EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/3/2010 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


Aces final camp announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Las Vegas Aces scheduled their last, open to the public tryout camp, on Nov. 12th and 13th from 2pm4pm. The camp wil be held at the Dula Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada. Head Coach Kirk Baker and his Assistant Cedric D. Murphy will run the camp. The Aces will raffle off a 25inch flat screen TV at the Aces inter squad scrimmage. For more info log on to www.acesbasketball.net

Dallas Impact defeated the Texas RimRockers in a scrimmage - by Tyler Gatlin
November 1, 2010 - Dallas, TX The Dallas Impact defeated the Texas RimRockers, 99-94 in an exciting basketball scrimmage at the Lakewest Family YMCA in Dallas, Texas.

The Texas RimRockers started the game with an 10-0 run however couldn't maintain the lead after the first quarter. The basketball scrimmage became a see-saw affair as both teams were evenly matched through the contest. However, the Dallas Impact seized the lead with 3:36 to go and won the contest.

The Dallas Impact were led by the balance attack of Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: SW Assemblies of God) and Habeem Kareem and leading the way for the Texas RimRockers by TJ Tate, Reggie Jacquett, Blake Armelin, and Nick Tyler. The Impact's next scheduled event is the ABA Tri-State Showcase in Dallas, Texas from November 12-14, 2010.

Before the scrimmage, the Impact took time to work with Habitat for Humanity on a housing project in South Dallas. The coaches and players spent several hours helping to build a house for a deserving family. This was the first of many scheduled service events for the Dallas Impact.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Leon Radosevic claims weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 20-year old center had the game-high 14 points adding nine rebounds for Cibona in his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Zagreb CO (3-2) 87-77. Cibona maintains the 6th position in Adriatic League 2QL_A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Cibona will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Radosevic has many years of experience at Cibona, through which he has constantly improved. Radosevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita Zagreb. Draper impressed basketball fans with 36 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Cedevita lost that game 89-97 to the higher-ranked Hemofarm (#8, 4-1). Cedevita is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Draper is a newcomer at Cedevita 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 19.0ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 6.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was Mario Kasun (213-C-80) of KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (#12). Kasun scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kasun's great performance KK Zagreb CO lost 77-87 to the higher-ranked Cibona (3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing KK Zagreb CO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Kasun has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Cibona - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Cibona - 23 points and 3 assists
6. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of U.Olimpija - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81) of Krka - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Buducnost - 9 points and 11 rebounds
9. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) of Buducnost - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74) of KK Zagreb CO - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists


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  ARGENTINA   


Club 9 de Julio adds Leonardo Pomare - by Eurobasket News
Club 9 de Julio announced signing of Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) for rest of the season. The 24-year-old Panamanian/American forward arrives to Argentina from Japan. He spent the last season with Sendai 89ers averaging 15 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists for 54 games in BJ League. He is a product of the San Diego University, where he graduated in 2009.

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  AUSTRALIA   


O'Hea to return to Swinburne Cobras in 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Highly rated Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras guard Matt O'Hea (196-G-82) will return to the Snakepit for the Swinburne Cobras 2011 SEABL campaign. OHea returns to the Club after an impressive 2010 Season averaging 14pts, 3.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

OHea, a Nunawading junior spent a number of seasons playing with the Melbourne Tigers in the NBL. He was awarded the Tigers Most Improved Player for the 2006/2007 season and 2009/10 NBL Season played in 19 games.

2010 left OHea with some unfinished business and he is keen to return to Kilsyth I really enjoyed my time at the Club last season with a great group of guys. I feel as though we had a group that could have gone a bit further but for whatever reason things didn't work out for us come finals time.

Kilsyth suffered a two point loss to Bendigo and a one point loss on the buzzer to Knox in the Preliminary Final in what OHea described as a tough way to go out.

The loss to Knox was tough on everyone, it took me a while to come to terms with it, they hit some unbelievably tough shots down the stretch, but we were in a position earlier in the game to put them away and failed to do so. I'm determined not to let that happen again.

OHea is looking forward to a move back to his natural shooting guard position in 2011 after running the point for the Swinburne Cobras in 2010. I'm going to be far more aggressive offensively. I enjoyed the challenge of being the point guard last season but can't wait to get back on the wing and get a few more shots up, he proclaimed.

Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras Head Coach Grant Wallace is pleased to have secured the experience OHea again in 2011. With the retirement of DJ Taylor it was important that we secured Matt OHea to continue the quality leadership for our younger group and our Club.

Matt in an exceptional basketball player who can score at any time and most importantly is the highest calibre person. He understands the game better than any other and was brilliant for us in 2010.

With the announcement of a new point guard planned for the coming weeks Wallace is looking forward to playing OHea in the two-guard in 2011. With a quality point guard to get him the ball in the right spot we feel very good about Matts scoring ability and lead the Swinburne Cobras to a better 2011!

OHea is the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras first player signing announcement for the 2011 Season. It is anticipated that further announcements on the 2011 Roster will be made over the coming weeks.
Courtesy of KILSYTH PRESS RELEASE




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  AUSTRIA   


Anthony Shavies claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old guard got a double-double of 25 points and thirteen assists, while his team edged out Arkadia (#7, 3-3) 91-87. It allowed Furstenfeld to consolidate first place in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Furstenfeld have a solid 5-1 record. Shavies has many years of experience at Furstenfeld, through which he has constantly improved. Missouri State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Shavies. Shavies is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Louis Graham (205-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) of UBSC Raiffeisen Graz. Graham impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Of course UBSC Graz cruised to a 84-77 relatively comfortable win over Worthersee (#12, 0-6). UBSC Graz's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Graham is a newcomer at UBSC Graz and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg (#8). Nagler scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg, leading his team to a 68-65 win against the lower-ranked Gussing (#11, 1-5). Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Nagler has a great season in Austria. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76) of Arkadia - 32 points and 7 rebounds
5. Shawn Ray (194-F-80) of Furstenfeld - 32 points and 5 rebounds
6. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Worthersee - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74) of Gmunden - 30 points
8. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BC Vienna - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Markus Carr (185-G-79) of BC Vienna - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81) of Gmunden - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Siauliai brings in David Weaver for a try-out - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai announced arrival of David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) for a try-out. The 23-year-old American center was released by Ilysiakos Athens recently, but he will have another chance to stay in Europe.
David Weaver graduated at the Wake Forest University few months ago. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds for 31 games as a senior.


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  BELARUS   


BK Minsk-2006 defeated Dynamo-Moscow. - by Timur Tolokh
BK Minsk-2006 won a landslide victory in the first of the two friendly games planned in the Belarusian capital. On-site sports complex on the streets of the Yralskaya champion of Belarus defeated Dynamo (Moscow) - 85:67.

The intrigue of the match, which began in the speed and uncompromising struggle continued until the break. At the last seconds of reducing the starting quarter of a draw (22:22), later in Minsk dwellers accustomed role of host sites, not allowing the Russian guests to realize the combination of attack. The turning point of the meeting was the third quarter, which Minsk finished with a double margin - 23:11. The final segment last for Dinamo, fundamentally affect the outcome of the meeting could not.

The best in the Belarusian team were Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.), who collected 19 points, and only slightly in arrears from the American Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) (17 points). As part of Dynamo's most effective was Evgeni Voronov (18 points).

The next match the team will hold on 2 November (Tuesday) on-site sports complex in the Yralskaya. Beginning at 17.00. Enter is free.



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Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Telenet Oostende has found a replacement for the injured Trevor Huffman.
Yesterday they signed American PG Eugene Kelley (182-G-85, college: S.Carolina) for the rest of the season.
Tre as he is better known is expected in Oostende on Wednesday and the team hopes to have him eligible to play for their next game.
Kelley played college ball at South Carolina till the end of the 06-07 season. As senior he averaged 18.9 ppg and 5.1 apg which eaned him All SEC first team honors.
He split his first overseas season between Cibona Zagreb and Panelionios Athens. Played the 2008-2009 in Israel for Elitzur Ashkelon.
This past season he played in China for the DongGuan Leopards before moving to Lebanon for the rest of the season.
In China he averaged 22.1 ppg and 4.4apg in 20 games. With Sagesse Beirut he played 7 games with averages of 17.4 and 3.4apg.




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  BELIZE   


U-15 National Basketball Team poised for Centrobasket - by David Magana
After their third training match against bigger high school opponents, the Belize U-15 National Basketball Team is nearing the end of its training and preparation for the upcoming Centrobasket Tournament in Chiapas, Mexico.

Last Friday night, October 22, the team played their third exhibition training match at the Civic Center, this one against the SJC basketball team, whom they defeated, 64-56. It is a significant win for the youngsters, considering they were up against older boys from the highly rated SJC high school team, who had jumped out to a 16-4 first quarter lead. The U-15 pulled their game together and held their own to end the first half trailing with a respectable 29-18 score. The second half belonged to the U-15, however, as they closed the gap in the third quarter to 50-43; and then dominated their opponents in the fourth, to overtake SJC and come away with the 64-56 win.

The two previous outings in the U-15 series of training/exhibition matches were against the CODICADER silver medalists, Sacred Heart College U-18, featuring their star forward Kachief Thomas. Sacred Heart won both games by over 10 points, but the U-15 held their own on both occasions, forcing Sacred Heart and Kachief to pull out their A game.

With this latest result, head coach Matthew Smiling , who was eager on Saturday morning to provide us with the game stats, is visibly satisfied with the progress of the U-15 National Team youths, who are scheduled to travel this coming weekend to Chiapas, Mexico, for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament which runs from November 1 to 6.

The major sponsor for the U-15 is Belize Natural Energy (BNE), but the team also did some fundraising of its own. First, there were the exhibition games, and then Mark Ushers P.R.O.T.O. group, along with sponsors Smiling Meats, Krem Radio & TV, Channel 7, Amandala, More FM, BBF, and Angelus Press, spearheaded a big barbecue on Saturday, October 16, to help outfit the team for the trip to Centrobasket.

Though only 12 players can be registered at any one time in the tournament, the team management has seen it fit, for practical reasons, to include a total of 15 players in the U-15 training camp.

Courtesy of Amandala


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Bosnian D1: Round 2 review - by Eurobasket News
Varda - Celik 48-57
Celik managed to record win away from home as they were better than their hosts Varda 48-57. Muris Andelija (208-C/F-81) led the winning side with 17 points in this one. Haris Jahic (190-G-81) and Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) followed with 12 and 10 points respectively. For Varda, Sasa Crnobrnja (203-F/C-83) had 13 points while Jovan Bajic (191-G-80) chipped in 12 points.

Brotnjo - Bosna 75-89
Bosna recovered from opening game loss and managed to overcome Brotnjo 75-89. Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) and Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) stood out for Bosna with 22 and 15 points. On the other side, Brotnjo got 17 points from Nikola Lesko (201-F-83) as well as 10 from Ante Djugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side).

Borac Nektar - Zrinjski 82-76
Borach hosted Zrinjski and had to work hard in order to secure 82-76 home win in this one.

Sloboda Dita - Capljina 69-76
Capljina managed to pull somewhat over of an upset when they travelled to Tuzla. Visiting side squared off against Sloboda Dita and managed to steal one from them on their way to 69-76 win.

Leotar - Slavija 83-81
Leotar needed an overtime to overcome visiting Slavija 83-81. Nikola Durasovic (199-F-83) had 15 points for Leotar in this one. Trio of Petar Jovanovic, Dusko Markovic (204-F/C-74) and Igor Josipovic added 14 points each, while Bojan Pelkic finished the game with 11 points. For visitors, Srdan Stanic (186-G-84) poured in game high 24 points and Pavle Boljkovac (190-G-85) added 14 points.

Mladost - Hercegovac 92-65
Mladost had an easy run-out in their duel against visiting Hercegovac. Hosts took control from the opening tip off and cruised to more than comfortable 93-65 win.

D1 Standings
1. Capljina 2-0
2. Kakanj 1-0
3. Mladost MG 1-0
4. Borac Nektar 1-1
5. Bosna S. 1-1
6. Brotnjo Citluk 1-1
7. Celik 1-1
8. Hercegovac 1-1
9. SL IAT Leotar 1-1
10. Sloboda Dita 1-1
11. Zrinjski MC 1-1
12. Slavija 0-2
13. Varda 0-2


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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo Advances in Liga Sudamericana - by Miguel Gonzalez
Playing at home, Quimsa (Argentina) won all three games against Flamengo, Inacap and Malvin. Quimsa and runners-up Flamengo advanced to the Final Stage.



1st Stage:
Group B (Santiago del Esterro, Argentina):
1st Round:


29/10/10
(Brazil) Flamengo 94-92 Malvin (Uruguay)
(Argentina) Quimsa 91-68 Inacap (Chile)

2nd Round:
29/10/10
(Brazil) Flamengo 111-73 Inacap (Chile)
(Argentina) Quimsa 84-70 Malvin (Uruguay)

3rd Round:
30/10/10
(Chile) Inacap 88-81 Malvin (Uruguay)
(Argentina) Quimsa 82-77 Flamengo (Brazil)

Standings:


Group A (Franca, Brazil):
1) Franca - 6 - Final Stage.
2) Boca Jrs. - 5 - Final Stage.
3) Bigua - 4
4) Mavort - 3

Grpup B (Santiago del Estero, Argentina):
1) Quimsa - 6 - Final Stage.
2) Flamengo - 5 - Final Stage.
3) Inacap - 4
4) Malvin - 3

Grupo C (Cucuta, Colombia):
1) Cucuta - 0
1) Libertad Sunchales - 0
1) Tiburones - 0
1) Universo - 0




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SLUC Nancy lands guard Willie Deane - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy announced signing of Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) for rest of the season. The American guard, with Bulgarian passport, will join his new teammates in the coming days. He arrives from the Bulgarian powerhouse Lukoil Akademik, where he finished last season. He joined Lukoil in January and helped them to defend the NBL title. They also won it together in 2008 and 2009. Deane appeared 23 times for them last season averaging 15.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals. He started 2009/10 in Poland with PGE Turow Zgorzelec registering 9.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.7 apg for them in PLK.
Season 2008/09, Willie Deane started in Lithuania with Zalgiris Kaunas. They parted ways in December and the player joined Lukoil in January of 2009. He shined in NBL that season with 21.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 5 apg. Deane joined Lukoil Akademik for the first time in November of 2007. He had 19 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 5.3 apg for them in 45 games and was named Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year -08. Before Lukoil Akademik, Willie Deane played for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Caffe Maxim Virtus Bologna, Turk Telekom Ankara, Ionikos and Ilysiakos. He is a product of the Purdue University, where he graduated in 2003.
SLUC Nancy currently has 3-1 record in ProA and they will also compete in EuroChallenge, Group H.


Dominic James claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Dominic James (180-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lukoil Academik Sofia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Lukoil Academik Sofia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Chernomorets (#7, 0-3), the league's worst team 95-88. It allowed Lukoil Academik Sofia to consolidate first place in the Bulgarian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. In the team's last game James had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lukoil Academik Sofia's top player in his first season with the team. Marquette University graduate has very impressive stats this year. James is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.3ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg,54.8% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: 011 Sports) of Rilski Sportist Samokov. Lilov impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Rilski Sportist lost that game 61-73 to Balkan (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. Lilov is a newcomer at Rilski Sportist and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 6.7rpg and 4.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) of Euroins Cherno More (#6). Zhelev showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Zhelev's great performance Cherno More lost 71-85 to Levski (#3, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cherno More 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, Zhelev could try to bring Cherno More's a little bit higher in the standings. Zhelev has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of BC Spartak Pleven - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Yambol - 19 points and 20 rebounds
7. Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Yambol - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Balkan - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Iliya Stankov (198-F-76) of Spartak P. - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dwayne Morton (200-F-71) of Balkan - 11 points and 14 rebounds


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ARRIEROS AND CUCUTA WILL PLAY THE FINAL - by Victor Garcia
Cucuta Norte advances to the final of the 2010 Colombian Basketball Federation Cup after defeat Bucaros 3 0 in the series, Bucaros did not found a way to stop the power of Chris Jackson in the paint, and the speed of Edgar Moreno running the offensive, the big two of Bucaros Marriaga and Guevara did not played at their best in the series, and Bucaros also had a couple of Bad games of David Cortes, just Kevin Sowell and David Reyes played in a good level.
Cucuta Norte was also too deep getting always good numbers from Eduardo Torres, Juan Herrera , Eleuterio Renteria and Heberth Bayona, Cucuta reaches the final for the third straight time, and now faces the bog challenge to play in few days the Southamerican League and the Finals of the Cup.
Game 2:
CUCUTA NORTE 83 C. JACKSON 23 PTS + 14 REBS
BUCAROS 68 K. SOWELL 20 PTS.

Game 3:
BUCAROS 78
CUCUTA NORTE 85
CUCUTA NORTE WINS THE SERIES 3 0.

Arrieros is back in the finals defeating Piratas in the semi-final playoff 3 0, Arrieros had in Alejandro Flores its main scorer, Flores averaged 28 pts + 14 rebs in the series, but also Stalin Ortiz averaging 23 pts and Norbey Aragn with an amazing defense that erased Piratas main weapon David Harrison at times were top figures in the series, Heissler Guillent coming back from some back spam played in the last two games to seal the victory, the Piratas did not found a way to hurt Arrieros, but the good news for them are the great level of Gianluca Bacci who should be the starting point guard in the upcoming seasons.
Game 2
PIRATAS 78 D.HARRISON 17 PTS, G. BACCI 16 + 7 REBS
ARRIEROS 84 A. FLORES 32 PTS + 18 REBS, S. ORTIZ 22 PTS.

Game 3
ARRIEROS 74
PIRATAS 61
ARRIEROS WINS THE SERIES 3 - 0



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  CROATIA   


Aleksandar Scepanovic moves to Hungary - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Aleksandar Scepanovic (198-G-82) is set to continue his career in Hungary. The Croatian guard has reportedly reached an agreement with Wamsler SE Salgotarjan but the details were not disclosed. Scepanovic spent some time this summer on trial with the team and now it seems that the move has been made official. The player has already joined his new teammates and will be seen as good addition at the guard position.
Aleksandar Scepanovc made his professional debut during 1999-2000 season as member of Kantrida Rijeka. Following season he has posted averages of 20.6 points and 4.7 rebounds for Kantrida in A2 League. In 2001, Scepanovic moved to Slovenian outfit Polzela where in 14 games he averaged 4.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per match. One year later, he moved to Sava Osiguranje where he played for 4 seasons becoming regular member of starting five. He improved his averages season after season, while during 2004-2005 he averaged 11.6 points and 2.4 boards in 14 games. In 2006, he signed with Kvarner for which he appeared in 23 games. During those matches, Scepanovic averaged 6.3 points and 1.6 assists per game. Following season, the player was on the move again this time to BC Dubrovnik. In his debut season he averaged 10.4 points and 1.9 assists in 30 games. Last season, Scepanovic played in 26 matches during which he has posted averages of 13 points and 2.6 rebounds.


