EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/9/2010

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  ABA   


Rockford, Illinois added to ABA 2011 Expansion Teams - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the league will expand to Rockford, IL in 2011-12 season with the addtion of a team owned by local businessman, Leon Smith. 'Rockford was one of the most successful cities in the former CBA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The support from the fans, sponsors, media, and community at large made Rockford one of the shining lights of that league. We are very excited that the ABA brand of exciting and affordable basketball and entertainment will be there next season. And we are very pleased that Leon Smith is at the helm; the perfect combination of businessman/sportsman. He should be very successful.'
'We have really missed exciting and affordable professional basketball here in Rockford,' stated Leon Smith. 'We are so excited about being a part of the ABA and the North Central Division and we are going to make our city proud.' For more information, email rockford_20@hotmail.com or call 815 319 2942. The team website should be ready shortly.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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.

Ginebra Kid WHITE goes BRUNIE to play for the BARRACUDAS - by Sheryl Reyes
Kevin White (183-G), underrated player from the PBA is now officially going to play for the Brunei Barracudas for the ASEAN BASKETBALL SEASON 2 ,He has excellent vision on the court and can also score from the perimeter. Has excellent range on his shot and possesses great speed and quickness. A leader on the floor who also makes his teammates better.A great athlete , who can score in a variety of ways, and is fundamentally sound. Can play the 2, and 3 position. Has long arms, and can defend very well. Heslashes well too. He is a star in the making , he will for sure explode and show us all what he got as he rest from the PBA to share his basketball skills with the ABL. He will for sure be back before you know it with the PBA


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  AUSTRALIA   


SEABL team wins first game in second leg of Tour - by Eurobasket News
Report filed by Team manager Mark Chivers.

The team arrived in Guilang, Guizhou yesterday after an arduous and testing trip from YaAn. A two hour bus ride was followed by a one hour flight, which was followed by another two hour bus ride. When you include check-ins and so forth, the total travel time was about 10 hours.

Another trial for the guys is that the town where we are staying, HuangGuoShu, is about 30 minutes from the venue, adding to the travel time the team faces every day.

However, some of the travel has been a real eye-opener as the scenery and road engineering are incredible at times

But last night was our first game of the 'Yu Mei Cheng Cup' in Guilang. The Opening Ceremony was followed by our game at 8 pm against Germany.

The conditions were very oppressive again and both teams struggled with the heat, humidity and I think the travel the day before. But in a very tough encounter we were able to come out on top 64-59.

Sean Carroll, Ryan Bathie (200-F-87, college: Nicholls St.) and Tim Lang (206-C-85, college: Stetson) continue to be our key players on the tour, but Cameron McCallum (203-F) continues to show that he has what it takes to match it at this level.

Here are some stats from the game:

Quarter-by-quarters

Australia: 18 18 13 15

Germany: 17 11 16 15

Sean Carroll
16pts

Ryan Bathie
14pts
7 rebs

Tim Lang
14pts
8 rebs

Shaun Bruce
12pts

Cameron McCallum

9 rebs

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


SEABL Rep team goes down in a tough battle with US - by Eurobasket News
Report filed by Team Manager Mark Chivers.

After a good win against Germany a few nights ago, the SEABL team went down to the United States in a close game last night, 79-92.

The US got off to a great start and lead 17-2, before we were able to peg it back to trail at quarter time by eight.

But we pretty much played catch up after that. At one point in the last term, we managed to hit the lead, but the boys were well and truly out of gas and couldnt sustain the momentum down the stretch.

Unfortunately, weve had Glenn Potts out for the last two games with a throat infection, and Dominic Friend has had to deal with a calf strain. In this heat, having one or two less bodies to throw in is making a huge difference.

We are hopeful that Glenn will be able to hit the floor for a few minutes tonight in the game against China, and that Dominic will be back for the final three games of the tour.

Here are some stats for the game against the US:

Ryan Bathie (200-F-87, college: Nicholls St.)
17 points
4 rebounds


Cam McCullum
15 points
11 rebounds


Tim Lang (206-C-85, college: Stetson)
12 points
4 rebounds


Shaun Bruce
9 points

3 assists
3 steals

Sean Carroll (175-G-87)

8 assists



Today we practice at 11am local time (1pm AEST), before playing at 8pm tonight.

For the boys, free time is very scarce. As the team becomes more fatigued, the more they need to rest. But we have developed a great and cordial relationship with the Germans, and the coaching staff of both teams talks a lot.

The weather is very humid over here. I don't know how the boys are getting through the games. The food where we are staying is always the same for every meal. Cabbage, Brocoli and rice and a few other dishes which we don't like the look of. Next time we travel we will certainly be better prepared as far as food and drink side of things go.

Unfortunately we have not been able to send a captains Diary in the last few days because the internet speed here has been very slow. When we move on to the next stop, we hope that we can forward a few entries.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian teams started their preparation for the upcoming season - by Eurobasket News
Austrian teams started their preparation for the upcoming season. Zlatorog beat Austrian Fuerstenfeld 80:75. The Slovenian team opened the game with 22:18 and increased the lead due to 18-17 in the second period. Moreover the lead grew up in the third quarter as the hosts had 19-15 in it. Fuerstenfeld managed to win the last frame 25-21 to reduce the gap at the end. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Kovacevic scored 12 and Nikolic Smrdelj posted 11. Kent Tuttle (198-F-86, college: BYU) brought 18 points for the Austrian team. Dennis Carr (201-F-81, college: Embry Riddle) scored 17 and Alexander netted 15.
Kapfenberg Bulls edged UBSC Graz 70:49. Lawrence paced all the winners with 15 points and Danny Horace (196-F-83, college: Miami (OH)) added 13. Kugerl netted 12, Nelson posted 10 and Knabl added 7.
Polish PGE Turow Zgorzelec beat Allianz Swans Gmunden twice. In the first game Turow celebrated 76:55 win with a decent start. The Polish team opened the game with 20:16 and added 17:8 in the second period. They did not slow down and produced 23:14 in the third period, while the Austrian team responded with 16:17 at the end. Tomaszek poured in 11 points for the winners and Kuebler as well as Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10 apiece. Zigenarovic and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) netted 8 apiece and Jackson as well as Thomas had 7 each. For Allianz notched Murati 15 points and Mayer had 13. Oppeland chipped in 11, whilst Mayes had 7. In the second game PGE Turow Zgorzelec rolled over Allian Swans Gmunden 78:64. The Polish team started with 20:18 and increased the lead due to 18:11 in the second frame. Allian Swans Gmunden managed to win the third period 13:14, but Turow closed the game with 27:21. Thomas top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Tomaszek brought 13. Jackson netted 12, Marko Brkic had 9, while Kuebler, Zigenarovic, Gabinski and Jarecki posted 6 each. For Allianz Oppland erupted with 18 points and Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge), Murati and Schoninger chipped in 12 apiece.




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  BAHRAIN   


Training Camp in Greece - by Yousef Ahmed


BAHRAIN'S men's national basketball team will continue their preparations in a training camp located in Greece for the upcoming GCC Championship, which takes place in Dubai from September 25 to October 3.

Head coach Saleh Al Haddad will continue his intensive training with a squad of 14 hopefuls and the roster will be trimmed to 12 players before the championship. The team looks better then previous years because of the young and veteran combined talent that coach has selected and they will be spearheaded by star big man
Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Broward CC) who has never failed to represent Bahrain with big Heart to Dominate the Boards in International events/

Mutawa will be surrounded by several prolific scorers in the form of Manama trio Mohammed Hassan, Mahmood Ghuloom and Bader Abdulla Malabes; Also Mohammed Quwayed of Sitra, Sayed Hashim from Al Ahli and Muharraq's Mohammed Abdulmajeed will complete the back court.

Set to run coach offence will be veteran point guard Hussain Shaker of Ahli, and athletic court General Ahmed Abdulaziz of Manama.

Beefing up the team's frontline alongside Mutawa are enforcers Mohammed Qurban from Ahli, Essa Ebrahim of Muharraq, Maytham Jameel and Abdulrahman Shali of Ahli.

The camp has been scheduled for the next 2 weeks in Athens Greece starting from Friday the first day of Eid.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Beograd 0-0 
 2. Levski 0-0 
 3. Svjetlost 0-0 
 4. Zrinjski MC 0-0 
Group B
 1. Balkan 0-0 
 2. Feni Indistrija 0-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 4. Mures 0-0 
 5. Rilski Sport 0-0 


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  BOSNIA   


Nihad Djedovic loaned to Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
What has been speculated in the previous several days has finally got its confirmation. According to many sources, Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) has been loaned by Barcelona to Roma. Reportedly the clubs have reached an agreement so Djedovic will spend next two seasons with the Italian outfit. This is seen as a great move for both Roma and the player. The club has received one of Europes greatest prospects, while Djedovic is expected to be given room to improve. The player stated that he is delighted with the move and is looking forward to playing in the Euroleague next season.
Nihad Dedovic started his career with Bosna BH Telecom Sarajevo. In November of 2006 he was signed by Winterthur F.C. Barcelona but was immediately loaned back to Bosna. That season he appeared in 25 Adriatc League games, averaging 6.7 points and 2.0 rebounds. Last two seasons, Djedovic spent on loan with WTC Almeda Park Cornella where he became leagues best player. During 2008-2009 season he averaged 18.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 26 games, while he also made a single appearance for Barcelona. Djedovic is a member of Bosnia Senior National Team. He played in 6 games for Bosnia during the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 and averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 66.7% for two. Last season, Djedovic played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro on loan. In 27 league games, he has posted averages of 6.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.


Milos Trikic close to sign with Borac Nektar - by Eurobasket News
Borac Nektar is continuing with the search for reinforcements ahead of new season. The club has already brought in several fresh faces and is now on the verge to add one more. According to the reports from Bosnian media, Milos Trikic (205-F/C-90) has joined the team preparations and will be practicing with the club. Young forward has so far played for Partizan junior team and Partizan II and is seen as player for the future. He will get his chance to impress during these preparations and reportedly is close to securing a deal. Both the club and the player were glad to be given a chance to work together, and Trikic stated he is excited and hopes to justify faith shown in him by the club management. It remains to be seen in the next few weeks whether this deal will materialize.
Milos Trikic is a product of BC Partizan junior system. He made his debut with Partizan junior team during 2007-2008 season. Next year he played in 1. Srpska league where he was a regular member of starting five. Last season he was promoted to Partizan II where he continued to improve his skills. Trikic is a member of U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. In 2008 he made appearance at the U18 European Championship Division B in Hungary. He played in 8 games and has posted averages of 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per match.


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Araldite/Univille 0-0 
 2. Araraquara 0-0 
 3. Assis Basket 0-0 
 4. BRB/Brasilia 0-0 
 5. Flamengo 0-0 
 6. GRSA/Bauru 0-0 
 7. Metodista/S.B. 0-0 
 8. Paulistano 0-0 
 9. Pinheiros/Sky 0-0 
 10. Pitagoras/Minas 0-0 
 11. S.Jose/Vinac 0-0 
 12. Unitri/Universo 0-0 
 13. Vila Velha CETAF 0-0 
 14. Vivo/Franca 0-0 
 15. Winner/Limeira 0-0 


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  COLOMBIA   


Cangrejeros changes imports, Mensah and Ffriend arrives - by Victor Garcia
Cangrejeros de Cartagena, currently 3-1 in the Federation Cup decided to release Michael Gardener and Jameel Watkins, and bring quickly a couple of well known imports, the scoring guard Kojo Mensah is coming from the Dominican Republic today to be the new driver and first option of the team, Mensah was one the most important pieces of the Panteras de Miranda en Venezuela.
The team also landed jamaican center, Kimani Ffriend with good background in several leagues of Southamerica
Cangrejeros is confident that with the new imports the team will be among the contenders in the Cup
Kojo Mensah (185-G-85, college: Duquesne)


FEDERATION CUP 2010, DAY 4 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros Freskaleche stays alone in the top of the standings, while Cucuta Norte, Arrieros and Cangrejeros are tied one game behind, Fastbreak keeps close.

Bucaros defeated for second straight night Piratas at home, the yellow team had a good second half leaded by David Cortes, Rogers Washington and David Reyes with several three pointers, in Piratas Humberto Soler helped David Harrison to keep the ofiensive game alive, but the effort were not enough to avoid the third straight loss in the road of Piratas.
BUCAROS 93
PIRATAS 88


Cucuta Norte had another easy night defeating a weak Patriotas , Tony Ruiz use his full bench in most of the second half, while the lonely effort of Louis Mccullough was again short.
CUCUTA 78
PATRIOTAS 56


Arrieros took revenge of its previous defeat and won the second game in Cali against Fastbreak, but was not an easy one, Fastbreak keeps focused on the defense, and just the big ofensive power of Arrieros can defeat them.
FASTBREAK 83
ARRIEROS 90


Los Pastos still does not know the victory in his first Federation Cup, this time finished just two points behind Cangrejeros, Cangrejeros now waits the arrival of its two new imports to face the games in Bogot and Tunja.
LOS PASTOS 88
CANGREJEROS 90


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  COSTA RICA   


Both Semifinal series are tied - by Gianni Pascucci
Led by veteran Harry Montoya (195-C-73), who scored 19 points, Liceo de Costa Rica was able to defeat Barva in Game 1, 73-67. Four nights after, the reigning champions took an immediate revenge, 96-71, with Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) leading the way at 22 pts, but a third game is now necessary to name the Finalist team.
At the other side, both ARBA San Ramon and Escazu won a game on the road, and this forces these teams too to play another, decisive game. USJ-ARBA San Ramon and Escazu will meet tomorrow, Friday 10 night, while Barva and Liceo will play their game on Sunday 12.
See here dow the results of Gae 1 and Game 2:
SEPT 03 Kolbi Liceo 73 - Ferreteria 67
SEPT 07 Ferreteria 96 - Kolbi Liceo 71
SEPT 04 Escazu 68 - USJ ARBA 76
SEPT 07 USJ ARBA 48 - Escazu 60




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  CYPRUS   


Alexis Zachariou ready to move on-round up - by Michael Aristidou
Ex international player Alexis Zachariou (200-F/C-76) is looking forward to move on. The player didnt agree so far with any team. Proteas Danoi AEL showed some interest but the deal never got on. The player now is looking to find his new team.


In other news B.M.C. AEK Larnacas started training today. The team announces the agreement with Giannis Prokopiou (182-G-80)opiou. Vladimir Dujovic (194-G/F-82) also stayed in the team.



As concern Madisons Apoel Nicosia the team agreed to release Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77, agency: High Post Agency) on a free transfer while on the same time announce the deal with Georgios Neophytou (193-G-83, agency: High Post Agency) and Sokratis Socratous (195-G-86).


Pizza Express Primetel Apollon will not have Michael Jones as assistant coach for next season and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios retrieve the services of Aleksandar Matic (203-F-76) for next year.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


USK Praha Signs former Providence Friar Center Randall Hanke - by Surujh Roopnarine
USK Praha has finally filled the void left by the departure of Tremaine Ford as they announced the signing of second year center Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence) for the 2010-11 season. Hanke joins veteran guard Levell Sanders (189-G-75, college: Seton Hall) (Seton Hall) of Decin, Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) (St. John's) of Prostejov, Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) (Marquette) of Ostrava and former Providence Friar teammate Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) as former members of the NCAA's Big East conference who will be playing in the NBL this season.. At 6-11 (210cm), Hanke will be one of the tallest if not the tallest players in the NBL and is coming off a rookie season split between Great Britain and Spain. In seven games for the Scottish Rocks of the British BBL, Hanke averaged 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. After transferring to Spains LEB Gold division with La Laguna Canarias, he played sparingly in eight contests (1.5ppg, 1.4rpg). At Providence, competing against some of the best collegiate players in the USA, the New York native started most of his sophomore and junior seasons while serving as a reserve his final season in college. For his career he appeared in 119 games, averaging 8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while finishing first all-time in school history in field goal percentage at 66.8% (450-674). Granted British citizenship in 2009, Hanke prepared with Englands National Team last season but was not a member of the team during their recent European Championship qualifications. Hanke is the first import signed by Praha this upcoming season.

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  D-LEAGUE   


Utah Flash name Kevin Young as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Flash introduced Kevin Young as its new head coach for the 2010-11 season. Young has been a vital part of the Utah Flash staff since the teams' inception in 2007 and adds a wealth of basketball knowledge to the organization.

