EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/3/2010

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  ACPBL   


ACPBL releases 2010-2011 league wide schedule !! - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) will kick off its inaugural season on Saturday, December 4, 2010 in cities up
and down the Atlantic. Some days ago, league Commisioner James R. Schutz released the official ACBPL 2010-2011 league wide schedule. The following six teams will compete during the inaugural season with each team playing a 14 game regular season schedule, Buffalo Stampede, Garden State Rebels, Hudson Valley Kingz, Norfolk Trailblazers, New York Lions and Washington Greenhawks.
The top 4 teams will meet at one site on March 26 & 27 for playoff competition to determine who will be the first ever Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League Champion.
All Saturday games will have a tip-off time of 7:00pm. All Sunday games will have a tip-off time of 3:00pm. If a team requests a time
change the ACPBL will post that time change online. See here down the schedule:

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

Sunday December 5th
Washington @ Norfolk

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

Sunday December 12th
Norfolk @ NY Lions

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

Sunday December 19th
Hudson Valley @ Norfolk

Saturday January 1st
Washington @ Garden State

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

Sunday January 9th
Washington @ Norfolk

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

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

Sunday January 23rd
Hudson Valley @ Norfolk

Saturday January 29th
Norfolk @ Washington
Hudson Valley @ Buffalo

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

Saturday February 12th
Norfolk @ Washington
Hudson Valley @ Buffalo

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

Saturday February 19th
NY Lions @ Buffalo

Sunday February 20th
Garden State @ NY Lions

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

Sunday February 27th
Washington @ Norfolk

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

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

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

Saturday March 19th
Buffalo @ Garden State

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

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


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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol signs American forward Joseph Shipp - by Eurobasket News
Penarol announced signing of Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, college: California) for the upcoming season. The American forward arrives to Argentina from Mexico, where he finished last season. Shipp appeared 10 times for Obregon in CIBACOPA averaging 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Season 2009/10 he split between Brazilian Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube and Mexican Halcones UV Halapa. He helped the Mexican squad to win the LNBP title last season. For six games with them Shipp had 4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1 apg.
In 2009, Shipp was named Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Honorable Mention. He was a member of Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube, where he had 17 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.7 apg for 29 games in NBB. He had even better digits in Liga Americas and Liga Sudamericana. Shipp changed many teams in the past. He spent some time in Australia as a member of the Perth Wildcats. He also played in Spain for LEB Gold team Autocid Ford Burgos. He has experience from NBDL, South Korea and Belgium.
Joshua Shipp graduated at the University of California in 2003. As a senior, he shined with 20.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2.3 apg.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League kicks off today - by Ozell Wells
The Barracudas will face off against the Patriots, at the Ynares Sports Arena, tomorrow.Picture: BT/ Saifulizam
Saturday, October 2, 2010

THE much awaited second season of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is finally here.

The sophomore season is bound to bring more action and suspense with six teams fighting for the top four spots culminating in playoffs.

The Chang Thailand Slammers and Westports KL Dragons will tip off in the league opener today at the Nimibutr Indoor Stadium in Bangkok at 8pm.

The other teams in the league include Brunei's very own Barracudas, the defending champions Philippine Patriots, Singapore Slingers and Indonesia's Satria Muda BritAma.

Fans of the ABL would want to feast their eyes on the juicy matchup between the Malaysians and the Thais. The Dragons went 2-1 against the Thailand Tigers, who was marred with controversy at the end of the season, changing their name to the Cobras before settling on the Slammers.

However, it is almost like a match between two brand new teams with different imports and players.

American Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) who laced up for the Patriots last season and won the ABL Best Import award, will lead the charge for the newly-formed Slammers. Dixon averaged a double-double with 15.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

Alongside him will be his compatriot Chris Kuete, who suited up for the Dragons in the inaugural season. He too can pack a punch averaging 17.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Dragons.

However, the Slammers only have one Filipino import in Eric Canlas but are boosted with the return of reigning league MVP, Atttaporn Lertmalaiporn, in the lineup.

The Dragons are a competitive team having won the National Basketball League 2010 with a mixture of new faces along with some of the experienced cagers from the previous season.

The Irish duo of Jason Killeen and Thomas Grace Conor are set to be international imports.

Returning local point-guard Guganeswaran Batumalai will be the captain of the team. Loh Shee Fai, who can land a barrage of treys will also be a threat to the Thai's defence.

Two other games will be contested tomorrow with the Barracudas facing off against the Patriots, at the Ynares Sports Arena while the Slingers take on Satria Muda at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Brunei Times



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


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  AUSTRIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 35
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna35.0 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 3. Payton, Arkadia19.0 
 4. Houston, Arkadia18.0 
 5. Murati, Gmunden16.0 
 6. Boylan, Gmunden15.0 
 7. Slack, Gmunden15.0 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden14.0 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden14.0 
 10. Hasenburger, Furste.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Slack, Gmunden14.0 
 2. Vay, Arkadia12.0 
 3. Stazic, BC Vienna9.0 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.8.0 
 5. Rajkovic, BC Vienna6.0 
 6. Boylan, Gmunden6.0 
 7. Murati, Gmunden6.0 
 8. Houston, Arkadia6.0 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden5.0 
 10. Gallwitz, Furstenfeld4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  Gmunden
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Boylan, Gmunden7.0 
 2. Danek, Arkadia6.0 
 3. Stazic, BC Vienna5.0 
 4. Murati, Gmunden3.0 
 5. Houston, Arkadia3.0 
 6. Balga, Arkadia2.0 
 7. Payton, Arkadia2.0 
 8. Stelzer, Gmunden2.0 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld2.0 
 10. Hutter, Gmunden2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Slack, Gmunden5.0 
 2. Houston, Arkadia3.0 
 3. Payton, Arkadia3.0 
 4. Boylan, Gmunden2.0 
 5. Miljkovic, BC Vi.2.0 
 6. Vay, Arkadia2.0 
 7. Novas, Arkadia2.0 
 8. Danek, Arkadia2.0 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna2.0 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Slack, Gmunden2.0 
 2. Vay, Arkadia2.0 
 3. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.0 
 4. Miljkovic, BC Vi.1.0 
 5. Novas, Arkadia1.0 
 6. N''Diaye, BC.1.0 
 7. Scherrer, Gmunden1.0 
 8. Payton, Arkadia1.0 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden0.0 
 10. Simonovski, Arkadia0.0 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Beograd 1-0 
 2. Levski 0-0 
 3. Zrinjski MC 0-0 
 4. Svjetlost 0-1 
Group B
 1. Balkan 0-0 
 2. Feni Indistrija 0-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 4. Mures 0-0 
 5. Rilski Sport 0-0 


OKK Beograd celebrates in Balkan league opener - by Eurobasket News
The 2010/2011 edition of the EUROHOLD Balkan League started with a really dramatic game. In the season opener in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, the local side KK Brod-Svjetlost was close to winning against OKK Beograd, but the more experience in Marko Icelics squad was decisive and in the end OKK won 66:72.

KK Brod-Svjetlost enjoyed a great start of the game, being supported by more than 2000 spectators in Dvorana Vijus, Igor Kovacevic's team started the game with a run of 9:3. With 3.34 left in the first, Brod led the score 15:10. Petar Cosic (186-G-85, agency: Interperformances) closed the first quarter with a basket to make it 24:19 for KK Brod-Svjetlost after 10 minutes.

The home team continued to push in the start of the second period and managed to extend their lead to 9 points - 30:21 after another lay-up by Petar Cosic. The biggest lead - 36:25 was fixed after Srdan Helbich scored two points with 6.02 left until halftime. Brod continued to lead the game with a good margin and were up 44:37 at halftime.

In the third period, OKK seemed way more motivated than the first half and quickly managed to decrease Brod-Svjetlost's lead to just one point - 47:46 after a jumper by Slobodan Stanojevic, finishing a 3:9 run. After two succesful free-throws, OKK had their first lead of the game - 47:48 with 5.57 remaining in the third. Anyway, the home side turned things in their way again and after 30 minutes they were still ahead with 54:52.

The decisive last quarter of the game started with four to nothing run by KK Brod-Svjetlost. The two teams changed the lead a couple of times, before Brod managed to break away - 63:61 with 3.16 left. OKK responded with a 7-0 run, finished by a basket from Dragan Simic (207-F/C-81) to set the score at 63:68. Filip Vukicevic (203-F-88) gave hope to the home crowd by scoring for 66:70 with 24 seconds on the clock, but Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) finished things with two good free-throws for 66:72.

Youngster Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) impressed for the home team KK Brod-Svjetlost, finishing with 17 points. Point guard Petar Cosic added 16 points, while Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83) scored 14 points, along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Filip Vukicevic was impressive in the paint, finishing with 9 rebounds.

OKK Beograds key to tonights victory - Slavko Stefanovic managed to score 26 points. The former Lukoil Academic man did this on 7/11 2 pts FG and 100% from the 3 and the charity stripe - 2/2 and 6/6. He was the only player from the visiting side to finish in double digits.

Courtesy of BIBL (www.balkanleague.net)


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Joakim Kjellbom claims Baltic League B1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Norrkoping Dolphins and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 31-year old had a double-double of 27 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat TU/Rock (#11, 0-1), the league's worst team 97-88. It allowed Norrkoping to consolidate first place in the Baltic League B1. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Norrkoping won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Kjellbom has many years of experience at Norrkoping, through which he has constantly improved. Northern Arizona University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kjellbom is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 12.0rpg. Kjellbom is in league's top in and averages solid 2.0bpg,3.0spg and 68.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-G/F-90) of Rudupis Prienu. Orelikas impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Rudupis cruised to a 86-75 relatively comfortable win over Liepaja (0-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Orelikas is a newcomer at Rudupis 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 18.0ppg (#6). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) of BK Valmiera (#12). Kaufmanis scored 21 points. Despite Kaufmanis' great performance Valmiera lost 44-59 to VEF Riga (#3, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Valmiera can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Kaufmanis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Kaufmanis as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev - 21 points and 14 rebounds
5. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) of Ventspils - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) of TU/Rock - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) of Liepaja - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-C-85) of Liepaja - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Casey Archibald (195-G-84) of TTU/Kalev - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
 1. Norrkoping 1-0 
 2. Siauliai 1-0 
 3. VEF Riga 1-0 
 4. Ventspils 1-0 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 1-1 
 6. Perlas 1-1 
 7. Rudupis 1-1 
 8. TTU/Kalev 1-1 
 9. Liepaja 0-1 
 10. Nevezis 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. Dimsa, Nevezis18.0 
 8. Harris, Siauliai17.0 
 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. Cresnar, Nevezis11.0 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.0 
 5. Osby, TT.9.5 
 6. Ziedins, Valmiera9.0 
 7. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.0 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis9.0 
 9. Krabbendam, Kalev/Cr.8.5 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.8.0 
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. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.0 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis4.5 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.0 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping4.0 
 8. Harris, Siauliai4.0 
 9. Bertans, VEF Riga4.0 
 10. Lukosevicius, Nevezis4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Georgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.0 
 2. Lukosevicius, Nevezis4.0 
 3. Veideman, TU/Rock3.0 
 4. Sarakauskas, Siauliai3.0 
 5. Belevicius, Nevezis3.0 
 6. Cain, VEF Riga3.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping3.0 
 8. Vairogs, Ventspils3.0 
 9. Harris, Siauliai3.0 
 10. Anderson, Ventspils3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  VEF Riga
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cain, VEF Riga4.0 
 2. Staniulis, Perlas3.0 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping2.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Hughes, TT.1.5 
 9. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.0 
 10. Gumenyuk, Siauliai1.0 


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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.
Last week Verviers had released Damian Hollis, Dennis Horner and Wink Adams.



Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 1-0 
 2. Antwerp 1-0 
 3. Oostende 1-0 
 4. Charleroi 0-0 
 5. Gent 0-0 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 0-0 
 7. Leuven 0-1 
 8. Liege 0-1 
 9. M.Hainaut 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
 Darnell WILSON
  Antwerp
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Wilson, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Matela, Liege8.0 
 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. Griffin, Liege1.0 
 4. Hockins, Liege1.0 
 5. Muya, Liege1.0 
 6. Oveneke, Antwerp1.0 
 7. Strickland, Antwe.1.0 
 8. Van Der Jonc., Antwe.1.0 
 9. Matela, Liege1.0 
 10. Donkor, Antwerp1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guy MUYA
  Liege
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Muya, Liege2.0 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Bozeman, Liege2.0 
 4. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Jenkins, Liege2.0 
 6. Matela, Liege2.0 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege2.0 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 9. Collette, Liege1.0 
 10. Hockins, Liege1.0 
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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  BOSNIA   


Dzenan Rahimic signs with Bosna ASA BHT - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT has announced signing of Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74). The 37-year-old veteran is returning for his second stint with the club and as is seen as replacement for recently departed captain Damjanovic, who has left for Sweden. Rahimic is expected to bring his experience and help with development of Bosnas young players. He will also be looked upon to contribute under the basket. Rahimic is set to join his new teammates in the coming days.
Dzenan Rahimic played for host of clubs trough Europe in his career. He started with Sibenik in 1995 where in his second season he averaged 17 points. He also played for the likes of Zrinjski, Matabox Braunschweig, Viola Reggio Calabria, Bourg en Bresse, Union Olimpija Ljubljana among others. One of his better seasons came in 2003 when he won National title and cup with Olimpija Ljubljana. That season he played in 7 League games and averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. Prior to coming to Zagreb last season, Rahimic played for Bosna where he was good for them in ULEB Cup. In 12 games, he posted averages of 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. At the start of 2008-2009 he came to Zagreb where he averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 12 Adriatic League games. Last season, Rahimic started as member of Sibneka Sibenik where in 7 games he has averaged 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds. However, the player and the club parted ways in November.


Seid Hajric moves to Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski is set to enter the season with nice reinforcement at F/PF position. The club has reached an agreement with Seid Hajric (203-F-83), who signed a three-month deal. There is a possibility of agreeing an extension but this will depend on Hajric and his possible offers from abroad. The player spent past two seasons with Bosna, but was hampered by injuries. Still he is seen as valuable reinforcement for Zrinjski at positions 3 and 4.
Seid Hajric started his career with Celik Zenica in 1999 and at the time he was considered as one of the top prospects in the country. Two seasons later he moved to BC Zadar but in February of 2003 he signed with Slavia Kromeriz VTJ. In 2003, he inked a deal with Slovenian outfit Kemoplast Alpos Sentjur where he appeared in 26 games and has posted averages of 18.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. At the start of the 2004-2005 Hajric moved to WTK Anwil Wloclawek but after being hampered by injuries he made only 12 league appearances posting 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Following season was significantly better as he played in 35 league games and has posted averages of 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. In 2007, Hajric led Anwil to National Cup. In 2007, he moved to Polpak Swiecie but after 15 games he was released in February of 2008. He moved to Bosna ASA BH Telecom with whom he has won the National Title. With Bosna, Hajric has also won two National Cups in 2009 and 2010. Last season, Hajric also struggled with injuries, but has still managed to make 22 league appearances for Bosna. He posted averages of 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 56.0% for two.


Zrinjski inks Filip Petrovic - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski is very active these days and has announced arrival of another reinforcement. The Bosnian outfit reached an agreement with talented Filip Petrovic (202-F/C-92). The 18-year-old forward is touted as one of Bosnias most promising players. He has spent past several seasons in Slovenia where he has been developing his game. Filipovic has put signature to a one-year deal, but the financial details were not disclosed. Filipovic will be making his professional debut with Zrinjski. He is expected to be given the opportunity to develop his game, which is one of the most important reasons why he signed with the club.
Filip Petrovic spent two seasons with Union Olimpija Ljubljana starting from 2007. He developed his game each year and is regarded one of the most exciting Bosnian prospects. At the start of last season, he moved to Merkator Skofija Loka, where he also played for junior team. FIlipovic has so far represented Bosnia at U16 and U18 level. In 2008, he played at the U16 European Championships in Bosnia. In 9 games, Filipovic has posted averages of 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per match. In 2010, Filipovic took participation at the Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament. There he impressed after averaging 15.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 3 matches that he appeared in.


Marko Djurkovic signs with Borac Nektar - by Eurobasket News
Borac Nektar has announced a new signing. According to the reports from Bosnian media, the club has brought in Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87).
Djurkovic started the season with Igokea where he played with great success last season. However, he recently found himself surplus to the requirements at Igokea and was on the lookout for the new club. He did not have to wait long as Borac management reacted quickly so Djurkovic will join his new teammates in the next few days.
Marko Djurkovic is a product of BC Partizan Belgrade youth system. He has made his debut for the club during 2006-2007 season after previously spending a year on loan with Sloga Kraljevo. In 3 seasons with Partizan, Djurkovic has won, one National Cup, two Adriatic League titles and 2 National titles. At the start of last season, he has made a move to BC Igokea. In his debut season, Djurkovic averaged 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. For his performances, Djurkovic was voted Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Newcomers Team as well as All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention. Djurkovic, who currently holds Bosnian citizenship as well as Montenegrin, has so far represented Serbia and Montenegro in the youth categories. In 2003, he has won the U16 European Championship which was played in Spain. In 2005, Djurkovic won another gold medal, this time at U18 European Championship in Blegrade. In 8 games he averaged 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds. Djurkoivc added yet another gold at the U20 European Championship played in Slovenia in 2007. This time, he averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 8 games.


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  BRUNEI   


ASEAN LEAGUE TIPS OFF - by Ozell Wells
The Barracudas will face off against the Patriots, at the Ynares Sports Arena, tomorrow.Picture: BT/ Saifulizam
Saturday, October 2, 2010

THE much awaited second season of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is finally here.

The sophomore season is bound to bring more action and suspense with six teams fighting for the top four spots culminating in playoffs.

The Chang Thailand Slammers and Westports KL Dragons will tip off in the league opener today at the Nimibutr Indoor Stadium in Bangkok at 8pm.

The other teams in the league include Brunei's very own Barracudas, the defending champions Philippine Patriots, Singapore Slingers and Indonesia's Satria Muda BritAma.

Fans of the ABL would want to feast their eyes on the juicy matchup between the Malaysians and the Thais. The Dragons went 2-1 against the Thailand Tigers, who was marred with controversy at the end of the season, changing their name to the Cobras before settling on the Slammers.

However, it is almost like a match between two brand new teams with different imports and players.

American Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) who laced up for the Patriots last season and won the ABL Best Import award, will lead the charge for the newly-formed Slammers. Dixon averaged a double-double with 15.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

Alongside him will be his compatriot Chris Kuete, who suited up for the Dragons in the inaugural season. He too can pack a punch averaging 17.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Dragons.

However, the Slammers only have one Filipino import in Eric Canlas but are boosted with the return of reigning league MVP, Atttaporn Lertmalaiporn, in the lineup.

The Dragons are a competitive team having won the National Basketball League 2010 with a mixture of new faces along with some of the experienced cagers from the previous season.

The Irish duo of Jason Killeen and Thomas Grace Conor are set to be international imports.

Returning local point-guard Guganeswaran Batumalai will be the captain of the team. Loh Shee Fai, who can land a barrage of treys will also be a threat to the Thai's defence.

Two other games will be contested tomorrow with the Barracudas facing off against the Patriots, at the Ynares Sports Arena while the Slingers take on Satria Muda at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Brunei Times


ASEAN LEAGUE TIPS OFF - by Ozell Wells
The Barracudas will face off against the Patriots, at the Ynares Sports Arena, tomorrow.Picture: BT/ Saifulizam
Saturday, October 2, 2010

THE much awaited second season of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is finally here.

The sophomore season is bound to bring more action and suspense with six teams fighting for the top four spots culminating in playoffs.

The Chang Thailand Slammers and Westports KL Dragons will tip off in the league opener today at the Nimibutr Indoor Stadium in Bangkok at 8pm.

The other teams in the league include Brunei's very own Barracudas, the defending champions Philippine Patriots, Singapore Slingers and Indonesia's Satria Muda BritAma.

Fans of the ABL would want to feast their eyes on the juicy matchup between the Malaysians and the Thais. The Dragons went 2-1 against the Thailand Tigers, who was marred with controversy at the end of the season, changing their name to the Cobras before settling on the Slammers.

However, it is almost like a match between two brand new teams with different imports and players.

American Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) who laced up for the Patriots last season and won the ABL Best Import award, will lead the charge for the newly-formed Slammers. Dixon averaged a double-double with 15.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

Alongside him will be his compatriot Chris Kuete, who suited up for the Dragons in the inaugural season. He too can pack a punch averaging 17.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Dragons.

However, the Slammers only have one Filipino import in Eric Canlas but are boosted with the return of reigning league MVP, Atttaporn Lertmalaiporn, in the lineup.

The Dragons are a competitive team having won the National Basketball League 2010 with a mixture of new faces along with some of the experienced cagers from the previous season.

The Irish duo of Jason Killeen and Thomas Grace Conor are set to be international imports.

Returning local point-guard Guganeswaran Batumalai will be the captain of the team. Loh Shee Fai, who can land a barrage of treys will also be a threat to the Thai's defence.

