EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/30/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Nestor Colmenares new player of Union de Sunchales - by Diego Calla
Over the week, Ross Morin (201-F-86, college: Yale) was lowering his level and was not the internal player Alejandro Lotterio was looking for to help Jorge Benitez in the paint.
So much so that in the last hours Team managers, together with the coach decided to cancel the white foreigner in a few hours buckling hiring Nestor Colmenares (203-F), a young Venezuelan player of 23 years that comes from play at Campbellsville University in the United States basketball.
Colmenares is a power forward who has good speed and very good ability to score in the low post and is also a very good rebounder. It is agile, versatile for constantly attacking position of offensive rebounds and if it adjusts the Argentine basketball can give a big hand to the team in the National TNA.


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
9-12 place
Kazakhstan - Iraq 67-71
Iraq held off Kazakhstan at the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. Ali Muayad Ismael (201-C-94) knocked down 21 points to pace the winners. Kazakhstan will take on Syria for the ninth overall position. Kazakhstan will take on Malaysia for the 11th overall spot at the tournament. Iraq opened the game with nine points in a row. They maintained the lead and posted a 21:11 advantage at the first intermission. The margin grew at 15-point margin early in the second period. Azim Yagodkin (182-G-92) and Alexey Kurochka drained triples late in the half as Kazakhstan dragged within three points 36:39. Iraq restored a double-digit lead midway through the third stanza. They ensured a 61:51 advantage at the final intermission. Kazakhstan did not surrender as they got back into the contest. Alimbek Orazov (200-F/C-93) notched a jumper to narrow the deficit at four points midway through the fourth period. However Safaa Al Saedi and Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami went deadly from the stripe and Iraq escaped with a tough win at the end. Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami came up with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 assists for Iraq. Hassan Abdullah (190-F-94) added 15 points in the victory. Azim Yagodkin replied with 18 points for Kazakhstan. Alimbek Orazov had 12 points in the loss.

Malaysia - Syria 75-95
Syria recorded a comfortable win over Malaysia at the classification round of U18 Asia Championship. Syria will now take on Iraq for the ninth overall position. Malaysia will wrap up their campaign against Kazakhstan. Muhammad Otabachi (192-F-92) nailed 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Syria pulled ahead right from the start and maintained the lead throughout the opening frame. Syria earned a 24:17 advantage at the first intermission. They quickly boosted the lead to as many as 13 points in the second quarter. Malaysia used five points in a row to narrow the distance within four points at halftime. Wai Seng Tan (186-F-92) put Malaysia within two points but Syria stepped on the gas and ensured a 59:54 buffer into the fourth stanza. Malaysia could not get any closer in the fourth period. Syria marched to the victory in the final minutes. Amer Al Sati (203-C-92) produced 18 points and 10 rebounds for Syria. Obida Al Samman (184-F-92) added 15 points for the winning team. Wai Seng Tan notched 21 points for Malaysia. Kok Chun Ng (183-F-92) and Ivan Yeo (193-F-93) had 16 points apiece in defeat.

Quarterfinals
Iran - Yemen 80-45
Iran became the fourth semifinalists at the U18 Asia Championship. They silenced hosting Yemen for the spot in the semis. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-G-94) tallied 21 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace the winners. Iran will now take on undefeated China tomorrow. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Neither side was able to clear off. Iran and Yemen entered the second quarter tied at 16. Iran opened the frame with eight points in a row to finally break in charge. Iran gradually took over and rolled to a 38:25 lead at halftime. Yemen struggled to pick up their offensive rhythm in the third term. Iran capitalized piling up a comfortable 21-point lead. The visitors stretched it to 23 points at the final intermission 56:33. Offensive woes continued for the home side in the final quarter. Yemen accounted for only 12 points and had to surrender at the end. Mirfattahi Mirmohammad (93) contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds for Iran. Shahbaznejadkanzagh Reza (92) accounted for 10 points in the win. Samer Abdullah (92) answered with 13 points for Yemen. Sabri Sadaqah (188-F-93) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Philippines - Taiwan 64-81
Philippines stopped at the quarterfinal stage of the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. They surrendered against Taiwan tonight. Philippines and Taiwan stayed close in the opening quarter. Taiwan managed to pull ahead late in the period and posted a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Philippines bounced back in the second stanza. They went on a 10:0 run to take a 35:29 lead with just over three minutes left in the half. The Filipino team secured a narrow 41:38 advantage before at halftime. The teams were tied at 45 before Taiwan unleashed a 10:2 rally to clear off. They ensured a 55:49 buffer heading into the fourth term. Taiwan scored six straight points at the start of the fourth quarter to open a double-digit lead. They did not look back en route to the victory afterwards. Chen Ying-Chun (181-G-93) and Hu Lung-Mao (194-F-92) scored 13 points each for Taiwan. Chien Chao-Yi (180-G-93) accounted for 12 points in the win. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joshua Angelo Alolino (181-G-94) replied with 15 points apiece for Philippines. Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

Japan - South Korea 73-86
South Korea will play at the semifinal stage of the U18 Asia Championship. They toppled Japan in the quarterfinal today. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) fired 26 points to lead the Korean team to the victory. Seiya Ando (184-G-92) opened the scoring in this one but South Korea quickly stole the lead. They posted an 18:11 advantage and rallied to a 25:13 buffer at the first break. Dong Yeop Lee helped the Korean side to a 33:20 lead early in the second quarter. They kept Japan at bay and posted a 42:33 halftime advantage. Japan went off the dressing room recharged. They exploded with 11 points in a row to pull in front. South Korea were ready for the challenge. They ward off Japan to take a 58:51 lead into the fourth quarter. South Korea went on an 8:0 run and secured a comfortable 54:68 lead midway through the final stanza. They refused to surrender the advantage and rolled to the victory at the end. Lee Dong-Yeop (194-F-94) scored 19 points for South Korea. Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) added 15 points and 9 caroms for the winning side. Seiya Ando answered with game-high 29 points and 8 rebounds. Takaya Sasayama (178-G-93) delivered 15 points in the loss.

China - Lebanon 87-56
Lebanon gave up their quarterfinal clash against China. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) knocked down 17 points to lead the Chinese team to the seventh straight win at the tournament. China used a 12:1 run late in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 24:14 advantage at the first period. The hopes started to dim for Lebanon in the second stanza. China rallied to a 47:28 halftime advantage. The Lebanese team conceded seven points in a row at the start of the third quarter as China boosted the lead. Lebanon faced a massive 28-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. China limited their opponents to just 12 points in the final quarter and celebrated a confident win at the end. Wang Pu (198-F-93) nailed 14 points for the winners. Zhu Xuhang (207-F-93), Luo Hanchen (186-G-94) and Yan PengFei (208-C-93) delivered 8 points each in the victory. Karam Mechref (188-G-92) answered with 15 points for Lebanon. Ramzy Al-Amine (180-G-92) accounted for 14 points in the loss. Lebanon will now fight for the 5th-8th place in Sanaa.




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Arkadia 0-0 
 2. BC Vienna 0-0 
 3. Furstenfeld 0-0 
 4. Gmunden 0-0 
 5. Gussing 0-0 
 6. Kapfenberg 0-0 
 7. Klosterneub. 0-0 
 8. Oberwart 0-0 
 9. St.Polten 0-0 
 10. UBSC Graz 0-0 
 11. Wels 0-0 
 12. Worthersee 0-0 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
East
 1. Baden BJ 0-0 
 2. Basket 2000 0-0 
 3. Danube City 0-0 
 4. Harreither 0-0 
 5. Mattersb.R. 0-0 
 6. Mistelbach 0-0 
 7. Modling 0-0 
 8. Vienna 87 0-0 
South
 1. ATSE Graz 0-0 
 2. Gratkorn 0-0 
 3. Klagenfurt 0-0 
 4. UBSC Graz 2 0-0 
 5. Villach 0-0 
West
 1. Dornbirn 0-0 
 2. Feldkirch 0-0 
 3. Salzburg 0-0 
 4. Schwaz 0-0 
 5. SVO/BRG 0-0 
 6. UBBC Enns 0-0 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rashad ANDERSON
  Ventspils
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18
 1. Anderson, Ventspils18.0 
 2. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo18.0 
 3. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo18.0 
 4. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.16.0 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis14.0 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis14.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils13.0 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis13.0 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo11.0 
 10. Lipkevicius, Rudupis10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KRABBENDAM
  Kalev/Cramo
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Krabbendam, Kalev/Cr.9.0 
 2. Jankauskas, Rudupis8.0 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis6.0 
 5. Anderson, Ventspils6.0 
 6. Kuzminskas, Ventspils6.0 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.6.0 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis6.0 
 9. Lipkevicius, Rudupis5.0 
 10. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rashad ANDERSON
  Ventspils
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Anderson, Ventspils3.0 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis3.0 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils2.0 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis2.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Ventspils2.0 
 6. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 7. Lipkevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.0 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 10. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gert DORBEK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
 2. Anderson, Ventspils3.0 
 3. Toome, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 4. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Ventspils2.0 
 6. Bankevics, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Parachomikas, Rudup.1.0 
 8. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils1.0 
 10. Andrijauskas, Rudup.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Saulius KUZMINSKAS
  Ventspils
  (210-C/F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzminskas, Ventspils2.0 
 2. Berzins, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.0 
 4. Mason, Ventspils1.0 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 6. Krabbendam, Kalev/Cr.0.0 
 7. Dainys, Rudupis0.0 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis0.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils0.0 
 10. Andrijauskas, Rudup.0.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
 1. TTU KK 1-0 
 2. Ventspils 1-0 
 3. Liepaja 0-0 
 4. Nevezis 0-0 
 5. Norrkoping 0-0 
 6. Perlas 0-0 
 7. Siauliai 0-0 
 8. TU/Rock 0-0 
 9. Valmiera 0-0 
 10. VEF Riga 0-0 
 11. Kalev/Cramo 0-1 
 12. Rudupis 0-1 


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi takes plus six against Unics in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague QR2, Game One: Charleroi - Unics 75-69

Belgian champion Spirou Basket Charleroi edged closer to a long-awaited return to the Euroleague with a 75-69 victory over Unics Kazan. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, agency: Agency No 10, college: Florida) was the leading player for the hosts with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 25 and was the MVP of this meeting. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) (7 rebs) helped the hosts with 14 and 13 points respectively. In Unics, Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) scored 19 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) had 18 points and 8 assists.
Charleroi opened this game better as they made 15-7 lead in the first ten minutes. The hosts closed Q1 with nice 7-0 run thanks to baskets by Brent Wright, Joseph Gomis and Christopher Hill. Nothing has changed at the beginning of the second quarter as Charleroi was still dominating, what resulted with their first double-digit lead. Rizvic and Veremeenko responded for Unics closing the gap to 30-25, but Dwayne Broyles exploded in the finish of the first half lifting his team up to 39-27. Charleroi reached impressive 49-31 at the beginning of Q3 and Unics was in big trouble. Fortunately to them, Marko Popovic made a triple, after what Zakhar Pashutin and Veremeenko connected baskets. Unics created 2-9 run and managed to close the gap to 53-46 with one quarter left. Charleroi had plus 13 during the last period, but mostly owing to Marko Popovic Unics came within five in the final minute. Gomis made it with a foul and Popovic scored the last basket in this game setting the score 75-69 after first 40 minutes. Second Game is scheduled for Friday in Kazan.

Charleroi: Brent Wright 19+10 boards+5 as, Dwayne Broyles 14, Christopher Hill 13
Unics: Maciej Lampe 19+5 boards, Marko Popovic 18+8 as


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  BOSNIA   


Filip Petrovic joins Zrinjski - by Miljan Veskovic
After three years spent in Union Olimpija Ljubljana, Filip Petrovic (202-F-92) decided to sign his first professional contract with HKK Zrinjski Mostar, a member of Bosnian top division and participant in Balkan League. Zrinjski is building a strong base of young players and seems that in years to come they will orientate more on work with young categories. In 2009/10 Filip took part in Nike Junior Euroleague tournaments in London and Paris averaging 15.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He was a memeber of Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 an U18 national team.

Igokea parts ways with two players - by Eurobasket News
Igokea has decided to let two of its players go. Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) and Nikola Korac (185-G-86) have been allowed to look for the new club. Djurkovic signed with Igokea last season and was instrumental in helping Igokea secure first ever appearance in the Adriatic league. Korac was signed by the club this summer after a great last season with OKK Beograd in Serbian league. Now it remains to be seen will Igokea look for the new reinforcements.
Marko Djurkovic is a product of BC Partizan Belgrade youth system. He has made his debut for the club during 2006-2007 season after previously spending a year on loan with Sloga Kraljevo. In 3 seasons with Partizan, Djurkovic has won one National Cup, two Adriatic League titles and 2 National Titles. At the start of last season, he has made a move to Igokea. In his debut season, Djurkovic averaged 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Nikola Korac started his career with Prokupac Prokuplje in 2003. Following year he moved to OKK Beograd where he appeared in 20 league games. In 2006, Korac was loaned back to Prokuplje where he continued his development. Last season, was breakout one for Korac who averaged 11.1 points and 2.8 assists in 11 BIBL games for OKK Beograd. In 26 league matches, Korac averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 assists per game.


Nancy won their opener of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Bosna-Nancy 74:91

Nancy won their opener of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round on Wednesday in Bosnia. The French outfit overcame local Bosna 91:74 for the first win.
The French side went on a lead immediately and Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) nailed three for 17:8. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) increased to 20:8, while his next three-pointer brought 25:15. Dino Hodzic (190-G-90) closed the opening quarter at 28:19 and then Brun gave the guests 31:19. Pasalic scored three to cut it to 33:22 and Nancy responded with 11-0 run to take 44:22 as Grant made a jump shot. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) sent the teams to the lockers for 47:30 advantage as the guests did not even think of slowing down. They also scored the first four points and Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) brought 53:34. Tremmell Darden delivered two fro 57:37, whilst Ralph Mims nailed another three to close the third frame at 69:51. Again Ralph Mims and then Dino Hodzic exchanged the three-pointers, while Ralph Mims later scored three for 80:56. Zimic reduced to 82:59 and Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) scored for 82:63. Victor Samnick later was the last to score in the game as Nancy won their opener of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round.
Tremmell Darden stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Ralph Mims netted 19. Akinlolu Akingbala followed them with 15 and Victor Samnick added 13. Dino Hodzic ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Jermaine Dixon notched 13 and Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) was responsible for 9 points.

Bosna: Dino Hodzic 16, Jermaine Dixon 13, Filip Kruslin 9
Nancy: Tremmell Darden 23, Ralph Mims 19, Akinlolu Akingbala 15, Victor Samnick 13


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  BOTSWANA   


MBABANE The fifth ranked Botswana Under-20 basketball squad arrives in the country tomorrow for an international friendly against the local Zone VI team - by Thomas Fink
The game, which was initially slated for Mavuso Sports Centre will finally take place at Waterford KaMhlaba at 11am on Saturday. Swaziland National Basketball Association (SNBA) President, Clement Dlamini said the Botswana side won a silver medal in the COSAFA Under-17 basketball tournament losing by a point to South Africa. 'It is a game that will surely give our Zone squad a great test ahead of the December game. Botswana is the fifth best ranked country in Southern Africa. Our aim is to learn how to win and playing against Botswana will be of great help,' he said.

The local squad is captained by Waterford student, Muhle Dlamini and there is also the lanky Thando Kunene of Enjabulweni School. Dlamini said they have also lined up another international friendly against the second ranked Mozambique. 'We are still in talks with Mozambique and that game will also help expose our players to higher standards. The thing is that the standard of the sport is higher in the SADC region in Africa,' he said.

The visiting team is currently in camp for 18 days in preparation for the Zone VI games.



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  BULGARIA   


Feni Industri beats Rilski Sportist in a friendly matchup - by Eurobasket News
Rilski Sportist - Feni Industri 73-79

Rilski Sportist hosted Feni Industri in a control match ahead of the start of new season. It was the Macedonian outfit which managed to come away with a win in this one, after securing 6-point margin victory. It was a closely contested matchup from the opening tip off. Both teams executed well offensively so neither of them was able to assert their game. After initial 10 minutes of play, the score stood at 16-19. Feni opened the second period with a mini-run which gave them their greatest lead of the match. Hosts managed to recover, but still were not able to turn the game to their favour. By the halftime break, Feni Industri players were able to build 29-35 lead. In the third period, not much changed as both teams focused more on the offensive part of the court. In a high scoring period, it was Feni who extended their lead by 2 points as they won the quarter 23-25. As result, the game entered the final 10 minutes with visiting side up 52-60. In the fourth quarter, Feni players controlled the flow of the game, never allowing hosts to mount a comeback. After trading basket for basket for the most part, Feni Industri routinely closed the game out for the73-79 win.
Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) and Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) led the winning side with 18 points apiece. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points, while Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) came off the bench to chip in 10 points. For Rilski, Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: 011 Sports) led the way with 18 points, while Atanas Radev (200-F-81) followed with 15 points.

Rilski Sportist: Ivan Lilov 18, Atanas Radev 15
Feni Industri: Jarrid Frye 18, Vojdan Stojanovski 18, Dusan Knezevic 15, Darko Sokolov 10


Aris held off Lukoil Academic in Sofia - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academic-Aris 74:78

Aris held off Lukoil Academic in the first leg of the EuroCup Qualifying Round in Bulgaria on Wednesday. The Greek side celebrated 78:74 win to have better chances next week to advance to the next stage.
The Bulgarian team shocked the visiting side with 10-0 run and then Banev made it 12:1. James scored for 19:8, while P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) reduced to 19:14 at the end of the first period. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) nailed three at the start of the second and another two points from the player gave Lukoil 24:16 lead. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) followed with a three for 31:22 and Banev increased to 37:25. The Greek side however bounced back with 8-0 run and Koumpouras closed the half at 37:33. Kambala gave the hosts 39:33 and Lukoil responded with 7-0 run in the start of the third quarter. Chatzivrettas and P.J. Tucker reduced to 50:47, whilst the latter also closed the period at 59:58 and James gave Lukoil 61:58. The last quarter became a real battle in the court, but at the end of it Aris managed to score more important baskets. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), Charalampidis and Tapoutos brought he last points for the winners in the game.
P.J. Tucker was unstoppable with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Dejan Borovnjak nailed 15. Pierre Pierce (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Iowa) posted 14, while Tapoulos added 12. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) replied with 18 points for the home side. Damjan Stojanovski notched 13 and Travis Peterson scored 12.

Lukoil Academic: Brandon Bowman 18, Damjan Stojanovski 13, Travis Peterson 12
Aris: P.J. Tucker 26+13 rebs, Dejan Borovnjak 15, Pierre Pierce 14, Tapoulos 12



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  CHINA   


China Crushes Lebanon in U-18 Tourney - by Arthur Volbert
China crushed Lebanon 87-56 in the quarter finals of the FIBA Asia U-18 Championship. Guo Ailun led China with 17 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Wang Pu (198-F-93) had 14 points and 4 rebounds as he has taken injured Zhai Xiaochuan's place in China's lineup.

Luo Hanchen had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and is making a case that he is China's point guard of the future. Zhu Xuhang and Yan Pengfei each scored 8 points. Sun Tonglin only scored 2 points, taking only 2 shots. But he had 3 rebounds and a game-high 7 assists, showing his value as a power forward.

Wang Zhelin had 7 points and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Li Muhao had another relatively good game, with 7 points and 9 rebounds in 14 minutes. Because he has grown over 4 inches in the last few years, he could be a late-bloomer. While his downside is still Xue Yuyang's career, his upside could be Wang Zhizhi's career. But he's not the next Yao Ming.

China outshot Lebanon 50 percent to 31 percent. It had 34 rebounds to 32 for Lebanon. It had 14 turnovers to 7 for Lebanon.

Karam Mechref led Lebanon with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Ramzy Al Amine had 14 points and 4 assists.

Link to box score:
http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/4142/02/44/55/662Q8D0jFbw/


China to Play Iran in Semi-finals of U-18 - by Arthur Volbert
China will play Iran tomorrow in the semi-finals of the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship. Korea will play Chinese Taipei in the other semi-final.

In the placings for 5th through 8th the Philippines will play Japan and Yemen will play Lebanon. Iraq will play Syria for 9th place and Kazakhstan will play Malaysia for 11th.

Today's games:
Iraq 71 Kazakhstan 67
Syria 95 Malaysia 75
Chinese Taipei 81 Philippines 64
Korea 86 Japan 73
China 87 Lebanon 56
Iran 80 Yemen 45


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 16 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros took revenge of the previous game and in another thrilling final defeated Cangrejeros in Cartagena, the game had controversy when Cangrejeros center Khimany FFriend was ejected from the game after hit Amber Marin, the Cartagena team lost rebounding without Ffriend, but keep fighting and arrived to the half of the game ahead in the score.
In the second half Arrieros made some adjustment on defense and took a short lead, but with one minute remaining in the clock a three pointer of Jorge Len and a steal and layup of Kojo Mensah put Cangrejeros 2 points ahead, Stalin Ortiz answered with a fastbreak to tie the game and then Heissler Guillent score with 7 seconds in the clock to give a 2 points lead to Arrieros, in the last position the Arrieros defense forced a penetration of Cangrejeros that missed the basket.
Cangrejeros 70 - Luis Julio 17 pts, Kojo Mensah 16.
Arrieros 71 - Stalin Ortiz 19 pts, Heissler Guillent 18


Bucaros defeated Cucuta Norte as visitor in the second game at Cucuta Norte home, the game also had controversy, when Cesar Oso Silva was ejected after hit Eleuterio Renteria in the face, the game was suspended because Bucaros ask about some safety concerns, there were not police or security in the coliseum at this time, 25 minutes later tha officials start the game again and Cucuta Norte too cold let Bucaros to took a safe lead to clinch the victory.
Cucuta Norte 84
Bucaros 97.


Piratas had another hard game, but defeated Patriotas for the second straight night, Patriotas faced the same problems of the previous night, unable to stop the Piratas in wich Patricio Briones had one of his better games of the season scoring 24 pts, for Patriotas Louis Mccullough again leads with 26 pts.
Piratas 98 - Patricio Briones 24 pts
Patriotas 91- Louis Mccullough, 26 pts.


Fastbreak took a very important victory in Pasto defeating Los Pastos, the victory was good to keep Fastbreak in the sixth place, fighting for a place into the postseason.
Los Pastos 86
Fastbreak 96


Stats Leaders
Federation Cup Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1- Harrison - Piratas, 27,5
2- Mccullough - Patriotas 25,00
3- Matthews - Cucuta. 23,5
4- Ortiz - Arrieros, 20,5
5- Genao - Fastbreak, 19,00
Rebounds Per Game
1- Flores - Arrieros , 11,5
2- Julio - Cangrejeros, 10,5
3- Marriaga - Bucaros 8,7
4- Perez - Arrieros, 8
5- Bayona - Cucuta, 7.5


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 11-5 
 2. Arrieros 11-5 
 3. Piratas 10-6 
 4. Canoneros 10-6 
 5. Cangrejeros 8-8 
 6. Fast Break 7-9 
 7. Patriotas 5-11 
 8. Los Pastos 2-14 


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  CROATIA   


KK Zagreb upset Gran Canaria at home - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb-Gran Canaria 71:69

KK Zagreb upset Gran Canaria in the first leg of the EuroCup Qualifying Round. The team from Croatia won the opener 71:69 due to the last period.
Mario Kasun (213-C-80) made the first jump shot for the hosts and Bramos gave the guests 4:2. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) later brought 16:12 for Spanish team and Mulaomerovic closed 6-0 run for 18:16 advantage. Moran brought the guests 20:18 and Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored for 24:18 at the start of the second frame. KK Zagreb responded with 8-0 run and Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) made it 26:24. The Spanish outfit started to play better later in the period and Beiran sent the teams to the lockers for 40:29. If in the second period Gran Canaria produced 20-11, then the hosts replied with the same result in the third quarter. Mario Kasun reduced to 38:40 and Jaycee Carroll gave the guests 49:42. Bramos kept the Spanish team in front at 51:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Mario Kasun later tied it all at 51:51 and Simon made the same at 61:61. Renfroe brought 71:65, while Gran Canaria finished the game with 4-0 run to lose by two points the opener.
Mario Kasun top-scored for the winners with 17 points for the initial win. Luka Zoric collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Simon added 13. Charles Wallace ended up with 13 points in defeat, Jaycee Carroll scored 11 and Sitapha Savane posted 10.

