EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/11/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Tony Stockman moves from Brazil to Argentina, signs with Penarol - by Eurobasket News
Penarol came up with another addition for the next season. The team bolstered its squad with American shooter Tony Stockman (186-G-81, college: Ohio St.). The 29-year old Stockman heads to Argentina from Brazil, where he spent last season. He was a member of Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo averaging 17.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals for 26 games in NBB. He helped his team to reach the Playoff Semifinals and was named Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Import Player of the Year -10. Stockman also was awarded with Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 2nd Team -10 and played in the All-Star Game.
Before Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo, Tony Stockman spent one season in Mexico with Venados de Nuevo Laredo. He shined there as well registering 18.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.7 spg in 45 games. He was named Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention -09. Stockman also has European experience as he played in Israel, Germany and France. In French ProB he was a member of Nantes and was their key player. In 34 games Stockman had 16.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg. He graduated at the Ohio State University in 2005. For 32 games in senior season he collected 12 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.5 spg.


Monte Hermoso brings in Albert White - by Eurobasket News
Monte Hermoso came up with important signing for the next season. The Argentinean outfit inked a one-year deal with American Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri). The experienced guard/forward is not a new face in LigaA as he already played for Quimsa and Atenas last season. He started it with Quimsa averaging 9.6 points, 4 rebounds and 1.1 assists for 31 games. In March he moved to Atenas and helped them to reach the LigaA Finals. For 20 games with Atenas, White registered 11.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.4 bpg. He helped his team to win the National Cup this year.
Before Argentina, Albert White played in Venezuela for Guaros de Lara. He had 12.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.3 apg for 18 games in LPB. In the past, he played in Puerto Rico, South Korea, France, Poland, CBA and USBL. He was the CBA champion in 2009 with the Fort Still Cavalry. In 2007, he won the title in Venezuela with Guaiqueries de Margarita. In 2004, White was named Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 1st Team.
Monte Hermoso played last season in TNA. They reached the Semifinals and earned promotion for LigaA 2010/11.


Argentina shoot down Russia in classification round - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Russia 73:61

Argentina reached the game for the fifth place at the World Championships in Turkey. They fired past Russia to set up the clash against Spain on the final day of the tournament. Russia will try to gain the seventh place when they face Slovenia tomorrow.
Argentina got to a quick start. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated the paint. He notched 8 points in the first ten minutes and Argentina grabbed a 15:11 advantage. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) and Hernan Jasen opened the second term with seven points in a row to increase the lead. However Sergey Monya (204-F-83) answered with three triples in a row as Russia narrowed the margin. Carlos Delfino, Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) and Luis Scola gave the Latin American team back a 7-point advantage. Bykov and Khvostov narrowed the deficit at just one point late in the half. Luis Scola capped the half with a lay-up as Argentina posted a 36:33 lead. Carlos Delfino unloaded five straight points at the start of the third quarter. But Russia tried to stay close. Sergey Monya scored five points in a row and then Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) added two more as David Blatt team drew things level at 50.Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) put Russia in front but Gutierrez crowned the period with a three-pointer as Argentina entered the fourth stanza up by two 54:52. Luis Scola knocked down 6 points early in the final period as the Latin American team cleared off to a 7-point advantage. Russia tried to deny the deficit but a couple of three-pointers from Carlos Delfino iced the winning outcome for Argentina.
Luis Scola was back to his usual form as he knocked down 27 points and collected 6 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 26 points in the victory. Sergey Monya answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich and Timofey Mozgov netted 10 points each in the loss.

Argentina: Luis Scola 27, Carlos Delfino 26, Fabricio Oberto 10
Russia: Sergey Monya 17, Andrey Vorontsevich 10, Timofey Mozgov 10



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


TU/Rock extend Janar Talts and land George Tsintsadze - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock ensured the serious strengthening of the roster for the next season. The Estonian champions signed one-year deals with Janar Talts (205-C-83) and George Tsintsadze (192-G-86).
Janar Talts will enter his fourth straight season with TU/Rock. Last season the 27-year-old centre tallied 12.1 points, 7.2 boards and 1.5 assists per game in EMKL. In EuroChallenge Janar Talts tallied 13.8 points, 7.3 boards, 2.8 assists per appearance. In Baltic League his stats read 13.8 points, 6.6 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.1 block. Janar Talts played for Estonian National Team at the EuroBasket 2011 Qualifiers in Division B. In three games the centre notched 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
George Tsintsadze traveled a lot throughout the previous season. The 24-year-old guard tipped off the season in Trikalla 2000 in Greece. The guard averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game in the A1 League. George Tsintsadze then moved to BC Donetsk in Ukraine. But in January the guard joined Trefl Sopot. In 9 games Tsintsadze produced 3.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.0 boards. George Tsintsadze used to play for the Tartu outfit in 2006/2009 seasons.




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  BELARUS   


BC Minsk-2006 signed 3 players - by Timur Tolokh
Misnk signed 3 played Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.),Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) and Tywain McKee (188-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: Coppin St.).
Melvin Sanders last season played in euroleage Gran Canaria Shawn King in Polzela (Slovenia) an Tywain in Hawks (Australia).
Melvin Sanders Career: Born: Jan.3, 1981, in Pine Bluff, Ark
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Outlook:
A near world-class track and field athlete in the jump events.
A tremendous defender who is yet polishing his offensive skills; a great athletic talent who's got a lot of energy.
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Career:
Liberal, KS
1999-2000: Seward County Community College: 13.7ppg, 5.4rpg
2000-2001: Oklahoma St. (NCAA): 8ppg, 4.4rpg
2001-2002: Oklahoma St. (NCAA): 31 games: 8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apg
2002-2003: Oklahoma St. (NCAA): 32 games: 12.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg
2003: drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL,1rd (4))
2003: Drafted by Dakota Wizards (CBA,2rd (12))
2003: Houston Rockets (NBA) preseason
2003-2004: Dakota Wizards (CBA, starting five): 44 games: 14.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, in April '04 was signed by Metis Varese (Italy-SerieA): 11games: 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 0.9apg
2004 July: Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando, FL (Miami Heat)
2004 July: Rebook Rocky Mountain Revenue in Salt Lake City (Denver Nuggets)
2004 July: Rebook Vegas Summer League (Denver Nuggets)
2004-2005: Denver Nuggets (NBA): released at the end of Oct.'04 before the season started, next month signed at Dakota Wizards (CBA, starting five): 48 games: 18.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3Pts: 37.6%, in April '05 signed at Telindus BC Oostende (Belgium-D1): 5 games: 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg
2005 June: Chicago Bulls (NBA) minicamp
2005 July: Reebok Vegas Summer League (New Jersey Nets)
2005 July: Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue (San Antonio Spurs)
2005-2006: $719,373: Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA): left before the season started, then joined San Antonio Spurs (NBA), in Jan.'06 was sent to Fayetteville Patriots (D-League, starting five), after 5 games: 20.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.6 apg, re-called to San Antonio Spurs (NBA)-10-day contract, in Feb.'06 came bact to Fayetteville Patriots (D-League, starting five), in March'06 signed again 10-Day contract with San Antonio Spurs (NBA): Regular Season: 16 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg
2006 July: Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City (San Antonio Spurs)
2006 - drafted by Bakersfield Jam (2rd) in D-League Expansion Draft
2006-2007: In Jan.'07 signed at Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA, starting five): Euroleague: 10 games: 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 40.8%, FT: 55.6%; French League: 12 games: 12.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 50.0%
2007 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Phoenix Suns)
2007: San Antonio Spurs (NBA) preseason camp
2007-2008: Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): Greek League Regular Season: 3 games: 1.3ppg; ULEB Cup: 3 games: 3.0ppg, released in Dec.'07, later that month moved to Unicaja Malaga (Spain-ACB): Spanish ACB Regular Season: 11 games: 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg; Euroleague: 8 games: 4.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3spg; Spanish ACB Play-Offs: 1 game: 1pts, 1reb
2008-2009: 380,000: Kalise Gran Canaria (Spain-ACB, starting five): Eurocup: 8 games: 14.3ppg, 2.6rpg; Spanish League: 32 games: 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 80.0%
2009-2010: C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB): EuroCup: 12 games: 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 35.3%, 3PT: 39.0%; Spanish League: 34 games: 6.2ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 92.3%
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Awards/Achievements:
JUCO first-team All-Jayhawk Conference -00
Big 12 Conf. All-Defense Team -03
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -03
CBA Regular Season Champion -04, 05
CBA Champion -04
CBA All-Stars Game -05
All-CBA 2nd Team -05
CBA All-Defensive Team -05
CBA Western Conference Finals -05
Belgian League Semifinals -05
NBA Southwest Division Champion -06
NBA Western Conference Semifinals -06
French Cup Winner -07
Spanish ACB Semifinals -08
EuroCup Quarterfinals -10

Shawn King career:Born: June 6, 1982
St.Vincent and the Grenadines
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Career:
2004-2005: Carl Albert JC
2005-2006: Carl Albert JC
2006-2007: ORU (NCAA, starting five): 34 games: 7.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 64.4%, FT: 52.5%
2007-2008: ORU (NCAA, starting five): 33 games: 9.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 56.2%, FT: 68.0%
2008-2009: Hopsi Polzela (Slovenia-1A, starting five), injured in April '09 and was off for the rest of the season: 29 games: Score-2 (20.4ppg), Reb-1 (14.8rpg), 2.1apg, Blocks-1 (3.1bpg), FGP: 63.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 71.6%
2009-2010: Hopsi Polzela (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five): 23 games: Score-2 (20.6ppg), Reb-1 (11.3rpg), 1.8apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg), FGP: 63.1%, FT: 69.3%
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Awards/Achievements:
MCC Regular Season Champion -07
MCC Tournament Winner -07
MCC All-Newcomer Team -07
Summit League Regular Season Champion -08
Summit League Tournament Winner -08
All-Summit League 2nd Team -08
Slovenian League All-Star Game -09
Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team -09, 10
Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team -10
Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Defensive Team -10

Tywain McKee career:Born: March 7, 1986
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Career:
Philadelphia, PA / Bartram HS
2005-2006: Coppin St. (NCAA, starting five): 29 games: ScoreMEAC-4 (15.4ppg), 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, StealsMEAC-7 (1.6spg), FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FTMEAC-2 (76.2%)
2006-2007: Coppin St. (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: ScoreMEAC-2 (17.4ppg), 4.3rpg, AssistsMEAC-5 (3.1apg), StealsMEAC-2 (2.0spg), FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FTMEAC-3 (76.9%)
2007-2008: Coppin St. (NCAA, starting five): 34 games: ScoreMEAC-6 (16.6ppg), 4.4rpg, AssistsMEAC-4 (3.1apg), StealsMEAC-7 (1.5spg), FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FTMEAC-1 (87.0%)
2008-2009: Coppin St. (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: ScoreMEAC-2 (18.4ppg), 5.7rpg, AssistsMEAC-2 (4.1apg), StealsMEAC-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 40.4%, 3PTMEAC-4 (36.0%), FTMEAC-1 (80.8%): Set a Coppin State career scoring record with 2,158 points. He is the only player in CSU history to surpass 2,000 career points. He is also ranked first all-time in career steals with 253.
2009 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Washington Wizards)
2009-2010: Wollongong Hawks (Australia-NBL), injured in Jan.'10: 17 games: Score-3 (17.9ppg), 4.8rpg, Assists-3 (4.5apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 65.4%
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Awards/Achievements:
MEAC Regular Season Runner-Up -06
MEAC All- Rookie Team -06
All MEAC 2nd Team -06
All-MEAC Rookie of the Year -06
All-MEAC 1st Team -07, 08, 09
All-MEAC Tournament MVP -08
MEAC Tournament Winner -08
NABC Division I All-District 15 First Team -09
MEAC Player of the Year -09
MEAC Tournament Semifinals -09
MEAC All-Tournament Team -09
AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09
Australian NBL Regular Season Runner-Up -10
Australian NBL Finals -10
Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team -10
Australiabasket.com Australian NBL All-Imports Team -10



Standings - Premier League
Premier League Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Grodno-93 0-0 
 2. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 3. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 4. OZAA Osipov. 0-0 
Group B
 1. BNTU 0-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
 3. Temp-OSHVSM 0-0 
 4. Vitalyur 0-0 
Stage One Standings


Standings - First League
First League Standings
A
 1. Grodno-93 II 0-0 
 2. Grodno-Azot 0-0 
 3. Mara-2015 0-0 
 4. Minsk-2006 II 0-0 
B
 1. BGU Minsk 0-0 
 2. BGUIR-RCOR 0-0 
 3. GOCOR-Sozh 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv II 0-0 


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  BELGIUM   


Okapi Aalstar, Voo Verviers-Pepinster and Optima Gent win the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Okapi Aalstar edged Waregem 80:52 taking the lead from the very beginning. They had 20-14 after the opening quarter and increased to 39:25 at the halftime. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Steinbach poured in 17. Van De Vondel responded with 15 points in the losing effort and Gueye notched 14.
St Jan Antwerpen lost to Optima Gent 72:89. The latter opened the game with 23-19 and enjoyed 46:34 at the halftime. St Jan Antwerpen won the third period and managed to reduce the gap to 4 points after three quarters, however Optima Gent pushed the tempo for good in the last period and won the game. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, college: Cleveland St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Domien Loubry (186-G-85) netted 13. Louves scored 12, while Daniel Emerson (206-F-86, college: Mercer) delivered 10.
Voo Verviers-Pepinster overcame EP Fleurus 82:73. They started with 25-10 in the opening quarter and had 48:32 at the halftime. On September 9th Voo Verviers-Pepinster beat West Brabant Giants 95:69. Voo Verviers-Pepinster opened the game with 30-14 and never looked behind after.