Two other games will be contested tomorrow with the Barracudas facing off against the Patriots, at the Ynares Sports Arena while the Slingers take on Satria Muda at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Brunei Times


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  BULGARIA   


Levski to play against Panathinaikos in friendly - by Valentin Anguelov
The preparation of the team of Levski will continue with few more friendly games. First the team will travel to Botevgrad to meet the local team Balkan on tuesday, October 5.
Then on 7, 8 and 9 of October Levski will play in a very strong tournament in the island of Rhodos. There the Cup holders will play against one of the best teams in Europe and Greek champion Panathinaikos, Panionios and the hosts Rhodos.
The new season for Levski will start on October 13 with a home game in EUROHOLD Balkan league.


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  CANADA   


Raptors excercise option on DeRozan's contract - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors exercised the third-year team option on swingman Demar DeRozan's (6'7''-F-89, college: USC) rookie scale contract Thursday.

DeRozans deal is now guaranteed through the 2011-12 season. The Raptors had until Oct. 31 to exercise the option.

DeRozan averaged 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 77 games last season. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder was selected by the Raptors with the ninth overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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  COSTA RICA   


Barva wins fifth title in a row - by Gianni Pascucci
After defeating respectively Liceo de Costa Rica and Escazu in the LBS Semifinal Series (both ended 2-1), Ferreteria Brenes Barva and A.Ramonense de Baloncesto ARBA San Ramon advanced to Final Series.
Game 1 was surprising, because USJ Arba San Ramon took the win, 70-61, but Barva managed to win the following three games, and was crowned the Cost Rican Champion team for the fifth (!) time in a row.

See here down the details of the Final Playoffs:
Game 1: USJ-Arba- Barva 70-61
Game 2: Barva-USJ Arba 79-61
Game 3: Barva-USJ Arba 74-66
Game 4: Barva-USJ Arba 70-61


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  CROATIA   


Hrvoje Perincic close to leaving Zadar - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Zadar is set to part ways with another summer signing before he got a chance to play in an official game. According to the reports from Croatian media, after recently terminating Ricardo Greer contract, Zadar is on the way to do same with Hrvoje Perincic (196-G/F-78). Experienced guard has arrived back to Zadar this summer from France. Still during the tour of Serbia, where Zadar played series of games, Perincinc failed to impress. This has reportedly promoted the team management to reach agreement with the player for mutual termination of the contract. So it seems that Perincic will be free to look for new club, while Zadar will start looking for replacement.
Hrvoje Perincic is a product of BC Zadar youth system. After spending one season in Osijek, he made his professional debut during 1998-1999 season. In 5 seasons with BC Zadar, Perincic has established himself as regular member of starting five. He has managed to lead Zadar to two National Cups in 2000 and 2003. Probably his best season was in 2001 when he averaged 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21 Adriatic League games. At the start of 2003-2004 season, Perincic signed for French outfit Strasbourg where in 34 games he had 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. In his second season with Strasbourg Perincic helped the ream win the National title. He has also spent a season in Germany where he played for Telekom Baskets Bonn. Last three seasons, Perincic has been a member of Heyres-Toulon Var Basket. In the latest one, he appeared in 26 games and he has posted averages of 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.


Dzenan Rahimic signs with Bosna ASA BHT - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT has announced signing of Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74). The 37-year-old veteran is returning for his second stint with the club and as is seen as replacement for recently departed captain Damjanovic, who has left for Sweden. Rahimic is expected to bring his experience and help with development of Bosnas young players. He will also be looked upon to contribute under the basket. Rahimic is set to join his new teammates in the coming days.
Dzenan Rahimic played for host of clubs trough Europe in his career. He started with Sibenik in 1995 where in his second season he averaged 17 points. He also played for the likes of Zrinjski, Matabox Braunschweig, Viola Reggio Calabria, Bourg en Bresse, Union Olimpija Ljubljana among others. One of his better seasons came in 2003 when he won National title and cup with Olimpija Ljubljana. That season he played in 7 League games and averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. Prior to coming to Zagreb last season, Rahimic played for Bosna where he was good for them in ULEB Cup. In 12 games, he posted averages of 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. At the start of 2008-2009 he came to Zagreb where he averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 12 Adriatic League games. Last season, Rahimic started as member of Sibneka Sibenik where in 7 games he has averaged 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds. However, the player and the club parted ways in November.


Zadar and Borik complete a trade - by Eurobasket News
Zadar and Borik have completed a player swap. The clubs have agreed to exchange two of their young players, as Zadar has sent Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) to Borik, while Borik has sent Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) other way. Ivanov is coming back to Zadar as one of Borik's best players, while Sarlija is going other way as young prospect eager to prove himself. It is believed that both clubs will benefit from this deal.
Marino Sarlija made his professional debut with Jazine Zadar in 2005-2006 season as loaned player, while also playing for Zadar junior team. Following season he made his senior debut with Zadar as he appeared in 6 league games, posting averages of 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds. In 2008, he was loaned to Borik where in 28 games he has averaged 8.2 points and 3.8 boards per game. Last season, Sarlija played in 10 games for Zadar and has averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. So far the player has represented Croatia at youth level.
Ive Ivanov is also product of Zadar youth system and he has made his professional debut during 2003-2004 season. In 2006, he moved to Borik where in 30 league games he averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, while in 13 play-off games he had 11.6 ppg and 3.1 rpg. After two seasons with Borik, Ivanov moved to Zabok at the start of 2007-2008. In his debut season, Ivanov averaged 17.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 24 games. Last season, he returned to Borik after two years with Zabok. In 26 games for his team, Ivanov averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per match.


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  CYPRUS   


Omonoia: Two signings one release - by Michael Aristidou
Omonoia finishes their squad for the new season. The team was looking for a EU player in center position and sign up Serbian Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC)! The player played in several teams in Cyprud league and took thew championship two times back in 2008 and 2010. Moreover Omonoia became the first team that changes player for this season. Amerinan forward Dennis Horner (206-F, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) is the new add while at the same time Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85, college: Montana) is out.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


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


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  DENMARK   


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


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. Johnson, Bakken20.5 
 5. Ba, Vaerlose20.5 
 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. Morris, Aabyhoj8.0 
 5. Johansen, Naestved8.0 
 6. Harder, SISU8.0 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg8.0 
 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. Falsvig, Aalborg4.0 
 9. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 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. Nielsen, Horsholm3.5 
 5. Jukic, Aabyhoj3.5 
 6. Falsvig, Aalborg3.5 
 7. Gilling, Horsholm3.0 
 8. Colman, Svendborg3.0 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg2.5 
 10. Nielsen, SISU2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Johnson, Bakken1.5 
 2. Johansen, Naestved1.5 
 3. Falsvig, Aalborg1.0 
 4. Nielsen, Horsens IC1.0 
 5. Gilling, Horsholm1.0 
 6. Brown, SISU1.0 
 7. Dalboge, Aabyhoj1.0 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg1.0 
 9. Sorensen, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Ba, Vaerlose1.0 


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  EL SALVADOR   


LEBES Awards given - by Jaime Arevalo
Just after the end of the Final Series, LEBES awarded the best performers as follows:

Liga Elite Season MVP and Best 3 pts Shooter: Oscar Rivera (190-F-80), ExSal
Liga Elite Best Import Player: David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.), San Marcos
Liga Elite Top Scorer: Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77), Leones-Automoto
Liga Elite Best Rebounder: Aaron Harrison (207-C-83, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.), San Marcos
Liga Elite Top Assist Man: Mario Flores (183-G-85), ExSal

As you all can see, the ExSal players monopolized the individual awards, but the import duo of San Marcos was for sure the best in the league




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Milan opens string of Turkish Airlines Euroleague, NBA games - by Eurobasket News
Two weeks full of transatlantic friendly games between Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams and their NBA counterparts will begin on Sunday evening in an appropriate setting, the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy. That's where Armani Jeans Milano will host the New York Knickerbockers in the first of four NBA Europe Live 2010 games, two of which involve Euroleague teams. The series highlight comes next Thursday in Barcelona, Spain, with the first confrontation between Euroleague and NBA champions in 12 years, Regal FC Barcelona vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. The next week, the Euroleague Basketball American Tour 2010 sees two of the Euroleague's finest, CSKA Moscow and Caja Laboral, pack five games into five days between five U.S. cities. CSKA visits the Miami Heat, the most talked-about team in the NBA right now, in the first of those games, on Turesday Oct. 12. Two nights later CSKA goes against Oklahoma City and on Oct. 16, less than a week before starting the Euroleague season, meets Cleveland. Caja Laboral goes first to Memphis to play the Grizzlies on Oct. 12 and then to San Antonio to play the Spurs on Oct. 16.

Although Sunday's first game of the two events includes teams that have never played each other before, there is a broken line of connections between Armani Jeans Milano and the New York Knicks dating back 45 years. It was that long ago that the Knicks drafted shooting sensation Bill Bradley out of Princeton University to the great expectation of New York fans. Before he ever put on a Knickerbocker uniform, however, Bradley helped Milano win its first Euroleague title, in 1966. Also a top student, Bradley decided before joining the Knicks to accept a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England. To keep his hand sharp in basketball, Bradley was persuaded to fly weekly from London to play for Milano in the Euroleague of that time. Together, he and Milano won the 1966 Euroleague title, defeating Slavia Prague 77-72 in the first continental championship final with a Final Four format in European club basketball history. In other words, before he ever won a continental trophy for the Knicks, Bradley won one for Milano. Almost a half-century later, another Princeton graduate, Mason Rocca, who is starting his third season with Milano, spoke to Euroleague.TV about Sunday's game .

In 1987, two decades after Bradley's passage through Milan on his way to the Knicks, the first formal series of games between European and NBA teams, called the McDonald's Open, was started. The team then called Tracer Milan, which was reigning Euroleague champion at the time, visited the Milwaukee Bucks for that historic game, losing 123-111 in Wisconsin. That team was led by point guard Mike D'Antoni, an icon in Milan who is now the head coach of the Knicks. D'Antoni arrived as a poit guard to Olimpia Milano in 1977 and did not leave until he had won two Euroleagues, in 1987 and 1988, to got with five Italian League titles and various other trophies. Then D'Antoni took over the Milano bench as head coach and won a Korac Cup title.

In 1999, the last game of the McDonald's Open took place at the Forum in Milan, with the reigning NBA champoin San Antonio Spurs beating Varese of Italy 96-86. In between those two dates, the only overtime game in McDonald's Open history featured the Knicks, too, also against an Italian opponent. Playing against Scavolini Pesaro in October of 1990, the Knicks needed a three-pointer by Gerald Wilkins to force overtime before prevailing 119-115 in what the New York Times called and 'improbable site on the Mediterranean', namely Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona two years before that city was to host the Olympic Games. Milano hasn't played an NBA opponent since 1987, but it's connection with the Knicks is still strong. One of the current stars for the Knicks, Danilo Gallinari, was the Euroleague's Rising Start Trophy winner in 2008 while playing for Armani Jeans Milano.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Kouvot crushed Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 4: Three contests tonight. Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed Karhu (Kauhajoki) by 42 points 92-50! During the half time Kouvot led by four (36-32). There was a 22-0 run during the third quarter and the game was over. Kouvot won also the rebounds 52-31. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) netted 23 pts for the hosts. Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) (20 pts) and Erno Johansson (188-G-85) (17 pts) scored their personal records on top level. Kauhajoki newcomer Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) started with 4pts/4rbs in 18 minutes. Team's superstar Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) had 1point/5rbs in 15 minutes. Cedrick Middleton (183-G-85, college: Akron) was the only player in double digits (14). Vilpas (Salo) upset Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 86-75 (46-39), when Theron Wilson (195-F-87, college: Bradley) (29 pts) and Dijuan Harris (175-G-86, college: Charlotte) (22) were the key players once again. YMCA Lappeenranta suffered a close defeat again at home. This time the difference was one tiny point (68-69) and the lucky winner Korihait (Uusikaupunki). Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) led Korihait with 18 pts. James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) had a double-double 16/10.

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


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  FRANCE   


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Jonathan MCCLARK
  Charleville
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 24
 1. McClark, Charleville24.0 
 2. Cummard, Fos Ouest16.0 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest16.0 
 4. Ingram, Antibes15.0 
 5. Ho You Fat, Antibes15.0 
 6. Wilson, Clermont13.0 
 7. Bassett, Clermont13.0 
 8. Haquet, Fos Ouest12.0 
 9. Bojovic, Antibes12.0 
 10. Wilson, Chalons-Reims11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sacha MASSOT
  Antibes
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Massot, Antibes11.0 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.10.0 
 3. Morlende, Charleville9.0 
 4. Bouldin, Clermont8.0 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest7.0 
 6. Rouse, Charleville7.0 
 7. Ingram, Antibes6.0 
 8. McClark, Charleville6.0 
 9. Haquet, Fos Ouest6.0 
 10. Ho You Fat, Antibes6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  Antibes
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ingram, Antibes6.0 
 2. Haquet, Fos Ouest4.0 
 3. Morlende, Charleville3.0 
 4. Bojovic, Antibes3.0 
 5. Rouse, Charleville2.0 
 6. Doyne, Charleville2.0 
 7. Diakite, Chalons-.2.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Cummard, Fos Ouest1.0 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kris MORLENDE
  Charleville
  (183-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Morlende, Charleville8.0 
 2. Haquet, Fos Ouest7.0 
 3. Doyne, Charleville6.0 
 4. Bouldin, Clermont4.0 
 5. Ingram, Antibes3.0 
 6. Bengaber, Antibes3.0 
 7. Atamna, Fos Ouest3.0 
 8. Radonjic, Chalons-.2.0 
 9. Sambe, Antibes2.0 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dreke BOULDIN
  Clermont
  (202-G/F-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bouldin, Clermont3.0 
 2. Diakite, Chalons-.2.0 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 4. Bojovic, Antibes1.0 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont1.0 
 6. Jalce, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Florimont, Charlevi.1.0 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Dia, Fos Ouest1.0 
 10. Ouattara, Clermont1.0 


Cholet beats Orleans in OT to win the SuperCup - by Eurobasket News
SuperCup: Cholet - Orleans 85-79

Cholet grabbed the first trophy this season. The reigning French champion outsmarted Orleans to win the SuperCup. It was a very exciting game and Cholet made it in overtime 85-79. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 5 rebounds, and Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) also was great adding 18 points for 26 minutes. Third scorer in victory was Samuel Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) with 17 points (6 rebs, 6 as). In the loosing squad, Aldo Curti (180-G-87) shined with 20 points and 5 assists. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Virginia) and Amara Sy (202-F-81) had 16 and 15 points respectively.
Cholet opened the game better making 21-15 lead in the first ten minutes. Both teams slowed down offensively after that, but still the hosts won Q2 as well (13-12) so they went to the halftime break with plus 7. Visitors exploded offensively after the breather and mostly owing to Aldo Curti they made 19-24 in Q3, thus everything was open with 10:00 to go. Orleans made a turn in the last quarter and Cholet was trailing by 3 in the finish. The hosts had possession and Vule Avdalovic passed the ball to Samuel Mejia, who drained a triple with 10 seconds left in the game. Orleans had the ball, but they committed a mistake (offensive foul) so this game went to OT. In extra five minutes Cholet was more concentrated and managed to win the first trophy this season. Fabien Causeur was the MVP of this game with valuation 24.

Cholet: Fabien Causeur 20+5 boards, Vule Avdalovic 18, Samuel Mejia 17+6 boards+6 as
Orleans: Aldo Curti 20+5 as, J.R. Reynolds 16+6 as, Amara Sy 15+6 boards


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  GERMANY   


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. Little, Hannover25.0 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz25.0 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim24.0 
 7. Brooks, Kirchheim24.0 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.24.0 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.23.0 
 10. Watts, SOBA D.21.0 
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. Howard, SOBA D.11.0 
 6. Howard, SOBA D.11.0 
 7. Spoeler, Osnabrueck11.0 
 8. Little, Hannover10.0 
 9. Fleetwood, Osnab.10.0 
 10. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim8.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim8.0 
 3. Johnson, Webmoebel7.5 
 4. Hasenkamm, Cuxha.7.0 
 5. Larsen, SOBA D.7.0 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz7.0 
 7. Larsen, SOBA D.7.0 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz6.0 
 9. Janzen, Hannover6.0 
 10. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB Wohnbau
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Alexander, ETB W.5.0 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel4.5 
 3. Scott, Kirchheim4.0 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz4.0 
 5. Scott, Kirchheim4.0 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim4.0 
 7. Brooks, Kirchheim4.0 
 8. Adeberg, Kirchheim3.0 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz3.0 
 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. Yearby, Cuxhaven2.0 
 6. Scott, Kirchheim2.0 
 7. Spoeler, Osnabrueck2.0 
 8. Zipser, Heidelberg2.0 
 9. Fleetwood, Osnab.2.0 
 10. Greene, B.Muenchen1.0 


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


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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Herten 2-0 
 2. Schwelm 2-0 
 3. Stahnsdorf 1-0 
 4. ALBA Berlin II 1-1 
 5. Bayer Giants 1-1 
 6. SU Medien 1-1 
 7. Vechta 1-1 
 8. Wolfenbuettel 1-1 
 9. Wulfen 1-1 
 10. Rist-Wedel 0-1 
 11. Bernau 0-2 
 12. Leipzig 0-2 
Group South
 1. BG Illertal 1-0 
 2. L.Baeren 1-0 
 3. Langen 1-0 
 4. Leitershofen 1-0 
 5. NBC 1-0 
 6. TSV Troester 1-0 
 7. Dt.Bank SKY II 0-1 
 8. Ehingen 0-1 
 9. Giessen 0-1 
 10. Gotha 0-1 
 11. Konstanz 0-1 
 12. Schwenningen 0-1 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Craig CALLAHAN
  Bremerhaven
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Callahan, Bremerha.23.0 
 2. Peacock, LTi 46ers21.0 
 3. Smith, LTi 46ers21.0 
 4. Khartchenkov, Duesse.18.0 
 5. Brempong, Duesseld.16.0 
 6. Copeland, Bremerha.13.0 
 7. Gamqrelidze, LTi 12.0 
 8. Chaney, Bremerha.11.0 
 9. Drevo, Bremerhaven10.0 
 10. Martin, Bremerha.10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SMITH
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Smith, LTi 46ers9.0 
 2. Denison, Bremerha.8.0 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.0 
 4. Drevo, Bremerhaven8.0 
 5. Chaney, Bremerha.7.0 
 6. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.0 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.5.0 
 8. Haynes, Duesseldorf5.0 
 9. Khartchenkov, Duesse.4.0 
 10. Brooks, LTi 46ers4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Elvir OVCINA
  LTi 46ers
  (211-F/C-76)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ovcina, LTi 46ers5.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.5.0 
 3. Haynes, Duesseldorf5.0 
 4. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
 5. Lipke, Bremerhaven4.0 
 6. Kisielius, Duesseld.3.0 
 7. Wright, Duesseld.3.0 
 8. Callahan, Bremerha.3.0 
 9. Brempong, Duesseld.3.0 
 10. Drevo, Bremerhaven3.0 
Steals Per Game
 London WARREN
  Duesseldorf
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Warren, Duesseld.3.0 
 2. Peacock, LTi 46ers2.0 
 3. Gamqrelidze, LTi 2.0 
 4. Martin, Bremerha.2.0 
 5. Jones, Duesseldorf2.0 
 6. Smith, LTi 46ers2.0 
 7. Brooks, LTi 46ers1.0 
 8. Lipke, Bremerhaven1.0 
 9. Wright, Duesseld.1.0 
 10. Griffin, LTi 46ers1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Elvir OVCINA
  LTi 46ers
  (211-F/C-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.0 
 2. Chaney, Bremerha.2.0 
 3. Buechert, Bremerha.1.0 
 4. Shtein, Bremerha.1.0 
 5. Brooks, LTi 46ers1.0 
 6. Lipke, Bremerhaven0.0 
 7. Drevo, Bremerhaven0.0 
 8. Griffin, LTi 46ers0.0 
 9. Wright, Duesseld.0.0 
 10. Gamqrelidze, LTi 0.0 


BEKO Bundesliga Game Day 1 Saturday October 1st, 2010 - by Michael Taylor
BEKO BASKETBALL BUNDESLIGA
Saturday October 1, 2010

