EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/9/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 29
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona29.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm25.0 
 3. Savovic, Hemofarm15.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona14.0 
 5. Stipcevic, Cibona13.0 
 6. Zubcic, Cibona10.0 
 7. Borisov, Hemofarm10.0 
 8. Pavkovic, Hemofarm8.0 
 9. Krstovic, Hemofarm8.0 
 10. Bozovic, Hemofarm6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomislav ZUBCIC
  Cibona
  (214-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Zubcic, Cibona9.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm7.0 
 3. Radosevic, Cibona7.0 
 4. Krstovic, Hemofarm6.0 
 5. Johnson, Cibona5.0 
 6. Borisov, Hemofarm4.0 
 7. Pasalic, Cibona3.0 
 8. Savovic, Hemofarm3.0 
 9. Sutalo, Hemofarm2.0 
 10. Abdul-Hamid, Hemof.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rok STIPCEVIC
  Cibona
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Stipcevic, Cibona7.0 
 2. Pavkovic, Hemofarm5.0 
 3. Krstovic, Hemofarm5.0 
 4. Borisov, Hemofarm3.0 
 5. Bozovic, Hemofarm3.0 
 6. Sutalo, Hemofarm2.0 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona2.0 
 8. Johnson, Cibona1.0 
 9. Zubcic, Cibona1.0 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus JOHNSON
  Cibona
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Johnson, Cibona4.0 
 2. Zubcic, Cibona2.0 
 3. Sutalo, Hemofarm1.0 
 4. Abdul-Hamid, Hemof.1.0 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Vragovic, Cibona1.0 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm1.0 
 8. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona1.0 
 10. Bogdanovic, Cibona1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerome JORDAN
  Hemofarm
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jordan, Hemofarm1.0 
 2. Delas, Cibona1.0 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm1.0 
 4. Zubcic, Cibona1.0 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Maras, Hemofarm0.0 
 7. Vrbanc, Cibona0.0 
 8. Bozovic, Hemofarm0.0 
 9. Vragovic, Cibona0.0 
 10. Krstovic, Hemofarm0.0 


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  ARGENTINA   


Granca signs its former player Victor Baldo to a 10-day deal - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 came up with the new signing. The Spanish outfit inked a 10-day contract with experienced forward Victor Baldo (200-F-77). The Argentinean/Italian player is a familiar face in Spain, where he spent last several years. The latest season he spent with Valladolid. He appeared 24 times for the club averaging 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds. Baldo played for Valladolid on season 2008/09 as well and at that time he had 8.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.4 spg for the club. In May of 2009, he moved to Tau Ceremica where he had very limited playing time in three games.
Victor Baldo was a member of Gran Canaria from 2003 to 2008. In five years he had about 4.5 ppg and 3 rpg in Spanish league. Before Granca, Baldo also spent two seasons with Alicante. 2001/02 was his first one in Spain, and of course with Alicante, when Baldo averaged 8.5 ppg and 7 rpg for 36 games in LEB1. He is a product of Argentinean team Estudiantes Olavarria.
Victor Baldo was a member of the Argentinean National Team in 2000, 2001 and 2005. He helped them to win the Gold at the 2001 South American Championships.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Dave Biwer appointed to coach Spectress - by Eurobasket News
The Nunawading Spectres have appointed five-time SEABL Conference Championship player Dave Biwer as their senior mens head coach for the 2011 season.


The former four-time SEABL All-Star has returned to Nunawading after pursuing business interests over the last two years.


Biwers credentials as a player are outstanding:


Playing record:


- 354 SEABL games

- 1992: Launceston- 1994 1996: NW Tasmania; won South Conference and ABA championships in 1996- 1997 2002: Hobart; won four South Conference and two ABA championships- 2004 2008: Nunawading
- Career averages: 22.0 points per game, 13.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.8 steals


Individual awards:

- 1996 & 1997 - South Conference MVP

- 1996, 97, 98 & 2002 - South Conference All-Star Team

- 1992, 96, 98 & 2002 - Leage Leading Rebounder





- First overall in League History for rebounds

- Fifth overall in League history for scoring

- Fifth overall in League history for assists

- Ninth overall in League history for games played


Dave and the playing group will be eager to continue on from Nunawadings revival this year. After finishing seventh in 2009, the Spectres won the minor premiership in the South conference with the best win-loss record in the league. Their form saw crowd numbers up 82% compared to last year.


Unfortunately Nunawading couldnt carry their form into the post-season, where they were eliminated in straight sets.


Biwer takes over from 2010 South Conference Coach of the Year Craig Simpson, who recently resigned from the position.


Spectres President Simon Harland spoke about the excitement around the new appointment;


After the loss of Craig, we felt we needed to find a person that wanted to continue on with our success from this year. I spoke to Dave and he was excited about the way the club has come back, and that everyone was on board with driving the Spectres back to the top.


From last years finals atmosphere and the huge following we now have, I believe Dave will enjoy coaching with such a talented list


Jarrod Scoffern has been appointed as the assistant coach, and combined with Biwer, they bring over 600 games of experience to the coaching ranks. Both Dave and Jarrod start immediately in planning for the 2011 Season
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Panthers terminate try outs of Smith and Akingbade and add forward Rocky Hampton - by Stefan Prager
Austrian runner up BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers keep working on their roster. After just two games the try out of Nigerian center Dokun Akingbade has been terminated. Same goes for point guard Tim Smith who didn't actually play in the first regular season game because his clearance papers came in to late. He was replaced with last years point guard Anthony Shavies a few days ago. With forward Rocky Hampton (206-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Biola (CA)) the Panthers inked a new forward as well. Hampton is coming from a try out at Dusseldorf Giants. Hampton played at Biola in the NAIA averaging nearly a double double with 14.9ppg and 8.5rpg in his senior season.

Jason Chappell inks with Dukes - by Stefan Prager
The Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg found a replacement for Marko Moric in American forward Jason Chappell (206-F/C-83, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Wisconsin). Chappell started the last season in Furstenfeld. He got injured after 17 games into the season and left the Panthers in March. In his 17 appearances for the Austrian runner up Chappell averaged 5.1ppg along with 3.9 boards per contest. In pre- season Chappell had a try out in Traiskirchen but coulnd't manage to get a roster spot.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 27
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping27.0 
 2. Staniulis, Perlas22.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja21.0 
 4. Osby, TT.20.3 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja19.0 
 6. Gvezdauskas, Siauliai18.5 
 7. Dimsa, Nevezis18.0 
 8. Anderson, Ventspils18.0 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis18.0 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giedrius STANIULIS
  Perlas
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Staniulis, Perlas12.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping12.0 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis11.0 
 4. Osby, TT.11.0 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja9.0 
 6. Jankauskas, Rudupis9.0 
 7. Krabbendam, Kalev/Cr.8.5 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.0 
 9. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.0 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Norrkoping
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.8.0 
 2. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock6.0 
 3. Kriisa, TT.5.7 
 4. Harris, Siauliai5.0 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.0 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis4.5 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.0 
 8. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.0 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping4.0 
 10. Lukosevicius, Nevezis4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Laimonas LUKOSEVICIUS
  Nevezis
  (197-G/F-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lukosevicius, Nevezis4.0 
 2. Anderson, Ventspils3.0 
 3. Belevicius, Nevezis3.0 
 4. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 5. Vairogs, Ventspils3.0 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping3.0 
 7. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.5 
 9. Allingu, TU/Rock2.5 
 10. Eichfuss, TU/Rock2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Giedrius STANIULIS
  Perlas
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Staniulis, Perlas3.0 
 2. Toome, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis2.0 
 4. Ayuba, Norrkoping2.0 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 6. Kuzminskas, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Osby, TT.1.7 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga1.7 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 10. Hughes, TT.1.3 


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


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  BRAZIL   


NBA Commisioner David Stern says NBA coming soon to Brasil - by Mel Devonne
According to the Associated Press, NBA commisioner David Stern has promsied to bring
the NBA to Brasil by 2014. Stern talked about doing some NBA preseason games prior to the
2014 World Cup and before the 2016 Olympics.
Stern spoke to the press in Paris, France where the NBA have hosted a number of preseason
games for this 2010-2011 season.
The NBA would be welcomed and the game needs promoting badly in the country of Brasil.


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  BULGARIA   


Chernomorets won this time around - by Christomir Rackov
After the loss on the first day, Chernomorets Burgas won their second game of the three-way friendly tournament 'Petar Maystorov' in Yambol. They managed to defeat the young team of Euroins Cherno More 103-85, although it was not as easy as the final score suggests. The Burgas team led throughout the game, but quite a few times Cherno More was close to a turnaround.

Chernomorets built a double digit lead in the second quarter and it was up to 19 at the break. Cherno More were able to get back to within 7 in the third frame and even within 3 in the fourth, before Chernomorets sealed their comfortable victory with a 15-0 run in dwon the home stretch.

Youngster Tsvetelin Ivanov (201-F-89) had a great game for the winning team with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) scored 21, while Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) had another strong performance with 20 points.

Prodigies Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) and Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) led the scorers for the Varna based team with 14 points each, with Yanev adding 7 boards. Plamen Aleksiev (180-G-84) had 12 pints and Ivaylo Kasabov (190-G-89, agency: Interperformances) 10.

This was the last game in the tournament for Chernomorets Burgas, whose record from it is 1-1. In the third and last day the youngsters of Euroins Cherno More will come up against the home team Tundja Yambol at 6pm.


Yambol bring back Martin Durchev - by Christomir Rackov
Sharp shooter Martin Durchev (203-G-87) has decided to stay in Bulgaria and sign with Tundja Yambol, the team he used to play for 2 years ago. He spent two seasons in Yambol, but his breakthrough came with another team, Chernomorets Burgas, where he scored 18.4 ppg to become the 2nd best scorer in the Bulgarian NBL last season, as well as the 'most improved player'.

Durchev had joined Lithuanian team BC Siauliai, but they didn't sign a contract and the player came back to Bulgaria, where he already played in a couple of friendly games with his old new team.


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  CHILE   


U15 is having a great Southamerican in Colombia - by Cristian Quiroga
Chile U15 NT are playing Southamerican Championship in Pasto, Colombia. Played 5 games young NT coached by Juan Manuel Cordoba are in the 2nd place of standings with 4 games won and only one defeat against Brazil in a very close game 76-78. Victories are 81-52 over Ecuador, 60-53 with Colombia, 69-67 against Uruguay in a dramatic game that was solved almost in the end with some decisive free throws. Finally, yesterday U15 past a weak Peruvian NT by 90-40.
Today Chile faces Venezuela in the first game of sixth day of action and tomorrow closes preliminary round against Argentina.
Chilean Eugenio Luzcando is being an outstanding figure in this Southamerican championship. He's leading in Points Scored (18,6 avg), Free Throws Made, 3pts Made, and fifth in Assists and Steals.
If Chile ends in the first 4 places, could fight its chance to be in Canada next year playing FibaAmericas Championship for a ticket in 2012 U16 Worldchampionship.



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  CHINA   


China Defeats Brazilian Team as It Prepares for Asian Games - by Arthur Volbert
The Chinese National Team defeated Araldite/Univille, a Brazilian professional team, 92-78 as it prepares for participation in the Asian games.

Zhu FangYu (201-F-83), returning from injury, led China with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in 25 minutes. He appears to be the offensive focus of the team, replacing the departed Yi Jianlian. Zhang Zhaoxu was the second-leading scorer with 14 points. He also grabbed 5 rebounds. He was fouled 6 times and made 8 of 12 free throws. Zhang seems to be prepared to play a much larger role in the Asian games than he did in the World Championship. This is why he decided to miss a semester at the University of California. The experience Zhang is now getting will make him a much better player when he returns to California next semester in time for Pac-10 league play and the NCAA tournament.

Wang Zhizhi and Zhang Qingpeng each scored 13. But Wang had only 1 rebound in 17 minutes and continues to fade with age. Zhang will be a much more effective performer against Asian competition than he would have been against European teams. Ding Jinhui scored 11 points in 18 minutes and will be another focus of the offense. Sun Yue scored only 2 points in 18 minutes but grabbed 7 rebounds. With Liu Wei out with an injury, Zhang Bo played 26 minutes at point guard and had 5 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists and no turnovers.

Link to box score in Chinese:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=4827



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  CROATIA   


Impressive move by KK Split: Nikola Vujcic - by Emiliano
KK Split today will announce an impressive move, at least for the beginning of the season: Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78). The experienced big man will sign a contract with the Croatian team (becoming even the captain) but he will be free to leave as soon as he will get a better offer from abroad.
Vujcic had an amazing career winning everything in Europe with the jersey of Maccabi Tel Aviv. In the last years, he was in Greece with Olympiacos, reaching last season the Euroleague Final Four.
Today Olympiacos will send all the paper to Split and then Vujcic will be the new member of the Croatian team.
Vujcic was already practicing with Split since the beginning of the training camp.


Dalibor Bagaric denies going on trial with Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News
Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) has announced today that he did not go on trial with Esutdiantes. Yesterday, most of Croatian media have announced that Bagaric will spend some time with Spanish outfit trying to secure a deal. However, the player has denied these reports, stating that he actually has received an offer from Estudiantes but has decided to pass on it. So it seems that Bagaric will continue to look for the new club, while Estudiantes will continue its search for center reinforcement.
Dalibor Bagaric started his career with Karlovac and has also played for Benston Zagreb before signing with Cibona in 1998. In his first season with Cibona he won the National Title while averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Following season, Bagaric was sent on loan to Benston Zagreb and there he averaged double double of 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds. Chicago Bulls drafted Bagaric in 2000 and he has signed 3 year contract. In 3 years with Chicago, Bagaric was a role player but never managed to establish himself as contributor on more regular basis. In 2003 he moved back to Europe where he signed for Olympiacos. In 22 League games he averaged 5.1 points and 5.0 rebounds. Bagaric also played for teams which include Climamio Bologna, Akasvayu Girona and Upim Bologna. Start of the 2008-2009 season he spent with Atlanta Hawks but after failing to secure contract he returned to GMAC Real Estate Bologna. Last season he agreed a deal with BC Cibona Zagreb where he appeared in 19 league games and has averaged 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. He has helped Cibona win the National title.


Trogir inks Jure Lozancic - by Eurobasket News
Trogir has managed to complete its roster prior to the beginning of the new season. The Croatian outfit has announced signing of Jure Lozancic (211-C-83, college: Jacksonville) as new addition under the basket. The 211cm tall Lozancic is expected to bring toughness under the rim for Trogir. He is the fourth summer signing for the club, who is hoping to build on the results achieved last season. Lozancic is expected to make his debut when the Croatian league kicks off in the coming days.
Jure Lozancic is a product of Split youth system. He made his professional debut during 2000-2001 season as member of Plastik Solin where he averaged 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Following season, Lozancic went to United States where he finished high school. He played collegiate basketball at University of Jacksonville. In his sole season with the University in 2003, Lozancic appeared in 26 games and has averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. He returned to Europe in 2004 when he signed with LA Palma in Spanish LEB Division. In October of 2004 he left the club and has finished the season as member of Turow Zgorzelec, where in 11 games he averaged 3.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Lozancic also played for the likes of Dubrovnik, Svijetlost, Split, Zabok and Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia. Last season he started off as member of Basket Club Vienna where he averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 7 matches. In November of 2009 he was released by the club so he finished the season as member of Trepca Mitrovica in Kosovo.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK JIP Pardubice win the opener of 2010/2011 season - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Brno - BK JIP Pardubice 60:72 (14:24, 30:38, 46:54)

BK JIP Pardubice win the opener of 2010/2011 season as the team grabbed 72:60 over Basketball Brno away from home. The guests started with 24-14 and then enjoyed 38-30 halftime advantage. Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Hampton netted 15. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) and Holloway ended up with 11 points each in the losing effort, whilst Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) and Gajdosik scored 8 apiece.

Basketball Brno: Peter Sedmak 11, Holloway 11, Boris Meno 8, Gajdosik 8
Pardubice: Marcus Arnold 19, Hampton 15, Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81) 12


Basketball Svitavy Add Two Imports Before Start of Mattoni NBL Season - by Surujh Roopnarine
NBL newcomers Basketball Svitavy have added two young imports to compliment their team as they prepare for the opening round of the 2010-11 NBL season. Travis Bledsoe (183-G-88, agency: Stanley International, college: N.Dakota), a 6-0 guard out of North Dakota (NCAA2) is the first import. Entering his first professional season, Bledsoe appeared in 25 games last season for North Dakota, averaging 15.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 50.0% from the field and an impressive 44.3% from three. The Minneapolis, MN native improved his scoring each year, eventually earning all-conference honors as a senior. Having just about two weeks to get acclimated with coach Jindrich Svojanovsky and his teammates, expect the undersized scoring guard, to provide tough defense and the ability to stretch the court with his spot-on shooting.
The second import, Brian Egwuatu (199-F-86, college: USC Aiken) is a 6-7 forward from Houston, Texas who played his final two years at South Carolina Aiken (NCAA2) and finished fourth all-time in school history with 82 blocked shots.
His first professional season was spent last year in Finland where he played for Kerava Energia. In 22 games he averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 52.0% from the field. A limited shooter (9-50 3PT), Egwuatu will provide very good rebounding and stingy defense on the interior or guarding bigger opponents on the perimeter. The two young Americans will have a little extra time to gel with their new teammates as Svitavy will open their season on Wednesday the 13th at last seasons third-place finishers Pardubice.



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


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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Pape BA
  Vaerlose
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ba, Vaerlose22.3 
 2. Williams, Svendborg21.3 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK20.7 
 4. Claitt, Horsens IC20.0 
 5. Dennis, SISU19.0 
 6. Johnson, Bakken18.3 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.3 
 8. Morris, Aabyhoj18.3 
 9. Soltau, SISU18.0 
 10. Gilling, Horsholm17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 15
 1. Roberts, Naestved15.0 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj9.3 
 3. Falkner, Aalborg8.7 
 4. Johansen, Naestved8.7 
 5. Williams, Svendborg8.3 
 6. Ba, Vaerlose8.3 
 7. Sorensen, Aalborg7.7 
 8. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.7 
 9. Sahlertz, Horse.7.3 
 10. Burgess, Bakken6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey CLAITT
  Horsens IC
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Claitt, Horsens IC8.7 
 2. Smedley, Naestved7.5 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.3 
 4. Burgess, Bakken5.3 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.7 
 6. Dennis, SISU3.7 
 7. Falsvig, Aalborg3.7 
 8. Alili, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Simonsen, Amager B.3.5 
 10. Jukic, Aabyhoj3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Matt WILLIAMS
  Svendborg
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 4
 1. Williams, Svendborg4.0 
 2. Rutherford, SISU3.7 
 3. Smedley, Naestved3.5 
 4. Colman, Svendborg3.3 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm3.0 
 6. Jukic, Aabyhoj3.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU2.7 
 8. Nielsen, SISU2.7 
 9. Alili, Vaerlose2.7 
 10. Brasas, Amager BK2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy BLACKMON
  Horsholm
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blackmon, Horsholm3.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Horsholm2.0 
 3. Johansen, Naestved1.3 
 4. Brown, SISU1.3 
 5. Gilling, Horsholm1.0 
 6. Roberts, Naestved1.0 
 7. Smedley, Naestved1.0 
 8. Morris, Aabyhoj1.0 
 9. Ba, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Johnson, Bakken1.0 


Smedley's 14 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard D.J. Smedley (180-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Team FOG Naestved and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 14 points adding nine rebounds and nine assists for Naestved in his team's victory, helping them to beat Vaerlose (#10, 0-3), the league's worst team 76-70. Naestved maintains the 8th position in Danish league. Naestved is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. Smedley turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. University of Illinois-Chicago graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smedley is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 7.5apg) and averages solid 3.5spg.

Second best performed player last round was Pape Ba (205-F/C-81) of Vaerlose BBK. He is Senegalese forward in his 2nd season at Vaerlose. In the last game Ba recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Vaerlose lost that game 70-76 to Naestved (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Ba is well-known at Vaerlose and he already established his position as the team's leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#1). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Edward Morris (203-F-84) of Aabyhoj IF (#6). Morris scored 29 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Morris' great performance Aabyhoj lost 80-86 to SISU (#5, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aabyhoj not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Morris could try to bring Aabyhoj's a little bit higher in the standings. Morris has individually a great season in Denmark. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rickey Claitt (188-G-81) of Horsens IC - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Matt Williams (200-F-77) of Svendborg - 27 points and 6 rebounds
6. Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) of Horsholm - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alan Madsen (189-G/F-78) of Horsens IC - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tyler McGinn (198-F-84) of Aalborg - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Naestved - 17 points and 14 rebounds
10. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists


CDL, Round 3: No mercy for visiting teams - by Eurobasket News
Svendborg - Bakken 75-71
Third straight win for the Rabbits, who remain on top of CDL together with Horsens. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) was the leading player in victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. He reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Charles Burgess (186-G-84, college: Texas Tech) responded with 16 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Amager BK - Aalborg 71-63
Amager BK got 20 points and 7 rebounds from Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85). Their second scorer was Rasmus Larsen (186-G-87) with 18 pts. For the guests, Tyler McGinn (198-F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) collected 18 points and 5 rebs. Amager 1-2, Aalborg 0-3.

SISU - Aabyhoj 86-80
2-1 for SISU and 1-2 for Abyhoj after this meeting. Thomas Soltau (210-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Northwestern) demonstrated wonderful performance for the hosts. He spent 31 minutes on the court collecting 24 points and 7 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Edward Morris (203-F-84, college: Pittsburg St.) shined with 29 pts and 12 rebs.

Horsens IC - Horsholm 66-65
Thriller win for Horsens IC, who keeps the perfect record after three games. Alan Madsen (189-G/F-78) stepped up for the home side with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Rickey Claitt (188-G-81, college: Oregon St.) helped with 14 pts, 5 rebs and 10 assists. In Horsholm (2-1), Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) had 20 points and 10 rebs.

Naestved - Vaerlose 76-70
Both teams were winless before this meeting. Naestved celebrated mostly thanks to Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay (OH)), who collected 17 points and 14 rebounds. Pape Ba (205-F/C-81, college: Bethune-Cookman) delivered 26 points and grabbed 13 boards in loss.


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Thunderbirds announce full coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
The New Mexico Thunderbirds announced today in a press conference that they have hired former NBA player, Sean Rooks, as assistant coach for the 2010-11 season. The T-Birds have also added former New Mexico Lobo, Notch Neves, as a volunteer assistant for the season.

Rooks was originally selected in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks out of the University of Arizona. He averaged a career best 13.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his rookie season for the Mavericks. Overall, Rooks played for seven teams during his 13-year NBA career, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic. He has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the Bakersfield Jam. Rooks also worked as a broadcaster for the Jam for two seasons.

Neves played for the University of New Mexico Lobos from 1992-94. He helped lead the Lobos to back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Championships in 1993 and 1994 and two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Neves also played professionally in the New Zealand Basketball League for the Nelson Giants. Last season, Neves worked as a volunteer bench coach for the Thunderbirds.

'We are very excited to add Sean Rooks and Notch Neves to our coaching staff as we prepare for an exciting and productive season. Sean and Notch both bring a wealth of basketball knowledge that is not only valuable, but essential to the development of our players and the success of the franchise,' Thunderbirds head coach Darvin Ham said.

Courtesy of The New Mexico Thunderbirds


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Tiburones join Caneros in LNB Finals - by Eurobasket News
Tiburones booked a spot for the LNB Finals. They outplayed Metros 90-99 in decisive Game Five of the Semifinals series winning it with 3-2. It means that Tiburones joined Caneros and will fight against them for the LNB title. It will be best-of-seven series. Courtney Nelson (185-G-85, college: William Pater.) was a key player for Tiburones in Game Five as he scored 31 points. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, college: Florida Intern.) also was great adding 25 pts. Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) (6 rebs) and Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) (6 rebs) helped their squad with 21 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Metros got 25 points and 5 boards from Joel Ramirez. Rome Sanders (203-F/C-84, college: Florida A&M) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebs.
Tiburones started this series with defeat as Metros celebrated nice 107-99 victory. Tiburones grabbed tiny 84-82 in Game Two, but Metros was better in the next meeting again. They celebrated 99-80 victory in Game Three. However, Tiburones didn't give up and they tied the score to 2-2 after 106-98 victory in Game Four. Finally, last night Tiburones celebrated 90-99 and booked a spot for the LNB Finals.
First game of the Finals is scheduled for tomorrow.


BASKETBALL WORLD MOURNS THE LOSS OF JOHN STRICKLAND! - by Ozell Wells
'Strick' was truly one of the brightest and best! A CROWD FAVORITE AND FAN PLEASER! Everyone that saw him play or saw him on the streets enjoyed the time and will never forget it! We spent so much time together and he was always ready willing and able to give and impart knowledge to the younger hungry aspiring pros...from the streets of NYC to Europe to Asia and the DR... we mourn the loss of a GREAT FRIEND! EN LO BRAZOS DE DIOS!

