EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/13/2011

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  ABA   


Richmond Rockets lands Bibbs - by Eurobasket Center
Richmond Rockets strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old swingman Elzie Bibbs (198-G/F-98kg-82, college: Ferris St., agency: Athlete Management Group). Bibbs played most recently at Lansing Capitals (IBL). While playing 2games for Lansing C. last season he averaged 23.5ppg, 9rpg and 4apg. He is a very experienced player. Bibbs played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Canada, Croatia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. He graduated Ferris State in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.


Gwizzlies signings announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies and the league past season leading scorer Ramar Smith (6'3''-G-87, college: Tennessee) will be in uniform on December 3th in Athens,Georgia. Joining the Detroit native Smith in the backcourt is twice NBA drafted D-League Atlantan Derrick Allen (6'5''-G-85, college: Valdosta St.), Blake Sholberg (7'1''-F/C, college: St.Mary's, CA), Joshiah Anabraba (6'9'-C-88, college: Morehouse), Adam Yeoman (6'8''-C, college: Genesee CC), Carl-Jean Bart (5'10'-G from Rochester,NY) and Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F).
The team sent on tour to China this month will bolster the roster.'We have an upcoming open tryout and our coaching staff are looking players to fill the rotation and help us to the ABA playoffs in March' states GM/Coach Embry Malone


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  ACPBL   


The Trailblazers are getting ready for the upcoming ACPBL season - by Mike Lee
While the NBA Lockout is still in effect and appears to be without resolve for the near future, professional basketball in this area will begin in the near future. Last year, the Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers won the 2010 ACPBL title and are preparing to defend that title during this upcoming season. The ACPBL season will begin on November 19th and the Trailblazers are making plans for another big year.

The ACPBL has made some changes to this years league format by splitting teams into three divisions. The new division format and the schedule is now regionally-based allowing each team to play the other teams in their division at least once. The remaining games on each teams 14-game schedule will include teams within and outside their division, depending on location. The league hopes that the changes will allow teams to keep their travel budgets to a minimum.

The ACPBL also participates in a revenue-sharing program, possible through league sponsorships, for all participating teams. Revenue sharing is something normally seen in major leagues like the NBA and the NFL, and the ACPBL is one of the first minor leagues to successfully implement this type of program.

The Trailblazers will compete in the ACPBL South, which includes the Beltway Bombers and the Bay Area Shuckers, teams that are based in Virginia and Maryland, respectively. The division also includes two Philadelphia-based teams, the Destroyers and the Enterprise. The other two ACPBL divisions are the ACPBL North division and the ACPBL Big Apple division. Both divisions feature teams from the northeast, with the Big Apple division featuring teams in or near the New York metropolitan area.

In preparation for this season, the Trailblazers held a two-day tryout on October 1st and 2nd. Nine players attended the tryout, hoping for an invitation to the teams upcoming training camp on November 1st - 4th. Five players were invited to the training camp:

Branden Smith 6'3' G
Brian Faulcon 5'11' PG
Laquann Bogues 6'6' F
Bruce Royal 6'0' PG
Samonn Frazier 6'7' F/C

After the teams training camp, the Trailblazers will participate in a preseason exhibition game on November 19th against the Boys & Girls Club Alumni Team of the Southside. The game will be held at Atlantic Shores Christian High School and tipoff will be at 7:00 pm. The Alumni team features local stars such as John Gilchrist (Salem/University of Maryland), Myles Holley (Booker T. Washington/University of Nebraska), and Terrence Woodbury (Coastal Christian Academy/University of Georgia). The Trailblazers will open their regular season schedule on December 4th with a home game against the Beltway Bombers.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
North
 1. Alvear 3-0 
 2. Union Progr. 3-0 
 3. Obera TC 3-1 
 4. Tomas Rocam. 2-1 
 5. Estudian.Con. 2-2 
 6. A.Italiana 1-2 
 7. San Isidro 1-2 
 8. Atl.Echague 1-3 
 9. Union Sunch 1-3 
 10. A.Espanola 0-3 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 3-0 
 2. Argentino 3-1 
 3. Bragado 3-1 
 4. Banda Norte 2-1 
 5. MH Basket 2-1 
 6. Ciclista 2-2 
 7. Huracan 2-2 
 8. Firmat SF 1-3 
 9. Rosario Cent. 1-3 
 10. Sport Club 1-3 
 11. San Mart.MJ 0-3 


Rahshon Turner joins Libertad de Sunchales - by Eurobasket News
Libertad de Sunchales made the change on the roster. They signed a deal with Rahshon Turner (201-F/C-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Fairleigh Dickinson). The centre will replace Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.). Rahshon Turner started the previous season in Spain. He tallied 10.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for Menorca in LEB Gold. Later the centre moved to Israel. Rahshon Turner joined Ironi Ashkelon in Premier League. His stats came up to 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. The centre participated at Israeli Premier League All-Star Game. Previously Rahshon Tuner had stints in France, Philippines and Israel.

Torneo Federal 2011/12 rosters: Capital Federal zone - by Facundo Iatzky
Velez Sarsfield:

Diego Eiguren (183-G-81)
Ruben Runke (195-C-79)
Guillermo Gavotti (192-F-89)
Juan Ignacio Catalano (192-G-90)
Lucas Bertolotti
Fernando Podesta (204-C-92)
Daniel Chaher (192-F-78)
Javier Scheines (204-F-85)
Mauro Sierra (198-F/C-80)
Ignacio Davico (188-G-92)
Leonardo Fabiano

Coach: Juan Pablo Boadaz

Independiente Avellaneda:

Daniel Lares (187-F-79)
Leon Nicanof (185-G-91)


Leon Nicanof (185-G-91)
Claudio Orue
Leonardo Colusso
Jorge Martocci (188-G-86)
Leandro Lemos
Matias Hernandez
Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76)
German Fernandez (199-G/F-91)

Coach: Jorge Seoane

ramos Mejia LTC:

Facundo Pontillo (184-G)
Lucas Cassetai (183-G)
Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93)
Nicolas Paciotti (175-G)
Dante Predazzi (195-F-85)
Martin Cuello (195-G)
Maximiliano Segon (200-F)
Gonzalo Alvarez (180-G-93)
Matias garcia (187-F)
Martin Zekas (200-F/C-87)
Guido Accardi (200-C)
Martin Terzi (203-C-83)

Coach: Patricio Neilan

Villa Mitre:

Facundo Madoz (190-G-83)
Juan Ocampos
Juan Ignacio Guldris (194-F-84)
Facundo Lapadula
Nahuel Asinsten
Mariano Sole
Juan Pablo Zilla (185-G-76)
Pablo Lapadula
Santino Propato
Cristian Scaramuzzino (206-C-92, agency: World Sport Agency)
Gerardo Anegon
Franco Tonelli

Coach: Federico Carbone

GEVP:

Tomas Gianelli (183-G-88)
Kevin Hernandez (204-C-91)
Ivan Macharasvilli (188-G-91)


Ivan Macharasvili (193-F-91)
Sebastian Fonseca (182-G-91)
Juan Irigoyen (187-G-84)
David Maldonado (186-G-84)
German Mastrocola
Lautaro Cisterna (G-94)
Martin Massone (187-F-94)

Coach: Horacio Pacheco

Pedro Echague:

Matias Aluzzo (176-G-84)
Maximiliano Pellegrino (194-G/F-87)
Gianluca Pellegrino
Daniel Kot
Facundo Estala


Bruno Estala (204-C-89)
Franco Videla
Milton Gonzalez (201-C-89)
Nahuel Sunchesky

Coach: Andres Garcia


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La Union tab Joe Smith - by Eurobasket News
La Union strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville). The guard started the previous season in Italy. Joe Smith played for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. His stats read 15.5 points, 2.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in LegaDue. In March Joe Smith moved to Israel. The guard joined Barak Netanya. His stats read 6.1 points and 2.6 assists per game. Previously Joe Smith had stints in CBA, ABA, Italy and Russia. Eurobasket.com named Joe Smith into All-Fiba EuroCup 1st Team in 2008.

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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL salary cap probe gives clubs all clear - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League Commission has completed its salary cap audit of the teams that finished in the top four last season and has found no evidence of salary cap breaches.

The NBL Commission determined midway through last season that whichever teams finished in the top four following the conclusion of the 2010/11 iiNet NBL Championship regular season would undergo a salary cap audit.

Accordingly, the New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats, Townsville Crocodiles and Cairns Taipans all were visited by the NBLs salary cap auditor, Tom York, in recent months to have their financial records scrutinised for any irregularities.

NBL Commission Chairman Justin Milne wrote to all nine NBL teams today to confirm that no evidence of any salary cap breaches had been uncovered during the course of the audit.

The Commission has flagged that in the 2011/12 season the NBL Commission intends to vary the timing of the salary cap audit and it may well be split into two or more parts.

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


Beveridge signs new two-year extension - by Eurobasket News
Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge will remain at the club for the next three seasons after signing a two-year extension to his existing deal.

Beveridge signed an initial three-year contract to replace Conner Henry as coach in 2009 and led the Wildcats to a championship in his first year at the helm before guiding an injury-ravaged side to the semi-finals last season.

He entered the current season with one year left on his contract and saw the Wildcats off to a perfect start in a 102-69 thumping of Adelaide on the road last Saturday.

As revealed by thewest.com.au last week, the Wildcats rated Beveridge as such a key piece of the puzzle that they were willing to break protocol and begin negotiations over a new deal early.

Under club policy, the Wildcats do not normally negotiate new contracts so far out from the end of existing deals.

When we decided to restructure our DNA two-and-a-half years ago, we were looking for some very specific characteristics in the head coach to rebuild our club from the ground up, managing director Nick Marvin said.

Rob Beveridge was the foundation stone. Were not done yet. By him providing stability, he can continue to make long-term decisions in driving our club even further towards our goals.

Beveridge, who has a 39-26 (60 per cent) winning record with the Wildcats, said providing stability for his family including wife Suellen and three young children was a major factor in his decision.

We love it here as a family. My wife and kids are settled and this is our new home, Beveridge said.

We have bought a house and want our kids to do their schooling here. Right now this is where we want to be and it is a very easy decision to stay.

Meanwhile, Matt Knight completed a full training session this morning and will take his place in the team against Melbourne at Challenge Stadium on Friday.

Knight missed the round-one win over Adelaide after straining a ligament in his right ankle at training last week.

Drew Williamson failed to train for the second time in as many sessions this week and is in doubt for the Melbourne game with an ankle complaint.

Courtesy of http://au.news.yahoo.com


QBL tall order - by Eurobasket News
OF all the jobs you might imagine an athletic seven foot (213cm) tall man might do, playing Mr Mum probably isn't one of them.

But for former Ipswich Force centre Tim Behrendorff (212-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb), that's the reality as he fights back from a devastating injury that ruined his 2011 QBL season and has threatened his basketball career.

Since rupturing his Achilles tendon early in July, the man mountain has been splitting his time between his two-year-old son Payton and a Gold Coast physiotherapy centre.

Achilles tears are one of the worst injuries a professional athlete can face with recovery periods often stretching to a year or beyond.

The injury came at the worst time for the 30-year-old who was in between contracts after spending seven consecutive years with three different NBL clubs.

With his 2011-12 NBL season now gone and comeback with the Ipswich Force in 2012 seemingly remote, the Gold Coast-based father has lost his main source of income and is living in limbo.

'I've started some part-time coaching at my old school Trinity College again,' Behrendorff said.

'My wife has gone back to work so we've switched roles at the moment with my son.

'I'm not too sure where we are headed at the moment.'

Behrendorff is philosophical about his dilemma. He is looking on the bright side of his enforced layoff.

'It (the injury) is not ideal but that's sport. We know these things can happen at any stage so you just have to move on,' he said.

'The surgeon told me I wouldn't play again for nine-12 months so if I do play again, I don't know if I would be right for the start of the QBL season.

'I guess one positive is the time I have with Payton. I've been able to spend heaps of time with him which has been great.'

Behrendorff's injury has left a hole in the Force front line for season 2012.

Former NBL player Ben Thompson will help Shane Heal guide the Ipswich QBL team next year. He said they were planning for life after Behrendorff.

'At this stage we're making plans without him in mind,' Thompson said. 'We would definitely have looked at him if it weren't for the injury.

'What Timmy has to do now is just get his injury right and then go back to a league, whether it be here or in NSW, and try and get interest back from NBL clubs.

'The good thing for him is there is not that many good big men and he's close to seven foot.'

For now at least, Behrendorff plans to focus on spending valuable time with his son and doing whatever it takes to get back on the court.

'It's going to take quite a while before I can walk properly,' he said.

'I basically lost my calf muscle and I'm working to get the flexibility back into it now.

'I'll just keep working with the physio and we'll see what happens down the track.'

At least there's one winner out of this tale.

Young Payton can spend more of his time looking up, way up, to what is probably Queensland's tallest Mr Mum.
Courtesy of: QBL


Toowoomba no match for Young Guns - by Eurobasket News
QBL talents Stephen Kluck (211-C-85) and Shane Davis (193-G-80) did the bulk of the damage as full-strength Highfields took advantage of a depleted Toowoomba side to run out 108-74 victors in round six Regional Basketball League action on Saturday.

Toowoomba went into the game at Highfields without its three big guns while the Young Guns had all of the weapons in their arsenal.

Highfields got out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter but the injection of Toowoomba star Mike McDaniel in the second quarter helped stem the tide.

But the Young Guns responded, outscoring Toowoomba 24-12 in the second term to take a 49-26 lead into half-time.

Toowoomba hit back in the third quarter through small forwards Mario Tong, Adam Parsons and Peter Acuil to reduce the deficit by six at the next change.

Any thought of a stunning comeback was quashed by the Young Guns in the final term as Highfields closed out the game for a comfortable 34-point victory.

The involvement of Kluck and Davis proved telling for the Young Guns as Kluck top scored with 30 points while Davis wasn't far behind, posting 29 points.

The win consolidates second spot on the RBL ladder for Highfields behind Warwick.

Toowoomba is stuck in equal third with Tenterfield after round six, with the Bullets having the bye on the weekend.

Highfields now host Tenterfield this Saturday, while Toowoomba takes on Dalby.

In open reserve grade, a strong second quarter from Ben Batistuzzi helped Tenterfield to a 93-59 win over Highfields women last Saturday. The result keeps Highfields win-less while Tenterfield has a 3-3 record.
Courtesy of: QBL


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  BAHRAIN   


Bahrain losses first game - by Yousef Ahmed

BAHRAIN bowed to favourites Qatar 59-81 yesterday in their opening game of the men's basketball tournament in the first-ever GCC Games, being held in the kingdom.
The tie was played at the brand new basketball arena at Shaikh Isa Sports City in Riffa. Ismail scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack for the victors, who were made up mostly of imported individuals who have been naturalised specifically to play for the national team. Daoud Mousa and Karguy Alban Ngonbo chipped in with 15 points apiece, while Orfan Ali Saeed had 12. Ousseynou Ndiaye was the fifth Qatari player to score in double-figures, contributing a serviceable 11.

Ahmed Al Mutawa paced Bahrain in the loss with 19 points. Bader Abdulla Malabes added 12, while Mohammed Abdulmajeed scored 10.

The result put Bahrain in fifth place on the competition's six-team table, ahead only of Oman who lost 48-80 to Saudi Arabia in another game yesterday. The third and last game on basketball's opening play date saw the UAE edge past Kuwait 85-84 in what turned out to be day one's most exciting affair.

The contest went down to the wire, with the Kuwaitis having a chance to steal the win right before the final buzzer, but they could not connect on a desperation three-pointer and the Emiratis grabbed the crucial defensive rebound.
In Bahrain's game, Qatar used a strong second-half showing to pull away from the hosts and come away with the big win.

Making the most of their physical advantages, the Qataris turned a 44-33 lead at the half into a comfortable 73-48 cushion heading into the final canto as guard Mansour Al Hadary buried a three-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer.

The victors continued to pile on the pressure in the fourth period, not allowing the Bahrainis to battle back any closer than 20 points. Both teams then cleared their benches in garbage time, and Qatar sealed the well-deserved 22-point victory.
'Congratulations to the Qatari team for their win,' Bahrain national team head coach Ahmed Salman said in the post-game Press conference.
'They are a very experienced team and although we did catch up to them in the first half, we missed a lot of shots. We hope we will do better in future games.' Qatar head coach Qosai Hatem commented: 'It is good to win the first game as it is usually more difficult. I was happy with my team's attitude and game play today. I believe we still have more to offer.'

The Qataris took a commanding 12-4 lead to begin yesterday's encounter, but back-to-back lay-ups by Bahrain's Abdulmajeed and five straight points from Al Mutawa helped the home side cut the deficit to four, 13-17.mAl Mutawa later beat the shot clock to make it 17-18 and five seconds to go in the first, but then Ndiaye hit a triple to beat the quarter buzzer and give the Qataris a 21-17 lead.
In the second, an Abdulmajeed fast-break lay-up gave Bahrain their first lead of the contest, 24-23. But Ali Turki Ali scored back-to-back baskets to put Qatar up once more, 27-24. The Qataris closed the half strong using three unanswered shots to take a 35-27, before stretching it to an 11-point advantage at half-time.

Basketball action continues today with the UAE facing Oman at 12noon, Bahrain taking on Saudi Arabia at 2pm, and Kuwait going head to head with Qatar at 4pm.


Bahrain losses first game - by Yousef Ahmed

BAHRAIN bowed to favourites Qatar 59-81 yesterday in their opening game of the men's basketball tournament in the first-ever GCC Games, being held in the kingdom.
The tie was played at the brand new basketball arena at Shaikh Isa Sports City in Riffa. Ismail scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack for the victors, who were made up mostly of imported individuals who have been naturalised specifically to play for the national team. Daoud Mousa and Karguy Alban Ngonbo chipped in with 15 points apiece, while Orfan Ali Saeed had 12. Ousseynou Ndiaye was the fifth Qatari player to score in double-figures, contributing a serviceable 11.

Ahmed Al Mutawa paced Bahrain in the loss with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, Bader Abdulla Malabes added 12 points 5 assists,
while Mohammed Abdulmajeed scored 10.

The result put Bahrain in fifth place on the competition's six-team table, ahead only of Oman who lost 48-80 to Saudi Arabia in another game yesterday. The third and last game on basketball's opening play date saw the UAE edge past Kuwait 85-84 in what turned out to be day one's most exciting affair.

The contest went down to the wire, with the Kuwaitis having a chance to steal the win right before the final buzzer, but they could not connect on a desperation three-pointer and the Emiratis grabbed the crucial defensive rebound.
In Bahrain's game, Qatar used a strong second-half showing to pull away from the hosts and come away with the big win.

Making the most of their physical advantages, the Qataris turned a 44-33 lead at the half into a comfortable 73-48 cushion heading into the final canto as guard Mansour Al Hadary buried a three-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer.

The victors continued to pile on the pressure in the fourth period, not allowing the Bahrainis to battle back any closer than 20 points. Both teams then cleared their benches in garbage time, and Qatar sealed the well-deserved 22-point victory.
'Congratulations to the Qatari team for their win,' Bahrain national team head coach Ahmed Salman said in the post-game Press conference.
'They are a very experienced team and although we did catch up to them in the first half, we missed a lot of shots. We hope we will do better in future games.' Qatar head coach Qosai Hatem commented: 'It is good to win the first game as it is usually more difficult. I was happy with my team's attitude and game play today. I believe we still have more to offer.'

The Qataris took a commanding 12-4 lead to begin yesterday's encounter, but back-to-back lay-ups by Bahrain's Abdulmajeed and five straight points from Al Mutawa helped the home side cut the deficit to four, 13-17.mAl Mutawa later beat the shot clock to make it 17-18 and five seconds to go in the first, but then Ndiaye hit a triple to beat the quarter buzzer and give the Qataris a 21-17 lead.
In the second, an Abdulmajeed fast-break lay-up gave Bahrain their first lead of the contest, 24-23. But Ali Turki Ali scored back-to-back baskets to put Qatar up once more, 27-24. The Qataris closed the half strong using three unanswered shots to take a 35-27, before stretching it to an 11-point advantage at half-time.

Basketball action continues today with the UAE facing Oman at 12noon, Bahrain taking on Saudi Arabia at 2pm, and Kuwait going head to head with Qatar at 4pm.
Source GDN



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Mornar Bar 1-0 
 2. Beograd 0-0 
 3. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 4. Rilski Sportist 0-0 
 5. Timisoara 0-0 
 6. Torus Skopje 0-1 
Group B
 1. Feni Indistrija 1-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 1-0 
 3. Levski 1-0 
 4. Napredak 0-1 
 5. Ulcijn 0-1 
 6. Zrinjski HT 0-1 


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  BELGIUM   


Belgian Teams in EuroCup - by Peter Buyse
Telenet Oostende and Dexia Mons-Hainaut are the two teams qualified for the next round of the EuroCup.
This is their game schedule

Nov 15 Oostende vs Lukoil Akademic
Nov 22 Valencia vs Oostende
Nov 29 Oostende-Villeurbanne
Dec 6 Villeurbanne-Oostende
Dec 13 Lukoil Akademic-Oostende
Dec 20 Oostende-Valencia

Nov 15 Mons-Alba Berlin
Nov 22 Turow Zgorzelec-Mons
Nov 29 Mons-Buducnost Voli
Dec 6 Budocnost Voli-Mons
Dec 13 Alba Berlin-Mons
Dec 20 Mons-Turow Zgorzelec


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 2-0 
 2. Aalstar 2-1 
 3. Oostende 2-1 
 4. M.Hainaut 2-1 
 5. Leuven 1-1 
 6. Liege 1-1 
 7. Antwerp 0-1 
 8. Gent 0-2 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 0-2 


D1: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
D1 Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. Round 3 just finished.

Charleroi - Antwerp 72-65
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antwerp Giants won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi dominated on the defensive end, holding Antwerp Giants to just 6 points in second quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points. Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) helped adding 7 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) with 10 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 16 points. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants will play next round against Optima Gent. Spirou Charleroi will try to continue on its current victory against Dexia Mons-Hainaut.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 16+4reb+2ast, S.Mejri 11+4reb, M.Roll 10+9reb+3ast, J.Vaughn 10+7reb, D.Wilson 10+7reb+1ast, R.Biggs 6+2reb+1ast
Charleroi: C.Green 14+4reb, C.Hill 14+3reb+2ast, C.Beghin 11+2reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 10+4reb+1ast, D.Mallet 10+2reb+3ast, J.Welsch 7+8reb+3ast
gschID: 132000


Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 80-98
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Okapi Aalstar made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Okapi Aalstar will meet at home Base Oostende in the next round, which may be the game of the day. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will have a break.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: J.Love 19+11reb, M.De Zeeuw 12+4reb, J.Rahier 11+1reb+2ast, B.Merriex 9+9reb, J.Beal 8+2reb+1ast, M.Singletary 7+6reb+1ast
Aalstar: S.Jackson 19+8reb+2ast, C.Young 16+8reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 16+3reb+3ast, K.Kruger 13+5reb+3ast, C.Copeland 13+4reb+3ast, J.Holiday 12+2reb
gschID: 132002


Oostende - M.Hainaut 77-83
Base Oostende was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of Dexia Mons-Hainaut, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Sean Singletary (183-85, college: Virginia) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 4 assists. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Dexia Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agency: Lanshire Group) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jason Rich (191-86) added 20 points respectively for Base Oostende in the defeat. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Spirou Charleroi at home in the next round. Base Oostende will play against the Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: J.Rich 20+2reb+2ast, C.Booker 13+11reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 10+7reb+4ast, D.Djordjevic 7+1reb+3ast, V.Petrovic 7+4reb+1ast, Q.Serron 6+4reb+2ast
M.Hainaut: A.Slaughter 15+3reb+2ast, S.Singletary 13+4reb+4ast, Q.Taylor 13+6reb+1ast, S.Bellin 12+2reb, J.Cage 9+1ast, W.Carter 9+7reb
gschID: 132003




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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Borac Nektar 0-0 
 2. Bosna 0-0 
 3. Brotnjo 0-0 
 4. Capljina 0-0 
 5. Celik 0-0 
 6. Hercegovac 0-0 
 7. Igokea 0-0 
 8. Leotar 0-0 
 9. Mladost 0-0 
 10. Servitium 0-0 
 11. Varda HE 0-0 
 12. Vogosca 0-0 
 13. Zrinjski HT 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


Nikola Djurasovic signs for ENAD - by Miljan Veskovic
Nikola Durasovic (199-F-83) has signed a one year deal with Cypriot team Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios. Last two seasons Nikola successfuly played for SL Takovo Leotar Trebinje and in 2010/11 in 20 games he averaged: 11.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 73.2%. Beside Leotar he was a member of Borac Nektar Banja Luka, KK Slavija Istocno Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 National Team. In Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios he will join another Bosnian player Aleksandar Damjanovic.

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Paulista Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca (#5) forced the game against Itabom/Bauru (#1) into an overtime, but lost by six points 80-86 on Saturday night. The game took place in Sao Paulo. But the guests from Bauru were better at the end. Larry Taylor orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Itabom/Bauru's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. They have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Itabom/Bauru maintains first position with 13-1 record. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 20 L.S.B. was smashed by Paulistano on the road 76-55. XV/Cosan won against Jacarei on its own court 79-62. Araraquara was outscored by Winner/Limeira in a road game 96-61. Bottom-ranked Inter Santos recorded a loss to Rio Claro at home 98-105. Sao Caetano defeated America on the opponent's court 80-73.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 28 points and 12 rebounds by Rafu Da Silva of Rio Claro.


