EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/12/2011

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  ABA   


Staten Island Vipers Assemble 20 Players Who Will Fight for Spot on 2011-12 Team - by Surujh Roopnarine
When looking through the list of 20 players chosen by the Staten Island Vipers to attend training camp, one can't help but feel that this group offers everything you could want when assembling a winning basketball team. Veteran presence, check. John 'Mookie' Thomas (5'9''-G-76, college: St.Francis, NY) brings more than 12 years of professional experience to the point guard position, having played and starred across the globe from the playgrounds of New York City, to Germany, to Finland, to Jordan and more. Versatility, check. Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac), a lanky 6-7 forward out of Quinnipiac is a multifaceted talent who has earned a reputation in New York the past few summer's as a force to be reckoned with. Name recognition, got it. Look no further than local product Zaire Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Missouri) from Curtis High School who finished his collegiate career at the University of Missouri and helped lead the Tigers to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Last season he spent his rookie season in Holland where he led the Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen to the semifinals while averaging 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals in 42 games.
Mix this together with the rest of the talented and mostly local names on the list, like F/C Jeff McMillan (6'8''-F-80, college: USC) (St. Thomas More HS / USC), guard Lawrence Borha (6'3''-G-84, college: Utah) (Ralph McKee Technical HS / Utah) and guard John Baiano (5'9''-G-84, college: S.New Hampshire) (St. Peter's HS / Southern New Hampshire), and you have a group of players which new Head Coach Wes Matthews should enjoy taking into the 2011-12 ABA season.
The expansion Vipers will kick off their inaugural season on Saturday, November 19th as they travel to New Jersey to take on the Jersey Express.

Staten Island Vipers Training Camp Roster
Adam Jensen 6-5 245lbs F/C
Angel Branch (6'7''-F-80, college: Alabama St.)
Angelo La Roche 6-4 225lbs G/F


Chris Wehye
Devon Curry 6-2 165lbs PG/SG
Scotty McRae (6'8''-F-89, college: Albany)
Foyle Alexus (6'6''-F-78, college: BYU-Hawaii)
Isiah Woods
Jean-Paul Marcellus (6'5''-G/F-86)
Jeff McMillan
John Baiano
John 'Mookie' Thomas
Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.)
Lawrence Borha
Lew Monaco 5-11 180lbs G
Michael Thomas - 6-1 224lbs PG
Richard Forbes (6'0''-G-85)
Stanley Bolden (5'10''-G, college: Oklahoma S&A)
Willis Kettrell (6'5''-F-87, college: St.Thomas Aquinas)
Zaire Taylor




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 3-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 2-0 
 3. Partizan 1-0 
 4. Siroki WWin 1-0 
 5. Cedevita 1-1 
 6. Cibona 1-1 
 7. Crvena Zvezda 1-1 
 8. Buducnost 1-1 
 9. Hemofarm 1-1 
 10. Helios 0-1 
 11. Krka 0-1 
 12. Radnicki K. 0-1 
 13. KK Zagreb CO 0-2 
 14. Zlatorog 0-2 


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  ARGENTINA   


Torneo Federal 2011/12 rosters: Patagonia zone - by Facundo Iatzky
Perfora Plaza Huincul:

Leandro Lauro (188-G-80)
Matias Barberis (198-F-84)
Angelo Contini
Emanuel Lopez

Emanuel Lopez Cerdan (187-G-82)
Juan Gonzalez
Martin Deimundo
Juan Fuentes
Diego Ruiz
Roberto Contreras

Coach: Fernando Claris

Hispano Americano:

Claudio Aguilar (198-F-79)
Gaston Morales (180-G-79)
Pablo Gonzalez (82)
Fernando Gutman (203-F/C-78, agency: Gross Zeev ISA)
Bruno Gelsi (191-G-76, agency: Players Group)
Sebastian Acevedo (198-F/C-90)
Fernando Pistochini (195-G/F-82)
Ignacio Puig
Leandro bartolucci
Leonardo Pagola (179-G-91)

Coach: Leonardo David Roquel

Del Progreso Roca:

Juan Manuel Fabi (82)
Leopoldo Carlos Ruiz Moreno (191-G-72)
Francisco Gaytan
Pablo Almendra (190-G-90)
Martin Trimboli (196-F/C-85)

Mauricio Beltramella (186-G-71)
Nicolas Morales (201-C-89)
Diego Isgro

Coach: Mario Spada

Deportivo roca:

Leonardo Ansaloni (183-G-79)
Lucas Romera (182-G-89)
Fernando Abarzua (170-G-91)
Mauro Perez (177-G-93)
Juan Quercia (180-G-86)
Gaston Chavez (180-G-92)
Paul Rinaldi (190-F-85)
Alejandro Palmieri (194-F-75)
Diego Casemayor (200-F-69)
Maximiliano azor (192-F-94)
Facundo Vinambres (198-C-86)
Jorge Coronado (202-C-89)

Coach: Sebastian Garcia

Atletico Regina:

Rodrigo Barrado (184)
Gaston Gonzalez (175-G-79)
Luciano Zupanovich (187-G-83)
Federico Harina (G)
Diego Corazza (194-G-86)
Emiliano Piccinini (190-F-84)
Diego Felicevich (196-F/C-87)
Ruben Guzman (C)
Pablo Heit (205-F/C-89)

Coach: Gustavo Esteybar

Centro Espanol Plottier:

Luciano Alonso (183-G-80)
Julian Fedele (180-G-92)
Jeronimo Peralta (180-G-92)
Facundo Ciordia
Diego Nondedeu
Pablo Rodriguez (170-G-90)
Marcos Ramirez (190-F-78)
Gustavo Peirano
Santiago Fedele (187-G-89)
Leonardo mosconi
Alexander Dziak (204-C-89)

Coach: Dante Centeno

Pacifico Neuquen:

Sebastian Godoy (184-G-73)
Ignacio Rubio (196-C)
Maximiliano Contini (202-F/C-81)
Mario Alvarez (197-C)
Facundo Paz (184-G)
Maximiliano Inda (183-G)
Pablo Godoy (180-G)
Jorge Zubeldia (188-F)
Sergio Navas (180-G)

Cristian Maestra (G)
Federico Lardies (193-G)

Coach: Juan Miguel Diaz Vazquez

All Boys La pampa

Matias Guinda (193-F/C-83)
Laureano Burgos
Juan Manuel Lara (199-F-91)

Nicolas Ayala

Coach: Diego Dettoni



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  AUSTRALIA   


Dream debut wins Mills award - by Eurobasket News
After inspiring his National Basketball League team to an amazing fourth quarter comeback in their season opening clash against the Sydney Kings, Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) of the Melbourne Tigers has been named the iiNet NBL Championship Player of the Week for Round One.

Mills narrowly edged out Perths Shawn Redhage and New Zealands Cedric Jackson for the honour.

Mills made his NBL debut for the Tigers on Friday night at the State Netball Hockey Centre (AKA The Cage) before a sold-out crowd of 3,500 screaming fans, and the Australian NBA superstar didnt disappoint.

The electrifying guard hit a game-high 28 points for the match and made back-to-back triples in the fourth quarter to spark a Tigers revival and set the capacity crowd alight.

The Kings led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter before Mills and the Tigers made seven triples to snatch the win, 82-76.

Mills made 6-of-11 three-pointers for the game, and nailed a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, including four straight down the stretch to seal the victory.

Despite Mills heroics, he only narrowly won the weekly honour after some scintillating performances around the league in one of the most memorable opening rounds in some years.

Shawn Redhage capped off a truly remarkable comeback from what could well have been a career-ending hip injury to score 26 points, including half a dozen three-pointers, and grab five rebounds. He powered the Wildcats to a season-opening road demolition of the Adelaide 36ers, 102-69.

Cedric Jackson is one of a bevy of new imports in the iiNet NBL Championship this season and showed he could be one to watch after helping the Breakers to a pair of road wins on the weekend. In his teams victories over Gold Coast and Wollongong Jackson averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals.

Jacksons teammate and fellow import Gary Wilkinson may have robbed him of the weekly honour, as it was almost impossible to split the pair as the Breakers best player in Round One. Wilkinson averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds for the week, making 15-of-22 shots for the round.

Other Player of the Week contenders for Round One included Thomas Abercrombie (New Zealand), Julian Khazzouh (Sydney), Larry Davidson (Wollongong), Ayinde Ubaka (Melbourne), Chris Warren (Adelaide), Mark Worthington (Gold Coast), Daniel Johnson (Adelaide), Cameron Tragardh (Melbourne), Kevin Lisch (Perth), Jesse Wagstaff (Perth), Elvin Mims (Townsville), Jamar Wilson (Cairns), Dusty Rychart (Cairns) and Rhys Martin (Wollongong).



2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship Player of the Week Winners

Round 1 Patrick Mills (Melbourne Tigers)

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




Beginning of NBL - Round One - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL started one Friday. Below you can check games stats, reports and schedule for Round Two.

36ers - Wildcats 69-102
The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Kevin Lisch (188-PG-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 assists for the winners and the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Perth Wildcats is looking forward to face Melbourne Tigers at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Adelaide 36ers will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: S.Redhage 26+5reb+1ast, K.Lisch 23+3reb+6ast, J.Wagstaff 22+6reb+2ast, C.Tovey 9+5reb+2ast, B.Robbins 9+4reb+1ast, D.Williamson 6+1reb
36ers: C.Warren 17+2ast, D.Johnson 15+8reb+2ast, N.Crosswell 10+1reb+2ast, S.Weigh 9+10reb+2ast, W.Helliwell 8+4reb+1ast, D.Ng 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 130635


Taipans - Crocodiles 81-76
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Cairns Taipans made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The former international swingman Brad Hill (198-86) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Dusty Rychart (201-79, college: Minnesota, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. American swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cairns Taipans will meet Gold Coast Blaze in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 23+3reb+3ast, D.Rychart 16+14reb, B.Hill 15+11reb+4ast, J.Dowdell 14+2reb+3ast, A.Grabau 6+5reb+1ast, K.Williams 5+1reb
Crocodiles: E.Mims 17+9reb+1ast, E.Gill 13+2reb, T.Blanchfield 9+2reb+1ast, M.Cedar 9+4reb+2ast, J.Holmes 7+7reb+1ast, G.Vanderjagt 6
gschID: 130636


Hawks - Breakers 82-98
The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. New Zealand Breakers made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Wollongong Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St., agency: Impact Basketball) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. Guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) answered with 16 points and 7 assists and center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) added 19 points in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. New Zealand Breakers' next round opponent will be Kings in Sydney. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Adelaide 36ers.
Top scorers:
Breakers: C.Jackson 28+6reb+3ast, G.Wilkinson 16+3reb+1ast, M.Vukona 13+3reb+1ast, C.Bruton 12+3reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 11+4reb+2ast, D.Boucher 8+3reb+1ast
Hawks: L.Davidson 19+1reb+2ast, R.Martin 16+2reb+7ast, M.Campbell 14+1reb+2ast, J.Catron 8+3reb+1ast, T.Demos 7+1reb+1ast, O.Forman 7+6reb
gschID: 130637


Tigers - Kings 82-76
The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 33-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Melbourne Tigers forced 19 Kings turnovers. The former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) chipped in 22 points. At the losing side the former international center Julian Khazzouh (210-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Melbourne Tigers will face Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round. Kings will play against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Tigers: P.Mills 28+1ast, A.Ubaka 22+3reb+2ast, C.Tragardh 14+9reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 5+2reb+1ast, L.Rush 5+1reb, L.Walker 4+7reb
Kings: J.Khazzouh 18+14reb+2ast, J.Grant 16+4reb+1ast, A.Bruce 9+1reb+3ast, L.Martin 8+2reb, B.Madgen 8+1reb, A.Bose 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 130633


Blaze - Breakers 87-102
It was a very close game until the last quarter, when New Zealand Breakers's pressure prevailed and they won that period 34-20 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Gold Coast Blaze was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) nailed 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 25 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Five New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) came up with 28 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Will Hudson (206-89, college: Oakland) added 18 points respectively for Gold Coast Blaze in the defeat. New Zealand Breakers will play against Kings in Sydney in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gold Coast Blaze will play at home against Cairns Taipans.
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 25+3reb, G.Wilkinson 21+9reb, M.Vukona 16+6reb+2ast, C.Bruton 11+3reb+2ast, C.Jackson 11+7reb+5ast, A.Pledger 8+5reb
Blaze: M.Worthington 28+5reb+1ast, W.Hudson 18+4reb+1ast, A.Gibson 14+3reb+6ast, C.Goulding 9+2reb+2ast, S.Hoare 6+6reb+3ast, A.Petrie 6+2reb
gschID: 130634




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  AUSTRIA   


Atomeromu proved the difference against Arkadia one more time - by Eurobasket News
Arkadia Traiskirchen-Atomeromu SE 80:85

Atomeromu SE traveled to Austria safe enough after the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Hungarian team ensured 22-point victory as they celebrated 70:48 and almost booked a spot in the Regular Season. Tonight Atomeromu SE proved it once again and won 85:80.
The Hungarian teams started with 18-17 and added 24-23 in the second frame. Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) brought 42:34, while Adam Leonard (185-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) and Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) closed the half at 42:38. David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) improved to 50:42 early in the third and Nailon scored for 55:46. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) later closed the frame at 66:54 and it became clear about the winner. The hosts however tried hard to win the game in Austrian, but lost by 5.
David Vojvoda and Ferdinand Morgen top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Tamas Kaman notched 12. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) and Wilson delivered 11 points apiece. Radosav Spasojevic ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) netted 19.

Arkadia Traiskirchen: Radosav Spasojevic 21, Tiras Wade 19, Adam Leonard 11
Atomeromu SE: David Vojvoda 13, Ferdinand Morgen 13, Tamas Kaman 12, Adam Kovacs 11, Wilson 11


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Feni Industri lands American C Tremaine Ford - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri reinforced its roster under the basket. The reigning FYROM and BIBL champion signed a deal with Tremaine Ford (207-F-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge). The American center heads to Feni from French Clermont, where he finished last season. He joined them in January averaging 8.5 points and 6.6 rebounds for 16 games in ProB. Before Clermont, Ford spent three months with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. He had 4.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for them in 7 ProA games. Tremaine Ford started last season with Pau-Orthez. He registered 3.8 ppg and 4 rpg for 6 games, after what they parted ways. Season 2009/10, Tremiane Ford spent in Czech Republic. He exploded with 13.7 ppg, 11 rpg and 1.5 bpg in 43 games with USK Praha. Ford was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Player of the Year -10 and participated at the NBL All-Star Game.

Aleksandar Gruev to play for Levski - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will start this season with Levski. The 28-year-old guard signed a deal with clause that he can leave in case of good offer from abroad. Gruev spent last eight years with Rilski Sportist and this is his first move out of the Samokov team. He appeared 34 times in NBL last season averaging 9.1 points, 2 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Gruev also added 8.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 3.8 apg for 10 games in BIBL. Aleksandar Gruev exploded in 2009/10 season with Rilski. He averaged impressive 18.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists for 26 NBL games at that time. He also added 17.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 7.2 apg and 2.3 spg for 10 games in BIBL. Gruev helped Rilski to win the BIBL title in 2009. It was the inaugural season of the regional championship.

2011/12 season starts today - by Eurobasket News
Third season of BIBL is set to start. First round is scheduled for today and tomorrow. In the season opener FYROM team Torus will meet Montenegrin Mornar Bar. The game will be played in Skopje. In the other game, Israeli Hapoel Tel-Aviv will host Serbian Napredak Rubin. Two games will be played tomorrow as well. Bulgarian Levski will host Bosnian Zrinjski Mostar, while Ulcinj will play against Feni Industri. The team from Kavadarci is the defending champion.
Twelve teams participate in BIBL this season. There will be two groups with six teams in each one. Four best teams from each pool will advance to the Quarterfinals.

Round One

Group A
11 Oct KK Torus - KK Mornar
15 Nov Timisoara - OKK Beograd
23 Nov Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist

Group B
11 Oct Hapoel Tel Aviv - Napredak Rubin
12 Oct Levski - HKK Zrinjski Mostar
12 Oct Ulcinj - Feni Industries



Balkan League Standings

Group A
1. Beograd 0-0
2. Galil Gilboa 0-0
3. Mornar Bar 0-0
4. Rilski Sportist 0-0
5. Timisoara 0-0
6. Torus Skopje 0-0

Group B
1. Feni Indistrija 0-0
2. Hapoel T-A 0-0
3. Levski 0-0
4. Napredak 0-0
5. Ulcijn 0-0
6. Zrinjski HT 0-0




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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


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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 destroy Sokhumi's hopes for the EuroChallenge Season - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006- Sokhumi 97:63

Minsk-2006 destroy Sokhumi's hopes for the EuroChallenge Season. The team from Belarus overcame the 16-point loss after the first game and after 97:63 advanced to the Regular Season.
When a week ago the Georgian side overcame BC 'Minsk-2006' 94:78 it seemed they had good chances to advance to the Regular Season. The star-packed Sokhumi started well and won 94:78, but it was not enough to advance.
Minsk-2006 started with 15-8 in the first period and won all other quarters as well. They produced 23-15 in the second frame and had 38:23 at the halftime. Lashkevich and Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) scored for 42:27 and Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) as well as Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) brought necessary 52:31 lead midway through the third quarter. Minsk won the third period 30-18 and enjoyed 68:41 after thirty minutes. Another 29-21 brought the hosts the important victory and Regular Season birth.
Julius Hodge poured in 23 points and Lashkevich added 20. Justin Hawkins and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau delivered 18 points each in a win. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) posted 18 in defeat and Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) netted 9.

Minsk-2006: Julius Hodge 23, Lashkevich 20, Justin Hawkins 18, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 18
Sokhumi: Brandon Gay 18, Lasha Parghalava 9




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  BRAZIL   


Franca add Jermaine Johnson and Kevin Sowell - by Paulo Freire
Aiming to return to fight for the title of the next NBB (National Basketball League), the Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo signs two Americans for the following season: Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Charleston) and Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances)
Jermaine is a powerfoward 26 years old, who is 2.03 m tall and was in Barreirense, Portugal where he averages 13.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Sowell is a guard, who has 30 years old, he was playing at Reales de La Vega, of Dominican Republic, where he averaged 30.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3 assists 3.


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. Itabom/Bauru 13-1 
 2. Winner/Limeira 12-2 
 3. S.Jose/Vinac 11-2 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 10-3 
 5. Vivo/Franca 9-5 
 6. Paulistano 8-4 
 7. Gremio Mogi 7-6 
 8. Araraquara 6-8 
 9. Rio Claro 6-8 
 10. XV/Cosan 4-9 
 11. Jacarei 4-9 
 12. Americana 4-9 
 13. L.S.B. 4-10 
 14. Sao Caetano 4-10 
 15. America 3-11 
 16. Inter Santos 3-11 


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  BULGARIA   


Evtimov starts the season with The Blues - by Vladi Lazarova
One of the best Bulgarian centers Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) will remain in Levski Sofia till he finds a new team in Europe. 34-years old big man, who has French passport as well, is practicing with his first team, where he started as a kid Levski Sofia. 208 cm tall Vasco Evtimov is looking for a good opportunity for himself abroad, but so far still hasn't sign any deal for 2010/2011 season.

Vassil Evtimov will be in the roster of Levski this Wednesday, when The Blues open their new playing year in Balkan League. Levski is hosting Bosnian Zrinjski Mostar at home in Universiada hall in Bulgarian capital. This is not the first time when Evtimov starts with Levski.

After being selected as a 1995 McDonald's All American, Evtimov played NCAA Division I college basketball with the University of North Carolina. No matter he didn't play a lot, he participated in two Final Fours with the Tar Heels. Evtimov won Saporta Cup in 2001 with Maroussi, averaging 13,6 points and 12,6 reboundst. Other clubs he has played for are Pau Orthez, Dafni, Skipper Bologna, Ural Great Perm, ASVEL Basket, Seville, Lottomatica Rome, Union Olimpija, Capo d'Orlando, Climamio Bologna, Valladolid, Reggio Emilia, Khimik, Panionios, AEL Cyprus, Mitteldeutcher and Paris-Levallois.


Aleksandar Gruev to play for Levski - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will start this season with Levski. The 28-year-old guard signed a deal with clause that he can leave in case of good offer from abroad. Gruev spent last eight years with Rilski Sportist and this is his first move out of the Samokov team. He appeared 34 times in NBL last season averaging 9.1 points, 2 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Gruev also added 8.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 3.8 apg for 10 games in BIBL. Aleksandar Gruev exploded in 2009/10 season with Rilski. He averaged impressive 18.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists for 26 NBL games at that time. He also added 17.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 7.2 apg and 2.3 spg for 10 games in BIBL. Gruev helped Rilski to win the BIBL title in 2009. It was the inaugural season of the regional championship.

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Saint John Mill Rats to announce key player - by Eurobasket News
In light of the current NBA lockout and state of the overseas market, the Saint John Mill Rats will be holding a Press Conference to introduce a special player just recently signed in Saint John, N.B.

'We are excited to bring a player of this caliber to the Mill Rats for this season and this is undoubtedly the biggest signing in our history,' states Ian McCarthy, President and General Manager of the Mill Rats and COO of the newly formed National Basketball League of Canada.

'To add a player of this pedigree to go along with our two leading scorers (Anderson and Egerson) is just great. We can't wait for camp to start on the 17th,' says Coach Jaren Jackson , best known for his four year stint with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, with whom he won an NBA Championship in 1999.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Denham Brown joins Oshawa Power - by Eurobasket News
Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) will continue his career in Canadian NBL. The forward signed a contract with the Oshawa Power. Last season the Canadian player spent in Ukraine. Denham Brown played for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. He tallied 13.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Superleague. In VTB League Denham Brown delivered 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. The forward is the member of Canadian National Team. He participated at Marchand Cup and Fiba Americas Championship this year. Denham Brown posted 12.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 assists per game in Foz de Iguazu in Brazil. In Mar Del Plata his stats read 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds.

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Start of A1 league - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A1 started last weekend.

Krizevci - Zadar 78-76
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Krizevci made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Zadar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and center Ivan Buva (207-91) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Five Krizevci players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Ive Ivanov (201-85) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Krizevci is looking forward to face Jolly JBS in Sibenik in the next round. Zadar will play at home against Svjetlost and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 17+3reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 15+8reb, U.Zadnik 14+3reb+3ast, A.Delas 8+3reb, I.Radic 8+6reb+2ast, F.Toncinic 7+3reb+2ast
Krizevci: F.Colak 12+4reb, I.Svoboda 11+1reb+1ast, L.Zitko 11+2reb, I.Grgat 11+3reb, I.Buva 10+5reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 10+6reb+11ast
gschID: 148880


Alkar Sinj - Darda 83-76
Vrijednosnice OS was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Alkar Sinj, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Vrijednosnice OS turnovers. Strangely Vrijednosnice OS outrebounded Alkar Sinj 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Forward Stjepan Tesija (205-89) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. point guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) answered with 21 points and Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Vrijednosnice OS. Alkar Sinj will have a break next round. Vrijednosnice OS will play against Zabok on the road.
Top scorers:
Darda: R.Jugo 21+1reb+3ast, Z.Ridl 11+9reb+2ast, D.Meznaric 10+2reb+1ast, M.Peraica 10+12reb+1ast, L.Panduric 9+7reb+1ast, I.Milenkovic 9+5reb
Alkar Sinj: N.Gaurina 25+4reb+3ast, Z.Zupic 15+8reb+2ast, R.Rogic 15+3reb+3ast, F.Bubalo 13+2reb+2ast, S.Tesija 12+9reb+5ast, A.Anzulovic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148881


Dubrovnik - Zabok 72-81
The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zabok made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Forward Ivan Perincic (208-77) stepped up and scored 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) chipped in 12 points. At the losing side forward Frano Karac (207-79) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zabok will face Vrijednosnice OS in Darda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dubrovnik will play at home against Kvarner 2010.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: M.Peric 15+1reb+2ast, F.Karac 13+8reb+1ast, A.Ostric 13+4reb+1ast, M.Lucic 10+4reb+5ast, N.Dosen 9+6reb+5ast, M.Diminic 6+7reb+2ast
Zabok: I.Perincic 19+4reb, R.Lez 13+2reb, I.Tomas 12+4reb+3ast, I.Mikulic 11+2reb+2ast, S.Zadravec 6, L.Pesut 6+1ast
gschID: 148877


Kvarner 2010 - KK Split 82-103
It looked good early as Kvarner 2010 took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KK Split had a 25-17 second period charge getting the lead and Kvarner 2010 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-103. KK Split dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kvarner 2010's 6. They outrebounded Kvarner 2010 19-8. KK Split shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) nailed 31 points and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) accounted for 16 points and 6 assists. Five KK Split players scored in double figures. KK Split's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Marino Kucan (198-92) came up with 8 points and guard Josip Surina (190-92) added 5 points respectively for Kvarner 2010 in the defeat. KK Split will play against Borik Puntamika in Zadar in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kvarner 2010 will play on the road against Dubrovnik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: A.Boban 8+1ast, S.Josip 5+3reb, P.Zoran 2+5reb, B.Antonio 1,
KK Split: I.Mimica 31+4ast, J.Sobin 16+4reb+1ast, S.Subotic 16+2reb+6ast, T.Katic 12+2reb+4ast, T.Dijan 10+3reb+1ast, B.Markulin 10+1reb
gschID: 148878


Borik - Jolly JBS 70-77
The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-70. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) fired 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and guard Mario Pesut (-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Borik Puntamika players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jolly JBS will meet at home Krizevci in the next round. Borik Puntamika will play against KK Split.
Top scorers:
Borik: M.Sarlija 15+8reb+2ast, M.Pesut 14+5reb+2ast, M.Jurjevic 11+3reb, M.Cakarun 10+6reb+3ast, D.Vidakovic 8+3ast, E.Banic 5+5reb
Jolly JBS: M.Mrva 20+9reb+4ast, L.Katura 18+3reb, R.Ross 16+3reb+3ast, I.Josipovic 8+7reb+2ast, T.Grubisic 5+1reb, D.Vrsaljko 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 148879




Goran Vrbanc plays for Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) finally joined Zadar. There were many rumors about this transfer and at the one point it seemed two sides will not agree. However, in the last moment Vrbanc accepted to play for Zadar and he already made his debut. He scored 17 points in the first round of A1, but Zadar lost that game in thriller against Krizevci 78-76. Zadar was a guest. Goran Vrbanc spent last five years with Cibona Zagreb. In the latest one he had 5.4 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. He also added 9.5 ppg and 1.8 rpg in Croatia, plus 6.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 24 Adriatic league games. Vrbanc won the Croatian league title with Cibona in 2007 and 2010. They also won Croatian Cup together in 2009. In the past, Goran Vrbanc played for Triglav Osiguranje Rijeka. He was their member from 2002 to 2006. Vrbanc also played for Croatian B NT in the past.

Brod Svjetlost gets bigger with Matija Poscic - by Eurobasket News
Matija Poscic (207-C-85, college: De Paul) is a new member of Brod Svjetlost. The Croatian center penned a one-season deal with his new club. Poscic arrives to Svjetlost from Kvarner, where he spent 2010/11. He appeared 27 times in the league averaging 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. Before Kvarner, Matija Poscic spent one season with Trogir. There, he had 8 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 30 games. Poscic was tested by Zadar and Belgian Gent earlier that summer, but did not sign a deal. Matija Poscic is a product of De Paul University, where he graduated two years ago. He had 3.5 ppg and 3.7 rpg for his school as a senior. He transferred to De Paul in 2008 from the Highland CC. In the past, Poscic played for Rijeka.

Svjetlost adds guard Davor Galic - by Eurobasket News
Another signing by Brod Svjetlost for rest of the season. After Matija Poscic (207-C-85, college: De Paul), the team returned its former player Davor Galic (193-G-88, college: NC-Greensboro). He will help them at guard position. Galic did not play last two years due to serious knee injury. He fully recovered now and is ready to play. Davor Galic was a member of Svjetlost from 2004 to 2008. In their last season together he had 3.9 ppg for 16 games. In 2007, Galic moved to the US where he spent one year with NC-Greensboro University. He had limited playing time with the school and returned to Croatia in 2008. He signed with Darda, but got injured during the season. In the past, Davor Galic played for Croatian U16 National Team.

A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Alkar Sinj 1-0 
 2. Jolly 1-0 
 3. KK Split 1-0 
 4. Krizevci 1-0 
 5. Zabok 1-0 
 6. Svjetlost 0-0 
 7. Borik 0-1 
 8. Darda 0-1 
 9. Dubrovnik 0-1 
 10. Kvarner 2010 0-1 
 11. Zadar 0-1 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Decin 4-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 3-0 
 3. BK Pardubice 3-1 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 3-1 
 5. NH Ostrava 3-1 
 6. USK Praha 3-1 
 7. BC Kolin 2-1 
 8. Chomutov 1-2 
 9. Svitavy 1-3 
 10. Plzen 1-3 
 11. Inter Bratislava 1-3 
 12. Usti n/Labem 1-3 
 13. Levice 1-4 
 14. B&W Opava 0-4 


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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 2-0 
 2. Parnu 1-0 
 3. TTU/Kalev 1-0 
 4. Rapla 1-1 
 5. Tarvas 1-2 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 7. Tln Kalev 0-1 
 8. Valga/CKE 0-2 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lonny BAXTER
  Enisey
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Baxter, Enisey20.0 
 2. Hawkins, Minsk.18.0 
 3. Marinovic, Enisey17.0 
 4. Jefferson, Triumph17.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto17.0 
 6. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.16.5 
 7. Robinson, Sokhumi16.5 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia16.5 
 9. Kudrautsau, Minsk.16.0 
 10. Hodge, Minsk-200615.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pranas SKURDAUSKAS
  Arkad.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 2. Bader, Szolnok10.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.0 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok9.0 
 6. Jefferson, Triumph9.0 
 7. Hodge, Minsk-20068.5 
 8. Akindele, Spartak-.8.5 
 9. Alexander, Krasni.8.0 
 10. Landry, Triumph8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 3. Pierce, Sokhumi5.5 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.5.5 
 5. McKee, Triumph5.0 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok4.5 
 7. Miles, Krasnie Kri.4.5 
 8. Marinovic, Enisey4.5 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph4.0 
 10. Hodge, Minsk-20064.0 
Steals Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Danek, Arkadia3.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.2.5 
 4. Rush, Krasnie Kril.2.5 
 5. Kovacs, Atomeromu2.0 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 7. Lowe, Pyrinto2.0 
 8. Thomas, Spartak-.1.5 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.5 
 10. Lehto, Pyrinto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin KNOX
  Minsk-2006
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Knox, Minsk-20063.0 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20061.5 
 3. Savenkov, Spartak.1.0 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.0 
 5. Toth, Atomeromu1.0 
 6. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok1.0 
 8. Robinson, Sokhumi1.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 10. Alexander, Krasni.1.0 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 2. Fuenlabrada 0-0 
 3. Nitra 0-0 
 4. Norrkoping 0-0 
Group B
 1. Armia 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. Goettingen 0-0 
 4. Leiden 0-0 
Group C
 1. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 3. Hoverla 0-0 
 4. Roanne 0-0 
Group D
 1. Atomeromu 0-0 
 2. Khimik 0-0 
 3. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 4. Ventspils 0-0 
Group E
 1. Antwerp 0-0 
 2. Chalon 0-0 
 3. Enisey 0-0 
 4. U.Mobitel.CN 0-0 
Group F
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Etha 0-0 
 3. Olin Edirne 0-0 
 4. Triumph 0-0 
Group G
 1. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 3. Telekom Baskets 0-0 
 4. Turk Telekom 0-0 
Group H
 1. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 2. Keravnos 0-0 
 3. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 0-0 
 4. Szolnok 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Arkadia 0-0 
 2. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 3. Pyrinto 0-0 
 4. Sokhumi 0-0 
 5. Spartak-Prim. 0-0 


EuroChallenge Round: 2 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Arkadia - Atomeromu 80-85
Atomeromu SE traveled to Austria safe enough after the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Hungarian team ensured 22-point victory as they celebrated 70:48 and almost booked a spot in the Regular Season. Tonight Atomeromu SE proved it once again and won 85:80. The Hungarian teams started with 18-17 and added 24-23 in the second frame. Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) brought 42:34, while Adam Leonard (185-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) and Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) closed the half at 42:38. David Vojvoda improved to 50:42 early in the third and Nailon scored for 55:46. Ferdinand Morgen later closed the frame at 66:54 and it became clear about the winner. The hosts however tried hard to win the game in Austrian, but lost by 5. David Vojvoda and Ferdinand Morgen top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Tamas Kaman notched 12. Adam Kovacs and Wilson delivered 11 points apiece. Radosav Spasojevic ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) netted 19.