PHOENIX HAGEN 89 WALTER TIGERS TUBINGEN 76
Phoenix Hagen put six players in double figures to take an 89-76 season opening road win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Saturday night at Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen. Quentin Pryor topscored for Hagen with 16pt while Zygimantas Jonusas added 15pt 7reb, David Bell 14pt Bernd Kruel and Mark Dorris 12pt apiece along with 10pt from Matt Terwilliger in the win. Hagen shot 49% from the floor making 9 of 20 threes (45%) and a key 22 of 27 FT (81%) while outrebounding the Tigers 37-33 in their victory. Branislav Ratkovica paced Tubingen's attack with 17pt 7ast followed by 15pt 6reb 5stl from Chris Oliver and 14pt 9reb from Dane Watts. Hagen started strong opening up a 10-6 lead behind hot three point shooting. After an early Tubingen timeout, the Tigers clawed back and Hagen held a 17-15 lead after 1Q. In the 2Q, Chris Oliver hit a 3 to give Tubingen an 18-17 advantage, but the Phoenix pushed their point total to 23 to regain the lead as big men Matt Terwilliger and Jacob Burtschi drilled back to back threes. Ken Williams FT pulled Tubingen to 23-20 but David Bell buried another 3 and Quentin Pryor finished a slam giving Hagen a 28-20 lead forcing a Tiger timeout. The Hagen lead stretched to 31-23 with 3:30 to play in the first half before Tubingen's Dane Watts got a tipin and a dunk pulling the Tigers to 31-27. Zygimantas Jonusas hit his second 3 of the 1H before Dane Watts hammered another dunk and 2FT from Anatoly Kashirov and 2FT by Branislav Ratkovica brought Tubingen back within one 34-33. Hagen's Quenton Pryor closed first half scoring with 2FT of his own and Hagen led 36-33 at the half. Key to their first half performance was their 7 for 12 three point shooting. Mark Dorris opened the 3Q with a dunk before Branislav Ratkovica responded with a 3 for Tubingen. Bernd Kruel finished a 3pt play and Ken Williams answered with a score for Tubingen. Hagen made an early run after an unsportsmanlike foul from Tubingen and the Phoenix stretched their lead to 47-38 at the 7min mark. Branislav Ratkovica and Chris Oliver pulled Tubingen to 47-42. Moments later, Oliver scored again bringing the Tigers to 50-46. A David Bell bucket and 2 Zygimantis Jonusas FT put the Phoenix up 54-46. Just under 4min in the 3Q, Branislav Ratkovica scored and Anatoly Kashirov sank 2FT bringing the Tigers to 54-50. Hagen took a timeout with 3min remaining in the 3Q. Kashirov cashed in again with a big tip in pulling Tubignen within 2, 54-52 with 2:45 to go in the 3rd. 2 Jonusas FT helped Hagen stop the momentum and David Bell regained momentum for Hagen with a big 3 and 2FT. Tubingen's Radovan Markovic sank a 3 in response and recently signed Whit Holcomb-Faye made 2FT cutting the margin to 61-57 with 30sec in the 3rd. Quentin Pryor added another basket for Hagen and the Phoenix led 63-57 after three. In the 4th, Matt Terwilliger FT and a Mark Dorris basket extended the Hagen lead to 67-57. Tubingen took a timeout with 9min remaining. Hagen maintained their advantage leading 72-61 before a Branislav Ratkovica 3. Jonusas rebuilt the Hagen lead to 10, 74-64 with 6min to go. Jonusas and Dorris gave Hagen a 14 point lead 78-64 with 5min remaining. A Matt Terwilliger bucket maintained the 14pt advantage 80-66 with 3:37 to play. A Chris Oliver basket was matched by 2 Mark Dorris FT before a Matt Terwilliger 3 opened an 85-68 margin. Dane Watts tipped in a score for Tubingen at the 2min mark. and a Chris Oliver score pulled Tubingen within 85-72 at the 1min mark. Down the stretch, Hagen iced their season opening 89-76 road win in Tubingen.

EWE BASKETS OLDENBURG 70 DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS 67
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg overcame a slow start and strong performance from the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in their exciting 70-67 season opening home win Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Oliver Stevic topscored and led a 4Q comeback with 17pt 5reb and Oldenburg got 11pt apiece from Lou Campbell and Steven Smith in the win. AJ Moye led Frankfurt with 14pt 7reb while Dashaun Woods had 12pt 8reb 4ast, Jimmy McKinney 11pt 7reb and Bradley Buckman 10pt in the loss. Deutsche Bank Skyliners started strong building a 10-0 lead that grew to 13-3 at the 6min mark of the 1Q. Oldenburg fought back behind Lou Campbell and Aaron Baynes cutting the deficit to 13-8. Skyliners two new signings Jermaine Bucknor and Bradley Buckman pushed the Frankfurt lead to 18-10 and the Skyliners held a 20-16 advantage after the 1Q. Opening Q2, a Lou Campbell 3 pulled the Thunderbirds within 1, 20-19. Buckman hit a J and added 1FT to extend for the Skyliners. The teams traded baskets through the midpart of the quarter before a strong Skyliner push gave Frankfurt a 34-24 lead at the 3:30 mark. Later, a Jimmy McKinney 3 gave Frankfurt a 38-25 lead. Late first half threes from Oldenburgs Nemanja Protic and Steven Smith cut the halftime deficit to 39-31. After Rickey Paulding opened the 3Q with a Thunderbird bucket, AJ Moye and Kimmo Muurien gave Frankfurt a 43-33 lead. Nemanja Protic scored and Lou Campbell sank a 3 pulling Oldenburg within 45-38 before 2 Jermaine Bucknor FT and a FT from Moye gave Frankfurt a 48-38 lead. Aaron Baynes answered for Oldenburg but Brad Buckman sank 2FT rebuilding Frankfurt's 10 point lead. A Christopher McNaugton FT and 4pts from Oliver Stevic pulled Oldenburg to 50-45 with 2min in the 3Q. Frankfurt held a 53-50 lead heading into the 4th. Jimmy McKinney sank a 3 and Dashaun Woods added a score lifting the Skyliners to 58-51 early in the fourth. Oliver Stevic responded for Oldenburg bringing the Thunderbirds to 60-57. Brad Buckman and Stevic exchanged FTs. Another Stevic score brought Oldenburg to 62-60 with just under 4min remaning. AJ Moye answered for Frankfurt giving the Skyliners a 64-60 lead with 3:42 to play. Steven Smith drilled a big three for the Thunderbirds pulling the hosts to within 1, 64-63 with 1:46 to go. Go-to-guy Rickey Paulding then got the big basket to regain a 65-64 lead for Oldenburg with 1:06 to play. Frankfurt took a timeout. After two missed Skyliners FT, Oldenburg went to Oliver Stevic who pushed the Thunderbird lead to 67-64 with 32sec remaining. Frankfurt called timeout. Following a missed three, Frankfurt was forced to foul. Nemanja Protic drilled two clutch FT extending the Oldenburg advantage to 69-64. But Dashaun Woods stepped up for the Skyliners sinking a late three with 15sec to go. Oldenburg held a 69-67 lead and called timeout. Lou Campbell was fouled and went to the foul line with 12sec on the Ewe Arena clock. The veteran pg made one of two giving Oldenburg a 70-67 lead. In a desperate attempt to tie the game, Frankfurt's Pascal Roller and Dashaun Woods three point attempts could not connect and the Thunderbird crowd could celebrate an exciting, hardfought season opening home win. As a team, Oldenburg shot 40% from the floor making 8 of 23 threes (34%) and 22 of 34 FT (64%) compared with the Skyliners who hit 38% from the floor including 6 of 22 threes (27%) and 15 of 24 FT (62%). Skyliners outrebounded the Thunderbirds 38-34. Head coach Predrag Krunic and his Ewe Baskets Oldenburg team are 1-0 while Deutsche Bank Skyliners are 0-1.

LTI GIESSEN 46ers 75 TELEKOM BASKETS BONN 70
Zachery Peacock produced 21pt 6reb and Anthony Smith had 21pt 9reb leading LTi Giessen 46ers to a 75-70 season opening win over Telekom Baskets Bonn Saturday night in Giessen. The game was televised live on Sport1 in Germany and opened the BEKO Bundesliga season with a fun game for fans to see on TV. After falling behind 26-15 after the 1Q, Giessen outscored Bonn 21-8 in the 2Q taking a 36-34 halftime lead. Giessen edged ahead 55-52 after three and outscored Bonn down the stretch to earn the win. Zachary Peacock sealed the game with key free throws in the closing minutes. Head coach Vladi Bogojevic saw his 46er team shoot 45% from the floor making 5 of 15 threes (33%) and 20 of 26 FT (76%) while outrebounding Bonn 37-33. Jeremy Hunt led Bonn with 19pt 7reb and Folarin Campbell finished with 18pt 4 boards as Bonn hit 38% from the floor and 4 of 16 from three. The 46ers survived 19 turnovers in their season opening home victory. Giessen is 1-0 and Bonn 0-1.



Jermaine Thomas (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Post Game Thoughts To 96-70 Win Against Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) is a 26 year old 186cm combo guard playing his fifth professional season and first with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He is from Frederick, Maryland and played at La Salle from 2002-2006. In his senior year at La Salle he played 28 games averaging 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, FG: 41.5%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 82.1%. In 2006, he came to Europe and his first stop was in Hungry as he played for Gunaras KC Dombvr playing 22 games: 16.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 78.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for MAFC Budapest (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 11 games: 13.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 86.1%, in Dec.`07 moved to BC Lami-Ved Kormend (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 13 games: 15.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 67.3%, 3PT: 39%, FT: 81.1%. In 2008-2009, he went to Austria to play for UBC koStadt Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 30 games: 17.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 64.3%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 79.8%. Last season, he returned back to Hungry to play for Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 33 games: 15.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 86.3%. Some of the awards that he has gotten in his career were All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention -06, Hungarian League Finalist -08, Austrian Bundesliga A All-Star Game -09, Eurobasket.com, All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention -10, Hungarian League All-Star Game -10, and Hungarian League Semifinals -10. Jermaine sat down with eurobasket after the 96-70 win against Duesseldorf.


You guys posted a satisfying 96-70 win tonight! How was it playing your first game at home? How was the atmosphere compared to other home arenas where you have played in your career.


The atmosphere was great in the arena friday night. The fans were really into the game and we fed off there energy really well and got a good start to the game.


Duesseldorf signed 5 players today and released three. How risky was this and was it showing on the court that Duesseldorf wasnt as together?


I think its really risky for a team to do that and it was evident that they didnt really have team chemistry yet. But they still came out played hard and gave a good effort!


Bremerhaven had the easy 50-36 halftime lead. What was the biggest strength of Bremerhaven in the first half?

I think we moved the ball really well on offense and got some great shots And I think our offense fueled our defense and we were able to develop an early lead and never look back.



At the start of the third quarter, Bremerhaven went on a 15-4 run which seemed to seal the win early. What was significant in the Bremerhaven game in this run?


I think our intensity was a lot higher than theres and we were able to to get a lot of easy baskets to get us going during that run in the third quarter.


Was Duesseldorf as weak an opponent as the score indicated?


No, they have some good players on there team. I think once they get the chance to play together and practice together with the new guys they have, they will be contenders in the BBL.


Bremerhaven had five players in double figures and it seemed like everyone contributed. How close to perfect team basketball did Bremerhaven play?

Offensively we played really well. We moved the ball well and found open guys for easy shots but we still have a long way to go defensively to be considered a perfect team. We are making great progress so that is a good thing!


How happy were you with your own game scoring two points in 12.50 minutes? It seems like there will be no players getting 30 minutes this season.


Well obviously I can play a lot better, but this is a team game and that night my teammates stepped up and did the scoring and played really well, so I am very happy with the out-come even though I only scored 2 points and played 12 mins!


Bremerhaven got 40 rebounds. Critics had said that Callahan/Drevo may not work as well since they are to similar players, but they combined for 33 points and 12 rebounds. What makes this duo so strong?

I think the fact that they are both great shooters make them very hard to guard. They are very effective pick and roll players because they are able to roll or pop out for the jump shot.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last movie I watched was 'Grown Ups' staring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock...funny movie!!!


Thanks Jermaine for chat.



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  GREECE   


Aris proceed to the quarter finals of the Greek Cup - by George Fragkos
Aris Thessaloniki is through to the quarter finals of the Greek Cup after beating MAS Ermis Lagkada with 64-90 at Lagkadas. The team of Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) was obviously superior to the A2 side and even though they started the game very badly, they were able to dominate without putting much effort.

The first quarter of the game ended with MAS Ermis Lagkada leading 24:19. The Israeli coach urged his players to start playing as they can and the team from Thessaloniki ended the second period on the front with 33:44. Nothing changed at the rest of the game. The deadlock between the two teams grew bigger and bigger which was absolutely natural, as MAS Ermis Lagkada had never faced such a powerful team like Aris Thessaloniki before. The score at the third period was 50:67 and the final 64:90 did not surprise anyone, regardless the fact that Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) used some players that they don't get a lot of playing time.

In fact, the team of Lagkadas fought bravely at the most of the game and with performances like this they will be able to achieve their goal to avoid relegation from the A2 league. As for Aris Thessaloniki, the good news came from Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92). The youngster played in a considerable part of the game, scoring seven points and helping his team at offense and on some occasions at defense too.

MAS Ermis Lagkada: Anagnostopoulos 16, Darko Rallis 14, Alexandros Panagiotopoulos 12
Aris Thessaloniki: Fanis Koumpouras 15, Dejan Borovnjak 13, Pierre Pierce 11



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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Harry MARSHALL
  Landstede
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Marshall, Lands.26.0 
 2. Voorn, ABC17.0 
 3. Mullery, Landstede16.0 
 4. Turner, Eiff.Tow.14.0 
 5. Hamm, Upstairs.14.0 
 6. Minter, Upstairs.14.0 
 7. Akerboom, Eiff.Tow.14.0 
 8. de Randamie, ABC10.0 
 9. Aarts, Eiff.Towers10.0 
 10. McDowell, Upstai.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lawrence HAMM
  Upstairs Weert
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Hamm, Upstairs.12.0 
 2. Mullery, Landstede12.0 
 3. de Randamie, ABC10.0 
 4. Strong, Landstede8.0 
 5. Wessels, Eiff.Tow.7.0 
 6. Turner, Eiff.Tow.7.0 
 7. Jobse, Landstede6.0 
 8. Marshall, Lands.6.0 
 9. Aarts, Eiff.Towers6.0 
 10. Steenvoorde, Eiff.T.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  Upstairs Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 7
 1. Stokes, Upstairs.7.0 
 2. Turner, Eiff.Tow.6.0 
 3. Marshall, Lands.5.0 
 4. Jobse, Landstede3.0 
 5. Wessels, Eiff.Tow.2.0 
 6. Kouwijzer, Upstai.2.0 
 7. Strong, Landstede2.0 
 8. McDowell, Upstai.2.0 
 9. Kherrazi, ABC2.0 
 10. Sa, Landstede1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mohammed KHERRAZI
  ABC
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kherrazi, ABC5.0 
 2. Marshall, Lands.3.0 
 3. Turner, Eiff.Tow.3.0 
 4. Stokes, Upstairs.3.0 
 5. Hamm, Upstairs.3.0 
 6. McDowell, Upstai.2.0 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede2.0 
 8. Vorenhout, Upstai.1.0 
 9. Voorn, ABC1.0 
 10. de Randamie, ABC1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikki HULZEBOS
  Landstede
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hulzebos, Landstede2.0 
 2. Kherrazi, ABC2.0 
 3. Hamm, Upstairs.2.0 
 4. Aarts, Eiff.Towers2.0 
 5. de Randamie, ABC1.0 
 6. de Pagter, ABC1.0 
 7. Minter, Upstairs.1.0 
 8. Akerboom, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 9. Wessels, Eiff.Tow.0.0 
 10. Siljade, ABC0.0 


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


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  HUNGARY   


Bennet Davis signed with MJUS-Fortress Kormend - by Tamas Deri
Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) signed with MJUS-Fortress Kormend for the coming seson and will arrive on mondy to his new club - his contract might get guaranteed after his tryout period. The 206 cm tall big man from Bahamas is a product of Northeastern graduated in 2007 and averaged 15.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 43.0%, 3Pts: 41.7%, FT: 66.9% as a senior. He signed his first professional contract with Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan in the Premier League of Israel and played 23 games: 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 71.4%. He spent the last two seasons with Utah Flash in the D-League, played also in the Finals of the season 2008-09. Last season he played 53 games averaging 12.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg and getting a Honorable Mention of the D-League. He was also invited to play in the NBA Summer League as a member of the NBA D-League Select team in July in Las Vegas. He played five games spending 11.4 minutes on the court putting up 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

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  ICELAND   


Snaefell won Lengjan Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Snaefell pick up their first trophy this season when team beat KR in Lengjan Cup final 97-93
Snaefell came to a good start in first 3 minutes of the game and leading 7-2 but KR came up with a good run and took the control of the game until fourth quarter.
When Snaefell went to zone defense KR did not have the answer. Team did stop go inside as they did most part of the game and their outside shot did not fall in
Snaefell got a big game from their captain Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-G-78) with 33 points shooting 71% outside of the arc.
Jon Olafur Jonsson had 20 pts and Sean Burton 18
For KR Pavel Ermolinshij with a triple double 17 pts 17 rebounds and 10 assist. Hreggvidur Magnusson with good offensive game 24 points


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  ITALY   


First win for Umana Venezia against Veroli - by Michele Berra
Umana Reyer Venezia crashed Prima Veroli in the opening game of the championship Legadue. The team coached by Andrea Mazzon gain the first away win on the floor of one of the favorites to win the championship. Incredible performance of Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) with 33 points (12/19 from the field) and 4 rebounds, the U.S. guard drive his team to the 74-65 victory. Good performance also for Alvin Young (189-G-75, college: Niagara) and Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) both in double digits. In the losing effort 17 points for Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87, college: Villanova).
This is the complete box score:
Prima Veroli - Umana Reyer Venezia 65-74
Parziali:11-21; 33-38; 48-54
Prima Veroli: Jakson 12, Rossetti 4, Gatto 8, Scottie Reynolds 17, Brkic 11, Kavaliauskas 6, Rosselli 5, Iannone, Binetti 2, Fontana dnp, Iannarilli dnp, Mariani dnp.
Umana Reyer Venezia: Meini 4, Di Giuliomaria 2, Young 15, Slay 10, Clark 33, Causin, Bryan 4, Maestrello 2, Allegretti 4, Ceron, Vian dnp, Stefanini dnp.


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Kiki CLARK
  Umana Reyer
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 33
 1. Clark, Umana Reyer33.0 
 2. Reynolds, Prima V.17.0 
 3. Young, Umana Reyer15.0 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli12.0 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli11.0 
 6. Slay, Umana Reyer10.0 
 7. Gatto, Prima Veroli8.0 
 8. Kavaliauskas, Prima V.6.0 
 9. Rosselli, Prima V.5.0 
 10. Rossetti, Prima V.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. Rossetti, Prima V.6.0 
 4. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.6.0 
 5. Young, Umana Reyer5.0 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer4.0 
 7. Brkic, Prima Veroli3.0 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer3.0 
 9. Allegretti, Umana R.3.0 
 10. Reynolds, Prima V.2.0 
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. Rossetti, Prima V.0.0 
 8. Clark, Umana Reyer0.0 
 9. Causin, Umana R.0.0 
 10. Young, Umana Reyer0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Guido ROSSELLI
  Prima Veroli
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rosselli, Prima V.3.0 
 2. Young, Umana Reyer3.0 
 3. Reynolds, Prima V.3.0 
 4. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.3.0 
 5. Jackson, Prima Veroli2.0 
 6. Causin, Umana R.1.0 
 7. Gatto, Prima Veroli1.0 
 8. Brkic, Prima Veroli1.0 
 9. Meini, Umana Reyer1.0 
 10. Clark, Umana Reyer1.0 
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. Meini, Umana Reyer0.0 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer0.0 
 6. Allegretti, Umana R.0.0 
 7. Reynolds, Prima V.0.0 
 8. Iannone, Prima Veroli0.0 
 9. Causin, Umana R.0.0 
 10. Binetti, Prima Vero.0.0 


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  JAPAN   


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Ryan FOREHAN-KELLY
  Aishin
  (197-F/G-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. Forehan-K., Aishin20.0 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.7 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin19.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Aishin18.4 
 5. Orimo, Hokkaido17.5 
 6. Kikuchi, Toshiba17.4 
 7. Merritt, Tochigi Brex17.3 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.17.0 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.8 
 10. Maraker, Hokkaido15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.15.4 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin13.2 
 3. Custis, Panasonic8.6 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin8.6 
 5. Maraker, Hokkaido8.3 
 6. Hale, Mitsubishi8.3 
 7. Gibbs, Toyota7.5 
 8. Violette, Toshiba7.2 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota7.0 
 10. Lett, Mitsubishi6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hokkaido
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kashiwakura, Hokka.5.5 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin4.8 
 3. Nishimura, Hitachi S.4.6 
 4. Yamada, Hokkaido4.5 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.3 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.8 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin3.6 
 8. Shonaka, Toyota3.3 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.2 
 10. Miyanga, Toshiba3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.4 
 2. Kikuchi, Toshiba2.0 
 3. Hale, Mitsubishi1.8 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.8 
 5. Hirose, Panasonic1.8 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin1.6 
 7. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.5 
 8. Nishimura, Hitachi S.1.4 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ontario LETT
  Mitsubishi
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lett, Mitsubishi2.5 
 2. Yamada, Hokkaido1.8 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.8 
 4. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 5. Hale, Mitsubishi1.3 
 6. Takahashi, Toyota1.3 
 7. Maraker, Hokkaido1.0 
 8. Holcomb, Tochigi Brex1.0 
 9. Aono, Panasonic1.0 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota0.8 


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


JBL Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Toshiba - Toyota 69-65
Toshiba rolled over Toyota 69:65 at the first game of the Regular Season Round 5. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Miyanga Yuta and Violette Cory netted 10 each. Ricci Philip ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Mitsubishi - Hokkaido 79-83 OT
Hokkaido needed overtime to beat Mitsubishi 83:79. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) poured in 21 points and Noguchi Daisuke scored 20. Hale Ron ended up with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Tochigi Brex - Aishin 69-84
Tochigi Brex lost to Aishin 69:84 as the latter produced 25-14 in the start of the game. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76, college: UCLA) poured in 24 points and Takeuchi Kosuke collected 18 points and 18 rebounds. Tabuse Yuta netted 17 points in defeat and Merritt Scott as well as Holcomb Randy scored 15 each.