KK Zagreb: Mario Kasun 17, Luka Zoric 16+12 rebs, Simon 13
Gran Canaria: Charles Wallace 13, Jaycee Carroll 11, Sitapha Savane 10


Alkar overcomes Dubrovnik in a friendly duel - by Eurobasket News
Dubrovnik - Alkar 70-85

Alkar went to Dubrovnik for a control match and managed to come away with a victory. From the opening tip-off it was evident that Alkar players came out ready to play. They dominated on the defensive end which enabled the easy transition opportunities. As result, they were up 13-20 after one quarter of play. Not much changed in Q2, as Dubrovnik was unable to come with visiting team pace. Alkar players continued to build their lead and at the halftime break they held comfortable 29-40. After the break, Alkar continued where they left off in the first half. They mounted another run which gave them plus 15. Visitors had this game practically in the bag by the end of the third as the score stood at 47-65. In the final 10 minutes, Alkar players controlled the tempo and played with just enough intensity to prevent any surprises. All Duborvnik was able to do was to cut the deficit and settle for 70-85 loss in the end.
Ivica Radic (207-F-90) was excellent in this match for Alkar as he poured in 24 points. Dino Erceg (203-F-85) and Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) followed with 15 points apiece, while Marko Primorac (197-F/G-91) chipped in 10 points. For Dubrovnik, Frano Karac (207-F-79) and Nikola Dosen (187-G-91) led the way with 15 points each. Maro Lucic (202-C-80) and Ante Vranjes (204-F/C-75, agency: Heinrich Sports) also reached double-digits as they added 12 and 10 points respectively.

Dubrovnik: Frano Karac 15, Nikola Dosen 15, Maro Lucic 12, Ante Vranjes 10
Alkar: Ivica Radic 24, Dino Erceg 15, Ante Delas 15, Marko Primorac 10


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  CYPRUS   


Etha tame Dragons in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Etha - Artland Dragons 69:61

Etha secured the opening win against Artland Dragons in the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Cyprus team earned an 8-point buffer before the second leg game in Germany. Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) stepped up with 22 points to lead the hosts.
The Germans quickly adjusted in Nicosia. They opened the game with an 8:3 run before Etha started to find the rhythm. Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova) fired five points in a row to ignite a 12:4 run that gave Etha a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. Artland Dragons denied the deficit early in the second period. Ken Tutt nailed eight points in a row and the hosts accumulated a 34:26 lead. Etha marched to a 42:35 advantage at the interval. The visitors would not go away though. The Dragons stayed close throughout the third term. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) nailed 6 points in the quarter as the German side trailed by just two points 54:56 with ten minutes to go. But it was Ken Tutt who made the difference. He notched eight points as Etha cleared off to a 9-point distance 69:60. Artland Dragons could not recover and suffered the defeat. Reggie Redding nailed 14 points for Etha. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami (FL)) provided 11 points apiece for the winners. Darren Fenn answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Artland Dragons. Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and Ruben Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) delivered 8 points each in the loss.

Etha: Ken Tutt 22, Reggie Redding 14, Valdas Dabkus 11, Anthony King 11
Artland Dragons: Darren Fenn 17, Tyrese Rice 8, Ruben Boumtje 8



Keravnos with heavy defeat in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Keravnos 75:52

Keravnos seriously endangered their EuroChallenge ambitions. They suffered a tough blow in Hungary losing to Szolnok by 23 points in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) came up with 19 points to lead the Hungarian side.
Szolnok opened the game on an 8:2 run but Keravnos quickly adjusted and leveled the game. The visitors trailed by only two points 15:17 heading into the second period. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter before Clark and Obie Trotter scored four points to give Szolnok a 38:31 halftime advantage. Veljko Budimir (200-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) and Obie Trotter opened the second half with back-to-back trebles as Szolnok gained a 44:31 lead. The hosts stayed in charge in the period. They scored nine straight points before the break and entered the fourth quarter up by 17 points 60:43. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) notched 7 points in the final frame for Szolnok and the home team rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Marton Bader finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Veljko Budimir added 17 points for Szolnok. Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Keravnos. Courtney Fells (198-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) had 12 points in the loss.

Szolnok: Obie Trotter 19, Marton Bader 18+10 boards, Veljko Budimir 17
Keravnos: Anthony Johnson 13, Courtney Fells 12



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Helios come up short against Prostejov at home - by Eurobasket News
Helios - Prostejov 62:70

Helios narrowly lost their home opener of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Slovenian team lost to Prostejov in Domzale. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) stepped up with 20 points to ensure a comfortable result for the Czech powerhouse.
Prostejov marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The Czech team surged ahead right from the start and maintained the lead throughout the first quarter. Veikalas capped the opening frame with a three-pointer and Prostejov ensured a 26:18 lead. Nicholson converted a lay-up as Prostejov opened a double-digit lead early in the second term. Zagorc cut the distance back to 5 points late in the half but Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) had the last word in the second quarter giving Prostejov a 39:32 lead. The visitors stunned Helios with a 15:0 start to the third term. Prostejov gained the momentum and drove to a 59:43 lead at the final break. Pasalic and Drazen Bubnic (207-F-86) tried to spark hope for the home team as they cut the deficit at 8-point mark. But Lanry and Eugene Lawrence calmed things down with a pair of buckets and Prostejov cruised to the victory at the end. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) tallied 15 points and 18 rebounds for Prostejov. Eugene Lawrence accounted for 11 points in the victory. Drazen Bubnic replied with 15 points for Helios. Grega Mali (197-G-84) netted 10 points in the loss.

Helios: Drazen Bubnic 15, Grega Mali 10
Prostejov: Andrius Slezas 20, Kyle Landry 15, Eugene Lawrence 11



Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 3-0 
 2. Sokol Prazsky 3-0 
 3. Vysehrad 3-0 
 4. J.Hradec 2-1 
 5. Trutnov 2-1 
 6. Litomerice 2-2 
 7. Opava B 1-2 
 8. Prostejov B 1-2 
 9. Proton Zlin 1-2 
 10. Sokol H.Kralove 1-2 
 11. Sparta Praha 1-2 
 12. Usti n/Labem 1-2 
 13. Liberec 0-2 
 14. Benesov 0-3 


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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 30
 1. Johnson, Bakken30.0 
 2. Iversen, Svendborg24.0 
 3. Claitt, Horsens IC23.0 
 4. Jukic, Aabyhoj21.0 
 5. Johansen, Naestved21.0 
 6. Brasas, Amager BK21.0 
 7. Kristiansen, Aalborg20.0 
 8. Dennis, SISU18.0 
 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. Alili, Vaerlose11.0 
 4. Johansen, Naestved11.0 
 5. Williams, Svendborg10.0 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg8.0 
 7. Ba, Vaerlose8.0 
 8. Sahlertz, Horse.7.5 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC7.5 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey CLAITT
  Horsens IC
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Claitt, Horsens IC8.0 
 2. Burgess, Bakken8.0 
 3. Colman, Svendborg7.0 
 4. Jukic, Aabyhoj7.0 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg5.0 
 6. Gunnarsson, Aabyhoj5.0 
 7. Williams, Svendborg4.0 
 8. Falsvig, Aalborg4.0 
 9. Madsen, Horsens IC3.5 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darko JUKIC
  Aabyhoj
  (199-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jukic, Aabyhoj5.0 
 2. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 3. Falsvig, Aalborg4.0 
 4. Plannthin, Svend.3.0 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm3.0 
 6. Bak, Horsholm3.0 
 7. Brasas, Amager BK2.5 
 8. Williams, Svendborg2.0 
 9. Falkner, Aalborg2.0 
 10. Claitt, Horsens IC2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter JOHANSEN
  Naestved
  (205-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johansen, Naestved2.0 
 2. Johnson, Bakken2.0 
 3. Dalboge, Aabyhoj1.0 
 4. Ba, Vaerlose1.0 
 5. Gilling, Horsholm1.0 
 6. Nielsen, Horsens IC1.0 
 7. Nielsen, SISU1.0 
 8. Rutherford, SISU1.0 
 9. Andreasen, Naestved1.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Aabyhoj1.0 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Brad Jones named Toros new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Austin Toros announced today that Brad Jones will be their new head coach. Jones spent the last three seasons successfully coaching the Utah Flash which was highlighted by an appearance in the 2009 D-League Finals. Jones has also served as a scout for the NBA's Utah Jazz and coached at Lambuth University from 1995-2001.

RC Buford, president of sports franchises for Spurs Sports and Entertainment (who own the Toros) had this to say, 'We are excited to have Brad join our organization. We are confident that Brad will provide outstanding leadership and instruction for the Toros players. His coaching style will provide our fans with an outstanding experience while still focusing on the Toros main mission, which is player development.

Training camp for the Toros begins November 9 with the season getting under way November 19 in Maine.

Courtesy of www.austinchronicle.com


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  DOMINICA   


Daba Playoff news - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
There were two games played in the Lime National Basketball Playoffs last night (Friday) at the Lindo Park, these were the first games in a best out three series in the second semi finals.

Game 1 - In a hard fought game which went down to the wire saw the Juggernauts of Salisbury overcoming a very determined Gloria Shillingford Raptors, 76 points to 74 points. With 1 minute remaining in the game the juggernauts took control and made their free throws when the Raptors were forced to foul their opponents to stop the clock, but with poised and control Juggernauts maintain there cool. Top scoring for the Juggernauts were Esmond Andrew 20 pts, Sheldon Vidal 17 pts and Dean Vidal 16 pts while for Raptors Steve Hypolite current national player 20 pts, Curtis Akiel 15 pts and Devon Barton 16 pts.

Game 2 - In the Premier Division saw the domination of the Glam X-Men taking care of a determine United Insurance Sharks of Scotshead and winning by a 20 point margin, the final scores X-Men 80 points to Sharks 60 points. Top scoring for the X-men were big Garth Joseph dominating inside with 18 pts, McDonald Fontaine 15 pts and Davidson Toulon 13 pts.

All the above teams will play in the second game of the semi finals on Wednesday at the Lindo Park starting at 7.00 pm.

Tonight the games will continue in the Lime National Basketball Playoffs at Paix Bouche with two games starting at 6.00 pm.

Game 1- Raffoul Snipers verses Solo Auto Starz

Game 2- Paix Bouche Eagles verses Lime Pros.

Mickey Joseph


DABA Finals begin - by Rolando DeLaBarrera

Basketball Finals Begin Tonight

The basketball finals in the Lime National Basketball League will start tonight (Wednesday)at the Lindo Park with two games and will continue on Friday and Saturday. The format of the basketball finals will be a best out of five series for both divisions, the Premier and Division 1 and games are schedule to play in Goodwill and Paix Bouche during the three games schedule for this week.

The teams which have qualified are The Glam X-Men and Paix Bouche Eagles in the Premier Division and Raffoul Snippers and Gloria Shillingford Raptors in the Division 1. It is obvious to see the development of basketball nation wide with three of the teams in the Finals are from the north with two teams from Paix Bouche and one from Wesley, with one Roseau base team the X-Men.

See Below for the propose schedule for the three games schedule for this week:

Wednesday - Game 1 - 7.00pm - Raffoul Snippers verses Gloria Shillingford Raptors
Game 1 - 9.00pm - The Glam X-Men verses Paix Bouche Eagles

Friday - Game 2 - 7.00pm - Raffoul Snippers verses Gloria Shillingford Raptors
Game 2 - 9.00pm - The Glam X-Men verses Paix Bouche Eagles

Wednesday and Friday games are schedule for Lindo Park in Goodwill

Saturday - Game 3- 6.00pm - Raffoul Snippers verses Gloria Shillingford Raptors
Game 3- 8.00pm - The Glam X-Men verses Paix Bouche Eagles

Saturday games are schedule for Paix Bouche.

The Dominica Amateurs Basketball Association wishes all teams a good finals and maintain a spirit of sportsmanship, remember one to lose, one to win, its all about basketball, lets make this finals great.

Mickey Joseph



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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 2. Parnu 0-0 
 3. Rakvere 0-0 
 4. Rapla 0-0 
 5. TTU/Kalev 0-0 
 6. TTU/Kalev II 0-0 
 7. TU/Rock 0-0 
 8. Valga/CKE 0-0 
 9. Voru KK 0-0 


Standings - 1.Liiga
1.Liiga Standings
Group A
 1. Kohila SK 0-0 
 2. Noortekoondis 0-0 
 3. Paide Viking 0-0 
 4. Torma/Salva 0-0 
 5. TTU SK 0-0 
 6. TU/Rock II 0-0 
Group B
 1. Elion/Corle 0-0 
 2. Filmipood.ee 0-0 
 3. Kuremaa 0-0 
 4. Kuressaare 0-0 
 5. Rae KK 0-0 
Group C
 1. EAG/Scanweld 0-0 
 2. Johvi/Toila 0-0 
 3. Kalev II 0-0 
 4. KK Hito 0-0 
 5. Marcus 0-0 
 6. Parnu 0-0 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 31
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp31.0 
 2. Efevberha, Lugano T.25.0 
 3. Baxter, Enisey24.0 
 4. Darden, Nancy23.0 
 5. Tutt, Etha22.0 
 6. Copeland, Aalstar22.0 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping22.0 
 8. Zavadsky, Khimik22.0 
 9. Syrovatko, Triumph22.0 
 10. Trushkin, Triumph21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  BK Prostejov
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Landry, BK Prost.18.0 
 2. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot13.0 
 3. Killingswort., Macc.H.13.0 
 4. Sommerville, Paris-.12.0 
 5. King, Etha12.0 
 6. Hatten, M.Hainaut11.0 
 7. Ayuba, Norrkoping11.0 
 8. Clark, Szolnok11.0 
 9. Baxter, Enisey11.0 
 10. Bader, Szolnok10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Millage, Khimik12.0 
 2. Aleksic, N.Novgorod9.0 
 3. Mays, Fe.8.0 
 4. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.0 
 5. Horvath, Szolnok7.0 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.6.0 
 7. Mims, Nancy6.0 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok5.0 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.0 
 10. Saks, Norrkoping5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Millage, Khimik5.0 
 2. McKee, Minsk-20065.0 
 3. Dabkus, Etha5.0 
 4. Burrell, Aalstar4.0 
 5. Zagorc, Helios4.0 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp4.0 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.4.0 
 8. Hilliard, Aalstar3.0 
 9. Dixon, Bosna S.3.0 
 10. Eldridge, Karsiyaka3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clark, Szolnok4.0 
 2. Pasalic, Helios3.0 
 3. King, Etha3.0 
 4. Bader, Szolnok3.0 
 5. Calhoun, Ploiesti2.0 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.2.0 
 7. Lucic, Steaua T.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Macc..1.0 
 9. Samnick, Nancy1.0 
 10. Sommerville, Paris-.1.0 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Gravelines 0-0 
Group B
 1. Ventspils 0-0 
Group C
 1. TU/Rock 0-0 
Group D
 1. Netanya 0-0 
 2. T.Telekom 0-0 
Group E
 1. Krka 0-0 
 2. Telekom B. 0-0 
Group F
 1. Lokomotiv K. 0-0 
Group G
 1. Zadar 0-0 
Group H
 1. Oostende 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 2. Etha 1-0 
 3. Karsiyaka 1-0 
 4. Khimik 1-0 
 5. M.Hainaut 1-0 
 6. Nancy 1-0 
 7. Norrkoping 1-0 
 8. Paris-Levallois 1-0 
 9. Steaua Turabo 1-0 
 10. Szolnok 1-0 
 11. Triumph 1-0 
 12. Antwerp 0-0 
 13. Benfica 0-0 
 14. Enisey 0-0 
 15. Ferro-ZNTU 0-0 
 16. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 17. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 18. Aalstar 0-1 
 19. Art.Dragons 0-1 
 20. BC Kyiv 0-1 
 21. Bosna S. 0-1 
 22. Helios 0-1 
 23. Keravnos 0-1 
 24. Lugano Tigers 0-1 
 25. Macc.Haifa 0-1 
 26. Ploiesti 0-1 
 27. Trefl Sopot 0-1 
 28. ZZ Leiden 0-1 


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Anwil 0-0 
 2. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 3. Cajasol 0-0 
 4. Estudiantes 0-0 
 5. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 6. Goettingen 0-0 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 8. Panellinios 0-0 
 9. PAOK 0-0 
 10. Siauliai 0-0 
 11. VEF Riga 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Aris 1-0 
 2. Benetton TV 1-0 
 3. Besiktas 1-0 
 4. Cedevita 1-0 
 5. Galatasaray 1-0 
 6. Hapoel J-M 1-0 
 7. KK Zagreb CO 1-0 
 8. Orleans 1-0 
 9. APOEL 0-1 
 10. Azovmash 0-1 
 11. Dt.Bank SKY 0-1 
 12. Dynamo M. 0-1 
 13. Gran Canaria 0-1 
 14. Liege 0-1 
 15. Lukoil A. 0-1 
 16. Spartak SP 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Greg BRUNNER
  Benetton TV
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Brunner, Benetton.19.0 
 2. Solomon, Hapoel J.15.0 
 3. Bozeman, Liege14.0 
 4. Bulleri, Benetton.13.0 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Benett.12.0 
 6. Raivio, Liege12.0 
 7. Rich, Hapoel J-M12.0 
 8. Smith, Benetton TV12.0 
 9. Gentile, Benetton.11.0 
 10. Toolson, Benetton.11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg BRUNNER
  Benetton TV
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Brunner, Benetton.9.0 
 2. Kokia, Hapoel J-M9.0 
 3. Markovic, Benetton.7.0 
 4. Randle, Hapoel J-M7.0 
 5. Vitas, AP.7.0 
 6. Wojciechowsk., Benett.6.0 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege6.0 
 8. Gillet, Liege6.0 
 9. Solomon, Hapoel J.5.0 
 10. Hanavan, AP.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  Benetton TV
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Markovic, Benetton.8.0 
 2. Bulleri, Benetton.5.0 
 3. Peric, Benetton TV4.0 
 4. Gentile, Benetton.4.0 
 5. Brunner, Benetton.3.0 
 6. Hanavan, AP.3.0 
 7. Collette, Liege2.0 
 8. Kovac, AP.2.0 
 9. Naimy, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 10. Kalaitzidis, AP.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Uri KOKIA
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kokia, Hapoel J-M3.0 
 2. Rich, Hapoel J-M3.0 
 3. Peric, Benetton TV3.0 
 4. Kovac, AP.2.0 
 5. Brunner, Benetton.2.0 
 6. Muya, Liege2.0 
 7. Markovic, Benetton.2.0 
 8. Ohayon, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 9. Griffin, Liege1.0 
 10. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Devin SMITH
  Benetton TV
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smith, Benetton TV2.0 
 2. Randle, Hapoel J-M0.0 
 3. Rich, Hapoel J-M0.0 
 4. Solomon, Hapoel J.0.0 
 5. Collette, Liege0.0 
 6. Socratous, AP.0.0 
 7. Jenkins, Liege0.0 
 8. Kalaitzidis, AP.0.0 
 9. Matela, Liege0.0 
 10. Andriukaitis, AP.0.0 


Siauliai brings in Jaycen Herring for a try-out - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai wants to reinforce its roster on position 2/3. The Lithuanian squad picked American player Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.) and brought him in for a short try-out. If Herring meets expectations, he will sign a two-year deal with the club.
Jaycen Herring has a chance to play his first professional season in Europe. He spent the last one in Syria and Qatar. Actually, he started it with Al Talee'a in Syria but left after few games. He moved to Al Ahli Sports Club averaging 21.9 points, 5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.7 steals for them in Qatari league.
Jaycen Herring is a product of the Southeast Missouri State University, where he graduated last year. He appeared 30 times for them as a senior averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. It was an improvement after his junior year. As a junior, Herring had 13.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.1 apg for 29 games. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State University from Chattanooga in 2006. With Chattanooga he reached the Southern Conference Tournament Finals, but had limited playing time. If he signs a deal, Jaycen Herring will play next season in Lithuanian, Baltic league and EuroCup. Siauliai reached Baltic league Semifinals last season. They also reached the Semis in Lithuanian Cup.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milan MACVAN
  Hemofarm
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Macvan, Hemofarm22.7 
 2. Vassallo, AS.22.3 
 3. Ere, Pepsi Caserta21.0 
 4. McClinton, Galil G.19.5 
 5. Haryasz, GasTerra.19.0 
 6. Lampe, Unics19.0 
 7. Amagou, Roanne19.0 
 8. Popovic, Unics18.3 
 9. Jenkins, ALBA17.3 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra F.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.0 
 2. Borisov, Hemofarm8.7 
 3. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 4. Lampe, Unics7.7 
 5. Wright, Charleroi7.3 
 6. Dunn, Roanne7.0 
 7. Golubovic, Banvit7.0 
 8. Zizic, AS.6.7 
 9. Nsonwu, Roanne6.5 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Galil Gilboa
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.5 
 2. Popovic, Unics6.0 
 3. Pellin, Le Mans6.0 
 4. Hammonds, AS.4.3 
 5. Edge, Banvit4.0 
 6. Lukashov, Budiv.4.0 
 7. Abdul-Hamid, Hemof.4.0 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.4.0 
 9. Jenkins, ALBA3.7 
 10. Bauscher, GasTerra.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ermis, Banvit3.0 
 2. Lyday, Unics3.0 
 3. Nesovic, Buducnost3.0 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.7 
 5. Doornekamp, Pepsi C.2.5 
 6. Hammonds, AS.2.3 
 7. Simonovic, Buduc.2.0 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra.2.0 
 9. Spencer, Budivelnyk2.0 
 10. Rivers, Roanne2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.3 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 3. Vranes, Unics1.3 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.0 
 5. Wilson, Budivelnyk1.0 
 6. Keys, Budivelnyk1.0 
 7. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 8. Jones, Pepsi C.1.0 
 9. Rizvic, Unics1.0 
 10. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 


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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas25.0 
 2. Wilson, Honka22.0 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.3 
 4. Ivey, KTP19.3 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.0 
 6. Moore, LrNM.19.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 8. Barrett, KTP18.7 
 9. Ayers, Namika L.18.7 
 10. Koivisto, ToPo18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Wood, Karhu13.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto12.0 
 3. Young, Tarmo12.0 
 4. Allen, Karhu11.0 
 5. Belser, Honka10.3 
 6. Reaves, Korihait9.3 
 7. Kaunisto, Kouvot9.3 
 8. Wilson, Salon Vilpas9.0 
 9. Fells, Kataja8.7 
 10. Mathis, Namika Lahti8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto5.5 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 3. Kataja, Salon Vilpas4.7 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 6. Harris, Salon Vilpas3.3 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.3 
 8. Wilson, Honka3.0 
 9. Middleton, Karhu3.0 
 10. Sten, Kataja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.5 
 2. Wood, Karhu3.0 
 3. Riihela, LrNM.2.7 
 4. Wilson, Honka2.7 
 5. Barrett, KTP2.3 
 6. Ayers, Namika L.2.0 
 7. Richards, ToPo2.0 
 8. Conerly, Tarmo2.0 
 9. Nuutinen, Salon V.2.0 
 10. Heinonen, ToPo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.3 
 3. Viita, Kataja1.0 
 4. Wright, Korihait1.0 
 5. Pounds, ToPo1.0 
 6. Middleton, Karhu1.0 
 7. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 8. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 9. Richards, ToPo0.7 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.7 


Korisliiga Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pyrinto - Karhu 82-83
Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) made one free throw at the very end as Karhu grabbed 83:82 win over Pyrinto. Jeremiah Wood poured in 23 points and made 16 boards, while Allen John and Hirvikoski Henri posted 18 each. Williams Antwine ended up with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Kouvot - LrNMKY 72-63
Kouvot overcame Lappeenrannan NMKY 72:63 at the start of the Regular Season Round 3. Walker and Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) poured in 17 points each, while Nikkarinen Antto netted 16. Bailey Brant ended up with 27 points in the losing effort.