Gremio Mogi - Americana 102-104 OT
Americana needed overtime to beat Gremiao 104:102.
Top scorers:
Gremio Mogi: E.Caviglia 25+3reb+5ast, F.Alvim 23+7reb+2ast, P.I. Calderon 20+8reb+2ast, G.Filipin 17+4reb+5ast, T.Gehrke 10+5reb+1ast, G.Lima 5+4reb+4ast
Americana: R.da Silva 32+5reb+4ast, R.Gaspar 19+13reb+3ast, E.Moraes 17+8reb+4ast, T.Borges 16+1ast, W.de Jesus 13+2reb, E.Limper 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 136954


Paulistano - L.S.B. 76-55

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Paulistano (8-4) crushed 11th ranked L.S.B. (4-10) in Sao Paolo 76-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. Paulistano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Paulistano outrebounded L.S.B. 36-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Eddy Carvalho (194-87) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Paulistano players scored in double figures. Center Thiago Labbate (208-83) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Paulo Nery (188-81) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for L.S.B.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Paulistano maintains sixth position with 8-4 record. L.S.B. lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
L.S.B.: T.Labbate 14+5reb+4ast, K.Dawkins 11+1reb, P.Nery 10+4reb+4ast, D.Gomes 8+4reb+1ast, F.Russo 6+5reb+2ast, Douglas 6
Paulistano: F.Ribeiro 14+9reb+2ast, B.Nardi Duarte 12+2reb+3ast, R.Carbonari 11+4reb+1ast, E.Carvalho 10+7reb+2ast, E.Corazza 10+5reb+2ast, A.Machado 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 136950


XV/Cosan - Jacarei 79-62

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Jacarei (4-9) lost to twelfth ranked XV/Cosan (4-9) in Piracicaba 62-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-62. XV/Cosan dominated on the defensive end, holding Jacarei to just 7 points in second quarter. Forward Luciano Machado (198-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Fransergio Marques (190-81) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) replied with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Isaac Goncalves (193-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jacarei. XV/Cosan moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Americana and Jacarei. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jacarei: J.Campos 19+4reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 12+5reb+1ast, V.Oliveira 10+4reb, G.Gomes 9+1reb+1ast, J.Bernardi 5+2reb+1ast, D.Silva 3+2reb
XV/Cosan: L.Machado 26+6reb, F.Marques 16+7reb+2ast, D.Gorauskas 13+5reb+1ast, C.Ranches 9+4ast, T.Silva 7+5reb+3ast, T.Oliveira 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 136951


Vivo/Franca - Itabom/Bauru 80-86 OT

Vivo/Franca (#5) forced the game against Itabom/Bauru (#1) into an overtime, but lost by six points 80-86 on Saturday night. The game took place in Sao Paulo. But the guests from Bauru were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-15. But Vivo/Franca won second period 20-19. 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 Vivo/Franca used huge pressure winning it 25-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-14. Vivo/Franca was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Fernando Fischer (190-81) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Itabom/Bauru's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and the former international power forward Ricardo Probst (200-76) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vivo/Franca. Four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. They have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Itabom/Bauru maintains first position with 13-1 record. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vivo/Franca: R.Probst 19+5reb, W.Trigueiro 13+1reb+3ast, W.Drudi 11+14reb+1ast, B.Araujo 10+11reb, L.Meindl 10+2reb+1ast, H.Garcia 9+5reb+2ast
Itabom/Bauru: F.Fischer 23+4reb+3ast, L.Taylor 23+5reb+6ast, J.Agba 18+6reb, G.Deodato 7+3reb+2ast, P.Alves 6+3reb+3ast, D.Nunes 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 136952


Winner/Limeira - Araraquara 96-61

Very predictable result when third ranked Winner/Limeira (12-2) rolled over at home 8th ranked Araraquara (6-8) 96-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Winner/Limeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Araraquara's 42. Winner/Limeira forced 21 Araraquara turnovers and outrebounded them 34-20 including a 24-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Benite orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Daniel Alemao (202-83) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Winner/Limeira players scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Deivisson Costa (211-80) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ricardo de Azevedo (201-83) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Araraquara. Winner/Limeira have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Araraquara lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Araraquara: D.Costa 18+7reb+1ast, R.de Azevedo 14+5reb+2ast, Z.Jose Anibal 8+1reb+2ast, F.Dias 7+2reb+3ast, T.Pereira 7+1reb+3ast, L.da Silva 7+3ast
Winner/Limeira: D.Alemao 17+5reb, Benite 12+6reb+5ast, D.Pinheiro 12+4reb+1ast, B.Alves 11+1reb, R.Ramon 10+2reb+3ast, J.Rogers 9+4reb
gschID: 136953


Inter Santos - Rio Claro 98-105

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Inter Santos (3-11) lost at home to ninth ranked Rio Claro (6-8) 105-98 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-98. Rio Claro dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Santos' 38 and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Inter Santos 50-29 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Rafu Da Silva (197-83, college: New Haven) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Rafael Castellon (-85) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Caue Rico (182-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 assists and power forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Inter Santos. Five Inter Santos players scored in double figures. Rio Claro moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Araraquara. Loser Inter Santos stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Inter Santos: C.Rico 25+4reb+15ast, T.Rodrigo 19+1reb+1ast, C.Araujo 16+6reb+2ast, L.Young 14+2reb+3ast, M.Martins 13+10reb, V.Galleti 7+2reb
Rio Claro: R.Da Silva 28+12reb+3ast, R.Castellon 21+8reb+1ast, J.Randal 12+3reb+1ast, A.de Mello 11+7reb+2ast, U.Lima 9+6reb+1ast, C.dos Santos 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 136947


America - Sao Caetano 73-80

Everything could happen in Rio Preto at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Sao Caetano and 15th ranked America had identical 3-10 record. But America was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Sao Caetano 80-73 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Sao Caetano dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to America's 32. Sao Caetano forced 23 America turnovers. Strangely America outrebounded Sao Caetano 36-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. America was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Gustavo de Oliveira (-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 4 steals. Center Fabiao Pires (199-77) contributed with 3 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Alex Matheus (-85) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and center Ygor Viana (-86) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for America. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. America's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sao Caetano have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with L.S.B. Loser America keeps the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
America: A.Matheus 18+6reb, N.Jr Rodrigues 13+3reb, C.Leal 11+2reb+1ast, M.Zacarias 10+1reb+1ast, N.da Silva 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Viana 6+9reb+2ast
Sao Caetano: G.de Oliveira 28+3reb+3ast, W.da Silva 14+1ast, R.Malfi 11+3reb+7ast, L.Dias 11, D.Correa 6+1reb+1ast, V.Santamaria 4+1reb
gschID: 136948




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Levski opens the new season in BIBL - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian vice-champion and silver medalist for the National Cup Levski, is the first Bulgarian team, which will play in 2010/2011 season of Balkan League. The Blues are opening their playing year in the tournament today with a game at home. The team of the head coach Konstantin Papazov is hosting Bosnian HKK Zrinjski Mostar in Group B of Balkan League.

The new faces in Levski are a lot. For third consecutive season the pure leader and main scorer of the team is American Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi). The Blues brought back after two years of absence his countryman another sharp shooter in the face of Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado). The third US player in the squad of Sofia is the big man Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee), who signed a contract with the club just few days ago.

37-years old veteran Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) is back in Levski after seven years of absence and seven years of loyal serving in his home team Spartak Pleven. 197 cm tall Dimitrov is one of the best players in Levski's history in 90s and champion with The Blues for 2000. Levski signed another former National player 32-years old Dimitar Angelov (202-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances).

The Blues will miss at the start of Balkan League two big men their captain Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78), who is still recovering from knee surgery in middle of September. And also Denis Agre (203-C-88, college: Pepperdine) the prospect of the club, who signed 2-years deal after coming back from the States, but broke a hand in a scrimmage incident.




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KBC Face Burundi's Urunani in Zone 5 Opener - by Eurobasket News
REIGNING league champions Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) start their Zone 5 club championship campaign this afternoon against Burundi's Urunani at the Main Gym in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.

While conceding that his side lacks experience at this level, KBC head coach Pierre Gategabondo said that his team would stick to the basics of the game.

'This is a new challenge for most of the players but we shall give it our all and see how it goes,' said an emphatic Gategabondo.

Meanwhile, APR will make yet another attempt at winning the tournament when they play Tanzania's Vijana later in the day.

On arrival at the Julius Nyerere international airport yesterday afternoon, APR head coach Cliff Owour told Times Sport that, 'We are ready to play any team that comes our way. We have prepared well for this tournament and want to win it.'

The former Kenyan international added that the army side was desperate to win the regional event so that they qualify for the continental tournament (Fiba-Africa Club Championship) where they finished third in 2009.

Contrary to last year, Owour is spoilt for choice this time round.

Deo Nkurikiyinka, Presta Malemba, Mike Buzangu and Kami Kabangu were all in good form at the end of yesterday's training session.

Zone 5

Today's fixtures

Men


Cooperative Bank (Kenya) vs Ethiopia Water sport (Ethiopia) -12pm

Urunani (Burundi) vs KBC (Rwanda) - 4pm

Vijana (Tanzania) vs APR (Rwanda) -6pm

KCB (Kenya) vs Savio (Tanzania) -4pm

Women

KPA (Kenya) vs Government House (South Sudan) -2pm

Jeshi stars (Tanzania) vs Berco stars (Burundi) -2pm
Courtesy of:The New Times


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Mill Rats sign pair of forwards - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are pleased to announce the signing of a pair of forwards: 6'7 P.J. Young (6'6''-F-82, college: S.New Hampshire) and 6'9 Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina).

P.J. Young returns to the Mill Rats as one of three players from the first season of the team in Manchester, NH. The other two being guard Anthony Anderson and Mill Rats co-owner and Vice President of Marketing, David Cooper. Young made a late season return to the squad last season contributing 9 points and 5 rebounds per game off the bench along with a defensive mindset.

'PJ is a glue guy. A guy who likes the challenge of defending the other team's best offensive player, and he really does the intangibles for a team' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy.

Young has also playing in Portugal, China, and the Dominican Republic. In 2010 he attended mini camp with the Milwaukee Bucks.

6'9 forward Antoine Tisby joins the Mill Rats after a recent stint in Ecuador. He has also played around the world in Lithunia, Mexico, New Zealand, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Chile, and Germany. He played collegiately at South Carolina University.

'Antoine Tibsy is a versatile big man who can play in the post as well as on the perimeter and has a skillset in rebounding and shot blocking that we need,' McCarthy added.

The Mill Rats are now part of the new National Basketball League of Canada along with the Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles, Summerside Storm, London Lightning, and Oshawa Power. Each team is required to have two Canadian players on their active roster at all times this season.



Training Camp Roster

The Mill Rats currently have 15 players under contract for training camp. The Mill Rats New Hampshire Combine is this Saturday in Derry, NH (details and pre-registration on www.sjmillratscombine.eventbrite.com GoU0Sm0arNPkaSYHb-f6oDom4O2VIfx5f4okBnDj9ewF1klBP_jpxlSlGY=]). Several players will be selected from the combine to attend the Mill Rats training camp which starts on October 17th. The list of players currently under contract are:

Anthony Anderson 5'11 G

Darren Duncan 5'11 PG

Sherton Sanderson 5'11 PG

Dele Ojo 6'0 G

Will Blalock 6'0 PG

Jajuan Smith 6'3 SG

Jerome Brown 6'4 SG

Kevin Massiah 6'5 F

Steve Deluca 6'7 F

Marc Egerson 6'7 F

P.J. Young 6'7 F

Antoine Tisby 6'9 F

Terrence Woodyard 6'9 F

Modibo Diarra 6'10 C

Sani Ibrahim 6'10 C

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Saint John Mill Rats sign former NBA player Will Blalock - by Eurobasket News
Saint John Mill Rats announced signing of the former NBA player Will Blalock (183-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.). The 28-year-old point guard heads to Saint John from the Australian team Townsville Crocodiles, where he spent last season. He appeared 31 times in NBL averaging 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Crocs reached NBA Semifinals and were regular season runners-up. Will Blalock played for Detroit Pistons in 2006/07 season. He appeared 14 times with them averaging 1.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He also has experience from NBA D-League and Germany. Will Blalock is a product of the Iowa State University, where he graduated five years ago.

'We couldn't be more excited to add a player of the calibre of Will Blalock,' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy . 'This guy has played against the best players in the world and now fans in Saint John will see him help lead us to an NBL Canada Championship.'


Rainmen on lookout for long-range marksmen - by Eurobasket News
More reinforcements are on their way to Halifax.

The Rainmen have pared their training camp lineup to 12 players from 18 but owner Andre Levingston said Tuesday that he and coach Josep (Pep) Claros are looking at other candidates to bring in to compete for spots.

'We definitely want to get better at a few positions, so were trying to find some players that can help us in certain areas,' Levingston said.

Theyre particularly on the lookout for a long-range marksmen wholl shoot first and ask questions later.

'We need a guy that can really, really shoot the basketball because Coach runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. . . . We need a guy that with no hesitation like Des last year who catch and just can shoot that ball with a lot of confidence.'

Desmond Ferguson, 34, spent the past two years with the Rainmen before retiring in the off-season. The small forward finished each of those campaigns second in the league in shooting percentage from beyond the three-point line. He tied a league mark last season when he torched the Dayton Air Strikers for 10 treys on March 25.

Since camp opened last Friday, the club has released guards Jerrell Thompson, Jason Smith, Antoine Stockman and Lucas Goltz and forwards Joel Webb and Milton Burton.

The team has to pare its roster to 12 before the season opener on Nov. 3 but Levingston said the Rainmen will break camp over that limit so he and Claros can see some players who are 'on the bubble' perform in game action.

Halifax will play exhibition games against the Summerside Storm on Oct. 21 and 23.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 13 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Just two games had the day 13 of the Federation Cup 2011, due to the participation of Orgullo Paisa in the Southamerican League, its game against the Guerreros de Bogota was delayed until Octuber 18 and 19.

San Andres Caribbean Heat got a very important victory against the Indervalle in the Island, both teams are fighting for the sixth place in the standings and trying to find a spot into the playoffs.
Caribbean Heat 78
Indervalle 71 - C. Griffin 21pts.

Bucaros had a hard night against the Patriotas, the Patriotas had just Jerome Richardson as import in the roster, while the Bucaros did not had Diego Guevara suspended after his ejection against Indervalle, David Harrison leaded the Bucaros.
Bucaros 95 - D. Harrison 28 pts.
Patriotas 90.


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 14 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
San Andres again defeated Indervalle, San Andres had the debut of the american forward Russel Carter and also the help of the local star Michael Jackson, who just arrived from Costa Rica.
San Andres 86 - M. Jackson 17 pts.
Indervalle 68 pts.

Bucaros defeated Patriotas in a game without defense, Bucaros had Harrison and Guevara playing their last game with the team in the season, Patriotas was tariled by 14 but in the end of the 4th quarter its intensity on ofense allows them to get closer, but the effort was not enough.
Bucaros 116 - D. Harrison 35 pts.
Patriotas 107.


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Etha Vs Ael for the Super Cup - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
The championship kicks-off on the 14th of October with AEL and ETHA battling for the Super-Cup. The game starts at 20:00 at Eleftheria Indoor Arena.
Both teams had strong pre-season games and are ready for the battle.

Etha has nine ready to play players.

Masamba and Tutt in the 1 position
Jackson and Anastasiades in the 2 position
Shawn Ray and Cup in the 3 position
Dabkus in the 4 position
Okafor and Lalovic in the 5 position
and of course it can switch positions accordingly. For example it can play with Masamba as a point guard and with Tutt at the 2 position.

AEL has also nine ready to play players.

Mccoy and Palalas in the 1 position
Kounounis and Dragovic in the 2 position
Carter and Liatsos in the 3 position
Radunovic in the 4 position
Stepheson and Loizides in the 5 position
and also can switch positions accordingly. For example it can play with Palalas as a point guard and with Mccoy at the 2 position.

Good luck to both teams.


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USK Praha not confident when on the road - by Levy Nagy
BC Kolin played with a full house at home again which looks like it helped them this time. Last time they lost at home 76-86 against BK JIP Pardubice, the leading team in the Czech NBL right now. This time BC Kolin provided a better strategy and they put on a show against a young USK Praha team which doesnt look confident when its on the road. It all led to a big victory for the home team 102-65.

USK Praha had a good start with an early lead (18 to 15) but then they collapsed after Milan Soukup (203-G-80) has been substituted. USK Praha played lousy in defense letting the opponent team scoring at will from everywhere on the floor. USK Prahas guards were slow in offense not shooting well at all: Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) had 2 airballs outside the three point line. Milan Soukup was back on the floor a bit later when they got behind 15 points and this time he coordinated the team as a point guard but he still couldnt help his team but losing in the first half 33 to 51.

After the half-time break things didnt change for USK Praha, the difference on the scoreboard got even bigger. BC Kolin played relaxed, had many chances and they had taken advantage of the weaknesses of their opponents. Their guards helped the team playing a perfect pick & roll game. They all shot very well from the three point line: Roman Marko (195-G-86) 4 of 8 tries, Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) 2 of 7, Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) shot 3 of 7 for three and 5 (!) more players had three pointers in this game. Chadwick-Farrell Barnes was the player of the game with 18 points (4/4 in two points, 3/7 in three points, 1/2 in free throws), 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 turnovers.

For USK Praha, only two players stand out in this game. Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) with 13 points (6/11 in two points, 0/3 in three points, 1/1 in free throws), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 turnover; Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) with 16 points (6/16 in two points, 1/3 in three points, 1/2 in free throws), 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist, 1 turnover. Stanislav Votroubek (212-C-81) played for 34 minutes but he had only 6 points (2/5 in three points), 8 rebounds and 1 block. They really had problems finding their pace today.

Coach Ken Scalabroni was out of words for his team today. He just watched quietly and sit the most part of the game while BC Kolins coach Predrag Benacek (agency: World Sport Agency ) let his team play free in the second half and watched them having fun and getting a well deserved win.



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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Cleveland Cavaliers hire college assistant Alex Jensen to coach D-League team in Canton - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers named Alex Jensen, a Saint Louis University assistant, as head coach of their Canton development-league team on Tuesday.

Jensen has spent the past four seasons as a Billikens assistant under Rick Majerus, for whom he played at the University of Utah in the 1990s. The Billikens are one of the Atlantic 10's top defensive teams and Jensen's focus on that facet of play made him attractive to the Cavs.

'Alex is a great fit for our team and organization and what we want to develop and accomplish in Canton,' Canton General Manager Wes Wilcox said in a statement. 'He has a very successful and diverse background that is rooted in strong defensive principles and learned from one of the best coaches and basketball teachers in college basketball in Rick Majerus.'

The Canton club, expected to reveal its nickname and logo in the coming week, begins play on Nov. 25 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

In his playing days, Jensen helped the Utes reach the NCAA championship game in 1998. The 35-year-old former forward is considered one of Utah's best all-around players in team history. He's thankful for his time under Majerus.

'[He] has taught me so much, first as a player and later as a coach on his staff,' Jensen said in a statement.

After graduating with a degree in finance, Jensen played professionally in Europe and the Continental Basketball Association. In the spring, Jensen turned down an assistant's position at Utah.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 3-0 
 2. Parnu 1-0 
 3. Rapla 1-1 
 4. TTU/Kalev 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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  EUROCHALLENGE   


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 


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  EUROCUP   


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. GC 2014 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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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 2. Bizkaia Bilbao 0-0 
 3. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 4. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 5. Nancy 0-0 
 6. Olympiakos 0-0 
Group B
 1. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 2. CSKA 0-0 
 3. KK Zagreb CO 0-0 
 4. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 5. Unicaja 0-0 
 6. Zalgiris 0-0 
Group C
 1. Charleroi 0-0 
 2. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 3. Armani MI 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 5. Partizan 0-0 
 6. Real Madrid 0-0 
Group D
 1. Galatasaray 0-0 
 2. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 3. FCB Regal 0-0 
 4. Montepaschi 0-0 
 5. Unics 0-0 
 6. Union Olimpija 0-0 


Euroleague all-time leading scorer Marcus Brown retires from basketball - by Eurobasket
Even at age 37, Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.), has the skills to play one or even two more seasons but today Brown has decided to put away his uniform in exchange for a suit and tie and move on to professional leadership in the area of sports and basketball. Without question, Marcus Brown has had one of the most illustrious careers of any player in european basketball history. He has won a combined twenty-one (21) National Championships and National Cups. He has played in three (3) Euroleague Final Fours. He has won seven (7) MVP's in four different countries. He has been voted on the all-star teams each year for every single country he has played and he has played in seven different countries. Today, Marcus Brown stands as the Euroleague's all-time leading scorer and he is also all time leader in free throws made and percentage.

Just this past summer Brown was tilted 'The King of Europe' in an article by ESPN Magazine and the Bleacher Sports Report ranked Brown within the top 5 U.S. Athletes to ever play abroad. Moreover, within the last months, Marcus Brown has gone into the Hall of Fame for his NCAA collegiate career at Murray State University and it is no wonder why the Euroleague will be honoring Brown next week at the Euroleague's season opener in Kaunas, Lithunia with the team he last played for BC Zalgiris. 'I want to say to all the fans in every country and all the folks at the Euroleague thanks from the bottom of my heart for supporting me,' Brown said from his West Memphis, Arkansas home. 'I also give a special thanks to what could be the best basketball fans in europe BC Zalgiris and all of the Lithuanians. This is no doubt an emotional time for me,' Brown continued to say. Marcus Brown in a fittingly way will retire formally on Monday, October 17, 2011 in BC Zalgiris new arena during half-time of the season opening game where he played and won championships for both teams BC Zalgiris and PBC CSKA Moscow.


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  FINLAND   


Zeno's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nilan Bisons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Kauhajoki (#2, 3-1) 94-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Nilan Bisons is placed at 3rd position in league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Nilan Bisons 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 Zeno had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nilan Bisons' top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Zeno is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.0ppg. Zeno is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 11.0rpg), assists (5th best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 4.0bpg and 54.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tim Blue (205-F-84) of KTP. He is American forward in his first season at KTP. In the last game Blue recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for KTP to edge slightly lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#10, 1-3) by 2 points 82-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But KTP managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Blue is a newcomer at KTP and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#2). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of Namika Lahti (#10). Brooks got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Brooks' great performance Namika Lahti lost 80-82 to slightly higher-ranked KTP (#9, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Namika Lahti can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brooks he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brooks has individually a great season in Finland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 20 points and 13 rebounds
6. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of ToPo - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81) of ToPo - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 13 points and 10 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)


KORISLIIGA: Korihait upset Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 4: Only one game tonight. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 80-67 (44-41). Quarters: 21-28, 23-13, 16-9, 20-17. Kataja had difficulties before the contest and during it. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) DNP (fever), Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) got injured (playing time 11:30 minutes) and big men early in foul troubles. C Matt Terwilliger (206-F/C-85, college: Ohio St.) played only three games on Kataja roster (13,3 ppg - 5,7 rpg in 28,0 mpg) and was replaced by Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia). Korihait was led by Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) (21pts/10rbs), Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) added 19 pts and Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) 13 pts +six steals.
Korihait - Kataja 80-67 (44-41). (Korihait: Cory Johnson 21/10, Mikko Jalonen 19, Nigel Moore 13/6s - Kataja: Jared Newson 13/11, Jeremy Price 12/10, Petri Virtanen 10/5a).




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  FRANCE   


Quimper signs Kris Morlende - by Eurobasket News
Kris Morlende (183-G-79) is a new member of Quimper. The DR Congolese/French guard will replace injured Vincent Mouillard. The latter one will miss several weeks due to calf injury. Kris Morlende spent last season with Etoile Charleville-Mezieres. He appeared 34 times in ProB averaging 8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. From 2007 to 2009, he played for Saint-Quentin. In their first season together he had 10.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 4.3 apg for 32 games. In 2006/07, Kris Morlende played for Paris Basket Racing. He registered 6.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.8 apg for 31 games in ProA. In the past, Morlende also was a member of Rouen, Mulhouse, Globey-Espinal and Beuvais.

NM1: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
NM1 Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. Round 3 was played yesterday.

Rueil - St Quentin 70-87
The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-70. Strangely Rueil outrebounded Saint-Quentin 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) (199-83) who scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Saint-Quentin's coach Sebastien Lambert used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Georgian center Georges Mdivani (205-85, agency: Promotex) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and center Moise Diame (206-86) added 11 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin will meet at home Vendee Challans in the next round. Rueil will play against Blois and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rueil: G.Mdivani 18+9reb+1ast, K.Gourari 15+5reb+3ast, M.Diame 11+13reb+1ast, C.Mansare 10+4reb+3ast, G.Duro 9+1reb+3ast, S.Cabarkapa 4+4reb+2ast
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 18+4reb+1ast, K.Bichard 14+1reb+3ast, K.Howell 11+3reb+3ast, D.Williams 10+8reb+1ast, G.Sylvain 10+3reb, J.Ball 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 146936


Souffel - Orchy 68-46
The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-46. Souffelweyersheim dominated on the defensive end, holding Orchesien BC to just 5 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman David Cilly (196-81) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Souffelweyersheim will meet Cognac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Orchesien BC will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Cilly 13+7reb+1ast, J.Bluntt 9+2reb, G.Plateau 7+2reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 6+6reb+2ast, J.Verbeke 4+5reb, E.Barbry 3+2reb+1ast
Souffel: J.Tschamber 22+2reb+4ast, J.Begarin 14+4reb+3ast, J.Bach 9+6reb+3ast, A.N'Diaye 8+7reb+1ast, S.Kancel 6+1reb+1ast, J.Alingue 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 146937


Brest - Cognac 73-79
The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 26-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Cognac players scored in double figures. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and guard Zaka Alao (187-81) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively. Cognac will meet at home Souffelweyersheim in the next round. Etendard de Brest will play against Angers BC 49 and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 31+12reb+1ast, Z.Alao 12+3reb+5ast, A.Liorel 10, D.Fells 7+4reb, R.Lopez 7+8reb+3ast, J.Rathieuville 3+4reb+5ast
Cognac: M.Bigote 17+2reb+2ast, J.Godin 16+2reb+5ast, C.Bertorelle 13+7reb+4ast, J.Moupegnou 11+2reb+1ast, I.Caskill 10+15reb+3ast, M.Buval 5+1reb
gschID: 146938


Challans - Clermont 87-78
Stade Clermont trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 31-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. Vendee Challans made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Fabien Herard (198-79) who scored 22 points. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 17 points. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jonathan Beugnot (201-83, college: Clayton St.) who recorded 18 points and swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Vendee Challans will meet Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round. Stade Clermont will play against Roche.
Top scorers:
Clermont: J.Beugnot 18+4reb+1ast, B.Matanga 16+3ast, M.Diakite 13+10reb, S.Naydenov 8+3reb, J.McClark 7+3reb, X.Delarue 5+3reb+3ast
Challans: F.Herard 22+4reb+1ast, J.Almanson 17+4reb+3ast, N.Gouacide 11+2reb, M.Boutry 9+10reb, S.Cherasse 8+3reb, S.Girma 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146933


Le Puy - Blois 83-77
The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Le Puy ASMB forced 21 Blois turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for center Steeve Borval (202-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 assists. Central African forward Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-83, college: George Washington) helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Blois will play next round against Rueil. Le Puy ASMB will try to continue on its current victory against Orchesien BC in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Blois: V.Kaunisto 22+10reb, G.Staelens 18+2ast, J.Tornato 16+5reb+2ast, J.Horton 9+3reb+2ast, T.Sani 6+4reb+1ast, T.Delon 3+3reb+1ast
Le Puy: S.Borval 19+4reb+5ast, Y.Jacques 14+4reb, R.Koundjia-Sindo 13+7reb+5ast, G.Sene 10+3reb+6ast, M.Gotagni 10+1reb, Y.Smail 7+1reb
gschID: 146934


Roche - CFBB 93-51
The game without a history. Roche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 32. Roche forced 23 CFBB turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Sebastien Hermenier (198-82, college: Binghamton) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Roche players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Yannis Morin (206-93) added 14 points respectively. Roche have a solid series of three victories in a row. Roche will meet Stade Clermont on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Lievin Basket and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: Y.Morin 14+3reb, A.Racine 13+1reb, M.Jaiteh 12+11reb+3ast, J.Basileu 6+2reb, P.Rigot 2+3reb, D.Inglis 2+2reb+1ast
Roche: S.Hermenier 19+5reb+4ast, L.Simmons 19+7reb+1ast, R.Pegon 18+3reb+2ast, B.Thomas 14+3reb+1ast, M.Diallo 7+1reb+3ast, F.Bateko 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 146935


Sorgues - Montbrison 83-73
The game was mostly controlled by Sorgues. Montbrison managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) who scored 30 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Regis Aubry (199-82) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: J.St Robert 17+8reb+1ast, R.Aubry 13+5reb+1ast, L.Biela 11+3reb, K.Mondesir 11+4reb+2ast, B.Tillon 10+2ast, A.Dumoulin 4+2reb+2ast
Sorgues: A.Thinon 30+3reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 14+3reb+4ast, S.Ocokoljic 11+4reb, X.Pasut 10+8reb, D.Griffin 9+2reb+2ast, C.Dos Santos 5+1reb
gschID: 146930


Chartres - Angers BC 49 63-76
The game was mostly controlled by Angers BC 49. Chartres managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Olivier Sulpice (192-77) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and center Herve Jalce (201-80) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Angers BC 49 will meet at home Etendard de Brest in the next round. Chartres will play against Montbrison.
Top scorers:
Chartres: L.Avramovic 18+8reb, H.Jalce 15+7reb, G.Merie 7+5reb, G.Lemon 7+2reb, Z.Bojovic 5+1reb, M.Vasic 4+3reb
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 24+10reb+1ast, O.Sulpice 13+3reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 11+5reb+1ast, S.Traore 9+5reb+3ast, T.Ramphort 8+3reb+1ast, P.Drouault 6+2reb
gschID: 146931


Charleville - Lievin 80-52
Charleville-Mezieres smashed Lievin Basket at home 80-52. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Lievin Basket was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Charleville-Mezieres forced 28 Lievin Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 34-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Lievin Basket's players. Lievin Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Frederic Bourdillon (193-91) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) accounted for 10 points, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres' coach Francis Charneux felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) came up with 8 points and 7 rebounds and American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Lievin Basket in the defeat. Lievin Basket will play next round against CFBB. Charleville-Mezieres will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Sorgues at home.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Hoard 10+1reb+1ast, T.Sanborn 8+8reb, V.Mendy 8+7reb+2ast, V.Lehut 7+2reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 7+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 6+1reb
Charleville: T.Toney 18+4reb+2ast, C.Guillarme 16+3reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 16+7reb+5ast, F.Calvez 10+4reb+10ast, C.Belser 7+2reb+2ast, N.Racon 6+2reb+1ast


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Benjamin THOMAS
  Roche
  (181-G-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. Thomas, Roche23.0 
 2. Toto N''Kote, Roche23.0 
 3. Cretaux, Lievin21.0 
 4. Herard, Challans20.5 
 5. Plateau, Orchy20.0 
 6. Horton, Blois19.5 
 7. Bigote, Cognac19.3 
 8. Merie, Chartres19.0 
 9. Thinon, Sorgues18.5 
 10. Kaunisto, Blois18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Regis AUBRY
  Montbrison
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Aubry, Montbrison12.0 
 2. Caskill, Cognac11.7 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 4. Jaiteh, CFBB11.0 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.9.5 
 6. Simmons, Roche9.0 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin8.5 
 8. Williams, St Quent.8.5 
 9. Quincy-Jones, Sorg.8.5 
 10. Pasut, Sorgues8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerome DESSART
  Lievin
  (184-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dessart, Lievin7.0 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 3. Berquier, Chartres6.5 
 4. Calvez, Charleville5.5 
 5. Ball, St Quentin5.0 
 6. Tillon, Montbrison5.0 
 7. Rathieuville, Brest4.7 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.7 
 9. Malet, Orchy4.5 
 10. Sulpice, Angers B.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche6.0 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin5.0 
 3. Diallo, Roche3.0 
 4. Simmons, Roche3.0 
 5. Dessart, Lievin3.0 
 6. Bigote, Cognac2.7 
 7. Romain, St Quentin2.5 
 8. Bluntt, Orchy2.5 
 9. Ipouck, Chartres2.5 
 10. Guillarme, Charle.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alingue, Souffel3.0 
 2. Caskill, Cognac2.3 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel2.0 
 4. Jaiteh, CFBB1.5 
 5. Tornato, Blois1.5 
 6. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 7. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.0 
 8. Borval, Le Puy1.0 
 9. Diakite, Clermont1.0 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Sor.1.0 


Cholet to keep Chandler Parsons for another month - by Eurobasket News
Cholet will keep Chandler Parsons (205-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) for at least one more month, Head Coach Erman Kunter said for the local media. Actually, the player will stay until the end of October for sure and there is a chance that he remains with the former champions even longer. Parsons joined Cholet at the beginning of September. This is the first professional deal for Chandler Parsons, who graduated at the University of Florida few months ago. He had 11.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 3.8 apg for his school as a senior. Parsons helped them reach NCAA Elite Eight this year. They reached SEC Tournament Finals before that and Parsons was named All-SEC Player of the Year -11. In 2009, Florida also reached NCAA Elite Eight. In 2008, they played at NIT Final Four. Chandler Parsons was 38th overall pick at the NBA Draft this year. Houston Rockets selected him.

