EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/6/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Union de Sunchales win Super 4 tournament - by Eurobasket News
Union de Sunchales clinched the Super 4 tournament title. They narrowly defeated San Isidro team for the trophy. San Isidro finished in the second position, while 9 de Julio claimed the third place.
The decisive game turned into a tough battle. San Isidro led by one at the first intermission 22:21. But Union de Sunchales turned on the speed and spurred in front in the second quarter. They posted a 44:35 advantage at the interval. Ross Morin (201-F-86, college: Yale) paced Union as they maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Union entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 61:53. But San Isidro fired right back in the final period. They narrowed the deficit to minimum before surrendering at the end. Ross Morin unloaded 20 points to lead Union de Sunchales. Agustin Carnovale (195-G-86) and Gustavo Martin (184-G-81) provided 10 points apiece for the winners. Marcos Jovanovich (202-F/C-83) replied with 18 points for San Isidro. Jorge Toriano accounted for 14 points in the loss.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


The return of the come Back... Johnson time!!! - by Sheryl Reyes
Philippine Basketball Association all time favorite import is back in the Philippine soil but this time he will suit up for the Asean Basketball League Philippine Patriots team as one of their new imports alongside Donald Little. The 66 Shooting Guard / Small Forward Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) recently played for Sta.Lucia Realtors for the PBA which is now called Meralco Boltz where he recorded 29.2ppg and 13.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4bpg. He is known as a good athlete, plays above the rim and also identified as a great defender, and can play two positions. He is expected to be a winning key ingredient for the Patriots and will play an important role for them to defend their title from last years ABL inaugural season and become back to back champion they are surely preparing for this one and are bent in putting up another competitive squad because the other teams are surely not sleeping and continuously beefing up their rosters.

Little and Johnson touching down SOON - by Sheryl Reyes
Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) and Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) is expected to arrive on October 16, 2010 . It's showtime this two imports are very experienced and are not to be ignored , they have strong records and have been go to guys in the countries they have played at. They get the job done so for sure this tandem will be good for the Philippine Patriots plus with the coaching skills of Louie Alas they will for sure be hard to beat , and with the new line up of the team that will be revealed soon it will really be interesting and good to watch , the rest of the other ABL teams are preparing for the Philippine Patriots so you already know this will be very competitive. Anthony Johnson last played with Sta Lucia just finished about 2 months ago, Donald Little is currently working out with the Atlanta Hawks and is killing it but is also ready to come to the philippines both imports was provided by Sports Network Management same agency that provided them with Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) and Rob Wainright in the ABL last year and Skinner Marcus (201-F-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) this year.

The return of the come Back... Johnson time!!! - by Sheryl Reyes
Philippine Basketball Association all time favorite import is back in the Philippine soil but this time he will suit up for the Asean Basketball League Philippine Patriots team as one of their new imports alongside Donald Little. The 66 Shooting Guard / Small Forward Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) recently played for Sta.Lucia Realtors for the PBA which is now called Meralco Boltz where he recorded 29.2ppg and 13.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4bpg. He is known as a good athlete, plays above the rim and also identified as a great defender, and can play two positions. He is expected to be a winning key ingredient for the Patriots and will play an important role for them to defend their title from last years ABL inaugural season and become back to back champion they are surely preparing for this one and are bent in putting up another competitive squad because the other teams are surely not sleeping and continuously beefing up their rosters.

Skinner is ready to shine all the way !!!! - by Sheryl Reyes
Skinner Marcus (201-F-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) made his debut in a Slinger jersey at the Singapore Indoor Stadium today Sunday September 5, 2010 . The Singapore Slingers began their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) pre-season with a big Win ove Rain or Shine with a 97-72 score in their favor.While the imports are usually expected to top the scoring charts at all games,this time it's a different story... it was local Steven Khoos name making waves to lead the charts with 23 points, including three 3-pointers.

Skinner had 17 points to add along with Jeffers Kyle (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) 18 points, the team has only been together for 2-3 weeks but they have already bonded, Leo Avenido had to sit out because of a minor injury but will surely play next games, so can you imagine what more they could offer. They have more time to work harder and improve in preparation for the upcomming ABL season 2 oppening.

The imports are not expected to be the stars at all times but they are ofcourse expected to contribute and give the best and play important roles to be able to accomplish big wins, as they say basketball is a team sport not an individual popularity game , even Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) needed to sacrifice and start passing the ball even if he knew he can top the charts at all times to be able to get his team involve so that they could win the championships.

Skinner and Jeffers will for sure go the Michael Jordan way , they are about big wins and they will do what it takes to get the team involved and work on their contributions to get what they aim for . They will for sure not be an easy team to beat this comming season.

We have seen that Skinner Marcus has the potential to shine all they way this ABL season 2 so don't let his braids fool you or his kid smile , he is a sleeping Giant he has more to show . He just celebrated his birthday few day ago and he is now 24 years old and he is for sure ready as ever to rumble for the Singapore Slingers.




ABL Season 2 Schedule - this may still change STILL INCOMPLETE - by Sheryl Reyes
FULL SCHEDULE HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISH YET -SCHEDULES MAY CHANGE WILL UPDATE FULL SCHEDULES AS SOON AS IT IS RELEASED AGAIN
Round 1
Oct 3, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Satria Muda (game in singapore)
Round 2
Oct 9, Sat 8pm Philippine Patriots VS S'pore Slingers (game in the philippines)
Round 3
Oct 17, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS KL Dragons (game in singapore)
Round 4
Oct 23, Sat 8pm KL Dragons S'pore VS Slingers (game in kl malaysia)
Round 5
Oct 31, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Thailand Cobras (game in singapore)
Round 6
Nov 6, Sat 5pm Satria Muda VS S'pore Slingers (game in indonesia)
Round 7
Nov 14, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Philippine Patriots (game in singapore)
Round 8
Nov 23, Tue 8pm S'pore Slingers VS Brunei Barracudas (game in singapore)
Round 9
TBA
Round 10
Dec 4, Sat 8pm Thailand Cobras VS S'pore Slingers (game in thailand)
Round 11
Dec 14, Tue 8pm S'pore Slingers VS Satria Muda (game in singapore)
Round 12
Dec 18, Sat 8pm Philippine Patriots VS S'pore Slingers (game in philippines)
Round 13
Jan 6, Thu 8pm KL Dragons VS S'pore Slingers (game in kl makaysia)
Round 14
Jan 9, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Brunei Barracudas game in singapore)
Round 15
Jan 15, Sat 8pm Thailand Cobras VS S'pore Slingers (game in thailand)

Semi-Finals
Playoff 1
Playoff 2
Finals



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  AUSTRALIA   


Gold Coast Blaze win in their first pre-season game - by Eurobasket News
The Gold Coast Blaze have opened their official preseason campaign with an impressive 98-81 win over the Anyang KT&G Kites at the Logan Indoor Sports Centre.

In the first official hit out for the squad, the Blaze showed impressive chemistry in their win over the visitors from South Korea.

Without Boomer Adam Gibson (188-G-86) and new imports Bennett Davison (203-F-75, college: Arizona) and James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro), the Blaze showed off the depth they will need in order to win a championship this year.

James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) and Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) were the best for the Blaze, with the skipper pouring in a game high 23 points to lead all scorers. Petrie just missed out on a triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, the highlight of which was an emphatic dunk early in the third quarter that brought the crowd to their feet.

Pero Vasiljevic (209-F/C-78, college: Kansas St.) continued his very impressive preseason with an 18-point haul. Vasiljevic set the tone for the Blaze when he took an Anthony Petrie pass for an alley oop slam dunk for the first points of the game.

Chris Goulding (190-G-88) was also in fine form, with 15 points at an incredible 71% shooting. Goulding did a fine job of filling in at the point guard position and was unlucky to foul out late in the game.

While the Blaze led from wire to wire, the Koreans showed tenacity throughout the contest and used superb ball movement to keep themselves in the hunt. Imports Gavin Edwards and David Simon were best for the Kites, with 15 and 19 points respectively.

The unsung hero for the Blaze was new recruit Tom Garlepp. Garlepp showed why he was such a highly prized junior prospect with a solid all round game, adding 12 points to the total. He played impressive defence, had a resounding rejection on the Kites Simon and even ran the point for a number of possessions.

Wright was keen to recruit skilled big men to the Gold Coast this year, and he has two very good ones in Garlepp and highly successful veteran Stephen Hoare.

The Blaze got good use of their development and practice squad players, with Shaun Gleeson, Karl Nilsson, Brendan Teys and Jaydan Tom all featuring throughout.

The Blaze continue their preseason on Saturday, September 18th against the Cairns Taipans at Carrara Stadium.

Gold Coast basketball fans can get nostalgic while taking in the first NBL game of any kind at Carrara Stadium in quite some time. See the Blaze website for more information closer to the date.

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


All SEABL South Men team - by Eurobasket News
Sandringham Sabres and the Geelong Supercats have completely dominated the voting for the All SEABL South Men team, with two players from each team receiving recognition. The 'All SEABL Team' is decided by the coach and captain of each team. The team is selected by playing position from a list of players that received Most Valuable Player votes throughout the regular playing season.


Possibly the most dangerous point guard in the league, Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) has made it to the South Mens team in only his second year of SEABL competition. While he can hurt teams with his scoring at 14.4 points per game, his 6.3 assists per game led the entire competition. So it was no surprise when he took out the 2010 Golden Hands award, and in one game against Albury/Wodonga, Crosswell had an amazing 17 assists.


Nathan Herbert (192-F-84) is part of a three-pronged attack that has led the Geelong Supercats into the Championship decider. The shooting guard is possibly one of the smartest players on court with several years experience at SEABL and NBL level. Herbert also represents a triple-threat in the true sense of the term, as he combines 21.6 points per game with 2.3 assists, and can get to the basket with devastating effect. Also often underrated as a defender, he averaged 1.5 steals this season.


When given the opportunity, Ismail Muhammad (198-F-83, college: Georgia Tech) can be one of the most dangerous players in the league. Too quick for many forwards, and too big for many guards, Ismail can hurt opposition teams in a number of ways. The Supercats can thank his 21.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for their overall success in 2010, and his field goal percentage of 49.4 is highly commendable for someone who generates so many shots.


On seventeen occasions this year Brandon Polk (200-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) had double figures in points and rebounds, including six games in a row at the end of the season. His agility and speed made him difficult for other sides to match up with in the power forward position, and his inside presence perfectly complimented a Hobart side with excellent perimeter shooting. Possibly his best outing for the year came in July against fellow finalists Sandringham, where he finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists.


Although he suffered an injury setback in the latter part of the year, Simon Conn (206-F/C-83, college: Gardner-Webb) is one of the true centres in the SEABL competition. His 18.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game understate his ability to dominate the pivot like anyone else. With a field goal percentage of 61.2, Conn is an excellent finisher, but much of what he does cannot be measured in stats alone; it is his positioning and overall awareness combined with a turn of strength that make him so widely respected throughout the league.

Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


Slovenia blow Australia out, reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Australia 87:58

Slovenia showed the highest level of concentration and determination as they shocked Australia at the World Championship eighth-finals. The European side dominated from start to finish to book their spot at the quarterfinals. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) knocked down 19 points to pace the effort.
Australia got to an awful start to the game. Slovenia kept their opponents scoreless for more than six minutes building a 12:0 lead. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) finally broke the draught for the Boomers but Slovenia stayed in control. Sani Becirovic capped the half with two free throws to give the European team a 16:8 lead. Sani Becirovic and Jaka Lakovic opened the second frame with back-to-back three-pointers to boost the lead. As Australia struggled to hit shots from the field Slovenia kept gradually enlarging the lead. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic gave Slovenia a 42:21 advantage at halftime. David Andersen tipped off the third quarter with three points in a row and it seemed the Boomers gained the momentum. But Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Nachbar teamed up for several cooling shots as Slovenia quickly built a 26-point advantage. Vidmar, Jaka Lakovic and Miha Zupan made it a 28-point game for Slovenia late in the period. Australia entered the fourth quarter down by 26 points 45:71. Jaka Lakovic and Goran Jagodnik connected from beyond the arc in the first part of the fourth quarter as Slovenia easily kept their opponents at bay. No miracle arrived for Australia at the dying stages as Slovenia coasted to the win at the end.
Primoz Brezec scored 12 points for Slovenia. Goran Dragic accounted for 10 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the win. Patrick Mills (183-G-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Joe Ingles netted 13 points each for Australia. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 19, Primoz Brezec 12, Goran Dragic 10
Australia: Patrick Mills 13, Joe Ingles 13



All SEABL East team - by Eurobasket News
Three new faces receive recognition for sensational seasons this year with MVP favorites Ivan McFarlin and CJ Massingale earning recognition. The 'All SEABL Team' is decided by the coach and captain of each team. The team is selected by playing position from a list of players that received Most Valuable Player votes throughout the regular playing season.


One of two Bendigo Players in the East Mens Team, Luke Meyer (196-G/F-85, college: St.Louis) has had a spectacular debut season in the SEABL. Averaging 18.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game throughout the season, Meyer was also instrumental in the Braves win over Knox in the East Conference final, with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.


CJ Massingale (191-G-82, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Metro St.) can be regarded as one of the premier players in the Leagues recent history. Now in his sixth year at the Raiders, Massingale has built up an impressive resume including three Leading Scorer titles, and two East MVP awards. Massingale has also developed a reputation as a clutch player, with his game winning shot against Kilsyth in this years playoffs an example of his calm under pressure.


Fernandez Lockett (196-F-85, college: Austin Peay St.) was part of a Kilsyth team that took out the Minor Premiership in the East Conference. His 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game helped the Cobras to a 19-8 record, and he was instrumental in developing the side into a formidable outfit. Locketts ability to shoot from anywhere, combined with his rebounding prowess and overall quickness gave opposition sides many headaches throughout the year.


One of the best players in the League at the power forward position, Ashley Cannan (201-F/G-82, college: Colorado Christian) has made it to the SEABL East Mens team for the second time. Opposing teams rarely had an answer for his combination of strength and deft shooting touch, and his Brisbane team powered into the playoffs largely thanks to his 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. In a sign of his dominance at the 4-position, Cannan had 14 double-doubles for the season.


The Bendigo Braves can largely thank Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) for their meteoric rise in 2010. In only his first year in the league, McFarlin averaged a double-double every time he stepped onto the floor with 19.4 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. In his 29 games at the time of writing, he has failed to get into double figures with points and rebounds only three times, and on three other occasions, McFarlin has had 20+ boards.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au




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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


The official program is ready - by Eurobasket News
The official program for the upcoming 2010/2011 season of the EUROHOLD Balkan League is ready. The league will have 10 teams, divided into two groups. Here is a brief presentation of the first group.


