Knezevic, KFI2.0 
 5. Schoen, KFI2.0 
 6. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.0 
 7. Gylfason, KFI2.0 
 8. Rivers, Tindastoll1.0 
 9. Viggosson, Tindastoll1.0 
 10. Suljic, KFI1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Craig SCHOEN
  KFI
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Schoen, KFI7.0 
 2. Viggosson, Tindastoll6.0 
 3. Halldorsson, Tinda.4.0 
 4. Margeirsson, Tinda.3.0 
 5. Josey, KFI3.0 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.0 
 7. Gylfason, KFI2.0 
 8. Suljic, KFI2.0 
 9. Kolev, Tindastoll2.0 
 10. Milosevic, KFI2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Einar EINARSSON
  Tindastoll
  (--92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Einarsson, Tindastoll0.0 
 2. Kolev, Tindastoll0.0 
 3. Hermannsson, KFI0.0 
 4. Birgisson, Tindastoll0.0 
 5. Milosevic, KFI0.0 
 6. Viggosson, Tindastoll0.0 
 7. Schoen, KFI0.0 
 8. Margeirsson, Tinda.0.0 
 9. Josey, KFI0.0 
 10. Halldorsson, Tin.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carl JOSEY
  KFI
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Josey, KFI4.0 
 2. Margeirsson, Tinda.3.0 
 3. Knezevic, KFI3.0 
 4. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 5. Rivers, Tindastoll3.0 
 6. Suljic, KFI3.0 
 7. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.0 
 8. Halldorsson, Tinda.2.0 
 9. Birgisson, Tindastoll1.0 
 10. Gylfason, KFI1.0 


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 2-0 
 2. Haukar 1-0 
 3. Keflavik 1-0 
 4. Snaefell 1-0 
 5. Hamar 1-1 
 6. KFI 1-1 
 7. KR 1-1 
 8. Stjarnan 1-1 
 9. IR 0-1 
 10. Njardvik 0-1 
 11. Tindastoll 0-1 
 12. Fjolnir 0-2 


Iceland Express league first round - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
First round in Iceland Express league had some exciting games, overtime in one of them and others a close one

Keflavik - R 88-77
Good win for Keflavik who played without Florentino Maxwell who is injured.
Top scorers for Keflavik. Gunnar Einarsson 24 Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 19
For IR. Kelly Beidler 21. Vilhjalmur Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) 19

KR - Stjarnan. 108-90 in overtime. ( 86-86)
Brynjar Bjornsson 23. Pavel Ermolinskij 22 + 14 boards & 11 assist
For Sjarnan. Justin Shouse 21. Fannar Helgason & Kjartan Kjartansson 17 each

KF - Tindastoll. 85-70
Good win for KFI who are back in top league after 5 years in Div 1.
Nebojsa Knezevic top scorer for KFI 17 points. For Tindastoll Josh Rivers 18

Njardvik - Grindavik 68-84.
Njardvik is struggling in beginning of this season.
Antonio Houston 13 points for the home team. Andre Smith 25 for Grindavik

Fjolnir - Snaefell 97-102
Close game until the end when experienced Snaefell team over came young and tallented Fjolnir team.
Aegir Speedy Aegir Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) had a great game for Fjolnir with 25 points & 11 assist. Ben Stywall also started well for the team with 25 pts & 11 rebs. Magni Hafsteinsson 19.
For Snaefell Ryan Amoroso 31 + 13 rebs. Jon Olafur Jonsson 19 Palmi Sigurgeirsson 18.

Hamar - Haukar 82-89
Andre Dabney 28 for Hamar. Gerald Robinson 29 . Semaj Inge 22 for Haukar


Good start for Baeringsson - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) (Agency Icebasket) had a great start in his first game for Sundsvall Dragons in Sweden when team beat Eco Orebro 89-60
Baeringsson was leading scorer and rebounder in the game with 20 points and 15 rebounds, shooting perfect from 2 pointers 8/8 and 4/6 from freethrow line.
Jakob Sigurdarson also had a good shooting night with his 15 points 3/3 from 2 pts and 3/6 from the arc + 2 assist and 2 steals

Jon Stefansson and his Granada team in ACB lost their second game today when Barcelona came to visit them Final score 78-85
Stefansson played 32 minutes. scored 5 points in a 2/9 in shooting and made 1 assist.


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 2-0 
 2. UCD Marian 1-1 
 3. Ulster Elks 1-1 
 4. Belfast Star 0-1 
 5. DCU Saints 0-1 
South Conference
 1. Neptune 2-1 
 2. UL Eagles 1-0 
 3. UCC Demons 1-1 
 4. Moycullen 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Kevin FOLEY
  Ulster Elks
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 28
 1. Foley, Ulster Elks28.0 
 2. Turner, Killester27.0 
 3. De La Cruz, Ulster E.26.0 
 4. Van, UCC Demons22.0 
 5. O''Sullivan, UCC D.22.0 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.22.0 
 7. Louisme, Neptune21.5 
 8. Mitchell, UL Ea.21.0 
 9. Nihill, Moycullen18.5 
 10. Drumm, Ulster Elks18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.0 
 2. Crowder, UCD M.15.0 
 3. Louisme, Neptune14.5 
 4. Turner, Killester13.0 
 5. Ambler, Moycullen13.0 
 6. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.0 
 7. Johnston, Belfast .9.0 
 8. Van, UCC Demons8.0 
 9. O''Brien, Killester7.5 
 10. Drumm, Ulster Elks6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Conor MEANY
  UCD Marian
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Meany, UCD Marian8.0 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.0 
 3. Hall, UL Eagles5.0 
 4. Campbell, UL Ea.5.0 
 5. McVeigh, Belfast .5.0 
 6. Clarke, Killester5.0 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen5.0 
 8. Noonan, Neptune5.0 
 9. Coughlan, UCC D.4.0 
 10. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle HOSFORD
  UCC Demons
  (--89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hosford, UCC D.4.0 
 2. Westbrooks, Killester3.5 
 3. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.3.5 
 4. Johnston, Belfast .3.0 
 5. O''Brien, Killester3.0 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen2.5 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen2.5 
 8. Dawson, Belfast .2.0 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.2.0 
 10. Glover, UCD Marian2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Van, UCC Demons5.0 
 2. Turner, Killester3.5 
 3. Louisme, Neptune2.5 
 4. Ambler, Moycullen2.5 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.2.0 
 6. Baynes, UCD Marian2.0 
 7. Plichta, UCC D.2.0 
 8. O''Brien, Killester1.0 
 9. McKillop, Belfast .1.0 
 10. McGinn, Neptune1.0 


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Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Barcellona 2-0 
 2. Carmatic PT 2-0 
 3. Umana Reyer 2-0 
 4. Aget IM 1-1 
 5. Assigeco 1-1 
 6. Fastweb CM 1-1 
 7. Forli 1-1 
 8. Immobiliare SR 1-1 
 9. Jesi 1-1 
 10. Prima Veroli 1-1 
 11. Scafati Basket 1-1 
 12. Snaidero UD 1-1 
 13. Trenkwalder 1-1 
 14. N.Ferrara 0-2 
 15. San Severo 0-2 
 16. Tezenis Verona 0-2 


Varnado help Pistoia for a road victory on Fastweb Casale Monferrato - by Michele Berra
Pistoia won his first road game at PalaFerraris with a score of 72-85. Monstrous performance by Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 9 blocks and 9 recoveries for an evaluation of 47. Step backwards for Fastweb Casale Monferrato which leaves on its parquet Casale 85 points to opponents after the splendid defensive performance against Casalpusterlengo.
The Junior approached the game too quietly and throughout the match can not catch the gap of 10-15 points arisen in the first minutes, Marco Crespi tried many tactical solution but none can produce the desired result. Pistoia leaves to Junior few shots from three-point range, and this does not allow the home team to open the court.
Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB), after an unconvincing start, trying to charge the attack on his shoulders but this was not enough.
On the contrary, are the reserves of Pistoia to give the right support: Berti and Fucka maintain a high level of play and force the first home defeat of the Junior Casale.

FASTWEB CASALE - PISTOIA 72-85
(14-19; 32-41; 53-68)

FASTWEB CASALE: Malaventura 7, Gentile 3, Hickman 15, Nnamaka 3, Pierich 3, Taylor 23, Masciadri dnp, Chiotti 6, Fantoni 10, Ferrero 2.
PISTOIA: Berti 12, Filloy 9, Porzingis 11, Fucka 7, Toppo 8, Marzoli 3, Forte 13, Saccaggi dnp, Tuci dnp, Varnado 22.



Enel Brindisi brings in Stefano Gallea - by Emiliano
Enel Brindisi added to its roster for the upcoming season Stefano Gallea (196-G-83, agency: Interperformances). The Italian guard/small forward spent the last two seasons of his career in B Dilettanti with Bassano averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Lega2 Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
San Severo - Barcellona 63-94
Barcellona toppled San Severo away from home to improve at 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) poured in 27 points to lead the visitors. Ryan Bucci (192-G/F-81, college: C.W. Post) added 12 points for undefeated Barcellona. Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) had 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to his name.

Aget IM - Prima Veroli 82-86
Prima Veroli stunned Aget Imola away from home. David Brkic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points for Prima Veroli. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) added 16 points for the winning side. Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Aget Imola.

Tezenis Verona - Jesi 75-82
Jesi celebrated the first win as they prevailed against Tezenis in Verona. Andrea Pecile (187-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 20 points for the visitors. Thomas Mobley (195-F-81, college: Charleston) added 16 points for Jesi. Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80, college: Dayton) produced 23 points and 17 rebounds for Verona.

Umana Reyer - Forli 73-64
Umana Reyer recorded the second win in a row as they shot down Forli. Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) accounted for 17 points for Venezia. Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) tallied 17 points and 6 rebounds for Forli.

Trenkwalder - Assigeco 65-78
Assigeco opened the win count as they surprised Trenkwalder on the road. Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) unloaded 28 points and collected 14 rebounds to pace the visitors. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) had 13 points in the win. Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) accounted for 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Trenkwalder.

Snaidero UD - Scafati Basket 72-71
Jason Williams (197-G/F-83, college: UTEP) fired 23 points, dished out 5 assists and grabbed 4 boards to lead Snaidero Udine to the first win. They held off Scafati Basket at home court. Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) had 20 points and 15 boards for Scafati in defeat.

Immobiliare SR - N.Ferrara 76-55
Rimini held off Ferrara behind 16 points from Quadre Lollis (200-F/C-73, college: Montana St.). Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75, agency: Interperformances) posted 15 points for the winners. Klaudio Ndoja (198-G/F-85) finished with 13 points for Ferrara as they fell at 0-2 record.

Fastweb CM - Carmatic PT 72-85
Pistoia earned the second straight win at the start of the new season. They knocked down Fastweb Casale on the road. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) knocked down 22 points and made 9 interceptins to lead the effort. Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: N.Carolina) notched 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) answered with 23 points for Casale in the loss.




Montepaschi Siena celebrate SuperCoppa title - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Virtus Bologna 82:64

Montepaschi Siena clinched the first title of the new season. They toppled Virtus Bologna to claim SuperCup crown. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) chipped in 16 points to lead the winners. The Siena newcomer was named the MVP of the game.
The SeriaA champions entered the game strongly. They Siena outfit poured in 25 points in the opening period to take a 7-point advantage. Montepaschi maintained the lead throughout the second period. Moreover Montepaschi earned a 12-point lead at the interval. Things got even worse for Virtus Bologna in the third term. They accounted for only 12 points in the period to trail by massive 19 points before the final stanza. Montepaschi stayed determined in the fourth term and rallied to a confident victory at the end. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) notched 11 points for Montepaschi. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) nailed game-high 17 points for Virtus Bologna. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, college: Nevada) had 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Montepaschi: Lester McCalebb 16, Rimantas Kaukenas 11, Pietro Aradori 10, David Moss 10
Virtus Bologna: Giuseppe Poeta 17, Marcelus Kemp 11



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  JAPAN   


Japanese JBL round 7 best performance: Ron Hale - by Eurobasket News
American forward Ron Hale (203-F-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 43 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Panasonic (#7, 2-5) 82-76. Mitsubishi maintains the 8th position in Japanese JBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 6 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Hale had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Mitsubishi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Florida State University star has very solid stats this year. Hale is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.7rpg) and averages impressive 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi Sunrockers. Takeuchi had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Hitachi Sunrockers cruised to a 79-68 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Hokkaido (#6, 2-5). This victory allowed Hitachi Sunrockers to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Takeuchi is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi Sunrockers and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#6). He also registered 15.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of league's top team Aishin Sea Horses. Takeuchi scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Aishin, leading his team to a 88-72 easy win against #2 ranked Toshiba in a game of the week. Aishin confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) of Panasonic - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi Sunrockers - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Jerald Honeycutt (205-F-74) of Panasonic - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of Hokkaido - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) of Hokkaido - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80) of Aishin - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 6-2 
 2. Toyota 6-2 
 3. Hitachi S. 5-3 
 4. Toshiba 5-3 
 5. Tochigi Brex 4-4 
 6. Hokkaido 2-6 
 7. Mitsubishi 2-6 
 8. Panasonic 2-6 


JBL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hokkaido - Hitachi S. 79-92
Hokkaido lost to Hitachi S. 79:92 at the Regular Season Round 8. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) delivered 19 points for the winners, while Kobayashi Daisuke followed him with 18. Orimo Takehiko scored 19 in defeat, whilst Maraker Christian and Noguchi Daisuke nailed 17 each.

