EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/27/2010

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. S.Korea3-1
2. Iran3-1
3. Lebanon2-1
4. Taiwan1-2
5. Kazakhstan1-2
6. Malaysia0-3
Group F
1. China3-0
2. Japan3-1
3. Yemen2-1
4. Philippines2-2
5. Syria1-3
6. Iraq0-4
Classification
1. India1-0
2. Sri Lanka1-0
3. S.Arabia0-1
4. Qatar0-1


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  AUSTRIA   


Friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Kapfenberg Bulls edged Prag 83:61. The winners won the first half 43:28 and never looked behind after.
UBSC Raiffeisen Graz and Oberwart participated at the International Tournament in Kormend. In Day 1 Zalakeramia ZTE KK beat UBSC Raiffeisen Graz 94:75. The team from Hungary opened the game with 28-21, but lost the second frame 24-25. ZTE again made the lead bigger after 21-14 in the third period and added 21-15 in the last.Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Wilson scored 16. David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 15, Kaman netted 14 and Toth chipped in 9.
MJUS-Fortress Kormend lost to Oberwart Gunners 81:88. The hosts opened the game with 25-23 and added 26-25 in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Gunners erupted with 27-16 in it. Shaw top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Parker notched 17. Artner delivered 13, while Bernard Volcic (205-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: New Orleans) added 12 points. Moore produced 15 points for the hosts and Bell notched 14.
In the Final Zalakeramia ZTE KK beat Oberwart 88:76 to triumph in the tournament. ZTE started with 23-10, but then the team from Austria bounced back with 25-11 in the second frame. Hungarians needed 28-19 to take the lead back and celebrated the victory due to 28-22 in the last quarter. Lorenzo Williams top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Wilson posted 20. David Vojvoda scored 13 and Gaspar added 12. Parker ended up with 20 points in the losing effort, while Shaw delivered 19. Bernard Volcic posted 13 and Johnson chipped in 12.



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  BELGIUM   


Aalstar Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Generali Okapi Aalstar has signed former West Virginia guard Alex Ruoff (198-G-86, college: W.Virginia) to replace the injured Damon Huffman.
Huffman recently underwent knee surgery and will be off the courts for quite some time.
Ruoff is no stranger to Belgium since he started his professional career here last season when he played for Liege.
With Liege he averaged 6.6 ppg. His stats in the EuroChallenge were better with 10.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3.1 apg in 10 games.
Alex is expected to start practising with the team as of Wed upon their return from Sweden.



Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Oostkamp 3-0 
 2. Essor Charleroi 2-0 
 3. De Westhoek 2-1 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 2-1 
 5. Sint-Jan Ant. 2-1 
 6. Waregem 2-1 
 7. Gembo 1-1 
 8. Carnieres 1-2 
 9. Excelsior 1-2 
 10. Fleurus 1-2 
 11. M.Hainaut II 1-2 
 12. Pitzemburg 1-2 
 13. Liege II 0-2 
 14. Zolder 0-2 


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  BOSNIA   


Siroki barely survives Kvarner 2010 after a tight game - by Eurobasket News
Kvarner 2010 - Siroki TT Kabeli 75-80

Bosnian champions Siroki traveled to Rijeka where they were hosted by Kvarner 2010. Visiting side had to work hard in order to secure 75-80 win in this match. The beginning did not promise such closely contested game as Siroki players took it over from the start. They were great on the offensive end as result they were up 16-24 after one quarter of play. In the second period, Siroki did not ease up but they have continued to impose their game. Kvarner players did not have solution for Siroki players and by the halftime they have found themselves trailing 32-45. However, in the third period, Croatian outfit came out like they had something to prove. They tightened their defence, whole Siroki started to struggle. Kvarner limited visitors to 11 points in the third period so the game has entered final 10 minutes with the score standing at 53-56. Last quarter brought suspense as hosts have managed to tie the game midway through the period. However, Siroki players were able to make a mini run in the closing minutes and were able to come away with 75-80 win in the end.
Siroki was led by Vedran Morovic (185-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC), who had 16 points in this match. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74, agency: Court Side) and Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) helped out as they each added 11 points. On the other side, Kvarner 2010 was led by Zoran Pehar (209-C-81), who scored 15 points. Brent Ragsdale (192-G-86, college: Kennesaw St.) was the only other player to reach double digits with 12 points in this match.

Kvarner: Zoran Pehar 15, Brent Ragsdale 12:
Siroki TT Kabeli: Vedran Morovic 16, Ivan Grgat 11, Dalibor Persic 11


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  CHINA   


China Defeats Yemen in U-18 to Become Only Undefeated Team - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated host Yemen 77-51 today to become the only undefeated team at the FIBA Asia U-18 Championship. Iran lost to Korea and Japan lost to the Philippines leaving China the only team with a 4-0 record.

Guo Ailun led China with 16 points, with 1 assist and 2 turnovers. Zhu Xuhang scored 12. Luo Hanchen had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists and the 185 cm pure point guard, listed as born in 1994, could well be China's point guard of the future with Guo primarily playing at shooting guard. Sun TongLin (208-C-92) had 9 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes and is a rebounding power forward with offensive capababilities. Wang Zhelin continues to impress at center with 8 points and 12 rebounds in 22 minutes. Li Muhao (218-C-92) played 8 minutes and had 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 block. It is possible Li's problem is that he currentlty lacks strength and has not yet been built up because he has grown 11 cm in the past 3 years. But the suspicion persists that he has Xue Yuyang disease -- an aversion to contact -- and that the prognosis is 'incurable.'

Zhai Xiaochuan, China's second-best player did not play for the third straight game because of injury. This team is so deep that his presence is hardly missed.

SABRI AHMED HAMID SADAQAH had 13 points and 3 rebounds for Yemen and SAMER YASEEN HADAI ABDULLAH had 10 points and 4 rebounds.




Link to box score:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/4142/02/44/04/98mV12Bu1xgy6/

Today's scores:
13th place:
India 68 Sri Lanka 34
15th place:
Saudi Arabia 89 Qatar 60
Group E
Korea 79 Iran 62
Chinese Taipei 87 Lebanon 79
Kazakhstan 98 Malaysia 66
Group F
China 77 Yemen 51
Syria 80 Iraq 70
Phiippines 75 Japan 57

GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
Korea 3 1 7 1.22
I.R.Iran 3 1 7 1.21
Ch. Taipei 2 2 6 1.13
Lebanon 2 2 6 1.10
Kazakhstan 2 2 6 1.02
Malaysia 0 4 4 0.60

GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
China 4 0 8
Japan 3 1 7 1.04
Philippines 2 2 6 1.04
Yemen 2 2 6
Syria 1 3 5 0.89
Iraq 0 4 4 0.71





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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 14 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros took the lead of the standings again defeating Cangrejeros in Medellin for the second straight night, the Arrieros perimeter trio of Guillen, Ortiz and Aragon lead the squad with his quickness and good shooting, the bad news for Arrieros was the sprained ankle of Alejandro Flores who played just eight minutes in the night, Flores is expected to miss one week, but Divier Perez and Jairo Mendoza did made a good job in the boards, for Cangrejeros was a hard night, playing without Kimany Ffriend , Luis Julio had to battle alone in the boards, Alvaro Teheran just put 4 points and 4 rebounds, Kojo Mensah in the perimeter made the effort but was not enough. Cangrejeros without a true shooter is facing problems against zone defeses like the last night.
Arrieros 89 Stalin Ortiz 31 pts, Norbey Aragon 15 pts.
Cangrejeros 71 Luis Julio 16 Pts, Kojo Mensah 15 Pts.


Cucuta Norte stole a very important victory at Bucaros home, with a great comeback after a 17 points dficit, the Bucaros began the game as usual with a nice combination of perimeter and in the paint game, in the second half Elueterio Renterias defese over David Cortes was very effective and the yellow guard did not find open looks to the Juan Herrera keep leading the Cucuta Norte in offense, closing the game Bucaros arrived to 5 points behind Cucuta, but the red-black defense avoid them to be closer and seal the game with a 6 points lead.
Bucaros 87- Enielsen Guevara 19 pts.
Cucuta Norte 93 Juan Herrera 21 pts.


Fastbreak coming back home is again getting confidence, its second straight victory at home puts them close to the sixth place, Los Pastos without chance to arrive to the second round has already a negative record of 13 losses and just 1 victory, unprecedent in the history of the Federation Cup.
Fastbreak 85
Los Pastos 72


Patriotas failed yesterday night and fall against the Piratas defense that limited them to just 72 points, David Harrison again leaded the Piratas back to the victory.
Patriotas 72
Piratas 80


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 11-4 
 2. Arrieros 11-4 
 3. Canoneros 9-6 
 4. Piratas 8-7 
 5. Cangrejeros 7-8 
 6. Fast Break 7-8 
 7. Patriotas 6-9 
 8. Los Pastos 1-14 


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  CROATIA   


Siroki barely survives Kvarner 2010 after a tight game - by Eurobasket News
Kvarner 2010 - Siroki TT Kabeli 75-80

Bosnian champions Siroki traveled to Rijeka where they were hosted by Kvarner 2010. Visiting side had to work hard in order to secure 75-80 win in this match. The beginning did not promise such closely contested game as Siroki players took it over from the start. They were great on the offensive end as result they were up 16-24 after one quarter of play. In the second period, Siroki did not ease up but they have continued to impose their game. Kvarner players did not have solution for Siroki players and by the halftime they have found themselves trailing 32-45. However, in the third period, Croatian outfit came out like they had something to prove. They tightened their defence, whole Siroki started to struggle. Kvarner limited visitors to 11 points in the third period so the game has entered final 10 minutes with the score standing at 53-56. Last quarter brought suspense as hosts have managed to tie the game midway through the period. However, Siroki players were able to make a mini run in the closing minutes and were able to come away with 75-80 win in the end.
Siroki was led by Vedran Morovic (185-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC), who had 16 points in this match. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74, agency: Court Side) and Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) helped out as they each added 11 points. On the other side, Kvarner 2010 was led by Zoran Pehar (209-C-81), who scored 15 points. Brent Ragsdale (192-G-86, college: Kennesaw St.) was the only other player to reach double digits with 12 points in this match.

Kvarner: Zoran Pehar 15, Brent Ragsdale 12:
Siroki TT Kabeli: Vedran Morovic 16, Ivan Grgat 11, Dalibor Persic 11


Zadar beats FMP in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Zadar - FMP 75-67

Zadar squared off against Serbian outfit FMP Zeleznik and thanks to the great last quarter they managed to come away with a win. FMP Zeleznik opened the game better as they were able to take the early lead. After initial 10 minutes of play the score was set to 13-17. Tempo of the game did not change much in the second period, as FMP players still controlled the rhythm. They continued to build their lead and by the halftime they have increased it by 4 points. As result, the score at the HT stood at 29-37. After the break, Zadar players picked their intensity up, especially on the offensive end. They opened the third quarter with a run and have started to take the game over. With one quarter left to play, Zadar was able to take 59-58 lead. Than in the last period, Zadar players went on a run which gave them their biggest lead of the game. Zadar limited FMP to only 6 fourth quarter points. As result they were able to close the game out for the final 75-67 victory.
Marko Car (188-G/F-85) led the winners with 19 points in this match. Miro Bilan (212-F-89) followed closely with 16 points, while Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) chipped in 9 points of his own. FMP Zeleznik got 17 points from Markovic in this game. Ilic and Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) also had a good night, finishing the match with 15 and 14 points respectively.

Zadar: Marko Car 19, Miro Bilan 16, Jakov Vladovic 9
FMP: Markovic 17, Ilic 15, Andreja Milutinovic 14


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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 30
 1. Johnson, Bakken30.0 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC27.0 
 3. Iversen, Svendborg24.0 
 4. Jukic, Aabyhoj21.0 
 5. Johansen, Naestved21.0 
 6. Kristiansen, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU18.0 
 8. Sahlertz, Horse.18.0 
 9. Bak, Horsholm18.0 
 10. Williams, Svendborg17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.0 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj12.0 
 3. Johansen, Naestved11.0 
 4. Alili, Vaerlose11.0 
 5. Sahlertz, Horse.10.0 
 6. Williams, Svendborg10.0 
 7. Madsen, Horsens IC9.0 
 8. Falkner, Aalborg8.0 
 9. Ba, Vaerlose8.0 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Bakken
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Burgess, Bakken8.0 
 2. Colman, Svendborg7.0 
 3. Claitt, Horsens IC7.0 
 4. Jukic, Aabyhoj7.0 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg5.0 
 6. Gunnarsson, Aabyhoj5.0 
 7. Larsen, Amager BK4.0 
 8. Williams, Svendborg4.0 
 9. Falsvig, Aalborg4.0 
 10. Roberts, Naestved3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darko JUKIC
  Aabyhoj
  (199-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jukic, Aabyhoj5.0 
 2. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 3. Claitt, Horsens IC4.0 
 4. Falsvig, Aalborg4.0 
 5. Plannthin, Svend.3.0 
 6. Bak, Horsholm3.0 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm3.0 
 8. Alili, Vaerlose2.0 
 9. Williams, Svendborg2.0 
 10. Lien-Iversen, Aabyh.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Bakken2.0 
 2. Johansen, Naestved2.0 
 3. Nielsen, Aalborg1.0 
 4. Nielsen, Horsens IC1.0 
 5. Karason, Vaerlose1.0 
 6. Morris, Aabyhoj1.0 
 7. Ba, Vaerlose1.0 
 8. Sahlertz, Horse.1.0 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Aabyhoj1.0 


CDL: Round One review - by Eurobasket News
Aalborg - Horsholm 68-70
Horsholm opened the new season with 68-70 road win against Aalborg. Alexander Bak (193-F-91) shined for the guests with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) added 16 pts and 7 boards. For the Vikings, Jon Matthews top-scored with 23 points.

SISU - Bakken 72-105
Wonderful performance by the Bakken Bears, who cruised past SISU on the road 72-105. Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) was unstoppable today as he scored 30 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) responded with 18 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Horsens IC - Vaerlose 70-64
Rickey Claitt (188-G-81, college: Oregon St.) stepped up for Horsens today with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. He spent 37 minutes on the court reaching valuation 26, what was enough for the MVP title in this meeting. Axel Karason (193-F-83) had 14 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.

Aabyhoj - Naestved 73-63
Aabyhoj had Darko Jukic (199-G-90) in a game mood today with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Magnus Gunnarsson (186-G-81) secured a great help adding 17 points and 5 assists. In Naestved, Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) shined with double-double of 21 points and 11 rebs.

Svendborg - Amager BK 107-56
Svendborg destroyed Amager BK with huge 107-56. Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) came up with 24 points for the Rabbits. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) helped with 17 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 28, MVP). In Amager, Christian Goldschmidt (201-F/C-85) had 14 pts and 5 rebs.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milan MACVAN
  Hemofarm
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Macvan, Hemofarm26.0 
 2. Ere, Pepsi Caserta21.0 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA20.5 
 4. McClinton, Galil G.19.5 
 5. Lampe, Unics19.0 
 6. Vassallo, AS.19.0 
 7. Amagou, Roanne19.0 
 8. Haryasz, GasTerra.19.0 
 9. Popovic, Unics18.5 
 10. Gomis, Charleroi17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos BORISOV
  Hemofarm
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Borisov, Hemofarm11.0 
 2. Lampe, Unics9.0 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.0 
 4. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 5. Dunn, Roanne7.0 
 6. Golubovic, Banvit7.0 
 7. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 8. Nsonwu, Roanne6.5 
 9. Jefferson, AS.6.5 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marc-Antoine PELLIN
  Le Mans
  (169-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Pellin, Le Mans7.0 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.5 
 3. Popovic, Unics5.0 
 4. Hammonds, AS.4.5 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA4.5 
 6. Abdul-Hamid, Hemof.4.0 
 7. Edge, Banvit4.0 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.4.0 
 9. Diot, Le Mans3.5 
 10. Bauscher, GasTerra.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell LYDAY
  Unics
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lyday, Unics3.0 
 2. Nesovic, Buducnost3.0 
 3. Ermis, Banvit3.0 
 4. Diot, Le Mans3.0 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi2.5 
 6. Doornekamp, Pepsi C.2.5 
 7. Wright, Charleroi2.5 
 8. Abdul-Hamid, Hemof.2.5 
 9. Lacombe, AS.2.5 
 10. Hammonds, AS.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.5 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 3. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.5 
 4. Vranes, Unics1.5 
 5. Rizvic, Unics1.0 
 6. Wilkerson, Galil G.1.0 
 7. Lampe, Unics1.0 
 8. McCarty, Unics1.0 
 9. Jones, Pepsi C.1.0 
 10. Jordan, Hemofarm1.0 


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


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  FINLAND   


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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 26
 1. Moore, LrNM.26.0 
 2. Ivey, KTP23.0 
 3. Harris, Salon Vilpas23.0 
 4. Wilson, Honka22.5 
 5. Young, Tarmo22.0 
 6. Koivisto, ToPo20.5 
 7. Ayers, Namika L.19.0 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 9. Barrett, KTP18.5 
 10. Pekkola, Namika Lahti18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jerrah YOUNG
  Tarmo
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Young, Tarmo15.0 
 2. Wood, Karhu13.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto12.0 
 4. Belser, Honka11.5 
 5. Allen, Karhu11.0 
 6. Riihela, LrNM.10.0 
 7. Fields, KTP10.0 
 8. Mathis, Namika Lahti10.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Kouvot9.5 
 10. Reaves, Korihait9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Moore, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto5.5 
 3. Sten, Kataja5.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.0 
 7. Middleton, Karhu3.0 
 8. Wethers, Namika L.3.0 
 9. Conerly, Tarmo3.0 
 10. Wilson, Honka2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan AYERS
  Namika Lahti
  (201-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ayers, Namika L.4.0 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto3.5 
 3. Heard, Tarmo3.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu3.0 
 5. Barrett, KTP2.5 
 6. Hartikainen, Tarmo2.0 
 7. Riihela, LrNM.2.0 
 8. Makalainen, Honka2.0 
 9. Nuutinen, Salon V.2.0 
 10. Sten, Kataja2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sami LEHTORANTA
  Kataja
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lehtoranta, Kataja2.0 
 2. Reaves, Korihait2.0 
 3. Pounds, ToPo2.0 
 4. Wright, Korihait1.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
 6. Barrett, KTP1.0 
 7. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Moore, LrNM.1.0 
 9. Tenkanen, Salon V.1.0 
 10. Sarcevic, Korihait1.0 


KORISLIIGA: One (1) point in 10 minutes! - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 2: When Kouvot (Kouvola) visited tonight in Tampere, the hosting Pyrinto crushed the visitors by 38 points: 84-46. Kouvot had difficiulties to score in the game.
During the third quarter it was so difficult, that Kouvot scored only one (1) point in 10 minutes. That is a new 'record' in Top League history. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) led Pyrinto by 21 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double 13pts/15rbs. Kouvot had only two players in double digits: Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) (15) and Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) (12). KTP (Kotka) won second time in two games as well as Honka (Espoo). KTP beat Korihait 76-65 and Honka defeated YMCA Lappeenranta 74-73 after 21-10 run during the fourth quarter. Karhu (Kauhajoki) crushed Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 98-82 after 54-31 already during the half time. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) led Karhu with 21 pts and 15 rbs.