Hitachi S. - Panasonic 54-51
Trailing 9-18 after the opening quarter Hitachi S. overcame Panasonic 54:51. K.J. Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) stepped up with 15 points for the winners, while Takeuchi Joji, Smith Tyler and Kobayashi Daisuke added 8 each. Aono Fumihiko replied with 12 points in defeat.




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  KOSOVO   


Kosovo without coach - by Luan Morina
From 1st October all levels of Kosovo national squads are without coaches. Contracts of previous coaches were for one single year, and they were valid until October 1st. According to national squads commision director, Artan Rugova, the new coaches will be selected at the new board meeting. Previous contracts were one year, and the coaches were selected from the previous board. New coaches will be selected from the new board on their next meeting he told to Kosovos newspaper Koha Ditore.

FBK signs 4-year sponsorship deal with sportswear supplier LEGEA - by Onur Deqani
FBK have signed an agreement with well-known sportswear supplier LEGEA. The deal was announced by the Federation's vice-president Artan Rugova. All representative teams of Kosovo will have the name of LEGEA on their uniforms on the next four years. According to the deal the federation will receive an amount of 75 thousand euros per year.As Artan Rugova says:'Of course we are happy of signing a deal with such a well-known supplier like LEGEA is. And also the amount of 75 thousand euros a year was enjoyable for FBK , so we didn't hesitate to sign the deal .

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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Chester MASON
  Ventspils
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Mason, Ventspils15.0 
 2. Anderson, Ventspils14.0 
 3. Bankevics, Ventspils12.0 
 4. Kuzminskas, Ventspils9.0 
 5. Stimac, Ventspils8.0 
 6. Vairogs, Ventspils3.0 
 7. Berzins, Ventspils3.0 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils2.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils0.0 
 10. Gulbis, Ventspi.0.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Ventspils
  (209-C-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Stimac, Ventspils10.0 
 2. Mason, Ventspils9.0 
 3. Bankevics, Ventspils5.0 
 4. Anderson, Ventspils4.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Ventspils4.0 
 6. Blaus, Ventspils3.0 
 7. Vairogs, Ventspils3.0 
 8. Gulbis, Ventspils1.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.0 
 10. Berzins, Ventspi.1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chester MASON
  Ventspils
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mason, Ventspils8.0 
 2. Bankevics, Ventspils2.0 
 3. Blaus, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils1.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Ventspils1.0 
 6. Gulbis, Ventspils0.0 
 7. Berzins, Ventspils0.0 
 8. Vairogs, Ventspils0.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils0.0 
 10. Anderson, Ventspi.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ingus BANKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (195-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bankevics, Ventspils3.0 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Vairogs, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Mason, Ventspils1.0 
 5. Gulbis, Ventspils0.0 
 6. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.0 
 7. Stimac, Ventspils0.0 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.0 
 9. Berzins, Ventspils0.0 
 10. Anderson, Ventspi.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Ventspils
  (209-C-87)
  Avg: 0
 1. Stimac, Ventspils0.0 
 2. Mason, Ventspils0.0 
 3. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils0.0 
 5. Bankevics, Ventspils0.0 
 6. Berzins, Ventspils0.0 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils0.0 
 8. Gulbis, Ventspils0.0 
 9. Vairogs, Ventspils0.0 
 10. Blaus, Ventspi.0.0 


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  LIBYA   


Ittihad club Preparations continue to sharajah tournament - by Wasim Baruni
The club announced Sharjah Details tournament the first international basketball, which starts October 8 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Office, the participation of 9 clubs Sharjah and AL-shaeb of the UAE and the Ahly and Sporting of Egypt and the Science Club Applied Jordanian Club Champville Lebanese and BahrainiAhly and AL-jala of the Syrian and Ittihad Libya.

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  LITHUANIA   


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


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  MALAYSIA   


In Overtime, KL Dragon Lost in ABL - by Abdallah Omari
In a very dramatic game, Westports KL Dragon lost their first ABL Game against Thailand Slammers 79 74, the ex-Dragons Chris Kuete did a big job for awarding his new Thai team the Victory with a 31 points, including 9 crucial points in the overtime period. to lead the Chang Thailand Slammers to a 79 74 victory over the visiting Westports KL Dragons. The Dragons off to a slow start with some rusty moves & mistakes, just to let the Slammers take advantage at the beginning to spark a 16 6 run. The Dragons regained their focus by playing solid defense after a timeout. In 2nd quarter, most of the damages to his former team by scoring 8 consecutive Slammers points to start the period. The Dragons were trying hard to pace up as they were again looking rusty with turnovers & poor offensive executions, but able to pick up with some defense to avoid a possible blowout. Dragons Rudy Lingganay (173-G) provided some brilliant plays and was the last man standing for the dragons. For the Slammers, Jason Dixon provided quiet but solid help in the paint with 14 points, 7 rebounds & 4 block shots. As for the Dragons, Rudy notched 30 points on 10/19 shooting, and Conor Grace (210-F-82, college: Davidson) added 14 points & 6 rebounds.
Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83)


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  MEXICO   


Hornsby's 34-point game gives him LNBP Player of the Round 9 award - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Robert Hornsby (196-F/C) put on an amazing game in the last round for Huracanes de Tampico and receives a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 34 points adding two rebounds and three assists for Huracanes in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ola Verde (5-4) 89-83. Despite this victory Huracanes dropped to the 6th position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Huracanes will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Hornsby had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Huracanes' top player in his first season with the team. Troy University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hornsby is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.3ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg,52.3% FGP and 40.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jermaine Walker (198-F-77) of Angeles de Puebla. He is American-Venezuelan forward in his first season at Angeles. In the last game Walker recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Angeles was edged by the lower-ranked Lechugueros (#12, 4-5) 93-90. Angeles managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Walker is a newcomer at Angeles and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#3). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Mike Smith (201-G/F-76) of Lechugueros de Leon (#12). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Lechugueros, leading his team to a 93-90 win against the higher-ranked Angeles (#3, 7-2). The chances of Lechugueros ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smith could help Lechugueros to bring them higher in the standings. Smith has a great season in Mexico. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Morinia (180-G-80) of Volcanes - 24 points and 5 rebounds
5. Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86) of Toros - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-F-85) of Toros - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Keith Gayden (202-F-83) of Panteras - 21 points and 12 rebounds
8. Kevin Kruger (186-G-83) of Soles - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81) of Lobos Grises - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists


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. Huracanes 5-4 
 7. Lobos Grises 5-4 
 8. Ola Verde 5-4 
 9. Soles 5-4 
 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 


Changes with Volcanes - by Chris Terrell
Toluca, MX - Toluca Head Coach Giovanni Rivera has left to coach in Bolivia for the Championships there with Meta LaSalle from October 19th to the 23rd. The winner of the tournament goes to play in SouthAmerican Cup Games vs teams from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The two imports in Bolivia will be Dante Hunter (191-G-83, college: Calumet) and 'Pop' Isadore Thornton (202-F-74, college: W.Kentucky). Also departing the Volcanes is Latin Big Man Antoine Broxsie (209-F-79, college: Oklahoma St.). Broxsie recently came to an agreement with Torreon and has been suiting up for Algodoneros for the last 4 games. Toluca continues to struggle on and off the court, the league is aware of the issues and is taking immediate steps to rectify the situation.


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  NBA   


Indiana Pacers pick up team option on center Ray Hibbert - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Pacers have picked up the team option on center Roy Hibbert's (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) contract, meaning the former first-round pick is signed through next season.

Hibbert, entering his third season with the Pacers, averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last year. Coach Jim O'Brien said earlier in the week that Hibbert had the best offseason he's ever seen.

Hibbert is considered a key to the team's rebuilding effort, along with Danny Granger and newly acquired point guard Darren Collison.

Courtesy of ESPN


Raptors excercise option on DeRozan's contract - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors exercised the third-year team option on swingman Demar DeRozan's (6'7''-F-89, college: USC) rookie scale contract Thursday.

DeRozans deal is now guaranteed through the 2011-12 season. The Raptors had until Oct. 31 to exercise the option.

DeRozan averaged 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 77 games last season. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder was selected by the Raptors with the ninth overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Celtics cut Tony Gaffney - by Eurobasket News
According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the Celtics have cut Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts).

The former UMass star reportedly posted this on his Facebook page: All good things must come to an end. It was a great time being w the celtics, it ended today. I appreciate all the love n support. You guys are the best. My agent is back to the drawing board and stirring up something. So when the next move is finalized you all will know. Thanks again everyone.

The Cs have not yet formally announced the move. It would bring the roster down to 17 players, meaning Boston only has two cuts remaining. Of course, Gaffney could still land on the Maine Red Claws, the Cs NBA Development League affiliate.

Gaffney signed with the Celtics last season in April and received a non-guaranteed contract for the 2010-11 season. He was the last man cut by the Lakers prior to the 2009-10 season.

Courtesy of http://greenstreet.weei.com


Magic exercise option on F Anderson - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic have decided to keep promising young forward Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) around a little longer.

The Magic announced Friday they were exercising their option on Anderson's contract that will keep him in Orlando through next season. Anderson was traded from New Jersey last year in the blockbuster deal that brought Vince Carter to the Magic.

Anderson proved to be a valuable piece of the trade.

He beat out Brandon Bass for the backup power forward spot, logging heavy minutes while starter Rashard Lewis served a 10-game suspension to start last season. Anderson averaged 7.7 points per game and helped stretch the floor with his strong 3-point shooting.

The 22-year-old was drafted 22nd overall by New Jersey in 2008.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Boston Celtics waive Chris Johnson and Jamar Smith - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics have waived training camp invitees Jamar Smith (6'3''-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) and Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) according to the team's official Twitter account.

This is a bit unfortunate, for them anyway, but something that was all but inevitable considering the Celtics had invited 20 players to training camp - 13 of which with guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season. All isn't completely lost, though, as the Celtics presumably saw enough of them throughout the week that they'll be familiar with them if a need arises for a midseason call-up.

Until then? Well, they'll probably end up with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League where Celtics coach Doc Rivers will apparently still consider them a part of the organization.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted he's a little too focused on getting his own team ready for the 2010-11 season to pay too much mind to a change in the NBA Development League allocation rules that will allow Boston to stockpile as many as three camp cuts on the roster of the Maine Red Claws this season. Rivers did admit that, for the invitees that are likely to end up as camp casualties, it's a good opportunity to stay in the organization.

I'll probably try and get catch up with these players over the weekend to see if I can hash out their feelings on playing in the D-League and then get everyone familiar with them from there.

Courtesy of www.ridiculousupside.com (by Scott Schroeder)


NBA doubles amount of fines for technical fouls - by Eurobasket News
Technical fouls will become twice as expensive this season.

The NBA informed teams that fines for technicals will double from last season's amounts in a memo, the contents of which were confirmed to the Associated Press on Friday.

Players and coaches will now be docked $2,000 for each of their first five technical fouls. The costs rise to $3,000 for the next five, followed by $4,000 for Nos. 11-15. Starting at 16, players are suspended one game for every two technicals, along with $5,000 for each.

The number of technicals could rise this season with the NBA seeking to halt complaining about calls. They will now call technicals for overt gestures, such as punching the air in anger, even if it's not directed at a referee.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Del Negro wants 'another big body' - by Eurobasket News
It used to be land of the giants around the Clippers.

Bigs, seemingly everywhere.

Naturally, this led to a daily dose of trade rumors. Marcus Camby, now in Portland, was rumored to be on the move almost from the day he joined the Clippers and center Chris Kaman's name seemed to fit nicely into headlines from coast to coast.

Now it is down to one giant ( Kaman) and another giant in training (DeAndre Jordan). Veterans Jarron Collins and Jake Voskuhl are in the Clippers' training camp on non-guaranteed contracts.

'It's me and D.J., that's really what it is,' Kaman said on Friday. 'Depending on what happens with the guys that are here from camp, the way I see it is me and D.J. [at center], and then Craig [Smith] and Blake [Griffin] and Brian [Cook] at the four [power forward].

'That's how it's going to be the whole season. I'm not going to be able to play the whole game. I'm a 32-, 35-minute guy. DJ is going to get some time. Blake and Craig as well. We talked about this summer, me and D.J. I think he's ready. He's just got have a little more patience.'

Said the 6-foot-11 Jordan: 'This year I'm probably going to be sixth man, going into the game pretty early, which is exciting. I know it's going to take a lot of work. I'm really ready to get the season started, really anxious.'

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro has made it clear he wouldn't be comfortable heading into the long-and-winding regular-season campaign with just two centers.

Collins or Voskuhl could be the third. Then again, the Clippers do have the flexibility to make another move, but that's getting well ahead of things. Especially since the first exhibition game is still days away.

'That's one of the things we're definitely looking at it,' Del Negro said. 'It's pretty important we have another big body. Let's just see how training camp goes and see who sticks out. We're just starting camp, got to get some healthy bodies.'

This will be Jordan's third season in the NBA. Funny, but if he had stayed in school, Jordan would be starting his senior year at Texas A&M.

'His game has gotten better every year but his maturity level has really increased,' said Neil Olshey, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations. 'But he's been so physically gifted that he's relied far too much on that. And I think he realizes to make an impact in this league he's going to have to develop an NBA skill that goes beyond just jumping out of the gym and having a great body.'

Etc.

Del Negro, eyeing the sudden rash of minor injuries, opted to change the schedule on Saturday, deciding to hold just one practice instead of two. Cook and Baron Davis were limited at the start of camp and rookies Eric Bledsoe and Willie Warren suffered injuries in the last two days.

Del Negro said Davis on Friday went through 'some non-contact stuff this morning.' Is there a timetable for Davis to start practicing? 'Maybe he goes for an hour and see how he feels. Kind of build it up,' Del Negro said. 'I just can't throw him out there. Hopefully, sooner than later. Even when he comes back, I'll monitor that in terms of his minutes on the court.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Marcus Landry hopes to join big brother Carl on Kings - by Eurobasket News
When asked about the possibility of being teammates with his older brother, Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) doesn't speak like a long shot to make the Kings' roster.

'It's going to be great,' Marcus said of playing with his brother, Kings forward Carl Landry.

Marcus' confidence isn't without merit. Four days into training camp, Marcus has been a standout, according to head coach Paul Westphal.

Big brother agrees.

'He is playing out of his mind,' Carl said. 'I'm not just saying this because he's my brother, but he's one of the best guys in camp right now. He's outplaying me, and that's saying a lot. I've always beat up on little brother growing up because I was the big brother.'

Not bad for Marcus, who was the final player added to the training camp roster. That would appear to make him a throw-in player, just an extra body for practices. But his play has dictated otherwise.

Marcus, 24, is focused on keeping up his good play and finding himself as a teammate with Carl, 26.

Marcus' journey to the NBA began last year when he played for the Kings' summer league team in Las Vegas.

Since playing with the Kings last summer, Marcus spent time with the New York Knicks, was traded to the Boston Celtics and played for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

'He's a little stronger, and he has more experience and more confidence,' Westphal said. 'We were the first team he went to out of college. He was trying to make the transition to being a perimeter player from being a four-man type. Sure, his game's changed a lot in the last year and a half.'

Marcus' two NBA stops couldn't have been more different. The Knicks try to outscore opponents by playing at a fast pace while the Celtics have no problem playing at a slow pace and grinding out wins.

The merging of those two philosophies could help Marcus, as the Kings are looking for more shooters and players willing to defend.

'Being in New York and playing for a coach like Mike D'Antoni, where if you're open you shoot it that really helped my confidence,' Marcus said. 'And then going to Boston with a group of guys who are wolves, basically. They get after it, and they don't back down to anybody. That helped the fight in me. I took the best of those worlds and put them together and here I am.'

Because of some injuries, Marcus has played power forward, small forward and shooting guard. And at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, he was the top rebounder after the stats were tallied from Thursday night's practice.

Carl worked out with Marucs and other NBA players this summer. It was a group that included Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and Ronnie Price.

Carl noticed Marcus' confidence growing in the offseason. He's confident Marcus will help a team this season.

'If he's not here, I know he'll be somewhere because he's playing great basketball,' Carl said. 'Even if he goes to the D-League or if somebody else picks him up, he's going to be a great bonus to somebody's ballclub.'

Carl can relate to Marcus working against the odds by recalling that there were 19 guaranteed contracts in Houston when he was a second round pick in 2007.

Landry still made the team.

'Ever since I've been little, I've been trying to do everything better than (Carl),' Marcus said. 'He's at a level now (that) I'm trying to get to and be better than that. He's just been a great example to me. There's no other person I can look up to right now but him. He's never been in trouble. He doesn't have a bad reputation at all. So just to follow in someone's footsteps, he's a great person's to follow in.'

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


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  NORWAY   


BLNO Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tromso - Froya 79-62
Tromso started 2010/2011 campaign with the win over Froya 79:62. Gerald January (201-F-88, college: Montevallo) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Timus Ronald netted 21. Phillip Nicholas and Kombat Miilah posted 16 points each in defeat.

Ammerud - Ulriken 62-80
Ulriken grabbed 80:62 over Ammerud on the first day of October. Audun Eskeland (175-G-85) poured in 18 points and Hammer David collected 16 points and 11 boards. Diomande Samuel answered with 14 points in the losing effort.

Kristiansand - Asker 81-106
Kristiansand lost to Asker 81:106 at the start of the Regular Season Round 1. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78, college: Independence CC) erupted with 41 points and 10 rebounds, while Hinsch Christian followed him with 19. Russell Antonio ended up with 35 points in the losing effort.




BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ronny KARLSEN
  Asker
  (202-F-78)
  Avg: 41
 1. Karlsen, Asker41.0 
 2. Russell, Kristiansand35.0 
 3. January, Tromso30.0 
 4. Timus, Tromso21.0 
 5. Hinsch, Asker19.0 
 6. Ross, Kristiansand18.0 
 7. Eskeland, Ulriken18.0 
 8. Hammer, Ulriken16.0 
 9. Kombat, Froya16.0 
 10. Phillip, Froya16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald JANUARY
  Tromso
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. January, Tromso11.0 
 2. Hammer, Ulriken11.0 
 3. Karlsen, Asker10.0 
 4. Kombat, Froya9.0 
 5. Timus, Tromso9.0 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken8.0 
 7. Fivelstad, Ulriken7.0 
 8. Ingebrigtsen, Froya7.0 
 9. Hinsch, Asker7.0 
 10. Ross, Kristiansand6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Galin MIHAYLOV
  Tromso
  (189-G-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mihaylov, Tromso7.0 
 2. Torkildsen, Asker6.0 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken5.0 
 4. Timus, Tromso5.0 
 5. Mahnin, Asker5.0 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso4.0 
 7. Midtvedt, Asker3.0 
 8. Hinsch, Asker3.0 
 9. Mullenax, Ulriken3.0 
 10. Russell, Kristiansand3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Diomande, Ammerud5.0 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken3.0 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken3.0 
 4. Mihaylov, Tromso3.0 
 5. Timus, Tromso3.0 
 6. January, Tromso2.0 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso2.0 
 8. Kombat, Froya2.0 
 9. Silavs, Froya2.0 
 10. Myhrer, Tromso2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Didrik VERSLAND
  Kristiansand
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 1
 1. Versland, Kristian.1.0 
 2. Bohn, Asker1.0 
 3. Diomande, Ammerud1.0 
 4. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.0 
 5. Hellerstrom, Ammer.1.0 
 6. Bratvold, Froya1.0 
 7. Christensen, Tro.1.0 
 8. Ross, Kristiansand1.0 
 9. Danielsen, Kristian.0.0 
 10. Ndikumana, Ulriken0.0 


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  POLAND   


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


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


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Pawel WIEKIERA
  Rosasport
  (206-F-78)
  Avg: 24
 1. Wiekiera, Rosas.24.0 
 2. Majcherek, AZS S.23.0 
 3. Michalak, Polonia .22.0 
 4. Pacocha, AZS S.22.0 
 5. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.21.0 
 6. Ustarbowski, Gornik W.21.0 
 7. Jankowski, Polonia .19.5 
 8. Pamula, Tempcold.19.0 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.18.5 
 10. Sterenga, Gornik W.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomasz ANDRZEJEWSKI
  Asec.Prokom-2
  (204-F/C-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.10.5 
 2. Ustarbowski, Gornik W.10.0 
 3. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.10.0 
 4. Kwiatkowski, Start L.9.5 
 5. Sterenga, Gornik W.9.0 
 6. Grudzinski, Spojn.9.0 
 7. Mis, SKK Siedlce9.0 
 8. Zurawski, ISS S.9.0 
 9. Chromicz, Sokol L.8.0 
 10. Paul, Astoria8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.8.5 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sportino6.5 
 3. Pacocha, AZS S.6.0 
 4. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.6.0 
 5. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.6.0 
 6. Pustelnik, GKS T.5.5 
 7. Glapinski, Sokol L.5.0 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.5.0 
 9. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.0 
 10. Wojcicki, SKK S.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  ISS Sportino
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Zytko, ISS Sportino5.0 
 2. Klima, Sokol L.5.0 
 3. Szumelda-K., Znicz B.5.0 
 4. Ustarbowski, Gornik W.4.5 
 5. Debski, SKK Siedlce4.0 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.4.0 
 7. Pacocha, AZS S.4.0 
 8. Wojcicki, SKK S.4.0 
 9. Jagoda, Start L.3.5 
 10. Stoklosa, Spojn.3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Maciej SUDOWSKI
  AZS Szczecin
  (204-C-77)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sudowski, AZS S.2.5 
 2. Klima, Sokol L.2.0 
 3. Wrobel, Gornik Walb.2.0 
 4. Zalewski, Rosas.2.0 
 5. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.0 
 6. Wiekiera, Rosas.2.0 
 7. Glabas, Polonia 20111.5 
 8. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.5 
 9. Barycz, GKS Tychy1.5 
 10. Kulikowski, Spojn.1.5 


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Metalac enjoys Slovenian trip - by Eurobasket News
Metalac played versus Slovenian teams three games and won one game. The team got great practice and experience before the upcoming season. In the opener Metalac overcame Sentjur 76:72. Kruscic erupted with 36 points for the Serbian team and Marojevic netted 10. Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84) and Dukan Dukanovic (179-G-92) poured in 9 points apiece. Teo Simovic (205-C-84) responded with 23 points in the losing effort and Drzic scored 19.
Later Zlatorog needed overtime to beat Metalac 87:79. The Slovenian teams started with 22-21 and then added 19-10 for 10-points halftime advantage. In the second half the guests played better and won the third quarter 24-21 and then the fourth 20-13 to tie the game. In overtime Slovenian team produced 12-4 to win the game. For the winners Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, agency: 011 Sports) top-scored with 23 points and Lapornik as well as Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80, college: Hutchinson CC) netted 14 each.
In the third game Elektra overcame Metalac 92:59. The Slovenian team played better and rightfully won the game.



OKK Beograd celebrates in Balkan league opener - by Eurobasket News
The 2010/2011 edition of the EUROHOLD Balkan League started with a really dramatic game. In the season opener in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, the local side KK Brod-Svjetlost was close to winning against OKK Beograd, but the more experience in Marko Icelics squad was decisive and in the end OKK won 66:72.

KK Brod-Svjetlost enjoyed a great start of the game, being supported by more than 2000 spectators in Dvorana Vijus, Igor Kovacevic's team started the game with a run of 9:3. With 3.34 left in the first, Brod led the score 15:10. Petar Cosic (186-G-85, agency: Interperformances) closed the first quarter with a basket to make it 24:19 for KK Brod-Svjetlost after 10 minutes.

The home team continued to push in the start of the second period and managed to extend their lead to 9 points - 30:21 after another lay-up by Petar Cosic. The biggest lead - 36:25 was fixed after Srdan Helbich scored two points with 6.02 left until halftime. Brod continued to lead the game with a good margin and were up 44:37 at halftime.

In the third period, OKK seemed way more motivated than the first half and quickly managed to decrease Brod-Svjetlost's lead to just one point - 47:46 after a jumper by Slobodan Stanojevic, finishing a 3:9 run. After two succesful free-throws, OKK had their first lead of the game - 47:48 with 5.57 remaining in the third. Anyway, the home side turned things in their way again and after 30 minutes they were still ahead with 54:52.

The decisive last quarter of the game started with four to nothing run by KK Brod-Svjetlost. The two teams changed the lead a couple of times, before Brod managed to break away - 63:61 with 3.16 left. OKK responded with a 7-0 run, finished by a basket from Dragan Simic (207-F/C-81) to set the score at 63:68. Filip Vukicevic (203-F-88) gave hope to the home crowd by scoring for 66:70 with 24 seconds on the clock, but Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) finished things with two good free-throws for 66:72.

Youngster Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) impressed for the home team KK Brod-Svjetlost, finishing with 17 points. Point guard Petar Cosic added 16 points, while Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83) scored 14 points, along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Filip Vukicevic was impressive in the paint, finishing with 9 rebounds.

OKK Beograds key to tonights victory - Slavko Stefanovic managed to score 26 points. The former Lukoil Academic man did this on 7/11 2 pts FG and 100% from the 3 and the charity stripe - 2/2 and 6/6. He was the only player from the visiting side to finish in double digits.

Courtesy of BIBL (www.balkanleague.net)


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  SLOVAKIA   


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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Carter, Vahostav.27.5 
 2. Burrows, Komarno26.7 
 3. Milosevic, Pezinok26.0 
 4. McCoy, Svit24.5 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok24.0 
 6. Wheeler, Inter B.23.7 
 7. Velcic, B.Bystrica20.0 
 8. Gavran, Inter B.19.0 
 9. Moore, Nitra19.0 
 10. Johnson, Nova Ves18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Tomek, Nitra13.0 
 2. Hallett, Prievidza11.0 
 3. Gavran, Inter B.10.0 
 4. Wolfinger, Levice9.7 
 5. Ridzon, Prievidza9.5 
 6. Delic, Handlova9.0 
 7. Johnson, Nova Ves9.0 
 8. Vojtek, Levice9.0 
 9. Burrows, Komarno8.3 
 10. Majoros, Prievidza8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Moore, Nitra8.3 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.0 
 3. Milosevic, Pezinok5.0 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves4.3 
 5. Kucsa, Inter B.4.3 
 6. Wheeler, Inter B.4.3 
 7. Jones, Prievidza4.0 
 8. Sapp, Pezinok4.0 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice3.7 
 10. Grbesic, Svit3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jessie SAPP
  Pezinok
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sapp, Pezinok3.0 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.3.0 
 3. Moore, Nitra2.7 
 4. Jones, Komarno2.7 
 5. Demecko, Nova Ves2.7 
 6. Ridzon, Prievidza2.5 
 7. Kucsa, Inter B.2.3 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice2.0 
 9. Findura, B.Bystrica2.0 
 10. Klatik, B.Bystrica2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dametri HILL
  Levice
  (202-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hill, Levice2.0 
 2. Jackson, Komarno1.3 
 3. Moore, Nitra1.0 
 4. Polakovic, Svit1.0 
 5. Avalic, Handlova1.0 
 6. Jones, Komarno1.0 
 7. Lukjanec, Pezinok1.0 
 8. Ridzon, Prievidza1.0 
 9. Hasan, Nitra1.0 
 10. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 


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  SLOVENIA   


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


Rogaska opened the season in impressive style (B1 League) - by Zeljko Zule
Rogaska is consired the main favourite in the B-1 League and opened the season in style by trashing Triglav 90-42. All 12 players tha player scored for Rogaska, highlighted Semir Smajlovic (209-C-87) 20 points. Zeljko Jotic tallied 16 points, Igor Spesic 15 and Boban Tomic and Miro Petrovic 11 each.
B1 League - Round 1:
Portoroz-Kraski zidar 85-77 (Moro 19, Perko 18+7 as+9 rbs, Prole 15+10 rbs - M.Husic 26, Buda 11+10 rbs)
Konjice-Tinex Medvode 55-71 (Sivka 29+11 rbs, Sipura 14 - Jenko 17, Drvaric 15)
Rogaska-Triglav 90-42 (Smajlovic 20, Jotic 16, Spesic 15 - Kastelic 7, Markus 6)
Nova Gorica-Logo Grosuplje 74-88 (Petrovic 29+12 rbs, Kuburic 15 - Trampus 23, Misic 12, Virk 12)
Litija-Postojna 67-63 (Golez 14, Dobovicnik 14, Lipovsek 14+12 rbs - Jakhel Kolarevic 22+15 rbs)
Radovljica-Sencur CPK 81-92 (Ivanovic 22, Tomic 14 - Kosec 16, Hladnik 13)
Branik Primorac-Hrastnik 68-73



Union Olimpija edged Geoplin Slovan before heading to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija edged Geoplin Slovan 83:68 before heading to Poland for the friendly tournament. Trailing 20-26 the favorites needed massive 28-8 in the last quarter to win the game. Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada) paced all the winners with 22 points and Gregory netted 12. Renato DaPaz (208-C, college: Dixie St.) responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
Krka meanwhile beat Zlatorog 73:71 due to the last seconds. Krka started with 15-10, while the opponents responded with 18-17 in the second period. The teams nailed 23 points each in the third period, while Zlatorog won the last frame 20-18. For Zlatorog Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, agency: 011 Sports) delivered 20 points and Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80, college: Hutchinson CC) scored 17. Atanackovic netted 10 and Pelko posted 8.
Serbian Metalac overcame Sentjur 76:72. Dragan Kruscic (198-F-86) erupted with 36 points for the Serbian team and Marojevic netted 10. Ljubojevic and Dukanovic poured in 9 points apiece. Teo Simovic (205-C-84) responded with 23 points in the losing effort and Drzic scored 19.
Later Zlatorog needed overtime to beat Metalac 87:79. The Slovenian teams started with 22-21 and then added 19-10 for 10-points halftime advantage. In the second half the guests played better and won the third quarter 24-21 and then the fourth 20-13 to tie the game. In overtime Slovenian team produced 12-4 to win the game. For the winners Vladimir Panic top-scored with 23 points and Lapornik as well as Sasa Mijajlovic netted 14 each.





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  SPAIN   


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


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. Andres, ADT T.5.0 
 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. Vinas, ADT T.2.0 
 4. Marco, ADT T.2.0 
 5. Torres, Santurtzi2.0 
 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. Hampl, Santurtzi1.0 
 3. Diouf, Gijon1.0 
 4. Vinas, ADT T.1.0 
 5. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.0 
 6. Andres, ADT T.1.0 
 7. Bonds, Gijon0.5 
 8. Maglisceau, Jerez0.5 
 9. Molnar, Gijon0.5 
 10. Diouf, Gijon0.4 


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


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. ADT Tarragona 1-0 
 2. Mallorca 1-0 
 3. Plasencia 1-0 
 4. Promobys 1-0 
 5. Regal FC II 1-0 
 6. Andorra 0-0 
 7. Avila 0-0 
 8. Clavijo 0-0 
 9. Lan Mobel ISB 0-0 
 10. Oviedo Feve 0-0 
 11. Coruna 0-1 
 12. Guadalajara 0-1 
 13. Illescas 0-1 
 14. Prat Juventud 0-1 
 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. Jasen, Estudiantes10.0 
 9. Granger, Estudian.10.0 
 10. Tucker, Real M.8.0 
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. Jasen, Estudiantes4.0 
 8. Garbajosa, Real M.3.0 
 9. Clark, Estudiantes3.0 
 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. Welsch, Estudian.1.0 
 10. Jasen, Estudiantes1.0 
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. Sanchez, Estudian.1.0 
 4. Oliver, Estudiantes1.0 
 5. Jasen, Estudiantes1.0 
 6. Gabriel, Estudiantes1.0 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.1.0 
 8. Reyes, Real Madrid1.0 
 9. Ellis, Estudiantes0.0 
 10. Velickovic, Real M.0.0 
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. Llull, Real Madrid0.0 
 6. Prigioni, Real Madrid0.0 
 7. Jasen, Estudiantes0.0 
 8. Vidal, Real Madrid0.0 
 9. Asselin, Estudiantes0.0 
 10. Velickovic, Real M.0.0 


ACB Week 1: A brief look - by Natxo Mendaza
* Real Madrid beat Estudiantes in the city derby thanks to a huge contribution by Carlos Suarez (21 points, 4 threes), who played his first game against his former team. Real Madrid struggled too much, though, until Sergio Llull took over at the point guard spot. Prigioni, who had a bitter argument against Messina, played only 6 minutes as a punishment.

* Cajasol had a tough game against Joventut, whose roster has been built with a lot of youngsters raised in the farm teams of the club. Three ties (!!!) in the three first periods led to a thrilling end in the last one. Bullock thanked coach Joan Plaza for signing him again and boosted Cajasol with 19 points. Who said he was too old for top-level? Kirskay helped too.


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. Palacios, La Palma20.0 
 7. Lorant, Burgos19.0 
 8. Aguilar, CB Tarra.19.0 
 9. Brown, Breogan19.0 
 10. Blair, Navarra18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rolands FREIMANIS
  Huesca
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Freimanis, Huesca13.0 
 2. Faverani, CB Mu.10.0 
 3. Gomez, Burgos10.0 
 4. Lorant, Burgos9.0 
 5. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.0 
 6. Romero, Melilla8.0 
 7. Sanborn, Navarra8.0 
 8. Antelo, Caceres8.0 
 9. McCoy, Caceres7.0 
 10. Frost, Palencia7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.9.0 
 2. Jimenez, Melilla8.0 
 3. Vallmajo, Breogan6.0 
 4. Perez, Lleida6.0 
 5. Rivero, CB Murcia6.0 
 6. Jasen, CB Murcia6.0 
 7. Aranda, Huesca5.0 
 8. Castro, Burgos5.0 
 9. Alvarado, La Palma5.0 
 10. Feldeine, Breogan4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Oscar HERRERO
  Huesca
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Herrero, Huesca4.0 
 2. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.0 
 3. Brown, Breogan3.0 
 4. Robles, Alcazar3.0 
 5. Mediano, Caceres3.0 
 6. Dobbins, CB Murcia2.0 
 7. Diaz, La Palma2.0 
 8. Lopez, La Palma2.0 
 9. Curtis, Lleida2.0 
 10. Diouf, CB Tarragona2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Angel ANTELO
  Caceres
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Antelo, Caceres3.0 
 2. Downs, Burgos2.0 
 3. Ugboaja, Burgos2.0 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona2.0 
 5. Romero, Melilla2.0 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan1.0 
 7. Sanborn, Navarra1.0 
 8. Kiefer, Burgos1.0 
 9. Krabbenhoft, Lleida1.0 
 10. Virgil, Alcazar1.0 


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  SWEDEN   


Norrkoping won their opener at the Baltic League - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping won their opener at the Baltic League beating TU/Rock 97:88. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) stepped up with 27 points for the Swedish side and Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) Mikael delivered 16. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Solna Vikings meanwhile overcame LF Basket 99:91. Jim Nystrom (194-G/F-82, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with 17 points and Alexander Lindqvist followed him with 12. Ilunga netted 10, Mertzoug scored 6, whilst Kosmalski and Walker added 5 each.
Boras Basket overcame St Helena Basket 73:53. Boras opened the game with 20-10 and then erupted with 18-2 in the second period. Moreover Boras managed to win the third period 20-18 and did not mind 15-23 in the last frame. Simon Karlsson and Fredrik Andersson led the way with 11 points each, while Stefan Duvnjak (186-G-88) netted 9. Nikica Rajacic and Pontus Harvidsson delivered 8 points, while Filip Elisson netted 7.
Boras also beat Eco Orebro 78:67. Christoffer Ryan (196-G-90) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) poured in 18. Chris and McCoy Kellen netted 11 points each, while Henke added 9.



Roster changes at Uppsala Basket - by Andreas Eriksson
Uppsala Basket made some changes to their roster. After a short tryout period, the contract with American rookie PG Justin Mason (188-G-88, college: Texas) was cancelled, Mason didn't adjust to life and basketball in Sweden and wanted to leave, at the same time as Uppsala also felt a new player was needed as Mason had not performed up to expectations. 'New' player will be Howard Frier (193-F-76, agency: Promotex, college: Colorado) who spent last season with the team as well, the team decided not to bring him back at first, but now when they needed a replacement they went the 'safe' way and took a player they know exactly what they will get in. Uppsala also added former Solna VIkings player, Icelandic National Team player, Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba), who'll spend time mostly at the 3, probably backing American Timothy Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Drexel) up.

Rudy Mbemba will start for LF Basket - by Eurobasket News
Although the Swedish player had negotiations with Sundsvall Dragons, it was announced that Rudy Mbemba will start the season for LF Basket.
The well-know National team player Rudy Mbemba had experience in Spain, Germany, Serbia etc. In 2006-2008 he played two seasons for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt. In October 2007 moved to Solna Vikings (Basketligan, starting five) and after 31 games averaged 18,9ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 65.7%. In 2008-2009 went to Vanoli Soresina (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and after 43 games his stats read 8.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 49.0%. In 2009-2010 moved to DASH Peristeri Athens (Greece-A1) but then moved back to Solna Vikings (Basketligan) and after 29 games averaged 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.9apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 46.3%.
Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) nailed 12 points as Sweden handed Azerbaijan their first loss in Baku. The Scandinavian team needed 101:79 win as both teams share the top. Sweden and Azerbaijan will head into next summer's EuroBasket Division B campaign as the teams in the competition with 3-1 records.
Over the last two years Rudy Mbemba was a member of Swedish Basketligan All-Star Game -08, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team -08, Swedish League Champion -08, Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Italian Lega Due Cup Finalist -09, Italian Lega Due Play-Offs Champion -09, Swedish Basketligan Semifinals -10. At the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 after 3 games he averaged 8.7ppg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), Steals-1 (4.7spg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 50.0%.




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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 1-0 
 2. SAV Vacallo 1-0 
 3. Starwings 1-0 
 4. BBC Nyon 0-0 
 5. Geneve Lions 0-0 
 6. Lugano Tigers 0-0 
 7. SAM Massagno 0-0 
 8. Boncourt 0-1 
 9. Monthey 0-1 
 10. Zurich W. 0-1 


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


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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan Mobile announces two new signings - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Mobile on Friday announced that point guard Su Yi-Chieh (182-G-87) and forward Hsiao Yuan-Chang (195-F-84) have signed with the team.

Former Dacin starting point guard Su Yi-Chieh, who had been seeking to play in China, decided to sign with Taiwan Mobile instead to complete the final year of his graduate school education at National Taiwan Normal University.

Hsiao Yuan-Chang, a blue-collar type power forward, previously played for KKL.

Taiwan Mobile finished 15-15 and ranked fifth in the seven-team SBL in the 2009-2010 season.


2010 Asian university basketball tournament to tip off Sunday - by Chris Wang
Seven teams from as many countries will participate in the 2010 Asian University Men's Basketball Championship from Oct. 3-8 in the northern county of Taoyuan, the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (CTUSF) said.

Myongji University of South Korea, Tianjin Polytechnic University of China, Universite Saint-Esprit De Kaslik of Lebanon and university All-Star teams from Hong Kong, Mongolia, Thailand and host Taiwan will participate in the biennial invitational tourney, according to the CTUSF.

The single round-robin tournament will be held in Kainan University, which is located in Luzhu Township, Taoyuan County.

The competition was launched in 2006, with Myongji University winning the inaugural title. An Iranian university All-Star team took home the championship in 2008.

2010 AUB official website (Mandarin) http://2010aub.ctusf.org.tw/


Weekly tidbits: Nancy Liu, SLAM and Taiwan Beer - by Chris Wang
-- An interview with Nancy Liu
Recently I had an opportunity to interview a special girl who is so hopelessly in love with basketball that she quit her job earier this year and spent 63 days in eight European countries to watch 25 pro teams play in 50 games, including the Eurocups Finals and the Euroleague Final Four because of her passion for the game of basketball.

Her name is Nancy Liu, a Taiwanese girl whose name is probably sort of well-known in some European basketball circles by now. Liu also stayed in Turkey to witness the entire 2010 World Championship and has been featured in a FIBA television interview.

Make sure to read her blog at http://abasketballdream.blogspot.com/

Yeah, a crazy girl indeed, but every passion starts with a crazy idea, doesn't it? I also happened to find out that Nancy is not only a huge Duke fan and a Virgo but also has been following my blog for a while, which is why I have to write this post for her. Haha.

-- SLAM: Jeremy Lin
A while ago I also had a rare chance to be interviewed as a basketball writer by the SLAM magazine writer Ben Sin to talk about Jeremy Lin.

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/09/defying-all-odds/

Whether or not Lins signing is driven by an agenda to boost ticket sales and buzz is up for debate, but the move has undoubtedly caused a positive reaction for the NBA in Taiwan. Chris Wang, a veteran sports journalist and current columnist for NBA.com in Taiwan, says Lins signing has increased interest in the League, although he isnt sure if its increased enthusiasm for basketball in general, because Wang argues that, pound for pound, Taiwanese basketball fans love of the game surpasses those in China.