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  BOSNIA   


Armend Kahrimanovic signs for Zrinjski - by Sead Buljina
Basketball club 'Zrinjski' has signed one of the strongest reinforcements in the league including those signed by Bosna, Igokea and Siroki. Namely, Armend Kahrimanovic (197-G-80) has agreed terms with team from Mostar. Kahrimanovic has played for all Bosnian National selections and was the best player in Greek 2nd league while playing for Iraklis. Last two years one of the best Bosnian players spent with family in the USA playing ABA league for Seattle Mountaineers. By bringing such a player as Armend Kahrimanovic is, Zrinjski becomes a serious candidate to finish among top 3 teams in Bosnian league. At the same time, Zrinjski will be much stronger in the Balkan league in the upcoming season.

NT center Ratko Varda stays with Polish powerhouse - by Eurobasket News
Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) is set to extend his stay in Poland. His current club Asseco Prokom has decided to extend his contract for another season. Bosnian center came to Prokom midway through the last season and has quickly established himself as important part of the team. Along with Quintel Woods, he led Prokom to Euroleague Quarterfinals and has also won the National Title. This has prompted management to offer him a new deal so Varda will remain with the club.
Ratko Varda started his career with BC Partizan, making his debut during 1993-1994 season. In 8 seasons with the club he has managed to win one National Cup in 1999. In 2001, he applied for the NBA Draft but went undrafted. Still he signed a one-year deal with Detroit Pistons in 2001 and following season he played for Washington Wizards. In February of 2003, Varda returned to Europe where he signed with Union Olimpija. He helped Slovenian outfit win the National Cup in 2003. Varda also played for the likes of Apollon Patras, Besiktas and BC Kyiv where he flourished season after season. As result at the start of 2006-2007 season he was signed by Real Madrid. In 16 league games, Vardar averaged 5.1 points and 2.9 rebounds but his season was cut short by injury. Following year he started with Real Madrid, but later moved on to Vive Menorca where he in 29 games he averaged 8.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Varda also played for Zalgiris and Khimky prior to signing for Polish outfit Asseco Prokom in January of 2010. He averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19 league games, helping Prokom win the National title. Varda is a regular member of Bosnia National Team.


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  BRAZIL   


Tony Stockman moves from Brazil to Argentina, signs with Penarol - by Eurobasket News
Penarol came up with another addition for the next season. The team bolstered its squad with American shooter Tony Stockman (186-G-81, college: Ohio St.). The 29-year old Stockman heads to Argentina from Brazil, where he spent last season. He was a member of Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo averaging 17.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals for 26 games in NBB. He helped his team to reach the Playoff Semifinals and was named Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Import Player of the Year -10. Stockman also was awarded with Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 2nd Team -10 and played in the All-Star Game.
Before Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo, Tony Stockman spent one season in Mexico with Venados de Nuevo Laredo. He shined there as well registering 18.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.7 spg in 45 games. He was named Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention -09. Stockman also has European experience as he played in Israel, Germany and France. In French ProB he was a member of Nantes and was their key player. In 34 games Stockman had 16.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg. He graduated at the Ohio State University in 2005. For 32 games in senior season he collected 12 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.5 spg.


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  BULGARIA   


Iraklis tests Chavdar Kostov - by Eurobasket News
Iraklis brought in Bulgarian player Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) for a try-out. The 22-year old guard will try to show his skills and to secure a deal with the Greek A1 returnee. As a reminder, Iraklis won the promotion to A1 this year after they finished second in A2 league.
Chavdar Kostov is a product of Lukoil Akademik, where started as a kid. Last season, he appeared 37 times for the Bulgarian powerhouse averaging 11.3 points, 4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals. He awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention -10. Kostov drastically improved and his numbers with Lukoil were much better than in 2008/09 season. At that time he had 6.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 17 games in Bulgaria. Kostov won six championship titles with the Sophia squad. They also celebrated three times in National Cup.
Chavdar Kostov is active member of the Bulgarian National Team. He appeared 10 times in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 registering 9.5 ppg, 2.8 rebounds and 1 spg. Last summer in Poland he had 2.3 ppg for 10 games. In the past, Chavdar Kostoc was a member of the Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 National Team. He also played for their University squad in 2009.


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  CHINA   


New Players arrived in China - by Robert Wang
Singleton James (203-F-81, college: Murray St.), former NBA power forward arrived in China today and signed a one year contract with Xin Jiang tiger team for the upcoming season. Xin Jiang got second place in last season. They lost Guang dong tiger team in the finals and this made Xin jiang team decide to sign the big nba players who could help them to go up instead of the 2nd place. They had power forward Charles Gain who did a very good job last year but it seemed that they still want to find the bigger name like Jame Singleton. now, they did it. Xin jiang had another guard last year Myron Allen and it seemed that they start to move on the next step to replace Myron. Myron had done the good job too in the last two years in China. Let's see if they still want to move. Good luck James Singleton.

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  CROATIA   


Cedevita defeats Buducnost in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Buducnost 71-59

Cedevita hosted Buducnost in a friendly game and managed to record a win. Mostly thanks to push in the second quarter, Cedevita secured 12-point margin win in this game. It started off as an evenly contested matchup. Both teams were able to find basket, so they exchanged lead for the most of the first quarter. After initial 10 minutes of play, the score was tied at 18 apiece. Than in the second quarter, Cedevita went on the run which gave it double-digit lead. Buducnost managed to cut the deficit by halftime to single digits. So at the halftime break the score stood at 45-37. In the second half, tempo of the match went down as both teams started to struggle offensively. Third period was marked by missed shots and turnovers, but Cedevita was able to increase its lead by two points. Game entered fourth quarter with Cedevita up 57-47. Still not much changed in the final 10 minutes, as Cedevita players were able to maintain its lead. They routinely closed the game out for the final 71-59 win.
Vedran Princ (192-G-82) led the winning side with 17 points in this match, while Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) added 14 points. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) and Dino Butorac (192-G-90) also reached double digits as they finished the game with 12 and 11 points respectively. For Buducnost, Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) and Marko Scekic (207-F-81) were the only two players in double-digits with 12 and 10 points to their name.

Cedevita: Vedran Princ 17, Vedran Vukusic 14, Damjan Rudez 12, Dino Butorac 11
Buducnost: Vladimir Dragicevic 12, Marko Scekic 10


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  CYPRUS   


Apoel announces new signings - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Current champions announce important signings for next season.

American guard Maurice Jeffers and Lithuanian center Martynas Andriukaitis have signed with Apoel.

Maurice is 31 years old and is coming from LTi 76ers Germany where he played for the last 2 seasons. He is 1.94 cm tall and plays the 2-3 positions.

Martynas is 29 years old and is coming from Dnipro Ukraine. He is 2.04 and plays the 4-5 positions.



Game Schedule - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Cyprus Basketball Federation has recently announced the schedule of new year's championship.

Every team is allowed to use 3 Americans and an unlimited number of Bosman players.

The championship kicks-off on the 14th of October with APOEL and KERAVNOS battling for the Super-Cup.

The new championship looks very promising as most teams have improved their rosters. AEL, Apollon, AEK, Etha, Achilleas, Keravnos, Apoel and Omonoia have all added a lot on their rosters and promise thrilled moments.

A big game is scheduled on the fourth week, with APOEL and AEL continuing where they have stopped last year.

The Schedule is as follows:

ROUND A

GAME 1
AEL-ACHILLEAS
APOEL-ENAD
KERAVNOS-APOLLON
AEK-ETHA
DAY-OFF: OMONOIA

GAME 2
OMONOIA- AEL
APOLLON-AEK
ENAD - KERAVNOS
ACHILLEAS - APOEL
DAY-OFF: ETHA

GAME 3
APOEL-OMONOIA
KERAVNOS - ACHILLEAS
AEK - ENAD
ETHA - APOLLON
DAY-OFF: AEL

GAME 4
OMONOIA-KERAVNOS
AEL-APOEL
ENAD-ETHA
ACHILLEAS-AEK
DAY-OFF: APOLLON

GAME 5
KERAVNOS-AEL
AEK-OMONOIA
ETHA-ACHILLEAS
APOLLON-ENAD
DAY-OFF: APOEL

GAME 6
OMONOIA-ETHA
AEL-AEK
APOEL-KERAVNOS
ACHILLEAS-APOLLON
DAY-OFF: ENAD

GAME 7
AEK-APOEL
ETHA-AEL
APOLLON-OMONOIA
ENAD - ACHILLEAS
DAY-OFF: KERAVNOS

GAME 8
OMONOIA-ENAD
AEL-APOLLON
APOEL-ETHA
KERAVNOS - AEK
DAY-OFF: ACHILLEAS

GAME 9
ETHA-KERAVNOS
APOLLON-APOEL
ENAD - AEL
ACHILLEAS-OMONOIA
DAY-OFF: AEK

ROUND B

GAME 10
AEL-OMONOIA
APOEL-ACHILLEAS
KERAVNOS-ENAD
AEK-APOLLON
DAY-OFF: ETHA

GAME 11
OMONOIA-APOEL
APOLLON-ETHA
ENAD-AEK
ACHILLEAS-KERAVNOS
DAY-OFF: AEL

GAME 12
APOEL-AEL
KERAVNOS-OMONOIA
AEK-ACHILLEAS
ETHA- ENAD
DAY-OFF: APOLLON

GAME 13
OMONOIA-AEK
AEL-KERAVNOS
ENAD-APOLLON
ACHILLEAS-ETHA
DAY-OFF: APOEL

GAME 14
KERAVNOS-APOEL
AEK-AEL
ETHA-OMONOIA
APOLLON-ACHILLEAS
DAY-OFF: ENAD

GAME 15
OMONOIA-APOLLON
AEL-ETHA
APOEL-AEK
ACHILLEAS-ENAD
DAY-OFF: KERAVNOS

GAME 16
AEK-KERAVNOS
ETHA-APOEL
APOLLON-AEL
ENAD-OMONOIA
DAY-OFF: ACHILLEAS

GAME 17
OMONOIA-ACHILLEAS
AEL-ENAD
APOEL-APOLLON
KERAVNOS-ETHA
DAY-OFF: AEK

GAME 18
ETHA-AEK
APOLLON-KERAVNOS
ENAD-APOEL
ACHILLEAS-AEL
DAY-OFF: OMONOIA




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Pardubice, Nymburk and USK Praga update - by Eurobasket News
The local teams continue the preparation for 2010/2011 season. BBC Bayreuth won over USK Praga 72:59. The German side controlled the majority of the game and reached the necessary victory. Gibson stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Campbell netted 11. Harris and Jeanty poured in 9 each, while Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) notched 8. Kriz replied with 17 points in the losing effort. Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) and Martin Stastny (203-G/F-88) posted 9 each, whilst Hruban and Klimes netted 8 apiece.
BK Pardubice later edged BBC Bayreuth 89:75. Arnold and Hampton paced all the winners with 16 points each, whilst Pospisil had 13. Wright netted 12, while Marek, Volf and Toth scored 9 apiece. For BBC Bayreuth Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) chipped in 12, while Ginyard, Campbell and Jeanty added 11 each.
Also BK Pardubice beat Nymburk 87:83 in a great friendly clash between two teams from Czech Republic. Right now the team will participate in the Primator Cup in Frankfurt. EZ Basketball Nymburk meanwhile overcame Kemoplast Sentjur 77:64. Pavel Pumprla (194-G-86) (194-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) netted 19.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former Jazz center Greg Ostertag may land job with Frisco NBDL team - by Eurobasket News
There was an interesting visitor to the Mavericks' practice court Thursday a big, familiar-looking 7-2 fellow.

Greg Ostertag (7'2''-C-73, college: Kansas), the center from Duncanville who went to Kansas and spent most of his 11-year NBA career with the Utah Jazz, was working out with the Mavericks' Alexis Ajinca at American Airlines Center.

Ostertag won't be wearing a Mavericks' uniform, but he may be close to earning a spot as a player and/or assistant coach with the Texas Legends, who will play in Frisco as part of the NBA Development League.

Ostertag, 37, has been out of basketball for four years. He spent nine seasons with Utah, then was with Sacramento for one year before returning to the Jazz for the 2005-06 season, after which he retired.

Legends co-owner Donnie Nelson said it's possible Ostertag will join the team. The likable big man averaged 4.6 points and 5.5 rebounds for his NBA career.