Szolnok - Pyrinto 69-57
Szolnok will play at EuroChallenge regular season. The Hungarian team overcame Pyrinto at home court by 12 points and sealed their next stage appearance. Marton Bader stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the hosts. Szolnok jumped to a 9:3 lead early in the game. But the Finnish team bridged the first and second terms with 7 points in a row to take a 19:17 advantage. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term before Szolnok made it 32:28 at the interval. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to make it 42:33. But Pyrinto stayed close as they cut the deficit at 5-point mark with one quarter remaining. Pyrinto tried hard to trail by less than 8 points that suited them but Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Marton Bader gave Szolnok a 62:49 lead with under two minutes remaining. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) dragged the visitors within 11 points but Obie Trotter and Marko Derasimovic (200-F/G-84) sealed the winning outcome for the Hungarian side at the end. Obie Trotter posted 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Marko Derasimovic had 11 points in the win. Antwine Williams provided 16 points and 8 rebounds for Pyrinto. Kenneth Lowe netted 11 points in the loss.

Enisey - Spartak-Prim. 89-66
Enisey overcame a 17-point deficit after the first game of EuroChallenge Qualifying Round against Spartak-Primorie and advanced into the tournament's regular season. Enisey claimed a comfortable 23-point home win tonight to seal their ticket into the next round. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) stepped up with 29 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. The hosts triggered a 10:2 run midway through the starting frame to take a 17:9 lead. Enisey ensured a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes of action. Spartak however cut the deficit to just 8 points midway through the second frame 21:29. The hosts capped the first half with 7 points in a row to make it 45:28. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Enisey entered the fourth quarter up by 17 points 61:44. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Baburin gave some breathing space for Spartak as they opened the fourth quarter with 7 points in a row. However back-to-back triples from Marko Marinovic put the home team back to life. They went on a 12:2 rally to secure a 73:57 advantage. Marko Marinovic soon gave the home team a 83:62 lead. Cuthbert Victor tried to save the situation for Spartak but Enisey crowned the regulation with a 6:2 run to seal the needed success. Lonny Baxter delivered 20 points, while Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Cuthbert Victor responded with 18 points for Spartak. Torey Thomas netted 11 points in the losing case.

Krasnie Krilya - Triumph 80-74
Triumph lost in Samara, but advanced to EuroChallenge Regular Season. Krasnie Krilya won the second game 80:74 but it was not enough to qualify to the next stage. Triumph registered the first win at the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. They coasted past Krasnie Krilya 94:71 in the first leg of two-game series. Krasnie Krilya needed to overcome 23 points after the first leg. They started strong and reached 29-18 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover the hosts won the second period 12-11 and led 41:29 at the halftime. Triumph Lyubertsy however won the third quarter and was sure enough to seal the place at the Regular Season. They needed 25-16 to trail 3 points at the end of the third quarter. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Zvarykin made it 57:57 and Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) gave the guests 62:61. Krasnie Krilya managed however to win the last period, but it was not enough to advance. Jarvis Hayes and Dragan Labovic led the way with 20 points each. Brion Rush nailed 13, whilst Joe Alexander (203-F-86, college: W.Virginia) notched 9. Davon Jefferson paced Triumph Lyubertsy with 19 points and Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) netted 13. Kyle Landry delivered 12, while Tywain McKee scored 9.

Minsk-2006 - Sokhumi 97-63
Minsk-2006 destroy Sokhumi's hopes for the EuroChallenge Season. The team from Belarus overcame the 16-point loss after the first game and after 97:63 advanced to the Regular Season. When a week ago the Georgian side overcame BC 'Minsk-2006' 94:78 it seemed they had good chances to advance to the Regular Season. The star-packed Sokhumi started well and won 94:78, but it was not enough to advance. Minsk-2006 started with 15-8 in the first period and won all other quarters as well. They produced 23-15 in the second frame and had 38:23 at the halftime. Lashkevich and Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) scored for 42:27 and Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) as well as Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) brought necessary 52:31 lead midway through the third quarter. Minsk won the third period 30-18 and enjoyed 68:41 after thirty minutes. Another 29-21 brought the hosts the important victory and Regular Season birth. Julius Hodge poured in 23 points and Lashkevich added 20. Justin Hawkins and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau delivered 18 points each in a win. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) posted 18 in defeat and Lasha Parghalava netted 9.




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EuroCup regular season draw results - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup regular season draw has just been held in Barcelona. 32 teams have been divided into eight groups with four teams in each. The six-game regular season will begin on November 15 and end on December 20. Two best teams of each group will qualify into Last 16 round. Eight best teams of Last 16 round will reach Quarterfinal stage of the tournament that is scheduled to tip off on March 20. Final Four of EuroCup is slated for April 14 and 15.

Here are the regular season groups:

Group A: KK Cibona, Hapoel Jerusalem, BC Donetsk, Gravelines

Group B: Khimki, PAOK, Cholet Basket, VEF Riga

Group C: Aris, Nymburk, Rudupis, Gasterra Flames

Group D: Valencia Basket, Oostende, Asvel Basket, Lukoil Academik

Group E: Gran Canaria, Lokomotiv Kuban, Banvit, Skyliners

Group F: Lietuvos Rytas, Le Mans, Azovmash, Krka

Group G: Benetton, Spartak, Cedevita, Bayern

Group H: Alba, Dexia Mons-Hainaut, Buducnost, PGE Turow.


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 2. Cibona 0-0 
 3. Gravelines 0-0 
 4. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
Group B
 1. Cholet 0-0 
 2. Khimky 0-0 
 3. PAOK 0-0 
 4. VEF Riga 0-0 
Group C
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 3. Groningen 0-0 
 4. Rudupis 0-0 
Group D
 1. ASVEL 0-0 
 2. Lukoil Academik 0-0 
 3. Oostende 0-0 
 4. Valencia 0-0 
Group E
 1. Banvit BK 0-0 
 2. Fraport SKY 0-0 
 3. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
Group F
 1. Azovmash 0-0 
 2. Krka 0-0 
 3. Le Mans 0-0 
 4. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
Group G
 1. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 2. Benetton TV 0-0 
 3. Cedevita 0-0 
 4. Spartak SP 0-0 
Group H
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 4. PGE Turow 0-0 


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EUROCHALLENGE: Pyrinto lost by four points 134-138 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroChallenge, Qualifying Round, Game 2: Scoring both on the road in Tampere, Finland a week ago and at home tonight in Szolnok, Hungary 69 points was enough to take Hungarian Champion into EuroChallenge contests and Pyrinto can concentrate this season into National Top League games. After scoring 77 points at home Pyrinto had only 57 pts tonight and that was 4-5 points short. Szolnok winning then 69-57 (32-28). Quarters: 17-17, 15-11, 10-9, 27-20. A: 2100.
It was the shooting percentages that were too low for Pyrinto this time. Even 37-year-old key player Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had it very difficult to knock down his 2-pointers (2/13). Pyrinto missed also too many FTs (9/17 = 52,9%). Anyway; it was a start for Finnish Champion into international basketball courts.
Szolnok - Pyrinto 69-57 (32-28).
(S: Marton Bader 14/13, Obie Trotter 12/9/7a, Marko Derasimovic 11/6. 1 - 77,8% (21/27), 2 - 46,9% (15/32), 3 - 25,0% (6/24). R: 40. TO: 16. - P: Antwine Williams 16/8, Kenneth Lowe 11, Damon Williams 10/10. 1 - 52,9% (9/17), 2 - 41,9% (18/43), 3 - 30,8% (4/13). R: 37. TO: 15.


Szolnok edge Pyrinto at home court, advance into EuroChallenge regular season - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Pyrinto 69:57

Szolnok will play at EuroChallenge regular season. The Hungarian team overcame Pyrinto at home court by 12 points and sealed their next stage appearance. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Szolnok jumped to a 9:3 lead early in the game. But the Finnish team bridged the first and second terms with 7 points in a row to take a 19:17 advantage. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term before Szolnok made it 32:28 at the interval. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to make it 42:33. But Pyrinto stayed close as they cut the deficit at 5-point mark with one quarter remaining. Pyrinto tried hard to trail by less than 8 points that suited them but Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Marton Bader gave Szolnok a 62:49 lead with under two minutes remaining. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) dragged the visitors within 11 points but Obie Trotter and Marko Derasimovic (200-F/G-84) sealed the winning outcome for the Hungarian side at the end. Obie Trotter posted 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Marko Derasimovic had 11 points in the win. Antwine Williams provided 16 points and 8 rebounds for Pyrinto. Kenneth Lowe netted 11 points in the loss.

Szolnok: Marton Bader 14+13 boards, Obie Trotter 12, Marko Derasimovic 11
Pyrinto: Antwine Williams 16, Kenneth Lowe 11


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  FRANCE   


ProA round 1 best performance: Akinlolu Akingbala (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance for Nancy, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Dijon 76-70. Akingbala has many years of experience at Nancy, through which he has constantly improved. Former Clemson University started this season in style.

The second best player in first round's games was 27-year old American Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Nanterre. Covile had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Nanterre lost that game 72-78 to Le Mans. Covile is a newcomer at Nanterre, but it seems he is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Le Mans. Rochestie scored 27 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Le Mans, leading his team to a 78-72 win against Nanterre. Le Mans has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Rochestie also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chinemelu Elonu (207-F/C-87) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lamont Hamilton (208-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Dijon - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Nancy - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Paccelis Morlende (189-G-81) of Hyeres-Toulon - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Massie's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
34-year old Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game for Limoges and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 21 rebounds, while his team crushed Boulogne (1-1) with 21-point margin 94-73. Limoges has 2-0 record, but it's just the very beginning of the season and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Massie's second year at Limoges and it's hard to imagine this team without him.

Second best performed player last round was Ousmane Barro (207-C-84) of Bourg. He is Senegalese center in his first season at Bourg. In the last game Barro recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Bourg to edge Quimper (1-1) by 6 points 84-78. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Barro is a newcomer at Bourg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88) of Vichy. Franklin got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Franklin's great performance Vichy lost 78-87 to Maurienne (1-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Denain - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Fos Ouest - 22 points and 10 rebounds
6. David Denave (195-SG-85) of St Vallier - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jeff Allen (201-F/C-87) of Antibes - 11 points and 16 rebounds
9. Jeremy Williams (200-SF-87) of Quimper - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bill Clark (195-SF-88) of Fos Ouest - 25 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Caskill's double-double lands him NM1 Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
30-year old center Ian Caskill (207-C-81) put on an amazing game for Cognac and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Chartres (1-1) 84-70. Cognac has 2-0 record, but it's just beginning of the season and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Caskill's second year at Cognac and it's hard to imagine this team without him.

Second best performed player last round was Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) of CFBB. He is international forward in his 2nd season at CFBB. In the last game Jaiteh recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as CFBB lost that game 64-82 to Challans (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Jaiteh is well-known at CFBB and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) of St Quentin. Lesieu scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of St Quentin, leading his team to a 99-62 easy win against Le Puy (1-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of Angers BC 49 - 18 points and 16 rebounds
5. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Damien Pistre (190-G-83) of Charleville - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Julien Doreau (200-F-83) of Brest - 26 points and 2 rebounds
9. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Lukasz Biela (200-F-80) of Montbrison - 20 points and 12 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 3-0 
 2. Cognac 3-0 
 3. Roche 3-0 
 4. St Quentin 2-1 
 5. Souffel 2-1 
 6. Challans 2-1 
 7. Sorgues 2-1 
 8. Blois 2-1 
 9. Le Puy 2-1 
 10. Clermont 1-2 
 11. Angers BC 49 1-2 
 12. Lievin 1-2 
 13. Orchy 1-2 
 14. Chartres 1-2 
 15. Rueil 1-2 
 16. Brest 0-3 
 17. CFBB 0-3 
 18. Montbrison 0-3 


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Feni Industri lands American C Tremaine Ford - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri reinforced its roster under the basket. The reigning FYROM and BIBL champion signed a deal with Tremaine Ford (207-F-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge). The American center heads to Feni from French Clermont, where he finished last season. He joined them in January averaging 8.5 points and 6.6 rebounds for 16 games in ProB. Before Clermont, Ford spent three months with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. He had 4.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for them in 7 ProA games. Tremaine Ford started last season with Pau-Orthez. He registered 3.8 ppg and 4 rpg for 6 games, after what they parted ways. Season 2009/10, Tremiane Ford spent in Czech Republic. He exploded with 13.7 ppg, 11 rpg and 1.5 bpg in 43 games with USK Praha. Ford was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Player of the Year -10 and participated at the NBL All-Star Game.

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  GEORGIA   


Bennet Cantu signs Giorgi Shermadini - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu announced signing of Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) to a one-season deal. The big guy will reunite with his Georgian NT teammate Manu Markoishvili. They played together at EuroBasket in Lithuania a month ago. Shermadini averaged 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds for 8 games. Giorgi Shermadini spent last season on loan with Union Olimpija. He helped them win the Slovenian Cup. In domestic championship Sherma had 8.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 21 games. He added 7.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg in Euroleague, plus 6.7 ppg an 4.1 rpg in Adriatic league. Giorgi Shermadini was sent to Olimpija by Panatathinaikos Athens. With PAO he won the Greek league title in 2010.

Minsk-2006 destroy Sokhumi's hopes for the EuroChallenge Season - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006- Sokhumi 97:63

Minsk-2006 destroy Sokhumi's hopes for the EuroChallenge Season. The team from Belarus overcame the 16-point loss after the first game and after 97:63 advanced to the Regular Season.
When a week ago the Georgian side overcame BC 'Minsk-2006' 94:78 it seemed they had good chances to advance to the Regular Season. The star-packed Sokhumi started well and won 94:78, but it was not enough to advance.
Minsk-2006 started with 15-8 in the first period and won all other quarters as well. They produced 23-15 in the second frame and had 38:23 at the halftime. Lashkevich and Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) scored for 42:27 and Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) as well as Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) brought necessary 52:31 lead midway through the third quarter. Minsk won the third period 30-18 and enjoyed 68:41 after thirty minutes. Another 29-21 brought the hosts the important victory and Regular Season birth.
Julius Hodge poured in 23 points and Lashkevich added 20. Justin Hawkins and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau delivered 18 points each in a win. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) posted 18 in defeat and Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) netted 9.

Minsk-2006: Julius Hodge 23, Lashkevich 20, Justin Hawkins 18, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 18
Sokhumi: Brandon Gay 18, Lasha Parghalava 9




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  GERMANY   


The Fraport Skyliners Draw Interesting Eurocup Teams Including Date With Keith Simmons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The 2011-2012 Eurocup draw was held in Barcelona today as The Fraport Skyliners recieved interesting teams with Turkish team Banvit BK, Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban and Spanish team Gran Canaria 2014. With Banvit BK, the Fraport Skyliners will be reunited with ex player Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) who played with the team in the 2008-2009 season. Simmons is playing his third season with the Turkish team. The team were D2 Champion in 2004 and Turkish cup finalist in 2007. Last season in the Eurocup, they took 3rd place (2-4) in Group A of Regular Season The team consists of talented Americans like Clifford Hammonds, Charles Davis and Lance Williams. The club also has two ex Beko BBL players on the roster with Cemal Nalga and Kenan Bajramovic.

The Fraport Skyliners also drew Lokomotive Kuban from Russia that might have the strongest roster in their group. Last season the team finished in third place in the PBL league and in Eurocup play took 1st place (4-2) in Group F of Regular Season, took 2nd place (4-2) in Group L of Top 16, lost to Krka (SLO) 77-83 in the Final. The team has a potent core of Americans with KC Rivers, Jeremiath Massey and Lionel Chalmers. The team has a top point guard in Ben Uzoh who played for the New Jersey Nets recently. The club also has experienced Slovenian 216cm center Primoz Brezec who played a total of 357 NBA games in eight NBA seasons. The club also has one of the top Russian players in Sergey Bykov who has played for top Russian teams Dynamo Moscow and CSKA Moscow and has been a key ingredient to the success of the Russian national team for years.

The last opponent of the Fraport Skyliners is Gran Canaria 2014 from the top Spanish league ACB. They are a solid ACB team that has reached the playoffs eight times in the last nine years. Last season in the Eurocup, they took took 1st place (5-1) in Group C of Regular Season, took 3rd place (2-4) in Group I of Top 16. The team has a young core of Americans with some having dual citzenships that is led by experienced 31 year old Spencer Nelson who started his career in Bamberg in 2005 and since then has played in Greece and Spain and been in training camp of the Utah Jazz. The American youth starts with sharp shooter Marquez Haynes that played in France last season with ex Skyliner Ilian Evtimov, wing player Roman Martinez has an Italian passport as well as an American, and Laurence Ekpergin who also has a British passport that made a name in Korea. Tauren Green who is the son of former NBA player Sidney Green first made a name for himself winning back to back NCAA titles with Florida in 2006 and 2007. There he played with big time NBA players Joakim Noah and Al Horford. He played one year in the NBA before coming to Europe to play in Greece and Spain. The team also has talented Colombian Juan Palacios and Michael Bramos from Greece as well as a hand full of young hungry Spanish players.

Alba Berlin drew Buducnost Podogorica, Turow Zgorzelec and Dexa Mons-Hainaut while FC Bayern Munich got Benetton Baskets, BC Spartak St. Petersburg,aund Cedevita Zagreb.



FC Bayern Munich Reel In Chevon Troutman - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
According to sportando.net, FC Bayern Munich have gotten active on the transfer market getting some added muscle under the basket with Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh). Troutman is a 29 year old 202cm forward from Williamsport, Pennsylvania who left his current team Sidigas Avellino (Italy-SerieA), becuase the team financial difficulties seemed unbearable. He is a tough, talented rebounder, athletic defender, tough offensive player and fierce competitor who plays with much passion. He has contributed primarily in the low-post but also can play on the perimeter. He has a tattoo on his left biceps in the form of a cross with the insignia 'only the strong survive'. His high school coach Mike Bailey also coached Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson in high school. His nickname as youngster was 'Chevy'. Last season, he played for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five), injured in Jan.'11 and was off for 4 months: 16 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-3 (8.3rpg), Steals-3 (2.7spg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 69.0%. He started his basketball career in 2001 for Pittsburgh (NCAA) where he played until 2005. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 15.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3FGP: 37.5%. In 2005-2006, he started his professional basketball career for Villaggio Solidago Livorno (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 34 games: 15.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.0apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 64.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.2%. From 2006-2009, he played in France for Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA) where he also played ULEB Cup and Eurocup. In 2009-2010, he headed back to Italy to play for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 29 games: 12.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.9rpg), Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 71.2%. Awards/Achievementsin his basketball career have been NCAA Sweet 16 -02, 03, 04, Big East West Division Regular Season Runner-Up -03, Big East Tournament Champion -03All-Big East 3rd Team -03, Big East Regular Season Champion -04, Big East Tournament Finalist -02, 04, NABC All-NCAA District 3 1st Team -05, All-Big East 1st Team -05Dominican Rep. Santiago Reg.Tournment Finalist -05, French La Semaine des As Cup Semifinals -07, 08, 09, French ProA Semifinals -07, 08, French ProA All-Star Game -08, 09Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -08, French Cup Winner -08, French ProA Regular Season Champion -09, French ProA Champion -09, and Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -10.

Source: www.sportando.net


Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Thoughts To Brose Baskets Bamberg Game October 12th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Brose Baskets October 12th

Congrats on the 84-79 win against The Artland Dragons. How weird did it feel being loved in the Kuhberg halle for a change? lol

Thanks, we usually brought fans with us from Tubingen to those games but it was nice to have the WHOLE gym cheering for us, great atmosphere for our first home game.

ratiopharm Ulm had the tight 38-36 lead at halftime. What were the reasons for neither team able to break away in the first 20 minutes?

Artland is the type of team that takes what you give them, when you make a mistake they will make you pay. We would go on a run and then they would hit some shots to keep it close.

The game remained tight, but ratiopharm Ulm held their nerves and came out with a win. What was key for getting the win in crunch time?

I think staying aggressive until the end, if there was an opening we would take it and not relax waiting for the time to run out.

What was your impression of the smallest point guard in the BBL David Holston. How does his speed compare to Dashaun Wood?

He is shorter but seems to cause a lot of problems on the ball with his quickness. Despite his size he can still get into the lane and finish shots as well. Will be fun to watch them match up with each other this season.

The next game is against the Brose Baskets Bamberg. They remain the team to beat. They crushed BG Goettingen last week. Do you think they are stronger than last season on paper?

That is hard to say, Hines and Terry were productive for them, time will tell with the new additions.

How much are you looking forward to banging with Marcus Slaughter? I guess your athletcism will be your best friend against him?

He is pretty athletic himself. Im sure that I will guard a variety of players throughout the game that will all bring something different.

Your ex teammate Ruben Spoden had a spirited game against Frankfurt with 7 points and four rebounds in 8 minutes. He lauded your play in helping him in practice last season. What can he achieve as a player?


I am happy for Rube Boy, confidence was his biggest weakness last year and from playing him in the preseason he already looks more comfortable on the floor. He has a very good shot and plays physical, if he continues to bring the effort he can secure himself a consistent role and use the opportunities from there.

Bill Walton says the NBA season can be saved. What is your take on the whole NBA lockout? Can the season be saved?

I think that it CAN be saved but a lot is depending on the suits in league office. From what I read it will not be a matter of numbers from what has been offered but a matter of ego if the sides will agree to meet in the middle now.

How does John Bryant make you laugh?

I have never laughed at a John Bryant comment, he has no sense of humor. Just joking but seriously.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



John Bynum (TBB Trier) Basketball Is A Game Of Runs And We Can Expect One But We Cant Let It Affect Us In The Worst Way Against Artland. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the game against the Artland Dragons October 12th.



Congrats on the 73-56 win at home against the offensive team Bremerhaven. How thrilling was the atmosphere in the Trier arena in the first home game?

It was great to get a win especially with it being in front of our home fans as well. The atmosphere is always good in Trier and it felt good giving the fans something to cheer about in our first home game of the season.

The TBB Trier defense seems to be as strong or stronger than last season. What was key holding Bremerhaven to only 24 points at halftime?

I still think we have to work on a lot of things but we are playing solid right now. If we could work on our defensive rebounding and get that to where it needs to be then we could have more success.

Bremerhaven found their rhythm a bit more in the second half, but TBB Trier stepped up their offense Could one say that the strong TBB Trier defense sparked their offense Friday?

Yes our defense keys our offense for sure because it allows us to run if possible and it also gives us confidence as well. We are the type of team that our defense keys both sides of the floor and we are defensive minded first and foremost.

TBB Trier got a lot of help from Dragan Dojcin. Is he getting better with age?

Dragan stepped us for us big. He does so many little things that get unnoticed during the games and if he scores which he can it is an added bonus but he really stepped up in this game for us with his scoring.

TBB Trier held Everett and Brewer combined to 6 points in 52 minutes. What was key in making life on the court difficult for them?

I think it was a good team effort on both of those guys but at the same time I think they missed shots they normally would make. We did a great job with our team defense and it helped us get the win.

The next game is against the Artland Dragons. They just lost a tough game in ULM. What is your impression of them?

They are a very talented team and hungry for a win as well. They are tough to beat on their home court and they have a core of back from last seasons playoff team so they will be ready for us.

How much are you looking forward to playing against the smallest player in the league David Holston? How will you stop him best?

For me its just another game and size does not matter. He is a great player and is in the BBL for the same reason all of us are because we are solid players. As far as stopping him it will take a team effort as well and keeping him in front of us.

What will be key in leaving the Dragon den with a win?

I think we have to stay together and just make plays on both ends of the court. Basketball is a game of runs and we can expect one but we cant let it affect us in the worst way against Artland.

Bill Walton thinks the NBA season will be saved. What is your take on the NBA season getting started after all?

Well I hope Bill Walton is right but I have never really believed anything Bill has said especially when he announces but hopefully he is right and we can see some highlights this season, if not I guess you will see some NBA players playing in a country near us.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD I saw was seven pounds with Will Smith




Does The Blond In Dirk Nowitzki And John Patrick Guarantee New Instant Success With The S.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Who could forget the tantalizing breathtaking scenes in Wurzburg last summer as 2011 NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki returned home to his old basketball battle ground receiving a heros welcome looking more like a sea of fans at a soccer winners presentation than that of a basketball jubilation. With Beko BBL basketball back in Wurzburg for the first time in six years, it seems like the Nowitzki festivities was just the start of better things to come to the Bayern city where German basketball names like Dirk Nowitzki, Demond Greene, Robert Garrett and Marvin Willoughby were successfully selling the brand name basketball in the late 90s in fine style. New s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg head coach John Patrick may have blond hair with a spray touch of orange and blue eyes like Nowitzki and never get the hero status of the NBA superstar, but the American coach could continue to use his magic hidden wand which he must have hidden in his pocket at each game and continue to somehow transform his incredible success from BG Goettingen where he led the club to three of four playoffs and won the Eurochallenge in 2010 and possibly become the second most famous basketball blond in Wurzburg that has given the world the tasty Franken wine. Its is no secret that Dirk Nowitzki was a tennis ace before he played basketball and John Patrick has blond hair with a touch of orange just like 1985 17 year old Wimbeldon winner Boris Becker. Patrick might not have that big serve on the court, but surely had the right stimulating successful boom boom words that has inspired his players the last years in Goettingen. Well John Patrick is a great coach and will do a great job in Wurzburg. If they continue to win games then I think that he could become a very well known Basketball name in Wurzburg, commented TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). It doesnt really matter where Patrick is, his basketball philosophy seems to stand for success as he also won a title in Japan and seems to know how to reach his players. I think he just gets the best out of his players and they always play hard. His style differs from most coaches in the BBL and it is fun to play against and I am sure its fun for his players as well, stressed John Bynum.

Basketball was more or less born in 1997 as the club came into the beko BBL mostly due to a 19 year old tall blond talent named Dirk Nowitzki. The team stayed in the top German league until 2005 as it developed future German national players with Robert Garrett, Demond Greene and Marvin Willoughby. The team then wasnt able to successfully stay in the league and also had a dark ominous cloud of bankruptcy hovering over the team. However the club was able to escape any financial problems and started new in the second Bundesliga as Mainfranken Basket. The club wanted to rely on German players, but this experiment failed as they won only one game and departed the second league. The team then rechanged their name to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and started new again in the Regionaliga and the club steadily started their rise back to the Beko BBL first reaching the PRO B in the 2008-2009 season winning all 24 games in the Regionaliga. In 2009-2010, the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg reached third place in the PRO B and had some fortune as the Hertener were financially unable to play in the PRO A, so the Wurzburg team was able to move up to the PRO A after all. Their dramatic rise continued in the PRO A as they finished the season in second place with a record of 21-7 and reaching the Beko BBL again after 6 years of being away.

The first order of business in Wurzburg was finding a head coach and the team did that reeling in American John Patrick early in the summer. Patrick started to quickly build his new team, but as the new season approached his roster looked very much different than two months earlier as his hire and fire tactics that he had practiced in Goettingen were also put to good use with his new team. He released Americans Patrick Flomo (Gloria Giants), Timothy Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) (Furstenfeld, Austria), Achmadschah Zazai (Giessen 46ers) and American Mike Tisdale (215-C-89, college: Illinois) had to pack their bags early and in the mean time, the American hauled in new players with Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) and Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech). The way Patrick functions may not always be favorable to a player, but in the long run, he has had success with his style of players and should know best. Coach has his way and his ways seem to be successful and if a player doesnt fit into what he is trying to accomplish why should he keep him. It is his team and his system and he knows what is best for his team, warned John Bynum. Patrick did a smooth and intelligent act bringing in three ex Goettingen players with Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.), Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, college: N.Iowa) and John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) who won the Eurochallenge in 2010 and have much experience that will help the younger players in Wurzburg. Anytime you have a familiar face in your corner it is always a good thing because you know things about the guys already instead of bringing in guys that you may not know about besides their stats. Character takes you a long way and if you already know what your getting then it is an advantage, warned John Bynum. The best part about being reunited with these guys is the fact that we've become accustomed to a certain level of success. And any time one of us, or our teammates is not 100% focused on pursuing that level, we are there to put each other in check. We missed a little of that this season in Gottingen but I'm confident Ben Jacobson will bring that back with him. He brings the best out of John and I, added Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.). Patrick also brought in talented Americans Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) and Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) and also wants to show his love for German youth development by bringing in Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) and Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) who isnt 18 anymore, but is a player who could get extended minutes in Wurzburg. Ivan Elliot might be one of the big winners in the roster, because last season he was in the Beko BBL with Bremerhaven got cut and went to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg helping the team reach the PRO A. Patrick decided to keep the American and already has become an important force in the first two games.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg have gotten off to a superb start of 2-0 beating an always tough defensive minded TBB Trier and crushing the LTi Giessen 46ers 85-60 in the Osthalle. In the 73-67 win against TBB Trier, they showed their defensive qualities forcing TBB Trier to 16 turnovers and In Giessen held a new formed 46er team to 60 points holding them to 38% from the field and 29% from the parking lot while forcing 21 turnovers. American Ricky Harris has quietly been the go to guy amassing 43 points total in the first two games. John Patrick had been known in his years in Goettingen to play a special brand of basketball called 40 minutes of hell where his team plays pressure pressure and pressure bringing the opponent often to the brink of despair. Last season, the 40 minutes of hell seemed to have dipped to 20-25 minutes of hell. If Patrick will have this pressure play in Wurzburg like he had in Goettingen is hard to say, but his pressure style will somehow always be in his blood. I think the pressure was more in Gottingen but dont let that comment think that you dont see a lot of pressure. They disrupt your flow of the game and often you have to rush your sets because you get the ball back to the point guard with around 17-18 seconds and thats what you have to work with your offense, warned John Bynum. Can John Patrick make the s.Oliver Baskets a steady playoff team the way he did with BG Goettingen? Wurzburg can be a playoff team if they protect their home court and get some away teams. Their type of play differs from most teams in the league and teams struggle playing against them, added John Bynum.

s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg signed Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) who is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York who played his four seasons with Goettingen. Four years ago, he made the jump from the Regionalliga to the BBL, which is similar as if a professional baseball player jumped from A ball to MLB. Last season for BG Goettingen, he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0% . Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a strong athlete who likes to finish around the rim and is not a shooter at all. One should give him the jump shot and dont let him penetrate. He is a strong offensive rebounder and goes to the boards each time. He isnt a good free throw shooter and dont give him any easy layups. One should attack him on defense and despite his athletic body, doesnt move his feet so well and he is foul prone, Frankfurt still will have to keep an eye on him in the paint, added 2009 Beko BBL top scorer Omari Westley. Boone is probably one of the strongest low post players in the BBL. He can move anybody with his strength down low, added Ricky Hickman (190-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who is playing his second season in Italy. I always want to improve my game, and I feel like coming into this season fully healthy will help me establish myself as a top center in this league. In retrospect I think, on a personal level, last season was a 'down' year for me, but it taught me a lot and I'll be entering this season with a focus that I have not yet possessed, commented Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.). The team also brought in another familiar face from the Beko BBL with Ben Jacobson. Jacobson is a 28 year old 188cm guard that is a big Time Point Guard, very good defender and a great scorer who can create his own shot. Before coming to BG Goettingen in 2007, he played at Northern Iowa with teammate John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) and in other German places like Erdgas Ehingen and the Mitteldeutscher BC. His most successful season was 2009-2010 where he helped BG Goettingen win the Eurochallenge playing Big Time Point Guard, very good defender and a great scorer who can create his own shot. Last season he played for Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five), only pre-season, in Dec.'10 moved to Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB, starting five): 19 games: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.9%.

The third member to arrive from BG Goettingen is John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) who is a 27 year old 180cm guard from Peoria, Illinois. He played four seasons with BG Goettingen. He played at Northern Iowa from 2002-2006. In 2007-2008, he wanted to play for the Peoria Kings of the ABA league, but the team folded, so he returned to Northern Iowa and finished the season as assistant coach. Last season, he played EuroCup: 9 games: 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 33 games: 6.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 21.0%, FT: 75.0% Little is their energy guy. He brings a lot of energy and athletic ability from the bench. He doesnt have much of a shot and likes to drive to the hoop and finish at the rim. He is a good rebounder for his size. He is possibly the best defender on the team. He has long arms and plays the passing lanes well and is their best on ball defender, stressed Omari Westley. He is probably one of the scrappiest players in the league and always plays hard and gives 100% every minute on the court, added Ricky Hickman (190-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro). The team kept two players from the 2011 second placed PRO A team and one is Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) Elliot is a 24 year old 203cm power forward/center from San Francisco, California. He is a very versatile on the offensive end, able to shoot the 3-pointer with confidence, slash to the basket, and play underneath the basket with his physical strength and overall skills, is the ultimate team player who always gives everything he has in every practice and game, highly motivated and willing to do the extra work to become the best player. He has experience having played for SK Valmiera (Latvia) as a rookie and two years ago for MBC. Last season for the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg, he played 30 games: 10.6ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 77.8%. The club also brought in Rookie American Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) who is a 24 year old 198cm forward that played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2007-2011. In his senior year in the NCAA, he played 34 games: 11.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 78.9%. Last summer he took part at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 12.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. The Boston Celtics have interest in the American and should they have interest in him when the NBA lockout ends could sign him. He is still looking to explode in the Beko BBL and is averaging 5,0ppg and 1,0rpg in his first two games. Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) is athletic and has a great upside, I think he will show more as the season goes along, added John Bynum. Growing up in NY I'm a big Big East fan. It's the best conference in the country and he was a top player in that league. I'm excited for the way his game can translate to the European style and think if he works hard he'll be able to dominate the BBL, warned Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.).

