EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/1/2011

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  ACPBL   


ACPBL announces three Regional Divisions and Playoff format - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League is pleased to announce that the ACPBL has aligned into three separate regional divisions for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
We have always been about the fans and the quality of play in the ACPBL, stated Commissioner James R. Schutz . By creating three separate regional divisions inside of the ACPBL, we have managed to create three separate regular season division championship races.
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League is the #1 independent basketball minor league in the United States of America and second overall only to that of the affiliated NBA D-league. The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is one of the first ever minor leagues to successfully implement revenue sharing for all of its teams through league sponsorship, something previously only seen in the major leagues such as the NBA and NFL.
The new official 2011-2012 ACPBL regional divisions are listed below, together with playoff format. The ACPBL season will start on December 3, 2011, and the league has released its official schedule too, that is available at http://www.acpbl.com/latest-news/112-acpbl-releases-official-schedule-for-2011-2012-season.html

ACPBL North

Buffalo Warriors
Garden State Rebels
Hartford Lightning
North Jersey Pros

ACPBL Big Apple

Hudson Valley Kingz
Manhattan Pride
New York City 524
New York Lions

ACPBL South

Bay Area Shuckers
Beltway Bombers
Chesapeake Tru Hope Trailblazers
The Destroyers (Philadelphia, PA & Wilmington, DE)
The Enterprise (Philadelphia, PA)

**PLAYOFF FORMAT**
SEEDS #1, #2, #3 reserved for division champions
SEEDS #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 reserved for wild card teams from any division



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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LigaA. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked Quimsa as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Quimsa defeated 4th ranked Olimpico de La Banda in Santiado Estero 83-74. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-14. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 22-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Quimsa won last quarter 28-21. 26 personal fouls committed by Olimpico de La Banda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 4 other teams. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Lanus and San Mart.C.. Olimpico de La Banda will play next round against La Union trying to get back on the winning streak. Quimsa will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Sionista in Parana.
Undefeated Libertad Sunchales (1-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Atenas (2-1) 81-71. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) notched 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Juan Manuel Rivero supported him with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds by American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Libertad Sunchales. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atenas maintains third position with 2-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Atenas will play against league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Libertad Sunchales will play against San Martin Corrientes to get more than just one victory in their record.
Quite upsetting was Quilmes MP's 16-point home defeat in a game versus Obras 90-74. The best player for the winners was Juan Gutierrez who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Brian Morris produced 24 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras maintains sixth position with 1-2 record, which they share with La Union. Newly promoted Quilmes MP still closes the standings with three games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Lanus.
A very interesting game took place in Rio Tercero. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked GECR Indalo (1-1) to eighth ranked Club 9 (1-1) 74-72 in the game for the fourth place. Jazwin Cowan orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Club 9 left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated GECR Indalo. Club 9's next round opponent will be Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata. GECR Indalo will play at home against Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Corrientes: Regatas Corrientes (#6) and San Martin Corrientes (#7). Regatas Corrientes (2-0) smashed visiting San Martin Corrientes (0-2) by 16 points 86-70. Nicolas Romano scored 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Regatas Corrientes keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes still closes the standings with two games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Atenas (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#4).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: La Union lost to Atenas on the opponent's court 74-87. La Union unfortunately lost to Sionista in a home game 81-87. Winless Lanus lost to undefeated Wuber-Est.Bahia on the road 63-77. Obras lost to undefeated Boca Jrs on its own court 73-81.


Quimsa - Olimpico LB 83-74

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked Quimsa as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Quimsa defeated 4th ranked Olimpico de La Banda in Santiado Estero 83-74. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-14. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 22-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Quimsa won last quarter 28-21. 26 personal fouls committed by Olimpico de La Banda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Alexander David Galindo (198-85, college: FIU) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 4 other teams. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Lanus and San Mart.C.. Olimpico de La Banda will play next round against La Union trying to get back on the winning streak. Quimsa will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Sionista in Parana.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: M.Ibarra 13+2reb+3ast, A.David Galindo 13+4reb+2ast, A.Sucre 12+9reb, F.Malara 10+6reb, E.Villares 8+2reb+3ast, C.Amicucci 8+5reb
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 19+6reb+2ast, J.Williams 17+10reb+1ast, B.Robinson 16+2reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 13+5reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 9+5reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 136235


Regatas C. - San Mart.C. 86-70

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Corrientes: Regatas Corrientes (#6) and San Martin Corrientes (#7). Regatas Corrientes (2-0) smashed visiting San Martin Corrientes (0-2) by 16 points 86-70. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. San Martin Corrientes was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regatas Corrientes made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Spanish guard Lucas Victoriano (190-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Regatas Corrientes keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes still closes the standings with two games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Atenas (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#4).
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: W.McFarlan 20+6reb+1ast, L.Victoriano 13+5reb+7ast, F.Ramirez 13+5reb, R.Carter 8+2reb, H.Rollins 7+7reb, A.Carabajal 7+2reb
Regatas C.: N.Romano 17+5reb+2ast, L.Roe 15+5reb+2ast, P.Quinteros 15+5reb+3ast, D.Cavaco 13+3reb+1ast, J.Martinez 11+3reb+1ast, D.Kante 7+7reb
gschID: 136236


Quilmes MP - Obras 74-90

Quite upsetting was Quilmes MP's 16-point home defeat in a game versus Obras 90-74. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. Quilmes MP managed to win fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward Larry Lewis (201-69, college: Morehouse) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Brian Morris (205-87, college: Humboldt St.) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras maintains sixth position with 1-2 record, which they share with La Union. Newly promoted Quilmes MP still closes the standings with three games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Lanus.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: B.Morris 24+8reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 14+1reb+2ast, P.McHopson 13+5reb+5ast, F.Pinero 10+2reb+1ast, T.Newbold 5+5reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 4+1reb+1ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 30+5reb+4ast, L.Lewis 20+6reb+3ast, J.Mazzaro 15, A.Elsener 10+1ast, P.Espinoza 6+6reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 150140


Atenas - La Union 87-74

Everything could happen in Cordoba at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Atenas and 5th ranked La Union had identical 1-1 record. This time Atenas used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Formosa 87-74 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 32. It was a great shooting night for Atenas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) scored 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Facundo Sucatzky (176-72) chipped in 13 points and 10 assists during the contest. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas maintains third position with 2-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Quimsa. Loser La Union dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Atenas will face league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. La Union will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Mikulas 18+10reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 14+7reb+1ast, A.Pau 13+2reb+1ast, J.Caceres 12+1reb, D.Farabello 8+1reb+3ast, R.Wolkowyski 5+5reb
Atenas: M.Lescano 20+4reb+3ast, A.Alamo 14+3reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 13, F.Sucatzky 13+3reb+10ast, R.Garces 8+10reb, M.Melvin 7+6reb
gschID: 150141


Libertad S. - Atenas 71-81

Undefeated Libertad Sunchales (1-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Atenas (2-1) 81-71. The game without a history. Atenas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Atenas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) notched 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Juan Manuel Rivero (191-85) supported him with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds by American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Libertad Sunchales. His fellow American import power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) added 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atenas maintains third position with 2-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Atenas will play against league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Libertad Sunchales will play against San Martin Corrientes to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: S.Johnson 15+3reb+3ast, R.Battle 14+11reb, J.Emiliano Fernandez 12+2reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 8+2reb+1ast, J.Pittman 8+2reb, J.Treise 7+2reb+2ast
Atenas: M.Melvin 25+4reb+3ast, J.Manuel Rivero 25+3reb, R.Garces 10+13reb, M.Lescano 9+4reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 6+1reb+2ast, F.Sucatzky 4+4reb+7ast
gschID: 136229


Club 9 - GECR Indalo 74-72

A very interesting game took place in Rio Tercero. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked GECR Indalo (1-1) to eighth ranked Club 9 (1-1) 74-72 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But GECR Indalo won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by GECR Indalo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Martin Melo (197-82) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Cowan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Roberto Gabini (198-75, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for GECR Indalo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Club 9 left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated GECR Indalo. Club 9's next round opponent will be Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata. GECR Indalo will play at home against Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.McGowan 14+8reb, F.Funes 12+2reb+3ast, A.Feeley 12+2reb, R.Gabini 12+2reb+4ast, D.Romero 10+3reb, I.Ofoegbu 7+7reb
Club 9: G.Luchino 15+4reb, M.Melo 14+7reb+2ast, J.Cowan 13+10reb+2ast, K.Gayden 11+7reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 8+1reb, D.Gerbaudo 5+1ast
gschID: 136230


La Union - Sionista 81-87

There was a small surprise in Formosa where eighth ranked Sionista (1-1) defeated 5th ranked La Union (1-2) 87-81 on Sunday. La Union trailed by 18 points at halftime and as many as 24 after three quarters before a 33-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 81-87 at the end of the game. Sionista made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) scored 23 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Sionista players scored in double figures. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard Ariel Pau (186-84) scored 25 points. Sionista left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser La Union dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Sionista will face league's leader Quimsa in Santiado Estero in the next round and it may be the game of the week. La Union will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: A.Pau 25, R.Wolkowyski 18+4reb, G.Mikulas 14+11reb, J.Caceres 8+3reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 7+9reb, L.Perez 6+1reb+2ast
Sionista: L.Cequeira 23+2reb+4ast, J.Villegas 17+5reb, M.Sandes 17+8reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 12+1ast, E.Nelson 10+6reb, A.Zilli 7+4reb
gschID: 136231


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Lanus 77-63

There was a minor upset in Bahia Blanca where bottom-ranked Lanus (0-2) was defeated by top-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (2-0) 77-63 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Wuber-Est.Bahia made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Wuber-Est.Bahia outrebounded Lanus 44-29 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lanus was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Alti Sport) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) responded with 20 points and American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 18 points. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander tested eleven players saving starting five for next games. Wuber-Est.Bahia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Lanus still closes the standings with two games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face league's leader Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Top scorers:
Lanus: M.Byro 20+4reb+1ast, T.Taylor 18+3reb, J.Levy 7+2reb+2ast, F.Giorgi 7+2reb, J.Pablo Cantero 4+3reb+1ast, A.Boccia 3+6reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Mojica 18+10reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 14+9reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 13+3reb+1ast, J.Espil 10+3reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 9+7reb, J.Ignacio Sanchez 8+5reb+7ast
gschID: 136232


Obras - Boca Jrs 73-81

Everything went according to plan in Buenos Aires where top-ranked Boca Juniors (2-0) beat 6th ranked Obras (1-2) 81-73 on Sunday. Boca Juniors made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Larry OBannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Uruguayan guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boca Juniors maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Obras keeps the sixth place with two games lost. Boca Juniors will face league's second-placed Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Lanus.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 16+11reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 13+3reb, A.Elsener 12+5reb+4ast, M.Osimani 11+5reb+9ast, T.Field 7+1reb+1ast, L.Lewis 7+1reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: L.OBannon 20+5reb+1ast, M.Stanic 15+8reb+8ast, F.Martina 13+3reb, D.Alston 12+3reb, A.Diez 10+7reb+3ast, W.Graves 9+11reb+1ast
gschID: 136233




Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Quimsa 2-0 
 2. Regatas C. 2-0 
 3. Atenas 2-1 
 4. Libertad S. 1-1 
 5. Sionista 1-1 
 6. La Union 1-2 
 7. Olimpico LB 0-2 
 8. San Mart.C. 0-2 
South
 1. Boca Jrs 2-0 
 2. Wuber-Est.Bahia 2-0 
 3. Penarol 2-0 
 4. Obras 2-1 
 5. Club 9 1-1 
 6. GECR Indalo 1-1 
 7. Lanus 0-3 
 8. Quilmes MP 0-3 


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


The Nashama spirit - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordans national basketball team on Sunday won second place in the Asian Basketball Championships after losing to hosts China 70-69 in a thrilling match that kept millions of people in Jordan and around the continent captivated in front of their TV screens until the final whistle.
The title was within reach for the Nashama - the bold or chivalrous ones, as Jordans national teams are being dubbed by their fans and sports commentators around the Arab world. They lost in the final by just one point, a result that some blamed on poor refereeing. In the eyes of many Jordanians, however, they were winners and will be considered champions.

To be the number two team in Asia is a feat, after all, quite an achievement for a small country like Jordan.

Most important was the fighting spirit our team showed following a below-the-expectation performance in the first two rounds of the championship - where it lost to Japan, the Philippines and China. In the quarter-finals, the team rose up to the level of competition, eliminating titleholders Iran, then settling the score with the Philippines in the semis, only failing to get the better of the continents powerhouse, China, in the final.

Another squad that has captured the attention of Jordanians recently is the national football team, also carriers of the Nashama title. The team has performed outstandingly over the past several months, mainly at the Asian Cup hosted by Doha earlier this year and during the ongoing World Cup Asia qualifiers.

It won its first two matches this month, one away against former champion Iraq, and another at home against China.

This performance propelled the team to the 85th spot in FIFAs world rankings, seven positions up. In Asia, the team ranks seventh and at the top of Arab teams in Asia, outshining top squads like those of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE.

The team still has some way to go, four matches awaiting it during the current level of competition, but it has shown that with due care, much be achieved even with limited resources.

There is more to be learned from the Jordanian football and basketball Nashama, mainly determination and perseverance pay off, and that their success is due to the fact that their members were chosen on the basis of merit, not any other consideration. The message? To achieve success in any other sector, meritocracy should be the criterion for hiring.

At the same time, there should be awareness that more needs to be invested in sports, not only at the level of national teams, but also at the grassroots level, in schools and neighbourhoods, which can be a good nurturing ground for professional and national teams. The two teams won through sheer determination, but even that is not always enough.

National teams play an important role in bringing together players and the public, motivating the latter and uplifting the morale of the people, much needed particularly in these difficult times.

The Nashama spirit should be instilled at every level of society. It is a recipe for success.


Jordan Times



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  BAHRAIN   


Basketball team eye GCC glory - by Yousef Ahmed
BAHRAIN's national basketball team star Hussain Shaker is confident in his team's ability to win the basketball title at next month's First GCC Games, to be held in the kingdom from October 11 to 22. The basketball tournament is scheduled from October 12 to 18 and features all six GCC countries - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Oman - competing in a single round robin format. The all-new basketball arena at Shaikh Isa Sports City in Riffa will be hosting the competition. The Bahrain team recently came back from Wuhan, China, where they settled in 15th position in the 26th Fiba Asia Championship. And despite most of the GCC nations introducing their senior squads, Shaker believes the Bahrain team is capable of competing for the championship's trophy.

Shaker, who is considered as one of the most prominent players in Bahrain, said the team has achieved significant benefits after their participation in recent Asian Championship in China. 'We travelled to China to take part in the Asian Championship without having basic preparations. But in spite of all that, our team succeeded in fulfilling our goal, which is to prepare for the GCC Games,' said Shaker. 'The average age of the players is low. There are eight players who have been called to participate in the Asian Championship for the first time. It was a great experience to face top basketball teams like China and the Philippines who possessed physical advantage and experience.' Shaker stressed that everyone had benefited more or less technically through their participation in the Asian Championship. 'We hope that our benefit from this past experience would be reflected on our performance in the upcoming GCC event,' said Shaker. Bahrain kick-start their campaign against Qatar on opening day. They then take on Saudi Arabia on October 13, to be followed by a crucial game against the UAE on October 15.

Bahrain's fourth match will be held the following day against Kuwait. They face Oman on October 18, the last day of the tournament. The Bahrain team, coached by American Eric Rashad, were recently boosted by the return of regular players Ahmed Abdulaziz and Mahmood Akbar. Other prominent members in this 15-player squad include Ahmed Al Mutawa, Mohammed Ameer, Bader Abdulla Malabes, Mohammed Abdulmajeed and Maytham Jameel. Veteran Ahmed Malallah, Hesham Sarhan, Mohammed Mahri, Mohammed Khamis, Ahmed Najaf, Mahdi Ashoor and Abdulrahman Ghali are the remaining members. Rashad will soon name his final 12-member team that will represent the kingdom in the GCC Games. Meanwhile, the organising committee of the GCC Games stepped up its preparations by finalising the duties of the Accommodation and Transport Committee. The committee's first meeting was held yesterday and was chaired by Mohammed Kadhim. Kadhim welcomed the committee members and explained the duties of each member escorting one of the GCC delegations. Jassim Al Azzam was chosen as the Qatari delegation escort, Yousef Al Zayani for Saudi Arabia, Yaqoub Hassan for Kuwait, Ali Al Nayem for Oman and Mohammed Al Haiki for the UAE. Committee members Isa Al Shamlan and Hussain Ali will be in charge of the GCC delegations' transport while Ali Hassan and Taleb Marzooq were appointed supervisors for the accommodation part. The Bahrain Football Association also hosted a co-ordinating meeting attended by the sub committees. Soccer tournament's deputy director Mohamed Qassim briefed the committees' members on the programme of this event, which features six GCC countries - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Oman.


Source GDN
By Rami Hulayyel , Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011



Basketball team eye GCC glory - by Yousef Ahmed
BAHRAIN's national basketball team star Husain Al Tawash (174-G-86) is confident in his team's ability to win the basketball title at next month's First GCC Games, to be held in the kingdom from October 11 to 22. The basketball tournament is scheduled from October 12 to 18 and features all six GCC countries - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Oman - competing in a single round robin format. The all-new basketball arena at Shaikh Isa Sports City in Riffa will be hosting the competition. The Bahrain team recently came back from Wuhan, China, where they settled in 15th position in the 26th Fiba Asia Championship. And despite most of the GCC nations introducing their senior squads, Shaker believes the Bahrain team is capable of competing for the championship's trophy.

Shaker, who is considered as one of the most prominent players in Bahrain, said the team has achieved significant benefits after their participation in recent Asian Championship in China. 'We travelled to China to take part in the Asian Championship without having basic preparations. But in spite of all that, our team succeeded in fulfilling our goal, which is to prepare for the GCC Games,' said Shaker. 'The average age of the players is low. There are eight players who have been called to participate in the Asian Championship for the first time. It was a great experience to face top basketball teams like China and the Philippines who possessed physical advantage and experience.' Shaker stressed that everyone had benefited more or less technically through their participation in the Asian Championship. 'We hope that our benefit from this past experience would be reflected on our performance in the upcoming GCC event,' said Shaker. Bahrain kick-start their campaign against Qatar on opening day. They then take on Saudi Arabia on October 13, to be followed by a crucial game against the UAE on October 15.

Bahrain's fourth match will be held the following day against Kuwait. They face Oman on October 18, the last day of the tournament. The Bahrain team, coached by American Eric Rashad, were recently boosted by the return of regular players Ahmed Abdulaziz and Mahmood Akbar. Other prominent members in this 15-player squad include Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC), Mohammed Ameer, Bader Abdulla Malabes, Mohammed Abdulmajeed and Maytham Jameel. Veteran Ahmed Malallah, Hesham Sarhan, Mohammed Mahri, Mohammed Khamis, Ahmed Najaf, Mahdi Ashoor and Abdulrahman Ghali are the remaining members. Rashad will soon name his final 12-member team that will represent the kingdom in the GCC Games. Meanwhile, the organising committee of the GCC Games stepped up its preparations by finalising the duties of the Accommodation and Transport Committee. The committee's first meeting was held yesterday and was chaired by Mohammed Kadhim. Kadhim welcomed the committee members and explained the duties of each member escorting one of the GCC delegations. Jassim Al Azzam was chosen as the Qatari delegation escort, Yousef Al Zayani for Saudi Arabia, Yaqoub Hassan for Kuwait, Ali Al Nayem for Oman and Mohammed Al Haiki for the UAE. Committee members Isa Al Shamlan and Hussain Ali will be in charge of the GCC delegations' transport while Ali Hassan and Taleb Marzooq were appointed supervisors for the accommodation part. The Bahrain Football Association also hosted a co-ordinating meeting attended by the sub committees. Soccer tournament's deputy director Mohamed Qassim briefed the committees' members on the programme of this event, which features six GCC countries - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Oman.


Source GDN
By Rami Hulayyel , Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011





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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Mornar Bar lands Jamaican PG Akeem Scott - by Eurobasket News
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) is a new member of Mornar Bar. The Jamaican point guard penned a deal for the next season. Mornar will compete in Montenegrin and Balkan league. Scott participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. He had 21.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.7 apg and 4.7 spg for 3 games. Akeem Scott missed last season. He finished 2009/10 in Finland as a member of Lappeenranta NMKY. He shined with 16.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg and 2.3 spg for them in 18 games. Before Lappeenranta NMKY, Scott spent some time with Latvian Ventspils. He played in Finland also from 2006 to 2009. Akeem Scott is active member of the Jamaican National Team. He helped them win the Bronze at the CBC Championships in Nassau this year. He had 16.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.4 apg for 5 games and was named Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships Best Guard -11.

Feni Industri signs Marko Simonovski - by Eurobasket News
Reigning FYROM champion Feni Industri reinforced its roster a PG position. The team landed Marko Simonovski (192-PG-89, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. Simonovski participated at the FYROM NT camp during the summer, but did not play at the EuroBasket in Poland. He heads to Feni from Rabotnicki, where he spent last season. Simonovski had 5.1 ppg and 3 rpg for 19 Superleague games with Rabotnicki. He helped them win the Macedonian Cup this year. Marko Simonovski started last season with Austrian Arkadia. He had 5.5 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 8 games, after what they parted ways. Simonovski played for Rabotnicki also in 2009/10. Before that, he spent two years with Vardar Osiguruvanje.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Ventspils 1-0 
 2. KK Kaunas 0-0 
 3. Tartu Ulikool 0-0 
 4. Siauliai 0-0 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 6. Nevezis Kedain. 0-0 
 7. Rudupis 0-0 
 8. Juventus 0-0 
 9. Triumph 0-0 
 10. Pieno Zvaigzdes 0-0 
 11. Liepaja 0-1 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Zemgale Jelgava 0-0 
 2. Neptunas 0-0 
 3. Naglis Palangos 0-0 
 4. Rakvere Tarvas 0-0 
 5. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
Group B
 1. Rapla 0-0 
 2. TTU/Kalev 0-0 
 3. Turiba 0-0 
 4. Sakalai 0-0 
 5. Techasas 0-0 
 6. Valmiera 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lauris BLAUS
  Ventspils
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 14
 1. Blaus, Ventspils14.0 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventsp.13.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils11.0 
 4. Young, Ventspils10.0 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja9.0 
 6. Bakic, Ventspils9.0 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.8.0 
 8. Gray, Ventspils7.0 
 9. Laksa, Ventspils7.0 
 10. Berzins, Ventspi.4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturs BERZINS
  Ventspils
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Berzins, Ventspils8.0 
 2. Blaus, Ventspils6.0 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.0 
 4. Meiers, Ventspils4.0 
 5. Young, Ventspils3.0 
 6. Willard, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.0 
 8. Bakic, Ventspils1.0 
 9. Gray, Ventspils1.0 
 10. Mayo, Liepa.1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mayo, Liepaja4.0 
 2. Young, Ventspils3.0 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.0 
 4. Berzins, Ventspils3.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.2.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventsp.2.0 
 7. Gray, Ventspils1.0 
 8. Laksa, Ventspils1.0 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils1.0 
 10. Bakic, Ventspi.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lauris BLAUS
  Ventspils
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blaus, Ventspils3.0 
 2. Laksa, Ventspils2.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.0 
 5. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 6. Lejasmeiers, Vents.1.0 
 7. Gray, Ventspils0.0 
 8. Bakic, Ventspils0.0 
 9. Young, Ventspils0.0 
 10. Mayo, Liepa.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martins MEIERS
  Ventspils
  (206-C-91)
  Avg: 1
 1. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.0 
 3. Gray, Ventspils0.0 
 4. Blaus, Ventspils0.0 
 5. Berzins, Ventspils0.0 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja0.0 
 7. Bakic, Ventspils0.0 
 8. Laksa, Ventspils0.0 
 9. Young, Ventspils0.0 
 10. Strelnieks, Ven.0.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi edges Donetsk in thriller, 61-59 - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - BC Donetsk 61-59

Charleroi survived in the first game of the Euroleague qualifications. The host of this tournament grabbed 61-59 win against Dontesk and will meet ALBA Berlin in the second round. Donetsk is eliminated and will play in EuroCup this season. Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) scored 10 points, while Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) added 9 points and 11 rebs. Charleroi played without injured Mickael Gelabale. In Donetsk, Michael Lee (207-F-86) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) had 11 pts and 8 rebs, while DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Duke) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 10-14, 11-14, 19-15, 21-16. Charleroi missed 6 free throws in the final 33 seconds, giving Donetsk the chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Vule Avdalovic missed a desperation shot from downtown. Tomorrow, Charleroi will meet ALBA.

Charleroi: Jiri Welsch 13+5 boards, Justin Hamilton 10, Caleb Green 9+11 boards
Donetsk: Michael Lee 13+5 boards, Ivan Radenovic 11+8 boards, DeMarcus Nelson 8


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  BOSNIA   


Brod Svjetlost beats Servitium Gradiska in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Croatian team Brod Svjetlost and Bosnian Servitium Gradiska played a friendly game yesterday. Svjetlost was the host and registered 67-64 victory in this meeting. Servitium had 46-49 lead during the game, but the home squad shined when it mattered most and managed to beat their rivals. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) was the leading player in victory. He scored 18 points. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) and Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) followed him with 14 and 12 points respectively. The last one with double-digits was Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) delivered 16 points. Nemanja Bilanovic (197-F-87) stopped to 13 pts. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

Posusje withdraws from D1 - by Eurobasket News
Posusje will not play in Bosnian D1 next season. The club announced its decision yesterday. The main reason is bad financial situation. The team will play in D2, League Herceg-Bosna.
Meanwhile, Sloboda Tuzla dont exist any more. The team officially bankrupted. Of course, they left another spot open in D1. City of Tuzla got a new club and its name will be OKK Sloboda. They will start from the lowest division in Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Triland also decided not to play in D1 next season. They will be replaced by Vogosca.


Igokea signs PG Vukasin Aleksic - by Eurobasket News
Vukasin Aleksic (183-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Bosnia. The Serbian point guard penned a deal with Igokea. He split last season between Nizhny Novgorod and Radnicki Kragujevac. For 9 Russian league games with Nizhny, Aleksic had 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3 apg. He also added 8.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 4.1 apg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Later with Radnicki Kragujevac, Vukasin Aleksic had 5.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg in Serbian league. In Adriatic league, his numbers were little bit lower. Aleksic played for Radnicki also in 2009/10. He had 13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 5.1 apg at that time in Serbian league. In 2008/09 season, Aleksic won the Serbian and Adriatic league title with Partizan. They also celebrated in Serbian Cup. In the past, Vukasin Aleksic played for Swisslions Takovo, Zdravlje, Avala Ada and Hemofarm.

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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Hoop It Up puts hoop up! - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) and his Hoop It Up Foundation have once again gone above and beyond in their quest for improving not only the standard of basketball in the Territory, but also in making the game available to all youths from all walks of life.

The beneficiaries this time are the pupils at the Eslyn Henly Richez Learning Centre, who ringed the court, as the Foundation, with the help of sponsors Play to Win Sports, installed a brand new basketball rim and net at the schools facility in Roadtown.

Judging by the smiles across the court and classroom at the school yesterday Wednesday September 29, 2011, the initiative has struck a much needed chord in the hearts and minds of the Special Needs children attending the school who can now practice their shooting during break times.

Parillon and the Foundation will also be able to hold more regular sessions with the children as up until now they had to march over to the Multi Purpose Gym for a once weekly session.

Principal of the school, Mrs. Vansittart Huggins spoke very highly of Parillon and his efforts. Well it tells me we are stakeholders in the community and dont have to rely on the government alone to make the system work, we are all a partnership. It shows me people in the community care about what we achieve here.

She was also enthusiastic about how the children had been reacting to the Foundations weekly sessions The pupils are much more agile, they have much more mobility, they have more energy than anybody else. There is a tendancy to think that because they are special needs children they should just be sitting down. Steve and his programme has shown what a tremendous talent for sports they have.

Parillon himself commented that the Foundation doesnt see those attending the school as different. We dont look at them as different he said we look at them as not having the opportunity like some others, so any time we can help and make a contribution we will.

He went on to say that he has noticed the teachers getting more and more involved in the sport We can only do one day a week but if the teachers get involved they can also keep the programme going and run drills, hold games and have fun on the court.

Watch this space because Steve wont be stopping at just installing a rim at the school. He has already had talks with the Principal about a Special Olympics Basketball team to participate in competitions abroad and get recognition for the VI.

For now though, the smiles on the faces of the children were worth more than any Gold Medal.




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  BULGARIA   


Solna Vikings land Bulgarian C Krum Doychinov - by Eurobasket News
Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Sweden. The Bulgarian center penned a one-year deal with Solna Vikings. Doychinov heads to Solna from Balkan Botevgrad, where he spent last season. He appeared 29 times in Bulgarian league averaging 8 points, 5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. The player also added 9.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 8 games in Balkan League. In 2009/10, Krum Doychinov was a member of Cherno More. He had 8.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg for them in Bulgaria. In the past, Doychinov spent few years with CSKA Sophia. In 2010, he participated at the Bulgarian NT camp. Earlier, Doychinov played for the Bulgarian U20 NT.

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  CHINA   


Tseng Wen-ting signs with Shanghai - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NT center Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) signed a four-year contract with Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Terms of the agreement -- a three-year contract with Shanghai could exercise a team option for the fourth year -- were not disclosed, but it is believed that Tseng will be paid between one million to two million Chinese yuan annually.

Tseng could earn up to NT$9.4 million (US$310,000) per year.

The 6-8 center intended to sign with Shanghai after finishing his contract with Yulon Dinos in January but was kept from signing due to the CBA's internal regulations. Tseng signed with Osaka Evessa of Japan's BJ League instead, earning around US$10,000-15,000 per month.

It was reported that as many as six Chinese teams were trying to sign Tseng. Tseng chose Shanghai for his familiarity with the city.

The All-SBL center is scheduled to arrive in Shanghai on Oct. 16 for the pre-season training camp before the CBA season starts on Nov. 20.

As of now, five Taiwanese players, including four Taiwan NT starters, will play in China next season. Taiwan Beer forward Yang Ching-min, who was rumored to sign with Jilin, did not sign with any team and will play in Taiwan.

Players, Team, Estimated monthly salary (NT)
Lee Hsueh-lin, Beijing, NT$600,000
Wu Tai-hao, Zhejiang, NT$450,000
Lin Chih-chieh, Zhejiang, NT$750,000
Hong Chih-shan, Dongguan, NT$250,000
Wen-Ting Tseng, Shanghai, NT$600,000
(Source: Apple Daily)



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  COLOMBIA   


Canoneros Norte De Cucuta signs G/SF Nikola Kuga - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Kuga (200-F/G-86) will continue his career in Colombia. The Serbian shooting guard/small forward penned a deal with Canoneros Norte de Cucuta. They currently have 3-5 record in Federation Cup. Kuga started last season with U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes, Iceland. He had 16.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.3 apg for three games, after what they parted ways. Season 2009/10 Nikola Kuga started as a member of Slovenian Hopsi Polzela. However, he appeared just twice for the club. Kuga also has experience from Morocco, where he played in 2008/09 season. He had 15.5 ppg and 4 rpg in 14 regular season games with Tihad Sportif de Casablanca. He also added 12.3 ppg and 4 rpg for 6 Playoff Games. In the past, Kuga played on Cyprus and for few Serbian teams, including FMP Zeleznik. Nikola Kuga participated at Eurobasket Summer Legaue in Malaga, 2010.

Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Orgullo Paisa 5-1 
 2. Patriotas 5-1 
 3. Guerreros 5-3 
 4. Bucaros 3-3 
 5. Cucuta Norte 3-5 
 6. Caribbean Heat 2-6 
 7. InderValle 1-5 


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  CROATIA   


Cibona eliminates Cholet, heads to second round - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Cholet 77-70

Cibona outplayed Cholet 77-70 in Vilnius and reached second round of the Euroleague qualifications. The former French champion will meet Lietuvos Rytas tomorrow. Rytas is the host of this tournament. Cholet said goodbye to Euroleague and will compete in EuroCup this season. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) led Cibona in scoring with 16 points. Demonte Harper (193-G, college: Morehead St.) had 13 points, Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) netted 11 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) helped Cibona with 10 points. On the other side, Talor Battle (182-PG-88, college: Penn St.) shined with 23 points for Cholet. Their second scorer was Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) with 14 pts (6 as). Quarters: 20-21, 19-19, 20-16, 18-14. As mentioned above, tomorrow Cibona will meet Lietuvos Rytas. Two more games will be played in Vilnius today (first round).

Cibona: Antwain Barbour 16, Demonte Harper 13, Damjan Rudez 11+6 boards, Brian Chase 10
Cholet: Talor Battle 23, Fabien Causeur 14+6 as


Brod Svjetlost beats Servitium Gradiska in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Croatian team Brod Svjetlost and Bosnian Servitium Gradiska played a friendly game yesterday. Svjetlost was the host and registered 67-64 victory in this meeting. Servitium had 46-49 lead during the game, but the home squad shined when it mattered most and managed to beat their rivals. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) was the leading player in victory. He scored 18 points. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) and Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) followed him with 14 and 12 points respectively. The last one with double-digits was Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) delivered 16 points. Nemanja Bilanovic (197-F-87) stopped to 13 pts. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

Zagreb close to sign Sean May - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb is expected to sign Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) for the upcoming season. The deal could be official during the day. May spent last season with Fenerbahce Ulker. He appeared 23 times for them in TBL averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. May also added 4.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 8 games in Euroleague. Fener won the Turkish title and Cup. Sean May played for the Sacramento Kings in 2009/10 season. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 37 games. From 2005 to 2009, he was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. His best season as a Bobcat was 2006/07. At that time May had 11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 games. Sean May graduated at the University of North Carolina in 2005. He had 17.5 ppg and 10.7 rpg for them as a senior. May was 13th overall pick at the 2005 NBA Draft.

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


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  DENMARK   


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


Ligaen: Round 2 review - by Charles Ramsdell
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Ligaen.

Svendborg - Aalborg 86-66

The game with biggest result difference took place in Svendborg. Local Svendborg (1-0) outscored Aalborg (0-2) 86-66 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Aalborg's players. American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-F-86, college: Stephen F. Austin) (206-86, college: Stephen F. Austin) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) responded with 33 points (!!!) and forward Soren Sorensen (196-88) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Svendborg left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with Bakken. Loser Aalborg still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Aabyhoj and Horsens IC. Svendborg will meet bottom-ranked Horsens IC (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aalborg will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: M.Kingsley 34+14reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 12+4reb+3ast, C.Colman 11+5reb+3ast, A.Darboe 10+2reb+4ast, C.Magaard 8+6reb+5ast, J.Hansen 6+1reb
Aalborg: R.White 33+3reb+2ast, S.Sorensen 11+3reb, L.Kristiansen 9+3reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 6+2reb, M.Christensen 3+2reb, S.Eleraky 2+6reb
gschID: 136092


Naestved - Horsens IC 96-80

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Horsens IC (0-2) was defeated on the road by top-ranked Naestved (2-0) 96-80 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Naestved. Horsens IC managed to win fourth quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naestved forced 25 Horsens IC turnovers. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) scored 27 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Naestved players scored in double figures. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Latvian guard Matiss Sakne (191-91) scored 8 points and 7 assists. Naestved keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Falcon. Loser Horsens IC still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Aabyhoj and Aalborg. Naestved will meet league's leader Falcon on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Horsens IC will play against Svendborg (#4).
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Henry 27+4reb+6ast, J.Glynn 16+11reb+1ast, N.Brasas 15+2reb+2ast, P.Johansen 10+5reb+4ast, N.Andreasen 10+1reb+1ast, L.Hoirup 6
Horsens IC: W.Harris 33+7reb+1ast, H.Schur 9+4reb, C.Lindberg 9+3reb+1ast, U.Grinbergs 9+1reb, M.Sakne 8+4reb+7ast, M.St.John 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 136093


Horsholm - Aabyhoj 85-78

We should mention about the upset which took place in Horsholm, where Aabyhoj (0-2) lost to Horsholm (1-1) in a road game 78-85. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-22 Aabyhoj's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-78 at the end of the game. Forward Alexander Bak (193-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 6 assists. American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. International guard Darko Jukic (199-90) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Aabyhoj. Horsholm left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with SISU and Vaerlose. Aabyhoj at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Horsens IC and Aalborg. Horsholm will play against higher ranked Bakken (#3) in Aarhus in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aabyhoj will play at home against Vaerlose (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: A.Bak 28+2reb+6ast, J.Benjamin 22+11reb, A.Haas 11+3reb, B.Marinkovic 10+5reb+1ast, P.Hertz 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Jukic 5+5reb
Aabyhoj: D.Jukic 24+6reb+1ast, D.Curry 19+6reb+4ast, D.Phillips 17+11reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 9+1reb+2ast, O.Sigurdsson 5+3reb, J.Wang 2+2reb
gschID: 136090


Vaerlose - Falcon 73-82

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Vaerlose (1-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Falcon (2-0) 82-73. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vaerlose won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Falcon won last quarter 26-19. 25 personal fouls committed by Vaerlose helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Christian Nielsen (201-86, college: Wagner) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Falcon players scored in double figures. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Aaron Osgood-Richardson (205, college: Cornell) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Falcon keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Naestved. Vaerlose at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with Horsholm and SISU. Falcon is looking forward to face league's second-placed Naestved at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vaerlose will play against Aabyhoj and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Falcon: C.Nielsen 23+7reb+1ast, J.McFarlane 16+5reb+6ast, P.Jorgensen 16+4reb, H.Thomsen 12+4reb+1ast, J.Rottgardt 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Gyamfi 4+1reb+1ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 19+1reb+2ast, A.Osgood-Richardson 11+14reb+2ast, A.Karason 10+11reb+1ast, S.Jensen 9+1reb+2ast, R.Larsen 7+1reb, P.Simonsen 7+6reb+4ast
gschID: 136091




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  ESTONIA   


Tartu Ulikool and TTU advance into Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Ulikool and TTU entered the Estonian Cup semifinals. They overcame Valga and Tallinna Kalev respectively.
Tartu Ulikool celebrated a 115:65 win over Valga. Six players scored in double digits for Tartu Ulikool. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) and Kristo Saage (184-G-85) provided 17 points each to pace the winners. Tartu erupted for 36 points in the starting frame to take a 13-point lead. They boosted the margin throughout the next three periods to enjoy a comprehensive win at the end. Silver Leppik (185-G-83) provided 16 points for the winners. Edgars Cunda (196-G-84, agency: Court Side) and Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) responded with 12 points each for Valga.
TTU Korvpalliklubi outscored Tallinna Kalev 86:73. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) stepped up with 27 points to pace the winners. Tallinna Kalev led by four points after ten minutes of action 27:23. But TTU went on a 23:9 run in the second term to establish a 46:36 halftime lead. They kept Tallinna Kalev at bay throughout the second half posting a well-deserved win at the end. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86, college: Lewis-Clark) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aleksei Fedortchuk (209-C-86, agency: RIZO) answered with 19 points for Tallinna Kalev.



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Greivis Vasquez Officially Wont Join Hapoel Jerusalem - by David Pick
After the shocking report earlier today regarding the 'Black Mamba' signing in Italy becoming the unofficial 'Pasta/Pizza Mamba', the Memphis Grizzlies Venezuelan point guard Greivis Vasquez officially decided not to sign with Israeli organization Hapoel Jerusalem and will remain in Venezuela, this, after both sides agreed on terms of a deal where Vasquez would earn a monthly salary of $28,000.

Eurobasket understood that the reason as to why Vasquez decided to stay in VZ is because of a decisive meeting with President Hugo Chvez, who offered the local mega-star a 'huge 2-month marketing deal with the government which includes a lot of money,' source very close to the situation revealed.

In addition to the heart broken Jerusalem fans, another individual who's not 100% with Vasquez's decision is Hapoel's American guard D.J. Strawberry. The two played together for the University of Maryland and Strawberry Jr. has been in contact with the NBA guard for a few weeks, trying to persuade him into coming to Israel.

For more Israeli basketball updates follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Phil GOSS
  AS.
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 25
 1. Goss, AS.25.0 
 2. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 3. Gordon, Galatasaray21.0 
 4. Jackson, PGE Turow20.0 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost18.0 
 6. Goree, PAOK17.0 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.17.0 
 8. Tillie, AS.17.0 
 9. Barbour, Cibona16.0 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.K. EDWARDS
  Grave.
  (202-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 2. Green, Charleroi11.0 
 3. Beghin, Charleroi9.0 
 4. Aldemir, Galatasar.9.0 
 5. Simonovic, ALBA9.0 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK8.0 
 7. Valanciunas, Lietu.8.0 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga8.0 
 9. Radenovic, BC Do.8.0 
 10. Jackson, AS.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tutku ACIK
  Galatasaray
  (194-G-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Acik, Galatasaray7.0 
 2. Weaver, ALBA6.0 
 3. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 4. Causeur, Cholet6.0 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi5.0 
 6. Goss, AS.5.0 
 7. Rice, Lietuvos.5.0 
 8. Wood, ALBA4.0 
 9. Curry, BC Donetsk3.0 
 10. Kelati, Khimky3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vitaly FRIDZON
  Khimky
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Fridzon, Khimky4.0 
 2. Gordon, Galatasaray4.0 
 3. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 4. Millage, VEF Riga2.0 
 5. Newley, Lietuvos.2.0 
 6. Quinn, Khimky2.0 
 7. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 8. Shipp, Galatasaray2.0 
 9. Marcinkovic, Cibona2.0 
 10. Thompson, AS.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.2.0 
 4. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 5. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 7. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 8. Kovalenko, BC Do.1.0 
 9. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi1.0 


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 2. Olympiakos 0-0 
 3. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 4. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 5. Nancy 0-0 
 6. Bizkaia Bilbao 0-0 
Group B
 1. KK Zagreb CO 0-0 
 2. Zalgiris 0-0 
 3. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 4. Unicaja 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
 6. Panathinaikos 0-0 
Group C
 1. Anadalo Efes 0-0 
 2. Real Madrid 0-0 
 3. Armani MI 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 5. Partizan 0-0 
Group D
 1. Regal Barca 0-0 
 2. Montepaschi 0-0 
 3. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 4. Union Olimpija 0-0 
 5. Unics 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Khimky 1-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 1-0 
 4. ASVEL 1-0 
 5. Galatasaray 1-0 
 6. Charleroi 1-0 
 7. ALBA 1-0 
 8. Cibona 1-0 
 9. PAOK 0-1 
 10. PGE Turow 0-1 
 11. Cholet 0-1 
 12. Gravelines 0-1 
 13. Buducnost 0-1 
 14. BC Donetsk 0-1 
 15. Banvit 0-1 
 16. VEF Riga 0-1 


Qualifications: First Round in Vilnius and Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
Qualification Group A
Cibona - Cholet 77-70
Cibona outplayed Cholet 77-70 in Vilnius and reached second round of the Euroleague qualifications. The former French champion will meet Lietuvos Rytas tomorrow. Rytas is the host of this tournament. Cholet said goodbye to Euroleague and will compete in EuroCup this season. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) led Cibona in scoring with 16 points. Demonte Harper (193-G, college: Morehead St.) had 13 points, Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) netted 11 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) helped Cibona with 10 points. On the other side, Talor Battle (182-PG-88, college: Penn St.) shined with 23 points for Cholet. Their second scorer was Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) with 14 pts (6 as). Quarters: 20-21, 19-19, 20-16, 18-14. As mentioned above, tomorrow Cibona will meet Lietuvos Rytas. Two more games will be played in Vilnius today (first round).

Lietuvos rytas - Buducnost 83-64
Lietuvos Rytas had no troubles to beat Buducnost in Round One of the Euroleague qualifications. Rytas celebrated 83-64 win and will meet Cibona tomorrow in the second game. On the other side, Buducnost faced with elimination. They will compete in EuroCup this season. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) top-scored for Rytas with 17 points and Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) followed him with 16 pts, plus he handed out 5 assists. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) collected 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 10 pts. In Buducnost, Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) was better than the others with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 pts and Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) stopped to 9. Quarters: 21-22, 19-10, 16-17, 27-15. Lietuvos Rytas is the host of this tournament and one of the main candidates to win it. They already made a first step.

PAOK - Galatasaray 64-77
Galatasaray eliminated PAOK in the first round of the Euroleague qualifications. The Turkish club celebrated 77-64 victory and will meet ASVEL in the next game. PAOK will compete in EuroCup this season. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) came up with 21 points in victory. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points, Ender Arslan (190-G-83) 14 and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) helped with 11 points, plus 9 boards. In PAOK, Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) collected 17 points and 6 rebs. Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) and Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) scored 16 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 18-15, 14-19, 19-26, 13-17. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Vilnius is Lietuvos Rytas - Cibona.

ASVEL - Gravelines 80-72
It was a game between two French teams. ASVEL was better 80-72 and advanced to the second round of Euroleague qualifications in Vilnius. Their rival will be Galatasaray. Gravelines is eliminated and will play in EuroCup this season. Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) was a key player in ASVEL with 25 points and 5 assists. He made 5 of 8 attempts from behind the arc today. Kim Tillie (211-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) scored 17 points, and Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) (8 rebs) and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) added 10 points each. In defeat, J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) had double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) (6 rebs) and Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) also scored 13 points apiece. Quarters: 19-14, 14-19, 27-19, 20-20. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Vilnius is Lietuvos Rytas - Cibona.

Qualification Group B
Charleroi - BC Donetsk 61-59
Charleroi survived in the first game of the Euroleague qualifications. The host of this tournament grabbed 61-59 win against Dontesk and will meet ALBA Berlin in the second round. Donetsk is eliminated and will play in EuroCup this season. Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) scored 10 points, while Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) added 9 points and 11 rebs. Charleroi played without injured Mickael Gelabale. In Donetsk, Michael Lee (207-F-86) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) had 11 pts and 8 rebs, while DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Duke) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 10-14, 11-14, 19-15, 21-16. Charleroi missed 6 free throws in the final 33 seconds, giving Donetsk the chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Vule Avdalovic missed a desperation shot from downtown. Tomorrow, Charleroi will meet ALBA.

ALBA - VEF Riga 82-60
ALBA Berlin demonstrated wonderful performance in Round One of the Euroleague Qualifying Tournament in Charleroi. They blasted VEF Riga and will meet the Belgian champion in the next round. That game is scheduled for tomorrow. VEF Riga faced with elimination and will play in EuroCup this season. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88, college: Iowa St.) delivered 15 points for the winners. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) had 13 points, while Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) (9 rebs), Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) (6 as) and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) (6 rebs) helped with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) scored 12 points. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) stopped to 10 points each. Quarters: 25-20, 19-12, 21-13, 17-15. As mentioned above, ALBA will meet Charleroi tomorrow. Two more games will be played in Charleroi today (Round One).

Khimky - PGE Turow 74-67
Khiimky advanced to the second stage of the Euroleague qualification tournament in Charleroi. The Russian squad handed 74-67 loss to Polish Turow. In the next game, Khimky will play against CEZ Numbyrk. PGE Turow will continue in EuroCup. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) scored 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Each of them grabbed five rebounds. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) netted 12 points for the Russians. In Turow, David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) delivered 20 points. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) (6 rebs) and Aaron Cel (203-F-87) (5 rebs) followed him with 14 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 15-13, 16-16, 27-16, 16-22. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Charleroi is Charleroi - ALBA Berlin.

CEZ Nymburk - Banvit 69-57


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 1-0 
 2. Kauhajoki 1-0 
 3. Namika Lahti 1-0 
 4. Pyrinto 1-0 
 5. ToPo 1-0 
 6. Nilan Bisons 0-0 
 7. Korihait 0-1 
 8. Kouvot 0-1 
 9. KTP 0-1 
 10. LrNMKY 0-1 
 11. Salon Vilpas 0-1 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. BC Nokia 0-0 
 2. FoKoPo 0-0 
 3. Huima 0-0 
 4. Jyvaskyla 0-0 
 5. Lapua 0-0 
 6. Oulun NMKY 0-0 
 7. Porvoon Tarmo 0-0 
 8. Pyrinto II 0-0 
 9. SayRi 0-0 
 10. Tapiolan Honka 0-0 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 0-0 
 12. Ura Basket 0-0 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Antti KANERVO
  Kataja
  (193-G/F-89)
  Avg: 25
 1. Kanervo, Kataja25.0 
 2. Tiedeman, LrNM.23.0 
 3. Moore, Korihait23.0 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.23.0 
 5. Hamm, LrNM.20.0 
 6. Crouch, Korihait18.0 
 7. Lehto, Pyrinto18.0 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto18.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto17.0 
 10. Bailey, Pyrinto17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto9.0 
 2. Heinonen, Korihait8.0 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto7.0 
 4. Johnson, Korihait7.0 
 5. Kanervo, Kataja6.0 
 6. Riihela, LrNM.6.0 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja6.0 
 8. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto6.0 
 9. Haynes, LrNM.5.0 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 14
 1. Williams, Pyrinto14.0 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja13.0 
 3. Walker, Kataja7.0 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.6.0 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait6.0 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto5.0 
 7. Moore, Korihait4.0 
 8. Riihela, LrNM.4.0 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.3.0 
 10. Vanjoki, LrNM.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 DeAndre HAYNES
  LrNM.
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Haynes, LrNM.6.0 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto6.0 
 3. Sten, Kataja4.0 
 4. Newson, Kataja3.0 
 5. Moore, Korihait2.0 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 7. Walker, Kataja2.0 
 8. Heinonen, Korihait2.0 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.1.0 
 10. Latimer, Korihait1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pyry RAINAMAA
  Korihait
  (194-G-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Rainamaa, Korihait1.0 
 2. Hamm, LrNM.1.0 
 3. Walker, Kataja1.0 
 4. Latimer, Korihait1.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Moore, Korihait1.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 8. Heinonen, Korihait1.0 
 9. Niemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 10. Lehtoranta, Kata.1.0 


1.DIVISION: FoKoPo is tough - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, Round 1: The second highest level of Finnish basketball got also started tonight. There was one close OT contest and one 49-point-victory. In Jyvaskyla local BCJ and BC Nokia had a tight game. Even OT was needed before visitor BC Nokia had won by two 59-61 (53) (25-27). The hosts had two players over the others: Reijo Ojanen (192-G/F-86) 26 pts and Jarno Nissinen (194-F-77) 18pts/11rbs. Gerald January (201-F-88, college: Montevallo) led Nokia Team with 15 pts. Timo Riihela (193-G-80) scored 15 pts as well and Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) had a double-double 14pts/20rbs.
Ura Basket meeting this league biggest favourite team FoKoPo from Forssa. FoKoPo won by 49 points margin 58-107 (25-50). Eze Andrews (201-F/C-83, agency: Court Side, college: Savannah St.) led Ura Basket with 17 pts. Lionel Green (196-G/F-84, college: SUNO) added 12pts and grabbed 10rbs. FoKoPo Head Coach Ari Mikkola gave all his nine players 13-28 minutes playing time. All players scored 4-22 pts. Olli Kaunomaki (195-G/F-86) scored game high 22 pts. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) netted 16pts and grabbed 12rbs. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) had also 16pts and Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, college: Illinois St.) 14pts/12rbs. When Honka (Espoo) was kicked out of Korisliiga (Top League) during the hot and sunny summer, why FoKoPo was not offered that spot, ask still many basketball people in Finland.


KORISLIIGA: ToPo won the thriller - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 1: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) was back in Finland and played the third game this week. Opponent KTP (Kotka) had a 68-71 lead, when the last minute of the contest got started. But ToPo's American Guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) tied 71-71 from behind the arc (39:06). Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) took ToPo into 73-71 lead (39:32), then Heard steal the ball from Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) (39:46), Heard got two FTs, but missed both (39:52), Sarcevic missed a 3-pointer (39:57) and Heard grabbed the rebound. Game over and ToPo had won 73-71 (34-36). Quarters: 17-14, 17-22, 16-18, 23-17. Chase Griffin led ToPo with 15 pts. Jonathan Heard added 13 and Timo Heinonen had a double-double 12pts/13rbs. Tim Blue (KTP) scored game high 23 pts and took 13 rbs. Jukka Matinen started well on KTP roster: 14 pts.
Karhu (Kauhajoki) got a slow start at home vs Vilpas (Salo), but during the second half the press defense was causing difficulties for Vilpas. Karhu won finally by 21 points 86-65 (36-40). Quarters: 13-25, 23-15, 26-11, 24-14. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led the hosts with 19 pts. Clevin Hannah added 15 pts. Junior Hairston (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) (16/12) and Emmanuel Holloway (11) were the only Vilpas players in double digits.




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Poitiers keeps Antonio Grant - by Eurobasket News
Antonio Grant (198-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Carolina) will play for Poitiers this season. The American forward signed a contract extension yesterday. Grant joined Poitiers in December. He appeared 18 times in ProA averaging 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Before Poitiers, Grant spent one month with Lithuanian Neptunas Klaipeda. In 2009/10, Antonio Grant was a member of Bordeaux. Actually, he signed with them in February registering 10.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.6 apg for 13 games in ProB. He also has experience from Nanterre and Cholet. Out of France, Antonio Grant played for Split, Cherkassy Monkeys, Siauliai, Spartak St. Petersburg and Neptunas. He was Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Forward of the Year -05. In 2008, Grant was named Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -08.

ASVEL eliminates Gravelines 80-72 - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Gravelines 80-72

It was a game between two French teams. ASVEL was better 80-72 and advanced to the second round of Euroleague qualifications in Vilnius. Their rival will be Galatasaray. Gravelines is eliminated and will play in EuroCup this season. Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) was a key player in ASVEL with 25 points and 5 assists. He made 5 of 8 attempts from behind the arc today. Kim Tillie (211-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) scored 17 points, and Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) (8 rebs) and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) added 10 points each. In defeat, J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) had double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) (6 rebs) and Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) also scored 13 points apiece. Quarters: 19-14, 14-19, 27-19, 20-20. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Vilnius is Lietuvos Rytas - Cibona.

ASVEL: Phil Goss 25+5 as, Kim Tillie 17, Edwin Jackson 10+8 boards, Dijon Thompson 10
Gravelines: J.K. Edwards 13+11 boards, Juby Johnson 13+6 boards, Andrew Albicy 13


Cibona eliminates Cholet, heads to second round - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Cholet 77-70

Cibona outplayed Cholet 77-70 in Vilnius and reached second round of the Euroleague qualifications. The former French champion will meet Lietuvos Rytas tomorrow. Rytas is the host of this tournament. Cholet said goodbye to Euroleague and will compete in EuroCup this season. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) led Cibona in scoring with 16 points. Demonte Harper (193-G, college: Morehead St.) had 13 points, Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) netted 11 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) helped Cibona with 10 points. On the other side, Talor Battle (182-PG-88, college: Penn St.) shined with 23 points for Cholet. Their second scorer was Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) with 14 pts (6 as). Quarters: 20-21, 19-19, 20-16, 18-14. As mentioned above, tomorrow Cibona will meet Lietuvos Rytas. Two more games will be played in Vilnius today (first round).

Cibona: Antwain Barbour 16, Demonte Harper 13, Damjan Rudez 11+6 boards, Brian Chase 10
Cholet: Talor Battle 23, Fabien Causeur 14+6 as


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Feni Industri signs Marko Simonovski - by Eurobasket News
Reigning FYROM champion Feni Industri reinforced its roster a PG position. The team landed Marko Simonovski (192-PG-89, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. Simonovski participated at the FYROM NT camp during the summer, but did not play at the EuroBasket in Poland. He heads to Feni from Rabotnicki, where he spent last season. Simonovski had 5.1 ppg and 3 rpg for 19 Superleague games with Rabotnicki. He helped them win the Macedonian Cup this year. Marko Simonovski started last season with Austrian Arkadia. He had 5.5 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 8 games, after what they parted ways. Simonovski played for Rabotnicki also in 2009/10. Before that, he spent two years with Vardar Osiguruvanje.

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Chase Adams commits to Science City Jena - by Moritz Korff
Pro A side Science City Jena has signed Chase Adams (178-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) and he will be available for Jena's season opener against Kirchheim on Saturday. 22-year-old Adams spent three years at NCAA D1 school Centenary and transfered to Pittsburgh for his senior season. He graduated in 2010 and turned pro. Following a stint with Dallas Impact (ABA) he headed over the pond in December 2010 and joined 1. Regionalliga outfit SVD 49 Dortmund. He appeared in 11 RLW games for the 49ers, averaging 21.5 points per encounter. He was named 2010-11 Eurobasket.com All-1. Regionalliga West Honorable Mention after his rookie season.

ALBA Berlin hands 82-60 loss to VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - VEF Riga 82-60

ALBA Berlin demonstrated wonderful performance in Round One of the Euroleague Qualifying Tournament in Charleroi. They blasted VEF Riga and will meet the Belgian champion in the next round. That game is scheduled for tomorrow. VEF Riga faced with elimination and will play in EuroCup this season. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88, college: Iowa St.) delivered 15 points for the winners. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) had 13 points, while Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) (9 rebs), Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) (6 as) and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) (6 rebs) helped with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) scored 12 points. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) stopped to 10 points each. Quarters: 25-20, 19-12, 21-13, 17-15. As mentioned above, ALBA will meet Charleroi tomorrow. Two more games will be played in Charleroi today (Round One).

ALBA: Lucca Staiger 15, DaShaun Wood 13, Marko Simonovic 11+9 boards, Kyle Weaver 11+6 as, Derrick Allen 11+6 boards
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 12, Sandis Valters 10, Kaspars Berzins 10


BG Goettingen bring In Vitalis Chikoko - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BG Goettingen announced recently that Vitalis Chikoko has joined the team. Vitalis is a 20 year old 207cm center talent from Zimbabwe, Africa. He also will have a license to play for ASC Goettingen in the Regionaliga north. The young African won the country title with Heat BC in 2011. 'Vitalis is a huge talent and we are happy that we were able to get him to Goettingen through our contact with Peter Mubanda that he can make the next step in his development here. He is very versatile, athletic and has a good feel for the game. We have to help support him so he can use his full potential', added BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke.

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Can The Fraport Skyliners Defense Force Bobby Brown To Shout Dont Be Cruel When They Meet The Ewe Baskets Oldenburg October 3rd? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When Dominik Bahiense De Mello comes out of the runway and enters the Fraport arena he wont go right, but left to warm up and will be wearing the untypical yellow and blue which will get some getting used to like it is not see Charlie Sheen and his womanizing ways on Two and a half men, seeing Manuel Neuer in a Bayern Munich jersey and not Schalke uniform or thinking actor Nicholas Cage could be a vampire and have been around during the American civil war as an antique picture was revealed of a man that has a scary resemblance to the Con Air man. De Mello played 6 years in Frankfurt for 6 different coaches and who could forget his strong performance in a 2005 game in the Festhalle in a loss to Bonn or his 19 point effort in a 80-81 loss to Alba Berlin in game one of the playoffs last season. It is no secret that De Mello didnt always have an easy time playing for Murat Didin, but as new coach Gordon Herbert took the reigns in April 2010, the tide started to turn for the Bonn native. Last season, his first full season for Herbert, De Mello started many games averaging 17,2 minutes per game and 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 76.9%. At 26 years of age, the German has matured well, but how well will he come to terms with the style, mentality and moods of head coach Predrag Krunic? Dominik will make it in Oldenburg. I feel that he will play a good role. He will get his minutes and know how to use them best. He has so much talent and he will gain the confidence of Krunic once he shows his aggressive defense, stressed Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. De Mello wont have it any easier in Oldenburg as he did in Frankfurt fighting for playing time as his new team went on a successful shopping spree this summer it will depend how the German shows up to play. De Mello has a new situation and a good team. I dontknow what his role will be, but it is up to him how he will show is talent best, warned Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. I think Domink will do great in that system. He just has to play his game and he will be a key piece this season. he is a solid back up and will give them a shooter and play solid defense as well, added TBB Trier guard John Bynum. On October 3, the Fraport arena will see De Mello again and just hope that his three pointer isnt on fire.

Since their amazing 2009 Beko BBl title where they beat Bonn in a nail biting 5th game 71-70, the team has reached the playoffs the last two years, but for fans and critics have stayed behind their expectations losing in the quarterfinals of the playoffs each time. Last season, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg finished the season in sixth place with a record of 20-14. The teams biggest wins last season were sweeping the Artland Dragons and wins against Frankfurt, Bremerhaven and Goettingen, but were swept by Bamberg and Alba Berlin. Oldenburg had done a good job again with getting strong individual players, but had no real knowledge of team basketball. In the Beko BBL playoffs, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg showed a spirited fight against 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin coming back after being in the hole 0-2, they won the next two games including an exciting 80-79, win in game 4, but then had no power left in their thunderbird wings as they were destroyed 99-68 in the 0-2 arena.

After a serious house cleaning last year, they have felt content to do it again this season as 10 players left. The first order of business was keeping 29 year old Rickey Paulding (12.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 79.5%)who will be playing his 5th season in Oldenburg, brought back 28 year old 207cm Serb Miljan Mastorovic who played in the ACB last season for Assignia Manresa playing 33 games: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 64.9% who was the three point killer who was instrumental in the 2009 championship for Oldenburg and 24 year old 208cm German /Dutch Robin Schmeulders (: EuroCup: 6 games: 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 55.0%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 17 games: 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg). Just looking at their roster, you know that they will be at the top. They will belong to the top, warned Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. This season, they have brought in strong players again led by Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who brings 108 NBA games experience. The club hopes some of his albatross magic from the 2008 Beko BBL title will still be with him and rub off on the Thunderbirds team. One never knows exactly what Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin is thinking, but his eye brows rose after describing the unending capabilities of Oldenburg. Oldenburg have improved their inside game. Oldenburg is aiming high and are a top 4 team for me. They are simply impressive on paper, warned Muli Katzurin. Oldenburg will be very solid this season. The addition of Brown gives them a steady scoring pg, and Chubb brings a low post pressence and a very good leader on and off the court. They will have a lot of success, warned John Bynum.

