EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/28/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Lanus add Zachary Ingles - by Eurobasket News
Lanus signed a deal with Zachary Ingles (188-G-83, agency: Jeffsports Int, college: E.Kentucky). The 27-year-old guard is coming back to Argentina where he played in 2007/08 campaign. Last season Zachary Ingles started in Mexico. He played just one game for Angeles de Puebla and moved overseas. The guard signed for Kahraba Zouk in Lebanon. Zachary Ingles notched 13.3 points, 4.5 boards and 2.8 assists per game there. Zachary Ingles also had stints in Slovakia and Iceland. In Argentina the guard played for Gimnasia Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia.


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  BELIZE   


Atlantic Bank and Tuff e Nuff will face each other for interoffice basketball bragging rights!!! - by David Magana
The 2010 Belize City Interoffice Basketball Competition will commence its championship series at the Belize City Centre on Wednesday August 25, between Atlantic Bank and Tuff e Nuff. The championship series will utilize the best of three format. On Sunday August 22, in the third and final game of the semi-finals, Atlantic Bank eliminated First Caribbean/Quans Trading in overtime by the score of 69-68. The top scorers for Atlantic Bank were Andrew Stain with 23 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, and Justine Wade with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
For the First Caribbean/Quans Trading team, the top scorers were Jacob Leslie with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, and Jerome Ellis with 17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. On Friday August 20, in the first game of the evening, Atlantic Bank won a pivotal game when it defeated First Caribbean/Quans Trading by the score of 62 to 47 to force a game three. The top scorers for the Atlantic Bank squad were Ian Ferrera (188-F) with 15 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists, and Hector Locke with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. Meanwhile, the top scorers for First Caribbean/Quans Trading were Shamir Martinez with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal, and Jacob Leslie with 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.

In the second game, Tuff e Nuff earned the right to the championship round when it eliminated Telemedia Digicell in two straight games by the score of 64 to 53. The top scorers for Tuff e Nuff were Tyrone Edwards (186-G, college: Hillsdale) with 24 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists and 1 block, and Ashton Edwards with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. For Telemedia Digicell, the top scorers were Lupito Acosta with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals, and Jamaal Kelly with 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.

The semi-final round commenced on Wednesday August 18, with two games on the schedule. In the first game, Tuff e Nuff defeated Telemedia Digicell by the score of 67 to 55. The top scorers for Tuff e Nuff were Ashton Edwards with 32 points, which included 4 -3s, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals, and Eugene Jex with 8 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. For Telemedia Digicell the top scorers were Jamaal Kelly with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal, and Ashton Hemsley with 18 points, which included 4-3s pointers, 2 assists, 1 block and 3 steals.

In the second game, First Caribbean/Quans Trading defeated Atlantic Bank by the score of 62 to 58. The top scorers for First Caribbean/Quans Trading were Jacob Leslie with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 4 steals, and Jerome Ellis with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Meanwhile, the top scorers for Atlantic Bank were Leon Williams with 17 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 assists, and Jermaine Tillett with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.



Courtesy of Guardian.



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  CHINA   


Team Info. - by Robert Wang
As the latest news today is known that NBA big guy Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86, college: Kentucky) signed with Bei jing team. Bei Jing team had a not good season last year and they decided to find a good center to help them up and through the whole summer searching in the US, they found Randolph Morris as their new import. Bei jing team has not anounced the info. but it seemed that the news will be released shortly. shan dong team has been coached by NBA coach Bob Weis for a month already. Coach Bob was the coach in Shan Xi last year and he is the new head coach of shan dong team now. Former Shan Dong coach Gong Xiao Bin is no more the coach.Good luck all!

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  COLOMBIA   


Cangrejeros de Cartagena got its imports - by Victor Garcia
Cangrejeros de Cartagena are already training in the Bernardo Caraballo Coliseum in Cartagena city, with the Venezuelan coach Jose Do Santos driving the practices, the team imports arrived tow days ago and they are:

Jameel Watkins, a 32 years old center with good experience in Europe, NBDL and China, Watkins is a strong rebounder that also helps in the ofensive side.

The other import is the quick point guard Michael Gardener, Gradener comes from Japan's second league the BJ League in wich him averaged 22 PPG, finishing 5th in the standings and 1st in assits with 7 assits per game.
Watkins Jameel (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown)


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Ostrava Brings in Veteran Guard Alton Mason - by Surujh Roopnarine
Looking to strengthen and fine-tune their team for the upcoming season BK Nova Hut Ostrava signed veteran guard Alton Mason (190-G-77, college: Arizona St.) for a try-out period. Earlier this month the team brought in rookie point guard Joshua Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) from Canada and over the course of their next few exhibition matches will now evaluate the two guards to determine who the best fit is. Mason, 34, played last season in Holland for EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam competing in the Eurochallenge as well as domestic competition. IN 38 Dutch League games he averaged 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals while shooting 48.5% from the field. In six Eurochallenge games his numbers dipped to 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5 assists. The former Arizona State guard has trekked through much of Europe during his professional career, with stops in Belgium, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Latvia, Germany and Bosnia in addition to Holland. For Ostrava he would be relied on to lead the team and direct the offense. Though not a lights-out three-point shooter, if he makes the club, Mason will serve as a heady playmaker to compliment emerging forward Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) who will be entering his second season with Ostrava.

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Standings - District National
LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Metros 2-0 
 2. Reales 1-1 
 3. Indios SF 1-2 
 4. Tiburones 1-2 
South Division
 1. Caneros 2-1 
 2. Cocolos 1-1 
 3. Leones SD 1-1 
 4. Titanes 1-2 


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  EL SALVADOR   


ExSal stays at the top - by Jaime Arevalo
Defeating UTEC 94-72, ExSal took the top of Liga Elite-LEBES table. Another time more, Jamaican Alexander Blair (203-F-84, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Fresno St.) was the man of the game, with 20 points for ExSal, and NT member Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) added 17. The best in UTEC were Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) with 17 and Darron Evans (201-F, college: Indiana St.) with 12.
In another game of the same round, Leones Automoto managed to take their first win, defeating San Marcos 104-96 after two overtimes. With 32 points, import William Walker (201-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)) was the top performer in Leones, Fred Durr (201-F-85, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.) added 23 and Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) 19 at the winning side. At the San Marcos Side, David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.) scored nothing less than 39 points, and had to leave th e court some time before the buzzer due to a muscular problem. the other import of San Marcos, Aaron Harrison (207-C, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.) added 22 pts in losing effort.



Standings - Liga Superior
LEBES Standings
 1. ExSAL 6-1 
 2. UTEC 4-3 
 3. San Marcos 3-4 
 4. Leones 1-6 


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Standings
Eurobasket S.League Standings
Las Vegas
 1. Brussels 3-0 
 2. Lugano 2-1 
 3. Venice 2-1 
 4. Geneva 2-2 
 5. Monaco 2-2 
 6. Zurich 1-2 
 7. Dublin 1-2 
 8. Manchester 0-3 
Atlanta
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Spain 2-1 
 3. Russia 2-1 
 4. Italy 1-2 
 5. Greece 1-2 
 6. England 0-3 
Charlotte
 1. Germany 4-0 
 2. Wales 2-2 
 3. Greece 1-3 
 4. England 1-3 
Chicago
 1. Athens 3-0 
 2. Amsterdam 2-1 
 3. London 1-2 
 4. Warsaw 0-3 
Malaga, Spain
 1. Sofia 3-0 
 2. Belgrade 2-1 
 3. Munich 1-2 
 4. Naples 0-3 
New York
 1. Stockholm 3-0 
 2. Riga 2-1 
 3. Budapest 2-1 
 4. Istanbul 2-1 
 5. Helsinki 1-2 
 6. Kiev 1-2 
 7. Prague 1-2 
 8. Moscow 0-3 
Pre-TO Atlanta
 1. London 0-0 
 2. Manchester 0-0 
Pre-TO San Francisco
 1. Amsterdam 0-0 
 2. Frankfurt 0-0 
 3. London 0-0 
 4. Manchester 0-0 
 5. Paris 0-0 


Eurobasket Summer League New York City Day 1 Game Reports - by Darryl Reshaw
Game 1
Istanbul 107 vs. Helsinki 87
Istanbul dismantles Helsinki in a blow out win 107 87.
Istanbul was unstoppable with great team chemistry from beginning to end led by Aaron Scott (183-G, college: Chowan Univ.) who scored 20 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Lester Hunte (196-G/F-88) had a terrific game for Istanbul and impressed scouts with his 17 points and 5 rebounds.
He showed his athleticism and all around skills in the process.
Isaiah Lynch (193-F) also had a great game scoring 19 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.
Chad Williams (178-G) the quick point guard played a terrific floor game and dished out 7 assists while contributing 12 points.