Demetris Nichols suffers knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse) suffered knee injury during the game against Strasbourg, ProA Round 1. The player will undergo MRI on Thursday. According to Head Coach Erman Kunter, Nichols knee is not swallowed, but he feels pain. Reportedly, Nichols fell to the ground during the Q3, but continued to play for rest of the game. Later he complained of pain in his knee and doctor suggested rest, plus MRI test. Demetris Nichols replaced Robert Hite in Cholet Basket as the latter will miss 4-6 more weeks due to injury he suffered at the beginning of September (Achilles tendon). In 2010-2011 Demetris Nichols played for JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProA, starting five) and in 21 games became the third top-scorer with 18.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 83.3%. Last year JA Vichy announced signing of Demetris Nichols. The American forward arrived to his new team from BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral, where he spent second half of 2009/10. Nichols appeared 27 times in ProA averaging 6.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. He also added 6.7 ppg and 3 rpg for three EuroChallenge games. Nichols played for the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, but failed to secure a deal. Demetris Nichols is versatile small forward who is able to shoot the ball with excellence. He is an amazing three-point shooter who always plays and scores within the team's system. His shooting touch is perfect, he is able to score on his defender from any given situation.

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Aschersleben Tigers let go Huertas, sign Piechucki - by Moritz Korff
The Aschersleben Tigers (1. Regionalliga North) have parted ways with Spanish guard Francisco Huertas (181-G-82) and handed Kamil Piechucki (186-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers) a contract for the remainder of the season instead. Huertas appeared in two games for the Tigers and scored 5.5 points per contest.
Piechucki hails from Poland and will bring lots of experience to the Aschersleben squad. Last season he played for the Polish third division team DC PBS Bank MOSiR Krosno and helped the club claiming the championship title, averaging 7.6 points and 5.7 assists per contest. During the 2009-10 campaign Piechucki already spent some time in Germany, suiting up for Oberliga side Schwaebisch Hall (9 games: 15.6ppg).


Goodbye Goettingen! Josh Slater leaves the Violets - by Moritz Korff
The coaches of BG Goettingen were caught by surprise, when today Josh Slater (190-G-89, college: Lipscomb) asked them for the permission to leave the team due to personal reasons. In the end the Stefan Mienack and his staff decided to meet Slater's wish and let him leave the team, effective immediately. The 21-year-old Lipscomb graduate played only two BBL games for the Goettingen team, scoring a total of two points. Slater was a 2010 and 2011 A-Sun First Team selection, he averaged 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.1 steals per contest for the Bisons as a senior.

Justin Gray Hits A Buzzer Beater From Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1 As The Fraport Skyliners Shock The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg 80-78 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The last time Americans Ben Jacobson, Jason Boone and John Little were on the floor together before this season, they were celebrating immense success with BG Goettingen winning the Eurochalenge and reaching the Beko BBL playoffs on a regular basis. It seems that they could be successful at many things besides basketball like putting on aprons and baking delicious cookies for a late afternoon snack for president Obama, doing a slick basketball trick routine on American Idol ala Globetrotters style and getting Simon Cowell to utter a smile and thumbs up or being able to kick a soccer ball off a beer mug through the goal wall hole at the Aktuelles Sport Studio at ZDF the way German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer did because it seems like whatever they do on the court can also turn to gold in other activities. With the aid of John Patrick , the BG Goettingen connection has helped the s. Oliver baskets Wurzburg get out of the gates to a 2-0 record, but against the Fraport Skyliners there was no trick up the sleeve of the American coach or his players that was able to stop Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) as he dropped a buzzer beater bomb from as deep as Frankfurt airport Terminal 1 in ala Eric Chadfield (2006 buzzer beater to beat ratiopharm Ulm) style as the Fraport Skyliners shocked the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg 80-78. Despite the disheartening loss, John Patrick knows that his three ex Goettingen players have many talents and will help lead the team to many more wins in the future. All three guys know what it takes to get a winning team going. They know when to have fun, but when we are in practice they are all business. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) can eat a hamburger in one bite, Ben Jacobson is an Iowa guy and is the best golfer on the team and eats more dairy queen meals than anyone I know and John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) is simply indestructible and has run through more walls than anyone I know, stressed s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg head coach John Patrick . We have helped with the leadership and helped the other players translate over to the style of John Patrick . The Goettingen guys have a very close bond, stressed Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, college: N.Iowa). Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) also noticed how important the ex Goettingen guys have been for the Wurzburg team. I think everybody saw tonight how much Goettingen is sticking in the Wurzburg system on the court, warned Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops).

It was only the third regular season game, but as the game got going the play on the court was hard and had a playoff intensity to it. Both teams were fighting hard and for the game to come down to a last possession with seven seconds to play and end with a buzzer beater from Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) was about as unfair as the few Superbowl wins by the New England Patriots that ended with a game winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired, but thats the beauty of basketball as the game isnt over until the buzzer sounds. After the shot was made, Gray ran to the fan block followed by his teammates as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg had jaws dropped to the floor and nightmares ready to happen that night. This was the kind of game where you can lose sleep over. This was a very tough loss. We kept fighting back. Key in this game was the third quarter where Gray hit so many shots in a row which really helped his self confidence. I am proud how we fought and it was a good battle that ended with fireworks for the other team, commented Wurzburg guard Ben Jacobson. For the Fraport Skyliners it was the second dramatic win in a row which will continue to boost their self confidence in crucial moments of games. We knew that they are a team that never fall down and die. It was a tough game and we had some bad phases, but if you are able to win the game at the end then that is what is most important, said Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). It was one of those games where the team that withstood the fight the best would win and we did it better, commented Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama)

The biggest moments in sports is usually winning a game with a last second goal, field goal, hit or a basket, but these are the special moments that only happen so often. In the last years, the Frankfurt Skyliners have had these moments like when Eric Chadfield ruined the debut of Mike Taylor and ratiopharm Ulm in the Bundesliga in the first game of the season with a buzzer beater, or Chris Moss beating ex Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf with a last second mid distance shot from the wing last season. Winning a game with a last second is what players dream of as little children and after Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) had executed with the buzzer beater, one could see a grown man with the twinkle in his eyes of a child as he was answering questions after the game. I remember hitting shots like these in college, but this shot was big today. I am happy I made this shot and sometimes there is luck on your side. Often when I am in practice at the top of the key, I am thinking this is my money shot. In the time out, coach told me to drive or kick it out, but their defense slowed me down and I just stepped back and shot it. It felt good as I released it, smiled Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest). Ex NBA player and injured Jermareo Davidson watched in awe from the bench as Gray made the heroic shot. That was a great moment. I have so much confidence in the game of Gray. I knew it would go in, added Jermareo Davidson Gray hit from downtown Frankfurt. Little was on him and another guy was coming, but I think that we should have run two guys at him to try to get the ball out of his hands, stressed Ben Jacobson.

Both teams found themselves in the Fraport arena for an untypical Wednesday game as German national player Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) who had been quiet with his shooting the first two games quickly got the monkey off his back nailing a three pointer for the 3-0 lead. The Fraport Skyliners then quickly jumped out to a 10-4 lead as the Fraport Skyliners were doing a good job figuring out the Wurzburg press defense and getting into their offensive sets fast. German Danilo Barthel continued his rise getting his second consecutive start and scoring inside, Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) hit a three pointer and Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) made free throws. However the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg started to find their rhythm slowly as they continued to chip away at the Frankfurt lead closing out the first quarter with a spirited 18-8 run. After Boone and Leuer traded baskets and Frankfurt led 12-6, Wurzburg drew three fouls in a row, but had problems hitting from the free throw line. After a Nolte bucket, American Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) got by the Frankfurt press and nailed a three pointer form the corner as Wurzburg only trailed 14-13. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) then made a flight from the wing scoring with a lay in and the 16-13 Frankfurt advantage. Wurzburg then went on a 9-2 run to end the first quarter which was sparked by a foul drawn by Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) behind the three point line. He made only two, but that sparked his team as Jacbosn made a jumper which was followed by a Harris runner off the glass an dthe first Wurzburg lead of the game. Ex Skyliner Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) then surprised the whole arena nailing a three pointer something he struggled in his early days in Frankfurt. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg led 22-18 after one quarter. Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) got Frankfurt going. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) didnt have to do much. The fourl behind the three point line and the three pointer by Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) seemed to irritate Frankfurt, stated Licher Basket Baeren head coach Igor Starcevic. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 45% from the field and 29% from outside while the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside. Wurzburg had the 11-5 rebound edge and both teams had three turnovers a piece.

The second quarter turned out to be a battle as there were 7 lead changes and no team to be able to go on that big run to make an early statement. German national player Tim Ohlbrecht had struggled in the first two games, but came alive in the first minutes taking Frankfurt on a mini 4-0 run to knot the score at 22-22. Ohlbrecht showed his wits under the hoop waiting until Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) was up in the air to draw the foul and make the basket. Then it was Jacobson who hit a three pointer to give Wurzburg the lead back only to have Nolte score inside and Michael Thompson give Frankfurt the lead back at 27-25 with his first three pointer as a professional. American second year man Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) then made himself noticeable to the crowd scoring on a coast to coast run and 30-29 Wurzburg lead only to be upended by a Joe Herber catch and pop three pointer and 32-30 Frankfurt lead. Super Tez then set up Ohlbrecht for a massive two handed dunk, but it was Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) again that hit from downtown and the game was tied again 34-34. After Harris gave Wurzburg the 37-35 lead, it was Leuer that hit a jumper over Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech) and Michael Thompson dropped another three pointer and the lead 40-37. Gray then scored inside as the Fraport Skyliners led 42-39 at halftime. Frankfurt was playing aggressive defense and Wurzburg was having trouble with the Frankfurt pick and role. Both teams were shooting very bad from the free throw line, added Igor Starcevic. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 45% from the three point line while the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 44% from the field and 44% from the three point line. Wurzburg still had the overwhelming 22-12 rebound edge, but nine turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

The big runs that were missing, would suddenly appear in the third quarter. Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) might have gotten some patrons to find ketchup from their hotdog on their face as he exploded into the lane and jammed home a reverse dunk for the 44-39 Frankfurt lead. However that didnt get the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg scared as they accelerated onto an 11-0 run and the 50-44 lead. Elliot hit two free throws which was followed by back to back three pointers from Jacobson and a three pointer from Harris. The strong Wurzburg defense sparked the offense and Frankfurt was playing sloppy basketball and seemed to have lost some concentration. However as is so often the case and seems still to be unknown in basketball, one big run was met by a new big run by the opponent. The Fraport Skyliners then went off like a missile going on a 16-0 run to retake the lead 60-50. The run was started by the best offensive ball movement of the game to that juncture by the team of Muli Katzurin as Herber made a three pointer. The it was Justin Mr downtown Gray that gave the meaning scoring in bunches a new meaning as he scored 11 points in a row sparked by two three pointers and many free throws. Leuer ended the run with a tip in off a Gray miss. I knew that I had to be more aggressive. I was looking to get in the paint and just take my opportunities. But the whole team played well in this run, stated Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest). Gray is a scoring guard. Usually a guard is there to penetrate and create, but sometimes he has to score to. He really stepped up as a leader in that run, added Jermareo Davidson After three quarters, The Fraport Skyliners had the comfortable 65-54 advantage. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the s.Oliver Baskets were shooting 38% from the field and 47% from the parking lot. Wurzburg still had the 30-22 rebound edge while both teams were coughing up the ball a miserable 16 times.

In the fourth quarter, it was time for another big run, but now from the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg who continued to claw up out of their hole never seeing daylight inching closer and closer as they got out of the gates going on a 10-2 to cut the Frankfurt lead to only 67-64. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg got five straight baskets inside from Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) and twice from Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) that dunked and scored inside as he seemed to be already on the way to the hoop before he had even caught the ball in the low post. American Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) also contributed two buckets inside as he proved more and more a very valuable commodity for John Patrick who had signed him recently. Kramer did a great job getting into the lane being very aggressive, stressed Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest). Kramer helped us get back into the game. He is quick and strong and not afraid to attack the basket. He made big plays and he is a great defender one of the reasons we got him, warned Ben Jacobson. Mckinney then hit a big three pointer from the corner getting a strong fast kick out pass from Michael Thompson for the 70-64 Frankfurt lead. However the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg continued to hang around like that nagging little nagging brother that just wont go when you want to get busy with the girlfriend as Kramer made an acrobatic off balance lay up and Alex why cant we have players like that King hit his third three pointer off the game as Frankfurt led only 70-69. However as quick as the Wurzburg mini 4-0 run came a new 7-0 Frankfurt run as they led 77-69 with three minutes to go. In this run, it as Mckinney that broke through again with a bomb from the parking lot and Leuer hit a turn around jumper and a dunk off the fast break. Leuer is always important. He is a natural scorer. I always tell him to just play his game and rebound. If he just plays his game, he will always help us, stressed Jermareo Davidson

Just when you thought that Wurzburg was out of gas, John Patrick secretly had filled up their tanks as the Baskets had enough air for another run going on a 8-0 run to tie the game at 77-77 with seven seconds to play. Boone started the run with a hook shot, which was followed by an Elliot three pointer as Frankfurt led only 77-74. After a Thompson miss from the corner, Jacobson hit one of two free throws, then Frankfurt lost a ball out of bounds, but Harris could not tie the game as he made only one free throw as Wurzburg trailed 77-76. With the seconds running down, Frankfurt made a costly turnover as Boone stole the ball, but Kramer was unable to hit both free throws as the game was knotted at 77-77. Gray then won the game with his bomb from Frankfurt airport terminal 1 for the 80-78 victory. Had Wurzburg shot better from the free throw line, then the game might have been decided a lot earlier. Skyliner guard Michael Thompson was happy about the win and his play We kept our composure at the end and stayed together as a team. A big player hit a big shot at the end. It felt good to finally play. I thought I played solid, but I can play better. I have to cut down the turnovers and get the offense into the sets faster. As a point guard one has to know where the players are, stressed Michael Thompson. Thompson gives us added deepness and gives Gray a rest so he had power at the end for the buzzer beater, added Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops).

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) with 18 points. Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) contributed 17 points. Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB)t contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds and Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) also added 13 points. Ben Jacobson produced 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 51% from the field and a respectable 44% from outside while the s.Oliver Baskets ended the day with 44% shooting. Wurzburg won the rebound duel 39-31 and Frankfurt had a horrible 21 turnovers while Wurzburg had 17. We didnt rebound well and we didnt box out well at all let them push us away from the basket and didnt do a good job with the long balls. However I thought that we played solid defense. We had problems giving up offensive rebounds, but we did a better job limiting their offensive rebounds as Tez really sparked us. The Fraport Skyliners and s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg both have a record of 2-1, but the season is still young and Skyliner captain Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) thinks that the team is on a good way. I think that you have to take it step by step. The season is long and we are making good strides. We have to continue to keep working hard, warned Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). The Fraport Skyliners host The Telekom Baskets Bonn on October 15th at 20:00.3




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Telekom Baskets 3-0 
 2. Brose Baskets 2-0 
 3. EnBW L'burg 2-1 
 4. B.Muenchen 2-1 
 5. Ratiopharm 2-1 
 6. EWE Baskets 2-1 
 7. s.Oliver Baskets 2-1 
 8. Fraport SKY 2-1 
 9. Bremerhaven 1-1 
 10. Art.Dragons 1-1 
 11. Goettingen 1-1 
 12. ALBA 1-1 
 13. NY Phantoms 1-2 
 14. TBB Trier 1-2 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 1-2 
 16. Walter Tigers 0-2 
 17. Bayreuth 0-3 
 18. LTi 46ers 0-3 


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. Jena 2-2 
 7. Braves 2-2 
 8. Ehingen 2-2 
 9. Duesseldorf 2-2 
 10. Chemnitz 2-2 
 11. ETB Wohnbau 1-2 
 12. Heidelberg 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 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets24.0 
 2. Harris, s.Oliv.21.5 
 3. Swann, Ratiopharm21.0 
 4. Gray, Fraport SKY21.0 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers18.3 
 6. Esterkamp, Ratio.18.0 
 7. Nadjfeji, B.Mue.18.0 
 8. Melzer, NY Phant.18.0 
 9. Jonusas, Phoenix17.3 
 10. Dennis, NY Phant.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam CHUBB
  EWE Baskets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Chubb, EWE Baskets11.7 
 2. Hilliard, Art.Drag.10.0 
 3. Leuer, Fraport SKY9.0 
 4. Nadjfeji, B.Mue.9.0 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.7 
 6. Mittmann, NY Phan.8.0 
 7. Campbell, Walter T.8.0 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.8.0 
 9. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 10. McNaughton, Breme.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  Brose B.
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gavel, Brose B.9.0 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier8.0 
 3. Jordan, Telekom6.7 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.6.5 
 5. Dorris, EnBW L.6.0 
 6. Dennis, NY Phant.5.5 
 7. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 8. Weaver, ALBA5.0 
 9. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 10. Weber, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  Brose B.
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gavel, Brose B.4.0 
 2. Dorris, EnBW L.3.3 
 3. Jenkins, Brose B.3.0 
 4. Crowe, Phoenix3.0 
 5. Holston, Art.Drag.2.0 
 6. Jacobson, s.Oliv.2.0 
 7. Watts, Ratiopharm2.0 
 8. Redding, Walter T.2.0 
 9. Wood, ALBA2.0 
 10. Clay, s.Oliver.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.3.7 
 2. Francis, ALBA3.0 
 3. King, Art.Dragons3.0 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.3 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.2.0 
 7. Looby, EnBW L.1.3 
 8. Redding, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.0 
 10. Weaver, ALBA1.0 


Rainer Bauer Steps Down And Tobias Waitzinger Takes Over Temporarily - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The season is still young, but after 4 loses in a row to start the season, Rainer Bauer decided to step down as coach of PRO B team BG Illertal Weissenhorn. Ex Weissenhorn player Tobias Waitzinger (188-F-79) takes over as Interim head coach. This decsion came as a surprise, but Rainer Bauer explained the bad practice situation as the reason for leaving. 'We were to have two practices per week, but in the last 16 practices I was only able to play 5-5 in two of those practices. I personally dont see that I can change anything. I think that the team has a lot of potential and can still reach the playoffs. I wish the team a lot of luck for the future', stressed Rainer Bauer. Tobias Waitzinger takes over as Interim coach and is a known face as he played for Illertal-Weissenhorn form 2007-2011. He also played for ratiopharm Ulm, TSV Neu-Ulm and dem SV Oberelchingen. He will behind the bench this weekend when the club faces Rhondorf. 'I want to give the team time to find a new competent coach', added Tobias Waitzinger (188-F-79).

Source: BG Illertal-Weienhorn




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 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. 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 He released Americans Patrick Flomo (Gloria Giants), Tim Burnette (Furstenfeld, Austria), Achmadschah Zazai (Giessen 46ers) and American Mike Tisdale had to pack their bags early and in the mean time, the American hauled in new players with Chris Kramer and Robert Tomaszek. 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, Ben Jacobson and John Little 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. Patrick also brought in talented Americans Gilbert Brown and Rickey Harris and also wants to show his love for German youth development by bringing in Oliver Clay and Alex King 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 Rickey 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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. The team kept two players from the 2011 second placed PRO A team and one is Ivan Elliot. 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 against Jason Boone. I am looking forward to playing against Jason Boone. 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. 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. 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.





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  GREECE   


Peristeri ink Gavin Edwards - by Eurobasket News
DASH Peristeri have officiated the deal with Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut). The centre started the previous season in Anyang KGC in South Korea. He tallied 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in KBL. In November the centre moved to Ukraine. Gavin Edwards joined Khimik Yuzhny. His stats read 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in Superleague. Gavin Edwards finished the season in D-League. The centre notched 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Springfield Armor. It was the first pro season for Gavin Edwards. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2010.

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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 2-0 
 2. Nijmegen 2-0 
 3. Den Bosch 1-0 
 4. Leeuwarden 1-1 
 5. Leiden 1-1 
 6. Zwolle 0-1 
 7. Rotterdam 0-2 
 8. Weert 0-2 


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Results in Swedish league - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
All 6 Icelandic National team players who play in Sweden top league play last night. 08 Stockholm with Helgi Magnusson upset last years Champion Sundsvall Dragons 76-74Helgi Magnusson had a good game for the winner with 16 points 7 rebs & an assist. 4/7 in three pointers. Jakob Sigurdarson was hot outside of the line by hitting 4 of five three pointers 22 points, 3 rebs 1 assist and 2 steals. Pavel Ermolinskij 11 pts 5 -rebs and 1 assist. Hlynur Baeringsson 8 pts.11 boards 4 assist and 2 steals.
Jamtland Basket upset LF Basket 96-84. Brynjar Bjornsson scored 5 points, 4 rebounds 1 assist in the win.
Solna Vikings starting poorly in the league and lost second game in a row when Sodertalje Kong beat them 84-71. Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) had 11 points and 4 rebounds for Solna


Roster changes - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
There have already been some changes on teams rosters even before season starts. Some of the import players have not impress their coaches and have lost their jobs, some of them have been lucky and could land a job in another Club in the league.
That was the fact when Haukar released Mike Ringold, he was picket up by Thor who have then probably sent home Courtney Beasley who came as rumour is out of shape.
'IR was not happy with their americans and bot lost their jobs, Andrew Brown was replaced by Jimmy Bartelotta US/Italian passport holder and Brandon Bush also did not make it there and has been replaced by Willard Johnson (203-G/F, college: MIT) who comes from same D-3 College as Bartelotta Massachusette Institute of Technology (MIT)


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Mario Austin signed with Gorgan - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
American big man Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi St.) will continue his career in Iran. Experinced big man signed contract with Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality team and will play for them in Iran super lrague this year. Mario Austin spend last season with Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine-Superleague where he avareged 12.1ppg, 7.3rpg in 45 games.
Mario Austin is great addition for Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality team , team signed some experienced local players like Mehdi Asgarnejad (201-F-70) , Armen Allahverdi (197-F-82) and Ali Abolmasoumi (195-F-81) , and they re-newed Hamed Hosseinzadeh (188-G) contract.
Mario Austin's recent Awards/Achievements:
Italian SerieA All-Star Game -05
Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Imports Team -05
ULEB Regular Season MVP -06
ULEB Cup Semifinals -06
Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup 2nd Team -06
Israeli Premier League Regular Season Runner-Up -06, 07
Israeli Premier League Finalist -06, 07
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year -06, 07
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team -06, 07
Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team -06, 07
Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Center of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup 1st Team -07
Eurobasket.com ULEB Cup All-Imports Team -07
ULEB Cup Quarterfinals -07
Israeli Cup Winner -07
Italian SerieA Supercup Finalist -07
Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention -10
Ukrainian Cup Winner -11


Hamed Haddadi close to sign with his hometown team - by Aydin Dianat
Just like the French basketball star Tony Parker who signed with his own team ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in France, Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) the Iranian basketball star who plays in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies is close to sign with his home town team in Ahvaz durring the NBA lockout. After having offers from countries like China (CBA) and European countries like Croatia,...and offers from Iranian teams like Mahram Tehran and Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour , he decided to play for his home town team Melli Haffari Ahvaz to help them in the upcoming season of the Iranian Super League. Melli Haffari also signed another Iranian big man also a native from Ahwaz Ali Doraghi. The twin towers of Ahwaz will make a strong team alongside young players like Mehdi Shirchang. There will be a lot to say about this team this season.


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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. Hapoel Y/M 0-1 
 13. Ironi Ramat Gan 0-1 
 14. Lev Hasharon 0-1 


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Sidigas Avellino in search for a substitute for Troutman - by Giulio Signorini
The Sidigas Avellino, waiting to clarify the question of Chevon Troutman that has left the club by signing for Bayern Monaco, is forced to return to look for a new player in center role.
There are some option for the society in the near future.
The dreams for the followers are Sharrod Ford or Benjamin Eze. Benjamin Eze actually is in Milano where there is glut of centers while Ford is just the player who Chevon Troutman replace in Bayern Monaco.
Ford has left Bayern a few weeks ago, returning to the States for personal problems and he will stay in the States for at least another ten days, perhaps too much for the Sidigas to wait.
More real goal is Ron Slay. The center played in Italy in the last four seasons and has recently signed in Bulgaria with Levski Sofia. For now it is only a name, but the agreement may be realized if Slay can release without too many problems from the contract with the team of Bulgarian capital. In the last four season Slay played in Italy, in the last season he played for Varese scoring 13.6 points with 6.2 rebounds,


Sidigas Avellino in search for a substitute for Troutman - by Giulio Signorini
The Sidigas Avellino, waiting to clarify the question of Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) that has left the club by signing for Bayern Monaco, is forced to return to look for a new player in center role.
There are some option for the society in the near future.
The dreams for the followers are Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) or Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC). Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) actually is in Milano where there is glut of centers while Ford is just the player who Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) replace in Bayern Monaco.
Ford has left Bayern a few weeks ago, returning to the States for personal problems and he will stay in the States for at least another ten days, perhaps too much for the Sidigas to wait.
More real goal is Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee). The center played in Italy in the last four seasons and has recently signed in Bulgaria with Levski Sofia. For now it is only a name, but the agreement may be realized if Slay can release without too many problems from the contract with the team of Bulgarian capital. In the last four season Slay played in Italy, in the last season he played for Varese scoring 13.6 points with 6.2 rebounds,


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  KENYA   


Ulinzi Warriors Collect Maximum Points From Three League Matches - by Eurobasket News
ULINZI Warriors had a fruitful week, winning three Premier League matches in a row at the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium. The soldiers beat Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) 72-66 on Friday, trounced Strathmore University 68-62 on Saturday and Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University 63-54, 24 hours later.

In the ladies matches, Co-operative Bank posted a 65-24 win over (KCA), Sprite Storms stopped Strathmore University 43-26 but fell 42-55 to United States International University (USIU) while Mennonites hit Kenya Polytechnic 64-31. Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) beat World Hope 61-50 in the lower division.

In the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) play-off semi finals, top seed Kenya Airways beat Strathmore University 71-59. Barclays Bank lost 61-64 to Upper Hill while the ladies semis saw Safe Spaces squeeze a narrow 36-34 win over Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUATS).

Africa Nazarene University (ANU) trounced Barclays Bank 52-39. In game Two, KQ beat Strathmore 72-64, Upper Hill came from behind to nip Barclays Bank 62-50, Safe Spaces won 47-41 over JKUATS, ANU dismissed Barclays Bank 54-36 and Baraka Xtreme whipped Old Pirates 73-48.
Courtesy of:Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


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BKT Superliga starts this weekend - by Dren Shporta
Today the Basketball Federation of Kosova (FBK) made an official notification in its website where says that the BKT Superliga will start this weekend. In a schedule signed by Hajrullah Rexhepi, the League Commissioner, first matches are confirmed to be played this Saturday.

BKT Superliga was planned to start in the first day of October and was delayed for a week after a club officials request. Then it was delayed for second time (from October 8th to October 15th) after a problems of registering Prishtina BC the newly created team.

Today, FBK will have a meeting with Prishtinas team to clarify its name and official board of a club. After that, the league should start in its best way, because the big teams like Prishtina, Bashkimi, Peja and Trepca are seriously strengthened and promise a quality and interesting fight for the championship.



