EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/18/2010

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  ABA   


Shizuoka Gymrats to play in ABA this season - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced the addition of the Shizuoka Gymrats traveling team for the 2010-2011 season. The Gymrats will travel to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Nevada to challenge the best ABA teams and in addition will compete in both the Northern Californida and Southern California Divisions. 'We are very pleased to be able to make this announcement,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'It will make every game the Gymrats play a very special event for the current ABA teams and strengthens our development of ABA Global and a truly international presence. We're excited.'
The Gymrats Traveling Team is operated by the San Francisco Rumble owner and CEO, Damone Hale , Esq. 'We are also excited about the Shizuoka Gymrats playing this coming season. As Joe said, it adds to the league's ABA Global initiative,' added Hale.
This summer and last, the Gymrats traveled to San Francisco with 6 Japanese players and competed in several exhibition games. The SF Rumble added several American players to the Japanese roster to fill out their team. Rumble's big man, Chris Adams (6'10''-C-83, college: Fresno St.) provided the Gymrats with a formidable inside game. With an overtime loss this summer to the SF Rumble, the Gymrats ended their 2-year record at 3-3. 'The young people had a great time at the game and the Japanese players provided some excitement with their amazing ball passing and handling skills,' said Hale.
The Shizuoka Gymrats are led by Founder and 6th year ABA player, Takuya Okada (5'11''-G-77), who grew up in the city of Shizuoka, Japan. He will be joined by several Japanese players with both ABA and Japanese experience. The Gymrats front office will be headed by Yoshiteru Takizawa, GM.
To learn more about the Gymrats, you can contact Damone Hale , Esq, CEO at damone@GoRumble.net , Derek Foster, Asst GM at Derek@GoRumble.net or vist www.gymrats-japan.com or call 415 368 8702


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  ALGERIA   


Algeria edge Libya to stay undefeated in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Algeria - Libya 73:51

Algeria posted the second straight win at the start of the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Libya yesterday to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group A. Libya in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat.
Libya looked ready to challenge their opponents in the opening frame. They built a 14:9 lead midway through the quarter before Algeria tied things up at 14 after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second period. Algeria ensured a 31:29 lead at halftime. Algeria cleared off in the third term. They kept Libya to just 6 points and established a 22-point lead before the fourth term. Libya did not recover in the final stages of the game and had to surrender at the end. Nabil Saidi (200-F/C-80) scored 17 points to pace the effort. Mohamed Youssef (86) unleashed game-high 22 points to lead Libya. Algeria will take on Egypt in their third game in Beirut. Libya will look for their first win when they face Kuwait later tonight.




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  ARAB NATIONS CUP   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Algeria2-0
2. Egypt2-0
3. Morocco1-1
4. Libya1-2
5. Kuwait0-3
Group B
1. Lebanon3-0
2. Iraq2-1
3. Saudi Arab.1-1
4. Sudan0-2
5. United Ara.0-2


Day 3 in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Algeria - Libya 73:51
Algeria posted the second straight win at the start of the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Libya yesterday to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group A. Libya in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat.
Libya looked ready to challenge their opponents in the opening frame. They built a 14:9 lead midway through the quarter before Algeria tied things up at 14 after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second period. Algeria ensured a 31:29 lead at halftime. Algeria cleared off in the third term. They kept Libya to just 6 points and established a 22-point lead before the fourth term. Libya did not recover in the final stages of the game and had to surrender at the end. Nabil Saidi (200-F/C-80) scored 17 points to pace the effort. Mohamed Youssef (86) unleashed game-high 22 points to lead Libya. Algeria will take on Egypt in their third game in Beirut. Libya will look for their first win when they face Kuwait later tonight.

Egypt - Morocco 66:59
Egypt registered the second win at the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Morocco for 2-0 record in Group A. Morocco in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record.
Egypt got to a slightly better start in this one. They established a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) knocked down quick 7 points early in the second term as Egypt cleared off to double-digit figures. However Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) dragged Morocco back into the game. Morocco trailed by only two points at the interval 32:34. Morocco surged ahead in the third quarter. They ensured a 51:48 buffer heading into the fourth stanza. The final period saw three ties before Egypt went on a run. They posted a 61:56 advantage and did not surrender it in the dying moments of the game. Ramy Gunady top-scored with 16 points for Egypt. Abderrahim Najah and Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) notched 13 points each for Morocco.
Egypt will take on Algeria later tonight. Morocco will next play against Libya on Saturday.

Group B
Lebanon - UAE 78:38
Lebanon cruised to the second consecutive win at the Arab Nations Cup. The hosts took care of UAE to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. UAE slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) was impressive with 30 points for Lebanon.
UAE tried to match the hosts in the starting frame. Lebanon posted a 5-point lead after ten minutes 21:16. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) appeared on the court for Lebanon in the second term as the hosts started to get away. Lebanon ensured a comfortable 45:26 advantage at halftime. The home team did not slow down after the big break. They piled up a 29-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. UAE found no answers for the Lebanese surge in the fourth quarter. Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 7 points in the fourth period and Lebanon celebrated a confident win at the end. Ayoub AlBalooshi (190-F-81) notched 8 points for UAE. Lebanon will take on Iraq later today. UAE will next face Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Iraq - Saudi Arabia 63:56
Iraq secured the second win at the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Saudi Arabia for 2-0 record in Group B. Saudi Arabia suffered the first defeat and slipped at 1-1 record.
Iraq started the game impressively. They quickly grabbed the lead and cleared off to a 16:7 distance. Iraq maintained the advantage as they entered the second term up by four points 19:15. Iraq just kept on mounting the pressure in the second stanza. They posted a confident 40:21 lead at halftime. The third term turned into a low-scoring battle. Saudi Arabia won the period but still trailed by 17 points with ten minutes to go. Saudi Arabia went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth stanza. They narrowed the deficit but still finished just short of victory. Mohammed Mahdi Jalah (206-C-91) nailed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Iraq. Omar Ismaeel (188-F-88) added 12 points for the winners. Mohamed Salah (204-C-89) finished with 11 points for Saudi Arabia. Ayman Al Mowalled (88) netted 12 points in the loss.



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Iran0-0
2. Malaysia0-0
3. Sri Lanka0-0
4. Taiwan0-0
Group B
1. Kazakhstan0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Lebanon0-0
4. Qatar0-0
Group C
1. China0-0
2. S.Arabia0-0
3. Philippines0-0
4. Syria0-0
Group D
1. India0-0
2. Iraq0-0
3. Japan0-0
4. Yemen0-0


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  AUSTRALIA   


Taipans down Crocs in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
It's the best loss the Townsville Crocodiles could ask for.

Cairns out-hustled and muscled the Crocs at the Murray Basketball Complex last night in a 79-68 NBL pre-season win.

Townsville coach Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ) always planned to put his players under stress, having put the team though a full training session only hours earlier.

He went looking for chinks in the armour and they were quickly exposed by a physical Taipans outfit led by Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU) and the precocious Deba George (183-G-85).

'I wanted to put the guys though adverse conditions, to see how they react tired, Gleeson said.

'Now we have seen concentration levels go down and we have got something to work on in pre- season.

While Gleeson never anticipated the most lively or performances, was disappointed in just how bad the fundamentals suffered.

'We had 12 turn overs in the first half, you cant turn the ball over that much, he said.

'It was poor mental concentration, we had subs come on and turn over the ball and fumble it, that was more disappointing than anything in that game.

Apart from stand-in captain Michael Cedar (195-G-86) opening scoring with a lay-up and a minute of brilliance from Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91), following a three pointed up with a dunk, the first quarter was without joy.

Cairns lead ballooned to as many as 15 points, looking sharp in attack and merciless in defence.

They took exception to Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech), with the 216cm centre shut in by bodies and wresting with it seemed the entire Cairns contingent.

For all sweat he pumped out, the 12 points and seven rebounds he finished with was worth every bead.

'I really think it was a good test for me, they really took it to me physically, he said.

'They really tried to take my legs out, and that is something Im going to have to work on...

'I'm glad they did that because I can get better from it.

'What sorrow I do have is that we are going to have a full training in the morning.

For the Croc faithful that crammed into stadium, it wasn't all tired bodies and clumsy handling.

Schenchers link play with Will Blalock was a feature though out, with the American making seven assists.

Bradley Williamson (197-F/G-81) was a pillar of reliability, top scoring with 17 points and coming down with seven rebounds.

As a precaution Cedar sat out much of the second half, having twinged a hamstring.



CAIRNS TAIPANS 79 (Alexander Loughton 17, Deba George 14, Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona) 12)

TOWNSVILLE CROCODILES 68 (Bradley Williamson 17, Todd Blanchfield 13, Luke Schenscher ).

Courtesy of The Townsville Bulletin (by Andrew Aloia)




Australia edge New Zealand in U19 FIBA Oceania Qualifiers opener - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Australia U19 82:109

Australia made the first step towards qualifying for the next year's U19 World Championship. They held off New Zealand in the best-of-three series opener in Palmerston. Mitchell Creek (195-F-92) stepped up with 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Emus.
It was a tough battle in the opening quarter. Australia managed to accumulated a 22:15 lead late in the period. New Zealand got within two points before Anthony Drmic made it 26:22 at the first intermission. Jordan Ngatai (198-F-93) and Stefan Mandic (179-G-92) ignited a 6:0 run from the hosts early in the second term as they knotted things up at 28. But the Emus returned the lead and rallied to a 52:43 buffer at halftime. The Emus went on an 11:2 surge midway through the third term as the margin grew at 19-point mark. Hyrum Hippolite cut the deficit at 17 before Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) drained a three-pointer securing a 20-point buffer for Australia at the final break. The Emus stayed well in control in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory at the end.
Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) knocked down 17 points for the Emus. Igor Hadziomerovic netted 15 points for the winners. The Junior Tall Blacks answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds from Jordan Ngatai. Brad Anderson (190-G-92) had 16 points in the loss.

New Zealand U19: Jordan Ngatai 17, Brad Anderson 16
Australia U19: Mitchell Creek 27+13 boards, Hugh Greenwood 17, Igor Hadziomerovic 15



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  AUSTRIA   


Kapfenberg Bulls switch imports and add Larry Gordon - by Stefan Prager
The Kapfenberg Bulls termineated the try out of guard/forward Matthew Lawrence (201-G/F-86, college: Missouri). Coach Schrittwieser praised his work ethic and discipline and said that Lawrence just didn't match with his team. Instead of Lawrence the four time Austrian champions added Larry Gordon (196-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cal Poly Pomona). The 23 year old forward played in the Netherlands last season averaging 14.0ppg and 8.1rpg for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle. Gordon was a big time player at Cal Poly Pomona in the NCAA 2. He led his team to the NCAA D2 finals in 2009 and was voted CCAA player of the year. His performance also earned him a spot on NCAA D2 first team in 2009.

Oberwart Gunners post two victories - by Eurobasket News
Oberwart Gunners post two victories in the latest two friendly games over Kapfenberg Bulls.
At first Oberwart Gunners overcame Kapfenberg Bulls 85:72. The winners opened the game with 21-20 and added 26-20 in the second period. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the third quarter, while Gunners closed the game with 18-12 in the last stanza. Shaw stepped up with 23 points and Johnson added 13. Bernard Volcic (205-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: New Orleans) and Kelvin Parker (183-G-82, college: NW Missouri St.) netted 12 each, whilst Hannes Artner (185-G-84) scored 11. Nelson replied with 24 points in the losing effort, while Jordan scored 14. On September 15th Kapfenberg Bulls lost to Oberwart Gunners 74:77. The latter grabbed 30:28 at the halftime and benefit from the game. Kelvin Parker finished the night with 21 points and Shaw scored 13.
UBC St. Polten lost to Slovakian Pezinok 73:74. For the Austrian team Martin Speiser (202-F-83) and Richard Poiger (206-F-87) scored 14 points each and Jandl added 11. Andreas Worenz (199-F-82) produced 10, while Gaspar and Schreiner netted 8 apiece.




Rasid Mahalbasic joins Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - by Emiliano
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul agreed terms with 20-year old Slovenian-Austrian power forward Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90). Mahalbasic played most recently at Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia). While playing DNP, in Oct.09 moved back to kelag Worthersee Piraten (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five) for Bosna S. last season he recorded 27 games: 18.4ppg, 8.6rpg (2nd best in the league), 1.1apg and in Feb.10 tryout at Montepaschi Siena (Italy-Serie A).

At the Qualifications to European Championships Division B he averaged 15.3ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-2 (76.0%), FT: 53.3% in 3games with Austrian National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center




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  BELGIUM   


Various friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Belgacom Liege Basket overcame Spirou Charleroi 79:57. Nik Raivio (194-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland) paced all the winners with 15 points and Bozeman nailed 11. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Greene as well as Wright and Gomis posted 9 each.
Antwerp Giants edged Weert 94:52. The Belgian team opened the game with 20:17, while the Dutch opponents responded with 20-19 in the second frame. The second half was decisive in the game and the Giants were too good for Weert. They exploded with 27-1 in the third period and added 28-4 in the last stanza. Hopkins, Wilson and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) led the way with 18 points each, while Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) nailed 15.
Optima Gent cruised past Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen 96:84. The Dutch team better in the first three quarters, but could not do anything in the last frame. Optima Gent erupted with 29-20 in the period to seal the victory. Rose top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Randle netted 17. Emerson scored 16, while Bosco brought 13 points.
Leuven Bears outscored Weert 88:66 starting with 29:21 after the first 10 minutes. The lead grew to 45:31 at the halftime, while Leuven Bears had 64:50 after three quarters. Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, college: UALR) stepped up with 18 points and Dior Lowhorn (198-F-87, college: USF) posted 17. John Tofi delivered 15, while Niels Marnegrave (191-G-87) followed them with 10. Junior Hairston ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Niels Vorenhout posted 15.




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Mirza Delibasic Tournament: Efes Pilsen defeats Bosna in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Efes Pilsen 63-83

Bosna hosted Efes Pilsen in the Semifinals matchup of the Memorial Mirza Delibasic Tournament and managed to play a decent game, falling in the final quarter. Efes players had to work hard in order to secure a win and will be facing Buducnost in the Tournament Finals. From the start it was evident that Bosna players have come out motivated against the Turkish giant. In a first period it was a closely contested mathcup in which Bosna was able to build 19-17 lead. Second quarter did not bring much change as hosts worked hard and have managed to take Efes out of their game. As result, it was Bosna who was up 38-32 at the halftime break. Visiting side came out stronger after the breather. They have started to take control of the match in the third period, cutting the deficit. Bosna players seemed to have ran out of steam and they allowed Efes to take the 52-53 lead by the end of the third period. In the final 10 minutes, Efes elevated its game to another level and Bosna was unable to cope with this. Hosts scored only 11 points,while Efes exploded for 30. In the end Turkish outfit celebrated comfortable 63-83 win and have booked a place in the Finals.
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) led the winning side with 24 points on the night. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) added 18 points, while Dudley chipped in 14 points and 7 boards. For Bosna, Srdan Damjanovic (188-G-94) had 16 points on the night. Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) and Dino Hodzic (190-G-90) were also good as they finished the game with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Bosna ASA BH Telecom: Srdan Damjanovic 16, Muhamed Pasalic 11, Dino Hodzic 10
Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 24, Andrej Stimac 18, Dudley 14+7 boards


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  BRAZIL   


Paulistano sign Russian center - by Paulo Freire
The Paulistano basketball team has undergone on a major transformation in their professional team, from coached to the profile of the players of the roster.

The new player sign comes directly from Russia but has colleges in the U.S. expirience, that is the new force for the pain, Constantin Motnii, better known as 'Malik'.

With 2.06 height and 120 kg, Malik was born on March 17, 1987, the player has been negotiating with the team for some time that and this is his first professional experience.

The young athlete was out of Russia after he appeared prominently in the basic categories of CSKA Moscow, Bashkortostan Ufa and Dynamo Moscow, then he went to Texas, to play for the U.S. Junior College that also recruit alot of Brazilians, the South Plains. There he met the brazilian smallforward Luciano de Souza, who is now playing in Assis and began to know the Brazilian basketball.


Constantin Motnii (206-C-87, agency: ZAG Advocates) played for the South Plains in the 2006-2007 season and scored 12.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg, then he moved to American University in Washington DC in the NCAA on the 2007 to 2008 and played only 12 games with the average of 4.3 ppg and 2.6 rpg.


Splitter one of many camp questions for Spurs - by Eurobasket News
For three years, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has fantasized how prized big man Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) might look in silver and black. In less than two weeks, hell finally find out.

After becoming the 28th pick in the 2007 NBA draft, Splitter opted to remain in Spain, where last season he led his team Caja Laboral to the Spanish League title before opting to sign with the Spurs this summer.

With training camp set to open Sept. 28, Popovich will soon discover if the 6-foot-11 Brazilian was worth the three-year waiting period. After watching Splitter in the FIBA World Championships earlier this month in Turkey, Popovich came away as convinced as ever.

Hes won championships overseas and played against wonderful players, Popovich said Thursday. Hell come in running, so to speak, and not have a problem.

The 25-year-old Splitter is the keynote addition in an otherwise quiet offseason Popovich believes was still productive enough to keep the Spurs relevant in the NBA title discussion. Hes barely a week away from at last joining Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker on a basketball court.

For Popovich, that day cant get here fast enough. His team last season rode a seventh-place finish in the Western Conference to the second round of the playoffs before being swept by Phoenix.

Thats one of the most interesting parts about coaching, Popovich said, to be in a position to see how things might fit.

At the recently completed World Championships, Splitter provided a sneak peek at what he might bring to the Spurs. In six games, he averaged 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds numbers nobody will be surprised to see him duplicate in San Antonio while displaying an uncommon proficiency with the pick-and-roll at both ends.

In Brazils early-round last-second loss to eventual champion Team USA, a squad composed exclusively of NBA players, Splitter was especially active producing 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Hes a really solid player who is going to have a great NBA career, but hes not going to lead us in scoring, Popovich said. Hes not going to be our go-to guy.

How Splitters game meshes alongside Duncan, or whether the newcomer might be better suited spelling the 12-time All-Star off the bench, will be one question for camp. There are others, including who exactly will be there.

As of now, the Spurs have 11 players with guaranteed contracts, and three more guards Garrett Temple, Alonzo Gee and Curtis Jerrells who finished last season on the roster. That still leaves six potential camp invites to hand out.

Somewhere in the group, Popovich will hope to find a backup small forward. As it stands, Richard Jefferson is the only true three on the roster.

That position, Popovich said, is something were going to be talking about a lot through training camp.

Ginobili, Gee, and rookie James Anderson could all potentially see time there. Though the market is drying up, the team has not ruled out signing an outside free-agent to fill its small-forward void.

Meanwhile, for the first time since 2008, the Spurs are set to open training camp with each of their so-called Big Three completely healthy.