Namika Lahti - Salon Vilpas 91-83
Namika Lahti rolled over Salon Vilpas 91:83 as Ryan Ayers (201-G-86, college: Notre Dame) stepped up with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Mathis James collected 22 points and 11 boards, while Vuori Ilkka scored 16. Harris Dijuan delivered 21 points in defeat.

Tarmo - KTP 53-75
Tarmo lost to KTP 53:75 as the latter took 21-10 in the opening quarter and added 20-9 in the third frame for the total win. Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) collected 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Jones Clifton nailed 14. Heard Jonathan replied with 19 points in the losing case.

Korihait - Honka 92-82
Korihait improved to 2-1 record beating Honka 92:82 that actually suffered their first loss. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) led the way with 22 points and Jalonen Mikko followed them with 20. Wilson Jamar and Williamson John combined for 41 points in defeat.

ToPo - Kataja 97-65
ToPo edged Kataja 97:65 on Wednesday. Six players scored in double figures as Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) paced them all with 27 points and Richards Frank as well as Laitinen Tero added 15 each. Newson Jared produced 18 points for the visiting side.




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Limoges CSP releases Awvee Storey, inks Travarus Bennett - by Eurobasket News
Limoges CSP announced that Awvee Storey (198-G/F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) is no longer part of the team. The former NBA player signed a deal with Limoges recently, but it seems he wont appear in any official game for club. At the same time the French outfit brought in Travarus Bennett (202-F-79, college: Minnesota) for the upcoming season.
Travarus Bennett is coming to Limoges CSP from ASM Basket Le Puy Haute Loire, where he spent last season. They competed in NM1, where Bennett had 12.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.7 bpg for 30 games. It was his first year in France. In 2008/09, Bennett was a member of Swiss Lausanne Basket. In the past he also played for Swiss team BBC Nyon. In 2005/06, Bennett averaged 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals for 21 games in German league. He played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen at that time. In 2004, Bennett won the Irish championship with Horans Healthstores Tigers. He is a product of University of Minnesota, where he graduated in 2002.
Awvee Storey, who is free agent now, joined Limoges CSP from the Philippines, where he played for Barangay Ginebra Kings. He appeared five times for them posting averages of 24 points, 17.6 rebounds and 2 assists. Season 2009/09 he started with the New Zealand Breakers, but they parted ways in November. In 9 games he had 7.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Before the above mentioned teams, Storey played one season in China with Liaoning Panpan Hunters. He appeared 44 times in CBA averaging 23.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Awvee Storey is a player with NBA experience. He spent 2007/08 season with the Milwaukee Bucks averaging 3.5 points and 2.1 rebounds for them in 26 games. In the past he also played for the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards. In Europe, Storey was a member of New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Awvee Storey is a product of the Arizona State University, where he graduated in 2002. He played in Korea and Venezuela after that. In 2005, Storey helped Wonju TG Sambo Xers to win the Korean championship.


Nancy won their opener of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Bosna-Nancy 74:91

Nancy won their opener of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round on Wednesday in Bosnia. The French outfit overcame local Bosna 91:74 for the first win.
The French side went on a lead immediately and Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) nailed three for 17:8. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) increased to 20:8, while his next three-pointer brought 25:15. Dino Hodzic (190-G-90) closed the opening quarter at 28:19 and then Brun gave the guests 31:19. Pasalic scored three to cut it to 33:22 and Nancy responded with 11-0 run to take 44:22 as Grant made a jump shot. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) sent the teams to the lockers for 47:30 advantage as the guests did not even think of slowing down. They also scored the first four points and Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) brought 53:34. Tremmell Darden delivered two fro 57:37, whilst Ralph Mims nailed another three to close the third frame at 69:51. Again Ralph Mims and then Dino Hodzic exchanged the three-pointers, while Ralph Mims later scored three for 80:56. Zimic reduced to 82:59 and Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) scored for 82:63. Victor Samnick later was the last to score in the game as Nancy won their opener of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round.
Tremmell Darden stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Ralph Mims netted 19. Akinlolu Akingbala followed them with 15 and Victor Samnick added 13. Dino Hodzic ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Jermaine Dixon notched 13 and Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) was responsible for 9 points.

Bosna: Dino Hodzic 16, Jermaine Dixon 13, Filip Kruslin 9
Nancy: Tremmell Darden 23, Ralph Mims 19, Akinlolu Akingbala 15, Victor Samnick 13


Le Mans outplays ASVEL thanks to great finish - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague QR2, Game One: Le Mans - ASVEL 85-75

Le Mans earned 10-point lead in the first game against ASVEL. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) (6 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. In ASVEL, Angel D. Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) exploded with 29 pts and he was the MVP of this meeting (valuation 27). Second scorer in ASVEL was Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) with 14 and Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebs.
Start of this game belonged to ASVEL, who made quick 6-11 lead. The hosts came to 12-13 few moments later, but Andrija Zizic and Mickael Gelabale lifted ASVEL to 12-18 again. Later, Q1 finished with 18-22 for the guests. Le Mans improved in the second frame coming to 32-33, after 6-0 run. Visitors grabbed back 32-37, but the hosts closed the first half with 8-1 series for 40-38 lead after 20 minutes of play. In third, Le Mans took control on its rival and after triple by Alain Koffi, they jumped to 57-48. ASVEL managed to cut the deficit to 66-62 with 10:00 to go. They tied the score to 69-69 with seven minutes left in the game, but it was Le Mans players who shined in the finish taking 81-75 lead. Joao Paulo Batista scored last two baskets in this game and Le Mans heads to the second meeting with plus 10.
Game Two is scheduled for Friday.

Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 18, Alain Koffi 13, Ryvon Covile 12+6 boards
ASVEL: Angel D. Vassallo 29, Mickael Gelabale 14, Andrija Zizic 11+6 boards


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Feni Industri beats Rilski Sportist in a friendly matchup - by Eurobasket News
Rilski Sportist - Feni Industri 73-79

Rilski Sportist hosted Feni Industri in a control match ahead of the start of new season. It was the Macedonian outfit which managed to come away with a win in this one, after securing 6-point margin victory. It was a closely contested matchup from the opening tip off. Both teams executed well offensively so neither of them was able to assert their game. After initial 10 minutes of play, the score stood at 16-19. Feni opened the second period with a mini-run which gave them their greatest lead of the match. Hosts managed to recover, but still were not able to turn the game to their favour. By the halftime break, Feni Industri players were able to build 29-35 lead. In the third period, not much changed as both teams focused more on the offensive part of the court. In a high scoring period, it was Feni who extended their lead by 2 points as they won the quarter 23-25. As result, the game entered the final 10 minutes with visiting side up 52-60. In the fourth quarter, Feni players controlled the flow of the game, never allowing hosts to mount a comeback. After trading basket for basket for the most part, Feni Industri routinely closed the game out for the73-79 win.
Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) and Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) led the winning side with 18 points apiece. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points, while Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) came off the bench to chip in 10 points. For Rilski, Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: 011 Sports) led the way with 18 points, while Atanas Radev (200-F-81) followed with 15 points.

Rilski Sportist: Ivan Lilov 18, Atanas Radev 15
Feni Industri: Jarrid Frye 18, Vojdan Stojanovski 18, Dusan Knezevic 15, Darko Sokolov 10


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  GERMANY   


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. Jeka, Wuerzburg B.30.0 
 4. Little, Hannover25.0 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz25.0 
 6. Alexander, ETB W.24.0 
 7. Wallace, B.Mue.23.0 
 8. Hampton, Webmoebel21.0 
 9. Watts, SOBA D.21.0 
 10. Lipke, Chemnitz21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sanijay WATTS
  SOBA Dragons
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 16
 1. Watts, SOBA D.16.0 
 2. Smallwood, Cuxha.13.0 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven12.0 
 4. Howard, SOBA D.11.0 
 5. Spoeler, Osnabrueck11.0 
 6. Fleetwood, Osnab.10.0 
 7. Little, Hannover10.0 
 8. Jost, Freiburg9.0 
 9. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau9.0 
 10. Cox, Karlsruhe9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel11.0 
 2. Larsen, SOBA D.7.0 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz7.0 
 4. Hasenkamm, Cuxha.7.0 
 5. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 6. Alexander, ETB W.6.0 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz6.0 
 8. Janzen, Hannover6.0 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.5.0 
 10. Lowery, Braves5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.5.0 
 3. Scott, Kirchheim4.0 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz4.0 
 5. Shaw, Chemnitz3.0 
 6. Roemer, Webmoebel3.0 
 7. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 8. Schroter, ETB W.2.0 
 9. Wyrick, B.Muenchen2.0 
 10. Heindel, Freiburg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Reggie FULLER
  Crailsheim
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fuller, Crailsheim3.0 
 2. Fleetwood, Osnab.2.0 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven2.0 
 4. Spoeler, Osnabrueck2.0 
 5. Zipser, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Scott, Kirchheim2.0 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim2.0 
 8. Weber, Braves1.0 
 9. Harbut, Chemnitz1.0 
 10. Greene, B.Muenchen1.0 


Bradley Buckman Signs With The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Shortly before the Eurocup qualifying game against Besiktas Istanbul, the Deutsche Bank Skyliners announced that Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) will join the team. He recieved a contract until the end of October with an option until the end of the season. Buckman is a 26 year old 205cm 111 kilo power forward from Austin, Texas. He already got a taste of the style of the Frankfurt team as he was in street clothes watching the game from the sidelines and doing some play by play commentary for Radio Fortuna in the second half. Last season, he played in Turkey for Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 25 games: 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 68.8%. Coach Gordon Herbert is thrilled about getting some help under the boards. 'Bradley is a versatile and agile player. He can play the power forward and center position. He can shoot and brings a physical presence under the basket', stressed Gordon Herbert.

Buckman started his basketball career at
Texas (NCAA) and played there from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 76.6%. In 2006, he was drafted by Albany Patroons (CBA,1rd (9). In 2006-2007, he played for the old Missouri coach of JImmy Mckinney with the Austin Toros (D-League): 42 games: 6.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 38%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 71.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in Romania for Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Romania-Div.A, starting five): 5 games: 16.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.6bpg). In 2008-2009, he played for Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A): EuroChallenge: 4 games: 4.8ppg, 3.8rpg; Cypriot League: 9.2ppg, 4.5rpg, left team in Dec.'08, in Jan.'09 moved to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 16 games: 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 51.9%. Some awards that he has recieved in his career were NCAA Final Four -03, Big 12 Conf. All-Freshman Team -03, Big 12 Regular Season Finalist -03, 04Big 12 Tournament, Finalist -04, 06, NCAA Sweet 16 -04, NABC All-NCAA District 9 2nd Team -05, All-Big 12 2nd Team -05, Big 12 Regular Season Champion -06, All-Big 12 3rd Team -06, NCAA Sweet 8 -06, Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team -08, Romanian League Finalist -08, and reached the Israeli Premier League Semifinals -09.

Source: Deutsche Bank Skyliners




ALBA beats Hemofarm 73-67 in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague QR2, Game One: ALBA - Hemofarm 73-67

ALBA Berlin managed to beat Hemofarm 73-67 mostly owing to Marko Marinovic (183-G-83), who scored 15 points with just two missed shots for 25 minutes. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) was the second scorer in victory with 12 points, while Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) added 11 pts. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) helped with one point less and was the last one with double-digits in scoring. On the other side, Milan Macvan (205-F-89) shined with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) followed him with 12 pts. ALBA had plus 20 at the beginning of the last quarter, but Hemofarm managed to cut the margin to six points for rest of the way.
Hemofarm opened the game better taking 2-7 lead, but the hosts immediately woke up and responded with 12-2 run. Another turn was seen in the first quarter as Hemofarm made 3-10 series for 17-19 lead, but the first ten minutes ended with 21-21 tie. At the halfway of the second period the score still was tied and it was 30-30. Than, Marko Marinovic stepped up for the hosts and together with his teammates closed the first half with 13-3 run (43-33 HT). After the breather, ALBA continued in the same rhythm and they quickly jumped to 54-37. Hemofarm was in big trouble, but they were not able to do anything about that (at least until the Q4). ALBA was holding 64-48 after 30 minutes of play and they opened the last period with a basket for plus 20. Than, the hosts somehow stopped, while visitors were coming back to life. They made 1-8 run and few moments later closed the gap to 67-59. That was not all as Hemofarm continued to melt ALBAs lead and they came to 69-65 with one minute to go. Immanuel McElroy helped ALBA to keep the victory in its hands, but Hemofarm took confidence from the knowledge that the second half of the battle is on its own floor Friday. The game will start at 18:00.

ALBA: Marko Marinovic 15, Immanuel McElroy 12, Julius Jenkins 11, Derrick Allen 10
Hemofarm: Milan Macvan 16+9 boards, Milos Borisov 12


Etha tame Dragons in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Etha - Artland Dragons 69:61

Etha secured the opening win against Artland Dragons in the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Cyprus team earned an 8-point buffer before the second leg game in Germany. Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) stepped up with 22 points to lead the hosts.
The Germans quickly adjusted in Nicosia. They opened the game with an 8:3 run before Etha started to find the rhythm. Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova) fired five points in a row to ignite a 12:4 run that gave Etha a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. Artland Dragons denied the deficit early in the second period. Ken Tutt nailed eight points in a row and the hosts accumulated a 34:26 lead. Etha marched to a 42:35 advantage at the interval. The visitors would not go away though. The Dragons stayed close throughout the third term. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) nailed 6 points in the quarter as the German side trailed by just two points 54:56 with ten minutes to go. But it was Ken Tutt who made the difference. He notched eight points as Etha cleared off to a 9-point distance 69:60. Artland Dragons could not recover and suffered the defeat. Reggie Redding nailed 14 points for Etha. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami (FL)) provided 11 points apiece for the winners. Darren Fenn answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Artland Dragons. Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and Ruben Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) delivered 8 points each in the loss.

Etha: Ken Tutt 22, Reggie Redding 14, Valdas Dabkus 11, Anthony King 11
Artland Dragons: Darren Fenn 17, Tyrese Rice 8, Ruben Boumtje 8



Besiktas surprised Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Deutsche Bank Skyliners -Besiktas JK 61:68

Besiktas JK surprised Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the first game of the EuroCup Qualifying Round in Germany. The Turkiosh side produced 68:61 mostly due to the second half.
The teams exchanged the basket in the opening tip and were tied several times in the opening quarter. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) closed the period at 16:16 as he made the second free throw in the game. Trailing 18:21 in the start of the second frame the hosts erupted with 10-0 run and took 28:21. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) made it 35:24, while A.J. Ogilvy (211-C-88) managed to close the half at 37:30. The second half however belonged to the Turkish representative. They produced 18-11 in the third period as Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79) tied the game at 48:48 after 30 minutes. Cevher Ozer gave the guests the lead at 51:50 and A.J. Ogilvy scored for 56:52. Erden even increased to 10 points, while A.J. Ogilvy made it 68:59. DaShaun Wood drove a lay-up in the very end for the final result.
A.J. Ogilvy stepped up with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the first win. Cevher Ozer collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Bekir Yarangume added 11. DaShaun Wood ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Bahiense de Mello and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) posted 8 each in defeat.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners: DaShaun Wood 15, Bahiense de Mello 8, Ajene Moye 8
Besiktas JK: A.J. Ogilvy 23+10 rebs, Cevher Ozer 19+13 rebs, Bekir Yarangume 11



Vlade Divac Look Alike Cevher Ozer Helps Besiktas Istanbul Rally With Win In Eurocup Qualifying Game Against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 68-61 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After having to play against a strong and well rehearsed Bamberg team last weekend, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt have a breather long having to face Turkish power house Besiktas Istanbul and without reinforcements, the chances of winning were slim and about as unlikely as if funny man Will Smith were to shut his mouth for a day, Bayern Munich and Louis Van Gaal not winning anymore games or tennis ace Roger Federer never winning Wimbeldon again as Frankfurt gave a superb effort, but missed too many open shots down the stretch as the Turks snuck out of the Ballsporthalle with a 68-61 win. Frankfurt knew that it would be tough going into the game without a starting center and power forward, but didnt try to think about it. 'Once you are on the court there are no excuses. Every player had to step up. We just focused on what we had on the court and we played well', stressed Skyliner point guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). There was some pressure on Marius Nolte to fill the void and finished with six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. 'I thought a lot about this game this afternoon and how we have to go into it. I wanted to be aggressive and bring energy, but not get quick fouls. I got fast fouls and need to be more clever in the future', warned Paderborn native Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops)

Frankfurt now needs to return to Istanbul next week and win by 8 points or more to advance to the next round. Frankfurt didnt have to hang their heads after 40 minutes, because they led for more than half of the game and gave a solid effort, but couldnt get the job done in the fourth quarter. 'We played a good game, but just didnt get as many stops at the end to be able to win. We had so many open looks at the end. We dont expect to shoot like this again. We will have to shoot better in the game in Istanbul', added San Diego native Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) In some ways, Besiktas Istanbuhl can be happy that they escaped with a win. 'We didnt play well, but we won. We played good zone defense and that hurt Frankfurt. In the second half, Andrew Ogilvy had a great game and was the main reason that we won. We hit big three pointers down the stretch, but during the regular season we will have to play better', warned 2006 ULEB Cup winner with Dynamo Moscow Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA)

It was the first game of the season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and the game garnered more interest then one may have thought as 2,840 people wanted to see this basketball game. Who could forget the past as some years ago there were some international games with only about 800 people in attendance. It probably didnt hurt either that a big Turkish sports team with Besiktas Istanbul was in town as one could see bunches of Turks in the arena as well as many Turkish flags. Some were expecting ex coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) too be in the arena as it is no secret that his favourite team in Turkey is Besiktas Istanbul. Perhaps Babba as Didin is called was in the Ballsporthalle, but he did a great job of hiding himself. Even if he may have not been in the arena, just the name Didin was a topic with players. 'I remember seeing Didin last season in Turkey. We were playing somewhere and I remember him coming into the locker room and talking to some Turkish coaches. I am looking forward to the Duesseldorf game soon as I hear the arena will be packed for his return', stressed New Skyliner forward Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) In Turkey, Didin is as known as Kinder Chocolate is in Germany as the faces of Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) lit up when they heard the name Didin. 'He was my coach in Turkey', stated Ozer. The other amusing tidbit was the resemblance of Vlade Divac and Turk Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports). He seemed a bit in awe as he was told of the similarity. 'Divac was a great player and it is an honour to look like him. He played with the best in the NBA. I dont have a chance for the NBA. I would have to improve my post moves', stressed Ozer. Skyliner center Marius Nolte seemed a bit surprised about the resemblance. 'You see a beard and right away think of Divac. He didnt play like Divac, but he played well. He was hard to defend and his 19 points and 13 rebounds shows how good he was tonight', stressed Marius Nolte

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt have anything to lose and came to play as they didnt let Besiktas Istanbul run away with a lead early, but stayed on their heels. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) got the Frankfurt attack going with a fade away jumper and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) made two free throws. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) got inside quickly and really hurt Frankfurt with two baskets and two consecutive offensive rebounds as the score was 4-4. DaShaun Wood had a strong first quarter scoring six points all inside. Frankfurt led 6-4, but Besiktas Istanbul grabbed the lead back as Michael Ignerski made a shot from downtown as they took the lead 7-6. Frankfurt grabbed the lead back 10-7 as Moye muscled his way to the basket for a basket and then De Mello scored on a coast to coast run after good Frankfurt double team defense. Mustafa Abi (197-G-79) scored, but Frankfurt managed to stay consistent on offense as Wood scored again with his left hand as Frankfurt led 12-9. Andrew Ogilvy then got an offensive rebound and scored, but it was Wood again penetrating and scoring as he seemed unstoppable as Frankfurt led 14-11. 'I have always scored inside. As a small guard you always have to find different ways to score. I work a lot on this practice. It is tough when there are two 210cm big guys inside so I have to create different ways to score', added DaShaun Wood. 'Wood is a good player. He is fast and can score. We have to give more help on pick and role', said Mire Chatman Ozer then made a fade away jumper and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) a jumper for the 16-13 Frankfurt lead. Ozer then was fouled from the parking lot and nailed three free throws. After 10 minutes the score was deadlocked at 16-16. Frankfurt got off to a slow start, but they then got going. Frankfurt did a good job getting fast break points and taking the right shots, stressed Skyliner forward Bradley Buckman The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 0% from outside while Besiktas Istanbul was shooting 37% from the field and 25% from outside. Besiktas Istanbul had the slight rebound edge at 10-9 and only two turnovers as Frankfurt had three.

In the second quarter, the game stayed close for a few minutes before Frankfurt started to pull away. Ajene Moye got Frankfurt on the score board first with an offensive rebound and lay in before Ogilvy scored inside getting a semi ally op pass from Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79). Frankfurt then marched out on a 17-6 run to take the 35-24 lead. Frankfurt was playing perfect team basketball in this phase as there were no unselfish players, but just players working to get the best shot. Grayson Moyer nailed a three pointer from the corner as Wood led the fast break and dished out a pass to the American in the corner. Nolte then made a tip in and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) hit a jumper from the top of the key. Frankfurt continued to play smart offensive basketball as Moyer made a no look bounce pass to Nolte as Frankfurt led 30-24. Wood then scored five consecutive points as he scored inside twice and made a free throw. Frankfurt was a bit unlucky in the last few minutes as they lost a little momentum and let Besiktas Istanbul rally and go on a 6-2 run and trail only 37-30 at halftime. Andrew Ogilvy scored all six points as he scored with a runner, lay in and a left handed hook. He had 12 points at halftime and seemed to have found his rhythm in the game. 'I didnt practice all week. I had a rolled ankle. It took a while to find my groove and I got more comfortable as the game went on', added Andrew Ogilvy. 'We forced them to shoot a lot of three pointers. We played good help defense and Wood distributed the ball well and scored when it was needed', stressed Bradley Buckman We didnt play well in the first half. Our defense was not up to par, said Andrew Ogilvy. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and only 25% from the three point line while Besiktas Istanbul was shooting 38% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the slim 19-18 rebound edge and a 5-6 turnover edge.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to keep their comfortable lead, but Besiktas Istanbul would rally and get stronger as they continued to pound inside as Frankfurt was slowly getting tired inside. If it wasnt Ogilvy then it was Ozer who was doing damage inside as he scored twice from close range. Frankfurt had a huge play by Wood who blocked Ogilvy inside and then scored with a mid distance jumper. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) who was quiet on the night with 7 points on 3/8 shooting hit a floater for the 43-32 lead. Ogilvy then scored five unanswered points as he drew fouls inside and suddenly Frankfurt led 45-39. Down the stretch in the third quarter Besiktas Istanbul started to hit more shots and Frankfurt got weaker from the field. After De Mello made one free throw for the 46-39 lead, Besiktas Istanbul ended the quarter with a 9-1 run to tie the game at 48-48. Yarangume hit a three pointer, Ozer scored again inside as Frankfurt only led 46-43. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) also had a cold day shooting 2/9 from the field, but hit a jumper in the last minute as Frankfurt led 48-45. Yarangume nailed a three pointer in the last seconds which was kind of a bad omen for what was going to happen in the fourth quarter. 'A thing I liked was that Frankfurt is always hustling and never giving up. Our shots werent falling and it is tough when the opponent keeps going inside', added Bradley Buckman We went inside more and tried to slow down our offense as we were rushing a bit in the first half, said Andrew Ogilvy. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and only 15% from the parking lot while Besiktas Istanbul was shooting 40% from the field and 28% from the parking lot.Besiktas Istanbul had the 32-26 rebounding edge and nine turnovers while Frankfurt had six.

