EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/2/2010

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  ABA   


ABA adds Northwest Indiana to 2011 expansion teams - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that it has added the NWI Magical Stars to its fast-growing list of expansion teams for the 2011 season. 'I had an opportunity meet with Kenny Miller (6'9''-F/C-67, college: Loyola (IL)) here in Indianapolis last week and was very impressed with both his business and basketball background,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'He and his partner Derrick Smith have all of the skills necessary to have a great operation on and off the court. They are so ahead of the curve that they might even play some games as an ABA traveling teams this season. Having another Indiana team is great.'
Kenny Miller is a former professional basketball player who played his college career at Loyola University, and then became a star in Europe, above all in Spanish league. He is now the CEO of Solidrock Exposure Inc.
Derrick Smith is an insurance consultant and also an assistant high school coach at Morgan Park HS in Chicago where he was born and now resides. 'We are very excited and pleased to be a part of the ABA,' stated Miller. 'Derrick and I know Ron Hicks of the Chicago Steam well, we are impressed with what he has done and are looking forward to competing with him and the other area teams. This should be fun.' For more information, email kenmiller44@mac.com or call 312 813 1475


ABA to return to Memphis in 2011 season - by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, the American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it will return to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2011 season.
'In the first years of the rebirth of the ABA, we had a great team there under the direction of Head Coach Gene Bartow,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The support from the city was tremendous; the ABA business model at that time wasn't right. With the new ABA business model, we believe that Memphis will again be a great ABA city, really great, under the direction of Memphis well-known basketball operator Reginald Golden. We are very pleased and excited.'
'This is the culmination of a dream come true,' stated Golden. 'Having an ABA team is very exciting and now I want to give back to Memphis the one thing they love the most - Winning Quality Basketball. And through the leadership of Christ, I feel that success is on the horizon. I'm one hundred per cent set for the challenge and really appreciate this opportunity.' For more information, contact Reginald Golden at 901 299 4295 or email ijustdogolden@gmail.com


SETX Mavericks announce MVPs come back and new Arena - by Gianni Pascucci
Star players Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) return this season to lead the defending ABA Champions Southeast Texas Mavericks as they look to defend their 2009-2010 National Championship !
Pace, who won an NCAA National Championship at Syracuse University with Carmelo Anthony in 2003 will return to the Mavericks as the reigning ABA MVP this season. Pace averaged 21.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.7 steals during a stellar season last season in the ABA.
Veteran Power Forward Rutledge has had a legendary professional career and will return for another season with the Mavericks. Rutledge was the ABA MVP during the '08-'09 season and is the Mavericks all-time leading scorer.
No ABA team has ever had Back to Back MVPs !
The Southeast Texas Mavericks have clearly been the most dominant team in the ABA over the course of the last two seasons having compiled a 54-6 record while winning back-to-back Southwest Division Championships. SETX won an amazing 30 consecutive regular season games over a two-year period and was ranked #1 in the ABA Power Rankings for a record 14 consecutive weeks. This past season's National Championship was the crowning jewel thus far on the Mavericks' impressive resume of accomplishments as a pro basketball team.T he Mavericks tip-off play on Thursday, November 11th as they will host the Texas Hurricanes. Tip-off is scheduled for 730pm.
The Mavericks will open up play in a new arena this upcoming season. The Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) will be the new home of the Mavericks. The NJEC is located at 18291 Englin Road in Winnie TX 77665 off Highway 73. For more Southeast Texas Mavericks pro basketball information and ticket sales, call 877 643 7508 or visit www.nuttyjerrys.com




East Bay Pitbulls to play in ABA this season - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association also announced last week that the East Bay Pitbulls will be playing in the ABA this season, 'and will be a great addition to the very strong Northern California Division,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We have been working with Debra Tenenbaum, Managing Partner of Full Circle Ventures, LLC for nearly two years as they put things together on and off the court. They've done a tremendous job...and we couldn't be more pleased.' Full Circle Ventures, LLC is a corporation with owners that have combined executive business skills of over 20 years in both the sports and fitness industries along weith technology and media industries.
'We are pleased to offer the East Bay residents quality, professional basketball that will be both entertaining and affordable,' stated Ms. Tenenbaum. We have been working very hard to make sure that we had everything in place prior to making the official announcement. And we do.'
Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, with its new state-of-the-art basketball facility will be home to the East Bay Pitbulls. On October 2nd and October 9th, the Pitbulls will be conducting tryouts at Las Positas College from 10am to 1pm. The team's Head Coach will be Ben Darling
For more information about tryouts, the organization and sponsorships, visit www.eastbaypitbulls.com, contact pitbullaccountrep@yahoo.com or call 925-209-8704.


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  ACPBL   


Standings
ACPBL Standings
 1. Buffalo S. 0-0 
 2. Garden St. R. 0-0 
 3. Hudson Valley 0-0 
 4. New York L. 0-0 
 5. True Hope TB 0-0 
 6. Washington 0-0 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Barracudas Continue to Sharpen Fangs - by Emiliano
Ozell Wells is tired of being asked whether the Brunei Barracudas are prepared.

Leaving for the Philippines yesterday to start their campaign in the second season of the AirAsia Asean Basketball League (ABL), the team's head coach insisted that all the training in the world won't guarantee success.

'I keep getting asked is the team prepared enough. You can practice for a year and still lose your first 15 games - it doesn't mean you were not adequately prepared,' said Wells at the Brunei International Airport in Berakas yesterday.

'Basketball is a game of mistakes.

'I had a friend that trained for a year to get into the NBA but a week before his trials he injured his ankle and he played like garbage that doesn't mean he wasn't prepared,' he added.

With just over two weeks to get ready, the Barracudas kick off their campaign against defending champions Philippine Patriots on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena in the Philippines but play a friendly tomorrow against one of the teams from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

It will be their only pre-season game, a stark contrast to their five rivals.

Despite this fact and the lack of preparation, Wells is happy with the early signs.

' (This is a) great starting point and it's good that we're all on the same page,' said the American of the team's chemistry.

'There have been runs on the beach and two to three hours practice sessions and there haven't been any complaints.

'They're starting practice the same way they're finishing and that's great.

'They don't need to be shouted at... These guys are all grown men, they've been playing basketball for all their lives, so I don't need to coach them much.

'I respect them.'

Courtesy of The Brunei Times



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


China triumph in Yemen - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Taiwan - Iran 65-60
Taiwan earned the spot on the pedestal at the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. They held off Iran in the consolation final tonight. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Taiwan quickly posted a 10:3 lead. They maintained the advantage and earned a 17:13 cushion at the first break. Iran went on a 10:4 run at the start of the second quarter and pulled in front. But Taiwan regained control pretty quickly and ensured a 34:30 advantage at halftime. Taiwan tipped off the second half with eight points in a row to enlarge the lead. They rallied to a 48:35 buffer at the final break. Saimak Torabikhah organized a 10:2 run from Iran that put them as close as 5 points 47:52. Moradinasab Mahdi (92) and Ghahraman Omari leveled things up at 57 with just over two minutes to go. However Hu Lung-Mao (194-F-92) and Chen Kuan-Chuan (195-F-93) nailed four points in a row as Taiwan cleared off for good in this one. Hu Lung-Mao produced 17 points for the winning team. Chien Wei-Ju (188-G/F-92) netted 10 points and pulled down 9 caroms for Taiwan. Torabikhah Siamak (92) responded with 13 points for Iran. Moradinasab Mahdi accounted for 13 points in the loss.

5-6 place
Philippines - Yemen 97-48
Philippines finished the U18 Asia Championship in the fifth position. They shot down hosting Yemen on the final day of the tournament. Joshua Angelo Alolino (181-G-94) produced 18 points and 8 assists to lead the winners. Philippines turned out to have more energy for the final game. They grabbed control right from the start. Yemen accounted for only 10 points in the first period allowing their opponents to clear off. Philippines posted a 22:10 advantage at the first break. Philippines opened the second term on a 10:2 run to boost the lead. They controlled the tempo and piled up a comfortable 47:26 halftime advantage. The visitors continued to dictate the rhythm in the third stanza. They fired 34 points to accumulate a massive 43-point lead heading into the final quarter. Yemen managed ten points in the fourth stanza and had to give up at the end. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Raphael Banal (186-G-92) nailed 15 points each for Philippines. Cris Michael Tolomia (191-G-93) and Jeth Troy Rosario (200-C-92) had 10 points each in the victory. Sabri Sadaqah (188-F-93) notched 16 points for Yemen. Abdulaziz Moqbel (188-F-93) chipped in 9 points in defeat.

7-8 place
Japan - Lebanon 65-67
Lebanon finished U18 Asia Championship in the seventh position. They narrowly defeated Japan in the final game of the tournament. Karam Mechref (188-G-92) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Japan used a 6:0 run to take a 16:10 lead midway through the first quarter. They maintained the lead to enter the second frame up by one point 20:19. Lebanon however turned the tables in the second period. They gained a 7-point lead and hung on to win the first half 36:31. But Japan were not about to give up. They triggered a 19:4 rally to establish a 55:46 lead at the final intermission. Lebanon erased the deficit and it all came down to the final seconds in this one. The teams were tied at 65 with 29 seconds remaining. But Karam Mechref scored a basket to put Lebanon in front. Seiya Ando (184-G-92) missed his attempt and Karam Mechref blocked a Hiromichi Fujita one to seal the winning outcome for Lebanon. Mouhamad Bilal Tabbara (195-F-93) scored 15 points for the winners. Cyril Massoud (191-G-92) accounted for 11 points for Lebanon. Takumi Mitsuyama (183-G-92) notched 20 points for Japan. Seiya Ando delivered 15 points in the loss.
FINAL
China - South Korea 103-80
China clinched the U18 Asia Championship title. They topple South Korea in the championship game tonight. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) had another MVP-worth performance for China. He tallied 28 points to lead his team to the triumph. China finished the tournament undefeated and well deserved the success. China opened the game with five points in a row. They were up by 8:2 when South Korea went on a 7:0 rally to surge ahead. The teams traded baskets but China managed to take a narrow 23:21 lead after ten minutes. They opened the second term with six points in a row to enlarge the distance. A 9:0 rally helped China to a 16-point lead midway through the quarter. They established a 49:34 halftime lead. South Korea could not turn things around in the third frame. China erupted for 29 points in the stanza and piled up a comfortable 78:55 lead. South Korea never got closer than 17 points in the final period and China sealed the victory at the end. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) tallied 27 points and 19 rebounds for China. Zhu Xuhang (207-F-93) added 17 points for the winners. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) answered with 29 points for South Korea. Han SangHyeok (178-G-93) and Lee Jonghyun (203-C-94) delivered 12 points apiece in the losing effort.




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  AUSTRALIA   


Hawks fly high against Breakers - by Eurobasket News
The Wollongong Hawks have denied the New Zealand Breakers entry to the Top End Challenge final with an upset 90-82 win Friday night at the Marrara Sports Stadium in Darwin.
Victory for the Breakers would have seen the Breakers through to the decider, but they succumbed to a Hawk onslaught in the second quarter and were overrun in the final three minutes after launching a terrific comeback in the third period.

In a tight few minutes to open the game, the lead changed four times as both teams struggled to establish any kind of momentum, but six points from Breaker import Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) had the Breakers up 11-9.

That was the pattern for the entire quarter one team would score and be immediately answered by the other. In all there were 11 lead changes in the first period, and only a late 7-0 run keyed by Wollongong import point guard Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas) saw the Hawks take a 26-25 lead after one.

Wollongong picked up their effort as we got the second quarter underway, and a 14-0 run capped by an Oscar Forman (205-F-82) triple pushed the Hawks out to a 42-28 lead midway through the period.

But Wilkinson was having a fine game, and his ten points in the quarter kept the Breakers in the hunt.

However, some late magic from Ervin ensured the defending preseason champs would take a solid 50-39 lead into the main break.

Wollongong looked to keep the pressure on as the second half got underway, extending the margin to 14 on the back of another Forman trey.

But Wilkinson and Kevin Braswell picked up the load offensively for New Zealand and kept them within striking distance of the Hawks with five minutes left in the third period.

Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) and Leon Henry knocked down triples late in the period, and with one quarter to play the Breakers had climbed back into the game with Wollongong leading 64-57.

New Zealand continued to press early in the final period, and a spectacular Abercrombie drive for two followed by five straight points from Alex Pledger and a steal and basket from Paul Henare saw the Breakers forge to a 66-64 lead.

Wollongong were suddenly having great trouble dealing with New Zealands intense pressure, but caught a break midway through the quarter when two key defenders for the Breakers, Dillon Boucher and Mika Vukona, fouled out within 30 seconds of one another.

Still, New Zealand held a 70-67 lead with five minutes left.

Things tightened up yet again with both teams making some outstanding plays. In a two minute span the lead changed six times, and two free throws from Forman made it a tie ballgame, 78-78, with three minutes to go.

Wollongong werent to be denied however, and outscored the Breakers 12-4 down the stretch to come away with the W.

Ervin led the Hawks with 25 points and three rebounds, while Forman had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Gruber contributed an important 13 points and seven boards.

Tournament leading scorer Gary Wilkinson was brilliant for New Zealand with 24 points on nine of 12 shooting from the field, while Abercrombie had 11 points and six rebounds.

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Panthers bring back Shawn Ray, waive Kent Tuttle and add Bryant Matthews in stead - by Stefan Prager
Austrian runner up BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers announced that the club brings back Shawn Ray (194-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central) for the upcoming season. In addition to Ray the Panthers signed shooting guard/small forward Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, college: Virginia Tech). Matthews is coming from Cyprus where he played at Primetel Apollon last season.

Meanwhile the Panthers terminated the try out contract of forward Kent Tuttle (198-F-86, college: BYU). Tuttle couldn't convince the coaching staff of his basketball abilities. Forward Martane Freeman (200-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) won't play for the Panthers as well. He didn't show up in Furstenfeld at all.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


New season starts this Saturday in Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket News
The third season of the EUROHOLD Balkan League tips off in saturday. On the 2nd of October in the city of Slavonski Brod, Croatia, the local side KK Brod-Svjetlost will face OKK Beograd in the 2010 season opener. In the same day, at 11.00 am in the conference hall of Hotel Savus, is going to be held the first Board meeting for the upcoming season. Special guest will be one of the most famous and experienced coaches in our time - the sports director of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv Mr Pini Gershon.

The hotel is located in the center of Slavonski Brod on the most beautiful town square, just fifty meters away from the Sava river. Enjoy the benefits of urban business hotel to manage quickly and efficiently, but at the same time enjoy a relaxing walk along the river.

The opening game is on 02.10.2010 in Dvorana Vijus in Slavonski Brod. Tip-off is 18.00 local time and the entrance is free. The will be live on the local SBTV and also on sportmedia.tv.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
 1. Norrkoping 1-0 
 2. Perlas 1-0 
 3. VEF Riga 1-0 
 4. Ventspils 1-0 
 5. Rudupis 1-1 
 6. Nevezis 0-0 
 7. Siauliai 0-0 
 8. Kalev/Cramo 0-1 
 9. Liepaja 0-1 
 10. TTU/Kalev 0-1 
 11. TU/Rock 0-1 
 12. Valmiera 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 27
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping27.0 
 2. Staniulis, Perlas22.0 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmiera21.0 
 4. Osby, TT.20.5 
 5. Anderson, Ventspils18.0 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis18.0 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo18.0 
 8. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo18.0 
 9. Parakhouski, VEF R.17.0 
 10. Eziukwu, TU/Rock17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping12.0 
 2. Staniulis, Perlas12.0 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.0 
 4. Osby, TT.9.5 
 5. Krabbendam, Kalev/Cr.9.0 
 6. Jankauskas, Rudupis9.0 
 7. Ziedins, Valmiera9.0 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.8.0 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock8.0 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Norrkoping
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.8.0 
 2. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock7.0 
 3. Kriisa, TT.6.0 
 4. Dambrauskas, Per.5.0 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.0 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis4.5 
 7. Bertans, VEF Riga4.0 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.0 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas3.0 
 10. Anderson, Ventspils3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Georgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.0 
 2. Anderson, Ventspils3.0 
 3. Vairogs, Ventspils3.0 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga3.0 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping3.0 
 6. Veideman, TU/Rock3.0 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
 8. Pilk, TT.2.5 
 9. Kaufmanis, Valmiera2.0 
 10. Ayuba, Norrkoping2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  VEF Riga
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cain, VEF Riga4.0 
 2. Staniulis, Perlas3.0 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 4. Kuzminskas, Ventspils2.0 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping2.0 
 6. Hughes, TT.1.5 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.0 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 9. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.0 


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  BELARUS   


BK Minsk-2006 signed new player - by Timur Tolokh
BK Minsk-2006 singed serbian pointguard Nenad Pistoljevic (196-G-80) last season he played in Serbia Radnicki Basket Novi Sad and his statistic was 6 games: 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 90.0%.He was born May 20, 1980 in Belgrade, YUG
career:
1999-2000: FMP Zeleznik Beograd
2000-2001: FMP Zeleznik Beograd: 3.1ppg, 1rpg; Korac Cup: 6.7ppg
2001-2002: FMP Zeleznik Beograd: Saporta Cup: 2 games: 2.5ppg, 0reb, 1.5apg; YUBA League: 13 games: 9.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg
2002-2003: Borac Nektar Banja Luka (Yug) tested in January'03, later that month signed at Borac Nektar Banja Luka (Bosnia): Adriatic League: 7 games: 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg; Bosnian League: 14 games: 7.9ppg
2003-2004: PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia (Bulgaria-ProA): ULEB Cup: 11games: 8,5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg; Bulgarian League: 10.0ppg
2004-2005: PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia (Bulgaria-ProA): ULEB Cup: 11games: 6,9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 81.8%, 3Pts: 31.8%
2005-2006: SK Cherkassy Monkeys (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 34 games: 10.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.0apg, 2FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 68.5%
2006-2007: Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A), left in Dec.'06
2007-2008: In Dec.'07 signed at Ago Rethimno Almeco (Greece-A1): 17 games: 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 69.0%, 3PT: 21.0%, FT: 74.0%
2008-2009: Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-A Superleague): 21 games: 2.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg
2009-2010: Radnicki Basket Novi Sad (A League, starting five), released in Nov.'09: 6 games: 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 90.0%



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  BELGIUM   


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Right before the start of the new season VOO Verviers-Pepinster has added another player to their roster. The new recruit is Dominic Waters (185-G-86, college: Portland St.), an American guard who has just finished his college career at Portland State.
After an excellent senior year at Portland State where he averaged 18.6 ppg and 4.7 apg he tried out for french ProA team Le Havre where he showed some of his qualities but was not signed. He then had a brief tryout in Germany before finally ending up in Belgium.


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Darnell WILSON
  Antwerp
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Wilson, Antwerp21.0 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp18.0 
 3. Stipanovic, Liege16.0 
 4. Matela, Liege15.0 
 5. Muya, Liege15.0 
 6. Raivio, Liege13.0 
 7. Strickland, Antwe.12.0 
 8. Moors, Antwerp6.0 
 9. Donkor, Antwerp5.0 
 10. Van Der Jonc., Ant.5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Len MATELA
  Liege
  (206-C-80)
  Avg: 8
 1. Matela, Liege8.0 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp8.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.0 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp6.0 
 5. Bozeman, Liege5.0 
 6. Raivio, Liege5.0 
 7. Moors, Antwerp4.0 
 8. Strickland, Antwe.4.0 
 9. Muya, Liege3.0 
 10. Griffin, Liege3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp3.0 
 2. Moors, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Strickland, Antwe.1.0 
 4. Hockins, Liege1.0 
 5. Griffin, Liege1.0 
 6. Oveneke, Antwerp1.0 
 7. Matela, Liege1.0 
 8. Van Der Jonc., Antwe.1.0 
 9. Muya, Liege1.0 
 10. Donkor, Antwerp1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 2. Matela, Liege2.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Bozeman, Liege2.0 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege2.0 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 7. Jenkins, Liege2.0 
 8. Muya, Liege2.0 
 9. Strickland, Antwe.1.0 
 10. Oveneke, Antwerp1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mejri, Antwerp4.0 
 2. Bozeman, Liege0.0 
 3. Griffin, Liege0.0 
 4. Van Der Jonc., Antwe.0.0 
 5. Raivio, Liege0.0 
 6. Strickland, Antwe.0.0 
 7. Muya, Liege0.0 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp0.0 
 9. Matela, Liege0.0 
 10. Jenkins, Liege0.0 


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
Group A
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 11-3 
 2. S.Jose/Vinac 11-3 
 3. Itabom/Bauru 10-4 
 4. XV/Cosan 7-7 
 5. Rio Claro 7-7 
 6. Palmeiras 5-9 
 7. Metodista/S.B. 4-10 
 8. Barueri 1-13 
Group B
 1. Vivo/Franca 11-3 
 2. Araraquara 11-3 
 3. Winner/Limeira 8-6 
 4. Paulistano 6-8 
 5. Assis Basket 6-8 
 6. Sao Caetano 5-9 
 7. Americana 5-9 
 8. Flextronics 4-10 


Sao Jose/Vinac rally past Itabom/Bauru in Paulista League - by Eurobasket News
Sao Jose/Vinac improved at 11-3 record in Group A of the Paulista League regular season. They held off Itabom/Bauru 78:68 in the latest game. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) notched 18 points, 11 assists and 6 assists to pace the effort. Sao Jose/Vinac posted a 46:32 lead at halftime and did not look back en route to the victory. Renato Pinto (202-F-78) and Wanderson Trigueiro (204-F/C-81) accounted for 16 points each for Sao Jose/Vinac. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) replied with 18 points for Itabom/Bauru as they fell at 10-4 record in the third position in the ladder.
Lupo/Araraquara topped the ladder in Group B. They outscored Assis Basket 72:67 on the road for the eleventh win in the season. Deivisson Costa (211-C-80) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Assis Basket led by three points at the first intermission but Lupo/Araraquara struck right back and posted a 44:32 halftime advantage. Assis Basket got within 6 points at the final break but Lupo/Araraquara survived the late surge from the hosts to secure the winning outcome at the end. Jefferson Sobral (203-F-80) had 13 points in the win. Ricardo Giannecchini (184-G-81) answered with 22 points and 6 assists for Assis Basket.
Meanwhile Vivo/Franca struggled in the latest encounter as they surrendered against Paulistano/Amil 76:85 on the road. The loss became the third one for one of the league leaders. Malic fired 25 points to lead Paulistano/Amil. Luiz Felipe Campos (191-G-80, college: BYU) finished with 19 points in the sixth win for Paulistano. Vivo/Franca answered with 19 points from William Drudi (206-C/F-81).



Tiago Splitter muscle strain means 7-10 days of rehab - by Eurobasket News
The first injury of Spurs training camp turned out to be significant.

Rookie center Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), perhaps the one player for whom practice is most vital, suffered a strained right plantaris muscle during Thursday's session at the team's practice facility and faces seven to 10 days of injury rehabilitation.

The plantaris is a thin muscle that begins at the lower end of the femur and stretches across the knee joint and attaches to the back of the heel, along with the Achilles' tendon.

Splitter's status will be re-evaluated after the rehabilitation program.

The 25-year-old NBA rookie reported to camp in excellent condition after playing for Brazil in the FIBA World Championship tournament in Turkey in September. He did not participate in open gym workouts that preceded training camp so he would be fresh for the first official practice.

Though his 10 years of professional experience in Europe figured to enhance his ability to transition to the NBA, the preseason was going to be especially important for the 6-foot-11 center, who is expected to be a regular part of the team's front line rotation this season.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Monday had expressed hope that Splitter would learn the Spurs' complicated offensive and defensive systems quickly, beginning with the preseason.

(He's) somebody who's already been awarded accolades and won championships and awards, and hopefully will come in seamlessly and pick things up quickly and be a rotation player, Popovich said.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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  BULGARIA   


Feni Industri beats Yambol in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Yambol - Feni Industri 93-99

Feni Industri continued its tour of Bulgaria with another friendly win. They were hosted by Yamabol and have managed to prevail in a high scoring contest. From the start it was evident that defence will not be a priority in this game. Both teams came out shooting and they traded basket for basket. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 29-30 for Feni. In the second period, more of the same continued, but hosts were able to build a slight lead. They closed Q2 with a mini run which gave them 55-53 at the halftime break. In the third quarter, Feni players finally paid some attention to defence. This allowed them some easy transition opportunities, while they held Yambol to 19 third period points. As result, game entered final 10 minutes with visiting side holding 74-79 lead. Last quarter was a closely contested matchup in which teams continued to hit shots. Still Feni players were able to hold onto their lead, never allowing Yambol to make a comeback. In the end they have routinely closed the game out for the final score of 93-99.
Five players reached double-digits for Feni Industri with Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) leading the way with 21 points off the bench. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80) and Goran Samardziev (188-G-81) also came off the bench to add 16 points apiece, while Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) and Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) finished the match with 14 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) and Martin Durchev (200-G-87) shinned with 28 and 26 points respectively. They got help from Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) who poured in 20 points.

Yambol: Stanislav Govedarov 28, Martin Durchev 26, Nikolay Varbanov 20
Feni Industri: Darko Sokolov 21, Dime Tasovski 16, Goran Samardziev 16, Dusan Knezevic 14, Jarrid Frye 12


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  CANADA   


Andy Rautins ready to prove doubters wrong in rookie season - by Eurobasket News
From the moment he was drafted, there have been questions surrounding New York Knicks rookie Andy Rautins (193-G-86, college: Syracuse).

Having not been on many experts NBA draft boards, there were even doubts that Rautins had an NBA future ahead of him at all. An underwhelming summer league session, in which he shot 4-for-14 from behind the arc, did not help his cause.

Nevertheless, the (usually) sharp-shooting marksman from Syracuse entered Knicks training camp last week with a positive attitude and a seemingly clean slate.

The Knicks obviously have faith in the local product, after making him and Stanford wing Landry Fields arguably the most talked about (and surprising) draft selections of all.

Despite not performing up to expectations in summer league, Rautins signed his contract with the team shortly after. With 16 players on the roster (the only position battle appears to be between Patrick Ewing Jr. and Shawne Williams, two training camp invitees), he appears a lock to make the cut.

Rautins has been impressive running the break during training camp. Although normally paired up with second-year point guard Toney Douglas on the practice squad, it is Rautins who often handles the ball.

Showing great first instincts, Rautins can be seen darting passes around the horn to his open teammates if not pulling up for a shot from long range.

Although hes known for his three-point shooting, Rautins made it clear hes a multi-faceted player. Many people know about my ability to shoot the basketball,' said Rautins. 'I think whats going to separate me from other guys, though, is my ability to push the ball in transition. Im able to spread the ball on offense. I can do a lot more than people think I can.

He certainly knows what it will take to set him apart. On the Knicks (and the NBA in general), a fine shooting touch is becoming a dime a dozen. While honing that skill never hurts, it will be his playmaking abilities and defense that help Rautins break out.