Ricky Harris is playing his first season in the Beko BBL. He is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland. He played at Massachusetts (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 72.9%. Last season as a rookie, he saw much of the world playing for BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: 8 games: 7.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 61.5%; EuroCup: 5 games: 12.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 47.6%; Baltic League: 14 games: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 66.2%, in Jan.'11 moved to Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague): 29 games: 9.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 67.4%, then moved to B-Meg Llamados (Philippines-PBA). Recently with the hire and fire tactic of John Patrick , the team hauled in Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech) who is a 30 year old 204cm forward Polish-German. He is an aggressive but an average defender, he is mostly an offensive player, with a nice middle distance shooting touch, and good low post offensive skills; is also a good passer. He also has much experience having enjoyed the Colorado countryside at Aspen high school and attending Texas Tech playing with Ronald Ross and for legendary coach Bobby Knight. He has experience having played in Italy, Czech Republic and in the Ukraine. He won the Czech championship in 2009 with CEZ Basketball Nymburk. Last season, he played with ex Skyliner Konrad Wysocki for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-PLK, starting five): 40 games: 7.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 50.4%. The club recently also brought in 23 year old 191cm Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) from Huntington, Indiana. Kramer had a solid career at Purdue and in his senior year played 35 games: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 74.7%. At Purdue, he won the Big ten tournament in 2009 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010. He also was the All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Last season as a professional rookie, he played for Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League, starting five): 41 games: 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 81.9%. In June 2011, he signed at Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 12 games: 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 69.8%.

The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg also has its share of German players including Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) who moves to his third Beko BBL team. King is a 26 year old 200cm forward from Munich, Germany. King started his basketball career in Frankfurt playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2002-2008. In that span he won the German league title in 2004 and was a finalist in 2005 and played a total of 129 BBL games for Frankfurt. He played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2008-20011 playing a total of 101 Beko BBl games. Last season for Bonn he played EuroChallenge: 6 games: 2.5ppg, 4.0rpg; German League: 31 games: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg. The team also brought in young German Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) who is a 24 year old 205cm power forward/center from Berlin. He started his basketball career in 2006 for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga): 25 games: 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg. He then played for Alba Berlin playing mostly for the Regionaliga team where he German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion in 2010. Last season, he played for TBB Trier (1.Bundesliga): 33 games: 2.5ppg, 1.9rpg. Christoph Henneberger (188-G-84) also stayed with the team. Henneberger is a 27 year old 188cm guard who has seen the ups and downs of Wurzburg basketball since 2003. Last season, he played 30 games: 4.6ppg. The team also has young talented Maximilian Klebber on the roster who is a 19 year old 196cm forward. He started his basketball career in 2008 with SCH Wuerzburg Baskets (Regionalliga). Last season he played 2 games for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg averaging 2.5ppg, and also played at TG 48 Wuerzburg (Regionalliga.

The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg arrive in the Fraport arena looking to remain unbeaten and win their third game in a row. The Fraport Skyliners return home with a 1-1 record reeling off a big 73-66 win in Tubingen. The Fraport Skyliners hope to have point guard Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) back who is liking to make his Beko BBl debut, while the boards may still have a void without ex NBA player Jermario Davidson. An interesting duel under the basket will be Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) against Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.). I am looking forward to playing against Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.). He is very physical and we have had some big battles in the past. It is always tough to play against him, warned Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). BG Goettingen have their strengthes and so do the Fraport Skyliners who will be looking to concentrate on theirs. Wurzburg is a young team that like to push the ball forward and play solid defense. We have to work hard, execute on offense and defense and just play our style, stressed Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). John Bynum will be in Artland looking for the second win of the season for TBB Trier and expects a great game in Frankfurt. I think the strength of Wurzburg is their depth at the guard position but I think they need to have a low post presence that can score with his back to the basket. Boone is a great rebounder and does a lot but they could use one more body down low. Frankfurt just has to dictate the tempo and just play solid at both ends of the floor. Wurzburg needs to take Frankfurt out of their sets and just dictate both ends of the floor, warned John Bynum. The Fraport Skyliners host the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg October 12rh at 19:00.



Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 3-0 
 2. Cuxhaven 3-1 
 3. Crailsheim 3-1 
 4. Kirchheim 3-1 
 5. Webmoebel 3-1 
 6. Chemnitz 2-1 
 7. Braves 2-2 
 8. Ehingen 2-2 
 9. Duesseldorf 2-2 
 10. Heidelberg 1-2 
 11. ETB Wohnbau 1-2 
 12. Jena 1-2 
 13. NBC 1-3 
 14. Leitershofen 0-3 
 15. Karlsruhe 0-4 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 3-0 
 2. Vechta 3-0 
 3. Schwelm 3-1 
 4. Wulfen 3-1 
 5. Rist Wedel 2-2 
 6. SU Medien 2-2 
 7. Wolfenbuettel 2-2 
 8. Dorsten 2-2 
 9. Stahnsdorf 2-2 
 10. Herten 1-2 
 11. ALBA Berlin II 0-3 
 12. Bayer Giants 0-3 
 13. Bernau 0-4 
Group South
 1. Leipzig 4-0 
 2. BSW Sixers 3-1 
 3. Hanau 3-1 
 4. Gotha 3-1 
 5. Noerdlingen 3-1 
 6. Licher Baeren 2-2 
 7. Langen 2-2 
 8. Giessen 2-2 
 9. Dragons 1-2 
 10. Fraport SKY II 1-3 
 11. BG Illertal 0-4 
 12. TSV Troester 0-4 


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Marreese Speights turns down offer from Greece (Panionios) - by Eurobasket News
Marreese Speights (208-F/C-87, college: Florida) will not start this season with Panionios, despite some of the Greek media already reported that the deal is done. Speights' agent, Andy Miller, issued a statement via Twitter in response to the report. Miller said: 'Speights has not accepted a job in Greece. We appreciate the interest in him but have decided to hold off at this time'. Speights supposed to replace Byron Mullens in Panionios. Marreese Speights spent last three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. In the latest one he had 5.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 66 games. In 2009/10, Marreese Speights collected 8.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 62 games with Philly. In his rookie season he had slightly lower digits. Marreese Speights won NCAA title with the University of Florida in 2007. He played one more year for them, after what he decided to go pro. The 76ers selected him as 16th overall pick at the 2008 NBA Draft.

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Benson Egemonye is a newcomer at Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC - by Eurobasket Center
Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC added to their roster 28-year old Nigerian ex-international center Benson Egemonye (207-C-100kg-83, college: Niagara). Egemonye played most recently at Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Feng Shen (China). While playing 18 games for Heilongjiang last season he averaged 22.8ppg, 15.4rpg ( best in the league), 1.3apg, 1.6spg and 2.4bpg (3rd best in the league). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team. This will be his second year in Hungary. Before came to China he has played in PVSK Pannonpower Pecs. In 28 games he was averaging 13.7ppg and impressive 15.4rpg (league's leader). He was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Egemonye is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Belgium, China, Italy, Turkey and Nigeria. Egemonye graduated Niagara University in 2009 (All-MAAC 2nd Team as a senior).

Szolnok edge Pyrinto at home court, advance into EuroChallenge regular season - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Pyrinto 69:57

Szolnok will play at EuroChallenge regular season. The Hungarian team overcame Pyrinto at home court by 12 points and sealed their next stage appearance. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Szolnok jumped to a 9:3 lead early in the game. But the Finnish team bridged the first and second terms with 7 points in a row to take a 19:17 advantage. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term before Szolnok made it 32:28 at the interval. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to make it 42:33. But Pyrinto stayed close as they cut the deficit at 5-point mark with one quarter remaining. Pyrinto tried hard to trail by less than 8 points that suited them but Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Marton Bader gave Szolnok a 62:49 lead with under two minutes remaining. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) dragged the visitors within 11 points but Obie Trotter and Marko Derasimovic (200-F/G-84) sealed the winning outcome for the Hungarian side at the end. Obie Trotter posted 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Marko Derasimovic had 11 points in the win. Antwine Williams provided 16 points and 8 rebounds for Pyrinto. Kenneth Lowe netted 11 points in the loss.

Szolnok: Marton Bader 14+13 boards, Obie Trotter 12, Marko Derasimovic 11
Pyrinto: Antwine Williams 16, Kenneth Lowe 11


Atomeromu proved the difference against Arkadia one more time - by Eurobasket News
Arkadia Traiskirchen-Atomeromu SE 80:85

Atomeromu SE traveled to Austria safe enough after the first leg of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The Hungarian team ensured 22-point victory as they celebrated 70:48 and almost booked a spot in the Regular Season. Tonight Atomeromu SE proved it once again and won 85:80.
The Hungarian teams started with 18-17 and added 24-23 in the second frame. Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) brought 42:34, while Adam Leonard (185-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) and Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) closed the half at 42:38. David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) improved to 50:42 early in the third and Nailon scored for 55:46. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) later closed the frame at 66:54 and it became clear about the winner. The hosts however tried hard to win the game in Austrian, but lost by 5.
David Vojvoda and Ferdinand Morgen top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Tamas Kaman notched 12. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) and Wilson delivered 11 points apiece. Radosav Spasojevic ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) netted 19.

Arkadia Traiskirchen: Radosav Spasojevic 21, Tiras Wade 19, Adam Leonard 11
Atomeromu SE: David Vojvoda 13, Ferdinand Morgen 13, Tamas Kaman 12, Adam Kovacs 11, Wilson 11


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NEW IBL LEADERS SPEAK OUT ON LEAGUE PART 2 - by John Gary
THE NBA lockout is still looming ,if the season is lost,would you be willing too welcome temporarily, NBA players in your league? While we do hope the NBA returns to play, the IBL currently has ex-NBA players such as Toby Bailey, Kenny Satterfield and byron Russell and welcome current NBA atheletes to be part of the competition in the IBL as their agreements allow. We also encourage current and ex-NBA players to get involved in IBL teams, training ,tryouts and placements as well as partner with us on PAN-AMS,foundations and other initiatives that are involved with to keep developing the game together.
Would prior IBL markets be wecomed into the league under your regime? We have become more proactive in returning to former IBL markets as well as creating opportunity for new teams to be part of the IBL in areas surrounding teams who have been with us for years. With a new process in place to apply we offer increased value for commited owners at a reasonable cosistent investment.
Will you attempt to stream games on the internet? Within the short term,we have a goal to get a large percentage of teams streaming their games as this is the way that many of us watch sports,another way for scouts and coaches to see the talent in the IBL as well as fans fro around the world.


New IBL Leaders Speak Out On League - by John Gary
The League has been stable under the direction of Mikal Dulio,do you anticipate it continuing that way? going into our eighth season we not only anticipate stability but development as well. The owner of the Vancouver Volcanoes Bryan Hunter,who stepped up to be fiscally responsible for the IBL did so to ensure his team has a stable and successful league to play in and that is our direction. Currently we are looking at efficiencies with our teams,increasing collaboration and communication with them by sharing practices,creating a board and advisors to ensure success. We have renewed our relationships with Japan and China to wecome them back into the IBL with tour teams as well as create opportunities for IBL players to be scouted, participate on tour teams and ultimately placements in the CBA,JBL and BJ League. In addition we are talking with other countries such as Portugal,Angola,Mexico and the Phillipines to develop similar opportunities and wecome others. We are working closer with other leagues ,teams and basketball governing bodies to bring their experience to the IBL and expose them to our league with the goal to gain official affilations on the horizon. this movement will increase the opportunities for our players,competition,growth for our teams and the league.
Do you think a move to fall might help the league in the future? The Ibl has positioned itself to be able to help current overseas players stay in shape,and new players the opportunity to make it overseas by providing a high level of competition. Many years ago with the CBA it made sense and salaries had the ability to hold top talent in North America,where as currently increased potential compensation takes the talent overseas or they are in the DLeague to continue the path to the NBA. On the fan and sponsor side us being in the late spring into summer timeline allows for focus and support on AAU,high school,college, NBDL and NBA basketball and various other leagues in the fall.
New competition has emerged on the scene in the form of the National Basketball League of Canada,do you see it as a major threat to the league in terms of future growth or will the IBL move on its own and not worry about it too much? The NBL CANADA plays a fall season. I know and appreciate what Andre Livingston and Ian McCarthy are doing for professional basketball in Canada. I have worked with many Provincal Sport Organizations and sit on the Board of Directors of Basketball British Columbia,and am close to the Executive of Canada Basketball who are looking on. We have talked about the ability to have some top talent in our leagues and you may see some IBL players on NBLC teams and vice versa,this is an opportunity for us.


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Iceland Super Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Start of the season with game between last years Champion against Cup winner makes the start of regular season.
This year it was KR vs. Grindavik. KR won both trophys last season so it was Cup runner up Grindavik to face them.
Close game all the way to the end and did look like KR was going to win it when they went up by 1 point on two freethrows from David Tairu. But Grindavik have a player that does not need long time to shoot the ball. Grindavik had inbound less than a second left and perfect pass to Pall Vilbergson outside of the three point line was enough for them to win the game with three point buzzer. Final score Grindavik 87 KR 85. Painful loss for KR.
Scorers for Grindavik. Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) 24. Johann Olafsson 13. Pall Vilbergson 12. Olafur Olafsson 14. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 8. Omar Saevarson 7. Thorleifur Olafsson 6 Armann Vilbergson 3.
For KR. David Tairu 26.Hreggvidur Magnusson 20. Ed Horton 11. Emil Johannsson 9. Skarphedinn Ingason 7. Martin Hermannsson 5. Finnur Magnusson 5. Agust Angantyson 2



Palsson deput in ACB - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Haukur Palsson (198-F-92, college: Maryland) who quit from Maryland University to go pro with Manresa in ACB Spain started for the team in his first game in ACB.
Palsson played 20 minutes which is really good for 19th years old player. His stats where 2 points, 3 rebounds and a steal in a win over FITC Joventut 71-59

H0rdur Axel Vilhjalmsson and his Pro A team Mitteldeucher (MBC) in Germany have started the season very well and won first three games. Last game they beat USC Heidelberg 104-89. Vilhjalmson had 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assist


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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 2-0 
 2. 11890 Killester 1-0 
 3. Belfast Star 0-2 
 4. UCD Marian 0-2 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 2-0 
 2. UCC Demons 1-0 
 3. UL Eagles 1-1 
 4. Moycullen 0-2 


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Elitzur Yavne 1-0 
 2. Hapoel Afula 1-0 
 3. Ironi K-A 1-0 
 4. Kiryat Tivon 1-0 
 5. Macc.B.Yaakov 1-0 
 6. Hapoel T-A 0-0 
 7. Hod Hasharon 0-0 
 8. Ironi Nahariya 0-0 
 9. Ironi Nes-Ziona 0-0 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 0-1 
 11. Hapoel K/S 0-1 
 12. Ironi Ramat Gan 0-1 
 13. Lev Hasharon 0-1 
 14. Megido/Yokneam 0-1 


Maccabi T-A And Holon Will Meet In ''Chance'' Cup Final - by Carmel Drori
By: David Pick and Carmel Drori

A friendly scrimmage between Ironi Asheklon and Maccabi Haifa tipped off tonight's Israeli 'Chance' cup semi-finals double-header. A tight first three quarters had no reflection of what Ashkelon's Dwayne Mitchell prepared in the final 10-minutes leading his team to an impressive 22:8 quarter run and 85:68 victory.


Tony Skinn had a game high 25 points but Dwayne Mitchell was monstrous on both ends of the floor finishing with 13 points, 16 rebounds (7 offensive), 9 assists, 5 steals and an overall stat evaluation of 31. Marco Killingworth 19 and Raviv Limonad had 17 respectively for the winners. Sylvan Landesberg's 17 (7 rebounds) and Carlos Powell's double-double 15 points, 11 boards, wasn't enough.

Hapoel Holon 84 Maccabi Rishon 81

Holon: Ron Lewis 24 (6 threes), Dan Grunfeld 14, Tasmin Mitchell (9rebounds) & Bryant Dunston (5 rebounds) had 13 points each, Sean Daniel 7, Oded Shaashoua 6 and Moran Roth finished with 4 points.

Rishon: Brandon Bowman (11 rebounds) 15 points, Darwin Kitchen (10 rebounds) and Adrian Uter had 12 points each, Joey Crawford and Eyal Shulman had 11 points each in a losing effort.

Game1 of the tonight's semis action saw two equal teams (Hapoel Holon & Maccabi Rishon) battle for right to meet Maccabi in Thursday's finals. Both teams played an aggressive first half ending with a minimal 31:30 Holon lead, led by their fantastic American/Israeli Dan Grunfeld with 14-points.

Darwin Kitchen's buzzer beating put back continued the close match but flipped things over, 49:47, Rison, after three. Rishon managed to open a small 59:53 gap, but three treys from Ron Lewis, and another by Shaashoua, closed a 12:1 Holonian blitz. Bowman and Uter rallied Rishon back into things with 5 points in the last 20 seconds forcing overtime, 69:69. Both teams exchanged OT buckets, but Lewis hit his sixth three from down town calling it a night, 84:81.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 102 Hapoel Jerusalem 82

Another easy win for Maccabi Tel-Aviv this evening, this time the victim was Hapoel Jerusalem. Just like in previous games, Maccabi was just too good and just Hapoel didn't stand a chance against David Blatt's team.

Avery Bradley,Hapoel's new guard arrived yesterday but didn't play, unlike John Thomas who also arrived yesterday but did play due to Brian Randle's injury.

Both teams didn't play their best basketball, as a result today's game was focused on the referees with some very questionable calls during the game. After Sofoklis Schortsanitis was called for his 3rd foul in the second quarter, the Greek center wasn't too happy about the call and he made sure everyone knew that, the technical foul wasn't far behind. In the second half of the game a technical was called on Hapoel's coach Oded Katash, the refs called another foul on Jerusalem, making Katash very unhappy and eventually ejected from the game after he got his second tech of the game.

Maccabi wins 102-82 and advances to the final where they'll meet Hapoel Holon.

Maccabi: Devin Smith 17 (6/9-2, 7 rebounds), Lior Eliyahu 14, Guy Pnini 14, Jordan Farmar 13 (4 assists), Yogev Ohayon 12, Jon Scheyer 10.

Hapoel: D.J. Strawberry 28 (9/15-2), Elishay Kadir 12, Luke Jackson 12 (6 rebounds), Jarvis Varnado 10 (8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists)



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Lega2 Round 2 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Lega2.

Tezenis Verona - Fileni BPA 76-77

Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tezenis Verona won fourth quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fileni BPA made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Fileni BPA outrebounded Tezenis Verona 42-24 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard Mario West (196-84, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 23 points and 6 steals and the former international guard Giorgio Boscagin (195-83) scored 18 points and 6 steals.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: R.Hoover 19+7reb+5ast, M.Maggioli 19+9reb, R.McConnell 17+2reb+2ast, M.Santiangeli 10+6reb, J.Brooks 10+13reb, D.Dolic 2+4reb+1ast
Tezenis Verona: M.West 23+2reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 18+3reb+1ast, A.Renzi 11+5reb, D.Vukcevic 10+2reb, S.Edwards 6+4reb+1ast, A.Porta 5+4reb+9ast
gschID: 135451


Assi Ostuni - Enel Brindisi 73-79

The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) notched 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) supported him with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Four Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 4 assists by American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) did not help to save the game for Assi Ostuni. Israeli-American center Dane Diliegro (205-88, college: New Hampshire) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: A.Renfroe 19+5reb+3ast, J.Hunter 15+1reb+1ast, M.Formenti 13+2reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 11+3reb+2ast, C.Callahan 9+11reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 6+3reb
Assi Ostuni: A.Johnson 21+2reb+4ast, D.Diliegro 16+9reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 12+5reb+3ast, T.Rinaldi 9+6reb+1ast, T.Marino 6+1ast, G.Carenza 6
gschID: 135452


Morpho Basket - Trenkwalder 82-91

Morpho Basket trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-91 at the end of the game. Trenkwalder RE forced 19 Morpho Basket turnovers. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) notched 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (203-85, college: San Diego St.) did not help to save the game for Morpho Basket. The former international point guard Marco Passera (180-82) added 16 points and 4 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 24+6reb+1ast, D.Taylor 22+4reb+4ast, D.Filloy 17+10reb+3ast, D.Slanina 14+1reb, R.Valenti 6+1reb, M.Frassineti 4+1reb
Morpho Basket: R.Amoroso 18+8reb, A.Voskuil 18+2reb+2ast, M.Passera 16+2reb+4ast, L.Infante 11+6reb+1ast, C.Cotis Harrison 7+5reb+3ast, G.Scarone 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135453


Prima Veroli - Biancoblu BO 78-80

Prima Veroli was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of Biancoblu BO, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Prima Veroli turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Prima Veroli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. Biancoblu BO's coach Zare Markovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Riccardo Cortese (197-86) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Prima Veroli.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: P.Baldassarre 20+6reb+1ast, T.Kelley 14+1reb+4ast, Z.Vrkic 11+5reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 10+6reb+7ast, A.Pecile 10+4reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 7+4reb
Prima Veroli: D.Brkic 18+8reb+3ast, J.Jackson 11+1reb, J.Rowe 9+3reb+3ast, R.Cortese 9+7reb+2ast, M.Colussi 9+1reb, G.Lee 8+2reb
gschID: 135447


Givova Scafati - Sigma Barcel. 90-76

The game was mostly controlled by Givova Scafati. Sigma Barcellona managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) notched 21 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Even 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) did not help to save the game for Sigma Barcellona. American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Scafati Basket: P.Marigney 21+4reb+4ast, M.Levin 16+1reb+3ast, N.Radulovic 13+7reb+3ast, M.Casini 12+4reb+2ast, G.Sorrentino 10+2reb+2ast, J.Thomas 8+7reb
Sigma Barcel.: L.Dordei 19+4reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 16+4reb, M.Green 13+5reb+5ast, R.Bucci 6+2reb, M.Hicks 6+1reb+1ast, A.Piazza 5+1reb
gschID: 135448


Aget Imola - Giorgio Tesi PT 73-64

Tuscany Pistoia trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-73 at the end of the game. Aget Imola dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Tuscany Pistoia's 28 and made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Aget Imola forced 20 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers. American swingman Erik Daniels (204-82, college: Kentucky) notched 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Slovenian guard Gregor Hafnar (195-77) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Aget Imola players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Tuscany Pistoia. Naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.) added 12 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: G.Hafnar 13+7reb+3ast, E.Daniels 13+9reb+5ast, D.Cournooh 12+4reb+3ast, F.Masoni 10+3reb+4ast, D.Bruttini 10+5reb+1ast, P.Prato 6+1reb+1ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 19+1ast, D.Mathis 12+4reb+2ast, G.Gurini 11+3reb+1ast, F.Toppo 9+7reb+2ast, G.Yango 6+3reb+1ast, B.Jones 3+8reb+1ast
gschID: 135449


Centrale Latte - S.Antimo 92-74

The game was mostly controlled by Centrale Latte. S.Antimo managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Centrale Latte dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to S.Antimo's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (213-87, college: Idaho St.) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and naturalized Albanian guard Franko Bushati (188-85) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by British forward Nicholas George (198-82, college: VCU) did not help to save the game for S.Antimo. American guard David Teague (196-83, college: Purdue) added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: D.Busma 24+7reb+1ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 14+6reb+1ast, F.Bushati 13+7reb+2ast, L.Gergati 12+1reb+2ast, R.Thompson 11+3reb+2ast, M.Farioli 9+11reb+1ast
S.Antimo: N.George 22+8reb+1ast, D.Teague 17+7reb+2ast, G.Eliantonio 15+4reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 6+3reb, C.Cantone 5+6ast, M.Rossi 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 135450




Reyer Venezia close to sign Marco Mordente - by Eurobasket News
Reyer Venezia wants to sign Marco Mordente (191-G-79) for the upcoming season. According to some reports, they are close to agree a deal. Mordente spent last three seasons with Armani Jeans Milano. In the latest one he had 4.7 ppg and 1.1 apg for 10 Euroleague games. He also added 5.6 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 38 games in SerieA. Mordente had slightly better numbers in 2009/10 and 2008/09 seasons. Before Milano, Marco Mordente played three years for Benetton Treviso. He also was a member of Reggio Emilia in the past. Mordente played for the Italian NT team at the latest EuroBasket in Lithuania. He was the team captain. For five games at this event Mordente averaged 3.8 points and 1 assist. Italy was eliminated in the Preliminary Round.

The stats curiosities of the first round - by Edoardo Tamalio
These the stats curiosities of the first round of the regular season in which Sassari is the only team to have played a part in favor of each of the four quarters of the race.

10 consecutive victories in Siena to the first day of the season (beat Napoli in 2009/10, but the match was later canceled), the last defeat dates back to 2000/01 debut (10/15/2000, Kinder MPS-90 -51).

The second winning streak is the longest open Virtus Bologna, which won the first day in the last 6 seasons.

Bologna also has an open series of 12 wins in its home debut (last loss-6/10/85 Granarolo Divarese 84-87).

The second home winning streak has opened in Milan with 11 consecutive victories.
5 consecutive seasons in which Pesaro has lost the first game of the season (last success 3/10/2004 Solidago Livorno-Scavolini 61-72)
Avellino has never won on the debut, in the six occasions when he played the first day away in Serie A.

400 appearances in Serie A for Gianluca Basile (397 games played), who also celebrates the victory number 259 (64.7%)

Andre Smith (Pepsi), the rookie who has made more points: 24, fourth best scorer of the day. Always in the files Caserta, also note: the 6 / 6 from two points of another rookie, Andrija Stipanovic.

Ivan Zoroski (Fabi Shoes) the player who has scored more points off the bench: 19 (in 26 minutes)


Standings - B1
Nazionale A Standings
 1. Ferentino 3-0 
 2. Napoli 3-0 
 3. Omegna 3-0 
 4. Trieste 3-0 
 5. UCC 2-1 
 6. Bari 2-1 
 7. Comsum.it SI 2-1 
 8. Perugia 2-1 
 9. Trento 2-1 
 10. Lago Maggiore 2-1 
 11. Orlandina 2-1 
 12. Torino 1-2 
 13. Anagni 1-2 
 14. Firenze 1-2 
 15. Santarcangelo 1-2 
 16. Latina Basket 1-2 
 17. San Severo 1-2 
 18. Recanati 1-2 
 19. Chieti 1-2 
 20. Pavia 1-2 
 21. Treviglio 1-2 
 22. Trapani 0-0 
 23. Fabriano 0-3 
 24. Matera 0-3 
 25. Ruvo 0-3 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Aget Imola 2-0 
 2. Biancoblu BO 2-0 
 3. Centrale Latte 2-0 
 4. Fileni BPA 2-0 
 5. MarcoPoloShop 1-0 
 6. Trenkwalder 1-0 
 7. Enel Brindisi 1-1 
 8. Giorgio Tesi PT 1-1 
 9. Givova Scafati 1-1 
 10. Prima Veroli 1-1 
 11. Assi Ostuni 0-2 
 12. Morpho Basket 0-2 
 13. S.Antimo 0-2 
 14. Sigma Barcel. 0-2 
 15. Tezenis Verona 0-2 


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BJ League Round 1 results - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in BJ League just started.

Iwate Big Bulls - Sendai 89ers 61-74

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Sendai 89ers's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-10 extending their advantage to 13 points. Sendai 89ers outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 42-25 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Guard Yoshiaki Yamamoto (-82) answered with 14 points and American forward Sean Coleman (203-87, college: Houston) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 18+8reb+4ast, D.Fitzgerald 14+7reb+2ast, T.Komoda 12+2reb, H.Kusaka 11+2reb+2ast, O.Mims 8+10reb+2ast, T.Shimura 6+3reb+3ast
Iwate Big Bulls: Y.Yamamoto 14+2reb+3ast, M.Sawaguchi 12+1reb, L.Malloy 10+2reb, S.Coleman 9+7reb, M.Smith 7+2reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 4+4reb
gschID: 137263


Niigata Albirex - Shinshu BW 81-86

Shinshu BW forced 22 Niigata Albirex turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Niigata Albirex helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Takato Saito (181-85) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and forward Kimitake Sato (186-84) added 18 points in the effort for Niigata Albirex.
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 24+10reb+2ast, E.Morris 18+4reb+3ast, T.Saito 17+4reb+6ast, T.Hughes 14+6reb+1ast, T.Goya 8+4reb+4ast, Y.Suzuki 3
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 18+4reb+2ast, E.Maxey 17+4reb+2ast, C.Holm 16+18reb+2ast, J.Keefe 13+6reb, D.Gordon 6+2reb, S.Komatsu 3
gschID: 137264


Yokohama - Hamamatsu P. 69-63

The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and forward James Peters (204-81, college: UNLV) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Yokohama: J.Burrell 20+8reb+1ast, M.Simmons 18+3reb+2ast, K.Yamada 12+2reb+3ast, C.McFarland 8+11reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 7+4reb+6ast, T.Aoki 4+1reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 17+12reb+2ast, J.Peters 12+2reb+5ast, J.Parmer 12+6reb, S.Nakanishi 11+5reb, Y.Yamaguchi 7+2reb+3ast, A.Ohta 4+2reb
gschID: 137265


Iwate Big Bulls - Sendai 89ers 58-77

The game was mostly controlled by Sendai 89ers. Iwate Big Bulls was better in second period 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 7 blocks. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sean Coleman (203-87, college: Houston) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 22+6reb+1ast, O.Mims 22+10reb+2ast, J.Dukes 19+9reb+2ast, T.Komoda 6+3reb+1ast, T.Shimura 5+3reb+4ast, H.Kusaka 2+3reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 19+9reb+1ast, S.Coleman 8+6reb+2ast, H.Kantake 8+4reb, M.Smith 5+3reb+2ast, Y.Yamamoto 5+3reb+3ast, J.Shin 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 137260


Niigata Albirex - Shinshu BW 98-75

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-75. It was a very good performance for American power forward James Keefe (203-87, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and guard Takato Saito (181-85) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Shinshu BW.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Keefe 24+9reb, K.Sato 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 12+2reb+1ast, C.Holm 11+12reb+2ast, N.Murry 11+3reb+7ast, S.Komatsu 7+1reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 20+13reb+1ast, T.Saito 17+2reb+6ast, E.Morris 11+12reb+2ast, T.Hughes 9+9reb, Y.Suzuki 6+2reb+1ast, T.Utsunomiya 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137261


Yokohama - Hamamatsu P. 62-63 OT

Yokohama was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 12-10 charge of Hamamatsu Phoenix, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-10. American players dominated the game. Forward James Peters (204-81, college: UNLV) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Yokohama players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Peters 23+14reb+3ast, J.Parmer 18+6reb+3ast, W.Arnold 15+8reb+1ast, A.Ohta 5+7reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 2+1ast, S.Nakanishi 0
Yokohama: J.Burrell 12+7reb+1ast, M.Simmons 11+10reb+6ast, K.Yamada 10+6reb+2ast, C.McFarland 10+16reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 7+2reb, T.Aoki 6+1reb
gschID: 137262




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  KOSOVO   


Peja registers Salley - by Dren Shporta
The yellows from Peja registered a new player into their team, announced Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK). Eric Salley (183-G-88, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Claflin) is the player who will strengthen the Pejans days before the new season starts.

Peja, two weeks before have announced that will keep the team full with juniors where Vigan Radoni (22 years) and Rron Grapci (21 years) will be the oldest players. But after an agreement with Blerim Mazreku, they surprised all the teams in the BKT Superliga with registering of Salley.

Bujar Locis players will play the high rivalry match in their first round with Prishtina and they want to start by winning the raining champions. After they complete all the procedures as FBK regulations want, the players will have the right to play, told the FBK official.



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  LATVIA   


LBL2 Round 2: Ventspils Augstskola 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 LBL2. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ventspils Augstskola as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ventspils Augstskola defeated 9th ranked Riga at home 81-64. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. Riga managed to win third quarter 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Riga at the other side keeps the ninth place with two games lost. Riga will play next round against Livani trying to get back on the winning streak. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Undefeated RSU (1-1) recorded its first loss on the court of top-ranked Liepaja-2. Visitors were defeated by Liepaja-2 78-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Liepaja-2 (2-0) moved-up to second place, which they share with BK VEF. Newly promoted RSU dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. They share it with Barons/Keizar.. Liepaja-2 will play against Ridzene (#13) in Riga in the next round which should be an easy win for them. RSU will have a break next round.
The game between top-ranked Ventspils Augstskola (3-0) and bottom-ranked Gulbene (0-2) in Ventspils on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Ventspils Augstskola outscored guests from 104-56. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Gulbene still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Jelgava/LLU. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gulbene will play against Barons/Keizar. (#7) in Riga.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons/Keizar. (#9) and Riga (#9). Barons/Keizar. (1-1) won against visiting Riga (1-2) 87-76. Barons/Keizar. left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with RSU. Riga at the other side keeps the ninth position with two games lost. Barons/Keizar.'s next round opponent will be Gulbene (#15) and are hoping to win another game. Riga will play against Livani (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 winless Jelgava/LLU lost to undefeated BK VEF on the road 75-96.