Lin and his family (parents and two brothers) appeared in an NBA-organized press conference in Taiwan less than 10 days after the signing. Hailed as the first Taiwan player in the NBA, Lin received a heros welcome at the press conference.

-- Taiwan Beer going to China?
There has been talks that Taiwan Beer is mulling to join the Chinese pro league CBA next year. The Chinese basketball authority has flat out rejected the report, saying that the 17-team league isn't planning for an expansion for now.

TB thought about joining the Chinese league for a couple of reasons. First of all, it figured that it would benefit the team to be in the Chinese basketball market, which looks like a sponsor-rich and popular territory. Secondly, the relocation will be a part of the expansion plan of the Taiwan Beer Corporation, which has been trying to secure market access to China with warming Taiwan-China relations.

It was reported that TB Chairman Wei Po-tao had said he would spend 20-30 million RMB a year for the team to join the CBA, and the team is considering to make a city in Zhejiang Province as its homecourt.

Conflicting reports stated that TB might stay in Taiwan and choose Taipei as its home, but this is highly unlikely because it will cost Chinese teams a lot more on transportation if they have to play in Taiwan. On the political front, having Chinese teams play in Taiwan will definitely stir up controversy.

Anyway, I tend to look at it as just another rumor for now. It's possible that Taiwanese teams will join the CBA in the future, but not in another three years due to too many concerns and techinical difficulties, I think.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


UTT beat Macoya as Big Four race tightens - by Don Farrell
CENTRE Miguel Sansavour scored eight of his 24 points and forward Kemrick Julien netted eight of 15 in the final-quarter to lead the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to an impressive 91-85 win over Macoya Forum in the Mens First Division of the North Zone Basketball League at the Jean Pierre Complex.

But despite Thursday nights victory, UTTs second in seven matches, they are clearly without a chance of making it to the Big Four. National Flour Mills are out front on the nine-team standings with 13 points after their allotted eight matches, but the powerful Defence Force are level on points still with a game to play.

Third placed Detour Shak Attack are two points behind the top two on 11 points but have two more games left.

They are being followed by Macoya Forum in fourth on 11 points and have completed their schedule, and must now wait to see what happens with the other teams. On Thursday night, the University men had to battle their way from behind 32-20 in the first-quarter before sealing the victory tmainly through Sansavour, Julien and particularly Kern George who slotted in 25 points.

They secured a three-point advantage at the half-time interval 45-43 and continued to outscore their opponents 22-19 in the third session for a 67-62 lead.

Neither team could get an advantage in the final quarter as both scored put up 24 points leaving UTT winners.

Cosmic Raptors continued to push for a place in the Second Division Big Four play-off beating Off Limits 65-43 in an entertaining game.

Off Limits struggled early as they failed to score a single basket in the opening session as Raptors led 19-0 and maintained their advantage at the half-way interval 35-18. Rodney Greaves led the winners with 20 points.

Results: First Division UTT (91) Kern George 25; Miguel Sansavour 24, Kemrick Julien 15 vs MACOYA FORUM (85) Wayne Richards 23, Jeffrey Bourne 15, Akiel Paynter 15.

Second Division COSMIC RAPTORS (65) Rodney Greaves 20, Kean Brathwaite 12 vs OFF LIMITS (43) Lyndon London 13.
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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro25.5 
 2. Washington, BC Od.23.5 
 3. DeGroat, BC Odessa19.0 
 4. Ulyanko, Hoverla18.5 
 5. Otverchenko, BC Ky.18.0 
 6. Wilson, Budivelnyk18.0 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot17.0 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna16.5 
 9. Bizaca, Khimik16.0 
 10. Dukes, DniproAzot15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  Budivelnyk
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Agafonov, Budiv.14.0 
 2. Austin, Dnipro13.0 
 3. DeGroat, BC Odessa12.5 
 4. Garrison, Khimik11.0 
 5. Hughes, Mykolaiv10.0 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna9.5 
 7. Morrison, Halyc.9.5 
 8. Betts, Budivelnyk9.0 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla8.5 
 10. Kovalenko, BC Kyiv8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.0 
 2. Keys, Budivelnyk5.0 
 3. Lukashov, Budiv.5.0 
 4. Swanson, Hoverla4.5 
 5. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.5 
 6. Love, Mykolaiv4.0 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.0 
 8. Funn, Halychyna4.0 
 9. Popov, Khimik4.0 
 10. Broadus, Halychyna4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ruslan OTVERCHENKO
  BC Kyiv
  (192-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Otverchenko, BC Ky.5.0 
 2. Dukes, DniproAzot3.0 
 3. Karim, DniproAzot3.0 
 4. Lypovyy, BC Kyiv3.0 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv3.0 
 6. Tischenko, BC Kyiv2.0 
 7. Kiausas, Hoverla2.0 
 8. Revzin, Halychyna2.0 
 9. Millage, Khimik2.0 
 10. Tymofeyenko, Dni.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv6.0 
 2. Turner, BC Odessa2.5 
 3. Sandul, BC Kyiv2.0 
 4. Garrison, Khimik2.0 
 5. Wiggins, Halychyna2.0 
 6. Kornienko, Dnipro1.5 
 7. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Austin, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Benton, DniproAzot1.0 
 10. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 


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


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Drew SULLIVAN
  Liverpool T.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 26
 1. Sullivan, Liverpoo.26.0 
 2. Jones, Liverpool T.17.0 
 3. Aliu, Liverpool T.16.0 
 4. Smith, Newcastl.13.0 
 5. Toney, Liverpool T.12.0 
 6. Defoe, Newcastl.11.0 
 7. Chapman, Newcastl.10.0 
 8. Richard, Newcastl.10.0 
 9. Thomson, Liverpoo.6.0 
 10. Flournoy, Newcas.6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tafari TONEY
  Liverpool T.
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Toney, Liverpool T.9.0 
 2. Sullivan, Liverpoo.7.0 
 3. Jones, Liverpool T.6.0 
 4. Chapman, Newcastl.5.0 
 5. Thomson, Liverpoo.5.0 
 6. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.0 
 7. Defoe, Newcastl.3.0 
 8. Nielsen, Newcastle E.3.0 
 9. Aliu, Liverpool T.2.0 
 10. Bridge, Newcas.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fabulous FLOURNOY
  Newcastle E.
  (192-G/F-73)
  Avg: 5
 1. Flournoy, Newcastl.5.0 
 2. Jones, Liverpool T.4.0 
 3. Sullivan, Liverpoo.3.0 
 4. Aliu, Liverpool T.3.0 
 5. Lockhart, Newcastl.1.0 
 6. Chapman, Newcastl.1.0 
 7. Thomson, Liverpoo.1.0 
 8. Lawson, Liverpoo.1.0 
 9. Nielsen, Newcastle E.1.0 
 10. Smith, Newcas.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew BRIDGE
  Newcastle E.
  (193-F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bridge, Newcastl.3.0 
 2. Aliu, Liverpool T.3.0 
 3. Jones, Liverpool T.2.0 
 4. Chapman, Newcastl.1.0 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.1.0 
 6. Lawson, Liverpoo.1.0 
 7. Thomson, Liverpoo.1.0 
 8. Defoe, Newcastl.0.0 
 9. Sullivan, Liverpoo.0.0 
 10. Flournoy, Newcas.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BRIDGE
  Newcastle E.
  (193-F-79)
  Avg: 0
 1. Bridge, Newcastl.0.0 
 2. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.0 
 3. Thomson, Liverpoo.0.0 
 4. Chapman, Newcastl.0.0 
 5. Aliu, Liverpool T.0.0 
 6. Richard, Newcastl.0.0 
 7. Sullivan, Liverpoo.0.0 
 8. Defoe, Newcastl.0.0 
 9. Nielsen, Newcastle E.0.0 
 10. Smith, Newcas.0.0 


BBL Friday Round Up - by Paul Nilsen
There was both BBL Trophy and BBL Championship action on Friday night as the Mersey Tigers and Newcastle Eagles secured their semi-final berths in the Trophy while the One Health Sharks Sheffield got their Championship campaign off to a winning start in emphatic fashion.

The Tigers and Eagles both enjoyed victories in the BBL Trophy over the Cheshire Jets and Glasgow Rocks respectively to secure the places in the semi-finals and they will now play each other over a two-legged aggregate score match to determine who will progress to the Final in the New Year.

The Tigers enjoyed a 90-78 victory over the Jets at the Echo Arena on Friday night with James Jones and Andrew Thomson top-scoring for the home side with 21 point a-piece. In a tight game for the most part, the Jets began the final quarter with a flourish to trim the deficit to five points at 67-62, but a David Aliu three-pointer sparked an 11-1 run for the home side to take the score out to 78-63. The Jets valiantly tried to get themselves back into the game, but were unable to close the gap sufficiently as the Tigers held on for the all-important victory.

The Eagles were made to work hard by the Northern rivals, but they eventually overcame the Rocks 83-75 at Sport Central on Friday evening. An impressive 31-point haul from Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) helped the Eagles into the semi-finals of the competition as they fought back to overturn a first quarter 20-21 deficit and steadily extended their lead throughout the game. A 7-1 burst in the final period gave them their biggest lead of the game at 77-62 and despite a 10-1 burst from the visitors to leave them trailing by six points at 81-75 with 26 seconds remaining, the Eagles held on for the victory and maintained their 100% record in the group stages of the competition.

In BBL Championship action on Friday night, the Sharks enjoyed a little more comfort in their victory as they defeated the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders 116-73 at the EIS, Sheffield. An impressive Ryan Patton performance earned him the mantle of leading scorer in the game with 33 points and he was ably assisted by Steve Dagostino who netted 31 points personal for the Sharks. The home side led from tip-to-buzzer and a 23-9 run in the third quarter broke the game open to take the score out to 82-54 heading into the final stanza. A 9-2 start to the final period from the visitors trimmed the deficit back slightly, but the Sharks were not to be outdone as they rattled off a 26-4 burst to take the score out to 110-67 with two minutes remaining in the game.




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Jon Rogers leads Union Atletica - by Hector Lopez
Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) with 21 seconds to play, netted a two point shot leading Union Atletica to defeat on the road Anastasia 67-65 for the Uruguayan League 11th round. Rpgers scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds plus 5 blocks, while Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) scored 10 points with 5 rebounds. For Anastasia Marcus Sikes (203-F-84, agency: STKG, college: Cincinnati) 23 points 9 rebounds, Brian Latham (184-G-83, agency: Union Sports, college: Houston) 17 points 5 rebounds, Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Georgia) 8 points 7 rebounds.
Other games played:
Bohemios 77 - Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) 17 points 17 rebounds 7 blocks, De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) 19 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
Trouville 67 - Dustin Villepigue (206-F-83, college: UNLV) 15 points 5 rebounds, Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) 19 points 6 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 0 points 5 rebounds.
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Olimpia 97 - Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 22 points 5 rebounds, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 17 points 9 rebounds 7 blocks.
Cordon 83 - Craig Craft (191-G-87, college: S.Mississippi) 32 points 8 rebounds, Harold Griffin (201-F, college: Lee) 31 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks.



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


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. Aguiar, Hebraica27.0 
 5. Taboada, Bigua27.0 
 6. McGowan, Sayago26.0 
 7. Elliott, Hebraica24.8 
 8. Woodward, Defensor23.3 
 9. Martinez, Malvin21.4 
 10. Nelson, Welcome20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald DOUGLAS
  Bohemios
  (201-C-87)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Douglas, Bohemios12.5 
 2. Shelman, Sayago12.3 
 3. Puckett, Aguada11.7 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia11.4 
 5. Baston, Hebraica11.4 
 6. Gamble, Cader11.1 
 7. McGowan, Sayago10.6 
 8. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.3 
 9. Dilligard, Olimpia10.0 
 10. Sikes, Anastasia9.6 
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. Rivero, Montevideo2.2 
 9. Viera, Anastasia2.2 
 10. Wenzel, Trouville2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronald DOUGLAS
  Bohemios
  (201-C-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Douglas, Bohemios4.5 
 2. Dilligard, Olimpia3.8 
 3. Colon, Bohemios3.0 
 4. Shelman, Sayago3.0 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.8 
 6. Gamble, Cader2.3 
 7. Billings, Bigua2.3 
 8. Jackson, Anastasia2.2 
 9. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.2 
 10. Kanis, Trouville2.1 


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
1. Espartanos 15-3
2. Graneros 12-6
3. Estudiantes 10-7
4. Lanc.Cojedes 8-7
5. Cent.Apure 9-9
6. Tiburones 7-11
7. Rojos de Sucre 6-10
8. Atleticos UCV 2-16


LNB 2010 - Week 5 (Sep 28th): Home teams relentless - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Espartanos de Margarita, Graneros de Portuguesa, Tiburones de Vargas and Rojos de Sucre got victories as hosts to begin Week 5 of the LNB's regular season action.

GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 88 - LANCEROS DE COJEDES 78
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: Unavailable= 88
LAN: Unavailable= 78

Scorers
GRA: Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80) 22 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 21 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 12 points
LAN: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 20 points, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85) 17 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 13 points

ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 107 - ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 100
Verde Rojas Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
ESP: Unavailable= 107
EST: Unavailable= 100

Scorers
ESP: Stats were not provided
EST: Stats were not provided

ROJOS DE SUCRE 98 - CENTAUROS DE APURE 83
Morochito Rodriguez Arena - Cumana, Sucre

Quarter by quarter
ROJ: 24-20-37-17= 98
CEN: 23-14-21-25= 83

Scorers
ROJ: Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) 22 points, Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 21 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 12 points and 15 rebounds, Jose Ramos (198-F-71) 10 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 10 points
CEN: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 18 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 16 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 15 points

TIBURONES DE VARGAS 81 - ATLETICOS UCV 65
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 21-14-30-16= 81
UCV: 20-16-14-15= 65

Scorers
TIB: Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 35 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 19 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 13 points
UCV: Morris Sierralta (G) 20 points, Martin Escobar 13 points, Carlos Yanez 10 points


LNB 2010 - News: Tiburones signed Richard Lugo and Terquin Mott - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Tiburones de Vargas, title holders of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB), will try to change things around and get back into the fight for a spot in the playoffs, after acquiring veteran center Richard Lugo (209-C-73) and replacing the injured Rammel Allen (210-C-79) with Terquin Mott (203-F-74) for the remainder of the regular season.

Lugo, a former LNB champion at the beginning of the decade with the extint Delfines de Miranda, brings his proven experience to the paint of a team that has suffered due to injuries, while Mott, who last played in this league for Graneros de Portuguesa, will increase the team's offensive quality.

'We fell very satisfied after reaching an agreement with Lugo, because we all know what he's able to do on court and that makes us think of bigger things now. He's a great player and we hope he can help us a lot in the paint and also in the offensive end. His work, as well as Mott's work, should help us go after another title', said the president and owner of Tiburones, Alexander Vargas.

Lugo had been tempted by both Estudiantes de Guarico and Centauros de Apure but did not reach an agreement. He's also in the midst of negotiations to return to Trotamundos de Carabobo in LPB and sign what would be his final pro contract as an active player.


Venezuela's U15 NT ready for the South American Championship - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's U15 National Team is ready to play in the South American Championship, set to begin in Pasto, Colombia, after weeks of training sessions in Caracas under the command of head coach Francisco 'Paco' Diez .

Diez will be assisted by Alfredo Madrid in his intention of putting Venezuela among the three teams qualified for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup Qualy Tournament. Venezuela has won three South American titles at this level in the editions of Caracas 1986, Guanare 1998 and Cucuta 2003.

The roster includes Julio Bolivar of Anzoategui, Andres Velandia of Carabobo, Hernan Nuez of Distrito Capital, Romeo Gobbo of Lara, Juan Jose Mejias, Franco Torres and Ramses Valdez of Miranda, Luis Herrera of Nueva Esparta, Luis Germany and Deyran Guevara of Portuguesa, Jorge Saracual of Sucre and Diego Gutierrez of Tachira.




LNB 2010 - Week 5 (Sep 29th): Lanceros, Estudiantes and Atleticos surprised opponents - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Lanceros de Cojedes, Estudiantes de Guarico and Atleticos UCV earned victories against Graneros de Portuguesa, Espartanos de Margarita and Tiburones de Vargas that weren't expected, specially because they did it as visitors.

LANCEROS DE COJEDES 112 - GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 93
Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
GRA: 27-26-21-19= 93
LAN: 30-30-23-29= 112

Scorers
GRA: Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80) 28 points
LAN: Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 39 points, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85) 32 points

ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 75 - ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 68
Verde Rojas Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
ESP: Unavailable= 68
EST: Unavailable= 75

Scorers
ESP: Stats were not provided
EST: Stats were not provided

CENTAUROS DE APURE 77 - ROJOS DE SUCRE 75
Morochito Rodriguez Arena - Cumana, Sucre

Quarter by quarter
ROJ: Unavailable= 75
CEN: Unavailable= 77

Scorers
ROJ: Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 17 points
CEN: Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 20 points

ATLETICOS UCV 74 - TIBURONES DE VARGAS 69
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 15-14-22-18= 69
UCV: 11-16-21-26= 74

Scorers
TIB: Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 11 points, Terquin Mott (203-F-74) 11 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 10 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 9 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 9 points
UCV: Carlos Yanez 20 points, Jimmy Mosquera (191-G/F-69) 19 points, Morris Sierralta (G) 12 points, Alejandro Omana (188-G-86) 12 points


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Banda relishes return to national team - by Thomas Fink
By Roy Matiki

FORMER JBC star player Eric Banda, now plying his trade across the border in Mozambique at Costa do Sol, is relishing a call to the senior men national team when the qualifiers for the All Africa Games begin. Banda is looking forward to be part of the national team that will compete during the All Africa Games set for Mozambique next year. He hopes to use what he has learnt in Mozambique in the national team and add value during the qualifying matches.

Besides the qualifiers for the All Africa Games, there are qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations. These qualifying matches will run concurrently Banda has won various medals since his school days at Embakwe High School in Plumtree and Milton High in Bulawayo. The Bulawayo star took his basketball career to another level, playing in the national league before his move to Mozambique last year. His first club was Giants Basketball Club in Bulawayo, where he won seven league titles.

From Giants, Banda switched base and joined Harare based side JBC under the guidance of Addison Chiware. Banda won nine Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards and has been capped 18 times in the national team. In his first season in the Mozambican league, which is sponsored by Vodacom, Banda won the championship trophy with Maxaquene and was voted the league MVP. After a stint with Maxaquene, Banda this season joined Costa do Sol. Last season he averaged 19 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and 14 assists per game.

The former JBC kingpin is now eyeing a move to the United States of America. Banda feels he has the capacity to play in the NBA. The Mozambican basketball league runs from August to December and has 10 teams. Banda is not the only foreigner at Costa do Sol as there is also a Congolese player in the team. At the end of last season the league management committee changed rules governing the foreign quota system. The new rule was that only two foreigners can be registered by a club. At Maxaquene we were three foreigners, including two Americans, and I was approached by Costa do Sol and made the switch.