A1: Round Four review - by Eurobasket News
Trogir - Borik 83-66
Impressive win for Trogir, whose leading player was Luka Zitko with 35 points. Jure Lozancic secured a nice help adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Marijan Cakarun with 11 points. That victory allowed Trogir (2-2) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with Kvarner 2010, Dubrovnik and Zabok. Borik (3-1) on the other side faced with the first loss of the season. Borik will play next round against Dubrovnik trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Trogir will try to continue on it's current victory against eighth ranked Darda.
Top scorers:
Trogir ZP: L.Zitko 35+4reb, J.Lozancic 18+7reb+1ast, M.Ceskovic 15+3reb+2ast, J.Blajic 9+3reb+6ast, T.Vitali 4+5reb+2ast, M.Diminic 2+3reb,
KK Borik Puntamika Zadar: M.Cakarun 11+2reb+1ast, J.Mrkic 10, M.Jurjevic 9+2reb, I.Mikulic 8+1reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 8+5reb+1ast, A.Devic 7+1ast,


Dubrovnik - Kvarner 2010 79-71
Box-score will be available soon.

Zabok - Svjetlost 96-81
Ante Krapic helped the hosts to take this one with 26 points and Ivan Perincic added 15 points, plus 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Srdan Helbich with 24 points and 6 rebounds. That victory allowed Zabok (2-2) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with Kvarner 2010, Dubrovnik and Trogir. Svjetlost (1-3) on the other side went down to eighth place as they recorded their third loss. Zabok are looking forward to the next round to face Kvarner 2010. Svjetlost will play against KK Split hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
KK Zabok: A.Krapic 26+4reb+1ast, D.Krajacic 16+4reb, I.Perincic 15+5reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 10+3reb+2ast, I.Tomeljak 9+2ast, I.Milekovic 9+2reb+1ast,
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod: S.Helbich 24+6reb+1ast, A.Sarac 12+1reb+2ast, I.Maric 12+2reb, M.Kljaic 8+2reb+3ast, M.Matasovic 8, D.Norac 7+2reb+3ast,


KK Split - Dubrava 103-69
Very significant was KK Split's 34-point home victory against Dubrava 103-69. The winners were lead by Josip Sobin who had that evening 19 points and Ivan Mimica who supported him with 13 points. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Dario Gazic did not help to save the game for Dubrava. That victory allowed KK Split (4-0) to take over a leadership position. Another loss means that Dubrava is still at the bottom of the standings as they recorded their fourth loss. KK Split's next round game will be against Svjetlost which should be an easy walk for them. Dubrava will play against league's second-placed Alkar Sinj hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 19+4reb+2ast, S.Subotic 14+1reb+2ast, I.Mimica 13+4reb+3ast, A.Grgurevic 11+4reb+2ast, R.Ciklic 10+3reb+1ast, T.Katic 10+3reb+4ast,
KK Dubrava Zagreb: D.Gazic 16+5reb, D.Bagaric 12+4reb, R.Rikic 9+1reb, F.Basljan 9+1reb+1ast, S.Cubric 6, M.Juricic 5,


Alkar Sinj - Darda 83-66
Everything went according to plan when Darda (1-3) was defeated by third Alkar Sinj (3-1) 83-66. Worth to mention a great performance of Ivica Radic who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds and Slavko Modric who added 16 points. The best for the losing side was Austin Swift with 23 points and 6 rebounds. That victory allowed Alkar Sinj (3-1) to claimb to second place. They share it with Borik. Darda (1-3) on the other side went down to eighth place as they recorded their third loss. Alkar Sinj are looking forward to the next round to face Dubrava which should be an easy walk for them. Darda will play against Trogir hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: I.Radic 25+8reb, S.Modric 16+4reb, D.Erceg 11+2reb, A.Delas 8+5reb+5ast, A.Anzulovic 7+2reb, Z.Zupic 7+7reb+5ast,
Vrijednosnice OS Darda: A.Swift 23+6reb+1ast, G.Kamaldin 18+7reb, M.Mandic 7+2reb, I.Krolo 6+5reb, D.Meznaric 3+2reb, Z.Omazic 3+2reb,


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Aleksandar Radojevic claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Bosnia and Herzegovina-Serbian Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hasapis Omonia Nicosia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 34-year old center had the game-high 9 points adding seventeen rebounds and five assists for Omonia in his team's victory, helping them to beat AEL (0-2) 72-66. It is the first win for Omonia (1-0), but it's just the very beginning of the season and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Radojevic turned to be Omonia's top player in his first season with the team. Barton County CC graduate started with impressive stats this year. Radojevic leads league in rebounds with 17.0rpg. Radojevic is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 3.0bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Hasapis Omonia Nicosia's star - 28-year old Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Dunovic impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Omonia to edge AEL (0-2) by 6 points 72-66. His team has
good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. Dunovic is a newcomer at Omonia and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of the team leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#3). He also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Tony Bobbitt (193-G-79) of B.M.C. AEK Larnacas (0-2). Bobbitt scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Bobbitt's great performance AEK lost 67-76 to Apollon (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Bobbitt has a very solid season. In 2 games in Cyprus he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73) of Apollon - 20 points and 2 assists
5. Akida McLain (206-F-86) of Omonia - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jordan Collins (208-C-82) of AEK - 18 points and 3 rebounds
7. Demetris Ioannou (202-C-91) of ENAD - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82) of AEL - 9 points and 10 rebounds
9. Corry Carr (192-G-75) of Apollon - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85) of Keravnos - 13 points and 4 assists




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Former NH Ostrava Big Man JR Inman Chosen in 2010 NBA D-League Draft - by Surujh Roopnarine
JR Inman (206-F-87, college: Rutgers), who spent part of the 2009-10 season playing in the Czech Republic with NH Ostrava, was selected by the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the last round of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft last night. The 6-9 Inman appeared in seven games last season for Istrava, averaging 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 47.6% from the field. He finished the season in Japan playing for Kyoto Hannaryz of the BJ League. A three-year starter at Rutgers University, the Pomona, New York native will enter his second professional season with a shot at making the 10-man Skyforce roster and furthering his career in the D-League. Designed as a developmental system to the NBA, the D-League had a record 40 players signed to 10-day contracts last season with 23 of those players staying on with their NBA teams for the duration of the season.
JR Inman Collegiate Career:
112 games
9.4 ppg
6.2 rpg
1.0 bpg
40.3% FG
34.2% 3PT
70.8% FT



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Reno picks Nick Fazekas with the 1st overall pick - by Emiliano
Top 5 Draftees NBDL Draft 2010
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Alan Anderson
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Magnum Rolle
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Matt Rogers
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Vernon Goodridge
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The Reno Bighorns selected Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne France, a 6-11 power forward from the University of Nevada, Reno, with the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA Development League Draft. The New Mexico Thunderbirds, meanwhile, drafted Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv Israel, a 6-6 guard-forward from Michigan State, with the drafts second overall pick, and the Maine Red Claws chose Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86) of Louisiana Tech University, a 6-11 center from Louisiana Tech, with the drafts third overall selection.

Fazekas, a two-time All-American at Nevada, Reno, was the second-round draft choice (34 th overall) of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 NBA Draft and appeared in 26 games with the Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2007-08 season. Anderson appeared in 53 games with the Charlotte Bobcats form 2005-07. Rolle, meanwhile, was a second-round pick (51 st overall) of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010 NBA Draft and played for the Indiana Pacers 2010 NBA Summer League team.

The Texas Legends, entering their first NBA D-League season, chose Matt Rogers (6'11''-C-87) of Charlotte Bobcats, a 6-11 forward from Southwest Baptist, with the fourth overall pick in the first round. Rogers, last years NCAA Division II Player of the Year, appeared in three NBA preseason games with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010.

Other notable first-round selections include former NBA Draft picks Robert Vaden (7 th , Rio Grande Valley), the former all-conference guard-forward at Indiana and Alabama-Birmingham who was the 54 th pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009; Cheikh Samb (11 th , Sioux Falls), the 51 st selection by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006 and Salim Stoudamire, the first-round (31 st overall) selection of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2005 NBA Draft. Stoudamire, an All-American at Arizona, appeared in 156 games with the Hawks from 2005-08.

Also, the Tulsa 66ers selected Scottie Reynolds, a first-team All-American point guard out of Villanova who played for the Phoenix Suns 2010 NBA Summer League team, with the 13 th overall selection. And the Iowa Energy selected former Tennessee guard Chris Lofton, the 2007 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, with the sixth overall selection.

Complete rosters for each of the 16 2010-11 NBA D-League teams will be comprised of the players drafted tonight along with returning, affiliated and local tryout players. Rosters will be reduced from 17 players to opening-day 10-man rosters by Nov. 18 in anticipation of the Nov. 18 tip off of the NBA D-Leagues 10 th season. Each team may play one or multiple preseason game (s) between Nov. 9 and 17.

First Round
1 Reno Bighorns Nick Fazekas


2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Alan Anderson
3 Maine Red Claws Magnum Rolle
4 Texas Legends Matt Rogers
5 Springfield Armor Vernon Goodridge (6'9''-F-84) of Golden State Warriors
6 Iowa Energy Chris Lofton Tennessee
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Robert Vaden UAB
8 Utah Flash Brandon Costner NC State
9 Dakota Wizards Chris Johnson LSU
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Obi Muonelo Oklahoma St.
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Cheikh Samb Senegal
12 Bakersfield Jam Marqus Blakely Vermont
13 Tulsa 66ers Scottie Reynolds Villanova
14 Austin Toros Dominique Archie South Carolina
15 Erie BayHawks Ivan Johnson Cal St. San Bernadino
16 Idaho Stampede Salim Stoudamire Arizona

Second Round
1 Idaho Stampede Walter Sharpe UAB
2 Erie BayHawks Kyle Spain San Diego St.
3 Austin Toros Lance Thomas Duke
4 Tulsa 66ers Perry Stevenson Kentucky
5 Bakersfield Jam Brandon Wallace South Carolina
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce Sean Marshall Boston College
7 Maine (via trade with Fort Wayne) Kenny Hayes Miami-Ohio
8 Dakota Wizards Brandon Johnson San Diego
9 Utah Flash Nkem Ojougboh Northeastern
10 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Marquis Gilstrap Iowa St.
11 Iowa Energy Luke Zeller Notre Dame
12 Springfield Armor L.D. Williams Wake Forest
13 Texas Legends Antonio Daniels Bowling Green
14 Maine Red Claws Chamberlain Oguchi Illinois St.
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Anthony Richardson Florida St.
16 Reno Bighorns Takais Brown Georgia

Third Round
1 Reno Bighorns James Florence Mercer
2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Josh Bostic Finlay
3 Maine Red Claws Lawrence Westbrook Minnesota
4 Texas Legends Justin Dentmon Washington
5 Springfield Armor Michael Washington Arkansas
6 Iowa Energy Kammron Taylor Wisconsin
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Mouhammad Faye SMU
8 Utah Flash D'Andre Bell Georgia Tech
9 Dakota Wizards Brendan Knox Auburn
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Corey Allmond Sam Houston St.
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Brad Byerson Virginia Union
12 Bakersfield Jam Kenny Taylor Texas
13 Tulsa 66ers Josh Lomers Baylor
14 Austin Toros Josh Young Drake
15 Erie BayHawks Tasheed Carr St. Joseph's
16 Idaho Stampede Dominique Johnson Azusa Pacific

Fourh Round
1 Idaho Stampede Chris Roberts Bradley
2 Erie BayHawks Derek Raivio Gonzaga
3 Austin Toros Garrett Williamson St. Joseph's
4 Tulsa 66ers Devin Sweetney St. Francis (PA)
5 Bakersfield Jam Cyrus Tate Iowa
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce Keaton Grant Purdue
7 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Anthony Goods Stanford
8 Dakota Wizards Rico Pickett Manhatten
9 Utah Flash Darren Kent Kansas St.
10 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Richard Roby Colorado
11 Iowa Energy Michael Haynes Fordam
12 Springfield Armor Garfield Blair Stetson
13 Texas Legends Kelvin Lewis Houston
14 Maine Red Claws Tajuan Porter Oregon
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Zach Atkinson Cal. Irvine
16 Reno Bighorns Chavis Holmes VMI

Fifth Round
1 Reno Bighorns Daniel Horton Michigan
2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Kashif Watson Idaho
3 Maine Red Claws James Lewis Fresno Pacific
4 Texas Legends Moussa Seck Senegal
5 Springfield Armor Jerry Smith Louisville
6 Iowa Energy Scott VanderMeer Illinois-Chicago
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Clevin Hannah Wichita St.
8 Utah Flash Ricky Shields Rutgers
9 Dakota Wizards Robert Diggs George Washington
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Adam Zahn Oregon
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Wink Adams UNLV
12 Bakersfield Jam Lorrenzo Wade San Diego St.
13 Tulsa 66ers Mamadi Diane Virginia
14 Austin Toros Marcus Hubbard Angelo St.
15 Erie BayHawks David Gomez Tulane
16 Idaho Stampede Kentrell Gransberry S. Florida

Sixth Round
1 Idaho Stampede Alan Daniels Lamar
2 Erie BayHawks Jared Carter Kentucky
3 Austin Toros Vernon Hamilton Clemson
4 Tulsa 66ers Brandon Brooks Alabama St.
5 Bakersfield Jam John Bryant St. Joseph's
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce Larry Darnell Cox Mississippi Valley St.
7 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Shawn Hawkins Long Beach St.
8 Dakota Wizards Dominique Scales East Central
9 Utah Flash Carlos Medlock E. Michigan
10 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Isaiah Swann Florida St.
11 Iowa Energy Kendrick Price Michigan
12 Springfield Armor James Booyer IUPUI
13 Texas Legends Booker Woodfox Creighton
14 Maine Red Claws JaJuan Smith Tennessee
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Dominique Coleman Colorado
16 Reno Bighorns Alex Smith Augusta St.

Seventh Round
1 Reno Bighorns Bamba Fall SMU
2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Tyler Hughes Kansas St.
3 Maine Red Claws Eugene Spates Northeastern
4 Texas Legends Curtis Terry UNLV
5 Springfield Armor Garrison Johnson Jackson St.
6 Iowa Energy Bobby Maze Tennessee
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Antoine Tisby South Carolina
8 Utah Flash Amadou Mbodji Jacksonville St.
9 Dakota Wizards Michael Gerrity USC
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Aaron Nixon Long Beach St.
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Brandon Hazzard Troy University
12 Bakersfield Jam Ollie Bailey Oklahoma City University
13 Tulsa 66ers Marlon Jones Oklahoma City University
14 Austin Toros Shagari Alleyne Kentucky
15 Erie BayHawks Dawan Robinson Rhode Island
16 Idaho Stampede Willie Jenkins Tennessee Tech

Eighth Round
1 Idaho Stampede J.T. Tiller Missouri
2 Erie BayHawks Jimmy Conyers Akron
3 Austin Toros Scooter McFadgon Tennessee
4 Tulsa 66ers Michael Sturns Holy Family
5 Bakersfield Jam Maurice Acker Marquette
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce J.R. Inman Rutgers
7 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Deandrea Thomas Robert Morris
8 Dakota Wizards Joe Darger UNLV
9 Utah Flash Kent Tuttle BYU
10 Rio Grande Valley Vipers David Potter Clemson
11 Iowa Energy David Nurse Western Illinois
12 Springfield Armor Antoine Pearson Manhattan
13 Texas Legends Reece Hampton Adams St.
14 Maine Red Claws Armon Bassett Ohio University
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Alex Zampier Yale
16 Reno Bighorns Gerard Anderson Cal St. Fullerton

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2010 NBA D-League Draft: Nick Fazekas Selected 1st Overall by Reno Bighorns - by Surujh Roopnarine
Top 5 Draftees NBDL Draft 2010
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Alan Anderson
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Magnum Rolle
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Matt Rogers
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Vernon Goodridge
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The 20101 NBA D-League Draft took place last night as 16 teams selected players via conference call, over eight rounds to fill out their rosters for the upcoming season. The Reno Bighorns, coming off of a 28-22 record selected former Dallas mavericks center Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne France (6'11''-F-85, college: Nevada) out of Reno-Nevada. The 6-11 Fazekas was a two-time All-American at Nevada before being selected in the second-round (34th overall) by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 NBA Draft and appeared in 26 games with the Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2007-08 season. He also spent 28 games playing for the Tulsa 66ers that season, appearing in 28 games and averaging 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists on his way to earning D-League All-Star Status. After spending the last two seasons playing in France and Belgium the now 25-year old will have a chance to showcase himself once again for all NBA teams while playing in Reno. The remainder of the top-five selections went as follows; New Mexico selected former Michigan State and Euroleague veteran forward Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv Israel (6'6''-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) second, 2010 NBA Second Round Draft Pick magnum Rolle went third to Maine, Matt Rogers (6'11''-C-87) of Charlotte Bobcats (6'11''-C-87, college: SW Baptist) was selected fourth by the expansion Texas Legends and The Springfield Armor chose forward Vernon Goodridge (6'9''-F-84) of Golden State Warriors (6'9''-F-84, college: La Salle) fifth. Other notable first round selections included Iowa selecting former Tennessee Volunteer great Christopher Lofton (6'2''-G-86, college: Tennessee), Sioux Falls choosing D-league veteran center Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-84) 11th and ex-Arizona sharpshooter Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) closing out the first round after being chosen 16th by Iowa.
Complete rosters for each of the 16 teams will be comprised of the players drafted tonight along with returning, affiliated and local tryout players. Rosters will be reduced from 17 players to opening-day 10-man rosters by Nov. 18 in anticipation of the Nov. 18 tip off of the NBA D-Leagues 10th season.