Toyota - Tochigi Brex 76-66
Toyota roled over Tochigi Brex 76:66 with 19-8 start in the first period. Michael Takahashi (198-F-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Ricci Philip and Gibbs Jeff added 11 each. Ito Shunsuke and Tabuse Yuta posted 15 points each in the losing effort.

Aishin - Toshiba 84-69
A massive 30-13 start allowed Aishin to beat Toshiba 84:69. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80, college: California) stepped up with 22 points and Kashiwagi Shinsuke as well as Sakuragi scored 15 each. Sato Kenji and O'Bannon Charles netted 10 points each in the losing case.

Panasonic - Mitsubishi 78-80
Mitsubishi needed overtime to upset Panasonic 80:78. Ron Hale (203-F-77, college: Florida St.) stepped up with 22 points, while Lett Ontario collected 14 points and 9 rebounds. Kinoshita Hiroyuki produced 26 points in the losing effort.




Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Ryan FOREHAN-KELLY
  Aishin
  (197-F/G-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. Forehan-K., Aishin20.0 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.7 
 3. Hale, Mitsubishi18.3 
 4. Maraker, Hokkaido18.1 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin17.6 
 6. Kinoshita, Panasonic17.4 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido17.3 
 8. Takeuchi, Aishin16.8 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.15.8 
 10. Merritt, Tochigi Brex14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.15.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.9 
 3. Hale, Mitsubishi9.6 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin8.9 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota8.7 
 6. Custis, Panasonic8.1 
 7. Maraker, Hokkaido7.9 
 8. Holcomb, Tochigi Brex6.6 
 9. Violette, Toshiba6.6 
 10. Honeycutt, Panas.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hokkaido
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Kashiwakura, Hokka.5.4 
 2. Nishimura, Hitachi S.4.8 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.3 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin4.1 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.4 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.4 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.3 
 10. Miyanga, Toshiba3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.8 
 2. Hirose, Panasonic1.8 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.7 
 4. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.6 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.5 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi1.3 
 8. Nishimura, Hitachi S.1.3 
 9. Sato, Hitachi S.1.3 
 10. Kikuchi, Toshiba1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ontario LETT
  Mitsubishi
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Lett, Mitsubishi1.6 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.4 
 4. Takahashi, Toyota1.3 
 5. Yamada, Hokkaido1.1 
 6. Aono, Panasonic1.0 
 7. Maraker, Hokkaido1.0 
 8. Ricci, Toyota1.0 
 9. Hale, Mitsubishi0.9 
 10. Ito, Tochigi Brex0.7 


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  JORDAN   


Halifax Rainmen's most popular player, John Strickland, passed away - by Ozell Wells
It is with great sadness that the Premier Basketball League has learned of the passing today of the Halifax Rainmen's most popular player, John Strickland (203-F/C-72, college: Hawaii-Pacific). According to news reports, Strickland passed away in his sleep. He was 38 years old.

Strickland, who played for the Rainmen in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, recently moved into the Rainmen's front office as its Director of Basketball Development. 'I was devastated to hear that 'Strick' passed away,' said Halifax CEO and President Andre Levingston. 'He was a valuable asset to the team and an incredible friend to me. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to his family, we will all miss him very, very, much.'

Strickland, who played his college ball at Hawaii-Pacific, spent fifteen years in professional ball, playing in several minor and overseas leagues. In the Continental Basketball Association, he was named an All-Star in 2008. He was also one of the most popular players on the 'Terror Squad' basketball team in New York's Harlem Rucker League.

But it was his last two professional years, in Halifax, where he achieved cult hero status. Fans in Halifax's Section 22, also known as 'Heckler's Row,' wore custom-made Strickland 45 jerseys and cheered for him every time he touched the ball.
'Stickland will be a missed dearly by the entire PBL family,' said Dr. Sev, Chairman of the Premier Basketball League. 'Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be well remembered.'

'John Strickland played with joy and excitement every time he touched the basketball,' said Chuck Miller, Premier Basketball League photographer and media specialist. 'He always got the crowd - whether home or away - into every basketball game he played. This is a very sad day.'

Strickland also received recognition in the music world, as rapper Jay-Z name-checked the forward in his track 'PSA.' 'My homey Strick told me, 'Dude finish your breakfast,' so that's what I'ma do...'

The Halifax Rainmen will organize a tribute to Strickland during the upcoming season.



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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 2-0 
 2. VEF Riga jrs 2-0 
 3. Ventspils 1-1 
 4. Zemgale 1-2 
 5. Barons 0-0 
 6. LU 0-1 
 7. Turiba 0-1 
 8. Valmiera 0-1 
Will join on later stage:
 1. VEF Riga


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  LEBANON   


Another Ex-NBA in Lebanon...Sagesse inks Dermarr Johnson - by Rabih Khoury
After try outs for several players failed, Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut management found the right choice... Yes it is DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati). The experienced player will have his first complete year in the middle east after playing for short time last year in Asian Club Championship with Al-Hilal from KSA where he averaged 22.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.6apg, 2.3spg, 1.4bpg and was the league second scorer. Dermarr had a very big NBA experience where he played for Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns,New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets... Also he had many years playing in the NBDL as well as Italy, Puerto Rico and China.

Dermarr will arrive on tuesday night to Lebanon to join the Green Castle...


Haouch Omara completes their roster by signing Dagher, Mikhail and Zain!!! - by Rabih Khoury
Haouch El-Omara team completed their lebanese roster yesterday by signing the trio Raymond Dagher (196-F-86), Alfred Mikhail, and Frederic Zain...
Dagher played for Kahraba last year where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 56.0%. Also he was a former Champville player for two seasons.
Alfred Mikhail, the young player had his first D1 experience last year with Sagesse.
As for the foreigners, the two players will arrive tomorrow to Lebanon to join the team... Their names will be published tomorrow!!!


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Basket Esch 3-0 
 2. T71 3-0 
 3. Amicale 2-1 
 4. Etzella 2-1 
 5. Sparta 2-1 
 6. Contern 1-2 
 7. Musel Pikes 1-2 
 8. Soleuvre 1-2 
 9. Black Star 0-3 
 10. Residence 0-3 


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  MALAYSIA   


Dragons Lost their First Home Game in ABL - by Abdallah Omari
Today and in a very disappointing Game, Westports KL Dragons Lost their first home game against Indonesia Satria Muda 68-77. The two Irish import players in KL Dragons were not in their day at all. Batumalai Guganeswaran (180-G-83), Rudy Lingganay (173-G) and Angelus Raymundo (196-C) played a nice game and reduced the gap since it reached 20 points at some parts of the game. In the other hand, Satria Muda did not find any problem to lead the game from the very beginning and the two American imports Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) and Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a great game and lead their team to this away victory.

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  MEXICO   


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 11-1 
 2. Angeles 10-2 
 3. Pioneros 10-2 
 4. Toros 9-2 
 5. Huracanes 8-4 
 6. Fuerza Regia 7-4 
 7. Halc.Rojos 7-5 
 8. Ola Verde 7-5 
 9. Algodoneros 6-6 
 10. Lechugueros 6-6 
 11. Soles 6-6 
 12. Lobos Grises 5-6 
 13. Titanes 4-7 
 14. Potros 4-8 
 15. Abejas 3-8 
 16. Jaguares 1-11 
 17. Panteras 1-11 
 18. Volcanes 0-11 


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  NBA   


76ers nipped by Nets in preseason game - by Eurobasket News
Every third play, the 76ers make you believe this year could be different.

A backdoor slash by combo guard Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86), a curl jumper by big man Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida), a steal and score by rookie Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.).

But the plays between are stagnant, dribble-heavy, drenched in the mediocrity that permeated last season.

On Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center, the Sixers lost to the New Jersey Nets, 90-89. They occasionally appeared to be improved, but the Nets made a trio of three-pointers in the final 12.5 seconds.

'We did so many good things,' said Sixers coach Doug Collins , whose team is 0-3 in the preseason. 'I'm disappointed for the guys we didn't win.'

Without injured center Spencer Hawes, Collins started a small unit of point guard Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA), shooting guard Turner, small forward Andre Iguodala, power forward Thaddeus Young, and center Elton Brand.

'If you look at the first and third quarters, that group really played well together, so that was very, very encouraging,' Collins said.

'Coming up on the bus, I said to our coaches, 'I have to figure out what we can do so we can get Louis Williams scoring - he has to be our guy off the bench.' We found a couple of things that worked for him,' Collins said. 'We thought we found a few things that worked for Andre. . . . All of those things are encouraging, but our defense is going to have to win games. We're going to struggle to score points.'

Numbers. Through three preseason games, the Sixers are 6 for 46 from beyond the arc. . . . Holiday, expected to have a breakout season, has 19 turnovers and only seven assists.

Back. Forward Andres Nocioni (6'7''-F-79), who returned from a sprained left ankle, played 19 minutes, 22 seconds on Saturday - his first action of the preseason - and finished with five points on 1-for-8 shooting.

Out. Big man Tony Battie (right-knee inflammation) did not play. . . . Hawes, who injured his lower back during Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics, did not play and will continue to be monitored.

Courtesy of www.philly.com


Suns beat Mavericks in pre-season game, 98-90 - by Eurobasket News
Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) scored 16 points and the Phoenix Suns held off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-90 on Saturday night in the third edition of the NBA's outdoor exhibition game at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

On a warm night with game-time temperatures near 90 degrees on the floor of the tennis facility, the Suns broke it open with a 36-point third quarter for an 86-64 lead. The Suns made 13-of-21 shots in the period, defying the game's reputation for poor shooting.

Both teams shot 39.5 percent from the floor on a windless night, but the Mavericks fell behind by hitting just 31 percent (12 of 39) in the first half.

Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) added 15 points for the Suns, who had five players in double figures.

Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) scored 13 for Dallas, followed by Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) with 12.

Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki sat out, saying he was concerned the outdoor conditions could hurt his jump shooting just before the regular season begins.

The Mavericks also were without coach Rick Carlisle, who did not accompany the team on the trip from Dallas after fainting during practice Friday. Assistant coach Dwane Casey served as interim head coach.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


McDyess plans to retire after season - by Eurobasket News
Spurs forward Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) doesn't plan to play past this season.

McDyess, 36, is San Antonio's oldest player.

'I didn't know what to expect when they signed me (in 2009), and I'm glad to be back,' McDyess said, 'but I think this is it. I'm the oldest player (on the Spurs) now, and I feel like it. I'm not trying to see any more years. I'm pretty sure this is it.

'My body just can't take it. I'm not Juwan Howard. I can't believe he's still out there, even though he is in great shape.'

McDyess said his goal for the preseason is to play just enough to get a rhythm and get in game condition.

'Coming in this year, I worked hard this summer to keep my wind in good shape,' he said. 'I don't play any five-on-five, but I shoot, run and lift. Doing that keeps me prepared.'

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


LeBron James, Chris Bosh held out of final 3 quarters as Heat lose to Spurs - by Eurobasket News
Call it an off night for LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), as in they got most of the night off.

James and Bosh, Miami's two big free-agent signings of the summer, played only the first quarter Saturday night as the Heat lost 90-73 to the San Antonio Spurs in a preseason game.

James scored 12 points and Bosh had two before spending the rest of the game on the bench in sweatsuits. The third leg of Miami's Big Three, Dwyane Wade, sat out his second straight game with a sore right hamstring.

DeJuan Blair scored 13 points for San Antonio. Patrick Beverley had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat.

One night after playing Oklahoma City, James said he could have played more 'but I'll go off what coach [Erik Spoelstra] and the coaching staff want me to do and we go from there.'

Spoelstra said he wanted to look at other players. But with Wade out, and James and Bosh getting limited minutes, it may take some time for the Heat to find their peak form.

'Tonight we took a step backward, but we had a lot of key guys out,' James said. 'We haven't put in a lot of our stuff, they haven't put in a lot of their stuff, so you just go and take it for what it is.'

James, who signed with the Heat over the summer after seven seasons in Cleveland, got a mix of cheers and boos from the sellout crowd before the game. One woman held up a 'LeBron Marry Me?' sign.

Once the action started, James scored 12 of the Heat's 26 points in the first quarter. Bosh, who scored 23 the night before, had a rough start. Blair went over him for San Antonio's first basket and Bosh missed five of his six shots in the quarter.