VA - Riga 81-64

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ventspils Augstskola as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ventspils Augstskola defeated 9th ranked Riga at home 81-64. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. Riga managed to win third quarter 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Riga at the other side keeps the ninth place with two games lost. Riga will play next round against Livani trying to get back on the winning streak. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
gschID: 151264


BK VEF - Jelgava/LLU 96-75

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked VEF Riga junior (2-0) crushed at home bottom-ranked Zemgale/Juniors (0-2) 96-75. VEF Riga junior moved-up to second place, which they share with Liepaja-2. Zemgale/Juniors at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 151265


Liepaja-2 - RSU 78-66

Undefeated RSU (1-1) recorded its first loss on the court of top-ranked Liepaja-2. Visitors were defeated by Liepaja-2 78-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. RSU was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja-2 (2-0) moved-up to second place, which they share with BK VEF. Newly promoted RSU dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. They share it with Barons/Keizar.. Liepaja-2 will play against Ridzene (#13) in Riga in the next round which should be an easy win for them. RSU will have a break next round.
gschID: 151261


VA - Gulbene 104-56

The game between top-ranked Ventspils Augstskola (3-0) and bottom-ranked Gulbene (0-2) in Ventspils on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Ventspils Augstskola outscored guests from 104-56. The game without a history. Ventspils Augstskola led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Gulbene still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Jelgava/LLU. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gulbene will play against Barons/Keizar. (#7) in Riga.
gschID: 151262


Barons/Keizar. - Riga 87-76

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons/Keizar. (#9) and Riga (#9). Barons/Keizar. (1-1) won against visiting Riga (1-2) 87-76. Riga was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Barons/Keizar. left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with RSU. Riga at the other side keeps the ninth position with two games lost. Barons/Keizar.'s next round opponent will be Gulbene (#15) and are hoping to win another game. Riga will play against Livani (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151263




Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. VA 3-0 
 2. BK VEF 2-0 
 3. Liepaja-2 2-0 
 4. DSN 1-0 
 5. Saldus 1-0 
 6. VEF Kadeti 1-0 
 7. Barons/Keizar. 1-1 
 8. RSU 1-1 
 9. Riga 1-2 
 10. Cesis 0-1 
 11. Livani 0-1 
 12. Ogres 0-1 
 13. Ridzene 0-1 
 14. Valmiera U21 0-1 
 15. Gulbene 0-2 
 16. Jelgava/LLU 0-2 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 2-0 
 2. VEF Riga 1-0 
 3. Valmiera 1-1 
 4. Turiba 1-1 
 5. Jelgava 0-0 
 6. Jurmala 0-0 
 7. U18 0-0 
 8. LU 0-1 
 9. Liepaja 0-2 


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  LEBANON   


After Leather, Sagesse inks Aaron Haynes... - by Rabih Khoury
After signing Terrence Leather, Sagesse agreed to terms with the second import from Korea last season. This time he was the best scorer of last year's KBL. He is Haynes Aaron (201-F-81, college: Boise St.). Haynes played in Lebanon in 2007-2008 with Feytroun where he averaged in 15 games: Score-4 (23.3ppg), Reb-1 (15.4rpg), Assists-5 (5.6apg), 1.7spg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), 2FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 82%. Last year he averaged in Korea in 56 games: Score-1 (23.2ppg), 8.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT-3 (45.5%), FT: 84.6%. Haynes will arrive in the next few days after failing to Join Jilin in the chines CBA, where he had 2 weeks try out.!!

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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Delikatesas 2-0 
 2. Matinga-Juod. 2-0 
 3. Statyba 2-0 
 4. Zalgiris-Sabonio 2-0 
 5. Nafta Universitetas 1-1 
 6. Perlas-MRU 1-1 
 7. S.Marciulionio 1-1 
 8. LKKA-Atletas 1-1 
 9. Ezerunas-Karys 1-1 
 10. Radviliskis 1-1 
 11. Silute 1-1 
 12. ABRO-Univ. 1-1 
 13. Gargzdai 0-2 
 14. Mazeikiai 0-2 
 15. Meresta 0-2 
 16. Triobet 0-2 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vitalis PANCEREVAS
  Silute
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Pancerevas, Silute25.0 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.25.0 
 3. Sragauskis, LKKA-.23.5 
 4. Slezas, Ezerunas.23.0 
 5. Jogela, Zalgir.22.0 
 6. Uzkuraitis, Delika.22.0 
 7. Matutis, Gargzdai22.0 
 8. Jurkus, Silute21.5 
 9. Masiulis, Matinga-.19.5 
 10. Rakauskas, Radvil.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mantas TAMASEVICIUS
  Silute
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tamasevicius, Silu.10.0 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai9.5 
 3. Kazakauskas, Naft.9.0 
 4. Gurklys, AB.9.0 
 5. Pikalavicius, Deli.9.0 
 6. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.5 
 7. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 8. Sugintas, Statyba8.5 
 9. Kumpys, Nafta U.8.0 
 10. Jonelis, Gargzdai8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius SEMASKA
  Perla.
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Semaska, Perla.9.5 
 2. Rakauskas, Radvili.6.5 
 3. Kurauskas, AB.6.0 
 4. Artamonov, Meresta6.0 
 5. Venskus, Nafta U.5.5 
 6. Malasauskas, LKKA.5.0 
 7. Simanavicius, Zalg.5.0 
 8. Birgelis, Matinga-.5.0 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Trio.5.0 
 10. Ambrulaitis, Ezer.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Martynas PALIUKENAS
  S.Marc.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Paliukenas, S.Marc.4.5 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.4.0 
 3. Radavicius, Meres.3.5 
 4. Pupinis, Matinga-.3.5 
 5. Sugintas, Statyba3.0 
 6. Razutis, Silute3.0 
 7. Jurgo, Mazeikiai3.0 
 8. Kuklierius, Mating.2.5 
 9. Kvedaraviciu., Del.2.5 
 10. Bagdonaviciu., Me.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Urbonas, LK.4.5 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.3.0 
 3. Pupinis, Matinga-.2.0 
 4. Giedraitis, ABRO-.2.0 
 5. Stakenas, Statyba2.0 
 6. Dimsa, Zalgiris.1.5 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.5 
 8. Vaitelis, Mazeikiai1.5 
 9. Galkauskas, Meres.1.0 
 10. Anglickis, Statyba1.0 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Mornar defeated Turus in the season opener of the Balkan League - by Darko Pekic
The ambitious club from Montenegro, KK Mornar, started the season with an away victory. Coach Pavicevic's boys defeated a team from Macedonia, named KK Turus in their debut in the Balkan League. It was a close game and teams exchanged the lead many times but at the end Mornar returned home with a victory. Filip Barovic (205-F-90) scored the most points for the winners - 16. Lazar Radosavljevic (203-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 14, while Nikola Ivanovic (199-F-89) came off the bench scoring 11. Radoje Vujosevic (209-C-89) finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in the win.

Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the loss for KK Torus. Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 20 points and Justin Reynolds (205-F-88, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) was the only other player to finish in double digits - 11 points.

Mornar will play the inaugural game of Erste Basketball League on Saturday against KK Sutjeska.


Eurocup draw: Alba, Dexia Mons, Buducnost and Turow (group H) - by Darko Pekic
The 2011-12 Eurocup Regular Season Draw took place in Barcelona on Tuesday. The six-game Eurocup regular season will begin on November 15 and finish on December 20, with the best two of each group's four teams advancing. Buducnost was lucky enough to get a mid level group without strong favotites and tough trips ( Russia, Ukraine etc..). The team from Podgorica will face the following clubs:

ALBA BERLIN

With a new head coach, Gordon Herbert , some new punch in the lineup and as much ambition as ever, Alba Berlin is a threat in any competition it plays. Herbert arrives with last year's German League scoring champ, DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.), who joins combo guards Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) in a potent backcourt. Shooting guard Lucca Staiger (196-G-88, college: Iowa St.) will be complemented by all-around talent Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports). Power players Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi), Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo), Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame), ex Buducnost player Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Sven Schultze (208-C-78) give Berlin a mix of experience and talent that can only give confidence heading into the Eurocup season.

DEXIA MONS-HAINAUT

Dexia Mons-Hainaut makes just its second Eurocup appearance this season after playing its way in via the qualifying round. The reigning Belgian Cup champion, Mons does not have many players well-versed in Eurocup action, but with veteran head coach Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman ) on the sidelines, it is clear that this team will be ready every night. The tandem of Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) and Sean Singletary (183-PG-85, college: Virginia) give Mons two playmaking options, while A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87, college: W.Kentucky) and Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) look eager to carry out the scoring duties as is three-point marksman Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt). Meanwhile veteran Warren Carter (205-F/C-85, college: Illinois) and Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.Joseph's) complement each other well in the paint. Mons may be devoid of household names, but that wont stop it from challenging for big wins all season long.

PGE TUROW

PGE Turow is already the perennial challenger to the throne in Poland and that countrys most successful club in the Eurocup. But the team from Zgorzelec is not satisfied and will look to make another charge for glory this season. Head coach Jacek Winnicki has added several new faces to last seasons successful mix hoping that the new blend will produce even better results. The guard tandem of Ronald Moore (183-G-88, college: Siena) and David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) (ex Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje) will be keys Turows chances. Former Euroleague champ Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and sharpshooter Michal Chylinski (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) are important figures on the wings. In the paint the team added defensive stud Dallas Lauderdale (203-F, college: Ohio St.) and Aaron Cel (203-F-87), both newcomers to this level, to returnees Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) and Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). Even though the team is different, Turow will show others across the continent why it is dangerous to underestimate this club.


Buducnost won at home, The Fortress Moraca did not fall. - by Darko Pekic
Crvena Zvezda did not break the tradition. After 7 years of losing, Crvena Zvezda did it again and their losing streak continues. Tonight Buducnost was a better, stronger and more organized team. Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) will have to do a lot of work because his best players failed in their first match outside Pionir Hall. Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Petar Popovic (211-C-79) scored together 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while on the other side Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) had 16 points and 18 rebounds! He dominated in the paint and helped his young teammates to overcome the big obstacle from Belgrade.

Crvena Zvezda started the game well. The bench players Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90), Filip Covic (180-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and Bojan Radetic (203-F-88) took the control of the game and after the first half Buducnost was at -7 (39-46). But after the halftime, Buducnost was more agressive and the the things on the floor changed. Nikola Ivanovic played great defense, along with Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) and Marko Popovic (200-F-85). The last quarter was just a formality because Pesic's guys gave up too soon. The final result was 79-64.

Of course, Vucevic was the MVP of the game. His partner under the basket, Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points ans 6 rebounds while the X factor Marko Popovic added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. On the other side, Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) was better than others with 15 points.

Buducnost will play on Saturday against Zagreb in Croazia.


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  NBA   


Phoenix Suns name Brad Casper new president - by Eurobasket News
When Brad Casper arrived in the Valley in 2005 to run Dial Corp., he wound up at his second NBA basketball game in two decades and was hooked.

It was during the Suns' conference finals run, one he likened to growing up in Cincinnati around the Big Red Machine era. The courtside experience prompted him to tell Suns Vice Chairman Sam Garvin, 'I'd like to have your job.'

Garvin is staying, but the notion never left, especially when Rick Welts resigned as Suns president as chief executive officer last month for personal and professional reasons (and ultimately became Golden State's president).

Casper, with the experience of running a $2 billion company, will now run the Suns' business operations as president. The interim president, former legal counsel Jason Rowley, becomes the Suns' chief operating officer.

Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said his focus turned toward Casper after a recent NBA ownership meeting in which Miami Heat owner Micky Arison asked new Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris how he recruited an executive with the stature of Adam Aron, the CEO of Vail Resorts and Norwegian Cruise Lines, to be his team's CEO. It was Aron's passion for the 76ers.

'That got my wheels going in terms of maybe we could set our sights higher in terms of business experience and maybe there is a chance to bring someone in here who, because of his passion for the product, would be willing to come into a position that he's overqualified for,' Sarver said.

'Brad brings a level of experience we're fortunate to have, given an organization our size. He's run companies 10 times our size. His breadth of experience in brand management, customer satisfaction and marketing is a big-time addition. He also has a lot of experience in international marketing, the fastest growing part of the NBA. His depth in branding and marketing is something we never had before.'

Casper, 51, spent 16 years with Procter & Gamble Co., including nine years in Japan, China and Hong Kong, before becoming president of another consumer goods company, Church and Dwight Co., in 2001. He was recruited to the Dial CEO job in 2005 after it had been acquired by German conglomerate Henkel AG and he led the opening of a new Scottsdale headquarters in 2008.

Casper resigned from Dial in August 2010 and said his first support came from the Suns, who invited his family to the outdoor preseason game in Palm Desert, Calif. Since then, Casper has been involved as an adviser and board member to several multi-million dollar companies and took over Jerry Colangelo's role as director at Grand Canyon University, a Suns marketing partner.

Casper agreed to the Suns job on Thursday and spent the weekend in meetings with Sarver, Rowley and President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.

'You couldn't ask to have somebody, who you work for and with, to be any more of a pro-employee leader and visionary,' Rowley said. 'I'm looking forward to learning from Brad.'

Casper enters at a precarious time after the exit of Welts, a popular leader with unmatched NBA experience and respect, and as the club prepares to come out of a NBA lockout. The Suns have begun an internal initiative, called Project Refresh, to improve fan relations.

'Everything the fan base comes in touch with, we've got to re-examine and put a sunny side to it,' Casper said.

Rowley received his second promotion in five weeks after becoming executive vice president when Welts departed.

'We take the continuity of leadership with Jason and add the depth of experience that Brad has in building a brand and marketing and leading a large company and I'm excited to have both,' Sarver said.

Sarver said the fans will feel the difference in leadership because Casper is an innovator - and more capital on the business side can translate to a better basketball product. Casper said the size of the challenge was more important to him than the size of the company.

'We want to be the best entertainment value of any sports organization in the state of Arizona,' Casper said. 'I'd argue we'd want to be the model by which every NBA team looks to for how to engage, excite, educate, energize its fan base.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Marreese Speights turns down offer from Greece (Panionios) - by Eurobasket News
Marreese Speights (208-F/C-87, college: Florida) will not start this season with Panionios, despite some of the Greek media already reported that the deal is done. Speights' agent, Andy Miller, issued a statement via Twitter in response to the report. Miller said: 'Speights has not accepted a job in Greece. We appreciate the interest in him but have decided to hold off at this time'. Speights supposed to replace Byron Mullens in Panionios. Marreese Speights spent last three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. In the latest one he had 5.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 66 games. In 2009/10, Marreese Speights collected 8.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 62 games with Philly. In his rookie season he had slightly lower digits. Marreese Speights won NCAA title with the University of Florida in 2007. He played one more year for them, after what he decided to go pro. The 76ers selected him as 16th overall pick at the 2008 NBA Draft.

NBA cancels first 2 weeks of season - by Eurobasket News
NBA commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the season Monday after owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal and end the lockout.

'The gap is so significant that we just can't bridge it at this time,' said Stern, who added it's doubtful a full 82-game season can be played.

Top negotiators for both sides met for more than 7 hours Monday, returning to bargaining about 14 hours after ending talks Sunday night. The sides expect to remain in contact, but no additional formal talks have been scheduled.

Stern said the sides are 'very far apart on virtually all issues. ... We just have a gulf that separates us.'

Opening night was scheduled for Nov. 1, and the cancellation includes all games scheduled to be played through Nov. 14. Affected arenas have been authorized to release dates for those games.

The money split remains such an obstacle that the sides didn't even discuss it Sunday and Monday.

With another work stoppage, the NBA risks alienating a fan base that sent the league's revenues and TV ratings soaring during the 2010-11 season. And the loss of the first two weeks of games will hurt workers with jobs dependent on pro basketball's six-month-plus season. A few teams already have trimmed their staffs, and more layoffs could be forthcoming.

The success of last season, on the court and at the box office, convinced many that the sides would never reach this point.

But small-market owners were hardened after watching LeBron James leave Cleveland for Miami, Amare Stoudemire bolt Phoenix for New York, and Carmelo Anthony later use his impending free agency as leverage to secure a trade from Denver to the Knicks. They wanted changes that would allow them to keep their superstars and compete for titles with the big-spending teams from Los Angeles, Boston and Dallas that have won the past four championships.

Courtesy of www.freep.com


Wall has 55, but Drew League tops Goodman - by Eurobasket News
Sunday's Drew League vs. Goodman League rematch was a game played under unusual circumstances.

While they waited to hear back from their representatives in New York on an 11th-hour meeting meant to resolve final issues with the league's long-standing lockout, 16 NBA players took part in a quickly-planned game at the Pyramid at Long Beach State to re-visit an August battle between two of the nation's most storied summer league teams.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky), playing for the Washington D.C.-based Goodman League, had two electrifying plays and a game-high 55 points and Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) went head-to-head throughout, but the Los Angeles-based Drew League got key contributions from some unexpected sources to pull out a 151-144 win.

Durant had 50 points for Goodman and Harden had 48 to lead the Drew League. But Wall had the play of the night with a 360-degree spin layup in the third quarter. Then, in the fourth quarter, he took a pass from Gary Forbes and converted an alley-oop dunk to tie the score at 125.

On his way down the floor, he stopped and did a quick rendition of the 'Teach Me How to Dougie' dance he made famous at a pregame introduction with the Wizards last season.

'He's been doing that all summer and his rookie year,' Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said of Wall. 'He's just a terrific player. He's going to be something to reckon with in a couple years.'

Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes, playing in his first competitive basketball game in more than three months, was a welcome presence for the Drew League. After getting a last-minute call Saturday to play in the game, he jumped in as a substitute and limited Durant to only 17 points in the second half.

He also had 20 points of his own and was responsible for a crucial six-point run late in the fourth quarter. When Durant hit a three to bring the margin to two at 138-136 with just over four minutes to go, Barnes scored in the lane on the next possession, then stole the ball and delivered an assist to Marcus Banks for another basket and added another jumper to make it 144-136.

'I just told the coach, 'Let me guard him and see what I can do,'' Barnes said afterward. 'And I slowed him down a little bit, made him take some tough shots.

'We know Kevin Durant's been on a world tour averaging 50. And he got 50 again, but (33) of those came in the first half.'

Barnes had right knee issues last season that limited him during the Lakers' playoff run. He said Sunday that there was 'more to the story' about his injury than what was reported at the time but added that he was '90 percent' recovered.

He was key to the Drew League victory.

'On both sides -- defensively and offensively,' DeRozan said. 'He definitely helped us out there.'

Also coming back from injury was Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in March. He said was '85 percent' recovered.

Termed 'The Big Payback,' Sunday's game was a rematch of the original Drew-Goodman contest in Washington D.C., held on Aug. 20.

That game, which was billed as 'Capital Punishment,' was won by team Goodman 135-134 after a disputed foul call put Durant at the foul line with 20 seconds to go. Durant had 44 points in all.

But whereas that game had a tougher, more NBA-like feel, Sunday's contest resembled an All-Star Game more than anything else. From early on it was apparent that few players would try to play defense as the teams combined to score 71 points in the first quarter, and that didn't change until late.

The Drew League led for most of the game after taking an 11-10 lead on a pretty play from Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings early in the first. The Goodman got back on top when Wall and Durant put together an eight-point flurry midway through the second to take a 55-52 lead, but that didn't last long. Harden put the Drew back on top shortly afterward, and the locals took a 79-71 lead into halftime.

Coached by Drew League summer season coach of the year Tiny Flournoy, team Drew kept up that lead during the third quarter. But the fourth was fight to the finish until Barnes bought Drew some breathing room and the victory, prompting the capacity crowd of 5,600 to rush the court at the Pyramid.

'We feel like this is the big payback,' Wizards guard Nick Young said before the game. 'We want to get right back at these guys in our backyard. '

Young didn't play in the first Drew-Goodman game. But he watched it on the computer and was disappointed by what he saw.

'I saw some things I shouldn't have seen,' Young said. 'I think we got robbed.'

Many players voiced complaints that the referees had made a number of mistakes in that game, and Goodman commissioner Miles Rawls even referenced those concerns after that game.

There were no glaring officiating errors in Sunday's game. Before tip-off, Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley told the crowd that he hoped this was the last time he saw these players for a while. He was happy to see them there, he said -- but he'd rather them be playing for their normal NBA teams.

And the players shared that same frame of mind.

'We don't want to be here, ' New Orleans Hornets guard Trevor Ariza said after Sunday's game. 'We want to be where we're supposed to be.

'I want to be in New Orleans. I want to play. But we're not gonna do anything until we got a deal.'

Ariza was another unexpected contributor for the Drew League. He didn't play in any games this summer and didn't play in the first game between the two teams.

Smiley introduced the players prior to the game and was especially pleased to welcome Ariza. He also reminded the crowd to appreciate what they were getting in Sunday's contest -- 16 of the league's players coming together for a game for the fans, not for the paychecks.

'This is inner-city basketball on steroids,' Smiley said. 'This is what it is all about. These players deserve contracts and they deserve everything.'

As for Sunday's meetings, negotiators for the sides met for more than five hours before breaking for the night. They are scheduled to return Monday afternoon.

Courtesy of ESPN


Knicks' Anthony wants game of stars in New York - by Eurobasket News
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) talked late Saturday night about playing a basketball game in New York City in mid-November, but not at the Garden and not in a Knicks uniform.

Anthony emerged from the FIU locker room at midnight Saturday pretty certain the NBA will cancel the first two weeks of the season today -- no matter the last-hour meeting being arranged for last night between the two sides in the league's labor dispute.

Nothing is set in stone, but Anthony believes he, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and friends will stage a big exhibition in the Big Apple.

'We're going to keep giving back,' Anthony said.

On his Twitter account yesterday, Anthony started banging the drums for his Big Apple charity-fest.

'Working on an epic exhibition charity game in NYC,' he wrote. 'Showtime. I'm comin' home.'

Anthony and several players who participated in the South Florida All-Star Classic at FIU's gym met with a union official after the game and were told the Players Association is still not budging on its position of a 52 or 53-percent cut of revenue. (The owners want a 50-50 split).

'We had conversations,' Anthony told The Post. 'It was just good to get everybody together.

'I don't think anything is going to happen between now and Monday,' Anthony added. 'So we've just got to be prepared for that, be prepared for the lockout for the first two weeks and see where all this is going.'

The Knicks' season opener against Miami on Nov. 2 at the Garden and their first eight games total are expected to be scrapped today.

'It's sad all the way across,' said Anthony, who scored 30 points for victorious Team Wade and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds left to send the game into overtime. 'It's [sad] for us as players. It's sad for the owners. It's sad for the fans of the NBA.'

And so Anthony said he wants to keep the barnstorming tour going. Nobody appreciates these exhibitions more than Anthony. It's clear how much he loves basketball, how much he loves being in the gym. He was the last player to leave the FIU arena Saturday, though a South Beach Saturday night awaited. He even stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans in the pouring Miami rain before departing.

'If they want to lock us out [longer tan two weeks], we're sticking together,' Anthony said. 'It's Saturday. Let's be realistic. I don't think anything is going to happen between now and Monday.'

Anthony enjoyed himself Saturday and his willingness to assert himself among a collection of star players (nine All-Stars participated) was telling. In the final minutes of regulation in a tight game, he posted up Kevin Durant repeatedly and called for the ball almost on every possession.

'It got real intense down there,' Anthony said. 'We made it competitive and made it fun.'

Of course, defense is the concern with Anthony. Team Wade's coach, comedian Kevin Hart, even started yelling at Anthony to 'play on both ends,' and Anthony just ignored him.

Despite the elephant of the lockout in the room, it was a swell night at the packed, 4,000-seat FIU gym, with coach Isiah Thomas throwing a basketball party to benefit 'Mary's Court,' which funds kids in poverty in Chicago and is named after his mother.

For one night, Thomas promoted charity and not the false notion he secretly is running the Knicks, and he came across so much better in that role.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


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Saint John Mill Rats to announce key player - by Eurobasket News
In light of the current NBA lockout and state of the overseas market, the Saint John Mill Rats will be holding a Press Conference to introduce a special player just recently signed in Saint John, N.B.

'We are excited to bring a player of this caliber to the Mill Rats for this season and this is undoubtedly the biggest signing in our history,' states Ian McCarthy, President and General Manager of the Mill Rats and COO of the newly formed National Basketball League of Canada.

'To add a player of this pedigree to go along with our two leading scorers (Anderson and Egerson) is just great. We can't wait for camp to start on the 17th,' says Coach Jaren Jackson , best known for his four year stint with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, with whom he won an NBA Championship in 1999.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Florida reinstates Larson six months after arrest - by Eurobasket News
Florida forward Cody Larson (6'9''-F) has been reinstated just days after settling his probation violation case.

Gators coach Billy Donovan said Monday night that Larson is back with the team and eligible to play this season.

A judge in Sioux Falls, S.D., gave Larson two additional years of probation Friday and reinstated his 120-day suspended sentence. The punishment came after Larson reached a plea deal last month on a misdemeanor trespass charge stemming from an incident in April. He was arrested and charged with trying to break into a car in St. Augustine. Donovan suspended Larson immediately.

In 2010, he received a suspended sentence and probation in South Dakota on a misdemeanor drug charge for allegedly sharing presciption medication with a high school teammate.

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Indiana's Creek tears Achilles tendon - by Eurobasket News
Indiana basketball guard Maurice Creek (6'5''-G-90) has hit another setback in his attempt to return from injury.

The Hoosiers announced on Monday that Creek had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg, leaving his status for this season in question.

Creek started 12 games as a freshman in 2009 before breaking his left patella and missing the rest of the season. Last year, he played in 18 games with 13 starts before a stress fracture in his right patella.

In the press release announcing Creeks injury, Indiana said Creeks latest injury was not related to his previous knee injuries.

All of our energy is devoted to Maurice in helping him through this latest setback, Indiana coach Tom Crean said in the release. I know he and his family have always appreciated the thoughts and prayers they receive from Hoosier Nation.

Creek was the leading freshmen scorer in the country (16.4 ppg) when he suffered his first injury, thanks to a 31-point outburst against Kentucky. In 30 career games, Creek averaged 11.5 points.

NBA cancels first two weeks of season: NBA Commissioner David Stern has canceled the first two weeks of the season after owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal and end the lockout. Top negotiators for both sides met for more than seven hours Monday, returning to bargaining about 14 hours after ending talks Sunday night.

Stern says both sides are very far apart on virtually all issues. ... We just have a gulf that separates us.

Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, owners Peter Holt of San Antonio, Glen Taylor of Minnesota and James Dolan of New York, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel Dan Rube met with union executive director Billy Hunter, president Derek Fisher of the Lakers and vice president Maurice Evans of the Wizards, and attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and Ron Klempner.

TCU headed to Big 12: TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12, ignoring the conferences recent instability and seizing an opportunity to be a part of a league with natural geographic rivals. The move could provide some much-needed stability for the Big 12, which lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) over the summer and will lose Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference next year. Missouri is also exploring a move to the SEC.

Courtesy of http://posttrib.suntimes.com


Jack suffers foot injury, out 3-4 months for RU - by Eurobasket News
After enrolling early in 2010, Rutgers mens basketball freshman Jack Kadeem (6'9''-F) found out he must wait longer to make his first career appearance for the Scarlet Knights.

Jack will have surgery on his right foot this week after he suffered an injury Friday in a preseason workout, head coach Mike Rice announced.

The surgery requires a three- or four-month recovery period.

Kadeem has worked extremely hard in preparation for the season, Rice said. He will remain very much involved in all team activities and we look forward to his complete recovery.

Jacks absence leaves the Knights with only Gilvydas Biruta and Austin Johnson as returning frontcourt players.

Johnson earned a spot starting in Big East play last season, but saw most of his time off the Knights bench in a reserve role. Biruta earned Big East All-Rookie honors a year ago, but he begins the season without Jack, who was a viable candidate to start.

Rutgers lost forward Jonathan Mitchell to graduation in May, and the 6-foot-9, 218-pound Jack figured to enter the starting equation.

In his place, freshmen Derrick Randall and Greg Lewis should earn significant minutes in the Knights frontcourt rotation.

Randall was Rices first commitment in the heralded Class of 2011, and Lewis was the last before Mike Taylors academic issues opened the door for freshman Eli Carter.

Jack enrolled at Rutgers mid-year in 2011 after spending less than a semester at South Kent (Conn.), where Randall prepped the 2010-11 season.

He began practicing with the Knights on Dec. 26, and participated in team activities through Rutgers loss to St. Johns in the Big East Tournament.

Jack played the remainder of the fall at Central Jersey Each One Teach One Academy before he first arrived in Piscataway for the start of the 2011 spring semester.

The Rice High School (N.Y.) product was the Knights third commit from their 2011 recruiting class. Point guard Myles Mack committed to Rutgers the following day.

Jacks early arrival forced a re-classification, and he became part of Rices 2010 class. Rivals.com originally ranked him the No. 33 overall recruit in 2011.

The remaining six-member Class of 2011 ranked 24th nationally without Jack, according to Rivals.com.

Courtesy of www.dailytargum.com


TCU accepts invite to join Big 12 - by Eurobasket News
TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, seizing an opportunity to be a part of a conference with natural geographic rivals despite the league's recent instability.

The board of trustees unanimously approved the move and Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. made the expected announcement in front a packed room of more than 200 people. Athletic director Chris Del Conte fought back tears as he recalled receiving the phone call from the Horned Frogs' new conference last week.

'This is living proof that dreams do come true,' he said.

The move could provide some much-needed stability for the Big 12, which lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) over the summer and will lose Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference next year. Missouri is also exploring a move to the SEC.

TCU has a strong football background that includes celebrated athletes from the 1930s - including Heisman Trophy winner Davey O'Brien and All-American Sammy Baugh, who both played in the NFL. More recent alums include New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.

The Horned Frogs went 13-0 last season and won the Rose Bowl. They also went undefeated in the 2009 regular season, then lost to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

'It was a challenge winning the Rose Bowl ... and there's been a lot of people that told us we couldn't do a lot of different things, and so we're going to take it one step at a time,' football coach Gary Patterson said after the announcement. 'It's not going to be easy ... but I do believe that if the Big 12 did not feel like we couldn't be competitive in the league, then they wouldn't have asked us.'

Patterson said the financial benefit of being in the Big 12 and resuming those rivalries also will help Fort Worth.

'Are you going to win 10 to 12 games every year? Probably not,' Patterson said. 'But the key is ... to have a chance to challenge for the conference title, always try to get back to bowl games, and that's going to be our goal is to do it like we've always done it: one game at a time.'

Big 12 Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas told the crowd that TCU has an outstanding academic record as well as athletics.

'Chancellor, TCU has traveled a long path, been to different places. Sir, I'd like to welcome you home,' Neinas said.

TCU currently competes in the Mountain West Conference and was set to join the Big East next July. Instead, the Big 12 went public with its interest in TCU last week and set the stage for the private university to stay closer to home. It officially joins the Big 12 on July 1.

Del Conte said TCU will not be required to give the 27 months' notice to leave the Big East but must pay the exit fee. He declined to confirm it was the $5 million required by the Big East policy.

Several Big 12 coaches welcomed the idea of having TCU in the league.

'They're an excellent program,' Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. 'You see what they've been doing throughout the year. I love the proximity for the fans. It's another game that's relatively close and in this region, so I think it's great.'

Also Monday, Big East school leaders authorized the conference to add enough members to have 12 teams for football. With Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East would be down to six football schools without TCU: West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Rutgers and Connecticut.

SEC leaders also met Monday for their regularly scheduled fall session but took no action on expansion. The league will have 13 members once Texas A&M joins in July, leading to speculation about whether Missouri or other schools will be added to balance things out.

As for the Big 12, adding TCU would give it 10 members going into next season without further changes.

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he has 'always been in favor of a Big 12 Conference with 12 teams, and two divisions and a championship.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Arrest in killing of US hoops player in Romania - by Eurobasket News
A man was arrested Monday in the killing of Chauncey Hardy (6'0''-PG-88, college: Sacred Heart), a former basketball player at Sacred Heart in Connecticut who prosecutors say was punched in the face by the boyfriend of a woman Hardy was with in a bar.

Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia surrendered to police and will be in custody for 29 days while he awaits trial. He is accused of beating up Hardy in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu on Saturday night.

Hardy died shortly after surgery Sunday in Bucharest. The 23-year-old player sustained severe head injuries and was in a coma when admitted to the hospital in Giurgiu, where he played for CSS Giurgiu and was celebrating a victory over rival Dinamo Bucharest.

Hardy was punched after he playfully put his cap on a woman's head, prosecutors said. They added that the woman's boyfriend objected to the gesture, and Hardy tried to show he didn't understand Romanian. Tanasoaia then allegedly punched Hardy on the chin and he fell to the ground.

A preliminary autopsy revealed a massive hemorrhage and broken skull. Giurgiu county hospital spokeswoman Elisabeta Bene said Monday that doctors initially suspected Hardy was in a coma because he had been drinking. She said his condition deteriorated a few hours later and he was transferred to a hospital in Bucharest, 38 miles from Giurgiu.

'We are concerned by the violent circumstances surrounding the death of this U.S. citizen, and will pay close attention as the investigation progresses,' the public diplomacy department of the U.S. Embassy said in an email to The Associated Press.