John Strickland (203-F/C-72, college: Hawaii-Pacific) Basketball Career

John Strickland (Photo: Patroons)
265lbs
Born: May 20, 1972
Has dual citizenship: USA and Dominican Rep. (since 2005)
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Outlook:
A strong post man, Strickland puts his inside skills to work. PLAYS THE THREE OR FOUR UNSTOPPABLE INSIDE. JOHN HAS A NOSE FOR THE BASKETBALL. WILL MAKE THE BIG SHOT FOR THE WIN
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Career:
New York, N.Y. / Park West HS
1990-1991: Jacksonville JC (NJCAA)
1991-1992: Jacksonville JC (NJCAA): 26 games: 21.2ppg, 9.3rpg, FGP: 61.8%
1992-1993: Louisville (NCAA): Did Not Play
1993-1994: Hawaii Pacific (NAIA): 35 games: 23.0ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.1%
1994-1995: Hawaii Pacific (NAIA): 34 games: 23.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 56.4%
1995-1996: Omaha Racers (CBA): 24 games: 7.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 45.6%, FT: 57.3%, released in Jan.'96
1996: Long Island Surf (USBL, starting five): 25 games: 20.6ppg, Reb-10 (7.6rpg), 2.4apg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 57.3%
1997: Long Island Surf (USBL, starting five): 23 games: Score-4 (27.1ppg), 8.0rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 56.1%
1997-1998: Villa Duarte (Dominican Republic)
1998: Long Island Surf (USBL, starting five): 22 games: Score-6 (22.8ppg), 7.4rpg, Assists-10 (4.0apg), FGP: 56.2%, FT: 49.5%
1998: Samsung (South Korea)
1998-1999: in Nov.'98 signed with Ft.Wayne Fury (CBA) and released the same month, then 2 games played for Belgrano (Argentina): 2 games: 20.0ppg, in Dec.'98 was signed by Dijon (France-ProA), then went to Harrisburg Horizon (UBA): Score-1 (33.0), Reb-2 (10.3), Assists-5 (3.9), FGP-2 (61.9%)
1999: Long Island Surf (USBL): 3 games: 26.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 52.6%, in June was signed by Brooklyn Kings (USBL): 4 games: 17.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 4.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.8%, FT: 47.4%, in June signed wirh Los Prados (Dominican Republic): but then waived during the season
1999-2000: Guloyas de San Pedro de Macoris (Dominican Republic), in Dec.'99 signed by San Diego Stingrays (IBL, starting five): 16.2ppg, 6.6rpg
2000: in April '00 signed by Villa Duarte (Dominican Republic), in May signed by Long Island Surf (USBL): 2 games: 28ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 63.6%, FT: 48.3%, released before the end of season
2000: Los Angeles Pro-Am League (Primetime Team)
2000: drafted by Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs (ABA,9rd (89))
2000-2001: Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs (ABA, starting five): 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg; in Feb.'01 replaced Thalamus McGhee at Snaidero Udine (Italy-A1): released the next month: 1 game: 2pts, 4reb
2001: Villa Duarte de Calero (Dominican Republic)
2001: Blu Summuer League in Treviso (Italy)
2001-2002: In Nov.'01 played for New York Ravens touring team, which played exhibition games against NCAA teams, then joined Fayetteville Patriots (NBDL, starting five): 25 games: 15.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 58.0%, in Feb.'02 moved to Mobile Revelers (NBDL, starting five): 12 games: 14.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 46.8%, FT: 60.0%, and then finally to Columbus Riverdragons (NBDL): Regular Season: 4 games: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 39.1%, FT: 6-9; Play-Offs: 3 games: 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7spg, FGP: 52.0%, FT: 35.0%
2002: Marineros de Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic)
2002 Rucker Park summer League in New York (Terror Squad team)
2002: Villa Duarte de Calero (Dominican Republic)
2002-2003: In Nov.'02 signed at Ovarense Aerosoles Ovar (Portugal-TMN), released in Feb.'03: Portuguese TMN League: 5 games: 17.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg
2003: Villa Duarte de Calero (Dominican Republic)
2003 November: SLAM ALL-STARS playing exhibition games against NCAA teams
2003-2004: In Nov.'03 signed at Orthodox (Jordan-First Division)
2004 July: Big Apple Pro-Am Showdown in New York (Team D.C.)
2004-2005: In Nov.'04 signed at Reflex Beograd (SCG-1A), released during the season: Adriatic League: 6 games: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 47.1%
2005: Harlem Globetrotters: released in Feb., next month signed at Gaiteros de Zulia (Venezuela-LPB), in April agreed terms with Conterras (Dominican Republic-Puerto Plata)
2005: Harlem Wizards (exhibition team)
2005-2006: Strong Island Sound (ABA): 8 games: 23.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 1-3, FT: 60.0%, left in Dec.'05
2006 July: EBC Rucker Park Summer League in New York (Pearl Harbor team)
2006-2007: Brooklyn Wonders (ABA), in Feb.'07 moved to Albany Patroons (CBA): 23 games: 13.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, FG: 58.0%, FT: 49.1%
Minot Skyrockets (CBA)
Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB)
2005: Harlem Wizards (exhibition team)
2005-2006: Strong Island Sound (ABA): 8 games: 23.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 1-3, FT: 60.0%, left in Dec.'05
2006 July: EBC Rucker Park Summer League in New York (Pearl Harbor team)
2006-2007: Brooklyn Wonders (ABA), in Feb.'07 moved to Albany Patroons (CBA): 23 games: 13.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, FG: 58%, FT: 49.1%
2007-2008: Minot Skyrockets (CBA)
2008-2009: Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB)
2010: Halifax Rainmen (Canada-PBL): 22 games: 4.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg
2010: died on October 7th in his sleep


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Owens joins the Bombers - by Gianni Pascucci
Minor leagues veteran Daryl Owens (6'2''-G-76, college: Nova CC) stated to Usbasket.com to have reached an agreement to play for the Beltway Bombers the next season. Owens is an undersized wing player who worked hard over the summer and is ready to outstand as he did in the previous EBA years

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Kurg's 22 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for TTU/Kalev II Tallinn and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds and two assists for TTU/Kalev II in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Voru KK (#9, 0-1) with 40-point margin 90-50. Despite this victory TTU/Kalev II dropped to the 3rd position in Estonian league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and TTU/Kalev II won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Kurg turned to be TTU/Kalev II's top player in his first season with the team. Kurg has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.0ppg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 90.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) of Piimameister Otto/Rapla. He is a swingman in his first season at Rapla. In the last game Erm recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Rapla was edged by Parnu (1-0) 83-82. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Erm is a newcomer at Rapla and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#1). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Piimameister Otto/Rapla's star - forward Indrek Kajupank (197-F-88). Kajupank scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Kajupank's great performance Rapla lost 82-83 to Parnu (#1, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Rapla can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Kajupank 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 Kajupank as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of TTU/Kalev - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) of Rapla - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) of Parnu - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Elgar Tamsalu (182-G-87) of Parnu - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) of Rakvere - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of TU/Rock - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Valga/CKE - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Heigo ERM
  Rapla
  (190-G/F-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Erm, Rapla23.0 
 2. Veideman, TU/Rock22.0 
 3. Kurg, TT.22.0 
 4. Raap, Parnu21.0 
 5. Raadik, Parnu19.0 
 6. Kajupank, Rapla18.0 
 7. Brown, Va.17.0 
 8. Pilk, TT.17.0 
 9. Eziukwu, TU/Rock17.0 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (204-C/F-83)
  Avg: 17
 1. Ringmets, Rapla17.0 
 2. Kajupank, Rapla12.0 
 3. Veski, Rakvere11.0 
 4. Arnold, TT.10.0 
 5. Erm, Rapla10.0 
 6. Keedus, TT.9.0 
 7. Kaja, TT.8.0 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock7.0 
 9. Tulit, TT.7.0 
 10. Brown, Va.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rain KARNER
  Parnu
  (186-G-91)
  Avg: 8
 1. Karner, Parnu8.0 
 2. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.0 
 3. Raap, Parnu5.0 
 4. Laane, Rapla5.0 
 5. Oja, Va.5.0 
 6. Archibald, TT.5.0 
 7. Saage, Rakvere4.0 
 8. Pilk, TT.4.0 
 9. Brown, Va.3.0 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mooses KAJA
  TTU/Kalev II
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kaja, TT.6.0 
 2. Raap, Parnu5.0 
 3. Tamsalu, Parnu4.0 
 4. Kimask, Voru KK3.0 
 5. Roos, TT.3.0 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.0 
 7. Kurbas, TU/Rock3.0 
 8. Hamarsalu, Parnu3.0 
 9. Kurg, TT.3.0 
 10. Keedus, TT.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Madis SAARMETS
  TTU/Kalev II
  (201-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Saarmets, TTU/K.3.0 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 3. Allingu, TU/Rock2.0 
 4. Keres, TT.2.0 
 5. Osby, TT.2.0 
 6. Pilk, TT.1.0 
 7. Tulit, TT.1.0 
 8. Paiste, TT.1.0 
 9. Makke, TT.1.0 
 10. Montgomery, Rapla1.0 


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2010-11 Eurocup regular season draw set for October 14 in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
A draw to determine the groups that will make up the Regular Season groups for the 2010-11 Eurocup will be held on Thursday, October 14 at the Museu Olmpic i de l'Esport in Barcelona at 11:00 Local Time.

The list of teams that will make up the 2010-11 Eurocup Regular Seasons is all but complete. The finish of the Eurocup Qualifying Round promoted eight more clubs into the regular season, leaving two more spots that will go to the teams that lose in the third and final stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. A total of 32 teams will play in the Eurocup regular season. The field is made up of 10 direct qualifiers, 14 others that come from the Euroleague qualifying rounds and 8 more that won their way into the competition from the Eurocup qualifying rounds. The Euroleague qualifying rounds end on Sunday, October 10. The regular season is tentatively scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 16.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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Lietuvos Rytas, coach Anzulovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas has announced a mutual agreement with head coach Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) to terminate his contract, the club announced Friday. Anzulovic joined the team in late May, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with an option for the 2011-12 season. Anzulovic, however, could not help L. Rytas to win the Baltic BBL Cup, losing 61-57 in the title game against Estonian powerhouse TU/Rock. Since that moment, L. Rytas registered three double-digit losses in friendly games against Montepaschi Siena (63-83), Asseco Prokom (67-90) and in its VTB League opening showdown against CSKA Moscow (80-61). L.Rytas makes its Lithuanian League debut against Nevezis tomorrow. The club is working hard to sign a new coach in the upcoming days.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Khimky books a spot for Euroleague regular season - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Le Mans 87-66
Khimky booked a spot for Euroleague regular season after two easy wins against Le Mans. The Russian squad celebrated in game one on the road 56-70 and tonight they outplayed Le Mans with comfortable 87-66. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) once again was the leading scorer in Khimky. He made 5 of 6 attempts from behind the arc and 1 of 1 for FG2, collecting 17 points in total. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) helped with 16 pts. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) helped the home side with 8 points each. In Le Mans, Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) also scored 15, while Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) stopped to 10 pts. Khimky won all six Qualifying Round games and must wait until Sunday, when Alba Berlin plays Spirou Charleroi, to find out which regular season group it joins. Le Mans will play in the 2010/11 Eurocup. Khimky was better team today and they started with mini 5-2 and later finished first quarter with 24-15. A three-pointer by Raul Lopez capped a 16-0 run that kept Khimky way out of trouble, 28-15, early in the second quarter. Le Mans didn't panic and they slowly started to melt Khimky's lead. Mosty owing to Kahudi, Alex Acker and Ryvon Kovile, visitors made 0-12 run coming to 34-33. Teams traded baskets in the finish so the first half ended with minimum lead by Khimky, 36-35. Question about the winner is resolved in Q3 as Khimky once again reached double-digit advantage. Thanks to 7-0 run and nice plays in the finish of third period, the hosts were holding 64-51 before the last ten minutes. At that time it was already clear who will make it to the regular season and last quarter was just the formality.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Angel D. VASSALLO
  ASVEL
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vassallo, AS.21.0 
 2. Ere, Pepsi Caserta21.0 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm20.8 
 4. Lampe, Unics19.5 
 5. McClinton, Galil G.19.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.19.0 
 7. Amagou, Roanne19.0 
 8. Jenkins, ALBA17.6 
 9. Langford, Khimky16.2 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra F.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.0 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 3. Wright, Charleroi7.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 5. Dunn, Roanne7.0 
 6. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 7. Golubovic, Banvit7.0 
 8. Lampe, Unics6.8 
 9. Nsonwu, Roanne6.5 
 10. Borisov, Hemofarm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Galil Gilboa
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.5 
 2. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 3. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 4. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 5. Keys, Budivelnyk4.0 
 6. Edge, Banvit4.0 
 7. McElroy, AL.3.8 
 8. Roye, GasTerra F.3.5 
 9. Abdul-Hamid, Hemof.3.5 
 10. Bauscher, GasTerra.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksej NESOVIC
  Buducnost
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nesovic, Buducnost3.0 
 2. Ermis, Banvit3.0 
 3. Doornekamp, Pepsi C.2.5 
 4. Lyday, Unics2.5 
 5. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 6. Garri, Pepsi C.2.0 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra.2.0 
 8. Spencer, Budivelnyk2.0 
 9. Rivers, Roanne2.0 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.2 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 3. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm1.3 
 5. Vranes, Unics1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.2 
 7. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 
 8. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.0 
 9. Wilkerson, Galil G.1.0 
 10. Jones, Pepsi C.1.0 


Union Olimpija tabs Perry, Anagonye and Vrkic - by Emiliano
Union Olimpija Ljubljana added to the roster for the upcoming season three players: Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis), Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Michigan St.) and Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87).
The two import players signed a one year deal while Vrkic penned a two year contract.
Perry started last season in Ukraine then moved to Besiktas with whom he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.3% in 9 games.
Vrkic was with KK Split recording averaged of 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 66.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 79.7% in 28 games in Croatian League.


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Mikael SANDBERG
  ToPo
  (209-C-91)
  Avg: 27
 1. Sandberg, TomPo II27.0 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia25.0 
 3. Manning, Huima25.0 
 4. Stamper, LoKoKo24.0 
 5. McCulloch, FoKoPo23.0 
 6. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla22.0 
 7. Graham, TomPo II22.0 
 8. Nelson, Lapua22.0 
 9. Valentine, Lapua21.0 
 10. Still, Lapua21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  BC Nokia
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 15
 1. Bojang, BC Nokia15.0 
 2. Wilson, Huima15.0 
 3. Hall, SayRi14.0 
 4. Sandberg, TomPo II13.0 
 5. Siimes, Jyvaskyla12.0 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket12.0 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET12.0 
 8. Still, Lapua12.0 
 9. Salminen, Ura B.12.0 
 10. Tejha Mua, Kerava E.12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tuukka AHILA
  Jyvaskyla
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ahila, Jyvaskyla5.0 
 2. Siimes, Jyvaskyla4.0 
 3. Vertio, Honka4.0 
 4. Manning, Huima4.0 
 5. Graham, TomPo II4.0 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket4.0 
 7. Lehtila, Ura Basket3.0 
 8. McCulloch, FoKoPo3.0 
 9. Bojang, BC Nokia3.0 
 10. Hiekkavirta, SayRi3.0 
Steals Per Game
 De Marcus HALL
  SayRi
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, SayRi4.0 
 2. Rainamaa, TomPo II3.0 
 3. Graham, TomPo II3.0 
 4. Nurmio, FoKoPo3.0 
 5. Aho, Kerava ET3.0 
 6. Vaenerberg, BC No.3.0 
 7. Bojang, BC Nokia3.0 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET3.0 
 9. Sandberg, TomPo II2.0 
 10. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kim SIVEN
  Lapua
  (197-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Siven, Lapua2.0 
 2. Alanen, Namika II1.5 
 3. Suhonen, TomPo II1.0 
 4. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.0 
 5. Koskinen, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Sirola, Honka1.0 
 7. Kuokkanen, Jyvas.1.0 
 8. Tukia, Kerava ET1.0 
 9. Valentine, Lapua1.0 
 10. Lehtinen, Namika I.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas24.3 
 2. Heard, Tarmo22.5 
 3. Barrett, KTP20.2 
 4. Wilson, Honka19.3 
 5. Ayers, Namika L.19.2 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.0 
 7. Ivey, KTP18.8 
 8. Moore, LrNM.18.4 
 9. Newson, Kataja18.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto12.5 
 3. Young, Tarmo12.3 
 4. Belser, Honka11.3 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot9.8 
 6. Vinson, Kouvot9.2 
 7. Wilson, Salon Vilpas9.0 
 8. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.0 
 9. Reaves, Korihait8.4 
 10. Allen, Karhu8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Moore, LrNM.5.4 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto5.3 
 3. Kataja, Salon Vilpas4.5 
 4. Harris, Salon Vilpas3.8 
 5. Wood, Karhu3.6 
 6. Ivey, KTP3.4 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.4 
 8. Middleton, Karhu3.2 
 9. Wethers, Namika L.3.0 
 10. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barrett, KTP2.4 
 2. Conerly, Tarmo2.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 4. Allen, Karhu2.2 
 5. Harris, Salon Vilpas2.0 
 6. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 7. Fields, KTP2.0 
 8. Wilson, Honka2.0 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto2.0 
 10. Nuutinen, Salon V.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Wood, Karhu1.0 
 3. Viita, Kataja1.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 
 5. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 6. Wright, Korihait0.8 
 7. Middleton, Karhu0.8 
 8. Heard, Tarmo0.8 
 9. Skamo, Karhu0.8 
 10. Wilson, Honka0.8 


KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti beat Honka - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 5: YMCA Lahti beating Honka (Espoo) tonight by two 72-70 (42-35). Quarters: 17-18, 25-17, 20-17, 10-18. The hosts had a eight point lead (70-62)
with three minutes to go, but Honka came back to the game (70-70). Brian Wethers (195-F/G-80, college: California) made then the winning 2-pointer with 18 seconds to go and YMCA Lahti was saved. Wethers scored 17 pts in the game. Ryan Ayers (201-G-86, college: Notre Dame) had 19 pts and seven rbs. Team's third American James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) netted 11 pts. Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) led Honka with 14 pts and 14 rbs. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) added 14 and Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) 11 pts. In division 1. BC Jyvaskyla crushed LoKoKo (Loimaa) 101-69 (57-39) and Kerava lost at home vs Honka (Tapiola) 81-93 (50-47).


1st Division Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
TomPo II - Namika II 103-76
TomPo II rolled over Namika II 103:76 at the Regular Season Round 1. Mikael Sandberg (209-C-91) stepped up with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Graham Justice produced 22. Kuusela Vaino ended up with 20 points for the guests.

LoKoKo - Ura Basket 60-86
Loimaan Korikonkarit lost to Ura Basket 60:86. Sakari Salminen (200-F-87) poured in 20 points and grabbed 12 boards, whilst Ramey Zach had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Stamper J'son answered with 26 points and 11 caroms in defeat.

Lapua - FoKoPo 77-78
Lapua lost to Forssan Koripojat 77:78 as the latter got 23 points and 10 rebounds from Jeremy McCulloch (212-C-82, college: E.Washington). Kaunomaki Olli nailed 12 and Molenius Markus posted 11. Nelson Derick responded with 22 points and 11 boards in defeat.

BC Nokia - Jyvaskyla 91-83
Bojang Baboucarr collected 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead BC Nokia past Jyvaskyla 91:83. Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92) and Setala Pekka followed him with 18 points each, while Ojanen Reijo netted 23 points in the losing effort.

Kerava ET - Honka 81-93
Keravan Energia Team was beaten by Tapiolan Honka 81:93 at the end of the Regular Season Round 1 played on Friday. Juho Helenius (195-F-91) led the way with 19 points, whilst Cato Kilian posted 17. Towa Arsene and Tejha Mua Rudolf collected 20 points and 12 rebounds each in defeat.

SayRi - Huima 72-69
Saynatsalon Riento won their opener over Huima 72:69. Hall De Marcus top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Tezarray Banks (206-F-82, college: Boise St.) had 16 points and 12 caroms. Manning Treylon delivered 25 points in the losing effort.




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Khimky books a spot for Euroleague regular season, Le Mans goes to EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Le Mans 87-66

Khimky booked a spot for Euroleague regular season after two easy wins against Le Mans. The Russian squad celebrated in game one on the road 56-70 and tonight they outplayed Le Mans with comfortable 87-66. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) once again was the leading scorer in Khimky. He made 5 of 6 attempts from behind the arc and 1 of 1 for FG2, collecting 17 points in total. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) helped with 16 pts. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) helped the home side with 8 points each. In Le Mans, Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) also scored 15, while Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) stopped to 10 pts. Khimky won all six Qualifying Round games and must wait until Sunday, when Alba Berlin plays Spirou Charleroi, to find out which regular season group it joins. Le Mans will play in the 2010/11 Eurocup.
Khimky was better team today and they started with mini 5-2 and later finished first quarter with 24-15. A three-pointer by Raul Lopez capped a 16-0 run that kept Khimky way out of trouble, 28-15, early in the second quarter. Le Mans didnt panic and they slowly started to melt Khimkys lead. Mosty owing to Kahudi, Alex Acker and Ryvon Kovile, visitors made 0-12 run coming to 34-33. Teams traded baskets in the finish so the first half ended with minimum lead by Khimky, 36-35. Question about the winner is resolved in Q3 as Khimky once again reached double-digit advantage. Thanks to 7-0 run and nice plays in the finish of third period, the hosts were holding 64-51 before the last ten minutes. At that time it was already clear who will make it to the regular season and last quarter was just the formality.

Khimky: Thomas Kelati 17, Keith Langford 16, Kresimir Loncar 8, Vitaly Fridzon 8
Le Mans: Alain Koffi 15+6 boards, Ryvon Covile 15, Alex Acker 10


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Samuel MEJIA
  Cholet
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 2. Causeur, Cholet16.0 
 3. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.11.0 
 4. Nelson, Cholet10.0 
 5. Robinson, Cholet10.0 
 6. Var, Pau-Lacq-Ort.10.0 
 7. Avdalovic, Cholet9.0 
 8. Morency, Pau-Lacq.8.0 
 9. Ramassamy, Pau-La.6.0 
 10. Bennett, Pau-Lacq.6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antywane ROBINSON
  Cholet
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Robinson, Cholet9.0 
 2. Vebobe, Cholet9.0 
 3. Var, Pau-Lacq-Ort.7.0 
 4. Falker, Cholet6.0 
 5. Leonard, Cholet5.0 
 6. Duport, Cholet5.0 
 7. Ramassamy, Pau-La.4.0 
 8. Mejia, Cholet3.0 
 9. Causeur, Cholet3.0 
 10. Bennett, Pau-Lacq.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 DeMarcus NELSON
  Cholet
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nelson, Cholet6.0 
 2. Sciarra, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 3. Avdalovic, Cholet4.0 
 4. Bennett, Pau-Lacq.4.0 
 5. Mejia, Cholet3.0 
 6. Morency, Pau-Lacq.2.0 
 7. Moncade, Pau-Lacq.2.0 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet2.0 
 9. Ramassamy, Pau-La.2.0 
 10. Falker, Cholet2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Demetric BENNETT
  Pau-Lacq-Ort.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bennett, Pau-Lacq.4.0 
 2. Avdalovic, Cholet3.0 
 3. Mejia, Cholet3.0 
 4. Var, Pau-Lacq-Ort.3.0 
 5. Nelson, Cholet2.0 
 6. Ramassamy, Pau-La.1.0 
 7. Causeur, Cholet1.0 
 8. Robinson, Cholet1.0 
 9. Falker, Cholet1.0 
 10. Morency, Pau-Lacq.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Romain DUPORT
  Cholet
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Duport, Cholet1.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.0 
 3. Ramassamy, Pau-La.1.0 
 4. Var, Pau-Lacq-Ort.0.0 
 5. Houmounou, Cholet0.0 
 6. Causeur, Cholet0.0 
 7. Marquis, Cholet0.0 
 8. Rimac, Pau-Lacq.0.0 
 9. Leonard, Cholet0.0 
 10. Moncade, Pau-Lacq.0.0 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Blair, Denek22.0 
 2. Laroche, St Ch.20.2 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest20.0 
 4. James, Challans18.5 
 5. Strong, Get Vosges16.6 
 6. Clemmons, Denek16.2 
 7. Lalugba, Denain16.0 
 8. Thinon, Sorgues15.6 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux15.4 
 10. Hoard, Lievin15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antwon HOARD
  Lievin
  (199-F-72)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hoard, Lievin11.2 
 2. Simmons, St Et.10.0 
 3. Grimm, Blois10.0 
 4. Traore, Angers B.9.2 
 5. Clemmons, Denek8.8 
 6. Alingue, Souffel8.4 
 7. Boutry, Challans8.4 
 8. Brocheray, Denain8.2 
 9. Laroche, St Ch.8.0 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Brochard, Blois5.6 
 2. Driss, Bordeaux5.0 
 3. Tillon, St Chamond4.4 
 4. Cortey, Le Puy4.2 
 5. Thinon, Sorgues4.0 
 6. Strong, Get Vosges3.8 
 7. Thomas, St Etienne3.8 
 8. Staelens, Brest3.8 
 9. Darrigand, Bordeaux3.6 
 10. Sauret, Denain3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Stephane NERI
  Roche
  (188-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Neri, Roche3.0 
 2. Sauret, Denain2.8 
 3. Blair, Denek2.8 
 4. Pistre, Le Puy2.4 
 5. El Amrani, St Et.2.2 
 6. Thinon, Sorgues2.2 
 7. Strong, Get Vosges2.2 
 8. Calvez, Denek2.0 
 9. Barbry, Orchy2.0 
 10. Howard, CFBB2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Bordeaux
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ford, Bordeaux2.2 
 2. Roberts, Brest2.0 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 4. Pasut, Sorgues1.8 
 5. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 6. Rinna, St Chamond1.4 
 7. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 8. Boutry, Challans1.0 
 9. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Le Puy1.0 


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  MBC
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 26
 1. Bernard, MBC26.0 
 2. Callahan, Bremerha.21.5 
 3. Boumtje, Art.Drag.21.0 
 4. Dale, Goettingen19.0 
 5. Hunt, Telekom B.19.0 
 6. Peacock, LTi 46ers18.5 
 7. Khartchenkov, Duesse.18.0 
 8. Campbell, Telekom B.18.0 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms17.5 
 10. Hess, Art.Dragons17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tibor PLEISS
  Brose Baskets
  (214-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pleiss, Brose B.12.5 
 2. Goree, NY Phantoms10.5 
 3. Anderson, Goett.10.0 
 4. Hess, Art.Dragons9.0 
 5. Suput, Brose B.9.0 
 6. Collins, ratiopharm8.0 
 7. Wood, Dt.8.0 
 8. Smith, EWE Baskets8.0 
 9. Bryant, ratiopharm8.0 
 10. Seward, Phoenix .8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Michael JORDAN
  MBC
  (183-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jordan, MBC6.0 
 2. Gibson, Bayreuth6.0 
 3. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.5 
 4. Copeland, Bremerha.5.0 
 5. Jones, Art.Dragons5.0 
 6. Haynes, Duesseldorf5.0 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.5 
 8. Jacobsen, Brose B.4.5 
 9. Campbell, EWE B.4.5 
 10. Wood, Dt.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Telekom B.
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Wise, Telekom B.6.0 
 2. Moye, Dt.3.0 
 3. Warren, Duesseld.3.0 
 4. Green, EnBW L.2.5 
 5. Oliver, Walter Tigers2.5 
 6. Brooks, LTi 46ers2.5 
 7. Hess, Art.Dragons2.0 
 8. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.0 
 9. Campbell, Telekom B.2.0 
 10. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tim OHLBRECHT
  Telekom B.
  (211-C/F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ohlbrecht, Telek.4.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.3.0 
 3. Pleiss, Brose B.3.0 
 4. Goree, NY Phantoms2.0 
 5. Evans, TBB Trier1.5 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers1.5 
 7. Bryant, ratiopharm1.0 
 8. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 9. Ensminger, Telek.1.0 
 10. Paulding, EWE B.1.0 


USC Leipzig Add Lamar Morinia - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

USC Leipzig brought back a known facing signing Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Innovative Sports Group, college: Montana St.-Northern) who had played with the club in 2008-2009. Morinia is a 29 year old 183cm guard that was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a consistent scorer from the point guard position and has the ability to finish in traffic on dribble penetration and in transition. Defensively, he pressures the passing lane and can create steals with his quick hands and anticipation. He has been playing in Germany since 2006 and last season played for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (Germany-ProB, starting five), left in Feb.'10 due to family reasons: 20 games: 18.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, Steals-4 (2.1spg), FGP: 61.0%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 63.6%. 'I am really excited about coming back to Leipzig. I hope that I can play Saturday. I hope to be able to play some minutes and get used to the team and win games', stressed Lamar Morinia.