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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 1-0 
 2. Chemnitz 1-0 
 3. Hannover 1-0 
 4. Karlsruhe 1-0 
 5. Kirchheim 1-0 
 6. Osnabrueck 1-0 
 7. Webmoebel 1-0 
 8. Wuerzburg B. 1-0 
 9. Braves 0-1 
 10. Crailsheim 0-1 
 11. Cuxhaven 0-1 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 0-1 
 13. Freiburg 0-1 
 14. Heidelberg 0-1 
 15. Jena 0-1 
 16. SOBA Dragons 0-1 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. Bayer Giants 1-0 
 2. BG Illertal 1-0 
 3. Herten 1-0 
 4. L.Baeren 1-0 
 5. Langen 1-0 
 6. Leitershofen 1-0 
 7. NBC 1-0 
 8. Schwelm 1-0 
 9. Stahnsdorf 1-0 
 10. TSV Troester 1-0 
 11. Vechta 1-0 
 12. Wolfenbuettel 1-0 
 13. ALBA Berlin II 0-1 
 14. Bernau 0-1 
 15. Dt.Bank SKY II 0-1 
 16. Ehingen 0-1 
 17. Giessen 0-1 
 18. Gotha 0-1 
 19. Konstanz 0-1 
 20. Leipzig 0-1 
 21. Rist-Wedel 0-1 
 22. Schwenningen 0-1 
 23. SU Medien 0-1 
 24. Wulfen 0-1 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Paul GAUSE
  Freiburg
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 38
 1. Gause, Freiburg38.0 
 2. Burnette, Osnab.32.0 
 3. Little, Hannover25.0 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz25.0 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.24.0 
 6. Wallace, B.Mue.23.0 
 7. Hampton, Webmoebel21.0 
 8. Lipke, Chemnitz21.0 
 9. Harbut, Chemnitz20.0 
 10. Schroter, ETB W.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Cuxhaven
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.13.0 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven12.0 
 3. Spoeler, Osnabrueck11.0 
 4. Fleetwood, Osnab.10.0 
 5. Little, Hannover10.0 
 6. Jost, Freiburg9.0 
 7. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau9.0 
 8. Oladipo, Crailsheim9.0 
 9. Cox, Karlsruhe9.0 
 10. Huelsewede, Cuxha.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel11.0 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz7.0 
 3. Hasenkamm, Cuxha.7.0 
 4. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.6.0 
 6. Janzen, Hannover6.0 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz6.0 
 8. Cunningham, Jena5.0 
 9. Kling, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB Wohnbau
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Alexander, ETB W.5.0 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz4.0 
 4. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 5. Shaw, Chemnitz3.0 
 6. Roemer, Webmoebel3.0 
 7. Wyrick, B.Muenchen2.0 
 8. Stachula, Chemnitz2.0 
 9. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.0 
 10. Anastasov, ETB W.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Reggie FULLER
  Crailsheim
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fuller, Crailsheim3.0 
 2. Zipser, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Fleetwood, Osnab.2.0 
 4. Spoeler, Osnabrueck2.0 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven2.0 
 6. Mendez, Heidelberg1.0 
 7. Henry, Hannover1.0 
 8. Schaffrath, Cuxha.1.0 
 9. Coffield, Crailsheim1.0 
 10. Komarek, Heide.1.0 


ProA Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ETB Wohnbau - Chemnitz 85-88
ETB Wohnbau lost the thriller to Chemnitz 85:88. Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida) poured in 25 points and Harbut Terren scored 20. Alexander Chris finished the game with 24 points for the home side and Schroter Sebastian followed him with 20.

Crailsheim - Hannover 81-83
Crailsheim was beaten by Hannover 81:83 on September 25th. Charles Little (198-F-87, college: Dayton) erupted with 25 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Turnbull Stuart notched 10. Fuller Reggie and Young Frank delivered 17 points apiece in the losing effort.

Karlsruhe - Jena 78-56
Karlsruhe edged Jena 78:56 on September 25th. Jeremy Black (203-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Tampa) stepped up with 20 points and Roessler Rouven delivered 12 points for the winners. Eichler Josef finished the night with 13 points in the losing case.

Osnabrueck - Freiburg 92-89
Osnabrueck edged Freiburg 92:89 as Timothy Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) erupted with 32 points for the hosts. Friedel Philipp and Shepherd Jevohn scored 12 each, while Spoeler Tom had 11 points and 11 boards. Gause Paul had a great night in defeat with 38 points.

B.Muenchen - Heidelberg 97-69
Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) nailed 23 points as Muenchen cruised past Heidelberg 97:69. Hall Darius posted 17 points and Hamann Steffen netted 15. Wright James and Schoo Bjorn finished the game with 18 points each in defeat.

Cuxhaven - Webmoebel 71-79
Cuxhaven lost to Webmoebel 71:79 at the Regular Season Round 1. Trey Hampton (201-F-87, college: Georgia St.) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Roemer Kyle followed him with 17. Smallwood Marcus replied with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the losing case.




Reyshawn Terry Does Everything Except Break Out His Old North Carolina Jersey As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Lose Their 3rd Final In 6 Years in Bamberg With The Champions Cup 85-58 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Despite the successful preseason with two cup wins and a 8 game winning streak, the realistic chances of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners winning their third cup within weeks against a harmonious group like 3 time BEKO BBL champion Bamberg was about as likely as the Rolling Stones doing a duet with Paris Hilton, FC Bayern Munich basketball team losing a single game in the PRO A this season or Sascha Baron Cohen playing 007 in the next James Bond movie and there was to be no miracle for Frankfurt as the task of dismantling the Bavarian club was too difficult as they were routed 85-58. Frankfurt stuck with Bamberg for the first five minutes, but then had no real chance as they had to battle without a legitimate four man as Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) had been released earlier in the day and Joe Dabbert was missing due to injury. 'This is a game that we need to forget as quickly as possible. We were without some key players and at the end this quality was missing. We just didnt play well tonight and couldnt do what we wanted to do against Bamberg to be successful. Bamberg played very well and at times made us look very old',, stressed Skyliner assistant coach Klaus Perwas who had to step in for head coach Gordon Herbert who was in Finland getting further tests on his back. One didnt have to think twice when looking into the eyes of Bamberg guard Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) before realizing that the American is as hungry as last season to be successful and he knew exactly how to hurt Frankfurt on the court. 'Frankfurt didnt have two players, but our goal was defense. I told the guys before the game not to worry about if shots were falling or not for us. Defense is our first priority and then offense. The first five minutes were close, but from then on until the end, we didnt let Frankfurt get easy points', added ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford). For Pascal Roller it was the third lost final in Bamberg in the last six years, but that was something that was not on his mind. 'I never thought about that. We won all our games in the 2004 title season in Bamberg in the finals. We were weakened inside and never found our groove in this game', commented Skyliner guard Pascal Roller (180-G-76)

The Brose Baskets Bamberg may have signed the two best players in the BEKO BBL this season with Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). Both players combined for 32 of the 85 Bamberg points. Terry played at the well known North Carolina University from 2003-2007 and at first glance has the typical athletic NBA body. He was drafted by the Orlando Jazz in the second round in 2007. Terry played in Greece, Italy and Spain the last three years. He finished with 19 points and scored in so many ways on the court and looks ready for the BEKO BBL. 'I have high expectations of my team and myself. I hope we have a great season, but I will take it one game at a time', said Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). Even though he led his team in scoring, he is well aware that in a team like Bamberg that has so many weapons being high scorer might not happen often. 'I am not here to score. It is important that I keep up the tempo in the Bamberg game. I also need to bring up the tempo on defense. I think being able to guard many positions will be valuable', stated Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder had a special glow in his eyes when talking about the North Carolina native. 'For us it is always important to have a very strong roster to be able to play BBL and international. Terry has great individual skills and is very athletic. He has played well in Europe and it is important that we have a guy like Terry who can give a Suput a breather', warned Wolfgang Heyder. After just one game, even his opponents know what to expect from Terry this season. 'Terry was great in college and when you have the chance to play with 5-6 future NBA players, you are going to get better. He is very athletic and he fits into the Bamberg system perfectly', stated Skyliner American AJ Moye. 'What has impressed me the most about Terry is the way that he has integrated himself into the team. It is always hard to come to a new team, but he has done a great job. He is a good teammate. He is a better three point shooter than I ever expected. He is going to present a mismatch problem for every BBL team', warned ex Memphis Grizzlies Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were without Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) who had not passed the medical check. 'Something like this can always happen with Powell. We have to look forward now and get a new player as quickly as possible', expressed Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were without power forward Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) In the first minutes, the game was pretty even as both teams traded baskets. AJ Moye gave Frankfurt the 4-2 lead with a fade away jumper, but that was the last lead of the game for the Herbert less Skyliners. Bamberg used the Frankfurt inside deficit early as Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) and Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) scored which was followed by a John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) three pointer as Bamberg led 10-4. However Frankfurt kept chipping away at Bamberg and went on a big 6-2 run to cut the Bamberg lead to 12-10. This was possibly the best phase of the game for Frankfurt as Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) made a tip in off a DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) missKimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) then made two consecutive dunks getting two feeds from Wood. However Bamberg wasnt impressed as they clsoed out the first quarter with a 9-2 run to lead 21-12. Frankfurt lost some intensity on defense in this run as Bamberg broke the Frankfurt press defense and Pleiss scored. Goldsberry followed with a three pointer and Terry scored on a jumper and on a dunk. At times Frankfurt seemed helpless on defense inside as Bamberg was doing what they wanted getting easy points. 'We defended well from the start. We forced Frankfurt to taking tough shots. On offense we showed attractive basketball', said Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder. After one quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 78% from two point range and 40% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from two point land and 0% from outside. The rebounding was tied at 6-6, but Frankfurt had six turnovers and Bamberg only three.

In the second quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg kept their composure and rhythm playing very aggressive offense moving the ball around and taking the best opportunity for a shot. Bamberg also got easy baskets as Hines got an easy offensive rebound lay up and Jacobsen nailed an open three pointer as Bamberg increased their lead to 26-14. Frankfurt then carved out a mini 4-0 run as Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) made a nifty floater and young 18 year Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) made a mini hook shot over 2010 NBA draft pick Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) as Frankfurt trailed only 26-18. Frankfurt was hanging on a thin thread, but never in a position to make a bigger run as Bamberg always found a way to score and go on another run of 9-0 to lead 35-18. In this phase, Bamberg scored inside three times with Hines, Pleiss and Terry who dunked getting a bullet pass from Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) Frankfurt continued to look helpless inside. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) showed some signs of brilliance down the stretch sneaking inside and making a reverse lay up and then dropping a three pointer. However Bamberg were drawing smart fouls and continuing to hit from outside as if the three point line had never been moved back. At halftime, The Brose Baskets Bamberg had a commanding 41-23 lead. 'In the second quarter, our bench was key. Every guy stepped up and we continued to hit our shots', commented Wolfgang Heyder. After 20 minutes the Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 52% from the field and 31% from the three point line, while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and still 0% from the three point line. Bamberg was leading the rebound battle 22-15 and Frankfurt had eight turnovers and Bamberg only seven.

In the third quarter the difference was that Frankfurt scored here and there, but were still missing shots while The Brose Baskets Bamberg stepped up their game a notch more. Right off the bat, they got the Jako arena cooking with a perfect ally op pass from Jacobsen to Hines. As quickly as Mckinney made a jumper and Nolte a pretty reverse lay up to cut the Bamberg lead to 43-27, Bamberg were back to their old tricks on offense going on an 8-0 run to lead 51-27 and letting Frankfurt gasp for air. Goldsberry sunk a three pointer, Hines scoring hard to the glass and Gavel nailing a three pointer. Bamberg was hotter than lava flowing from mount Vesuvius. At times it looks so easy how Bamberg can put on the turbo on offense the same way former US president Bill Clinton put on the charm on the ladies. Bamberg continued to score in bunches while Frankfurt had difficulty scoring on a consistent basis. Terry and Jacobsen hit open jumpers as Bamberg led 58-32. It seemed now like fans were wondering by how many points Bamberg would win by? Down the stretch, Hines and Terry scored again as Frankfurt trailed 63-35. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a mini 4-0 run as De Mello hit a runner and Lindbom scored. After three quarters, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 62% from the field and 38% from the extended parking lot and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and still had a giant goose egg from the extended parking lot. Bamberg had the 30-25 rebounding edge and only eight turnovers while Frankfurt had a weak 13 turnovers.

With the huge lead, Bamberg coach Chris Fleming played some of his young players like Erik Land (203-C-90) Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) and Michael Crowell (201-F-85, college: Idaho) The strong passing attack of Bamberg often made it possible for easy lay ups as Erik Land found out with an easy bucket. Here and there, Frankfurt showed traces of daylight on offense making nice plays as Moyer found a streaking Muurinen in the lane for two points and Moye scored inside, but Bamberg still had the overwhelming 70-45 lead. A big problem also for Frankfurt was not getting a bigger lead and being unable to get a nice run of stops on defense. Bamberg then got free throws from Jacobsen and Goldsberry and a three pointer by Gavel a s Bamberg led 77-45. Moye then was stuffed by Tibor Pliess who continues to show how long he has come from his early Cologne days. 'Tibor is the best young center in Europe. I remember when he couldnt chew gum and walk a straight line. I am really proud of his development. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) will have a lot of fun with him. He is already getting Dirk calls', joked AJ Moye. Frankfurt then commenced on a 10-1 run to cut the Bamberg lead to 80-56. Nolte started the run with a lay up. Kimmo Muurinen then hit the first Frankfurt three pointer in the 36th minute. Roller then hit a three pointer and De Mello made another reverse lay up. In the last two minutes Brian Roberts scored inside and Michael Crowell closed out the game with an open three pointer. We did the best that we could under the circumstances. We were helpless under the boards, added Kamil Novak. We have absolutely no excuse for this performance. I didnt play well. Bamberg totally outplayed us, said Jimmy McKinney. We executed on offense well and took away their strengthes on offense, commented Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina).

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Reyshawn Terry with 19 points and five rebounds. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) added 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) produced 13 points and five rebounds. John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) produced 11 points. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) with 12 points. Kimmo Muurinen added 10 points. The stellar play of Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) is finally getting noticed somewhat. 'I dont know if the wedding of Nolte has helped his play, but he has had a very strong preseason. If he has improved as a player you can ask me again after the fifth game of the season', stressed Kamil Novak.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners finished with a shooting performance that they want to forget as quickly as possible. The club shot 35% from the field and a horrible 11% (2/19) from outside. The Brose Baskets Bamberg shot 48% from the field and 34% from outside. Bamberg won the rebounding duel 40-35 and only had 10 turnovers while Frankfurt produced 14 turnovers. After a performance like this can Bamberg still improve? 'We still have to improve on small things like communication and rebounding. We may be a little undersized in some positions, but we make up for quickness and intelligence', stressed Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). The season hasnt even started yet, but discussions about how strong the team is or if it is stronger than last season has developed. 'I would like to think that we are better than last season. We had two major weaknesses last season in rebounding and not being as athletic. I think that we will make up in both weaknesses with Terry and Hines. They are athletic and will make our game even faster this season', said Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford). 'Bamberg is the team to beat this season. They remind me of the 2006-2007 team', added Aj Moye. In less than three weeks, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will return to Bamberg for a regular season game and then will have to improve in many aspects of their game to have a chance to win, but have the respect of new BEKO BBL player Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). 'Frankfurt can be dangerous if you let them have confidence. They know how to run plays and have good shooters', warned Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners go back to work on September 29th as they host Besiktas Istanbul in a Eurocup qualifying game at 19:00.