Romania's health ministry Monday ordered an inquiry to determine whether emergency procedures had been followed.

Hardy, who arrived in Romania in August, was a guard at Sacred Heart from 2006 to 2010. He averaged 12.5 points in his last season.

'This is not just about a basketball player, but the person as well,' Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike said in a statement Sunday. 'It transcends what happens on a basketball court. We feel tremendous sadness and loss for Chauncey's family and those who were close to him.'

Courtesy of Yahoo


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Nanooks Add Alaska Products - by Sanjey Noriega
From: alaskananooks.com

University of Alaska head men's basketball coach Mick Durham today announced that Jesse Ward (North Pole, Alaska/North Pole HS) and Dominique Brinson (Juneau, Alaska/College of the Redwoods) have agreed to attend UAF and to compete for the Nanooks this fall.

We're excited to add a couple of Alaska products that both bring a lot of versatility to the program, said Durham. They are both high character young men and solid students.

Ward was a standout competitor for North Pole High School from 2008-11. The 6-5 point guard captained the Patriots to their first state tournament berth in nearly two decades during the 2010-11 season and eventually helped them finish fifth in the state.

Jesse really showed his versatility last year at North Pole, said Durham. He played point guard at time and also showed a variety of post-up abilities.

Ward accumulated many other honors over his stellar prep career including a First Team All-State nod during his senior season and a pair of selections to the All-MAC Conference Team in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

He finished his high school career with over 1,000 points and over 500 rebounds while averaging 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per game.

I'm excited that Jesse will be a part of turning around the UAF men's basketball program, said North Pole head coach Kevin McHenry. UAF is getting a great athlete but an even better person. Jesse is a character guy who will always represent the school well.

Brinson spent the last two seasons playing for College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. While competing for the Corsairs, the 6-0 guard averaged 13 points per game during the 2009-10 campaign in which he served as the team captain.

Dominique brings some experience after spending three years at College of Redwoods, said Durham. He can play both guard positions very well.

Brinson helped the Corsairs to a league championship during his final season and was also named to the All-Golden Valley Conference team.

As a freshman, Brinson earned an All-Golden Valley Conference Honorable Mention team nod and enjoyed a career game against Lassen College where he tallied 26 points.

At Juneau-Douglas High School, Brinson was a four-year letterwinner for the Crimson Bears, helping them to three consecutive Region V championships from 2005-08.

Dominique has always been a tremendously hard worker, said Juneau-Douglas boys basketball coach Steve Potter. He came in undersized but he grew every year and as his height increased his game did as well.

During his senior season Brinson was named the team MVP and was named to the Region V All-Conference Team.

He's one of those players that doesn't have to have the ball in his hands to be effective, stated Potter. While he may not be the most vocal, he will guard the toughest guy on the other team and do it well. He's a very gifted player on both ends of the floor.

Brinson and Ward join Stefan Tica, Nikos Stathopoulo, Ondrej Palacek, Ben Teer and Sergej Pucar in Durham's 2011-12 recruiting class. The Nanooks 2011-12 season tips off with a contest against Chico State in Chico, Calif., on November 12.


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Benson Egemonye is a newcomer at Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC - by Eurobasket Center
Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC added to their roster 28-year old Nigerian ex-international center Benson Egemonye (207-C-100kg-83, college: Niagara). Egemonye played most recently at Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Feng Shen (China). While playing 18 games for Heilongjiang last season he averaged 22.8ppg, 15.4rpg ( best in the league), 1.3apg, 1.6spg and 2.4bpg (3rd best in the league). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team. This will be his second year in Hungary. Before came to China he has played in Pannonpower Pecs. In 28 games he was averaging 13.7ppg and impressive 15.4rpg (league's leader). He was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Egemonye is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Belgium, China, Italy, Turkey and Nigeria. Egemonye graduated Niagara University in 2009 (All-MAAC 2nd Team as a senior).

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Superior league Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Second games of the Superior league Quarterfinals were played on October 5 and October 10. Regatas, El Bosque, Escuela Fap and Real Club jumped to 2-0 lead against their rivals. They need one more win for the Semifinals.
Regatas blasted San Augustin in Game Two again. It was a 42-123 road victory. El Bosque celebrated 57-67 win against Inmaculada also as a guest. These two games were played on October 5. Five days later, Escuela Fap cruised past Centro Naval 66-87 for 2-0 lead and Real Club handed 67-80 home loss to Ejercito. Third games are scheduled for October 12 and 14. All four teams which have a lead will play at home. It will be a nice chance for them to end the series.

Quarter-Finals - Game 1
Sep. 30, 2011 Regatas-San Augustin 115-67
Sep. 30, 2011 El Bosque-Inmaculada 79-55
Oct. 3, 2011 Escuela Fap-Centro Naval 104-79
Oct. 3, 2011 Real Club-Ejercito 92-73

Quarter-Finals - Game 2
Oct. 5, 2011 San Augustin-Regatas 42-123
Oct. 5, 2011 Inmaculada-El Bosque 57-67
Oct. 10, 2011 Centro Naval-Escuela Fap 66-87
Oct. 10, 2011 Ejercito-Real Club 67-80

Quarter-Finals - Game 3
Oct. 12, 2011 Regatas-San Augustin
Oct. 12, 2011 El Bosque-Inmaculada
Oct. 14, 2011 Escuela Fap-Centro Naval
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PBA Roundup: October 7-9, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 95-83
Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) stepped in and bailed Petron out of imminent danger. The Boosters ace playmaker sparked a decisive run in the fourth quarter by knocking down three consecutive three-point shots, and Petron broke away for good in beating Barako Bull, clinching the early solo lead in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Cabagnot eventually wound up with a career-high-tying 22 points and 4 assists. Arwind Santos scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds, rookie Chris Lutz contributed 17 points, Carlo Sharma poured in 15 markers and Danny Ildefonso continued to fool Father Time with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists as Petron booked a second win in a row its coach never really expected.

Barako Bull, the former Air21 franchise and a team loaded with veteran players, was led by Mick Pennisis 16 points while Allein Maliksi had 15 points and 7 rebounds as the team lost its 12th in a row dating back to the Commissioner's Cup. The Energy failed to draw the numbers expected from two-time MVP Willie Miller, who was held by Lutz defense to eight points. Miller only shot 2-of-8 from the field and had three turnovers in 30 minutes of play. Danny Seigle likewise was limited to only five points.

Petron Blaze 95 - Cabagnot 22, Santos 19, Lutz 17, Sharma 15, Ildefonso 11, Yeo 5, Baclao 4, Miranda 2, Agustin 0, Guevarra 0.
Barako Bull 83 - Pennisi 16, Maliksi 15, Salvacion 11, Najorda 10, Salvador 8, Miller 8, Seigle 5, Artadi 4, Avenido 2, Allado 2, Pena 2, Arboleda 0.
QS: 26-20, 47-37, 73-64, 95-83.

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 98-80
Former top draft pick, Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) returned to the pro league with aplomb, making a huge impact in Talk n Texts rousing debut. Aguilar literally and figuratively towered above anybody else in his PBA comeback, pouring in 27 points to lead the Tropang Texters to a rout of the Meralco Bolts.

The Texters put the game away from the Bolts early with Aguilar outscoring the entire Meralco team, 14-6, in the second quarter. The former Western Kentucky U player piled up 19 points in the first half and added 8 more in the second half for the biggest output by anybody in the season thus far. Jayson Castro, Jared Dillinger and Harvey Carey added at least 11 each as the Texters covered well the absence of top stalwarts Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo.

The Bolts got off-balanced on the early ouster of Macmac Cardona on a sprained ankle, and the team failed to recover. Hard-nosed guard Sol Mercado was in civvies, still recuperating from his injury.

Talk n Text 98 - Aguilar 27, Castro 14, Dillinger 11, Carey 11, Aban 8, Raymundo 6, Reyes 6, Fonacier 6, Peek 4, Waters 2, Membrere 2, Alvarez 1, Lao 0.
Meralco 80 - Espinas 20, Lanete 13, Timberlake 10, Yee 9, Omolon 8, Taulava 8, Bulawan 5, Macapagal 4, Cardona 2, Ballesteros 1, Faundo 0, Borboran 0, Isip 0.
QS: 22-22, 47-28, 75-52, 98-80

RAIN OR SHINE ELAST PAINTERS over POWERADE TIGERS, 96-93
Rain or Shine put together a pair of critical stops late in the game Sunday night, surviving another tense outing in a victory over Powerade and joining Petron Blaze at the top of the standings with its second straight win. A ballclub not necessarily noted for its defense, the Elasto Painters forced the Tigers to commit a 24-second shot-clock violation with 33 ticks left to play, and Jeff Chan came through with a perfectly-timed rejection off a potential overtime-sending three-point shot by Gary David at the deep right corner, securing their second straight win.

Rookie Paul Lee (191-G), who debuted in sensational manner with 21 points and 8 assists, wasnt at his finest decision-making form. He took an ill-advised three-point shot late in the game when Powerade was already at penalty, and failed to get into a rhythm early because of foul trouble. But the former University of the East standout who was picked No. 2 in the August Draft still came away with a game-high 19 points marked by his first connection from the three-point area, an output
he shared with Chan. Gabe Norwood added 11 points, which came with 10 rebounds and 6 assists, and Ryan Arana had 10.

Doug Kramer scored 16 points and grabbed 14 boards to lead Powerade while David was held to only 14 points after scoring 31 in a 98-87 win over Shopinas last Wednesday.

Rain or Shine 96 - Lee 19, Chan 19, Norwood 11, Arana 10, Quinahan 9, Rodriguez 8, Belga 7, Buenafe 6, Ibanes 3, Cruz 2, Matias 2.
Powerade 93 - Kramer 16, David 14, Anthony 13, Lingganay 12, Lassiter 12, Calimag 11, Cruz 7, Martinez 3, Adducul 3, Crisano 2, Allera 0, Antonio 0.
QS: 21-21, 40-39, 68-65, 96-93.

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over ALASKA ACES, 83-72
Barangay Ginebra established control towards the end of the third quarter and roared on to pull off a win over the Alaska Aces. Nino Canaleta (196-F-82), Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand stood at the forefront of Ginebras attack as the Kings cut loose from a tight game in the third period and never let up to score the rousing victory witnessed by a crowd of over 10,000.

Canaleta and Caguioa presided over Ginebras romp in the third quarter then Helterbrand had a crucial seven-point explosion to step up the Kings breakaway in the fourth. The Aces tried to mount a rally but the Kings were undaunted, unleashing a 9-3 run to all but settle the outcome of the game at 81-66 with a little over a minute left to play.

Canaleta scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds while Caguioa tossed in 16 markers and grabbed 6 boards for the Kings.

Rookie Mac Baracael made 17 points while Sonny Thoss had 16 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Aces.

Ginebra 83 - Canaleta 17, Caguioa 16, Cortez 12, Tubid 7, Helterbrand 7, Intal 6, Wilson W. 6, Villanueva 6, Labagala 4, Mamaril 2, Cervantes 0, Wilson J. 0.
Alaska 72 - Baracael 20, Thoss 16, Dela Cruz 8, Baguio 7, Tenorio 6, Cablay 5, Custodio 4, Reyes 4, Salamat 2, Eman 0.
QS: 17-20, 34-32, 61-51, 83-72


Source: PBA.ph



Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 2-0 
 2. Rain or Shine 2-0 
 3. Talk N Text 1-0 
 4. Ginebra Kings 1-1 
 5. Powerade T. 1-1 
 6. Alaska Aces 0-1 
 7. B-Meg Llam. 0-1 
 8. Barako Bull 0-1 
 9. Meralco Bolts 0-1 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-1 


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BSN makes changes for the 2012 season: - by Luis Modestti

The Board of Directors of Baloncesto Superior Nacional made some changes regarding import players for the 2012 season.

Imports that sign in the league will now have a salary limit of $5,000 per week and a Latin American import will be added for each team.

All the teams will now have a right to have three import players (one Latin American) except Arecibo and Santurce who will have one of any nationality and the Latin American player.

Teams that won't play in the 2012 season must notify it to the league on October 31 and on November 9 it must be approved by the board.

It was also announced that next season will begin in early March; the league is scheduled to make an announcement next month.

Peter John Ramos placed on the trading block:

Piratas de Quebradillas placed national team center Ramos Peter John on the trade market due to economic problems. Piratas owe Ramos almost $80,000 and are close to make a trade with Vaqueros de Bayamon.

Ramos averaged 23.28 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 29 games with Piratas last season and was an MVP candidate.

The 7'3' center is currently playing with Seoul Samsung Thunders of the KBL in South Korea.



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Arrest in killing of US hoops player in Romania - by Eurobasket News
A man was arrested Monday in the killing of Chauncey Hardy (6'0''-PG-88, college: Sacred Heart), a former basketball player at Sacred Heart in Connecticut who prosecutors say was punched in the face by the boyfriend of a woman Hardy was with in a bar.

Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia surrendered to police and will be in custody for 29 days while he awaits trial. He is accused of beating up Hardy in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu on Saturday night.

Hardy died shortly after surgery Sunday in Bucharest. The 23-year-old player sustained severe head injuries and was in a coma when admitted to the hospital in Giurgiu, where he played for CSS Giurgiu and was celebrating a victory over rival Dinamo Bucharest.

Hardy was punched after he playfully put his cap on a woman's head, prosecutors said. They added that the woman's boyfriend objected to the gesture, and Hardy tried to show he didn't understand Romanian. Tanasoaia then allegedly punched Hardy on the chin and he fell to the ground.

A preliminary autopsy revealed a massive hemorrhage and broken skull. Giurgiu county hospital spokeswoman Elisabeta Bene said Monday that doctors initially suspected Hardy was in a coma because he had been drinking. She said his condition deteriorated a few hours later and he was transferred to a hospital in Bucharest, 38 miles from Giurgiu.

'We are concerned by the violent circumstances surrounding the death of this U.S. citizen, and will pay close attention as the investigation progresses,' the public diplomacy department of the U.S. Embassy said in an email to The Associated Press.

Romania's health ministry Monday ordered an inquiry to determine whether emergency procedures had been followed.

Hardy, who arrived in Romania in August, was a guard at Sacred Heart from 2006 to 2010. He averaged 12.5 points in his last season.

'This is not just about a basketball player, but the person as well,' Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike said in a statement Sunday. 'It transcends what happens on a basketball court. We feel tremendous sadness and loss for Chauncey's family and those who were close to him.'

Courtesy of Yahoo


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Triumph lost in Samara, but advanced to EuroChallenge Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Krasnie Krilya - Triumph Lyubertsy 80:74

Triumph lost in Samara, but advanced to EuroChallenge Regular Season. Krasnie Krilya won the second game 80:74 but it was not enough to qualify to the next stage. Triumph registered the first win at the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. They coasted past Krasnie Krilya 94:71 in the first leg of two-game series.
Krasnie Krilya needed to overcome 23 points after the first leg. They started strong and reached 29-18 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover the hosts won the second period 12-11 and led 41:29 at the halftime. Triumph Lyubertsy however won the third quarter and was sure enough to seal the place at the Regular Season. They needed 25-16 to trail 3 points at the end of the third quarter. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Zvarykin made it 57:57 and Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) gave the guests 62:61. Krasnie Krilya managed however to win the last period, but it was not enough to advance.
Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgia) and Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) led the way with 20 points each. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) nailed 13, whilst Joe Alexander (203-F-86, college: W.Virginia) notched 9. Davon Jefferson paced Triumph Lyubertsy with 19 points and Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) netted 13. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) delivered 12, while Tywain McKee scored 9.

Krasnie Krilya: Jarvis Hayes 20, Dragan Labovic 20, Brion Rush 13, Joe Alexander 9
Triumph Lyubertsy: Davon Jefferson 19, Artem Kuzyakin 13, Kyle Landry 12, Tywain McKee 9


Superleague Round 4 results - by Eurobasket News
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in Superlaegue and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Superlaegue round 4 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Universitet-Yugra (3-1) against ninth ranked Spartak V. (1-3) 78-67 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. Universitet-Yugra was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Andrey Petukhov (204-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Dmitriy Kachanko (200-86) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Denis Beliaev (201-77, agency: Alti Sport) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for Universitet-Yugra. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak V. left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Universitet-Yugra at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ural Ekaterinb.. Universitet-Yugra will play next round against league's leader Ural Ekaterinburg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Spartak V. will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Ataman in Rostov.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ural Ekaterinburg as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ural Ekaterinburg defeated bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny at home 86-69. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 steals and Lorenzo Gordon who added 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Vyacheslav Sleta (205-89) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Ruskon-Mord.. Sojuz Zaretchny will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Ural Ekaterinburg will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Universitet-Yugra at Surgut.
Undefeated Rjazan (1-1) recorded its first loss in Rostov on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Ataman (1-1) 52-44. The winners were led by Sergei Vorotnikov who scored that evening 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even 13 points by Aleksei Vzdykhalkin did not help to save the game for Rjazan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Ataman maintains fifth position with 1-1 record, which they share with defeated Rjazan. Ataman will meet at home Spartak V. (#7) in the next round. Rjazan will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Rostov. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Ataman (1-1) to seventh ranked Rjazan (1-1) 70-67 in the fight for the fifth place. Vladimir Ivlev fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Rjazan left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Ataman. Rjazan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Severstal (#3) in Cherepovec and it may be quite challenging game. Ataman will play at home against Spartak V. in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (2-2) against fourth ranked Severstal (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting TEMP-SUMZ Revda was defeated by Severstal in a tough game in Cherepovec 62-71. It was a very good performance for Aleksey Tsvetkov who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Severstal moved-up to third place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ. Severstal will face Rjazan (#6) on the road in the next round.



Ural Ekaterinb. - Sojuz Zaretchny 86-69

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Ural Ekaterinburg as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Ural Ekaterinburg defeated bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny at home 86-69. The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ural Ekaterinburg outrebounded Sojuz Zaretchny 48-33 including a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 steals and American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who added 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Vyacheslav Sleta (205-89) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Kirill Slepukha (181-90) scored 8 points and 10 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Ruskon-Mord.. Sojuz Zaretchny will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Ural Ekaterinburg will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Universitet-Yugra at Surgut.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: N.Lepojevic 28+3reb+3ast, L.Gordon 19+10reb, V.Ionov 7+4reb+1ast, D.Nikolaev 6+1reb, A.Glazunov 5+3reb+4ast, S.Shashkov 4+4reb+3ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: A.Pushkin 14+2reb, V.Sleta 12+8reb, V.Kuznetsov 10+2reb+1ast, A.Burtsev 9+6reb+1ast, A.Murychev 8+6reb+1ast, K.Slepukha 8+2reb+10ast
gschID: 138665


Spartak V. - Univ.Surgut 78-67

Superlaegue round 4 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Universitet-Yugra (3-1) against ninth ranked Spartak V. (1-3) 78-67 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. Universitet-Yugra was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Andrey Petukhov (204-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Dmitriy Kachanko (200-86) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Spartak V. players scored in double figures. Center Denis Beliaev (201-77, agency: Alti Sport) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Universitet-Yugra. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak V. left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Universitet-Yugra at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ural Ekaterinb.. Universitet-Yugra will play next round against league's leader Ural Ekaterinburg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Spartak V. will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Ataman in Rostov.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: A.Petukhov 16+9reb+1ast, V.Zaryazhko 15+3reb+2ast, D.Kachanko 12+6reb+4ast, A.Babitchev 10+9reb+1ast, G.Goldyrev 9+3reb+1ast, A.Loginov 8+3reb
Univ.Surgut: D.Zagnoyko 12+2reb+1ast, D.Beliaev 10+12reb+2ast, I.Aleksandrov 9+5reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 8+1reb+2ast, A.Savkov 8+1reb, A.Ekimov 7+3reb
gschID: 138666


Severstal - TEMP-SUMZ 71-62

Very important is a road loss of third ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (2-2) against fourth ranked Severstal (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting TEMP-SUMZ Revda was defeated by Severstal in a tough game in Cherepovec 62-71. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-62. Severstal had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Severstal made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. Forward Aleksandr Lunev (201-80, agency: RIZO) contributed with 17 points for the winners. point guard Ilia Evgrafov (187-79) replied with 15 points and forward Sergei Khlopov (198-78) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for TEMP-SUMZ Revda. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Severstal moved-up to third place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ. Severstal will face Rjazan (#6) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Severstal: A.Lunev 17+3reb+3ast, A.Kuzemkin 16+4reb+2ast, A.Tsvetkov 14+9reb+1ast, M.Polyakov 7+4reb+1ast, V.Filippov 6+2reb, S.Zakharov 5+6reb
TEMP-SUMZ: I.Evgrafov 15+4reb, S.Khlopov 11+5reb+1ast, A.Vokhmianine 8+3reb+4ast, A.Komarov 8+3reb+2ast, A.Kirjanov 6+3reb+2ast, A.Zaykin 6+2reb
gschID: 138667


Ataman - Rjazan 52-44

Undefeated Rjazan (1-1) recorded its first loss in Rostov on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Ataman (1-1) 52-44. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 52-44. Ataman dominated on the defensive end, holding Rjazan to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 Rjazan turnovers. The winners were led by the former international guard Sergei Vorotnikov (194-78) who scored that evening 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) supported him with 12 points. Even 13 points by guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Rjazan. Forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) added 5 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Ataman maintains fifth position with 1-1 record, which they share with defeated Rjazan. Ataman will meet at home Spartak V. (#7) in the next round. Rjazan will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ataman: S.Vorotnikov 13+5reb+3ast, D.Zibirov 12+2reb+3ast, I.Smygin 10+1reb+1ast, N.Gresev 7+10reb, A.Voron 4+2reb+1ast, N.Krylov 3+5reb+2ast
Rjazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 13+4reb+2ast, I.Shamov 6+1reb+1ast, A.Kirdyachkin 6+3reb, V.Kazakov 5+3reb, V.Ivlev 5+6reb+1ast, R.Khamitov 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 138668


Ataman - Rjazan 67-70

A very interesting game took place in Rostov. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Ataman (1-1) to seventh ranked Rjazan (1-1) 70-67 in the fight for the fifth place. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Rjazan forced 30 Ataman turnovers. Forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points. The former international guard Sergei Vorotnikov (194-78) produced 18 points and point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Rjazan left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Ataman. Rjazan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Severstal (#3) in Cherepovec and it may be quite challenging game. Ataman will play at home against Spartak V. in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rjazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 17+3reb+2ast, V.Ivlev 14+6reb+2ast, O.Bartunov 12+2reb+2ast, A.Kirdyachkin 9+4reb, F.Klyuchnikov 7+1ast, R.Khamitov 5+4reb
Ataman: S.Vorotnikov 18+2reb+3ast, D.Zibirov 15+2reb+4ast, I.Smygin 12+1reb+2ast, V.Zuev 9+3reb, A.Voron 7+3reb+1ast, N.Krylov 2+2reb
gschID: 138669




Enisey cruise past Spartak-Primorie, into EuroChallenge regular season - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Spartak Primorie 89:66

Enisey overcame a 17-point deficit after the first game of EuroChallenge Qualifying Round against Spartak-Primorie and advanced into the tournament's regular season. Enisey claimed a comfortable 23-point home win tonight to seal their ticket into the next round. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) stepped up with 29 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds to lead the effort.
The hosts triggered a 10:2 run midway through the starting frame to take a 17:9 lead. Enisey ensured a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes of action. Spartak however cut the deficit to just 8 points midway through the second frame 21:29. The hosts capped the first half with 7 points in a row to make it 45:28. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Enisey entered the fourth quarter up by 17 points 61:44. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Baburin gave some breathing space for Spartak as they opened the fourth quarter with 7 points in a row. However back-to-back triples from Marko Marinovic put the home team back to life. They went on a 12:2 rally to secure a 73:57 advantage. Marko Marinovic soon gave the home team a 83:62 lead. Cuthbert Victor tried to save the situation for Spartak but Enisey crowned the regulation with a 6:2 run to seal the needed success. Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) delivered 20 points, while Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Cuthbert Victor responded with 18 points for Spartak. Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) netted 11 points in the losing case.

Enisey: Marko Marinovic 29, Lonny Baxter 20, Andrei Komarovskiy 12
Spartak-Primorie: Cuthbert Victor 18, Torey Thomas 11


Spartak upset Kirilenko's opener - by Eurobasket News
Spartak upset Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81)'s opener in VTB league. Spartak trailed 18-20 after the first period, but tied the game at the halftime. CSKA again grabbed the lead after the third quarter and had 6-point advantage after three quarters. Anatoliy Kashirov and Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) scored for 77:69 and Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) made two free throws for 81:78. Andrei Kirilenko reduced to 81:80, but Patrick Beverley was perfect from the free throw line for the total success. Patrick Beverley top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Yotam Halperin and Valery Likhodey added 12 each. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), Aleksey Shved and Andrei Kirilenko scored 15 points each in defeat.
In another games of the Russian representatives Unics rolled over Nizhniy Novgorod 83:57. Bosnian Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Nathan Jawai as well as Michael Wilkinson added 12 each. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) delivered 9 points in the losing effort.
Khimki overcame VEF Riga 85:75 and Lokomotiv Kuban was beaten by Lietuvos Rytas 71:78.



Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 4-0 
 2. Univ.Surgut 3-1 
 3. Severstal 2-2 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 2-2 
 5. Ataman 1-1 
 6. Rjazan 1-1 
 7. Spartak V. 1-3 
 8. Ruskon-Mord. 0-2 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 0-2 


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CHALLENGERS EXODUS WINS SKABA A DIVISION TITLE - by Greg
Basketball City, St.Kitts (October 9th 2011):-The Challengers Exodus are the 2011 SKABA A division Champions after they swept the Cayon Lions in the Best of 3 finals series.

Challengers continued their dominative play in the division in the finals series against Cayon sweeping the Green Valley team to easily win the A division title.

Challengers led from whistle to whistle beating the Cayonites in every quarter ending the first half up 41-30. The second half was equally as dominating for the Exodus as Shawn Shabba Forbes seemed to be an unstoppable force scoring almost at will against the pesky defense of Cayon.

The game ended with Challengers recording an impressive 86-73 victory to cap a phenomenal season for the rural west team. Challengers will now be promoted to the Premier Division for the first time in team history. Cayon also will be promoted to the Premier Division after being relegated just last year thus proving that they are truly a Premier Division team.

Shawn ' Shabba' Forbes (198-F) had a game high 30 pts 7 rebs, 3 blks while teammate Jerome Archibald had 9 pts and 9 rebs.

Tyrone Ty OLoughlin led Cayon with 11pts, 4 rebs, 5 assists and teammate Jamone Isaace was 1 rebound and 2 assists shy of a triple double with 12 pts, 9 rebs and 8 assists.

Shawn Forbes was named player of the game as well as finals and regular season MVP



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Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 4-0 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 3-1 
 3. St.Mirren 2-0 
 4. Troon Tornadoes 2-0 
 5. Stirling Knights 2-2 
 6. Glasgow Storm 2-2 
 7. Glasgow Univ. 1-2 
 8. Boroughmuir 0-3 
 9. Dunfermline 0-3 
 10. Glasgow R. II 0-3 


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Liga Endesa: Round One review - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Liga Endesa started this past weekend. Below you can check the game stats, reports and schedule for Round Two.

Manresa - FIATC Joventut 71-59
The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-59. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Assignia Manresa made 12 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by FIATC Joventut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Dominican power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, college: Michigan, agency: Duran International) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Jordi Trias (207-80) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Latavious Williams (202-91) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Assignia Manresa is looking forward to face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid in the next round. FIATC Joventut will play at home against UCAM Murcia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Manresa: J.Doellman 23+6reb+1ast, J.Asselin 16+8reb+1ast, R.Montanez 10+1reb+1ast, K.Achara 8+2reb+2ast, A.Hanga 7+3reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez 5+5reb+2ast
FIATC Joventut: L.Williams 10+9reb, J.Trias 10+9reb+2ast, D.Jelinek 9+2reb, N.Llovet 9+6reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 8+2reb+2ast, A.Oliver 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 133809


UCAM Murcia - Regal Barca 54-62
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UCAM Murcia won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and Australian forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Regal FC Barcelona will face Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid in the next round. UCAM Murcia will play on the road against FIATC Joventut (#13) in Badalona.
Top scorers:
Regal Barca: E.Lorbek 14+5reb, B.Ndong 12+6reb, J.Carlos Navarro 12+1ast, F.Vazquez 8+7reb, M.Huertas 6+4reb+4ast, X.Rabaseda 4
UCAM Murcia: J.Augustine 19+14reb+2ast, J.Franch 12+1reb+1ast, A.Miso 10+3reb+2ast, D.Barlow 7+8reb, B.Sekulic 4+6reb+1ast, P.Rivero 2
gschID: 133810


Estudiantes - Valencia 71-69
The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Asefa Estudiantes forced 23 Valencia Basket turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Valencia Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Carlos Jimenez (205-76) nailed 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 22 points and 6 steals. Four Asefa Estudiantes players scored in double figures. American forward Nik Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Rafael Martinez (191-82) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Valencia Basket in the defeat. Valencia Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Asefa Estudiantes' next round opponent will be Regal FC Barcelona on the road. Valencia Basket will play against CAI Zaragoza.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: A.Wright 22+2ast, L.Flores 15+1reb+2ast, C.Jimenez 12+9reb+3ast, C.Simmons 10+7reb+1ast, J.Granger 6+5reb+3ast, J.Fernandez 4+1ast
Valencia: N.Caner-Medley 17+7reb, R.Martinez 13+7reb+1ast, A.James Ogilvy 11+4reb, S.Lishchuk 9+1reb, V.Claver 7+7reb, N.De Colo 7+1reb
gschID: 133804


Lagun Aro GBC - Obradoiro 68-71
The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-68. Lagun Aro GBC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Oriol Junyent (207-76) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international swingman Sergi Vidal (198-81) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Obradoiro CAB will face Unicaja Malaga at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lagun Aro GBC will play against Blancos de Rueda in Valladolid .
Top scorers:
Obradoiro: E.Ere 18+8reb, O.Junyent 12+5reb+1ast, A.Corbacho 10+1reb, S.Lasme 10+6reb+1ast, D.Washington 7+5reb+2ast, L.Kendall 5+6reb+1ast
Lagun Aro GBC: A.Panko 18+5reb, S.Vidal 15+3reb+1ast, J.Salgado 11+4reb+2ast, J.Baron 8+2reb, K.Adeleke 6+3reb, D.Doblas 4+1reb
gschID: 133805


Caja Laboral - Cajasol 73-60
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and international swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-84) chipped in 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. At the losing side Italian-Argentinian guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 9 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Caja Laboral will meet Gran Canaria 2014 in the next round. Cajasol will play against Meridiano Alicante .
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 20+7reb+1ast, K.Seraphin 11+1reb+1ast, P.Ribas 11+1reb+4ast, B.Oleson 11+1reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 6+6reb+6ast, P.Prigioni 5+1reb+1ast
Cajasol: H.Jasen 12+7reb, L.Bogdanovic 9+3reb+1ast, P.Davis 9+2reb, C.English 6+2reb, T.Urtasun 5+5reb+2ast, T.Satoransky 5+2reb
gschID: 133806


Meridiano - Bizkaia Bilbao 81-77
The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 25-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Meridiano Alicante made 33-of-42 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Bizkaia Bilbao only scored five points from the stripe. Meridiano Alicante forced 21 Bizkaia Bilbao turnovers. Bizkaia Bilbao was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kyle Singler (203-88, college: Duke) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Naturalized American power forward Lamont Barnes (208-78, college: Temple) contributed with 12 points for the winners. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) answered with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Greek swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bizkaia Bilbao. Four Meridiano Alicante and five Bizkaia Bilbao players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Meridiano Alicante will play against Cajasol in Sevilla in the next round. Bizkaia Bilbao will play at home against Real Madrid.
Top scorers:
Meridiano: K.Singler 23+4reb+3ast, L.Barnes 12+3reb+1ast, B.Dewar 11+1reb, R.Freire 10+1reb+1ast, K.Ivanov 8+3reb+1ast, J.Hazell 8+1ast
Bizkaia Bilbao: A.Jackson 15+2reb+3ast, K.Vasiliadis 13+5reb+3ast, D.Fischer 11+3reb+2ast, A.Mumbru 10+8reb+4ast, M.Banic 10+2reb+1ast, O.Stevic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133807


Real Madrid - Fuenlabrada 88-70
The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was better in third quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 43-29 including 19 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Real Madrid made 7 blocks. Naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (209-91) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Sergio Llull (190-87) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Australian guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) produced 25 points and Czech swingman Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Real Madrid will face Bizkaia Bilbao on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Assignia Manresa.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: N.Mirotic 16+8reb+2ast, S.Llull 15+1reb+5ast, R.Fernandez 12+4reb, M.Begic 8+5reb, C.Suarez 7+5reb, M.Pocius 7+2reb+3ast
Fuenlabrada: K.Penney 25+2reb, S.Sanchez 9+3reb+4ast, L.Barton 9+6reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 8+4reb, M.Sene 7+4reb, F.Lavina 6+1ast
gschID: 133808


Unicaja - Gran Canaria 85-68
The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Unicaja Malaga looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Bosnian center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) chipped in 17 points. Four Unicaja Malaga players scored in double figures. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) produced 15 points and center Xavier Rey (209-87, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Unicaja Malaga will face Obradoiro CAB in Santoago de Comp in the next round. Gran Canaria 2014 will play at home against Caja Laboral.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: T.Darden 17+3reb+2ast, N.Sinanovic 14+10reb+2ast, K.Valters 12+2reb+3ast, B.Rodriguez 11+4reb+5ast, J.Garbajosa 9+3reb+3ast, H.Peric 8+1reb
Gran Canaria: M.Haynes 15+4reb+2ast, T.Green 10+1reb+1ast, X.Rey 8+5reb, M.Bramos 7+1reb, S.Savane 7+2reb, T.Bellas 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 133803

CAI Zaragoza - Valladolid PPD


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Basketligan: Round One - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Basketligan started on Friday. Below you can check game stats, reports and Round Two schedule.