** Players with stars have previous NBA or NBA D-League experience

Round 1
1 Reno Bighorns Nick Fazekas **
2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Alan Anderson **
3 Maine Red Claws Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech)
4 Texas Legends Matt Rogers
5 Springfield Armor Vernon Goodridge
6 Iowa Energy Christopher Lofton
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB)
8 Utah Flash Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.)
9 Dakota Wizards Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU)
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Obi Muonelo (6'5''-G-88, college: Oklahoma St.)
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Cheikh Samb **
12 Bakersfield Jam Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont)
13 Tulsa 66ers Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87, college: Villanova)
14 Austin Toros Dominique Archie (6'7''-F-87, college: S.Carolina)
15 Erie BayHawks Johnson Ivan (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) **
16 Idaho Stampede Salim Stoudamire **

Round 2
1 Idaho Stampede Walter Sharpe (6'9''-F-86, college: UAB) **
2 Erie BayHawks Kyle Spain (6'5''-F-87, college: San Diego St.)
3 Austin Toros Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke)
4 Tulsa 66ers Perry Stevenson
5 Bakersfield Jam Brandon Wallace (6'9''-F-85, college: S.Carolina) **
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce Sean Marshall (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.)
7 Maine (via trade with Fort Wayne) Kenny Hayes (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami (OH))
8 Dakota Wizards Brandon Johnson (6'0''-G-86, college: San Diego)
9 Utah Flash Nkem Ojougboh (6'9''-C-87, college: UTSA)
10 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Marquis Gilstrap (6'7''-F-87, college: Iowa St.)
11 Iowa Energy Luke Luke Zeller (6'11''-F/C-87, college: Notre Dame)
12 Springfield Armor L.D. Williams (6'4''-G-88, college: Wake Forest)
13 Texas Legends Antonio Daniels (6'4''-G-75, college: Bowling Green) **
14 Maine Red Claws Chamberlain Oguchi (6'6''-G-86, college: Illinois St.)
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.)
16 Reno Bighorns Takais Brown (6'8''-F-86, college: SE Illinois JC)

Round 3
1 Reno Bighorns James Florence Mercer
2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Josh Bostic Finlay
3 Maine Red Claws Lawrence Westbrook (6'0''-G-88,college, Minnesota)
4 Texas Legends Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington)
5 Springfield Armor Michael Washington Arkansas
6 Iowa Energy Kammron Taylor (6'2''-G-84, college: Wisconsin)
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85)
8 Utah Flash D'Andre Bell Georgia Tech
9 Dakota Wizards Brendan Knox Auburn
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Corey Allmond Sam Houston St.
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Brad Byerson Virginia Union
12 Bakersfield Jam Kenny Taylor Texas
13 Tulsa 66ers Josh Lomers Baylor
14 Austin Toros Josh Young Drake
15 Erie BayHawks Carr Tasheed (6'4''-G-85, college: St.Joseph's)
16 Idaho Stampede Dominique Johnson Azusa Pacific

Round 4
1 Idaho Stampede Chris Roberts Bradley
2 Erie BayHawks Derek Raivio (6'3''-G-84,college: Gonzaga)
3 Austin Toros Garrett Williamson St. Joseph's
4 Tulsa 66ers Devin Sweetney St. Francis (PA)
5 Bakersfield Jam Cyrus Tate Iowa
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce Keaton Grant Purdue
7 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) **
8 Dakota Wizards Rico Pickett Manhatten
9 Utah Flash Darren Kent Kansas St.
10 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Richard Roby Colorado
11 Iowa Energy Michael Haynes (6'8''-G/F-81, college: Fordham)
12 Springfield Armor Garfield Blair Stetson
13 Texas Legends Kelvin Lewis Houston
14 Maine Red Claws Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88) Oregon
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Zach Atkinson Cal. Irvine
16 Reno Bighorns Chavis Holmes (6'4''-G, college: VMI)

Round 5
1 Reno Bighorns Daniel Horton (6'3''-G-84, college: Michigan)
2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Kashif Watson Idaho
3 Maine Red Claws James Lewis Fresno Pacific
4 Texas Legends Moussa Seck Senegal
5 Springfield Armor Jerry Smith Louisville
6 Iowa Energy Scott VanderMeer Illinois-Chicago
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Clevin Hannah Wichita St.
8 Utah Flash Ricky Shields Rutgers **
9 Dakota Wizards Robert Diggs George Washington
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Adam Zahn Oregon
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Wink Adams (6'0''-G-85, college: UNLV) **
12 Bakersfield Jam Lorrenzo Wade San Diego St.
13 Tulsa 66ers Mamadi Diane Virginia
14 Austin Toros Marcus Hubbard (6'9''-C-83, college: Angelo St.) **
15 Erie BayHawks David Gomez Tulane
16 Idaho Stampede Kentrell Gransberry S. Florida **

Round 6
1 Idaho Stampede Alan Daniels (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar)
2 Erie BayHawks Jared Carter Kentucky
3 Austin Toros Vernon Hamilton (6'0''-G-84, college: Clemson) **
4 Tulsa 66ers Brandon Brooks Alabama St.
5 Bakersfield Jam John Bryant St. Joseph's
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce Larry Darnell Cox Mississippi Valley St.
7 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Shawn Hawkins Long Beach St. **
8 Dakota Wizards Dominique Scales East Central
9 Utah Flash Carlos Medlock E. Michigan
10 Rio Grande Valley Isiah Swann Florida St.
11 Iowa Energy Kendrick Price Michigan
12 Springfield Armor James Booyer IUPUI
13 Texas Legends Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86, college: Creighton) **
14 Maine Red Claws JaJuan Smith Tennessee **
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Dominique Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Colorado) **
16 Reno Bighorns Alex Smith Augusta St.

Round 7
1 Reno Bighorns Bamba Fall (7'1''-C-86, college: SMU)
2 New Mexico Thunderbirds Tyler Hughes Kansas St.
3 Maine Red Claws Eugene Spates Northeastern
4 Texas Legends Curtis Terry UNLV **
5 Springfield Armor Garrison Johnson Jackson St.
6 Iowa Energy Bobby Maze (6'2''-G-86, college: Tennessee)
7 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Antoine Tisby (6'8''-C-83, college: S.Carolina)
8 Utah Flash Amadou Mbodji Jacksonville St.
9 Dakota Wizards Michael Gerrity USC
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Aaron Nixon Long Beach St.
11 Sioux Falls Skyforce Brandon Hazzard Troy University
12 Bakersfield Jam Ollie Bailey Oklahoma City University
13 Tulsa 66ers Marlon Jones Oklahoma City University
14 Austin Toros Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan) **
15 Erie BayHawks Dawan Robinson (6'3''-G-82, college: Rhode Island)
16 Idaho Stampede Willie Jenkins Tennessee Tech

Round 8
1 Idaho Stampede J.T. Tiller Missouri
2 Erie BayHawks Jimmy Conyers Akron
3 Austin Toros Scooter Cornelius McFadgon (6'5''-G-82, college: Tennessee) **
4 Tulsa 66ers Michael Sturns Holy Family
5 Bakersfield Jam Maurice Acker Marquette
6 Sioux Falls Skyforce JR Inman (6'9''-F-87, college: Rutgers)
7 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Deandrea Thomas Robert Morris
8 Dakota Wizards Joe Darger (6'7''-F-86, college: UNLV) **
9 Utah Flash Kent Tuttle BYU
10 Rio Grande Valley Vipers David Potter Clemson
11 Iowa Energy David Nurse Western Illinois
12 Springfield Armor Antoine Pearson Manhattan
13 Texas Legends Reece Hampton Adams St.
14 Maine Red Claws Armon Bassett (6'2''-G-86, college: Ohio)
15 New Mexico Thunderbirds Alex Zampier Yale
16 Reno Bighorns Gerard Anderson (6'6''-F-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)



Scottie Reynolds leaves Prima Veroli - by Emiliano
After four games, Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87, college: Villanova) left Prima Veroli. Landed last summer in the Italian Legadue team with high expectations, the point guard former Villanova did not impress with his performances and decided to part ways with ther club.
Reynolds, a standout during his college career, was selected on Monday by Tulsa 66ers in the NBDL Draft (13th overall). With Veroli Reynolds averaged 12.3ppg, 2.5apg and 1.8rpg in four games and 28.8 minutes on the court.
At the end of his last NCAA career, he was selected to USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and NABC Division I All-America 1st Team.
In Veroli, Reynolds was replaced by Scoonie Penn.


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SLUC Nancy lands guard Willie Deane - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy announced signing of Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) for rest of the season. The American guard, with Bulgarian passport, will join his new teammates in the coming days. He arrives from the Bulgarian powerhouse Lukoil Akademik, where he finished last season. He joined Lukoil in January and helped them to defend the NBL title. They also won it together in 2008 and 2009. Deane appeared 23 times for them last season averaging 15.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals. He started 2009/10 in Poland with PGE Turow Zgorzelec registering 9.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.7 apg for them in PLK.
Season 2008/09, Willie Deane started in Lithuania with Zalgiris Kaunas. They parted ways in December and the player joined Lukoil in January of 2009. He shined in NBL that season with 21.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 5 apg. Deane joined Lukoil Akademik for the first time in November of 2007. He had 19 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 5.3 apg for them in 45 games and was named Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year -08. Before Lukoil Akademik, Willie Deane played for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Caffe Maxim Virtus Bologna, Turk Telekom Ankara, Ionikos and Ilysiakos. He is a product of the Purdue University, where he graduated in 2003.
SLUC Nancy currently has 3-1 record in ProA and they will also compete in EuroChallenge, Group H.


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Ivkovic: No one can help us more than the fans can - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) gave a press conference in view of the game against Unicaja and invited the Olympiacos fans to pack the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Serb head coach stressed how important it is that the gym is full at the game against Unicaja.
ABOUT UNICAJA: 'We have an important game although it's still the beginning of the season. Not so because we lost to Bamberg, but rather because all our weaknesses became evident. I hadn't expected us to lose. Against Aris, the circumstances had nothing to do with basketball and did not help us. I don't want to talk again about the strike. We tried to react all together. The players should understand that they have to play and the weight of the jersey they wear when doing so. We tried to become a team. We did that against AEK. AEK's head coach has said that we respected them more than they respected us. So, the reaction has been positive and it has to continue. Unicaja is a good team. Garcia Aito Reneses plays the most offensive type of basketball in Spain. It's a team that beyond the coache's philosophy relies on its roster that has both experience and a future. There are Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80), Carlos Jimenez (205-F-76), Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86). Carlos Jimenez is outstanding and I remember Bozidar Maljkovic had told me that should he was able to get him from Estudiantes, he would have won the ACB. Then, there are Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) and Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) at the 4 position, ready players and good rebounders. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) are excellent big players and they have been playing in Spain for years. We are waiting for a reaction. It was difficult not to have our fans with us against AEK and we need them now. We want to feel the power of our home court, we need them to help us the way they help us against Real Madrid. Olympiacos has the best fans in the world and I have said that many times. It's our most important game up to now'.
ABOUT THE INJURIES: 'We are having problems too; it was difficult to make it in the game against AEK. Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) joined the roster to fill it in. We don't know whether Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) is going to be ready against Unicaja. And Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) may have played 27 minutes, but he has a lower back problem and he got tested by the doctors'.
ABOUT THE GREEK LEAGUE DYNAMICS: 'Greece has been facing problems and it shows on the teams as well. This is also a problem for us, because we have a great margin for improvement and this is not easy to happen without tough games. I trust the team. The Greek League has once been among the toughest in Europe, but this is not the case now. This is a problem, but my players are professionals'.
ABOUT THE OLYMPIACO'S TRANSITION GAME:' We cannot run if we don't have the same engines. The reaction in the game against AEK was good, but in the previous games it had been slower for various reasons. When we got panicked in the last quarter against Bamberg, we had 1/14 3-pointers and they had all been hasty. There had been time for a fast and quality team such as ours. With three good defense plays. You cannot run a fast break without good defense. In basketball, when the game is about to be decided in the details, you cannot run fast breaks. You have to know to read the game well and find the best way to score. At the same time we shot 1/14 3-pointers, they shot 8/10 2-pointers'.
ABOUT CALLING OUT TO THE FANS: 'Of course we want the fans with us, to prepare the team to play with its fans and for its fans. Nobody can help the team more than the fans. I'm sure they will be with us'.
ABOUT UNICAJA'S WAY OF PLAYING: 'They are keen at offensive rebounding. Mc Intyre has experience and Rondriguez is the top scorer. Ten players share the scoring. They play team basketball and they want a big win'.
ABOUT JAMON GORDON: 'Gordon has not even made one shot. Everyone has a role. It takes time for everyone to change their roles. It has not been normal not to even take a shot against Bamberg, because he can help with the scoring. It takes time for everyone. We should work well and the results will follow'.




Euroleague MVP for October: Goran Jagodnik, Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
It has been seven years since Union Olimpija started a Euroleague season with two victories and the same amount of time since the pride of Ljubljana reached the Top 16. Basketball fever never left the Slovenian capital, but this week it will reach some of its highest temperatures ever, with the new 13,000-seat Stozice Arena sold out a week in advance of Olimpija's showdown Thursday with Panathinaikos for first place in Group D of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. One man who has everything to do with Olimpija's early-season resurgence is Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket), who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet MVP for October. Having returned to Slovenia this season after 11 years abroad, the 35-year-old forward has made his a homecoming to remember so far. Jagodnik's scoring late in the team's opening game helped Olimpija pull out an inspirational double-overtime victory against mighty Efes Pilsen before 9,000 pumped-up fans at home in Ljubljana. Last week, Jagodnik again saved his best for last, with 12 points in the final 11 minutes of another comeback, this time to beat Armani Jeans Milano in what was Olimpija's first Euroleague road win in 21 months. Among players on the seven teams undefeated through two games, Jagodnik ranks first in scoring with 20 points per game and second in performance index rating with 18.5 on average. He concentrated those great stats into late-game heroics that unexpectedly have Olimpija as a group co-leader, making Goran Jagodnik a more-than-logical Sportingbet MVP for October!

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month honor has entered its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for October was decided based on the two Regular Season games played during that month by all 24 teams. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

The first Turkish Airlines Euroleague game at Stozice Arena to open the new season for Olimpija was a historic event in itself for the basketball-loving fans of Ljubljana. They responded in great numbers, almost 9,000 diehards who were rewarded with just the third-ever double-overtime Euroleague game since 2000. Olimpija trailed Efes by 40-47 in the third quarter when Jagodnik's first three-point shot started a comeback that he completed with another bomb on the third-quarter buzzer, good for a 53-55 lead. At the end of the fourth quarter, Jagodnik expertly made a free throw and purposefully missed the second, which Kevinn Pinkney rebounded to tie the score 71-71 and force overtime. The first OT ended with Jagodnik making a last-second shot just a shade late of the buzzer. But in the second OT, he made sure with 6 points in the last 2 minutes to give the crowd, on its feet all this time, a 95-90 victory to celebrate. On the road in Week 2 at Milano, host Armani Jeans opened up double-digit leads early in the second half and stayed ahead until Jagodnik's 6 points in 2 minutes put Olimpija in command heading into the final quarter. Twice after that when Milano cut the difference to a point, Jagodnik scored for Olimpija and his pair of free throws in the final seconds were insurance for the team's first road win since January of 2009. That time, Olimpija was already eliminated from the Top 16. This time, it has a 2-0 record in a much shorter regular season, 10 games, giving the team a momentum it has not enjoyed for quite a while.

Jagodnik finished October having made 63.6% of his two-point shots, 45.5% of three-pointers and 84.6% of his free throws. Not bad for the oldest monthy MVP in the seven-season history of the award! If he can maintain numbers close to those, the sky is the limit for the Sportingbet October MVP and Olimpija. To enjoy their great start together with the fans in Ljubljana, Jagodnik will receive his award at an upcoming Union Olimpija home game.

Courtesy of Euroleague


MVP of the second round: Marvis Thornton - by Filippo Passerini
Efes Pilsen Istanbul guard Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) added another first to his long list of accomplishments in an impressive Euroleague Basketball career by earning Sportingbet Week 2 MVP honors with a performance index rating of 29 in his team's 79-63 home victory over Power Electronics Valencia on Wednesday.The amercan guard forward played and amazing game with 22 points (7 on 8 from the fields), 10 rebounds (3 offensive), 2 assists, 2 steals and 29 of valutations.

Sasha Kaun to undergo surgery - by Eurobasket News
Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) will undergo left knee surgery this Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic, USA. The operation will remove a diseased component of the patellar tendon and the placement of a platelet rich plasma membrane to enhance healing. After this surgery, Kaun will be out of court for three months. Because of the injury, he did not appear in any of the Euroleague regular season games for his CSKA Moscow.

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1st Division Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
FoKoPo - Namika II 100-59
Forssan Koripojat enjoys 5-0 record on top after 100:59 win over Namika II. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while McCulloch Jeremy followed him with 18. Koskinen Jimi replied with 22 points for the guests.

Honka - Huima 80-69
Tapiolan Honka grabbed 4-1 record producing a 80:69 win over Huima. Sauli Silvonen (186-G-83) led the winners with 18 points and Kopio Villematti ended up with 12. Manning Treylon replied with 22 points in the losing effort.

Kerava ET - Jyvaskyla 78-87
Kerava ET lost to Jyvaskyla 78:87 at the Regular Season Round 5 as the latter got 3-2 record. Topias Kuukkanen (185-G-92) paced all the winners with 18 points and Nissinen Jarno nailed 17. Towa Arsene finished the night with 17 points and 20 rebounds in the losing case.

Lapua - Ura Basket 67-53
Lapuan Korikobrat handed Ura Basket their first loss in the league beating them 67:53. Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT, college: Oakland) erupted with 30 points and 20 rebounds for the winners, while Valentine Benny netted 10. Ahokas Miska replied with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the guests.