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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 2 1-0 
 2. Binnenland B. 1-0 
 3. Goba 1-0 
 4. Hoofddorp 1-0 
 5. Red Giants 1-0 
 6. Wildcats 1-0 
 7. Dehoppers 0-0 
 8. Leiden 2 0-0 
 9. Akrides 0-1 
 10. Almonte 0-1 
 11. Black Eagles 0-1 
 12. Cangeroes 0-1 
 13. Groene 0-1 
 14. Punch 0-1 


De Friesland Aris Hold Off WCAA Giants - by Sanders Jackson
In the Kalverdijkhal on Saturday night in the DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden matchup, after a tight first quarter and both teams trying to assert themselves, De Friesland Aris began to assert themselves in the 2nd quarter (32-22 difference De Friesland), with a mid quarter run thanks to three straight three-pointers from Manny Adako and John Williams the breakthrough and tempo edge it needed. From then on De Friesland would never relinquish the lead, keeping resistance from WCAA Giants at arms length, thwarting WCAA Giants comeback hopes and winning 87-76. Todd Brown (196-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Wright St.) found his confidence early in the game and never lost it, leading all scorers with 23 pts. The X-factor for De Friesland Aris, the person responsible for making the big plays and rebounds on both ends of the floor was Mark Sanchez, who scored a double-double of 13 pts. and 11 rebounds. Adako played strong inside and took advantage of the weak WCAA post defense, with impressive turnaround jumpers and ability to hit midrange jumpers, scoring 17 pts. WCAA point guard Jesse Kimbrough kept the Giants in the game through, did his best, scoring 16 pts., but due to the short WCAA rotation, had little backcourt help. Thomas Keunis led the Giants in scoring with 21 pts., with Brandon Griffin adding 14 pts. and 12 rebounds. Both teams were shaky in their halfcourt defense and at times slow on rotations, plus, there were too many missed blockouts and subpar perimeter shooting, which both teams will have to address in their upcoming matchups.

Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden Hold Off Magixx Kidsright In OT

In the Vijfmeihal in Leiden, Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden overcame the first game jitterbugs vs. a strong Magixx Kidsright challenge, with the play of Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) making the difference, holding off the pesky Magixx team to a 75-71 win. Bekkering led ZZ with 18 pts. Brian Laing led all scorers with 24 pts.

Landstede Wins Impressively In Opening

In the opening of the new Landstede Sportcentrum and the return of Landstede head coach Herman van den Belt on the Landstede bench, the Landstede team started the 2010-11 season on a positive note, with strong play from point guard Harry Marshall (183-G-88, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Indiana St.) and Rein van der Kamp a huge factor, cruising to an 82-64 win over BS Weert. Marshall led all scorers with 26 pts. and dished out 5 assists. Junior Hairston led the Limburgers with 16 pts.

Eiffel Towers Den Bosch Too Strong For ABC Amsterdam

In the Sporthallen-Zuid in Amsterdam, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch were simply too strong for the young cash-strapped ABC Amsterdam team, maintaining a double-digit lead through most of the game, keeping ABC Amsterdam at bay with strong defense and solid three-point shooting, making a great debut for Eiffel Towers Den Bosch new head coach Raoul Korner en route to a 68-45 blowout.

Eiffel held ABC Amsterdam to numbers of 37.5% FG and only 2 of 18 from the three-point line. Rogier Jansen led the way for Eiffel with 16 points, with Kees Akerboom and Frank Turner adding both 14 pts. each. Jessy Voorn led all scorers with 17 pts.



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Zalakeramia ZTE KK win Mogyorosy Cup - by Eurobasket News
Zalakeramia ZTE KK win Mogyorosy Cup that was held over the last two days in Kormend.
In Day 1 Zalakeramia ZTE KK beat UBSC Raiffeisen Graz 94:75. The team from Hungary opened the game with 28-21, but lost the second frame 24-25. ZTE again made the lead bigger after 21-14 in the third period and added 21-15 in the last.Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Wilson scored 16. David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 15, Kaman netted 14 and Toth chipped in 9.
MJUS-Fortress Kormend lost to Oberwart Gunners 81:88. The hosts opened the game with 25-23 and added 26-25 in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Gunners erupted with 27-16 in it. Shaw top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Parker notched 17. Hannes Artner (185-G-84) delivered 13, while Bernard Volcic (205-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: New Orleans) added 12 points. Moore produced 15 points for the hosts and Bell notched 14.
In the Final Zalakeramia ZTE KK beat Oberwart 88:76 to triumph in the tournament. ZTE started with 23-10, but then the team from Austria bounced back with 25-11 in the second frame. Hungarians needed 28-19 to take the lead back and celebrated the victory due to 28-22 in the last quarter. Lorenzo Williams top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Wilson posted 20. David Vojvoda scored 13 and Gaspar added 12. Parker ended up with 20 points in the losing effort, while Shaw delivered 19. Bernard Volcic posted 13 and Johnson chipped in 12.


Horvath Zoltan Memorial. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Novy Jicin and KC Szombathely won the games in the second day of Horvath Zoltan Memorial.
In Day 2 Atomeromu SE lost to Novy Jicin 80:86. The team from Hungary started with 26-15 in the first period, but Novy Jicin erupted with 31-15 in the second frame. The teams exchanged the victories in the second half that brought the total success for the Czechs. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Hawaii) followed him with 17. David Hajek (201-F-77) netted 13, while Soska delivered 10.
FALCO-SZOVA KC Szombathely edged Pecsi VSK-PANNONPOWER 92:60. Falco started with 23-9 and never looked behind after. Pecsi however won the second and the third quarters to reduce the gap after 30 minutes. In the last period Falco erupted with 29-8 to seal the victory. Alekszeev top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Charles Gosa (202-F-77, college: N.Mexico St.) netted 16. Kalman produced 15, while Will and Clarence Gilbert (188-G-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Missouri) delivered 13 each. Gemes responded with 11 points in the losing effort. Hosszu scored 9, while Miskovic, Kiss and El-Amin posted 8 each.



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  IRAN   


Best Coach for The Best Club; Mehran ShahinTab in Mahram ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
After 7 Years, Mehran Shahintab left SABA Club and Joined Mahram Club, Champion of Asia and Iran and Mostafa Hashemi left Mahram after these Championships.

Mahram, as The Champion, want to be First Chance of Championship in Asia and are going to be as best as possible. When Coach Mostafa Hashemi (as one of greatest Iranian Coach) left the club , they decided to sign Coach Mehran Shahintab and convince him to join them and make them The 1st Chance and as everybody knows Coach ShahinTab and his abilities, there would be no doubt that Mahram will not have any problem in Management (as HamidReza Samadzadeh, AmirMohammad Ganji and Homayoun IzadPanah have shown in recent seasons ) and Coaching Staff.

Many people believe that Mehran Shahintab is the Best Iranian Basketball Coach and has proved his abilities and knowledge in all the teams that he has been Coaching like Saba, Peykan, Pas and Iran National Team.

Lets look at his CV abstract :

MEHRAN SHAHINTAB

Ph.D. in Phisical Education - Movement Behaviour Shahid Beheshti University
M.Sc. in Phisical Education Tehran University

BASKETBALL PLAYING CV :
U16 NT 1983 - 1984
Junior NT 1985
U21 NT - 1987
Senior NT 1987 to 1997
Pas Club 1984 to 1991
Persepolis Club 1991 - 1992
Rah Ahan Club 1992 to 1998
Paykan Club 1998 1999

Playing Awards :
Iran NT , 5th in Asian Cup - China 1989
Iran NT , 4th in 1994 Indonesia
Champion of Iran League and Tehran League in many Years

Coaching CV :
Coach of Junior Pas Club 1994 to 1997
Coach of Paykan Club 1998 to 2000
Coach of Junior NT 2000-2001
Coach of Senior NT 2002


As Head Coach :
Head Coach of U16 NT 2001 to 2003
Head Coach of Junior NT 2004-2005
Head Coach of Saba Battery Club 2001 to 2008
Head Coach of Saba Mehr Club 2008 to 2010

Coaching Awards :
2nd Place in WABA Junior - Yemen 2000
2nd Place Iran Super league 1999
3 Times CHAMPION of TEHRAN LEAGUE - Paykan Club 1999-2000-2001
4 Times CHAMPION of IRAN SUPERLEAGUE - Saba Battery 2002-04-05-06
4 Times CHAMPION of TEHRAN LEAGUE - Saba Battery 2002-04-05-06
CHAMPION of WABA U16 Tehran 2001
CHAMPION of WABA U16 - Jordan 2002
CHAMPION of WABA U16 - Yemen 2003
CHAMPION of Junior Championship - India 2004
2 Times 2nd Place in Iran Superleage - Saba Battery 2003-2007
2 Times WABA CHAMPION 2005-2006
2 Times 2nd Place in WABA 2004-2007
CHAMPION of ASIAN CLUB - Tehran 2006
CHAMPION of ASIAN CLUB - Kuwait 2007
BEST COACH OF THE YEAR IN IRAN BETWEEN ALL SPORTS COACHES in 2004
Number One with Highest Grade in Hungary Professional Coaching Clinic 2000
Attending 9 Interntional Professional Basketball Clinics



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Syria knock down Iraq at U18 Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News
Syria U18 - Iraq U18 80:70

Syria earned the first win at the Qualifying Round of the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. They held off Iraq to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Iraq slipped at 0-4 record after the loss. Muhammad Otabachi (192-F-92) paced Syria with 27 points.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Syria posted a narrow 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Syria strongly started the second period. They quickly boosted the margin to 14 points and maintained the advantage throughout the period. Syria earned a 44:31 lead at halftime. Iraq managed just 12 points in the third term and saw the game drifting away from them. Syria posted a 65:43 lead at the final intermission. However Iraq went on a 12:2 run midway through the fourth quarter to narrow the gap at just 10 points. Later Iraq scored six points in a row and got as close as 6 points with under two minutes remaining. However Kotiba Akkach and Amer Al Sati (203-C-92) scored vital points for Syria and sealed the winning effort.
Amer Al Sati accounted for 19 points and 18 rebounds for Syria. Amir Sirjieh (179-F-93) added 9 points and 11 assists for the winners. Ali Muayad Ismael (201-C-94) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Iraq. Hassan Abdullah (190-F-94) had 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Syria U18: Muhammad Otabachi 27, Amer Al Sati 19+18 boards, Amir Sirjieh 9+11 assists
Iraq U18: Ali Muayad Ismael 23, Hassan Abdullah 17



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Bnei Hasharon finish International Tournaments - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Bnei Hasharon finish International Tournaments tonight abroad.Bnei Hasharon finished second in Poland as Anwil Wloclawek lost to Bnei Hasharon 82:87 and finished on the third place. The team from Israel improved to 2-1 record to grab the second place. Anwil started with 25-16 and lost the second period 28-19. Bnei Hasharon also added 26-15 in the third period for the bigger lead and did not mind 17-23 in the last stanza. Nailon stepped up with 23 points for the winners and James netted 21. Rivera followed them with 16, Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) scored 12 and Tamir added 5. Jovanovic produced 22 points in the losing effort and Thompson chipped in 14. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, agency: NM Services, college: TCU) was named MVP of the tournament and the Best scorer.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv comes back from Russia. CSKA won over Maccabi Tel-Aviv at the start of the Vladimir Kondrashin & Alexander Belov Cup (St.Petersburg, Russia). After two productive first quarters the Russian team managed to keep the lead for good and won 73:67. CSKA started much better and won the opening quarter 17-9. The etam continued to dominate the court and also won the second quarter 24-20. Only after the break the team from Israel started to catch up with the opponents and won the third frame 18-16. Moreover Maccabi celebrated the win in the fourth quarter 20-16, but managed only to come closer to 6 points. Smodis top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Gordon netted 13, while Sokolov added 10 points. Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) poured in 10. Hendrix, Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) and Bluthental delivered 9 points each in defeat.
Spartak finished third in the tournament beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 90:82. The hosts opened the game with 24-15, but the team from Israel responded with 23-19 in the second period. Spartak again won the third quarter to the bigger lead and enjoyed 70:62 entering the last frame. Both teams nailed 20 points in the final stanza as the board showed the total 90:82 win for the Russian team. Ponkrashov poured in 21 points for the hosts and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) as well as Zupan netted 17 each. Perkins ended up with 22 points in the losing case.





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  ITALY   


Qualification Round of Coppa Italia - by Michele Berra
Season begins for the second Italian league; in Casale Monferrato were played the first two games of the Qualification Round for the Italian Cup.
In the first match, thanks to an exceptional Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) with 23 points and 5 blocked shots, Carmatic Pistoia won with big gap against Assigeco Banca Popolare di Lodi, the final score was 90-76. In double digits for the winners al
so Fiorello Toppo (198-F/C-80), Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances), Ariel Filloy (190-G-87, agency: Interperformances) and Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: N.Carolina).
In the second game for Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato 74-71 victory against Aurora Basket Jesi. For the team coached by Marco Crespi good evidence of Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) 16 points, Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Simone Pierich (198-F-81) with 15 points, Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) 11 points and Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) who scored the basket of victory.
For Aurora Basket Jesi, great match for Michele Maggioli (212-C-77), Barry Elder (193-G-82, college: Georgia Tech) and Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances), a very interesting young player.
In the others qualification round wins for Sigma Barcellona, Fulgor Libertasi Forli, Aget Imola, Umana Reyer Venezia, Tezenis Verona and Prima Veroli.


Casale Monferrato, Imola, Venezia and Veroli reached the Final Four of Coppa Italia - by Michele Berra
Big win for Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato against Carmatic Pistoia 86-67 with an outstanding performance of Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro), MVP of the game. For the home team double digits for Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB), Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group). Great game also for David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico), who ended with 8 point and 9 boards. Varnado helped Carmatic Pistoia with 15 points and 3 blocks.
Prima Veroli beats Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto 87-71; best scorer Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) with 25 point and 5 assist. Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) signed 18 point for the losers.
Umana Reyer Venezia won the Qround defeating Tezenis Verona 83-72. As usual the Most Valuable Player was Alvin Young (189-G-75, college: Niagara), the U.S. guard call for 27 points and 9 rebounds. The double double with 13 points and 17 rebounds of Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80, college: Dayton) was not enough for Tezenis Verona to find the victory. Big win also for Aget Imola against Fulgor Libertasi Forli with the final score of 74-66. Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure) leading scorer with 18 points.




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


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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Ryan FOREHAN-KELLY
  Aishin
  (197-F/G-80)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Forehan-K., Aishin22.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.19.3 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic18.8 
 5. Takeuchi, Aishin18.5 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin18.3 
 7. Kikuchi, Toshiba18.0 
 8. Merritt, Tochigi Brex18.0 
 9. Custis, Panasonic16.5 
 10. Maraker, Hokkaido16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.15.3 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin12.0 
 3. Custis, Panasonic9.8 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin8.5 
 5. Maraker, Hokkaido8.5 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin7.3 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 8. Lett, Mitsubishi7.3 
 9. Violette, Toshiba6.8 
 10. Takahashi, Toyota6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hokkaido
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kashiwakura, Hokka.5.5 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin4.8 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.7 
 4. Nishimura, Hitachi S.4.3 
 5. Shonaka, Toyota4.0 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.5 
 7. Miyanga, Toshiba3.5 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.5 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin3.5 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.3 
 2. Forehan-K., Aishin1.8 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.8 
 4. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.7 
 5. O''Bannon, Toshiba1.5 
 6. Sato, Toshiba1.5 
 7. Kikuchi, Toshiba1.5 
 8. Nagayama, Panas.1.5 
 9. Custis, Panasonic1.5 
 10. Sato, Hitachi S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ontario LETT
  Mitsubishi
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lett, Mitsubishi3.0 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.5 
 4. Takahashi, Toyota1.3 
 5. Maraker, Hokkaido1.3 
 6. Aono, Panasonic1.3 
 7. Holcomb, Tochigi Brex1.0 
 8. Gibbs, Toyota1.0 
 9. Hale, Mitsubishi1.0 
 10. Yamada, Hokkaido0.8 


Philippines outgun Japan in Sanaa - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U18 - Japan U18 75:57

Philippines recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round at U18 Asia Championship. They shot down Japan to improve at 2-2 record in Group F. Japan suffered the first loss at the tournament and slipped at 3-1 record. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) stepped up with 18 points and 6 assists to pace the Filipino team.
Philippines surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 15:7 lead midway through the starting quarter. Japan narrowed the deficit at a single point 15:16 after ten minutes. Philippines quickly restored a 7-point advantage and maintained it for some time. Philippines capped the half on a 10:1 run to post a 44:28 advantage. The gap grew at 19-point mark early in the third term. But Japan were able to trim the distance to 12 points with ten minutes to go. But the Filipino team quickly returned a safe buffer and rallied to the victory at the end.
Raphael Banal (186-G-92) accounted for 14 points and 9 assists for Philippines. Cris Michael Tolomia (191-G-93) and Roldan Sara (175-G-93) added 9 points each in the win. Seiya Ando (184-G-92) replied with 22 points for Japan. Takaya Sasayama (178-G-93) and Takahiro Takahashi (183-G-92) netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

Philippines U18: Kiefer Isaac Ravena 18, Raphael Banal 14, Cris Michael Tolomia 9, Roldan Sara 9
Japan U18: Seiya Ando 22, Takaya Sasayama 9, Takahiro Takahashi 9



JBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tochigi Brex - Mitsubishi 81-73
Tochigi Brex edged Mitsubishi 81:73 on September 25th. Scott Merritt (208-C-82, college: Marquette) poured in 26 points and Kawamura Takuya delivered 21. Lett Ontario scored 22 points for the Dolphins and Hale Ron netted 12.

Toshiba - Hitachi S. 83-74
Toshiba edged Hitachi S. 83:74 to remain the only undefeated team in the league with 4-0 record. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while O'Bannon Charles and Ono Hajime posted 10 each. Takeuchi Joji ended up with 17 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Aishin - Hokkaido 95-66
Aishin once again overcame Hokkaido 95:66 for 3-1 record. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80, college: California) stepped up with 23 points and Sakuragi followed him with 16. Orimo Takehiko finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort and Maraker Christian collected 21 points and 12 boards.