'If Coach wanted to hold me out and get some rest, I'm all for it,' Bosh said. 'I'm just going to have to get my legs again and get used to the NBA schedule again.'

While the lineup of James, Bosh and Wade has made the Heat a favorite for the NBA championship, there's nothing new about San Antonio's Big Three of Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest), Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80).

The Spurs also sat their stars for long stretches. Ginobili played 10 minutes of the first quarter, but Duncan logged only seven minutes and didn't play after the period. When a relaxed Duncan leaned on the media table to stretch, he waved to two schoolgirls who called his name, bringing a squeal from the young fans.

Like everyone else, Ginobili seemed anxious to see what James, Bosh and Wade can do when they get on the court together for more than a few minutes.

'In a lot of teams, there are two All-Stars and really good players, so I want to see them with Dwyane, too. It's going to be interesting to see how they adjust to each other,' Ginobili said. 'It's going to be really important for other players to make shots because they're going to be open.'

James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami (FL)) put Miami up 46-40 when he was fouled on a 3-pointer and made the free throw. Then Ginobili and Parker showed they've still got some magic when Ginobili fired a bullet pass to Parker, who finished the play with a reverse scoop layup to trim Miami's lead to four at halftime.

Duncan was on the floor with Parker and Ginobili to start the third, but coach Gregg Popovich pulled him for Antonio McDyess a split second before the whistle to start play. The Spurs opened things up with an 18-2 run capped by Curtis Jerrells' long jumper that made it 63-53.

The Spurs outscored Miami 20-10 in the fourth. Miami committed 19 turnovers.

'I thought the whole bench did a good job defensively,' Popovich said. 'They were impressive with not just their effort, but their recognition. That was nice to see.'

Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) and Jerrells each scored 11 for San Antonio. Jones added 12 points for Miami.

'I think we're at a pretty good point right now,' Bosh said. 'It's only three games in and everybody here hasn't really played together.'

Courtesy of ESPN


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  NORWAY   


BLNO Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tromso - Baerum 103-98
Tromso outscored Baerum 103:98 on Sunday as Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) erupted with 40 points and 11 rebounds. January Gerald netted 25, while Myhrer Bendik and Adahada Ifiok posted 11 each. Skara Nils-Paul noctched 28 in defeat and Oatis Donald added 25.

Asker - Ammerud 104-69
Asker thrashed Ammerud 104:69 as six players reached double figures for the winners. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78, college: Independence CC) led them all with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Torkildsen Lars Jaeger notched 21. Diomande Samuel replied with 22 points for the guests.

Froya - Kristiansand 95-97
Kristiansand opened Regular Season Round 4 with the win over Froya on Saturday. Hunter Ross (198-F-87, college: Palm Beach Atlantic) erupted with 36 points and Russell Antonio netted 29. Kombat Miilah ended up with 27 points in the losing case, while Ingebrigtsen Arne and Phillip Nicholas posted 19 each.




Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 4-0 
 2. Asker 3-1 
 3. Ulriken 2-1 
 4. Ammerud 2-2 
 5. Baerum 2-2 
 6. Kristiansand 2-2 
 7. Gimle 0-3 
 8. Froya 0-4 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 31.3
 1. Russell, Kristiansand31.3 
 2. Ross, Kristiansand26.0 
 3. Karlsen, Asker25.0 
 4. Kombat, Froya24.0 
 5. Bullock, Gimle23.0 
 6. Timus, Tromso22.7 
 7. January, Tromso21.7 
 8. Nyborg, Asker21.5 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken20.7 
 10. Oatis, Baerum20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum13.3 
 2. Kombat, Froya9.5 
 3. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.7 
 4. Bullock, Gimle8.5 
 5. Karlsen, Asker8.3 
 6. January, Tromso8.0 
 7. Ross, Kristiansand7.3 
 8. Christensen, Tro.7.3 
 9. Hammer, Ulriken7.0 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mustafa MAHNIN
  Asker
  (182-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mahnin, Asker5.3 
 2. Elgmork, Baerum5.0 
 3. Mihaylov, Tromso5.0 
 4. Timus, Tromso5.0 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken4.0 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso3.7 
 7. Torkildsen, Asker3.3 
 8. Diomande, Ammerud3.0 
 9. Nyborg, Asker3.0 
 10. Hinsch, Asker3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Diomande, Ammerud3.0 
 2. Mihaylov, Tromso2.7 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.3 
 4. Mahnin, Asker2.0 
 5. Timus, Tromso2.0 
 6. Bullock, Gimle2.0 
 7. Christensen, Tro.1.7 
 8. Elgmork, Baerum1.7 
 9. Torkildsen, Asker1.3 
 10. Mullenax, Ulriken1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum5.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.8 
 3. Kristiansen, Bae.1.0 
 4. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 5. Ndiaye, Gimle1.0 
 6. January, Tromso1.0 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken0.7 
 8. Bohn, Asker0.5 
 9. Muren, Asker0.5 
 10. Nyborg, Asker0.5 


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  PHILIPPINES   


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 17-3 
 2. San Miguel 14-6 
 3. Derby Ace L. 13-6 
 4. Alaska 12-7 
 5. Ginebra 10-10 
 6. Rain or Shine 9-10 
 7. Coca-Cola 9-11 
 8. Santa Lucia 6-14 
 9. Air21 4-15 
 10. Barako 4-16 


CAREY- ALAPAG TALK N TEXT STAND OUT - by Sheryl Reyes
With just a week start of the PBA, Talk and Text have won games and players are stepping up for those wins, as a matter of fact PBA 36th season's first Player of the Week award goes to Harvey Carey (191-F-79, college: Sonoma St.) after avergng 18.5ppg, 15.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg in TNT's 2-0 start. For their second straight win the Best player of the game was Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) with 27 pts 4 rebs and 6 assts..Players with passion and determination is how those players can be described. As early as now with the way Talk N Text Tropang Texters is playing they are once again a team that can't be easy to beat.


Philippine Patriots Stay Alive and get 2nd straight win !!! - by Sheryl Reyes
The Philippine Patriots won the game against the Singapore Slingers (62-59) yesterday October 9, 2010 for ABL season 2 regular season games, although struggling with only one import the filipino reinforcement stepped up and got the win they deserved. Junjun Cabatu (193-F-84) ended up being the best player of the game

The Philippine Patriots go to a 2-0 win-loss record after their opening weekend win over the Brunei Barracudas while the Slingers are now 1-1, their sole win so far coming over Satria Muda at home last week.

Next week October 16, 2010 the team will fly to brunei to face the Barracudas again, It will be an exciting game as the coach of Brunei Barracudas said that he has the best imports in the league and will meet the Philippine Patriots in the finals, with Brunei Barracudas 0 win , it wil be an exciting match and for sure Coach Wells will come up with some magic to bag the first win for his team so he can reach the finals as he aims too meet the Patriots.

Patriots 62 Fernandez 12, Billones 11, Cabatu 11, Little 7, Sta Maria 7, Llagas 6, Ybanez 4, Salangsang 2, Jaime 2, Sta Cruz 0, Alcaraz 0, Maliksi 0

Slingers 59 Avenido 15, Skinner 12, Jeffers 10, Vergara 8, Hong 8, Khoo 4, Han Bin 2, Wei Long 0, Oh 0, Sheng Yu 0



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  POLAND   


PLK Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni - PGE Turow 77-66
Energa Czarni opened the new season with a comfortable home win over PGE Turow. Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the hosts. Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) contributed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds for PGE Turow.

Anwil - Polonia Azbud 59-56
Anwil had a narrow escape against Polonia in Wloclawek. Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Anwil. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) added 17 points for the winning team. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) knocked down 17 points for Polonia. Lukasz Wichniarz (197-F-82) had 16 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Zastal ZG - Assec.Prokom 76-61
Zastal Zielona Gora came up with the loudest result of the first round as they stunned the defending champions Asseco Prokom at home court. Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah) unleashed 19 points to lead Zastal ZG. Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) was helpful with 16 points to his tally. Courtney Eldridge (176-G-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: NC-Greensboro) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Prokom.

Siarka T. - Polpharma 92-88
Siarka held off Polpharma in Tarnobrzeg. Kevin Goffney (196-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Stanley Pringle (185-G-87, college: Penn St.) contributed 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Fort Lewis) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Polpharma.

PBG Basket - SKK Kotwica 80-78
PBG Basket snatched a narrow home win over SKK Kotwica. Eddie Miller (191-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Fresno St.) nailed 21 points to pace the charge. Piotr Stelmach (205-F-84, college: Mississippi St.) contributed 16 points for the home team. Ted Scott (188-G-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: W.Virginia St.) replied with 30 points and 6 assists for the Kolobrzeg outfit.

Trefl Sopot - AZS Koszalin 92-61
Trefl Sopot left no chance for visiting AZS Koszalin in the opener. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points to lead the hosts. Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) and Adam Waczynski (199-F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) accounted for 14 points apiece in the victory. Winsome Frazier chipped in 17 points for AZS Koszalin.




Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Anwil 1-0 
 2. Energa Czarni 1-0 
 3. PBG Basket 1-0 
 4. Siarka T. 1-0 
 5. Trefl Sopot 1-0 
 6. Zastal ZG 1-0 
 7. Assec.Prokom 0-1 
 8. AZS Koszalin 0-1 
 9. PGE Turow 0-1 
 10. Polonia Azbud 0-1 
 11. Polpharma 0-1 
 12. SKK Kotwica 0-1 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Rosasport 4-0 
 2. Sokol L. 4-0 
 3. Tempcold AZS 4-0 
 4. Asec.Prokom-2 3-1 
 5. Znicz Basket 3-1 
 6. ISS Sportino 2-1 
 7. AZS Szczecin 2-2 
 8. Big Star 2-2 
 9. MMKS DG 2-2 
 10. Start Lublin 2-2 
 11. LKS Lodz 1-2 
 12. Gornik Walb. 1-3 
 13. Polonia 2011 1-3 
 14. Astoria 0-4 
 15. SKK Siedlce 0-4 
 16. Spojnia S. 0-4 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MMKS SIDEn 3-0 
 2. SMS PZKosz W. 3-0 
 3. Zuraw Gn. 2-0 
 4. AZS Kutno 2-1 
 5. Korsarz 2-1 
 6. Zyrardowianka 2-1 
 7. Trefl II Sopot 1-1 
 8. Norgips 1-2 
 9. OSSM W-wa 1-2 
 10. Plock 1-2 
 11. Polpak 1-2 
 12. Tur B.Podl. 1-2 
 13. AZS Olsztyn 0-3 
 14. Basket Pila 0-3 
Group B
 1. AZS PO Opole 3-0 
 2. Ksiezak 3-0 
 3. AZS PP Poznan 2-1 
 4. Gliwice 2-1 
 5. KK A-Bild 2-1 
 6. Open Basket 2-1 
 7. Stal Ostrow 2-1 
 8. Sudety JG 2-1 
 9. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 1-2 
 10. MKS Skiern. 1-2 
 11. Nysa Klodzko 1-2 
 12. Obiekty Wrocl. 1-2 
 13. Pogon Prudnik 1-2 
 14. Pogon Ruda Sl. 1-2 
 15. Alba 0-3 
 16. Slask Wroclaw 0-3 
Group C
 1. KKS Novum L. 3-0 
 2. MOSiR Krosno 3-0 
 3. Znicz 3-0 
 4. AZS AWF K-ce 2-1 
 5. MKS Limanowa 2-1 
 6. Polonia P. 2-1 
 7. UMKS Kielce 2-1 
 8. Unia Tarnow 2-1 
 9. AZS PR Radom 1-2 
 10. AZS Rzeszow 1-2 
 11. HK Zory 1-2 
 12. Staco Niepol. 1-2 
 13. Wisla Krakow 1-2 
 14. Cracovia 0-3 
 15. MCKiS Jaw. 0-3 
 16. Mickiewicz 0-3 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 30
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica30.0 
 2. Goffney, Siarka T.23.0 
 3. Miller, PBG Basket21.0 
 4. Burgess, Zastal ZG19.0 
 5. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot18.0 
 6. Eldridge, Assec.Pr.17.0 
 7. Archibeque, Polph.17.0 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.17.0 
 9. Wall, Siarka T.16.0 
 10. Stelmach, PBG B.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Siarka T.
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Truscott, Siarka T.11.0 
 2. Tica, PBG Basket8.0 
 3. Archibeque, Polph.8.0 
 4. Vaughn, Polpharma7.0 
 5. Frasunkiewic., Assec..7.0 
 6. Goffney, Siarka T.7.0 
 7. Kinnard, Trefl S.7.0 
 8. Hicks, Polpharma7.0 
 9. Stefanski, Trefl S.6.0 
 10. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  Polpharma
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Vaughn, Polpharma10.0 
 2. Scott, SKK Kotwica6.0 
 3. Comagic, Zastal ZG5.0 
 4. Eldridge, Assec.Pr.4.0 
 5. Hodge, Zastal ZG4.0 
 6. Beal, Trefl Sopot4.0 
 7. Curry, AZS Koszalin3.0 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.3.0 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.3.0 
 10. Krupa, Siarka T.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG4.0 
 2. Fisher, SKK K.3.0 
 3. Kukielka, Zastal ZG2.0 
 4. Dloniak, Zastal ZG2.0 
 5. Wisniewski, PBG B.2.0 
 6. Kinloch, AZS K.2.0 
 7. Comagic, Zastal ZG2.0 
 8. Scott, SKK Kotwica2.0 
 9. Sikora, SKK K.2.0 
 10. Kikowski, Trefl Sopot2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Assec.Prokom
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.4.0 
 2. Truscott, Siarka T.2.0 
 3. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 4. Comagic, Zastal ZG2.0 
 5. Burgess, Zastal ZG2.0 
 6. Ceranic, Trefl S.2.0 
 7. Metelski, Polpharma1.0 
 8. Kikowski, Trefl Sopot1.0 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.1.0 
 10. Archibeque, Polph.1.0 