In the fourth quarter, Besiktas Istanbul would slowly take control of the game as they continued hitting big shots while Frankfurt was unable to get anything positive going on offense. Frankfurt did retake the lead 50-48 on a Moye jumper, but Ozer hit a three pointer as the Turks led again 51-50. Mckinney gave Frankfurt the lead back with a jumper 52-51, but that would be their last lead of the game. Erden then was fouled behind the three point line and sunk all three free throws as Besiktas Istanbul led 54-52. Ogilvy then scored inside. It doesnt look pretty with the Australian, but it is very effective when he scores inside. Yarangume then nailed another three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 59-53 and the Ballsporthalle was slowly getting more quiet except for the legions of Turk supporters cheering. 'Frankfurt wasnt playing bad, but just werent hitting their shots. They also werent getting second chance points', stressed Bradley Buckman Ozer then dropped a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 62-53. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) then scored from the wing as Besiktas Istanbul only led 62-56. However the Turks continued to find ways to score as it was Ozer again getting one of his five offensive rebounds and scoring. Mckinney hit a big three pointer as Frankfurt only trailed 66-59. Ogilvy and Wood traded baskets at the end as Frankfurt lost 68-61. 'The key down the stretch was our ability to knock down big shots and our defensive rebounding', stressed Andrew Ogilvy. 'Ogilvy had a good game. He is strong and skilled around the basket and can handle the penetration from the high post. We will have to box him out better and get more guards helping with rebounds', stressed Grayson Moyer

Besiktas Istanbul was led by Andrew Ogilvy with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79) chipped in with 11 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood 15 points,four rebounds and three assists. Ajene Moye and Dominik Bahiense de Mello added eight points a piece.

Besiktas Istanbul shot 43% from the field and35% from down town while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot 35% from the field and 16% from down town. Frankfurt clearly lost the rebound battle 43-33. The most positive statistic were the eight Frankfurt turnovers. Even though the Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost, they demonstrated for long phases of the game that they could stay with Besiktas Istanbul and even lead for a while. After this success, Frankfurt will go to Turkey knowing they can win. 'We fought hard in this game. We had a chance to win. We know even if we had won in Frankfurt that we will have to play well in turkey. If we can win by 8 points in Turkey then I will take that', warned DaShaun Wood. Beisktas Istanbul learned in this 68-61 win that Frankfurt is a strong team. 'We never underestimated Frankfurt. We know that all teams want to qualify and they all fight to win', added Andrew Ogilvy. 'We saw that Frankfurt can play very well when they are undersized. They play fast and physical. We will have to play better next week at home', stressed Mire Chatman The Deutsche Bank Skyliners next start the BEKO BBL regular season against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg October 2 at 20:00.



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Aris held off Lukoil Academic in Sofia - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academic-Aris 74:78

Aris held off Lukoil Academic in the first leg of the EuroCup Qualifying Round in Bulgaria on Wednesday. The Greek side celebrated 78:74 win to have better chances next week to advance to the next stage.
The Bulgarian team shocked the visiting side with 10-0 run and then Banev made it 12:1. James scored for 19:8, while P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) reduced to 19:14 at the end of the first period. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) nailed three at the start of the second and another two points from the player gave Lukoil 24:16 lead. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) followed with a three for 31:22 and Banev increased to 37:25. The Greek side however bounced back with 8-0 run and Koumpouras closed the half at 37:33. Kambala gave the hosts 39:33 and Lukoil responded with 7-0 run in the start of the third quarter. Chatzivrettas and P.J. Tucker reduced to 50:47, whilst the latter also closed the period at 59:58 and James gave Lukoil 61:58. The last quarter became a real battle in the court, but at the end of it Aris managed to score more important baskets. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), Charalampidis and Tapoutos brought he last points for the winners in the game.
P.J. Tucker was unstoppable with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Dejan Borovnjak nailed 15. Pierre Pierce (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Iowa) posted 14, while Tapoulos added 12. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) replied with 18 points for the home side. Damjan Stojanovski notched 13 and Travis Peterson scored 12.

Lukoil Academic: Brandon Bowman 18, Damjan Stojanovski 13, Travis Peterson 12
Aris: P.J. Tucker 26+13 rebs, Dejan Borovnjak 15, Pierre Pierce 14, Tapoulos 12



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Magixx playing for KidsRights, Humphrey returns, Smith and Jackson waived - by Fred Roggen
Magixx playing for KidsRights, Humphrey returns, Smith and Jackson waived. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall), the 1.98 long American forward returns to the Magixx playing for KidsRights.
Humphrey played last season also for Magixx playing for KidsRights and averaged 12.6ppg and 5.8rpg. The versatile forward will mainly play on the power forward position this season.
Lance Smith and AJ Jackson did not meet the expectations of the staff and were dismissed by the management of the club.



Tim Blue returns to WCAA Giants - by Fred Roggen
Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.), who had previously played two seasons for the Giants, makes his appearances again next season in the Boulevard. In his last season (2008-2009) with the Giants he averaged 14.7 points per game. The Giants and Blue signed a one-year deal.
The 2.05-meter Blue, comes from Dutch champion GasTerra Flames, where he received no new contract. Blue: 'I'm happy to be back with Giants. There is a young team with lots of potential.



Jovo Stanojevic leads Pinar Karsiyaka to win in Almere - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - Pinar Karsiyaka 65:87

Pinar Karisiyaka stepped closer to the EuroChallenge regular season. The Turkish team fired past Leiden in Netherlands to ensure a hopeful future in the tournament. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 19 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds to lead Pinar Karsiyaka to the victory.
Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) opened the scoring with a three-pointer to set the tone. Pinar Karsiyaka soon gained a 10:2 lead. Osiris Eldridge gave the visitors a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter 16:6. Leiden finally showed some signs of life as they cut the distance to only two points 18:19 at the first break. Jovo Stanojevic and Osiris Eldridge helped Pinar Karsiyaka roll confidently in the second period. The visitors piled up a 40:32 lead at halftime. Pinar Karsiyaka boosted the margin to 15 points midway through the third term 52:36. They did not slow down and arrived at the final intermission up by 18 points 67:49. Leiden could not pick up the slack in the final term. The hosts accounted for 16 points and suffered a painful defeat at the end.
Osiris Eldridge notched 19 points for Pinar Karsiyaka. Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) accounted for 15 points in the win. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) replied with 13 points for Leiden. Ryan Anderson (193-G-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) and Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Leiden: Seamus Boxley 13, Ryan Anderson 12, Thomas Jackson 12

Pinar Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 19, Osiris Eldridge 19, Omar Sneed 15



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Market news - by Tamas Deri
Brane Savic (181-G-79, agency: Interperformances) signed for the coming season with his former team NYKK! The 180 cm tall slovenian playmaker is a well known player in our country as he spent several seasons in Hungary already! He played three seasons with NYKK in a row and started the last season with DEKE playing 9 games averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Factum Sport Debrecen just published that the management invited two american players for tryout. Chris Singletary (193-G-88) will arrive tonight to the city. The american guard just graduated on the University of Kent State and averaged 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 25 minutes on the court.

Kevin Langford (203-F-85, college: TCU) will also play for coach Rathonyi. The 203 cm tall power forward is a product of Texas Christian University, where he put up great numbers in his senior season: 13.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3Pts: 40.7%, FT: 77.0% in 31 games. He signed his first professional contract with Padeborn in the german Bundesliga where he played 30 games before his knee surgery and helped his team with 10.8ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 75.8%.




Eurochallenge qualy: Szolnok won by 23! - by Tamas Deri
The hungarian team lead by imports Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Veljko Budimir (200-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) and domestic former Euroleague center, Marton Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) was unstopable tonight and beat Keravnos by 23 points in the first round of the EC qualifications! The second game will be played on Saturday in Cyprus.

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Keravnos Strovolou 75-52
(17-15, 21-16, 22-12, 15-9)
EuroChallenge Qualifcation, Szolnok
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 19/12, Horvath 6/6, Veljko Budimir 17/12, Clark 3, Marton Bader 18, Fodor 2, Csorvasi 8, Grebenar 2, Coach: Por Peter
Keravnos: Fells 12/6, Cummings 4, Pilavas -, Johnson 13/3, Milosevic 11/3. Csere: Karydas 3/3, Trisokkas 3, Pekovic -, Razis -, Garcia 6.



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  IRAN   


Iran complete semifinal picture in Yemen - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18 - Yemen U18 80:45

Iran became the fourth semifinalists at the U18 Asia Championship. They silenced hosting Yemen for the spot in the semis. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-G-94) tallied 21 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace the winners. Iran will now take on undefeated China tomorrow.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Neither side was able to clear off. Iran and Yemen entered the second quarter tied at 16. Iran opened the frame with eight points in a row to finally break in charge. Iran gradually took over and rolled to a 38:25 lead at halftime. Yemen struggled to pick up their offensive rhythm in the third term. Iran capitalized piling up a comfortable 21-point lead. The visitors stretched it to 23 points at the final intermission 56:33. Offensive woes continued for the home side in the final quarter. Yemen accounted for only 12 points and had to surrender at the end.
Mirfattahi Mirmohammad (93) contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds for Iran. Shahbaznejadkanzagh Reza (92) accounted for 10 points in the win. Samer Abdullah (92) answered with 13 points for Yemen. Sabri Sadaqah (188-F-93) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Iran U18: Sajjad Mashayekhi 21, Mirfattahi Mirmohammad 16, Shahbaznejadkanzagh Reza 10
Yemen U18: Samer Abdullah 13, Sabri Sadaqah 11



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  IRAQ   


Iraq outscore Kazakhstan in Yemen - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U18 - Kazakhstan U18 71:67

Iraq held off Kazakhstan at the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. Ali Muayad Ismael (201-C-94) knocked down 21 points to pace the winners. Kazakhstan will take on Syria for the ninth overall position. Kazakhstan will take on Malaysia for the 11th overall spot at the tournament.
Iraq opened the game with nine points in a row. They maintained the lead and posted a 21:11 advantage at the first intermission. The margin grew at 15-point margin early in the second period. Azim Yagodkin (182-G-92) and Alexey Kurochka drained triples late in the half as Kazakhstan dragged within three points 36:39. Iraq restored a double-digit lead midway through the third stanza. They ensured a 61:51 advantage at the final intermission. Kazakhstan did not surrender as they got back into the contest. Alimbek Orazov (200-F/C-93) notched a jumper to narrow the deficit at four points midway through the fourth period. However Safaa Al Saedi and Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami (171-G-92) went deadly from the stripe and Iraq escaped with a tough win at the end.
Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami came up with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 assists for Iraq. Hassan Abdullah (190-F-94) added 15 points in the victory. Azim Yagodkin replied with 18 points for Kazakhstan. Alimbek Orazov had 12 points in the loss.

Iraq U18: Ali Muayad Ismael 21, Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami 17, Hassan Abdullah 15
Kazakhstan U18: Azim Yagodkin 18, Alimbek Orazov 12



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  ITALY   


Achara sign for Barcellona, Tsiakos terminate his agreement. - by Michele Berra
Georgos Tsiakos (205-F/C-82, agency: FCM) terminate the contract with Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto. The greek player after an injury left the team coached by Cesare Pancotto. The Sicilian team wasted no time and immediately found a replacement: Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne). The big man with Scottish passport is already enrolled for the first championship, in which Barcelona will host Udine. In the last two seasons he played for and Biella Bologna in Serie A. This summer has also played with the European qualifiers for the British national.


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  JAPAN   


Jun-Yl Kim leads South Korea past Japan - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U18 - Japan U18 86:73

South Korea will play at the semifinal stage of the U18 Asia Championship. They toppled Japan in the quarterfinal today. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) fired 26 points to lead the Korean team to the victory.
Seiya Ando (184-G-92) opened the scoring in this one but South Korea quickly stole the lead. They posted an 18:11 advantage and rallied to a 25:13 buffer at the first break. Dong Yeop Lee helped the Korean side to a 33:20 lead early in the second quarter. They kept Japan at bay and posted a 42:33 halftime advantage. Japan went off the dressing room recharged. They exploded with 11 points in a row to pull in front. South Korea were ready for the challenge. They ward off Japan to take a 58:51 lead into the fourth quarter. South Korea went on an 8:0 run and secured a comfortable 54:68 lead midway through the final stanza. They refused to surrender the advantage and rolled to the victory at the end. Lee Dong-Yeop (194-F-94) scored 19 points for South Korea. Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) added 15 points and 9 caroms for the winning side. Seiya Ando answered with game-high 29 points and 8 rebounds. Takaya Sasayama (178-G-93) delivered 15 points in the loss.

South Korea U18: Kim Jun-Yl 26, Lee Dong-Yeop 19, Lee Seounghyun 15
Japan U18: Seiya Ando 29, Takaya Sasayama 15



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Iraq outscore Kazakhstan in Yemen - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U18 - Kazakhstan U18 71:67

Iraq held off Kazakhstan at the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. Ali Muayad Ismael (201-C-94) knocked down 21 points to pace the winners. Kazakhstan will take on Syria for the ninth overall position. Kazakhstan will take on Malaysia for the 11th overall spot at the tournament.
Iraq opened the game with nine points in a row. They maintained the lead and posted a 21:11 advantage at the first intermission. The margin grew at 15-point margin early in the second period. Azim Yagodkin (182-G-92) and Alexey Kurochka drained triples late in the half as Kazakhstan dragged within three points 36:39. Iraq restored a double-digit lead midway through the third stanza. They ensured a 61:51 advantage at the final intermission. Kazakhstan did not surrender as they got back into the contest. Alimbek Orazov (200-F/C-93) notched a jumper to narrow the deficit at four points midway through the fourth period. However Safaa Al Saedi and Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami (171-G-92) went deadly from the stripe and Iraq escaped with a tough win at the end.
Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami came up with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 assists for Iraq. Hassan Abdullah (190-F-94) added 15 points in the victory. Azim Yagodkin replied with 18 points for Kazakhstan. Alimbek Orazov had 12 points in the loss.

Iraq U18: Ali Muayad Ismael 21, Ahmed Mankhi Talaq Al-Jashaami 17, Hassan Abdullah 15
Kazakhstan U18: Azim Yagodkin 18, Alimbek Orazov 12



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  LATVIA   


Barons get ready for the new start - by Eurobasket News
Barons get ready for the new start and playes as many friendly games as possible before the League starts. Barons overcame Latvijas Universitati 60:56 as Raimonds Feldmanis (192-G-82) top-scored with 12 points and then lost to Kalev/Cramo 65:73. Later the Latvian team overcame Delikatesas 95:76 as Veselovs stepped up with 23 points and beat KK Paernu 96:79. The team also outscored Zemgali 74:63 with Raimonds Feldmanis scoring 13 points and Kouvot 81:68. Swedish Kings overcame Barons from Latvia 87:85. The Swedish side started with 20-18 in the opening quarter and then provided 29-22 in the second frame. The board showed 49:40 at the halftime and then again the Kings won the third period 20-19. In the last quarter Barons produced 26-18 but managed only to reduce the gap at the end. Smith paced all the winners with 25 poins and Mantas Griskenas (201-F-85, college: Wichita St.) netted 23. Dino Pita (192-G-88) delivered 13, while Daniels notched 12. Davis Bertans (200-F-92) responded with 18 points in the losing effort. Raimonds Feldmanis scored 14 and Skirmants added 13.
Before that Sodertalje Kings was beaten by Barons 52:89. The Latvian side started with 22-12 and added 24-14 in the second period. Moreover Barons did not slow down and produced two victories in the second half. Raimonds Feldmanis stepped up with 21 points for the winners. Davis Bertans posted 13, whilst Cavars netted 12. Veselovs delivered 11 and Timma ended up with 9 points.



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Lebanon lose to China in Yemen - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U18 - China U18 56:87

Lebanon gave up their quarterfinal clash against China. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) knocked down 17 points to lead the Chinese team to the seventh straight win at the tournament.
China used a 12:1 run late in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 24:14 advantage at the first period. The hopes started to dim for Lebanon in the second stanza. China rallied to a 47:28 halftime advantage. The Lebanese team conceded seven points in a row at the start of the third quarter as China boosted the lead. Lebanon faced a massive 28-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. China limited their opponents to just 12 points in the final quarter and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Wang Pu (198-F-93) nailed 14 points for the winners. Zhu Xuhang (207-F-93), Luo Hanchen (186-G-94) and Yan PengFei (208-C-93) delivered 8 points each in the victory. Karam Mechref (188-G-92) answered with 15 points for Lebanon. Ramzy Al-Amine (180-G-92) accounted for 14 points in the loss. Lebanon will now fight for the 5th-8th place in Sanaa.

Lebanon U18: Karam Mechref 15, Ramzy Al-Amine 14
China U18: Guo Ailun 17, Wang Pu 14, Zhu Xuhang 8, Luo Hanchen 8, Yan PengFei 8




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Siauliai brings in Jaycen Herring for a try-out - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai wants to reinforce its roster on position 2/3. The Lithuanian squad picked American player Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.) and brought him in for a short try-out. If Herring meets expectations, he will sign a two-year deal with the club.
Jaycen Herring has a chance to play his first professional season in Europe. He spent the last one in Syria and Qatar. Actually, he started it with Al Talee'a in Syria but left after few games. He moved to Al Ahli Sports Club averaging 21.9 points, 5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.7 steals for them in Qatari league.
Jaycen Herring is a product of the Southeast Missouri State University, where he graduated last year. He appeared 30 times for them as a senior averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. It was an improvement after his junior year. As a junior, Herring had 13.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.1 apg for 29 games. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State University from Chattanooga in 2006. With Chattanooga he reached the Southern Conference Tournament Finals, but had limited playing time. If he signs a deal, Jaycen Herring will play next season in Lithuanian, Baltic league and EuroCup. Siauliai reached Baltic league Semifinals last season. They also reached the Semis in Lithuanian Cup.


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Syria too good for Malaysia in Sanaa - by Eurobasket News
Syria U18 - Malaysia U18 95:75

Syria recorded a comfortable win over Malaysia at the classification round of U18 Asia Championship. Syria will now take on Iraq for the ninth overall position. Malaysia will wrap up their campaign against Kazakhstan. Muhammad Otabachi (192-F-92) nailed 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Syria pulled ahead right from the start and maintained the lead throughout the opening frame. Syria earned a 24:17 advantage at the first intermission. They quickly boosted the lead to as many as 13 points in the second quarter. Malaysia used five points in a row to narrow the distance within four points at halftime. Wai Seng Tan (186-F-92) put Malaysia within two points but Syria stepped on the gas and ensured a 59:54 buffer into the fourth stanza. Malaysia could not get any closer in the fourth period. Syria marched to the victory in the final minutes. Amer Al Sati (203-C-92) produced 18 points and 10 rebounds for Syria. Obida Al Samman (184-F-92) added 15 points for the winning team. Wai Seng Tan notched 21 points for Malaysia. Kok Chun Ng (183-F-92) and Ivan Yeo (193-F-93) had 16 points apiece in defeat.

Syria U18: Muhammad Otabachi 22+12 boards, Amer Al Sati 18+10 boards, Obida Al Samman 15
Malaysia U18: Wai Seng Tan 21, Kok Chun Ng 16, Ivan Yeo 16



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Nikola Pekovic ready to rumble - by Eurobasket News
As youthful and naive as they might be, these Timberwolves possess enough good sense that they already have reached the same conclusion about new teammate Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket).

'I'm making him my new best friend,' Wolves guard Wayne Ellington (193-G-87, college: N.Carolina) said. To hear assistant general manager Tony Ronzone tell it, Pekovic's 6-10, 290-pound body is made as much from tungsten carbide as bone and flesh.

And don't forget the no-nonsense haircut and bicep tattoo that displays a sworded warrior standing upon a bed of skulls.

'I don't think nobody has the guts to challenge Pek to a fight, nobody,' forward Michael Beasley (206-F-89, college: Kansas St.) said. 'Pek is 300 pounds, he's 6-10 and he's from Serbia. I don't think nobody wants to challenge him.'

Pekovic arrived in Minnesota last week from Montenegro as unknown as anyone on a completely remodeled Timberwolves roster filled with questions.

YouTube clips show a bruising center tethered to the basket during his last two pro seasons played for a Greek team in the Euroleague.

Live and in person, Pekovic -- who the Wolves selected with the second round's first pick in 2008 -- is mobile, huge and perhaps a little less intimidating that he is on video snippets.

At least when he laughs and smiles.

'He wants to make friends with us before he knocks a few teeth out,' teammate Kevin Love said. 'We're just hoping it's the other team and not us.'

Pekovic has landed in the NBA alone at age 24, in a city where teammate Darko Milicic is the only real link between his former life and his new one.

He is here, so far from home, for one simple reason.

'I just want to find out that this is the big show,' he said. 'This is the dream of every European, and I think most Americans. Every guy who is playing basketball in the world dreams to come and play in the NBA.'

Milicic made the move when he was just 18, and has seven disappointing NBA seasons to show for a decision he almost certainly made too soon.

Pekovic is six years older than Milicic was and has played in Europe's top leagues against grown men for years.

'I think I choose the right time to come,' Pekovic said. 'This is the only time I want to come, some time when I am man and all this. This is the right time.'

If he has any questions, Milicic is the guy to ask.

'He's got some help here,' Milicic said. 'I told him anything he needs. I know how it is. When I first got here, the first month, I didn't leave the house.'

Pekovic's girlfriend will arrive from Europe next month, after the Wolves return from their trip to London and Paris for preseason games against the Lakers and Knicks. It will be a welcome embrace in a new world where Pekovic might sometimes play five times in a week -- his European teams sometimes played only once a week -- and where Ronzone predicts Pekovic will get whistled for fouls often before referees grow accustomed to his physical game and before the big fella understands the NBA game's parameters.

'He likes to bang,' said Ronzone, who has made his way in the league by specializing in foreign scouting. 'For us, we've never had that. Every team is searching for guys like that.'

Wolves coach Kurt Rambis is quick to remind that, in Pekovic's case, image isn't everything.

He's convinced there's more to his game -- a nice jump shot, for one thing, that he wasn't allowed to show much in the European game -- than just loosening opponent's fillings.

'He looks menacing. and he is very strong and he has a lot of weight behind him,' Rambis said. 'He's not afraid to throw that weight around, but he is a basketball player. He doesn't see himself in any other light. He plays with an aggressive streak -- he loves physical contact -- but I wouldn't say it's a mean streak. It's just the style of ball that he plays.'

That body, the tattoo, the haircut ...

Somebody asked Pekovic after Monday's third day of training-camp practices if he is as big and strong on the inside as the outside.

He laughed fully and smiled.

'That's secret,' he said. 'That's only for myself.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


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  NBA   


Nikola Pekovic ready to rumble - by Eurobasket News
As youthful and naive as they might be, these Timberwolves possess enough good sense that they already have reached the same conclusion about new teammate Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket).

'I'm making him my new best friend,' Wolves guard Wayne Ellington (193-G-87, college: N.Carolina) said. To hear assistant general manager Tony Ronzone tell it, Pekovic's 6-10, 290-pound body is made as much from tungsten carbide as bone and flesh.

And don't forget the no-nonsense haircut and bicep tattoo that displays a sworded warrior standing upon a bed of skulls.

'I don't think nobody has the guts to challenge Pek to a fight, nobody,' forward Michael Beasley (206-F-89, college: Kansas St.) said. 'Pek is 300 pounds, he's 6-10 and he's from Serbia. I don't think nobody wants to challenge him.'

Pekovic arrived in Minnesota last week from Montenegro as unknown as anyone on a completely remodeled Timberwolves roster filled with questions.

YouTube clips show a bruising center tethered to the basket during his last two pro seasons played for a Greek team in the Euroleague.

Live and in person, Pekovic -- who the Wolves selected with the second round's first pick in 2008 -- is mobile, huge and perhaps a little less intimidating that he is on video snippets.

At least when he laughs and smiles.

'He wants to make friends with us before he knocks a few teeth out,' teammate Kevin Love said. 'We're just hoping it's the other team and not us.'

Pekovic has landed in the NBA alone at age 24, in a city where teammate Darko Milicic is the only real link between his former life and his new one.

He is here, so far from home, for one simple reason.