One of the biggest signings this summer in the Beko BBL was Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). Brown is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Los Angeles that is a very athletic combo guard with great scoring and leaping ability. He brings 108 NBA games experience having played for the Kings, Timberwolves, Hornets and Clippers. Last season, he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): 4 games: 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg; Polish League: Euroleague: 6 games: 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Polish League: VTB League: 5 games: 12.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 56.3%; left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 29 games: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 67.9%; EuroCup: 9 games: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 75.0% . The club hopes some of his Albatross magic from the 2008 Beko BBL title will still be with him and rub off on the Thunderbirds team. Brown has a nice resume. He won his only time in Germany with Alba Berlin and he will want it again with Oldenburg. He is a top level player with NBA experience. He is tough to guard and with all the players around him like Paulding makes it all the more difficult, stressed Muli Katzurin. When Skyliner captain Marius Nolte hears the name Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) only the basketball player comes to mind. Brown is an excellent player and his name stands for success. We will see how well he can lead Oldenburg. When I hear his name I dont think about the singer Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). That is not my kind of music, joked Marius Nolte. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) the singer comes to mind for sure, but when you step on the court all the thoughts about the singer go to rest because his game does the talking. As far as the song goes I would say my prerogative cause at times it seems that he does what he wants to do, joked John Bynum.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg added a lot of substance this summer getting some ex Beko BBL players with Adam Chubb and Ronald Burrell. Chubb is a 30 year old 208cm power forward/center from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that is a Very athletic big man, runs the floor extremely well. Sound fundamental player who has good hands, fine low-post presence and is a good passer to players who are open or cutting to the basket. Can defend a center in the low-post as well as a power forward perimeter player. He will be starting his 8th professional season and 6th in Germany.After starting his professional basketball career in Korea in 2004, he then played in Germany for Giessen, Bremerhaven, Artland and Alba Berlin before getting some valuable experience last season for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.0%, FT: 69.4%. He won a Beko BBL cup for Artland and Alba Berlin. Ronald Burrell is a 28 year old 204cm power forward from Montclair, New Jersey. After an NCAA career at North Carolina-Greensboro, he came to Europe in 2005 to France to play for Levallois SCB. He then came to Germany and played for Rhein Energy Cologne and the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He then played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia winning 3 Polish titles and amassing 45 Euroleague games. Last season, he played Euroleague: 9 games: 3.7ppg, 3.4rpg; Polish League: 34 games: 5.8ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 73.8%. The team also got talented Kenny Hasbrouck who is a 25 year old 191 cm guard from Capital heights, Maryland who is a smooth, mature, creative off guard, plays game with great confidence, composure and pace, tremendous all-around talent with great leadership qualities and is a big game player. The American played at Siena and will be playing his third professional season after playing in the D-league and last season playing for the Miami heat in preseason before playing for Meridiano Alicante in the ACB playing 20 games: 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 74.3%.

Predrag Krunic mostly has had the right feel for getting the right players from the east block and might have found another player with Sead Sehovic who is a 22 year old 199cm forward that is most likely the most talented young player in Montenegro for his At 201cm he plays equally well at PG, SG, and SF. Can dunk the basketball almost from the free throw line at age of 17. Has great handles for his size and can score from anywhere on the court. Can shoot in transition, off the dribble, and off the catch. He played for top Montenegro team BC Buducnost Podgorica since 2007 and last season played Adriatic League: 26 games: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.6%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg. The club also hauled in Germans Jannik Fresse and Christopher Razis. Freese who is 211cm is a Beko BBL veteran at the age of 25.He played many years in Braunschweig, but never getting a real chance to showcase his talent until he got to Giessen in 2008. In the last 3 years, he played 76 beko BBL games and last season averaged 4,1ppg and 2,7rpg. The team also brought in Razis who is a 22 year old 193cm guard that was born in Switzerland, but also has the Cyprus citizenship. He is a point guard who can play at the off guard as well. Nice ball handler with good Point guard abilities. He has very high level Basketball IQ, he can always find the open man in offence. He can hit the 3-pointer as well as the two pointer from any given spot in the court. Christopher has excellent attitude on and off the floor. He is very coach able and basketball lover he can work out many hours per day as he really targets the sport and he sees him self seriously into the court, in the short term future. He is persistence and always optimist in and out of the court. He is perfectionist and tries always to get the maximum out of his ability. He needs to improve his defense, especially on the man-to-man. Last season, he played for Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A): Cyprus League: 2 games: 0pts, 1.5rpg; : EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 0pts, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, in Nov.'10 moved to Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (Cyprus-Division A): 10 games: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg.

The Fraport Skyliners start a new era as they begin the 2011-2012 Beko BBl season with their third new sponsor name Fraport after having Opel and Deutsche Bank previously. Last season as the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, the club finished their 12th season losing in the semi finals in five games to Alba Berlin. Even though it was a team effort, a lot of the load lied on the shoulders of 2011 beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood. In early summer, Frankfurt fans were hoping that Wood and Gordon Herbert would stay for another season, but instead Herbert fled to Berlin who couldnt resist the wallet of Marco Baldi and Wood soon followed. For new coach Muli Katzurin who led Nymburk to 4 league and cup titles in the Czech Republic and was a hair away from leading Alba Berlin to the 2011 beko BBL title, success is his middle name. We want to play a nice style so people will want to come see us play. Each player has been working hard and giving their best effort. The rest will follow with time. It takes time to build a new team and team chemistry, stressed Muli Katzurin. I think Frankfurt will have a great season. They did lose Dashaun Wood but they kept some key pieces to last seasons team. Mckinney is a steady player and does so many things for that team that didnt get noticed last season because of the success that Wood had, stressed John Bynum. The Fraport Skyliners have had a successful preseason record of 7-2 and giving the young German PRO B players the chance to get involved has been very important. It is really great that they can get the experience to practice at the top level. I felt very old in practice having 6 19 year olds standing around me, joked Marius Nolte. The PRO B players have been a huge help in practice, added Kamil Novak. The Fraport Skyliners have shown in preseason that when their ball movement is flowing that the sky is the limit in the amount of points that they can score. I think that we can average 80 points this season, but it is important that the opponent scores less. Our offense and defense are not at the same level now. We have to improve our defense. We are lacking toughness and the players dont know the system so well yet, but I see good signs. It takes time, warned Muli Katzurin.

The Fraport Skyliners kept a healthy core of players from last season including new captain Marius Nolte (EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 4.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 5.2ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 61.1%; German League: 42 games: 5.1ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 56.1%, FT: 71.4%). Marius is the best captain. It is not always good to say good things when that person is sitting next to me. He is a veteran and excellent team player. He always works hard and shows a great example for the young players. For me it is just natural that he is captain, commented Muli Katzurin. Quantez Super Tez Robertson (EuroChallenge: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 38 games: 7.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 68.9%) and Jimmy slick and suave Mckinney (EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 12.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 36.0%, 3PT: 43.5%; German League: 37 games: 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 79.4%. The team brought in German national player Johannes Herber who is a 28 year old 197cm guard from Darmstadt that is a big SG, great 3-points shooter, with a strong body. Scores the most of his points from the perimeter, but his bulk allow him to battle inside, and this is why he's a good rebounder too. Defends well, even because he's got a great knowledge of the game. He played at West Virginia (NCAA) where he reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2005 and NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. He then played for Alba Berlin from 2006-2009, but was plagued by injuries playing only 63 Beko BBL games. Last season, he played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.7%. The club got German national player Tim Ohlbrecht who is a 23 year old 211cm forward from Wuppertal. He is a has excellent fundamentals, very good shooting mechanics, has a nice frame, with big, strong shoulders. He is very versatile and can play any of the 2-5 positions, exceptional at running the floor. Tim is an explosive leaper with quickness and athleticism, he hits the three consistently when left open He is an athletic shot-blocker with good timing, finishes well around the basket. He has a nice repertoire of moves in the paint. Lastly he possesses good vision and passing skills. He started his basketball career with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen where he already played BBL at age 17. He then went to Bamberg and played with Bonn the last two seasons, but his stats dipped last season to 6.7ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 33.3%. He has a contract until December with an option and to hear that this might be his last chance at 23 sounds disheartening. he was in the final with Bonn and can still develop much. I dont know if it is his last chance, but I know that he has a very big chance in Frankfurt to get his career going again, warned Kamil Novak.

With the departure of Dashaun Wood, the Fraport Skyliners had to find a new point guard and did With Justin Gray. Gray is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Charlotte, North Carolina that is versatile enough to excel at point guard as well as the big guard. An enthusiastic, high-energy guard who brings a swagger to the team. he is a team vocal leader, possesses great quickness and is an exceptional perimeter shooter. He played at Wake Forest playing with NBa superstar Chris paul and played the last years in Belgium, Poland, Czech Republick, Greece and recently for Guangzhou Free Man (China-NBL, starting five): 9 games: 24.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 85.4%. It didnt hurt that Katzurin had coached Gray for Nymburk. The point guard is the most important position on the court. It is important that he can play the position one and two. It is important that a player is like two players. He is a special player for me, because he has the right attitude. He understands the game and has gathered more experience in the last years. He has a great basketball IQ and very important is that he is unselfish. He could score 40 points a night, but he shares the ball and takes what the defense gives him, stressed Muli Katzurin. Gray knows Katzurin and knows the system of coach exactly. Gray has shown in the test games how important he has become.Wood was an unbelievable good player. Gray is at similar level. Gray has shown that he can score and also be a good playmaker. Gray doesnt have to hide behind Wood, added Marius Nolte. The club also got Jermario Davidson who is a 26 year old 208cm forward/center from Atlanta, Georgia. He played at Alabama (NCAA) from 2003-2007. He then was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and played 50 NBA games for the Bobcats and Warriors. Since then he has played in countries like Turkey, Puerto Rico and most recently Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 4.0rpg; EuroCup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 30 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.1rpg), 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 75.9%. The club also signed Jon Leuer who is a Beko BBL rookie who is a 22 year old 208 cm forward from Long Lake, Minnesota who is a solid power forward that has great team mentality and defensive smartness. Knows how to score (and to gain fouls) in the low post, has a good outside shooting too. He played at Wisconsin (NCAA) from 2007-2011 and in his senior year played 34 games 18.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 84.3%. recently, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round at position 40. There is a clause in his contract stating if the NBA resumes that he is free to go if a team wants him. The team recently gave try-out player Michael Thompson a contract until the end of December2011. Thompson is a 23 year old 177cm guard from Chicago, Illinois who played at Northwestern from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 16.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 82.5%. Interesting to note that he nearly shot over 40% his whole career except for his senior year. The club also signed young German Danilo Barthel who is a 19 year old 206cm forward. He played at USC Heidelberg from 2008-2011 and last season played 14 games: 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg.

When the 2011 beko BBl season kicks off on Monday October 3rd, not only basketball will be on the minds of fans, but also the day of the German unification. It never matters to me when we play, but this is the first game of the season and it is important to get off to a good start. I remember when I was a child and telling me to come to the TV saying that this day will be in the history books one day. I am so happy about one Germany. It was the right decision, expressed Marius Nolte. As for me it is something special to play on a day like this. It is a meaningful day in Germany and being American i feel that we should adapt to the culture surrounding us. It is a special day not just for Germany but around the world as well, commented John Bynum.The Fraport Skyliners will be very excited to finally get going, but may feel some pressure about winning their first game with the new sponsor against the tough EWE Baskets Oldenburg. There will be a lot of emotion in this game. We will fight and present ourselves as a team, stressed Kamil Novak. As captain, Marius Nolte exactly what to tell his team in the pre game huddle. We will play with a high intensity and a lot of passion. Our goal is to be mentally strong. The team that wants it more will win, warned Marius Nolte. Frankfurt is unbelievably deep and solid at each position and if they can get their ball movement going at any time, then they will put many points on the board. Key to winning the first game will be keeping Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) in check and controlling the rebounds which should be a strength this season with so many bigs. The game will also feature the return of De Mello and its always a delight to see the two friends from Missouri (NCAA) Mckinney and Paulding go head to head to achieve bragging rights for another year.The Fraport Skyliners host the EWE Baskets Oldenburg October 3rd at 17:00.




Breitenguessbach brings in Dion Harris - by Moritz Korff
26-year-old American Dion Harris (190-G-85, college: Michigan) has been added as the new import player to join TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (2. Bundesliga Pro B), according to the website of the 2. Bundesliga. Harris hails from Detroit, Michigan and is a product of the University of Michigan. In 2007 he completed his NCAA career at the Division 1 programme and left the school as a All-Big Ten performer.
Harris has played as a professional in three different countries thus far, in Cyprus, Poland and Syria. In 2010 he was named Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention, following a season in which he stood out as the second leading scorer of the Cyprus league.


Doug Thomas adds size to Kirchheim squad - by Moritz Korff
Doug Thomas (206-F/C-83, college: Iowa) is new on the roster of Pro A side Kirchheim Knights. The Pasadena, California native is an experienced inside player who appeared in almost 100 games for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League since December 2009. In 2010-11 Thomas averaged 2.7 points and 3.2 boards per contest. The 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa (NCAA Division 1) captured the Swedish championship title with the Sundsvall Dragons in 2009 and was named to the Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Defensive Team the same year. Throughout his pro career he also spent some time shooting hoops for teams in Switzerland, Venezuela and Mexico.

Crailsheim Merlins land Christoph Tetzner - by Moritz Korff
Christoph Tetzner (200-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) will continue his basketball career with the Crailsheim Merlins of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A and might make his debut for his new team this weekend. The former German A2 international comes off a season with BG Goettingen. However, the 30-year-old forward saw only limited action on the Violets' team. He played 5:31 minutes per contest through 26 Bundesliga games and scored a total of 20 points. Prior to his Goettingen stint Tetzner had a six year-tenure at BBC Bayreuth.

The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With EJ Gallup (TBB Trier) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
E.J. Gallup (193-G-81, college: Co.Carolina) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Gloverville, New York. He is playing his first season as a member of TBB Trier. He is a very positive player on the court, who plays with talent and personality. Has great offensive skills and knows how to do at the defensive side. He started his basketball career at Albany (NCAA2) in 2000 and played there until 2002. He then transferred to Co.Carolina (NCAA) where he played until 2004. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 17.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 89.6%. He started his professional basketball career in 2006 with Albany Patrons (CBA). He then moved to Germany in the same season playing for ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 10 games: 4.7ppg, 2FGP: 35.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 2-3. In 2007-2008, he returned to Ulm playing 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 87.3%. He stepped away from the court from 2008-2011 before returning last summer to play for the Albany Legends (IBL, starting five): 17ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg, 3PT: 56% (1). He spoke to eurobasket this summer about basketball.

Congrats on your new job with TBB Trier. After 3 years absence from the Beko BBL, how does it feel to be returning back to Germany?

It feels great, Im happy to be back in Germany, and excited to be playing for TBB Trier.


In the 2007-2008 season you played with Ratiopharm Ulm having a solid season averaging 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 87.3%. Why did you leave the basketball world then?

I had a great experience in Ulm, but for me at that time I decided to go in a different direction than basketball and opened a bar and grille.


Did you follow a different kind of summer workout schedule this summer preparing for your return?

Well I had a different type of basketball schedule this year because I played in the IBL for the Albany Legends so we were in season all the way until July.


How did a typical summer workout session day look like as E.J. Gallup?

In July after the IBL season was over I took a little time off to rest and then at the end of July I got back in the gym, with individual workout sessions and lifting.


You played this year for the Albany Legends of the IBL, what kind of experience was this and what could you learn from head coach Ben Smith?

I was a great experience for me because Ben Smith and the Albany Legends gave me the opportunity to restart my career and show teams overseas that I was still in shape, and could play at a high level.


You are returning back to the Beko BBL and will play for TBB Trier. What were the main reasons for going to this club

Well I met with Coach Roedl this summer in Wilmington, NC and had workout with him and got to know him a little bit and knew I would be comfortable coming over and playing for him.



Did you talk to ex coach Mike Taylor before you made your decision? What kind of advice did he give you?

I didnt get a chance to talk to coach Taylor right before I made my decision but we have exchanged emails in the past and he has been nothing but supportive of me and always has.



How aware are you about TBB Trier head coach Henrik Roedl and his achievements? I am sure that you watched the 1993 NCAA final North Carolina-Michigan where Roedl helped win the title.

Yes Im familiar with what Coach Roedl has done as a player and obviously respect what he has done on the court. I also think that was he has done as a player will help him in the transition into becoming a very good coach.


Have you had talks with coach Roedl? What will be your role in the team?

Yes, we have had talks. I expect that my role will be to come in and be a professional and step in to whatever role that will be needed from me. After being away for three years I am just thrilled to be back on a team again, and look forward to just being one of the guys.




You will be reunited with Dru Joyce. What is something that you will never forget about Dru Joyce on and off the court from the Ulm days?

Well Dru is a good friend of mine I think first and foremost is that he is a good person. He has a very good work ethic and he is very motivated and competitive, which are the type of characteristics you want to have from your PG. He is a more experienced player than when he was in his rookie season with Ulm, and has become a very solid player in the Beko BBL.


How vivid is winning the 2008 Beko BBL allstar three point shooting contest? Where is your award sitting these days?

That was a very fun night in Hamburg. It was something that was different and fun and I think when Im old and cant play anymore it will be a good memory to look back on. The award actually is still floating around Germany somewhere, it was supposed to be sent to me but never was haha. So if anyone has seen or sees the 2008 trophy please send it to Trier!


What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I think my passing to be honest, Im known as a shooter and always being counted on to knock down 3's and stretch defenses. But my ball handling and passing has been something that I have been working on a lot since I last played in Ulm.



What is something about the country Germany that you are looking forward to seeing again?

Germany is a beautiful place. Im from Upstate New York and grew up in the Adirondack Mountains so in Ulm and in Trier it has some of the same landscape which I think is very nice. I also like walking through the city centers in different cities in Germany and being outside.

Who won a one on one game in pratice at Ulm you or Dru Joyce? Who will have the revenge factor this time around?

Dru and I never really got into the 1 on 1 game in Ulm. We would get up a lot of shots together after practice in Ulm and it will probably be the same way in Trier. But if we did play 1 on 1 we might be there for a while because we both hate to lose, so if he beat me then id want a rematch right away, and I know for sure he would want a rematch if I beat him.



What is your opinion about NBA player Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?

Well its his name so he can do whatever he wants with it and anyone trying to do what they can to bring about world peace is cool with me!

Thanks EJ for the chat.




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Galatasaray heads to second round of Euroleague qualifications - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - Galatasaray 64-77

Galatasaray eliminated PAOK in the first round of the Euroleague qualifications. The Turkish club celebrated 77-64 victory and will meet ASVEL in the next game. PAOK will compete in EuroCup this season. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) came up with 21 points in victory. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points, Ender Arslan (190-G-83) 14 and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) helped with 11 points, plus 9 boards. In PAOK, Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) collected 17 points and 6 rebs. Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) and Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) scored 16 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 18-15, 14-19, 19-26, 13-17. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Vilnius is Lietuvos Rytas - Cibona.

PAOK: Marcus Goree 17+6 boards, Giannis Kalambokis 16, Rashad Wright 11
Galatasaray: Jamon Lukas Gordon 21, Luksa Andric 15, Ender Arslan 14, Furkan Aldemir 11+9 boards


Panellinios tab Dimitrios Kalaitzidis - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85). The deal is meant for one season. The guard spent the last season in Cyprus. Dimitrios Kalaitzidis played for APOEL. His stats read 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists per EuroCup Qualifying Round game. In EuroChallenge Dimitrios Kalaitzidis tallied 2.0 points, 2.2 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. In Cyprus League the guard delivered 3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal. Previously Dimitrios Kalaitzidis had stints with Iraklis, Olympiakos, PAOK. He also played for Panellinios back in 2007/2009 seasons. The guard participated at the 2009 Mediterranean Games with Greek B National Team.



Panionios brings in Stevan Nadjfeji - by Eurobasket News
Panionios Athens announced signing of Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79, agency: FCM). The Serbian forward penned a one-year deal. Nadjfeji heads to Panionios from Igokea, where he spent last season. He appeared 26 times in Adriatic league averaging 6 points and 3.2 rebounds. Nadjfeji also added 6.6 ppg and 2 rpg for 13 games in Bosnian championship. There, Igokea reached Finals. Stevan Nadjfeji played for Marousi in 2009/10 season. From 2005 to 2007 and later in 2008/09, he was a member of Panellinios. In the meantime, Nadjfeji spent half of the season with Ago Rethimno. The forward played for Unics Kazan and Ural Great Perm in the past. He also has experience from Charleroi.

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Jonathan Jones is the third american player of JKSE - by Tamas Deri
The management of JKSE published yesterday, that american big man Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) signed his contract for the coming season with the club and will arrive on saturday to our country. The 32 years old, 211 cm tall center is a well known player in our country as he played shortly for Dombovar in the season 2009-10 and spent the last season with Albacomp. In 39 games he helped his team with 4.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4spg and was a key player of the team, which got 2nd in the Championship and in the Hungarian Cup.

Serbian-hungarian guard Bojan Sormaz (187-G-86, agency: TSS Management) signed also his contract with the team. The 25 years old playmaker spent already one season in our country, he played for DEKE in 2007-08 in the 2nd division and averaged 13.8ppg, 1.2rpg , 2apg, 1spg.


Former Lumberjack Josh Wilson to return to Hungary - by Eurobasket
Josh Wilson (188-PG-87, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: N.Arizona), a former Northern Arizona University Lumberjack and native of Longview, Washington, has returned to play basketball for Kaposvari KK Klub in Hungarys A Division, which is Hungarys top division, for the 2011-12 season. After turning down offers to play in countries such as Austria, Finland, and Macedonia, Josh decided to re-sign with Kapsovari KK, where last season he was 6th in the league in scoring while averaging 19.4 points per game, 4.1 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. For his outstanding performance, Wilson was selected to participate in 2011 Hungarian League All-Star Game.
On his decision to return to Kaspovar, Josh remarked, 'My family and I are very comfortable in Kaposvar and we are happy to be back. The team is on the right track in the preseason games so far and I think we'll have a good chance to finish at the top of the league.'
Wilson played collegiately for Northern Arizona University from 2005 to 2009 where he holds the single season school assist record and career assist record. During his career, Wilson received various honors, including being named to the 2008 All-Big Sky Conference 2nd team and being a preseason nominee for the prestigious Bob Cousy Award which is awarded annually to the top collegiate mens basketball point guards across all division of college basketball.
Upon graduation, Wilson played the 2009-10 season with Erdgas Ehingen in Germanys Pro B Division for the 2009-10 season where he averaged 14.5 point per game and 6.0 assists per game (3rd in the league) before moving to Kaspovar for the 2010-11 season.
A native of Longview, Washington, Wilson led Mark Morris High School to four league titles, three district titles, and two top five state finishes. He was also named named second team all-state by the Seattle Times. Josh now resides in the offseason in the Portland, Oregon area where he operates his own basketball academy, Roots Basketball (www.rootshoops.com). The academy specializes in training future hoop stars with personalized workouts, training regiments, and the proper skill sets needed to succeed on the collegiate and professional level. Through this program, Wilson hopes to impart his knowledge and skills of the game to young stars looking to elevate themselves to the next level.
Josh will be paired this season with his new teammate Nik Raivio, a former University of Portland guard (2007-10) who grew up in Vancouver, Washington, just 40 minutes south of Wilsons hometown of Longview. Raivio, an All-West Coast Conference 1st Team selection in 2009, played in the 2010 NBA summer league for the Portland Trail Blazers. On the chance to team-up with Raivio, Wilson said, 'I am very excited to play with my friend and University of Portland standout Nik Raivio. We compliment each other very well on the court and together can do some serious damage.'




Standings - B Division
B Division Standings
East
 1. Bajai FKE 0-0 
 2. DEAC 0-0 
 3. EKF Hesz Gep. 0-0 
 4. EnterNet Vas. 0-0 
 5. Kecskemeti Foi. 0-0 
 6. MTK Torokbalint 0-0 
 7. Nagykalloi 0-0 
 8. Obudai 0-0 
 9. Phoenix KK 0-0 
 10. Salgotarjani 0-0 
 11. Szerencs 0-0 
West
 1. B-BETON Bon. 0-0 
 2. Bp. Honved 0-0 
 3. Ceragem 0-0 
 4. FKSZC-Sarvar 0-0 
 5. Gyorszol 0-0 
 6. Hegyvidek 0-0 
 7. Kanizsa 0-0 
 8. PTE-PEAC PVSK 0-0 
 9. SMAFC-NYME 0-0 
 10. Treff 0-0 
 11. Ujbuda TC 0-0 
 12. Veszpremi 0-0 


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  ISRAEL   


Greivis Vasquez Officially Wont Join Hapoel Jerusalem - by David Pick
After the shocking report earlier today regarding the 'Black Mamba' signing in Italy becoming the unofficial 'Pasta/Pizza Mamba', the Memphis Grizzlies Venezuelan point guard Greivis Vasquez officially decided not to sign with Israeli organization Hapoel Jerusalem and will remain in Venezuela, this, after both sides agreed on terms of a deal where Vasquez would earn a monthly salary of $28,000.

Eurobasket understood that the reason as to why Vasquez decided to stay in VZ is because of a decisive meeting with President Hugo Chvez, who offered the local mega-star a 'huge 2-month marketing deal with the government which includes a lot of money,' source very close to the situation revealed.

In addition to the heart broken Jerusalem fans, another individual who's not 100% with Vasquez's decision is Hapoel's American guard D.J. Strawberry. The two played together for the University of Maryland and Strawberry Jr. has been in contact with the NBA guard for a few weeks, trying to persuade him into coming to Israel.

For more Israeli basketball updates follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



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Kobe Bryant agrees to play in Italy during NBA lockout (more info) - by Eurobasket News
Italian club Virtus Bologna said it has reached a verbal agreement with Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) for the Los Angeles Lakers star to play in Italy during the NBA lockout.

'We have reached an economic deal,' Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station. 'There's still some things to arrange but at this point I'm very optimistic. I would say it's 95 percent done.'

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday that the sides have settled on a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has still not been signed.

Bryant, who spent much of his childhood in Italy, was in the country for sponsor appearances over the past two days but was flying back to the U.S. for labor talks with the NBA on Friday.

Bryant is expected to get a work visa and return to Italy next week.

'Kobe should be in Bologna by Wednesday or Thursday with his visa in hand for medical visits and then we can deposit the contract with the league,' Sabatini said. 'I want to make clear that right now there are still no signatures. We've got to write the contract, which will then be read over and over again.'

Virtus had been due to open the season Oct. 9 against Roma, but schedules now need to be reworked after Venezia was added to the league as a 17th team.

The deal, which would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends, should last about 10 games.

Sabatini wants to create a special schedule that assigns Bryant's games to Italy's biggest arenas.

'This is an important investment and a unique chance for the city of Bologna and all of Italian basketball,' Sabatini said. 'I'm hoping everyone wants to collaborate.'

The 33-year-old Bryant has three years and $83.5 million left on his contract with the Lakers.

Between the ages of six and 13, Bryant lived in Italy when his father Joe Bryant played with Rieti, Reggio Calabria, Pistoia and Reggiana from 1984-91. The elder Bryant also once owned a small part of Olimpia Milano. He now coaches the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA.

The younger Bryant still speaks Italian fairly well, and discussed his memories of his time in the country during an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport two days ago.

'Italy is my home. It's where my dream of playing in the NBA started. This is where I learned the fundamentals, learned to shoot, to pass and to (move) without the ball,' Bryant told the Italian newspaper. 'All things that when I came back to America the players my age didn't know how to do because they were only thinking about jumping and dunking.'

Bryant added that playing in Italy 'would be a dream for me.'

Bryant has been bothered in recent seasons by an arthritic joint in his right knee, which has required several minor operations. He sat out a majority of the Lakers' practices last season and saw his scoring, shooting percentage and minutes decrease in his 15th NBA season.

Former USC guard Daniel Hackett, a dual citizen who plays for Pesaro in Italy, said he would give Bryant a hostile reception if he faced the former NBA MVP.

'The only way to stop a player that good is with a hard foul and he knows that,' Hackett said. 'I've got five fouls to commit and they're going to be the hardest five fouls I've ever committed.'

Hackett also criticized speculation that Bologna will ask opposing clubs hosting Bryant's away games to chip in a portion of ticket sales to help pay Bryant's salary.

'I really hope Kobe doesn't lower himself to this level for economic and commercial motives,' Hackett said, according to the Gazzetta. 'To me, it would be a big disappointment to see him here under these circumstances, and a loss of respect for a player who is too big to dirty his hands in this league.'

Bologna president Sabatini replied, 'Fortunately not all Italian players think like Hackett.'

Turkish club Besiktas and at least one team in China had also expressed interest in Bryant, who has won five NBA championships and been an All-Star 13 times.

Bologna also recently approached Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili, who played with the club before joining San Antonio in 2002. Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari rejoined his former Italian club Olimpia Milano last week.

The NBA season is scheduled to open Nov. 1 but owners and players have failed to agree on a new labor deal. The two sides are at odds over how to divide the league's revenue, a salary cap structure and the length of guaranteed contracts.

Last week, NBA officials announced the postponement of training camp and the cancellation of 43 preseason games.

Virtus has won 15 Italian league titles but none since 2001, when it also won the Euroleague for the second time.

Bologna did not qualify for this season's Euroleague, although the team has big ambitions after signing former Clemson point guard Terrell McIntyre, who led Siena to four consecutive Italian titles before transferring to Malaga in Spain before last season.

Having mingled with fans in Milan on Wednesday, Bryant also received a warm welcome in Rome on Thursday, where he was brought to the Campidoglio museum to be given a commemorative medal from the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Bryant agreed with Virtus Bologna - by Edoardo Tamalio
The president of Virtus Bologna Claudio Sabatini announced this morning to SkySport24 of the agreement occurred with Kobe Bryant (198-G-78): 'We have reached an economy agreement, now we only expect to receive the contract.' Sabatini said there are many details to clarify, but the agreement is 95% completed. Details are about image rights and benefits, but the the economic part of the contract, as well as the insurance are made.

Unicaja beats Emporio Armani Milan, wins Costa del Sol tournament - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Emporio Armani Milan 79-65

Unicaja is the winner of Costa del Sol tournament. The Malaga team outplayed Emporio Armani Milan yesterday, 79-65. In the first game, Unicaja blasted Benetton 90-62. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) shined for the winners last night with 14 points. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scored 13, while Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) and Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) helped with 10 points each. On the other side, Emporio Armani Milan got 14 points from Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81). Their third scorer was Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) with 10 points. The Italian squad had wonderful beginning as they made 13-22 lead in the first ten minutes. They managed to keep plus 9 until the halftime, but than Unicaja took control on its rival. Luka Zoric and his teammates exploded with 28-13 in Q3 for 6-point lead. They continued with 24-16 in the last ten minutes for the final 79-65 victory.

Unicaja: Rowland (2), Gerald Fitch (13), Darden (5), Luka Zoric (14), Freeland (9), Rodriguez (5), Kristaps Valters (10), Garbajosa (3), Sinanovic (6), Tripkovic (2), Saul Blanco (10)
Emporio Armani Milan: Cook (3), Drew Nicholas (10), Mancineli (5), Antonis Fotsis (14), Bourousis (6), Giachetti (0), Hairston (5), Danilo Gallinari (14), Melli (0), Rocca (0), Radosevic (8)


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The Nashama spirit - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordans national basketball team on Sunday won second place in the Asian Basketball Championships after losing to hosts China 70-69 in a thrilling match that kept millions of people in Jordan and around the continent captivated in front of their TV screens until the final whistle.
The title was within reach for the Nashama - the bold or chivalrous ones, as Jordans national teams are being dubbed by their fans and sports commentators around the Arab world. They lost in the final by just one point, a result that some blamed on poor refereeing. In the eyes of many Jordanians, however, they were winners and will be considered champions.

To be the number two team in Asia is a feat, after all, quite an achievement for a small country like Jordan.