Asked if the Mavericks might have an interest in Ostertag, Nelson said that they already have four centers on the roster (Brendan Haywood , Tyson Chandler , Ajinca and Ian Mahinmi) and aren't looking to add more.

Beaubois coming along: Though he still has to use a walking boot to protect his surgically repaired left foot, point guard Roddy Beaubois could still be ready to play by the time the regular season begins Oct. 27.

Though no timetable has been established, Beaubois said he's hopeful that his foot is well enough to play at the start of the season.

'It's a tough injury with where it is,' he said, looking down at the outside edge of his foot where a pin was inserted to fix the fracture. 'I just need to wait a couple more weeks, and the goal is to come back for the regular season. If I can come back early, great. But it [waiting] is the best thing to do.'

Beaubois still walks with a decided limp when he's not in the boot, but at least he's no longer on crutches.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Adris de Leon debuted with Indios in LNB - by Kerwin Abreu
Indios de San Francisco joined to their roster Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) as a native player and made a promising debut. A 511 will provide speed and quickness to the Indios team. Adris Deleon has experience playing in Dominican Republic, before he joined teams in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Moca.

Veteran Richard Ortega will get some help at the point guard position. In Adris first game in LNB, he played real good, made 7 points and 3 asist coming from the bench, but provided lot of enthusiasm to the team.

Adris will be a great player for us, said General Manager Luis Esmurdoc.


For more about LNB: www.masterdeportes.com


Standings - District National
LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Metros 4-2 
 2. Indios SF 3-3 
 3. Reales 3-3 
 4. Tiburones 2-4 
South Division
 1. Caneros 4-2 
 2. Cocolos 4-2 
 3. Titanes 3-3 
 4. Leones SD 1-5 


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  EL SALVADOR   


UTEC wins Game 1 - by Jaime Arevalo
The UTEC 'Eagles' opened their Semifinal series with an important win over San Marcos, 96-84. With 20 points and 10 rebounds, newly signed Garrett Schmidt (211-F/C-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Urbana) was the man of the game, Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) added 24 points and Carlos Espinal (195-F-83) 16 at the winning side. Imports Aaron Harrison (207-C-83, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.) and David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.) were very positive in San Marcos, with 33 and 25 pts, respectively (Johsnon grabbed 15 rebs too), and Hector Osorio added 11 points, but it wasn' t enough.
The LEBES playoff follow tomorrow afternoon, with a doubleheader at the Gimnasio Nacional. At 17:00 Leones Automoto will meex ExSal and at 18:30 San Marcos will meet UTEC


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  ESTONIA   


TU/Rock extend Janar Talts and land George Tsintsadze - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock ensured the serious strengthening of the roster for the next season. The Estonian champions signed one-year deals with Janar Talts (205-C-83) and George Tsintsadze (192-G-86).
Janar Talts will enter his fourth straight season with TU/Rock. Last season the 27-year-old centre tallied 12.1 points, 7.2 boards and 1.5 assists per game in EMKL. In EuroChallenge Janar Talts tallied 13.8 points, 7.3 boards, 2.8 assists per appearance. In Baltic League his stats read 13.8 points, 6.6 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.1 block. Janar Talts played for Estonian National Team at the EuroBasket 2011 Qualifiers in Division B. In three games the centre notched 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
George Tsintsadze traveled a lot throughout the previous season. The 24-year-old guard tipped off the season in Trikalla 2000 in Greece. The guard averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game in the A1 League. George Tsintsadze then moved to BC Donetsk in Ukraine. But in January the guard joined Trefl Sopot. In 9 games Tsintsadze produced 3.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.0 boards. George Tsintsadze used to play for the Tartu outfit in 2006/2009 seasons.




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  EUROCUP   


Hapoel Jerusalem inks Sam Clancy, parts ways with Sean Williams - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem came up with important news today. The team signed American forward Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC) and decided to part ways with Sean Williams (208-F-86, college: Boston Coll.).
Sam Clancy is not a new face in Israel, as he played for Bnei Hasharon last season. He appeared in 24 Premier League games collecting 10.5 ppg, 7 rpg and 1.3 apg. Clancy helped his team to reach the Israeli Cup Final. During the summer he played two games in Puerto Rico for Gallitos de Isabela averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds. Before Bnei Hasharon, Sam Clancy spent one season in Russia. He started it with Ural Great Perm, but they parted ways before the any official game. In January of 2009, Clancy moved to CSK VSS Samara. There he had 10.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1 bpg for 13 games in Russian league. In EuroChallenge, he added 6 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 8 appearances.
Sam Clancy played for Le Mans in 2007/08 helping them to end regular season as No.1, but they failed to win the title. He had 10.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg for them in ProA, plus 14.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 13 Euroleague games. He played for Vive Menorca year before that. In the past, Sam Clancy also was a member of Unics Kazan, Valladolid and Iraklis. He graduated at the University of Southern California in 2002.


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  GEORGIA   


Georgia is on Eurobasket 2011 - by Akaki Bakradze
FIBA Europe announces that the FIBA Europe Executive Committee approved the proposal made by the Lithuanian Basketball Federation to play the EuroBasket 2011 Final Round
with 24, instead of 16 teams.

The Executive Committee was backed in its decision by a majority of the FIBA Europe Board Members, who were also present at the meeting in Istanbul.

'The expansion is meant to follow the rapid development of European Basketball.' commented FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

'Proof for this development can be found at the FIBA World Championship where 9 of the 10 participating European Teams advanced from the Preliminary Round to participate in
the Eight-Finals.'

FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson added: 'After it was clear that EuroBasket 2013 will be played with 24 teams we are now even more pleased that the expansion could be
carried out two years earlier.

'European Basketball is stronger than ever and now the time has come to stay abreast of changes and, together with our Lithuanian friends, organise the biggest and best ever
EuroBasket.'


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  GERMANY   


Blake Schultz Joins Hertener Lions - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Hertener Lions have announced that Blake Schultz (191-G/F) will wear the Lions uniform this season. Schultz is a 191cm shooting guard/small forward from Atherton, California. He played at Williams from 2007-2010. In his senior year, he averaged 30 minutes per contest and 19,2ppg and his shooting percentage was over 50% from the field and from outside. 'Blake is an allaround talent and his qualities will help us. We didnt only get him becuase he was top scorer of his team, but because he can help his team at both ends of the court', stressed Herten coach Boris Kaminski Some achievements that Schultz has recieved in the last years were D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region 3rd Team -09, NESCAC Tournament Semifinals -09, All-NESCAC 1st Team -09, NABC Division III All-America 1st Team -10, NABC Division III All-Northeast Region Player of the Year -10., NABC Division III All-Northeast Region 1st Team -10, NABC Division III Senior All-Star Game -10, NCAA D3 Finalist -10, and D3hoops.com's All-America 1st Team -10.

The club also announced that Norris Weintz (198-G/F-84, college: Lyon) will not wear the uniform of Herten any longer. Norris was unable to pass the tryout. 'Norris was unable to pass our qualifications. Norris is a great guy and the decision wasnt easy', stated Herten manager Dirk Ewald.

Source: Hertener Lions




The Rapid Miles 10 Questions Basketball Exchange With Wayne Bernard (MBC) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) is a 28 year old 180 cm guard from San Diego that is playing his second season with MBC. He played at Davidson in North Carolina from 1999-2003. His best season was his senior year where he played 27 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg. In 2003, he became a professional coming to Europe to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.) playing 10 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, but got waived and finished the season in Greece for Ilysiakos Athens playing 8 games and averaging 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden playing 30 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB) playing 34 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, and during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB), French League playing 18 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; , but left in January 2007 and then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 11 games and averaging 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he stayed with Kouvot Kouvola playing 47 games and averaging 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany to MBC playing 30 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. He earned 2009 PRO A player of the year honours. Last season, he played 34 games averaging 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8% Wayne took the rapid Miles 10 questions basketball exchange for eurobasket talking basketball.

How was your summer? How does a normal Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) work out day look like in the summer?


My summer was ok. When I got back to the States I took some time for myself to let my body relax for a bit. Then I began my workouts after a few weeks. Every summer I travel somewhere but this summer was pretty low-key

You are back with the MBC wolves for a third season and are captain. How excited are you about the upcoming season?


I am excited about this season, mostly because I get excited about every season when its just beginning. The process of learning to play with new teammates and coming back to a place that I'm familiar with brings both fun and comfort for me. I'm looking forward to the competition, games, and of course our wonderful fans here in Weissenfels.

How has training camp been? You had some hard workouts and then your first exhibition game against the BSW Sixers winning 70-52. How is the team coming together in the early phase?


Training camp was tough, but thats to be expected. My legs are STILL killing me from the workouts we are doing but they are good. The team is coming along great in this early part of training. Everybody is trying to adapt to each person's playing style, and encouraging as well so so far I think we are coming along good.

The team lost some key players but also added some talented players. What can we expect from the MBC Wolves in the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season?


Yes, our roster is different this season. As far as expectations go, I expect us to come out and work hard and smart every game, to put us in a solid position in the BBL.

The secret to last seasons team was that you had a lot of players that could step up on any day which made the team very unpredictable. What will be the key to being successful this season?


I think the key to being successful this season is again the same - that any player can step up and have a good game, especially since we have a few more experienced guys on the team now.

The team brought in Americans Tim Blue and Davon Roberts. What is your early impression of these guys and what are their best qualities?


Both Tim and Davon are athletic, mobile forwards who can score both inside and out. Both of their biggest strenghts, in my opinion, is their versatility (both on the offense and defensive end).

The team also brought in Michael Jordan. Was a player like Jordan missing last season with so much experience that might of brought the team over the hump and making the playoffs?



Its hard to say what was missing last year, because there could have been any number of reasons as to why we didn't make the playoffs. But Mike definitely brings in experience to our team, and his history shows that he has experience on winning teams. His physical and athletic strengths, along with his 'Basketball I.Q.', will certainly help the team this season.

You are turning 29 soon. Are you in the prime of your career and could you have more of a scoring role this season?


I've been in the prime of my career ever since I started playing basketball as a kid. ( joke). But I honestly think that if a player is still playing basketball, he should always think he is in the prime of his career, regardless of his age/experience. Otherwise, if he thinking 'im not in my prime yet' , he may not have the confidence that he needs. If he thinks 'I'm past my prime' he also lacks confidence. The key is maintaining a willingness to learn, as well as staying confident in your abilities. Once a person's career is over, then he can look back and decide which part was his prime. As far as my scoring role, yes I want to have more of a scoring role this season. But I play this game to win games, not reach a scoring title. Both would be nice, of course. But for me, the feeling of winning a game outweighs the feeling of losing one, no matter how much I score.


How well will the Miami Heat do with Lebron James this season?


I think the Heat will not win the championship this season. They may do it another year but I just don't see it this season. But, some of my feelings could be because I just don't want to see them win it. I just naturally root for the underdogs. And, I think the Lebron interview on ESPN was ridiculous. I understand it as a business decision, and that he probably did it to increase revenue for his business empire (did he really need it?), but I do not respect that as a fan of the sport of basketball. He doesn't have any rings, and I have never seen any of the 50 greatest NBA players do something like that. But like I said, I think he made that decision purely for business.



Michael Jordan is a great player but also a good practical joker. How are you going to protect yourself from him and possibly being photographed in an embarrasing way?lol


Well, if Mike has some practical jokes, this may be a long season of everybody trying to protect themselves from embarrassment. But it is basically impossible since every phone has a camera and most of our bus trips will be long. But the good news is that there are plenty of other guys on the team who have some tricks up their sleeves or is that a bad thing? I guess we'll see. You must have forgoton to ask the 'Miles Question', which is, 'which was the last movie you've seen on DVD?' Well, I can't even remember the last movie I saw on DVD was because it was probably about 4 months ago. but the last movie I saw in the theaters was Inception, which was a good one.

Thanks Wayne for the chat! Good luck this season!




ALBA reached another victory, BBC Bayreuth started the preparation - by Eurobasket News
ALBA won another friendly game, this time versus Trier in O2 World Arena. ALBA trailed 9-10 after the opening tip but won the first quarter 25:19. Moreover the hosts increased the lead to 37:23 after 15 minutes and reached 42:29 at the halftime. At the end of the game Trier started to play better and managed to reduce the gap to the final 64:59 as ALBA celebrated another win. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) paced all the winners with 13 points and Marinovic added 12. Dragan Dojcin (205-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 13 points in the losing case.
BBC Bayreuth meanwhile won over USK Praga 72:59. The German side controlled the majority of the game and reached the necessary victory. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Campbell netted 11. Harris and Jeanty poured in 9 each, while Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) notched 8. Kriz replied with 17 points in the losing effort. Kotas and Stastny posted 9 each, whilst Hruban and Klimes netted 8 apiece.
BK Pardubice later edged BBC Bayreuth 89:75. Arnold and Hampton paced all the winners with 16 points each, whilst Pospisil had 13. Wright netted 12, while Marek, Martin Volf (200-F-80) and Toth scored 9 apiece. For BBC Bayreuth Archibong chipped in 12, while Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina), Campbell and Jeanty added 11 each.