'We are very excited to have Kevin take charge of this team and lead us through the 2010-11 season,' said Team President Drew Sellers. 'Kevin has proven himself worthy to join the head coaching ranks.'

Young has filled various roles within the Flash organization including assistant coach, scout, and director of basketball operations. He has participated in on-court coaching, player development, and has been an important aspect of player personnel decisions for the Utah Flash in its first three seasons.

In addition to his time with the Flash, Young has spent time overseas as a head coach in Ireland, Estonia, and China. He is a graduate of Clayton State University where he is a top ten record holder in several statistical categories as a player.

Young will assume the head coaching role for the Flash immediately and will look to fill vacancies in the assistant coaching position as well as put together a competitive roster for the 2010-11 season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DOMINICA   


Ramal Carbon is latest Dominica college prosprect - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
Dominica does not produce an abundance of basketball talent, but the small island has been home to several productive NCAA Division 1 players such as Otis George ( Louisville) and
Brian Mason ( South Carolina State). It has been awhile since a legit prospect has poppped up on the island but the drought seems to be over with the emergence of 6'7'' , 19 yr old Ramal Carbon. Carbon, like many developing players will have to adjust to the nuances of the US game but he has the coordination level and frame to be a productive player at the four year level.


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  FIBA   


Mainini unanimously elected 11th FIBA President; World Congress ratifies 2010-2014 Central Board - by Eurobasket News
ISTANBUL (19th FIBA World Congress) - Yvan Mainini, the President of the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) since 1992, has been unanimously elected as the 11th FIBA President at the FIBA World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.

I am flattered by the overwhelming confidence the Congress has shown me in todays election, he said. I will do everything to justify this confidence and move the sport forward at the same pace as my predecessor.

Looking ahead, I am determined to work on a harmonised basketball calendar that gives clubs and national teams the exposure they both deserve.

I will also further enhance FIBAs mission to find new ways of growing the game. FIBA33 is certainly one way but by no means the only one.

Mainini succeeds Bob Elphinston of Australia, who was elected at the 18th FIBA World Congress in Tokyo, Japan in 2006.

According to the principle of continental rotation and with statutes limiting the term of office to one four-year period, the FIBA Presidency was passed over to a European in 2010 following Elphinstons four-year term.

Mainini was nominated for the FIBA Presidency by the FIBA Europe General Assembly in Munich, Germany in May.

Born in the French city of Bayeux on 26th December 1944, he began playing basketball in 1957 and four years later, at only 16 years of age, became the head coach of his hometown team. He was in charge of that side for a total of 17 seasons before moving on to Mondeville where he walked the sidelines from 1979 to 1982 and then in 1984.

He began refereeing when he was 17 and was a national referee just two years later. He went on to officiate in international competitions from 1973 to 1988, including three Olympic Games and three FIBA World Championships. He officiated in the 1982 and 1986 World Championship finals between the USA and the USSR. He refereed over 1,000 top-level games including 300 internationals.

Off the court, Mainini graduated from the University of Caen with a degree in geography in 1977. He completed a Masters Degree in Law and Economy of Sport in Limoges in 1993.

After working as a physical education professor for schools in his native area of Calvados (1965-1983), he went on to become Director of the Sports Department in Mondeville (1983-1988) and later the Manager of the Sports, Culture and Communication Department for that very same municipality.

He first got involved in the administrative side of basketball by becoming a member of Calvados Basketball Committee (1968-1972) and he then went on to serve as President of the League of Basse-Normandie (1984-1992) before taking his position as President of the FFBB.

Additionally, he has been a member of the FIBA Central Board since 1994, and served as its Vice-President for four years (1998-2002). He also had a term as FIBA Europe President (1998-2001).

He is involved in the Olympics movement, serving as a special adviser to the French National Olympic Committee President.

Mainini is married and has two children.

The Congress also ratified the composition of the Central Board for the 2010-2014 term. The following personalities have been approved:

Mr Yvan Mainini (France) President
Mr Horacio Muratore (Argentina) Vice President
Mr Patrick Baumann (Switzerland) Secretary General
Mr Borislav Stankovic (Serbia) Secretary General Emeritus
Mr Manfred Strher (Germany) Treasurer
Mr Mabusa Eseka Dieudonne (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Mr Alphonse Bil (Ivory Coast)
Ms Salamatou Maiga (Mali)
Mr Alberto Garcia (Argentina)
Ms Valerie Ackerman (USA)
Mr Usie Richards (US Virgin Islands)
Sheik Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani (Qatar)
Mr Dato Yeoh Choo Hock (Malaysia)
Ms Xu Lan (China)
Mr Olafur Rafnsson (Iceland)
Mr Nar Zanolin (Canada)
Ms Lena Wallin-Kantzy (Sweden)
Mr Jose Luis Saez Regalado (Spain)
Mr Bob Elphinston (Australia)
Mr Steve Smith (Australia)
Mrs Barbara Wheadon (New Zealand)

In accordance with the FIBA General Statutes, the following personalities have been appointed to the Ethics Commission by the Congress:

Mr Carl Ching (Hong Kong)
Dr Alain Ekra (Ivory Coast)
Mr George Killian (USA)
Mr Jenaro Marchand (Puerto Rico)
Mr Abdoulaye Seye Moreau (Senegal)
Mr Borislav Stankovic (Serbia)

The FIBA Central Board also announced it unanimously agreed to extend FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumanns contract until 2022.

Courtesy of FIBA


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: John Allen back in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American G-F John Allen (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) is interested in coming back to Finland. Karhu (Kauhajoki) will test Allen, who played first time in Finland 2005-06 on Kouvot (Kouvola) roster averaging 19,8 ppg - 7,7 rpg. Allen has played professionally later in Israel, France and Germany. Last season Allen averaged 6,3 ppg - 2,4 rpg in Braunschweig (GER-1. Bundesliga). Tarmo (Porvoo) and American PF Jerrah Young (201-F-85, college: Toledo) have signed one season (2010-11) contract. Young graduated at Toledo (Ohio) University 2008 and averaged as a Senior 10,5 ppg - 6,5 rpg. Later Young became Irish National Cup winner (2009), Irish Superleague Champion and Ireland Superleague Player of the Year 2009. Young averaged 22,2 ppg - 12,0 rpg on UCC Demons Cork roster. Last season Young played in England (Cheshire Jets) and was the finalist both in British BBL Cup and British BBL. Finnish F Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) played also last season in the BBL in England (Worthing Thunder). Makalainen had a good season with averages 16,5 ppg - 3,9 rpg. This coming 2010-11 season Makalainen stays in Finland as he has joined Honka (Espoo) roster.



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  FRANCE   


Orleans wins Trophy Du Golfe - by Eurobasket News
Orleans wins Trophy Du Golfe with 4 teams participating. In Day 1 Orleans overcame Quimper 69:51. The Pro A team started with 21-13 and never looked behind after. They added 12-10 in the second period for 33-23 halftime advantage. The third quarter was another masterpiece for the winners that produced 26-11 in it. Quimper managed to win the last frame 17-10 to reduce the gap at the end. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Virginia) stepped up with 15 points and 8 assists, while Amara Sy (202-F-81) added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Smith posted 10 and Moss ended up with 9 points. In another game Nanterre surprised Le Mans 73:71 to clinch the Final spot.
In the Final Orleans beat Nanterre 91:86 to clinch the trophy. It was a great game and both teams showed their great skills in the preparation tournament for the upcoming season. Orlenas managed to score some important baskets to seal the victory. Amara Sy top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.) netted 14. Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) and Smith posted 12 each and Cutri collected 10 points and 5 assists.
In the game for the third place Quimper outscored Le Mans 73:69.


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  GAMBIA   


SAC camp wrapped up in August. - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
SAC basketball camp wraps up at Independence Stadium
Africa Gambia
Monday, August 09, 2010
A four-day summer basketball camp organised by the Scholar Athletes for Change (SAC) in collaboration with the National Sports Council wrapped up on Friday at the Independence Stadium, Bakau.

Over 80 young campers drawn from various schools within the KMC, Banjul, Western Region and North Bank Region took part in what was the second edition of the annual camp.

Pierre Jallow, a professional Gambian basketballer and sole initiator of Scholar Athletes for Change, said the annual summer camp is meant to develop the youngsters' individual basketball skills as well as teach them teamwork and life skills. Speaking at Friday's closing ceremony, Jallow expressed his satisfaction over the level of participation, adding 'the objective of the camp has been achieved'. He also hailed his collaborators and sponsors for their kind assistance in making the event a success.

Author: Nanama Keita
*From Daily Observer


Pierre Jallow continues good works in The Gambia - by Rolando DeLaBarrera

The SAC team was accompanied to the Vice Presidents Office by the Hon Minister of Youth and Sports, the Director of Youth and Sports , the Executive Secretary of the National Sports Council and the Principal Education Officer for Sports representing the Hon Minister of Education.

The purpose of the visit was to update Her Excellency on the progress made after the last camp in 2009. She was also briefed on the SAC three year strategic plan and presented with a copy of the plan. In response to the contribution that SAC is making to the development of young people, the Hon Minister of the Interior commended Pierre for the initiative and for complementing Governments effort in developing young people especially through sports. In fact the President of the Republic of The Gambia believes in the development of all sports and has put in his personal resources for that purpose. I am interested in sports hence I have a strong football and volley teams in my Ministry. I am on the verge of building a team for basketball he posited. The Minister of Youth and Sports again hailed the efforts of SAC through the initiator Pierre Jallow. If we want to reach excellence in sports we must start from the grassroots and catch them when they are young. The efforts of SAC will be supported and it is anticipated that others who are out there in Europe and Elsewhere in the world will pledge their support for the development of any sport in the Country.

In her turn the Vice President Dr Isatou Njie Saidy recalled the visit made to her office last year and was pleased to welcome the team again. She hailed SAC and Pierre Jallow for fulfilling their promise and organizing the second edition of the camp for school children. This camp is important as it helps to bring children together especially during the long summer vacation and engage them in activities that are beneficial to their development. I am informed that you have also included some life skills topics which are presented to the campers. I am equally informed of the added dimension of the training seminar for PE Teachers and Basketball Coaches. On behalf of His Excellency the President Sheikh Professor Alhaji Yahya A.J. J . Jammeh I hail the efforts you are making and will surely update him on all this. Two basketballs and Scarf were given as gifts to the President and Vice President respectively. She promised to handover the gifts to His Excellency the President and to extend our greetings and best wishes.

Similar visits were made to the Ministers of Youth and sports and Basic and Secondary Education. Each Ministry was donated with a carton containing 24 basketballs for use in programs deemed fit for students , teachers and regional sports coordinators.

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Jallow 's SAC nationally recognized - by Rolando DeLaBarrera

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Pierre Jallow, a renowned Gambian basketball player and founder of the Scholar Athletes for Change (SAC) Tuesday called on the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy at her office at State House in Banjul.

The prolific basketball sensation was accompanied to State House by some officials of SAC, the minister of Youth and Sports, Sheriff Gomez and senior officials of the National Sports Council (NSC). Established two years ago, SAC is a non-profit organisation that helps and promotes education through sports and has a board of directors both in The Gambia and Finland.

Speaking to reporters shortly after meeting the vice president, Pierre Jallow disclosed that they organised a basketball camp last year, saying they were fortunate enough to meet the vice president and discuss with her some strategic plans on the different projects that they have embarked on. 'This year, we were fortunate as well, since we have just completed our four-day basketball camp and added a PE teachers and coaching training seminar. So we are here to brief her on what we have been able to accomplish so far,' he said, while emphasising that the vice president's reaction to their visit was very positive.

He further explained that VP Njie-Saidy first reiterated the importance of youths and for them (SAC) being able to bring out projects that are not only basketball skills but also life skills. Commenting on the recently concluded basketball tourney for youths, Jallow said that the rationale behind the initiative was to expose the youths to basketball skills as well as equip them with the necessary fundamentals in the game. 'Yes, basketball is important but not as important as education and you have to be able to balance both of them, because a sound mind needs a sound body. We look for the holistic development of the individual and as Gambians, we are very blessed with talents,' he posited.

He hinted that they intend to embark on similar initiatives each year, to be able to teach the youths proper skills, and that they want to built partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other ministries, as well as stakeholders. He emphasised that the participation of the private sector in their project is important for their growth and development. 'We hope that all parties concerned will be able to bring our heads together to help the young people as youths are the future leaders of any county,' he concluded.



Gambian US player update - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
The number of Gambians playing stateside is dwindling somewhat as some of the handful that were playing have concluded their college careers and a few others are nearing completion. Mahamoud Njie will be finishing up this year at Binghamton University. The 6'6'' senior will be among a few returning players from a program ravaged by scandal in the past year. Amadou Sambou (203-C) has surfaced at Cal Albert State College after a year at St. Augustine College in Raleigh, NC. Amadou played a few games before he was injured and is seeking a medical redshirt for the year. Sambou will have two years to play after this season. Dawda Njie (201-F/C), does not appear on the Armstrong Atlantic roster this season after his first season with the program. We will update his status once he surfaces this season.

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Will Derrick Allen (Alba Berlin) Be Able To Ballerina To The Barking Of Coach Luka Pavicevic? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Over time the world has witnessed the grace and beauty of world class ballerinas like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frederick Ashton or Erik Bruhn and Frankfurt basketball fans have had their very own hoops ballerina with Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) the last three years who made the zone his own pretty dancing area as he glided, cat stepped and side stepped around opponents with ease often letting his man look more like a lost puppy weeping for its mother than an aggressive defender trying to shut him down. As training camp has started in Frankfurt, the BCM facility is missing a touch of gracefulness in the zone as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is no longer around as he signed a contract with 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin earlier this summer. This will be Allens 7th season in Germany and now has reached the big time going to a Euroleague calibur team. Allen played in Frankfurt for three years reaching the playoffs each season, but was unable to win a title as he lost a heartbreaker in game 5 of the 2010 finals to the Brose Baskets Bamberg. . 'Losing game 5 was very tough, because we were so close and let it slip away at the end. It was a great playoff run that we had, and when you play a game 5 like that you dont want no team too loose, but we did, and congrats too Bamberg, but it has motivated me for this season', warned Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi).

In his three years for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, Allen played 128 BEKO BBL games averaging 15,1ppg, 5,9rpg and 1,6apg and shot 52,3% from the field. In the 2007-2008 season, he was the second top scorer in the league averaging 18,1ppg. He also played 20 international games. Many were hoping that D.A which everyone calls him except for ex coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) who calls everyone Babba might return for a fourth season, but the Gadsen Alabama native decided to make the next step. 'Leaving Frankfurt was tough, because of the great years I had with all of those guys. It was a place that was truly like home and a great family atmosphere. I will miss everything, from my apartment in Sachsenhausen too my teammates, organization and the fans just Everybody. But leaving Frankurt to go too Alba Berlin was the right move too make at the right time', stressed Allen. After some strong scoring seasons early in his career in Karlsruhe and Leverkusen (2007 BEKO BBL scoring champion), it wasnt until he came to Frankfurt that he was more recognized for his ability on the court from Eurobasket as he was Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year in 2008, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team 2008 and 2010 and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team 2008 and 2010.

At the age of 30, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) now enters a new phase in his basketball career as he is playing for top European team Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin last won the BEKO BBL league title in 2008 and have a lot to prove this season. It is no secret that Alba Berlin form rosters each season as strong as Fort Knox, but for some reason it wasnt talent holding back the 8 time BEKO BBL team last season. 'My experience playing against Berlin and talking to other guys who've played them is that they rely on their talent to win, but dont really play hungry or with emotion which is why they don't win in the playoffs', stated ex TBB Trier forward Ernest Scott (201-F-82, agency: Impact Sports Basketball, college: Valdosta St.). Allen knew coming to Berlin that his basketball life will change 180 degrees and with so much talent things might not always go the way he wants from what he experienced in Karlsruhe, Leverkusen and Frankfurt. 'The opportunity too play for such a big name club not only in Germany, but in Europe is truly a blessing and I am very grateful for the opportunity that Alba has given me', expressed Allen. 'Allen is in his prime and for Ernest Scott (201-F-82, agency: Impact Sports Basketball, college: Valdosta St.) possibly not even at the height of his basketball career yet. You hit your prime at ages 28-34, that's when you have the best combo of experience, physical condition, and skill. I've been around Derrick in the summer. He's a gym rat so he's always getting better, and he takes care of himself. I think he will play like he has something to prove. I also think he is underrated in that, he has the ability and the way he plays he should be a Euroleague level guy. A good season in Berlin will definitely open high level European doors for him', warned Scott.