Most important was the fighting spirit our team showed following a below-the-expectation performance in the first two rounds of the championship - where it lost to Japan, the Philippines and China. In the quarter-finals, the team rose up to the level of competition, eliminating titleholders Iran, then settling the score with the Philippines in the semis, only failing to get the better of the continents powerhouse, China, in the final.

Another squad that has captured the attention of Jordanians recently is the national football team, also carriers of the Nashama title. The team has performed outstandingly over the past several months, mainly at the Asian Cup hosted by Doha earlier this year and during the ongoing World Cup Asia qualifiers.

It won its first two matches this month, one away against former champion Iraq, and another at home against China.

This performance propelled the team to the 85th spot in FIFAs world rankings, seven positions up. In Asia, the team ranks seventh and at the top of Arab teams in Asia, outshining top squads like those of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE.

The team still has some way to go, four matches awaiting it during the current level of competition, but it has shown that with due care, much be achieved even with limited resources.

There is more to be learned from the Jordanian football and basketball Nashama, mainly determination and perseverance pay off, and that their success is due to the fact that their members were chosen on the basis of merit, not any other consideration. The message? To achieve success in any other sector, meritocracy should be the criterion for hiring.

At the same time, there should be awareness that more needs to be invested in sports, not only at the level of national teams, but also at the grassroots level, in schools and neighbourhoods, which can be a good nurturing ground for professional and national teams. The two teams won through sheer determination, but even that is not always enough.

National teams play an important role in bringing together players and the public, motivating the latter and uplifting the morale of the people, much needed particularly in these difficult times.

The Nashama spirit should be instilled at every level of society. It is a recipe for success.


Jordan Times



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  KOSOVO   


New Prishtina team registered its players - by Dren Shporta

Just one week before the season start in Kosovo BKT Superliga, Sigal Prishtina BC, the new team in kosovar basketball registered its players. Most of them are free players (the ones from ex KB Prishtina) and Kolegji Eurosport.

While analyzing players individual capacities and the coaching staff this team promises very much from their first season so, they could be as much as hard rival and potential candidate for the champion.

While Arben Krasniqi is the head coach of the team, the registered players for the Sigal Prishtina BC are: Roni Ahmatovic, Fisnik Rugova, Granit Rugova, Muhamed Hasani, Fahri Breca, Edmond Azemi, Besnik Podvorica, Enver Dili, Alban Veseli, Driton Bajrami, Kreshnik Juniku (all of them free players), And Spahija (Mabetex), Ard Islami (Kol. Eurosport), Lorik Kllokoqi (Kol. Eurosport), Leonard Mekaj (Kol. Eurosport), Granit Hyseni (Kol. Eurosport), Zgjim Gerxhaliu (Kol. Eurosport), Erzen Sopi (Kol. Eurosport), Fisnik Beka (Kol. Eurosport) and Endrit Zhuri (Kol. Eurosport).



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ALBA Berlin hands 82-60 loss to VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - VEF Riga 82-60

ALBA Berlin demonstrated wonderful performance in Round One of the Euroleague Qualifying Tournament in Charleroi. They blasted VEF Riga and will meet the Belgian champion in the next round. That game is scheduled for tomorrow. VEF Riga faced with elimination and will play in EuroCup this season. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88, college: Iowa St.) delivered 15 points for the winners. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) had 13 points, while Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) (9 rebs), Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) (6 as) and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) (6 rebs) helped with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) scored 12 points. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) stopped to 10 points each. Quarters: 25-20, 19-12, 21-13, 17-15. As mentioned above, ALBA will meet Charleroi tomorrow. Two more games will be played in Charleroi today (Round One).

ALBA: Lucca Staiger 15, DaShaun Wood 13, Marko Simonovic 11+9 boards, Kyle Weaver 11+6 as, Derrick Allen 11+6 boards
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 12, Sandis Valters 10, Kaspars Berzins 10


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Wuhan 2011 a big disappointment for Lebanese Basketball - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In 2009 when the Lebanese Men national Team lost in the semi against China with a bad call from the referee in the last seconds received all the respect from all Basketball people around the worlds for the good basketball the team was playing , this respect was later turned to receive a wild card to take part in the World Championship which was held in Turkey in 2010.

The FLB back then had a plan to host the 2011 Asian Championship to try to win it in front of the Lebanese Fans to go to London 2012 , Lebanon indeed received the honor to host the championship but tragic circumstances led to the exit of the FLB Committee and to come a new one which renounced the right to host the event.
The plan was to host the event and to have the best team ever assembled in order to create another big historical achievement, instead of this the FLB decided to send a group of talented players with no international experience to the most important championship in the calendar of FIBA ASIA.

This step made all the Asian critics wonder about the timing of such a move , Lebanon who finished runner 3 times in the past 5championships ( 2001,2005,2007) and 4th two times ( 2003,2009) couldnt finish only 6th in the 2011 Asian Championship , this 6th position came after a miraculous win against Japan in the positioning games.
The group of players who represented Lebanon did their maximum to represent the Lebanese Basketball in its best way , the coach also did all his best but neither the coach or the players can be blamed for this failure , the FLB should be blamed for many reasons :

1.The bad timing of the decision to send a new group of players before the most important Championship in the calendar of FIBA ASIA , this move can be done before the Stankovic Cup in which these young talented players can participate with a target to gain experience for the coming year Asian Championship.
2.The FLB didnt provided 1 camp in Turkey and 1 tournament in Qatar, the previous national teams used to have around 3 camps and 2 high level tournament s.
3.The previous National Teams used to play around 30 quality games before reaching the championships , this current national team played around 9 weak games. ( 3 vs Syria who finished 9th , 3 vs Qatar who finished 16th).

All the critics and Team Managers in Wuhan were very sure if the Lebanese National Team came with his 9 players missing from Tian Jin would have won the Championship in Wuhan, and it was more than sure if the FLB continued with the previous plan and worked to keep the championship in Lebanon and assembled its international players LEBANON TODAY WAS CELEBRATING ITS FIRST TITLE AND HIS FIRST TRIP TO THE OLYMPICS.

Basketball is a religion in Lebanon and we are very sure that will rise again and take center stage in the coming championships , the FLB is doing a good job with the youth National teams ( U16 & U17) , the U16 is now in Turkey for a camp as preparation for the FIBA ASIA U16 in Vietnam , the U17 is preparing for the WABA U17 Championship , these 2 national teams are working hard for a big period , the U16 program is going on since last summer , as for the U17 program started in last March , we are very confident that such work will help to achieve good results and to remind everybody in the world that Lebanon is the Basketball Country.



Champville lands Hoskin - by Eurobasket Center
Champville strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-118kg-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports). Hoskin played most recently at Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality (Iran). While playing 14 games for Gorgan last season he averaged 26.2ppg, 14.5rpg, 2.3apg and 2.5bpg. He is a very experienced player. Hoskin played also pro basketball in China, Croatia, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy and Russia. He graduated De Paul University in 2003 and it will be his nineth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Lietuvos Rytas too strong for Buducnost, 83-64 - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Buducnost 83-64

Lietuvos Rytas had no troubles to beat Buducnost in Round One of the Euroleague qualifications. Rytas celebrated 83-64 win and will meet Cibona tomorrow in the second game. On the other side, Buducnost faced with elimination. They will compete in EuroCup this season. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) top-scored for Rytas with 17 points and Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) followed him with 16 pts, plus he handed out 5 assists. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) collected 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 10 pts. In Buducnost, Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) was better than the others with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 pts and Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) stopped to 9. Quarters: 21-22, 19-10, 16-17, 27-15. Lietuvos Rytas is the host of this tournament and one of the main candidates to win it. They already made a first step.

Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 17, Tyrese Rice 16+5 as, Jonas Valanciunas 11+8 boards, Mindaugas Katelynas 10
Buducnost: Nikola Vucevic 18+6 boards, Nikola Ivanovic 14, Bojan Krstovic 9


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Domonique Crawford inks with BC Mess - by Eurobasket News
Domonique Crawford (196-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.) returns to Luxembourg. The 26-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with BC Mess. Last season Domonique Crawford started in Luxembourg. He played for Soluevre in Diekirch League. His stats read 23.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. In March Domonique Crawford moved to Lebanon. The guard joined Anibal Zahle. His stats read 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game in Division A. Eurobasket.com named Domonique Crawford All-Luxembourg League Guard of the Year in 2010 after the season with Soulevre. Domonique Crawford also had spells in Germany and Austria before moving to Luxembourg. He will replace Benedikt Breiling (197-F-91) on BC Mess roster.


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 8-2 
 2. Halc.Rojos 8-2 
 3. Barreteros 8-2 
 4. Toros 7-3 
 5. Halc.Xalapa 6-3 
 6. Pioneros 6-4 
 7. Abejas 5-4 
 8. Huracanes 5-4 
 9. Corr.Victoria 5-5 
 10. Soles 4-6 
 11. Lechugueros 3-6 
 12. Panteras 2-8 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 1-9 
 14. Volcanes 0-10 


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The history of foreign players in Montenegro. Part two - by Darko Pekic
Although Buducnost is considered the most successful team in Montenegro, with most trophies and titles, it doesn't mean that other teams, at some point in their basketball lifes, did not take a chance with foreign players, trying to sign the potential team leader and fan favorite. Some of them got what they wanted, others got regrets. However, only one team, except Buducnost of course, can be proud on it's Euroleague American. We are talking about Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) from KK Mornar.

Ex Armani Jeans Milano averaged last year in the Euroleague 11.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg and led his team in assists. Two years before that he won everything in Italy with Montepaschi Siena ( League title, Cup and Supercup). But probably only a few passionate fans in Italy know that he started his overseas career in a small club called KK Mornar Bar. 'Mo' arrived in Montenegro at the beginning of the season 2004/2005, after a successful college career where he reached NCAA Sweet 16 with his UAB. In his first season in Europe 'Mo' showed what he is capable of: 23.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2.4spg. Extremely smart, quick point guard with long range, he soon became the absolute team leader and earned respect against giants such as Partizan, Buducnost, Crvena Zvezda etc. Finley left the team in April 2005. He is still considered the best foreigner in Mornar.

Finley's teammate Wayne Wallace (206-C/F-80, college: Virginia Union) was also something special. The nephew of Ben Wallace, the Pistons legend did what people with the surname Wallace do best- grab rebounds and defend! Unlike Finley, he already had some pro experience in Belgium and US minor league but only in Montenegro he got the real chance to prove his worth. Fans and opponents will remember his tremendous blocking ability and dunks. He only averaged 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg but was more useful to the team than the numbers show. After the end of the season he moved to Israel. This season Wallace will play in Ukraine Premier League for Politekhnika-Halychyna.

The year later we saw some other Americans, not as successful as Mo and Wayne. Their replacements were players with excellent reputations though. Julius Barnes (186-G-81, college: Stanford) and Wrenn Doug (203-F-80, college: Washington). Barnes was an intelligent point guard , not as flashy as Finley but very useful to the team. He came from the great school (NCAA Final Eight and Pac-10 Conference Champion in 2001 with Stanford), and already had some european experience while Wrenn was a rookie in Europe. Barnes had good numbers 12.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg in the domestic league and left Mornar at the end of the season. He is the only Amercan who played for Mornar twice. After six months he signed again and led the team to the Montenegrin League Semifinals. The same years he was honored the Sportsman of the Year in Bar, the first time in history that a foregner won that award. After the end of the season he returned home. Now he works as assistant coach at Stanford basketball program.



On the other side, Wrenn will probably be remember for his afro haircut and amazing dunks, but he didn't last long. Wrenn was an NBA potential (High School national Top 25 prospect and PAC Newcomer of the Year), very athletic but with problematic reputation. After a couple of seasons in US minor league he came to Mornar but was not ready to adapt to the European style of play and left the team after two or three preseason games. Not much from that kind of potential you would agree.. Wrenn continued his career in Asia but his bad reputation followed him like a ghost. In 2009 he finished in prison because after a car accident he pulled a gun on a woman. Wrenn got 12 months

A year later, point guard Julius Barnes was replaced with Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) from New Orleans. Barnes was brought to 'feed' with assists former Oklahoma State talent Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.). Barnes was a tall point guard and did a bit of everything but when you sum it, that was not good enough for Mornar squad. He left the team at the beginning of 2010. Worth to mention are his numbers: 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg while shooting 53% from the 3 point line. Barnes is now on try-out with BC Kolin in Czech Republic. His fellow teamamate Anthony Brown was very dominant but he left Bar even earlier, after two months because he had a dispute with his club. Actually, he signed a contract in Portugal but he didnt get the letter of clearance from Mornar. FIBA fined the Montenegro Federation with a 10000 CHF (approx. 7000 EUR) penalty. This penalty was later reduced to 5000 CHF due to Montenegro being new in FIBA. Brown was suspended from international games until the issue was solved. This year he signed a contract in Finland and is doing fine.

Playmaker position was filled with Stallings Nick (190-G-83, college: Centenary). The Centenary star got a chance to start his professional career in Mornar but he failed. After only one game in Balkan league he was released. However, his next experience in Macedonia was much better and he is now shining in China. To replace power forward Anthony Brown, another big man arrived in Bar. His name was Chris Hunter (211-F/C-84, college: Michigan), and he had even greater reputation than his countrymen. Hunter came directly from the NBA! He played with the Knicks and the Warriors. In January moved to Mornar because he needed some playing time. However, an NBA call arrived sooner than he expected and he left the team after a couple of weeks. Hunter signed with the Warriors and still plays in NBA D league.

But Mornar didn't wait long. They found even a greater name, the ex Laker Soumaila Samake (215-C-78) signed a contract till the end of the season! The super tall and thin Mali international spent a couple of seasons in the NBA and toured the world (China, Korea, Slovenia) before arriving in Bar. The coaches had their doubts because his knees were damaged but Samake was signed anyway. The quiet guy from West Africa did well, his numbers in Balkan League speak for itself: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0bpg. He signed to play in Iran for the season 2010/2011 and during this summer rappresented his National Team in Madagascar ( African Championship)

The last season ( 2010/2011) we saw in action Lebaron Weathers (203-F/C, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) and Lance Sullivan (185-G, college: Rogers St.). Weathers had a solid college career and good potential while Sullivan, who came from a small school, was very enthusiastic about this experience. Weathers, like many other Americans, had a hard time to get used to the lifestyle in Europe and after a couple of preseason games he returned to the States. He also tried his luck in Slovakia and Portugal 2nd division after that. Now he is a free agent, looking for a club for next season. Sullivan took his opportunity and gave his contribution. He was known for hard defense, steals and good 3 pont % (over 53%). But after the New Year break they told him not to return in Montenegro because the Club management decided to focus on domestic talents such as Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) or Nemanja Radovic (208-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket).

Other teams in Montenegro did't make a lot of experiments like Buducnost or Mornar. Of course, one of the reasons was the lack of funding. But it doesn't mean that others didn't give a chance to foregners. For example, KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje started the 2008/2009 season with two Americans in their roster, big man Daniel Cromwell (213-C-85, college: Le Moyne) and guard David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois). Cromwell started the season well but probably was homesick and decided to leave the team in December. And has never returned to Europe.. He now works as Sales Representative for a Pharmaceutical company based in New York. Jackson stayed longer in Montenegro and after a successful career at Western Illinois proved his qualities in Europe. He averaged 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.0apg and was the leader of the team in almost every cathegory! After a year in Bijelo Polje he moved to Slovakia, and then signed in Poland where he still plays with success. He won a league title in Slovakia.

A year later, Jedinstvo brought Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84, college: Indiana Tech), hoping that he could repeat Jackson' stats and contribution. Jones was a different player though, a good defender and team player. He started great but in the second part of the season he didn't see much playing time so he decided to move to Germany. Now he plays in Slovakia.

KK Mogren signed also tried the experiment in 2006. They brought Eliot Goren (188-G-83, college: Carnegie Mellon), a white boy from a small school, but he failed to impress the coaching staff in Budva and returned home in December. A month later Goren moved to Germany, played till the end of the season and it seems that he was not able to get any other pro contract after that.

Well, here we are. At the end. I tried to collect here as many information as possible about some past stars but also about guys who were considered poor and not worth that kind of money. This list will probably need an update in the years to come because many more Americans and others are eager to try their luck in Podgorica, Budva, Bar and other Montenegrin cities. The question is- who is the ONE?




Lietuvos Rytas too strong for Buducnost, 83-64 - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Buducnost 83-64

Lietuvos Rytas had no troubles to beat Buducnost in Round One of the Euroleague qualifications. Rytas celebrated 83-64 win and will meet Cibona tomorrow in the second game. On the other side, Buducnost faced with elimination. They will compete in EuroCup this season. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) top-scored for Rytas with 17 points and Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) followed him with 16 pts, plus he handed out 5 assists. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) collected 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 10 pts. In Buducnost, Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) was better than the others with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 pts and Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) stopped to 9. Quarters: 21-22, 19-10, 16-17, 27-15. Lietuvos Rytas is the host of this tournament and one of the main candidates to win it. They already made a first step.

Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 17, Tyrese Rice 16+5 as, Jonas Valanciunas 11+8 boards, Mindaugas Katelynas 10
Buducnost: Nikola Vucevic 18+6 boards, Nikola Ivanovic 14, Bojan Krstovic 9


The history of foreign players in Montenegro. Part one - by Darko Pekic
Who remembers Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB)? The undersized guy from Alabama who conquered the hearts of many fans in Bar with his great ball handling and shooting abilities Or his teammate Wayne Wallace (206-C/F-80, college: Virginia Union), the nephew of Pistons Legend Ben Walace, rebounding machine like his cousin? They both played in Montenegro and did well, so well that after the season they got a lot of offers and moved to better leagues. During the last days of summer we can hear numerous rumors about transfers in Montenegro basketball. Some of them were true ( KK Buducnost BK Berane Pec signed Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) whiile KK Mornar got Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point)). Their managers can only hope that new arrivals will be as good as two guys mentioned above, or like Tony Stanley (194-SG-77, college: Dayton), the high flying scorer from Arlington (TX). But how to know to pick the right player? Probably nobody knows that.. This is the story about the guys who used Montenegro as a first step in their careers and also a story about others who unfortunately didn't make it and got lost in the world of professional basketball.

Let's start with KK Buducnost, the powerhouse from Montenegro. During the 90's they didn't have foreigners and relied mostly on domestic players. There were rumors about some negotiations with Eurelijus Zukauskas (216-C-73) and Ashraf Amaya (201-F-71, college: S.Illinois). Buducnost was a rich team, with influental people around. They had money to buy almost every player available on the market and they played safe- Buducnost formed an All Star team filled with superstars from Serbia. But the situation changed in the season 2000/2001 when they brought directly from the NBA, Mr. Jerome James (216-C-75, college: Florida A&M) himself! Jerome was a raw talent, 216cm tall with long arms, and soon he became fan favorite in whole Montenegro. People went to the games only to see James, the black beast who dunks all the time. He even destoyed a basketball board in our school in Bar,when he dunked during the warming up. James won the League and cup titles and moved to NBA after that season. He even made a name for himself there, earning 6.5 million dollars for only two games played during the season 2008-2009!!! James retired in 2010. However he can be considered the first real foreign player in Montenegro ( obviously, I don't want to count here players from the Balkan region). James was suceeded by Alexander Okunsky (214-C-71, agency: Court Side), the experienced big man from Ukraine. Okunsky was not very mobile and atractive but he knew how to get the job done. He left at the end of the season and moved to Greek side PAOK. Three years later Okunsky retired from professional basketball.. Alongside Okunsky Buducnost had John Brown (205-C-74, college: Marshall), a terrific rebounder who loved to play with his back to the basket. This guy was really more useful to the team than James, he averaged 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg in Euroleague but Buducnost failed to repeat the results from 2000/2001 season. Brown continued his career in Spain where he retired two years later. He is now part of the clothing industry.

People probably don't remember well Tony Stanley because after the 'golden ages' Buducnost was not unbeatable any more. But he played great. Tony carried the team on his back while averaging 16,1ppg, 5.6rpg in ULEB Cup and 15.8ppg, 3.2rpg in Adriatic League. After the end of the season he returned to France and he still plays there for SO Maritime Boulogne. As I mentioned before the golden ages were past and the dark age began for Buducnost. The players who followed Stanley in 'blue with' jersey will not be remembered as superstars but we should mention them here also. For example, who remembers Acie Earl (208-F/C-70, college: Iowa), the ex Celtic, the second ex NBA player in Podgorica??? Acie was old when he came to Buducnost and lasted only two months but in the meantime he had good numbers: 17.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, 2.2bpg in Adriatic League! He then signed in Kosovo and won the league title. In 2005 he was released once again from KK Zadar and decided to quit his successful career. Acie Earl is now the freshman coach at Solon High School, a class 2A school in east central Iowa.

And Shannon Crooks (188-G-78, college: Massachusetts)? Who remembers Shannon Crooks??? The strong guard from University of Massachusetts signed a deal with Buducnost for the season 2002/2003 but didn't play a single game! He was released during the preseason. After that he had some small roles in Portugal and even in Angola (?!). Not much from a player who could have been a solid international point guard. The NYC native, Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) ,had the same luck in Buducnost. He was signed and released during the same summer. But the difference between him and Crooks is huge. He still plays in Europe for the German side Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. Bailey even played in the Euroleague for EWE Baskets Oldenburg (2009/2010).



We can say that Buducnost was not lucky at all with foreign point guards that year. the third was Walsh Jordan (187-G-72, college: Oklahoma City), small guy with a famous surname. But he was miles away from Jordan's style of play. In the Euroleague Jordan averaged 3.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg. and was released after a couple of months. A year later he finished his career in France. And this is not the end of the suffer.His countryman, Troy Coleman (192-G-71, college: Lincoln Memorial) was signed during the 2004/2005 season but he lasted not more than a month! For the records- he played 2 games in Adriatic League and averaged 7 points a game... It seems that Buducnost was his last professional experience. Soon after Coleman, Buducnost got Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, college: De Paul), it's third NBA player! Who would have thought that the 205cm big man from DePaul University, who averaged 8.7ppg and 5.2rpg in 7 games ( released in April) was NBA material? Nobody except him probably. Well, he made it and two seasons later signed a contract with Atlanta Hawks. Brown played three seasons in the NBA for the Sonics, Grizzlies and Bobcats..Now he is a free agent.

After a couple of bad years, filled with poor foreign pics, Buducnost decided to dedicate to domestic players. Players like Gordic, Bakic, Sekularac took the scene. But during the season 2008/2009 they decided to test another American. His name was Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop), and he was fresh out of college. Jenkins passed the test and was given a two year contract, first time in Buducnost history!. Unfortunately, he didn't see much playing time and after the end of the season decided to move to Germany. Now he plays in Belgium for Optima Gent and is doing prety well.

For the 2010/2011 season Buducnost brough Lithuanian sharp shooter Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80). He played his role well and didn't disappoint. When the season was over he returned home.

Now we have to see what the new point guard, the National Team member of Canada, Jermaine Anderson, is capable to do.




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Kobe Bryant agrees to play in Italy during NBA lockout (more info) - by Eurobasket News
Italian club Virtus Bologna said it has reached a verbal agreement with Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) for the Los Angeles Lakers star to play in Italy during the NBA lockout.

'We have reached an economic deal,' Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station. 'There's still some things to arrange but at this point I'm very optimistic. I would say it's 95 percent done.'

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday that the sides have settled on a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has still not been signed.

Bryant, who spent much of his childhood in Italy, was in the country for sponsor appearances over the past two days but was flying back to the U.S. for labor talks with the NBA on Friday.

Bryant is expected to get a work visa and return to Italy next week.

'Kobe should be in Bologna by Wednesday or Thursday with his visa in hand for medical visits and then we can deposit the contract with the league,' Sabatini said. 'I want to make clear that right now there are still no signatures. We've got to write the contract, which will then be read over and over again.'

Virtus had been due to open the season Oct. 9 against Roma, but schedules now need to be reworked after Venezia was added to the league as a 17th team.

The deal, which would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends, should last about 10 games.

Sabatini wants to create a special schedule that assigns Bryant's games to Italy's biggest arenas.

'This is an important investment and a unique chance for the city of Bologna and all of Italian basketball,' Sabatini said. 'I'm hoping everyone wants to collaborate.'

The 33-year-old Bryant has three years and $83.5 million left on his contract with the Lakers.

Between the ages of six and 13, Bryant lived in Italy when his father Joe Bryant played with Rieti, Reggio Calabria, Pistoia and Reggiana from 1984-91. The elder Bryant also once owned a small part of Olimpia Milano. He now coaches the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA.

The younger Bryant still speaks Italian fairly well, and discussed his memories of his time in the country during an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport two days ago.

'Italy is my home. It's where my dream of playing in the NBA started. This is where I learned the fundamentals, learned to shoot, to pass and to (move) without the ball,' Bryant told the Italian newspaper. 'All things that when I came back to America the players my age didn't know how to do because they were only thinking about jumping and dunking.'

Bryant added that playing in Italy 'would be a dream for me.'

Bryant has been bothered in recent seasons by an arthritic joint in his right knee, which has required several minor operations. He sat out a majority of the Lakers' practices last season and saw his scoring, shooting percentage and minutes decrease in his 15th NBA season.

Former USC guard Daniel Hackett, a dual citizen who plays for Pesaro in Italy, said he would give Bryant a hostile reception if he faced the former NBA MVP.

'The only way to stop a player that good is with a hard foul and he knows that,' Hackett said. 'I've got five fouls to commit and they're going to be the hardest five fouls I've ever committed.'

Hackett also criticized speculation that Bologna will ask opposing clubs hosting Bryant's away games to chip in a portion of ticket sales to help pay Bryant's salary.

'I really hope Kobe doesn't lower himself to this level for economic and commercial motives,' Hackett said, according to the Gazzetta. 'To me, it would be a big disappointment to see him here under these circumstances, and a loss of respect for a player who is too big to dirty his hands in this league.'

Bologna president Sabatini replied, 'Fortunately not all Italian players think like Hackett.'

Turkish club Besiktas and at least one team in China had also expressed interest in Bryant, who has won five NBA championships and been an All-Star 13 times.

Bologna also recently approached Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili, who played with the club before joining San Antonio in 2002. Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari rejoined his former Italian club Olimpia Milano last week.

The NBA season is scheduled to open Nov. 1 but owners and players have failed to agree on a new labor deal. The two sides are at odds over how to divide the league's revenue, a salary cap structure and the length of guaranteed contracts.

Last week, NBA officials announced the postponement of training camp and the cancellation of 43 preseason games.

Virtus has won 15 Italian league titles but none since 2001, when it also won the Euroleague for the second time.

Bologna did not qualify for this season's Euroleague, although the team has big ambitions after signing former Clemson point guard Terrell McIntyre, who led Siena to four consecutive Italian titles before transferring to Malaga in Spain before last season.

Having mingled with fans in Milan on Wednesday, Bryant also received a warm welcome in Rome on Thursday, where he was brought to the Campidoglio museum to be given a commemorative medal from the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Detroit Piston Ben Wallace faces drunken driving, gun charges - by Eurobasket News
Detroit Piston Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) is facing a five-year felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon after police found an unloaded pistol in a backpack in his car as they arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving early Saturday in Bloomfield Township.

Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills was in a 2007 Cadillac Escalade at 3 a.m. Saturday when an officer spotted the SUV driving erratically northbound on Telegraph Road at Long Lake Road.

Wallace told investigators the gun was his wife's, registered in her name and he does not have a concealed-weapons permit, according to the Bloomfield Township Police report released today.

Wallace said he threw it in a backpack on the rear passenger seat 'because he wanted protection as he drove,' from his home in Virginia to metro Detroit on Friday, according to the report.

Investigators found a magazine full of bullets for the .28-caliber FNH semiautomatic pistol in the backpack, too, according to the report.

Wallace said he forgot the gun was in the car as he and a friend visited a place called 'Club 21' earlier in the night. The location of the club was not specified. After failing a field sobriety test, he told the officers he drank four beers at the club in the previous two hours. Bloomfield Township Capt. Scott McCanham said reports that Wallace registered a 0.14 blood-alcohol level on a police breath test were 'accurate.'

'Totally cooperative,' McCanham said about Wallace's demeanor during the arrest. 'Nothing but a gentleman the entire night.'

Wallace is expected to appear Oct. 3 for a pre-examination conference in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, according to police. Arraigned on Saturday via video from the Bloomfield Township Police Department, he faces a 93-day misdemeanor charge of drunken driving and a five-year felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Magistrate Judith Holtz gave Wallace a $5,000 personal bond, and he was released to a family member at about noon, after his arraignment, McCanham said.

Bloomfield Township Police records clerk Shawn Gardner said today the department is not yet releasing video of Wallaces arrest because the case is pending.

Wallaces drunken-driving case has been assigned to District Court Judge Kimberly Small, whose tough stance on drunken drivers including first-time offenders has garnered national media attention.

Small was the sentencing judge for Jalen Rose, the former Michigan basketball star and current ESPN analyst who received 20 days in jail but was released after serving 16 days last month.

Wallace didn't immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.

Pistons spokesman Kevin Grigg said today that the organization has 'no comment on the matter.'

Per NBA rules, teams are not allowed to comment about players while the lockout is ongoing, for risk of a fine.

The NBA is locking out its players in an ongoing labor dispute that threatens the start of the season, scheduled to begin Nov. 2. The dispute already has led to the cancellation of some preseason games.

It's not clear whether Wallace would be subject to league discipline, considering the incident has happened during the lockout.

Wallace is considering retirement with only one season left on the two-year contract he signed last summer, although he told reporters this summer he was leaning toward returning.

Wallace does not have any violations listed on his Michigan driving record, spokesman Fred Woodhams of the Michigan Secretary of States Office said today. Wallaces Michigan license expired on his birthday Sept. 10, but he has a drivers license issued by the state of Virginia, Woodhams said.

Pam Goheen, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, said today that the state has some of the strictest privacy laws in the nation and does not release drivers license nor driving-record information.

The Illinois Secretary of States office does not have anyone with Wallaces birthday listed as holding a state drivers license within the past five years, spokeswoman Elizabeth Kaufman said today.

Wallace is one of three Detroit athletes who have dealt with drunken-driving charges in the past year, joining Rose and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Rose was arrested after he rolled his SUV in West Bloomfield and a blood test showed a 0.12 alcohol level.

Cabrera was arrested on misdemeanor charges of suspicion of driving under the influence and two counts of resisting an officer without violence Feb. 16 in Florida. That case is pending in St. Lucie County.

Wallace was undrafted in 1996 out of Virginia Union and spent several seasons in professional basketball before he was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Pistons in 1999 as part of the Grant Hill trade.

Wallace blossomed and went on to become the NBAs defensive player of the year four times. He was a fan favorite; during games, a deep gong would sound whenever Big Ben would block a shot or score.

He left the Pistons before the 2006-07 season, signing a four-year, $60-million deal with the Chicago Bulls. He returned to the Pistons after stops in Chicago and Cleveland.

He returned to the Pistons in the summer of 2009 after receiving a buyout of the last season's contract. He signed a one-year deal and, after a solid season, he signed a two-year, $4-million deal last summer.

Courtesy of www.freep.com


NBA talks to resume today - by Eurobasket News
NBA owners and players will meet today and perhaps through the weekend, with Commissioner David Stern warning there are 'enormous consequences at play' as the sides try to preserve an on-time start to the season.

Talks ended after two days Wednesday so negotiators could return home before summoning their respective bargaining committees to New York for the most important stretch of the lockout. They are prepared to meet through the weekend if progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement is being made.