'I just want to find out that this is the big show,' he said. 'This is the dream of every European, and I think most Americans. Every guy who is playing basketball in the world dreams to come and play in the NBA.'

Milicic made the move when he was just 18, and has seven disappointing NBA seasons to show for a decision he almost certainly made too soon.

Pekovic is six years older than Milicic was and has played in Europe's top leagues against grown men for years.

'I think I choose the right time to come,' Pekovic said. 'This is the only time I want to come, some time when I am man and all this. This is the right time.'

If he has any questions, Milicic is the guy to ask.

'He's got some help here,' Milicic said. 'I told him anything he needs. I know how it is. When I first got here, the first month, I didn't leave the house.'

Pekovic's girlfriend will arrive from Europe next month, after the Wolves return from their trip to London and Paris for preseason games against the Lakers and Knicks. It will be a welcome embrace in a new world where Pekovic might sometimes play five times in a week -- his European teams sometimes played only once a week -- and where Ronzone predicts Pekovic will get whistled for fouls often before referees grow accustomed to his physical game and before the big fella understands the NBA game's parameters.

'He likes to bang,' said Ronzone, who has made his way in the league by specializing in foreign scouting. 'For us, we've never had that. Every team is searching for guys like that.'

Wolves coach Kurt Rambis is quick to remind that, in Pekovic's case, image isn't everything.

He's convinced there's more to his game -- a nice jump shot, for one thing, that he wasn't allowed to show much in the European game -- than just loosening opponent's fillings.

'He looks menacing. and he is very strong and he has a lot of weight behind him,' Rambis said. 'He's not afraid to throw that weight around, but he is a basketball player. He doesn't see himself in any other light. He plays with an aggressive streak -- he loves physical contact -- but I wouldn't say it's a mean streak. It's just the style of ball that he plays.'

That body, the tattoo, the haircut ...

Somebody asked Pekovic after Monday's third day of training-camp practices if he is as big and strong on the inside as the outside.

He laughed fully and smiled.

'That's secret,' he said. 'That's only for myself.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Thunder opens training camp and adds Longar Longar to roster - by Eurobasket News
Training camp opens today for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the training camp roster has been announced. The initial roster was announced on Monday, but there has been an addition to the roster.

Rookies that have been added to the roster including todays new addition include Elijah Milsap, Jerome Dyson, Demond Carter (Tweety) as well as Longar Longar (6'11''-C-85, college: Oklahoma).

Milsap was with Lousiana-Lafayeette for two seasons and then played last year with the University of Alabama Birmingham. During his sinle season in Birmingham, he recorded an average of 16.1 points, 1.8 assists, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals as well as 33.1 minutes over 34 games, all of which were starts. His 9.5 rebound average ranked in first position in the Conference USA.
Dyson started at Connecticut for four years, where he averaged 14.4 points, 1.7 steals, 2.9 assists as well as 30.4 minutes over 113 games, including 106 starts. At UConn, he finished in 12th for all-time points with 1,630 points in his career.

Carter from Baylor played four whole seasons with the University at which time he averaged 11 points, 1.2 steals, 2.2 rebounds as well as 30.3 minutes over 131 games, including 89 starts. Leaving Baylor, Carter was the all-time leader with 29 Big 12 wins, 131 games played and 3,973 minutes played.

Longar was with Oklahoma for four seasons where he averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds as well as 17.8 minutes over 112 games, 45 of which were starts. He then went on to the NBA Development League where he averaged 6.0 points, 1.1 blocks, 5.5 rebounds as well as 20.4 minutes over 11 games, four of which were starts with Bakersfield Jam and Los Angeles D-Fenders.

The Thunder will play their first preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, October 6.

The rest of the training camp roster includes Cole Aldrich, Eric Maynor, Nick Collison, Royal Ivey, Daequan Cook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Morris Peterson, Jeff Green, Nenand Kristic, Byron Mullens, Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook and D.J. White.

Courtesy of www.onlinesportsbookpro.com


Clippers exercise options on Griffin and Gordon - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers have exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) and their third-year option on forward Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma).

Both players are secured through the 2011-12 season with the moves announced Tuesday.

Gordon was the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft. He has averaged 16.4 points and 2.9 assists in his two seasons with the Clippers, and he played a key role for the U.S. national team in the world championships this summer.

Griffin still is a rookie after missing all of last season with a broken left kneecap. The former Oklahoma star was the top pick in the 2009 draft.

Griffin is fully healthy and ready to play for the Clippers, who formally opened training camp practices Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Grizzlies wait and see before offering Randolph extension - by Eurobasket News
Rudy Gay perked up when asked to put into words what Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) means to the Grizzlies.

'I'll bet you Marc (Gasol) wishes Zach was Spanish,' Gay said, partly ribbing Gasol for Spain's sixth-place finish at the World Championships earlier this month. 'But we respect Zach a lot as a player. He's a part of our future.'

Whether Randolph plays for the Grizzlies beyond this season is a chapter yet to be written. The 6-9 power forward is entering the last year of his contract, and has unsuccessfully negotiated an extension to this point.

But Randolph arrived at the Grizzlies' media day Monday afternoon with a message that should leave little doubt about how he intends to handle the present.

After averaging 20.8 points and 11.7 rebounds last season when he earned his first All-Star appearance, Randolph insists Memphis should expect more of the same.

'I love the game. I love to play,' Randolph said, smiling as he deflected any notion that his contract status will be an issue this season. 'It's not going to be anything for me to give 110 percent.'

As much as Randolph's agent, Raymond Brothers, tried to engage the Griz in contract talks, there was no movement.

Meanwhile, Gay got an $84 million contract and gold medal in the World Championships this summer. Griz coach Lionel Hollins received a three-year contract extension. Gasol and O.J. Mayo continue to emerge as cornerstones, and the franchise signed free-agent veteran Tony Allen.

Arguably, the Griz will go as far as Randolph's experience and productivity will take them.

At least that's the general understanding from teammates to the coaching staff.

'We want more of the same,' Hollins said when asked what more can Randolph do to help the Griz.

'Zach is the man. Zach is carrying a lot of weight for this team,' point guard Mike Conley said. 'And he's a different kind of leader. He's not talking and yelling all the time. But his attitude is grittiness. He competes and everybody feeds off that. You look at him and say, 'Man, he's working hard.' You definitely want to follow him.'

Randolph, 29, said he wants to finish his career in Memphis.

The Griz appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether to commit to Randolph long term.

There are people with knowledge of the mild contract discussions that say Randolph is seeking a deal similar to Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (a former Grizzly). Gasol signed a three-year, $65 million extension in December. It is not known what Memphis is willing to pay, but the franchise is also faced with paying Marc Gasol next summer.

Gasol will be a restricted free agent while Randolph will be unrestricted in 2011.

'Zach is enjoying his time in Memphis,' Brothers said, refusing to discuss contract negotiations. 'He's got a lot of respect for the owner. He's been great and Zach appreciates that.'

Griz general manager Chris Wallace would only say that both sides continue to talk with nothing new to report.

Here's something else that hasn't changed: When the Griz need a run stopper or desperately seek a score, Randolph's number will be called in the huddle.

Just like last season.

'To be honest, he's one of the biggest playmakers on the team,' Conley said. 'When it comes to double teams he has to make a lot of decisions, and he does that very well.'

So far, Randolph's poker face and physique look good, too.

Randolph returned in the same excellent physical condition he reported with a year ago.

Asked about his mental health for this season, Randolph chuckled.

In other words, he's loose and still happy to be in Memphis.

'This is a blue-collar town and I fit in with them,' Randolph said. 'I haven't been welcomed like this ever, not even in Portland. This (contract business) is just a part of it. I think I'm a pretty good player. And I want to be here. I think I'm a perfect fit for this team and this town. Maybe if I was somewhere else I would have been signed. But I don't wish I was somewhere else.'

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com


Del Negro criticizes Baron Davis' shape - by Eurobasket News
The candor was almost startling on Monday at media day.

New Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro wasnt even five minutes into his first session with reporters when he expressed concern about the shape of veteran point guard Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, college: UCLA).

So, how far off is Davis?

'Percentage-wise, I'd be guessing', Del Negro said. 'He's put in a lot of work in the last month or so. He started a little bit later probably than he needed to. Hes in pretty good shape right now, but hes not where he needs to be. He knows that.'

'Obviously, you want everybody in perfect condition. You have to come in training camp in shape. And the job in training camp is to get into better shape.'

None of this was said in a harsh tone. Not at all.

But it is interesting the Clippers werent sugar-coating the situation. In fact, Del Negro and front-office executives told Davis exactly what they were going to say to the media.

So Davis was hardly ambushed by reporters.

Davis, in an upbeat mood, said he was not far off in terms of his shape, saying it was more of an issue of conditioning.

He did laugh when asked about an Internet report last month, putting his weight at a whopping 260 pounds.

'I don't really pay much attention to a lot of things like that, Davis said. Because it doesnt really affect me. A lot of people kept asking me, Are you 260 pounds? Im like, No, where did you hear that from?'

'That's a lot of backing somebody down. Id be backing somebody down the whole way down the floor. On second thoughtId be the Charles Barkley of point guards.'

Courtesy of http://latimesblogs.latimes.com


Four-team trade for Anthony officially dead - by Eurobasket News
With negotiations on a four-team trade that would have sent Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to New Jersey having died, the Nets have become less optimistic about their ability to strike a deal for the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

At least for now, one source said.

The Nets need some closure on the matter, the source said. The Denver Nuggets had shown only an inclination to dabble in talks, but not follow through on any deal. All the uncertainty had become too big a distraction for a new team like the Nets with a new coach and a young rookie like Derrick Favors, who would have gone to Denver in the proposed trade.

The Nuggets also would have received forward Andrei Kirilenko (notes) and two first-round draft picks in the trade, which involved the Jazz and Charlotte Bobcats.

The four-team trade fell apart when Denver kept trying to include more of its players in deals to spare themselves a bigger luxury-tax bill that wouldve come with the arrivals of Kirilenko and Favors, sources said. The proposed trade would have added $4.5 million in salary to their payroll plus another $4.5 million in luxury tax.

Sources said the Nuggets had strong interest in trying to do a deal with Philadelphia that included swingman Andre Iguodala, but the Sixers inability to get a commitment out of Anthony that he would sign a contract extension with them made the point moot.

One of the biggest obstacles with cutting a deal with the Nuggets, league executives said, continues to be the peculiar and unclear power structure of the Denver front office. What had been the case under the previous regime has carried over with new vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, the owners son, Josh Kroenke, and adviser Bret Bearup: No one talking to the Nuggets is sure whos in charge, whos making the decision and who can get everyone in agreement.

Anthony arrived at Denvers training camp for media day on Monday, but didnt engage in much of the normal promotional shots for the teams Altitude television network and game-night operations, a league source said.

The Nuggets star had hoped a deal wouldve been in place before he reported for the start of camp, a league source said, but decided against openly criticizing the organization in his media remarks. Instead, he was noncommittal about his future in Denver. He can become a free agent at the end of the season and so far has rejected a three-year, $65 million contract extension.

Theres been a lot of speculation, a lot of rumors going on this summer about where Im going to end up, the Nuggets want to trade me, I want to be traded, Anthony said. Thats for my team and front office to discuss. Im here to focus on basketball and training camp.

Meanwhile, the uncertainty thats surrounding teams involved in the talks is starting to take a predictable toll on egos and emotions at training camps. Even if a deal for Anthony never materializes, New Jersey coach Avery Johnson has serious repairs to make with Nets point guard Devin Harris (notes), a league source told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.

Harris had been a huge advocate for Johnson with former Nets officials by endorsing the hiring of Johnson over the summer, and a source says Harris is feeling a little put off that the coach is so quickly looking to send him out of New Jersey as part of a trade for Anthony.

As part of the original four-team trade proposal, Harris was destined for Charlotte and wasnt terribly enthusiastic about the move. And that was especially true after Johnson had spent the summer selling Harris so hard on how much he needed him to help sell the coachs program in New Jersey.

Johnson and Harris had an up-and-down relationship in Dallas, but Harris believed the Nets desperately needed Johnsons discipline and structure, and pushed hard with former president Rod Thorn for Johnsons hiring. Harris, 27, came to the Nets in 2008 as part of the Jason Kidd (notes) trade with Dallas. He had his best season as a pro in 2008-09 when he averaged 21.3 points and 6.9 assists.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Tony Parker extension possible - by Eurobasket News
Controversy and distractions have always had a short lifespan with the San Antonio Spurs. They handle all their issues quickly and internally. So while a circus was going on at the Denver Nuggets media day surrounding the status All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, the Spurs killed any story that there may have been with point guard Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80), whose contract expires at the end of this season like Anthony's.

'Of course I want to stay in San Antonio,' Parker stated clearly. 'I've said that plenty of times but nobody wants to listen. The media just wants to create stories. I hope Spurs fans know that I want to stay here. I can't control what people say.

' (My approach) is very simple. I just want to focus on this season. We have a good opportunity with this team. I can't control the media or anyone else. It's crazy. I can't control what my wife said or didn't say. I had a great conversation with Coach Popovich and I'm ready to go, I'm ready to play.'

Parker also made it very clear that he is not set on testing out the free agent market. He's open to an extension, if the Spurs put one on the table.

'We'll see,' said Parker about an extension. 'For now I just want to focus on the team. If the Spurs want to do so something I'd be willing to listen obviously. I'm going to use Manu's example, he went through it last year. I definitely get the feeling that they want me long-term.'

There may not be a better person for Parker to seek advice from on this subject than Manu. Manu has been through the free agency process on a couple of different occasions and understands it completely. As a friend first and teammate second, though, Ginobili isn't planning on campaigning for the Spurs in season.

'I don't see myself doing that,' Ginobili explained. 'Tony is a true guy. He knows how important this franchise has been in his life. But you weigh a lot of stuff when the time comes. Of course if I have to make a call in July to convince him I'll do so happily. When you get to that point you put so many things on the table, it's hard for some person to convince you otherwise.

'He's been here nine years, though, and he wants to stay here and do good. He worked all summer long to be in a good situation. The best thing to do is to forget it and be who you are. Tony is a great player. He's young, healthy, in good shape and knows the system. He's one of the premier point guards in the league. Nothing wrong can happen. He just has to relax and play the game. He'll be fine. I don't have any doubt (that he wants to be a Spur). He has his home here and a lot of affection. We didn't talk about it at all but I think he wants to stay.'

The Spurs inked Ginobili to a three-year $38.9 million extension last April to prevent him from hitting the open market, where they very well could have lost him to another team considering the dollars that were thrown around this summer. He was too important to the franchise to risk losing, as is Parker.

With Tim Duncan's retirement on the horizon the Spurs are prepping for a new era. Contending without him is going to be awfully tough; without Parker also it would be virtually impossible. They'd have to completely rebuild in that scenario, which is something they'd like to avoid. The Spurs understand Parker's importance to the team and will reward him accordingly. They want him and he wants to stay, it's just a matter of getting the numbers right. It may take some time, but two reasonable parties typically find a way to make things work.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


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Taiwan outgun Philippines to enter semis - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U18 - Philippines U18 81:64

Philippines stopped at the quarterfinal stage of the U18 Asia Championship in Yemen. They surrendered against Taiwan tonight.
Philippines and Taiwan stayed close in the opening quarter. Taiwan managed to pull ahead late in the period and posted a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Philippines bounced back in the second stanza. They went on a 10:0 run to take a 35:29 lead with just over three minutes left in the half. The Filipino team secured a narrow 41:38 advantage before at halftime. The teams were tied at 45 before Taiwan unleashed a 10:2 rally to clear off. They ensured a 55:49 buffer heading into the fourth term. Taiwan scored six straight points at the start of the fourth quarter to open a double-digit lead. They did not look back en route to the victory afterwards. Chen Ying-Chun (181-G-93) and Hu Lung-Mao (194-F-92) scored 13 points each for Taiwan. Chien Chao-Yi (180-G-93) accounted for 12 points in the win. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joshua Angelo Alolino (181-G-94) replied with 15 points apiece for Philippines. Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

Taiwan U18: Chen Ying-Chun 13, Hu Lung-Mao 13, Chien Chao-Yi 12
Philippines U18: Kiefer Isaac Ravena 15, Joshua Angelo Alolino 15, Jeron Alvin Teng 8



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Ferro-ZNTU bring draw from Lisbon - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - Ferro-ZNTU 105:105

Benfica and Ferro-ZNTU did not decide on the winner in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The teams clashed in Lisbon and finished the scorcher in a draw.
Ferro-ZNTU stunned Benfica early in the encounter. The visitors posted a 22:10 lead midway through the opening period. But veteran Evora brought Benfica back to life. He accounted for some key points and the hosts drew things level at 24 after ten minutes. The lead changed for several times before Jordao and Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) gave Benfica a 52:46 lead. The home side accumulated a 54:48 halftime advantage. Benfica stayed in front for the majority of the third period. But Rybalko hit a pair of three-pointers late in the quarter as the visitors put their noses in front 78:77. Hunter and Kandrusevich tipped off the final quarter with four straight points. Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) gave the visiting team a 90:84 lead with just over five minutes to go. Hunter and Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) secured a double-digit advantage for Ferro-ZNTU with under three minutes left. Ben Reed answered with four free throws and Benfica went on a 6:0 run to get closer. Kevin Tiggs and Hunter gave some breathing space for the Ukrainians but Benfica had a narrow escape. Cordell Henry (178-G-80, agency: N.E.T., college: Marquette) and Jordao combined for 10 points in the dying moments and Benfica avoided the defeat.
Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) produced 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Benfica. Cordell Henry added 15 points, while Antonio Tavares finished with 14 for the hosts. Keddric Mays (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 21 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds for Ferro-ZNTU. Christian Burns and Kevin Tiggs had 19 points each.

Benfica: Heshimu Evans 19+10 boards, Cordell Henry 15, Antonio Tavares 14
Ferro-ZNTU: Keddric Mays 21, Christian Burns 19, Kevin Tiggs 19



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Targu Mures and Craiova get the latest victories in the Cup - by Eurobasket News
BC Mures Targu Mures and SCM CSS Craiova get the latest victories in the Cup as they beat their opponents. SCM CSS Craiova overcame BC Perla Harghitei 87:69. Trailing after the first two quarters the hosts erupted with 30-16 in the third period to win the game. Menelik stepped up with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Simms collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Rodgers ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.
BC Mures Targu Mures beat U Mobitelco BT 66:65 on September 27th. It was an easy start for the hosts that opened the game with 20-8. Moreover they added 18-15 in the second period to take 15 points advantage at the halftime. The second half however belonged to BC Mures Targu Mures. They won the third quarter 24-6 and finished the game with 19-11. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81, college: Sam Houston St.) poured in 20 points for the winners and Liviu Dumitru (203-C-79) netted 11. Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans) replied with 24 points in the losing effort and Pesic scored 16.


Khimik topple Ploiesti in Yuzhny - by Eurobasket News
Khimik - Ploiesti 90:83

Khimik opened their EuroChallenge campaign with a tough home win. They held off Ploiesti in the first-leg encounter of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87) scored 22 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. Bajic and Tudor gave Ploiesti a 28:24 lead at the first break. Bajic and Tudor gave the visitors a 6-point lead early in the second term. Khimik used an 8:2 run to pull ahead 35:34 midway through the second quarter. The hosts stayed in charge and recorded a 47:42 lead at halftime. Popov and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ensured an 8-point lead for Khimik late in the third stanza. Curtis Millage soon opened a double-digit advantage but Ploiesti capped the period with five points in a row to narrow the gap 63:68. Bajic and Tudor kept Ploiesti close early in the fourth stanza. Jason Westrol (191-G-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Bentley) and Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) cut the distance to a single point 76:77 with just over four minutes remaining. However Khimik responded with 6:1 rally to boost the margin. Zavadskiy knocked down four points late in the game and Khimik escaped with a tough 7-point victory at the end.
Luka Drezga (196-G-87) notched 17 points for Khimik. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) contributed 16 points for the winners. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points for Ploiesti. Jason Westrol accounted for 17 points in defeat.

Khimik: Stanislav Zavadsky 22, Luka Drezga 17, Toni Bizaca 16
Ploiesti: Catalin Burlacu 21, Jason Westrol 17



Steaua bruise BC Kyiv in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News
Steuau Turabo - BC Kyiv 77:59

Romanian Steaua ensured a confident start to their EuroChallenge campaign. They shot down BC Kyiv in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, college: Rutgers) scored 17 points to lead the hosts.
Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) opened the game with four points in a row. The hosts gradually mounted the pressure and rolled to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. BC Kyiv tried to stay in visibility early in the second frame but Steuau quickly gained necessary margin. The home team used a 9:0 run to open a 14-point advantage midway through the second stanza. Jerome Coleman capped the half with a three-pointer as Steuau ensured a 42:27 lead. Steuau wisely kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame. Moreover the hosts crowned the period with a 10:0 run to gain a 23-point advantage 60:37. The hosts increased the gap to 26 points early in the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Joshua Jackson (188-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) nailed 15 points for Steuau. Virgil Stanescu added 14 points in the victory. Vitaly Kovalenko (201-F-84) replied with 14 points for BC Kyiv. Dmitri Briantsev (203-F/C-73) accounted for 13 points in defeat.

Steuau Turabo: Jerome Coleman 17, Joshua Jackson 15, Virgil Stanescu 14
BC Kyiv: Vitaly Kovalenko 14, Dmitri Briantsev 13



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Charleroi takes plus six against Unics in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague QR2, Game One: Charleroi - Unics 75-69

Belgian champion Spirou Basket Charleroi edged closer to a long-awaited return to the Euroleague with a 75-69 victory over Unics Kazan. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, agency: Agency No 10, college: Florida) was the leading player for the hosts with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 25 and was the MVP of this meeting. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) (7 rebs) helped the hosts with 14 and 13 points respectively. In Unics, Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) scored 19 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) had 18 points and 8 assists.
Charleroi opened this game better as they made 15-7 lead in the first ten minutes. The hosts closed Q1 with nice 7-0 run thanks to baskets by Brent Wright, Joseph Gomis and Christopher Hill. Nothing has changed at the beginning of the second quarter as Charleroi was still dominating, what resulted with their first double-digit lead. Rizvic and Veremeenko responded for Unics closing the gap to 30-25, but Dwayne Broyles exploded in the finish of the first half lifting his team up to 39-27. Charleroi reached impressive 49-31 at the beginning of Q3 and Unics was in big trouble. Fortunately to them, Marko Popovic made a triple, after what Zakhar Pashutin and Veremeenko connected baskets. Unics created 2-9 run and managed to close the gap to 53-46 with one quarter left. Charleroi had plus 13 during the last period, but mostly owing to Marko Popovic Unics came within five in the final minute. Gomis made it with a foul and Popovic scored the last basket in this game setting the score 75-69 after first 40 minutes. Second Game is scheduled for Friday in Kazan.

Charleroi: Brent Wright 19+10 boards+5 as, Dwayne Broyles 14, Christopher Hill 13
Unics: Maciej Lampe 19+5 boards, Marko Popovic 18+8 as


Khimky blasts Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague QR2, Game One: Budivelnyk - Khimky 58-87

Khimky destroyed Budivelnyk making a huge step forward to third Qualifying Round. Next stage is now 'mission impossible' for the Ukrainian squad. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) came up with 16 points for Khimky and he spent just 20 minutes on the court. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) and Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) scored 11 points each, while Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 14 points on the other side. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) and Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) stopped to 9 pts apiece.
Khimky was simply too strong for Budivelnyk in this game. Visitors dominated in all basketball segments having no troubles to take the comfortable victory. Khimky started with quick 5-11 and later grabbed 10-21 lead after ten minutes. They were keeping double-digit advantage during the entire second quarter setting the HT score to 28-39. Question about the winner is decided at the beginning of Q3. Zoran Planinic and Fridzon lifted Khimky to 28-44, when Andrew Betts and Zach Morley tried to change things with back-to-back tips-in. However, Fridzon, Eze and a huge triple by Thomas Kelati made Budivelnik call timeout at 32-51. Later, Khimky entered to the last ten minutes with 43-63. The final period belonged to Russians as well, who are taking home huge 58-87 for the second meeting.