Calvin Hampton (208-F/C, college: Oregon St.) the former Oregon State player looked good and added quality inside play for Istanbul.
Michael Henderson (196-F-84, college: Chicago St.) also played well for the winners and chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Helsinki was simply outclassed in this game and lack team cohesion but had a few bright spots in Todd Galloway (183-G-83, college: Florida St.) (16 points); Travis Seawright (6'4''-G-80) (12 points) and Kaseem Johnson (198-F) (13 points and 7 rebounds).

Kayode Ayeni (196-F, agency: Hearns Sports and Legal, LLC) was also impressive for the losing side but chipped in 11 points and pulled down 7 rebounds as he was always around the basketball.
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Istanbul
Erroll Robinson (185-G): 7pts; 2rbs; 1ast
Aaron Scott: 20pts; 4ast; 3rbs; 2stl
Chad Williams: 12pts; 7rbs; 7ast; 3stl
Isaiah Lynch: 19pts; 5rbs; 1stl
Calvin Hampton: 11pts; 4rbs; 1stl
Adam Zimmerman (176-G): 5pts; 4rbs; 2stl
Adam Gonzalez (193-F-83, college: Quinnipiac): 6pts; 4ast; 2rbs
Michael Henderson: 10pts; 6rbs; 1ast
Lester Hunte: 17pts; 5rbs; 1ast; 1stl

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Helsinki
Clinton Nixon (6'1''-G): 10pts; 5rbs; 1ast; 1stl
Travis Seawright: 12pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Todd Galloway: 16pts; 3ast; 2rbs; 1stl
Kaseem Johnson: 13pts; 7rbs; 2stl
Tyrell Lynch (206-F-89): 9pts; 6rbs; 1ast; 1stl
Courtland Bluford (183-G-88, agency: Hearns Sports and Legal, LLC): 10pts; 2ast; 1rbs
Albert Moore (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma Baptist): 6pts; 2rbs; 1stl
Kayode Ayeni: 11pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Brandon Franks (6'0''-G-84): 0pts; 2rbs; 1ast

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Game 2
Riga 82 vs. Prague 71


Riga holds off Prague to walk away with a 82 - 71 win.
Riga controlled most of the first half.
They took better shots and score more efficiently inside.
Riga had a quality balance attack led by the silky smooth former NCAA D3 All American Luis Martinez (198-F-84, college: William Pater.) who scored 22 points on jump shots and nice moves going to the basket.
Raymond Wright (206-C) the former NCAA D2 player who entered his name in the NBA 2008 draft scored 30pts and 6rebs for Prague.
He was totally dominate for the Prague team and was unstoppable.
Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala (201-F-87) the former LaSalle University standout posted a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds showing his all around skills.
Aubin Scott (188-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Andre Brooks (201-F-83, college: Bridgeport) both chipped in 12 points and had solid first day performances for Riga.
Prague received help from Greg Manderson (196-G/F-80, agency: KO Sports Management LLC, college: Tarleton St.) who chipped in with 10pts and 4rebs and Rob Garrison (188-G-87, college: Connecticut) who had a solid 9 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
In the third period Prague made a comeback as Riga stayed in the zone.
However Riga played better team basketball and moved the ball around to secure the victory.
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Riga
Todd Burton (183-G): 8pts; 1rbs; 1stl
Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala: 11pts; 11rbs; 2ast; 2stl
Luis Martinez: 22pts; 3rbs; 2ast; 4stl
Aubin Scott: 12pts; 6rbs; 2ast; 1stl
Edjuan Green (203-F-82, college: Texas A&M): 8pts; 3rbs;
Alex Mailat (6'3''-G-87, college: Bergen CC): 2pts; 1stl
Andre Brooks: 12pts; 6rbs;
Jasmine Rogers (185-G): 7pts; 3rbs; 3ast; 2blk; 2stl
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Prague
Luis Guzman (191-G, agency: Liman Sports): 1pts; 2rbs
Telron Spell (193-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport): 7pts; 4rbs; 2stl
Raymond Wright: 30pts; 6rbs; 1ast; 1stl; 1blk
Greg Manderson: 10pts; 4rbs;
Donald McCoy (196-G): 8pts; 2rbs
Tim Lucas (191-G): 2pts; 5rbs; 4stl; 2ast
Damon Brown (198-F, college: Z*Future Ent.): 4pts; 7rbs; 3ast;
Nana Ampim (188-G-85): 0pts; 3rbs; 2ast; 2stl
Rob Garrison: 9pts; 4ast; 2rbs; 2stl
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Game 3
Budapest 87 vs. Kiev 75


Budapest won the game 87-75 by controlling the second half and pulling away to the victory over Kiev.
The game started out very close going back and forth with the lead being exchanged several times in the first half.
However Budapest took over in the second half with the Atlantic 10 standout Kimmani Barrett (6'6''-F-87, college: La Salle) (198-F-87) leading the way with 22 points and 6 rebounds.
Kimmani is a nice and athletic quality all around player who received big time help from Jayson Granger (186-G-89) who posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Kelvin De Los Angeles (188-G/F-81, college: William Pater.) chipped in 12 points and Barry Wellington (183-G-87, college: Mountain St.) was solid with 13 points and 4 assists.
Donald Brown (196-F-84, college: Bucknell) the European pro player who played in Iceland was outstanding as he scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
John Mish (196-C) was awesome with 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former Columbia University guard Niko Scott (190-G) was impressive with 15 points.
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Budapest
Kelvin De Los Angeles: 12pts; 3ast; 2stl 1rbs
Henry Wright (6'6''-F-72): 9pts; 6rbs; 2blk
Steven Eluett (208-C-83): 6pts; 4rbs; 1ast
Rich Moore (196-F-88, college: Mary Hardin Baylor): 5pts; 3rbs
Matt Hall (191-G-86, college: Stonehill): 9pts; 6rbs; 3stl; 2ast
Kimmani Barrett: 21pts; 6rbs; 3ast; 3stl
Jayson Granger: 12pts; 10rbs; 4ast; 2stl
Barry Wellington: 13pts; 4ast; 2rbs; 2stl
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Kiev
John Mish: 13pts; 12rbs; 1ast
Craig Bryant (191-G): 6pts; 2rbs; 2ast; 1stl
Niko Scott: 15pts; 2ast; 1stl
Donald Brown: 20pts; 11rbs; 2ast; 2stl
Wayne Reese (180-G): 2pts; 4ast; 2rbs; 1stl
Chris Gibbs (6'2''-G-88): 10pts; 2rbs; 1ast; 1stl
Maurice Maxwell (190-G-82, college: Goldey-Beacom): 4pts; 5rbs; 1stl
Elvis Kukaj (193-G/F-81): 5pts; 4rbs; 1stl
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Game 4
Stockholm 81 vs. Moscow 71
Stockholm outclassed Moscow 8171 and proved to be the better team.
Ahmad Mosby (186-G-87) led Stockholm with high quality point guard play distributing the basketball to the right players and making great basketball decisions. Stockholm rolled all game with better team play.
Ryan Scott (191-G-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) who scored 16pts and 5rebs is a real quality shooter who can fill the score sheet up quickly.
Michael St. John played big on the inside controlled the boards scoring 8 points and pulling 11 rebounds.
Yima Chia-Kur the athletic shooter led all scorers with 21pts and 4 rebounds was an unstoppable shooting the lights out for the winning team.
Moscow had great play from Jason Hickenbotttom who scored 13pts a long with
7 rebounds and 3 steals.
Paul Flowers (188-G, college: Mercy) also scored 13 points and 9 rebounds and Douglas Childs (6'0''-G-87, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
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Stockholm
Jonathan Young (6'6''-F-84): 4pts; 6rbs; 1stl
Michael St. John: 8pts; 11rbs; 5ast; 2stl
Ahmad Mosby: 6pts; 4rbs; 3ast; 2stl
Cordell Hall (5'11''-G-87, college: Wilberforce): 7pts; 4rbs; 2ast; 1stl
Yima Chia-Kur (196-F-86, college: Arkansas St.): 21pts; 2rbs; 2ast; 2stl
Rone Smith (201-F): 6pts; 1rbs
Preston Bell (198-F): 9pts; 1ast; 1rbs
Michael Martinez: 4pts; 2ast; 1stl
Ryan Scott: 16pts; 5rbs; 1ast; 1stl
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Moscow
Douglas Childs: 10pts; 8rbs; 3stl; 2ast
Bernard Cherry (198-F): 9pts; 5rbs
Mensor Kukaj: 7pts; 3ast; 2rbs; 2stl
Jason Hickenbottom (193-G/F-86, college: Philadelphia): 13pts; 7rbs; 4stl; 2ast
Lawrence Tyson (188-G, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.): 6pts
Johnathan Weekes (6'7''-F-86, college: Bacone): 7pts; 5rbs
Juan Vega (6'0''-G-90): 6pts; 3rbs; 1ast
Paul Flowers: 13pts; 9rbs; 3stl; 1ast




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv sign Jeremy Pargo - by Eurobasket
Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv signed 24-year old American guard Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports). Pargo played most recently at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League). While playing 27 games for Galil Gilboa last season his stats were: 14.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.5apg (5th best in the league) and 1.0spg.