Uppsala - Solna 97-66
The game without a history. Uppsala Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Solna Vikings' 28. Uppsala Basket forced 25 Solna Vikings turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Solna Vikings' players. Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-84) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Stephen McDowell (180-85, college: Chattanooga, agency: Warren Sports International) produced 13 points and the other American import forward Avery Jukes (203, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Uppsala Basket will meet Eco Orebro on the road in the next round. Solna Vikings will play against Sodertalje Kings.
Top scorers:
Solna: S.McDowell 13+3reb+1ast, W.Beck 12+1reb+3ast, A.Jukes 8+9reb, K.Doychinov 7+4reb, D.Hult 5, S.Inan 5+6reb+2ast
Uppsala: R.Carter 19+5reb+6ast, S.Grundberg 18+5reb+3ast, R.Eriksson 16+5reb+7ast, J.Jeansson 14+2reb+5ast, D.Johnson 14+12reb+2ast, A.Nordstrom 7+4reb
gschID: 130286


Sodertalje - Boras 93-99
Sodertalje Kings were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Boras Basket made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Sodertalje Kings were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American-Italian guard Ryan Zamroz (191-87, college: Master's, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 21 points and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Boras Basket and five Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boras Basket will face Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sodertalje Kings will play on the road against Solna Vikings.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 21+4reb+2ast, M.Griskenas 19+6reb+1ast, D.Pita 12+2reb, J.Andersson 12+5reb+1ast, A.Chuk 11+4reb+5ast, A.Lindqvist 6+1reb+1ast
Boras: M.Palm 30+13reb+3ast, R.Zamroz 21+2reb+4ast, O.Krayem 16+2reb+5ast, J.Thomas 15+5reb, C.McKnight 9+3reb, M.Goransson 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 130287


Sundsvall - Eco Orebro 79-72
It looked good early as Eco Orebro took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sundsvall Dragons had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Eco Orebro was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-79. Sundsvall Dragons made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Eco Orebro turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Ukrainian-Icelandic swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Greek guard Christian Koutras (189-88, college: Cuesta JC) added 15 points in the effort for Eco Orebro. Sundsvall Dragons' next round opponent will be 08 Stockholm on the road. Eco Orebro will play against Uppsala Basket.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: D.Watt 21+13reb, B.Barton 16+3reb+1ast, C.Koutras 15+2reb+3ast, S.Licartovsky 9+4reb+4ast, T.Georgitsis 9+6reb+1ast, A.Pleick 2+4reb+2ast
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 20+14reb+1ast, P.Ermolinskij 17+7reb+4ast, J.Sigurdarson 13+1reb+4ast, D.Gregory 12+10reb+1ast, M.Johnson 8+5reb+2ast, T.Liden 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 130283


LF Basket - 08 103-70
The game without a history. LF Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Justin Safford (205, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and American-German center Urule Igbavboa (206-87, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Five LF Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international center Johan Akesson (210-84, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and guard Gustav Nystrom (189-89, college: Hope, MI) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 08 Stockholm will play next round against strong Sundsvall Dragons. LF Basket will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked KFUM Jamtland on the road.
Top scorers:
08: J.Akesson 28+8reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 11+10reb+1ast, J.Blom 8+6reb+1ast, F.Odada 8+6reb, K.Nagwere 7+3reb+4ast, B.Cvilak 5+2reb+1ast
LF Basket: J.Safford 25+14reb+3ast, U.Igbavboa 20+10reb+2ast, E.Salon 17+2reb, M.Pahlmblad 15+3reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 12+6reb+1ast, R.Mbemba 11+4reb+11ast
gschID: 130284


Norrkoping - Jamtland 101-77
The game without a history. Norrkoping Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Norrkoping Dolphins forced 19 KFUM Jamtland turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Sylvester Seay (208-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Edge Sports) nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized American forward Fred Drains (195-71, college: Kean) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Icelandic guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) came up with 22 points and American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for KFUM Jamtland in the defeat. Four Norrkoping Dolphins and five KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. KFUM Jamtland will play next round against LF Basket. Norrkoping Dolphins will try to continue on its current victory against Boras Basket on the road.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: B.Bjornsson 22+4reb+1ast, E.Zabas 15+3reb, B.Lalugba 12+10reb+2ast, S.Hellgren 12+3reb+7ast, A.Karlsson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Widell 2+1reb
Norrkoping: S.Seay 17+8reb+3ast, P.Sakinis 16+5reb+2ast, F.Drains 15+7reb+3ast, E.Jeromanovs 15+5reb+4ast, M.Lindquist 13+2reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 11+3reb+1ast
gschID: 130285



Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 2-0 
 2. Uppsala 2-0 
 3. LF Basket 1-1 
 4. Jamtland 1-1 
 5. Boras 1-1 
 6. Sundsvall 1-1 
 7. Sodertalje 1-1 
 8. 08 1-1 
 9. Eco Orebro 0-2 
 10. Solna 0-2 


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LNA Round 2: SAV Vacallo is defeated by Geneve Lions - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LNA. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, few extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SAV Vacallo (1-1) in Chiasso on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by top-ranked Geneve Lions (1-0) in overtime 77-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But SAV Vacallo won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where SAV Vacallo used huge pressure winning it 14-6 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-12. They outrebounded SAV Vacallo 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Sean Barnette (195-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wingate) (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) chipped in 13 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. Guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Geneve Lions left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with Fribourg. SAV Vacallo at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Boncourt. Geneve Lions is looking forward to face SAM Massagno (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. SAV Vacallo will have a break next round.



SAV Vacallo - Geneve Lions 70-77 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SAV Vacallo (1-1) in Chiasso on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by top-ranked Geneve Lions (1-0) in overtime 77-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But SAV Vacallo won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where SAV Vacallo used huge pressure winning it 14-6 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-12. They outrebounded SAV Vacallo 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) chipped in 13 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. Four Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Matt Schneiderman (205-81, college: N.Iowa) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Geneve Lions left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with Fribourg. SAV Vacallo at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Boncourt. Geneve Lions is looking forward to face SAM Massagno (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. SAV Vacallo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: R.Gibson 23+9reb+1ast, R.Uzas 20+1reb, M.Schneiderman 17+7reb+2ast, M.Sloan 4+2reb+1ast, P.Badji 4+1reb, F.Ramseier 2+5reb
Geneve Lions: S.Barnette 24+6reb+4ast, E.Bing 13+17reb+3ast, T.Brown 11+1reb+6ast, B.Toure 10+6reb+2ast, V.Buscaglia 7+2ast, M.Maruotto 6+2reb
gschID: 136499


Starwings - Lugano Tigers 65-98

Rather expected game in Basel where bottom-ranked Starwings (0-2) were crushed by top-ranked Lugano Tigers (2-0) 98-65 on Sunday. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Lugano Tigers outrebounded Starwings 41-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-85, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points and 7 assists and Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Monthey. Loser Starwings still closes the standings with two games lost. Lugano Tigers will face Fribourg (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Starwings will play against the league's second-placed Monthey (#2).
Top scorers:
Starwings: B.Jenkins 19+3reb+7ast, T.McCrory 16+2reb+1ast, J.Burrows 15+11reb, M.Petkovic 8+3reb+6ast, J.Fuchs 5+1reb+2ast, N.Matter 2+7reb
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 19+6reb+1ast, R.Richards 19+11reb+1ast, D.Mladjan 16+4reb+1ast, M.Efevberha 10+4reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 10+4reb+1ast, E.Draughan 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 136500


BBC Nyon - Monthey 51-65

Rather predictable result when top-ranked Monthey (2-0) defeated on the road bottom-ranked BBC Nyon (0-2) 65-51 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. BBC Nyon was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Monthey made 7 blocks. International guard Steeve Louissaint (190-87) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ryan Dermody (206-87, college: Wyoming) responded with 15 points and Serbian swingman Srdjan Zivkovic (200-86, agency: 011 Sports) scored 12 points. Monthey keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Lugano Tigers. Loser BBC Nyon still closes the standings with two games lost. Monthey will face bottom-ranked Starwings (#9) in Basel in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Nyon will play on the road against Boncourt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BBC Nyon: R.Dermody 15+2reb, S.Zivkovic 12+2reb+2ast, J.Meylan 9+1reb+1ast, K.Knutson 6+8reb+2ast, B.Thomas 4+7reb+5ast, L.Vallotton 3+1reb
Monthey: T.Smith 16+2reb+1ast, I.Boylan 15+3reb, S.Louissaint 11+5reb+3ast, M.Mihajlovic 11+4reb+1ast, J.Dubas 6+3reb, S.Grau 2
gschID: 136497


SAM Massagno - Boncourt 75-76 OT

Boncourt edged SAM Massagno on the road in overtime. It was the first win in the season for Boncourt. N'Diaye and Marcus Allen (201-F/C-87, college: Jacksonville) stepped up with 16 points each to pace the visitors. Schwaiger added 13 points in the winning effort. Jones responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for SAM Massagno as the hosts fell at 0-2 record.
Top scorers:
SAM Massagno: T.Jones 25+6reb+4ast, K.Swinton 16+12reb+2ast, W.Molteni 10+6reb+1ast, N.Stevanovic 9+2reb+1ast, S.Smiljanic 9+1reb, C.Kaba 5+1reb
Boncourt: I.N'Diaye 16+2reb+4ast, Marcus Allen 16+14reb+4ast, R.Schwaiger 13+1reb+1ast, J.Burkhalter 9+1reb+1ast, L.Lahey 8+5reb+3ast, M.Vallat 5+1reb
gschID: 136498




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Michel Maadanly signs with Foshan - by Tarek Burhan
Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) .. the syrian player signs contract with Foshan club which play in CBA to play with them as asian player ...
The Syrian player will be the first Syrian played who play in Chinese league ..
this is his Awards/Achievements:
Syrian National Team -01, 04-07, 10-11
Asian Championships -01 (Semifinals)
Syrian League Champion -04, 07, 08, 09, 11
Syrian Cup Finalist -04
Syrian Cup Winner -05, 07, 09
West Asian Games -05 (bronze)
Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Guard of the Year -06, 09, 11
Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Domestic Player of the Year -06, 09, 11
Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League 1st Team -06, 09, 11
Asia-Basket.com Syrian League All-Domestic Players Team -06, 09, 10, 11
Syrian League Regular Season Champion -06, 07, 09, 10, 11
Syrian League Finalist -06, 10
Asian Club Championships -03 (Champion), 04, 06 (Finalist), 07 (Finalist + Top Scorer)
Asia-Basket.com Asian Club Championships 1st Team -06, 07
Asian Games in Doha -06
Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Player of the Year -09, 11
Aleppo International Tournament Champion -09
Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League 2nd Team -10
WABA Club Championships -11 (Finalist)
West Asia Basketball Championships in Duhok (Iraq) -11 (Bronze)


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Fenerbahe Ulker Coach Spahija want NBA Player - by Ugur Turker
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul Coach Neven Spahija had an interview in NtvSpor TV. Even if Sloveinan explained transfering NBA Players during Lock-out as disrespectfull for their players,He said; ' We are looking for a NBA Player who will help us because of injuries Marko Tomas (201-G-85) and Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76). But new transfer whoever he is will leave us when they are healty.' Spahia also talked about Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul's aim in THY Euroleague; ' This year , THY Euroleauge Final Four will be played in Istanbul so that we want to take place in there and thanks to our fans we want to be champion.' While responding a question about new transfers, Spahia named Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) as a one of the most talented player in Europe and added ' Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor), James Gist (205-F-86) and Hakan Demirel (192-G-85) have enough quality to be part of our team,too. ' In the last part of interview, Neven Spahija talked about their chances in Beko Turkish Basketball League ; ' There are two THY Euroleague Team oppenents of us and other teams such as Turk Telekom Ankara,Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul, Banvit Basketbol Kulubu,Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi have strong roster, even Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) is playing for Beiktas. You can easily be defeated when you donot make your full efforts. In all cases, we want to add another League cup to our museum. '

Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Akhisar Bld 1-0 
 2. Baskent Genclik 1-0 
 3. Genc Telekom 1-0 
 4. Maliye Milli 1-0 
 5. Optimum TED 1-0 
 6. Pamukkale 1-0 
 7. Selcuk Univ. 1-0 
 8. Usak 1-0 
 9. Vestel 1-0 
 10. Istanbul B.B. 0-0 
 11. Tire Gucu 0-0 
 12. Balikesir 0-1 
 13. Darussafaka 0-1 
 14. Final Genclik 0-1 
 15. Gaziantep 0-1 
 16. Gelisim 0-1 
 17. Istanbulspor 0-1 
 18. Orman Genc 0-1 
 19. Pertevniyal 0-1 
 20. TED Istanbul 0-1 


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


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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 2 - by Paul Nilsen

BBL Team Of The Week Week 2

Our line-up for Week 2 is dominated by One Health Sharks Sheffield.

They have three players in our starting five which reflects their blistering start to the new campaign. Leading the way is big man Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: E.Michigan) who is the only BBL player to have made the team during the first two weeks of the season.

Jimmy Langhurst (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
One of the main reasons for the success of the Sharks in the early part of the new campaign has been the arrival of Jimmy Langhurst who is forming a nice partnership in the backcourt with Great Britain guard Nate Reinking. Langhurst was on fine form as One Health Sharks Sheffield routed BBL Trophy holders Mersey Tigers to put one foot in the semi-finals. He finished with 22 points after knocking down three shots from distance and converting an efficient five of six from inside the arc.

Stefan Gill (173-G-83) (Prestige Homes MK Lions)
One of the most talented English guards in the league, Gill has produced consistently since he stepped up from the EBL a couple of seasons ago and more evidence of his success at the top level comes in the form of another spot in our line-up. He poured in 26 points in a vital BBL trophy win against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders last Friday night and most of his best work was done from the perimeter after hitting a fantastic six triples from just 8 attempts. The guard also showed his combo capabilities with six assists.

Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
Mike Tuck was a regular face in our BBL Team Of The Week last season and it hasnt taken him long to rack up his first appearance of the new campaign. He just missed out on a double-double after finishing with 17 points and 9 rebounds against Mersey Tigers. The forward also showed his range by sinking a perfect three of three from downtown.

Lehmon Colbert (198-F-88, college: Jacksonville) (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
After just missing out on the starting five during Week 1, Colbert makes the team thi week after producing the best performance of the weekend in the BBL. He finished with a performance ranking of 28 after posting a big double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds in what has been a quality start to his second season in the league. Colbert also came up with three steals as the Raiders romped to victory at Worcester Wolves to take control of their Trophy Group.

Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: E.Michigan) (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
Its back to back appearances in our line-up for Dobbins who maintains his 100% record after another powerful display in the paint. He accumulated 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in an all-action performance against Mersey Tigers. Perhaps most impressively of all, the big man didnt spill the ball once all night and made 10 of his 14 attempts to continue his rich vein of form.

Off The Bench
Daniel Northern (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Paul Williams (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats), Mychal Green (Glasgow Rocks), Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)



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Ney Castillo talks about Malvin host the South American League - by Sergio Palay
Malvin will host Group B of Liga Sudamericana. At the launch the President of the FUBB, Dr Ney Castillo spoke on the topic:

'Malvin is one of our most important institutions in the Federation, not only for what it means to be the defending champion. For most of the clubs in Uruguay organizing such instances is very complicated, including participation in another venue, and something many clubs choose not to attend international competitions. but I think for Malvin's not complicated to organize a group. Most teams do not visualize the importance of competing internationally, whether for the institution itself, for the players, fans and the country. Malvin is showing a different mentality'.

About the chance that the final round will take place in Uruguay Castillo said: 'Today it is almost impossible to carry out the final round in Uruguay beacuse others places are much powerful in terms of economic opportunities. '


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Day 1: VTB League regular season starts - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in VTB United League just started.

Asseco Prokom defeated Ukrainian Azovmash in Gdynia 68-53. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Asseco Prokom outrebounded Azovmash 47-27 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Alonzo Gee (198-87, college: Alabama) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Adam Hrycaniuk (208-84, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) produced 15 points and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Ukrainian Budivelnyk (0-1) recorded its first loss in Kyiv. Hosts were defeated by Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-1) 65-51. Worth to mention a great performance of Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. Armands Skele contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian-Ukrainian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Estonian champion left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with Zalgiris and BC Astana. Defending.
Very important is a road loss of Lithuanian Zalgiris (1-1) against Kazakhstan BC Astana (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Zalgiris were defeated by BC Astana in a tough game in Astana 78-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris. Branko Cvetkovic stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners. At the losing side Paulius Jankunas responded with 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Zalgiris' coach Ilias Zouros tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Astana left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with Zalgiris and Kalev/Cramo.
The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Lithuanian Zalgiris (1-1) played at the court of Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-1). Zalgiris defeated Kalev/Cramo 84-70. Tadas Klimavicius nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
The game in Kazan was also quite interesting. BC Astana (1-1) played at the court of Russian Unics Kazan (1-0). Unics Kazan defeated BC Astana 77-63 on Sunday. Kelly McCarty fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. BC Astana's coach Matteo Boniciolli let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Unics Kazan will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.



Budivelnyk - Kalev/Cramo 51-65

Ukrainian Budivelnyk (0-1) recorded its first loss in Kyiv. Hosts were defeated by Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-1) 65-51. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Budivelnyk was better in fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Budivelnyk was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Lithuanian-Ukrainian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: P.Ulyanko 17+6reb, N.Varbanov 14+7reb, G.Arbet 12+6reb, A.Skele 11+8reb+3ast, T.Sokk 6+1ast, K.Kitsing 5+2reb
Budivelnyk: M.Anisimovas 19+12reb, R.Alijevas 13+5reb+4ast, D.Lukashov 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Morley 4+3reb+1ast, J.McClinton 2+1reb+1ast, T.Bryant 2+5reb+1ast
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BC Astana - Zalgiris 86-78

Very important is a road loss of Lithuanian Zalgiris (1-1) against Kazakhstan BC Astana (1-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Zalgiris were defeated by BC Astana in a tough game in Astana 78-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and American guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American point guard Ty Lawson (180-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach Ilias Zouros tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
BC Astana: B.Cvetkovic 18+4reb+2ast, R.Marshall 16+1reb+2ast, J.Johnson 14+1reb+7ast, G.Cakic 13+6reb+3ast, I.Milosevic 7+1reb, E.Williams 5+3reb+2ast
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 19+3reb+3ast, T.Lawson 13+4reb+2ast, M.Kalnietis 11+1reb+3ast, R.Javtokas 10+8reb, S.Weems 8+3reb+4ast, D.Collins 7+1reb+1ast
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Asseco Prokom - Azovmash 68-53

Asseco Prokom defeated Ukrainian Azovmash in Gdynia 68-53. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Asseco Prokom outrebounded Azovmash 47-27 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Alonzo Gee (198-87, college: Alabama) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Adam Hrycaniuk (208-84, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) produced 15 points and 4 steals and the other American import guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: A.Gee 21+7reb, A.Hrycaniuk 10+9reb, P.Zamojski 7+4reb+2ast, A.Lapeta 7+3reb, J.Blassingame 7+2reb+8ast, D.Motiejunas 6+8reb+1ast
Azovmash: R.Minard 15+2reb+3ast, D.Ewing 12+1reb+2ast, H.Rizvic 9+6reb, R.Rancik 6+3reb+1ast, O.Kolchenko 5+4reb+1ast, V.Golubovic 4+3reb
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Kalev/Cramo - Zalgiris 70-84

The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Lithuanian Zalgiris (1-1) played at the court of Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-1). Zalgiris defeated Kalev/Cramo 84-70. It looked good early as Kalev/Cramo took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris had a 20-11 second period charge getting the lead and Kalev/Cramo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-84. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kalev/Cramo's 30. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) came up with 19 points and guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) added 14 points respectively for Kalev/Cramo in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: T.Klimavicius 15+11reb, M.Popovic 13+1reb, M.Rakovic 13+5reb+3ast, S.Weems 13+7reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 10+1reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 8+2reb
Kalev/Cramo: A.Skele 19+4reb+3ast, G.Dorbek 14+2reb+1ast, T.Sokk 14+3reb, G.Arbet 9+2reb, N.Varbanov 6+6reb, P.Ulyanko 5+4reb+4ast
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Unics - BC Astana 77-63

The game in Kazan was also quite interesting. Kazakhstan BC Astana (1-1) played at the court of Russian Unics Kazan (1-0). Unics Kazan defeated BC Astana 77-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. BC Astana was better in fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Astana to just 6 points in third quarter. BC Astana was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Russian forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. BC Astana's coach Matteo Boniciolli let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Unics Kazan will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.McCarty 21+8reb, M.Wilkinson 15+10reb+2ast, N.Jawai 14+4reb+1ast, T.Lyday 13+4reb+3ast, H.Domercant 10+3reb+3ast, V.Veremeenko 2+2reb+1ast
BC Astana: E.Williams 18+9reb+1ast, J.Johnson 18+5reb+2ast, R.Marshall 11+2reb+4ast, G.Cakic 8+1reb, I.Milosevic 2+1reb+1ast, V.Fadeikin 2+3reb
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Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Unics 2-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. BC Astana 1-1 
 4. Zalgiris 1-1 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 1-1 
 6. Anwil 0-0 
 7. Enisey 0-0 
 8. Budivelnyk 0-1 
 9. N.Novgorod 0-1 
 10. VEF Riga 0-1 
Group B
 1. Asseco Prokom 1-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 1-0 
 3. Spartak SP 1-0 
 4. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 5. Siauliai 0-0 
 6. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 7. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 8. Azovmash 0-1 
 9. CSKA 0-1 
 10. Lokomotiv 0-1 




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Women News

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Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Athlete Celje 1-0 
 2. Buducnost 1-0 
 3. Partizan 1-0 
 4. Radivoj Korac 1-0 
 5. Vozdovac 1-0 
 6. Celik 0-1 
 7. Hemofarm 0-1 
 8. Mladi Krajisnik 0-1 
 9. Sloboda 0-1 
 10. Vojvodina 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Athlete Celje
  (171-G-90)
  Avg: 31
 1. Oblak, Athlete Cel.31.0 
 2. Zivadinovic, Vojvo.25.0 
 3. Stjepanovic, Radiv.23.0 
 4. Trebec, Athlete22.0 
 5. Mandic, Hemofarm21.0 
 6. Popovic, Vojvodina21.0 
 7. Zakula, Mladi K.19.0 
 8. Stankovic, Hemof.19.0 
 9. Surlan, Sloboda18.0 
 10. Deura, Mladi K.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivona BOGOJE
  Mladi K.
  (193-C-76)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bogoje, Mladi K.13.0 
 2. Stjepanovic, Radiv.12.0 
 3. Roglic, Partizan12.0 
 4. Antic, Partizan11.0 
 5. Milosev, Buducnost10.0 
 6. Tolikova, Celik10.0 
 7. Bura, Celik8.0 
 8. Orozovic, Athlete8.0 
 9. Brajkovic, Radivo.8.0 
 10. Mandic, Hemofarm8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Biljana STANKOVIC
  Hemof.
  (176-G-74)
  Avg: 9
 1. Stankovic, Hemof.9.0 
 2. Gagic, Sloboda7.0 
 3. Jovanovic, Radivo.6.0 
 4. Deura, Mladi K.5.0 
 5. Vujadinovic, Buduc.5.0 
 6. Ivanovic, Vozdovac4.0 
 7. Stjepanovic, Radiv.4.0 
 8. Abramovic, Athlet.4.0 
 9. Roglic, Partizan4.0 
 10. Orozovic, Athlete4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Biljana STANKOVIC
  Hemof.
  (176-G-74)
  Avg: 6
 1. Stankovic, Hemof.6.0 
 2. Gladden, Partizan5.0 
 3. Gagic, Sloboda5.0 
 4. Jagodic, Athlete4.0 
 5. Jovanovic, Radivo.3.0 
 6. Ristic, Celik3.0 
 7. Vidovic, Celik3.0 
 8. Jovanovic, Radivo.3.0 
 9. Zivadinovic, Vojvo.3.0 
 10. Mandic, Radivoj3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tijana AJDUKOVIC
  Hemof.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ajdukovic, Hemof.3.0 
 2. Popovic, Buducnost3.0 
 3. Tolikova, Celik2.0 
 4. Bogoje, Mladi K.2.0 
 5. Marjanovic, Hemof.1.0 
 6. Popovic, Sloboda1.0 
 7. Colic, Radivoj Kor.1.0 
 8. Popovic, Vojvodina1.0 
 9. Kecojevic, Sloboda1.0 
 10. Radovic, Vojvodina1.0 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Dexia Namur 3-0 
 2. Kangoeroes-B. 3-0 
 3. Sint Kateline 3-0 
 4. Waregem 2-1 
 5. Spirou Monceau 1-2 
 6. Houthalen 1-2 
 7. Castors Braine 1-2 
 8. Point Chaud 1-2 
 9. Blue Cats 1-2 
 10. Tulikivi Deerlijk 1-2 
 11. Jeugd Gentson 1-2 
 12. Willebroek 0-3 


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.26.0 
 2. Ballau, Spirou M.23.0 
 3. Boydens, Tuliki.20.0 
 4. VanMalderen, Dexia16.5 
 5. Myers, Spirou M.16.0 
 6. Demirer, Spirou M.16.0 
 7. Delvaux, Jeugd G.15.0 
 8. Greene, Point Cha.15.0 
 9. Boonen, Kangoero.15.0 
 10. Ibekwe, Dexia N.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julia DEMIRER
  Spirou M.
  (187-F-81)
  Avg: 14
 1. Demirer, Spirou M.14.0 
 2. Nauwelaers, Sint K.13.0 
 3. Meesseman, Blue C.12.0 
 4. Boonen, Kangoero.11.0 
 5. Winkelmans, Sint K.11.0 
 6. Greene, Point Cha.9.5 
 7. Tetschiag, Waregem9.0 
 8. Verbeest, Tuliki.9.0 
 9. Maes, Tulikivi.8.0 
 10. Deyaert, Waregem8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nele DEYAERT
  Waregem
  (186-F-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Deyaert, Waregem5.0 
 2. Versavel, Blue Cats4.0 
 3. Devliegher, Blue C.4.0 
 4. Ballau, Spirou M.4.0 
 5. Ibekwe, Dexia N.4.0 
 6. Van Driel, Kangoe.4.0 
 7. Degels, Jeugd G.3.0 
 8. Meesseman, Blue C.3.0 
 9. Lauwers, Kangoero.2.5 
 10. Strubbe, Kangoero.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.6.0 
 2. Greene, Point Cha.4.5 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.4.5 
 4. Degels, Jeugd G.4.0 
 5. Van Driel, Kangoe.3.0 
 6. Delaere, Kangoero.3.0 
 7. Delvaux, Jeugd G.3.0 
 8. Deneil, Dexia Namur2.5 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.2.5 
 10. Boonen, Kangoero.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 An-Katrien NAUWELAERS
  Sint K.
  (178-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Nauwelaers, Sint K.4.0 
 2. Meesseman, Blue C.4.0 
 3. Vanloo, Waregem2.0 
 4. Raman, Waregem2.0 
 5. Dochez, Willebroek2.0 
 6. Boonen, Kangoero.1.5 
 7. Hendrickx, Kangoe.1.0 
 8. Rosseel, Blue Cats1.0 
 9. Bartholomeeu., Wil.1.0 
 10. Decroos, Kangoero.1.0 


Castors Braine signs American F Jesyka Burks-Wiley - by Eurobasket News
Jesyka Burks-Wiley (185-F-87, college: Boston U.) is a new member of Castors Braine. The American forward signed a deal for 2011/12 season. She already made debut with her new team. Burks-Wiley had 9 points and 5 rebounds for 17 minutes on the court. Castors Braine lost that game on the road to Tulikivi Deerli 55-51. Jesyka Burks-Wiley spent last season in Portugal. She joined Clube Desportivo Torres Novas in January averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. In 2009/10, she played for Finish Kotka Peli-Karhut and Kerava Energia Team. It was her first season as a pro. Jesyka Burks-Wiley is a product of the Boston University, where she graduated in 2009.

Jessilyn Conicelli gets pro deal in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Jessilyn Conicelli (182-F) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American forward signed a one-season deal in Belgium. Her employer is team Jeugd Gentson, which competes in Belgian top division. Conicelli already played her first game with Jeugd Gentson. She had 12 points and 7 minutes for 26 minutes on the court. Her Jeugd Gentson lost that game to Crack Blue Cats 73-67 on the road. Jessilyn Conicelli is a product of the Biola University. She graduated there few months ago. In 2010, Conicelli was named All-NAIA D1 2nd Team -10. A year before that she helped Biola to reach NAIA D1 Sweet 16.

D1 Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of D1 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 Declercq Stortbeton over 4th placed Houthalen 67-60 on Saturday night. Defending champion (2-1) moved-up to fourth place. Houthalen at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Declercq Stortbeton are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Basket Groot (#12) in Willebroek in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Houthalen will play on the road against the league's leader Dexia Namur (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
D1 top team - Dexia Namur (3-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked R.Spirou Monceau (1-2) 93-82. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American forward Ify Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Laurence VanMalderen helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Krystel Ballau (168-84, agency: LBM Management) with 23 points and 4 assists. Dexia Namur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Kangoeroes-B. and Sint Kateline. R.Spirou Monceau at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Dexia Namur will play against Houthalen (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. R.Spirou Monceau will play against the league's second-placed Kangoeroes-B. in Boom to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between leader Kangoeroes-B. (3-0) and 6th ranked Point Chaud (1-2) in Boom on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kangoeroes-B. beat guests from Sprimont 73-57. It was a quality performance for Dana Boonen who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Kangoeroes-B.'s coach Sven Van Camp used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mariesa Greene came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for Point Chaud in the defeat. Kangoeroes-B. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Dexia Namur and Sint Kateline. Loser Point Chaud dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Kangoeroes-B. will meet R.Spirou Monceau (#5) in the next round. Point Chaud will play against Sint Kateline Waver and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3: Castors Braine was beaten by Tulikivi Deerlijk on the road 55-51. Blue Cats won against Jeugd Gentson on its own court 73-67. Sint Kateline managed to outperform Willebroek in a road game 56-51.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks by Emma Meesseman of Blue Cats.