Budivelnyk: Dewarick Spencer 14, Michailis Anisimovas 9, Andrew Betts 9
Khimky: Keith Langford 16, Thomas Kelati 11, Kresimir Loncar 11, Zoran Planinic 10+5 boards


Successful Swiss trip for Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Lugano - Triumph 85:91

Triumph opened their EuroChallenge campaign with victory. They held off the Swiss champions Lugano on the road in the first leg of the tournaments Qualifying Round. Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) came up with 22 points to lead the Russian side.
The teams traded baskets before a 6:0 run gave Triumph a 25:18 lead. Ilya Syrovatko capped the period with a jump shot and the Russian side earned a 27:19 lead. Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) and Ilya Syrovatko tipped off the second quarter with back-to-back trebles as Triumph enlarged their advantage. But the Tigers were not done just yet. The hosts went on a 15:2 rally to narrow the deficit. Andrei Trushkin (207-C/F-81) and Ilya Syrovatko allowed Triumph to take a 48:41 lead at halftime. Andrei Trushkin scored 10 points in the third term to keep Triumph in charge. The visitors secured a narrow 71:68 lead with ten minutes remaining. Valiev and Anderson provided Triumph with a comfortable 83:72 lead. Levter hit from beyond the arc and the Russians grabbed an 86:72 advantage. Lugano went on a desperate rally in the final minutes and cut the distance. However Triumph stayed concentrated and escaped with a needed win at the end.
Andrei Trushkin accounted for 21 points, while Valeri Likhodey added 20 points and 11 boards in the win. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) answered with game-high 25 points for Lugano. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) nailed 15 points in defeat.

Lugano: Michael Efevberha 25, Mohammed Abukar 15
Triumph: Ilya Syrovatko 22, Andrei Trushkin 21, Valeri Likhodey 20+11 boards



Enisey and Nizhny Novgorod draw in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod - Enisey 92:92

No winner has been decided in the Russian derby in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round first game. Nizhny Novgorod and Enisey drew level in the exciting clash. It was a seesaw action from start to finish. Nizhny Novgorod looked better in the opening quarter. Vukasin Aleksic (182-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) gave the hosts a 21:12 lead late in the period. But Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) and Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) helped the Krasnoyarsk team narrow the deficit at just three points 20:23. Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) opened the second period with four points in a row to put Enisey in charge. But the hosts quickly regained control. The teams exchanged the baskets before Ivanov capped the half with a three-pointer giving Nizhny Novgorod a 42:39 lead. Things hardly changed in the third quarter as the teams stayed very close. Nizhny Novgorod were able to enter the fourth quarter up by just one point 67:66. Vukasin Aleksic boosted the margin to 6 points midway through the final period. Ivan Paunic gave Nizhny Novgorod an 82:74 advantage with under four minutes to go. But Enisey managed to avoid the defeat. Marcus Williams and Lonny Baxter teamed up for 7 quick points as the visitors pulled in front 88:87. Ivanov and Vukasin Aleksic posted a 92:90 lead for the hosts but Marcus Williams crowned the game with two free throws and drew things level at 92.
Valentin Yurchik (207-F-87) nailed 22 points to pace Nizhny Novgorod. Ivan Paunic added 20 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Lonny Baxter answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Enisey. Dragan Labovic netted 18 points for the visitors.

Nizhny Novgorod: Valentin Yurchik 22, Ivan Paunic 20, Vukasin Aleksic 13, Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 13
Enisey: Lonny Baxter 24+11 boards, Dragan Labovic 18



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ALBA beats Hemofarm 73-67 in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague QR2, Game One: ALBA - Hemofarm 73-67

ALBA Berlin managed to beat Hemofarm 73-67 mostly owing to Marko Marinovic (183-G-83), who scored 15 points with just two missed shots for 25 minutes. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) was the second scorer in victory with 12 points, while Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) added 11 pts. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) helped with one point less and was the last one with double-digits in scoring. On the other side, Milan Macvan (205-F-89) shined with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) followed him with 12 pts. ALBA had plus 20 at the beginning of the last quarter, but Hemofarm managed to cut the margin to six points for rest of the way.
Hemofarm opened the game better taking 2-7 lead, but the hosts immediately woke up and responded with 12-2 run. Another turn was seen in the first quarter as Hemofarm made 3-10 series for 17-19 lead, but the first ten minutes ended with 21-21 tie. At the halfway of the second period the score still was tied and it was 30-30. Than, Marko Marinovic stepped up for the hosts and together with his teammates closed the first half with 13-3 run (43-33 HT). After the breather, ALBA continued in the same rhythm and they quickly jumped to 54-37. Hemofarm was in big trouble, but they were not able to do anything about that (at least until the Q4). ALBA was holding 64-48 after 30 minutes of play and they opened the last period with a basket for plus 20. Than, the hosts somehow stopped, while visitors were coming back to life. They made 1-8 run and few moments later closed the gap to 67-59. That was not all as Hemofarm continued to melt ALBAs lead and they came to 69-65 with one minute to go. Immanuel McElroy helped ALBA to keep the victory in its hands, but Hemofarm took confidence from the knowledge that the second half of the battle is on its own floor Friday. The game will start at 18:00.

ALBA: Marko Marinovic 15, Immanuel McElroy 12, Julius Jenkins 11, Derrick Allen 10
Hemofarm: Milan Macvan 16+9 boards, Milos Borisov 12


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Hawks take on Cobras in Saturdays decider - by Carlos Pereira
THE mens division one champions will be known on Saturday when defending champions PLS Hawks meet former winners Premium Cobras at the Palais des Sports.

The two teams are locked on 33 points after 16 wins apiece in 17 games.

While PLS Hawks won by a walkover against the defunct RA Herons, Premium Cobras beat Mont Fleuri Dawgz 67-54 on the back of 20 points from Nigerian Michael Ohiero and 18, including four treys, from Darren Lesperance.
Coach Guy Halls Cobras won the first and third quarters, 18-8 and 27-13, while the Dawgz dictated the pace in the second and fourth which they won 20-16 and 13-6.

When Eddy Armand banked one of two free-throws with 36 seconds left on the clock, Angels were flying high as they beat RC Dynamics 104-67.
Charbel Servina and playmaker Keiren Agathine scored 26 points apiece, Barry Dubignon added 25 and Armand made a 17-point contribution in Angels sweet victory.
Agathine and Dubignon also hit two treys apiece for the Anse Boileau-based team, whose aim is to avoid the playoffs.
James Joubert got 19 points and captain Emmanuel Jupiter added 10 in Dynamics 14th loss in 18 games played.

Bayas inconsistent form continued with a 69-86 loss to MBU Rockers, who got 28 points from skipper and playmaker Nigel Sinon.
Cyril Agrippine got hot in the second half, netting four shots from downtown to finish with 20 points for the Rockers, who overcame a four-point 16-20 first-quarter deficit to win the remaining three 17-10, 25-17 and 28-22.
Back in Bayas line-up, Dave Roseline finished as his teams top scorer with 24 points and centre Robert Lon added 20 before fouling out.

G. G.
http://www.nation.sc/


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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Inter Bratisl. 2-0 
 2. Nova Ves 2-0 
 3. Pezinok 1-0 
 4. Handlova 1-1 
 5. Komarno 1-1 
 6. Nitra 1-1 
 7. Svit 1-1 
 8. Vahostav-Zilina 1-1 
 9. B.Bystrica 0-1 
 10. Levice 0-2 
 11. Prievidza 0-2 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jaraun BURROWS
  Komarno
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 36.5
 1. Burrows, Komarno36.5 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.27.5 
 3. Wheeler, Inter B.24.0 
 4. Gavran, Inter B.22.5 
 5. Madaj, Handlova21.0 
 6. Tomek, Nitra20.0 
 7. Velcic, B.Bystrica20.0 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves17.0 
 9. Polakovic, Svit15.0 
 10. Rendla, B.Bystrica15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Tomek, Nitra11.0 
 2. Burrows, Komarno10.5 
 3. Jackson, Komarno9.5 
 4. Delic, Handlova9.0 
 5. Vojtek, Levice9.0 
 6. Pesta, Nova Ves8.5 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.0 
 8. Madaj, Handlova8.0 
 9. Zilik, Inter B.7.5 
 10. Wolfinger, Levice7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johnathon JONES
  Komarno
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Jones, Komarno7.5 
 2. Moore, Nitra6.5 
 3. Kucsa, Inter B.6.5 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.0 
 5. Grbesic, Svit5.0 
 6. Wheeler, Inter B.5.0 
 7. Burrows, Komarno4.0 
 8. Gavlak, Handlova3.0 
 9. Klein, Levice3.0 
 10. Polakovic, Svit3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Carter, Vahostav.3.0 
 2. Kucsa, Inter B.3.0 
 3. Demecko, Nova Ves2.5 
 4. Kostomaj, Levice2.5 
 5. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 6. Lehman, Nitra2.0 
 7. Seman, Levice2.0 
 8. Klatik, B.Bystrica2.0 
 9. Gavlak, Handlova2.0 
 10. Findura, B.Bystrica2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 C.J. JACKSON
  Komarno
  (206-F-)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jackson, Komarno1.5 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves1.5 
 3. Moore, Nitra1.0 
 4. Madzin, Svit1.0 
 5. Jones, Levice1.0 
 6. McCoy, Svit1.0 
 7. Wheeler, Inter B.1.0 
 8. Durana, Inter B.1.0 
 9. Klar, Komarno1.0 
 10. Haviar, Handlova0.5 


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Standings - 1A
Telemach League Standings
 1. Elektra Esotech 0-0 
 2. Geoplin Slovan 0-0 
 3. Helios 0-0 
 4. Krka 0-0 
 5. Maribor Messer 0-0 
 6. Parklji 0-0 
 7. Polzela 0-0 
 8. Sentjur 0-0 
 9. TCG Mercator 0-0 
 10. U.Olimpija 0-0 
 11. Zlatorog 0-0 


Standings - D2
D2 Standings
East
 1. Bistrica 0-0 
 2. Dravograd 0-0 
 3. Fenomeni 0-0 
 4. Jezica 0-0 
 5. Lastovka 0-0 
 6. Mavrica 0-0 
 7. Nazarje 0-0 
 8. Posavlje Krsko 0-0 
 9. Radenska 0-0 
 10. Terme Olimia 0-0 
 11. Union Olim. II 0-0 
 12. Vrani 0-0 
West
 1. Ajdovscina 0-0 
 2. Crnomelj 0-0 
 3. Globus 0-0 
 4. Ilirija 0-0 
 5. Jance 0-0 
 6. Jesenice 0-0 
 7. Kos Koper 0-0 
 8. Krka II 0-0 
 9. Pingvini S. 0-0 
 10. Plama Pur 0-0 
 11. Strazisce 0-0 
 12. Tolmin 0-0 


1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Branik Marib. 0-0 
 2. Grosuplje 0-0 
 3. Hrastnik 0-0 
 4. KD Postojna 0-0 
 5. Konjice 0-0 
 6. Kraski Zidar 0-0 
 7. Litija 0-0 
 8. Medvode 0-0 
 9. Nova Gorica 0-0 
 10. Radovljica 0-0 
 11. Rogaska 0-0 
 12. Sencur CP K. 0-0 
 13. Splosna plovba 0-0 
 14. Triglav Kranj 0-0 


Helios fall at home to Prostejov - by Zeljko Zule
The first leg of a qualification match for the EuroChallenge Cup did not go Helios' as they were humiliated 62-70 at home by the Czech team Prostejov.
Prostejov went on an 11-2 run in the first quarter and opened the second half with 15 straight point to take a lead 54-32. Czech defense held Helios scoreles for a 5:11 span. Drazen Bubnic (207-F-86) scored 15 points and Grega Mali added 10. Helios was outrebounded 29-38. For Prostejov, Andrius Slezas posted 20 points on shooting 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line, Kyle Landry collected 15 points and 18 rebounds and Eugene Lawrence added 11 points.


Helios come up short against Prostejov at home - by Eurobasket News
Helios - Prostejov 62:70

Helios narrowly lost their home opener of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Slovenian team lost to Prostejov in Domzale. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) stepped up with 20 points to ensure a comfortable result for the Czech powerhouse.
Prostejov marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The Czech team surged ahead right from the start and maintained the lead throughout the first quarter. Veikalas capped the opening frame with a three-pointer and Prostejov ensured a 26:18 lead. Nicholson converted a lay-up as Prostejov opened a double-digit lead early in the second term. Zagorc cut the distance back to 5 points late in the half but Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) had the last word in the second quarter giving Prostejov a 39:32 lead. The visitors stunned Helios with a 15:0 start to the third term. Prostejov gained the momentum and drove to a 59:43 lead at the final break. Pasalic and Drazen Bubnic (207-F-86) tried to spark hope for the home team as they cut the deficit at 8-point mark. But Lanry and Eugene Lawrence calmed things down with a pair of buckets and Prostejov cruised to the victory at the end. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) tallied 15 points and 18 rebounds for Prostejov. Eugene Lawrence accounted for 11 points in the victory. Drazen Bubnic replied with 15 points for Helios. Grega Mali (197-G-84) netted 10 points in the loss.

Helios: Drazen Bubnic 15, Grega Mali 10
Prostejov: Andrius Slezas 20, Kyle Landry 15, Eugene Lawrence 11



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Jun-Yl Kim leads South Korea past Japan - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U18 - Japan U18 86:73

South Korea will play at the semifinal stage of the U18 Asia Championship. They toppled Japan in the quarterfinal today. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) fired 26 points to lead the Korean team to the victory.
Seiya Ando (184-G-92) opened the scoring in this one but South Korea quickly stole the lead. They posted an 18:11 advantage and rallied to a 25:13 buffer at the first break. Dong Yeop Lee helped the Korean side to a 33:20 lead early in the second quarter. They kept Japan at bay and posted a 42:33 halftime advantage. Japan went off the dressing room recharged. They exploded with 11 points in a row to pull in front. South Korea were ready for the challenge. They ward off Japan to take a 58:51 lead into the fourth quarter. South Korea went on an 8:0 run and secured a comfortable 54:68 lead midway through the final stanza. They refused to surrender the advantage and rolled to the victory at the end. Lee Dong-Yeop (194-F-94) scored 19 points for South Korea. Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) added 15 points and 9 caroms for the winning side. Seiya Ando answered with game-high 29 points and 8 rebounds. Takaya Sasayama (178-G-93) delivered 15 points in the loss.

South Korea U18: Kim Jun-Yl 26, Lee Dong-Yeop 19, Lee Seounghyun 15
Japan U18: Seiya Ando 29, Takaya Sasayama 15



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CD Estela adds Xabi Gomez de la Iglesia - by JC Ruiz
CD Estela Santander agreed terms with 26-year old spanish guard Xabier Gomez (84). Gomez de la Iglesia played most recently at Adreilu Santurtzi SK (Spain). While playing 29 games for Adreilu Santurtzi last season he recorded 2.5 points, 1 rebound and 0.8 assistance per game. Gomez de la Iglesia is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in EBA League.
Gomez de la Iglesia promoted with Adreilu Santurtzi His best quality is the defense and team organization.






KK Zagreb upset Gran Canaria at home - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb-Gran Canaria 71:69

KK Zagreb upset Gran Canaria in the first leg of the EuroCup Qualifying Round. The team from Croatia won the opener 71:69 due to the last period.
Mario Kasun (213-C-80) made the first jump shot for the hosts and Bramos gave the guests 4:2. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) later brought 16:12 for Spanish team and Mulaomerovic closed 6-0 run for 18:16 advantage. Moran brought the guests 20:18 and Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored for 24:18 at the start of the second frame. KK Zagreb responded with 8-0 run and Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) made it 26:24. The Spanish outfit started to play better later in the period and Beiran sent the teams to the lockers for 40:29. If in the second period Gran Canaria produced 20-11, then the hosts replied with the same result in the third quarter. Mario Kasun reduced to 38:40 and Jaycee Carroll gave the guests 49:42. Bramos kept the Spanish team in front at 51:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Mario Kasun later tied it all at 51:51 and Simon made the same at 61:61. Renfroe brought 71:65, while Gran Canaria finished the game with 4-0 run to lose by two points the opener.
Mario Kasun top-scored for the winners with 17 points for the initial win. Luka Zoric collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Simon added 13. Charles Wallace ended up with 13 points in defeat, Jaycee Carroll scored 11 and Sitapha Savane posted 10.

KK Zagreb: Mario Kasun 17, Luka Zoric 16+12 rebs, Simon 13
Gran Canaria: Charles Wallace 13, Jaycee Carroll 11, Sitapha Savane 10


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  SWEDEN   


Friendly games - by Eurobasket News
LF Basket outscored Norrkoping 77:75 in a friendly game. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77, college: Wyoming) and Martin Pehlmblad stepped up with 14 points each and Ty Levett netted 13.
Kings overcame Barons from Latvia 87:85. The Swedish side started with 20-18 in the opening quarter and then provided 29-22 in the second frame. The board showed 49:40 at the halftime and then again the Kings won the third period 20-19. In the last quarter Barons produced 26-18 but managed only to reduce the gap at the end. Smith paced all the winners with 25 poins and Griskenas netted 23. Dino Pita (192-G-88) delivered 13, while Daniels notched 12. Davis Bertans (200-F-92) responded with 18 points in the losing effort. Raimonds Feldmanis (192-G-82) scored 14 and Skirmants added 13.
Before that Sodertalje Kings was beaten by Barons 52:89. The Latvian side started with 22-12 and added 24-14 in the second period. Moreover Barons did not slow down and produced two victories in the second half. Raimonds Feldmanis stepped up with 21 points for the winners. Davis Bertans posted 13, whilst Agnis Cavars (198-F-86) netted 12. Veselovs delivered 11 and Timma ended up with 9 points.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Successful Swiss trip for Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Lugano - Triumph 85:91

Triumph opened their EuroChallenge campaign with victory. They held off the Swiss champions Lugano on the road in the first leg of the tournaments Qualifying Round. Ilya Syrovatko (193-G-88) came up with 22 points to lead the Russian side.
The teams traded baskets before a 6:0 run gave Triumph a 25:18 lead. Ilya Syrovatko capped the period with a jump shot and the Russian side earned a 27:19 lead. Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) and Ilya Syrovatko tipped off the second quarter with back-to-back trebles as Triumph enlarged their advantage. But the Tigers were not done just yet. The hosts went on a 15:2 rally to narrow the deficit. Andrei Trushkin (207-C/F-81) and Ilya Syrovatko allowed Triumph to take a 48:41 lead at halftime. Andrei Trushkin scored 10 points in the third term to keep Triumph in charge. The visitors secured a narrow 71:68 lead with ten minutes remaining. Valiev and Anderson provided Triumph with a comfortable 83:72 lead. Levter hit from beyond the arc and the Russians grabbed an 86:72 advantage. Lugano went on a desperate rally in the final minutes and cut the distance. However Triumph stayed concentrated and escaped with a needed win at the end.
Andrei Trushkin accounted for 21 points, while Valeri Likhodey added 20 points and 11 boards in the win. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) answered with game-high 25 points for Lugano. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) nailed 15 points in defeat.

Lugano: Michael Efevberha 25, Mohammed Abukar 15
Triumph: Ilya Syrovatko 22, Andrei Trushkin 21, Valeri Likhodey 20+11 boards



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  SYRIA   


Syria too good for Malaysia in Sanaa - by Eurobasket News
Syria U18 - Malaysia U18 95:75

Syria recorded a comfortable win over Malaysia at the classification round of U18 Asia Championship. Syria will now take on Iraq for the ninth overall position. Malaysia will wrap up their campaign against Kazakhstan. Muhammad Otabachi (192-F-92) nailed 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Syria pulled ahead right from the start and maintained the lead throughout the opening frame. Syria earned a 24:17 advantage at the first intermission. They quickly boosted the lead to as many as 13 points in the second quarter. Malaysia used five points in a row to narrow the distance within four points at halftime. Wai Seng Tan (186-F-92) put Malaysia within two points but Syria stepped on the gas and ensured a 59:54 buffer into the fourth stanza. Malaysia could not get any closer in the fourth period. Syria marched to the victory in the final minutes. Amer Al Sati (203-C-92) produced 18 points and 10 rebounds for Syria. Obida Al Samman (184-F-92) added 15 points for the winning team. Wai Seng Tan notched 21 points for Malaysia. Kok Chun Ng (183-F-92) and Ivan Yeo (193-F-93) had 16 points apiece in defeat.

Syria U18: Muhammad Otabachi 22+12 boards, Amer Al Sati 18+10 boards, Obida Al Samman 15
Malaysia U18: Wai Seng Tan 21, Kok Chun Ng 16, Ivan Yeo 16



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FIBA Asian U18 Men: Taiwan advanced to semifinals - by Chris Wang
Taiwan beat the Philippines 81-64 in the quarterfinal of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men Wednesday in Sanaa, Yemen and advanced to the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in four years.

Taiwan, which is awaiting its semifinal opponent -- the winner between Japan and South Korea, as of press time, will be able to at least duplicate its fourth place finish in 2006 and make a strong bid to surpass its best record in the history of the biennial tourney -- silver medal finishes in 1972 and 1989.

Defensive-minded Taiwan limited the Philippines to 38 percent field goal percentage, including 1 for 12 behind the three-point line, and controlled the boards (46-33) for the victory. On the offensive end, Taiwan had five players scoring in double-figures as Hu Lung-mao paced the team with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Chen Ying-chun also added 13 points.

'I think the boys were nervous early on. But once we found our rhythm, there was no stopping us,' Taiwan head coach Huang Wan-lung said.

Taiwan closed out the third quarter with a 8-2 run before scoring the first six points in the fourth quarter to put the game away, leading by 17 with five minutes left in the game.

The top three teams in the tournament will represent Asia in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be played in Latvia from 30 June-10 July 2011.


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  TURKEY   


Jovo Stanojevic leads Pinar Karsiyaka to win in Almere - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - Pinar Karsiyaka 65:87

Pinar Karisiyaka stepped closer to the EuroChallenge regular season. The Turkish team fired past Leiden in Netherlands to ensure a hopeful future in the tournament. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 19 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds to lead Pinar Karsiyaka to the victory.
Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) opened the scoring with a three-pointer to set the tone. Pinar Karsiyaka soon gained a 10:2 lead. Osiris Eldridge gave the visitors a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter 16:6. Leiden finally showed some signs of life as they cut the distance to only two points 18:19 at the first break. Jovo Stanojevic and Osiris Eldridge helped Pinar Karsiyaka roll confidently in the second period. The visitors piled up a 40:32 lead at halftime. Pinar Karsiyaka boosted the margin to 15 points midway through the third term 52:36. They did not slow down and arrived at the final intermission up by 18 points 67:49. Leiden could not pick up the slack in the final term. The hosts accounted for 16 points and suffered a painful defeat at the end.
Osiris Eldridge notched 19 points for Pinar Karsiyaka. Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) accounted for 15 points in the win. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) replied with 13 points for Leiden. Ryan Anderson (193-G-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) and Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Leiden: Seamus Boxley 13, Ryan Anderson 12, Thomas Jackson 12

Pinar Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 19, Osiris Eldridge 19, Omar Sneed 15



Besiktas surprised Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Deutsche Bank Skyliners -Besiktas JK 61:68

Besiktas JK surprised Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the first game of the EuroCup Qualifying Round in Germany. The Turkiosh side produced 68:61 mostly due to the second half.
The teams exchanged the basket in the opening tip and were tied several times in the opening quarter. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) closed the period at 16:16 as he made the second free throw in the game. Trailing 18:21 in the start of the second frame the hosts erupted with 10-0 run and took 28:21. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) made it 35:24, while A.J. Ogilvy (211-C-88) managed to close the half at 37:30. The second half however belonged to the Turkish representative. They produced 18-11 in the third period as Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79) tied the game at 48:48 after 30 minutes. Cevher Ozer gave the guests the lead at 51:50 and A.J. Ogilvy scored for 56:52. Erden even increased to 10 points, while A.J. Ogilvy made it 68:59. DaShaun Wood drove a lay-up in the very end for the final result.
A.J. Ogilvy stepped up with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the first win. Cevher Ozer collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Bekir Yarangume added 11. DaShaun Wood ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Bahiense de Mello and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) posted 8 each in defeat.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners: DaShaun Wood 15, Bahiense de Mello 8, Ajene Moye 8
Besiktas JK: A.J. Ogilvy 23+10 rebs, Cevher Ozer 19+13 rebs, Bekir Yarangume 11



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Fit Duncan: 'I'll play until wheels fall off' - by David Edole
By Mike Monroe - Express-News

Saying he wants to continue playing for the Spurs until the wheels fall off, 34-year-old All-Star and two-time Most Valuable Player Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) declared himself fit and ready for his 14th training camp when it begins today at the Spurs' practice facility.
After a summer that included conditioning drills designed to minimize stress on his knees, Duncan is prepared for a truncated ration of regular-season playing time. He hopes for a better start to the Spurs season that won't scuttle coach Gregg Popovich's plan to lessen his workload, which is to include an occasional night off in the second game of back-to-back sets.

