EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/14/2010

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  ABA   


Jersey Express begin season with historic Season Opener vs Team Haiti - by Gianni Pascucci
The Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association is set to return for a sixth year of play, and the team has announced its home opener for the 2010-11 season. As part of an ABA initiative to assist Haiti in wake of recent traumatic events, the Express will host the leagues recently assembled Team Haiti on Saturday, November 20th.
This game exemplifies the different paths you may cross and the lives you may touch when you're associated with the ABA and the Jersey Express, Express head coach Casaundra Smith stated: 'We have an opportunity to assist some people who have been struggling to get their lives back on track, and we hope this type of humanitarianism will continue down the road for others. Having former NBA Players walk into our gym is a great honor, and I'm glad our players will get a chance to take part in this event. It should be a great day for all'.
Tipoff for this game will be at 6:00 p.m. at East Orange Campus High School, which is located at 344 Prospect Street in East Orange. The Haitian Relief Team is coached by former New Jersey Nets point guard and NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson (6'1''-G-70, college: Georgia Tech). 18-year NBA veteran Olden Polynice (7'0''-F/C-64, college: Virginia), who also joins the team on the floor, brings additional splash to the organization as its General Manager, leading a team comprised entirely of Haitian players.
To be able to open our sixth season of play by being involved with such an historical event is tremendous for the Jersey Express, and it speaks volumes for the work the ABA is involved in, Express owner Marsha Blount said: 'I commend Olden Polynice, ABA CEO Joe Newman and Kenny Anderson for their vision in putting such a wonderful organization and team together. Former NBA Stars who give back to the community, and in this case dedicate their time and effort to benefit Haiti, is the path that we've tried to lay since our inception !'
Blount also commented on the importance of this game to a country in need of help and support: 'This game means so much to keep the focus on the re-building efforts needed for Haiti, she continued. An all Haitian professional basketball team should bring about a sellout crowd to cheer them on. I'm also proud to announce that our illustrious Mayor Robert L. Bowser of East Orange will be in attendance to open the season, and he will help us kick off this wonderful benefit game.'
Tickets for this game are available now at www.jerseyexpress.net , with all general admission seats going for $10.

Additional announcements are expected in the near future regarding celebrity appearances and a special halftime performance that will accompany the theme of the evening.




Three other signings at Chicago - by Gianni Pascucci
Ron Hicks , the Owner of the Chicago Steam ABA professional team, communicated to Usbasket.com to have reached and agreement for the upcoming 2010-22 season with these other players:
Trey Triplett (6'5'-G/F college: Cardinal Stritch)
Scott Campbell (6'2''-G/F)
Jasen Hunt (6'5''-F-82, college: Central State)


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki K.
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Lee, Radnicki K.28.5 
 2. Bogdanovic, Cibona26.5 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm23.5 
 4. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.20.0 
 5. Simmons, CEZ N.18.5 
 6. Morovic, Siroki TT17.5 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk17.0 
 8. Ilievski, U.Olimpija16.5 
 9. Zoric, KK.16.0 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Zoric, KK.11.0 
 2. Johnson, Cibona8.0 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar8.0 
 4. Benda, CEZ Nymburk7.5 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk7.5 
 6. Zubcic, Cibona7.0 
 7. Car, Zadar7.0 
 8. Brown, Zadar7.0 
 9. Jagodnik, U.Olimpija6.5 
 10. Markota, U.Olimpija6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Afik NISSIM
  CEZ Nymburk
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nissim, CEZ N.7.5 
 2. Draper, Cedevita6.5 
 3. Nedovic, Crvena Z.5.5 
 4. Stipcevic, Cibona5.5 
 5. Rakic, Radnicki K.4.0 
 6. Bazdaric, Cedevita4.0 
 7. Otasevic, Buducnost4.0 
 8. Renfroe, KK.4.0 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 10. Kecman, Partizan3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus JOHNSON
  Cibona
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Cibona3.0 
 2. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.3.0 
 3. Ilievski, U.Olimpija3.0 
 4. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija3.0 
 5. Simmons, CEZ N.3.0 
 6. Draper, Cedevita3.0 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.0 
 8. Cakarevic, Radnicki.2.5 
 9. Jagodnik, U.Olimpija2.5 
 10. Chase, Igokea2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jan VESELY
  Partizan
  (211-F-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Vesely, Partizan1.5 
 2. Edwards, Cedevita1.5 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Zvez.1.5 
 4. Delas, Cibona1.0 
 5. Milosevic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 6. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 7. Katic, Partizan1.0 
 8. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm1.0 
 10. Anagonye, U.Olimpija1.0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL coaches tip Perth Wildcats to repeat - by Eurobasket News
According to a poll of all nine National Basketball League (NBL) head coaches, the Perth Wildcats are the favourites to win both the minor premiership and the title when the 2010/11 iiNet NBL Championship season opens this Friday night (October 15).

The NBL conducted its regular poll of all head coaches and found that Rob Beveridge's Wildcats were the clear favourites to finish on top of the ladder. When asked to list the finish order of all teams at the end of the regular season, five coaches tabbed Perth to finish first and the remaining four picked the Wildcats to come second.

Last years pre-season favourites the New Zealand Breakers were the second most popular choice to finish atop the ladder at the end of the regular season, receiving two first place votes, three second place ballots and two for third.

Two teams that failed to make the NBL Finals in 2010 are tipped by the NBL head coaches to return to the post-season in 2011, with the Melbourne Tigers backed to finish third and the Cairns Taipans fourth.

According to the coaches, the Gold Coast Blaze will finish just outside of the four in fifth place, with the Townsville Crocodiles in sixth. The poll saw the Wollongong Hawks and Adelaide 36ers tied in equal seventh place on the ladder. The Sydney Kings, who are returning to the competition this season after a two-year absence, are tipped to take out the wooden spoon with seven of the nine NBL head coaches selecting them to finish in ninth place.

Coaches were also asked to name the two teams they believed would make the Grand Final as well as the club they felt would win it all. The Wildcats were selected as likely NBL Champions by five of the nine head coaches, ahead of New Zealand with three votes and Townsville with one. Perth also received three votes to finish as runners-up, which tied them with New Zealand in that category, ahead of Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne who all received a single vote.

New Zealand Breakers star shooting guard Kirk Penney may have missed out on a coveted roster spot with the NBAs San Antonio Spurs overnight, but according to the NBL head coaches he is the narrow favourite to win the Andrew Gaze Trophy as the 2011 NBL Most Valuable Player. He received three votes to take out the MVP award, but the race appears to be wide open as Gary Ervin of Wollongong (2), Julian Khazzouh of Sydney (2), Perths Shawn Redhage (1) and Townsvilles Gabe G-Force Freeman (1) also received votes.

Khazzouh and Perth Wildcats forward Matt Knight have led a flood of Australian talent that is returning to the NBL this season from Europe, and both featured heavily in the coaches voting for the likely All-NBL First Team. Knight led the way with six votes, ahead of Khazzouh and Penney on five.

The top five in voting for the likely All-NBL First Team was rounded out with Wollongongs new import guard Gary Ervin (4 votes) and returning Australian college star Luke Nevill of the Melbourne Tigers (4).

Ervin was also named as the best new import player this season following his showing at the recent Top End Challenge pre-season tournament in the Northern Territory.

Whilst Sydney arent favoured to be champs this season, they may just have the best local talent in their line-up. Kings star centre Khazzouh was the leading votegetter amongst the coaches when asked to name their five best local players in the competition. He edged out Perth duo Damian Martin (5 votes) and Matt Knight (5) as well as Gold Coast Blaze star Adam Gibson (5).

The Cairns Taipans were the team that most coaches felt had done the best job of improving their roster over the off-season, finishing with 5 votes ahead of the Melbourne Tigers (3) and Perth (1).

Full results for all questions in the 2010 NBL Coaches Poll are listed below.

Q. Name the ladder order that each team will finish in at the end of the regular season?
1. Perth Wildcats 77
2. NZ Breakers 67
3. Melbourne Tigers 56
4. Cairns Taipans 52
5. Gold Coast Blaze 48
6. Townsville Crocodiles 33
7. = Adelaide 36ers & Wollongong Hawks 28
9. Sydney Kings 16

Note: Teams received nine points for every first place finish vote, eight for second, seven for third, etc...

Q. Which two teams will advance to the Grand Final and who will win?
Champion
Perth 5
New Zealand 3
Townsville 1

Runner-up
= Perth & New Zealand 3
Melbourne 1
New Zealand 1
Adelaide 1

Q. Who will win the MVP award this season?
Kirk Penney (NZ) 3
Gary Ervin (Wollongong) 2
Julian Khazzouh (Sydney) 2
Gabe Freeman (Townsville) 1
Shawn Redhage (Perth) 1

Q. Who will be the All-NBL First Team at the seasons end (include three outside players and two inside players)?
Matt Knight (Perth) 6
Julian Khazzouh (Sydney) 5
Kirk Penney (NZ) 5
Gary Ervin (Wollongong) 4
Luke Nevill (Melb) 4
Damian Martin (Perth) 3
Gabe Freeman (Townsville) 3
Stephen Weigh (Perth) 2
Thomas Abercrombie (NZ) 2
Shawn Redhage (Perth) 2
Alex Loughton (Cairns) 2
Adam Gibson (GC) 1
Kevin Lisch (Perth) 1
TJ Campbell (Melb) 1
James Maye (GC) 1
Craig Winder (Adelaide) 1
Ayinde Ubaka (Cairns) 1
Kevin Braswell (NZ) 1

Q. Name the five best local players in the competition?
Julian Khazzouh (Sydney) 6
Damian Martin (Perth) 5
Matt Knight (Perth) 5
Adam Gibson (GC) 5
Mark Worthington (GC) 3
Luke Nevill (Melbourne) 3
Kirk Penney (NZ) 3
Thomas Abercrombie (NZ) 2
CJ Bruton (NZ) 2
Shawn Redhage (Perth) 2
Adam Ballinger (Adelaide) 2
Stephen Weigh (Perth) 2
Alex Loughton (Cairns) 2
Glen Saville (Wollongong) 1

Q. Which Rookie (non-import) will have the greatest impact this season?*
Luke Nevill (Melbourne) 3
Luke Cooper (Sydney) 2
Ben Allen (Townsville) 1

* Note: Not all coaches submitted votes in this category.

Q. Which team (other than your own) has done the best job of recruitment in the off-season?
Cairns 5
Melbourne 3
Perth 1

Q. Which new import will be the best this season?
Gary Ervin (Wollongong) 4
Gabe Freeman (Townsville) 3
James Maye (GC) 2

Q. What win-loss record will teams need to have to be assured of a finals place?
16-12 3
15-13 3
14-14 2
18-10 1

Q. Which team will win the wooden spoon this season?
Sydney 7
Adelaide 1
Townsville 1

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  AUSTRIA   


Anthony Shavies claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Furstenfeld in his team's victory, helping them to beat Gussing (1-1) 76-63. Shavies had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Furstenfeld, through which he has constantly improved. Missouri State University graduate has very impressive stats so far. Shavies is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.0ppg), assists (8th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 2.0bpg,4.0spg,66.7% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Croatian guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) of BC Vienna. Stazic impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as BC Vienna lost that game 71-83 to UBSC Graz (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Stazic is a newcomer at BC Vienna and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.5ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Spanish Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (1-1). Vay scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Vay's great performance Arkadia lost 77-84 to Gmunden. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Vay has a great season in Austria so far. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-76) of Wels - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Wels - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kevin Payton (196-G-86) of Arkadia - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) of Klosterneub. - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Hermann Opoku (208-F-86) of St.Polten - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dragan Miletic (195-G-82) of UBSC Graz - 22 points and 4 assists
10. Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76) of Arkadia - 18 points and 3 rebounds


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  BAHRAIN   


Jawan Bailey is a newcomer at Al Ahli Manama - by Eurobasket
Al Ahli Manama strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Jawan Bailey (203-F, college: Incarnate World, agency: Union Sports). Bailey played most recently at Vermont Frost Heaves (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 19 games for Vermont FH last season his stats were: 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 4-0 
 2. Rudupis 2-1 
 3. Norrkoping 1-0 
 4. Ventspils 1-0 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 1-1 
 6. TU/Rock 1-1 
 7. Perlas 1-2 
 8. Siauliai 1-2 
 9. TTU/Kalev 1-2 
 10. Liepaja 0-1 
 11. Nevezis 0-1 
 12. Valmiera 0-2 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Alytus Alita 0-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 3. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
 4. Neptunas 0-0 
 5. Zemgale 0-0 
Group B
 1. Sakalai 1-0 
 2. Juventus 0-0 
 3. Rakvere 0-0 
 4. Techasas 0-0 
 5. Kaunas 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 27
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping27.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja21.0 
 3. Osby, TT.20.3 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sakal.19.0 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja19.0 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis18.0 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils18.0 
 8. Staniulis, Perlas18.0 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis17.3 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmiera16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping12.0 
 2. Osby, TT.11.0 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis11.0 
 4. Staniulis, Perlas9.5 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja9.0 
 6. Jankauskas, Rudupis8.7 
 7. Krabbendam, Kalev/Cr.8.5 
 8. Morkeliunas, Kau.8.0 
 9. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.0 
 10. Cukinas, Kaunas8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Norrkoping
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.8.0 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Sakal.7.0 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis6.3 
 4. Jasikevicius, Kaunas6.0 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock6.0 
 6. Kriisa, TT.5.7 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis4.3 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.0 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis4.0 
 10. Lukosevicius, Nevezis4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Laimonas LUKOSEVICIUS
  Nevezis
  (197-G/F-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lukosevicius, Nevezis4.0 
 2. Vairogs, Ventspils3.0 
 3. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 4. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 5. Anderson, Ventspils3.0 
 6. Belevicius, Nevezis3.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping3.0 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai3.0 
 9. Eichfuss, TU/Rock2.5 
 10. Allingu, TU/Rock2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Edvinas JEZUKEVICIUS
  Sakalai
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jezukevicius, Sakalai2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 3. Kuzminskas, Ventspils2.0 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis2.0 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping2.0 
 7. Osby, TT.1.7 
 8. Berzins, VEF Riga1.5 
 9. Staniulis, Perlas1.5 
 10. Hughes, TT.1.3 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. BNTU 0-0 
 2. Grodno-93 0-0 
 3. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 4. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 5. OZAA Osipov. 0-0 
 6. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
 7. Temp-OSHVSM 0-0 
 8. Vitalyur 0-0 


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  BOSNIA   


Marousi inks Bosnian NT forward Feliks Kojadinovic - by Eurobasket News
Marousi is alive. The Greek outfit was in deep financial crisis this summer and most of their players left due to such bad situation, but it seems that miracle happened and the club will survive after all. They inked couple of new players in a single day and Bosnian Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79, agency: BeoExcell) is one of them. The experienced forward heads to Marousi from Bosna ASA BHT, where he spent last season. He appeared 21 times for the club in Adriatic league averaging 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He also added 7.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 5.3 rpg in Bosnian championship. During the summer, Kojadinovic played for the Bosnian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. In 8 games he posted averages of 3.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
Before Bosna ASA BHT, Feliks Kojadinovic spent one season in Ukraine as a member of SK Cherkasy Monkeys. He played 33 games for them in UBL collecting 10 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.6 apg and 1.4 spg. He ended the competition as the best ranked assistant. Kojadinovic played for Marousi in the past and it was on season 2007/08. At that time he had 4.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.5 apg for the club in 23 games (Greek A1). In FIBA EuroCup, he added 7.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg. In the past he also played for PAOK and Samara. From 2004 to 2006, Kojadinovic was a member of the Serbian squad Vojvodina Novi Sad. He played many years for Borac Nektar Banja Luka, where he started as a kid.


Teletovic player of the game with 25 pts in a win - by Sead Buljina
Our best player Mirza teletovic (206-F-85) led the way in Caja Laboral`s win over Gran Canaria in the third round of the top European league - Spanish ACB. Big man from Siroki Brijeg Stanko Barac (216-C-86) also started for Caja laboral and had a solid game with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and a block in 28 minutes of playing time). Gran Canaria managed to stay close in the game until the final quarter. Caja Laboral overplayed guests in the fourth quarter for the final score 82:61. Teletovic ended up with 25 pts (50% FGP) including 5 three-pointers, 6 rebs, 3 asts, 1 blk in 30 minutes on the floor. He was the top scorer and player of the game with 27 value index. Dejan Musli (215-C-90) from Trebinje was on the roster but did not play.

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  BRUNEI   


WIN ON THE ROAD, WIN IN THE ABL! - by Ozell Wells
Barracudas play first home game against Patriots this Saturday

THE first two weeks of the sophomore season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) has shown the competitive nature of the league.

Most of the matches could have gone either way with the league opener seeing the Thailand Slammers edge out the KL Dragons 79-74 in overtime at the Nimibutr Indoor Stadium in Bangkok.

Only four out of the six teams in the league will make it to the playoffs but what is the most important factor that can help teams find a difference and an edge to see them through to the next round?

Looking at last year's statistics, all six teams besides maybe the Singapore Slingers in the league have struggled on the road.

The Slingers are the only side to boast a winning record, four wins to three losses, in games played away from home last season.

Satria Muda BrtiAma (3-4), Dragons (3-5), Barracudas (2-6), Thailand Tigers (1-7) and even the Patriots (3-4) all struggled to notch wins when not playing in their home environment.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are the strongest at home as they defended their way to an 8-0 record. Every other team Slingers (6-2), Satria Muda (5-3), Dragons (4-3) and Barracudas (4-3) all defended their home floor well except for the Tigers (3-5).

Home court advantage seems to be crucial in the league and teams will therefore need to protect their home floor.

The Barracudas are off to a slow start this season with a 0-2 record and things are not looking favourable as they are faced with a tough schedule in the first month of the competition.

They lost to defending champions Philippine Patriots 62-71 in their opener on Oct 3 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City in the Philippines and were dealt another blow with a 76-59 drubbing by the Slammers last Saturday.

They next host the Patriots this Saturday at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas at 8pm.

Right after their first home game, the Barracudas will go on the road again to face Satria Muda on Oct 23 followed by the Dragons on Oct 30.

Despite it being early in the new ABL season, the Barracudas will be looking to turn things around with a win against the visiting Filipinos.

The Patriots are 2-0 this season after defeating the Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium 62-59 on Saturday.

The Barracudas, however, came up with an impressive 95-70 victory over the Patriots last December, a game dubbed as 'the mother of all victories' for the boys in blue.

It was a historic win as it was the first time that the Sultanate has beaten the Philippines, the region's powerhouse in the sport.

So will lightning strike twice in the same place?

Fans and supporters can finally get an up close glimpse of Brunei's first professional basketball team in action and tickets will be available three hours prior to tip off.

Tickets are priced at $6 and $20 for adults while those under 17 years of age can purchase their tickets for $1.

Those between the ages 12-17 will have to present their identity card at the entrance to purchase their tickets.

The Brunei Times



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  CANADA   


Rose leads Bulls over Raptors - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls rode a dominating advantage on the boards to a 109-90 pre-season victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

The Bulls (2-2) hammered the Raptors off the glass on both ends of the court. Chicago outrebounded Toronto 13-3 in the first quarter, 10-4 in the second and 15-8 in the third. Overall, the Bulls finished with a 44-22 rebound advantage and outscored Toronto 19-14 on second-chance points.

'They were just much more aggressive than we were,' Raptors coach Jay Triano said. 'They worked harder than us and that was evident.'

Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, while Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) scored 13 points and Omer Asik added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

' (Asik) does a lot of things that can help us win,' Noah said. 'You can't teach that size that he has. That's a big body and he can really move for a guy of his size.'

Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82) led the Raptors (1-2) with 20 points.

Guard Ronnie Brewer made his Chicago debut after missing the Bulls' first three pre-season games with a right hamstring pull. Brewer, a four-year veteran who signed with the Bulls as a free agent over the summer, scored four points in 10 minutes and looked tentative at times during his first-half stint, but more confident during the second half.

'With Ronnie, we've got to be careful with the minutes,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'I thought he did some things really well out there. Defensively, I like his length, I like the way he competes.'

Brewer said after the game that he felt fine and suffered no setbacks with his injury.

Rose scored 14 points and the Bulls shot 56 per cent from the field while building a nine-point lead in the first quarter. Noah had four of Chicago's nine assists in the first quarter and he finished with a team-high eight for the game.

' (Thibodeau) isn't talking to us about moving the ball,' Rose said. 'It just comes from the offense. The offense is made so that if you don't have a shot, you pass it.'

The Bulls were credited with an assist on 26 of their 40 field goals. Rose had seven assists.

'I thought we played very unselfishly,' Thibodeau said.

Thibodeau's offensive system seems to be ideally suited for Noah, who is one of the better-passing big men in the NBA.

' (Thibodeau's) offense puts us in a position where we can succeed,' Noah said.

The Bulls stretched the lead to as many as 21 points in the second quarter as Chicago took advantage of Toronto's leaky defense and poor effort off the boards. The Raptors closed the advantage with a strong 14-7 finish to the opening half behind seven points from centre David Andersen (notes), who scored nine points in 20 minutes in the game.

Toronto closed within 12 again late in the third quarter after Barbosa hit a three-pointer from the corner. On the Bulls' ensuing possession, Taj Gibson (notes) missed a foul-line jumper, but Noah tipped the ball twice then dived out of bounds to tip it a third time, slapping the ball to Deng on the wing. Fittingly, Noah got the ball back under the basket and his dunk put Chicago back up by 14.

Chicago's 14-3 run to finish the third quarter featured six second-chance points. The Bulls led 81-58 entering the fourth quarter.

'We practised harder than we played today,' Triano said. 'We just have to work harder and play with the intensity that's needed to win.'

Toronto's Andrea Bargnani (notes), the top pick in the 2006 draft, scored 11 points. He was 2 for 17 from the field in the first two pre-season games, and was just 3 of 9 on Tuesday.

'Maybe (Bargnani) is getting his legs under him a little bit,' Triano said. 'Like I said before, it's not just Andrea. Everybody has got to pick up their level of intensity.'

Thibodeau played his key starters heavy minutes with Noah playing 40 minutes, Rose 36 and Deng 31.

'With Joakim, he's going to get his minutes at (centre),' Thibodeau said. 'I had anticipated that Bargnani would start. I wanted to get a look at him guarding a range-shooting (big man). He probably played a few more minutes than I would have liked.'

Raptors forward Linas Kleiza sat out because of sore right Achilles' tendon.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 24 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros is back in the top of the standings, Bucaros took new air and waits new help from overseas, time is finishing for Patriotas, see the following results of the day 24 in the 2010 Colombian Basketball Federation Cup.

Cucuta Norte fall against Arrieros in the second game between the two powerfull teams of the Cup, Cucuta media is balming the referees, but the result will not change, Arrieros took again the first place in the standings.
Cucuta Norte 70
Arrieros 75

Was not easy but Bucaros fighting against thebad luck and with a very short roster defeated Cangrejeros, the Cartagena's team is also wainting the arrival of a new import to take be the partner of Tarrie Monroe.
Bucaros 91
Cangrejeros 87

The dream was too short for los Pastos and Patriotas defeated them as visitors, Patriotas have now new hope to reach the group of six teams that will play the postseason but the way will not be easy facing Bucaros and Cucuta Norte in the next four days.
Los Pastos 82
Patriotas 92

Fastbreak fall against Patriotas, the red team had problems to stop Harrison and now is forced to win in Cartagena or Medellin to clinch a place among the top six.
Fastbreak 83
Piratas 89


Stats Leaders
Federation Cup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1- Harrison - Piratas, 26,8
2- Mccullough - Patriotas 24,3
3- Ortiz - Arrieros 23,5. 23,5
4- Genao - Fastbreak, 19,00
5- Herrera - Cucuta, 18.7
Rebounds Per Game
1- Flores - Arrieros , 11,5
2- Julio - Cangrejeros, 10,5
3- Marriaga - Bucaros 8,7
4- Perez - Arrieros, 8
5- Bayona - Cucuta, 7.5


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


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  CROATIA   


Meridiano Alicante extends Mario Stojic until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Meridiano Alicante announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances). The Croatian SG/SF has a valid contract until the end of this season and he accepted to stay with the club two more years after that, actually until the end of 2012/13. Stojic joined Alicante during the summer of 2009 from Vive Menorca. He appeared 33 times for the club averaging 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Stojic helped Alicante to survive last season in ACB. He played for the same club in 2002/03. At that time he had 8 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 27 games.
From 2005 to 2009, Mario Stojic played for Vive Menorca. All four years they competed in ACB, while season 2007/08 was the best one for Stojic who had 14.1 ppg and 2.7 rpg at that time. In 2009, Menorca faced with relegation from ACB after what Stojic moved to Alicante. In the past, Stojic played two years for Real Madrid. In his first season with the club (2003/04) he had about 6 ppg and 2.5 rpg in ULEB Cup and ACB. He also played two years for Benetton Treviso in the past. Sotjic started basketball career with German Post SG Mannheim and later played for Rijeka, Zagreb and Zadar.


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  CYPRUS   


Pre-Season Update - by Nima Siar
On Saturday October 9th, Apollon took on Bulgaria powerhouses PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in day 2 of the Keravanos Tournament. Apollon, who was currently unbeaten in the preseason, barely got past Keravnos Strovolou the night before and only beat the home team by 2 points. Keravnos had 3 chances to tie or win but could not capitalize as time expired.

In the first quarter against Lukoil Sophia, it appeared Apollon was going to run away with the game by taking an early 9-0 lead and a 32-21 lead going into the 2nd quarter. Lukoil was able to eventually find their rhythm and take the game led by Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) who finished the contest with 20 pts 3 stl and 50% shooting from the arc and 2009-10 Cypriot League MVP Brandon Heath who finished with 11 pts while dishing out 5 ast. The Bulgarian side never looked back behind strong defense and shooting an astounding 58% from the field. Apollon was able to cut their defecit to under 10 a few times in the 4th quarter but ended up losing 86-94.