With the Nov. 1 season opener a little more than a month away, Stern said there would be 'a lot of risk' to not having an agreement by the end of this week. But both sides said there hasn't been enough progress to put them on the verge of a deal.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Sixers decide on assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
An NBA source has told the Daily News that the 76ers have hired Jeff Capell, Sr. as an assitant coach. Capel, who will turn 58 in January, was the head coach at Old Dominion from 1994 to 2001 and at North Carolina A&T (1993-94) and Fayetteville State (1989-1993).

Capel is the father of Jeff Capell, Jr., who starred for Duke from 1993-97. The younger Capel was a teammate of Chris Collins, son of Sixers coach Doug Collins.

The hiring won't be made official until the NBA Board of Governors approves the sale of the Sixers to a group headed by Joshua Harris. That approval is expected to happen sometime in the next few weeks.

Courtesy of www.philly.com


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Mill Rats sign Point Guard and Center - by Gianni Pascucci
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are happy to announce the signing of point guard Darren Duncan (5'11''-G-88, college: Merrimack) and center Sani Ibrahim (6'10''-C-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Gulf Coast CC) to the roster.
Darren Duncan is a crafty New York City point guard who played his college basketball at Merrimack College in Massachusetts from 2006-2010. Last season Duncan played professionally in Austria, leading his team to the Austrian League Championship and being named Finals MVP in the process. He was discovered by Mill Rats Part Owner and Scout Ralph Allen while playing in pro am tournaments in Boston last summer.

Sani Ibrahim is a centre who was born in Nigeria and attended high school in Toronto, Tennessee, and Virginia. It was in Virginia where he teamed with now NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony to make Oak Hill Academy the #1 team in the nation in 2001-2002.
Ibrahim took his talents to Southern Idaho Junior College where he averaged 14.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, and and 2.6 blocks per game and was considered an NBA prospect.
'We are extremely excited to add these two pieces to our roster,' explained Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson . 'They say the most important positions are point guard and centre and we've got great talent now at both.'
The Mill Rats are now part of the new National Basketball League of Canada along with the Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles, Summerside Storm, London Lightning, and Oshawa Power. Each team is required to have two Canadian players on their active roster at all times this season.




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Hidden Gems Central Ohio D2 Report! - by Lucius Jones
Matt Rhodes 6'5/SF of Westerville North has been offered by S.C. Aiken, Ohio Valley, and Concord among others. Nick Archer 6'8/PF has S.C. Aiken, Ohio Valley, and Notre Dame. Jordan Cowgill 6'10/C has S.C. Aiken, Ohio Valley, and Urbana. Carter Smith 5'10/PG has full rides from Ohio Valley, StoneHill, and Hillsdale. Eric Roby 6'5/SF has offers from Urbana and Ohio Valley. AJ Ireland6'4/SG of Bloom Carroll, Jake Bischoff 6'3/G, and Alec Charbonneau 6'5/F both of Olentangy Liberty too all hold Ohio Valley offers as well.

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Former Mountainairs big man gets back on track in Durham - by Pete Knechtel
Former Import for the Taranaki Mountainairs big man, Mario Flaherty (206-C-88, college: Houston Baptist) has signed on with the Durham Wildcats in the British Basketball league. Mario Played in 3 exibition games during the pre season with the mountainairs but the team and Mario agreed that it would not be a good fit. Mario is excited to get his basketball career back on track and is enjoying his time in Durham. The New Durham outfit looks to take the BBL by storm in their opening season and Mario is excited about the teams potential. Mario there is a cloud over his pending debut this weekend as there is a misunderstanding in the UK with his basketball clearance from New Zealand. As Mario never played in a sanctioned game the Mountainairs never applied a for a players license so big Mario should be able to suit up for his new team in this weekends fixture against northern rivals Newcastle Eagles.


Jason Crow adds Germany to his many stops - by Pete Knechtel
Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) from the Waikato Pistons has signed with Phoenix Hagen in the German Bundesliga. Crowe who has been playing some fantastic basketball as of late doesn't look as if his age is slowing down any as he led the NBL in steals and assists, which earned him import player of the year and first team all NBL. Crowe will bring his versatile game and wealth of experiance to an already stong team. Hagen coach Ingo Freyer had this to say about Crowe: 'I think he's an intelligent player who can help us on and off the field in key situations. In his previous positions, he has always been forthright with presence and charisma. '


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2 Liga Day 1 Group A - by Maciej Paszyn
GKK 1 LO Gorzow Wlkp - KK Swiecie 101:69 (28:22, 21:20, 25:15, 27:12)

Key facts : Gorzow 36/69 FG ( 52,2 % ) - KK Swiecie 21/53 FG ( 39,6 % ) ; Gorzow won rebound 40-22
Top scorers : Tomasz Ejsmont (190-G-90) ( GKK ) 28, Karol Cierzniewski (199-F-89) ( GKK ) 15, Marcin Kubacki (196-G/F-86) ( KK Swiecie ) 15
MVP : Tomasz Ejsmont ( GKK ) 28 pts., 8/15 FG ( 53,3 % ) 10/11 FT ( 90,9 % ) 2 rb., 2 as., 26 min.

Korsarz Gdansk - Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn 65:72 (24:21, 12:19, 13:17, 16:15)

Key facts : GKS 20 TO - AZS UWM 9 TO ; GKS 10/25 FT ( 40% ) - AZS UWM 20/31 FT ( 64,5% )
Top scorers : Jakub Golebiewski (198-F-90, ) ( Korsasz ) 19, Dorian Baclawski (189-G-86) ( AZS UWM ) 16
MVP: Jakub Golebiewski ( Korsarz) 19 pts., 7/12 FG ( 58,3 % ) 14 rb. ( 7 off., 7 def., ) 1 bl., 31,5 min

KS Open Florentyna Pleszew - Trefl II Sopot 112:58 (32:11, 22:9, 31:16, 27:22)

Key facts : Open Basket dominated in every key aspect of the game. Pleszew team was better in rebounds ( 32-21 ), asists ( 21-9 ), steals ( 18-2 !! ) and in percent from the field 39/63 ( 61,9 % ) - 20/51 ( 39,2 % )
Top scorers : Adam Kaczmarzyk (198-F-88) ( Open ) 28, Slawomir Buczyniak (180-PG-84) 22 ( Open )
MVP : Adam Kaczmarzyk ( Open ) 28 pts., 9/12 FG ( 75% ), 6/8 2 PM-A ( 75% ), 3/4 3 PM-A ( 75% ), 7/7 FT ( 100 % ), 6 rb. ( 1 off., 5 def., ) 4 as., 4 stl., 1 bl, 32 min

KS Ksiezak Lowicz - AZS PP Poznan 98:77 (21:23, 28:25, 25:13, 24:16)

Key facts : Ksiezak 8/17 3 PM-A ( 47,1% ) 22/23 FT ( 95,7% ) - AZS Poznan 2/12 3 PM-A ( 16,7% ), 15/23 FT ( 65,2% ) ; Ksiezak won backboard 34-27
Top scorers : Rafal Wojciechowski (188-G-85) ( Ksiezak ) 21, Kacper Kromer (204-F-87) ( Ksiezak ) 18
MVP : Rafal Wojciechowski ( Ksiezak ) 21 pts., 7/10 FG ( 70% ), 7/10 2 PM-A ( 70% ), 7/7 FT ( 100% ), 1 rb. ( 1 def. ), 8 as., 1 stl., 7 rvf., 30 min

SMS PZKosz Wadysawowo - TS uraw Gniewino 65:71 (18:20, 21:13, 14:22, 12:16)

Key facts : SMS 15 RB., 4 AS., 9 TO. - Zuraw 22 RB., 9 AS., 2 TO.
Top scorers : Pawel Pawlowski (198-F-82) ( Zuraw ) 19, Bartosz Kobus (195-G/F-83) ( Zuraw ) 15
MVP : Pawel Pawlowski ( Zuraw ) 19 pts., 7/12 FG ( 58,3% ), 3/5 3 PM-A ( 60% ), 2/3 FT ( 66,7% ), 5 rb. ( 2 off., 3 def. ), 1 as., 1 bl., 0 to., 26 min

King Wilki Morskie Szczecin - KS Zyrardowianka Zyrardow 61:63 (9:16, 18:18, 20:16, 14:13)

Key facts : Wilki 5/23 3 PM-A ( 21,7% ), 2 AS, 1 STL - Zyrardowianka 3/9 3 PM-A ( 33,3% ), 6 AS., 3 STL.,
Top scorers : Radoslaw Bojko (196-F-91) ( Wilki ) 16, Mariusz Lapinski (194-G/F-82) ( Zyrardowianka ) 15
MVP : Mariusz Lapinski ( Zyrardow ) 15 pts., 7/14 FG ( 50% ), 1/5 3 PM-A ( 20% ), 3 rb ( 3 off. ), 4 to., 38,5 min


Rosa Radom land Iwo Kitzinger - by Eurobasket News
Iwo Kitzinger (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Polish 1Liga. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Rosa Radom. The last season Iwo Kitzinger started in Asseco Prokom. He tallied 3.0 points and 2.0 boards per game before leaving in February. Previously Iwo Kitzinger had stints with Slask, Znicz, Unia Tarnow, Polpharma, Turow, Trefl Sopot and Roseto. Eurobasket.com named Iwo Kitzinger All-Polish League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2007. The guard was the member of Polish National Team in 2007-09 seasons.


2 Liga Day 1 summation - Tomasz Zych from Unia Tarnow MVP of all 2 Liga day 1 - by Maciej Paszyn
All 2 Liga day 1 best 5 :

MVP : Tomasz Zych (188-G-87) ( Unia ) 24 pts., 8/12 FG ( 66,7 % ), 8/10 2 PM-A ( 80 % ), 8/9 FT ( 88,9 & ), 4 rb ( 1 off., 3 def. ), 11 as., 7 st., 8 rvf., 5 to., 36 min

Adam Kaczmarzyk (198-F-88) ( Open ) 28 pts., 9/12 FG ( 75% ), 6/8 2 PM-A ( 75% ), 3/4 3 PM-A ( 75% ), 7/7 FT ( 100 % ), 6 rb. ( 1 off., 5 def., ) 4 as., 4 stl., 1 bl, 32 min
Jan Grzelinski (179-PG-94) ( WKK ) 21 pts., 8/11 FG ( 72,7 % ), 5/5 FT ( 100 % ), 12 as., 2 rb., 7 rvf., 39,5 min
Wojciech Miernik (194-F-88) ( UMKS ) 30 pts., 12/15 FG ( 80 % ), 10/12 2 PM-A ( 83,3 % ), 2/3 3 PM-A ( 66,7 % ), 4/5 FT ( 80 % ), 5 rb. ( 2 off., 3 def. ) 2 as., 28 min
Jakub Karolak (192-F/G-93) ( Novum ) 27 pts., 10/17 FG ( 58,8 % ), 6/11 2 PM-A ( 54,5 % ), 4/6 3 PM-A ( 66,7% ) 3/7 FT ( 42,9 % ) 2 rb. ( 2 def. ) 5 to., 40 min

Group A day 1 best 5

MVP : Adam Kaczmarzyk ( Open ) 28 pts., 9/12 FG ( 75% ), 6/8 2 PM-A ( 75% ), 3/4 3 PM-A ( 75% ), 7/7 FT ( 100 % ), 6 rb. ( 1 off., 5 def., ) 4 as., 4 stl., 1 bl, 32 min

Tomasz Ejsmont (190-G-90) ( GKK ) 28 pts., 8/15 FG ( 53,3 % ) 10/11 FT ( 90,9 % ) 2 rb., 2 as., 26 min.
Jakub Golebiewski (198-F-90, college: Grayson County CC) ( Korsarz) 19 pts., 7/12 FG ( 58,3 % ) 14 rb. ( 7 off., 7 def., ) 1 bl., 31,5 min
Rafal Wojciechowski (188-G-85) ( Ksiezak ) 21 pts., 7/10 FG ( 70% ), 7/10 2 PM-A ( 70% ), 7/7 FT ( 100% ), 1 rb. ( 1 def. ), 8 as., 1 stl., 7 rvf., 30 min
Damian Janiak (191-G-89) ( Ksiak ) 17 pts., 6/7 FG ( 85,7% ), 3/3 3 PM-A ( 100% ), 2/2 FT ( 100% ), 9 rb. ( 2 off., 7 def. ), 2 as., 1 to., 26,5 min

Gropu B day 1 best 5 :

MVP : Jan Grzelinski ( WKK ) 21 pts., 8/11 FG ( 72,7 % ), 5/5 FT ( 100 % ), 12 as., 2 rb., 7 rvf., 39,5 min

Grzegorz Dudzik (190-G-84) ( AGH ) 28 pts., 5/8 2 PM-A ( 83,3 % ) ; 6/11 3 PM-A ( 54,5 % ), 3 rb., 26,5 min
Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) ( Slansk ) 19 pts., 6/13 FG ( 46,2 % ) 7/11 FT ( 63,6 ) 8 rb. ( 2 off., 6 def. ), 9 rvf., 33 min.
Maciej Lepczynski (193-G/F-82) ( Pogon ) 24 pts., 8/15 FG ( 53,3 % ), 6/8 FT ( 75 % ), 5 as., 5 stl., 2rb., 32 min
Slawomir Klocek (191-G-84) ( MCKiS ) 21 pts., 7/16 FG ( 43,8 % ), 6/8 FT ( 75 % ), 8 rb. ( 1 off., 7 def. ), 1 as., 8 rvf., 38,5 min

Group C day 1 best 5 :

MVP : Tomasz Zych ( Unia ) 24 pts., 8/12 FG ( 66,7 % ), 8/10 2 PM-A ( 80 % ), 8/9 FT ( 88,9 & ), 4 rb ( 1 off., 3 def. ), 11 as., 7 st., 8 rvf., 5 to., 36 min

Wojciech Miernik ( UMKS ) 30 pts., 12/15 FG ( 80 % ), 10/12 2 PM-A ( 83,3 % ), 2/3 3 PM-A ( 66,7 % ), 4/5 FT ( 80 % ), 5 rb. ( 2 off., 3 def. ) 2 as., 28 min
Jakub Karolak ( Novum ) 27 pts., 10/17 FG ( 58,8 % ), 6/11 2 PM-A ( 54,5 % ), 4/6 3 PM-A ( 66,7% ) 3/7 FT ( 42,9 % ) 2 rb. ( 2 def. ) 5 to., 40 min
Michal Michalak (194-G-93) ( AZS II PW ) 21 pts., 8/17 FG ( 47 % ), 4/8 FT ( 50 % ), 7 rb. ( 7 def. ), 2 as., 30,5 min
Maciej Maj (201-C-88) ( Rosa II ) 19 pts., 8/12 FG ( 66,7 % ), 3/6 FT ( 50 % ), 11 rb. ( 2 off., 9 def. ), 8 rvf., 28 min

Double-doubles:

Jakub Golebiewski ( Korsarz ) 19 pts., 14 rb.
Damian Kalinowski (201-F-91) ( Piotrcovia ) 11 pts., 10 rb.
Dawid Obrzut (201-C-85) ( Doral Kodzko ) 21 pts., 10 rb.
Jan Grzelinski ( WKK ) 21 pts., 12 as.
Tomasz Zych ( Unia ) 23 pts., 11 as.
Przemyslaw Cygan (198-F-82) ( Unia ) 22 pts., 11 as
Piotr Kwandrans (200-F-79) ( Limanowa ) 12 pts., 13 rb.
Maciej Maj ( Rosa II ) 19 pts., 11 rb.
Tomasz Pisarczyk (205-F-85) ( Rosa II ) 12 pts., 12 rb.



Zastal Zielona Gora are close to landing Marcin Sroka and Uros Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News
Zastal Zielona Gora are close to signing deals with Marcin Sroka (200-F-81, agency: Promotex) and Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: BeoExcell). Zastal just parted ways with Jeff Foote (212-C-88, college: Cornell) and Ryan Wittman (198-F-87, college: Cornell). The team is also likely to release Leroy Nobles (195-G/F, college: IUPUI).
Marcin Sroka started the previous season in Poland. He played for AZS Koszalin. The forward delivered 9.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. In January Marcin Sroka moved to Politekhnika-Halychyna in Ukraine. The forward posted 6.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Superleague. Previously Marcin Sroka had stints with Ruda Slaska, Unia Tarnow, Ostrow, Anwil, Polpak Swiecie, Energa Czarni.
Uros Mirkovic started the previous season in Crvena Zvezda. The guard posted 6.2 points, 4.6 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. Then Uros Mirkovic moved to Popharma. His stats read 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in PLK.



Krasnie Krilya advanced to the VTB Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Anwil-Krasnie Krilya 79:99

Krasnie Krilya advanced to the VTB Regular Season beating Anwil in the Final Stage. The Russian team won 99:79 and will face another undefeated team Enisey just for the stats as both teams already clinched the first two spots.
The first quarter was the most offensive in the game and brought 55 points on the board. Krasnie Krilya took 29-26 lead after the first 10 minutes and added 26-20 in the second frame. Moreover they also scored 26 points in the third quarter and enjoyed 81:63 at the end of three periods. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) opened the last frame for 83:63 and Dragan Labovic brought 85:73. The Russian team managed to keep the advantage for good and reached the victory.
DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Lonniel Brion Rush scored 14. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) delivered 12, while Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) notched 11. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort, whilst John Allen posted 13. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Seid Hajric (203-F-83) added 10 points each in defeat.

Anwil: Corsley Edwards 25, John Allen 13, Dardan Berisha 10, Seid Hajric 10
Krasnie Krilya: DeJuan Blair 23+12 rebs, Brion Rush 14, Aaron Miles 12, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 11


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. AZS UWM Olsz. 1-0 
 2. GKK Gorzow 1-0 
 3. Ksiezak 1-0 
 4. Open Florentyna 1-0 
 5. Zuraw 1-0 
 6. Zyrardowianka 1-0 
 7. Astoria 0-0 
 8. AZS PP Poznan 0-1 
 9. KK Swiecie 0-1 
 10. Korsarz 0-1 
 11. SMS PZKosz 0-1 
 12. Trefl II 0-1 
 13. Wilki Morskie 0-1 
Group B
 1. Alba Chorzow 1-0 
 2. AZS AGH Alstom 1-0 
 3. AZS AWF K-ce 1-0 
 4. MCKiS Jaworz. 1-0 
 5. Pogon Prudnik 1-0 
 6. Slask II W. 1-0 
 7. WKK Obiekty 1-0 
 8. BM Wegiel Stal 0-1 
 9. GTK Gliwice 0-1 
 10. HK Zory 0-1 
 11. Mickiewicz 0-1 
 12. MKS Skierniew. 0-1 
 13. Nysa Klodzko 0-1 
 14. Piotrcovia 0-1 
Group C
 1. MKS Limbach 1-0 
 2. Novum Lublin 1-0 
 3. PWiK Piaseczno 1-0 
 4. Staco MNLK 1-0 
 5. Unia Tarnow 1-0 
 6. Wisla AWF Kr. 1-0 
 7. Handlopex AZS 0-0 
 8. AZS II Polit.W-wa 0-1 
 9. Pulaski Warka 0-1 
 10. Rosa II Radom 0-1 
 11. Tur 0-1 
 12. UKS Siemaszka 0-1 
 13. UMKS 0-1 


Khimky wins against PGE Turow in Charleroi, 74-67 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - PGE Turow 74-67

Khiimky advanced to the second stage of the Euroleague qualification tournament in Charleroi. The Russian squad handed 74-67 loss to Polish Turow. In the next game, Khimky will play against CEZ Numbyrk. PGE Turow will continue in EuroCup. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) scored 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Each of them grabbed five rebounds. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) netted 12 points for the Russians. In Turow, David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) delivered 20 points. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) (6 rebs) and Aaron Cel (203-F-87) (5 rebs) followed him with 14 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 15-13, 16-16, 27-16, 16-22. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Charleroi is Charleroi - ALBA Berlin.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 16+5 boards, Chris Quinn 15, Vitaly Fridzon 12
PGE Turow: David Jackson 20, Konrad Wysocki 14+6 boards, Aaron Cel 13+5 boards


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Porto come up short against Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News
Porto - Obradoiro 79:87

Obradoiro celebrated victory in the pre-season clash versus Portuguese Porto. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) stepped up with 24 points to pace the Spanish team. Obradoiro ensured a strong start to the game. They established a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. But Porto turned things around in the second term. The Dragons pulled in front to pile up 37:31. Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) triggered a 7:0 run from Obradoiro in the third term as they returned the lead. Porto however bounced back posting a 44:43 advantage at halftime. Obradoiro pulled ahead 65:64 midway through the final stanza. Two triples from Alberto Corbacho (201-F-84) secured a comfortable cushion for Obradoiro and they ran away with a tough win at the end. Milton Palacio and Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 13 points each for Obradoiro. Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) answered with 17 points for Porto. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) topscored with 19 points for the Dragons.

Porto: Carlos Andrade 19, Gregory Stempin 17, Joao Santos (205-C-79, college: Nevada) 15
Obradoiro: Levon Kendall 24, Alberto Corbacho 15, Ebi Ere 13, Milton Palacio 13



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Enisey edge Dnipro, seal VTB League regular season birth - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Dnipro 83:75

Enisey claimed the crucial win at the VTB League Qualifying Round. They outscored Dnipro to book the ticket into the regular season. Andrey Trushkin (206-C/F-81) scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Ensiey opened the game with four points in a row but Dnipro answered with a 16:3 run to surge ahead. The Ukrainian team posted a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Charles Thomas gave Dnipro a 33:23 lead midway through the second frame. But Enisey answered with a 12:3 run to narrow the gap to a single point at the interval 35:36. Enisey went on a 9:0 run midway through the third term to post a 45:40 advantage. The Russian team established a 60:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Kikanovic and Marinovic stretched the margin to 15 points in the fourth frame. Dnipro never got within a striking distance throughout the reminder of the contest as Enisey cruised to the victory. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) posted 17 points, while Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) added 14 points for the winning team. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) responded with 20 points for Dnipro. Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) provided 12 points in the loss.

Enisey: Andrey Trushkin 18+10 boards, Afik Nissim 17, Lonny Baxter 14
Dnipro: Steve Bertt 20, Derrick Low 12



Khimky wins against PGE Turow in Charleroi, 74-67 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - PGE Turow 74-67

Khiimky advanced to the second stage of the Euroleague qualification tournament in Charleroi. The Russian squad handed 74-67 loss to Polish Turow. In the next game, Khimky will play against CEZ Numbyrk. PGE Turow will continue in EuroCup. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) scored 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Each of them grabbed five rebounds. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) netted 12 points for the Russians. In Turow, David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) delivered 20 points. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) (6 rebs) and Aaron Cel (203-F-87) (5 rebs) followed him with 14 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 15-13, 16-16, 27-16, 16-22. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Charleroi is Charleroi - ALBA Berlin.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 16+5 boards, Chris Quinn 15, Vitaly Fridzon 12
PGE Turow: David Jackson 20, Konrad Wysocki 14+6 boards, Aaron Cel 13+5 boards


Krasnie Krilya advanced to the VTB Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Anwil-Krasnie Krilya 79:99

Krasnie Krilya advanced to the VTB Regular Season beating Anwil in the Final Stage. The Russian team won 99:79 and will face another undefeated team Enisey just for the stats as both teams already clinched the first two spots.
The first quarter was the most offensive in the game and brought 55 points on the board. Krasnie Krilya took 29-26 lead after the first 10 minutes and added 26-20 in the second frame. Moreover they also scored 26 points in the third quarter and enjoyed 81:63 at the end of three periods. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) opened the last frame for 83:63 and Dragan Labovic brought 85:73. The Russian team managed to keep the advantage for good and reached the victory.
DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Lonniel Brion Rush scored 14. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) delivered 12, while Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) notched 11. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort, whilst John Allen posted 13. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Seid Hajric (203-F-83) added 10 points each in defeat.

Anwil: Corsley Edwards 25, John Allen 13, Dardan Berisha 10, Seid Hajric 10
Krasnie Krilya: DeJuan Blair 23+12 rebs, Brion Rush 14, Aaron Miles 12, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 11


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  SERBIA   


Serbian guard Nikola Kuga on price in Colombia - by Nenad Ilijev
Serbian player is playing in Colombia! Scoring guard Nikola Kuga (200-F/G-86) signed this month with Canoneros Norte de Cucuta and he is presented as team's only import along with vet Norman Nolan, forward with experience of playing in European strongest leagues. With record 3-5, Colombian team is ranked 5th at the moment in attractive Federation Cup. Cucuta Norte staff will have benefits of Kuga on the court and the team won its third game thanks to hard defense over rivals Bucaros de Bucamaranga (78-69). Nikola Kuga is product of FMP Zeleznik basketball school and already had short abroad missions in Cyprus, Morocco, Slovenia and Iceland last season. He also won Eurobasket Summer League in Malaga, Spain year ago.

Memorial tournament in honor to Nenad Grozdanic and Nemanja Danilovic - by Nenad Ilijev
Vojvodina Srbijagas will be host of first memorial tournament in honor to BC Novi Sad player Nenad Grozdanic (195-F-90) and coach Nemanja Danilovic who died in traffic accident last year. Radnicki Kragujevac, OKK Beograd and Zeleznicar Indjija confirmed participation at this memorial which will start today. The most valued player will get 'Nenad Grozdanic trophy' while the best coach will achieve 'Nemanja Danilovic trophy' award.

Pirot born Svetislav Pesic willl lead Crvena Zvezda Beograd against Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academik at 'Dani kosarke - Pirot 2011' international tournament which will be organized today in his hometown. Host BC Pirot and Radnicki Basket will meet in opening game couple of hours before clash of Crvena Zvezda Beograd and Bulgarian 'Students'.

Partizan mt:s will be taking a place at tournament in Laktasi for this weekend. Igokea Aleksandrovac will host Serbian champions and Hemofarm STADA while Macedonian side MZT Skopje also got a call to replace Metalac which had to witdrawn due to small number of available players in the team.


Aleksandar Mitrovic to join Metalac - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) will play next season for Metalac. He will replace Stefan Sinovec, who recently departed to Radnicki Kragujevac. Mitrovic heads to Metalac from Mega Vizura, where he finished last season. He joined the club in March averaging 9 points and 2.8 rebounds for 12 games in Serbian Superleague. Before Mega Vizura, Mitrovic played for Buducnost Podgorica. Partizan sent him on loan to both clubs. Mitrovic played for Partizan in 2009/10 averaging 4.1 points and 1.4 assists in Serbian championship. He had lower digits in Adriatic league and Euroleague. Aleksandar Mitrovic played for Serbian U16, U18 and U20 National Teams in the past. He won the Bronze with U16 NT at EuroBasket in Jaen, 2006.

Panionios brings in Stevan Nadjfeji - by Eurobasket News
Panionios Athens announced signing of Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79, agency: FCM). The Serbian forward penned a one-year deal. Nadjfeji heads to Panionios from Igokea, where he spent last season. He appeared 26 times in Adriatic league averaging 6 points and 3.2 rebounds. Nadjfeji also added 6.6 ppg and 2 rpg for 13 games in Bosnian championship. There, Igokea reached Finals. Stevan Nadjfeji played for Marousi in 2009/10 season. From 2005 to 2007 and later in 2008/09, he was a member of Panellinios. In the meantime, Nadjfeji spent half of the season with Ago Rethimno. The forward played for Unics Kazan and Ural Great Perm in the past. He also has experience from Charleroi.

Igokea signs PG Vukasin Aleksic - by Eurobasket News
Vukasin Aleksic (183-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Bosnia. The Serbian point guard penned a deal with Igokea. He split last season between Nizhny Novgorod and Radnicki Kragujevac. For 9 Russian league games with Nizhny, Aleksic had 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3 apg. He also added 8.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 4.1 apg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Later with Radnicki Kragujevac, Vukasin Aleksic had 5.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg in Serbian league. In Adriatic league, his numbers were little bit lower. Aleksic played for Radnicki also in 2009/10. He had 13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 5.1 apg at that time in Serbian league. In 2008/09 season, Aleksic won the Serbian and Adriatic league title with Partizan. They also celebrated in Serbian Cup. In the past, Vukasin Aleksic played for Swisslions Takovo, Zdravlje, Avala Ada and Hemofarm.

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Klobucar is back at Krka Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket Center
Krka Novo Mesto agreed terms with 24-year old Slovenian international guard Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87). Its actually his comeback to Krka as he started here his professional basketball bareer. Klobucar played most recently at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League). While playing 21 games for Union Olimpija last season he recorded 5.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the final.

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Unicaja beats Emporio Armani Milan, wins Costa del Sol tournament - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Emporio Armani Milan 79-65

Unicaja is the winner of Costa del Sol tournament. The Malaga team outplayed Emporio Armani Milan yesterday, 79-65. In the first game, Unicaja blasted Benetton 90-62. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) shined for the winners last night with 14 points. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scored 13, while Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) and Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) helped with 10 points each. On the other side, Emporio Armani Milan got 14 points from Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81). Their third scorer was Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) with 10 points. The Italian squad had wonderful beginning as they made 13-22 lead in the first ten minutes. They managed to keep plus 9 until the halftime, but than Unicaja took control on its rival. Luka Zoric and his teammates exploded with 28-13 in Q3 for 6-point lead. They continued with 24-16 in the last ten minutes for the final 79-65 victory.