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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 2-0 
 2. Mures 2-0 
 3. Ploiesti 2-0 
 4. Steaua Turabo 2-0 
 5. U.Mobitel.CN 2-0 
 6. Oradea 1-0 
 7. Craiova 1-1 
 8. Otopeni 1-1 
 9. Pitesti 1-1 
 10. Rovinari 1-1 
 11. Politehnica Iasi 0-1 
 12. Brasov 0-2 
 13. CSM Bucur. 0-2 
 14. CSU Sibiu 0-2 
 15. Miercurea C. 0-2 
 16. Timisoara 0-2 


Div.A Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pitesti - Miercurea C. 84-61
Pitesti overcame Miercurea C. 84:61 at the Regular Season Round 2. Donte Gennie (185-G-83, college: Georgia Southern) top-scored with 22 points for the winners and Eichelberger Chad nailed 15. Coleman Yamene collected 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, while Levine Levi posted 12.

CSU Sibiu - U.Mobitel.CN 58-61
Trailing 16-19 after the first period U Mobitelco BT won over CSU Sibiu 61:58. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) paced all the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Dykes Kyndall netted 14. Harrison Michael ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.

CSM Bucur. - Rovinari 82-83
CSM Bucuresti lost the thriller to Rovinari 82:83 as the latter got 22 points from Louis Darby (196-G-84, college: Long Beach St.). Troupe Porter netted 21 and Nikolic Stefan collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Mihail-Octavian produced 23 points for the home side.

Steaua Turabo - Craiova 89-67
Steaua Turabo edged Craiova 89:67 at the end of the Regular Season Round 2. Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, college: Rutgers) stepped up with 20 points and Popescu Bogdan followed him with 15. Wohlleb Casey responded with 19 points for the visiting side.

Ploiesti - Brasov 91-51
Ploiesti thrashed Brasov 91:51 at the start of the Regular Season Round 2. Vlad Negoitescu (203-C-91) was responsible for 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Calhoun Qarraan ended up with 15 points. Codin Horia replied with 13 points in the losing case.

Timisoara - Gaz Metan 79-82
Timisoara lost to Gaz Metan 79:82 on October 9th. Six players scored in double digits for the winners as Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) led them all with 17 points and Nicoara Titus added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Paltinisanu Dan had massive 31 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Otopeni - Mures 82-93
Otopeni was beaten Mures 82:93 at the Regular Season Round 2. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Cooley JuJuan brought 18. Seals LeVar finished the night with 23 points in the losing effort.




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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Lokomotiv K. 1-0 
 3. Enisey 0-0 
 4. Khimky 0-0 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 6. Spartak SP 0-0 
 7. Triumph 0-0 
 8. Unics 0-0 
 9. Dynamo M. 0-1 
 10. N.Novgorod 0-1 


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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Borac 1-0 
 2. Crnokosa 1-0 
 3. FMP 1-0 
 4. Napredak 1-0 
 5. Proleter Naft. 1-0 
 6. Sloga 1-0 
 7. Vojvodina 1-0 
 8. Beograd 0-1 
 9. Mega Vizura 0-1 
 10. Metalac 0-1 
 11. Novi Sad 0-1 
 12. Sloboda U. 0-1 
 13. Superfund 0-1 
 14. Tamis 0-1 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki K.


Welcome to new season of A League (1st round) - by Eurobasket News
Mega Vizura - Crnokosa 78-79
Crnokosa closed the first round with 78-79 thriller win against Mega Vizura. Aleksandar Radulovic (190-G-88) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) secured a nice help with 15 pts. In Mega Vizura, Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) had double-double of 17 points and 10 assists. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 25.

Napredak - Beograd 81-74
Napredak opened the new season with nice 81-74 win against Beograd. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) scored 21, while Slobodan Pejovic (192-G-86) came up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Visitors got 21 pts from Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket).


Vojvodina - Metalac 79-73
Dejan Kovacevic (195-G-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for Vojvodina with 17 points. Vladimir Velickovic (178-G-89) had 16 and Aleksandar Jevdjic (203-C-82, agency: BeoExcell) added 3 points less. For the guests, Dragan Kruscic (198-F-86) delivered 23 points. Vojvodina 1-0, Metalac 0-1.

Proleter Naft. - Superfund 95-85
Proleter Naftagas celebrated 10-point home win against the A League newcomer Superfund. Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) scored 20 points for the hosts, including five triples. He also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. In Superfund, Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81, agency: Promotex) had double-double of 20 points and 13 boards (valuation 36!).

FMP - Tamis 84-46
FMP destroyed Tamis 84-46 to start the new season in style. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89) added 19 points and 9 boards. In defeat, Dejan Buric (204-C-81) had 14 points and 13 rebs.

Borac - Sloboda U. 83-70
Filip Dedijer (205-F/C-88) scored 25 points for the hosts and pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Djordje Tresac (192-G/F-87) was the second scorer in victory with 18 points. In Sloboda, Branko Andjic posted 15 pts.

Sloga - Novi Sad 85-77
Sloga entered to new edition of A League with 85-77 home win against Novi Sad. Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points (5 rebs). Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) (9 as) and Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell) helped with 16 points apiece. Dusko Bunic (207-C-89) replied with 16 points and 7 boards in loss.


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  SINGAPORE   


Philippine Patriots Stay Alive and get 2nd straight win !!! - by Sheryl Reyes
The Philippine Patriots won the game against the Singapore Slingers (62-59) yesterday October 9, 2010 for ABL season 2 regular season games, although struggling with only one import the filipino reinforcement stepped up and got the win they deserved.

The Philippine Patriots go to a 2-0 win-loss record after their opening weekend win over the Brunei Barracudas while the Slingers are now 1-1, their sole win so far coming over Satria Muda at home last week.

Next week October 16, 2010 the team will fly to brunei to face the Barracudas again, It will be an exciting game as the coach of Brunei Barracudashas said that he has the best imports in the league and will meet the Philippine Patriots in the finals, with Brunei Barracudas 0 win , it wil be an exciting match and for sure Coach Wells will come up with some magic to bag the first win for his team so he can reach the finals as he aims too meet the Patriots.



Patriots 62 Fernandez 12, Billones 11, Cabatu 11, Little 7, Sta Maria 7, Llagas 6, Ybanez 4, Salangsang 2, Jaime 2, Sta Cruz 0, Alcaraz 0, Maliksi 0

Slingers 59 Avenido 15, Skinner 12, Jeffers 10, Vergara 8, Hong 8, Khoo 4, Han Bin 2, Wei Long 0, Oh 0, Sheng Yu 0


Philippine Patriots Stay Alive and get 2nd straight win !!! - by Sheryl Reyes
The Philippine Patriots won the game against the Singapore Slingers (62-59) yesterday October 9, 2010 for ABL season 2 regular season games, although struggling with only one import the filipino reinforcement stepped up and got the win they deserved.

The Philippine Patriots go to a 2-0 win-loss record after their opening weekend win over the Brunei Barracudas while the Slingers are now 1-1, their sole win so far coming over Satria Muda at home last week.

Next week October 16, 2010 the team will fly to brunei to face the Barracudas again, It will be an exciting game as the coach of Brunei Barracudashas said that he has the best imports in the league and will meet the Philippine Patriots in the finals, with Brunei Barracudas 0 win , it wil be an exciting match and for sure Coach Wells will come up with some magic to bag the first win for his team so he can reach the finals as he aims too meet the Patriots.



Patriots 62 Fernandez 12, Billones 11, Cabatu 11, Little 7, Sta Maria 7, Llagas 6, Ybanez 4, Salangsang 2, Jaime 2, Sta Cruz 0, Alcaraz 0, Maliksi 0

Slingers 59 Avenido 15, Skinner 12, Jeffers 10, Vergara 8, Hong 8, Khoo 4, Han Bin 2, Wei Long 0, Oh 0, Sheng Yu 0


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 28
 1. McCoy, Svit28.0 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.25.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno24.2 
 4. Wheeler, Inter B.23.7 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok21.3 
 6. Moore, Nitra19.8 
 7. Johnson, Nova Ves19.8 
 8. Gavran, Inter B.19.0 
 9. Tomek, Nitra18.5 
 10. Velcic, B.Bystrica17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.3 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.10.5 
 3. Gavran, Inter B.10.0 
 4. Erwin, Nitra9.0 
 5. Vojtek, Levice9.0 
 6. Delic, Handlova9.0 
 7. Johnson, Nova Ves8.6 
 8. Wolfinger, Levice8.5 
 9. Burrows, Komarno8.2 
 10. Jackson, Komarno8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Moore, Nitra7.8 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.0 
 3. Milosevic, Pezinok5.0 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.0 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok4.7 
 6. Zavodny, Vahost.4.5 
 7. Wheeler, Inter B.4.3 
 8. Kucsa, Inter B.4.3 
 9. Jones, Prievidza4.0 
 10. Micka, Svit4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Carter, Vahostav.3.3 
 2. Moore, Nitra3.0 
 3. Sapp, Pezinok3.0 
 4. McCoy, Svit2.8 
 5. Jones, Komarno2.8 
 6. Kucsa, Inter B.2.3 
 7. Kozlik, Pezinok2.3 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice2.3 
 9. Gavlak, Handlova2.2 
 10. Polakovic, Svit2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dametri HILL
  Levice
  (202-C-74)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hill, Levice2.3 
 2. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 3. Harcar, Pezinok1.0 
 4. Ridzon, Prievidza1.0 
 5. Moore, Nitra1.0 
 6. Hasan, Nitra0.8 
 7. Sismilich, Svit0.8 
 8. Polakovic, Svit0.8 
 9. Avalic, Handlova0.8 
 10. Pesta, Nova Ves0.8 


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  SLOVENIA   


Primorac rally from 26-point deficit but lose to Triglav (B1-Round 2) - by Zeljko Zule
Primorac Branik erased a 26-point deficit but still lost to Triglav, 67-68, in Round 2 of B-1 League. Rok Cebasek made a game winning layup with a buzzer, scoring his only basket of the game.
Triglav-Primorac Branik 68-67 (Uros Ninic (190-G-86) 26 - I.Gavric 18, Bratina 11, Pihlar 11)
Kraski zidar-Grosuplje 64-61 (Buda 17+10 rbs, Husic 16 - Alispahic 18, Misic 15)
Hrastnik-Nova Gorica 85-82 (Percel 17+8 as, Godicelj 15 - Petrovic 25, Marcetic 22)
Postojna-Radovljica 52-79 (Jakhel Kolarevic 17+13 rbs, Glavas 12 - Klepo 23, Ivanovic 19+13)
Portoroz-Litija 61-57 (Podboj 16, Prole 12 - Pusic 17, Lipovsek 10)
Sencur-Konjice 86-66 (Kosec 26+15 rbs, Horvat 13 - Jereb 19, Sivka 11)
Medvode-Rogaska 51-80



Dino Muric inks with Union Olimpija - by Emiliano
Dino Muric (199-F-90), as we reported few days ago, is a new player of Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The young forward signed a five year deal and the buyout is rumored to be around 50.000 euro.
Muric was one of the last two players cut before the Slovenian national team played in this summer's World Championships. Last season, he played for another Slovenaian club, Parklji Bezigrad, where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game


Standings - D2
D2 Standings
East
 1. Jezica 2-0 
 2. Radenska 2-0 
 3. Terme Olimia 2-0 
 4. Bistrica 1-0 
 5. Dravograd 1-0 
 6. Lastovka 1-0 
 7. Vrani 1-1 
 8. Mavrica 0-1 
 9. Fenomeni 0-2 
 10. Nazarje 0-2 
 11. Posavlje Krsko 0-2 
 12. Union Olim. II 0-2 
West
 1. Plama Pur 2-0 
 2. Strazisce 2-0 
 3. Ajdovscina 1-1 
 4. Crnomelj 1-1 
 5. Jance 1-1 
 6. Jesenice 1-1 
 7. Kos Koper 1-1 
 8. Krka II 1-1 
 9. Pingvini S. 1-1 
 10. Tolmin 1-1 
 11. Globus 0-2 
 12. Ilirija 0-2 


1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Hrastnik 2-0 
 2. Rogaska 2-0 
 3. Sencur CP K. 2-0 
 4. Splosna plovba 2-0 
 5. Grosuplje 1-1 
 6. Kraski Zidar 1-1 
 7. Litija 1-1 
 8. Medvode 1-1 
 9. Radovljica 1-1 
 10. Triglav Kranj 1-1 
 11. Branik Marib. 0-2 
 12. KD Postojna 0-2 
 13. Konjice 0-2 
 14. Nova Gorica 0-2 


Union Olimpija adds Boisa - by Emiliano
Union Olimpija Ljubljana is the most active team on the market. The Slovenian powerhouse signed for the upcoming season Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81, agency: World Sport Agency). The Georgian is injured and will come back early in January. Boisa has already worn the jersey of the team from Lubljana from 2001 to 2005. Boisa spent last season in KK Zadar, averaging 13 ppg and 7.5 rpg in EuroCup.