The younger brother of Jannero Pargo will replace Mikhail Torrance in the lineup of the Israeli powerhouse.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Carlos Suarez will finally join Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) will play for Real Madrid in the next season. Real have finally reached an agreement with Estudiantes about the transfer of the 24-year-old forward. Carlos Suarez is expected to ink a four-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. The forward notched 11.0 points, 5.5 boards and 2.4 assists per game for Estudiantes in the previous season.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lester MCCALEBB
  USA
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. McCalebb, MKD24.4 
 2. Bargnani, ITA24.1 
 3. Deng, ENG23.4 
 4. Videnov, BUL20.6 
 5. Pekovic, MNT20.1 
 6. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG19.4 
 7. Gortat, POL18.0 
 8. Lampe, POL17.9 
 9. Evans, POR16.7 
 10. Casspi, ISR16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  ENG
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 14
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG14.0 
 2. Sanikidze, GEO9.1 
 3. Gortat, POL8.6 
 4. Deng, ENG8.6 
 5. Lampe, POL7.7 
 6. Kotti, FIN7.0 
 7. Evans, POR7.0 
 8. Pachulia, GEO6.9 
 9. Lorant, HUN6.8 
 10. Bargnani, ITA6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  USA
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Cook, MNT6.6 
 2. Grin, MKD6.5 
 3. Koszarek, POL5.1 
 4. Strelnieks, LAT5.0 
 5. Minhava, POR4.8 
 6. Calloway, BUL4.4 
 7. Szubarga, POL4.0 
 8. Halperin, ISR3.6 
 9. Gliebov, UKR3.6 
 10. Kojadinovic, BIH3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GRIN
  USA
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Grin, MKD3.5 
 2. McCalebb, MKD2.2 
 3. Dedovic, BIH2.2 
 4. Calloway, BUL2.1 
 5. Deng, ENG2.0 
 6. Faison, BEL1.9 
 7. Domercant, BIH1.9 
 8. Kotti, FIN1.6 
 9. Van Rossom, BEL1.6 
 10. Sanikidze, GEO1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcin GORTAT
  POL
  (213-C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gortat, POL2.1 
 2. Bargnani, ITA2.0 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG1.4 
 4. Fesenko, UKR1.4 
 5. Lishchuk, UKR1.3 
 6. Sanikidze, GEO1.0 
 7. Deng, ENG1.0 
 8. Clark, ENG1.0 
 9. Berzins, LAT0.9 
 10. Samardziski, MKD0.8 


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  FINLAND   


EUROBASKET: Too many injured players - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket Qualifying Round, Group A: Finland probably on the toughest Group (A), with too many (3-4) starters on injured list, and the result/record is 1-6 after seven rounds.
On Thursday night Finland start on the road vs Israel was excellent, but the first turn point took place after six (6) minutes play, when David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) hit (by accident) two fingers into Finnish PG Teemu Rannikko's (189-G-80) eye. No call , but Rannikko had to leave the court. Finland still ahead during the half time, but the black third quarter caused Finland the fourth loss on the road: 85-71 (32-33). Quarters: 13-22, 19-11, 34-20, 19-18. Israel: Lior Eliyahu 18/13, Yotam Halperin 13, Yuval Naimy 13. 1 - 47,8% (11/23), 2 - 46,8% (22/47), 3 - 34,5% (10/29).
R: 25+20=45. TO: 8. Finland: Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) 16/8, Petri Virtanen 11, Tuukka Kotti 10/7. 1 - 61,5% (8/13), 2 - 43,9% (18/41), 3 - 47,4% (9/19). R: 32+9=41. TO: 20. The last round coming Sunday, August 29: Finland vs Latvia at Vantaa Energy Arena at 8 p.m.




KORISLIIGA: Jeremee McGuire to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
YMCA Lappeenranta has signed now three American players for 2010-11 season. Earlier Team Head Coach Jarmo Laitinen had found Joah Tucker (195-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Amer.Internat.), now team's new Center will be Jeremee
McGuire (210-C/F-81, college: Houston). McGuire, who has played professionally in China and in Japan, will come first time in Europe. Coach Laitinen has known this player already for several years and finally he will get McGuire on his roster.



INTERNATIONAL: Sasu Salin to Slovenia - by Rauno Hurmalainen
19-year-old Finnish NT player Sasu Salin (190-G-91) and Slovenian Union Olimpija Ljubljana have signed today a three-year-contract for seasons 2010-13. Salin is very talented young player, who has been on Finland men's NT only five (5) times averaging 12,4 ppg when playing Qualifying Round EuroBasket 2011. Salin is shooting 63,6% from
behind the arc. Salin will be the second Finn in Union Olimpijas history. Another Finnish NT player Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) was one of the key players 2005-07.


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  GERMANY   


Marin Petric Joins The Duesseldorf GIants - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ex Skyliner coach Murat Didin is building a new foundation in Duesseldorf and added the 10th new part by bringing in experienced Marin Petric (190-G-80). Petric is a 30 year old 190 cm combo guard with the Croatian-German citzenship that is no stranger to the Duesseldorf region. He played for the Art Dusseldorf (2.Bundesliga) from 2002-2006. Last season, he played for USC Freiburg (Germany-ProA): 27 games: 11.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 72.0%. Petric started his basketball career in 1997-1998 with the Bayer GIants Leverkusen. He played 6 BEKO BBL games in the 1999-2000 season for Leverkusen. Then he had a short stay in Bavaria for TSK Universa Bamberg: did not play any official game, and at TSV Troester Breitengrussbach (D2). He then returned to Leverkusen in the 20001-2002 season. For Art Duesseldorf, his best statistical season was 2005-2006 as he played 30 games averaging 16.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 35.6%, FT: 71.0%. In the 2006-2007 season he played for BC Boncourt (Switzerland-LNA): Swiss League: 11 games: 5.6ppg, 0.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 62.5%; EuroCup Challenge: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 5ast; 11games: 5.6 ppg, 1.5 apg, in Jan.'07 moved to Grevenbroich Elephants (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 15 games: 13.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.7%, 3FGP: 28.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for FMC Capone Dusseldorf (Germany-Regionalliga), then moved to C.B. Aridane Tenerife (Spain-EBA, starting five), Spanish League: 12 games: 13.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 27.0%, FT: 71.0%; in Jan.'08 signed at C.B. Grupo Promobys Tijola (Spain-LEB Bronze): 17 games: 4.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg. In 2008-2009, he played for USC Freiburg (Germany-ProB): 22 games: 12.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 70.1%.

Source: www.giants-duesseldorf.de


Steve Krajewski Suddenly Back On Board With SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Just a few months ago, it looked like Steve Krajewski (207-C-81) was going to sit out the upcoming PRO B season on account of family reasons, but because of the injury to Peri Simic took notice of the clubs help signal and decided to come back. The team had been searching for a while for a replacement, but couldnt find one and are very happy that Krakewski can help out the team. Krajewski is a 29 year old 206cm center that will be playing his fifth season in Bernau. 'Steve was always an important player for us and indentity figure. He will help us with his Bundesliga experience. I am happy that Steve decided to help us after Peri injured himself', stressed SSV Lok Bernau coach Torsten Schierenbeck . Last season in the Regionaliga for SSV Lok Bernau, Krajewski played 19 games averaging 14.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 63.3%, FT: 75.7%. 'I am happy that I can help Bernau. Since a few weeks my hands have been itching to play again. My family is sticking behind me and I am happy to be part of the team again', said Steve Krajewski (207-C-81).





