EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/31/2010 1:00:00 AM

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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol close to return Kyle Lamonte - by Eurobasket News
Penarol is close to return its former player Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey). The 26-year-old guard is officially a member of Brazilian team Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro, but he is close to leave it and to join again the squad with whom he won the Argentinean title last season. He played 33 games for Penarol in 2009/10 averaging 18.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Quimsa dominate Inacap in Liga Sudamericana - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Inacap 91:68

Quimsa victoriously entered the new Liga Sudamericana season. The Argentinean side toppled Inacap of Chile in Group B opener for both teams. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) scored 21 points to pace the charge.
Quimsa opened the game strongly. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) scored 8 points helping Quimsa to a 23:15 lead at the first break. Quimsa continued to stay aggressive in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 47:31. Inacap relied on Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) and Samuel Villegas (198-G/F-83, college: Toledo) scoring in the third term to narrow the deficit. Inacap trailed by 10 points at the final break 55:65. Quimsa however silenced their opponents with an 8:0 run to open the final term. The Argentineans cruised to the victory then. Jonathan Treise (182-G-85) scored 17 points for Quimsa. Diego Lo Grippo added 14 points in the winning effort. Claudio Naranjo nailed 20 points for Inacap. Samuel Villegas contributed 19 points in the loss.

Quimsa: Cleotis Brown 21, Jonathan Treise 17, Diego Lo Grippo 14
Inacap: Claudio Naranjo 20, Samuel Villegas 19



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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo nip Malvin in Santiago Del Estero - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Malvin 94:92

Flamengo opened their Liga Sudamericana campaign with a tough win. The Brazilian team held off Malvin in thriller. Fred Santos (180-G-80) and Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) helped Flamengo escape with a narrow victory at the end.
Flamengo stormed into the game. They exploded with 32 points in the opening quarter taking a 15-point lead. Malvin stopped the rot in the second term. The Uruguayans narrowed the gap at 11-point mark at halftime. Eduardo Machado suffered an injury in the third period. Flamengos offense got hurt with the loss of one of their key players. They scored 18 points in the third term but conceded 31 as Malvin pulled in front. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) brought Flamengo right back into this one in the final quarter. Helio Vitor Lima gave the Brazilians a 94:90 lead with 18 seconds to go. Christopher Lee cut the margin to just two points but Atila Dos Santos missed two free throws but Marcelinho Machado grabbed an offensive rebound and Flamengo hung on to win the game.
Marcelinho Machado knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) added 14 points in the victory. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) answered with 23 points and 7 assists for Malvin. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 18 points in defeat.

Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 22, Guilherme Teichmann 14, Jefferson da Silva (207-F/C-83) 13
Malvin: Fernando Martinez 23, Reque Newsome 18



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  CHILE   


Quimsa dominate Inacap in Liga Sudamericana - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Inacap 91:68

Quimsa victoriously entered the new Liga Sudamericana season. The Argentinean side toppled Inacap of Chile in Group B opener for both teams. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) scored 21 points to pace the charge.
Quimsa opened the game strongly. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) scored 8 points helping Quimsa to a 23:15 lead at the first break. Quimsa continued to stay aggressive in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 47:31. Inacap relied on Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) and Samuel Villegas (198-G/F-83, college: Toledo) scoring in the third term to narrow the deficit. Inacap trailed by 10 points at the final break 55:65. Quimsa however silenced their opponents with an 8:0 run to open the final term. The Argentineans cruised to the victory then. Jonathan Treise (182-G-85) scored 17 points for Quimsa. Diego Lo Grippo added 14 points in the winning effort. Claudio Naranjo nailed 20 points for Inacap. Samuel Villegas contributed 19 points in the loss.

Quimsa: Cleotis Brown 21, Jonathan Treise 17, Diego Lo Grippo 14
Inacap: Claudio Naranjo 20, Samuel Villegas 19



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


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


NBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Svitavy - BC Kolin 56-73
Svitavy lost to BC Kolin 56:73 as the latter took 4-3 record in the standings. Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Jones Brad followed him with 15. Teply Tomas delivered 12 points in defeat.

BK Pardubice - B&W Opava 72-54
BK JIP Pardubice enjoys 6-0 record on top of the Standings after 72:54 win over B&W Opava. Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) paced all the winners with 13 points, whilst Pospisil Zbynek and Wright Derek scored 12 each. Stec Marek replied with 16 points for the visiting side.

BK Prostejov - USK Praha 90-82
Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) nailed 30 points and Landry Kyle collected 22 points and 10 boards as BK Prostejov overcame USK Praha 90:82. Hanke Randall replied with 20 points in the losing case and Kriz Martin notched 17.

BK Decin - Plzen 82-68
BK Decin rolled over Plzen 82:68 at the Regular Season Round 7. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) poured in 25 points and Pomikalek Tomas followed him with 16. Novak Pavel ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.

Basketbol Brno - NH Ostrava 79-83
NH Ostrava grabbed 4-3 record beating Basketbol Brno 83:79 away from home. Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Gibson-Bascombe Joshua added 20. Maio Sebastien answered with 17 points for the hosts and Reinberger Stepan notched 15.




CEZ Nymburk Cannot Protect Home Court as Krka Dominates on Way to 77-57 Victory - by Surujh Roopnarine
Nymburk, CZ: The reigning champions from Slovenia took on the perennial champions from the Czech Republic this afternoon, as Krka Novo Mesto traveled to the Czech Republic to take on CEZ Nymburk in round five of the NLB League. Novo Mesto showed their caliber, jumping all over the hosts 77-57 to improve to 3-2 on the season, while subsequently dropping Nymburk to the same record, with their second consecutive defeat. Veteran power forward Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue)of Krka led the way with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds. Nymburk did not come out with the intensity necessary to match their visitors, trailing by 17 points (26-9) after one quarter. By the time they got their act together in the second half, narrowing the gap to eight points, Krka stepped on the gas again, outscoring Nymburk 26-14 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the 77-57 victory. Krka was much more aggressive on offense, getting to the free-throw line 28 times (making 21), while the hosts were only 8-14 for the game. Additionally, Krka was more efficient scoring, shooting 46.3% compared to 33.9% for Nymburk. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) once again led Nymburk with a team-high 14 points, while second-year pro Weyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) finally had a chance to play, logging a season high 21 minutes and scoring 12 points.
KRKA: Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue) (16pts+9rb), Goran Ikonic (14pts), Smijan Dordevic (13pt+5rb), Simon Petrov (13pts)
NYMBURK: Chester Simmons (14pt+5rb), Weyinmi Efejuku (12pts), Radek Necas (4pts+9rb), Petr Benda (4pts+6rb)



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  DENMARK   


Ligaen Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Aabyhoj - Horsholm 69-60
Aabyhoj was better than Horsholm 69-60 improving to 4-3 record in the league. Magnus Gunnarsson (186-G-81) and Edward Morris (203-F-84, college: Pittsburg St.) stepped up for the hosts with 22 and 20 points respectively. Visitors (4-2) got 19 points and 6 boards from Alexander Bak (193-F-91).

Horsens IC - Naestved 105-114 OT
Naestved scored 114 points in this game beating Horsens on the road after overtime. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay (OH)) exploded for the guests with 37 points and 11 rebounds. Rickey Claitt (188-G-81, college: Oregon St.) delivered 30 points in loss.

Vaerlose - Amager BK 62-66
2-5 for Amager and poor 0-6 for Vaerlose after this game. Rasmus Larsen (186-G-87) was the leading player in victory with 13 points. The hosts got 24 points and 14 boards from Bonell Colas (206-F-82, college: Florida).

Bakken - Horsens IC 98-66
Easy one for the Bears, who jumped 6-1 in Danish top division. Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) was their leading player once again as he collected 22 points and 7 rebounds. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83, college: Lynn) delivered 13 points in defeat.


Danish Ligaen round 7 best performance: Lee Roberts - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Team FOG Naestved, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Horsens IC (#5, 4-3) in overtime 114-105. Naestved maintains the 7th position in Danish Ligaen. Naestved is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. Roberts turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. Former Findlay (OH) star has very solid stats this year. Roberts. Roberts is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.1ppg) and averages impressive 55.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Team FOG Naestved's star - 30-year old former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services). Johansen had a very good evening with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Naestved cruised to a 114-105 overtime win over slightly higher-ranked Horsens IC (#5, 4-3). Naestved's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Johansen is well-known at Naestved and together with Lee Roberts are proven team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#6). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Bonell Colas (206-F-82) of Vaerlose BBK (#9). Colas scored 24 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Colas' great performance Vaerlose lost 62-66 to slightly higher-ranked Amager BK (#8, 2-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Vaerlose can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 6 games. Too bad for Colas 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 Colas as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rickey Claitt (188-G-81) of Horsens IC - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Torre Johnson (198-F-85) of Bakken - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. D.J. Smedley (180-G-84) of Naestved - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Edward Morris (203-F-84) of Aabyhoj - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Magnus Gunnarsson (186-G-81) of Aabyhoj - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83) of Bakken - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


DOMINICANS ABROAD: CARLOS MORBAN RETURNS TO MACEDONIA. - by Ozell Wells
KK Lirija continues to strengthen its roster after poor 0-4 start to the season. After recently inking new players, the club has now brought in two more new faces. According to the reports from FYR Macedonian media, KK Lirija has reached agreement with Carlos Morban (187-G-82, college: Florida Intern.) (187-G-82, college: Florida Intern.) and Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza).. Both are familiar names to Macedonian fans, as Morban already played for Feni Industri and Vardar Osiguruvanje. Both players are set to make their debut in the upcoming round of FYR Macedonian championship.
Carlos Morban played collegiate basketball at Florida International where in his last season he averaged 12.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 22 games. In 2004 he started his professional career when he signed with CSKA Sofia. Since then, he has played for the likes of Erdemispor, Feni Industri, Dinamo Bucharest and Vardar Osiguruvanje before signing with San Lazaro in 2009. For San Lazaro (Dominican Republic), Morban averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 assists per contest. He also played for Tiburones de Puerto Plata.
Kiril Pavlovski started his career in 1999 with Junior Skopje. Following season he moved to Rabotnicki where he played for 3 seasons. Last season, Pavlovski started with Cypriot outfit B.M.C. AEK Larnacas, but has later on played for Torus and Otopeni where he finished the season.


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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Parnu - TTU/Kalev 66-97
Six players scored in double figures as TTU/Kalev rallied to a comfortable road win over Parnu. Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds for the visitors. Andre Parn (200-F-77) added 15 points for TTU/Kalev. Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) and Toomas Raadik (198-F-90) responded with 15 points each for Parnu.

Kalev/Cramo - TTU/Kalev II 82-54
Kalev/Cramo registered the seventh straight win in the season as they rolled past TTU/Kalev II. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) nailed 15 points for Kalev/Cramo. Joosep Toome (202-F-85) and Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) netted 14 points apiece in the winning case. Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) banked 14 points for TTU/Kalev II.

Voru KK - TTU/Kalev 50-101
TTU/Kalev marched past Voru KK away from home. Casey Archibald (195-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Sixten Tomingas (189-G-91) chipped in 15 points each for TTU/Kalev. Joonas Ollisaar (183-G-91) delivered 14 points in the win. Voru were paced by 12 points and 9 rebounds from Merlis Niklus.

TTU/Kalev II - Parnu 98-87
TTU/Kalev II overcame Parnu at home court as Mihkel Kurg stepped up with 21 points. Kiur Akenpary (190-F-88) contributed 17 points in the winning effort. Rannar Raap top-scored with 25 points for Parnu.

Valga/CKE - Rapla 81-86
Rapla fired past Valga/CKE for the second win. Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Allar-Raul Antson (192-G/F-90) accounted for 18 points for Rapla. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) produced 21 points for Valga/CKE in the loss.




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  EUROLEAGUE   


CSKA loses Siskauskas, too - by Eurobasket News
More than it's first two games, CSKA Moscow lost a big part of its recent succeses on Friday when small forward Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) joined the injured list with back injury that will sideline him at least one month. The 32-year-old former Euroleague MVP left the floor on Thursday after 5 minutes of the Game of the Week, which CSKA lost 74-60 on the road at Panathinaikos. He did not play the rest of the game. Upon the team's return to Moscow on Friday, doctors diagnosed Siskauskas with a lumbar spinal injury. Siskauskas won the MVP award in 2008 with CSKA and has been voted to the All-Euroleague team for four consecutive seasons. He is one of just three players ever - along with Dejan Bodiroga and Sarunas Jasikevicius - to win consecutive Euroleague titles with different teams, Panathinaikos in 2007 and CSKA in 2008. The loss of Siskauskas adds to CSKA's mounting injury troubles, making him the third starter missing from the lineup. Viktor Khryapa, himself a current All-Euroleague player and winner of last season's Best Defender Trophy, has not played yet this season, while Sasha Kaun is also out indefinitely with back problems. CSKA had also been without its long-time starting point guard, J.R. Holden, until shortly before the Turkish Airlines Euroleague started, again due to health problems.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Heard, Tarmo22.5 
 2. Wilson, Honka20.7 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.20.6 
 4. Barrett, KTP19.8 
 5. Ivey, KTP18.4 
 6. Harris, Salon Vilpas18.4 
 7. Moore, LrNM.18.2 
 8. Allen, Karhu18.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto17.3 
 10. Ayers, Namika L.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Wood, Karhu13.4 
 2. Young, Tarmo12.6 
 3. Vinson, Kouvot10.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.9 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot9.9 
 6. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 7. Belser, Honka9.4 
 8. Fells, Kataja9.3 
 9. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.2 
 10. Wright, Korihait9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.3 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 5. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.6 
 6. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.3 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.0 
 10. Moyer, Kouvot3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bojan SARCEVIC
  Korihait
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Sarcevic, Korihait2.2 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 3. Belser, Honka2.0 
 4. Fields, KTP2.0 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.9 
 6. Barrett, KTP1.9 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Moore, Korihait1.7 
 9. Young, Tarmo1.7 
 10. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Heard, Tarmo1.3 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.1 
 3. Belser, Honka0.9 
 4. Young, Tarmo0.8 
 5. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.8 
 6. Wood, Karhu0.8 
 7. Northern, ToPo0.7 
 8. Makalainen, Honka0.6 
 9. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.6 
 10. Newson, Kataja0.6 


Korisliiga Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Namika Lahti - ToPo 82-74
Namika Lahti rolled over ToPo 82:74 for 6-4 record. James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) stepped up with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Wethers Brian nailed 20. Richards Frank produced 13 points in the losing case and Heinonen Timo as well as Niskanen Antti scored 11 each.

Korihait - Karhu 87-83
Wright Lawrence nailed 21 points as Korihait beat Karhu 87:83 at the start of the Regular Season Round 10. Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) scored 20 and Reaves James added 17. Allen John finished the night with 22 points for the visiting side.

Kouvot - KTP 70-86
KTP-Basket enjoys the top with 9-1 record beating Kouvot 86:70. Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) and Holme Mikael stepped up with 18 points each, while Ivey Jeb added 16. Walker answered with 14 points for the home side.