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ACB Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao - Valencia 77-70
Bizkaia Bilbao was better than Valencia keeping the perfect score after two games. Martin Rancik (204-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) and Chris Warren (196-F-81, college: S.Carolina) were the leading players in victory with 18 points. In the loosing squad, Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 19 points and 9 rebounds. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30.

Meridiano A. - Fuenlabrada 68-76
2-0 for Fuenlabrada and 0-2 for Alicante after this meeting. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) exploded with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners (valuation 35). Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) helped with 14 pts and 6 rebs. For the home side, Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 20 pts (4 triples).

Gran Canaria - CAI Zaragoza 83-61
Both teams faced with defeats in the first round, but Granca is the one who managed to take this one. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) drained 27 points for the hosts shooting 5 of 5 from behind the arc. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) followed with 18 points and 5 rebs. CAI Zaragoza got 10 points and 5 rebs from Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-C-86).

Granada - Regal Barca 78-85
Regal Barca cruised past Granada on the road mostly owing to Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80), who scored 24 points (5 triples). Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) delivered 16 and 14 points respectively. In Granada (0-2), Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) was great with 25 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists.

Real Madrid - Manresa 81-63
The Whites had an easy job against Manresa staying in group of the teams with perfect 2-0 record. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points, while Sergio Llull (190-G-87) added one point less. In Manresa (0-2), Alfonso Alzamora (206-F/C-79) delivered 14 pts.

DKV Joventut - Menorca 91-73
DKV Joventut demonstrated nice performance today registering first victory of the season. Will McDonald (206-C-79, college: S.Florida) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Jordi Trias (207-F-80) netted 13 pts and grabbed 7 boards. In Menorca (1-1), Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) was good with 17 points and 7 rebs.

Lagun Aro GBC - Cajasol 73-60
Lagun Aro GBC outplayed Cajasol so both teams have 1-1 record now. David Doblas (206-C-81) (5 rebs) and Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) were in a game mood scoring 16 and 15 points respectively. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) replied with 14 points for the guests.

Valladolid - Estudiantes 79-66
Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville) was a key player in this victory with 21 points. Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) was behind him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. In defeat, Daniel Clark collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Valladolid 1-1, Estu 0-2.

Unicaja - Caja Laboral 76-69
Unicaja outplayed the reigning champion in derby 76-69. Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) came up with 15 points for the hosts, while Joel Freeland (208-F-87) added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) exploded on the other side with 30 points and 5 rebs. Unicaja 2-0, Caja Laboral 1-1.


Assignia Manresa inked Andre Owens - by Llorenc Morro
Asignia Manresa inked temporary Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) to replace injured Alex Llorca. Owens have one month contract. The catalan team also search a center as replacement for Brian Cusworth.
Albert Moncasi (209-C-86) signed one moth contract in Girona after help the team in the practises.

Joan Carles Bivia (185-G-85) MVP in LEB Silver in second round. Mallorca's point guard signed double numbers (17 points and 11 rebounds) versus Illescas and lead the Oranges to their second victory


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Derek STRIBLING
  ADT Tarragona
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 21
 1. Stribling, ADT T.21.0 
 2. Larry, Regal F.20.0 
 3. Bivia, Mallorca19.5 
 4. Perez, Promobys18.0 
 5. Reichel, Santurtzi18.0 
 6. Zamora, Andorra18.0 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo17.5 
 8. Torres, Mallorca17.0 
 9. Mortellaro, Lan M.17.0 
 10. Cage, ADT Tarragona16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Reginald LARRY
  Regal FC II
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Larry, Regal F.14.0 
 2. Lawal, Guadalajara14.0 
 3. Klassman, Avila12.0 
 4. Ramsdell, Avila10.0 
 5. Garcia, Regal F.9.0 
 6. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.0 
 7. Chubrevich, Illescas9.0 
 8. Mesa, Clavijo8.5 
 9. Leichtweis, Santurtzi8.0 
 10. Rodrigo, Guadalaj.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Witt, Clavijo7.0 
 2. Rufian, Promobys6.5 
 3. Lopez, Avila6.0 
 4. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 5. Casado, Santurtzi4.0 
 6. Inigo, Guadalajara4.0 
 7. Suarez, Oviedo Feve4.0 
 8. Bavosi, Promobys3.5 
 9. Machuca, Illescas3.5 
 10. Pampin, Mallorca3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Martin CALVO
  Plasencia
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Calvo, Plasencia3.0 
 2. Mesa, Clavijo3.0 
 3. Garcia, Regal F.3.0 
 4. Creus, Regal F.3.0 
 5. Alonso, Mallorca2.5 
 6. O''Leary, Oviedo F.2.5 
 7. Bassas, Prat J.2.5 
 8. Pampin, Mallorca2.5 
 9. Merino, Avila2.0 
 10. Martinez, Plasencia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Regal FC II
  (--90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mbaye, Regal F.2.0 
 2. Biyombo, Illescas2.0 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.2.0 
 4. Maglisceau, Promo.1.5 
 5. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.1.5 
 6. Thompson, Coruna1.5 
 7. Rodrigo, Guadalaj.1.0 
 8. Chubrevich, Illescas1.0 
 9. Justo, Avila1.0 
 10. Sanchez, Santurtzi1.0 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Caceres 2-0 
 2. Clin.Rincon 2-0 
 3. Leon 2-0 
 4. Navarra 2-0 
 5. Obradoiro 2-0 
 6. Alcazar 1-1 
 7. Breogan 1-1 
 8. Burgos 1-1 
 9. CB Murcia 1-1 
 10. Girona 1-1 
 11. La Laguna 1-1 
 12. La Palma 1-1 
 13. Melilla 1-1 
 14. CB Tarragona 0-2 
 15. Huesca 0-2 
 16. Lleida 0-2 
 17. Ourense 0-2 
 18. Palencia 0-2 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. ADT Tarragona 2-0 
 2. Andorra 2-0 
 3. Clavijo 2-0 
 4. Mallorca 2-0 
 5. Plasencia 2-0 
 6. Promobys 2-0 
 7. Oviedo Feve 1-1 
 8. Regal FC II 1-1 
 9. Avila 0-1 
 10. Guadalajara 0-1 
 11. Coruna 0-2 
 12. Illescas 0-2 
 13. Lan Mobel ISB 0-2 
 14. Prat Juventud 0-2 
 15. Santurtzi 0-2 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Jason DETRICK
  Melilla
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 29
 1. Detrick, Melilla29.0 
 2. Guillen, La Laguna24.5 
 3. Freimanis, Huesca23.0 
 4. Navarro, Girona21.5 
 5. Rocchia, Leon20.0 
 6. Palacios, La Palma18.0 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.17.5 
 8. Brown, Breogan17.5 
 9. Lima, Clin.Rincon17.5 
 10. Mokongo, Ourense17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedzad SINANOVIC
  Clin.Rincon
  (221-C-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.11.5 
 2. Clark, Palencia11.5 
 3. Gomez, Burgos11.5 
 4. Guillen, La Laguna11.0 
 5. Freimanis, Huesca10.5 
 6. Humphrey, Caceres9.0 
 7. Frost, Palencia8.5 
 8. Ortega, Girona8.5 
 9. Kale, Ourense8.5 
 10. Alba, CB Tarragona8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.8.5 
 2. Jimenez, Melilla8.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Obrad.6.0 
 4. Sabat, La Laguna6.0 
 5. Perez, Lleida5.0 
 6. Vallmajo, Breogan4.5 
 7. Jasen, CB Murcia4.0 
 8. Castro, Burgos4.0 
 9. Aranda, Huesca3.5 
 10. Cobos, Clin.Rincon3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.3.0 
 2. Herrero, Huesca3.0 
 3. Rocchia, Leon3.0 
 4. Rost, Girona2.5 
 5. Robles, Alcazar2.5 
 6. Fernandez, Ourense2.5 
 7. Dobbins, CB Murcia2.0 
 8. Fontet, Leon2.0 
 9. Brown, Breogan2.0 
 10. Nguirane, Clin.Rincon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Angel ANTELO
  Caceres
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Antelo, Caceres2.5 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.2.5 
 3. Romero, Melilla2.0 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona2.0 
 5. Dobbins, CB Murcia1.5 
 6. Ortega, Girona1.5 
 7. Fontet, Leon1.5 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan1.0 
 9. Freimanis, Huesca1.0 
 10. Sanborn, Navarra1.0 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Bizkaia Bilbao 2-0 
 2. Fuenlabrada 2-0 
 3. Real Madrid 2-0 
 4. Regal Barca 2-0 
 5. Unicaja 2-0 
 6. Caja Laboral 1-1 
 7. Cajasol 1-1 
 8. DKV Joventut 1-1 
 9. Gran Canaria 1-1 
 10. Lagun Aro GBC 1-1 
 11. Valencia 1-1 
 12. Valladolid 1-1 
 13. Vive Menorca 1-1 
 14. CAI Zaragoza 0-2 
 15. Estudiantes 0-2 
 16. Granada 0-2 
 17. Manresa 0-2 
 18. Meridiano A. 0-2 


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Ali FAROKHMANESH
  SAM Massagno
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.26.0 
 2. Brown, Starwings26.0 
 3. Byron, BBC Nyon23.0 
 4. Efevberha, Lugano T.22.0 
 5. Martin, BBC Nyon22.0 
 6. Green, SAV Vacallo22.0 
 7. Holland, Zurich W.20.0 
 8. Ofoegbu, SAM M.20.0 
 9. Smiljanic, SAV V.18.0 
 10. Glover, Boncourt18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John OFOEGBU
  SAM Massagno
  (206-C-82)
  Avg: 16
 1. Ofoegbu, SAM M.16.0 
 2. Dacevic, SAV V.12.0 
 3. Thompson, Starw.12.0 
 4. Holland, Zurich W.11.0 
 5. Meylan, BBC Nyon11.0 
 6. Daniels, BBC Nyon11.0 
 7. Mihajlovic, SAV V.11.0 
 8. Dos Santos, Bonco.10.0 
 9. Finn, Lugano Tigers9.0 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo12.0 
 2. Polyblank, Geneve L.6.0 
 3. Louissaint, Month.6.0 
 4. Esterkamp, Fribo.6.0 
 5. Efevberha, Lugano T.5.0 
 6. Martin, BBC Nyon5.0 
 7. Kazadi, Fribourg5.0 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg4.0 
 9. Stockalper, Lugano T.4.0 
 10. Buscaglia, Fribourg4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Steeve LOUISSAINT
  Monthey
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Louissaint, Month.5.0 
 2. Glover, Boncourt5.0 
 3. Draughan, Lugano T.4.0 
 4. Senderos, BBC Nyon4.0 
 5. Mihajlovic, SAV V.4.0 
 6. Lynch-Flohr, Month.4.0 
 7. Gugino, Boncourt4.0 
 8. Stucheli, Boncourt4.0 
 9. Johnson, SAM M.4.0 
 10. Dacevic, SAV V.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Toure, Geneve Lions3.0 
 2. Gugino, Boncourt3.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.3.0 
 4. Aw, Monthey2.0 
 5. Esterkamp, Fribo.1.0 
 6. Lukic, Zurich W.1.0 
 7. Daniels, BBC Nyon1.0 
 8. Ramseier, Geneve L.1.0 
 9. Sanders, Lugano T.1.0 
 10. Kouguere, Geneve L.1.0 


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


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SPOR TOTO Turkish Cup Results - by Baha Kurtulus
Group A - BALIKESIR

Mersin BSB - Aliaga Petkim :77-80 (OT)
Erdemir - Banvit : 59-92

Group B - ORDU

Pinar Karsiyaka - Antalya BSB : 81-74
Edirne Olin - Efes Pilsen : 58-63

Efes Pilsen - Pinar Karsiyaka : 79-71
Antalya BSB - Edirne Olin : 62-67

Group C - GAZIANTEP

Fenerbahce Ulker - Bornova Belediyesi: 80-57
Tofas - Medical Park Trabzonspor: 76-69

Medical Park Trabzonspor- Fenerbahce Ulker : 42-81
Bornova Belediyesi - Tofas: 74-66

Group D - ANTALYA

Turk Telekom - Oyak Renault : 79-72 (OT)
G.Saray Cafe Crown - Besiktas Cola Turka : 80-89


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Top 50: Tim Duncan, no. 14 - by David Edole
by Dennis Tarwood / @tuffyr

Think about the last time you drove to work. What did you notice?