Mirroring his routine last summer, Duncan started his workouts later in the offseason to limit wear and tear on his 34-year-old knees.

Coming off the most injury-plagued season of his career, and besieged by weekly offseason trade rumors, Parker opted not to play for France at the Worlds. Ginobili, whose wife gave birth to twins in May, chose not to play for Argentina.

Both are leaning toward returning to international competition for next summers round of Olympic qualifiers. For now, Popovich is ready to get them together on the Spurs practice court, eager to begin the process of meshing old with new.

Summer was long and boring and over, he said. Time for fun and games.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil brings in Kambala on one-year deal - by Maria Mitzova
Well known amongst European basketball fans Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) signed one-year deal with Bulgarian champion PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia.
Kambala becomes the seventh new addition to the squad, which is already underway with its preseason games. Lukoil has strengthen with three Americans, plus Macedonian international Damjan Stojanovski, and Bulgarians Tencho Banev and Bozhidar Avramov.
This is not the first time for Kambala in Bulgaria. He played against his new team PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia six years ago with Real Madrid.
Kambala is expected to join his new teammates on Monday, right after the friendly tournament in Pravets.



Pravets tournament, day 1: Lukoil beats Balkan, Keravnos stun Lokomotiv Kuban - by Maria Mitzova
PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia won a tough and rough game against Balkan Botevgrad, to start successfully its host tournament in Pravets. Bulgarian champion won 91:84 after many ups and downs, but closed the game in a good manner. The team is slowly getting into shape, and showed some nice moves on the court. Balkan was a threat all the way, even leading by 3 points halfway through the last quarter. Lukoil had the edge in the decisive moments in the end, to gain hard, but deserved victory.
Topscorers for Lukoil: Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) 23 pts, 6 reb; Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) 16 pts, 8 assists; Travis Peterson 15 pts; Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) 11 pts, 7 reb.
Balkan: Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) 25 pts, 7 reb, 5 assists; Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) 21 pts, 6 reb, 4 assists;
In the other game, Keravnos Strovolou handled Lokomotiv Kuban a loss, and won 68:64 in another tight game. Head coach of Lokomotiv Kestutis Kemzura missed this first match, but arrived late Friday evening, and will lead his team in the next two games.
Topscorers for Lokomotiv: Mickael Wilkinson 18 pts, 7 reb; Jeremiah Massey 12 points, 8 reb;
Topscorers for Keravnos Strovolou: Courtney Fells 17 pts; Miladin Pekovic 11 pts; Sakis Karydas 10 pts.
On Saturday the tournament continues with games Balkan Lokomotiv Kuban and PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia Keravnos Strovolou.



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  CANADA   


Raptors sign Dupree to non-guaranteed deal - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have added another player for training camp, signing forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) to a non-guaranteed contract.

The six-foot-seven, 210-pound Dupree played for the Raptors during the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds to help Toronto to a 5-0 record.

Dupree has played 154 NBA games with Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota and Seattle, averaging 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. He spent last season with Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany.

The Raptors roster for camp, which opens Sept. 28, now stands at 16 players.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


First round of the play-offs is scheduled! - by Kristian Santiago
The 'Super 6' (Play-Offs) are starting today:

15.09.10
17h00 Red Star (NDongo Club) vs Abeilles
18h30 AS Mazanga vs Bantou

16.09.10
17h00 Tondema vs Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale
18h30 Red Star (NDongo Club) vs Bantou

17.09.10
17h00 AS Mazanga vs Tondema
18h30 Abeilles vs Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale

18.09.10
16h00 Red Star (NDongo Club) vs Tondema
17h30 AS Mazanga vs Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale
19h00 Bantou vs Abeilles

19.09.10
17h00 Bantou vs Tondema
18h30 AS Mazanga vs Abeilles

20.09.10
17h00 Red Star (NDongo Club) vs Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale
18h30 Tondema vs Abeilles

21.09.10
17h00 Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale vs Bantou
18h30 Red Star (NDongo Club) vs AS Mazanga



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  CHILE   


Roster news for Espanol de Talca - by Daniel Valencia
Deportivo Espanol de Talca agreed to terms with the americans Cedric Crawford (208-F-80, college: Belhaven) and Brandon Crawford (198-F-84, college: Jacksonville St.). Cedric is a power forward with playing experience in minor leagues in the United Stes and also in Southamerica. Brandon is a small forward with experience in the NCAA3 and also in Germany. Both players are already in Chile.

The brothers Samuel Bravo (194-F-82) and Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) also agreed to terms with Espanol for the upcoming Liga Nacional. Both players, former members of the Chilean National Team, started their careers playing for Espanol.


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  CROATIA   


Mirza Delibasic Tournament: Buducnost beats Cibona to reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Cibona 73-62

Budcnost and Cibona played a close game at the Mirza Delibasic Memorial Tournament and it was the Montenegrin outfit that prevailed in the end. Buducnost opened the game better taking the initial lead. Until the end of the first quarter Cibona players were able to cut the deficit and have found themselves trailing 19-14. In the second, Buducnost started playing better defence and Cibona had no answers. Buducnosts lead continued to rise and by the halftime break they were comfortably up 41-27. After the breather, tempo of the game slowed somewhat with Buducnost still maintaining its lead. In the third quarter, teams exchanged baskets but Cibona was unable to catch up with Buducnost. With one quarter left to play, Montenegrin team was still up 56-43. In the final 10 minutes of play not much changed as Buducnost controlled the flow of the game. All Cibona was able to do was to cut deficit by 2 points for the final score of 73-62.
Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) led the winners with 19 points, while Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) also reached double digits, finishing the game with 14 points. Cibona got 15 points from Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) on the night. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) was the only other player to reach double digits after adding 12 points. Buducnost is set to play Efes Pilsen, who has defeated Bosna in other Semifinal game.

Buducnost: Vladimir Dragicevic 19, Marko Simonovic 15, Marko Scekic 13
Cibona: Bojan Bogdanovic 15, Drago Pasalic 12


Svjetlost Slavonski Brod sign Srdan Helbich - by Eurobasket
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod signed 34-year old domestic power forward Srdan Helbich (205-F/C-76). Helbich played most recently at PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (Hungary). While playing 25 games for PVSK Pannon last season his stats were: 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1spg. Helbich is a very experienced player. He started his career in KK Osijek,and was a member of junior and young Croatian national team.

After that he started his international career,and played first league in Czech Republic,Poland,Hungary,Bosnia and Herzegovina,Germany,Portugal,Austria.

He is 205cm tall,has great skills, can play inside and outside,because he is strong but has a good three point shot.

With him in team Svjetlost Brod become the favorites of croatian first division.

His older brother Zoran Helbich also played in Svjetlost Brod,10 years ago,and he left a deep mark in hearts of basketball fans in Brod,and he is still conected with basketball,and working as general menager in Osijek,KK Hrvatski Sokol.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Zadar overcomes Alkar in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Alkar - Zadar 70-91

BC Zadar has continued with its winning ways in pre season with a rout of BC Alkar. Visiting side allowed its hosts to stay close only in the first quarter before taking over on its way to 21 point margin win. Zadar players opened this game slowly and as result first quarter was spent as closely contested matchups. Both teams focused more on offense so after one quarter of play Alkar held 27-25 lead. Zadar tightened their defence in the second period which enabled them easy transition opportunities. Alkar struggled to score and managed only 10 points during the quarter. At the halftime break, it was Zadar who was holding 37-44. Not much changed in the third period as Zadar players continued to increase their lead. They reached their first double-digit advantage midway through the quarter but Alkar managed to recover somewhat. With 10 minutes left to play, Zadar was up 57-69 and they were in control. Again their stiffening defence was too much for Alkar to handle so their lead kept going up. In the end Zadar players routinely closed the game out on their way to 70-91 win on the night.
Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Mario Dundovic (202-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) were simply unstoppable for Zadar as they finished the game with 21 and 20 points respectively. Marko Car (188-G/F-85) added 13 points, while Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 10. On the other side, Alkar was led by Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) who scored 19 points. He received support from Zeliko Zupic (205-F-81, college: Denver) who added 15 points of his own.

Alkar: Ante Delas 19, Zeliko Zupic 15
Zadar: Jurica Golemac 21, Mario Dundovic 20, Marko Car 13, Ricardo Greer 10


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  CYPRUS   


Transfer news in Cyprus - by Michael Aristidou
With the league starting in five weeks another team finishes their roster for the new season.

Achilleas Kaimakliou became the fourth team to achieve that.
Bosnian Miroslav Todic (206-F-85) is the last signing of Achilleas Kaimakliou. After that the team is full and ready to begin their preparation for new season.

In other news Madisons Apoel Nicosia sign up Lithuanian Augustinas Vitas (210-C-82, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Birmingham Souther). The player is the sixth signing of the team.

Last signing of the day is Serbian Aleksandar Smiljanic (195-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) for Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios.





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  D-LEAGUE   


Bighorns select Moser as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Clay Moser, a former NBA Development League head coach and advance scout for several NBA teams, was named the Reno Bighorns' top assistant, the team announced Thursday.

Moser worked with Bighorns head coach Eric Musselman with the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Dominican Republic National Team.

'Clay will be a tremendous asset to the Bighorns,' Musselman said in a news release. 'He has a remarkable background and I'll lean heavily on his experience as a head coach in the NBA D-League. Clay has great loyalty and a phenomenal work ethic. He is as organized as any coach I have ever been around.'

Moser was head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2008-09 season, guiding the team to a 21-29 record.

He also has served as an advance scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Kings and Warriors.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


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  EGYPT   


Egypt overcome Morocco in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Egypt - Morocco 66:59

Egypt registered the second win at the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Morocco for 2-0 record in Group A. Morocco in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record.
Egypt got to a slightly better start in this one. They established a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) knocked down quick 7 points early in the second term as Egypt cleared off to double-digit figures. However Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) dragged Morocco back into the game. Morocco trailed by only two points at the interval 32:34. Morocco surged ahead in the third quarter. They ensured a 51:48 buffer heading into the fourth stanza. The final period saw three ties before Egypt went on a run. They posted a 61:56 advantage and did not surrender it in the dying moments of the game. Ramy Gunady top-scored with 16 points for Egypt. Abderrahim Najah and Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) notched 13 points each for Morocco.
Egypt will take on Algeria later tonight. Morocco will next play against Libya on Saturday.




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  EL SALVADOR   


ExSal and San Marcos will meet in LEBES Final Series - by Jaime Arevalo
Two nights ago, ExSal defeated Leones Automoto, 83-76 in Game 3 of the first semifinal, advancong to the Liga Elita Finals. After a good start (they ended ahead 25-20 rthe 1st quarter) Leones weren' t able to keep the same pace all game long. B.J. Walker (207-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma City) scored 20 points and Fred Durr (201-F-85, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Oklah. Panhandle St.) added 19, but it wasn' t enough. The best performers at the winning side were Oscar Rivera (190-F-80), with 27 pts and Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) with 15.
Yesterday night, San Marcos destroyed UTEC, 93-59 advancing to the first Final in its history. Performing for 18 pts and 18 rebounds, David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.) was the man of the game. The other import Aaron Harrison (207-C-83, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.) added 15 pts and 4 rebs, the best in UTEC was Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) with 16.


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Anwil inks American Eric Hicks - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek came up with important signing for the next season. The Polish outfit inked a one-year deal with the American forward Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati). The 26-year-old Hicks is not a new face in Poland as he already played there on season 2007/08. At that time he was a member of Polpak Swecie. Hicks was one of the leading players in Polish top division with 13.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2 bpg. He ended the championship and No.4 in rebounding and No.1 in shot blocking. Polpak reached the Playoff Semifinals and Hicks was invited to participate at the Polish All-Star Game.
Eric Hicks started last season in Russia as a member of CSK VSS Samara. For 6 games in A Superleague he had 4.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg. In January this year Hicks moved to Base Oostende, where he already played in the past. He helped Oostende to win the Belgian title in 2007. It was his first season as a pro, after he graduated at the University of Cincinnati in 2006. In his senior season with the school Hicks collected 15 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 3.3 rpg in 34 games.
This year Anwil will compete in Polish championship, as well as in EuroCup. They will skip the Qualifying Round as they are placed directly to regular season.


Skyliners sign Carlos Powell, bring back Grayson Moyer - by Eurobasket News
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners completed their roster for the new season by signing power forward Powell Carlos (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) and bringing back shooting guard Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). Both players signed through the end of October with option to extend their respective deals for the entire season. Powell comes off a fine season split between the NBDL and the Chinese League. He started the season with Albuquerque of the NBDL, where he was the league's fifth-best scorer last season with 22.1 points per game in addition to 5 rebounds and 5 assists per contest. Powell then moved to the Liaoning Panpan Dinosaurs in China, where he accounted for 20.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Powell made a name for himself with a standout college basketball career at the University of South Carolina, where he was a teammate of Euroleague standouts Chuck Eidson of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Marijonas Petravicius of Armani Jeans Milano.

Moyer comes back to the Skyliners after averaging 6.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2 assists per game in a reserve role last season, helping the team reach the German League finals. He was re-signed after Quantez Robertson suffered an injury in training camp that will keep him sidelined for up to eight weeks. Moyer worked his way up to join the Skyliners last season, first playing college basketball at small Humboldt State University, then spending time with Alaska in the ABA and Los Angeles in the IBL before getting a chance in Frankfurt.

'We hope that Powell is the missing puzzle piece is for our team,' head coach Gordon Herbert said. 'In addition to his skills as a scorer he is, above all, a very good player and can pass. He plays with a lot of energy and in recent years has been one of the best players in the NBDL. We were lucky that Grayson was still available at this time. He knows to play our way and has a great personality. He is able to integrate seamlessly into our team. '

Courtesy of EuroCup


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Marousi BC, Out of Euroleague! - by Carl Berman
The Euroleague has revoked Marousi BC s license to participate in this seasons tournament due to financial problems. The Greek team ended third in the HEBA league, clinching a spot in the Euroleague qualifiers.

The recent economic crisis has had a significant impact, as the team has been forced to release most of its players as well as their successful coach Giorgios Bartzokas. Bartzokas led the team to the Top 16 round last season with a very modest and limited roster. Its rival in the first round of Qualifiers, Budyvelnik (Ukraine), advances automatically to the second round.

Maroussis finances are held by its owners, the Vovos family. The father and son team invests part of their construction company profits on the team but they are finding a lot of trouble during the last couple of years, not only due to the Greek economic crisis (Greece is the European country hardest hit by the global crisis) but also due to some logistic and legal problems. Those problems link, ironically, Maroussis future with one of the two big Greek powerhouses, Panathinaikos. The Vovos family company was in charge of a massive construction project that involved the Panathinaikos soccer stadium and several buildings, including big malls, houses, parks, etc. The Mayor of Athens rejected the project after deciding that part of the area taken for that project is not legally available for construction.

That huge project was the basic stone of the Vovos company future. The project is on hold for a month while the Vovos family and the city of Athens fight in court. Last year, the club was very close to bankruptcy, but a group of local fans and investors injected some money and convinced the Vovos family to put some extra efforts to keep the club alive. Maroussi has very small social support. 300-400 fans are not enough to attract outside investments.

Last Saturday, Maroussis boards agreed on a very limited budget for the season. Again, local investors and groups of fans helped with their own money but it wasnt enough to save the clubs spot in the Euroleague. Now the goal is clear: survival. Maroussi is still looking for help and investments in order to keep its place in the Greek league. They may try to participate in the Eurocup as the teams eliminated from the Euroleague qualifiers get a reserved place in the second European tournament. The club wants to go step by step, and survival is now the big deal for them.

After selling or waiving most part of last seasons roster (Keys, Kaimakoglou, Mavroeidis, Homan, Pelekanos, Arigbabu, Kendall, Pat Calathes, Jamon Lucas...) they made a few signings, including Ron Slay, Dewarick Spencer , Mamotou Diarra and former Ohio State player Zisis Sarikopoulos. Backup PG Mario Batis was the only re-signed player. Now the club is worried about building their roster. They already let Spencer go and they are struggling signing new players.

It is very bad times for a classic Greek team like Maroussi. Based in a small suburb in Athens, the club is fighting for survival. The future doesnt look bright, but they escaped very similar situations before. Good luck and best wishes, Maroussi!

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner and Alejandro Gonzalez is an International Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. Information about NetScouts Basketball can be obtained at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.




Caja Laboral lands Marcus Haislip - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral announced signing of Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) to a one-year deal. The experienced American will replace Lior Eliyahu.
Marcus Haislip returns to Spain, where he played from 2007 to 2009. At that time he was a member of Unicaja and was one of their best players in both seasons. In 2008/09, he appeared 12 times in Euroleague averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. In ACB, Haislip exploded with 15.8 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.1 bpg. He had slightly lower numbers in his first season with the Malaga team.
Marcus Haislip started last season with the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. For ten games he registered 2.5 ppg and 1 rpg. In January this year they parted ways and Haislip joined Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos Athens. He helped them to defend the championship title averaging 11 ppg and 5 rpg for 6 games. Haislip also appeared five times in Euroleague adding 6 ppg and 3.2 rpg. In the past, he was a member of Efes Pilsen, Ulker and Milwaukee Buckas. Marcus Haislip is a product of the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 2002. In his senior season he shined with almost 17 ppg and 7 rpg for 25 games.


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1.DIVISION: Benny Valentine to Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division # 2 last season Korikobrat (Lapua) has signed American PG Benny Valentine (170-G-87, college: Eastern Washington) to be the leader of the team this 2010-11 season. Valentine is first time in Europe graduating last spring and averaging 8,2 ppg, 1,8 rpg, 2,7 apg as a Senior. Lapua's new Head Coach will be American Tyrwone Still (198-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.), who returns back to Korikobrat roster also as a player. Team's assistant Coach as well as a player is Ville Turja (193-G/F-83). Team Korikobrat is still after an American PF.

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The start of the Challenge Jacky Schoeffler - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois overcame Chalon 87:72 in the start of the Challenge Jacky Schoeffler. Chalon won the opening quarter 27-24, but the winners responded with 18-14 in the second period. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Paris-Levallois produced 24-10 in the quarter to take 66:51 advantage. Both teams nailed 21 points each in the last frame for the final result. Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Hamilton as well as Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bradley) scored 14 each. Haynes responded with 16 points in the losing case.
Dnipro won the opener of the Challenge Jacky Schoeffler. The Ukrainian team overcame Vichy from France 89:83. The French side opened the game with 27:23, while Dnipro won the second period 20-17. Vichy again responded for the bigger lead taking 22-21 in the third quarter for 66:64 after three quarters. The Ukrainian outfit however won the last frame 25-17 to win the opener. Desmon Farmer (195-G-81, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Taggart posted 13. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Austin followed them with 12 points each. Etienne Brower (200-F-85, college: Massachusetts) responded with 20 points in the losing effort and Sumpte scored 17.