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  GREECE   


Kolossos Rhodes adds Panagiotis Kafkis - by Eurobasket News
Kolossos Rhodes announced signing of Panagiotis Kafkis (197-G-80) to a one-year deal. The Greek guard joins his new team from PAOK, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one, Kafkis played 25 games averaging 2.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. On season 2008/09 he had 3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.7 apg for the Thessaloniki team. Kafkis played for Olympiakos in 2007/08. He had very limited time with the Reds registering less than a point for 11 Euroleague games. In A1, he had 2.4 ppg and 1 rpg for 18 appearances. In the past, Kafkis also was a member of Panionios, Apollon Patras, Makedonikos and Ilysiakos. He played for the Greek National Team in 2005.
Meanwhile, Greek media say that PAOK Thessaloniki shows interest in Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77). The experienced big guy is also on the radar of AEK, and raklis. He played last season for Aris averaging 5.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in Greek league. In EuroCup, Dokoudis added 5.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 13 games. In the past, Dikoudis played for Panionios, Pamesa Valencia and CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens.


Iraklis tests Chavdar Kostov - by Eurobasket News
Iraklis brought in Bulgarian player Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) for a try-out. The 22-year old guard will try to show his skills and to secure a deal with the Greek A1 returnee. As a reminder, Iraklis won the promotion to A1 this year after they finished second in A2 league.
Chavdar Kostov is a product of Lukoil Akademik, where started as a kid. Last season, he appeared 37 times for the Bulgarian powerhouse averaging 11.3 points, 4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals. He awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention -10. Kostov drastically improved and his numbers with Lukoil were much better than in 2008/09 season. At that time he had 6.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 17 games in Bulgaria. Kostov won six championship titles with the Sophia squad. They also celebrated three times in National Cup.
Chavdar Kostov is active member of the Bulgarian National Team. He appeared 10 times in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 registering 9.5 ppg, 2.8 rebounds and 1 spg. Last summer in Poland he had 2.3 ppg for 10 games. In the past, Chavdar Kostoc was a member of the Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 National Team. He also played for their University squad in 2009.


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  HOLLAND   


Francisco Elson to sign with Jazz - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Jazz are expected to sign veteran center Francisco Elson (7'0''-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California). Calvin Andrews, Elsons agent, said Thursday an agreement has been reached in principle for a guaranteed contract for an undisclosed duration. Elson, who is in the Netherlands, must complete a physical before the deal is finalized.

The 7-foot, 240-pound Elson has averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds during seven NBA seasons. The 34-year-old former California standout played for Philadelphia and Milwaukee in 2009-10, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12 games.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


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  HUNGARY   


Soproni KC and ZTE KK play two games - by Eurobasket News
Soproni KC and ZTE KK play two games in the pre-season openers. At first Soproni KC lost to Zalakeramia ZTE KK 66:93. The latter opened the game with 21-17 and added 24-17 in the second period. The last frame was a disaster for the hosts that lost it 13-29. Both teams nailed 19 points in the last period that brought the final victory for Zalakeramia ZTE KK. Williams stepped up with 18 points for the winners and David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) netted 16. Toth A added 12 and Kaman netted 9. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) answered with 13 points for the hosts and Keresztes notched 11. Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) and Szabo brought 8 points each in the losing effort.
Zalakeramia ZTE KK and Soproni KC decided to leave 73:73 score in the second game between each other, played in Zalaegerszeg. Both teams nailed 14 points each in the opening quarter and then the hosts took 5-point advantage at the halftime due to 25-29 in the second frame. Moreover they added 19-13 in the third quarter to have a bigger lead. Soproni KC however bounced back wit 26-15 in the last quarter and tied the game at 73:73. For Zalakeramia ZTE KK David Vojvoda stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Toth A added 12. Williams poured in 7 points and Toth G as well as Kinter, Adam Vertetics (187-G-87) and Baki nailed 6 apiece. Darian Townes top-scored for Soproni KC with 19 points. Andras Molnar and Szabo brought 18 points each for the guests.



Hungary invites to Grand Trans-Farm tournament - by Eurobasket News
Hungary invites to Grand Trans-Farm tournament as four teams compete in the International campaign. Last night Albacomp and CSM Oradea opened the tournament with vitories.
Albacomp overcame KK Novi Sad from Serbia 91:72. The guests opened the game with 22-20 after the first 10 minutes, but could not keep the score for good. Albacomp replied with 21-6 in the second period and added 20-15 in the third frame. The last quarter was a great performance of the Hungarian side that nailed 30 points in the quarter. Rubin paced all the winners with 26 points and Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) added 20. Bunics followed them with 18, whilst Dogo netted 11.
CSM Oradea started the Grand Trans-Farm tournament with the win over Marso NYKK 97:78. The Hungarian team won the opening quarter 27-25, but Oradea replied with 28-23 in the second period. Marso again tied the score after three quarter, while Romanian team won due to 25-12 in the second period. Andelko Mandic (198-F-76) stepped up with 26 points and Tyrone Mitchell (186-G-81, college: Northwestern St.) followed him with 19. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with 30 points in the losing case.

Sept 9:
Marso NYKK vs CSM Oradea 78:97
Albacomp vs KK Novi Sad 91:72

Sept 10:
Albacomp vs CSM Oradea
KK Novi Sad vs Marso NYKK

Sept 11:
CSM Oradea vs KK Novi Sad
Marso NYKK vs Albacomp



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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Jerusalem inks Sam Clancy, parts ways with Sean Williams - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem came up with important news today. The team signed American forward Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC) and decided to part ways with Sean Williams (208-F-86, college: Boston Coll.).
Sam Clancy is not a new face in Israel, as he played for Bnei Hasharon last season. He appeared in 24 Premier League games collecting 10.5 ppg, 7 rpg and 1.3 apg. Clancy helped his team to reach the Israeli Cup Final. During the summer he played two games in Puerto Rico for Gallitos de Isabela averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds. Before Bnei Hasharon, Sam Clancy spent one season in Russia. He started it with Ural Great Perm, but they parted ways before the any official game. In January of 2009, Clancy moved to CSK VSS Samara. There he had 10.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1 bpg for 13 games in Russian league. In EuroChallenge, he added 6 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 8 appearances.
Sam Clancy played for Le Mans in 2007/08 helping them to end regular season as No.1, but they failed to win the title. He had 10.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg for them in ProA, plus 14.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 13 Euroleague games. He played for Vive Menorca year before that. In the past, Sam Clancy also was a member of Unics Kazan, Valladolid and Iraklis. He graduated at the University of Southern California in 2002.


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  ITALY   


Brescia adds Marco Maganza - by Eurobasket News
Marco Maganza (205-F/C-91) will spend next season with A dilettanti team Brescia. The young power forward/center arrives to Brescia from Snaidero Udine. He had very limited playing time in LegaDue last season averaging less than a point in nine games. He started as a kid in Udine and experienced playing in SerieA two years. Maganza was a member of the U18 Italy last summer. He appeared nine times at the U18 EuroBasket in Metz registering 4.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 9 games. In 2007, he played for U16 Italy at U16 EuroBasket in Rethimno. For eight games there he had 5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1 spg.
Meanwhile, it seems that Enel Brindisi is interested in Latvian player Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV). Brindisi also targets Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) and it seems one of these two players with be the replacement for Eric Williams. Lang would be back to Italy after two three years. He played for Virtus Bologna from 2005 to 2007. Last season he spent with Turk Telekom averaging 9 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kambala spent last two years in Russia with Enisey Krasnoyarsk. In the latest season he had 14.5 ppg and 6.1 rebounds.


San Antimo takes veteran Dante Calabria, San Severo with new GM - by Eurobasket News
San Antimo signed contract with veteran guard Dante Calabria (194-G-73, college: N.Carolina). The 36-year old player is back to court after one season. Most recently (2008/09) Calabria played for Vanoli Soresina. He appeared 25 times in LegaDue collecting 7.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 spg. Vanoli Soresina was the Playoff champion and booked a spot for SerieA that year. Before Vanoli Soresina, Dante Calabria spent one season with Upim Bologna. He had 5.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg in SerieA for them. Upim also competed in ULEB Cup, where Calabria added 8.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 10 games. From 2004 to 2007 he was a member of Armani Jeans Milano. In the past he also played for Cantu, Pamesa, Aris, Pau-Orthez, Dijon and Livorno. Dante Calabria is a product of the North Carolina University, where he graduated almost 15 years ago. He was a member of the Italian NT few times.
Meanwhile, Mazzeo San Severo hired Alessandro Crovetti as the new General Manager. The team will compete in LegaDue next season.


Preview of Fastweb Casale - Cimberio Varese - by Michele Berra
First home game for Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato, who meets this evening at 20.30 at PalaFerraris arena the Cimberio Varese.
After the good scrimmage with Biella, Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato faces another team in Serie A, the host team, coached by coach Carlo Recalcati , shows renewed compared to last season whit the addiction of player like Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80), Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) and Dwayne Collins (203-F/C-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Miami (FL)). This match will provide the staff of the Junior new indications on the state of preparedness of the team.


Standings - B1
A dilettanti Standings
Group A
 1. Brescia 0-0 
 2. Castelletto 0-0 
 3. Comsum.it SI 0-0 
 4. Edimes PV 0-0 
 5. Moncalieri 0-0 
 6. Omegna 0-0 
 7. Osimo 0-0 
 8. Ozzano 0-0 
 9. Perugia 0-0 
 10. Piacenza 0-0 
 11. Recanati 0-0 
 12. Riva del Garda 0-0 
 13. Senigallia 0-0 
 14. Trento 0-0 
 15. Treviglio 0-0 
 16. Trieste 0-0 
Group B
 1. A.B. Latina 0-0 
 2. Agrigento 0-0 
 3. Anagni 0-0 
 4. Bisceglie 0-0 
 5. Ferentino 0-0 
 6. Massafra 0-0 
 7. Matera 0-0 
 8. Molfetta 0-0 
 9. Ostuni 0-0 
 10. Palestrina 0-0 
 11. Patti 0-0 
 12. Potenza 0-0 
 13. Rieti 0-0 
 14. Ruvo 0-0 
 15. S.Antimo 0-0 
 16. Trapani 0-0 


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Randoald Dessarzin resigns from Cote d'Ivoire coaching position - by Eurobasket News
Randoald Dessarzin will no longer be the head coach of Cote d'Ivoire. The Swiss specialist decided to leave the position after the African team posted just one win at the World Championship in Turkey. Randoald Dessarzin led Cote d'Ivoire to the second place at the AfroBasket in 2009. He also worked with Boncourt in Switzerland and Dijon in France.


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VEF Riga enjoy the start of pre-season - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga enjoy the start of pre-season as the Latvian team plays as many games as they can.
Ukrainian Azovmash overcame VEF Riga 82:73. The Ukrainian champion started with 21-19 in the first period, but Riga replied with 24-22 in the second period. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Azovmash produced 28-18 to keep the lead until the end. Curry stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Alexander added 17. Tomas scored 15, while Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 8. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) responded with 21 points in the losing effort and Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) as well as Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 15 each.
Polish Prokom rolled over VEF Riga 75:66. The Latvian side had 22:8 lead after the first quarter but could not keep the advantage. For VEF Riga Tyler Cain poured in 12 points and Sandis Valters netted 10.
In the latest game VEF Riga overcame Unics 86:64. The Russian team opened the game with 18-14 and then added 26-23 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 19 points each in the third period and then Unics exploded with 23-8 in the last stanza.


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Neptunas inks American big guy Luke Bonner - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas announced signing of import player for the next season. American Luke Bonner (216-C-85, college: Massachusetts) will be member of the team in 2010/11. It will be his second season in Europe. Bonner started the last one with Hungarian outfit Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar. He appeared six times for them averaging 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. In February this year he moved to NBA D-League, actually to Austin Toros. There, Bonner played 22 games registering 3.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg. He helped his team to reach the NBDL Semifinals.
Luke Bonner is a product of the Massachusetts University. He graduated there last year averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds for 23 games as a senior. He was named Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team -09. In 2008, Massachusetts reached the NIT Finals but Bonner had limited playing time. For 35 games that season he averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg. Bonner transferred to Massachusetts in 2005 from the West Virginia. He was re-shirted first season and continued to play in 2006.