Alba Berlin met up weeks ago in Berlin and polished their skills in Slovenia recently far away from the O2 World arena only a short distance from the wall that once divided the city. One thing hasnt changed for Allen. The intensity of practices that he witnessed under Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and now Serb legend Luka Pavicevic that belonged to the glory days of Split winning three consecutive Euroleague titles in the late 80s. 'Training camp was good. We were in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Its a nice place, quiet with the mountains around us. We practiced very hard. And the team is really pushing ourselves too get ready for the German league and for European competition also. Both coaches are the same kind of with the style of coaching. They are both very intense during practice and expect a lot from their players. Coach Pavicevic is really focused from start too the end of practice and Murat would be more loose during practice', stated Allen. In the early going it seems like Pavicevic and Allen have found the same basketball wave length. 'Our relationship is very good so far. I like the way he coaches. His game style on offense and defense is very good. He gives you the confidence too go out and play your game which I like a lot', commented Allen. Allen also has impressed his new teammates. 'Derrick has been fitting in well. He has shown his athletic ability, running up and down the court and done what coach has told him', elaborated Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati).

Wherever Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) has played, he has mostly been the go to guy. As a rookie in Iceland in 2003 for Keflavikur, he averaged 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg in 22 games. Then he played for BG Karlsruhe averaging 34 minutes from 2004-2006. In the 2006-2007 season, his minutes dipped to 27 in Leverkusen, but he was still the go to guy and very efficient leading the BEKO BBL in scoring with 16,5ppg. In his first season in Frankfurt, he was the workhorse averaging 36 minutes per game and averaging 19,7ppg in the regular season. In 2008-2009, his minutes dipped dramatically to 26 minutes per game as did his scoring to 13,0ppg. This was the first time in his professional career where he got less minutes and had to accept the new role on a team that had many scoring options like Keith Simmons, Titus Ivory or Ilian Evtimov However Allen took it like a professional and played to win and not for his stats. Last season, he was slightly under 30 minutes averaging 14,4ppg. Now he is playing for a team that has a potent 12 man roster. Could it be possible that he might play less than 20 minutes and will he be primarly a power forward or center? Power forward is his natural position, but he can play center. The position four is crowded with Sven Schultze and Tadija Dragicevic while the center position has veteran and former Euroleague winner Patrik Femerling and German National player Yassin Idbihi that was one of the last cuts for The World Championships and will want to prove something quickly in Berlin. 'My role with Alba, will be too play the 5 and some 4 position. And just play my game, score points in the paint, rebound, defend, and get easy baskets. I just want to give them something that the team didnt have last season. Since I will be playing a lot of 5, I will have too continue too work on my post up game, and my mid range jump shots and be ready when my time comes during the games', warned Allen. 'He would be a great 4, with his skill set. I think he would be limited at the 5. He has improved his jumper and still plays well with his back to the basket', stressed Ernest Scott (201-F-82, agency: Impact Sports Basketball, college: Valdosta St.).

Allen already got an introduction to less playing time by his ex coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) in Frankfurt in the 2008-2009 season as his minutes got shaved drastically. Allen will play no 30 minutes in Berlin and he knows that. Basketball players can be egotistical, but Allen is the complete opposite as he often showed last season withdrawing from presenting his slick ballerina moves out of the post and firing a quick pass to the open man. Allen knows that he will spend more time on the bench with Alba Berlin than any team that he has ever played for as a professional. 'I am ok with that. Teams like Barcelona dont have a player that plays more that 22-23minutes per game. So I would be ok with playing 20mins a game. I will just have too be productive and play my game during that time. Having a deep team, helps you during the playoffs. With the 4 and 5 positions being crowded, I think guys have to just come in a work hard, and earn their minutes and I am willing too do that', stressed Allen. 2006 BEKO BBL champion with Cologne Immanuel McElroy also knows that Allen has only one goal and wont worry about his minutes. 'We have a lot of talented players at the position 4 and 5. If Derrick can bring what he did in Frankfurt than we will be fine. The most important thing for him is winning not his minutes', added Immanuel McElroy.

This will be the fourth season for Alba Berlin coach Luka Pavicevic and so far he has had three successes in Berlin winning the BEKO BBL title in 2008, BEKO BBL cup in 2009 and reaching the Eurocup final in 2010. However in Berlin there is always pressure to win as much as possible. On paper, the 2010-2011 Alba Berlin team is one of the early favorites with the Brose Baskets Bamberg to win some serious hardware in 2011. In the last two years, Alba Berlin had a lot of talent, but not the right mesh of player personalities. This years team seems to have the right mix early 'The guys are all working very hard. I mean we have a good mix of Americans, Germans, and we have a couple of Serbian players. And we are all getting along well, talking too each other. We are getting to know one another which I think is a great thing right now. But the character of this team is great. Everyone comes in and works everyday', said Allen. The missing link that the team might have been missing the last two seasons in terms of the perfect character to hold the team together might have been a Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) type of player. 'Derrick will give them more intensity. He always goes hard and plays with heart. I don't think he'll let them lose, stressed Ernest Scott (201-F-82, agency: Impact Sports Basketball, college: Valdosta St.). Derrick will be very important for us because of his strong character. If we can stay healthy, get it together and get on the same page than I think we can win the title', warned Immanuel McElroy.

For Allen who is a devoted Indianapolis Colts fans, it might not be a compliment about having ballerina moves, but god gave him a very special gift and his play in the zone just happens to look extremely graceful and many players would die to have his talent. His teammate Mcelroy is very happy to have Allen on the team and knows he wont moonlight as a ballerina later in life. 'He will really help with his moves in the zone. I am positive that he will never be a ballerina. He will stick to basketball always', joked Immanuel McElroy. A few years ago, ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon supposedly burned his hands on the stove cooking and was unable to play basketball for a while. If Allen ever has the misfortune of not having the use of his hands then one might find him on the indoor track on a rainy day in Berlin. Last season in pre season in Frankfurt, Allen ran a 10,7 for the 100 meters and was already trash talking in the direction of Usain Bolt in a playful way. So far Allen hasnt found the track in Berlin, but is still confident about his sprinting talent. 'We dont run the 100 meters here in Berlin so I cant tell you right now, but I could be at 10.3 right now I think', joked Allen. Allens friend Ernest Scott (201-F-82, agency: Impact Sports Basketball, college: Valdosta St.) apparently had no idea about his hidden talent. 'I am impressed by the 10.7. I don't know, Usain can probably back pedal that time. But get Usain in the post and it'll be just as bad of a mismatch', joked Scott. Right now Allen might be dreaming of beating Usain Bolt in the 100 meters, but his main focus now is basketball and winning and he will continue to dance around opponents in the BEKO BBL arenas this season doing what he does best and just outworking everyone else.




Brose Baskets, BG Gottingen, MBC won the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets overcame BBC Bayreuth 80:52 in a Frankenderby. Terry stepped up with 23 points and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) added 16. Suput posted 8, while Stuckey and Roberts added 7 each.
BG Gottingen won over BV Chemnitz 99 96:53. The winners stared with 25-11 in the opening quarter and enjoyed 48-28 later in the game. Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 23 points, while Adler netted 10. Scott delivered 9 and Tetzner posted 8 points. Felix Daghofer (185-G-88) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Lawson poured in 10 and Harbut scored 7.
New Yorker Phantoms lost to Trefl Sopot 55:72. The Polish side won the half 35:31 and increased the lead later in the game. Dylewicz top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Kikowski and Beal added 13 each. Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) and Gustas nailed 8 apiece and Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) notched 5. For New Yorker Phantoms Thomas scored 15 points. Cain netted 11 and Kepkay delivered 9.
MBC rolled over Polish PGE Turow Zgorzelec 68:55. The German side had 38:31 and increased the game to the biggest lead. Leutloff paced all the winners with 15 points and Grunheid netted 11. Roberts and Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.) poured in 10 points each, whilst Bernard netted 9. Jackson responded with 13 points in the losing effort. Kuebler and Tomaszek produced 9 each, whilst Jarecki and Brkic notched 7 apiece.




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Marousi in crisis after the departure of Bartzokas - by George Fragkos
The situation at Marousi BC seems to get worse day by day. The departure of the coach Giorgos Bartzokas , who told to the press that he decided this to make some people do something to save the club from disaster, is rumored to be just the beginning. The rest of the coaching stuff and some players have already started thinking about leaving and if things do not change, the disbanding of the club is really possible.

Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) is one of the players who were persuaded to join Marousi BC by Giorgos Bartzokas and now that the Greek coach has left his position, the player considers leaving the club. Moreover, the stuff that cooperated with Giorgos Bartzokas has the intention to follow him and leave, as the financial crisis of the club seems to be unsolvable.

The fact that Marousi BC takes part in the preliminaries of Euroleague makes things more difficult, because not only all the problems must be solved, but it must also happen as fast as possible. And since nothing has happened or is going to happen in the short run, the Greek team will most likely withdraw from Euroleague.



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Moycullen add Mason Ambler to the roster - by Eurobasket News
Moycullen have announced the signing of Mason Ambler (198-F, agency: R.H.Consultancy) for the upcoming Superleague season. The forward signed his first pro contract. Mason Ambler just out of the Coker College. He tallied 17.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in his senior college year. Mason Ambler was named into the All-Conference Carolinas 1st Team in 2010. The forward also made it into NABC Division II All-Southeast Region 2nd Team this year.


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Peric jons Benetton - by Gianni Pascucci
Benetton Treviso Basket offcially announced the landing of Croatian star Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85), loaned from Unicaja Malaga. He joined the team yesterday afternoon, immediately undergouing medical exams. Peric is a strong-bodied combo forward who can spend time in the 3 and 4 positions. Has yet a huge international experience and his addition can mean a further improving of Treviso in the Serie A preseason rankings.

Report and interviews from Angelico Biella - Fastweb Casale - by Michele Berra
Good feelings for coach Marco Crespi after the scrimmage against Angelico Biella. The game was played with special rules: four quarters of 12 minutes each, eliminating the score after each time. Were not counted with personal fouls and the bonus was set at seven penalties for each team.
These are the words of coach Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato:
'A good workout. is very useful to play against a team like Angelico Biella, which has the physical strength of a team of series A and two big men, Jurak and Salyers, who played the Euroleague.
I really liked the fact that with each mistake, the team, in action later tried to correct it.
Good teamwork and the fact that every player has tried to improve himself. The inclusion of Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F/C-78, college: Marquette) is progressing very well, Stefano Gentile (189-G-89) has recovered from injury and played the whole game. '


Forli inks Luca Campani - by Eurobasket News
Forli announced signing of the Italian player Luca Campani (204-F-90) for the next season. The 20-year old forward arrives to his new team from Reggio Emilia. The latest season he played mostly for their U20 Team. Luca Campani is a member of the Italian U20 National Team. He also played for U18 and U16 Italy in the past. At the U18 EuroBasket 2008 in Greece he averaged 7.4 points and 4 rebounds for 8 games. In 2006, he played for U16 Italy at the U16 EuroBasket in Jaen. At this event he had 13.4 ppg and 9.4 rpg for 8 appearances. VemSistemi Forli will compete in LegaDue next season. They were A dilettanti Group A regular season champions this year and earned a promotion for Lega2.
Meanwhile, Tlc Palestrina parted ways with their Head Coach. The team and Giovanni Venuto decided to split and Palestrina will be on the lookout for the new boss. The club registered 14-14 record last season in A dilettanti. They were ninth ranked team in Group B.


Pallacanestro Palestrina gets new HC, Scavolini inks Steffel - by Eurobasket News
Pallacanestro Palestrina players didn't have to wait too long to find out who will be their Head Coach for the next season. After releasing of Giovanni Venuto , the Italian A dilettanti team agreed terms with Gianluigi Galetti (agency: Interperformances ) and he will lead them in 2009/10. Pallacanestro Palestrina finished last season with 14 wins and 14 defeats, but it seems that the club's managed was not satisfied with that. It was enough just for the ninth place in Group B. With the new Head Coach on the bench their ambitions will be much bigger. Gianluigi Galetti most recently worked with B dilettanti team Mic Faenza Castrocaro. It was on season 2008/09. A year before that, he was coaching Acmar Ravenna in B2. From 2005 to 2007 Galetti was a HC of Cartiere Riva del Garda and he also worked with Senigallia and Monferrato in the past.
Meanwhile, David Steffel (211-F/C-85) signed contract with Scavolini. The Czech arrives from Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin and he already played in Italy in the past. He had 8.8 ppg and 4.6 rpg in 49 Czech league games helping his team to reach the Playoff Semifinals last season. He was called to participate at the Czech Repuplic NBL All-Star Game. Season 2008/09 he spent with Pardubice averaging 15.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg. From 2006 to 2008 Steffal was a member of Montegranaro, but had had very limited playing time with them. In the past he also spent some time with Benetton Treviso. Steffel was a member of the Czech Republic U20 NT in the past.


Preview Angelico Biella-Fastweb Casale Monferrato - by Michele Berra

This evening at Biella Forum, Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato will play the third game of the preseason. The opponent is the home team: Angelico Biella, the match will be closed to the public. During the 40 minutes could make his debut Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F/C-78, college: Marquette), whose physical condition is improving. Will also be available point guard Stefano Gentile (189-G-89), which seems to feel better after missing the scrimmage against Northwestern for a muscle strain.


A Dilettanti 2010/11 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

Edimes Pavia
Brescia Leonessa
Acegas Aps Trieste
Cartiere Riva del Garda
Bitumcalor Trento
Gira Ozzano
Nobili SBS Castelletto
Paffoni Omegna
Blu Basket CoMark Treviglio
Edilcost Osimo
Liomatic Perugia
Consum.IT Siena
Zerouno Moncalieri S. Mauro Torino
Copra Morpho Piacenza
Goldengas Senigallia
La Fortezza Recanati

Group B

Associazione Basket Latina
Etika & Solsonica Palestrina
FMC Ferentino
Nuove Frontiere Sant' Antimo
Assi Basket Ostuni
Adriatica Industriale Ruvo
Publisys Potenza
Bawer Matera
Moncada Fortitudo Agrigento
Basket Trapani
Centro Auto Ford Molfetta
Cisa Massafra
Ascom Patti
Ambrosia Bisceglie
Romana Chimici Anagni
Ircop Rieti

The first round of the League Cup there will be the 11/12 September. These are the 8 groups:

A: Zerouno Moncalieri S. Mauro Torino, Nobili SBS Castelletto, Paffoni Omegna, Edimes Pavia
B: Bitumcalor Trento, Blu Basket CoMark Treviglio, Cartiere Riva del Garda, Brescia Leonessa
C: Copra Morpho Piacenza, Acegas Aps Trieste, Gira Ozzano, Consum.IT Siena
D: Goldengas Senigallia, Edilcost Osimo, La Fortezza Recanati, Liomatic Perugia
E: FMC Ferentino, Etika & Solsonica Palestrina, Ircop Rieti, Associazione Basket Latina
F: Ambrosia Bisceglie, Assi Basket Ostuni, Centro Auto Ford Molfetta, Adriatica Industriale Ruvo
G: Publisys Potenza, Cisa Massafra, Bawer Matera, Romana Chimici Anagni
H: Basket Trapani, Nuove Frontiere Sant' Antimo, Ascom Patti, Moncada Fortitudo Agrigento


Spiga Rimini and Veroli won the latest - by Eurobasket News
Spiga Rimini and Veroli won the latest friendly games of the pre-season.Spiga Rimini overcame Pistoia 81:57 taking the lead from the very beginning. They started with 22-14 in the opening quarter and had 42:29 at the halftime. Moreover the lead grew to 59:41 after three quarters and the winners reached 24-point win. Terrence Roderick (195-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Gurini netted 13. Eliantonio and Vukcevic poured in 12 each, while Giovanni Tomassini (189-G-88) and Scarone delivered 10 apiece. Forte ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Varando nailed 10.
Veroli stun L'Aget 71:69 in a thriller. It was a great game and both teams could win the battle. Aget started with 24-19 in the first period, but Veroli grabbed the lead at the halftime at 38:35. Moreover they held 4-point advantage entering the last stanza and managed to keep the score for good. Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87, college: Villanova) paced all the winners with 17 points and Ivan Gatto (207-F/C-78) delivered 15. Jackson ended up with 13 points, while Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) notched 10. Prato finished the night with 16 points in the losing case. Ebi and Ringstrom scored 15 each, while Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) posted 14.