Le Mans and Cholet Basket opened Pro Stars Pays de la Loire - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans overcame Zalgiris 79:66 in the start of the Pro Stars Pays de la Loire tournament. The French outfit opened the game with 25:18 and then added 20-14 in the second period. The second half was equal and both teams managed to score the same number of points in it. They both nailed 19 points in the third period and then tied at 15 in the last frame. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) stepped up with 16 points, while Batista and Pellin netted 15 each. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) answered with 16 points in the losing effort. Collins scored 15 and Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11.
Caja Laboral Vitoria rolled over Cholet Basket 66:58. The Spanish powerhouse opened the game with 21:16 and then Cholet responded with 16-12 in the second period. Caja Laboral Baskonia produced a 16-14 in the third period and then won the game due to 17-12 in the last stanza. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) erupted with 20 points for the winners and Stanko Barac (217-C-86) netted 14. Mejia delivered 14 points in the losing effort and Demarcus scored 13.



Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Mathieu BOUTRY
  Challans
  (201-F/C-78)
  Avg: 24
 1. Boutry, Challans24.0 
 2. Ramphort, Angers B.20.0 
 3. James, Challans19.0 
 4. Broliron, Souffel18.0 
 5. Kancel, Souffel17.0 
 6. Strong, Get Vosges15.0 
 7. Griffin, Angers B.14.0 
 8. Gotagni, Get Vosges13.0 
 9. Boissie, Challans12.0 
 10. Sani, Get Vosges10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mathieu BOUTRY
  Challans
  (201-F/C-78)
  Avg: 19
 1. Boutry, Challans19.0 
 2. Boutry, Challans12.0 
 3. Griffin, Angers B.11.0 
 4. Alingue, Souffel8.0 
 5. Sani, Get Vosges8.0 
 6. Traineau, Souffel7.0 
 7. Broliron, Souffel7.0 
 8. Boissie, Challans7.0 
 9. Kancel, Souffel6.0 
 10. Lonzieme, Angers B.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Regis BOISSIE
  Challans
  (180-G-78)
  Avg: 5
 1. Boissie, Challans5.0 
 2. Galette, Get Vosges5.0 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.5.0 
 4. Broliron, Souffel4.0 
 5. Sulpice, Angers B.3.0 
 6. Herard, Challans3.0 
 7. Boutry, Challans3.0 
 8. N''Kembe, Souffel2.0 
 9. Strong, Get Vosges2.0 
 10. Geay, Challans2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tony TRAINEAU
  Souffel
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Traineau, Souffel3.0 
 2. Gotagni, Get Vosges3.0 
 3. Alingue, Souffel2.0 
 4. Boutry, Challans2.0 
 5. Herard, Challans2.0 
 6. Broliron, Souffel2.0 
 7. Ramphort, Angers B.2.0 
 8. N''Kembe, Souffel2.0 
 9. Hayes, Angers BC 491.0 
 10. Griffin, Angers B.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Damien GRIFFIN
  Angers BC 49
  (203-C/F-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Griffin, Angers B.4.0 
 2. Boutry, Challans2.0 
 3. Mendy, Angers B.1.0 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.0 
 5. Ramphort, Angers B.1.0 
 6. Traineau, Souffel1.0 
 7. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 8. Kancel, Souffel0.0 
 9. Tschamber, Souffel0.0 
 10. Boissie, Challans0.0 


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Vojdan Stojanovski signs with Feni Industri - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri is set to bring in an experienced FYR Macedonian International. The reigning champion has reached an agreement with Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87). The player has put a signature to a one-year deal and is seen as great reinforcement for the Kavadarci team. Feni has definitely been able to assemble the roster capable of defending the title in the upcoming season and Stojanovski is seen as one of the key pieces.
Vojdan Stojanovski started his career with U18 Biseri for which he averaged 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists per game. In 2005 he signed his first professional contract with Vardar 2000 Skopje. Stojanovski moved to Ohrid and signed with AMAK SP, after a season and a half in Skopje. In 2008, Stojanovski was voted All-Macedonian League Most Improved Player of the Year. During 2008-2009 season he played in 4 EuroChallenge games posting averages of 6.5 points, 1.5 assist and a.8 steals per game. He has also helped his team win Macedonian Cup that year. Stojanovski was a member of all categories of FYROM National Team and currently he is a member of the senior squad. He appeared at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland. In 20 minutes per game, Stojanovski averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebound for FYROM. At the start of last season, he agreed a deal with Serbian outfit Napredak Krusevac. Stojanovski averaged 11.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 23 league games.


Toni Simic leaves Torus, returns to Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News
According to the report from FYROM media, Toni Simic (210-C-76) and BC Torus have parted ways. Even though the club and the player have only recently agreed a deal, Simic decided to terminate it few days ago. Reportedly, the player wanted to return to BC Rabotnicki and the club decided to grant him his wish. This will definitely be good news to Rabotnicki, who has been struggling financially ever since they have lost their main sponsor before the start of last season. Simic will join his new teammates in the coming days.
Toni Simic started his career with MZT Skopje where he played for two seasons. In 1998 he moved to Rabotnicki where he established himself as household name in Macedonian Basketball. He won host of titles with Rabotnicki including 6 National titles and 2 National cups. In 2008/09 he helped his team win the title and also led them to BIBL Finals. In 10 BIBL games, Simic posted averages of 12.4 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 63.8% for two. Simic also received several individual awards during 2008-2009 season after being voted All-Balkan League Defensive Player of the Year and All-Balkan League 1st Team. Last season, he moved to Vardar Osiguruvanje where he had another excellent year. Her appeared in 30 league games and has posted averages of 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Again Simic was awarded several personal accolades including All-Macedonian League Center of the Year and All-Macedonian League Defensive player of the year.


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The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Waive Jamar Butler And Give Dominic Waters A Tryout - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is no secret that Eisaberen Bremerhaven coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ) awaits a lot from his players and after his successful run to the semi finals last season, doesnt want anything less as he released the second player Jamar Butler (185-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Ohio St.) after Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) within 72 hours. Butler who played at Ohio St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008 and last season for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A1): 18 games: 11.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 83.9%, left in Mar.'10 due to financial reason, later that month moved to BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Bosnia-D1) was unable to convince Spradley that he could do the job. The club was able to terminate the contract. The club has brought in Dominic Waters (185-G-86, college: Portland St.) who is a 23 year old 185cm guard who is a rookie. Waters is from Portland Oregon and played at Grant High School where he averaged 23.4 points per game and once scored 46 points in a game as a senior. He played at Hawaii (NCAA) from 2005-2007 and then transfered to Portland St, the same school where ex Bremerhaven forward Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) played. In his senior year 2009-2010, Waters played 32 games: 18.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.7apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 90.2%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Orlando (Utah Jazz). He was free now, because his contract for this season had been terminated by STB Le Havre (France-ProA).

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




Ivan Elliot Goes from The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Down South To The s Oliver Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Three days ago, Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) was waived by BEKO BBL team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and three days later has found a new job with PRO A team s Oliver Baskets. Elliot is a 23 year old 203cm power forward/center from San Francisco, California who got a contract until the end of October helping the team compensate injuries to Michael Fleischmann (205-F-86) and Frieder Diestelhorst (201-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops). Last season, Elliot played his first season in the BEKO BBL for the MBC Wolves playing 34 games averaging 7.4ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT :73.3% He played at UCSB (NCAA) and in his senior year 2007-2008, played 32 games averaging 9.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 44.8%, FT: 68.0%. In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball career with SK Valmiera (Latvia-LBL, starting five): Latvian League: 28 games: 11.5ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 64.1%; Baltic League (Elite Group): 18 games: 10.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 70.3%. The club also announced that the tryout contract with Adam Templeton (198-G/F-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Drake) was not extended, but he will play one more time for the club on Sunday against Herten. 'Adam is a good player. He worked hard and left a good impression. However for the wing position in the PRO A, he is missing a few centimeters. We wish him all the best', said S Oliver Baskets CEO Klaus Heuberger.


Source: s OLiver Baskets







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  GREECE   


Zisis Sarikopoulos leaves Marousi, joins Panionios - by Eurobasket News
Another bad news for Marousi. In just few days the team stayed without coaching staff, few players and of course participation in Euroleague Qualifying Round. The latest news is that Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90, college: Ohio St.) decided to leave the club and he already signed a three-year deal with Panionios. It will be the first professional season for this young center, who graduated couple of months ago at the Ohio State University. He appeared in 14 games for his school as a senior, but with very limited playing time. They reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Sarikopoulos posted averaged of 0.9 points and 1.4 rebounds.
Zisis Sarikopoulos started basketball career with Olympiacos youth selections, before he left for the US in 2007. He spent one year with University of Alabama at Birmingham and in 2008 moved to Ohio State. Sarikopoulos was a member of the Greek U20 National Team this summer. He helped them to win the Silver at the U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. For 8 games at this event he collected 7.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg. In 2009, he was a part of U19 Greece who grabbed the Silver at the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand. However, Sarikopoulos had limited playing time at this event. In the past, he won another Silver and two Gold medals with Greek youth National Teams.


Marousi BC, Out of Euroleague! - by Carl Berman
The Euroleague has revoked Marousi BC s license to participate in this seasons tournament due to financial problems. The Greek team ended third in the HEBA league, clinching a spot in the Euroleague qualifiers.

The recent economic crisis has had a significant impact, as the team has been forced to release most of its players as well as their successful coach Giorgios Bartzokas. Bartzokas led the team to the Top 16 round last season with a very modest and limited roster. Its rival in the first round of Qualifiers, Budyvelnik (Ukraine), advances automatically to the second round.

Maroussis finances are held by its owners, the Vovos family. The father and son team invests part of their construction company profits on the team but they are finding a lot of trouble during the last couple of years, not only due to the Greek economic crisis (Greece is the European country hardest hit by the global crisis) but also due to some logistic and legal problems. Those problems link, ironically, Maroussis future with one of the two big Greek powerhouses, Panathinaikos. The Vovos family company was in charge of a massive construction project that involved the Panathinaikos soccer stadium and several buildings, including big malls, houses, parks, etc. The Mayor of Athens rejected the project after deciding that part of the area taken for that project is not legally available for construction.

That huge project was the basic stone of the Vovos company future. The project is on hold for a month while the Vovos family and the city of Athens fight in court. Last year, the club was very close to bankruptcy, but a group of local fans and investors injected some money and convinced the Vovos family to put some extra efforts to keep the club alive. Maroussi has very small social support. 300-400 fans are not enough to attract outside investments.

Last Saturday, Maroussis boards agreed on a very limited budget for the season. Again, local investors and groups of fans helped with their own money but it wasnt enough to save the clubs spot in the Euroleague. Now the goal is clear: survival. Maroussi is still looking for help and investments in order to keep its place in the Greek league. They may try to participate in the Eurocup as the teams eliminated from the Euroleague qualifiers get a reserved place in the second European tournament. The club wants to go step by step, and survival is now the big deal for them.

After selling or waiving most part of last seasons roster (Keys, Kaimakoglou, Mavroeidis, Homan, Pelekanos, Arigbabu, Kendall, Pat Calathes, Jamon Lucas...) they made a few signings, including Ron Slay, Dewarick Spencer , Mamotou Diarra and former Ohio State player Zisis Sarikopoulos. Backup PG Mario Batis was the only re-signed player. Now the club is worried about building their roster. They already let Spencer go and they are struggling signing new players.

It is very bad times for a classic Greek team like Maroussi. Based in a small suburb in Athens, the club is fighting for survival. The future doesnt look bright, but they escaped very similar situations before. Good luck and best wishes, Maroussi!

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner and Alejandro Gonzalez is an International Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. Information about NetScouts Basketball can be obtained at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.




2010-11 Eurocup team changes - by George Manousidis
After the revocation of Marousi BC's licence to play in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, a resulting open place in the Eurocup Regular Season has been assigned to another Greek team, PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki of Thessaloniki, Euroleague Basketball has announced. All except the two winning teams of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds have places held for them in the Eurocup Regular Season. With the revocation of Maroussi's licence, one of those Eurocup Regular Season places became vacant. That is the place being awarded to PAOK, which had previously been assigned to the Eurocup Qualifying Round. Now that PAOK has moved up to the Eurocup Regular Season, its place in the Eurocup Qualifying Round spot will be filled by Galatasaray Caf Crown of Turkey. The Eurocup participation of both PAOK in the regular season and Galatasaray Cafe Crown in the qualifying round will be confirmed once they submit all the necessary registration documents.

Aris adds three!! - by Chris Mammides
Aris Thessaloniki Thessalonikis agreed terms with three guards! Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87) of Panathinaikos Athens agreed financial terms for a two years contracts with the Thessaloniki team, after two 'empty' seazons in Panathinaikos Athens where he played all and all not more than 100 minutes!, the 23 years old guard decided that is time to play some basketball and that Aris Thessaloniki would have been the best solution for him, so he sign his new contract. The second player to wear the yellow jersey of the 'king of Basketball' in Greece is Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76), the ex player of Panellinios Athens was in discussions witht he Thessaloniki team for more than a month, finally the contract was sign earlier today! The thrid player who will be added in Aris Thessaloniki roster is Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83), the ex Marousi player allready played in most of the friendly games of Aris Thessaloniki and Coach Sharon Drucker decided to add him in his roster.

Other A1Transfer news
Panellinios Athens added two key players in his roster, the Croat Damir Rancic (199-G-83) and the American Derrick Byars (202-G/F-84, college: Vanderbilt). At the same time the home court of Panellinios will not be Kypseli anymore as due to many reasons the team is moving to Lamia, so the home court for the coming seazon for the team of Coach Skourthopoulos will be Ionikos Lamias, home court.


A2 News
Apollon Patras agreed financial terms with the Serbian power forward, Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77)
Panerythraikos AS split ways with Dimitris Christodoulos (208-C-85)
AS Koroivos Amaliadas agreed financial terms with Dimitris Athanasiadis (195-F-85) after split ways with Olympiada due to financial issues.
MAS Ermis Lagkada agreed financial terms with Fivos Gimnopoulos (G),
Near East agreed financial terms with Alexandros Gribaviotis (207-C-79) (who finally didn't agree with Perama), Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78) and Nikos Tsoutsos (203-F-82)

Lower division news
Dimitris Christodoulos agreed terms with A.S. Leonidiou
Giannis Mitsakis (181-G-81) split ways with Ermis Lagkada and join forces with AE Doxa Lefkadas

Ilias Emiris (194-G-86) Agreed terms with EA Patron




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Weert and Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen lost the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants edged Weert 94:52. The Belgian team opened the game with 20:17, while the Dutch opponents responded with 20-19 in the second frame. The second half was decisive in the game and the Giants were too good for Weert. They exploded with 27-1 in the third period and added 28-4 in the last stanza. Hopkins, Wilson and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) led the way with 18 points each, while Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) nailed 15.
Leuven Bears outscored Weert 88:66 starting with 29:21 after the first 10 minutes. The lead grew to 45:31 at the halftime, while Leuven Bears had 64:50 after three quarters. Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, college: UALR) stepped up with 18 points and Dior Lowhorn posted 17. John Tofi delivered 15, while Niels Marnegrave (191-G-87) followed them with 10. Junior Hairston ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Niels Vorenhout posted 15.
Optima Gent cruised past Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen 96:84. The Dutch team better in the first three quarters, but could not do anything in the last frame. Optima Gent erupted with 29-20 in the period to seal the victory. Rose top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) netted 17. Emerson scored 16, while Lionel Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) brought 13 points.


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Iraq prevail against Saudi Arabia in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Iraq - Saudi Arabia 63:56

Iraq secured the second win at the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Saudi Arabia for 2-0 record in Group B. Saudi Arabia suffered the first defeat and slipped at 1-1 record.
Iraq started the game impressively. They quickly grabbed the lead and cleared off to a 16:7 distance. Iraq maintained the advantage as they entered the second term up by four points 19:15. Iraq just kept on mounting the pressure in the second stanza. They posted a confident 40:21 lead at halftime. The third term turned into a low-scoring battle. Saudi Arabia won the period but still trailed by 17 points with ten minutes to go. Saudi Arabia went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth stanza. They narrowed the deficit but still finished just short of victory. Mohammed Mahdi Jalah (206-C-91) nailed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Iraq. Omar Ismaeel (188-F-88) added 12 points for the winners. Mohamed Salah (204-C-89) finished with 11 points for Saudi Arabia. Ayman Al Mowalled (88) netted 12 points in the loss.



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Mukubu sign for Ferrara - by Michele Berra
Wen Mukubu (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB), twenty-seven Congolese whit Belgian passport, aggregated from September 3 to Naturhouse Ferrara roster, has signed this morning a contract that will tie him to Basket Club Ferrara until the end of the season 2010/2011.Mukubu will wear the jersey number 16.

'Wen - are the words of coach Naturhouse Ferrara Alberto Martelossi - Could give us energy and aggression as it did in the first preseason games. This is a solid player, able to integrate seamlessly in our technical design. I would add that the reason for his confirmation should be given to the rest of the team, which allowed him to fit in better. '


Montepaschi Siena wins the third straight game - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena wins the third straight game in the preparation journey in Bormio. Last night the team overcame Olin Edirne 85:60. The Italian Champion started with 28:19 and increased to 54:34 at the halftime. The lead grew to 68:44 after three quarters and then the teams closed the encounter with 17-16 in the last period. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) stepped up with 19 points and McCalebb scored 16. Michelori and Kaukenas poured in 11 points each in a win. Vidas Ginevicius (193-G-78, agency: Interperformances) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort and Doliboa scored 17.
Armani Jeans meanwhile rolled over Reggio Emilia 90:77. Ukrainian Oleksiy Pecherov (212-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) posted 15. Beck brought his side 22 points in the losing effort.
Last night Air Avellino produced a 80:72 win against PAOK 80:72. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) led the way with 21 points and Dean scored 17. Papadopoulos responded with 11 points in the losing effort.
Varese rolled over Krasnie Krilya 70:61. The Russian team started with 18:15 in the opening quarter and then trailed 34:33 at the halftime. Italian team increased to 49:44 after three periods and benefit from the game. Thomas paced all the winners with 21 points and Goss added 18. Galanda chipped in 12, while Kangur and Righetti posted 6 each. Green ended up with 13 points in the losing case, whilst Davidson and Konstantin Nesterov (205-F/C-81, college: Va Commonwealth) scored 12 apiece.