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Blazevski number one in FYR Macedonia for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 38-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Lirija (#11, 0-5), the league's worst team 100-86. Rabotnicki maintains the 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Rabotnicki already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Blazevski had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Pero Blazevski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 52.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Dominican Rep. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of KK Lirija. Morban had a very good evening with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Lirija lost that game 86-100 to league's leader Rabotnicki (#2, 5-0). Lirija are still at the very bottom. 5 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Morban is a newcomer at Lirija, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 33.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 9.0rpg and 5.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian center Darko Matic (C-84, agency: 011 Sports) of KK Kumanovo 2009 (#10). Matic scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Matic's great performance Kumanovo 2009 lost 77-85 to the higher-ranked MZT Skopje (#3, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Kumanovo 2009 can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 5 games. Too bad for Matic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Matic has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-C-80) of Ultimate Basket Prilep - 22 points and 12 rebounds
5. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) of Ovce Pole - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gjorgi Anakievski (185-G-85) of Pelister - 24 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jane Petrovski (181-G-87) of MZT Skopje - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Boban Bilbija (208-F/C-83) of Ovce Pole - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Zoran Petkovski (188-G-78) of Pelister - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83) of Rabotnicki - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists


Samardjiski continues to impress in the TBL - by Tomislav Maric
Macedonian international center Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86, agency: Interperformances) continues to impress with Turkish outfit Olin Edirne Basketball Basketball
After a good start of the season with two wins Olin Edirne Basketball Basketball lost to Banvit but Samardjiski managed to put a good numbers once again with 9 Pts and 8rb
Samardjiski who moved to Turkey from Serbian powerhouse FMP is avereging so far 11.7ppg 8.7rpg.
Samardjiski hopes to be a key factor for Macedonia in their Eurobasket 2011 campaign which will be in Lithuania in the next Summer.
US-Macedonian Point guard - Bo McCalebb also has good start of the season as he scored 13 pts in Montepaschi Siena first lost of the season in Italian Lega A



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SUPERLEAGUE: DAY I - by Akaki Bakradze
Dinamo vs. Batumi 64:63
Both teams are young and they will have an uphill struggle for access in playoff, therefore, the match between them was very important. Dinamo led the entire match, at the end
the visitors equalized, but before 3 seconds the end of the match after perfect combination hosts won.
Alkhanaidze 16 pts. Edzgveradze 14 pts. (Din)
Keshelava 18 pts. 12 rbs. Tenieshvili 16 pts. 10 rbs. (Bat)

Samedicino vs. MIA 71:84
Mia was the favorite in this meeting and easily won.
Chochua 21 pts. Niniashvili 15 pts. 12 rbs. (Sam)
Markoishvili 19 pts. Lezhava 15 pts. Imnadze 10 pts. 12 rbs. (MIA)

GTU vs. TSU 76:99
In this match sensation did not happen. TSU was much stronger.
Lomouri 19 pts. Antadze 13 pts. (GTU)
Panchulidze 19 pts. Matiashvili 19 pts. 13 rbs. Gaprindashvili 13 ass. 7 sts.
5 TO. (TSU)

Sokhumi vs. GSAU 85:75
Students have completely new team and Sokhumi after a few years re-emerged in the Superleague and in the first match won hard-fought victory.
Parghalava 23 pts. 7 ass. 8 TO. Sordia 19 pts. C. Damus 10 pts. 16 rbs. (Sok)
Chachanidze 15 pts. Khaniashvili 15 pts. (GSAU)

Kutaisi vs. Energy 72:77
Kutaisi is leagues debutant and in the first home game losing to the champion.
G.Barbakadze 24 pts. Kvimsadze 17 pts. (Kut)
Tsekvava 23 pts. Tujani 18 pts. 11 rbs. (EN)

Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87, college: Montana St. - Billin)


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Pilafidis resigns as head coach of Iraklis - by George Fragkos
After the defeat from PAOK Thessaloniki last Sunday, bad things do not stop to happen at Iraklis Thessaloniki. The worst of all is that Kostas Pilafidis (agency: Interperformances ), head coach of the team decided to resign. The people of the club tried to convince him not to do so, but he has made his decision.

The fact that he has already announced it to the players, proves that nothing can change it and Iraklis Thessaloniki have to look for a new coach. The reasons of his resignation are not known yet and it seems that they will never be. However, the former coach of the club from Thessaloniki at the press conference after the game against PAOK Thessaloniki could not hide his anger for the way his players performed on the court. We have to stop playing streetball, he said, meaning that his team did not follow his game plan and he considered this as disrespect to him.

It is obvious that it will be a great surprise if Kostas Pilafidis (agency: Interperformances ) remains at his position and even the board of the club has begun to realize it. Despite this, they have not given up yet and they are going to keep on trying to make him change his mind and stay. But the truth is that they have almost no hope to achieve this.



Ilysiakos adds forward LaQuan Prowell - by Eurobasket News
Ilysiakos came up with the new signing. The Greek outfit inked a deal with LaQuan Prowell (203-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Auburn) for rest of the season. The 26-year-old forward heads to Athens from France. He started the season with Strasbourg IG, but left the team after one month.
Last season, LaQuan Prowell played for Paris-Levallois averaging 8.6 points and 3.3 rebounds for them in 32 games. In 2008/09, he was a member of Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara registering 15.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.5 spg for 23 games in TBL.


Ivkovic: No one can help us more than the fans can - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) gave a press conference in view of the game against Unicaja and invited the Olympiacos fans to pack the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Serb head coach stressed how important it is that the gym is full at the game against Unicaja.
ABOUT UNICAJA: 'We have an important game although it's still the beginning of the season. Not so because we lost to Bamberg, but rather because all our weaknesses became evident. I hadn't expected us to lose. Against Aris, the circumstances had nothing to do with basketball and did not help us. I don't want to talk again about the strike. We tried to react all together. The players should understand that they have to play and the weight of the jersey they wear when doing so. We tried to become a team. We did that against AEK. AEK's head coach has said that we respected them more than they respected us. So, the reaction has been positive and it has to continue. Unicaja is a good team. Garcia Aito Reneses plays the most offensive type of basketball in Spain. It's a team that beyond the coache's philosophy relies on its roster that has both experience and a future. There are Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80), Carlos Jimenez (205-F-76), Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86). Carlos Jimenez is outstanding and I remember Bozidar Maljkovic had told me that should he was able to get him from Estudiantes, he would have won the ACB. Then, there are Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) and Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) at the 4 position, ready players and good rebounders. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) are excellent big players and they have been playing in Spain for years. We are waiting for a reaction. It was difficult not to have our fans with us against AEK and we need them now. We want to feel the power of our home court, we need them to help us the way they help us against Real Madrid. Olympiacos has the best fans in the world and I have said that many times. It's our most important game up to now'.
ABOUT THE INJURIES: 'We are having problems too; it was difficult to make it in the game against AEK. Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) joined the roster to fill it in. We don't know whether Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) is going to be ready against Unicaja. And Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) may have played 27 minutes, but he has a lower back problem and he got tested by the doctors'.
ABOUT THE GREEK LEAGUE DYNAMICS: 'Greece has been facing problems and it shows on the teams as well. This is also a problem for us, because we have a great margin for improvement and this is not easy to happen without tough games. I trust the team. The Greek League has once been among the toughest in Europe, but this is not the case now. This is a problem, but my players are professionals'.
ABOUT THE OLYMPIACO'S TRANSITION GAME:' We cannot run if we don't have the same engines. The reaction in the game against AEK was good, but in the previous games it had been slower for various reasons. When we got panicked in the last quarter against Bamberg, we had 1/14 3-pointers and they had all been hasty. There had been time for a fast and quality team such as ours. With three good defense plays. You cannot run a fast break without good defense. In basketball, when the game is about to be decided in the details, you cannot run fast breaks. You have to know to read the game well and find the best way to score. At the same time we shot 1/14 3-pointers, they shot 8/10 2-pointers'.
ABOUT CALLING OUT TO THE FANS: 'Of course we want the fans with us, to prepare the team to play with its fans and for its fans. Nobody can help the team more than the fans. I'm sure they will be with us'.
ABOUT UNICAJA'S WAY OF PLAYING: 'They are keen at offensive rebounding. Mc Intyre has experience and Rondriguez is the top scorer. Ten players share the scoring. They play team basketball and they want a big win'.
ABOUT JAMON GORDON: 'Gordon has not even made one shot. Everyone has a role. It takes time for everyone to change their roles. It has not been normal not to even take a shot against Bamberg, because he can help with the scoring. It takes time for everyone. We should work well and the results will follow'.




A1, Round 2: Greens, Reds and Marousi stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Ilysiakos - Panathinaikos 62-81
Easy one for the reigning champion, who jumped to 2-0. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) shined for PAO with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 34. In Ilysiakos (0-2), Athanasios Karydas (182-G-79) scored 19 points.

Peristeri GS - Kavala 65-54
Peristeri GS outplayed Kavala, so both teams have 1-1 record now. Dimitris Papanikolaou (202-F-77) was a key player for the hosts with 25 points and 6 rebounds. However, he had only 1 of 8 from behind the arc. In Kavala. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) stopped to 13 pts.

Marousi - VAP Kolossos 76-75
Thriller win for Marousi, who despite of all troubles during the last two months managed to start the season with perfect 2-0 record. Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) stepped up for the hosts with 23 points and he spent just 21 minutes on the court. In VAP Kolossos (1-1), Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: St.Joseph's) had double-double of 14 points and 15 boards.

Ikaros - Panionios 61-56
Ikaros was better than Panionios celebrating the first victory in A1. Patrick Carroll (196-G/F-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: St.Joseph's) shined for the hosts with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Kyle McAlarney (183-G-87, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Notre Dame) also helped Ikaros with 16 pts. In Panionios (0-2), Marios Batis (188-G-80) delivered 17 points.

Olympiakos - AEK 82-50
Olympiakos destroyed AEK for perfect 2-0 in the league. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) stepped up for the Reds with 15 points and 7 rebounds, including just two missed shots for 16 minutes on the court. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) also was good adding 14 points. In the loosing squad, Periklis Dorkofikis (206-F-80) scored 12 pts and his team dropped to 1-1.

Panellinios - Aris 62-72
Both teams faced with defeats in the first round. Aris grabbed the first win of the season mostly owing to P.J. Tucker, who scored 15 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Tucker was the MVP of this game with valuation 20. The hosts got 15 points from Maurice Bailey.

PAOK - Iraklis 78-59
Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. He paced PAOK to their first victory of the season scoring 10 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) (8 rebs) and Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) (5 as) netted 12 pts each for the winners. On the other side, Iraklis (1-1) got 14 pts from Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: BeoExcell).


Kostas Kaimakoglou claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Panathinaikos Athens and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 15 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed Ilysiakos (0-2) with 19-point margin 81-62. It allowed Panathinaikos to keep the perfect score, but it's just the very beginning of the season and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Kaimakoglou turned to be Panathinaikos' top player in his first season with the team. Kaimakoglou has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 62.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old former international forward Dimitris Papanikolaou (202-F-77) of DASH Peristeri GS Athens. Papanikolaou impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Peristeri GS cruised to a 65-54 relatively comfortable win over Kavala (1-1). It is the first win for Peristeri this season. Papanikolaou is a newcomer at Peristeri GS and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Patrick Carroll (196-G/F-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services) of Ikaros Kallitheas. Carroll scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Ikaros, leading his team to a 61-56 win against Panionios. Both teams failed in the first round. Carroll has a solid season so far. In 2 games in Greece he scored 9.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) of VAP Kolossos - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) of Marousi - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85) of Aris - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kostas Papanikolaou (202-F/G-90) of Olympiakos - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) of PAOK - 12 points and 8 rebounds
9. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) of Panellinios - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Michael King (193-G-78) of Peristeri GS - 14 points and 4 rebounds


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Sanchez number one in Holland for round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's worst team Rotterdam (#10, 0-8) with 22-point margin 95-73. Despite this victory DeFriesland dropped to the 5th position in Dutch Eredivisie. DeFriesland is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Sanchez had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be DeFriesland's top player in his first season with the team. Former Boise State University star has very solid stats this year. Sanchez is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.5rpg) and averages impressive 63.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Surinamese Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of ABC Amsterdam. de Randamie had a very good evening with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as ABC lost that game 68-74 to the higher-ranked Magixx (#3, 5-3). ABC is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. de Randamie is one of the most experienced players at ABC and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was another DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden's star - American swingman Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). Punch scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of DeFriesland, helping his team with a 95-73 easy win against Rotterdam (#10, 0-8). DeFriesland needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Punch has a very solid season. In 8 games in Holland he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Todd Brown (196-G-87) of DeFriesland - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brian Laing (195-G/F-85) of Magixx - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra F. - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Harry Marshall (183-G-88) of Landstede - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Rotterdam - 16 points and 9 rebounds
9. Jesse Smith (211-F/C-82) of ZZ Leiden - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Magixx - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists


DBL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Eiff.Towers - BS Weert 87-68
The Eiffel Towers closed Round Eight with 87-68 home win against Weert. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Ball St.) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) (5 rebs, 6 as) and Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) helped with 17 points each. For the guests, Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) collected 18 pts and 5 assists. Eiffel Towers 5-2, Weert 4-4.

DeFriesland - Rotterdam 95-73
In Leeuwarden, a 10-0 start for De Friesland Aris gave them the early mental edge, and cruised to a 95-73 win over winless Rotterdam Challengers. Aris had very little trouble finding the basket, shooting 60% FG. Todd Brown led the way for De Friesland Aris with a game-high 25 pts., with Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, college: Boise St.) adding 22 pts. and Gerad Punch with 15. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) led the Rotterdammers with 16 pts. With the win, De Friesland Aris improves its record to 4-4 while the Rotterdammers fall to 0-8. *by Sanders Jackson

ZZ Leiden - GasTerra F. 62-80
In Leiden in the marquee GasTerra Flames-ZZ Leiden matchup, a run of 18-3 run midway through the final quarter was the antidote for the defending Dutch champions, with an impressive team performance en route to winning 80-62. It was around the end of the 1st half that the defending Dutch champions began to take control of the mental edge. The bench would provide sparks (28-13 scoring advantage) and timely three-point makes from Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska), Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) and Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) also kept ZZ Leiden on their heels. At one point Donar led 58-55 at 8:04 in the 4th quarter, and the run started with a Ross three-pointer and the lead snowballed to 76-58 with a John Turek score to make it 76-58 at 1:27. At that point it was all she wrote for ZZ Leiden. The Flames had balanced scoring, five players in double figures, led by surging Ross and Bostain with 13 pts. each. T.J. Jackson led all scorers with 16 pts. Gas Terra Flames are now 8-0 while ZZ Leiden falls to 4-3. *by Sanders Jackson

Landstede - Giants 71-66
In the Landstede Basketbal Zwolle-WCAA Giants matchup, neither team were on their A-game, with lots of turnovers and sloppy play. But an ugly win is still a win, and Landstede did just that, with a Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) three-pointer the money ball, winning by the score of 71-66. Landstede made up for poor field goal shooting (only 40.5%) with 10 of 19 three-pointers, with Borha making five in total, but van der Kamps three-pointer in the last minute was the game decider in the end. Borha led all scorers with 20 pts., PG Harry Marshall added 19 pts., but both made 6 turnovers each. The Giants hurt themselves also with turnovers and poor free throw shooting, including six misses in a row. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) led the Giants with 16 pts. The Giants also did not take advantage of a 44-33 rebounding advantage. With the win, Landstede is an even 4-4 while WCAA Giants fall to 2-6. *by Sanders Jackson

ABC - Magixx 68-74
In Amsterdam, Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen and ABC Amsterdam went toe-to-toe in the first 35 minutes with the score 60-60, but in crunch time the Magixx trio of Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Seton Hall), Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) and Thijs Vermeulen (194-F-85) had the final say, helping Magixx to a tough 74-68 road win. ABC Amsterdam center Sergio de Randamie did his best to help keep his team within striking distance, with a score to bring ABC to within four at 73-68 with 52 seconds remaining, but four consecutive free throws by Laing and Geoff McDermott slammed the door shut for ABC. Laing scored 19 pts. to lead Magixx, with Humphrey adding 16 and Vermeulen had 14. S. de Randamie continues to impress, having a game-high and season-high 28 pts. on 11 of 15 FG. Poor free throw shooting did ABC in, making only 11 of 21 total. and also was a huge foul difference (31 to 19), which also helped Magixx get to the line in 41 free throw attempts. With the win, Magixx now moves into 2nd place in the Dutch standings with Eiffel Towers scheduled to play on Sunday vs. BS Weert. *by Sanders Jackson


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Behdad Sami in Portugal - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Guifoes just signed iranian/american point guard Behdad Sami (183-G-86, college: Linn Benton CC),he is a 6'0, 24 years old iranian and american guard that just recently played in the ABA for San Diego Surf.

Behdad is a 6'0, 24 year old iranian american guard that just recently played in the ABA for the San Diego Surf. He can play the combo guard but mainly plays point guard. He is strong physically and uses his body great, real fast guard, likes to handle the ball.
Previously played in many leagues around the world such as the ABA, Romania, Turkey, Qatar, and also in the NBA D-league camp. He will try to prove this year in a good league that Guifoes can compete well in the Proliga. Behdad was the first Iranian basketball player to play pro in the USA and now is the first to play in Portugal history.


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Best players of Israeli Premier League round 3 - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Rodney Green (196-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 17 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Galil Gilboa in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ironi Ashkelon (#10, 0-3), the league's worst team 83-73. Despite this victory Galil Gilboa dropped to the 3rd position in Israeli Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Galil Gilboa will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Green turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. La Salle University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Green is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Adrian Banks (191-G-86) of Elitzur Netanya. Banks impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Elitzur Netanya lost that game 72-77 to Maccabi Haifa (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. Banks is a newcomer at Elitzur Netanya 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 20.0ppg (#1).

The third best performed player last round was American Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) of Maccabi Ashdod (#8). Bradley scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Bradley's great performance Maccabi Ashdod lost 76-79 to Maccabi Rishon (#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 Maccabi Ashdod 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, Bradley could try to bring Maccabi Ashdod's a little bit higher in the standings. Bradley has individually a great season in Israel. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rahshon Turner (201-F-75) of Ironi Ashkelon - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jamie Arnold (203-F-75) of Hapoel Holon - 17 points and 9 rebounds
6. Josh Carter (201-G/F-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 16 points and 13 rebounds
7. Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81) of Ironi Ashkelon - 13 points and 6 rebounds
8. Romeo Travis (201-F-84) of Elitzur Netanya - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Lee Nailon (204-F-75) of Bnei Hasharon - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Robert Hite (188-G-84) of Hapoel Holon - 15 points and 2 rebounds


Galil Gilboa is about to sign Jermaine Beal - by Ofer Shamur
Israeli media reports today that Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa agreed a deal with Jermaine Beal (191-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) and he supposes to join the team on the next days.
The 23-years-old Guard played in Vanderbilt University for the last 4 years, averaging 14.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game on his last season.
This year he signed Trefl Sopot from Poland and played 1 game so far.
The player will strengthen the point Guard position, while the team has only Gal mekel for this position.
Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa started the season with 1 loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv and 2 wins over Ashkelon and Maccabi Haifa.