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Osaka Evessa adds Blackledge to their roster - by Eurobasket
Osaka Evessa (BJ League) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86, college: Marquette). Blackledge played most recently at Vancouver BC Titans (Canada). While playing 23 games for BC Titans last season he averaged 18.8ppg and 8.7rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Bye, Turkey ! - by Omar Shafaamri

I will start by saying it was one the most exciting experiences of my career so far to be in the World Championship. To be at the highest stage of basketball is amazing. Also, to be around the top players in the world and to see them and chat with them around the hotel was an unforgettable experience.

As the last buzzer of the final game went off, I realized that its all over and this great experience that every player wants to be in has come to an end. What was even harder to deal with is we couldnt get a win in our group! It was hard to take for me because I want to win so bad. But it was great playing in our group because every team was on FIBAs Top 12 including Argentina, the No. 1.

I cant even describe how much fun it was to play every night in this group. Im very sad that its all over, but Im very proud of everyone on my team. Our coaching staff did a wonderful job getting us ready to play night in and night out. If we, the players, didnt make the mistakes we made we would have still been playing in the World Championshp right now.

I think the U.S. has a great shot at winning the tournament, but they have to start playing a lot better. Team USA needs to move the ball around more because its not the NBA here. There is no illegal defense. You are giving the other team the advantage if you keep running isolation plays. I like Turkey. They are deep and they are playing great basketball right now. The teams to look out for are Serbia and Argentina. Its going to be fun watching the upcoming games and see who is going to come out on top.

Anyway, its time to move on to the next step in my career and hope to find a team that I can help with my leadership as a point guard. Im hoping somewhere in Europe. Its going to be tough to sit around and wait, but I believe God will bless me with the right job.

Thank you to HoopsHype for allowing me to blog about this great experience and share it with everyone.

Bye!
Osama Daghles (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.)


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Jose Olivero is a newcomer at Algodoneros de la Comarca - by Eurobasket
Algodoneros de la Comarca (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American-Dominican Rep. guard Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh). Olivero played most recently at Metros de Santiago (Dominican Rep.). Olivero is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Dominican Rep., France, Latvia and Lithuania.
Last season with JSA Bordeaux Basket, in French Pro B, he averaged 11.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 62.7% in 18 games.


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Warriors expected to sign Carney, Hornets close to Louis Amundson - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors confirmed late Tuesday that they are expected to sign forward Rodney Carney (6'7''-F-84, college: Memphis). The No. 16 overall pick in the 2006 draft averaged 4.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists last season. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Warriors will present Carney to the media Wednesday, a source said.

Once Louis Amundson (6'9''-F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: UNLV) makes a decision on his future - the New Orleans Hornets appear to be the front-runner - teams such as the Golden State Warriors and the Indiana Pacers could turn their attention to Earl Barron. A source close to the situation confirmed to Hoopsnotes.com the New-Orleans Hornets are going to sign Louis Amundson for one-year and the veteran minimum. The forward, considered as an energizer coming from the bench, hopes to have more gaming time behind David West and Emeka Okafor to sign a multi-year contract next summer.

Courtesy of www.hoopsnotes.com


Indiana Pacers injury updates - by Eurobasket News
I had a chance to catch up with Pacers president Larry Bird on Tuesday.

Bird didn't say much about the roster other than they know they still have some work to do to improve the team.

'I can't tell you if something is going to happen or not but we're still looking,' Bird said.

Bird did, however, give some updates about their injured players.

The team's media day is Sept. 27 and training camp starts the following morning.

Bird said Tyler Hansbrough still hasn't been cleared to go all out.

'When they release him to go, he'll go,' Bird said. 'I don't know when that's going to happen. I know he's got another meeting with his doctors coming up.

'He's in top condition. I don't worry about Tyler as far as being in shape.'

Hansbrough has been dealing with an inner ear infection/concussion/vertigo since last December.

Veteran Jeff Foster also isn't going all out after having back surgery last season.

Don't worry, though, this is by design. The Pacers don't want the 33 year old to over do it in the summer.

'There's no use in going all out right now,' Bird said. 'He'll be in shape. I know how hard it is to sit out a whole year and come back. It takes time.

'Jeff is a specialty-type player. Whatever we can get out of him, he'll help us.'

Point guard A.J. Price is back on the court.

'It's going to be a challenge for him to be 100 percent for training camp,' Bird said. 'He's looked pretty good, but he's not 100 percent. It's still good that he's able to go against some competition.'

Bird declined to talk about their decision not to allow rookie guard Lance Stephenson to workout with the rest of his teammates at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Stephenson, who was allegedly involved in an incident in New York last month, has to workout with assistant coaches at different facilities in Indianapolis. He's also getting counseling help.

'I don't want to get into that right now,' Bird said. 'We'll let that all play out and we'll see what happens in the near future.'

Roy Hibbert has gotten his body fat down to 10 percent.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com (by Mike Wells)


Magic name Adonal Foyle director of player development - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic have named Adonal Foyle (6'10''-F-75, college: Colgate) as director of player development, President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith announced today. In his role, Foyle will provide support for the overall development of the players, act as a conduit between players and management, and give assistance to the basketball operations department.

Originally selected by Golden State in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft, Foyle (610, 270, 3/9/75) appeared in 733 regular season games during his 13-year NBA career with Golden State, Orlando and Memphis, averaging 4.1 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 1.63 blkpg. in 17.8 minpg. Foyle remains Golden States all-time franchise leader in blocked shots with 1,140. He spent the final three seasons of his professional career with the Magic before retiring in August 2010.

Born on March 9, 1975, Foyle grew up on the small island of Canouan (population 1,000 and 3.5 x 1.25 miles in size) and did not play organized basketball until the age of 16. During his time in the NBA, he was extremely active off the court. In the summer of 2001, Foyle founded Democracy Matters, a non-profit political organization that encourages grass-roots involvement in the campaign finance reform movement. Democracy Matters currently has more than 70 chapters on college, university and high school campuses in 23 different states. In 2006, he established the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, named after the type of light Foyle used to study at night on an island with no electricity, with the goal of empowering youth of the Eastern Caribbean and the United States to take control of their future. All of Foyles off-the-court activities can be found on his personal website www.adonalfoyle.com.

Foyle has been inducted into both the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame. He also served as first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Nets waive Sean May after power forward suffers stress fracture in foot - by Eurobasket News
Sean May (6'8''-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina), whose chances of making the Nets were firmly in the slim-or-none category, suffered a stress fracture in his left foot during a workout last week in Chapel Hill and was waived by the team today, just 17 days before the start of training camp.

Nets general manager Billy King explained that the team just couldnt wait on the 25-year-old power forward: 'The injury has a four- to eight-week rehab period,' King said, 'which would not provide Sean a legitimate chance to make our team.'

May was a long shot to make the team even before the Nets traded for Troy Murphy, who is likely to start ahead of rookie Derrick Favors and Kris Humphries at the four-spot. The Nets had given May a make-good contract on August 6.

Courtesy of www.nj.com


Earl Barron not expected to come back for the Knicks - by Eurobasket News
The Knicks are not expected to bring back Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) as a fourth center on the roster, which I expect will result in great dismay from you Barronites out there. He played all of seven games last season -- hey, that equaled Eddy Curry -- but he left a strong enough impression on fans to conjure regular requests from Fixer Nation for me to look into his status with the 2010-11 roster.

With Curry, Ronny Turiaf and Russian rookie Timofey Mozgov on the depth chart at center, the Knicks aren't in the market for yet another big man. The discovery (and signing) of Mozgov effectively ended Barron's chances of a return, even after rookie Jerome Jordan opted to go to Serbia rather than come to camp this year.

The Knicks initially tried to sign Barron at the end of the 09-10 season, when he averaged 11.7 points and 11 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game in the final two weeks of the season. He was offered a non-guaranteed contract for 10-11 and turned it down, mainly because he was hoping to get something more secure - perhaps even from the Knicks - during the offseason.

At this point, you still have to expect someone will give the 29-year-old journeyman, who has a nice touch around the rim, can rebound and block shots, at least the veteran's minimum. Once Lou Amundson makes a decision on his future -- the New Orleans Hornets appear to be the front-runner -- teams such as the Warriors and Pacers could turn their attention to Barron.

'We are having discussions with several teams regarding Earl,' Barron's agent, Mark Termini, said when we spoke today.

Personally, I think Barron would be a better fit on veteran teams and teams that like to run pick-and-roll. The Chicago Bulls, for one, could use him behind Joakim Noah. And I know the Miami Heat invested in Joel Anthony and brought in Zydrunas Ilgauskas, but Barron would fit well there, too.

Of course the Knicks could use him for insurance, considering that:

a. Turiaf is coming off an injury-shortened season and has never been a full-time starter,

b. Mozgov is a rookie and, despite his impressive athleticism and length, could struggle through foul issues early on because of his aggressive style,

c. Curry is, well, you know . . . (It's September 7, do you know where your big man is? I know where he's not: at the MSG Training Center with a growing group of his teammates).

But there is already a logjam in the frontcourt, when you consider Amar'e Stoudemire and Anthony Randolph are also candidates to play minutes at the five. With a more compelling issue to address in the backcourt (mainly the SG spot), the Knicks at this point are not expected to reach out to Barron even for a camp invite.

The roster at 15 players -- Patrick Ewing Jr. signed a partially guaranteed deal, but from what I understand, he is expected to make the team -- the Knicks might invite one or two more players just to have extra bodies at camp. But there will only be a five-day camp this year because of the trip to Europe and Mike D'Antoni will want to get down to numbers fairly quickly.

Courtesy of www.newsday.com


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Embattled Kansas AD Perkins retires - by Eurobasket News
Embattled Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins retired 12 months early Tuesday, following a year of controversy and embarrassment for both himself and the school.

Perkins, 65, said in June that he would retire in September 2011. Instead, he and chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced he was leaving immediately and didn't make themselves available to reporters to explain why.

'There is no question that Kansas athletics has benefited from Lew Perkins' leadership,' said Gray-Little. 'One need only look at the academic success of our student-athletes, at KU's trophy cases and at our state-of-the art athletic facilities to see those benefits. I appreciate his service and understand his decision.'

Senior associate athletics director Sean Lester, who came in with Perkins in 2003, was named interim athletic director. A spokesman, Jack Martin, told The Associated Press the chancellor hoped to have a replacement by the middle of the spring semester and would appoint a five- or six-person search committee.

Leaving a year ahead of schedule will not cost Perkins any money. The school said he will still get the approximately $2 million package he would have received by staying until September 2011.

Associate athletic director Jim Marchiony, perhaps the closest staff member to Perkins, said the Massachusetts native had not been pushed out.

'Lew is very happy,' Marchiony said. 'He thinks it's time to go.'

Perkins arrived after a highly successful stint as athletic director at UConn and took over a department that had fallen woefully behind other Big 12 schools in both revenue and facilities.

Perkins immediately began a capital improvements program that picked up steam in 2008 when the Jayhawks won the NCAA basketball championship and enjoyed an unprecedented year of success in football, capped by a victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Seizing the momentum, Perkins raised about $150 million and oversaw construction of new football and basketball facilities, renovated venerable Allen Fieldhouse and gave Bill Self a 10-year, $30 million contract that made him one of the college game's highest-paid basketball coaches.

The primitive football facilities were given a $32 million upgrade that included new coaches' offices, practice fields and weight rooms.

'Lew's done an awful lot for a lot of people around here,' said Self. 'He's given us a chance to basically recruit selling the same things that other schools are selling that five years from now we wouldn't have.'

But the past year brought scandal and setback, starting when federal authorities began an investigation into a ticket scam allegedly run by members of Perkins' staff. Five of his full-time employees and one part-time consultant have been implicated.

Perkins, while never accused of having anything to do with the scam, nevertheless admitted he had been guilty of poor oversight and said it was the most embarrassing thing that had happened in his 40-year career.

In the scheme, staff members allegedly sold football and basketball tickets and pocketed the money. According to a private audit, it may have cost the school as much as $3 million. The federal investigation is still ongoing.

At the same time, another former staff member said Perkins had accepted, in violation of state law, free use of exercise equipment in his home. The owner of the company that supplied the equipment said Perkins had not granted him or his firm any favors. Perkins later wrote a personal check to cover the cost of the equipment and insisted he had done no wrong.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Kanter reportedly received more than $100,000 from pro team in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
University of Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter (6'10''-C-92) received more than $100,000 in cash and benefits over a three-year period from a professional team in Turkey, The New York Times reported in its Wednesday editions.

The general manager of the team called Fenerbahce Ulker told the newspaper that banking and housing records that substantiate the payments and threaten Kanter's college eligibility had been provided to the NCAA.

The general manager, Nedim Karakas, said the team provided Kanter and his family with between $100,000 and $150,000 starting when Kanter was 14 and he and his family moved from the Turkish capital of Ankara to Istanbul.

The NCAA permits prospects to remain eligible if they receive basic expenses like room and board while playing for a professional team overseas. But Karakas told The New York Times that Kanter's family received more because he was an elite prospect.

Kanter has yet to be ruled eligible by the NCAA, which was why he did not accompany the Kentucky team on its exhibition series in Canada last month. Kanter has reportedly been cleared academically, but his amateur status remains in doubt.

During a book-signing appearance Tuesday, Kentucky Coach John Calipari said he expected a ruling on Kanter's eligibility within two weeks.

Spokesman DeWayne Peevy issued a statement after the story appeared on The New York Times newspaper's Web site Tuesday night.

'The University of Kentucky is working diligently with the NCAA on this matter and we fully support Enes Kanter and his family through this on-going NCAA review,' the statement read. 'We will have no further comment.'

The New York Times story and other media accounts of Kanter's eligibility status note that teams like Fenerbahce Ulker have a motive to prevent players from playing for United States' colleges.

If the NCAA declares Kanter eligible, he could someday play in the NBA or another European team without Fenerbahce Ulker receiving compensation. If the NCAA rules Kanter ineligible, his rights would revert to Fenerbahce Ulker. The team would receive a transfer fee should Kanter play for another European team next season.

Karakas and Fenerbahce's chief executive, Aydin Ors, acknowledged to The New York Times the team's unhappiness with Kanter leaving for the United States. The team had poured money and resources in developing Kanter.

'During Kanter's final season with Fenerbahce he played in at least nine games with the senior club and drew a salary on par with those players,' The New York Times reported. 'Karakas said that meant an initial payment of $19,800 and monthly payments of $6,500 during Kanter's final season with the team.'

FIBA rules do not permit teams to sign players to contracts until the players are at least 18 years old. Kanter did not turn 18 until May, a timeline that supports his contention that he did not sign a contract. In May, he had been in the U.S. for almost a year.

Max Ergul, who some call an agent and others say is an advisor to Turkish players, told The New York Times that Kanter's time with Kenerbahce could be compared to a player attending a prep school in the United States.

'They paid the necessary expenses, like any other kid who goes to prep school and gets the $30- or $40,000 scholarship,' Ergul told the newspaper. 'I think that's the truth.'

In an interview with The Sporting News this spring, Calipari downplayed the notion that Kanter received monetary compensation.

'There was no money, from what we're seeing, what the kid is saying and the family, and what Nike is saying,' Calipari told The Sporting News. 'There's a lot of misinformation out there. You've got people talking about it that don't know, just heard a rumor.'

In speaking with The New York Times, Karakas questioned Kanter's academic ability in the United States.

'I don't believe that Enes will be a very good student at school in the States,' Karakas told the newspaper. 'He won't be a hard worker. I know. I know his fundamentals for school. We know the education that he had before and what he did here in Turkey.

'But he's a very hot prospect for basketball.'

Courtesy of www.kentucky.com


UConn files response to NCAA's recruiting allegations - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut says it has filed a response to NCAA allegations of major recruiting violations in its men's basketball program, but won't make it public this week.

Tuesday was the deadline for the Huskies to respond to the eight infractions cited by the NCAA in May.