Apollon was led by Lewis Sims who led all-scorers with 26 points 7 reb. 2 stl. and Corry Carr 17 pts. 5 reb. 3/7 3pts.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Alton MASON
  NH Ostrava
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 19
 1. Mason, NH Ostrava19.0 
 2. Stuchly, NH Ostrava17.5 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava17.5 
 4. Slezas, BK Prost.17.0 
 5. Alic, BK Decin17.0 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin17.0 
 7. Muirhead, Novy Jicin17.0 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha16.0 
 9. Hatcher, BK Decin15.0 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  BK Prostejov
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Landry, BK Prost.11.0 
 2. Houska, BK Decin10.0 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.0 
 4. Novak, Plzen9.0 
 5. Machac, BC Kolin9.0 
 6. Sarovic, Novy Jicin8.0 
 7. Landa, BK Decin8.0 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava8.0 
 10. Muirhead, Novy Jicin7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milan SOUKUP
  Plzen
  (203-G-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Soukup, Plzen7.0 
 2. Gibson-B., NH Os.7.0 
 3. Alic, BK Decin6.0 
 4. Lawrence, BK Prost.6.0 
 5. Mason, NH Ostrava6.0 
 6. Channels, Novy Jicin5.0 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin5.0 
 8. Slezas, BK Prost.5.0 
 9. Carnecky, B&W O.4.5 
 10. Maio, Basketbo.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alton MASON
  NH Ostrava
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mason, NH Ostrava4.0 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.3.5 
 3. Gibson-B., NH Os.3.0 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.5 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.2.5 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava2.5 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha2.0 
 8. Stec, B&W Opava2.0 
 9. Channels, Novy Jicin2.0 
 10. Holloway, Basket.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.5.0 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.2.0 
 3. Machac, BC Kolin1.5 
 4. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.5 
 5. Gajdosik, Basket.1.0 
 6. Castleberry, Basket.1.0 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy1.0 
 8. Kriz, USK Praha1.0 
 9. Soska, Novy Jicin1.0 
 10. Brlit, B&W Opava1.0 


Emanuel Ubilla Signs with Novy Jicin - by Surujh Roopnarine
In basketball, as in life, apparently you can always go home again. Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) has been signed by his former club Unibon Novy Jicin. The 6-2 Ubilla began his professional career with Novy Jicin during the 2008-09 season after completing his collegiate career at Fairleigh Dickinson. The fiery point guard out of New Jersey had an impressive rookie campaign, averaging 11.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and a league-leading 5.9 assists in 44 contests, as Novy Jicin fell in the Finals against perennial champion CEZ Nymburk. In 2009 and 2010 Manny played briefly in Puerto Rico for Atleticos de San German and Indios de Mayaguez, before entering the 2010-11 season by signing with BBC Monthey of Switzerland. However, the team decided to look for a different position for their import slot and let Ubilla go. In Novy Jicin, Ubillia will join rookie American guard Wesley Channels in the backcourt. Novy Jicin (1-0) was victorious in their season opener, dropping NBL newcomers Plzen 103-66 at home. They will next take on BC Kolin (0-1) tonight in round two.

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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Maine Red Claws hire Hernando Planells as AC - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that Hernando Planells Jr. been named the team's assistant coach under Head Coach Austin Ainge. Planells replaces Randy Livingston, who left the team following its successful inaugural season to become the head coach of the Idaho Stampede.

'I'm excited to have Hernando on staff,' said Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge. 'He has great character and work ethic, and he will be a tremendous help as we get ready for our second season.'

Hernando Planells Jr. is in his tenth season as a coach, with experience at the high school, college and professional ranks. He has also choreographed sports action in movies, commercials and print ads. Among his experience, he has coached the Ryukyu Golden Kings (Basketball Japan) and was the head coach of the Hollywood Fame (ABA), where he began as the assistant coach and Director of Player personnel to former NBA head coach Don Casey. For the past three seasons, Planells has served as a scout for Marty Blake, the Director of Scouting for the NBA. In his role as a scout, he put together scouting reports evaluating NBA prospects which were circulated to every NBA GM and player personnel director. Prior to scouting, Hernando founded ELITE athlete training which specialized in personal training and consulting services for athletes. Through his work with ELITE, Hernando trained and assisted over a hundred athletes reach their goal of gaining a college scholarship or playing professionally.

In 2005, Planells was named the first Vice President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach in Wyoming Golden Eagles (AAPBL) history. His experience includes stints as a college assistant coach at Citrus College, one of the top Community Colleges in the State of California, and was on staff at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and as a high school coach at Los Angeles High School, Immaculate Heart High School (AZ) and Monrovia High School.

Hernando's experience and background has also allowed him to serve as a sports choreographer on movies and television for Mark Ellis and The Sports Studio as well as on his own. Some of his work includes the basketball scenes and the training of the actors on movies such as 'Coach Carter' starring Samuel L. Jackson, 'The Longest Yard' starring Adam Sandler, 'Rebound' starring Martin Lawrence and Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey McGuire and others. His experience has also led him to work on commercials and print for the WNBA, Target and Nissay Insurance (featuring Japanese Basketball superstar Yuta Tabuse). His production work has also led him to train the athletes of 'Extreme Dodgeball', the highest rated show on the Game Show Network. Planells also appeared on SPIKE TV's 'SLAMBALL' as the head coach of the Bouncers for three years.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Gansey named Mad Ants Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announced today that Steve Gansey (6'2''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) has been named assistant coach for the 2010-2011 season. This will be Gansey's second year with the team, as he served as a volunteer assistant under head coach Joey Meyer during the 2009-2010 season.

'I am extremely excited to have someone as talented as Steve Gansey join our staff. Steve is smart, passionate, and has a work ethic that is second to none,' said Mad Ants President Jeff Potter. 'He is one of the top young coaches in our league, and he was a huge part of our strong finish last season. He and Joey make a fantastic coaching staff, and I feel our basketball team is in great hands.'

Last season Gansey played a vital role in developing Mad Ants Rob Kurz and Oliver Lafayette, who each earned an NBA Call-Up at the conclusion of the Mad Ants season.

Gansey worked for Priority Sports and Entertainment in Chicago as a basketball operations intern during the summer of 2009. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach for the USA U19 National Basketball Team, where he helped develop players like Stephen Curry, Michael Beasley, and 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans.

Gansey played at Cleveland State, where he played for Coach Mike Garland. Following Coach Garland's departure from Cleveland State, Gansey spent his junior and senior years playing for Ashland University.

'I am looking forward to the opportunity to help develop players and get them to the next level,' Gansey said. 'I have learned a ton from Coach Meyer over the past year and I'm excited for the upcoming season.'

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Steve has five older brothers. Brother Mike played for West Virginia University before a successful career in the D-League, where he was a member of the 2010 NBA Development League Select Team.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  ESTONIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rannar RAAP
  Parnu
  (187-G/F-92)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Raap, Parnu25.5 
 2. Brown, Va.22.0 
 3. Tamsalu, Parnu19.5 
 4. Erm, Rapla18.5 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK18.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo18.0 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo17.0 
 8. Tagamets, Va.16.5 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla16.5 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock12.0 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla10.0 
 3. Brown, Va.9.5 
 4. Osby, TT.9.0 
 5. Arnold, TT.9.0 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock9.0 
 7. Erm, Rapla9.0 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK9.0 
 9. Hughes, TT.8.0 
 10. Kajupank, Rapla8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rain KARNER
  Parnu
  (186-G-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Karner, Parnu5.0 
 2. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock4.0 
 3. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 4. Laane, Rapla3.5 
 5. Brown, Va.3.0 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK3.0 
 7. Winston, Va.3.0 
 8. Pilk, TT.3.0 
 9. Lindmets, Rakvere3.0 
 10. Erm, Rapla3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rannar RAAP
  Parnu
  (187-G/F-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Raap, Parnu4.0 
 2. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 3. Oja, Va.3.0 
 4. Kaja, TT.3.0 
 5. Tamsalu, Parnu3.0 
 6. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.2.5 
 7. Erm, Rapla2.5 
 8. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 9. Kimask, Voru KK2.5 
 10. Kriisa, TT.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Osby, TT.2.0 
 2. Joosep, Parnu2.0 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 4. Arnold, TT.1.5 
 5. Montgomery, Rapla1.5 
 6. Saarmets, TTU/K.1.5 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock1.3 
 8. Ollisaar, TT.1.0 
 9. Keres, TT.1.0 
 10. Allingu, TU/Rock1.0 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Gravelines 0-0 
 2. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 3. Spartak SP 0-0 
 4. Szolnok 0-0 
Group B
 1. Dt.Bank SKY 0-0 
 2. Khimik 0-0 
 3. Ventspils 0-0 
Group C
 1. Benfica 0-0 
 2. Lugano Tigers 0-0 
 3. Lukoil A. 0-0 
 4. TU/Rock 0-0 
Group D
 1. Liege 0-0 
 2. Netanya 0-0 
 3. Norrkoping 0-0 
 4. T.Telekom 0-0 
Group E
 1. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 0-0 
 3. Krka 0-0 
 4. Telekom B. 0-0 
Group F
 1. Antwerp 0-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 3. Lokomotiv K. 0-0 
 4. Steaua Turabo 0-0 
Group G
 1. APOEL 0-0 
 2. Etha 0-0 
 3. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 4. Zadar 0-0 
Group H
 1. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 2. Nancy 0-0 
 3. Oostende 0-0 
 4. Orleans 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Macc.Haifa 1-0 
 2. Aalstar 0-0 
 3. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 4. BC Kyiv 0-0 
 5. Bosna S. 0-0 
 6. Enisey 0-0 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 0-0 
 8. Helios 0-0 
 9. Keravnos 0-0 
 10. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 11. Ploiesti 0-0 
 12. Trefl Sopot 0-0 
 13. Triumph 0-0 
 14. ZZ Leiden 0-0 
 15. Paris-Levallois 0-1 


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. Baxter, Enisey12.5 
 3. Finn, Lugano Tigers12.5 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.12.5 
 5. Killingswort., Macc.H.12.0 
 6. King, Etha11.0 
 7. Gadri, BK Prostejov11.0 
 8. Clark, Szolnok11.0 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot10.0 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.5 
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. Ben-Chimol, Macc..6.0 
 8. Horvath, Szolnok5.5 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 10. Sergeev, Enisey5.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.5 
 2. Dabkus, Etha4.5 
 3. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 4. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 5. Millage, Khimik3.0 
 6. Karydas, Keravnos3.0 
 7. Bailey, Art.Dragons3.0 
 8. Kolchenko, Khimik3.0 
 9. Johnson, Aalstar3.0 
 10. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg JENKINS
  Benfica
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Benfica2.0 
 2. Robinson, Macc..2.0 
 3. Gadri, BK Prostejov2.0 
 4. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 5. Clark, Szolnok2.0 
 6. Finn, Lugano Tigers1.5 
 7. Pasalic, Helios1.5 
 8. Kinnard, Trefl S.1.5 
 9. Valiev, Triumph1.5 
 10. King, Etha1.5 


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  EUROCUP   


Azovmash gets Wykeen Kelly - by Emiliano
Azovmash Mariupol, which will play Eurocup in the season 2010-2011, signed for the coming year Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Salem Intern.). The American experienced guard spent last season in Cyprus with Seastar Apoel Nicosia averaging, in 8 games in Eurochallenge, 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 86.7%, then he moved to Hapoel Holon, in Israel.
In 9 games played in the domestic league, Kelly recorded averages of 7.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 53.8%.

Kelly has already played in Ukraine with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (from 2007 to 2009), averaging 11.4ppg, 5.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.2apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 65.1% in the season 2008-2009 and was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Euroleague American Tour report: Miami Heat 96-85 CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow put up a good effort in the Euroleague American Tour 2010 opener on Tuesday night against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, but came up short 96-85 in the end. Despite playing without three of its top players All-Euroleague forward and Defensive Player of the Year Viktor Khryapa, starting center Sasha Kaun and veteran playmaker J.R. Holden the Russian champion led at halftime and challenged throughout the second half, cutting the gap to 5 with four minutes to play. However Miami continued to score at a high rate in the closing minutes to wrap up the victory. LeBron James (203-F-84) paced the Miami attack with 22 points and 7 assists, while Chris Bosh tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) led CSKA with 20 points, Jamont Gordon recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) scored 15 and Matjaz Smodis 11. The difference in the game was the 22 turnovers CSKA committed compared to 14 by the home team. CSKA continues to Oklahoma City for the second of its three games in the Euroleague American Tour 2010 on Thursday.

CSKA was sharp from the outside early in the game with Alexey Shved and then Sergey Bykov each assisting to Smodis for a pair of triples and then Siskauskas hitting another as CSKA grabbed a 6-13 lead. Siskauskas soon made it a 10-point game with a jumper and CSKA remained ahead 16-22 at the end of the first quarter. Miami closed the gap by relying on big men Udonis Haslem and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75, agency: Interperformances) early in the second quarter. Haslem knotted the score at 31-31, but CSKA quickly regained the lead through a Bykov triple. Langdon put CSKA up by 7 with a three with 5.2 seconds left in the half only to see James nail a buzzer-beating jumper to keep the hosts within 39-44 at halftime.

Gordon stretched the Moscow lead with a three-pointer at the start of the third quarter, however back-to-back three-point plays from Bosh and James ignited the home team and soon Bosh tied the game at 47-47 with a jumper. James converted another basket-plus-foul to give Miami its first lead since the first quarter, 50-49. Mario Chalmers stretched the Miami lead to 5 with a pair of free throws. After Langdon answered with free throws of his own, the Bosh/James tandem responded with 8 unanswered points to put Miami on top 62-51. The hosts remained ahead 71-64 at the end of the third quarter. CSKA continued to challenge and rallied to within 86-81 on a Langdon jumper with just over four minutes remaining, but two-and-a-half minutes passed before CSKAs next basket and reserve Kenny Hasbrouck heated up for Miami to seal the win.
Courtesy of: http://www.euroleague.net



Virtus Roma to sign Vladimir Dasic - by Emiliano
Lottomatica Virtus Roma is one step far to sign Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). The young forward is practicing with Lottomatica since few days and the management is seriously thinking to pen a deal with him for the upcoming season. Dasic was signed last season by Real Madrid with a multi year deal and, in the middle of the season, loaned to Gran Canaria. Granca, after less then one month, decided to send him back to the Spanish capital and Real did not exercise the option on his contract, leaving him free agent.
Last season Dasic played in ACB 7 games with Real Madrid ( 2.4ppg, 1.6rpg) and 4 with Gran Canaria (1.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5spg).


At the Qualification to European Championships with Montenegro, he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 81.3% in 8 games.




Oliver Lafayette new point guard for Partizan Belgrade? - by Emiliano
BC Partizan MT:S Beograd is close to finalizing a deal with Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) from Boston Celtics. The Serbian powerhouse is looking for a point guard since the decision to part ways with Popovic, few days ago.
Lafayette signed a contract with Celtics last April scoring 7pts, 4reb, 2ast in one game played. Before, he was in NBDL with Fort Wayne Mad Ants with whom he averaged 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 79.8% in 48 games.
Lafayette, born in 1984, has experiences in Mexico with Correcaminos UAT Victoria.
The deal should be official by the end of the week.


Milan Macvan last addition for Caja Laboral? - by Emiliano
Caja Laboral Vitoria, as confirmed by coach Dusko Ivanovic , is close to signing another player for the season and this player could be Milan Macvan (205-F-89) (205-F-89). The young International Serbian is playing for Hemofarm Vrsac with whom he had a terrific season last year averaging 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.0% in Eurocup in 6 games, 14.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 63.3%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT: 79.5% in 24 games in Adriatic League and 13.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 75.2% in 18 games in Serbia.
Last season he was named Eurobasket.com Forward of the Year in Adriatic League and in Serbian League. During the World Championships in Turkey, Macvan recorded averages of 5.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 81.8% in 7 games played.

Caja Laboral Vitoria will likely part ways with Florent Pietrus (202-F-81)


Lafayette-Partizan Belgrade, the deal is done - by Emiliano
Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) is the new point guard of BC Partizan MT:S Beograd. The player spent last season in NBDL and played also one game with Boston Celtics in NBA.
Partizan was looking for a guard after the Serbian powerhouse decided to part ways with Popovic.
Lafayette played most of the season 2009/10 in NBDL with Maine Red Claws averaging 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 79.8% in 48 games.
Lafayette, born in 1984, has experiences in Mexico with Correcaminos UAT Victoria.


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Korisliiga Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Salon Vilpas - Karhu 76-83
Karhu upset Salon Vilpas away from home. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) notched 29 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the visitors. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) added 19 points as Karhu improved at 4-2 record. The Vikings were paced by 20 points and 10 rebounds from Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga).

LrNMKY - Namika Lahti 89-83
LrNMKY toppled Namika Lahti behind 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists from Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Amer.Internat.). Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) top-scored with 29 points for the winners. James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds for Namika Lahti in defeat.

Korihait - Tarmo 83-61
Korihait registered the fourth victory in the championship as they accounted for Tarmo at home court. Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) nailed 19 points for the hosts. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) notched 15 points and 10 rebounds for Korihait. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) chipped in 20 points for Tarmo.

Kataja - Kouvot 82-75
Kataja held off Kouvot for the fourth win. Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) knocked down 18 points to lead the charge. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) contributed 16 points in the winning effort. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds as Kouvot fell at 3-3 record.

Honka - ToPo 82-76
John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) unloaded 22 points to propel Honka past visiting ToPo. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) dropped 16 points in the victory. Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.) nailed 20 points but could not rescue ToPo from the third loss in the season.

KTP - Pyrinto 96-90
Jerald Fields (201-F-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) accounted for 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead KTP past Pyrinto. Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) contributed 20 points in the fifth win for the home team. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) answered with game-high 30 points and 7 rebounds for Pyrinto.




KORISLIIGA: KTP - Pyrinto 96-90 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 6: The home court advantage was again clear during the round 6 contests. Six games and five home victories. KTP (Kotka) leading the Top League defeated Pyrinto (Tampere) by six 96-90. Jerald Fields (201-F-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) (KTP) had a double-double 28pts/10 rbs. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) scored 30 pts for Pyrinto. Honka (Espoo) beat Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 82-76. The only win on the road for Karhu (Kauhajoki) thanks to Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) with his 29 pts and 19 rbs against Vilpas at Salo.
KTP - Pyrinto 96-90 (51-42) (Jerald Fields 28/10, Clifton Jones 20, Sefton Barnett 18 - Damon Williams 30, Antwine Williams 17, Kenneth Lowe 14).
Honka - Torpan Pojat 82-76 (39-32) (John Williamson 22/10, Jamar Wilson 16, Tuomas Iisalo 14 - Frank Richards 20, Elias Kajander 14, Timo Heinonen 10).
Korihait - Tarmo 83-61 (37-27) (Mikko Jalonen 19, Lawrence Wright 15/10/6b, Nigel Moore 13 - Jonathan Heard 20, Aubrey Conerly 18, Jarkko Kyllonen 10).
YMCA - Lappeenranta - YMCA Lahti 89-83 (45-36) (Brant Bailey 29, Malik Moore 23, HL Coleman 14 - James Mathis 21, Brian Wethers 15, Ryan Ayers 14/11).
Vilpas - Kauhajoki 76-83 (34-41) (Nicchaeus Doaks 20/10, Theron Wilson 18/10, Jukka Kataja 17 - Jeremiah Wood 29/19, Vesa Makalainen 19, John Allen 17).
Kataja - Kouvot 82-75 (44-33) (Petri Virtanen 18, Juho Nenonen 16, Jared Newson 16 - BA Walker 24, Ville Kaunisto 15, Durell Vinson 12).




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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Heard, Tarmo22.0 
 2. Harris, Salon Vilpas21.2 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.20.7 
 4. Barrett, KTP19.8 
 5. Wilson, Honka19.3 
 6. Moore, LrNM.19.2 
 7. Ivey, KTP18.5 
 8. Ayers, Namika L.18.3 
 9. Newson, Kataja17.7 
 10. Wood, Karhu17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Wood, Karhu14.0 
 2. Young, Tarmo13.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto11.2 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.7 
 5. Wilson, Salon Vilpas9.7 
 6. Belser, Honka9.7 
 7. Kaunisto, Kouvot9.5 
 8. Coleman, LrNM.9.0 
 9. Vinson, Kouvot8.8 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, LrNM.5.2 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 3. Kataja, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 4. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 5. Wood, Karhu3.7 
 6. Harris, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.3 
 8. Middleton, Karhu3.2 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.0 
 10. Wilson, Honka3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  Tarmo
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Conerly, Tarmo2.5 
 2. Allen, Karhu2.3 
 3. Barrett, KTP2.3 
 4. Belser, Honka2.3 
 5. Fields, KTP2.2 
 6. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 7. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja1.8 
 9. Wilson, Honka1.8 
 10. Riihela, LrNM.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Heard, Tarmo1.2 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 4. Belser, Honka0.8 
 5. Skamo, Karhu0.8 
 6. Young, Tarmo0.8 
 7. Middleton, Karhu0.8 
 8. Wood, Karhu0.8 
 9. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 10. Wright, Korihait0.7 


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French ProA round 1 best performance: Blake Schilb - by Eurobasket News
American guard Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an extraordinary performance for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Vichy 76-69. Nice start for Chalon, but it's just the very beginning of the season and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Schilb's second year at Chalon and it's hard to imagine this team without him.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro. Darden had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds. Nancy cruised to a 78-70 relatively comfortable win over Gravelines. His team has good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Darden is a newcomer at Nancy, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Sluc Nancy Basket Pro's star - American guard Ralph Mims (191-G-85). Mims scored 21 points. He was a key player of Nancy, helping his team with a 78-70 win against Gravelines. Nancy has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Mims also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Mims as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) of Le Mans - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77) of Limoges - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81) of Strasbourg - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) of Paris-Levallois - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Samuel Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) of Gravelines - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) of Gravelines - 14 points and 7 rebounds


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Ralph MIMS
  Nancy
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mims, Nancy21.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.21.0 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.21.0 
 4. Schilb, Chalon20.0 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans20.0 
 6. Amagou, Roanne20.0 
 7. Sommerville, Paris-.19.0 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.19.0 
 9. Rivers, Roanne18.0 
 10. NDoye, Orleans18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. Darden, Nancy18.0 
 2. Koffi, Le Mans13.0 
 3. Elegar, Vichy12.0 
 4. Jefferson, AS.12.0 
 5. Bogdanovic, Roanne11.0 
 6. Massie, Limoges11.0 
 7. Vebobe, Cholet9.0 
 8. Krupalija, Hyeres.9.0 
 9. Washam, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 10. Pasco, Strasbourg9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 9
 1. Reid, Vichy9.0 
 2. Schilb, Chalon8.0 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.8.0 
 4. Diabate, Roanne7.0 
 5. Gomez, Poitierarleys6.0 
 6. D''Almeida, Limoges6.0 
 7. Nelson, Cholet6.0 
 8. Linehan, Nancy6.0 
 9. King, Le Havre5.0 
 10. Jeanneau, Stras.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jamar SMITH
  Orleans
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Orleans4.0 
 2. Bennett, Pau-Lacq.4.0 
 3. Pasco, Strasbourg4.0 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg4.0 
 5. Mejia, Cholet3.0 
 6. Flowers, Hyeres-T.3.0 
 7. Diabate, Roanne3.0 
 8. Washam, Hyeres-T.3.0 
 9. NDoye, Orleans3.0 
 10. Ona-Embo, Poitiera.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pape BADIANE
  Poitierarleys
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Badiane, Poitiera.3.0 
 2. Guinn, Limoges2.0 
 3. Lauvergne, Chalon2.0 
 4. Vassallo, AS.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans2.0 
 7. Boungou Colo, Hyeres.2.0 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg2.0 
 9. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 10. Badiane, Nancy1.0 


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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 1-0 
 2. MZT Skopje 1-0 
 3. Ovce Pole 1-0 
 4. Rabotnicki 1-0 
 5. Torus 1-0 
 6. V.Osiguruvanje 0-0 
 7. ABA Strumica 0-1 
 8. Kumanovo 2009 0-1 
 9. Lirija 0-1 
 10. Pelister 0-1 
 11. Ultimate B. 0-1 


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Jeremy HUNT
  Telekom B.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Hunt, Telekom B.19.5 
 2. Callahan, Bremerha.18.3 
 3. Peacock, LTi 46ers18.3 
 4. Campbell, EWE B.18.0 
 5. Campbell, Telekom B.16.0 
 6. Wise, Telekom B.16.0 
 7. Waleskowski, Goett.16.0 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms16.0 
 9. Brooks, LTi 46ers16.0 
 10. Tillman, MBC15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus GOREE
  NY Phantoms
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Goree, NY Phantoms8.7 
 2. Bryant, ratiopharm8.5 
 3. Pleiss, Brose B.8.5 
 4. Ensminger, Telek.8.5 
 5. Sonderleiter, ratiop.8.0 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.0 
 7. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.7.7 
 9. Moye, Dt.7.0 
 10. Seward, Phoenix .7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.5 
 2. Copeland, Bremerha.5.3 
 3. Campbell, EWE B.5.0 
 4. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.7 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.5 
 6. Dorris, Phoenix .4.0 
 7. Wise, Telekom B.4.0 
 8. Tyndale, Telek.4.0 
 9. Lipke, Bremerhaven4.0 
 10. Green, EnBW L.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Telekom B.
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wise, Telekom B.3.5 
 2. Warren, Duesseld.3.0 
 3. Oliver, Walter Tigers2.5 
 4. Campbell, Telekom B.2.5 
 5. Bernard, MBC2.0 
 6. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.0 
 7. Tatum, Duesseldorf2.0 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.2.0 
 9. Tyndale, Telek.2.0 
 10. Thomas, Walter T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tim OHLBRECHT
  Telekom B.
  (211-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ohlbrecht, Telek.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.0 
 3. Scott, Goettingen2.0 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 5. Bryant, ratiopharm2.0 
 6. Evans, TBB Trier1.5 
 7. Baynes, EWE B.1.3 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers1.3 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms1.3 
 10. Tyndale, Telek.1.0 


Anton Gavel Pulls Out His Magic Wand As The Brose Baskets Bamberg Slip By The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 71-62 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After suffering a humiliating 85-58 loss in the Champions Cup 18 days ago, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners wanted to escape the memory of this Bamberg offense firing range the same way the Miami Dolphins did losing 62-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000, the 1988 Baltimore Orioles losing their first 21 games in a row or the Miami Heat losing 148-80 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1991 which could of started fans covering their faces with bags and Frankfurt were a lot stronger than their last visit to the Steckert arena, but had their usual woes not being able to get by the 2010 BEKO BBL champion in the fourth quarter as they gave up a 16-2 run which was fuelled by three straight drawn fouls by Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) to end the game losing 71-62. Frankfurt has only won once in Bamberg in almost six and a half years and might have had that same feeling as actor Mickey Rourke was having when he was finally going to have success again all those years prior to the Wrestler movie being a success. 'We knew coming in that this would be a very difficult game. Frankfurt was banged up in the first game and came back a new team with two new players and more confidence. They fought very hard and we won, but it wasnt easy. The way Frankfurt came back to play better in this game from that 27 point loss last time was like a boxer who lost that first round, but came back in the next fight with more motivation to prove that they are better than their last loss. The whole Bamberg/Frankfurt history and the fact that they played each other so many times in the last year reminds me of the great rivalry of Ali and Joe Frazier', stressed Bamberg American Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) It was obvious by the fierceness of Frankfurt that they wanted to make amends for the Champions Cup loss. 'The players had talked about the Champions Cup and were all disappointed, but didnt want to dwell on that loss to much, but just be focused and I think that we showed that we could compete tonight and almost won', added Skyliner Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond).