MONTEPASCHI SIENA OLIN EDIRNE 85-60 (28-19; 54 - 34 68 - 44)
MONTEPASCHI: McCalebb 16, Carraretto 3, Rakovic 5, Kaukenas11, Ress 7, Michelori 11, Mroz 1, Ugrinovski, Stonerook 2, David Moss 19, Aradori 4, Zisis 6. All. Banchi
OLIN: Dixon 4, Doliboa 17, Samardzisky 5, Vidas Ginevicius 18, Ercan, Unver 3, Akin 1, Bibo, Taspinar, Dogan, serapinas 12 Gokhan.
PARZIALI: 28-19; 54 - 34 68 - 44

TRENKWALDER REGGIO EMILIA-ARMANI JEANS MILANO 77-90
TRENKWAKDER: Beck 22, Valenti 4, Fultz 13, Frassineti 10, Slanina 9, Salvi 9, Kudlacek 9, Cervi 1, Defant. N.E. Frosini, Verri, Germani, Grisanti. Ali. Coen
ARMANI JEANS: Stefano Mancinelli 15, Mordente 2, Finley 11, Rocca 18, Melli 7, Oleksiy Pecherov 16, Petravicius 10, Ganeto 3, Jaaber 8. Cacace. N.E. Furlanetto. Ali. Bucchi.
PARZIALI: 19-20, 39-46, 59-66.

AIR AVELLINO-PAOK SALONICCO 80-72
AIR: Green 11, Chevon Troutman 21, Picariello, Lauwers 5, Casoli 2, Infanti 6, Iannicelli, Izzo ne, Bokolishvili ne, Szewczyk 10, Thomas 8, Dean 17. All: Vitucci.
PAOK: Gray 9, Apostolidis 7, Arapis 3, Kalampokos, Dedas 3, Sims 8, Marshall 8, Kales 3, Papadopoulos 11, Gianakidis 10. All: Markoupolos.
PARZIALI: 18-17; 40-39; 56-51

CIMBERIO VARESE-RED WINGS SAMARA 70-61
CIMBERIO: Goss 18, Mian, Rannikko, Antonelli ne, Righetti 6, Galanda 12, Thomas 21, Cotani, Kangur 6, Collins 4, Zattra ne, Lenotti ne. All. Recalcati.
SAMARA: Bremer 9, Green 13, Rush 6, Davidson 12, Konstantin Nesterov 12, Dudeskin 0, Kysiaskin 4, Fomin 2, Anisimov.
PARZIALI: 15-18, 34-33; 49-44
Stats courtesy of http://www.legabasket.it/






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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Panasonic 1-0 
 2. Tochigi Brex 1-0 
 3. Hokkaido 0-0 
 4. Mitsubishi 0-0 
 5. Toshiba 0-0 
 6. Toyota 0-0 
 7. Aishin 0-1 
 8. Hitachi S. 0-1 


Emanuel Willis will continue his career in Five Arrows - by Emiliano
Emanuel Willis (205-F/C-84, college: Houston Baptist) will continue his career in Japanese BJ League with Takamatsu Five Arrows. The American player spent his first pro career in Denmark and Germany, in Europe. Willis started the season with Randers Cimbria Basketball, averaging, 19 games, 11.7ppg, Reb-3 (9.3rpg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 63.6%.
In Feb.'10 he moved to UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProA) recording averages of 13.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 46.9% in 11 games.


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Osama Daghles with Al Jalaa - by Omar Shafaamri

According to Syria Champion Website , Al Jalaa Club announced their signature with Jordan NT and Zain Club Guard Osama Daghles (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) for two Seasons . Sam played before in Middle East with Sharjah Club from UAE .

Daghles , Who played with Jordan NT in 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey , Will have the chance to play for another club in the middle east which will add so many things in his long experience in the game.


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Kazakhstan U18 National Team 2010 - by Greg
Starting five
4 Vyacheslav Raguev 198-F-93
5 Alexey Kurochka 185-G-92
6 Vitaliy Lapchenko 205-F-92 BK Almaty Kazakhstan
7 Pavel Ilin 202-F-92 Barsy Atyrau Kazakhstan
8 Azim Yagodkin 182-G-92 BK Almaty Kazakhstan
9 Roman Morozov 196-F-94
10 Alymzhan Maxutov 183-G-94
11 Alimbek Orazov 200-F/C-93
12 Yevgeniy Potapov 22-F-93
13 Vadim Chsherbak 198-F-95
14 Alexey Verechshagin 197-F-92
15 Pavel Dynnik 201-C-92 BK Almaty Kazakhstan

Boris Borissov Head Coach


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FBK to finalise the new sponsorship deal - by Onur Deqani
The Basketball Federation of Kosovo is about to finalise a new sponsorship deal with a worldwide known sportswear and equipment supplier. It is talked about 400 thousand euros that will the federation receive, and the suppliers name will be announced in few days. All of the Kosovo's representative teams including the categories of junior and senior national teams, also the women representative will be wearing these sportswear during 5 years by now. The agreement will be signed after the Federation's board is chosen on this Saturday.

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Lebanon Too Good For Iraq - by Alain Diab

Lebanon stays unbeaten in the Arab Nations Cup. After winning against Sudan and UAE, today it was Iraq who suffered a loss against a strong Lebanese side playing on home soil. Before the game, both teams' forms were 2-0.

The first half of the game went hand in hand between the 2 teams. The first quarter ended 23-22 for Lebanon. Iraq played an impressive inside game, scoring 16 points from under the basket.
In the second period, Lebanon took a slight advantage to finish the first half with a 10 point lead 49-39. Fady El Khatib scored 17 points for Lebanon before half time.

Lebanon had a rocket start in the 3rd quarter. The Lebanese forced their own rhythm into the game, scoring 23 points in this period compared to Iraq's 11.
In the last stanza, Lebanon continued with the same momentum to finish the game with a gap of 26 points.
The best scorer for Lebanon was Fady El Khatib with 25 points and 7 rebounds, Elie Rustom 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists.
Mohammed Mahdi Jalah (206-C-91) scored 16 points and 10 rebounds for Iraq.



Fadi El Khatib leads Lebanon past UAE - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - UAE 78:38

Lebanon cruised to the second consecutive win at the Arab Nations Cup. The hosts took care of UAE to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. UAE slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) was impressive with 30 points for Lebanon.
UAE tried to match the hosts in the starting frame. Lebanon posted a 5-point lead after ten minutes 21:16. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) appeared on the court for Lebanon in the second term as the hosts started to get away. Lebanon ensured a comfortable 45:26 advantage at halftime. The home team did not slow down after the big break. They piled up a 29-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. UAE found no answers for the Lebanese surge in the fourth quarter. Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 7 points in the fourth period and Lebanon celebrated a confident win at the end. Ayoub AlBalooshi (190-F-81) notched 8 points for UAE. Lebanon will take on Iraq later today. UAE will next face Saudi Arabia on Saturday.



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Algeria edge Libya to stay undefeated in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Algeria - Libya 73:51

Algeria posted the second straight win at the start of the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Libya yesterday to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group A. Libya in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat.
Libya looked ready to challenge their opponents in the opening frame. They built a 14:9 lead midway through the quarter before Algeria tied things up at 14 after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second period. Algeria ensured a 31:29 lead at halftime. Algeria cleared off in the third term. They kept Libya to just 6 points and established a 22-point lead before the fourth term. Libya did not recover in the final stages of the game and had to surrender at the end. Nabil Saidi (200-F/C-80) scored 17 points to pace the effort. Mohamed Youssef (86) unleashed game-high 22 points to lead Libya. Algeria will take on Egypt in their third game in Beirut. Libya will look for their first win when they face Kuwait later tonight.




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Juventus adds Prekevicius and Ramanauskas - by Eurobasket News
Juventus bolstered its squad with two new players. The team agreed one-year deals with Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) and Juozas Ramanauskas (207-C-85).
Marius Prekevicius arrives to his new team from Siauliai, where he spent second half of the 2009/10 season. He played 12 games for them collecting 6.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3 apg. He also appeared 12 times in Baltic league adding 5 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.5 apg. Prekevicius started the season in Ukraine with Azovmash Mariupol. He had 9 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.1 apg for 7 league games, what was not enough for the team and they parted ways in November. In the past, Prekevicius played for Lietuvos Rytas, Siauliai, Anwil and University of South Florida.
The 25-year old Juozas Ramanauskas is coming to Juventus from Neptunas, where he had 6 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 26 LKL games last season. He also registered 6.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 9 Baltic league games. Ramanauskas started basketball career with LKKA Zalgiris and later played for Zalgiris-Sabonio. From 2005 to 2007 he was a member of Nevezis averaging 7.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg in their second season (Baltic league). Season 2007/08 he started with Valmeira in Latvia and later moved to Swiss Sion. In 2008/09, he played for Kaunas Triobet and Nevezis.


Pity defeats for Zalgiris and Neptunas - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans overcame Zalgiris 79:66 in the start of the Pro Stars Pays de la Loire tournament. The French outfit opened the game with 25:18 and then added 20-14 in the second period. The second half was equal and both teams managed to score the same number of points in it. They both nailed 19 points in the third period and then tied at 15 in the last frame. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) stepped up with 16 points, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) and Pellin netted 15 each. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) answered with 16 points in the losing effort. Collins scored 15 and Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11.
BC Donetsk outscored Neptunas 73:63. The Ukrainian team opened the game with 18:10, but Neptunas replied with 22-13. In the third period Donetsk produced 21-9 and then kept the advantage for good. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 16 points and J.R. Edward netted 14. Skurupiy nailed 11 and Hukic as well as Vasilyev scored 10 each. Mindaugas Stasys ended up with 24 points in the losing effort. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) posted 18, while Bonner added 9.


Olin Genclik grabs Renaldas Seibutis - by Eurobasket News
Olin Genclik heads to next season with big ambitions. The TBL newcomer reinforced its roster with Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) just confirming that survival will not be their main target in 2010/11. Seibutis played at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey helping his Lithuania to win the Bronze at this event. He appeared 8 times averaging 3.4 points and 0.9 assists.
Renaldas Seibutis arrives to Olin Genclik from Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one, he played 34 games in ACB registering 4.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1 apg. In EuroCup, Seibutis added 6.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 1.1 apg. Bilbao reached the Semifinals in this contest. Seibutis joined Bilbao in 2008 and he had better numbers in their first season together. At that time, the Lithuanian international averaged 6.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.2 apg in ACB, plus 9.9 ppg and 1.6 rpg in EuroCup. Season 2007/08, Seibutis spent with Olympiakos but appeared just few times for the club. It was his second stint with the Reds as he already played there on season 2005/06. In the meantime he spent one season on loan with Marousi. Renaldas Seibutis is a product of Sakalai Vilnius, where started as a teenager.


Aisciai Kaunas brings Povilas Cukinas on loan - by Eurobasket News
Aisciai Kaunas came up with important news. The Lithuanian outfit agreed a one-season loan with Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) and his team Zalgiris. Cukinas got injured and missed second half of the 2009/10 season, so he will have a nice chance to get back in shape with Aisciai Kaunas. He appeared 7 times in Lithuanian league last season averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. In Baltic league he added 5.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 9 games. Cukinas also appeared six times in Euroleague last season, but with very limited playing time.
Povilas Cukinas joined Zalgiris last summer from the Latvian squad Barons/LMT Riga. He has experience from Italy, where he played on season 2007/08. For 38 games with Cantu Cukinas collected 4.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg. In 2006/07, Cukinas played for the German squad EnBW Ludwigsburg. He was one of their better players registering 9.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 40 games. From 2002 to 2006 he played for Lietuvos Rytas. He helped them to win the ULEB Cup in 2005 and the Lithuanian title next year.


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Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 Leandro GARCIA MORALES
  Halc.Xalapa
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.26.8 
 2. Melendez, Panteras26.0 
 3. Perez, Potros25.8 
 4. Carmona, Fuerza R.24.0 
 5. Hornsby, Huracanes23.8 
 6. Allen, Lobos Grises23.0 
 7. Walker, Angeles23.0 
 8. Arceneaux, Lechugue.22.5 
 9. Thomas, Soles21.6 
 10. Hickerson, Pioneros21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio GARCIA
  Panteras
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Garcia, Panteras15.4 
 2. Broxsie, Volcanes12.0 
 3. Smith, Lechugueros9.8 
 4. Smith, Fuerza R.9.8 
 5. Berghoefer, Potros9.8 
 6. Bethelmy, Angeles9.6 
 7. Guzman, Ola Verde9.4 
 8. Roe, Halc.Xalapa9.0 
 9. Aubry, Halc.Rojos9.0 
 10. Funderburke, Volca.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Algodoneros
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Stoll, Algodoneros6.6 
 2. Rivera, Halc.Rojos5.6 
 3. Guzman, Potros4.7 
 4. Vargas, Angeles4.6 
 5. Hickerson, Pioneros4.5 
 6. Johns, Lechugueros4.0 
 7. Smith, Lechugueros4.0 
 8. Quintero, Huracanes4.0 
 9. Johnson, Fuerza R.3.8 
 10. Brown, Lobos G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robert HORNSBY
  Huracanes
  (196-F/C-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hornsby, Huracanes3.2 
 2. Thomas, Volcanes3.0 
 3. Aubry, Halc.Rojos2.4 
 4. Rivera, Halc.Rojos2.2 
 5. Dyer, Fuerza Regia2.0 
 6. Monreal, Abejas2.0 
 7. Harris, Potros1.8 
 8. Hill, Halc.Rojos1.8 
 9. Stoll, Algodoneros1.8 
 10. Roby, Halc.Rojos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher BROOKS
  Abejas
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Brooks, Abejas1.5 
 2. Thomas, Panteras1.5 
 3. Perez, Potros1.3 
 4. Brumfield, Pioneros1.3 
 5. Ortega, Potros1.0 
 6. Monreal, Abejas1.0 
 7. Morinia, Volcanes1.0 
 8. McHugh, Abejas1.0 
 9. Sanchez, Halc.Rojos1.0 
 10. Izaguirre, Pioneros1.0 


Antoine Tisby is back to Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango - by Eurobasket
Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American center Antoine Tisby (203-C-83, college: S.Carolina). Tisby played most recently at Otago Nuggets (New Zealand). Tisby is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Uruguay, Lebanon, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.

In his first stint with Lobos, in the season 2008-09, he averaged 15.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 57.0% in 18 games.

Tisby has already played one game with the Mexican team scoring 19 points in 20 minutes.

By Eurobasket Data Center



LNBP Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Algodoneros - Angeles 81-93
Angeles keep the perfect record after five games in LNPB. This time they celebrated against Algodoneros mostly owing to Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami (FL)), who scored 37 points (7 triples) and pulled down 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Steve Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona) replied with 24 pts.

Lobos Grises - Titanes 90-84
Both teams entered to this game with the same 2-2 record. Lobos Grises celebrated 90-84 victory mostly thanks to Myron Allen (180-G-79, college: Lee JC), who nailed 25 points. Their second scorer was Antoine Tisby (203-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: S.Carolina) with 19 pts (8 rebs). On the other side, Titanes got 24 points from Erick Martin (196-G/F-76).

Soles - Toros 84-71
Soles registered second victory of the season, while Torors faced with the first loss. Terrance Thomas (198-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Baylor) shined in this win collecting 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He reached valuation 39. In Toros, Quentin Joseph (200-F-84, college: McNeese St.) had 29 pts and 8 rebs.

Potros - Fuerza Regia 92-99
Perfect 5-0 for Fuerza Regia and 2-3 for Potros after this meeting. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) was unstoppable last night as he collected 35 points and 9 rebounds (valuation 41). Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) was good for Potros with 22 points and 9 boards.

Lechugueros - Panteras 85-71
Lechugueros had Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77, college: Weber St.) in a game mood with 26 points. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74, college: UALR) was the second scorer in this victory with 14 pts. In Panteras, Keith Gayden (202-F-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Duquesne) scored 32 pts and grabbed 7 rebs. Lechugueros 2-3, Panteras 0-5.

Halc.Rojos - Ola Verde 68-70
Tiny win for Ola Verde, who improved to 3-2 record. Their key player in this meeting was Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh) with 23 points. He made five of eight attempts from behind the arc. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) collected 17 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Halc.Xalapa - Huracanes 100-86
4-1 for Halcones Xalapa and 1-4 for Huracanes after this game. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Robert Hornsby (196-F/C, college: Troy) responded with 24 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists in loss.

Abejas - Jaguares (today)

Volcanoes - Pioneros (today)


Huracanes de Tampico adds Jourdon to their roster - by Eurobasket
Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) added to their roster 36-year old American-Puerto Rican forward Kenan Jourdon (202-F-74, college: Boston Coll., agency: Paris Global Sports). Jourdon played most recently at Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico). While playing 28 games for Mayaguez last season he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg. Jourdon is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico and Uruguay.
In his first game with the Mexican team he scored 7 points in 25 minutes on the court.


By Eurobasket Data Center



James Peters is a newcomer at Potros ITSON - by Eurobasket
Potros ITSON (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV). Peters played most recently at Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 11 games for Z*Los Angeles D. last season he averaged 13.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg. Peters is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Australia, Japan, Jordan, Korea and Lebanon. In his first game with the Mexican team, Peters scored 21 points in 32 minutes on the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Mirza Delibasic Tournament: Buducnost beats Cibona to reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Cibona 73-62

Budcnost and Cibona played a close game at the Mirza Delibasic Memorial Tournament and it was the Montenegrin outfit that prevailed in the end. Buducnost opened the game better taking the initial lead. Until the end of the first quarter Cibona players were able to cut the deficit and have found themselves trailing 19-14. In the second, Buducnost started playing better defence and Cibona had no answers. Buducnosts lead continued to rise and by the halftime break they were comfortably up 41-27. After the breather, tempo of the game slowed somewhat with Buducnost still maintaining its lead. In the third quarter, teams exchanged baskets but Cibona was unable to catch up with Buducnost. With one quarter left to play, Montenegrin team was still up 56-43. In the final 10 minutes of play not much changed as Buducnost controlled the flow of the game. All Cibona was able to do was to cut deficit by 2 points for the final score of 73-62.
Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) led the winners with 19 points, while Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) also reached double digits, finishing the game with 14 points. Cibona got 15 points from Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) on the night. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) was the only other player to reach double digits after adding 12 points. Buducnost is set to play Efes Pilsen, who has defeated Bosna in other Semifinal game.

Buducnost: Vladimir Dragicevic 19, Marko Simonovic 15, Marko Scekic 13
Cibona: Bojan Bogdanovic 15, Drago Pasalic 12


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Egypt overcome Morocco in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Egypt - Morocco 66:59

Egypt registered the second win at the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Morocco for 2-0 record in Group A. Morocco in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record.
Egypt got to a slightly better start in this one. They established a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) knocked down quick 7 points early in the second term as Egypt cleared off to double-digit figures. However Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) dragged Morocco back into the game. Morocco trailed by only two points at the interval 32:34. Morocco surged ahead in the third quarter. They ensured a 51:48 buffer heading into the fourth stanza. The final period saw three ties before Egypt went on a run. They posted a 61:56 advantage and did not surrender it in the dying moments of the game. Ramy Gunady top-scored with 16 points for Egypt. Abderrahim Najah and Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) notched 13 points each for Morocco.
Egypt will take on Algeria later tonight. Morocco will next play against Libya on Saturday.