Group A:
1.HKK Zrinjski Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
2.KK Brod-Svjetlost Slavonski Brod (Croatia)
3.BC Levski Sofia (Bulgaria)
4.Romania/Montenegro
5.OKK Beograd (Serbia)

KK Brod Svjetlost is a newcomer in the EUROHOLD Balkan League, as they will host the opening game against OKK Beograd. KK Brod is a really young and talented team, depending mainly on local players. The average age of Igor Kovacevic's squad is 21 years and 7 months.

OKK Beograd are a team with one year experience in the EUROHOLD Balkan League. They made their debut last season and left good impressions, after they made it through the group phase and werent far from eliminating Cherno More and going to the Final Four.

HKK Zrinjski Mostar is another newcomer to our league. The team is from Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Last season they played in the first group of the Bosnian championship, along with Siroki Eronet, Bosnia Sarajevo and Igokea Aleksandrovac.

BC Levski is well-known to everybody. This is their third straight year in the EUROHOLD Balkan League, and they are also the champions from last year. The team has played 24 games in the BIBL, including 15 wins. They managed to keep their best players from last year.

The fifth team in Group A will be decided between candidates from Montenegro and Romania and will be announced officially at the EUROHOLD Balkan League website.

The 2010/2011 edition of the EUROHOLD Balkan League tips off with the opening game in Dvorana Vijus in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, which is going to be played on the 2nd of October. The capacity of the arena is 2.500 spectators.


Group B:
1.Balkan Botevgrad (Bulgaria)
2.Rilski Sportist Samokov (Bulgaria)
3.Feni Industries Kavadarci (Macedonia)
4.KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro)
5.BC Mures Tirgu Mures (Romania)

Group B has two teams, that are making their debut in the league - Balkan Botevgrad adn BC Mures, and two teams that could already be regarded as BIBL veterans - Rilski Sportist and Feni Industries. Also, Mornar Bar has experience in the EUROHOLD Balkan League, as this is their second season in the competition.

Balkan Botevgrad is a team with traditions in Bulgaria, a 4-time national champion of the country, and also 4-time winner of the Bulgarian Cup. This is their debut in the EUROHOLD Balkan League and they will count on a mix of experienced players (Dwayne Morton, Georgi Davidov, Jordan Bozov) and talents such as Emil Binev.

Rilski Sportist is the first ever champion in the history of the EUROHOLD BIBL. Last season wasnt so good for Aleksandar Todorovs squad, so after acquiring non-less than 7 new players, Rileco will aim for the top spots once again.

Feni Industries is going in their third season in the EUROHOLD Balkan League. The team from Kavadarci has already two participations in the Final 4 behind their back, but both times they got knocked out at the semifinals, so its sure that Emil Rajkovics squad is motivated to get to the final game this season.

KK Mornar Bar were a pleasant surprise last season, using mostly domestic young players, with a couple of good foreigners. They made it out of their group, but got knocked out at the 1/4 finals, but definitely showed potential.

BC Mures is the last new team in the league. The Romanians are reffered to as the Tigers, and their home games in their arena can be regarded as a visit to the 'jungle' thanks to their wild fans. You definitely have to keep an eye on this team this season.

Courtesy of BIBL (www.balkanleague.net)


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Martynas Mazeika returns to Neptunas - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas announced very important signing for the next season. The Lithuanian outfit managed to ink a one-year deal with their ex player Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops). The 24-year old guard is back to his former team after one season in Latvia and Greece. He started 2009/10 with VEF Riga averaging 15 points and 2.3 rebounds for 10 Baltic League games. He also had 9.5 ppg in six EuroChallenge games, before he moved to AEK Athens in January. He appeared 14 times for the Greeks in A1 registering 4.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1. spg.
Martynas Mazeika started basketball career with Neptunas. He was their member until 2004, when he moved to ALBA Berlin. For two seasons with ALBA he won the German National Cup in 2006. They loaned him to Telekom Baskets Bonn for 2006/07, were Mazeika had 4.6 ppg and 2.2 rpg for 38 games. Next season he started with Capo dOrlando and in January of 2008 signed with Khimik Yuzny in Ukraine. For 2008/09 season he returned to Neptunas. Mazeika was one of the leading players in Lithuanian league as he averaged 17 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.5 spg for 24 games. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team -09. His Neptunas reached the Playoff Semifinals. Mazeika also shined in Baltic league (Challenge Cup) that season. He played for U16, U18 and U20 Lithuania in the past, as well as for their University and senior NT.


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  BELGIUM   


Gent News - by Peter Buyse
A local TV station reported that Optima Gent team is adding American player Michael Rose (193-F/G-87, college: E.Kentucky) to it's roster for the 2010-2011 season.
No more details were released and the team has also not made the deal official towards the press.
Rose had an outstanding college career at Eastern Kentucky and fininished his senior year as the NCAA's 3Pt field goal leader with 48.1 pct. He also averaged 20.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
Rose was voted All OVC 1st team his junior and senior years and OVC Tournament MVP in 2007.
After his college career he played shortly in Turkey and finished the season in New Zealand with a.stop in Australia (Melbourne Tigers) in between.
In NZ he played 7 games for the Southland Sharks and averaged 22.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 2.6 spg. He also made 24 of 57 3pt shots.
In the 7 games he played for Melbourne he made 52 pct of his 3 pt shots.



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  BERMUDAS   


Lowe off to Red Deer College - by Eurobasket News
Craig Behan, Head Basketball Coach at Red Deer College (Alberta, Canada), was invited as a guest coach for the Men's National Team in preparation for the 2007 Island Games. Since the tournament, Behan who was able to impart his knowledge to the team which assisted in the Men's team obtaining a Silver Medal has kept in touch with Bermudas Basketball players. As a result of the experience, coach Behan was able to see the young talent that Bermuda had to offer and as a result Behan offered Jason Lowe (85) a full basketball scholarship to attend Red Deer College as a student/athlete. Lowe departed the Island recently. Behan is in constant contact with Roderick Spencer , Head Coach of the Men's Team who also played a hand in the ground work for this excellent opportunity.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com


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  BOSNIA   


Zrinjski too much Dubrovnik in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Dubrovnik - Zrinjski 63-81

Zrinjski demonstrated pretty good performance in one of their first friendly games. They went to Dubrovnik for a friendly against the Croatian outfit. The Bosnians celebrated comfortable 81-63 victory and they can be satisfied with their level so far. Luka Klarica (190-G-89) was the leading player in victory. He was on fire scoring 21 points with nice shot percentage. Zeljko Sakic (201-F-88) and Armend Kahrimanovic (198-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Idaho) also were good as they helped with 12 points each. Zrinski import Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, college: Portland St.) delivered 10 points in this meeting. Of course, this is just one of the first games and Zrinjski expects way more from their American next season. In Dubrovnik, Frano Karac (207-F-79) and Antonio Ostric (200-G/F-89) were better than the others. They netted 16 points apiece. Third scorer in defeat was Nikola Dosen (187-G-91) with 12 pts.
Zrinjski is set to play more friendlies during the pre-season. Their next meeting is scheduled for the next week, where Zrinjski will meet Alkar. It will be another road game for them.

Dubrovnik: Frano Karac 16, Antonio Ostric 16, Nikola Dosen 12
Zrinjski: Luka Klarica 21, Zeljko Sakic 12, Armend Kahrimanovic 12, Anthony Washington 10


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  BULGARIA   


Pavle Boljkovac set to sign with Chernomorets - by Eurobasket News
BC Chernomorets is set to announce a new signing for the upcoming season. According to the reports from Bulgarian media, the club reached an agreement with Pavle Boljkovac (190-G-85). The Bosnian International already has experience from Bulgarian league as he played for BC Balkan during 2007-2008 season. It is expected that the player will have no troubles settling in with his new team. Chernomorets management had a fairly busy summer in trying to assemble a roster for the upcoming season. Boljkovac is the latest signing which satisfies the ambition of the club to be a serious contender in NBL. The player is expected to join his new teammates in the coming days.
Pavle Boljkovac started his career during 2005-2006 season as member of Mavrovo Gostivar. After a season with FYR Macedonian outfit, he moved to Radnk Bijeljina. In his debut season, Boljkovac played in 21 league games and has posted averages of 9.9 points per game. Good games did not go unnoticed and Boljkovac was snapped up by BC Balkan Botegrad in 2007. In 41 games for Bulgarian outfit, the player appeared in 41 games, posting averages of 11.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Boljkovac won a host of individual awards that season including Bulgarian League All-Bosmans Team and Bulgarian League All-Newcomers Team. Following season, Boljkovac moved once again this time signing a deal with Bosnian outfit Leotar Trebinje.


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  CAYMAN ISLANDS   


Wolves repeat as CIBA champions - by Eurobasket News
Wolves defended their CIBA championship title. They held off Dominos Warriors in the title series 3-1 to celebrate the triumph. Gary McLaughlin (G) was named the Finals MVP.
Wolves opened the Finals with a narrow 78:77 win over Dominos Warriors. But the next game tied the series. The Warriors proved the strength claiming a 91:73 win. Wolves surged ahead once again with a 95:75 victory in Game 3. The fourth game was a tough battle. The Warriors threw all they had to stay in the title race. Led by Jerome Narcisse the Warriors trailed by just 3 points at halftime. But Wolves stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They exploded with 26 points to earn a 13-point buffer into the final period. Dominos Warriors managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth quarter but it was too late to save the game. Gary McLaughlin delivered 24 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Vanrick Felix had 17 points for the champions. Jerome Narcisse replied with 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Collin Anglin (186-G-78) notched 19 points in the loss.



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  CHILE   


Encestando una sonrisa: Obras and Boca will play the final - by Daniel Valencia
The argentinian teams were the winners in day 2 of the 'Encestando una Sonrisa' tournament. Obras defeated Concepcion 78-61, led by Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87) with 18 points. In the other game of the day, Boca defeated the host, Catolica, 74-68.

Day 2

CD Universidad de Concepcion 61 - Obras Sanitarias 78

Ucon: Eduardo Marechal (186-G-85) 17 pts. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) 12 pts.
Obr: Carlos Schattmann 18 pts.

CD Universidad Catolica 68 - Boca Juniors 74
Uc: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.) 24 pts.

In day 3 of the tournament, Catolica will play against Concepcion for the third place, while Obras and Boca will decide the champion.


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 2 - RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Cucuta Norte took revenge and defeated Piratas 88 67 in the second day of the Federation Cup, the defending Champion made some adjustments of defense that help them to get the victory.
Cucuta Norte 88
Piratas 67

Bucaros defeated Patriotas for second straight night 97 74, leaded by its starting center Miguel Marriaga, Marriaga with 24 pts and 12 rebounds, Louis Mccullough had 21 for Patriotas, all Bucaros players scored in the game.
Bucaros Freskaleche 97 M. Marriaga 24 pts
Patriotas 74 L. Mccullough 21 pts

Cangrejeros played a better game and defeated Fast Break as visitors, with the leadership of Luis Julio in the Cartagenas team outscored Fast Break.
Fast Break 76
Cangrejeros 91

Arrieros had another easy game defeating Los Pastos as visitor to claim its second straight victory, one more time the offensive game of Arrieros was unstoppable, but still needs to improve some details on defense.
Los Pastos 71.
Arrieros 92



FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 1 - RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros, Piratas, Bucaros and Fastbreak, start the 2010 Federation Cup with the right foot, winning its opening games.

Piratas Saludcoop defeated the defending Champion Cucuta - Norte as visitor, the black team show that the time of work gives them a solid defensive structure, Cucuta still need many training days to put togoether all the pices of the puzzle.

CUCUTA NORTE 82
PIRATAS SALUDCOOP 88

Bucaros playing in the city of San Gil, defeated Patriotas thanks specially to the control of the boards, the size of Marriaga, Guevara and Hernandez gives them the advantage over the Dillone's squad, Carlos Parra Bucaros head coach said to www.latinbasket.com, 'i fell fine with the victory, specially because i put on the floor all the roster, no one player played more than 25 minutes yesterday night'.

BUCAROS FRESKALECHE 84
PATRIOTAS 61.

Arrieros defeated easily Los Pastos as visitor, the fire power of Stalin Ortiz and Norbey Aragn, and the solid presecence of Alejandro Flores in the paint were too much for the new team in the Cup, Arrieros still waits the arrival of Heissler Guillent who is already at home receiving his first child.

LOS PASTOS 71
ARRIEROS 92 - S. Ortiz 24 pts,

Fast-break had its first win in the cup defeating Cangrejeros , the red team with its young squad managed the end of the game to achieve a deserved victory.

FAST-BREAK 80
CANGREJEROS 79 L. Julio 22 Pts, 11 rebs.


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  CROATIA   


Trogir hires Ante Perica as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Just few days after leaving of Niksa Bavcevic, Trogir hired a new Head Coach. The team selected Ante Perica as right man for this job and he will lead them next season in Croatian A1 league. Perica arrives from Pizza Express Primetel Apollon, where he was working last season. Actually, he spent just first half of 2009/10 with the Cypriot outfit before they parted ways. From 2006 to 2009, Perica worked in Austria as a Head Coach of Macabido Oberwart Gunners. He led them to A Bundesliga Finals two times. In 2008, they were regular season champions and Perica was invited as Coach Assistant for Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game. Before the Gunners, he worked as a HC with Pivovarna Lasko, Elektra Sostanj and Koper. He started coaching career as an Assistant with Croatia Osiguranje Split and later moved to Pivovarna Lasko. Ante Perica was the Head Coach of U21 and U20 Slovenia in the past.
Meanwhile, Trogir secured a deal for the next season with their player Luka Zitko (201-F-81). They hope to keep Josko Alujevic (202-F-83, college: Loyola (MD)), Josip Blajic (192-G-87), Toni Soda (212-C-88) and Anto Bilic (192-G-70) as well. It is not a secret that the team will need few reinforcements for the next season in order to repeat success from the latest one. According to some sources, they already have a list with the candidates.


Zrinjski too much Dubrovnik in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Dubrovnik - Zrinjski 63-81

Zrinjski demonstrated pretty good performance in one of their first friendly games. They went to Dubrovnik for a friendly against the Croatian outfit. The Bosnians celebrated comfortable 81-63 victory and they can be satisfied with their level so far. Luka Klarica (190-G-89) was the leading player in victory. He was on fire scoring 21 points with nice shot percentage. Zeljko Sakic (201-F-88) and Armend Kahrimanovic (198-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Idaho) also were good as they helped with 12 points each. Zrinski import Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, college: Portland St.) delivered 10 points in this meeting. Of course, this is just one of the first games and Zrinjski expects way more from their American next season. In Dubrovnik, Frano Karac (207-F-79) and Antonio Ostric (200-G/F-89) were better than the others. They netted 16 points apiece. Third scorer in defeat was Nikola Dosen (187-G-91) with 12 pts.
Zrinjski is set to play more friendlies during the pre-season. Their next meeting is scheduled for the next week, where Zrinjski will meet Alkar. It will be another road game for them.