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Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Amicale 0-0 
 2. Basket Esch 0-0 
 3. Black Star 0-0 
 4. Contern 0-0 
 5. Etzella 0-0 
 6. Musel Pikes 0-0 
 7. Residence 0-0 
 8. Soleuvre 0-0 
 9. Sparta 0-0 
 10. T71 0-0 


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Joel Smith joins Jaguares de la Bahia Riviera Nayarit - by Eurobasket
Jaguares de la Bahia Riviera Nayarit (LNBP) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Joel Smith (193-G-84, college: Chaminade). Smith played most recently at Santa Barbara Breakers (WCBL) in the U.S. In summer 2009 he won Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas playing for team Monaco. In his last season (2008-09) at Chaminade his stats were 15.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.0apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 Ricardo MELENDEZ
  Panteras
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 30
 1. Melendez, Panteras30.0 
 2. Hornsby, Huracanes28.5 
 3. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.28.3 
 4. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.28.3 
 5. Smith, Fuerza R.28.0 
 6. Stoll, Algodoneros26.5 
 7. Ofoegbu, Toros22.5 
 8. Martin, Titanes22.0 
 9. Baker, Ola Verde21.7 
 10. Hickerson, Pioneros21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio GARCIA
  Panteras
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Garcia, Panteras16.3 
 2. Angounou, Potros14.0 
 3. Smith, Fuerza R.13.0 
 4. Broxsie, Volcanes12.0 
 5. Berghoefer, Potros11.0 
 6. Young, Pioneros10.0 
 7. Aubry, Halc.Rojos10.0 
 8. Smith, Lechugueros10.0 
 9. Guzman, Ola Verde9.7 
 10. Bethelmy, Angeles9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Algodoneros
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Stoll, Algodoneros7.5 
 2. Vargas, Angeles6.3 
 3. Rivera, Halc.Rojos6.3 
 4. Johns, Lechugueros5.5 
 5. Brown, Lobos G.5.5 
 6. Quintero, Huracanes5.5 
 7. Johnson, Fuerza R.5.0 
 8. Hickerson, Pioneros4.5 
 9. Guzman, Potros4.0 
 10. Durazo, Potros4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Carl THOMAS
  Volcanes
  (203-F-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, Volcanes3.0 
 2. Stoll, Algodoneros3.0 
 3. Harris, Potros3.0 
 4. White, Toros2.5 
 5. Johns, Lechugueros2.5 
 6. Rougeau, Toros2.0 
 7. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.0 
 8. Thomas, Soles2.0 
 9. Monreal, Abejas2.0 
 10. Rivera, Halc.Rojos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamel WHITE
  Toros
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. White, Toros1.5 
 2. Brumfield, Pioneros1.5 
 3. Joseph, Toros1.5 
 4. Brooks, Abejas1.5 
 5. Thomas, Panteras1.5 
 6. Guzman, Potros1.0 
 7. Travis, Abejas1.0 
 8. Smith, Jaguares1.0 
 9. Angounou, Potros1.0 
 10. Smith, Jaguares1.0 


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Cedevita defeats Buducnost in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Buducnost 71-59

Cedevita hosted Buducnost in a friendly game and managed to record a win. Mostly thanks to push in the second quarter, Cedevita secured 12-point margin win in this game. It started off as an evenly contested matchup. Both teams were able to find basket, so they exchanged lead for the most of the first quarter. After initial 10 minutes of play, the score was tied at 18 apiece. Than in the second quarter, Cedevita went on the run which gave it double-digit lead. Buducnost managed to cut the deficit by halftime to single digits. So at the halftime break the score stood at 45-37. In the second half, tempo of the match went down as both teams started to struggle offensively. Third period was marked by missed shots and turnovers, but Cedevita was able to increase its lead by two points. Game entered fourth quarter with Cedevita up 57-47. Still not much changed in the final 10 minutes, as Cedevita players were able to maintain its lead. They routinely closed the game out for the final 71-59 win.
Vedran Princ (192-G-82) led the winning side with 17 points in this match, while Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) added 14 points. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) and Dino Butorac (192-G-90) also reached double digits as they finished the game with 12 and 11 points respectively. For Buducnost, Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) and Marko Scekic (207-F-81) were the only two players in double-digits with 12 and 10 points to their name.

Cedevita: Vedran Princ 17, Vedran Vukusic 14, Damjan Rudez 12, Dino Butorac 11
Buducnost: Vladimir Dragicevic 12, Marko Scekic 10


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Carmelo Anthony prefers move to Bulls, Knicks - by Eurobasket News
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) still hopes to persuade the Denver Nuggets to trade him, preferably to either the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks, an NBA source with knowledge of Anthony's wishes told Yahoo! Sports.

The Knicks have limited assets to offer the Nuggets, which makes the Bulls a more appealing potential trade partner. The Bulls can offer a replacement small forward in Luol Deng, as well as two young forwards in James Johnson and Taj Gibson. New York officials would like to make a run at signing Anthony next summer if he were to opt to become a free agent. The Knicks will have salary-cap room with Eddy Currys contract expiring after the season.

While Anthony would prefer a trade to either the Bulls or Knicks, he knows the Nuggets could decide to send him elsewhere. Yahoo! Sports has previously reported that the Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets have expressed interest in Anthony.

The Nuggets have offered Anthony a three-year, $65 million contract extension, but Anthony is reluctant to sign the deal because of concerns about the franchises future. Coach George Karl is returning from his second battle with cancer and entering the final year of his contract. Forward Kenyon Martin (notes) and guards J.R. Smith and Arron Afflalo will be free agents after this season and center Nene could join them if he opts out of the final year of his contract. Point guard Chauncey Billups also could hit the market because the Nuggets are obligated to pay only $3.7 million of his $14.2 million salary for 2011-12 if hes waived at the end of the season.

With so much uncertainty surrounding the Nuggets, Anthony would like to be traded before the season starts. New Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri has not had a face-to-face meeting with Anthony since he was hired on Aug. 31.

Courtesy of Yahoo


NBA opens office in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball Association has opened a new office in Moscow, as announced by deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver on Thursday.

Moscow joins the ever-expanding international umbrella housing an NBA office, which includes seven markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

'This is a great time for the NBA to expand its presence in Russia, especially given Mikhail Prokhorov's commitment to further grow the sport in the country,' said Silver. 'We are excited to open our first office and we welcome Egor Borisov, whose wealth of experience and tremendous enthusiasm for the game will help spur the continued growth of basketball in the region.'

Prokhorov recently became the first non-North American owner of an NBA franchise when he purchased the New Jersey Nets in May.

Borisov joins the NBA as vice president of development, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Courtesy of www.sportsnetwork.com


Francisco Elson to sign with Jazz - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Jazz are expected to sign veteran center Francisco Elson (7'0''-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California). Calvin Andrews, Elsons agent, said Thursday an agreement has been reached in principle for a guaranteed contract for an undisclosed duration. Elson, who is in the Netherlands, must complete a physical before the deal is finalized.

The 7-foot, 240-pound Elson has averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds during seven NBA seasons. The 34-year-old former California standout played for Philadelphia and Milwaukee in 2009-10, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12 games.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


Bulls name assistant coaching staff; Final assistant is Rick Brunson - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls announced today that Ron Adams, Andy Greer, Rick Brunson and Adrian Griffin have been hired as assistant coaches on Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff. In addition, Randy Brown has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager and Pete Myers has been named a Scout. In accordance with club policy, terms of the contracts were not announced.
Brunson, 38, a former Bull, returns to Chicago as he makes his transition to the sidelines of the NBA. In 2009-10, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford. Prior to his year in Hartford, he spent two seasons at the University of Virginia, where he was the Director of Basketball Operations. A veteran of nine seasons in the NBA, Brunson played for seven different teams, including two stints with the Bulls (2002-03, 2003-04). A native of Salem, Mass., the 38-year old former point guard played collegiately at Temple University under Hall of Fame head coach John Chaney.

Courtesy of www.chicagonow.com


Joe Smith to sign with Nets - by Eurobasket News
After losing big man Sean May (6'8''-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) to injury earlier in the week, it appears Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland), the power forward most associated with having the words 'former No. 1 pick' written before his name every time somebody writes about him, will sign a deal with the New Jersey Nets.

The power forward averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks last year. He'll have trouble breaking into a Nets rotation - he's likely to back up spryer bigs in Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors, and even Kris Humphries at the four spot, but he can still be a dependable big man, even now in the twilight of his career.

People often mock Smith as a No. 1 overall pick - in the 1995 draft, he went immediately head of four future all-stars in Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, and Jerry Stackhouse - because of the rather mundane nature of his career - he hasn't averaged above 15 points since his days third year in the league. But truth be told, he's been nothing if not servicable, averaging 11.1 points over the course of a 15-year career. He's got an effective mid-range jumper that got him into the rotation with the Cleveland Cavaliers a few years back. But his most likely effect will be that of a mentor on one of the least experienced teams in the league: other than Smith, the most experienced player on the team is the 26-year old Travis Outlaw, who is entering his seventh year in the league - Smith almost doubles him up on the dawn of his 16th year.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


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Players to Watch 2010/2011 America East Conference - by Matthias Haufer
Last seasons America East Conference Player of the Year Muhammad El-Amin will be taking his scoring talents overseas and 1st Team All-Conference pick Marqus Blakely even convinced the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers to give him a shot at The League by signing him to a two-year deal, albeit not entirely guaranteed. However, these departures do not mean that the AEC will now be depleted of individual talent because the 2010/2011 edition still features numerous very interesting players. Here is a look at some of the conferences most intriguing prospects:

Tim Ambrose (6'0''-G-87) Guard Albany

At 60 and 220 lbs., the senior guard has the built of a football player. Ambrose brings freakish athleticism for a player of his size and has the ability to get to the FT line and convert his opportunities there. He is also a great rebounder for a guard and pulled down 5.3 caroms per game last season. His perimeter shooting is decent, as well, and he also passes the ball with some accuracy. Ambroses scoring average of 12.4 ppg should go up substantially because somebody has to fill the void left by graduated forward Will Harris. Due to the emergence of PG Mike Black, Ambrose should line up as the off guard for the Great Danes most of the time, clearly his best position, so big numbers can be expected.

Greer Wright (6'7''-F-89) Forward Binghamton

Summer rumors had the 67 Wright transfer to UConn and he actually went to Storrs for an official visit but then decided to finish his career with the Bearcats. This is a hint at how good the JuCo transfer can become. At Binghamton, he will also see some time at the 4 spot but for the next level, he is a true and complete small forward. The senior was his teams leading scorer (15.0 ppg), assist man (3.2 apg) and ball thief (1.2 spg) while finishing second in rebounds (6.1rpg) and fourth in blocks (0.6 bpg). The athletic wing also connected on 41 of 133 three-point attempts (30.8%) and converted 75.2% of his 161 free throws. Wright could go a similar route as recent AEC standout Marqus Blakely and receive some serious NBA looks by the end of the season.

John Holland (6'5''-G/F-88) Guard/Forward Boston

Most major college basketball publications consider 65 senior wing John Holland the leading candidate for AEC Player of the Year. A tremendous scorer (19.2 ppg), Holland can do damage from the perimeter (35.7% from long range last season) but also take the ball to the basket and finish in traffic. He made 85.1% of his league leading 215 free throw attempts as a junior, therefore fouling him is not an option, neither. The extremely athletic swingman also excels on the opposite side of the floor and is regularly mentioned among the conferences elite defenders. Expect Holland to add another chapter to his outstanding Terrier career.

Joe Zeglinski (6'0''-G-87) Guard Hartford

Zeglinski certainly lacks the flair or flamboyance of the players mentioned above but he has been a model of consistency for the Hawks since he first stepped foot on campus. Deceptively crafty as a former football player, the 60 senior rebounds the ball extremely well and can be pencilled in for about five boards per game. His main strength on the offensive end is his long range shooting; Zeglinski made 98 three point field goals last season. He is also known for coming through as a key performer in clutch situations and for playing with and through injuries and pain. The natural shooting guard can assume point guard duties, as well.

Alvin Abreu (6'2''-G-87) Guard New Hampshire

His UNH head coach Bill Herrion calls Abreu the glue of his team and his undisputed leader. The 62 senior is a steady and versatile contributor who is equally adept at both guard positions. The Boston native can score in a variety of ways and has averaged over 12 points per game in all of his three seasons with the Wildcats. He is a dangerous shooter but also drives to the basket efficiently as evidenced by 131 free throw attempts in 2009/2010.



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Zastal Zielona Gora land Ike Okoye - by Eurobasket News
Zastal ZG strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ike Okoye (206-F, college: Wyoming). The Nigerian forward penned his first pro contract. Last season Ike Okoye played for the Boise State University. He tallied 12.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 assists per game in his senior college season. Ike Okoye made it to WAC All-Defensive Team in 2009.


Sasa Mucic joins Anwil - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek penned deal with Sasa Mucic (202-F-83). The 26-year-old forward spent the previous season in Slovenia. He played Rudar in Telemach League. Sasa Mucic averaged 16.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 assist per game. Previously Sasa Mucic had stints in Belgium, Cyprus and Hungary. The forward also was the member of the Slovenian U17 and U20 selections.


Prokom, Anwil won the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek edged Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski 85:56. Anwil started with 19-6 in the first period and added 26-15 in the second. Moreover they continued to increase the lead and reached 20-14 in the third period. Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski bounced back with 21-20 in the last frame to reduce the gap a bit in the end. Nikola Jovanovic (204-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Paul Miller posted 15. Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) netted 14, whilst Andrzej Pluta scored 13.
Asseco Prokom produced a 77:63 over Naglis-Adakris Palangos in the latest game. Zamojski poured in 20 points and Kostrzewski netted 15. David Przybyszewski (215-C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) collected 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Szczotka had 8.
Polish Zielona Gora just finished Memorial of Vladimir Jasencak in Slovakia. BK Prostejov overcame Polish Zielona Gora 69:62 to triumph in it. The winners started with 18-6 and had 32:24 at the halftime. They increased the lead to 52:37 after three quarters and rightfully clinched the victory. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) paced all the winners with 17 points and Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) scored 12. Nicholson netted 10, Lawrence posted 8, while Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) and Bohacik delivered 7 apiece.