At 6'5', Rautins would stand tall as a point guard, be able to shoot over smaller guards, and use his strong frame to harass them on defense. Often noted as a 'combo-guard,' Rautins took over full point-guard duty last season as a senior. Assuming the role of team leader, he finished with averages of 12 points, nearly five assists, and two steals.

In fact, he feels as though his time at Syracuse will make him more comfortable with the Knicks.

Definitely, Rautins said with enthusiasm. DAntonis the type of guy that likes to run up and down the court. Thats the type of system we had at Syracuse, so Im pretty familiar with it. For a guy like me, that likes to shoot the ball and can do so with range, I think its going to be a good fit.

Citing Raymond Felton and Roger Mason, Jr. as early positives influences, Rautins has been taking notes and working hard throughout camp.

The New York media has been taking notice, too. While a term like bust was being used to describe Rautins following the draft, he is now being recognized as crisp and strong during workouts.

Nevertheless, while some may still count him out, Rautins doesnt appear to be wavering. He already talks about still being a part of the Knicks in the future.

In regards to whether or not he can carry over Syracuses winning mentality to the Knicks, Rautins said, Im probably going to take a back seat to the vets right now, but eventually hope to assume that leadership position and bring my little leadership intangibles to the table. You know, winning rubs off on people. Hopefully that will be the case.

Its certainly a positive that he realizes the importance of such intangibles. Donnie Walsh and Mike DAntoni brought Rautins and Fields in clearly because they fit the personnel build for this new Knicks squad, not because of any existing (or non-existing) star potential.

While it may take some time for this team to gel on the court, many Knicks, including Rautins, spoke glowingly about the teams rapport at media day last Friday.

We have a great group of guys. I think the chemistrys already where it needs to be.

Only time will tell how strong that chemistry proves to be as the Knicks will strive to be a top-eight team in the Eastern Conference this season. The team will travel to Milan, Italy to open up its preseason on October 3rd.

Courtesy of http://bleacherreport.com


Star hoops recruit Khem Birch commits to Pittsburgh for 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Pittsburgh has received a commitment from one of the elite big men in the Class of 2012.

Canadian Khem Birch (6'9''-F), ranked fourth in the junior class by Scout.com and No. 2 in the nation by ESPN.com, gave Panthers coach Jamie Dixon a verbal pledge on Wednesday.

'I chose Pittsburgh because I really feel comfortable with Coach (Pat) Skerry and Coach Dixon, and I feel that they can help me develop,' Birch told FOXSports.com

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Birch, who hails from Quebec, spent last season at Winchendon School (Mass.) and has transferred to nearby Notre Dame Prep this year.

Birch is a long and extremely athletic frontline player who can change the game on the defensive end with his shot-blocking ability. If his ranking holds up, hed be the highest regarded player ever to sign with the Panthers.

'Khems long-term goal is to be a pro, Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd told FOXSports.com 'Coach Dixon has done a terrific job developing pros, and hes also made it clear the door is always open for Khem to return and finish getting his degree.

'He hasnt even scratched the surface, added Expressions coach Todd Quarles, who runs Birchs summer league. 'Hes got so much upside and wants to be great.

New Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry, who was hired from Providence in the offseason, was key in the recruitment of Birch.

'Providence was the leader in the clubhouse when Coach Skerry was there, Hurd said. 'And when he went to Pittsburgh, it was a no-brainer for Khem.

'He just felt comfortable with Skerry and Coach Dixon. Khem is a special player. Hes a fantastic player and kid, and its tough to coach him sometimes because its impossible to get angry at him.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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  CHINA   


China Defeats Korea 103-80 to Win FIBA Asia U-18 Championship - by Arthur Volbert
Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) had a monster game with 27 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks as China defeated Korea 103-80 to win the FIBA Asia U-18 Championship. Wang, listed as born in 1994, appears to be still growing and will be eligible to again play in the Asian U-18 in 2012. Guo Ailun also had a superb performance with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhu Xuhang continued his strong play with 17 points and 5 rebounds. His performance caused China to barely miss the injured Zhai Xiaochuan, its second-best player in the World U-17 Championship. All three could be future national team members and might even be drafted by the NBA.

Wang Zirui had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Luo Hanchen had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Sun Tonglin had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Wang Pu had 5 points and 3 rebounds. These are 4 role-players who have a promising future. Li Muhao was ineffective offensively in 3 minutes, missing 2 shots and 2 free throws. But he did grab 3 rebounds. If Li's problems are primarily caused by growing so tall so late, and he appears to still be growing, then he too could have a fine career. But if his problems are mostly caused by lack of drive and intensity, then his prospects are much dimmer.

China led Korea 23-21 after the first quarter and 49-34 at the half. It led 78-55 after three quarters. China outshot Korea 51 percent to 39 percent. It outrebounded Korea 49-25. But it had 13 turnovers to 8 for Korea. Giyun Kim led Korea with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Sanghyeok Han and Jonghyun Lee each scored 12.

Chinese Taipei secured third place, and a trip to next year's world championship, with a 65-60 win over Iran. The Philippines took fifth place with a 97-48 blowout of Yemen. Lebanon edged Japan 67-65 for seventh.


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Link to box score:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/4142/02/45/93/61txRtycQl8A/




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  CROATIA   


Srdan Subotic returns to Split - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Split has unveiled an experienced reinforcement for the upcoming season. The club has reached an agreement with point guard Srdan Subotic (193-G-80). Reportedly, Subotic has put a signature to a six-month deal with an option to extend it until the end of the season. The 30-year-old PG has already played for Split before embarking on European adventure where he played for various European squads in 7 years. He is seen as great role model for the young players in the club and will be expected to assume the position of a leader. Subotic is expected to join his new teammates in the coming days.
Srdan Subotic started his career in 1997 when he signed for Plastik Solin. Following season he moved to Split where he played for 5 years. In his last season in 2003, he managed to win National Title, playing in 14 games and averaging 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds. In 2003, he moved to Krka Novo Mesto where he stayed for one season before moving to Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium. In November of 2005, Subotic started his Swedish adventure after signing with KFUM Jamtland Basket. There he established himself as one of the teams best players, averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Srdan Subotic spent two seasons with Sundsvall Dragons where he continued to put in good performances. During 2008-2009 season, he helped his team win the National title. He averaged 13.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 21 League games. Last season, he returned to Croatia where he signed for Cedevita. In 17 league games he has averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 assists per match.


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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus Participation in the Top Basketball Seminar in China - by Chris Mammides
Another great Basketball honor succeeded for the small island of Cyprus, in the other end of the world when the Chinese Basketball Federation invited officially the Cypriot/Serbian Head Coach Raca Dragan in the most important and immense basketball seminar under the title 'China Basketball Elite Coach Clinic and Seminar'.
Raca Dragan will be the keynote speaker of the seminar and his theme will be 'The offence and Defense Analysis on MTM and Zone Defense from the Mundobasket 2010 teams. With special focus on some games, the overall Analysis will be targeting the modern era of Basketball and especially the zone defense which most of the National teams played in the last world tournament.

The games to be analyzed will be in the specific order
1.The game between the Hellenic NT over the Chinese NT and Chinas zone defense problems from the specific game.
2.Pick n Roll MTM Defense Analysis from the game between the Turkish NT and the Hellenic NT, also the Zone Defense Analysis from the Turkish NT and the Hellenic Teams offensive problems over the Turkish zone defense.
3.The analysis of the amazing semi final between the Serbian NT and the Turkish NT with special focus on the Zone defense Analysis of the Turkish NT and the Serbian NT Offense Analysis over the Turkish zone Defense
4.USA NT Analysis in all the edges, offense and defense
The specific seminar is huge and is expected more than 500 participants (Head Coaches, Assistants and Technical staff) all over China to actively participate in order to follow the new era and the new and modern defensive and offensive systems.
The Chinese basketball is growing each and every day dramatically; China the largest country in the world is investing in the sport and is doing it with the best and most healthy way. Cyprus must be proud to have one of his top Head Coaches participating in this birth of a new superpower in the sport.


It is also worth mentioning that the Cypriot/Serbian Coach Raca Dragan renewed his contract with the Chinese team Goungzhou after his succesfull debute earlier on this seazon.



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  DENMARK   


Matt Williams claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Matt Williams (200-F-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Svendborg Rabbits and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 33-year old forward had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds for Svendborg in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aalborg (#7, 0-2), the league's worst team 78-68. Thanks to this victory Svendborg moved-up to the 4th position in the Danish Ligaen. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Svendborg won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Williams turned to be Svendborg's top player in his first season with the team. University of Montana graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 4.0spg and 57.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) of BK Amager. Brasas impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Amager BK lost that game 73-91 to Horsens IC (2-0). 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. Brasas is one of the most experienced players at Amager BK and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#3). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Team FOG Naestved (#9). Roberts scored 21 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Roberts' great performance Naestved lost 50-64 to Horsholm (#3, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Naestved can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Roberts he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Roberts has individually a great season in Denmark. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Pape Ba (205-F/C-81) of Vaerlose - 28 points and 4 rebounds
6. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Rickey Claitt (188-G-81) of Horsens IC - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Donald Rutherford (198-F) of SISU - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80) of Svendborg - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) of Horsholm - 17 points and 4 rebounds


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Rickey CLAITT
  Horsens IC
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Claitt, Horsens IC23.0 
 2. Iversen, Svendborg22.0 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.0 
 4. Ba, Vaerlose20.5 
 5. Johnson, Bakken20.5 
 6. Dennis, SISU20.0 
 7. Williams, Svendborg18.5 
 8. Kristiansen, Aalborg17.5 
 9. Sahlertz, Horse.17.0 
 10. Bak, Horsholm16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Roberts, Naestved15.5 
 2. Williams, Svendborg9.5 
 3. Sorensen, Aalborg8.5 
 4. Darboe, Svendborg8.0 
 5. Johansen, Naestved8.0 
 6. Morris, Aabyhoj8.0 
 7. Harder, SISU8.0 
 8. Sahlertz, Horse.7.5 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC7.5 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey CLAITT
  Horsens IC
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Claitt, Horsens IC8.0 
 2. Burgess, Bakken6.5 
 3. Smedley, Naestved6.0 
 4. Darboe, Svendborg5.5 
 5. Alili, Vaerlose4.5 
 6. Jukic, Aabyhoj4.5 
 7. Jensen, Vaerlose4.0 
 8. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 9. Falsvig, Aalborg4.0 
 10. Madsen, Horsens IC3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smedley, Naestved5.0 
 2. Rutherford, SISU4.5 
 3. Williams, Svendborg4.0 
 4. Falsvig, Aalborg3.5 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm3.5 
 6. Jukic, Aabyhoj3.5 
 7. Colman, Svendborg3.0 
 8. Gilling, Horsholm3.0 
 9. Burgess, Bakken2.5 
 10. Brasas, Amager BK2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Johnson, Bakken1.5 
 2. Johansen, Naestved1.5 
 3. Gilling, Horsholm1.0 
 4. Falsvig, Aalborg1.0 
 5. Ba, Vaerlose1.0 
 6. Sorensen, Aalborg1.0 
 7. Dalboge, Aabyhoj1.0 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg1.0 
 9. Brown, SISU1.0 
 10. Nielsen, Horsens IC1.0 


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  D-LEAGUE   


NBA Development League announces rules changes for 2010-11 - by Eurobasket News
The NBA Development League today announced two rules changes for the upcoming 2010-11 season: incorporating the goaltending rule used in international competition and shortening overtime periods. As the NBA's official minor league, one of the NBA D-League's primary functions is to serve as its research and development arm.

'In addition to developing 20 percent of current NBA players and numerous coaches and referees who are enjoying NBA success, we also function as the NBA's 'Research and Development' department and, therefore, are continuously looking for ways to improve the sport of basketball,' said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. 'We believe implementing these new rules will make our games even more exciting for both players and fans alike, while providing a valuable service for the NBA.'

The new goaltending rule follows the standard used in the international game that allows a player to knock the ball away when it is on the rim. Prior to this season, the NBA D-League used NBA goaltending rules, which prohibit players from touching the ball when it is on the cylinder.

Overtime periods in the NBA D-League this year will be three minutes in duration, down from the five minutes of previous seasons.

'There are myriad benefits to having the NBA D-League serve as the NBA's farm system,' said NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, Stu Jackson. 'One of the advantages is that it allows us to look at the rules of play and experiment with ways we can make the game more competitive.'

Among some of the NBA D-League's past innovations are the following: becoming the first league under the NBA umbrella to show all of its games live online free of charge; instituting a playoff format that allows each of the three division winners to select its first-round opponent from among the remaining postseason teams; and testing the adidas-developed NBA Revolution 30 uniforms, which will be worn by NBA teams this season, as well as various versions of the official Spalding basketball.

Courtesy of D-Legaue (taken from www.oursportscentral.com)


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LNB Semifinals: Metros and Caneros are 1-0 up against their rivals - by Eurobasket News
Metros and Caneros managed to beat their rivals in Game One of the LNB Semifinals (Division Finals).
Metros outplayed Tiburones in a high-scoring game 107-99. Joel Ramirez was the leading player in victory as he scored 24 points. Bernard Robinson (198-F-81, college: Michigan) secured a great help adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. On the other side, Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) shined with 34 points and 5 rebs. Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Metros players exploded in the last ten minutes creating impressive 33-18. Before that, Tiburones finished first quarter with plus 9 and Metros made 22-20 in Q3.
Caneros grabbed tiny 87-84 win against the Titanes. They were four points down before the last quarter, but same as Metros they dominated in the last ten minutes (30-23) what was enough for 87-84 victory at the end. Maurice Carter (183-G-83, college: Robert Morris) top-scored for Caneros with 19 points. Edward Santana (203-F-80) helped with double-double of 18 points and 15 boards. In the loosing squad, Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, college: Va Commonwealth) delivered 21 points.
Both series are best-of-five.


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  EL SALVADOR   


ExSal wins first LEBES league - by Jaime Arevalo
The team named ExSal swept the Final Series, 3-0 over San Marcos, claiming the 'Yamaha Cup 2010' and the first title in Liga Elite history.
Game One ended 88-83, with Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) leading the way at 33 points and Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) adding 16 at the winnning side. David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.) had a super game in San Marcos, with 22 pts in losing effort.
Three days after, San Marcos found the road again barred. This time, the losers were able to shot the ball four times with the score on 63-61, and few time to go. The San Marcos players, however, were unsuccesful and with a last shot ExSal set the final score of Game 2 66-61.
Salvador Bandek (181-G-78) was the best performer with 21 points, Aaron Harrison (207-C-83, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.) and David Johnson led the losers with 22 and 18 pts, respectively
On tuesday, Sept. 28, ExSal took the decisive Game 3 win, 82-75 despite a tough game played one time more by San Marcos, and was crowned the LEBES 2010 Champion team. David Johnson scored 20 pts in losing effort, Hector Osorio (191-F-81) 20 points he too, Aaron Harrison added 17, but it wasn' t enough. At the winner side, Oscar Rivera was the top scorer with 17 points, and Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) added 10 in a more balanced attack.


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 31
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp31.0 
 2. Efevberha, Lugano T.25.0 
 3. Baxter, Enisey24.0 
 4. Darden, Nancy23.0 
 5. Gervin, Norrkoping22.0 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.22.0 
 7. Zavadsky, Khimik22.0 
 8. Syrovatko, Triumph22.0 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar22.0 
 10. Tutt, Etha22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  BK Prostejov
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Landry, BK Prost.18.0 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka16.0 
 3. Killingswort., Macc.H.13.0 
 4. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot13.0 
 5. Sommerville, Paris-.12.0 
 6. King, Etha12.0 
 7. Baxter, Enisey11.0 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping11.0 
 9. Clark, Szolnok11.0 
 10. Hatten, M.Hainaut11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Millage, Khimik12.0 
 2. Aleksic, N.Novgorod9.0 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti9.0 
 4. Mays, Fe.8.0 
 5. Sergeev, Enisey7.0 
 6. Horvath, Szolnok7.0 
 7. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.0 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.6.0 
 9. Mims, Nancy6.0 
 10. Vyaltsev, Triumph6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Minsk-2006
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. McKee, Minsk-20065.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik5.0 
 3. Dabkus, Etha5.0 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp4.0 
 5. Efevberha, Lugano T.4.0 
 6. Zagorc, Helios4.0 
 7. Burrell, Aalstar4.0 
 8. Mims, Nancy3.0 
 9. Burns, Fe.3.0 
 10. Anderson, ZZ Leiden3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clark, Szolnok4.0 
 2. King, Etha3.0 
 3. Pasalic, Helios3.0 
 4. Bader, Szolnok3.0 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.2.0 
 6. Calhoun, Ploiesti2.0 
 7. Labovic, Enisey2.0 
 8. Lucic, Steaua T.2.0 
 9. Darden, Nancy1.0 
 10. Baxter, Enisey1.0 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Assec.Prokom 0-0 
 2. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 3. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 4. Partizan 0-0 
 5. Zalgiris 0-0 
Group B
 1. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 2. Lottomatica 0-0 
 3. Olympiakos 0-0 
 4. Real Madrid 0-0 
 5. Unicaja 0-0 
Group C
 1. Cholet 0-0 
 2. Cibona 0-0 
 3. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 4. Lietuvos Rytas 0-0 
 5. Montepaschi 0-0 
 6. Regal Barca 0-0 
Group D
 1. Armani MI 0-0 
 2. CSKA 0-0 
 3. Efes Pilsen 0-0 
 4. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 5. U.Olimpija 0-0 
 6. Valencia 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Khimky 4-0 
 2. Unics 4-0 
 3. Le Mans 3-1 
 4. ALBA 2-2 
 5. ASVEL 2-2 
 6. Hemofarm 2-2 
 7. Buducnost 1-1 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 1-1 
 9. Galil Gilboa 1-1 
 10. Roanne 1-1 
 11. Charleroi 1-3 
 12. Banvit 0-2 
 13. Budivelnyk 0-2 
 14. GasTerra F. 0-2 
 15. Pepsi Caserta 0-2 


Olympiacos' first win at Banvit's tournament - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos began the Banvit tournament at Turkey with a victory. The Reds had periods of excellent playing and with a pressing defense as their main weapon reached at an easy victory against the Turkish champion Fenerbahce-Ulker.
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) gave minutes to all his players and saw his team leading even by 23 points (73-50) just few minutes before the end of the game.
Following the game, Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) commented: 'We have made progress from last game. Lucas gave us energy in defense which we had been missing, and we took one more step in learning one another. We have played with a full roster for only two games but we are still missing players, we are not ready, but we are in the right path and we have a long road to cross'.

Periods: 19-18, 39-26, 61-44, 77-63

FENERBAHCE/ULKER (15/23 1p., 18/41 2p., 4/16 3p., 18-13 rebd, 16 turnovers, 6 ass., 9 steals, 3 blocks): Eroglu 2, Greer 6, Onan 7, Vidmar 7, Mutaf 2, Mahalbasic 9, Kinsey 6, Cadan 3, Savas 9, Prelndiz 12.

OLYMPIACOS (13/18 1p., 29/45 2p., 2/11 3p., 26-10 rebd, 16 turnovers, 18 ass., 11 steals, 4 blocks): Papaloukas 2, Lucas 3, Teodosic 9, Papanikolaou 7, Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) 18, Glyniadakis 6, Nielsen 14, Nesterovic 8, Halperin 8, Spanoulis 2




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Angel D. VASSALLO
  ASVEL
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vassallo, AS.21.0 
 2. Ere, Pepsi Caserta21.0 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm20.8 
 4. McClinton, Galil G.19.5 
 5. Lampe, Unics19.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.19.0 
 7. Amagou, Roanne19.0 
 8. Jenkins, ALBA18.5 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
 10. Mekel, Galil Gilboa15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra F.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.0 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 3. Wright, Charleroi8.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 5. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 6. Dunn, Roanne7.0 
 7. Golubovic, Banvit7.0 
 8. Lampe, Unics6.8 
 9. Nsonwu, Roanne6.5 
 10. Borisov, Hemofarm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Galil Gilboa
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.5 
 2. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 3. Pellin, Le Mans5.0 
 4. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 5. Edge, Banvit4.0 
 6. Keys, Budivelnyk4.0 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.4.0 
 8. Roye, GasTerra F.3.5 
 9. Abdul-Hamid, Hemof.3.5 
 10. Jenkins, ALBA3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ermis, Banvit3.0 
 2. Diot, Le Mans3.0 
 3. Nesovic, Buducnost3.0 
 4. Lyday, Unics2.5 
 5. Doornekamp, Pepsi C.2.5 
 6. Simonovic, Buduc.2.0 
 7. Spencer, Budivelnyk2.0 
 8. Garri, Pepsi C.2.0 
 9. Rivers, Roanne2.0 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.3 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 3. Vranes, Unics1.3 
 4. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm1.3 
 6. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 
 7. Jones, Pepsi C.1.0 
 8. Wilkerson, Galil G.1.0 
 9. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.0 
 10. Rizvic, Unics0.8 


Qualifying Round Two: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - ALBA 78-73
ALBA Berlin booked a spot for the next round thanks to Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern), who drained a triple with 2 seconds left so the German squad won the series on aggregate score by a single point! They will meet Charleroi and the winner of two-game series will go to Euroleague regular season. Jenkins scored 22 points in this game. The hosts got 16 pts from Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa).

Unics - Charleroi 75-71
Charleroi had plus six from the first game and they survived tonight in Kazan. Despite losing this game 75-71, the Belgian champion advanced to the next stage where they will take on ALBA Berlin. Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) stepped up for the guests with 16 points ad 5 rebounds. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) delivered 21 points for the hosts.

ASVEL - Le Mans 71-63
Le Mans goes to the next stage thanks to 85-75 win in Game One. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) helped them tonight with 18 points. ASVEL got double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds from Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC). Le Mans will play against Khimky in last Qualifying Round.

Khimky - Budivelnyk 74-67
As expected, Khimky celebrated in this game and advanced to the next stage. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) scored 14 points for the home side. Visitors got 16 points and 5 boards from Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84). Khimky will play against Le Mans in QR3.


Papaloukas: We have to conquer our goals in a new fashion - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos participates at the Banvit's tournament, adding to the games more glamour. Due to the Reds' presence, NTV Sports, which broadcasts the games live, found the chance to interview Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket):
'It's been only 10 days that we have been all together. We have been trying to get to know one another and that's why we are here. We have been playing better in defense and that's normal, but soon we will be able to have the same good level in offense as well', Olympiacos' captain, Thodoros Papaloukas, commented and added: 'A new head coach, six new players and a new philosophy for the team. The guys that left are going to be stars in the NBA and their loss is significant, but we have to conquer our goals in a new fashion and we still have to make the Barcelona Final Four'.
The Greek guard was also asked to speak about the Greek National team: 'I don't want to talk about the National team. I'm sure they are going to find the way and will soon return to win medals'.
Vassilis Spanoulis spoke in turn: 'Everything has been going very well up to now. We are at the beginning of the preparation due to the National teams, just like most of the highest level teams. We have come to the tournament to start becoming a team'.
As for the goals set by Olympiacos for the new season, V-Span said: 'Our goal is to win all the three trophies (Championship, Cup and Eurolaegue). We have a good team and we can make it'.
The international play-maker spoke about his first days with the red-white shirt: 'I'm very satisfied with the team. We have tremendous atmosphere in and out of the court'.
Vassilis Spanoulis was also asked to comment on the reactions of the Panathinaikos fans: 'When you go to another team, there will always be reactions, but I had to do the best for me as a professional'.
Finally, Vassilis Spanoulis spoke about the National team: 'That's life. I hadn't expected that. You have to learn from failure and move on. We respect the decisions of the guys who have decided to step down. They have offered a lot to the National team, they get older and they need to rest so as to be able to help their teams. That's life, at some point younger guys come in to fill for those who grow older'.




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: KTP is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 4: Only one contest tonight. KTP (Kotka), the only undefeated team in Top League, beat now YMCA Lahti 89-79 (49-37). Quarters: 26-16, 23-21, 20-23, 20-19.
Although KTP lost the rebounds 33-43, the hosts had only seven turnovers (YMCA Lahti 20). Finally the key factor were the FTs as KTP had 30 free throws (25 made) and visitor YMCA Lahti only 14 FTs (nine made). Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) led KTP again with 23 pts. Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 22 and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) 16 pts. Ryan Ayers (201-G-86, college: Notre Dame) led YMCA Lahti with a double-double 21pts/12rbs. James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) was also in double digits 19/16. Finnish Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) knocked down 18 points.


KORISLIIGA: Kauhajoki captured Vesa Makalainen - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Two Finnish NT players have returned back to Finland. Karhu (Kauhajoki) captured Forward Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) and signed a 2-year-contract for seasons 2010-12. There were several Finnish teams after Makalainen as the player had announced, that he will not continue playing in Sweden. Last season Makalainen was winning silver
on Plannja Basket roster averaging then 7,3 ppg - 5,8 rpg. Finnish Center Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) instead is coming back home to Tampere and will be on Pyrinto roster already on this Sunday, October 3. Nikkila was supposed to play this season in Germany 1. Bundesliga, but after an operation the plans were changed and Nikkila will play again in Finland.


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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas25.0 
 2. Wilson, Honka22.0 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.3 
 4. Barrett, KTP19.8 
 5. Ayers, Namika L.19.3 
 6. Moore, LrNM.19.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 8. Bailey, LrNM.19.0 
 9. Ivey, KTP18.5 
 10. Koivisto, ToPo18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Wood, Karhu13.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto12.0 
 3. Young, Tarmo12.0 
 4. Allen, Karhu11.0 
 5. Mathis, Namika Lahti10.3 
 6. Belser, Honka10.3 
 7. Kaunisto, Kouvot9.3 
 8. Reaves, Korihait9.3 
 9. Wilson, Salon Vilpas9.0 
 10. Fells, Kataja8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto5.5 
 2. Kataja, Salon Vilpas4.7 
 3. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 4. Ivey, KTP4.3 
 5. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 7. Harris, Salon Vilpas3.3 
 8. Middleton, Karhu3.0 
 9. Wilson, Honka3.0 
 10. Sten, Kataja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.5 
 2. Wood, Karhu3.0 
 3. Riihela, LrNM.2.7 
 4. Wilson, Honka2.7 
 5. Barrett, KTP2.5 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo2.0 
 7. Richards, ToPo2.0 
 8. Fields, KTP2.0 
 9. Nuutinen, Salon V.2.0 
 10. Ayers, Namika L.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.3 
 3. Viita, Kataja1.0 
 4. Wright, Korihait1.0 
 5. Pounds, ToPo1.0 
 6. Middleton, Karhu1.0 
 7. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.8 
 8. Barrett, KTP0.8 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait0.7 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.7 


KORISLIIGA: Kouvot will change the roster - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Kouvot (Kouvola) new Head Coach Jyri Lehtonen is not happy with the season start or American F Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT, college: Oakland). Nelson, averaging 7,0 ppg - 4,0 rpg after three games can go and will be replaced by another American F Isaac Spencer (198-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Murray St.). Spencer will bring a lot of experience as he has played pro basketball in several countries: Spain, Holland, Philippines, France, Dominican Republic, South Korea and two seasons (2008-10) in Finland. Spencer averaged 15,0 ppg - 7,4 rpg in 41 contests on Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) roster and last season 17,7 ppg - 8,5 rpg in 35 games on KTP (Kotka) roster. 1. Division newcomer Riento (Saynatsalo) has signed with two American players. There will be F Tezarray Banks (206-F-82, college: Boise St.) and F Demarcus Hall (201-F-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) on Riento roster as the season starts this coming Sunday, October 3.