UConn spokesman Kyle Muncy says the response fills up several three-ring binders and some information must be redacted to comply with state and federal privacy laws. He says the university plans to post the response on its website once that has been done.

Muncy would not summarize the response or say if the school has self-imposed sanctions.

The NCAA allegations center around improper calls and text messages between recruits and coaches.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Judge dismisses protective order against OSU's Matt Pilgrim - by Eurobasket News
Matthew Pilgrim (6'8''-F-87) gained closure on a months-long legal issue Tuesday when a judge dismissed an emergency protective order that had been filed by a woman who accused the Oklahoma State basketball player of rape.

Payne County Special Judge Phillip Corley made the decision during a hearing Tuesday after concluding there was insufficient evidence of rape. Pilgrim wasn't arrested or charged with a crime and was never suspended from the basketball team.

After the hearing, this post briefly appeared on Pilgrim's Twitter account before being removed: 'Feel like a weight has been lifted off me. God is good... Who would have thought I'd be caught in this life lesson.'

Corley scolded Pilgrim and the woman and said their behavior wasn't appropriate. He said the parties were in court because of both of their actions.

The woman's attorney, Park Medearis, said he was disappointed with the ruling.

Medearis says evidence presented to Corley indicated that she told Pilgrim 'no' before engaging in sex.

Pilgrim's attorneys, Willie Baker and Debbie Vincent, contended in court that sex was consensual. After the hearing, Baker e-mailed this comment to the Tulsa World: 'Judge said it best.... Woman did not meet her burden of proof. Very unfortunate situation for all. Time for all to move on.'

Pilgrim's accuser alleged she was raped April 12 in Smith Hall, an apartment-style living unit on campus. She met with campus police the following day. According to a police activity report,
she initially declined to assist in prosecution of a case, but her attorney contended she was discouraged from pursuing charges. An investigation was later re-opened.

The accuser was granted a protective order after she and Pilgrim had words May 2. A July hearing was held to determine whether a temporary protective order should be made permanent and the hearing was continued until Tuesday.

Asked after the ruling how he felt, Pilgrim said, 'Great.'

Pilgrim started 13 games at forward for the Cowboys as a junior last season, averaging 8.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. He became a starter during the second half of his first year with the team. He transferred to OSU from after spending a redshirt year at Kentucky and two seasons at Hampton.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


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Jeremiah Trueman will play in Manawatu - by Eurobasket News
The Manawatu Jets have seriously bolstered their roster. They landed Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) for 2011 NBL season. The 23-year-old forward will also play for the Perth Wildcats in the upcoming Australian National Basketball League season. Last season Jeremiah Trueman played for the Taranaki Mountain Airs in the New Zealand Basketball League. He tallied 13.8 points, 6.3 boards and 1.1 steals per game. The forward had a spell for the New Zealand Breakers in the ANBL. There Jeremiah Trueman notched 2.4 points per appearance.


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Panamanians in US college update - by Rolando DeLaBarrera
Josimar Ayarza (203-F-87) returns to the University of Southern Mississippi for his senior season. Ayarza was a member of this year's national team wich competed in Puerto Rico. Jonathan King (193-G-90) returns to Eastern Mississippi CC after also playing with the national team this summer in the Dominican Republic. Daniel King (199-F-87, college: N.Mexico JC) will be attending Texas Southern University and also represented his country in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Miguel Gotti (198-F/C-88), a 6'9'', member of the Junior national team is attending Western Nebraska CC.

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Levingston resigns as PBL President - by Eurobasket News
Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston has resigned as President of The Premier Basketball League, and Director of Canadian Expansions - effective immediately. Levingston cites professional differences for the change.

'It has become clear to me that my vision for the league and that of the League owner were very different. I felt I was not given the proper tools in which to conduct business in the way I felt was best,' said Levingston.

Levingston will focus his efforts on building the fan-base of the Halifax Rainmen and scouting skilled players that can bring the team to a championship level.

'The PBL is still a great league with lots of potential and the Rainmen are proud to be part of that organization,' Levingston added.

Levingston wants to extend his best wishes to League officials in their efforts to expand the league and improve the PBL. 'I have no hard feelings, I am just ready to move on.'

Courtesy of PBL


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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.

Ginebra Kid WHITE goes BRUNIE to play for the BARRACUDAS - by Sheryl Reyes
Kevin White (183-G), underrated player from the PBA is now officially going to play for the Brunei Barracudas for the ASEAN BASKETBALL SEASON 2 ,He has excellent vision on the court and can also score from the perimeter. Has excellent range on his shot and possesses great speed and quickness. A leader on the floor who also makes his teammates better.A great athlete , who can score in a variety of ways, and is fundamentally sound. Can play the 2, and 3 position. Has long arms, and can defend very well. Heslashes well too. He is a star in the making , he will for sure explode and show us all what he got as he rest from the PBA to share his basketball skills with the ABL. He will for sure be back before you know it with the PBA


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.

Hungary are you ready? Rashad Bell is on his way to Save the Day !!! - by Sheryl Reyes
Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) one of the PBA'S favorite import and Coca-Cola tigers ex import last conference is headed to Hungary, Rashad Bell has played there in 2006-2007 with the Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary-A Division starting five) He is explosive around the basket and has the ability to finish plays. He also knows what it means to play hard. He has always showed an extreme passion of getting the job done everytime he is seen in action in the philippines. He has played in Italy , Korea , and France and has a long way to go , Rashad Rashad Bell is a very experienced player and is the real thing . The PBA was lucky to have him around and teams will continue to bring him back for sure when he is available. A true hardworking athlete that any team would want to have.


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Trefl Sopot and Asseco Prokom win, Turow lose their games - by Eurobasket News
The Polish teams continue to prepare for the upcoming season playing friendly games with different teams. New Yorker Phantoms lost to Trefl Sopot 55:72. The Polish side won the half 35:31 and increased the lead later in the game. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Pawel Kikowski (193-G-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Beal added 13 each. Kinnard and Gustas nailed 8 apiece and Hlebowicki notched 5. For New Yorker Phantoms Thomas scored 15 points. Cain netted 11 and Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) delivered 9.
MBC rolled over Polish PGE Turow Zgorzelec 68:55. The German side had 38:31 and increased the game to the biggest lead. Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) paced all the winners with 15 points and Grunheid netted 11. Roberts and Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.) poured in 10 points each, whilst Bernard netted 9. Jackson responded with 13 points in the losing effort. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Tomaszek produced 9 each, whilst Jarecki and Brkic notched 7 apiece.
Asseco Prokom Gdynia overcame VEF Riga 75:56. For the Polish team Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) poured in 18 points and Hrycaniuk and Wilks netted 11 apiece. Lapeta and Ewing scored 10 each in the winning effort.


Turow beat Allianz twice, Prokom lost again - by Eurobasket News
Polish PGE Turow Zgorzelec beat Allianz Swans Gmunden twice. In the first game Turow celebrated 76:55 win with a decent start. The Polish team opened the game with 20:16 and added 17:8 in the second period. They did not slow down and produced 23:14 in the third period, while the Austrian team responded with 16:17 at the end. Robert Tomaszek (205-F-81, college: Texas Tech) poured in 11 points for the winners and Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, college: Hawaii) as well as Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10 apiece. Zigenarovic and Wysocki netted 8 apiece and Jackson as well as Thomas had 7 each. For Allianz notched Murati 15 points and Mayer had 13. Oppeland chipped in 11, whilst Mayes had 7. In the second game PGE Turow Zgorzelec rolled over Allian Swans Gmunden 78:64. The Polish team started with 20:18 and increased the lead due to 18:11 in the second frame. Allian Swans Gmunden managed to win the third period 13:14, but Turow closed the game with 27:21. Thomas top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Robert Tomaszek brought 13. Jackson netted 12, Marko Brkic had 9, while Michael Kuebler, Zigenarovic, Gabinski and Jarecki posted 6 each. For Allianz Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) erupted with 18 points and Boylan, Murati and Schoninger chipped in 12 apiece.
Last night Unics Kazan won another game over Asseco Prokom Gdynia 77:73. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and 8 rebounds. McCarty collected 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Veremeenko netted 15. Samoylenko delivered 11 and Lyday poured in 7. Wilks responded with 23 points for the Polish team. Zamojski notched 13, whilst Burrell added 12.



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Timisoara inks Darko Habus - by Eurobasket News
Timisoara announced another signing for the next season. The Romanian outfit inked 28-year old guard Darko Habus (186-G-82) to a one-season deal. The Serbian player heads to Timisoara from CS Municipal Bucuresti. It will be his second year in Romania. Last season he appeared 29 times in the league averaging 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals. CS Municipal Bucuresti ended as No.12. They were promoted in 2009 from Division B.
Before CS Municipal Bucuresti, Darko Habus spent one season with Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad. He struggled to get minutes there averaging just 2.5 points and 1 rebound in 24 Adriatic league games. From 2006 to 2008 he was a member of Masinac Kraljevo. In their second season together Habus collected 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.8 apg. From 2004 to 2006 he played on Cyprus for Intercollege Etha Engomis. They reached Playoff Quarterfinals in 2005. In the past, Habus also was a member of Mladost Gacko and Lavovi 063. His new team Timisoara finished last season as No.5. They reached the Playoff Semifinals after that and won the Romanian Cup.


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Lokomotiv and Unics win the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv won over Croatian Puntamika 67:58. Wilkinson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Last night Unics Kazan won another game over Asseco Prokom Gdynia 77:73. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and 8 rebounds. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) netted 15. Samoylenko delivered 11 and Lyday poured in 7. Mike Wilks (179-G-79, college: Rice) responded with 23 points for the Polish team. Zamojski notched 13, whilst Burrell added 12.
Before that Asseco Prokom faced Unics Kazan and suffered a 57:85 defeat. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) came up with 23 points to pace the champions. Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) added 8 points for Prokom.
Enisey meanwhile will head to Croatian Porec for another friendly tournaments. Starting from September 8th the Russian team will face Ruskon, Cibona, Cedevita and Istria region.


Asefa Estudiantes grabs thriller win against Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Asefa Estudiantes - Khimky 64-63

Asefa Estudiantes and Khimky played a friendly game yesterday. It was a heartbreaking thriller and the Spanish squad celebrated 64-63 victory. Marc Blanch (195-F-82) was a key player for Estu. He was their top-scorer with 16 points and he also pulled down 8 rebounds beside that. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) netted 11 points, while Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) had 9. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) helped his team with 8 pts. In Khimky, Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) was way better than the others with 21 points. Feodor Dimitrev (204-F-84) had 11 and Vadim Panin (203-G-84) scored 10 pts. It was one of the first friendly games for both teams.
First quarter didnt promise much as both teams made many mistakes and missed couple of wide open shots. Khimky was the one who had 8-10 lead after opening ten minutes. Both sides improved for rest of the first half, but still it was Khimky who made 19-23 in Q2. Estu needed a comeback, but they didnt make it in third period. It belonged to Khimky 11-14 and it seemed that the Russians will take this one. However, the Students had other thought and they exploded in the last ten minutes (26-16). In thriller finish they were focused and also had slightly more sports luck to register tiny 64-63 win.

Asefa Estudiantes: Marc Blanch 16+8 boards, Tyrone Ellis 11, Yannick Driesen 9, Josh Asselin 8
Khimky: Thomas Kelati 21, Feodor Dimitrev 11, Vadim Panin 10


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Magic name Adonal Foyle director of player development - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic have named Adonal Foyle (6'10''-F-75, college: Colgate) as director of player development, President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith announced today. In his role, Foyle will provide support for the overall development of the players, act as a conduit between players and management, and give assistance to the basketball operations department.

Originally selected by Golden State in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft, Foyle (610, 270, 3/9/75) appeared in 733 regular season games during his 13-year NBA career with Golden State, Orlando and Memphis, averaging 4.1 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 1.63 blkpg. in 17.8 minpg. Foyle remains Golden States all-time franchise leader in blocked shots with 1,140. He spent the final three seasons of his professional career with the Magic before retiring in August 2010.

Born on March 9, 1975, Foyle grew up on the small island of Canouan (population 1,000 and 3.5 x 1.25 miles in size) and did not play organized basketball until the age of 16. During his time in the NBA, he was extremely active off the court. In the summer of 2001, Foyle founded Democracy Matters, a non-profit political organization that encourages grass-roots involvement in the campaign finance reform movement. Democracy Matters currently has more than 70 chapters on college, university and high school campuses in 23 different states. In 2006, he established the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, named after the type of light Foyle used to study at night on an island with no electricity, with the goal of empowering youth of the Eastern Caribbean and the United States to take control of their future. All of Foyles off-the-court activities can be found on his personal website www.adonalfoyle.com.

Foyle has been inducted into both the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame. He also served as first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Serbia break Spanish hearts with quarterfinal victory - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Spain 92:89

We will have the new World Champions. Serbia have ended Spanish title defense hopes with a heart-stopping victory in the first quarterfinal today. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) hit a long three-pointer with less then four seconds to go in regulation to propel Serbia to a dramatic victory.
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) set things rolling with a three-pointer. The teams eagerly traded baskets early in the game. Bjelica and Novica Velickovic triggered a 10:0 run for the Serbian team as they gained a 23:13 lead. But quick eight points from Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped Spain to trim a deficit at just four points 23:27 at the first break. Nenad Krstic opened the scoring in the second period but Alex Mumbru and Sergio Llull knocked down five consecutive points as Spain cut the distance at just one point 28:29. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Milos Teodosic and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) boosted the margin back to 7 points as Serbia stayed in control. Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) narrowed the distance back to four points but Spain could not get any closer. Krstic and Marko Keselj ensured a 49:41 lead for Serbia at halftime. Spain stormed into the second half. They scored ten points in a row to take a 51:49 lead. Marko Keselj finally stopped the rot hitting a trey for Serbia. The teams exchanged the baskets then with neither side able to take a comfortable lead. Novica Velickovic and Dusko Savanovic gave the Serbian side a 65:62 lead. Fran Vazquez and Nenad Krstic traded baskets late in the period as Serbia entered the fourth period up by three points 67:64. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj tipped off the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Serbia cleared off again. Fran Vazquez and Ricky Rubio tried to keep Spain within striking distance but Dusko Savanovic was unstoppable as he gave Dusan Ivkovic team a 77:69 advantage. Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within three points but Nenad Krstic and Dusko Savanovic replied almost immediately to put Serbia up by 8 points 86:78. Jorge Garbajosa, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez triggered a 6:0 run from the Spaniards as they narrowed the deficit to just two points with just over two minutes remaining. Marko Keselj drained an unbelievable three-pointer to put Serbia up by five but Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol replied with five consecutive points to draw things level at 89 with 25 seconds remaining. Milos Teodosic handled the ball in the dying seconds and then exploded from way downtown to put Serbia in front. Jorge Garbajosa committed a turnover in the next possession and Serbia celebrated a tough win at the end.
Marko Keselj and Novica Velickovic knocked down 17 points each to lead Serbia. Dusko Savanovic added 15 points in the winning case. Juan Carlos Navarro replied with 27 points for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa notched 18 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia: Marko Keselj 17, Novica Velickovic 17, Dusko Savanovic 15
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 27, Jorge Garbajosa 18



Timisoara inks Darko Habus - by Eurobasket News
Timisoara announced another signing for the next season. The Romanian outfit inked 28-year old guard Darko Habus (186-G-82) to a one-season deal. The Serbian player heads to Timisoara from CS Municipal Bucuresti. It will be his second year in Romania. Last season he appeared 29 times in the league averaging 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals. CS Municipal Bucuresti ended as No.12. They were promoted in 2009 from Division B.
Before CS Municipal Bucuresti, Darko Habus spent one season with Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad. He struggled to get minutes there averaging just 2.5 points and 1 rebound in 24 Adriatic league games. From 2006 to 2008 he was a member of Masinac Kraljevo. In their second season together Habus collected 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.8 apg. From 2004 to 2006 he played on Cyprus for Intercollege Etha Engomis. They reached Playoff Quarterfinals in 2005. In the past, Habus also was a member of Mladost Gacko and Lavovi 063. His new team Timisoara finished last season as No.5. They reached the Playoff Semifinals after that and won the Romanian Cup.