Yaniv Green could be close to Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News
According to Israeli media, Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) could be close to Maccabi Haifa. Reportedly, the team agreed a deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the trade of 30-year-old center, member of the Israeli National Team. It remains to be seen will this transaction be finalized or it will end just as a rumor.
Yaniv Green appeared 3 times for Maccabi Tel Aviv this season in Premier League averaging 3.7 points and 1 rebounds. In Euroleague, he scored 7 points against Caja Laboral.


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Scottie Reynolds leaves Prima Veroli - by Emiliano
After four games, Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87, college: Villanova) left Prima Veroli. Landed last summer in the Italian Legadue team with high expectations, the point guard former Villanova did not impress with his performances and decided to part ways with ther club.
Reynolds, a standout during his college career, was selected on Monday by Tulsa 66ers in the NBDL Draft (13th overall). With Veroli Reynolds averaged 12.3ppg, 2.5apg and 1.8rpg in four games and 28.8 minutes on the court.
At the end of his last NCAA career, he was selected to USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and NABC Division I All-America 1st Team.
In Veroli, Reynolds was replaced by Scoonie Penn.


Best players of Italian A dilettanti round 6 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79, agency: Players Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for Paffoni Omegna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 31-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Omegna in his team's victory, helping them to crush Senigallia (#7, 3-3) with 17-point margin 93-76. Despite this victory Omegna dropped to the 12th position in Italian A dilettanti. Omegna is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. In the team's last game Picazio had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Omegna and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pierpaolo Picazio averages this season 16.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) of Basket Trapani. Bisconti impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Trapani to edge slightly lower-ranked A.B. Latina (#19, 4-2) by 2 points 73-71. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Trapani managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 18th place. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Bisconti is a newcomer at Trapani and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Tommaso Marino (190-G-86, agency: Interperformances) of Blu Basket CoMark Treviglio (#8). Marino scored 22 points and passed six assists. Despite Marino's great performance Treviglio lost 71-76 to the higher-ranked Piacenza (#3, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Treviglio needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Marino has a great season in Italy. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (8th best) and assists with 3.6apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Federico Bolzonella (185-G-84) of Piacenza - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Riccardo Romano (192-G-84) of Anagni - 24 points and 2 assists
6. Thomas De Min (203-F-86) of Treviglio - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gianmarco Rossi (178-G-90) of Palestrina - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Mirko Trapella (206-F-88) of Piacenza - 13 points and 19 rebounds
9. Mattia Soloperto (209-C-80) of A.B. Latina - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Simone Bonamente (202-C-79) of Perugia - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists


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FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifiers: Uhuru Kings bow to Royal Hoopers 55-66 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Liberia league chasmpion and host of the 2010 FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Elimination, UHURU Kings basketball club of Monrovia lost its opening qualifiers game against Nigeria DStv league runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt by 55-66 on Monday night.

The explosive game began on a rather cautious note with both side trying to study each other with the Nigerian side winning the first quarter by 17-16, the shaky start continued in the second quarter with the quarter ending in a single digit of 09-06 points in favour of the Nigerian qho went into the break with a 26-21 points advantage.

Royal Hoopers took a giant leap in the quarter winning by 25-17 points to gain 13-point advantage going into the last quarter, efforts by Uhuru Kings players to rally back in the last quarter coult only yeild a 17-15 points win for them which was not enough to up-turn the table against the Hoopers who ran away with a 66-55 points.

Nigeria DStv league champion, Kano Pillars will began its quest to defend the Zone-3 title it won last year in Benin Republic when it file out against second placed Liberian side NPA Pythons at 16H00 while Abidjan Basket Club (A B C) take on Swallows of Lome, Togo at 18H00.


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LKL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise in round 6 of LKL was Nevezis's (2-3) easy victory at home over higher ranked Aiscai Kaunas (3-2) 85-67. It was significant upset for the visitors. The biggest contributor to a victory was Egidijus Dimsa with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Rolandas Alijevas helped with 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Sarunas Vasiliauskas who recorded 17 points. Thanks to that win Nevezis moved-up to eighth place. Aiscai Kaunas dropped to fourth place with two games lost. They will share it with Juventus. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was tenth ranked Techasas's (2-2) victory over 7th ranked Naglis-Adakris (2-4) 101-97. It was a good game for Marius Valukonis who lead his team to a victory with 17 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Sarunas Kulevicius contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Vilmantas Dilys replied with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Naglis-Adakris. Thanks to that win Techasas moved-up to seventh place. Naglis-Adakris dropped to tenth place with four games lost. Techasas's next round game will be against higher ranked Juventus (#5) where they do not belong to the favorites. Naglis-Adakris will play against Alytus Alita (#13) to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also fifth ranked Juventus's (3-2) victory on the court of desperated Alytus Alita (0-5) 91-83. Aurimas Kieza scored 25 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Saulius Kazevicius with 18 points and 4 assists. Alytus Alita added fifth loss to their record. Thanks to that win Juventus moved-up to fourth place. Alytus Alita still closes the standings with five games lost. Juventus will meet next round Techasas (#7). Alytus Alita will play against Naglis-Adakris (#10) hoping to get finally their first victory.


Alytus Alita - Juventus 83-91

An interesting game was also fifth ranked Juventus's (3-2) victory on the court of desperated Alytus Alita (0-5) 91-83. Aurimas Kieza scored 25 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Saulius Kazevicius with 18 points and 4 assists. Alytus Alita added fifth loss to their record. Thanks to that win Juventus moved-up to fourth place. Alytus Alita still closes the standings with five games lost. Juventus will meet next round Techasas (#7). Alytus Alita will play against Naglis-Adakris (#10) hoping to get finally their first victory.

Top scorers:
Juventus-LKSK Utenos: A.Kieza 25+19reb+4ast, M.Prekevicius 18+2reb+4ast, M.Pociukonis 12+3reb+4ast, A.Adomaitis 10+4reb, G.Maceina 10+4reb+4ast, A.Vasiliauskas 7+6reb+1ast,
Alytus Alita: S.Kazevicius 18+1reb+4ast, P.Kleiza 13+5reb+4ast, A.Lazdauskas 11+6reb+3ast, S.Dumbliauskas 11+4reb+1ast, R.Adomavicius 11+4reb+3ast, A.Birgelis 9+6reb+2ast,


Nevezis - Aiscai Kaunas 85-67

The biggest surprise in round 6 of LKL was Nevezis's (2-3) easy victory at home over higher ranked Aiscai Kaunas (3-2) 85-67. It was significant upset for the visitors. The biggest contributor to a victory was Egidijus Dimsa with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Rolandas Alijevas helped with 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Sarunas Vasiliauskas who recorded 17 points. Thanks to that win Nevezis moved-up to eighth place. Aiscai Kaunas dropped to fourth place with two games lost. They will share it with Juventus. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Top scorers:
Nevezis Kedainiai: R.Alijevas 20+4reb+4ast, E.Dimsa 17+12reb+3ast, L.Brazdauskis 14+7reb, B.Cresnar 9+5reb+1ast, L.Lukosevicius 8+4reb+3ast, P.Belevicius 7+5reb+5ast,
Aisciai Kaunas: S.Vasiliauskas 17+2reb+3ast, P.Morkeliunas 16+4reb+2ast, V.Jasikevicius 8+1reb+1ast, G.Kurtinaitis 6+4reb, S.Vene 5+6reb, R.Uzas 5+3reb,


Techasas - Naglis-Adakris 101-97

Another exciting game was tenth ranked Techasas's (2-2) victory over 7th ranked Naglis-Adakris (2-4) 101-97. It was a good game for Marius Valukonis who lead his team to a victory with 17 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Sarunas Kulevicius contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Vilmantas Dilys replied with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Naglis-Adakris. Thanks to that win Techasas moved-up to seventh place. Naglis-Adakris dropped to tenth place with four games lost. They will share it with Techasas. Techasas's next round game will be against higher ranked Juventus (#5) where they do not belong to the favorites. Naglis-Adakris will play against Alytus Alita (#13) to get back on winning track.

Top scorers:
Panevezys Techasas: V.Volkus 19+2reb, M.Valukonis 17+17reb+4ast, S.Kulevicius 15+7reb+5ast, T.Cerneckis 14+3reb+2ast, E.Ezerskis 13+4reb+8ast, D.Silinskis 11+7reb+3ast,
Naglis-Adakris Palangos: V.Dilys 30+10reb, C.Lowe 19+2reb+6ast, E.Jocys 13+9reb, M.Kalvelis 10+7reb, M.Reminas 8+4reb+1ast, I.Razutis 6+3reb+2ast,




Siauliai brings in David Weaver for a try-out - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai announced arrival of David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) for a try-out. The 23-year-old American center was released by Ilysiakos Athens recently, but he will have another chance to stay in Europe.
David Weaver graduated at the Wake Forest University few months ago. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds for 31 games as a senior.


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Athleta and Siggiewi reach Detur Shield Final - by Eurobasket News
Athleta earned the spot in the Detur Shield championship game. They outscored BUPA Luxol 75:58 in the semifinal. It was a tough battle in the first half. Athleta eked out a narrow 30:21 lead at the interval. Athleta went on a 23:13 run in the third stanza to clear off for good. Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) nailed 21 points to pace the effort. Steve Schembri (187-F-79) added 14 points in the win. Robert Azzopardi and Alejandro Costa (200-C-64) responded with 11 points each for BUPA Luxol. Nebojsa Vasovic and A Cremona accounted for 10 points apiece in defeat. Athleta will face Siggiewi in the title clash.
Siggiewi took care of Depiro 76:56 in another semifinal. Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) poured in 21 points to propel Siggiewi into the main game. The defending champions strongly entered the encounter. They recorded a 25:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Siggiewi stayed in charge in the second period. They accumulated an 18-point lead at halftime. Depiro struggled to challenge their opponents as they trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter and could not succeed in this one. Nigel Sultana (191-F-91) netted 17 points for Siggiewi. Daniel Bugeja netted 16 points for Depiro. Roderick Vella (85) was responsible for 14 points in the loss.



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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 2-0 
 2. FUS Rabat 2-0 
 3. PCS Plazza C. 2-0 
 4. CRA Hoceima 1-1 
 5. MAF Fez 1-1 
 6. RCA Casabl. 1-1 
 7. RSB Berkane 1-1 
 8. ASE Essaou. 0-2 
 9. IRT Tanger 0-2 
 10. WAC Casabl. 0-2 


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Hawks, Horford agree to 5-year, $60 million contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The Hawks and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) have agreed to a 5-year, $60 million contract extension.

Atlantas All-Star center and his agent, Arn Tellem, met with the team this afternoon finalize the deal, which also is expected to include performance incentives. The sides had until the end of business today to reach an agreement or Horford would have become a restricted free agent next summer.

It happened like Ive been predictingdown to the wire, Horford said today after practice. When we finally kind of agreed on everything, I was super excited.

Horfords deal is similar to the contract extension signed by Bulls center Joakim Noah, whom he teamed with to win two NCAA championships at the University of Florida. The Hawks selected Horford with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft while Noah was picked No. 9 by Chicago.

The Hawks and Tellem opened negotiations at the start of training camp but there was little movement in talks as recently as two weeks ago. With the deadline approaching, the two sides met this weekend and worked out a deal.

From the moment he arrived in Atlanta, Al has been a large part of our success, Hawks GM Rick Sund said in a statement released by the team. The winning tradition he brought to the franchise as a rookie out of Florida has extended to three consecutive playoff seasons in a Hawks uniform. In addition, he was deservedly recognized as an All-Star last year, and we certainly look forward to his continued development as we move forward.

Horford was eligible for an extension for as many as five years and as much as $82 million under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires in June. The final terms of the extension could possibly be altered when the league and players agree to a new CBA but Horford would have a contract that must be honored.

Horford has said all along he hoped to sign an extension because he likes Atlanta and his teammates and believes the team is headed in the right direction.

Its great to be able to get it done and have peace of mind, Horford said. It makes me able to come out and just focus on basketball, which is my priority to begin with. So Im happy about that part.

Horfords deal comes after the Hawks signed guard Joe Johnson to a six-year, $123.7 million over the summer.

Guard Jamal Crawford has asked the team for a contract extension or, in lieu of a satisfactory agreement, a trade. The Hawks now have to be concerned how Crawford will perceive Johnson and Horfords new deals when he also is considered part of the franchises core and the teams philosophy has been to keep the group intact.

Courtesy of http://blogs.ajc.com


Phoenix Suns sign Jared Dudley to a contract extension - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Mike Conley and Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.).

Those five players are the only members of the 2007 NBA Draft class to receive a contract extension after Dudley inked a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the Phoenix Suns right at the midnight EDT deadline for players from his class.

According to The Arizona Republic, Dudley will make a base salary of $4.25 million each season and will receive an additional $125,000 in incentives for the Suns both reaching the second round and the conference finals. It also includes a player option in the fifth year.

Courtesy of www.valleyofthesuns.com


Friday: Spurs, Kings and Bulls beat their rivals - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - San Antonio S. 88-97
Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) had 19 points and nine assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Clippers 97-88 on Monday night, beating them for the 17th straight time and handing Los Angeles its fourth straight loss to open the season. Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) scored 18 points and Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) had 16 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio's reserves outscored their Clippers counterparts 25-0 before rookie forward Al-Farouq Aminu got the first points by the Los Angeles bench on a layup with 10:07 to play. Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) had 23 points and a career-high 11 assists for the Clippers, who have dropped 25 of the last 26 meetings. The only exception was March 7, 2006, an 98-85 victory at Staples Center in which Duncan was limited to 16 points in 29 minutes because of foul trouble. The Spurs beat the Clippers by an average of 22 points in the four meetings last season, and never by fewer than 16. *Courtesy of www.mb.com.ph

Chicago B. - Portland TB 110-98
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) might lead the NBA in scoring if the Bulls played the Trail Blazers more often. Deng scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-98 victory over Portland on Monday night. Deng's previous career best of 38 points, on March 26, 2007, also came against the Trail Blazers. Deng scored 16 points in the first and third quarters and shot 14-of-19 from the floor in the game. He passed his previous career high a 3-pointer from the corner with 5:48 to play. The shot put the Bulls up 101-84. Derrick Rose, who entered the game as the NBA's leading scorer, added 16 points and 13 assists for Chicago (2-1). The assist total matched his previous career high set against Utah last March. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored a season-high 33 points for Portland (3-1), almost single-handedly keeping the Blazers in the game through three quarters. *Courtesy of www.katu.com

Sacramento K. - Toronto R. 111-108
There are cruel lessons to learn over the course of a long NBA season and the Raptors learned a hard one here Monday night. They weren't ready to handle a close game in the dying minutes. Blowing a lead as big as 16 points, the Raptors fell 111-108 to the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena, fading badly in the final six minutes of an entertaining game. Despite 28 points from Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) and 19 rebounds from Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa), the Raptors couldn't close the deal and fell to 1-2 on the season. With a clutch three by Bargnani and two free throws by Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC), the Raptors cut the deficit to three with 20 seconds remaining. They cut it to one with 13.3 seconds left on a monster baseline dunk by DeRozan, who played his best game of the season and finished with 24 points. Two Beno Udrih (6'5''-G-82) free throws made it a three-point game with 12.2 seconds left, giving the Raptors - who had run out of timeouts - one last chance to tie. However, they didn't get a good look at a shot as Linas Kleiza missed a runner on Sam Dalembert, Leandro Barbosa couldn't covert a put back and Sacramento ran out the game. *Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifiers: Uhuru Kings bow to Royal Hoopers 55-66 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Liberia league chasmpion and host of the 2010 FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Elimination, UHURU Kings basketball club of Monrovia lost its opening qualifiers game against Nigeria DStv league runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt by 55-66 on Monday night.

The explosive game began on a rather cautious note with both side trying to study each other with the Nigerian side winning the first quarter by 17-16, the shaky start continued in the second quarter with the quarter ending in a single digit of 09-06 points in favour of the Nigerian qho went into the break with a 26-21 points advantage.

Royal Hoopers took a giant leap in the quarter winning by 25-17 points to gain 13-point advantage going into the last quarter, efforts by Uhuru Kings players to rally back in the last quarter coult only yeild a 17-15 points win for them which was not enough to up-turn the table against the Hoopers who ran away with a 66-55 points.

Nigeria DStv league champion, Kano Pillars will began its quest to defend the Zone-3 title it won last year in Benin Republic when it file out against second placed Liberian side NPA Pythons at 16H00 while Abidjan Basket Club (A B C) take on Swallows of Lome, Togo at 18H00.


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Club 9 de Julio adds Leonardo Pomare - by Eurobasket News
Club 9 de Julio announced signing of Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) for rest of the season. The 24-year-old Panamanian/American forward arrives to Argentina from Japan. He spent the last season with Sendai 89ers averaging 15 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists for 54 games in BJ League. He is a product of the San Diego University, where he graduated in 2009.

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OLIMPIA beats TOP 5 CHAMP LIBERTAD in SEMI FINAL game. - by Santiago Maciel
To reach the FINAL SERIES ou r3rd National League's disputing system established since last year a SEMI FINAL series among the 2nd an3rd placed teams.
In this case Olimpia de Asuncion and Libertad played last night with the ended win of the Winningest Paraguayan Team ever in this best of 3 games match up.
Last Top 5 CHAMP Libertad could not do enough to stop Olimpia de Asuncion's determination to take this game. The upcoming score favored the team coached by Christian Viveros 98 to 89.
Stats:
.Olimpia de Asuncion: Carlos Vallejos 8 , Ramn Snchez 12, Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) 17, Federico Mellone 8 y Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) 33. COACH:Cristian Viveros. Bruno Martinessi 9, Rodrigo Franco 3, Mario Gonzlez 4, Sergio Lpez 2 y Vctor Brizuela 2.
Libertad: Daniel Prez 33, Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) 6, Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) 13, Ryan Blanckson 17 , Roberto Laratro 13. coach: Luis Orono, Elias Sosa 5, Daniel Ocampo y Diego Bareiro (195-F/C-91) 2.
Final: O 98 (32+20+27+19) - L 89 (23+27+16+23).
Next match will be played next Thursday . Sol de America is already waiting for the next finalist after a spectacular reaction last saturday beating Olimpia de Asuncion by a 3 pointer made by Pilar's borned Taby Torres with 4 seconds left in the clock.