Yes yes; there was a convenience store on the left 15 minutes into the drive. The red light at 5th Ave. caught you like it always does. You parked in the same spot you usually take.

But thats what you expected to happen. What did you actually notice?

You were thinking about your 11 a.m. conference call or that you forgot your packed lunch at home. Perhaps, if youre of a certain age and disposition, you squinted your eyes and rubbed your temple to try to shake the hangover.

You didnt notice anything during the drive, though. You anticipated the parts of the drive and moved on when they occurred. You might have seen them, but you didnt notice them.

And so it is with Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest). Last season, you saw Tony Parker collapse under the long-term fatigue of a professional playing career, at least for one year. You saw Richard Jefferson completely fail at being Richard Jefferson and it stuck in your craw. You saw George Hill and Garrett Temple and then saw them for what they actually were.

They were new. Or, if they werent new, they werent acting the same. You made the green light on 5th. You noticed. Not so for Timmy.

There he is, setting up on the right block after two shoves to his defender with that elongated right arm extended to the sky, parrying a hapless defender with the left elbow. There he is, one dribble and then two. Step over, shoot, score. Shuffle downcourt.

There he is on the left block, executing the same move in a mirror. Step over, shoot, score. Shuffle downcourt.

Now hes back on defense, undermining his opponents center of gravity with his knees and that massive base as counterweight. Never having the skill to leap out of the gym, he doesnt leave the ground for the first nor the second pump fake. Tim Duncan waits.

Help doesnt come. Help doesnt have to come. The Merlin Wall has been erected. None shall pass, except perhaps his opponent. Force them to settle for an outside shot. Shuffle downcourt.

The only change you might have noticed in the last few years is on the help defense. Tony Parker has undoubtedly noticed. His way to work has dramatically altered on the defensive end without Duncan to bail him out. Fewer blocks lead to more drives. Not a million: just more. It might even be unnoticeable if you havent looked up recently.

Otherwise, Tim Duncan is unchanged. He still has those sharp elbows. He still holds the same disdain for the media. (Even in an otherwise-empty locker room, claustrophobia sets in when approaching him.) He still harbors the same smart and silly sense of humor when surrounded by his inner circle.

And so we take him for granted. General managers drop him down their ranking. SLAMonline drops him down their ranking. He grows older. Slower. (Though, since he didnt start out blazingly fast, he didnt have to find an old mans game at 29; it was already present and accounted for.)

This season, tap the brakes at least once and notice Tim Duncan. There will be fewer opportunities to do so, assuming Tiago Splitter pans out as Spanish gold and DeJuan Blair continues to mock human physiology. Gregg Popovich will follow through on his plan to play Duncan less nightly and fewer nights overall, nursing him to June for the last two seasons of his contract.

After the 2012 season ends, Tim Duncan will be 36 years old with four or more rings to his credit and possibly zero interest in chasing any other career totals. He says hell play until the wheels fall off, but who knows when that will happen?

Perhaps hell take the opportunity to retire and open a swimming pool just outside San Antonio. Or maybe hell tour with the Renaissance faire, winning jousts daily because no one can knock him off his massive base.

And you? Youll be driving to work and notice briefly that the convenience store went under over the weekend. You went in that store once when you forgot donuts for a meeting. It was a good store, youll think.

And then youll drive on and you wont notice again.

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Superleague Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk - BC Odessa 96-81
BC Donetsk overcame BC Odessa 96:81 for 3-0 record after the last game of the Regular Season Round 3. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) exploded with 27 points for the hosts and Flores Luis followed him with 19. John DeGroat (198-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) collected 17 points and 10 boards in defeat and Washington Andrew as well as Balashov Stanislav notched 16 each.

BC Kyiv - Ferro-ZNTU 74-78
BC Kyiv suffered a narrow loss from Ferro-ZNTU 74:78 on Saturday. Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) led the way with 21 points for the guests and Kandrusevich Heorhi nailed 12. Lypovyy Oleksandr and Kovalenko Vitaly produced 20 points each for the team from the capital.

Hoverla - Dnipro 74-57
Hoverla upset Dnipro 74:57 on Saturday as Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris) stepped up with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Coleman Eric netted 12 and Ulyanko, Pavel delivered 10. Brown Denham ended up with 16 points for the visiting side.

Halychyna - DniproAzot 73-75
Halychyna lost to DniproAzot 73:75 as the latter got 24 points from Lamar Karim (178-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: So.Poly State). Gorbenko Sergiy netted 18, while Sokur Stanislav posted 8 points, Wiggins Alan replied with 19 points for the home side and Revzin Pavel notched 18.

Mykolaiv - Budivelnyk 68-88
Budivelnyk grabbed valuable 88:68 win over Mykolaiv on October 9th. Five players reached double figures for the winners as Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) led the all with 17 points. Gilyevych Ivan replied with 24 points in the losing effort.

Kryvbasbasket - Budivelnyk 72-66
Kryvbasbasket surprised Budivelnyk 72:66 at the start of the Regular Season Round 3. Bojan Bakic (197-G-83) poured in 22 points and Gliebov Dmytro followed him with 18. Michailis Anisimovas posted 14 points for the team from the capital.

BC Donetsk - Mykolaiv 77-66
BC Donetsk rolled over Mykolaiv 77:66 on October 5th. Five players scored in double digits as Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) led them all with 15 points and Flores Luis posted 14. Korochkin Andrei and Love Justin produced 11 points each in defeat.

Azovmash - BC Odessa 87-99
Azovmash surprisingly lost to BC Odessa 87:99 at home in Mariupol. John DeGroat stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Balashov Stanislav delivered 20. Thomas Charles answered with 20 points in the losing effort.




Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Hoverla 4-0 
 2. BC Donetsk 3-0 
 3. BC Odessa 3-2 
 4. Azovmash 2-1 
 5. BC Kyiv 2-1 
 6. Budivelnyk 2-1 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 2-1 
 8. Dnipro 1-2 
 9. DniproAzot 1-2 
 10. Kryvbasbasket 1-2 
 11. Halychyna 1-3 
 12. Khimik 0-2 
 13. Mykolaiv 0-5 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Christian BURNS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Burns, Fe.23.5 
 2. House, Azovmash22.5 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro20.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.19.4 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot18.7 
 6. Thomas, Azovmash17.7 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.4 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna17.0 
 9. Hukic, BC Donetsk16.5 
 10. Flores, BC Donetsk16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mario AUSTIN
  Dnipro
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Austin, Dnipro13.0 
 2. Morrison, Halyc.9.8 
 3. Hunter, Fe.9.0 
 4. Betts, Budivelnyk9.0 
 5. Agafonov, Budiv.9.0 
 6. DeGroat, BC Odessa8.8 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla8.3 
 8. Garrison, Khimik8.0 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna8.0 
 10. Burns, Fe.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa VASILJEVIC
  BC Donetsk
  (183-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Vasiljevic, BC Do.6.5 
 2. Flores, BC Donetsk5.5 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.4.6 
 5. Brewer, BC Odessa4.4 
 6. Swanson, Hoverla4.3 
 7. Funn, Halychyna4.3 
 8. House, Azovmash4.0 
 9. Millage, Khimik4.0 
 10. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ruslan OTVERCHENKO
  BC Kyiv
  (192-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Otverchenko, BC Ky.3.5 
 2. Burns, Fe.3.5 
 3. Mazutis, Mykolaiv2.2 
 4. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.2.0 
 5. Rybalko, Fe.2.0 
 6. Mays, Fe.2.0 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot2.0 
 8. Flores, BC Donetsk2.0 
 9. Hukic, BC Donetsk2.0 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv3.8 
 2. Hunter, Fe.3.0 
 3. Agafonov, Budiv.3.0 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 5. Turner, BC Odessa2.0 
 6. Anisimovas, Budiv.2.0 
 7. Wiggins, Halychyna1.8 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.1.3 
 9. Kovalenko, BC Kyiv1.3 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv1.0 


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


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


Bigua and Malvin won for the 13th round - by Hector Lopez
Bigua and Malvin, the teams which will be playing the next Liga Sudamericana, both won their games for the Uruguayan League 13th round. Bigua with a 11-1 record is leading the tournament and Malvin with 8-4 is sharing with Trouville the second spot. The results for the three games played last nigth were:
Bigua 90 - Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 25 points, 12 rebounds 2 blocks,
Cader 77 - Terrance Gamble (208-C-83, agency: HBA Sports, college: Tarleton St.) 21 points 19 rebounds, Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) 16 points 5 rebounds, Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) 20 points 5 rebounds
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Malvin 77 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 29 points , Christopher Lee (206-C, college: S.Carolina St.) 12 points 9 rebounds 1 block, Odell Bradley (193-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) 0 points 0 rebounds
Montevideo 75 - Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) 22 points 16 rebounds 8 blocks
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Bohemios 90 - De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) 29 points 10 rebounds, Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) 3 points 5 rebounds 2 blocks
Sayago 78 - Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) 26 points, 8 rebounds, Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 11 points 14 rebounds 1 block


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Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Dnipro 1-0 
 3. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 4. Unics 0-0 
 5. Honka 0-1 
 6. Lietuvos Rytas 0-1 
Group B
 1. Azovmash 1-0 
 2. VEF Riga 1-0 
 3. Khimky 0-0 
 4. Zalgiris 0-0 
 5. Assec.Prokom 0-1 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 0-1 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 3-0 
 2. Partizan 3-0 
 3. Radivoj Korac 3-0 
 4. Sibenik 3-0 
 5. Celik 2-1 
 6. Gospic 2-1 
 7. Vojvodina 1-2 
 8. Vozdovac 1-2 
 9. AJM Maribor 0-3 
 10. Jedinstvo BP 0-3 
 11. Lupa Promot. 0-3 
 12. Medvescak 0-3 


Successful night for visiting teams - by Zeljko Zule
All three visiting teams, Celje, Partizan and Sibenik, won in the Sunday's games of Round 2.
Lupa Promotion-Celje 64-76: Celje in the first half shot 18-of-24 from the field including 5-of-9 behind the 3-point line. Nika Baric scored 25 points, Monika Bosilj (178-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) registered 16 of her 20 points in the first half and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ana Turcinovic netted 16 points. For Croatian team, Sherill Baker in her debut and Iva Grbas posted 12 points apiece, Kristina Benic added 11.
AJM Maribor-Galenika Partizan 73-89: AJM was outscored in the third period 15-25. Ljubica Kure finished with 29 points, Martina Dover added 14 and Marusa Furman 12. Serbian champion outrebounded the home team 35-26 picking up 12 offensive boards. Dajana Butulija scored 18 points, Sheena Moore had 17 points and 9 rebounds and Bojana Jankovic and Milica Dabovic tallied 12 points each.
Jedinstvo-Sibenik Jolly JBS 67-70: Sibenik led by as many as 15 points early in the second period.
Luca Ivankovic collected 14 points and 14 rebounds and Marta Cakic and Ana Semren scored 14 points apiece. For Jedinstvo, Jasmina Bigovic, Andjelija Zlajic and Jelena Jurisevic posted 15 points each.



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Welcome to new WNBL season (Round One) - by Eurobasket News
Bendigo S. - Canberra C. 43-64
The Canberra Capitals started new edition of WNBL with excellent 43-64 road victory against the Bendigo Spirit. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Carly Wilson secured a great help adding 17 points and 8 boards. Bendigo did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring.

Logan T. - Sydney UF 72-76
Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) shined for the winners with 18 points, while Natalie Porter (185-F-80) followed closely with 15 pts. On the other side, Sarah Graham (163-G-89) collected 23 points. Flames 1-0, Thunder 0-1.

AIS - Logan T. 64-87
Emma Randall (188-C-85) stepped up for the Logan Thunder with 21 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 26 and was the MVP of this meeting. Sarah Graham also helped Thunder with 21 pts. In AIS, Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) was better than the others with 15 points and 8 rebs.