Since my move to the Mozambican league, my performance has vastly improved and there is still room for improvement. In the Mozambican league the game is more technical and funding is abundant as sponsors scramble to sponsor teams. Some of the sponsors include airline, banks and cellphone companies. Our club is sponsored by a cellular company called MCell and a construction company owned by a Portuguese, Banda said. Banda said the Mozambique national team will report for camp next week to start preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mozambique will not be taking part in the All Africa Games qualifiers, as they are the host country. Some of the nations that will battle during the Africa Cup of Nations Cup include Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana. Banda also has a passion for football when he is not on the basketball court. He played for Highlanders juniors in primary school. In Mozambique, Banda follows the Costa do Sol soccer team coached by Zimbabwean David Yogi Mandigora, the former Dynamos mentor




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Gospic face Sibenik for the fourth times at the Herksel Cup finals - by Zeljko Zule
Croatian teams Gospic CO and Sibenik Jolly JBS reached Cup Vojko Herksel final for the fourth time in a row. Gospic led 62-27 over Vojvodina after dominating first half and Sibenik eliminated AJM Maribor.
Sibenik Jolly JBS-AJM Maribor 72-53 (Cakic 22, Balic 11, Lokas 13, Semren 10, Ivankovic 10, tampalija 6 - Dover 4, Kure 13, Ilijev 12, Furman 8, Baltic 14).
Gospic CO-NIS Vojvodina 87-53 (Ivezic 16, Reid 17, Jurcevic 21, Marin 2, A.Vrsaljko 6, Badanjak 6, M.Vrsaljko 13, P.Devcic 1, Solverson 5 - Cabarkapa 13, Boskovi 7, ivadinovic 7, Djuric 2, Krnjetin 2, Vuckovic 2, I.Terzic 6, Lukac 10, M.Terzic 4)



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Czech Republic shocks Australia, eliminates them in the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) 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. Jana Vesela (190-F-83), Hana 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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


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


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  BELARUS - Women  


WC Quarterfinals: Belarus knocks Russia out of the competition - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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) 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


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 21
 1. Meesseman, Ieper21.0 
 2. Ballau, R.Spirou.17.0 
 3. Plasman, Ieper17.0 
 4. Boydens, Ieper15.0 
 5. Kara, R.Spirou M.13.0 
 6. Van Breedam, Wille.13.0 
 7. Maes, Deerlijk13.0 
 8. Signore, R.Spirou.12.0 
 9. Versavel, Ieper11.0 
 10. Adams, Willebroek10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Meesseman, Ieper12.0 
 2. Maes, Deerlijk9.0 
 3. Mortier, Deerlijk8.0 
 4. Mans, Willebroek8.0 
 5. Kara, R.Spirou M.7.0 
 6. Bijnens, Willebroek6.0 
 7. Michiels, R.Spirou.6.0 
 8. Verbeest, Deerlijk6.0 
 9. Boydens, Ieper6.0 
 10. Devliegher, Ieper6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ann PLASMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Plasman, Ieper6.0 
 2. Ballau, R.Spirou.6.0 
 3. Norman, Ieper3.0 
 4. Storme, Deerlijk3.0 
 5. Meesseman, Ieper2.0 
 6. Michiels, R.Spirou.2.0 
 7. Devliegher, Ieper2.0 
 8. De Bondt, Deerlijk2.0 
 9. De Meyer, Willebroek2.0 
 10. Van Den Berg., Willeb.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marieke VERSAVEL
  Ieper
  (167-G-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Versavel, Ieper4.0 
 2. Boydens, Ieper3.0 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper3.0 
 4. Van Den Berg., Willeb.2.0 
 5. Norman, Ieper2.0 
 6. Hedebouw, Willebroek2.0 
 7. Signore, R.Spirou.2.0 
 8. Hendrickx, Willebroek2.0 
 9. Versavel, Ieper2.0 
 10. Mans, Willebroek2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.0 
 2. Adams, Willebroek1.0 
 3. Beaurang, Willebroek1.0 
 4. Plasman, Ieper1.0 
 5. Van Breedam, Wille.1.0 
 6. Devliegher, Ieper0.0 
 7. Versavel, Ieper0.0 
 8. Signore, R.Spirou.0.0 
 9. Boydens, Ieper0.0 
 10. Ballau, R.Spirou.0.0 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brasil Underachieves in 2010 World Championships - by Mel Devonne
Finishing the world Championships with a wn against Japan 84-79 doesnt tell the full story
of a disappointing world championhips for Brasil in the Czech Republic.
Even with 2 WNBA allstars, Castro and De Souza Brasil seemd to lack chemistry on the offensive end
and often seemed to lack the foot speed to keep up with the quick teams like Korea who upset
Brasil in the opening game.
Brasil did come back to beat a good Japan team twice, but Brasil had trouble with Japans point
guard Oga who had big games against Brasil.
I would like to see a younger, quicker backcourt for Brasil. Andriana Pinto and Helen Luz have
been great guards for many years, but didnt get it done on the defensive end.
Expect many changes for the Brasil national womens team.
Brasil finsihes 9-10 in the world championships.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Lukoil Neftochimik better than Beroe 07 in a control game - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Neftochimik - Beroe 07 83-41

Lukoil squared off against Beroe 07 in a friendly duel and managed to win without major problems. From the opening tip-off it was evident that Beroe players are in for a long night. Lukoil came out strong on defensive end immediately taking control on its rivals. Beroe players failed to cope with the pressure and were limited to only 8 first quarter points. After one quarter, Lukoil was already comfortably up 21-8. Not much changed in the second period, as Lukoil continued to dominate on both ends of the court. They mounted run after run and by halftime they were holding 45-23 lead. After the break, Lukoil players continued to pressure their opponents which continued to struggle on the offensive end. In the second half, Lukoil allowed even less points, as Beroe players were able to score only 18 for the whole second half. Lukoil on the other hand, had no trouble executing and have further increased their lead. After the final buzzer, hosts celebrated blowout 83-41 win.
Five players reached double digits for winning side with Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Baylor) and Olena Samburska (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) leading the way with 20 and 15 points respectively. Gabriela Kostova (190-C-94) and Aneta Miteva (181-G-88) chipped in 11 points apiece, while Faye Muller (191-F-84) finished the game with 10 points. On the other side, Beroe had only Zlatina Kaloferova (192-C-86) in double-digits with 10 points. Next best scorers were Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) and Viktoriya Stoycheva (172-G-92) who added 9 points each.

Lukoil Neftohimik: Angela Tisdale 20, Olena Samburska 15, Gabriela Kostova 11, Aneta Miteva 11, Faye Muller 10
Beroe 07: Zlatina Kaloferova 10, Ralitsa Naneva 9, Viktoriya Stoycheva 9


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  CROATIA - Women  


Gospic face Sibenik for the fourth times at the Herksel Cup finals - by Zeljko Zule
Croatian teams Gospic CO and Sibenik Jolly JBS reached Cup Vojko Herksel final for the fourth time in a row. Gospic led 62-27 over Vojvodina after dominating first half and Sibenik eliminated AJM Maribor.
Sibenik Jolly JBS-AJM Maribor 72-53 (Cakic 22, Balic 11, Lokas 13, Semren 10, Ivankovic 10, tampalija 6 - Dover 4, Kure 13, Ilijev 12, Furman 8, Baltic 14).
Gospic CO-NIS Vojvodina 87-53 (Ivezic 16, Reid 17, Jurcevic 21, Marin 2, A.Vrsaljko 6, Badanjak 6, M.Vrsaljko 13, P.Devcic 1, Solverson 5 - Cabarkapa 13, Boskovi 7, ivadinovic 7, Djuric 2, Krnjetin 2, Vuckovic 2, I.Terzic 6, Lukac 10, M.Terzic 4)



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic shocks Australia, eliminates them in the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) 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. Jana Vesela (190-F-83), Hana 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


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  DENMARK - Women  


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


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  FRANCE - Women  


WC Quarterfinals: Spain grabs OT win against France - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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).
At the press conference of tomorrow after the Spanish win over France, Spain's captain Amaya Valdemoro showed up with a beautiful smile on her face. 'Reaching the semifinal is history for Spain at the World Championships,' she said. 'Tomorrow, we will play against the USA. We will play hard because the USA is the best team in the world even if they lost at the last FIBA World Championship. Now, we are going to enjoy the victory. Tomorrow, we will enjoy the game and will try to win. Players did a tremendous hard work. We represent Spain and we will always fight and try to win.'
Spanish Coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez made a clear analysis of the quarterfinal game: 'We have tried different things during the game. At some point, France deserved to win but in fact we did. We played good basketball during the World Championship tournament and I really think we deserve to play in the semi-finals. These players have worked hard for four years.' He added: 'We are happy for the players because we were waiting for this.'
By Bert Larsimont


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  GERMANY - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Morgan HENDERSON
  Donau-Ries
  (185-F-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Henderson, Donau.22.0 
 2. Thoresen, Wasse.20.0 
 3. Bartee, Wolfenbu.17.0 
 4. Paunovic, Freiburgz17.0 
 5. Manakova, Saarl.17.0 
 6. Landry, Marburg17.0 
 7. Lechlitner, Halle16.5 
 8. Biemer, Halle16.5 
 9. Austmann, Oberh.16.0 
 10. Williams, Leipzig14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Candace WILLIAMS
  Leipzig
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Leipzig12.0 
 2. Landry, Marburg11.0 
 3. Henderson, Donau.11.0 
 4. Haughian, Leipzig10.0 
 5. Manakova, Saarl.10.0 
 6. Hollinquest, Saarl.9.0 
 7. Thoresen, Wasse.8.0 
 8. Grieb, Chemnitz8.0 
 9. Rajecka, Donau-Ries8.0 
 10. Greinacher, Oberh.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries7.0 
 2. Davidson, Marburg5.5 
 3. O''Rourke, Chemnitz4.5 
 4. Richter, Donau-Ries4.0 
 5. Lechlitner, Halle4.0 
 6. Austmann, Oberh.3.5 
 7. Hollinquest, Saarl.3.0 
 8. Pace, Leipzig3.0 
 9. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.3.0 
 10. Hayes, Freiburgz3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries8.0 
 2. Barnert, Saarlouis5.0 
 3. Bartee, Wolfenbu.5.0 
 4. Callahan, Wolfenbu.4.0 
 5. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.4.0 
 6. Rajecka, Donau-Ries4.0 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.3.5 
 8. Tracey, Freiburgz3.5 
 9. Henderson, Donau.3.0 
 10. Stupar, Saarlouis3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sabine LOEWE
  Donau-Ries
  (191-C/F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Loewe, Donau-Ries3.0 
 2. Furkova, Wasse.2.0 
 3. Rajecka, Donau-Ries2.0 
 4. Kuhn, Wasserburg2.0 
 5. Almind, Oberhausen1.5 
 6. Tracey, Freiburgz1.5 
 7. Greunke, Rhein MB1.5 
 8. Smith, Saarlouis1.0 
 9. Greinacher, Oberh.1.0 
 10. Manakova, Saarl.1.0 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


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. Lakloth, Szeged17.0 
 8. Quigley, Pecs 201015.7 
 9. Olajuwon, SEAT L.15.5 
 10. Furtos, Bajai NKK15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Page, ZTE12.0 
 2. Krnjic, Pecs 20109.7 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.8.0 
 4. Hegedus, BSE7.5 
 5. Kublina, SEAT L.7.5 
 6. Vidacic, Pecs 20107.3 
 7. Vincze, Atomeromu7.0 
 8. Rasheed, Szeged7.0 
 9. Bozoki, Bajai NKK7.0 
 10. Baksa, Cegledi EKK7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dora MEDGYESSY
  Atomeromu
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Medgyessy, Atome.6.0 
 2. Delmis, SEAT L.4.5 
 3. Theodorean, Bajai N.4.0 
 4. Vida, SEAT L.4.0 
 5. Ivanyi, Pecs 20103.7 
 6. Darida, Nanette FTC3.7 
 7. Laczi, Szeged3.5 
 8. Szemeredi, Atome.3.5 
 9. Balint, Bajai NKK3.0 
 10. Demeter, Atomeromu3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dora MEDGYESSY
  Atomeromu
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Medgyessy, Atome.6.5 
 2. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.5 
 3. Rasheed, Szeged4.5 
 4. Nemeth, Szeged4.0 
 5. Fejes, Szeged4.0 
 6. Ambrus, ZTE4.0 
 7. Theodorean, Bajai N.4.0 
 8. Bukovszki, ZTE4.0 
 9. Cvetanovic, Szolnok3.5 
 10. Orso, BSE3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Page, ZTE2.0 
 2. Kublina, SEAT L.2.0 
 3. Czukor, ZTE2.0 
 4. Szelesy, ZTE2.0 
 5. Balla, Vasas-Csata1.5 
 6. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.5 
 7. Fejes, Szeged1.5 
 8. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.0 
 9. Szabo, Bajai NKK1.0 
 10. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.0 


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


A League, Round 3: Perfect week-end for visiting teams - by Eurobasket News
Cegledi EKK - Pecs 2010 51-105
Pecs 2010 destroyed Cegledi EKK on the road to keep the perfect record after three games. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 31. She spent 21 minutes on the court registering double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. For the hosts (0-2), Marta Dobrowolska (181-F-89) delivered 11 points.

BEAC - Nanette FTC 65-76
Nanette FTC grabbed first victory of the season (1-2) mostly owing to Petra Russai (188-C-76) and Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82), who scored 16 points each. Kata Csicsai (174-G-88) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Her BEAC stays winless after three games.

Vasas-Csata - MKB Eurol. 64-83
Easy one for MKB Euroleasing, who stays in group of teams with perfect 3-0 record. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) stepped up for the Soproni squad with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Emese Kovalcsik (190-C-91) collected 16 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts, who faced with third consecutive loss.

Szolnok - ZTE 49-65
ZTE was better than Szolnok on the road so both teams have 2-1 score now in Hungarian top division. Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) came up with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in this victory. Milica Cvetanovic (195-C-86) had double-double of 14 points and 13 rebs for the hosts.

BSE - Szeged 57-89
3-0 for Szeged and 0-3 for BSE after this game. Rita Rasheed (180-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) exploded for the winning squad with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) and Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) helped with 15 points each. In BSE, Klara Tiba (193-F-81) netted 18 pts.

Atomeromu - SEAT Lami 62-76
Third straight win for SEAT Lami and second loss for Atomeromu this season. Abi Olajuwon (193-C-88, college: Oklahoma) shined for the guests with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Anna Vida (184-F-85) secured a great help adding 16 pts. For the home side, Dora Medgyessy (174-G-86) posted 15 points.


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  ICELAND - Women  


Keflavik takes the first trophy - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Keflavik starts the season well by taking the first trophty by winning KR in Lengjan Cup final 101-70
First half was a tight one and both teams playing well.
Keflavik started second half strong and over played KR. Keflavik shooting much better in all area and winning the rebounding battle 58-38
Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) had a good game with 26 points, Keflavik import player Jacquline Adamshick with 22 points and 23 rebounds. Birna Valgardsdottir 21 ,
For KR Margret Kara Sturludootir 18 points Hildur Sigurdardottir 13


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
Diekirch League Standings
 1. AB Contern 1-0 
 2. Black Star 1-0 
 3. T71 Dudelange 1-0 
 4. Basket Esch 0-0 
 5. Etzella 0-0 
 6. Musel Pikes 0-0 
 7. Racing 0-0 
 8. Amicale 0-1 
 9. Heffingen 0-1 
 10. Residence 0-1 


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Marta JUJKA
  Lotos Gdynia
  (192-C-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jujka, Lotos Gdynia20.0 
 2. Maksimovic, Energa T.19.0 
 3. Babkina, Lotos G.18.0 
 4. Urbaniak, Artego B.17.0 
 5. Babicka, CCC P.16.0 
 6. Pawlak, Wisla C.15.5 
 7. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia15.0 
 8. Champion, Inea A.15.0 
 9. Crisman, Artego B.14.5 
 10. Morris, CCC P.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens12.5 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.12.0 
 3. Zytomirska, Widzew11.0 
 4. Crisman, Artego B.10.5 
 5. Kenig, Widzew10.0 
 6. Goff, Super-Pol9.0 
 7. Maksimovic, Energa T.8.0 
 8. Mieloszynska, Lotos G.8.0 
 9. Kobryn, Wisla C.8.0 
 10. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Zoll, CCC P.8.0 
 2. Musovic, Lotos G.7.0 
 3. Jelavic, Wisla C.5.0 
 4. Pietrzak, CCC P.5.0 
 5. Tomialowicz, Lotos G.5.0 
 6. Bednarek, Lider P.4.5 
 7. Babkina, Lotos G.4.0 
 8. Jeziorna, CCC P.4.0 
 9. Novikava, LKS S.3.5 
 10. Kaczmarska, Lotos G.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Micaela COCKS
  Energa Torun
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cocks, Energa Torun4.0 
 2. Tlumak, Energa T.4.0 
 3. Trojanowska, Wid.4.0 
 4. Idczak, Inea A.3.0 
 5. Zoll, CCC P.3.0 
 6. Morris, CCC P.3.0 
 7. Fox-Griffin, Super.3.0 
 8. Musovic, Lotos G.3.0 
 9. Bednarek, Lider P.3.0 
 10. Gajda, Energa Torun3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marta JUJKA
  Lotos Gdynia
  (192-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jujka, Lotos Gdynia3.0 
 2. Goff, Super-Pol2.0 
 3. Perostiyska, Energa T.2.0 
 4. Jankowska, LKS S.2.0 
 5. Fox-Griffin, Super.2.0 
 6. Kobryn, Wisla C.1.5 
 7. Burse, Wisla C.1.5 
 8. Radwan, Energa T.1.0 
 9. Morris, CCC P.1.0 
 10. Carter, CCC P.1.0 


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


Joy Cheek joins Super-Pol Leszno - by Eurobasket News
Super-Pol Leszno continued to find the ways to strengthen their roster. They recently added Joy Cheek (185-F-88, college: Duke) to the squad. The 22-year0old forward spent WNBA pre-season with the Indiana Fever. She then signed a deal the team in July. Joy Cheek averaged 2.5 points per game for the Fever. The forward graduated from Duke this summer. Cheek notched 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assist per game in her senior season.



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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
North-West
 1. Alba Iulia 1-0 
 2. Sf.Gheorghe 1-0 
 3. ICIM Arad 0-0 
 4. Oradea 0-0 
 5. Satu Mare 0-0 
 6. Cluj Napoca 0-1 
 7. Timisoara 0-1 
South-East
 1. Alexandria 1-0 
 2. Olimpia 1-0 
 3. Rapid Bucur. 1-0 
 4. Craiova 0-0 
 5. Brasov 0-1 
 6. Iasi 0-1 
 7. Sp.Studentesc 0-1 


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WC Quarterfinals: Belarus knocks Russia out of the competition - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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) 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


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


Skof's two late free throws lift Ilirija past Jezica - by Zeljko Zule
Barbara Skof made both free trhows with five seconds left as Ilirija defeated city rival Jezica, 54-53, in Round 1 while Konjice crushed Odeja by 76-55.

GVT Konjice-Odeja 76-55: Trailing 38-40 in the third quarter, Konjice scored 14 consecutuve points for a crucial 52-40 advantage. Iva Klancnik netted 17 points, Spela Javornik added 14 and Nina Srot grabbed 8 rebounds. Klavdija Oblak paced Odeja with 20 points and Tadeja Horvat had 11 points.
Jezica-Panter Ilirija 53-54: Barbara Skof (181-F-80) drew a foul from Kristina Pavli, then hit both free throws with 5 seconds left as Ilirija beat Jezica. Skof finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Teja Kropivsek scored game-high 18 points and Polona Zalar 13. Jezica lead 53-49 just 1:21 remaining and Eva Rupnik had a potential game-winning shot, but she missed. Ziva Macura in her debut had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Nina Gabrovsek scored 13 points and Eva Rupnik 10.
Kranjska Gora-Grosuplje 20/10, Rogaska-AJM Maribor 36-80 (28/09), Triglav-Celje 62-73 (29/09), Domzale bye.




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USA destroys South Korea, goes to Semifinals in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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, 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.
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) had 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. South Korea got 10 pts from Lim Young-Hui (5'10''-F-80).
*by Bert Larsimont


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WC Quarterfinals: Spain grabs OT win against France - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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).
At the press conference of tomorrow after the Spanish win over France, Spain's captain Amaya Valdemoro showed up with a beautiful smile on her face. 'Reaching the semifinal is history for Spain at the World Championships,' she said. 'Tomorrow, we will play against the USA. We will play hard because the USA is the best team in the world even if they lost at the last FIBA World Championship. Now, we are going to enjoy the victory. Tomorrow, we will enjoy the game and will try to win. Players did a tremendous hard work. We represent Spain and we will always fight and try to win.'
Spanish Coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez made a clear analysis of the quarterfinal game: 'We have tried different things during the game. At some point, France deserved to win but in fact we did. We played good basketball during the World Championship tournament and I really think we deserve to play in the semi-finals. These players have worked hard for four years.' He added: 'We are happy for the players because we were waiting for this.'
By Bert Larsimont


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Rachel Maenpaa sings with Marbo, Solna plays two friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Rachel Maenpaa (185-C-84, college: Indiana St.) sings with Marbo for the upcoming season. In 2005-2006 she started for Indiana St. (NCAA) and after 33 games averaged 8.9ppg, 5.3rpg, FG: 47.7%, FT: 68.3%. In 2006-2007 for Indiana St. (NCAA) improved to 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 50.2%, FT: 74.3%. In 2007-2008 moved to Clube Fuetbol Uniao Madeira (Portugal-Liga Feminina, starting five) and debuted in EuroCup. After 2 games the American player had 10.0ppg, 5.0rpg. In 2008-2009 signed with BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (Switzerland-LNA, starting five) and then signed at Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin (Switzerland-LNA). After 8 games her stats read 13.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 78.6%, In 2009-2010 played for CBK Cassovia Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga) and after 3 games had massive 22.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.3apg, 2.0spg. In March 2010 signed at Brisbane Capitals (Australia-ABA).
Solna Vikings meanwhile played two friendlies. At first they beat Norrkoping 58:45 as Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) paced all the winners with 15 points and Maria Gultekin (166-G-90) netted 13. Christy Bacon posted 12, while Jessica Nilsson (184-F-89) ended up with 11 points.
Later Telge rolled over Solna Vikings 75:73. Maria Gultekin finished the night with 18 points and Katarina Andersson as well as Jessica Nilsson added 17 each. Christy Bacon followed them with 14 points in the losing effort.