Morinia started his basketball career with
Lamar Community College and then transfered to Montana St. University. In his first few years as a pro, he played in the IBL and ABA leagues before coming to Germany. In 2006-2007, he played for Duesseldorf Magics (Germany-2.Bundesliga), German League: 4 games: 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg, 3.3spg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 18.5%, FT: 47.8%; Nov.'06 signed at Unia Tarnow (Poland-DBL): 10 games: 10.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 66.7%, in Jan.'07 moved to P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 10 games: 23.1 ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 21 games: 22.6ppg. In 2008-2009, he had his first tour of duty for USC Leipzig (Germany-Regionalliga): 24 games: 22.0ppg.


Source: USC Leipzig








BEKO Bundesliga Game Day 2 Friday October 8th, 2010 - by Michael Taylor
BEKO BASKETBALL BUNDESLIGA
Game Day 2
Friday October 8, 2010


LTi Giessen 46ers 64 EnBW LUDWIGSBURG 58
Ryan Brooks scored a game-high 24pt while Elvir Ovcina added 16pt 8reb and Zack Peacock had 16pt 7boards in leading LTi Giessen to a 64-58 road win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Friday night at Ludwigsburg Arena. Behind a strong start from forward Toby Bailey, EnBW Ludwigsburg held a 13-9 lead, but a 10-0 run put the 46ers on top 19-13 and Giessen took a 19-15 lead after 1Q. Johannes Lischka scored for Ludwigsburg to open the 2Q before PF Zack Peacock answered for Giessen setting the score at 21-17. Alex Harris scored to pull the hosts within 21-19 and Giessen called time with 6:40 to play in the first half. Rick Rickert evened the score at 21 with a basket from Bingo Merriex. Peacock regained the lead for Giessen with a score and Ryan Brooks added 1FT to give the 46ers a 24-21 lead. Rickert scored again after being set up by pg Jerry Green and then Rickert pushed Ludwigsburg ahead 25-24 with another score. After an Alex Harris 3 gave the hosts a 28-24 lead, Giessen took their second timeout of the first half with 2min to play. Zack Peacock brought the 46ers to 28-26 and Ryan Brooks evened the score 28-28 with 1:07 in the half. Rick Rickert and Ryan Brooks exchanged baskets before Elvir Ovcina scored before the halftime buzzer giving Giessen a 32-30 halftime lead. John Bowler opened the 3Q with a basket to even the score at 32 but Giessen got back to back scores from Zack Peacock and Elvir Ovcina to take a 36-32 lead. Bowler and Peacock traded buckets before a 10-0 Ludwigsburg run gave the hosts a 44-38 lead at the 5min mark. Ryan Brooks snapped the run with 2 baskets and a three point play for the 46ers evening the game at 44. Elvir Ovcina scored back to back baskets for Giessen and the 46ers held a 48-44 advantage at the end of three. John Bowler started scoring in the 4Q with 2FT before another Ovcina basket kept Giessen ahead 50-46. Johannes Lischka scored for Ludwigsburg before Jannik Freese made 1 of 2FT for Giessen. A Rick Rickert basket brought Ludwigsburg within 1, 51-50 at the 5min mark but Anthony Smith drilled a 3 lifting the 46ers to a 54-50 lead with 4min to play. Jerry Green scored and a big Alex Harris 3 regained the lead for Ludwigsburg 55-54 with 2:42 to play. Anthony Smith cooly made 2FT reclaiming a 56-55 lead for Giessen with 2:11 to go. Ryan Brooks added to the advantage giving the 46ers a 58-55 lead with 1:49 to play. Jerry Green made 1FT with 42sec to play and Ryan Brooks finished an important score for Giessen with 21sec left. The 46ers led 60-56. After a Ludwigsburg turnover, Ryan Brooks stepped to the foul line and cooly sank 2FT giving the 46ers a 62-56 lead with 19sec. Alex Harris scored quick for Ludwigsburg but 2 more Brooks FT kept the distance for Giessen 64-58 with 12sec. Head coach Vladi Bogojevic and his Giessen 46ers could celebrate their 2-0 start with the hardfought road win over EnBW Ludwigsburg. As a team, Giessen shot 47% from the floor making 1 of 7 threes (14%) and 11 of 16 FT (68%) while Ludwigsburg made 42% from the field including 3 of 17 threes (17%) and 7 of 8 FT (87%). Giessen outrebounded Ludwigsburg 33-29. Rick Rickert led Ludwigsburg with 16pt 5reb while Alex Harris had 12pt and John Bowler 10 in the loss.

EISBAREN BREMERHAVEN 86 MBC 78
Craig Callahan topscored with 20pt 5reb while Torrell Martin added 18pt 6reb and Donald Copeland had 18pt 6ast leading Eisbaren Bremerhaven to an 86-78 road win over MBC Friday night at Stadthalle in Weissenfels. As a team, Bremerhaven shot 55% from the floor making 10 of 20 threes and 26 of 36 FT (72%) while outrebounding MBC 25-23 in winning the front end of their weekend road trip. Wayne Bernard hit five of nine threes to lead MBC scoring with 26pt followed by 16pt 8reb from Jerome Tillmann, 12pt 6ast from Michael Jordan and 10pt from Sascha Leutloff in the season-opening loss. Wayne Bernard buried 2 early 3s sparking a strong MBC start. Sascha Leutloff and Guido Grunheid kept the run going and the Wolves built an early 12-2 lead. Sean Denison, Richard Chaney and Torrell Martin responded for the Eisbaren and Bremerhaven cut the gap to 12-9 by the 5min mark. But hot shooting helped the MBC team to a 19-11 lead after 1Q. Vassil Evtimov scored to stretch MBC's lead to 21-11 early in Q2. Torrell Martin and Guido Grunheid exchanged scores. Wayne Bernard buried his 3rd 3 of the first half. Craig Callahan scored for Bremerhaven and MBC led 24-15. A Jerome Tillmann bucket added to the MBC advantage 26-15. MBC later called timeout leading 28-20 with 5:30 left in the first half. Out of the timeout, another Callahan score pulled Bremerhaven to 28-22 but Jerome Tilmann answered with a score for the hosts. Evtimov scored to give MBC a 32-22 lead and Bremerhaven used a timeout with 4min to go. Out of the timeout, Richard Chaney drilled a key 3 and Torrell Martin scored bringing Bremerhaven back to 32-27 at the 3min mark. Sean Denison brought the Eisbaren closer with 1FT and Torrell Martin added 2FT cutting Bremerhaven to 32-30 with 2min. A Michael Jordan 3 sparked MBC but Richard Chaney matched it with a 3 of his own for Bremerhaven. Jerome Tillmann got a bucket for MBC and 1FT from Sean Denison closed scoring in the first half with MBC holding a 37-34 lead. The 3Q started with a Sascha Leutloff score and another from Guido Grunheid followed lifting MBC to a 41-34 lead. Bremerhaven's Torrell Martin and MBC's Wayne Bernard exchanged buckets before Donald Copeland brought Bremerhaven to 43-38. An Andrew Drevo 3 cut the deficit to 43-41 but Jerome Tillmann answered for MBC. Another Torrell Martin basket pulled Bremerhaven within 45-43 at the 5min mark of the Q. Guido Grunheid scored for MBC and Donald Copeland made 1FT for the Eisbaren. But a big Andrew Drevo 3 evened the score at 37 at the 3:48 mark of the third. Jerome Tillmann pushed MBC back on top with a score but a Jermaine Thomas 3 gave Bremerhaven a 50-49 lead with 2:21 in the third. Wayne Bernard sank another 3 giving MBC a 52-50 lead but Bremerhaven's Craig Callahan evened the score at 52 and Donald Copeland gave the Eisbaren a 55-52 lead after hitting a big 3 with 1:10 to play. Callahan added 1FT and Bremerhaven was up 56-52 late in the 3Q before Jerome Tilmann and Copeland traded baskets. Bremerhaven held a 58-54 lead going into the 4th. Craig Callahan scored for Bremerhaven to open the 4Q and Richard Chaney chipped in a FT giving the Eisbaren a 61-54 lead at the 9min mark. Sascha Leutloff finished a three point play for MBC pulling the Wolves within 61-57. But Bremerhaven's Torrell Martin sank 1FT before 2FT from Callahan and the Eisbaren held a 64-57 lead. Moments later, a key 3 from Donald Copeland extended the Eisbaren advantage to ten, 67-57. Torrell Martin scored and later added 1FT before Donald Copeland buried a 3 giving Bremerhaven a 73-57 lead with 3min to play. Wayne Bernard hit a three and another score rallying MBC to 73-62. 1 Jermaine Thomas FT for Bremerhaven was followed by a Michael Jordan 3 with 1:25 to go. Jermaine Thomas sank 2 more FT keeping the Eisbaren up 76-65. Sascha Leutloff and Craig Callahan exchanged scores before Michael Jordan made another 3. MBC trailed 78-70. Wayne Bernard finished a 3pt play with 25sec bringing the Wolves within 78-73. Donald Copeland made 2FT for Bremerhaven before a fast Jermain Tillmann score for MBC. 2 more Copeland FT gave the Eisbaren an 82-75 advantage with 22sec. A quick Mike Jordan 3 cut the score to 82-78 with 14sec, but 2 Torrell Martin FT extended the Eisbaren advantage to 84-78 with 11sec. MBC was forced to foul again and this time Richard Chaney added the finishing touches to Bremerhaven's 86-78 road win over the Wolves. Head coach Doug Spradley and his Eisbaren Bremerhaven are now 2-0 while MBC slips to 0-1.

TBB TRIER 68 WALTER TIGERS TUBINGEN 63
TBB Trier outscored Walter Tigers Tubingen 25-12 in the 4Q to earn a 68-63 comeback home win Friday night at Trier Arena. Philip Zweiner led the Trier attack with 16pt 6reb in the win while Dru Joyce added 13pt and George Evans finished with 10pt 6reb. Anatoly Kashirov opened scoring for Tubingen and Dane Watts added 2FT before Philip Zweiner evened the score with 2 baskets for Trier. Dragan Dojcin gave Trier a 5-4 lead before Branislav Ratkovica put Tubingen ahead 6-5. Maik Zirbes dunked for Trier and Barry Stewart followed with a bucket giving the hosts a 9-6 lead at the 5min mark of Q1. Dru Joyce drilled a 3 and Oliver Clay put Trier up 14-6. Late in the 1Q, Chris Oliver hit a 3 for Tubingen pulling the Tigers to 14-9 before 2 Dru Joyce FT. George Evans gave Trier an 18-9 lead. Zweiner gave Trier a 19-9 lead but a late Chris Oliver tip in set the 1Q score at 19-11 for Trier. Branislav Ratkovica sparked Tubingen with an early 3 in the 2Q. 2 Dru Joyce FT gave Trier a 21-14 lead. Ken Williams made 2FT for Tubingen before Maik Zirbes scored to give Trier a 23-16 advantage. Nicolai Simon sank a 3 for the Tigers before Zwiener and Oliver traded baskets. Trier led 25-21 with 2:30 to go in the first half. Trier's Barry Stewart and Tubingen's Nicolai Simon exchanged 2FT apiece before a George Evans tip-in gave Trier a 29-23 lead. Back to back Tubingen 3s by Radovan Markovic and Joe Herbert evened the game late in the first half and the game went into halftime tied at 29. In the 3rd, Tubingen's Dane Watts scored five straight points in a basket and a 3 giving the Tigers a 34-29 lead. Oliver Clay answered for Tubingen before Markovic scored again for Tubingen. 2 Philip Zweiner FT pulled Trier to 36-33 before Oskar Fasler scored to bring Trier within one 36-35. Tubingen took a timeout. Out of the timeout, Tubingen's Markovic and Trier's Zweiner exchanged 3s before Branislav Ratkovica sank 1 FT for Tubingen and Fasler sank 1FT for Trier. Moments later Fasler again made one of two FT and the game was tied at 40 with just over 4min in the 3rd. Whit Holcomb Faye gave Tubingen a 42-40 lead with a basket before a Dru Joyce FT brought Trier within 1. A Joe Herbert 3 gave Tubingen a 45-41 lead with 3min in the 3rd. John Bynum sank 2FT for Trier before Chris Oliver added 2FT of his own for Tubingen. 2 Anatoly Kashirov FT and another Chris Oliver basket gave Tubingen a 51-43 lead going into the 4th. An Anatoly Kashirov dunk started the 4Q giving Tubingen a 53-43 lead. But Trier rattled off 17 unanswered points to claim a 60-53 advantage before a Tubingen timeout with 4:37 to play. Dru Joyce, George Evans, Philip Zweiner and Barry Stewart keyed the Trier run. Jay Thomas made 1 of 2FT for Tubingen pulling the Tigers to 60-54 with over 4min to go. Another Anatoly Kashirov dunk brought Tubingen to 60-56 with 3:50 to play. But Trier's Dragan Dojcin scored to give his team a 62-56 cushion with 3:22 remaining. Kashirov came through again for Tubingen cutting the margin to 62-58 but Dru Joyce answered for Trier 64-58 with 2:26 to play. Branislav Ratkovica made 1FT then finished a layup off a miss bringing the Tigers to 64-61 with 2min. Maik Zirbes made a big Trier basket with 1:42 to play but Chris Oliver kept the Tigers close trimming the deficit to 66-63 with 1:28 to go. In the closing possessions, Trier's Dragan Dojcin came up with a big shot block and a game-sealing basket ensuring the 68-63 Trier win. As a team, Trier shot 46% from the floor making 3 of 16 threes (18%) and 17 of 26 FT (65%) while outrebounding Tubingen 41-27. The Tigers made 40% from the field hitting 8 of 21 threes (38%) and 13 of 19 FT (68%). Chris Oliver topscored for Tubingen with 13pt while Anatoly Kashirov added 10. Head coach Henrik Rodl earned his first win with Trier as they improved to 1-1. Walter Tigers Tubingen fall to 0-2.

brose Baskets Bamberg 71 Phoenix Hagen 65
Casey Jacobsen had 14pt 4reb leading brose Baskets Bamberg to a hardfought 71-65 road win over Phoenix Hagen Friday night in Hagen. Maurice Stuckey finishedwith 12pt, Anton Gavel 11pt 4ast, Predrag Suput 10pt 9reb and Tibor Pleiss grabbed 17 boards for Bamberg in the win. Casey Jacobsen opened scoring with a bucket for Bamberg before back to back Hagen baskets by Jacob Burtschi and Bernd Kruell gave the hosts a 4-2 lead. Brian Roberts evened the score for Bamberg before Jacobsen and Tibor Pleiss pushed Bamberg ahead 8-4. Zygimantas Jonusas scored for Hagen but Kyle Hines scored four points helping Bamberg take a 13-6 lead after 1Q. Matt Terwilliger got a tip in to start Q2 and the former Ohio State big man added 1FT before Quenton Pryor scored to bring Hagen within 13-11. Maurice Stuckey drilled a 3 and Anton Gavel scored lifting Bamberg to an 18-11 lead. Eddie Seward's tip in gave Hagen 2more points. Jacob Burtschi made 1 of 2FT for Hagen before Stuckey stuck another three. Bernd Kruell scored to bring Hagen to 21-16 before the Phoenix used a timeout with just over 3min remaining in the first half. Another Maurice Stuckey score gave Bamberg a 23-16 lead before Jacob Burtschi hit a 3 for Hagen. Brian Roberts gave Bamberg a 25-19 lead with 2min in the half and a late Casey Jacobsen FT made the score 26-19 with 21sec left in the half. A late David Bell bucket for Hagen cut the Bamberg lead to 26-21 at the half. Bamberg took control in the 3Q. The defending champions outscored Bamberg 25-11 in the 3rd. Kyle Hines and Predrag Suput got back to back scores before Anton Gavel buried a 3. Bamberg led 33-21. Matt Terwilliger and Jacob Burtschi cut the gap for Hagen to 33-25. But Bamberg continued their run with a Casey Jacobsen 3, a Kyle Hines dunk and a Reyshawn Terry slam. After another Terry basket, Bamberg held a 42-25 lead. David Bell briefly stopped the run for Hagen but another Jacobsen 3 pushed Bamberg up 45-27 with 3min in the 3rd. Hagen's Quentin Pryor scored before Eddie Seward added 2FT. Late in the 3rd, Reyshawn Terry scored before 2FT and a dunk by Maurice Stuckey gave Bamberg a 51-32 lead going into the 4th. However, Hagen would not go down without a fight. The Phoenix rallied to outscore Bamberg 33-25 in the fourth. Hagen got several big baskets from Mark Dorris bringing the Phoenix within 62-58 with 2:26 to play. Down the stretch, Bamberg sealed the 71-65 win with clutch FT shooting and strong defense. As a team, Bamberg shot 36% from the floor making 6 of 25 threes (24%) and 19 of 27 FT (70%) while outrebounding Hagen 48-40. Hagen hit 38% of their shots making 5 of 21 threes (23%) and 6 of 15 FT (40%). Jacob Burtschi led Hagen with 16pt followed by Mark Dorris with 12pt and Quentin Pryor 11pt in the loss. Head coach Chris Fleming and his brose Baskets Bamberg team improve to 2-0 while Hagen evened at 1-1.

EWE BASKETS OLDENBURG 72 NEWYORKER PHANTOMS BRAUNSCHWEIG 68
Steven Smith produced a 17pt 10reb double double helping Ewe Baskets Oldenburg to an exciting 72-68 home win over NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig Friday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Lou Campbell added 14pt 4reb 5ast and Mindaugas Lukauskis finished with 13pt for the Thunderbirds. Marcus Goree and Kevin Hamilton got Braunschweig off to a strong start giving the Phantoms a 4-0 lead. Steven Smith and Lou Campbell evened the score for the Thunderbirds but a Jason Cain 3 gave Braunschweig a 7-4 advantage. Goree and Hamilton scored back to back buckets again lifting Braunschweig to an 11-4 lead but Oldenburg responded with 2 Aaron Baynes baskets and a Rickey Paudling score cutting the deficit to 11-10 by the 3min mark. Kyle Visser pushed the Phantoms ahead 13-10 but Steven Smith evened the score at 13 with a three for Oldenburg. Brandon Thomas and Smith exchanged scored before Oliver Stevic gave Oldenburg a 17-15 lead after 1Q. The Thunderbirds took control in the 2Q outscoring Braunschweig 26-19. Opening Q2, Tony Skinn and Kyle Visser sank 4 straight FT for the Phantoms giving Braunschweig a 19-17 lead. Christopher McNaughton tied the game for Oldenburg before a Kyle Visser three point play gave Braunschweig a 22-19 lead. Lou Campbell scored back to back baskets for the Thunderbirds and a Rickey Paulding three gave Oldenburg a 26-22 lead with 7min in the half. Marcus Goree and Lou Campbell traded baskets before Goree and Steven Smith exchanged scores. Nils Mittmann made 2 of 3 FT bringing Braunschweig within 2, 30-28. Mindaugas Lukauskis scored before Steven Smith sank 2FT and Lou Campbell buried a 3 driving the Thunderbirds to a 37-28 lead. Brandon Thomas finished a strong three point play for Braunschweig cutting the gap to 37-31. Brandon Thomas scored again cutting the score to four, 37-33 with 2:44 to go. Oldenburg used a timeout. Marcus Goree chipped in 1FT for the Phantoms before a Rickey Paulding bucket and 2 Lou Campbell FT gave Oldenburg a 41-34 lead with 1min in the half. Oliver Stevic extended the Oldenburg lead to 43-34 at the end of the first half. In the second half, Aaron Baynes and Nemanja Protic got back to back baskets for the Thunderbirds lengthening their lead to 11, 45-34. Kevin Hamilton answered for the Phantoms before a 3 from Tony Skinn brought Braunschweig to 47-39. But a Nemanja Protic three gave Oldenburg a 50-39 advantage. Protic and Brandon Thomas traded baskets before Lou Campbell made 1 of 2 FT. Oldenburg led 53-41 at the 5min mark of the 3rd. Trailing 57-43 late in the 3rd, Braunschweig's LaMarr Greer scored five straight points to close the Q. Oldenburg led 57-48 going into the fourth. In the 4Q, Braunschweig's Brandon Thomas opened scoring with 1FT before Oldenburg's Mindaugas Lukauskis sank a 3 giving the Thunderbirds a 60-49 advantage. Tony Skinn scored for the Phantoms but Lukauskis sank another 3 for Oldenburg. Skinn scored again cutting the margin to 63-53 before Lukauskis and Brandon Thomas traded baskets. Oldenburg maintained a 65-55 lead with 6:30 to play. Braunschweig's Kyle Visser scored pulling the Phantoms to 65-57 at the 5min mark and Oldenburg's Oliver Stevic and Braunschweig's Brandon Thomas got baskets in the next possessions. One Kyle Visser FT cut the game to 67-60 with 3min to play. Marcus Goree continued the Braunschweig comeback 67-62 and a Kevin Hamilton FT brought Braunschweig within 4, 67-63 with 1:24 to go. A Steven Smith basket gave Oldenburg a 69-64 lead with 17sec remaning before 2 Steven Smith FT pushed the margin to 71-64 with 10sec left. Smith added 2FT with 5sec giving the Thunderbirds a 73-64 lead before Tony Skinn's buzzer beating 3 closed scoring for the game. Ewe Baskets Oldenburg could enjoy their 73-67 home win. As a team, Oldenburg shot 45% from the floor hitting 5 of 17 threes (29%) and 9 of 14 FT (64%) while outrebounding the Phantoms 34-32. Meanwhile, Braunschweig made 49% from the field with 4 of 17 threes (23%) and 14 of 25 FT (56%) in the loss. Brandon Thomas led Braunschweig with 15pt 7reb while Tony Skinn and Kyle Visser added 12pt apiece. Marcus Goree went for an 11pt 10reb double double for the Phantoms. Head coach Predrag Krunic and his Ewe Baskets Oldenburg improve to 2-0 while NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig evened at 1-1.



The Rapid Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Murat Didin (Gloria Giants Duesseldorf) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is in his first full season as head coach of TheGloria Giants Duesseldorf. He coached the Deutsche Bank Skyliners for four and reached the playoffs each season. In 2005, his team lost a hard fought five game series battle to Bamberg in the BBL finals and in 2008, he lost in the semi finals to The Telekom baskets Bonn and in 2009 in the Quarterfinals to eventual BBL champion EWE baskets Oldenburg. He had a 12 year playing career from 1970-1982 in Turkey. He played 12 times for the junior national team and four times for the senior national team of Turkey. He started his coaching career in 1982. He has coached 14 teams in his career including VIP Rimini in Italy and top Turkish teams Galatasaray, Fenerbache, Ulker Istanbul and Besiktas Istanbul. He took some time to talk eurobasket before the clash against his old team Deutsche Bank Skyliners on October 10th.


You have only been in Duesseldorf some months, but you feel like you have been there some years. Did you meet model Claudia Schiffer or why are you so happy?


I have my own Claudia Schiffer at home. Lol. I like Duesseldorf a lot. It is a nice sports city with a good infrastructure. We had a difficult start but with time we will become better.


Last week, you signed 5 new players on the day you played your first game in Bremerhaven. Did you play roulette or are these five players the difference between success and failure?


Of course these players will make a difference. It is no secret that we dont have a great budget. We didnt think the other three guys that we had were BEKO BBL players sow e checked the market again and got better players which will give us more of an advantage to win games.


What kind of style can we await from the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf?



We will play a type of pressure defense, all sharing the ball and playing good tempo basketball. It hasnt been easy, but with more time together this team will get better.


Have you found a nice hotel or will you drive to the game in Frankfurt on Sunday?


We will come on Saturday and get one practice in in the Ballsporthalle.


What is going to be the first thing that you do when you arrive in the Ballsporthalle Sunday?


I will come into the Ballsporthalle with a nice smile and having a nice feeling of the years that I was there. I will also shake many hands.

Were you in the Ballsporthalle last week hiding and watching the Frankfurt-Besiktas Istanbul game?


I was not at the game, but at practice with the team in Duesseldorf.


What kind of a style can we await in the Frankfurt-Duesseldorf game?


Frankfurt played strong against Besiktas Istanbul and Oldenburg. It will not be an easy game for us. WE will take our advantages and use them on the court. This will be a game with a lot of hustle.

Do you already have a favourite spot in Duesseldorf?


There are many nice spots in the city, downtown and altstadt. When you come, I will host you.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



It was not a movie but the Besiktas Istanbul-Frankfurt game.


Thanks coach for the chat. Good luck this season.



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  HOLLAND   


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


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  ICELAND   


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


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  IRAN   


Iran edge Lebanon for initial win in Tehran - by Eurobasket News
Iran U16 - Lebanon U16 72:69

Iran held off Lebanon in the second round of action at U16 WABA Championship. Iran bounced back after a stunning loss to Iraq in the opener to improve at 1-1 record. Lebanon slipped at 1-1 record in the ladder. Iran overcame a woeful 1/17 shooting from beyond the arc to tame their opponents.
Iran surged ahead in the opening frame and posted an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. Iran earned a 39:31 lead at the interval. Lebanon tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third frame. They cut the deficit at 6-point mark with ten minutes to go. Lebanon spurred in front 66:63 with under three minutes remaining. But a 7:0 run allowed the home team to retain the lead and they hung on to celebrate a tough win at the end. Vahid Dalirzahan produced 19 points to lead Iran. Hamed Beigi contributed 16 points in the victory. Jimmy Salem accounted for game-high 30 points for Lebanon. Gerard Hadidian had 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Iran U16: Vahid Dalirzahan 19, Hamed Beigi 16
Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 30, Gerard Hadidian 17+11 boards



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  IRAQ   


Iraq record second straight win in Tehran - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - Jordan U16 72:45

Iraqi team stayed undefeated at the U16 WABA Championship in Tehran. They overcame Jordan to improve at 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Iraq held off Iran in the opener. Jordan in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat and slipped at the bottom of the standings. Jordan will look for the first win when they take on Iran, while Iraq will face ambitious Lebanon tonight.
Iraq and Jordan stayed close in the first frame. Iraqi team earned a narrow 14:12 advantage at the first intermission. But Iraq used a 10:0 run late in the half to take a 10-point lead. The third term belonged to Iraqis. They poured in 22 points and posted a comfortable 18-point lead into the final stanza. Jordan were limited to 10 points in the fourth period and could not recover. Saif Abdullah notched 24 points to lead the effort. Mohammed Saleh nailed 18 points for the winners. Hazem Alqum replied with 21 points in defeat.