Jannik Freese Remains With The Gissen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After many long weeks contemplating about taking an international offer, Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86, agency: Buck Andre) who is known as big freeze decided to stay in the countryside and got a contract extension with the Giessen 46ers. Freese is a 24 year old 211cm power cnter/ center that spnds some of his off season in Washington DC. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 4.3ppg, 3.0rpg. Giessen 46er coach Vladi Bogojvic is happy about keping the big man in th Osthalle. 'It is nice that we can have a player like Jannik from last season on our team for this season. He has devloped from a young pro to a solid Bundesliga player. He will give us neded quality and stability at both big positions', warned Giessen 46er coach Vladi Bogojvic. Before coming to Giessen, Freese played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2005-2008. He also has taken part in the German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06, was part of the German U20 National Team -06, playd at th European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 7 games: 3.4ppg, 2.0rpg, was a member of the German A2 National Team -07, 09 and German University National Team -09 and played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 7 games: 6.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 83.3%

Source: www.giessen-46ers.de




Ex NBA Player Jared Reiner Returns To The BEKO BBL To BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team FC Bayern Munich have been making waves about the quality of their new player signings and so has BBC Bayreuth even if it has ben a little less spectatcular, but the Bavaria club continue to build a team that will surly be a surprise this season as they signed ex NBA player Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa). Reiner is a 28 year old 211cm center from South Dakota who played 49 games in the NBA. Apparently Reiner also likes the letter B since Bayreuth will be the third German B city where he has played after playing in Bamberg and Bremerhaven. Last season he played in with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 17 games: 13.1ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 72.2%, and left in Jan.'2010. He then played with Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico-BSN): 8 games: 12.4ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 25.0%. 'Jared is a player with a lot of experience. He knows the league well. He also played in Spain and the NBA which makes him even more valuable for us. He is the missing piece to our puzzle. He is big, a good rebounder, and a guy that will mix it up under the boards. I am happy that we got a player of his calibur', stressed BBC Bayreuth coach AAndreas Wagner . 'With his 211cm, he is a real center. The other alternatives that we had were smaller and more at the power forward position. His European experience, good attitude and his consistent average of points/rebounds were reasons for getting him. It was worth it to wait for him', added BBC Bayreuth manager Uli Eichbaum.

Jared Reiner played at the university of Iowa from 2000-2004. In his senior year, he played
13 games averaging 10.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.5apg. In his rookie season, he got NBA experience with the Chicago Bulls (NBA): in Nov.'04 was placed on the injured list with a left calf strain, activated in Jan.'05, but next month was again placed on the injured list with a left quadricep strain, activated in March '05, the same month placed again on the injured list (left hip flexor strain), activated in April '05: Regular Season: 19 games: 1.1ppg, 2.0rpg; Play-Offs: 3 games: 0pts. In th 2005-2006 season, he attended the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) preseason camp, then joined Phoenix Suns (NBA): DNP. In the 2006-2007 season, he started with the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'06 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League, starting five): 28 games: 13.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 48%, FT: 69.4%; 28 games: 13.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, in Feb.'07 signed at Milwaukee Bucks (NBA): 27 games: 1.2ppg, 2.6rpg. In the 2007-2008 seaosn, he spent time in Spain and Germany with Polaris World Murcia (Spain-ACB, starting five): 17 games: 5.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, FT: 44.0%, in Feb.'08 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 20 games: 9.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.8rpg), 2FGP: 52.1%, FT: 53.9%. In the 2008-2009 season, he had a strong training camp with Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), only pre-season, but was cut and in Dec.'08 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 12 games: 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.9%, FT: 72.7%.

Source: www.bbc-bayreuth.de




Baumann back balling: BG Hagen brings in local hero. And son of legendary Jimmy Wilkins - by Moritz Korff
If you choose to leave sunny Arizona to spend fall and winter in cold and cloudy Germany, you better have a good reason. Apparently Adam Baumann (203-C/F-81, college: Youngstown St.) does. The 29-year-old is returning to his home away from home. Baumann spent most of his career as a professional basketball player in the city of Hagen, wearing the blue and yellow colors of Phoenix Hagen. During his four year stint he took the hearts of the Hagen supporters by storm and left as a fan favorite and as a friend, when he moved to Kirchheim in 2008. Following an outstanding season with the Knights and after being named 2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A Forward of the Year Baumann agreed to terms with BBC Bayreuth, but headed back to Arizona midway through this past season to pursue a career as a firefighter. His basketball days appeared to have come to a close. However, things did not work out as anticipated. And suddenly Baumann is back in basketball business. He will arrive in Hagen on September 1st to join Regionalliga West side BG Hagen. When the BG decision makers sniffed a chance to return Baumann to Hagen, they pulled out every stop in order to strike a deal with the local hero. A large number of fans purchased BG season tickets immediately to help the club raising the funds necessary to arrange Baumann's comeback.
In the light of this spectacular deal another BG Hagen player signing almost flew under the radar of most basketball fans: 22-year-old Dominik Wilkins will bolster the team's backcourt. Wilkins will follow in the footsteps of his dad Jimmy, who captured the German championship title with Brandt Hagen in 1974. Dominik Wilkins, a 6'0'' guard and a former student at Somona State Unversity, is holding the German citizenship.


Australian post player joins TV Langen - by Moritz Korff
TV Langen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has added some size to its 2010-2011 roster by landing Auryn MacMillan (203-C-88, college: Gardner-Webb). The 21-year-old Australian post player spent these past four years playing NCAA basketball in the United States. MacMillan attended Division One school Gardner-Webb since 2006. As a senior the Melbourne native appeared in 27 games for the Runnin' Bulldogs, who had a 8-21 record in 2009-10, and averaged 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds as well as 1.2 blocked shot per contest. Following his graduation MacMillan joined SEABL's Kilsyth Cobras in his native Australia. He played 14 games for the Cobras in SEABL play and registered 9.1 points and 3.4 boards per outing.
In 2009 he participated in the World University Games and produced 2 points a game (5 encounters) for Team Australia.


Philpp Schwethelm Pregame Thoughts To Argentina Game In Turkey August 28th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) is a 21 year old 201cm forward that was born in Gummersbach, Germany and plays for The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He will be playing at the World Championships in Turkey. He started his basketball career in 2004 with RheinEnergie Koeln and played there until 2009. He played 57 BEKO BBL games for Cologne, 8 ULEB Cup games, 3 Eurocup games and 2 Euroleague games. He played for the German U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 National teams. In 2009, he took part at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) playing 6 games and averaging 11.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 78.6%. Last season, he had his breakthrough for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 44 games and averaging 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 67.8%. He spoke to eurobasket before the opening game against Argentina.


Congratulations on making the 2010 German National team for the World Championships in Turkey. At the start of training camp, how confident were you about making the team?


I had a lot of confidence,because of the successful season in Bremerhaven, but at the same time I knew, it wouldnt be easy because we have a lot of great players with good talent. I think the ballpark camp from my agent stephan Beack helped me a lot to get ready for the National team.

How confident are you about getting some minutes at the World Championships? What words of advice has Dirk Bauermann given you?


.I dont think about such things. I just try to be ready, Every time I come on the floor, I want to do everything to help the team to win. That is the only thing which counts!

After sweeping Puerto Rico last weekend, how confident is the team going into the World Championships?


They were just preparation games and we got to step it up onto another level now, but these games showed us that we can beat also the 'big teams' if we come ready to play. That is the key for us to be successful.

Do you think that teams like Argentina and Serbia might underestimate Germany? What makes the German team so unique at the moment?


We are not worried so much about the other teams right now. We just need to come ready to play,be focused and play physical and then everything is possible, but of course they will be the favorites.

What is the biggest strength of the German National team going into the tournament?


We are young and hungry. We got a great team chemistry and everybody is in a great shape.

The first game is against Argentina. Argentina is very old with many guys over 30 and many of the NBA players. Argentina seems to be very motivated and want to improve from their bronze at the 2008 Olympics. What kind of game can we await?


.Its the first game which is always important to win and have a good start in the tournament. Maybe in the beginning the teams might be a little nervous and try to find the rhythm.

What will be key in winning against Argentina?


We need to be ready from the first second on and have a good start. We cant allow a great team like Argentina to have a early lead against us.

Who wins a one on one in practice? You or Luka Staiger? How do you beat him?


I am not worried about that right now.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Green Zone

Thanks Phil for the chat. Good luck in the first game against Argentina.