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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 2-0 
 2. VEF Riga 1-0 
 3. Valmiera 1-1 
 4. LU 1-1 
 5. Turiba 1-1 
 6. Jurmala 0-0 
 7. U18 0-0 
 8. Jelgava 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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Victories for Siauliai and Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai and Lietuvos Rytas won the latest games in the International arena. Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) brought the narrow win for Siauliai over Juventus in Baltic League. His team opened BBL season with 86:85 victory. Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Edvinas Ruzgas nailed 16. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas edged Russian Lokomotiv in VTB League. The team celebrated 78:71 road win. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won fourth quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. The other American import power forward Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Clemson) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Lokomotiv.



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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Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Etzella 3-0 
 2. T71 3-0 
 3. Basket Esch 2-1 
 4. Amicale 2-1 
 5. Sparta 1-2 
 6. Soleuvre 1-2 
 7. Residence 1-2 
 8. BBC Nitia 1-2 
 9. Musel Pikes 1-2 
 10. Heffingen 0-3 


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KK Jedinstvo ready for the new seson - by Darko Pekic
The new season starts for KK Jedinstvo on Sunday. They will face at home KK Lovcen, leaded by the ex coach of Jedinstvo, Dragan Radovic . During the season break, they replaced Dragan Radovic with Goran Popovic who brought a couple of new players to the club, to make Jedinstvo even more competitive in the upcoming Erste Basketball League season.

' Two days ago we got a great new signing'- said Popovic to the local press 'Dan'. ' We signed a contract with U18 National Team member of Montenegro, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91). He is the native of Bijelo Polje, but he played for biggest clubs in Montenegro ( Buducnost and Mornar). Before the signing of Ljujic, we brought a big man from Serbia, Milos Savkovic (209-C-86), who played in Spain last year and Milorad Rajovic who played in a team from France last year. We also have brothers Nemanja Knezevic (203-F-87) and Stefan Knezevic (202-F-89) (they both came from Vojvodina Novi Sad), Ognjen Nisavic ( Serbian B League side Jagodina) and young Nikola Radovic from the local team Centar.'

The team management decided not to sign a contract with Nedeljko Bogdanovic (187-G-90), the ex member of U16 NT of Serbia & Montenegro and U18 NT of Montenegro, who was on try-out but didn't convince coach Popovic to offer him a contract.

'Our goal is to stay in the League and to promote some youngsters. I like our newcomers and I think we have a competitive team '- added Popovic


KK Ulcinj lost at home - by Darko Pekic
KK Ulcinj did not make the surpise againts Feni Industries. The guests from Macedonia won in a low scoring game, with a lot of mistakes on both side of the floor ( 53 - 59 for Feni). The leaders of both teams are still out of shape and It's now obvious that both coaches, Nikola Milatovic and Emil Rajkovic , will have a lot of work to do in the weeks to come.

Ulcinjs young team started the game motivated, regardless of the fact that they had the reigning BIBL champion on the other side. After 10 minutes of play the home side had a 2-point advantage - 17:15. But the things changed in the 2nd quarter. Ulcinj didn't score for more than four minutes and Feni took the lead. Emil Rajkovic 's side kept pushing hard for the rest of the second quarter and deservedly led at the break by 8 points - 24:32.

After the halftime both teams exchanged baskets, coach Milatovic tried to change thing on the floor with substitutions but on the other side Rajkovic had always the right ansfer. In the fourth quarter Feni had the major lead, +16 (38-54) and everybody thought the game was over. But Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88) and Rickey Young (203-F, college: W.Virginia Tech) didn't agree with that. A minute before the end of the game, Ulcinj had -5 and the ball in their possession but the unexperienced squad from Ulcinj was not concentrated enough to make he surprise. Feni took the victory.

Despite the loss, Ulcinj outrebounded their opposition, grabbing 42 rebounds against 32 for Feni. Milan Latkovic (184-G-86) and Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 11 points each in Ulcinjs loss tonight. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) finished the game with 10 points and 7 rebounds while Rickey Young had 3 points and 7 rebounds. The other American, Paul Kirkpatrick (206-C, agency: Promotex, college: Howard), played only 12 minutes on his debut and disappointed the fans. He only scored 2 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. On the other side, for the winners, only Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: BeoExcell) had double figures. He scored 15 points, along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Ulcinj will play the first game in Erste Basketball League on Sunday against Teodo Tivat at home


NT member Vladimir Dasic starts new season in style - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) opened the new season in style. The Montenegrin National Team member shined in the first round of the Italian Serie A. He nailed 22 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for his Lottomatica Roma. Unfortunately, they lost this game against Virtus Bologna on the road 91-93. Former Buducnost player Nemanja Gordic scored 7 points in this meeting. Vladimir Dasic joined Lottomatica in October of 2010. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague for them last season averaging 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. In Italian league, Dasic added 11.8 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 30 games. It was more than enough for him to secure a contract extension. Vladimir Dasic played for Real Madrid and Gran Canaria in 2009/10 season. Before that, he spent several years with Buducnost Podgorica. At the latest EuroBasket in Lithuania, Vladimir Dasic collected 10 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for five games.

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Pistons guard Ben Gordon expects more games to be canceled - by Eurobasket News
Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) wasn't surprised when NBA commissioner David Stern announced Monday that the league was canceling the first two weeks of the season because of the ongoing lockout of players.

He could see the writing on the wall as far back as several seasons ago when the players' union started warning of the possibility.

He sat in on labor negotiations late last month that Gordon on Tuesday desribed as a 'waste of time.'

And the Pistons' shooting guard thinks it's only a matter of time before more games are canceled.

'I think there will be more games missed,' Gordon said when reached by phone as he was driving to Chicago. 'I expect it might be a year or two. I realized that when I was listening to both sides during the negotiations. I think there will be a lot of games missed and more money is going to go down the drain.

'I'm preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.'

After two days of marathon negotiations, Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, saying the sides are 'very far apart on virtually all issues.'

The main issues are the economic system and the split of basketball-related income.

Gordon was in New York for previous negotiating sessions and said until the past few days, he could tell the owners weren't serious about making a deal and were looking forward to the eventual outcome.

'It just seemed scipted, and they were going through the motions,' said Gordon, calling it a valuable learning experience. 'Sitting there in front of them you could tell they weren't focused on getting a deal. I still don't know the purpose of those meetings.'

As for the Pistons, they saw six games (two home outings) canceled, and Gordon had a message for Pistons fans.

'Every guy is ready to play,' Gordon said. 'We have been locked out.'

Courtesy of www.freep.com


Kevin Durant to host charity basketball game in Oklahoma City with LeBron James, Blake Griffin - by Eurobasket News
Basketball is coming back to Oklahoma City.

At least for one October night.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) is making good on his promise to put on a charity exhibition game featuring his fellow NBA superstars. Details of the event are expected to be announced at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

According to numerous sources with knowledge of the event, the game will pit two star-studded squads against each other, with one side being Durant's team and the other being former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) 's team. Miami Heat star LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) is one of several players who have been confirmed for the event. New Orleans guard Chris Paul and Heat guard Dwyane Wade also are expected to show.

The game is scheduled to be played Sunday, Oct. 23, inside the Cox Convention Center, which holds just shy of 14,000 for basketball. Other potential stars that could make an appearance include L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and New York forward Carmelo Anthony, as well as Thunder guards Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Durant first told The Oklahoman last month that he would plan an exhibition featuring several of the league's top players if the season did not start on time. On Monday, the NBA canceled the first two weeks of the regular season after players and owners failed to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement. An initial snag was securing a suitable venue. Because of the league-imposed lockout, players are not permitted to use team facilities and NBA arenas. But once word of Durant's intentions got out, promoters began lining up to offer their services to lock in a site and worthy charities. A deal was consummated in just days. But Durant told The Oklahoman in September he wants to make sure it's done right.

Everybody in Oklahoma City is going to want to see it, Durant said. I want to try to do it and get not just our players from our team but guys all around the league to come play in it and make it a nice event.

Since the lockout began on July 1, Durant has been a part of a group of barnstorming players who've taken their talents to high school and college gyms across the country for high-octane pickup games. Durant has played in pickup games in Los Angeles, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Miami last Saturday.

Following the game in Miami on the campus of Florida International University, James, who hosted the event along with teammates Wade and Chris Bosh, sent Durant a message on Twitter saying, Thanks for coming through homie! Looking forward to the one in OKC.

Durant has explained his involvement in the exhibitions by saying he wants to give back to fans. Durant also has said the competition of the games is a good way to get better.

Playing against NBA players around this time is really going to help, Durant told The Oklahoman last month. So it's just a matter of me just going out there and hooping and enjoying it. I just do it for the love of the game, really.

Tickets for the game have yet to go on sale, and it's unclear how much they'll cost when they become available. For last Saturday's event in Miami, fans gobbled up 4,000 tickets ranging from $50 to $100 for upper and lower bowl sections. When the secondary ticket market began scalping tickets for more than 10 times the face value, FIU released last-minute courtside seats for $1,000 to satisfy the high-end ticket market and ensure the big bucks went back to charity. In Oklahoma City, the demand is expected to be high. The Thunder sold out 35 of 41 regular-season home games last season, as well as all nine of its home playoff games. The Thunder finished with a 99.7 percent capacity rate, tying the franchise with the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth best mark in the 30-league team.

Bryan Mathews, 24, of Oklahoma City, described himself as very excited upon learning of the event.

I would pay good money to go watch this game, Mathews said.

The lingering lockout, however, has stained some fans' passion.

Brad Valentine, 35, labeled himself a frustrated season ticket holder who can't wait for a deal to get done. Valentine, an Oklahoma City resident, has no plans to attend the game.

Charity for who? Valentine asked. The out-of-work players? It's not real basketball. I could care less.

Courtesy of http://newsok.com


Stoudemire: Players may start new basketball league - by Eurobasket News
New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) said players will seriously consider trying to start their own league should the 2011-12 NBA season be lost to the lockout. Players, in fact, have already discussed the concept.

'Obviously we're trying to ... get this lockout resolved, Stoudemire said, according to ESPN. We want to play NBA basketball. But if it doesn't happen what are we gonna do? We can't just sit around and not do anything. So we have to figure out ways to now continue to play basketball at a high level against top competition and have fun doing it. So, that's the next step. ...

'If we don't go to Europe, then let's start our own league; that's how I see it, he added.

There are numerous entry barriers the players would face in the effort to launch a new pro league, including finding arenas in which to play, a broadcaster willing to pay for and carry the games, sponsors and insurance.

Stoudemire, speaking at a promotional appearance for Nike in New York, added talk of the venture is 'very, very serious. It's just a matter of us strategically coming up with a plan, a blueprint and putting it together. So we'll see how this lockout goes. If it goes one or two years, then we've got to start our own league.'

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Thabo Sefolosha close to Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Fenerbahce Ulker is very close to sign an NBA player Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) until the end of the lockout. Sefolosha's agent, Guy Zucker, said a contract with the Turkish team could be finalized as early as Wednesday. Zucker says any deal would include an exit clause that would bring Sefolosha back to the Thunder once the lockout is resolved. First two weeks of the season are already canceled.
Thabo Sefolosha spent last two seasons with the Thunder. In the latest one he had 5 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.3 apg for 96 games. They reached NBA Western Conference Finals and were NBA Northwest Division Champions. In 2009/10, Sefolosha had 5.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.7 apg for 88 games. He was named NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team -10. Before the OC Thunder, Thabo Sefolosha spent three years with Chicago Bulls. He played for Italian Biella and French Chalon in the past.


Carmelo Anthony doesn't want return to Denver canceled - by Eurobasket News
The first big night of the NBA season, barring further cancellations, would feature Carmelo Anthony's (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) return to Denver.

The Knicks' All-Star doesn't want to lose that one, but is concerned there may not be basketball at all this season.

'Right now, anybody would be,' he said Wednesday. 'They cancel the first two weeks of the season, maybe in a couple of days they cancel another two weeks of the season. So I don't know how to feel right now.'

But he knows he wants to play in Denver on Nov. 16, just to get the return to his first NBA home out of the way. He knows it could be a 'circus,' but said: 'I can't shy away from that. I've got to deal with it.'

'Obviously once they said the first two weeks was going to be canceled, of course the Denver game was highlighted on the calendar, not just for me but for everybody. So right now, that has a chance to be up in flames now.'

The current season opener is Nov. 15, featuring just four games. The next night is a full slate, including Boston at Miami in a playoff rematch. Those could be gone if there is no collective bargaining agreement soon.

'Looks like everything is up in jeopardy,' Anthony said.

Anthony released his Melo M8 on Wednesday, his eighth Jordan sneaker and first since being traded to the Knicks in February. Anthony said the sneaker, with a suggested retail of $135, was his lightest model by far.

The move to New York has given him more opportunities for exposure, part of the reason he was looking to leave Denver. He could have become a free agent this summer and left through that route, but pushed for a trade to get it done during the season so he could get under contract under the old rules.

And though he took some criticism from Knicks fans who would have preferred getting him for nothing instead of a costly trade, he made the correct financial decision given the current lockout.

'I think I did the right thing. For the average person out there who really thought I was just trying to get up and just leave for no reason, that really was a big key in my decision,' Anthony said. 'I knew free agency was coming, I knew it would be altered, I knew it'd be messed up, so imagine if I'd have stayed. I'd have been a free agent now in limbo. It'd have just been all bad.'

But he played well while awaiting the deal and the Nuggets ended up getting great value, acquiring Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and center Timofey Mozgov and trading Chauncey Billups. So the No. 3 pick in the 2003 draft expects a mostly positive reception whenever he does return.

'I don't think I did anything wrong to the Denver fans. I think I've been loyal to them for 7 years, so for me to go back of course you're going to have some boos and people weeping and whining about it but for the most part I can say I did a hell of a job out there in Denver,' Anthony said.

'I think it was kind of a win-win situation for both teams.'

If he's not on the road with the Knicks next month, Anthony hopes to be playing in an exhibition game in New York. He's played with LeBron James and Chris Paul in the recent star-studded affairs in Philadelphia, Winston-Salem, N.C. and Miami. If so, he hinted at some 'surprises' on the court.

'It is New York, the game would have to be that much bigger,' he said.

But Anthony, recovered from offseason elbow and knee surgery, would prefer to be back at the Pepsi Center.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A. - by Eurobasket News
Time waits for no man. Or union of men.

One day after the NBA announced that it was cancelling the first two weeks of the regular season after failed negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association, ESPN.com reports that the union has scheduled its next major meeting to discuss the state of affairs.
Billy Hunter will meet with NBA players Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

After more than 12 hours of negotiations with the NBA Sunday and Monday proved fruitless, Hunter wants to begin meeting face-to-face with groups of players to explain the details of where the league and the union stand.

The NBPA's last major meeting was held in Las Vegas in September. Hunter and NBPA president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) led the proceedings and handing out t-shirts that read 'Stand' to roughly 35 players who attended.

The NBPA had planned to hold a regional meetings in Los Angeles on Monday but Hunter's plans changed when the NBA and NBPA decided to engage in last-minute talks on Sunday that carried over into Monday.

Hunter enters the L.A. meeting as the bearer of bad news. With both economic and system issues separating the players and owners in their negotiations, the pressure from his rank-and-file is only going to increase as the players continue down the road toward missed paychecks. Hunter is tasked with plotting the next steps for the union while each two weeks that pass represent the possibility of another two weeks of the regular season cancelled.

On Tuesday night, there were still no official meetings between the NBA and the NBPA scheduled.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Steve Nash criticizes owners and league over lockout - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) isn't happy over the NBA's announcement that the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled.

And the star player has taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations over the stalemate between the players and the league's owners.

'The players are negotiating to take less money & let's be clear that's not going to lower ticket prices, it just lines the owners pockets,' said Nash.

Nash seems to doubt the league's validity that most NBA teams are losing money.

'You believe that? There's a reason they won't open their books. You know we want to play & you understand the propaganda/misinformation from the owners,' said Nash.

Nash continued with more frustration with the stance most NBA owners have taken.

'The NBA has experienced over 60 yrs of growth with new growth projected using the current model. After a banner year the players are still willing to GIVE the owners a higher percentage in good faith.'

'Why are the owners unwilling to negotiate in good faith? As a player I apologize to the fans that we're in this position but we will not be taken advantage of. In our hearts we're desperate to play, in our minds we know better and are prepared to stand united,' said Nash.

Courtesy of www.arizonasports.com


Cleveland Cavaliers hire college assistant Alex Jensen to coach D-League team in Canton - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers named Alex Jensen, a Saint Louis University assistant, as head coach of their Canton development-league team on Tuesday.

Jensen has spent the past four seasons as a Billikens assistant under Rick Majerus, for whom he played at the University of Utah in the 1990s. The Billikens are one of the Atlantic 10's top defensive teams and Jensen's focus on that facet of play made him attractive to the Cavs.

'Alex is a great fit for our team and organization and what we want to develop and accomplish in Canton,' Canton General Manager Wes Wilcox said in a statement. 'He has a very successful and diverse background that is rooted in strong defensive principles and learned from one of the best coaches and basketball teachers in college basketball in Rick Majerus.'

The Canton club, expected to reveal its nickname and logo in the coming week, begins play on Nov. 25 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

In his playing days, Jensen helped the Utes reach the NCAA championship game in 1998. The 35-year-old former forward is considered one of Utah's best all-around players in team history. He's thankful for his time under Majerus.

'[He] has taught me so much, first as a player and later as a coach on his staff,' Jensen said in a statement.

After graduating with a degree in finance, Jensen played professionally in Europe and the Continental Basketball Association. In the spring, Jensen turned down an assistant's position at Utah.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Krasnye Krylya and NBAer DeJuan Blair part ways - by Eurobasket News
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) is no longer a member of Krasnye Krylya Samara. His contract expired and two sides made a decision not to extend it. They had a deal until the end of the VTB League and FIBA Eurochallenge Qualification Rounds. Krasnye Krylya thanked Blair for his service saying that he helped the team to reach the VTB regular season, what was the most important goal for beginning of the 2011/12. Blair had 16 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 3 VTB United league games. He also had 8 ppg and 4 rpg for two games in EuroChallenge, plus 14 points and 3 rebounds for a single game in Russian league. DeJuan Blair is originally a member of the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds for them last season (85 games). The PF had slightly lower numbers in his rookie season with the Spurs. DeJuan Blair graduated at the University of Pittsburgh two years ago.

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Saint John Mill Rats sign former NBA player Will Blalock - by Eurobasket News
Saint John Mill Rats announced signing of the former NBA player Will Blalock (183-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.). The 28-year-old point guard heads to Saint John from the Australian team Townsville Crocodiles, where he spent last season. He appeared 31 times in NBL averaging 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Crocs reached NBA Semifinals and were regular season runners-up. Will Blalock played for Detroit Pistons in 2006/07 season. He appeared 14 times with them averaging 1.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He also has experience from NBA D-League and Germany. Will Blalock is a product of the Iowa State University, where he graduated five years ago.

'We couldn't be more excited to add a player of the calibre of Will Blalock,' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy . 'This guy has played against the best players in the world and now fans in Saint John will see him help lead us to an NBL Canada Championship.'


Rainmen on lookout for long-range marksmen - by Eurobasket News
More reinforcements are on their way to Halifax.

The Rainmen have pared their training camp lineup to 12 players from 18 but owner Andre Levingston said Tuesday that he and coach Josep (Pep) Claros are looking at other candidates to bring in to compete for spots.

'We definitely want to get better at a few positions, so were trying to find some players that can help us in certain areas,' Levingston said.

Theyre particularly on the lookout for a long-range marksmen wholl shoot first and ask questions later.

'We need a guy that can really, really shoot the basketball because Coach runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. . . . We need a guy that with no hesitation like Des last year who catch and just can shoot that ball with a lot of confidence.'

Desmond Ferguson, 34, spent the past two years with the Rainmen before retiring in the off-season. The small forward finished each of those campaigns second in the league in shooting percentage from beyond the three-point line. He tied a league mark last season when he torched the Dayton Air Strikers for 10 treys on March 25.

Since camp opened last Friday, the club has released guards Jerrell Thompson, Jason Smith, Antoine Stockman and Lucas Goltz and forwards Joel Webb and Milton Burton.

The team has to pare its roster to 12 before the season opener on Nov. 3 but Levingston said the Rainmen will break camp over that limit so he and Claros can see some players who are 'on the bubble' perform in game action.

Halifax will play exhibition games against the Summerside Storm on Oct. 21 and 23.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Mill Rats sign pair of forwards - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are pleased to announce the signing of a pair of forwards: 6'7 P.J. Young (6'6''-F-82, college: S.New Hampshire) and 6'9 Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina).

P.J. Young returns to the Mill Rats as one of three players from the first season of the team in Manchester, NH. The other two being guard Anthony Anderson and Mill Rats co-owner and Vice President of Marketing, David Cooper. Young made a late season return to the squad last season contributing 9 points and 5 rebounds per game off the bench along with a defensive mindset.

'PJ is a glue guy. A guy who likes the challenge of defending the other team's best offensive player, and he really does the intangibles for a team' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy.

Young has also playing in Portugal, China, and the Dominican Republic. In 2010 he attended mini camp with the Milwaukee Bucks.

6'9 forward Antoine Tisby joins the Mill Rats after a recent stint in Ecuador. He has also played around the world in Lithunia, Mexico, New Zealand, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Chile, and Germany. He played collegiately at South Carolina University.

'Antoine Tibsy is a versatile big man who can play in the post as well as on the perimeter and has a skillset in rebounding and shot blocking that we need,' McCarthy added.

The Mill Rats are now part of the new National Basketball League of Canada along with the Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles, Summerside Storm, London Lightning, and Oshawa Power. Each team is required to have two Canadian players on their active roster at all times this season.



Training Camp Roster

The Mill Rats currently have 15 players under contract for training camp. The Mill Rats New Hampshire Combine is this Saturday in Derry, NH (details and pre-registration on www.sjmillratscombine.eventbrite.com GoU0Sm0arNPkaSYHb-f6oDom4O2VIfx5f4okBnDj9ewF1klBP_jpxlSlGY=]). Several players will be selected from the combine to attend the Mill Rats training camp which starts on October 17th. The list of players currently under contract are:

Anthony Anderson 5'11 G

Darren Duncan 5'11 PG

Sherton Sanderson 5'11 PG

Dele Ojo 6'0 G

Will Blalock 6'0 PG

Jajuan Smith 6'3 SG

Jerome Brown 6'4 SG

Kevin Massiah 6'5 F

Steve Deluca 6'7 F

Marc Egerson 6'7 F

P.J. Young 6'7 F

Antoine Tisby 6'9 F

Terrence Woodyard 6'9 F

Modibo Diarra 6'10 C

Sani Ibrahim 6'10 C

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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  NCAA1   


Hoosiers coaches admit to secondary infraction - by Eurobasket News
A calendar mistake will cost Indiana on the recruiting trail.

The school has admitted to a secondary NCAA rules infraction that involved head basketball coach Tom Crean and assistant coach Tim Buckley .

Indiana plans to count the improper contact as one of two permissible ones, will disallow a second contact with the recruit and give up two recruiting days this season. Buckley also received a letter of admonishment from the school.

According to the university report, the violation occurred Oct. 6 with an unnamed player when Buckley told Crean he could contact a recruit from the Class of 2012 on that day. But the contact period had ended the previous day. When the coaches realized the error, after Crean had already spoken with the recruit, the school said they notified the compliance department.

'Coach Crean immediately reported an inadvertent recruiting contact violation to our compliance office, and we are following our normal procedures,' the school said in a statement.

Athletic director Fred Glass declined any additional comment.

Secondary infractions are often self-reported to the NCAA and rarely require additional action taken beyond what the school imposes.

At Indiana, though, the acknowledgment is sure to raise eyebrows because the program is still reeling from the biggest NCAA violations to hit the school since 1960.

In October 2007, then-coach Kelvin Sampson admitted he and his staff had made a series of impermissible phone calls to recruits. When the NCAA investigated, it turned up five major infractions one of which was later downgraded to a secondary violation.

Before that season ended, Sampson and assistant coach Rob Senderoff lost their jobs.

Crean was hired in April to clean up the mess and he cleaned house. He brought in a new staff and started his first season with only two returning players.

The Hoosiers have not had a winning season since.

Crean's fourth season officially opens Saturday night with the annual Hoosier Hysteria festivities after taking two blows this week the secondary violation and Monday's news that starting guard Maurice Creek had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


UConn coach would like to stay in Big East - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he loves the Big East and would like the Huskies to remain in the conference -- but only if that is what is best for the school.

The Hall of Fame coach, speaking to reporters during his team's annual 3.4-mile 'Husky Run' around campus, said the school has worked for 32 years to build itself into a national sports power, and needs to find the right conference fit.

But, he said he is 'pro Big East,' and hopes that is where UConn lands.

Calhoun said even after Syracuse and Pittsburgh leave, the league still will have nine basketball programs that made the NCAA tournament a year ago. In his opinion it's a stronger basketball conference than the ACC.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Notre Dame F Abromaitis will miss 1st 4 games - by Eurobasket News
Notre Dame forward Timothy Abromaitis (6'8''-F-89) will miss the first four games of the regular season because he played in two exhibition contests three years ago before sitting out the rest of the year.

The 6-foot-8 senior averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Irish last season. He has already graduated and last year worked on his MBA.

The problem dates to his sophomore year, when he played in two exhibition games at the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Abromaitis sat out the rest of that regular season to preserve an extra year of eligibility.

But the NCAA only allows freshmen to sit out exhibition games and retain a year of eligibility. So Abromaitis technically used a season of eligibility when he participated in the exhibition games.

'It has been do so dragged out. Like coach said, this happened three years ago, so I have been waiting for it to come,' Abromaitis said Tuesday. 'It is kind of unfortunate but I am glad to be back for the fifth year and I will be ready to go when the season opens.'

Coach Mike Brey blamed himself for misunderstanding the rule. He reported the mistake to the school's compliance office during the 2008-09 season.

'It was a misinterpretation totally on my part and so we knew that if he came back as a fifth year, we were going to deal with this,' Brey said. 'Tim knew this, his family knew this. I have apologized to them but we first had to find out if he was coming back for a fifth year and I knew we were going to have to pay the piper.'

The school said Abromaitis' fifth year of eligibility was preserved for this season because of an NCAA waiver that considered the coaching staff's misunderstanding of the rule - and on the condition that he sit out those four games.

Abromaitis will miss games against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 12), Detroit (Nov. 14), Sam Houston State (Nov. 16) and Delaware State (Nov. 18).

His first game back would be against Missouri at the CBE Classic on Nov. 21.

Abromaitis said it never crossed his mind not to come back to play.

'I don't blame anyone for anything. It is something I would rather not deal with but that is the way it works sometimes,' he said. 'I'm going to enjoy this season as much as I can. Once these four games are up, I think it is an opportunity to get our team stronger and hopefully have a real good year after that.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


A 7-footer for Maryland? - by Eurobasket News
Mark Turgeon said Tuesday that he expects to tinker with a 'small ball' lineup of four guards this season, and may blend the group with a raw 7-footer who the Maryland men's basketball coach believes possesses as much potential as he does length.

Olexiy Len (6'11''-C-93), a center from Antratsit, Ukraine, only recently turned 18-years-old, 'so the kid's still growing, still getting his coordination, but he's got a chance,' Turgeon said the day before the team assembled for Media Day. 'He's one of those guys at the end of the year I think you'll look and say he's our most improved player because it's all so new to him and God gave him so much ability that he should improve at a pretty high rate.'

Turgeon, who has been able to work with Len and the other players in limited preseason practices, said it's too soon to gauge how quickly Len will contribute. 'These big guys, you just never know. We're all anticipating him helping us. How much we don't know,' the coach said.

Maryland hopes to hear soon from an NCAA clearinghouse that must approve Len's academic credentials. 'I feel comfortable that he should be cleared to play, but you're also dealing with clearinghouse eligibility and they might see it differently,' Turgeon said.

Len enrolled in the fall and is expected to be present along with fellow freshman Nick Faust (City) for media day activities, although the two newcomers may not be available for interviews. 'I don't want those kids to get overwhelmed,' Turgeon said.

Turgeon did not equivocate in his comments about Faust, a 6-foot-6 guard. It was clear by his comments that he expects and needs the guard to be good in a hurry.

Maryland lacks depth and size this season. The team has almost as many walk-ons (six) as scholarship players (eight).

'Nick's been great put on a lot of weight, he's getting stronger,' the coach said. 'I expect a lot out of Nick. He's talented, he works hard. The thing about Nick that's unique is that he's got a chance to become a great defender. He's long. In Nick and Alex, that's two really good pieces. If we get Alex through, [we have] two good freshmen who have a chance to be really, really good ACC players.'

Turgeon was interviewed in the Comcast Center office he inherited from Gary Williams. Turgeon has rearranged the office, moving the desk and black swivel chair to an adjacent wall, but preserving a framed color photo of a sold-out Comcast Center on a game night. He has kept in touch with Williams the two are having dinner this week and said of his predecessor: 'I'm sure he's missing it.'