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Sasha Kaun to undergo surgery - by Eurobasket News
Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) will undergo left knee surgery this Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic, USA. The operation will remove a diseased component of the patellar tendon and the placement of a platelet rich plasma membrane to enhance healing. After this surgery, Kaun will be out of court for three months. Because of the injury, he did not appear in any of the Euroleague regular season games for his CSKA Moscow.

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Crvena Zvezda targets Ousmane Barro - by Eurobasket News
According to the Serbian media, Crvena Zvezda is close to sign Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) for rest of the season. The Serbian outfit wants to improve their game under the basket and it seems their choice is the 25-year-old Senegalese power forward/center. Barro spent last season in Hungary and was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Center of the Year. He appeared 34 times with Szolnoki Olajbanyasz averaging 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.2 blocks. Season 2008/09, Barro split between Polish Victoria Gornik Walbrzych and Szolnoki.
Osman Barro is a product of the Marquette University, where he graduated in 2008.


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Vladimir Micov crushes Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated great performance in the last round of the Italian SerieA. The 25-year-old player paced Bennet Cantu to impressive road win against Lottomatica Roma, 66-78. Micov was the leading player in Bennet Cantu with 19 points. He spent 29 minutes on the court making 4 of 5 for FG2, 2 of 3 for 3-pts and 5 of 6 from the line.
Vladimir Micov plays his second season with Bennet Cantu, where he joined in December of 2009 from Caja Laboral. They currently have 2-1 record in SerieA.


Crvena Zvezda targets Ousmane Barro - by Eurobasket News
According to the Serbian media, Crvena Zvezda is close to sign Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) for rest of the season. The Serbian outfit wants to improve their game under the basket and it seems their choice is the 25-year-old Senegalese power forward/center. Barro spent last season in Hungary and was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Center of the Year. He appeared 34 times with Szolnoki Olajbanyasz averaging 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.2 blocks. Season 2008/09, Barro split between Polish Victoria Gornik Walbrzych and Szolnoki.
Osman Barro is a product of the Marquette University, where he graduated in 2008.


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Euroleague MVP for October: Goran Jagodnik, Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
It has been seven years since Union Olimpija started a Euroleague season with two victories and the same amount of time since the pride of Ljubljana reached the Top 16. Basketball fever never left the Slovenian capital, but this week it will reach some of its highest temperatures ever, with the new 13,000-seat Stozice Arena sold out a week in advance of Olimpija's showdown Thursday with Panathinaikos for first place in Group D of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. One man who has everything to do with Olimpija's early-season resurgence is Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket), who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet MVP for October. Having returned to Slovenia this season after 11 years abroad, the 35-year-old forward has made his a homecoming to remember so far. Jagodnik's scoring late in the team's opening game helped Olimpija pull out an inspirational double-overtime victory against mighty Efes Pilsen before 9,000 pumped-up fans at home in Ljubljana. Last week, Jagodnik again saved his best for last, with 12 points in the final 11 minutes of another comeback, this time to beat Armani Jeans Milano in what was Olimpija's first Euroleague road win in 21 months. Among players on the seven teams undefeated through two games, Jagodnik ranks first in scoring with 20 points per game and second in performance index rating with 18.5 on average. He concentrated those great stats into late-game heroics that unexpectedly have Olimpija as a group co-leader, making Goran Jagodnik a more-than-logical Sportingbet MVP for October!

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month honor has entered its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for October was decided based on the two Regular Season games played during that month by all 24 teams. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

The first Turkish Airlines Euroleague game at Stozice Arena to open the new season for Olimpija was a historic event in itself for the basketball-loving fans of Ljubljana. They responded in great numbers, almost 9,000 diehards who were rewarded with just the third-ever double-overtime Euroleague game since 2000. Olimpija trailed Efes by 40-47 in the third quarter when Jagodnik's first three-point shot started a comeback that he completed with another bomb on the third-quarter buzzer, good for a 53-55 lead. At the end of the fourth quarter, Jagodnik expertly made a free throw and purposefully missed the second, which Kevinn Pinkney rebounded to tie the score 71-71 and force overtime. The first OT ended with Jagodnik making a last-second shot just a shade late of the buzzer. But in the second OT, he made sure with 6 points in the last 2 minutes to give the crowd, on its feet all this time, a 95-90 victory to celebrate. On the road in Week 2 at Milano, host Armani Jeans opened up double-digit leads early in the second half and stayed ahead until Jagodnik's 6 points in 2 minutes put Olimpija in command heading into the final quarter. Twice after that when Milano cut the difference to a point, Jagodnik scored for Olimpija and his pair of free throws in the final seconds were insurance for the team's first road win since January of 2009. That time, Olimpija was already eliminated from the Top 16. This time, it has a 2-0 record in a much shorter regular season, 10 games, giving the team a momentum it has not enjoyed for quite a while.

Jagodnik finished October having made 63.6% of his two-point shots, 45.5% of three-pointers and 84.6% of his free throws. Not bad for the oldest monthy MVP in the seven-season history of the award! If he can maintain numbers close to those, the sky is the limit for the Sportingbet October MVP and Olimpija. To enjoy their great start together with the fans in Ljubljana, Jagodnik will receive his award at an upcoming Union Olimpija home game.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Best players of South Korean KBL round 7 - by Eurobasket News
American Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Seoul Samsung Thunders and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 41 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Daegu Orions (#8, 2-5) 86-83. Despite this victory Seoul Samsung Thunders dropped to the 2nd position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Seoul Samsung Thunders will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Haynes turned to be Seoul Samsung Thunders' top player in his first season with the team. Boise State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Haynes is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.3ppg. Haynes is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 63.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Glen McGowan (206-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of Daegu Orions. McGowan impressed basketball fans with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Daegu Orions was edged by the higher-ranked Samsung Th. (#2, 6-2) 86-83. Daegu Orions is still second from the bottom in the standings. 5 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Daegu Orions managed to get this year. McGowan is a newcomer at Daegu Orions 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 17.1ppg (#9). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Tae-Poong Chon (180-G-80) of KCC Egis (#5). Chon got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of KCC Egis, leading his team to a 90-88 win against the lower-ranked Daegu Orions (#8, 2-5). KCC Egis needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Chon has a great season in South Korea. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.5apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) of Elephants - 37 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. David Simon (207-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 25 points and 10 rebounds
6. Hyo-Bum Kim (195-G-83) of SK Knights - 28 points and 4 rebounds
7. Jasper Johnson (201-C-83) of Sonic Boom KT - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Laurence Ekperigin (201-F) of Mobis Phoebus - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rod Benson (208-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy - 27 points and 11 rebounds


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Spanish LEB Silver round 5 best performance: Joan Carles Bivia - by Eurobasket News
Guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Basquet Mallorca, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Regal FC II (#8, 2-2) 66-56. Mallorca maintains the 3rd position in Spanish LEB Silver. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Mallorca already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Bivia had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Mallorca, through which he has constantly improved. Joan Carles Bivia has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.4ppg) and averages impressive 52.2% FGP and 44.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Jonathan Barcelo (192-G-79) of Plasencia Extremadura. Barcelo had a very good evening with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Plasencia to another comfortable win 81-66 over the lower-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#12, 1-4) being unquestionably team leader. Plasencia's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Barcelo is well-known at Plasencia and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Italian guard Ryan Read (190-G-84, agency: Duran International) of Adreilu Santurtzi (#13). Read scored 27 points. He was a key player of Santurtzi, leading his team to a 84-73 win against the higher-ranked Prat Juventud (#9, 2-3). Santurtzi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Read he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Read has a very solid season. In 2 games in Spain he scored 15.5ppg. Read attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Renan Leichtweis (207-C-89) of Santurtzi - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Nacho Llobet (202-C-91) of Prat Juventud - 15 points and 13 rebounds
6. Kevin Ratzsch (201-F-86) of Oviedo Feve - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86) of Illescas - 13 points and 17 rebounds
8. Alex Ros (192-G-83) of Andorra - 21 points and 3 rebounds
9. Marcus Wilson (192-G-77) of Coruna - 21 points and 3 rebounds
10. Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86) of Lan Mobel ISB - 21 points and 5 rebounds


English's 23 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Carl English (192-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked DKV Joventut Badalona and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 23 points adding three rebounds and three assists for DKV Joventut in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Valencia (#16, 1-4) 86-83. Despite this victory DKV Joventut dropped to the 2nd position in Spanish league. They are still close to the very top. DKV Joventut would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game English had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be DKV Joventut's top player in his first season with the team. Carl English averages this season 12.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. He is Uruguayan forward in his 2nd season at Fuenlabrada. In the last game Batista recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Fuenlabrada lost that game 81-90 to the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#1, 4-1). This loss caused Fuenlabrada to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Batista is well-known at Fuenlabrada and he already established his position as the team's leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) of league's leader Caja Laboral Vitoria. Teletovic scored 23 points. He was a key player of Caja Laboral, leading his team to a 90-81 win against the lower-ranked Fuenlabrada (#8, 3-2). Caja Laboral confirms their top position in the standings Teletovic has a great season in Spain. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Barlow (205-F-83) of CAI Zaragoza - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Robert Kurz (206-F-85) of Granada - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) of Valencia - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) of Meridiano - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86) of Real Madrid - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86) of Bizkaia Bilbao - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) of Gran Canaria - 19 points


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LNA Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SAV Vacallo - Fribourg 75-84
Fribourg defeated Vacallo behind 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists from Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80, college: American). Steve Smith (200-F-81, college: Iona) added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) accounted for 23 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for Vacallo as they fell at 3-3 record.

BBC Nyon - Monthey 55-85
Monthey improved at 4-2 record after they dealt with BBC Nyon away from home. Stephane Moris (207-F/C-86) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Monthey. Joey Lynch-Flohr (203-F/C-88, college: Radford) added 18 points and 7 caroms in the victory. Chad Byron (188-G-87, college: Cumberlands) responded with 15 points for BBC Nyon.

Lugano Tigers - Starwings 80-70
Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) nailed 19 points to lead Lugano past Starwings. Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers as they climbed at 6-0 record. Tony Brown (193-G-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 23 points and issued 7 assists for Starwings.

Zurich W. - Geneve Lions 63-94
Geneve Lions outgunned Zurich Wildcats for the fifth win. Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) accounted for 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Lions. Ronnie Ross (187-G-79, college: Utah St.) contributed 20 points and 9 assists in the winning case. Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) replied with 20 points as the Wildcats suffered the sixth loss in a row.

Boncourt - SAM Massagno 85-82
Showron Glover (180-G-87) stepped up with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Boncourt past SAM Massagno. Reto Schwaiger (190-G/F-87) added 17 points in the victory. Ali Farokhmanesh (183-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: N.Iowa) answered with 33 points for SAM Massagno.




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Syrian Basketball Cup 2010/2011 - by Eurobasket News
Eight teams are struggling tonight at the Quarter final of the Syrian Basketball Cup 2010\2011. Al-Wahda won Group A with 3-1 record and Al-Horiyah finished with 2-2 record to advance also from the group. In Group B AL- Jalaa was perfect with 6-0 record, while Al-Jaish advanced with 4-2 record. In Group C Al-Karamah enjoyed 6-0 record on top and Al-Nawaeir grabbed 3-2 at the second place. In Group D Al-Wathbahfinished with 6-0 record on top and Al-Ittihad had 4-2 on the second position.
Al-Wahda now plays the series against Al-Jaish, while Al-Karamah faces Al-Ittihad. Al-Wathbah battles Al-Nawaeir and AL- Jalaa plays versus Al-Horiyah.




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E.S.Sahel and Stade Nabeulien remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News
E.S.Sahel and Stade Nabeulien remain undefeated in the league after another victories. On October 28th E.S.Sahel overcame U.S.Mounastir 87:69, while two days after beat Ezzahra.S 64:54. Stade Nabeulien meanwhwile rolled over C.A.Bizerte 72:57 and then won over C.Tunisair 95:57.
Ezzahra.S has 4-1 record in the standings, while CA Bizerte is 4th with 3-2 record. The latter grabbed the valuable 60:58 win over J.S.Kairaoun.


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Antwain Barbour gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Erdemirspor Belediyesi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old swingman had the game-high 35 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Erdemir in his team's victory, helping them to beat Mersin (0-3) 79-71. Erdemir needs more wins to improve their 1-2 record. Barbour turned to be Erdemir's top player in his first season with the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Barbour is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American guard Jonathan Gibson (183-G-88) of Oyak Renault Bursa. Gibson impressed basketball fans with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. He led Oyak Renault to comfortable win 79-65 over Trabzonspor (1-2) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Gibson is a newcomer at Oyak Renault 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 21.3ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 4.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Aliaga Petkim. Coleman scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Aliaga, leading his team to a 95-80 easy win against Besiktas (1-2). Coleman has a very solid season. In 3 games in Turkey he scored 16.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Christopher (196-G-88) of Antalya - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jerome Randle (178-G-87) of Aliaga - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Mire Chatman (187-G-78) of Besiktas - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) of Antalya - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Trabzonspor - 16 points and 12 rebounds
9. Omer Onan (194-G-78) of Fener.Ulker - 27 points and 2 assists
10. James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Erdemir - 17 points and 9 rebounds


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Kendell K.C. Henry selected as Referee with Emerging Talent Program - by David Edole
SAN JUAN - The FIBA Americas Referee Emerging Talents Program begins on November 10. The participants were selected during the activities accomplished in the FIBA Americas Camp for Referees with Potential for the Future, held in Medellin (Colombia), in October 18-23, 2010.

This Program is divided in two (2) levels.

Each level has one (1) year.

November 2010 October 2011 - Level 1:

1) Activities in Distance Education.

* Using the FIBA Americas Referee Website.

* Classes - Evaluations - Game Video Evaluation - Support on Line.

2) Presential activities

* Fitness Physical Tests

* Performance Evaluation in tournaments where FIBA Americas is responsible for referees' nominations.

The participants will have an exam to go to Level 2 during the next FIBA Americas Camp for Referees with Potential for the Future.

The Referee Department Staff are:

* FIBA International Referees Instructors;

* FIBA Americas National Referees Instructors.

The participants are: Country, Referee

01 ARG Mr. Fernandez, Juan Jose (ARG)
02 ARG Ms. Rodriguez, Dora Vanesa (ARG)
03 BAR Ms. Martindale, Gillian Lesli Ann (BAR)
04 BRA Mr. Locatelli, Guilherme (BRA)
05 BRA Ms. De Almeida, Flavia Renata (BRA)
06 CAN Mr. Cervo, Robert Tanner (CAN)
07 CAN Mr. Weiland, Michael John (CAN)
08 CHI Mr. Menares Vasquez, Patricio Enrique (CHI)
09 COL Mr. Diez Correa, Jose Fernando (COL)
10 COL Ms. Guerrero Alvarez, Alejandra (COL)
11 COL Mr. Mejia Mesa, Rodrigo Leon (COL)
12 COL Mr. Melgarejo Pinto, Jose Hernan (COL)
13 CRC Mr. Fernandez Diaz, Roberto Jos (CRC)
14 CUB Ms. Hodelin Mendoza, Yudith (CUB)
15 HON Mr. Rapalo Leva, Jose Ernesto (HON)
16 ISV Mr. Henry , Kendell Christopher (ISV)
17 JAM Mr. Hayles, Ricardo (JAM)
18 PUR Mr. Castro Cartagena, Xavier (PUR)
19 PUR Mr. Quinones Gonzales, Jose (PUR)
20 PUR Mr. Vega Velazquez, Antonio (PUR)
21 URU Mr. Sanchez Varela R., Alejandro (URU)
22 USA Mrs. Bass, Lauren Holtkamp (USA)


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BBL Team Of The Week - Week Seven - by Paul Nilsen
Our fabulous five this week contains four familiar faces and another veteran player who makes his debut this season. For the third successive week, our team is made up from just three clubs with Newcastle Eagles and UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders both having two players included.

This also maintains the record since the start of the season of not yet having had five players from five different teams in the line-up. Meanwhile after our guard orientated team last week, we go back to a big front-court again this time!

Returning to the backcourt is UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders playmaker Evaldas Zabas (198-F-88) who featured two weeks ago. The Lithuanian star was instrumental in guiding his team to their first BBL Championship win of the season as they secured a home success over Marshall MK Lions. Zabas just missed out on a second double-double of the season by only one assist after registering 24 points in the win.

Joining him in the backcourt is Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.) who retains his place from Week six and has an added reason to celebrate having been crowned BBL Player Of The Month for October. He really had an action packed game at the EIS against One Health Sharks Sheffield as he continued his rich vein of form to help his team collect a first BBL Championship road win of the season. He too missed out on a double-double by only one rebound while harvesting 28 points and dishing up 6 assists.

However it was team-mate and fellow veteran Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) who really grabbed the headlines with the joint best performance of the weekend as he poured in 33 points during the same game. It was a vintage display from the perimeter where he roasted the Sharks with a stunning seven of nine. This is the first appearance for Smith in our Team of The Week this season and typically it came against a club that historically he just loves to explode against.

Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) also takes a spot in the frontcourt and receives a place in our team for the second time this season after the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders big man conjured up a magnificent double-double in the win against Marshall MK Lions. He scored 12 points and pulled down a monstrous 20 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action.

Even more impressive and sharing the accolade with Charles Smith of being this weeks top performer with a performance valuation of 30 is Mersey Tigers star Tafari Toney (203-F/C-86) who like Zabas, returns to the team after an absence of just one week. As with Polk, he also landed himself a double-double with a more efficient 23 points and 11 rebounds off an incredibly deadly 8 of 9 shooting.

BBL Team Of The Week

Evaldas Zabas (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Trey Moore (Newcastle Eagles)
Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles)
Otis Polk (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Tafari Toney (Mersey Tigers)

Off The Bench
Steve Dagostino (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Anthony Rowe (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers), Adrien Sturt (Essex Pirates), Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield).