Tarmo - Pyrinto 58-107
Tarmo lost to Pyrinto 58:107 at the Regular Season Round 10. Seven players scored in double figures as Pekka Setala (183-G-90) led them all with 20 points and Williams Antwine as well as Lowe Kenneth posted 13 each. Heard Jonathan ended up with 18 points in the loisng effort.

LrNMKY - Kataja 65-69
Joensuun Kataja grabbed 6-4 record beating Lappeenrannan NMKY 69:65. Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) poured in 16 points and Lehtoranta Sami netted 15. Bailey Brant delivered 16 points and 12 rebounds in the losing case.

Honka - Salon Vilpas 87-79
Espoon Honka edged Salon Vilpas 87:79 for 6-4 record. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) paced all the winners with 27 points, while Wilson Jamar netted 18. Harris Dijuan erupted with 27 points in defeat and Ahonen Roope notched 21.




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  FRANCE   


Spurs sign Tony Parker to contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that guard Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) has signed a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy details of the contract were not announced. The San Antonio Express-News reports that the deal is for $50 million over four years.

We are thrilled that Tony has signed a long-term contract extension, said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. He has enjoyed an outstanding NBA career. With all that he has accomplished it is easy to forget that he is only 28-years-old. Tony is a unique talent and a wonderful young man.

A three-time All-Star (2006, 2007 and 2009), Parker is currently in his 10th NBA season.

Selected by the Spurs with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Parker has been the teams starting point guard since the fifth game of the 2001-02 season. A month before his 20th birthday he was named to the 2002 All-Rookie First Team becoming the first foreign-born guard to earn the honor.

Parker was the starting point guard on three of the Spurs NBA Championship teams (2003, 2005 and 2007). During the teams latest championship run, he was named the MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals. He is the only European-born player to be named an NBA Finals MVP.

During the 2005-06 season Parker led the team in both scoring and assists, becoming the first point guard in Spurs history to lead the team in scoring. For the season he averaged 18.9 points and 5.8 assists while shooting .548 (623-1,136) from the field. He ranked third in the league in FG percentage (the first time since 1973-74 that a point guard ranked in the top three in FG percentage).

Parker again made history during the 2008-09 campaign when he was named to the All-NBA Third Team, becoming the first European-born point guard to earn All-NBA honors. For the season he averaged a career-high 22.0 points and a career-best 6.9 assists.

In his 10-year NBA career Parker has appeared in a total of 669 regular season games, averaging 16.6 points and 5.7 assists per game. Among Spurs all-time NBA leaders he ranks fifth in games played (669), fourth in points (11,133) and third in assists (3,781). He has seen action in 132 playoff games, averaging 18.7 points and 4.9 assists in the postseason. Among active NBA playoff career leaders he ranks eighth in games (132), seventh in points (2,473) and fifth in assists (651).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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


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


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


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Marjan Mladenovic moves to Ultimejt Basket - by Eurobasket News
Marjan Mladenovic (180-G-88) has switched clubs only four games into the season. According to the reports from FYR Macedonian media, Ovce Pole has decided to let Mladenovic leave the club. Reportedly, the young guard has been given a green light by the club to sign with newcomer to the Superleague Ultimejt Basket. Last season, Mladenovic was one of the main players for Ovce Pole. He led the team in assists and was an organizer on the floor. However, reportedly this season, Mladenovic has slipped down the pecking order and did not have the role he expected. As result, the player decided to look for new opportunities and Ultimejt Basket management was the fastest to react. Mladenovic is seen as good reinforcement for the team which has already managed to pull an upset by beating Torus in Round One. If everything goes as expected, the player should join his new teammates in the coming days.
Marjan Mladenovic started his professional career in 2005 as member of D2 outfit Angeli Veles. Following season he led Angeli Veles to First B division. In 2007 he was snapped up by Ovce Pole. In 3 season with the club, Mladenovic improved his game while helping Ovce Pole gain promotion to Superleague. 2008-2009 season was a breakout one for Mladenovic as he has become regular member of the starting five. Last season, Mladenovic played in 26 games for Ovce Pole. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 assists per match.


Lirija inks Kiril Pavlovski and Carlos Morban - by Eurobasket News
Lirija continues to strengthen its roster after poor 0-4 start to the season. After recently inking two American players, the club has now brought in two more new faces. According to the reports from FYR Macedonian media, Lirija has reached agreement with Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Carlos Morban (187-G-82, college: Florida Intern.). Both are familiar names to Macedonian fans, as Morban already played for Feni Industri and Vardar Osiguruvanje. Both players are set to make their debut in the upcoming round of FYR Macedonian championship.
Kiril Pavlovski started his career in 1999 with Junior Skopje. Following season he moved to Rabotnicki where he played for 3 seasons. In 2003, he moved to Crvena Zvezda Belgrade where he mostly played for junior team and was later loaned to Beograd. In 2004 he returned to Rabotnicki and later played for Vardar Osiguruvanje. In 2007 he signed a deal with Swedish outfit Oresundskraft Basket where in 15 games he averaged 5.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Pavlovski finished that season with Slovenian outfit Kraski Zidar Sezana appearing in 15 league games and posting averages of 10.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. In 2008, he moved to Romania where he played for Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti. In 28 league matches, he averaged 10.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. Last season, Pavlovski started with Cypriot outfit B.M.C. AEK Larnacas, but has later on played for Torus and Otopeni where he finished the season.
Carlos Morban played collegiate basketball at Florida International where in his last season he averaged 12.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 22 games. In 2004 he started his professional career when he signed with CSKA Sofia. Since then, he has played for the likes of Erdemispor, Feni Industri, Dinamo Bucharest and Vardar Osiguruvanje before signing with San Lazaro in 2009. For San Lazaro (Dominican Republic), Morban averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 assists per contest. He also played for Tiburones de Puerto Plata.


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Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To EnBW Ludwigsburg Game October 31st - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against EnBW Ludwigsburg on October 31st.



How well has the team digested the 103-102 loss in Bonn?


We are doing good. Just using as a lesson learned!!!

Usually wins like this can really help spark a team, but maybe a loss like this can also spark a team. What positives did the team take out of the game?


It lets us know that we are on the right track as far as competing and that it is how you finish the game!!!


What has been the focus in practice this week?


Preparing for Ludwigsburg.


How tough has it been playing four road games already? You play your second home game against EnBW Ludwigsburg on Sunday. Has it surprised you that the team has a better road record than home record?


Its not really tough just giving us confidence that we can get it done away from home. No it has surprise us. We haven't played a home game even with our preseason games.


What is your impression of EnBW Ludwigsburg this season? They have started 2-3


They are very solid team. They have a lot of experienced players that know what it takes to be successful on this level.

How much are you looking forward to playing against Toby Bailey? How do you stop him best?


I don't look at as a match up because its more so about which team is playing better that day instead of the individual. He is a good player with NBA experience. You have to limit his looks from behind the three point line and make him take tough shots.


What will be key in winning the game at home?


The main thing is controlling all the emotions that will be there because it is our first game in Ischelandhalle in since the team moved up from Pro A.


Were you surprised that The Miami Heat only scored 9 points after 10 minutes and only had 30 points at halftime? How long do you think that it will take for the team to gell?

That was surprising because of the offensive firepower that they have. I think they will be fine in a couple of weeks then its trouble for everyone else!!!

Thanks Quentin for the chat.






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A2: Opening Games - The Premier day of Visitors!! - by Chris Mammides
One of the most exciting leages begun with two weeks delay. The A2 league started and in the opening games we had a number of amazing results such as the big road win of Lavrio, in Patras against Apollon, the road win of Ermis Lagkada in Erythraia, against Panerythraikos and the road win of Ikari Serron in Pagrati against the home team. So in the opening games of this seazon's tough league we had amazing scores, great road wins and tough games.
The results and the scorers were as follows:

Amyntas Dafnis - Koroivos Amaliadas 86-60
the home team of Coach Costas Sorotos thrashed the newcomers from Amaliada
quite easily as four players had double digits and eleven players in total scored from two baskets plus! Koroivos of coach Nipergialis showed many negative points but above all was the fact of the mixture of the team, a team with out beggining and with players that are lacking the initiative. Only the veteran Serb Kosanovic tried more and together with Petas tried for the best but against one of the toughest teams of the league had no chance and the 26 points of difference shows exactly the difference between the two teams.
The quarters were: 22-11, 47-22, 68-38, 86-60
Amyntas: Vidalis 14, Zoupas 13, Barbas12 and Papargiropoulos 11

Koroivos: Petas and Kosanovic 16 points each

Panerythraikos - Ermis Lagkada 73-76
Ermis Lagkada of Coach Aggelis was really great in the opener and showed that the game against Aris Thessalonikis for the Cup helped him a lot as on how to use his roster. On the otehr hand the home team of Coach Houhoulsi showed many 'holes' in his defense and that was one og the major reasons why he finally lost the game. On the other hand, only three players were able to score as other than Sizopoulos, Panagiotis Karavanas (213-C/F-84) and Laksa the rest of the players were in a very bad mood and left their team helpless in the fourth and most crucial quarter. Darko Rallis (180-G-78) and Anagnostopoulos were amazing with the Greek-serbian succeding a career high in the A2 league with hsi 5 three pointers and his 23 points in total showed that he will assist Lagkada's team this seazon a lot.
The quarters were: 20-17, 34-30, 58-49, and 73-76
Panerythraikos: Panagiotis Karavanas 26, Sizopoulos 17, Laksa 14
Ermis: Darko Rallis 23, Anagnostopoulos 20.


Apollon Patras - Lavrio 70-72
In a thrilling game between two equivalent teams the home team of Coach Serelis (his seventh seazon in the team as a head coach and total of 13 years in the coaching team of Lavrio) beat in the details the team of Patras in the opener of the A2 league and showed that for anotehr one seazon it will be one tough team for all the opponents! The game was a derby from the very begginign and the two teams couldn't not take a bigger than 4 poitns deficit in the first half as APollon had a small deficit of 1-3 points while in the second half Lavrio took a slight of initiatives and finally won the game with the usual suspects as the top scorers, the amazing duet of Psileas and Giannakopoulos strike again and with 14 and 18 points assist their team to beat this unbelievable premier game with all odds being against them as APollon this seazon presented as one of the toughest, if not the toughest team of the league.
The quarters were: 22-13, 36-35, 52-53, 70-72
Apollon Patras: Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) 19, Milovic 17, Argiropoulos 12, Lianos 11
Lavrio: Psileas 18, Giannakopoulos 14, Karvounis 9.

KAOD - Olympiada Patras 78-62
An easy afternoon for the Drama team as Coach Takianos did a checkmate to his opponent from the early beggining with his tough defence and tha amazing game from Katsares with his double-double figure 14 points and 10 assists, the Drama team had no fear and beat the game very easy. Coach Kalantzis Olympiada was a medium team with no particular force in the parameter or in the paint, and with Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80) and Koutroulias trying for the best but being absolutely alone in this game.
The quarters were: 22-15, 36-30, 57-42, 78-62
KAOD: Katsares 14, Margaritis 13, Benas 12, Houmas 11
Olympiada: Sakis Veskoukis 23, Koutroulias 16

AGOR - Panelefsiniakos 83-75
Another easy afternoon for the home team of Rethymno who faced no problem afainst the Elefsina team and beat it with easyness. Rethymno had in a very good day the old tiem classic center (his fourth seazon with AGOR) Damir Latovic (204-C-80) who scored 27 points and dashed down 9 rebounds, being perfect from the paint and having no real opponent there, while Magounis showed that he is an A1 matterial with his mature and targeted game and his 24 points added a lot in this victory. On the other hand only Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81, agency: FCM) and the veteran Tirlas played decently but they were alone as no real assistance came from the expected players (Nikou, Theos and Balafas)
The quarters were: 16-13, 42-25, 62-51, 83-75

AGOR: Damir Latovic 27, Magkounis 24
Panelefsiniakos: Nikos Kaklamanos 24, Tirlas 16

Arkadikos - AEK Argous 80-71
The newcomers from Arcadia were much better that the newcomers from Argos so they won easily. Kokkalis with Brozos and Dimitris Katiakos (205-F-87) helped a lot the team of Coach Smirniotis while from AEK Argos Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) and Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) gave their best shot.
The quarters were: 23 - 11, 44 - 33, 57 - 56, 80 - 71

Arkadikos: Kokkalis 18, Dimitris Katiakos 14, Brozos 13 and Papadakis 13
AEK: Darrel Lewis 24, Andronikos Gizogiannis 18

Pagrati - Ikaroi Serron 75-76
Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) and Pavlisevic were very good while Simeonidis and Totsios helped a lot the team of coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis to succeeed the most historic victory in its short history in basketball over Pagrati away. From the home site of Coach Liogas, Michalos and Dimakos were the top scorers but couldn't help their team in the last and most crucial seconds of the game.
The quarters were: 20-20, 21-26, 15-14, 19-16

Pagrati: Michalos and Dimakos 14 points each
Ikaroi Serron: Kostas Kakaroudis 18 and Pavlisevic with Simeonidis 12 per head.

Pierikos Arhelaos - Near East 76-59
The team of Coach Galanis had an easy afternoon as the team of Near East has nothign to do with the last seazon's team, an entirely new team without very many keys in it. The KAterini team was much better in all the edges and succeeded its very first victory in the opener of the division.
The quarters were: 16-14, 28-27, 57-43, 76-59
Pierikos: Yiannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) 19, Sivorotka 11
Near East: Koupidis 15, Amato 12






Panionios verbally agrees with Milos Vujanic - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) will return to Greece after almost three years. According to Greek media, Panionios Athens and Vujanic verbally agreed a deal for rest of the season. If they officially sign it, the 29-year-old guard will return to Athens where he played for Panathinaikos in the past. He was a member of the Greek powerhouse on season 2006/07. For 19 Euroleague games he had 5.6 points, while in Greek league Vujanic added 9.8 ppg and 2.3 apg for 16 appearances. In the Playoffs, his numbers went down to 6.9 ppg and 2 rpg in 10 games. PAO won the championship title. Vujanic started 2007/08 with the Greens as well, but in November moved to Dynamo Moscow. After that, he played one season for Efes Pilsen helping them to win the TBL title and Turkish Cup.
Milos Vujanic spent last season in Spain with CB Murcia. He shined with 17.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34 games. However, it was not enough for his team who finished dead last and was relegated from ACB to LEB Gold. In the past, Vujanic played for Winterthur F.C. Barcelona and Climamio Bologna. He also played few years for Partizan Belgrade and Crvena Zvezda.


Interview with Warren Carter - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois), one of the best Illinois graduates, talks to Eurobasket.com about his career overseas:

Tell us about your new team, Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, what expectations you have for the season?