In the interview, Turgeon referred several times to the future. It seems hard for the coach and his staff not to be enthusiastic about the recruiting class three players so far that has orally committed for the 2012-13 season. Turgeon is prohibited by NCAA rules from discussing members of the class, which includes highly touted post player Shaquille Cleare, forward Jake Layman and guard Seth Allen. Speaking generally, Turgeon said he'd like to add a few more players to the class.

Turgeon, a former Kansas point guard, can have a deadpan sense of humor. He said that 6-foot-10 center Berend Weijs who was on a 5,000-calories-per-day regimen to bulk up had finally gained 10 pounds. 'He'll probably lose it before the season,' the coach said with a mock frown.

Turgeon, hired from Texas A&M, spent a portion of the offseason studying with longtime Creighton coach Dana Altman, now at Oregon. Altman's teams have played a 'small ball' brand of pressing and shooting 3s. 'I just watched a lot of film,' Turgeon said.

He said he began to visualize how guards Terrell Stoglin, Pe'Shon Howard, Sean Mosley and Faust might play that style. He said swingman Mychal Parker could also be in that group.

'The whole thing about offense today is there are such good defenders and such length you need great spacing,' Turgeon said. 'With Sean and Nick and Terrell and Pe'Shon, you can have great spacing.'

Courtesy of www.baltimoresun.com


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker Aliens 3-1 
 2. Froya Basket 3-1 
 3. Baerum Basket 2-1 
 4. Centrum 2-2 
 5. Gimle BBK 2-2 
 6. Tromso 2-3 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 1-2 
 8. Langhus 0-3 


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  PHILIPPINES   


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


PBA Roundup: October 12, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo

MERALCO BOLTS over SHOPINAS.COM CLICKERS, 79-72
Meralcos prized players were hardly missed since there were still some able bodies to fill up the gaps. And no one was bigger than Asi Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), who scored a crucial fallaway jumper to point the undermanned Bolts to a victory over the Shopinas.com Clickers for their breakthrough win in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Gabby Espinas (193-F-82), Mark Macapagal and Mark Isip each scored at least 11 points, but it was Asi Taulavas shotclock-beating fallaway that solidified the Bolts triumph following an 80-98 loss to Talk N Text in their conference debut game last Friday.

Paolo Hubalde scored a career-high 21 points, but Shopinas still dropped its second straight game after failing to pounce on the opportunity presented by the absences of injured Meralco players Mark Cardona, Sol Mercado, Reynel Hugnatan and Chris Ross.

Asi Taulava, who wound up with a game-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points, said he was simply trying to do his share and did by making it a 77-72 count going into the last 25 seconds of play.

Meralco actually started cold, committing 11 turnovers in the opening quarter and making just 4 of 15 field goal tries.

Shopinas fared just only a bit better from the field (5-of-25) for an 11-9 lead that stands as the leagues lowest combined score for any quarter in the last four conferences.

Meralco 79 - Espinas 16, Macapagal 14, Isip 11, Yee 10, Lanete 8, Asi Taulava 7, Borboran 6, Timberlake 5, Omolon 2, Ballesteros 0.
Shopinas.com 72 - Hubalde 21, Menor 9, Sena 7, Duncil 7, Ritualo 7, Mirza 6, Se 6, Hermida 4, Sison 2, Jazul 2, Canlas 1, Espiritu 0.
QS: 9-11, 32-31, 58-52, 79-72

B-MEG LLAMADOS over ALASKA ACES, 81-75
Coach Tim Cone earned his first win outside the Alaska Milk organization at the expense of Alaska Milk itself. Cone prevailed over his former team as the B-Meg Llamados came from behind to beat the Alaska Aces.

James Yap (191-F/G-82), Josh Urbiztondo and Kerby Raymundo had a big part making Cones day. Yap led all scorers with 20 points, while Urbiztondo and Raymundo delivered at crunch time.

The Llamados fought back from an early 15-point deficit and beat out the Aces at endgame on crucial baskets by Urbiztondo and Raymundo. Urbiztondo banged away three straight treys that opened up a 75-68 lead for the Llamados entering the last three minutes of play. Then Raymundo drove off Sonny Thoss for a key twinner
making it 79-75 for B-Meg with time down to 20 seconds.

The Aces actually came out with its guns ablaze, taking the first quarter at 21-9 then having its 15-point spread at 24-9. B-Meg came alive in the second quarter with Yap firing 10 points and team rallying to within to, 35-37, at the half.

B-Meg 81 - Yap J. 20, Urbiztondo 12, Raymundo 12, Simon 11, De vance 10, Reavis 8, Pingris 6, Ferriols 2, Barroca 0, Acuna 0, Maierhofer 0, Yap R. 0.
Alaska 75 - Thoss 18, Reyes 15, Tenorio 11, Baguio 10, Dela Cruz 9, Baracael 4, Custodio 4, Eman 3, Bugia 1, Cablay 0.
QS: 9-21, 35-37, 61-56, 81-75

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph



PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Petron B.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Grundy, Petron B.20.5 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron19.5 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze18.0 
 5. Espinas, Meralco18.0 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.17.8 
 7. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 8. Santos, Petron B.16.0 
 9. Miranda, Petron B.15.3 
 10. Santos, Petron B.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Santos, Petron B.16.5 
 2. Santos, Petron B.10.5 
 3. Taulava, Meralco10.0 
 4. Sena, Shopinas.10.0 
 5. Ildefonso, Petron9.5 
 6. Espinas, Meralco8.5 
 7. Grundy, Petron B.8.0 
 8. Williams, Talk N.7.3 
 9. Seigle, Air21 Expr.7.3 
 10. Sharma, Air21 E.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Petron B.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Grundy, Petron B.8.0 
 2. Timberlake, Meralc.6.5 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.5.8 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.5 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze5.0 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron4.8 
 7. Reynolds, Talk N.4.3 
 8. Ildefonso, Petron4.0 
 9. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
 10. Cabagnot, Petron3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze3.0 
 2. Ildefonso, Petron2.5 
 3. Reyes, Talk N Text2.3 
 4. Lanete, Meralco2.0 
 5. Reynolds, Talk N.2.0 
 6. Grundy, Petron B.2.0 
 7. Hermida, Shopin.1.5 
 8. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 9. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 10. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabby ESPINAS
  Meralco .
  (193-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Espinas, Meralco2.0 
 2. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 3. Sena, Shopinas.1.5 
 4. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 5. Borboran, Meralco1.0 
 6. Espiritu, Shopin.1.0 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze1.0 
 8. Baclao, Petron B.1.0 
 9. Cabagnot, Petron1.0 
 10. Sison, Shopinas.1.0 


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Energa Czarni 2-0 
 2. PGE Turow 2-0 
 3. Trefl Sopot 2-0 
 4. Zastal ZG 2-0 
 5. Kotwica 1-1 
 6. LKS Lodz 1-1 
 7. Siarka Jezioro 1-1 
 8. AZS Koszalin 1-1 
 9. Anwil 0-1 
 10. Slask Wroclaw 0-1 
 11. AZS PW 0-2 
 12. PBG Basket 0-2 
 13. Polpharma 0-2 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 J.J. MONTGOMERY
  AZS K.
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 37
 1. Montgomery, AZS K.37.0 
 2. Mallett, LKS Lodz26.0 
 3. Miller, Siarka J.24.0 
 4. Lichodzijews., PBG23.0 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket20.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Slask20.0 
 7. Hinson, Energa C.19.0 
 8. Allen, Anwil18.0 
 9. Wichniarz, Kotwica17.0 
 10. Vairogs, Slask W.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rafal BIGUS
  AZS Koszalin
  (215-C-76)
  Avg: 14
 1. Bigus, AZS Koszalin14.0 
 2. Archibeque, LKS L.14.0 
 3. Diduszko, Kotwica10.0 
 4. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.0 
 5. Lichodzijews., PBG9.0 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket9.0 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.8.0 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask8.0 
 9. Weaver, Energa C.7.0 
 10. Simmons, Polpharma7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan KOLJEVIC
  Polpharma
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Koljevic, Polpharma9.0 
 2. Burrell, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Milicic, AZS K.7.0 
 4. Holmes, LKS Lodz6.0 
 5. Miller, Siarka J.6.0 
 6. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 7. Berisha, Anwil6.0 
 8. Moore, PGE Turow5.0 
 9. Tiller, Siarka J.5.0 
 10. Skibniewski, Slas.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan KOLJEVIC
  Polpharma
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Koljevic, Polpharma4.0 
 2. Bochno, Slask W.4.0 
 3. Cesnauskis, Energa3.0 
 4. Gilmore, Polpharma3.0 
 5. Karnowski, Siarka3.0 
 6. Wall, Polpharma3.0 
 7. Diduszko, Kotwica2.0 
 8. Lichodzijews., PBG2.0 
 9. Mallett, LKS Lodz2.0 
 10. Allen, Anwil2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Scott MORRISON
  Energa C.
  (212-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Morrison, Energa C.3.0 
 2. Jackson, PGE Turow2.0 
 3. Lichodzijews., PBG2.0 
 4. Edwards, Anwil2.0 
 5. Doaks, Siarka J.2.0 
 6. Gabinski, PGE T.2.0 
 7. Edwards, PGE Turow2.0 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma2.0 
 9. Bialek, Energa Cza.1.0 
 10. Parzenski, PBG B.1.0 


PLK 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 PLK. The best stats of 2nd round was 31 points and 6 assists by Josh Miller of Siarka Jezioro.

Kotwica - AZS Koszalin 65-64
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-11. But AZS Koszalin won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Jessie Sapp (191-86, college: Georgetown) who scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Naturalized Israeli guard Oded Brandwein (188-88) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Kotwica's coach Tomasz Mrozek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Rafal Bigus (215-76, college: Villanova) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: G.Reese 12+6reb, R.Bigus 11+9reb+2ast, M.Dutkiewicz 11+1reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 9+4reb+1ast, M.Bartosz 8+3reb, I.Milicic 6+5reb+5ast
Kotwica: O.Brandwein 12+1reb+5ast, M.Djuric 9+4reb, L.Diduszko 9+5reb+1ast, D.Harris 9+5reb, R.Holmes 7+4reb+1ast, L.Wichniarz 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 149141


Polpharma - Siarka Jezioro 88-100

The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-88. American point guard Josh Miller (169, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 31 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard J.T. Tiller (191-88, college: Missouri) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Forward Daniel Wall (196-82, agency: Promotex) responded with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Grzegorz Arabas (190-78, agency: Promotex) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Polpharma's coach Zoran Sretenovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: G.Arabas 16+4reb, M.Hicks 13+3reb+2ast, T.Weeden 13+1reb+1ast, A.Metelski 12+6reb, J.Simmons 10+4reb, I.Koljevic 9+3reb+2ast
Siarka Jezioro: J.Miller 31+3reb+6ast, L.Corbett 18+2reb+1ast, J.Tiller 14+5reb+9ast, W.Barycz 13+3reb, M.Piechowicz 8+3reb, N.Doaks 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 149142


Energa Czarni - AZS PW 81-70

No shocking result in a game in Slupsk where top-ranked Energa Czarni (2-0) defeated bottom-ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (0-2) 81-70 on Wednesday. AZS Politechnika Warszawska was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 28-14 charge of Energa Czarni, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Politechnika Warszawska's 24. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Zbigniew Bialek (203-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. International guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) responded with 18 points and forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. AZS Politechnika Warszawska's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.


Top scorers:
AZS PW: P.Pamula 18+2reb, J.Mokros 10+3reb, M.Nowakowski 8+5reb+2ast, L.Karwowski 7+4reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 7+4reb+3ast, M.Ponitka 6+1reb+2ast
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 21+4reb+2ast, S.Morrison 11+8reb, Z.Bialek 11+9reb+3ast, M.Cesnauskis 9+2reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 9+5reb+1ast, D.Weaver 7+2reb+3ast


gschID: 149143


LKS Lodz - Trefl Sopot 65-87

former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) contributed with 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. American guard Jermaine Mallett (190-88, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard B.J. Holmes (180-88, college: Texas A&M) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for LKS Sphinx. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: J.Mallett 26+8reb, B.Holmes 13+1reb+4ast, K.Archibeque 10+7reb, J.Dluski 6+8reb+1ast, B.Szczepaniak 3+1ast, M.Salamonik 2+2reb+1ast
Trefl Sopot: L.Wisniewski 17+1reb+3ast, J.Horne 16+4reb, J.Turek 14+5reb+1ast, F.Dylewicz 12+3reb, L.Koszarek 12+6reb+4ast, A.Waczynski 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 149144


Slask Wroclaw - Zastal ZG 69-70

Zastal ZG made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Slask Wroclaw outrebounded Zastal ZG 39-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) scored 22 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Piotr Stelmach (205-84, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: A.Mladenovic 20+8reb+2ast, A.Vairogs 17+7reb+3ast, R.Skibniewski 16+3reb+4ast, Q.Calhoun 8+4reb+2ast, P.Buczak 4+6reb, S.Bogavac 2+7reb+2ast
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 22+3reb+7ast, P.Stelmach 13+5reb+3ast, K.Chanas 10, M.Flieger 7, G.Lawal 7+7reb, J.Dloniak 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149139


PBG Basket - PGE Turow 68-80

The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. PBG Basket managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) scored 8 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) scored 15 points. Four PBG Basket players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: D.Micic 18+6reb+3ast, D.Kulig 15+3reb+2ast, Z.Comagic 14+4reb+1ast, J.Sulowski 12+2reb+3ast, J.Parzenski 6+5reb, A.Lichodzijewski 3+1reb+1ast
PGE Turow: J.Edwards 14+1reb, D.Jackson 12+3reb, G.Gustas 12+1reb+1ast, D.Kickert 11+3reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 8+6reb+3ast, R.Moore 8+10ast
gschID: 149140




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  PUERTO RICO   


Flor Melendez is the new head coach of Vaqueros de Bayamon: - by Luis Modestti
Flor Melendez was named the new head coach of Vaqueros de Bayamon. He was presented today in a press conference in Bayamon.

Melendez, who also coaches the Puerto Rican national team, returns to coach in BSN after three years of absence. The last team he coached in Puerto Rico was Atleticos de San German.

In Puerto Rico Melendez has won three titles (1985, 1995, 1996) and has a career record of 526-319.

The last coach of Vaqueros de Bayamon was Julio Toro who won one championship in 2009 and was a runner-up in 2010.



Puerto Rico names their Pan-American Games team: - by Luis Modestti
Puerto Rico named their roster for the 2012 Pan-American Games to be played in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 26-30.

The 12 finalists are: Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern), Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU), Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82, college: UTEP), Carlos Strong (191-G-87, college: Boston U.), Samuel Villegas (198-G/F-83, college: Toledo), Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso), Edwin Ubiles (198-G/F-86, college: Siena), Gabriel Colon (200-G/F-84), Manuel De Jesus (206-C/F-83, college: Southeastern CC), Luis Villafane (208-C/F-81, college: Niagara), Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico).

Only Barea, Arroyo, Narvaez and Santiago played in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

The Puerto Rican team is in Group A along with Argentina, Canada and Mexico. Group B has Brazil, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and USA.


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  ROMANIA   


Official: Doctors were negligent in Hardy case - by Eurobasket News
Romanias health ministry says two doctors were negligent in their treatment of American basketball player Chauncey Hardy (183-PG-88, college: Sacred Heart) after he suffered fatal injuries.

Hardy died Sunday after he was punched in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu, where he played for a Romanian club. The 23-year-old sustained severe head injuries and died after surgery in a Bucharest hospital.

Health ministry official Raed Arafat says Hardy should have been transferred to Bucharest immediately, instead of 4 1/2 hours after he arrived in a coma at the Giurgiu hospital.

Arafat said the Giurgiu hospital lacked the equipment needed to determine whether Hardy had a serious skull injury _ which meant the doctors on duty should have immediately requested his transfer to Bucharest.

Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com


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  RUSSIA   


Gordon's double-double lands him Superleague Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ural Ekaterinb. and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 0-2) with 17-point margin 86-69. It allowed Ural Ekaterinb. to take over top position in the Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Ural Ekaterinb. already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Gordon turned to be Ural Ekaterinb.'s top player in his first season with the team. Oklahoma City University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gordon is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 5.5rpg) and averages solid 66.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-F/C-84) of Severstal. He is a forward in his 2nd season at Severstal. In the last game Tsvetkov recorded impressive 14 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Severstal cruised to a 71-62 relatively comfortable win over TEMP-SUMZ (2-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Severstal consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 2-2 record is not bad at all. Tsvetkov is well-known at Severstal and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Ural Ekaterinb.'s star - forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell). Lepojevic scored 28 points. He was another key player of Ural Ekaterinb., helping his team with a 86-69 easy win against Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 0-2). Ural Ekaterinb. started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Lepojevic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Lepojevic has a great season in Russia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrey Petukhov (204-F-86) of Spartak V. - 16 points and 9 rebounds
5. Dmitriy Kachanko (200-G-86) of Spartak V. - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) of Ataman - 7 points and 10 rebounds
7. Andrey Kuzemkin (183-PG-87) of Severstal - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Denis Beliaev (201-C-77) of Univ.Surgut - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dramir Zibirov (187-PG-86) of Ataman - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Vyacheslav Sleta (205-F-89) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 12 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)


Krasnye Krylya and NBAer DeJuan Blair part ways - by Eurobasket News
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) is no longer a member of Krasnye Krylya Samara. His contract expired and two sides made a decision not to extend it. They had a deal until the end of the VTB League and FIBA Eurochallenge Qualification Rounds. Krasnye Krylya thanked Blair for his service saying that he helped the team to reach the VTB regular season, what was the most important goal for beginning of the 2011/12. Blair had 16 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 3 VTB United league games. He also had 8 ppg and 4 rpg for two games in EuroChallenge, plus 14 points and 3 rebounds for a single game in Russian league. DeJuan Blair is originally a member of the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds for them last season (85 games). The PF had slightly lower numbers in his rookie season with the Spurs. DeJuan Blair graduated at the University of Pittsburgh two years ago.

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  RWANDA   


Owour Poised for KCB Clash - by Eurobasket News
APR coach Cliff Owour can't wait to lead out his indomitable lions against his former side Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) at this year's Zone 5 basketball Club Championship in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.

The last time the two sides met was in the 2008 edition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On that occasion, APR thrashed the Kenyans 65-56 to lift their second regional title.


'Both sides have changed much since. From APR's point of view, we are much stronger and I fancy our chances tomorrow,' the former Kenyan international said.

Meanwhile, Kigali Basketball Club (KBC)'s match with Urunani of Burundi was called off after some sort of misunderstanding with the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF).

'Before making the trip to Tanzania, the Tanzania Basketball Federation promised to cater for our accommodation but on arrival, we were asked to pay $500 per day which is very confusing,' KBC president Freddy Makuza said in frustration.

By press time, the issue had been sorted out but it is yet to be known when the KBC vs Urunani game will be played.


In today's other fixtures, KBC play against Ethiopia's Water Sport, Kenya's Cooperative bank entertain ABC of South Sudan while Savio face Vijana in all Tanzanian club contest.

Zone 5 Championship

Today's fixtures

Men

Water Sport (Ethiopia) vs KBC (Rwanda) 2pm

Cooperative Bank (Kenya) vs ABC (South Sudan) 4pm

APR (Rwanda) vs KCB (Kenya) 4pm

Savio (Tanzania) vs Vijana (Tanzania) 6pm
Courtesy of:The New Times


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  SAINT KITTS   


Skywalker to the rescue ! Hitters brings in overseas player for Game 4 - by Greg
Basketball City, St.Kitts (October 11th 2011):-20 IN 2011! This is the refrain of a confident Rams Energizer Hitters Coach James Barman Hanley as he leads his team into a must win Game 4 against Ghaut Bucks on Thursday. Despite being down 2-1 and facing a series loss on Thursday Hanley remains confident and is probably more so as of today as his prized overseas based player Marvin 'Skywalker' Davis (193-F-84, college: Barry) returned home to enhance Hitters chances and ensure Coach Hanleys prediction of 20 in 2011 which refers to Hitters quest for their 20th SKABA title. Davis practiced with the team on Tuesday night at Basketball City and his presence has no doubt lifted the spirits of the Hitters players who were undoubtedly dejected after an 18 point drubbing in Game 3. Ghaut Bucs has averaged a 13 point margin of victory in their two wins while losing only by 2 points in the one loss.

The presence of Skywalker will without a doubt change the dynamics of the series and will mean that Ghuat Bucs will have to dig deep and not only worry about containing Marlon Jah Love Powell and Ansel Bonzi Revan but now they will have to contend with the former Barry University Forward Davis.

Ghuat Bucs will have to step up their play and big men Dwight Mac 11 Jacobs, Brian Corny Morris and Kemo Liburd will have to assert themselves and control the frontcourt despite the presence of Davis.

Bucs fortunes will rest on the consistent play of Tamboura Tamby Caines . Guards Sherwin Allen and J. Benjamin will have to play with heightened urgency and a greater sense of purpose as turnovers must be kept to a minimum.

The Ghaut Bucs will no doubt find confidence and comfort in the fact that in the 2009 Finals series between Hitters and Ghetto Roots Davis returned then but was unable to carry Hitters past Ghetto Roots who won the championship in impressive fashion despite the presence of Davis who was playing college basketball at the time with Barry University Buccaneers.

The momentum in the series is no doubt in favour of Ghuat Bucs and they will want to close out the series on Thursday. A Game 5 will be a difficult proposition after losing a Game 4.

Thursday nights game 4 will surely be another historic and memorable and exciting night in the annals of SKABA. Ghuat Bucs goes for Title 1 while Hitters will be hoping to keep their hopes of title 20 alive.


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  SERBIA   


Bojan Popovic moved to Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) moved to Crvena Zvezda for the upcoming season. The Serbian Guard came from Spain.
The season 2010-2011 he started for BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (A League), only pre-season, and in Nov.'10 moved to Cajasol Sevilla (Spain-ACB). In Spanish League after 12 games his stats read 2.9ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg, while in EuroCup he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.3apg. In Mar.'11 signed at Meridiano Alicante (Spain-ACB) and in 11 games had 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 84.0%.
Earlier Bojan Popovic played for Lietuvos Rytas and Efes Pilsen and on 10 games for Lietuvos Rytas in Euroleague average scored 11.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, on 11 games in Baltic league 8.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals, on 7 games in Lithuanian league 8.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.3 steals and on 6 games in Euroleague for Efes Pilsen average scored 13.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 steals.



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  SLOVAKIA   


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


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  SPAIN   


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Assignia M. 2-0 
 2. Caja Laboral 2-0 
 3. FCB Regal 2-0 
 4. Unicaja 2-0 
 5. Real Madrid 1-0 
 6. Cajasol 1-1 
 7. Asefa Estudian. 1-1 
 8. Blusens M. 1-1 
 9. FIATC Joventut 1-1 
 10. Valencia 1-1 
 11. Lucentum 1-1 
 12. B.de Rueda V. 0-0 
 13. Bizkaia Bilbao 0-1 
 14. CAI Zaragoza 0-1 
 15. Lagun Aro GBC 0-1 
 16. Fuenlabrada 0-2 
 17. GC 2014 0-2 
 18. UCAM Murcia 0-2 


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  SWEDEN   


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


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  TANZANIA   


Dar es Salaam Men's Teams Struggle At Africa Zone Five Champs - by Eurobasket News
By Nelly Mtema


THE Tanzania men's sides continued to enjoy poor run of form at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone Five Basketball Club Championship when Savio and Vijana lost their games on Tuesday.

Unlike their female counterparts, Jeshi Stars, who have maintained their impressive run in the Championship, the going has proved tough for the local men teams.

Tanzania's Savio succumbed to a 34-49 defeat at the hands of Rwanda's KCB in a hotly contested encounter at the Don Bosco courts in the city on Tuesday.




Likewise, one of the local top sides Vijana could not demonstrate their prowess against Rwanda's APR and allowed their opponents dictate the terms and eventually went down to soul searching 83-53 defeat.

Vijana had looked sharp in the first quarter but got lost as the game progressed into the second, third and final quarters and were easily ran ragged by the Rwandese outfit.

Vijana, who have been taking part in various continental meets, played as a mere underdogs on Tuesday and could not display their usual skills, giving APR chance of pinning them at their own domain.




So far, Jeshi Stars stands a better chance of making it to the finals having won two games, the opening match against Ethiopia's Government House Agency and Burundi's Berco Stars.

The Dar es Salaam ladies whipped Government House Agency 71-49 in the opening match of the women's category on Sunday before edging out Burundi's Berco Stars 59-53 in an entertaining encounter the following day.

However, Jeshi Stars have a tough assignment today when they play one of the tournament favourites, Kampala City Council (KCC), in a game billed to be a sew-saw affair going by the standards of both side.


Should Jeshi Star win today's encounter, they will have an assignment against Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to determine where they finish after the preliminary stage.

In other game on Wednesday Berco will face KPA as Jeshi take on KCC in the women's category matches at the National Indoor Stadium, while in the men's category Tanzania's ABC will be trying to settle scores when they meet Rwanda's Urunani as KBC face Coops bank at the same venue.

Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) has organized the tournament that has brought together top clubs from the East, Central and Horn of Africa countries.

The tournament has been sponsored by Sprite.
Courtesy of: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)


Savio, Kenya Team in Zone Five Opener - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam After days of preparations, the stage is finally set for this year's FIBA Zone Five basketball club championship, the biggest club event in the East and Central African region.

The annual championship starts today at two venues- the National Indoor and Don Bosco Youth Centre, Upanga.

Savio, one of the country's basketball giants, launch their campaign in the regional championship against Kenya's Co-op Bank at the National Indoor Stadium.


Minister for East African Co-operation, Samwel Sitta is among dignitaries expected to witness the billed to be an exciting match.

The curtain-raiser will be preceded by the opening ceremony to be graced by the former Speaker of the national assembly, according to the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) president, Mussa Mziya.

In an interview with The Citizen on Sunday yesterday, Mziya said preparations and logistics for the tournament were in place, and he asked basketball fans to turn up at the National Stadium in large numbers today.

'All is set for the championship and I would like to call upon all basketball fans in Dar es Salaam and the neighbouring regions to show up at the two grounds in large numbers to support our teams,' he said.

This year's championship has attracted 15 teams from seven countries. The TBF boss named ABC, Savio and Vijana (men) and Jeshi Stars (women) as Tanzania Mainland's flag bearers in the event.

He urged local clubs to utilise the home ground advantage to ensure that they win top honours in the anxiously awaited championship.'It is a great chance for our country to host this event after nine years...we expect our teams to fare impressively at their own backyard,' he said.

Countries and the number of teams they will field in the championship in bracket are Kenya (4), Uganda (1), Rwanda (3), Burundi (2), Ethiopia (2), Somalia (1), Southern Sudan (2) and hosts Tanzania Mainland (4).

In last year's edition held in Bujumbura Burundi, local teams that took part in the event were Savio and Jeshi Stars in the women category, while Savio was the men's local team in the event after JKT pulled out on the eleventh hour.

Kenya's Co-op Bank and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) won in the men's and ladies' categories respectively.
Courtesy of: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)


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  TURKEY   


Thabo Sefolosha close to Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Fenerbahce Ulker is very close to sign an NBA player Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) until the end of the lockout. Sefolosha's agent, Guy Zucker, said a contract with the Turkish team could be finalized as early as Wednesday. Zucker says any deal would include an exit clause that would bring Sefolosha back to the Thunder once the lockout is resolved. First two weeks of the season are already canceled.
Thabo Sefolosha spent last two seasons with the Thunder. In the latest one he had 5 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.3 apg for 96 games. They reached NBA Western Conference Finals and were NBA Northwest Division Champions. In 2009/10, Sefolosha had 5.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.7 apg for 88 games. He was named NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team -10. Before the OC Thunder, Thabo Sefolosha spent three years with Chicago Bulls. He played for Italian Biella and French Chalon in the past.