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Maccabi Ashdod Recruit Josh Duncan - by David Pick
Israeli basketball club, Maccabi Ashdod are pleased to announce the signing of Josh Duncan (204-F/C-86), who plays both forward and center positions. Duncan will join the southern team after playing last season with vice champion of Belgium, Liege. Duncan will be the third foreign player to join the squad after Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) and Josh Carter (201-G/F-88, college: Texas A&M). Duncan will also join Meir Tapiro, Sean Daniel (198-F-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Yoni Deri (178-G-87) and Barak Hadad (G).
Duncan grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, after high school he began playing at University of Xavier In his last season in 2007 \ 2008 he posted an averaged of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds and led his team to the 'Atlantic 10' Conference Championship.
Duncan can play both under the basket positions and has an amazing wingspan. Duncan has also good shooting ability and could go beyond the arc and shoot from outside, where he shoot 38% from three point range last season. Josh received compliments throughout his career for being a very smart player and one that helps and is a big part of team chemistry.
Ashdod GM, Mr. Shay Housman: 'Josh is an excellent player and we are happy to have him aboard. He is tall and very talented and will be an important part of the team's chemistry.'




Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv sign Jeremy Pargo - by Eurobasket
Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv signed 24-year old American guard Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports). Pargo played most recently at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League). While playing 27 games for Galil Gilboa last season his stats were: 14.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.5apg (5th best in the league) and 1.0spg.

The younger brother of Jannero Pargo will replace Mikhail Torrance in the lineup of the Israeli powerhouse.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas adds Collins to their roster - by Eurobasket
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas added to their roster 34-year old American guard DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee). Collins played most recently at Kavala/Panorama (Greece). While playing 16 games for Kavala/Panor. last season he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.8spg (2nd best in the league). Collins is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia and Spain.

Collins (188, 33) led the Euroleague in assists with 5.3 per game during the 2007-08 season. He spent a season-and-a-half with Zalgiris, arriving in January 2007 and helping the team win back-to-back Lithuanian League and Cup doubles. Collins was also the Baltic League Final Four MVP in 2008 after leading Zalgiris to that title

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MEXICO   


Toluca signs Antoine Broxsie and Carl Thomas - by Chris Terrell
Toluca, Mexico - Volcanes de Toluca of the LNBP has come to an agreement with Latin imports Antoine Broxsie (209-F-79, college: Oklahoma St.) and Carl Thomas (203-F-76, college: Charleston). Broxsie had played for 3 seasons in the league as an American but recently finished the paperwork needed for his Dominican Passport. Broxsie will cover the rim for Coach Giovanni Rivera, having averages of 19 points, 10 rebounds, and over 3 blocks per game previously in the LNBP. Broxsie won the Defensive Player of the Year award in Japan last season, leading the league in blocked shots, and 2nd in rebounds. He has a very complete face up game from 20 as well as having developed a couple go to moves in the paint in the last few seasons playing in the Middle East and Japan, always playing above the rim on both ends of the court. Carl Thomas plays on the Virgin Islands National Team and calls Tampa, Florida home in the off season. A champion in the top league in Japan, Thomas is a special type of player at 6'8 that has NBA range on his jumper. Capable of excelling at the 2, 3, and 4 positions for a team because of his size and abilities are rare atributes in a player. As an expansion team it's always tough to compete against the more established franchises, but the acquisition of these 2 key players as Latins really gives the team the flexibility it needs to surround those guys with the top 'extranjeros' foreigners and mexican players they need to win. You can get more information at www.BeSeenHoop.com


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  NBA   


Al Harrington interview - by Eurobasket News
With a career average of 14.1 points and 5.8 rebounds, forward Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) brings game and improves any team's frontcourt. After scoring 17.7 ppg on the New York Knicks in 2009-10, he's taken his talents to Denver and signed a lengthy deal with the Nuggets. InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner met with Harrington in July for an exclusive interview:

InsideHoops.com: So, you've joined the Denver Nuggets. Talk about how that came to be.

Harrington: They wanted me. They offered me the mid-level, and I feel like it's a great opportunity. I'm very excited.

InsideHoops.com: It's a great roster, and they needed more help up front, and you can give it at either forward spot.

Harrington: I think I add a different dimension to their big-men. They've never had a big-man that can really shoot like I can. So I'm excited to bring that to the team, and try to help them win as many games as possible. And get to the playoffs, and make some noise.

InsideHoops.com: What makes Carmelo Anthony so good?

Harrington: It's a great opportunity to be able to play with him. He's quick as a cat. And he's 240, 245 pounds, whatever he is, once he gets his weight on you there's nothing you can do. That's why I think he's one of the most unstoppable forces in the league.

InsideHoops.com: Had you not joined the Nuggets, what team do you think you'd have landed with?

Harrington: I don't know, probably Dallas. Probably. It was between the Nuggets and Dallas.

InsideHoops.com: You've got years more in the league, especially with your new deal -- how long do you think you'll stick around?

Harrington: I'm trying to get to 20 years of service. Which means I got to play seven more years. I got five on this contract, and then need to get two more.

InsideHoops.com: That's a cool goal. Makes me think of guys like Robert Parish, Kevin Willis.

Harrington: If I stay healthy, I got a chance.

InsideHoops.com: What are you doing the rest of the summer?

Harrington: Just going to hang out, get in shape for the season.
Courtesy of: http://www.insidehoops.com




Knicks sign Patrick Ewing, Jr - by Eurobasket News
New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that forward Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown), Jr. has been signed as a free agent. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

It may or may not be a guaranteed deal, in which case its no sure thing he gets to stick around for too long. Well update this blog entry later today.

Ewing, 6-8, 240-pounds, averaged 4.8 points over 11.3 minutes in four games for the Knicks entry at the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV, and also averaged 11.3 points over 27.3 minutes for Orlandos entry at the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. Originally selected by Sacramento in the second round (43rd overall) of 2008 NBA Draft out of Georgetown University, Ewings rights were first acquired by Houston on Aug. 14, 2008 and then by New York on Aug. 29, 2008. He spent the 2008-09 season with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League, but missed the entire 2009-10 season due to injury.

The roster stands at 15.
Courtesy of: http://www.insidehoops.com


Spurs hire Danny Ferry as VP of basketball operations - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Danny Ferry has been named the teams Vice President of Basketball Operations. This is his second stint with the Spurs. Ferry played for the Spurs from 2000-03 and served as the teams Director of Basketball Operations from 2003-05. During his tenure in San Antonio, Ferry captured an NBA Championship as a player (2003) and as a member of the front office (2005).

We are thrilled that Danny has decided to rejoin the Spurs organization, said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. He has a great basketball mind and brings a vast amount of NBA experience and expertise to our program. It is a true pleasure to be able to welcome Danny and his wonderful family back to South Texas.

Ferry was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the second overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. On November 16, 1989, he was traded by the Clippers to the Cavaliers. After playing the 1989-90 season in Italy, Ferry spent 10 seasons with Cleveland before signing with the Spurs, as a free agent, on August 10, 2000. Ferry spent his final three NBA seasons with the Spurs before retiring in the summer of 2003. In his 13-year NBA career, Ferry averaged 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 19.8 minutes in 917 regular season games.

After retiring, Ferry moved into the Spurs front office as the teams Director of Basketball Operations. On June 27, 2005, Ferry was named the Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager. During his five seasons in Cleveland, the team posted a 272-138 (.663) record. Cleveland advanced to the 2007 NBA Finals, marking the franchises first, and only, trip to the NBA Finals. Ferry left his post with the Cavaliers on June 4, 2010.

Courtesy of: http://www.insidehoops.com


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Olumide Oyedeji clinic ends Saturday - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The annual Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Clinic began in Lagos Nigerias commercial city, on Monday. The one week clinic has over 250 kids in attendance.

The programme organised and financed by the former Seattle Sonics centre is holding in the 10th anniversary. The 6-10 centre said that the goal of the programme has not changed over the years.

It is my desire to train young Nigerian basketballers mentally and socially so that after basketball there will be something to fall back on. And I am so happy to say that in the nearly 11 years of this programme over 40 of the kids have gone abroad. Nearly 40 made it to colleges and 35 are in professional basketball across the world. Oyedeji said.

The 2010 edition has been dedicated to the memory of Rob Muers. A Dutch who died in Germany in April this year in a motorbike accident who served as the camp coordinator from the inception until 2009.

Rob was like a friend and father to me and these kids. He had adapted to the Nigerian environment socially and we are going to miss him, Oyedeji said.

The programme will end on Saturday.