Warren Carter: Im extremely happy to have signed here with my new team Galil Gilboa. One of my ex college teammates and great friend Brain Randle played here his first two seasons loved it as well and helped the team win a championship. We had an opportunity for Euroleague didnt make it but are playing in the Eurocup which is still a very tough league. Im excited about the new challenges of the year with a very talented Israeli league and Eurocup. My expectation for the season is to help the team return to the final four of the Israeli league with a chance for another championship. As far as Eurocup is concerned Ive seen a lot of the teams throughout my time playing here and I think we can do very well. Its too early in the season to really say anything as of now so initial goal is to get to the second round.

You played again this summer in NBA Las Vegas summer league but you did not secure a spot in New York Knicks roster, what aspects in your game you believe you should work so to get a guaranteed contract.

Warren Carter: Summer league for me didnt go as well as Id hope. Personally always enjoy the experience and a chance to showcase my talent but I didn't get the time or a look I thought I would. After going through preseason with them I thought Id get more of look didnt happen so of course my focus immediately came back here. Aspects of my game I think Im missing?!? haha thats basically telling my opponents my weakness but real talk I think every aspect of my game could be improved and I strive to do that each year.

Last year you played in Greece for Ilysiakos whats your opinion about the Greek league and the team?

Warren Carter: The Greek league for me is a touchy subject. Let me first start off by saying I LOVED the country. I made many good friends while in Greece and loved the basketball experiences. The league was tough and my team was new to the league and it was amazing helping the team stay. Just business side wasnt as fun I was lied to many times and that was a first for me in my career. Honestly made me hate the Greek league because I know i wasnt the only player Greek/American going through this and as much as we love what we do, we have lives and families to provide and take care of. Just was unprofessional the way some of my teammates and I were treated in that situation. Again I loved the city the fans, the country weather was always amazing but I wasnt cool with being lied to and cheated.

Do you recommend other players to come and play in the Greek league and in your former team, Ilysiakos?

Warren Carter: I think the Greek league is on strike right now not sure but sure if you want to travel and love Greece and hoops go for it. Just be sure you have a good banker/lawyer. Thats enough on that experience.

Having a good season start in Spanish ACB with Sevilla in 2008 how you decided to move in Latvia?

Warren Carter: The ACB was another great experience. Again loved Sevilla and the experience of Spain was definitely a dream place to be. Wasn't me who decided to leave. Our team started out slow after our PG left our new coach Pedro Martinez came in and wanted his PF from the year before. Business is business and you can only have two Americans in Spain and I got the boot. End of the day it was a growing experience and I learned a lot from that situation. Moved too Latvia for the playoffs great run there and we won the Championship which definitely a great memory so everything happens for a reason.

Your first professional season in Europe at Turkey was quite impressive, what memories you have from that period of your life and what difficulties you faced as a rookie?

Warren Carter: My first year in Turkey was definitely tough getting used to life alone overseas but I had great teammates and management and they made the experience easy. I have too many memories of turkey from not one in particular but just the entire journey was a crazy ride.

Do you have still contact with any of your former teammates from college? How they are doing, do they play in Europe too?

Warren Carter: Yes whenever I see an ex teammate we always catch up. Id I think it be impossible to not follow each other in our careers with the bond we had on that team. And ive been lucky enough to catch a lot of them in the different countries Ive played in.. Dee Brown (Turkey), James Augustine (Spain), Shaun Pruitt (Greece), Brian Randle (Israel) always give those dudes crazy respect they helped me with my game and get to where I am today. Shut out to the Illini too. They are all doing well from what I can tell still doing what they love to do most as well as I.



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Ross' 21 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old swingman Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team GasTerra Flames Groningen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and three assists for GasTerra Flames Groningen in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Landstede (#8, 3-4) with 38-point margin 91-53. It allowed GasTerra Flames Groningen to consolidate first place in the Dutch league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and GasTerra Flames Groningen keeps perfect 7 -0 record. In the team's last game Ross had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at GasTerra Flames Groningen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Steve Ross averages this season 6.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden. He is American forward in his 3rd season at ZZ Leiden. In the last game Boxley recorded impressive 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as ZZ Leiden was edged by the lower-ranked DeFriesland (#7, 3-4) 76-72. ZZ Leiden managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Boxley is one of the most experienced players at ZZ Leiden and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 4.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82) of WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom (#9). Kimbrough scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Giants, leading his team to a 86-76 win against the higher-ranked ABC (#6, 3-4). Giants can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kimbrough he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kimbrough has individually a great season in Holland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.4apg (6th best). He also has 3.3spg and FGP: 50.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Magixx - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Giants - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91) of ABC - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89) of Giants - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Frank Turner (178-G-88) of Eiff.Towers - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Zaire Taylor (193-G-86) of Magixx - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85) of GasTerra F. - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. ZTE KK 5-0 
 2. Kecskemeti 4-1 
 3. Kormend 4-1 
 4. Szolnok 4-1 
 5. Albacomp 3-2 
 6. Atomeromu 3-2 
 7. Soproni 3-2 
 8. Falco-Szova 2-3 
 9. Marso-Vagep 2-3 
 10. PVSK Pannon 2-3 
 11. FS Debrecen 1-4 
 12. Kaposvari 1-4 
 13. Szedeak 1-4 
 14. Salgotarjani 0-5 


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


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IMG Reliance Junior National Basketball Semi line up - by Anil Kumar
After facing a few early struggle, hosts Maharashtra girls found their stride against a tough Delhi squad to pull off an impressive 72-42 win during the Quarter-Final match-up at the 61st IMG-Reliance National Basketball Championship for Boys and Girls currently being held at the Fr. Agnels School in Vashi (Navi Mumbai). Maharashtra have sealed a place in the semi-finals, where they will face a strong Chhattisgarh side.

Maharashtra were led by Shireen Vijay (25) and Aviya Arun Dharve (19 points).

The Chhattisgarh girls faced their toughest challenge yet in their Quarter-Final match against Punjab, but the efforts of Saranjeet Kaur (26), Ranjeeta Kaur (18), and Sangeeta Mandal (16) were enough to see them through, 72-63.

Elsewhere, the girls from Tamil Nadu and Kerala saw off their opponents Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh respectively to set up an exciting semi-final match-up of the neighbouring southern states. Punjab boys continue their strong stride towards the title, destroying a hapless Chhattisgarh team 60-32. In another boys matches, Maharashtra werent as fortunate as the girls, as the host team were ousted by Karnataka in an exciting high-scoring game. Karnataka won 80-75 behind a phenomenal 38 point night by Abhishek YP. Vashas (18) and Kaif Azam Zia (17) added to Karnatakas score.

Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu boys had already scripted their route to the semis on Friday morning.

Semi-Finals are scheduled to be held on the evening of Saturday 30.10.2010. The Finals of the tournament will be held on Sunday evening.

Important Scores

Girls :

Chhattisgarh 72 (Saranjeet Kaur 26, Ranjeeta Kaur 18, Sangeeta Mandal 16) bt. Punjab 63 (Jagroop Kaur 23, Gurpreet Kaur 15, Nagma Mirza 14).
Tamil Nadu 65 (R. Ramya 20) bt. Karnataka 44 (Swati 19). Maharashtra 72 (Shireen Vijay 25, Aviya Arun Dharve 19) bt. Delhi 42.
Kerala 75 (Jeena Joseph 27, Anila 18) bt. Uttar Pradesh 40 (Swarnima 13).
Boys :

Punjab 60 (Kamal Deep 16) bt. Chhattisgarh 32
Karnataka 80 (Abhishek YP 38, Vashah 18, Kaif. Azam Zia 17) bt. Maharashtra 75 (Princeton 16, Mohsin Shaikh 13, Zoweb 13, Raj R. 13).
Semi-Final Match-ups

Girls :

4:00 PM Tamil Nadu vs. Kerala
7:00 PM Chhattisgarh vs. Maharashtra
Boys :

5:30 PM Madhya Pradesh vs. Punjab
8:30 PM Karnataka vs. Tamil Nadu


IMG Reliance Junior National Basketball Quarter Final line up - by Anil Kumar
Following a busy evening of hoops on Thursday and a busier Friday morning, the dust finally cleared to see eight boys teams and eight girls teams qualify for the Quarter Finals of the 61st IMG-Reliance National Championship for Junior Boys and Girls, being held at the Fr. Agnel School in Vashi (Navi Mumbai) from Oct 24-31.

Two boys quarter-final matches were held on Friday morning. A high scoring Madhya Pradesh team blew past Rajasthan 81-56. MP were helped by a 21 point effort by Suraj Pratap. In the other quarter-final, Tamil Nadu regained their stride as star player G. Sivabalan scored 28 points and TN beat Kerala 83-55.

MP and TN have both entered the boys semi-final draw.

Earlier, the boys and girls pre-quarter finals and two boys quarter-finals were held early on Friday morning. In the girls section, Punjab beat Rajasthan behind 25 points by Nagma and Uttar Pradesh (Divya 20 points) beat Orissa to enter the Quarter Finals.

In the boys pre-quarters, hosts Maharashtra continued their dominating balanced play by beating Uttar Pradesh. Chhattisgarh defeated Andhra Pradesh behind the dual effort of Akash Bhasin (21) and Janki Ramnath (17).

The Semi-Finals will be played from 3:30 PM on Saturday, October 30th.

Important Scores

Girls :

Punjab 61 (Nagma 25, Jagroop 15) bt. Rajasthan 55 (Anjali 15)


Uttar Pradesh 60 (Divya 20) bt. Orissa (Sitamani Todu 18)
Boys :

Maharashtra 59 (Zoheb 14, Princeton 13) bt. Uttar Pradesh 47 (Rakesh 14)
Chhattisgarh 52 (Akash Bhasin 21, Janki Ramnath 17) bt. Andhra Pradesh 47
Madhya Pradesh 81 (Suraj Pratap 21, Ankit 15) bt. Rajasthan 56
Tamil Nadu 83 (G. Sivabalan 28, R. Arvind 14) bt. Kerala 55 (Ajith VK 16, Roby Thomas 15)

The rest of the Quarter-Finals is as below:

Girls :

3:30 PM Chhattisgarh vs. Punjab
3:30 PM Tamil Nadu vs. Karnataka
5:00 PM Maharashtra vs. Delhi
5:00 PM Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh
Boys :

6:30 PM Punjab vs. Chhattisgarh
6:30 PM Karnataka vs. Maharashtra




IMG Reliance Jr National Semi line up - by Anil Kumar
After facing a few early struggle, hosts Maharashtra girls found their stride against a tough Delhi squad to pull off an impressive 72-42 win during the Quarter-Final match-up at the 61st IMG-Reliance National Basketball Championship for Boys and Girls currently being held at the Fr. Agnels School in Vashi (Navi Mumbai). Maharashtra have sealed a place in the semi-finals, where they will face a strong Chhattisgarh side.

Maharashtra were led by Shireen Vijay (25) and Aviya Arun Dharve (19 points).

The Chhattisgarh girls faced their toughest challenge yet in their Quarter-Final match against Punjab, but the efforts of Saranjeet Kaur (26), Ranjeeta Kaur (18), and Sangeeta Mandal (16) were enough to see them through, 72-63.

Elsewhere, the girls from Tamil Nadu and Kerala saw off their opponents Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh respectively to set up an exciting semi-final match-up of the neighbouring southern states. Punjab boys continue their strong stride towards the title, destroying a hapless Chhattisgarh team 60-32. In another boys matches, Maharashtra werent as fortunate as the girls, as the host team were ousted by Karnataka in an exciting high-scoring game. Karnataka won 80-75 behind a phenomenal 38 point night by Abhishek YP. Vashas (18) and Kaif Azam Zia (17) added to Karnatakas score.

Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu boys had already scripted their route to the semis on Friday morning.

Semi-Finals are scheduled to be held on the evening of Saturday 30.10.2010. The Finals of the tournament will be held on Sunday evening.

Important Scores

Girls :

Chhattisgarh 72 (Saranjeet Kaur 26, Ranjeeta Kaur 18, Sangeeta Mandal 16) bt. Punjab 63 (Jagroop Kaur 23, Gurpreet Kaur 15, Nagma Mirza 14).
Tamil Nadu 65 (R. Ramya 20) bt. Karnataka 44 (Swati 19). Maharashtra 72 (Shireen Vijay 25, Aviya Arun Dharve 19) bt. Delhi 42.
Kerala 75 (Jeena Joseph 27, Anila 18) bt. Uttar Pradesh 40 (Swarnima 13).
Boys :

Punjab 60 (Kamal Deep 16) bt. Chhattisgarh 32
Karnataka 80 (Abhishek YP 38, Vashah 18, Kaif. Azam Zia 17) bt. Maharashtra 75 (Princeton 16, Mohsin Shaikh 13, Zoweb 13, Raj R. 13).
Semi-Final Match-ups

Girls :

4:00 PM Tamil Nadu vs. Kerala
7:00 PM Chhattisgarh vs. Maharashtra
Boys :

5:30 PM Madhya Pradesh vs. Punjab
8:30 PM Karnataka vs. Tamil Nadu

Courtesy BFI


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Scoonie Penn lands in Veroli - by Emiliano
Impressive signing of Prima Veroli which landed for the season James Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.). The point guard spent last season in Greece with Olympiacos reaching the Euroleague FInal, lost against Regal Barcelona.
Penn started last year in Italy with Virtus Bologna averaging 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 77.8% in 10 games, then in January he moved to Olympiacos with whom he recorded averages of 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg in the domestic league and 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1spg in Euroleague.
During his career, Penn has played in Ukraine, Turkey and Croatia.


San Severo part ways with Holland and signs Zanelli - by Emiliano
The adventure of Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) with the jersey of Mazzeo San Severo is already over. The American foward parted ways with the Italian team after 4 games in Legadue in which the scoring machine averaged 14.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. Holland was signed by the newly promoted team last summer after his experience in UAE with Al Ahli.
Holland in Italy has played with several teams as Virtus Bologna, Roseto, Varese.
Mazzeo San Severo meanwhile announced the signing of Fabio Zanelli (196-G-76)i. The experienced player spent last season with Carife Ferrara before being released last January.


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JBL Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hokkaido - Panasonic 78-92
The second quarter became decisive in the game versus Hokkaido and Panasonic as the latter produced 24-11 in it for the total 92:78 win. Jerald Honeycutt (205-F-74, college: Tulane) collected 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead all the winners and Aono Fumihiko scored 21. Orimo Takehiko answered with 25 points in the losing effort.

Toyota - Aishin 76-81
Toyota was beaten by Aishin 76:81 at the Regular Season Round 13. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76, college: UCLA) stepped up for the league-leaders with 27 points and Takeuchi Kosuke followed him with 14. Takahashi Michael responded with 18 points for Toyota and Gibbs Jeff scored 16.

Toshiba - Tochigi Brex 69-58
Trailing 14-21 after the opening quarter Toshiba beat Tochigi Brex 69:58. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75, college: UCLA) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Kagami Yuya followed him with 12. Holcomb Randy ended up with 13 points in the losing case.