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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Dijon 1-0 
 2. Fos Ouest 1-0 
 3. Rouen 1-0 
 4. Antibes 0-0 
 5. Boulazac 0-0 
 6. Boulogne 0-0 
 7. Bourg 0-0 
 8. Charleville 0-0 
 9. Evreux 0-0 
 10. Lille 0-0 
 11. Maurienne 0-0 
 12. Nanterre 0-0 
 13. Nantes 0-0 
 14. Quimper 0-0 
 15. St Vallier 0-0 
 16. Chalons-Reims 0-1 
 17. Clermont 0-1 
 18. Le Portel 0-1 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Denain 5-0 
 2. Sorgues 4-0 
 3. Blois 3-1 
 4. Denek 3-1 
 5. Bordeaux 3-2 
 6. Brest 2-2 
 7. Get Vosges 2-2 
 8. Lievin 2-2 
 9. Souffel 2-2 
 10. St Chamond 2-2 
 11. St Etienne 2-2 
 12. St Quentin 2-2 
 13. Angers BC 49 2-3 
 14. Orchies 2-3 
 15. Challans 1-3 
 16. Le Puy 1-3 
 17. AL Roche 0-4 
 18. CFBB 0-4 


Roanne, STB Le Havre and Chalon won the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Roanne, STB Le Havre and Chalon won the latest games in the preparations friendly games before the upcoming season.
Roanne beat Vichy 92:61 on September 28th. Roanne started with 20-17 and added 20-16 in the second period. The third quarter was the most productive for the winners that enjoyed 33-16 in it. With 19-12 they finished the game to win the match-up. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and rivers netted 17. Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F-92) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Thomas Larrouquis (197-G/F-85) posted 13.
STB Le Havre outscored BCM Gravelines 72:61 in another friendly game. Trailing 14-27 after the first 10 minutes, STB erupted with 24-6 in the second frame. Moreover they won the third quarter 20-14 and both teams nailed 14 points each in the last frame. Jones top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) netted 16 and Cox produced 15 points.
Chalon won over Strasbourg 67:58 as Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) brought 19 points for the winners. Alade Aminu (208-F-87, college: Georgia Tech) posted 17 and Williams added 13.


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Feni Industri beats Yambol in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Yambol - Feni Industri 93-99

Feni Industri continued its tour of Bulgaria with another friendly win. They were hosted by Yamabol and have managed to prevail in a high scoring contest. From the start it was evident that defence will not be a priority in this game. Both teams came out shooting and they traded basket for basket. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 29-30 for Feni. In the second period, more of the same continued, but hosts were able to build a slight lead. They closed Q2 with a mini run which gave them 55-53 at the halftime break. In the third quarter, Feni players finally paid some attention to defence. This allowed them some easy transition opportunities, while they held Yambol to 19 third period points. As result, game entered final 10 minutes with visiting side holding 74-79 lead. Last quarter was a closely contested matchup in which teams continued to hit shots. Still Feni players were able to hold onto their lead, never allowing Yambol to make a comeback. In the end they have routinely closed the game out for the final score of 93-99.
Five players reached double-digits for Feni Industri with Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) leading the way with 21 points off the bench. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80) and Goran Samardziev (188-G-81) also came off the bench to add 16 points apiece, while Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) and Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) finished the match with 14 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) and Martin Durchev (200-G-87) shinned with 28 and 26 points respectively. They got help from Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) who poured in 20 points.

Yambol: Stanislav Govedarov 28, Martin Durchev 26, Nikolay Varbanov 20
Feni Industri: Darko Sokolov 21, Dime Tasovski 16, Goran Samardziev 16, Dusan Knezevic 14, Jarrid Frye 12


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  GERMANY   


Brooks' 24 points and 8 assists give him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Cedric Brooks (185-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for VfL Kirchheim Knights and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Kirchheim in his team's victory, helping them to beat SOBA Dragons. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Kirchheim won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kirchheim and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pittsburg State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brooks is in league's top in points (7th best: 24.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 8.0apg) and averages solid 4.0spg,53.8% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Paul Gause (180-G-86) of USC Freiburg. He is American guard in his first season at Freiburg. In the last game Gause recorded impressive 38 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Freiburg was edged by Osnabrueck (1-0) 92-89. 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. Gause is a newcomer at Freiburg and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 38.0ppg (#1).

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (#7). Johnson showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Webmoebel, leading his team to a 79-71 win against Cuxhaven (#11, 0-1). Webmoebel 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. Johnson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Johnson as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Little (198-F-87) of Hannover - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sanijay Watts (193-F-87) of SOBA Dragons - 21 points and 16 rebounds
6. Timothy Burnette (188-G-82) of Osnabrueck - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lee Jeka (187-G-83) of Wuerzburg B. - 30 points and 2 rebounds
8. Chris Alexander (186-G-83) of ETB Wohnbau - 24 points and 6 assists
9. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86) of B.Muenchen - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Gary Johnson (188-G-82) of Chemnitz - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists


The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf Get 5 Players and Release 3 Players - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
On the eve of the first game for the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf, the club made radical changes in their roster signing five players and sending three players home. This quick action by the team is something that isnt seen often, but if their is one coach who would be capable of doing this, then it is Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The club announced the signing of Laimonas Kisielius, Canadian Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) and Americans Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) and Jamie Jones (201-F/C-87, college: Portland St.). The team released Eddie Ard (196-G/F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Lipscomb), Rocky Hampton (206-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Biola (CA)) and Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.). 'All three guys behavied very well, but they just didnt fit into our concept', stressed Duesseldorf coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The club took a while, but finally decided in giving 25 year old small forward Laimonas Kisielius a contract. He had been on a tryout basis for 18 days and had left a fine impression in the training camp in Turkey. The club also signed two players with BEKO BBL experience with Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) and Steven Wright. He is a 29 year old 203cm power forward/center. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 39 games: 7.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 47.3%, FT: 68.7%. He started his basketball career with W.Carolina (NCAA) and played there from 2000-2005. In his senior year, he played
30 games: 8.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 21ast, 2.8bpg, FGP: 51.5%, 3Pts: 27.8%. He started his professional basketball career in 2005-2006 with Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie): 26 games: 9.9ppg, Reb-5 (10.5rpg), 1.2apg, 1.5spg, 2.8bpg. He stayed there in 2006-2007, playing 38 games: 10.4ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 1.7apg, 1.9spg, Block-1 (2.4bpg), FGP: 45.7%, FT: 67.9%, 3Pts: 33.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie): 43 games: 10.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-3 (1.3bpg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.5%. Some of the awards that he has achieved in his career have been Broke the 'Southern Conference All-Time Block Shot' record, Toronto Star Top 5 Basketball Player's - (99-00), Canadian U21 National Team -00, Under-21 Tournament of Americas -00, Canadian Student National Team -01, Canadian University National Team -01, World University Games in Benjin (China) -01, Southern Coference All-Rookie Team -01, Dutch Cup Semifinals -06, Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Defensive Team -06, 07, Canadian National Team -06-08, Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -07, 09, Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -07, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -07, Dutch Cup Winner -07, Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Defensive Player of the Year -07, Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team -07, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07, and Dutch Eredivisie Semifinals -09.

The team also brought in Steven Wright who is a 27 year old 191cm combo guard. He is an extremely athletic combo guard with great quickness, explosive leaper, great ballhandling and passing skills. He hurts you with his penetration or a pull up for the mid ranged jumper, pick and roll, coming off picks for the shot, and when left open he'll hit the three pointer also at the same time he is a unselfish player who creates scoring opportunities for others. He has very good ability to finish around the basket, great defensive player because of his quickness and athletic abilities, great and mature person with good work ethic. He played at Bowling Green (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year 2006-2007 transfered to : N.Kentucky (NCAA2): 16,8 ppg., 5,3 rpg., 3,2 apg., 1,6 spg., FG: 46.1%, 3PT: 34,6%, FT 77,5%. In the 2007-2008 season, he came to Germany and played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 75.5%. In the 2008-2009 season, he helped the Paderborn Baskets reach the BEKO BBL playoffs playing 36 games: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 77.2%. Last season, he played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 81.6%.

Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) also was added to the roster. He is a 26 year old 188cm scoring point guard from Jefferson City with great quickness and the ability to create shots for himself and others. He takes pride in his defense. He played at S.Illinois (NCAA) from 2003-2007. In hiss enior year, he played 35 games: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 40.8%, FT: 77.9%. In 2007, he was drafted by the Drafted by Atlanta Krunk (CBA,2rd (14) and the Idaho Stampede (D-League,1rd (4)). In 2007-2008, he started with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League). In 2008-2009, he played for the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 50 games: 11.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 79.4%. Lasts eason, he played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): French League: 5 games: 5.4ppg, 1.2apg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 83.3%; EuroCup: 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, in Feb.'10 moved to BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL): Latvian League: 3 games: 18.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg; Baltic League: 5 games: 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 53.3%, FT: 66.7%; left in Mar.'10. In college, he achieved many awards such as MVC Regular Season Champion -05, 07, MVC Tournament Semifinals -05, All-MVC 2nd Team -05, MVC Tournament Winner -06, MVC,, All-Tournament Team -06, 07, All-MVC Honorable Mention -06, MVC All-Academic 1st Team -06, NABC All-NCAA District 11 1st Team -07, Academic University Division All-America 2nd Team -07, MVC Tournament Finalist -07, All-MVC 1st Team -07, All-MVC Scholar-Athlete 1st Team -07, All-MVC Player of the Year -07, All-MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year -07, NCAA Sweet 16 -07, and All-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Team -07.

The team also signed Jamie Jones (201-F/C-87, college: Portland St.) who is a 22 year old 201cm power forward from El Segundo, California who will be a Beko BBL rookie. He played at
Portland (NCAA) from 2005-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games averaging 13.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 73.9%. Jones set the all time PSU record for blocked shots in his senior season with 75. Also, he led the Big Sky conference in rebounds, blocked shots and double doubles. He has very quick feet and knows how to get to the basket and finish. He is a very good one on one player, who really competes hard and plays both sides of the ball at an extremely high level. Some awards that Jones has recieved in college were HS All-CIF selection -04, 05, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Semifinals -07, 10, Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Champion -08, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -08, 09, Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -09, and All-Big Sky Conf. 1st Team -10.

Source: Gloria Giants Duesseldorf







Can The Undermanned Deutsche Bank Skyliners Out Smart Predrag Krunic And Cage The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Thunderbirds? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Not only does the course of a basketball game change dramatically with a sudden and unexpected massive run similar in astonishment as to when New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriquez steps up to the plate with his broad shoulders and bulging pecs and squares to bunt with the bases loaded instead of hitting the baseball out of the park, but the start of a new season can change also within days due to certain events. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners recently had a 8-0 preseason winning streak and any doubts of a possible sour start were stopped with injuries and an unexpected released player have turned sweet expectations to a positive beginning somewhat to raised eyebrows to the uncertainty of success just like if pop singer Rihanna started a concert with a Metallica cover, Tom Brady played a whole game without releasing bullets to wide receiver Wes Welker or The Los Angeles Lakers allowing Lamar Odom to run the show for a quarter instead of Derrick Fischer. Frankfurt enters the 2010-2011 season with some question marks as energy spark plug Quantez Robertson who is as active on the court as comedian Jim Carey can be with his facial expressions and basketball hulk Joe Dabbert are injured and roaming the sidelines. Forward Carlos Powell had a brief stay in Frankfurt and had to depart on account of not passing the medical check. With the season just around the corner, the current situation isnt an easy one for the club, but captain Pascal Roller is confident that the club can be successful this season.. This is a difficult situation for us. We have big games this week, but it is what it is. The injuries have been bad timing. I have a good impression of team so far. We had a good preseason and it has taken some time to get the new players integrated. We have a strong coaching staff that will find the strength of each player and how to use it best. The team has good character and I am sure that we will learn how to use the strength successfully, warned guard Pascal Roller.

After the sensational 2009 BEKO BBL title win by The EWE Baskets Oldenburg, there were some careful tones about a possible dynasty start in Oldenburg like in Berlin in 1997. However these dreams were squashed last season as quickly as when people were thinking that Lebron James would turn his back on the big bucks and stay in Cleveland. In 2009-2010, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg finished the regular season in first place with a record of 25-9, but then seemed to run out of gas in the playoffs losing to The New Yorker Phnatoms Braunschweig in the first round 3-1 despite having a 1-0 lead. After the good season record, Oldenburg fans might have rather bet that fan favourite Ricky Paulding might jump into the Weser river and cool off on a hot day or possible future doctor Ruben Boumtje Boumtje coming on to the floor and replace the trainer shortly helping a hurt Oldenburg player than betting that the team would bow out of the playoffs so early and unexpectedly. It wasnt easy for Oldenburg all season as Jason Gardner was fighting his injury and having to find his rhythm all over again so often. As the defending champion, you are always the team that is chased by every other team. The opponents had nothing to lose and could play without pressure. I dont think that Oldenburg really did much wrong. They were a good team, but were missing some luck in the playoffs, stressed Pascal Roller. The way Oldenburg was kicked out of the playoffs was surprising for some and then again not for others. It spoke volumes for the competitive and balanced BEKO BBL were surprises area s normal as the almost daily press releases concerning new scandals with actress Lindsy Lohan. After the crazy regular season, it didnt surprise me that Braunschweig beat Oldenburg in the playoffs. Anything is possible in the BEKO BBL. Last year no teams in the top 4 reached the semi finals which is something very rare in the European leagues, stressed Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak.

Oldenburg management didnt want to risk any possible future disappointment with the core of the team that lost to Braunschweig and decided on an extensive house cleaning losing Americans Jason Gardner, Je Kel Foster and BEKO BBL rookie Josh Carter. The club also said farewell to the eastern block fraction with players Jasmin Perkovic, Milan Majstorovic and Marko Scekic. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje also departed even if it isnt so far away to the Artland Dragons. Despite the extreme face lift, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg should belong to the top teams in the BEKO BBL. I think that Oldenburg will be strong again. Campbell can take control of the game at any time. Many guys left, but I think that the team will find themselves and be very strong again, warned Skyliner captain Pascal Roller. BG Goettingen coach John Patrick isnt the only coach in the BEKO BBL that has the right feeling of taste how to add the right spices for a successful team, but Oldenburg coach Predrag Krunic also has had a knack for having the right touch. This season, he has added a solid mix with two Americans, two Serbians, two Germans, an Australian and a Lithuanian. The biggest signing and somewhat of a coup was getting the services of American Lou Campbell. He is a 31 year old 190cm point guard from New Jersey that played three years in Japan was easily the top playmaker in the BEKO BBL last season. Had he been with Oldenburg last season, he might have made the difference between an early exit in the playoffs and a second championship. Last season, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven leading the team into the playoffs playing 43 games averaging 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.7apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.6% . He can guide an offense, but also score when needed especially in crunchtime and has the experience to help take Oldenburg over the top. The club also signed Steve Smith who is a 27 year old 203cm forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He played at La Salle and in his senior year played 27 games: ScoreA10-1 (19.7ppg), RebA10-3 (7.9rpg), 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGPA10-5 (48.6%), 3PT: 33.8%, FTA10-5 (77.3%): Finished career at ranked seventh all-time in scoring (1,931 points) and fifth all-time in rebounding (861) at La Salle. He wasnt drafted, but reached the NBA in his rookies eason playing for the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA): 8 games: 0.6ppg, 0.8rpg, FGP: 25.0%, waived in Jan.'07, in Feb.'07 moved to Anaheim Arsenal (D-League, starting five): 23 games: 18.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%, in April '07 signed at Caja San Fernando Sevilla (Spain-ACB, starting five): 6 games: 4.8ppg. Since then, he has built a nice career in Europe having played in Italy, Greece and Israel. Last season, he played for Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 11 games: 16.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 81.4%. Smith is a scorer and will be the go to guy for Predrag Krunic and possibly a candidate for top league scorer.

The team signed two players from Serbia with Oliver Stevic and Nemanja Protic. Stevic is a 26 year old 204cm forward. He has collected experience playing four years in the Polish league and last season played for top Serbian team KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia-A League, starting five): Serbian League: 16 games: 9.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 58.2%; Adriatic League: 24 games: 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%; EuroCup: 11 games: 8.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP-1 (71.9%), FT: 53.3%. Protic is a 24y ear old 182cm guard that started his basketball career in 2005-2006 with KK Borac Cacak. Since 2006, he played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 13 games: 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 87.8%; Adriatic League: 25 games: 11.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 77.2%. Coach Predrag Krunic got real experience with Mindaugas Lukauskis who is a 31 year old 198 cm forward from Lithuania. He played for top European club Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius from 2003-2009. In this time, he played 39 Euroleague games and 38 Eurocup games. Last season, he played in France for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 30 games: 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 83.0%; Euroleague: 10 games: 8.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP: 67.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 80.0%. He could become the x factor this season at the forward position.

The club also signed Australian Aron Baynes who is a 24 year old 208cm center. He played at Washington State from 2005-2009. Last season, he played for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius playing Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 51.1%, FT: 64.3%; Baltic League: 15 games: 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP-3 (66.7%), FT: 77.5%. For a 24 year old, Baynes has a lot of potential and already has gathered much experience playing U-20 and U-21 for Australia, playing four games at the World Championships in Turkey averaging 1,5ppga nd 1,3rpg, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008 and winning the Lithuanian Cup in 2010. The team also signed up and coming German national player Christopher Mcnaughton. Mcnaughton is a 27 year old 211cm center. He is a true back-to-the-basket big man, but does possess good mobility for his size. He started his basketball career in the Bamberg system in 2000 playing 35 games for TSV Troester Breitengrussbach in the second Bundesliga. He then played at Bucknell from 2003-2007. After getting valuable experience in the NCAA, he played two years in spain before moving to BG Goettingen in 2009-2010. He helped the club win the Eurochallenge and scoring 22 points in the final. He played EuroChallenge: 15 games: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 71.1%; German League: 37 games: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.4%. The team also signed Robin Smeulders who is a 23 year old 208cm forward who was born in Munster and has the German/Dutch citizenship. He started his basketball career at SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga). He then went to the States and played at Portland from 2006-2010. In hiss enior year, he played 32 games averaging 12.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 50.7%, FT: 73.3%. The team kept Rickey Paulding who is a 27y ear old 196cm guard that averaged 13.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 72.6%. This could be the season where more focus is drawn upon him since the departures of Gardner and Foster, but then again with Steve Smith on board might not get the total exposure. Young German Daniel Hain who is a 25 year old 195cm guard/forward who got a first taste of the German National team in a training camp in Mallorca this past summer is starting his fourth season in Oldenburg. Last season, he played 36 games averaging 1.4ppg, 1.1rpg. The team also kept Acha Njei who is a 25 year old 190cm guard and will be playing his second season for Oldenburg. Oldenburg got stronger inside with Mcnaughton and Smeulders and a strong playmaker with Campbell. They are very strong on paper, stated Kamil Novak.

The roster of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners arent complete at the moment, but the team has brought back captain Pascal Roller who will be playing his 11th season in Frankfurt. Last season, he played 46 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT-1 (90.8%). As the older he gets, the less of a role he has, but he is still the first option in crunch time for that big shot. This season, he can play the position two again and work on swishing shots since Dashaun Wood will carry the bulk at the point guard position. Dominik Bahiense De Mello is back for his 6th season and last year played 43 games averaging 2.6ppg. The shooting guard position always seems to be filled and that wont be any different this season, but with age and experience playing time could still rise. It seems like this years team is differently coached than the end of last season despite the same coach. I think that De Mello will get his chance this year and show the good quality that he has, added ex Braunschweig center Jannik Freese. The team also brought back Marius Nolte who will be playing his second season in Frankfurt. Last season in a reduced role, he played 28 games: 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg. Already in preseason, he has shown that he wants to play more with very good results including 11 points in the final in Trier. Nolte will get his chance in the next weeks since new center Joe Dabbert is injured and will return in 3-4 weeks. Nolte has a big heart and has the confidence of colleagues as well. He can become a factor if he can fullfill his role. He can definitely help Frankfurt with his spirit and fighting mentality, stated Jannik Freese. The team received a shock as Quantez Robertson was injured and will miss 6-8 weeks. The spark plug on defense played 48 games last season averaging 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 60.0%. Last week, the club also brought back Grayson Moyer who is a very versatile player with the deadly pass, shot and will dive into the third row even if there is a bee hive there. Last season, he played 44 games averaging 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 63.0%. Jimmy Mckinney will be playing his 5th s eason with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Last season, he played 39 games: 5.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 71.4%. He has been plagued with injuries the last years and is still trying to find the form of his rookie season where he averaged 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 38.5%, FT: 77.2%. He came to life at the end of las tseason as coach Gordon Herbert arrived. Since his arrival last season, Mckinney scored in double figures 8 times in the last 18 games. His confidence is as strong as ever and this could be his breakout season.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners added six new players. The first signing was experienced BEKO BBL player AJ Moye who played in Finland last season for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 52 games: 18.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 87.7%. He played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen from 2006-2009. He is a great player who can do it all. Can score in a variety of ways and is a very spectacular Player. Makes everybody around him better, is a fantastic defender, great 1-1 Player and a team leader on and off the Court. He is a guy when the going gets tough will get vocal on and off the court to get the team going. The team than proceeded to sign 24 year old 185cm guard Dashaun Wood who is from Detroit, Michigan. He had a healthy college career at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his first two seasons as a pro, he played in Italy and showed his qualities at Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. He has natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3 point arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. Shortly before the Eurocup qualifying game against Besiktas Istanbul, the club brought in 26 year old 205cm 111 kilo American Bradley Buckman. He is from Austin, Texas and played at Texas (NCAA) from 2002-2006. In the 2006-2007 season, he played for the Austin Toros (D-League): 42 games: 6.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 38%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 71.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A): EuroChallenge: 4 games: 4.8ppg, 3.8rpg; Cypriot League: 9.2ppg, 4.5rpg, left team in Dec.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 16 games: 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 51.9%. Lasts eason, he played in Turkey for Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 25 games: 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 68.8%. He was very successful at Texas reaching the Final 4 in 2003, sweet 16 in 2004 and the last 8 in 2006. Today the club announced the signing of Canadian National player Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) who is a 26 year old 199cm forward. Last season, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 31 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 82.4%. Recently he played at the World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg.

The team then signed Kimmo Muurinen who is a 29 year old 202cm forward from Finland. He is playing hiss econd season away from his home country. Last season, he played in Italy for Martos Napoli (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 12 games: 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 56.3%, in Jan.'10 moved to Scafati Basket (Italy-Lega2): 18 games: 4.4ppg, 3.3rpg. He is a swingman with great athletic ability, agility and versatility. The team then signed Joe Dabbert who is a 29 year old 210cm center from Bailey, Colorado. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2000-2004. Most of his career was spent in the States in the D-League, CBA and USBL league. He also played in Spain and Korea. Up until his injury, he has left a fine impression with his play under the boards being leading scorer in some preseason games. Since the 2005-2006 season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a weak 6-8 record against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. In the 2005-2006 season, even five years later stick in the minds of many as in the 98-75 loss in Oldenburg saw Malick Badiane get ejected after kicking a chair and in the last game of the season, Frankfurt had to win to stay in the league and did 70-58 thanks to 22 points from American Kavossy Franklin. In the 2006-2007 season, won the season series with a 80-70 win in Oldenburg and a 76-70 win at home despite 30 points from Ricky Paulding.In the 2007-2008 season, the teams split the season series as Derrick Allen combined for 48 points in the two games. In the 2008-2009 season, the teams split the season series as Frankfurt totally crushed Oldenburg 84-53 at home, but lost 66-58 on the road. Oldenburg got the last laugh in the quarterfinals of the playoffs winning the series 3-1. Last season, Frankfurt lost a nail bitter in Oldenburg 63-61 and 75-69 at home despite 26 points from Derrick Allen.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are the favourite on paper, while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners go into the game with injuries and obviously weakened, but on the other hand could develop some extra strength with their fragile state and possibly get something going in the EWE arena with their heart. Oldenburg has a huge height and physical advantage and Frankfurt will have to find a way to stop the opponent from getting easy points inside. Frankfurt often showed their fighting mentality last season when they werent necessarily the favourite and should keep that path this season. We have to fight in Oldenburg and show our quality from the preseason and defend well as well, added Kamil Novak. One thing that Oldenburg did well the last years was setting the tempo and that should be even better with Lou Campbell this season. It wont be easy on the road. We cant let Oldenburg dictate the tempo. We have to find a way on defense to compensate the injuries that we have, added Pascal Roller. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on October 2 at 20:00.




Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Paul GAUSE
  Freiburg
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 38
 1. Gause, Freiburg38.0 
 2. Burnette, Osnab.32.0 
 3. Jeka, Wuerzburg B.30.0 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz25.0 
 5. Little, Hannover25.0 
 6. Alexander, ETB W.24.0 
 7. Brooks, Kirchheim24.0 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim24.0 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.23.0 
 10. Hampton, Webmoebel21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sanijay WATTS
  SOBA Dragons
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 16
 1. Watts, SOBA D.16.0 
 2. Watts, SOBA D.16.0 
 3. Smallwood, Cuxha.13.0 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven12.0 
 5. Spoeler, Osnabrueck11.0 
 6. Howard, SOBA D.11.0 
 7. Howard, SOBA D.11.0 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.10.0 
 9. Little, Hannover10.0 
 10. Oladipo, Crailsheim9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel11.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim8.0 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim8.0 
 4. Larsen, SOBA D.7.0 
 5. Hasenkamm, Cuxha.7.0 
 6. Larsen, SOBA D.7.0 
 7. Zazai, Chemnitz7.0 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.6.0 
 9. Janzen, Hannover6.0 
 10. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.5.0 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim4.0 
 4. Scott, Kirchheim4.0 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim4.0 
 6. Scott, Kirchheim4.0 
 7. Zazai, Chemnitz4.0 
 8. Adeberg, Kirchheim3.0 
 9. Roemer, Webmoebel3.0 
 10. Adeberg, Kirchheim3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Reggie FULLER
  Crailsheim
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fuller, Crailsheim3.0 
 2. De Michael, Kirchheim2.0 
 3. De Michael, Kirchheim2.0 
 4. Scott, Kirchheim2.0 
 5. Fleetwood, Osnab.2.0 
 6. Scott, Kirchheim2.0 
 7. Spoeler, Osnabrueck2.0 
 8. Yearby, Cuxhaven2.0 
 9. Zipser, Heidelberg2.0 
 10. Greene, B.Muenchen1.0 


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Add Jermaine Bucknor - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners got very active in the last 48 hours signing Bradley Buckman and Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) today. 'I am really excited. We are going to be even better with Buckman and Bucknor', stressed Skyliner American AJ Moye. Bucknor is a 26 year old 199cm forward that was born and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) and he recieved a contract until the end of October with an option until the end of the season. He played at Richmond (NCAA) from 2001-2006 and is a member of the Canadian National team. In his senior year at Richmond, he played 30 games: 13.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FG: 38.8%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 79.4%. He turned professional in 2006 and played his first four years in France and briefly in Poland. In the 2006-2007 season, he played for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProB), French League: 12 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 79.3%; left in Dec.'06, in Jan.'07 tested by Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL): 16 games: 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 57.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProB): French League: 24 games: 12.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 76.1%; 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 75.0%; in May '08 agreed terms with Edmonton Chill (Canada-IBL). IN 2008-2009, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 10 games: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 81.8%, in Feb.'09 moved to Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB): 12 games: 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 93.2%. Last season, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 31 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 82.4%. 'My first impression is very good with great players and a super coach. Besides some jet lag, I feel very good since I played at teh World Championships thiss ummer so I know that I can help the team right away', stressed Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). Coach Gordon Herbert is sure that Bucknor can help the team too. 'Jermaine is a Canadian National player with European experience. Importnat for us is that he is in good physical shape that will help us right away. He is a good shooter but also has a physical presence', stressed Gordon Herbert . Some awards that Bucknor has achieved in his career have been reaching the NIT Quarterfinals -02, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -02, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -04, Canadian National Team-04, 05, Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) in Santo Domingo -05, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -06, Canadian National Team -06-07, 09-10, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07, Marchand Cup -09: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb, 1block, FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -09 (Semifinals): 9 games: 4.4ppg, 2.6rpg, and he played at the World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg.

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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Craig CALLAHAN
  Bremerhaven
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Callahan, Bremerha.23.0 
 2. Khartchenkov, Duesse.18.0 
 3. Brempong, Duesseld.16.0 
 4. Copeland, Bremerha.13.0 
 5. Chaney, Bremerha.11.0 
 6. Drevo, Bremerhaven10.0 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.10.0 
 8. Haynes, Duesseldorf9.0 
 9. Denison, Bremerha.9.0 
 10. Schwethelm, Bremer.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew DREVO
  Bremerhaven
  (202-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Drevo, Bremerhaven8.0 
 2. Denison, Bremerha.8.0 
 3. Chaney, Bremerha.7.0 
 4. Martin, Bremerha.5.0 
 5. Haynes, Duesseldorf5.0 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.4.0 
 7. Khartchenkov, Duesse.4.0 
 8. Callahan, Bremerha.4.0 
 9. Jones, Duesseldorf3.0 
 10. Wright, Duesseld.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre HAYNES
  Duesseldorf
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Haynes, Duesseldorf5.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.5.0 
 3. Lipke, Bremerhaven4.0 
 4. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
 5. Brempong, Duesseld.3.0 
 6. Wright, Duesseld.3.0 
 7. Callahan, Bremerha.3.0 
 8. Chaney, Bremerha.3.0 
 9. Drevo, Bremerhaven3.0 
 10. Kisielius, Duesseld.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jamie JONES
  Duesseldorf
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jones, Duesseldorf2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.2.0 
 3. Wright, Duesseld.1.0 
 4. Haynes, Duesseldorf1.0 
 5. Lipke, Bremerhaven1.0 
 6. Chaney, Bremerha.1.0 
 7. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 
 8. Brempong, Duesseld.0.0 
 9. Drevo, Bremerhaven0.0 
 10. Wischnewski, Duesse.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Richard CHANEY
  Bremerhaven
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chaney, Bremerha.2.0 
 2. Buechert, Bremerha.1.0 
 3. Shtein, Bremerha.1.0 
 4. Brempong, Duesseld.0.0 
 5. Thomas, Bremerha.0.0 
 6. Schwethelm, Bremerha.0.0 
 7. Jones, Duesseldorf0.0 
 8. Lipke, Bremerhaven0.0 
 9. Wright, Duesseld.0.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.0.0 


Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt adds Bucknor to their roster - by Eurobasket
Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt added to their roster 27-year old Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). Bucknor played most recently at Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France). While playing 31 games for Clermont last season he recorded 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. Bucknor is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Brazil, France, Poland, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Papaloukas: We have to conquer our goals in a new fashion - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos participates at the Banvit's tournament, adding to the games more glamour. Due to the Reds' presence, NTV Sports, which broadcasts the games live, found the chance to interview Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket):
'It's been only 10 days that we have been all together. We have been trying to get to know one another and that's why we are here. We have been playing better in defense and that's normal, but soon we will be able to have the same good level in offense as well', Olympiacos' captain, Thodoros Papaloukas, commented and added: 'A new head coach, six new players and a new philosophy for the team. The guys that left are going to be stars in the NBA and their loss is significant, but we have to conquer our goals in a new fashion and we still have to make the Barcelona Final Four'.
The Greek guard was also asked to speak about the Greek National team: 'I don't want to talk about the National team. I'm sure they are going to find the way and will soon return to win medals'.
Vassilis Spanoulis spoke in turn: 'Everything has been going very well up to now. We are at the beginning of the preparation due to the National teams, just like most of the highest level teams. We have come to the tournament to start becoming a team'.
As for the goals set by Olympiacos for the new season, V-Span said: 'Our goal is to win all the three trophies (Championship, Cup and Eurolaegue). We have a good team and we can make it'.
The international play-maker spoke about his first days with the red-white shirt: 'I'm very satisfied with the team. We have tremendous atmosphere in and out of the court'.
Vassilis Spanoulis was also asked to comment on the reactions of the Panathinaikos fans: 'When you go to another team, there will always be reactions, but I had to do the best for me as a professional'.
Finally, Vassilis Spanoulis spoke about the National team: 'That's life. I hadn't expected that. You have to learn from failure and move on. We respect the decisions of the guys who have decided to step down. They have offered a lot to the National team, they get older and they need to rest so as to be able to help their teams. That's life, at some point younger guys come in to fill for those who grow older'.




Cyprus Participation in the Top Basketball Seminar in China - by Chris Mammides
Another great Basketball honor succeeded for the small island of Cyprus, in the other end of the world when the Chinese Basketball Federation invited officially the Cypriot/Serbian Head Coach Raca Dragan in the most important and immense basketball seminar under the title 'China Basketball Elite Coach Clinic and Seminar'.
Raca Dragan will be the keynote speaker of the seminar and his theme will be 'The offence and Defense Analysis on MTM and Zone Defense from the Mundobasket 2010 teams. With special focus on some games, the overall Analysis will be targeting the modern era of Basketball and especially the zone defense which most of the National teams played in the last world tournament.

The games to be analyzed will be in the specific order
1.The game between the Hellenic NT over the Chinese NT and Chinas zone defense problems from the specific game.
2.Pick n Roll MTM Defense Analysis from the game between the Turkish NT and the Hellenic NT, also the Zone Defense Analysis from the Turkish NT and the Hellenic Teams offensive problems over the Turkish zone defense.
3.The analysis of the amazing semi final between the Serbian NT and the Turkish NT with special focus on the Zone defense Analysis of the Turkish NT and the Serbian NT Offense Analysis over the Turkish zone Defense
4.USA NT Analysis in all the edges, offense and defense
The specific seminar is huge and is expected more than 500 participants (Head Coaches, Assistants and Technical staff) all over China to actively participate in order to follow the new era and the new and modern defensive and offensive systems.
The Chinese basketball is growing each and every day dramatically; China the largest country in the world is investing in the sport and is doing it with the best and most healthy way. Cyprus must be proud to have one of his top Head Coaches participating in this birth of a new superpower in the sport.


It is also worth mentioning that the Cypriot/Serbian Coach Raca Dragan renewed his contract with the Chinese team Goungzhou after his succesfull debute earlier on this seazon.



Olympiacos' first win at Banvit's tournament - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos began the Banvit tournament at Turkey with a victory. The Reds had periods of excellent playing and with a pressing defense as their main weapon reached at an easy victory against the Turkish champion Fenerbahce-Ulker.
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) gave minutes to all his players and saw his team leading even by 23 points (73-50) just few minutes before the end of the game.
Following the game, Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) commented: 'We have made progress from last game. Lucas gave us energy in defense which we had been missing, and we took one more step in learning one another. We have played with a full roster for only two games but we are still missing players, we are not ready, but we are in the right path and we have a long road to cross'.

Periods: 19-18, 39-26, 61-44, 77-63

FENERBAHCE/ULKER (15/23 1p., 18/41 2p., 4/16 3p., 18-13 rebd, 16 turnovers, 6 ass., 9 steals, 3 blocks): Eroglu 2, Greer 6, Onan 7, Vidmar 7, Mutaf 2, Mahalbasic 9, Kinsey 6, Cadan 3, Savas 9, Prelndiz 12.

OLYMPIACOS (13/18 1p., 29/45 2p., 2/11 3p., 26-10 rebd, 16 turnovers, 18 ass., 11 steals, 4 blocks): Papaloukas 2, Lucas 3, Teodosic 9, Papanikolaou 7, Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) 18, Glyniadakis 6, Nielsen 14, Nesterovic 8, Halperin 8, Spanoulis 2




"MaxiDay" celebrated in Thessaloniki - by George Fragkos
The 25th of September 2010 was named by FIMBA (Federation International Maxi Basketball Association) as 'MaxiDay' on which veterans of all the world return to the basketball courts to prove that basketball is something that you never forget. For this reason, the Association of Veteran Basketball Players from Thessaloniki held an event at EAK Mikra during which they played four games against sports journalists, veterans from Serres, from Xanthi and from Chalkidiki. During the event, there was also a game between women who formerly played basketball for clubs of Thessaloniki.

Important names of basketball from northern Greece participated in the celebration of MaxiDay playing with former teammates or opponents, reminding the spectators of the past, when basketball was much different but equally interesting. As for the result, the veterans from Thessaloniki triumphed beating all the four opponents they faced.

Results
Men
Thessaloniki 1 Sports Journalists 80-57
Thessaloniki 2 Xanthi 59-46
Thessaloniki 3 Serres 82-71
Thessaloniki 4 Chalkidiki 62-56

Women
White Team Blue Team 47-44


Veterans in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP3GavK2038


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  HOLLAND   


Q & A with Matt Haryasz - by Sanders Jackson
Gas Terra Flames standout and Stanford University graduate Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) is in his 2nd season manning the middle for the defending Dutch champion GasTerra Flames Groningen, and poised to help Gas Terra Flames to retain the title. I had the opportunity to interview Matt:

Q: Matt, you are in your 2nd season at Gas Terra Flames and coming off winning the Dutch title. Tell me what that experience was like
A.) My experience with the Flames, and living here in Groningen has been nothing short of amazing. The team and organization have been great and always professional, I enjoy my relationship with the coaching staff and trainers and not enough can be said about my teammates. Maybe the thing that makes this 'team' so special is how we have such a great collection of guys who get along so well together and play so hard for each other. Every guy on the team sacrifices a little bit of his own personal success for the greater success of the team, and as evident by last year, this has really paid off.
Of course, the other 'X' factor of being a member of this team is the awesome fans. They are hands down the best in the Dutch league, and maybe even some of the best fans in all of Europe. Their energy and excitement fuels us when we play and certainly gives us a huge home court advantage. Anyone who has seen a game in a sold out Martin Plaza can testify to the awesome power of our crowd.

Q: How is the overall experience of being far away from home been for you?
A.) I have been overseas for several years now, so I'm pretty much used to the packing my bags and saying goodbye at the end of the summer. Of course I miss my parents and sister, along with all my other friends and family, but the people of Groningen and my teammates have always done a great job of making this our home away from home. I happen to be a pretty optimistic guy so I like to look at the glass half full... looking back at all the cool things I've been able to do, and the amazing places Ive been fortunate enough to see, (all due to playing basketball for a living)... well its pretty incredible and Im not sure if there is any other way you could look at it. I'm a lucky guy.

Q: Which opponents, both collegiality and professionally, made an impression on you?
A.) Wow, Ive been able to play against a lot of great players over the course of my career, so that's a tough question. First and foremost, all the guys on my current team have really made a great impression on me. These guys are super hard working guys that I have a lot of respect for and love playing with. Probably the 'best' player I played against was Carmelo Anthony but there has been tons of top level guys that I have crossed paths with along the way so its tough to pick only one.

Q: Who are your role models and athletes you admired growing up?
A.) Growing up I always really looked up to and admired my parents and my sister. They helped mold me into the man I am today and have inspired me in so many ways. I really credit them for aiming me in the right direction as far as what is important in life and how to accomplish goals. Whether it be devotion, hard work, perseverance, etc, they were always there to lend a helping hand or nudge me along in the right direction. As far as an athlete, me like so many other young fellas at the time, loved Larry Bird. He was the guy I always would pretend to be in the driveway.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A.) Man, we certainly do have a lot of that living in Europe! With so much down time things can get lonely, but luckily we have an awesome team and I really enjoy hanging out with my teammates. Like I mentioned before we have a great group of guys and that's a lot of fun. I'm a big time movie lover so I like to keep my movie game strong, Im always looking for the next great flick. Lastly its a pretty safe bet to say that I am on Faceboook every now and then.

Q: What are the strengths and weaknesses in your game?
A.) As far as the strengths and weaknesses of my game are concerned I think there are plenty of areas where I can improve. One area that I am especially focusing on this year is my mid range jumper. I feel that improving this aspect of my game and being able to draw bigger defenders away from the basket will work both to mine and my teams advantage. As far as strengths, I think people would say that I am a pretty versatile big guy, who runs well and has a nice back to the basket game. I consider myself a pretty decent passer as well and always try to work hard when rebounding the ball.

Q: The Gas Terra Flames system seems to fit well in your style of play.
A.) All of that credit goes to Coach Marco for his system and my teammates. The guys on the team constantly do a great job of putting me in position to be successful.

Q: The Unics Kazan game, I saw that you more than held your own vs. the much bigger Unics Kazan frontline
A.) That was a great game and a lot of fun to play in. Unics had some big time high caliber players and as a competitor you always wanna do your best against top level teams. As far as my play, again I have to go back to my teammates, from our guards driving in the paint drawing my defender and then hitting me for an open look, or our other bigs who constantly are battling and giving me a chance to roam free. Anytime you see a player with a good stat line, it normally means his teammates did a great job that night as well.

Q: Now that you have spent some time in the Netherlands, have you tried to learn the language?
A.) Ive been able to pick up a little Netherlands over the course of my stay. Nothing to write home about however. If my Dutch teammates are having a conversation sometimes I can pick up the gist of what they are saying, but I probably couldn't hold a conversation.

Q: Which teams in the NBA do you have picked for the NBA Finals?
A.) I have two answers for you on this one. My heart and my brain. My college teammate Josh Childress signed this year with the Suns, and me being an Arizona boy Im really pulling for them to do well this season. That would be pretty awesome. Now realistically, I think its gonna be Lakers vs. Heat in the finals. And what a great finals that would be. Get the popcorn ready!

Q: I agree. Final question: will Gas Terra Flames repeat as Dutch champions?
A.) Nothing is ever guaranteed in life, and especially not in basketball. Our team goal is to repeat this year, and we are working hard everyday to do so. We also know that we have a bulls eye on our back and that the other teams in the league are gonna be gunning for us. I wont be so bold as to predict a repeat just yet, but I will tell you it will be a fun year for GasTerra Flame fans, we are going to work hard and are thirsty for another title.

Thanks a lot Matt for the interview, and best wishes further for the upcoming season.



Q & A with Todd Brown - by Sanders Jackson
DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden standout Todd Brown (196-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Wright St.) is in his first season in the Dutch Basketball League and adjusting to life as a professional. The Wright State graduate has shown early on the ability that he will be a force to be reckoned with this season in the Dutch Basketball League. I had a chance to interview Todd:

Q: Todd, you are in your first professional season at DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden and recently made an impressive debut at home. Tell me what that experience was like

A: It was a great experience to finally get out there and play a real game, and to win my first pro game was great.

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

A: Its been cool to be in a different country playing the game I love and to get paid for it, but i miss my family and friends a lot.

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

A: Jordan and Kobe and my mom and dad are my role models wouldnt have made it this far without them.

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

A: Watch movies , play video games, and eat, with a little reading on the side.

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

A: My strength is my approach to the game I think because I hate to lose so I try to play everything in my head that could happen in the game so I can be ready for anything. But its also a weakness cause Im my biggest critic Im pretty hard on myself.

Q: The DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden system seems to fit well in your style of play.

A: Yeah the system is open for players to make plays and I love that because the defense doesnt know what to expect.

Q: What is the difference between the level of playing in the Dutch Basketball League and playing in the United States?

A: The game is called very different it takes some getting use to.

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

A: The Lakers and I dont care who else makes it cause the Lakers are going for a 3peat

Q: Final question: three words to describe Todd Brown

A: Passionate, determined, funny.

Thanks a lot Todd for the interview, best wishes for the rest of the season.



Lawsuit between EiffelTowers and Sharone Wright. - by Fred Roggen
Tuesday was the trial between EiffelTowers and old NBA player Sharone Wright (211-C-73, college: Clemson). Both sides set themselves hard against each other as the session progressed.

Sharone Wright had thought to be head coach of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch but the basketball club wants to get rid of the assistant coach who could ensure a
bankruptcy of the club. Wright is the only one who would not accept a modified contract. If he maintains his contract, meaning that the bankruptcy of the basketball club, 'argued the lawyer of EiffelTowers Van Eijndhoven. The basketball team is in deep financial trouble, too high (players) salaries, fewer sponsors, the lack of sports performance.
The sponsor wanted only extend the contract, expiring in July 2010, if a balanced budget for next season would be on the table. The budget for the current season has been 1.4 million euros. Last season, the budget was 3.4 million euros. Meanwhile there was a sharp cut in the organization and the salaries of the players. Van Eijndhoven: 'All the players agreed to halve their salaries, also Peter van Paassen who is loaned to Mons. Chairman Erik Kurvers of Eiffeltowers mentoined during the trial that Wright did not functioning well in the organization. According to the lawyer Van Eijndhoven, the club has 'no money to pay any compensation to Wright'.

Wright claimed among others, that despite a monthly salary of 6.300 last season, he can not come around. Because not only dissolve the contract was submitted to the court, but also an opinion is asked about the money that Wright still seems right to have. Wright's lawyer Strik, took fierce in the lawsuit. Wright is financially stripped, because the employer salary details are not right and all kinds of costs are deducted, 'said Strick. This would be costs for mobile telephony, child care, traffic fines, (extra) tickets to America and a hospital bill.
Wright had an emotional speech. 'My family is threatened'. I have two children and a woman here and a sick mother and two kids to take care of in America. But now I receive nothing The judgement is about two weeks.

Personal note:
I have talked with several people inside and outside the EiffelTowers organization about Wright's performances during his years as a assistant-coach at EiffelTowers.
You needs to know that Eric Kurvers said that Sharone did not perform well at work: My question is how does Eric Kurvers know. Sharone Wright worked directly under Randy Wiel and Don Beck. Eric Kurvers was never at one practice and the chairman missed a bunch of games. Eric Kurvers has never asked Randy Wiel or Don Beck about Sharone Wright, so how could he say that.
I hope he is not judging at on Marcel Aarts improvement. Marcel Aarts has had about 8 coaches. Toon v Helfteren, Marco vd Berg, Randy Wiel, Wierd Goedee, Sharone Wright, Jani Yoanidis, Don Beck and now the new coach.
It is what it is. The people I interrogates were unanimous on Wright, Sharone did the best he can.



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Taiwan take Bronze in Sanaa - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U18 - Iran U18 65:60

Taiwan earned the spot on the pedestal at the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. They held off Iran in the consolation final tonight. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) scored 18 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan quickly posted a 10:3 lead. They maintained the advantage and earned a 17:13 cushion at the first break. Iran went on a 10:4 run at the start of the second quarter and pulled in front. But Taiwan regained control pretty quickly and ensured a 34:30 advantage at halftime. Taiwan tipped off the second half with eight points in a row to enlarge the lead. They rallied to a 48:35 buffer at the final break. Saimak Torabikhah organized a 10:2 run from Iran that put them as close as 5 points 47:52. Moradinasab Mahdi (92) and Ghahraman Omari leveled things up at 57 with just over two minutes to go. However Lung-Mao Hu and Chen Kuan-Chuan (195-F-93) nailed four points in a row as Taiwan cleared off for good in this one.
Hu Lung-Mao (194-F-92) produced 17 points for the winning team. Chien Wei-Ju (188-G/F-92) netted 10 points and pulled down 9 caroms for Taiwan. Torabikhah Siamak (92) responded with 13 points for Iran. Moradinasab Mahdi accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Taiwan U18: Hung Kang-Chiao 18, Hu Lung-Mao 17, Chien Wei-Ju 10
Iran U18: Torabikhah Siamak 13, Moradinasab Mahdi 13



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  ISRAEL   


Ironi Ashkelon land Desmon Farmer - by Eurobasket News
Ironi Ashkelon seriously bolstered their backcourt. They landed Desmon Farmer (195-G-81, college: USC). The former NBA player was released by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk just days ago. Last season Desmon Farmer played in the D-League. He tallied 23.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game for the Reno Bighorns.


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  ITALY   


Kieron Achara heads to Barcellona - by Eurobasket News
Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne) heads to Barcellona and will help Italian team in season 2010/2011. The national player of the United Kingdom started first for Falkirk Eriksson Fury and then moved to Duquesne (NCAA) where after 29 games averaged 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 61.7%, FT: 72.5%. He stayed there until 2007-2008 and finished his career ranked 19th on Duquesne's all-time scoring list with 1,240 career points and second in career blocked shots with 185. In 2008-2009 moved to GMAC Real Estate Bologna (Italy-SerieA) and debuted in Eurocup. After 5 games he showed 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 7-12, 3PT: 1-1, FT: 3-3, while in Italian League after 29 games his stats read 4.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 82.4%. Last season for Angelico Biella (Italy-SerieA) in EuroCup he averaged 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 83.3% and in Italian League after 29 games his stats read 5.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 76.4%.
In his top game for the National team he recorded 7 points as FYR Macedonia posted the fifth win at the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Great Britain to improve at 5-2 record on top of Group B. Great Britain suffered the first defeat at the tournament and slipped at 5-1 record.
During Qualifications to European Championships 2011after 8 games Kieron Achara averaged 1.6ppg, 1.6rpg.



A Dilettanti News - by Armando Caporaso
The PMS Basketball breaks the agreement with Federico Ferrari (197-G-75), ex Vigevano and Montegranaro, since the italian player has still not recovered completely from the serious injury suffered in December. In the last season only 10 matches in LegaA2 with 3.6 points in 12.4 minutes. To replace Ferrari Moncalieri announces the arrival of the forward Federico Tassinari (194-G-77, agency: Players Group), the last year at Forli', that began this season at Rimini (LegaA2). Tassinari contributed at the great season of the VemSistemi, culminated with the promotion, with 8.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. In his carrer played also at Vigevano, Patti and Rimini (where he grew up) and in the San Marino National Team.
Trieste takes the veteran playmaker Leonardo Busca (180-G-72) from Scafati (in the last season 3.7 points and 1.6 assist with a season high of 14 points against Rimini). Grown in the Virtus Padova, played also at Vicenza, Pozzuoli, Roseto, Udine, Messina, Ferrara, Sassari and Reggio Emilia with 297 matches in LegaA1 and 1812 points!
The american guard, with italian passport, Mike Gizzi (196-G/F-75, college: La Salle) announces the retirement and leaves S.Antimo after 2 years in Campania and 10 total years in Italy. In the last season was one of the best guard of the league with 21.6 points (top scorer of the group B), 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assist and 2.0 steals. His carrer began at the La Salle college (16.2 points in his senior year), subsequently arrives in Europe at Besancon, playing also at Gent and Panellinios. In the 2000 signs with Milano in LegaA1 (33 total matches in 2 years with 5.8 points and a carrer high of 15 against Bologna). After the seasons with the Adecco moved at Vigevano, Patti (4 years, 23.9 points in his best season), Pistoia (B1 Champion), Osimo and Barcellona.
Bad news for Latina: Cristian Villani (200-G/F-82) must stay out for 40 days after the injury at the ankle in the first quarter of the first round against Ostuni.
Moncada Fortitudo Agrigento announces that the new arena is ready for the second round of the new season: the PalaMoncada can accommodate up to 1500 people!


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Prima Veroli
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 17
 1. Reynolds, Prima V.17.0 
 2. Young, Umana Reyer15.0 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli12.0 
 4. Brkic, Prima Veroli11.0 
 5. Slay, Umana Reyer10.0 
 6. Gatto, Prima Veroli8.0 
 7. Kavaliauskas, Prima V.6.0 
 8. Rosselli, Prima V.5.0 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer4.0 
 10. Meini, Umana Rey.4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan GATTO
  Prima Veroli
  (207-F/C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gatto, Prima Veroli9.0 
 2. Slay, Umana Reyer7.0 
 3. Young, Umana Reyer5.0 
 4. Allegretti, Umana R.3.0 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli3.0 
 6. Bryan, Umana Reyer3.0 
 7. Reynolds, Prima V.2.0 
 8. Jackson, Prima Veroli1.0 
 9. Meini, Umana Reyer1.0 
 10. Kavaliauskas, Prima.1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Guido ROSSELLI
  Prima Veroli
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rosselli, Prima V.2.0 
 2. Meini, Umana Reyer2.0 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli2.0 
 4. Reynolds, Prima V.2.0 
 5. Binetti, Prima Veroli1.0 
 6. Gatto, Prima Veroli1.0 
 7. Iannone, Prima Veroli0.0 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.0 
 9. Maestrello, Umana R.0.0 
 10. Brkic, Prima Vero.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guido ROSSELLI
  Prima Veroli
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rosselli, Prima V.3.0 
 2. Reynolds, Prima V.3.0 
 3. Young, Umana Reyer3.0 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli2.0 
 5. Causin, Umana R.1.0 
 6. Gatto, Prima Veroli1.0 
 7. Brkic, Prima Veroli1.0 
 8. Meini, Umana Reyer1.0 
 9. Iannone, Prima Veroli0.0 
 10. Slay, Umana Rey.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Guido ROSSELLI
  Prima Veroli
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Rosselli, Prima V.1.0 
 2. Slay, Umana Reyer1.0 
 3. Bryan, Umana Reyer1.0 
 4. Young, Umana Reyer0.0 
 5. Allegretti, Umana R.0.0 
 6. Jackson, Prima Veroli0.0 
 7. Iannone, Prima Veroli0.0 
 8. Ceron, Umana Reyer0.0 
 9. Binetti, Prima Veroli0.0 
 10. Maestrello, Umana.0.0 


Latest victories for Bologna, Montegranaro and Lottomatica - by Eurobasket News
Italian teams play almost their last games before the start of Seria A that will start in October 17th.
CANADIAN SOLAR BOLOGNA overcame ARMANI JEANS MILANO 76:60. Trailing 13-16 after the opening quarter Bologna grabbed 38:29 at the halftime. Moreover they increased to 63-47 after three quarters and later won the game. Winston stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) netted 10. Oleksiy Pecherov (212-C-85) responded with 13 points in the losing effort.
FABI SHOES MONTEGRANARO needed overtime to beat SCAVOLINI SIVIGLIA PESARO 103:96. Pesaro team enjoyed 26-20 lead after 10 minutes and then improved to 54:42 at the halftime. They led 74:67 after three quarters, but Fabi managed to tie the game at 91:91 after four quarters and won in overtime. lvanov erupted with 34 points and Ray added with 17. Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) produced 19 points in the losing case.
Lottomatica Roma won over Banca Tercas Teramo 63:58. Washington poured in 19 points and Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) netted 17. Fletcher ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.