Toyota - Panasonic 74-79
Toyota was beaten by Panasonic 74:79 at the Regular Season Round 4. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) stepped up with 29 points and Hirose Kenta netted 23. Gibbs Jeff responded with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the losing case.




Forehan-Kelly's 19 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old swingman Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 19 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Aishin in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hokkaido (#7, 0-4), the league's worst team 93-86. Despite this victory Aishin dropped to the 2nd position in Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Aishin will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Forehan-Kelly had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Aishin's top player in his first season with the team. Ryan Forehan-Kelly averages just after two games 23.5ppg and 8.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of Panasonic Trians. He is American forward in his 3rd season at Panasonic. In the last game Custis recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Panasonic was edged by Toyota (3-1) 85-82. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Custis is one of the most experienced players at Panasonic and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#3). He also registered 11.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi Sunrockers (#6). Takeuchi scored 18 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Takeuchi's great performance Hitachi Sunrockers lost 66-71 to Toshiba (#1, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hitachi Sunrockers can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Takeuchi he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Takeuchi has individually a great season in Japan. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 15.3rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 1.8apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of Aishin - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of Hokkaido - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) of Panasonic - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Daiji Yamada (200-C-81) of Hokkaido - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) of Toshiba - 19 points and 5 rebounds


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Kazakh talent signs in Serbia for FMP - by Eurobasket

Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) has signed for FMP Zeleznik Beograd from Serbia. The 210 cm forward is the star player of his country and has a big reputation in Asia. He averaged 15.6 rpg and 9.6 rpg with the Kazakh National team at the 2009 Asian Championship. Has been on the radar of NBA scouts since he was invited to the NBA Basketball without borders in 2005. Was an early entry for the 2009 NBA draft, but withdrew his name later. Invited to the prestigious Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso 2009. Ponomarev successfully passed the pre-season training camp and try-out of FMP and signed a multi-year contract with the well-known Serbian team. Although several other teams showed strong interest in Ponomarev (especially from China) he consciously chose for FMP because of the track record that team has with developing young players. Ponomarev is the first player ever from Asia to sign a contract with a professional basketball team from Serbia.


Courtesy of Court-Side






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  LITHUANIA   


BC Siauliai lost three games in Poland - by Eurobasket News
BC Siauliai lost three games in Poland at the International Tournament as Four teams participate at the Kasztelan Basketball Cup 2010. In Day 1 Anwil Wloclawek overcame BC Siauliai 78:56. The Polish side started with 25-14, but Lithuanian team responded with 13-10 in the second frame. With 22-16 Anwil won the third period and added 21-13 in the last frame. Andrzej Pluta exploded with 33 points for the winners and Miller netted 14. Jovanovic delivered 10, while Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Thompson posted 7 each. Harris replied with 17 points in the losing effort, Stanionis scored 11 and Gvezdauskas notched 10.
In Day 2 BC Siauliai lost the thriller to Bnei Hasharon 83:84. The team from Israel enjoyed the early start and reached 25-19 in the end of the first quarter. Moreover they added 15-14 in the second frame for 7-point lead at the halftime. In the third and the last quarters the team from Lithuania celebrated narrow victories but could not come closer to the winners. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, agency: NM Services, college: TCU) was unstoppable with 28 points and James netted 15. Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) scored 13, while Reis delivered 12. Harris produced 25 points in the losing effort and Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) notched 13.
PGE Turow Zgorzelec triumphed at Kasztelan Cup finishing the tourney with three victories. Eurobasket wrote about first two wins in the previous article and it became known a few hours ago that PGE Turow Zgorzelec overcame BC Siauliai 66:58 to take the first place. The team from Lithuania however opened the game with 25-15 and increased to 12-point lead after 18-16 in the second frame. Turow needed 18-11 in the third period and defensive 17-4 in the last to win the trophy. Michael Kuebler led the way with 18 points and David Jackson netted 13. Marko Brkic posted 9, Ivan Koljevic added 8, while Konrad Wysocki and Jacek Jarecki (197-G-88) delivered 5 each. For BC Siauliai Roman Gumeniuk produced 17 points and Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) scored 14.



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


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LNBP: Round 8 review - by Eurobasket News
Jaguares - Volcanes 99-93
Jaguares grabbed the first victory of the season mostly owing to Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85, college: Charleston), who scored 25 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. On the other side, Juan Pablo Bravo (191-G/F) replied with 34 points in loss. Both teams had poor 0-7 before this meeting, but now Volcanoes stay the only winless team in the league.

Lobos Grises - Algodoneros 105-84
5-4 for Lobos Grises and 4-4 for Algodoneros after this game. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) and Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) were the leading players in victory with 23 and 22 points respectively. Blake Walker delivered 23 points for Algodoneros.

Huracanes - Lechugueros 78-76
Tiny home win for Huracanes, who improved to 4-4 record. They got the most from Robert Hornsby (196-F/C, college: Troy) last night: 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) collected 22 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Panteras - Pioneros 99-102
Pioneros stay on top of LNBP with perfect 8-0 record. Gregory Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 21 points in this victory, while LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) added 20 points and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Ricardo Melendez shined with 32 pts.

Angeles - Potros 105-81
Easy one for Angeles, who jumped to 7-1 record (second place). Reginald Butler (207-C-77, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Xavier) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 16 rebounds. He reached valuation 42 and was the MVP of this meeting. Ansel Guzman (174-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports) collected 17 points, 6 rebs and 5 assists in defeat.

Titanes - Soles 71-83
Soles joined group of the teams with 4-4 record. Their key player last night was Lorenzo Wade (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) with 26 points and 6 rebounds. He had valuation 34. In Titanes (3-5), Salomon Angounou (202-F-83, agency: Union Sports, college: Arizona St.) collected 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Ola Verde - Abejas 101-97
Ola Verde jumped to 5-3, while Abejas slipped to 3-5 after this meeting. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) top-scored for the hosts with 29 points and he grabbed impressive 17 rebounds beside that. Guzman also dished out 7 assists to his teammates last night reaching valuation 49! George Travis (F) had 21 pts and 9 boards in defeat.

Today:
Toros - Halcones Xalapa
Fuerza Regia - Halcones Rojos




Rashad Jennings is a newcomer at Soles de Mexicali - by Eurobasket
Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Rashad Jennings (203-F-84, college: UALR). Jennings played most recently at Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France). While playing 16 games for Boulazac last season he averaged 8.8ppg, 8.7rpg (3rd best in the league) and 1.4spg. Jennings is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine. In his first game in the Mexican team, Jennings scored 4 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in 23 minutes.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Salomon Angounou joins Titanes Capital - by Eurobasket
Titanes Capital D.F. (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-F-83, agency: Union Sports, college: Arizona St.) (202-F-83, college: Arizona St., agency: Union Sports). Angounou played most recently at Potros ITSON (LNBP). While playing 3 games for Potros this season he averaged 12.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.0apg. In his first game he has played against Potros Itson, his former team, scoring 18 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - LNBP

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


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 Ricardo MELENDEZ
  Panteras
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Melendez, Panteras27.9 
 2. Carmona, Fuerza R.24.3 
 3. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.24.0 
 4. Walker, Algodone.23.3 
 5. Hornsby, Huracanes22.0 
 6. Perez, Potros21.6 
 7. Thomas, Soles21.2 
 8. Harris, Lobos G.21.1 
 9. Johnson, Jaguares20.5 
 10. Arceneaux, Lechugue.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio GARCIA
  Panteras
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Garcia, Panteras13.6 
 2. Broxsie, Volcanes12.0 
 3. Guzman, Ola Verde10.1 
 4. Smith, Fuerza R.10.0 
 5. Thomas, Volcanes9.8 
 6. Bethelmy, Angeles9.6 
 7. Smith, Lechugueros9.3 
 8. Roe, Halc.Xalapa9.0 
 9. Berghoefer, Potros8.7 
 10. Angounou, Potros8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Algodoneros
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Stoll, Algodoneros7.3 
 2. Vargas, Angeles5.3 
 3. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.7 
 4. Johns, Lechugueros4.4 
 5. Brown, Ola Verde4.1 
 6. Pagan, Toros4.1 
 7. Johnson, Fuerza R.4.0 
 8. Baker, Ola Verde3.8 
 9. Brown, Lobos G.3.8 
 10. Hickerson, Pioneros3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robert HORNSBY
  Huracanes
  (196-F/C-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hornsby, Huracanes2.8 
 2. Thomas, Volcanes2.2 
 3. Allen, Lobos Grises2.2 
 4. Rivera, Halc.Rojos2.1 
 5. Stoll, Algodoneros2.1 
 6. Monreal, Abejas2.0 
 7. Aubry, Halc.Rojos1.9 
 8. Brooks, Abejas1.8 
 9. Johnson, Jaguares1.8 
 10. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheyenne MOORE
  Volcanes
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moore, Volcanes2.3 
 2. Thomas, Panteras1.5 
 3. Bravo, Volcanes1.3 
 4. Johnson, Jaguares1.3 
 5. Johnson, Fuerza R.1.2 
 6. Funderburke, Volca.1.0 
 7. Perez, Potros1.0 
 8. Carmona, Fuerza R.1.0 
 9. Soto, Abejas1.0 
 10. Brooks, Abejas0.8 


Fuerza regia Survive - by Harold Valenzuela
Even with the run in the third quarter of Halcones UV Xalapa Rojos de Veracruz, Fuerza Regia Monterrey got the victory, the game start very good for Fuerza Regia Monterrey, with the good play of rookie player Gabriel Giron (192-F-88), Fuerza Regia Monterrey made a big led at the halftime.
But as usual the third quarter is a terror for Fuerza Regia Monterrey, the lack of a true point guard affect the team and they make a lot of mistakes. Halcones UV Xalapa Rojos de Veracruz tied the game at 57, but the players of Halcones UV Xalapa Rojos de Veracruz have fouls problems and they want to only shoot the 3, they never play another style of game, only shoot the three and players like Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) miss and miss all the shots .
At the end Fuerza Regia Monterrey won the game 72-80, and increase his record 6-2 to be in the top 5 in the LNBP standings. Another problem is the center, they need a true center to fit the time. They will bring a point guard this week who is very good, and the team will be better, with these add they will see how Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) seems with a true point guard, if he not play better they will have to search another center to fit exactly to be a championship team.
In other game Halcones UV Xalapa won in Toros Nuevo Laredo 74-71.



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  NBA   


Nets trade for 'Melo nears crossroads - by Eurobasket News
As Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) implored Denver management to keep exploring deals that would land him with the New York Knicks, the blockbuster trade that wouldve sent the All-Star forward to the New Jersey Nets has reached a perilous crossroads, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday night.

Anthonys willingness to accept a contract extension with the Nets has begun to deteriorate over the weekend, and sources said at least some part of his uneasiness has come from conversations with former Nets players around the league. Despite the Nets new ownership and a new arena, Anthony has been regaled with tales of empty seats, fan apathy and second-class citizenship in the shadows of the Knicks and Madison Square Garden. Already, he had been uneager about joining a team that wasnt close to contention.

Hes having second thoughts on Jersey, one league source said. Hes pushed [Denver] to explore other options.

The Nuggets believe the deal with New Jersey gives them maximum value for Anthony, but they still engaged the Knicks on Saturday in discussions that included Danilo Gallinari (notes), Anthony Randolph (notes) and Toney Douglas (notes), sources said. The Knicks were working to pry draft picks to use in a deal for Anthony, and sources said they had talks with the Houston Rockets, who obtained New Yorks 2012 first-rounder to clear cap space in a February deadline deal.

As the Nuggets continue to listen other offers, theyre also working to tweak the specifics of their initial four-team proposal with the Nets, league executives with knowledge of the talks said. One source said the Nuggets are attempting to clear more salary from their payroll and are offering anyone on their roster but Chauncey Billups and Ty Lawson.

The Nets remain hopeful they can convince Anthony to sign an extension if the teams can finalize a trade.

The three teams New Jersey, Charlotte and Utah that had come to a tentative agreement on the deal were losing patience with Denvers front office. After believing they had the parameters of a trade in place Friday, several executives were frustrated with the way the Nuggets were leveraging them to find a better deal. There still are several Nuggets voices in the process, and theres confusion from other teams about who is truly authorizing deals and making decisions, sources said.

New Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri privately has expressed a desire to try to convince Anthony, but Anthony has made it clear in multiple ways he wants no part of a future there. Ujiri even tried to set up a sit-down meeting with Anthony before the start of training camp, league sources said, but Anthony declined. No one believes the Nuggets want to start training camp with Anthony on the roster, nor does Anthony himself. Camp opens next week, and sources said Anthony planned to travel to Denver on Sunday with the Nuggets scheduled to hold media day Monday.

The longer this proposed deal drags on without resolution, the less likely team officials believe they will ever strike a deal. Sources said the Nuggets were hoping the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls would re-emerge with offers over the weekend that included Blake Griffin (notes) and Joakim Noah (notes), respectively, but Clippers and Bulls sources insist those players remain off limits.

Agents William Wesley and Leon Rose, who represent Anthony for CAA, have been advocates for Anthony to agree to sign a $65 million contract extension with the Nets. An immense part of Worldwide Wes selling job on Anthony includes the scenario of the Nets signing New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul (notes) in his free agency summer of 2012, sources told Yahoo! Sports. In July, Anthony and Paul were toasting at the Nuggets stars wedding about joining Amare Stoudemire (notes) with the New York Knicks, but that could change should Anthony accept a deal to the Nets.

In part, Paul joined Worldwide Wes and Rose at CAA for the chance to be packaged with their clientele of stars. After putting together Dwyane Wade (notes), LeBron James (notes) and Chris Bosh (notes) in Miami, Anthony and Paul could conceivably partner with Brook Lopez (notes) to make the Nets a formidable franchise. Paul was willing to accept a trade to the Nets over the summer, and like Anthony, wants a chance to play in a major metropolitan market.

Still, the Nets wouldnt have the assets to make a deal for Paul in 2011, if New Orleans, like Denver, wanted to trade him a year before his free agency to try and get maximum value for him. New Jersey would have to give up too much in this proposed Melo deal to cobble together another package of young players and draft picks a year from now. The Nets likely would have to wait until Pauls free agency in 2012.

Under the current four-team trade proposal, the Nuggets would receive rookie power forward Derrick Favors (notes), the third pick in the 2010 draft, Utahs Andrei Kirilenko (notes), who has an expiring contract, and two future first-round picks from the Nets. The picks include New Jerseys 2011 first-rounder and the 2012 pick the Nets own from the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors pick would include some kind of a lottery protection.

The Nets also would send point guard Devin Harris (notes) to the Bobcats, who would move forward Boris Diaw (notes) to the Jazz. Nets guard Quinton Ross (notes) also would be sent to the Nuggets. The Nets are determined to get back a point guard to replace Harris. Charlotte doesnt want to give up D.J. Augustin (notes) to the Nets, so New Jersey has begun exploring how to expand the trade to include more teams and more players in hopes of landing itself a point guard.

New Jersey desperately wants Anthony, 26, to become the face of its franchise as it prepares to make a move to a new Brooklyn arena in 2013. The Nets have reshaped the franchise under new Russian billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. They have resources unmatched in the NBA and will move out of the decrepit Meadowlands arena and into the state-of-the-state Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., this season. The Nets are likely to spend two years in Newark before moving to New York.

New Jersey is trying to sell Anthony on the promise of Lopez and the track record of new coach Avery Johnson. Still, the Nets are coming off a franchise-worst 12-70 season.

Anthony has refused to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets and has made it clear to team officials hes not comfortable with the franchises stability. Theres unrest within the organization, where George Karls top assistant, Tim Grgurich, has left, league sources said. Grgurich has told friends hes angry about the franchises refusal to retain former GM Mark Warkentien. Karl is now without his two most trusted confidants in the organization, Warkentien and Grgurich.

Forward Kenyon Martin (notes) and guards J.R. Smith (notes) and Arron Afflalo (notes) will be free agents after this season and center Nene could join them if he opts out of the final year of his contract. Point guard Chauncey Billups (notes) also could hit the market because the Nuggets are obligated to pay only $3.7 million of his $14.2 million salary for 2011-12 if hes waived at the end of the season.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Rockets sign rookie Patrick Sullivan - by Eurobasket News
With Brad Miller (6'11''-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) out and Ming Yao's (7'5''-C-80) playing time limited, the Rockets added 6-9 forward/center Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88), a rookie from Southeastern Louisiana, to the training camp roster.

Sullivan was signed to add depth inside while Patrick Patterson and Jordan Hill help fill in at center.

The move does not impact the Rockets' efforts to sign a third center. Veteran Erick Dampier is considering a two-year, $4 million contract with the Rockets.

The Rockets also have spoken with Jazz restricted free agent Kyrylo Fesenko, who is expected to sign an offer sheet or accept the Jazz qualifying offer by the start of Utah's camp Tuesday.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Ankle injury to keep Kwame Brown out 4 to 6 weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Charlotte Bobcats will lose big man Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports) at least for the preseason after he severely sprained his left ankle during a workout Thursday.

The Bobcats announced Saturday that Brown will miss at least four to six weeks, after a magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the injury's severity. The Bobcats noted in the announcement that Brown previously had surgery on that ankle in May of 2007.

Brown was signed as a free agent this summer to help fill the gap at center and power forward after the Bobcats traded Tyson Chandler for Erick Dampier's unguaranteed salary of about $13 million. As expected, the Bobcats waived Dampier to get below the NBA's luxury-tax threshold.

The Bobcats' remaining centers are Nazr Mohammed and Gana Diop.