Dubrovnik: Frano Karac 16, Antonio Ostric 16, Nikola Dosen 12
Zrinjski: Luka Klarica 21, Zeljko Sakic 12, Armend Kahrimanovic 12, Anthony Washington 10


Cedevita overcomes Cibona in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Cedevita 78-79

Cedevita and Cibona played a great match at the friendly tournament organized by BC Siroki. After a closely contested encounter, it was Cedevita who prevailed and booked the place in the finals with the 78-79 win. It was Cibona who opened the game better, taking control. They managed to build 19-15 lead by the end of the first quarter. In the second, Cedevita players managed to stay close answering at each of Cibonas attacks. After exchanging baskets in the closing minutes of the quarter, Cibona players managed to extend their lead by 2 pts. They went for the halftime break holding 38-32. After the bretaher, Cedevita players managed to melt away Cibonas lead. Throughout the quarter they were able to cut into the deficit and have entered final period leading 57-58. Last quarter brought drama as teams exchanged in lead possession after possession. In the final minute, with score tied at 76, Jure Lalic (212-C-86) managed to hit two free throws to give Cibona 78-76. However, after nicely executed offense, Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) managed to hit a three pointer which turned out to be winning shot. Cibona missed the last second attempt and Cedevita came away with 78-79 win.
Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) and Damjan Rudez led the winning side with 26 and 23 points respectively. Dino Butorac (192-G-90) was also good as he contributed 10 points for Cedevita. Cibona got 21 point effort from Leon Radosevic (208-C-90). Karlo Vragovic (192-G-89) added 15 points, while Jure Lalic chipped in 14 points.

Cibona: Leon Radosevic 21, Karlo Vragovic 15, Jure Lalic 14
Cedevita: Dontaye Draper 26, Damjan Rudez 23, Dino Butorac 10


Siroki beats Capljina - by Eurobasket News
Siroki TT Kabeli - Capljina 86-65

Siroki had a fairly easy job in their match against Capljina. They dominated the game for the most part and managed to come away with 21-point margin win. First quarter was spent in even contest, as Capljina was able to stay close. After initial 10 minutes of the score was tied at 20 apiece. In the second period, Siroki players started to take over. They have tightened their defence which enabled them easy transition opportunities. Siroki limited Capljina to only 7 points during this period while they scored 19. As result they held a comfortable 39-27 lead at the halftime break. For the rest of the match, Siroki players continued to pound on the exposed opponent. Capljina tried but simply could not get back into this game. Siroki continued with the series of runs and in the final quarter they have routinely closed the game out never allowing Capljina to come back. In the end the final score stood at 86-65.
Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) led the way for the winning side with 17 points. He was closely followed by Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) who added 15 points, as well as Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) who chipped in 11 points. On the other side, Krunoslav Rimac (195-G-84, agency: Interperformances) had a good game for Capljina as he scored 18 points. Jovan Zdravkovic (178-G-78, agency: Interperformances) added 13, while Mladen Gligora (204-C/F-82, agency: Court Side) followed with 10 points. Siroki will play against Cedevita in the Tournament Finals, while Capljina will square off against Cedevita in the game for 3rd place.

Siroki: Sinisa Stemberger 17, Dalibor Persic 15, Sime Spralja 11
Capljina: Krunoslav Rimac 18, Jovan Zdravkovic 13, Mladen Gligora 10


Zadar smashes Alkar in a friendly duel - by Eurobasket News
Zadar - Alkar 88-50

Zadar started the preseason series of friendly games with a 88-50 win over BC Alkar. In a fairly one-sided game, Zadar took control from the opening tip-off and kept it until the final buzzer. In the first period, Zadar went on their first major run which gave them double-digit lead. They closed out the quarter with great defence, and as result they held comfortable 27-11. Not much changed in the second period, as Zadar continued to impose their game and finish on the offensive end almost at will. They also displayed great defence, which limited Alkar to only 9 points during the quarter. At the halftime the score stood at 47-20 and Zadar players were cruising. After the break, Zadar once again displayed defensive dominance which led to easy transition baskets. Again they allowed only 11 points in the third period and with one quarter left to play they had this game wrapped as they held 68-31. In the final 10 minutes, Zadar cleared the bench out, but still managed to maintain their lead. In the end they celebrated 88-50 win.
Marko Car (188-G/F-85) led the winning side with 17 points on the night. Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) and Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points apiece, while Miro Bilan (212-F-89) added 11 points. Alkar did not have any players in double-digits with Josko Curkovic (202-F/C-77), Zeliko Zupic (205-F-81, college: Denver) and Ante Bilobrk (203-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) all scoring 9 points. Ivica Radic (207-F-90) and Dino Erceg (203-F-85) finished the game with 8 points apiece.

Zadar: Marko Car 17, Jakov Vladovic 15, Jurica Golemac 15, Miro Bilan 11
Alkar: Josko Curkovic 9, Zeliko Zupic 9, Ante Bilobrk 9, Ivica Radic 8, Dino Erceg 8


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  CYPRUS   


Omonoia takes three in one day!!!!! - by Michael Aristidou
Omonoia announces the agreement with three american players for nexr seazon. Those are 24 year old forward Akida McLain (206-F-86) , 22 year old guard Devron Bostick (196-G, agency: Team Quest Inc.) and 25 year old forwad Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85, college: Montana). Akida McLain and Devron Bostick are coming to Europe for first time to play basketball while Devron Bostick was in Switzerland last year. With the additions of the three Omonoia would not take any other eu or american player.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Lokomotiva Plzen Reinforces Roster with Addition of Milan Sokoup - by Surujh Roopnarine
As they prepare for their historic first season in the Mattoni NBL, Lokomotiva Plzen have brought in 6-8 veteran forward Milan Soukup (203-G-80) for the 2010-11 campaign. Sokoup, who played for BA Sparta Praha last season and kept Plzen from winning the First Division, chose to join Plzen after Sparta decided against accepting their automatic birth to the NBL.

The 28 year old forward, born in Prague, has experience in Germany with ALBA Berlins developmental team as well as stints in Poland and Cyprus in addition to hi time in the Czech Republic. This will be his first season playing extensively in the NBL as well.



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Manuel Guzman completed his first double-double in LNBP this season - by Jordan Olivo
The Dominican Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) completed his first double-double of the 2010-2011 season of the LNBP in Mexico in the defeat of his team Ola Verde de Poza Rica 78-80 against Titanes de Queretaro.

Guzman finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and one assist in 38 minutes he was in court.

Manuel was 14-8 from the field (57%) and 2-1 from free throws (50%).

In his first game last thursday was finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.


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  EL SALVADOR   


Last results - by Jaime Arevalo
In their third meeting of LEBES league, finally Leones-Automoto were able to defeat table headers of ExSal. The final score was 98-84, and new import William Walker (201-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)) led Leones with 32 pts, followed by Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) with 23. Alexander Blair (203-F-84, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Fresno St.) was the best at the losing side with 24 and Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) scored 17
In another game of teh last round, San Marcos largely prevailed over UTEC, 81-55. David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.) was the man of the game with 29 points for San Marcos, Aaron Harrison (207-C, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.), Jose Maria Rivas (G/F) and Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) added 11points apiece for San Marcos, Darron Evans (201-F, college: Indiana St.) scored 19 pts in losing effort for UTEC and Jose Antonio Orellana (189-F-87) added 14 pts
The regular season has now ended, the LEBES playoff start the upcoming week. The Semifinal pairings are
EXSAL - LEONES AUTOMOTO
UTEC - SAN MARCOS
The series are best of three games


Standings - Liga Superior
LEBES Standings
 1. ExSAL 7-2 
 2. UTEC 5-4 
 3. San Marcos 4-5 
 4. Leones 2-7 


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EuroBasket 2011 to be played with 24 teams - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Europe announces that the FIBA Europe Executive Committee approved the proposal made by the Lithuanian Basketball Federation to play the EuroBasket 2011 Final Round with 24, instead of 16 teams.

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of FIBA


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KORISLIIGA: Kenneth Lowe back to Pyrinto - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Champion (2009-10) Pyrinto (Tampere) has now three American players signed. PG/SG Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) will return back to Pyrinto starting his fourth season in Finland. Last season Lowe played 57 games and averaged 18,8 ppg, 4,0 rpg, 2,1 apg and 1,3 spg. Lowe has played in Finland earlier also during the seasons 2005-06 and 2008-10. Lowe will bring much experience as he has played professionally also in Turkey, Germany, Hungary and in Venezuela. Also the other two Americans Pyrinto signed have a lot of experience. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) is familiar with the Team and country, but Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) has not been in Finland before.

Ferrara signs Finish NT player Tuukka Kotti - by Eurobasket News
Ferrara announced signing of Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) to a one-year deal. The Finish National Team player arrives to his new club from Honka Espoo Playboys. He was one of their best players last season registering 16.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.3 spg in 48 games. Honka ended as No.8 in the league with 21-23 record, but Kotti was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention -10. He was also named Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Domestic Players Team -10. He paced the team to National Cup trophy this year.
Tuukka Kotti joined Honka in March of 2009 from the French team Etendard de Brest. He appeared 21 times for them in ProB averaging 10 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2 apg. Later with Honka he had 12.9 ppg and 9 rpg in Finish league and also celebrated in National Cup. Kotti is not a new face in Italy as he already spent there three years in the past. From 2005 to 2007 Kotti was a member of Ignis Castelletto Ticino. He had 11.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 17 games in their second season (LegaDue). He joined Rieti for season 2007/08, but struggled to get minutes there. He averaged just 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds for 21 SerieA games.
Tuukka Kotti is a product of Providence University, where he graduated in 2005. He had 9.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 31 games as a senior.


INTERNATIONAL: Tuukka Kotti back to Italy - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish NT player Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) has signed a one-year-contract with Italian Team Naturhouse Ferrara (Lega2). This means Kotti will return back to Italy, where he played professionally already three seasons 2005-08. Kotti moved 2008-09 to France (ProB) and played last season on Honka (Espoo) roster in Finland averaging 16,4 ppg and 10,1 rpg on top level. This 2010 summer Kotti was one of the key players on Finland NT roster. Kotti was strong especially in rebounds.

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  FRANCE   


Turkey entertain home fans with win over France - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - France 95:77

Turkey have reached the quarterfinal stage at the home World Championship. They knocked down France to make it into the next stage of the tournament. Turkey will next face Slovenia for the ticket into the semis.
Omer Asik (213-C-86) and Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) ensured a quick start for Turkey. France found the way to answer as Les Bleus surged ahead 10:9 midway through the first frame. However Ilyasova and Arslan ensured a 19:14 lead for the hosts at the first break. Things got much better for Turkey in the second period. Arslan hit a three-pointer to give the home team a double-digit lead. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) and Pietrus dragged France within 6 points but Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) and Savas secured a 35:24 lead for Turkey. Ilyasova and Savas made it 43:28 at halftime. Hedo Turkoglu opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers. Omer Asik and Onan followed with four points in a row as Turkey went on a run. Nicolas Batum drained a trey to stop bleeding for France. Turkey answered with five straight points as they increased a cushion to as many as 27 points. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) struck from downtown as France got closer. Bokolo executed two free throws and Les Bleus narrowed the deficit at 21-point mark. The hosts immediately replied with five consecutive points and Turkey rallied to a 71:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Nicolas Batum began the final term with four points in a row. Koffi and Gelabale narrowed the distance back to 21 points. Turkey calmly replied with 7 straight points and never looked back en route to the victory. Hedo Turkoglu knocked down 20 points to lead Turkey. Sinan Guler accounted for 17 points in the victory. Boris Diaw replied with 21 points for France. Nando De Colo canned 15 points in the losing effort.

Turkey: Hedo Turkoglu 20, Sinan Guler 17, Omer Asik 10
France: Boris Diaw 21, Nando De Colo 15



Gravelines Dunkerque land Haywood Owens - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines Dunkerque have bolstered their frontcourt. They added Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) to the roster. The 31-year-old forward started the previous season in Ukraine. He tallied 10.9 points, 5.3 boards and 1.1 assists per game in Superleague for BC Donetsk. In EuroChallenge his stats read 11.0 points, 5.3 boards and 1.7 blocks per appearance. In February Haywood Owens moved to Panellinios in Greece. The forward notched 5.4 points and 3.5 boards per game in A1 League. In EuroCup his stats came up to 7.0 points, 4.4 boards and 2.3 assists.


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Angers BC 49 1-0 
 2. Blois 1-0 
 3. Brest 1-0 
 4. Denain 1-0 
 5. Get Vosges 1-0 
 6. Le Puy 1-0 
 7. Orchies 1-0 
 8. Sorgues 1-0 
 9. Souffel 1-0 
 10. AL Roche 0-1 
 11. Bordeaux 0-1 
 12. CFBB 0-1 
 13. Challans 0-1 
 14. Denek 0-1 
 15. Lievin 0-1 
 16. St Chamond 0-1 
 17. St Etienne 0-1 
 18. St Quentin 0-1 


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The Rapid 10 Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Jibril Hodges (Duesseldorf Giants) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) is a 26 year old 188cm guard that was born in San Diego, California but grew up in Chicago as his dad was a member of the Chicago Bulls in the early 90s. He is a athletic player with great shooting prowess from behind the arc. He played at Long Beach, university from 2002-2006. In his senior year he played 30 games: 14.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 84.9%. At Long Beach, he made the Big West All-Freshman Team 2003, was All-Big West Honorable Mention 2005, was a Big West Tournament Finalist 2006 and made All-Big West 1st Team 2006. In 2006, he was drafted by the Fort Worth Flyers (D-League,8rd (93)). In 2007-2008, he played in the CBA for Butte Daredevils and left during the season, came back in Feb.2008: 34 games: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 76.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany and played for USC Heidelberg in the PRO A playing 29 games: Score-3 (18.8ppg), 2.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 85.7%. Last season at USC Heidelberg, he played 30 games: Score-4 (19.4ppg), 3.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.7%. He recently made the jump to the BEKO BBL signing with the Duesseldorf Giants. Jibril took the rapid miles 10 questions basketball exchange for eurobasket talking basketball.


Congrats on getting signed by the BEKO BBL team Duesseldorf glory. After two years in the PRO A with Heidelberg, now your first shot in the first league. How have you been able to pick up your game in the last two seasons.


I think in the last two seasons I improved my leadership abilities. That I think was the most important improvement.



You improved your stats from your first season in almost every category except free throw shooting. 2008-2009: In Oct.'08 signed at USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: Score-3 (18.8ppg), 2.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 85.7%2009-2010: USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: Score-4 (19.4ppg), 3.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.7%. How prepared are you at making the next step in the BEKO BBL?


Im excited about the opportunity to prove myself on the BBL level, Im grateful that Coach Murat Didin took a chance on me.