Adelaide - Dandenong R. 80-94
Kathleen Macleod was on fire in Dandenong Rangers with 21 points and she also dished out 8 assists beside that. Tracy Gahan (188-F-80, college: Iowa) helped her team with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. In Adelaide, Nicole Seekamp (178-G-92) had 19 points, 7 boards and 6 assists.

Townsville F. - Sydney UF 69-75
It was the opening day of WNBL 2010/11 season and the Syndey Uni Flames celebrated 69-75 victory against the Townsville Fire. Amy Denson (186-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) was a key player for the Flames with 28 points and 5 rebounds. The hosts got 29 pts from Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy).

Bulleen B. - Canberra C. 71-79
The Caps had Carly Wilson (181-G-82) in a game mood with 17 points. Michelle Cosier (176-G/F-82) also was good in this meeting as she added 14 points and 5 boards. For the Boomers, Rachel Jarry (185-G-91) collected 19 points and 9 boards.

Waves - Dandenong R. 48-77
The Rangers destroyed West Coast Waves Perth 48-77 to open the new season in style. Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) came up with 15 points in this victory. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) and Lauren King (184-G-84) helped with 10 points each. In Perth, Melissa Marsh (175-G-85) deli.


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Canberra C. 2-0 
 2. Dandenong R. 2-0 
 3. Sydney UF 2-0 
 4. Logan T. 1-1 
 5. Adelaide 0-1 
 6. AIS 0-1 
 7. Bendigo S. 0-1 
 8. Bulleen B. 0-1 
 9. Townsville F. 0-1 
 10. Waves 0-1 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Amy LEWIS
  Townsville F.
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 29
 1. Lewis, Townsville F.29.0 
 2. Denson, Sydney UF28.0 
 3. Graham, Logan T.21.0 
 4. Randall, Logan T.21.0 
 5. Langford, Adelaide19.0 
 6. Marsh, Waves19.0 
 7. Ebzery, Sydney UF19.0 
 8. Seekamp, Adelaide19.0 
 9. Jarry, Bulleen B.19.0 
 10. Macleod, Dandenon.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Logan T.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Francis, Logan T.10.0 
 2. Allison, Townsvil.10.0 
 3. Veal, Logan T.9.0 
 4. Norwood, Waves9.0 
 5. Cambage, Bulle.9.0 
 6. Robinson, Dandenon.9.0 
 7. Jarry, Bulleen B.9.0 
 8. Bishop, Dandenon.8.5 
 9. Penaluna, Bulleen B.8.0 
 10. Tippett, AIS8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nicole SEEKAMP
  Adelaide
  (178-G-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Seekamp, Adelaide6.0 
 2. Veal, Logan T.6.0 
 3. Macleod, Dandenon.5.5 
 4. Malpass, Waves4.0 
 5. Langford, Adelaide4.0 
 6. Butler, Sydney UF4.0 
 7. Smith, Logan T.4.0 
 8. Cosier, Canberra C.4.0 
 9. Lewis, Townsville F.4.0 
 10. Lavey, AIS3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Veal, Logan T.4.0 
 2. Payne, AIS3.0 
 3. Tippett, AIS3.0 
 4. Wilson, Canberra.3.0 
 5. Macleod, Dandenon.2.5 
 6. McMeeken-R., Logan T.2.0 
 7. Francis, Logan T.2.0 
 8. Randall, Logan T.2.0 
 9. Neves, Logan T.2.0 
 10. Malpass, Waves2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zoe HARPER
  Waves
  (191-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harper, Waves2.0 
 2. Graham, Logan T.2.0 
 3. Kunek, Bulleen B.2.0 
 4. Jarry, Bulleen B.2.0 
 5. Tolo, Canberra C.2.0 
 6. Smith, Logan T.1.0 
 7. Cosier, Canberra C.1.0 
 8. Neves, Logan T.1.0 
 9. Batkovic-B., Canber.1.0 
 10. Marsh, Waves1.0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Natallia KOZUN
  Olimpia
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Kozun, Olimpia25.0 
 2. Nikolai, TLU24.5 
 3. Anderson, Spart.21.5 
 4. Gricaeva, Spart.20.5 
 5. Povilionyte, MRU18.0 
 6. Dyeva, Serene14.5 
 7. Dashkevich, Olimpia14.0 
 8. Queenan, Minsk.14.0 
 9. Ciglar, Spartak SP13.5 
 10. Filonchyk, Olimpia13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olga GRICAEVA
  Spartak SP
  (192-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gricaeva, Spart.14.0 
 2. Galdikaite, MRU12.0 
 3. Paskalenko, Spart.10.0 
 4. Kast, Minsk-200610.0 
 5. Kozun, Olimpia10.0 
 6. Dyeva, Serene9.5 
 7. Queenan, Minsk.9.0 
 8. Nialepka, Victoria8.0 
 9. Kalinichenko, Serene8.0 
 10. Givens, Minsk-20067.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diana ZINTIKAITE
  MRU
  (166-G-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Zintikaite, MRU6.5 
 2. Sinkevich, Olimpia5.0 
 3. Kasina, Serene5.0 
 4. Kashlei, Olimpia5.0 
 5. Padshyvalava, Victo.4.0 
 6. Haas, Eclex Tallinn3.5 
 7. Okuneva, TLU3.5 
 8. Martinkute, MRU3.0 
 9. Haponova, Berezina3.0 
 10. Yatsina, Olimpia3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marija KUHAREVA
  Spartak SP
  (185-F-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kuhareva, Spart.5.0 
 2. Harelchyk, Minsk.4.0 
 3. Dashkevich, Olimpia4.0 
 4. Kulbitskaya, Victoria4.0 
 5. Okuneva, TLU4.0 
 6. Rannaveski, Minsk.3.0 
 7. Povilionyte, MRU3.0 
 8. Ershova, Serene3.0 
 9. Adamik, Olimpia3.0 
 10. Martinkute, MRU3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Liubov PASKALENKO
  Spartak SP
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paskalenko, Spart.2.5 
 2. Gricaeva, Spart.2.5 
 3. Galdikaite, MRU2.5 
 4. Filonchyk, Olimpia1.5 
 5. Kozun, Olimpia1.5 
 6. Kalinichenko, Serene1.5 
 7. Yatsina, Olimpia1.0 
 8. Tsikhamirava, Minsk-.1.0 
 9. Kast, Minsk-20061.0 
 10. Aleksaite, MRU1.0 


Baltic-League 2010-2011 First Round - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - TLU 107-62
Spartak SP started Baltic campaign 2010/2011 with the win over TLU 107:62. Merike Anderson (181-F-81, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 23 points for the winners, while Gricaeva Olga collected 21 points and 13 rebounds. Nikolai Mirjam ended up with massive 31 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Berezina - Minsk-2006 37-79
Minsk-2006 thrashed Berezina in the battle of two teams from Belarus. Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) produced 14 points to lead all the winners, while Pantsiukh Viktoryia and Givens Chrissy netted 12 each. Jakovits Nadzeya responded with 11 points in the losing case.

Serene - Eclex Tallinn 46-58
Serene lost the opener to Eclex Tallinn 46:58 at the Regular Season Round 1. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-F-87) paced all the winners with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Ptitsona Anastassia nailed 12. Dyeva Elena ended up with 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

MRU - Victoria 87-54
MRU edged Victoria 87:54 on October 8th. Sarune Povilionyte (182-F-88) poured in 19 points for the winners and Aleksaite Inga followed her with 13. Rashcenia Maryia responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort and Voishal Kseniya notched 15.

Olimpia - Victoria 96-43
Olimpia outscored Victoria 96:43 in the opener of the Baltic League 2010-2011 campaign on October 2nd. Natallia Kozun (188-F-88) erupted with 32 points for the winners and Dashkevich Tatsiana followed her with 14. Nialepka Viktoryia replied with 9 points for the visiting side.

MRU - Olimpia 61-66
MRU was beaten by Olimpia 61:66 as the latter got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Natallia Kozun. Zubrytskaya Aliaksandra collected 15 points and 7 rebounds and Filonchyk Maryia notched 13. Sarune Povilionyte answered with 17 points in defeat, whilst Galdikaite Sigita had 13 points and 14 boards.




Standings
Baltic League Standings
 1. Olimpia 2-0 
 2. Spartak SP 2-0 
 3. Minsk-2006 1-0 
 4. Eclex Tallinn 1-1 
 5. MRU 1-1 
 6. Serene 1-1 
 7. Berezina 0-1 
 8. TLU 0-2 
 9. Victoria 0-2 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Waregem 3-0 
 2. Ieper 3-1 
 3. Sint Kateline 2-0 
 4. BBC Boom 2-1 
 5. Jeugd Gentson 2-2 
 6. Dexia 1-1 
 7. R.Spirou M. 1-1 
 8. Houthalen 1-2 
 9. Willebroek 1-2 
 10. Deerlijk 1-3 
 11. Point Chaud 0-4 


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Krystel BALLAU
  R.Spirou M.
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 18
 1. Ballau, R.Spirou.18.0 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper18.0 
 3. Leemans, Sint K.17.0 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud17.0 
 5. Ray, Dexia Namur16.5 
 6. Van Dessel, Sint K.15.0 
 7. Boonen, BBC Boom15.0 
 8. Whipple, Houthalen15.0 
 9. Decroos, BBC Boom15.0 
 10. Malfait, Jeugd G.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Melissa DENNETT
  Sint Kateline
  (188-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Dennett, Sint K.19.0 
 2. Mans, Willebroek9.5 
 3. Malfait, Jeugd G.9.3 
 4. Leemans, Sint K.9.0 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.9.0 
 6. Boonen, BBC Boom9.0 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud8.7 
 8. Decroos, BBC Boom8.0 
 9. Van Respaill., Wareg.7.7 
 10. Maes, Deerlijk7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Leemans, Sint K.4.0 
 2. Ballau, R.Spirou.3.5 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.3.0 
 4. Mestdagh, Sint K.3.0 
 5. De Meyer, Willebroek2.5 
 6. Boonen, BBC Boom2.3 
 7. Strubbe, Waregem2.3 
 8. VanHonacker, Jeugd G.2.3 
 9. Meesseman, Ieper2.0 
 10. Storme, Deerlijk2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Irina MEDVEDEVA
  Waregem
  (190-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Medvedeva, Waregem4.7 
 2. Van Driel, BBC B.3.3 
 3. Vercauteren, Houth.3.0 
 4. Poffyn, Jeugd G.3.0 
 5. Ray, Dexia Namur2.5 
 6. Vandesteene, R.Spir.2.5 
 7. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.3 
 8. Mayombo, Point C.2.3 
 9. Meesseman, Ieper2.3 
 10. Boucquey, Waregem2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.7 
 2. Lentacker, Jeugd G.1.7 
 3. Gaither, Dexia N.1.5 
 4. Beaurang, Willebroek1.0 
 5. Mestdagh, Sint K.1.0 
 6. Boonen, BBC Boom1.0 
 7. Mans, Willebroek1.0 
 8. Dennett, Sint K.1.0 
 9. Malfait, Jeugd G.1.0 
 10. Mertens, Sint K.1.0 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Three Teams Lead in Rio de Janeiro - by Miguel Gonzalez
Celso Lisboa, Vasco da Gama and Mangueira lead the Rio de Janeiro Tournament after 4 rounds.

1st Stage:
18/09/10
Mangueira 'B' 53-87 Mangueira
24/09/10
Vasco da Gama 78 - 63 Celso Lisboa
26/09/10
Celso Lisboa 46 - 36 Mangueira 'B'
Mangueira 139 - 14 Bandeirantes TC
01/10/10
Bandeirantes TC 58 - 71 Celso Lisboa
Vasco da Gama 62 - 49 Mangueira 'B'

Standings:
1) Celso Lisboa - 6
1) Vasco da Gama - 6
1) Mangueira - 6
4) Bandeirantes TC - 3
4) Mangueira 'B' - 3


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Dunav Econt beats Olimpia in pre-season game - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt - Olimpia Bucharest 88-61

Dunav Econt hosted Romanian outfit Olimpia and thanks to scoring storms in first and third period was able to secure 88-61 win. From the opening tip-off hosts came out shooting. They were hitting every single shot while playing good defence as well. As result, Dunav held 31-14 lead after one quarter of play. In the second period, hosts cooled off a little as the tempo of the game went down. Teams traded basket for basket for the most of the quarter but visitors were unable to cut the deficit. By the halftime break the score stood at 46-29. In the third period, Dunav players picked their intensity up once again. They went on a run which gave them their greatest lead of the game and Olimpija was unable to cope with them. By the start of the final period, Dunav was comfortably up 73-57. In the final 10 minutes, Dunav players played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead. They routinely closed the game out for a deserved 88-61 win in the end.
Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, college: Va Commonwealth) led the winning side with game high 22 points. She received support from Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72) and Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) who added 16 and 15 points respectively, while Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) came off the bench to chip in 14 points. Olimpia was led by Gabriela Munteanu (177-F-88) who finished the game with 18 points. Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) and Andra Ionescu (190-C-88) also reached double digits as they scored 13 and 10 points respectively.