CANADIAN SOLAR BOLOGNA - ARMANI JEANS MILANO 76-60
CANADIAN SOLAR: Blizzard 8, Poeta 7, Moraschini 7, Homan 6, Winston 13, Viktor Sanikidze 10, Martinoni 7, Werner, Gaddefors 2, Kemp 9, Amoroso 7, Person. All. Lardo
ARMANI JEANS: Furlanetto, Mancinelli 8, Maciulis 6, Mordente 3, Rocca 7, Melli 3, Oleksiy Pecherov 13, Ganeto, Jaaber 6, Hawkins 12. All. Bucchi
PARZIALI: 13-16; 38-29; 63-47

SCAVOLINI SIVIGLIA PESARO - FABI SHOES MONTEGRANARO 96-103 (OT)
SCAVOLINI SIVIGLIA: Collins 16, Flamini, Cinciarini D. 9, Aleksandrov 14, Hackett 2, Morris Almond 19, Bartolucci 3, Traini 8, Steffel n.e, Cusin 15, Lydeka 10. All. Dalmonte.
FABI SHOES: Nasini n.e, Jones 8, Antonutti 9, Cavaliero 11, Maestranzi 11, Ray 17, Canavesi 5, Cinciarini A. 6, 0ngenaet 2, lvanov 34. All. Pillastrini.
PARZIALI: 26-20; 54-42; 74-67; 91-91

Lottomatica Roma -Banca Tercas Teramo 63:58
BANCA TERCAS TERAMO: Ricci ne, Listwon, Zoroski 10, Ahearn 14, Boscagin 4, Lulli, Diener ne, Martelli ne, Hall 4, Shaw 1, Polonara 10, Fletcher 15. All. Capobianco.
LOTTOMATICA ROMA: Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83) 8, Drenovac ne, Marchetti ne, Washington 19, Vitali, Djedovic 7, Smith 5, Dasic, Iannilli 2, Heytvelt 5, Andrea Crosariol 17. All. Boniciolli.
PARZIALI: 11-14; 30-32; 46-41
Stats courtesy of: http://www.legabasket.it/




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


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  JAPAN   


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Ryan FOREHAN-KELLY
  Aishin
  (197-F/G-80)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Forehan-K., Aishin22.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.19.3 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic18.8 
 5. Takeuchi, Aishin18.5 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin18.3 
 7. Merritt, Tochigi Brex18.0 
 8. Kikuchi, Toshiba17.4 
 9. Custis, Panasonic16.5 
 10. Maraker, Hokkaido16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.15.3 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin12.0 
 3. Custis, Panasonic9.8 
 4. Maraker, Hokkaido8.5 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.5 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota7.5 
 7. Forehan-K., Aishin7.3 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 9. Lett, Mitsubishi7.3 
 10. Violette, Toshiba7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hokkaido
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kashiwakura, Hokka.5.5 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin4.8 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.7 
 4. Nishimura, Hitachi S.4.3 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.5 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.5 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.5 
 8. Shonaka, Toyota3.3 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.3 
 10. Miyanga, Toshiba3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.3 
 2. Kikuchi, Toshiba2.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.8 
 4. Forehan-K., Aishin1.8 
 5. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.7 
 6. Nagayama, Panas.1.5 
 7. Custis, Panasonic1.5 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi1.3 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ontario LETT
  Mitsubishi
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lett, Mitsubishi3.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.5 
 3. Takahashi, Toyota1.3 
 4. Aono, Panasonic1.3 
 5. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 6. Maraker, Hokkaido1.3 
 7. Holcomb, Tochigi Brex1.0 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi1.0 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin0.8 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota0.8 


BJ Transactions: October 2010 - by John Scribe
The following are the latest transactions in the bj League.

As the beginning of the 2010-2011 season looms, many teams are making their finishing touches to their rosters. Shimane, actually have already played preseason games, but recently disclosed the imports that they have signed.

Naoto, Takushi, who had been in limbo of finding another job in the bj after being said to be the reason for former Kyoto coach David Benoit's firing in a Japan Times Article last season, have found a new home in Niigata. And speaking of Niigata, former Center Paul Butorac (208-F-83, college: E.Washington) signed with the expansion Akita Northern Happinets to join former teammate Makoto Hasegawa.

Below is the detailed transactions list as of October 1, 2010:

Niigata Albirex BB:
Signed PG Naoto Takushi (183-G-81)

Miyazaki Shining Suns:
Signed F Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina)

Shimane Susanoo Magic:
Jeral Davis (216-C-84)
Forrest Fisher (193-G-84, agency: GOTathletes)r III
Reginald Golson

Akita Northern Happinets:
Signed C Paul Butorac

Osaka Evessa:
Signed C Wayne Marshall (211-C-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Temple)



Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toshiba 5-0 
 2. Aishin 3-1 
 3. Tochigi Brex 3-1 
 4. Toyota 3-2 
 5. Panasonic 2-2 
 6. Hitachi S. 1-3 
 7. Hokkaido 0-4 
 8. Mitsubishi 0-4 


Lebanon snatch victory over Japan - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U18 - Japan U18 67:65

Lebanon finished U18 Asia Championship in the seventh position. They narrowly defeated Japan in the final game of the tournament. Karam Mechref (188-G-92) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Japan used a 6:0 run to take a 16:10 lead midway through the first quarter. They maintained the lead to enter the second frame up by one point 20:19. Lebanon however turned the tables in the second period. They gained a 7-point lead and hung on to win the first half 36:31. But Japan were not about to give up. They triggered a 19:4 rally to establish a 55:46 lead at the final intermission. Lebanon erased the deficit and it all came down to the final seconds in this one. The teams were tied at 65 with 29 seconds remaining. But Karam Mechref scored a basket to put Lebanon in front. Seiya Ando (184-G-92) missed his attempt and Karam Mechref blocked a Hiromichi Fujita one to seal the winning outcome for Lebanon.
Mouhamad Bilal Tabbara (195-F-93) scored 15 points for the winners. Cyril Massoud (191-G-92) accounted for 11 points for Lebanon. Takumi Mitsuyama (183-G-92) notched 20 points for Japan. Seiya Ando delivered 15 points in the loss.

Lebanon U18: Karam Mechref 20, Mouhamad Bilal Tabbara 15, Cyril Massoud 11
Japan U18: Takumi Mitsuyama 20, Seiya Ando 15



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  LEBANON   


Lebanon snatch victory over Japan - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U18 - Japan U18 67:65

Lebanon finished U18 Asia Championship in the seventh position. They narrowly defeated Japan in the final game of the tournament. Karam Mechref (188-G-92) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Japan used a 6:0 run to take a 16:10 lead midway through the first quarter. They maintained the lead to enter the second frame up by one point 20:19. Lebanon however turned the tables in the second period. They gained a 7-point lead and hung on to win the first half 36:31. But Japan were not about to give up. They triggered a 19:4 rally to establish a 55:46 lead at the final intermission. Lebanon erased the deficit and it all came down to the final seconds in this one. The teams were tied at 65 with 29 seconds remaining. But Karam Mechref scored a basket to put Lebanon in front. Seiya Ando (184-G-92) missed his attempt and Karam Mechref blocked a Hiromichi Fujita one to seal the winning outcome for Lebanon.
Mouhamad Bilal Tabbara (195-F-93) scored 15 points for the winners. Cyril Massoud (191-G-92) accounted for 11 points for Lebanon. Takumi Mitsuyama (183-G-92) notched 20 points for Japan. Seiya Ando delivered 15 points in the loss.

Lebanon U18: Karam Mechref 20, Mouhamad Bilal Tabbara 15, Cyril Massoud 11
Japan U18: Takumi Mitsuyama 20, Seiya Ando 15



Latest Transactions of the Lebanese League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The preparations for season 2010-2011 started in all first division teams as follows :

1. Riyadi :
Signed : Anthony WILLIAMS , Lonny COOPER , Ali KANAAN, Eli STEPHAN
2. Champville :
Signed :Mazen MNEIMNEH, Yehia SABRA, Patrick bou Abboud, Karam Mechrif, Jay Youngblood, Ramel Allen
3. Hoops :
Signed : Tony Murphy , Eryk Thomas, Amir Eid, Badih Souaid, Robert bou Dagher, Rony Abou Jaoude
4. Moutahed :
Signed : Paul Coughter ( Coach) ,Courtney Pigram, Omari Peterkin, Mohamed Fahes,Bassel Bawji, Hussein Khatib
5. Sagesse :
Signed : Allan Abbaz ( Coach) ,Maurice Bou Kanaan, Thomas Ammar, Hussein Tawbe, Rony Fahed ,Anthony Yammine, Sabah Khoury
6. Anibal :
Signed: Marcus Fleming, Trayvon Lathan, Roy Smaha, Jihad El-Murr
7. Antranik :
Signed : Aaron Mitchel ( Coach) ,Jason Johnson, Arizona Reid, Omar Kadray, Nadim Souaid
8. Byblos :
Signed : Calvin Warner, Brandon Mason, Marwan El Hajj.
9. Haouch El-Omara :
Signed : Tony Vujanic ( Coach) , Mohamad Akkad, Joey Zaloum, Hassan Lakkis, Ricky CLEMMONS




USEK team to participate in 2010 Asian basketball Championship in Taiwan - by Mohamad Ezzedine
The Lebanese university, USEK (Universit Saint Esprit de Kaslik) basketball team headed on Friday to Taiwan in order to participate in the next Asian University basketball Championship set to be held from October 3 to 8, 2010. According to the the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (CTUSF) seven teams from seven countries will participate in this competition that will be played in the northern county of Taoyuan.

Always according to CTUSF USEK (Cedar Country), Taiwan, Mongolia, Tianjin Polytechnic University (China), Myongji University (South Korea), university All-Star teams from Hong Kong and Thailand will take part in this biennial tournament. The competition was launched in 2006, with Myongji University winning the first edition. An Iranian All stars team won the cup in 2008.


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Paulius KLEIZA
  Alytus Alita
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kleiza, Alytus Alita20.0 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.15.0 
 3. Brazdauskis, Nevez.14.0 
 4. Pocius, Zalgiris13.0 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris12.5 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgiris12.5 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis12.0 
 8. Birgelis, Alytus A.10.0 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis10.0 
 10. Luksa, Alytus Alita9.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris12.5 
 2. Cresnar, Nevezis8.0 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.0 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis6.0 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis6.0 
 6. Adomavicius, Alytus A.6.0 
 7. Watson, Zalgiris5.0 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris4.5 
 9. Collins, Zalgiris4.0 
 10. Belevicius, Nevezis4.0 
Assists Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Collins, Zalgiris6.5 
 2. Alijevas, Nevezis4.0 
 3. Kleiza, Alytus Alita3.0 
 4. Birgelis, Alytus A.3.0 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris2.5 
 6. Lukosevicius, Nevezis2.0 
 7. Adomavicius, Alytus A.2.0 
 8. Ivanauskas, Alytus A.2.0 
 9. Kazevicius, Alytus A.2.0 
 10. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Paulius BELEVICIUS
  Nevezis
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Belevicius, Nevezis2.0 
 2. Jankunas, Zalgiris2.0 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis2.0 
 4. Pocius, Zalgiris1.5 
 5. Salenga, Zalgiris1.5 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.5 
 7. Butkus, Nevezis1.0 
 8. Dimsa, Nevezis1.0 
 9. Simonavicius, Nevezis1.0 
 10. Delininkaiti., Zalgi.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.5 
 2. Alijevas, Nevezis2.0 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis2.0 
 4. Luksa, Alytus Alita1.0 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris0.5 
 6. Samhan, Zalgiris0.5 
 7. Watson, Zalgiris0.5 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris0.5 
 9. Salenga, Zalgiris0.5 
 10. Capin, Zalgiris0.0 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


DBBL under to open season 10-11 this weekend in Luxembourg!!! Di Bartholomeo no longer Soleuvre coach!! - by John Thomas
It has been announced that Andre Di Bartolomeo is no longer the coach of Soleuvre. Apparently, Di Bartholomeo had to stop coaching because of problems with his back. Soleuvre has not yet announced a successor.

The DBBL season is going to start this weekend in Luxembourg. Make sure to come back and often to http://www.eurobasket.com/Luxembourg/basketball.asp to read pre-season capsules on each team in the DBBL along with comments from coaches, players and club officials.

The first round looks like this:

On Saturday, October 2nd, Black Star Mersch will host Amicale Steinsel and T71 will host Residence of Walferdange. Both games begin
at 20:30.

Black Star Mersch was surprisingly brought up to the DBBL last seaon by veteran Coach Paul Missavage, now an assistant coach at Etzella along with Amadeo Dias. Black Star's former American Bill Arre is now playing for BBC Nitia in National 2 and Captain Pit Hoffmann left for Amicale in Steinsel. Black Star Mersch will struggle this season to win against the top teams and needs to have a remarkable season to keep from going back down to N2. Their former American player Billy McDaniel is back and the new coach is Mike Smith. Sharp shooter Jerome Hansen retired, but Black star added Mike Schumacher from Arlon, experienced veteran forward Jeff Kirsch and guard Tom Rausch of Amicale.


Amicale is led by head coach Kresimir Basic and American player Louis Birdsong of the George Mason Patriots. They have an extremely quick and very talented backcourt featuring Christian Schartz, Eric Jeitz, Raul Birenbaum, Christopher Jones and veterans Pit Hoffman and Olivier Haan. Inside they have Chris Scholtes and Michael Zianveni. They will also be expecting big things in the future from youngsters Alex Laurent and Ben Melcher. This is a highly motivated team that could win on any given night and could make the final four if things go their way.

Jan Enjebo is back for his third season at the helm at T71. Except for Martin Rajniak who left for Basket Esch, most of the team returns for the defending DBBL Champions of Dudelange. There will be more about T71 in the next days. Residence of Walferdange had nearly the same team back as last year. Head Coach Nikolaos Kontos returns with high scoring Marcus Kennedy. Marco Leschek 2'03' is a big threat in the middle and young Max Schmit a transfer from Heffingen will play a lot at the point. Residence also has Pit Koster to help with scoring. Our nod goes to T71 for the winner of the match due to their experience, depth and talent, Tom Schumacher, Frank Muller and company will repeat as a top contender for the title once again under Coach Enjebo's direction.

On Sunday, October 3rd, Soleuvre will host Contern (18:00), Sparta travels to Etzella (17:15) and Musel Pikes will open at Basket Esch (17:45).

Darko Ristic is the new coach at Contern who lost five key players in Gilles Becker, Eric Jeitz, Ken Diederich, Dave Schroeder and Yves Braun. Brandon Gary is back in the middle. Newcomer Armel Milango and Sven Pezzotta will replace the guard spots. Contern also a dded a pair of players from BBC Nitia in steve Kuhlman and tom Kaiser. They will be better than most think and win this opening match at Soleuvre. Contern is our pick for 'Dark Horse' of the DBBL.




Soleuvre seeks a new coach but will always be tough at home with Domonique Crawford, Christian Weisen and David Barthle inside. Musel Pikes and National Team Coach Frank Baum replaced Jeremy Buttell with 27 year old Trenton Wurtz, an experienced 2'03' center who played recently in New Zealand. They also have Guy Schmitz and Laurent Schwartz in the back court and centers Tom Schmitz and Thomas Wojnowski in the paint.

Basket Esch, just up from National 2, is stacked. During the off-season, they picked up veteran guard Ken Deiderich from Contern and Martin Rajniak from & 71. 2nd year head Coach Franck Meriguet also has American John Reimold, Christophe Donnersbach and European pivot player Stefan Svitek. Youngsters Joe Biewer and Alex Rodenbourg will also play important roles. Look for Basket Esch to be very strong and contend for one of the top four spots.

Defending Cup Champion and Larrie Smith have another tough squad. Former coach Olaf Stoltz is back Doug Marty, their Head Coach from last year is now holding the reins at Etzella. Veteran guards Patrick Arbaut, Tom Wagner and Julien Hublart are all scoring threats. They replaced Phil Grant with big man Cory Abercromie out of Pittsburgh State to do damage inside with scoring and rebounding. Sparta picked up Dean Gindt from Racing and have some depth with Xavier Engel and Rene Wolzfeld.

Doug Marty has the talented Dustin Scott finally healthy again after some pre-season woes. Captain Neslon DelGado is in good early season form with vererans Tim Giver and Jairo DelGado also at guard spots. Raphael Albaladejo and Pit Hoffmann will share time in the post. Veteran forward Cedric Schroeder is healthy again and Christian Wulff is a solid point guard who will try to be ready by January of 2011 to add some depth. Youngster Gilles Polfer will bring some lift when he is in better health. This match is a toss up with Etzella having a slight edge due to the fact that they are playing at home.

Come back in the next days to take a detailed look at each of the ten teams in the DBBL and to read about the results of the
first round.




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


LNBP, Round 9: Pioneros keep the perfect score after 9 games - by Eurobasket News
Volcanes - Toros 79-100
Toros cruised past Volcanoes on the road getting 22 points and 9 rebounds from Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: 011 Sports, college: SMU). Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86, college: UNLV) secured a nice help adding 19 pts and 10 boards. For the hosts, Carl Thomas (203-F-76, college: Charleston) shined with 22 pts and 5 rebs. Toros 7-2, Volcanoes 0-9.

Pioneros - Fuerza Regia 111-74
Pioneros stays on top of LNBP standings with perfect 9-0 record. Their leading player in this game was Gregory Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) with 17 points. They also had five more players with double-digits in scoring. On the other side, Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) delivered 16 pts (6 rebs).

Lechugueros - Angeles 93-90
4-5 for Lechugueros and 7-2 for Angeles after this meeting. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) exploded for the hosts with 30 points and 9 rebounds. He reached valuation 34. In Angeles, Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami (FL)) collected 36 points and 11 rebs. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 45!

Soles - Panteras 94-73
Soles registered fifth victory of the season mostly owing to Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV), who drained 23 points. He spent 32 minutes on the court and reach valuation 29. In the loosing squad, Keith Gayden (202-F-83, college: Duquesne) collected 21 points and 12 boards. Soles 5-4, Panteras 1-8.

Abejas - Titanes 73-77
Nice win for Titanes, who improved to 4-5 in LNBP. Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and he grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Abejas got 16 points from Roman Andrade (188-G, college: N.Mexico Highlands).

Halc.Rojos - Algodoneros 86-66
Halcones Rojos had an easy job against Algodoneros to reach the fourth victory of the season. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) came up with monster double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds. He had valuation 32 and grabbed the MVP title for this game. Paul Stoll (178-G-85, agency: Duran International) scored 19 pts in loss.

Halc.Xalapa - Lobos Grises 92-73
Halcones Xalapa stays No.2 in the league with almost perfect 8-1 record. This time they got the most from Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) and Abdul Mills (191-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha), who scored 18 points each. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Lobos Grises (5-4).

Potros - Jaguares 89-82
Box-score will be available soon.

Ola Verde - Huracanes today


Halcones Rojos adds Jaime Lloreda and David Crouse - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Rojos bolstered its squad with two new players. After not so brilliant start of the season, the Mexican outfit decided to sign Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) and David Crouse (211-F/C-74, college: USC).
Jaime Lloreda arrives to Halcones Rojos from Marinos de Anzoategui. He appeared five times for them in Venezuelan league this year averaging 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Season 2009/10 he started in Uruguay with Hebraica Macabi and in November he moved to Spain signing a deal with CAI Zaragoza. For 8 games in LEB Gold, Lloreda posted averages of 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. He changed many teams in the past and some of them are: Roseto, Novara, Bosna ASA BHT, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu and Cimberio Varese. Lloreda is active member of the Panamanian National Team. He helped them to win the Bronze at the latest CentroBasket. For six games at this event Lloreda collected 13 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 2.5 apg.
David Crouse heads to Halcones Rojos from another Mexican team, Soles de Mexicali. He appeared in 7 games this season for them, but with limited playing time (2 ppg, 2 rpg). Course played for Halcones UV Cordoba, Nogales and Lobosa de la UAC in the past. He was a member of the Mexican NT, who won the Silver at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez 2010. Crouse had 4 ppg and 3 rpg for 10 games.


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Raptors working to get Boris Diaw from Bobcats - by Eurobasket News
With the Nets' deal for Carmelo Anthony dead, at least for now, the Toronto Raptors are again trying to land Charlotte forward Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82), one of the key players in the proposed Anthony blockbuster. The Raptors thought they had finalized a deal for Diaw over the summer, but Charlotte owner Michael Jordan reportedly nixed it at the 11th hour.

If Diaw ends up going to Toronto, that means the Nets would have to find another team in a revised multi-team deal for Anthony. The Raptors are strictly opposed to helping the Nets, an Atlantic Division rival, obtain an elite player such as the Nuggets' star forward.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


NBA's deadline on rookie contract extensions pushed back - by Eurobasket News
NBA teams will have one extra day this fall to make what could be some tough decisions on contract extensions.

NBA senior vice president of basketball communications Tim Frank confirmed Thursday that teams have until Nov. 1, rather than the usual Oct. 31, to make decisions on rookie contract extensions. The extra day is because Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday, so the deadline reverts to the next business day.

The deadline affects teams deciding whether to pick up the third- and fourth-year contract options of players drafted in the 2009 and 2008 first rounds and whether to sign players selected in the 2007 first round to extensions or let them become restricted free agents next summer.

Nov. 1, for instance, is the deadline for Portland to decide whether to sign Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.), the top pick in the 2007 draft, to a contract extension or allow him to become a restricted free agent next summer. Due to Oden's numerous injuries, most recently a knee injury that finished him for the season last December, it's not expected such an extension will be signed.

The only player from the 2007 draft to have inked an extension so far is Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas), the No. 2 pick who got a maximum deal in July. It's looking good that Atlanta center Al Horford, taken No. 3, and Chicago center Joakim Noah, selected No. 9, also will get extensions by Nov. 1.

Among other players taken in the top 10 of that draft, No. 8 Brandan Wright, selected by Charlotte and sent to Golden State on draft night, looks to be another likely candidate to not get an extension this fall after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. It remains to be seen what will happen with No. 4 Mike Conley (Memphis), No. 5 Jeff Green (Oklahoma City), No. 6 Yi Jianlian (drafted by Milwaukee and now with Washington), No. 7 Corey Brewer (Minnesota) and No. 10 Spencer Hawes (drafted by Sacramento and now with Philadelphia).

Regardless, teams have an extra day this fall to decide. But that's actually one day less than last fall when Oct. 31 fell on a Saturday and the deadline was Nov. 2.

Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


Despite one practice, Kobe plans Europe play - by Eurobasket News
So far, after six days of Lakers' practices and seven sessions in all because of Monday's two-a-day, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) has practiced only once on his surgically repaired right knee.

And yet Bryant said Thursday it's 'realistic' that he will play in the Lakers' exhibition games in London on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Thursday in Barcelona, Spain, against FC Barcelona.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said his plan is to play Bryant for at least eight minutes in the exhibitions.

'It's about whether I can perform or not,' Bryant said after practice before the Lakers boarded their Thursday afternoon flight to London. 'That's with any game. That's why I've always been real adamant about me not missing games because people come to watch me play. You want to make sure you get out there and play.'

Jackson and Bryant are aware that the fans in Europe will pay good money to watch Bryant and the Lakers because they are the NBA's showcase team.

Still, the Lakers have to temper that with Bryant's well-being for the regular season.

'The reality is we want him to be out there on the court to play,' Jackson said. 'Whether it's a six-to-eight-minute run or whether it's two of them, like 16 minutes in a 48-minute game.'

Bryant got his first and only taste of action this week when he tested his knee during Monday night's scrimmage.

'It felt fine,' Bryant said. 'It felt like I can strengthen up in certain areas, which is what I've been working on after that. I haven't had any swelling [in the knee] at all.'

That conflicts with what Jackson said Tuesday about Bryant, saying his star guard did have 'a little swelling [in his knee], obviously.'

The Lakers have scheduled a practice right after they land in London on Friday.

Sometime during those three days before the Monday game in London, Bryant plans on practicing.

'It's like if I can practice that day, I'll go out and I'll practice and then kind of see where and what areas my knee needs to get stronger in,' Bryant said. 'So it's kind of just testing it out.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Daniel Orton to miss entire training camp rehabbing knee - by Eurobasket News
After his junior year of high school, Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) had major reconstructive knee surgery. He didn't play his senior year. He was limited in his one year at Kentucky by the knee, but the Orlando Magic drafted him at the end of the first year on promise.

The knee is still not right. Orton is now going to miss all of training camp strengthening and rehabbing his knee, according to FanHouse.

'He probably should not have played (at Kentucky), and should have spent the time rehabbing,'' said Magic general manager Otis Smith, who decided to draft him. 'And had we known the depth of his problem, he probably shouldn't have played this summer.'

'I have a good future in this league, but I never did the right amount of, or the correct, rehab, after my surgery,'' he said. 'I knew I wasn't getting any lift in my knees, but I never quite understood why. All I need now is to strengthen this, and I'll be back on the court.''

The Magic don't need him right now -- Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat will get the minutes, with Malik Allen behind them. Orton is a project. That needs to start with him healthy so there are no more setbacks, then you can start the real work.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Tiago Splitter muscle strain means 7-10 days of rehab - by Eurobasket News
The first injury of Spurs training camp turned out to be significant.

Rookie center Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), perhaps the one player for whom practice is most vital, suffered a strained right plantaris muscle during Thursday's session at the team's practice facility and faces seven to 10 days of injury rehabilitation.

The plantaris is a thin muscle that begins at the lower end of the femur and stretches across the knee joint and attaches to the back of the heel, along with the Achilles' tendon.

Splitter's status will be re-evaluated after the rehabilitation program.

The 25-year-old NBA rookie reported to camp in excellent condition after playing for Brazil in the FIBA World Championship tournament in Turkey in September. He did not participate in open gym workouts that preceded training camp so he would be fresh for the first official practice.