The Bobcats have had discussions about trading starting power forward Boris Diaw in a multi-player deal that would bring New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris to Charlotte.
Courtesy of www.charlotteobserver.com


Kobe Bryant plans to shed splint - by Eurobasket News
Several seasons ago, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) approached Nike asking for a more streamlined sneaker that wouldn't weigh him down as much on the court as his traditional high tops, and the company obliged with a low-top alternative.

Bryant announced at the Lakers' annual media day Saturday that he is going with a new less-is-more approach this season, like his sneaker preference. The All-Star guard is electing to not wear a splint on the bothersome right index finger on his shooting hand that suffered from an avulsion fracture and an arthritic knuckle last year.

'If [the finger] gets whacked, maybe a game or so I'll have to put [the splint] on, but for the most part no,' Bryant said. 'I've been shooting without the tape. My shot feels a lot better. I can follow through with my fingers on the ball and get a better feel for it now than I did last year.'

The 15-year veteran and back-to-back Finals MVP chose not to undergo an offseason operation on the finger because the procedure would require a lengthy rehabilitation.

'The surgery that's required for the finger was too extensive, in terms of the recovery,' Bryant told ESPNLA.com's Brian and Andy Kamenetzky. 'I'd miss a huge chunk of the season and it's just not worth it to do that with a injury that I've played with and won a championship with. It just didn't make sense ... You would have to in essence break it again and put it back together.'

Bryant did however have surgery on his right knee in July after needing to have the knee drained in between Games 4 and 5 in the first round of the playoffs against Oklahoma City.

'The knee feels really, really good,' said Bryant, who should be ready to play in Los Angeles' first exhibition game against Minnesota on Oct. 4 in London. 'That was the injury I was most concerned with, was taking care of the knee. It's feeling strong. I've been training really, really hard getting the stamina back in the leg where I feel like I can sustain that strength throughout the course of the season.'

It was welcome injury-related news for the Lakers after it was revealed Saturday that starting center Andrew Bynum would likely miss the first month of the regular season while recovering from right knee surgery of his own.

Reserve forward Luke Walton is also on the mend, attempting a comeback after playing in just 29 of 82 regular season games and 16 of 23 playoff games because of back pain.

'I'm pretty much going into [training camp] as if nothing's wrong and going forward and see how it feels,' Walton said. 'It feels a lot better. It feels great. I've been working on it all summer -- rehabbing, strengthening exercises. I put together a team of [a] Yoga teacher, Pilates [instructor], back specialist and [have] just been drilling it all summer so I'm excited to see how it holds up.

Courtesy of ESPN


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  NCAA2   


Players to Watch 2010/2011 - Devon Hills - by Matthias Haufer
Another Lone Star Conference player destined for big things in 2010/2011 is Tarleton State swingman Devon Hills (6'4''-G-86). After a slow start, the 6-4 junior college transfer from California averaged 15.5 points per game and shot over 50 per cent from the floor in LSC conference play last season. The versatile guard was awarded with 1st-team All-LSC honors and was one of the key factors in the Texans terrific 25-8 campaign.

This upcoming season, Hills will be counted upon to carry an even bigger workload. After the graduation of quick guard Effran Bryant (5'6''-G-88) and inside presence Jeremiah Wilson (6'8''-F-88, agency: HBA Sports), the ueber-athletic slasher should look to further increase his scoring average to help to fill that void. Tarleton State welcomes numerous high-calibre transfers so the Texans should be very competitive again.

If Hills can further improve his outside shooting (31.2% last season) and continue to convert his many free throw opportunities (74.8% in 09/10), he will become an almost complete offensive weapon. He already is an able defender and an outstanding shotblocker plus he ranks among the most exciting players in his conference. The senior should soon join the likes of John Davis (6'6''-F-84, agency: NM Services, college: Tarleton St.), Eric Williams (6'6''-F-86, agency: HBA Sports, college: Tarleton St.) and others who continued to play professionally after they were done at TSU.



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  PHILIPPINES   


Philippines outgun Japan in Sanaa - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U18 - Japan U18 75:57

Philippines recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round at U18 Asia Championship. They shot down Japan to improve at 2-2 record in Group F. Japan suffered the first loss at the tournament and slipped at 3-1 record. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) stepped up with 18 points and 6 assists to pace the Filipino team.
Philippines surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 15:7 lead midway through the starting quarter. Japan narrowed the deficit at a single point 15:16 after ten minutes. Philippines quickly restored a 7-point advantage and maintained it for some time. Philippines capped the half on a 10:1 run to post a 44:28 advantage. The gap grew at 19-point mark early in the third term. But Japan were able to trim the distance to 12 points with ten minutes to go. But the Filipino team quickly returned a safe buffer and rallied to the victory at the end.
Raphael Banal (186-G-92) accounted for 14 points and 9 assists for Philippines. Cris Michael Tolomia (191-G-93) and Roldan Sara (175-G-93) added 9 points each in the win. Seiya Ando (184-G-92) replied with 22 points for Japan. Takaya Sasayama (178-G-93) and Takahiro Takahashi (183-G-92) netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

Philippines U18: Kiefer Isaac Ravena 18, Raphael Banal 14, Cris Michael Tolomia 9, Roldan Sara 9
Japan U18: Seiya Ando 22, Takaya Sasayama 9, Takahiro Takahashi 9



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  POLAND   


Anwil lands Okoye for a try-out - by Lukasz Leik
Ike Okoye (206-F, college: Boise St.) came to Wloclawek for a try-out after failing to sign a contract with Intermache Zastal Zielona Gora.
The 24-year-old center finished playing for Boise St. last season where he was a starter and was one of the most important players averaging 12.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Okoye is expected to be a backup for Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) who came back to Wloclawek after one season in Russia.


PGE Turow Zgorzelec triumphs at Kasztelan Cup - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow Zgorzelec triumphs at Kasztelan Cup finishing the tourney with three victories. Eurobasket wrote about first two wins in the previous article and it became known a few hours ago that PGE Turow Zgorzelec overcame BC Siauliai 66:58 to take the first place. The team from Lithuania however opened the game with 25-15 and increased to 12-point lead after 18-16 in the second frame. Turow needed 18-11 in the third period and defensive 17-4 in the last to win the trophy. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, college: Hawaii) led the way with 18 points and David Jackson netted 13. Marko Brkic posted 9, Ivan Koljevic added 8, while Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) and Jacek Jarecki delivered 5 each. For BC Siauliai Roman Gumeniuk produced 17 points and Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) scored 14.
Anwil Wloclawek lost to Bnei Hasharon 82:87 and finished on the third place. The team from Israel improved to 2-1 record to grab the second place. Anwil started with 25-16 and lost the second period 28-19. Bnei Hasharon also added 26-15 in the third period for the bigger lead and did not mind 17-23 in the last stanza. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, agency: NM Services, college: TCU) stepped up with 23 points for the winners and James netted 21. Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) followed them with 16, Shason scored 12 and Tamir added 5.Jovanovic produced 22 points in the losing effort and Darryl Thompson (173-G-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 14.



MVP: Lee Nailon (Bnei Hasharon)
Best scorer of the tournament: Lee Nailon ( Bnei Hasharon )
Best new player for Anwil: Darryl Thompson
The best scorer for 3: Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) ( Anwil )
Best player of the younger generation: Darius Gvezdauskas (191-G-88) (BC Siauliai )




Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal SIKORA
  Start Lublin
  (182-G-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Sikora, Start Lublin21.0 
 2. Majcherek, AZS S.20.0 
 3. Pacocha, AZS S.20.0 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojn.20.0 
 5. Mysliwiec, Start L.19.0 
 6. Gliszczynski, Astoria16.0 
 7. Zurawski, ISS S.16.0 
 8. Paul, Astoria14.0 
 9. Sulowski, ISS S.14.0 
 10. Klima, Sokol L.11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wiktor GRUDZINSKI
  Spojnia S.
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 10
 1. Grudzinski, Spojn.10.0 
 2. Zurawski, ISS S.9.0 
 3. Kwiatkowski, Start L.9.0 
 4. Paul, Astoria8.0 
 5. Strzelecki, ISS S.8.0 
 6. Szyttenholm, Astor.8.0 
 7. Klima, Sokol L.7.0 
 8. Kowalski, Start L.7.0 
 9. Mysliwiec, Start L.7.0 
 10. Sulowski, ISS S.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.8.0 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sportino6.0 
 3. Sikora, Start Lublin6.0 
 4. Sulowski, ISS S.5.0 
 5. Pacocha, AZS S.5.0 
 6. Majcherek, AZS S.4.0 
 7. Dudek, AZS Szczecin3.0 
 8. Gliszczynski, Astoria3.0 
 9. Plebanek, Astoria2.0 
 10. Mysliwiec, Start L.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz JAGODA
  Start Lublin
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jagoda, Start L.6.0 
 2. Klima, Sokol L.5.0 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.0 
 4. Plebanek, Astoria3.0 
 5. Mysliwiec, Start L.3.0 
 6. Majcherek, AZS S.3.0 
 7. Wilczek, Spojnia S.2.0 
 8. Dudek, AZS Szczecin2.0 
 9. Bodych, Spojnia S.2.0 
 10. Bierwagen, Astoria2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol L.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Klima, Sokol L.2.0 
 2. Kwiatkowski, Start L.2.0 
 3. Prus, AZS Szczecin1.0 
 4. Podgalski, AZS S.1.0 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojn.1.0 
 6. Sikora, Start Lublin1.0 
 7. Grudzinski, Spojn.1.0 
 8. Majcherek, AZS S.1.0 
 9. Balcerek, AZS S.1.0 
 10. Pacocha, AZS S.0.0 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Asec.Prokom-2 1-0 
 2. AZS Szczecin 1-0 
 3. Big Star 1-0 
 4. Sokol L. 1-0 
 5. Start Lublin 1-0 
 6. Tempcold AZS 1-0 
 7. LKS Lodz 0-0 
 8. Polonia 2011 0-0 
 9. Rosasport 0-0 
 10. Znicz Basket 0-0 
 11. Astoria 0-1 
 12. Gornik Walb. 0-1 
 13. ISS Sportino 0-1 
 14. MMKS DG 0-1 
 15. SKK Siedlce 0-1 
 16. Spojnia S. 0-1 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. AZS Kutno 1-0 
 2. MMKS SIDEn 1-0 
 3. OSSM W-wa 1-0 
 4. SMS PZKosz W. 1-0 
 5. Zyrardowianka 1-0 
 6. Korsarz 0-0 
 7. Norgips 0-0 
 8. Trefl II Sopot 0-0 
 9. Zuraw Gn. 0-0 
 10. AZS Olsztyn 0-1 
 11. Basket Pila 0-1 
 12. Plock 0-1 
 13. Polpak 0-1 
 14. Tur B.Podl. 0-1 
Group B
 1. KK A-Bild 1-0 
 2. Pogon Prudnik 1-0 
 3. Stal Ostrow 1-0 
 4. Sudety JG 1-0 
 5. AZS PO Opole 0-0 
 6. AZS PP Poznan 0-0 
 7. Ksiezak 0-0 
 8. Nysa Klodzko 0-0 
 9. Obiekty Wrocl. 0-0 
 10. Open Basket 0-0 
 11. Pogon Ruda Sl. 0-0 
 12. Slask Wroclaw 0-0 
 13. Alba 0-1 
 14. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 0-1 
 15. Gliwice 0-1 
 16. MKS Skiern. 0-1 
Group C
 1. HK Zory 1-0 
 2. MOSiR Krosno 1-0 
 3. UMKS Kielce 1-0 
 4. Wisla Krakow 1-0 
 5. AZS Rzeszow 0-0 
 6. KKS Novum L. 0-0 
 7. MCKiS Jaw. 0-0 
 8. Mickiewicz 0-0 
 9. MKS Limanowa 0-0 
 10. Polonia P. 0-0 
 11. Staco Niepol. 0-0 
 12. Znicz 0-0 
 13. AZS AWF K-ce 0-1 
 14. AZS PR Radom 0-1 
 15. Cracovia 0-1 
 16. Unia Tarnow 0-1 


Kasztelan Basketball Cup 2010 - by Eurobasket News
Four teams participate at the Kasztelan Basketball Cup 2010 in Poland. In Day 1 Anwil Wloclawek overcame BC Siauliai 78:56. The Polish side started with 25-14, but Lithuanian team responded with 13-10 in the second frame. With 22-16 Anwil won the third period and added 21-13 in the last frame. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) exploded with 33 points for the winners and
Miller netted 14. Jovanovic delivered 10, while Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Thompson posted 7 each. Harris replied with 17 points in the losing effort, Stanionis scored 11 and Gvezdauskas notched 10.
PGE Turow Zgorzelec rolled over Bnei Hasharon 81:66. The Israeli team started better and took 21-17 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover the guests only lost 23-24 in the second frame for the halftime advantage. In the second half the Polish team played better and won two periods.
Thomas poured in 20 points for the winners and Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) netted 14. Brkic scored 13, while Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Wysocki delivered 8 each. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, agency: NM Services, college: TCU) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Tamir scored 14. Steele posted 13, whilst James added 10.
In Day 2 PGE Turow Zgorzelec edged Anwil Wloclawek 74:61 for the second straight win. Turow opened the game with 25-20 and added 15-11 in the second frame. Moreover the team won the third and the last quarters to seal the victory. Wysocki paced all the winners with 17 points and Ivan Zigeranovic notched 12. Thomas netted 8, whilst Koljevic posted 7. Andrzej Pluta finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort and Jovanovic netted 11.
BC Siauliai lost the thriller to Bnei Hasharon 83:84. The team from Israel enjoyed the early start and reached 25-19 in the end of the first quarter. Moreover they added 15-14 in the second frame for 7-point lead at the halftime. In the third and the last quarters the team from Lithuania celebrated narrow victories but could not come closer to the winners. Lee Nailon was unstoppable with 28 points and James netted 15. Shason scored 13, while Reis delivered 12. Harris produced 25 points in the losing effort and Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) notched 13.


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  PORTUGAL   


Richard Oruche is a newcomer at Casino Figueira Ginasio - by Eurobasket
Casino Figueira Ginasio strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Nigerian-American guard Richard Oruche (191-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: KMG Sports Management). Oruche played most recently at Team London (Eurobasket) in the U.S and was selected to the Eurobasket Summer League All-Cotonou Team and to the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago All-Tournament 1st Team.

In his last season at college with Springfield, he recorded averages of 19.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 80.5% in 23 games.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   


Primoz Brezec will join Krasnie Krilya - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik
Slovenian NT player Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) will play for Krasnie Krilya Samara this season. After spending 8 seasons in NBA (Indiana, Charlotte, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Milwaukee) and the short break in Italy with Lottomatica Virtus Roma in 2008-2009, Brezec moves to Russia. Last season he ended with Milwaukee Bucks 16 games: 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg and then played for the National Team at the World Championship in Turkey (8.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 63.8% 2FGP, 50% 3FGP, 66.7 FT%). 'I'm excited for the new challlenge', - posted Primoz in his twitter.

CSKA wins Kondrashin & Belov Cup - by Eurobasket News
CSKA wins Kondrashin & Belov Cup once again and rightfully triumphed tonight in St.Petersburg. The Russian Champion overcame Efes Pilsen 70:60 in the Final game. CSKA started with 15-12 and produced 22-16 in the second period. In the third quarter the Russian team also played better and won the frame 17-14. Only in the last stanza the team from Turkey managed to respond with 18-16 but it was enough only to reduce to 10 points. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) followed him with 12 and Zabelin scored 10. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Roberts collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Spartak finished third in the tournament beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 90:82. The hosts opened the game with 24-15, but the team from Israel responded with 23-19 in the second period. Spartak again won the third quarter to the bigger lead and enjoyed 70:62 entering the last frame. Both teams nailed 20 points in the final stanza as the board showed the total 90:82 win for the Russian team. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) poured in 21 points for the hosts and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) as well as Zupan netted 17 each. Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) ended up with 22 points in the losing case.


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Zadar beats FMP in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Zadar - FMP 75-67

Zadar squared off against Serbian outfit FMP Zeleznik and thanks to the great last quarter they managed to come away with a win. FMP Zeleznik opened the game better as they were able to take the early lead. After initial 10 minutes of play the score was set to 13-17. Tempo of the game did not change much in the second period, as FMP players still controlled the rhythm. They continued to build their lead and by the halftime they have increased it by 4 points. As result, the score at the HT stood at 29-37. After the break, Zadar players picked their intensity up, especially on the offensive end. They opened the third quarter with a run and have started to take the game over. With one quarter left to play, Zadar was able to take 59-58 lead. Than in the last period, Zadar players went on a run which gave them their biggest lead of the game. Zadar limited FMP to only 6 fourth quarter points. As result they were able to close the game out for the final 75-67 victory.
Marko Car (188-G/F-85) led the winners with 19 points in this match. Miro Bilan (212-F-89) followed closely with 16 points, while Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) chipped in 9 points of his own. FMP Zeleznik got 17 points from Markovic in this game. Ilic and Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) also had a good night, finishing the match with 15 and 14 points respectively.

Zadar: Marko Car 19, Miro Bilan 16, Jakov Vladovic 9
FMP: Markovic 17, Ilic 15, Andreja Milutinovic 14


Kazakh talent signs in Serbia for FMP - by Eurobasket

Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) has signed for FMP Zeleznik Beograd from Serbia. The 210 cm forward is the star player of his country and has a big reputation in Asia. He averaged 15.6 rpg and 9.6 rpg with the Kazakh National team at the 2009 Asian Championship. Has been on the radar of NBA scouts since he was invited to the NBA Basketball without borders in 2005. Was an early entry for the 2009 NBA draft, but withdrew his name later. Invited to the prestigious Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso 2009. Ponomarev successfully passed the pre-season training camp and try-out of FMP and signed a multi-year contract with the well-known Serbian team. Although several other teams showed strong interest in Ponomarev (especially from China) he consciously chose for FMP because of the track record that team has with developing young players. Ponomarev is the first player ever from Asia to sign a contract with a professional basketball team from Serbia.