Iraq U16: Saif Abdullah 24, Mohammed Saleh 18
Jordan U16: Hazem Alqum 21



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  IRELAND   


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


Best players of Irish SuperLeague round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized American Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Dart Killester Dublin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 36-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Moycullen (#9, 0-1) with 37-point margin 107-70. It allowed Killester to jump to the first place in the American SuperLeague. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Killester won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Killester and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dowling College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Turner is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.0ppg. Turner is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 14.0rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg,57.1% FGP and 100.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Robinson Louisme (201-F/C-84) of Neptune Cork. Louisme impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Neptune to another comfortable win outscoring Belfast Star (0-1) 105-56. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Louisme is a newcomer at Neptune and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#2). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American James Crowder (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) of Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin (#4). Crowder scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Crowder's great performance UCD Marian lost 72-82 to UL Eagles (#8, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. UCD Marian can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Crowder 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 Crowder as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88) of UL Eagles - 21 points and 22 rebounds
5. Mason Ambler (198-F-85) of Moycullen - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) of Ulster Elks - 28 points and 4 rebounds
7. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of UCC Demons - 22 points and 8 rebounds
8. Shane Coughlan (188-G-79) of UCC Demons - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ciaran O'Sullivan (193-G-90) of UCC Demons - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists


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  ISRAEL   


Best players of Israeli National League round 1 - by Eurobasket News
American Nate Miller (193-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 33 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Ironi Ramat G. (#12, 0-1), 84-80. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Hapoel Yokneam/Megido's top player in his first season with the team. Bowling Green State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.0ppg. Miller is in league's top in and averages solid 5.0spg,83.3% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Jitim Young (188-G-81, agency: Edge Sports) of Maccabi Hod Hasharon. Young impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Hod Hasharon to edge Hapoel Afula (0-1) by 5 points 101-96. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Young is a newcomer at Hod Hasharon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#3). He also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (#9). Webb scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Webb's great performance Hap.Tivon lost 87-92 to Elitzur Yavne (#2, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hap.Tivon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Webb 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 Webb as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antwan Henry Dobie (183-G-78) of Lev Hasharon - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ofir Farhi (187-G-86) of Beer Yaakov - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Gerry Gendal (203-G/F-80) of Hod Hasharon - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Raviv Pitshon (202-C/F-89) of Lev Hasharon - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Hapoel Afula - 26 points and 7 rebounds
9. Brian Asbury (200-F-85) of Hapoel T-A - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Elitzur Yavne - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists


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  ITALY   


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


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Kiki CLARK
  Umana Reyer
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 33
 1. Clark, Umana Reyer33.0 
 2. Gordon, Forli30.0 
 3. Whiting, Aget IM28.0 
 4. Fultz, Trenkwalder26.0 
 5. McKay, San Severo24.0 
 6. Davis, Scafati .22.0 
 7. Beck, Trenkwalder22.0 
 8. Abrams, Tezenis .22.0 
 9. Crispin, Barcellona21.0 
 10. Foiera, Forli20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben BOYKIN
  Assigeco
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Boykin, Assigeco12.0 
 2. Hicks, Barcellona12.0 
 3. Renzi, Tezenis .12.0 
 4. Chiacig, Scafati .11.0 
 5. Ebi, Aget IM10.0 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.10.0 
 7. Fucka, Carmatic PT10.0 
 8. Filloy, Immobili.9.5 
 9. Salvi, Trenkwalder9.0 
 10. Johnson, San Severo9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simone BERTI
  Carmatic PT
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Berti, Carmatic PT6.0 
 2. Licartovsky, Forli5.0 
 3. McKay, San Severo5.0 
 4. Levin, Scafati .5.0 
 5. Wittman, Forli5.0 
 6. Gentile, Fastw.4.0 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.3.0 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco3.0 
 9. Scarone, Immobili.3.0 
 10. Hicks, Barcellona3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget IM
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ebi, Aget IM7.0 
 2. Levin, Scafati .6.0 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.5.5 
 4. Porzingis, Carmatic.5.0 
 5. Davis, Scafati .5.0 
 6. Ndoja, N.Ferrara4.5 
 7. Truccolo, Snaidero.4.0 
 8. Whiting, Aget IM4.0 
 9. Cerella, Assigeco4.0 
 10. Lee, Snaidero UD4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Carmatic PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Varnado, Carmatic.3.0 
 2. Achara, Barcellona3.0 
 3. Boykin, Assigeco2.0 
 4. Leonavicius, San S.1.0 
 5. Hickman, Fastw.1.0 
 6. Truccolo, Snaidero.1.0 
 7. Chiacig, Scafati .1.0 
 8. Mariani, Tezenis .1.0 
 9. Ebi, Aget IM1.0 
 10. Elder, Jesi1.0 


Eric Williams joins Juve Caserta - by Antonello Varallo
After the disappointing experience with Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81), Pepsi Juve Caserta announced Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) as the new big man for the upcoming season.
Williams, who has played part of pre season with Enel Brindisi before being replaced by Kris Lang, joins his fourth italian team, after Cantu (37 games: 9.9ppg, 5.7rpg), Avellino (40 games: 12.8ppg, 8.1 rpg, in the first season and 25 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg in the second) and Pesaro (25 games: 13.7ppg,7.9rpg).




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  JORDAN   


Iraq record second straight win in Tehran - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - Jordan U16 72:45

Iraqi team stayed undefeated at the U16 WABA Championship in Tehran. They overcame Jordan to improve at 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Iraq held off Iran in the opener. Jordan in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat and slipped at the bottom of the standings. Jordan will look for the first win when they take on Iran, while Iraq will face ambitious Lebanon tonight.
Iraq and Jordan stayed close in the first frame. Iraqi team earned a narrow 14:12 advantage at the first intermission. But Iraq used a 10:0 run late in the half to take a 10-point lead. The third term belonged to Iraqis. They poured in 22 points and posted a comfortable 18-point lead into the final stanza. Jordan were limited to 10 points in the fourth period and could not recover. Saif Abdullah notched 24 points to lead the effort. Mohammed Saleh nailed 18 points for the winners. Hazem Alqum replied with 21 points in defeat.

Iraq U16: Saif Abdullah 24, Mohammed Saleh 18
Jordan U16: Hazem Alqum 21



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  KOSOVO   


Elio Sadiku signs with Meridiano - by Onur Deqani
Kosovan player Elio Sadiku (187-G-91) has signed with the spanish club Meridiano Alicante, announced on Thursday. The player has signed with the club for a month, and he should do his best to prove himself that he could play there to sign a new contract. Elio Sadiku was playing for Orleans in the French League until now. The 187cm height guard played three Euroleague games last season. Elio Sadiku whose origins are from Kosovo, has played for the French U-16 and U-18 teams.

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  KUWAIT   


Kazma and AlSahel open 2010/2011 season with two straight wins - by Eurobasket News
Kazma and AlSahel open 2010/2011 season with two straight wins. Kazma overcame An Nasr 94:69 and beat Al Tadhamon 90:57. AlSahel rolled over Al Yarmook 60:50 in Round 1 and added 82:51 win over Al Arabi.
On October 6th Sulaibikhat beat Al Salmiyah 72:60 and Al Qadsia edged Al Shabab 83:57.




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  LEBANON   


Haouch Omara inks Rami Akiki.... - by Rabih Khoury
After signing their new coach, Haouch El-Omara signed their first list A player: Ramy Akiki (186-G-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Cypress JC).... Rami played with Mouttahed last year where he averaged in a small playing time 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Ramy had his best season with Champville in 2008-2009 where he averaged in 23 games: 15.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT-1 (86.9%)...
Ramy played also previously for Riyadi and Blue Stars...




Haouch Omara signes Vrzhina and Mutran!!! - by Rabih Khoury
The new team from D2 finally signed their new coach. Haouch El-Omara management agreed with Coach Aleksandar Vrzhina (agency: 011 Sports ) to be the new head coach of the team in their first year ever in the first divison. Vrzhina is a serbian coach that coached in Ukraine UBL league for the last 2 years. Vrzhina will have his first ever appearance in the Middle East.

Also after signing Hassan Lakkis, Mohamad Akkad, Mohammad Khatib and Joey Zaloum, Haouch management signed lebanese abroad in Greece Elias Mutran (199-F-80). Mutran played in Greece first and second division. Hist best season was in 2007-2008 with Sporting Athens (Greece-A1) where he average in 30 games: 12.4ppg, Reb-5 (7.2rpg), 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 73.0%

The management is still working on signing new Lebanese players just 9 days before the deadline of signatures.



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  LITHUANIA   


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


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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Vaidotas VOLKUS
  Techasas
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Volkus, Techasas25.0 
 2. Zelionis, Rudupis24.0 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis24.0 
 4. Valukonis, Techasas23.0 
 5. Kieza, Juventus22.0 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas21.0 
 7. Kleiza, Alytus Alita20.0 
 8. Stasys, Neptunas20.0 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis20.0 
 10. Staniulis, Perlas18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 16
 1. Kieza, Juventus16.0 
 2. Jankunas, Zalgiris12.5 
 3. Matulis, Sakalai11.0 
 4. Vilkius, Neptunas10.0 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis9.0 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas9.0 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis8.5 
 8. Janisius, Sakalai8.5 
 9. Uzas, Kaunas8.0 
 10. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas7.0 
 2. Collins, Zalgiris6.5 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis6.0 
 4. Lipkevicius, Rudupis6.0 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis6.0 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas5.5 
 7. Stasys, Neptunas5.0 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis5.0 
 9. Zurna, Neptunas4.0 
 10. Reminas, Naglis-A.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas7.0 
 2. Valukonis, Techasas6.0 
 3. Lipkevicius, Rudupis4.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis3.0 
 5. Sirvydis, Sakalai3.0 
 6. Parachomikas, Rudup.3.0 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Juven.2.0 
 8. Stasys, Neptunas2.0 
 9. Cerneckis, Techasas2.0 
 10. Kieza, Juventus2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kieza, Juventus3.0 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.5 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis2.5 
 4. Jankauskas, Rudupis2.0 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas2.0 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas2.0 
 7. Kulvietis, Perlas1.5 
 8. Drungilas, Kaunas1.0 
 9. Volkus, Techasas1.0 
 10. Jocys, Naglis-Adakris1.0 


Lietuvos Rytas, coach Anzulovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas has announced a mutual agreement with head coach Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) to terminate his contract, the club announced Friday. Anzulovic joined the team in late May, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with an option for the 2011-12 season. Anzulovic, however, could not help L. Rytas to win the Baltic BBL Cup, losing 61-57 in the title game against Estonian powerhouse TU/Rock. Since that moment, L. Rytas registered three double-digit losses in friendly games against Montepaschi Siena (63-83), Asseco Prokom (67-90) and in its VTB League opening showdown against CSKA Moscow (80-61). L.Rytas makes its Lithuanian League debut against Nevezis tomorrow. The club is working hard to sign a new coach in the upcoming days.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  MALTA   


Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 1-0 
 2. Luxol 1-0 
 3. Depiro 0-0 
 4. Loyola 0-1 
 5. Siggiewi 0-1 


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  MEXICO   


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


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  MONTENEGRO   


OKK Beograd signs forward Vujadin Subotic - by Eurobasket News
OKK Beograd continues to be active on the transfer market in the begining of the new season. After adding Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) last week, Marko Icelic strenghtened his squad with the addition of experienced forward Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket).

Vujadin Subotic was born on 18 December 1981 in Kotor, Montenegro. He tall 198 cm and can play shooting guard, but as well can switch to the forward position due to his good size.

In his career so far he has played in Olimpia Ljubljana (2001/02) where he participated in the Euroleague and the Adriatic League, before moving to KK Crvena Zvezda Belgrade in 2004, . He had a short stay in New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, before moving back to to Crvena Zvezda After that he joined ALBA Berlin. He moved to Cyprus to play for Proteas EKA AEL, before switching teams and joining Keravnos Nicosia for the 2009/10 campaign.

His best season definitely was 2006/07 when in 32 games for Braunschweig in the BBL he averaged 11 points, 3 rebounds and 1.8 assists, along with 1.1 steals per contest.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  NAIA   


Former Xavier coach Leonard Drake dies at age 56 - by Emiliano
NEW ORLEANS Leonard Drake , who spent the early part of his basketball coaching career at Xavier Xavier (LA), died last week (Sept. 29, 2010) in Evansville, Ind. He was 56 years old.
Drake, a Chicago native and a graduate of Brandywine High School (Niles, Mich.) and Central Michigan University, was a men's assistant at Xavier from 1979-85 and the head coach of XU's women in 1984-85. The Gold Nuggets were 13-16 that season, including victories against Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana.
'Coach Drake was the John Wooden of my collegiate basketball experience,' said XU women's associate head coach Darrilyn Broussard, who played in all 29 games for Drake in 1984-85 as Darrilyn Prevost. 'He wasn't that in-your-face type of coach but was more of a philosophical coach who taught his players the game of life and basketball not only
through the words he said but by the words he lived by. Coach was truly a gentle man and a great friend.'
As an assistant for six seasons under men's coach Denny Alexander, the Gold Rush compiled a 129-39 record and appeared in the NAIA National Championship in 1981 and 1982. Xavier's 1981-82 team was 29-2 and won 29 consecutive games, and the 1983-84 team was 27-5.
Drake also served Xavier as athletic ticket manager, a physical education instructor and a women's assistant coach.
'They don't come any better than Leonard Drake ,' said Tyronne Waivers, who played point guard for XU from 1979-83. 'He was honest, loyal, genuine and dedicated. He was the epitome of consistency. He was a dedicated father. If I become half the person he was, I'd be proud of myself.
'As an assistant coach he was excellent at interceding between Coach Alexander and the players. He would show the players the forest when all we could see were the trees.'
Drake spent 32 seasons as a collegiate coach. He was the men's head coach at Central Michigan from 1993-97 and the women's head coach at Lamar University from 2002-07. The past three seasons he was a men's assistant at Eastern Michigan University. He also was a men's assistant at Central Michigan, Ball State University and Lamar.
Drake during the summer became the athletics director at Evansville's Central High School after coaching in more than 900 collegiate games.
In 2007 Drake was inducted into the Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame as a student-athlete. Drake is No. 8 in CMU men's basketball history with 1,338 points scored, and he made two free throws with no time remaining in CMU's 77-75 victory over Georgetown in the first round of the 1975 NCAA Tournament. Drake received bachelor's and master's degrees from CMU.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda; a son, Jared; a daughter, Enjoli; and five brothers. Drake's funeral and burial were Tuesday in South Bend, Ind.



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  NBA   


Kings hire Abdur-Rahim as assistant GM - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings have moved former assistant coach Shareef Abdur-Rahim to the front office as the team's assistant general manager.

President of basketball operations Geoff Petrie made the announcement Thursday.

Abdur-Rahim spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Kings. He played 12 years in the NBA with Vancouver, Atlanta, Portland and Sacramento.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Trail Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph injures right knee and will not return - by Eurobasket News
Second-year center Jeff Pendergraph (6'9''-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Arizona St.) left Thursday's exhibition game at Utah with a right knee injury that appears to be serious.

Pendergraph crumpled to the court holding his right knee after Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko drove and scored on him with 10:48 left in the second quarter. Blazers players immediately signaled for athletic trainer Jay Jensen. Pendergraph was unable to put pressure on the knee as he was positioned into a wheelchair on the court. He was wheeled off with his right knee extended and Jensen holding his foot.

Pendergraph was in his fourth minute of action in a game when the Blazers were trailing 31-18.

Shortly before halftime the team announced he will not play tonight or Friday in Denver. General manager Rich Cho said the team is in the process of scheduling a magnetic resonance imaging, but the time and location has not been decided.

All four Blazers centers this season either have been or are injured. Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla are rehabilitating from knee injuries suffered last season, and Marcus Camby on Thursday made his first preseason appearance after recovering from a slight groin strain.

Coach Nate McMillan started the second half with Camby on the bench, clearly as a precaution to protect his only healthy center. LaMarcus Aldridge started at center and Dante Cunningham started at power forward.

Last season, 13 different Blazers missed a total of 311 games because of injuries.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Spurs to limit roster to 13 or 14 - by Eurobasket News
The competition for Spurs roster spots that began in earnest with Thursday's preseason opener against the Rockets at Toyota Center took on added intensity with coach Gregg Popovich 's pregame disclosure that the club will carry no more than 14 players this season.

Since the league expanded regular season rosters from 13 to 15 players, the Spurs typically have carried the maximum allowed.

This season, Popovich said, they may carry the minimum the league allows, 13.

Limiting the roster, Popovich said, makes player personnel decisions that much more difficult.

'We do (have tougher decision to make),' he said. 'One thing, we're going to limit our numbers this year. We're not going to carry as many people as we have in the past. That makes you evaluate things a little bit more quickly, but hopefully correctly.'

Popovich acknowledged that financial considerations played a role in the truncation of the roster.

'Basketball and finance goes together, and always does,' he said. 'Always has, always will.'

Courtesy of http://blogs.mysanantonio.com


Wizards may change name back to Bullets - by Eurobasket News
New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has gone a long way toward engaging with fans of his team since taking over the franchise since June. He has taken suggestions from fans through his email address, responded to the ones he deems reasonable, and made every effort he can to keep the fans he has, regain any that the franchise has lost and acquiring new ones along the way.

The efforts are already noticeable at Verizon Center and through some other changes for the Wizards, who recently established an alumni association for former Bullets and Wizards players and held training camp in Northern Virginia to be closer to the local fan base. But Leonsis spelled out everything that he has done or plans to do now that he is control, in full detail on his personal blog, Ted's Take.

In a blog post titled, 'The Wisdom of Our Crowds - 101 To Do List Final,' Leonsis puts out his 'List of 101 Signs of Visible Change,' which includes fans suggestions and what he has done. The list includes such things as '2. Reconnect with Gilbert Arenas' and '59. Install beverage shelf in the men's restrooms.' But two of the most startling developments in the blog, which should generate considerable excitement among fans were Nos. 28 and 31. What do those say?

28. Change Wizards' colors back to red, white and blue, which Leonsis said is 'In-development.'

31. Change Wizards' team name to Bullets, which Leonsis said is 'Under consideration.'

You should check out the entire list, but returning to red, white and blue and possibly the Bullets is enough to make some people woozy around here.

Courtesy of http://voices.washingtonpost.com


Celtics 96, Nets 92: Big Baby helps C's edge Nets - by Eurobasket News
Marquis Daniels (6'6''-F-81, college: Auburn) hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 35.4 seconds to play and the Boston Celtics posted their second preseason win in as many nights, defeating the New Jersey Nets, 96-92, on Thursday.

Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) had 20 points and Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) added 17, including three free throws in the final 15.7 seconds, for the defending Eastern Conference champions. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 15 points for Boston (2-0), while Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) had eight points and five rebounds in his return to his home town.

Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) had 23 points and Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87, college: Louisville) added 17 to lead the Nets (1-1), who also have a win over Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League.

Derrick Favors, the No. 3 pick in the draft, had his second straight bad game for New Jersey. He had three points on 1-of-6 shooting and fouled out.

The Celtics played their starters in the first and third quarters, and Pierce, Ray Allen and ONeal helped Boston take a 77-69 lead entering the fourth.

New Jersey chipped away at the lead against the bottom of the Boston bench in the fourth quarter and eventually tied the game at 90 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Farmer with 59 seconds to play.

After missing a drive inside and having the ball go out of bounds off New Jersey, Daniels hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with the shot clock running out to give Boston the lead.

Williams cut the margin to 93-92 with two free throws with 19 seconds left, but Robinson converted from the foul line and New Jersey lost a chance to tie the game when Anthony Morrow stepped on the sideline trying to take a game-tying 3-point attempt.

The game drew 8,483 fans to the Prudential Center, the Nets home for the next two seasons, and they saw an ugly contest that featured 58 personal fouls and four technicals.

Courtesy of www.projo.com


Kaman, Griffin overpower Kings, lead Clippers to 120-88 victory - by Eurobasket News
Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) had 20 points and eight rebounds, rookie Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Sacramento Kings 120-88 on Thursday night.

Kaman and Griffin did practically all their damage in the opening half. The pair played the first 3:23 of the third quarter, when the Clippers (1-1) built the lead to 32 points.

The top pick in the 2009 draft, Blake missed all last season with a stress fracture in his left kneecap. He made an impact right away against the Kings, making all four shots and finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds in the opening quarter.

DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Kings (1-1), but fouled out early in the fourth quarter. The fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Cousins had 16 points and 16 rebounds in Sacramento's preseason opener.

Griffin had a double-double by early in the second quarter and reached his final totals by halftime, helping the Clippers to a 63-38 lead. Kaman had 16 points and eight boards at the half.

In the Clippers' preseason opener, Griffin had nine points, seven rebounds and five turnovers in 22 minutes against Portland, which defeated Los Angeles 115-86.

Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) scored 14 points for Sacramento. Tyreke Evans, last year's Rookie of the Year, played the first nine minutes and scored 11 points. Luther Head also had 11.

Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90, college: Wake Forest) scored 17 points for the Clippers, who outscored the Kings 30-14 in the second quarter. Starting guard Eric Gordon, who was rested in the preseason opener after playing a key role this summer with the U.S. team in the world championship, had 12.

Clippers starting point guard Baron Davis is bothered by a sore knee and strained calf, and sat out a second straight game.

Kings starting guard Beno Udrih strained his right shoulder in practice this week and watched the game in street clothes.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


John Wall paces Wizards past Cavs 97-83 - by Eurobasket News
John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) grabbed the ball under one basket, and a few dribbles later, it was dropping through the net 94 feet away.

In the blink of an eye, the lightning-fast rookie turned his game around.

Wall missed his first nine shots before showing the all-around skills that made the 20-year-old the top overall pick in this year's NBA draft, pacing the Washington Wizards to a 97-83 pre-season win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

For most of three quarters, Wall looked like your average first-year pro.

After scoring 21 in his pre-season debut on Tuesday in Dallas, Wall didn't get his first basket until there was just 3:15 left in the third quarter. He hit a driving layup off a fast break, something he's certain to do hundreds of times this season.

From there on, he hardly missed.

Wall scored 12 points in a span of 8:26, and finished with nine assists in 37 minutes before coach Flip Saunders pulled him with 6:49 to play and the Wizards comfortably ahead.

'It's a learning experience,' Wall said of his second game as a pro. 'I told everybody it was going to be up and down. I had a good game the other day. This was an average game, like a C or a D.'

Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) scored 16 points and Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) 13 for Washington.

J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 16, Daniel (Boobie) Gibson 10 and Ryan Hollins (6'11''-C-84, college: UCLA) had 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, still finding their way without superstar LeBron James and in new coach Byron Scott's uptempo offence. Cleveland had 26 turnovers and shot only 35 per cent.

'We're still in the crawling stage,' said Scott. 'We knew this was going to take some time.'

Wall displayed some of the jaw-dropping speed that convinced the Wizards he can be the face of their franchise and the one to bring them back following an embarrassing 26-56 season marked by Arenas' 50-game suspension for a felony gun conviction.

With the third quarter winding down, Wall took the inbounds pass, darted past several Cavaliers and streaked down the lane for a layup in the final second. In the fourth, Wall converted a three-point play underneath that helped the Wizards, who led 61-53 after three, open a 74-57 lead.

'He's pretty quick,' Scott said. 'When he gets in the open floor, he's a blur. He can get to the basket and you can see he's got a really good feel for the game. His shot is something he's going to have to work on. You can tell he's going to be a great player.'

The Cavs were again without starting point guard Mo Williams, who has been out since the beginning of training camp with a groin injury. Scott also decided to rest forward Antawn Jamison so he could get a look at some of his other big men.

Wall's offensive repertoire tends to overshadow what he can do defensively. However, he had four steals in his first game at Dallas and Saunders has been impressed with the point guard's relentless attitude on defence.

'He gets after it,' Saunders said. 'It's not for lack of effort. He's got great length. He's not him yet, but he has the size of Gary Payton. He's got the wing span and the quickness to be like Gary was, to be able to pressure and go after you defensively.

'We're hoping that's something he can build on.'

Saunders has also been impressed by Wall's composure and poise at such a tender age. He has been everything the Wizards hoped.

'I don't think anyone expected his leadership ability,' Saunders said. 'He's a great leader and he has a very high basketball intelligence of understanding what we want to do. He understands our offence as well or better than anybody.'

NOTES: Cavaliers F Anderson Varejao returned after being excused following his grandfather's death in Brazil. Varejao is still slowed by a sprained ankle suffered this summer while preparing for the world championship and will be sidelined for another week. ... Cleveland plays its next two pre-season games on the road in Houston and Dallas. ... Browns fullback Lawrence Vickers attended the game. ... The Wizards play in Chicago on Friday.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


NBA Europe Live report: Regal FC Barcelona 92-88 Los Angeles Lakers - by Eurobasket News
Regal FC Barcelona scored an impressive 92-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Europe Live game on Thursday between the reigning Euroleague and NBA champions. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) and Juan Carlos Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) led Barcelona with big performances at Palau Sant Jordi, site of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, in what was just the second ever meeting between reigning Euroleague and NBA winners. The first between Olympiacos and Chicago took place in 1997. Los Angeles led by as much as 11 in the third quarter, but Juan Carlos Navarro and Pete Mickeal, with the aid of Terence Morris, led Barcelona back. In the last seven minutes, both teams went with their stars, which for the Lakers meant Barcelona native Pau Gasol, Olympic champ Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) and recently crowned world champion Lamar Odom. However Barcelona was up to the challenge and climbed to victory in the end. Pete Mickeal amassed 26 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Juan Carlos Navarro tacked on 25 points and 6 assists to lead the Euroleague champs. Morris added 12 and Fran Vazquez 10 for the winners. Gasol paced Los Angeles with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 15 and Odom produced 12 points and 18 rebounds in defeat. Two keys for Barcelona were its 8 blocked shots against 2 from the Lakers and three-point shooting the Los Angeles was 0 for 14, Barcelona made 12 of 38 (31.6%).