Mitsubishi - Hitachi S. 71-72
Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) scored 14 points and made 13 rebounds as Hitachi grabbed 72:71 over Mitsubishi. Kobayashi Daisuke and Matsui followed him with 12 points each, while Aboya Alfred netted 11. Lett Ontario ended up with 20 points in defeat and Hale Ron added 19.




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Peja got their second win in a row - by Onur Deqani
KB Peja are going ahead on their leadership on the standings, after they reached their second win in the round 2 of the league.KB Peja met KB Trepca from Mitrovica in this weeks derby match. The teams played on Bardhosh due to the KB Trepca's punishment to play 6 home matches in an other place out of their home ground. KB Peja who won their first match against Kol.Eurosport on their home last week were more concentrated to the match as it was seen.While KB KB Trepca got their first loss this season as they beat KB Mitrovica on the first week.
The highest scorer of the match was Rron Grapci of KB Peja with 20 points, helped by Enes Hadzibulic (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 16 to be in the main role of this win over KB Trepca.

Trepa: Tahiri 6, Ilir Selmani 2, Valdrin Haxhiu 16, Prekazi, Brahim Veseli 2, Safet Mustafa, Nexhat Hajra 5, Gazmend Asllani 16, Besnik Azemi 12, Naim Haxha 5, Ngadhnim Shabani, Nuli.
Peja: Shpend Gashi, Vigan Radoni 15, Valdet Grapci 4, Enes Hadzibulic 16, Roland Beqiri 10, Rron Grapci 20, Asaf Nallbani 1, Taulant Dupa, Arian Qallaku, Sami Hajzeraj, Edis Kuraja 1, Alen Idrizaj 9.


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Liga-Sudamericana. Day 1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Group B
Quimsa - Inacap 91-68
Quimsa victoriously entered the new Liga Sudamericana season. The Argentinean side toppled Inacap of Chile in Group B opener for both teams. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) scored 21 points to pace the charge. Quimsa opened the game strongly. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) scored 8 points helping Quimsa to a 23:15 lead at the first break. Quimsa continued to stay aggressive in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 47:31. Inacap relied on Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) and Samuel Villegas (198-G/F-83, college: Toledo) scoring in the third term to narrow the deficit. Inacap trailed by 10 points at the final break 55:65. Quimsa however silenced their opponents with an 8:0 run to open the final term. The Argentineans cruised to the victory then. Jonathan Treise (182-G-85) scored 17 points for Quimsa. Diego Lo Grippo added 14 points in the winning effort. Claudio Naranjo nailed 20 points for Inacap. Samuel Villegas contributed 19 points in the loss.

Flamengo - Malvin 94-92
Flamengo opened their Liga Sudamericana campaign with a tough win. The Brazilian team held off Malvin in thriller. Fred Santos (180-G-80) and Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) helped Flamengo escape with a narrow victory at the end. Flamengo stormed into the game. They exploded with 32 points in the opening quarter taking a 15-point lead. Malvin stopped the rot in the second term. The Uruguayans narrowed the gap at 11-point mark at halftime. Eduardo Machado suffered an injury in the third period. Flamengos offense got hurt with the loss of one of their key players. They scored 18 points in the third term but conceded 31 as Malvin pulled in front. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) brought Flamengo right back into this one in the final quarter. Helio Vitor Lima gave the Brazilians a 94:90 lead with 18 seconds to go. Christopher Lee cut the margin to just two points but Atila Dos Santos missed two free throws but Marcelinho Machado grabbed an offensive rebound and Flamengo hung on to win the game. Marcelinho Machado knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) added 14 points in the victory. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) answered with 23 points and 7 assists for Malvin. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 18 points in defeat.




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Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-0 
 2. Meresta 7-1 
 3. Zalgiris-Sabonio 6-1 
 4. Radviliskis 5-3 
 5. LKKA-Atletas 4-3 
 6. Nafta Universitetas 4-3 
 7. Silute 4-3 
 8. Mazeikiai 4-4 
 9. Perlas-MRU 3-5 
 10. Triobet Malsta 3-5 
 11. Akademija 2-5 
 12. Puntukas 2-5 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 2-6 
 14. Erelita 2-6 
 15. Delikatesas 1-6 


Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 8 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Taurantas Tamosiunas (190-G-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for LKKA-Atletas Kaunas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 18-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and four assists for LKKA-Atletas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass ABRO-Univ. (#13, 2-6) with 36-point margin 100-64. Despite this victory LKKA-Atletas dropped to the 5th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LKKA-Atletas will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Tamosiunas turned to be LKKA-Atletas' top player in his first season with the team. Taurantas Tamosiunas averages this season 5.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of KK Akademija Vilnius. Mockevicius impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Akademija lost that game 84-92 to the higher-ranked Mazeikiai (#8, 4-4). This loss caused Akademija to drop to 11th position in the standings. 5 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Akademija managed to get this year. Mockevicius is well-known by Akademija fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was Modestas Sidlauskas (193-G-85) of Mazeikiai (#8). Sidlauskas showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Mazeikiai, leading his team to a 92-84 win against the lower-ranked Akademija (#11, 2-5). Mazeikiai needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Sidlauskas has a very solid season. In 7 games in Lithuania he scored 7.3ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and 3.6apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) of Mazeikiai - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Zilvinas Petraitis (194-G/F-88) of Delikatesas - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) of Radviliskis - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) of Radviliskis - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Andrius Zymantas (188-G-81) of Nafta Universitetas - 28 points and 5 rebounds
10. Evaldas Jurkus (190-G-84) of Silute - 22 points and 4 rebounds


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Brunei Barracudas Gifted KL Dragons - by Abdallah Omari
Today and in a very upsetting one side game, KL Dragons won over the Brunei Barracudas 87-48. The problems were clear from the beginning when the game started one hour later than its time. Brunei team came to the court with 7 players only where three of the main players were not allowed to play due to a disease in their eyes. The Barracudas tried to postponed the game but their request was rejected by the host team. The Brunei team gave up very early in the first quarter and started to do a lot of fouls to kill the game. The KL Dragons were dominating the game from the start to the end. The game ended with 8 minutes remaining in the last quarter as 5 of Brunei player were out with 5 fouls and 2 remaining. The final result was 87-48 and the top scorer was Alexander Hartman (201-F-85, college: Concordia (OR)) from the dragons with 24 points and Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) from the Barracudas with 18 points

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Milko Bjelica shines in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) started the new season in style. In the first two Euroleague games this season he averaged 16.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Unfortunately, his team Lietuvos Rytas was unable to register win in these two appearances. In the latest game, the Lithuanian squad failed at home against the Italian powerhouse Montepashi Siena, but the Montenegrin International top-scored in his team with 18 points. He had 6/7 for FG2, 1/3 for 3-pts and perfect 3/3 from the line. In the first round against the Turkish champion, Fenerbahce Ulker, Bjelica scored 15 points for his team.
Milko Bjelica is active member of the Montenegrin National Team.


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Bobcats exercise options on D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year option on point guard D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) and the third-year option on guard Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Duke).

Augustin, who was selected by the Bobcats with the ninth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, has posted career averages of 8.9 points, 2.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 153 games. Additionally, he has connected on .410 from the field, .418 from beyond the three-point line and .853 from the free-throw line. In 72 games as a rookie, he averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 26.5 minutes and was named to the 2008-09 All-Rookie Second Team.

An early-entry candidate from Duke University, Henderson averaged 2.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 43 games last season. He was selected by the Bobcats with the 12th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBAs 30th franchise when they joined the league in 2004-05, host the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. The game will be televised on SportSouth and heard on WFNZ 610 AM and across the Bobcats radio network.

Courtesy of www.sportspagemagazine.com


Pacers exercise Brandon Rush option - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Pacers have picked up the 2011-12 option on the contract of guard Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas).

Rush was the 13th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and has posted averages of 8.8 points and 3.7 over 157 games, 83 as a starter, during his first two seasons in the league.

The Kansas product is serving a league-mandated five-game suspension and will not be eligible to play until November 9 when the Pacers host Denver.

Courtesy of www.11alive.com


David Stern has plan for NBA in Europe - by Eurobasket News
The travel plans for NBA teams could be a bit more extensive a decade from now.

NBA commissioner David Stern told a luncheon audience in Miami on Friday that he envisions a five-team European division within the league sometime in the next 10 years.

It's not a new notion, but Stern's words nonetheless represented a strong stance that the NBA is more committed than ever to expansion and further globalizing the game.

'It's a wonderful topic, because 10 years ago, I said, 'Oh, it's inevitable, it'll happen in 10 years,' ' Stern said, speaking to business leaders. 'And now what I'm saying is, 'It's inevitable, it'll happen in 10 years.' But in terms of globalization, we're going to see a desire for franchises in Europe -- and in about 10 years, you'll send me a postcard.'

As for now, the Nets and Raptors will play two regular-season games in London in March.

Stern also recently said the NBA plans a regular-season game in London sometime before the city hosts the 2012 Olympics. He was in town to attend the Miami Heat home opener against the Orlando Magic, the first real game in South Florida for LeBron James and Chris Bosh as Dwyane Wade's teammates.

The talk of European growth comes at a somewhat awkward time, with some in the league fearing that contracting current clubs could be an option as the NBA and players' association continues trying to bridge a wide gap in collective bargaining talks. Just last week, Stern suggested on a conference call with reporters that contraction may be on the table, but said he won't spend 'a lot of time on it.'

'I think we'll have a division and I think the Heat will play in Boston one night and then they'll go to Paris and spend a couple days on the Champs-Elysses shopping and relaxing,' Stern said. 'And then they'll go and play five teams. And when they finish that, they'll play them again. Then they'll come home, having had a nice trip to Europe and they'll be finished with their European obligations.'

Orlando backup center Marcin Gortat, a native of Poland, didn't seem overjoyed about the idea.

Gortat said players wouldn't want to deal with the travel, that Stern wants to 'control the whole world' and that expanding to Europe could hurt the NBA's standing as 'the best league on earth.'

'That's impossible. In my opinion, that's impossible,' Gortat said of the notion. 'That's just too much travel. I would just want it just to stay the way it is right now. And if we have to, just maybe expand from Canada.'

In other comments:

With regard to ongoing collective bargaining talks, Stern reiterated he is not pessimistic about business prospects.

'What we have is the extraordinary ability to increase our revenues, except we're currently locked into a system that pays 57 percent of those revenues to the players,' he said. 'And given the additional expenses it now takes to raise those revenues ... we actually wind up losing a little money. A little, like a few hundred million dollars amongst friends here at lunch.'

Stern told the luncheon audience that everyone involved knows what's at stake and that 'just about everything' is on the table.

'We think it's getting to be about that time where we have to get serious,' he said. 'And I hope we can get serious, because we realize that the game is going along quite well. Anticipation is great. There's some other teams in the league besides the Heat that think they have a shot. ... This is going to be a great season and we would like it not to end with a thud.'

Stern lauded Wade for picking up the league's community service award for the offseason, noting his work with children in both Miami and Chicago.

'I often say that community relations and public relations are side-by-side, but public relations relates to how people think about you. Community relations really is about how people feel about you,' Stern said. 'I know the Heat feels great about Miami and I know that Miami feels great about the Heat.'

Before the Heat-Magic game Friday night, Stern said the league will investigate reports that the New York Knicks conducted secret workouts with college players. Stern did not expect a quick resolution and would not say what sanctions, if any, the Knicks may face if found to have circumvented league rules.

Courtesy of ESPN


Spurs sign Tony Parker to contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that guard Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) has signed a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy details of the contract were not announced. The San Antonio Express-News reports that the deal is for $50 million over four years.

We are thrilled that Tony has signed a long-term contract extension, said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. He has enjoyed an outstanding NBA career. With all that he has accomplished it is easy to forget that he is only 28-years-old. Tony is a unique talent and a wonderful young man.

A three-time All-Star (2006, 2007 and 2009), Parker is currently in his 10th NBA season.

Selected by the Spurs with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Parker has been the teams starting point guard since the fifth game of the 2001-02 season. A month before his 20th birthday he was named to the 2002 All-Rookie First Team becoming the first foreign-born guard to earn the honor.

Parker was the starting point guard on three of the Spurs NBA Championship teams (2003, 2005 and 2007). During the teams latest championship run, he was named the MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals. He is the only European-born player to be named an NBA Finals MVP.

During the 2005-06 season Parker led the team in both scoring and assists, becoming the first point guard in Spurs history to lead the team in scoring. For the season he averaged 18.9 points and 5.8 assists while shooting .548 (623-1,136) from the field. He ranked third in the league in FG percentage (the first time since 1973-74 that a point guard ranked in the top three in FG percentage).

Parker again made history during the 2008-09 campaign when he was named to the All-NBA Third Team, becoming the first European-born point guard to earn All-NBA honors. For the season he averaged a career-high 22.0 points and a career-best 6.9 assists.

In his 10-year NBA career Parker has appeared in a total of 669 regular season games, averaging 16.6 points and 5.7 assists per game. Among Spurs all-time NBA leaders he ranks fifth in games played (669), fourth in points (11,133) and third in assists (3,781). He has seen action in 132 playoff games, averaging 18.7 points and 4.9 assists in the postseason. Among active NBA playoff career leaders he ranks eighth in games (132), seventh in points (2,473) and fifth in assists (651).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Allen Iverson officially signs a two-year deal with Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James and Chris Bosh headed for South Beach, while Amare Stoudemire decided to star on Broadway.

Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown)? He's headed for Turkey.

'My whole thing was being wanted, being accepted by a ballclub. That was the most important thing,' the former NBA MVP said Friday, after signing a US$4 million, two-year contract with Turkish club Besiktas during a news conference at the upscale St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.

'I had a great time playing in the NBA. Who knows if I ever will again?' Iverson said. 'But I wanted to show everybody I can play at a high level, not just the NBA.'

The 11-time all-star waited all off-season for an NBA team to come calling, though none ever did. So while the Miami Heat stocked up with star power, and the Knicks added some front-line muscle, Iverson told his manager, Gary Moore, to begin looking at other leagues.

He ultimately decided the Istanbul-based club was the best fit.

'I feel like it's a fresh start for me, and I just thank all these guys for giving me the opportunity,' Iverson said, 'a chance to get back on track with my basketball career.'

Iverson is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,368 points, winning the MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the finals. He spent 10 seasons in Philadelphia before bouncing through Denver and Detroit, ending up in Memphis last season.

He only played three games before returning for a second stint with the Sixers, where he averaged 13.9 points in 25 games. He took a leave of absence toward the end of the season to deal with some family matters, which he said Thursday have been resolved.

'If those situations weren't better at this point in time, there's no way I would have made this decision,' he said. 'It was hard the last couple years to concentrate on basketball.'

Iverson mostly blamed himself that no NBA teams were willing to give him a shot.

One of the most instinctive scoring guards in league history, Iverson's prolific talent was offset by numerous run-ins with coaches and team officials, including his infamous 'We're talking about practice' diatribe directed toward former Sixers coach Larry Brown. He's also had several legal problems that landed him on probation.