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  NBA   


Magic sign free agent forward Malik Allen - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Malik Allen (6'9''-F/C-78, college: Villanova), bringing their training camp roster to 15 players.

The Magic announced the signing Thursday.

The 32-year-old Allen played 51 games for the Denver Nuggets last season. He has averaged five points and nearly three rebounds per game in nine NBA seasons.

Orlando already has several forwards who play heavy minutes, including Rashard Lewis (notes), Brandon Bass (notes) and Ryan Anderson (notes). So Allen will likely play a limited role should he make the final roster.

The Magic begin training camp Sept. 28.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Celtics invite three to training camp - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics have extended training camp invites to former UMass product Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts), Southern Indiana's Jamar Smith (6'3''-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management), and LSU's Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU), according to a league source.

If any of the trio elects to camp in Boston, they would be considered longer shots to make a roster that's already bursting at the seams with 15 players under contract for the 2010-11 season (not including Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette, who boast non-guaranteed contracts), but could add depth and competition when the Celtics open camp on Sept. 28. in Waltham.

Golden State drafted Lasme in the second round (47th overall) of the 2007 draft, but was waived after logging just four seconds of floor time with the Warriors. He spent time with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of of the NBDL before being signed to a 10-day contract by an injury-depleted Miami Heat in March of 2008. After appearing in 15 games for Miami, he's bounced from Euroleague club Partizan Belgrade to Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in recent years. The 6-foot-8 forward is currently under contract with Russian squad Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Smith might be the most intriguing of the bunch. He's a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, who starred for the University of Southern Indiana after transferring to the Division II power from the University of Illinois. He set a school record for 3-pointers made (108) last season and averaged 20.2 points per game last year at USI.

Johnson is a 6-foot-11 center, who averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game in his senior season with the Tigers in 2008-09. He'd likely boast a pair of giant-sized supporters in fellow LSU products Shaquille O'Neal and Glen Davis.

The Celtics previously extended camp invites to Northeastern's Matt Janning and Michigan's DeShawn Sims, but both players found guaranteed contracts as Janning inked a multi-year deal with the Phoenix Suns and Sims signed with the POAK basketball club in Greece. Boston also invited UConn's Jeff Adrien, but he elected to camp with the Golden State Warriors. Some younger players see better opportunities outside of Boston, where rosters aren't so crowded (particularly with an abundance of proven talent).

The Celtics worked out Adam Morrison, Rashad McCants, Cuttino Mobley, and Trenton Hassell this week, which could lead to even more talented bodies at camp, should the team elect to invite any of those players before camp arrives.

Courtesy of ESPN


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 51-32 
 2. Toronto R. 40-43 
 3. New York K. 29-54 
 4. Philadelph.76 27-55 
 5. New Jersey N. 12-71 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 61-21 
 2. Milwaukee B. 47-36 
 3. Chicago B. 42-41 
 4. Indiana P. 32-50 
 5. Detroit P. 27-55 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 59-23 
 2. Atlanta H. 54-29 
 3. Miami Heat 47-35 
 4. Charlotte B. 44-39 
 5. Washington W. 26-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 53-30 
 2. Utah Jazz 53-30 
 3. Portland TB 50-32 
 4. Oklah.City T. 50-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-67 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 57-25 
 2. Phoenix Suns 54-28 
 3. LA Clippers 30-53 
 4. Golde State W. 26-56 
 5. Sacramento K. 26-57 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 56-27 
 2. San Antonio S. 50-32 
 3. Houston R. 42-40 
 4. Memphis G. 40-43 
 5. N.Orleans H. 37-45 


Melo still wants trade out of Denver - by Eurobasket News
One month after Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) high-powered team of advisers first began pressuring the Denver Nuggets to trade him, the superstar scorer has not wavered in his desire to be dealt, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. 'There's no sign of reconsideration on Carmelo's part, despite what [Denver] has publicly said,' said one of the people involved in the process.

The two sides remain locked in a stalemate over Anthony's future while a three-year, $65 million extension offer sits untouched in front of him. While Nuggets officials -- including influential adviser Bret Bearup and executive Josh Kroenke -- continue to rebuff trade inquiries while hoping to repair the franchise's relationship with Anthony, privately the team is beginning to examine which teams would have the most attractive combination of young players, draft picks and expiring contracts to complete a deal. And the team currently viewed by people close to the situation as having the most realistic chance of putting together a blockbuster, perhaps multi-team deal for Anthony is the New Jersey Nets.

'They're working the hardest to get a deal done,' one of the sources said.

With No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors, multiple extra draft picks, and Devin Harris, whose $8.98 million contract could be parlayed into a serviceable replacement for Anthony in a three-team trade, New Jersey has the makings of a package that would appeal to Nuggets officials, one of the people with knowledge of Denver's strategy said. The key, according to the person, would be involving a third team to convert Harris into something the Nuggets would view as 'decent replacement value' for Anthony.

That is where another team equipped with attractive assets could enter the picture, multiple sources said: the Philadelphia 76ers. New team president Rod Thorn and GM Ed Stefanski who formerly worked together in New Jersey -- could be central to constructing a deal that would compel the Nuggets to move Anthony rather than endure a season-long distraction that ends with Anthony leaving as a free agent after the season. The key pieces of the Philadelphia equation would be the expiring contracts of Jason Kapono ($6.64 million) and Willie Green ($3.98 million), a young talent such as Thaddeus Young, and Andre Iguodala, who is coming off a solid contribution to Team USA's gold-medal performance at the FIBA World Championships. Some executives believe the Sixers would at least discuss including No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner if it meant getting Anthony, but that would defeat the purpose of going over the luxury tax to get Anthony in the first place.

Thorn drafted Favors, so that is one piece that is expected to be integral to the discussion once the Nuggets officially begin seeking trade packages for Anthony. The drop-off in talent from Anthony to Iguodala is considerable, but so is the savings; Iguodala is due $44 million over the next three seasons, compared to the $65 million Anthony would command. Two people familiar with Denver's strategy confirmed the Nuggets would be intrigued by a deal centered around Iguodala. The Nets could sweeten any such offer with Golden State's 2012 first-round pick and two extra second-round picks they own in the same draft.

A package sending Anthony to the Nets, Favors to Philadelphia and Iguodala to Denver is one way all of these moving parts could come together. But Thorn is said to have reservations about such a deal, which has yet to rise to the level of discussion among the teams.

The situation is complicated by the difficulty in putting enough assets in the deal to satisfy the Nuggets, who don't want the first move of GM Masai Ujiri's regime to be trading the team's cornerstone. Even more crucial is the need for Anthony to indicate he'd be willing to sign an extension with the team that acquires him. It is believed that Anthony, a Brooklyn native whose wife, LaLa Vasquez, also is from there, would sign off on a deal to the Nets, who move to the New York City borough in two years. It is not clear how Anthony would feel about signing an extension with Philadelphia, a city that is halfway between his New York birthplace and the Washington, D.C., area where he grew up. The Sixers were not on Anthony's initial list of preferred destinations, which included the Knicks, Magic, Bulls and Nets. Anthony, who is good friends with former Sixers star Allen Iverson, also is aware of how harshly Philadelphia treats its sports stars, a person with knowledge of his thinking said.

The Bulls are viewed by one source as 'not a realistic candidate' due to the team's unwillingness at this point to include Joakim Noah in the deal. The Bulls and Noah are currently negotiating an extension. The Knicks, Anthony's first choice, are viewed by rival executives as not having enough assets to entice the Nuggets. New York has Eddy Curry's $11.3 million expiring contract, promising big man Anthony Randolph, and swingman Wilson Chandler, but the team's draft-pick cupboard is bare. Adding to the frustration among Nuggets officials, sources say, is that Anthony's team has been slow to offer a comprehensive list of trade possibilities.

As the Nuggets walk the tightrope between getting value for Anthony and trying to compel him to reconsider and sign the extension, other factors are in play. Ujiri, a former Nuggets scout who was with the organization when Anthony was drafted, just lived through the nightmare of losing star Chris Bosh in Toronto. Ujiri was part of the management team that decided not to trade Bosh at the February 2010 trade deadline, and Bosh bolted to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami. The Raptors got a trade exception and two first-round picks -- small consolation for the loss of the team's franchise player.

Which is exactly what the Nuggets are trying to avoid, one way or another.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Raptors sign Dupree to non-guaranteed deal - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have added another player for training camp, signing forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) to a non-guaranteed contract.

The six-foot-seven, 210-pound Dupree played for the Raptors during the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds to help Toronto to a 5-0 record.

Dupree has played 154 NBA games with Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota and Seattle, averaging 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. He spent last season with Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany.

The Raptors roster for camp, which opens Sept. 28, now stands at 16 players.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca


Splitter one of many camp questions for Spurs - by Eurobasket News
For three years, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has fantasized how prized big man Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) might look in silver and black. In less than two weeks, hell finally find out.

After becoming the 28th pick in the 2007 NBA draft, Splitter opted to remain in Spain, where last season he led his team Caja Laboral to the Spanish League title before opting to sign with the Spurs this summer.

With training camp set to open Sept. 28, Popovich will soon discover if the 6-foot-11 Brazilian was worth the three-year waiting period. After watching Splitter in the FIBA World Championships earlier this month in Turkey, Popovich came away as convinced as ever.

Hes won championships overseas and played against wonderful players, Popovich said Thursday. Hell come in running, so to speak, and not have a problem.

The 25-year-old Splitter is the keynote addition in an otherwise quiet offseason Popovich believes was still productive enough to keep the Spurs relevant in the NBA title discussion. Hes barely a week away from at last joining Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker on a basketball court.

For Popovich, that day cant get here fast enough. His team last season rode a seventh-place finish in the Western Conference to the second round of the playoffs before being swept by Phoenix.

Thats one of the most interesting parts about coaching, Popovich said, to be in a position to see how things might fit.

At the recently completed World Championships, Splitter provided a sneak peek at what he might bring to the Spurs. In six games, he averaged 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds numbers nobody will be surprised to see him duplicate in San Antonio while displaying an uncommon proficiency with the pick-and-roll at both ends.

In Brazils early-round last-second loss to eventual champion Team USA, a squad composed exclusively of NBA players, Splitter was especially active producing 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Hes a really solid player who is going to have a great NBA career, but hes not going to lead us in scoring, Popovich said. Hes not going to be our go-to guy.

How Splitters game meshes alongside Duncan, or whether the newcomer might be better suited spelling the 12-time All-Star off the bench, will be one question for camp. There are others, including who exactly will be there.

As of now, the Spurs have 11 players with guaranteed contracts, and three more guards Garrett Temple, Alonzo Gee and Curtis Jerrells who finished last season on the roster. That still leaves six potential camp invites to hand out.

Somewhere in the group, Popovich will hope to find a backup small forward. As it stands, Richard Jefferson is the only true three on the roster.

That position, Popovich said, is something were going to be talking about a lot through training camp.

Ginobili, Gee, and rookie James Anderson could all potentially see time there. Though the market is drying up, the team has not ruled out signing an outside free-agent to fill its small-forward void.

Meanwhile, for the first time since 2008, the Spurs are set to open training camp with each of their so-called Big Three completely healthy.

Mirroring his routine last summer, Duncan started his workouts later in the offseason to limit wear and tear on his 34-year-old knees.

Coming off the most injury-plagued season of his career, and besieged by weekly offseason trade rumors, Parker opted not to play for France at the Worlds. Ginobili, whose wife gave birth to twins in May, chose not to play for Argentina.

Both are leaning toward returning to international competition for next summers round of Olympic qualifiers. For now, Popovich is ready to get them together on the Spurs practice court, eager to begin the process of meshing old with new.

Summer was long and boring and over, he said. Time for fun and games.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


All signs point to Utah re-signing Fesenko - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets are interested in free agent Utah Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86, agency: Arik Krayn Services) a league source said Thursday, but he is not their main focus as the team looks for backup insurance for centers Yao Ming and Brad Miller.

The Rockets, who are also eyeing the recently waived Erick Dampier, will likely only make a restricted free agent offer to Fesenko if other plans fall through. The Jazz, who have a one-year, $1 million qualifying offer to Fesenko on the table, would be able to match the offer.

Should Houston choose to pursue Fesenko, working in the team's favor is the fact that the Rockets hold a bi-annual exception worth $4 million for two years. This falls in line with what Fesenko is seeking, and Houston can use all or some of the exception.

With less than two weeks remaining before the start of training camp, all signs still point toward Fesenko re-signing with the Jazz. He is already familiar with the team's offensive and defensive systems. And he would likely receive more playing time with Utah, trading minutes with the newly signed Francisco Elson while backing up Al Jefferson until injured starter Mehmet Okur returns to action.

Houston is one of three Western Conference teams who have shown recent interest in Fesenko.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


Mavericks looking quickly to sign big man with Brian Cardinal an early favorite - by Eurobasket News
The Mavericks are moving quickly to fill the unexpected vacancy left by Tim Thomas (6'10''-F-77, college: Villanova), with veteran Brian Cardinal (6'8''-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) emerging as the early favorite to sign a free-agent contract, NBA.com reported, citing anonymous league sources.

The Web site reported a deal has not been reached as Dallas continues to consider other options including Bobby Simmons and Steve Novak.

Cardinal appears to have the edge in discussions within team circles based on his experience, shooting range and work ethic.

The Mavericks are searching for big men after Tim Thomas told the Mavericks this week he couldn't return to the team after signing a new one-year contract. He says he must still care for his ill wife.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


Atlanta's roster is set for camp - by Eurobasket News
That plane ticket Pape Sy (6'6''-G-88) bought to pursue his NBA dream turned out to be a solid investment.

Sy, the Hawks' second-round draft pick in June, signed a three-year contract with the team Wednesday. The first year of the deal is fully guaranteed for the rookie minimum of $473,604.

'I am very proud,' said Sy, a native of Loudeac, France. 'It means a lot for me. I really want to play with them and win with them.'

Sy, 22, was virtually unknown in the weeks before the draft after playing one season for the French club Le Havre. He paid his own way to the United States to showcase himself for NBA teams but Atlanta was the only team to take him up on his offer.

Sy, whose name is pronounced 'Pop See,' impressed coach Larry Drew in a workout session with other prospects and the Hawks selected him with the No. 53 overall pick. After seeing him perform at the Las Vegas Summer League, the Hawks worked with him to secure a buyout of the final year of his Le Havre contract.

After weeks of negotiations, Le Havre and Sy came to terms and the 6-foot-7 guard joined the Hawks Wednesday for informal workouts at Philips Arena.

I am here to do the job and give my best, Sy said. Whatever it takes.

The Hawks project Sy as a point guard, where they also have starter Mike Bibby and Jeff Teague. Veterans Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford also can play the position so, barring injuries, Sy most likely won't earn many minutes this season.

But the Hawks believe he can better develop by practicing with the team and perhaps spending some time in the Development League rather than play another year for Le Havre, where he averaged 14 minutes per game last season.

Drew likes Sy's length, defensive potential and competitiveness. Drew's endorsement was a big factor in general manager Rick Sund asking Hawks ownership to contribute money to buy out Sy's French contract.

It gives us another young guy who we can develop and maybe send to the D-League and get some experience, Sund said. He could help us down the line.



Roster set

Atlanta now has 14 players on the roster with a payroll of about $69 million. Sund said the Hawks most likely will not bring any non-roster invitees to training camp, which starts Sept. 28.

Our team is set for training camp, he said. We are a veteran team. And with the young guys Teague, [Jordan] Crawford and Pape, our focus is on getting more reps for them.


Vets get ready

Joining Johnson, Teague, Crawford and Sy at the voluntary workouts Wednesday were veterans Al Horford, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia and Josh Powell. Mo Evans participated earlier in the week.

Getting up and down, just trying to stay in shape before camp starts, Johnson said. We've got a lot of young guys out there. We are trying to show them how we get it done.

Courtesy of www.ajc.com




Earl Watson working out for Utah - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Jazz viewed a workout Thursday by free-agent guard Earl Watson (6'1''-G-79, college: UCLA).

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound former UCLA standout has played for five teams during his nine-year career, averaging 7.4 points and 4.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds. Watson, 31, spent 2009-10 with Indiana, averaging 7.8 points and 5.1 assists while playing in 78 games (52 starts).

The Jazz appear to be set at point guard, with All-Star starter Deron Williams and reserves Ronnie Price and Sundiata Gaines battling for back-up time.

Meanwhile, Watson has struggled with his shot in recent years, knocking down just 40.6 percent of his field-goal attempts during the last two seasons. But Watson's situation is described as being fluid, and several teams are gauging his stock as training camp approaches.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


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Aaron Craft photo may be at center of investigation into Bruce Pearl - by Eurobasket News
A picture of former Tennessee recruit Aaron Craft at the home of coach Bruce Pearl represents a key cog in the NCAA's investigation into Pearl, his coaching staff and the Volunteers basketball program, according to a published report.

The photo of Craft, who originally verbally committed to Tennessee but later signed with Ohio State, was taken in the fall of 2008 according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. If true, Craft's presence at Pearl's home during an unofficial visit would represent a violation of NCAA rules, which prohibits involvement between coaches and players off-campus during such visits.

According to the News Sentinel, the NCAA questioned Pearl and his coaches on June 14 if they were aware when the photo was taken. The coaches denied knowledge, according to the report.

However, Pearl initiated a later meeting with the the NCAA Aug. 5, when he admitted when the photo was taken.

The admission fits the loose timeline provided during Friday's press conference, in which athletic director Mike Hamilton said Pearl initially mislead NCAA investigators in June, but came to him 'three weeks later' to admit his actions.

When asked Friday as to why he came forward, Pearl cited his conscience.

'It's not who I am,' Pearl said at the press conference. 'I obviously wasn't very happy with myself. It was the right thing to do and I should've done it right away.'

According to an additional CBSSports.com report, the NCAA had a copy of the photo prior to its 17-month investigation into Tennessee's recruiting practices.

The school did not divulge specifics of the recruiting violation Friday, however it talked only of impermissible phone calls and the use of unauthorized phones.

The violations may not end with Craft. According to the News-Sentinel, Jordan McRae, also then a Tennessee commitment and now a freshman at the school, and Josh Selby, who committed to Tennessee before signing with Kansas, were also at Pearl's house in the offseason.

Pearl admitted Friday that the underlying violations weren't as problematic as the way he and his staff handled the investigation.

'The things that we did that were wrong, but they weren't as serious as how we reacted to them,' Pearl said. 'I don't think our attention was to gain a tremendous recruiting advantage. What we did was wrong. What we should've done is not only tell the truth but to be forthcoming, but self-report some things. That was a mistake.'

Tennessee sanctioned Pearl and his staff heavily, but the school characterized the investigation as one 'looking into telephone activity surrounding our basketball program and a potential of excessive phone calls to recruits.' However, the NCAA's notice of inquiry, delivered Friday, characterized the investigation more broadly as one into 'possible violations of recruiting and extra benefit legislation.'