Barcelona placed two athletic big men - Vazquez and Morris - in its starting lineup to guard Gasol. He got the Lakers going with a close jumper that Pete Mickeal erased at the other end. Ron Artest scored in penetration, but a baseline jumper by Vazquez kept Barcelona within 4-5. The Lakers tried Artest on Juan Carlos Navarro, but he quickly picked up 2 fouls. Gasol sank a jump hook and free throws by Kobe Bryant boosted the Lakers' lead to 4-9. Juan Carlos Navarro stepped up with his trademark 'bomba' and a huge three-pointer that got the crowd involved at 9-12. Gasol dunked it twice and Derek Fisher added a driving layup for a six-point Laker lead midway through the quarter. Barcelona missed several open shots, but improved its defense off a timeout. Pete Mickeal shined with a put-back layup and Juan Carlos Navarro sank free throws to cut the deficit to 16-18. Odom fed Gasol for an easy dunk, however the hosts decided to improve their defense with Victor Sada and Boni Ndong. Juan Carlos Navarro split foul shots and Erazem Lorbek struck from downtown to tie it at 20-20. A free throw by Pete Mickeal soon gave the hosts their first lead, 21-20. Steve Blake took over with consecutive mid-range jumpers to put the Lakers back ahead, 21-24, after 12 minutes.

Sada tied the game with a three-pointer early in the second quarter as Barcelona tried a smaller lineup with Jaka Lakovic and Roger Grimau at the wings. Shannon Brown and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) traded jumpers, as the Lakers tried to feed Artest in the low post. Kosta Perovic pushed Barcelona with a tip-in that put Barcelona back ahead, 28-26, and led to the Lakers calling a timeout. A big block by Perovic allowed Lakovic to score at the other end, but free throws by Fisher kept the Lakers close. Odom scored in a quick transition and soon split free throws to put the guests back ahead by 1. Pete Mickeal set the crowd on fire with an off-balance triple and the free throw that came with it. Even after Gasol returned to the floor, the Lakers struggled to score against Barcelona's aggressive man-to-man defense. Fisher, however, stepped up with a fade-away jumper and Devin Ebanks followed a layup with free throws for a 36-37 edge, causing Barcelona to call a much-needed timeout. Fisher sank free throws, but Pete Mickeal and a jump hook by Vazquez tied it again at 39-39. Gasol split free throws and Ebanks scored again only to see Juan Carlos Navarro and Morris strike from downtown for a 45-42 Barcelona lead. A layup by Odom fixed the halftime score at 45-44.

Gasol sank foul shots immediately after the game, however Juan Carlos Navarro them erased with a layup. Artest dunked in transition and a put-back slam by Odom gave the Lakers a 47-50 edge. Barcelona lacked intensity at both ends as free throws by Kobe Bryant boosted the guests' lead to 47-53. The Lakers used Odom as a point forward, but Barcelona found answers off a timeout. Pete Mickeal stepped up with a layup and the game turned into an intense, physical battle. Fisher knocked down a baseline jumper and Kobe Bryant added a three-point play. An Artest steal and slam gave the Lakers their biggest lead, 49-60. Pete Mickeal tried to change things with free throws and Morris buried an open three-pointer to bring Barcelona back to life at 54-60. Vazquez finished an outstanding Barcelona play three passes in as many seconds! - with a dunk, but a layup by Odom restored a 56-62 Laker lead. Pete Mickeal sank more foul shots and a coast-to-coast layup by Grimau kept his team within 60-64. Morris buried his third three-pointer before Blake and a red-hot Pete Mickeal traded jumpers. A corner triple by Lakovic completed the hosts' comeback, 68-67, but a wild dunk-and-foul by Gasol put the Lakers back ahead, 68-70, after three quarters.

Juan Carlos Navarro sank another 'bomba' early in the fourth quarter, while the Lakers struggled with Odom as its only starter on the floor. The guests were held scoreless for more than three minutes, but Lakovic and Juan Carlos Navarro missed open shots. Free throws by Juan Carlos Navarro, however, soon put the hosts ahead, 72-70. The Lakers called timeout but and improved their shot selection. Blake shined with a layup in transition and Odom scored down low for a 72-74 lead. Juan Carlos Navarro answered from downtown and Pete Mickeal split free throws to give Barcelona some fresh air at 76-74. Kobe Bryant and Gasol returned to the floor after a timeout and Artest shined with a fastbreak layup. Morris shined with another three-pointer and Juan Carlos Navarro slashed for an easy layup that ignited the crowd with the score at 81-76 with four minutes to play. Artest scored again, but Pete Mickeal bettered that with a three-pointer that boosted the hosts' lead to 84-78. Gasol split free throws, but a layup by Vazquez made it 86-79 with two minutes left. Gasol did not miss from the foul line and a driving basket by Fisher brought the Lakers back to life at 86-83. Juan Carlos Navarro, Kobe Bryant, Artest and Pete Mickeal missed from downtown, but a free throw by Odom made it 86-84 with 25 seconds left. Juan Carlos Navarro sank free throws and Kobe Bryant missed his second attempt on the other end. Pete Mickeal was next to the line for 2 free throws, but Kobe Bryant did better, 3 of 3, to get within 90-88 Lakers deficit with 7.9 seconds left. However Pete Mickeal went back to the line and iced the win with 7.3 seconds remaining, allowing Barcelona to celebrate the victory.

QUOTES

Regal FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Pascual

'This win is a matter of pride and satisfaction. The Lakers were not in their best shape, as they are still in the preseason. My team also has things to improve, as we showed tonight. Coach Jackson may be right about us not being able to compete in the NBA, but we would play in a different way than we do in Europe. Pau Gasol is a player that every team would want. He has improved every day since he arrived in the United States to become, in our opinion, the best big man in the NBA.'

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol
'I would like to have won. That would have been the best situation. It's early in the season for us. There's a long way to go and we have two weeks left to get our act together. The important thing is that it was a terrific game, with a great atmosphere and the fans enjoyed it. I remember seeing games like that when I was a kid and how much it motivated me. I think it was great for promoting basketball, even though we lost. But like I said, it would have been much better if we had won.'

Regal FC Barcelona guard Juan Carlos Navarro
'It was one game, maybe less friendly than some people thought. It was a hard, tough game, We maybe took advantage of the fact that we have practiced a bit more than them. But I think they took it seriously. If not, they wouldn't have had their top players in so much and on the court at the end of the game. It wasn't a great game for us, either. But despite missing a lot of outside shots, we kept working. And even though it was their preseason, like I said, they took it seriously and weren't able to come back and beat us. Sure, I'd be happy if we played again in June or July, but now we have to change our focus to the Euroleague and the ACB, and that's what's important.'

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
'It was a fun experience. The first thing you notice is the crowd. It was a packed house and good energy. The game itself was competitive. If a player wanted to make a name for himself, compete, and play hard against us, I certainly respect that.

'Our starters were going back in anyway. I wanted to get back in to get more exercise. I had maybe three practices since the start of training camp. My knee felt good, no stiffness or anything. When that happens, you have to stretch it and get in rhythm as much as you can. So that's what I wanted to do.

'I don't know why Phil says some things he says. I disagree. I think Barcelona executes extremely well. They know each other well and they make things happen for each other. Teams like that in the NBA are few and far between. In the NBA you see a lot of teams relying on one-on-one situations, while this team does those things well together. So I don't disagree with Phil on that one.'

Regal FC Barcelona forward Pete Mickeal
'We knew that the game was going to be competitive and that Kobe would play more minutes. I think that overall, the rhythm that we had and the fight that we showed when we were down a few points, rebounding and scoring in transition, helped us to win the game The Lakers did not have our rhythm. I don't know what would have happened if the game was in December, but we would be at another level. We cannot talk about what would happen in two months' time, but what happened today - and we won by 4 points.

'This was about being competitive. I think we needed this. I thing we needed to compete and we proved it. Remember, we've only been together three weeks, too. Juanca and Ricky were on the national team and just got back. So we haven't been together long, either. We're trying to get our rhythm. We would have had no excuses if we lost, just like there should be none with us winning. The most important thing to me is you saw the competitor in us.

'It's not important - Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant - because he doesn't play here in the Euroleague or the ACB. It's one game. Ron Artest doesn't know me, so what he thinks, or if he says Pete who? is not important. He doesn't need to know me unless he plays against me a lot. That is just a statement from a player who doesn't know me, and I can't say if it was made with respect or not. What's most important is on the basketball court, the competition. You see his stats and see mine. Should I be saying Ron who? '

Regal FC Barcelona guard Jaka Lakovic
'Beating the Los Angeles Lakers is a great feeling. It is a different game for all of us. They weren't in the best shape, but we won in the end, made history and that is what matters. We have to celebrate a bit, but not too long, since we play again on Sunday. It was a very tough game, especially in the second half. In the end, I am sure that they wanted to win it as much as we did. We managed to win the game, were more focused and stronger in the end and got a well-deserved triumph.'

Regal FC Barcelona forward Erazem Lorbek
'We played an extraordinary game and managed to win the game as a team. It was our only chance to win the game, we had to play together as a team. We managed to play very well again. It is tough to find out what would happen if the Lakers had not been in pre-season. It is tough to compare, but we managed to beat the Lakers today and that is already a great achievement.'

Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic
'It is tough to play against teams like Barcelona that understand basketball. They played tough throughout the entire game and really well in the last three or four minutes. It is always good to play in an environment like that even if you are the opponent. It is tough to look for excuses, but we are kind of adjusting. We managed to play for all 48 minutes, unlike in our previous game. They are in a different physical condition than we are and Barcelona played good, they have a heck of a team.'

Regal FC Barcelona center Fran Vazquez
'This win gives us more confidence to keep working hard - and we all can say we beat the NBA champions. They took the game seriously and fought hard until the very last second. Even though they are in the pre-season, I think they took it pretty seriously. Our fans backed us all game long and we always wanted to him - we showed it on the court. This win will be impossible to forget.'

Regal FC Barcelona guard Roger Grimau
'It was a game for our fans to enjoy and celebrate and we are very happy to have been able to win it. They have not been practicing together for a long time, but are a proud team. They didn't want to be defeated by a European team. They made things difficult for us, but we managed to win the game. Every player wants to win when he steps on court. We really wanted to beat them and it was a physical, tough game. We managed to match their intensity level and that was one of the keys to winning.'
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
Courtesy of: http://www.euroleague.net



Sixers waive guard Florence - by Eurobasket News
The Sixers made their first roster move of the preseason, waiving guard James Florence (6'1''-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer). He did not appear in either of the two preseason games this week.

The roster now stands at 16, one over the maximum, although teams do not have to carry 15.

Florence finished his college career as the all-time leading scorer at Mercer.

Courtesy of www.philly.com


Nowitzki's 30 points and 10 rebounds send Mavericks over Bulls 88-83 - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) was in regular-season form with 30 points and 10 rebounds, Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 88-83 on Thursday night.

Butler's 22-footer with 5:22 left gave Dallas (1-1) the lead for good at 76-75. He scored his team's next seven, capped by a three-pointer with 3:14 to play that extended the Mavericks' advantage to 83-75.

Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 17 points for Chicago (0-2). Centre Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida), who agreed to a US$60-million, five-year contract extension on Sunday, had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Nowitzki's three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the second quarter gave Dallas a 45-44 edge at the break. The Mavericks carried a 66-63 lead into the final quarter.

Courtesy of www.brandonsun.com


Warriors release Gadson, Rockets waive Eglseder and Sullivan - by Eurobasket News
More players has become free agents from the NBA pre-season rosters.

The Golden State Warriors have waived Cheyne Gadson (6'4''-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.). The 30-year-old guard, one of the classic players of the D-League, was trying to earn a spot in the Californian team roster, but was finally released by the Warriors. Gadson played last season in the D-League, for the Dakota Wizards, before moving to Venezuela with the Guaros de Lara.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have also released Jordan Eglseder (7'0''-C-88) and Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88). Eglseder starts his professional year after playing during the last four seasons for the University of Northern Iowa, where the 22-year-old center averaged 11.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game during his senior year. The other player waived, Sullivan, is also a rookie from Southern Louisiana. The 22-year-old posted 15.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game last season.

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North Carolina kicks Graves off team - by Eurobasket News
North Carolina has dismissed fifth-year senior Will Graves (6'6''-F/G-88) from the team.

Coach Roy Williams said Thursday that Graves didn't comply with team rules, though he says in a statement from the school that it had nothing to do with 'any NCAA matters on campus.'

The NCAA is investigating the football program for improper benefits and possible academic misconduct involving a tutor. The school has said that tutor didn't work with any men's basketball players.

Graves was the team's third-leading scorer at about 10 points per game and was the team's top 3-point shooting threat. Two seasons ago, Williams suspended Graves at midseason for not complying with team standards, sidelining him during the run to the 2009 national championship.

Courtesy of www.wtop.com


Six freshmen stir U.Va. basketball hopes - by Rick Ross
Courtesy of Mens College Basketball Sports

CHARLOTTESVILLE
Tony Bennett has been through an entire season as the University of
Virginia men's basketball coach, but there was a hint of deja
vu as he sat at the podium Wednesday to introduce his second squad at media day.

This feels like my opening press conference,
when I got introduced as the head coach,
Bennett said. With this many newcomers, there is a starting over.
The Cavaliers have replaced six of last year's scholarship players
with six highly regarded freshmen. Star guard Sylven Landesberg,
suspended at the end of last season, turned pro with two years of eligibility remaining.
Former top recruit Tristan Spurlock and rising senior Jeff Jones
transferred after the season. Three other seniors graduated.

Bennett begins Year 2 looking to replace 50 percent of last season's points,
37 percent of the assists and 33 percent of his rebounding.
And he'll have to do it with rookies.
We've got a lot of work to do,' Bennett said,
but I'm really looking forward to working with them.
I like the feel of this group. My hope is that this year,
as we watch this unfold, people will see the hope and potential in them
and then that they'll grow up real quick.'

The six freshmen have arrived with great expectation. They made up a
recruiting class considered among the 25 best in the nation.
The Charlottesville newspaper produced a multi-part series of stories this summer,
profiling each of the six, dubbing them Bennett's 'Six Shooters.
Guards K.T. Harrell and Joe Harris and forwards James Johnson and Will
Regan were rated among the top 150 prospects in the country by rivals.com.
Point guard Billy Baron and forward Akil Mitchell were less heralded,
but have already made a positive impression since arriving on campus this summer.

Collectively, the incoming class looks a lot like
Bennett's first recruiting class at Washington State
a six-man class that proved to be the foundation for a
pair of 26-win seasons and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament.

They're similar in some ways in that they're a complete class; there's a
little bit of everything,' Bennett said. 'That group struggled early,
so I hope they're a little bit ahead of them. But there was a completeness
and a resiliency in that group that I believe is in this group. That certainly will be tested.
With so much youth, the Cavaliers will turn to guys like senior forward Mike Scott,
a Chesapeake native, and junior guard Sammy Zeglinski to lead.

They have a lot of talent, but they haven't been at
Duke or at North Carolina,' Zeglinski said.
They're going to need some help.
Bennett said Scott, inconsistent at times last season,
has made major strides this summer in his own game and is ready to be a mentor.
Bennett believes Scott has a sudden sense of urgency to make his last year a good one.

Whatever we're doing, I'm trying to make sure I'm leading, Scott said.
If I'm not scoring, try to bring something else to the table.
I wasn't thinking about that last year. I was talking myself out of the game.
Virginia will especially need its veterans on defense,
where Bennett demands surgical precision in running the pack
line defense his father popularized. It's not an easy system for a freshman to master.

In detailing the strengths of each newcomer Wednesday - Baron's vision,
Harrell and Harris' knack for scoring, Mitchell's freakish vertical leap - Bennett paused.
Notice I haven't said anything defensively about the young guys yet,
he said. 'That's something all of them will need to understand.'

To that end, if there's one freshman who may already have earned a special place with
Bennett, it's Johnson. He was described by three teammates,
in separate interviews, as a beast' on Wednesday.
At 6-foot-9, 234 pounds and well-muscled, he's not particularly polished
on offens e, but he has quickly developed a reputation for
constant motion and rugged play. While full-scale practices don't begin until next week,
Johnson has impressed U.Va.'s veterans in summer workouts
by diving after loose balls, battling for rebounds and throwing the occasional elbow.

Every time he steps on the court, he's always outworking his opponent,
Zeglinski said. 'He's going to be an exciting player to watch.'
'm not anything special, by any means,' Johnson said,
but I do take every opportunity I can to get better.'

All six of the Cavaliers' freshmen talked that way Wednesday.
Grit, more than glitz, were the hallmarks of Bennett's Washington State teams.
With this class, he seems to have laid a similar foundation.
The new guys understand what is expected.
When we were all getting recruited by Coach Bennett,
he emphasized what he wanted to do here,
Harris said. 'We believe in him and we believe in each other, too,
and we want to make something special happen here.




Baylor suspends Dunn from classes amid probe - by Eurobasket News
Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn (6'4''-G-87) was suspended from classes by the university Thursday amid allegations that the star player hit his girlfriend during a domestic dispute, his attorney said.

Attorney Vikram Deivanayagam told The Associated Press it was too early to know whether the suspension would cause Dunn to miss the rest of the semester and be sidelined for at least the early part of the season.

The Waco university was following procedure for a student facing a felony charge, Deivanayagam said. The attorney said he and his client would explore options for trying to get an expediting hearing with university officials.

The leading scorer for one of last season's NCAA regional finalists was suspended by the team last week, when police say Dunn's girlfriend, Lacharlesla Edwards, had her jaw broken in two places in a scuffle with Dunn. The Bears announced the suspension when Dunn was booked on a felony charge of aggravated assault Tuesday.

Edwards has said Dunn didn't hit her, and her jaw wasn't broken. She said she wants the charge dropped and her boyfriend reinstated to the team.

Dunn was still attending class before the university notified him of the academic suspension by e-mail Thursday, Deivanayagam said.

'Obviously one of our concerns is we don't want him to miss class,' Deivanayagam said. 'As of (Friday), he will not be allowed to be on campus until we have our hearing and a decision is made.'

A university spokeswoman didn't immediately return a phone call Thursday night. The school has declined to comment beyond a statement Tuesday that it was cooperating with authorities and gathering information on the case.

Earlier Thursday, Baylor coach Scott Drew said he was preparing for the start of practice Oct. 15 without worrying about whether Dunn will join a list of personnel losses that includes Tweety Carter, Josh Lomers and Ekpe Udoh, an athletic power forward who skipped his senior season and was the sixth pick of the NBA draft by Golden State.

'I'm not going to speculate on any of that because there's no reason to,' said Drew, who was in Dallas to announce Baylor's inclusion in a December doubleheader at American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks. 'That's why we have a process set in place and we wait, and at that point, we'll see what happens.'

Dunn was a second-team All-Big 12 pick while averaging 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds last season when Baylor set a school record with 28 victories and got within one win of making its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years. He needs 451 points, or about 14 per game in a typical regular season, to surpass Terry Teagle as Baylor's career scoring leader.

The Bears open the regular season Nov. 12 against Grambling.

'One thing about coaching is you know things are never consistent and you always have to be ready for adjustment and change,' Drew said.

Drew's optimist and enthusiast approach helped bring Baylor back from the depths of a scandal sparked by the shooting death of a player by one of his teammates. He might use those traits to navigate the uncertainty brought on by Dunn's status.

'Life's too short to look at the negatives,' Drew said. 'Our coaching staff in general is a very positive coaching staff. Our team has a positive attitude, and that's why it's fun going to practice every day.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Michigan State frosh Byrd may be out for season - by Eurobasket News
Michigan State freshman forward Russell Byrd might not play this season.

The school expects Byrd to have surgery this week to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He averaged 19.1 points and 8.3 rebounds for Blackhawk Christian in Fort Wayne, Ind., last season.

The 6-foot-7 Byrd could end up redshirting this year.

Junior guard Korie Lucious (5'11''-G-89) had surgery on his left knee last week and is expected to be out for about a month.

Michigan State starts practicing next week and opens the season Nov. 12 at home against Eastern Michigan. The Spartans have appeared in a nation-high six Final Fours over the last 12 years.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Former Xavier coach Leonard Drake dies at age 56 - by Emiliano
NEW ORLEANS Leonard Drake , who spent the early part of his basketball coaching career at Xavier Xavier (LA), died last week (Sept. 29, 2010) in Evansville, Ind. He was 56 years old.
Drake, a Chicago native and a graduate of Brandywine High School (Niles, Mich.) and Central Michigan University, was a men's assistant at Xavier from 1979-85 and the head coach of XU's women in 1984-85. The Gold Nuggets were 13-16 that season, including victories against Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana.
'Coach Drake was the John Wooden of my collegiate basketball experience,' said XU women's associate head coach Darrilyn Broussard, who played in all 29 games for Drake in 1984-85 as Darrilyn Prevost. 'He wasn't that in-your-face type of coach but was more of a philosophical coach who taught his players the game of life and basketball not only
through the words he said but by the words he lived by. Coach was truly a gentle man and a great friend.'
As an assistant for six seasons under men's coach Denny Alexander, the Gold Rush compiled a 129-39 record and appeared in the NAIA National Championship in 1981 and 1982. Xavier's 1981-82 team was 29-2 and won 29 consecutive games, and the 1983-84 team was 27-5.
Drake also served Xavier as athletic ticket manager, a physical education instructor and a women's assistant coach.
'They don't come any better than Leonard Drake ,' said Tyronne Waivers, who played point guard for XU from 1979-83. 'He was honest, loyal, genuine and dedicated. He was the epitome of consistency. He was a dedicated father. If I become half the person he was, I'd be proud of myself.
'As an assistant coach he was excellent at interceding between Coach Alexander and the players. He would show the players the forest when all we could see were the trees.'
Drake spent 32 seasons as a collegiate coach. He was the men's head coach at Central Michigan from 1993-97 and the women's head coach at Lamar University from 2002-07. The past three seasons he was a men's assistant at Eastern Michigan University. He also was a men's assistant at Central Michigan, Ball State University and Lamar.
Drake during the summer became the athletics director at Evansville's Central High School after coaching in more than 900 collegiate games.
In 2007 Drake was inducted into the Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame as a student-athlete. Drake is No. 8 in CMU men's basketball history with 1,338 points scored, and he made two free throws with no time remaining in CMU's 77-75 victory over Georgetown in the first round of the 1975 NCAA Tournament. Drake received bachelor's and master's degrees from CMU.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda; a son, Jared; a daughter, Enjoli; and five brothers. Drake's funeral and burial were Tuesday in South Bend, Ind.



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  NORWAY   


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 1-0 
 2. NTNUI 1-0 
 3. Persbraaten 1-0 
 4. Hop 0-0 
 5. OSI 0-0 
 6. Sandefjord 0-0 
 7. Varden 0-0 
 8. Centrum 0-1 
 9. Langhus 0-1 
 10. Trondheim 0-1 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 32
 1. Russell, Kristiansand32.0 
 2. Karlsen, Asker25.0 
 3. Bullock, Gimle23.0 
 4. Kombat, Froya23.0 
 5. Timus, Tromso22.7 
 6. Ross, Kristiansand22.7 
 7. January, Tromso21.7 
 8. Nyborg, Asker21.5 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken20.7 
 10. Oatis, Baerum20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum13.3 
 2. Kombat, Froya11.3 
 3. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.7 
 4. Bullock, Gimle8.5 
 5. Karlsen, Asker8.3 
 6. Ross, Kristiansand8.0 
 7. January, Tromso8.0 
 8. Christensen, Tro.7.3 
 9. Hammer, Ulriken7.0 
 10. Russell, Kristiansand6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mustafa MAHNIN
  Asker
  (182-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mahnin, Asker5.3 
 2. Mihaylov, Tromso5.0 
 3. Timus, Tromso5.0 
 4. Elgmork, Baerum5.0 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken4.0 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso3.7 
 7. Torkildsen, Asker3.3 
 8. Hinsch, Asker3.0 
 9. Nyborg, Asker3.0 
 10. Diomande, Ammerud3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Diomande, Ammerud3.0 
 2. Mihaylov, Tromso2.7 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.3 
 4. Timus, Tromso2.0 
 5. Mahnin, Asker2.0 
 6. Bullock, Gimle2.0 
 7. Christensen, Tro.1.7 
 8. Elgmork, Baerum1.7 
 9. Torkildsen, Asker1.3 
 10. Myhrer, Tromso1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum5.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand2.3 
 3. Kristiansen, Bae.1.0 
 4. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 5. January, Tromso1.0 
 6. Ndiaye, Gimle1.0 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken0.7 
 8. Bratvold, Froya0.5 
 9. Bohn, Asker0.5 
 10. Muren, Asker0.5 


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  PHILIPPINES   


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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 25
 1. David, Powerade T.25.0 
 2. Devance, Alaska24.0 
 3. Hontiveros, San M.24.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Rain o.23.0 
 5. Salvacion, Barako22.0 
 6. Villanueva, Derby A.20.0 
 7. Gonzales, Air2119.0 
 8. Kramer, Rain o.19.0 
 9. Santos, San Miguel19.0 
 10. Macapagal, Powerade.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harvey CAREY
  Talk N Text
  (191-F-79)
  Avg: 17
 1. Carey, Talk N Text17.0 
 2. Omolon, Meralco B.14.0 
 3. Washington, San M.13.0 
 4. Maierhofer, Derby A.13.0 
 5. Peek, Talk N Text13.0 
 6. Quinahan, Air2113.0 
 7. Anthony, Powerade.12.0 
 8. Devance, Alaska12.0 
 9. Hatfield, Ginebra12.0 
 10. Matias, Air2112.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cyrus BAGUIO
  Alaska
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Baguio, Alaska10.0 
 2. Duncil, Barako6.0 
 3. Weinstein, Meralco B.5.0 
 4. Simon, Derby A.5.0 
 5. Castro, Talk N Text5.0 
 6. Arana, Rain o.5.0 
 7. Devance, Alaska5.0 
 8. Anthony, Powerade.4.0 
 9. Reyes, Talk N Text4.0 
 10. Antonio, Powerade.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gabe NORWOOD
  Rain or Shine
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Norwood, Rain o.5.0 
 2. Mercado, Rain o.4.0 
 3. Isip, Barako3.0 
 4. Hatfield, Ginebra3.0 
 5. Matias, Air213.0 
 6. Omolon, Meralco B.2.0 
 7. Kramer, Rain o.2.0 
 8. David, Powerade T.2.0 
 9. Villanueva, Derby A.2.0 
 10. Reyes, Talk N Text2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Asi TAULAVA
  Meralco B.
  (206-C-73)
  Avg: 3
 1. Taulava, Meral.3.0 
 2. Laure, Powerade T.2.0 
 3. Villanueva, Ginebra2.0 
 4. Dela Cruz, Alaska2.0 
 5. Rodriguez, Rain o.2.0 
 6. Devance, Alaska1.0 
 7. Thiele, Barako1.0 
 8. Dillinger, Talk N.1.0 
 9. Allado, Derby A.1.0 
 10. Carey, Talk N Text1.0 


Welcome to 2010-2011 Philippine Cup (Round One) - by Eurobasket News
Alaska - Barako 88-64
Alaska opened the new season in style with 88-64 victory against Barako. Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) was the leading player in Alaska with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. On the other side, Sunday Salvacion (191-G-78) delivered 22 points in defeat.