Though his 10 years of professional experience in Europe figured to enhance his ability to transition to the NBA, the preseason was going to be especially important for the 6-foot-11 center, who is expected to be a regular part of the team's front line rotation this season.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Monday had expressed hope that Splitter would learn the Spurs' complicated offensive and defensive systems quickly, beginning with the preseason.

(He's) somebody who's already been awarded accolades and won championships and awards, and hopefully will come in seamlessly and pick things up quickly and be a rotation player, Popovich said.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


LA Lakers waive G Anthony Roberson, C Russell Hicks before their European trip - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Anthony Roberson (6'2''-G-83, college: Florida) and centre Russell Hicks (7'0''-C-85, college: Florida Intern.) just hours before embarking on their European tour.

Roberson and Hicks were signed Sept. 24 to fill out the training camp roster for the Lakers. They were waived Thursday.

The moves leave Los Angeles with 16 players on the club's eight-day trip to London and Barcelona for exhibition games.

The Lakers were due to leave for London later Thursday.

Injured centre Andrew Bynum is the only player who definitely won't play in Europe. Kobe Bryant hasn't decided how much he'll test his surgically repaired right knee, but coach Phil Jackson suggests Bryant might play in a couple of eight-minute stretches in each game.

Courtesy of The Canadian Press


Dampier meets with Raptors, attends practice - by Eurobasket News
There was an extra body at Raptors practice Thursday night.

Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.), a free-agent centre looking for an NBA job, met with Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo and is expected to make a decision on a contract offer shortly. He sat and watched the second practice of the day with team officials but was not available to the media.

According to NBA sources, the Raptors and Houston Rockets have the best chance to land the 35-year-old Dampier, who was waived this summer by the Charlotte Bobcats after they acquired him from the Dallas Mavericks. Dampier, 6-foot-11 and about 265 pounds, appeared in 55 games with the Mavs last year, averaging six points and 7.3 rebounds.

Because of NBA salary cap and roster restrictions, Dampier is only going to be in line for a veteran minimum salary, which is just over $1.3 million U.S.

The Raptors, who already have the maximum 15 players under contract, would have to create a roster spot to add Dampier, who has appeared in 921 NBA regular season games, averaging 7.8 points and 7.4 rebounds with Indiana, Golden State and Dallas.

Earlier, in a common-sense move, the team picked up the third-year option on DeMar DeRozans rookie scale contract. The move had to be made by Oct. 31 and the Raptors wasted no time locking up the 21-year-old swingman, who is entering his second year in the league.

'I'm happy', said DeRozan. 'It shows that Im really liked here and hopefully Im here for a while.'

DeRozan averaged 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 77 games in his rookie season.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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Top-prospect Austin Rivers commits to Duke - by Eurobasket News
After publicly declaring that he would wait until after making his official college visits before selecting a school, Austin Rivers (6'3''-G) has reportedly committed to play at Duke.

'He made that decision last night,' Rivers' high school coach David Bailey told the Orlando Sentinel Thursday morning. 'Austin felt most comfortable with their coaches and their program. He just fell in love with their school.'

The 6-foot-4 guard, rated the No. 1 prospect in the 2011 class by Rivals.com, committed to Florida on July 3, 2008, but reopened his recruiting process earlier this year. The Orlando Sentinel confirmed that Rivers has canceled his upcoming trips to both Kansas and North Carolina.

Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, reportedly picked Duke for coach Mike Krzyzewski, the school's tradition and their rigorous academic standards. Rivers joins a 2011 class at Duke that was rated No. 9 in the country by Rivals.com.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Mississippi State guard Dee Bost suspended 9 games - by Eurobasket News
Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost (6'2''-G-89) has been suspended nine games by the NCAA for mishandling his withdrawal from the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-2 junior is academically ineligible for the fall semester. He will begin serving his suspension in December if he is academically cleared for the spring.

Bost has started all 72 games at Mississippi State. He averaged 13 points a game last season.

In a statement released by the university, Bost thanked the NCAA for a second chance. He says he wanted only to 'test the waters' and then return to Mississippi State.

The deadline for withdrawing from the draft was in May. Bost says he made a mistake in how he dealt with the situation.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Star hoops recruit Khem Birch commits to Pittsburgh for 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Pittsburgh has received a commitment from one of the elite big men in the Class of 2012.

Canadian Khem Birch (6'9''-F), ranked fourth in the junior class by Scout.com and No. 2 in the nation by ESPN.com, gave Panthers coach Jamie Dixon a verbal pledge on Wednesday.

'I chose Pittsburgh because I really feel comfortable with Coach (Pat) Skerry and Coach Dixon, and I feel that they can help me develop,' Birch told FOXSports.com

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Birch, who hails from Quebec, spent last season at Winchendon School (Mass.) and has transferred to nearby Notre Dame Prep this year.

Birch is a long and extremely athletic frontline player who can change the game on the defensive end with his shot-blocking ability. If his ranking holds up, hed be the highest regarded player ever to sign with the Panthers.

'Khems long-term goal is to be a pro, Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd told FOXSports.com 'Coach Dixon has done a terrific job developing pros, and hes also made it clear the door is always open for Khem to return and finish getting his degree.

'He hasnt even scratched the surface, added Expressions coach Todd Quarles, who runs Birchs summer league. 'Hes got so much upside and wants to be great.

New Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry, who was hired from Providence in the offseason, was key in the recruitment of Birch.

'Providence was the leader in the clubhouse when Coach Skerry was there, Hurd said. 'And when he went to Pittsburgh, it was a no-brainer for Khem.

'He just felt comfortable with Skerry and Coach Dixon. Khem is a special player. Hes a fantastic player and kid, and its tough to coach him sometimes because its impossible to get angry at him.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ronny KARLSEN
  Asker
  (202-F-78)
  Avg: 41
 1. Karlsen, Asker41.0 
 2. Russell, Kristiansand35.0 
 3. Hinsch, Asker19.0 
 4. Ross, Kristiansand18.0 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken18.0 
 6. Hammer, Ulriken16.0 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud14.0 
 8. Okoroafor, Ammerud12.0 
 9. Okoroafor, Ammerud12.0 
 10. Mahnin, Asker11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 David HAMMER
  Ulriken
  (195-F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hammer, Ulriken11.0 
 2. Karlsen, Asker10.0 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken8.0 
 4. Hinsch, Asker7.0 
 5. Fivelstad, Ulriken7.0 
 6. Ross, Kristiansand6.0 
 7. Solbakken, Ulriken5.0 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud5.0 
 9. Midtvedt, Asker5.0 
 10. Russell, Kristiansand5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lars Jaeger TORKILDSEN
  Asker
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Torkildsen, Asker6.0 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken5.0 
 3. Mahnin, Asker5.0 
 4. Midtvedt, Asker3.0 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud3.0 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken3.0 
 7. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.0 
 8. Hinsch, Asker3.0 
 9. Russell, Kristiansand3.0 
 10. Okoroafor, Ammerud2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Diomande, Ammerud5.0 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken3.0 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken3.0 
 4. Okoroafor, Ammerud1.0 
 5. Mahnin, Asker1.0 
 6. Bohn, Asker1.0 
 7. Bohn, Asker1.0 
 8. Molvaer, Ammerud1.0 
 9. Torkildsen, Asker1.0 
 10. Andersen, Ulriken1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim HELLERSTROM
  Ammerud
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Hellerstrom, Ammer.1.0 
 2. Ross, Kristiansand1.0 
 3. Bohn, Asker1.0 
 4. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.0 
 5. Versland, Kristian.1.0 
 6. Diomande, Ammerud1.0 
 7. Fivelstad, Ulriken0.0 
 8. Khoury, Ammerud0.0 
 9. Hinsch, Asker0.0 
 10. Eribe, Ammerud0.0 


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Interview with Sidney Pointer - by Mariano Galindo
Sidney Pointer (196-G/F, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Chattanooga State JC) played this season at Birzeit in Palestine



Tell us about your experiencie in Palestine

Sidney: My experience in Palestine was great. The people from Palestine treat you like family and they are very nice. The people in Birzeit I will cherish every moment there and never forget how they treated me. We became family there and i learned how to treat family.

Why you did decide go here?

Sidney: I decided to go to Birzeit for the experience and to play the game I love. It wasnt about money for me I just wanted to see how the people from there live.

Which are the differences beetween ABA and other minor leagues and Palestine Basketball?

Sidney: In the ABA league its competitive but the teams never finish the season.But in Palestine its ok league but it can be more competitive than it was but other than that it was great. thanks man for this wonderful opportunity to talk with the people on Eurobasket God Bless.




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Premier Basketball League Releases 2010-2011 Schedule - by Allen White
(CHICAGO) - With eight highly competitive teams in two divisions, the Premier Basketball League is pleased to announce the upcoming schedule for the 2010-2011 regular season. The League enters its fourth season of operations as one of only two professional basketball leagues in the USA, along with the D - League, and features not only the return of the League's most popular and well-supported Clubs; it also welcomes the arrival of two new teams to the PBL lineup.
One of the newest arrivals, the Dayton (Ohio) Air Strikers, will appear in the League's first game of the regular season, as they visit Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY, to face the Rochester RazorSharks. The RazorSharks, who won the PBL's first two championships (2008 and 2009), are once again coached by Rod Baker, the League's leader in coaching wins (51-9 in the regular season). Dayton's home opener will take place Tuesday, January 11, 2011, as the Air Strikers host the RazorSharks in the Aviation City.

The other new team joining the PBL is the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions. The Stallions, based in Georgetown, KY, open their season on the road on Sunday, January 2, 2011, when they travel to Lawton-Fort Sill (Oklahoma) to take on the Cavalry. The Cavs' home opener will be Lawton's first league contest since their Championship run during the 2009-10 season. Cavs head coach, Michael Ray Richardson (agency: Union Sports ), hopes to become the first minor league basketball coach in nearly three decades to win four consecutive minor league hoop titles.

The Dayton Air Strikers, Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, and the Rochester RazorSharks will comprise the PBL's four-team 'Western' Division, while the 'Eastern' Division will encompass the Saint John Mill Rats, Quebec Kebs, Vermont Frost Heaves, and the Halifax Rainmen.

During the 2009-10 season, the Rainmen became the first professional basketball team from Halifax to reach a playoff round. Rainmen head coach, Les Berry, hopes to lead the Rainmen into the playoffs once again. The Rainmen will start their campaign by hosting the Vermont Frost Heaves on January 2, 2011, at the Halifax Metro Centre in Nova Scotia.

In the final months of last year's season, the Frost Heaves and the Rainmen battled for the last available playoff spot. Frost Heaves head coach, Joseph Salerno, took over the squad mid-season and turned the Green Mountain hoopsters into a great team with a strong end-of-season run. The Frost Heaves will host the Cavalry on Friday, January 7, 2011, at the Barre Municipal Auditorium, the site for all ten of Vermont's home games this season.

The Quebec Kebs, having one of the most vocal and loyal fanbases in the PBL, have hired veteran head coach Rob Spon to guide their team. Spon, who led the Manchester Millrats to the playoffs in the 2008-09 season, will take the Kebs to Saint John to face the Mill Rats on January 2, 2011. They will then host the Halifax Rainmen on Thursday, January 6 at Laval University's PEPS athletic facility.

In addition to the Quebec Kebs and Halifax Rainmen, the PBL will have a third Canadian team in the League, as the recently-relocated Saint John (New Brunswick) Mill Rats take to the court at Harbour Station. The Mill Rats played for two years in Manchester, NH, and have already received a tremendous amount of support from fans in New Brunswick's largest port city. The Mill Rats' home opener is scheduled for Sunday, January 2, 2011, when they host the Quebec Kebs.

A repeat of last year's exciting PBL finals between the Rochester RazorSharks and the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry will take place on February 5, when the Cavalry and RazorSharks battle it out at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. It will be the first of four contests this season between the only two teams to ever win PBL championships.

'I'd like to see a Championship game between the only two truly professional basketball leagues,' states acting CEO Carrie Ann May, 'the PBL and the D-League'

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  PHILIPPINES   


Philippines cruise past Yemen - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U18 - Yemen U18 97:48

Philippines finished the U18 Asia Championship in the fifth position. They shot down hosting Yemen on the final day of the tournament. Joshua Angelo Alolino (181-G-94) produced 18 points and 8 assists to lead the winners.
Philippines turned out to have more energy for the final game. They grabbed control right from the start. Yemen accounted for only 10 points in the first period allowing their opponents to clear off. Philippines posted a 22:10 advantage at the first break. Philippines opened the second term on a 10:2 run to boost the lead. They controlled the tempo and piled up a comfortable 47:26 halftime advantage. The visitors continued to dictate the rhythm in the third stanza. They fired 34 points to accumulate a massive 43-point lead heading into the final quarter. Yemen managed ten points in the fourth stanza and had to give up at the end.
Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Raphael Banal (186-G-92) nailed 15 points each for Philippines. Cris Michael Tolomia (191-G-93) and Jeth Troy Rosario (200-C-92) had 10 points each in the victory. Sabri Sadaqah (188-F-93) notched 16 points for Yemen. Abdulaziz Moqbel (188-F-93) chipped in 9 points in defeat.

Philippines U18: Joshua Angelo Alolino 18, Kiefer Isaac Ravena 15, Raphael Banal 15
Yemen U18: Sabri Sadaqah 16, Abdulaziz Moqbel 9



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  POLAND   


Efes Pilsen wins twice over Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen wins twice over Asseco Prokom in the friendly clashes between two teams. In the first game the Turkish side celebrated 95:76 win. The Polish team however started with 31-22 as both squads later nailed 17 points in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Efes that easily won the periods. The Turkish team produced 31-15 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-13 in the last frame. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 18 points and Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) as well as Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) posted 13 each. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) responded with 14 points in the losing effort and Burrell added 13.
The second game was a real thriller between both sides. Asseco Prokom Gdynia again started better but again lost 100:101. After 23-13 in the opening quarter Prokom lost the second period 21-27. Moreover Efes Pilsen Stambul won the third quarter 25-17, but Asseco Prokom Gdynia tied the score after the fourth period after 26-21. In overtime the Turkish side grabbed 14-13 and won the game by on point. Dudley paced all the winners with 21 points and Igor Rakocevic scored 18. Roberts nailed 16, while Wisniewski and Thornton posted 13 each. Daniel Ewing ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Jan-Hendrick Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) netted 20.

Game 1
Asseco Prokom Gdynia - Efes Pilsen Stambul 76:95 (31:22, 17:17, 15:31, 13:25)

Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 14, Burrell 13, Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) 10, Szczotka 9, Hrycaniuk 6, Jan-Hendrick Jagla 6, Lapeta 6, Wilks 6, B. Brown 5, D. Brown 0, Kostrzewski 0, Balcerzak.
Efes Pilsen: Bostjan Nachbar 18, Kerem Gonlum 13, Igor Rakocevic 13, Roberts 12, Wisniewski 11, Guler 8, Thornton 8, Dudley 4, Akyol 3, Arslan 3, Tunceri 2, Isik.

Game 2
Asseco Prokom Gdynia - Efes Pilsen Stambul 100:101 (23:13, 21:27,17:25, 26:21, 13:14)

Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 21, Jan-Hendrick Jagla 20, Ratko Varda 18, Hrycaniuk 15, B. Brown 11, Burrell 8, Szczotka 5, Wilks 2, Lapeta 0, Kitzinger 0, D. Brown, Witka, Eldridge, Kostrzewski.
Efes Pilsen: Dudley 21, Igor Rakocevic 18, Roberts 16, Wisniewski 13, Thornton 13, Bostjan Nachbar 6, Akyol 5, Kerem Gonlum 2, Guler 2, Tunceri, Isik.



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  SERBIA   


Unicaja blasts Crvena Zvezda to close the pre-season - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Crvena Zvezda 101-62

Unicaja Malaga demonstrated great performance in their last friendly game before the start of 2010/11 ACB season. The Spanish outfit met Serbian team Crvena Zvezda managing to take a comfortable 101-62 win. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) was the leading scorer in this victory with 16 points. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) followed him with 15, while Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) delivered 14 points. Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) and Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) were also in double-digits as they scored 11 and 10 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Stevan Jelovac (207-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) shined with 22 points. Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was the second scorer in this loss with 12 points.
Unicaja took control on its rival from the early beginning. Joel Freeland and his teammates exploded offensively in the first quarter as they nailed 31 points. Crvena Zvezda had 21 on the other side and already faced with 10-point deficit. Unicaja was better team in Q2 as well jumping to plus 17 at the HT. Nothing has changed after the breather as Unicaja was dominating in all segments. The Malaga team made 24-17 in third and 25-20 in the last quarter for the final 101-62 blowout win.
Unicaja Malaga will go to Zaragoza in Round One of the ACB.

Unicaja: Joel Freeland 16, Saul Blanco 15, Georgios Printezis 14, Berni Rodriguez 11, Uros Tripkovic 10
Crvena Zvezda: Stevan Jelovac 22, Strahinja Milosevic 12


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  SLOVAKIA   


Justin Carter gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
American Justin Carter (193-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for BK Vahostav-SK Zilina and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Handlova (1-1) 84-71. Despite this victory Vahostav-Zilina dropped to the 8th position in Slovakian Extraliga. Vahostav-Zilina is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Carter had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vahostav-Zilina's top player in his first season with the team. Creighton University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter is in league's top in points (2nd best: 27.5ppg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Adam McCoy (193-G-86) of BK Svit. McCoy impressed basketball fans with 34 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Svit to edge Prievidza (0-2) by 4 points 76-72. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. McCoy is a newcomer at Svit 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 24.5ppg (#3). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ronald Moore (183-G-88) of BK SPU Nitra (#6). Moore scored 16 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Nitra, leading his team to a 81-72 win against B.Bystrica (#9, 0-1). Nitra needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Moore has a great season in Slovakia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.5apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Viliam Ridzon (192-G-75) of Prievidza - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) of Handlova - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) of Nitra - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Davor Velcic (206-F-80) of B.Bystrica - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Louis Johnson (203-F/C) of Nova Ves - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Igor Majoros (200-F-80) of Prievidza - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Miroslav Kral (194-F-89) of Nitra - 20 points and 2 rebounds


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jaraun BURROWS
  Komarno
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 36.5
 1. Burrows, Komarno36.5 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.27.5 
 3. McCoy, Svit24.5 
 4. Wheeler, Inter B.24.0 
 5. Gavran, Inter B.22.5 
 6. Ridzon, Prievidza22.0 
 7. Madaj, Handlova21.0 
 8. Tomek, Nitra20.0 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica20.0 
 10. Johnson, Nova Ves17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Tomek, Nitra11.0 
 2. Burrows, Komarno10.5 
 3. Hallett, Prievidza10.0 
 4. Jackson, Komarno9.5 
 5. Vojtek, Levice9.0 
 6. Vojtek, Levice9.0 
 7. Delic, Handlova9.0 
 8. Pesta, Nova Ves8.5 
 9. Pesta, Nova Ves8.5 
 10. Madaj, Handlova8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Johnathon JONES
  Komarno
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Jones, Komarno7.5 
 2. Moore, Nitra6.5 
 3. Kucsa, Inter B.6.5 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.0 
 5. Wheeler, Inter B.5.0 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.0 
 7. Burrows, Komarno4.0 
 8. Jones, Prievidza4.0 
 9. Pavlenda, Prievidza4.0 
 10. Micka, Svit3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Viliam RIDZON
  Prievidza
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ridzon, Prievidza4.0 
 2. Kucsa, Inter B.3.0 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.3.0 
 4. Demecko, Nova Ves2.5 
 5. Kostomaj, Levice2.5 
 6. Demecko, Nova Ves2.5 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice2.5 
 8. Klatik, B.Bystrica2.0 
 9. Moore, Nitra2.0 
 10. Seman, Levice2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dametri HILL
  Levice
  (202-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hill, Levice2.0 
 2. Hill, Levice2.0 
 3. Batka, Nova Ves1.5 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.5 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.5 
 6. Wheeler, Inter B.1.0 
 7. Jones, Levice1.0 
 8. Durana, Inter B.1.0 
 9. Moore, Nitra1.0 
 10. Polakovic, Svit1.0 


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  SLOVENIA   


Janza returns to Helios, Maribor close to Cup, Olimpija adds Radojevic and Lorbek - by Zeljko Zule
A familiar face is back to Domzale, as Helios confirmed the arrival of Aljaz Janza (188-G-81), who will play next season. Janza arrives from Parklji, where he averaged 6.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17 Telemach League last season. Janza had left Helios to join Parklji in summer 2009. He won Slovenian Championship and Cup 2007 with Helios.
Union Olimpija officially licensed Klemen Lorbek (198-G-88) ex Helios and Dejan Radojevic (211-C/F-89) ex LTHCast Mercator for the upcoming season.
Maribor Messer target Dejan Cup (202-F/C-83) ex Elektra Esotech.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


China edge South Korea for U18 Asia Championship crown - by Eurobasket News
China U18 - South Korea U18 103:80

China clinched the U18 Asia Championship title. They topple South Korea in the championship game tonight. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) had another MVP-worth performance for China. He tallied 28 points to lead his team to the triumph. China finished the tournament undefeated and well deserved the success.
China opened the game with five points in a row. They were up by 8:2 when South Korea went on a 7:0 rally to surge ahead. The teams traded baskets but China managed to take a narrow 23:21 lead after ten minutes. They opened the second term with six points in a row to enlarge the distance. A 9:0 rally helped China to a 16-point lead midway through the quarter. They established a 49:34 halftime lead. South Korea could not turn things around in the third frame. China erupted for 29 points in the stanza and piled up a comfortable 78:55 lead. South Korea never got closer than 17 points in the final period and China sealed the victory at the end.
Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) tallied 27 points and 19 rebounds for China. Zhu Xuhang (207-F-93) added 17 points for the winners. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) answered with 29 points for South Korea. Han SangHyeok (178-G-93) and Lee Jonghyun (203-C-94) delivered 12 points apiece in the losing effort.

China U18: Guo Ailun 28, Wang Zhelin 27+19 boards, Zhu Xuhang 17
South Korea U18: Kim Giyun 29, Han SangHyeok 12, Lee Jonghyun 12



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  SPAIN   


Real Madrid beats Estudiantes in ACB season opener - by Eurobasket News
ACB, Round One: Estudiantes - Real Madrid 79-84

Real Madrid was better than Estudiantes 79-84 in the season opener. The Whites had to work very hard to take this one and they made it mostly owing to Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side), who demonstrated great performance. He spent 33 minutes on court collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds. Suarez reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this game. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) helped Real with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Sergio Llull (190-G-87) (5 rebs) and Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. For the Students, German Gabriel (207-C-80) shined with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) scored 12, while Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) added 11 points and 9 boards.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, teams ended Q1 with 23-23 tie and Estudiantes dominated for the next ten minutes taking 44-39 HT lead. The White intensified defense after the breather and they managed to stop Estu to 13 points in Q3. On the other side, they drained 23 for 57-62 turn with ten minutes left. Last quarter ended with 22-22 tie and Real Madrid celebrated their first win of the season.
Other games of the first round will be played this week-end. The reigning champion Caja Laboral will host Alicante, while Barca will meet Granca.

Estudiantes: German Gabriel 16+6 boards, Jiri Welsch 12, Josh Asselin 11+9 boards
Real Madrid: Carlos Suarez 21+5 boards, Felipe Reyes 14+5 board, Sergio Llull 12+5 boards, Sergio Rodriguez 11


Unicaja blasts Crvena Zvezda to close the pre-season - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Crvena Zvezda 101-62

Unicaja Malaga demonstrated great performance in their last friendly game before the start of 2010/11 ACB season. The Spanish outfit met Serbian team Crvena Zvezda managing to take a comfortable 101-62 win. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) was the leading scorer in this victory with 16 points. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) followed him with 15, while Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) delivered 14 points. Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) and Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) were also in double-digits as they scored 11 and 10 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Stevan Jelovac (207-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) shined with 22 points. Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was the second scorer in this loss with 12 points.
Unicaja took control on its rival from the early beginning. Joel Freeland and his teammates exploded offensively in the first quarter as they nailed 31 points. Crvena Zvezda had 21 on the other side and already faced with 10-point deficit. Unicaja was better team in Q2 as well jumping to plus 17 at the HT. Nothing has changed after the breather as Unicaja was dominating in all segments. The Malaga team made 24-17 in third and 25-20 in the last quarter for the final 101-62 blowout win.
Unicaja Malaga will go to Zaragoza in Round One of the ACB.