Courtesy of Court-Side






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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jaraun BURROWS
  Komarno
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 39
 1. Burrows, Komarno39.0 
 2. Gavran, Inter B.25.0 
 3. Tomek, Nitra24.0 
 4. Delic, Handlova21.0 
 5. Carter, Vahostav.18.0 
 6. Madaj, Handlova18.0 
 7. Johnson, Nova Ves18.0 
 8. Wheeler, Inter B.17.0 
 9. Nuber, Handlova16.0 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaraun BURROWS
  Komarno
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Burrows, Komarno12.0 
 2. Delic, Handlova11.0 
 3. Gavran, Inter B.10.0 
 4. Madaj, Handlova10.0 
 5. Vojtek, Levice9.0 
 6. Tomek, Nitra9.0 
 7. Jones, Komarno8.0 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves8.0 
 9. Batka, Nova Ves7.0 
 10. Pesta, Nova Ves7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Johnathon JONES
  Komarno
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jones, Komarno7.0 
 2. Kucsa, Inter B.6.0 
 3. Burrows, Komarno6.0 
 4. Wheeler, Inter B.6.0 
 5. Grbesic, Svit5.0 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves3.0 
 7. Nuber, Handlova3.0 
 8. Polakovic, Svit3.0 
 9. Gavlak, Handlova3.0 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Carter, Vahostav.5.0 
 2. Kostomaj, Levice4.0 
 3. Demecko, Nova Ves3.0 
 4. Jackson, Komarno3.0 
 5. Kucsa, Inter B.3.0 
 6. Gavlak, Handlova3.0 
 7. Pesta, Nova Ves2.0 
 8. Kral, Nitra2.0 
 9. Lehman, Nitra2.0 
 10. Grbesic, Svit2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas DURANA
  Inter Bratislava
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Durana, Inter B.2.0 
 2. Jackson, Komarno2.0 
 3. Batka, Nova Ves2.0 
 4. Jones, Komarno1.0 
 5. Haviar, Handlova1.0 
 6. Madzin, Svit1.0 
 7. McCoy, Svit1.0 
 8. Tot, Inter B.1.0 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice1.0 
 10. Wheeler, Inter B.1.0 


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  SYRIA   


Syria knock down Iraq at U18 Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News
Syria U18 - Iraq U18 80:70

Syria earned the first win at the Qualifying Round of the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. They held off Iraq to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Iraq slipped at 0-4 record after the loss. Muhammad Otabachi (192-F-92) paced Syria with 27 points.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Syria posted a narrow 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Syria strongly started the second period. They quickly boosted the margin to 14 points and maintained the advantage throughout the period. Syria earned a 44:31 lead at halftime. Iraq managed just 12 points in the third term and saw the game drifting away from them. Syria posted a 65:43 lead at the final intermission. However Iraq went on a 12:2 run midway through the fourth quarter to narrow the gap at just 10 points. Later Iraq scored six points in a row and got as close as 6 points with under two minutes remaining. However Kotiba Akkach and Amer Al Sati (203-C-92) scored vital points for Syria and sealed the winning effort.
Amer Al Sati accounted for 19 points and 18 rebounds for Syria. Amir Sirjieh (179-F-93) added 9 points and 11 assists for the winners. Ali Muayad Ismael (201-C-94) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Iraq. Hassan Abdullah (190-F-94) had 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Syria U18: Muhammad Otabachi 27, Amer Al Sati 19+18 boards, Amir Sirjieh 9+11 assists
Iraq U18: Ali Muayad Ismael 23, Hassan Abdullah 17



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  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen comes back from St.Petersburg - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen comes back from St.Petersburg as the team participated at Kondrashin & Belov Cup. CSKA won Kondrashin & Belov Cup once again and rightfully triumphed tonight in St.Petersburg. The Russian Champion overcame Efes Pilsen 70:60 in the Final game. CSKA started with 15-12 and produced 22-16 in the second period. In the third quarter the Russian team also played better and won the frame 17-14. Only in the last stanza the team from Turkey managed to respond with 18-16 but it was enough only to reduce to 10 points. Maryanovich stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) followed him with 12 and Zabelin scored 10. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Roberts collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Before that Turkish Efes Pilsen rolled over the hosts Spartak St Petersburg 73:62. The guests started with 28-20, but Spartak St Petersburg bounced back with 17-11 in the second frame. Efes Pilsen however looked better in the second half and won both periods. At first they produced 17-13 in the third frame and then won the game due to 17-12 in the last quarter. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) stepped up with 17 points and Andrew Wisniewski notched 12. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) brought 11 points, while Cenk Akyol delivered 7. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Thomson poured in 13, while Popovic netted 10.


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Adanaspor land Jamil Terrell: (Turkey) - by Griselle Martis

Adanaspor ensured the services of Jamil Terrell (6'7''-F/C-80, college: W.Texas A&M) for the upcoming season. Last season the 29-year-old forward played in New Zealand. He played for Easy LPG Bay Hawks and averaged 10.2 points, 10.0 boards and 1.1 blocks per game. In the UBA Playoff Classic Jamil Terrell led the GIE Morrow Disciples to the Championship delivering 7.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per appearance.

This is not Terrell's first stint in Turkey. In 09' Terrell played for Eyupspor where he led the league in rebounds and was named to the All-Import team. 'It's great to be back in Turkey, I loved it there', said Terrell.

Hunter used to play in the Slovenia, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia and UBA.

To read more about Terrell's signing: http://www.adanasporkulubu.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=214&Itemid=1




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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Scott MORRISON
  Halychyna
  (212-C-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Morrison, Halyc.22.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro19.0 
 3. Wilson, Budivelnyk18.0 
 4. Otverchenko, BC Ky.18.0 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot17.0 
 6. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.0 
 7. Wiggins, Halychyna17.0 
 8. Bizaca, Khimik16.0 
 9. Broadus, Halychyna15.0 
 10. Dukes, DniproAzot15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew BETTS
  Budivelnyk
  (216-C-77)
  Avg: 8
 1. Betts, Budivelnyk8.0 
 2. Drezga, Khimik6.0 
 3. Agafonov, Budiv.5.0 
 4. Wiggins, Halychyna5.0 
 5. Kornienko, Dnipro5.0 
 6. Austin, Dnipro4.0 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa4.0 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla3.0 
 9. Morley, Budivelnyk2.0 
 10. Tymofeyenko, Dni.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 John DEGROAT
  BC Odessa
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. DeGroat, BC Odessa10.0 
 2. Agafonov, Budiv.9.0 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.9.0 
 4. Garrison, Khimik9.0 
 5. Austin, Dnipro8.0 
 6. Kovalenko, BC Kyiv6.0 
 7. Balashov, BC Odessa6.0 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.0 
 9. Wilson, Budivelnyk6.0 
 10. Wiggins, Halychyna5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.0 
 2. Williams, Halychyna4.0 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.0 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.3.0 
 5. Dukes, DniproAzot3.0 
 6. Austin, Dnipro3.0 
 7. Nerush, DniproAzot3.0 
 8. Lypovyy, BC Kyiv3.0 
 9. Lukashov, Budiv.3.0 
 10. Potter, Khimik3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ruslan OTVERCHENKO
  BC Kyiv
  (192-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Otverchenko, BC Ky.5.0 
 2. Dukes, DniproAzot3.0 
 3. Lypovyy, BC Kyiv3.0 
 4. Tymofeyenko, Dni.3.0 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot3.0 
 6. Revzin, Halychyna3.0 
 7. Zimmerman, Hoverla2.0 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla2.0 
 9. Bogdanov, Halychyna1.0 
 10. Kobzisty, Budivelnyk1.0 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Everton T. 1-0 
 2. Cheshire J. 0-0 
 3. Essex Pirates 0-0 
 4. Glasgow R. 0-0 
 5. Guildford H. 0-0 
 6. Leicester R. 0-0 
 7. MK Lions 0-0 
 8. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 9. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 10. Worcester W. 0-0 
 11. Worthing T. 0-0 
 12. Newcastle E. 0-1 


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  URUGUAY   


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 32.3
 1. Villegas, Olimpia32.3 
 2. Craft, Cordon29.5 
 3. Cornley, Cader29.2 
 4. Taboada, Bigua29.0 
 5. Elliott, Hebraica27.0 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica26.8 
 7. McGowan, Sayago26.0 
 8. Woodward, Defensor24.2 
 9. Osimani, Montevideo22.3 
 10. Rogers, Un.Atletica21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence SHELMAN
  Sayago
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Shelman, Sayago12.3 
 2. Jackson, Anastasia12.0 
 3. Baston, Hebraica11.8 
 4. Puckett, Aguada11.6 
 5. Billings, Bigua11.0 
 6. Sikes, Anastasia10.8 
 7. McGowan, Sayago10.6 
 8. Gamble, Cader10.2 
 9. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.2 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Elliott, Hebraica8.0 
 2. Latham, Anastasia6.8 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville6.5 
 4. Nelson, Welcome5.2 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.0 
 6. Vidal, Bigua5.0 
 7. Cortizas, Aguada4.6 
 8. Osimani, Montevideo4.5 
 9. Monroe, Malvin4.2 
 10. Moglia, Welcome4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Elliott, Hebraica4.8 
 2. Monroe, Malvin3.2 
 3. Latham, Anastasia3.0 
 4. Rovira, Bigua2.7 
 5. Newsome, Malvin2.7 
 6. Woodward, Defensor2.6 
 7. Fernandez, Sayago2.6 
 8. Trelles, Bohemios2.5 
 9. Lado, Welcome2.5 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.3 
 2. Colon, Bohemios3.0 
 3. Shelman, Sayago3.0 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.7 
 5. Billings, Bigua2.3 
 6. Gamble, Cader2.2 
 7. Jackson, Anastasia2.0 
 8. Bouzout, Cordon2.0 
 9. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.0 
 10. Santee, Montevideo1.8 


Defensor Sporting beat Union Atletica - by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting, the defending LUB champions, beat 71-662 Union Atletica for the LUB 9th round, with 26 points and 6 rebounds by Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island), and 15 by Diego Castrillon (199-F-75). For UnioN Atletica Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) netted 15 and grabbed 14 rebounds and Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) scored 11. Defensor has now a 5-2 record, two points behind the leader Bigua.
Other results:
Trouville 89 - Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82) 24 points, Juliano Rivera (202-C-72) 20 points 8 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 8 points 7 rebounds, Will Graham (203-F-85, college: Florida Southern) 9 points 9 rebounds
Sayago 79 - Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) 21 points 13 rebounds, Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 12 points 15 rebounds 2 blocks
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Welcome 116 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 31 points 2 rebounds, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 4 points 1 rebound
Hebraica 110 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 39 points, Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) 30 points 6 rebounds
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Aguada 72 - Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 18 points, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 16 points 7 rebounds, Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, agency: NM Services, college: Clayton St.) 13 points 7 rebounds
Cordon 66 - Craig Craft (191-G-87, college: S.Mississippi) 34 points 8 rebounds, Harold Griffin (201-F, college: Lee) 16 points 11 rebounds



Villegas number one in Uruguay for round 9 - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Club Atletico Olimpia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, nine rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Anastasia (3-5) 83-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Thanks to this victory Olimpia moved-up to the 12th position in the Uruguayan LUB. Olimpia is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. Villegas turned to be Olimpia's top player in his first season with the team. Former Florida International University star has very solid stats this year. Villegas is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.3ppg. Villegas is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 54.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Hebraica Macabi. Elliott had a very good evening with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Hebraica lost that game 110-116 to slightly lower-ranked Welcome (#9, 4-6). Hebraica managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Elliott is a newcomer at Hebraica, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#6). He also recorded 7.7 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Craig Craft (191-G-87) of Atletico Cordon (#8). Craft got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Craft's great performance Cordon lost 66-72 to the higher-ranked Aguada (#5, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cordon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Craft could help Cordon to bring them higher in the standings. Craft has a great season in Uruguay. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.6ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87) of Cader - 31 points and 12 rebounds
5. Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82) of Trouville - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists
6. Kevin Nelson (192-G-84) of Welcome - 31 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Brian Woodward (191-G-81) of Defensor - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83) of Hebraica - 39 points and 4 assists
9. Cedric McGowan (198-F-85) of Sayago - 21 points and 13 rebounds
10. Darris Santee (203-F-87) of Montevideo - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists




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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


World Championship: Russia is No.1 of Preliminary Group D - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: ARGENTINA - RUSSIA 59-77

Another win for Russia in Brno. After victories against Czech Republic and Japan, Russia was too strong for Argentina winning the first place in Group D. Of course, they advanced to the next stage and will be placed to Group F. Argentina ended this round with poor 0-3 and will continue in Classification Games for 13th to 16th place. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) shined for Russia with 20 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 26 and was named the MVP of this meeting. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) helped her team with 13 points and 5 boards. In Argentina, Alejandra Chesta (187-F-82) was the only one with double-digits: 11 points. Paula Reggiardo (84) and Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79) had 8 pts each.
Russia was way better team than Argentina from the very beginning. Irina Osipova was on fire and together with her teammates created impressive 12-23 lead in the first ten minutes. Argentina improved offensively in the second frame, but was able to cut the deficit for just one point. Russia shined in Q3 again and resolved question about the winner. After 30 minutes of play Russia was already 18-points up. Last quarter was just the formality and Russia registered third straight victory in Brno.
On Monday, Russia will play against Brazil. Argentina will meet Mali on Tuesday.

Argentina: Alejandra Chesta 11, Paula Reggiardo 8, Marcela Paoletta 8
Russia: Irina Osipova 20+8 boards, Svetlana Abrosimova 13+5 boards


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia ends Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: CHINA - AUSTRALIA 68-91

Australia blasted China to finish this stage as No.1 of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) stepped up for the defending champions with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) had 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) also added 14 pts for her team. China got 17 points from Miao LiJie (180-G-81) and failed to reach the next stage. Their second scorer was Zhang Fan (188-F-84) with 13 points (5 rebs). China will continue in classification games from 13th to 16th place.
Australia took control on its rival from the very beginning. Penelope Taylor and her teammates exploded offensively in the first ten minutes scoring 32 points, while at the same time they stopped China to 19. Australia slowed down in the second frame, but still won that one as well with 17-19. Nothing ahs changed after the breather. The defending champion was in full control and it seemed that play just enough to keep the safe distance. They finished Q3 with 16-22 and Q4 with 16-18 for the final 68-91 win.
Teams will have a day-off on Sunday and after that will continue with competition. Australia will meet Greece as a part of Group E. China will play against Senegal on Tuesday (Classification Round).

China: Miao LiJie 17, Zhang Fan 13+5 boards
Australia: Penelope Taylor 16+5 boards, Hollie Grima 14+8 boards, Jenna O'Hea 14


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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarus beats Canada for the second place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: CANADA - BELARUS 49-61

Belarus outplayed Canada in the battle for the second place in Group A. Even before this meeting it was already clear that these two teams will reach the next stage. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) shined for Belarus with 16 points. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) was their last player with double-digits in scoring with 12 pts. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) followed with 9 points and 6 boards. In Canada, Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) netted 11 points and Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) had 9.
Belarus did a good job in the first half and mostly owing to these 20 minutes they celebrated in this game. Tatyana Troina and her teammates started with 16-20 in the first quarter, after what tempo of the game slowed down. Teams struggled offensively missing many wide open shots and committing big number of mistakes. Anyway, Belarus was better in this low-scoring period winning it 6-11 for plus 9 at the half time. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Teams slightly improved offensively and it still was Belarus who increased its lead to 13 pts. In the last ten minutes Canada was not able seriously to treat.
Sunday is a day-off in Ostrava. On Monday, Belarus will meet France, while Canada will play against USA. They are all in Group E now.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 11, Teresa Gabriele 9
Belarus: Tatyana Troina 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 12, Nataliya Trafimava 9+6 boards


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Jeugd Gentson 2-0 
 2. Houthalen 1-0 
 3. R.Spirou M. 1-0 
 4. Sint Kateline 1-0 
 5. Waregem 1-0 
 6. BBC Boom 1-1 
 7. Dexia 1-1 
 8. Ieper 1-1 
 9. Deerlijk 0-2 
 10. Point Chaud 0-2 
 11. Willebroek 0-2 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Spain keeps the perfect score in Brno - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: BRAZIL - SPAIN 57-69

Spain finished Preliminary Round in Brno with perfect 3-0. After wins against South Korea and Mali, Spain managed to beat Brazil and to take the first place in Group C. Brazil slipped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage. Both squads will be transferred to Qualifying Group F. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) once again stepped up for Spain collecting 17 points and 5 rebounds. Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) had 12 points, while Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) added 10 pts, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) shined with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) had 12 pts.
Teams were totally leveled at the beginning. They exchanged baskets for the 15-15 tie at the end of the first quarter. Second period was the crucial one in this meeting. Amaya Valdemoro and her teammates exploded offensively scoring 22 points for ten minutes, while at the same time they were great in defense. Spain limited Brazil to just 8 points in the second quarter setting the HT score to 23-37. Nothing has changed after the breather as Spain was still dominating. They finished Q3 with 15-23 and question about the winner was resolved. Brazil shined in the last ten minutes 19-19, but it was too late for them.
On Monday, Spain will play against Japan. Brazil will take one Russia.