San Miguel - Air21 100-86
San Miguel drained 100 points today, what was enough for comfortable victory against Air21. Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) shined for the hosts with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Wesley Gonzales (192-F-80) responded with 19 points in defeat.

Ginebra - Meralco B. 72-73
Thriller win for the Meralco Bolts in Philippine Cup 2010/11 opener. Nelbert Omolon (196-F/G-80) came up with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds in this victory. Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) had 11 points and 5 rebounds for the Kings.

Rain or Shine - Powerade T. 103-111
The Powerade Tigers outgunned Rain or Shine in their first game of the season. Gary David (187-G/F-78) stepped up for the winners with 25 points. Larry Rodriguez (193-F-83) shined in loss with 23 points and 10 boards.

Talk N Text - Derby Ace L. 87-76
Talk N Text grabbed this one mostly owing to Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) and Harvey Carey (191-F-79, college: Sonoma St.), who scored 18 and 17 points respectively. Carey pulled down impressive 17 rebounds beside that. In the loosing squad, Jonas Villanueva (184-G-83) collected 20 points and 7 rebs.


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  POLAND   


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nikola JOVANOVIC
  Anwil
  (203-C/F-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jovanovic, Anwil19.0 
 2. Burgess, Zastal ZG19.0 
 3. Pluta, Anwil17.0 
 4. Eldridge, Assec.Pr.17.0 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.0 
 6. Hodge, Zastal ZG16.0 
 7. Wichniarz, Poloni.16.0 
 8. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.15.0 
 9. Comagic, Zastal ZG15.0 
 10. Marshall, Zastal Z.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paul MILLER
  Anwil
  (208-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Miller, Anwil11.0 
 2. NaNa, Polonia Azbud11.0 
 3. Jovanovic, Anwil10.0 
 4. Frasunkiewic., Assec..7.0 
 5. Kostrzewski, Assec..6.0 
 6. Przybyszewsk., Assec..6.0 
 7. Witka, Assec.Pr.6.0 
 8. Kukielka, Zastal ZG6.0 
 9. Wichniarz, Poloni.6.0 
 10. Eldridge, Assec.Pr.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Zarko COMAGIC
  Zastal ZG
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Comagic, Zastal ZG5.0 
 2. Nowakowski, Poloni.5.0 
 3. Thompson, Anwil5.0 
 4. Hodge, Zastal ZG4.0 
 5. Eldridge, Assec.Pr.4.0 
 6. Jovanovic, Anwil3.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil2.0 
 8. Flieger, Zastal ZG2.0 
 9. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.0 
 10. Dloniak, Zastal ZG2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WICHNIARZ
  Polonia Azbud
  (197-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Wichniarz, Poloni.4.0 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG4.0 
 3. Kukielka, Zastal ZG2.0 
 4. Eldridge, Assec.Pr.2.0 
 5. Dloniak, Zastal ZG2.0 
 6. Jovanovic, Anwil2.0 
 7. Kwiatkowski, Poloni.2.0 
 8. Comagic, Zastal ZG2.0 
 9. Mroz, Assec.Prokom1.0 
 10. Thompson, Anwil1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Assec.Prokom
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.4.0 
 2. Palmer, Polonia Azbud2.0 
 3. Burgess, Zastal ZG2.0 
 4. Hicks, Anwil2.0 
 5. Comagic, Zastal ZG2.0 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud2.0 
 7. Hinson, Polonia Azbud1.0 
 8. Przybyszewsk., Assec..1.0 
 9. Nowakowski, Poloni.1.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil1.0 


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  ROMANIA   


Round 2 preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
Round 2 of the Romanian Basketball Championship is figuring out some interesting matches, two interesting clashes, as well as a much disproportioned match. The round will be disputed between Friday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 10th.

Match 1: CSU Asesoft Ploiesti - CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov
Date and time: 8th October 2010, 19:00
Venue: Olimpia sports hall, Ploiesti
Referees: Valentin Negrea, Catalin Manu, Bogdan Badea
The prologue of the round will be a much disproportioned match. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti won last Wednesday its Euro Challenge clash against Khimik-OPZ Yuzny, a win which was, unfortunately, not enough for qualifying for the group stage. Moreover, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti won last rounds match on the road against another powerful team of the championship, CSU Sibiu, scores 87-80. In opposition, CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov, a team which consists mostly of young, less experienced players, was knocked out by a powerful team, CS Gaz Metan Medias, score 129-42. Of course, this loss putts them on the last place of the championship. It is likely that CSU Asesoft Ploiesti will win the match with a big margin.

Match 2: BC Timisoara - CS Gaz Metan Medias
Date and time: 9th October 2010, 17:00
Venue: Constantin Jude sports hall, Timisoara
Referees: Laurentiu Grigoras, Laszlo Bukureszti, Bogdan Podar
This will be one of the highlights of this round. BC Timisoara and CS Gaz Metan Medias, two teams which had strongly strengthened last summer are to offer a great match. Whats more, this will be the replay of last years third place match (series won by CS Gaz Metan Medias, 2-0) and of last years Cup final. All of the three matches were great meetings. Last round, CS Gaz Metan Medias rolled over CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov, 129-42, this win making them the leader in Romania. In contrast, BC Timisoara lost to another powerful team, BC Mures Targu-Mures, 78-88. This will be an interesting meeting, a meeting which will be broadcasted by TVR 3.

Match 3: CS Otopeni - BC Mures Targu-Mures
Date and time: 9th October 2010, 18:00
Venue: Sports hall, Otopeni
Referees: Fabiana Nitu, Gabriel Dima, Alin Rosu
The meetings between BC Mures Targu-Mures and CS Otopeni have always been interesting, prove is that from the last 8 meetings in the championships (and the only meetings between these 2 teams), BC Mures Targu-Mures won 4 of them, while CS Otopeni won the other 4. Last round BC Mures Targu-Mures won against BC Timisoara, score 88-78, CS Otopeni won away at CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu 78-75, after a dramatic last quarter. The last match disputed between these 2 teams has been played on the 16th January, and ended with the win of BC Mures Targu-Mures, 94-82.
With the support of the The 6th player fans association of the CSU Sibiu fans, the match can be followed live online, accessing www.csufans.ro/chat

Match 4: BC Arges Pitesti - CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc
Date and time: 9th October 2010, 18:00
Venue: Sports hall, Pitesti
Referees: Alin Mircea Faur, Adrian Habor, Dragos Stan
This will be a premiere for the Romanian basketball championship. CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc, which promoted last summer, will face BC Arges Pitesti, a team which played last years playoff. While CSU Asesoft Ploiesti strengthened a lot last summer, CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc strengthened too. Last round, CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc played well in its first championship clash, unfortunately losing 65-67 against BC Steaua Turabo CS Municipal Bucuresti, which is a powerful team of the championship. In contrast, BC Arges Pitesti offered resistance away against CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, only in the first quarter, which they won 15-11. Unfortunately for BC Arges Pitesti, the match ended with CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napocas victory, 88-69, with Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) scoring 38 and achieving an efficiency quote of 49!

Match 5: CS Municipal Bucuresti - CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu
Date and time: 9th October 2010, 18:00
Venue: Romanian Basketball Arena, Bucharest
Referees: Doru Vinasi, Sefer Bedir, Alexandru Anica
In another interesting match of the round, CS Municipal Bucuresti gets the visit of CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu. Only two matches have been played between these two teams, one being won by CS Municipal Bucuresti, the other by CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu, so it is expected that this match will be an interesting match, given the fact that both teams strengthened last summer. Last round CS Municipal Bucuresti lost on the road against CSM Oradea, score 82-91, while CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu lost on home ground against CS Otopeni. So, after Saturdays match, one of the teams will gather their first season win.

Match 6: CSU Sibiu - CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca
Date and time: 10th October, 17:00
Venue: Transilvania sports hall, Sibiu
Referees: Marius Ciulin, Alin Mircea Faur, Adrian Habor
This match will be the derby of this round. It is also called the Transylvanian derby, and each match between CSU Sibiu and CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca is characterized by two things: sold out arenas and a sharp rivalry between these two clubs, probably the sharpest in Romania. During the last 10 championship matches, 6 matches have been won by CSU Sibiu, 4 by CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, but in the playoffs, CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca leads 7-5. Last round, CSU Sibiu lost on home ground another derby, the match against CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, 80-87, while CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca rolled past BC Arges Pitesti, 88-69, with Zoran Krstanovic scoring 38 and achieving an efficiency quote of 49. These two teams will also meet in the Central European Basketball League (CEBL). The match will be broadcasted by TVR 3.

Match 7: BC Steaua Turabo CS Municipal Bucuresti - SCM CSU Craiova
Date and time: 10th October 2010, 20:00
Venue: Mihai Viteazul sports hall, Bucharest
Referees: Ciprian Stoica, Liviu Ionita, Vlad Potra
The epilogue of the round will be the clash between BC Steaua Turabo CS Municipal Bucuresti, a team which recently qualified for the Euro Challenge group stage, after two wins against BC Kyiv, and SCM CSU Craiova, a team with no high expectations. Of the 2 matches disputed between these 2 teams, BC Steaua Turabo CS Municipal Bucuresti won all of them, and this is likely to happen on Sunday night as well. Last round, BC Steaua Turabo CS Municipal Bucuresti won 67-65 on the road against CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc, mainly thanks to a 2nd quarter won 25-15, while SCM CSU Craiova won against another newcomer, Politehnica Iasi.

Match 8, between Politehnica Iasi and CSM CSM Oradea has been postponed for December 6th.



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  RUSSIA   


Saransk jumps on top of Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Saransk jumps on top of Superleague and becomes the leader with 4-0 record. In the last two games the team beat Universitet Surgut twice. At first Ruskon-Mordovia Saransk won 86:68 and then produced 78:71 win. The hosts started with 26-20 in the opening period, but Surgut replied for 23-19 in the second frame. Ruskon-Mordovia Saransk was better in the third frame with 18-13 and both teams produced 15 points each in the last frame. Anton Ageev (191-G-84) stepped up with 17 points, while Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) and Andrei Vokhmyanin (185-G-81) poured in 13 each. Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell)vic responded with 27 points in the losing effort.
Spartak-P. improved to 3-1 record after two wins over Magnitogorsk. In the first game the hosts won 78:71 and then added 72:68 victory. In the latest game the hosts opened the game with 22-20 and then a push of 20-9 in the second frame. Aleksandr Pavlov (201-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Zagnoyko scored 16. Alexandrov ended up with 18 points in defeat and Lunev added 17.
Revda and Rjazan exchanged the victories, as well as Zaretchny and Lokomotiv Novosibirsk and Irkutsk and Ural.



Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Saransk 4-0 
 2. Spartak-P. 3-1 
 3. Severstal 2-0 
 4. Irkutsk 2-2 
 5. Univ.Surgut 2-2 
 6. Ural Ekater. 2-2 
 7. Revda 1-1 
 8. Lok.Novos. 1-3 
 9. Magnitogorsk 1-3 
 10. Rjazan 1-3 
 11. Zaretchny 1-3 


Khimky books a spot for Euroleague regular season, Le Mans goes to EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Le Mans 87-66

Khimky booked a spot for Euroleague regular season after two easy wins against Le Mans. The Russian squad celebrated in game one on the road 56-70 and tonight they outplayed Le Mans with comfortable 87-66. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) once again was the leading scorer in Khimky. He made 5 of 6 attempts from behind the arc and 1 of 1 for FG2, collecting 17 points in total. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) helped with 16 pts. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) helped the home side with 8 points each. In Le Mans, Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) also scored 15, while Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) stopped to 10 pts. Khimky won all six Qualifying Round games and must wait until Sunday, when Alba Berlin plays Spirou Charleroi, to find out which regular season group it joins. Le Mans will play in the 2010/11 Eurocup.
Khimky was better team today and they started with mini 5-2 and later finished first quarter with 24-15. A three-pointer by Raul Lopez capped a 16-0 run that kept Khimky way out of trouble, 28-15, early in the second quarter. Le Mans didnt panic and they slowly started to melt Khimkys lead. Mosty owing to Kahudi, Alex Acker and Ryvon Kovile, visitors made 0-12 run coming to 34-33. Teams traded baskets in the finish so the first half ended with minimum lead by Khimky, 36-35. Question about the winner is resolved in Q3 as Khimky once again reached double-digit advantage. Thanks to 7-0 run and nice plays in the finish of third period, the hosts were holding 64-51 before the last ten minutes. At that time it was already clear who will make it to the regular season and last quarter was just the formality.

Khimky: Thomas Kelati 17, Keith Langford 16, Kresimir Loncar 8, Vitaly Fridzon 8
Le Mans: Alain Koffi 15+6 boards, Ryvon Covile 15, Alex Acker 10


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OKK Beograd signs forward Vujadin Subotic - by Eurobasket News
OKK Beograd continues to be active on the transfer market in the begining of the new season. After adding Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) last week, Marko Icelic strenghtened his squad with the addition of experienced forward Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket).

Vujadin Subotic was born on 18 December 1981 in Kotor, Montenegro. He tall 198 cm and can play shooting guard, but as well can switch to the forward position due to his good size.

In his career so far he has played in Olimpia Ljubljana (2001/02) where he participated in the Euroleague and the Adriatic League, before moving to KK Crvena Zvezda Belgrade in 2004, . He had a short stay in New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, before moving back to to Crvena Zvezda After that he joined ALBA Berlin. He moved to Cyprus to play for Proteas EKA AEL, before switching teams and joining Keravnos Nicosia for the 2009/10 campaign.

His best season definitely was 2006/07 when in 32 games for Braunschweig in the BBL he averaged 11 points, 3 rebounds and 1.8 assists, along with 1.1 steals per contest.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


Three extend with Vojvodina - by Emiliano
Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad extended the contract with three players for the upcoming season Ivan Bosnjak (198-G-82, agency: BeoExcell), Aleksandar Jevdjic (203-C-82, agency: BeoExcell) and Milos Marjanovic (207-C-81, agency: BeoExcell).
Bosnjak averaged 10.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 65.9% in Serbian league last season.
Jevdjic recorded averages of 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 87.5% while Marianovic 4.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg.


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Union Olimpija tabs Perry, Anagonye and Vrkic - by Emiliano
Union Olimpija Ljubljana added to the roster for the upcoming season three players: Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis), Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Michigan St.) and Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87).
The two import players signed a one year deal while Vrkic penned a two year contract.
Perry started last season in Ukraine then moved to Besiktas with whom he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.3% in 9 games.
Vrkic was with KK Split recording averaged of 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 66.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 79.7% in 28 games in Croatian League.


Olimpija inks Perry, Anagonye, Boisa and Vrkic - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija continued its roster building process by adding three more players. Veteran playmaker Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis), forwards Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Michigan St.) and Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81, agency: World Sport Agency)a signed one-year contracts, while forward Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) got a two-month deal. Perry returns to the Euroleague for the first time since the 2004-05 season when he averaged 12.9 points, 3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 14 games for Olympiacos. Perry played for Team USA at the 2005 FIBA Americas Championships. Anagonye returns to his former club and the Euroleague for the first time since the 2003-04 season, when he averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18 games for Olimpija. Vrkic agreed to a short-term deal to help take the place of the injured Suad Sehovic. He arrives from Split in his native Croatia.

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Granca signs its former player Victor Baldo to a 10-day deal - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 came up with the new signing. The Spanish outfit inked a 10-day contract with experienced forward Victor Baldo (200-F-77). The Argentinean/Italian player is a familiar face in Spain, where he spent last several years. The latest season he spent with Valladolid. He appeared 24 times for the club averaging 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds. Baldo played for Valladolid on season 2008/09 as well and at that time he had 8.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.4 spg for the club. In May of 2009, he moved to Tau Ceremica where he had very limited playing time in three games.
Victor Baldo was a member of Gran Canaria from 2003 to 2008. In five years he had about 4.5 ppg and 3 rpg in Spanish league. Before Granca, Baldo also spent two seasons with Alicante. 2001/02 was his first one in Spain, and of course with Alicante, when Baldo averaged 8.5 ppg and 7 rpg for 36 games in LEB1. He is a product of Argentinean team Estudiantes Olavarria.
Victor Baldo was a member of the Argentinean National Team in 2000, 2001 and 2005. He helped them to win the Gold at the 2001 South American Championships.


NBA Europe Live report: Regal FC Barcelona 92-88 Los Angeles Lakers - by Eurobasket News
Regal FC Barcelona scored an impressive 92-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Europe Live game on Thursday between the reigning Euroleague and NBA champions. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) and Juan Carlos Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) led Barcelona with big performances at Palau Sant Jordi, site of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, in what was just the second ever meeting between reigning Euroleague and NBA winners. The first between Olympiacos and Chicago took place in 1997. Los Angeles led by as much as 11 in the third quarter, but Juan Carlos Navarro and Pete Mickeal, with the aid of Terence Morris, led Barcelona back. In the last seven minutes, both teams went with their stars, which for the Lakers meant Barcelona native Pau Gasol, Olympic champ Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) and recently crowned world champion Lamar Odom. However Barcelona was up to the challenge and climbed to victory in the end. Pete Mickeal amassed 26 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Juan Carlos Navarro tacked on 25 points and 6 assists to lead the Euroleague champs. Morris added 12 and Fran Vazquez 10 for the winners. Gasol paced Los Angeles with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 15 and Odom produced 12 points and 18 rebounds in defeat. Two keys for Barcelona were its 8 blocked shots against 2 from the Lakers and three-point shooting the Los Angeles was 0 for 14, Barcelona made 12 of 38 (31.6%).

Barcelona placed two athletic big men - Vazquez and Morris - in its starting lineup to guard Gasol. He got the Lakers going with a close jumper that Pete Mickeal erased at the other end. Ron Artest scored in penetration, but a baseline jumper by Vazquez kept Barcelona within 4-5. The Lakers tried Artest on Juan Carlos Navarro, but he quickly picked up 2 fouls. Gasol sank a jump hook and free throws by Kobe Bryant boosted the Lakers' lead to 4-9. Juan Carlos Navarro stepped up with his trademark 'bomba' and a huge three-pointer that got the crowd involved at 9-12. Gasol dunked it twice and Derek Fisher added a driving layup for a six-point Laker lead midway through the quarter. Barcelona missed several open shots, but improved its defense off a timeout. Pete Mickeal shined with a put-back layup and Juan Carlos Navarro sank free throws to cut the deficit to 16-18. Odom fed Gasol for an easy dunk, however the hosts decided to improve their defense with Victor Sada and Boni Ndong. Juan Carlos Navarro split foul shots and Erazem Lorbek struck from downtown to tie it at 20-20. A free throw by Pete Mickeal soon gave the hosts their first lead, 21-20. Steve Blake took over with consecutive mid-range jumpers to put the Lakers back ahead, 21-24, after 12 minutes.

Sada tied the game with a three-pointer early in the second quarter as Barcelona tried a smaller lineup with Jaka Lakovic and Roger Grimau at the wings. Shannon Brown and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) traded jumpers, as the Lakers tried to feed Artest in the low post. Kosta Perovic pushed Barcelona with a tip-in that put Barcelona back ahead, 28-26, and led to the Lakers calling a timeout. A big block by Perovic allowed Lakovic to score at the other end, but free throws by Fisher kept the Lakers close. Odom scored in a quick transition and soon split free throws to put the guests back ahead by 1. Pete Mickeal set the crowd on fire with an off-balance triple and the free throw that came with it. Even after Gasol returned to the floor, the Lakers struggled to score against Barcelona's aggressive man-to-man defense. Fisher, however, stepped up with a fade-away jumper and Devin Ebanks followed a layup with free throws for a 36-37 edge, causing Barcelona to call a much-needed timeout. Fisher sank free throws, but Pete Mickeal and a jump hook by Vazquez tied it again at 39-39. Gasol split free throws and Ebanks scored again only to see Juan Carlos Navarro and Morris strike from downtown for a 45-42 Barcelona lead. A layup by Odom fixed the halftime score at 45-44.

Gasol sank foul shots immediately after the game, however Juan Carlos Navarro them erased with a layup. Artest dunked in transition and a put-back slam by Odom gave the Lakers a 47-50 edge. Barcelona lacked intensity at both ends as free throws by Kobe Bryant boosted the guests' lead to 47-53. The Lakers used Odom as a point forward, but Barcelona found answers off a timeout. Pete Mickeal stepped up with a layup and the game turned into an intense, physical battle. Fisher knocked down a baseline jumper and Kobe Bryant added a three-point play. An Artest steal and slam gave the Lakers their biggest lead, 49-60. Pete Mickeal tried to change things with free throws and Morris buried an open three-pointer to bring Barcelona back to life at 54-60. Vazquez finished an outstanding Barcelona play three passes in as many seconds! - with a dunk, but a layup by Odom restored a 56-62 Laker lead. Pete Mickeal sank more foul shots and a coast-to-coast layup by Grimau kept his team within 60-64. Morris buried his third three-pointer before Blake and a red-hot Pete Mickeal traded jumpers. A corner triple by Lakovic completed the hosts' comeback, 68-67, but a wild dunk-and-foul by Gasol put the Lakers back ahead, 68-70, after three quarters.

Juan Carlos Navarro sank another 'bomba' early in the fourth quarter, while the Lakers struggled with Odom as its only starter on the floor. The guests were held scoreless for more than three minutes, but Lakovic and Juan Carlos Navarro missed open shots. Free throws by Juan Carlos Navarro, however, soon put the hosts ahead, 72-70. The Lakers called timeout but and improved their shot selection. Blake shined with a layup in transition and Odom scored down low for a 72-74 lead. Juan Carlos Navarro answered from downtown and Pete Mickeal split free throws to give Barcelona some fresh air at 76-74. Kobe Bryant and Gasol returned to the floor after a timeout and Artest shined with a fastbreak layup. Morris shined with another three-pointer and Juan Carlos Navarro slashed for an easy layup that ignited the crowd with the score at 81-76 with four minutes to play. Artest scored again, but Pete Mickeal bettered that with a three-pointer that boosted the hosts' lead to 84-78. Gasol split free throws, but a layup by Vazquez made it 86-79 with two minutes left. Gasol did not miss from the foul line and a driving basket by Fisher brought the Lakers back to life at 86-83. Juan Carlos Navarro, Kobe Bryant, Artest and Pete Mickeal missed from downtown, but a free throw by Odom made it 86-84 with 25 seconds left. Juan Carlos Navarro sank free throws and Kobe Bryant missed his second attempt on the other end. Pete Mickeal was next to the line for 2 free throws, but Kobe Bryant did better, 3 of 3, to get within 90-88 Lakers deficit with 7.9 seconds left. However Pete Mickeal went back to the line and iced the win with 7.3 seconds remaining, allowing Barcelona to celebrate the victory.

QUOTES

Regal FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Pascual

'This win is a matter of pride and satisfaction. The Lakers were not in their best shape, as they are still in the preseason. My team also has things to improve, as we showed tonight. Coach Jackson may be right about us not being able to compete in the NBA, but we would play in a different way than we do in Europe. Pau Gasol is a player that every team would want. He has improved every day since he arrived in the United States to become, in our opinion, the best big man in the NBA.'

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol
'I would like to have won. That would have been the best situation. It's early in the season for us. There's a long way to go and we have two weeks left to get our act together. The important thing is that it was a terrific game, with a great atmosphere and the fans enjoyed it. I remember seeing games like that when I was a kid and how much it motivated me. I think it was great for promoting basketball, even though we lost. But like I said, it would have been much better if we had won.'

Regal FC Barcelona guard Juan Carlos Navarro
'It was one game, maybe less friendly than some people thought. It was a hard, tough game, We maybe took advantage of the fact that we have practiced a bit more than them. But I think they took it seriously. If not, they wouldn't have had their top players in so much and on the court at the end of the game. It wasn't a great game for us, either. But despite missing a lot of outside shots, we kept working. And even though it was their preseason, like I said, they took it seriously and weren't able to come back and beat us. Sure, I'd be happy if we played again in June or July, but now we have to change our focus to the Euroleague and the ACB, and that's what's important.'

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
'It was a fun experience. The first thing you notice is the crowd. It was a packed house and good energy. The game itself was competitive. If a player wanted to make a name for himself, compete, and play hard against us, I certainly respect that.

'Our starters were going back in anyway. I wanted to get back in to get more exercise. I had maybe three practices since the start of training camp. My knee felt good, no stiffness or anything. When that happens, you have to stretch it and get in rhythm as much as you can. So that's what I wanted to do.

'I don't know why Phil says some things he says. I disagree. I think Barcelona executes extremely well. They know each other well and they make things happen for each other. Teams like that in the NBA are few and far between. In the NBA you see a lot of teams relying on one-on-one situations, while this team does those things well together. So I don't disagree with Phil on that one.'

Regal FC Barcelona forward Pete Mickeal
'We knew that the game was going to be competitive and that Kobe would play more minutes. I think that overall, the rhythm that we had and the fight that we showed when we were down a few points, rebounding and scoring in transition, helped us to win the game The Lakers did not have our rhythm. I don't know what would have happened if the game was in December, but we would be at another level. We cannot talk about what would happen in two months' time, but what happened today - and we won by 4 points.

'This was about being competitive. I think we needed this. I thing we needed to compete and we proved it. Remember, we've only been together three weeks, too. Juanca and Ricky were on the national team and just got back. So we haven't been together long, either. We're trying to get our rhythm. We would have had no excuses if we lost, just like there should be none with us winning. The most important thing to me is you saw the competitor in us.

'It's not important - Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant - because he doesn't play here in the Euroleague or the ACB. It's one game. Ron Artest doesn't know me, so what he thinks, or if he says Pete who? is not important. He doesn't need to know me unless he plays against me a lot. That is just a statement from a player who doesn't know me, and I can't say if it was made with respect or not. What's most important is on the basketball court, the competition. You see his stats and see mine. Should I be saying Ron who? '

Regal FC Barcelona guard Jaka Lakovic
'Beating the Los Angeles Lakers is a great feeling. It is a different game for all of us. They weren't in the best shape, but we won in the end, made history and that is what matters. We have to celebrate a bit, but not too long, since we play again on Sunday. It was a very tough game, especially in the second half. In the end, I am sure that they wanted to win it as much as we did. We managed to win the game, were more focused and stronger in the end and got a well-deserved triumph.'