Unicaja: Rowland (2), Gerald Fitch (13), Darden (5), Luka Zoric (14), Freeland (9), Rodriguez (5), Kristaps Valters (10), Garbajosa (3), Sinanovic (6), Tripkovic (2), Saul Blanco (10)
Emporio Armani Milan: Cook (3), Drew Nicholas (10), Mancineli (5), Antonis Fotsis (14), Bourousis (6), Giachetti (0), Hairston (5), Danilo Gallinari (14), Melli (0), Rocca (0), Radosevic (8)


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 James FELDEINE
  Breogan
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 32
 1. Feldeine, Breogan32.0 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca27.0 
 3. Ordin, Girona24.0 
 4. Antelo, Caceres24.0 
 5. DeVries, Melilla23.0 
 6. Mitchell, CB Tarra.22.0 
 7. Pino, Girona21.0 
 8. Perez, Menorca20.0 
 9. Montanana, Huesca20.0 
 10. Phillip, Burgos20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jesus FERNANDEZ
  Granada
  (204-C-75)
  Avg: 14
 1. Fernandez, Granada14.0 
 2. Sikma, La Palma14.0 
 3. Schreiber, CB Tarr.12.0 
 4. Morentin, Menorca12.0 
 5. Alzamora, Lleida11.0 
 6. Kuzmin, Clinicas.11.0 
 7. Lawal, Clavijo11.0 
 8. McNeil, Huesca11.0 
 9. Mortellaro, Leon11.0 
 10. Antelo, Caceres9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carles BRAVO
  Palencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bravo, Palencia6.0 
 2. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 3. Arco, Melilla5.5 
 4. Feldeine, Breogan5.0 
 5. Mena, Palencia5.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Caceres5.0 
 7. Arevalo, Clavijo5.0 
 8. Sabat, Tenerife4.0 
 9. Garcia, Granada4.0 
 10. Norris, Lleida4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sergio ALONSO
  Mallorca
  (180-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Alonso, Mallorca6.0 
 2. Guerra, Granada6.0 
 3. Montanana, Huesca4.0 
 4. Toledo, Burgos4.0 
 5. Bonds, Clavijo3.0 
 6. Orfila, Huesca3.0 
 7. Sanz, Navarra3.0 
 8. Sabat, Tenerife3.0 
 9. Bernabe, Leon3.0 
 10. Fernandez, CB Tar.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.3.0 
 2. Green, Mallorca3.0 
 3. Freimanis, Girona2.0 
 4. Lawal, Clavijo2.0 
 5. Schreiber, CB Tarr.2.0 
 6. Coleman, Girona2.0 
 7. Antelo, Caceres1.5 
 8. Langford, Navarra1.0 
 9. Matali, Menorca1.0 
 10. Sedlak, Caceres1.0 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Burgos 2-0 
 2. Lleida 2-0 
 3. Breogan 1-0 
 4. Clavijo 1-0 
 5. Girona 1-0 
 6. Granada 1-0 
 7. La Palma 1-0 
 8. Navarra 1-0 
 9. Caceres 1-1 
 10. Melilla 1-1 
 11. Clinicas Rincon 0-1 
 12. Huesca 0-1 
 13. Leon 0-1 
 14. Menorca 0-1 
 15. Palencia 0-1 
 16. Tenerife 0-1 
 17. CB Tarragona 0-2 
 18. Mallorca 0-2 


Narrow wins for Alicante, Cajasol and CAI Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza, Cajasol and Alicante celebrated narrow wins in the pre-season action yesterday.
CAI Zaragoza overcame Joventut 75:74. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort. The teams traded baskets throughout the first half. The lead changed hands before CAI Zaragoza posted a 44:43 lead. Joventut surged ahead in the third term. They established a 12-point advantage before the final term. But CAI Zaragoza answered with a 20:7 rally in the fourth quarter to snatch victory. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) posted 13 points for CAI Zaragoza. Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) and Latavious Williams (202-F-91) answered with 19 points each for Joventut.
Alicante held off UCAM Murcia 79:75 behind 12 points from Barnes. UCAM Murcia were up by as many as 8 points at the interval but Alicante turned things around in the second half claiming a tough win at the end. Jeremy Hazell (195-G-86, college: Seton Hall) delivered 11 points in the winning case. Josep Franch (194-PG-91) responded with 14 points for UCAM Murcia. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) netted 11 points in defeat.
Cajasol nipped Valencia 79:78 as Satoransy drained a late triple. Valencia enjoyed a 40:31 halftime lead but Cajasol erased the deficit and sneaked past their opponents at the end. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) stepped up with 27 points for Cajasol. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the winning effort. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland), Nando De Colo (202-G-87) chipped in 12 points each for Valencia.



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Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Akropol 1-0 
 2. Blackeberg 1-0 
 3. Eagles 1-0 
 4. LF Future 1-0 
 5. Taby 1-0 
 6. Eskilstuna 1-1 
 7. Haga Haninge 0-0 
 8. BG Lulea 0-1 
 9. Jarva Devils 0-1 
 10. Orongo 0-1 
 11. Talje 0-1 
 12. Uppsala KFUM 0-1 
South
 1. Brahe Basket 1-0 
 2. Malbas 1-0 
 3. Nassjo 1-0 
 4. Solna Branten 1-0 
 5. Srbija 1-0 
 6. Eos 0-0 
 7. Hoganas 0-0 
 8. Fryshuset 0-1 
 9. Helsingborg 0-1 
 10. Hogsbo 0-1 
 11. Norrkoping BK 0-1 
 12. Sanda 0-1 


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 Nicklas LINDBERG
  Taby
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lindberg, Taby26.0 
 2. Johansson, Orongo25.0 
 3. Fitzgerald, Malbas24.0 
 4. Desport, Taby22.0 
 5. Taylor, Eagles22.0 
 6. Andersson, Eagles22.0 
 7. Bergstrom, Black.22.0 
 8. Cahilig, Brahe Bas.21.0 
 9. Antonsson, Talje20.0 
 10. Nordin, Taby20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 17
 1. Petkovski, Srbija17.0 
 2. Robinson, Brahe B.13.0 
 3. Fitzgerald, Malbas12.0 
 4. Curry, LF Future11.0 
 5. Johansson, Hogsbo10.0 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.10.0 
 7. Almstrand, Malbas10.0 
 8. Vukovic, Helsingbo.10.0 
 9. Andersson, Brahe B.9.0 
 10. Taylor, Eagles9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mikael BANKS
  Taby
  (191-G-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Banks, Taby11.0 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas11.0 
 3. Merzoug, Eagles10.0 
 4. Nouri, Blackeberg9.0 
 5. Blazevic, Talje9.0 
 6. Cedermarker, Srb.7.0 
 7. Trott, Hogsbo6.0 
 8. Perisic, Eagles5.0 
 9. Ghebremeskel, Eag.5.0 
 10. Panghulan, Black.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar PERISIC
  Eagles
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 56
 1. Perisic, Eagles56.0 
 2. Merzoug, Eagles54.0 
 3. Taylor, Eagles46.0 
 4. Micovic, Eagles44.0 
 5. Andersson, Eagles39.0 
 6. Banks, Taby39.0 
 7. Desport, Taby38.0 
 8. Andersson, Brahe B.38.0 
 9. Lindberg, Taby38.0 
 10. Ghebremeskel, Eag.33.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Eagles
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Taylor, Eagles3.0 
 2. Robinson, Brahe B.3.0 
 3. Bergstrom, Black.3.0 
 4. Lindberg, Taby2.0 
 5. Peltier, Sanda2.0 
 6. Nordin, Taby2.0 
 7. Fitzgerald, Malbas2.0 
 8. Zurovac, Srbija1.0 
 9. Schuberg, Black.1.0 
 10. Isaksson, BG Lul.1.0 


Solna Vikings land Bulgarian C Krum Doychinov - by Eurobasket News
Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Sweden. The Bulgarian center penned a one-year deal with Solna Vikings. Doychinov heads to Solna from Balkan Botevgrad, where he spent last season. He appeared 29 times in Bulgarian league averaging 8 points, 5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. The player also added 9.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 8 games in Balkan League. In 2009/10, Krum Doychinov was a member of Cherno More. He had 8.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg for them in Bulgaria. In the past, Doychinov spent few years with CSKA Sophia. In 2010, he participated at the Bulgarian NT camp. Earlier, Doychinov played for the Bulgarian U20 NT.

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CPE Meyrin Geneve signs two youngsters - by Eurobasket News
CPE Meyrin Geneve announced signings of two young players for the upcoming season. New members of the club are Michael Nyembo (183-G-92) and Mehdi Zeqiri (186-G-91). Both of them arrive from Etoile Sportive Vernier Meyrin. They appeared just few times in LNB last season. Zeqiri plated 3 games averaging 3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He played for the same club also in 2008/09. At that time he had 4 ppg and 1 spg in four games. Zeqiri was only 17 years old that season. Nyembo played just one official game for toile Sportive Vernier Meyrin last season.
CPE Meyrin Geneve will play in LNB this year. They were No.12 in 2010/11.


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Tseng Wen-ting signs with Shanghai - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NT center Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) signed a four-year contract with Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Terms of the agreement -- a three-year contract with Shanghai could exercise a team option for the fourth year -- were not disclosed, but it is believed that Tseng will be paid between one million to two million Chinese yuan annually.

Tseng could earn up to NT$9.4 million (US$310,000) per year.

The 6-8 center intended to sign with Shanghai after finishing his contract with Yulon Dinos in January but was kept from signing due to the CBA's internal regulations. Tseng signed with Osaka Evessa of Japan's BJ League instead, earning around US$10,000-15,000 per month.

It was reported that as many as six Chinese teams were trying to sign Tseng. Tseng chose Shanghai for his familiarity with the city.

The All-SBL center is scheduled to arrive in Shanghai on Oct. 16 for the pre-season training camp before the CBA season starts on Nov. 20.

As of now, five Taiwanese players, including four Taiwan NT starters, will play in China next season. Taiwan Beer forward Yang Ching-min, who was rumored to sign with Jilin, did not sign with any team and will play in Taiwan.

Players, Team, Estimated monthly salary (NT)
Lee Hsueh-lin, Beijing, NT$600,000
Wu Tai-hao, Zhejiang, NT$450,000
Lin Chih-chieh, Zhejiang, NT$750,000
Hong Chih-shan, Dongguan, NT$250,000
Wen-Ting Tseng, Shanghai, NT$600,000
(Source: Apple Daily)



2011-12 SBL local players draft - by Chris Wang
Sixteen players have completed registration for the 2011-12 SBL local players draft, which will be held on Oct. 7 in Taipei, the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) said.

Seven of the 16 players came from Ming Dao University, runner-up in the university league UBA this past season, including notable players Liu Cheng and Peng Chun-yen, according to the CTBA.

Liu, a 1.91-meter forward who was named UBA freshman of the year in 2009, is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

The draft order for the seven SBL teams will be: KKL, BOT, KKL, Dacin, PY, TB with the second round proceeding in reverse order. Yulon has sent its draft rights in the first two rounds to KKL in previous player deals.




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TBF to Field Six Teams At Zone Five Tourney - by Carlos Pereira
TANZANIA as host of Zone Five basketball clubs championship will field in six teams in the event set for National Indoor Stadium and Don Dosco courts in Dar es Salaam from October 9 to 16, this year.

Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Secretary General, Alexander Msoffe said yesterday that preparations for the event are on a top gear.
He said teams from nine competing countries are expected to arrive starting October 7. Msoffe named the local clubs lined for the championship as ABC, Savio and Vijana in men's category, while the ladies category will feature Jeshi Stars, Lady Lioness and Cargo.
'We are happy that preparations are going on well taking into account that the event is a big test and an opportunity for the country to prove that we are worth to be accorded a chance to host such an event,' said Msoffe.
He said they are making all means possible to ensure that they stage one of the successful Zone Five basketball events, which will grant them another chance to host more such continental meet.
Moreover, he said, the local clubs must be well prepared to ensure that they win top honours in the championship by the virtue of being hosts.
'I believe they will use the home ground advantage to the fullest and learn from other participating teams,' he said.
Countries that will compete and the number of teams they will send in bracket are Kenya (5), Uganda (3), Rwanda (3), Burundi (2), Ethiopia (2), Eritrea (1) and Southern Sudan (2) In last year's Zone Five event held in Bujumbura, Burundi, local teams that took part in the event were Savio and Jeshi Stars in the women category, while for the men it was only Savio after JKT pulled out on the eleventh hour.

Kenya's Co-op Bank and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) won in the men's and ladies' categories respectively.









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  TURKEY   


Two Nations Cup Basketball 2011 - by Pervin Elgin
Live coverage of the Two Nations Cup Basketball 2011 on CNN Turk & via web streaming.

The amazing match-ups between the two top teams from Greece and Turkey for the Two Nations Cup Basketball 2011 will be aired live on CNN Turk, and also be available via web streaming at www.sportwebtv.gr/live for basketball fans living outside Turkey and Greece.

The game schedule is as follows:

Saturday, 01/10/2011
18.30 Anadolu Efes vs Panathinaikos
21.00 Fenerbahce Ulker vs Olympiacos

Sunday, 02/10/2011
16.30 Anadolu Efes vs Olympiacos
19.00 Fenerbahce Ulker vs Panathinaikos

Courtesy of: www.twonationscup.com


Galatasaray heads to second round of Euroleague qualifications - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - Galatasaray 64-77

Galatasaray eliminated PAOK in the first round of the Euroleague qualifications. The Turkish club celebrated 77-64 victory and will meet ASVEL in the next game. PAOK will compete in EuroCup this season. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) came up with 21 points in victory. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points, Ender Arslan (190-G-83) 14 and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) helped with 11 points, plus 9 boards. In PAOK, Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) collected 17 points and 6 rebs. Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) and Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) scored 16 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 18-15, 14-19, 19-26, 13-17. Second games are scheduled for tomorrow. Other pair in Vilnius is Lietuvos Rytas - Cibona.

PAOK: Marcus Goree 17+6 boards, Giannis Kalambokis 16, Rashad Wright 11
Galatasaray: Jamon Lukas Gordon 21, Luksa Andric 15, Ender Arslan 14, Furkan Aldemir 11+9 boards


Fenerbahce Ulker fails vs Bayern, Jelovac leads Antalya against Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker failed in friendly game against Bayern Munich. The German team celebrated 78-73 victory in this meeting. Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) top-scored for Bayern with 15 points. Ben Hansbrough (190-G-87, college: Notre Dame), Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Ohio St.) and Demond Greene (185-G-79) helped with 12 points. In Fener, James Gist (205-F-86) shined with 21 points. Omer Onan (194-G-78) was their second scorer with 15 and Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) netted 12 points.
Antalya was better than Darussafaka in a friendly, 65-57. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) paced Antalya to victory with 14 points. Alican Guney (194-G-89) had 10 points and was the last one with double digits in victory. On the other side, Dacka got 11 points from Kerem Oztoprak (205-C-80), Kerem Hotic (197-F-93) and Can Korkmaz (187-G-92, agency: Beo Basket).
All teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.


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Cherkasy sign Roman Sokil - by Charles Ramsdell
Cherkasy signed deal with Roman Sokil (215-C-87). The deal is meant for three months with an option of contract prolongation. Last season Roman Sokil spent in the USA. He played for Georgia Perimeter College basketball team. Previously the centre had stints with Gryfony and Kremen-Politekhnik.


Enisey edge Dnipro, seal VTB League regular season birth - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Dnipro 83:75

Enisey claimed the crucial win at the VTB League Qualifying Round. They outscored Dnipro to book the ticket into the regular season. Andrey Trushkin (206-C/F-81) scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Ensiey opened the game with four points in a row but Dnipro answered with a 16:3 run to surge ahead. The Ukrainian team posted a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Charles Thomas gave Dnipro a 33:23 lead midway through the second frame. But Enisey answered with a 12:3 run to narrow the gap to a single point at the interval 35:36. Enisey went on a 9:0 run midway through the third term to post a 45:40 advantage. The Russian team established a 60:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Kikanovic and Marinovic stretched the margin to 15 points in the fourth frame. Dnipro never got within a striking distance throughout the reminder of the contest as Enisey cruised to the victory. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) posted 17 points, while Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) added 14 points for the winning team. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) responded with 20 points for Dnipro. Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) provided 12 points in the loss.

Enisey: Andrey Trushkin 18+10 boards, Afik Nissim 17, Lonny Baxter 14
Dnipro: Steve Bertt 20, Derrick Low 12



Charleroi edges Donetsk in thriller, 61-59 - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - BC Donetsk 61-59

Charleroi survived in the first game of the Euroleague qualifications. The host of this tournament grabbed 61-59 win against Dontesk and will meet ALBA Berlin in the second round. Donetsk is eliminated and will play in EuroCup this season. Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) scored 10 points, while Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) added 9 points and 11 rebs. Charleroi played without injured Mickael Gelabale. In Donetsk, Michael Lee (207-F-86) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) had 11 pts and 8 rebs, while DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Duke) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 10-14, 11-14, 19-15, 21-16. Charleroi missed 6 free throws in the final 33 seconds, giving Donetsk the chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Vule Avdalovic missed a desperation shot from downtown. Tomorrow, Charleroi will meet ALBA.

Charleroi: Jiri Welsch 13+5 boards, Justin Hamilton 10, Caleb Green 9+11 boards
Donetsk: Michael Lee 13+5 boards, Ivan Radenovic 11+8 boards, DeMarcus Nelson 8


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Weekend Preview : Trophy Takes Centre Stage - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles play-caller Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) is keeping his powder dry ahead of the big BBL tip-off.

The curtain will be raised on what promises to be another exciting season when the Eagles host Glasgow Rocks at Sport Central and One Health Sharks Sheffield entertain Cheshire Jets this evening as the BBL Trophy swings into action.

Flournoy endured a challenging campaign last time out and despite not taking up his full quota of import players during the summer, he is confident he has enough at his disposal during the early stages of the season as the Eagles try to get back amongst the silverware again.

'We obviously do have one import spot open but obviously paperwork issues can make that a 3 or 4 week process.' explained Flournoy.

'I do like our squad as it stands but if the right guy became available (from a talent and chemistry perspective) at a price we could afford, then we would be interested.'

He added, 'At the moment though I am certainly happy with what I have.'

After facing up to their old foes the Rocks, Flournoy will then take his players on the shortest trip in the club's history as they experience a brand new derby game against BBL new boys Durham Wildcats - led by the familiar face of Dave Elderkin.

On Saturday evening, the action will be focused in the Midlands when Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders lock horns with Prestige Homes MK Lions while in Worcester, head coach Paul James will oversee his Wolves team against former club Guildford Heat.

The first clash between Riders and Lions is likely to be a pivotal one with EBL team London Leopards, the third team in the Group meaning the results of the two all-BBL games are likely to be decisive. The game will also mark the return to Riders of Great Britain guard Flinder Boyd.

Last year's runners-up Guildford Heat will be looking to go one better this year although they have what looks to be a really tough double header on the road. When they've finished their opener in Worcester, they will then head down to Devon to face a UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders team buoyed even further this week by the arrival of talented guard James Jones.

The Raiders are a team that some people have chosen as their dark horses for a trophy with others even tipping them to feature strongly in the title race this season. Consequently Creon Raftopoulos and his players will know it will be a difficult task to return from the Pavilions with a precious victory.

Meanwhile the final game of the first weekend of the new season will see a quick-fire re-match as One Health Sharks Sheffield travel to Northgate Arena to face the Jets.

Both teams are two of the oldest in the league although the emphasis will be on very much the new this weekend as far as Jets are concerned as John Lavery jumps into the coaching hot-seat.

Although it's more a case of going back to the future for Sharks who will of course have Great Britain guard Nate Reinking back in their line-up as they look to build on an impressive 2010-11 season.



Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Cheshire Jets 0-0 
 2. Glasgow Rocks 0-0 
 3. Newcastle E. 0-0 
 4. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 5. Durham W. 0-0 
 6. Guildford Heat 0-0 
 7. Leicester R. 0-0 
 8. Liverpool MT 0-0 
 9. MK Lions 0-0 
 10. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 11. Worcester W. 0-0 


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Enisey and Krasnie Krilya advanced to the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Dnipro 83:75

Enisey claimed the crucial win at the VTB League Qualifying Round. They outscored Dnipro to book the ticket into the regular season. Andrey Trushkin (206-C/F-81) scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Ensiey opened the game with four points in a row but Dnipro answered with a 16:3 run to surge ahead. The Ukrainian team posted a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Charles Thomas gave Dnipro a 33:23 lead midway through the second frame. But Enisey answered with a 12:3 run to narrow the gap to a single point at the interval 35:36. Enisey went on a 9:0 run midway through the third term to post a 45:40 advantage. The Russian team established a 60:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Kikanovic and Marinovic stretched the margin to 15 points in the fourth frame. Dnipro never got within a striking distance throughout the reminder of the contest as Enisey cruised to the victory. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) posted 17 points, while Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) added 14 points for the winning team. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) responded with 20 points for Dnipro. Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) provided 12 points in the loss.

Enisey: Andrey Trushkin 18+10 boards, Afik Nissim 17, Lonny Baxter 14
Dnipro: Steve Bertt 20, Derrick Low 12

Anwil-Krasnie Krilya 79:99

Krasnie Krilya advanced to the VTB Regular Season beating Anwil in the Final Stage. The Russian team won 99:79 and will face another undefeated team Enisey just for the stats as both teams already clinched the first two spots.
The first quarter was the most offensive in the game and brought 55 points on the board. Krasnie Krilya took 29-26 lead after the first 10 minutes and added 26-20 in the second frame. Moreover they also scored 26 points in the third quarter and enjoyed 81:63 at the end of three periods. Lonniel Rush opened the last frame for 83:63 and Dragan Labovic brought 85:73. The Russian team managed to keep the advantage for good and reached the victory.
DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Lonniel Rush scored 14. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) delivered 12, while Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) notched 11. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort, whilst John Allen posted 13. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Seid Hajric (203-F-83) added 10 points each in defeat.

Anwil: Corsley Edwards 25, John Allen 13, Dardan Berisha 10, Seid Hajric 10
Krasnie Krilya: DeJuan Blair 23+12 rebs, Lonniel Rush 14, Aaron Miles 12, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 11


Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Enisey 1-0 
 2. BC Astana 0-0 
 3. Budivelnyk 0-0 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 5. Khimky 0-0 
 6. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 7. Unics 0-0 
 8. VEF Riga 0-0 
 9. Zalgiris 0-0 
 10. Anwil 0-1 
Group B
 1. Krasnie Krilya 1-0 
 2. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 3. Azovmash 0-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 7. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 8. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 9. Spartak SP 0-0 
 10. Siauliai 0-1 




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Mali5-0
2. Mozambique4-1
3. Ivory Coast2-3
4. DRCongo2-3
5. Tunisia2-3
6. Ghana0-5
Group B
1. Senegal5-0
2. Angola4-1
3. Nigeria3-2
4. Cameroon2-3
5. Rwanda1-4
6. Guinea0-5


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Battle shift to Quarter-finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The battle for Africa direct sole London 2011 Olympic Games ticket has now shifted to the quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women as the women have been separated from the girls as eight teams who made it to the knock-out strategise for action.

The lucky eight teams that made it from the group stage of the championship include host and 2007 champion Mali who lead three other teams from group-A, the other teams are Mozambique, Cote dIvoire and Democratic Republic of Congo and from group-B are defending champion and Africa most crowned women national team, Senegal, Angola, two-time champion Nigeria and Cameroon.

All four quarter-finals games will be decided at the newly constructed Stade du 26 Mars gymnasium, Bamako, Mali with Nigeria and Mozambique engaging each other at 14H00; Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of reigning champion Senegal at 16H00; Cameroon battle host Mali at 18H00 with Cote dIvoire taking on Angola at 20H00.

Nigeria Vs Mozambique the first quarter-final between Nigeria and Mozambique will be a repeat of the third place game between both sides at the 10th Africa Games in Maputo with Nigeria running away with the bronze medal leaving the Mozambican who were host to finish the Games with nothing.

The Mali 2011 is a different setting as they eye a place at the 2012 Olympic Games; Nigeria will rely heavily on her defensive style of play but must watch it against a mobile Mozambican who seems to be one of the best perimeter team at the Mali 2011 Afrobasket.

RD Congo Vs Senegal Pundits may have given the game to Senegal judging by her pedigree but basketball gets more tougher as the championship gets tougher and one thing the Senegalese side must guide against is over confidence which spelt doom for their men side at the Afrobasket for Men in Antananarivo, Madagascar just last month.

Though the Lioness no doubt are on top of their game but against a die-hard Congolese side a big bargain is surely on offer as the Democratic Republic of Congo side may not boost of solid line-up as the Senegalese but they cannot be written off with the wave of the hand.

Cameroon Vs Mali Cameroon who has not disappointed in the championship so far despite finishing fourth from group-B they will surely have the Malian who have the backing of their vociferous fans to see them through the den of the Lioness from Cameroon.

Cameroon who was eliminated at this stage of the championship two years ago in Madagascar would attempt to make history and look upto history that a host can be defeated right in front of its fans just as Mali did to Senegal in the grand finale of the 2007 edition when they won the trophy for the first time.

Cote dIvoire Vs Angola Cote dIvoire could be describe as a team with nine-live, when many thought their participation in the 2nd Afrobasket have come to an end owing to their not impressive performance in their earlier games in group-A the strong FIBA Africa Zone-3 side prove book makers wrong by sneaking into the last eight as they regain composure in her last two preliminary games against Ghana and Tunisia as they try Angola for size in the last quarter final on Friday.

The unpredicted pairing could go either way as both sides parade youthful and determine players as the race for the title gets keener.


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Battle shift to Quarter-finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The battle for Africa direct sole London 2011 Olympic Games ticket has now shifted to the quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women as the women have been separated from the girls as eight teams who made it to the knock-out strategise for action.

The lucky eight teams that made it from the group stage of the championship include host and 2007 champion Mali who lead three other teams from group-A, the other teams are Mozambique, Cote dIvoire and Democratic Republic of Congo and from group-B are defending champion and Africa most crowned women national team, Senegal, Angola, two-time champion Nigeria and Cameroon.

All four quarter-finals games will be decided at the newly constructed Stade du 26 Mars gymnasium, Bamako, Mali with Nigeria and Mozambique engaging each other at 14H00; Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of reigning champion Senegal at 16H00; Cameroon battle host Mali at 18H00 with Cote dIvoire taking on Angola at 20H00.

Nigeria Vs Mozambique the first quarter-final between Nigeria and Mozambique will be a repeat of the third place game between both sides at the 10th Africa Games in Maputo with Nigeria running away with the bronze medal leaving the Mozambican who were host to finish the Games with nothing.

The Mali 2011 is a different setting as they eye a place at the 2012 Olympic Games; Nigeria will rely heavily on her defensive style of play but must watch it against a mobile Mozambican who seems to be one of the best perimeter team at the Mali 2011 Afrobasket.

RD Congo Vs Senegal Pundits may have given the game to Senegal judging by her pedigree but basketball gets more tougher as the championship gets tougher and one thing the Senegalese side must guide against is over confidence which spelt doom for their men side at the Afrobasket for Men in Antananarivo, Madagascar just last month.

Though the Lioness no doubt are on top of their game but against a die-hard Congolese side a big bargain is surely on offer as the Democratic Republic of Congo side may not boost of solid line-up as the Senegalese but they cannot be written off with the wave of the hand.

Cameroon Vs Mali Cameroon who has not disappointed in the championship so far despite finishing fourth from group-B they will surely have the Malian who have the backing of their vociferous fans to see them through the den of the Lioness from Cameroon.

Cameroon who was eliminated at this stage of the championship two years ago in Madagascar would attempt to make history and look upto history that a host can be defeated right in front of its fans just as Mali did to Senegal in the grand finale of the 2007 edition when they won the trophy for the first time.

Cote dIvoire Vs Angola Cote dIvoire could be describe as a team with nine-live, when many thought their participation in the 2nd Afrobasket have come to an end owing to their not impressive performance in their earlier games in group-A the strong FIBA Africa Zone-3 side prove book makers wrong by sneaking into the last eight as they regain composure in her last two preliminary games against Ghana and Tunisia as they try Angola for size in the last quarter final on Friday.

The unpredicted pairing could go either way as both sides parade youthful and determine players as the race for the title gets keener.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Makiete Mfutila Democratic Republic of Congo: Makiete might be playing abroad like most players from other country but her contribution to her team qualification for the quarter-finals of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket deserve mention.

A lovely player to watch in the paint, she combine scoring and rebound ability that might help the Congolese to rattle Senegal when both side take the centre stage of the Stade du 26 Mars on Friday.

Brief profile of Makiete Mfutila:
Born: April 20, 1988
Team: Arc-en-ciel (DR Congo) (2010-10)
Full name: Ginette Mfutila Makiese
Career:
2010: Arc-en-ciel Kinshasa (D1)
Awards/Achievements:
DR of Congo Female U18 National Team Camp -06
DR Congolese National Team -11


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Astou Traore Senegal: Spain-based Trojan Astou Traore her prowess in the opponent hoop stands her out of the crowd of forwards in the Mali 2011 Afrobasket with soft jump-shot Astou has a greater eye for the basket.

She contest for every available ball both on offense and defense with good scoring and intelligent way of rebounding the ball off her opponent a great team player and highly discipline a great asset to the Lioness side.

Brief profile of Astou Traore:
Height: 182cm / 6'0''
Position: Power Forward / Center
Born: April 30, 1981
Team: Mariana (Spain) (2011-12)
Career:
NF2/Rivas Futura, LF2, Senegalaise
2006-2007: ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres (France-NF1)
2007-2008: Cop Crespi - Joventud Mariana (Spain-LF2, starting five): 31 games: Score-5 (17.8ppg), 6.0rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP-3 (45.0%), 3PT: 33.0%, FT-1 (93.0%)
2008-2009: Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LF2, starting five): 29 games: 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.0%, FT: 57.0%
2009-2010: Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LFB, starting five): 20 games: 11.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 75.4%
2010-2011: Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.2%
2011-2012: Soller Joventud Mariana (Spain-LFB, starting five)
Awards/Achievements:
Senegal National Team -05-11
African Championships -05 (silver), 07 (silver), 09 (Gold)
All-Africa Games -07
World Championships in Sao Paulo (Brazil) -06
African Championships in Dakar (SEN) -07
Spain LF2 Group B Champion -09
Senegalese National Team -10-11
World Championships in Czech Republic -10: 5 games: 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 66.7%
All-Africa Games in Maputo (Mozambique) -11 (Gold
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Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Rashidat Sadiq Nigeria: 6 feet 2 inch tall Nigeria forward Sadiq has played a key role in Nigeria qualification for the quarter-final stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women with her new role as the leader of the Nigeria team.

The Turkey-based former First Bank basketball club is not a new comer to the Afrobasket as she was part of the Nigerian team that won the titles for her country in 2003 and 2005, Sadiq knack for three-point shot clearly distinguish her among her teammate and fans would expect more from her when the Nigerian side file out against Mozambique in the first quarter-final at the Stade du 26 Mars on Friday.

Brief profile of Rashidat Sadiq
Height: 188cm / 6'2''
Position: Forward
Born: Jan.3, 1981 in Ibadan, Nigeria
Team: Antakya
Rashidat Sadiq, the daughter of Adisa and Ayisha Sadiq
Full name: Sadiq, Rashidat Odun
2007-2008: Istanbul Universitesi SK (Turkey-TBBL, starting five): 16 games: 13.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%
2008-2009: Acer ERG Priolo (Italy-A1): 5 games: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg; in Feb.'09 moved to PTK Aflofarm Vicard Pabianice (Poland-PLKK, starting five): 3 games: 22.0ppg, 6.0rpg
2009-2010: First Bank BC (D1, starting five)
2010-2011: Homend Antakya Belediyesi (Turkey-TKB2L, starting five)
Awards/Achievements:
Nigerian National Team -03, 05, 06, 09, 11
All Africa Games 03 (Gold), 07 (Silver), 11 (Bronze)
African Championships -03, 05 (Gold)
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne -06 (Semi-finals)
Turkish TBBL All-Star Game -08
African Championships in Madagascar -09: 7 games: 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 57.7%
15th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women Champion and 1st Team All-Star -09
Turkish TKB2L Group B Runner-Up -11
Turkish TKB2L Play-Off Runner-Up -11


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Deolinda Ngulela Mozambique: Deolinda is a versatile point guard for the Mozambican side at 30 years, Deolinda can be mistaken for a 20-year old, she possess great court vision and propel her teammates anytime her team is on the offense.

Her size notwithstanding Deolinda has deep penetration combine with excellent shooting ability and is rated as one of the best point guard of the championship her unrelenting nature might be what her country needed against Nigeria in the quarter-final on Friday.

Brief profile of Deolinda Ngulela:
Height: 170cm / 5'7''
Position: Guard
Born: April 18, 1981
Team: Augusta St. (USA) (2008-10)
Full name: NGULELA DEOLINDA CARMEN
Career:
Maputo, Mozambique/Seward County CC
2005-2006: Emporia St. (NCAA2)
2007-2008: Augusta St. (NCAA2)
Awards/Achievements:
Mozambique National Team -07, 11
All-Africa Games -07
African Championships in Dakar (SEN) -07


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Amina Njonkou Cameroon: Heavily built Amina is the heart and soul of the Cameroonian side her leadership quality is the key that has propel her side thus far at the 22nd Afrobasket here in Mali a good post player that uses her size to her advantage against opposing player.