Crnokosa adds Aleksandar Radulovic - by Eurobasket News
Crnokosa announced signing of a one-year deal with Aleksandar Radulovic (190-G-88). The Serbian guard arrives to Crnokosa after three years with Masinac Kraljevo. In the latest one he had 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.5 apg for 26 games in A League. He was selected to Serbian League All-Star Game -10. Masinac finished the season as No.11 and failed to reach the next stage. Aleksandar Radulovic joined Masinac in 2007. In their first season together he had 3.8 ppg and 1.7 apg for 22 games. His numbers improved next year to 8.1 ppg and 3 apg for 23 appearances. Before Masinac Kraljevo, Aleksandar Radulovic was a member of Beovuk 72. With U19 Serbia, Radulovic won the Gold at the U19 FIBA World Championship 2007. He averaged 2.2 points and 1.2 assists for 9 games at this event. In 2006, he played with U18 Serbian at the U18 EuroBasket in Greece. At this event Radulovic registered 2.5 ppg and 1.4 rpg. He won the Bronze with U18 Serbia at the International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18). There Radulovic helped his team with 4.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.2 apg for 6 games.
Crnokosa competed in D2 last season. They ended as No.2 with 20-6 record securing the promotion to D1.


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Turkey breeze past Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Slovenia 95:68

Turkey eased into the semifinal stage of the World Championship. The hosts of the tournament knocked down Slovenia in the second quarterfinal today. Turkey will face Serbia for the ticket into the championship game.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter. But soon Turkey went on an 11:1 run to take a 17:11 advantage. The hosts simply refused to miss shots as the margin grew at 27:14 at the break. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) opened the second term with a dunk but Sina Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) came up with two triples to keep Turkey rolling. Arslan and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) added two more trebles to give the home team a 41:21 lead midway through the second term. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) tried to keep Slovenia in the game but Turkey found the answer for any bucket from Mehmet Becirovic team. Turkey established a 50:31 advantage at the interval. Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Tunceri ensured a quick start for Turkey in the second half. The hosts kept a firm control over the game. Turkey did not allow their opponents closer than 18 points and entered the fourth quarter up by 28 points 71:43. Turkey easily kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Ersan Ilyasova provided 19 points to pace the hosts. Sinan Guler added 12 points, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Omer Onan added 10 points each in the win. Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points each for Slovenia. Uros Slokar and Primoz Brezec finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 19, Sinan Guler 12, Hedo Turkoglu 10, Omer Onan 10
Slovenia: Sani Becirovic 16, Bostjan Nachbar 16




Zlatorog, Krka and KK Sentjur celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News
KK Sentjur won over KK Zabok 73:72. Teo Simovic (205-C-84) paced all the winners with 23 points and Dwayne Harmason (178-G, agency: Promotex) posted 13. Drzic netted 12, while Ferme netted 10. Krapic replied with 23 points in the losing effort. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) followed him with 21 and Krajacic added 15.
Zlatorog beat Austrian Fuerstenfeld 80:75. The Slovenian team opened the game with 22:18 and increased the lead due to 18-17 in the second period. Moreover the lead grew up in the third quarter as the hosts had 19-15 in it. Fuerstenfeld managed to win the last frame 25-21 to reduce the gap at the end. Panic stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Kovacevic scored 12 and Nikolic Smrdelj posted 11. Kent Tuttle (198-F-86, college: BYU) brought 18 points for the Austrian team. Dennis Carr (201-F-81, college: Embry Riddle) scored 17 and Alexander netted 15.
KRKA overcame Ukrainian Khimik 101:92. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) posted 16 points for the winners and Ikonic netted 15. The best player in Khimik was Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.). He scored 33 points, L.Drezga added 15 points.




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Korean basketball looks to centers for Asiad - by Jerry Lee
The Korean mens basketball team is looking forward to glory at the Asian games this November with the provisional 13-man squad putting weight on physique and height.

The roster announced on Tuesday was noted for the fates of two naturalized players: Seoul Samsung Thunders forward Lee Seung-joon was included as a center, while highly-rated KCC Egis guard Jun Tae-poong was not selected. According to international regulations, only one naturalized athlete can join the national squad.

It wouldnt be any better if we could name both of them on the roster, the Korean teams head coach Yoo Jae-hak said.

But as we went over the practice games played in the United States, we came to think that the team needs to put more strength in the paint rather than with the guards, Yoo added.

Lee a towering 2.06 meters is expected give balance to the team against opponents such as China and the Middle East teams boasting of greater height and physique.

The center joined the Korean Basketball League (KBL) last season and scored an average of 15.3 points in 48 games. The 32-year-old has 58.4 percent accuracy in field goals with 293 goals in 502 attempts.

Jun, standing at 1.78m tall, marked a 14.4 point on average in 50 games, and was ranked fourth for three-pointers with 1.7 points per game. The Egis guards field goal accuracy is below that of Lees, recording 47.5 percent with 252 goals in 530 attempts.

While Jun was dropped from the squad, his teammate, center Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) was named on the list despite a lingering foot injury. The 2.21m-tall center did not contribute much to the team during the 2010 playoffs with only two appearances in the KBL Championship Series with an average of 2 points per game because of his physical condition. Ha has struggled with an Achilles tendon injury along with a chronic thigh problem.

The key guards are expected to be Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) of the Ulsan Mobis and Lee Jung-suk of the Thunders.

The selections by the a commitee, composed of the Korea Basketball Association and KBL, came amid a sense of urgency to end the teams disappointing results in international competitions. The teams last triumph dates back to 2002 in which the squad took the gold medal at the Asian Games held in Busan.




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CB Guadalajara sign Deforrest Smith - by Eurobasket
CB Guadalajara (LEB Silver) signed 26-year old American swingman Deforrest Smith (198-G/F-84, college: Southern, agency: KMG Sports Management). Smith played most recently at CB Clavijo (LEB Silver). The guard/forward has played his first pro season in Portugal with FC Barreirense in 2007-2008 finishing the year as the fifth best scorer of the league with 18.4ppg in 21 games.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Asefa Estudiantes grabs thriller win against Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Asefa Estudiantes - Khimky 64-63

Asefa Estudiantes and Khimky played a friendly game yesterday. It was a heartbreaking thriller and the Spanish squad celebrated 64-63 victory. Marc Blanch (195-F-82) was a key player for Estu. He was their top-scorer with 16 points and he also pulled down 8 rebounds beside that. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) netted 11 points, while Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) had 9. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) helped his team with 8 pts. In Khimky, Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) was way better than the others with 21 points. Feodor Dimitrev (204-F-84) had 11 and Vadim Panin (203-G-84) scored 10 pts. It was one of the first friendly games for both teams.
First quarter didnt promise much as both teams made many mistakes and missed couple of wide open shots. Khimky was the one who had 8-10 lead after opening ten minutes. Both sides improved for rest of the first half, but still it was Khimky who made 19-23 in Q2. Estu needed a comeback, but they didnt make it in third period. It belonged to Khimky 11-14 and it seemed that the Russians will take this one. However, the Students had other thought and they exploded in the last ten minutes (26-16). In thriller finish they were focused and also had slightly more sports luck to register tiny 64-63 win.

Asefa Estudiantes: Marc Blanch 16+8 boards, Tyrone Ellis 11, Yannick Driesen 9, Josh Asselin 8
Khimky: Thomas Kelati 21, Feodor Dimitrev 11, Vadim Panin 10


Serbia break Spanish hearts with quarterfinal victory - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Spain 92:89

We will have the new World Champions. Serbia have ended Spanish title defense hopes with a heart-stopping victory in the first quarterfinal today. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) hit a long three-pointer with less then four seconds to go in regulation to propel Serbia to a dramatic victory.
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) set things rolling with a three-pointer. The teams eagerly traded baskets early in the game. Bjelica and Novica Velickovic triggered a 10:0 run for the Serbian team as they gained a 23:13 lead. But quick eight points from Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped Spain to trim a deficit at just four points 23:27 at the first break. Nenad Krstic opened the scoring in the second period but Alex Mumbru and Sergio Llull knocked down five consecutive points as Spain cut the distance at just one point 28:29. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Milos Teodosic and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) boosted the margin back to 7 points as Serbia stayed in control. Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) narrowed the distance back to four points but Spain could not get any closer. Krstic and Marko Keselj ensured a 49:41 lead for Serbia at halftime. Spain stormed into the second half. They scored ten points in a row to take a 51:49 lead. Marko Keselj finally stopped the rot hitting a trey for Serbia. The teams exchanged the baskets then with neither side able to take a comfortable lead. Novica Velickovic and Dusko Savanovic gave the Serbian side a 65:62 lead. Fran Vazquez and Nenad Krstic traded baskets late in the period as Serbia entered the fourth period up by three points 67:64. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj tipped off the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Serbia cleared off again. Fran Vazquez and Ricky Rubio tried to keep Spain within striking distance but Dusko Savanovic was unstoppable as he gave Dusan Ivkovic team a 77:69 advantage. Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within three points but Nenad Krstic and Dusko Savanovic replied almost immediately to put Serbia up by 8 points 86:78. Jorge Garbajosa, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez triggered a 6:0 run from the Spaniards as they narrowed the deficit to just two points with just over two minutes remaining. Marko Keselj drained an unbelievable three-pointer to put Serbia up by five but Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol replied with five consecutive points to draw things level at 89 with 25 seconds remaining. Milos Teodosic handled the ball in the dying seconds and then exploded from way downtown to put Serbia in front. Jorge Garbajosa committed a turnover in the next possession and Serbia celebrated a tough win at the end.
Marko Keselj and Novica Velickovic knocked down 17 points each to lead Serbia. Dusko Savanovic added 15 points in the winning case. Juan Carlos Navarro replied with 27 points for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa notched 18 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia: Marko Keselj 17, Novica Velickovic 17, Dusko Savanovic 15
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 27, Jorge Garbajosa 18



Valladolid wins C&L friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News
Valladolid is the winner of C&L friendly tournament, which was held last week-end. Valladolid was better than Leon 79-53 to reach the finals of this event. Jose Ignacio Martin (205-F-83) was the leading player in this victory with 18 points. Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78, college: Temple) and Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) followed him with 12 points each. Jorge Garcia replied with 14 points in defeat. Valladolid was way better team in this game and won every single quarter of it.
In the final game Valladolid met Palencia Baloncesto. They registered easy 58-75 victory to take this tournament. Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville) stepped up for Valladolid with 21 points. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) helped with 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Kyle Austin (203-F, college: Cal-Riverside) and Timothy Frost (208-C-80, agency: BrezoPro, college: Utah) delivered 14 points each. Valladolid took control on its rival from the very beginning. They drained 21 points for ten minutes, while limiting Palencia to just 9. Palencia improved in the second frame and cut the margin to 9 pts, 29-38. They continued in the same rhythm after the breather making 19-14 in Q3. Everything was open again, but it seems it was just a sign for Valladolid to wake up. They did it immediately smashing Palencia in the last ten minutes 10-23 for the final 58-75 victory.


Real Madrid and Estudiantes agree on Suarez? - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Real Madrid will finally get Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side). The Whites and the Students negotiate about the player for a while and according to some sources Estu rejected their 800.000 euro offer a week ago. However, sources say that this deal will most probably be completed until the end of the week. The amount could be close to 1.1 million euros. One of the signals which confirm this story could be that Suarez didnt play for Estu against Khimky last night.
Carlos Suarez is a product of Estudiantes, where he started as a kid. Last season he appeared 35 for them in ACB averaging 11 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Spanish ACB Forward of the Year -10. Of course, he was also named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 1st Team -10. Two years ago Suarez had 9.5 ppg and 5.9 rpg for his team. On season 2007/08 his numbers were lower: 6.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 31 games. Suarez already has Euroleague experience as Estu competed in it on season 2004/05. At that time he registered 8.1 ppg and 2 rpg for 6 games. Later, they played in ULEB Cup and FIBA EurpCup. Carlos Suarez was a member of the Spanish U18 and U20 National Team in the past.


Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto sign Jonathan Kale - by Eurobasket
Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (LEB Gold) signed 25-year old Ivoirian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-F-85, college: Providence). Kale played most recently at Phoenix Hagen (Germany). While playing 32 games for Phoenix Hagen last season his stats were: 11.9ppg and 7.0rpg (4th best in the league). Kale played also pro basketball in Germany and Poland. Former Providence is also a member of Ivory Coast National Team. At the African Championship in Libya in 2009 he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 56.3% in 9 games.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Usak Universitesi signed Miguel Morton - by Sarp Kunter
Usak Universitesi agreed terms with American bigmen Miguel Morton (208-F-83, college: Columbus St.). After changing the name to Usak Universitesi from Usakspor Belediyesi, team has a good start in signing season. After signing experienced players like Ufuk Yanar (197-G/F-81, agency: EM-PA), Mahir Bayrak (180-G-79) and Engin Algin (202-C-75), they choose to use their foreigner rights with the Alabama State graduate Miguel Morton. Morton spen his last year with Ukranian team SK Dnipro ; and played with 10.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6bpg averages.

Turkey breeze past Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Slovenia 95:68

Turkey eased into the semifinal stage of the World Championship. The hosts of the tournament knocked down Slovenia in the second quarterfinal today. Turkey will face Serbia for the ticket into the championship game.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter. But soon Turkey went on an 11:1 run to take a 17:11 advantage. The hosts simply refused to miss shots as the margin grew at 27:14 at the break. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) opened the second term with a dunk but Sina Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) came up with two triples to keep Turkey rolling. Arslan and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) added two more trebles to give the home team a 41:21 lead midway through the second term. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) tried to keep Slovenia in the game but Turkey found the answer for any bucket from Mehmet Becirovic team. Turkey established a 50:31 advantage at the interval. Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Tunceri ensured a quick start for Turkey in the second half. The hosts kept a firm control over the game. Turkey did not allow their opponents closer than 18 points and entered the fourth quarter up by 28 points 71:43. Turkey easily kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Ersan Ilyasova provided 19 points to pace the hosts. Sinan Guler added 12 points, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Omer Onan added 10 points each in the win. Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points each for Slovenia. Uros Slokar and Primoz Brezec finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 19, Sinan Guler 12, Hedo Turkoglu 10, Omer Onan 10
Slovenia: Sani Becirovic 16, Bostjan Nachbar 16




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Preseason news from Ukraine - by Alexei Revenko
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih 91-84 OT. Rytas took a game under control from the first minutes and win the first quarter 24-12. But others three quarters win Ukrainian team. In the end of 4th quarter score was 75-75. In overtime Rytas beat his opponent 16-9.
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius: J.Valanciunas scored 19 pts, M.Bjelica - 17, K.Bajramovic 13. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih: L.Hinant - 18, D.Gliebov - 11.

BC Kyiv loss first game in Lithuania. His opponent was the club of the second division 'Pasvalio Pieno Zvaigzdes'. Kiev start well and win the first quarter but Pasvalio responded 18-6 and 21-9 in the next two quarters and win the game 58:43.
V.Kovalenko from BC Kyiv scored 10 points and 5 rebounds, O.Saltovets added 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny played next pre-season game with Slovenian team Krka and loss 92-101. In winner team Balazic scored 16 points, Iconic 15, Pavic 14, C.Booker 13. The best player in Khimik was Curtis Millage. He scored 33 points, L.Drezga added 15 points.

This weekend in Odessa will start the first tournament for memory of famous ukrainian player A. Belostenny. In competition will took part four teams BC Odessa, MBC Mykolaiv, Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye and Budivelnyk Kyiv.