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Standings - LNF
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 2-0 
 2. Helios 2-0 
 3. Basel 1-1 
 4. Highflyers 1-1 
 5. Riva Basket 1-1 
 6. Nyon 0-1 
 7. Pully 0-1 
 8. Hope-GBA 0-2 


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


LINABAFE 2010 - News: Yosimar Corrales gets Player of the Week - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Yosimar Corrales (G-90) and her impressive scoring run in Week 4 of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Femenino (Linabafe 2010) allowed her to gain the Player of the Week award, as she helped Lanceros de Guarico get even better in the standings, while Waleska Perez, of Escuela Pedagogica de Baloncesto (EPB), got the special mention.

Corrales played two times against Yaracuyanas as host and averaged 22 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 steals per match, while Perez, averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per match.


Other players considered were Johana Pena of Lanceras de Guarico, Francheska Curvelo and Gusvey Moreno of Yaracuyanas, Enmy Blanco (82) of Osas de Miranda, Cleyder Blanco (C-90) and Angely Frontado of EPB and Edicta Blanco of Llaneras de Cojedes.



LINABAFE 2010 - Week 5: Llaneras sweep Aguilas, Yaracuyanas stopped Lanceras - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Llaneras de Cojedes swept Aguilas Universitarias de Barinas in a couple of games and Yaracuyanas were able to defeat Lanceras de Guarico and stop their winning run as Week 5 of LINABAFE 2010 got under way.

Llaneras won the first match 69-61. Jofranny Guerra (88) scored 21 points and Katherine Ruiz added 16 for the home team at Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum of San Carlos. In the second match, Llaneras won 85-54 with 19 points of Edicta Blanco and 11 by Katherine Ruiz. For the visitors, Genesis Torres scored 18 and Hilda Guzman (88) added 12.

Yaracuyanas surprised Lanceras de Guarico 73-64 at the Olympic Village Dome in San Juan de los Morros. Amanda Torres led the winners with 17 points and Francheska Curvelo added 16. For the hosts, Keisy Ford finished up with 16 and Endrina Bolivar (F-90) with 11.


LINABAFE 2010 - News: Sonia Rodriguez was named Player of the Week - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Sonia Rodriguez (90), of Yaracuyanas, was named Player of the Week after helping her team earn an away series split against the tough Lanceras de Guarico. Maria Requena (G-90), of Lanceras, won the special mention.

Rodriguez averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per match, while Requena averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per match. Other players considered were Keisy Ford of Lanceras de Guarico, Amanda Torres of Yaracuyanas and Natasha Bompart of Aguilas Universitarias de Barinas.



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


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  WNBA - Women  


USA destroys South Korea, goes to Semifinals in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Quarterfinals: 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, 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.
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) had 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. South Korea got 10 pts from Lim Young-Hui (5'10''-F-80).
*by Bert Larsimont


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Without any surprise, (Dream) Team USA will go to the final! - by Bert Larsimont
Which team will Czech Republic face tomorrow in the final game? This remained the unanswered question. Team USA had an excellent first quarter with 8 players having scored. After 5-0, the US squad quickly took a 20-9 lead. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) of Spain had already three fouls. End of the first quarter: 29-16. Spain seemed to be better and better in this quarter. To be mentioned: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston), injured did not take part to the game tonight.

Diana Taurasi hit a big three to make 37-22 followed by Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) hitting a 2-point shot to make 39-22. Without forcing, Team USA was well ahead. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU), a fantastic athlete, was very efficient underneath the basket too. Spanish coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez took a time-out at 43-24 with 5:56 remaining in the second period. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) tried to bring her team back in the race but the Dream Team kept on running down the court... 49-28 by Fowles for the Americans. Half-time was reached with 58-34 on the scoreboard.

The US team kept giving no chance to the Spaniards and despite a few traveling violations, the American ladies digged the gap: 69-45, 73-45, 81-48. End of third quarter: 87-53 by Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) with a nice drive to the basket.

With all 12 US players having scored some points, several observers wonder if we cannot start to call it the Dream Team. With no surprise Team USA will face the Czech Republic in the final tomorrow while Spain will play Belarus for the bronze medal in this World Championship. Spanish supporters seemed relatively happy how it turned out as they kept cheering in the stands. Jones went through the 100-point barrier (just like yesterday) by making 101-65. Final score: 106-6. This game is history... Stay tuned for tomorrow's action.


Classification 9-12: Brazil, Japan, Greece and Canada is the final ranking - by Bert Larsimont
In the classification 9-10 game, Japan faced Brazil today at the KV Arena in Karlovy Vary. In an almost empty stadium, Brazil led by a fantastic Alessandra (21 points) defeated Japan 79-84. The team of Carlos Colinas finished stronger than they started this competition and earned the 9th rank in this tournament. Japan led by captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82, also 21 points for her today) will be finally ranked 10th at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

In the other classifying game, Greece beat Canada thanks to a strong start. The Greek were ahead 21-9 at the end of the first quarter. Despite a nice comeback by Canada in the third quarter, the Greek NT with Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78, 21 points) and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, 19 points) finally won the game. Final score 71-55. Krista Phillips scored 19 points in the loss. The Greeks finish 11th and Canada 12th at this World Championship.


Horakova and her Czech mates can celebrate: they will play the championship game! - by Bert Larsimont
Yuliya Dureika gave the rythm of this match as she launched Belarus straight away to a 0-5 start. Coach Lubor Blazek even had to take a first time-out at 2-9 to try to break the rythm. Czech center Vecerova made 5-11 after 5 minutes and Czech captain Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) hit a three to make 8-13. Natalia Marchanka was excellent at playmaking for the Belarus' side but the this was not enough as the Czechs, thanks to a tough defense, came back closer: 12-15. A lot of missing shots on both side and several calls by the referees made it an unsteady game but a three pointer by Czech forward Michaela Ferancikova at the last second of the first quarter made a local crowd wild: 16-15 for the Czechs!

In the beginning of the second quarter, both teams played well. Anastasiya Verameyenka had a great presence in offense and defense for Belarus. It was a tied game 20-20 with 6:17 remaining in the second period. Czech captain Hana Horakova, excellent in steals, gave the lead to her team after a fastbreak: 26-23. Czech star Eva Viteckova did not score any basket in this game so far. The game was very physical and only a three-point by Viteckova with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter seemed to unlock the close game: 32-27. But the Belarus' forwards decided to get into action and even sent the Red and Green up in front: 32-34. The four last attempts of the Czechs were not successful and Belarus stayed on top at the half. Belarus outscored the Czech team in the paint in the first half 10-24. The Czechs had just a few less turnovers than the girls of Belarus: 9-12 in this sector of the game.

The 5000 Czech fans, all behind their team, expected a better start in the third quarter. And it was a better one indeed... All of sudden the score turned out to be 38-36 for the Czechs. Viteckova showed the way to the basket and scored twice in a nice manner. Dureika and Verameyenka tried to keep Belarus in the race but the Czechs looked stronger than ever. Horakova distilled fantastic assists and the full crowd got wild again: 50-43 by a Jana Vesela for the Czech NT. Belarus did not want to surrender and came back at 52-49. A last offense allowed the Czechs to lead 54-49 at the finish of the third period.

It was the Final Countdown (song played in the KV Arena)... Belarus' center Veremeyenka made two free throws, making it 54-53 but Viteckova responded for the locals with a three-pointer: 57-53. Horakova went to sit on the bench for the first time in the game with 6:50 remaining but only for a very short time. Scoreboard showed 61-57 with five
minutes left in this game when Leuchanka made 61-59. Kress even made 61-61... A thriller with lots of contacts and pushing. A nice basket plus a bonus by Burgrova relaunched the Czechs... and the very festive attendance too: 64-61. But the Czechs could have killed the game a few times if they had not managed pourly one or two offensive plays. The
crowd stood and pushed the Czech team at 65-63 with 1:12 remaining, then 66-65. A turnover by Belarus guard Marchanka allowed a fastbreak for the Czechs. Viteckova was fouled and hit two FTs with 13 seconds on the clock. On the other side, Marchanka made one free-throw and, on the rebound, Trafimava scored: 68-68. Last chance for the Czechs with 5 seconds left but the shot of Vesela was blocked. There was no other way than going through overtime this time...

Belarus was sticking to the score: 72-73. Anufryienka was called a fifth foul and Vecerova made the two free-throws just behind: 74-73. A bad shot taken by Belarus allowed the Czechs to run on the other side of the court where Viteckova found an open space to hit a three: 77-73 with 1:10 to go. Nobody could hear the referees' whistles as the
atmosphere was fan... tastic! Verameyenka had a fifth foul on Hokarova who went to the basket. 1/2 from the line and offensive rebound for the Czech captain. She made 79-75 on a free-throw again. The was goin to be decided at the line and the Czechs were better at converting free-throws: 81-77. Belarus' last attempt was not successful but they
deserved a special mention for the wonderful tournament they have had. The World Championship hosts can now celebrate...


Opals are upset but have to learn from their loss against the Czechs - by Bert Larsimont
At the press conference after the surprising and historic win of the Czech NT over Australia, Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) had to admit that the Czechs had played an amazing game last night. 'They moved the ball well and they outplayed us. Tonight, the crowd was awesome at supporting the Czech players here in the KV Arena,' said LJ.

'Through the tournament, we did shoot well and played very well at the group stage. We could not defend against the Czech team at all and that hurt us. We played hard but did not make shots. We made runs, tried to get back, tried to do something... Everyone is now upset, obviously, but we need to learn from that.'




Spain enjoys the win over France and will now challenge Team USA - by Bert Larsimont
At the press conference of tomorrow after the Spanish win over France, Spain's captain Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) showed up with a beautiful smile on her face. 'Reaching the semifinal is history for Spain at the World Championships,' she said. 'Tomorrow, we will play against the USA. We will play hard because the USA is the best team in the world even if they lost at the last FIBA World Championship. Now, we are going to enjoy the victory. Tomorrow, we will enjoy the game and will try to win. Players did a tremendous hard work. We represent Spain and we will always fight and try to win.'

Spanish Coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez made a clear analysis of the quarterfinal game: 'We have tried different things during the game. At some point, France deserved to win but in fact we did. We played good basketball during the World Championship tournament and I really think we deserve to play in the semi-finals. These players have worked hard for four years.' He added: 'We are happy for the players because we were waiting for this.'


Australia and France recovered better than Russia and Korea - by Bert Larsimont
In other classification games today, the losers of yesterday's quarterfinals were meeting: Australia vs. Russia (what could have been a fantastic semi-final) and France vs. Korea. The winners of each game would play each other for 5th and 6th rank while the losers would play for the classification 7-8 game tomorrow.

Australia started well (10-4). Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91), Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and their mates nevertheless looked tired and rather disappointed... Probably the loss of yesterday still in their mind. The Opals allowed the Russian, led by an excellent Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) in the first two quarters, to come back in the race and time-outs taken by Carrie Graf did not change things much. Russians took the advantage and even deepened the gap: 21-29. But after 27-34, the Aussies with Elizabeth Cambage in the paint limited the difference: 32-34 for Russia at the half.

Although Stepanova and Abrosimova kept being efficient for Team Russia, Australia came up in front after a strong finish in defense at the end of the third quarter: 50-48.

Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) of Russia boosted their team in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Hammon got injured on a fastbreak play. We did not see her on the court untl the end of the game. Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage and Kristy Harrower made sure to keep their colors ahead in the final minutes despite last attempts by Abrosimova. Penny Taylor did not miss from the free-throw line in the final minute and Australia will get the chance to play for 5th spot. Australia vs. Russia: 78-73.

The France vs. Korea game ended with a nice win for les Bleues. Only a few turnovers at the end of the first quarter allowed Korea to get closer to France: 11-15 after the first ten minutes. The French side was still doing well in the second quarter. Beikes, Ndongue and Digbeu particularly seemed fit today and hit nice shots from mid-range. It was 23-31 for the team of Coach Pierre Vincent at the half.

Korea with an impressive Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) (21 points this afternoon) from long range came closer in the third period. The French coach took a time-out at 31-35 and he did well as his team restarted well just after it. The scoreboard showed 32-45 at the end of the third quarter. Marion Laborde (178-G-86) was hot from long range and, with a good grom her mate Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) among others, gave an even larger lead to France: 39-59. The end of the game was well managed by the French squad. Final score: 46-61 for France.

France and Australia will meet for 5th place and Korea will play Russia for 7th place on Sunday.


La Roja defeated 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 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! Amaya Valdemoro was the hero of this unexpected finish.


'We gave them the game!' said new FIBA President Yvan Mainini (of French nationality) 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.

Main scorers:
France: Miyem 10, Dumerc 10 and Ndongue 14.
Spain: Lyttle 11, Montanana 14 and Valdemoro 28.




Day Eight: Semifinals in Karlovy Vary, USA and Czech Republic to fight for the Gold - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS

Czech Republic - Belarus 81-77

Yuliya Dureika (180-G-86, agency: LBM Management) gave the rythm of this match as she launched Belarus straight away to a 0-5 start. Coach Lubor Blazek even had to take a first time-out at 2-9 to try to break the rythm. Czech center Vecerova made 5-11 after 5 minutes and Czech captain Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) hit a three to make 8-13. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) was excellent at playmaking for the Belarus' side but the this was not enough as the Czechs, thanks to a tough defense, came back closer: 12-15. A lot of missing shots on both side and several calls by the referees made it an unsteady game but a three pointer by Czech forward Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) at the last second of the first quarter made a local crowd wild: 16-15 for the Czechs! In the beginning of the second quarter, both teams played well. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) had a great presence in offense and defense for Belarus. It was a tied game 20-20 with 6:17 remaining in the second period. Czech captain Hana Horakova, excellent in steals, gave the lead to her team after a fastbreak: 26-23. Czech star Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) did not score any basket in this game so far. The game was very physical and only a three-point by Viteckova with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter seemed to unlock the close game: 32-27. But the Belarus' forwards decided to get into action and even sent the Red and Green up in front: 32-34. The four last attempts of the Czechs were not successful and Belarus stayed on top at the half. Belarus outscored the Czech team in the paint in the first half 10-24. The Czechs had just a few less turnovers than the girls of Belarus: 9-12 in this sector of the game. The 5000 Czech fans, all behind their team, expected a better start in the third quarter. And it was a better one indeed... All of sudden the score turned out to be 38-36 for the Czechs. Viteckova showed the way to the basket and scored twice in a nice manner. Dureika and Verameyenka tried to keep Belarus in the race but the Czechs looked stronger than ever. Horakova distilled fantastic assists and the full crowd got wild again: 50-43 by a Jana Vesela (190-F-83) for the Czech NT. Belarus did not want to surrender and came back at 52-49. A last offense allowed the Czechs to lead 54-49 at the finish of the third period. It was the Final Countdown (song played in the KV Arena)... Belarus' center Veremeyenka made two free throws, making it 54-53 but Viteckova responded for the locals with a three-pointer: 57-53. Horakova went to sit on the bench for the first time in the game with 6:50 remaining but only for a very short time. Scoreboard showed 61-57 with five minutes left in this game when Leuchanka made 61-59. Kress even made 61-61... A thriller with lots of contacts and pushing. A nice basket plus a bonus by Burgrova relaunched the Czechs... and the very festive attendance too: 64-61. But the Czechs could have killed the game a few times if they had not managed pourly one or two offensive plays. The crowd stood and pushed the Czech team at 65-63 with 1:12 remaining, then 66-65. A turnover by Belarus guard Marchanka allowed a fastbreak for the Czechs. Viteckova was fouled and hit two FTs with 13 seconds on the clock. On the other side, Marchanka made one free-throw and, on the rebound, Trafimava scored: 68-68. Last chance for the Czechs with 5 seconds left but the shot of Vesela was blocked. There was no other way than going through overtime this time... Belarus was sticking to the score: 72-73. Anufryienka was called a fifth foul and Vecerova made the two free-throws just behind: 74-73. A bad shot taken by Belarus allowed the Czechs to run on the other side of the court where Viteckova found an open space to hit a three: 77-73 with 1:10 to go. Nobody could hear the referees' whistles as the atmosphere was fan... tastic! Verameyenka had a fifth foul on Hokarova who went to the basket. 1/2 from the line and offensive rebound for the Czech captain. She made 79-75 on a free-throw again. The was goin to be decided at the line and the Czechs were better at converting free-throws: 81-77. Belarus' last attempt was not successful but they deserved a special mention for the wonderful tournament they have had. The World Championship hosts can now celebrate... *by Bert Larsimont

USA - Spain 106-70
Which team will Czech Republic face tomorrow in the final game? This remained the unanswered question. Team USA had an excellent first quarter with 8 players having scored. After 5-0, the US squad quickly took a 20-9 lead. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) of Spain had already three fouls. End of the first quarter: 29-16. Spain seemed to be better and better in this quarter. To be mentioned: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston), injured did not take part to the game tonight. Diana Taurasi hit a big three to make 37-22 followed by Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) hitting a 2-point shot to make 39-22. Without forcing, Team USA was well ahead. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU), a fantastic athlete, was very efficient underneath the basket too. Spanish coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez took a time-out at 43-24 with 5:56 remaining in the second period. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) tried to bring her team back in the race but the Dream Team kept on running down the court... 49-28 by Fowles for the Americans. Half-time was reached with 58-34 on the scoreboard. The US team kept giving no chance to the Spaniards and despite a few traveling violations, the American ladies digged the gap: 69-45, 73-45, 81-48. End of third quarter: 87-53 by Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) with a nice drive to the basket. With all 12 US players having scored some points, several observers wonder if we cannot start to call it the Dream Team. With no surprise Team USA will face the Czech Republic in the final tomorrow while Spain will play Belarus for the bronze medal in this World Championship. Spanish supporters seemed relatively happy how it turned out as they kept cheering in the stands. Jones went through the 100-point barrier (just like yesterday) by making 101-65. Final score: 106-6. This game is history... Stay tuned for tomorrow's action. *by Bert Larsimont

Places 5-8
Australia - Russia 78-73
In other classification games today, the losers of yesterday's quarterfinals were meeting: Australia vs. Russia (what could have been a fantastic semi-final) and France vs. Korea. The winners of each game would play each other for 5th and 6th rank while the losers would play for the classification 7-8 game tomorrow. Australia started well (10-4). Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91), Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and their mates nevertheless looked tired and rather disappointed... Probably the loss of yesterday still in their mind. The Opals allowed the Russian, led by an excellent Maria Stepanova in the first two quarters, to come back in the race and time-outs taken by Carrie Graf did not change things much. Russians took the advantage and even deepened the gap: 21-29. But after 27-34, the Aussies with Elizabeth Cambage in the paint limited the difference: 32-34 for Russia at the half. Although Stepanova and Abrosimova kept being efficient for Team Russia, Australia came up in front after a strong finish in defense at the end of the third quarter: 50-48. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) of Russia boosted their team in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Hammon got injured on a fastbreak play. We did not see her on the court untl the end of the game. Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage and Kristy Harrower made sure to keep their colors ahead in the final minutes despite last attempts by Abrosimova. Penny Taylor did not miss from the free-throw line in the final minute and Australia will get the chance to play for 5th spot. Australia vs. Russia: 78-73. *by Bert Larsimont

South Korea - France 46-61
In other classification games today, the losers of yesterday's quarterfinals were meeting: Australia vs. Russia (what could have been a fantastic semi-final) and France vs. Korea. The winners of each game would play each other for 5th and 6th rank while the losers would play for the classification 7-8 game tomorrow. The France vs. Korea game ended with a nice win for les Bleues. Only a few turnovers at the end of the first quarter allowed Korea to get closer to France: 11-15 after the first ten minutes. The French side was still doing well in the second quarter. Beikes, Ndongue and Digbeu particularly seemed fit today and hit nice shots from mid-range. It was 23-31 for the team of Coach Pierre Vincent at the half. Korea with an impressive Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) (21 points this afternoon) from long range came closer in the third period. The French coach took a time-out at 31-35 and he did well as his team restarted well just after it. The scoreboard showed 32-45 at the end of the third quarter. Marion Laborde (178-G-86) was hot from long range and, with a good grom her mate Clemence Beikes among others, gave an even larger lead to France: 39-59. The end of the game was well managed by the French squad. Final score: 46-61 for France. France and Australia will meet for 5th place and Korea will play Russia for 7th place on Sunday. *by Bert Larsimont

Places 9-10
Japan - Brazil 79-84
In the classification 9-10 game, Japan faced Brazil today at the KV Arena in Karlovy Vary. In an almost empty stadium, Brazil led by a fantastic Alessandra Oliveira (200-C-73) (21 points) defeated Japan 79-84. The team of Carlos Colinas finished stronger than they started this competition and earned the 9th rank in this tournament. Japan led by captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82) (also 21 points for her today) will be finally ranked 10th at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. *by Bert Larsimont

Places 11-12
Greece - Canada 71-55
In the classifying game for 11th place, Greece beat Canada thanks to a strong start. The Greek were ahead 21-9 at the end of the first quarter. Despite a nice comeback by Canada in the third quarter, the Greek NT with Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) (21 points) and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) (19 points) finally won the game. Final score 71-55. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) scored 19 points in the loss. The Greeks finish 11th and Canada 12th at this World Championship. *by Bert Larsimont