With the win, The Brose Baskets Bamberg move to 4-0 on the season, while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners move to 1-2. The Brose Baskets Bamberg might be undefeated, but with past experience wont get any bloated heads with their current success as the tough Euroleague season is around the corner and one of the main reasons they pulled out the win was because they clamped down on defense. 'We are 4-0, but we want to be careful not to get too happy. If you remember, we started last season at 2-6 and we kept working and getting better. It doesnt matter if you are 4-0 or 0-4, you have to get better each day and improve, because if you dont then you most likely wont win a title at the end. We showed tonight that we can switch many ball screens with multiple players which is something we were unable to do last season. One of the main reasons that we won tonight was not letting Wood get in the lane as much and not letting him get over the top', stressed ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) The Deutsche Bank Skyliners played a good game, but not being able to pull through in crunch time wont get you a cigar anytime. 'We fought hard until the end, but we were unable to pick the right plays and hit our shots and then feed off them. Bamberg will get one big basket and then feed off it. They have many good players at each position and make the shots', commented Skyliner center Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas). 'We had a big chance to win with Goldsberry not playing, but we cant blame it on the refs calls. Bamberg were very strong and we were unable to play our systems the way we wanted to', stressed Pascal Roller (180-G-76).

Despite a rare mid week game, the hut was sold out and the only thing one had to get used to was the new name of the arena which wasnt Jako anymore, but Stechert. Perhaps a new name might start a positive trend in wins in the future, because the name Jako was like a nasty splint that takes forever to remove from the skin. Bamberg was also without starting point guard John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) who will miss 2-3 weeks because of an injury. Despite the American not playing, it seemed not to faze Bamberg. 'John is an important player and last year as he missed some games it was hard to fill the void, but despite being a better team with him, we can always overcome one player being out', warned Casey Jacobsen The game started off with some possessions that led to missed shots, but The Brose Baskets Bamberg got on the board first going on a mini 4-0 run as Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) showed his athletic skills making a mid distance jumper and then making a nice fake and scoring on a reverse layup. Frankfurt stormed back going on their own mini 4-0 run as it was playmaker DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) setting up Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) with an easy layup and then scoring on his own with a nice penetration streak in the lane. Bamberg was just getting warmed up on offense as they quickly streaked out on a 7-0 run to lead 11-4. They caught Frankfurt napping twice as Terry and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) scored on transition and Jacobsen who stayed very quiet on the scoring front scoring his only bucket of the night with a running left handed hook shot. Bamberg kept having the upper hand on offense scoring with consistency, but Frankfurt stuck with them as Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) scored on a mid distance jumper and with a three pointer. Bamberg American Brian Roberts then gave a perfect alley op pass to Terry for the dunk and the 16-9 Bamberg lead. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) who is mired in a huge shooting slump found Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) inside for a lay up and German National player Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) made two free throws as Bamberg led 18-11. Frankfurt then closed out the first quarter with a 5-2 run as American Grayson Moyer made a nice head fake from the wing and came to the basket making a mid distance shot and Dominik Bahiense De Mello made a three pointer. After one quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg had the 20-16 lead. 'Bamberg came out strong. Frankfurt slowed down Bamberg with their press and zone. Frankfurt hit big shots and Bamberg made easy baskets on transition', stressed former Artland Dragons assistant coach Jamie Duncan . The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 57% from the field and 100% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside. Bamberg had the slight 7-5 rebounding edge and both teams had three turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg would keep the lead. Skyliner Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) started the quarter with much energy getting a steal off the full court press and drawing a foul and making both free throws. However Bamberg kept executing at a higher rate than Frankfurt and quickly went on a 4-0 run as Gavel made a fade away jumper over Roller and Kyle Hines scored inside over Bradley Buckman as Bamberg led 24-18. After DaShaun Wood made one of two free throws, it was Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) who made a fade away jumper and the 26-19 lead for Bamberg. In between, the game was filled with a Jacobsen air ball an offensive foul by Bucknor and an easy missed lay up by Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) that had misfortune on other occasions as well. Bradley Buckman chipped away at the Bamberg lead with a three pointer cutting the Bamberg lead to 26-22. However one of the biggest Bamberg weapons is that whenever the opponent is threatening to come back, they find a away to not only execute on offense, but score in bunches. Germans Karsten Tadda (189-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) and Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) scored two consecutive three pointers and as quickly as Frankfurt trailed by four, now they trailed 32-22. DaShaun Wood and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) gnawed at the Bamberg lead with two baskets as Frankfurt trailed only 33-27. Bamberg kept trying to pull away as Gavel nailed another three pointer and Terry hit a mid distance jumper, but Mckinney made another three pointer as Frankfurt went into halftime trailing only 39-32. 'The strong Frankfurt full court press kept Frankfurt in the game. Bamberg did a great job hitting big shots not letting Frankfurt come back. Bamberg is a veteran team and know how to handle situations were opponents are coming back', said ex Artland Dragons assistant coach Jamie Duncan . 'Our defense was on, but we missed four easy layups which is eight points which is simple stuff and shouldnt happen', stated Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 56% from the field and 57% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and from the three point line. Frankfurt had the slight 14-13 rebound edge, but had nine turnovers while Bamberg had only seven turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had been trailing all game and surely exerted a lot of energy, but they conserved energy at halftime and came out totally rejuvenated as they shocked the Stechert arena with a forceful 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game 41-39. DaShaun Wood scored five of the nine points with a steal and coast to coast run and then scoring on a lay up getting a quick pass from Moye. Moye and Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) also scored on this run. 'We wanted to come out strong and seven points was much as we had been back that much before. We set the tone right away and got at them. We played hard, got steals and had easy possessions and played good defense', stressed Austin Texas native Bradley Buckman. However Bamberg gave Frankfurt some of their own medicine returning with an 8-0 run as Suput hit two free throws and Roberts and Gavel dropped three pointers as Bamberg was trying to pull away again leading 47-41. Mckinney responded with a jumper, but then it was quick Kyle Hines that tip toed around Buckman for a layup as Frankfurt trailed only 49-43. Muurinen then responded with a layup after grabbing a mini lob pass from Wood. Wood then made two free throws as Bamberg led only 49-47. Hines then scored a layup as Bamberg led 51-47. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) then made two free throws and scored a pull up jumper tying the score at 51. Suput closed out the third quarter with two free throws as Bamberg led 53-51 after three quarters. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 45% from the field and 55% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 25-22 rebounding edge and both teams had 12 turnovers a piece.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners must of kept the start of the third quarter as a very vivid memory as the stormed out again strong going on a 9-2 run to take the 60-55 lead. Frankfurt came out very smart on offense looking for the open man and getting easy baskets. After beautiful ball movement De Mello got a pass and could of shot, but instead whipped a pass to a free Muurinen under the basket that dunked. Buckman then hit an open three pointer and then made a steal feeding Muurinen with a powerful one handed dunk and Bucknor ended the timely run with a lay in after getting set up nicely by Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) Frankfurt led 60-55 and seemed in control and had the momentum. Last season there were numerous games where the opponent had the comfortable lead in the fourth and Frankfurt found a way to come back and win and now it was Bamberg who pulled a Frankfurt coming back and pretty much shutting down Frankfurt offensively in the last five minutes. We didnt help as much on the weak side on defense in the first half. We made more hustle plays, set charges and were more aggressive down the stretch, said Kyle Hines Kyle Hines started off the Bamberg 16-2 run with a layup getting a perfect Jacobsen pass. Then as if Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had put on a black Magician costume and struck the court with a wand, he single handingly scored on the next five consecutive Bamberg possessions drawing four fouls and scoring on a layup. Bamberg now led 64-60 as time was running down, but nothing was lost yet. Buckman then set up Muurinen with a layup as Frankfurt cut the Bamberg lead to 64-62. Terry then scored inside as Bamberg led 68-62. With under three minutes to play, Frankfurt was unable to execute as Buckman had a turnover, Wood missed a difficult off balance shot, Buckman a three pointer and Mckinney a jumper. Terry, Tadda and Suput closed out the game with free throws. 'That 16-2 run by Bamberg in the last five minutes really hurt us. We didnt get off good shots. We have to learn to be more consistent on offense in the last quarter', stressed Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). Bamberg once again showed how special a roster they have when the going gets tough, the tough get going. 'The way we came back in the last minutes, people will say we are deep which is just words, but today it was action. We showed that we dont have to rely on one or two players, but each guy on the team can make a difference on offense or make a stop on defense. Hines helped on the offensive glass or Roberts controlled the ball. We did a great job making Frankfurt take tough shots at the end', stressed Casey Jacobsen

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) with 19 points and four rebounds. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and two rebounds. Kyle Hines Chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Bradley Buckman added ten points and six rebounds. Jimmy McKinney chipped in with 10 points.

Both teams shot pretty even from the field, but Bamberg had the 46-29 shooting percentage advantage from outside, but Frankfurt rebounded better33-31, but had 17 turnovers while Bambegr had only 15 turnovers. Despite the tight game, It was an important test for The Brose Baskets Bamberg, because they might face more tightrope games in the Euroleague season. 'We hope that we can continue to close out games the way we did. We take this game as a learning experience, because we will have more close games in the future', warned Casey Jacobsen. It was the second game out of three this season in the BEKO BBL, where The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost a tight game at the end. Frankfurt played tough and didnt give up and will take many positives into the next game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. 'We cant dwell on this game too much, but stay positive. There are so many games left. This is a learning period right now. In the middle, we will be coming together better and at the end will finish what we have to do', warned Bradley Buckman. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven on October 17th.



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PAOK went through to the semi finals - by Giorgos Diploidis
PAOK Thessalonikis overcame Ikaros Kallitheas by beating them, 74-58, in the Greek cup quarter final. The club of Aris Likogiannis (agency: FCM ) started better in the first period with Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) (195-G-78, agency: FCM) (195-G-78, agency: FCM) to be the protagonist in the offense (20-27, 20`).

PAOK in the second quarter played better and was in front after the first 20 minutes (39-37). In the second half the team of Soulis Markopoulos was much better than its opponent and with defense as its main weapon had a gap from Ikaros close to 9 points. Finally the team of Thessaloniki increased the between the teams score and passed easily to the semi finals of the competition where it will play two games against Olympiakos.

For the home team Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) (201-G-82, college: Oakland) scored 24 points while Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) had 18. For the team of Athens Giannis Kalambokis finished with 16 and Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) with 13.



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Sharone Wright Wins Lawsuit Against the EiffelTowers - by Fred Roggen
The court in Den Bosch has decided that Sharone Wright (211-C-73, college: Clemson) get a fee of 55,656 dollar netto from his former team EiffelTowers. According to the court the club can not prove that they have no money for Wright. The basketball club must also pay the costs of the procedure. EiffelTowers wanted to terminate Wrights ongoing contract. The amount that Wright inherits is for the current season. Judge Lindeman has now determined that the contract may dissolved by November 1, 2010.


Q & A With Hakim Salem - by Sanders Jackson
ABC Amsterdam head coach Hakim Salem is in his 1st season as head coach of ABC Amsterdam. Salem has had tremendous success coaching youth teams in the Netherlands for many years, and has also made important contributions to the success of numerous players currently in the Dutch Basketball League. I had an opportunity to interview Salem on his thoughts of the current state of basketball in the Netherlands:

Q. First of all Hakim, from experience coaching against you in the past, would like to say that it is wonderful that you have the opportunity to coach on the highest level in the Netherlands. How does it feel to be there now?
A) It feels great to coach in the highest level and coaching my youth team on the ere divisie team is even more greater than any other teams. You can say this is a dream come true.

Q. How did you get started in basketball?
A) I started playing basketball in Landsmeer, after one year there Cees Amama invited me to come to Canadians Amsterdam, after that Jan Willem Jansen gave me the chance to practice with the first team of Amsterdam with guys like Mario Bennes & Martin Esjas. Unfortunately I got injured on my last junior year and that is when I started coaching. I coached at BV lely starting with the U14, went all the way up with that team to the U20 ere divisie. After a while I started again with U14 team coaching together with Serge Boyd (with Jessey and Dimeo on that team). And now I am on the highest level, it feels like a dream.

Q. As everyone knows, the Amsterdam basketball club is in a rebuilding mode after having experienced previous financial woes, yet at this point of the season despite not having American players, filled with young Dutch talent, your team is in the thick of things. What do you contribute the good start to?
A) Hard work every day on practice and team work. We are really working hard for each others. Against Rotterdam Jessey was topscorer but against Zwolle it was Dimeo's turn.
The intensity on practice is from different level, the team is also having fun together. But the most important thingI am preaching is ' Dare to play & Dare to make mistakes in order to win' Everyone said and wrote about us that we will end up last this season, being young doesn't mean we can't play and I think people were shocked after the win against Zwolle.

Q. The number of foreign players in the Dutch competition has increased tremendously in the past few years, while this has had consequences on the playing time opportunities of young Dutch players. How do you begin to make sense of these disparaging numbers that really hasnt been for the advantage for the Dutch players and for the competition as a whole?
A) Couple of things: as long as import player is cheaper than the dutch player I can understand that clubs choose for the import player (financial wise). I think 4 import players should be the max

Q. What is the benefit of this in the long term for the Dutch players? Where is the hope for the Dutch players facing these type of realities?
A) The benefit is that the players will get more playing time and get better every week. Dutch players should choose teams where they can play, not where they get cash and no playing time. There are enough teams in Holland who give young Dutch talent the chance to play. The young player should invest in himself.

Q. Being someone like yourself who has been deeply involved with player development on the grassroots level in the Netherlands, is it a matter of better policy on the national federation level, or should be just strictly up to the clubs to make the necessary initiatives?
A) Like I have said before the federation should make the policy where Dutch players benefit from it. Allowing max 4 import players per team and during the games always 2 Dutch players on the court. If you leave it to the clubs they will choose short term policy (championship or winning)

Q. Your team is proof that with the right guidance, care and belief in what you do that the young Dutch players can make a difference in the Dutch competition
A) You said it, with the right guidance and players who are hungry to win, anything can happen. I care about my players allot not only on the court but also off the court (especially off the court) and by showing I care about them they start to show responsibilities and do what ever it takes to get better and win games. But it starts with the right guidance and I am not doing it alone. My relationship with my players is the most important thing on my team. We have to trust each other and believe we can get the job done. And don't forget the sky is the limit.

Q. Which coaches, regardless of sport, have been an influence for you?
A) Well my family is very important to me. My biggest example is my mother, she showed me the meaning of care and taking responsibility. As far as basketball coaches I was fortunate to work with Arik Shivek, he tought me alot and because of him I am where I am right now. But also Jan Willem Jansen, Laki Lakner and Mario Bennes were great to me. I can't mention all the coaches who helped otherwise we will have to do an extra interview about that. But i was lucky to work with alot of good coaches.

Q. Final question: three words to describe Hakim Salem :
A) Passion, Discipline and Care

Thanks a lot Hakim. Best wishes for the rest of the season and keep up the good work.




Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Brian LAING
  Magixx
  (195-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Laing, Magixx19.8 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam19.3 
 3. Adako, DeFriesland19.0 
 4. Marshall, Lands.18.8 
 5. Humphrey, Magixx17.7 
 6. Voorn, ABC17.5 
 7. Brown, DeFriesland17.3 
 8. Stokes, BS Weert17.0 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants16.3 
 10. Kusnyer, Rotterdam15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam12.0 
 2. Mills, Eiff.Towers11.0 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden10.7 
 4. Koenis, Giants10.0 
 5. Haryasz, GasTerra.10.0 
 6. Ellis, GasTerra F.9.7 
 7. de Randamie, ABC9.5 
 8. Sanchez, DeFriesl.9.0 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.5 
 10. Griffin, Giants8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiff.Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Turner, Eiff.Tow.7.0 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants5.8 
 3. McGhee, ZZ Leiden5.0 
 4. Williams, DeFriesland4.7 
 5. Stokes, BS Weert4.5 
 6. Theeuwkens, Giants4.5 
 7. Jackson, ZZ Leiden4.0 
 8. Marshall, Lands.3.8 
 9. McDowell, BS Weert3.5 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Al J. JACKSON
  Magixx
  (198-F/G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jackson, Magixx4.0 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants3.5 
 3. Kherrazi, ABC3.3 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam3.0 
 5. Van der Kamp, Lands.3.0 
 6. McDermott, Magixx3.0 
 7. Taylor, Magixx2.8 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra F.2.7 
 9. Jones, Rotterdam2.7 
 10. Brown, DeFriesland2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiff.Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aarts, Eiff.Towers3.0 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.7 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.7 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.0 
 5. van der List, Eiff.T.1.0 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert1.0 
 7. McDermott, Magixx1.0 
 8. Akerboom, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 9. Breel, ZZ Leiden1.0 
 10. Besseling, BS We.1.0 


Gas Terra Flames Win In OT Over Magixx Kidsright - by Sanders Jackson
Tuesday night in the Martiniplaza, the defending Dutch champions GasTerra Flames Groningen had their hands full with fiesty Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen, needing overtime and timely three-pointers to hold back Magixx's upset bid, winning by the score of 81-75.

It was a game that was tight from start to finish, with both teams shooting poorly from both the three-point line (Gas Terra 9 of 33, Magixx 2 of 12) and the free throw line (Gas Terra 14 of 28, Magixx 23 of 39), and Gas Terra had their entire inside game on the bench at the end of regulation, with Matt Haraysz and Jason Ellis fouling out, and John Turek was missing in action. Henry Bekkering would also foul out as well. But in overtime three of the made Flames' three-pointers came at the right time, first with Jason Dourisseau's three-pointer at 3:12 giving the Flames the lead for good at 70-68, then followed by three-pointers from Steve Ross and Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Boise St.). The guests would not be able to come up with an answer, with another Dourisseau score the icing on the cake. Matt Bauscher led the Flames with 15 pts., followed by Dourisseau and Ellis with 14 pts. each. Markel Humphrey led the guests and all scorers with 22 pts., and Brian Laing added 20 pts. Gas Terra Flames remain undefeated with a 2-0 record while Magixx falls to 2-2.



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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. Gilbert, Falco-Szova24.0 
 4. Wilson, Kaposvari24.0 
 5. Horvath, Szolnok23.0 
 6. Singletary, FS Debre.23.0 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.21.0 
 8. Eilingsfeld, PVSK P.21.0 
 9. Rubin, Szedeak21.0 
 10. Trotter, Szolnok20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zsolt SZABO
  Soproni
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Szabo, Soproni13.0 
 2. Bell, Kormend13.0 
 3. Langford, FS Debre.12.0 
 4. Harazin, Falco-Sz.11.0 
 5. Sitku, Marso-Vagep11.0 
 6. Sales, Atomeromu11.0 
 7. Eilingsfeld, PVSK P.10.0 
 8. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.0 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti8.0 
 10. Jones, Albacomp8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, ZTE K.12.0 
 2. Glavinic, PVSK P.9.0 
 3. El-Amin, PVSK P.7.0 
 4. Fodor, Szolnok6.0 
 5. Kelley, Soproni6.0 
 6. Horvath, Szolnok5.0 
 7. Rujak, Kormend5.0 
 8. Hodges, Atomeromu5.0 
 9. Simon, Albacomp5.0 
 10. Budimir, Szolnok4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Clark, Szolnok8.0 
 2. Kovacs, FS Debrecen4.0 
 3. Sitku, Marso-Vagep4.0 
 4. Eilingsfeld, PVSK P.4.0 
 5. Vertetics, ZTE K.3.0 
 6. Kutasi, Kaposvari3.0 
 7. Davis, Kormend3.0 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu3.0 
 9. Williams, ZTE K.3.0 
 10. Hodges, Atomeromu3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clark, Szolnok4.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Johnson, Atomeromu2.0 
 4. Hanga, Albacomp2.0 
 5. Toth, ZTE K.2.0 
 6. Eilingsfeld, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Rubin, Szedeak2.0 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.0 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu1.0 
 10. Kovats, Kaposvari1.0 


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Grindavik
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Smith, Grindavik26.5 
 2. Amaroso, Snaefell25.5 
 3. Dabney, Hamar25.0 
 4. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.24.0 
 5. Robinson, Haukar23.5 
 6. Bjoernsson, KR23.5 
 7. Inge, Haukar23.0 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir21.5 
 9. Biedler, IR21.0 
 10. Burton, Snaefell20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 18
 1. Robinson, Haukar18.0 
 2. Pettinella, Grindavik13.0 
 3. Amaroso, Snaefell12.5 
 4. Palsson, Hamar11.5 
 5. Stywall, Fjolnir11.0 
 6. Ermolinskij, KR11.0 
 7. Nathanaelsso., Ham.10.5 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell10.5 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan9.0 
 10. Sovic, IR9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Saevar HARALDSSON
  Haukar
  (184-G-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Haraldsson, Haukar10.0 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.5 
 3. Smith, Grindavik8.0 
 4. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.8.0 
 5. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.0 
 6. Schoen, KFI7.5 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan7.0 
 8. Zdravevski, Stjar.7.0 
 9. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andre DABNEY
  Hamar
  (175-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dabney, Hamar6.0 
 2. Viggosson, Tindastoll5.0 
 3. Schoen, KFI4.0 
 4. Guamundsson, Fjoln.3.5 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar3.5 
 6. Ermolinskij, KR3.5 
 7. Zdravevski, Stjar.3.0 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir3.0 
 9. Sverrisson, Fjolnir3.0 
 10. Rivers, Tindastoll3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ragnar NATHANAELSSON
  Hamar
  (218-C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 2. Savarsson, Grind.2.0 
 3. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.5 
 4. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.1.5 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 6. Suljic, KFI1.5 
 7. Schoen, KFI1.5 
 8. Pettinella, Grindavik1.5 
 9. Hermannsson, Hau.1.0 
 10. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.1.0 


Hamar upset KR - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

In second round of Iceland Express league Hamar upset Champions favorite KR by scoring last 11 points in the game and win 87-82
Andre Dabney 22 points and Svavar Palsson 17 + 14 boards for Hamar.
Brynjar Bjornsson 24. Marcus Walker 18 for KR.

Grindavik 96 KFI 87 Andre Smith 28 Ryan Petinella 17 + 21 rebounds for Grindavik.
Craig Schoen 25. Edin Suljin 21 for KFI

Stjarnan 86 Fjolnir 68. Jovan Zdravevski 19 for Stjarnan. Ben Stywall 18 for Fjolnir.

Snaefell 90 Keflavik 81. Sean Burton 29 Ryan Amaroso 20 for Snaefell. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 29 for Keflavik

Haukar 83 Tindastoll 64. Semaj Inge 24 Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) 18 + 22 boards for Haukar. Josh Rivers 18 for Tindastoll

IR 76 Njardvik 79. Close game all until last second of the game. Could go either way. Nemanja Sovic 23. Kelly Beidler 21 for IR
Antonio Houston 23 for Njardvik.

One game in division 1. Leiknir 55. FSU 91 Rich Field with big game for FSU 44 points & 17 rebounds. Valur Valsson 21 for FSU.


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Kevin FOLEY
  Ulster Elks
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Foley, Ulster Elks32.5 
 2. Turner, Killester27.0 
 3. Van, UCC Demons26.5 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.26.0 
 5. Mitchell, UL Ea.21.0 
 6. Quill, DCU Saints21.0 
 7. Louisme, Neptune19.7 
 8. Nihill, Moycullen18.5 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.18.5 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.0 
 2. Quill, DCU Saints14.0 
 3. Louisme, Neptune13.7 
 4. Turner, Killester13.0 
 5. Ambler, Moycullen13.0 
 6. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.5 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.12.5 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.12.0 
 9. Van, UCC Demons12.0 
 10. Glover, UCD Marian10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Emmett DONNELLY
  DCU Saints
  (186-G-78)
  Avg: 8
 1. Donnelly, DCU S.8.0 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.0 
 3. Chubb, DCU Saints6.0 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks6.0 
 5. Meany, UCD Marian6.0 
 6. Clarke, Killester5.0 
 7. Hall, UL Eagles5.0 
 8. McVeigh, Belfast .5.0 
 9. Nihill, Moycullen5.0 
 10. Campbell, UL Ea.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas KURCENKOVAS
  Moycullen
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.3.5 
 2. Westbrooks, Killester3.5 
 3. Hosford, UCC D.3.5 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks3.0 
 5. Johnston, Belfast .3.0 
 6. O''Brien, Killester3.0 
 7. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 8. Dowd, Moycullen2.5 
 9. Nihill, Moycullen2.5 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Killester
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Turner, Killester3.5 
 2. Trimmer, DCU S.3.0 
 3. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 4. Ambler, Moycullen2.5 
 5. De La Cruz, Ulster E.2.5 
 6. Baynes, UCD Marian2.5 
 7. Louisme, Neptune2.0 
 8. Plichta, UCC D.2.0 
 9. McKillop, Belfast .1.0 
 10. Mitchell, UL Ea.1.0 


SuperLeague Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
UCD Marian - UCC Demons 96-91
UCD Marian accounted for UCC Demons to improve at 1-1 record. Conor Meany (185-G-86) nailed 26 points to pace the hosts. James Crowder (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10, college: Pfeiffer) added 15 points and 10 caroms in the victory. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85, college: Cent.Michigan) replied with 31 points and 16 rebounds for UCC Demons in the losing effort.

Killester - DCU Saints 79-74
Killester posted the second win in a row as they held off DCU Saints in Dublin. Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, college: Dowling) had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Kieran O'Brien (203-F/C-82) delivered 13 points to lead the defending champions. Eoin Quill (198-G-81) answered with 21 points and 14 boards for DCU Saints as they slipped at 0-1 record.

Ulster Elks - Neptune 95-79
Ulster Elks shot down visiting Neptune for the first win in the championship. Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) exploded with 37 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Benjamin De La Cruz contributed 26 points and 13 rebounds for Ulster Elks. Robinson Louisme (201-F/C-84, college: Tulane) answered with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Neptune Cork.

Neptune - Moycullen 85-76
Neptune toppled Moycullen behind 17 points from Gary Walsh (186-G-87). Ian McLoughlin (185-F-85) produced 15 points in the winning effort. Stephen Tummon (197-F-90) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Moycullen in defeat.




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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel Beeri 2-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 2-0 
 3. Beer Yaakov 1-1 
 4. Elitzur Ramla 1-1 
 5. Elitzur Yavne 1-1 
 6. Hap.Tivon 1-1 
 7. Hapoel Afula 1-1 
 8. Hod Hasharon 1-1 
 9. Ironi Ramat G. 1-1 
 10. Lev Hasharon 1-1 
 11. Macc.Habikaa 1-1 
 12. Megido/Yok. 1-1 
 13. Ironi Nahariya 0-2 
 14. Kohav Yair 0-2 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 31.5
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A31.5 
 2. Miller, Megido/Y.28.5 
 3. Young, Hod Hasharon26.0 
 4. Dobie, Lev Hasharon25.5 
 5. Webb, Hap.Tivon25.0 
 6. Dunne, Hapoel Afula25.0 
 7. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.0 
 8. Farhi, Beer Yaakov22.0 
 9. Brown, Macc.Hab.21.0 
 10. Gendal, Hod H.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 19
 1. Brandy, Hod H.19.0 
 2. Lewis, Ironi R.12.0 
 3. Aidan, Hapoel B-Sh.10.5 
 4. Ibrahim, Ironi N.10.5 
 5. Utter, Hapoel T-A10.5 
 6. McFarlin, Lev H.10.5 
 7. Clemente, Megido/Y.10.5 
 8. Tramiel, Kohav Yair10.0 
 9. Pitshon, Lev H.10.0 
 10. Webb, Hap.Tivon9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Hapoel Afula
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula10.0 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A8.0 
 3. Berkowitz, Elitzu.7.5 
 4. Yatzkan, Ironi R.7.0 
 5. Timor, Hap.Tivon6.5 
 6. Miller, Megido/Y.6.0 
 7. Fisher, Hapoel B.6.0 
 8. Rub, Kohav Yair6.0 
 9. Timberlake, Elitzu.5.5 
 10. Housman, Hap.Tivon5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yok.
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.6.0 
 2. Young, Hod Hasharon5.0 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur .4.5 
 4. Farhi, Beer Yaakov4.0 
 5. Lewis, Ironi R.4.0 
 6. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.5 
 7. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula3.5 
 8. Berkowitz, Elitzu.3.0 
 9. Shtarkman, Megido/Y.3.0 
 10. Ohana, Ironi N.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yivgeni LIUTRIN
  Beer Yaakov
  (200-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Liutrin, Beer Y.3.0 
 2. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.5 
 3. Ermichin, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 5. Lewis, Ironi R.2.0 
 6. Levi, Elitzur Ramla2.0 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Webb, Hap.Tivon1.5 
 9. Aidan, Hapoel B-Sh.1.0 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.0 


National League Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hap.Tivon - Kohav Yair 98-81
Hapoel Tivon edged Kohav Yair 98:81 at the Regular Season Round 2. Rodney Webb (200-F-83, college: Florida Atlantic) paced all the winners with 22 points and Timor Bar followed him with 15. Jackson-Wilson Jermail and Zelkovits Aviram netted 18 points each in defeat.