What do you know about the Duesseldorf Giants? Will you be bale to fall in love with Duesseldorf the way you are with Los Angeles?


I dont know much about the Giants, I didnt watch very many BBL games last season because I was focussing on my own season in Heidelberg. But I am excited about playing for the fans and a great coach. Its a very nice city, I think I will be very comfortable here.



The Duesseldorf Giants have been adding many inexperienced players as well as guys from lower leagues. It seems like it will be a tough season for the team. You were a scorer last season in the PRO A. I can imagine that you will be ago to guy with Deandre Haynes and Nikita Kharchenkov. Do you feel a lot of pressure?



I dont feel any pressure at all. I think this team is excited for the challenge and we all want to improve and become better players. Im excited to play with the entire team and especially Kharchenkov and Haynes. I will learn alot from them because they have experience in this league.



How excited are you about playing for Murat Didin. What is your impression of him and how comfortable are you saying the word Baba? Thats what he calls everyone. Lol


Im excited, he has a great deal of experience at high levels of basketball, and a great resume. Im excited to learn from him. I havent been called baba yet. So I will let you know later how it feels.



How was your summer? How does a typical workout day look like for Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.)?


My summer was good. Typically I worked out in Los Angeles with great trainers on the court Kris Johnson and his father NBA legend Marcus Johnson from 9 to 11:30. Then I would weight train, and play pick up ball at night. Of course, I got alot of training from my dad Craig Hodges. He helps me all the time.



What was the most important advice that your dad Craig Hodges gave you about this new job?


He just told me that he supports me all the way. Always improve and focus on making the correct basketball play.



What is a hidden strength in your game that nobody knows about?


I would say that I am a great teamate. Usually when a guy scores alot, his team may not enjoy playing with him, but for me, my teamates enjoy playing with me.




When are we going to see Oliver Komarek in the BEKO BBL? What is so outstanding about his game?


Oliver is great! I wish he would come to Dusseldorf now! I think its up to him when he wants to come. I believe he is ready but he may feel he has something to prove this year in Heidelberg. He is versatile, he can shoot and handle the ball well. He is consistently improving his game, inside, and defensively.



How will the Miami Heat do with Lebron James?


They will be very good but I dont think they will be the Lakers!



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last movie I watched on DVD was Avatar.



Thanks Jibril for the chat! Good luck with Duesseldorf!



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  GREECE   


Diamantidis announced retirement from the National team - by George Fragkos
The defeat by Spain and the elimination of the National team were not the only sad things that happened to the Greek basketball last night. One of the most important players, 30-year-old guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) announced his retirement from the National team. The player of Panathinaikos spoke to the Greek TV after the bad result against the Spaniards, saying:
My time in the National team is over. I announced to my teammates that this was my last game for Greece and I thanked them for everything. All the good things have a beginning and an end. It is the biggest honor for a player to bring success to his country.

The fact that Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) made this decision just after the game makes some people believe that he will change his mind in the future. But those who know well the Greek player, they also know that he almost never makes decisions hastily. This means that most likely Greece will miss one of their most valuable players, both at offence and defense that cannot be easily replaced.



Kavala inks young prospect Georgios Georgakis - by Eurobasket News
Kavala came up with new signing today. The Greek outfit inked a deal with young prospect Georgios Georgakis (205-C-91, agency: FCM), who arrives from Iraklis. The 19-year-old center played mostly for their junior team last season, where he was loaned from Mas Mantoulidis, a C division club. Georgakis was a member of U20 Greece this summer. He helped them to win the Silver at the U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. For 9 games at this event Georgakis averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. Last year he played for U19 Greece winning the Silver at the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand. He played 9 games there registering 3.9 ppg and 2.9 rpg. Also last summer, Georgios Georgakis was a member of U18 Greece. With them he played at U18 EuroBasket in Metz. There, his numbers increased to 7 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 6 games. In the past, Georgakis also played for U16 Greek National Team. In 2007, at the U16 EuroBasket in Rethimno he had 7.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg for 8 games. A year before in Jaen he had lower numbers.

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  HUNGARY   


More import players signed - by Tamas Deri
Robert Jarvis (180-G, college: ORU) might be the new point guard of Salgotarjan. The 180 cm tall playmaker graduated on Oral Robert University in 2009 and had an amazing senior season averaging 17.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg in 31 games. He had an NCAA carreer high 34 points against Missouri on the 30th of November 2008 and also vs. South Florida on the 22nd of December 2008. He signed his first professional contract with Inowroclaw in Poland, but left the team during the pre-season. In March he moved to Iceland where he played 6 games for IR Reykjavik and put up amazing numbers: 25.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 78.9%. Jarvis should arrive in the next days to our country and have his debut on the tournament in Salgotarjan.

Ivan Skara (203-F/C-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) is the new center of the team. The 203 cm tall croatian big man played for coach Kovacik last season in Bystrica already, it was his personal wish to sign him. Skara played last 34 games and averaged 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 34 games of the Slovakian Extraliga.

Branimir Longin (196-G-78) was tested by Szolnoki Olaj KK this weekend on the anniversary Antonio Alexe tournament in Oradea. The 196 cm tall, 32 years old Longin is a very expericenced player with Eurolegua, ULEB Cup, ACB and Adriatic League experiences. Longin spent several seasons with Cibona Zagreb, KK Zadar, Sevilla and Oldenburg in Europes top competitions. The last season he started with Jadran in the Croatian 2nd division, and moved in March to Siroki, where he played in the bosnian Finals. He played 3 games this weekend against romanian teams Oradea, Targu Mures and Sibiu. Coach Por and the management might publish their decision regarding him in the next days.

Bosko Stojakovic (197-G-84) is the new point guard of NYKK. The 26 years old, 195 cm tall playmaker spent a week tryout with the team and the management decided to keep him for the coming season. Stojakovic played earlier with his ex-team on a pre-season tournament in Nyiregyhaza and got voted to the MVP of the tourmanent. He started the last season with KK Mladost Mrkonjic Grad in Bosnia, but finished with KK Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi in Montenegro.

Nebojsa Dukic signed a one-year contract with newcomer club Szeged. The serbian player played in a lower division team in Novi Sad last season and spent a successfull tryout period in Szeged during the last two weeks.

Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) will be the third import player of Kecskemet. The croatian wingman played the last two seasons with Siroki and won twice the Bosnian Championship. He played also in the Adriatic Leauge, last season he averaged 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 73.7% in 15 games. He played his first pre-season games with his new team on a tournament in Timisoara this weekend and had a great debut scoring 12, 18 and 5 points.

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Haukar & IR add new players on roster - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Haukar back in Iceland Express league after few years in division 1 have sign Bosman forward Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin)
Club also resign Semaj Inge (193-G-87, college: Temple) (Agent Marc Ost) who played for them in rest of last season. Team lost Helgi Einarsson who moved back to his home City team Grindavik

IR made some changes on their roster for upcoming season.
Hreggvidur Magnusson moved to KR & Steinar Arason to Breidablik. Instead of these players they sign Hjalti Fridriksson forward who was at Breidablik last season and combo guard Niels Pall Dungal from Fjolnir. Teams import player is Kelly Beidler (196-F-88) 6'5 forward out of Mount St Marys (Agent Icebasket)


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  ISRAEL   


Sylvester Seay begins his pro career in Israel - by David Pick
Ironi Ashkelon have signed this morning (Sunday), the young American forward, Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Impact Sports Basketball) on a one year contract deal. Seay, who was a candidate during this past summer for both Maccabi Haifa Heat and Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa will be the third foreign player this off season to sign with the Israeli southern team alongside Gabe Pruitt (193-G-86, college: USC) and Rahshon Turner (201-F-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Fairleigh Dickinson).

Seay is a very athletic player that can play both the forward and power forward positions. His college career began at Arizona St. but after only two seasons where he averaged 4 points and 2 rebounds in 10 minutes per game, he transferred to Fresno St., where he excelled and set last season averaged of 14.2 points and 6 rebounds per game.

'Seay is a significant extra force for our front line', said Ashkelon Chairman Mr. Avi Nimrodi. 'His fast, strong and very athletic. He has great potential'.




Elitzur Netanya adds Romeo Travis - by Ofer Shamur
While everyone watches the mundobasket, the teams are concentrated in completing its Roster for the upcoming season. today (Sunday) Elitzur Netanya signed Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) (201-F-84, college: Akron), who will be Natanya's 4th foreign player, after Ron Howard, Errick McCollum and Adrian banks have already signed.
Travis started his career in Akron, Ohio from the NCAA, averaging 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his last season over there.
Last season, the 25-year-old forward played for Walter Walter Tigers Tuebingen from Germany and averaged 14.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
The head coach, Arik Alfasi (agency: Gross Zeev ISA ), said today: 'we are very pleased of signing Romeo Travis. He will strengthen our forward position and will give us aggression and shouting abilities inside and outside the paint.



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Ferrara signs Finish NT player Tuukka Kotti - by Eurobasket News
Ferrara announced signing of Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) to a one-year deal. The Finish National Team player arrives to his new club from Honka Espoo Playboys. He was one of their best players last season registering 16.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.3 spg in 48 games. Honka ended as No.8 in the league with 21-23 record, but Kotti was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention -10. He was also named Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Domestic Players Team -10. He paced the team to National Cup trophy this year.
Tuukka Kotti joined Honka in March of 2009 from the French team Etendard de Brest. He appeared 21 times for them in ProB averaging 10 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2 apg. Later with Honka he had 12.9 ppg and 9 rpg in Finish league and also celebrated in National Cup. Kotti is not a new face in Italy as he already spent there three years in the past. From 2005 to 2007 Kotti was a member of Ignis Castelletto Ticino. He had 11.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 17 games in their second season (LegaDue). He joined Rieti for season 2007/08, but struggled to get minutes there. He averaged just 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds for 21 SerieA games.
Tuukka Kotti is a product of Providence University, where he graduated in 2005. He had 9.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 31 games as a senior.


Naturhouse wins the tournament in Lignano - by Eurobasket News
Naturhouse wins the tournament in Lignano with four teams participating. In the Final game the team overcame Reyer Venezia 77:66. The winners started with 14-10 and reached 31:26 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Naturhouse increased the lead to 20 points for 57:37 and then managed to keep the lead. Mazzola paced all the winners with 13 points, while Luca Lechthaler (207-C-86), Stefano Borsato (190-G-86) and Mukubu netted 12 each. David Cournooh (190-G-90) poured in 8 points and Ndoja added 7. Young responded with 15 points in the losing effort and Bryan netted 14. Clark posted 11 and Matteo Maestrello (198-G/F-81) chipped in 8.
In another friendly game Basket trapani lost to Basket Barcellona 68:85. The latter opened the game with 25:24 and enjoyed 45:37 at the halftime. Trapani reduced the gap a bit in the third period and trailed 53:64 after three quarters. Barcellona pushed the tempo for good to seal the victory. Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Bucci added 15. Hicks nailed 13, while Andrea Ghiacci (200-G/F-81) followed with 11. Santarossa ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Guarino scored 12. Bisconti netted 11 and Tardito delivered 8.



Northwestern University Wildcats-Fastweb Casale 112-105 - by Michele Berra
Northwestern won the scrimmage against Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato after overtime, with a score of 112-105. For the Wildcats 38 points from Michael Thompson (182-G-89, college: Northwestern), 26 and 8 rebounds for John Shura and 22 Drew Crawford (196-G/F-90). For the home team top scorer Simone Pierich (198-F-81) marking 23 points, double-digit Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) 22 pts, Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) 19 pts, Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) 18 pts with 5 assists and Ricky Hickman 10 pts.
Casale after being ahead 29:28 in the first quarter, has been reached by Wildcats for the 50:51 half-time. In the third quarter Casale still ahead 72-70. A few seconds from the end, after two missed free throws by Michael Thompson, Tommaso Fantoni with a lay-up gives the overtime at Junior Casale. Northwestern due to better shooting percentage and being very aggressive wins the match 112-105.


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JBL Teams secure all imports for 2010-2011 season - by John Scribe
The JBL season is now two weeks away and Asia-Basket.com Japan will let you all in on the imports for the 2010-2011 season.
Many well known players are returning, while other teams made major changes on their rosters.

Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75, college: UCLA),, a well-established import with Toyota made a move south to Toshiba this season, after playing several successful seasons for the Tokyo-based Alvark.

See below for the comprehensive JBL import player list for the upcoming season:

Rera Kamuy Hokkaido
Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) (First JBL season, played previously for the Oita Heatdevils and Ryukyu Golden Kings of the BJ League)
Christian Maraker (206-F-82, college: Pacific) (2nd season)

Link Tochigi Brex
Scott Merritt (208-C-82, college: Marquette) (2nd season)
Randy Holcomb (204-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego St.) (2nd season, 1st with Tochigi)

Hitachi Sunrockers
Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.) (3rd season)
(2nd import have not been announced yet)

Toyota Alvark
Jeffrey Gibbs (1st season)
Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) (1st season)

Toshiba Brave Thunders
Cory Violette (203-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga) (3rd season)
Charles O'Bannon (11th season)


Aisin Seahorses
Josh Gross (201-F/C-83, college: NC-Greensboro) (2nd season)
Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80, college: California) (1st season)

Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins
Ron Hale (203-F-77, college: Florida St.) (7th season)
Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh) (1st season)

Panasonic Trians
Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) (8th season)
Jerald Honeycutt (205-F-74, college: Tulane) (6th season)




Oita Heat Devils bring in Rolando Howell - by Eurobasket News
Oita Heat Devils have secured the services of Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina) for the next season. The 28-year-old centre played in Spain in the previous season. He tallied 4.5 points, 5.6 boards and 1.8 steals per game for Ouerense in LEB Gold. Rolando Howell had stints in Italy, Poland and Lebanon before moving to Spain.


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Martynas Mazeika returns to Neptunas - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas announced very important signing for the next season. The Lithuanian outfit managed to ink a one-year deal with their ex player Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops). The 24-year old guard is back to his former team after one season in Latvia and Greece. He started 2009/10 with VEF Riga averaging 15 points and 2.3 rebounds for 10 Baltic League games. He also had 9.5 ppg in six EuroChallenge games, before he moved to AEK Athens in January. He appeared 14 times for the Greeks in A1 registering 4.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1. spg.
Martynas Mazeika started basketball career with Neptunas. He was their member until 2004, when he moved to ALBA Berlin. For two seasons with ALBA he won the German National Cup in 2006. They loaned him to Telekom Baskets Bonn for 2006/07, were Mazeika had 4.6 ppg and 2.2 rpg for 38 games. Next season he started with Capo dOrlando and in January of 2008 signed with Khimik Yuzny in Ukraine. For 2008/09 season he returned to Neptunas. Mazeika was one of the leading players in Lithuanian league as he averaged 17 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.5 spg for 24 games. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team -09. His Neptunas reached the Playoff Semifinals. Mazeika also shined in Baltic league (Challenge Cup) that season. He played for U16, U18 and U20 Lithuania in the past, as well as for their University and senior NT.