Dexia Namur - Spirou Monceau 93-82

D1 top team - Dexia Namur (3-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked R.Spirou Monceau (1-2) 93-82. R.Spirou Monceau was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 50-35 second half run of Dexia Namur. They also forced 21 R.Spirou Monceau turnovers. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American forward Ify Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. International center Laurence VanMalderen (193-81, agency: LBM Management) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Krystel Ballau (168-84, agency: LBM Management) with 23 points and 4 assists and American-Polish forward Julia Demirer (187-81, college: Emmanuel (MA), agency: LBM Management) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dexia Namur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Kangoeroes-B. and Sint Kateline. R.Spirou Monceau at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Dexia Namur will play against Houthalen (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. R.Spirou Monceau will play against the league's second-placed Kangoeroes-B. in Boom to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Dexia Namur: I.Ibekwe 19+6reb+7ast, L.VanMalderen 15+5reb+1ast, R.De Roos 12+2reb+1ast, C.Jones 10+6reb, S.Dubuc 10+1reb+1ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 8+1ast
Spirou Monceau: K.Ballau 23+3reb+4ast, J.Demirer 16+14reb, C.Myers 16+3reb+1ast, L.Dessus 11+4reb+1ast, P.Frassanito 7+1reb, A.Mai 5+2reb
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Houthalen - Waregem 60-67

Round 3 most important game was a victory of Declercq Stortbeton over 4th placed Houthalen 67-60 on Saturday night. Defending champion (2-1) moved-up to fourth place. Houthalen at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Declercq Stortbeton are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Basket Groot (#12) in Willebroek in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Houthalen will play on the road against the league's leader Dexia Namur (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
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Tulikivi Deerlijk - Castors Braine 55-51

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Tulikivi (1-2) beat higher ranked Castors Braine (1-2) in Deerlijk 55-51 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 11-6. But Castors Braine won second period 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tulikivi dominated on the defensive end, holding Castors Braine to just 6 points in first quarter. It was an exceptional evening for forward Valerie Boydens (175-84) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Center Evelien Maes (184-80) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. DR Congolese forward Thethe Kazadi (178-86) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Amandine Halin (170-90) added 11 points respectively for Castors Braine in the defeat. Castors Braine's coach Jean Luc Cornia tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Tulikivi left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Castors Braine. Tulikivi will meet Jeugd Gentson (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Castors Braine will play against Blue Cats (#9) in Ieper.
Top scorers:
Tulikivi Deerlijk: V.Boydens 20+4reb, E.Maes 14+8reb, M.Versavel 9+6reb+2ast, E.Verbeest 6+9reb+1ast, A.Boucherie 3+4reb, L.Mestdagh 3
Castors Braine: T.Kazadi 14+5reb, A.Halin 11+3reb, B.WILEY J 9+5reb, F.Vandesteene 6+2reb, L.Foerster 3+1reb, N.Grischina 2+1reb
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Blue Cats - Jeugd Gentson 73-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Jeugd Gentson (1-2) lost to tenth ranked Blue Cats (1-2) in Ieper 67-73 on Sunday. Jeugd Gentson was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Blue Cats, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for international center Emma Meesseman (192-93) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international center Ann Plasman (188-83) accounted for 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Valerie Boydens (175-84) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lynn Delvaux (182-93) added 15 points respectively for Jeugd Gentson in the defeat. Four Jeugd Gentson players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Blue Cats left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Jeugd Gentson. Blue Cats will meet at home Castors Braine (#7) in the next round. Jeugd Gentson will play against Tulikivi in Deerlijk.
Top scorers:
Blue Cats: E.Meesseman 26+12reb+3ast, A.Plasman 10+5reb+1ast, S.Devliegher 8+3reb+4ast, L.Lentacker 8+1reb, E.Devliegher 6, J.Rosseel 5+4reb+2ast
Jeugd Gentson: L.Delvaux 15+4reb+1ast, J.Vermeire 12+4reb, C.J 12+7reb+2ast, L.Schmitz 10+2reb, V.Kara 8+1reb+2ast, C.Naessens 6+2reb+2ast
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Willebroek - Sint Kateline 51-56

Very predictable result when leader Sint Kateline Waver (3-0) won against bottom-ranked Basket Groot (0-3) in Willebroek 56-51 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 14-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sint Kateline Waver dominated on the defensive end, holding Basket Groot to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They held Basket Groot to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 27.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Basket Groot 48-36 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-95) who led the winners and scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Center Anne Winkelmans (183-83) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. point guard Ann Schyvens (160-93) came up with 15 points and swingman Karen Hendrickx (171-88) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Basket Groot in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sint Kateline Waver have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Dexia Namur and Kangoeroes-B. Loser Basket Groot still closes the standings with three games lost. Sint Kateline Waver will meet at home Point Chaud (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basket Groot will play against Declercq Stortbeton (#4) in Waregem and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sint Kateline: I.Van der Vonder 13+6reb, A.Winkelmans 11+11reb, A.Nauwelaers 9+13reb+1ast, F.Mertens 9+6reb, A.Verelst 6+2reb, D.Van Dessel 5+5reb
Willebroek: A.Schyvens 15+4reb+1ast, I.Beaurang 9+2reb+1ast, K.Hendrickx 8+6reb, H.Adams 4+1reb, V.Mans 4+8reb+1ast, T.Bijnens 3+4reb+1ast
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Kangoeroes-B. - Point Chaud 73-57

The game between leader Kangoeroes-B. (3-0) and 6th ranked Point Chaud (1-2) in Boom on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kangoeroes-B. beat guests from Sprimont 73-57. The game was mostly controlled by Kangoeroes-B.. Point Chaud managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kangoeroes-B. dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Point Chaud's 26. Kangoeroes-B. forced 19 Point Chaud turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 3 passes made by Point Chaud's players. It was a quality performance for the former international center Dana Boonen (197-79, college: Rutgers) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Antonia Delaere (174-94) accounted for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Kangoeroes-B. players scored in double figures. Kangoeroes-B.'s coach Sven Van Camp used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and international point guard Noemie Mayombo (171-91, agency: LBM Management) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Point Chaud in the defeat. Kangoeroes-B. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Dexia Namur and Sint Kateline. Loser Point Chaud dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Kangoeroes-B. will meet R.Spirou Monceau (#5) in the next round. Point Chaud will play against Sint Kateline Waver and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes-B.: D.Boonen 19+12reb+2ast, E.Decroos 13+4reb+1ast, A.Delaere 12+5reb+5ast, I.Meylemans 11+1ast, A.Strubbe 8+2reb+4ast, A.Lydia Boel 4+4reb
Point Chaud: M.Greene 18+12reb, E.Mayombo 11+2reb+1ast, N.Mayombo 7+7reb, N.Doppee 7+1reb+1ast, E.Geraedts 6+5reb, J.Allemand 4+4reb
gschID: 147577




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Anna Tolikova signs in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Anna Tolikova (190-C-86) will play next season in Bosnia. The Russian center penned a deal with Celik. They will compete in International women regional basketball league (IWRBL), as well as in Bosnian championship. Tolikova spent last four seasons with Spartak-SHVSM Moscow. In the latest one she had 5.8 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 19 games. In 2009/10, she registered 5.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 15 games. Anna Tolikova helped Spartak to win promotion from B to A Superleague in 2009. They were Russian B Superleague Finalists that year. In the past, Tolikova played for Dynamo Moscow Region. She also was a member of U20 Russian NT in 2005.

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GOSPIC BEGINS NEW EUROLEAGUE SEASON IN MADRID - by Vladimir Ivankovic
Croatian champions, Gospic, will start their Euroleague adventure in Madrid against Rivas Ecopolis, one of the best Spanish team. Last year, Rivas were victorious in both matches, so its easy to predict what can Gospic expect in the hall Cero del Telegrafo.

But, team coach Stipe Bralic and his team went to Madrid completely relieved.

'Given the strength of our opponents, we dont have anything to lose, we can only win - so we can play absolutely less burdened. After Madrid, we have a Euroleague game in Taranto and in the third round we will play at home against Kosice. I hope that we will be ready to win, because they are our direct rivals for the next round' - said coach Stipe Bralic before traveling to Spain.

The Euroleague game in Group C between Rivas and Gospic is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct 12 at 8pm.

Upon their return from Madrid, Gospic will play match of first round in Croatian championship against newcomers, Dubrava, Zagreb.




NOVI ZAGREB INKS MIRNA MAZIC - by Vladimir Ivankovic

Croatian national team member, MIRNA MAZIC, signs a open deal with Croatian team Novi Zagreb. Her sister, Marina, was a member of Novi Zagreb in last year and a half, before retirement. Now, the jersey No. 13 will be worn by Mirna. Mirna was a member of Croatian national team on this year Euro-championship, where Croats took an amazing fifth place.

There is no need to be particularly clever, and concluded that the arrival of the Mirna is exactly what team from Novi Zagreb needed.
'We are very pleased and happy that we added Mirna to our roster. Even, no matter how long, because she has an open contract, and she can go at any time if she gets a better offer. She already played for us few games, and her experience and enthusiasm meant a lot to our team. Of course, we should still work a lot, we have few days until the league starts, but it is now evident that the arrival of Mirna provided us not one, but three more options. Although some expect our fall, based on initial results from the preparatory period, Mirnas arival confirms my thoughts from the beginning of the season - we are 25% stronger than last year. We will prove that. '- says the coach, Vladimir Ivankovic.

With Mirna in roster, Lupice won games against Slovenian team Athlete Celje (66-61), Croatian team Zadar (77-52) and in the last game Slovenian Triglav from Kranj (77-64).
It the first round of Croatian championship, Novi Zagreb will play against their city rival Croatia 2006.

Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond)


PLETER SINGS A DEAL WITH SIMONE JELKS - by Vladimir Ivankovic


New Croatian D1 member brought into its roster American reinforcement, forward Simone Jelks. Pleter expects tough fight for survival in the league, but bringing the foreign reinforcements Pleter administration has shown the ambition to reach the play off.

HKK Pleter will the first game of the new championship play in Pula. Players from Rijeka, as well as their supporters, are certainly very eager to begin the historic season for their team.
Simone Jelks (180-F/G-86, college: USC)


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Skrabalova's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old center Zora Skrabalova (195-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) put on an amazing game in the last round for Strakonice and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Valosun Brno (#10, 1-4) 68-60. Strakonice maintains the 6th position in ZBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Strakonice will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. It's Skrabalova's second year at Strakonice and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Illinois State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Skrabalova is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.5ppg) and averages solid 76.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Eva Dujsikova (188-C-86) of Slovanka MB. She is former international center in her 3rd season at Slovanka MB. In the last game Dujsikova recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Slovanka MB lost that game 77-85 to the higher-ranked Frisco Sika (#4, 4-2). This loss caused Slovanka MB to drop to 7th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dujsikova is one of the most experienced players at Slovanka MB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (183-F-80) of league's second-best Trutnov. Snajdrova-Ziklova scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Snajdrova-Ziklova's great performance Trutnov lost 71-73 to the lower-ranked Karlovy Vary (#5, 3-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Trutnov had another 'accident'. It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 1st lost game is hopefully really an accident. Snajdrova-Ziklova's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Snajdrova-Ziklova has a very solid season. In 4 games in Czech Republic she scored 12.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michaela Stara (180-G-90) of Hradec Kralove - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Michaela Zrustova (184-F-87) of USK Praha - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Sarka Kucerova (181-F) of Karlovy Vary - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of USK Praha - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Katerina Bartonova (173-G-90) of USK Praha - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Petra Reisingerova (195-C-73) of VS Praha - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of USK Praha - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. USK Praha 6-0 
 2. Trutnov 4-1 
 3. VS Praha 4-1 
 4. Frisco Sika 4-2 
 5. Karlovy Vary 3-2 
 6. Strakonice 3-2 
 7. Slovanka MB 2-2 
 8. Hradec Kralove 2-3 
 9. VSE Praha 2-3 
 10. Valosun Brno 1-4 
 11. Pardubice 0-5 
 12. DSK Karlin 0-6 


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


Espoo Team tamed Keravan Energia Team - by Elina Koskinen
Espoo Team took 87-50 victory against Keravan Energia Team tonight at Espoo. The match was very even during the first fifteen minutes. Teams scored points evenly by turns and after the first quarter the score was 19-18. The second period started as evenly as the first one but after five minutes Espoo Team started to break away. Keravan Energia Team lost balls and Espoo Team punished. In few minutes home team had 15-0-run and half-time-score was 45-29. In the second half Espoo Team kept the pace on and added the lead evenly. Third period was 23-12 and the last one 19-9 for home team. Laura Wilson (184-SG-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) were the key players in Espoo Team's 87-50 victory as both netted 20 points. Centhya Hart (185-F-89, college: St.John's) was the most efficient from Keravan Energia Team. She scored 14 points and gathered the game highest 12 rebounds. Laura Juhola (171-F-92) assisted Hart by 12 points.

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NF1: Round Four Review - by Juliane Hoehne
After the fourth round in NF1, there are two teams in each poule still undefeated.

Poule A:

Poitiers hosted U.S. Colomiers Basket and could not take advantage of the home court. U.S. Colomiers Basket took a 11-2 point lead after only two minutes of playing. However, Poitiers was able to cut the lead down by the end of the first quarter, and even advancing in the second due to a strong playing Pauline Rimbaud (182-F/C-84). The third and fourth quarter were close, with neither team being able to advance. U.S. Colomiers Basket was able to dominate more in the paint, which brought them the close win with 77-75. Poitiers had four players in double-digits: Rimbaud 23, Zoe Chalumeau (190-C-85) 17, Plust 13, Tatiana Ramaut (172-G-79) 12. While U.S. Colomiers Basket only had two girls scoring more than 10points: Joelle Hippolyte (183-F) (27), Niang (13).

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 faced Alpc Moulin Nantes Basket in an expected close game. However, the hosts came out strong, and were paced by their Small Forward Carine Brossais (185-F-89) to take an early 9-0 lead in the 4th minute. The lead was extended to 21-10 (10th min) and 37-23 (20th min). In the second half, Alpc Moulin Nantes Basket seemed to be able to keep in reach, but it was Angers post player Juliane Hoehne (189-F/C-83, college: IPFW), who blew the hopes of Nantes to come any closer. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 had a 16pts lead, which they were able to increase, so that Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 reached their 4th success with a 66-47 win over Alpc Moulin Nantes Basket. The stability of the home team can be seen by the even distribution of the points as three players scored in double-digits (Johanna Cortinovis (186-F/C-86) 13, Brossais 11, Hoehne 11), and every player was able to score.

Avenir de Rennes 2nd team played Le Poire-sur-Vie this weekend. Avenir de Rennes 2nd team was able to decide the game in the first quarter, where they outscored the guests 17-7. Avenir de Rennes 2nd team defense allowed them to keep this lead until halftime (29-20). Even though, Le Poire-sur-Vie was more focused in the second half, they were not able to gain the lead, and fell short with 55-49. The balanced scoring of Avenir de Rennes 2nd team was next to their defense one of the key points to the victory. Top Scorers Avenir de Rennes 2nd team: Milijana Evtoukhovitch (191-F/C-81) 13, Leon 12, Lauraine Tony (176-F-90) 12, Melanie Sabin (174-F-88) 10. For Le Poire-sur-Vie, M Reolid was the only player in double-digits, scoring 11.

Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez reached their 4th victory in the game vs. FCL Feytiat (76-42), who still has to win a game. Therefore, the high defeat was not a surpise.

La Couronne got blown out on their own homecourt by Club Basket D'Ifs, who did not leave any doubts about who would be the winner of this game and finished with a score of 68-94.

USO Mondeville II was able to win their first game this weekend against Argentonnaises Thouars Basket 79. The hosts started off better with a 18-13 lead (10th min). The guests were able to tie the score at the beginning of the second quarter (18-18), but that would be as close as they would come. From then on, USO Mondeville II improved to 33-25 at halftime and after a strong third quarter to 59-36. Even though, Argentonnaises Thouars Basket 79 was able to win the last quarter with 16-18, they were not able to change anything about the final victory for USO Mondeville II (75-54). USO Mondeville II was led by Marie Mbuyamba (185-F/C-93), who was the only player in double-digits and scored 23. For Argentonnaises Thouars Basket 79, Audrey Zaire (16) and Hay (11) were the top scorers.

Poule B:

Basket Club La Tronche Meylan was able to defend their perfect score by a close win over Avenir Basket Chartres (77-72).

Basket Club de Chenove and Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD played a close game Saturday night. Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD had the better start, taking an early lead with 4-10 and 6-14 mainly due to their inside players being present under the baskets and drawing fouls (14-19 10th min). In the second quarter, Basket Club de Chenove was able to make a comeback and even take the lead with 22-21. From then on, there were a lot of lead changes, but it was mostly Basket Club de Chenove, who turned the ball over or committed easy fouls, who would give Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD the chance to easy points. Basket Club de Chenove reached a 3pt-lead at halftime (36-33), which they gave quickly up due to a 8-0 run by Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUDs post player Dasa Rajecka (189-C-87), who brought the guests with 36-41 ahead. Then a technical foul was called against Basket Club de Chenove, which helped Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD to advance step by step. Shortly before the end of the 3rd quarter, it was Noemie Recoura (183-F/C-86), who hit a three pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead down to 46-51. In the fourth quarter, Basket Club de Chenove dominated, gaining the lead back in short time. With two minutes to go it was once again Dasa Rajecka, who hit a three-pointer to get a 62-66 lead. The game was followed by free-throws for both teams, and both teams put them in. Basket Club de Chenove had a last chance for a shoot by a score of 64-68, but turned the ball over, so Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD ended up winning 64-68, and improved now to 3-1, while Basket Club de Chenove sits right below in the table with 2 wins and 2 defaits.

One of the most interesting games this weekend was the game of AS Villeurbanne hosting Saint Etienne Case B. Saint Etienne Case B was able to keep their top spot on the table, beating AS Villeurbanne 85-75.

Aulnoye AS was hosted by Wasquehal FEM this weekend, and is still looking for their first victory as they weren't able to beat Wasquehal FEM (68-50).

Geispolsheim C.J.S. was able to clinch their first victory, and this with a big victory over Club Municipal Aubervilliers. The guests won 56-85.

Another big victory had BC Franconville Plessis, who beat Centre Federal BB II 91-63, who is still without a victory so far.



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2.Bundesliga Round 2 resilts and stats - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in 2.Bundesliga. There were many interesting games last round. The best stats of 2nd round was 22 points and 19 rebounds by Nadine Grieb of Trier.

Group North
Herner - Berlin 73-56

The best player for the winners was center Britta Worms (185-88) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian power forward Minja Terzic (188-79) chipped in 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Herner TC's coach Marek Piotrowski used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jessica Seyler (183, college: Master's) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Daniela Vogel (182-92) added 14 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Berlin: J.Seyler 18+9reb, D.Vogel 14+4reb, L.Mohammed 9+6reb+1ast, J.Sandow 6+3reb+1ast, W.Kropp-Buettner 4+3reb+2ast, K.Greiner 3+4reb
Herner: B.Worms 22+6reb, B.Davis 13+3reb+6ast, E.Karic 9+3reb+1ast, H.Sawyer 8+5reb+4ast, M.Terzic 7+12reb+4ast, S.Muecke 6+3reb
gschID: 143978


Rist Scala - Quakenbrueck 47-62

The game was mostly controlled by Quakenbrueck Dragons. Rist Scala was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rist Scala to just 7 points in second quarter. Quakenbrueck Dragons held Rist Scala to an opponent 21.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.9 percent accuracy of the winners and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Quakenbrueck Dragons had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center Nicola Dalton (180-84, college: Franklin Pierce) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Toby Martin (163-87, college: Franklin Pierce) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Martin is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Astrid Ramcke (184-91) produced 14 points and center Daniela Koch (186-79) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Rist Scala: A.Ramcke 14+2reb, C.Wegner 6+3reb, D.Koch 6+6reb+1ast, A.Rathjen 6+5reb, S.Ochs 5+7reb+1ast, R.Thanert 4+4reb+2ast
Quakenbrueck: N.Dalton 14+14reb, C.Grevenstette 12+4reb+2ast, T.Martin 10+6reb+4ast, E.Arndt 8+1ast, K.Sokoll-Potratz 6+7reb+1ast, G.Theuer 5
gschID: 143979


Goettingen - Hagen Phoenix 73-66

The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Goettingen outrebounded Hagen Phoenix 42-29 including 30 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Tonga-American swingman Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Polish forward Klaudia Grudzien (183-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Franziska Goessmann (170-89) produced 17 points and center Leonie Bleker (189-90) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Hagen Phoenix: F.Goessmann 17+3reb+2ast, L.Bleker 13+6reb, V.Schielke 11+2reb+1ast, K.Pohlmann 9+3reb+2ast, F.Grasshoff 6+5reb+1ast, K.Schlatt 3+4reb+2ast
Goettingen: O.Tulikihihifo 25+9reb+4ast, K.Grudzien 14+10reb+3ast, K.Flasarova 12+7reb+2ast, M.Munder 9+1reb+3ast, B.Bode 8+6reb+1ast, J.Lucken 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 143980


Opladen - Mainz 77-73 OT

Top scorers:
Mainz: G.Jandova 21+6reb+1ast, C.Baatz 17+3reb, L.Koch 13+6reb, G.Georgieva 8+11reb+1ast, A.Wegner 8+5reb, G.Oszeli 2+7reb
Opladen: S.Biemer 29+7reb+1ast, M.Nettersheim 15+8reb, T.Turnbull 7+6reb+2ast, J.Ciompala 6+1reb+1ast, E.Bleise 6+1reb, K.Lippmann 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143981


Bielefeld - Neuss 72-59

The game was mostly controlled by Dolphins Bielefeld. TG Neuss was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dolphins Bielefeld made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Canadian guard Elise Caron (165, college: Marist) who scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Kathlyn Varno (185-88, college: Wofford) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Julia Kleen (185-89) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and center Viktoria Jager (193) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Neuss: J.Kleen 18+7reb+1ast, M.Hinker 15+6reb+2ast, V.Jager 12+12reb+1ast, S.Krings 9+3reb+3ast, C.Skrobek 3+6reb+1ast, J.Van Rieth 2+3reb
Bielefeld: E.Caron 30+6reb+5ast, A.Tusek 14+7reb, K.Varno 11+10reb+1ast, N.Rosner 7+2reb+2ast, L.Schild 6+5reb+1ast, L.Lummer 4+1reb
gschID: 143977


Group South
Bamberg - Wuerzburg 66-38

Don Bosco Bamberg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TG Chooza Ladybaskets to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. Don Bosco Bamberg forced 29 TG Chooza Ladybaskets turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Jessie Miller (173-88, college: Ill.-Chicago) who scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Monet Johnson (180-87, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 10 points. Slovakian center Erika Horvathova (190-86) produced 7 points and 7 rebounds and forward Raphaela Jochimczyk (180-90) added 4 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: E.Horvathova 7+7reb, M.Noth 6+3reb, M.Pfister 5+4reb, C.Schulz 5+2reb, E.Barthel 5+2reb, R.Jochimczyk 4+6reb+2ast
Bamberg: J.Miller 13+6reb+1ast, M.Johnson 10+3reb, K.Groeger 9+3reb, S.Zeis 6+2reb, P.Oberpaul 6+7reb, A.Hartmann 6+3reb
gschID: 144083


Sandhausen - Bad Aibling 72-64

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bad Aibling won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Amani Franklin (180-88, college: Kentucky) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Emily Tay (173-87, college: Harvard) chipped in 19 points. TG 1889 Sandhausen's coach Christoph Hoffmann used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Ciara Iglehart (180-84, college: Ohio) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Nathalie Ebertz (185-90) added 12 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Bad Aibling: N.Ebertz 12+4reb, C.Iglehart 10+6reb, J.Genttner 10+1reb+3ast, S.Polder 8+3reb+1ast, L.Cunningham 8+6reb+1ast, L.Bradaric 6+2reb+2ast
Sandhausen: E.Tay 19+3reb+1ast, A.Franklin 19+10reb+1ast, K.Auer 13+2reb+2ast, F.Baumann 8+5reb, S.Schenk 4+1ast, C.Cloessner 3+1reb
gschID: 144084


Heidelberg - Trier 71-52

This time BasCats Heidelberg used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Trier 71-52 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BasCats Heidelberg dominated on the defensive end, holding Trier to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Trier's 30. BasCats Heidelberg forced 24 Trier turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Tara Flaherty (186-88, college: Fairfield) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import guard Serena Benavente (168-85, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. BasCats Heidelberg's coach Dennis Czygan let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Nadine Grieb (183-87) produced a triple-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds and Iris Jodes added 9 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Trier: N.Grieb 22+19reb+3ast, I.Jodes 9+4reb+1ast, S.Thomas 7+4reb, J.Semerda 5+1reb+1ast, L.Renate Oser 5+2reb+2ast, K.Bieg 2
Heidelberg: T.Flaherty 16+10reb+3ast, S.Benavente 15+7ast, A.Meusel 9+5reb+3ast, B.Adrion 8+7reb, C.Maurer 6, A.Oehler 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 144085


Speyer - Viernheim 59-75

The game was mostly controlled by TSV Amicitia. Speyer / Schifferstadt was better in third quarter 10-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TSV Amicitia dominated on the defensive end, holding Speyer / Schifferstadt to just 7 points in second quarter. TSV Amicitia forced 20 Speyer / Schifferstadt turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Annika Danckert (182-81) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American guard Johnette Walker (173-87, college: Radford) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four TSV Amicitia players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Kathryn Verboom (180-86) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Mandy Muller (183-86) added 20 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Speyer: K.Verboom 21+7reb+1ast, M.Muller 20+4reb+1ast, U.Gelbke 9+8reb+4ast, M.Weynandt 5+3reb+1ast, A.Jalalpoor 2+1reb+3ast, L.Schwaab 2+1reb
Viernheim: A.Danckert 17+10reb+5ast, A.Muller 14+2reb+2ast, J.Walker 13+5reb+3ast, H.McNeill 10+7reb, M.Colborne 7+4reb+7ast, S.Moller 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144086




Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Quakenbrueck 2-0 
 2. Herner 2-0 
 3. Bielefeld 1-0 
 4. Hagen Phoenix 1-1 
 5. Opladen 1-1 
 6. Berlin 1-1 
 7. Goettingen 0-0 
 8. Gruenberg 0-1 
 9. Mainz 0-2 
 10. Neuss 0-2 
 11. Rist Scala 0-2 
South
 1. Bamberg 2-0 
 2. Sandhausen 2-0 
 3. Viernheim 2-0 
 4. Leimen 1-0 
 5. Heidelberg 1-1 
 6. Speyer 1-1 
 7. Jahn Muenchen 0-1 
 8. Keltern 0-1 
 9. Bad Aibling 0-1 
 10. Wuerzburg 0-2 
 11. Trier 0-2 


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Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Lekdetec.nl 2-0 
 2. Eurosped 1-0 
 3. ProBuild Lions 1-1 
 4. HLB Account. 1-1 
 5. Binnenland 1-1 
 6. Wereldtickets.nl 0-0 
 7. Grasshoppers 0-1 
 8. CTO 0-2 


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Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. DCU Mercy 2-0 
 2. Killester 2-0 
 3. TM Hotel Cork 2-0 
 4. UL Aughinish 2-0 
 5. Waterford W. 1-1 
 6. Singleton 1-1 
 7. Liffey Celtics 0-2 
 8. Meteors 0-2 
 9. Oblate Dynamos 0-2 
 10. Ulster Rockets 0-2 


Stats Leaders Superleague
Points Per Game
 Danielle O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 22
 1. O''Leary, Singleton22.0 
 2. O''Leary, Singleton19.0 
 3. Kavanagh, Waterfor.12.5 
 4. Coady, Waterfor.11.0 
 5. Kelleher, Singleton10.5 
 6. Sullivan, Killester10.5 
 7. Stone, Killester10.5 
 8. Daly, Meteors10.0 
 9. Browne, Meteors9.0 
 10. Deegan, Waterfor.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kate MAHER
  Waterfor.
  (180-F-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Maher, Waterfor.10.0 
 2. Fraser, Killester9.0 
 3. Waters, Singleton8.0 
 4. Kavanagh, Waterfor.8.0 
 5. Daly, Meteors6.0 
 6. Doyle, Meteors5.5 
 7. Kearney, Singleton5.5 
 8. Kennington, Waterf.5.0 
 9. Coady, Waterfor.4.0 
 10. O''Leary, Singleton4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Megan O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 6
 1. O''Leary, Singleton6.0 
 2. O''Leary, Singleton4.5 
 3. Sullivan, Killester3.5 
 4. Maher, Waterfor.3.0 
 5. Waters, Singleton2.5 
 6. Coady, Waterfor.2.0 
 7. Kelleher, Singleton2.0 
 8. Doyle, Meteors1.5 
 9. Browne, Meteors1.5 
 10. Nagle, Meteors1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amy WATERS
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Waters, Singleton2.5 
 2. Nagle, Meteors2.5 
 3. Deegan, Waterfor.2.5 
 4. Gray, Killester2.0 
 5. Sullivan, Killester2.0 
 6. Fraser, Killester2.0 
 7. Maher, Waterfor.2.0 
 8. Doyle, Meteors2.0 
 9. Kavanagh, Waterfor.1.5 
 10. O''Leary, Singleton1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. O''Leary, Singleton2.5 
 2. Waters, Singleton2.5 
 3. Kennington, Waterf.1.5 
 4. Kearney, Singleton1.0 
 5. Kavanagh, Waterfor.1.0 
 6. Maher, Waterfor.1.0 
 7. Carrick, Killester0.5 
 8. Kelleher, Singleton0.5 
 9. Ocmahony, Singl.0.5 
 10. Kavanagh, Killest.0.5 


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WJBL Round 4: Denso Iris lose to Toyota Antelopes in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the WJBL and who belongs to weaker ones.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nagoya. Third ranked host Toyota Antelopes (3-1) defeated one of their biggest challengers Denso Iris (2-2) 68-60. Denso Iris trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 21-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 60-68 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Mami Ikeda (178-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Ryoko Yano (178-78) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side international center Maki Takada (183-89) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Denso Iris' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyota Antelopes moved-up to second place, which they share with JX Sunflowers. Denso Iris at the other side keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Mitsubishi K.. Toyota Antelopes is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Chanson V-M (#8) in Shizuoka in the next round where they are favorite. Denso Iris will play at home against the league's second-placed JX Sunflowers (#2) in Kashiwa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Aishin Wings has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Tokyo, where they defeated Airlines R. (1-3) 74-58. The winners were led by power forward Kumi Yamamoto (179-85) who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds and Hitomi Takasaki supported her with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Aishin Wings' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks by international forward Reika Takahashi (177-88) did not help to save the game for Airlines R.. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Aishin Wings left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Airlines R. Aishin Wings will play against league's leader Fujitsu RW in Kawasaki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Airlines R. will play against Mitsubishi K. (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Airlines R. - Aishin AW 58-74

Aishin Wings has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Tokyo, where they defeated Airlines R. (1-3) 74-58. The game without a history. Aishin Wings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by power forward Kumi Yamamoto (179-85) who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Hitomi Takasaki (168-86) supported her with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Aishin Wings' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks by international forward Reika Takahashi (177-88) did not help to save the game for Airlines R.. Swingman Sangi Kanade (169-86) added 22 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Aishin Wings left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Airlines R. Aishin Wings will play against league's leader Fujitsu RW in Kawasaki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Airlines R. will play against Mitsubishi K. (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Airlines R.: S.Kanade 22+6reb+2ast, R.Takahashi 16+13reb+3ast, M.Maki 8+2reb+2ast, N.Kondo 6+9reb, N.Hoshino 4+6reb+4ast, S.Kawakami 2+2reb
Aishin AW: K.Yamamoto 20+5reb+3ast, S.Sato 12+5reb+2ast, S.Ootaka 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Maeda 8+4reb+1ast, H.Takasaki 8+10reb+3ast, T.Masaki 8+3reb
gschID: 142386


Toyota A. - Denso Iris 68-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nagoya. Third ranked host Toyota Antelopes (3-1) defeated one of their biggest challengers Denso Iris (2-2) 68-60. Denso Iris trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 21-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 60-68 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Mami Ikeda (178-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Ryoko Yano (178-78) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side international center Maki Takada (183-89) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tamotsu Huziwara (175-87) scored 15 points. Denso Iris' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyota Antelopes moved-up to second place, which they share with JX Sunflowers. Denso Iris at the other side keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Mitsubishi K.. Toyota Antelopes is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Chanson V-M (#8) in Shizuoka in the next round where they are favorite. Denso Iris will play at home against the league's second-placed JX Sunflowers (#2) in Kashiwa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Denso Iris: M.Takada 20+6reb+2ast, T.Huziwara 15+3reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 10+5reb, A.Obata 6+4reb+4ast, C.Yoshida 3+2reb+1ast, M.Oonuma 2+7reb
Toyota A.: M.Ikeda 22+11reb+2ast, R.Yano 18+4reb+2ast, M.Kawahara 18+3reb+1ast, K.Suzuki 6+4reb+4ast, E.Kudeken 4+5reb+4ast, Y.Yokoyama 0
gschID: 142387




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Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Juniores 2-0 
 2. Liepajas 1-0 
 3. TTT Riga 1-0 
 4. Cesis 1-1 
 5. DU 1-1 
 6. LU 0-1 
 7. RTU-Merks 0-1 
 8. Kolibri/U-16 0-2 


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Standings - Women
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Basket Esch 3-0 
 2. Musel Pikes 3-0 
 3. Residence 2-1 
 4. AB Contern 2-1 
 5. Etzella 2-1 
 6. Amicale 1-2 
 7. Heffingen 1-2 
 8. T71 Dudelange 1-2 
 9. Racing 0-3 
 10. Telstar 0-3 


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Buducnost starts with victory in regional championship - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost PG - Celik 59-53

Round One of the International women regional basketball league (IWRBL) was played last weekend. Buducnsot had a great start. The Montenegrin champion outplayed Bosnian team Celik 59-53 for 1-0 record in the league. Milica Milosev (185-F-93) was a key player in victory with double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Natasa Popovic (194-C-82) followed her with 12 points and 5 bards. Ljubica Mihailovic (174-G-88) and Jasmina Bigovic (174-G-79) helped with 11 points each. On the other side, Ceik got 14 points from Anna Tolikova (190-C-86) and Rada Vidovic (177-G-79). They grabbed 10 and 8 rebounds respectively. Quarters - 18:10, 8:12, 14:23, 19:8. In the next round, Buducnost will meet Athlete Celje on the road. That game is scheduled for October 15.