Hapoel T-A - Elitzur Yavne 94-83
Hapoel T-A cruised past Elitzur Yavne 94:83 on October 12th. Brian Asbury (200-F-85, college: Miami (FL)) exploded with 37 points for the winners and Utter Adrian had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Timberlake Chad ended up with 19 points in the losinge effort.

Macc.Habikaa - Ironi Nahariya 101-75
Six players scored double figures as Maccabi Habikaa edged Ironi Nahariya 101:75. Robert Brown (195-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Buffalo) led them all with 23 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Bradford Steffon, Skverer Ezequiel and Lev Itay added 14 each. Ibrahim Sunny collected 15 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Hapoel Afula - Lev Hasharon 102-81
Hapoel Afula overcame Lev Hasharon 102:81 as Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) notched 24 points to lead all the hosts. Solomoviz Eyal scored 17 and Zamir Omer added 16. Eiram Inam ended up with 21 points for the visiting side.

Elitzur Ramla - Hod Hasharon 90-78
Elitzur Ramla outscored Hod Hasharon 90:78 at the Regular Season Round 2. Keena Young (198-F-85, college: BYU) stepped up with 22 points and Berkowitz Ilan followed him with 20. Young Jitim delivered 23 points for Hasharon.

Hapoel B-Sh. - Megido/Yok. 103-100
Hapoel Beer-Sheva rolled over Megido/Yok. 103:100 as seven players scored in double figures for the winners. Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) led them all with 22 points and Dotan Guy posted 15. Miller Nate ended up with 24 points and 9 assists in the losing effort.




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  ITALY   


Virtus Roma to sign Vladimir Dasic - by Emiliano
Lottomatica Virtus Roma is one step far to sign Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). The young forward is practicing with Lottomatica since few days and the management is seriously thinking to pen a deal with him for the upcoming season. Dasic was signed last season by Real Madrid with a multi year deal and, in the middle of the season, loaned to Gran Canaria. Granca, after less then one month, decided to send him back to the Spanish capital and Real did not exercise the option on his contract, leaving him free agent.
Last season Dasic played in ACB 7 games with Real Madrid ( 2.4ppg, 1.6rpg) and 4 with Gran Canaria (1.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5spg).


At the Qualification to European Championships with Montenegro, he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 81.3% in 8 games.




Biella adds Mariani - by Gianni Pascucci
Angelico Pallacanestro Biella announced the signiing of player Fabrizio Mariani (205-F/C-83). He was born in Desio on May 26, 1983 and started his career in LIssone, near to MIlano, moving quickly to Pallacanestro Varese Junior Team and then becoming a professional, playing around Italy. His last stop was at Corato, B dilettanti. He inked and agreement till rthe end of the current season.

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  JAPAN   


Land of the Shining Suns - by Brandon Cole
Wats good world!? (in my Sway from MTV news voice, lol) Welcome back to the latest installment of my blog series, definitely want to send another shout out to the good folks over at Eurobasket and Asiabasket for inviting me to continue to share my thoughts as i continue on in my career. A lot has changed since i last checked back in with ya'll. I was playing last season in Macedonia for a club in the top division Superleague, and was all set to return for an encore this season...but as my fellow international hoopers out there know all too well, things dont always go as planned in this business.

I was chilling at home in Chicago this summer and my former agent from Edge Sports sent me a Skype message on a random afternoon in late June asking me if my team was having any money problems over the summer. i immediately told him no, because i had received all of my payments and everything from the previous season and was all set to return back to the beautiful city of Skopje again in August. He then told me that he was also on the line with my European agent and that my European agent told him otherwise and that i should check into it. I got on the phone right away to check in and sure enough, my Euro agent told me the bad news that there were some major disagreements between the sponsors and the president and coach of the club and that they would be without a team this season. Needless to say i was PISSED! Mainly for the fact that I had already passed on so many other good job opportunities over the course of the summer due to the fact that i was already resigned and off of the market (or so i thought). Well you know i had to hop on the phone and make sum immediate calls to my connects, lol! I spoke with my Korean agent that i work with and told him the situation and fortunately for me, God blessed me and i had an offer on the table less than 6 hours later. The next few weeks consisted of me working out at my old high school to keep my game sharp, spending time with family and friends, and finishing up the final details of my contract, but about a month later it was official, i was headed to Japan to suit up for the Miyazaki Shining Suns for the top league in Japan, the BJ league.

I've been here for about a month and a half so far, and everything has been going great. The first week of practice was rough, due to the hot weather, even hotter practice gyms, and the fact that the style of play here is sooooooo fast paced. I worked hard all summer constantly and felt i arrived in great shape, but nothing can prepare you for the real intensity of training camp until you actually get here. But since then, i have def got my legs beneath me and have been playing and practicing well. We also have 2 other americans on the roster: Rugged yet versatile forward Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) and our athletic all around threat, Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina). All 3 of us have fit in very well with each other and with the talented japanese players on our roster. This is the teams 1st season in the league and we are looking to make an immediate impact for sure. We lost all 3 pre-season games we played, but mainly due to poor 1st quarter performances, we have typically outplayed and out rebounded our opponents thru out the rest of the game. We just have to come out the gates with more intensity, fine tune a few things on both ends of the floor and we should be poised for a great initial season. We open the season this weekend on the road against the 3 time league champions and defending Western Conference Champion, Osaka Evessa. It wont be easy by any means but trust....me and my goons will definitely be READY!

Off the court, the organization has been doin a great job of making me and my family comfortable. My wife and daughter arrived here a few weeks after i did, and all though it took them about 2 more weeks to finally get their sleeping pattern together, they're finally adjusted and have been enjoying themselves. The food here has been pretty good, which was a pleasant surprise to me. When i played in China in my rookie season, the food there was terrible, and i had just assumed that Japan would be similar in that area, but it hasn't been at all. I've also been in the midst of learning how to drive on both the opposite side of the car and the road here in Japan. I gotta admit, that the first few times practicing, I was a little nervous for sure, but I've been getting the hang of it lately. Me and the fam have been slowly getting adjusted to our new surroundings lately and learning our way around the city. We've been trying tocheck out all the restaurants and malls to shop for clothes, groceries, baby needs, electronics etc. We've also been meeting some cool locals and American citizens here in the city as well, so that has been a big help. So far, so good.....now the only thing that will make things better would be to rack up a couple of wins this weekend to kick off the season. We'll see how it goes. So until next time ya'll, be safe and be cool. I'll holla!


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  KOSOVO   


KB Bambi has a new president - by Onur Deqani
KB Bambi from Mitrovica declared to the Federation of Basketball that they have chosen their new club president.Yesterday, 12th October, the federation received an e-mail from the board of KB Bambi, where they explained that Igor Dashiq will be in lead of the club from Mitrovica.
As we know the club from Mitrovica and all Kosovan basketball was shocked due to the death of former KB Bambi president and also vice president of Basketball Federation, Miomir Dashiq.
KB Bambi was in alarm, as the late Dashiq was the first man in all occasions for the club.Under those circumstances, they also asked the federation for any help to be able for surviving in the highest category of Kosovan basketball.


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Latvian LBL round 2 best performance: Martins Laksa - by Eurobasket News
Forward Martins Laksa (200-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked BK VEF Riga junior team, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Turiba (#7, 0-1) with 27-point margin 80-53. But it's just the very beginning of the season and VEF Riga jrs won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Laksa had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at VEF Riga jrs and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Martins Laksa has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 66.7% FGP and 100.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) of league's leader Liepajas Lauvas. Jurevicus had a very good evening with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Liepaja cruised to a 76-67 relatively comfortable win over Valmiera (0-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Jurevicus is a newcomer at Liepaja, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 4.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) of BK Valmiera (#8). Cipruss scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Cipruss' great performance Valmiera lost 67-76 to Liepaja (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Valmiera can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Cipruss he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Cipruss as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) of Ventspils - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88) of VEF Riga jrs - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Scott Wilson (198-F-83) of Zemgale - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) of Ventspils - 19 points and 7 rebounds
8. Raimonds Feldmanis (192-G-82) of Barons - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivans Nelyubov (207-C-88) of VEF Riga jrs - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85) of Ventspils - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Bertans, VEF R.27.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja23.0 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera20.0 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale19.5 
 5. Feldmanis, Barons19.0 
 6. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs19.0 
 7. Vitols, LU18.0 
 8. Stimac, Ventspils16.7 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.16.0 
 10. Mednis, Turiba16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maris ZIEDINS
  Valmiera
  (200-F/C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ziedins, Valmiera10.0 
 2. Cipruss, Valmiera10.0 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils9.3 
 4. Mikalauskas, Bar.9.0 
 5. Cavars, Barons9.0 
 6. Jahovics, VEF R.8.0 
 7. Berzins, VEF R.8.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.8.0 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 10. Mednis, Turiba7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krists PITERNIEKS
  LU
  (202-G-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Piternieks, LU10.0 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.9.0 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.7.0 
 4. Mason, Ventspils5.3 
 5. Sirsnins, Barons5.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.0 
 7. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.0 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja4.0 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Janis GAILITIS
  VEF Riga jrs
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gailitis, VEF R.5.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.0 
 3. Motivans, Turiba3.0 
 4. Piternieks, LU3.0 
 5. Bertans, VEF R.3.0 
 6. Feldmanis, Barons3.0 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.5 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale2.3 
 9. Tukiss, LU2.0 
 10. Jahovics, VEF R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Berzins, VEF R.8.0 
 2. Selakovs, VEF R.1.5 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.3 
 4. Andzejevskis, Valmi.1.0 
 5. Berzins, Ventspils1.0 
 6. Dilevka, Turiba1.0 
 7. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 8. Lasmanis, Turiba1.0 
 9. Paze, VEF Riga jrs1.0 
 10. Cipruss, Valmiera1.0 


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  LEBANON   


Champville Inks back its Former Center! - by Malek Bachir
After his unconvincing performance in the first few games of Sharjah Cup, Champville decides to Wave Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport).
His replacement will be Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Miss.Valley St.), who left the team last season for familly issues after a nice performance 13.9ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 72.1%, FT: 52.9%.
Cox is expected to arrive to beirut this saturday 16th when the team come back to from Dubai.
Welcome back Darnell... best of luck !


Hussam El-Dine Hariri Tournament: Schedule. - by Rabih Khoury
The two Groups of Hussam El-Dine Hariri 20th Tournament and schedule were announed.
Group A: Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut-Al Ahly-Stade Nabeulien-Al Qadsia-Al Muharraq
Group B: Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut-Kazma-Al Ittihad Alexandria-Etoile du Sahel
Also As de Sale from Morroco announced their withdrawal from the league.
The schedule is as follows:

15/10/2010:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut vs Al Qadsia at 6pm
Al Ahly vs Al Muharraq at 8pm

16/10/2010:
Al Ittihad Alexandria vs Etoile du Sahel at 4pm
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut vs Kazma at 6pm
Al Ahly vs Stade Nabeulien at 8pm

17/10/2010:
Al Qadsia vs Stade Nabeulien at 4pm
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut vs Al Muharraq at 6pm

18/10/2010:
Al Ittihad Alexandria vs Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut at 4pm
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut vs Al Ahly at 6pm
Kazma vs Etoile du Sahel at 8pm

19/10/2010:
Stade Nabeulien vs Al Muharraq at 4pm
Al Ittihad Alexandria vs Kazma at 6pm
Al Ahly vs Al Qadsia at 8pm

20/10/2010:
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut vs Etoile du Sahel at 4pm
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut vs Stade Nabeulien at 6pm
Al Muharraq vs Al Qadsia at 8pm

21/10/2010: Semi-Finals
1st Group A vs 2nd Group Bat 4pm
1st Group B vs 2nd Group A at 6pm

22/10/2010: Final Game

All times are Beiruth time (GMT +3)





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Trifunovic takes over Rytas, Maskoliunas joins as assistant, Perlas hires Stelmahers - by Eurobasket News
Serbian specialist Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is the new Head Coach of Lietuvos Rytas. Trifunovic replaces Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ), who agreed to part ways with the club recently. From 2006-2008 Trifunovic was Head Coach of the Lithuanian squad winning the Baltic league with them. They also reached ULEB Cup Finals and competed in Euroleague in 2007-2008. After Lietuvos Rytas, Trifunovic led Panionios ON Telecoms Athens and Spartak St. Petersburg, before he came back to Crvena Zvezda where he stayed until the end of the last season. As a player, Trifunovic played for KK Zadar, Crvena Zvezda, Freiburg, Pogon Ruda and Beopetrol. He started coaching career with Crvena Zvezda.
Darius Maskoliunas will be the assistant coach of Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ). The 39-year-old former player and head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas last season is set to join Lietuvos Rytas. Rimvydas Samulenas will replace Maskoliunas in KK Kaunas as interim coach.
Roberts Stelmahers , who was the assistant coach of Drazen Anzulovic in Rytas, is hired as the new Head Coach of Perlas Vilnius. It is the affiliated team of Lietuvos Rytas. They started this season with Ivan Sunara (188-G-75) on the bench, but decided to replace him with Stelmahers. Stelmahers played for Rytas from 2004 to 2008. He retired as a professional player in 2009 and immediately started coaching career.


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 5-0 
 2. Kaunas 2-0 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 2-0 
 4. Siauliai 1-0 
 5. Juventus 1-1 
 6. Naglis-Adakris 1-1 
 7. Rudupis 1-1 
 8. Techasas 1-1 
 9. Neptunas 1-2 
 10. Alytus Alita 0-2 
 11. Perlas 0-2 
 12. Sakalai 0-2 
 13. Nevezis 0-3 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Darius GVEZDAUSKAS
  Siauliai
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Gvezdauskas, Siauliai26.0 
 2. Kieza, Juventus24.0 
 3. Volkus, Techasas20.5 
 4. Kleiza, Alytus Alita20.0 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis19.5 
 6. Bajramovic, Lietuv.19.0 
 7. Staniulis, Perlas18.0 
 8. Harris, Siauliai18.0 
 9. Gecevicius, Lietuv.18.0 
 10. Bendzius, Perlas17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kieza, Juventus12.0 
 2. Matulis, Sakalai11.0 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.0 
 4. Vilkius, Neptunas9.0 
 5. Drungilas, Kaunas8.5 
 6. Janisius, Sakalai8.5 
 7. Uzas, Kaunas8.0 
 8. Zukauskas, Siauliai8.0 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis8.0 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Darius GVEZDAUSKAS
  Siauliai
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gvezdauskas, Siauliai8.0 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis6.0 
 3. Collins, Zalgiris6.0 
 4. Viskontas, Perlas5.5 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis4.7 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.5 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Lipkevicius, Rudupis4.5 
 9. Birgelis, Alytus A.4.0 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marius VALUKONIS
  Techasas
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Valukonis, Techasas3.5 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas3.5 
 3. Johnson, Lietuvos.3.0 
 4. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.0 
 5. Newley, Lietuvos.3.0 
 6. Lipkevicius, Rudupis3.0 
 7. Sirvydis, Sakalai3.0 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.5 
 9. Parachomikas, Rudup.2.5 
 10. Alijevas, Nevezis2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuvos Rytas
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Valanciunas, Lietuv.3.0 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.6 
 3. Gumenyuk, Siauliai2.0 
 4. Valukonis, Techasas2.0 
 5. Cresnar, Nevezis2.0 
 6. Kulvietis, Perlas1.5 
 7. Kieza, Juventus1.5 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas1.3 
 9. Newley, Lietuvos.1.0 
 10. Parachomikas, Rudup.1.0 


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  MEXICO   


NBA Mexico Game 2010: Make room for Coach Manu! - by Carlos Chapa
It was a magical night, there is no doubt about it, but was it because of the NBA returning to Mexico City after 7 long years? Was it a special game because of 18,674 fans that made the Spurs players feel like being in the AT&T Center? Was it because all the glamour the NBA brings to every place it goes? Well, sort of, we could blame these factors for the emotions we felt in the Palacio de los Deportes Arena, but nothing will beat the emotion of watching an NBA game ending in the last second.

We were surprised to see coach Gregg Popovich handing his chalkboard to Manu Ginobili, giving him the confidence to draw the last shot of the game; Manu gave an excellent performance assisting coach Pop, building a play that was perfectly executed, with a pick that would free up Gary Neal in the elbow to hit the game-winning 'tres' to give the Spurs the win by the minimal diference, 100-99.

It was not easy for the Spurs, they were down 18 points early in the game, as Manu Ginobili explained in the press conference, the team was not comfortable playing zone defense in the first half, letting players like Rasual Butler, from the Los Angeles Clippers, have a picnic from behind the three-point arc. Spurs big men were outplayed by Blake Griffin, who pleased the crowd with a handful of slam dunks, Eric Gordon gave a nice performance also, throwing his body at the defenders to get to the free-throw line very often, he led all scorers with 23.

The front office staff of the San Antonio Spurs will have a hard time determining who will be waived to keep their final roster, since the players that rescued the game were the young guns, commanded by DeJuan Blair, the best Spur on the floor, with 21 points, the squad that won the game at crunch time featured 3 rookies.



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  NBA   


NBA Mexico Game 2010: Make room for Coach Manu! - by Carlos Chapa
It was a magical night, there is no doubt about it, but was it because of the NBA returning to Mexico City after 7 long years? Was it a special game because of 18,674 fans that made the Spurs players feel like being in the AT&T Center? Was it because all the glamour the NBA brings to every place it goes? Well, sort of, we could blame these factors for the emotions we felt in the Palacio de los Deportes Arena, but nothing will beat the emotion of watching an NBA game ending in the last second.

We were surprised to see coach Gregg Popovich handing his chalkboard to Manu Ginobili, giving him the confidence to draw the last shot of the game; Manu gave an excellent performance assisting coach Pop, building a play that was perfectly executed, with a pick that would free up Gary Neal in the elbow to hit the game-winning 'tres' to give the Spurs the win by the minimal diference, 100-99.

It was not easy for the Spurs, they were down 18 points early in the game, as Manu Ginobili explained in the press conference, the team was not comfortable playing zone defense in the first half, letting players like Rasual Butler, from the Los Angeles Clippers, have a picnic from behind the three-point arc. Spurs big men were outplayed by Blake Griffin, who pleased the crowd with a handful of slam dunks, Eric Gordon gave a nice performance also, throwing his body at the defenders to get to the free-throw line very often, he led all scorers with 23.

The front office staff of the San Antonio Spurs will have a hard time determining who will be waived to keep their final roster, since the players that rescued the game were the young guns, commanded by DeJuan Blair, the best Spur on the floor, with 21 points, the squad that won the game at crunch time featured 3 rookies.



Kings beat the Warriors 116-97 - by Eurobasket News
Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 116-97 preseason victory against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis), last year's NBA Rookie of the Year, added 17 points for the Kings (2-2), while Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) had 15 points each and Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 18 points and Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) scored 17 for the Warriors (2-1). David Lee added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who trailed 53-51 at halftime.

Evans was frustrated by Ellis' defense in Sunday's meeting between the teams and then again through 2 quarters in the rematch. But Evans got untracked late in the third quarter, making two 3-pointers and scoring nine points to help the Kings take an 80-77 lead.

Cousins, the fifth pick in the 2010 draft after earning All-America honors as a freshman at Kentucky, was 6 of 12 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line in scoring a preseason high for the Kings.

Head converted a 3-pointer and added a jumper a short time later, igniting a 10-0 fourth-quarter run by the Kings, who led 92-81 with 7:56 remaining.

Before the game, the Kings announced that veteran center Samuel Dalembert could miss four to six weeks with a strained left thigh. Traded from Philadelphia in the offseason, Dalembert has played 354 consecutive regular-season games, the third-longest active streak.

Dalembert and rookie center Hassan Whiteside have both missed all four games and starting guard Beno Udrih hasn't played in the last three.

The Warriors were missing Rodney Carney, Louis Amundson and top draft pick Ekpe Udoh because of injuries.

It was the second game in three nights between the Pacific Division rivals. Ellis scored 18 points Sunday night when the Warriors defeated visiting Sacramento 95-86.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Euroleague American Tour report: Miami Heat 96-85 CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow put up a good effort in the Euroleague American Tour 2010 opener on Tuesday night against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, but came up short 96-85 in the end. Despite playing without three of its top players All-Euroleague forward and Defensive Player of the Year Viktor Khryapa, starting center Sasha Kaun and veteran playmaker J.R. Holden the Russian champion led at halftime and challenged throughout the second half, cutting the gap to 5 with four minutes to play. However Miami continued to score at a high rate in the closing minutes to wrap up the victory. LeBron James (203-F-84) paced the Miami attack with 22 points and 7 assists, while Chris Bosh tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) led CSKA with 20 points, Jamont Gordon recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) scored 15 and Matjaz Smodis 11. The difference in the game was the 22 turnovers CSKA committed compared to 14 by the home team. CSKA continues to Oklahoma City for the second of its three games in the Euroleague American Tour 2010 on Thursday.

CSKA was sharp from the outside early in the game with Alexey Shved and then Sergey Bykov each assisting to Smodis for a pair of triples and then Siskauskas hitting another as CSKA grabbed a 6-13 lead. Siskauskas soon made it a 10-point game with a jumper and CSKA remained ahead 16-22 at the end of the first quarter. Miami closed the gap by relying on big men Udonis Haslem and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75, agency: Interperformances) early in the second quarter. Haslem knotted the score at 31-31, but CSKA quickly regained the lead through a Bykov triple. Langdon put CSKA up by 7 with a three with 5.2 seconds left in the half only to see James nail a buzzer-beating jumper to keep the hosts within 39-44 at halftime.

Gordon stretched the Moscow lead with a three-pointer at the start of the third quarter, however back-to-back three-point plays from Bosh and James ignited the home team and soon Bosh tied the game at 47-47 with a jumper. James converted another basket-plus-foul to give Miami its first lead since the first quarter, 50-49. Mario Chalmers stretched the Miami lead to 5 with a pair of free throws. After Langdon answered with free throws of his own, the Bosh/James tandem responded with 8 unanswered points to put Miami on top 62-51. The hosts remained ahead 71-64 at the end of the third quarter. CSKA continued to challenge and rallied to within 86-81 on a Langdon jumper with just over four minutes remaining, but two-and-a-half minutes passed before CSKAs next basket and reserve Kenny Hasbrouck heated up for Miami to seal the win.
Courtesy of: http://www.euroleague.net



Johnson, Love keep Timberwolves undefeated with 122-108 victory over the Nuggets - by Eurobasket News
Pre-season means different things to different teams.

The veteran-laden Denver Nuggets are more concerned with keeping their legs fresh and getting healthy for the grind of the NBA season.

The success-starved Minnesota Timberwolves, they just want to win.

Rookie Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F-87, college: Syracuse) scored 16 points and the new-look Timberwolves remained undefeated in the pre-season with a 122-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

Kevin Love added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves (3-0), who won just 15 games last season. They blocked 13 shots and forced 25 turnovers in the kind of defensive effort that hasn't been seen at Target Center for years.

'It means a lot. It doesn't mean enough though,' said Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.), who scored 21 points on 6-for-17 shooting. 'Pre-season, regular season, post-season. It's basketball to us. We're going to play hard. We're going to play to win.'

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 19 points for Denver, but was just 2 for 9 from the field. He went 15 for 16 from the free throw line. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) scored 20 points and Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) and Gary Forbes each chipped in 15.

Denver has won the past two Northwest Division titles and return most of the same faces from last season's team. That gave the Nuggets an entirely different approach to a game that means nothing once the regular season begins.

Anthony played only 21 minutes and the Nuggets rested Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado). They also were without Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen, who are recovering from off-season surgeries, and Al Harrington, who injured his left foot in the preseason opener against Portland.

'We were just loose with the ball tonight,' Anthony said with a shrug.

The fact they were playing a short-handed opponent means little to the Timberwolves, who are coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Any success, against any opponent, is cause for celebration these days.

They beat the Lakers, who played Kobe Bryant just six minutes, in London last week and came back to beat the Knicks in Paris a few days later.

'Those are teams that have played together for a while,' Love said. 'We just want to get on the same page, learn to play with each other, but that's going to take some time.'

The Wolves have done it early with a renewed commitment to defence and vastly improved shooting from the perimeter.

Martell Webster had 12 points and three big blocks, and Johnson went 3 for 5 from three-point range. The Wolves have made 26 of 49 three-pointers (53 per cent) in the three exhibition games after shooting 34 per cent from behind the arc last season.

The Nuggets did most of their work from the free throw line, making 41 of 56 fouls shots.

'It was kind of a tough refereed game,' Nuggets coach George Karl said. 'We got the benefit at the free-throw line, and that's the one thing, but we didn't make 'em.'

Both teams also got a taste of the crackdown on 'overt' gestures toward officials in the second quarter. After a touch foul on J.R. Smith, point guard Luke Ridnour put his arms out and groused a little bit toward referee Nick Buchert. It didn't appear to be particularly egregious, but Buchert handed out the technical foul anyway.

It's all part of an effort by the league to demand more respect for game officials and cut down on the amount of complaining and bickering that happens during games.

Renaldo Balkman then got a technical in the fourth quarter for tossing the ball toward the Wolves bench in frustration after a 24-second violation.

It was the second shot clock violation of the game for the Nuggets, who shot 42 per cent.

'I like what we do defensively,' Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said. 'We're going to win a lot of games if we continue to do that.'

NOTES: Karl, who missed a portion of last season while getting treated for throat cancer, was sitting in the hallway talking to reporters when referee Monty McCutchen walked by and greeted him warmly to welcome him back. 'I'm going to be yelling at you later,' Karl said, wryly. McCutchen: 'That's just fine. I look forward to it.'

Courtesy of www.winnipegfreepress.com


Jazz hold off Suns 105-100 - by Eurobasket News
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) scored 16 points and the Utah Jazz made 21 of 24 free throws in the second half, including 19 in a row, to withstand a Phoenix comeback and beat the Suns 105-100 Tuesday night for their third consecutive preseason victory.