Unicaja: Joel Freeland 16, Saul Blanco 15, Georgios Printezis 14, Berni Rodriguez 11, Uros Tripkovic 10
Crvena Zvezda: Stevan Jelovac 22, Strahinja Milosevic 12


Sant Josep Girona adds Okosun to their roster - by Eurobasket
Sant Josep Girona (LEB Gold) added to their roster 24-year old Nigerian center Augustine Okosun (210-C-86, college: Northwood Fl.). Okosun played most recently at Ventura County Jets (WCBL) in the U.S. He was selected WCBL Defensive Player of the Year and to All-WCBL 1st Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Jason DETRICK
  Melilla
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 29
 1. Detrick, Melilla29.0 
 2. Freimanis, Huesca24.0 
 3. Faverani, CB Mu.23.0 
 4. Hayes, Breogan22.0 
 5. Antelo, Caceres21.0 
 6. Lorant, Burgos19.0 
 7. Guillen, Los Barrios17.6 
 8. Bonds, Huesca17.0 
 9. Robles, CB Murcia17.0 
 10. Kiefer, Vic16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rolands FREIMANIS
  Huesca
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Freimanis, Huesca13.0 
 2. Gomez, Burgos10.0 
 3. Faverani, CB Mu.10.0 
 4. Lorant, Burgos9.0 
 5. Romero, Melilla8.0 
 6. Antelo, Caceres8.0 
 7. Guillen, Los Barrios7.8 
 8. Frost, Palencia7.0 
 9. Austin, Palencia7.0 
 10. McCoy, Caceres7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jorge JIMENEZ
  Melilla
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jimenez, Melilla8.0 
 2. Rivero, CB Murcia6.0 
 3. Vallmajo, Breogan6.0 
 4. Jasen, CB Murcia6.0 
 5. Perez, Lleida6.0 
 6. Castro, Burgos5.0 
 7. Aranda, Huesca5.0 
 8. Mendiburu, Lleida4.7 
 9. Bravo, Palencia4.0 
 10. Feldeine, Breogan4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Oscar HERRERO
  Huesca
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Herrero, Huesca4.0 
 2. Mediano, Caceres3.0 
 3. Rivero, CB Murcia2.0 
 4. Dobbins, CB Murcia2.0 
 5. Xavier, Caceres2.0 
 6. Pakamanis, Melilla2.0 
 7. Jasen, CB Murcia2.0 
 8. Castro, Burgos2.0 
 9. Sabat, Vic1.5 
 10. Rost, Los Barrios1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Angel ANTELO
  Caceres
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Antelo, Caceres3.0 
 2. Ugboaja, Burgos2.0 
 3. Romero, Melilla2.0 
 4. Lewis, Lleida1.1 
 5. Kraus, Palencia1.0 
 6. Dobbins, CB Murcia1.0 
 7. Feldeine, Breogan1.0 
 8. Sanguino, Caceres1.0 
 9. McCoy, Caceres1.0 
 10. Bonds, Huesca1.0 


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


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


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Carlos SUAREZ
  Real Madrid
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Suarez, Real M.21.0 
 2. Gabriel, Estudiantes16.0 
 3. Reyes, Real Madrid14.0 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid12.0 
 5. Welsch, Estudian.12.0 
 6. Asselin, Estudiantes11.0 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.11.0 
 8. Granger, Estudian.10.0 
 9. Tucker, Real M.8.0 
 10. Clark, Estudiantes8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh ASSELIN
  Estudiantes
  (211-C/F-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Asselin, Estudiantes9.0 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid8.0 
 3. Gabriel, Estudiantes6.0 
 4. Reyes, Real Madrid5.0 
 5. Suarez, Real M.5.0 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid5.0 
 7. Clark, Estudiantes3.0 
 8. Garbajosa, Real M.3.0 
 9. Welsch, Estudian.3.0 
 10. Granger, Estudian.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio LLULL
  Real Madrid
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Llull, Real Madrid4.0 
 2. Gabriel, Estudiantes4.0 
 3. Granger, Estudian.3.0 
 4. Suarez, Real M.3.0 
 5. Fischer, Real Madrid3.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.2.0 
 7. Oliver, Estudiantes2.0 
 8. Ellis, Estudiantes2.0 
 9. Tucker, Real M.1.0 
 10. Welsch, Estudian.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Carlos SUAREZ
  Real Madrid
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Suarez, Real M.2.0 
 2. Garbajosa, Real M.2.0 
 3. Gabriel, Estudiantes1.0 
 4. Oliver, Estudiantes1.0 
 5. Rodriguez, Real M.1.0 
 6. Sanchez, Estudian.1.0 
 7. Reyes, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Welsch, Estudian.0.0 
 9. Velickovic, Real M.0.0 
 10. Clark, Estudiantes0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Real Madrid
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fischer, Real Madrid2.0 
 2. Mirotic, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Ellis, Estudiantes1.0 
 4. Tucker, Real M.1.0 
 5. Velickovic, Real M.0.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.0.0 
 7. Llull, Real Madrid0.0 
 8. Asselin, Estudiantes0.0 
 9. Reyes, Real Madrid0.0 
 10. Gabriel, Estudiant.0.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Marcos CASADO
  Santurtzi
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 21
 1. Casado, Santurtzi21.0 
 2. Johnson, Gijon20.1 
 3. Guirao, ADT T.20.0 
 4. Cage, ADT Tarragona18.0 
 5. Hines, Gijon15.3 
 6. Lett, Jerez14.1 
 7. Aramburu, ADT T.13.0 
 8. Leichtweis, Santurtzi13.0 
 9. Bonds, Gijon12.4 
 10. Perez, Jerez12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Xavier GUIRAO
  ADT Tarragona
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Guirao, ADT T.10.0 
 2. Lett, Jerez6.6 
 3. Maglisceau, Jerez6.6 
 4. Aramburu, ADT T.6.0 
 5. Cage, ADT Tarragona6.0 
 6. Riu, ADT Tarragona6.0 
 7. Sanchez, Santurtzi5.0 
 8. Leichtweis, Santurtzi5.0 
 9. Ortega, Gijon5.0 
 10. Almazan, Jerez5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jordi BATALLER
  ADT Tarragona
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bataller, ADT T.5.0 
 2. Casado, Santurtzi4.0 
 3. Marco, ADT T.4.0 
 4. Bavosi, Jerez3.7 
 5. Chanca, Jerez2.8 
 6. Berry, Gijon2.1 
 7. Lett, Jerez2.1 
 8. Riu, ADT Tarragona2.0 
 9. Guirao, ADT T.2.0 
 10. Almazan, Jerez1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier GUIRAO
  ADT Tarragona
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Guirao, ADT T.3.0 
 2. Casado, Santurtzi3.0 
 3. Torres, Santurtzi2.0 
 4. Vinas, ADT T.2.0 
 5. Marco, ADT T.2.0 
 6. Lett, Jerez1.9 
 7. Johnson, Gijon1.5 
 8. Almazan, Jerez1.4 
 9. Cabral, Jerez1.3 
 10. Perez, Jerez1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ontario LETT
  Mitsubishi
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Lett, Jerez1.2 
 2. Vinas, ADT T.1.0 
 3. Diouf, Gijon1.0 
 4. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.0 
 5. Andres, ADT T.1.0 
 6. Hampl, Santurtzi1.0 
 7. Bonds, Gijon0.5 
 8. Maglisceau, Jerez0.5 
 9. Molnar, Gijon0.5 
 10. Diouf, Gijon0.4 


Bilbao signs Martin Rancik to a short-term deal, Alicante inks Matias Ibarra - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket announced signing of the Czech player Martin Rancik (204-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) to a 15-day contract. The experienced power forward will take a place of Axel Hervelle (205-F-83), who should recover from injury in two weeks. Rancik already played for Bilbao in the past. He joined them in February of 2006 from Olympiakos and stayed there for the next two and a half years. In 2007/08, Rancik averaged 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds for 22 games in ACB. Following season (08/09), he spent with MMT Estudiantes Madrid. He appeared 22 times for the club registering 6.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In the past, he also was a member of Olimpia Milano, Biella, Climamio Bologna and Olympiakos.
Meridiano Alicante brought in Matias Ibarra (183-G-81) for the next month. The Argentinean guard is not a new face in Spain as he played there over the past few years. Last season, Ibarra started with UB La Palma in LEB Gold. In 34 games for them Ibarra averaged 5.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. In May this year he joined Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia collecting 3.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 8 games in Italian LegaDue. They reached the Playoff Semifinals.


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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan take Bronze in Sanaa - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U18 - Iran U18 65:60

Taiwan earned the spot on the pedestal at the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. They held off Iran in the consolation final tonight. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) scored 18 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan quickly posted a 10:3 lead. They maintained the advantage and earned a 17:13 cushion at the first break. Iran went on a 10:4 run at the start of the second quarter and pulled in front. But Taiwan regained control pretty quickly and ensured a 34:30 advantage at halftime. Taiwan tipped off the second half with eight points in a row to enlarge the lead. They rallied to a 48:35 buffer at the final break. Saimak Torabikhah organized a 10:2 run from Iran that put them as close as 5 points 47:52. Moradinasab Mahdi (92) and Ghahraman Omari leveled things up at 57 with just over two minutes to go. However Lung-Mao Hu and Chen Kuan-Chuan (195-F-93) nailed four points in a row as Taiwan cleared off for good in this one.
Hu Lung-Mao (194-F-92) produced 17 points for the winning team. Chien Wei-Ju (188-G/F-92) netted 10 points and pulled down 9 caroms for Taiwan. Torabikhah Siamak (92) responded with 13 points for Iran. Moradinasab Mahdi accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Taiwan U18: Hung Kang-Chiao 18, Hu Lung-Mao 17, Chien Wei-Ju 10
Iran U18: Torabikhah Siamak 13, Moradinasab Mahdi 13



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  TUNISIA   


ESS tests William Franklin - by Matthew Kyle
William Franklin who spent time at Bradley University and was a pivotal part of their NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 run is currently being tested by ESS.

Franklin, who played last year in the BBL, the top league in Germany, averaged 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 71.4% in 34 games for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.

Reports say that Franklin had not done much in terms of conditioning and training in the past 6 months and showed up overweight and out of shape. His production was down, but now things are looking up. Franklin hopes to have a home in ESS for the rest of the 2010-2011 season.


ESS Tests Franklin - by Matthew Kyle
William Franklin (183-G-85, agency: 011 Sports, college: Bradley) who spent time at Bradley University and was a pivotal part of their NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 run is currently being tested by ESS.

Franklin, who played last year in the BBL, the top league in Germany, averaged 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 71.4% in 34 games for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.

Reports say that Franklin had not done much in terms of conditioning and training in the past 6 months and showed up overweight and out of shape. His production was down, but now things are looking up. Franklin hopes to have a home in ESS for the rest of the 2010-2011 season.


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  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen wins twice over Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen wins twice over Asseco Prokom in the friendly clashes between two teams. In the first game the Turkish side celebrated 95:76 win. The Polish team however started with 31-22 as both squads later nailed 17 points in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Efes that easily won the periods. The Turkish team produced 31-15 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-13 in the last frame. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 18 points and Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) as well as Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) posted 13 each. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) responded with 14 points in the losing effort and Burrell added 13.
The second game was a real thriller between both sides. Asseco Prokom Gdynia again started better but again lost 100:101. After 23-13 in the opening quarter Prokom lost the second period 21-27. Moreover Efes Pilsen Stambul won the third quarter 25-17, but Asseco Prokom Gdynia tied the score after the fourth period after 26-21. In overtime the Turkish side grabbed 14-13 and won the game by on point. Dudley paced all the winners with 21 points and Igor Rakocevic scored 18. Roberts nailed 16, while Wisniewski and Thornton posted 13 each. Daniel Ewing ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Jan-Hendrick Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) netted 20.

Game 1
Asseco Prokom Gdynia - Efes Pilsen Stambul 76:95 (31:22, 17:17, 15:31, 13:25)

Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 14, Burrell 13, Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) 10, Szczotka 9, Hrycaniuk 6, Jan-Hendrick Jagla 6, Lapeta 6, Wilks 6, B. Brown 5, D. Brown 0, Kostrzewski 0, Balcerzak.
Efes Pilsen: Bostjan Nachbar 18, Kerem Gonlum 13, Igor Rakocevic 13, Roberts 12, Wisniewski 11, Guler 8, Thornton 8, Dudley 4, Akyol 3, Arslan 3, Tunceri 2, Isik.

Game 2
Asseco Prokom Gdynia - Efes Pilsen Stambul 100:101 (23:13, 21:27,17:25, 26:21, 13:14)

Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 21, Jan-Hendrick Jagla 20, Ratko Varda 18, Hrycaniuk 15, B. Brown 11, Burrell 8, Szczotka 5, Wilks 2, Lapeta 0, Kitzinger 0, D. Brown, Witka, Eldridge, Kostrzewski.
Efes Pilsen: Dudley 21, Igor Rakocevic 18, Roberts 16, Wisniewski 13, Thornton 13, Bostjan Nachbar 6, Akyol 5, Kerem Gonlum 2, Guler 2, Tunceri, Isik.



Alvin Snow is a newcomer at Trabzonspor Basketbol - by Eurobasket
Trabzonspor Basketbol strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Alvin Snow (188-G-81, college: E.Washington). Snow played most recently at Helios Domzale (Slovenia). While playing 24 games in Adriatic League for Helios last season his stats were: 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He also played 37 games in Slovenian League averaging 15.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg (3rd best in the league). He helped Helios make it to Slovenian league semifinals and at the end of season was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team (second consecutive year). Snow is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Dominican Rep., Germany, Iceland, Israel, Poland, Slovenia and USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Henley joins Savannah Storm - by David Edole
Dewitt Henley (186-G-86, college: Oakwood) joined the Savannah Storm team Sunday and participated in the Storm practice at the Recreational Center in Pooler. Henley played the past two years for the Alanta Vision in the ABA league. He graduated from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama with a BA in Accounting and works for WSAV-TV in the Accounting department.
The Storm practiced several hours Sunday working on their motion offense. They practiced passing and screening drills followed by scrimaging.
General Manager, Ed DeVita and Head Coach Eddie Gonalzez Concepcion state they are looking to add a couple of 'tall' players to the squad. Their are no seven footers on the team at the present.






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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Trailblazers and Warriors battle resumes - by George Manousidis
The battle between Derby Trailblazers and Leicester Warriors is without doubt one of the finest in English basketball and in keeping with most local derbies, form goes out of the window whenever one of these epic battles takes place. Now, after Leicester took the first blood of season 2010-11 with a 93-91 victory last weekend, the two sides meet again at Moorways on Saturday to determine which team will secure home advantage for the quarter finals of the EBL Mens Trophy.
Derby will need to win by three or more points to earn that reward, while Warriors could even afford to lose by a point without sacrificing home court advantage. It promises to be another thrilling encounter, according to Trailblazers coach Jamie Maudsley :
Local derbies are always intense and I dont expect anything to change this weekend. Im expecting another tough, physical encounter and I dont expect either team to blow the other one away, because virtually every game weve ever played against each other has been close, he said.
The bulk of the scoring in last weekends season opener was completed by the two clubs respective American players. Derbys Christopher Page (197-F/C-87, college: Lawrence) netted 43 points and 13 rebounds, while Leicesters Todd Doyle (186-G-86) managed 43 points. As a result, Coach Jamie Maudsley has been spending the week considering how to limit Doyles effectiveness:
We've watched the game tape back and see where he hurt us the most, but I'm not sure if you can stop him altogether. Hes a very talented player, but we'll certainly be trying to limit his impact. We cant focus entirely on him though, because Leicester also have a number of other players who are capable of putting up big numbers on any given night.
Take [Mark] Spatcher (193-G-77) for example. I'm not sure why he was missing from their line up last weekend, but he's a solid player and if he plays on Saturday, he'll add another long range threat to a team that went 10 from 20 from three point range, he said.
Last season, Derby managed an unprecedented clean sweep against the Warriors, winning all five matches between the two sides. But if theyre to square the series at this early stage of the season, they will almost certainly need to improve their three-point threat, after managing just 31% in last weekends match.
With Matthew Shaw (188-G-78) likely to miss the game through injury, that responsibility will lie with Martyn Gayle (G-89), Simon Allaway (191-G) and perhaps Simon Spencer (187-G-78), who will suit up for his eighth season with the Trailblazers.
The match tips off at Moorways on Saturday at 7:30pm. Full fixtures for the season are available online at www.derbytrailblazers.com



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  URUGUAY   


Bigua beat Defensor, the last Uruguayan champions - by Hector Lopez
Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) scored a twp-point shot with 1.3 seconds to play and Bigua won its ninth straigth game beating Defensor Sporting, the last Uruguayan champions 85-83. Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) with 28 points was the best scorer Bigua, which will be playing the South American League, later this month. Wilborn netted 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) netted 11 and took 9 rebounds. For Defensor Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) netted 18 points and took 6 rebounds. In the only other game played last night, Cader, on the road, beat Aguada 64-63. With four seconds to be played, Ignacio Jose Risso (183-G-78) netted a two-point shot. For Cader, Lavontay Fenderson (193-F-85, college: Wisc.-Parkside) scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) 16 points 9 rebounds and Terrance Gamble (208-C-83, agency: HBA Sports, college: Tarleton St.) 8 points 9 rebounds 3 blocksd. For Aguada Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) 20 points 10 rebounds and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 9 points 10 rebounds 1 block.

Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 33
 1. Villegas, Olimpia33.0 
 2. Craft, Cordon28.9 
 3. Cornley, Cader28.6 
 4. Taboada, Bigua27.0 
 5. Aguiar, Hebraica27.0 
 6. McGowan, Sayago26.0 
 7. Elliott, Hebraica24.8 
 8. Woodward, Defensor23.3 
 9. Martinez, Malvin21.4 
 10. Nelson, Welcome20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence SHELMAN
  Sayago
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Shelman, Sayago12.3 
 2. Puckett, Aguada11.7 
 3. Jackson, Anastasia11.4 
 4. Baston, Hebraica11.4 
 5. Gamble, Cader11.1 
 6. McGowan, Sayago10.6 
 7. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.3 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia10.0 
 9. Sikes, Anastasia9.6 
 10. Billings, Bigua9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Elliott, Hebraica7.6 
 2. Latham, Anastasia6.2 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville5.7 
 4. Vidal, Bigua5.5 
 5. Nelson, Welcome5.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor4.7 
 7. Osimani, Montevideo4.6 
 8. Zavalla, Cordon4.4 
 9. Taboada, Bigua4.3 
 10. Monroe, Malvin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Elliott, Hebraica4.2 
 2. Monroe, Malvin3.2 
 3. Latham, Anastasia3.0 
 4. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 5. Newsome, Malvin2.7 
 6. Fernandez, Sayago2.6 
 7. Lado, Welcome2.5 
 8. Trelles, Bohemios2.4 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo2.2 
 10. Viera, Anastasia2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago3.0 
 3. Colon, Bohemios3.0 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.8 
 5. Gamble, Cader2.3 
 6. Billings, Bigua2.3 
 7. Jackson, Anastasia2.2 
 8. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.2 
 9. Kanis, Trouville2.1 
 10. Bouzout, Cordon2.0 


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  YEMEN   


Philippines cruise past Yemen - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U18 - Yemen U18 97:48

Philippines finished the U18 Asia Championship in the fifth position. They shot down hosting Yemen on the final day of the tournament. Joshua Angelo Alolino (181-G-94) produced 18 points and 8 assists to lead the winners.
Philippines turned out to have more energy for the final game. They grabbed control right from the start. Yemen accounted for only 10 points in the first period allowing their opponents to clear off. Philippines posted a 22:10 advantage at the first break. Philippines opened the second term on a 10:2 run to boost the lead. They controlled the tempo and piled up a comfortable 47:26 halftime advantage. The visitors continued to dictate the rhythm in the third stanza. They fired 34 points to accumulate a massive 43-point lead heading into the final quarter. Yemen managed ten points in the fourth stanza and had to give up at the end.
Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Raphael Banal (186-G-92) nailed 15 points each for Philippines. Cris Michael Tolomia (191-G-93) and Jeth Troy Rosario (200-C-92) had 10 points each in the victory. Sabri Sadaqah (188-F-93) notched 16 points for Yemen. Abdulaziz Moqbel (188-F-93) chipped in 9 points in defeat.

Philippines U18: Joshua Angelo Alolino 18, Kiefer Isaac Ravena 15, Raphael Banal 15
Yemen U18: Sabri Sadaqah 16, Abdulaziz Moqbel 9





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Gospic tabs Solverson - by Zeljko Zule
Croatian and Adriatic League champion Gospic CO improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Euroleague season by inking American power forward Johanna Solverson (188-F-84, college: Iowa) to a one-year deal. Solverson arrives from EA Neas Halkidonas, where she averaged 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 13 Greek League games last season. She also played for another Greek team Apolon Kalamaris, as well as for Iowa in the NCAA. Solverson helped lead the Iowa to a share of the 2007-08 Big Ten regular season championship and was a second-team all-Big Ten selection, while averaging 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. She is one of only two Hawkeyes to amass over 1,000 points, 550 rebounds, 350 assists and 175 steals in a career.

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Sam Woosnam quits Lightning - by Eurobasket News
Adelaide Lightning's 2008-championship winning captain Sam Woosnam (185-F-78) quit the WNBL club citing a loss of desire to play.

Woosnam, 32 and the Lightning's last link to its 1998 title-winning team, told new coach Steve Breheny she no longer wanted to be involved.

Woosnam, 32 and the Lightning's last link to its 1998 title-winning team, told new coach Steve Breheny she no longer wanted to be involved.

``I'm not really feeling it,'' she admitted yesterday. ``I really like the girls and the group we've put together but I think I've had enough.''

Woosnam previously contemplated retirement after an outstanding 2008 grand final but was coaxed on to continue.

``I think it's probably the same now,'' she said, adding she had been debating whether or not to play for several weeks.

Breheny said he accepted her resignation with disappointment and also released her from her contract, allowing her to play interstate if her desire was rekindled.

``From Day One we've said if you don't want to be here you don't have to be here,'' Breheny said. ``Sam signed a contract with us but she has given Adelaide such great service we felt we should give her the option of exploring playing elsewhere if she wanted to do that.''A 185cm power forward, Woosnam followed Rachael Sporn as the ``face of the Lightning'' and spent 10 years at the club, in between European stints.``Sam has been great for the club, there's no question about that,'' Breheny said. ``And she was playing and training all right too.``But she just doesn't want to be here and we have to respect that.''Woosnam said she made her decision over the weekend and hadn't spoken to any clubs about continuing elsewhere. ``I hope the girls do really well,'' she said of Adelaide.

Courtesy of Adelaide Advertiser (by Boti Nagy, 27th September)


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  CROATIA - Women  


Gospic tabs Solverson - by Zeljko Zule
Croatian and Adriatic League champion Gospic CO improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Euroleague season by inking American power forward Johanna Solverson (188-F-84, college: Iowa) to a one-year deal. Solverson arrives from EA Neas Halkidonas, where she averaged 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 13 Greek League games last season. She also played for another Greek team Apolon Kalamaris, as well as for Iowa in the NCAA. Solverson helped lead the Iowa to a share of the 2007-08 Big Ten regular season championship and was a second-team all-Big Ten selection, while averaging 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. She is one of only two Hawkeyes to amass over 1,000 points, 550 rebounds, 350 assists and 175 steals in a career.

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  DENMARK - Women  


'Grand Prix'-open up the season in the womens league - by Johan Enbom
The Danish womens League started up the season this past weekend. All eigth teams in the league meet up in the city of Naestved. The idea was to promote womens basketball in an area without a club in the top-division.

All the teams dont have their foreign players ready to play yet, but the start this weekend show some promising actions and the game will get even better with a full roster for everyone. There is some interesting Danish players that are coming back from professional basketball in Europe, and also some very talented young players coming up makes this season interesting.

Falcon-BK Amager 55-62
A very high intensive game, where Falcon try to put pressure on the young guards in BK Amager. The game was very close in the beginning, but at the end of the 2nd quarter BK Amagers insideplayers, Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) and Ana Nedovic (last year in the French League) did some great actions and BK Amager was up by 4 in halftime. BK Amager started the 3rd quarter by scoring 17-4. Falcon tried their best to come back, but BK Amager could win the first game thanks to experienced postplayers and young Anna Seilunds attacking game.

Vaerlose BBK-byhj 55-49
Last year by was a top-team (lost in finals) and Vaerlose BBK was in the bottom of the league. by have lost 3 players that had a lot of playing time last year and try to re-build things again. The game was the game with lowest intensity this weekend and a big fact for the Vaerlose BBK win was that byhjs Nat Team player Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) have to sit out for a long time (end 2nd and 3rd quarter) due to a backinjurie. Vaerlose BBK used the chance to get momentum and could win the game, even if was a close game (45-45) in last quarter, Vaerlose BBK controlled the things. Vaerlose BBKs canadian, Laurie Girdwood (193-F-86) had 16 p 13 reb and Alberte Dokkedal 16 p.

Lemvig-Hrsholm 39-59
Before this weekend a lot of people talked about the new Lemvig. Lemvig with new coach, Antonio DAlberto, and a very good starting line-up they could be a contender to win it all this year. The experts thought this would be an easy win, because of the fact that Horsholm had match-up problems under the basket. Rebecca Kielpinski (Lemvig) twisted her ancle early in the game and couldnt finnish. That together with very high intensity, smart defense and very good ball movement from the Horsholm team makes them to winners in this game. New pointguard, Anne Deleruan (from byhj) had 16 points and young Gritt Ryder had 12.

Horsens BC-SISU Copenhagen 51-65
New SISU Copenhagen is one of the teams that really wants to win it all this year. With players like Camilla Blands and Kiki Lund back from professional basketball in Spain (Kiki also Iceland), together with experienced Nat Team players they are a very deep and strong team. Horsens BC tried everything they could, but against SISU Copenhagen:s deeper team there was not much to do this evening. Camilla Blands finnished the game with 6 p, 8 reb, 6 ass, Kiki Lund had 18 and former Horsholm player Kristine Dalgaard had 16.




Dameligaen Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lemvig - Horsholm 39-57
Horsholm shocked Lemvig at the start of the season. The 79ers looked solid defensively and claimed a well-deserved win at the end. Anne Deleuran (173-G-87) scored 16 points to lead the reigning champions. Gritt Ryder (177-G-92) added 12 points for the winners. The hosts replied with game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds from Lauren Beckley (181-F/C, college: Shippensburg).

Vaerlose - Aabyhoj 55-49
Laurie Girdwood (193-F-86) scored 16 points and collected 13 rebounds to lead Vaerlose past Aabyhoj in the opener. Alberte Dokkedal (186-F-91) provided 12 points for the winning side. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) answered with 22 points for Aabyhoj.

Horsens - SISU 51-65
SISU fired past Horsens in the first game of the season. Kiki Lund (178-G-83, college: Dayton) stepped up with 18 points to lead the visitors. Kristine Dalgaard (188-F/C-79) accounted for 15 points in the victory. Jessica Smith (191-C-86, college: Iona) replied with 20 points and 13 boards for Horsens. Charmaine Furgeson (176-G-86) nailed 12 points and pulled ddown 13 rebounds in the loss.




Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 23
 1. Beckley, Lemvig23.0 
 2. Krogh, Aabyhoj22.0 
 3. Smith, Horsens20.0 
 4. Lund, SISU18.0 
 5. Deleuran, Horsholm16.0 
 6. Girdwood, Vaerlose16.0 
 7. Dalgaard, SISU15.0 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj15.0 
 9. Furgeson, Horsens12.0 
 10. Dokkedal, Vaerlose12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 14
 1. Beckley, Lemvig14.0 
 2. Furgeson, Horsens13.0 
 3. Smith, Horsens13.0 
 4. Girdwood, Vaerlose13.0 
 5. Friis, Horsholm9.0 
 6. Haven, Vaerlose8.0 
 7. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj8.0 
 8. Blands, SISU7.0 
 9. Morsoe, Aabyhoj7.0 
 10. Deemand, Horsholm6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Camilla BLANDS
  SISU
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Blands, SISU5.0 
 2. Knudsen, Vaerlose4.0 
 3. Boye, SISU3.0 
 4. Dorph, Horsens3.0 
 5. Palacios, Lemvig3.0 
 6. Johansen, Vaerlose3.0 
 7. Haven, Vaerlose2.0 
 8. Burlin, Lemvig2.0 
 9. Jorgensen, SISU2.0 
 10. Friis, Horsholm2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jessica SMITH
  Horsens
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Horsens3.0 
 2. Dalgaard, SISU3.0 
 3. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.0 
 4. Girdwood, Vaerlose2.0 
 5. Krogh, Aabyhoj2.0 
 6. Henriksen, Lemvig2.0 
 7. Ryder, Horsholm2.0 
 8. Jorgensen, SISU2.0 
 9. Beckley, Lemvig2.0 
 10. Dokkedal, Vaerlose2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rebecca KIELPINSKI
  Lemvig
  (188-C-)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.0 
 2. Sheikh, Vaerlose1.0 
 3. Dalgaard, SISU1.0 
 4. Johansen, Vaerlose1.0 
 5. Duffill, Horsens1.0 
 6. Beckley, Lemvig1.0 
 7. Furgeson, Horsens1.0 
 8. Haven, Vaerlose1.0 
 9. Palacios, Lemvig1.0 
 10. Larsen, Horsholm1.0 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Gospic lands American PF Johanna Solverson - by Eurobasket News
Gospic announced important signing for the upcoming season. The reigning Croatian champion inked a one-year deal with Johanna Solverson (188-F-84, college: Iowa). The American power forward heads to Gospic from FEA Neas Halkidonas, where she spent last season. Solverson appeared 13 times in Greek top division averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2 assists. It was her second season in Greece, as she spent 2008/09 with Apollon Kalamarias. That year Solverson was collecting 20.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.9 apg and 2.1 spg. He finished the season as the leagues third scorer. It is important to mention 2008/09 was the first professional season for Solverson.
Johanna Solverson graduated at the University of Iowa in 2008. She appeared 32 times for the school as a senior registering 10.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 3.3 apg. She was back after two years without any official game for Iowa. Solverson helped Iowa to reach the Big Ten Semifinals in 2008. The NCAA awarded her with All-Big Ten 2nd Team -08.
Gospic will compete in Euroleague next season and they are placed to Group B. Their rivals will be Fenerbahce, Lotos Gdinya, MKB Euroleasing, Rivas Ecopolis and UMMC.