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


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Usak
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 33
 1. Harris, Usak33.0 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld25.0 
 3. Mumcuogullar., Ist.24.0 
 4. Ilter, Final Gencl.21.0 
 5. Delic, Genc Telekom20.0 
 6. Celebioglu, Pamukk.20.0 
 7. Waller, Gaziantep18.0 
 8. Ugur, Gaziantep17.0 
 9. Ozbakir, Optimum17.0 
 10. Erulku, Pertevniy.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Burak CAN
  Pertevniyal
  (--)
  Avg: 16
 1. Can, Pertevniyal16.0 
 2. Karabulut, Orman G.15.0 
 3. Gunes, Istanbulsp.13.0 
 4. Constantine, Orman11.0 
 5. Brown, TED I.11.0 
 6. Yilmaz, Pamukkale10.0 
 7. Kocamis, Orman G.10.0 
 8. Ozbakir, Optimum9.0 
 9. Pilgrim, Pamukkale9.0 
 10. Er, Istanbulspor9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sezgin ERIS
  Istanbul B.B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Eris, Istanbul B.B.11.0 
 2. Ilter, Final Gencl.8.0 
 3. Demirci, Akhisar B.8.0 
 4. Celebioglu, Pamukk.8.0 
 5. Kocamis, Orman G.6.0 
 6. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.6.0 
 7. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.0 
 8. Erulku, Pertevniyal4.0 
 9. Turgut, Usak3.0 
 10. Yavuz, Vestel3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale7.0 
 2. Harris, Usak6.0 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.0 
 4. Okkali, Final Genc.4.0 
 5. Mentese, Gelisim3.0 
 6. Turel, Optimum TED3.0 
 7. Kocamis, Orman G.2.0 
 8. Topcu, Vestel2.0 
 9. Turgut, Usak2.0 
 10. Erulku, Pertevniy.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Maliye Milli
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Maliye Mi.2.0 
 2. Ozdemir, Vestel2.0 
 3. Isbilen, Gelisim1.0 
 4. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.0 
 6. Delic, Genc Telekom1.0 
 7. Okkali, Final Genc.1.0 
 8. Erdogan, Gelisim1.0 
 9. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.0 
 10. Gursu, Gelisim1.0 


Galatasaray won in two overtime against Fenerbahe - by Ugur Turker
Turkish Presidential Cup - Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul defeated Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 103 - 97 after two overtime in Kayseri Kadir Has Sport Centre. Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul won 27. Presidential Cup. While Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) were the most scorer players of Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul with 22 points, in Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) scored 21 points. From beginning to final, two rivals played head to head game. In last possesion of the match, Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul could not create score and match went overtime. Supporters watched second overtime,too, because of two teams' inability to use last possesions well : 85 - 85. In second overtime, Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul started against Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul with 11 -2 run and won the Presidential Cup 2011.

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Superleague Round 3: Budivelnyk keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Budivelnyk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Budivelnyk edged bottom-ranked Dnipro in Kyiv 76-73. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 20-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Budivelnyk had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Dnipro. Budivelnyk have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Dnipro at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Kryvbasbasket and BC Donetsk. Dnipro will play next round against BC Donetsk trying to get back on the winning streak. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Undefeated Khimik (3-1) recorded its first loss in Frankivsk. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Hoverla (3-1) 90-80. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for point guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Eric Coleman helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) with 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hoverla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU and Khimik. Hoverla will play against Mykolaiv (#7) in Mykolaiv in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Khimik will have a break next round.
Dnipro (#11) forced the game against BC Kyiv (#6) into an overtime, but lost by one point 82-83 on Sunday night. It was an exceptional evening for Vernon Goodridge who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Maxym Korniyenko came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for Dnipro in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BC Kyiv maintains sixth place with 2-1 record, which they share with Mykolaiv. Loser Dnipro still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Kryvbasbasket and BC Donetsk. BC Kyiv will meet BC Odessa (#9) on the road in the next round. Dnipro will play against BC Donetsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between bottom-ranked Halychyna (0-4) and seventh ranked Khimik (3-1) in Lviv ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Yuzhny beat Halychyna 74-57. The best player for the winners was Aaron McGhee who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik moved-up to second place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU and Hoverla. Halychyna at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Khimik will have a break next round. Halychyna will play on the road against Ferro-ZNTU (#3) in Zaporozhye and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3: BC Odessa was beaten by Hoverla on the road 76-71. Winless Halychyna lost to BC Odessa on its own court 68-80. Ferro-ZNTU managed to outperform DniproAzot in Zaporozhye 85-76. DniproAzot managed to beat Kryvbasbasket at home 91-87.



Budivelnyk - Dnipro 76-73

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Budivelnyk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Budivelnyk edged bottom-ranked Dnipro in Kyiv 76-73. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 20-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Budivelnyk had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and international power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Dnipro. Budivelnyk have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Dnipro at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Kryvbasbasket and BC Donetsk. Dnipro will play next round against BC Donetsk trying to get back on the winning streak. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: J.McClinton 19+2reb+2ast, Z.Morley 14+12reb+2ast, O.Onufriyev 8, D.Lukashov 8+3reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 8+4reb+3ast, T.Bryant 5+2reb+2ast
Dnipro: C.Thomas 19+9reb+2ast, M.Korniyenko 16+10reb+1ast, S.Burtt 16+2reb+4ast, O.Shchepkin 7+1reb+2ast, O.Mishula 5+1reb, D.Low 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149019


Hoverla - BC Odessa 76-71

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Hoverla (3-1) beat 8th ranked BC Odessa (1-2) in Frankivsk 76-71. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as BC Odessa took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hoverla took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. 26 personal fouls committed by BC Odessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Hoverla players scored in double figures. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who recorded 22 points and Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively. Hoverla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU and Khimik. BC Odessa at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Hoverla's next round opponent will be Mykolaiv (#7) in Mykolaiv which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Odessa will play at home against BC Kyiv.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: E.Coleman 16+6reb+1ast, K.Tiggs 13+4reb, D.Swanson 12+4reb+4ast, M.Walker 10+2reb+5ast, Y.Lemyk 9+2reb, I.Silkovskyy 8+2reb+2ast
BC Odessa: W.Deane 22+3reb+3ast, R.Kryvych 16+1reb+1ast, S.King 10+8reb+3ast, J.Love 9+7reb, E.Annenkov 6+1reb+3ast, S.Balashov 3+3reb
gschID: 149016


Halychyna - Khimik 57-74

The game between bottom-ranked Halychyna (0-4) and seventh ranked Khimik (3-1) in Lviv ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Yuzhny beat Halychyna 74-57. The game without a history. Khimik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Khimik forced 20 Halychyna turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Halychyna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian point guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 14 points and 4 assists and Nigerian forward George Odufuwa (203-88, college: N.Texas) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik moved-up to second place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU and Hoverla. Halychyna at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Khimik will have a break next round. Halychyna will play on the road against Ferro-ZNTU (#3) in Zaporozhye and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Khimik: A.McGhee 21+12reb, R.Terry 15+6reb+1ast, P.Miletic 11+2reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 10+3ast, D.Ikovlev 8+6reb+3ast, S.Vasiljevic 4+3ast
Halychyna: V.Morovic 14+4reb+4ast, G.Odufuwa 8+6reb, S.Alferov 7+3reb+1ast, L.Harris 7+5reb+2ast, N.Zivcevic 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 6+1reb
gschID: 149017


BC Kyiv - Dnipro 83-82 OT

Dnipro (#11) forced the game against BC Kyiv (#6) into an overtime, but lost by one point 82-83 on Sunday night. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Kyiv made 9 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Derrick Zimmerman (190-81, college: Mississippi St.) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Goodridge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. International power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Dnipro in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BC Kyiv maintains sixth place with 2-1 record, which they share with Mykolaiv. Loser Dnipro still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Kryvbasbasket and BC Donetsk. BC Kyiv will meet BC Odessa (#9) on the road in the next round. Dnipro will play against BC Donetsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: G.Ervin 18+5reb+2ast, V.Podolyan 18+4reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 17+5reb+5ast, V.Goodridge 14+15reb, M.Sandul 9+7reb, A.Shvets 7+6reb
Dnipro: M.Korniyenko 21+14reb, S.Burtt 19+5reb+7ast, D.Low 16+4reb+3ast, D.Kozlov 6+5reb, F.House 6+5reb, S.Tymofeyenko 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 149012


Hoverla - Khimik 90-80

Undefeated Khimik (3-1) recorded its first loss in Frankivsk. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Hoverla (3-1) 90-80. Khimik was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Hoverla made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Khimik turnovers. Khimik was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for point guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) with 18 points and point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hoverla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU and Khimik. Hoverla will play against Mykolaiv (#7) in Mykolaiv in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Khimik will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: D.Swanson 20+7reb+4ast, E.Coleman 17+4reb+3ast, K.Tiggs 16+2reb+1ast, M.Walker 10+3reb+1ast, O.Osnach 9, B.Greene 7+4reb
Khimik: A.McGhee 18+4reb, D.Ikovlev 16+3reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 14+3reb+5ast, R.Terry 10+6reb+2ast, P.Miletic 9+2reb+1ast, O.Prokopenko 5+1reb
gschID: 149013


Halychyna - BC Odessa 68-80

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Halychyna (0-4) lost to eighth ranked BC Odessa (1-2) in Lviv 68-80. The game was mostly controlled by BC Odessa. Halychyna was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Odessa had a 28-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian forward George Odufuwa (203-88, college: N.Texas) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory BC Odessa went down to ninth position due to points difference. It was Halychyna's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. BC Odessa's next round opponent will be higher ranked BC Kyiv (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halychyna will play against Ferro-ZNTU (#3) in Zaporozhye and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: S.King 18+10reb+2ast, R.Kryvych 16+1ast, W.Deane 16+3reb+4ast, J.Love 9+5reb, A.Kalnichenko 8+3reb+1ast, D.Parvadov 4+2reb
Halychyna: G.Odufuwa 17+11reb+3ast, L.Harris 13+4reb+3ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 10+3reb+1ast, A.Panchenko 8+2ast, V.Morovic 7+1ast, W.Wallace 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149014


DniproAzot - Ferro-ZNTU 76-85

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (3-1) won against 10th ranked DniproAzot (1-3) in Dniprodzerzhynsk 85-76. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-15 DniproAzot's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-76 at the end of the game. Ferro-ZNTU players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Volodymyr Gurtovoy (207-75) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85, agency: Promotex) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to second place, which they share with Khimik and Hoverla. DniproAzot at the other side keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Ferro-ZNTU's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Halychyna (#14) in Lviv which should be an easy win for them. DniproAzot will play at home against BC Donetsk (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 23+7reb, J.Chappell 18+11reb+4ast, A.Rybalko 16+2reb+6ast, H.Kandrusevich 11+5reb+3ast, M.Davis 8+9reb+1ast, R.Culpepper 7+4reb+3ast
DniproAzot: V.Gurtovoy 16+6reb, G.Sirutavicius 12+4reb+2ast, M.Fraser 10+6reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 9+8reb+4ast, S.Gorbenko 8+5reb+1ast, M.Balashov 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 149015


DniproAzot - Kryvbasbasket 91-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket's (0-2) road loss to tenth ranked DniproAzot (1-3) in Dniprodzerzhynsk 87-91. Kryvbasbasket was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. DniproAzot made 36-of-44 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 33 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) who scored 20 points (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!). The former international guard Maxim Balashov (190-80) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Alvin Snow (188-81, college: E.Washington) who recorded 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals and the other American import forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Kryvbasbasket's coach Vladimir Chursin tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. DniproAzot maintains tenth place with 1-3 record. Kryvbasbasket at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. DniproAzot's next round opponent will be BC Donetsk (#11) at home. Kryvbasbasket will play against Azovmash in Mariupol and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: G.Sirutavicius 20+2reb+1ast, M.Balashov 17+1reb+4ast, S.Pringle 13+4reb+4ast, M.Fraser 11+6reb, D.Lowhorn 8+3reb, R.Sirsnins 8+7reb+2ast
Kryvbasbasket: I.Krivtsov 17+1reb, B.Davis 16+8reb+1ast, A.Snow 15+3reb+7ast, V.Kondratovets 9+4reb+3ast, D.Korablev 8+2reb+3ast, V.Cherepovsky 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149011




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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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Defensor 5-0 
 2. Hebraica 4-0 
 3. Malvin 3-0 
 4. Aguada 3-1 
 5. Olimpia 3-2 
 6. Welcome 3-2 
 7. Bohemios 3-2 
 8. Un.Atletica 3-2 
 9. Guruyu Waston 2-3 
 10. Montevideo 2-3 
 11. Trouville 2-3 
 12. Cordon 2-3 
 13. Bigua 1-3 
 14. Sayago 1-3 
 15. Cader 0-5 
 16. Larre Borges 0-5 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 0-0 
 2. Juventus Salto 0-0 
 3. Remeros 0-0 
 4. Universitario S. 0-0 
 5. Wanderers 0-0 
South
 1. Flores Trinidad 0-0 
 2. Lagomar 0-0 
 3. Lavalleja 0-0 
 4. Maldonado 0-0 
 5. Plaza 0-0 


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Day 2: VEF Riga loses to Khimky in Riga - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in VTB United League.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Latvian VEF Riga (0-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Russian Khimky (1-0) 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga managed to win third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Khimky won last quarter 28-20. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Khimky had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Khimky keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Latvian champion VEF Riga still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Khimky is looking forward to face Kalev/Cramo (#5) in Tallinn in the next round. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was played in Kuban between Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas and Russian Lokomotiv where Lietuvos rytas (1-0) beat Lokomotiv (0-1) on the road 78-71. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Lawrence Roberts contributed with 14 points for the winners. American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lietuvos rytas keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Lokomotiv at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Lietuvos rytas will play against Azovmash (#8) in Mariupol in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lokomotiv will have a break next round.
One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. Spartak St.Petersburg edged visiting CSKA Moscow (0-1) 83-81. Patrick Beverley scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners. Milos Teodosic responded with 15 points and 7 assists. CSKA Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak St.Petersburg (1-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Spartak St.Petersburg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CSKA Moscow will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. Unics Kazan outleveled visiting BC Nizhny Novgorod (0-1) 83-57. Henry Domercant notched 14 points to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Unics Kazan maintains first position with 2-0 record. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Unics Kazan will have a break next round. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play at home against Budivelnyk (#8) in Kyiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 2nd round was 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds by Corsley Edwards of Anwil.


VEF Riga - Khimky 75-85

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Latvian VEF Riga (0-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Russian Khimky (1-0) 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga managed to win third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Khimky won last quarter 28-20. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Khimky had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Khimky and four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Khimky keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Latvian champion VEF Riga still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Khimky is looking forward to face Kalev/Cramo (#5) in Tallinn in the next round. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Khimky: K.Loncar 19+7reb+1ast, T.Mozgov 12+9reb+1ast, E.Vyaltsev 12+1reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 11+2reb+3ast, S.Monya 11+4reb+4ast, D.Khvostov 8+2reb+5ast
VEF Riga: C.Sims 19+12reb, D.Bertans 16+5reb, K.Janicenoks 12+3reb+2ast, S.Valters 12+3ast, C.Millage 8+2reb+4ast, T.Cain 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 152022


Spartak SP - CSKA 83-81

One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. Top-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg edged visiting CSKA Moscow (0-1) 83-81. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Spartak St.Petersburg made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Spartak St.Petersburg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. American guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists during the contest. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) responded with 15 points and 7 assists and American-Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. CSKA Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak St.Petersburg (1-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Spartak St.Petersburg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CSKA Moscow will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: P.Beverley 22+3reb+2ast, V.Likhodey 12+5reb+2ast, Y.Halperin 12+2reb+8ast, A.Kashirov 11+1reb+1ast, M.Zupan 10+2reb, L.Mavrokefalidis 9+1reb
CSKA: A.Kirilenko 15+5reb+1ast, A.Shved 15+3reb+1ast, M.Teodosic 15+3reb+7ast, D.Lavrinovic 14+4reb+1ast, R.Siskauskas 12+2reb+1ast, A.Ponkrashov 5+1ast
gschID: 152019


Unics - N.Novgorod 83-57

One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. Unics Kazan outleveled visiting BC Nizhny Novgorod (0-1) 83-57. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. BC Nizhny Novgorod was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unics Kazan shot 69.6 percent from the field. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) notched 14 points to lead the effort and American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Even 8 points and 5 assists by Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) did not help to save the game for BC Nizhny Novgorod. American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (195-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 7 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Unics Kazan maintains first position with 2-0 record. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Unics Kazan will have a break next round. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play at home against Budivelnyk (#8) in Kyiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unics: H.Domercant 14+3reb+1ast, M.Wilkinson 12+5reb+1ast, N.Jawai 12+4reb+1ast, L.Greer 11+1reb+3ast, K.McCarty 8+1reb, P.Samoylenko 8+3reb+5ast
N.Novgorod: M.Ignerski 9+1reb+1ast, N.Protic 8+3reb+5ast, I.Nelyubov 8+2reb, E.Bremer 7+2reb+2ast, S.Antonov 6+3reb+1ast, O.Baranov 6+1reb
gschID: 152020


Lokomotiv - Lietuvos rytas 71-78

Another exciting game was played in Kuban between Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas and Russian Lokomotiv where Lietuvos rytas (1-0) beat Lokomotiv (0-1) on the road 78-71. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won fourth quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiv was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. The other American import power forward Lawrence Roberts (205-82, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sergey Bykov (190-83) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lietuvos rytas keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Lokomotiv at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Lietuvos rytas will play against Azovmash (#8) in Mariupol in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lokomotiv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: T.Rice 20+3ast, L.Roberts 14+3reb+3ast, S.Babrauskas 11+3reb, R.Seibutis 10+1reb, G.Jeretin 7+2reb, M.Katelynas 6+3reb+2ast
Lokomotiv: A.Traore 15+3reb, L.Chalmers 15+2reb+1ast, K.Rivers 14+6reb+1ast, S.Bykov 12+3reb+5ast, M.Sheleketo 6+5reb, J.Massey 5+2reb
gschID: 152021




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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  ANGOLA - Women  


Trophy Is a Result of Hard Work - National Coach - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The coach of the national women's basketball team, Anibal Moreira , Wednesday in Luanda reaffirmed that the success of victory and the trophy of Afrobasket-2011 is the result of hard work that national team has doing since long time.

The coach was speaking at the international airport 4 de Fevereiro after arriving in Luanda coming from Mali.

The coach said that after two semi finals this trophy means a lot for the team, specially by beating Senegal in the final.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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Lauren Jackson commits to Canberra TransACT Capitals for the longest time - by Eurobasket News
Australias best ever female basketballer Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) will play with the Canberra TransACT Capitals in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) in seasons 2012/13, 2014/15 and 2015/16, in a major coup for the Caps & the Nations Capital City announced in Canberra today.

Jackson, the most decorated Australian basketballer of the current era, will play three of the next five WNBL seasons for the Capitals in an agreement which brings together major support from the ACT Government and local utilities organisations ActewAGL, Actew Corporation and TransACT Communications.

The deal heralds Jacksons return to home soil and follows an earlier announcement to bypass a WNBA season and spend the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics in Australia. The jet setting Jackson, having just completed a season with Seattle Storm (Womens National Basketball Association), now heads to the lucrative Spanish League for a season with Ros Casares Valencia, after which the London 2012 preparations take centre court.

Jackson said the timing was right for her return. Im thrilled with the certainty this provides me and even more excited about continuing to play a major part in Australian basketball in the short term. I want to be on hand and help drive the continued success of this wonderful game in Canberra and Australia.

Michael Costello, Chief Executive Officer of ActewAGL was only too pleased to galvanise the corporate support needed to attract Jackson back to Canberra. Lauren has proven shes so much more than just the greatest female basketballer of our time. We appreciate what securing such an outstanding talent means, both on and off court and well be watching with great pride as the impact of Laurens presence takes hold.

Basketball ACT President Mark White was succinct in his praise for Jackson. Lauren is the best there is and securing her services for three of the next five seasons will have enormous benefits for everyone associated with the game.

From the youngsters playing in our Junior competitions, right through to Laurens Capitals team mates, were excited about what the future holds.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Booming opener seals Round one Player of the Week for Richards - by Eurobasket News
Bulleen Boomers point guard Samantha Richards (167-G-83) has been named Player of the Week for Round One of the 2011/12 WNBL season after steering her new side to victory against the Canberra Capitals in the Grand Final re-match on the weekend.

Richards narrowly edged out Adelaides Suzy Batkovic and Logans Cayla Francis for this weeks award.

With such an even spread of high quality talent amongst the league, every win is vital. But none more so than home games against perennial finals contenders such as the Capitals, which is what the reigning champions pulled off in their 88-68 victory on Saturday.

Joining an almost completely revamped Bulleen Boomers roster, Richards was charged with the task of uniting a group with little experience as a unit, starring with an impressive statistical effort of 19 points, six assists, four rebounds and zero turnovers.

Richards was in scintillating form in her return to the league following a long European career and said that she was excited to be back.

I think every team in this league has a quality point guard, so its going to be a challenge to mentally prepare and focus for each game knowing that you cant take any game easy, because everyones out there to prove a point to the Olympic selectors, she said.

Its really good coming into a team that has a lot of young girls, theyre really enthusiastic and hard at it. Im the oldest in the team this year which doesnt happen to me too often. Its going to be a tough league, but its going to be a good year for us.

Suzy Batkovic also had an outstanding first up performance for the Adelaide Lightning as they rolled over the West Coast Waves, 97-70, the powerful centre contributing 29 points, 15 rebounds and four assists.

The Logan Thunder also started their season on a high with a victory over the Bendigo Spirit on Sunday and it was the play of star centre Cayla Francis, who finished the game with 18 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and zero turnovers that led the way.

Other Player of the Week contenders included Kathleen MacLeod (Dandenong Rangers), Shanavia Dowdell (Townsville Fire), Belinda Snell (Sydney Uni Flames), Alicia Poto (Sydney Uni Flames), Olivia Thompson (AIS) and Marianna Tolo (Canberra Capitals).



2011/12 WNBL Player of the Week Winners

Round 1 Samantha Richards (Bulleen Boomers)

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)




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  BURUNDI - Women  


Berco Stars Register First Win in Zone Five Tourney - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam Burundi women's basketball team, Berco Stars yesterday notched up their first Africa Zone Five win when they hit Ethiopia's House Agency 58-36 in an exciting match at the National indoor Stadium.

The victory came as a relief for the Burundians who lost 59- 53 and 56-40 to hosts Jeshi Stars and KCC of Uganda in their first two matches.In yesterday's match, Berco Stars took command of the proceedings right from the start. It came as no surprise when they took a deserved 18-9 first quarter lead.


In the second quarter, the Burundi team started where they had left off, commanding the game with swift but accuracy passes for a 28-25 half time lead.Earlier, Tanzania's Vijana (men) succumbed to a painful 83-54 defeat at the hands of Rwanda's APR at the same venue.

Vijana, once one of the most feared teams in East and Central Africa, were a pale shadow of themselves in yesterday's game.Vijana, fondly referred to as City Bulls, made a bright start and they seemed destined for a win when they took a 46-12 half time lead.

Surprisingly, the former East and Central champions lost steam towards the end of the nail biting match, allowing their opponents to score points almost at will.

The regional event continues today with Kenya Port Authority (KPA) taking on Berco while Jeshi Stars will have an assignment against Kampala City Council (KCC) of Uganda.
Courtesy of: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)



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Gospic shock Rivas Ecopolis in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Gospic 69:74

Gospic got to a stunning start in Euroleague season ast hey shocked Rivas Ecopolis in Spain tonight. Julie McBride (165-G-82, college: Syracuse) stepped up with 15 points to pace the Croatian team. Gospic trailed at halftime but turned things around in the second half to come out winners.
Rivas Ecopolis opened the game with six points in a row. They stayed well in charge in the opening quarter posting a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Jurcevic sparked an 11:0 run from Gospic at the start of the second term as the visitors surged ahead. But the Spanish team responded with an 8:0 run of their own at the end of the half to regain the lead 37:32. The lead changed hands for several times in the third term as the tension grew. Rivas Ecopolis entered the fourth frame up by a single point 53:52. Gospic used a 7:0 run midway through the final period to post a 65:60 advantage. Rivas Ecopolis narrowed the margin to just a single point but Julie McBride hit five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) delivered 12 points each for Gospic. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Rivas Ecopolis: Asjha Jones 19, Laura Nicholls 14+13 boards
Gospic: Julie McBride 15, Jelena Ivezic 12, Sandra Mandir 12


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Spartak Moscow Region started their EuroLeague 2011/2012 tourney successfully - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Brno- Spartak Moscow Region 70:87

Spartak Moscow Region started their EuroLeague 2011/2012 tourney with the victory over Frisco Brno. The Russian three-time EuroLeague champions took 87:70 victory in Czech Republic.
The hosts won the opening tip 7:2 and Thomas gave such a lead for Frisco Brno. Spartak Moscow Region however replied with 10-0 run and took 12:7 advantage. Baric and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) closed the first period at 19:14, but Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) gave the Russian team 26:16. It was a tough second period and the hosts managed to win it 20-19. Alena Hanusova (189-F/C-91) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:34, while Hammon gave Spartak 50:40. The second half belonged the the guests of the game as they won both periods. After 27-17 in the third quarter Kuzina gave Spartak 65:51. Another 22-19 in the last stanza allowed the Russian team to taste the victory in the opener.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) stepped up with 18 points and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) added 17. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) scored 15, while Candice Dupree added 9. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) ended up with 14 points in defeat, whilst Alena Hanusova, Thomas and Tereza Peckova posted 12 apiece.

Frisco Brno: Farhiya Abdi 14, Alena Hanusova 12, Thomas 12, Tereza Peckova 12
Spartak Moscow Region: Sonja Petrovic 18, Jelena Milovanovic 17, Eugeniya Belyakova 15, Candice Dupree 9


Bourges Basket overcame ZVVZ USK Prague in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket- ZVVZ USK Prague 63:51

Bourges Basket overcame ZVVZ USK Prague in their first game of Group B of the EuroLeague 2011/2012 season. The French team grabbed 63:51 win after a strong first period.
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) ensured 5-0 in the start of the game and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) nailed three for 15:6. Digbeu and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 24:10 as the home side looked great in the first period. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) and Elhotova reduced to 27:16 and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored for 33:22. Celine Dumerc however sent the teams to the lockers at 38:26 and Ieva Kublina made two free throws at 42:26 at the start of the third period. Bourges Basket also won the third quarter 12-10 and had 50:36 at the end of 30 minutes. Viteckova brought the intrigue back to 52:47, but the guests could not come closer. Celine Dumerc made the last two free throws in the game to seal the victory with her Bourges.
Celine Dumerc led the way with 15 points and Styliani Kaltsidou added 12. Ieva Kublina collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) had 10. Delisha Milton-Jones finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Anna Montanana posted 10.

Bourges Basket: Celine Dumerc 15, Styliani Kaltsidou 12, Ieva Kublina 11+11 rebs, Nwal-Endene Miyem 10
ZVVZ USK Prague: Delisha Milton-Jones 20+10 rebs, Anna Montanana 10


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bourges 1-0 
 2. UMMC 1-0 
 3. Galatasaray 0-0 
 4. Ros Casares 0-0 
 5. SEAT Lami 0-0 
 6. VICI Kaunas 0-0 
 7. Lotos Gdynia 0-1 
 8. USK Praha 0-1 
Group B
 1. UNIQA Eurol. 1-0 
 2. CCC Polkowice 0-0 
 3. Familia Schio 0-0 
 4. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 5. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 6. Perfumerias 0-0 
 7. Tarbes 0-1 
Group C
 1. Gospic 1-0 
 2. Lattes Montp. 1-0 
 3. Spartak V MR 1-0 
 4. Wisla Can-Pak 1-0 
 5. Dobri Anjeli 0-1 
 6. Frisco Sika 0-1 
 7. Rivas Ecopolis 0-1 
 8. Taranto 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Edwige LAWSON-WADE
  Lattes M.
  (166-PG-79)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lawson-Wade, Latt.22.0 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK20.0 
 3. Greco, Taranto20.0 
 4. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.19.0 
 5. El Gargati, Tarbes18.0 
 6. Petrovic, Spartak18.0 
 7. Milovanovic, Spart.17.0 
 8. Robert, Lotos G.17.0 
 9. Dijon, Lattes M.17.0 
 10. Krnjic, UNIQA E.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maria STEPANOVA
  UMMC
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 14
 1. Stepanova, UMMC14.0 
 2. Nicholls, Rivas E.13.0 
 3. Ujhelyi, Wisla C.12.0 
 4. Kublina, Bourges11.0 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK10.0 
 6. Krnjic, UNIQA E.10.0 
 7. Miyem, Bourges9.0 
 8. Petrovic, Spartak8.0 
 9. Sverrisdotti., Dob.7.0 
 10. Nolan, UMMC7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Deanna NOLAN
  UMMC
  (181-G/F-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Nolan, UMMC8.0 
 2. Skerovic, Spartak7.0 
 3. Lawson-Wade, Latt.6.0 
 4. Dumerc, Bourges5.0 
 5. Ballardini, Taranto5.0 
 6. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.5.0 
 7. Thomas, Frisco S.4.0 
 8. Hammon, Spartak4.0 
 9. Kupcikova, Dobri A.4.0 
 10. Pascalau, Taranto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  Spartak .
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Skerovic, Spartak5.0 
 2. Skrela, Lattes M.5.0 
 3. Robert, Lotos G.4.0 
 4. Arrondo, Tarbes4.0 
 5. Kupcikova, Dobri A.3.0 
 6. Pascalau, Taranto3.0 
 7. Zavecz, UNIQA E.3.0 
 8. Brown, Bourges3.0 
 9. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.3.0 
 10. Milovanovic, Spar.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Charlotte PREISS
  Tarbes
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Preiss, Tarbes2.0 
 2. Kaltsidou, Bourges2.0 
 3. Bjelica, Wisla C.2.0 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.1.0 
 5. Leuchanka, UMMC1.0 
 6. Anderson, Lotos G.1.0 
 7. Mann, Lattes M.1.0 
 8. Ballardini, Taranto1.0 
 9. McCray, Dobri A.1.0 
 10. Carson, Rivas E.1.0 


Euroleague season starts with seven games - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bourges - USK Praha 63-51
Bourges Basket overcame ZVVZ USK Prague in their first game of Group B of the EuroLeague 2011/2012 season. The French team grabbed 63:51 win after a strong first period. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) ensured 5-0 in the start of the game and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) nailed three for 15:6. Digbeu and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 24:10 as the home side looked great in the first period. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) and Elhotova reduced to 27:16 and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored for 33:22. Celine Dumerc however sent the teams to the lockers at 38:26 and Ieva Kublina made two free throws at 42:26 at the start of the third period. Bourges Basket also won the third quarter 12-10 and had 50:36 at the end of 30 minutes. Viteckova brought the intrigue back to 52:47, but the guests could not come closer. Celine Dumerc made the last two free throws in the game to seal the victory with her Bourges. Celine Dumerc led the way with 15 points and Styliani Kaltsidou added 12. Ieva Kublina collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Miyem had 10. Delisha Milton-Jones finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Anna Montanana posted 10.