The NCAA said it expects to wrap up its investigation by December, at which point it will provide the school with a notice of allegations of any violations. The NCAA Committee on Infractions may then choose to accept Tennessee's punishment or add sanctions of its own.

Tennessee deeply restricted the Volunteers' recruiting ability. Pearl is not allowed to recruit off-campus for a period of one year, beginning later this month, while his three assistants will be prohibited from recruiting off-campus for periods of three months to a year. Additionally, Pearl's salary was reduced by $1.5 million over the next five years, while assistants' pay was slashed 25 percent.

Courtesy of http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com


Hokies' F Thompson to miss season after ACL tear - by Eurobasket News
Virginia Tech forward J.T. Thompson (6'6''-F-89) will miss this season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a pickup basketball game.

The school says the senior injured his knee Monday and will have surgery next week. The procedure will be performed Tuesday by Dr. Marc Seigel, the team's orthopedic surgeon.

Thompson was the Hokies' fourth-leading scorer with 7.3 points per game last season, when he was typically the first reserve to play. He averaged 4.6 rebounds and played in all 34 games.

He scored a career-high 17 points in an overtime victory against rival Virginia.

Thompson has never redshirted, so he could return for another season in 2011 without having to apply to the NCAA for a medical waiver.

Courtesy of www.gatorsports.com


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Flavell rolls back the years - by Mike Lacey
Breakers Academy Head Coach Judd Flavell was forced to do the unexpected on Saturday, lead his charges from on the floor rather than the sideline. With Brad Anderson and Reuben Te Rangi away on Junior Tall Blacks duty and other team members unavailable for various reasons Flavell and assistant coach Dave Mackay were required to suit up for the Supercity encounter against Northside.
Flavell produced a Dillon Boucher type display recording 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 37 minutes as the Academy were eventually run down 95-68 by Northside.
The game started promisingly for the Breakers, Josh Young making a pair of threes in the opening stanza to tie the scores 17-17. The teams were still all square at half time, 34 apiece. Sam King despite spending a good deal of time on the bench due to foul trouble had 11 points and Jordan Reid replied with the same number for Northside.
The visitors began the second half with a 10-0 run before Inga Solofuti nailed a triple but Breakers were only able to add a further 11 points in the quarter, 8 of them from Tai Webster, as Northside dominated the period to lead 60-48 at three-quarter time.
Any thoughts the home side had of a fourth quarter revival were completely snuffed out by former Academy player Marco Alexander. The Northside guard put on a shooting master class in the final ten minutes knocking down 8 from the field including 6 from 7 from behind the arc. The Breakers didnt stop trying but on the day were out numbered, out sized and eventually over run.
Final Score;
Breakers Academy 68 (Tai Webster 28, Sam King 20 plus 11 rebounds, Inga Solofuti 12)
Northside 95 (Marco Alexander 40, Jordan Reid 16, Warrick Siddall 13, Cam Stuart 11)



Australia edge New Zealand in U19 FIBA Oceania Qualifiers opener - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Australia U19 82:109

Australia made the first step towards qualifying for the next year's U19 World Championship. They held off New Zealand in the best-of-three series opener in Palmerston. Mitchell Creek (195-F-92) stepped up with 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Emus.
It was a tough battle in the opening quarter. Australia managed to accumulated a 22:15 lead late in the period. New Zealand got within two points before Anthony Drmic made it 26:22 at the first intermission. Jordan Ngatai (198-F-93) and Stefan Mandic (179-G-92) ignited a 6:0 run from the hosts early in the second term as they knotted things up at 28. But the Emus returned the lead and rallied to a 52:43 buffer at halftime. The Emus went on an 11:2 surge midway through the third term as the margin grew at 19-point mark. Hyrum Hippolite cut the deficit at 17 before Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) drained a three-pointer securing a 20-point buffer for Australia at the final break. The Emus stayed well in control in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory at the end.
Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) knocked down 17 points for the Emus. Igor Hadziomerovic netted 15 points for the winners. The Junior Tall Blacks answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds from Jordan Ngatai. Brad Anderson (190-G-92) had 16 points in the loss.

New Zealand U19: Jordan Ngatai 17, Brad Anderson 16
Australia U19: Mitchell Creek 27+13 boards, Hugh Greenwood 17, Igor Hadziomerovic 15



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DStv PL Playoffs: Fire work starts in Port Harcourt - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The eight clubs that made it to the final-8 playoffs of the Nigeria DStv Premier League have perfected strategy to out do one another as the playoffs dunks-off on Sunday at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The eight clubs four from each of the Atlantic and the Savannah conference of the league are drawn in two groups where each team will play on a round-robin of three games each with the two top club from group qualifying for the semi-finals.

In group-A is host Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt who topped the Atlantic conference during the regular seaon, second placed team in the Savannah conference Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna, Atlantic conference third place finisher, Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos and fourth placed team from the Savannah conference Niger Potters basketball club of Minna.

Leading the challenge in group-B is Savannah conference leader and defending champion of the DStv league, Kano Pillars basketball club of Kano, second placed team from the Atlantic conference Union Bank basketball club of Lagos, third placed team of the Savannah conference Bauchi Nets basketball club of Bauchi and fourth placed Atlantic conference side Police Baton basketball club of Lagos.

In Day-1 of the playoffs slated for Sunday at the Civic Centre Dodan Warriors basketball club will take on Niger Potters basketball club at 12H00, defending champion Kano Pillars basketball club will slug it out against Union Bank basketball club at 14H00, Bauchi Nets basketball club and Police Baton basketball club will take their turn at 16H00 while home side Royal Hoopers basketball club battles Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna at 18H00.

Four of the eight clubs (Kano Pillars, Union Bank, Dodan Warriors and Niger Potters) will bank on their continental experience in the race for a semi-final tickets, Bauchi Nets is making it to the playoffs for the first time in ten years, Royal Hoopers and Kada Stars the two latest team on the scene are making their second straight playoffs while Police Baton basketball club qualified for the playoffs for the first time since they made it to the big league.

The finalist will qualify to represent Nigeria at the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers holding next month in Monrovia, Liberia.

Key players to watch out for: Kano Pillars - Abubakar Usman, Ibrahim Yusuf, Mathew Onmonya, Kelvin Nambam. Union Bank - Azuoma Dike, Onyeka Ekpete, Seyi Ayodele. Dodan Warriors Mohammed Bukar, Edwin Jerry. Bauchi Nets Manasseh Achi and Akpara Akita. Niger Potters Emmanuel Dream and Chigozie Nwoye. Royal Hoopers Musa Usman, Moses Daudu, Kingsley Aguara and Victor Anthony. Police Baton Malik Tella, Kelvin Dandison. Kada Stars Yakubu Yusuf, Adeolu Olaiya Ojo and Orseer Ikyaator.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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PBA Draft Snubs - by Josh Villegas
In the PBA, the name and the fame is sometimes favored over the talent. This was particularly evident in the recent PBA draft as many were left undrafted in favor of bigger names that came from the local college ranks. Some of these players were out of the radar to begin with (since they didnt play in the PBL or Liga Filipinas), while some just werent given enough exposure in the draft camp in order to be noticed by the PBA coaches. Either way, these guys deserve a second look:

John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo)
When you played as an import in a German Pro B league, it should be a no-brainer that you have the skills and talent to be a first round pick in the PBA. But unfortunately, this didn't prove to be true for John Smith. This lefty shooter was a standout at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, having averaged 16.3ppg and 3.1apg in his senior year. He's currently trying out for some ABL teams in an attempt to break into a PBA lineup by the second or third conference.

Alan Husted (185-G-86)
For someone who's toiled in the minor leagues for over a year, one would think that Alan Husted would already be in the radar of most coaches. Apparently, that wasn't the case as this former UC San Diego player was left undrafted. In the PBA, he can be an effective bench player capable of scoring in bunches.

Hyram Bagatsing
This former De la Salle University skipper was a surprise snub in the draft, having played in one of the top schools in the Phillipines. This combo guard recently played for Cobra in the Tournament of the Phillipines. He wouldve been a great pick for Coca-cola and Barako Bull - teams who are in need of a tall guard.


Other notable snubs: Vaughn Canta, Melchor Gile (193-F), Hans Thiele



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Sairka Tarnobrzeg land Marek Miszczuk - by Eurobasket News
Siarka Tarnobrzeg added Marek Miszczuk (212-C/F-77, agency: Promotex) to the roster. The 32-year-old centre spent the previous season playing for Stal Stalowa Wola. He notched 12.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Earlier the centre had stints with AZS Lublin, Pruszkow, Spojnia Stargrad, Anwil, AZS Koszalin, Slask Wroclaw, ZTE KK in Hungary.





Anwil inks American Eric Hicks - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek came up with important signing for the next season. The Polish outfit inked a one-year deal with the American forward Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati). The 26-year-old Hicks is not a new face in Poland as he already played there on season 2007/08. At that time he was a member of Polpak Swecie. Hicks was one of the leading players in Polish top division with 13.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2 bpg. He ended the championship and No.4 in rebounding and No.1 in shot blocking. Polpak reached the Playoff Semifinals and Hicks was invited to participate at the Polish All-Star Game.
Eric Hicks started last season in Russia as a member of CSK VSS Samara. For 6 games in A Superleague he had 4.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg. In January this year Hicks moved to Base Oostende, where he already played in the past. He helped Oostende to win the Belgian title in 2007. It was his first season as a pro, after he graduated at the University of Cincinnati in 2006. In his senior season with the school Hicks collected 15 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 3.3 rpg in 34 games.
This year Anwil will compete in Polish championship, as well as in EuroCup. They will skip the Qualifying Round as they are placed directly to regular season.


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Academica 0-0 
 2. Barreirense 0-0 
 3. Benfica 0-0 
 4. CAB 0-0 
 5. Ginasio 0-0 
 6. Illiabum 0-0 
 7. Lusitania 0-0 
 8. Ovarense 0-0 
 9. Penafiel 0-0 
 10. Porto Ferpinta 0-0 
 11. Sampaense 0-0 
 12. VSC Guimar. 0-0 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 0-0 
 2. Angra 0-0 
 3. Barcelos 0-0 
 4. Electrico FC 0-0 
 5. Fisica 0-0 
 6. Galitos FC 0-0 
 7. Guifoes 0-0 
 8. Maia Basket 0-0 
 9. Povoa 0-0 
 10. Sangalhos 0-0 
 11. Seixal 0-0 
 12. Terceira Basket 0-0 


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Leo Arill-New Coach of Humacao - by Luis Ramirez
Leonel Arill, who is one of the assistant coaches of the Puerto Rico National Team is said to have signed with the Humacao Caciques for the upcoming season in 2011. The caciques were coached last year by Carlos Calcano but failed to reach the post season. The caciques will once again sport a young and upcoming team with good local talent. According to information in the local sport press the deal with Arill will be for 2 years with the Caciques. Arill who this year was one of the sports commentators for BSN will once again step into the action and hopes to take the team finally into the post season. This past season there were rumors that the Ponce Lions would try to sign Arill during postseason play but due to his commitment with BSN nothing came out of this.

Arill is considered one of the up and coming young coaches who already took a young team to a BSN championship when he won it while coaching the Caguas Criollos back in 2006.



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Iraq prevail against Saudi Arabia in Beirut - by Eurobasket News
Iraq - Saudi Arabia 63:56

Iraq secured the second win at the Arab Nations Cup in Lebanon. They held off Saudi Arabia for 2-0 record in Group B. Saudi Arabia suffered the first defeat and slipped at 1-1 record.
Iraq started the game impressively. They quickly grabbed the lead and cleared off to a 16:7 distance. Iraq maintained the advantage as they entered the second term up by four points 19:15. Iraq just kept on mounting the pressure in the second stanza. They posted a confident 40:21 lead at halftime. The third term turned into a low-scoring battle. Saudi Arabia won the period but still trailed by 17 points with ten minutes to go. Saudi Arabia went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth stanza. They narrowed the deficit but still finished just short of victory. Mohammed Mahdi Jalah (206-C-91) nailed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Iraq. Omar Ismaeel (188-F-88) added 12 points for the winners. Mohamed Salah (204-C-89) finished with 11 points for Saudi Arabia. Ayman Al Mowalled (88) netted 12 points in the loss.



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Zoran Milovic and Djordje Pantelic signed with Apollon Patras - by Nenad Ilijev
Greek A2 side Apollon Patras added two Serbian inside players as reinforcements for upcoming season 2010/11. The team management decided to keep Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) and Dorde Pantelic (204-F-84) among many players tested by the team recently.
Experienced Zoran Milovic played with success in Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania and Macedonia playing good roles in FIBA Europe Cup and Adriatic League as well. Last season he was part of Macedonian top division teams like MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje and Torus Skopje. He helped Torus to reach Macedonian Cup Final and League Semifinal averaging 10.4ppg and 5.3rpg.
Big man Djordje Pantelic started last season in Steaua Turabo posting 7.4ppg and 4.4rpg in Balkan League. He continued his career in Iceland signing with Stjarnan in February averaging double - double (14.1ppg, 10.8rpg). He made his name in Romania playing there in three previous seasons. Both Pantelic and Milovic were participants of Romanian League All Star game in 2008.


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Levice needed 31-8 in the third period to beat BC Kolin - by Eurobasket News
Astrum Levice edged BC Kolin 82:71. Trailing 14:17 after the first period and also 7 points at the halftime. Levice needed 31-8 in the third period to shock the team from Czech Republic. Jones paced all the winners with 19 points, Ladislav Lutovsky (201-F-75) scored 17 and Wolfinger netted 15.
UBC St. Polten lost to Slovakian Pezinok 73:74. For the Austrian team Martin Speiser (202-F-83) and Poiger scored 14 points each and David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) added 11. Andreas Worenz (199-F-82) produced 10, while Gaspar and Schreiner netted 8 apiece.
BC Prievidza was beaten by BK Vahostav-SK Zilina 70:87. The latter opened the game with 27:16 and added 23-22 in the second period. Zilina also won the third quarter and did not mind 17-20 in the last. Michal Podhorsky (193-G-87) and Carter stepped up with 20 points each and Kozar scored 14. Hallett delivered 19 points in the losing case, while Boor posted 13.
Zilina also beat BK Iskra Svit 83:80. carter top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84, college: USF) produced 15 in defeat.




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Union Olimpija brings Hughes for try-out - by Matej Bergant
Point Guard Tre'Von Hughes (183-G-87) arrived to Union Olimpija Ljubljana for a 7 day try-out. He played for University of Wisconsin (NCAA) in last season, where he averaged 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He was named into Big Ten All-Defensive Team -10, All-Big Ten 2nd Team -10, USBWA All-District V Team -10, and Sporting News NCAA All-America 5th Team -10. His University of Wisconsin won the Big Ten Tournament in 2008, and also qualified for NCAA Sweet 16 in same year. He played NBA Summer League with Houston Rockets during past July.

Sentjur adds Hohler and Harmason, Alispahic moves to Grosuplje - by Zeljko Zule
Sentjur inked Dejan Hohler (188-G-86) and American Dwayne Harmason (178-G, agency: Promotex, college: Miss.Valley St.) for the upcoming season, but BOS-SLO Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) has left the team to join Grosuplje (B-1).
Hohler arrives from the Greek team Ikaroi Seron, where he averaged 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27 games of A-2 League. Harmason did not played last season.




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DStv PL Playoffs: Fire work starts in Port Harcourt - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The eight clubs that made it to the final-8 playoffs of the Nigeria DStv Premier League have perfected strategy to out do one another as the playoffs dunks-off on Sunday at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The eight clubs four from each of the Atlantic and the Savannah conference of the league are drawn in two groups where each team will play on a round-robin of three games each with the two top club from group qualifying for the semi-finals.

In group-A is host Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt who topped the Atlantic conference during the regular seaon, second placed team in the Savannah conference Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna, Atlantic conference third place finisher, Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos and fourth placed team from the Savannah conference Niger Potters basketball club of Minna.

Leading the challenge in group-B is Savannah conference leader and defending champion of the DStv league, Kano Pillars basketball club of Kano, second placed team from the Atlantic conference Union Bank basketball club of Lagos, third placed team of the Savannah conference Bauchi Nets basketball club of Bauchi and fourth placed Atlantic conference side Police Baton basketball club of Lagos.

In Day-1 of the playoffs slated for Sunday at the Civic Centre Dodan Warriors basketball club will take on Niger Potters basketball club at 12H00, defending champion Kano Pillars basketball club will slug it out against Union Bank basketball club at 14H00, Bauchi Nets basketball club and Police Baton basketball club will take their turn at 16H00 while home side Royal Hoopers basketball club battles Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna at 18H00.

Four of the eight clubs (Kano Pillars, Union Bank, Dodan Warriors and Niger Potters) will bank on their continental experience in the race for a semi-final tickets, Bauchi Nets is making it to the playoffs for the first time in ten years, Royal Hoopers and Kada Stars the two latest team on the scene are making their second straight playoffs while Police Baton basketball club qualified for the playoffs for the first time since they made it to the big league.

The finalist will qualify to represent Nigeria at the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers holding next month in Monrovia, Liberia.

Key players to watch out for: Kano Pillars - Abubakar Usman, Ibrahim Yusuf, Mathew Onmonya, Kelvin Nambam. Union Bank - Azuoma Dike, Onyeka Ekpete, Seyi Ayodele. Dodan Warriors Mohammed Bukar, Edwin Jerry. Bauchi Nets Manasseh Achi and Akpara Akita. Niger Potters Emmanuel Dream and Chigozie Nwoye. Royal Hoopers Musa Usman, Moses Daudu, Kingsley Aguara and Victor Anthony. Police Baton Malik Tella, Kelvin Dandison. Kada Stars Yakubu Yusuf, Adeolu Olaiya Ojo and Orseer Ikyaator.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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Caja Laboral lands Marcus Haislip - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral announced signing of Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) to a one-year deal. The experienced American will replace Lior Eliyahu.
Marcus Haislip returns to Spain, where he played from 2007 to 2009. At that time he was a member of Unicaja and was one of their best players in both seasons. In 2008/09, he appeared 12 times in Euroleague averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. In ACB, Haislip exploded with 15.8 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.1 bpg. He had slightly lower numbers in his first season with the Malaga team.
Marcus Haislip started last season with the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. For ten games he registered 2.5 ppg and 1 rpg. In January this year they parted ways and Haislip joined Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos Athens. He helped them to defend the championship title averaging 11 ppg and 5 rpg for 6 games. Haislip also appeared five times in Euroleague adding 6 ppg and 3.2 rpg. In the past, he was a member of Efes Pilsen, Ulker and Milwaukee Buckas. Marcus Haislip is a product of the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 2002. In his senior season he shined with almost 17 ppg and 7 rpg for 25 games.