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Season-opening - by Eurobasket News
Henk Wals

Saturday the new season officially starts in Landsmeer with the Supercup-game between the national champions and the winner of the Dutch Cup Tournament. ProBuild Lions won both. In such case the rules are that the other finalist of the play-offs is entitled to play the Supercup-game.

That will be HLB Accountants.

In the afternoon there will be three practice games of eredivisie-teams, followed by a presentation of all 10 teams to the press and the public.

The Supercup-game starts at 8 PM CET.
Courtesy of: http://www.probuildlions.nl


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Page's a double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Danielle Page (188-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for ZTE NKK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
She had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while her team beat BSE (#11, 0-2), the league's worst team 79-70. ZTE maintains the 7th position in Hungarian A. ZTE is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Page turned to be ZTE's top player in her first season with the team. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Page. Page is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.0ppg) and averages solid 2.0bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Krisztina Pungor (170-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) of Szolnoki NKK. She is a guard in her first season at Szolnok. In the last game Pungor recorded impressive 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Szolnok to edge Atomeromu (1-1) by 1 point 92-91. Her 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. Pungor is a newcomer at Szolnok and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Dora Medgyessy (174-G-86) of Atomeromu-Szekszard (#6). Medgyessy showcased her all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Medgyessy's great performance Atomeromu lost 91-92 to Szolnok (#5, 2-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Atomeromu needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Medgyessy has a great season in Hungary. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.0apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krisztina Szemeredi (176-G-77) of Atomeromu - 20 points and 5 assists
5. Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of Szolnok - 20 points and 3 rebounds
6. Abi Olajuwon (193-C-88) of SEAT Lami - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Anna Vida (184-F-85) of SEAT Lami - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Allie Quigley (180-G-86) of Pecs 2010 - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Viktoria Orso (176-G-86) of BSE - 17 points and 3 assists
10. Monika Hegedus (178-F-82) of BSE - 14 points and 6 rebounds


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Krisztina SZEMEREDI
  Atomeromu
  (176-G-77)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Szemeredi, Atome.24.5 
 2. Page, ZTE24.0 
 3. Boskovic, Szolnok20.0 
 4. Vida, SEAT L.19.5 
 5. Balint, Bajai NKK19.0 
 6. Tamane, MKB Eurol.18.5 
 7. Quigley, Pecs 201017.0 
 8. Lakloth, Szeged17.0 
 9. Szabo, Cegledi EKK16.0 
 10. Olajuwon, SEAT L.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Page, ZTE12.0 
 2. Baksa, Cegledi EKK10.0 
 3. Krnjic, Pecs 20109.0 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.8.0 
 5. Turoczi, Pecs 20108.0 
 6. Hegedus, BSE7.5 
 7. Kublina, SEAT L.7.5 
 8. Vidacic, Pecs 20107.5 
 9. Rasheed, Szeged7.0 
 10. Bozoki, Bajai NKK7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dora MEDGYESSY
  Atomeromu
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Medgyessy, Atome.6.0 
 2. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.5 
 3. Delmis, SEAT L.4.5 
 4. Vida, SEAT L.4.0 
 5. Theodorean, Bajai N.4.0 
 6. Laczi, Szeged3.5 
 7. Szemeredi, Atome.3.5 
 8. Balint, Bajai NKK3.0 
 9. Demeter, Atomeromu3.0 
 10. Honti, MKB Eurol.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dora MEDGYESSY
  Atomeromu
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Medgyessy, Atome.6.5 
 2. Rasheed, Szeged4.5 
 3. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.5 
 4. Ambrus, ZTE4.0 
 5. Hegedus, Nanette .4.0 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged4.0 
 7. Fejes, Szeged4.0 
 8. Bukovszki, ZTE4.0 
 9. Theodorean, Bajai N.4.0 
 10. Orso, BSE3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ieva KUBLINA
  SEAT Lami
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kublina, SEAT L.2.0 
 2. Page, ZTE2.0 
 3. Czukor, ZTE2.0 
 4. Szelesy, ZTE2.0 
 5. Fejes, Szeged1.5 
 6. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.5 
 7. Balla, Vasas-Csata1.5 
 8. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.0 
 9. Budimir, Bajai NKK1.0 
 10. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.0 


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  IRELAND - Women  


Tolka Rovers have decided to withdraw from the WSL - by Eurobasket News
Women's Super League : Tolka Rovers have decided to withdraw from the WSL for the 10/11 season. We will be concentrating on building up our Dublin league teams with a view to moving to National League and back to Superleague again in the next few seasons.
Courtesy of: http://www.tolkaroversbasketball.com


New look for 11890 Killester Ladies to start SuperLeague season - by Eurobasket News
The news has all been good in recent weeks for the new look Superleague ladies in Killester as the sponsor or '11890' has been confirmed for another year. The club would again like to thank 11890's CEO Nicola Byrne and her team for backing the club in the way that she has. Amongst the other additions have been 5 new players into the club and 3 additions from the vaunted underage system in Killester.

The new blood into the team was much needed as the team lost from last year, captain Aisling Sullivan who is away doing her H-Dip in England and has just recently signed with EBL Division One side the Sevenoak Suns, Alex Troy has headed off state side for the next four years as she begins college in Utah, Leesa Turner will miss out on this season due to pregnancy, newly married Emer Brophy has decided to step down to Division 1 Dublin league for personal reasons and Hannah Fraser is going to Japan for her Erasmus until January.

Coach Grennell on the loss of players, ' While it is a blow to lose the four girls from last years team, I think the 8 new additions will more than make up for it. I wish Alex Troy all the best over the next four years, it's tough to lose her but it also is good for the club to be producing the players talented enough to be recruited to college in the USA. As for Ash, as far as I am concerned it is a one-year deal and we look forward to having her back next year along with Leesa and possibly Emer. Hannah will be a boost when she comes back from Japan for the second half of the season. '

The new additions to the team from the underage system are, Jenny McGrath and Kate Gillen who are making the step up to Superleague together after playing all the way through their underage career with Killester and being very successful. Michelle Clarke is also due to step up this year, last year she was involved with the squad but was not of age to participate in the competitive games but this year she hopes to make an impact.
Coming into the club are five new faces. The Wilkins sisters, Karen and Julie have joined the Killester Superleague team from fellow northside club Tolka Rovers. While Julie Kavanagh, Ciara Flaherty and Caroline Flynn have all made the move across the Liffey from Meteors. All five of the girls have made an excellent start to their careers so far and we look forward to seeing them in the ORANGE of 11890 KILLESTER.

Coach Grennell on the new additions, ' I think we really got lucky this year in the talent we were able to add. The Wilkins sisters are veterans at this stage of the Superleague and really bring toughness to our team that is needed at this level while giving us an added threat from outside. While Caroline comes into a position that we had a big loss at, the Point Guard spot. Caroline has plenty of talent and I think will be a massive boost to us. Julie Kavanagh is a tall guard who has the ability to guard bigger players and she can really shoot the ball and gives us along with the Wilkins sisters are real 3pt threat that we maybe did not have in recent years. Ciara who also joins us from meteors, I feel might have the biggest role of all right away as Fiona Carrick misses the first few weeks with injury. She is about 6'2 and really has skills for such a tall girl, I think she could be really effective with some Superleague experience under her belt.'
Courtesy of: http://www.killester.com/



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Traci EDWARDS
  Riva Basket
  (188-F/C-87)
  Avg: 42
 1. Edwards, Riva B.42.0 
 2. Bowman, Riva B.41.0 
 3. Greene, Pully40.0 
 4. Yanni, Basel32.0 
 5. Trahan, Fribourg32.0 
 6. Villarroel, Helios29.0 
 7. Turin, Helios22.0 
 8. Diouf, Pully16.0 
 9. Diederich, Fribourg15.0 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Trahan, Fribourg23.0 
 2. Greene, Pully15.0 
 3. Edwards, Riva B.15.0 
 4. Skouby, Basel10.0 
 5. Bowman, Riva B.10.0 
 6. Diederich, Fribourg10.0 
 7. Grobet, Hope-GBA9.0 
 8. Campo, Basel8.0 
 9. Presswood, Highf.8.0 
 10. Villarroel, Helios8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Francesca ANNIBALE
  Riva Basket
  (162-G-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Annibale, Riva Basket10.0 
 2. Villarroel, Helios8.0 
 3. Diouf, Pully6.0 
 4. Bowman, Riva B.5.0 
 5. Bordoli, Riva Basket5.0 
 6. Campo, Basel4.0 
 7. Yanni, Basel4.0 
 8. Jakab, Riva Basket4.0 
 9. Greene, Pully3.0 
 10. Edwards, Riva B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maria VILLARROEL
  Helios
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Villarroel, Helios6.0 
 2. Mazzocchi, Fribo.5.0 
 3. Gur, Nyon5.0 
 4. Kershaw, Helios5.0 
 5. Sakica, Highflyers4.0 
 6. Diouf, Pully4.0 
 7. Diederich, Fribourg4.0 
 8. Campo, Basel4.0 
 9. Annibale, Riva Basket4.0 
 10. Bowman, Riva B.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Heather BOWMAN
  Riva Basket
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowman, Riva B.3.0 
 2. Klimowicz, Nyon3.0 
 3. Yanni, Basel2.0 
 4. Greene, Pully2.0 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers2.0 
 6. Presswood, Highf.1.0 
 7. Palamar, Highflyers1.0 
 8. Villarroel, Helios1.0 
 9. Skouby, Basel1.0 
 10. Balmat, Nyon1.0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Shock aiming for the first overall pick in the WNBA Draft lottery - by Eurobasket News
2010 - In the wake of a thrilling and successful WNBA Finals that saw significant increases in fan attendance and TV viewership, the league announced today the 2011 WNBA Draft Lottery will be held Nov. 2, 2010 in New York City. The draft lottery will help determine the top four picks in the 2011 WNBA Draft and involves teams that did not advance to the playoffs this past season, including the Tulsa Shock, Minnesota Lynx, and Chicago Sky.

The Shock, which posted a regular-season record of 6-28, has the best odds (44.2%) of winning the No.1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. After relocating to Tulsa this season, the Shock overhauled its roster to adapt its style of play under new head coach Nolan Richardson.

After equaling the Los Angeles Sparks with a 13-21 record, the Lynx lost the series tie-breaker and the No.4 playoff seed. The team begins another active offseason in which it is guaranteed two of the top four lottery draft selections, resulting from a Draft day deal last year in which the Lynx traded the rights to Kelsey Griffin, Minnesota's No.3 selection, to Connecticut for first and second-round picks in 2011. The odds of the Lynx winning the top pick (38%) are bolstered by the added combinations received from the trade with Connecticut.

Rounding out the lottery-eligible teams, the Sky has the lowest odds (17.8%) of winning the draft lottery after a regular season record of 14-20 and finishing at the bottom of a competitive Eastern Conference that included five of six teams with winning percentages of .500 or better.



2011 WNBA Draft Lottery

WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm, Ernst & Young, will conduct the 2011 WNBA Draft Lottery on November 2, 2010 in New York City. The lottery will establish the first four picks of the draft, with the remainder of the first round, as well as the second and third round, determined by inverse order of the teams' respective regular season records.

Fourteen balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed. Four balls will then be drawn to the top to determine a four-digit combination. The team that has been assigned that four-ball combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The four balls will then be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated to determine the second and third picks.

The team that does not win one of the top three picks will be slotted fourth.

There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. One thousand of those combinations will be assigned to the four non-playoff teams based on their order of finish in the 2010 regular season. The remaining combination will be unassigned. If the one unassigned combination is drawn, the balls will be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated until an assigned combination is drawn.


Following are the number of chances for teams in the 2011 WNBA Draft Lottery:

2011 WNBA LOTTERY TEAMS

Team Record Chances (out of 1,000)

1. Tulsa 6-28 442

2. Minnesota 13-21 276

3. Chicago 14-20 178

4. Minnesota from Connecticut 17-17 104


Following is the remaining order of the first round, as determined by 2010 regular season records:

REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND

Team Record

5. Los Angeles 13-21

6. San Antonio 14-20

7. Tulsa from Phoenix 15-19

8. Atlanta 19-15

9. Indiana 21-13

10. New York 22-12

11. Washington 22-12

12. Seattle 28-6

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Disappointment for Russia, Belarus celebrates - by Bert Larsimont
The big surprise at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women today was the win of Belarus against Russia. At the press conference held at the KV Arena after the game, Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79, 11 points in the win today) said: 'It was the most beautiful game we performed on court in the tournament. We played very well but it is also true that we made 16 turnovers. We beat Russia for the first time ever in our history. We played disciplined basketball and that was our key to the success.'

Russian coach Boris Sokolovskiy was obviously disappointed and said: 'I found two main reasons for our loss today. The first one is a friendly match we played earlier with Belarus and won by a margin of over 30 points. In the second half today, we played just with players from the bench. We also thougt more about our semifinal opponent more than about our game of today and that's the indeed the second reason of today's loss with Belarus.'



Japan and Brazil win thrillers in front of very enthusiastic school children - by Bert Larsimont
Two thrillers took place in the beautiful KV Arena this morning: Greece vs. Japan ended with a short win for the Japanese girls 59-63 despite an excellent Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) for Greece in offense. Too many fouls on the Greek side might have cost them a better result. Greek NT Coach Kostas Missas seemed very disappointed along the sideline and stress around the Greek bench could be felt. Japanese guards were very good from long range. Japan's captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82) played efficiently, like most of the time in this tournament.

In the second match-up this morning, Canada has been leading for long time in the third and fourth quarters but it always remained a close game. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) was impressive offensively but Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) and Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) led the Brazilians to bring their team back in the game. Despite too many missing shots by the Brazilian guards, Adriana Pinto hit a very important three-pointer with just 4:07 remaining in the game. She hit a second one to make it 52-55 just afterwards. It was without counting on Canadian captain Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) who pushed her team to a possible Cinderella story: 56-55 with 1:58 in the game. Iziane made the difference in the final plays with 6 points in a row. Smith, who had a very good game on the whole, missed her last attempts which was not the case of Iziane: 58-64, final score.

Iziane finished with 16 points for Brazil.

By the way, amazing crowd at the wonderful KV Arena of Karlovy Vary... 6000 school kids cheering for free T-Shirts thrown in the stands and doing the Ola! through the whole morning session. Fantastic idea by the organizers. As the FIBA slogan says it: these children have experienced the beauty of the game.

Brazil will face Japan in the game for 9th place tomorrow and Canada will play Greece for ranks 11 and 12.


One team (Belarus) beat a group of individuals (Russia): surprise in the first quarterfinal game! - by Bert Larsimont
What a surprise! The girls with a dress have made it! Russia had a slow start and from the very beginning, all observers understood that something big could happen at the KV Arena today. Belarus started strongly and quickly took the lead 8-6. Barely no Russian fans came to the arena to support their favourite team. Belarus kept leading through the whole game. Especially in defense, Belarus was impressive and played as a team while Russians never seemed to set up offense smoothly. All Russian stars (Stepanova, Korstin, Abrosimova, Hammon, etc.) were disappointing. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia, 17 points) went on scoring while Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79, 11 points today) delivered great assists and even made some clutch plays for the Belarus' squad.

Russia always trailed behind. After 42-33, Belarus became even tougher defensively which allowed some fantastic fastbreak situations ended by easy lay-ups or even three-point open shots for them. Score evolution: 50-35 at the end of the third quarter, 56-45, 60-47, 64-51 and finally 70-53.

And the Belarus' physio (male) will have to wear a dress and warm up with the team in the semis...

Scorers:
Belarus: Dureika 15, Anufryienka 4, Veramayenka 7, Leuchanka 17, Marchanka 11, Troina 11, Trafimava 5.
Russia: Arteshina 6, Kuzina 2, Hammon 16, Korstin 3, Stepanova 4, Osipova 8, Abrosimova 14.


No problem for Team USA - by Bert Larsimont
Team USA never seemed to be challenged in this game. Maybe because Team USA has never been so strong and well balanced. The fact that most US players, except UConn star Maya Moore (183-F-89), are just in the continuity of their WNBA season plays a role too.
And, as we mention WNBA, a well-known supporter was attending the game: Brian Agler, the Seattle Storm coach and WNBA coach of the year was well present to attend the game.
He saw a Team USA giving no chance to the opponents. With six players in double digits at scoring, Coach Geno Auriemma's squad led all the way: 28-11 at the end of first quarter, 48-22 at the half, 83-29 after 30 minutes and 106-44 as final score.
The only suspense in fourth quarter was to know who would score the 100th point for Team USA: Ashja Jones made a 2-point shot to break the 100-point barrier.

Scorers:
USA: Whalen 5, Jones 9, Dupree 12, McCoughtry 17, Appel 4, Catchings 6, Cash 11, Taurasi 7, Fowles 10, Moore 15, Charles 10.
Korea: Kim Bo Mi 2, Kim Ji Yoon 2, Lim Yung Hui 10, Jung Summin 2, Beon Yeon Ha 9, Kim Danbi 9, Kim Kwe Ryong 8, Sin Jun-Ja 2.


Day Seven: Quarterfinals in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Czech Republic 68-79
Fully supported by 5200 people and Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus, the local team had to play a tough defense on Australian twin towers Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Elizabeth Cambage to stay in the race. And the Czech team did well in the first quarter. Leadin 6-9 and 8-11 just after a time-out called by Australian coach Carrie Graf who could feel the pressure. But Aussies remained in the game by playing tough in defense too. Australian star Lauren Jackson did not score in the first quarter so did not Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) for the Czechs. A few turnovers in the final seconds and Australia was just in front at the end of first quarter: 18-15. In the second quarter, a third fould was called on Czech captain Hekerova. The noisy crowd could enjoy nice plays by the local team which even took a good lead after a few Australian turnovers: 26-31. The local team kept defending well but Cambage was very active in the paint (14 points in the first half and a bunch of rebounds). Czech Republic nevertheless kept a short advantage at the half: 32-35. What a strong start in the third quarter for the Czechs. Especially from long range, the team of coach Blazek was efficient offensively and even led 32-42. Eva Viteckova kept scoring for the Czechs while LJ only scored her first basket with 3:30 remaining in the third. She was then unstoppable and finished the third period with 6 points. End of third quarter: 51-52 after a great job in the paint by Cambage too. Fourth quarter began with even more noise: Horakova giving a 7-point lead to her colors. After 53-63 and a special word at the microphone by President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, the crowd got even more enthusiastic. Nevertheless, Czech centers were foul trouble: Vecerova, Burgrova and Kulichova all with four fouls. A turnover and an intentional foul allowed the Czechs to make 57-67. Fouls usually mean free-throws and the Czech did not take advantage of this and Australia, on the contrary, came back into the game: 63-69 with 2 minutes remaining. Vesela, Horakova and Viteckova put the last touch and what a touch... Eva Viteckova finished the game with 27 points and gave the Czechs a final win by a decisive three pointer in the final seconds: 68-79. Wonderful and intense game! *by Bert Larsimont

France - Spain 71-74 OT
Spain eliminated France in OT and will meet powerful USA in the Semifinals. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was a key player for the winners with 28 points and 8 rebounds. She made six triples in this meeting. On the other side, France got 14 points and 6 boards from Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83).

Belarus - Russia 70-53
What a surprise! The girls with a dress have made it! Russia had a slow start and from the very beginning, all observers understood that something big could happen at the KV Arena today. Belarus started strongly and quickly took the lead 8-6. Barely no Russian fans came to the arena to support their favourite team. Belarus kept leading through the whole game. Especially in defense, Belarus was impressive and played as a team while Russians never seemed to set up offense smoothly. All Russian stars (Stepanova, Korstin, Abrosimova, Hammon, etc.) were disappointing. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) (17 points) went on scoring while Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) (11 points today) delivered great assists and even made some clutch plays for the Belarus' squad. Russia always trailed behind. After 42-33, Belarus became even tougher defensively which allowed some fantastic fastbreak situations ended by easy lay-ups or even three-point open shots for them. Score evolution: 50-35 at the end of the third quarter, 56-45, 60-47, 64-51 and finally 70-53. *by Bert Larsimont

USA - South Korea 106-44
Team USA never seemed to be challenged in this game. Maybe because Team USA has never been so strong and well balanced. The fact that most US players, except UConn star Maya Moore (183-F-89), are just in the continuity of their WNBA season plays a role too. And, as we mention WNBA, a well-known supporter was attending the game: Brian Agler, the Seattle Storm coach and WNBA coach of the year was well present to attend the game. He saw a Team USA giving no chance to the opponents. With six players in double digits at scoring, Coach Geno Auriemma's squad led all the way: 28-11 at the end of first quarter, 48-22 at the half, 83-29 after 30 minutes and 106-44 as final score. The only suspense in fourth quarter was to know who would score the 100th point for Team USA: Ashja Jones made a 2-point shot to break the 100-point barrier. *by Bert Larsimont

Places 9-12
Greece - Japan 59-63
Two thrillers took place in the beautiful KV Arena this morning: Greece vs. Japan ended with a short win for the Japanese girls 59-63 despite an excellent Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) for Greece in offense. Too many fouls on the Greek side might have cost them a better result. Greek NT Coach Kostas Missas seemed very disappointed along the sideline and stress around the Greek bench could be felt. Japanese guards were very good from long range. Japan's captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82) played efficiently, like most of the time in this tournament. *by Bert Larsimont

Canada - Brazil 58-64
In the second match-up this morning, Canada has been leading for long time in the third and fourth quarters but it always remained a close game. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) was impressive offensively but Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) and Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) led the Brazilians to bring their team back in the game. Despite too many missing shots by the Brazilian guards, Adriana Pinto hit a very important three-pointer with just 4:07 remaining in the game. She hit a second one to make it 52-55 just afterwards. It was without counting on Canadian captain Teresa Gabriele who pushed her team to a possible Cinderella story: 56-55 with 1:58 in the game. Iziane made the difference in the final plays with 6 points in a row. Smith, who had a very good game on the whole, missed her last attempts which was not the case of Iziane: 58-64, final score. *by Bert Larsimont


La Roja defeats les Bleues 71-74 after OT - by Bert Larsimont
The last clash of the day was the France vs. Spain game scheduled at 20:45 (GMT+1). Spain, led by Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76), started very well. 6-11 for the Spaniards after five minutes. France came back quickly and even came in front at the end of the first quarter: 16-14 with an excellent Endene Miyem (188-F-88) who already had an excellent scoring average of 12.0 in the current World Championship tournament so far.

Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) was also well present and helped her team reach a lead of 4 points during most of the second quarter. Scoreboard showed 26-22 for the French side at the half.

French duo Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) and Endene Miyem even pushed les Bleues in front by 11 points at 35-24 in the third quarter. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) tried to motivate her mates by hitting long shots but Florence Lepron (183-F-85) had a proactive period as she responded with 47-37 on the scoreboard. Score at the end of the third quarter was 52-43.

In the fourth quarter, although les Bleues always seemed stronger than their opponents, French coach Pierre Vincent took a strategic time-out which was very efficient: 58-49. Spain suddenly reacted when Celine Dumerc made a clutch play which seemed, to many observers, as a decisive one (64-58 with just over 25 seconds to go). But it was without counting on Spanish star Amaya Valdemoro who scored from downtown to bring this game to a tie: 65-65. Overtime!

In the OT, Alba Torrens (184-F-89) launched la Seleccion absoluta femenina for a good OT start by scoring four points sraight away. Despite Emmeline Ndongue's efforts and a last attempt (air ball) by Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87), Spain remained in front until the end: 71-74!

'We gave them the game!' said French new FIBA President Yvan Mainini whom I saw at the exit of the VIP lounge. Many attendees had the same feeling about it indeed.

Spain will face Team USA and Belarus will play the Czech Republic in the semis tomorrow.


President of Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus attended a fantastic Czech vs. Australia game - by Bert Larsimont
Fully supported by 5200 people and Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus, the local team had to play a tough defense on Australian twin towers Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) to stay in the race. And the Czech team did well in the first quarter. Leadin 6-9 and 8-11 just after a time-out called by Australian coach Carrie Graf who could feel the pressure. But Aussies remained in the game by playing tough in defense too. Australian star Lauren Jackson did not score in the first quarter so did not Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) for the Czechs. A few turnovers in the final seconds and Australia was just in front at the end of first quarter: 18-15.

In the second quarter, a third fould was called on Czech captain Hekerova. The noisy crowd could enjoy nice plays by the local team which even took a good lead after a few Australian turnovers: 26-31. The local team kept defending well but Cambage was very active in the paint (14 points in the first half and a bunch of rebounds). Czech Republic
nevertheless kept a short advantage at the half: 32-35.

What a strong start in the third quarter for the Czechs. Especially from long range, the team of coach Blazek was efficient offensively and even led 32-42. Eva Viteckova kept scoring for the Czechs while LJ only scored her first basket with 3:30 remaining in the third. She was then unstoppable and finished the third period with 6 points. End of third quarter: 51-52 after a great job in the paint by Cambage too.

Fourth quarter began with even more noise: Horakova giving a 7-point lead to her colors. After 53-63 and a special word at the microphone by President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, the crowd got even more enthusiastic. Nevertheless, Czech centers were foul trouble: Vecerova, Burgrova and Kulichova all with four fouls. A turnover and
an intentional foul allowed the Czechs to make 57-67. Fouls usually mean free-throws and the Czech did not take advantage of this and Australia, on the contrary, came back into the game: 63-69 with 2 minutes remaining. Vesela, Horakova and Viteckova put the last touch and what a touch... Eva Viteckova finished the game with 27 points and
gave the Czechs a final win by a decisive three pointer in the final seconds: 68-79. Wonderful and intense game!

Scorers:
Australia: O'Hea 5, Bevilaqua 3, Taylor 6, Grima 7, Harrower 8, Snell 2, Phillips 2, Cambage 22, Jackson 13.
Czech Republic: Vesela 12, Vecerova 6, Burgrova 2, Horakova 21, Ferancikova 2, Elhotova 3, Kulichova 6, Viteckova 27.