'A lot of not being on an NBA roster is my fault,' Iverson said. 'I made a lot of mistakes in my life that I'm not proud of, but I have to move on.'

Wearing a black New York Yankees cap and decked out in diamonds Thursday, Iverson almost seemed to be forcing a smile as he held up a Besiktas jersey along with team owner Yildirim Demiroren and executive board member Seref Yalcin. Dozens of members of the Turkish media took photographs while Turkish music pounded inside the small hotel ballroom.

Just about the only thing familiar was the No. 3 on the jersey.

Iverson will begin play with his new team the week of Nov. 8, in a home arena that seats about 4,500 fans for a club that hasn't won the Turkish league since 1975.

The only other American on the roster is Mire Chatman, who played in college for Texas Pan-American, though Australian centre A.J. Ogilvy recently finished his career at Vanderbilt. The rest of the team is made up of players from Turkey, Russia and other Eastern European nations.

'As far as I know, Allen is the first and greatest player to have a career in the NBA and come to Europe to play in Turkey,' Demiroren said through a translator. 'I hope this contract will be wonderful for both sides.'

At least as long as it lasts.

Iverson said he still believes he can play in the NBA and hopes his performance in Europe will entice a franchise -- any franchise -- to give him another chance next season.

He also said he'd be lying if he thought 10 years ago that he'd ever be playing in Turkey.

'The NBA has been great for me, I made a ton of money, I can take care of my family for the rest of my life and the rest of their life. The NBA has been great,' he said. 'I don't even know what my role is going to be, and that's the part that's exciting as much as anything, having the chance to go in with a bunch of guys and help out and win some basketball games.'

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


Interview with Warren Carter - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois), one of the best Illinois graduates, talks to Eurobasket.com about his career overseas:

Tell us about your new team, Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, what expectations you have for the season?

Warren Carter: Im extremely happy to have signed here with my new team Galil Gilboa. One of my ex college teammates and great friend Brain Randle played here his first two seasons loved it as well and helped the team win a championship. We had an opportunity for Euroleague didnt make it but are playing in the Eurocup which is still a very tough league. Im excited about the new challenges of the year with a very talented Israeli league and Eurocup. My expectation for the season is to help the team return to the final four of the Israeli league with a chance for another championship. As far as Eurocup is concerned Ive seen a lot of the teams throughout my time playing here and I think we can do very well. Its too early in the season to really say anything as of now so initial goal is to get to the second round.

You played again this summer in NBA Las Vegas summer league but you did not secure a spot in New York Knicks roster, what aspects in your game you believe you should work so to get a guaranteed contract.

Warren Carter: Summer league for me didnt go as well as Id hope. Personally always enjoy the experience and a chance to showcase my talent but I didn't get the time or a look I thought I would. After going through preseason with them I thought Id get more of look didnt happen so of course my focus immediately came back here. Aspects of my game I think Im missing?!? haha thats basically telling my opponents my weakness but real talk I think every aspect of my game could be improved and I strive to do that each year.

Last year you played in Greece for Ilysiakos whats your opinion about the Greek league and the team?

Warren Carter: The Greek league for me is a touchy subject. Let me first start off by saying I LOVED the country. I made many good friends while in Greece and loved the basketball experiences. The league was tough and my team was new to the league and it was amazing helping the team stay. Just business side wasnt as fun I was lied to many times and that was a first for me in my career. Honestly made me hate the Greek league because I know i wasnt the only player Greek/American going through this and as much as we love what we do, we have lives and families to provide and take care of. Just was unprofessional the way some of my teammates and I were treated in that situation. Again I loved the city the fans, the country weather was always amazing but I wasnt cool with being lied to and cheated.

Do you recommend other players to come and play in the Greek league and in your former team, Ilysiakos?

Warren Carter: I think the Greek league is on strike right now not sure but sure if you want to travel and love Greece and hoops go for it. Just be sure you have a good banker/lawyer. Thats enough on that experience.

Having a good season start in Spanish ACB with Sevilla in 2008 how you decided to move in Latvia?

Warren Carter: The ACB was another great experience. Again loved Sevilla and the experience of Spain was definitely a dream place to be. Wasn't me who decided to leave. Our team started out slow after our PG left our new coach Pedro Martinez came in and wanted his PF from the year before. Business is business and you can only have two Americans in Spain and I got the boot. End of the day it was a growing experience and I learned a lot from that situation. Moved too Latvia for the playoffs great run there and we won the Championship which definitely a great memory so everything happens for a reason.

Your first professional season in Europe at Turkey was quite impressive, what memories you have from that period of your life and what difficulties you faced as a rookie?

Warren Carter: My first year in Turkey was definitely tough getting used to life alone overseas but I had great teammates and management and they made the experience easy. I have too many memories of turkey from not one in particular but just the entire journey was a crazy ride.

Do you have still contact with any of your former teammates from college? How they are doing, do they play in Europe too?

Warren Carter: Yes whenever I see an ex teammate we always catch up. Id I think it be impossible to not follow each other in our careers with the bond we had on that team. And ive been lucky enough to catch a lot of them in the different countries Ive played in.. Dee Brown (Turkey), James Augustine (Spain), Shaun Pruitt (Greece), Brian Randle (Israel) always give those dudes crazy respect they helped me with my game and get to where I am today. Shut out to the Illini too. They are all doing well from what I can tell still doing what they love to do most as well as I.



Houston Rockets sign Erick Dampier - by Eurobasket News
A person familiar with the negotiations says Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made. The agreement first was reported by The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV.

The 6-foot-11 Dampier, who will enter his 15th season, played the last six years with Dallas. The Mavericks traded the 35-year-old Dampier to Charlotte in July, and the Bobcats voided his contract for the upcoming season, making him a free agent.

The Rockets are carefully limiting Yao's minutes to no more than 24 per game as he comes back from foot surgery that sidelined him all of last season.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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  NCAA2   


WWU Intra-Squad Finish - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.com


Forward Michael Duty (6'6''-F) had team-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Blue team defeat the White 103-86 in the 18th annual Western Washington Blue/White men's basketball intra-squad game Thursday at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

Guard Rico Wilkins (5'11''-G-88) had a game-high 27 points for the White team, 23 of them in the second half.

Center Dan Young had 18 points for the Blue, and guard John Allen, a transfer from Washington State, and forward Rory Blanche each had 17 points.

For the White, forward Zach Henifin had 16 points and center Chris Mitchell had 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Blue shot 53.5 percent (38-71) from the field, hitting 10 of 17 three-pointers (58.8 percent).

Freshman guard Derek Dickerson had 16 points, connecting on four of five threes. Wilkins was five of nine from




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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Air21 - Barako 79-89
Barako was better than Air21 improving to 2-3 record in the league. Mark Isip (193-F-80) shined for the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Carlo Sharma (198-C-80) collected 13 points and 8 boards in defeat.

Rain or Shine - Ginebra 73-90
Ginebra had Willie Miller (180-G-77) in a game mood with 22 points and 5 assists. Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) followed him with 17 pts. In the loosing squad, Jay-R Reyes (202-C-84) had 10 points and 8 boards.

Talk N Text - Powerade T. 108-89
Talk N Text scored 108 points in this game, what was more than enough for comfortable victory against the Tigers. Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) shined in this victory with 21 points and 16 rebounds. The Tigers got 17 points and 8 rebs from William Antonio (190-G-75, college: Chaminade).

San Miguel - Alaska 99-97
4-1 for San Miguel and 3-2 for Alaska after this game. Arwind Santos (193-F-81) shined for the winners with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) also was great adding 26 pts. In the loosing squad, Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) had 22 pts and 8 assists.


Williams number one in Philippines for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Filipino forward Kelly Williams (198-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Talk N Text Tropang Texters, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Powerade T. (#8, 2-3) with 19-point margin 108-89. Talk N Text maintains the 2nd position in American PBA. They are still close to the very top. Talk N Text would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Williams turned to be Talk N Text's top player in his first season with the team. Kelly Williams averages this season 11.6ppg and 9.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Filipino Joe Devance (201-C-82) of Alaska Aces. Devance had a very good evening with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Alaska was edged by the higher-ranked San Miguel (#1, 4-1) 99-97. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Alaska still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Devance is one of the most experienced players at Alaska and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 7.8rpg and 3.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of league's top team San Miguel Beermen. Santos scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of San Miguel, leading his team to a 99-97 win against #4 ranked Alaska in a game of the week. San Miguel confirms their top position in the standings Santos has a great season in Philippines. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dennis Espino (203-C-73) of Powerade Tigers - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Mark Isip (193-F-80) of Barako - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Anthony Dela Cruz (193-F-78) of Alaska - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Willie Miller (180-G-77) of Ginebra - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. William Antonio (190-G-75) of Powerade T. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sunday Salvacion (191-G-78) of Barako - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) of San Miguel - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists


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


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Schedule and host cities of the 2010/2011 FIBA Americas League announced - by Luis Ramirez
MAR DEL PLATA (2010/2011 FIBA Americas League) FIBA Americas announced the schedule and host cities of the 2010/2011 FIBA Americas League that starts on December 9 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. A total of 16 teams will be part of the most important club competition in America. The defending champion is Pearol Mar del Plata of Argentina who has two championships in this tournament (2007/2008 and 2009/2010).

The host cities of this event are: Mar del Plata, Argentina (Group A), Xalapa, Mexico (Group B), Ibarra, Ecuador (Group C) and Arecibo, Puerto Rico (Group D). This tournament will be televised on FOX Sports.

The tournament format for this edition changed, going back to the same format used in the first edition where the two best teams per group reach the second round. In the second round there will be two quadrangular, the first played in the South on February 1-3 and the other in the North from February 8-10. The two best teams in each quadrangular reach the Final Four to be played on February 22-24 of 2011.

Below is the schedule of the competition for Group D:

Group D in Arecibo, Puerto Rico: January 18, 19 and 20, 2011:

Tuesday, January 18:
18:00 Sionista de Paran (ARG) vs. Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (MEX)
20:15 pm Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR) vs. Cocodrilos de Carcas (VEN)

Wednesday, January 19:
18:00 Halcones Rojos vs. Cocodrilos
20:15 Sionista vs. Capitanes

Thursday, January 20:
18:00 Cocodrilos vs. Sionista

20:15 Capitanes vs. Halcones Rojos

Courtesy of Luis Modestti, Fiba Americas Press Officer






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  ROMANIA   


Round 7 preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
Round 7 of the Romanian championship is going to offer some interesting matches, 7 matches will be played in the weekend, and the match between Oradea and Miercurea Ciuc has been postponed, for the 17th November.

Match 1: Brasov vs. Steaua
Date and time: 30th October, 17:00
Venue: Forex Arena
Referees: Vlad Potra, Vlad Ghizdăreanu, Alexandru Vasile
The prologue of the round will be a much disproportioned match. Brasov, a team which has not high expectations this season, and whose main goal this season is to avoid relegation, will meet Steaua, a very powerful team this season. Out of the 6 matches played between these 2 teams during the regular season, 4 of them had been won by Brasov, while the last 2 matches were won by Steaua. Also, the teams met twice in the Romanian Cup, where Brasov won both clashes. Last round, Brasov lost on the road against newcomer Iasi, while Steaua won against Medias, 88-83 after extra time. After 6 rounds, Brasov were ranked last (0-6 record), Steaua was ranked 4th (4-2 record).

Match 2: Otopeni vs. Bucuresti
Date and time: 30th October, 18:00
Venue: Sports hall
Referees: Ciprian Stoica, Laszlo Bukureşti, Marius Epure
The second match of this round will be a very interesting match, putting face to face two teams which have proved that they can play really good matches. CS Otopeni, which lost Levar Seals, last week, moving to Sibiu, will meet Bucuresti, a team which played really good against powerful teams. However, Otopeni proved as well that they can play really good against powerful teams. These 2 teams met twice last season, and those meetings are the only ones between them, both matches being won by Otopeni. Last round, Otopeni lost on the road against Ploiesti, a match after which Cortney Scott was nominated as MVP of the round, while Bucuresti rolled over timisoara, 88-70. Before this round, Otopeni was ranked 11th (2-4 record), and Bucuresti was ranked 7th (3-3 record). This match will be broadcasted by TVR 3.

Match 3: Rovinari vs. Cluj
Date and time: 30th October, 19:00
Venue: Sports hall
Referees: Laurenţiu Grigoraş, Mircea Şerban, Sefer Bedir
The third match of this round will be another interesting match, and will bring face to face two teams with different goals this season: Rovinari is attempting to compete in the play-offs, while Cluj is attempting to win the championship. The history between these 2 teams is not very long, only 4 matches being played between these 2 teams in the regular season, all 4 being won by Cluj. In addition, 2 matches have been played in the Cup, matches won as well by Cluj. Last round, Rovinari lost on the road against Sibiu, while Cluj won on home ground against Oradea, 68-46, in the match with the less points scored in the championship yet. After 6 rounds, Rovinari was ranked 6th (3-3 record), while Cluj was ranked 2nd (5-1 record).

Match 4: Craiova vs. Ploiesti
Date and time: 30th October, 20:00
Venue: Sports hall
Referees: Fabiana Martinescu Nitu, Liviu Ioniţă, Bogdan Podar
The last match to be played on Saturday will be a derby of the South, with Craiova meeting Ploiesti. Both teams are in a good shape, Craiova is on a 3-0 streak, while Ploiesti did not lose a single match since the start of the championship. Out of the 4 matches played between these 2 teams, 3 were won by Ploiesti, while Craiova won a single match. Last round, Craiova was the only team to win on the road, managing to beat Miercurea Ciuc, 82-70. Ploiesti won as well, on home ground, 88-82 against Otopeni, but only after 1 period of overtime was required. Before this round, Craiova was ranked 9th (3-3 record), while Ploiesti is the leader, with 6 matches won out of 6.

Match 5: Timisoara vs. Iasi
Date and time: 31st October, 15:00
Venue: Constantin Jude sports hall
Referees: Marius Ciulin, Valentin Negrea, Ciprian Ciocan
The first match to be played on Sunday will be a very interesting match, given the fact that both teams are not playing at a very high level this championship. Timisoara, a team where Dragan Petricevic still did not find a way to make his players play well, despite the huge budget, will meet Iasi, a newcomer. Only 2 matches were played between these 2 teams, in the 2005-2006 season, the only season which saw Iasi in the first division. Last round, Timisoara lost against Bucuresti, while Iasi won against Brasov, 90-68, marking the first win this season. After 6 rounds, Timisoara is ranked 10th (2-5 record), and Iasi is ranked 15th (1-4 record).