Buducnost: Milica Milosev 14+10 boards, Natasa Popovic 12+5 boards, Ljubica Mihailovic 11+5 boards, Jasmina Bigovic 11+4 boards
Celik: Anna Tolikova 14+10 boards, Rada Vidovic 14+8 boards


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  NAIA - Women  


Jessilyn Conicelli gets pro deal in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Jessilyn Conicelli (182-F) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American forward signed a one-season deal in Belgium. Her employer is team Jeugd Gentson, which competes in Belgian top division. Conicelli already played her first game with Jeugd Gentson. She had 12 points and 7 minutes for 26 minutes on the court. Her Jeugd Gentson lost that game to Crack Blue Cats 73-67 on the road. Jessilyn Conicelli is a product of the Biola University. She graduated there few months ago. In 2010, Conicelli was named All-NAIA D1 2nd Team -10. A year before that she helped Biola to reach NAIA D1 Sweet 16.

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  NORWAY - Women  


Kvinneligaen Round 2: Undefeated Ulriken loses their first game against Ullern - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Kvinneligaen.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Ulriken (2-1) in Oslo on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Ullern (3-0) 62-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ulriken. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ullern outrebounded Ulriken 52-34 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (-75) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Tina Moen (183-86, college: IPFW) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Guard Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-94) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Ulriken's coach DuRell Sanford rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ullern have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record. Defending champion Ulriken keeps the second place with one game lost. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Ammerud.
The game in Oslo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ulriken (2-1) played at the court of bottom-ranked Oslo Tigers (0-2). Ulriken smashed Oslo Tigers 96-39. Guard Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-94) notched 29 points and 5 steals to lead the effort and Emilie Gronas supported her with 21 points. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by guard Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe did not help to save the game for Oslo Tigers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 2-1 record behind leader Ullern. Oslo Tigers at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with NTNUI Basket. Ulriken will play against NTNUI Basket (#5) in Trondheim in the next round. Oslo Tigers will have a break next round.



Oslo Tigers - Ulriken 39-96

The game in Oslo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ulriken (2-1) played at the court of bottom-ranked Oslo Tigers (0-2). Ulriken smashed Oslo Tigers 96-39. The game without a history. Ulriken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oslo Tigers to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Ulriken dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Oslo Tigers' 30 and made 30-of-38 charity shots (78.9 percent) during the game, while Oslo Tigers only scored three points from the stripe. Ulriken forced 29 Oslo Tigers turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Guard Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-94) notched 29 points and 5 steals to lead the effort and international guard Emilie Gronas (168-92) supported her with 21 points. Four Ulriken players scored in double figures. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by guard Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe did not help to save the game for Oslo Tigers. Forward Madalene Carlsson (178-82) added 6 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 2-1 record behind leader Ullern. Oslo Tigers at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with NTNUI Basket. Ulriken will play against NTNUI Basket (#5) in Trondheim in the next round. Oslo Tigers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oslo Tigers: E.Mannikkoe 10+7reb+1ast, S.Yapici 7+3reb+1ast, M.Carlsson 6+5reb+1ast, S.El-Masrouri 4+6reb+2ast, I.Reithaug 3+8reb+1ast, V.Nilsen 3+2reb+2ast
Ulriken: S.Hoff Austgulen 29+3reb+3ast, E.Gronas 21+3reb+2ast, H.Kongestol 13+4reb, S.Gronhaug 12+3reb+1ast, S.Karlstad 8+1reb, L.Breivik 5+10reb+1ast
gschID: 139815


Ullern - Ulriken 62-51

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Ulriken (2-1) in Oslo on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Ullern (3-0) 62-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ulriken. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ullern outrebounded Ulriken 52-34 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (-75) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Tina Moen (183-86, college: IPFW) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Ullern players scored in double figures. Guard Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-94) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lise Breivik (181-93) scored 7 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Ulriken's coach DuRell Sanford rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ullern have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record. Defending champion Ulriken keeps the second place with one game lost. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Ammerud.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: S.Hoff Austgulen 24+7reb+2ast, E.Gronas 10+4reb, H.Kongestol 7+6reb+1ast, L.Breivik 7+12reb+5ast, A.Grimstad 3+4reb+2ast, R.Riis 0
Ullern: T.Moen 17+8reb+3ast, K.Kristiansen 17+20reb+9ast, O.Austheim 14+5reb+2ast, T.Ytrehus 10+8reb+2ast, I.Skorpen 4+3reb+1ast, E.Englund 0+4reb+1ast
gschID: 139816




Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Ullern 3-0 
 2. Ulriken 2-1 
 3. Ammerud 1-0 
 4. Gimle 0-1 
 5. NTNUI Basket 0-2 
 6. Oslo Tigers 0-2 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asker/BV 0-0 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. AD Vagos 2-0 
 2. Alges 1-0 
 3. Boa Viagem 1-0 
 4. Quinta 1-0 
 5. EMA Menres 1-1 
 6. GDESSA 1-1 
 7. Montijobanda 1-1 
 8. AFC-Liberty S. 0-1 
 9. Barcelos 0-1 
 10. CAB Madeira 0-1 
 11. CDTorres N. 0-1 
 12. Olivais 0-1 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Alba Iulia 2-0 
 2. Alexandria 2-0 
 3. Craiova 2-0 
 4. Satu Mare 2-0 
 5. Targoviste 2-0 
 6. Targu Mures 2-0 
 7. Cluj Napoca 1-1 
 8. ICIM Arad 1-1 
 9. Rapid 1-1 
 10. Timisoara 1-1 
 11. Brasov 0-2 
 12. Iasi 0-2 
 13. Olimpia 0-2 
 14. Oradea 0-2 
 15. Sf.Gheorghe 0-2 
 16. Sp.Studentesc 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Gaati WEREMA
  Sp.Stude.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Werema, Sp.Stude.24.0 
 2. Givens, Targoviste21.5 
 3. Harrison, Alba Iul.21.0 
 4. Ferenczi, Cluj N.21.0 
 5. Parker, Alba Iulia21.0 
 6. Beachem, Targu M.20.0 
 7. Pop, Satu Mare20.0 
 8. Salley, Alba Iulia19.0 
 9. Prlja, Alexandria19.0 
 10. Haas, Timisoara18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keila BEACHEM
  Targu M.
  (187-F-82)
  Avg: 17
 1. Beachem, Targu M.17.0 
 2. Parker, Alba Iulia14.0 
 3. Greer, Craiova11.0 
 4. Laplante, Alexandr.10.5 
 5. Johnson, Iasi10.5 
 6. Nicolaescu, Rapid10.0 
 7. Munteanu, Olimpia10.0 
 8. Zherzherunov., Tar.9.5 
 9. Graboski, Alexandr.9.5 
 10. Walker, Satu Mare9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Prlja, Alexandria8.0 
 2. Graham, Targu M.6.0 
 3. Harrison, Alba Iul.6.0 
 4. Hoskins, Craiova5.0 
 5. Mehmedic, Satu M.5.0 
 6. Hicks, Targu Mures5.0 
 7. Diaconu, Targoviste4.5 
 8. Wilson, Sp.Stude.4.0 
 9. Cioroiu, Iasi4.0 
 10. Gavrila, Craiova4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Prlja, Alexandria6.5 
 2. Stoenescu, Timis.6.0 
 3. Parker, Alba Iulia6.0 
 4. Beachem, Targu M.5.0 
 5. Gavrila, Craiova5.0 
 6. Ferenczi, Cluj N.5.0 
 7. Wilson, Sp.Stude.5.0 
 8. Salley, Alba Iulia5.0 
 9. Pop, Satu Mare4.5 
 10. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adina STOIEDIN
  Timisoara
  (186-C/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stoiedin, Timisoara3.0 
 2. Small, Oradea3.0 
 3. Zherzherunov., Tar.3.0 
 4. Parker, Alba Iulia3.0 
 5. Walker, Satu Mare2.5 
 6. Perta, Rapid2.0 
 7. Al Shaar, Cluj N.2.0 
 8. Green, ICIM A.1.5 
 9. Hoskins, Craiova1.0 
 10. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.1.0 


Prlja number one in Romanian Round 2 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Alexandria, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, four rebounds and nine assists) to her team's victory, helping them to beat Iasi (#12, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 74-59. Alexandria is placed at 2nd position in Romanian D1. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Alexandria won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Prlja had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. She turned to be Alexandria's top player in her first season with the team. Marija Prlja has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 6.5spg and 59.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Odessa Williams (188-F-86) of Oradea. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Oradea lost that game 60-80 to Cluj Napoca (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Williams is a newcomer at Oradea, but is already one of team's top players. Former Longwood College star Williams is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Brandie Hoskins (175-G-85) of Craiova (#3). Hoskins showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. She was a key player of Craiova, leading her team to a 88-62 easy win against Sp.Studentesc (#16, 0-2). Craiova has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Hoskins also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Hoskins as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keila Beachem (187-F-82) of Targu Mures - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Claudia Pop (185-F-89) of Satu Mare - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of Targoviste - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Melissa Washington (195-C-85) of Targu Mures - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-F/G-82) of Targoviste - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Veronica Hicks (175-G-89) of Targu Mures - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kari Laplante (195-C-89) of Alexandria - 15 points and 12 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Monique Coker joined Targoviste - by Eurobasket News
Monique Coker (188-F/C-82, college: ODU) joined Targoviste and debuted in the game versus Arad. The American player last player spent in Turkey.
Early in 2007-2008 she played for Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor (Turkey-TBBL, starting five). In Turkish League after 14 games she averaged 16.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 38.5%, FT: 66.7%. In EuroCup after 8 games her stats read 20.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 73.7%.
In March '08 moved to Ramat Hasharon (Israel-D1, starting five) and in 6 games showed 14.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 48.6%. In Feb.'09 already appeared for CSM Targoviste (Romania-D1, starting five) and became the fifth top-scorer with 18.4ppg, Reb-5 (8.9rpg), 1.2apg, 2.7spg, 1.0bpg.
In 2009-2010 played for Elitzur Maccabi Netanya (Israel-D1, starting five) and had high 19.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.9rpg), 1.7apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 70.6%. In
2010-2011 appeared for Ceyhan Belediyespor (Turkey-TKBL) and averaged 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 67.1%.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Round 1 brings the victories for the favorites - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in PBL just started. The best stats of 1st round was 20 points and 11 rebounds by Anastasiya Veremeenko of Nadezhda O..

Dynamo M. - Dynamo K. 64-75

The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-64. Dynamo Kursk made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Dynamo Moscow turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Dynamo Moscow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Anna Petrakova (188-84) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) for the winners. American guard Temeka Johnson (160-82, college: LSU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Anastasia Pimenova (180-81) produced 23 points and center Elena Kharchenko (194-83, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Dynamo M.: A.Pimenova 23+2reb, E.Kharchenko 10+6reb+2ast, T.Popova 7+3reb+4ast, V.Medvedeva 6+2reb, E.Sytnyak 6+4reb, M.Khazova 6+6reb+2ast
Dynamo K.: A.Petrakova 25+7reb, T.Johnson 15+6reb+5ast, M.Snow 8+6reb, E.Lisina 8+2reb+1ast, Y.Dureika 8+5reb+2ast, N.Vodopiyanova 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 136755


Energy Ivanovo - Spartak V MR 45-86

The game was mostly controlled by Spartak Vidnoye. Energy Ivanovo was better in third quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak Vidnoye dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Ivanovo's 26. Spartak Vidnoye forced 21 Energy Ivanovo turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including 27 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Energy Ivanovo was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Eugeniya Belyakova (182-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. International power forward Irina Osipova (196-81) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Center Olga Zhuzhgova (204-88) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and center Olga Kiseleva (189-84) added 4 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Energy Ivanovo.
Top scorers:
Energy Ivanovo: O.Zhuzhgova 10+7reb+1ast, A.Gavrilitsa 9+1reb+2ast, V.Loskutova 6+2ast, L.Smorodina 5+1reb, O.Kiseleva 4+8reb+1ast, N.Melenteva 4+4reb
Spartak V MR: E.Belyakova 20+3reb+2ast, I.Osipova 16+3reb+1ast, B.Hammon 11+2reb+1ast, S.Petrovic 11+5reb+2ast, M.Kuzina 9+2reb+1ast, K.Tikhonenko 7+10reb+1ast
gschID: 136751


Dynamo-GUVD - Chevakata 60-69

Dynamo-GUVD trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 60-69 at the end of the game. Vologda-Chevakata forced 20 Dynamo-GUVD turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 24 on the offensive glass. International forward Katerina Keyru (182-88) stepped up and scored 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Uzbekistani center Juliya Kiseleva (200-85, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side swingman Anastasiya Shilova (185-91) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) and international center Natalia Myasoedova (193-87) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Dynamo-GUVD players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-GUVD: A.Shilova 17+9reb+1ast, N.Myasoedova 14+7reb+2ast, M.Khrustaleva 11+2reb+3ast, T.Petrushina 10+6reb+2ast, K.Kolosovskaia 4+2reb+3ast, O.Khoroshavina 2
Chevakata: K.Alikina 13+3reb+1ast, K.Keyru 12+6reb+2ast, M.Cherepanova 10+7reb+1ast, S.Makhlina 10+6reb+2ast, J.Kiseleva 8+9reb+2ast, I.Sokolovskaya 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 136752


Nadezhda O. - Spartak SP 76-50

It looked good early as Spartak St.Petersburg took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nadezhda Orenburg had a 20-10 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak St.Petersburg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 50-76. Nadezhda Orenburg dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak St.Petersburg's 34. Nadezhda Orenburg forced 22 Spartak St.Petersburg turnovers. Belarusian center Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and international guard Elena Danilochkina (185-86) accounted for 13 points. Four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. Center Alexandra Kostina (191-87, agency: RIZO) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Olga Vorobjova (180-87) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Spartak St.Petersburg in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: A.Kostina 16+6reb, O.Vorobjova 12+6reb+1ast, A.Loginova 8+5reb+2ast, Y.Lukina 6+6reb+2ast, K.Lapteva 3+5reb+1ast, E.Isakova 3+2reb
Nadezhda O.: A.Veremeenko 20+11reb+1ast, E.Danilochkina 13+4reb+3ast, E.Ruzanova 11+2reb+2ast, O.Ovcharenko 10+5reb+1ast, N.Zhedik 8+3reb+2ast, E.Berseneva 6+2ast
gschID: 136753


Spartak N. - UMMC 45-93

UMMC Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak Noginsk to just 5 points in second quarter. UMMC Ekaterinburg dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Noginsk's 28 and made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. UMMC Ekaterinburg had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Spartak Noginsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. French center Sandrine Gruda (194-87) nailed 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and international center Tatiana Vidmer (191-86) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Guard Zhanna Milanovich (177-74) came up with 9 points and 5 assists and center Varvara Psareva (194-85) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Spartak Noginsk in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Spartak N.: Z.Milanovich 9+1reb+5ast, M.Shamanina 8+5reb, T.Sergeeva 8+2reb, V.Psareva 7+6reb+2ast, S.Aleksic 4+1reb+1ast, L.Pupko 4+3reb+1ast
UMMC: S.Gruda 19+3reb+1ast, T.Vidmer 13+6reb+1ast, A.Jekabsone-Zogota 10+2reb+4ast, M.Stepanova 10+7reb+1ast, H.Horakova 10+5reb+3ast, D.Nolan 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 136754




Standings Women D1
PBL Standings
 1. Chevakata 1-0 
 2. Dynamo K. 1-0 
 3. Nadezhda O. 1-0 
 4. Spartak V MR 1-0 
 5. UMMC 1-0 
 6. Dynamo M. 0-1 
 7. Dynamo-GUVD 0-1 
 8. Energy Ivanovo 0-1 
 9. Spartak N. 0-1 
 10. Spartak SP 0-1 


Anna Tolikova signs in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Anna Tolikova (190-C-86) will play next season in Bosnia. The Russian center penned a deal with Celik. They will compete in International women regional basketball league (IWRBL), as well as in Bosnian championship. Tolikova spent last four seasons with Spartak-SHVSM Moscow. In the latest one she had 5.8 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 19 games. In 2009/10, she registered 5.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 15 games. Anna Tolikova helped Spartak to win promotion from B to A Superleague in 2009. They were Russian B Superleague Finalists that year. In the past, Tolikova played for Dynamo Moscow Region. She also was a member of U20 Russian NT in 2005.

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  SERBIA - Women  


A League, Round 2: Crvena Zvezda, Jagodina and Stara Pazova keep perfect score - by Eurobasket News
Round Two of the Serbian A League was played this weekend. Crvena Zvezda, Jagodina and Stara Pazova managed to beat their rivals and to keep the perfect score after two games.

Spartak - Sabac 66-69
The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Spartak was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Mirjana Velisavljevic (188-78) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Renata Cosic (170-87) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Sabac's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Power forward Vida Emese (188-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jovana Veselinovic (170-88) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Sabac will face higher ranked Stara Pazova at home in the next round. Spartak will play against Vrbas.
Top scorers:
Sabac: A.Savic 19, M.Velisavljevic 17+8reb+2ast, S.Markovic 11+3reb, R.Cosic 9+8reb+4ast, M.Adamovic 5+2reb+4ast, J.Vidakovic 4+1reb+5ast
Spartak: V.Emese 19+12reb, N.Zolotic 13+2reb, J.Veselinovic 12+3reb+4ast, I.Kosanovic 9+6reb, D.Kekezovic 8+1ast, S.Suturovic 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 148929


Stara Pazova - Beocin 101-62
The game without a history. Stara Pazova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Beocin's 30 and made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Stara Pazova forced 23 Beocin turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Beocin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Ivana Terzic (187-86) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jovana Ckovric (171-88) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Stara Pazova players scored in double figures. Maja Golubovic responded with 15 points and Branislava Momic scored 7 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beocin will play next round against Crvena Zvezda. Stara Pazova will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Sabac on the road.
Top scorers:
Stara Pazova: I.Terzic 24+8reb+1ast, J.Ckovric 19+3reb+2ast, Z.Nikolic 16+2reb+6ast, M.Spikic 16+4reb+1ast, B.Filipovic 11+2ast, S.Adamovic 7
Beocin: M.Golubovic 15+2reb+3ast, J.Stankovski 11+2reb, B.Momic 7+5reb+2ast, D.Mesarovic 6, D.Bjelajac 5+3reb+2ast, J.Cica 5+2reb
gschID: 148930


Crvena Zvezda - Loznica 95-56
The game without a history. Crvena Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Loznica's 26. Crvena Zvezda forced 24 Loznica turnovers and outrebounded them 35-19 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Jovana Karakasevic (190-C/F-92) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Aleksandra Stanacev (167-94) supported her with 14 points and 4 assists. Five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks by power forward Aleksandra Crvendakic (187-96) did not help to save the game for Loznica. Ivana Bakalic (-89) added 18 points for the guests. Loznica will play next round against Celarevo trying to get back on the winning streak. Crvena Zvezda will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Beocin on the road.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: J.Karakasevic 19+10reb, A.Stanacev 14+3reb+4ast, M.Radovic 12+2reb+2ast, A.Niksic 12+2reb+4ast, L.Tomasevic 11+4reb+3ast, M.Jovicic 9+4reb
Loznica: A.Crvendakic 20+11reb+4ast, I.Bakalic 18+1reb+1ast, M.Markovic 10+1reb+3ast, A.Pantic 4+1reb, L.Milosevic 2+1reb, A.Milovanovic 2+3reb
gschID: 148931


Celarevo - Proleter 61-55
Proleter trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 15-2 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 55-61 at the end of the game. Celarevo forced 22 Proleter turnovers. Forward Maja Strbac (173-94) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sonja Maric (185-85) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The former international center Jela Vidacic (190-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and Montenegrin center Ljubica Carkic (187-82) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Celarevo will face Loznica on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Proleter will play against Radnicki KG in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Celarevo: M.Strbac 20+2reb+2ast, S.Maric 12+6reb, M.Radosevic 7+1reb+3ast, V.Grbic 7+1reb, L.Lalovic 6+7reb, S.Vasic 5+3reb+6ast
Proleter: J.Vidacic 24+13reb+1ast, L.Carkic 13+9reb, S.Ivkovic 10, J.Marinkov 6+7reb, S.Takov 2+1reb+1ast, J.Gruslav 0+2reb
gschID: 148926


Radnicki KG - Student 70-49
The game without a history. Radnicki KG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Radnicki KG forced 25 Student Radnicki turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Jelena Prvulovic (177-91) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Aleksandra Katic (172-87, college: Brown) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Radnicki KG's coach felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Marija Ilic (190-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and Marina Vasic (-87) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Radnicki KG will meet Proleter in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Student Radnicki will play against Jagodina 2001 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki KG: J.Prvulovic 22+10reb+1ast, A.Katic 20+6reb+5ast, K.Milosevic 19+4reb+2ast, M.Lesnjak 5+1reb+2ast, M.Todorovic 2+3reb, D.Ostojic 2+7reb
Student: M.Vasic 14+2reb+2ast, M.Ilic 10+13reb, J.Radovic 8+1reb+2ast, M.Zivkovic 7+4reb, M.Petrovic 7+4reb, M.Popovic 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 148927


Jagodina 2001 - Vrbas 93-89 OT
OT win for Jagodina, who jumped to perfect 2-0 record. Petkovic was their leading player with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Cukic had 18 pts and 9 assists for Vrbas.
Top scorers:
Jagodina 2001: T.Petkovic 23+6reb, B.Zlatanovic 20+4reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 15+4reb+8ast, M.Kovacic 12+11reb+1ast, T.Potpara 10+2reb+3ast, M.Dimitrijevic 7+4reb
Vrbas: T.Cukic 18+4reb+9ast, K.Ostojic 18+4reb, T.Rajic 17+5reb+2ast, N.Mijatovic 15+13reb+1ast, J.Mitic 10+2reb+2ast, I.Jovovic 7+2reb+1ast


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 1-0 
 2. Northland 1-0 
 3. Sallen 1-0 
 4. Solna Vikings 1-0 
 5. Telge 1-0 
 6. Visby 1-0 
 7. 08 0-1 
 8. Eos 0-1 
 9. Jarfalla 0-1 
 10. Kvarnby 0-1 
 11. Mark Basket 0-1 
 12. Umea 0-1 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Standings - LNF
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 1-0 
 2. Helios 1-0 
 3. Nyon 1-0 
 4. Ovronnaz-Mart. 1-0 
 5. Riva Basket 1-1 
 6. Basel 0-1 
 7. Highflyers 0-1 
 8. Hope-GBA 0-1 
 9. Pully 0-1 


LNA Round 1: Fribourg takes leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LNA just started.

The game had a very big importance for Fribourg as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fribourg smashed Basel at home 80-55. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Basel managed to win fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg forced 24 Basel turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Lisa Mazzocchi (170-90) contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Basel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basel will play next round against strong Helios trying to get back on the winning streak. Fribourg will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Nyon on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Riva Basket (1-1) in Vetroz. Visitors were defeated by Helios (1-0) 69-51. American guard Whitney Boddie (175-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up and scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Andrea Hajdune Csaszar chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helios will play against Basel (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Riva Basket will play against Highflyers in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also tough home loss of Pully in a game versus undefeated Ovronnaz-Mart. (#6) 80-66. Jamila Griffith nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side. Diodio Diouf came up with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals for Pully in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ovronnaz-Mart. will meet at home Hope-GBA (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pully will have a break next round.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Nyon (1-0) over Highflyers (0-1) 61-59. Highflyers were very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Melissa Favre fired 18 points for the winners. Nyon's next round opponent will be league's leader Fribourg at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Highflyers will play against Riva Basket (#5) in Riva San Vitale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Riva Basket (1-1) which played road game in Bernex against bottom-ranked Hope-GBA (0-1). Second ranked Riva Basket managed to get a 9-point victory 56-47. It was a very good performance for Rhona McKenzie who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 27 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Riva Basket went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Hope-GBA still closes the standings with one game lost. Riva Basket will face Highflyers (#7) in Luzern in the next round. Hope-GBA will play on the road against Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Fribourg - Basel 80-55

The game had a very big importance for Fribourg as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fribourg smashed Basel at home 80-55. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Basel managed to win fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg forced 24 Basel turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Lisa Mazzocchi (170-90) contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Colleen Hart (163-88, college: Tufts) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Basel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basel will play next round against strong Helios trying to get back on the winning streak. Fribourg will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Nyon on the road.
Top scorers:
Basel: M.Skouby 18+7reb+1ast, C.Hart 14+6reb+1ast, E.Moldovanyi 10+3reb, M.Heckendorn 5+6reb+2ast, E.Haas 4+1reb, S.Lisi 2
Fribourg: C.Trahan 28+11reb+1ast, M.Milenkovic 11+4reb+1ast, D.Bozovic 10+5reb+1ast, L.Mazzocchi 10+2reb+4ast, D.Monnier 5+4reb, B.Mueller 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 145013


Helios - Riva Basket 69-51

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Riva Basket (1-1) in Vetroz. Visitors were defeated by Helios (1-0) 69-51. It looked good early as Riva Basket took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Helios had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Riva Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 51-69. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Riva Basket to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Helios made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Riva Basket turnovers. Riva Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Whitney Boddie (175-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up and scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Hungarian center Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (200-82, college: Kent St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Helios players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and Canadian-Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helios will play against Basel (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Riva Basket will play against Highflyers in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Riva Basket: S.McCallum 24+10reb+4ast, R.McKenzie 10+9reb, M.Broggini 6+4reb, J.Jakab 5, L.Travaini 4+3ast, S.Franscella 2+4reb+1ast
Helios: J.Michaux 17+1reb, W.Boddie 12+6reb+9ast, A.Hajdune Csaszar 12+8reb, C.Turin 10+2reb+2ast, S.Kershaw 8+9reb+1ast, E.Morandi 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 145014


Pully - Ovronnaz-Mart. 66-80

An interesting game was also tough home loss of Pully in a game versus Ovronnaz-Mart. (#6) 80-66. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 27-2 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ovronnaz-Mart. dominated on the defensive end, holding Pully to just 2 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 24 Pully turnovers. Barbados swingman Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and Barbados swingman Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds. Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) came up with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals and American Santesia Ellison added 9 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Pully in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ovronnaz-Mart. will meet at home Hope-GBA (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pully will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pully: D.Diouf 27+6reb+5ast, S.Ellison 9+14reb, G.Teca 6+2reb, T.Detraz 6+3reb+4ast, A.Gavin 6+2reb+3ast, T.Zali 5+3reb+1ast
Ovronnaz-Mart.: G.Jamila 28+17reb+2ast, J.Griffith 15+12reb+1ast, M.Jacquerioz 8+4reb+5ast, E.Raboud 7+3reb+5ast, M.Carron 6+1ast, C.Ambrosio 6+1reb
gschID: 145015


Highflyers - Nyon 59-61

We should not miss road victory of Nyon (1-0) over Highflyers (0-1) 61-59. Highflyers were very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. It looked good early as Highflyers took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Nyon had a 17-9 second period charge getting the lead and Highflyers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-61. Strangely Highflyers outrebounded Nyon 39-21 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Swingman Melissa Favre (184-92) fired 18 points for the winners. American forward Erica Beverly (183, college: Hartford) chipped in 15 points. American power forward Amber Petillon (193-82, college: Richmond) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds and international guard Vanessa Dorestant (169-92) added 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Nyon's next round opponent will be league's leader Fribourg at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Highflyers will play against Riva Basket (#5) in Riva San Vitale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Highflyers: V.Dorestant 33+5reb+1ast, A.Petillon 18+19reb+2ast, P.Palamar 8+5reb, S.Eisenring 0, B.Subasic 0+4reb+1ast, A.Karaguelle 0
Nyon: M.Favre 18+3reb, E.Beverly 15+4reb+1ast, J.Muellauer 9+4reb+1ast, A.Toumi 7+2reb+1ast, G.Gur 6+2reb+8ast, S.Pognon 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 145011


Hope-GBA - Riva Basket 47-56

An interesting game for Riva Basket (1-1) which played road game in Bernex against Hope-GBA (0-1). Riva Basket managed to get a 9-point victory 56-47. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 17-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Riva Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Hope-GBA to just 6 points in third quarter. They also forced 26 Hope-GBA turnovers and outrebounded them 47-30 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Canadian-Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 27 rebounds. American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rosalie Grobet (185-92) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Dorothee Studer (168-92) added 4 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hope-GBA. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Riva Basket will face Highflyers (#7) in Luzern in the next round. Hope-GBA will play on the road against Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hope-GBA: R.Grobet 14+7reb, R.Stojanovic 6+4reb, F.Delacretaz 5+1reb, G.Thuerler 4+1reb+1ast, S.Cavin 4+3reb+1ast, A.Rieder 4+2reb+1ast
Riva Basket: R.McKenzie 16+27reb+1ast, J.Jakab 15+3reb+3ast, S.McCallum 15+6reb+1ast, L.Travaini 7+6reb, S.Franscella 1+2reb, A.Sassi 1+1reb
gschID: 145012




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Antakya invited Pinar Turan and Belgin Onbasi - by Eurobasket News
Homend Antakya Belediyesi invited Pinar Turan (170-G-82) and Belgin Onbasi (177-F-82) for the upcoming season. The Turkish Guard moved from Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler.
In 2004-2005 she started for Cankaya Univ. (D1) and in 24 games averaged 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg. After another two seasons she moved to Botasspor Adana (TBBL, starting five). In EuroCup after 10 games her stats read 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 63.6%, while in Turkish League after 23 games she avearged 7.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT-2 (50.0%). In 2008-2009 moved back to Cankaya Universitesi (TBBL, starting five) and after 19 games had 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 36.2%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 84.6%. In 2010-2011 played for Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler (TKB2L, starting five). She became Turkish TKB2L Group A Champion -11 and Turkish TKB2L Play-Off Champion -11.
Belgin Onbasi started last season for Alanya Belediye (TKBL) but in Feb.'11 moved to Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler (TKBL, starting five).
Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) came to the team from Botasspor Adana (TKBL). In 27 games she avearged 4.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg.
Homend Antakya Belediyesi will keep Asli Inceer (183-F-84). The latter joined the team last season.



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  WNBA - Women  


Lynx's championship should give boost to women's sports - by Eurobasket News
Of all the amazing sights Nicole LaVoi witnessed at Target Center in recent weeks, none made as great an impression as the exchanges happening on the streets around the arena. One night, when the Twins and Lynx both were playing at home, the University of Minnesota researcher saw people selling their baseball tickets and buying tickets to see the Lynx instead.

In the past, few people would have given up an evening at Target Field -- even in a season as blighted as this one -- to sit indoors and watch women's basketball. The Lynx made their home court the most thrilling venue in town, drawing scores of fans who never had seen a WNBA game. It happened for one simple reason. Night after night, this collection of gifted athletes put on a great show, proving that the things we love most about sports have nothing to do with gender.

It's been argued for years that women's sports cannot succeed without a gimmick. If the gals would just show a little skin, or maybe get into a cat fight once in a while, or date a famous guy, that would bring in the fans. Except it never will.

The Lynx won over Minnesotans with a summer of exquisite basketball, played in true team style by 11 women devoted to the game and to each other. It remains to be seen whether their popularity has staying power, or whether this will become just a fleeting moment in time. This much is indisputable: When they ride down Nicollet Mall on Tuesday with their WNBA championship trophy, they can also celebrate their role in bringing greater respect and appreciation to women's sports.

'I can't tell you the number of conversations I overheard in class, at the bar or after the game, from young males that had never seen women's basketball before,'' said LaVoi, associate director of the U's Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport. 'They were analyzing the game and talking about how amazing the players were. They were really into it.

'People who hadn't been exposed to the game got drawn in because the team was so good. Even someone like Lindsay Whalen, people didn't say, 'We should watch her because she's a Minnesotan.' They said, 'We should watch her because she's good.' That's why this team got so much traction -- because they were promoted as athletes. That is really a positive thing for the Lynx and for women's sports in general.''

Though the Lynx's profile rose substantially this season, the team -- and the WNBA as a whole -- have been making steady gains for five years. Lynx attendance has risen every year since 2006 and is up more than 2,000 per game since then, including a 10.8 percent jump this season to 8,447 fans per game.

The WNBA's attendance and TV viewership on ESPN2 continue to increase. The league has eight new sponsors. Sales of team merchandise on the WNBA website rose 12 percent this year, with the Lynx and rookie Maya Moore the hottest sellers.

WNBA President Laurel Richie has said the league's 'conversion metric'' is simply to get people to come to a game and see the newest generation of players in person. Women's sports still battle the perception that they're boring and that the athletes are inferior to men. The people who cling to that tired idea obviously never have seen the awe-inspiring moves of Moore and Whalen, the stone-cold brilliance of Seimone Augustus or the beauty of the teamwork directed by coach Cheryl Reeve .

The WNBA always has been able to sell the authenticity of its athletes. The Lynx have long proven that professional sports need not be consumed by greed, ego, thuggery or bad attitudes, which is part of the attraction for its core audience -- but not enough to break through to the masses. If the league is to sustain its growth, it must continue to open eyes and minds to the expanding quality of the women's game.

There are many who predict that will never happen. The Lynx, who already have sold more than 600 new season tickets and renewed 90 percent of existing ones, give hope that it can. Just consider it one more achievement in this historic season.

'We'll have to wait and see whether they can parlay this into long-term support and respect,'' LaVoi said. 'But when people came to see the Lynx this year, nobody was going to leave that arena and say they weren't spectacular athletes, or that it wasn't exciting. That is only good.''

Courtesy of www.startribune.com