Regal FC Barcelona forward Erazem Lorbek
'We played an extraordinary game and managed to win the game as a team. It was our only chance to win the game, we had to play together as a team. We managed to play very well again. It is tough to find out what would happen if the Lakers had not been in pre-season. It is tough to compare, but we managed to beat the Lakers today and that is already a great achievement.'

Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic
'It is tough to play against teams like Barcelona that understand basketball. They played tough throughout the entire game and really well in the last three or four minutes. It is always good to play in an environment like that even if you are the opponent. It is tough to look for excuses, but we are kind of adjusting. We managed to play for all 48 minutes, unlike in our previous game. They are in a different physical condition than we are and Barcelona played good, they have a heck of a team.'

Regal FC Barcelona center Fran Vazquez
'This win gives us more confidence to keep working hard - and we all can say we beat the NBA champions. They took the game seriously and fought hard until the very last second. Even though they are in the pre-season, I think they took it pretty seriously. Our fans backed us all game long and we always wanted to him - we showed it on the court. This win will be impossible to forget.'

Regal FC Barcelona guard Roger Grimau
'It was a game for our fans to enjoy and celebrate and we are very happy to have been able to win it. They have not been practicing together for a long time, but are a proud team. They didn't want to be defeated by a European team. They made things difficult for us, but we managed to win the game. Every player wants to win when he steps on court. We really wanted to beat them and it was a physical, tough game. We managed to match their intensity level and that was one of the keys to winning.'
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
Courtesy of: http://www.euroleague.net



Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Jason DETRICK
  Melilla
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 29
 1. Detrick, Melilla29.0 
 2. Freimanis, Huesca23.0 
 3. Hayes, Breogan22.0 
 4. Navarro, Girona21.5 
 5. Rocchia, Leon20.0 
 6. Palacios, La Palma20.0 
 7. Brown, Breogan19.0 
 8. Aguilar, CB Tarra.19.0 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.17.5 
 10. Lima, Clin.Rincon17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedzad SINANOVIC
  Clin.Rincon
  (221-C-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.11.5 
 2. Clark, Palencia11.5 
 3. Gomez, Burgos11.5 
 4. Freimanis, Huesca10.5 
 5. Humphrey, Caceres9.0 
 6. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.0 
 7. Ortega, Girona8.5 
 8. Kale, Ourense8.5 
 9. Frost, Palencia8.5 
 10. Chagoyen, La Laguna8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.9.0 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna8.0 
 3. Jimenez, Melilla8.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Obrad.6.0 
 5. Vallmajo, Breogan6.0 
 6. Perez, Lleida5.0 
 7. Alvarado, La Palma5.0 
 8. Castro, Burgos4.0 
 9. Feldeine, Breogan4.0 
 10. Jasen, CB Murcia4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.0 
 2. Fontet, Leon4.0 
 3. Rocchia, Leon3.0 
 4. Robles, Alcazar3.0 
 5. Yanez, La Laguna3.0 
 6. Brown, Breogan3.0 
 7. Seawright, Leon3.0 
 8. Herrero, Huesca3.0 
 9. Fernandez, Ourense2.5 
 10. Rost, Girona2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Angel ANTELO
  Caceres
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Antelo, Caceres2.5 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.2.5 
 3. Diouf, CB Tarragona2.0 
 4. Romero, Melilla2.0 
 5. Fontet, Leon2.0 
 6. Ortega, Girona1.5 
 7. Dobbins, CB Murcia1.5 
 8. McCoy, Caceres1.0 
 9. Yanez, La Laguna1.0 
 10. Chagoyen, La Laguna1.0 


Caner-Medley back to Asefa Estudiantes - by Emiliano
Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) will continue his career with Asefa Estudiantes Madrid with whom he has played also last season. The American forward averaged 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 70.1% in 35 games played in ACB last year.

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 David MESA
  Clavijo
  (200-C-80)
  Avg: 22
 1. Mesa, Clavijo22.0 
 2. Larry, Regal F.20.0 
 3. Guirao, ADT T.20.0 
 4. Bravo, Prat J.20.0 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca19.5 
 6. Barrera, Prat J.19.0 
 7. Zamora, Andorra18.0 
 8. Cage, ADT Tarragona18.0 
 9. Perez, Promobys18.0 
 10. Torres, Mallorca17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Reginald LARRY
  Regal FC II
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Larry, Regal F.14.0 
 2. Lawal, Guadalajara14.0 
 3. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.0 
 4. Mesa, Clavijo11.0 
 5. Guirao, ADT T.10.0 
 6. Garcia, Regal F.9.0 
 7. Chubrevich, Illescas9.0 
 8. Rodrigo, Guadalaj.8.0 
 9. Esmoris, Coruna8.0 
 10. Leichtweis, Santurtzi8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Witt, Clavijo8.0 
 2. Rufian, Promobys6.5 
 3. Bataller, ADT T.5.0 
 4. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 5. Marco, ADT T.4.0 
 6. Casado, Santurtzi4.0 
 7. Suarez, Oviedo Feve4.0 
 8. Inigo, Guadalajara4.0 
 9. Zamora, Andorra3.5 
 10. Pampin, Mallorca3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ferran BASSAS
  Prat Juventud
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bassas, Prat J.4.0 
 2. Guirao, ADT T.3.0 
 3. Calvo, Plasencia3.0 
 4. Ott, Clavijo3.0 
 5. Creus, Regal F.3.0 
 6. Garcia, Regal F.3.0 
 7. Alonso, Mallorca2.5 
 8. Pampin, Mallorca2.5 
 9. Barrera, Prat J.2.0 
 10. Marco, ADT T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco TODOROVIC
  Prat Juventud
  (199-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.3.0 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.2.0 
 3. Biyombo, Illescas2.0 
 4. Maglisceau, Promo.1.5 
 5. Hidalgo, Coruna1.0 
 6. Thompson, Coruna1.0 
 7. Esmoris, Coruna1.0 
 8. Martinez, Lan M.1.0 
 9. Johnson, Andorra1.0 
 10. Munoz, Illescas1.0 


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


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


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. LF Basket 1-0 
 2. Norrkoping 1-0 
 3. Sundsvall 1-0 
 4. 08 0-0 
 5. Sodertalje 0-0 
 6. Solna 0-0 
 7. Uppsala 0-0 
 8. Boras 0-1 
 9. Eco Orebro 0-1 
 10. Jamtland 0-1 


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  TAIWAN   


2010 AUB - Taiwan wins gold, China withdraws over political reason - by Chris Wang
Led by tournament MVP Sung Yu-hsuan's 24 points and Lai Kuo-wei's 23 points, Taiwan beat Universite Saint-Esprit De Kaslik of Lebanon 85-77 to win its first title in Asian University Basketball Championship history.

Lebanon was led by Nodim Souaid, who scored 32 points.

However, the inspiring win was somewhat overshadowed by none other than the political row between Taiwan and China. China's Tianjin Polytechnic University withdrew from the game vs. Mongolia after seeing hundreds of Taiwanese national flags displayed in and around the parking lots outside the arena.

For details, please read the following report:

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Chinese basketball team pulls out of tourney over Taiwanese flags

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) A visiting Chinese university basketball team withdrew Friday from a tournament being playing in Taoyuan County after seeing hundreds of Taiwanese national flags displayed outside the arena.

After arriving Friday afternoon at Kainan University Arena, where the 2010 Asian University Basketball Championship was being held, the bus carrying the Tianjin Polytechnic University basketball team turned around and left.

The team missed its game against a Mongolian All-Star team, and was officially credited with a 20-0 loss.

Though nobody from the Chinese delegation commented on its pull-out, the team may have been angered by the hundreds of Taiwan national flags displayed in and around the parking lot and along the road leading to the arena that greeted their bus.

They were put there by a 'national flag rally' organized by two local university students in protest of a move the night before by an official from the tournament's organizer, the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (CTUSF) , to stop a fan from displaying the country's national flag in the stands.

The students were incensed by reports that the CTUSF official, Lee Hung-chi, clamped down on the fan at China's insistence, though subsequent reports indicated Lee acted of his own volition.

'This is a silent protest to the Chinese team that made the flag issue a big deal, ' said one of the two student protest organizers identified only by his surname Hsieh.

The other organizer, surnamed Hsu, said the protest was 'non-political' and was held to express 'freedom of speech.'

Lee described the Chinese team's withdrawal as 'silly, ' but he himself was criticized by the Sports Affairs Council (SAC), Taiwan's top sports administrator, for going after the fan.

In a statement released Friday, the SAC called Lee's move inappropriate and said he had misinterpreted the 'Chinese Taipei' formula, devised in 1981 by the International Olympic Committee to enable Taiwan to participate in the Olympics after the People's Republic of China was admitted to the Olympic movement.

Under the convention, Taiwan participates in international competitions under the name 'Chinese Taipei, ' and uses an Olympic flag that differs from its national flag.

Organizers of competitions in Taiwan are not allowed to fly the country's national flag at competition venues, but the convention does not regulate spectators and what happens in the stands unless organizers announce specific restrictions prior to a competition.

Previous sporting events in Taiwan against Chinese teams have seen fans wave small national flags during the competition, generally without incident.

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Ming Soo Jeong had 31 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to power Myongji University of South Korea to a 75-67 win over Hong Kong to win the fifth place in the seven-team tourney.

-- Playoffs standings
1. Taiwan 2-1
2. Lebanon 2-1
3. Mongolia 1-2
4. China 1-2

-- 5-7 place classification round
5. South Korea 2-0
6. Thailand 1-1
7. Hong Kong 0-2

Tournament MVP: Sung Yu-hsuan, Taiwan
Best Five:
Sung Yu-hsuan, Taiwan
Lai Kuo-wei, Taiwan
Liu Cheng, Taiwan
Souaid Nadim, Lebanon
Jad Bitar, Lebanon


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  TURKEY   


SPOR TOTO Turkish Cup is beginning. - by Baha Kurtulus
In order to determine the groups attending to quarter finals, the games will take place in four different cities and groups in 9-11th October and 10-12th October 2010.
Groups, cities and teams schedule is;

9th October 2010
Pinar Karsiyaka - Antalya BSB ( Group B - Ordu )
Edirne Olin - Efes Pilsen ( Group B - Ordu )

Fenerbahce Ulker - Bornova Belediyesi ( Group C - Gaziantep )
Tofas - Medical Park Trabzonspor ( Group C - Gaziantep )

10th October 2010
Mersin BSB - Aliaga Petkim ( Group A - Balikesir )
Erdemir - Banvit ( Group A - Balikesir )

Efes Pilsen - Pinar Karsiyaka ( Group B - Ordu )
Antalya BSB - Edirne Olin ( Group B - Ordu )

Medical Park Trabzonspor- Fenerbahce Ulker ( Group C - Gaziantep )
Bornova Belediyesi - Tofas ( Group C - Gaziantep )

Turk Telekom - Oyak Renault ( Group D - Antalya )
G.Saray Cafe Crown - Besiktas Cola Turka ( Group D - Antalya )

11th October 2010
Banvit - Mersin BSB ( Group A - Balikesir )
Aliaga Petkim - Erdemir ( Group A - Balikesir )

Pinar Karsiyaka - Edirne Olin ( Group B - Ordu )
Efes Pilsen - Antalya BSB ( Group B - Ordu )

Fenerbahce Ulker - Tofas ( Group C - Gaziantep )
Medical Park Trabzonspor - Bornova Belediyesi ( Group C - Gaziantep )

Oyak Renault - G.Saray Cafe Crown ( Group D - Antalya )
Besiktas Cola Turka - Turk Telekom ( Group D - Antalya )

12th October 2010
Mersin BSB - Erdemir ( Group A - Balikesir )
Banvit - Aliaga Petkim ( Group A - Balikesir )

G.Saray Cafe Crown - Turk Telekom ( Group D - Antalya )
Oyak Renault - Besiktas Cola Turka ( Group D - Antalya )


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Academy Ways to evaluate a coach: - by David Edole
By: Vctor (Vitito) Ojeda

On many occasions the coaches wish to know their value. There are myths about the process of evaluating a basketball coach. Everyone understands if they win a lot of game he is a great coach, also he is evaluated by wins and losses. Others have great talents and are given credit for being great coaches when they win.

The truth is that when there is lack of knowledge and tools to evaluate a coach you tend to go into favoritism. This is done when the person that evaluates doesn't have the knowledge of needed criteria.

There are three ways to evaluate a coach. One is the 'ability to coach a game, being this the less important because the coaches usually don't win or lose. The game strategy is planned with sufficient time because no coach plans their game when it is in action. A lot of experts say that the game are won or lost in the practices. We can't lose the perspective that basketball is a team sport, so if they don't practice their potential as a team is lost.

Coaches without experience and neither the players can do new things and teach during a game. The coach can't teach during the game and that is why the game is overvalued. Teach, and train the players during the game is something different from being a coach.

A second way to evaluate is the 'ability to teach'. Improving individually each player is by the knowledge acquired during training. Considering his movements, ability to pass, decision making, shot selection, free throw mechanics and other abilities and where he has improved dramatically.

A third way to evaluate is by 'the way he understands the game.' We ask: What is more important to your team, playing well or winning? The answer is simple, still great coaches don't understand this. A great evaluation for a coach comes from the players when they recognize his job and professionalism, that is when they remember him and is an example for future generations.

Today we find coaches of all levels, but the important thing is that the coach has decided to make this a profession and has to train to the highest level. That who coaches without preparation will be lost on the road.



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  UKRAINE   


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


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Christian BURNS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Burns, Fe.26.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro25.5 
 3. House, Azovmash22.5 
 4. Washington, BC Od.20.3 
 5. Otverchenko, BC Ky.18.0 
 6. Shaposhnikov, Ferro.18.0 
 7. Thomas, Azovmash17.7 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.5 
 9. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.17.0 
 10. Morrison, Halyc.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mario AUSTIN
  Dnipro
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Austin, Dnipro13.0 
 2. Morrison, Halyc.10.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.9.0 
 4. Betts, Budivelnyk9.0 
 5. Agafonov, Budiv.9.0 
 6. Kravtsov, BC Do.9.0 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa8.5 
 8. Garrison, Khimik8.0 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna8.0 
 10. Morley, Budivelnyk7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.0 
 2. Flores, BC Donetsk5.0 
 3. Brewer, BC Odessa5.0 
 4. Washington, BC Od.4.8 
 5. Swanson, Hoverla4.3 
 6. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
 7. House, Azovmash4.0 
 8. Millage, Khimik4.0 
 9. Mays, Fe.4.0 
 10. Burns, Fe.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ruslan OTVERCHENKO
  BC Kyiv
  (192-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Otverchenko, BC Ky.5.0 
 2. Flores, BC Donetsk3.0 
 3. Burns, Fe.3.0 
 4. Lypovyy, BC Kyiv2.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv2.5 
 6. Tymofeyenko, Dni.2.0 
 7. Shkurupiy, BC Do.2.0 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot2.0 
 9. Rybalko, Fe.2.0 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv3.5 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 3. Wiggins, Halychyna2.0 
 4. Turner, BC Odessa1.8 
 5. Kornienko, Dnipro1.5 
 6. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 7. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.5 
 8. Austin, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Kovalenko, BC Kyiv1.5 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv1.0 


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BBL Friday 08 Oct Round Up - by Paul Nilsen
The Mersey Tigers have maintained their march to the BBL Trophy semi-finals with an unbeaten record, while the Newcastle Eagles, who had already secured their berth, lost on the road for the third time this season on Friday night. The Tigers overcame the Wocester Wolves by 77-63 on Merseyside, led by the British trio of Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) (18 points), Andrew Thomson (17) and Tafari Toney (14).

The hosts opened up double digit leads in the second and third quarter, but couldn't shake of the Wolves until the fourth quarter. They entered the fourth leading 63-51 after Perry Lawson and David Aliu hit three-pointer in an 8-0 burst. Danny Gilbert's triple in the fourth got the Wolves back within seven at 65-58, but the Tigers saw the game out from that point. The lead peaked at 77-62 on Thomson's score.

Meanwhile, a thrilling encounter ensued in Sheffield. The Sharks had led by double figures in the first half, the Eagles did so in the fourth quarter, before a clutch free-throw from Steve Dagostino won the game for the hosts. Mike Tuck led the Sharks with 24, while Dagostino had 21. The Sharks led 52-41 at half time, before an 18 point swing in the third as the Eagles scored 30 points.

The Eagles looked to have it won as Trey Moore and Andre Lockhart opened the fourth with a flurry to help the Eagles to a 72-85 lead with six minutes remaining. But the Sharks rallied as Paul Williams scored 5 in a 9-0 surge and it was a one possession game entering the final two minutes, at 87-89, courtesy of a Dagostino three-pointer. The same player tied the game within the final minute, before Williams made 2/2 at the line with 18 seconds left. Moore thought he might have sent the game into overtime, tied at 91, when he scored with 7 seconds left. But Charles Smith fouled Dagostino with 3 seconds on the clock; the guard made the first and missed the second, and when Williams grabbed the offensive rebound, the game was over.

BBL Trophy, Group Stage
Mersey Tigers 77 (19,41,63) (Sullivan 18, Thomson 17, Toney 14)
Worcester Wolves 63 (17,31,51) (Watts 17, Dobbins 10, Versinskas 7)

The Mersey Tigers have progressed to the BBL Trophy semi-finals with an unbeaten record after a 77-63 home win against the Worcester Wolves. GB Captain Drew Sullivan led the Tigers with 18 points, backed up be fellow Brits Andrew Thomson (17) and Tafari Toney (14). Only two Wolves scored in double figures, led by David Watts with 17. The early exchanges were tight as Sullivan had 6 early points for the Tigers, while 5 consecutive points from Watts helped the Wolves to a 9-9 tie. The visitors led soon afterwards at 12-13 as Jones and Zimnickas exchanged threes, before the Tigers went 7-0, with 5 for David Aliu to lead 19-13. But the Wolves scored the last two baskets to keep in touch at the end of the first.

A 6-2 start helped the Wolves into an early second quarter lead, but it wouldn't last long as Toney scored consecutively to make the score 28-25 in the host's favour. After the game was tied at 28, the teams were scoreless for a period of minutes, until the Tigers came alive. They went into the half with a double-digit lead after Thomson opened an 8-0 burst with 4 points, as they closed the half with a 13-2 run to lead 41-30 on another Thomson score - the Wolves scored just 2 points in the last four minutes.

The Wolves ate into the deficit immediately in the third, as Middleton hit a three-pointer with the visitors getting the first five points. The Tigers pushed the lead back out, before a Watts three, his third, and a pair of Dobbins free-throws made it 53-48 within the last three minutes of the stanza. But the Tigers kept their visitors at arm's length as Lawson and Aliu scored three-pointers in an 8-0 burst that helped the score to 63-51 going into the decisive period. Danny Gilbert hit a triple to make the score 65-58 in the fourth, but they could get no closer as the Tigers saw the game out - the lead peaked at 77-62 on Thomson's score.

BBL Trophy, Group Stage
One Health Sharks Sheffield 92 (24,52,64) (Tuck 24, Dagostino 21, Williams 15)
Newcastle Eagles 91 (19,41,71) (Moore 18, Chapman 17, Defoe 16)

The Newcastle Eagles - defending BBL Trophy champions - had already clinched their berth to the semi-finals of the competition before losing a thrilling game 92-91 to the One Health Sharks Sheffield on Friday night. The Sharks had led by double figures in the first half, the Eagles did so in the fourth quarter, before a clutch free-throw from Steve Dagostino won the game for the hosts. Mike Tuck led the Sharks with 24, while Dagostino had 21. In the first half, the Sharks tooka first quarter lead at 24-17 courtesy of a 7-0 run, sparked by Ryan Patton's triple. It became a 10-point lead early in the second as a Tuck triple and Lyons score opened the period at 29-19. Three-pointers from Andrew Bridge and Trey Moore kept the Eagles in touch, but Patton responded with two treys of his own to make the score 37-25. The Eagles responded again as Smith's three sparked a 9-0 surge to make it a one possession game at 37-34. But Lyons stemmed the flow for the hosts with six points in the next few minutes - he was 5/5 for 12 points up to that point - as the Sharks reinstated their double-figure lead, going in 52-41 at the half.

However, the Eagles made an amazing 18 point swing as they scored 30 third quarter points. It started with Defoe scoring 4 in a 6-0 run, before Smith added 6 in a further spell of 10 unanswered points to give the Eagles the lead at 58-61. The turnaround was complete late in the quarter as Chapman's triple saw the Eagles take a 64-71 lead into the fourth. But it wasn't enough, despite them opening up a double digit lead at 67-69, as the guard pairing of Lockhart and Moore opened the fourth with a flurry of four points each, and it was still 73-85 on a Joe Chapman triple with just over six minutes left. The Sharks' comeback ensued as Paul Williams scored 5 in a 9-0 surge and it was a one possession game entering the final two minutes, at 87-89, courtesy of a Dagostino three-pointer. The same player tied the game within the final minute, before Williams made 2/2 at the line with 18 seconds left. Moore thought he might have sent the game into overtime, tied at 91, when he scored with 7 seconds left. But Charles Smith fouled Dagostino with 3 seconds on the clock; the guard made the first and missed the second, and when Williams grabbed the offensive rebound, the game was over.

After the game, Sharks' Head Coach Atiba Lyons commented, 'We had no problem getting the guys up for the game tonight, they are a self-motivated team. I want people to keep talking about our guards, because the big guys just keep getting it done. It was good for us to get the win after coming from behind.'






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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Curkovic new coach of Jedinstvo, Lupa Promotiomntabs former WNBA player - by Zeljko Zule
Montenegrin team Jedinstvo have announced the appointment of Aleksandar Curovic as the new coach. He will take the reins of the side allowing Veselin Vojinovic, the previous interim coach.
Newly promoted Lupa Promotion shored up its backcourt by signing former WNBA player Sherill Baker (174-G-82, college: Georgia). She started the 2009-10 season with Israeli team Elitzur Maclaren Holon later moved to K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol, where she averaged 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.8 steals in 6 EuroCup games. Baker previously played for New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks, Indiana Fever and Detroit Shocks as well as in Italy and France.



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Hawks 2010: Injuries mar season tip-off - by Eurobasket News
Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod is yet to rule out signing a stop-gap replacement for injured point guard Rhys Martin.

The Hawks tip off the 2010-11 NBL season with next Friday night's home game against the Gold Coast Blaze and McLeod will almost certainly elevate Wollongong's 11th man Tyson Demos into the side to cover Martin's absence.

But with Martin sidelined at least until Christmas and Demos essentially a shooting guard, the Hawks are still toying with the idea of temporarily adding a point guard until Martin returns.

Former Sydney, Perth and Melbourne guard Luke Kendall trained with the Hawks last week, while former Wollongong guards Jeremy Kench and Lindsay Tait also are not out of the picture.

While McLeod insisted the club had not offered Kendall a contract, Hawks centre Larry Davidson's knee injury was also causing concern.

If Davidson requires minor surgery, the 27-year-old is expected to miss at least the first two games of the season.

'We're just holding off to see what Larry's situation is because that's certainly a concern for us, but we're still considering bringing someone in [to replace Martin],' McLeod said.

'It's not just a matter of bringing anyone in. If we're going to go down that path, we want to find someone who's the right fit.

'There's not a lot we can do about bringing someone in for a few weeks for Larry, but hopefully it's not a long-term injury and we can just ride that one out as best we can.'

On a brighter note, Hawks captain Mat Campbell has overcome a groin injury and will resume training today.

Tickets for the clash with the Blaze are available through all Ticketek outlets or at the WIN Entertainment Centre box office.

Courtesy of www.illawarramercury.com.au


Rangers topple Adelaide to kick-start season - by Eurobasket News
The Dandenong Jayco Rangers got their season off to a flying start, by taking a convincing 14 point round one victory over the Adelaide Link Lightning, 94-80, at Wayville Sports Centre in Adelaide on Friday night.

Rangers point guard Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) was impressive, dropping 21 points to go with 8 assists, while Tracy Gahan (188-F-80, college: Iowa) (19 points, 10 rebounds) and new import Ashley Robinson (193-C-82, college: Tennessee) (14 points, 13 rebounds) both finished the game with double-doubles.

Adelaide had four double-digit scorers with Nicole Seekamp (178-G-92) and Emma Langford both finishing the game with 19 points apiece, while Tegan Cunningham was close behind with 18. But outside of the four there were few other major contributors, and they were unable to find the offensive fire-power to get on top of a strong Rangers line-up.

Dandenong worked their way to a five point quarter time lead, after a strong first period, and the scoring punch increased by both teams in the second period. Although Adelaide lifted their work rate, they were unable to make any inroads into the quarter-time lead, still trailing by five at the half.

Dandenong lifted in the third period again and went into the final term up by 11. This turned out to be an insurmountable lead with the Rangers finishing the game 14 point victors.

Dandenong was stronger on the boards, the likes of Robinson and Gahan leading the team to a 45-34 edge, 16 of their 45 on the offensive glass. And Dandenong are already proving that second-chance points will need to be kept to a minimum if opposing sides are going to keep this Rangers team within striking distance.