Caja Laboral Vitoria and Bilbao celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral Vitoria rolled over Cholet Basket 66:58 at the start of the Pro Stars Pays de la Loire. The Spanish powerhouse opened the game with 21:16 and then Cholet responded with 16-12 in the second period. Caja Laboral Baskonia produced a 16-14 in the third period and then won the game due to 17-12 in the last stanza. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) erupted with 20 points for the winners and Stanko Barac (217-C-86) netted 14. Samuel Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) delivered 14 points in the losing effort and Demarcus scored 13.
More than 3000 fans came to see Bilbao Basket winning over Khimky 68:65. It was a tough game and both teams proved the preparedness for the season. The Spanish outfit opened the game with 18:14 and led 32:29 at the halftime. The led grew to 52:43 after three quarters and then the Russian team hoped to catch up. They however managed only to cut it to 3 points. Janis Blums (190-G-82) and Banic erupted with 12 points each, while Jackson netted 11. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) produced 16 points in the losing effort and Planinic scored 13. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) and Loncar brought 11 points, while Eze notched 4.



Bizkaia Bilbao Basket signs Josh Fisher to a one-month deal - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket announced signing of Josh Fisher (189-G-80, agency: SportsTalent, college: St.Louis) to a one-month deal. The 29-year-old American guard has nice experience from Spain, as he played there last six years. Actually, he got his first professional job in this country and never left it after that. Fisher spent last season with Gran Canaria averaging 4.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists for 36 games in ACB. He also added 4 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.6 apg in 14 EuroCup games. Bilbao reached the Semifinals in this contest. Fisher played for Granca also on season 2008/09. His numbers in ACB were better that year: 6.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.9 apg for 32 games.
Before Gran Canaria, Josh Fisher spent season and a half with Alicante. The team competed in ACB in their first season together, while Fisher was making 7.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.6 apg for 17 games. Next season in LEB Gold his numbers improved to 10.6 ppg. In the past, Fisher also was a member of Murcia, Gijon, CAI Zaragoza, Pamesa Castellon and Pamesa Valenica. He is a product of the St.Louis University, where he graduated in 2005. Fisher had 11.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4.3 apg for 32 games as a senior.


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Mirza Delibasic Tournament: Efes Pilsen defeats Bosna in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Efes Pilsen 63-83

Bosna hosted Efes Pilsen in the Semifinals matchup of the Memorial Mirza Delibasic Tournament and managed to play a decent game, falling in the final quarter. Efes players had to work hard in order to secure a win and will be facing Buducnost in the Tournament Finals. From the start it was evident that Bosna players have come out motivated against the Turkish giant. In a first period it was a closely contested mathcup in which Bosna was able to build 19-17 lead. Second quarter did not bring much change as hosts worked hard and have managed to take Efes out of their game. As result, it was Bosna who was up 38-32 at the halftime break. Visiting side came out stronger after the breather. They have started to take control of the match in the third period, cutting the deficit. Bosna players seemed to have ran out of steam and they allowed Efes to take the 52-53 lead by the end of the third period. In the final 10 minutes, Efes elevated its game to another level and Bosna was unable to cope with this. Hosts scored only 11 points,while Efes exploded for 30. In the end Turkish outfit celebrated comfortable 63-83 win and have booked a place in the Finals.
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) led the winning side with 24 points on the night. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) added 18 points, while Dudley chipped in 14 points and 7 boards. For Bosna, Srdan Damjanovic (188-G-94) had 16 points on the night. Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) and Dino Hodzic (190-G-90) were also good as they finished the game with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Bosna ASA BH Telecom: Srdan Damjanovic 16, Muhamed Pasalic 11, Dino Hodzic 10
Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 24, Andrej Stimac 18, Dudley 14+7 boards


Rasid Mahalbasic joins Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - by Eurobasket
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul agreed terms with 20-year old Slovenian-Austrian power forward Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90). Mahalbasic played most recently at Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia). While playing DNP, in Oct.09 moved back to kelag Worthersee Piraten (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five) for Bosna S. last season he recorded 27 games: 18.4ppg, 8.6rpg (2nd best in the league), 1.1apg and in Feb.10 tryout at Montepaschi Siena (Italy-Serie A).

At the Qualifications to European Championships Division B he averaged 15.3ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-2 (76.0%), FT: 53.3% in 3games with Austrian National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center




Olin Genclik grabs Renaldas Seibutis - by Eurobasket News
Olin Genclik heads to next season with big ambitions. The TBL newcomer reinforced its roster with Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) just confirming that survival will not be their main target in 2010/11. Seibutis played at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey helping his Lithuania to win the Bronze at this event. He appeared 8 times averaging 3.4 points and 0.9 assists.
Renaldas Seibutis arrives to Olin Genclik from Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one, he played 34 games in ACB registering 4.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1 apg. In EuroCup, Seibutis added 6.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 1.1 apg. Bilbao reached the Semifinals in this contest. Seibutis joined Bilbao in 2008 and he had better numbers in their first season together. At that time, the Lithuanian international averaged 6.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.2 apg in ACB, plus 9.9 ppg and 1.6 rpg in EuroCup. Season 2007/08, Seibutis spent with Olympiakos but appeared just few times for the club. It was his second stint with the Reds as he already played there on season 2005/06. In the meantime he spent one season on loan with Marousi. Renaldas Seibutis is a product of Sakalai Vilnius, where started as a teenager.


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Popovich: Duncan back 'even slimmer' than before - by David Edole
By PAUL J. WEBER (AP)

SAN ANTONIO-- Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) is no longer getting better with age, but he's apparently getting slimmer and fitter.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Thursday that Duncan returned this summer for his 14th season perhaps in even better shape than a year ago, when the perennial All-Star reported to training camp 15 pounds lighter.

'He's trim and slim. I think he's even slimmer than he was last year,' Popovich said. 'He's really serious about this. He knows his responsibilities. He wants to win again.'

Popovich met with reporters in San Antonio for the first time since Phoenix swept the Spurs from the Western Conference semifinals in May. He'll open training camp Sept. 27 with Duncan, who turns 35 this season, leading what is a mostly unchanged Spurs roster.

San Antonio is still built to go only as far as Duncan can take them. But he'll get some long-overdue frontcourt help with the addition of 7-footer Tiago Splitter, the marquee signing for the Spurs in an otherwise quiet offseason.

Originally drafted by the Spurs in 2007, Splitter is a former MVP and championship winner in the Spanish League. He joins the Spurs amid high expectations Popovich compared Splitter's NBA-readiness to Manu Ginobili's arrival in 2002.

That doesn't mean Splitter will be a go-to scorer. Popovich said the Brazilian's biggest impact will instead be rebounding and defense, but those contributions should be immediate.

'He'll come in running, so to speak, and not have a problem,' Popovich said.

Popovich didn't say how much lighter Duncan might have come back. But like last summer, Duncan pushed back and toned down his old preseason regiments in hopes of keeping his body fresher come spring.

Duncan got off to a roaring start in the playoffs last year against Dallas though still finished the season averaging 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, both career lows. He has two years left on his contract.

Ginobili, 33, is starting a new three-year extension while Tony Parker isn't signed past this season.

'Fantastic means have an opportunity to win a championship, and that's what we're always looking for here,' Popovich said. 'There's no reason why this group can't do it, but there are also probably 10 teams in the league that feel they have that opportunity.'




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Pre-season tournament in Nikolaev. Day 1 - by Alexei Revenko
Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye - Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk 88-85
In Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye the most productive players was Keddric Mays (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with 20 points and 6 assists, Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) 19 points and 9 rebounds, Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-F-78, agency: Promotex) 15, Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) 12 pts. In Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi St.) 14 points, Dante Swanson (178-G-81, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa) 13 points and 6 assists, Igor Kryvych (199-F-78) 11 pts.

MBC Mykolaiv - SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk 65-62
Nikolaev: James Hughes (211-C-83, agency: NM Services, college: N.Illinois) 15 points and 7 rebounds, Andrei Korochkin (194-G-82) 10 points, Leonid Iailo (207-F-73) 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Azot: Johnny Dukes (203-F-84, college: San Bernardino CC) 13 points, Sergiy Gorbenko (200-F-86) 11, Lamar Karim (178-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: So.Poly State) 10 pts, Alexandr Nerush (194-G-83) 10 points



Dnipro and Donetsk won the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro won the opener of the Challenge Jacky Schoeffler. The Ukrainian team overcame Vichy from France 89:83. The French side opened the game with 27:23, while Dnipro won the second period 20-17. Vichy again responded for the bigger lead taking 22-21 in the third quarter for 66:64 after three quarters. The Ukrainian outfit however won the last frame 25-17 to win the opener. Desmon Farmer (195-G-81, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Shawn Taggart (207-F-85, agency: Rogue Sports, college: Memphis) (207-F-85, agency: Rogue Sports, college: Memphis) posted 13. Burtt and Austin followed them with 12 points each. Etienne Brower (200-F-85, college: Massachusetts) responded with 20 points in the losing effort and Sumpte scored 17.
BC Donetsk outscored Neptunas 73:63. The Ukrainian team opened the game with 18:10, but Neptunas replied with 22-13. In the third period Donetsk produced 21-9 and then kept the advantage for good. Kravtsov paced all the winners with 16 points and J.R. Edward netted 14. Skurupiy nailed 11 and Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Vasilyev scored 1o each. Mindaugas Stasys ended up with 24 points in the losing effort. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) posted 18, while Bonner added 9.


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Fadi El Khatib leads Lebanon past UAE - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - UAE 78:38

Lebanon cruised to the second consecutive win at the Arab Nations Cup. The hosts took care of UAE to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. UAE slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) was impressive with 30 points for Lebanon.
UAE tried to match the hosts in the starting frame. Lebanon posted a 5-point lead after ten minutes 21:16. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) appeared on the court for Lebanon in the second term as the hosts started to get away. Lebanon ensured a comfortable 45:26 advantage at halftime. The home team did not slow down after the big break. They piled up a 29-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. UAE found no answers for the Lebanese surge in the fourth quarter. Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 7 points in the fourth period and Lebanon celebrated a confident win at the end. Ayoub AlBalooshi (190-F-81) notched 8 points for UAE. Lebanon will take on Iraq later today. UAE will next face Saudi Arabia on Saturday.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Big Signing For Guildford - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Heat has reached new heights by signing 7 0 centre, Tomas Janusauskas (213-C-85). Janusauskas joined the BBL last season, playing for London Capitals.

The 25 year-old Lithuanian will be entering his third season as a professional player. In addition to London Capitals, he has also played for C.B. Daimiel in Spain and bc Bremena in the Lithuanian national league. At London Capitals his stats for 25 games were 18.4ppg, Reb-2 (9.8rpg), 1.6apg, FGP: 53.4%, FT: 65.8%.

According to the Heats head coach, Creon Raftopoulos, Tomas first came to my attention when he was playing for London Capitals he put up good numbers there. He ranks in the top five in rebounds and, during last seaon, shot a high field goal percentage.

I was keen to sign him as I felt that he would fit perfectly in the rotation with Mike Martin and James Porter.Having a genuine seven footer allows us to match up properly with teams and will also cause mismatches for other teams.

Tomas Janusauskas (213-C-85) added, I started training with the Heat last week and am already loving it! I am impressed by the hard work we are all putting in. From what Ive seen so far, the team has great potential to really make our mark on the BBL this season and Im looking forward to playing our first home game next weekend.


Greer Hopes To Reach Another Gear For The Jets - by George Manousidis
Jets Head Coach Paul Smith has signed his final addition to this year's roster after capturing Forward Quemont Greer's (201-F-81, college: De Paul) signature.

The 28 year old landed in Chester last night and straight away joined the rest of the side at training. The 6ft 7in forward, who spent the summer in the Milwaukee Pro League, will go straight into the squad for the games at Worcester Wolves on Saturday and against Mersey Tigers at the Northgate Arena on Sunday.

Greer has flown in to replace Chris Commons one of Coach Smith's early signings of the summers after Commons was unable to acquire a work visa, meaning his transfer had to be scrapped.

But Smith said: 'We really put a lot of effort into the recruitment process to get the right balance and quality. What I've seen so far is confirming we've recruited what we hoped we had.

'At the start of our fourth year, we are ahead of track off court with the community work and on track on the court, but we have a loyal fanbase who are used to winning trophies.

'Everybody understands why we haven't won trophies over the last few years because we've saved the club from extinction, but there comes a time when you have to pay the fans back.

'As a business, things are tight - as it is with every business - but once we come through this we will have a club the people of Cheshire can be proud of.'

Saturday's match in Worcester tips-off at 7pm and Sunday's derby with the Tigers at 5.30pm. Both are BBL Trophy group games




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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Trouville 6-1 
 2. Bigua 5-0 
 3. Sayago 4-2 
 4. Aguada 3-2 
 5. Cordon 3-2 
 6. Hebraica 3-3 
 7. Malvin 3-3 
 8. Defensor 2-2 
 9. Montevideo 2-2 
 10. Anastasia 2-3 
 11. Olimpia 2-4 
 12. Un.Atletica 2-4 
 13. Cader 1-3 
 14. Bohemios 1-4 
 15. Welcome 1-5 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 35.5
 1. Villegas, Olimpia35.5 
 2. Craft, Cordon33.0 
 3. Cornley, Cader29.0 
 4. Puckett, Aguada28.5 
 5. Taboada, Bigua28.0 
 6. Santee, Montevideo27.0 
 7. McGowan, Sayago26.0 
 8. Woodward, Defensor25.5 
 9. Rogers, Un.Atletica25.0 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo24.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick BILLINGS
  Bigua
  (214-C-82)
  Avg: 16
 1. Billings, Bigua16.0 
 2. Baston, Hebraica13.5 
 3. Shelman, Sayago13.0 
 4. Santee, Montevideo13.0 
 5. Rogers, Un.Atletica12.5 
 6. Puckett, Aguada11.5 
 7. Wilborn, Bigua10.0 
 8. Sikes, Anastasia10.0 
 9. Dilligard, Olimpia10.0 
 10. Jackson, Anastasia10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Elliott, Hebraica8.5 
 2. Cortizas, Aguada7.5 
 3. Latham, Anastasia7.0 
 4. Lado, Welcome5.0 
 5. Trasante, Olimpia5.0 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville5.0 
 7. Lado, Welcome5.0 
 8. Viera, Anastasia5.0 
 9. Gonzalez, Defensor5.0 
 10. Rak, Trouville4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emilio TABOADA
  Bigua
  (191-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Taboada, Bigua4.0 
 2. Latham, Anastasia4.0 
 3. Silveira, Welcome3.0 
 4. Fernandez, Sayago3.0 
 5. Trelles, Bohemios3.0 
 6. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 7. Santee, Montevideo3.0 
 8. Rovira, Bigua3.0 
 9. Silveira, Welcome3.0 
 10. Cortizas, Aguada2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia6.0 
 2. Jackson, Anastasia5.0 
 3. Billings, Bigua3.0 
 4. Colon, Bohemios3.0 
 5. Shelman, Sayago3.0 
 6. Kanis, Trouville2.7 
 7. Monroe, Malvin2.5 
 8. Villegas, Olimpia2.0 
 9. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.0 
 10. Thorson, Un.Atlet.2.0 


Hebraica beat Olimpia for the 7th round - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi defeated Olimpia 99-84 ate the opening game for the LUB 7th round. For the winner Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) scored 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, Jonathan Griffin (181-G-83, college: Mo.-St.Louis) netted 19 with4 rebounds and Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) added 25 points and 4 rebounds. For Olimpia Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) netted 45 points (6/13, 8/16, 11/13) with 6 rebounds and one block, while the other import player, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) netted 9 points took 10 rebounds and added 7 blocks. For the 7th round Welcome-Union Atletica and Cader-Malvin will play Sept. 17th and Anastasia Aguada, Trouville-Montevideo, Sayago-Bigua and Cordon-Defensor Sporting will close the round Saturday 18th.

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LNB 2010 News - Centauros and Lanceros replaced their imported players - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Centauros de Apure and Lanceros de Cojedes decided to replace their imported players after two and a half weeks of regular season. Centauros released Kellen Milliner (193-G-83) and announced the acquisition of Dominican Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) and Venezuelan guard Erick Herrera (184-F-81).

Meanwhile, Lanceros de Cojedes opted to bring back a former imported player of the franchise, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85), and released DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84).

In other news, Tiburones de Vargas is waiting for the recovery of Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) an American center Rammel Allen (210-C-79), currently injured.


LNB 2010 - Week 3 (Sep. 15th): Centauros snapped out of bad streak, Espartanos and Graneros sweep - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Centauros de Apure ended a 5-game loosing streak and split their series against Estudiantes de Guarico, while both Espartanos de Margarita and Graneros de Portuguesa completed their sweeps against Atleticos UCV and Rojos de Sucre. Meanwhile, in the first match of the LNB 2010 that required extra time to end, Tiburones de Vargas took revenge against Lanceros de Cojedes as visitors.

ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 92 - ATLETICOS UCV 66
Verde Rojas Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
ESP: Unavailable= 92
UCV: Unavailable= 66

Scorers
EST: David Cubillan (183-G-87) 15 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 15 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 12 points
UCV: Jimmy Mosquera (191-G/F-69) 12 points, Morris Sierralta (G) 10 points

GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 96 - ROJOS DE SUCRE 87
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: Unavailable= 96
ROJ: Unavailable= 87

Scorers
GRA: Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 21 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 17 points, Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80) 14 points
ROJ: Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) 15 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 13 points, Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 12 points

TIBURONES DE VARGAS 84 - LANCEROS DE COJEDES 77 (ET)
Jose Miguel Pandare Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
LAN: 12-14-26-22-3= 77
TIB: 19-10-24-21-10= 84

Scorers
LAN: Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 16 points, DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84) 14 points, Alfredo Rodriguez (195-F-85) 10 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F-82) 10 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 8 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 7 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 5 points, Martin Correa (198-F-78) 4 points, Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) 2 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 1 point, Darwin Matos 0 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 0 points
TIB: Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 19 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 15 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 12 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 11 points and 12 rebounds, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 10 points, Robert Palacios (185-G) 7 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 5 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 5 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) 0 points, Cesar Garcia (175-G-89) 0 points, Kelvin Caraballo 0 points

CENTAUROS DE APURE 101 - ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 87
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
CEN: 30-27-16-28= 101
EST: 19-22-26-20= 87

Scorers
EST: Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 25 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 14 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 14 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 10 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 8 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 5 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 4 points, Jorge Parra (206-C-84) 0 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 0 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 0 points, Harold Goatache (198-F-88) 0 points, Carlos Goatache (193-F-85) 0 points
CEN: Rene Farias (188-G-86) 25 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 19 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 17 points, Kellen Milliner (193-G-83) 17 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 9 points, Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 7 points, Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) 4 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 3 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 0 points, Jose Silvera (183-G-92) 0 points


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Espartanos 10-1 
 2. Graneros 8-3 
 3. Cent.Apure 6-5 
 4. Rojos de Sucre 5-6 
 5. Tiburones 5-6 
 6. Estudiantes 4-6 
 7. Lanc.Cojedes 4-6 
 8. Atleticos UCV 1-10 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia defeat New Zealand in Palmerston - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Australia U19 58:76

Australian U19 team stepped closer to the U19 World Championship qualification. They held off New Zealand in the FIBA Oceania Qualifying match-up. The Gems grabbed the lead in the best-of-three series. The second game is scheduled for Saturday. Kerryn Harrington (171-G-92) led the charge with 14 points.
Australia entered the game strongly. They unloaded 23 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Nadeen Payne made it a 10-point game midway through the second quarter. New Zealand went on a 9:2 rally to get within five points but the Gems replied with seven answered points and led by 12 at halftime 42:30. The hosts changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They stiffened their defense allowing no easy buckets. The Junior Tall Ferns got within just three points midway through the period 41:44. But Australia once again found the answer as they notched next 7 points and got some breathing room. The Gems entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points 54:43. The Gems maintained the advantage well throughout the fourth term and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Rebecca Cole (177-G-92) nailed 12 points for Australia. Nicole Seekamp (178-G-92) and Rebecca Allen (185-F-92) added 11 points each in the victory. Bayley Ross-Waitai answered with 16 points for New Zealand. Samara Gallaher delivered 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

New Zealand U19: Bayley Ross-Waitai 16, Samara Gallaher 10
Australia U19: Kerryn Harrington 14, Rebecca Cole 12, Nicole Seekamp 11, Rebecca Allen 11



Lauren Jackson leads Seattle Storm to WNBA title - by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm are the new WNBA champions. Australian superstar Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and her countrymates Abby Bishop (189-C-88) and Alison Lacey (183-G-87, college: Iowa St.) outplayed Atlanta Dream 87-84 in Game Three winning the Finals with perfect 3-0. Jackson was a key player of her team in this series. She opened it with 26 points and 8 rebounds in the first meeting, which her Seattle won 79-77. In the second game Jackson once again demonstrated wonderful performance. She also drained 26 points in this one and she had 7 boards beside that for 35 minutes. In the last game she had 15 pts and 9 boards and was named MVP of the Final Series. She also was the WNBA MVP for this season. Jackson appeared 39 times for her team averaging impressive 20.7 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Two other Australians, Abby Bishop and Alison Lacey didn't get chance in the final series, but they helped Seattle in regular season. Bishop had 2.9 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 15 games. Lacey averaged 1 point in 16 games

Full report from Game Three:
The Seattle Storm are champions again. Seattle completed its undefeated march through the postseason, beating the Atlanta Dream 87-84 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep in the WNBA finals. The Storm won each of its seven postseason games for its second WNBA title. The Storm also won the 2004 championship. Swin Cash scored 18 points to lead a balanced offense as Seattle overcame 35 points by Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry. Lauren Jackson, who had 26 points in each of the Storm's first two wins in the series, had 15 points and nine rebounds and was selected MVP of the finals. McCoughtry, who set a WNBA playoff record with 42 points in the Dream's Eastern Conference finals clinching win over the New York Liberty, tried to rally Atlanta with nine points in the final 2:30. But McCoughtry and Coco Miller missed 3-pointers in the final 6 seconds, setting off a celebration by Seattle's players. McCoughtry's three-point play with 46 seconds remaining cut Seattle's lead to 85-80. Seattle's Tanisha Wright missed two free throws and McCoughtry was fouled by Cash while missing a 3. McCoughtry made two of three free throws to cut the lead to three points with 31 seconds remaining. Seattle's Sue Bird dribbled away the shot clock before missing a shot to set up a basket by Atlanta's Iziane Castro Marques with 6.9 seconds left. McCoughtry immediately fouled Camille Little, who made two free throws to give Seattle an 87-84 lead. McCoughtry missed a 3-pointer but the rebound went to Atlanta before Coco Miller also missed a last-second 3. Each of Seattle's starters scored in double figures. Bird, who along with Jackson are the only players remaining from the Storm's 2004 title team, had 14 points and seven assists. Little had 15 and Wright had 13. The Storm became the first team to win the championship without a postseason loss since the Los Angeles Sparks went 6-0 in 2002, when the finals were a best-of-three series. The sweep wasn't easy. The Storm won the first two games in Seattle by a combined margin of five points and struggled at times against Atlanta's relentless defense in the decisive Game 3. The Dream led 59-53 late in the third quarter before Seattle took control with a 16-1 run, including the first basket of the fourth. Castro Marques scored 21 points for Atlanta, Coco Miller had 12 and Erika de Souza added 10 points and 14 rebounds. A fastbreak basket by McCoughtry gave the Dream the six-point lead before the Storm scored 14 of the last 15 points of the third quarter. Wright's 3-pointer sparked Seattle's 10-0 run to open the game. The Storm kept the lead until Kelly Miller's 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining in the first half gave Atlanta a 41-39 lead. The Dream made 6 of 9 3-pointers in the half, including a long jumper by McCoughtry that gave the Dream a 44-43 halftime lead. Assistant coach Carol Ross and McCoughtry drew technical fouls for separate incidents in the first period. The finals attracted attention from Atlanta's other professional team. The NBA Atlanta Hawks had a large turnout for the game, including Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague and Jordan Crawford. Also attending the game were John Abraham of the Atlanta Falcons and former Falcons coach Dan Reeves. (Game report - courtesy of www.nj.com)


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Japan outscore Brazil in France - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Brazil 83:71

Japan posted the first win at the international tournament in France. The Asian powerhouse held off Brazil in the second round of action. Al Mitani (182-F-78) knocked down 19 points to pace Japan.
Japan strongly entered the game. They posted a 15:6 lead midway through the starting quarter. Japan maintained the lead throughout the opening frame and posted an 18:14 lead at the first break. Brazil denied the deficit in the second term. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) put the Latin American team in front 30:29 late in the half. Brazil managed to secure a 36:33 lead at the interval. Helen Santos Luz and Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) helped Brazil to a 45:39 advantage midway through the third term. But Japan went on an 11:4 run to return the lead. Al Mitani capped the term with a three-pointer to ensure a 58:54 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nagi Yoko (175-F-82) and Asami Yoshida posted a 12-point lead for Japan midway through the fourth stanza. Brazil could not recover in the remaining minutes and had to yield at the end.
Nagi Yoko notched 17 points for Japan. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) delivered 16 points in the victory. Alessandra Santos replied with 17 points for Brazil. Adriana Pinto netted 13 points in the loss.

Japan: Al Mitani 19, Nagi Yoko 17, Yuko Oga 16
Brazil: Alessandra Santos 17, Adriana Pinto 13



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Jana Vesela and Seattle Storm grab WNBA title - by Eurobasket News
Jana Vesela (190-F-83) played her rookie season in WNBA and managed to win the title with her team Seattle Storm. Wonderful beginning overseas for the 26-year-old Czech forward. Seattle Storm outsmarted Atlanta Dream 87-84 in third game of the WNBA Finals winning the title with impressive 3-0. Jana Vesela got chance in all three games. In the latest one (yesterday) she played seven minutes scoring one triple. In the second meeting Vesela spent 12 minutes on the court helping her team with two pts. In the WNBA Finals opener she also had two points, but for eight minutes.
Jana Vesela was doing a good job for Seattle Storm during the entire season. He appeared 35 times averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds. Vesela made her season-high against the Phoenix Mercury - 12 pts. That performance came on August 20. Vesela joined the Storm this summer for her first WNBA season. In Europe, she played last two years with Ros Casares in Spain. She helped them to win two straight championship titles. They also celebrated twice in Copa del Reyna.


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  FRANCE - Women  


France hold off Japan - by Eurobasket News
France - Japan 62:56

France opened the international tournament with a tough win over Japan. The hosts used the storming second quarter to pull away in this one. Japan went on a desperate rescue rally in the second half but came up just short at the end. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) stepped up with 16 points for Les Bleus.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The lead changed for several times before Yoko Nagi tied things up at 20 after ten minutes. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) put Japan in front 23:20 early in the second quarter. France answered with a 17:2 run to establish a 37:25 advantage midway through the period. France rallied to a 41:26 lead at halftime. The Asian team used a 9:0 spurt late in the third quarter to get back within 6 points 41:47. Anael Lardy (170-G-87) capped the period with a three-pointer and the hosts enjoyed a 50:41 lead. France maintained the lead throughout the fourth stanza. Japan managed to get as close as five points but four points in a row from Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) helped France to run away with the victory.
Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Jennifer Digbeu accounted for 10 points each for France. Clemence Beikes had 8 points in the victory. Yuko Oga answered with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Japan. Nagi Yoko (175-F-82) netted 13 points in the loss.

France: Emmeline Ndongue 16, Endene Miyem 10, Jennifer Digbeu 10
Japan: Yuko Oga 17, Nagi Yoko 13



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Dobri Anjeli won the tournament in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli won the tournament in Hungary with 4 teams participating.
At first Dobri Anjeli rolled over Szeksard 96:53. Hrickova poured in 23 points and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) scored 12.
In Day 2 Dobri Anjeli rolled over Szeged 74:56. Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Lucia Kupcikova added 14.
In the last day Szeviep-Szeged overcame Szekszard 72:67. Nemeth stepped up with 16 points and Rasheed netted 11.
Dobri Anjeli overcame MKB Euroleasing 87:65. The team from Slovakia started with 24:22 an then erupted with 27-13 in the second frame. Moreover Dobri Anjeli won the third frame 21-14 and did not mind 15-16 in the last quarter. Zirkova, Lawless and Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Lucia Kupcikova netted 11 and Kraayeveld posted 7. Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
Erin Marie Lawless was named the MVP of the tournament.




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  JAPAN - Women  


France hold off Japan - by Eurobasket News
France - Japan 62:56

France opened the international tournament with a tough win over Japan. The hosts used the storming second quarter to pull away in this one. Japan went on a desperate rescue rally in the second half but came up just short at the end. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) stepped up with 16 points for Les Bleus.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The lead changed for several times before Yoko Nagi tied things up at 20 after ten minutes. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) put Japan in front 23:20 early in the second quarter. France answered with a 17:2 run to establish a 37:25 advantage midway through the period. France rallied to a 41:26 lead at halftime. The Asian team used a 9:0 spurt late in the third quarter to get back within 6 points 41:47. Anael Lardy (170-G-87) capped the period with a three-pointer and the hosts enjoyed a 50:41 lead. France maintained the lead throughout the fourth stanza. Japan managed to get as close as five points but four points in a row from Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) helped France to run away with the victory.
Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Jennifer Digbeu accounted for 10 points each for France. Clemence Beikes had 8 points in the victory. Yuko Oga answered with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Japan. Nagi Yoko (175-F-82) netted 13 points in the loss.

France: Emmeline Ndongue 16, Endene Miyem 10, Jennifer Digbeu 10
Japan: Yuko Oga 17, Nagi Yoko 13



Japan outscore Brazil in France - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Brazil 83:71

Japan posted the first win at the international tournament in France. The Asian powerhouse held off Brazil in the second round of action. Al Mitani (182-F-78) knocked down 19 points to pace Japan.
Japan strongly entered the game. They posted a 15:6 lead midway through the starting quarter. Japan maintained the lead throughout the opening frame and posted an 18:14 lead at the first break. Brazil denied the deficit in the second term. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) put the Latin American team in front 30:29 late in the half. Brazil managed to secure a 36:33 lead at the interval. Helen Santos Luz and Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) helped Brazil to a 45:39 advantage midway through the third term. But Japan went on an 11:4 run to return the lead. Al Mitani capped the term with a three-pointer to ensure a 58:54 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nagi Yoko (175-F-82) and Asami Yoshida posted a 12-point lead for Japan midway through the fourth stanza. Brazil could not recover in the remaining minutes and had to yield at the end.
Nagi Yoko notched 17 points for Japan. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) delivered 16 points in the victory. Alessandra Santos replied with 17 points for Brazil. Adriana Pinto netted 13 points in the loss.

Japan: Al Mitani 19, Nagi Yoko 17, Yuko Oga 16
Brazil: Alessandra Santos 17, Adriana Pinto 13



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Australia defeat New Zealand in Palmerston - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Australia U19 58:76

Australian U19 team stepped closer to the U19 World Championship qualification. They held off New Zealand in the FIBA Oceania Qualifying match-up. The Gems grabbed the lead in the best-of-three series. The second game is scheduled for Saturday. Kerryn Harrington (171-G-92) led the charge with 14 points.
Australia entered the game strongly. They unloaded 23 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Nadeen Payne made it a 10-point game midway through the second quarter. New Zealand went on a 9:2 rally to get within five points but the Gems replied with seven answered points and led by 12 at halftime 42:30. The hosts changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They stiffened their defense allowing no easy buckets. The Junior Tall Ferns got within just three points midway through the period 41:44. But Australia once again found the answer as they notched next 7 points and got some breathing room. The Gems entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points 54:43. The Gems maintained the advantage well throughout the fourth term and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Rebecca Cole (177-G-92) nailed 12 points for Australia. Nicole Seekamp (178-G-92) and Rebecca Allen (185-F-92) added 11 points each in the victory. Bayley Ross-Waitai answered with 16 points for New Zealand. Samara Gallaher delivered 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

New Zealand U19: Bayley Ross-Waitai 16, Samara Gallaher 10
Australia U19: Kerryn Harrington 14, Rebecca Cole 12, Nicole Seekamp 11, Rebecca Allen 11



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Svetlana Abrosimova wins WNBA title with Seattle Storm - by Eurobasket News
Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) and her team Seattle Storm are the new WNBA champions. They managed to beat Atlanta Dream 87-84 last night in Game Three of the Playoff Finals winning the title in style with perfect 3-0. Abrosimova spent nine minutes on the court yesterday and scored two points. She did a pretty good job in defense helping Seattle to control Atlantas forwards. In Game Two of the WNBA Finals, Abrosimova got four minutes but finished scoreless. In the first meeting she played 20 minutes and delivered 4 points.
Svetlana Abrosimova was important part of the Seattle Storm this season. She appeared in 41 games averaging 7.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Her season-high was 21 points against the Tulsa Shock. Abrosimova joined the Storm this summer. In the past, she played for the Connecticut Sun. In Europe, Abrosimova spent last three years with UMMC Ekaterinburg.

Full report from Game Three:
The Seattle Storm are champions again. Seattle completed its undefeated march through the postseason, beating the Atlanta Dream 87-84 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep in the WNBA finals. The Storm won each of its seven postseason games for its second WNBA title. The Storm also won the 2004 championship. Swin Cash scored 18 points to lead a balanced offense as Seattle overcame 35 points by Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry. Lauren Jackson, who had 26 points in each of the Storm's first two wins in the series, had 15 points and nine rebounds and was selected MVP of the finals. McCoughtry, who set a WNBA playoff record with 42 points in the Dream's Eastern Conference finals clinching win over the New York Liberty, tried to rally Atlanta with nine points in the final 2:30. But McCoughtry and Coco Miller missed 3-pointers in the final 6 seconds, setting off a celebration by Seattle's players. McCoughtry's three-point play with 46 seconds remaining cut Seattle's lead to 85-80. Seattle's Tanisha Wright missed two free throws and McCoughtry was fouled by Cash while missing a 3. McCoughtry made two of three free throws to cut the lead to three points with 31 seconds remaining. Seattle's Sue Bird dribbled away the shot clock before missing a shot to set up a basket by Atlanta's Iziane Castro Marques with 6.9 seconds left. McCoughtry immediately fouled Camille Little, who made two free throws to give Seattle an 87-84 lead. McCoughtry missed a 3-pointer but the rebound went to Atlanta before Coco Miller also missed a last-second 3. Each of Seattle's starters scored in double figures. Bird, who along with Jackson are the only players remaining from the Storm's 2004 title team, had 14 points and seven assists. Little had 15 and Wright had 13. The Storm became the first team to win the championship without a postseason loss since the Los Angeles Sparks went 6-0 in 2002, when the finals were a best-of-three series. The sweep wasn't easy. The Storm won the first two games in Seattle by a combined margin of five points and struggled at times against Atlanta's relentless defense in the decisive Game 3. The Dream led 59-53 late in the third quarter before Seattle took control with a 16-1 run, including the first basket of the fourth. Castro Marques scored 21 points for Atlanta, Coco Miller had 12 and Erika de Souza added 10 points and 14 rebounds. A fastbreak basket by McCoughtry gave the Dream the six-point lead before the Storm scored 14 of the last 15 points of the third quarter. Wright's 3-pointer sparked Seattle's 10-0 run to open the game. The Storm kept the lead until Kelly Miller's 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining in the first half gave Atlanta a 41-39 lead. The Dream made 6 of 9 3-pointers in the half, including a long jumper by McCoughtry that gave the Dream a 44-43 halftime lead. Assistant coach Carol Ross and McCoughtry drew technical fouls for separate incidents in the first period. The finals attracted attention from Atlanta's other professional team. The NBA Atlanta Hawks had a large turnout for the game, including Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague and Jordan Crawford. Also attending the game were John Abraham of the Atlanta Falcons and former Falcons coach Dan Reeves. (Game report - courtesy of www.nj.com)


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Dobri Anjeli won the tournament in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli won the tournament in Hungary with 4 teams participating.
At first Dobri Anjeli rolled over Szeksard 96:53. Hrickova poured in 23 points and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) scored 12.
In Day 2 Dobri Anjeli rolled over Szeged 74:56. Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Lucia Kupcikova added 14.
In the last day Szeviep-Szeged overcame Szekszard 72:67. Nemeth stepped up with 16 points and Rasheed netted 11.
Dobri Anjeli overcame MKB Euroleasing 87:65. The team from Slovakia started with 24:22 an then erupted with 27-13 in the second frame. Moreover Dobri Anjeli won the third frame 21-14 and did not mind 15-16 in the last quarter. Zirkova, Lawless and Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Lucia Kupcikova netted 11 and Kraayeveld posted 7. Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
Erin Marie Lawless was named the MVP of the tournament.




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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Sandrine Gruda pulls out of French NT - by Bert Larsimont
French star Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) has pulled out of the FIBA World Championship for Women because of knee problems. This was announced by the countrys basketball federation (see web announcement on http://www.basketlfb.com/pages/index.asp?PAG_N_ID=8502426) on Wednesday, Sep. 15th.

Gruda, who made the all-tournament team after helping her NT capture the gold medal at the Eurobasket 2009 in Latvia, has been experiencing pain since the teams training at Villeneuve d'Ascq earlier this month. The accumulation of games in Russia (Superleague) and in the USA (WNBA) after several seasons has left the player in a state of important fatigue. Her condition is described as tendinopathy.

Frances coach Pierre Vincent has called up 20-year-old center Marielle Amant (191-F/C-89) as a replacement.

Sources: www.fiba.com and www.basketlfb.com