Trailing by eight points entering the final period, the Suns took an 84-83 lead midway through the quarter on a jump shot by Earl Clark. Utah quickly surged back, going on a 17-4 run, sparked by Jeremy Evans' six points, for a 100-88 lead. Again Phoenix rallied, cutting the deficit to 103-100 on a 3-pointer by Matt Janning in the final minute, but the Jazz held on.

C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) scored 13 points for the Jazz, Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Robert Morris) had 12 and Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81) 10.

Goran Dragic (6'5''-G-86, agency: Interperformances) topped the Suns (1-3) with 15 points, Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 13 and Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) and Hakim Warrick had 11 apiece.

The Jazz took advantage of Phoenix's sloppy ballhanding and poor shooting to assume a 50-42 halftime lead. The Suns, who have been turnover prone during the preseason, lost the ball 12 times in the first half, compared to only six miscues for the Jazz. Phoenix wound up with 20 turnovers.

Phoenix, which had shot a sizzling 59 percent (10 for 17) in building a 31-25 advantage after the first quarter, slumped to 28 (5 for 18) in the second period, when the Suns were outscored 25-11.

During that period, it was the Utah reserves who did all the damage. Raja Bell, playing against his former Phoenix teammates, contributed five points during the quarter, including a 3-pointer.

The Suns also fared poorly at the foul line in the half, missing seven of 16 free throws.

Jefferson was the only player in double figures at intermission, scoring all of his 10 points in the opening period. Jared Dudley led the Suns with nine, while Steve Nash had seven assists - including six on the Suns' first seven baskets. Nash finished with a game-high 10 assists.

The teams played evenly through the third period, with Utah leading 79-71. The Jazz were able to stay in front thanks to their 14-for-14 free throw shooting. The Suns, meanwhile, were only 7 for 12.

Jefferson, Deron Williams and Miles combined for 27 of Utah's 29 points in the third period, Miles leading the way with 10.

The Suns' Hedo Turkoglu left the game with a back contusion in the second quarter and did not return.

Notes: The Suns played their first three exhibition games on the road and will be away from home for their next two - at Utah and Toronto - before completing their preseason schedule at US Airways Center against Golden State and Denver. ... The Jazz were missing centers Mehmut Okur (left Achilles') and Francisco Elson (strained right hamstring). ... The Suns are only one of three NBA teams to win at least 50 games in five of the last six seasons (the others are Dallas and San Antonio). ... Utah has advanced to the playoffs four straight years and 19 times in Jerry Sloan's 22 years as coach.

Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com


Nuggets' players bewildered by new NBA standards - by Eurobasket News
At first, Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) didn't even want to talk about it.

Nuggets players seemed rattled after a recent meeting with NBA officials, who told the Nuggets as they've told other teams that they're cracking down on overt gestures during games such as a player punching the air. The league has also doubled fines for technical fouls.

After Monday's practice, Billups first gestured as if he didn't want to discuss the issue. But then, asked if emotions are hard to keep in check, the Nuggets veteran said: ' (They're) impossible to keep in check. It's an emotional game, and it's impossible to not show emotion playing basketball. Shoot, it's impossible to do playing golf. And that's no physical contact at all, no referees, nothing. It's tough.'

The new fine for a technical foul is $2,000 for the first five during a season, then $3,000 for the next five and $4,000 for Nos. 11-15. At technical number 16, a player is suspended one game for every two technicals, along with getting a $5,000 fine.

Forward Carmelo Anthony joked: 'I'm not going to say nothing (to referees during games). . . . You're going to have guys who get emotional during the game, clap their hands, yell and scream. As long as they do that in a professional way, I don't think that should be a tech, but we can't do that anymore. . . . From what we've seen (with the new crackdown), we can't have that much emotion.'



'Confusing' issues.

The Nuggets' front office continues to talk to teams about trading Anthony, but no offer has been good enough to be seriously considered. It is understood that Denver could revisit a trade with New Jersey, which could offer rookie post player Derrick Favors, but other teams would be needed to complete the deal. Denver has until the February trade deadline to get something for the all-star, or else Melo will be a free agent next summer.

Asked if the process is complicated, Anthony said: 'On the court, it's easy. Off the court confusing. Just dealing with all of it, just hearing it. Once I'm in the gym, I play the way I play. . . . I'm approaching this season like I would any other season. I'm just getting ready for the next game. I can't worry if I'm going to be here today or tomorrow.'


Nuggets cut two.

Training camp invitees Shane Edwards and Courtney Sims have been cut. The Nuggets' roster is down to 15 players, including camp invitees Melvin Ely, Eric Boateng and Gary Forbes. Edwards played two minutes in the first preseason game, and Sims didn't play.

With the injuries to Al Harrington and Kenyon Martin, coach George Karl was asked if one of the remaining guys would make the roster.

'I think it's too early to make that determination,' said Karl, whose team has four preseason road games in the next six days. ' (Forbes) bounced back today in practice, and I think he needs to continue to figure out where he fits and how he can contribute. It's a hard thing to do in three weeks.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com




Timberwolves: Shooting guard spot is still up for grabs - by Eurobasket News
A Timberwolves team whose coach declared competition open at every position this October now presumably finds himself -- after only two preseason games -- needing to fill a starter's spot at only one position.

With six preseason games remaining and the season opener on Oct. 27 still more than two weeks away, the Wolves' lineup appears set with Kevin Love, Darko Milicic and Michael Beasley in the frontcourt and Luke Ridnour at point guard, at least until Jonny Flynn returns fully healthy.

That leaves unanswered only the shooting-guard position, where rookie Wesley Johnson started in London and Corey Brewer started in Paris. That could leave Martell Webster next in line Tuesday night against Denver at Target Center at a position where the Wolves also have Wayne Ellington and possibly Lazar Hayward.

'I have no idea how it will play out,' coach Kurt Rambis said when asked about that starter's spot. 'We've had guys play really, really well. Martell's had a really good camp. Wes has had a good camp, Wayne has had a good camp. Corey's been solid. Lazar's been solid. It's a good problem to have.'

Webster would appear to be the obvious choice. He's 23 -- the same age as Johnson and Hayward, a year older than Ellington and a year younger than Brewer -- but already has played five NBA seasons.

He also, by scoring 24 and 17 points in the team's first two games, is showing in glimpses that he can do what Rambis and boss David Kahn suspected he could do when they traded the 16th overall pick in last summer's draft to Portland for him: score in more ways than an open spot-up jump shot.

Last season, Rambis asked Love to accept a reserve's role because he said he liked his energy, scoring and rebounding off the bench. It's a role that Webster conceivably could be asked to fill this season because of his scoring.

'It's always great to be known as a starter,' Webster said, 'but I've been in this league long enough where it doesn't really mean anything to me. There have been guys who have made the All-Star team who have come off the bench. You've got to have an open mind. I don't mind coming off the bench. There's nothing wrong with that.'

Etc.
Flynn, still expected out of game action until sometime in November, shot after practice Monday. He will be in Syracuse, N.Y., for Friday's game against Detroit in what was intended to be a college homecoming for him and Johnson.

Center John Thomas (hamstring) and guard Maurice Ager (quad contusion) remain out and will not play against the Nuggets. When asked about Thomas, Rambis said of the 35-year-old former Gopher: 'He really played well in our workouts before camp. For an NBA player his age, he was in incredible shape. He kind of surprised us all how well he played.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


76ers 103, Celtics 92: Philly's first win comes against Boston - by Eurobasket News
Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) scored 19 points and Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) added 16 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their first preseason victory, 103-92 over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Jason Kapono (6'7''-F-81, college: UCLA) and Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) had 12 points each for the Sixers (1-3), who lost, 93-65, to the Celtics on Oct. 6 in Manchester, N.H. Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Andres Nocioni each had 10 points for Philadelphia.

Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) scored 26 points, Glen Davis added 14 and Marquis Daniels had 12 for the Celtics (3-1), who primarily played reserves the whole game. Von Wafer and Luke Harangody had 11 points each, while Jermaine ONeal grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Celtics played without many of their regulars, including guards Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Delonte West, forward Kevin Garnett and center Shaquille ONeal.

Philadelphia trailed by 12 points early in the third quarter but rallied to take a 76-71 lead with 10:37 remaining.

It was quite a chippy game on both sides with five technical fouls called. Speights, Holiday and Sixers coach Doug Collins were given technicals while Robinson and Jermaine ONeal got them for the Celtics.

Speights scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, sparking the Sixers down the stretch as they pulled away to take a 91-79 lead with 5:27 left.

The Sixers had struggled from 3-point range, going 6-for-46 in their first three games. But Philadelphia was 10-for-12 from long range against the Celtics.

Notes: Sixers C Spencer Hawes missed the game with a low back strain. Philadelphia F Thaddeus Young addressed the crowd before the game. The Celtics had 25 turnovers.

Courtesy of www.projo.com


No date for Greg Oden on Blazers' calendar - by Eurobasket News
Halftime. NBA preseason game. Memorial Coliseum tunnel. No better time or place for a meeting with Trail Blazers general manager Rich Cho.

So it was here on Monday, with the Blazers grinding through a throwaway tune-up game with Utah, that the new guy cast some much-needed sunshine on the season.

Of course, there were a handful of passing fans who strolled by and declared to friends, Hey, thats Rich Cho over there! And Nicolas Batums agent dropped in with a handshake and hello. And one ambitious fan even said, Im sorry for interrupting, before handing a friend his camera and then mugging for a snapshot alongside the general manager.

But between all that, you and I got some important answers.

Were going to slow-play things right now, Cho said. And he was talking about monitoring the progress of centers Joel Przybilla (7'1''-C-79, college: Minnesota) and Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.), testing where they are in the coming weeks before making a move that could shift the roster.

What we know is that Przybilla began practicing Sunday, with an improbable and inspired return from a twice-ruptured patellar tendon injury. Also, we know that team insiders will tell you that Oden had an impressive display of dunking and running at a practice last week and woke up the following morning with noticeable swelling in his knee.

Cho refused to put a timeline on Odens return from a fractured patella. And why would he? If I knew hed be back Nov. 30, Id say it, the general manager said. This lifts the lid on the mystery that is the front offices unwillingness to put a timeline or any kind of pressure on Oden.

They simply dont know.

I can live with that.

You should, too.

What's significant to miss there is that the team is indicating for the first time that it isn't going to sit around and wait for Oden to return.

But what the team cant live without is depth in the front court, and so your eyes, and mine, should be focused on Przybilla today. Because if he really can be ready sooner, rather than later, as hes declared, then the Blazers might not do a thing. If hes not ready, the organization will have no choice but to do something to get Marcus Camby some front-court help.

Apologies to new signee Steven Hill, but hes a warm body in the low post to get the Blazers through the preseason. And the Blazers also worked out Didier Mbenga (7'0''-C-80) on Monday, which doesnt feel like much of an answer, either. Also, theres the possibility of free agent Erick Dampier, whose asking price according to another league executive is reportedly $2 million this season with a player option for 2011-2012.

The Blazers would pay a luxury tax on Dampier if they signed him, which means hed really cost them $4 million this season. Also, he would take up a roster spot, which inhibits the ability of the front office to make a 2-for-1 or 3-for-2 trade. Also, theres the matter of Dampiers demand of a player option for next season, which feels as palatable as a warm plate of earthworms.

A little sunshine on the Blazers big questions, it seems, doesnt make them feel so simple. Then again, knowing that the organization isnt banking on Oden this season explains all you need to know.

On Monday, Cho sat courtside with Blazers owner Paul Allen, director Bert Kolde and team president Larry Miller. They clapped for big plays. They examined box scores between quarters. The Blazers lost 109-100 to the Jazz. And it became apparent that the organizations leaders arent sitting in that much different a position than you or I when it comes to the Blazers issues.

There are no secrets. There is no conspiracy. But there are serious questions about who will be counted on a month from now, and that has to have the front office worried. There are answers they dont yet have. And its become evident they feel the best option today is not to do anything dramatic that would limit their flexibility until they know exactly what it is they need.

A center?

Probably.

The hunch here is that theyve already decided whatever they get from Oden this season is a bonus. The swelling in his knee last week was all they needed to lock that up. They loved what the 7-foot center did before he got injured last season, and have invested far too many resources and too much hope to give up on him. And, yes, theyre a good bet to re-sign Oden to a free-agent contract next offseason, barring an absurd offer from elsewhere.

That said, to bank on Oden the first half of this season would be insane.

Ive been as frustrated as you when it comes to the lack of answers this summer from the front office. All along I figured they were keeping secrets, especially when it came to Oden. I realize now that they just didnt know. And they still dont.

I heard a few people at Memorial Coliseum on Monday call this preseason boring and uneventful. As if having the starting lineup settled, and having the Spaniards agent muzzled with a league-imposed $50,000 fine, took care of any theater the early part of this Blazers season might give us.

I think theyve got it wrong.

Because Oden must now realize that theyre counting on Przybilla more than he. And Przybilla is racing to get back. And beyond that, its anyones guess who suits up in the low post this season.

It all feels up in the air.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Rose leads Bulls over Raptors - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls rode a dominating advantage on the boards to a 109-90 pre-season victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

The Bulls (2-2) hammered the Raptors off the glass on both ends of the court. Chicago outrebounded Toronto 13-3 in the first quarter, 10-4 in the second and 15-8 in the third. Overall, the Bulls finished with a 44-22 rebound advantage and outscored Toronto 19-14 on second-chance points.

'They were just much more aggressive than we were,' Raptors coach Jay Triano said. 'They worked harder than us and that was evident.'

Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, while Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) scored 13 points and Omer Asik added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

' (Asik) does a lot of things that can help us win,' Noah said. 'You can't teach that size that he has. That's a big body and he can really move for a guy of his size.'

Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82) led the Raptors (1-2) with 20 points.

Guard Ronnie Brewer made his Chicago debut after missing the Bulls' first three pre-season games with a right hamstring pull. Brewer, a four-year veteran who signed with the Bulls as a free agent over the summer, scored four points in 10 minutes and looked tentative at times during his first-half stint, but more confident during the second half.

'With Ronnie, we've got to be careful with the minutes,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'I thought he did some things really well out there. Defensively, I like his length, I like the way he competes.'

Brewer said after the game that he felt fine and suffered no setbacks with his injury.

Rose scored 14 points and the Bulls shot 56 per cent from the field while building a nine-point lead in the first quarter. Noah had four of Chicago's nine assists in the first quarter and he finished with a team-high eight for the game.

' (Thibodeau) isn't talking to us about moving the ball,' Rose said. 'It just comes from the offense. The offense is made so that if you don't have a shot, you pass it.'

The Bulls were credited with an assist on 26 of their 40 field goals. Rose had seven assists.

'I thought we played very unselfishly,' Thibodeau said.

Thibodeau's offensive system seems to be ideally suited for Noah, who is one of the better-passing big men in the NBA.

' (Thibodeau's) offense puts us in a position where we can succeed,' Noah said.

The Bulls stretched the lead to as many as 21 points in the second quarter as Chicago took advantage of Toronto's leaky defense and poor effort off the boards. The Raptors closed the advantage with a strong 14-7 finish to the opening half behind seven points from centre David Andersen (notes), who scored nine points in 20 minutes in the game.

Toronto closed within 12 again late in the third quarter after Barbosa hit a three-pointer from the corner. On the Bulls' ensuing possession, Taj Gibson (notes) missed a foul-line jumper, but Noah tipped the ball twice then dived out of bounds to tip it a third time, slapping the ball to Deng on the wing. Fittingly, Noah got the ball back under the basket and his dunk put Chicago back up by 14.

Chicago's 14-3 run to finish the third quarter featured six second-chance points. The Bulls led 81-58 entering the fourth quarter.

'We practised harder than we played today,' Triano said. 'We just have to work harder and play with the intensity that's needed to win.'

Toronto's Andrea Bargnani (notes), the top pick in the 2006 draft, scored 11 points. He was 2 for 17 from the field in the first two pre-season games, and was just 3 of 9 on Tuesday.

'Maybe (Bargnani) is getting his legs under him a little bit,' Triano said. 'Like I said before, it's not just Andrea. Everybody has got to pick up their level of intensity.'

Thibodeau played his key starters heavy minutes with Noah playing 40 minutes, Rose 36 and Deng 31.

'With Joakim, he's going to get his minutes at (centre),' Thibodeau said. 'I had anticipated that Bargnani would start. I wanted to get a look at him guarding a range-shooting (big man). He probably played a few more minutes than I would have liked.'

Raptors forward Linas Kleiza sat out because of sore right Achilles' tendon.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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NCAA investigating Baylor - by Eurobasket News
FOXSports.com is reporting that the NCAA is investigating Baylor coach Scott Drew and the men's basketball program for their involvement in the recruitment of a high school player.

The ongoing investigation surrounds the recruitment of 6-foot-9 Hanner Perea, a junior from Colombia who transferred to LaLumiere High School in Indiana, the website said.

Tuesdays report cites sources telling FOXSports.com that the NCAA is expected to be in Waco later this month to interview Drew and members of his staff. NCAA representatives didnt respond to requests for comment.

Multiple people told the website that Baylor assistant coach Mark Morefield sent dozens of texts to Pereas AAU and high school coaches in July while they were coaching events, which is against NCAA rules.

Drew declined comment when contacted by the website.

Courtesy of www.kwtx.com


Josh Selby, Jayhawks await word from NCAA - by Eurobasket News
If the NCAA lets him play, Josh Selby's (6'3''-G) spectacular skills could make Kansas a Final Four contender.

In the meantime, he and the Jayhawks just wait for any word.

Coach Bill Self said at Kansas' media day on Tuesday there had been no developments in the drawn-out case involving questions of academics and amateurism for his prized 6-foot-2 freshman point guard.

'We've been instructed not to talk about it until we have information and we don't have information yet,' Self said. 'We do believe it's coming to a head. But we don't know when or what.'

For about three weeks, Selby was not even allowed to enroll. But since early September, the McDonald's All-American, rated No. 1 in the nation by Rivals.com, has been going to class and working out with his teammates. He will be able to take part when formal practice starts on Friday.

But the NCAA has not said when, or if, he will be able to play in games. The Jayhawks, picked second in the Big 12 in preseason polls, open on Nov. 12.

'We hope to have a resolution to it sooner rather than later. But I don't know when that will be,' Self said. 'I certainly understand why this has taken a little bit of time but I do think there will be a positive conclusion. Hopefully, shortly. But I don't now that to be a fact.'

Speaking to the media for the first time since he arrived on campus last summer, Selby admitted all the uncertainty has taken an emotional toll.

'It was pretty lonely at first,' he said. 'But my teammates stayed behind me, supported me, motivated me being there, relaxing my mind, taking it out of my mind. I'm just thankful I have the teammates I have because without them, I wouldn't have made it through this.'

An extraordinary playmaker, Selby will step right in to replace departed Sherron Collins at point guard if the NCAA grants his eligibility. Aside from academics, there is also an issue regarding his association with Robert Frazier, the business manager for Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony.

The NCAA rules on prospects consulting with agents are foggy. Selby's mother says Frazier is someone she has known since grade school and that he merely helped the family through the difficult recruiting process as a friendly adviser.

NCAA bylaws state that athletes can have contact with agents as long as they do not 'agree verbally or in writing to be represented by an athlete agent in the present or in the future for the purpose of marketing the student-athlete's ability or reputation.'

Asked what qualities he brings to a team, Selby paused a moment to think.

`Toughness,' he said. 'Somebody who can lead you, somebody who's going to motivate you to hard work and can score, not just play. I want to win. That's my big concern, winning.'

Leadership could be a problem for the Jayhawks, who have won the last six Big 12 championships but are picked second this season behind Kansas State. They lost Collins and Cole Aldrich, a second- and third-team All-America respectively, and freshman Xavier Henry.

Self said he will be looking to the Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff, for some leadership.

'Josh brings a lot of that to the able on his own, maybe like no other player we've had since I've been here at this stage of his career,' Self said. 'A lot depends on him, what his status is because he certainly brings a lot of the same attributes that Sherron did.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Woods parts ways with Wake Forest basketball - by Eurobasket News
Junior center Tony Woods (6'11''-C-90) has received a release from the Wake Forest basketball program.

The school said Monday that Woods asked for a release so he could pursue other options.

Woods was suspended indefinitely from the program last month after he was arrested on assault charges. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeamor charge of assaulting a female and was given a suspended 60-day sentence.

Coach Jeff Bzdelik in a statement says that he met with Woods 'a number of times and we felt this was the best course of action for him.'

Woods averaged about five points and three rebounds in 31 games last season.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Penn State's Borovnjak out for year with torn ACL - by Eurobasket News
Penn State sophomore forward Sasa Borovnjak (6'9''-F) will miss the entire 2010-11 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Borovnjak sustained the injury during a team workout this past Thursday, and the news comes just a day before Division-I teams can begin preseason practices.

'I feel terrible for Sasa,' said Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis . 'He really had a good summer and came back to school a lot stronger and ready to make a bigger contribution on our front line.'

Borovnjak played in 18 games last season as a true freshman, averaging 1.8 points in 6.8 minutes.

Courtesy of www.sanluisobispo.com


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U18 Afrobasket: Egypt, Congo keep clean slates, Q/finals begin - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Men, Egypt and 2006 semi-finalist Congo are the only teams that have kept a clean slates in the ongoing U18 Afrobasket in Kigali, Rwanda as curtain fall on the preliminaries of the championship.

Egypt led other countries in Group-B while Congo maintain its clean slate in Group-A as hostilities move into the quarter-final stages of the championship with host Rwanda losing out on the head-to-head rules.

In the last group games played Wednesday at the gymnasium of the Amahoro Stadium, Kigali, Rwanda Cote d'Ivoire dwindling fortune continues as it lost its last group-B game to Gabon making it the only team to exit the championship without a win. The game ended by 80-46 in favour of the Gabonese side. Lucky Angola went down to Tunisia 47-73. Congo was lucky to escape defeat as it rallied to a 90-85 points win over Algeria. Mozambique put paid to the ambition of Rwanda from reaching the last eight with a slim 70-69. Just as Nigeria rose back to the challenges by proving its mettle with a 53-48 points victory over Mali.

With the conclusion of the preliminaries the quarter-finals pairing would appear like this. Group-A leader Congo will file out against fourth place finisher from Group-B Angola. Egypt who top Group-B will square up against Algeria who finished fourth in Group-A.

Other quarter-finals pairing will see nigeria who finished second behind Congo in Group-A battles Gabon while Tunisia, second in Group-B will take on Mali.

Thursday will be observed as another rest day for the countries as the quarter-finals battle gets underway on Friday.



All the Preliminaries Results:



Day-1
Mozambique 62-80 Nigeria
Congo 72-67 Mali
Egypte 76-62 Gabon
Rwanda 66-63 Algrie
Cte d'Ivoire 41-61 Angola

Day-2
Mozambique 50-81 Congo
Gabon 60-55 Angola
Algeria 62-94 Mali
Nigeria 83-65 Rwanda
Tunisia 62-98 Egypte

Day-3
Nigeria 67-79 Congo
Tunisia 88-45 Cote d'Ivoire
Algeria 73-65 Mozambique
Rwanda 57-68 Mali
Egypt 87-47 Angola

Day-4
Mali 76-58 Mozambique
Egypt 105-42 Cote d'ivoire
Tunisia 64-53 Gabon
Rwanda 71-74 Congo
Nigeria 83-70 Algeria

Day-5
Cote d'Ivoire 46- 80 Gabon
Angola 47-73 Tunisia
Congo 90-85 Algeria
Mozambique 70-69 Rwanda
Mali 48-53 Nigeria

Team P W L GF GA GD PTS POS
Congo 5 5 0 396 340 +56 10 1st
Nigria 5 4 1 366 324 +42 9 2nd
Mali 5 3 2 353 302 +51 8 3rd
Algrie 5 1 4 353 398 -45 6 4th
Rwanda 5 1 4 328 358 -30 6 5th
Mozambique 5 1 4 305 379 -74 6 6th

Algeria qualified for the Q/finals on a head-to-head rule as they, Rwanda and Mozambique share the same points but Algeria 73-65 points win over Mozambique gave them an edge over Rwanda whom they lost to by 66-63 while Mozambique defeated Rwanda by 70-69 points.
Algeria ends the permutation with +5, Rwanda +2 and Mozambique -7

Team P W L GF GA GD PTS POS
Egypt 4 4 0 366 213 +153 8 1st
Tunisia 4 3 1 287 243 +44 7 2nd
Gabon 4 2 2 255 241 +14 6 3rd
Angola 4 1 3 210 261 -51 5 4th
Cte d'Ivoire 4 0 4 174 334 -160 4 5th




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PBA Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Air21 - Rain or Shine 86-89
Rain or Shine grabbed nice 86-89 road win against Air21 mostly owing to Jeffrei Chan (191-F-83), who came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Solomon Mercado (183-G-84, college: Biola (CA)) helped with 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Ronjay Buenafe (188-G-83) collected 25 points.

Alaska - Derby Ace L. 92-87
Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) was in a game mood scoring 24 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in this victory. The second scorer in Alaska was Anthony Dela Cruz (193-F-78, college: Cal-Irvine) with 14 points. In Derby Ace, Peter June Simon (186-G-82) and James Yap (191-F/G-82) delivered 16 points each.

Powerade T. - Ginebra 75-82
Willie Miller (180-G-77) shined for the Kings in this victory with 15 points. Yancy de Ocampo (203-C-80) had 11 pts and 6 rens, while Rudy Hatfield (191-F-77, college: Michigan) added 10 points and 11 rebs. In Powerade Tigers, Gary David (187-G/F-78) was on fire with 27 pts.

Barako - Meralco B. 74-68
Sunday Salvacion was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Robert Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC) helped Barako with 13 pts and 5 boards. In Meralco Bolts, Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) delivered 19 points.

Talk N Text - San Miguel 97-83
Talk N Text got the most from Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.): 27 points and 6 assists. Harvey Carey (191-F-79, college: Sonoma St.) also was great as he added 20 points and 14 boards to help his team. In San Miguel, Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd) collected 27 points and 10 boards.