For Dandenong, the job isnt quite done yet. They travel further west to face the West Coast Waves tomorrow; while for Adelaide, they must regroup and look to bounce back in round two next week.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Amy LEWIS
  Townsville F.
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 29
 1. Lewis, Townsville F.29.0 
 2. Denson, Sydney UF28.0 
 3. Randall, Logan T.21.0 
 4. Graham, Logan T.21.0 
 5. Macleod, Dandenon.21.0 
 6. Seekamp, Adelaide19.0 
 7. Langford, Adelaide19.0 
 8. Gahan, Dandenong R.19.0 
 9. Cunningham, Adelaide18.0 
 10. Hill, Townsville F.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley ROBINSON
  Dandenong R.
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Robinson, Dandenon.13.0 
 2. Allison, Townsvil.10.0 
 3. Francis, Logan T.10.0 
 4. Gahan, Dandenong R.10.0 
 5. Veal, Logan T.9.0 
 6. Tippett, AIS8.0 
 7. Seekamp, Adelaide7.0 
 8. Ibekwe, Adelaide7.0 
 9. Afeaki, Sydney UF6.0 
 10. Randall, Logan T.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Dandenong R.
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Macleod, Dandenon.8.0 
 2. Seekamp, Adelaide6.0 
 3. Veal, Logan T.6.0 
 4. Butler, Sydney UF4.0 
 5. Lewis, Townsville F.4.0 
 6. Langford, Adelaide4.0 
 7. Smith, Logan T.4.0 
 8. Graham, Logan T.3.0 
 9. Holland, Adelaide3.0 
 10. Lavey, AIS3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Veal, Logan T.4.0 
 2. Macleod, Dandenon.3.0 
 3. Payne, AIS3.0 
 4. Tippett, AIS3.0 
 5. Woosnam, Dandenon.2.0 
 6. Francis, Logan T.2.0 
 7. Randall, Logan T.2.0 
 8. Afeaki, Sydney UF2.0 
 9. Cunningham, Adelaide2.0 
 10. Gahan, Dandenong R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sarah GRAHAM
  Logan T.
  (163-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Graham, Logan T.2.0 
 2. Smith, Logan T.1.0 
 3. Cunningham, Adelaide1.0 
 4. Tippett, AIS1.0 
 5. Roberts, AIS1.0 
 6. Randall, Logan T.1.0 
 7. Neves, Logan T.1.0 
 8. Abbott, Logan T.1.0 
 9. Sheedy, AIS1.0 
 10. Cole, AIS0.0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Natallia KOZUN
  Olimpia
  (189-F-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Kozun, Olimpia25.0 
 2. Queenan, Minsk.14.0 
 3. Dashkevich, Olimpia14.0 
 4. Galdikaite, MRU13.0 
 5. Filonchyk, Olimpia13.0 
 6. Givens, Minsk-200612.0 
 7. Kashlei, Olimpia11.5 
 8. Zubrytskaya, Olimpia10.5 
 9. Nialepka, Victoria9.0 
 10. Martinkute, MRU8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sigita GALDIKAITE
  MRU
  (183-F-90)
  Avg: 14
 1. Galdikaite, MRU14.0 
 2. Kozun, Olimpia10.0 
 3. Kast, Minsk-200610.0 
 4. Queenan, Minsk.9.0 
 5. Nialepka, Victoria7.0 
 6. Givens, Minsk-20067.0 
 7. Zintikaite, MRU6.0 
 8. Bohdan, Olimpia5.5 
 9. Zubrytskaya, Olimpia5.5 
 10. Filonchyk, Olimpia5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Diana ZINTIKAITE
  MRU
  (166-G-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Zintikaite, MRU9.0 
 2. Sinkevich, Olimpia5.0 
 3. Kashlei, Olimpia5.0 
 4. Padshyvalava, Victo.4.0 
 5. Voishal, Victoria3.0 
 6. Yatsina, Olimpia3.0 
 7. Nialepka, Victoria3.0 
 8. Zubrytskaya, Olimpia2.5 
 9. Kakhanskaya, Olimpia2.0 
 10. Givens, Minsk-20062.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tatsiana DASHKEVICH
  Olimpia
  (175-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dashkevich, Olimpia4.0 
 2. Harelchyk, Minsk.4.0 
 3. Adamik, Olimpia3.0 
 4. Givens, Minsk-20063.0 
 5. Padshyvalava, Victo.2.0 
 6. Martinkute, MRU2.0 
 7. Zintikaite, MRU2.0 
 8. Sinkevich, Olimpia2.0 
 9. Rashcenia, Victoria2.0 
 10. Vaitkevic, MRU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigita GALDIKAITE
  MRU
  (183-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Galdikaite, MRU5.0 
 2. Filonchyk, Olimpia1.5 
 3. Kozun, Olimpia1.5 
 4. Dashkevich, Olimpia1.0 
 5. Voishal, Victoria1.0 
 6. Aleksaite, MRU1.0 
 7. Rashcenia, Victoria1.0 
 8. Pratskaila, Victoria1.0 
 9. Kast, Minsk-20061.0 
 10. Yatsina, Olimpia1.0 


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


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  CROATIA - Women  


Lupa Promotion lands Baker - by Zeljko Zule
Lupa Promotion shored up its backcourt by signing former WNBA player Sherill Baker (174-G-82, college: Georgia). She started the 2009-10 season with Israeli team Elitzur Maclaren Holon later moved to K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol, where she averaged 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.8 steals in 6 EuroCup games. Baker previously played for New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks, Indiana Fever and Detroit Shocks as well as in Italy and France.

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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Bettina BOZOKI
  Bajai NKK
  (190-F/C-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Bozoki, Bajai NKK21.0 
 2. Tamane, MKB Eurol.18.8 
 3. Szabo, Cegledi EKK18.0 
 4. Furtos, Bajai NKK18.0 
 5. Page, ZTE17.3 
 6. Dobrowolska, Cegled.17.0 
 7. Vida, SEAT L.16.5 
 8. Quigley, Pecs 201016.0 
 9. Rasheed, Szeged16.0 
 10. Szemeredi, Atome.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sara KRNJIC
  Pecs 2010
  (193-C-91)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Krnjic, Pecs 201011.8 
 2. Tamane, MKB Eurol.8.8 
 3. Page, ZTE8.0 
 4. Dobrowolska, Cegled.7.7 
 5. Vidacic, Pecs 20107.3 
 6. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.3 
 7. Hegedus, BSE7.0 
 8. Kublina, SEAT L.6.8 
 9. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.8 
 10. Bozoki, Bajai NKK6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edit LACZI
  Szeged
  (181-G/F-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Laczi, Szeged4.8 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.4.5 
 3. Orban, Cegledi EKK4.0 
 4. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.0 
 5. Vida, SEAT L.3.8 
 6. Bukovszki, ZTE3.5 
 7. Delmis, SEAT L.3.3 
 8. Darida, Nanette FTC3.0 
 9. Nemeth, Szeged3.0 
 10. Rajnai, Cegledi EKK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rita RASHEED
  Szeged
  (180-F-89)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Rasheed, Szeged4.5 
 2. Holt, MKB Eurol.4.0 
 3. Bukovszki, ZTE3.8 
 4. Szavercsenko, Atome.3.8 
 5. Nemeth, Szeged3.7 
 6. Medgyessy, Atome.3.5 
 7. Furesz, MKB Eurol.3.3 
 8. Pungor, Szolnok3.3 
 9. Orso, BSE3.3 
 10. Hegedus, Nanette .3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Page, ZTE3.0 
 2. Szelesy, ZTE1.5 
 3. Czukor, ZTE1.3 
 4. Fejes, Szeged1.0 
 5. Jozan, Cegledi EKK1.0 
 6. Kublina, SEAT L.1.0 
 7. Pap, Cegledi EKK1.0 
 8. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.0 
 9. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.0 
 10. Carson, SEAT L.1.0 


Best players of Hungarian A round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Serbian Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Pecs 2010 and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 19-year old center had a double-double of 13 points and eighteen rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's worst team BEAC (#12, 0-4) with 55-point margin 105-50. Despite this victory Pecs 2010 dropped to the 2nd position in Hungarian A. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Pecs 2010 already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Krnjic has many years of experience at Pecs 2010, through which he has constantly improved. Krnjic has impressive league stats. She leads league in rebounds with 11.8rpg. Krnjic is in league's top in and averages solid 2.5spg and 56.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Polish forward Marta Dobrowolska (181-F-89) of Cegledi EKK. Dobrowolska impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Cegledi EKK was edged by the higher-ranked Bajai NKK (#8, 1-1) 86-83. This loss caused Cegledi EKK to drop to 11th position in the standings. 3 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Dobrowolska is a newcomer at Cegledi EKK and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#6). She also registered 7.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89) of Bajai NKK (#8). Bozoki got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. She went also for six rebounds . She was a key player of Bajai NKK, leading her team to a 86-83 win against Cegledi EKK (#11, 0-3). Bajai NKK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Bozoki has a great season in Hungary. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82) of SEAT Lami - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) of Szeged - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Zane Tamane (200-C-83) of MKB Eurol. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Viktoria Szabo (166-G-92) of Cegledi EKK - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) of ZTE - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Kata Furtos (174-G-87) of Bajai NKK - 21 points and 4 assists
10. Danijela Varda (195-C-74) of Nanette FTC - 10 points and 13 rebounds


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  ICELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 1-0 
 2. Hamar 1-0 
 3. Haukar 1-0 
 4. Keflavik 1-0 
 5. Fjolnir 0-1 
 6. KR 0-1 
 7. Njardvik 0-1 
 8. Snaefell 0-1 


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  ITALY - Women  


Napoli Basket shape up the roster - by Eurobasket News
Napoli Basket shape up the roster and is ready to be a great representative for the top positions.
Milica Micovic (182-G-84, agency: Players Group) is the latest addition to the 2010/2011 roster. The Serbian Guard started her career in 2004-2005 for Stem Marine Parma (A1) and in 33 games averaged 3.4ppg, 1.2rpg, while in Euroleague after 13 games she had 1.6ppg, 0.9rpg, 0.4apg, 0.2spg. In 2006-2007 she moved to PentaMedia Carugate (Italy-A2, starting five), while the season 2007-2008 played for Meccanica Nova Bologna (Italy-A2, starting five). In 2008-2009 Milica Micovic appeared in Gescom MCI Viterbo (Italy-A1) and after 25 games showed 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.2spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 73.7%. In 2009-2010 played for Basket Parma (Italy-A1, starting five) and after 25 games had 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 53.8%.
In her top game last season Basket Parma got an impressive start in Napoli. At that time GMA Napoli lost to Basket Parma 51:68 as Milica Micovic scored 17, while Ines Ajanovic helped with 14 pts and 10 rebs.
Napoli Basket Women already announced Tyra Grant (180-G-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.), Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management), Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra), Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management), Licia Corradini (173-G-85), Marija Micovic (187-F-82, agency: Players Group) and Anna Pernice (197-C-80) for 2010/2011 season.


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Candyce BINGHAM
  Amicale
  (183-F-86)
  Avg: 31.5
 1. Bingham, Amicale31.5 
 2. Stowe, AB Contern28.0 
 3. Fisher, Musel Pikes25.0 
 4. Donovan, Etzella25.0 
 5. Spencer, Heffingen20.0 
 6. Underwood, Resid.20.0 
 7. Mazjoukhina, Musel P.19.0 
 8. Barnes, T71 D.17.5 
 9. Walton, Black Star17.0 
 10. Petrova, Black Star17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda STOWE
  AB Contern
  (186-F/C-79)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stowe, AB Contern16.0 
 2. Fisher, Musel Pikes15.0 
 3. Bingham, Amicale13.0 
 4. Samis, Basket Esch12.0 
 5. Spencer, Heffingen11.0 
 6. Goedert, Etzella10.0 
 7. Walton, Black Star10.0 
 8. Putz, Heffingen10.0 
 9. Underwood, Resid.10.0 
 10. Barnes, T71 D.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn SCHREINER
  Etzella
  (165-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Schreiner, Etzella7.0 
 2. Goedert, Etzella7.0 
 3. Mazjoukhina, Musel P.7.0 
 4. Petrova, Black Star5.0 
 5. Stowe, AB Contern5.0 
 6. Donovan, Etzella5.0 
 7. Walton, Black Star4.0 
 8. Bingham, Amicale4.0 
 9. Hinger, AB Contern4.0 
 10. Meintz, Amicale3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ana PETROVA
  Black Star
  (170-F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Petrova, Black Star6.0 
 2. Underwood, Resid.5.5 
 3. Wagener, T71 D.3.5 
 4. Becker, Black Star3.0 
 5. Schreiner, Etzella3.0 
 6. Fischbach, Resid.3.0 
 7. Giver, Heffingen3.0 
 8. Rassel, Racing3.0 
 9. Meintz, Amicale3.0 
 10. Bingham, Amicale3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julie ZOVILE
  AB Contern
  (176-F-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Zovile, AB Contern1.0 
 2. Bingham, Amicale1.0 
 3. Barnes, T71 D.1.0 
 4. Bertrand, Musel P.1.0 
 5. Spencer, Heffingen1.0 
 6. Hetto, Heffingen1.0 
 7. Walton, Black Star1.0 
 8. Mazjoukhina, Musel P.1.0 
 9. Underwood, Resid.0.5 
 10. Schulte, Basket E.0.5 


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  MALTA - Women  


Standings - Women
Div.1 Standings
 1. Athleta 0-0 
 2. Depiro 0-0 
 3. Hibs Medsea 0-0 
 4. Loyola 0-0 
 5. Luxol 0-0 
 6. St.Andrews 0-0 
 7. Starlites 0-0 


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Aisha Mohammed moves to Ceyhan Belediye - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) debuted for Ceyhan Belediye with 9 points that lost to Tarsus Belediye 74:81. Trailing 14-21 after the first period, Tarsus won the rest of the game. Crossley paced all the winners with 24 points and Dominique Canty nailed 22. Seda Erdogan scored 11, whilst Michelle Plenette Pierson brought 9. Monigue Coker replied with 22 points in the losing effort. Adgola Wylie and Julie Mc Bride delivered 15 each. Her last season she spent in Liomatic Umbertide (Italy-A1) and after 16 games she averaged 3.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4spg.



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  NORWAY - Women  


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Asker/BV 1-0 
 2. Gimle 1-0 
 3. NTNUI 0-0 
 4. Oslo 0-0 
 5. Ulriken 0-0 
 6. Nordstrand 0-1 
 7. Ullern 0-1 


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  POLAND - Women  


Richards' 20 points and 8 assists give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Samantha Richards (167-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
She had the game-high 20 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Gorzow in her team's victory, helping them to crush CCC Polkowice (#6, 1-1) with 25-point margin 79-54. Despite this victory Gorzow dropped to the 4th position in Polish PLKK. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Gorzow won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Richards has many years of experience at Gorzow, through which he has constantly improved. Richards has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.0ppg and is league's best passer with 8.0apg. Richards is in league's top in and averages solid 4.0spg and 61.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) of Lotos Gdynia. She is Montenegrin forward in her first season at Lotos Gdynia. In the last game Bjelica recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Lotos Gdynia lost that game 65-73 to Widzew (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Bjelica is a newcomer at Lotos Gdynia and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to another Lotos Gdynia's star - forward Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group). Mieloszynska scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Mieloszynska's great performance Lotos Gdynia lost 65-73 to Widzew (#3, 2-1). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Lotos Gdynia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Mieloszynska has a very solid season. In 2 games in Poland she scored 15.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amisha Carter (188-F/C-82) of CCC Polkowice - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Alicja Bednarek (170-G-83) of Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow - 23 points and 4 assists
6. Olga Zytomirska (189-C/F-81) of Widzew - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Agnieszka Kulaga (170-G-86) of Super-Pol - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Mercedes Fox-Griffin (170-G-87) of Super-Pol - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) of Gorzow - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Joy Cheek (185-F-88) of Super-Pol - 18 points and 12 rebounds


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


D2 Standing - by Eurobasket
D2 Standings
North A
 1. Aguiar 0-0 
 2. Bolacesto 0-0 
 3. Brandoense 0-0 
 4. CD Povoa 0-0 
 5. Guifoes 0-0 
 6. IPP 0-0 
 7. Juvemaia 0-0 
 8. Oliveirense 0-0 
 9. Sanjoanense 0-0 
 10. Valongo 0-0 
North B
 1. ACC Coimbra 0-0 
 2. ACERT 0-0 
 3. CAD Coimbra 0-0 
 4. Esgueira 0-0 
 5. Figueirense 0-0 
 6. Galitos/AAUAV 0-0 
 7. GICA 0-0 
 8. Lousanense 0-0 
 9. Nucleo P. 0-0 
 10. Zona Alta 0-0 
South
 1. Abrantes 0-0 
 2. Alenguer 0-0 
 3. Alges B 0-0 
 4. Ateneu 0-0 
 5. Benfica 0-0 
 6. Carnide 0-0 
 7. ESA Basket 0-0 
 8. Juv.Palmea 0-0 
 9. Montijobanda 0-0 
 10. Simeco 0-0 
 11. Uniao Forte 0-0 
 12. UnvEvora 0-0 


Olivais clinch 2010 SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
Olivais - AD Vagos 51:49

Olivais celebrated the first trophy of the season. They outscored the defending champions AD Vagos to claim the SuperCup title. Kiva Herman (183-F-87, college: San Diego) knocked down 14 points to lead the effort.
Olivais strongly started the game. They limited AD Vagos to 9 points in ten minutes to take a 14:9 advantage. The margin grew at 9-point mark early in the second period. But AD Vagos stopped the bleeding and drew things level at 18. Olivais pulled ahead once again and recorded a 25:20 halftime advantage. Things did not change in the third term. Olivais maintained the margin well enough as they posted a 36:31 lead at the final pause. Olivais stayed in front before AD Vagos made a spurt to earn a 49:48 lead late in regulation. However Kiva Herman nailed 3 free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Olivais. Jessica Almeida (172-G-93) produced 12 points for the winners. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) notched 11 points for Olivais. Carla Silva (172-G/F-81), Chineze Nwagbo (183-G-82, college: Syracuse) and Joana Lopes (185-F-86) accounted for 12 points each in the loss. Chineze Nwagbo added 19 rebounds to her tally and was named the MVP of the clash.

Olivais: Kiva Herman 14, Jessica Almeida 12, Sofia Silva 11
AD Vagos: Carla Silva 12, Chineze Nwagbo 12, Joana Lopes 12



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  SERBIA - Women  


Natasa Kovacevic joined to Vozdovac - by Dragana Vukovic
One of the most talented young players in Serbia,Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94),decided to move in Vozdovac Beograd.Last season she was playing in Crvena Zvezda Beograd,averaing 5.1 points,2.8 rebounds and 0.2 assists during the Regular season and 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds during Play-Offs.This summer she was the key player in U16 NT on U16 European Championship where she was averaging 16.6 points,7.9 rebounds,1.8 assists and 3.6 steals.She led the team to the fourth place on Championship.She was the third scorer of the Championship and the second in steals.Also she was voted in All Tournament Team.

Tamara Kapor moved to Radivoj Korac - by Dragana Vukovic
The management of Radivoj Korac Beograd announced that they signed four years contract with Tamara Kapor (184-G-91).Last season she was playing in Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka where she was averaging 7.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in Adriatic League.Tamara Kapor (184-G-91) is one of the most talented Bosnian players of the upcoming generations.Last year she was playing on U18 European Championship B Division and she was the second scorer of the Championship,averaging 20.2ppg,6.0rpg and 2.1apg.

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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
SKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. K. Oblak, ODE 20.0
2. N. Baric, CEL 19.7
3. A. Turcinovic, CEL 18.3
4. T. Kropivsek, ILI 18.0
5. Klancnik, GVT 17.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. A. Turcinovic, CEL 10.3
2. B. Skof, ILI 10.0
2. Z. Macura, JEZ 10.0
4. A. Ljubenovic, TRI 9.0
5. N. Srot, GVT 8.0
Assists Per Game
1. N. Baric, CEL 5.33
2. Z. Zdolsek, TRI 5.00
3. S. Kukovec, AJM 3.00
3. K. Baltic, AJM 3.00
3. A. Lesjak, GVT 3.00
Steals Per Game
1. D. Novi, AJM 6.00
2. T. Kropivsek, ILI 4.00
3. N. Gabrovsek, JEZ 3.00
3. B. Adamovic, TRI 3.00
3. M. Dover, AJM 3.00
Blocks Per Game
1. M. Furman, AJM 2.00
1. A. Polajzer, ROG 2.00
1. T. Muhovic, 2.00
1. L. Jagodic, CEL 2.00
1. A. Turcinovic, CEL 2.00
2FGP
1. E. Rupnik, JEZ 71.43 2. K. Baltic, AJM 66.67
2. T. Cadez, ODE 66.67
4. S. Javornik, GVT 62.50
5. A. Turcinovic, CEL 60.00


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  TURKEY - Women  


TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket
TKB2L Standings
 1. Adana BSB 0-0 
 2. Baglar Bld 0-0 
 3. Bodrum 0-0 
 4. Bursa BSB 0-0 
 5. Cankaya 0-0 
 6. Dortyol 0-0 
 7. Gure Belediye 0-0 
 8. Izmir BSB 0-0 
 9. Kocaeli 0-0 
 10. Konak Gures 0-0 
 11. Nigde T.T. 0-0 
 12. TED Ankara 0-0 


TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Eurobasket
TBB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Riddle, TED 22.9
2 Jones, Alanya 21.8
3 Yavas, Antalya 17.4
4 Onbasi, Alanya 17.3
5 Unal, Gure 16.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Jones, Alanya 15.8
2 Riddle, TED 15.7
3 Kazali, Antalya 12.3
4 Unal, Gure 10.6
5 Celebi, Burh 10.1
Assists Per Game
1 Yavas, Antalya 6.7
2 Celebi, Alanya 5.7
3 Tongar, TED 4.4
4 Basak, Burh 3.9
5 Ozdemir, Gure 3.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Riddle, TED 1.6
2 Oztekin, Alanya 1.4
3 Jones, Alanya 1.4


Standings - TBBL
TKBL Standings
 1. Alanya BLD 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. Botas 0-0 
 4. Ceyhan Bld 0-0 
 5. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 6. Galatasaray 0-0 
 7. Istanbul Univ. 0-0 
 8. Mersin 0-0 
 9. Samsun 0-0 
 10. Tarsus Bld 0-0 
 11. TED Kayseri 0-0 


Botasspor will face Tarsus Bld in 2nd game at Anadolu Jet tournament - by Iva Ivanova

Botasspor will face Tarsus Bld today in a second day of Pre-season tournament 'Anadolu Jet Botas Cup 7'. Another games scheuled today are Pankup Kayseri - Ceyhan Belediye and Mersin BSB - Galatasaray. All games are played at Menderes sport hall. Results from 1st day are:

Pankup Kayseri - Galatasaray 67-86
Pankup Kayseri (67): Demirok, Ozsuveren, Askin 3, Sevinc, Canbaz 1, Daricioglu 1, Yavuz 6, Gokdemir 5, Turner 22, La Toya Pringle 12, Ural 12, Metin 5

Galatasaray (86): Palazoglu 16, Anaz 4, Kozluca 5, Can 10, Bilge 4, Caglar 5, Alben 6, Hodges 14, Gumusay 0, Currie 13, Saylar 1, Petronyte 8

Botasspor - Mersin BSB 48-66 (14-13, 13-19, 7-24, 14-10)
Botas (48): Yetis, Cigil 12, Rapcuk, Komur, Bilgic, Tabakci 7, Uzun, Anderson 2, Takmaz 4, Senyurek 2, Frazee 13, Boddie 8

Mersin BSB (66): Inantepe 11, Simpson 4, Talasoglu 15, Aydin 4, Incel 3, Engin 9, Sandallioglu 6, Yurekli, Constance 9, Murat 5

Tarsus Bld - Ceyhan Belediye 81-74
(14-21, 22-12, 27-18, 18-23)
Tarsus Bld (81): N.Ivegin 4, Canty 22, Yavas 0, Erdogan 11, Siyahdemir 3, Tasbas 2, Nurdoglu 0, Zeren 6, Ertas 0, Peirson 9, Crossely 24

Ceyhan Belediye (74): Dalman 0, Ipek 0, Yenal 0, Unuvar 2, Yalcin 2, Ozkan 4, Coker 22, Arseven 5, Yalcinkaya 0, Mc Bride 15, Mohammed 9, Wylie 15




Tarsus and Ceyhan Belediye transfer news - by Eurobasket News
Tarsus added Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) to their roster as the latter played her last season for Maccabi Ramat Hen (Israel-D1, starting five). In 15 games she averaged 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 69.6%. In summer the American player joined Chicago Sky (WNBA, starting five) and in 34 games showed 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 69.3%.
Nigerian Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) debuted for Ceyhan Belediye that lost to Tarsus Belediye 74:81. Trailing 14-21 after the first period, Tarsus won the rest of the game. Her last season she spent in Liomatic Umbertide (Italy-A1) and after 16 games she averaged 3.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4spg.
Monique Coker (188-F/C-82, college: ODU) moves to Ceyhan Belediye after she enjoyed 2009-2010 season with Elitzur Maccabi Netanya (Israel-D1, starting five). After 22 games she had massive19.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.9rpg), 1.7apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 70.6%.

Ceyhan Belediye Roster for 2010/2011 season:Yagmur Dalaman, Yasemin Ibek, Meric Banu Yenal, Dilek Unuvar, Asena Yalcin, Hlya Ozkan, Monique Coker, Bengu Arseven, Melike Yalinkaya , Julie McBride, Aisha Mohammed, Adgola Wylie

Tarsus Roster for 2010/2011 season: Naile Ivegin, Dominique Canty, Ozge Yavas, Seda Erdogan, Kubra Siyahdemir, Burcu Tasbas, Meliha Nurdogdu, Sanem Gamze Zeren, Gorkem Ertas, Plenette Pierson, Crossley



Market news:Mersin BSB extend their roster with Chanel Mokango - by Iva Ivanova
Mersin BSB added 22-old-player Chanel Mokango to their roster for new season. Mokango have two seasons at Southeastern Illinois College (2006/07, 2007/2008) before transferring to Mississippi State. After two seasons at Mississippi University (2008/09, 2009/10), she moved to Turkish women league. Chanel Mokango averaged 10.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.4apg.1.96 m forward, according to stats .She will play at Mersin BSB 1 year according her contract.

Whitney Jones is a newcomer at Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler - by Eurobasket
Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American center Whitney Jones (183-C-87, college: Arkansas). Jones played last year at Alanya Belediye (TKBL) winning TBB2L championship. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBB2L Player of the Year. She was second best scorer in the league with 21.8ppg and best rebounder with 15.8rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Izmir invites to Botas Cup - by Eurobasket News
Izmir invites to Botas Cup as six teams started the campaign yesterday in the Turkish city.
Galatasaray overcame Pankup Kayseri 86:67 on Wednesday at the Adnan Menderes Sports Hall in their first game of the tournament. The teams were tied at 19-19 after the opening quarter, while Pankup Kayseri grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the team added 16-14 to surprise the favorites. Galatasaray needed the second half victories to win the game. Tugba Palazoglu (172-G-80) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) finished with 14 points. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Gintare Petronyte contributed the win with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Tarsus Belediye overcame Ceyhan Belediye 81:74. Trailing 14-21 after the first period, Tarsus won the rest of the game. Shanna Crossley (178-G-83, college: Tennessee) paced all the winners with 24 points and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) nailed 22. Seda Erdogan scored 11, whilst Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) brought 9. Monigue Coker replied with 22 points in the losing effort. Adgola Wylie and Julie Mc Bride delivered 15 each.
Botas lost to Mersin Belediye 48:66 in the third game of the opener.