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Joao Reveles returns to Ginasio,CAB has new american - by Bruno Baltazar
Joao Reveles (187-G-80) the 30 years old portuguese guard,6'2 will return to Ginasio after last 2 seasons been with Vagos where last season in 19 games averaged 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-3 (5.1apg), 1.2spg,the 3rd in the league in the amount of assits per game,all around guard that represented Ginasio in the past for various years and Sampaense and Oliveirense,he already won the portuguese cup and the proliga in the past aswell as representing the portuguese national team.

In oher news CAB has a new guard,he is american ,Nathan Menefee (183-G, agency: RIZO, college: Evergreen St.) 6'0,more of a position 2 ,played last year in NAIA college of Evergreen State and more recently played in the american league of IBL Olympia Reign where in 18 games lead the league in scoring with 28.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.5apg, 3.0spg.



Sampaense change coaches - by Bruno Baltazar
Claudio Figueiredo left the position of head coach of Sampaense 4 days after the team presented themselfs to the supporters even with just portuguese players ,nobody expected that but personal reasons were behind this last minute decision.
In the time the team already picked their head coach and the coach is Joao Moutinho that was with Vagos and 2 years ago coached Esgueira and in the past with Academica will be a challange since he didnt picked the players he will work but a challange that he is confident he will bring results.


Sampaense Basket - by Hugo Carvalho
Joao Moutinho is the new coach of Sampaense Basket. The President Pedro Veloso had no doubts to hire this coach. Moutinho (52 years) returned to the league after having been in Basket Leiria, Aveiro Basket and Esgueira Basket. Lack coach Moutinho choose two americans and one Portuguese. Sampaense will hold its second season in the league and this year will try to reach the play-off. The team is preparing to make a championship level and full of good quality.

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CSU Asesoft Ploiesti and CSM Oradea won the latest - by Eurobasket News
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti continues its Serbian journey and beat FMP Zeleznik Belgrad 82:78 in the latest game. The game was tied 12:12 and then Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) made it to 23:23. The battled continued in the court in the rest of the quarters and Gutoaia and Jason Westrol (191-G-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Bentley) brought 68:66. Asesoft needed a 9-2 run at the very end to seal the victory. Doneal Mack (196-G-87, college: Memphis) top-scored for the Romanian squad with 24 points and Jason Westrol posted 20. Catalin Burlacu delivered 91, while Ilic scored 13.
CSM Oradea meanwhile started the Grand Trans-Farm tournament with the win over Marso NYKK 97:78. The Hungarian team won the opening quarter 27-25, but Oradea replied with 28-23 in the second period. Marso again tied the score after three quarter, while Romanian team won due to 25-12 in the second period. Andelko Mandic (198-F-76) stepped up with 26 points and Tyrone Mitchell (186-G-81, college: Northwestern St.) followed him with 19. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with 30 points in the losing case. In another game Albacomb overcame Novi Sad 91:72.


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Enisey wins and loses in Porec - by Eurobasket News
Enisey played another friendly game in the preparation time for the upcoming season. In Porec the team rolled over another Russian team Ruskon-Mordovia 84:74. The team from Krasnoyarsk opened the game with 25-14 and won also the second period 21-19. Ruskon started to play better in the second half and as a result won the third and the last quarters. Ruskon produced 26-24 in the third frame and added 15-14 in the last one. It was not however enough to seal the victory. Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) and Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) poured in 15 points each for the winners and Gromiko added 9. Andrei Komarovski (196-G-85) posted 8, while Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) and babikin added 7 apiece.
Hemofarm rolled over Russian Enisey 88:86. The latter exploded with 32-19 in the opening quarter and then however the Serbian team won the second period 27-12. The team exchanged victories in the second half as well that brought the minimum victory for the Serbs. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Milos Savovic (200-G/F-89) and Bozovic netted 16 each. Labovic ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.


NBA opens office in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball Association has opened a new office in Moscow, as announced by deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver on Thursday.

Moscow joins the ever-expanding international umbrella housing an NBA office, which includes seven markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

'This is a great time for the NBA to expand its presence in Russia, especially given Mikhail Prokhorov's commitment to further grow the sport in the country,' said Silver. 'We are excited to open our first office and we welcome Egor Borisov, whose wealth of experience and tremendous enthusiasm for the game will help spur the continued growth of basketball in the region.'

Prokhorov recently became the first non-North American owner of an NBA franchise when he purchased the New Jersey Nets in May.

Borisov joins the NBA as vice president of development, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Courtesy of www.sportsnetwork.com


Argentina shoot down Russia in classification round - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Russia 73:61

Argentina reached the game for the fifth place at the World Championships in Turkey. They fired past Russia to set up the clash against Spain on the final day of the tournament. Russia will try to gain the seventh place when they face Slovenia tomorrow.
Argentina got to a quick start. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated the paint. He notched 8 points in the first ten minutes and Argentina grabbed a 15:11 advantage. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) and Hernan Jasen opened the second term with seven points in a row to increase the lead. However Sergey Monya (204-F-83) answered with three triples in a row as Russia narrowed the margin. Carlos Delfino, Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) and Luis Scola gave the Latin American team back a 7-point advantage. Bykov and Khvostov narrowed the deficit at just one point late in the half. Luis Scola capped the half with a lay-up as Argentina posted a 36:33 lead. Carlos Delfino unloaded five straight points at the start of the third quarter. But Russia tried to stay close. Sergey Monya scored five points in a row and then Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) added two more as David Blatt team drew things level at 50.Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) put Russia in front but Gutierrez crowned the period with a three-pointer as Argentina entered the fourth stanza up by two 54:52. Luis Scola knocked down 6 points early in the final period as the Latin American team cleared off to a 7-point advantage. Russia tried to deny the deficit but a couple of three-pointers from Carlos Delfino iced the winning outcome for Argentina.
Luis Scola was back to his usual form as he knocked down 27 points and collected 6 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 26 points in the victory. Sergey Monya answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich and Timofey Mozgov netted 10 points each in the loss.

Argentina: Luis Scola 27, Carlos Delfino 26, Fabricio Oberto 10
Russia: Sergey Monya 17, Andrey Vorontsevich 10, Timofey Mozgov 10



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KK Novi Sad, Hemofarm and FMP update - by Eurobasket News
KK Novi Sad, Hemofarm and FMP played another friendly games with the opponents. Hungarian Albacomp overcame KK Novi Sad from Serbia 91:72. The guests opened the game with 22-20 after the first 10 minutes, but could not keep the score for good. Albacomp replied with 21-6 in the second period and added 20-15 in the third frame. The last quarter was a great performance of the Hungarian side that nailed 30 points in the quarter. Rubin paced all the winners with 26 points and Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) added 20. Bunics followed them with 18, whilst Dogo netted 11.
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti continues its Serbian journey and beat FMP Zeleznik Belgrad 82:78 in the latest game. The game was tied 12:12 and then Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) made it to 23:23. The battled continued in the court in the rest of the quarters and Gutoaia and Westrol brought 68:66. Asesoft needed a 9-2 run at the very end to seal the victory. Mack top-scored for the Romanian squad with 24 points and Westrol posted 20. Catalin Burlacu delivered 91, while Ilic scored 13.
Hemofarm meanwhile rolled over Russian Enisey 88:86. The latter exploded with 32-19 in the opening quarter and then however the Serbian team won the second period 27-12. The team exchanged victories in the second half as well that brought the minimum victory for the Serbs. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Savovic and Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 each. Labovic ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.


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Coach Potocnik returns to Skofja Loka, Slovan inks Djapa and Fon - by Zeljko Zule
Gasper Potocnik is coming back to LTH Cast Mercator. The former coach and last three seasons assistant at Union Olimpija was introduced as the coach of for the upcoming season. He replaces Dalibor Damjanovic who left the club. Potocnik left Skofja Loka after the 2006-07 season.
Geoplin Slovan inked Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84) and Miha Fon (194-G-84) for the 2010-11 season. Djapa arrives from the local rival Parklji where he averaged 15.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.6 blocks in 22 games of Telemach League. Fon did not played last season due a personal reasons.



Spain extinguish Slovenia, will play for fifth place in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Slovenia 97:80

Spain survived a tough physical battle against Slovenia to claim the victory at the end. They will now play for the fifth overall position at the World Championship in Turkey. Slovenia will try to earn the seventh position in tomorrows game.
Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) opened the scoring a three-pointer. Slovenia used a 7:0 run midway through the frame to establish a 12:5 advantage. Spain did not pick up the slack as they trailed 16:23 at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets early in the second quarter. Jaka Lakovic and Samo Udrih drained triples to give Slovenia a 41:32 advantage. But Alex Mumbru notched four points in a row and Marc Gasol added two more as Spain cut the deficit at 3 points 38:41 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The period saw several lead changes and ties. But Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) proved the difference as he ensured a 64:62 lead for Spain heading into the fourth quarter. The teams continued to exchange the blows early in the fourth period. But a couple of three-pointers from Sergio Llull (190-G-87) gave Spain an 81:73 advantage. The Spaniards went on a 9:0 spree to take a 93:75 lead just moments later and the game simply slipped away from the Slovenian team. Spain cruised to the win in the dying seconds.
Juan Carlos Navarro provided 26 points and 7 assists for Spain. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) added 16 points apiece in the win. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic produced 19 points each for Slovenia. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points in the loss.

Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 26, Rudy Fernandez 16, Fran Vazquez 16
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 19, Jaka Lakovic 19, Sani Becirovic 13



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Spain extinguish Slovenia, will play for fifth place in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Slovenia 97:80

Spain survived a tough physical battle against Slovenia to claim the victory at the end. They will now play for the fifth overall position at the World Championship in Turkey. Slovenia will try to earn the seventh position in tomorrows game.
Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) opened the scoring a three-pointer. Slovenia used a 7:0 run midway through the frame to establish a 12:5 advantage. Spain did not pick up the slack as they trailed 16:23 at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets early in the second quarter. Jaka Lakovic and Samo Udrih drained triples to give Slovenia a 41:32 advantage. But Alex Mumbru notched four points in a row and Marc Gasol added two more as Spain cut the deficit at 3 points 38:41 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The period saw several lead changes and ties. But Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) proved the difference as he ensured a 64:62 lead for Spain heading into the fourth quarter. The teams continued to exchange the blows early in the fourth period. But a couple of three-pointers from Sergio Llull (190-G-87) gave Spain an 81:73 advantage. The Spaniards went on a 9:0 spree to take a 93:75 lead just moments later and the game simply slipped away from the Slovenian team. Spain cruised to the win in the dying seconds.
Juan Carlos Navarro provided 26 points and 7 assists for Spain. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) added 16 points apiece in the win. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic produced 19 points each for Slovenia. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points in the loss.

Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 26, Rudy Fernandez 16, Fran Vazquez 16
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 19, Jaka Lakovic 19, Sani Becirovic 13



DKV Joventut outplays CAI Zaragoza in a friendly, Alicante beats Murcia - by Eurobasket News
DKV Joventut played a friendly game against CAI Zaragoza yesterday and celebrated 86-80 victory. Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) also was good netting 13, while Josep Franch (198-G-91) helped with one point less. In CAI Zaragoza, Andres Miso (199-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Colegio Ecole) shined with 20 points. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.), Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield) and Chad Toppert (201-G-85, agency: JEMsports, college: N.Mexico) stopped to 10 points each. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Joventut entered to it with minus, but managed to take control on its rival and to finish this period with 28-21. Last ten minutes were almost tied (19-20) and Joventut celebrated 86-80 victory.
Meridiano Alicante continues with great displays in pre-season. This time they outplayed Murcia in a friendly 79-64. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) stepped up for Alicante with 14 points. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) was the second scorer in victory with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Taj Gray (202-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma) was better than the other with 16 points. Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) had 12. Alicante won every single quarter in this game and had no troubles to close it with comfortable 79-64.


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Aliaga land Brandon Hunter - by Eurobasket News
Aliaga Petkim ensured the services of Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) for the upcoming season. Last season the 29-year-old forward spent in Israel. He played for Hapoel Jerusalem and averaged 9.2 points, 4.5 boards and 1.1 assists per game in EuroCup. In Israeli Premier League Brandon Hunter delivered 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Hunter used to play in the NBA, Italy, Greece, Puerto Rico and CBA.