Match 6: Medias vs. Pitesti
Date and time: 31st October, 18:00
Venue: Sports hall
Referees: Alexandru Olaru, Gabriel Dima, Alin Roşu
The 6th match of the 6th round will be an interesting match. Medias, a team with high expectations this season, and with the largest budget, will meet Pitesti, a team with the intention to play in the play-offs once again. The history between these 2 teams is very rich, and out of the last 10 matches in regular season, 6 were won by Medias and 4 by Pitesti. IN the Cup, the victories were shared, each one winning a match. Curiously, the only matches played in the play-offs, were won by Pitesti. Last round, Medias lost on the road against Steaua, after overtime, while Pitesti produced the first loss to Mures, winning on home ground 79-73. Before this round, Medias was ranked 5th (4-2 record), and Pitesti was ranked 8th (3-3 record). The match will be broadcasted by TVR 3.

Match 7: Mures vs. Sibiu
Date and time: 31st October, 20:00
Venue: Sports hall
Referees: Doru Vinasi, Gabriel Roceanu, Alexandru Anica
The epilogue of this round will also be the derby of the round. Sibiu will go in the Jungle, to meet the tigers, Mures. Coach Audrius Prakuraitis, who last year trained Mures, will return to Mures, this time as an opponent. There exists a rich history between these 2 teams, and out of the 10 matches played, 6 were won by Sibiu, while 4 by Mures. The teams met twice in the Cup, where the victories where shared, and not a single time in the play-offs. Last round, Mures lost away against Pitesti (their first loss of the season), while Sibiu knocked out Rovinari, winning 83-59 in front of their home fans. After 6 rounds, Mures was ranked 3rd (5-1 record), while Sibiu was ranked 13th (2-3 record). This match can be watched online, accessing www.csufans.ro/chat


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  RUSSIA   


CSKA loses Siskauskas, too - by Eurobasket News
More than it's first two games, CSKA Moscow lost a big part of its recent succeses on Friday when small forward Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) joined the injured list with back injury that will sideline him at least one month. The 32-year-old former Euroleague MVP left the floor on Thursday after 5 minutes of the Game of the Week, which CSKA lost 74-60 on the road at Panathinaikos. He did not play the rest of the game. Upon the team's return to Moscow on Friday, doctors diagnosed Siskauskas with a lumbar spinal injury. Siskauskas won the MVP award in 2008 with CSKA and has been voted to the All-Euroleague team for four consecutive seasons. He is one of just three players ever - along with Dejan Bodiroga and Sarunas Jasikevicius - to win consecutive Euroleague titles with different teams, Panathinaikos in 2007 and CSKA in 2008. The loss of Siskauskas adds to CSKA's mounting injury troubles, making him the third starter missing from the lineup. Viktor Khryapa, himself a current All-Euroleague player and winner of last season's Best Defender Trophy, has not played yet this season, while Sasha Kaun is also out indefinitely with back problems. CSKA had also been without its long-time starting point guard, J.R. Holden, until shortly before the Turkish Airlines Euroleague started, again due to health problems.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  SERBIA   


Mega Vizura brings in Goran Cakic - by Eurobasket News
Mega Vizura announced signing of power forward Goran Cakic (208-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket). The 30-year-old player has an option to leave the team anytime.
Goran Cakic arrives to Mega Vizura from Banvit, where he spent last season. For 12 games in EuroChallenge, Cakic averaged 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. In Turkish league, he added 5.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 36 appearances. He helped Banvit to reach the TBL Semifinals. In 2009, Cakic won the Ukrainian title and National Cup with Azovmash Mariupol. He helped them with 7.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in the league. As a member of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny in 2008, Cakic was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Center of the Year. At that time he had 15.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.9 apg in 22 games. From 2004 to 2006, Goran Cakic was a member of Apollon Patras. He had 8.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg for the club in their second season (Greek A1). In the past, he played for the Serbian teams Partizan Belgrade and Crvena Zvezda, as well as Montenegrin powerhouse Buducnost.
Goran Cakic was a member of the Yugoslavian University National Team in 2001. He helped them win the Gold at the World University Games in Benjin.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Marek Jurik became free player - by Tomas Kottra
Marek Jurik (192-G/F-78)'s contract has been canceled by club BC Prievidza, after regularly weak performances. It was announced earlier, that player will be sacked, but he got another month of try-out, but did not prove his place in the club's roster and after a coach switch ten days before, he got not a single minute on the pitch.
There are rumors among fans, that Jurik may land in MBK Rieker Komarno, to fill up the roster, but at the moment, these rumors are everything. The club has no statement in this case.


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  SLOVENIA   


Free throws lift Sentjur - by Zeljko Zule
Helios outscored Maribor Messer 13-7 late in the final quarter to win it and Sentjur holding an 18-8 advantage from the free throw line, defeated LTCHCast Mercator 63-55.
Maribor Messer-Helios 76-82: Maribor trailed by as much as16 points in the third quarter, but fought back. With the game tied at 69 with 3:51 remaining, Helios held the home team scoreles for a 2:02 span, taking a 75-69 lead. Drazen Bubnic (207-F-86) had 22 points and 9 rebounds, Marko Vranjkovic collected 14 points and 7 rebounds and Grega Mali scored 11 points. Helios outrebounded Maribor 29-17, picking up 14 offensive rebounds. For Maribor, Primoz Brolih posted 22 points and Aljosa Remus 12.
LTHCast Mercator-Sentjur 55-63: Trailing 11-14, Sentjur went on a 8-0 run spanning the first and second quarter to take a lead 19-14 and never looked back from there. Dwayne Harmason finished with 14 points and Dejan Hohler and Teo Simovic added13 apiece. Sentjur attempted 27 free throws, while LTH had just 8 free throws. Ukrajinian guard Andrij Lebedincev led all scorers with 18 points for LTH.



Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Sentjur 3-0 
 2. Zlatorog 2-0 
 3. Elektra 2-1 
 4. Helios 2-1 
 5. Polzela 2-1 
 6. Geoplin Slovan 1-1 
 7. Parklji 0-2 
 8. LTHcast Merc. 0-3 
 9. Maribor Messer 0-3 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Krka
 2. U.Olimpija


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FIBA Americas - Schedule and host cities of the 2010/2011 FIBA Americas League announced: - by Wolfgang Lucena
MAR DEL PLATA (2010/2011 FIBA Americas League) FIBA Americas announced the schedule and host cities of the 2010/2011 FIBA Americas League that starts on December 9 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

A total of 16 teams will be part of the most important club competition in America. The defending champion is Pearol Mar del Plata of Argentina who has two championships in this tournament (2007/2008 and 2009/2010).

The host cities of this event are: Mar del Plata, Argentina (Group A), Xalapa, Mexico (Group B), Ibarra, Ecuador (Group C) and Arecibo, Puerto Rico (Group C). This tournament will be televised on FOX Sports.

The tournament format for this edition changed, going back to the same format used in the first edition where the two best teams per group reach the second round. In the second round there will be two quadrangular, the first played in the South on February 1-3 and the other in the North from February 8-10. The two best teams from each series are going to play the Final Four on February 22-24 of 2011.

Below is the schedule of the competition:

Group A in Mar del Plata, Argentina: December 9, 10 and 11:

Thursday, December 9:

20:00 Toros de Nuevo Laredo (MEX) vs. Regatas Corrientes (ARG)

22:15 pm Pearol Mar del Plata (ARG) vs. Espartanos de Isla Margarita (Venezuela)

Friday, December 10:

20:00 Regatas vs. Espartanos

22:15 Toros vs. Pearol

Saturday, December 11:

20:00 Espartanos vs. Toros

22:15 Pearol vs. Regatas

Group B in Xalapa, Mxico: December 14, 15 and 16:

Tuesday, December 14:

16:00 Super 4 champion of Uruguay vs. Universo de Brasilia, (BRA)

20:15 Halcones de Xalapa (MEX) vs. Caeros de la Romana (DOM)

Wednesday, December 15:

18:00 Universo vs. Caeros de la Romana

20:15 TBD, URU vs. Halcones

Thursday, December 16:

18:00 Caeros de la Romana vs. TBD, URU

20:15 Halcones vs. Universo

Group C in Ibarra, Ecuador: January 11, 12 and 13 of 2011:

Tuesday, January 11:

18:00 South American league champion vs. Flamengo Ro de Janeiro (BRA)

20:15 Mavort (ECU) vs. TBD, Chile

Wednesday, January 12:

16:00 TBD, CHI vs. LSB Champion

20:15 Flamengo vs. Mavort

Thursday, January 13:

18:00 Flamengo vs. TBD, Chile

20:15 Mavort vs. LSB Champion

Group D in Arecibo, Puerto Rico: January 18, 19 and 20, 2011:

Tuesday, January 18:

18:00 Sionista de Paran (ARG) vs. Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (MEX)

20:15 pm Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR) vs. Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela)

Wednesday, January 19:

18:00 Halcones Rojos vs. Cocodrilos

20:15 Sionista vs. Capitanes

Thursday, January 20:

18:00 Cocodrilos vs. Sionista

20:15 Capitanes vs. Halcones Rojos

Source: Luis A. Modestti

Press Officer
FIBA AMERICAS - International Basketball Federation






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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KCC Egis - Daegu Orions 90-88
KCC Egis edged Daegu Orions 90:88 at the start of the Regular Season Round 7. Lee Dong Jun (200-F-80) stepped up with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while McGowan Glen netted 15. Chon Tae-Poong replied with 37 points in the losing effort.

Anyang KGC - Elephants 79-74
Anyang KGC rolled over Elephants 79:74 at the start of the Regular Season Round 7. Simon David (207-C-82, college: IPFW) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 boards, whilst Lee Jung-Hyun added 19 points. Stevenson Jarod (200-F-75, college: Richmond) responded with 19 points in the losing effort.

Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 85-69
Dongbu Promy rolled over SK Knights 85:69 on October 30th. Benson Rod (208-F/C-84, college: California) led the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Yoon Ho-Young scored 21. Kim Hyo-Bum produced 28 points in the losing case and Leather Terrence netted 13.

Samsung Th. - Daegu Orions 86-83
Samsung Thunders grabbed 6-2 record beating Daegu Orions 86:83. Haynes Aaron (201-F-81, college: Boise St.) recorded 41 points and 15 rebounds, while Kim Dong-Uk nailed 19. McGowan Glen responded with 38 points in the losing effort.

LG Sakers - Elephants 85-87
Elephants edged LG Sakers 87:85 at the end of the Regular Season Round 7. Stevenson Jarod poured in 37 points and Seo Jang-Hoon added 30. Kim Hyun-Joong and Stevenson Greg notched 19 points each in defeat.

Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT 71-84
Sonic Boom KT is on top with 6-2 record defeating Mobis Phoebus 84:71. Johnson Jasper (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) paced all the winners with 27 points and Cho Dong-Hyun netted 20. Ekperigin Laurence answered with 21 points in the losing case.




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


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  SWEDEN   


Andrew Mitchell to his 4th Swedish club - by Andreas Eriksson
Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) is a wellknown name in Sweden, having played 2 years in Solna Vikings, 3 years in Jmtland Basket and 2 years in Plannja Basket (where he won 2 championships) Mr. Mitchell have now found a new home, as he'll wear the colours of Norrkping Dolphins this year. Dolphins who's playing the Swedish league, the Baltic League and in a few weeks go in to the grupstage of the FIBA Eurochallenge now has a truly amazing team on paper, and whatever role they will give Andrew Mitchell, he is known as Mr Big Shot, and will surely win some games for the Dolphins squad this winter. When he makes his first game is unknown at the moment.

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LNA Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Geneve Lions - BBC Nyon 104-73
Geneve Lions posted the fourth win in the season as they outgunned BBC Nyon at home court. Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) stepped up with 23 points to lead the Lions. Rashard Lee (198-F-77, college: Tennessee) accounted for 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Evan Martin (180-G-83, college: Wesley) answered with 21 points for Nyon.

Boncourt - Starwings 100-87
Showron Glover (180-G-87) stepped up with 31 points and 10 assists to lead Boncourt past Starwings. Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale) added 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the Red Team as they improved at 2-3 record. Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Starwings in defeat.

Fribourg - Monthey 89-55
Fribourg registered the fourth victory in the championship as they held off Monthey. Steve Smith (200-F-81, college: Iona) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Jonathan Kazadi (195-G-91) added 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the home side. Joey Lynch-Flohr (203-F/C-88, college: Radford) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Monthey.

SAM Massagno - Lugano Tigers 65-88
Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) nailed 31 points to propel Lugano Tigers past SAM Massagno on the road. Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds in the fifth straight win for the Tigers. Ali Farokhmanesh (183-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: N.Iowa) delivered 26 points for SAM Massagno.




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  TURKEY   


Allen Iverson officially signs a two-year deal with Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James and Chris Bosh headed for South Beach, while Amare Stoudemire decided to star on Broadway.

Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown)? He's headed for Turkey.

'My whole thing was being wanted, being accepted by a ballclub. That was the most important thing,' the former NBA MVP said Friday, after signing a US$4 million, two-year contract with Turkish club Besiktas during a news conference at the upscale St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.

'I had a great time playing in the NBA. Who knows if I ever will again?' Iverson said. 'But I wanted to show everybody I can play at a high level, not just the NBA.'

The 11-time all-star waited all off-season for an NBA team to come calling, though none ever did. So while the Miami Heat stocked up with star power, and the Knicks added some front-line muscle, Iverson told his manager, Gary Moore, to begin looking at other leagues.

He ultimately decided the Istanbul-based club was the best fit.

'I feel like it's a fresh start for me, and I just thank all these guys for giving me the opportunity,' Iverson said, 'a chance to get back on track with my basketball career.'

Iverson is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,368 points, winning the MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the finals. He spent 10 seasons in Philadelphia before bouncing through Denver and Detroit, ending up in Memphis last season.

He only played three games before returning for a second stint with the Sixers, where he averaged 13.9 points in 25 games. He took a leave of absence toward the end of the season to deal with some family matters, which he said Thursday have been resolved.

'If those situations weren't better at this point in time, there's no way I would have made this decision,' he said. 'It was hard the last couple years to concentrate on basketball.'

Iverson mostly blamed himself that no NBA teams were willing to give him a shot.

One of the most instinctive scoring guards in league history, Iverson's prolific talent was offset by numerous run-ins with coaches and team officials, including his infamous 'We're talking about practice' diatribe directed toward former Sixers coach Larry Brown. He's also had several legal problems that landed him on probation.

'A lot of not being on an NBA roster is my fault,' Iverson said. 'I made a lot of mistakes in my life that I'm not proud of, but I have to move on.'

Wearing a black New York Yankees cap and decked out in diamonds Thursday, Iverson almost seemed to be forcing a smile as he held up a Besiktas jersey along with team owner Yildirim Demiroren and executive board member Seref Yalcin. Dozens of members of the Turkish media took photographs while Turkish music pounded inside the small hotel ballroom.

Just about the only thing familiar was the No. 3 on the jersey.

Iverson will begin play with his new team the week of Nov. 8, in a home arena that seats about 4,500 fans for a club that hasn't won the Turkish league since 1975.

The only other American on the roster is Mire Chatman, who played in college for Texas Pan-American, though Australian centre A.J. Ogilvy recently finished his career at Vanderbilt. The rest of the team is made up of players from Turkey, Russia and other Eastern European nations.