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Pioneros outlast Soles in double overtime - by Carlos Chapa
Fans who attended the inaugural home game for Soles de Mexicali in the Auditorio del Estado Gym witnessed what could be one of the best games for the season in the LNBP, a game that was decided after two periods of overtime and where Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun won with a score of 100-97.

The first team to score was Pioneros after a bucket made by LeRoy Hickerson, starting an 11-4 early run that also was the biggest lead of the game for any team; Soles would respond with cold-hearted field goals by member of the national team Anthony Pedroza, Kevin Kruger and Omar Lopez, this shots would help Soles close the quarter with a narrower gap, 23-20.

The second period was won by Mexicali by two points, therefore recording a halftime score of 40-39; in the beginning of the third quarter Pioneros crushed the boards with some key rebounds by Kevin Young and getting easy scores below the basket.

In the 4th frame Soles managed to tie the game when Pioneros looked to extend their lead, getting the 4,000 fans in attendance off their feet for the last two minutes, in the final play Pedroza got fouled by Alonso Izaguirre to try and tie the game in the free throw line, he did and the score after regulation time was 81 apiece.

The same Anthony Pedroza was the man in charge of sending the game to double overtime after hitting another two FTs, both teams finished with 91 points.

LeRoy Hickerson and Anthony Esparza put the endpoint in the game, helping the visiting team win the game by three points.

Leading scorers: For Mexicali Anthony Pedroza with 31 points, Terrance Thomas with 24. For Pioneros LeRoy Hickerson with 27 and Gregory Grays with 25.


With information provided by Valerio III Camargo



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BC Teodo singed contract whit Mandic - by Dragan Scepanovic
Management of Basketball Club Teodo from Tivat member of MNT1A division and DELFI SMG basketball Agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club ABS Primorje from H.Novi Aco Mandic (204-C/F-84) singed one year contract whit Basketball Club Teodo. Before Basketball Club Teodo Aco Mandic play for BC ABS Primorje H.Novi and BC Kotor. In Last basketball season Aco Mandic play 27 games in MNT1A league : 16.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 spg

BC Hercegovac inks Pejovic and Gajovic - by Dragan Scepanovic
Management of Basketball Club Hercegovac from Bileca member of BiH 1A division and DELFI SMG basketball Agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Sutjeska from Niksic Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) and ex basketball player of Basketball Club Danilovgrad Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) singed one year contract whit Basketball Club Hercegovac. Before Basketball Club Teodo Andrija Pejovic play for BC Ibon Niksic, BC Spartak Subotica, BC Rudar Ugljevik, BC ABS Primorje H.Novi , BC Danilovgrad, BC Hercegovac, BC Ulcinj and BC Sutjeska Niksic and Goran Gajovic in last season play for BC Danilovgrad 27 games in MNT1A league : 16.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 spg

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  NBA   


Bulls invite John Lucas III to training camp - by Eurobasket News
The Bulls have invited guard Lucas John (5'11''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) to training camp with a partially guaranteed one-year contract, according to sources.

After spending last season in China playing for the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks, Lucas starred for Chicago's summer-league team in July and was described at the time by new Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as an 'ideal' choice to serve as a third point guard behind Derrick Rose and C.J. Watson.

Lucas, son of longtime former NBA player and coach John Lucas, played with Houston when Thibodeau was a Rockets assistant.

Courtesy of www.chicagobreakingsports.com


U.S. team expects to look sharper after practice - by Eurobasket News
After one lackluster victory during pool play, Mike Krzyzewski encountered some feistier competition in his news conference than the U.S. faced on the court.

'Why didn't the USA score more?' one reporter asked.

'Why isn't the team practicing?' questioned another.

Maybe the two issues were related.

The Americans finally got into the gym for practice Saturday, the first step in what they believe will be cleaner play during the elimination round of basketball's world championship.

'We haven't played as consistent in the preliminaries as we wanted to for the most part, but I think this practice helps us get our execution and timing back and our aggression on defense,' guard Stephen Curry said. 'So I like where we're at going into Monday.'

The U.S. will play Angola that night in the round of 16, which began Saturday with Serbia ousting Croatia 73-72 and Spain eliminating Greece 80-72. The Americans earned some extra time off by winning Group B with a 5-0 record.

Krzyzewski said the practice Saturday was the Americans' first since Aug. 27, the day before the tournament started. They then had games on three straight nights, opted not to practice on the group's off day before closing with games on consecutive days.

The players were given a day off Friday, with Krzyzewski saying 'they needed to just get away from everything' before finally having what he called a hard practice Saturday. They'll work out again Sunday.

'Somebody said, 'Well, why aren't you practicing?' Well, we're playing games,' Krzyzewski said. 'And that's just the nature of international tournaments, how they bunch everything up at one time and all of a sudden you've got time. But hopefully it'll be productive time for us.'

Forward Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies took part in the entire practice after sitting out the second half of the Americans' 92-57 victory over Tunisia on Thursday with a sore right groin.

That was just a four-point game early in the third quarter after a sluggish first half by the U.S. The Americans weren't impressive in the 88-51 victory over Iran that preceded that, but they believe the lack of sharpness was because they were playing overmatched opponents in games that didn't matter to their seeding.

'These practices are going to really help us, because we really didn't have any practice time in those games,' forward Kevin Durant said. 'None of those games, actually.'

Krzyzewski had warned that teams can have slippage when just playing games and not practicing, so the players welcomed the chance to work, even in the steamy gym belonging to a Turkish club team.

'You can get better in the games, but when you have time to break down plays, run repetitions, just compete against each other, I think it definitely will get us excited and prepared for the next four games,' Curry said.

Four games would mean the Americans would be playing next Sunday for the gold medal, and they have a draw that gives them a chance. They should be heavily favored against Angola and the Russia-New Zealand winner before they would likely face either unbeaten Lithuania, Argentina or Brazil, which the U.S. beat 70-68 in pool play.

'It's not so much about who we play, it's about how we play,' USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. 'And if we take care of our business and we improve the way we feel we need to improve in those certain areas, then we're going to be fine. Do we win it? Time will tell. I think we have a great shot. I said that from the beginning and I believe it even more so now.'

Krzyzewski said he expected Angola to attack on offense, and that's probably what the Americans need to bring out their best. They knew they were going to beat Iran and Tunisia no matter what, so they rarely even pressed and didn't use normal rotation patterns, not interested in embarrassing their opponents.

'They'll do better in a game where they know they can lose than in a game where you know pretty much, those last two, they're not going to lose those games,' Krzyzewski said.

Unlike his NBA players, who play best-of-seven series in the postseason, Krzyzewski is used to playing games in a single elimination format from coaching in college's NCAA tournament. So he knows the consistent play that often was absent in the last round must arrive right from the start of this one.

'We need to play really well and get into the mood for this week, that one-and-done mood,' he said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Sacramento Kings invite Luther Head and J.R. Giddens into camp - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings have been looking for a shooter and they invited two guys into camp who are fully capable of that role with the team.

Guards Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) were signed to undisclosed contracts with the team. Rumor has it that both of the contracts are non-guaranteed. This just means that Pooh Jeter, Antoine Wright, and Donald Sloan are going to have to work that much harder to make the squad.

Head spent most of his career with the Rockets, but saw short stints with the Heat and the Pacers. For his career, he has shot 42% from the field and 39% from behind the arc.

Giddens is entering his 3rd year as a pro and has seen very limited minutes. For his career he has shot 47% from the field and has yet to convert a 3-pointer.

Courtesy of www.sportshaze.com


Isiah Thomas thinks LeBron James should have signed with Knicks - by Eurobasket News
It's always exciting when Isiah Thomas pitches in his two sense about anything. Somehow, though, Thomas managed to steer clear of controversy when discussing LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) decision this weekend.

Thomas expressed that he wished James had taken his talents to New York, and such would have benefited the league.

'I think -- and I honestly believe this -- it would've been interesting to see if he could have [won a title with the Knicks],' Thomas told the New York Post while attending the U.S. Open. 'The curiosity factor, the whole world would've been drawn to watch and see if he could do it. The whole LeBron Knick thing would've piqued everyone's curiosity.'
Thomas acknowledged, though, that LeBron has become part of a very good situation.

'We wanted him to come to New York, but I think he'll do well in Miami. They got a great team. I think everybody will be watching to see if they can put it together and win.'
He even defended LeBron, saying that Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan were wrong to say that he was acting against the spirit of the game.

'I strongly disagree with their comments,' Thomas said. '[Magic] had a great team. They said they wouldn't have left but look who they were playing with. Those teams were stacked.'

Thomas was slated to return to the Knicks as a consultant this offseason, but was not allowed to by the NBA.

Courtesy of www.nesn.com


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Army's Anderson next AD at Maryland - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Anderson is the new athletic director at the University of Maryland.

Anderson has been Army's athletic director since 2004. He is the first African-American to hold that position at West Point.

Senior associate athletic director Kathy Worthington confirmed the hiring on Saturday. She said Anderson will be introduced by the school on Tuesday.

Anderson will be in charge of Maryland's 27 athletic teams. He takes over for Debbie Yow, who left Maryland for North Carolina State in July.

Anderson graduated from San Francisco State University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in political science. In addition to his duties at West Point, he served as chairman of the Division I Men's Basketball Issues Committee.

The hiring was first reported by The Washington Post.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Little and Johnson touching down SOON - by Sheryl Reyes
Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) and Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) is expected to arrive on October 16, 2010 . It's showtime this two imports are very experienced and are not to be ignored , they have strong records and have been go to guys in the countries they have played at. They get the job done so for sure this tandem will be good for the Philippine Patriots plus with the coaching skills of Louie Alas they will for sure be hard to beat , and with the new line up of the team that will be revealed soon it will really be interesting and good to watch , the rest of the other ABL teams are preparing for the Philippine Patriots so you already know this will be very competitive. Anthony Johnson last played with Sta Lucia just finished about 2 months ago, Donald Little is currently working out with the Atlanta Hawks and is killing it but is also ready to come to the philippines both imports was provided by Sports Network Management same agency that provided them with Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) and Rob Wainright in the ABL last year and Skinner Marcus (201-F-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) this year.

The return of the come Back... Johnson time!!! - by Sheryl Reyes
Philippine Basketball Association all time favorite import is back in the Philippine soil but this time he will suit up for the Asean Basketball League Philippine Patriots team as one of their new imports alongside Donald Little. The 66 Shooting Guard / Small Forward Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) recently played for Sta.Lucia Realtors for the PBA which is now called Meralco Boltz where he recorded 29.2ppg and 13.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4bpg. He is known as a good athlete, plays above the rim and also identified as a great defender, and can play two positions. He is expected to be a winning key ingredient for the Patriots and will play an important role for them to defend their title from last years ABL inaugural season and become back to back champion they are surely preparing for this one and are bent in putting up another competitive squad because the other teams are surely not sleeping and continuously beefing up their rosters.

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ABL Season 2 Schedule - this may still change STILL INCOMPLETE - by Sheryl Reyes
FULL SCHEDULE HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISH YET -SCHEDULES MAY CHANGE WILL UPDATE FULL SCHEDULES AS SOON AS IT IS RELEASED AGAIN
Round 1
Oct 3, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Satria Muda (game in singapore)
Round 2
Oct 9, Sat 8pm Philippine Patriots VS S'pore Slingers (game in the philippines)
Round 3
Oct 17, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS KL Dragons (game in singapore)
Round 4
Oct 23, Sat 8pm KL Dragons S'pore VS Slingers (game in kl malaysia)
Round 5
Oct 31, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Thailand Cobras (game in singapore)
Round 6
Nov 6, Sat 5pm Satria Muda VS S'pore Slingers (game in indonesia)
Round 7
Nov 14, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Philippine Patriots (game in singapore)
Round 8
Nov 23, Tue 8pm S'pore Slingers VS Brunei Barracudas (game in singapore)
Round 9
TBA
Round 10
Dec 4, Sat 8pm Thailand Cobras VS S'pore Slingers (game in thailand)
Round 11
Dec 14, Tue 8pm S'pore Slingers VS Satria Muda (game in singapore)
Round 12
Dec 18, Sat 8pm Philippine Patriots VS S'pore Slingers (game in philippines)
Round 13
Jan 6, Thu 8pm KL Dragons VS S'pore Slingers (game in kl makaysia)
Round 14
Jan 9, Sun 4pm S'pore Slingers VS Brunei Barracudas game in singapore)
Round 15
Jan 15, Sat 8pm Thailand Cobras VS S'pore Slingers (game in thailand)

Semi-Finals
Playoff 1
Playoff 2
Finals



Skinner is ready to shine all the way !!!! - by Sheryl Reyes
Skinner Marcus (201-F-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) made his debut in a Slinger jersey at the Singapore Indoor Stadium today Sunday September 5, 2010 . The Singapore Slingers began their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) pre-season with a big Win ove Rain or Shine with a 97-72 score in their favor.While the imports top are expected to top the scoring charts every game,this time it's a different story... it was local Steven Khoos name making waves to lead the charts with 23 points, including three 3-pointers.

Skinner had 17 points to add along with Jeffers Kyle (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) 18 points, the team has only been together for 2-3 weeks but they have already bonded, Leo Avenido had to sit out because of a minor injury but will surely play next games, so can you imagine what more they could offer. They have more time to work harder and improve in preparation for the upcomming ABL season 2 oppening.

The imports are not expected to be the stars at all times but they are ofcourse expected to contribute and give the best and play important roles to be able to accomplish big wins, as they say basketball is a team sport not an individual popularity game , even Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) needed to sacrifice and start passing the ball even if he knew he can top the charts at all time to be able to get his team involve so that they could win the championships.

Skinner and Jeffers will for sure go the Michael Jordan way , they are about big wins and they will do what it takes to get the team involved and work on their contributions to get what they aim for . They will for sure not be an easy team to beat this comming season.

We have seen that Skinner Marcus has the potential to shine all they way this ABL season 2 so don't let his braids fool you or his kid smile , he is a sleeping Giant he has more to show . He just celebrated his birthday few day ago and he is now 24 years old and he is for sure ready as ever to rumble for the Singapore Slingers.