Superleague current transfers - by Alexander Muzyka
Azovmash (Mariupol)
Head coach
Serhi Zavalin
In: Daniel McClintock (MBC Mykolaiv), Charles Thomas (Ferro-ZNTU), Maksym Pustozvonov (BC Kyiv), Rostyslav Kryvych (Hoverla)
Out: Rizvic (UNICS), Podorvanniy (ended career)
Friendlies: Angola NT 85:72, Assigeco (Italia) 77:66

Budivelnyk (Kyiv)
Head coach Josep Berrocal
In: Andri Agafonov (Khimik), Dmytro Zabirchenko (BC Kyiv), Zach Morley (Burgos), Lamayne Wilson (Turk Telekom), William Keys (Marussi), Andrew Betts (Aris)
Out: el-Amin, Henderson, Zimmerman, Guinn (Limoges), Khyzhniak (Dnipro-Azot), Drozdov (Cremona), Nerush (Dnipro-Azot), Yegorov (Dnipro-Azot)
Friendlies: Dnipro - 86:65, Nevezis (Lithuania) 78:86 OT, Siauliai (Lithuania) 81:55

Ferro-ZNTU (Zaporizhia)
Head coach Kyrylo Bolshakov
In: Christian Burns (Ratiofarm), Keddric Mays (Znicz), Vitaly Boyko
Out: Thomas (Ferro-ZNTU), Burtt (Azovmash), Charikau, Y. Bolshakov (ended career)
Friendlies: MBC Mykolaiv - 94:91, Dnipro-Azot - 74:60

BC Kyiv (Kyiv)
Head coach Vitali Cherni
In: Oleksandr Riabchuk (Khimik), Dmytro Antonets (Grifony), Yuri Gorenkov (Dnipro), Henadi Dziuba (MBC Mykolaiv), Pavlo Krutous, Vitali Kovalenko (Hoverla)
Out: Pustozvonov (Azovmash), Kravtsov (BC Donetsk), Zabirchenko (Budivelnyk), Shvets (BC Odesa)
Friendlies: Pasvalio (Lithuania) 43:58

Kryvbasbasket-Lux (Kryvyi Rih)
Head coach
Zvezdan Mitrovic
In: Ilia Shemosiuk (Pulsar), Louis Hinnant (Sundsvall), Serhi Sabutskyi (Grifony), Ihor Loktionov (BC Odessa), Ihor Krivtsov (Dnipro-Azot)
Out: Korotkov (BC Odesa), Nesbitt, Allen, Koprivica, Orr, Annenkov, Antonijevic, Zuza.
Friendlies: Sakalai (Lithuania) 86:83, BC Siauliai (Lithuania) 81:81, Perla (Lithuania) 59:55, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) 84:91 OT

Hoverla (Ivano-Frankivsk)
Head coach
Yevhen Murzin
In: Igor Kryvych (BC Odesa), Eric Coleman (Breogan), Dante Swanson (Koszalin), Jeremy Chappell (Znisz), Volodymyr Gurtovoi (BC Odesa), Viktor Herasymchuk (BC-93 Pulsar), Anatoli Dubniuk (BC-93 Pulsar), Derrick Zimmerman (Budivelnyk)
Out: Pavel Revzin (Politekhnika), Decker (Pecz), Sparks, Fraser (Al Kuwait), Kudrautsau (Minsk)
Friendlies: Juventus (Lithuania) 74:60

Dnipro (Dnepropetrovsk)

Head coach Denys Zhuravliov
In: Desmon Farmer (Bighorns), Steve Burtt (Ferro-ZNTU), Mario Austin (Atleticos)
Out: Crowe, Pettway (Cedevita), Lekavicius, Faison (Oostende), Andriukaitis, Panchenko, Gorenkov (BC Kyiv)
Friendlies: Budivelnyk - 65:86, Neptunas (Lithuania) 73:80, Palanga (Lithuania) 95:75

BC Odesa (Odesa)

No info *

MBC Mykolaiv (Mykolaiv)
Head coach
Valentyn Berestnev
In: Andri Korochkin (Politekhnika), Ivan Hilevych (Grifony), Andrius Mazutis (Belidispor)
Out: McClintock (Azovmash), Matyukevich (BC Odesa), Dziuba (BC Kyiv)
Friendlies: Barsy (Kazakhstan) 95:81, Ferro-ZNTU 91:94, BC Odesa - 64:82

Politekhnika (Lviv)
Head coach
Volodymyr Poliakh
In: Pavlo Revzin (Hoverla), Dmytro Khodov (Khimik), Viacheslav Bogdanov (Grodno), Scott Morrison (Tartu), Rashaun Broadus (Suduva), Alan Wiggins (Steaua), Artem Shelukha (BC-93 Pulsar), Tymur Yevseievichev (Grifony)
Out: Bojovic (Antibes), Finn, Lepojevic (Universitet), Kavaleridze (Monkeys), Lemik, Vinogradov, Korochkin (MBC Mykolaiv)

Khimik (Yuzhnyi)
Head
coach Zoran Kalpic
In: Luka Drezga (Trogyr), Toni Bizaca (Trogyr), Lance Allred (Idaho), Curtis Millage (Hyeres-Toulon)
Out: Agafonov (Budivelnyk), Khodov (Politekhnika), Riabchuk (BC Kyiv)
Friendlies: Kvarner (Croatia) 81:67, Cibona (Croatia) 62:87, Olimpija (Slovenia) 64:78, Krka (Slovenia) 92:101

Dnipro-Azot (Dniprodzerzhynsk)

Head coach Ihor Chyhrynov
In: Hryhori Khyzhniak (Budivelnyk), Oleksandr Nerush (Budivelnyk), Rico Pickett (Manhattan), Jerome Beasley (Eiffel Towers), Johnny Dukes (Istanbul), Kyrylo Yegorov (Budivelnyk)
Out: Cherednichenko, Shevchenko, Rykhliuk, Litvin, Boldaev
Friendlies: BC Odesa - 60:85, Ferro-ZNTU 60:74

BC Donetsk (Donetsk)
Head coach
Sasa Obradovic
In: Sasa Vasiljevic (Kolossos), J.K. Edwards (Gravelines), Viacheslav Kravtsov (BC Kyiv), Branko Cvetkovic (Scavolini), Jasmin Hukic (Benetton)
Out: -
Friendlies: Enisey (Russia) 76:81

Thanks iSport.ua for compiling this table
Try-outs are highlighted by italic
* - Eurobasket.com Ukrainian page joined Ukrainian mass-media ignoring of BC Odesa because of their disrespect to the journalists


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  URUGUAY   


Trouville and Bigua are the leaders - by Hector Lopez
Trouville defeated Defensor Sporting 85-83 and is now sharing the Uruguayan League leadership with Bigu after three wins without defeats.
For Trouville, Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) 22 points 4 reboudns, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 10 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks, Will Graham (203-F-85, college: Florida Southern) 11 points 4 rebounds 1 block. For Defensor Sporting Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) 20 points 6 rebounds 3 blocks, Marcus Fleming (204-F-78, college: Alcorn St.) 7 poiints 9 rebounds 1 block. Other results:
Malvin 89 - Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) 21 points 10 rebounds, Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) 20 points 3 rebounds, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 18 points 14 rebounds
Olimpia 70 - Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 24 points 3 rebounds, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 10 points 14 rebounds 2 blocks
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Aguada 83 - Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, agency: NM Services, college: Clayton St.) 24 points 5 rebounds, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 8 points 8 rebounds 4 blocks
Montevideo 62 - Darris Santee (203-F-87, college: UNLV) 25 points 10 rebounds 1 block
Martin Aguilera (195-F-87)


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


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  VENEZUELA   


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


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  WCBL   


Breakers win Labor Day Weekend Tournament - by Gianni Pascucci
During the past weekend, the Santa Barbara Breakers hosted the 'Breakers Labor Day Weekend Tournament'. It was a four-team mini league, with the Ventura Jets, the Hollywood Hooptainers and the Entertainment Basketball League AllStars competing together with the Breakers.
The Santa Barbara Breakers were successful with a 104-67 shellacking of the EBL Stars and an 88-73 thumping of the Hollywood Hooptainers. Joshua Stanhiser (6'11''-F-80) scored 15 points, grabbed 16 rebs and blocked 4 shots, dominating the inside at both ends of the floor, and being named the Tournment MVP. Here down aere listed all the players awarded after the Tournment.
The Breakers will now concentrate on their 2010 China Tour, which will begin October 6 thru the 26th. Coach Curt Pickering (agency: Prossin Sports Management ) is diligently assembling their 11 man squad. They will play a 10 game schedule, playing against CBA (China Basketball Association), the Canadian All Stars and a professional club team from Brazil.

Breakers Labor Day Classic All Tournament Team
player .....................................team
Joshua Stanhiser (MVP)..... SB Breakers
Stan Marshall ................ EBL Stars
Marcus Palmer .............. .SB Breakers
Ian Stewart .................. Hollywood
Cam Cameon .............. Hollywood
James Reynolds ............ Ventura Jets
James Powell (6th Man) ... SB Breakers


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Bye, Turkey ! - by Omar Shafaamri

I will start by saying it was one the most exciting experiences of my career so far to be in the World Championship. To be at the highest stage of basketball is amazing. Also, to be around the top players in the world and to see them and chat with them around the hotel was an unforgettable experience.

As the last buzzer of the final game went off, I realized that its all over and this great experience that every player wants to be in has come to an end. What was even harder to deal with is we couldnt get a win in our group! It was hard to take for me because I want to win so bad. But it was great playing in our group because every team was on FIBAs Top 12 including Argentina, the No. 1.

I cant even describe how much fun it was to play every night in this group. Im very sad that its all over, but Im very proud of everyone on my team. Our coaching staff did a wonderful job getting us ready to play night in and night out. If we, the players, didnt make the mistakes we made we would have still been playing in the World Championshp right now.

I think the U.S. has a great shot at winning the tournament, but they have to start playing a lot better. Team USA needs to move the ball around more because its not the NBA here. There is no illegal defense. You are giving the other team the advantage if you keep running isolation plays. I like Turkey. They are deep and they are playing great basketball right now. The teams to look out for are Serbia and Argentina. Its going to be fun watching the upcoming games and see who is going to come out on top.

Anyway, its time to move on to the next step in my career and hope to find a team that I can help with my leadership as a point guard. Im hoping somewhere in Europe. Its going to be tough to sit around and wait, but I believe God will bless me with the right job.

Thank you to HoopsHype for allowing me to blog about this great experience and share it with everyone.

Bye!
Osama Daghles (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.)


Turkey and Serbia are the first semifinalists - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Slovenia 95-68
Turkey eased into the semifinal stage of the World Championship. The hosts of the tournament knocked down Slovenia in the second quarterfinal today. Turkey will face Serbia for the ticket into the championship game. The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter. But soon Turkey went on an 11:1 run to take a 17:11 advantage. The hosts simply refused to miss shots as the margin grew at 27:14 at the break. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) opened the second term with a dunk but Sina Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) came up with two triples to keep Turkey rolling. Arslan and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) added two more trebles to give the home team a 41:21 lead midway through the second term. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) tried to keep Slovenia in the game but Turkey found the answer for any bucket from Mehmet Becirovic team. Turkey established a 50:31 advantage at the interval. Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Tunceri ensured a quick start for Turkey in the second half. The hosts kept a firm control over the game. Turkey did not allow their opponents closer than 18 points and entered the fourth quarter up by 28 points 71:43. Turkey easily kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Ersan Ilyasova provided 19 points to pace the hosts. Sinan Guler added 12 points, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Omer Onan added 10 points each in the win. Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points each for Slovenia. Uros Slokar and Primoz Brezec finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia - Spain 92-89
We will have the new World Champions. Serbia have ended Spanish title defense hopes with a heart-stopping victory in the first quarterfinal today. Milos Teodosic hit a long three-pointer with less then four seconds to go in regulation to propel Serbia to a dramatic victory. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) set things rolling with a three-pointer. The teams eagerly traded baskets early in the game. Bjelica and Novica Velickovic triggered a 10:0 run for the Serbian team as they gained a 23:13 lead. But quick eight points from Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped Spain to trim a deficit at just four points 23:27 at the first break. Nenad Krstic opened the scoring in the second period but Alex Mumbru and Sergio Llull knocked down five consecutive points as Spain cut the distance at just one point 28:29. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Milos Teodosic and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) boosted the margin back to 7 points as Serbia stayed in control. Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) narrowed the distance back to four points but Spain could not get any closer. Krstic and Marko Keselj ensured a 49:41 lead for Serbia at halftime. Spain stormed into the second half. They scored ten points in a row to take a 51:49 lead. Marko Keselj finally stopped the rot hitting a trey for Serbia. The teams exchanged the baskets then with neither side able to take a comfortable lead. Novica Velickovic and Dusko Savanovic gave the Serbian side a 65:62 lead. Fran Vazquez and Nenad Krstic traded baskets late in the period as Serbia entered the fourth period up by three points 67:64. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj tipped off the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Serbia cleared off again. Fran Vazquez and Ricky Rubio tried to keep Spain within striking distance but Dusko Savanovic was unstoppable as he gave Dusan Ivkovic team a 77:69 advantage. Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within three points but Nenad Krstic and Dusko Savanovic replied almost immediately to put Serbia up by 8 points 86:78. Jorge Garbajosa, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez triggered a 6:0 run from the Spaniards as they narrowed the deficit to just two points with just over two minutes remaining. Marko Keselj drained an unbelievable three-pointer to put Serbia up by five but Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol replied with five consecutive points to draw things level at 89 with 25 seconds remaining. Milos Teodosic handled the ball in the dying seconds and then exploded from way downtown to put Serbia in front. Jorge Garbajosa committed a turnover in the next possession and Serbia celebrated a tough win at the end. Marko Keselj and Novica Velickovic knocked down 17 points each to lead Serbia. Dusko Savanovic added 15 points in the winning case. Juan Carlos Navarro replied with 27 points for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa notched 18 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Scola, ARG30.3 
 2. Penney, NZL24.7 
 3. Yi, CHN20.2 
 4. Haddadi, IRI20.0 
 5. Kleiza, LTU19.5 
 6. Delfino, ARG17.8 
 7. Navarro, ESP17.8 
 8. Durant, USA17.7 
 9. Barea, PUR16.8 
 10. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  CHN
  (212-C/F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Haddadi, IRI8.6 
 3. Abbaas, JOR8.4 
 4. Scola, ARG8.3 
 5. Ilyasova, TUR7.7 
 6. Kendall, CAN7.6 
 7. Krstic, SRB7.5 
 8. Andersen, AUS7.4 
 9. Kazemi, IRI7.4 
 10. Asik, TUR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.7 
 2. Ponkrashov, RUS5.8 
 3. Huertas, BRA5.8 
 4. Rubio, ESP5.7 
 5. Daghles, JOR5.6 
 6. Barea, PUR5.4 
 7. Teodosic, SRB4.8 
 8. Diabate, IVO4.4 
 9. Turkoglu, TUR4.3 
 10. Mills, AUS4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  IRI
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kazemi, IRI2.8 
 2. Guler, TUR2.7 
 3. Mahmoud, LEB2.6 
 4. Diabate, IVO2.4 
 5. Sun, CHN2.0 
 6. Prigioni, ARG2.0 
 7. Barbosa, BRA2.0 
 8. Cipriano, ANG2.0 
 9. Maciulis, LTU2.0 
 10. Ben Romdhane, TUN2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  IVO
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lamizana, IVO3.2 
 2. Haddadi, IRI2.6 
 3. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 4. Mejri, TUN2.2 
 5. Anthony, CAN2.2 
 6. Vazquez, ESP1.4 
 7. Asik, TUR1.3 
 8. Monya, RUS1.3 
 9. Gay, USA1.2 
 10. Mozgov, RUS1.0 




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Yelena Leuchanka and Atlanta Dream go to WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta Dream made a great result in WNBA. They managed to beat NY Liberty 105-93 and to win the Eastern Conference Finals with the perfect 2-0. They will have to prepare now for the powerful Seattle Storm, who is also hungry for the title this season. It will be the first chance for Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) in her career to take the WNBA crown. She helped her team last night with four points scored for just two minutes on the court. She attempted three times from the field making it twice. Leuchanka had limited playing time in game one as well. In that meeting she got 6 minutes and also scored 4 pts.
Short game report: Angel McCoughtry scored a WNBA playoff record 42 points to win a high-scoring duel with Cappie Pondexter, and the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 105-93 on Tuesday night to complete their unlikely march to the league finals. Pondexter led New York with 36 points, her postseason high mark, and nine assists. The Dream, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, swept Washington in the first round before also winning two straight over the Liberty in the conference finals. Atlanta, a third-year expansion franchise which set a league record with 30 losses only two years ago, will face the Western Conference champion Seattle Storm in the WNBA finals. The best-of-five series begins Sunday in Seattle.
Yelena Leuchanka appeared 35 times for Atlanta this season (so far) spending 9.9 minutes on the court per game. She posted averages 4.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Erika DeSouza and Iziane Castro Marques help Atlanta Dream to reach WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) and Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) were one of the main players of the Atlanta Dream in the Eastern Conference Finals. They managed to beat NY Liberty last night 105-93 and to win the series with perfect 2-0. It means that Atlanta will fight for the WNBA title against the Seattle Storm. Erika DeSouza and Iziane Castro Marques were great last night. DeSouza spent 26 minutes on the court scoring 15 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. She shined in Game One as well. In that meeting DeSouza registered double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Castro Marques had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists last night. She played 31 minutes. In the first meeting, Castro Marques had 6 points.
Short game report: Angel McCoughtry scored a WNBA playoff record 42 points to win a high-scoring duel with Cappie Pondexter, and the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 105-93 on Tuesday night to complete their unlikely march to the league finals. Pondexter led New York with 36 points, her postseason high mark, and nine assists. The Dream, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, swept Washington in the first round before also winning two straight over the Liberty in the conference finals. Atlanta, a third-year expansion franchise which set a league record with 30 losses only two years ago, will face the Western Conference champion Seattle Storm in the WNBA finals. The best-of-five series begins Sunday in Seattle.
Erika DeSouza averages 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds for 38 games this season. Iziane Castro Marques also appeared 38 times averaging 16.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.