'As far as I know, Allen is the first and greatest player to have a career in the NBA and come to Europe to play in Turkey,' Demiroren said through a translator. 'I hope this contract will be wonderful for both sides.'

At least as long as it lasts.

Iverson said he still believes he can play in the NBA and hopes his performance in Europe will entice a franchise -- any franchise -- to give him another chance next season.

He also said he'd be lying if he thought 10 years ago that he'd ever be playing in Turkey.

'The NBA has been great for me, I made a ton of money, I can take care of my family for the rest of my life and the rest of their life. The NBA has been great,' he said. 'I don't even know what my role is going to be, and that's the part that's exciting as much as anything, having the chance to go in with a bunch of guys and help out and win some basketball games.'

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


USVI athletes on the college level - by David Edole
Virgin Islanders continue to shine at the collegiate level. The list below informs you on some of the players that are out there in US colleges. So check your local TV listings for the guys and their teams.

Seniors
C 6-10 Phil Jones, Center,
UNC Charlotte
F 6-9 Craig Williams (207-F-89), Forward, Temple
F 6-10 Greg Washington, Forward, Hofstra
F 6-5 Jevon James, Forward, Coast Guard Academy
G 5-11 Devon Peltier, Guard,
Cal State Fullerton
C 6-9 Jamaar Hosier, Shaw University

Juniors
G 6-1, Kemba Walker,
UCONN
F 6-7, Ivan Aska, Murray State
F 6-6 Jervan Jackson, Montevello
C 6-10 Clint Williams, Tuskegee

Sophomores
G 5-10 Stephen O'reilly,
Morehouse
F 6-7 Leroy Williams, Goucher College

Freshen
G 6-3 Sr. Aaron Brown,
Temple
G 6-2 Sr. Gary Franklin, California



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  UBA   


Jermaine Barnes scores 31 points, Disciples beat Stars 96-78 - by Griselle Martis

The GIE Morrow Disciples of the Universal Basketball Association (UBA), won there first game for the 2010-11 season with a 96-78 win over the Metro Atlanta Stars. The two teams faced off Saturday night (10/30) at South Gwinnett High School. Although this was a community game the Disciples had no mercy on the Stars. 'I love coming out to do things like this for the kids, said Disciples guard Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Atlanta Christian). Although it was for the community and kids we still had to come out and take care of business. Barnes led all scorers with 31 points, teammates Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) and William Belton (6'1''-G-84, college: Wofford) both had 15. GIE Morrow was in control for most of the game, leading by 14 points at halftime (48-34) and winning by a 18 point margin. 'It was fun to get out there with guy like Phillip Champion (6'1''-G),, said Disciples coach Michael Davis . But we knew we had to come and win, what other reason would we play the game.

GIE Morrow Disciples: Leaders:
Points: Jermaine Barnes 31, William Belton 15, Jermaine Dailey 15
Rebounds: Jermaine Dailey 12, Demario Williams 9, Jermaine Barnes 7
Assists: William Belton 10, Jermaine Barnes 5, Robert Broderick 5
Blocks: Demario Williams 5, Jermaine Dailey 4, Jermaine Barnes 1




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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - Kryvbasbasket 68-75
Kryvbasbasket earned the fourth win as they stunned Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk. Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 22 points to lead the visitors. Dmitry Korablev (198-F-77) added 9 points in the victory. Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Hoverla as they suffered the fourth straight defeat.

BC Odessa - Mykolaiv 62-70
Mykolaiv registered the fifth straight win as they shocked BC Odessa on the road. James Hughes (211-C-83, college: N.Illinois) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Ivan Gilyevych (205-F/C-82) added 14 points, while Brian Greene had 13 in the win. Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, college: Villanova) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for BC Odessa.

DniproAzot - Khimik 85-92
Khimik stopped DniproAzot in Yuzhny. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) fired 25 points to propel the hosts to the second win. Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) contributed 15 points in the victory. Maxim Balashov (189-G-80) responded with 22 points for DniproAzot.

Dnipro - Budivelnyk 76-77
Budivelnyk narrowly defeated Dnipro on the road. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) led the visitors with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed 9 points in the winning case. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) notched 26 points for Dnipro.

Ferro-ZNTU - Halychyna 94-82
Ferro-ZNTU snapped three-game losing skid edging Halychyna on the road. Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) knocked down 27 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead Ferro-ZNTU. Keddric Mays (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) and Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-F-78) contributed 14 points each in the win. Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) replied with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Halychyna. Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU) nailed 16 points in the loss.

BC Kyiv - BC Donetsk 64-73
BC Donetsk continued to pile up scalps as they recorded the ninth straight win. This time BC Donetsk rallied past BC Kyiv in the capital. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) scored 21 points to pace the effort. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Oleg Saltovets (202-F-77) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for BC Kyiv. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) accounted for 13 points in the loss.




Ferro-ZNTU release Kevin Tiggs and Terrence Roberts - by Eurobasket News
Ferro-ZNTU decided to part ways with Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) and Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, college: Syracuse).
Terrence Roberts joined the team from Zaporozhye at the start of this season. He appeared in two EuroChallenge games scoring 7.0 points and pulling down 4.5 rebounds. In Superleague the forward notched 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per appearance.
Kevin Tiggs was in his second season with Ferr-ZNTU. Last season the forward averaged 15.0 points, 4.4 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his first pro year. His stats read 8.4 points and 3.6 boards per game at the start of the new Superleague season.



Odessa inks Rostyslav Kryvych - by Eurobasket News
Odessa came up with the new signing. The Ukrainian outfit inked a one-season deal with guard Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78). The contract also includes an option for 2011/12 season. Kryvych arrives to the club after he parted ways with Azovmash few days ago. He appeared five times for the club this season averaging 5.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in Ukrainian Superleague.

Khimik release Luka Drezga and Matyukevych - by Alexei Revenko
Khimik-OPZ Yuzny annonced that the club release two forwards. Luka Drezga (196-G-87), who played in team since season start. In regular season he played in 7 games, scored 8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. 37,1% field goals and 30% 3pt shots. In eurochallenge Luka played 2 games, scored 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Vadim Matyukevych join team two weeks ago. But his form is low now. He played only 2 games, scored 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. 20% field goals.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Liverpool MT 5-1 
 2. Cheshire Jets 4-0 
 3. Sheffield Sharks 4-1 
 4. Guildford Heat 3-1 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 3-3 
 6. Newcastle 3-3 
 7. Worcester 2-3 
 8. MK Lions 1-1 
 9. Plymouth 1-3 
 10. Worthing 1-3 
 11. Leicester Riders 0-3 
 12. Essex Pirates 0-5 


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  URUGUAY   


Flamengo nip Malvin in Santiago Del Estero - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Malvin 94:92

Flamengo opened their Liga Sudamericana campaign with a tough win. The Brazilian team held off Malvin in thriller. Fred Santos (180-G-80) and Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) helped Flamengo escape with a narrow victory at the end.
Flamengo stormed into the game. They exploded with 32 points in the opening quarter taking a 15-point lead. Malvin stopped the rot in the second term. The Uruguayans narrowed the gap at 11-point mark at halftime. Eduardo Machado suffered an injury in the third period. Flamengos offense got hurt with the loss of one of their key players. They scored 18 points in the third term but conceded 31 as Malvin pulled in front. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) brought Flamengo right back into this one in the final quarter. Helio Vitor Lima gave the Brazilians a 94:90 lead with 18 seconds to go. Christopher Lee cut the margin to just two points but Atila Dos Santos missed two free throws but Marcelinho Machado grabbed an offensive rebound and Flamengo hung on to win the game.
Marcelinho Machado knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) added 14 points in the victory. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) answered with 23 points and 7 assists for Malvin. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 18 points in defeat.

Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 22, Guilherme Teichmann 14, Jefferson da Silva (207-F/C-83) 13
Malvin: Fernando Martinez 23, Reque Newsome 18



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  VENEZUELA   


FIBA Americas - Schedule and host cities of the 2010/2011 FIBA Americas League announced: - by Wolfgang Lucena
MAR DEL PLATA (2010/2011 FIBA Americas League) FIBA Americas announced the schedule and host cities of the 2010/2011 FIBA Americas League that starts on December 9 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

A total of 16 teams will be part of the most important club competition in America. The defending champion is Pearol Mar del Plata of Argentina who has two championships in this tournament (2007/2008 and 2009/2010).

The host cities of this event are: Mar del Plata, Argentina (Group A), Xalapa, Mexico (Group B), Ibarra, Ecuador (Group C) and Arecibo, Puerto Rico (Group C). This tournament will be televised on FOX Sports.

The tournament format for this edition changed, going back to the same format used in the first edition where the two best teams per group reach the second round. In the second round there will be two quadrangular, the first played in the South on February 1-3 and the other in the North from February 8-10. The two best teams from each series are going to play the Final Four on February 22-24 of 2011.

Below is the schedule of the competition:

Group A in Mar del Plata, Argentina: December 9, 10 and 11:

Thursday, December 9:

20:00 Toros de Nuevo Laredo (MEX) vs. Regatas Corrientes (ARG)

22:15 pm Pearol Mar del Plata (ARG) vs. Espartanos de Isla Margarita (Venezuela)

Friday, December 10:

20:00 Regatas vs. Espartanos

22:15 Toros vs. Pearol

Saturday, December 11:

20:00 Espartanos vs. Toros

22:15 Pearol vs. Regatas

Group B in Xalapa, Mxico: December 14, 15 and 16:

Tuesday, December 14:

16:00 Super 4 champion of Uruguay vs. Universo de Brasilia, (BRA)

20:15 Halcones de Xalapa (MEX) vs. Caeros de la Romana (DOM)

Wednesday, December 15:

18:00 Universo vs. Caeros de la Romana

20:15 TBD, URU vs. Halcones

Thursday, December 16:

18:00 Caeros de la Romana vs. TBD, URU

20:15 Halcones vs. Universo

Group C in Ibarra, Ecuador: January 11, 12 and 13 of 2011:

Tuesday, January 11:

18:00 South American league champion vs. Flamengo Ro de Janeiro (BRA)

20:15 Mavort (ECU) vs. TBD, Chile

Wednesday, January 12:

16:00 TBD, CHI vs. LSB Champion

20:15 Flamengo vs. Mavort

Thursday, January 13:

18:00 Flamengo vs. TBD, Chile

20:15 Mavort vs. LSB Champion

Group D in Arecibo, Puerto Rico: January 18, 19 and 20, 2011:

Tuesday, January 18:

18:00 Sionista de Paran (ARG) vs. Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (MEX)

20:15 pm Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR) vs. Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela)

Wednesday, January 19:

18:00 Halcones Rojos vs. Cocodrilos

20:15 Sionista vs. Capitanes

Thursday, January 20:

18:00 Cocodrilos vs. Sionista

20:15 Capitanes vs. Halcones Rojos

Source: Luis A. Modestti

Press Officer
FIBA AMERICAS - International Basketball Federation






Greivis Vasquez (Memphis Grizzlies) becomes third Venezuelan in the NBA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87) became the third Venezuelan ever to play in the NBA, as he was used for 2:43 minutes in a victory of Memphis Grizzlies, 109-89 over Minnesota Timberwolves at FedEx Forum.

Vasquez, a 23 year-old guard born in Caracas, 1.97m tall and former NCAA star with the Maryland Terrapins -he scored over 2.000 points, gave over 600 assists and took more than 700 rebounds- joined Carl Herrera (206-C-66) (1991-1999) and Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) (2001-2003) as the players born in Venezuela who were able to make it to the NBA. Herrera won two championships as a member of the Houston Rockets back in 1994 and 1995. Torres played a couple of seasons and went on to a successful career in Italy and Russia.

The 'Venezuelan Sensation' had not played against Atlanta and Dallas because he wasn't ready to finish his rehab after a right ankle surgery he underwent at the end of July to remove bone spurs. He had only played for Memphis in the Vegas Summer League and missed the entire preseason.

His next game will be against the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), a player he faced back in 2007 in the FIBA Americas Olympic Games Qualy held at Las Vegas.


LNB 2010 Finals - Game 2 (Oct. 29th): Estudiantes ties the series in over time - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Estudiantes de Guarico won an over time thriller as visitors against Espartanos de Margarita to even the LNB 2010 Finals 1-1 right before their trip back home to play the next two games as hosts at Villa Olimpica of San Juan de los Morros. The away split allows them to increase their hopes of surprising the league with their first ever LNB championship..

ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 97 - ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 93 (OT)
(Series tied 1-1)
Verde Rojas Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
ESP: 29-23-17-17-7= 93
EST: 29-19-24-14-11= 97

Scorers
EST: Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 21 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 20 points
GRA: Hector Romero (202-F-80) 22 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 18 points


LNB 2010 - Semifinals (Oct. 25th): Estudiantes join Espartanos in the Finals - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Estudiantes de Guarico joined Espartanos de Margarita as teams qualified to play the LNB 2010 Finals, as they were able to win twice in a row against Graneros de Portuguesa to leave them out of the race. Estudiantes had never made it to the last stage of the tournament, while Espartanos did it for last time back in 2001.

ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 87 -GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 81
(Estudiantes won 3-1)
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: Unavailable= 81
EST: Unavailable= 87

Scorers
EST: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 21 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 16 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 12 points
GRA: Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 17 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 14 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 14 points


LNB 2010 Finals - Game 1 (Oct. 28th): Romero lifts Espartanos past Estudiantes - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Espartanos de Margarita was able to pull off a comfortable home in the beginning of the LNB 2010 Finals, as they defeated Estudiantes de Guarico 98-80 at Verde Rojas Arena of La Asuncion. The team is considered the favorite to prevail, as its roster has several players with international experience and have also played for Venezuela's Senior NT.

ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 98 - ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 80
(Espartanos leads series 1-0)
Verde Rojas Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
ESP: 21-16-31-30= 98
EST: 18-17-26-19= 80

Scorers
ESP: Hector Romero (202-F-80) 23 points, David Cubillan (183-G-87) 16 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 13 points
EST: Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 14 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 14 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 13 points




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Women News

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. Frisco Sika 3-0 
 2. Slovanka MB 3-0 
 3. USK Praha 3-0 
 4. Trutnov 2-1 
 5. Hradec Kralove 1-2 
 6. Karlovy Vary 1-2 
 7. Strakonice 1-2 
 8. Valosun Brno 1-2 
 9. Pardubice 0-3 
 10. VS Praha 0-3 


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Carla Thomas gets MVP of the Week award for Qualifying Round One - by Eurobasket News
American Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Qualifying Round).
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and sixteen rebounds, while her team beat MBK Ruzomb 73-66. Villeneuve started with victory, but it's just the very beginning of the season it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Thomas had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. She turned to be Villeneuve's top player in her first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in first round's games was 25-year old center Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) of Dynamo Moscow. Kuzina impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Dynamo Moscow to edge Minsk-2006 by 6 points 67-61. Her team has good start of the season, but it's just the beginning, so everything can happen. Kuzina is one of the most experienced players at Dynamo Moscow and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player in the first round was American Earnesia Williams (185-F-87) of Olivais Coimbra. Williams scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Williams' great performance Olivais lost 45-73 to Ieper. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Williams as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) of Chevakata - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) of Szeged - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Camille LeNoir (168-G-86) of Aris Thessal. - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) of Chevakata - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) of MBK Ruzomb. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82) of Umana Reyer - 14 points and 17 rebounds


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  FINLAND - Women  


Huima fought victory from ToPo - by Elina Koskinen
Saturday game between ToPo and Huima was really tight and eventually Huima got away with two points. Both teams struggled in the beginning of the game and after 6 minutes game the numbers were only 4-4. The lead was changed for several times during the battle and both teams scored points by turns. Maiju Pekkarinen (178-F-84) clinched the victory to Huima with four last minute successful free throws. The result was 55-61 for Huima. Dandra Moss (183-F-88, college: Va Commonwealth) from ToPo and Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) from Huima made the highest 17 points in the game. Robinson gathered 20 rebounds which was also the greatest amount of rebounds in the game. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) and Alli Arppe (184-F-81) assisted Moss with 16 and 13 points. Robinson was helped by Pekkarinen with 11 points and by Jones with 13 rebounds.