Moore Is Molten Player Of The Month For October - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles guard Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.) is the Molten Player Of The Month For October after having enjoyed a stellar few weeks despite arriving on Tyneside late due to a paperwork wrangle which left him stranded Stateside as his team-mates tipped off the new season back in September.

It certainly didnt take long for the former BBL Player Of The Year to get into his stride once he did pull on an Eagles vest again and he has enjoyed a superb month averaging 21 points per game including an impressive percentage of 44% from the perimeter.

Moore also showcased his all-round skills and influence on the Eagles team to great effect by averaging 5.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Ironically, the only real area where Moore did not shine excessively was in one of his traditional strong points, namely free-throw shooting where he sunk 75% from the stripe during the month.

The combo guard has also made the BBL Team Of The Week for weeks six and seven while amassing particularly impressive scores against former club Cheshire Jets when he poured in 29 points and in the Eagles' thrilling overtime win at One Health Sharks Sheffield last weekend when he claimed 28 points.

Its certainly been an up and down season for the reigning BBL title holders and they are likely to need Moore to continue this rich vein of form if they want to successfully defend their BBL Championship crown.


Garbelotto Is Molten Coach Of The Month For October - by Paul Nilsen
Tony Garbelotto is the Molten Coach Of The Month for October after masterminding a terrific run by his Mersey Tigers team who won seven of eight games to help manoeuvre their way to the forefront of the BBL Championship title race as well as booking both a BBL Cup quarter-final berth and a spot in the BBL Trophy semi-finals.

After starting the month with comprehensive wins against North-West rivals Cheshire Jets and then Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy, there was only a solitary blip with a loss in the BBL Championship at Marshall MK Lions.

However since that defeat, the Londoner has watched his players come up trumps against Guildford Heat in the BBL Cup and then rack up four successive wins in the BBL Championship with home successes against Essex Pirates and UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and comprehensive road victories at Worcester Wolves and Glasgow Rocks.

Much of the good form has been down to a core of British players with the likes of GB captain Andrew Sullivan, shooter James Jones and forward Andrew Thomson all having a great month while center Tafari Toney has also shown his power in the paint during recent weeks.

Garbelotto is certainly no stranger to this award and will be hoping his team helps him add to his collection between now and the end of the season.


British BBL round 5 best performance: Anthony Rowe - by Eurobasket News
Center Anthony Rowe (203-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Airwaves Plymouth Raiders, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat MK Lions (#8, 1-1) 91-81. Despite this victory Plymouth dropped to the 9th position in British BBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. It's Rowe's second year at Plymouth and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former North Georgia State University star has very solid stats this year. Rowe is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 9.3rpg) and averages impressive 54.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Tanner Adu (193-F-84) of Essex Pirates Basketball Club. Adu had a very good evening with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Essex Pirates was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Worthing (#10, 1-3) 95-92. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Essex Pirates is still at the dead bottom 12th position. 5 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Adu is a newcomer at Essex Pirates, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle Eagles (#6). Chapman got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of Newcastle, leading his team to a 116-106overtime win against the higher-ranked Sheffield Sharks (#3, 4-1). Newcastle needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Chapman has a very solid season. In 6 games in United Kingdom he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 3.2apg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Trey Moore (192-G-75) of Newcastle - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Marcus Stout (193-G-86) of Sheffield Sharks - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adam Williams (193-G-83) of Worthing - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marcus Stout (193-G-86) of Sheffield Sharks - 30 points and 4 rebounds
8. Evaldas Zabas (198-F-88) of Plymouth - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Ryan Patton (181-G-78) of Sheffield Sharks - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Charles Smith (198-F-75) of Newcastle - 33 points and 4 rebounds


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Bigua, the LUB leader, was defeated by Hebraica. - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi crushed Bigua, the LUB leader, 90-67 during a game for the 20th round. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington), with 27 points, Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) with 21 and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) with 21 were the main scorers for Hebraica with a total of 69 points two more than Bigua. For Bigua, Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) 17 points, Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) 7 and Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 4. The results for the two other games played were;
Montevideo 81 - Darryl Dora (206-C-85, college: Texas Tech) 17 points 7 rebounds, Darris Santee (203-F-87, college: UNLV) 10 points 11 rebounds
Union Atletica 73 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 19 points, Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) 18 points 10 rebounds, Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 15 points 11 rebounds
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Aguada 89 - Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) 24 points 8 rebounds, Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 22 points 6 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 10 points 4 rebounds.
Bohemios 85 - De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) 29 points 17 rebounds, Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) 11 points 9 rebounds.




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Natalie Porter claims Australian WNBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Natalie Porter (185-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sydney Uni Flames and that's her to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 11 points and eleven rebounds, while her team was edged out by Canberra C. (#1, 7-1) 87-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sydney UF maintains the 4th position in Australian WNBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Sydney UF will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 3-2 record. It's Porter's second year at Sydney UF and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Natalie Porter averages this season 10.4ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Mia Newley (184-G-88) of Adelaide Link Lightning. Newley impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Adelaide lost that game 79-86 to the lower-ranked AIS (#10, 1-4). Adelaide managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. 3 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Adelaide managed to get this year. Newley is one of the most experienced players at Adelaide and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#5). She also registered 6.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Adelaide Link Lightning's star - Tegan Cunningham (185-F-88). Cunningham scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Cunningham's great performance Adelaide lost 79-86 to the lower-ranked AIS (#10, 1-4). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Adelaide can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Cunningham she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Cunningham has a very solid season. In 6 games in Australia she scored 13.8ppg. She also has 6.0rpg and 1.2bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) of Sydney UF - 18 points and 5 rebounds
5. Amy Denson (186-F-84) of Sydney UF - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) of Bendigo S. - 17 points and 7 rebounds
7. Carly Wilson (181-G-82) of Canberra C. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Bulleen B. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michelle Cosier (176-G/F-82) of Canberra C. - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Renae Camino (177-G-86) of Logan T. - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists


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Vienna 87 eke out win over UBBC Herzogenburg - by Eurobasket News
Vienna 87 marked Round 6 with a tough road win over UBBC Herzogenburg. Lisa Zderadicka (166-G-94) knocked down 12 points to lead Vienna 87 to a 47:43 victory. The teams stayed close throughout the whole encounter but the visitors managed to pull away with a narrow win. Agnes Roth (185-F/C-86) scored 14 points as Vienna 87 improved at 5-2 record. Martina Riel (175-F-82) answered with 13 points for UBBC. Peciakowska accounted for 9 points in defeat.
Flying Foxes cruised to the fifth straight win. They shocked Salzburg 119:31 away from home. Angela Steger (178-F-85) knocked down 19 points to lead the visiting side. Petra Steger (176-G/F-87) added 18 points in the win. Corinna Kuhl (186-C) scored 10 points to lead Salzburg.
BK Duchess tamed SK Kammer 74:46 on the road. Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) nailed 19 points to help BK Duchess climb at 5-0 record. BK Duchess ensured a 20:13 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the rest of the encounter and registered yet another victory at the start of the season. Katharina Podoschek (168-G-80) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Werner responded with game-high 22 points for SK Kammer.



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First results and stats of the 2010/2011 season - by Eurobasket News
Three teams won their first two games of the 2010/2011 season to take the leading positions in the standings. KK Igman won first over KK Rudar 86:71 and then beat KK Tomislav 67:65. KK Zeljeznicar rolled over KK RMU Banovici 78:46 in the opener as Dajana Bugarin (179-G-89) stepped up with 18 points and Demirovic as well as Rada Vidovic (177-G-79) posted 11 each. Gajic responded with 21 points in the losing effort. In Round 2 KK Sloboda lost to KK Zeljeznicar 54:72 as the latter grabbed 2-0 record.
KK Jedinstvo BHT started the campaign with 90:40 win over Trebinje 03. In Round 2 KK Jedinstvo BHT edged KK Rudar 71:46 as Irma Rahmanovic (187-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Tina Perisa (170-G-84) netted 13. Matic brought 12 points in the losing effort.
KK Mladi Krajisnik edged KK Borac ML IEFK 93:66 in Round 1. The hosts started with 25-15 in the opening period and then added 23-18 in the second frame. Moreover KK Mladi Krajisnik won also the third period and the fourth frames. Bogoje and Milica Deura (178-G-90) paced all the winners with 23 points each, while Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73, agency: Data Plus Group) added 20. Todorovic ended up with 21 points in the losing case.




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Doychinova's 18 points and 9 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
37-year old forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Montana 2003 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
She had the game-high 18 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Montana 2003 in her team's victory, helping them to beat Lukoil (1-2) 81-71. Montana 2003 maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Montana 2003 already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It's Doychinova's second year at Montana 2003 and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Doychinova has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 2.7spg.

Second best performed player last round was Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) of top-ranked Levski Sofia. She is former international forward in her first season at Levski. In the last game Topalova-Shopova recorded impressive 21 points and 8 rebounds. Of course she lead Levski to another comfortable win 76-57 over Beroe 07 (1-2) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Topalova-Shopova is a newcomer at Levski and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to another Levski Sofia's star - guard Stanislava Stankova (172-G-90). Stankova scored 28 points. She was another key player of Levski, helping her team with a 76-57 easy win against #3 ranked Beroe 07 in a game of the week. Levski started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Stankova turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Stankova has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angela Tisdale (170-G-85) of Lukoil - 22 points
5. Faye Muller (191-F-84) of Lukoil - 15 points and 15 rebounds
6. Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) of Dunav - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ivelina Vranchev (175-G-80) of Montana 2003 - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Camellia Mihalkova (182-F-80) of Montana 2003 - 6 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vesela Kovacheva (170-G-92) of Slavia - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) of Beroe 07 - 13 points and 8 rebounds


NBL Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Beroe 07 - Levski 57-76
Levski had an easy job against Beroe celebrating 57-76 road win. Stanislava Stankova (172-G-90) shined for the guests with 28 points. She made 15 free throws in this game. In Beroe, Zlatina Kaloferova (192-C-86) had 14 points and 7 rebs.

Montana 2003 - Lukoil 81-71
Montana outplayed Lukoil 81-71 getting 22 points from Veselka Todorova (192-C-88). Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) followed her with 18 points and 9 boards. On the other side, Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Baylor) scored 22 pts.

Slavia - Dunav 44-80
Dunav closed Round Three with 44-80 road win against Slavia. Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) was the leading scorer in victory with 24 points. Their most valuable player was Dayana Tsekova (190-C-94) with valuation 22 (12 pts, 8 rebs and 5 assists). For the hosts, Vesela Kovacheva (170-G-92) delivered 15 pts.


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Mursa beat Podravac in double overtime (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule
Nikolina Mihic (F-91) scored game-high 27 points and Mursa beat Podravac 79-78 in double overtime in the opening Round of A-2 League champioship.
A-2 League - North-West: Podravac-Mursa 78-79 2OT (Vujcic 10, Di.Bukovacan 6, E.Simunic 9, Baruskin 14, Korolija 4, P.Simunic 12, Da.Bukovcan 21, Niksic 2 - Mihic 27, Sarlija 2, Tataj 2, Matijevic 11, Jajetic 1)
Dubrava-Radost 75-56 ( Ples 15, uster 5, vajka 2, Matic 14, Mihic 11, Knez 2, Resetar 16, Matijevic 6, Uzelac 2, B.Culina 2 - Hlebec 8, Balog 18, Smitran 5, Hozjan 11, Sardi 4, Levacic 4, V.Zivkovic 2)
Vindi-Brod 50-52 (Znidaric 22, Novak 5, Kudelnjak 8, Papec 11, Kis 6, Lesar 3 - Hustic 2, Pehar 21, Aksamovic 5, Majic 3, Alar 11, Sutalo 10)
A2 League - South-West:
Pleter-Gospic CO II 68-61 (Lenac 6, Jerkic 13, Vukicevic 14, E.Halilovic 4, Masic 16, Nizic 4, Jazic 11 - Romac 7, P.Devcic 2, G.Devcic 11, Krmpotic 2, Culina 11, A.Dosen 21, Starcevic 3, Rukavina 4)
Otocac-Tresnjevka 2009 60-41 (Domitrovic 21, Mada 30, Blazevic 5, Ladisic 4 - Kotor 2, Vidakovic 2, Kovacina 6, Vrinjanin 17, Mamic 14)
Pescenica Zitnjak-Jabuka 04/11, Rijecanka bye




Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Biska Pula 3-0 
 2. Studenec O. 2-1 
 3. Agram 1-1 
 4. Croatia 2006 1-1 
 5. Pozega 1-2 
 6. Split 1-2 
 7. Zadar 0-2 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Gospic
 2. Jolly
 3. Lupa Promot.
 4. Medvescak


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Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEK Larnaca 2-0 
 2. Keravnos 2-0 
 3. Achilleas 1-1 
 4. APOP 1-1 
 5. InterColl. Etha 0-0 
 6. AEL Limassol 0-1 
 7. Akademia 0-1 
 8. Anagennises 0-1 
 9. Olympos 0-1 


AEK Larnaca and Keravnos take 2-0 records - by Eurobasket News
AEK Larnaca and Keravnos take 2-0 records after the first two games at the start of the 2010/2011 League. In Round 1 AEK Larnaca overcame Achilleas 76:50 and then won over Akademia 107:35. Keravnos meanwhile rolled over Olympos 66:39 in Round 1 and then beat AEL Limassol 57:53 in the top game of the Regular Season Round 2.


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Dameligaen Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SISU - Falcon 74-41
SISU cruised past Falcon to improved at 6-0 record. Lauren Aitch (185-C-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Michigan St.) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Tea Jorgensen (177-G-87) accounted for 13 points, while Trine Duelund (182-F-84) added 10 points for the league leaders. Falcon responded with 15 points from Emilie Klint (170-G-93).

Lemvig - Horsens 61-57
Lemvig narrowly defeated Horsens at home court. Lauren Beckley (181-F/C, college: Shippensburg) stepped up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the effort. Ivana Udovalieva (174-G-84) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Jessica Smith (191-C-86, college: Iona) answered with 22 points and 13 boards for Horsens.




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LFB Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Villeneuve - Nantes 55-60
Nantes closed Round Four with 55-60 road win against Villeneuve and improved to 3-0 record in the league. Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) was a key player for the guests with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She reached valuation 36! In the loosing squad, Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) collected 17 points and 8 rebs.

Mondeville - Bourges 53-77
Bourges cruised past Mondeville keeping the perfect score after four games in the league. Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) top-scored in victory with 16 points and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) added 3 points less than her. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) posted 12 points in defeat.

COB Calais - Tarbes 67-77
Third victory for Tarbes (3-0), whose leading player was Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) added 15 pts and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Sylvie Gruszczynski (171-G-86) collected 2 1points and 7 rebs.

Lattes Montpe. - Arras 58-47
Lattes Montpellier was better than Arras moving up to 2-2 record in French top division. Alicia Poto (166-G-78) was the leading player in victory with 16 points. Visitors got 12 points and 8 boards from Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management).

Union Hainaut - Toulouse 74-47
Union Hainaut destroyed Toulouse getting 24 points and 5 rebounds from Arhonda Covington (185-F-85, college: Louisville). Emilie Duvivier (168-G-84) and Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) helped with 14 points each. In defeat, Chandrea Jones (175-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) had 16 pts.

Charleville - Aix-en-Prov. 70-56
Fourth appearance for Charleville and finally their first win. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Sarra Ouerghi (182-F-85, agency: LBM Management) added 14 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists. In defeat, Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) collected 24 points and 10 rebs.

Challes - Landes 69-50
Challes outplayed Landes handing them first loss of the season. Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) was on fire for the hosts scoring 19 points with just two missed shots in 23 minutes. Visitors got 15 points and 12 boards from Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84, college: Kentucky).


French LFB round 4 best performance: Mame-Marie Sy-Diop - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Senegalese forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Reze Nantes Basket 44, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while her team beat Villeneuve (#8, 2-2) 60-55. Despite this victory Nantes dropped to the 2nd position in Senegalese LFB. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Nantes already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It's Sy-Diop's second year at Nantes and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Mame-Marie Sy-Diop averages just after three games 14.0ppg and 7.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Kristen Mann (188-F-83) of Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes ASPTT. Mann had a very good evening with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Charleville to another comfortable win 70-56 over the higher-ranked Aix-en-Prov. (#5, 2-1) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Charleville to move up to 11th position in the standings. 3 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Charleville managed to get this year. Mann is a newcomer at Charleville, but is already the team's top player. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#4). She also registered 8.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Australian Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) of Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (#5). Grima scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Grima's great performance Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence lost 56-70 to the lower-ranked Charleville (#11, 1-3). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Grima has a very solid season. In 3 games in France she scored 14.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) of Tarbes - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Arhonda Covington (185-F-85) of Union Hainaut - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sylvie Gruszczynski (171-G-86) of COB Calais - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Magali Lacroix (186-F-75) of Challes - 12 points and 12 rebounds
8. Alison Bales (201-C-85) of Union Hainaut - 2 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Chandrea Jones (175-G-87) of Toulouse - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists


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Best players of Hungarian A round 9 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Szeviep Szeged and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 22-year old swingman had the game-high 20 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Szeged in her team's victory, helping them to beat Vasas-Csata (#12, 1-8) 74-60. Szeged maintains the 4th position in Hungarian A. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Szeged will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Laczi had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Szeged, through which he has constantly improved. Laczi has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.1apg) and averages solid 3.1spg and 50.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old guard Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) of ZTE NKK. Bukovszki impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for ZTE to edge the lower-ranked Atomeromu (#10, 2-7) by 4 points 67-63. ZTE's 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bukovszki is well-known by ZTE fans and she already established her position as the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was another ZTE NKK's star - former international forward Tunde Czukor (181-F-84). Czukor scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was another key player of ZTE, helping her team with a 67-63 win against the lower-ranked Atomeromu (#10, 2-7). ZTE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Czukor has a very solid season. In 9 games in Hungary she scored 9.7ppg. She also has 4.2rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) of Nanette FTC - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Petra Szabo (183-F-87) of Bajai NKK - 19 points and 5 rebounds
6. Edit Eordogh (180-G/F-75) of Vasas-Csata - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) of MKB Eurol. - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) of Szeged - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nora Bujdoso (185-F-85) of Pecs 2010 - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of Szolnok - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists


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Israeli D1 round 3 best performance: Renee Montgomery - by Eurobasket News
American guard Renee Montgomery (170-G-86, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maccabi Ashdod, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (32 pointsfour assists) to her team's victory, helping them to beat Elitzur Holon (1-2) 76-68. Despite this victory M.Ashdod dropped to the 7th position in Israeli D1. M.Ashdod is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game Montgomery had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. She turned to be M.Ashdod's top player in her first season with the team. Renee Montgomery averages just after two games 14.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Navonda Moore (178-G/F-84, agency: Merit Sports) of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Moore had a very good evening with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Hapoel T-A lost that game 58-86 to Ramat Hen (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Moore is a newcomer at Hapoel T-A, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Maccabi Ashdod's star - American forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84). Anderson scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of M.Ashdod, helping her team with a 76-68 win against Elitzur Holon (1-2). The chances of M.Ashdod 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, Anderson could try to bring M.Ashdod's a little bit higher in the standings. Anderson has individually a great season in Israel. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shannon Bobbitt (157-G-85) of Raanana Hertzeliya - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ashley Walker (185-F/C-87) of Ramat Hen - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87) of H.R. Le-Zion - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ashley Shields (178-G-85) of Elitzur Netanya - 28 points and 3 rebounds
8. Chante Black (196-C-85) of Electra Ramat - 17 points and 14 rebounds
9. Tiffany Jackson (191-F-85) of Ramat Hen - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Latoya Williams (193-C-87) of Hapoel T-A - 13 points and 10 rebounds


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McCarville's a double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Janel McCarville (188-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Famila Wuber Schio and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
She had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while her team outclassed Lucca (0-2) with 33-point margin 79-46. Familia Schio kept the perfect score, but it's just the very beginning of the season and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. McCarville turned to be Familia Schio's top player in her first season with the team. University of Minnesota graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCarville is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.5ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,2.5spg and 66.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) of Basket Parma. She is French in her first season at Basket Parma. In the last game Antibe recorded impressive 27 points and 6 rebounds. It was enough for Basket Parma to edge Pozzuoli (0-2) by 4 points 66-62. It is the first win for Parma team. Antibe is a newcomer at Basket Parma and quickly became the team's new leader. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#1). She also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports) of Pall.Pozzuoli. Walker scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Walker's great performance Pozzuoli lost 62-66 to Basket Parma (1-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Walker has individually a great season in Italy. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84) of Comense - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Pozzuoli - 20 points and 6 rebounds
6. Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85) of Vomero NA - 15 points and 14 rebounds
7. Laura Summerton (191-C-83) of Bracco Geas - 22 points and 8 rebounds
8. Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82) of Lucca - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) of Umbertide - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) of Priolo - 13 points and 8 rebounds


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  NCAA2 - Women  


D2 Takeover in Sweden by Brittany Smart & Jeannie Saunders! - by Lucius Jones
Brittany Smart (5'9''-G-85, college: Cedarville) and Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) have started off the season in Sweden's Top Division as the top 2 scorers in the entire country. Brittany Smart (5'9''-G-85, college: Cedarville) is currently averaging 29.3ppg to lead the country and Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) is at 2nd with 19.7ppg. The D2 twosome also ranks among the top 2-15 in many different categories as well. Brittany Smart (5'9''-G-85, college: Cedarville) is 8th in the country in rebounding with 8.0rpg, 4th in assists with 3.5apg. Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) is in the top 15 of rebounding with her 6.3rpg average, 2nd in assists at 4.3apg, top 15 in steals with 1.7spg, and 7th in blocks with 1.0bpg. The teams of the two stars are also having great success under the leadership of these women. Kvarnby BBK is 2-2 and Visby Ladies are 3-1 and the only loss came when Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) and Ashleigh Brown (6'0''-F/G-87, college: Miami (OH)) had to sit out due to a paperwork dispute. Look for continued success from these two D2 players.

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Liga Feminina Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AD Vagos - CAB Madeira 54-73
CAB Madeira celebrated the fourth straight win as they took care of the reigning champions AD Vagos on the road. Jessica Starling (186-G, college: S.Alabama) scored 21 points to lead the visitors. Utahya Drye (185-F-88, college: Virginia Tech) added 19 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Lilian Goncalves (184-F-79) and Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) responded with 14 points each for AD Vagos.

Barcelos - Uniao Micaelense 55-37
Barcelos improved at 2-2 record after they thumped Uniao Micaelense. Collen Planeta (188-F-88, college: Point Loma) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 14 boards to pace the effort. Bridgette Reyes (170-G, college: Vanguard) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for Barcelos. Adelina Rebelo (F/C-72) answered with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Uniao Micaelense.

Academico - B.Viagem 47-54
BoaViagem prevailed against Avademico as Brandie Hoskins (175-G-85) nailed 23 points. Ana Sousa (191-C-79, agency: LBM Management) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds in the winning case. Lauren Gregory (185-F, college: Vanguard) replied with 14 points for Academico.

Alges - CDTN 60-74
CDTN toppled Alges away from home. Kelsey Hodgson (178-G) unloaded 30 points for the visitors. Necolia Simmons (183-F/C-87, college: USF) added 22 points and 17 rebounds as CDNT climbed at 3-1 record. Ana Coelho (179-F-85) chipped in 14 points for Alges.




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Gigantes and Valencianas to clash in BSNF Final - by Eurobasket News
Gigantes de Carolina and Valencianas de Juncos will play for the BSNF title this year. Both teams successfully fulfilled their semifinal tasks advancing into the championship series. The first game of the title series is scheduled for tonight.
Gigantes de Carolina overcame Indias de Mayaguez in the semifinal series. Gigantes claimed a 78:66 win in the decisive encounter. Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) came up with 23 points to lead the effort. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (193-C-81, college: Emporia St.) provided 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) finished with 16 points in the victory.
Valencianas against Turistas de Cabo Rojo matchup turned into an exciting clash. Juncos eked out a 91:86 victory in the decider. Monique McLean (180-G-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: St.John's) fired 25 points to propel Valencianas into the Final. Keisha Tardy added 22 points, while Renee Taylor (158-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: Miami (FL)) accounted for 15 points for the winners.
Gigantes de Carolina are the BSNF defending champions. In the meantime Juncos celebrated the most of the titles in the last five seasons. They were crowned champions in 2005-08 seasons. Valencianas de Juncos claimed the regular championship title this season and would have the homec-court advantage throughout the title series.



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Charles' a double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nadezhda Orenburg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
She had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, while her team beat Spartak V MR (#4, 2-1) 82-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thanks to this victory Nadezhda Orenburg moved-up to the 3rd position in the Russian A Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Nadezhda Orenburg will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Charles turned to be Nadezhda Orenburg's top player in her first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Charles is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 13.0rpg. Charles is in league's top in and averages solid 51.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) of Spartak St.Petersburg. She is a guard in her 2nd season at Spartak SP. In the last game Belyakova recorded impressive 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead Spartak SP to another comfortable win outscoring Spartak M. (#10, 0-4) 72-52. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Spartak SP keeps 9th position. 3 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Spartak SP managed to get this year. Belyakova is well-known at Spartak SP and she already established her position as the team's leader. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#6). She also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) of Vologda-Chevakata (#7). Petrakova scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Petrakova's great performance Chevakata lost 50-83 to the league's current leader UMMC (#1, 4-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chevakata 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, Petrakova could try to bring Chevakata's a little bit higher in the standings. The season just started for Petrakova as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Becky Hammon (168-G-77) of Nadezhda Orenburg - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Tatiana Sergeeva (197-C-82) of Spartak N. - 14 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jennifer Lacy (191-F/C-83) of Spartak SP - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) of Spartak V MR - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of Spartak V MR - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84) of Dynamo K. - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists


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Extraliga: Round 7 review - by Eurobasket News
Presov - Nitra 57-72
Nitra traveled to Presov and managed to steal one from their hosts, winning the game 57-72. Even though, Presov held 37-32 lead at the halftime, Nitra players were able to overcome the deficit. They won the final period 8-21 putting this game behind any doubt. For Presov, Christina Wirth (186-G/F-87, college: Vanderbilt) finished with 17 points. She got help from Jennifer Risper (175-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) who added 15 points, but that was not enough to avoid defeat in this one.

Dobri Anjeli - Poprad 88-64
Dobri Anjeli continued with their undefeated streak, after rolling over Poprad 88-64. After a closely contested matchup in first period which finished tied at 17, hosts took over the game and never looked back. Five players scored in double digits for winners with Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) and Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) leading the way with 21 and 16 points to their name. Charde Houston added 14 points, while Marie Erin Lawless and Anna Jurchenkova chipped in 12 and 10 points.

Roznava - Ruzomberok 58-79
Ruzomeberok had no troubles stealing one from Roznava as they won the game 58-79. Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) led the winning side with 19 points, while Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) and Simona Podeshova added 11 and 10 points respectively. For Roznava, Viera Lubichova and Anna Hnidzikova stood out with 13 and 10 points.

Slovan Bratislava - Banska Bystirca 78-66
Slovan Bratislava hosted Banska Bystrica and managed to secure 78-66 home win. First half proved to be decisive in this one as hosts were able to build 48-32 lead and visiting side never recovered. Renata Talajkova (190-C-81) led the winning side with 18 points, while Alexandra Riecka (170-G-78) and Hana Krizhmova added 14 and 13 points respectively.


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Ashleigh Brown gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Damligan - by Eurobasket News
American Ashleigh Brown (183-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Visby Ladies and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 23-year old swingman had a double-double of 23 points and twenty two rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's worst team Umea (#12, 0-4) with 31-point margin 85-54. Thanks to this victory Visby moved-up to the 5th position in the Swedish Damligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Visby will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. She turned to be Visby's top player in her first season with the team. Miami University, Ohio graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown. Brown is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.7ppg) and averages solid 60.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Brittany Smart (175-G-85) of Kvarnby BBK. Smart impressed basketball fans with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Kvarnby lost that game 65-71 to league's leader Solna Vikings (#1, 4-0). Despite lost game Kvarnby moved up to 7th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smart is a newcomer at Kvarnby 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 29.3ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was Norwegian Kristina Tattersdill (186-F/C-83) of Sallen (#3). Tattersdill scored 20 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Sallen, leading her team to a 63-56 win against the lower-ranked Marbo Basket (#9, 2-2). Sallen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Tattersdill has a great season in Sweden. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fatima Maddox (168-G-83) of Norrkoping - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) of Telge - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Eureka Brooks (170-G-86) of Solna Vikings - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) of Telge - 27 points and 9 rebounds
8. Alexandra Ferm (175-G-86) of Eos - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ashley Key (180-G-85) of Marbo Basket - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists


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LNA Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pully - Helios 36-97
Helios fired past Pully for the sixth straight victory. Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Caroline Turin (173-F-87) netted 18 points for the league leaders. Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) responded with 26 points for Pully.

Highflyers - Riva Basket 59-64
Heather Bowman (188-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Gonzaga) poured in 25 points to pace Riva Basket past Highflyers. Traci Edwards (188-F/C-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) produced 19 points and 12 rebounds in the winning case. Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) answered with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Luzern.

Fribourg - Basel 86-64
Fribourg shot down Basel behind 30 points and 9 rebounds from Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City). Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) banked 19 points as Fribourg climbed at 5-1 record. Megan Skouby (193-C-86, college: Iowa) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Uni Basel.

Hope-GBA - Nyon 77-53
Hope-GBA celebrated the fifth win in the season as they knocked down Nyon. Rosalie Grobet (185-F-92) accounted for 23 points and 11 rebounds for Hope-GBA. Dorothee Studer (168-G-92) contributed 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals in the victory. Melissa Favre (184-G/F-92) responded with 18 points for Nyon as they fell at 0-6 record.




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  TURKEY - Women  


Frazee number one in Turkey for round 2 - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Botasspor Adana, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed Samsun (0-1) with 23-point margin 83-60. It allowed Botas to keep the perfect score, but it's just the very beginning of the season and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Frazee turned to be Botas' top player in her first season with the team. Former Liberty University star has very solid stats this year. Frazee is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg. Frazee is in league's top in and averages impressive 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Botasspor Adana's star - 24-year old American Jolene Anderson (173-G-86). Anderson had a very good evening with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Together with Frazee, she helped Botas with another comfortable win outscoring Samsun (0-1) 83-60. Her team has good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Anderson is a newcomer at Botas, but is already the team's top player. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#2). She also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Allyson Hardy (170-G-83) of Burhaniye Belediyesi. Hardy showcased her all-around game by recording 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Hardy's great performance Burhaniye Bld lost 58-85 to Ceyhan Bld (2-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Hardy has individually a great season in Turkey. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chanelle Mokango (196-F-88) of Mersin - 19 points and 7 rebounds
5. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76) of TED Kayseri - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) of Besiktas - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Kelly Santos (192-C-79) of Besiktas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ayse Dilek Unuvar (82) of Ceyhan Bld - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tugba Talaslioglu (86) of Mersin - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ashley Paris (191-F-87) of Istanbul Univ. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Carey scores 31 in a win! - by David Edole
The Lady Bobcats opened up the season with a solid 85-73 win over East Mississippi Monday night. Tanecka Carey (175-G-91) led Jones with 31 points followed by Mechelle Thomas with 15 points.

The Lady Lions were led by Chadisty Hickman who netted 21 points followed by Kiara Quinones with 13 points.Natalie Tate added 11 points for the Lions.

The Lady Bobcats had 18 points in the paint and 10 second chance points. The Lady Bobcats committed 21 turnovers and had 14 steals.The Lady Bobcats bench had 30 points led by Kianna Harris who chipped in 8 points off the bench.The Lady Bobcats bench had 19 points in the first half.

The Lady Lions opened up a 10-2 lead, but the Bobcats came back to lead at the half 45-40.Jones went ahead 70-60 at the 6:19 mark and went on to win 85-73.

Tanceka Carey is a fantastic leader as she can play on both ends and she is our go to girl and our leader.said Coach Sandra Sumrall.

We are unselfish the way we play as we play a lot of people but we have a lot of work to do to get better, but our twins played well tonight. said Sumrall.

Jones will travel to Delgado Thursday in their next action.


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Women's Cup - top sides roll through - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan
Holders City of Sheffield Hatters had little trouble in the opening game of their defence of the National Cup with an 85-21 hammering of Leicester Riders.

Sisters Helen and Sarah Naylor (183-F-83) each single handedly outscored the home side, with 32 and 22 points respectively, and the Hatters never looked back after a 27-3 first period. That lead grew to 44-8 at half-time, before the home team were outscored 41-13 in the second half.

Katie Crowley (178-G/F-82) added 13 for the Hatters, while Roberts led Leicester with 12 and Zamroz added six.

Sheffield will host Barking Abbey Leopards in the quarter-final after the east London team chalked up the biggest win of the day - defeating Newham (NASSA) Stars 93-15.

Playing at the Brentwood Centre for the first time, Leopards held the visitors scoreless in the first period, while pouring in 34 points of their own. NASSA did score the first basket of the second period, but the Leopards replied with 20 straight points to end the game as a contest - wrapping up the win with a 21-2 third period and a 16-9 final stanza.

Alice Walton led all scorers with 22 points, with Michelle Turner (163-G-94) adding 12 and Chantel Charles ten. Wallis finished with six for NASSA and Adlam added five.

Last season's runners-up Nottingham Wildcats also strolled to victory, winning 91-20 against Worcester Wolves. Allen led all scorers with 28 points, with Hannah Shaw adding 15 and Siobhan Prior 12. Burchill and Zaliaduonyte each scored five for Wolves.

UWIC Archers also recorded a comfortable win, returning from Exeter Eagles with an 81-24 success. Leah Dehaan (14), Ytrehus (13) and Jennings (11) led the Archers, while Elsa Crowther topped the Eagles' scoring with nine.

Having used the Cup match-up to give his team's second string players a game, Archers coach Damian Jennings was pleased with the result saying, 'It was great to work with some of our up and coming players from Archers 1 and 2 in this fixture.

'I was really pleased with the manner at which Joelle Moreno, Sarah Lewis and Rebecca Mole stepped up from Archers II to compete with a new-look set of teammates and still make such an impact.

'Exeter Eagles remind me of where UWIC Archers were 4-5 years ago with strong University ties and building a club culture that will see them rise incrementally through the next 2-3 years. There is a lot of support behind the players and although the South West has regional issues with talent identity and sustainability of clubs, I feel that there is definitely no lack of motivation down there, so the future looks bright for the club.

'It looks like we are repeating Saturday's league fixture just gone in the quarter stages as we host Brixton again. We are hungry for all silverware and appreciate the Cup adds something different to a fixture so we expect a very tough game and look forward to the challenge.'
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


D1 Women - UWIC, Leeds win - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

UWIC Archers coach Damian Jennings was far from happy despite seeing his team maintain their unbeaten start to the Women's Division One season with an 81-58 victory against Brixton Topcats.

'It was a disappointing performance overall that just about had enough in pockets for some element of perspective to be maintained,' he said.

'Some would argue that essentially it is still early-doors in the season but we have to get fanatical about detail now if we are to maximise the potential of this group. I am not content with simply peaking in February/March, the league is simply too strong for that to happen.'

A tight first period saw Archers shade it 14-13, but they pulled away in the second quarter to lead 37-25 going into the locker room at half-time.

Led by 23 Stef Collins points, Archers increased that lead with a 24-18 third period before wrapping things up with a 20-15 final stanza. Kate Butters (178-F-86) added 15 and Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) for the Archers, while Ijeomata Ofomata (25) and Lavinia Da Silva (11) led the Topcats.

In the day's other game, Leeds Carnegie picked up their first win of the campaign with an 86-80 victory at Sevenoaks, despite 27 points from the Suns' newest signing Rosalee Mason.

They started strongly with a 22-10 first period, but Suns trimmed that deficit to 41-30 at half-time and 63-56 at the final break. Suns also won the final period, 24-23, but Carnegie held on for the win.

Another GB international, Harriett Yea, scored 20 for Sevenoaks, while Rehana Khalil had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Leeds.

Suns coach Len Busch was disappointed with his side's display saying, 'We got off to a very slow start falling behind 10-0 and 18-4 due to some very poor defence. From that point on we played better but couldn't quite claw it back. We have a long way to go to learn to play together offensively and pick up the intensity defensively before we will start to win games in the division.

'We have enough weapons, we just need to learn to use them wisely. I think Leeds is a better team than they were last year. They played very aggressively and I could tell they've made good use of the extensive practice time that the University sides get. I think Chris has done a good job with them so far.'
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