A life threaten career injury sustained during Cameroon 5-6 place classification game against Nigeria in Madagascar in 2009 was all Nigeria needed then to snatch victory against a resilient Cameroonian side but Njonkou has pledge that she is more wiser now and would do everything possible to guide against a repeat occurrence as she led her teammates out against host Mali at 18H00 in the third quarter-final on Friday.

Brief profile of Amina Njonkou:
Height: 185cm / 6'1''
Position: Forward
Born: April 6, 1988
Team: SIG (France) (2010-12)
Amina Njonkou, daughter of the late Njoya Njonkou Mama and Linjouom Mariama Njonkou
Career:
Foumban, Cameroon, Africa (West Memphis H.S.)
2005-2006: Arizona (NCAA): 8 games: 3.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0spg
2006-2007: Arizona (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: 8.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.6%, FT: 68.5%
2007-2008: Arizona (NCAA, starting five): 30 games: 13.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3Pts: 25.0%, FT: 74.0%
2008-2009: Arizona (NCAA, starting five): 31 games: 9.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.7%, FT: 67.7%
2009-2010: Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin (Switzerland-LNA, starting five): 1 game: 15pts, 11rebs, 1assist, injured in Oct.'09 and was off for the rest of the season
2010-2011: Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France-LF2, starting five): 30 games: 14.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 79.7%
2011-2012: Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden (LF2, starting five)
Awards/Achievements:
All-Pac-10 Honourable Mention -08
Cameroonian National Team -09-11
Africabasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09: 3 games: 13.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 54.5%
Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 1st Team -11


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Djenebou Sissoko Mali: Mali centre Djenebou Sissoko is about the tallest player at the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women and she is using her height to her team advantage great rebounder her contribution and urge for success has set her apart as her side aim at another African title and a possible place at the London 2012 Olympics.

Always un-roughen but business-like on court and will be expected to bring her qualities and skills to bear when her side confront a close-knighted Cameroonian side in the third quarter-final on Friday, she enjoys quality playing time and much will be required from her by both her teammates, coaches and fans.

Brief profile of Djenebou Sissoko:
Height: 190cm / 6'3''
Position: Power Forward / Center
Born: June 27, 1982 in San (MLI)
Team: Helios (Switzerland) (2010-11)
Full name: Djenebou Cissokho
Nickname: DJ
Career:
2004-2005: Knoxville College (NCAA3)
2005-2006: Union University, Tennessee (NAIA)
2006-2007: Union University, Tennessee (NAIA)
2008-2009: MUKS Poznan (Poland-PLKK, starting five): 23 games: Score-2 (16.0ppg), Reb-1 (12.6ppg), 1.0apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 61.7%
2009-2010: In Jan.'10 signed at Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow (Poland-PLKK, starting five): 8 games: 15.0ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 62.5%
2010-2011: Sdent Helios Basket (Switzerland-LNA, starting five): 21 games: 23.3ppg, Reb-3 (12.2rpg), 1.1apg, 3.4spg, FGP-3 (58.6%), FT: 72.9%
Awards/Achievements:
Mali National Team -07-11
All-Africa Games in Algeria -07
Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08: 5 games: 13.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.0ppg), FGP: 44.8%, FT: 75.0%
Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Center of the Year -09
Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team -09
Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Imports Team -09
Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honourable Mention -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09 (Silver): 8 games: 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.2%
World Championships in Czech Republic -10: 5 games: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 46.7%, FT: 66.7%
Swiss League Cup Winner -11
Swiss Cup Winner -11
Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team -11
Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Imports Team -11
Swiss LNA Regular Season Champion -11
Swiss LNA Finalist -11


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Stephanie N'Garsanet Cote dIvoire: Stephanie played a leading role in Cote dIvoire march to the quarter-finals of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women as she has proved in all five games played during the preliminary round of the champion.

When other players seems to be lost by the pressure on the court she always held her own by being her normal self and delivering when it matter most a situation which made her the harbinger of Cote dIvoire qualification for the quarter-final especially in the side last game against Tunisia Wednesday and as the side face Angola in the last quarter-final on Friday at the Stade du 26 Mars.

Brief profile of Stephanie NGarsanet:
Height: 188cm / 6'2''
Position: Forward
Born: 1986
Team: American (USA) (2006-10)
Born: Aug.4, 1986 in Marcory (IVO)
Full name: Stephanie Monga N'GARSANET
Career:
2003-2004: Voltaire High School: 13 ppg, 10 rpg
2004-2005: Barton County CC
2005-2006: Barton County CC
2006-2007: American (NCAA, starting five)): 32 games: 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg
2007-2008: American (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.1%, FT: 69.0%
Awards/Achievements:
All-Jayhawk Conference Honourable Mention -06
Patriot League Tournament Finalist -07
All-Patriot League 2nd Team -08
Patriot League Regular Season Champion -08
Patriot League Tournament Semifinals -08
Ivory Coast National Team -09, 11
Francophone Games in Lebanon -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09 (Semi-finals): 8 games: 4.6ppg, 4.8rpg


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Nassecela Mauricio Angola: This gentle, quiet and unassuming Angola forward can prove very dangerous if left unmarked by opponent as she combine excellent ball handling, dribbling, shooting and rebounding skill, Nassecela surely knows what to do at every given period while on court.

Standing at 5 feet 11 inch tall Nassecela often play as if she is a 7-footer with the way she out-rebound taller player she is also versatile from the free-throw line, a player with a great work ethic and highly discipline she hardly get into trouble with referees a quality which has distinguished her in major championship.

Brief profile of Nassecela Mauricio:
Height: 181cm / 5'11''
Position: Forward
Born: June 2, 1980 in Luanda (ANG)
Team: 1 De Agosto (Angola) (2008-10)
Full name: NASSECELA CRISTINA DE OLIVEIRA MAURICIO
First name also found as Nacitela
Career:
2006-2007: Baloncesto Armijo Badajoz (Spain-LF2A, starting five)
2007, October: played in 1. De Agosto Luanda (Angola) at the 13th FIBA-Africa Champions Cup for Women Clubs in Maputo, Mozambique
2008: Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (D1, starting five)
2009: Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (D1)
Awards/Achievements:
Angolan National Team -07-09, 11
African Championships in Dakar (SEN) -07
Angolan League Champion -08
Angolan Cup Winner -08
Africa Club Championships for Women Runner-Up -08
Africabasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09 (Bronze): 8 games: Score-2 (15.1ppg), 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 71.7%
21st FIBA Africa African Championship Top-5 All Star -09



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Tunisia, Rwanda tango in place 9-10 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Tunisia Friday defeated Guinea by 76-47 points in a classification game to set up a 9-10 position against Rwanda who edge Ghana by 53-34 points at the Pavillon des Sports, Stade du Modibo Keita.

Both side placed fifth from their respective groups will tango at 16H00 at the Pavillon des Sports while Guinea and Ghana will slug it out at 14H00 for position 11-12.

The Guinean lost all four quarters to the Tunisian by 09-14, 18-20, 11-29 and 09-13 while Ghana held the Rwandese to a 7-7 points scores in the first quarter but gave up the remaining three by 06-20, 09-11 and 12-15.

Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Cameroon loses 50-73 as Mali land in semis

Cameroon became the third casualty of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women losing by 50-73 points to host Mali in the third quarter-final today (Friday) at the Stade du 26 Mars allowing the 2007 champion to sail into the semi-finals.

Cameroon fourth from group-B lost all four quarter by 16-21, 06-15, 11-12 and 17-25 for a final score of 50-73 points.

The Cameroonian failed to roar as it was out-rebounded by the Malian who was more purposeful in both defense and offense with 24 rebounds to Mali 35 and 5 assists to Mali 17.

Mali forward Djene Diawara led her team quest for a semi-final ticket with a double double effort of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists while centre Djenebou Sissoko added 14 points and grabbed two rebounds for their side victory.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Nigeria through to last-4 beat Mozambique 77-49 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria senior women national, DTigress today (Friday) secure a semi-finals ticket with a 77-49 points victory over Mozambique in the first quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali.

The Nigerian side exhibited strong defense and motion offense won in all four quarters by 23-15, 24-12, 14-10 and 16-12 points respectively to book a place in the top-4.

Nigeria guard Sarah Ogoke led her side challenge for a place in the semi-final with 17 points and 7 rebounds; team captain, Rashidat Sadiq had 12 points and 5 rebounds; Aisha Mohammed contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds with Helen Ogunjimi adding 10 points and 2 rebounds for the big win.

Nigeria led the Mozambican in all department of the game in rebounds, assists, points made from two-point field goal, three-point field goal and free-throw.

The Nigerian side grabbed a total of 36 rebounds to Mozambique 22, had a total of 12 assists while Mozambique had 11, though both sides perform below average in field goal scored, Nigeria score 20 out 43 two-points field goal attempted for 46.4 percent to Mozambique 17 out 37 for 45.9 percent with Nigeria gaining most her point from the free-throw line scoring 25 of 33 free-throws for 75.8 percent to Mozambique 12 out of 26 for 46.2 percent.

Nigeria tactician, Ayo Bakare applauded his ward for displaying great discipline in the win against Mozambique and promised that the team will not relent until its goal is achieve.

Coach Bakare who also guided the men team to a third place finish at the Afrobasket for Men last month in Madagascar says the women has taken a step forward from her last placement (5th) at the 2009 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Madagascar is optimistic that the team will continue to get better with every game with the sole aim of fighting for the continent single direct London 2012 Olympic Games ticket.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: CIV bows to Angola 51-72 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cote dIvoire aim of being part of the semi-finals party of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women tagged, Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women came to an abrupt end Friday night as they surrender to Angola by 51-72 points in the fourth quarter-final at the Stade du 26 Mars.

A poor start in the first and second quarters (08-12 and 07-15) for a half-time score-line of 15-27 points was all the Angola needed to enter the third quarter with much confidence.

Cote dIvoire however, rallied back in the third quarter with seaselessly raid of the Angolan defense which it won by 21-14 points but that is all they gain as pint-size Angolan point guard Catarina Camufal piloted her side to reply the Ivorian fire-for-fire towards the end of the third quarter as it ensure that Cote dIvoire enter the last quarter with 5-point deficit of 36-41 points.

Camufal and her colleague continued the pressure on Cote dIvoire forcing the Ivorian to get into foul trouble early in the quarter and the subsequent fouling out of her key player, Kani Kouyate mid-way into the quarter which the Angolan capitalised on to open up the lead and eventually won the quarter with as much as 16 points of 15-31 points for final scores of 51-72.

Angola will now square up against host Mali who conquer Cameroon in the third quarter-final in the first semi-finals at 18H00 while Nigeria will slug it out against defending champion, Senegal in the second semi-final at 20H00. Both games are billed for the newly built Stade du 26 Mars gymnasium.

Angola Luisa Tomas led her team with a double effort of 12 points and 10 rebounds, Nassecela Mauricio and Camufal added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 11 points with Nadir Manuel grabbing 11 rebounds for the Angolan victory.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: RDC humbled by Senegal 54-85 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The ambition of Democratic Republic of Congo of advancing toward the medal range of the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women was cut shot Friday by reigning Africa queen of the court, Senegal by 54-85 points in the second quarter-final of the championship at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali.

The Congolese who made the quarter-final cut as the fourth placed team from group-A lost all four quarters to the defending champion by 15-30, 16-21, 14-19 and 09-15.

Both side were evenly march on the board with 35 and 36 rebounds the Congolese however, gave up the game in fields as they scored two of her 17 three-point attempt (11.6%), 16 of 42 two-point field goal for 38.1 percent and 16 of her 23 free-throw taken for 69.6 percent.

Senegal also perform below per in field goals but it still does more than the Congolese, Senegal converted 6 of her 14 three-point attempt (42.9%); 25 of two-point field goal attempted (47.2%) but made up for those short coming from the line as it made 17 of the 23 foul shots awarded for 73.9 percent.

Senegal strong-woman Astou Traore led her team search for victory with 23 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds; forward Mame Sy had 13 points and 8 rebounds while Aya Traore contributed 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists to give their side victory.




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Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: CIV bows to Angola 51-72 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cote dIvoire aim of being part of the semi-finals party of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women tagged, Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women came to an abrupt end Friday night as they surrender to Angola by 51-72 points in the fourth quarter-final at the Stade du 26 Mars.

A poor start in the first and second quarters (08-12 and 07-15) for a half-time score-line of 15-27 points was all the Angola needed to enter the third quarter with much confidence.

Cote dIvoire however, rallied back in the third quarter with seaselessly raid of the Angolan defense which it won by 21-14 points but that is all they gain as pint-size Angolan point guard Catarina Camufal piloted her side to reply the Ivorian fire-for-fire towards the end of the third quarter as it ensure that Cote dIvoire enter the last quarter with 5-point deficit of 36-41 points.

Camufal and her colleague continued the pressure on Cote dIvoire forcing the Ivorian to get into foul trouble early in the quarter and the subsequent fouling out of her key player, Kani Kouyate mid-way into the quarter which the Angolan capitalised on to open up the lead and eventually won the quarter with as much as 16 points of 15-31 points for final scores of 51-72.

Angola will now square up against host Mali who conquer Cameroon in the third quarter-final in the first semi-finals at 18H00 while Nigeria will slug it out against defending champion, Senegal in the second semi-final at 20H00. Both games are billed for the newly built Stade du 26 Mars gymnasium.

Angola Luisa Tomas led her team with a double effort of 12 points and 10 rebounds, Nassecela Mauricio and Camufal added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 11 points with Nadir Manuel grabbing 11 rebounds for the Angolan victory.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Nassecela Mauricio Angola: This gentle, quiet and unassuming Angola forward can prove very dangerous if left unmarked by opponent as she combine excellent ball handling, dribbling, shooting and rebounding skill, Nassecela surely knows what to do at every given period while on court.

Standing at 5 feet 11 inch tall Nassecela often play as if she is a 7-footer with the way she out-rebound taller player she is also versatile from the free-throw line, a player with a great work ethic and highly discipline she hardly get into trouble with referees a quality which has distinguished her in major championship.

Brief profile of Nassecela Mauricio:
Height: 181cm / 5'11''
Position: Forward
Born: June 2, 1980 in Luanda (ANG)
Team: 1 De Agosto (Angola) (2008-10)
Full name: NASSECELA CRISTINA DE OLIVEIRA MAURICIO
First name also found as Nacitela
Career:
2006-2007: Baloncesto Armijo Badajoz (Spain-LF2A, starting five)
2007, October: played in 1. De Agosto Luanda (Angola) at the 13th FIBA-Africa Champions Cup for Women Clubs in Maputo, Mozambique
2008: Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (D1, starting five)
2009: Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (D1)
Awards/Achievements:
Angolan National Team -07-09, 11
African Championships in Dakar (SEN) -07
Angolan League Champion -08
Angolan Cup Winner -08
Africa Club Championships for Women Runner-Up -08
Africabasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09 (Bronze): 8 games: Score-2 (15.1ppg), 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 71.7%
21st FIBA Africa African Championship Top-5 All Star -09



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  CAMEROON - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Amina Njonkou Cameroon: Heavily built Amina is the heart and soul of the Cameroonian side her leadership quality is the key that has propel her side thus far at the 22nd Afrobasket here in Mali a good post player that uses her size to her advantage against opposing player.

A life threaten career injury sustained during Cameroon 5-6 place classification game against Nigeria in Madagascar in 2009 was all Nigeria needed then to snatch victory against a resilient Cameroonian side but Njonkou has pledge that she is more wiser now and would do everything possible to guide against a repeat occurrence as she led her teammates out against host Mali at 18H00 in the third quarter-final on Friday.

Brief profile of Amina Njonkou:
Height: 185cm / 6'1''
Position: Forward
Born: April 6, 1988
Team: SIG (France) (2010-12)
Amina Njonkou, daughter of the late Njoya Njonkou Mama and Linjouom Mariama Njonkou
Career:
Foumban, Cameroon, Africa (West Memphis H.S.)
2005-2006: Arizona (NCAA): 8 games: 3.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0spg
2006-2007: Arizona (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: 8.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.6%, FT: 68.5%
2007-2008: Arizona (NCAA, starting five): 30 games: 13.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3Pts: 25.0%, FT: 74.0%
2008-2009: Arizona (NCAA, starting five): 31 games: 9.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.7%, FT: 67.7%
2009-2010: Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin (Switzerland-LNA, starting five): 1 game: 15pts, 11rebs, 1assist, injured in Oct.'09 and was off for the rest of the season
2010-2011: Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France-LF2, starting five): 30 games: 14.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 79.7%
2011-2012: Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden (LF2, starting five)
Awards/Achievements:
All-Pac-10 Honourable Mention -08
Cameroonian National Team -09-11
Africabasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09: 3 games: 13.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 54.5%
Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 1st Team -11


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ZBL Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of ZBL and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

Round 3 most important game was a victory of VSE Praha over 6th ranked Valosun Brno 77-73 on Wednesday night. Valosun Brno was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 23-11 charge of VSE Praha, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Valosun Brno turnovers. It was a good game for international guard Darina Johnova (178-85) who led her team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dalila Eshe (191-84, college: Florida) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. VSE Praha's coach Martina Balastikova used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Veronika Vlkova (176-84) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Valosun Brno. VSE Praha (2-1) moved-up to fourth place. Valosun Brno at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. VSE Praha are looking forward to face Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Valosun Brno will play against the league's second-placed Kara Trutnov and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Karlovy Vary supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Frisco Sika (3-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (1-2). Frisco Sika smashed Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 85-62. It was a great evening for international forward Romana Hejdova (183-88) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tereza Peckova helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was swingman Michaela Muchova (178-91) with 14 points. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Frisco Sika have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with USK Praha and Trutnov. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Frisco Sika will play against USK Praha (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary will play against VSE Praha (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Strakonice between VS Praha and Aldast Strakonice. Ninth ranked VS Praha (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Aldast Strakonice (1-2). VS Praha managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Wednesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Alexandra Tarasava who led the winners and scored 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Katerina Krizova came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Aldast Strakonice in the defeat. VS Praha left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Slovanka MB. Loser Aldast Strakonice dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. VS Praha will meet at home Sokol Hradec Kralove (#7) in the next round. Aldast Strakonice will play against DSK Karlin.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sokol Hradec Kralove (1-2) and Basket Slovanka MB (1-1), which took place in Vodochody. Higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove lost to tenth ranked Basket Slovanka MB in a road game 58-72. The best player for the winners was Eva Dujsikova who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basket Slovanka MB left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with VS Praha. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Basket Slovanka MB's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (#12) in Pardubice and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play on the road against VS Praha (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between leader USK Praha (3-0) and bottom-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (0-3) in Praha on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. USK Praha outscored guests from Pardubice 90-44. It was a good game for Anna Montanana who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. BK Pliska Studanka's coach already knew that her team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Frisco Sika and Trutnov. Loser BK Pliska Studanka still closes the standings with three games lost. USK Praha will face league's leader Frisco Sika in Brno in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Pliska Studanka will play at home against Basket Slovanka MB (#6) in Vodochody and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 3 Trutnov smashed DSK Karlin on the road 83-58.



USK Praha - Pardubice 90-44

The game between leader USK Praha (3-0) and bottom-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (0-3) in Praha on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. USK Praha outscored guests from Pardubice 90-44. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BK Pliska Studanka's 34 and made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while BK Pliska Studanka only scored one point from the stripe. USK Praha forced 28 BK Pliska Studanka turnovers and outrebounded them 52-27 including a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Spanish forward Anna Montanana (186-80, college: George Washington, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Michaela Zrustova (184-87) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. Center Marketa Jedlickova (187-94) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds and center Renata Brezinova (189-90) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Pliska Studanka. BK Pliska Studanka's coach already knew that her team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Frisco Sika and Trutnov. Loser BK Pliska Studanka still closes the standings with three games lost. USK Praha will face league's leader Frisco Sika in Brno in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Pliska Studanka will play at home against Basket Slovanka MB (#6) in Vodochody and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: M.Jedlickova 11+6reb+1ast, R.Brezinova 7+5reb, H.Kramperova 6+2reb+2ast, B.Habetinkova 6+1ast, M.Ondrejova 4+2reb, M.Belohoubkova 4+1reb
USK Praha: A.Montanana 17+5reb+3ast, K.Elhotova 16+5reb+1ast, F.Eldebrink 16+3reb+1ast, M.Zrustova 15+7reb, E.Viteckova 11+6reb+2ast, P.Kulichova 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 142935


Slovanka MB - Hradec Kralove 72-58

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sokol Hradec Kralove (1-2) and Basket Slovanka MB (1-1), which took place in Vodochody. Higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove lost to tenth ranked Basket Slovanka MB in a road game 58-72. Sokol Hradec Kralove was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 39-24 second half run of Basket Slovanka MB. They also forced 21 Sokol Hradec Kralove turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Eva Dujsikova (188-86) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Hana Nezdarilova (170-84) chipped in 10 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Five Basket Slovanka MB players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Michaela Stara (180-90) who recorded 19 points and 4 steals and forward Tereza Kuthanova (180-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basket Slovanka MB left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with VS Praha. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Basket Slovanka MB's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (#12) in Pardubice and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play on the road against VS Praha (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hradec Kralove: M.Stara 19+3reb+1ast, A.Ovsikova 8+2reb+2ast, T.Kuthanova 8+7reb, L.Bartakova 8+2reb+2ast, B.Vechtova 8+5reb, M.Hartigova 4+6reb+1ast
Slovanka MB: P.Pospisilova 17+1reb, L.Sipova 12+4reb+1ast, H.Nezdarilova 10+3reb+6ast, E.Dujsikova 10+13reb+3ast, K.Novotna 10+3reb+1ast, L.Tesarikova 5+7reb
gschID: 142936


Strakonice - VS Praha 69-71

A very close game took place in Strakonice between VS Praha and Aldast Strakonice. Ninth ranked VS Praha (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Aldast Strakonice (1-2). VS Praha managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Belarusian point guard Alexandra Tarasava (170-88) who led the winners and scored 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Center Petra Reisingerova (195-73) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Katerina Krizova (186-80) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Michaela Uhrova (168-82, agency: Promotex) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Aldast Strakonice in the defeat. Four Aldast Strakonice players scored in double figures. VS Praha left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Slovanka MB. Loser Aldast Strakonice dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. VS Praha will meet at home Sokol Hradec Kralove (#7) in the next round. Aldast Strakonice will play against DSK Karlin.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: Z.Skrabalova 18+6reb, K.Krizova 16+9reb+3ast, M.Uhrova 14+9reb+4ast, Z.Mracnova 12+2reb, J.Musilova 5+3reb+1ast, L.Balakova 4+5reb+2ast
VS Praha: A.Tarasava 22+3reb+3ast, P.Reisingerova 14+13reb, K.Elhotova 12+7reb+1ast, T.Vorlova 9+1reb, V.Mircheva 9+7reb, H.Smidkova 3+2reb
gschID: 142931


DSK Karlin - Trutnov 58-83

No shocking result in a game when leader Kara Trutnov (3-0) crushed on the road bottom-ranked DSK Karlin (0-3) 83-58 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kara Trutnov. DSK Karlin was better in fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding DSK Karlin to just 7 points in second and third quarters. Kara Trutnov dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to DSK Karlin's 30. Kara Trutnov forced 33 DSK Karlin turnovers. It was a good game for center Lenka Vetrovcova (188-84) who led her team to a victory with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Iva Komzikova (174-85) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alena Hunkova (174-87) answered with 19 points and center Irena Spirkova (191-82) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for DSK Karlin. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kara Trutnov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with USK Praha and Frisco Sika. Newly promoted DSK Karlin still closes the standings with three games lost. Kara Trutnov will face Valosun Brno (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DSK Karlin will play against Aldast Strakonice and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
DSK Karlin: A.Hunkova 19+1reb+1ast, I.Spirkova 9+8reb+1ast, K.Ciperova 8+5reb+2ast, A.Vechtova 5+9reb, Z.Krukova 4+1reb, V.Rozhina 4+6reb
Trutnov: I.Komzikova 12+5reb+1ast, A.Makitalo 10+2reb, L.Vetrovcova 9+11reb+1ast, H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 9+5reb+1ast, K.Novakova 8+4reb, A.Skokanova 7+1reb
gschID: 142932


Valosun Brno - VSE Praha 73-77

Round 3 most important game was a victory of VSE Praha over 6th ranked Valosun Brno 77-73 on Wednesday night. Valosun Brno was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 23-11 charge of VSE Praha, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Valosun Brno turnovers. It was a good game for international guard Darina Johnova (178-85) who led her team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dalila Eshe (191-84, college: Florida) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. VSE Praha's coach Martina Balastikova used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Veronika Vlkova (176-84) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and center Pavla Svdrl­kova (185-90) added 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Valosun Brno. Four Valosun Brno players scored in double figures. VSE Praha (2-1) moved-up to fourth place. Valosun Brno at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. VSE Praha are looking forward to face Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Valosun Brno will play against the league's second-placed Kara Trutnov and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Valosun Brno: P.Svdrl­kova 18+9reb, V.Vlkova 17+6reb+6ast, E.Kmetova 16+7reb, M.Zatloukalova 10+8reb, E.Mrhalkova 4+2reb+3ast, I.Borecka 4+3ast
VSE Praha: D.Johnova 24+7reb, D.Eshe 15+8reb+1ast, D.Harapesova 10+4reb+4ast, D.Kuslitova 9+5reb, A.Sladkova 9+4reb, K.Jandova 4+2reb
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Karlovy Vary - Frisco Sika 62-85

The game in Karlovy Vary supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Frisco Sika (3-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (1-2). Frisco Sika smashed Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 85-62. The game without a history. Frisco Sika led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Frisco Sika had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international forward Romana Hejdova (183-88) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Tereza Peckova (189-87) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Frisco Sika players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Michaela Muchova (178-91) with 14 points and forward Sarka Kucerova (181) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Frisco Sika have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with USK Praha and Trutnov. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Frisco Sika will play against USK Praha (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary will play against VSE Praha (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Karlovy Vary: M.Muchova 14+3reb+2ast, L.Krc-Turbova 9+5reb+1ast, S.Kucerova 8+8reb, S.Pospisilova 8+1reb, M.Letkova 7+1reb+2ast, M.Bestagno 7+3reb
Frisco Sika: T.Peckova 22+6reb+2ast, R.Hejdova 21+5reb+5ast, F.Abdi 12+7reb, A.Hanusova 12+10reb+2ast, M.Stalvant 7+4ast, R.Stehlikova 6+6reb+1ast
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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Katerina ELHOTOVA
  USK Praha
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 23
 1. Elhotova, USK Pra.23.0 
 2. Eldebrink, USK P.16.5 
 3. Snajdrova-Z., Trut.16.0 
 4. Uhrova, Strakonice16.0 
 5. Mircheva, VS Praha15.0 
 6. Tarasava, VS Praha15.0 
 7. Misurova, Trutnov14.5 
 8. Stara, Hradec K.14.0 
 9. Montanana, USK P.14.0 
 10. Vorlova, VS Praha12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilona BURGROVA
  USK Praha
  (196-C-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Burgrova, USK Praha10.0 
 2. Reisingerova, VS P.9.5 
 3. Krizova, Strakonice9.0 
 4. Mircheva, VS Praha9.0 
 5. Dujsikova, Slovank.7.7 
 6. Snajdrova-Z., Trut.7.5 
 7. Kulichova, USK P.7.5 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.7.3 
 9. Skrabalova, Strak.7.0 
 10. Vetrovcova, Trut.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anna MONTANANA
  USK P.
  (186-F-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Montanana, USK P.5.5 
 2. Nezdarilova, Slova.5.0 
 3. Elhotova, USK Pra.4.0 
 4. Eldebrink, USK P.4.0 
 5. Misurova, Trutnov3.0 
 6. Zavazalova, Hradec3.0 
 7. Hindrakova, Trutnov3.0 
 8. Tarasava, VS Praha3.0 
 9. Elhotova, VS Praha3.0 
 10. Reisingerova, VS2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anna MONTANANA
  USK P.
  (186-F-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Montanana, USK P.4.5 
 2. Elhotova, VS Praha4.0 
 3. Nezdarilova, Slova.4.0 
 4. Eldebrink, USK P.4.0 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha2.5 
 6. Kotlanova, Slovank.2.3 
 7. Stara, Hradec K.2.3 
 8. Vyoralova, VS Praha2.0 
 9. Zrustova, USK Pra.2.0 
 10. Sipova, Slovanka.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Katerina BARTONOVA
  USK P.
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bartonova, USK P.2.0 
 2. Elhotova, USK Pra.2.0 
 3. Reisingerova, VS P.2.0 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.2.0 
 5. Zrustova, USK Pra.1.5 
 6. Mircheva, VS Praha1.5 
 7. Smidkova, VS Praha1.0 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.1.0 
 9. Bakajsova, VS Pra.1.0 
 10. Burgrova, USK Pra.0.5 


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  DR CONGO - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Makiete Mfutila Democratic Republic of Congo: Makiete might be playing abroad like most players from other country but her contribution to her team qualification for the quarter-finals of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket deserve mention.

A lovely player to watch in the paint, she combine scoring and rebound ability that might help the Congolese to rattle Senegal when both side take the centre stage of the Stade du 26 Mars on Friday.

Brief profile of Makiete Mfutila:
Born: April 20, 1988
Team: Arc-en-ciel (DR Congo) (2010-10)
Full name: Ginette Mfutila Makiese
Career:
2010: Arc-en-ciel Kinshasa (D1)
Awards/Achievements:
DR of Congo Female U18 National Team Camp -06
DR Congolese National Team -11


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  FINLAND - Women  


Huima victorious in the opening game of Womens league - by Elina Koskinen
Womens league started today evening but only one game was played. Home team HoNsU got visitors from Aanekoski as Huima paid a visit in Jyvaskyla. Huima was rude visitor beating up HoNsU by numbers 44-67. From the very beginning Huima took the command of the game. They started scoring and kept the pace on through the whole match. HoNsU was hanging in the game for first two periods though Huima won them by numbers 9-15 and 9-20. Thus the halftime score was 18-35 for the visitors. After the break HoNsU had problems to score and only after 5 minutes game they managed to make the first points in the second half. At the same time Huima had scored 11 points and was already leading the game by 24 points. The game settled down and went on smoothly until the end. Huima added the lead both in the third and the fourth quarters by numbers 15-18 and 11-14. Final score 44-67 meant that the first two league points travelled to Aanekoski. The game highest 21 points were scored by Patrice Holmes (178-G, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and the game highest, 9 rebounds, was gathered by Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans).