FoA kept the home advantage against Kerava Energia Team - by Elina Koskinen
Kerava Energia Team lost again when they visited FoA in Forssa. The first half of the game was close-run and lead changed for few times. At halftime the numbers were 36-29 to FoA. In second half the score difference stayed in about 5 points for five minutes. But after that FoA made 9-0 run and numbers to 57-42. Rest of the game points were again made evenly and final score was 71-61 for FoA. Judy Wright (172-G-84) netted 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Wright was assisted by Juta Jahilo (186-C-84) with 14 points and Lotta Aaltonen (179-F/G-85, college: Coker) with 13 points. Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, college: Ohio St.) made again the highest points from Kerava as she finished 23 points and 12 rebounds. Ree Browne (186-F/C-84, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) helped Mou with 15 points.

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  ICELAND - Women  


Snaefell pick up first win - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Snaefell did pick up the first win today when team beat Fjlnir 66-50 Fjlnir still without a win.
More rebounds 45-37 and less turnovers 15-20 was the main different between the teams.
Sade Logan played her best game for Snaefell 20 points. For Fjlnir Bergthora Holton 15 points and Inga Buzoka 10 points and 13 rebounds.

In Hveragerdi was a top match when KR visited Hamar. Home team leading most of the game but in the end KR could steal the win when they got 2 freethrow 5 seconds from the end
and 1 point down, missed the first one but made the second to tight the game up. Hamar took timeout. Hamr got the ball to Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) that made a three pointer way out to seal the win 79-76.
Laleesa Butler 28 points and 20 rebounds. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 19. Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) 17
For KR Margret Sturludottir 28. Hildur Sigurdardottir 24


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  IRAN - Women  


3rd week passed, Ararat and SABA Mehr still unbeaten - by Aydin Dianat
Iranian Women Superleague finished it's 3rd week with Ararat and SABA Mehr's victory. The 3rd week of the games were held in Tehran in Ararat and Heidar Nia basketball Arena where teams from both groups played against opponents. Ararat won their game against Nikan Tarabar 80 to 56 to continue their winnign streak just like their rivals from Group B , SABA Mehr Qazvin who won against Sadra Shiraz 77 to 65.

These are the results fro the other games.
Hejab Shiraz 46 Tiam Tehran 73
Shahrdari Gorgan 78 Bakhtiar Tehran 74
Pouya Gharb Kermanshah 66 Esteghlal Tehran 74
Mahram 59 Gaz Tehran 75


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. MRU 3-0 
 2. VICI Kaunas 3-0 
 3. LKKA-Aistes 2-1 
 4. Laisve 2-2 
 5. Lemminkain. 2-2 
 6. Utena 1-3 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 0-5 


LMKL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ruta Siauliai - Laisve 53-86
Laisve thrashed Ruta on the road for 2-2 record. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) nailed 22 points and issued 7 assists to pace Laisve. Jurga Budryte (187-F-81) and Egle Sarapaite (172-G-88) added 12 points each in the victory. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) responded with 13 points for Ruta in the loss.

VICI Kaunas - Utena 95-60
VICI stayed undefeated as they drove past Utena in Kaunas. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) stepped up with 17 points for the hosts. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) accounted for 14 points, while Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Asta Daujadiene (176-G-73) answered with 18 points for Utena.

Lemminkain. - LKKA-Aistes 82-74
Lemminkainen overcame visiting LKKA-Aistes for the second win in the season. Laura Povilonyte (185-F-86, college: Gardner-Webb) stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) contributed 19 points for the Klaipeda team. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) responded with 20 points for Aistes.




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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Oblak's 36-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old guard Teja Oblak (172-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Hit Kranjska Gora and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had the game-high 36 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Hit Kran.Gora in her team's victory, helping them to beat Merkur Celje (#4, 3-1) 75-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Hit Kran.Gora to take over top position in the Slovenian SKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Hit Kran.Gora already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Oblak had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's her second year at Hit Kran.Gora and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Oblak has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.7ppg. Oblak is in league's top in and averages solid 4.0spg and 61.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nika Baric (169-G-92) of ZKK Merkur Celje. She is international guard in her 4th season at Merkur Celje. In the last game Baric recorded impressive 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Merkur Celje lost that game 70-75 to league's leader Hit Kran.Gora (#1, 4-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Merkur Celje still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Baric is one of the most experienced players at Merkur Celje and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#4). She also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ljubica Kure (178-G-81) of AJM Maribor (#3). Kure got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. She was a key player of AJM Maribor, leading her team to a 77-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Jezica (#6, 3-2). AJM Maribor needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Kure has a great season in Slovenia. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Klavdija Oblak (170-G-88) of Odeja KED - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ziva Macura (184-F-95) of Jezica - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nina Srot (180-F/C-88) of GVT Konjice - 14 points and 13 rebounds
7. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) of Grosuplje - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) of Hit Kran.Gora - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Spela Lesjak (185-F-87) of Domzale - 19 points and 7 rebounds
10. Tjasa Unverdorben (175-F-93) of AJM Maribor - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists


A perfect night for Slovenian teams in AL - by Zeljko Zule
The Slovenian teams swept the night in Adriatic League as Celje and AJM Maribor both notched their home games. Celje defeated Serbian team Radivoj Korac 60-52, while Maribor outscored Croatian Lupa promotion 89-81.
Celje raised its record to 4-1. Nika Baric scored game-high 17 points and handed out 6 assists and Lea Jagodic added 10 points. Celje was outrebounded by 26-41, but limitied Korac to just 14-of-52 (27%) from the field.
Maribor earned its first back-to-back win of the season and improved its record to 2-3 thankfully to great shooting performance of Ljubica Kure (178-G-81) who scored an amaizing 38 points on shooting 11-of-16 from the field. Marusa Furman had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Kristina Baltic netted 15 points and Katarina Ilijev added 14. Maribor outrebounded Lupa 38-22.




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit Kran.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Oblak, Hit K.24.7 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor20.7 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.20.0 
 4. Baric, Merkur C.20.0 
 5. Oblak, Odeja KED18.0 
 6. Jevtovic, Merkur C.18.0 
 7. Skof, Ilrija16.7 
 8. Mikic, Grosuplje15.7 
 9. Kastelic, Grosuplje15.5 
 10. Turcinovic, Merkur C.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Barbara SKOF
  Ilrija
  (181-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Skof, Ilrija11.3 
 2. Jevtovic, Merkur C.10.0 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.10.0 
 4. Ljubenovic, Triglav9.2 
 5. Muhovic, Kozmetik.8.8 
 6. Macura, Jezica8.6 
 7. Vene, Ilrija8.3 
 8. Komplet, Hit K.7.0 
 9. Srot, GVT Konjice6.8 
 10. Turcinovic, Merkur C.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Polona OBERC
  Ilrija
  (174-G/F-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Oberc, Ilrija7.0 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.6.0 
 3. Jevtovic, Merkur C.4.0 
 4. Baltic, AJM M.3.5 
 5. Skof, Ilrija3.3 
 6. Panic, Hit K.3.3 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor3.0 
 8. Komplet, Hit K.3.0 
 9. Kolman, Grosuplje3.0 
 10. Belak, Merkur C.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED5.3 
 2. Zupancic, Grosuplje4.3 
 3. Oberc, Ilrija4.0 
 4. Oblak, Hit K.4.0 
 5. Zalar, Ilrija3.5 
 6. Kropivsek, Ilrija3.0 
 7. Kastelic, Grosuplje3.0 
 8. Sever, Triglav3.0 
 9. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.0 
 10. Rupnik, Jezica2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Barbara SKOF
  Ilrija
  (181-F-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Skof, Ilrija1.0 
 2. Srot, GVT Konjice1.0 
 3. Zdovc, GVT Konjice1.0 
 4. Jevtovic, Merkur C.1.0 
 5. Cernivec, Triglav1.0 
 6. Vene, Ilrija0.8 
 7. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 8. Furman, AJM M.0.7 
 9. Turcinovic, Merkur C.0.7 
 10. Jagodic, Merkur C.0.7 


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


COL - 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women to be played in Neiva, Colombia: - by Wolfgang Lucena
The 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women will be played in Neiva, Colombia. The President and the Secretary General of FIBA Americas signed a contract with the Governor of the Department of Huila, Mr. Luis Jorge Sanchez Garcia and the President of the Colombian Basketball Federation, Mr. Jairo Romero.

This tournament qualifies the best team to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the teams that finish from second to fourth place to the FIBA World Qualifying Tournament that will be played prior to the Olympics.

The venue for the most prestigious women's event in America will be Coliseum lvaro Snchez Silva, the same that hosted the 2010 South American Championship.

The Governor of the Department of Huila thanked FIBA Americas for the trust given to the organization of this event to be played in Neiva, capital of Huila which is 200 kilometers south of Bogota.

FIBA Americas President and Vice-President of FIBA, Horacio Muratore, said that the Federation and the government earned this tournament because of the great organization shown in the South American Championship for Men.

The FIBA Americas Secretary General, Alberto Garcia, explained the new format of the tournament that will have ten countries for the first time and it will be like that the rest of the way. The objective is to increase the number of teams to give incentive to practice women's basketball in America.

This tournament, which is scheduled from September 24 until October 1, will have the participation of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mxico, Paraguay and Puerto Rico. There will be two groups of five teams each that will play against each other in the group and the two top teams reach the semifinals and finals. The rest of the teams in the group end their participation in the tournament.

The United States of America, by winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic, qualified directly to the Olympics.

The tournament draw will be held at the end of February or at the beginning of March 2011.

source: FIBA Americas


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  SPAIN - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Perfumerias 6-0 
 2. Ros Casares 6-0 
 3. Rivas Ecopolis 5-1 
 4. Extrugasa 4-2 
 5. Girona 3-3 
 6. Gran Canaria 3-3 
 7. Ibiza 3-3 
 8. Mann Filter 3-3 
 9. Real C.Vigo 3-3 
 10. Olesa 2-4 
 11. Cadi la Seu 1-5 
 12. Hondar.-Irun 1-5 
 13. Mariana 1-5 
 14. Navarra 1-5 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


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


Bowman number one in Switzerland for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Heather Bowman (188-F-88, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Canti Riva Basket Ceresio, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's worst team Nyon (#8, 0-6) with 26-point margin 82-56. Despite this victory Riva Basket dropped to the 3rd position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Riva Basket will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Bowman turned to be Riva Basket's top player in her first season with the team. Former Gonzaga University star has very solid stats this year. Bowman is in league's top in points (3rd best: 30.2ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg), assists (7th best: 2.8apg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg,3.6spg and 52.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Senegalese Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Esperance Sportive Pully. Diouf had a very good evening with 36 points and 7 assists. Bad luck as Pully lost that game 56-92 to the higher-ranked Fribourg (#2, 5-1). This loss caused Pully to drop to 5th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Diouf is well-known at Pully and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.7ppg (#4). She also recorded 4.7 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward JoAnn Hamlin (191-F/C-86) of Lu-Town Highflyers Luzern (#4). Hamlin showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Highflyers, leading her team to a 84-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Hope-GBA (#7, 1-5). Highflyers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Hamlin has a great season in Switzerland. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (5th best). She also has 3.3spg and 2.0bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Highflyers - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aminata-Imgrueth Yanni (183-F-82) of Basel - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) of Fribourg - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vanessa Dorestand (169-G-92) of Highflyers - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Traci Edwards (188-F/C-87) of Riva Basket - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Basel - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) of Fribourg - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Virgin Islands College players 2010-211 - by David Edole
Virgin Islands collegiate contingent for 2010-11 season. There are no seniors, however, this appears to be a real strong group.

Junior
Stacy Griffith, Forward,
UDC
Natalie Day, Forward, Portland
Rebekah Siefer, Coast Guard Academy
Sade Woods, Washington Adventist University

Sophomores
Akeema Richards, Guard,
Delaware
Victoria Hamilton, Forward, Radford
Nickia Gibbs, Guard, St. Francis (PA)
Tanecka Carey, Guard, JCJC
Tasheema Lewis, Forward, Barry University

Freshman
Aesha Peters,
UNC Wilmington
Amara Williams, Kankakee
Shayla Kelly, Kankakee
Julia Casazza, Manhattanville College
Kylaine Rogers, Oglethorpe


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


COL - 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women to be played in Neiva, Colombia: - by Wolfgang Lucena
The 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women will be played in Neiva, Colombia. The President and the Secretary General of FIBA Americas signed a contract with the Governor of the Department of Huila, Mr. Luis Jorge Sanchez Garcia and the President of the Colombian Basketball Federation, Mr. Jairo Romero.

This tournament qualifies the best team to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the teams that finish from second to fourth place to the FIBA World Qualifying Tournament that will be played prior to the Olympics.

The venue for the most prestigious women's event in America will be Coliseum lvaro Snchez Silva, the same that hosted the 2010 South American Championship.

The Governor of the Department of Huila thanked FIBA Americas for the trust given to the organization of this event to be played in Neiva, capital of Huila which is 200 kilometers south of Bogota.

FIBA Americas President and Vice-President of FIBA, Horacio Muratore, said that the Federation and the government earned this tournament because of the great organization shown in the South American Championship for Men.

The FIBA Americas Secretary General, Alberto Garcia, explained the new format of the tournament that will have ten countries for the first time and it will be like that the rest of the way. The objective is to increase the number of teams to give incentive to practice women's basketball in America.

This tournament, which is scheduled from September 24 until October 1, will have the participation of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mxico, Paraguay and Puerto Rico. There will be two groups of five teams each that will play against each other in the group and the two top teams reach the semifinals and finals. The rest of the teams in the group end their participation in the tournament.

The United States of America, by winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic, qualified directly to the Olympics.

The tournament draw will be held at the end of February or at the beginning of March 2011.

source: FIBA Americas