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Alaska 2-0 
 2. Talk N Text 2-0 
 3. Ginebra 1-1 
 4. San Miguel 1-1 
 5. Rain or Shine 1-1 
 6. Barako 1-1 
 7. Coca-Cola 1-1 
 8. Santa Lucia 1-1 
 9. Derby Ace L. 0-2 
 10. Air21 0-2 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. David, Powerade T.26.0 
 2. Devance, Alaska24.0 
 3. Salvacion, Barako21.5 
 4. Washington, San M.20.5 
 5. Hontiveros, San M.18.5 
 6. Carey, Talk N Text18.5 
 7. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 8. Villanueva, Derby A.17.5 
 9. Simon, Derby A.17.0 
 10. Macapagal, Powerade.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harvey CAREY
  Talk N Text
  (191-F-79)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Carey, Talk N Text15.5 
 2. Thoss, Alaska14.0 
 3. Peek, Talk N Text13.5 
 4. Al-Hussaini, Air2112.0 
 5. Santos, San Miguel12.0 
 6. Washington, San M.11.5 
 7. Hatfield, Ginebra11.5 
 8. Matias, Air2111.0 
 9. Reyes, Talk N Text10.5 
 10. Omolon, Meralco B.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Cyrus BAGUIO
  Alaska
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Baguio, Alaska7.5 
 2. Arboleda, Air215.0 
 3. Yap, Derby Ace L.5.0 
 4. Villanueva, Derby A.5.0 
 5. Cabagnot, San M.5.0 
 6. Miller, Ginebra4.5 
 7. David, Powerade T.4.5 
 8. Alapag, Talk N Text4.5 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.4.5 
 10. Ross, Meralco B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gabe NORWOOD
  Rain or Shine
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Norwood, Rain o.3.5 
 2. Hatfield, Ginebra3.0 
 3. Baguio, Alaska2.0 
 4. Reyes, Rain o.2.0 
 5. Chan, Rain or Shine2.0 
 6. Weinstein, Meralco B.2.0 
 7. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 8. Matias, Air211.5 
 9. Macapagal, Powerade.1.5 
 10. Antonio, Powerade.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mark ANDAYA
  Barako
  (201-C-81)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Andaya, Barako4.5 
 2. Baclao, Air213.0 
 3. Washington, San M.3.0 
 4. Norwood, Rain o.2.0 
 5. Reyes, Rain o.2.0 
 6. Taulava, Meral.2.0 
 7. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.5 
 8. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 9. Rodriguez, Rain o.1.5 
 10. Santos, San Miguel1.5 


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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 1-1 
 8. AZS Koszalin 0-1 
 9. PGE Turow 0-1 
 10. Polpharma 0-1 
 11. SKK Kotwica 0-1 
 12. Polonia Azbud 0-2 


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. Brown, Assec.Pr.20.0 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud19.5 
 6. Bialek, Energa Czarni19.0 
 7. Burgess, Zastal ZG19.0 
 8. Jovanovic, Anwil19.0 
 9. Ewing, Assec.Pr.19.0 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Siarka T.
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Truscott, Siarka T.11.0 
 2. Miller, Anwil11.0 
 3. Jovanovic, Anwil10.0 
 4. Wysocki, PGE Turow10.0 
 5. Jagla, Assec.Pr.9.0 
 6. Zigeranovic, PGE T.8.0 
 7. Archibeque, Polph.8.0 
 8. Tica, PBG Basket8.0 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.5 
 10. Vaughn, Polpharma7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  Polpharma
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Vaughn, Polpharma10.0 
 2. Thomas, PGE Turow7.0 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 4. Brown, Assec.Pr.7.0 
 5. Scott, SKK Kotwica6.0 
 6. Thompson, Anwil5.0 
 7. Comagic, Zastal ZG5.0 
 8. Nowakowski, Poloni.4.5 
 9. Beal, Trefl Sopot4.0 
 10. Hodge, Zastal ZG4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel EWING
  Assec.Prokom
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ewing, Assec.Pr.5.0 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG4.0 
 3. Bialek, Energa Czarni3.0 
 4. Fisher, SKK K.3.0 
 5. Brown, Assec.Pr.3.0 
 6. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.5 
 7. Wichniarz, Poloni.2.5 
 8. Sikora, SKK K.2.0 
 9. Beal, Trefl Sopot2.0 
 10. Kukielka, Zastal ZG2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zbigniew BIALEK
  Energa Czarni
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bialek, Energa Czarni4.0 
 2. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.2.5 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud2.5 
 4. Burgess, Zastal ZG2.0 
 5. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 6. Comagic, Zastal ZG2.0 
 7. Ceranic, Trefl S.2.0 
 8. Truscott, Siarka T.2.0 
 9. Hicks, Anwil2.0 
 10. Palmer, Polonia Azbud1.5 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Maciej MAJCHEREK
  AZS Szczecin
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 21
 1. Majcherek, AZS S.21.0 
 2. Ustarbowski, Gornik W.20.5 
 3. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.19.0 
 4. Pacocha, AZS S.18.0 
 5. Sterenga, Gornik W.17.7 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik W.17.3 
 7. Jankowski, Polonia .17.0 
 8. Pamula, Tempcold.16.8 
 9. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.16.3 
 10. Witos, GKS Tychy16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomasz WOJDYLA
  Asec.Prokom-2
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.11.3 
 2. Zurawski, ISS S.10.5 
 3. Klima, Sokol L.10.3 
 4. Ustarbowski, Gornik W.9.5 
 5. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.9.3 
 6. Grudzinski, Spojn.8.8 
 7. Sterenga, Gornik W.8.3 
 8. Misiewicz, Znicz B.8.0 
 9. Kwiatkowski, Start L.7.8 
 10. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  ISS Sportino
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Zytko, ISS Sportino6.5 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojn.5.8 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.5 
 4. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.5.3 
 5. Pacocha, AZS S.5.3 
 6. Wojcicki, SKK S.4.8 
 7. Pustelnik, GKS T.4.8 
 8. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.3 
 9. Sikora, Start Lublin4.0 
 10. Basinski, MMKS D.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marek SZUMELDA-KRZYCKI
  Znicz Basket
  (191-G-91)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Szumelda-K., Znicz B.4.7 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.5 
 3. Debski, SKK Siedlce4.0 
 4. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.5 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .3.5 
 6. Klima, Sokol L.3.3 
 7. Stoklosa, Spojn.3.3 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gornik W.3.3 
 9. Mis, SKK Siedlce3.0 
 10. Prus, AZS Szczecin3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.5 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.5 
 3. Sudowski, AZS S.1.8 
 4. Glabas, Polonia 20111.8 
 5. Klima, Sokol L.1.5 
 6. Zalewski, Rosas.1.5 
 7. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.3 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.3 
 9. Wrobel, Gornik Walb.1.3 
 10. Strzelecki, ISS S.1.3 


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Jermaine Johnson is the new Barreirense player - by Bruno Baltazar
Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85, college: Charleston) is the new center for Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro ,he will replace Brendon Knox that already cameback to USA after he did not corresponded to the teams necessities.
He is a center ,interior player with 25 years old ,6'7,110kg of weight, he is powerfull physicly and with a power to score inside and outside.
He did his college with Charleston of NCAA in 08/09 and in 35 games averaged 9.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2apg , last season he had a short experience in the NBA D league with Reno ,in December moved to Mexico in CIBANE leaguewhere he was the MVP of the league,
This season he started in Mexico with Jaguares de la Bahia where he averaged 20.4PPG and 5.6RPG, ,he left the team there because of finantial problems ,he is known in Mexico for La Bestia, he will be able already to play this weekend in the first week of the league when Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro plays against Lusitania at 5pm this Sunday.


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  RUSSIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Terrell LYDAY
  Unics
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lyday, Unics26.0 
 2. Toporov, Lokomoti.21.0 
 3. Sokolov, CSKA20.0 
 4. Antic, Spartak SP17.0 
 5. Lampe, Unics17.0 
 6. Williams, Enisey17.0 
 7. Anderson, Triumph16.0 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph16.0 
 9. Popovic, Spartak SP16.0 
 10. Gubanov, Dynamo M.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey TRUSHKIN
  Triumph
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Trushkin, Triumph13.0 
 2. Monya, Khimky12.0 
 3. Massey, Lokomoti.10.0 
 4. Marjanovic, CSKA10.0 
 5. Ivanov, N.Novgorod8.0 
 6. Fridzon, Khimky8.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA7.0 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomoti.7.0 
 9. Lampe, Unics6.0 
 10. Eze, Khimky6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matjaz SMODIS
  CSKA
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Smodis, CSKA8.0 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .6.0 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 4. Jeretin, Lokomoti.5.0 
 5. Shved, CSKA5.0 
 6. Williams, Enisey5.0 
 7. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.0 
 8. Antic, Spartak SP4.0 
 9. Aleksic, N.Novgorod4.0 
 10. Popovic, Unics4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jamont GORDON
  CSKA
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gordon, CSKA3.0 
 2. Wilkinson, Lokomoti.3.0 
 3. Nesterov, Krasni.3.0 
 4. Jeretin, Lokomoti.3.0 
 5. Likhodey, Triumph2.0 
 6. Paunic, N.Novgorod2.0 
 7. Ponkrashov, Spart.2.0 
 8. Zhukanenko, Dynamo M.2.0 
 9. Thompson, Spart.2.0 
 10. Anisimov, Krasni.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitry SOKOLOV
  CSKA
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sokolov, CSKA3.0 
 2. Eze, Khimky3.0 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph2.0 
 4. Monya, Khimky2.0 
 5. Kulagin, N.Novgorod1.0 
 6. Toporov, Lokomoti.1.0 
 7. Valiev, Triumph1.0 
 8. Massey, Lokomoti.1.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomoti.1.0 
 10. Trushkin, Triumph1.0 


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  RWANDA   


U18 Afrobasket: Egypt, Congo keep clean slates, Q/finals begin - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Men, Egypt and 2006 semi-finalist Congo are the only teams that have kept a clean slates in the ongoing U18 Afrobasket in Kigali, Rwanda as curtain fall on the preliminaries of the championship.

Egypt led other countries in Group-B while Congo maintain its clean slate in Group-A as hostilities move into the quarter-final stages of the championship with host Rwanda losing out on the head-to-head rules.

In the last group games played Wednesday at the gymnasium of the Amahoro Stadium, Kigali, Rwanda Cote d'Ivoire dwindling fortune continues as it lost its last group-B game to Gabon making it the only team to exit the championship without a win. The game ended by 80-46 in favour of the Gabonese side. Lucky Angola went down to Tunisia 47-73. Congo was lucky to escape defeat as it rallied to a 90-85 points win over Algeria. Mozambique put paid to the ambition of Rwanda from reaching the last eight with a slim 70-69. Just as Nigeria rose back to the challenges by proving its mettle with a 53-48 points victory over Mali.

With the conclusion of the preliminaries the quarter-finals pairing would appear like this. Group-A leader Congo will file out against fourth place finisher from Group-B Angola. Egypt who top Group-B will square up against Algeria who finished fourth in Group-A.

Other quarter-finals pairing will see nigeria who finished second behind Congo in Group-A battles Gabon while Tunisia, second in Group-B will take on Mali.

Thursday will be observed as another rest day for the countries as the quarter-finals battle gets underway on Friday.



All the Preliminaries Results:



Day-1
Mozambique 62-80 Nigeria
Congo 72-67 Mali
Egypte 76-62 Gabon
Rwanda 66-63 Algrie
Cte d'Ivoire 41-61 Angola

Day-2
Mozambique 50-81 Congo
Gabon 60-55 Angola
Algeria 62-94 Mali
Nigeria 83-65 Rwanda
Tunisia 62-98 Egypte

Day-3
Nigeria 67-79 Congo
Tunisia 88-45 Cote d'Ivoire
Algeria 73-65 Mozambique
Rwanda 57-68 Mali
Egypt 87-47 Angola

Day-4
Mali 76-58 Mozambique
Egypt 105-42 Cote d'ivoire
Tunisia 64-53 Gabon
Rwanda 71-74 Congo
Nigeria 83-70 Algeria

Day-5
Cote d'Ivoire 46- 80 Gabon
Angola 47-73 Tunisia
Congo 90-85 Algeria
Mozambique 70-69 Rwanda
Mali 48-53 Nigeria

Team P W L GF GA GD PTS POS
Congo 5 5 0 396 340 +56 10 1st
Nigria 5 4 1 366 324 +42 9 2nd
Mali 5 3 2 353 302 +51 8 3rd
Algrie 5 1 4 353 398 -45 6 4th
Rwanda 5 1 4 328 358 -30 6 5th
Mozambique 5 1 4 305 379 -74 6 6th

Algeria qualified for the Q/finals on a head-to-head rule as they, Rwanda and Mozambique share the same points but Algeria 73-65 points win over Mozambique gave them an edge over Rwanda whom they lost to by 66-63 while Mozambique defeated Rwanda by 70-69 points.
Algeria ends the permutation with +5, Rwanda +2 and Mozambique -7

Team P W L GF GA GD PTS POS
Egypt 4 4 0 366 213 +153 8 1st
Tunisia 4 3 1 287 243 +44 7 2nd
Gabon 4 2 2 255 241 +14 6 3rd
Angola 4 1 3 210 261 -51 5 4th
Cte d'Ivoire 4 0 4 174 334 -160 4 5th




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Penn State's Borovnjak out for year with torn ACL - by Eurobasket News
Penn State sophomore forward Sasa Borovnjak (6'9''-F) will miss the entire 2010-11 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Borovnjak sustained the injury during a team workout this past Thursday, and the news comes just a day before Division-I teams can begin preseason practices.

'I feel terrible for Sasa,' said Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis . 'He really had a good summer and came back to school a lot stronger and ready to make a bigger contribution on our front line.'

Borovnjak played in 18 games last season as a true freshman, averaging 1.8 points in 6.8 minutes.

Courtesy of www.sanluisobispo.com


Lafayette-Partizan Belgrade, the deal is done - by Emiliano
Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) is the new point guard of BC Partizan MT:S Beograd. The player spent last season in NBDL and played also one game with Boston Celtics in NBA.
Partizan was looking for a guard after the Serbian powerhouse decided to part ways with Popovic.
Lafayette played most of the season 2009/10 in NBDL with Maine Red Claws averaging 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 79.8% in 48 games.
Lafayette, born in 1984, has experiences in Mexico with Correcaminos UAT Victoria.


Oliver Lafayette new point guard for Partizan Belgrade? - by Emiliano
BC Partizan MT:S Beograd is close to finalizing a deal with Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) from Boston Celtics. The Serbian powerhouse is looking for a point guard since the decision to part ways with Popovic, few days ago.
Lafayette signed a contract with Celtics last April scoring 7pts, 4reb, 2ast in one game played. Before, he was in NBDL with Fort Wayne Mad Ants with whom he averaged 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 79.8% in 48 games.
Lafayette, born in 1984, has experiences in Mexico with Correcaminos UAT Victoria.
The deal should be official by the end of the week.


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  SLOVAKIA   


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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. McCoy, Svit28.6 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.25.4 
 3. Burrows, Komarno24.2 
 4. Wheeler, Inter B.22.5 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok21.3 
 6. Montgomery, Nitra20.0 
 7. Moore, Nitra19.8 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves19.5 
 9. Gavran, Inter B.18.0 
 10. Tomek, Nitra17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Tomek, Nitra11.0 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.10.6 
 3. Gavran, Inter B.10.5 
 4. Erwin, Nitra10.5 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves9.2 
 6. Wolfinger, Levice8.6 
 7. Burrows, Komarno8.2 
 8. Jackson, Komarno8.2 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica7.8 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Moore, Nitra7.8 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.0 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.2 
 4. Milosevic, Pezinok5.0 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok4.7 
 6. Zavodny, Vahost.4.4 
 7. Erwin, Nitra4.0 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice4.0 
 9. Micka, Svit3.6 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Carter, Vahostav.3.6 
 2. Moore, Nitra3.2 
 3. Sapp, Pezinok3.0 
 4. Montgomery, Nitra3.0 
 5. Jones, Komarno2.8 
 6. McCoy, Svit2.8 
 7. Kozlik, Pezinok2.3 
 8. Seman, Levice2.2 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice2.2 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dametri HILL
  Levice
  (202-C-74)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hill, Levice1.8 
 2. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 3. Harcar, Pezinok1.0 
 4. Avalic, Handlova1.0 
 5. Williams, Prievidza1.0 
 6. Durana, Inter B.0.8 
 7. Ridzon, Prievidza0.8 
 8. Polakovic, Svit0.8 
 9. Moore, Nitra0.8 
 10. Wheeler, Inter B.0.8 


Extraliga Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Handlova - Svit 76-86
Handlova lost to Svit 76:86 at the Regular Season Round 6. Adam McCoy (193-G-86, college: N.Texas) erupted with 31 points and Grbesic David followed him with 16. Delic Nenad replied with 21 points for the home side and Avalic Sasa netted 15.

Nova Ves - Prievidza 82-57
Nova Ves edged Prievidza 82:57 as Michal Batka (204-C-87) (204-C-87) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Johnson Louis had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ridzon Viliam produced 19 points in defeat and Majoros Igor notched 11.

Nitra - Levice 101-88
Nitra overcame Levice 101:88 tonight as six players scored in double figures. J.J. Montgomery (196-G-82, college: Arkansas St.) led them all with 26 points, while Moore Ronald nailed 20. Cervenka Andrej replied with 18 points in defeat and Wolfinger Joe posted 17.

Vahostav-Zilina - Inter Bratislava 80-70
Carter Justin erupted with 26 points and 11 rebounds as Vahostav-Zilina cruised past Inter Bratislava 80:70. Lukas Hoferica (200-C-89) nailed 21 and Kosa Viliam scored 14. Wheeler Jerrenda ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.




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  SLOVENIA   


LTH gets Micic and Morina on loan, Hopsi inks Vrsaljko, Jovanovic stays in Sentjur - by Zeljko Zule
LTHCast Mercator reached an agreement with Union Olimpija to get juniors Dorde Micic (202-F-93) and Gezim Morina (204-C/F-92) on loan until the end of the season. Both players arrives from second team of Union Olimpija.
Hopsi agreed terms with Croatian Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82), who replaces Nemanja Jelesijevic. Vrsaljko arrives from Zrinski, where he averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10 games of Bosnian League Play-Off last season.
Sentjur re-signed Peter Jovanovic (200-F-80) for the upcoming season.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Daegu Orions 2-0 
 2. KCC Egis 2-0 
 3. SK Knights 2-0 
 4. Sonic Boom KT 2-0 
 5. Anyang KGC 1-1 
 6. Elephants 1-1 
 7. Dongbu Promy 0-2 
 8. LG Sakers 0-2 
 9. Mobis Phoebus 0-2 
 10. Samsung Th. 0-2 


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  SPAIN   


Milan Macvan last addition for Caja Laboral? - by Emiliano
Caja Laboral Vitoria, as confirmed by coach Dusko Ivanovic , is close to signing another player for the season and this player could be Milan Macvan (205-F-89) (205-F-89). The young International Serbian is playing for Hemofarm Vrsac with whom he had a terrific season last year averaging 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.0% in Eurocup in 6 games, 14.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 63.3%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT: 79.5% in 24 games in Adriatic League and 13.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 75.2% in 18 games in Serbia.
Last season he was named Eurobasket.com Forward of the Year in Adriatic League and in Serbian League. During the World Championships in Turkey, Macvan recorded averages of 5.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 81.8% in 7 games played.

Caja Laboral Vitoria will likely part ways with Florent Pietrus (202-F-81)


Meridiano Alicante extends Mario Stojic until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Meridiano Alicante announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances). The Croatian SG/SF has a valid contract until the end of this season and he accepted to stay with the club two more years after that, actually until the end of 2012/13. Stojic joined Alicante during the summer of 2009 from Vive Menorca. He appeared 33 times for the club averaging 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Stojic helped Alicante to survive last season in ACB. He played for the same club in 2002/03. At that time he had 8 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 27 games.
From 2005 to 2009, Mario Stojic played for Vive Menorca. All four years they competed in ACB, while season 2007/08 was the best one for Stojic who had 14.1 ppg and 2.7 rpg at that time. In 2009, Menorca faced with relegation from ACB after what Stojic moved to Alicante. In the past, Stojic played two years for Real Madrid. In his first season with the club (2003/04) he had about 6 ppg and 2.5 rpg in ULEB Cup and ACB. He also played two years for Benetton Treviso in the past. Sotjic started basketball career with German Post SG Mannheim and later played for Rijeka, Zagreb and Zadar.


Canals temporary replaces Ordin and Ambres lands in Lleida - by Llorenc Morro
Carlos Canals (178-G-83) one of the classic point guards in LEB Gold back to this league with Girona. Canals, who was without team after finished contract in Jovent Alaior (LEB Silver) last year, will have a moth contract replacing injured 'Nacho' Ignacio Ordin (184-G-78).
Mildon Ambres (198-F/G-84, agency: Impact Basketball, college: S.Nazarene) is the player choosed to replace Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin), who left Lleida due to supperior offer from Panellinios. This will be the second european experience for Ambres, after played in Romania. Lately he played in Philiphines


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  SWEDEN   


Basketligan Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jamtland - Uppsala 58-55
Jamtland was better than Uppsala registering first victory of the season. Stian Mjos (182-G-89) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts, while Benson Callier (198-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) added 13 points and 6 boards. In Uppsala (0-1), Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) collected 11 pts and 5 rebs.

Sodertalje - LF Basket 122-114 OT2
Double OT win for the Kings, who kept the perfect record after two games. Johnell Smith (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Orleans) exploded in this victory with 45 points! He also grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. In the loosing squad (1-1), Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80, college: Alabama St.) collected 24 points and 6 boards.

Boras - 08 68-59
Boras outplayed 08 Stockholm in the opening game of Round Two. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) shined for the hosts with 24 points. Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) replied with 15 points and 7 boards in loss. Boras 1-1, Stockholm 0-2.

Solna - Sundsvall 98-96
The Solna Vikings escaped with 98-96 home win against the Dragons for 1-0 in Swedish top division. Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) shined in defeat with 27 points and 9 rebs, but his team dropped to 1-1.


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje29.5 
 2. Gunnarsson, Solna22.0 
 3. Levett, LF Basket21.5 
 4. Baeringsson, Sunds.21.0 
 5. Pita, Sodertalje20.0 
 6. Saks, Norrkoping19.0 
 7. Lindqvist, Solna19.0 
 8. Rush, Sundsvall18.5 
 9. McNaull, Norrkoping17.0 
 10. Kosmalski, Solna17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.16.5 
 2. Kosmalski, Solna10.0 
 3. Saks, Norrkoping10.0 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.9.5 
 5. Palm, Boras9.0 
 6. Jonzen, Uppsala8.0 
 7. Galick, Sodertalje8.0 
 8. Rush, Sundsvall8.0 
 9. Odada, 087.5 
 10. Saleman, Eco O.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olivier ILUNGA
  Solna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ilunga, Solna8.0 
 2. Frier, Uppsala7.0 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje6.0 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket6.0 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje5.5 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.5.0 
 7. Persson, Solna4.0 
 8. Nystrom, Solna4.0 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping4.0 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sean SMITH
  Eco Orebro
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Eco Orebro5.0 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 3. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 4. Mosley, Eco Orebro4.0 
 5. Callier, Jamtland4.0 
 6. Ryan, Boras3.0 
 7. Saks, Norrkoping3.0 
 8. Rush, Sundsvall3.0 
 9. Frier, Uppsala3.0 
 10. Mbemba, LF Basket2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Anton SAKS
  Norrkoping
  (200-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Saks, Norrkoping4.0 
 2. Ayuba, Norrkoping3.0 
 3. Frier, Uppsala2.0 
 4. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.1.0 
 5. Hult, Solna1.0 
 6. Zaghdene, 081.0 
 7. Walker, Solna1.0 
 8. Ryan, Boras1.0 
 9. Palm, Boras1.0 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.0 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Steve SMITH
  Fribourg
  (200-F-81)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Smith, Fribourg24.5 
 2. Brown, Starwings23.5 
 3. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.23.5 
 4. Green, SAV Vacallo22.0 
 5. Martin, BBC Nyon21.5 
 6. Abukar, Lugano T.21.0 
 7. Glover, Boncourt20.5 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon20.5 
 9. Holland, Zurich W.20.0 
 10. Polyblank, Geneve L.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.0 
 2. Ofoegbu, SAM M.12.0 
 3. Holland, Zurich W.11.0 
 4. Thompson, Starw.11.0 
 5. Dacevic, SAV V.10.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Bonco.9.5 
 7. Mihajlovic, SAV V.9.0 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg8.0 
 9. Meylan, BBC Nyon7.5 
 10. Gugino, Boncourt7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo9.5 
 2. Louissaint, Month.6.0 
 3. Kazadi, Fribourg6.0 
 4. Efevberha, Lugano T.5.5 
 5. Esterkamp, Fribo.5.5 
 6. Buscaglia, Fribourg4.5 
 7. Petkovic, Fribourg4.5 
 8. Martin, BBC Nyon4.0 
 9. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.3.5 
 10. Draughan, Lugano T.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Glover, Boncourt6.0 
 2. Louissaint, Month.4.5 
 3. Efevberha, Lugano T.3.5 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt3.5 
 5. Stucheli, Boncourt3.5 
 6. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.3.0 
 7. Senderos, BBC Nyon3.0 
 8. Green, SAV Vacallo3.0 
 9. Draughan, Lugano T.3.0 
 10. Meylan, BBC Nyon2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John OFOEGBU
  SAM Massagno
  (206-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ofoegbu, SAM M.2.0 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.0 
 3. Aw, Monthey2.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt2.0 
 5. Daniels, BBC Nyon1.5 
 6. Steinmann, Monthey1.0 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.0 
 8. Dubas, Monthey1.0 
 9. Ramseier, Geneve L.1.0 
 10. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.0 


Smith's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Steve Smith (200-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Benetton Fribourg Olympic and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had the game-high 34 points adding five rebounds for Fribourg in his team's victory, helping them to crush Starwings (#8, 1-1) with 21-point margin 102-81. It allowed Fribourg to consolidate first place in the Swiss league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Fribourg won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Smith turned to be Fribourg's top player in his first season with the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.5ppg) and averages solid 77.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was John Sharper (186-G-84) of BBC Monthey. He is American guard in his first season at Monthey. In the last game Sharper recorded impressive 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Monthey to another comfortable win outscoring SAM Massagno (1-1) 100-70. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Sharper is a newcomer at Monthey and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Lugano Tigers. Abukar scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Lugano Tigers, leading his team to a 91-66 easy win against Boncourt (#9, 0-2). Lugano Tigers 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. Abukar also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Abukar has a great season in Switzerland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78) of Geneve Lions - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Evan Martin (180-G-83) of BBC Nyon - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Showron Glover (180-G-87) of Boncourt - 23 points and 3 rebounds
7. Stephane Moris (207-F/C-86) of Monthey - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Boncourt - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Chad Byron (188-G-87) of BBC Nyon - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists


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  SYRIA   


Hoops Beat Wathba in Friendly game ... - by Ahmad Madwar
Al Wathba the team which come from Syria arrived to Lebanon since 2 days for camp
Yesterday Al Wathba played against Hoops Club , it was amazing games ... Al Wathba without any import player lost by 3 points only V/S team has two import one of them Ryan Edwards (196-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) the best forward player in Syria since 2 seasons , the results was Hoops Club 67/64 Al Wathba
Al Wathba will play against Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut at friday in Gazer Arean
and Al Wathba will play againt Al Moutahed Tripoli at next sunday



Frans Steyn and Omar Barlett with Jalaa - by Ahmad Madwar
the first two import players in Syria this season arrive to Al Jalaa Aleppo
Frans Steyn (218-C-82, agency: N.E.T., college: SW Baptist) after he finished his try out with Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut , he moved to Syria to work out with Al Jalaa Aleppo team ... maybe he can do better what he showed in Lebanon
another import Omar Barlett (203-F-80, college: Jacksonville St.) ex NBA player with Miami Heat .. arrive to Syria since 1 week ...
he is under try out also before he sign contract or leave ......
Omar played last season in Cyprus with Achilleas Kaimakliou and he has expirience in Poland , Portugal before he played in Cyprus
he played with Jamaican National Team in 2006 also


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  TANZANIA   


Arusha in final preparations for northern zone tourney - by Carlos Pereira
Arusha is in the advanced stage of preparations for this years Northern Zone Basketball Championship set to start next Friday at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium courts.