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  ROMANIA   


BC Arges Pitesti adds American forward to their roster - by Eurobasket
BC Arges Pitesti added to their roster 23-year old American forward Ben Stywall (196-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports). Stywall played most recently at University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 31 games for NC-Greensboro last season he recorded 14.3ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. That gave him selection to All-Southern Conf. 1st Team and to NABC Division I All-Dictrict 22 1st Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  RUSSIA   


The Russian teams start the pre-season games - by Eurobasket News
The Russian teams start the pre-season games in order to prepare better for the upcoming season. Kazan opened the tournament with 4 teams: Unics, Khimky, Nizhniy Novgorod and Ruskon-Mordovia.
In the opener of the tournament Khimky overcame Nizhniy Novgorod 58:54. It was a slow start from two teams and Nizhniy Novgorod managed to take 9:8 after 10 minutes. The favorites responded with 17-11 in the second period to take 5-point advantage at the halftime. Nizhniy Novgorod again grabbed the lead back after 19-13 in the third period and had 1-point advantage after 30 minutes of the game. Khimky needed 20-15 in the last frame to seal the victory. Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) netted 13. Panin brought 11 points, while Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) collected 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks.
In another game Unics rolled over Ruskon-Mordovia 85:58. The hosts player really well and dominated the court. They had 44:27 advantage and increased to 67:42 after 30 minutes.
Enisey meanwhile won over Hemofarm from Serbia 88:86 away from home. The Russian team opened the game with 32-19, but Hemofarm responded with 27-12 in the second period. Moreover the hosts also won the third period 20-19, while the Russian team needed 25-20 to seal the victory. Labovic top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) and Sergeev posted 18 points each. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) replied with 17 points in the losing effort. Savovic and Bozhovic brought 16 points each in defeat.


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More St.Kitts players gain scolarships - by Emiliano
Basseterre, St.Kitts (August 21, 2010): Director of Sports, Dave Connor has announced that a number of players have been chosen from a list of hopefuls to pursue scholarships in the United States. Although Connor was tight-lipped on the names of the players SKABA General Secretary Wallis Wilkin confirmed the names of at least two of the players
According to the long time SKABA executive member Lady Roots Captain Teneille Lapsey and Lady Blue Devils forward Brasier Audain have both earned themselves scholarships to US Colleges. Wilkin stated that both Lapsey and Audain left the island on Tuesday to begin their college basketball journey.
Specualtion has been rife about the names of the remaining players however it is believed that Horsfords Ghetto Roots guard and SKABA MVP Rymal Browne (186-G-84), Tuff Knots Power Forward and team Captain Noren Maynard (196-F-83) along with Javed Williams (196-F-87) and Cayon Lionesses forward Shacarma Warner are the players who is widely expected to be leaving shortly to begin their college basketball careers.

I am proud of the youngsters and I am even more proud of the basketball fraternity as it continues to produce talented world-class players despite the absence of a world-class facility which other sports in the federation have benefitted from including cricket and athletics, said SKABA General Secretary and Ghetto Roots Manager Wallis Wilkin.
I think that the development of basketball is being stifled by the absence of an appropriate facility and this year has been most glaring in terms of how the absence of a proper facility has hampered the basketball league as 3-4 weeks of games had to be postponed due to inclement weather which has seriously hampered the proper administration of the league. Inclement weather is a perennial problem which has seriously affected the development of the sport . We have been promised a proper facility for as long as I could remember and we are in 2010 and we are still being promised. However I think with Mr. Glen Ghost Phillip a past player and SKABA legend as the new Minister of Sports in St.Kitts then I think the light at the end of the tunnel is becoming brighter however in the meantime the game continues to struggle despite the best efforts of its management and to the credit of our players they continue to show much talent and earn themselves scholarships despite the presence of an adequate indoor facility, Wilkin continued.
Over 20 young men and women have earned themselves basketball scholarships over the years. More than every other sport in St.Kitts-Nevis with the exception of athletics.


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Union Olimpija lands young Sasu Salin - by Matej Bergant
Nineteen years old Finnish National Team player Sasu Salin (190-G-91) signed three years contract with Union Olimpija Ljubljana today. He comes from Finnish team Honka Espoo Playboys. Salin, who is said to be one of the most talented players of his generation in Europe, is at the moment with his national team playing FIBA Qualifications for Eurobasket 2011, and averaging 13 points per game, while shooting 63.6% from the arch. Before playing for senior national team, he played for U20 Finnish National Team this summer, where he averaged 16.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. Salin will be the second Finn in Union Olimpija's history. Before him, his team mate from national team, Teemu Rannikko left great impression on Ljubljana's crowd during 2005-2007 period.

Olimpija inks Salin, Maribor complets its roster, Sentjur adds Drzic - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija announced the addition of Finnish national team member Sasu Salin (190-G-91) for three seasons. He arrives from Honka Espoo Playboys, where he averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 29 minutes over 13 games in the Finish League last season.
Newly promoted Maribor Messer completed its roster with the addition of Marko Cej (192-G/F-88). He arrives from local rival MFC.2 Branik Primorac, where he averaged 14.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31 minutes over 25 games in the B-1 League last season.
Sentjur agreed terms with Ivan Drzic (205-C-83) of Luka Koper. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.3 rebouds and 1.3 assists per game in 16 games of Telemach League last season. Sentjur also target Dragan Pusic (193-G-84) ex KB Peja and Dejan Hohler (188-G-86) of Ikaroi Serron.


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  SPAIN   


Carlos Suarez will finally join Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) will play for Real Madrid in the next season. Real have finally reached an agreement with Estudiantes about the transfer of the 24-year-old forward. Carlos Suarez is expected to ink a four-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. The forward notched 11.0 points, 5.5 boards and 2.4 assists per game for Estudiantes in the previous season.


CB Granada ink Reece Gaines - by Eurobasket News
Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville) signed a short-term deal with CB Granada. The 29-year-old guard started the previous season in D-League. Reece Gaines tallied 14.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists per game for the Bakersfield Jam. In April the guard moved to Greece. Reece Gained signed with Peristeri and tallied 4.0 points and 1.7 assists per game.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Fribourg invite Mike Nelson - by Eurobasket News
Fribourg invited Mike Nelson (193-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.) for try-outs. The 24-year-old guard spent the previous season in D-League. Mike Nelson tallied 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The guard graduated from the North Dakota State University back in 2009. He averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 boards and 2.5 assists per game in the senior college season.


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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan NT roster for FIBA Asia U18 Mens Championship - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NTs preliminary roster for the FIBA Asia U18 Mens Championship, which will be played in Sanaa, Yemen from Sept. 22-Oct. 1, is listed as follows.

Po., Name, DOB, Ht., Wt., School
G Chen Ying-chun 1993.06.09 181 72 Nen-jen High School
G Chien Chao-yi 1993.07.12 180 72 Song-shan High School
G Huang Po-wei 1992.10.04 177 76 Song-shan High School
G Ko Ming-hao 1992.12.27 182 72 Kao-yuan High School
G Yu Chun-an 1992.02.13 189 83 National Taiwan Normal University
G Chien Wei-ju 1992.01.20 188 80 National Taiwan Normal University
G Cheng Tieh 1982.08.22 187 81 National Taiwan University of Art
F Hu Lung-mao 1992.12.22 194 80 Song-shan High School
F Hung Kang-chiao 1992.04.22 191 87 National Taiwan Normal University
F Lee Chia-ching 1982.01.11 195 90 National Taiwan Normal University
F Shih Yen-tsung 1992.05.29 194 76 San-min High School
C Chen Kuan-chuan 1993.12.30 195 98 Nan-shan High School
C Chen Chao-hao 1992.06.12 200 90 National Kaohsiung Normal University
G Chen Shun 1992.10.20 184 78 Song-shan High School*

Head coach: Huang Wan-lung
Assistants: Lou Hsiao-min, Yen Hsing-shu

* -- reserve

Taiwan in FIBA Asia U18 Mens Championship

Year, Ranking, Host city
2010 ?? Sanaa, Yemen
2008 9th Tehran, Iran
2006 4th Urumqi, China
2004 5th Bangalore, India
2002 6th Kuwait City
2000 3rd Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1998 4th Calcutta, India
1996 5th Johor Bahru, Malaysia
1995 5th Manila, Philippines
1992 5th Beijing, China
1990 7th Nagoya, Japan
1989 2nd Manila, Philippines
1986 3rd Manila, Philippines
1974 3rd Manila, Philippines
1972 2nd Manila, Philippines
1970 4th Seoul, Korea


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  TURKEY   


Project Children of the World 2010 met 300 players from 116 countries - by Iva Ivanova

Turkish Basketball Federation hosts the exciting event Children of the World 2010. That is the first of its kind ever held in the worlds basketball history. Developed jointly by the TBF and FIBA and sponsored by Ulker, the Children of the World 2010 has brought together 300 young basketball players and 150 basketball coaches from different
cultures around the world between 24 and 31 August 2010 in the exciting atmosphere of the World Championship in Istanbul. Turgay Demirel, the TBF President, Bob Elphinston, FIBA President, Fahrettin Gozet, the Children of the World 2010 Project Director, and Zuhal Seker, the Corporate Communications Director of Yildiz Holding, came together at a press conference held at the Darussafaka Maslak Campus on the first morning of the camp, and expressed their excitement about the launch of the Project.