Standings - Women
SM-sarja Standings
 1. Huima 1-0 
 2. Catz 0-0 
 3. Espoo Team 0-0 
 4. FoA 0-0 
 5. Kerava 0-0 
 6. PeKa 0-0 
 7. ToPo 0-0 
 8. HoNsU 0-1 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Bourges 2-0 
 2. Arras 1-0 
 3. Challes 1-0 
 4. Lattes Montp. 1-0 
 5. Mondeville 1-0 
 6. Tarbes 1-0 
 7. Villeneuve 1-1 
 8. Aix-en-Provence 0-1 
 9. Charleville 0-1 
 10. Landes 0-1 
 11. Lyon 0-1 
 12. Nantes 0-1 
 13. Nice 0-1 
 14. Union Hainaut 0-1 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pauline AKONGA NSIMBO
  Arr.
  (187-F/C-82)
  Avg: 36
 1. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.36.0 
 2. Abalde, Aix-en-P.30.0 
 3. Hurst, Aix-en-P.24.0 
 4. Humphrey, Landes22.0 
 5. Gomis, Villeneuve21.0 
 6. Carter, Union H.21.0 
 7. Sanni, Villeneuve20.0 
 8. Jansone, Aix-en.20.0 
 9. Miyem, Bourges17.5 
 10. Skrba, Lattes M.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer HUMPHREY
  Landes
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Humphrey, Landes16.0 
 2. Skrba, Lattes M.14.0 
 3. Mims, Challes14.0 
 4. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.11.0 
 5. Aziz, Lyon11.0 
 6. El Gargati, Tarbes11.0 
 7. Kublina, Bourges10.5 
 8. Robbins, Villeneuve10.5 
 9. Page, Challes10.0 
 10. Sanni, Villeneuve9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Audrey SAURET GILLESPIE
  Lyon
  (179-G/F-76)
  Avg: 8
 1. Sauret Gille., Lyon8.0 
 2. Wambe, Villeneuve8.0 
 3. Hurst, Aix-en-P.8.0 
 4. Aubert, Nantes7.0 
 5. Bade, Arras5.0 
 6. Lawson-Wade, Latt.5.0 
 7. Sharp, Mondeville5.0 
 8. Bouderra, Charlevi.5.0 
 9. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 10. Bar, Challes4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda HOUTS
  Union H.
  (168-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Houts, Union H.4.0 
 2. Berezhynska, Charl.4.0 
 3. Skrba, Lattes M.4.0 
 4. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.0 
 5. Michel, Nantes3.0 
 6. Bar, Challes3.0 
 7. Solopova, Union H.3.0 
 8. Joens, Bourges3.0 
 9. Grishaeva, Arras3.0 
 10. Manic, Landes3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pauline AKONGA NSIMBO
  Arr.
  (187-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.2.0 
 2. Tchangoue, Arras2.0 
 3. Mendy, Nice1.0 
 4. Mims, Challes1.0 
 5. Boogaard, Nice1.0 
 6. Mieloszynska, Tar.1.0 
 7. Stampalija, Union1.0 
 8. Sulciute, Mondevil.1.0 
 9. Diouf, Landes1.0 
 10. Cata-Chitiga, Tar.1.0 


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  IVORY COAST - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Stephanie N'Garsanet Cote dIvoire: Stephanie played a leading role in Cote dIvoire march to the quarter-finals of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women as she has proved in all five games played during the preliminary round of the champion.

When other players seems to be lost by the pressure on the court she always held her own by being her normal self and delivering when it matter most a situation which made her the harbinger of Cote dIvoire qualification for the quarter-final especially in the side last game against Tunisia Wednesday and as the side face Angola in the last quarter-final on Friday at the Stade du 26 Mars.

Brief profile of Stephanie NGarsanet:
Height: 188cm / 6'2''
Position: Forward
Born: 1986
Team: American (USA) (2006-10)
Born: Aug.4, 1986 in Marcory (IVO)
Full name: Stephanie Monga N'GARSANET
Career:
2003-2004: Voltaire High School: 13 ppg, 10 rpg
2004-2005: Barton County CC
2005-2006: Barton County CC
2006-2007: American (NCAA, starting five)): 32 games: 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg
2007-2008: American (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.1%, FT: 69.0%
Awards/Achievements:
All-Jayhawk Conference Honourable Mention -06
Patriot League Tournament Finalist -07
All-Patriot League 2nd Team -08
Patriot League Regular Season Champion -08
Patriot League Tournament Semifinals -08
Ivory Coast National Team -09, 11
Francophone Games in Lebanon -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09 (Semi-finals): 8 games: 4.6ppg, 4.8rpg


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  JAPAN - Women  


Standings - JBL Women
WJBL Standings
 1. Toyota A. 1-0 
 2. Airlines R. 0-0 
 3. Aishin AW 0-0 
 4. Chanson V-M 0-0 
 5. Denso Iris 0-0 
 6. Fujitsu RW 0-0 
 7. Mitsubishi K. 0-0 
 8. JX Sunflowers 0-1 


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  MALI - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Djenebou Sissoko Mali: Mali centre Djenebou Sissoko is about the tallest player at the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women and she is using her height to her team advantage great rebounder her contribution and urge for success has set her apart as her side aim at another African title and a possible place at the London 2012 Olympics.

Always un-roughen but business-like on court and will be expected to bring her qualities and skills to bear when her side confront a close-knighted Cameroonian side in the third quarter-final on Friday, she enjoys quality playing time and much will be required from her by both her teammates, coaches and fans.

Brief profile of Djenebou Sissoko:
Height: 190cm / 6'3''
Position: Power Forward / Center
Born: June 27, 1982 in San (MLI)
Team: Helios (Switzerland) (2010-11)
Full name: Djenebou Cissokho
Nickname: DJ
Career:
2004-2005: Knoxville College (NCAA3)
2005-2006: Union University, Tennessee (NAIA)
2006-2007: Union University, Tennessee (NAIA)
2008-2009: MUKS Poznan (Poland-PLKK, starting five): 23 games: Score-2 (16.0ppg), Reb-1 (12.6ppg), 1.0apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 61.7%
2009-2010: In Jan.'10 signed at Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow (Poland-PLKK, starting five): 8 games: 15.0ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 62.5%
2010-2011: Sdent Helios Basket (Switzerland-LNA, starting five): 21 games: 23.3ppg, Reb-3 (12.2rpg), 1.1apg, 3.4spg, FGP-3 (58.6%), FT: 72.9%
Awards/Achievements:
Mali National Team -07-11
All-Africa Games in Algeria -07
Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08: 5 games: 13.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.0ppg), FGP: 44.8%, FT: 75.0%
Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Center of the Year -09
Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team -09
Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Imports Team -09
Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honourable Mention -09
African Championships in Madagascar -09 (Silver): 8 games: 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.2%
World Championships in Czech Republic -10: 5 games: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 46.7%, FT: 66.7%
Swiss League Cup Winner -11
Swiss Cup Winner -11
Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team -11
Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Imports Team -11
Swiss LNA Regular Season Champion -11
Swiss LNA Finalist -11


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Tunisia, Rwanda tango in place 9-10 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Tunisia Friday defeated Guinea by 76-47 points in a classification game to set up a 9-10 position against Rwanda who edge Ghana by 53-34 points at the Pavillon des Sports, Stade du Modibo Keita.

Both side placed fifth from their respective groups will tango at 16H00 at the Pavillon des Sports while Guinea and Ghana will slug it out at 14H00 for position 11-12.

The Guinean lost all four quarters to the Tunisian by 09-14, 18-20, 11-29 and 09-13 while Ghana held the Rwandese to a 7-7 points scores in the first quarter but gave up the remaining three by 06-20, 09-11 and 12-15.

Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Cameroon loses 50-73 as Mali land in semis

Cameroon became the third casualty of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women losing by 50-73 points to host Mali in the third quarter-final today (Friday) at the Stade du 26 Mars allowing the 2007 champion to sail into the semi-finals.

Cameroon fourth from group-B lost all four quarter by 16-21, 06-15, 11-12 and 17-25 for a final score of 50-73 points.

The Cameroonian failed to roar as it was out-rebounded by the Malian who was more purposeful in both defense and offense with 24 rebounds to Mali 35 and 5 assists to Mali 17.

Mali forward Djene Diawara led her team quest for a semi-final ticket with a double double effort of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists while centre Djenebou Sissoko added 14 points and grabbed two rebounds for their side victory.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Battle shift to Quarter-finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The battle for Africa direct sole London 2011 Olympic Games ticket has now shifted to the quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women as the women have been separated from the girls as eight teams who made it to the knock-out strategise for action.

The lucky eight teams that made it from the group stage of the championship include host and 2007 champion Mali who lead three other teams from group-A, the other teams are Mozambique, Cote dIvoire and Democratic Republic of Congo and from group-B are defending champion and Africa most crowned women national team, Senegal, Angola, two-time champion Nigeria and Cameroon.

All four quarter-finals games will be decided at the newly constructed Stade du 26 Mars gymnasium, Bamako, Mali with Nigeria and Mozambique engaging each other at 14H00; Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of reigning champion Senegal at 16H00; Cameroon battle host Mali at 18H00 with Cote dIvoire taking on Angola at 20H00.

Nigeria Vs Mozambique the first quarter-final between Nigeria and Mozambique will be a repeat of the third place game between both sides at the 10th Africa Games in Maputo with Nigeria running away with the bronze medal leaving the Mozambican who were host to finish the Games with nothing.

The Mali 2011 is a different setting as they eye a place at the 2012 Olympic Games; Nigeria will rely heavily on her defensive style of play but must watch it against a mobile Mozambican who seems to be one of the best perimeter team at the Mali 2011 Afrobasket.

RD Congo Vs Senegal Pundits may have given the game to Senegal judging by her pedigree but basketball gets more tougher as the championship gets tougher and one thing the Senegalese side must guide against is over confidence which spelt doom for their men side at the Afrobasket for Men in Antananarivo, Madagascar just last month.

Though the Lioness no doubt are on top of their game but against a die-hard Congolese side a big bargain is surely on offer as the Democratic Republic of Congo side may not boost of solid line-up as the Senegalese but they cannot be written off with the wave of the hand.

Cameroon Vs Mali Cameroon who has not disappointed in the championship so far despite finishing fourth from group-B they will surely have the Malian who have the backing of their vociferous fans to see them through the den of the Lioness from Cameroon.

Cameroon who was eliminated at this stage of the championship two years ago in Madagascar would attempt to make history and look upto history that a host can be defeated right in front of its fans just as Mali did to Senegal in the grand finale of the 2007 edition when they won the trophy for the first time.

Cote dIvoire Vs Angola Cote dIvoire could be describe as a team with nine-live, when many thought their participation in the 2nd Afrobasket have come to an end owing to their not impressive performance in their earlier games in group-A the strong FIBA Africa Zone-3 side prove book makers wrong by sneaking into the last eight as they regain composure in her last two preliminary games against Ghana and Tunisia as they try Angola for size in the last quarter final on Friday.

The unpredicted pairing could go either way as both sides parade youthful and determine players as the race for the title gets keener.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Battle shift to Quarter-finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The battle for Africa direct sole London 2011 Olympic Games ticket has now shifted to the quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women as the women have been separated from the girls as eight teams who made it to the knock-out strategise for action.

The lucky eight teams that made it from the group stage of the championship include host and 2007 champion Mali who lead three other teams from group-A, the other teams are Mozambique, Cote dIvoire and Democratic Republic of Congo and from group-B are defending champion and Africa most crowned women national team, Senegal, Angola, two-time champion Nigeria and Cameroon.

All four quarter-finals games will be decided at the newly constructed Stade du 26 Mars gymnasium, Bamako, Mali with Nigeria and Mozambique engaging each other at 14H00; Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of reigning champion Senegal at 16H00; Cameroon battle host Mali at 18H00 with Cote dIvoire taking on Angola at 20H00.

Nigeria Vs Mozambique the first quarter-final between Nigeria and Mozambique will be a repeat of the third place game between both sides at the 10th Africa Games in Maputo with Nigeria running away with the bronze medal leaving the Mozambican who were host to finish the Games with nothing.

The Mali 2011 is a different setting as they eye a place at the 2012 Olympic Games; Nigeria will rely heavily on her defensive style of play but must watch it against a mobile Mozambican who seems to be one of the best perimeter team at the Mali 2011 Afrobasket.

RD Congo Vs Senegal Pundits may have given the game to Senegal judging by her pedigree but basketball gets more tougher as the championship gets tougher and one thing the Senegalese side must guide against is over confidence which spelt doom for their men side at the Afrobasket for Men in Antananarivo, Madagascar just last month.

Though the Lioness no doubt are on top of their game but against a die-hard Congolese side a big bargain is surely on offer as the Democratic Republic of Congo side may not boost of solid line-up as the Senegalese but they cannot be written off with the wave of the hand.

Cameroon Vs Mali Cameroon who has not disappointed in the championship so far despite finishing fourth from group-B they will surely have the Malian who have the backing of their vociferous fans to see them through the den of the Lioness from Cameroon.

Cameroon who was eliminated at this stage of the championship two years ago in Madagascar would attempt to make history and look upto history that a host can be defeated right in front of its fans just as Mali did to Senegal in the grand finale of the 2007 edition when they won the trophy for the first time.

Cote dIvoire Vs Angola Cote dIvoire could be describe as a team with nine-live, when many thought their participation in the 2nd Afrobasket have come to an end owing to their not impressive performance in their earlier games in group-A the strong FIBA Africa Zone-3 side prove book makers wrong by sneaking into the last eight as they regain composure in her last two preliminary games against Ghana and Tunisia as they try Angola for size in the last quarter final on Friday.

The unpredicted pairing could go either way as both sides parade youthful and determine players as the race for the title gets keener.


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  MOZAMBIQUE - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Deolinda Ngulela Mozambique: Deolinda is a versatile point guard for the Mozambican side at 30 years, Deolinda can be mistaken for a 20-year old, she possess great court vision and propel her teammates anytime her team is on the offense.

Her size notwithstanding Deolinda has deep penetration combine with excellent shooting ability and is rated as one of the best point guard of the championship her unrelenting nature might be what her country needed against Nigeria in the quarter-final on Friday.

Brief profile of Deolinda Ngulela:
Height: 170cm / 5'7''
Position: Guard
Born: April 18, 1981
Team: Augusta St. (USA) (2008-10)
Full name: NGULELA DEOLINDA CARMEN
Career:
Maputo, Mozambique/Seward County CC
2005-2006: Emporia St. (NCAA2)
2007-2008: Augusta St. (NCAA2)
Awards/Achievements:
Mozambique National Team -07, 11
All-Africa Games -07
African Championships in Dakar (SEN) -07


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Nigeria through to last-4 beat Mozambique 77-49 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria senior women national, DTigress today (Friday) secure a semi-finals ticket with a 77-49 points victory over Mozambique in the first quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali.

The Nigerian side exhibited strong defense and motion offense won in all four quarters by 23-15, 24-12, 14-10 and 16-12 points respectively to book a place in the top-4.

Nigeria guard Sarah Ogoke led her side challenge for a place in the semi-final with 17 points and 7 rebounds; team captain, Rashidat Sadiq had 12 points and 5 rebounds; Aisha Mohammed contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds with Helen Ogunjimi adding 10 points and 2 rebounds for the big win.

Nigeria led the Mozambican in all department of the game in rebounds, assists, points made from two-point field goal, three-point field goal and free-throw.

The Nigerian side grabbed a total of 36 rebounds to Mozambique 22, had a total of 12 assists while Mozambique had 11, though both sides perform below average in field goal scored, Nigeria score 20 out 43 two-points field goal attempted for 46.4 percent to Mozambique 17 out 37 for 45.9 percent with Nigeria gaining most her point from the free-throw line scoring 25 of 33 free-throws for 75.8 percent to Mozambique 12 out of 26 for 46.2 percent.

Nigeria tactician, Ayo Bakare applauded his ward for displaying great discipline in the win against Mozambique and promised that the team will not relent until its goal is achieve.

Coach Bakare who also guided the men team to a third place finish at the Afrobasket for Men last month in Madagascar says the women has taken a step forward from her last placement (5th) at the 2009 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Madagascar is optimistic that the team will continue to get better with every game with the sole aim of fighting for the continent single direct London 2012 Olympic Games ticket.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Rashidat Sadiq Nigeria: 6 feet 2 inch tall Nigeria forward Sadiq has played a key role in Nigeria qualification for the quarter-final stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women with her new role as the leader of the Nigeria team.

The Turkey-based former First Bank basketball club is not a new comer to the Afrobasket as she was part of the Nigerian team that won the titles for her country in 2003 and 2005, Sadiq knack for three-point shot clearly distinguish her among her teammate and fans would expect more from her when the Nigerian side file out against Mozambique in the first quarter-final at the Stade du 26 Mars on Friday.

Brief profile of Rashidat Sadiq
Height: 188cm / 6'2''
Position: Forward
Born: Jan.3, 1981 in Ibadan, Nigeria
Team: Antakya
Rashidat Sadiq, the daughter of Adisa and Ayisha Sadiq
Full name: Sadiq, Rashidat Odun
2007-2008: Istanbul Universitesi SK (Turkey-TBBL, starting five): 16 games: 13.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%
2008-2009: Acer ERG Priolo (Italy-A1): 5 games: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg; in Feb.'09 moved to PTK Aflofarm Vicard Pabianice (Poland-PLKK, starting five): 3 games: 22.0ppg, 6.0rpg
2009-2010: First Bank BC (D1, starting five)
2010-2011: Homend Antakya Belediyesi (Turkey-TKB2L, starting five)
Awards/Achievements:
Nigerian National Team -03, 05, 06, 09, 11
All Africa Games 03 (Gold), 07 (Silver), 11 (Bronze)
African Championships -03, 05 (Gold)
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne -06 (Semi-finals)
Turkish TBBL All-Star Game -08
African Championships in Madagascar -09: 7 games: 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 57.7%
15th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women Champion and 1st Team All-Star -09
Turkish TKB2L Group B Runner-Up -11
Turkish TKB2L Play-Off Runner-Up -11


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  POLAND - Women  


Artego Bydgoszcz tab Elzbieta Mowlik - by Charles Ramsdell
Artego Bydgoszcz have agreed on terms of contract with Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group). The forward spent the last season in Inea AZS Poznan. She tallied 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in PLKK. Previously Elzbieta Mowlik had stints with Dexia Namur and Utex Row. The forward is the member of the Polish National Team. She participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Her stats read 8.8 points, 2.2 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance at the tournament.


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


BSNF Round 14: Leader Morovis M. loses to Juncos V. - by Charles Ramsdell
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Morovis M. (11-3) recorded its third loss on the court of second ranked Juncos V. on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Juncos V. in overtime 111-106. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 32-22 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-8. Juncos V. made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Juncos V. outrebounded Morovis M. 43-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Monique McClean (180-G-87, college: St.John's) (180-87, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Guard Renee Taylor (158-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Merit Sports) chipped in 41 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) produced 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Juncos V. (9-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position having just 0 point less than leader Morovis M. Morovis M. at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Juncos V. are looking forward to face Ponce L. (#5) in the next round. Morovis M. will play against Aguas B.T. (#8) and is hoping to win this game.



Juncos V. - Morovis M. 111-106 OT

Top ranked Morovis M. (11-3) recorded its third loss on the court of second ranked Juncos V. on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Juncos V. in overtime 111-106. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 32-22 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-8. Juncos V. made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Juncos V. outrebounded Morovis M. 43-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Monique McClean (180-87, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Guard Renee Taylor (158-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Merit Sports) chipped in 41 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) produced 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Gabrielle Rosigi (191, college: Texas Southern) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Juncos V. (9-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position having just 0 point less than leader Morovis M. Morovis M. at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Juncos V. are looking forward to face Ponce L. (#5) in the next round. Morovis M. will play against Aguas B.T. (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Juncos V.: R.Taylor 41+3reb+4ast, M.McClean 37+11reb+1ast, Y.Cabrera 10+7reb+14ast, K.Willoughy 10+11reb, K.Ruiz 7+5reb+1ast, T.Tanza 4+2reb
Morovis M.: A.Williams 29+7reb+4ast, B.Raven 19+4reb+4ast, G.Rosigi 18+10reb+3ast, N.Emmanuelli 17+1reb+10ast, J.Quiles 11, S.Pineiro 8+9reb+3ast
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Aguas B.T. - San Juan W. 77-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Aguas B.T.'s (1-12) home loss to seventh ranked San Juan W. (4-8) 77-83 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-9. But Aguas B.T. won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Juan W. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Aguas B.T.'s 28. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San Juan W. made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was American Tocara Ross who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Holly Mahan (183-86, college: Towson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Jasmin Young (165, college: E.Carolina) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Madeline Ramirez added 16 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Aguas B.T. players scored in double figures. Aguas B.T.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San Juan W. maintains seventh position with 4-8 record. Loser Aguas B.T. stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. San Juan W. will face higher ranked Carolina G. (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aguas B.T. will play against the league's leader Morovis M. (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
San Juan W.: T.Ross 27+11reb+1ast, H.Mahan 19+16reb+3ast, Y.Cabrera 9+4reb+5ast, R.Bickham 9+1reb+3ast, T.Tapia 8+11reb, L.Vazquez 5+4reb+2ast
Aguas B.T.: J.Young 21+9reb+4ast, T.Jones 16+9reb+1ast, M.Ramirez 16+14reb+3ast, B.Concepcion 15+5reb+2ast, L.Rivera 5+3reb+2ast, M.Villegas 4+2reb+1ast
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San German - Ponce L. 65-64

No shocking result in a game when third ranked San German (8-5) edged at home 5th ranked Ponce L. (6-9) 65-64 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was American swingman Danielle Gant (180-87, college: Texas A&M) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Zacha Gonzalez (175-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Amber Bland (180-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Karol Martinez (-90) added 16 points respectively for the guests. San German maintains third position with 8-5 record having just 0 victories less than leader Morovis M. Loser Ponce L. keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. San German will face Guaynabo M. (#6) in the next round. Ponce L. will play against the league's second-placed Juncos V..
Top scorers:
San German: D.Gant 22+14reb+1ast, Z.Gonzalez 15+10reb+3ast, A.White 13+6reb+6ast, A.Santos 9+2reb+2ast, K.Colon 6+4reb+3ast, M.Rosario 0+1reb
Ponce L.: K.Martinez 16+4reb, M.Rosche 10+8reb, A.Bland 10+9reb+3ast, C.Vega 9+2ast, K.Merchant 8+3reb+1ast, J.Batiz 7+5reb+4ast
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Carolina G. - Aguas B.T. 80-79

Very expected game when 8th ranked Aguas B.T. (1-12) was edged on the road by fourth ranked Carolina G. (7-3) 80-79 on Thursday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 32-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Kirstyn Wright (180-89, college: Clemson) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lindsay Laur (182, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Jasmin Young (165, college: E.Carolina) produced 29 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Tegsa Jones (182-89, college: Kent St.) added 24 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 7-3 record. Loser Aguas B.T. stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Carolina G. will face San Juan W. (#7) in the next round. Aguas B.T. will play against the league's leader Morovis M..
Top scorers:
Carolina G.: K.Wright 26+7reb+1ast, L.Laur 22+6reb, R.Rodriguez 11+6reb+4ast, K.Quinones-Noa 6+2reb+2ast, Y.Tosado 6+2reb, E.Flores 5+1reb+1ast
Aguas B.T.: J.Young 29+2reb+3ast, T.Jones 24+5reb+2ast, B.Concepcion 9+7reb+2ast, M.Ramirez 7+7reb, M.Villegas 4+1reb+2ast, Y.Negron 2+1reb+1ast
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Standings - Women
BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 11-3 
 2. Juncos V. 9-3 
 3. San German 8-5 
 4. Carolina G. 7-3 
 5. Ponce L. 6-9 
 6. Guaynabo M. 4-7 
 7. San Juan W. 4-8 
 8. Aguas B.T. 1-12 


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25
Points Per Game
 Renee TAYLOR
  Juncos V.
  (158-G-85)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Taylor, Juncos V.28.3 
 2. Martin, Guaynabo.22.3 
 3. Bingham, San G.21.0 
 4. Williams, Morovis20.5 
 5. Ross, San Juan W.20.3 
 6. Young, Aguas B.T.19.3 
 7. McLean, Juncos V.18.8 
 8. Wiley, Guaynabo M.18.0 
 9. Raven, Morovis M.17.9 
 10. Bland, Ponce L.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Candyce BINGHAM
  San G.
  (183-F-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Bingham, San G.12.9 
 2. Rosigi, Morovis M.12.4 
 3. Seals, Guaynabo M.11.2 
 4. Pineiro, Morovis M.10.6 
 5. Blake, Carolina G.10.4 
 6. Martin, Guaynabo.10.0 
 7. Ross, San Juan W.10.0 
 8. Cabrera, Juncos V.9.8 
 9. Jones, Aguas B.T.9.8 
 10. Willoughy, Juncos9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.7.6 
 2. Young, Aguas B.T.5.7 
 3. Raven, Morovis M.5.0 
 4. Bingham, San G.4.7 
 5. Flagg, San Juan W.4.7 
 6. Teasley, Ponce L.4.2 
 7. Montalvo, San J.4.0 
 8. Flores, Carolina G.3.9 
 9. Williams, Morovis3.5 
 10. Figueroa, Morov.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.3.2 
 2. Flores, Carolina G.2.9 
 3. Taylor, Juncos V.2.8 
 4. McLean, Juncos V.2.7 
 5. Roman, Guaynabo M.2.7 
 6. Mahan, San Juan W.2.7 
 7. Williams, Morovis2.5 
 8. Teasley, Ponce L.2.5 
 9. Raven, Morovis M.2.5 
 10. Martin, Guaynabo.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominic SEALS
  Guaynabo M.
  (188-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Seals, Guaynabo M.1.8 
 2. Willoughy, Juncos1.7 
 3. Williams, Morovis1.4 
 4. Bingham, San G.1.3 
 5. Jones, Aguas B.T.1.2 
 6. Ramirez, Aguas B.1.1 
 7. Martin, Guaynabo.1.0 
 8. Jones, Juncos V.1.0 
 9. Bermudez, San G.0.9 
 10. Tapia, San Juan0.9 


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  SENEGAL - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: RDC humbled by Senegal 54-85 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The ambition of Democratic Republic of Congo of advancing toward the medal range of the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women was cut shot Friday by reigning Africa queen of the court, Senegal by 54-85 points in the second quarter-final of the championship at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali.

The Congolese who made the quarter-final cut as the fourth placed team from group-A lost all four quarters to the defending champion by 15-30, 16-21, 14-19 and 09-15.

Both side were evenly march on the board with 35 and 36 rebounds the Congolese however, gave up the game in fields as they scored two of her 17 three-point attempt (11.6%), 16 of 42 two-point field goal for 38.1 percent and 16 of her 23 free-throw taken for 69.6 percent.

Senegal also perform below per in field goals but it still does more than the Congolese, Senegal converted 6 of her 14 three-point attempt (42.9%); 25 of two-point field goal attempted (47.2%) but made up for those short coming from the line as it made 17 of the 23 foul shots awarded for 73.9 percent.

Senegal strong-woman Astou Traore led her team search for victory with 23 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds; forward Mame Sy had 13 points and 8 rebounds while Aya Traore contributed 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists to give their side victory.




Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Star Focus - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women enter the quarter-finals stage FIBA Africa bring to you some key players in each of the eight countries on parade.

Astou Traore Senegal: Spain-based Trojan Astou Traore her prowess in the opponent hoop stands her out of the crowd of forwards in the Mali 2011 Afrobasket with soft jump-shot Astou has a greater eye for the basket.

She contest for every available ball both on offense and defense with good scoring and intelligent way of rebounding the ball off her opponent a great team player and highly discipline a great asset to the Lioness side.

Brief profile of Astou Traore:
Height: 182cm / 6'0''
Position: Power Forward / Center
Born: April 30, 1981
Team: Mariana (Spain) (2011-12)
Career:
NF2/Rivas Futura, LF2, Senegalaise
2006-2007: ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres (France-NF1)
2007-2008: Cop Crespi - Joventud Mariana (Spain-LF2, starting five): 31 games: Score-5 (17.8ppg), 6.0rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP-3 (45.0%), 3PT: 33.0%, FT-1 (93.0%)
2008-2009: Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LF2, starting five): 29 games: 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.0%, FT: 57.0%
2009-2010: Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LFB, starting five): 20 games: 11.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 75.4%
2010-2011: Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.2%
2011-2012: Soller Joventud Mariana (Spain-LFB, starting five)
Awards/Achievements:
Senegal National Team -05-11
African Championships -05 (silver), 07 (silver), 09 (Gold)
All-Africa Games -07
World Championships in Sao Paulo (Brazil) -06
African Championships in Dakar (SEN) -07
Spain LF2 Group B Champion -09
Senegalese National Team -10-11
World Championships in Czech Republic -10: 5 games: 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 66.7%
All-Africa Games in Maputo (Mozambique) -11 (Gold
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  SWEDEN - Women  


Telge brings in American center Chloe Kerr - by Eurobasket News
Chloe Kerr (191-C-85, college: USC) is a new member of Telge Basket. She signed a deal for the upcoming season. The American center spent the last one in Spain with Olesa. She had 10.5 ppg and 7.1 rpg for 13 games in LFB, after what they parted ways. It was in December. Chole Kerr split 2009/10 season between Greek Apollon Kalamarias and Slovakian MBK Ruzomberok. She joined Ruza in February of 2010 averaging 11.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2 blocks for them in Extraliga. Ruza reached Semifinals and Eurobasket awarded Kerr with Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention -10. She played in Greece also from 2007 to 2010. Chloe Kerr is a product of the University of South California. She graduated there four years ago.

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  WNBA - Women  


Sylvia Fowles named WNBA Defensive Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Sky Center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) has been named the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the WNBA announced today. Fowles received 19 out of 40 votes one more than the runner-up, Indiana Fever forward and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Tamika Catchings (18). Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (2) and fellow teammate Sky guard Epiphanny Prince (1) received the remaining votes.

In her fourth year in the WNBA, Fowles finished the 2011 season becoming only the second player in WNBA history to finish the season averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game- Chamique Holdsclaw (20.5 ppg and 10.9 rpg) for Washington in 2003. Fowles tied a WNBA record with 22 double-doubles in a season, while leading the WNBA in blocked shots for the second straight year (2.00 bpg), field goal percentage (.591), and minutes played (34.6 mpg). She ranked second overall in rebounds (10.2 rpg) and third in scoring (20.0 ppg).

The 6-6 Center from LSU has accomplished much in her short WNBA career, including three All-Star team selections, an Olympic gold medal in 2008 and a World Championship Gold Medal in 2010. This season Fowles finished third in MVP voting, was named Player of the Week three times during the season, and named Player of the Month for August.

With her fifth rebound at Los Angeles Sept. 10, Fowles became the all-time leading rebounder for the Sky, passing Candice Dupree's mark of 980. She finished the 2011 season with 1,000 career rebounds. Her double-double versus Connecticut June 19, gave her 29, the most ever by a Sky player, breaking the team mark set by Candice Dupree (2006-2009); she recorded eight in a row from Aug. 7-28, a WNBA single-season record.

The three-time All-Star recorded her 200th career blocked shot against the Seattle Storm on July 19, which made her the 19th leading shot blocker in WNBA history. Fowles had 10 games of at least three blocks, including a season-high eight July 16, at Atlanta.

In honor of being named the Defensive Player of the Year, Fowles will receive $5,000 and a trophy specially designed by Tiffany & Co.

To schedule a phone interview with Sylvia Fowles please Contact Matt Robbie at the Chicago Sky on 312-994-5954 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 312-994-5954 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Below are the complete voting results for the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and a list of past recipients:



2011 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR RESULTS

19 Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky

18 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever

2 Tina Charles Connecticut Sun

1 Epiphanny Prince Chicago Sky

2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors


ALL-TIME DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS

2011 Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky

2010 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever

2009 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever

2008 Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks

2007 Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm

2006 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever

2005 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever

2004 Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks

2003 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets

2002 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets

2001 Debbie Black Miami Sol

2000 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets

1999 Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs

1998 Teresa Weatherspoon New York Liberty

1997 Teresa Weatherspoon New York Liberty

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com