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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia blow Australia out, reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Australia 87:58

Slovenia showed the highest level of concentration and determination as they shocked Australia at the World Championship eighth-finals. The European side dominated from start to finish to book their spot at the quarterfinals. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) knocked down 19 points to pace the effort.
Australia got to an awful start to the game. Slovenia kept their opponents scoreless for more than six minutes building a 12:0 lead. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) finally broke the draught for the Boomers but Slovenia stayed in control. Sani Becirovic capped the half with two free throws to give the European team a 16:8 lead. Sani Becirovic and Jaka Lakovic opened the second frame with back-to-back three-pointers to boost the lead. As Australia struggled to hit shots from the field Slovenia kept gradually enlarging the lead. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic gave Slovenia a 42:21 advantage at halftime. David Andersen tipped off the third quarter with three points in a row and it seemed the Boomers gained the momentum. But Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Nachbar teamed up for several cooling shots as Slovenia quickly built a 26-point advantage. Vidmar, Jaka Lakovic and Miha Zupan made it a 28-point game for Slovenia late in the period. Australia entered the fourth quarter down by 26 points 45:71. Jaka Lakovic and Goran Jagodnik connected from beyond the arc in the first part of the fourth quarter as Slovenia easily kept their opponents at bay. No miracle arrived for Australia at the dying stages as Slovenia coasted to the win at the end.
Primoz Brezec scored 12 points for Slovenia. Goran Dragic accounted for 10 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the win. Patrick Mills (183-G-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Joe Ingles netted 13 points each for Australia. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 19, Primoz Brezec 12, Goran Dragic 10
Australia: Patrick Mills 13, Joe Ingles 13



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Army crush Clippers - by Albert-Lee Young
Led by a game high 21 points from point guard Gerard Toney, Defence Force maintained their unbeaten record with a 100-58 thrashing over Caledonia Clippers on Friday night at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain.

With the win the soldiers improved to 4-0 record to lead the standing of the Mens First Division of the North Zone Basketball League Commission.

Sharper shooter Toney was ably assisted by national forward Steven Lighter Lewis with 11pts while center Wilt Vincent had 10.

For Clippers, who dropped to 1-3, Kerwin Lares top scored with 15pts and Edward Francis chipped in with 10.

Meanwhile in the opening game of the double header, TSTT recorded their first win (1-4) with a tough 70-65 victory against Off Limits (0-4) in a Second Division match-up.

TSTT was led by Dike Whiskey with 15pts and Aaron Walcott 11. For Off Limits, Philbert Nicholas scored a game high 19pts whilst Anderson Trouchen added 13 in a losing effort.


Coach Sandy in Full Flight! - by Albert-Lee Young
Learie Sandy is a native of Trinidad and Tobago who played and coached several top basketball teams in this country. His playing resume includes Superstar SEPOS, 42 Lakers, National Flour Mills and the Trinidad & Tobago National basketball team.

He was also the Head Coach of Petro Jazz, Royal Extra Lions, and an assistant with Millennium Basketball Academy and Trinidad and Tobago Elite basketball team. Presently Sandy resides in Tennessee and is an assistant coach at Martin Methodist College.

He is also a coach of one of the premier AAU programs in the U.S. the Tennessee Flight which is a Nike sponsored program based in Shelbyville TN. They are still celebrating their dominance of the summer that was capped off by winning the most prestigious AAU tournament is the US, the 2010 Nike nationals, on the 30th of July in North Augusta South Carolina.

Only the top teams in the nation qualify for this tournament that has in attendance all of the top women basketball college coaches present to evaluate the talent of the young ladies that is on display, with hope of recruiting them in the future.

The TN flight record for 2010 is 35 1, after losing to Boo Williams in the final of the Boo Williams Classic in Virginia in April. TN Flight went on a 30 0 run winning the Wild Cat Classic in Lexington Kentucky over the Memorial weekend, Run for the Roses also in Lexington KY, Battle in the Boro in Murfreesboro TN, 2010 Premier Basketball Report Girls Super 64 National Championship, Music City Madness Girls Basketball Tournament Franklin TN, Hoops and Dreams Gate City Classic and the Nike nationals in North Augusta Georgia South Carolina.

The Tennessee Flight, which has beaten all comers in July, recently also added Ariel Massengale and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, the two masterminds of the U.S. gold-medal victory.

Meanwhile, The Flight organization thanked all the hard working coaches in the program. Flight Program Director Tom Insell said the Flight program is where it is today because of the countless hours the coaching staff puts in with each team. Insell went on to say that he feels his staff from top to bottom is better than any other program in the country.




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  TURKEY   


Turkey entertain home fans with win over France - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - France 95:77

Turkey have reached the quarterfinal stage at the home World Championship. They knocked down France to make it into the next stage of the tournament. Turkey will next face Slovenia for the ticket into the semis.
Omer Asik (213-C-86) and Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) ensured a quick start for Turkey. France found the way to answer as Les Bleus surged ahead 10:9 midway through the first frame. However Ilyasova and Arslan ensured a 19:14 lead for the hosts at the first break. Things got much better for Turkey in the second period. Arslan hit a three-pointer to give the home team a double-digit lead. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) and Pietrus dragged France within 6 points but Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) and Savas secured a 35:24 lead for Turkey. Ilyasova and Savas made it 43:28 at halftime. Hedo Turkoglu opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers. Omer Asik and Onan followed with four points in a row as Turkey went on a run. Nicolas Batum drained a trey to stop bleeding for France. Turkey answered with five straight points as they increased a cushion to as many as 27 points. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) struck from downtown as France got closer. Bokolo executed two free throws and Les Bleus narrowed the deficit at 21-point mark. The hosts immediately replied with five consecutive points and Turkey rallied to a 71:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Nicolas Batum began the final term with four points in a row. Koffi and Gelabale narrowed the distance back to 21 points. Turkey calmly replied with 7 straight points and never looked back en route to the victory. Hedo Turkoglu knocked down 20 points to lead Turkey. Sinan Guler accounted for 17 points in the victory. Boris Diaw replied with 21 points for France. Nando De Colo canned 15 points in the losing effort.

Turkey: Hedo Turkoglu 20, Sinan Guler 17, Omer Asik 10
France: Boris Diaw 21, Nando De Colo 15



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  UKRAINE   


BC Odessa and Ferro-ZNTU win in Zaporozhye - by Eurobasket News
Ferro-ZNTU and BC Odessa victoriously opened the pre-season tournament in Zaporozhye.
Ferro-ZNTU overcame Mykolaiv 94:91. The hosts got to the better start as they led by four points at the first intermission. But Mykolaiv erased the deficit and drew things level at 42. But the strong third quarter allowed Ferro-ZNTU to pull in front. They stayed in charge in the final term and celebrated a narrow victory at the end. Keddric Mays (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) knocked down 19 points to pace Ferro-ZNTU. Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) added 15 points, while Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Ivan Gilyevych (202-F/C-82) answered with game-high 26 points for Mykolaiv. Justin Love (188-G-78, college: St.Louis) accounted for 12 in the defeat.
BC Odessa shot down DniproAzot 85:60 in another game. Larry Turner (210-C-82, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Tennessee St.) stepped up with 14 points for BC Odessa. They used a 26:14 rally in the second quarter to pile up a 15-point advantage at halftime. DniproAzot could not recover in the second half and yielded at the end. Artem Shvets (203-G/F-85) added 12 points in the victory. Olexiy Chygrynov (190-G-89) replied with 17 points for DniproAzot. Stanislav Sokur (205-C-82) accounted for 15 points in the loss.



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  URUGUAY   


Aguada and Trouville won for the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, agency: NM Services, college: Clayton St.) scored 21 points when Aguada defeated Malvin 80-72 for the Uruguayan League third round. It was trhe third straigth defeat for Malvin, the worst start for the team. Also for Aguada Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) netted 23. For Malvin Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) netted 20 points and took 6 rebounds, while Daniel Northen (206-F/C-85, college: Tennessee Tech) 0 points 4 rebounds 1 block.
Trouville 82 - Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82) 26 points 5 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 5 points 7 rebounds 5 blocks, Will Graham (203-F-85, college: Florida Southern) 11 points 7 rebounds 4 blocks.
Hebraica 70 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 31 points, Anthony Thomas (183-G, college: Boise St.) 11 points Jonathan Griffin (181-G-83, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Mo.-St.Louis) 3 points 3 rebounds 2 blocks.


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


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  VENEZUELA   


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


LNB 2010 - Week 1 (Sep. 4th): Tiburones woke up, Centauros wins third straight - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The current champions of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto, Tiburones de Vargas, were able to win for the first time in the 2010 championship, as they took down Atleticos UCV as visitors. Centauros de Apure won their third straight match as hosts, this time over Rojos de Sucre. Espartanos de Margarita continued their road trip with success, as they defeated Estudiantes de Guarico in San Juan and Lanceros de Cojedes prevailed over Graneros de Portuguesa at home.

TIBURONES DE VARGAS 94 - ATLETICOS UCV 83
UCV La Cachucha Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
UCV: 25-16-16-26= 83
TIB: 27-23-29-15= 94

Scorers
TIB: Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 16 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 15 points, Robert Palacios (185-G) 12 points
UCV: Jimmy Mosquera (191-G/F-69) 21 points, Morris Sierralta (G) 15 points, John Suarez (182-G-83) 13 points

CENTAUROS DE APURE 93 - ROJOS DE SUCRE 86
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
CEN: 21-21-25-26= 93
ROJ: 18-13-25-30= 86

Scorers
CEN: Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 18 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 16 points and 8 rebounds
ROJ: Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 18 points and 11 rebounds, Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 13 points

LANCEROS DE COJEDES 89 - GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 73
Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
LAN: Unavailable= 89
GRA: Unavailable= 73

Scorers
LAN: Unavailable
GRA: Unavailable

ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 88 - ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 77
Olympic Village Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: Unavailable= 77
ESP: Unavailable= 88

Scorers
ESP: Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 22 points
EST: Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 20 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 16 points


LNB 2010 - Week 1 (Sep. 5th): Centauros takes the lead, Tiburones and Lanceros sweep - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Centauros de Apure took the early lead at the end of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's Week 1. They extended their undefeated streak to four matches and are the only team with no losses so far. Meanwhile, Tiburones de Vargas and Lanceros de Cojedes earned sweeps and Estudiantes de Guarico saved a home split against Espartanos de Margarita.

TIBURONES DE VARGAS 103 - ATLETICOS UCV 75
UCV La Cachucha Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
UCV: 25-16-16-26= 75
TIB: 27-23-29-15= 103

Scorers
TIB: Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 25 points, Rammel Allen (210-C-79) 13 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 13 points
UCV: Andres Martinez 18 points, Jimmy Mosquera (191-G/F-69) 16 points, John Suarez (182-G-83) 11 points, Carlos Yanez 10 points

CENTAUROS DE APURE 86 - ROJOS DE SUCRE 76
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
CEN: 24-25-17-20= 86
ROJ: 16-20-23-17= 76

Scorers
CEN: Kellen Milliner (193-G-83) 27 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 17 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 12 points
ROJ: Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 28 points

LANCEROS DE COJEDES 72 - GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 70
Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
LAN: Unavailable= 72
GRA: Unavailable= 70

Scorers
LAN: Unavailable
GRA: Unavailable

ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 80 - ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 79
Olympic Village Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: Unavailable= 80
ESP: Unavailable= 79

Scorers
EST: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 23 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 11 points
ESP: Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 17 points


LNB 2010 - Week 1 (Sep. 2nd): Three sweeps and one split in inaugural series - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2010's inaugural series finished with three sweeps and a split. Espartanos de Margarita hit the title holders, Tiburones de Vargas, for a second straight day as visitors, while Centauros de Apure and Graneros de Portuguesa assured their second victories in a row as hosts. Lanceros de Cojedes reacted and saved the honor against Rojos de Sucre.

ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 89 - TIBURONES DE VARGAS 81
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 22-15-13-31= 81
ESP: 18-22-28-21= 89

Scorers
ESP: Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 18 points, David Cubillan (183-G-87) 13 points
TIB: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 18 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 14 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 13 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 11 points

CENTAUROS DE APURE 107 - ATLETICOS UCV 80
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
CEN: 17-34-31-25= 107
UCV: 25-16-20-19= 80

Scorers
CEN: Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 19 points, Kellen Milliner (193-G-83) 19 points
UCV: Andres Martinez 17 points, John Suarez (182-G-83) 15 points

LANCEROS DE COJEDES 107 - ROJOS DE SUCRE 69
Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
LAN: Unavailable= 107
ROJ: Unavailable= 69

Scorers
LAN: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 21 points
ROJ: Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 16 points

GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 88 - ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 81
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: 26-17-20-25= 88
EST: 24-24-16-17= 81

Scorers
GRA: Henry Paez (184-G-70) 15 points, Luis Sanchez (186-G-88) 13 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 12 points
EST: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 23 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 20 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 17 points


LNB 2010 - Week 1 (Sept. 1st): Espartanos and Rojos surprise, Centauros and Graneros win - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2010 started its action with surprising victories as visitors by Espartanos de Margarita over Tiburones de Vargas and Rojos de Sucre against Lanceros de Cojedes, while Centauros de Cojedes were tough at home against the newcomers Atleticos UCV and Graneros de Portuguesa did the same thing against Estudiantes de Guarico.

ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 75 - TIBURONES DE VARGAS 65
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 23-17-15-10= 65
ESP: 17-18-17-23= 75

Scorers
ESP: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 19 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 15 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 12 points
TIB: Rammel Allen (210-C-79) 16 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 15 points

CENTAUROS DE APURE 82 - ATLETICOS UCV 63
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
CEN: 26-11-15-30= 82
UCV: 19-16-13-15= 63

Scorers
CEN: Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 18 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 14 points
UCV: John Suarez (182-G-83) 15 points, Morris Sierralta (G) 13 points

ROJOS DE SUCRE 84 - LANCEROS DE COJEDES 78
Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
LAN: 17-18-20-23= 78
ROJ: 14-21-11-38= 84

Scorers
ROJ: Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 23 points, Elvis Baez (189-G-89) 20 points, Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) 17 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 11 points
LAN: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 18 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 11 points

GRANEROS DE PORTUGUESA 95 - ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 91
Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: 10-30-33-22= 95
EST: 21-9-26-35= 91

Scorers
GRA: Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 35 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 20 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 18 points
EST: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 23 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 20 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 17 points


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 29
 1. Scola, ARG29.0 
 2. Penney, NZL25.4 
 3. Yi, CHN22.5 
 4. Haddadi, IRI20.0 
 5. Durant, USA17.8 
 6. Delfino, ARG17.4 
 7. Kleiza, LTU17.4 
 8. Barea, PUR16.8 
 9. Navarro, ESP16.0 
 10. El Khatib, LEB15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  CHN
  (212-C/F-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Yi, CHN9.8 
 2. Haddadi, IRI8.6 
 3. Abbaas, JOR8.4 
 4. Scola, ARG8.2 
 5. Ilyasova, TUR8.2 
 6. Asik, TUR7.7 
 7. Kendall, CAN7.6 
 8. Abercrombie, NZL7.4 
 9. Kazemi, IRI7.4 
 10. Andersen, AUS7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  BRA
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Huertas, BRA6.6 
 2. Prigioni, ARG6.4 
 3. Rubio, ESP6.2 
 4. Daghles, JOR5.6 
 5. Ponkrashov, RUS5.6 
 6. Barea, PUR5.4 
 7. Diabate, IVO4.4 
 8. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 9. Mills, AUS4.2 
 10. Teodosic, SRB4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  IRI
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kazemi, IRI2.8 
 2. Mahmoud, LEB2.6 
 3. Guler, TUR2.6 
 4. Teodosic, SRB2.5 
 5. Sun, CHN2.4 
 6. Diabate, IVO2.4 
 7. Maciulis, LTU2.2 
 8. Delfino, ARG2.2 
 9. Prigioni, ARG2.2 
 10. Barbosa, BRA2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  IVO
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lamizana, IVO3.2 
 2. Haddadi, IRI2.6 
 3. Anthony, CAN2.2 
 4. Mejri, TUN2.2 
 5. Gasol, ESP2.2 
 6. Gay, USA1.4 
 7. Asik, TUR1.3 
 8. Vazquez, ESP1.3 
 9. Mozgov, RUS1.2 
 10. Monya, RUS1.2 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


All SEABL Women team - by Eurobasket News
Four players are awarded a position on the All SEABL Women team for the first time and Amy Denson (186-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) receives her second consecutive selection despite changing teams. The 'All SEABL Team' is decided by the coach and captain of each team. The team is selected by playing position from a list of players that received Most Valuable Player votes throughout the regular playing season.