Arusha Basketball Association (ARBA) secretary general Alijua Mwakalinga told The Citizen that eight teams from four regions would compete in the three-day tournament.
He named the regions that have already submitted their confirmations as Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Tanga, and host Arusha.

Mwakalinga reminded other interested regions to confirm their participation before tomorrow to enable the association draw up fixtures.
This is an open tournament, so I request all teams which are interested to take part to confirm early, he said.

Even so, the official called upon various firms to come forward to support the organising committee.
We still need some assistance to stage the best tournament, thus I request all companies to market themselves through sponsoring this event, he said.
By Fadhil Iddy



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  TPBL   


TPBL TO UNVEIL 2011 LEAGUE SPORTS CALENDAR - by Chris Cardenas

In an effort to constantly help build a great league and a great image ,the TPBL will be unveiling its official 2011 TPBL SPORTS CALENDAR. The calendar will have all the logos of teams playing in the league this year as well as beauties from the West Texas area. League owner Chris Cardenas ' we feel this is a great way to help remind fans of games days and game times, as well as get a little more exposure for our league. The fans wont be dissappointed.' Season tip off for the 2011 season is set for Jan 7-9 2011 and the teams cant wait to come out firing on all cylinders and race for the TPBL crown.
for more information on league entry, game times, tickets, league calendars call: 325-374-2910


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Adanaspor 0-0 
 2. Darussafaka 0-0 
 3. Final Genclik 0-0 
 4. FMV Isikspor 0-0 
 5. Genc Banvit 0-0 
 6. Genc Telekom 0-0 
 7. Istanbul B.B. 0-0 
 8. Orman Genc 0-0 
 9. Pertevniyal 0-0 
 10. Usak 0-0 
 11. Vestel 0-0 
 12. Yesilyurt 0-0 
Group B
 1. Akhisar Bld 0-0 
 2. Basaksehir 0-0 
 3. Beykoz 0-0 
 4. Gaziantep 0-0 
 5. Gelisim 0-0 
 6. Hacettepe Un. 0-0 
 7. Istanbulspor 0-0 
 8. ITU 0-0 
 9. Kepez Bld 0-0 
 10. Optimum TED 0-0 
 11. Selcuk Univ. 0-0 
 12. TED Istanbul 0-0 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Utah Jazz: Raja Bell receives warm ovation in Phoenix - by David Edole
PHOENIX The Utah Jazz returned Tuesday to a place some grudge-holding fans might consider the scene of the crime.

The place: Phoenix.

The perpetrator: Suns management.

The victim: Utah Jazz.

The crime: Stealing Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.), a Utah fan favorite because of his scrappiness and steady shooting, on the first millisecond of free agency in July 2005.

This preseason game was Bell's first time he has returned to the Valley of the Sun since he rejoined the Jazz this past summer.

If you're wondering, there is no crime-scene tape surrounding the arena. There was, however a loud, warm reception when he entered the game off the bench.

'It's always fun to kind of revisit your old stomping grounds,' Bell said, smiling.

From that, it's evident Bell has a different reaction to his parting than Jazz fans. After establishing himself as a viable NBA shooting guard in Utah, he received a take-it-or-leave-it offer he simply couldn't refuse from the Suns.

And Bell thrived as a Phoenix starter, averaging about 14 points while tormenting opponents defensively for three-plus seasons until being traded to Charlotte in 2008.

'People always say it's a business,' Bell said moments before his US Airways Center reunion, 'but we're all humans and we get attached to places where you create good memories and you have good times.'

As far as the 11-year veteran is concerned, two locales are not like the others in that regard. No offense to Philadelphia, Dallas, Charlotte, Golden State and Yakima (where he started his pro career in the CBA in 1999 after going undrafted out of Florida International).

'Between Salt Lake and Phoenix, for me,' Bell said, 'they've been by far the best two stops in my journey so far.'

Bell averaged 11.6 points for the Jazz in his gritty reserve role from 2003-05 after toiling in limited time with the 76ers and Mavericks.

He flashed a smile when asked about wearing the Jazz uniform again in Phoenix.

'Yeah,' he said. 'It feels good'

Of course, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has always thought he looks good in a Jazz uniform.

'We didn't want to lose him when we lost him,' Sloan said. 'But that's the nature of the business.'

The verdict will have to wait until the season plays out, but Sloan likes what he's seen so far from Bell five years after Phoenix snatched him away.

'He's worked hard in practice,' Sloan said. ' (He) seems to understand what we're trying to do in our offense, and has a good feel defensively all those things are there.'

Good news for Utah.

Bad news for Phoenix.

Five years later, that's a turnabout Jazz fans might be able to live with.

By Jody Genessy, Deseret News


Waiting for Christmas: Still 1 year away from SU, Rakeem Christmas is prepping for his role already - by David Edole
When Kevin Givens decided to adopt the 2-3 zone for his team this season, Jim Boeheim immediately came to mind. All Givens had to do was say the word, and the Syracuse head coach provided him with all the literature and game tape he could ever need on the subject. After all, Boeheim had a vested interest.

Givens' star player, Rakeem Christmas (206-C/F), was being heavily recruited by Boeheim and his staff to come play for Syracuse. With the reputation as the top shot-blocker in the 2011 class, and a wingspan of 'at least 7-foot-5,' the 6-foot-9 big man was an ideal fit for Syracuse's vaunted 2-3 zone. Any advantage Christmas could get learning the zone early was a benefit to the Orange.

With Givens implementing that scheme this season, it only helped the Orange's cause of landing the recruit. Christmas officially committed to SU on Aug. 6, ultimately opting to go where there was some initial familiarity.

'You know Syracuse - very rarely do you see them go man-to-man,' said Givens, the head coach at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pa. 'They've had a lot of success with that 2-3 zone over the years, and they live by it. The good thing for Rakeem is that he'll now have some experience when he plays it the following year.'

When Christmas suits up for the Orange a year from now, he'll be the latest in a long line of high-profile recruits Jim Boeheim has lured to Syracuse. Scout.com currently ranks Christmas as the No. 10 prospect in the country. Higher than it ranked current SU freshman Fab Melo a year ago, and higher than Jonny Flynn in 2007.

But when he does come, he's expected to contribute immediately as a defensive stopper in that 2-3 zone. With his size, length and athleticism, Christmas has a chance to be the defensive game-changer the Orange has lacked in recent years. Getting a head start on the defensive scheme he'll be playing in college should only help.

'In that 2-3 zone, I'll just stay in down low and block shots,' Christmas said. 'That's really my style of play, and that's where I'll be happy.'

Christmas currently sits as Scout.com's No. 1 ranked center in the Class of 2011, but he's really the prototypical power forward in today's game. To Evan Daniels, a recruiting analyst at Scout.com, Christmas not only has the size, but also the athleticism and constantly running motor to play either power forward or center and to do it well.

'No question he's a high-level athlete, and that will play into his ability to block shots,' Daniels said. 'You get the length, the athleticism, the timing - all that plays into the incredible shot-blocker that he is.'

During his recruitment, Christmas briefly flirted with the likes of Georgetown, Florida and Texas, among others. But in the end, there was just too much of that familiarity at SU to seriously consider going elsewhere. When weighing the pros and cons of each school, the 'at home' feeling he had during his official visit to Syracuse won out.

At SU, Christmas will be reunited with former AAU teammates Dion Waiters and Trevor Cooney, another 2011 Syracuse recruit. The trio tore up the Philadelphia basketball circuit as members of Team Final two years ago. Cooney and Christmas stayed on as teammates this past summer. After Cooney returned from a recruiting trip to Syracuse having already committed, he began to turn on his recruiting charm to Christmas.

'After my trip to Syracuse, I knew we needed another big guy, and Rakeem was one of the guys they were looking at,' Cooney said. 'So I just kept pushing him to go up and see Syracuse and was glad that he saw everything that I saw up there.'

Unlike most big forwards, Christmas wasn't forced into playing center during high school. With 6-foot-11 teammate Malcolm Gilbert, a 2011 Pittsburgh commit, playing alongside him this season at the Academy of the New Church, Christmas will have the chance to play the forward position he's projected to play at Syracuse.

That should make the transition to the collegiate level easier. And it's something Daniels sees could be a major factor for the Orange next year.

'He's going to fit into that defensive system well,' Daniels said. 'But he should also have a guy named Fab Melo, who is absolutely monstrous, right next to him. If you put Rakeem, with his wingspan and athleticism, out playing forward, that zone is going to be really tough. That's going to be a huge defensive front line.'

So with Christmas committing to the Orange, the possibilities are quite intriguing. Christmas believes he's found the right place to utilize his abilities.

Cooney can't wait. He's already chomping at the bit to join Christmas at the Carrier Dome next year. He can't wait to see what the Orange can be, defensively, with Christmas in that 2-3 zone.

And to Cooney, Syracuse has found its defensive game-changer.

'He's going to be a huge force in that zone,' Cooney said. 'He's so big and he's so long, he's just going to clog up that middle. Just knowing that you have that kind of shot-blocker behind you defending the basket, it plays a big part in that kind of defense.'

By Andrew L. John
Sports Editor
aljohn@syr.edu



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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Eastern
 1. Cleveland V. 0-0 
 2. Colonial F. 0-0 
 3. Columbus C. 0-0 
 4. NE Air Soul 0-0 
 5. Southeast H. 0-0 
Southern
 1. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 2. Georgia L. 0-0 
 3. GIE Morrow D. 0-0 
 4. S.Generals 0-0 
 5. St.Mountain H. 0-0 
Western
 1. Austin K. 0-0 
 2. C.Texas C. 0-0 
 3. DFW Warriors 0-0 
 4. Norman E. 0-0 
 5. Tennessee D. 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Group A
 1. Aviastar Zap. 2-0 
 2. KTU Kr.Rih 2-0 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 1-1 
 4. Dynamo Dnepr. 1-1 
 5. Kremen-KNU 0-0 
 6. Koksokh-St. 0-2 
 7. Sevastopol 0-2 
Group B
 1. Cherkasy 2-0 
 2. Vinnitsky Zu. 2-0 
 3. Pulsar 1-1 
 4. Sportlitsey 1-1 
 5. U-VolinBasket 0-0 
 6. Striba Cher. 0-2 
 7. Ternopil 0-2 


Azovmash gets Wykeen Kelly - by Emiliano
Azovmash Mariupol, which will play Eurocup in the season 2010-2011, signed for the coming year Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Salem Intern.). The American experienced guard spent last season in Cyprus with Seastar Apoel Nicosia averaging, in 8 games in Eurochallenge, 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 86.7%, then he moved to Hapoel Holon, in Israel.
In 9 games played in the domestic league, Kelly recorded averages of 7.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 53.8%.

Kelly has already played in Ukraine with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (from 2007 to 2009), averaging 11.4ppg, 5.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.2apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 65.1% in the season 2008-2009 and was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team.


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Christian BURNS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Burns, Fe.21.7 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro21.3 
 3. Washington, BC Od.19.4 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk18.3 
 5. Wiggins, Halychyna18.2 
 6. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.4 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot17.3 
 8. Hukic, BC Donetsk16.7 
 9. House, Azovmash15.7 
 10. Thomas, Azovmash15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mario AUSTIN
  Dnipro
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Austin, Dnipro12.3 
 2. Adeleke, Dnipro11.0 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.9.0 
 4. DeGroat, BC Odessa8.8 
 5. Wiggins, Halychyna8.4 
 6. Chappell, Hoverla8.4 
 7. Burns, Fe.8.0 
 8. Garrison, Khimik7.7 
 9. Agafonov, Budiv.7.5 
 10. McClintock, Azovm.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa VASILJEVIC
  BC Donetsk
  (183-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.7 
 2. Funn, Halychyna4.8 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk4.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.4.6 
 5. Brewer, BC Odessa4.4 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.3 
 7. Curry, Azovmash4.3 
 8. Mazutis, Mykolaiv4.0 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla4.0 
 10. House, 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.2.7 
 3. Bakic, Kryvbasb.2.0 
 4. Rybalko, Fe.2.0 
 5. Millage, Khimik2.0 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot2.0 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.8 
 8. Hukic, BC Donetsk1.7 
 9. Lypovyy, BC Kyiv1.7 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv3.2 
 2. Agafonov, Budiv.2.5 
 3. Turner, BC Odessa2.0 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 5. Wiggins, Halychyna1.6 
 6. Adeleke, Dnipro1.5 
 7. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.5 
 8. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 9. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 10. Kovalenko, BC Kyiv1.3 


MBC Mykolaiv sign Green and waive Vaikulis - by Alexei Revenko
MBC Mykolaiv sign a contract for end of the season with 27 years old shoting guard Brian Greene (196-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M). In season 2008-2009 he played in Ukraine in Sumikhimprom. Last season Green played in Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye scored 10,3 points, 6,9 rebounds., 1,7 assists.
Also MBC Mykolaiv waive Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80). Latvian guard played in club since 2009, Last season he scored 8.4 points, and 2.6 assists per game. This season he start poor (1.5 points per 6 games) and the club cut contract with him.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Ryan PATTON
  Sheffield S.
  (181-G-78)
  Avg: 33
 1. Patton, Sheffiel.33.0 
 2. Dagostino, Sheffiel.31.0 
 3. Capers, Worthing.31.0 
 4. Moore, Newcastl.25.0 
 5. Schneck, Cheshire.24.5 
 6. McLemore, Guildfor.24.0 
 7. Copeland, Glasg.22.5 
 8. Sullivan, Liverpoo.21.5 
 9. Simpson, Leiceste.21.0 
 10. Clark, MK Lions20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paul WILLIAMS
  Sheffield S.
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 16
 1. Williams, Sheffiel.16.0 
 2. Tuck, Sheffield S.13.0 
 3. Moore, Newcastl.12.0 
 4. Nottley, Worthing.11.0 
 5. McKenzie, Plymouth.10.0 
 6. Dobbins, Worceste.10.0 
 7. Durant, Worthing.10.0 
 8. Schneck, Cheshire.9.5 
 9. Mbye, Worthing T.9.0 
 10. Gardner, MK Lions9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan PATTON
  Sheffield S.
  (181-G-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Patton, Sheffiel.9.0 
 2. Clark, MK Lions8.0 
 3. Middleton, Worceste.6.0 
 4. Dagostino, Sheffiel.6.0 
 5. Fantazia, Glasg.5.0 
 6. Bell, Cheshire J.4.5 
 7. Gardner, MK Lions4.0 
 8. Williams, MK Lions4.0 
 9. Joseph, Guildfor.4.0 
 10. Gilbert, Worceste.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire J.
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bell, Cheshire J.6.0 
 2. Mbye, Worthing T.4.0 
 3. Williams, MK Lions4.0 
 4. Mubarak, Glasg.3.5 
 5. Zimnickas, Worceste.3.0 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.3.0 
 7. Schneck, Cheshire.3.0 
 8. Middleton, Worceste.3.0 
 9. Murray, Cheshire.2.5 
 10. Toluwase, Essex P.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Paul WILLIAMS
  Sheffield S.
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Williams, Sheffiel.4.0 
 2. Martin, Guildford H.3.0 
 3. Polk, Plymouth R.3.0 
 4. Youngblood, MK Li.2.0 
 5. Nelson, MK Lions2.0 
 6. Copeland, Glasg.1.5 
 7. Darden, MK Lions1.0 
 8. Tuck, Sheffield S.1.0 
 9. Durant, Worthing.1.0 
 10. Simpson, Leiceste.1.0 


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  URUGUAY   


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Villegas, Olimpia29.2 
 2. Craft, Cordon27.0 
 3. Taboada, Bigua25.8 
 4. McGowan, Sayago25.2 
 5. Cornley, Cader25.0 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica24.3 
 7. Martinez, Malvin23.6 
 8. Woodward, Defensor22.3 
 9. Elliott, Hebraica21.8 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Montevideo
  (205-C-79)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Miller, Montevideo11.7 
 2. Gamble, Cader11.5 
 3. Jackson, Anastasia11.1 
 4. Reynolds, Hebraica11.0 
 5. Shelman, Sayago10.9 
 6. Dilligard, Olimpia10.2 
 7. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.0 
 8. Powers, Cordon9.7 
 9. Puckett, Aguada9.6 
 10. Baston, Hebraica9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Elliott, Hebraica6.4 
 2. Vidal, Bigua6.1 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville5.6 
 4. Rivero, Montevideo5.5 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.5 
 6. Latham, Anastasia5.3 
 7. Cambon, Bigua5.3 
 8. Osimani, Montevideo4.9 
 9. Taboada, Bigua4.5 
 10. Nelson, Welcome4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.8 
 2. Monroe, Malvin3.2 
 3. Latham, Anastasia2.9 
 4. Woodward, Defensor2.8 
 5. Newsome, Malvin2.6 
 6. Lado, Welcome2.5 
 7. Rivero, Montevideo2.4 
 8. Rovira, Bigua2.4 
 9. Dilligard, Olimpia2.1 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Montevideo
  (205-C-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Miller, Montevideo7.3 
 2. Dilligard, Olimpia4.1 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.8 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.5 
 5. Newsome, Malvin2.3 
 6. Kanis, Trouville2.1 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Ferguson, Defensor1.8 
 9. Reynolds, Hebraica1.8 
 10. Jackson, Anastasia1.8 


Biogua is the leader with a 12-1 record - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, with a 12-1 record, beat Bohemios 80-59, for the Uruguayan League 14th round. For the winner Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) scored 16 points grabbed 10 rebounds and added two blocks. For Bohemios Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) scored 15 points with 6 rebounds and De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) added 11 points 9 rebounds and three blocks. Results for the other two games played:
Aguada 78 - Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 26 points 2 rebounds 7 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 25 points 12 rebounds, Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) 7 points 4 rebounds 2 blocks
Olimpia 75 Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 21 points 3 rebounds 2 blocks, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 16 points 12 rebounds 3 blocks
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Hebraica Macabi 63 - Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) 20 points 7 rebounds, Isadore Thornton (202-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 14 poins 6 rebounds, Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 2 points 9 rebounds
UnioN Atletica 62 - Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) 18 points 6 rebounds, Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 15 points 8 rebounds 5 blocks


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2011 - News: Gigantes name Carl Herrera as head coach, bring in Jose Bravo - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gigantes de Guayana made two key moves in their quest to build a better team heading towards the 2011 edition of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB), as they announced the signing of former two-time NBA champion Carl Herrera as their new head coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Herrera, currently working as assistant coach for Nelson Solorzano in Mexico's LNBP with Angeles de Puebla, had been the assistant coach of Francisco 'Paco' Diez in the 2010 season and previously played the same role for Duros de Lara in LNB 2008 and Bucaneros de La Guaira in LPB 2009.

He will be assisted by former national glory Luis Jimenez and Israel Plaza. The team also acquired PF-C Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) from Gaiteros del Zulia and sent Lenin Lopez (198-F-91), Omar Mejias (175-G-80) and Julio Miglionico (202-F/C-91) in exchange.


Hernan Salcedo returns to Mexico to play for Lobos Grises de Durango - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SF Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) joined Lobos Grises de Durango in Mexico's LNBP after a couple of years of absence in a league in which he had become a star back in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons, playing for Angeles de Puebla back then and earning himself the nickname 'Taz'.

The 30-year old, 1.98m tall scorer, played for Bucaneros de La Guaira in LPB 2010 and skipped LNB action, in which he was supposed to play for Graneros de Portuguesa. He won MVP honors back in LPB 2008 when be belonged to Gaiteros del Zulia and in his career he's also played for Trotamundos de Carabobo, Guaros de Lara and Marinos de Anzoategui.

Salcedo becomes the eighth Venezuelan currently active in Mexico alongside coaches Nelson Solorzano and Carl Herrera, of Angeles de Puebla, players Diego Guevara (184-G-77), Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) and Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Angeles de Puebla, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) of Algodoneros de Torreon and Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) of Potros ITSON.



Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Espartanos 22-4 
 2. Graneros 17-9 
 3. Estudiantes 15-10 
 4. Lanc.Cojedes 12-11 
 5. Rojos de Sucre 12-12 
 6. Tiburones 12-14 
 7. Cent.Apure 9-17 
 8. Atleticos UCV 2-24 


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Dnipro 1-0 
 3. Unics 1-0 
 4. Honka 0-1 
 5. Lietuvos Rytas 0-1 
 6. Minsk-2006 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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  ZAMBIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. L.Eagles 16-3 
 2. Heroes 15-5 
 3. LCC Looters 12-8 
 4. Magic 12-9 
 5. Pacers 11-7 
 6. Spartans 3-14 
 7. Hawks 1-19 
 8. Chambeshi 0-0 
 9. Hetro Bullets 0-0 
 10. K.Cavaliers 0-0 
 11. K.Trotters 0-0 
 12. Magnets 0-0 
 13. N.Clippers 0-0 
 14. Ndola Nets 0-0 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 29
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor29.0 
 2. Vrsaljko, Gospic27.0 
 3. Butulija, Partizan18.0 
 4. Ivezic, Gospic18.0 
 5. Moore, Partizan17.0 
 6. Reid, Gospic14.0 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor14.0 
 8. Mandir, Gospic13.0 
 9. Furman, AJM M.12.0 
 10. Jankovic, Partizan12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marija VRSALJKO
  Gospic
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Vrsaljko, Gospic11.0 
 2. Stone, Partizan9.0 
 3. Butulija, Partizan6.0 
 4. Dover, AJM Maribor5.0 
 5. Furman, AJM M.5.0 
 6. Ivezic, Gospic4.0 
 7. Karakasevic, Parti.4.0 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.4.0 
 9. Kure, AJM Maribor4.0 
 10. Reid, Gospic4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Reid, Gospic6.0 
 2. Baltic, AJM M.4.0 
 3. Ivezic, Gospic3.0 
 4. Kure, AJM Maribor3.0 
 5. Mandir, Gospic3.0 
 6. Moore, Partizan3.0 
 7. Marin, Gospic2.0 
 8. Karakasevic, Parti.2.0 
 9. Butulija, Partizan1.0 
 10. Prcic, Partizan1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Reid, Gospic5.0 
 2. Ivezic, Gospic3.0 
 3. Moore, Partizan3.0 
 4. Mandir, Gospic3.0 
 5. Vuckovic, Partizan2.0 
 6. Butulija, Partizan2.0 
 7. Jurcevic, Gospic2.0 
 8. Vrsaljko, Gospic2.0 
 9. Stone, Partizan2.0 
 10. Dabovic, Partizan2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marija VRSALJKO
  Gospic
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Vrsaljko, Gospic3.0 
 2. Baltic, AJM M.1.0 
 3. Stone, Partizan1.0 
 4. Ivezic, Gospic1.0 
 5. Mandir, Gospic1.0 
 6. Ilijev, AJM M.0.0 
 7. Kure, AJM Maribor0.0 
 8. Gambiraza, Gospic0.0 
 9. Karakasevic, Parti.0.0 
 10. Karakasevic, Parti.0.0 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Natallia KOZUN
  Olimpia
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Kozun, Olimpia25.0 
 2. Nikolai, TL.24.5 
 3. Keyru, Spartak SP20.0 
 4. Anderson, Spart.18.0 
 5. Lacy, Spartak SP18.0 
 6. Povilionyte, MRU18.0 
 7. Gricaeva, Spart.16.3 
 8. Junaid, Spartak SP14.0 
 9. Queenan, Minsk.14.0 
 10. Dashkevich, Olimpia14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sigita GALDIKAITE
  MRU
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 12
 1. Galdikaite, MRU12.0 
 2. Gricaeva, Spart.11.7 
 3. Kozun, Olimpia10.0 
 4. Kast, Minsk-200610.0 
 5. Paskalenko, Spart.10.0 
 6. Queenan, Minsk.9.0 
 7. Dyeva, Serene8.3 
 8. Nialepka, Victoria8.0 
 9. Kalinichenko, Serene7.3 
 10. Junaid, Spartak SP7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diana ZINTIKAITE
  MRU
  (166-G-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Zintikaite, MRU6.5 
 2. Sinkevich, Olimpia5.0 
 3. Kashlei, Olimpia5.0 
 4. Padshyvalava, Victo.4.0 
 5. Ciglar, Spartak SP3.7 
 6. Kasina, Serene3.7 
 7. Haas, Eclex Tallinn3.5 
 8. Okuneva, TL.3.5 
 9. Yatsina, Olimpia3.0 
 10. Keyru, Spartak SP3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Katerina KEYRU
  Spartak SP
  (182-F-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Keyru, Spartak SP8.0 
 2. Kuhareva, Spart.5.0 
 3. Belyakova, Spart.5.0 
 4. Kulbitskaya, Victoria4.0 
 5. Harelchyk, Minsk.4.0 
 6. Okuneva, TL.4.0 
 7. Dashkevich, Olimpia4.0 
 8. Gricaeva, Spart.3.7 
 9. Givens, Minsk-20063.0 
 10. Lacy, Spartak SP3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigita GALDIKAITE
  MRU
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Galdikaite, MRU2.5 
 2. Paskalenko, Spart.2.5 
 3. Keyru, Spartak SP2.0 
 4. Gricaeva, Spart.1.7 
 5. Filonchyk, Olimpia1.5 
 6. Kozun, Olimpia1.5 
 7. Kalinichenko, Serene1.3 
 8. Skorohhodova, TLU/V.1.0 
 9. Kast, Minsk-20061.0 
 10. Yatsina, Olimpia1.0 


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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Berezina 0-0 
 2. BrGU 0-0 
 3. Gorizont 0-0 
 4. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 5. Mogilev 0-0 
 6. Olimpia 0-0 
 7. RGUOR 0-0 
 8. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
 9. Victoria 0-0 