Lotos Gdynia - UMMC 57-68
UMMC Ekaterinburg open EuroLeague campaign with the win over Lotos Gdynia. The Russian side overcame the hosts 68:57 to take 1-0 record in Group A. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) gave the first points for the favorites and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) scored for 7:6. Deanna Nolan (181-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) and Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) brought 15:6, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota later scored another four in a row for 21:6. Zurowska and Ajanovic reduced to 11 points early in the second, while Horakova made two free throws for 28:12. After another productive quarter UMMC reached 43:22 at the halftime. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) and Knezevic reduced to 43:26 and Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) brought 47:26. Lotos looked better in the third quarter and after 21-12 cut it to 55:43 after three quarters. No matter how the Polish team tried to come closer they did not upset the Russian team in the opener. Deanna Nolan and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota ensured the last points for the winners and grabbed 68:57 victory. Deanna Nolan, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Sandrine Gruda paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Maria Stepanova followed them with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Geraldine Robert replied with 17 points in defeat. Aneika Henry scored 11 and Knezevic ended up with 10 points.

Group B
UNIQA Eurol. - Tarbes 77-58
UNIQA-Euroleasing edged Tarbes GB in Sopron at their start of 2011/2012 EuroLeague Season. The Hungarian team looked strong in the whole game and reached 77:58 victory. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) brought 9:3 lead and Krivacevic scored for 17:6. Naura El Gargati (192-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) closed the period at 17:8, while Lepron scored for 22:11. Sara Krnjic made two free throws for 34:19, while she also was perfect from the line at the end of the half to give her side 42:22 at the halftime. In the third quarter the Hungarian team added 16-12 and enjoyed 58:34 entering the last stanza. Tarbes GB managed to win the last quarter 24-19 and reduced to 19 points at the end. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed three to bring the first victory for UNIQA-Euroleasing. Sara Krnjic top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Zsofia Fegyverneky nailed 16. Krivacevic posted 12, while Horti added 11. Naura El Gargati ended up with 18 points for the guests and Drljaca notched 12.

Group C
Rivas Ecopolis - Gospic 69-74
Gospic got to a stunning start in Euroleague season ast hey shocked Rivas Ecopolis in Spain tonight. Julie McBride stepped up with 15 points to pace the Croatian team. Gospic trailed at halftime but turned things around in the second half to come out winners. Rivas Ecopolis opened the game with six points in a row. They stayed well in charge in the opening quarter posting a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Jurcevic sparked an 11:0 run from Gospic at the start of the second term as the visitors surged ahead. But the Spanish team responded with an 8:0 run of their own at the end of the half to regain the lead 37:32. The lead changed hands for several times in the third term as the tension grew. Rivas Ecopolis entered the fourth frame up by a single point 53:52. Gospic used a 7:0 run midway through the final period to post a 65:60 advantage. Rivas Ecopolis narrowed the margin to just a single point but Julie McBride hit five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) delivered 12 points each for Gospic. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Frisco Sika - Spartak V MR 70-87
Spartak Moscow Region started their EuroLeague 2011/2012 tourney with the victory over Frisco Brno. The Russian three-time EuroLeague champions took 87:70 victory in Czech Republic. The hosts won the opening tip 7:2 and Thomas gave such a lead for Frisco Brno. Spartak Moscow Region however replied with 10-0 run and took 12:7 advantage. Baric and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) closed the first period at 19:14, but Dupree gave the Russian team 26:16. It was a tough second period and the hosts managed to win it 20-19. Hanusova sent the teams to the lockers at 38:34, while Hammon gave Spartak 50:40. The second half belonged the the guests of the game as they won both periods. After 27-17 in the third quarter Kuzina gave Spartak 65:51. Another 22-19 in the last stanza allowed the Russian team to taste the victory in the opener. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) stepped up with 18 points and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) added 17. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) scored 15, while Dupree added 9. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) ended up with 14 points in defeat, whilst Hanusova, Thomas and Tereza Peckova posted 12 apiece.

Wisla Can-Pak - Dobri Anjeli 52-45
Wisla Can-Pack victoriously opened their 2011/12 Euroleague campaign. The Polish powerhouse held off Dobri Anjeli in Group C opener. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) stepped up with a 15 points and 3 assists to lead the hosts in this defensively minded battle. Wisla and Dobri Anjeli got to a quick start. They traded baskets throughout the opening quarter as the home team eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The Slovakian team pulled ahead 18:16 early in the second term but Wisla quickly denied the deficit. They went on a 9:0 run to take a 27:18 advantage. Anke De Mondt gave the hosts a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter. They established a 39:32 advantage at the final intermission. Dobri Anjeli cut the deficit to 5 points midway through the final term but Pawlak drained a timely three-pointer and Wisla never looked back afterwards. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) posted 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Erin Phillips added 8 points each in the victory. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) answered with 13 points for Dobri Anjeli. Natalia Vieru had 7 points in defeat.

Lattes Montp. - Taranto 82-65
Montpellier claimed the first win in the Euroleague season. They fired past CB Taranto in France tonight. Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. The visitors opened the game with four points in a row. Taranto stayed in charge for the bigger part of the starting quarter but Montpellier capped it with 7 points in a row to level things up at 21. Sandra Dijon (194-C-79), Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Sacko ignited an 8:0 run at the start of the second term that gave the hosts a 29:21 lead. Montpellier stayed in front throughout the second quarter and established a 49:35 lead at halftime. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the third term. Montpellier entered the fourth quarter up by 19 points 69:50. Taranto got within 10 points midway through the fourth period but Lawson and Gaelle Skrela gave a breathing room for the hosts as they rallied to the victory. Sandra Dijon posted 17 points, while Gaelle Skrela provided 12 points in the win. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) answered with 20 points for Taranto. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) notched 13 points in the losing effort.




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  FINLAND - Women  


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 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Anissa POUNDS
  PeKa
  (170-G-90)
  Avg: 25
 1. Pounds, PeKa25.0 
 2. Holmes, Huima21.0 
 3. Holopainen, Espoo20.0 
 4. Salomaa, FoA19.0 
 5. Heath, FoA17.0 
 6. Bruszewski, PeKa17.0 
 7. Pounds, Catz17.0 
 8. Reshetko, Catz16.0 
 9. Heintz, FoA15.0 
 10. Oljemark, ToPo15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Heidi HEINTZ
  FoA
  (177-G/F-88)
  Avg: 14
 1. Heintz, FoA14.0 
 2. Szunko, ToPo14.0 
 3. Holopainen, Espoo13.0 
 4. McCants, PeKa12.0 
 5. Saarinen, ToPo12.0 
 6. Koponen, FoA11.0 
 7. Hart, Kerava10.0 
 8. Reshetko, Catz10.0 
 9. House, FoA9.0 
 10. Robinson, Huima9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anette JUVONEN
  ToPo
  (170-G-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Juvonen, ToPo4.0 
 2. Hart, Kerava4.0 
 3. Bland, Huima4.0 
 4. Kesanen, Catz3.0 
 5. Underwood, HoNsU3.0 
 6. Nurmi, ToPo3.0 
 7. Karkkainen, HoNsU3.0 
 8. Ali, Huima2.0 
 9. Reshetko, Catz2.0 
 10. Valkeinen, ToPo2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 7
 1. Robinson, Huima7.0 
 2. Ali, Huima5.0 
 3. Pounds, Catz4.0 
 4. Leino, Espoo Team3.0 
 5. Holmes, Huima3.0 
 6. Richter, PeKa3.0 
 7. Jamsen, Huima2.0 
 8. Pounds, PeKa2.0 
 9. Bruszewski, PeKa2.0 
 10. Raikkonen, Kerava2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rashada MCCANTS
  PeKa
  (185-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. McCants, PeKa2.0 
 2. Sten, HoNsU2.0 
 3. Reshetko, Catz1.0 
 4. Robinson, Huima1.0 
 5. Saarinen, ToPo1.0 
 6. Nurmi, ToPo1.0 
 7. Heintz, FoA1.0 
 8. Bland, Huima1.0 
 9. Lahtinen, HoNsU0.0 
 10. Karkkainen, HoNsU0.0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pauline AKONGA NSIMBO
  Arr.
  (187-F/C-82)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.26.3 
 2. Marginean, Arras23.7 
 3. Abalde, Aix-en-P.20.3 
 4. Gomis, Villeneuve19.7 
 5. Dimitrakou, Charle.19.3 
 6. Hurst, Aix-en-P.19.3 
 7. Sulciute, Mondevil.19.0 
 8. Miyem, Bourges16.3 
 9. Mims, Challes16.0 
 10. Carter, Union H.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer HUMPHREY
  Landes
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Humphrey, Landes14.3 
 2. Skrba, Lattes M.13.5 
 3. El Gargati, Tarbes11.5 
 4. Robbins, Villeneuve10.5 
 5. Kublina, Bourges9.7 
 6. Aziz, Lyon9.7 
 7. Kamba, Mondeville9.5 
 8. Mims, Challes8.7 
 9. Miyem, Bourges8.7 
 10. Akonga Nsimb., Ar.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-PG-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Aubert, Nantes7.0 
 2. Manic, Landes7.0 
 3. Sauret Gille., Lyon7.0 
 4. Wambe, Villeneuve6.3 
 5. Bouderra, Charlevi.6.0 
 6. Dumerc, Bourges5.0 
 7. Hurst, Aix-en-P.4.7 
 8. Dubois, Nice4.0 
 9. Sharp, Mondeville4.0 
 10. Bade, Arras3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Challes
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Bar, Challes3.7 
 2. Houts, Union H.3.5 
 3. Skrela, Lattes M.3.5 
 4. Joens, Bourges3.0 
 5. Solopova, Union H.2.5 
 6. Dimitrova, Charlev.2.3 
 7. Berezhynska, Charl.2.3 
 8. Ghariani, Nice2.0 
 9. Ardon, Lyon2.0 
 10. Kamba, Mondeville2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ana-Maria CATA-CHITIGA
  Tar.
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cata-Chitiga, Tar.2.5 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.1.3 
 3. Tchangoue, Arras1.0 
 4. Berezhynska, Charl.1.0 
 5. Aziz, Lyon0.7 
 6. Robbins, Villeneuve0.5 
 7. Neaves, Tarbes0.5 
 8. Sulciute, Mondevil.0.5 
 9. Paugaite, Mondevil.0.5 
 10. Kamba, Mondeville0.5 


UNIQA-Euroleasing edged Tarbes GB in Sopron - by Eurobasket News
UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron-Tarbes GB 77:58

UNIQA-Euroleasing edged Tarbes GB in Sopron at their start of 2011/2012 EuroLeague Season. The Hungarian team looked strong in the whole game and reached 77:58 victory.
Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) brought 9:3 lead and Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) scored for 17:6. Naura El Gargati (192-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) closed the period at 17:8, while Lepron scored for 22:11. Sara Krnjic made two free throws for 34:19, while she also was perfect from the line at the end of the half to give her side 42:22 at the halftime. In the third quarter the Hungarian team added 16-12 and enjoyed 58:34 entering the last stanza. Tarbes GB managed to win the last quarter 24-19 and reduced to 19 points at the end. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed three to bring the first victory for UNIQA-Euroleasing.
Sara Krnjic top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Zsofia Fegyverneky nailed 16. Tijana Krivacevic posted 12, while Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 11. Naura El Gargati ended up with 18 points for the guests and Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) notched 12.

UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron: Sara Krnjic 17, Zsofia Fegyverneky 16, Tijana Krivacevic 12, Dora Horti 11
Tarbes GB: Naura El Gargati 18, Ljubica Drljaca 12



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


LFB Round 3: Landes defeats Bourges on the road - by Eurobasket News
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in LFB and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. Round 3 was played last weekend.

Union Hainaut - Tarbes 61-67
No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Tarbes (2-1) beat bottom-ranked Union Hainaut (0-3) in Saint-Amand 67-61. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. International center Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-89) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Tarbes' coach Pascal Pisan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Amisha Carter (188-82, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Croatian center Petra Stampalija (190-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Tarbes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Union Hainaut at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Tarbes' next round opponent will be Aix-en-Provence (#8) in Les Milles. Union Hainaut will play on the road against Nantes Reze (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Union Hainaut: A.Carter 13+11reb+1ast, P.Stampalija 13+5reb+2ast, M.Solopova 10+2reb+3ast, A.Houts 8+6reb+1ast, E.Silbande 8+1reb+1ast, C.Beikes 7+4reb+1ast
Tarbes: P.Salagnac 16+5reb+1ast, D.Mieloszynska 14+2reb, A.Cata-Chitiga 11+7reb+2ast, L.Drljaca 7+3reb, F.Lepron 7+5reb+3ast, L.Neaves 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 149919


Aix-en-Provence - Nantes 84-67
There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Nantes Reze (1-2) lost to tenth ranked Aix-en-Provence (1-2) in Les Milles 67-84. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-en-Provence. Nantes Reze was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nantes Reze 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Natalie Hurst (163-83) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. Spanish guard Tamara Abalde (188-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four Aix-en-Provence players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Caroline Aubert (168-80, college: Colorado) who recorded 16 points and 6 assists and international center Doriane Tahane (192-89) added 16 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Aix-en-Provence left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Nantes Reze. Aix-en-Provence's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tarbes (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Nantes: C.Aubert 16+4reb+6ast, D.Tahane 16+3reb+4ast, J.Gomis 13+4reb+2ast, Y.Andreyeva 8+4reb, R.Palusna 7+3reb, S.Michel 4+5reb
Aix-en-Provence: N.Hurst 22+3reb+5ast, T.Abalde 21+7reb+1ast, C.Lima 14+3reb, L.Jansone 11+9reb+2ast, S.Gruszczynski 7+7reb+4ast, N.Ndiaye 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149920


Bourges - Landes 55-58
The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Bourges (2-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Basket Landes (2-1) 58-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bourges. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American center Jennifer Humphrey (191-84, college: Kentucky, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian guard Katarina Manic (181-80) contributed with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Latvian center Ieva Kublina (193-82, college: Virginia Tech) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bourges. Basket Landes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Bourges. Basket Landes is looking forward to face Nice (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bourges will play against Lyon (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bourges: K.Brown 14+2reb+3ast, N.Miyem 14+10reb+3ast, I.Kublina 12+8reb, C.Dumerc 6+1reb+6ast, J.Digbeu 5+2reb, M.Amant 4+3reb+1ast
Landes: J.Humphrey 14+10reb+5ast, A.Le Gluher 12+2reb, M.Laborde 11+2reb, K.Manic 8+5reb+4ast, C.Aubert 7+3reb+1ast, J.Barennes 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 149921


Mondeville - Lattes Montp. 67-72
Another exciting game for undefeated Lattes Montpellier (3-0) which played on the court of Mondeville (2-1). Leader Lattes Montpellier won 72-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mondeville. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Lattes Montpellier have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Challes and Arras. Mondeville at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Lattes Montpellier will play against league's leader Arras at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mondeville will play against the league's second-placed Challes-les-Eaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 149922


Arras - Villeneuve 80-61
LFB top team - Arras (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Villeneuve D'Asco (1-2) 80-61. The game without a history. Arras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Villeneuve D'Asco's 30 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Villeneuve D'Asco 47-27 including a 18-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-82, agency: LBM Management) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Romanian forward Gabriela Marginean (185-87, college: Drexel) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Kraayeveld came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Emilie Gomis (180-83) added 17 points respectively for Villeneuve D'Asco in the defeat. Arras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Lattes Montp. and Challes. Loser Villeneuve D'Asco dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Arras will meet Lattes Montpellier (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Villeneuve D'Asco will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: E.Gomis 17+1reb+1ast, Kraayeveld 10+11reb+2ast, K.Wambe 8+4reb+3ast, A.Breitreiner 7+5reb, S.Palie 6+2reb, A.Nayo 6+2reb
Arras: P.Akonga Nsimbo 28+8reb+1ast, G.Marginean 18+8reb, K.Bade 11+8reb+5ast, N.Grishaeva 9+11reb+4ast, J.Cousseins-Smith 5+4reb, A.Tchangoue 5+7reb
gschID: 149916


Charleville - Nice 78-61
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Charleville-Mezieres and bottom-ranked Nice had identical 0-2 record. This time Charleville-Mezieres used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Nice 78-61. It looked good early as Nice took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Charleville-Mezieres had a 23-13 second period charge getting the lead and Nice was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-78. The best player for the winners was Greek forward Zoi Dimitrakou (188-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Ukrainian center Valeriya Berezhynska (193-86, college: Rice, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Fabienne Constant (186-86) who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds and Senegalese center Jeanne Senghor (191-82) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Nice's coach Olga Tarasenko rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Charleville-Mezieres (1-2) left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. It was Nice's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with three games lost. Charleville-Mezieres' next round opponent will be Villeneuve D'Asco (#9) on the road. Nice will play against Basket Landes in Mont de Marsan and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nice: F.Constant 24+8reb+1ast, J.Senghor 14+6reb+1ast, S.Dubois 7+3reb+6ast, E.Decker 4+3reb+1ast, K.Bolte 3+1reb, M.Anderson 3+4reb
Charleville: Z.Dimitrakou 26+5reb, V.Berezhynska 20+10reb, A.Bouderra 12+3reb+10ast, A.Pagnier 9+5ast, Y.Sene 5+2reb+1ast, E.Dimitrova 4+4ast
gschID: 149917


Lyon - Challes 74-77
A very interesting game took place in Lyon. It ended with only three-point home defeat of bottom-ranked Lyon (0-3) to leader Challes-les-Eaux (3-0) 77-74 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lyon won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Challes-les-Eaux made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game, while Lyon only scored six points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Lyon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Mistie Mims (191-83, college: Duke) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Her fellow American import forward Danielle Page (188-86, college: Nebraska) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Challes-les-Eaux players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was S.Mame marie who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Turkish power forward Leigh Aziz (186-79, college: Syracuse) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Challes-les-Eaux have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lattes Montp. and Arras. Newly promoted Lyon still closes the standings with three games lost. Challes-les-Eaux's next round opponent will be Mondeville (#4) at home. Lyon will play against Bourges (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lyon: S.Mame marie 18+12reb+3ast, C.Servage 16+3reb, L.Aziz 10+9reb+2ast, A.Sauret Gillespie 9+5reb+7ast, L.Ardon 8+2reb+1ast, G.Bertal 6+2reb+1ast
Challes: M.Mims 22+5reb+1ast, D.Page 16+7reb+1ast, A.Lardy 11+6reb+1ast, E.Podrug 10+8reb+4ast, M.Plust 7+1reb, A.Plagnard 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 149918




Montpellier give no chance for visiting Taranto - by Eurobasket News
Montpellier - Taranto 82:65

Montpellier claimed the first win in the Euroleague season. They fired past CB Taranto in France tonight. Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners.
The visitors opened the game with four points in a row. Taranto stayed in charge for the bigger part of the starting quarter but Montpellier capped it with 7 points in a row to level things up at 21. Sandra Dijon (194-C-79), Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Sacko ignited an 8:0 run at the start of the second term that gave the hosts a 29:21 lead. Montpellier stayed in front throughout the second quarter and established a 49:35 lead at halftime. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the third term. Montpellier entered the fourth quarter up by 19 points 69:50. Taranto got within 10 points midway through the fourth period but Lawson and Gaelle Skrela gave a breathing room for the hosts as they rallied to the victory. Sandra Dijon posted 17 points, while Gaelle Skrela provided 12 points in the win. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) answered with 20 points for Taranto. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) notched 13 points in the losing effort.

Montpellier: Edwige Lawson-Wade 22, Sandra Dijon 17, Gaelle Skrela 12
Taranto: Michelle Greco 20, Elodie Godin 13


Bourges Basket overcame ZVVZ USK Prague in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket- ZVVZ USK Prague 63:51

Bourges Basket overcame ZVVZ USK Prague in their first game of Group B of the EuroLeague 2011/2012 season. The French team grabbed 63:51 win after a strong first period.
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) ensured 5-0 in the start of the game and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) nailed three for 15:6. Digbeu and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 24:10 as the home side looked great in the first period. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) and Elhotova reduced to 27:16 and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored for 33:22. Celine Dumerc however sent the teams to the lockers at 38:26 and Ieva Kublina made two free throws at 42:26 at the start of the third period. Bourges Basket also won the third quarter 12-10 and had 50:36 at the end of 30 minutes. Viteckova brought the intrigue back to 52:47, but the guests could not come closer. Celine Dumerc made the last two free throws in the game to seal the victory with her Bourges.
Celine Dumerc led the way with 15 points and Styliani Kaltsidou added 12. Ieva Kublina collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) had 10. Delisha Milton-Jones finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Anna Montanana posted 10.

Bourges Basket: Celine Dumerc 15, Styliani Kaltsidou 12, Ieva Kublina 11+11 rebs, Nwal-Endene Miyem 10
ZVVZ USK Prague: Delisha Milton-Jones 20+10 rebs, Anna Montanana 10


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  HUNGARY - Women  


UNIQA-Euroleasing edged Tarbes GB in Sopron - by Eurobasket News
UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron-Tarbes GB 77:58

UNIQA-Euroleasing edged Tarbes GB in Sopron at their start of 2011/2012 EuroLeague Season. The Hungarian team looked strong in the whole game and reached 77:58 victory.
Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) brought 9:3 lead and Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) scored for 17:6. Naura El Gargati (192-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) closed the period at 17:8, while Lepron scored for 22:11. Sara Krnjic made two free throws for 34:19, while she also was perfect from the line at the end of the half to give her side 42:22 at the halftime. In the third quarter the Hungarian team added 16-12 and enjoyed 58:34 entering the last stanza. Tarbes GB managed to win the last quarter 24-19 and reduced to 19 points at the end. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed three to bring the first victory for UNIQA-Euroleasing.
Sara Krnjic top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Zsofia Fegyverneky nailed 16. Tijana Krivacevic posted 12, while Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 11. Naura El Gargati ended up with 18 points for the guests and Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) notched 12.

UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron: Sara Krnjic 17, Zsofia Fegyverneky 16, Tijana Krivacevic 12, Dora Horti 11
Tarbes GB: Naura El Gargati 18, Ljubica Drljaca 12



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  ICELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. Fjolnir 1-0 
 2. KR 1-0 
 3. Njardvik 1-0 
 4. Snaefell 1-0 
 5. Hamar 0-1 
 6. Haukar 0-1 
 7. Keflavik 0-1 
 8. Valur 0-1 


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  ITALY - Women  


Lucca, Como, Priolo and Pozzuoli advance to Italian Cup quarterfinals - by Carlo Grilli
In the second leg of the Italian Cup first round, there were no surprises. Lucca overcame Parma (2-0) and Como Cagliari (2-0), while Pozzuoli-Faenza and Priolo-Alcamo evened series at 1 game apiece, but the first ones prevailed in aggregate scores.

On Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, Cervia hosted the 10th A1 Opening Day, with all the day-1 games scheduled in the same venue, PalaCervia.

Lavezzini Parma - Basket Le Mura Lucca 48 - 58
(16-10, 28-37, 39-47)
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Battisodo V. 3 (0/2, 0/2), Franchini M. 4 (2/8, 0/1), Callens E. 7 (2/2, 1/6), Corbani C. 3 (0/2), Gibertini B. , Fall S. 7 (2/4, 1/3), Antibe N. dnp, Narviciute G. 1 (0/2), Moises Pinto A. 19 (4/6, 3/8), Becca Tobin (195-F-88, college: Arizona St.) 4 (2/6). Coach Procaccini Mauro
BASKET LE MURA LUCCA: Petri S. (0/1), Corradini L. 2 (1/5), Bertolucci F. dnp , Andrade M. 4 (2/7), Favilla G. dnp , Bagnara B. 5 (1/6, 1/3), Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) 18 (7/11), Hampton S. 10 (4/6), Gentile I. 1 (0/4, 0/1), Willis C. 18 (8/10). Coach Diamanti Mirko

Erg Priolo - Basket Alcamo 60 - 68
(27-28, 27-28, 47-44)
ERG PRIOLO: Buccianti E. 3 (0/2, 1/3), Bonfiglio S. 6 (2/3, 0/1), Favento S. 5 (1/3), Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) 14 (3/11, 1/4), Milazzo I. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Cirov T. 19 (2/2, 5/8), Seino T. 4 (2/10, 0/1), Bestagno E. (0/3), Fabbri V. 6 (3/7), Bertan T. dnp. Coach Coppa Santino
BASKET ALCAMO: Caliendo A. 6 (3/4, 0/1), Simina Mandache (185-F-81) 23 (4/6, 5/6), Rossi C. 8 (1/3, 2/2), Michael N. 10 (3/4, 1/1), Gaglio A. , Twehues K. 5 (1/1, 1/2), Gidden V. 6 (1/8), Calabretta G. dnp , Fassina M. 8 (1/4, 2/3), Gattini C. 2 (1/3). Coach Petitpierre Andrea

Pool Comense - C.U.S. Cagliari 92 - 62
(24-10, 49-34, 74-49)
POOL COMENSE: Pasqualin G. 5 (0/2, 1/3), Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) 15 (4/10), Hicks C. 12 (4/5), Donvito V. 12 (0/2, 4/5), Gatti G. 10 (2/3, 2/2), Maiorano M. 13 (2/3, 3/4), Benko L. 11 (4/8), Smith B. 14 (5/7), Misto F. dnp , Smaldone A.. Coach Barbiero Loris
C.U.S. CAGLIARI: Bergante F. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Lukacovicova K. 4 (2/5, 0/1), Giorgi S. 2 (0/1, 0/1), Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Youngstown St.) 12 (3/5, 2/4), Piana E. (0/2), Plumley J. 7 (2/4, 1/4), Darret L. 13 (6/12, 0/4), Arioli C. 2 (1/5), Brunetti F. 12 (6/14), Wabara N. 8 (3/7, 0/1). Coach Xaxa Federico

Club Atletico Faenza - GMA-Del B Pozzuoli 75 - 71
(22-20, 37-34, 62-52)
CLUB ATLETICO FAENZA: Carangelo D. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Filippi M. (0/1), Mauriello P. 16 (5/8, 2/5), Marija Eric (164-G-83) 25 (3/4, 4/6), Bettini C. dnp , Santucci L. 9 (4/4, 0/2), Halman N. 10 (4/7), Sciacca B. 2 (1/4, 0/2), Liles D. 4 (2/9), Alexander M. 7 (3/5, 0/1). Coach Solaroli Massimo
GMA-DEL B POZZUOLI: Micovic M. 7 (1/4, 1/3), Lubrano S. dnp, Fazio M. 14 (3/7), Vilipic D. 6 (3/7), Chesta A. (0/2, 0/3), Ward C. 1 (0/1), Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82, college: Penn St.) 24 (3/7, 6/10), Minervino M. 2 (1/3), Linguaglossa E. dnp, Zampella A. 17 (3/4, 3/7). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio



Montpellier give no chance for visiting Taranto - by Eurobasket News
Montpellier - Taranto 82:65

Montpellier claimed the first win in the Euroleague season. They fired past CB Taranto in France tonight. Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners.
The visitors opened the game with four points in a row. Taranto stayed in charge for the bigger part of the starting quarter but Montpellier capped it with 7 points in a row to level things up at 21. Sandra Dijon (194-C-79), Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Sacko ignited an 8:0 run at the start of the second term that gave the hosts a 29:21 lead. Montpellier stayed in front throughout the second quarter and established a 49:35 lead at halftime. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the third term. Montpellier entered the fourth quarter up by 19 points 69:50. Taranto got within 10 points midway through the fourth period but Lawson and Gaelle Skrela gave a breathing room for the hosts as they rallied to the victory. Sandra Dijon posted 17 points, while Gaelle Skrela provided 12 points in the win. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) answered with 20 points for Taranto. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) notched 13 points in the losing effort.