Brazil: Erika DeSouza 14+13 boards, Iziane Castro Marques 12
Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17+5 boards, Laia Palau 12, Sancho Lyttle 10+8 boards+5 as


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  CANADA - Women  


Belarus beats Canada for the second place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: CANADA - BELARUS 49-61

Belarus outplayed Canada in the battle for the second place in Group A. Even before this meeting it was already clear that these two teams will reach the next stage. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) shined for Belarus with 16 points. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) was their last player with double-digits in scoring with 12 pts. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) followed with 9 points and 6 boards. In Canada, Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) netted 11 points and Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) had 9.
Belarus did a good job in the first half and mostly owing to these 20 minutes they celebrated in this game. Tatyana Troina and her teammates started with 16-20 in the first quarter, after what tempo of the game slowed down. Teams struggled offensively missing many wide open shots and committing big number of mistakes. Anyway, Belarus was better in this low-scoring period winning it 6-11 for plus 9 at the half time. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Teams slightly improved offensively and it still was Belarus who increased its lead to 13 pts. In the last ten minutes Canada was not able seriously to treat.
Sunday is a day-off in Ostrava. On Monday, Belarus will meet France, while Canada will play against USA. They are all in Group E now.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 11, Teresa Gabriele 9
Belarus: Tatyana Troina 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 12, Nataliya Trafimava 9+6 boards


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  CHINA - Women  


Australia ends Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: CHINA - AUSTRALIA 68-91

Australia blasted China to finish this stage as No.1 of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) stepped up for the defending champions with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) had 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) also added 14 pts for her team. China got 17 points from Miao LiJie (180-G-81) and failed to reach the next stage. Their second scorer was Zhang Fan (188-F-84) with 13 points (5 rebs). China will continue in classification games from 13th to 16th place.
Australia took control on its rival from the very beginning. Penelope Taylor and her teammates exploded offensively in the first ten minutes scoring 32 points, while at the same time they stopped China to 19. Australia slowed down in the second frame, but still won that one as well with 17-19. Nothing ahs changed after the breather. The defending champion was in full control and it seemed that play just enough to keep the safe distance. They finished Q3 with 16-22 and Q4 with 16-18 for the final 68-91 win.
Teams will have a day-off on Sunday and after that will continue with competition. Australia will meet Greece as a part of Group E. China will play against Senegal on Tuesday (Classification Round).

China: Miao LiJie 17, Zhang Fan 13+5 boards
Australia: Penelope Taylor 16+5 boards, Hollie Grima 14+8 boards, Jenna O'Hea 14


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic outplays Japan for the second place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: JAPAN - CZECH REPUBLIC 60-66

Czech Republic grabbed the second win at the FIBA World Championship. The host of this event was better than Japan to finish Preliminary Round as No.2 of Group D. Japan dropped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage. Teams will be transferred to Qualifying Group F. Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84, college: S.Carolina) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) and Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) (8 rebs) helped with 10 and 9 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Yuko Oga (170-G-82) shined with 22 points and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) (5 rebs) with 9 points.
This game is decided in the last quarter. Before that, Czech Republic made 19-22 in the first and 11-16 in the second period. Japan showed they are still alive after the breather cutting the deficit for one point, 46-53. With 8:03 to go Czech Republic jumped to plus 10, but Japan didnt give up. Mostly owing to Yuko Oga they managed to make 13-7 run cutting the margin to four points. However, Japan was scoreless in the last three minutes, while the hosts made two for the final 60-66 victory.
On Monday, Czech Republic will meet South Korea. Japan will play against powerful Spain.

Japan: Yuko Oga 22+6 boards, Asami Yoshida 9+5 boards
Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 14+8 boards, Edita Sujanova 10, Veronika Bortelova 9+8 boards


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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
Group A
 1. Amager 5-2 
 2. Horsholm 5-2 
 3. Aabyhoj 3-4 
 4. SISU 1-5 
Group B
 1. Lemvig 7-2 
 2. Virum 6-2 
 3. Vaerlose 4-5 
 4. Horsens 3-5 
 5. Falcon 1-8 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Juliane Hoehne
NF1 Standings
 1. Lyon 3-0 
 2. Reims 3-0 
 3. Pleyber Christ 2-1 
 4. Dunkerque 2-1 
 5. Armentieres 2-1 
 6. Voiron 1-1 
 7. Roche 1-1 
 8. Nice 1-2 
 9. Rennes 1-2 
 10. CFBB 1-2 
 11. Limoges 1-2 
 12. SI Graffenstaden 1-2 
 13. Jeunes 0-0 
 14. Laveyron 0-0 
 15. Reze 0-0 
 16. Tours 0-0 


USA cruises past France to stay unbeaten in Ostrava - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: USA - FRANCE 81-60

Another win for the USA team in Ostrava. It was a game for the first place of Group B and USA blasted France with comfortable 81-60. Both teams advanced to the next stage, but USA as No.1 of this pool and France as No.2. They are transferred to Group E together with Greece, Australia, Belarus and Canada. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) (6 rebs) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) helped with 10 points each. On the other side, Endene Miyem (6'2''-F-88) delivered 15 points and was the only player with double-digits in France. Florence Lepron (6'0''-F-85) stopped to 9 pts.
USA won every single quarter of this game. They started with 13-10 in the first ten minutes and continued with 23-19 in Q2. Everything is resolved after the breather, when USA team reached their second double-digit lead. They had plus 10 in the Q2, but France managed to close the gap at that time. However, they were not able to do it in third quarter and USA was holding 61-48 before the last ten minutes. Diana Taurasi and her teammates dominated in this period as well (20-12) winning the game with comfortable 81-60.
On Monday, USA will meet Canada in North American derby. France will take on Belarus.

USA: Diana Taurasi 15+6 boards, Candice Dupree 10+6 boards, Tina Charles 10
France: Endene Miyem 15, Florence Lepron 9


First games of League Feminine 2 - by Juliane Hoehne
The season in Ligue Feminine 2 has already started three weeks ago. After the third round of games this weekend, only two teams are still undefeated. Union Lyon Basket Feminin won clearly against Al Aplemont Le Havre, one of the newcomers in LF2, with 89-41. Marion Arfelis (184-F/C-91) (18), Sellars (15), and Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) (14) topscored for the winners.
Reims Basket Feminin overcame Dunkerque Malo Basket Club in a closer game with 68-62. Floriane Herrscher (187-F-84) paced the winners with 22points and 8 rebounds, while Gujaraidze had also major part on the win with her double-double of 17points and 10rebounds.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Donau-Ries 1-0 
 2. Freiburg 1-0 
 3. Marburg 1-0 
 4. Oberhausen 1-0 
 5. Saarlouis 1-0 
 6. Wasserburg 1-0 
 7. Chemnitz 0-1 
 8. Halle 0-1 
 9. Herner 0-1 
 10. Leipzig 0-1 
 11. Rhein MB 0-1 
 12. Wolfenbuettel 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Mirna PAUNOVIC
  Freiburgz
  (185-F/C-76)
  Avg: 21
 1. Paunovic, Freiburgz21.0 
 2. Thoresen, Wasse.20.0 
 3. Lechlitner, Halle17.0 
 4. Manakova, Saarl.17.0 
 5. Wagner, Rhein MB16.0 
 6. Biemer, Halle15.0 
 7. Williamson, Halle15.0 
 8. Tracey, Freiburgz14.0 
 9. Williams, Leipzig14.0 
 10. Greunke, Rhein MB13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Candace WILLIAMS
  Leipzig
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Leipzig12.0 
 2. Manakova, Saarl.10.0 
 3. Haughian, Leipzig10.0 
 4. Landry, Marburg9.0 
 5. Hollinquest, Saarl.9.0 
 6. Thoresen, Wasse.8.0 
 7. Kuhn, Wasserburg7.0 
 8. Biemer, Halle7.0 
 9. Smith, Saarlouis7.0 
 10. Tracey, Freiburgz7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brianne O''ROURKE
  Chemnitz
  (171-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. O''Rourke, Chemnitz7.0 
 2. Lechlitner, Halle4.0 
 3. Turner, Freiburgz4.0 
 4. Barnert, Saarlouis3.0 
 5. Schindler, Freiburgz3.0 
 6. Hayes, Freiburgz3.0 
 7. Abelova, Halle3.0 
 8. Hollinquest, Saarl.3.0 
 9. Furkova, Wasse.3.0 
 10. Hightower, Wasse.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stina BARNERT
  Saarlouis
  (174-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Barnert, Saarlouis5.0 
 2. Tracey, Freiburgz4.0 
 3. Williamson, Halle3.0 
 4. Parsons, Chemnitz3.0 
 5. Greunke, Rhein MB3.0 
 6. Hollinquest, Saarl.3.0 
 7. Jeltema, Chemnitz3.0 
 8. Stupar, Saarlouis3.0 
 9. Babica, Halle2.0 
 10. Manakova, Saarl.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jahzinga TRACEY
  Freiburgz
  (185-G/F-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tracey, Freiburgz3.0 
 2. Kuhn, Wasserburg2.0 
 3. Furkova, Wasse.2.0 
 4. Pierce, Rhein MB1.0 
 5. Lechlitner, Halle1.0 
 6. O''Rourke, Chemnitz1.0 
 7. Sterner, Halle1.0 
 8. Smith, Saarlouis1.0 
 9. Turner, Freiburgz1.0 
 10. Pieczynski, Rhein M.1.0 


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  GREECE - Women  


Greece too much for Senegal in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: SENEGAL - GREECE 68-83

Greece (1-2) made it in do-or-die game against Senegal and advanced to the second stage at this event. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) exploded for her team with 31 points. She made 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc and reached valuation 27. Second scorer in victory was Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) with 11 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Three players followed her with 9 points each. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) scored 14 points for Senegal, who ended Preliminary Round with poor 0-3. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) stopped to 13 pts. Senegal will continue in Classification games from 13th to 16th place.
Greece had to win this game and they started it strongly. After three minutes of play, Greece was already 5-14 up. Senegal slightly improved after that, but was not able to avoid minus 9 after one quarter. At the middle of the second quarter Greece jumped to plus 18, but Senegal cut the margin to 11 until the halftime. Evanthia Maltsi and her teammates had no troubles to keep the safe distance after the breather. They entered to the last ten minutes with 47-59 and were on the right track to victory. With 6:25 to go Greece increased its lead to 50-68 and this game was already over for Senegal.
Championship continues on Monday, when Greece will meet the defending champions Australia. They are placed to Group E now. Senegal will meet China on Tuesday in Classification Round. 1

Senegal: Astou Traore 14, Aya Traore 13
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 31, Pelagia Papamichail 11+7 boards


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amazone 0-0 
 2. Batouwe 0-0 
 3. Binnenland 0-0 
 4. Celeritas-D. 0-0 
 5. CTO 0-0 
 6. Eurosped Tw. 0-0 
 7. Grasshoppers 0-0 
 8. HLB Account. 0-0 
 9. ProBuild Lions 0-0 
 10. Wereldtickets.nl 0-0 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Krisztina SZEMEREDI
  Atomeromu
  (176-G-77)
  Avg: 29
 1. Szemeredi, Atome.29.0 
 2. Farkasinszki, Sze.21.0 
 3. Vida, SEAT L.20.0 
 4. Boskovic, Szolnok20.0 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.19.0 
 6. Rasheed, Szeged17.0 
 7. Bukovszki, ZTE17.0 
 8. Karasz, BEAC17.0 
 9. Lakloth, Szeged17.0 
 10. Ori, SEAT L.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sara KRNJIC
  Pecs 2010
  (193-C-91)
  Avg: 11
 1. Krnjic, Pecs 201011.0 
 2. Vidacic, Pecs 201010.0 
 3. Baksa, Cegledi EKK10.0 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.9.0 
 5. Hegedus, BSE9.0 
 6. Pal, Vasas-Csata9.0 
 7. Kublina, SEAT L.9.0 
 8. Vincze, Atomeromu9.0 
 9. Farkasinszki, Sze.8.0 
 10. Turoczi, Pecs 20107.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  Pecs 2010
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ivanyi, Pecs 20107.0 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.4.0 
 3. Eordogh, Vasas-Cs.4.0 
 4. Lakloth, Szeged4.0 
 5. Quigley, Pecs 20103.0 
 6. Honti, MKB Eurol.3.0 
 7. Kublina, SEAT L.3.0 
 8. Vidacic, Pecs 20103.0 
 9. Delmis, SEAT L.3.0 
 10. Tamane, MKB Eurol.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kata HONTI
  MKB Eurol.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Honti, MKB Eurol.9.0 
 2. Bukovszki, ZTE6.0 
 3. Rasheed, Szeged6.0 
 4. Hegedus, Nanette .6.0 
 5. Cvetanovic, Szolnok5.0 
 6. Medgyessy, Atome.5.0 
 7. Horvath, SEAT L.4.0 
 8. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.0 
 9. Csicsai, BEAC4.0 
 10. Fejes, Szeged4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ieva KUBLINA
  SEAT Lami
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kublina, SEAT L.4.0 
 2. Szelesy, ZTE3.0 
 3. Fejes, Szeged3.0 
 4. Cvetanovic, Szolnok2.0 
 5. Czukor, ZTE2.0 
 6. Vida, SEAT L.2.0 
 7. Krnjic, Pecs 20101.0 
 8. Goth, ZTE1.0 
 9. Karasz, BEAC1.0 
 10. Jozan, Cegledi EKK1.0 


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Atomeromu 1-0 
 2. MKB Eurol. 1-0 
 3. Pecs 2010 1-0 
 4. SEAT Lami 1-0 
 5. Szeged 1-0 
 6. Szolnok 1-0 
 7. Bajai NKK 0-0 
 8. BEAC 0-1 
 9. BSE 0-1 
 10. Cegledi EKK 0-1 
 11. Nanette FTC 0-1 
 12. Vasas-Csata 0-1 
 13. ZTE 0-1 


A League: Round One review - by Eurobasket News
Cegledi EKK - Szeged 62-82
Szeged cruised past Cegledi EKK in Round One of the Hungarian top division. Orsolya Farkasinszki (185-F/C-86) was the leading player in this victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 29 and was named MVP of this meeting. The hosts got 16 points from Viktoria Szabo (166-G-92).

Vasas-Csata - Szolnok 62-66
Szolnok had joyful Day One of the new season. They grabbed 62-66 road win against Vasas-Csata mostly owing to Marija Boskovic (173-G-81), who drained 20 points. Milica Cvetanovic (195-C-86) helped her team with 12 pts and 7 rebounds. For the home side, Edit Eordogh (180-G/F-75) delivered 13 pts.

BSE - Atomeromu 68-75
Krisztina Szemeredi (176-G-77, college: Michigan St.) paced Atomeormu to 68-75 road win against BSE. She spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 29 points. Second scorer in victory was Dora Medgyessy (174-G-86) with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Sara Pusztai (170-G-87) netted 15 pts.

BEAC - SEAT Lami 52-78
SEAT Lami demonstrated excellent performance in the first round of Hungarian top division. Anna Vida (184-F-85) paced her team to road victory scoring 20 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. Gyorgyi Ori (180-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) netted 16 pts. On the other side, BEAC got 17 points and 5 boards from Linda Karasz (187-F/C-86).

Pecs 2010 - ZTE 88-60
Easy one for Pecs, who opened the new season in style. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: DePaul) shined for the hosts with 16 points, while Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) followed her with 13 points and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) shined with 17 points and 5 rebounds.

Nanette FTC - MKB Eurol. 53-66
Expected win for MKB Euroleasing, who started new season with 1-0. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) stepped up for them with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Kata Honti (175-G-87) helped with 12 points. In Nanatte FTC, Rita Hegedus (193-F-78) posted 13 points.


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  JAPAN - Women  


Czech Republic outplays Japan for the second place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: JAPAN - CZECH REPUBLIC 60-66

Czech Republic grabbed the second win at the FIBA World Championship. The host of this event was better than Japan to finish Preliminary Round as No.2 of Group D. Japan dropped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage. Teams will be transferred to Qualifying Group F. Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84, college: S.Carolina) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) and Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) (8 rebs) helped with 10 and 9 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Yuko Oga (170-G-82) shined with 22 points and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) (5 rebs) with 9 points.
This game is decided in the last quarter. Before that, Czech Republic made 19-22 in the first and 11-16 in the second period. Japan showed they are still alive after the breather cutting the deficit for one point, 46-53. With 8:03 to go Czech Republic jumped to plus 10, but Japan didnt give up. Mostly owing to Yuko Oga they managed to make 13-7 run cutting the margin to four points. However, Japan was scoreless in the last three minutes, while the hosts made two for the final 60-66 victory.
On Monday, Czech Republic will meet South Korea. Japan will play against powerful Spain.

Japan: Yuko Oga 22+6 boards, Asami Yoshida 9+5 boards
Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 14+8 boards, Edita Sujanova 10, Veronika Bortelova 9+8 boards


Standings - JBL Women
WJBL Standings
 1. Airlines 0-0 
 2. Aishin AW 0-0 
 3. Chanson 0-0 
 4. Cougars 0-0 
 5. Denso 0-0 
 6. Fujitsu 0-0 
 7. JX Sunflowers 0-0 
 8. Toyota A. 0-0 


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  MALI - Women  


South Korea escapes in OT against Mali - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: MALI - SOUTH KOREA 66-68 OT

South Korea escaped in OT against Mali advancing to the next stage as No.2 of Group C. The Koreans registered 2-1 score and will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) came up with 21 points and 6 assists in this victory. She drained seven triples of 13 attempts. Kim Kwe-Ryong (192-C-79) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) helped with double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Mali got 16 points and 12 boards from Nagouma Coulibaly (192-C-89) and will continue in Classification Round from 13th to 16th place. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) also scored 16 pts in this game, but to go with 9 rebounds.
South Korea had amazing start as they made 9-26 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Mali replied in the next quarter (21-11) closing the gap to 7 points. They were slightly better in Q3 as well (14-13), but Korea still had 6-point lead. Mali continued in the same rhythm and they grabbed 60-56 with 3:27 until the end of regular time. South Korea didnt panic and they managed to make 60-62 turn. Thanks to basket by Tirera, this game was sent to overtime. There, Korea jumped to 64-68 and later celebrated valuable 2-point win.
On Monday, South Korea will meet Czech Republic. Mali will play against Argentina on Tuesday.