The TBF President Demirel pointed out that the Project was extremely important to him and that sport was a common denominator of peace, brotherhood and togetherness for whole world. Demirel said: As the Turkish Basketball Federation, we are very glad and excited that we have had the opportunity to host the World Basketball Championship and, simultaneously, the children of the world in Turkey through a remarkable event which has been the first of its kind ever held in the worlds basketball history. Stating that the Project was based completely on volunteer work, Demirel added, We are very proud to have arranged an unprecedented basketball event.

Underlining the significance of the Children of the World 2010 Project to FIBA, FIBA President Bob Elphinston congratulated the members of the Children of the World 2010
Project team on their dedicated efforts throughout the Project. Elphinston pointed out that, by developing an international event adding value to basketball, the TBF has set a good example for the other national federations across the world. Elphinston added, From this point on, we will support any future World Basketball Championship host countrys intention to carry on the Project.


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  UBL   


UBL 2010-11 PLAYERS COMBINE/DRAFT /TRYOUTS IN ARKANSAS - by Ozzie Denson

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  UKRAINE   


Brian Harper can strengthen BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa target Brian Harper (208-F/G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Paine). The 25-year-old forward can soon strengthened the Ukrainian team. Brian Harper spent the previous season in Japan. The player averaged 16.7 points, 7.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game for the Toyama Grouses. Brian Harper also had spells in Norway, South Korea and D-League.


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Colbert Completes Raiders Roster - by Andy Webb
The UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders have announced their final player for the 2010/11 season, 67 American power forward Lehmon Colbert (198-F). He comes to Raiders straight out of Jacksonville University in Florida, where he averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds per game.

Raiders Coach Gavin Love was delighted to have signed Colbert. Lehmon is the final piece of the puzzle, an athletic power forward who has a really nice mid range game and can also be a threat from the 3 point line. Hes very active defensively and can rebound well he averaged 12 and 7 in a tough conference, he was named All Second Team, Sun Belt Conference. He averaged double figures each of his four years at university, in a pretty tough conference.

Colbert is an athletic power forward, who has the ability to draw bigger defenders away from the basket. While at Jacksonville, he predominantly played at the power forward position, but also spent time as a small forward, a situation which will be replicated when playing with the Raiders this year. He will give Love the flexibility that he was looking for in his final playing selection.

Since graduating, he has been working hard in the gym to get himself in shape for his first professional contract overseas. He comes very highly recommended, said Love. Weve spoken to coaches of teams that Lehmon played against while at University and they only had positive things to say about his playing ability and character.

We have really rushed through his visa, and thankfully there were no hold ups at all, said Raiders Chief Executive Dave Briggs. Youre normally looking at between 2 and 3 weeks for the whole process, but weve got this one through in just over a week. Lehmon will arrive with the other players on Friday, and as hoped, will start pre season training with everyone else on Monday.

Colbert will complement Raiders current front line of 69 Otis Polk, 68 Anthony Rowe, 67 Sam Cricelli, and 64 Brian McKenzie.

Raiders will open pre season training on Monday, with a tough schedule of two sessions per day for the first two weeks. Updates on how training is progressing will be featured on the Raiders website each day.



Finch believes GB should be at 2012 - by Eurobasket
GB Standard Life coach Chris Finch believes his team deserve a spot at the Olympics following their second straight qualification for the EuroBasket finals.
Thursdays heart-stopping 94-85 victory against Bosnia & Herzegovina sealed a place in Lithuania 2011, but Finch believes that his team have also done enough to justify a place in London 2012.
I cant change what happens off the court, but weve met every performance mark theyve laid down and we believe were entitled to our rightful spot by the way weve played. Im really proud of what our guys have done' he said.
Its been five years of success for GB, having gained promotion from Division B at the first attempt and then qualified for back-to-back European Championships, Finch looked back with satisfaction at his sides achievement:
This one is more satisfying than the last one. No one outside the GB organisation expected us to be here, but I said to the guys that we had to prove ourselves all over again.
Weve show it wasnt a fluke two years ago, weve had a taste of it and we think that we belong at that level. We learned a lot last year, and hopefully well build on that this time.
Finch also had praise for GB women who reached their first finals with a 77-59 hammering of Germany: Congratulations to the women, its an amazing accomplishment to have turned the programme around. Theyre like us now, they expect to win every time they step on the floor.
GBs victory was watched by Detroit Pistons star Ben Gordon, and Finch remains hopeful that he will up with the squad next summer: Were looking forward to Ben playing for us. Its a fantastic show of support from him.
Weve been courting him for years, and Luol [Deng] has helped us a lot. Hes gone from saying the right things to sending an email and saying he wants to come and watch us. I hope hell be with us next summer, but theres a long time between now and then.



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  VENEZUELA   


Espartanos de Margarita sign Kevin Freeman - by Eurobasket
Espartanos de Margarita (LNB) signed 32-year old American forward Kevin Freeman (201-F-78, college: Connecticut). Freeman played most recently at Cocodrilos de Caracas (LPB). Freeman is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Australia, China, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Spain and USA.
In 19 games played with Cocodrilos de Caracas, Freeman recorded averages of 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 0.6apg, 0.5spg, 0.2bpg, 2PT: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 58.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center






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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Czech Republic edge Belarus for second straight time - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Belarus 73:60

Czech Republic posted the second consecutive victory over Belarus in friendly series in Brno. This time it was tougher battle but the hosts once again proved the strength. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) notched 15 points to lead the effort.
Belarus got to the better start. They cleared off to a 4-point lead at the first intermission 19:15. Czech Republic turned things around in the second quarter. The hosts denied the deficit and rallied to a narrow 36:34 lead at halftime. The Czech team maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. Moreover the hosts boosted the lead to as many as 10 points before the final quarter. Belarus tried hard but could not deny the deficit and Czech Republic drove to the second win in a row. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) and Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) provided 10 points apiece for the winners. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) knocked down 9 points for Czech Republic. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) answered with 16 points for Belarus. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 15, Katerina Elhotova 10, Michaela Zrustova 10
Belarus: Tatyana Troina 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 14



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Eva Viteckova moves from Brno to Prague - by Eurobasket News
Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) is leaving Frisco Sika after eleven seasons in Brno. The 28-year-old forward has decided to continue her career in USK Praha. Eva Viteckova won the Czech title for 10 times and celebrated the Euroleague trophy once playing in Brno. Last season Eva Viteckova tallied 15.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in ZBL. In Euroleague her stats read 13.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance.


Czech Republic edge Belarus for second straight time - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Belarus 73:60

Czech Republic posted the second consecutive victory over Belarus in friendly series in Brno. This time it was tougher battle but the hosts once again proved the strength. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) notched 15 points to lead the effort.
Belarus got to the better start. They cleared off to a 4-point lead at the first intermission 19:15. Czech Republic turned things around in the second quarter. The hosts denied the deficit and rallied to a narrow 36:34 lead at halftime. The Czech team maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. Moreover the hosts boosted the lead to as many as 10 points before the final quarter. Belarus tried hard but could not deny the deficit and Czech Republic drove to the second win in a row. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) and Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) provided 10 points apiece for the winners. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) knocked down 9 points for Czech Republic. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) answered with 16 points for Belarus. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 15, Katerina Elhotova 10, Michaela Zrustova 10
Belarus: Tatyana Troina 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 14



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Eva Viteckova moves from Brno to Prague - by Eurobasket News
Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) is leaving Frisco Sika after eleven seasons in Brno. The 28-year-old forward has decided to continue her career in USK Praha. Eva Viteckova won the Czech title for 10 times and celebrated the Euroleague trophy once playing in Brno. Last season Eva Viteckova tallied 15.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in ZBL. In Euroleague her stats read 13.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance.


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  FINLAND - Women  


FOA signed Wright and Aaltonen - by Elina Koskinen
Forssan Alku has signed American Judy Wright (172-G-84). Wright has played the last four years in Netherlands and finished the season 2009-2010 with average 17,0 ppg, 4,9 apg and 4,3 spg. FOA has also signed Lotta Aaltonen (179-F/G-85). Aaltonen returned from USA, where she has studied and played in Coker College in South Carolina. Before Aaltonen left to the USA she played one year in SM-Sarja and Vantaan Pussihukat.