Montpellier: Edwige Lawson-Wade 22, Sandra Dijon 17, Gaelle Skrela 12
Taranto: Michelle Greco 20, Elodie Godin 13


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WJBL round 4 best performance: Mami Ikeda - by Eurobasket News
Mami Ikeda (178-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Toyota A., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while her team beat Denso Iris (#4, 2-2) 68-60. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Toyota A. maintains the 3rd position in WJBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Toyota A. will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Ikeda has many years of experience at Toyota A., through which he has constantly improved. Mami Ikeda averages just after two games 2.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old former international forward Reika Takahashi (177-F-88) of Airlines R.. Takahashi had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Airlines R. lost that game 58-74 to slightly higher-ranked Aishin AW (1-3). This loss caused Airlines R. to drop to 7th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Airlines R. managed to get this year. Takahashi is one of the most experienced players at Airlines R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Maki Takada (183-C-89) of Denso Iris (#4). Takada scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Takada's great performance Denso Iris lost 60-68 to #3 ranked Toyota A.. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Denso Iris needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Takada has a great season in Japan. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hitomi Takasaki (168-G-86) of Aishin AW - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sangi Kanade (169-F/G-86) of Airlines R. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kumi Yamamoto (179-C/F-85) of Aishin AW - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ryoko Yano (178-F-78) of Toyota A. - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shiyu Sato (178-C/F-87) of Aishin AW - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Maya Kawahara (167-G-87) of Toyota A. - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Kozue Tanaka (175-F-86) of Denso Iris - 10 points and 5 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)


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  LATVIA - Women  


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


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Ailing Yori driven to coach Nebraska's opener - by Eurobasket News
Basketball season is coming, and it's just what the doctor ordered for Nebraska coach Connie Yori.

Yori was hospitalized most of September following complications from knee surgery.

A staph infection and blood clot in the knee caused so much pain that she passed out and had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance. For a while, she required morphine just so she could get up and negotiate the few feet to the bathroom.

She spends hours meeting doctors and going through physical therapy, and she needs a wheelchair and crutches to get around. She rides a motor scooter around the court on days she goes to practice.

Like the coach she is, the 48-year-old Yori is challenging herself to get better.

'The last 20 years I hadn't missed a full day of work because of illness so this is really strange for me,' she said. 'The fact the season is coming up so quickly gives me more motivation.'

Yori is entering her 10th season at Nebraska. She was the 2010 national coach of the year after leading the Huskers to 30 straight wins, the Big 12 regular-season title and the NCAA Sweet 16.

Last season, the Huskers lost the core of their record-setting team and finished 13-18 overall and in last place in the Big 12.

The Huskers move the Big Ten this season.

Yori stopped by the Huskers' first practice, on Oct. 3, for an hour or so. She addressed the team briefly, exchanged hugs and watched drills. While she convalesces, seventh-year associate head coach Sunny Smallwood is in charge.

'I never thought I'd say I missed being yelled at,' guard Kaitlyn Burke said. 'She really has missed a lot of practice. We all love her and care about her so much that right now we just want her to be 100 percent healthy and back to the coach Yori that we all know and love.'

Yori injured her left knee during her playing days at Creighton in the early 1980s and hadn't had surgery on it since 1985. She tweaked the knee last spring and decided to put off surgery until after the Huskers returned from an 11-day European tour.

She seemed to be recovering well from the Aug. 19 operation, but pain set in Aug 31 and by Labor Day she was in the hospital for treatment of a staph infection. She was released a week later but was back four days later after the pain became so excruciating that she passed out.

Doctors discovered a blood clot, and she spent two weeks in the hospital before going home Sept. 30.

Staph infections and blood clots can be fatal, but Yori said she was assured her life was never in jeopardy because the infection and clot didn't spread beyond her knee.

Miserable as she was, she gained perspective at the rehab hospital.

'I'm looking around and say I can't feel sorry for myself,' she said. 'Look at all these people who have lost limbs or had serious car accidents who are trying to rehab and going through a heck of a lot worse things than I am. The main thing for me is I have to plug away.'

Yori remains on pain medication, and she tires easily. It's uncomfortable for her to sit in the same position for long, and she can only lay on her back.

She said her husband, Kirk Helms, has been nothing less than an angel for the care and support he's provided. She said she's frustrated she isn't able to be more active with her 7-year-old son, Lukas.

'Someone told me 1 out of 10,000 people get staph infection after a knee surgery like this,' Yori said. 'I guess I didn't roll the dice right. Most people think you'll just get back, that you're OK. It's crazy how painful it was. I've had a baby, and it's 20 times more painful than childbirth.'

Yori has to achieve a certain amount of flexibility in her knee before she's able to get rid of her wheelchair and crutches and walk under her own power.

'I'm a long way from that,' she said. 'If the season wasn't coming up, I might not be in such a hurry to get it done. It does motivate you.'

Smallwood said she visited Yori every three or four days in addition to emailing and texting her regularly.

'I was very worried about her because her pain levels were so high for so long,' Smallwood said. 'You can't stand to watch anybody suffer like that. Connie is one of the toughest women I know.'

The Huskers play an exhibition against Division II Pittsburg State on Oct. 30 and the regular season opens Nov. 12 at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Yori, who was back at practice again Monday, plans to be there.

'Don't make this some sympathy story,' she said. 'I really do believe I'm lucky I didn't have it worse. There are so many people, and children, who have to go through cancer and how hard is that on a child who doesn't understand what they're going through? I'm thankful that I'm going to get through this.'

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


Wooden award list - by Eurobasket News
The 50 players selected for the women's John R. Wooden Award preseason list:

Lasondra Barrett (6'2''-F-90), LSU; Alex Bentley, Penn State; Cierra Bravard, Florida; Carolyn Davis, Kansas; Elena Delle Donne, Delaware; Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame.

Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut; Chelsea Gray, Duke; Brittney Griner, Baylor; Keisha Hampton, DePaul; Bria Hartley, Connecticut; Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut.

Courtney Hurt, VCU; Glory Johnson, Tennessee; Shenise Johnson, Miami; Lynetta Kizer, Maryland; Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford.

Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford; Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; Jaime Printy, Iowa; Justine Raterman, Dayton; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown.

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville; Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Shekinna Stricklin, Tennessee; Alyssa Thomas, Maryland; Tyra White, Texas; Riquna Williams, Miami.

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NORWAY - Women  


Kristiansen number one in Round 2 - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (G-75) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Ullern, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 36-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 20 rebounds, while her team beat Ulriken (#2, 2-1) 62-51. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Ullern to consolidate first place in the Kvinneligaen. The season is still on an early stage, but Ullern already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Kristiansen has many years of experience at Ullern, through which he has constantly improved. Kristine Kristiansen has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.5rpg), assists (5th best: 3.0apg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 64.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international guard Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-G-94) of league's second-best Ulriken. Austgulen had a very good evening with 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead Ulriken to another comfortable win outscoring Oslo Tigers (0-2) 96-39. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Austgulen is one of the most experienced players at Ulriken and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#2). She also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Ulriken's star - international forward Lise Breivik (181-F-93). Breivik showcased her all-around game by recording 7 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Breivik's great performance Ulriken lost 51-62 to #1 ranked Ullern. But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ulriken needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Breivik as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-G-94) of Ulriken - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lise Breivik (181-F-93) of Ulriken - 5 points and 10 rebounds
6. Tina Moen (183-G-86) of Ullern - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Helene Kongestol (182-F-93) of Ulriken - 13 points and 4 rebounds
8. Sofie Gronhaug (182-F-93) of Ulriken - 12 points and 3 rebounds
9. Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) of Ulriken - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe (G) of Oslo Tigers - 10 points and 7 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)


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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla Can-Pack edge Dobri Anjeli in Krakow - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - Dobri Anjeli 52:45

Wisla Can-Pack victoriously opened their 2011/12 Euroleague campaign. The Polish powerhouse held off Dobri Anjeli in Group C opener. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) stepped up with a 15 points and 3 assists to lead the hosts in this defensively minded battle.
Wisla and Dobri Anjeli got to a quick start. They traded baskets throughout the opening quarter as the home team eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The Slovakian team pulled ahead 18:16 early in the second term but Wisla quickly denied the deficit. They went on a 9:0 run to take a 27:18 advantage. Anke De Mondt gave the hosts a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter. They established a 39:32 advantage at the final intermission. Dobri Anjeli cut the deficit to 5 points midway through the final term but Pawlak drained a timely three-pointer and Wisla never looked back afterwards. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) posted 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Erin Phillips (173-G-85) added 8 points each in the victory. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) answered with 13 points for Dobri Anjeli. Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) had 7 points in defeat.

Wisla: Anke De Mondt 15, Milka Bjelica 10, Nicole Powell 8, Erin Phillips 8
Dobri Anjeli: Danielle McCray 13, Natalia Vieru 7


Jaroslaw Zyskowski appointed as head coach of MUKS Poznan - by Eurobasket
MUKS Poznan, a newcomer in Polish PLKK, decided to hire Jaroslaw Zyskowski as head coach (one-year deal). Polish ex-national team player returns to Poland after a short period in Germany. In summer Zyskowski signed a two-year contract with SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL), but in Sep.'11 he resigned from the position. MUKS Poznan will be his second team in PLKK. Before he moved to Germany he was the head coach of Odra Brzeg.

MUKS Poznan signs Hudson just out of college - by Eurobasket Center
MUKS Poznan signed 22-year old American guard Monique Hudson (165-G-89, agency: Merit Sports). Hudson has just graduated from Gardner-Webb University (NCAA) in the U.S. and it will be her first season in pro basketball. While playing 34 games for Gardner-Webb last season her stats were: 13.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.6apg and 2.6spg. She was selected to All-Big South Conf. 2nd Team and Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team last year.

UMMC Ekaterinburg open 2011/2012 EuroLeague campaign with the win over Lotos Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia-UMMC Ekaterinburg 57:68

UMMC Ekaterinburg open EuroLeague campaign with the win over Lotos Gdynia. The Russian side overcame the hosts 68:57 to take 1-0 record in Group A.
Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) gave the first points for the favorites and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) scored for 7:6. Deanna Nolan (181-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) and Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) brought 15:6, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota later scored another four in a row for 21:6. Zurowska and Ajanovic reduced to 11 points early in the second, while Horakova made two free throws for 28:12. After another productive quarter UMMC reached 43:22 at the halftime. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) and Adrijana Knezevic (185-F-87) reduced to 43:26 and Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) brought 47:26. Lotos looked better in the third quarter and after 21-12 cut it to 55:43 after three quarters. No matter how the Polish team tried to come closer they did not upset the Russian team in the opener. Deanna Nolan and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota ensured the last points for the winners and grabbed 68:57 victory.
Deanna Nolan, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Sandrine Gruda paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Maria Stepanova followed them with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Geraldine Robert replied with 17 points in defeat. Aneika Henry scored 11 and Adrijana Knezevic ended up with 10 points.

Lotos Gdynia: Geraldine Robert 17, Aneika Henry 11, Adrijana Knezevic 10
UMMC Ekaterinburg: Deanna Nolan 14, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 14, Sandrine Gruda 14, Maria Stepanova 11+14 rebs


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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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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Standings - Women
BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 13-3 
 2. Juncos V. 12-3 
 3. San German 11-7 
 4. Carolina G. 8-4 
 5. Ponce L. 7-11 
 6. Guaynabo M. 6-9 
 7. San Juan W. 4-12 
 8. Aguas B.T. 2-14 


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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 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC Ekaterinburg open 2011/2012 EuroLeague campaign with the win over Lotos Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia-UMMC Ekaterinburg 57:68

UMMC Ekaterinburg open EuroLeague campaign with the win over Lotos Gdynia. The Russian side overcame the hosts 68:57 to take 1-0 record in Group A.
Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) gave the first points for the favorites and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) scored for 7:6. Deanna Nolan (181-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) and Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) brought 15:6, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota later scored another four in a row for 21:6. Zurowska and Ajanovic reduced to 11 points early in the second, while Horakova made two free throws for 28:12. After another productive quarter UMMC reached 43:22 at the halftime. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) and Adrijana Knezevic (185-F-87) reduced to 43:26 and Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) brought 47:26. Lotos looked better in the third quarter and after 21-12 cut it to 55:43 after three quarters. No matter how the Polish team tried to come closer they did not upset the Russian team in the opener. Deanna Nolan and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota ensured the last points for the winners and grabbed 68:57 victory.
Deanna Nolan, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Sandrine Gruda paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Maria Stepanova followed them with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Geraldine Robert replied with 17 points in defeat. Aneika Henry scored 11 and Adrijana Knezevic ended up with 10 points.

Lotos Gdynia: Geraldine Robert 17, Aneika Henry 11, Adrijana Knezevic 10
UMMC Ekaterinburg: Deanna Nolan 14, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 14, Sandrine Gruda 14, Maria Stepanova 11+14 rebs


Spartak Moscow Region started their EuroLeague 2011/2012 tourney successfully - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Brno- Spartak Moscow Region 70:87

Spartak Moscow Region started their EuroLeague 2011/2012 tourney with the victory over Frisco Brno. The Russian three-time EuroLeague champions took 87:70 victory in Czech Republic.
The hosts won the opening tip 7:2 and Thomas gave such a lead for Frisco Brno. Spartak Moscow Region however replied with 10-0 run and took 12:7 advantage. Baric and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) closed the first period at 19:14, but Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) gave the Russian team 26:16. It was a tough second period and the hosts managed to win it 20-19. Alena Hanusova (189-F/C-91) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:34, while Hammon gave Spartak 50:40. The second half belonged the the guests of the game as they won both periods. After 27-17 in the third quarter Kuzina gave Spartak 65:51. Another 22-19 in the last stanza allowed the Russian team to taste the victory in the opener.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) stepped up with 18 points and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) added 17. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) scored 15, while Candice Dupree added 9. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) ended up with 14 points in defeat, whilst Alena Hanusova, Thomas and Tereza Peckova posted 12 apiece.

Frisco Brno: Farhiya Abdi 14, Alena Hanusova 12, Thomas 12, Tereza Peckova 12
Spartak Moscow Region: Sonja Petrovic 18, Jelena Milovanovic 17, Eugeniya Belyakova 15, Candice Dupree 9


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Wisla Can-Pack edge Dobri Anjeli in Krakow - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - Dobri Anjeli 52:45

Wisla Can-Pack victoriously opened their 2011/12 Euroleague campaign. The Polish powerhouse held off Dobri Anjeli in Group C opener. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) stepped up with a 15 points and 3 assists to lead the hosts in this defensively minded battle.
Wisla and Dobri Anjeli got to a quick start. They traded baskets throughout the opening quarter as the home team eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The Slovakian team pulled ahead 18:16 early in the second term but Wisla quickly denied the deficit. They went on a 9:0 run to take a 27:18 advantage. Anke De Mondt gave the hosts a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter. They established a 39:32 advantage at the final intermission. Dobri Anjeli cut the deficit to 5 points midway through the final term but Pawlak drained a timely three-pointer and Wisla never looked back afterwards. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) posted 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Erin Phillips (173-G-85) added 8 points each in the victory. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) answered with 13 points for Dobri Anjeli. Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) had 7 points in defeat.

Wisla: Anke De Mondt 15, Milka Bjelica 10, Nicole Powell 8, Erin Phillips 8
Dobri Anjeli: Danielle McCray 13, Natalia Vieru 7


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  SPAIN - Women  


Gospic shock Rivas Ecopolis in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Gospic 69:74

Gospic got to a stunning start in Euroleague season ast hey shocked Rivas Ecopolis in Spain tonight. Julie McBride (165-G-82, college: Syracuse) stepped up with 15 points to pace the Croatian team. Gospic trailed at halftime but turned things around in the second half to come out winners.
Rivas Ecopolis opened the game with six points in a row. They stayed well in charge in the opening quarter posting a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Jurcevic sparked an 11:0 run from Gospic at the start of the second term as the visitors surged ahead. But the Spanish team responded with an 8:0 run of their own at the end of the half to regain the lead 37:32. The lead changed hands for several times in the third term as the tension grew. Rivas Ecopolis entered the fourth frame up by a single point 53:52. Gospic used a 7:0 run midway through the final period to post a 65:60 advantage. Rivas Ecopolis narrowed the margin to just a single point but Julie McBride hit five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) delivered 12 points each for Gospic. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Rivas Ecopolis: Asjha Jones 19, Laura Nicholls 14+13 boards
Gospic: Julie McBride 15, Jelena Ivezic 12, Sandra Mandir 12


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Pamela ROSANIO
  Solna V.
  (178-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Rosanio, Solna V.23.0 
 2. Ferm, Northland21.0 
 3. Edwards, Northland21.0 
 4. Nilsson, Umea20.0 
 5. Brown, Visby19.0 
 6. Barkley, Kvarnby18.0 
 7. Lisson, Umea18.0 
 8. Jern Bruhn, Norrk.17.0 
 9. Nybom, Umea17.0 
 10. Fontaine, 0817.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashleigh BROWN
  Visby
  (183-F/G-87)
  Avg: 17
 1. Brown, Visby17.0 
 2. Drammeh, Telge15.0 
 3. Asoro, 0811.0 
 4. Loob, Visby10.0 
 5. Barkley, Kvarnby10.0 
 6. Otamiri, Eos9.0 
 7. Barthold, Northland9.0 
 8. Andersson, Solna V.8.0 
 9. Soderstrom, Kvarn.8.0 
 10. Torelm, Jarfalla8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Silvia SANTOS LUZ
  North.
  (173-G/F-75)
  Avg: 7
 1. Santos Luz, North.7.0 
 2. Thomas, Telge7.0 
 3. Kabengano, Telge6.0 
 4. Gustavsson, Visby4.0 
 5. Kucukkaya, Telge4.0 
 6. Kallman, Norrkoping4.0 
 7. Fontaine, 084.0 
 8. Juhlin, Kvarnby3.0 
 9. Nilsson, Eos3.0 
 10. Noaksson, Kvarnby3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Binta DRAMMEH
  Telge
  (180-F-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Drammeh, Telge6.0 
 2. De Leeuw, Norrk.5.0 
 3. Avery, Solna Vikin.4.0 
 4. Asoro, 084.0 
 5. Fontaine, 083.0 
 6. Kitsou, Jarfalla3.0 
 7. Bacon, Solna Vikin.3.0 
 8. Neffati, Norrkoping3.0 
 9. Ferm, Northland3.0 
 10. Rosanio, Solna V.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Abigail ASORO
  08
  (178-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Asoro, 083.0 
 2. Milenkovic, Solna2.0 
 3. Barkley, Kvarnby2.0 
 4. Klackenberg, Eos1.0 
 5. Melander, Jarfalla1.0 
 6. Edwards, Northland1.0 
 7. Renholm, Umea1.0 
 8. Forsman-Goga, Tel.1.0 
 9. Santos Luz, North.1.0 
 10. Bacon, Solna Viki.1.0 


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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Jeshi Sparkle As Savio Go Down Fighting - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam Jeshi Stars yesterday gave their fans something to be proud of when they registered a 59-53 win over Berco of Burundi in an entertaining Zone V Basketball Championship game at the National Indoor Stadium.

Faraja Malaki stretched her imperious form as she buried 20 points to inspire her side to the second straight victory. Her teammate Penina Igwe was also impressive in yesterday's encounter after notching 16 points.


The army team got their glory hunt on Sunday with an emphatic 71-48 win over Government House Agency of Ethiopia. Jeshi Stars, fresh from the Sunday's win, headed into the court oozing with confidence and embarked on the game on a bright tempo.

However, Berco who lost to Kampala City Council 56-40 in their opener, were not easily outdone as they shared the spoils in the first quarter, tying on 17-17 points.

In the second quarter, Jeshi Stars proved that their Sunday's win was not a fluke after stretching the towering Burundians to score 16-9. The score meant that the Tanzanian girls walked off the court for a breather with a wafer thin 30-26 lead.


Jeshi Stars did not pull their feet off the gas pedal in the third quarter when they added 13 points while the Burundians, looking tired, scored five points only. Hoping that the tired Burundians would not come back into the game, Jeshi Stars started playing some flamboyant basketball in the final quarter.

Berco scored points in quick succession, which served as warning to the home team. They recovered from 11 points down to add 13 more and wrap up a hard earned victory. Nipael Kessy of Jeshi Stars scored seven points while Nezelwa Inas of Berco notched 23 and emerged the best scorer of the end-to-end game. Her teammate Kalume Sifa bagged 12 points.

Speaking after the match, Malaki said the match was tough, but was delighted by their form. 'We knew it was going to be a tough match, but once again we demonstrated our ability and won,' she said.


In an earlier fixture, Cooperative Bank of Kenya squared off with Ethiopia's Ewesa and the former managed to record a crushing 86-43 win.

The Kenyans dominated proceedings from the outset and took a convincing 21-6 lead, leaving their opponents with more questions than answers.Not to be outdone easily, clueless Ewesa fought back to hold the Kenyans to 15-15 until the halftime break.

In the third quarter, Cooperative Bank added 20 more points while Ewesa scored 12 before the former wound up the win in the fourth quarter with a 27-10 score.

Beaten

In a late game, Savio, one of the Tanzanian teams expected to challenge genuinely for the top honour, started the tournament on a wrong foot after falling 49-35 to KCB Rwanda at Don Bosco courts.
Courtesy of: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)


Jeshi Stars, KCC Register First Wins in Zone V Event - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam Jeshi Stars got their Zone V Basketball Championship off to a flying start after trouncing Government House Agency of Ethiopia (GHA) 71-48 at the National Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Faraja Malaki scored 20 points and Penina Igwe buried 10 to inspire the Tanzanian girls to a convincing victory.


Jeshi Stars started the match on a high note, leaving the Ethiopians chasing shadows for a better part of the first quarter. The army team, boasting an imperious form besides enjoying home support from their fans, notched 16 baskets against GHA's six at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw the Ethiopians regain their rhythm and until the halftime break, Jeshi Stars lead was cut to just a point (32-31).

After the recess, Jeshi Stars looked a stronger side and added 18 points while GHA managed six only.

The home team, looking to add another silverware in their cabinet, wrapped the victory in style after burying 20 more points in the final quarter while their opponents could only score 11.


In an earlier men's match, Kampala City Council (KCC) beat Berco Stars of Burundi 56-40 in a well-contested game. The first quarter saw the Ugandans take a 15-8 lead after stretching their rivals to the limits.

However, the scoring rate in the second quarter went down with the Burundians tightening their defence and pressing forward frequently.

Kampala were leading 29-20 until the interval and continued to run the show in the third quarter after notching 16-6 points. Berco came into the game in the last quarter and scored 13-11, but it was too little too late and the stylish Ugandans walked off the court with the last laugh.

Marth Soigi of Kampala City Council was the man of the match after scoring 17 points while Berco's Passase Bicumi managed 13 baskets.
Courtesy of: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)


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  USBA - Women  


Golden Corral and WUSBA will continue partnership in 2012 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (October 12, 2011)---Golden Corral Steaks, Buffet and Bakery and the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) have agreed to continue to share an agreement to keep the restaurant as the official restaurant of the league and the local teams . The renewed multi-year partnership will affect all WUSBA basketball players and coaches. The restaurant has become the sole, buffet restaurant provider for all WUSBA teams in nine southern states.

WUSBA dominates the women's basketball landscape in the southeast United States. The league operates from early April through early July. This agreement enables Golden Corral to continue to play center court as the hub for the players and coaches to interact with the local fans as they support their hometown teams competing for a chance to make it to the WUSBA League Championship. The WUSBA Championship playoff game will be held in Macon, Georgia the weekend of July 8, 2012.

Golden Corral will supply gift cards to fans during all league home games. 'We will include the gift cards in our Game Day Give Away Promotions and our Half Time Promotions, the fans will love it.'

'Combining the nations leading buffet restaurants with the WUSBA will translate into an unprecedented collaboration, our players and coaches will be able to consume some great food in vast quantities and at the same time they'll be able to socialize with the fans, it was an easy fit us,' said Duane Jenkins, President, and C.E.O. of the Women's United States Basketball Association, Inc. 'My family eats at Golden Corral twice a month, my children and I love the ability to publicly gorge ourselves. The desert area is awesome.'

The WUSBA provides exciting, wholesome, athletic competition for young aspiring professional basketball players from around the world. Our new partnership with the WUSBA enables our restaurant to play a significant role in helping these young athletes maintain a healthy diet. We'll enjoy watching these young people gorge themselves on our many great dishes,' said Ed Gleich, Golden Corral Vice President of Marketing, 'To tap into the local basketball sports market gives our company an opportunity to expand our customer base and to help maintain tremendous consumer appeal of the hometown team.'

Golden Corral is an American-Style restaurant chain that features a large buffet and grill offering numerous hot and cold items. The company is privately held and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. Golden Corral was founded in 1973 and has 485 restaurants in 40 states. The company web address is www.goldencorral.com.

As a part of the compensation package, the WUSBA gives each player and coach a daily meal card redeemable at Golden Corral. 'This company has vast, universal appeal among all age groups and is a perfect brand association for the WUSBA because they are widely known for a sparkling clean environment, coupled with a huge variety of great selections and like the WUSBA their core audience consists mainly of families,' said Jenkins, 'The Golden Corral brand represents all-American fun, a sense of pride and connection with family and friends.' 'We want our players and coaches to eat healthy, even when they raid the Gummy Bear section in the ice cream topping area.'

The Women's United States Basketball Association is a women's professional basketball association. The league has targeted twenty teams for the 2012 basketball season. The teams are split into four divisions spread over nine southern states. The basketball season runs from early April through early July. The league provides an opportunity for young basketball players to showcase their skills to other leagues like the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the wide variety of International Leagues. The WUSBA was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.




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  WNBA - Women  


Lynx fans welcome home the WNBA champs - by Eurobasket News
It was obvious judging from the sheer number of people who showed up for the Lynx WNBA Championship parade on Tuesday that this town wanted a winner.

For the first time in 20 years, downtown Minneapolis welcomed home a professional sports team that just won the title.

'Thank you. You brought hope and inspiration to our city,' fan Gary New said to the team as they paraded past.

The parade ended with Minnesota's hometown hero Lindsay Whalen and the WNBA MVP Simone Augustus being enveloped by thousands of fans.

A magical season, 2011 was, forecast by player Candace Wiggins back in January. 'It is the year of 11 it is!,' Wiggins exclaimed from the Target Center floor.

Nearly 5,000 fans packed into the Target Center to say thanks, even the boss of the state couldn't stay away.

'For the first time in 20 years in Minnesota there is a world champion in pro sports,' Governor Mark Dayton said.

'We absolutely LOVE you guys,' team leader Taj McWilliams-Franklin (6'3''-F/C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) said as the team took the stage at the rally.

Every player said thank you at some point to the fans and that's just one more reason why this team, this title is so special.

It's for all of us, no matter who we are, but most of all it's for that little girl somewhere in this state who watched these players and said that will be me someday.

'You watch, in 15 years how many little girls are playing ball because they watched this series right here,' fan Julie Lane said.

Courtesy of www.kare11.com


WNBA Season Awards 2011 - by Eurobasket
WNBA Season Awards 2011
#s#
Seimone Augustus
Augustus
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Lindsay Whalen
Whalen
Tamika Catchings
Catchings
Angel McCoughtry
McCoughtry
#e#5

Finals MVP: Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84) of Minnesota L.
Most Valuable Player: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79) of Indiana F.
Most Improved Player: Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87) of New York L.
Sixth Man: DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87) of Phoenix M.
Rookie of the Year: Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) of Minnesota L.
Defensive Player of the Year: Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) of Chicago S.
Coach of the Year: Cheryl Reeve of Minnesota L.

All-WNBA 1st Team
F/G: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-82) of Phoenix M.
G: Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-82) of Minnesota L.
F: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-79) of Indiana F.
F: Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-86) of Atlanta D.
C: Tina Charles (6'4''-88) of Connecticut S.

All-Defensive Team
Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83) of Seattle S.
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79) of Indiana F.
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) of Atlanta D.
Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81) of Minnesota L.
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) of Chicago S.

All-Rookie Team
Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89) of Chicago S.
Liz Cambage (6'8''-C-91) of Tulsa S.
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) of Minnesota L.
Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G-89) of S.Antonio SS
Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89) of S.Antonio SS