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  CANADA - Women  


Achonwa's hopes to live up to expectations - by Eurobasket News
Natalie Achonwa's (189-F-92) University of Notre Dame teammates call her 'Canada' or 'The Canadian Sensation'.

Even though its not the greatest nickname, Im glad that I have my country as my label and Im proud of that, the Guelphite said. One of the girls nickname is Earl. Ill take Canadian sensation.

Her national teammates couldnt wait for her to show up at training camp last week at Waterloos RIM Park.

Achonwa had to miss the first six days of the nine-day Canadian senior womens team camp due to academic commitments.

At 17, shes the youngest member on the national team. Teammate Teresa Gabriele tops the squad at 30 years old.

(Theyre like) older sisters, seeing as how there is a big difference in age, said Achonwa, whose club competes in the world championships Sept. 23 to Oct. 3 in the Czech Republic.

I think there were some social differences, but I think Natalie has really bridged the gap, Canadian head coach Allison McNeill said. The older players will get on her sometimes . . . but they also support her.

I think they see her commitment and I think they not only respect but appreciate her commitment. They were really excited to see her and kept asking when she was coming back.

Achonwa has the blessing of the Notre Dame coaching staff to compete in that tournament, as long as she keeps up with her schooling. She started school two weeks ago and is getting ready for her rookie season with the Fighting Irish.

To keep her academics in order, Achonwa bought a voice recorder and arranged for a fellow student-athlete to tape lectures shell miss. Shell also get tutoring over Skype.

She is fortunate that the Canadian team and Notre Dame run similar offensive and defensive schemes.

Ive got to come in with the mindset that I need to work hard and that I need to earn every minute that I receive, she said. I feel like Ive worked really hard this summer and over the past year on getting to a level that I can hopefully contribute more.

So far, coach McNeill likes what she sees.

Shes one of the brightest basketball players Ive ever coached in my life and Ive been doing this a long time. She just picks up stuff so quickly. She has an unbelievable read of the game and so Im not sure every (17-year-old) could do this. Even if they had her physical ability, thats not to me what separates her. What separates her is her mental ability.

Before she plays her first NCAA game, shell suit up for the Canadian team at the world championship tournament.

Ive kind of been weaved into the international scene, she said. Its like thats what Ive been taught so I dont know any different. Its really competitive, everyone really gets at it and its really physical. Its my favourite.

Courtesy of http://news.guelphmercury.com


ACHONWA HOPES to Live UP TO EXPECTATIONS - by John Gary
courtesy guelphmercury.com Natalie Achonwas University of Notre Dame teammmates call her Canada or the Canadian sensation. ' Even though its not the greatest nickname,Im glad that i have my country as my label and i am proud of that,' the guelphite said. 'One of the girls nicknames is Earl. 'ill take Canadian sensation. Her national teammates couldnt wait for her to show up at training camp last week at Waterloo RIM PARK.

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  FINLAND - Women  


Laura Sario and Mirka Jarchovska join Espoo Team - by Eurobasket News
Espoo Team strengthened their roster. They inked one-year deals with Laura Sario (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) and Mirka Jarchovska (173-F-72). Laura Sario is originally from Espoo. She studied at the Binghamton University in the USA. In 2008 Laura Sario moved to Belgium to sign with Point Chaud Sprimont. Last season the 26-year-old guard spent in Dexia Namur. Laura Sario averaged 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in Belgian league. In EuroCup her stats read 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebound per appearance. Laura Sario played for the Finnish National Team at 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. In 8 games her stats came up to 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Mirka Jarchovska did not play basketball since 2007/08 season. Then the experienced forward averaged 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.8 steals per game for Espoo Team. The Czech player also had stints in Slovakia, Austria and Germany before moving to Finland. Mirka Jarchovska also worked as an assistant coach in Espoo Team. She used to play for the Czech National Team back in 1997-2001.




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  HUNGARY - Women  


Danielle Page is a newcomer at ZTE-Zala Volan - by Eurobasket
ZTE-Zala Volan strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska). Page played most recently at ASA Jerusalem (Israel). While playing 5 games for Jerusalem last season her stats were: 21.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg and 3.6bpg. Page is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, Israel and Poland.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  IRAN - Women  


Shokoufeh Sarrafpour to Qazvin - by Aydin Dianat
Shokoufeh Sarrafpour (176-G/F-85) , the Iranian national, reached a deal with Qazvin Basketball Board. The team is the same as Qazvin Jahan Macaroni but changed their name since the sponsors dropped the team due to financial problems.
Sarrafpour reached a a one year deal with the team and she will join some other nationals signed with the team.
Kia Herbel (C, college: Dickinson St.) already signed a contract with the team and she is waiting for her visa to come to Iran and begin her practives with her new teammates.


The Female Iranian Super League will tip off on September 22nd and Qavin will face Mahram , Shokoufeh Sarrafpour''s previous team.



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  POLAND - Women  


Utex Row land Rebecca Harris - by Eurobasket News
Utex Row signed the first import player. The team landed Rebecca Harris (176-G-86, college: Illinois). The 24-year-old guard spent the previous season in Greece. She tallied 15.9 points, 3.6 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game for Olympiakos. Earlier Rebecca Harris played for Sparta Praha in Czech Republic.


Lider Pruszkow and Artego Bydgoszcz exchange victories - by Eurobasket News
Lider Pruszkow and Artego Bydgoszcz traded wins in two exhibition encounters played.
Lider Pruszkow claimed a 62:56 victory in the first game. Natalia Mrozinska (191-F/C-84) knocked down 13 points to pace Lider Pruszkow. Lider surged ahead in the first half. They posted a 7-point halftime advantage. Lider Pruszkow stretched the margin to 14 points at the final break. Artego Bydgoszcz never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Agnieszka Szott (184-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) notched 13 points for the winners. Martyna Koc (186-C-83) replied with 12 points for Artego Bydgoszcz.
But Artego Bydgoszcz bounced back in the second clash. Marta Urbaniak (189-F-87) nailed 15 points to lead the effort. Agnieszka Szott added 14 points for the Bydgoszcz team. Martyna Koc replied with 17 points for Lider Pruszkow. Aleksandra Chomac (191-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group) finished with 15 points in the losing effort.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


BC ICIM Arad adds Dollente to their roster - by Eurobasket
BC ICIM Arad added to their roster 22-year old American guard Laiken Dollente (173-G-88). Dollente played most recently at University of Portland (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 31 games for Portland last season she averaged 16.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Cappie Pondexter returns to UMMC Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket
UMMC Ekaterinburg signed 27-year old American guard Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers). Pondexter played most recently at New York Liberty (WNBA) in the U.S. Pondexter is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in China, Turkey and USA.

The guard has already played two seasons with the Russian team averaging 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 86.7% in Euroleague last year, in 13 games and 9.3ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (4.3apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT-1 (96.7%) in 16 games played in Superleague.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Sancho Lyttle to play in WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) will have a chance to win the WNBA title this season. Lyttle and her team Atlanta Dream outplayed the NY Liberty in the second game 105-93 winning the Eastern Conference Finals with perfect 2-0. Their rival in WNBA Finals will be Seattle Storm. Lyttle spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 8 points and 5 rebounds. She did a great job in defense last night. In Game One, Sancho Lyttle exploded with 18 points and 13 boards for 27 minutes.
Short game report: Angel McCoughtry scored a WNBA playoff record 42 points to win a high-scoring duel with Cappie Pondexter, and the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 105-93 on Tuesday night to complete their unlikely march to the league finals. Pondexter led New York with 36 points, her postseason high mark, and nine assists. The Dream, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, swept Washington in the first round before also winning two straight over the Liberty in the conference finals. Atlanta, a third-year expansion franchise which set a league record with 30 losses only two years ago, will face the Western Conference champion Seattle Storm in the WNBA finals. The best-of-five series begins Sunday in Seattle.
Sancho Lyttle appeared 36 times for Atlanta this season averaging 12.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. She joined them last year. Sancho Lyttle is a member of the Spanish National Team. Last season in Europe she was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Player of the Year -10.


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Sancho Lyttle to play in WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) will have a chance to win the WNBA title this season. Lyttle and her team Atlanta Dream outplayed the NY Liberty in the second game 105-93 winning the Eastern Conference Finals with perfect 2-0. Their rival in WNBA Finals will be Seattle Storm. Lyttle spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 8 points and 5 rebounds. She did a great job in defense last night. In Game One, Sancho Lyttle exploded with 18 points and 13 boards for 27 minutes.
Short game report: Angel McCoughtry scored a WNBA playoff record 42 points to win a high-scoring duel with Cappie Pondexter, and the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 105-93 on Tuesday night to complete their unlikely march to the league finals. Pondexter led New York with 36 points, her postseason high mark, and nine assists. The Dream, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, swept Washington in the first round before also winning two straight over the Liberty in the conference finals. Atlanta, a third-year expansion franchise which set a league record with 30 losses only two years ago, will face the Western Conference champion Seattle Storm in the WNBA finals. The best-of-five series begins Sunday in Seattle.
Sancho Lyttle appeared 36 times for Atlanta this season averaging 12.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. She joined them last year. Sancho Lyttle is a member of the Spanish National Team. Last season in Europe she was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Player of the Year -10.


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New York Liberty moving to Prudential Center - by Eurobasket News
With planned renovations scheduled for Madison Square Garden over the next three summers, the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) will be temporarily moving to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, for the next three seasons. The Liberty will join the NBA's New Jersey Nets as new residents at Prudential Center, which has been home to the NHL's New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall University's men's basketball program since opening its doors in 2007.

'We are excited to embrace the Newark community during our next three seasons at the Prudential Center,' said Carol Blazejowski, who is the President and General Manager of the New York Liberty. 'The Liberty will continue to provide a fun, affordable and interactive game day experience for our loyal and passionate fans as we compete for the WNBA Championship. We look forward to welcoming our great fans back to The Garden when the transformation is complete.'

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who has actively pursued professional basketball at Prudential Center long before the arena was even completed, voiced similar excitement to that of Blazejowski.

'The entire City of Newark is excited about the news that the WNBA'S New York Liberty will be playing its next three seasons at the state-of-the-art Prudential Center,' Mayor Booker stated. 'From the WNBA to the NBA to the New Jersey Devils and the NFL Alumni Association, Newark, New Jersey, is emerging as one of our country's biggest sports towns. This is another slam dunk for the Brick City.'

Madison Square Garden, which last underwent major renovations in 1991, is scheduled to receive a transformation that is estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $775M to $850M during the three-year job. The Garden will be closed during the upcoming three summers in order to undergo the renovations, which immediately meant that the Liberty would need a temporary relocation through the 2013 season. When discussions started about where the team would play, MSG Sports President Scott O'Neil and his representatives did not need to look that far.

'The Rock is the best possible location for the Liberty to play during the next three summers of MSG transformation,' O'Neil remarked. 'The venue will allow our fans and partners the opportunity to continue to support the team at an arena that is a short 15-minute train ride from The Garden. It isn't just a coincidence that New Jersey is called the Garden State, and we are fortunate to have a strong fan base there for the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. We see this as an exciting opportunity to broaden the Liberty's New York metropolitan presence.'

At the moment, the Liberty is in the midst of a playoff run, battling the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA Eastern Conference Championship. New York currently trails Atlanta, one game to none, in the best-of-three series. If the Liberty was to win its game two road pairing tonight, the deciding game of the series would occur at The Garden on Thursday.

Courtesy of the New York Liberty


McCoughtry's 42 lead Dream past Liberty, 105-93 - by Eurobasket News
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored a WNBA playoff record 42 points to win a high-scoring duel with Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), and the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 105-93 on Tuesday night to complete their unlikely march to the league finals.

Pondexter led New York with 36 points, her postseason high mark, and nine assists.

The Dream, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, swept Washington in the first round before also winning two straight over the Liberty in the conference finals.

Atlanta, a third-year expansion franchise which set a league record with 30 losses only two years ago, will face the Western Conference champion Seattle Storm in the WNBA finals. The best-of-five series begins Sunday in Seattle.

Atlanta players jumped on the scorer's table and streamers fell from the Philips Arena rook after the final buzzer.

McCoughtry surpassed the 41 points that Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) scored against Detroit while she played for Indiana in 2006. Pondexter's 36 points is the third highest ever in a playoff game.

The Dream led by 14 late in the first half before New York rallied to pull even at 73-73 entering the fourth quarter.

Atlanta's Coco Miller, who had 19 points, opened the final period with a 3-pointer. New York took its last lead at 77-76 on a basket by Taj McWilliams-Franklin. McCoughtry answered with two free throws, and the Dream extended the lead in the final 8 minutes.

McCoughtry's previous career high was 34 points.

Erika DeSouza (6'6''-C-82) had 15 points and Iziane Castro Marques (6'0''-G/F-82) had 11 for Atlanta.

Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers) had 20 points and Plenette Pierson added 13 before fouling out for New York.

Atlanta was second in the league with its regular-season average of 85.4 points per game. The Dream picked up the scoring pace by scoring 98 points per game in the first-round series against Washington.

Dream coach Marynell Meadors tweaked her lineup against Washington. A smaller look only added to Atlanta's fast-break potential, and the Dream kept up the up-tempo pace against New York.

With McCoughtry leading the way, the Dream had 19 fast-break points in the first half and led 55-44 at the break.

The Liberty opened the second half with a 14-4 run to cut Atlanta's lead to 59-58.

McCoughtry responded with back-to-back baskets for Atlanta.

Tempers flared and players had to be separated with 5:53 remaining in the third period following McWilliams-Franklin's foul on DeSouza, who had an animated reaction and was called for a technical foul. Meadors and the Dream argued the call.

There was another delay later in the period due to a clock malfunction.

New York continued its comeback, finally pulling even for the first time at 70-all on a three-point play by Carson. A 3-pointer by Pondexter gave New York the lead, before the period ended with the second tie of the game, at 73-all.

New York's Janel McCarville missed her third straight game with a sprained ankle. McCarville was with the team but was not in uniform.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


WNBA Finals schedule - by Eurobasket News
WNBA FINALS: SEATTLE STORM VS. ATLANTA DREAM

Seattle swept Phoenix in the Western Conference finals to reach its first WNBA finals since winning the league championship in 2004. Atlanta, in its third season, advanced to its first finals in franchise history after sweeping New York. The Storm won both regular-season meetings with the Dream, winning 90-72 at home June 1, and 80-70 on the road Aug. 10. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) scored 32 points (her season high is 33) in the first matchup.

Date Matchup Tip (TV)
Sunday, Sept. 12 Game 1: Dream at Storm 3 p.m. (ABC)
Tuesday, Sept. 14 Game 2: Dream at Storm 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Thursday, Sept. 16 Game 3: Storm at Dream 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday, Sept. 19 Game 4*: Storm at Dream 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday, Sept. 21 Game 5*: Dream at Storm 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


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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



Four world championship teams getting prepared in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France - by Bert Larsimont
The International Tournament of Villeneuve d'Ascq has officially been presented to the press and media today.
France of Coach Pierre Vincent will host Canada, Belarus and Japan at the Palacium in Villeneuve d'Ascq (close to Lille, Northern France).

Here is how the tournament's program looks like:

Thursday, 9 September 2010
18:00 Japan vs Belarus
20:30 France vs Canada

Friday, 10 September 2010
18:00 Canada vs Japan
20:30 France vs Belarus

Saturday 11 September 2010
15:00 France vs Japan
17:30 Belarus vs Canada