Duncan played 78 of 82 regular-season games last season and averaged 31.3 minutes, the lowest per-game figure of his 13 seasons. The arrival of Tiago Splitter, the 25-year-old 7-footer who was MVP of the Spanish League last season, could allow Popovich to follow through on his intention to cut the number of regular-season games Duncan plays.

That was the plan last year, but we got ourselves in a bad way for a stretch and couldn't make that work, Duncan said. Obviously, I want to be on the floor every minute there is, but that's not what's best for us and not what's best for me. If we work it out to the point where we're playing well and going in the right direction, and that works best for us, we'll do that.

Noting that the Houston Rockets have declared All-Star center Yao Ming will not be allowed to play more than 24 minutes in any game to protect his injury-prone legs, Duncan is grateful he does not need such a drastic limitation.

I'd go batty, he said. I'd lose it. There's no way. At least he's on the court, right? They're trying to keep him healthy, and the same thing with us. Pop's going to try to keep me healthy. Whatever those minutes translate into, hopefully it's closer to 32 than 24.



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  UKRAINE   


Khimky blasts Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague QR2, Game One: Budivelnyk - Khimky 58-87

Khimky destroyed Budivelnyk making a huge step forward to third Qualifying Round. Next stage is now 'mission impossible' for the Ukrainian squad. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) came up with 16 points for Khimky and he spent just 20 minutes on the court. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) and Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) scored 11 points each, while Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 14 points on the other side. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) and Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) stopped to 9 pts apiece.
Khimky was simply too strong for Budivelnyk in this game. Visitors dominated in all basketball segments having no troubles to take the comfortable victory. Khimky started with quick 5-11 and later grabbed 10-21 lead after ten minutes. They were keeping double-digit advantage during the entire second quarter setting the HT score to 28-39. Question about the winner is decided at the beginning of Q3. Zoran Planinic and Fridzon lifted Khimky to 28-44, when Andrew Betts and Zach Morley tried to change things with back-to-back tips-in. However, Fridzon, Eze and a huge triple by Thomas Kelati made Budivelnik call timeout at 32-51. Later, Khimky entered to the last ten minutes with 43-63. The final period belonged to Russians as well, who are taking home huge 58-87 for the second meeting.

Budivelnyk: Dewarick Spencer 14, Michailis Anisimovas 9, Andrew Betts 9
Khimky: Keith Langford 16, Thomas Kelati 11, Kresimir Loncar 11, Zoran Planinic 10+5 boards


Khimik topple Ploiesti in Yuzhny - by Eurobasket News
Khimik - Ploiesti 90:83

Khimik opened their EuroChallenge campaign with a tough home win. They held off Ploiesti in the first-leg encounter of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87) scored 22 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. Bajic and Tudor gave Ploiesti a 28:24 lead at the first break. Bajic and Tudor gave the visitors a 6-point lead early in the second term. Khimik used an 8:2 run to pull ahead 35:34 midway through the second quarter. The hosts stayed in charge and recorded a 47:42 lead at halftime. Popov and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ensured an 8-point lead for Khimik late in the third stanza. Curtis Millage soon opened a double-digit advantage but Ploiesti capped the period with five points in a row to narrow the gap 63:68. Bajic and Tudor kept Ploiesti close early in the fourth stanza. Jason Westrol (191-G-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Bentley) and Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) cut the distance to a single point 76:77 with just over four minutes remaining. However Khimik responded with 6:1 rally to boost the margin. Zavadskiy knocked down four points late in the game and Khimik escaped with a tough 7-point victory at the end.
Luka Drezga (196-G-87) notched 17 points for Khimik. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) contributed 16 points for the winners. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points for Ploiesti. Jason Westrol accounted for 17 points in defeat.

Khimik: Stanislav Zavadsky 22, Luka Drezga 17, Toni Bizaca 16
Ploiesti: Catalin Burlacu 21, Jason Westrol 17



Steaua bruise BC Kyiv in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News
Steuau Turabo - BC Kyiv 77:59

Romanian Steaua ensured a confident start to their EuroChallenge campaign. They shot down BC Kyiv in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, college: Rutgers) scored 17 points to lead the hosts.
Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) opened the game with four points in a row. The hosts gradually mounted the pressure and rolled to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. BC Kyiv tried to stay in visibility early in the second frame but Steuau quickly gained necessary margin. The home team used a 9:0 run to open a 14-point advantage midway through the second stanza. Jerome Coleman capped the half with a three-pointer as Steuau ensured a 42:27 lead. Steuau wisely kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame. Moreover the hosts crowned the period with a 10:0 run to gain a 23-point advantage 60:37. The hosts increased the gap to 26 points early in the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Joshua Jackson (188-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) nailed 15 points for Steuau. Virgil Stanescu added 14 points in the victory. Vitaly Kovalenko (201-F-84) replied with 14 points for BC Kyiv. Dmitri Briantsev (203-F/C-73) accounted for 13 points in defeat.

Steuau Turabo: Jerome Coleman 17, Joshua Jackson 15, Virgil Stanescu 14
BC Kyiv: Vitaly Kovalenko 14, Dmitri Briantsev 13



Superleague Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - DniproAzot 81-58
Budivelnyk rolled over DniproAzot 81:58 in the opener of the Superleague 2010/2011. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) paced all the winners with 18 points and Agafonov Andriy collected 13 points and 14 boards. Karim Lamar delivered 17 points in the losing case.

Khimik - BC Odessa 71-75
BC Odessa grabbed 75:71 win over Khimik in Yuzhniy. Andrew Washington (191-G-84, college: Delaware) stepped up with 24 points and DeGroat John followed him with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Bizaca Toni ended up with 16 points for the hosts and Millage Curtis added 14.

Ferro-ZNTU - BC Donetsk 70-91
Ferro-ZNTU lost the opener to BC Donetsk 70:91. Six players scored in double figures for the winners as Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) led them all with 19 points and Kravtsov Viacheslav posted 16. Burns Christian responded with 16 points in the losing effort.

Azovmash - Kryvbasbasket 90-83
Azovmash started 2010/2011 campaign with the home win over Kryvbasbasket 90:83. The Champions got 22 points from Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Utah) and Curry Ramel as well as Thomas Charles had 19 each. Zuza Jurica posted 18 points in the losing effort.

Hoverla - Halychyna 92-90
Hoverla overcame Halychyna 92:90 at the Regular Season Round 1. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) poured in 17 points and Poltoratskiy Aleksei followed him with 16. Morrison Scott finished the night with 22 points for the team from Lviv.

Dnipro - BC Kyiv 53-60
BC Kyiv surprised Dnipro 60:53 away from home as Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) top-scored with 18 points for the guests. Lypovyy Oleksandr and Kovalenko Vitaly followed him with 10 each, while Briantsev Dmitri netted 9. Burtt Steve produced 19 points for the hosts.




Ferro-ZNTU bring draw from Lisbon - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - Ferro-ZNTU 105:105

Benfica and Ferro-ZNTU did not decide on the winner in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The teams clashed in Lisbon and finished the scorcher in a draw.
Ferro-ZNTU stunned Benfica early in the encounter. The visitors posted a 22:10 lead midway through the opening period. But veteran Evora brought Benfica back to life. He accounted for some key points and the hosts drew things level at 24 after ten minutes. The lead changed for several times before Jordao and Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) gave Benfica a 52:46 lead. The home side accumulated a 54:48 halftime advantage. Benfica stayed in front for the majority of the third period. But Rybalko hit a pair of three-pointers late in the quarter as the visitors put their noses in front 78:77. Hunter and Kandrusevich tipped off the final quarter with four straight points. Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) gave the visiting team a 90:84 lead with just over five minutes to go. Hunter and Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) secured a double-digit advantage for Ferro-ZNTU with under three minutes left. Ben Reed answered with four free throws and Benfica went on a 6:0 run to get closer. Kevin Tiggs and Hunter gave some breathing space for the Ukrainians but Benfica had a narrow escape. Cordell Henry (178-G-80, agency: N.E.T., college: Marquette) and Jordao combined for 10 points in the dying moments and Benfica avoided the defeat.
Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) produced 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Benfica. Cordell Henry added 15 points, while Antonio Tavares finished with 14 for the hosts. Keddric Mays (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 21 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds for Ferro-ZNTU. Christian Burns and Kevin Tiggs had 19 points each.

Benfica: Heshimu Evans 19+10 boards, Cordell Henry 15, Antonio Tavares 14
Ferro-ZNTU: Keddric Mays 21, Christian Burns 19, Kevin Tiggs 19



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro25.5 
 2. Washington, BC Od.24.0 
 3. Hukic, BC Donetsk19.0 
 4. Wilson, Budivelnyk18.0 
 5. Otverchenko, BC Ky.18.0 
 6. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.0 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot17.0 
 8. Kravtsov, BC Do.16.0 
 9. Bizaca, Khimik16.0 
 10. Dukes, DniproAzot15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  Budivelnyk
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Agafonov, Budiv.14.0 
 2. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.0 
 3. Austin, Dnipro13.0 
 4. Garrison, Khimik11.0 
 5. Betts, Budivelnyk9.0 
 6. Hughes, Mykolaiv9.0 
 7. Kovalenko, BC Kyiv8.0 
 8. Hukic, BC Donetsk8.0 
 9. Drezga, Khimik7.0 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa VASILJEVIC
  BC Donetsk
  (183-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Vasiljevic, BC Do.7.0 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv6.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk5.0 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro5.0 
 5. Keys, Budivelnyk5.0 
 6. Lukashov, Budiv.5.0 
 7. Popov, Khimik4.0 
 8. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv3.0 
 9. Morley, Budivelnyk3.0 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ruslan OTVERCHENKO
  BC Kyiv
  (192-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Otverchenko, BC Ky.5.0 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot3.0 
 3. Dukes, DniproAzot3.0 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk3.0 
 5. Lypovyy, BC Kyiv3.0 
 6. Shkurupiy, BC Do.2.0 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv2.0 
 8. Navickas, BC Odessa2.0 
 9. Millage, Khimik2.0 
 10. Tischenko, BC Kyiv2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv4.0 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.4.0 
 3. Garrison, Khimik2.0 
 4. Balashov, BC Odessa2.0 
 5. Gurtovoy, BC Do.2.0 
 6. Sandul, BC Kyiv2.0 
 7. Kornienko, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Austin, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Otverchenko, BC Ky.1.0 
 10. Iailo, Mykolaiv1.0 


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  URUGUAY   


Trouville,Malvin and Hebraica announced new import players - by Hector Lopez
Three LUB teams, Trouville, Malvin and Hebraica announced three new import players. For TRouville will be playing Dustin Villepigue (206-F-83, college: UNLV) replacing Will Graham, who played 10 games with 6.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg 1.4 apg. Hebraica had signed Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) who already played for the team during the 2007-08 season. He will replace Jonathan Griffin (9 games 13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg). Malvin, which will be playing the South America League next month, had inked Odell Bradley (193-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) replacing Sammy Monroe (8 games 15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg 3.0 apg)

Results for the 10th round - by Hector Lopez
Resuls for the LUB 10th round
Malvin 89 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 27 points, 5 assists, Christopher Lee (206-C, college: S.Carolina St.) 13 points 4 rebounds, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 12 points 10 rebounds
Trouville - Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) 12 points, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 8 points 5 rebounds 4 blocks, Will Graham (203-F-85, college: Florida Southern) 6 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks
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Welcome 92 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 21 points 3 rebounds, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 10 points 8 rebounds
Cordon 85 - Craig Craft (191-G-87, college: S.Mississippi) 25 points 8 rebounds 5 asists, Harold Griffin (201-F, college: Lee) 12 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
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Olimpia 84 - Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 36 points 5 rebounds, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 13 points 13 rebounds 2 blocks
UnioN Atletica 70 - Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) 14 points 4 rebounds, Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 11 points 11 rebounds 3 blocks


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


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, Cader28.6 
 4. Aguiar, Hebraica27.0 
 5. Taboada, Bigua27.0 
 6. McGowan, Sayago26.0 
 7. Elliott, Hebraica24.8 
 8. Woodward, Defensor23.3 
 9. Rogers, Un.Atletica21.4 
 10. Nelson, Welcome20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence SHELMAN
  Sayago
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Shelman, Sayago12.3 
 2. Puckett, Aguada11.7 
 3. Jackson, Anastasia11.4 
 4. Baston, Hebraica11.4 
 5. Gamble, Cader11.1 
 6. McGowan, Sayago10.6 
 7. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.2 
 8. Sikes, Anastasia9.6 
 9. Billings, Bigua9.5 
 10. Bouzout, Cordon9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Elliott, Hebraica7.6 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville6.5 
 3. Latham, Anastasia6.2 
 4. Vidal, Bigua5.5 
 5. Nelson, Welcome5.2 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor4.7 
 7. Osimani, Montevideo4.6 
 8. Taboada, Bigua4.3 
 9. Monroe, Malvin4.2 
 10. Cambon, Bigua4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Elliott, Hebraica4.2 
 2. Monroe, Malvin3.2 
 3. Latham, Anastasia3.0 
 4. Newsome, Malvin2.7 
 5. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 6. Fernandez, Sayago2.6 
 7. Lado, Welcome2.5 
 8. Trelles, Bohemios2.4 
 9. Crain, Un.Atletica2.3 
 10. Viera, Anastasia2.2 
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, Bigua2.8 
 5. Gamble, Cader2.3 
 6. Billings, Bigua2.3 
 7. Jackson, Anastasia2.2 
 8. Bouzout, Cordon2.0 
 9. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.0 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.8 


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  YEMEN   


Iran complete semifinal picture in Yemen - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18 - Yemen U18 80:45

Iran became the fourth semifinalists at the U18 Asia Championship. They silenced hosting Yemen for the spot in the semis. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-G-94) tallied 21 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace the winners. Iran will now take on undefeated China tomorrow.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Neither side was able to clear off. Iran and Yemen entered the second quarter tied at 16. Iran opened the frame with eight points in a row to finally break in charge. Iran gradually took over and rolled to a 38:25 lead at halftime. Yemen struggled to pick up their offensive rhythm in the third term. Iran capitalized piling up a comfortable 21-point lead. The visitors stretched it to 23 points at the final intermission 56:33. Offensive woes continued for the home side in the final quarter. Yemen accounted for only 12 points and had to surrender at the end.
Mirfattahi Mirmohammad (93) contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds for Iran. Shahbaznejadkanzagh Reza (92) accounted for 10 points in the win. Samer Abdullah (92) answered with 13 points for Yemen. Sabri Sadaqah (188-F-93) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Iran U18: Sajjad Mashayekhi 21, Mirfattahi Mirmohammad 16, Shahbaznejadkanzagh Reza 10
Yemen U18: Samer Abdullah 13, Sabri Sadaqah 11





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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Argentina beats Mali in OT - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Places 13-16: MALI - ARGENTINA 69-74

Argentina managed to beat Mali 69-74 in overtime, what is their first win at this event. In their last game Argentina will meet China and the winner of that one will finish as No.13 in Karlovy Vary. Mali still looks for the first win and they will try to make it against Senegal. Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) shined for Argentina in this meeting with 21 points. She made 5 triples out of 11 attempts. Mariana Cava (168-G-85) was the second scorer in Argentina with 13 points. In the loosing squad, Djene Diawara (192-C-85) had double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nassira Traore (185-F/C-91) stopped to 11 pts.
Argentina opened the game batter making 22-28 lead in the first ten minutes. Mali responded with 17-14 in Q2 cutting the margin to 3-pts until the halftime. Third period was pretty leveled, but still Mali managed to end it with minimum lead (15-14). Mali succeeded to make a 65-63 turn in the finish of this game, but Mariana Cava scored two free throws brining an OT to her team. In extra five minutes, Argentina jumped to 65-68 and later to 69-73, what was unreachable for their rivals. Mali scored just four points in the OT.

Mali: Djene Diawara 18+11 boards, Nassira Traore 11
Argentina: Carolina Sanchez 21, Mariana Cava 13


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia beats France thanks to 9-1 run at the beginning of Q4 - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: AUSTRALIA - FRANCE 62-52

Australia stretched its winning streak to five. It means that the defending World Champion will meet USA in the battle for first place in Group E. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was their leading player against France with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) also was great as she added 18 points and 9 boards, while Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) helped with 10 points and 8 rebs. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) with 9 points. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (6 rebs) and Florence Lepron (183-F-85) stopped to 8 points each.
After quick 4-7 lead for France, Australia players woke up making 11-3 run for rest of the first quarter. Lauren Jackson was in a game mood and together with her teammates helped Australia to reach 34-25 after 20 minutes of play. France improved after the breather as they came to 37-34 at the halfway of Q3. Few minutes later, France managed to tie the score to 41-41 and everything was open again. In the finish of Q3, Penelope Taylor and Lauren Jackson made two baskets for 48-44 lead with 10:00 to go. Australia resolved question about the winner with 9-1 run at the beginning of the last quarter. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way.
As mentioned above, in the last day of the Qualifying Round Australia will meet USA. France will take on Canada and will try to keep position N.3 before the Quarterfinals.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 19+10 boards, Penelope Taylor 18+9 boards, Hollie Grima 10+8 boards
France: Celine Dumerc 9, Endene Miyem 8+6 boards, Florence Lepron 8


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Fl.Foxes 0-0 
 2. Graz 0-0 
 3. Jocher's D. 0-0 
 4. Union Kuenring 0-0 
 5. Vienna 87 0-0 
 6. WBC Raiffeisen 0-0 


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  BELARUS - Women  


USA too much for Belarus, will meet Opals for the first place in Group E - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: BELARUS - USA 61-107

USA destroyed Belarus extending the winning streak to five. On the other side, Belarus faced with third loss in Ostrava and now has the same score as Greece. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) had 14 pts, Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) added 12 points and 6 boards, while Maya Moore (183-F-89) and Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) helped their team with 11 points each. Marina Kress (192-C-80) responded with 10 points in defeat and she was their only player with double-digits. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) scored 9 pts. USA will meet Australia on Wednesday evening for the first place in Group E. Belarus will play do-or-die game against Greece.
USA demonstrated its power already in the first ten minutes. Sylvia Fowles and her teammates exploded offensively from the start and they scored 37 points in just ten minutes. Belarus was limited to 11 and the only question after this period was how big difference it will be until the end. USA made 17-21 in Q2 and 16-27 after the breather for 44-85 after 30 minutes of play. They won the last quarter as well (17-22) for the final 17-22 victory. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Ostrava.

Belarus: Marina Kress 10, Yelena Leuchanka 9
USA: Sylvia Fowles 15+6 boards, Diana Taurasi 14, Candice Dupree 12+6 boards, Maya Moore 11, Swin Cash 11


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil grabs 93-91 OT win against Japan - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: BRAZIL - JAPAN 93-91 OT

Brazil grabbed an overtime win against Japan to keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive. Both teams had 1-3 before this meeting, but now Brazil joined South Korea with 2-3, while Japan dropped to 1-4. However, it's not over for Japan yet as all three teams still have a chance to reach the fourth place. Brazil has a chance to reach even position No.3 if they beat Czech Republic. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) came up with 32 points and 18 rebounds for Brazil. She was the MVP of this meeting with impressive valuation 38. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) helped her team with 24 points and Silvia Gustavo (182-F-82) added 11 points, plus 10 boards. Japan got the most from Yuko Oga (170-G-82), who had 23 points and 6 assists. Hiromi Suwa (183-C-85) collected 22 points and 10 boards.
First quarter was totally leveled as teams ended it with 24-24 tie. Japan shined in the next ten minutes and mostly owing to Yuko Oga and Hiromi Suwa grabbed 40-48 lead at the HT. Brazil replied with 21-14 after the breather and everything was open again. Japan entered to the final 2:37 of regular time with 71-76 lead, but Brazil made 7-2 run for rest of the game and forced the OT. Silvia Gustavo drained a triple at the regular time buzzer and she was a hero for Brazil. Still, Japan players were calm and they made 89-91 with 27 second left in OT. Iziane Castro Marques made a triple for Brazil and Japan had the possession after that. Yuko Oga tried for two, but her shot was blocked and Erika DeSouza was sent to the line. She made first and intentionally missed the second FT, so there was not time left for Japan.

Brazil: Erika DeSouza 32+18 boards, Iziane Castro Marques 24, Silvia Gustavo 11+10 boards
Japan: Yuko Oga 23+6 as, Hiromi Suwa 22+10 boards


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  CANADA - Women  


Greece grabs valuable win against Canada - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: CANADA - GREECE 52-57

Greece grabbed valuable win against Canada making a big step forward to the next stage. They will have to beat Belarus tomorrow in order end as No.4 in Group E and to reach the Quarterfinals. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) was the leading player in Greece with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) (6 rebs) and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) (5 rebs, 5 as) added 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) collected 10 pts and 8 boards. Her Canada faced with the fourth loss in five games.
Both teams showed their nerves at the beginning missing some wide open shots and committing unusual mistakes. Anyway, Greece was slightly better and they made 5-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Pelagia Papamichail closed the first quarter later with 7-12 and they continued in the same rhythm in the next period. Q2 belonged to Greece as well and they were 20-28 up at the HT. In the finish of Q3, Greece jumped to plus 13 and it seemed that the game was already over for Canada, but Kimberley Smith and her teammates didnt give up. For the next two minutes they made 8-2 run closing the gap to 37-44 before the last quarter. With 1:38 to go Canada came to 50-52, but Greece managed to close this game out with mini 2-5 run for the final 52-57 victory and a hope to beat Belarus in the next game.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 10+8 boards
Greece: Pelagia Papamichail 12+7 boards, Evanthia Maltsi 11+6 boards, Dimitra Kalentzou 11+5 boards+5 as


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  CHINA - Women  


China grabs thriller win against Senegal, 71-69 - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Places 13-16: CHINA - SENEGAL 71-69

China grabbed thriller win against Senegal making a first step forward to 13th place in Karlovy Vary. In order to do that, China will have to beat Argentina on Wednesday evening. On the other side, Senegal will try to avoid the last place in this event. Their rival will be Mali. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) stepped up for China in this victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Chen Nan (197-C-83) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Liu Dan (194-C-87) helped her team with double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. In the loosing squad, Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) and Awa Gueye (182-F-78) netted 17 and 16 points respectively.
China opened this game in style making 19-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Senegal players woke up after that and they took full control on China for rest of the first half. Aya Traore and her teammates drained 22 points in Q2, while at the same time they limited China to 12. Teams were pretty leveled after the breather with neither of them able to make a bigger lead. China won Q3 with 20-18 so they entered to the final quarter with 51-48. Senegal made 51-52 turn at the beginning of Q4 and China created 6-0 run after that. Senegal came to 67-64 in the finish, but then Ma and Miao LiJie stepped up for their team lifting it to 71-66, what was too much for their rivals.