Mali: Nagouma Coulibaly 16+12 boards, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba 16+9 boards
South Korea: Beon Yeon-Ha 21+6 as, Kim Kwe-Ryong 14+5 boards, Jung Sun-Min 12+11 boards


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Paulina PAWLAK
  Wisla Can-Pak
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Pawlak, Wisla C.21.0 
 2. Maksimovic, Energa T.19.0 
 3. Crisman, Artego B.17.0 
 4. Urbaniak, Artego B.17.0 
 5. Jelavic, Wisla C.17.0 
 6. Burse, Wisla C.15.0 
 7. Skorek, Lider P.14.0 
 8. Schmidt, LKS S.14.0 
 9. Cocks, Energa Torun13.0 
 10. Koc, Lider Prusz.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olga ZYTOMIRSKA
  Widzew
  (189-C/F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Zytomirska, Widzew11.0 
 2. Crisman, Artego B.10.0 
 3. Szott, Artego Bydg.10.0 
 4. Kenig, Widzew10.0 
 5. Chomac, Lider P.10.0 
 6. Burse, Wisla C.9.0 
 7. Maksimovic, Energa T.8.0 
 8. Morris, Artego B.8.0 
 9. Kobryn, Wisla C.8.0 
 10. Basko, Wisla C.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anda JELAVIC
  Wisla Can-Pak
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jelavic, Wisla C.7.0 
 2. Bednarek, Lider P.5.0 
 3. Szott, Artego Bydg.4.0 
 4. Pasheva, LKS S.4.0 
 5. Cocks, Energa Torun3.0 
 6. Malaszewska, Energa T.3.0 
 7. Kenig, Widzew3.0 
 8. Novikava, LKS S.3.0 
 9. Pawlak, Widzew2.0 
 10. Gburczyk, Wisla C.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Paulina PAWLAK
  Wisla Can-Pak
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pawlak, Wisla C.4.0 
 2. Trojanowska, Wid.4.0 
 3. Jelavic, Wisla C.4.0 
 4. Tlumak, Energa T.4.0 
 5. Cocks, Energa Torun4.0 
 6. Skorek, Lider P.4.0 
 7. Chomac, Lider P.3.0 
 8. Schmidt, LKS S.3.0 
 9. Gajda, Energa Torun3.0 
 10. Bednarek, Lider P.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vera PEROSTIYSKA
  Energa Torun
  (196-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perostiyska, Energa T.2.0 
 2. Jankowska, LKS S.2.0 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.2.0 
 4. Antczak, Lider P.2.0 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.0 
 6. Tlumak, Energa T.1.0 
 7. Radwan, Energa T.1.0 
 8. Tondel, Widzew1.0 
 9. Kotonowicz, Widzew0.0 
 10. Maksimovic, Energa T.0.0 


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Lider Prusz. 1-0 
 2. Widzew 1-0 
 3. Wisla Can-Pak 1-0 
 4. CCC Polkowice 0-0 
 5. Gorzow 0-0 
 6. Inea AZS P. 0-0 
 7. Lotos Gdynia 0-0 
 8. Odra Brzeg 0-0 
 9. Super-Pol 0-0 
 10. Utex Row 0-0 
 11. Artego Bydg. 0-1 
 12. Energa Torun 0-1 
 13. LKS Siemens 0-1 


The start of the PLKK. Round 1 of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pak - Artego Bydg. 72-64
Wisla Can-Pak rolled over Artego Bydgoszcz 72:64 for the first victory in Poland. Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) poured in 21 points for the winners, Jelavic Anda netted 17 and Burse Janell scored 15. Urbaniak Marta and Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82, college: W.Michigan) answered with 17 points in the losing effort.

LKS Siemens - Widzew 43-55
LKS Siemens lost their opened to Widzew 43:55 on Sunday. Olga Zytomirska (189-C/F-81) top-scored for the winners with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Gorzynska-Szymczak Joanna, Trojanowska Kamila, Kotonowicz Lucyna and Pawlak, Aleksandra posted 8 each. Schmidt Roksana ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.

Energa Torun - Lider Prusz. 63-65
Lider Pruszkow used a strong first quarter to clear off for good in their season opener against Energa Torun. The visitors hung on to eke out a tough win at the end. Magdalena Skorek (177-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) came up with 14 points to lead Lider Pruszkow. Alicija Bednarek and Martyna Koc added 13 points each in the victory. Jelena Maksimovic answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Energa Torun.




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  RUSSIA - Women  


Liudmila Sapova is a newcomer at Nadezhda Orenburg - by Eurobasket
Nadezhda Orenburg strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old international forward Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84). Sapova played most recently at KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. (Poland). While playing 10 games in Euroleague for Gorzow last season her stats were: 12.7ppg and 3.2rpg. She also played 31 games in Polish League averaging 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. Last season with Gorzow she won the Polish league.

By Eurobasket Data Center


World Championship: Russia is No.1 of Preliminary Group D - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: ARGENTINA - RUSSIA 59-77

Another win for Russia in Brno. After victories against Czech Republic and Japan, Russia was too strong for Argentina winning the first place in Group D. Of course, they advanced to the next stage and will be placed to Group F. Argentina ended this round with poor 0-3 and will continue in Classification Games for 13th to 16th place. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) shined for Russia with 20 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 26 and was named the MVP of this meeting. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) helped her team with 13 points and 5 boards. In Argentina, Alejandra Chesta (187-F-82) was the only one with double-digits: 11 points. Paula Reggiardo (84) and Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79) had 8 pts each.
Russia was way better team than Argentina from the very beginning. Irina Osipova was on fire and together with her teammates created impressive 12-23 lead in the first ten minutes. Argentina improved offensively in the second frame, but was able to cut the deficit for just one point. Russia shined in Q3 again and resolved question about the winner. After 30 minutes of play Russia was already 18-points up. Last quarter was just the formality and Russia registered third straight victory in Brno.
On Monday, Russia will play against Brazil. Argentina will meet Mali on Tuesday.

Argentina: Alejandra Chesta 11, Paula Reggiardo 8, Marcela Paoletta 8
Russia: Irina Osipova 20+8 boards, Svetlana Abrosimova 13+5 boards


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  SENEGAL - Women  


Greece too much for Senegal in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: SENEGAL - GREECE 68-83

Greece (1-2) made it in do-or-die game against Senegal and advanced to the second stage at this event. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) exploded for her team with 31 points. She made 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc and reached valuation 27. Second scorer in victory was Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) with 11 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Three players followed her with 9 points each. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) scored 14 points for Senegal, who ended Preliminary Round with poor 0-3. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) stopped to 13 pts. Senegal will continue in Classification games from 13th to 16th place.
Greece had to win this game and they started it strongly. After three minutes of play, Greece was already 5-14 up. Senegal slightly improved after that, but was not able to avoid minus 9 after one quarter. At the middle of the second quarter Greece jumped to plus 18, but Senegal cut the margin to 11 until the halftime. Evanthia Maltsi and her teammates had no troubles to keep the safe distance after the breather. They entered to the last ten minutes with 47-59 and were on the right track to victory. With 6:25 to go Greece increased its lead to 50-68 and this game was already over for Senegal.
Championship continues on Monday, when Greece will meet the defending champions Australia. They are placed to Group E now. Senegal will meet China on Tuesday in Classification Round. 1

Senegal: Astou Traore 14, Aya Traore 13
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 31, Pelagia Papamichail 11+7 boards


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Final rosters - Grosuplje, Jezica, Ilirija, Rogaska - by Zeljko Zule
GROSUPLJE: Natasa Mikic, Janza Dolinsek (181-93), Ziva Kolman, Anja Valentincic (1174-F-95), Tjasa Valentincic (173-G-93), Tanja Ovsenik (175-F-90), Petra Kristof (160-G-93), Masa Potokar (169-G-95), Mirela Milankovic (168-G-91), Nika Ursic (170-G-94), Eva Music (174-G-93), Klara Zupancic (169-G-95), Anita Kastelic (172-G-94), Alina Gjerkes (178-G-94), Anja Rozman (176-F-94), Ena Blazevic. Coach: Teo Hojc.
Newcommers: Tanja Ovsenik (Triglav), Ziva Kolman (Jezica), Ena Blazevic (Jezica), Mirela Milankovic (Ilirija), Natasa Mikic (Mladi Krajisnik ,BOS).
JEZICA: #4 Tjasa Lukan, #5 Sasa Ziherl, #6 Ursa Serdinsek Betlehem, #7 Petra Peric, #8 Jasmina Hatic, #9 Nina Gabrovsek, #10 Ziva Macura, #11 Ena Rupnik, #12 Kristina Pavli , #13 Tea Trusnovec (185-C-92),#14 Ines Komat, #15 Ljubica Marjanovic (184-F-92), Mojca Markovic
Sandra Japundza, Sara Androcec, Klara Srsen (168-G-91), Stella Stevovska (191-C-93), Barbara Sut (180-F-94), Martina Peric (170-G-94), Kaja Smolnikar (172-G-94), Meta Plesko (172-G-94), Eva Zivanovic (174-F-92), Nina Brekalo (178-F-93), Michaela Koplova (172-G-94).
Newcommers: Mojca Markovic (Triglav), coach Bojan Hladnik (Ilirija). Left: Ursa Cuk (Triglav), Katja Spacapan (Triglav), Vesna Lesnjak (Triglav), Ziva Kolman (Grosuplje), Ena Blazevic (Grosuplje), coach Vlado Velikonja (free agent).
PANTER ILIRIJA: #4 Masa Korosec, #5 Polona Zalar, #6 Sandra Barjaktarevic, #7 Irma Cilovic, #8 Kaja Meh (184-F-94), #9 Polona Oberc, #10 Tjasa Kroprivsek, #11 Eva Grobisa, #12 Barbara Skof, #13 Romana Vukovic, #14 Neja Sekolonik, #15 Natasa Vene, #16 Dijana Gotovac, #17 Eva Gogala (161-G-89), #18 Lucija Seme (170-G-93), Katarina Seme (170-G-93). Coach: Mladen Rajic. Assistants: Sanja Ostrogovic, Bostjan Korosak
Newcommers: Polona Oberc (Marghera, ITA), Romana Vukovic (Domzale), Teja Kropivsek (Triglav), Dijana Gotovac (Celje). Left: Alenka Hozjan (Domzale), Ava Slejko, Ursa Bajec, Ines Marjan, coach Bojan Hladnik (Jezica).
ROGASKA (* starters): #4 Barbara Volaric, *#5 Katja Starcek, *#6 Tjasa Muhovic, #7 Katarina Turk, *#8 Ursa Svetic (178-F-93), #9 Maja Zupanc, *#10 Masa Krebs, #11 Aleksandra Colnaric, *#12 Mateja Baloh, #13 Anamarija Volaric, #14 Anja Polajzer, #15 Nina Vodeb, #16 Tjasa Mlakar, #17 Melani Peer (170-F-95), #18 Tina Kobale. Coach: Dejan Rodic
Newcommers: Tina Kobale (Konjice), Ursa Svetic (Trbovlje). Left: Tjasa Unverderben (AJM), Anja Lesjak (Konjice).



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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


South Korea escapes in OT against Mali - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: MALI - SOUTH KOREA 66-68 OT

South Korea escaped in OT against Mali advancing to the next stage as No.2 of Group C. The Koreans registered 2-1 score and will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) came up with 21 points and 6 assists in this victory. She drained seven triples of 13 attempts. Kim Kwe-Ryong (192-C-79) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) helped with double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Mali got 16 points and 12 boards from Nagouma Coulibaly (192-C-89) and will continue in Classification Round from 13th to 16th place. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) also scored 16 pts in this game, but to go with 9 rebounds.
South Korea had amazing start as they made 9-26 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Mali replied in the next quarter (21-11) closing the gap to 7 points. They were slightly better in Q3 as well (14-13), but Korea still had 6-point lead. Mali continued in the same rhythm and they grabbed 60-56 with 3:27 until the end of regular time. South Korea didnt panic and they managed to make 60-62 turn. Thanks to basket by Tirera, this game was sent to overtime. There, Korea jumped to 64-68 and later celebrated valuable 2-point win.
On Monday, South Korea will meet Czech Republic. Mali will play against Argentina on Tuesday.

Mali: Nagouma Coulibaly 16+12 boards, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba 16+9 boards
South Korea: Beon Yeon-Ha 21+6 as, Kim Kwe-Ryong 14+5 boards, Jung Sun-Min 12+11 boards


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain keeps the perfect score in Brno - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: BRAZIL - SPAIN 57-69

Spain finished Preliminary Round in Brno with perfect 3-0. After wins against South Korea and Mali, Spain managed to beat Brazil and to take the first place in Group C. Brazil slipped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage. Both squads will be transferred to Qualifying Group F. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) once again stepped up for Spain collecting 17 points and 5 rebounds. Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) had 12 points, while Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) added 10 pts, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) shined with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) had 12 pts.
Teams were totally leveled at the beginning. They exchanged baskets for the 15-15 tie at the end of the first quarter. Second period was the crucial one in this meeting. Amaya Valdemoro and her teammates exploded offensively scoring 22 points for ten minutes, while at the same time they were great in defense. Spain limited Brazil to just 8 points in the second quarter setting the HT score to 23-37. Nothing has changed after the breather as Spain was still dominating. They finished Q3 with 15-23 and question about the winner was resolved. Brazil shined in the last ten minutes 19-19, but it was too late for them.
On Monday, Spain will play against Japan. Brazil will take one Russia.

Brazil: Erika DeSouza 14+13 boards, Iziane Castro Marques 12
Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17+5 boards, Laia Palau 12, Sancho Lyttle 10+8 boards+5 as


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Chunghwa Telecom lost Ma, Chiang - by Chris Wang
Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) finished her one-year contract with Chunghwa Telecom and is talking to two or three Chinese teams, Liberty Times reported. Chiang is expected to sign after the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Chiang, one of the best players in Taiwan and widely seen as one of the best forwards in Asia, came out of retirement and joined Chunghwa Telecom. Her former employ Cathay Life, which has won 17 straight women's titles, announced Feb. 9 that it will pull out of the 2010 season over Chiang's controversy. (See: Chiang Feng Chun's elegibility confirmed)
According to United Evening News, Ma Yi-hung is another core player leaving Chunghwa Telecom this summer and will sign with the defending WSBL champion Taiyuan. Chunghwa Telecom also lost 20-year-old Huang Pin-cheng, who has signed with Cathay Life, earlier this summer.

United Daily News reported that Pu Men High School graduate Wei Yu-chun plans to go to the U.S. and play in the NCAA.


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  WNBA - Women  


USA cruises past France to stay unbeaten in Ostrava - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Three: USA - FRANCE 81-60

Another win for the USA team in Ostrava. It was a game for the first place of Group B and USA blasted France with comfortable 81-60. Both teams advanced to the next stage, but USA as No.1 of this pool and France as No.2. They are transferred to Group E together with Greece, Australia, Belarus and Canada. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) (6 rebs) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) helped with 10 points each. On the other side, Endene Miyem (6'2''-F-88) delivered 15 points and was the only player with double-digits in France. Florence Lepron (6'0''-F-85) stopped to 9 pts.
USA won every single quarter of this game. They started with 13-10 in the first ten minutes and continued with 23-19 in Q2. Everything is resolved after the breather, when USA team reached their second double-digit lead. They had plus 10 in the Q2, but France managed to close the gap at that time. However, they were not able to do it in third quarter and USA was holding 61-48 before the last ten minutes. Diana Taurasi and her teammates dominated in this period as well (20-12) winning the game with comfortable 81-60.
On Monday, USA will meet Canada in North American derby. France will take on Belarus.

USA: Diana Taurasi 15+6 boards, Candice Dupree 10+6 boards, Tina Charles 10
France: Endene Miyem 15, Florence Lepron 9


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Anael Lardy OK for the rest of the World Championship despite hand injury - by Bert Larsimont
French daily newspaper L'Equipe announced on Saturday that French guard Anael Lardy (170-G-87), with one hand injured after a hard contact during the France vs. Senegal game on Day One of the FIBA World Championship for Women, was feeling better. Lardy was well present on court against Greece and Team USA this weekend. While Coach Pierre Vincent and the French NT staff worried about Lardy's health (a broken hand was even feared), medical exams showed nothing serious. Lardy played around 8 minutes with a huge bandage during the France vs. Greece game and 10 minutes against the USA. She should be OK for the rest of the tournament.

Canada could really make a Cinderella story at Worlds - by Bert Larsimont
Canada's women national team has advanced to the second round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship despite a 61-49 loss on Saturday to Belarus. Canada finished the Group A preliminary round with a 1-2 record. Canada's win over China the previous day (61-65) was crucial for the qualification to the second round. Canadian top scorer Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) and assist team leader Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) are certainly no stranger in their team's success so far. Canada will play Team USA, France and Greece in the second round.

Our poll showed that Canada was likely to have the best chance to make a Cinderella story (poll among Eurobasket.com's readers from Sep. 15th to 26th, 2010). See results here below.

Which underdog could make a Cinderella story at the FIBA World Championship for Women?

Canada
39%
Senegal
32%
Mali
5%
Argentina
24%
Total voters: 77