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Memorial A.Belostenny. Results of the first day - by Alexei Revenko
Today in Odessa started first tournament for memory ukrainian player A. Belostenny. In the opening ceremony also took part the President of Ukrainian basketball federation 
Alexander Volkov.
Results of the first day.
MBC MykolaivBudivelnyk Kyiv 75:84 (16:24, 30:19, 16:24, 13:17)
In winners Zach Morley  (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) scored 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, Michailis Anisimovas   (214-C-84) 15 points, Andrew Betts   (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) 12 pts
In MBC Mykolaiv Ivan Gilyevych  (202-F/C-82) 22 points and 8 rebounds, Leonid Iailo   (207-F-73) added 12 points, Andrei Korochkin   (194-G-82) 9pts, 4 reb and 3 assists

BC Odessa - Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye - 93 - 105 (21-27; 23-29; 30-27; 19-22)
In Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye the most productive player was Vincent Hunter   (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) 21 point + 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Christian Burns   (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) added 19 points, Keddric Mays   (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) 14 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
In Odessa Andrew Washington scored 27 points and 5 assists, Larry Turner  (210-F/C-82, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Tennessee St.) 27 points and 8 rebounds, G.Navickas 11 points. 



Travis Garrison confirms at Khimik-OPZ Yuzny - by Eurobasket
Khimik-OPZ Yuzny agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Travis Garrison (203-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Maryland) to play for them for another season. Garrison started last season at Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale Unv. (Turkey), where in 11 games in Turkish second division he recorded 21.1ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg and 2.4bpg. Then after the New Year he moved to Khimik-OPZ where his stats were 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 0.8spg, 1.1bpg in 11 regular season games. He was even better in the play-offs where he averaged 12.0ppg and 8.6rpg. Garrison is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela and USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center


James Hughes on try-out in Mykolaiv - by Alexei Revenko
26 years old center James Hughes   (211-C-83, college: N.Illinois)  invited to a try-out in MBC Mykolaiv. He will play with his new team in Memorial A.Belostenny this weekand. Last season James played in Netherlands in club Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen. He scored 8 ponts, 4,8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. 
James height 6-11, he played in NCAA Nothern Illinois during 2003-2007. As professional player he also played in Turkey and Israel.


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Heat Sign American Centre - by Andy Webb
Creon Raftopoulos has strengthened his Guildford Heat squad with the signing of American centre, James Porter (208-F/C-87, college: N.Carolina A&T).

The 6'10'' player joins from North Carolina A&T Aggies where he developed a reputation for grabbing offensive rebounds and being a tough inside player with strong defense skills.

According to head coach, Creon Raftopoulos, We have some big scorers in our team and James has the skills I was looking for to balance the squad. He is a hard-nosed centre, who has demonstrated excellence in defense, blockshots and rebounds. He is a great passer, too, with an incredible 7 5 wingspan. I have no doubt that he will be a huge asset to the team.

James Porter commented, Joining the Guildford Heat is a fantastic opportunity for me. I live and breathe basketball and will work extremely hard to play to the best of my ability at all times. Im looking forward to joining the squad and playing a role in the local community as well as making my mark as a key player in the BBL team.

Porter will join the team in time for the first BBL home game against Worthing Thunder on 25 September at 7.00pm. For further information or to book tickets, visit www.guildfordheat.com.




BENNETT BACK TO MIDLANDS WITH RIDERS - by Andy Webb
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have signed Coventry-born Andrew Bennett (208-C, agency: JEMsports, college: N.Georgia) to their squad for the forthcoming BBL campaign.

The 610 centre has just finished his collegiate career at North Georgia University, where he averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds per game last season.

Coach Paternostro commented Andrew is very strong and very athletic and has shown the ability to be effective in the paint on both ends of the floor.

When looking at his college career it is a credit to him that he has got better every year.

Andrew has a range of skills and a ton of potential. I am looking forward to helping him develop as a professional. He fits in very well to the roster we have assembled, its a great opportunity for him to begin his career.

Its great for our club and our league to have an English player and potential GB player for 2012 like Andrew signed, we are very excited to be working with him this season Paternostro added.

Riders will be hosting their annual pre-season tournament this weekend, with Derby, Milton Keynes and the USA Select Touring side all taking part at John Sandford Sports Centre.

The action starts on Friday at 5.30pm with Riders playing the Americans in the second game at 7.45pm. As well as an U-18 tournaments during the day on Saturday, Milton Keynes play USA Select (5.15pm) and Riders take on Derby Trailblazers (7.30pm).



City basketball team moves into own venue - by Andy Webb
The Marshall MK Lions basketball team have confirmed that they will be staying in Milton Keynes after acquiring a 30,000 sq ft Warehouse in the retail district of Winterhill. The team will play 3 games in Stoke Mandeville before opening in the venue by mid November.

The regeneration plans of Bletchley Leisure Centre saw a move for the Lions to thecentre:mk last season but with that deal not able to be extended, and the Stadium MK Arena not yet nearing completion the team had to reconsider its position.

The Lions also have an increasing fan base which needs to be catered for. The move to thecentre:mk saw the fan capacity rise from 800 to 1300 in January of this year and the added impact of that has created a real boon for Lions Basketball.

The Marshall MK Lions first moved to Milton Keynes from Watford in 1998 with owner Vince Macaulay, who became head coach of the team in January 2008. The team has enjoyed tremendous success winning the BBL cup at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham in front of 7,000 fans, and becoming BBL Championship finalists. Macaulay was also awarded with the Basketball League Coach of the Year 2008 and last season awarded Coach of the Month in October. New Head Coach, Michael New has been assembling a very talented unit without knowing where they would be playing

Vince Macaulay enthused: This season the Lions will challenge again. We have seen our fan base increase year on year and its time to move forward, we have acquired the site for 3 years and it will house not only the show court but also two training courts, a Learning Centre and office space as we continue to expand our National League and development programme. We are the largest basketball organisation for miles around and feel we should blaze a trail for our sport.

The location is right opposite Home Base, has its own parking facilities and benefits from being just a 5 minute walk from the Train Station and the City Centre

Its early days and Macaulay called for support, We are going to need the help and support of many people, the Council are now going to deal with our Planning Change application to Leisure use, we have mountains of work to do to get all our seats lights, floor and baskets in as well as develop the other aspects of the building, painting, partitioning etc, but it is reassuring to know where we will be for the short to midterm future. If you would like to assist, please get in touch!

The first game in Basketball Centre MK is likely to be on November the 14th if all goes well, this weekend the team will be in pre-season action, firstly in Leicester on Saturday but home fans can meet the new members on Sunday when they play Team USA Select at 1pm at Stantonbury Campus, tickets are available online at www.mklions.com, and Season Tickets are also available at the website store.




Thunder Retain Zabas - by Andy Webb
Worthing Thunder Basketball Club are today pleased to announce the return of Evaldas Zabbas (198-F-88) to the Club. Evaldas joined Thunder from Worcester Wolves last season and was an instant success both on court and with the Thunder Fans.

Zabas said earlier today 'I am really excited about the deal and am looking forward to playing for Worthing again'

Having joined the Thunder around Christmas time last season, Zabas averaged
15 points per game in his 21 appearances for the club but will have the opportunity to play for the whole season this year.

Club Chairman Frank Gainsbury commented:-

'We are delighted to welcome Evaldas back to Worthing. Last season Evaldas was a key player in the squad and made a huge difference with a number of match-winning plays for us in some important fixtures. His natural ability, enthusiasm and dedication will be a tremendous asset to the Club. We look forward to announcing further additions to the squad in the next few days'


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Graneros de Portuguesa adds Gonner to their roster - by Eurobasket
Graneros de Portuguesa (LNB) added to their roster 30-year old American forward Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.). Gonner played most recently at Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (Mexico). Gonner is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Germany, Mexico and Uruguay.

He had a terrific season in 2006-07 in Finland. At the end of the year, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Player of the Year,
Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Forward of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Import Player of the Year averaging 24.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 51.9%, FT: 66.7% in 20 games played.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Cent.Apure 3-1 
 2. Espartanos 3-1 
 3. Graneros 3-1 
 4. Tiburones 3-2 
 5. Lanc.Cojedes 2-1 
 6. Rojos de Sucre 1-2 
 7. Estudiantes 1-4 
 8. Atleticos UCV 0-4 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Scola, ARG27.8 
 2. Penney, NZL24.7 
 3. Yi, CHN20.2 
 4. Haddadi, IRI20.0 
 5. Durant, USA19.9 
 6. Delfino, ARG19.8 
 7. Kleiza, LTU19.1 
 8. Navarro, ESP19.0 
 9. Barea, PUR16.8 
 10. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  CHN
  (212-C/F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Haddadi, IRI8.6 
 3. Abbaas, JOR8.4 
 4. Ilyasova, TUR7.7 
 5. Kendall, CAN7.6 
 6. Krstic, SRB7.5 
 7. Scola, ARG7.5 
 8. Andersen, AUS7.4 
 9. Kazemi, IRI7.4 
 10. Kleiza, LTU7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.4 
 2. Huertas, BRA5.8 
 3. Daghles, JOR5.6 
 4. Rubio, ESP5.6 
 5. Barea, PUR5.4 
 6. Ponkrashov, RUS5.4 
 7. Teodosic, SRB4.8 
 8. Diabate, IVO4.4 
 9. Turkoglu, TUR4.3 
 10. Mills, AUS4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  IRI
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kazemi, IRI2.8 
 2. Guler, TUR2.7 
 3. Mahmoud, LEB2.6 
 4. Diabate, IVO2.4 
 5. Sun, CHN2.0 
 6. Delfino, ARG2.0 
 7. Teodosic, SRB2.0 
 8. Barbosa, BRA2.0 
 9. Ben Romdhane, TUN2.0 
 10. Cipriano, ANG2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  IVO
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lamizana, IVO3.2 
 2. Haddadi, IRI2.6 
 3. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 4. Anthony, CAN2.2 
 5. Mejri, TUN2.2 
 6. Vazquez, ESP1.6 
 7. Asik, TUR1.3 
 8. Monya, RUS1.3 
 9. Perovic, SRB1.0 
 10. Pleiss, GER1.0 


Spain and Argentina to fight for fifth place in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Places 5-8
Spain - Slovenia 97-80
Spain survived a tough physical battle against Slovenia to claim the victory at the end. They will now play for the fifth overall position at the World Championship in Turkey. Slovenia will try to earn the seventh position in tomorrows game. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) opened the scoring a three-pointer. Slovenia used a 7:0 run midway through the frame to establish a 12:5 advantage. Spain did not pick up the slack as they trailed 16:23 at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets early in the second quarter. Jaka Lakovic and Samo Udrih drained triples to give Slovenia a 41:32 advantage. But Alex Mumbru notched four points in a row and Marc Gasol added two more as Spain cut the deficit at 3 points 38:41 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The period saw several lead changes and ties. But Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) proved the difference as he ensured a 64:62 lead for Spain heading into the fourth quarter. The teams continued to exchange the blows early in the fourth period. But a couple of three-pointers from Sergio Llull gave Spain an 81:73 advantage. The Spaniards went on a 9:0 spree to take a 93:75 lead just moments later and the game simply slipped away from the Slovenian team. Spain cruised to the win in the dying seconds. Juan Carlos Navarro provided 26 points and 7 assists for Spain. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) added 16 points apiece in the win. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic produced 19 points each for Slovenia. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points in the loss.

Russia - Argentina 61-73
Argentina reached the game for the fifth place at the World Championships in Turkey. They fired past Russia to set up the clash against Spain on the final day of the tournament. Russia will try to gain the seventh place when they face Slovenia tomorrow. Argentina got to a quick start. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated the paint. He notched 8 points in the first ten minutes and Argentina grabbed a 15:11 advantage. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) and Hernan Jasen opened the second term with seven points in a row to increase the lead. However Sergey Monya (204-F-83) answered with three triples in a row as Russia narrowed the margin. Carlos Delfino, Fabricio Oberto and Luis Scola gave the Latin American team back a 7-point advantage. Bykov and Khvostov narrowed the deficit at just one point late in the half. Luis Scola capped the half with a lay-up as Argentina posted a 36:33 lead. Carlos Delfino unloaded five straight points at the start of the third quarter. But Russia tried to stay close. Sergey Monya scored five points in a row and then Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) added two more as David Blatt team drew things level at 50. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) put Russia in front but Gutierrez crowned the period with a three-pointer as Argentina entered the fourth stanza up by two 54:52. Luis Scola knocked down 6 points early in the final period as the Latin American team cleared off to a 7-point advantage. Russia tried to deny the deficit but a couple of three-pointers from Carlos Delfino iced the winning outcome for Argentina. Luis Scola was back to his usual form as he knocked down 27 points and collected 6 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 26 points in the victory. Sergey Monya answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich and Timofey Mozgov netted 10 points each in the loss.