Leading the League in assists, Sharin Milner (162-G-80, college: Troy) is an obvious choice at the point guard position for the 2010 All SEABL Womens Team. Milner is the architect in a Tornadoes side loaded with talent, driving the offence, yet also managing 2.4 steals per game. She can also be deadly from long range, nailing it at an amazing 43.4% of the time.


Apart from narrowly missing out on the playoffs, Deanna Smith (179-G-80) has had a stellar season. She was second only to Elizabeth Cambage in scoring for the League with 21.8 points, and second only to Sharin Milner for assists with 5.1 per game. Yet Smith also helped out on the boards with 7.3 rebounds per game. Blessed with amazing skills and reflexes, it was her on court leadership that was possibly her most valuable asset this season, lifting her teammates and forming a formidable duo with Youth Player of the Year Ellie Manou.


Amy Denson built on her performance from 2009 into becoming one of the premier players in the competition. Able to shoot the turn-around jump shot with deadly accuracy, she stretched opposition defences to breaking point. But her shooting skills perfectly complement her inside ability; she had more than 120 boards than the next best rebounder on her team. Furthermore, Amy Denson had great hands, leading her team in assists an ideal choice at the first forward position.


RACHAEL JARRY almost redefined the power forward position this season. Able to score inside and out, rebound at will, and able to win games off her own back, Jarry is the prototype for power forwards in the future. Standing at 63 and with a decent turn of speed, the Lady Miner is the main reason for Ballarats return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.


Following on from her All-Star 5 season in the WNBL with the Bulleen Boomers, LIZ CAMBAGE burst onto the scene in her first year of SEABL competition. Cambage smashed the scoring title with 27.3 points per game, well ahead of her nearest rival Deanna Smith with 21.8 points per game. She was also second to only Cayla Francis in League rebounding with 11.5 boards per game. At 68, she is unstoppable in the post area, and forms part of Launceston outfit that went from last in 2009 to the Championship game in 2010.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


Knox clinch D League Women Title - by Eurobasket News
By: Dale Crotty (Knox Media)

The Knox Ford Raiders D-League women have been crowned the D-League Champions, after defeating the Dandenong Rangers on Saturday night, 79-69.


Raiders Guard Pip Whelan was named MVP scoring a season-high 18 points at 75%, along with four rebounds and three assists.


The Raiders trailed for the majority of the first half, but a 13-2 run late in the second quarter saw them go into half-time leading 40-34.


This was followed by an 11-2 run at the start of the third quarter, setting up a 61-47 lead at three quarter time.


When Billie Lucas scored the first points of the fourth quarter with a three-pointer there was no coming back for the Rangers, with the Raiders women winning the Championship by ten points.


The Raiders had to cover the absence of Shanae Greaves who had 22 points and 16 rebounds in the semi-final last week, but Knox Coach Cameron McCormack thought the girls did a terrific job in filling the void.


It was a great team effort, but Emily Schill, Gabby Tarabolsi and Billie Lucas - playing as a smaller five-man, really worried their bigs out of attacking the basket.


McCormack credited the girls victory to a continual improvement throughout the year, and a strong work ethic at training every week.


The improvement in the girls throughout the year was tremendous, and it was great to see so many young girls like Billie Lucas and Sam Donald play such a major role, it was really rewarding.


Dandenong held a 2-1 record over the Raiders during the regular season, but with Knox winning their last encounter 80-65, it provided McCormack and the Raiders with a lot of confidence going into the Grand Final.


We improved every time we played against them (Dandenong), so if we just played our style of game we knew that we could get over them again, McCormack said of his Championship winning team.


The Raiders women finished the season on a ten-game winning streak the last win definitely the sweetest.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


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  BELARUS - Women  


Greece stun Belarus to close the Lugo tournament with a win - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Belarus 79:62

Greece won the second game of the Torneo Internacional Lugo 10 to finish with 2-1 record. In the last game of the tournament the team overcame Belarus 79:62. The latter lost all three games in the tournament however looked decent in all of them.
Greece started better, but Belarus did not allow them to go on a big lead. Moreover after 8-0 run Belarus grabbed 18:16 advantage. Kotsopoulos needed a three for 19:18 lead after the first period. Belarus again dominated the court early in the second period and another 8-0 run allowed them to take 33:25 advantage. The teams went to the lockers as the latter enjoyed 39:34 halftime advantage.
France bounced back in the third quarter and reduced to 44:42 early in the period. They enjoyed 53:51 after 29 minutes and had 55:52 after three quarters. Soulis gave her side 66:61 and then Greece held off the opponents until the rest of the game.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Limoura followed her with 11. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) posted 9, while Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) notched 8. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) responded with 14 points in the losing effort. Tatiana Lihtorovich scored 11 and Trafimava brought 8.

Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou (5), Evanthia Maltsi (22), Stylani Kaltsidou (6), Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) (6), Pelagia Papamichail (8) Nafsika Stavriou (0), Zoi Dimitrakou (9), Olga Chatzinikolaov (6), Iouliti-Lolita Limoura (11), Artemis Spanou (1), May Marie Kotsopoulos (3), Irini Mitropoulou (2).
Belarus: Natali Marchenko (0), Yulia Dureyko (2), Natali Trafimava (8), Nastia Veeremenko (3), Marina Kress (6) Olga Podobed (1), Sasha Tarasova (2), Vika Gasper (6), Natali Annfrienko (6), Tatyana Troina (14), Tatiana Dashkevich (0) y Tatiana Lihtorovich (11).


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Poland win international tournament in Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Poland 75:71

Polish National Team celebrated the victory at the international Eletrobras tournanament in Barueri. Despite the loss to Brazil on the final day of the competition Poland managed to occupy the top position. Brazil finished second, while Cuba stayed in the third position.
Brazil and Poland looked well-matched in the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. Poland bounced back in the second quarter. They limited the Latin American team to just 9 points and tied things up at 31. Brazil recovered in the third quarter. The home team unloaded 23 points and rallied to a 6-point advantage at the final break. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter. Brazil maintained a narrow lead and recorded a tough win at the end. Karen Gustavo (177-G-84) and Silvia Gustavo (182-F-82) finished with 14 points each to pace Brazil. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) added 11 points in the victory. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) fired game-high 25 points for Poland. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) and Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) netted 9 points each in the losing effort.

Brazil: Karen Gustavo 14, Silvia Gustavo 14, Damiris Dantas 11
Poland: Justyna Zurowska 25, Daria Mieloszynska 9, Izabela Piekarska 9



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France won over Spain in the third day of the Torneo Internacional Lugo 10 - by Eurobasket News
Spain-France 59:65

France won over Spain in the third day of the Torneo Internacional Lugo 10. Both teams finished the tournament with 2-1 records after France produced 65:59 win.
Spain started better and led be Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) the team grabbed 9:2 lead. France meanwhile played better in the end of the period and after some successful baskets took 17:14 after the first quarter. Spain again went on a lead in the beginning of the second period and Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) gave them 31:25. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) Dumerc however nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 35:30. In the third frame Spain increased the advantage to 7 points as they won the period 17-15. Amaya Valdemoro scored last in the quarter for 52:45 deficit after three quarters. France erupted in the last stanza and created 18-5 to seal the victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Dumerc scored for 63:57 as the final score was 65:59.
Johanne Gomis top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Sandrine Gruda netted 12. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) brought 8, while Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) added 7. Amaya Valdemoro ended up with 17 pooints and Anna Montanana scored 16. Dominguez finished the game with 10 points, whilst Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) notched 4 each.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17, Anna Montanana 16, Dominguez 10, Lucila Pascua 4, Marta Fernandez 4
France: Johanne Gomis 13, Sandrine Gruda 12, Emmeline Ndongue 8, Clemence Beikes 7


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Herner TC completed two player signings - by Moritz Korff
Herner TC (DBBL) signed two newcomers for the 2010-2011 season: Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) will join the HTC team as well as Erika Arriaran (178-G-86, college: Texas).
Bejtic comes off a season with the Halle Lions. The 25-year-old Bosnian played 23 games for the Lions in this past season, averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. Arriaran graduated from the University of Texas (NCAA Division 1) earlier this year. The Moreno Valley, CA native appeared in 30 games for the Longhorns throughout the 2009-10 campaign and score 7.9 points per outing. In 2005 Arriaran captured the gold medal with the US National Team at the U19 World Championships.


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Greece stun Belarus to close the Lugo tournament with a win - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Belarus 79:62

Greece won the second game of the Torneo Internacional Lugo 10 to finish with 2-1 record. In the last game of the tournament the team overcame Belarus 79:62. The latter lost all three games in the tournament however looked decent in all of them.
Greece started better, but Belarus did not allow them to go on a big lead. Moreover after 8-0 run Belarus grabbed 18:16 advantage. Kotsopoulos needed a three for 19:18 lead after the first period. Belarus again dominated the court early in the second period and another 8-0 run allowed them to take 33:25 advantage. The teams went to the lockers as the latter enjoyed 39:34 halftime advantage.
France bounced back in the third quarter and reduced to 44:42 early in the period. They enjoyed 53:51 after 29 minutes and had 55:52 after three quarters. Soulis gave her side 66:61 and then Greece held off the opponents until the rest of the game.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Limoura followed her with 11. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) posted 9, while Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) notched 8. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) responded with 14 points in the losing effort. Tatiana Lihtorovich scored 11 and Trafimava brought 8.

Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou (5), Evanthia Maltsi (22), Stylani Kaltsidou (6), Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) (6), Pelagia Papamichail (8) Nafsika Stavriou (0), Zoi Dimitrakou (9), Olga Chatzinikolaov (6), Iouliti-Lolita Limoura (11), Artemis Spanou (1), May Marie Kotsopoulos (3), Irini Mitropoulou (2).
Belarus: Natali Marchenko (0), Yulia Dureyko (2), Natali Trafimava (8), Nastia Veeremenko (3), Marina Kress (6) Olga Podobed (1), Sasha Tarasova (2), Vika Gasper (6), Natali Annfrienko (6), Tatyana Troina (14), Tatiana Dashkevich (0) y Tatiana Lihtorovich (11).


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A2 market news - by Eurobasket News
Radostina Slavova-Naneva (186-F-86) will play for La Mercede Basket Alghero. In 2004-2005 the Bulgarian player appeared in Lukoil Neftochimik Burgas (D1) and in Europe Cup after 6 games averaged 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg. She continued with the team for another few seasons and in 2007-2008 after 31 games her stats read 15.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. In 2008-2009 siged with BC CSS MCM Targoviste (Romania-D1, starting five) and in EuroCup after 4 games had 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg, while in Romanian League after 3 games showed 6.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg. In 2009-2010 for Slavia Sofia (NBL) after 12 games she averaged 16.8ppg, Reb-5 (9.5rpg), 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT-3 (84.4%).
Well-known Marianna Balleggi (188-F-74) returns to basketball after maternity leave. The player will play for Virtus Spezia in the upcoming season. Early in 90/91 she appeared in Florence Firenze A2, then also played for Sireg Brianza A2, Copma Ferrara A1, Basket Parma A1 Coppa Ronchetti, In 2004-2005 moved to B.Pop.Trentino Rovereto (A1, starting five) and after 29 games averaged 14.5ppg, 7.2rpg. In Europe Cup after 7 games her stats read 10.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 0.7apg, 0.7spg, 0.7bpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 23.1%, 3FGP: 85.3%. In 2005-2006 signed with TermoCarispe La Spezia (A1, starting five) and after 32 games showed 12.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55,2%, 3PT: 42,4%, FT: 74,5%. In 2006-2007 played for Taranto (A1, starting five) and in EuroCup after 11 games had 11.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 30%, FT: 77.3%, while in Italian League in 31 games she showed 11.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55,4%, 3PT: 25,0%, FT: 75,0%. In 2007-2008 played for Cras Taranto (A1) and in EuroCup after 7 games her stats read 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg, while in Italian League after 28 games she showed 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 71.7%.



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Poland win international tournament in Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Poland 75:71

Polish National Team celebrated the victory at the international Eletrobras tournanament in Barueri. Despite the loss to Brazil on the final day of the competition Poland managed to occupy the top position. Brazil finished second, while Cuba stayed in the third position.
Brazil and Poland looked well-matched in the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. Poland bounced back in the second quarter. They limited the Latin American team to just 9 points and tied things up at 31. Brazil recovered in the third quarter. The home team unloaded 23 points and rallied to a 6-point advantage at the final break. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter. Brazil maintained a narrow lead and recorded a tough win at the end. Karen Gustavo (177-G-84) and Silvia Gustavo (182-F-82) finished with 14 points each to pace Brazil. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) added 11 points in the victory. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) fired game-high 25 points for Poland. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) and Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) netted 9 points each in the losing effort.