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Meesseman, Ieper18.0 
 2. Ballau, R.Spirou.18.0 
 3. Wilkins, Point Chaud17.0 
 4. Leemans, Sint K.17.0 
 5. Ray, Dexia Namur16.5 
 6. Boonen, BBC Boom15.0 
 7. Whipple, Houthalen15.0 
 8. Decroos, BBC Boom15.0 
 9. Van Dessel, Sint K.15.0 
 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. Malfait, Jeugd G.9.3 
 3. Boonen, BBC Boom9.0 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.9.0 
 5. Leemans, Sint K.9.0 
 6. Wilkins, Point Chaud8.7 
 7. Maes, Deerlijk8.5 
 8. Mans, Willebroek8.0 
 9. Verbeest, Deerlijk8.0 
 10. Decroos, BBC Boom8.0 
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. VanHonacker, Jeugd G.2.3 
 6. Boonen, BBC Boom2.3 
 7. Strubbe, Waregem2.3 
 8. Meesseman, Ieper2.0 
 9. Plasman, Ieper2.0 
 10. Verhofstadt, Jeugd G.2.0 
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. Poffyn, Jeugd G.3.0 
 4. Vercauteren, Houth.3.0 
 5. Ray, Dexia Namur2.5 
 6. Vandesteene, R.Spir.2.5 
 7. Boucquey, Waregem2.3 
 8. Mayombo, Point C.2.3 
 9. Meesseman, Ieper2.3 
 10. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.3 
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. Mestdagh, Sint K.1.0 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.1.0 
 6. Boonen, BBC Boom1.0 
 7. Mertens, Sint K.1.0 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.1.0 
 9. Beaurang, Willebroek0.7 
 10. Mans, Willebroek0.7 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Audentes 0-0 
 2. Eclex Tallinn 0-0 
 3. NikeWomen 0-0 
 4. Tartu Ulikooli 0-0 
 5. TLU/Volta 0-0 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Krystal VAUGHN
  PeKa
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Vaughn, PeKa25.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU25.3 
 3. Moss, ToPo25.0 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo21.0 
 5. Moua, Kerava19.0 
 6. Jahilo, FoA18.0 
 7. Wright, FoA17.5 
 8. Lehtoranta, PeKa16.0 
 9. Sten, FoA16.0 
 10. Robinson, Huima15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Niina LAAKSONEN
  Espoo Team
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Laaksonen, Espoo T.14.0 
 2. Vaughn, PeKa14.0 
 3. Robinson, Huima13.5 
 4. Paavola, Kerava13.0 
 5. Jones, Huima13.0 
 6. Martin, PeKa12.5 
 7. Kityzina, Catz12.5 
 8. Tuukkanen, ToPo10.3 
 9. Juvonen, ToPo10.0 
 10. Jallai, Catz9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Judy WRIGHT
  FoA
  (172-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wright, FoA3.0 
 2. Piipari, Catz3.0 
 3. Terry, PeKa2.5 
 4. Lehtoranta, PeKa2.5 
 5. Kesanen, Catz2.5 
 6. Morris, Huima2.0 
 7. Moss, ToPo2.0 
 8. Juvonen, ToPo2.0 
 9. Martin, PeKa2.0 
 10. Pounds, HoNsU2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Robinson, Huima4.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU4.0 
 3. Terry, PeKa3.0 
 4. Wright, FoA3.0 
 5. Moua, Kerava3.0 
 6. Juvonen, ToPo3.0 
 7. Martin, PeKa3.0 
 8. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.5 
 9. Tuukkanen, ToPo2.3 
 10. Sten, FoA2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Silja PAAVOLA
  Kerava
  (183-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Paavola, Kerava1.5 
 2. Terry, PeKa1.0 
 3. Jahilo, FoA1.0 
 4. Aaltonen, FoA1.0 
 5. Karkkainen, HoNsU1.0 
 6. Browne, Kerava1.0 
 7. Makitalo, Espoo T.1.0 
 8. Juvonen, ToPo1.0 
 9. Lind, HoNsU1.0 
 10. Karkkainen, HoNsU1.0 


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. ToPo 3-0 
 2. PeKa 2-0 
 3. Catz 1-1 
 4. Espoo Team 1-1 
 5. FoA 1-1 
 6. Huima 1-1 
 7. Kerava 0-2 
 8. HoNsU 0-3 


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Baden K. 0-0 
 2. Klubski 0-0 
 3. Kolibri 0-0 
 4. Mladinec 0-0 
 5. Panteri 0-0 
 6. Struga 2009 0-0 
 7. Student 0-0 
 8. Trokal 0-0 
 9. V.Lisici 0-0 
 10. Vigor Skopje 0-0 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Pecs 2010 5-0 
 2. Szeged 5-0 
 3. MKB Eurol. 5-1 
 4. SEAT Lami 4-0 
 5. Nanette FTC 3-2 
 6. Szolnok 3-2 
 7. Bajai NKK 2-1 
 8. ZTE 2-3 
 9. BSE 1-4 
 10. Atomeromu 1-5 
 11. BEAC 1-5 
 12. Vasas-Csata 1-5 
 13. Cegledi EKK 0-5 


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  ICELAND - Women  


stats leader
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 20
 1. Butler, Hamar20.0 
 2. Muciniece, Snaefell14.5 
 3. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.12.0 
 4. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.12.0 
 5. Liepkalne, Njardvik11.5 
 6. Braun, Snaefell10.5 
 7. Clark, Grindavik9.0 
 8. Buzoka, Fjolnir8.5 
 9. Jonasdottir, Haukar8.5 
 10. Brynjarsdott., Hau.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Slavica DIMOVSKA
  Hamar
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dimovska, Hamar5.5 
 2. Siguraardott., KR5.0 
 3. Braun, Snaefell5.0 
 4. Brynjarsdott., Hau.5.0 
 5. Fields, Njardvik4.5 
 6. Clark, Grindavik4.5 
 7. Liepkalne, Njardvik4.0 
 8. McCloskey, Fjolnir4.0 
 9. Butler, Hamar4.0 
 10. Eiriksdottir, Fjolnir4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Butler, Hamar4.5 
 2. Braun, Snaefell4.0 
 3. Magnusdottir, Grind.3.5 
 4. Brynjarsdott., Hau.3.0 
 5. Dimovska, Hamar2.5 
 6. McCloskey, Fjolnir2.5 
 7. Sturludottir, KR2.5 
 8. Bjarnadottir, Hau.2.0 
 9. Palmadottir, Hau.2.0 
 10. Halfdanardot., KR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Inga BUZOKA
  Fjolnir
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Buzoka, Fjolnir3.0 
 2. Muciniece, Snaefell1.5 
 3. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.1.0 
 4. Butler, Hamar1.0 
 5. Sverrisdotti., Hau.1.0 
 6. Sturludottir, KR1.0 
 7. Brynjarsdott., Hau.1.0 
 8. Halfdanardot., KR1.0 
 9. Valdimarsdot., Njard.1.0 
 10. Fields, Njardvik1.0 


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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News
A2 Standings
North
 1. Borgotaro 2-0 
 2. Cagliari V. 2-0 
 3. Alghero 1-1 
 4. Bologna 1-1 
 5. Bolzano 1-1 
 6. Cagliari CUS 1-1 
 7. Crema 1-1 
 8. Marghera 1-1 
 9. Milano 1-1 
 10. San Martino 1-1 
 11. Udine 1-1 
 12. Vigarano 1-1 
 13. Biassono 0-2 
 14. Cervia 0-2 
South
 1. Alcamo 2-0 
 2. Orvieto 2-0 
 3. Siena 2-0 
 4. T. Spezia 2-0 
 5. Viterbo 2-0 
 6. Napoli GCC 1-0 
 7. Chieti 1-1 
 8. Firenze 1-1 
 9. Ragusa 1-1 
 10. R. La Spezia 0-1 
 11. Ancona 0-2 
 12. Battipaglia 0-2 
 13. College Italia 0-2 
 14. Pomezia 0-2 
 15. Rende 0-2 


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PLKK Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Inea AZS P. - Artego Bydg. 70-78
Artego Bydgoszcz recorded the third win in the season as they prevailed against Inea AZS Poznan away from home. Agnieszka Szott (184-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) netted 19 points for the visitors. Kristen Morris (190-F-87, college: LSU) notched 14 points and 9 boards in the victory. Inea AZS Poznan answered with 16 points from Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group).

Lotos Gdynia - Super-Pol 76-45
Lotos had little problems against Super-Pol Leszno in Gdynia. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) unloaded 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Sandora Irvin (191-F-82, college: TCU) tallied 14 points and 8 boards in the win. Joy Cheek (185-F-88, college: Duke) replied with 15 points for Super-Pol.

CCC Polkowice - Lider Prusz. 45-38
CCC Polkowice toppled Lider Pruszkow in a low-scoring affair. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) came up with 12 points and 10 rebounds for CCC. Justyna Jeziorna (173-G-81) produced 8 points for the winning team. Alicja Bednarek (170-G-83) answered with 10 points for Lider Pruszkow.

Gorzow - Widzew 70-68
Gorzow narrowly defeated Widzew at home court. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce), Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) and Samantha Richards (167-G-83) posted 14 points each to lead the home side. Anna Tondel (183-F/C-77) and Malgorzata Chomicka (168-G-83) responded with 14 points apiece for the Lodz outfit.

Wisla Can-Pak - Utex Row 75-50
Wisla extended their unbeaten run to four games as they knocked down Utex Row at home court. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) nailed 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Dorota Gburczyk (188-F-79) contributed 16 points in the victory. Anna McLean (187-F-87, college: Iona) accounted for 9 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.




Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Candice CHAMPION
  Inea AZS P.
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Champion, Inea A.15.8 
 2. Mieloszynska, Lotos G.15.5 
 3. Tossie, Odra Brzeg15.5 
 4. Richards, Gorzow15.3 
 5. Mowlik, Inea A.14.8 
 6. Bednarek, Lider P.14.8 
 7. Carter, CCC P.14.5 
 8. Zurowska, Gorzow14.3 
 9. Leciejewska, Wisla C.14.3 
 10. Stewart, Odra B.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens10.3 
 2. Zytomirska, Widzew9.5 
 3. Crisman, Artego B.9.0 
 4. Makowska, Inea A.8.8 
 5. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia8.3 
 6. McLean, Utex Row8.3 
 7. Carter, CCC P.8.0 
 8. Kenig, Widzew8.0 
 9. Beachem, Odra B.8.0 
 10. Mieloszynska, Lotos G.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Samantha RICHARDS
  Gorzow
  (167-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Richards, Gorzow6.3 
 2. Zoll, CCC P.6.0 
 3. Kulaga, Super-Pol5.3 
 4. Idczak, Inea A.4.3 
 5. Kenig, Widzew4.2 
 6. Trafimava, CCC P.4.0 
 7. Phillips, Wisla C.4.0 
 8. Fox-Griffin, Super.3.8 
 9. Jelavic, Wisla C.3.8 
 10. Pasheva, LKS S.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  Gorzow
  (180-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Leedham, Gorzow3.7 
 2. Tossie, Odra Brzeg3.5 
 3. Stewart, Odra B.3.5 
 4. Gajda, Energa Torun2.8 
 5. Morris, Artego B.2.6 
 6. Bednarek, Lider P.2.6 
 7. Zoll, CCC P.2.5 
 8. Basko, Wisla C.2.5 
 9. Fox-Griffin, Super.2.5 
 10. Trafimava, CCC P.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leona JANKOWSKA
  LKS Siemens
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jankowska, LKS S.2.0 
 2. Perostiyska, Energa T.2.0 
 3. Burse, Wisla C.1.5 
 4. Richards, Gorzow1.0 
 5. Tondel, Widzew1.0 
 6. Chomac, Lider P.1.0 
 7. Jujka, Lotos Gdynia1.0 
 8. Murphy, Energa T.1.0 
 9. Morris, Artego B.1.0 
 10. Beachem, Odra B.1.0 


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Wisla Can-Pak 4-0 
 2. CCC Polkowice 3-1 
 3. Artego Bydg. 3-2 
 4. Widzew 3-2 
 5. Gorzow 2-1 
 6. Energa Torun 2-2 
 7. Lotos Gdynia 2-2 
 8. Super-Pol 2-2 
 9. Lider Prusz. 2-3 
 10. Odra Brzeg 1-1 
 11. Inea AZS P. 1-3 
 12. LKS Siemens 0-3 
 13. Utex Row 0-3 


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Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 3-0 
 2. Ilrija 2-0 
 3. AJM Maribor 2-1 
 4. GVT Konjice 2-1 
 5. Hit Kran.Gora 1-0 
 6. Jezica 1-1 
 7. Domzale 0-1 
 8. Grosuplje 0-1 
 9. Kozmetika Afr. 0-2 
 10. Odeja KED 0-2 
 11. Triglav 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit Kran.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 26
 1. Oblak, Hit K.26.0 
 2. Oblak, Odeja KED21.0 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.20.0 
 4. Jevtovic, Merkur C.18.0 
 5. Baric, Merkur C.17.0 
 6. Gjerkes, Grosuplje16.0 
 7. Turcinovic, Merkur C.15.5 
 8. Skof, Ilrija15.0 
 9. Ljubenovic, Triglav14.5 
 10. Kure, AJM Maribor14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Barbara SKOF
  Ilrija
  (181-F-80)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Skof, Ilrija12.5 
 2. Jevtovic, Merkur C.10.0 
 3. Bilic, Hit K.10.0 
 4. Baltic, AJM M.10.0 
 5. Macura, Jezica9.5 
 6. Ljubenovic, Triglav9.0 
 7. Komplet, Hit K.8.0 
 8. Muhovic, Kozmetik.8.0 
 9. Radulovic, Hit K.7.0 
 10. Baloh, Kozmetik.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Polona OBERC
  Ilrija
  (174-G/F-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Oberc, Ilrija7.0 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.5.5 
 3. Panic, Hit K.5.0 
 4. Kastelic, Grosuplje4.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Merkur C.4.0 
 6. Kolman, Grosuplje4.0 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor4.0 
 8. Skof, Ilrija4.0 
 9. Serdinsek-B., Jez.3.5 
 10. Baltic, AJM M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit Kran.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Oblak, Hit K.5.0 
 2. Rupnik, Jezica4.5 
 3. Oblak, Odeja KED4.5 
 4. Oberc, Ilrija4.0 
 5. Gabrovsek, Jezica4.0 
 6. Dover, AJM Maribor4.0 
 7. Kolman, Grosuplje4.0 
 8. Panic, Hit K.3.0 
 9. Novi, AJM Maribor3.0 
 10. Zalar, Ilrija3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajsa ZDOVC
  GVT Konjice
  (183-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zdovc, GVT Konjice1.3 
 2. Vene, Ilrija1.0 
 3. Turcinovic, Merkur C.1.0 
 4. Furman, AJM M.1.0 
 5. Cernivec, Triglav1.0 
 6. Jagodic, Merkur C.1.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Merkur C.1.0 
 8. Muhovic, Kozmetik.1.0 
 9. Nelc, Hit Kran.Gora1.0 
 10. Skof, Ilrija1.0 


Huge open run lifts Maribor to an easy win - by Zeljko Zule
In the first game of the week 3, AJM Maribor easily defeated unbeaten GVT Konjice with a 80-63 road win. AJM opened the game with a 21-1 run which included 15 consecutive points over the opening 6:54 minutes. Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90) finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Ljubica Kure 19 of her 21 points scored before the half and Marusa Furman posted 11 points. Konjice missed their first twelve shots. Ajsa Zdovc scored 20 points, Katja Klancnik had 13 points and 8 rebounds before she fouled out and Nina Srot added 10 points.


Rogaska lands experienced Jurse - by Zeljko Zule
Rogaska have signed experienced Simona Jurse (171-G-71) to a one year-contract. Former national team member arrives from Hit Kranjska Gora where last season she averaged 6.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21 League games, helping the team reach its second championship title, and 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 15 Adriatic League games. Jurse had already played for Rogaska during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 season.

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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. Bichumi 1-0 
 2. S-Birds 1-0 
 3. Cool Cats 0-0 
 4. KB Savers 0-0 
 5. Winnus 0-1 
 6. Woori Hansae 0-1 


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Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Brittany SMART
  Kvarnby
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 32
 1. Smart, Kvarnby32.0 
 2. Gustavsson, Brahe28.0 
 3. Zahui, Telge24.0 
 4. Tattersdill, Sallen23.0 
 5. Key, Marbo Basket23.0 
 6. Nilsson, Solna V.23.0 
 7. Mohr, Umea19.0 
 8. Ferm, Eos19.0 
 9. Bacon, Solna Vikings19.0 
 10. Hersler, Telge18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (191-C-93)
  Avg: 13
 1. Zahui, Telge13.0 
 2. Tattersdill, Sallen11.0 
 3. Johansen, Sallen11.0 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby11.0 
 5. Bacon, Solna Vikings11.0 
 6. Brooks, Solna Vikings10.0 
 7. Key, Marbo Basket10.0 
 8. Mohr, Umea10.0 
 9. Nilsson, Solna V.10.0 
 10. Mackey, Umea9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  Sallen
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Johansen, Sallen6.0 
 2. Halldin Wedi., Solna V.5.0 
 3. Kucukkaya, Telge5.0 
 4. Brooks, Solna Vikings5.0 
 5. Gultekin, Solna V.5.0 
 6. Forsman-Goga, Tel.4.0 
 7. Alexandersso., Sallen4.0 
 8. Bacon, Solna Vikings4.0 
 9. Frieson, Kvarnby4.0 
 10. De Leeuw, Norrk.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nathalie FONTAINE
  08
  (183-F-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Fontaine, 085.0 
 2. Persson, Brahe4.0 
 3. Sigefelt, Umea4.0 
 4. Ausmann, Eos4.0 
 5. Itze Nunez, 083.0 
 6. Glaser, Kvarnby3.0 
 7. Soederstroem, Lulea B.3.0 
 8. Mindell Kida., Solna V.3.0 
 9. Zahui, Telge3.0 
 10. Risto, 083.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vivian FRIESON
  Kvarnby
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Frieson, Kvarnby5.0 
 2. Cesnaviciute, Visby3.0 
 3. Hersler, Telge2.0 
 4. Zahui, Telge2.0 
 5. Mohr, Umea1.0 
 6. Nilsson, Solna V.1.0 
 7. Findley, Norrkoping1.0 
 8. Bacon, Solna Vikings1.0 
 9. Grahn, Lulea BBK1.0 
 10. Andersson, Solna V.1.0 


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


D1 STANDING
LINABAFE Standings
 1. Lanceras 9-3 
 2. EPB 8-2 
 3. Yaracuyanas 8-4 
 4. Llaneras 7-5 
 5. Estudiantes 5-3 
 6. Osas 3-3 
 7. U16 0-8 
 8. Aguilas 0-12 


LINABAFE 2010 - Week 7: Estudiantes gets closer to playoffs - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Estudiantes got a lot closer to the LINABAFE 2010 Semifinals, as they were able to defeat Venezuela's U16 NT 69-62 at Manuel Gallegos Carratu Arena of Caracas.

Dahilifer Iserny (90) netted 21 points and Sharol Renault (86) added 14 for the winners. Daniella Wallen led the loosing side with 15 points and Keisy Ford added 13 points.

Meanwhile, EPB will finish at first place in the Eastern Conference after splitting in their double header, with a triumph over Venezuela's U16 NT and a defeat against Osas de Miranda.

EPB will face Yaracuyanas in the beginning of the LINABAFE Semifinals next week, while Lanceras de Guarico is waiting for the winner between Estudiantes and Osas de Miranda. Estudiantes has to face Osas twice and Osas also have to play one more game against Venezuela's U16 NT.


LINABAFE 2010 - News: Enmy Blanco earns Player of the Week honors - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Player Enmy Blanco (82), of Osas de Miranda, was selected as Player of the Week, while Waleska Perez, of Escuela Pedagogica de Baloncesto (EPB), got the Special Mention award.

Blanco averaged 18.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per match in 3 game, while Perez avered 14.0 points, 3.3 assists, 5.3 steals and 5.0 rebounds per outing.

Other players considered were Yosimar Corrales (G-90) and Maria Requena (G-90) of Lanceras de Guarico, Gusvey Moreno and Sonia Rodriguez (90) of Yaracuyanas, Cynthia Polanco of Llaneras de Cojedes, Sharol Renault (86) of Estudiantes, Cleyder Blanco (C-90) of EPB and Durancy Liendo of Osas de Miranda.


LINABAFE 2010 - Week 5: Yaracuyanas complete sweep - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Yaracuyanas completed a sweep as visitors against Aguilas Universitarias de Barinas with a couple of victories, 89-65 and 103-68, at Unellez Dome of Barinas.

In the first match, Gusvey Moreno and Sonia Rodriguez (90) scored 17 points each to lead the winning side. In the second match, Indira Almao scored 21 points and Mariana Duran added 13. For Aguilas, Namari Graterol netted 18 and Hilda Guzman (88) 12.

Llaneras de Cojedes got a series split as hosts against Lanceras de Guarico at Federico Sanchez Arena of Tinaquillo. Lanceras had won the first game 77-59 but the hosts took revenge, 79-71. In that first match, Yosimar Corrales (G-90) scored 27 points and Endrina Bolivar (F-90) followed her with 17 for Lanceras. in the second match, Cynthia Polanco led Llaneras with 20 points and Jofranny Guerra (88) supported her with 18.

Meanwhile, Osas de Miranda defeated Venezuela's U16 Team 57-55 at La Cachucha Arena of Caracas. Enmy Blanco (82) and Mayerling Landaeta led the winners with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Escuela Pedagogica de Baloncesto (EPB) swept Estudiantes with a victory, 90-74, inspired by 19 points of Leinel Pino, 15 points of Waleska Perez and 12 by Fanny Diaz (82) and Keyla Rodriguez.




LINABAFE 2010 - News: Enmy Blanco repeats as Player of the Week - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Enmy Blanco (82), of Osas de Miranda, repeated as Player of the Week in Week 7 of Venezuela's LINABAFE 2010, while Maholy Lovera, of Venezuela's U16 NT, got the Special Mention award.

Blanco averaged 17.0 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in 4 matches. Lovera shined with 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 5 games.

Other players considered were Waleska Perez and Cleyder Blanco (C-90) of EPB, Sharol Renault (86), Josymar Diaz, Jessica Perez and Leyla Nazpez of Estudiantes, Francheska Curvelo of Yaracuyanas and Daniela Wallen of Venezuela's U16 NT.




LINABAFE 2010 - Week 7: Lanceras and Yaracuyanas advance to playoffs - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Lanceras de Guarico and Yaracuyanas advanced to the LINABAFE 2010 playoffs by placing themselves in the first and second place of the Western Conference, with sweeps over Aguilas Universitarias de Barinas and Llaneras de Cojedes.

Lanceras won 69-46 and 64-48 at Villa Olimpica Dome of San Juan de los Morros. In the first match, Yosimar Corrales (G-90) netted 18 points and Kiancy Barragan (F-90) added 14 and in the second one, Corrales scored 18 points again.

Meanwhile, Yaracuyanas defeated Llaneras 82-73 and 71-70 at Nicolas Ojeda Parra Arena of San Felipe. In the first game, Mariana Duran scored 18 points and both Sonia Rodriguez (90) and Gusvey Moreno scored 15 points. In the second match, Indira Almao and Natasha Bompart were the top scorers with 15. For Llaneras, Jofranny Guerra (88) finished up with 30 points and Edicta Blanco added 15.




LINABAFE 2010 - Week 6: Estudiantes defeat Venezuela's U16 NT - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Estudiantes defeated Venezuela's U16 NT, 92-34, at La Cachucha Arena of Caracas. Venezuela is playing in this tournament as part of its preparation to play the Women's U16 South American Championship, to be held at Trinidad, Uruguay, from October 16th till the 20th.

Josymar Diaz led the winning side with 19 points and Dahilifer Iserny (90) added 18 points. For Venezuela, Keisy Ford ended up with 12 points and Daniella Wallen added 9.



LINABAFE 2010 - News: Yosimar Corrales leads scorers - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Player Yosimar Corrales (G-90), of Lanceras de Guarico, leads the scorers in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Femenino (LINABAFE) with an average of 22.7 points per match, followed by Jofranny Guerra (88) of Lanceras de Cojedes with 20.0, Mariana Duran of Yaracuyanas with 14.6, Edicta Blanco of Llaneras de Cojedes with 13.5 and Cleyder Blanco (C-90) of EPB witrh 12.8.

Corrales also leads the 2-point shots percentage with 63. Blanco is in second place with 62, Carmen Arnoz (77) of Llaneras de Cojedes is in third place with 58, Elena Colmenares of Yaracuyanas is at fourth with 55 and Mariana Duran of Yaracuyanas is at fifth with 53.

The free-throws cathegory is in the hands of Elena Colmenares of Llaneras de Cojedes with 76%, followed by Dianora Rivas (90) of Aguilas Universitarias with 75%, Jofranny Guerra of Llaneras de Cojedes with 68%, Yosimar Corrales of Lanceras de Guarico with 67% and Kiancy Barragan (F-90) of Lanceras de Guarico with 63%.

The three-point shots belong to Elena Colmenares of Lanceras de Guarico with 41%, Leinel Pino of EPB with 40%, Mariana Duran of Yaracuyanas with 38%, Elena Colmenares of Llaneras de Cojedes with 36% and Edicta Blanco of Llaneras de Cojedes with 28%.

The rebounds leader is Elena Colmenares of Yaracuyanas with 8.3, followed by Sarahi Rodriguez of Yaracuyanas with 6.7, Jofranny Guerra of Llaneras de Cojedes with 6.1, Yosimar Corrales of Lanceras de Guarico with 6.0 and Waleska Perez of EPB with 5.9.

Mariana Duran of Yaracuyanas is the best player in assists with 4.6, Leinel Pino of EPB in in second place with 3.4 and the next ones are Amanda Torres of Yaracuyanas with 3.0, Maria Requena (G-90) of Lanceras de Guarico with 2.9 and Dianora Rivas of Aguilas Universitarias with 2.8.

Steals are in the hands of Dianora Rivas of Aguilas Universitarias with 5.2 and the top five is completed by Waleska Perez of EPB with 4.1, Jofranny Guerra of Llaneras de Cojedes with 4.0, Yosimar Corrales of Lanceras de Guarico with 4.0 and Hilda Guzman (88) of Llaneras de Cojedes with 3.7.

Hilda Guzman (88) of Aguilas Universitarias is the best player in blocks with 1.3, Waleska Perez of EPB has 1.2 and Jofranny Guerra of Llaneras de Cojedes averages 0.8.
Waleska Perez


LINABAFE 2010 - Week 6: EPB and Estudiantes get wins - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Escuela Pedagogica (EPB) and Estudiantes got victories against Osas de Miranda and Venezuela's U16 NT in games played at Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena of Caracas.

EPB defeated Osas de Miranda 80-77 with 20 points of Angely Frontado and 12 by Cleyder Blanco (C-90) and Waleska Perez. For Miranda, Katherine Monasterios finished up with 27 and Durancy Liendo added 13.

Meanwhile, Estudiantes won 65-54 with 19 points of Sharol Renault (86) and 10 by Dahilifer Iserny (90). For Venezuela, Keisy Ford starred with 15 and Daniela Wallen supported her with 10.




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  WNBA - Women  


Liberty hire John Whisenant as coach, GM - by Eurobasket News
Former Sacramento Monarchs coach and general manager John Whisenant was hired Tuesday to fill both roles for the New York Liberty.

Whisenant, who coached Sacramento to the WNBA championship in 2005, found himself suddenly out of a job when the Monarchs folded in November. He served as GM for seven years and was coach from 2004-06 and parts of the '03 and '09 seasons.

'I'm just tickled to death to be part of trying to take this Liberty team, that I think has all the parts with some massaging, to go ahead and win the WNBA championship,' he said on a conference call.

When coach Anne Donovan announced in March she would leave for Seton Hall after one more season with the Liberty, Whisenant was immediately interested in the position. Carol Blazejowski, then the GM, left the Liberty last month.

Whisenant was on the road for the Monarchs when he got a call that the franchise was folding. Still under contract, he initially hoped the team would relocate to another city in time for the season.

That didn't happen, and Whisenant contemplated other job offers. He spent the past season living in Albuquerque, N.M., watching WNBA games on the web.

'This is the best job in the world to me,' he said. 'It couldn't have worked out better.'

Whisenant is 85-54 as coach in the regular season.

The Liberty went 22-12 last season to tie for first place in the Eastern Conference and lost in the conference finals.

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