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Women News

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Belarus stun France in Villenueve d'Ascq - by Eurobasket News
France - Belarus 58:64

Belarus opened the win count at the international friendly tournament in Villenueve dAscq. They outscored France to improve at 1-1 record. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) tallied 15 points and 9 rebounds to pace the visitors. The hosts slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat.
France led 7:6 midway through the opening quarter. But Belarus capped the term with a 10:3 run to take a 16:9 advantage. France quickly took over in the second term. They opened the period with seven points in a row to level things up. The teams traded baskets for some time before France went on an 11:4 run and posted a 34:27 advantage at halftime. The hosts opened a 9-point lead midway through the third stanza but Belarus did not allow their opponents to run away. The visitors got within two points with ten minutes to go in the game 38:40. Belarus surged ahead early in the final stanza. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) and Anastasiya Veremeenko helped the visiting side to an 8-point lead midway through the fourth term. Beikes dragged the hosts within two points Natalia Anufryienka and Anastasiya Veremeenko sealed the winning outcome for Belarus at the end.
Marina Kress (192-C-80) notched 11 points for Belarus. Natalia Anufryienka added 10 points in the victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) answered with 11 points for France. Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) had 10 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 11, Emilie Gomis 10
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 15, Marina Kress 11, Natalia Anufryienka 10



Standings - Women
Premier League Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Berezina 0-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 3. Olimpia 0-0 
 4. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
Group B
 1. BrGU 0-0 
 2. RGUOR 0-0 
 3. Temp-Mogilev. 0-0 
 4. Victoria 0-0 
Stage One Standings


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  CANADA - Women  


Canada post first win in Villenueve d'Ascq - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Japan 89:83

Canada recorded the first win at the international tournament in Villenueve dAscq. They held off Japan to catch up with their opponents in the ladder at 1-1 record. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) unleashed 24 points to pace the North American side.
Japan got to an aggressive start. The Asian team capped the opening period with eight points in a row to grab a 30:21 advantage. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. The margin grew at 14-point mark before Canada cut it at 12 points into the second half 54:42. Canada woke up in the third quarter. They cut the deficit at just five points midway through the third term. Japan restored an 11-point advantage but Kaelea Chapdelaine (178-G-85, college: Oregon) crowned the frame with two free throws as Canada trailed by 6 points 66:72. Canada tipped off the fourth quarter on an 11:2 rally to surge in front. The North American team maintained the tempo and did not allow Japan to recover in the dying stages.
Kaelea Chapdelaine netted 12 points for the winners. Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) added 11 points for Canada. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) replied with game-high 27 points and 6 assists. Yoshie Sakurada (170-G/F-84) netted 12 points in the losing effort.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 24, Kaelea Chapdelaine 12, Teresa Gabriele 11
Japan: Yuko Oga 27, Yoshie Sakurada 12




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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic storm past Greece in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Greece 110:61

Czech Republic continued to prepare for the upcoming World Championships. They recently played a test clash against Greece. Czech Republic celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) knocked down 15 points to pace the effort.
Czech Republic strongly entered the game. They fired 26 points in the opening frame to surge in front. The hosts ensured an 11-point lead at the first break. The margin kept on growing in the second quarter. Czech Republic stayed hot offensively as they piled up a 20-point lead at halftime. Greece accounted for only 11 points in the third quarter allowing Czech Republic to spur further in front. Greece faced a massive 37-point deficit entering the final frame. Czech Republic did not slow down in the dying stages and posted a confident win at the end.
Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84, college: S.Carolina) provided 14 points for Czech Republic. Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) contributed 13 points in the win. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with 13 points for Greece. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) added 11 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 15, Ilona Burgrova 14, Tereza Peckova 13
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 13, Zoi Dimitrakou 11



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Dobri Anjeli 0-0 
 2. MiZo Pecs 0-0 
 3. Mondeville 0-0 
 4. Taranto 0-0 
 5. TTT Riga 0-0 
 6. Wisla Can-Pak 0-0 
Group B
 1. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 2. Gospic 0-0 
 3. Lotos Gdynia 0-0 
 4. MKB Eurol. 0-0 
 5. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 6. UMMC 0-0 
Group C
 1. Galatasaray 0-0 
 2. Perfumerias 0-0 
 3. Spartak V MR 0-0 
 4. Tarbes 0-0 
 5. USK Praha 0-0 
 6. VICI Kaunas 0-0 
Group D
 1. Bourges 0-0 
 2. Familia Schio 0-0 
 3. Frisco Sika 0-0 
 4. Gorzow 0-0 
 5. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 6. Ros Casares 0-0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Belarus stun France in Villenueve d'Ascq - by Eurobasket News
France - Belarus 58:64

Belarus opened the win count at the international friendly tournament in Villenueve dAscq. They outscored France to improve at 1-1 record. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) tallied 15 points and 9 rebounds to pace the visitors. The hosts slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat.
France led 7:6 midway through the opening quarter. But Belarus capped the term with a 10:3 run to take a 16:9 advantage. France quickly took over in the second term. They opened the period with seven points in a row to level things up. The teams traded baskets for some time before France went on an 11:4 run and posted a 34:27 advantage at halftime. The hosts opened a 9-point lead midway through the third stanza but Belarus did not allow their opponents to run away. The visitors got within two points with ten minutes to go in the game 38:40. Belarus surged ahead early in the final stanza. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) and Anastasiya Veremeenko helped the visiting side to an 8-point lead midway through the fourth term. Beikes dragged the hosts within two points Natalia Anufryienka and Anastasiya Veremeenko sealed the winning outcome for Belarus at the end.
Marina Kress (192-C-80) notched 11 points for Belarus. Natalia Anufryienka added 10 points in the victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) answered with 11 points for France. Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) had 10 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 11, Emilie Gomis 10
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 15, Marina Kress 11, Natalia Anufryienka 10



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  GREECE - Women  


Czech Republic storm past Greece in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Greece 110:61

Czech Republic continued to prepare for the upcoming World Championships. They recently played a test clash against Greece. Czech Republic celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) knocked down 15 points to pace the effort.
Czech Republic strongly entered the game. They fired 26 points in the opening frame to surge in front. The hosts ensured an 11-point lead at the first break. The margin kept on growing in the second quarter. Czech Republic stayed hot offensively as they piled up a 20-point lead at halftime. Greece accounted for only 11 points in the third quarter allowing Czech Republic to spur further in front. Greece faced a massive 37-point deficit entering the final frame. Czech Republic did not slow down in the dying stages and posted a confident win at the end.
Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84, college: S.Carolina) provided 14 points for Czech Republic. Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) contributed 13 points in the win. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) answered with 13 points for Greece. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) added 11 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 15, Ilona Burgrova 14, Tereza Peckova 13
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 13, Zoi Dimitrakou 11



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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungarians in european competitions - by Adam Patonay
Two hungarian clubs MiZo Pecs 2010 and MKB Euroleasing will run on the Euroleague plus one more 'hungarian' team, Fenerbache with the best hungarian player and coach Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) and Laszlo Ratgeber .
SEAT Lami Ved Gyor and Szeviep Szeged will fight in FIBA Euro Cup. Szeged will use really talented hungarian players like Rita Rasheed and Anna Lakloth, while SEAT Lami Ved will try to make surprise with Olajuwon-Kublina-Carson trio with Coach Akos Fuzy on the board.

Euroleague
Group A
USO Mondeville, Can-Pack Wisla Krakkow, MiZo Pecs 2010, TTT Riga, Good Angels Kosice, Cras Basket Taranto

Group B
Lotos Gdynia, MKB Euroleasing Sopron, Fenrbache, Rivas Ecopolis, Gospic Croatia, UMMC Ekaterinburg

Round 1 - 28.10.2010.
MiZo Pecs 2010 - TTT Riga
Lotos Gdynia - MKB Euroleasing Sopron
Rivas Ecopolis - Fenerbache

Euro Cup
Group H
Vagos, SEAT Lami Ved Gyor, Nantes Rez, Saarlouis Royals

Group L
Szeviep Szeged, Gran Canaria 2014, BBC Sint-Kateljine

Round 1 - 28.10.2010.
Saarlouis Royals - SEAT Lami Ved Gyor
BBC Sint-Kateljine - Szeviep Szeged



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  JAPAN - Women  


Canada post first win in Villenueve d'Ascq - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Japan 89:83

Canada recorded the first win at the international tournament in Villenueve dAscq. They held off Japan to catch up with their opponents in the ladder at 1-1 record. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) unleashed 24 points to pace the North American side.
Japan got to an aggressive start. The Asian team capped the opening period with eight points in a row to grab a 30:21 advantage. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. The margin grew at 14-point mark before Canada cut it at 12 points into the second half 54:42. Canada woke up in the third quarter. They cut the deficit at just five points midway through the third term. Japan restored an 11-point advantage but Kaelea Chapdelaine (178-G-85, college: Oregon) crowned the frame with two free throws as Canada trailed by 6 points 66:72. Canada tipped off the fourth quarter on an 11:2 rally to surge in front. The North American team maintained the tempo and did not allow Japan to recover in the dying stages.
Kaelea Chapdelaine netted 12 points for the winners. Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) added 11 points for Canada. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) replied with game-high 27 points and 6 assists. Yoshie Sakurada (170-G/F-84) netted 12 points in the losing effort.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 24, Kaelea Chapdelaine 12, Teresa Gabriele 11
Japan: Yuko Oga 27, Yoshie Sakurada 12




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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Zrinski new coach of AJM Maribor - by Zeljko Zule
AJM Maribor national team head coach Boris Zrinski as the new head coach, who will replace Sergej Ravnikar. AJM inked U18 national member Tjasa Unverdorben (177-F-93) of Kozmetika Afrodita and Tajda Srot (174-G-93) of Konjice.
Domzale added Nina Ivanc (170-G-88) of Jezica.
Grosuplje signed Tanja Ovsenik (175-G-90) of Triglav.
Ilirija inked Romana Vukovic (180-F-88) of Domzale and Teja Kropivsek (175-G-89) of Triglav.
Jezica signed its former member Mojca Markovic (177-G-79).
Konjice inked Anja Lesjak (173-G-84) of Kozmetika Afrodita.
Kozmetika Afrodita signed Tina Kobale (179-C-89) of Konjice.
Triglav appointed Urska Cuk (167-G-86), Vesna Lesnjak (192-C-90) and Katja Spacapan (187-F-87) of Jezica.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Nicole Michael is a newcomer at Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias - by Eurobasket
Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American guard Nicole Michael (188-G-87). Michael played most recently at Syracuse University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 35 games for Syracuse last season she averaged 14.3ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


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


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Day One of the International Tournament of Villeneuve d'Ascq - by Bert Larsimont
France vs. Canada 65-44
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 13-5, 27-18, 42-33 and 65-44

Despite a good first quarter, les Bleues (led by an efficient Jennifer Digbeu in offense and a very present Sandrine Gruda) had to play tougher afterwards in order to defeat Canada. A few missing shots by Canadian players made Coach Allison McNeill unhappy but the Maple Leaf's team was still very close with just five minutes remaining in this game. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) and Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) had scored to push Canada only 3 points behind (44-41). French captain Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) and her mates had to play quicker in the final minutes to finally win this one.

French Head Coach Pierre Vincent told the press: 'Canada is a team which we were not particularly prepared to face. We gave them free shots. Canadians were patient, these girls gave us a hard time. Our rotations were efficient. What we miss is a better finish in our actions when speeding up the game.' (Source: www.basketlfb.com)

See full summary here: http://www.eurobasket.com/France/basketball.asp?NewsID=202787&Women=1

Japan vs. Belarus 81-74
Score evolution: 25-24, 51-39, 67-56 and 81-74

Sachiko Ishikawa (178-F-78) and Huromi Suwa (183-C-88) provided 11 points each for Japan and Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) answered with game-high 22 points in the loss for Belarus.

See full report: http://www.asia-basket.com/Japan/basketball.asp?NewsID=202790&Women=1


Pre-World Championship preparations for Australia, Spain and USA in Hartford, CT - by Bert Larsimont
After two days in Hartford, CT, the Australian women basketball national team is preparing its first clash with Team USA set on Friday night at the XL Center.

Joining the Opals is star player for WNBA franchise Phoenix Mercury, Penny Taylor (185-F-81), whose season came to an end earlier this week when the Mercury lost against Lauren Jacksons Seattle Storm in the WNBA Western Conference finals. Taylor comes off a big WNBA season, averaging 15.9 points and 5.0 assists per game. Meeting up with the team in the USA is also WNBA player Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) of the Indiana Fever.

The Opals will clash with Spain in Hartford on Saturday night too.

The Australian team will then fly out of the United States on Monday, heading for Spain for the final leg of their pre-World Championship preparations.

In an interview published on www.usabasketball.com, US player Renee Montgomery (170-G-86) admits it will be a pleasure to return to the site of some of her many University of Connecticut wins in the XL Center. No doutbt that the USA women national team exhibition games against reigning world champion Australia on Friday and the No 5 ranked women basketball program in the world Spain on Sunday are much more than a chance to put on a show for a friendly crowd.

After playing for Geno Auriemma at the University of Connecticut, Renee Montgomery hopes to play for her former coach and USA Basketball in the next 2010 FIBA World Championship in Czech Republic indeed. 18 players will try to earn a roster spot on the 2010 USA Women's World Championship Team. Only 12 players will be selected to play in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.


(Sources: www.usabasketball.com, www.basketball.net.au and www.feb.es)