China: Miao LiJie 22+5 boards, Chen Nan 14+7 boards, Liu Dan 13+10 boards
Senegal: Aya Traore 17, Awa Gueye 16


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Spain jumps to 5-0 in Brno - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: SPAIN - CZECH REPUBLIC 77-57

Spain had no troubles to beat Czech Republic keeping the perfect record after five games. Russia also has 5-0 in Group F meaning that these two teams will meet each other in the battle for first place. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was on fire in Spain with 25 points. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) had monster double-double of 18 points and 19 boards, while Alba Torrens (184-F-89) helped with 14 points and 5 rebs. For the hosts, Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) shined with 16 pts. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) had 12 pts and 7 rebs. Czech Republic dropped to 3-2, but still has a nice chance to end as No.3 in Group F.
Except of the first quarter, which belonged to Czech Republic, Spain was better team in this game. Amaya Valdemoro and Sancho Lyttle were almost unstoppable and mostly owing to them Spain made nice 24-14 in Q2 for 37-32 HT lead. The hosts shined after the breather and they came to 39-38, but still Spain managed to take 60-53 until the end of Q3. Than, in the last quarter there was only one team playing on the court and it was Spain. Amaya Valdemoro and her teammates shined defensively as they stopped Czech Republic to just 4 points in the last ten minutes. On the other side, they drained 17 for the final 77-57 victory.
On Wednesday, Spain will meet Russia, while Czech Republic will play against Brazil.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 25, Sancho Lyttle 18+19 boards, Alba Torrens 14+5 boards
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 16, Michaela Ferancikova 12+7 boards


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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. Amager 1-0 
 2. Horsholm 1-0 
 3. SISU 1-0 
 4. Vaerlose 1-0 
 5. Aabyhoj 0-1 
 6. Falcon 0-1 
 7. Horsens 0-1 
 8. Lemvig 0-1 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Australia beats France thanks to 9-1 run at the beginning of Q4 - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: AUSTRALIA - FRANCE 62-52

Australia stretched its winning streak to five. It means that the defending World Champion will meet USA in the battle for first place in Group E. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was their leading player against France with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) also was great as she added 18 points and 9 boards, while Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) helped with 10 points and 8 rebs. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) with 9 points. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (6 rebs) and Florence Lepron (183-F-85) stopped to 8 points each.
After quick 4-7 lead for France, Australia players woke up making 11-3 run for rest of the first quarter. Lauren Jackson was in a game mood and together with her teammates helped Australia to reach 34-25 after 20 minutes of play. France improved after the breather as they came to 37-34 at the halfway of Q3. Few minutes later, France managed to tie the score to 41-41 and everything was open again. In the finish of Q3, Penelope Taylor and Lauren Jackson made two baskets for 48-44 lead with 10:00 to go. Australia resolved question about the winner with 9-1 run at the beginning of the last quarter. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way.
As mentioned above, in the last day of the Qualifying Round Australia will meet USA. France will take on Canada and will try to keep position N.3 before the Quarterfinals.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 19+10 boards, Penelope Taylor 18+9 boards, Hollie Grima 10+8 boards
France: Celine Dumerc 9, Endene Miyem 8+6 boards, Florence Lepron 8


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  GREECE - Women  


Greece grabs valuable win against Canada - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: CANADA - GREECE 52-57

Greece grabbed valuable win against Canada making a big step forward to the next stage. They will have to beat Belarus tomorrow in order end as No.4 in Group E and to reach the Quarterfinals. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) was the leading player in Greece with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) (6 rebs) and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) (5 rebs, 5 as) added 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) collected 10 pts and 8 boards. Her Canada faced with the fourth loss in five games.
Both teams showed their nerves at the beginning missing some wide open shots and committing unusual mistakes. Anyway, Greece was slightly better and they made 5-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Pelagia Papamichail closed the first quarter later with 7-12 and they continued in the same rhythm in the next period. Q2 belonged to Greece as well and they were 20-28 up at the HT. In the finish of Q3, Greece jumped to plus 13 and it seemed that the game was already over for Canada, but Kimberley Smith and her teammates didnt give up. For the next two minutes they made 8-2 run closing the gap to 37-44 before the last quarter. With 1:38 to go Canada came to 50-52, but Greece managed to close this game out with mini 2-5 run for the final 52-57 victory and a hope to beat Belarus in the next game.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 10+8 boards
Greece: Pelagia Papamichail 12+7 boards, Evanthia Maltsi 11+6 boards, Dimitra Kalentzou 11+5 boards+5 as


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  HUNGARY - Women  


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


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  JAPAN - Women  


Brazil grabs 93-91 OT win against Japan - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: BRAZIL - JAPAN 93-91 OT

Brazil grabbed an overtime win against Japan to keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive. Both teams had 1-3 before this meeting, but now Brazil joined South Korea with 2-3, while Japan dropped to 1-4. However, it's not over for Japan yet as all three teams still have a chance to reach the fourth place. Brazil has a chance to reach even position No.3 if they beat Czech Republic. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) came up with 32 points and 18 rebounds for Brazil. She was the MVP of this meeting with impressive valuation 38. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) helped her team with 24 points and Silvia Gustavo (182-F-82) added 11 points, plus 10 boards. Japan got the most from Yuko Oga (170-G-82), who had 23 points and 6 assists. Hiromi Suwa (183-C-85) collected 22 points and 10 boards.
First quarter was totally leveled as teams ended it with 24-24 tie. Japan shined in the next ten minutes and mostly owing to Yuko Oga and Hiromi Suwa grabbed 40-48 lead at the HT. Brazil replied with 21-14 after the breather and everything was open again. Japan entered to the final 2:37 of regular time with 71-76 lead, but Brazil made 7-2 run for rest of the game and forced the OT. Silvia Gustavo drained a triple at the regular time buzzer and she was a hero for Brazil. Still, Japan players were calm and they made 89-91 with 27 second left in OT. Iziane Castro Marques made a triple for Brazil and Japan had the possession after that. Yuko Oga tried for two, but her shot was blocked and Erika DeSouza was sent to the line. She made first and intentionally missed the second FT, so there was not time left for Japan.

Brazil: Erika DeSouza 32+18 boards, Iziane Castro Marques 24, Silvia Gustavo 11+10 boards
Japan: Yuko Oga 23+6 as, Hiromi Suwa 22+10 boards


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  MALI - Women  


Argentina beats Mali in OT - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Places 13-16: MALI - ARGENTINA 69-74

Argentina managed to beat Mali 69-74 in overtime, what is their first win at this event. In their last game Argentina will meet China and the winner of that one will finish as No.13 in Karlovy Vary. Mali still looks for the first win and they will try to make it against Senegal. Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) shined for Argentina in this meeting with 21 points. She made 5 triples out of 11 attempts. Mariana Cava (168-G-85) was the second scorer in Argentina with 13 points. In the loosing squad, Djene Diawara (192-C-85) had double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nassira Traore (185-F/C-91) stopped to 11 pts.
Argentina opened the game batter making 22-28 lead in the first ten minutes. Mali responded with 17-14 in Q2 cutting the margin to 3-pts until the halftime. Third period was pretty leveled, but still Mali managed to end it with minimum lead (15-14). Mali succeeded to make a 65-63 turn in the finish of this game, but Mariana Cava scored two free throws brining an OT to her team. In extra five minutes, Argentina jumped to 65-68 and later to 69-73, what was unreachable for their rivals. Mali scored just four points in the OT.

Mali: Djene Diawara 18+11 boards, Nassira Traore 11
Argentina: Carolina Sanchez 21, Mariana Cava 13


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia destroys South Korea for perfect 5-0 in Brno - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: SOUTH KOREA - RUSSIA 48-81

Easy one for Russia, who stretched its winning streak to five. Spain also has 5-0 in Group F, what means that these two teams will meet in the battle for first place in this pool. On the other side, South Korea dropped to 2-3 but they still have some chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) shined in Russia with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) had 12 points, while Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) (9 rebs, 6 as) and Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) (5 as) netted 10 points each. Sin Jung-Ja (185-C-80) responded with 14 points on the other side, Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) stopped to 10 pts and 5 rebs.
South Korea demonstrated nice performance in the first half and somehow managed to resist against powerful Russia. After ten minutes, the score stood at 16-16 and Russia made minimum lead (12-13) in the next period. However, Maria Stepanova and her teammates exploded after the breather and they totally destroyed Korea. Russia drained 25 points in third quarter, while stopping their rivals to just 10. Nothing has changed in the last ten minutes as Korea was once again was limited to 10 pts. Russia was even better than in Q3 and nailed 27 pts for the final 48-81 win.
Russia will meet Spain on Wednesday, while South Korea will play against Japan.

South Korea: Sin Jung-Ja 14, Beon Yeon-Ha 10+5 boards
Russia: Maria Stepanova 14+6 boards, Elena Danilochkina 12, Tatiana Vidmer 10+9 boards+6 as, Svetlana Abrosimova 10+5 as


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  SENEGAL - Women  


China grabs thriller win against Senegal, 71-69 - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Places 13-16: CHINA - SENEGAL 71-69

China grabbed thriller win against Senegal making a first step forward to 13th place in Karlovy Vary. In order to do that, China will have to beat Argentina on Wednesday evening. On the other side, Senegal will try to avoid the last place in this event. Their rival will be Mali. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) stepped up for China in this victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Chen Nan (197-C-83) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Liu Dan (194-C-87) helped her team with double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. In the loosing squad, Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) and Awa Gueye (182-F-78) netted 17 and 16 points respectively.
China opened this game in style making 19-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Senegal players woke up after that and they took full control on China for rest of the first half. Aya Traore and her teammates drained 22 points in Q2, while at the same time they limited China to 12. Teams were pretty leveled after the breather with neither of them able to make a bigger lead. China won Q3 with 20-18 so they entered to the final quarter with 51-48. Senegal made 51-52 turn at the beginning of Q4 and China created 6-0 run after that. Senegal came to 67-64 in the finish, but then Ma and Miao LiJie stepped up for their team lifting it to 71-66, what was too much for their rivals.

China: Miao LiJie 22+5 boards, Chen Nan 14+7 boards, Liu Dan 13+10 boards
Senegal: Aya Traore 17, Awa Gueye 16


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. AJM Maribor 1-0 
 2. Merkur Celje 1-0 
 3. Grosuplje 0-0 
 4. GVT Konjice 0-0 
 5. Hit Kran.Gora 0-0 
 6. Ilrija 0-0 
 7. Jezica 0-0 
 8. Odeja KED 0-0 
 9. Kozmetika Afr. 0-1 
 10. Triglav 0-1 


Celje top Triglav using only six players - by Zeljko Zule
In a match of Round 1 that totaled 11 ties and10 lead changes, Celje defeated Triglav 73-62. Celje used just six players in win. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) collected 24 points and 11 rebounds, Nika Baric scored 22 points including four 3-pointers and Rebeka Abramovic added 13 points. Celje went on an 11-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarter to take a led 62-54 and never looked back from there. Nika Baric hit two three-pointers in that span and Rebeka Abramovic added one. Ana Ljubenovic paced Triglav with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Vanja Cernivec had 10 points.

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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Russia destroys South Korea for perfect 5-0 in Brno - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: SOUTH KOREA - RUSSIA 48-81

Easy one for Russia, who stretched its winning streak to five. Spain also has 5-0 in Group F, what means that these two teams will meet in the battle for first place in this pool. On the other side, South Korea dropped to 2-3 but they still have some chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) shined in Russia with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) had 12 points, while Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) (9 rebs, 6 as) and Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) (5 as) netted 10 points each. Sin Jung-Ja (185-C-80) responded with 14 points on the other side, Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) stopped to 10 pts and 5 rebs.
South Korea demonstrated nice performance in the first half and somehow managed to resist against powerful Russia. After ten minutes, the score stood at 16-16 and Russia made minimum lead (12-13) in the next period. However, Maria Stepanova and her teammates exploded after the breather and they totally destroyed Korea. Russia drained 25 points in third quarter, while stopping their rivals to just 10. Nothing has changed in the last ten minutes as Korea was once again was limited to 10 pts. Russia was even better than in Q3 and nailed 27 pts for the final 48-81 win.
Russia will meet Spain on Wednesday, while South Korea will play against Japan.

South Korea: Sin Jung-Ja 14, Beon Yeon-Ha 10+5 boards
Russia: Maria Stepanova 14+6 boards, Elena Danilochkina 12, Tatiana Vidmer 10+9 boards+6 as, Svetlana Abrosimova 10+5 as


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain jumps to 5-0 in Brno - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: SPAIN - CZECH REPUBLIC 77-57

Spain had no troubles to beat Czech Republic keeping the perfect record after five games. Russia also has 5-0 in Group F meaning that these two teams will meet each other in the battle for first place. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was on fire in Spain with 25 points. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) had monster double-double of 18 points and 19 boards, while Alba Torrens (184-F-89) helped with 14 points and 5 rebs. For the hosts, Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) shined with 16 pts. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) had 12 pts and 7 rebs. Czech Republic dropped to 3-2, but still has a nice chance to end as No.3 in Group F.
Except of the first quarter, which belonged to Czech Republic, Spain was better team in this game. Amaya Valdemoro and Sancho Lyttle were almost unstoppable and mostly owing to them Spain made nice 24-14 in Q2 for 37-32 HT lead. The hosts shined after the breather and they came to 39-38, but still Spain managed to take 60-53 until the end of Q3. Than, in the last quarter there was only one team playing on the court and it was Spain. Amaya Valdemoro and her teammates shined defensively as they stopped Czech Republic to just 4 points in the last ten minutes. On the other side, they drained 17 for the final 77-57 victory.
On Wednesday, Spain will meet Russia, while Czech Republic will play against Brazil.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 25, Sancho Lyttle 18+19 boards, Alba Torrens 14+5 boards
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 16, Michaela Ferancikova 12+7 boards


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LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Traci EDWARDS
  Riva Basket
  (188-F/C-87)
  Avg: 42
 1. Edwards, Riva B.42.0 
 2. Bowman, Riva B.41.0 
 3. Greene, Pully40.0 
 4. Yanni, Basel32.0 
 5. Trahan, Fribourg32.0 
 6. Villarroel, Helios29.0 
 7. Turin, Helios22.0 
 8. Diouf, Pully16.0 
 9. Diederich, Fribourg15.0 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Trahan, Fribourg23.0 
 2. Greene, Pully15.0 
 3. Edwards, Riva B.15.0 
 4. Skouby, Basel10.0 
 5. Bowman, Riva B.10.0 
 6. Diederich, Fribourg10.0 
 7. Grobet, Hope-GBA9.0 
 8. Presswood, Highf.8.0 
 9. Villarroel, Helios8.0 
 10. Campo, Basel8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Francesca ANNIBALE
  Riva Basket
  (162-G-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Annibale, Riva Basket10.0 
 2. Villarroel, Helios8.0 
 3. Diouf, Pully6.0 
 4. Bowman, Riva B.5.0 
 5. Bordoli, Riva Basket5.0 
 6. Campo, Basel4.0 
 7. Yanni, Basel4.0 
 8. Jakab, Riva Basket4.0 
 9. Greene, Pully3.0 
 10. Edwards, Riva B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maria VILLARROEL
  Helios
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Villarroel, Helios6.0 
 2. Mazzocchi, Fribo.5.0 
 3. Gur, Nyon5.0 
 4. Kershaw, Helios5.0 
 5. Sakica, Highflyers4.0 
 6. Annibale, Riva Basket4.0 
 7. Diederich, Fribourg4.0 
 8. Diouf, Pully4.0 
 9. Campo, Basel4.0 
 10. Bowman, Riva B.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon3.0 
 2. Bowman, Riva B.3.0 
 3. Hamlin, Highflyers2.0 
 4. Greene, Pully2.0 
 5. Yanni, Basel2.0 
 6. Favre, Nyon1.0 
 7. Sakica, Highflyers1.0 
 8. Lavanchy, Highf.1.0 
 9. Trahan, Fribourg1.0 
 10. Palamar, Highflyers1.0 


Bowman's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old forward Heather Bowman (188-F-88, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canti Riva Basket Ceresio and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
She had a double-double of 41 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed Pully (#8, 0-1) with 22-point margin 107-85. Despite this victory Riva Basket dropped to the 4th position in Swiss LNA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Riva Basket won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Bowman turned to be Riva Basket's top player in her first season with the team. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowman is in league's top in points (2nd best: 41.0ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.0rpg), assists (5th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 3.0bpg,3.0spg and 67.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Traci Edwards (188-F/C-87, agency: LBM Management). She is American forward in her first season at Riva Basket. In the last game Edwards recorded impressive double-double of 42 points and 15 rebounds. Of course together with Bowman she helped Riva Basket with another comfortable win outscoring Pully (0-1) 107-85. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Edwards is a newcomer at Riva Basket and quickly became the team's new leader. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 42.0ppg (#1). She also registered 15.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management) of league's second-best BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket. Trahan got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. She went also for twenty three rebounds . She was a key player of Fribourg, leading her team to a 68-52 easy win against Highflyers (#5, 0-1). Fribourg has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Trahan also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Trahan as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maria Villarroel (174-G-78) of Helios - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Aminata-Imgrueth Yanni (183-F-82) of Basel - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mariesa Greene (183-F) of Pully - 40 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Hillary Klimowicz (191-F/C-87) of Nyon - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Pully - 16 points and 6 assists
9. Christine Presswood (170-G-88) of Highflyers - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jessica Campo (168-G-85) of Basel - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists


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  TURKEY - Women  


Ashley Paris joins Istanbul Universitesi SK - by Eurobasket
Istanbul Universitesi SK agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Ashley Paris (191-F-87, college: Oklahoma). Paris played most recently at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in the U.S. Paris played also pro basketball in Israel and Ukraine. Last year while playing for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine (best rebounder with 12.4rpg and 14.6ppg), she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UPBL Player of the Year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Istanbul Universitesi SK sign Okeisha Howard - by Eurobasket
Istanbul Universitesi SK signed 29-year old American guard Okeisha Howard (165-G-81, college: ODU, agency: Data Plus Group). Howard played most recently at Elitzur Netanya (Israel), where in 23 games she averaged 14.0ppg. Howard is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in Holland, Israel, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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USA too much for Belarus, will meet Opals for the first place in Group E - by Eurobasket News
World Championship, Day Five: BELARUS - USA 61-107

USA destroyed Belarus extending the winning streak to five. On the other side, Belarus faced with third loss in Ostrava and now has the same score as Greece. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) had 14 pts, Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) added 12 points and 6 boards, while Maya Moore (183-F-89) and Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) helped their team with 11 points each. Marina Kress (192-C-80) responded with 10 points in defeat and she was their only player with double-digits. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) scored 9 pts. USA will meet Australia on Wednesday evening for the first place in Group E. Belarus will play do-or-die game against Greece.
USA demonstrated its power already in the first ten minutes. Sylvia Fowles and her teammates exploded offensively from the start and they scored 37 points in just ten minutes. Belarus was limited to 11 and the only question after this period was how big difference it will be until the end. USA made 17-21 in Q2 and 16-27 after the breather for 44-85 after 30 minutes of play. They won the last quarter as well (17-22) for the final 17-22 victory. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Ostrava.

Belarus: Marina Kress 10, Yelena Leuchanka 9
USA: Sylvia Fowles 15+6 boards, Diana Taurasi 14, Candice Dupree 12+6 boards, Maya Moore 11, Swin Cash 11


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Second stage is over in Ostrava and Brno (Day Six) - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Greece - Belarus 70-74
Belarus made it in do-or-die game against Greece and booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) was a key player in victory with double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Greece got 29 points from Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83), but they failed to reach the next stage.

France - Canada 49-47
France ended as No.3 in Group E and will meet Spain in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Canada dropped to 1-5 and will be transferred to Classification Games for 9th place. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Anael Lardy (170-G-87) led the winners with 9 points each. Natalie Achonwa (189-F-92) responded with 12 pts and 8 boards in defeat.

USA - Australia 83-75
USA handed the first loss to defending World champions in Brno winning the first place in Group E. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) paced her team to victory as she scored 24 points. Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) replied with 18 points and 7 boards in defeat. USA will meet South Korea in the Quarterfinals, while Australia will play against Czech Republic.

Group F
Japan - South Korea 64-65
Thriller win for South Korea, who advanced to Quarterfinals as No.4 of Group F. Japan ended as the last ranked team in this pool. Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) exploded for Korea with 21 points and 6 assists. Japan got 17 points and 5 boards from Yuko Oga (170-G-82).

Czech Republic - Brazil 84-70
Czech Republic jumped to 4-2 finishing this stage as No.3 of Group F. Of course, the hosts advanced to the next stage, while Brazil (2-4) failed to do same and will move to Classification Round. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) once again was the leading player in Czech Republic as she netted 24 points. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) collected 27 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.

Russia - Spain 76-67
Perfect 6-0 for Russia, who ended this stage as No.1 of Group F and will meet Belarus in the Quarterfinals. At the same time, it was the first loss for Spain who will take on France at the next stage. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) exploded in Russia with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) had 21 pts in defeat.

Place 13th
China - Argentina 86-60
China blasted Argentina to win the 13th place in Karlovy Vary. Chen Nan (197-C-83) shined for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Mariana Cava (168-G-85) responded with 18 points in defeat.

Place 15th
Senegal - Mali 67-69 OT
OT win for Mali, who succeeded to avoid the last place at this event. On the other side, Senegal ended it winless. Djene Diawara (192-C-85) stepped up for Mali with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) (5 rebs) scored 15 points in defeat.


World Championship for Women: China ranked 13th, Argentina 14th, Mali 15th and Senegal 16th... - by Bert Larsimont
Senegal was defeated by Mali in a close 100% African game for ranks 15 and 16 in Karlovy Vary tonight. Despite an excellent game by Senegal's star Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue, 15 points), Mali emerged in the final seconds by winning it 67-69 after OT. To be mentioned: Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) of Mali was very impressive at the rebound (8 boards).

In the game for places 13 and 14, China with an excellent Liu Dan (194-C-87, 17 points and 11 rebounds) finished strongly in this competition and defeated Argentina 86-60, despite a very good game by Mariana Cava (168-G-85) for the losing side.


China, led by Lije Miao and already Liu Dan, had beaten Senegal 71-69 the previous night while Mali had been defeated 69-74 by Argentina of Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) as top scorer with 21 points.

Final rankings (from place 13th to 16th):

13 - China
14 - Argentina
15 - Mali
16 - Senegal




Standings
Standings
Group E
1. USA6-0
2. Australia5-1
3. France4-2
4. Belarus3-3
5. Greece2-4
6. Canada1-5
Group F
1. Russia6-0
2. Spain5-1
3. Czech Repu.4-2
4. S.Korea3-3
5. Brazil2-4
6. Japan1-5
Group Places 13-16
1. China2-0
2. Mali1-1
3. Argentina1-1
4. Senegal0-2


USA and Russia remain undefeated; exciting quarterfinals are all set - by Bert Larsimont
Two teams have remained undefeated after the second round: USA and Russia.

Our poll showed that most voters had the same feeling: 57% voted for USA as being the team that could remain undefeated after the secound round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.
38% of the voters picked Russia as a possible undefeated team after round two. Eurobasket.com's readers were right as both USA and Russia finished the second round with a great record of six straight wins.
5% of the voters also mentioned the Australian Opals as possible undefeated team. The Australian team lost only their second round's last game against Team USA today (83-75).


Result of the poll (total voters: 42):

Which team could remain undefeated after second round at Worlds?
Australia
5%
Russia
38%
Spain
0%
USA
57%

The quarterfinals are now all set and it will be worth attending at least two of them which should be real clashes: France vs. Spain and Australia vs. hosting Czech Republic.

Quarterfinals to be played at the KV Arena in Karlovy Vary on Friday:
USA vs. Korea
France vs. Spain

Australia vs. Czech Republic
Belarus vs. Russia

I will be attending the final weekend action in Czech Republic and will post regular reports on the Eurobasket.com's World Championship for Women web page (http://www.eurobasket.com/World-Championships/basketball.asp?women=1) from Friday on. Stay tuned...