Dunav Econt: Radoslava Bachvarova 22, Hristina Minkova 16, Katya Kordova 15, Zornitza Kostova 14
Olimpia Bucharest: Gabriela Munteanu 18, Cristina Bigica 13, Andra Ionescu 10


Levski rolls over Montana 2003 in a control match - by Eurobasket News
Montana 2003 - Levski 68-85

Levski went to Montana 2003 for a friendly game and managed to come away with a comfortable win. Hosts opened the match in style, taking the early lead. By the end of the first period, Montana was up 27-22. However, that was all they could do in this match, as Levski players started to take over the game in the second period. They mounted a series of runs which helped them tie the score. Shots Montana players were hitting in the first quarter were not there anymore, so by halftime it was Levski with a 42-47 advantage. After the break, not much changed, as Levski dominated on the defensive end. They limited Montana to only 11 third quarter points so they held 53-68 lead with one quarter to play. In the final 10 minutes, tempo of the game went down but it was Levski players who controlled it. They played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead and to prevent Montana from making a comeback. In the end they celebrated more than comfortable 68-85 win.
Stanislava Stankova (172-G-90) and Radostina Dimitrova (185-F-85) led Levski with 22 and 20 points respectively. Petja Dzhambazka (178-F-77) followed closely with 19 points, while Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) chipped in 16 points. On the other side, Montana 2003 got 20 points from Ivelina Vrancheva (175-G-80) and Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75). Rumyana Nikolovska (182-F-77) also reached double digits with 11 points in this game.

Montana 2003: Ivelina Vrancheva 20, Zhaneta Zhelyova 20, Rumyana Nikolovska 11
Levski: Stanislava Stankova 22, Radostina Dimitrova 20, Petja Dzhambazka 19, Natalia Topalova-Shopova 16


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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. SISU 3-0 
 2. Amager 2-1 
 3. Horsens 2-1 
 4. Horsholm 2-1 
 5. Lemvig 2-1 
 6. Vaerlose 1-2 
 7. Aabyhoj 0-3 
 8. Falcon 0-3 


Dameligaen Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Aabyhoj - Amager 62-63
Linea Erlangsen (F-91) scored a late bucket to propel Amager to a narrow road win over Aabyhoj. Anna Nedovic (193-F-83, college: Colorado) paced the winners with 17 points and 14 boards. Anna Seilund (172-G-93) contributed 16 points for Amager. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) delivered 21 points for Aabyhoj.

SISU - Horsholm 74-62
SISU posted the third straight win as they held off Horsholm. Camilla Blands (180-G-85, college: Alabama) tallied 20 points and 6 caroms for SISU. Kiki Lund (178-G-83, college: Dayton) netted 12 points in the win. Gri
tt Ryder responded with 18 points for the 79ers.

Falcon - Horsens 54-57
Horsens stole a narrow road win over Falcon to improve at 2-1 record. Charmaine Furgeson (176-G-86) scored 17 points and collected 10 rebounds to pace the visitors. Jessica Smith (191-C-86, college: Iona) contributed 11 points in the win. Elisabeth Hansen (175-G-93) replied with 23 points for Falcon. Sofie Vincents (172-G-87) nailed 11 points in defeat.

Vaerlose - Lemvig 52-56
Florencia Palacios (181-G/F-85) scored 17 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead Lemvig to a road win over Vaerlose. Mie Burlin (178-G) notched 13 points for the visitors. Laurie Girdwood (193-F-86) did not rescue Vaerlose despite posting 21 points and 12 rebounds.





Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 23
 1. Beckley, Lemvig23.0 
 2. Hansen, Falcon23.0 
 3. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj22.0 
 4. Smith, Horsens17.7 
 5. Nedovic, Amager17.0 
 6. Kruuse, Amager17.0 
 7. Deemand, Horsholm16.0 
 8. Palacios, Lemvig16.0 
 9. Deleuran, Horsholm12.5 
 10. Krogh, Aabyhoj12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sussie KRUUSE
  Amager
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kruuse, Amager14.0 
 2. Beckley, Lemvig13.5 
 3. Smith, Horsens10.3 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens9.0 
 5. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj8.5 
 6. Haven, Vaerlose8.5 
 7. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.5 
 8. Palacios, Lemvig6.0 
 9. Blands, SISU5.5 
 10. Morsoe, Aabyhoj5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mie BURLIN
  Lemvig
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Burlin, Lemvig6.5 
 2. Blands, SISU4.0 
 3. Kruuse, Amager3.0 
 4. Palacios, Lemvig3.0 
 5. Dokkedal, Vaerlose2.5 
 6. Knudsen, Vaerlose2.5 
 7. Lund, SISU2.5 
 8. Formann, Vaerlose2.0 
 9. Wich, Aabyhoj2.0 
 10. Abildgaard, SISU2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kiki LUND
  SISU
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Lund, SISU3.5 
 2. Blands, SISU3.5 
 3. Knudsen, Vaerlose2.5 
 4. Ryder, Horsholm2.5 
 5. Smith, Horsens2.3 
 6. Amalou, Falcon2.0 
 7. Vincents, Falcon2.0 
 8. Dalgaard, SISU2.0 
 9. Furgeson, Horsens1.7 
 10. Palacios, Lemvig1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hanna FERDINANDSEN
  Falcon
  (179-F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ferdinandsen, Fal.2.0 
 2. Beckley, Lemvig1.5 
 3. Kruuse, Amager1.0 
 4. Fogelstrom, Amager1.0 
 5. Palacios, Lemvig1.0 
 6. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.0 
 7. Furgeson, Horsens0.7 
 8. Larsen, Horsholm0.5 
 9. Johansen, Vaerlose0.5 
 10. Sheikh, Vaerlose0.5 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Two points for PeKa, Catz and Espoo Team - by Elina Koskinen

PeKa took another win by defeating HoNsU 67-88. The game was even the quarter, but in the second quarter PeKa started to run. HoNsU did not keep the pace with PeKa and the half time score was 28-46. In the light of third quarter numbers 20-27, it seems like there was no defense after the half time. HoNsU tried desperately to come back in the game in the fourth quarter, but it was already too late. Krystal Vaughn scored 22 points and gathered 16 rebounds while Jill Martin netted 18 points and 17 rebounds for the visitors. Dionne Pounds alone scored over 15 points for HoNsU as she finished 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Second round match between Espoo Team and Huima was the most thrilling of the Saturdays games. The lead changed 11 times during the match, but finally Espoo Team reached for the victory. The highest score of the game was divided by Espoo Teams Niina Laaksonen and Huimas Kenya Robinson who nailed 20 points each. Laaksonen gathered also 19 rebounds which was the highest amount in the game.

Catz took obvious victory over FoA, as the numbers 74-59 shows. Catz didnt give any chance for FoA and led 41-29 at half time. In the last quarter Catz started to loosen the pace and visitors won the period 18-21. Reetta Piipari ran home teams game and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Piipari was also awarded the eurobasket.com player of the week prize for her efficiency. Juta Jahilo was the lead scorer for FoA with 24 points.





Reetta Piipari claims Finnish D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International guard Reetta Piipari (170-G-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Catz Lappeenranta and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 30-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Catz in her team's victory, helping them to beat FoA (1-1) 74-59. Despite this victory Catz dropped to the 3rd position in Finnish D1. Catz is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Piipari had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 15 attempts. It's her second year at Catz and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Xavier University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Piipari is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 3.0apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of Espoo Team. Laaksonen impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for Espoo Team to edge Huima (1-1) by 3 points 65-62. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Laaksonen is well-known by Espoo Team fans and she already established her position as the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Dandra Moss (183-F-88) of second-ranked Torpan Pojat Helsinki. Moss scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of ToPo, leading her team to a 78-42 easy win against Kerava (#8, 0-2). ToPo has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Moss also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Moss has a great season in Finland. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jill Martin (185-F/C-85) of PeKa - 18 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Juta Jahilo (186-C-84) of FoA - 24 points and 5 rebounds
6. Kenya Robinson (182-C-70) of Huima - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86) of PeKa - 22 points and 16 rebounds
8. Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76) of Kerava - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84) of HoNsU - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77) of ToPo - 21 points and 9 rebounds


Stats Leaders - Women
SM-sarja (Women) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Moss, ToPo 26.5
2 Vaughn, PeKa 25.5
3 Pounds, HoNsU 25
4 Tuukkanen, ToPo 19
5 Moua, Kerava 19
6 Jahilo, FoA 18
7 Wright, FoA 17.5
8 Lehtoranta, PeKa 16
9 Sten, FoA 16
10 Roundtree, HoNsU 15.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Vaughn, PeKa 14
2 Laaksonen, Espoo T. 14
3 Robinson, Huima 13.5
4 Jones, Huima 13
5 Paavola, Kerava 13
6 Kityzina, Catz 12.5
7 Martin, PeKa 12.5
8 Juvonen, ToPo 10
9 Tuukkanen, ToPo 9.5
10 Moss, ToPo 9.5
Assists Per Game
1 Wright, FoA 3
2 Piipari, Catz 3
3 Lehtoranta, PeKa 2.5
4 Kesanen, Catz 2.5
5 Terry, PeKa 2.5
6 Martin, PeKa 2
7 Juvonen, ToPo 2
8 Morris, Huima 2
9 Aaltonen, FoA 2
10 Makitalo, Espoo T. 1.5
Steals Per Game
1 Robinson, Huima 4.5
2 Pounds, HoNsU 4
3 Tuukkanen, ToPo 3
4 Moua, Kerava 3
5 Martin, PeKa 3
6 Wright, FoA 3
7 Juvonen, ToPo 3
8 Terry, PeKa 3
9 Dettmann, Espoo T. 2.5
10 Moss, ToPo 2
Blocks Per Game
1 Kityzina, Catz 2.5
2 Tuukkanen, ToPo 2
3 Sten, FoA 2
4 Vaughn, PeKa 1
5 Wilson, Espoo T. 1
6 Sten, FoA 1
7 Nikula, HoNsU 1
8 Lehtoranta, PeKa 1
9 Aaltonen, FoA 0,5
10 Richter, PeKa 0,5


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Freiburg 3-0 
 2. Marburg 3-0 
 3. Saarlouis 3-0 
 4. Chemnitz 2-1 
 5. Donau-Ries 2-1 
 6. Wasserburg 2-1 
 7. Herner 1-2 
 8. Leipzig 1-2 
 9. Oberhausen 1-2 
 10. Halle 0-3 
 11. Rhein MB 0-3 
 12. Wolfenbuettel 0-3 


DBBL Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Herner - Saarlouis 67-84
Saarlouis posted the third win in a row as they took care of Herner away from home. Tyresa Smith (178-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Delaware) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Royals. Petra Manakova (190-F/C-82, college: Oakland) netted 18 points for the winners. Minja Terzic (188-F/C-79) replied with game-high 30 points for Herner.

Freiburg - Wasserburg 83-74
Freiburg remained on top of the standings with a confident home win over Wasserburg. Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) stepped up with 29 points to lead the effort. Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Carlene Hightower (180-F-86, college: La Salle) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Wasserburg.

Donau-Ries - Halle 83-49
Donau-Ries fired past Halle to earn 2-1 record. Sabine Loewe (191-C/F-82, college: San Diego) came up with 15 points to pace the winners. Dasa Rajecka (189-C-87) and Sophie Eder (178-F-93) nailed 12 points apiece for Donau-Ries. The Lions answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds from Erica Williamson (193-C-88, college: Notre Dame).

Leipzig - Rhein MB 84-77
Leipzig enjoyed the first success in the tournament as they toppled Rhein MB. Candace Williams (183-F-88, college: New Hampshire) fired 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Eagles. Lacey Haughian (188-F-86, college: Black Hills St.) contributed 22 points for the winning side. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) replied with 23 points for Rhein Baskets.

Chemnitz - Oberhausen 70-60
Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) and Nadine Grieb (183-C-87) delivered 14 points each to lead Chemnitz past Oberhausen. Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88, college: Oakland) provided 11 points in the winning case. Jennifer Bender (185-F-87, college: Monmouth) dropped 22 points and grabbed 8 caroms for Oberhausen in defeat.




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  GREECE - Women  


Transfer news in A1 - by Chris Mammides
Olympiakos Volou 1937 agreed fianncial terms with two Skopjan players. The young and talented, Ana Tanturovska (172-G-90) is the first one and she is a point guard with quite an experience in the sport as she was playign in Vigor Skopje, while the second player (who comes from the same team) to enforce the power of the volos team is Ana Zivkovic (183-F/C-87) who is a power forward and will add power in the paint and a number of rebounds for her team.
Head Coach Giorgos Meleti