Brazil: Karen Gustavo 14, Silvia Gustavo 14, Damiris Dantas 11
Poland: Justyna Zurowska 25, Daria Mieloszynska 9, Izabela Piekarska 9



Widzew Lodz win pre-season tournament - by Eurobasket News
Widzew Lodz celebrated the victory at the pre-season tournament in Ostrow Wielkopolski.
Widzew Lodz opened the tournament with a 78:71 win over Ostrovia Ostrow. Widzew piled up a 5-point halftime lead. They stretched the gap to 16 points after thirty minutes of action and hung on to clinch the victory. Kotonowicz notched 15 points to lead the effort. Eliza Golumbiewska (178-F-83) added 14 points in the win. Martyna Cebulska (168-G-91) replied with 13 points for Ostrovia Ostrow. Milena Krzyzaniak (165-G-90, agency: Promotex) finished with 11 points in defeat.
In the meantime CCC Polkowice also advanced into the title game after they took care of Super-Pol Leszno 74:68. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) unleashed 19 points to pace CCC. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) and Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee) provided 16 points each in the victory. Shawn Goff (191-C-87, college: Mississippi) replied with 14 points for Leszno.
Super-Pol Leszno claimed the third overall position at the tourney. They outscored Ostovia Ostrow 96:60 on the second day of action. Mercedes Fox-Griffin (170-G, college: Oregon St.) stepped up with 19 points for Leszno. Shawn Goff accounted for 18 points in the win. Milena Krzyzaniak answered with game-high 24 points for Ostrovia.
Widzew Lodz and CCC Polkowice clashed for the trophy. CCC led by a point after ten minutes 18:17. But Widzew turned things their way as they accumulated an 8-point halftime advantage. CCC changed the complexion of the encounter in the third frame posting a 6-point advantage with ten minutes to go. But Widzew erupted for 27 points in the final frame and snatched a narrow 79:73 win at the end. Olga Zytomirska (189-C/F-81) knocked down 18 points for Widzew. Eliza Golumbiewska added 14 points in the win. Valeriya Musina answered with 17 points for CCC Polkowice. Agnieszka Majewska and Joanna Walich provided 16 points each in the loss.



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Aneika Henry heads to Mann Filter - by Eurobasket News
Aneika Henry (191-C-86, college: Florida) heads to Mann Filter and will play for the Spanish team in 2010/2011 season. In 2007-2008 she joined Florida (NCAA, starting five) and in 33 games averaged 4.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9bpg. In 2008-2009 continued for Florida (NCAA) and after 32 games showed 3.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5bpg. In 2009-2010 moved to Spain and played for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (Spain-LFB, starting five). In EuroCup after 10 games she averaged 14.0ppg, 8.7rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 65.6%, while in Spanish League had 9.7 points per game.
In EuroCup she recorded 21 points in the start of the season as Granca had no mercy for Olivais celebrating easy 75:58 win. Aneika Henry paced Granca to victory with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Jaklin Zlatanova shined with 19 pts and 10 boards, and Morgan Warburton posted 18 points. In Olivais, Jhasmin Player was good with 19 points and 7 boards. Ana Fonseca scored 14 and Danyel Crutcher stopped on 13 pts.
In Spanish League she recorded 22 points when Granca registered second win in LFB mostly owing to Morgan Warburton, who drained 28 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Aneika Henry also had very important role collecting 22 points and 10 rebounds. Alicia Lopez scored 18 for Ibiza, who stays winless after six rounds.



France won over Spain in the third day of the Torneo Internacional Lugo 10 - by Eurobasket News
Spain-France 59:65

France won over Spain in the third day of the Torneo Internacional Lugo 10. Both teams finished the tournament with 2-1 records after France produced 65:59 win.
Spain started better and led be Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) the team grabbed 9:2 lead. France meanwhile played better in the end of the period and after some successful baskets took 17:14 after the first quarter. Spain again went on a lead in the beginning of the second period and Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) gave them 31:25. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) Dumerc however nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 35:30. In the third frame Spain increased the advantage to 7 points as they won the period 17-15. Amaya Valdemoro scored last in the quarter for 52:45 deficit after three quarters. France erupted in the last stanza and created 18-5 to seal the victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Dumerc scored for 63:57 as the final score was 65:59.
Johanne Gomis top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Sandrine Gruda netted 12. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) brought 8, while Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) added 7. Amaya Valdemoro ended up with 17 pooints and Anna Montanana scored 16. Dominguez finished the game with 10 points, whilst Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) notched 4 each.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 17, Anna Montanana 16, Dominguez 10, Lucila Pascua 4, Marta Fernandez 4
France: Johanne Gomis 13, Sandrine Gruda 12, Emmeline Ndongue 8, Clemence Beikes 7


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  WNBA - Women  


2010 USA women's World Championship team finalists to tip-off training - by Eurobasket News
Beginning its final domestic push towards reclaiming FIBA World Championship gold, finalists for the 2010 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team will gather in the nation's capital for a four-day training camp Sept. 4-7.

While in the Washington, D.C., area, the team will practice daily Sept. 4-7 at 10:00 a.m. (all times EDT). On Sept. 4-5, the squad will train at The Flint School in Oakton, Va., and on Sept. 6-7 the USA will practice at American University's Bender Arena in Washington, D.C. Practices are open to credentialed media only and media will be allowed to view approximately the final 30 minutes of each practice.

Expected to participate in the Sept. 4-7 training camp are: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (University of Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).

Coaching the USA Basketball Women's National Team through 2012 is University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma . Additional USA National Team players currently competing in the WNBA Playoffs will join the squad upon the conclusion of their season. The Seattle Storm, with Sue Bird and Swin Cash, advanced to the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Mercury, which features Candice Dupree and Diana Taurasi.

The Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry and USA assistant coach Marynell Meadors are in the Eastern Conference Finals against Cappie Pondexter and the New York Liberty.

It is expected that 2010 USA World Championship Team finalists who do not advance to the WNBA Finals will join training camp on Sept. 10.

On Sept. 8 the U.S. will move up the coast to Hartford, Conn., and will train on Sept. 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the XL Center before taking on defending world champion Australia in an exhibition game on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The U.S. will practice at 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the XL Center and will cap its domestic training with a friendly against Spain, the No. 5-ranked women's program in the world, at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 12.

Tickets for the Sept. 10 and Sept. 12 USA exhibition games are on sale now online at www.ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and in person at the XL Center box office. Ticket prices range from $75, $50, $30, $20 and $10 respectively, and additional fees may apply.

In addition to the USA exhibition games, the University of Hartford will play host to an exhibition between Australia and Spain on Sept. 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the Australia - Spain exhibition game are $10 and can also be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Traveling to Salamanca, Spain, the USA National Team will face Australia a second time, on Sept. 17 (time TBD) in the first game of the 2010 Spain International Invitational. Spain will tip-off against Senegal in the second game of the day and the winners will meet on Sept. 18 (times TBD) for the championship, while the losing teams will play for third place.

The U.S. will get one final warm-up before the start of the 2010 FIBA World Championship when it faces host Czech Republic in a scrimmage in Brno on Sept. 20 (time TBD).

The 12-member 2010 USA World Championship Team will be selected from the 24-member USA National Team pool. The make-up of the USA National Team during its exhibition contests will be partly dependent upon who is competing in the WNBA playoffs and the official 12-woman USA roster that will compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship must be submitted to FIBA at the technical meeting that normally is held the day prior to the start of the competition.

Assisting Auriemma and the USA National Team through the 2010 FIBA World Championship are DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Los Angeles Sparks head coach Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach / general manager Meadors.

The U.S. will look to capture the title at the 2010 FIBA World Championship that will be held Sept. 23 - Oct. 3 in Brno, Karlovy Vary and Ostrava, Czech Republic, with the gold medal winner earning a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Should the U.S. not finish with the gold medal in '10, it would have two additional chances to qualify for the Olympics: the 2011 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD) and 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD).

In the past dozen years, the highly successful USA Basketball Women's National Team program, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIBA, has posted a 63-1 slate in major international competitions, winning four consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008), two FIBA World Championship gold medals (1998, 2002), one FIBA World Championship bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).

FIBA World Championship The FIBA World Championship has been contested essentially every four years since 1953, and the United States captured the first two gold medals before the beginning of the Soviet domination of women's basketball was kicked-off at the 1959 World Championship. The former USSR put together a string of five straight golds (1959, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1975), before the United States reclaimed gold in 1979. The Soviet Union in 1983 earned its final World Championship crown as the USA went on to capture four of the next five World Championships (1986, 1990, 1998, 2002). The only other nations to break into the gold medal column at this event are Australia, the defending world champion, and Brazil, which defeated the USA in the 1994 semifinals and went on to take the top spot that year.

The USA owns a record seven gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 88-21 record at the event. In 2006, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. fell 75-68 to Russia in the semifinals, but rebounded to take host Brazil 99-59 in the bronze medal game and finish with an 8-1 record. Australia earned the gold after defeating Russia 91-74 in the final contest.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Pondexter, Liberty Dreamin' big as they open Eastern Conference Finals - by Eurobasket News
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) finished third in the MVP voting this week, but the one award she would really like to have is the WNBA championship trophy ... again.

Having won it twice before, Pondexter said she really likes the Liberty's chances this year.

'I've been on two championship teams and the one common thing is togetherness,' she said. 'No matter if you're the most talented team or what, and that's one special thing that we have this season.'

The Liberty had a scare in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday, but managed to come back and beat Indiana 77-74 to advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2008. Tonight, they play host to the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 (7, no TV).

They will open the series at home, a huge advantage for a team with 10 straight wins at MSG. All eyes will be on Pondexter, who scored 30 points, including the go-ahead bucket, a one-handed circus shot while falling out of bounds in the series-clinching win.

'I live for moments like these as a basketball player,' Pondexter, who scored 20 or more points in each of the three games against the Fever, told WNBA.com after the game. 'In my mind, that's all it's about. It's mind over matter in all situations and I just took it upon myself to take over. And I love having the last shot.'

Pondexter and the Liberty will try to continue their strong second half that saw them go from a non-playoff team to a title contender. Since the All-Star break, they are 17-4.

'New York has come from behind and really started playing well after the All-Star break. Every team goes through a situation where they're up and down,' Atlanta head coach Marynell Meadors said.

This has been a special season for the Liberty, setting a franchise record for regular season wins (22). If things continue, they may have another first: winning the franchise's first WNBA title.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Storm knows Taurasi's team still dangerous - by Eurobasket News
They call them chips. And no one stacks them better than Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut).

The Phoenix guard has won so many championships - or chips - that Seattle guard Svetlana Abrosimova (6'1''-F-80, college: Connecticut) playfully wondered if it was a requirement to play Taurasi for the right to get one.

'For the last seven years, especially playing in Europe, it was, 'We have to beat Diana Taurasi,' ' said Abrosimova. 'For me, the championship is associated with her. You have to beat her to become the champion.'

Taurasi's team faces possible elimination in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals after she had a miserable opener in the best-of-three series against Seattle, but the Storm knows that history shows she should play much better in Sunday's game in Phoenix.

'I remember last year watching her in the playoffs, I want to say the San Antonio series,' said Storm guard Sue Bird of her former teammate at Connecticut and in Russia. 'Early on, she didn't play her best. The next time she stepped on the court, she hit her first seven shots four three-pointers. That's what I'm expecting (Sunday).

'We're going to try to make it as tough as possible, but sometimes, though, there's nothing you can do, literally. Playing with her, most recently in Russia, I've seen her hit some shots that have no business going in. But that's just her.'

As the sellout crowd at KeyArena booed Taurasi relentlessly through her 2-of-15 shooting in a Game 1 loss, the league's three-time leading scorer just smiled. She told reporters afterward that she simply missed open looks and that Sunday they'd drop.

Phoenix coach Corey Gaines agreed. He made note of the defending champion Mercury's first title run in 2007. Then, Taurasi was 3 of 8 for 10 points in Game 1, then burst to an 11-of-20 showing for 30 points in a Game 2 win against Detroit.

After all, there was a chip on the line.

Her first was as a California teen in AAU ball when her team traveled to Florida for the national title. Taurasi and teammates celebrated by jumping in the Cocoa Beach waters with their uniforms on. Since then, she has won three NCAA championships, four EuroLeague titles, two Russian league cups, and two Olympic gold medals.

Oh, and two WNBA championships, including Finals MVP.

'If you don't win a championship, it all doesn't matter,' said Taurasi, 28. 'It's funny, cause I've been at home and ESPN has done things on the 'Best Sports Teams' and my teams are on them. I think I've just been fortunate to play on some great teams. And when you get older, you start to appreciate what you've done a little bit more.'

The Storm is prepared for the Mercury to alter its schemes and Seattle coach Brian Agler wants his players to play tighter defense on Taurasi, to not give her the same open looks she saw in Game 1.

But Phoenix also has others weapons. Star forwards Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree are threats that Taurasi could easily find in a jam. Dupree had a second consecutive playoff double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1 while Taylor was 4 for 4 from three-point range.

'We can't let her get into a comfort zone,' Storm guard Tanisha Wright said of Taurasi. 'But they're a full-packaged team. You don't expect it to just be Diana and that's it. They have Penny, they have Candice, they have Tan (Smith) and they have (DeWanna) Bonner, a sixth woman coming off the bench. We're definitely not just keying in on one person. We're going to play our normal defense and take it from there.'

And if Taurasi goes off?

'When the lights go on and there's something at stake, (Taurasi) just plays her best and is consistent with it. That's what makes her so dangerous,' Bird said. 'But there are four other people on the floor. If she gets 40 and we still win, what are you going to do? That's the challenge in our locker room trying to guard them.'

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Greece defeated France in Lugo - by Bert Larsimont
At the international tournament of Lugo, the French team of Coach Pierre Vincent was beaten by Greece of Coach Missas Konstantinos: 70-58. Led by the last European Championship MVP Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78), Greece never gave any chance to les Bleues through the game. To be noted: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) as well as here mates Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) and Marielle Amant (191-F/C-89) did not play for France.
It is the first loss for the French squad in its preparation campaign.

Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-12, 38-26, 54-43 and 70-58

Greece: --
France: Miyem 17, Ndongue 12, Laborde 6, Dumerc 5, Jannault-Lo 4, Godin 4, Digbeu 3, J. Gomis 2, Lardy 2, Lepron 2, E. Gomis 1.


The Greek ladies win over Belarus and 'Les Bleues' finish strong to defeat Spain in Lugo - by Bert Larsimont
First good news on the French side: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) played against Spain and even scored 12 points to help her team win against their Spanish hosts in this friendly tournament of Lugo, Galicia. Spain, led offensively by Anna Montanana (16 points, 186-F-80, college: George Washington) and Amaya Valdemoro (17 points, 184-F-76), was always in front but France showed mental strength by coming back in the last minutes of the game.
Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) finished the game as top-scorer with 13 points for les Bleues.

Quarter by quarter socre evolution: 14-17, 35-30, 52-45 and 59-65

Spain: Pascua 4, Montanana 16, Valdemoro 17, Torrens 2, Fernandez 4, Dominguez 10, Aguilar 1, Martinez 2, Cruz 3.
France: Miyem 2, Gruda 12, Beikes 7, Dumerc 3, E. Gomis 13, Lardy 3, Digbeu 2, Godin 4, Ndongue 8, Jannault 5, Laborde 3, Lepron 3.

In the other game played in Lugo on Saturday, Greece won against Belarus (final score 79-62). Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) scored 22 points for the winners while Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) was Belarus's best scorer with 13 points in this game.
See full report by clicking on the following Eurobasket.com link: http://www.eurobasket.com/Greece/basketball.asp?NewsID=202399&Women=1