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  FRANCE - Women  


France edge Senegal in Deauville - by Eurobasket News
France - Senegal 73:41

France and Senegal clashed in exhibition game in Deauville as the part of their preparations for the upcoming World Cup. The hosts claimed a confident win at the end. Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) nailed 17 points to lead the effort.
France quickly opened the lead and stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. France accumulated a 41:16 lead at the interval. The hosts did not loosen the grasp in the third stanza. Emilie Gomis and Pauline Jannault (193-F/C-87) helped the home team grab a massive 60:27 advantage before the fourth quarter. Senegal sweetened the pill in the final frame. They outscored the hosts 14:13 with little outcome on the final result.
Pauline Jannault knocked down 12 points for France. Florence Lepron (183-F-85) added 8 points in the victory. Awa Gueye (182-F-78) responded with 7 points for Senegal. Salimata Diatta (178-F/G-81) and Aminata Diop (196-C-83, college: Georgetown) had 6 points each in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Friday in Mondeville.

France: Emilie Gomis 17, Pauline Jannault 12, Florence Lepron 8
Senegal: Awa Gueye 7, Salimata Diatta 6, Aminata Diop 6



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  GERMANY - Women  


BBV Leipzig adds two to roster - by Eurobasket
The new BBV Leipzig Head Coach Steffen Merker adds two new players to the roster. Katharina Wohlberg (185-F/C-82) returns from Rotenburg-Scheeßel back to Leipzig. The 28-year old center played already in 2005/06 and 2007/08 for the eagles and has also international experience after playing a year for the Solent Suns in the first English Basketball League. Last year, Wohlberg played for Rotenburg-Scheeßel in the 2nd DBBL and averaged 9ppg and grabbed 8,9 boards per game. With her joins also Britta Hueske (176-F-85), the team of Coach Merker. The 25-year old guard has already 1st DBBL experience from 2004 to 2006, when she played with the team of Wolfenbuttel. Last year Hueske averaged 16ppg and 2,6rpg. The duo will help the new formed eagles team, since they are a well-rehearsed duo.

By Eurobasket Data Center




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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Residence bring in Charlee Underwood - by Eurobasket News
Residence recruited Charlee Underwood (178-F-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) for the next season. The 25-year-old forward was last seen in Finland. She tallied 15.6 points, 7.5 boards and 2.4 steals per game for HoNSu back in 2007/08 season. Charlee Underwood is going to replace Michele Orban (190-C-86).


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  POLAND - Women  


Jelena Maksimovic joins Energa Torun - by Eurobasket News
Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) will play for Energa Torun in the next season. The 28-year-old centre started the previous season in Bosnia. The Serbian player averaged 19.3 points, 12.3 boards and 1.7 assists per EuroCup game for Zeljeznicar Sarajevo. Later Jelena Maksimovic moved to Nitra in Slovakia. The centre averaged 16.6 points, 6.4 boards and 1.8 assists per game in Extraliga. Jelena Maksimovic finished the season in Trocal Jedinstvo in Bosnia. Her stats read 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in Bosnia D1 championship. Jelena Maksimovic is currently playing for Serbia in the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. She notches 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds per game.


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  SENEGAL - Women  


France edge Senegal in Deauville - by Eurobasket News
France - Senegal 73:41

France and Senegal clashed in exhibition game in Deauville as the part of their preparations for the upcoming World Cup. The hosts claimed a confident win at the end. Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) nailed 17 points to lead the effort.
France quickly opened the lead and stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. France accumulated a 41:16 lead at the interval. The hosts did not loosen the grasp in the third stanza. Emilie Gomis and Pauline Jannault (193-F/C-87) helped the home team grab a massive 60:27 advantage before the fourth quarter. Senegal sweetened the pill in the final frame. They outscored the hosts 14:13 with little outcome on the final result.
Pauline Jannault knocked down 12 points for France. Florence Lepron (183-F-85) added 8 points in the victory. Awa Gueye (182-F-78) responded with 7 points for Senegal. Salimata Diatta (178-F/G-81) and Aminata Diop (196-C-83, college: Georgetown) had 6 points each in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Friday in Mondeville.

France: Emilie Gomis 17, Pauline Jannault 12, Florence Lepron 8
Senegal: Awa Gueye 7, Salimata Diatta 6, Aminata Diop 6



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  WBCBL - Women  


Standings
WBCBL Standings
Atlantic
 1. USA Elite 6-1 
 2. Sting 4-2 
 3. Virginia LS 3-4 
 4. Travelers 1-1 
 5. Central VA AS. 1-3 
 6. Golden Eagles 0-4 
East Coast
 1. Pennsylvania L. 7-0 
 2. Philadelphia LD 7-3 
 3. Delaware LD 4-2 
 4. Mass Marvels 2-5 
 5. NYC Exodus 1-5 
 6. LMAS 1-5 
 7. Memphis E. 0-0 
Gulf South
 1. Gulf Coast S. 10-1 
 2. Baton Rouge 5-3 
 3. Gulf Coast T. 5-6 
 4. Montgomery D. 3-6 
 5. N.Orleans R. 1-6 
Mid South
 1. Arkansas S. 10-2 
 2. Dallas LD 8-4 
 3. Dallas S. 5-4 
 4. Louisiana AS 3-5 
 5. Shreveport S. 3-7 
 6. Little Rock B. 1-7 
Mid West
 1. Kansas Q. 5-2 
 2. St. Louis Surge 5-6 
 3. Kansas N. 3-3 
 4. Columbia R. 2-6 
North Central
 1. Rock County R. 4-1 
 2. Chicago S. 2-1 
 3. Chicago E. 0-1 
North East
 1. Columbus HG 12-3 
 2. Flint F. 9-5 
 3. Detroit D. 5-3 
 4. Lexington L. 2-6 
 5. Cleveland R. 2-8 
 6. Toronto L.E. 1-5 
 7. Toronto S. 0-0 
South
 1. Atlanta BC 3-0 
 2. Charleston S. 3-1 
 3. Savannah LW 3-3 
 4. S.Carolina AS 2-1 
 5. Tallahassee T. 1-0 
 6. Florida K. 0-3 
Suncoast
 1. Orlando E. 9-4 
 2. Tampa X. 8-3 
 3. Miami R. 8-4 
 4. Lauderdale L. 5-6 
 5. Palm Beach 3-8 
 6. Jacksonville C. 1-7 
 7. Brevard F. 0-3 
West Coast
 1. Tuscon S. 2-0 
 2. Fort Worth LT 0-0 
 3. Los Angeles A. 0-0 
 4. Monterey Sea Q. 0-0 
 5. Phoenix R. 0-0 
 6. Portland E. 0-0 
 7. San Diego S. 0-2 


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  WNBA - Women  


New York, Phoenix, Seattle and Atlanta win playoff openers - by Eurobasket News
L.Angeles S. - Seattle S. 66-79
Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) scored 20 points to lead Seattle to the opening win in the Western Conference semifinal series. The hosts held off Los Angeles to take the lead. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts who celebrated the sixth straight win over the Sparks. Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) and Jana Vesela (6'3''-F-83) added 11 points apiece in the winning effort. Marie Ferdinand-Harris (5'9''-G-78, college: LSU) replied with 18 points for the Sparks. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G-87, college: Maryland) provided 16 points each in the losing case.

Atlanta D. - Washington M. 95-90
Washington got to a shocking start of their playoffs campaign. The top-seeded Mystics surrendered against Atlanta at home court. Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 28 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Dream to a surprising victory at the end. The Mystics fell the victim of their old playoff curse as they lost the seventh straigth post-season game. Coco Miller (5'9''-G-78, college: Georgia) added 21 points for the winners who are looking to seal the Conference Final birth in Atlanta. Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) scored career-high 18 points for the Mystics. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 93-106
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) knocked down 32 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace Phoenix past San Antonio. Penelope Taylor (6'1''-F-81) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Dupree unleashed 18 points in the first half to ensure a 7-point lead for the Mercury at the interval. San Antonio could not recover after the big break and had to surrender at the end. Diana Taurasi and Kara Braxton finished with 14 points each for the winners. Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) replied with 19 points for the Silver Stars. Edwige Lawson-Wade (5'6''-G-79) and Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, college: Florida St.) accounted for 17 points apiece in the loss.

Indiana F. - New York L. 73-85
New York made the first step towards the Eastern Conference Final. They outscored Indiana at home court to take the lead in the best-of-three series. Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers) unloaded 9 points in the fourth quarter to ensure a comfortable rally to the victory from the hosts. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) accounted for 28 points in the win. Essence Carson added 17 points for the Liberty. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the Fever. Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) canned 13 points in the loss. The teams will move to Indianapolis for the second game of the series on Sunday.